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The Lake Merritt's Public Programs

We’re proud to present a variety of events which are open to the public and designed to be of special interest to Bay Area older adults and our residents.

Frequently our presenters include distinguished medical professionals and researchers, wellness coaches and top-notch care givers. We also present programs by local historians, naturalists and others who are happy to share their expertise with us.

Our goal is to provide our residents and friends with relevant information which enriches their life experience.

October 26th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Broadway’s Legendary Composers: Jerome Kern
Presented by Bonnie Weiss

Join seasoned theater educator Bonnie Weiss for the first talk in a new six-part series on “Broadway’s Legendary Composers.” We will open with Jerome Kern. Dubbed "The Father of the American Musical", Kern converted the grandiose, lavish music of the European operetta into a uniquely American art form. He introduced the modern love ballad into musical theatre, and in the world of popular music is considered to be one of the finest composers of stunning melodies. Besides the exquisite score for his landmark musical Show Boat, Kern has written such marvelous songs as “Look For The Silver Lining,” "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Long Ago and Far Away" and a host of others. In this presentation you will learn all about this gifted  composer's life and see wonderful scenes from his Broadway and Hollywood musicals.

October 19th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
A Virtual Walk in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury 
Presented by Bob Leone

Join us for a virtual hike through San Francisco’s most beloved park and the colorful and always entertaining neighborhood on its eastern edge. Slides, video clips and a running commentary on the history, people and current attractions set the stage for a virtual afternoon ramble. Get a first-hand look at the museums, gardens, public events, architecture, some amazing tattoo art and more. You’ll see the rock and roll houses in the Haight Ashbury, hear Opera in the Park and the 70’s beat of Sunday afternoon roller disco, plus enjoy a taste (almost!) of the best pizza on Haight Street. Presenter Bob Leone has been trekking through Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury for decades and loves to share his expertise.

October 12th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Modifying Habits for a Healthier Life
Presented by Dianna Rowley 

Health and Fitness Coach Dianna Rowley will help you see the connections between your habits and your overall health more clearly. She will discuss how you can assess your daily habits and create a customized action plan that will increase your energy, reduce pain, improve sleep and moods. Ms. Rowley teaches fitness and health classes that draw from her experiences in dance, physical therapy and her training in Swedish style health coaching.

October 5th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Architecture:  Bridges and Making Connections
Presented by Johanna Leonard


From the Brooklyn Bridge to the Millau Viaduct, bridges enrich the landscape and serve as a living metaphor for making connections. Come watch a short film on the fascinating architectural and human stories of bridges. Executive Director Johanna Leonard will lead a discussion on how bridges can impact cities, states, countries and individuals.  

September 28th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
The Evolution of Dance
Presented by Bianca Brzezinski

Hail the power of dance! Since the beginning of time, dance has been a ritualized art form of thanksgiving, celebration and performance of the human spirit. Come learn about the history and evolution of dance forms and cultures from a professional dancer, Bianca Brzezinski.  Listen, watch and (optional) participate in a communal dance honoring the essence of what we are: pure movement! Check out more about Bianca and the dance collective Opal Street Dance Improvisation Thearte at www.opalstreet.org.

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