Good Sunday Oct. 18, 2009

Hold Still
By Nina LaCour ($16.99)
The Oakland author, a high school English teacher, tells a heartrending story of hope in her debut novel for young adults. It’s about a teen who, thanks to a discovered diary, finds reasons to go on after her friend commits suicide.

Game of the Day
Baseball: NLCS
Dodgers vs. Phillies
5 p.m., TBS
The NL Championship Series heads to Philadelphia for Game 3 as the Phillies look to take advantage of three straight games at home.

Other highlights
NFL: Donovan McNabb and the Eagles invade Oakland to take on the lowly Raiders. [1:05 p.m., Oakland Coliseum, Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]
Golf: The final round of the PGA Shriners Hospitals for Children Open concludes. [1 p.m., Las Vegas, Golf Channel]

BRUNCH
Palace Hotel: Chef Jesse Llapitan and the hotel’s Garden Court feature a lavish “Sunday Jazz Brunch.” Options include the Kyo-ya Restaurant Signature Station, offering sushi and sashimi; “Maxfield’s Restaurant Classics,” serving California fare; dim sum and Chinese delicacies; pasta; crepes and made-to-order omelets; breakfast breads and pastries; and desserts. [10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.; (415) 546-5089]
 
 
LEND A HAND
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. [8:50 a.m. to noon; info/RSVP: www.parksconservancy.org]
 
Fiesta on the Hill: Volunteers are needed to perform set-up, cleanup, security, welcome-booth and other tasks. [6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Bernal Heights location, S.F.; visit www.bhnc.org/fiesta for details and a downloadable form]
 
 
GET OUTSIDE
Dance
All aboard: The “Trolley Dances” tour features dance presentations at stops on Muni’s J-Church line. Six troupes perform. [Tours begin every 45 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Dolores Park, 19th and Church streets, S.F.]

Music
Indie rock: The Treasure Island Music Festival presents more than a dozen indie-rock acts today, the Flaming Lips and Beirut among them. Parking and bus transport are available at AT&T Park. [Noon, Treasure Island; www.treasureislandfestival.com]
 
 
Visual art
Meet the artists: Open Studios presents weekend two. People can visit art studios in San Francisco’s Diamond Heights, Haight, Hayes Valley, Marina, Pacific Heights, Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; www.artspan.org]
 
Mission murals: Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]
 
 
Bicycle events
Zoo tour: The San Francisco Zoo hosts its monthly BikeAbout, a docent-led cycling tour that offers a chance to watch the animals start their day. [8:30 a.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.; info/RSVP: (415) 753-7073 or www.sfzoo.org]
 
 
Sports and recreation
Women’s athletics: The Nike’s Women’s Marathon features the sold-out race, plus related events celebrating female athletics. It benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. [7 a.m.; www.nikemarathon.com]
 
Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, The Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; info/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]
 
 
Parks
Stories for kids: The S.F. Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. October’s featured book: “Too Many Pumpkins.” [10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
 
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Peninsula:
Orange bounty: Half Moon Bay’s Art & Pumpkin Festival continues. Look for carved pumpkins, pumpkin treats, prizewinning pumpkins and more. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Street between Miramontes and Spruce streets, Half Moon Bay]
 
 
 
AROUND TOWN
Music
Puppet opera: Magnificat welcomes the Carter Family Marionettes for a performance of “La Liberazione di Ruggiero” (1625), the comic opera by Francesca Caccini. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]
 
Electro-pop pair: La Roux, the London-based electro-pop duo, performs at the Great American Music Hall. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]
 
 
Theater
The flight stuff: Pam Ann, air-hostess alter ego of Australian comic Caroline Reid, presents a stage show, “San Francisco Layover.” Camp, glamour and ribaldry are on the bill. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]
 
 
Dance
Works in progress: Counterpulse hosts a program of work-in-progress pieces. Three dancemakers present work slated for November’s Performing Diaspora Festival. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1310 Mission St., S.F.]
 
 
Expositions
Comics expo: The 2009 Alternative Press Expo features indie and alternative comics and their creators. Comic-Con International presents the event. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse, 620 Seventh St., S.F.]
 
 
Movies
Documentaries: The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival continues through Oct. 29. “Another Planet,” “Off and Running,” “Cat Ladies” and “Vampiro” screen today. [2:30 to 11 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]
 
Arab cinema: The Arab Film Festival continues though Oct. 25. The day’s lineup includes “Eye of the Sun” (Egypt) and “The Beirut Apartment” (Lebanon/Italy). [1 to 9 p.m., Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
 
 
Festivities
Family day: It’s Target Family Day in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena area. Enjoy free admission to four museums, plus performances and kids’ activities. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; (415) 614-3216 or www.yerbabuena.org]
 
 
Comedy
Nutty guys: Colin Mahan, Harmon Leon and Mike Spiegelman supply impressions, salad jokes and pranks in “4 Ever Laughing With the Nutballs.” Comic Tony Sparks hosts the show. [8:30 p.m., SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]
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Peninsula:
Author talk: Alexander Kugushev, author of “Resilient America: An immigrant examines our nation’s adaptive continuity,” speaks at the Belmont Library. [2 p.m., 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]
 

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