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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.



September 14th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
History of the Celtic Harp
Presented by Lyndal Bronwyn 

From ancient to modern times, the harp has been associated with enchantment. Lyndal Bronwyn will take you on a musical journey, playing music from different periods in history and telling historical harp stories that may surprise – and delight – you. Find out more about this beautiful instrument and its development through time.



September 7th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
The Big Blue Binder: Things Our Heirs Need to Know
Presented by Meghan Collins

This talk is being given by one of our residents, Meghan Collins! “The Big Blue Binder” is a collection of information your successors will need to know after you are gone – all in one handy volume. It will save your heirs much searching and frustration. Meghan will explain the contents of “The Big Blue Binder” and provide a handout with a list of its chapter headings as a reminder of how to make you own binder.



August 31st @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade 

A docent from the Legion of Honor in San Francisco will discuss the exhibit Degas, Impressionism and the Millinery Trade, which features key works by Degas—many never before exhibited in the United States—as well as those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and 40 exquisite examples of period hats. Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. Degas’ fascination inspired a visually compelling and profoundly modern body of work that documents the lives of what one fashion writer of the day called “the aristocracy of the workwomen of Paris, the most elegant and distinguished.” The exhibition will be the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists. 



August 24th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
More Great Moments in Dance from the Golden Age of the Movie Musical
Presented by Bonnie Weiss

This is the last in Bonnie Weiss’ eight-part series “Song and Dance Men of The Silver Screen.” You’ll learn about and view dance clips of three phenomenal dancers who never became film stars: Bobby Van, Tommy Rall and Bob Fosse. You will also enjoy industry tales and video of dancer/director Tommy Tune (Hello Dolly) and Christopher Walken (who, despite being better known as a character actor, started out as a superb dancer). Bonnie will cap the series off with two riveting ensemble dances from the film 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and West Side Story.



August 17th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Halt Falls Now 
Presented by Kai Thomas

In this class, fitness instructor and Chinese Health Practitioner Kai Thomas will teach you fundamental principles to help you stay on your feet. In addition to showing you proper standing and stepping technique, Kai will discuss how to minimize the impact of a fall if you are falling and how to manage the fear of falls if you have fallen.





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