World AIDS Day observed around the world


Engaging: A man pauses to light a candle at the National AIDS Memorial Grove on Dec. 1 in Golden Gate Park. World AIDS Day was observed around the globe.


Natural History of San Francisco Bay

By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong ($24.95)

The well-researched, easy-to-ready primer — which features viewpoints of scientists, activists and resource managers — explores the many facets of the extraordinary body of water.


Swing U: Volunteers are needed to greet people at the door at a swing-dance festival. [5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St., S.F.; info/RSVP: (415) 305-8242 or or]


Symphony party: The San Francisco Symphony hosts its “Deck the Hall” family concert and party. Festivities include holiday music, crafts and entertainment. [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Craft party: The Museum of Craft and Design’s holiday party features three creative activities, plus refreshments and shopping. Ten percent of proceeds benefit MCD. [1 to 3:30 p.m., Flax Art and Design, 1699 Market St., S.F.]

Rabbit tale: ODC/Dance presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” its annual holiday performance based on Margery Williams’ tale about a boy, a stuffed rabbit and the power of love. [2 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

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



String quartet: The Juilliard String Quartet, with newest member Joseph Lin, performs at Stanford. The program includes works by Mozart and Stravinsky. [2:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Latin jazz: The Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra performs at Yoshi’s. Palmieri, the multiple-Grammy-winning Latin-jazz artist, is celebrating his 75th birthday. [7 and 9 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Olive oil: Journalist Tom Mueller talks about his new book, “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


Meet Amy Sedaris: The comedian and bestselling author visits the Roxie Theater for an evening featuring a reception, a conversation, a Q&A, a book signing and craft making. It benefits the Roxie. [7:30 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]


Standup show: Comedian Jeffrey Ross performs a standup show. Ross’ credits include the DVD “Jeffrey Ross: No Offense” and appearances at celebrity roasts. [7 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


1300 on Fillmore: Chef David Lawrence’s brunch menu features southern flavors and California ingredients. Dishes include spicy tasso Cajun ham and eggs Benedict with buttermilk-chive biscuits and Tabasco hollandaise; black-skillet fried chicken with buttermilk whipped potatoes and gravy; cinnamon-brioche French toast; lemongrass-ginger house-cured salmon; and a rib-eye burger. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F.; reservations: (415) 771-7100]



49ers vs. Rams

1:15 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

The 49ers look to snap back after losing in Baltimore to the Ravens on Thanksgiving.

A win today would mean the Niners clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2002.


NFL: The Raiders take on the Miami Dolphins. [10 a.m., Sun Life Stadium, Miami, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

New state proposals create an uncertain future for S.F.’s universal health care

‘Why should The City pay for health care if their residents can get it from the state?’

The Niners can win even when Jimmy Garoppolo has an off night

What we learned during crazy NFL weekend

Opinion: California’s misguided rooftop solar debate

Why aren’t we focused on the value of residential solar to reduce emissions?