Bay senior women looking for their day in court might want to consider joining the Upstarts, a basketball league of ladies over 45. They get together every Sunday from 10-11:30 at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park and do drills as well as 5×5 and 3×3 play. Usually 6 to 20 women show up from their late 40’s to their 70’s. Speaking of boomer jocks, both male and female, the qualifying events for the 2016 Senior Games (everything from track and field to pickleball) will be held Nov.8-9 at the Cubberly Community Center in Palo Alto.
Bay seniors wondering if their dog’s ability to fetch tennis balls is the limit of their talents might consider investigating the Canine Circus School in North Oakland. Trainers there claim that after six weeks of one hour classes, almost any breed or age dog can learn to stand up, bow, cross paws, walk backwards, balance balls on their noses, jump through hoops, wear clown costumes and astonish your friends and family. Classes start in October. $260.
Bay seniors who might enjoy irritating Vladimir Putin are encouraged to show up for the celebration of Ukrainian Independence Day on Sunday August 30 from 1 to 3pm at the Spreckels Bandshell (aka the Spreckels Temple of Music) in Golden Gate Park. It promises to be a riot of colorful Kozak costumes, traditional dances, childrens and adult choruses, with national instruments as well as accompaniment from the 133 year old Golden Gate Park Band. And FYT Kozak is another word for Cossacks. Free.