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truly cheesy

CHEESEBay seniors using childhood recipes on making grilled cheese sandwiches might want to consider shaking things up with Ruth Reichl’s richer, more pungent version:

For each sandwich mince 1/3 cup of scallions, leeks, onions, shallots and a clove of minced garlic. Mix with ¾ cup of shredded cheddar. The bread ideally should be thickly sliced. Spread the insides with butter, then the cheese and onions. On the outside apply a thin layer of mayonnaise and some bits of the shredded cheese. Cook for four minutes on each side.

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a wealth of trails

wonderlichBay seniors who prefer their wildlands to be as crowd free as possible might want to give Wunderlich Park a walk through. 942 acres of forest, meadowlands and  ridge views above the absurdly high net worth community of Woodside, it is ribboned with trails for both hiking and horseback riding (there are stables and a riding ring at the east entrance). Stop at the top for a bite at biker haven Alice’s Restaurant or near the east entrance at the  Woodside Pub, home of legendary Silicon Velley deals.

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pre-game show

rugbyBay seniors who have not cancelled their subscriptions to the Chronicle are being frequently treated to fascinating servings of SF history by Gary Kamiya, like a recent dispatch on the vast, dry valley that once stretched from the Bay to the Farallones. On Sunday Feb 7 the author, who specializes in offbeat research, will be speaking to everyone who has OD’d on the local Super Bowl saturnalia with a lecture at Grace Cathedral on the City’s sporting history. 9:30 am. Free.

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o say can u c

BAMBay seniors in the mood for a visual feast might try a couple of hours at the new Berkeley Art Museum. The exterior design is still in some dispute, two boxes squeezing a huge wad of play dough. But the inside, while not as theatrical as the old museum, is a labyrinth of airy, white spaces and the inaugural show is full of surprises from artists you mostly have never seen before, for example webs designed by an architect and spun by actual spiders. Two blocks from the downtown Berkeley BART station. $12 .

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marin modern

Marin artBay seniors who think North Bay art is all moody seascapes and views of Mt. Tam might want to view what is going on a the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in the Mexican colonial former headquarters of Hamilton Air Force Base. Now through February 21 you can check out “Layers”, a juried show of 90 artists whose styles span a broad swath of state-of-the-art art. Wednesdays thru Sundays. Free.

 

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they’re back

elkBay seniors who want to cheer about something, should check out the astonishing recovery of tule elk on Grizzly Island in the 11,000 acre Suisun Marsh when it reopens on Feb.8. 40 years ago the species was all but extinct here. At last count there are now 310. Visitors can watch the newborns scampering around especially on the 7.5 mile driving tour to areas of high density wildlife viewing. There are vast populations of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. A $4.32 day pass is available online.

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can’t help falling in love

dogBay seniors looking for companionship may want to saunter over to the Cow Palace this weekend for Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show. This year they are presenting even rarer breeds like Spinoni Italiani and Toy Fox Terriers, plus a best puppy contest and an all-breed fashion show. $15.

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football fiesta

football fiestaBay seniors who think SF is the center of the world will be 100% correct over the next few days as corporate oligarchs descend in their private jets to celebrate Super Bowl 50 here. Even though we don’t have a dog in the fight, we locals are invited to a number of events including fireworks, the Bay Bridge re-lighting and free concerts like Chris Isaak plus family friendly games at Super Bowl City at the foot of Market. From January 30 to Game Day, Moscone Center is being turned into an interactive football theme park ($35). For $700 you can get a table for the Taste of the NFL at the Cow Palace. For $25,000 you can purchase seats at the Maxim Party on Treasure Island. On Feb 2 at the Roxie Theater local comics will be honing their snark mocking America’s favorite sport ($12). NFL players will be joining performers for a Super Bowl gospel celebration at the Paramount Theater on Feb.5 ($23). And these are just a hint of a wisp of a trace of the frenzy to expect.

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score!

NFL ConcertBay seniors hesitating to spend $3,000 for a ticket to SuperBowl 50 may find some substitute satisfaction at the Concert of Champions Feb 3 and 4 at, yes, Davies Symphony Hall. Former running back and Hall of Famer Marcus Hall will host a screening of great NFL moments while the Symphony plays very live and pumped accompaniment. Tickets at Gold Star are $25 -$77.50.Just an aside, does anyone know why the rich, fat NFL qualifies as a registered non-profit?

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glorious gorey

ballBay seniors who can never get enough of Halloween might consider digging up a turn of the century (the 20th) costume for a romp at the 16th Annual Edwardian Ball in the Regency Ballroom in the City this Friday. It is a mixup of music, gaming, food, fashions and circus entertainment saluting the twisted whimsy of Gothic illustrator Edward Gorey (think Addams Family). $60.

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