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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.

May 25th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Hearing Loss Signs and Solutions with Connect Hearing
By Joanne Brenner

Learn the information that everyone who is concerned about hearing loss should know from Connect Hearing’s Joanne Brenner. The causes, varieties, measurement and effects of hearing loss will be covered. She will also discuss your hearing aid options and the models that fit your specific hearing issues and lifestyle. Already have a hearing aid but feel like you’re still struggling to hear? Bring your questions and your devices and Joanne will be happy to advise. 

May 18th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
King of Doubt Performance Reading and Author Talk
By Peter Gibb

Come hear author, Peter Gibb, in a lively “Performance Reading” from his mutlipe-award winning memoir, King of Doubt. This event is part theatre, part dramatic reading, all fun.  NYT bestselling author Gayle Lynds, says, “King of Doubt sends you across continents and time in an unforgettable journey of self-discovery. With the soul of a poet and the rich language of an artist, Gibb illuminates everyday life and, in the process, our own lies. Here is a memoir to savor.” Brad Knickerbocker of the Christian Science Monitor writes that King of Doubt is, “Courageously written, an inspiring tribute to the human spirit. Highly recommended.” Copies of the memoir will be available for sale.

May 11th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Song and Dance Men of the Silver Screen:  Dan Dailey and Gene Nelson
By Bonnie Weiss

Cultural historian Bonnie Weiss continues her delightful multimedia series on footloose leading men with a look at two Golden Era greats. Dan Dailey achieved movie stardom in the 40's and 50's for a series of 20th Century Fox movie musicals with movie pin-up queen Betty Grable. He    had prominent roles in There's No Business Like Show Business and Pride of St. Louis, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in When My Baby Smiles at Me. Gene Nelson was the teen-aged ice-skating partner of ice-queen Sonja Henie before making movies in his mid-20's. His performances showed off his rare athletic and gymnastics skills. His best and most remembered role is that of Will Parker in the Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. 

May 10th @ 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.Please come back early next week for the listing of performers.

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (ELJ Editions, March 2017), a collection of hybrid prose and micro-fictions with praise from Peter Orner, Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, and others. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press. Visit her at www.pegalfordpursell.com

James Warner short fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Web Conjunctions, Agni Online, etc. He helps organize the San Francisco Lit Crawl and is also the author of the novel All Her Father's Guns and of many unpublished novels that often feature downwardly-mobile English eccentrics. Sometimes he watches 1970s English children's TV on Youtube and tries to understand how we got here.

Lark Omura was born and raised on the island of Maui, and currently resides in Oakland, CA. Lately she’s been pondering how to make art and fight fascism at the same time. Fittingly, her writing contemplates the beauty of being human within the context of a capitalist society. Her poetry has appeared in Bamboo Ridge and The Hawaii Review. She can be reached at larkomura@gmail.com

Charles Kruger (The Storming Bohemian) writes for The Rumpus ("The Storming Bohemian Punks The Muse") and contributes regular reviews to TheatreStorm, which he founded in 2011. His poetry, reviews, and essays break out in various literary spots. He helped create two reading series: Bay Area Generations (Co-founder) and Quiet Lightning (original Board chair). He does what he can.

Lyndsey Ellis is a St. Louis native who lives in Oakland. She received her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Ellis is a VONA/Voices alumna and recipient of San Francisco Foundation's 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. She loves thrift stores and Afro-Samba dance.


May 4th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Stay Mind Sharp at Any Age
By Carol Byers

No matter what our age, we continue to grow new brain cells – but the challenge is keeping these  newborn cells healthy. Learn what research tells us about how stress, sleep, socialization, exercise and diet can affect our ability to keep our minds sharp and how enriched learning environments can contribute to the survival of those new brain cells. Find out how we can keep our brains active and healthy by making small changes in our daily lives, and learn what it means to “cross-train your brain.” Handouts and fact sheets will be available. Presenter, Carol Byers, has been helping older adults stay mind sharp through her presentations and brain fitness classes since 2008, when she earned her master’s degree in gerontology.

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