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.



September 29th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Why Brexit Happened and What To Do Next

Join our Executive Director Johanna Leonard to discuss Brexit.  We will show a TedTalks lecture on what Brexit means for Great Britian and the world.  We will then discuss how divided our societies are today and how can we make it more inclusive.



October 6th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Your Guide to State and Local Ballot Measures with the League of Women Voters

A record number of local and statewide propositions will fill the California ballot this November. We all know about the presidential race, but do you know what else you’re voting for? Please join us for this special presentation by the League of Women Voters to get to know your ballot. A representative from the organization will present and discuss arguments for and against the state and local measures. Election day is Tuesday, November 8th!



October 12th @ 7:30pm
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 7:30pm. 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.



October 13th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Basslines and Rhythm in Songwriting

We have all been dazzled by bands that have blaring horn sections, fancy piano and guitar work, and incredible singers. But what about the lowly bass? This conversation will explore the unsung hero of the band - the bassline! Learn about different kinds of basslines, learn to hear the full spectrum of the music you listen to. Understand how different rhythms can change the feel of a song. There will be live performance and recorded examples in this exciting musical learning experience!

Ben Levine, a Bay Area native, has led a distinguished career as a musician, producer, educator, and booking agent.

In 2003, Ben received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. During his time at USC, Ben had the opportunity to study and perform with many Jazz luminaries including: Bennie Maupin, Brian Bromberg, Scott Henderson, Carmen Bradford, Darryl Jones, Peter Erskine, and John Clayton. As a bassist, Ben has toured with former American Idol Josh Gracin, number one country music hit maker Mark Wills, and two-time country music Entertainer of the Year Neal McCoy. With his own bluegrass band, Honeywagon, Ben has performed on and produced 5 full-length albums. Honeywagon enjoyed tremendous success with their 2003 release “Green Day Blue Grass” which spent over a year in the top 10 of Billboard’s Bluegrass Album chart and peaked at #3. Ben’s playing can also be heard on the Grammy winning album, “Guitar Heroes” by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.



October 20th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Senior Center Without Walls

Senior Center Without Walls (SCWW) is an award-winning program of Episcopal Senior Communities offering activities, education, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes, support groups and presentations to seniors. Each week, seniors can access over 70 groups by phone or online, all from the comfort of home. Today, a representative from SCWW will discuss their innovative programs and the “connected” future of aging in place. Whether you’re interested in staying stimulated, helping an aging parent or friend, or learning about exciting innovations in senior care and virtual communities, this one’s for you!



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