Winter birdwatching at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve



Food: Light, stylish entrees at lunch and dinner make way for delectable desserts at Elizabeth Falkner’s Citizen Cake, which has a happy new home in Pacific Heights.

Meet Your Mixologist: Brian Williams enjoys the views, creating drinks and meeting people at Perry’s. The establishment in the Hotel Griffon is related to the famed Perry’s on Union Street.

On the town

Bluegrass bonanza: The 2011 San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival begins. The 10-day event features performances at many venues. Nell Robinson is the headliner today. [8 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.]

Food and love: “Food From the Heart,” benefiting Slow Food San Francisco, begins. Festivities include hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, wine, tango dancing and Valentine’s Day shopping. [5 to 8 p.m., Marketplace, Ferry Building, The Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]


A great bike ride
North-south bikeway: This “Connecting the City” ride sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is one of three priority bikeways targeted in the group’s effort to create a healthy, happy, sustainable San Francisco great for bicycling for everyone. A $5 donation from nonmembers is appreciated. Rain cancels the ride. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Aquatic Park bathhouse, Beach and Polk streets, S.F.,]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Pea shoots
  • Brown rice
  • Delicata squash
  • Desiree potatoes
  • Hot dogs
  • Leeks
  • Padron peppers
  • Satsumas


Stupid Cupid: The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco looks at the rotten side of love in “Love Bites Off Broadway,” its “Anti Valentine’s Day Cabaret.” [8 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Animal world

Birds and bees: The San Francisco Zoo hosts “Woo at the Zoo,” its popular presentation on animal sex. A meal is included. [6 p.m.Saturday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.; RSVP/info: or (415) 753-7236]

Silents, please: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents its “Winter Event.” The lineup includes King Vidor’s “La Boheme” (1926) and a show of Charlie Chaplin shorts. [1 to 9:45 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Indie flicks: “IndieFest 2011,” the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, presents “Toumast: Guitars and Kalashnikovs,” “Fuerteventura,” “RU There” and other films. [2:30 p.m. onward, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]


Lunar New Year
Chinatown run: The Chinatown YMCA holds its 2011 Chinese New Year Run, a 10K/5K run/walk benefiting the organization. [8 a.m., Sacramento Street and Grant Avenue, S.F.; info/register: or (415) 576-9622]

Winter program: Company C Contemporary Ballet presents a concert of works by nationally recognized choreographers and the company’s own Charles Anderson. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Poems and pictures: Photographer Lucy Hilmer shows photos and reads poetry from her first book, “My Valentines: 21 Years of Portraits From the Family Album.” [2:30 to 5 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]


Beer events: San Francisco Beer Week events take place at various sites. Today’s slate includes a
beer-themed scavenger hunt, beer drinking, beer cuisine and a pub crawl. [9 a.m. to 2 a.m.;]

A great excursion

‘Feathered Frenzy’: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a sandhill crane! Every winter, these elegant birds migrate hundreds of miles from the Pacific Northwest to their seasonal landing pad in the delta region of the Central Valley. Get up close to the long-necked beauties by visiting the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve in Lodi. The trick is to be there about an hour before sunset, when the birds are typically active. Docents are usually on site at the magical hour. [Visit and sign up for e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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