By Jackie Andrews



Awarding human rights

Join Global Exchange for its ninth annual awards ceremony to celebrate the people and organizations that honor human rights and work for change with dinner, activities, and a silent auction. This year's winners include Bolivian U.N. Ambassador Pablo Solon, U.S. gulf coast toxicologist Wilma Subra, and more..

6:30 p.m., $125

Bimbo's 365 Club

1025 Columbus, SF



Bluegrass for the Greenbelt

Help raise funds for local eco-heroes Greenbelt Alliance with a foot-stomping hoedown featuring Marley's Ghost, Kathy Kallic Band, the Wronglers, and more. Show up a day early and camp out with your family. Proceeds benefit an organization that works to preserve the region's natural ecosystems and sustainable farms.

Fri/3–Sat/4, $25–$50

Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate

2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakl.



Walk for hope

Get a group of friends together and raise funds — check out the online tips on how–for breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer research. Meet at Justin Herman Plaza and walk in solidarity down the Embarcadero and around AT&T Park. Enjoy lively music and other entertainment along the way.

9 a.m., free

Justin Herman Plaza

Market and Embarcadero , SF



Cuba-U.S. relations

Find out what the 50th anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion means and how recent changes in Cuban politics will affect the country's relationship with the U.S. Go online or call the library to receive readings to prepare yourself for this interesting discussion.

10 a.m., free

Niebyl-Proclor Library

6501 Telegraph, Oakl.

(510) 595-7417



Sonoma County Pride Parade

Just can't wait for the SF Pride Parade, huh? We can't either. Come march with our LGBTQ neighbors by the Russian River for what is promised to be a fun and outrageous event featuring a parade followed by a party with food, drinks, and loads of entertainment for the whole family.

11 a.m. –6 p.m., free

Guerneville Lodge

15905 River Road, Guerneville



Radical SF History

Former Bay Guardian reporter Rachel Brahinsky reads her chapter from the book Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978, a selection of essays about the city's gay rights and other identity-based social movements, anti-gentrification efforts, and more.

7:30 p.m., free

Green Arcade Books

1680 Market, SF 

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