Public Events

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 28th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
A Virtual Tour of Oakland’s Landmarks
Presented by Annalee Allen and Gene Anderson 

Join Oakland tour guides Annalee Allen and Gene Anderson on a virtual (video-aided) tour of Oakland and find out about The Town’s many architectural gems and landmarks. Annalee and Gene will also share fun facts about Oakland’s numerous legendary locals, including people such as Jack London, Julia Morgan, Henry J. Kaiser and Gertrude Stein, to name but a few. Can you stump our speakers? Come with questions (no matter how trivial) and they will have the answers.

August 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

Maw Shein Win is Poet Laureate of El Cerrito. Her writing has appeared in various journals including Cimarron Review, Ping-Pong, Eleven Eleven, The Fabulist, and the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions). Presently, she is a poetry editor for Rivet. Along with composer Amanda Chaudhary, Maw is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind which combines poetry with abstract electronic music. She teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Jamey Genna teaches art, theater, and writing in the East Bay area of San Francisco. She received her Masters in Writing from the University of

San Francisco. Her short fiction has been published on-line & in many fine literary magazines such as Crab Orchard Review, Georgetown Review, & The Iowa Review. Her collection, Stories I Heard When I Went Home for My Grandmother's Funeral was a semi finalist for the Iowa Prize.


Steven Gray has lived in San Francisco since before there were computers and people would communicate by sending smoke signals with their cigarettes. His most recent book of poems isJet Shock and Culture Lag. His literary reviews are at His work has been in the Berkeley Poetry Review, Poets 11, Sparkle & Blink, and other publications.


Xan Roberti is a double Leo with a Capricorn moon. She won the 2014 New South Poetry Contest, and has work published in numerous journals. She curates and hosts Mashup Up the Hill, a literary and music salon, and teaches young writers in SF at St. Ignatius College Prep.


Musical Guest Sebastian Poznansky is a British cellist who has lived and worked in the Cayman Islands for the past five years. Sebastian was fortunate enough to attend the Royal Welsh College of Music for his Bachelors degree and the prestigious Royal College of Music London for his postgraduate studies. There he was tutored by the inspirational Helene Dautry an esteemed Parisian cellist. Sebastian now performs regularly in Cayman as a soloist and chamber musician.


August 11th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Art History Series:
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West

A docent from the DeYoung Museum will present a lecture on this new exhibit.  "Ed Ruscha and the Great American West includes 99 works that reveal the artist’s engagement with the American West and its starring role in our national mythology. This exclusive exhibition has been organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and celebrates the career of one of the world’s most influential and critically acclaimed artists.  Nine sections reveal Ruscha’s fascination with the evolving landscape and iconic character of the “Great American West” in symbolic, evocative, and ironic renditions. These include works that depict gasoline stations, long an important element of Ruscha’s work, as well as others that comment on Los Angeles and the film industry, such as his famous “Technicolor” images of the Hollywood sign. The exhibition also includes works in which a word or phrase is the sole subject, often depicted in a variety of forms that simulate poured liquids, cut ribbons, or spray paint."

Photograph & Quotes from DeYoung Museum of SF.

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