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.

October 27th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Foot Health Workshop
Presented by Bethany Hobbs

Join Bethany Hobbs for a special afternoon of exploring the foundation of the body: our feet! This workshop is specially designed for those who want to deepen their understanding of balance, circulation, and agility – starting from the feet up. We will explore methods of developing and maintaining foot health, through both preventative and rehabilitative lenses. Bethany has been the yoga, balance, and meditation instructor at The Lake Merritt for almost four years and has been a devoted teacher of adaptive yoga for all ages for almost a decade.

November 9th @ 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.

Barrett Warner is the author of Why Is It So Hard to Kill You? (Somondoco, 2016) and My Friend Ken Harvey (Publishing Genius, 2014). New suffering has appeared or is forthcoming in Reality Beach, Adroit Journal (for which he garnered a Best of the Net 2016 nomination) and Permafrost. Lately he's been writing seven feet away from a piano bc music, and trying to hold a pen in his left hand in order to use the other side of his brain to break lines.

Lucille Lang Day has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including BECOMING AN ANCESTOR (Červena Barvá Press, 2015) and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems (Blue Light, 2015), and she is a winner of the Blue Light Poetry Award and Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is also the author of a children's book, Chain Letter, and the memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story , which received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. She is the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books.

Kimi Sugioka is a poet, songwriter and educator who earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She was also the curator of the seminal San Francisco Café Babar reading series in the 1990’s. Influenced by, among others, the Beat poets and poets of color and grit, she attempts to take measure of the world through the lens of a utopian educator in a dystopian system, a bi-cultural woman of color, and a single mother.

Ingrid Keir is a poet, performer and educator. She is co-founder of the WordParty, a long-running San Francisco poetry and jazz series. She has featured at the DeYoung Museum, The Beat Museum, City Hall, Quiet Lightning as well as many others. She has written several chapbooks: The Secrets of Like (2004), Toward the Light (2007) and recently released a new book of poetry in September 2016, The Choreography of Nests, published by Feather Press. Ingrid’s work has appeared in: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Sparkle and Blink, Out of Our as well as shortlisting in the 2016 Litquake poetry contest.

A San Francisco native, Thea Matthews is a re-entry, first generation college student at UC Berkeley. She is an active participant in Black Lives Matter and helped organized the Millions March SF, Queers come for #Black Lives Matter, and the SF Black Lives Matter Community Building Symposium. She continuously strives for the advancement and empowerment of all Black/ African American students and marginalized communities.

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