On February, 8th we took a trip to TCHO (pronounced CHO) located in Berkeley. We had a wonderful tour guide, Catherine, through our chocolate experience. She taught us about how chocolate is produced from tree to the finished product. She also touched briefly on how TCHO has a program called TCHO Source that addresses the […]
Category: Out and About
The Gardens community took a trip to Fentons Creamery in Piedmont. Fentons is a family owned and operated soda fountain that showcases daily ice cream production and fountain soda making. At Fentons we enjoyed their delicious housemade ice cream. The flavors ranged from Blueberry Cheesecake to Mocha Royal as well as one of their specialty ice creams, Rocky Road.
To start our New Year with creative inspiration, we visited the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco for our Wednesday outing. The exhibition was an innovative display of both Auguste Rodin's sculptures and Gustav Klimt's paintings, spread across four rooms, with examples of each of the artist's work together in each space. The two artist's were contemporaries […]
Last Thursday, The Gardens neighborhood visited the Oakland Zoo. When we first walked into the zoo, we saw beautiful Pink Flamingoes. As we moved throughout the zoo we saw Giraffes, African Veldt, and Egyptian Geese. One of the residents, Vernon, who has not been to the zoo for many years recalled going to the Maryland Zoo in Druid […]
Trips to Tilden Park's Merry-Go-Round are always well attended and a good time is usually had by all. However, the "holiday twist" was extra special! The grounds and trees were completely decorated with lights everywhere! The afternoon weather was a bit cool so everyone bundled up. The hot chocolate kept everyone warm!!
Lizards, Snakes and Frogs in Berkeley, Oh My!
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 […]
We had more fun than a barrel of pumpkins of every size and shape at the Alameda Pumpkin Patch recently!
We enjoyed a wonderful visit to The Lindsay Wildlife Experience a few weeks ago. It is a family museum and wildlife rehabilitation center in Walnut Creek. The museum is one of the oldest wildlife rehab centers in the United States. It was founded in 1955 to connect people with wildlife to inspire responsibly and respect for the world we […]
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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Beautiful day at Tilden Park. We enjoyed the carousel, ice cream and GREAT fun!