Bay seniors know that not too many historic City sites are hidden at this point, but South Park between Downtown and the Ballpark keeps ducking under the radar. You can explore its rich history this Sunday May 31 at 1:30 pm with one of the best San Francisco City Guides walking tours. Built around a private oval park in 1885 it was the City’s first planned community with the first paved streets and sidewalks. The homes and hotels there were residences for wealthy citizens who moved away when Nob Hill became habitable. It also thrived as an early Japanese-American community and stayed in the shadows until the recent dotcom booms. Free.
Bay seniors on the lookout for an alternative to walking up the city’s ridiculously steep slopes should give airwheels, the new self-balancing electric unicycle, an audition. They have no steering wheels or brakes because by leaning this way and that you control all the movement. Traveling up to 12 mph for 40 miles on a single battery charging, they weigh a portable 28 pounds. Around $475.
Bay seniors seeking hobbies never dreamt of at summer camp have plenty of options here. How about making your own wooden six-pack holder at the woodthumb in the City. $65. They are also a retail outlet with witty wooden items like ties and sunglasses. Into leather? The workshop in San Francisco will show you how to dye and create your own leather belt (while belting down brews) on June 9. $72. Oft-mentioned in the Geezer are the classes at Oakland’s Crucible includes blacksmithing, glassblowing and neon sculptures.