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A great hikes and bike rides and other weekend events in San Francisco

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Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Hakone Gardens offers pure tranquility with multi-tiered waterfalls, koi ponds and a bamboo garden. Wander to the Moonviewing House and under the wisteria arbor to a secluded pavilion. There’s also a once-a-month, hourlong public tea ceremony that includes some amazingly bright green tea. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Hakone Gardens offers pure tranquility with multi-tiered waterfalls, koi ponds and a bamboo garden. Wander to the Moonviewing House and under the wisteria arbor to a secluded pavilion. There’s also a once-a-month, hourlong public tea ceremony that includes some amazingly bright green tea. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

San Francisco events on April 5, 6 and 7 2013.

On the town (Friday)

  • West African arts: Duniya Dance and Drum Company presents “The Madness of the Elephant,” a performance of Guinean music and dance. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

A great hike (Saturday)

  • ‘Green Tranquili-Tea’: Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Hakone Gardens offers pure tranquility with multi-tiered waterfalls, koi ponds and a bamboo garden. Wander to the Moonviewing House and under the wisteria arbor to a secluded pavilion. There’s also a once-a-month, hourlong public tea ceremony that includes some amazingly bright green tea. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

A great bike ride (Sunday)

  • Recycling ride: Recyclers, artists, diggers, environmentalists, do we have a ride for you! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition group pedal goes to two of San Francisco’s most inspirational and iconic nonprofits, SCRAP and Building REsources. The meandering three-hour ride will take you from the Mission district into Bayview along great new bike routes and into magical worlds of reusing and recycling. Cost is $5 for nonmembers; rain cancels. RSVP at sfbike.org/rec_rides. [10 a.m., meet at Workspace Gallery, 2150 Folsom St., S.F.]

Museums (Saturday)

  • Grand opening: The Museum of Craft and Design hosts grand-opening festivities at its new home. Inaugural exhibits include “Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968-2011.” [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Literary arts (Saturday)

  • Book sale: The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s Spring Book Sale features books, DVDs, CDs and other items. Everything is $3 or less. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Comedy (Saturday)

  • Cup of Coco: Comic storyteller Miss Coco Peru (aka Clinton Leupp) presents “She’s Got Balls,” her new show. Topics include Facebook and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Music (Saturday)

  • Benefit concert: Colla Voce sings songs with LGBT themes in a program to benefit Asian and Pacific Islander Family Pride’s educational film project “Coming Out, Coming Home.” [4 p.m., St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive, S.F.]

Dance (Sunday)

  • In the flow: “Flow Show/San Francisco” is back for a fifth year. Artists specializing in hoops, juggling, Maori poi and other forms of movement appear with unique props. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Lectures (Sunday)

  • Immigration talk: Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses his experiences as an undocumented immigrant. Sequoia Adult School Scholars presents the talk. [3:30 p.m., Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City]

Literary arts (Sunday)

  • Irish-American arts: The Crossroads Festival presents “Irish-American Writers of the San Francisco Bay Area.” [2 p.m., McLaren Conference Center, Room 250, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]