Posts by: Linda Manoogian

April 11, 2018

Drumming and Singing with Tim and Linda

Well, we had quite an enjoyable time with drumming, singing and dancing this week; in fact, some of our residents were creating amazing original rhythms and tempos and lots of smiles were in the air.

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April 10, 2018

La Di Da Quartet at Bayside Park

We had the absolute pleasure of live entertainment by the La Di Da Quartet at Bayside Park on a recent Sunday. They call themselves a Female Barbershop Quartet from Danville California “specializing in polished close harmony a cappella singing of standards, jazz, barbershop and easy listening.” They were warm, wonderful and beautiful and we enjoyed […]

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January 24, 2018

New Year’s Eve at Bayside Park

We enjoyed an amazing and festive celebration on the last day of 2017 here at Bayside Park. The Bob Schoen Trio lent itself perfectly to the ambiance with piano, bass and vocals and plenty of singing and dancing! Our very own Community Life Director, Tim Johnson, joined Catherine on vocals and with champagne and scrumptious […]

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December 27, 2017

Resident Holiday Party

We had quite the celebration this month at Bayside Park’s resident holiday party with live music by “The Therapists,” one of our absolute favorite jazz ensembles. They and we (residents and staff) brought the house down with songs like “I Got Rhythm” and “Oh, Lady Be Good”. Add some eggnog, hot cider, cupcakes, cookies and […]

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November 15, 2017

Outing to High Hill Ranch in Placerville, California

Well, it was worth every bit of the time it took us to travel to Placerville, specifically to the High Hill Ranch, aka Apple Country! Weather was crisp and autumn-like and the scent of apples added yet another splendid dimension to this beautiful setting. Apple fritters were the password of the day and the barbequed […]

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October 25, 2017

Outing to the USS Potomac in Jack London Square

USS Potomac in Oakland’s Jack London Square was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht from 1936-1945, the year he died. Our outing happened on one of the most beautiful days in the East Bay and we loved every minute and learned oh so much from the incredible docents.

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September 26, 2017

Balance Through Dance Class with Marika

We had a delightful time in Marika’s Balance Though Dance Class which we enjoy once a week on Fridays at 11:00am. Feels great to get up and go and quite frankly, after the class we have more energy than before we started!

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September 13, 2017

Ice Cream Social on the 2nd Floor Atrium

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.

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August 29, 2017

Outing to Golden Tee Golfland

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.

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August 28, 2017

Japanese Eldercare Visitors at Bayside Park

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 […]

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August 23, 2017

Outing to Fenton’s Creamery in Oakland

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 […]

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July 31, 2017

Blackhawk Museum: Spirit of the Old West

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 […]

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July 24, 2017

Outing to the Blake Gardens in Berkeley

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, […]

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July 12, 2017

Fourth of July Celebration at Bayside Park

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.

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June 26, 2017

Ice Cream Social in our Second Floor Atrium

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!

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June 22, 2017

Outing to the Carousel in Tilden Park, Berkeley

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.

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June 13, 2017

Outing to the Bonsai Gardens in Oakland

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.

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May 30, 2017

Outing to the Morcom Rose Garden

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 […]

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May 19, 2017

Soaking up Some Sunshine

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!

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May 16, 2017

Ice Cream Social with Games

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 […]

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April 12, 2017

Art Studio Time with Marlene

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 […]

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April 11, 2017

Outing to Little Farm in Tilden Park, Berkeley

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 […]

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March 29, 2017

Outing to the Rosie the Riveter Museum

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 […]

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March 27, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

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 […]

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March 22, 2017

Purim Happy Hour

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 […]

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March 6, 2017

Valentine’s Day Party

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 […]

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February 14, 2017

Music Exploration with Lior

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 […]

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February 8, 2017

Outing to the Richmond Art Center

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 […]

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January 30, 2017

A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr

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 […]

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January 30, 2017

Outing to Blackhawk Automotive Museum

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 […]

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January 17, 2017

Music with Barbara Alexander

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.

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January 5, 2017

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Bayside Park!

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 […]

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December 20, 2016

Outing to the Sequoyah Club

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 […]

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December 15, 2016

Oakland Ballet Presents Excerpts from “The Nutcracker”

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 […]

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December 13, 2016

Holiday Party and Bazaar at Bayside Park

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 […]

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November 28, 2016

Oakland Aviation Museum Outing

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, […]

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November 23, 2016

Watercolors Class with Resident Artist, Bea

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 […]

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November 15, 2016

Music Exploration with Lior

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 […]

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November 8, 2016

Halloween Party at Bayside Park

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 […]

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October 17, 2016

Outing to the Lawrence Hall of Science in the Berkeley Hills

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 […]

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October 11, 2016

Opening Night of the 30th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

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 […]

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October 11, 2016

Music with Bob and Catherine

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 […]

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September 29, 2016

Oakland Senior Zoomobile Visit

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.

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September 7, 2016

Japanese Elder Care Visit to Bayside Park

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. […]

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August 19, 2016

Outing to the Anthony Chabot Equestrian Center

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 […]

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August 9, 2016

Movement Through Dance Class with Marlene

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 […]

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August 9, 2016

Java and Jazz with Chuck and Sylvia

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 […]

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July 26, 2016

Outing to Munchies Candy Store in Sausalito

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 […]

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July 6, 2016

Fun-Filled Outing to the Carousel at Tilden Park

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 […]

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July 6, 2016

Outing to the Blake Garden in Kensington

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 […]

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June 21, 2016

Java and Jazz with Masako and Friends

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 […]

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May 31, 2016

Oscar de la Renta – The Retrospective

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 […]

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May 17, 2016

Outing to Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland

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 […]

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May 10, 2016

Outing to the Gardens at Heather Farm

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 […]

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April 25, 2016

Legion of Honor Museum Outing – Pierre Bonnard Exhibit, Painting Arcadia

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 […]

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April 20, 2016

Outing to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, CA

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 […]

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April 10, 2016

Outing to the Dollar Store in Moraga

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.

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March 3, 2016

Outing to the Bonsai Garden by Lake Merritt

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 […]

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February 29, 2016

Outing to the Sequoyah Country Club

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 […]

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February 14, 2016

Art of Marlene Tobias at Laurel Book Store

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 […]

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February 2, 2016

World Music Jam with Lior

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!

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