Mike koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerThe Christmas tree sparkles at San Francisco City Hall.

Mike koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerThe Christmas tree sparkles at San Francisco City Hall.

Dec. 7: Winterfest, Serramonte talent show and more

SOMETHING TO READ

Eating Fire: My Life As a Lesbian Avenger By Kelly Cogswell ($19.95) The author, whose memoir describes coming out and moving to New York's East Village in the early 1990s, is speaking at Modern Times in The City on Thursday.

VOLUNTEER

Recreation and Park Department: People with special talents in music, arts and crafts, sports and more are needed to work with youths, adults and seniors at local recreation centers. [McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St., S.F.; sfrecpark.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Walking tour: Mary Burk and Mike Sullivan are leading a walking tour of the Castro in honor of the newly revised editions of their guidebooks, “Stairway Walks in San Francisco” and “The Trees of San Francisco,” respectively. [10:30 a.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

El Mercado: Do some holiday shopping at El Mercado, which has Bay Area vendors along with food, live music and more. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 1900 North Point St., S.F.; elmercadosf.com]

Winterfest: Celebrate the season with a snow hill, food, music and more. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Depot Plaza, 85 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley]

Santa in the Sunset: The Santastic party in the Inner Sunset features food, live music, holiday activities and more. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Irving Street between Ninth and 10th avenues, S.F.; www.issundays.org]

MUSIC

Jazz and more: Grammy-nominated singer Bebel Gilberto, who sings Brazilian music, jazz and bossa nova, headlines a bill that also includes Bay Area singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura. [8 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus St., S.F.]

Rap show: Rapper Ghostface Killah, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, is performing music from his new album, “36 Seasons.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

FILM FESTIVAL

Black women on film: The 12th annual International Black Women's Film Festival kicks off with a program of short films, including “Why Do You Have Black Dolls” and “Window Dressing Fail.” [Noon, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.ibwff.com]

TALENT COMPETITION

<p>Time to shine: Singers, dancers and other budding performers vie for victory and a $500 shopping spree at Serramonte Center's "Bay Area's Got Talent" show. [2 p.m., food court, Serramonte Center, 3 Serramonte Center, Daly City]

BRUNCH

Straw: The brunch menu is like a circus at the Hayes Valley eatery. Wilder items include a Jenga game composed of French toast pieces, a doughnut breakfast sandwich and the Hanky Panky: Belgian waffles served with fried eggs, maple-glazed bacon and potato croquettes. [10 a.m.-3 p.m., 203 Octavia Blvd., S.F.; (415) 431-3663, strawsf.com]

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