June 1: Margie Baker and other SF events

courtesy photoVeteran San Francisco vocalist Margie Baker appears to celebrate the release of "Margie Baker Sings with So Many Stars.”

courtesy photoVeteran San Francisco vocalist Margie Baker appears to celebrate the release of "Margie Baker Sings with So Many Stars.”

Something to read

By All Means: A Zen Cautionary Tale

By Edward Brown ($19.95)

The beloved Northern California Zen-Buddhist teacher and author of the Tassajara cookbooks has written an intimate and funny novella — with illustrations by Margot Koch — about his encounters with a plush-pig hand puppet named Ponce.

Lend a hand

Rocket Dog Rescue: Volunteers are needed for various jobs, including handling dogs at adoption sites. Interested people can meet group members at Pet Food Express today. [Noon to 5 p.m., 3160 20th Ave., S.F.; www.rocketdogrescue.org]

Get outside

Home living: Sunset Magazine’s “Celebration Weekend” features home and garden ideas and trends. Activities include food demonstrations, design presentations and wine tasting. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park]

Kidney walk: The San Francisco Kidney Walk features a three-mile walk along the Embarcadero. It benefits the National Kidney Foundation. [9 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; www.kidneywalk.org or (415) 543-3303]

Triple action: The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon spotlights top athletes and San Francisco scenery. A celebration takes place at the Marina Green. [6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s program celebrates Italian-American Day and features opera singing by Simi Cantori. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Wildlife

Bird walk: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts “Birding at the Garden,” its docent-led bird-watching amble. About 40 species are spotted on the monthly walk. [8 a.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Whale watching: The Oceanic Society hosts naturalist-led Farallon Islands whale-watch tours. Proceeds benefit marine conservation. [7:30 a.m., Marina Yacht Harbor, 3950 Scott St., S.F. www.oceanicsociety.org]

Music

Jazzy blues: Veteran San Francisco vocalist Margie Baker appears to celebrate the release of “Margie Baker Sings with So Many Stars.” [5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom, 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame]

Movies

Silent cinema: The 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, presenting silent-age cinema with live music, ends today. The closing-night feature is Buster Keaton’s 1924 “The Navigator” at 9 p.m. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.silentfilm.org]

Dance

Coping mechanisms: The BodiGram dance company presents “Hysteria,” an exploration of dissociative identity disorder and a satirical look at how we all dissociate from time to time. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St, S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: South Africa-based author and screenwriter Sarah Lotz talks about her new thriller, “The Three.” [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Brunch

Central Kitchen: California cuisine made with local and sustainable ingredients is on chef Thomas McNaughton’s brunch menu. The fried-chicken Benedict with buttermilk biscuit, ham and hollandaise is recommended today. Libations include a honey-aprium bellini. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3000 20th St., S.F.; (415) 826-7004]

Baseball

Giants vs. Cardinals

11:15 a.m., CSN Bay Area

San Francisco wraps up a four-game series against the defending National League champions in the Midwest.

Sports

Baseball: The A’s finish a series against the Angels before hitting the road for nine games in a row. [1:05 p.m., O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CSN California]artsMargie Baker

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