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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.

July 20th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Great Moments in Dance from the Golden Age of the Movie Musical
Presented by Bonnie Weiss

This is part one of a two-part presentation that will conclude cultural historian Bonnie Weiss’ fabulous “Song and Dance Men of the Silver Screen” series. You will see two spectacular, rare Fred Astaire dances caught on film, a well as a rare number in which Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly dance together. This highlight reel segment also includes Marge & Gower Champion in the films “Show Boat” and “Jupiter’s Darling,” Sammy Davis Jr. as a dazzling 7-year old and in his last film, Tap, 60 years later. Ms. Weiss will bring these topnotch dancers (and others) to life with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and biographical and cultural commentary.

July 13th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
A Virtual Hike along San Francisco’s Ocean Beach & More
Presented by Bob Leone

The western edge of San Francisco has some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in the Bay Area, with spectacular views at every turn. Come on a virtual hike that will take you from Ocean Beach, through the winding trails at Lands End, to Lincoln Park and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. No hiking boots required! Along the way you’ll see slides and video clips of surfers, sunsets, wildflowers, the Golden Gate Bridge, monumental artwork and a few surprises! You’ll also hear some of the history of this amazing place that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the most visited units in the entire National Park system, welcoming more than 15 million visitors annually. Presenter, Bob Leone has been hiking Ocean Beach and Lands End for twenty years, and taking pictures there for the last five.

July 12th @ 7:45pm
Passages on the Lake
The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar
Presented by The Lake Merritt & Paul Corman Roberts

This event is a sophisticated, spoken word showcase featuring the most talented storytellers, writers, and musicians in the Bay Area.  Admission for this event is free. The program begins at 7:45pm. Enjoy dinner or cocktails with a stunning view of Lake Merritt while enjoying the very cutting edge of an old art form in a new medium. The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar is located in The Lake Merritt. We open for dinner at 5pm.

Andrena Zawinski’s new poetry collection is Landings. She has two previous award winning collections: Something About, a PEN Oakland Award, and Traveling in Reflected Light, a Kenneth Patchen Prize. Her poems have received accolades for free verse, form, lyricism, spirituality, and social concern. She runs the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon and is Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com.

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems (Punk Hostage Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Annual Poetry Center Book Award. She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College, hostsSaturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, and is a core producer of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival. Her work has appeared in Oakland Review, Fourteen Hills, Ekphrastic California, Red Light Lit, Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLink, The Common, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Parthenon West Review, One Ded Cow, Samizdat, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals. www.holliehardy.com

Fisayo Adeyeye has works published in Noble / Gas Qtrly, Nailed Magazine, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and New American Writing. His chapbook Blackfish was a finalist for the 2015 Best Prize Chapbook Contest (Big Lucks). His first full length book Cradles is forthcoming from Nomadic Press in April 2017.

Michelle Cruz Gonzalez a Xicana writer, writes memoir and fiction and is the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band. In the 1990’s MCG played drums in and wrote lyrics for the all female hardcore punk band, Spitboy, not a riot grrrl band. Spitboy toured extensively in the US and overseas and released several albums. MCG has been a regular contributor to Hip Mama Magazine, published by Seal Press in Book Lovers Anthology: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers , in the Listen To Your Mother Anthology on Putnam, and her story “Juan, El Pájaro” one Honorable Mention in Riversedge Literary Journal contest.

Star Stone is a yoga teacher, actress, writer, and poet. She is currently on the Oakland Slam poetry Team. Her work has appeared in SageWoman, Shakti Yogi journal, and Rebelle Society among others. She is currently working on her one-woman show with a director in LA and had her first showing of this work at The Marsh theater in 2016. Star has written four poetry chapbooks, and is in the process of finding the right publisher. She self published her work "The Mystic Pocketbook; poems for daily embodiment" in 2014, through Barnes and Noble's Nook Press.


July 6th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Learning the Secrets of Oakland’s Historic House Museums ~ A Virtual Tour

Join Oakland tour guide, Annalee Allen, and come on a journey around 19th century Oakland and learn about the lives and legacies of five early Oakland families and the homes they left behind. Meet the Peralta, Camron, Cohen, Pardee and Hellman families and see how they shaped early Oakland.

June 29th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
The Possibility and Peril of Artificial Intelligence: Video Viewing & Discussion
Presented by Ryan Wilcox

From self-driving cars to machines that can read emotional cues from your speech and body language, artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly. Amplifying our human intelligence with AI has the potential to help civilization flourish like never before – if we manage to keep the technology beneficial. Come watch two thought-provoking TED Talks and join an intelligent discussion that would make your future computer servant (or overlord) proud.

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