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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.

January 11th @ 6:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
SPECIAL CONVERSATIONS:  Living Room Conversations on Status and Privilege

Living Room Conversations provide opportunities for people with differing perspectives to engage in friendly, eye-opening conversations about important topics. Today’s small group conversations will center on questions of status and privilege. We joke about “keeping up with the Joneses” — but there’s real competition in our society for status and the accompanying privilege. How do we decide what bestows this status? While our country seems to favor wealth, there are other forms of status and privilege. What privileges do each of us enjoy, and how do those correspond with our status in society? This conversation examines our own  standing in society and how we use our status in everyday life. From education to wealth to gender to race, let’s talk about what we have…and what we desire. STARTS AT 6:30PM! 

January 4th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Retrain the Brain: Unlearn Pessimistic Thinking to Create a Healthier, More Joyful Future!
Presented by Dianna Rowley

Adagio Wellness’ reality-based, metaphysical approach to habit modification has been proven to improve mood, sleep and health while decreasing stress. Did you know that stress slows down the metabolism, weakens the immune system and causes physical pain? In this engaging Adagio Wellness talk, Dianna Rowley will help you separate controllable factors impacting your life from uncontrollable ones. You will learn how to troubleshoot those that are within your control instead of trying to change the unchangeable. "I get to" is the mantra of this talk, which will leave you feeling grounded and empowered. We will also learn a peaceful ritual to help you center the brain and connect to the body before bedtime. This is one in a series of Adagio Wellness™ talks that focus on specific behavioral habits.


December 28th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Gen Silent: LGBT Documentary and Discussion (two-hour session)
Presented by Join Family of Choice Homecare 

Join Family of Choice Homecare for a special film screening and discussion. Gen Silent is a critically acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors what they have had to give up in order to survive in the world of elder care. Their surprising decisions and complex realities are captured in intimate detail over the course of a year. Each of them finds new hope when they cross paths with impassioned advocates trying to change LGBT aging for the better. Come see this eye-opening 70 minute film and unpack its themes and lessons with the founders of California’s first LGBT-focused home care agency. 

December 21st @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Broadway’s Legendary Composers: Irving Berlin
Presented by Bonnie Weiss

Cultural historian Bonnie Weiss returns for an exciting presentation on composer Irving Berlin, who is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. From “Puttin’ On the Ritz” to “Blue Skies” to “God Bless America”, his music, perhaps more than any other composer’s, gave shape to the “Great American Songbook”. Hear his real life rags-to-riches story and watch some of the most memorable performances of his tunes ever caught on film.  In the spirit of the season, the presentation will end with a classic clip of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen performing Berlin’s “White Christmas”.

December 14th @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Memorials and Monuments: Built in Honor (an architecture talk)
Presented by Johanna Leonard

Monuments and memorials are objects that commemorate something (usually a person, people or an event) or that have become important to a group’s remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage. Monuments like the Great Sphinx, Hagia Sophia and the Statue of Liberty are valued for their historical, religious and national significance. Come watch ashort film on the world’s most famous memorials and monuments and their architecture. Executive Director Johanna Leonard will then lead a discussion probing the significance of these sites, as well as lesser-known monuments that have great meaning for those familiar with them.

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