Make time for holiday films, events in San Francisco

Movies

Capra classic: The San Francisco Film Society presents “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Frank Capra’s classic holiday movie. [Noon, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m., SFFS Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Something to read

Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden
By Mary Harden ($16.95)

The new 81-page book includes 30 watercolor images by illustrator Mary Harden and her students depicting plants from the Strybing Arboretum, on view through Saturday at the Helen Crocker Russell Library.

 

Lend a hand

Salvation Army: Volunteers are needed to deliver fresh, home-style meals to the doors of homebound individuals in San Francisco. [8 to 11 a.m.; preregistration required; details at www.volunteer.truist.com/thevolunteercenter/org]

Holiday events

Menorah festivities: Bill Graham Menorah Day events take place in Union Square in celebration of Hanukkah. Festivities (3 p.m.) precede the lighting of the sixth menorah candle (5 p.m.). [Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Christmas meals: Glide hosts its Christmas celebrations (9 and 11 a.m.), followed by dinner (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for thousands of homeless and needy families and individuals. Breakfast (7 to 8:30 a.m.) leads things off.  [330 Ellis St., S.F.]

Circus cabaret: Sweet Can presents “Mittens and Mistletoe,” a winter cabaret directed by the clown duo Coventry & Kaluza and starring local circus artists. [2 and 4 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Oy luck club: “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy” presents Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant. Elayne Boosler headlines the event this year. [5 and 8:30 p.m., New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F.]

Museums

Free day: The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts Community Free Day activities. Attractions include the exhibit “Houdini: Art and Magic” and magic-related events. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Animal world

Meet the reindeer: Holiday attractions at the San Francisco Zoo include a Reindeer Romp. Guests can meet four reindeer and learn about these creatures of the north. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Ice rinks: Skating is happening at the Embarcadero and Union Square rinks. Sessions (90 minutes) start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Parks

Plant life: The San Francisco Botanical Garden is open on Christmas Day, and admission is free. More than
8,000 kinds of plants from around the world grow there. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dining out

Cliff House: The restaurant’s Champagne brunch buffet ($59; $29.50 for children under 12) is available today. Entrees include poached salmon and prawns, steak with mushrooms, and pasta carbonara. Traditional breakfast items, salads, cheese, fruit, smoked salmon with bagels, pastries and desserts round out the menu. Also at the Cliff House: breakfast and lunch in the Bistro. [1090 Point Lobos, S.F.; (415) 386-3330]

 

Game of the day

Clippers at Warriors
7:30 p.m., ESPN
David Lee, new coach Mark Jackson and the Warriors welcome the new-look Los Angeles Clippers in both teams’ season opener at Oracle Arena.

NBA: In a rematch of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat takes on the Dallas Mavericks. [11:30 a.m., American Airlines Center, Dallas, ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

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