Pier 39 lights its Christmas tree

What to read

Wisdom of the Last Farmer

By David Mas Masumoto ($14)

Subtitled “Harvesting Legacies from the Land,” the memoir is by a third-generation organic farmer from Del Rey who poetically addresses how the land provides answers to some of life’s biggest questions.


Brunch

Balboa Cafe: Chef Jose Lemus’ brunch menu contains appetizers, egg dishes and lunch items. Selections include buttermilk waffle with seasonal berries and whipped cream; huevos rancheros with avocado, black beans, jack cheese, over-easy eggs and salsa; French toast with caramelized apples and pears; and a burger on a baguette. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3199 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 921-3944]

Lend A Hand

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio. [8:50 a.m. to noon, Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.; www.parksconservancy.org]

Get outside

Ice rink: The Holiday Ice Rink, dubbed the ideal family entertainment, has opened at Justin Herman Plaza. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 4 Embarcadero Center, across The Embarcadero from the Ferry Building, S.F.]

Tree lighting: Pier 39 presents its holiday tree-lighting celebration. Attractions include a visit from Santa and festive music performed by youth choral groups. [Noon to 6 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

Antlers are in: The “Reindeer Romp” has returned to the San Francisco Zoo. Four reindeer make up the holiday attraction, which continues at the zoo through New Year’s Day. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Mission murals: Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Scenic paddling:
City Kayak hosts its “Full Moon Kayaking” trip, a paddle ride with scenic views of the Bay and cityscape. [4 to 7 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street; info/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]

Around town

Music

Rock superstar: Dave Mason, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of Traffic, performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Baroque cellist:
Tanya Tomkins performs three solo Bach suites on baroque cello. The San Francisco Early Music Society presents the concert. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

A cappella group:
Sonos, an a cappella group that performs bold renditions of pop and classical favorites, plus original songs, presents selections from its new album, “December Songs.” [7 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Dance

Hip-hop dance: Top hip-hop companies from around the globe perform at the 2010 San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest. Two shows, with different lineups, take place today. [2 and 7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Theater

Solo show: Dan Hoyle presents “The Real Americans.” He connects two worlds — liberal, achingly hip, gentrified city life and conservative, absolutist small-town America — in this solo show. [3 p.m., The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]


Movies

Films from Italy: It’s the last day to catch the 2010 “New Italian Cinema” series. Closing-night film: Paolo Virzi’s “The First Beautiful Thing.” [12:15 p.m. onward, Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; www.sffs.org]

Cars

Latest wheels: The 53rd annual International Auto Show has begun. Major manufacturers display 2011 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]


Game of the day

NFL

Buccaneers at 49ers

1:05 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

If the 49ers have any hopes of storming back to win the NFC West, they’ll need a win at home today against the resurgent Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NASCAR: The final race in the Chase for the Championship will determine the Sprint Cup champion. [10 a.m., Homestead, Fla., ESPN]

NFL: In first place for the first time in years, the Raiders face a rugged Pittsburgh Steelers defense. [10 a.m., Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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