Go outside and collect leaves. Then flatten the most interesting ones in a few hefty books, and stash away for future discovery.

Do you think the world will be better or worse off 100 years from now?

“All of man’s misfortune comes from one thing, which is not knowing how to sit quietly in a room…Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries, and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” (Blaise Pascal, 1699)

It ‘aint the High Line, but Downtown’s newish Grand Park is the nicest new public space that’s opened in these parts in a long time. The green space between City Hall and the Music Center is having a big book festival today. Organizers promise readings, DJs, food trucks, book-making demos, historical tours of the park and an array of stalls and pop-up bookstores from the likes of 826LA, Libros Schmibros, Siglio Press and Writ Large Press. 11 am- 6 pm. Free.

Editors of the public transport literary journal Muni Diaries are going live tonight with a show at 647 Valencia. Storytellers include the sex columnist Anna Pulley, BART operator Kelly Beardsley and ramen chef Richie Nakano, who will regale us with stories of nail-clipping, whiskey-sharing and sightings of mythical creatures and men with no pants. The show will culminate in a knock-down “Muni Haiku Battle.” Climb aboard. 7 pm. $12.

Ever checked out the Manhattan JCC? Jews or merely the Jew-adjacent are welcome today for a free afternoon of programming – adults can try the Afro-Carribean dance class, guided meditation or a crafts workshop, while the kids can check out the rooftop playground or try instrument making and circle games. 334 Amsterdam Ave, (at 76th St).

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