We had quite a bit of fun on one of the most beautiful days in the Bay Area recently. We enjoyed good conversations, ice cream and perfect sunshine. This was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and to snack al fresco.
Posts by: Linda Manoogian
On a recent Wednesday we found ourselves headed to Golden Tee Golfland in Castro Valley. The day was sunny and bright and beautiful. We were thankful for the lovely breeze. We thoroughly enjoyed the fun, competition and challenges of an afternoon of miniature golf.
What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? How about an afternoon at Bayside Park with Japanese Eldercare visitors?! Delicious lunch in the café, tours of our beautiful community, sunshine arriving just in time for our tour of the garden and atrium, bowling, ring toss and miniature golf and if that’s not enough, plenty of […]
We enjoyed a yummy visit to Fenton’s Creamery on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland recently during one of our Wednesday afternoon outings. Did you know that Fenton’s has been serving ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, pies, sandwiches, etc. to the community for over 105 years? People travel from near and far for their delicious ice cream treats […]
We visited the Spirit of the Old West at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville recently and I must say that we would have been quite happy to spend several hours at this very fascinating and educational exhibit where we learned so much. The presentation offers a rather balanced narrative of Native Americans and the American […]
One of our favorite destinations for outings is the Blake Gardens in Berkeley (by Kensington). The Garden is the residence of over 1,500 plants, more than fifty species of birds, fragrant and spicy herbs and raccoons, frogs and if that’s not enough, a beautiful koi pond. The buzz of honey-bees is musical and quite frankly, […]
The sun arrived just as scheduled on this beautiful Fourth of July holiday. We enjoyed delicious food, fantastic music from Chuck and Sylvia and a wonderful sense of community on our second floor atrium and garden.
Sunshine and Sundaes….This month’s ice cream social was a great day. Aviad scooped chocolate and vanilla ice cream and we topped it with chocolate, strawberry and caramel sauce. The music was playing and we all had a great time!
Beautiful day, beautiful people, old-fashioned carousel and plenty of delicious treats, what’s not to enjoy, eh?! We had so much fun and now we have beautiful memories of sharing this afternoon together.
We had a delightful trip to the Bonsai Gardens a week or so ago, absolutely beautiful day and a lovely adventure. Bonsai plants of every size and shape are ubiquitous and finally, the little streams of water, home to ducks, birds and frogs are plentiful as compared to the times of California’s worst drought.
Last Wednesday afternoon we found ourselves at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland and if we didn’t know better we would have thought we were in paradise. The weather was beautiful for sightseeing, walking, bench-sitting and snacking so you know it doesn’t get much better that that. Roses of every shade were in bloom and […]
Temperatures were perfect with plenty of sunshine and a gentle breeze. Cold drinks and refreshments were a wonderful addition and the jazz and blues playing in the background added to the ambiance and overall, good cheer!
We had a very fun event here at Bayside Park last week. It was no surprise since our lobby was filled with a variety of games including bowling, miniature golf, ring toss and an adventuresome group of fun-loving residents as well as a wonderful team of volunteers to coordinate the games. And if that’s not […]
It was a bit of a cloudy day but we brought some color and sunshine into our morning as our residents made beautiful, brightly colored tissue-paper flowers. We gathered all the flowers together and made a lovely bouquet that sits on the table of our arts and crafts room for all to admire. We were […]
We had a very nice outing to the Little Farm in beautiful Tilden Park last week. If there had been any doubts about the California drought being over, those questions were dispelled, as the verdant fields were a delight to our eyes. Even the animals seemed especially happy munching on the green grasses. We brought […]
On what was probably one of the most beautiful days in March, we traveled to Richmond to visit the Rosie the Riveter Museum where we enjoyed a fun-filled and educational visit. In line with Women’s History Month our trip took us to the museum which represents the American women who worked in both shipyards and […]
On Friday, March 17th, the residents of Bayside Park participated in a spirited St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We started with an oral history of St. Patrick’s Day and moved on to sipping green beer (or green Ginger Ale if preferred), munching pretzels, chips and salsa and listening to the lively tunes of Irish music. We […]
We had a delightful celebration last week of both the Jewish Holiday Purim and Happy Hour with wine and cheese. Our Executive Director, Rich, read from the Book of Esther while Tim held up signs like “Boo” when the name Haman (evil) arose and “Hooray” with the mention of Mordecai (good) and “Sigh” for the […]
We had a lovely Valentine’s Day party here at Bayside Park recently, lots of love, affection and overall “heartfelt” cheer. We served champagne and special holiday appetizers before Chuck and Sylvia, awesome musicians who have played here many times over the years, brought the residents to their feet to dance to beautiful love songs as […]
With musical instruments from around the world and music and songs in Hebrew, English and Arabic, we had a rollicking time in our Memory Care neighborhood today and quite frankly, likely everyone in Emeryville enjoyed the music and celebration as well. The photos tell much of the story but please note that there was a whole […]
Our outing to the Richmond Art Center last week was especially thought-provoking as well as educational in that the current program is the 21st Annual “Art of Living Black” exhibit the only annual exhibit in the Bay Area to exclusively feature regional artists of African descent. I am pleased to report that this was our […]
On a recent Monday, January 16th, we enjoyed an annual celebration and commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr, one of the greatest and most inspirational civil rights leaders of all times. Through his activism he played a pivotal role in erasing the legal separation of African-American citizens in the United States as well as the […]
We visited the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville last week. It was a very unique venue and we felt quite luxurious as we were surrounded by historic and vintage cars in an array of beautiful colors. The Museum is best known for its significant collection of classic, rare and distinctive automobiles and while we enjoyed […]
We enjoyed a delightful afternoon last week here at Bayside Park with live music by Barbara Alexander. Barbara plays the piano quite beautifully and we enjoyed jazz standards, vocals and popular sing-a-longs as the rain outside poured “cats and dogs” making a significant dent in our five plus years drought.
We received rave reviews of the festivities, food, entertainment and ambiance here at Bayside Park on Saturday evening with extra big kudos to Tim Johnson, our amazing Community Life Director and our awesome and beautiful colleague on the Community Life team, Resa Gordon. Our residents laughed, sang, danced and enjoyed the evening with the Robert […]
We celebrated “Robert A.D. Schwartz” Day (according to a proclamation by Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland) in style at the beautiful Sequoyah Club in the Oakland Hills last week. Bob Schwartz, at the helm of the Therapists and Comeback Jazz brings the best memories and much happiness to East Bay seniors and we were […]
On December 5th we had the honor of hosting members of the Oakland Ballet presenting excerpts from “The Nutcracker”. The dancers shared what it was like to study dance. Several admitted their introduction to ballet was “The Nutcracker” and they were thrilled to be a part of Oakland Ballet’s production. After the performance they opened […]
December 12th was a most memorable day here at Bayside Park with a fun-filled holiday celebration and Craft Fair happening in our Lobby. A local clothing vendor, Les Lunes, who specializes in eco-friendly bamboo sourced fabrics, brought beautifully made tunics, pants, skirts and jackets that draped elegantly and felt luxurious against your skin. The most […]
Our outing last week brought us to the Oakland Aviation Museum (a wonderful suggestion from one of our Community Life team members) located in the North Field of the Oakland International Airport on Earhart Rd. Does the last name Earhart sound familiar? The museum was founded 35 years ago as a non-profit organization. On display, […]
We have a new program here at Bayside Park’s Memory Care Floor and we are very excited with the immediate success of the class. Thrilled, yes and surprised, no! Bea has the patience of an angel, combined with the skills of a professional, in fact, you may want to view some of her oil paintings […]
The room was bursting with love, laughter, song and dance on our Memory Care floor last week with Lior at the helm, creating melodies and harmony like no other. He is the quintessential mensch, musician and all around outstanding human being and we are truly honored to have him in our lives. Residents thrill to […]
We enjoyed quite a wild time here last week at our annual Halloween Party. Great costumes and prizes of stuffed goblins, ghosts and witches for winners in bowling, bean bag toss, ring toss and miniature golf. Tasty snacks and beverages and plenty of candy (but not too much) were enjoyed by all. Yes, indeed, “spirits” were […]
On a spectacularly clear day, the bird’s eye view of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science completely captivated and delighted the residents of Bayside Park. Situated high in the Berkeley hills, this panoramic view was an added bonus to an afternoon exploring the many inter-active science exhibits that are on display. We […]
Three residents from Bayside Park were juried into the 30th Annual Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, a community tradition that celebrates and promotes artists from all disciplines who live or work in the city of Emeryville, California. This past Friday night, Sept. 7th, was the gala opening and hundreds of people came to view a […]
It was a splendid musical morning on our Memory Care floor today. Bob (on piano) and Catherine (vocals) created beautiful tunes as jazz standards filled the room for an full hour while sunshine poured in from the garden and atrium. Residents sang along and clapped with enthusiasm and appreciation. Even Abby the Labby was having a […]
Well it was more fun than a barrel of monkeys yesterday with the Oakland Senior Zoomobile visit to Bayside Park! Residents enjoyed the opportunity to meet and pet the Ball Python, Box Turtle, African Hedgehog, Australian Skink and Ferret. So next time we will look forward to the Giraffe, Llama and Kangaroo.
We enjoyed a delightful visit at the end of last month from our Japanese friends who work in the health care industry in Tokyo. Commencing with a lovely lunch of traditional BBQ treats in our café, a wonderful presentation from our Executive Director and then on to outdoor games of horseshoes, ring toss and bowling. […]
The Anthony Chabot Equestrian Center and Stables on Skyline Boulevard, literally a stone’s throw from the famous Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, offers a unique opportunity to step back and enjoy nature complete with stunningly beautiful horses. And while we have visited this venue before, we never tire of these awe-inspiring animals. Our afternoon was […]
Well, it is SRO (Standing Room Only) for Marlene’s Movement Through Dance program held in the Café on Tuesdays at 11:00am. And while that’s a tiny bit of embellishment i.e. the room is packed but residents need not stand, the class is very, very popular with residents of every age and ability. Marlene varies the […]
Sylvia Herold & Chuck Ervin Vintage Songs and a Voice That Sparkles “Singer, guitarist, and song sleuth Sylvia Herold masterfully mines American jazz and popular song from the 1930s through the 1960s. Songs of wit and romance by composers Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and George Gershwin are lovingly rendered in a voice the San Francisco […]
We enjoyed a delightful visit to Sausalito last week on one of the most beautiful and storybook weather days of the year. Our first stop was Munchies Candy Store on the Bridgeway with their barrels of salt water taffy and what used to be called “penny candies”. Our residents shopped with baskets on their arms […]
So, what’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? How about a visit to the newly restored Carousel at Tilden Park in Berkeley?! The photos speak volumes but in addition to riding the Carousel that afternoon, we enjoyed eating ice cream, munching on popcorn and simply relaxing in the plentiful sunshine. For anyone who has […]
We recently returned to the Blake Garden, home to nearly 1,500 plant species and over fifty bird species, not to mention raccoons, frogs, salamanders and fox. The garden is all organic and there’s a sweet buzz of birds and honey bees. The Garden Manager, Lauri, gave us a lovely docent tour as we hiked along […]
We had quite a lively time recently at our Java and Jazz festivities featuring Masako and Friends. Our residents enjoyed wonderful music, singing along and dancing to “Night and Day,” “All of Me,” and “Girl from Ipanema,” just to name a few. The musicians were exceptional with Masako on Piano, Izumi on Vocals, Otoe on […]
We headed off to the Oscar de la Renta Retrospective at the de Young Museum in beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The exhibit exceeded our expectations! “Oscar de la Renta’s designs celebrated the best in us – beauty, optimism, and confidence.” The show displayed more than 130 ensembles in the first major retrospective to pay […]
We visited the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland last week on one of the most beautiful days in the East Bay. Roses of every shade of red, pink, orange and yellow greeted us as we stepped off the bus and into the lovely gardens. Fragrances were exquisite and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously, appreciating every moment […]
The splendor of the day was exceptional as our outing took us to the lovely Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek. The weather was perfect in every way, serving to enhance the beauty of the roses, shrubs and gazebos. The photos will tell the story but the day was truly enchanting and we enjoyed […]
We traveled to the Legion of Honor Museum last week to view the Pierre Bonnard paintings. All of us agreed that this special exhibition was truly extraordinary. Bonnard was a hidden gem among the plethora of post Impressionists. He was the son of a French bureaucrat and turned away from a conventional career, preferring a life of […]
We enjoyed a lovely ride to the Jelly Belly Factory last week culminating in an awesome self-guided tour of the original gourmet jelly bean. We tasted free samples of classic flavors like cherry, vanilla and root beer as well as more exotic flavors like cotton candy, chile mango and popcorn. Our residents said it was […]
Our outing last week found us shopping at the Dollar Store in beautiful Moraga with 90 degree weather. Of course, the store was air-conditioned and quite comfortable for snagging bargains! Not one person managed to leave the store empty-handed and in general, residents were thrilled with their purchases.
We enjoyed a lovely trip to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt in Oakland this week. While we have visited the garden before, every trip feels special and unique, customized by the weather and what happens to be in bloom which seemed to be everything despite the California drought! One of our favorite areas next […]
We had the thrill and honor of returning to the Sequoyah Country Club in the beautiful Oakland Hills on February 17th. We were there to attend the amazing performance by “The Therapists” in their Comeback Jazz program featuring jazz favorites from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Songs like “I Got Rhythm,” “Summer Time” and “Oh, Lady […]
Last week’s outing took us to Laurel Book Store in downtown Oakland and this trip was exceptional for a host of reasons not the least being that our very own and beloved Community Life Assistant at Bayside Park and Oakland Artist, Marlene Tobias, had her work on display there. In fact for the entire month […]
World Music Jam with Lior on February 1st was especially exciting here at Bayside Park with singing, playing instruments from all over the globe, and of course, dancing!