(MICHAEL SHORT/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER)Talking turkey: From left

(MICHAEL SHORT/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER)Talking turkey: From left

San Francisco officials carve up turkeys at Salvation Army event

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

Talking turkey: From left, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr, Mayor Ed Lee and fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White carve turkeys at the Salvation Army on Harrison Street on Wednesday.

SOMETHING TO READ

Turn of Mind

By Alice LaPlante ($24)

This debut novel by the local author, a Wallace Stegner Fellow, is told through the fragmented voice of a recently widowed orthopedic surgeon who is a prime suspect in her best friend’s murder.

BRUNCH

Andalu: Chef-owner Calvin Schneiter’s brunch menu includes egg dishes, breakfast items, salads and “Andalu classics.” Highlights include the eggs Benedict, served with hash browns or polenta fries. Recently served Benedicts include crab-cakes Benedict and a Benedict with house-cured salmon. Also recommended: the tacos, the sliders and the Cambazola fondue. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3198 16th St., S.F.; (415) 621-2211]

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 of San Francisco. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; details at www.parksconservancy.org]

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Gift sale: The San Francisco Design Center presents its Holiday Sample Sale. More than 250 exhibitors sell jewelry, paper items, home accessories, toys and apparel. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]

Crystal fair: The Christmas in San Francisco Crystal Fair features crystals, beads, minerals and jewelry. More than 40 exhibitors take part. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Holiday flea market: The Treasure Island Flea marketplace presents its Christmas Shopping Show. Bring a toy for a toy drive and get in free. [9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island]

Victorian fair: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair re-creates Victorian-era London. Look for lamp-lit shops, pubs, music halls, costumed actors and more. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City]

AROUND TOWN

Music

Opera for families: The San Francisco Opera presents “Carmen for Families,” a two-hour version of the Bizet opera about love, jealousy, betrayal and death. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Metal bands: Between the Buried and Me brings its “Saints and Sinners” tour to San Francisco. Animals As Leaders and TesseracT round out the progressive-metal bill. [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Blues artist: Soul-blues Renaissance man Johnny Rawls, whose career dates back to the late 1960s, performs a show. “Memphis Still Got Soul” is his recently released album. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Theater

Afrobeat musical: “Fela,” the stage musical about Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, continues at the Curran Theatre. Choreography is by Tony-winning Bill T. Jones. [2 and 7:30 p.m., 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Automobiles

Hot wheels: Today’s the last day of the 54th annual San Francisco International Auto Show. Major automobile manufacturers display 2012 model vehicles. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Literary events

Web comic author: Web comic creator Zach Weiner talks about his new book, “The Most Dangerous Game: A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection.” [5 p.m., Borderlands Cafe, 870 Valencia St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

Football

Bears vs. Raiders

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

Riding a two-game win streak, Michael Bush and the Raiders will try and stop the Bears and new QB Caleb Hanie.

OTHER HIGHLIGHT

NFL: The Pittsburgh Steelers hit the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. [5:20 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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