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May 10: Mother's Day Brunch, Ministry and more

Something to read

The Smartest Book In the World By Greg Proops ($25)

The Bay Area native offers up funny and fascinating trivia in his guide to absolutely everything, which is based on his “Smartest Man in the World” podcast. Proops is appearing at the Punch Line Comedy Club on May 26.


Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Parks in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties need volunteers to lead docent tours, collect data on birds of prey, assist with educational programs and more. [(415) 561-4755,]


Park Chow: Mother’s Day means most brunch spots will be packed, but the roomy Park Chow is a good bet for veggie scrambles, biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict and more. [8 a.m.-2 p.m., 1240 Ninth Ave., S.F.; (415) 665-9912,]

Get outdoors

Sunday Streets: Several blocks in the Mission are closed today for car-free strolling, biking, rolling and more. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Valencia Street between 26th Avenue and McCoppin Hub Plaza, S.F.;]

Mother’s Day Music Festival: Stern Grove on the Road presents instrumental rock, Gypsy jazz and more in honor of moms everywhere. [11 a.m.-3 p.m., Noe Valley Town Center, 24th and Sanchez streets, S.F.]

Hot wheels: Kids ages 5-12 can create their own toy vehicles. Crafting materials provided. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band, which is now in its 133rd season, is paying tribute to the music of Latin America in a free concert. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Musical fundraiser: The reunited Lovemakers are headlining a fundraiser concert for a local musician who is facing steep medical costs. [6 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Jazz trio: Acclaimed musicians Peter Broetzmann, Hamid Drake and William Parker are playing experimental jazz after taking a 10-year hiatus. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Heavy metal: Industrial-metal band Ministry has been keeping it loud since the early 1980s. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

<b>Food talk

Debut cookbook: Pioneering food blogger Tara O’Brady is sharing eclectic, multicultural recipes in her debut cookbook, “Seven Spoons.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Video game tournament

Red Bull Battle Grounds: The top “Dota 2” players in the world are coming together for a head-to-head gaming showdown. [Noon-7 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.;]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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