Bay seniors thinking of upgrading their travel photos may want to visit the Rayko Photo Center in SOMA. Don’t procrastinate. Next Tuesday and Wednesday are the Perimeter of the World installation’s last days. There are dozens of startling photos in a variety of formats from around the globe. If you are ready to move on from snapping your grandkids with your cell phone and get serious Rayko offers a vast range of workshops on subjects from lighting and historical processes to digital.
Bay seniors may have forgotten the vast contributions of botanist Luther Burbank – over 800 strains of plants including the Shasta Daisy, Santa Rosa Plums, Freestone Peaches and the white blackberry. But up in Santa Rosa where he did most of his pioneering work they remember him at the Home and Gardens he built at the turn of the last century. The living spaces have the original furniture, the gardens which are one quarter the size of the original include medical herbs, wildlife habitats and ornamental grasses. There are guided as well as audio tours. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Adults $7.
Bay seniors curious about what it is going to take to make drinking tea the new coffee, might cast a glance at the new Samovar teahouse on (of course) Valencia Street. Forget sad and soggy tea bags. Samovar has crucible urns as sleek and pristine as anything you would find in an OR. In a smart move they edited/curated their selection down to a handful like chai made with fresh ground masala and real cane sugar. $4 for a small pot. Samovar has three other less utopian locations in the city. The Geezer wishes them luck but doubts they have enough caffeine to feed the local buzz.