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.

December 1st @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Oakland Youth Poet Laureate

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program is meant to encourage literacy, expression and civic engagement. Last year's Youth Poet Laureate is Tova Ricardo.  Her poetry addresses both personal and cultural battles that she participates in. We are honored to host Tova and several other finalists who will read and discuss their work.

December 8th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Word Drunk:  The Lyrics of Bob Dylan

Somethin’s happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you? Come all without, come all within, you’ve not seen nothin’ like “Word Drunk: the Lyrics of Bob Dylan.” Join longtime Dylan fan Joe Wilcox for a deep dive into the new Nobel laureate’s verses. You can bring your leopard skin, pillbox hat, but you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows!

December 15th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Ten Ways to Break Out of the Blues

Grace Pacheco, M.A., MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and owner of East Bay Area Therapy in Pinole, California. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and works with individuals, couples & families to lift low mood, relax shaky nerves, and increase healthy communication in relationships. She will be presenting "Ten Ways to Break Out of the Blues" to support The Lake Merritt community and friends during the darker months of the year when folks can be most vulnerable to feeling blue. Ms. Pacheco is a lively public speaker who uses humor and interaction with the audience to convey her message of hope.

December 22nd @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Dazzling Dames of Broadway:  A Bevy of Dazzling Dames

We are very happy to welcome back seasoned theater historian and educator extraordinaire, Bonnie Weiss, M.A. This edition of her wonderful “Dazzling Dames” series includes short segments on such performers as Chita Rivera, Patti Lupone, Barbara Cook and Angela Lansbury. There will also be a 15-minute segment on 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. This talk is sure to put pep in the step of even the least peppy steppers!

December 29th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Reflecting on Resolution

In this last session of the year, we’ll aim to probe the secrets of self-motivation and follow-through. What are some of the best ways to find inspiration and stay inspired? After watching a thought-provoking Ted Talk, we’ll hold a discussion led by Program Director Ryan Wilcox and Executive Director Johanna Leonard.

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