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.
August 25th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Dazzling Dames of Broadway: Carol Channing & Gwen Verdon
Presented by Bonnie Weiss
Carol Channing is one of the greatest comic musical theatre stars, and one of the most imitated, in musical theatre history. We’ll cover her start in San Francisco, her early career as a dancer, her big break in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and her legendary status in Hello Dolly. We’ll also look at her gift for doing outrageous impressions of one of the famous movie stars of her era.
Gwen Verdon was a superb dancer, who won 4 Tony Awards. She got her big Broadway break in Can Can and went on to great acclaim in such musicals as Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity and Chicago. Besides clips from some of these shows, you’ll see a very rare video clip of her dancing with her choreographer husband, the legendary Bob Fosse.
September 23rd @ 2:30pm
Celebrate Fall Prevention Week
Fall Prevention Workshop: How To Prevent Having Falls
Presented by Vanessa Kettler
Have you been having falls or are you afraid that you might fall? Even though falls often happen without warning, there is much we can do to prevent them from happening. Learn about new and thought-provoking approaches. Come to this fascinating presentation by Vanessa Kettler, an experienced teacher of elder exercise and a professional dancer at the age of 73.