Bay seniors ready to swing out this holiday are invited to the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10-6. A non-stop stellar lineup will be playing on 3 stages. 12 blocks, between Jackson and Eddy, will be closed for the occasion. Free. Art, crafts, food from Asian to Cajun. In case you didn’t know, this area in mid-century was a major jazz center with clubs that showcased Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, et al.
Bay seniors, despite lingering pacifist sentiments, might appreciate modest displays of military might in local July Fourth celebrations. In Novato parade organizers traditionally include tanks from the WW II US Military Museum in San Rafael. The collection there spans 65 vehicles including a gun motor carriage as well as historic bunkers, uniforms and equipment. No phone or email available so I can’t tell you the hours or the admission. A vaster collection, in fact the largest private one, is at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation down the Peninsula where group tours are available starting at $500.
Bay seniors who can trace their lineal bloodlines back to ancestors who had a hand in the Revolutionary War are invited, depending on your gender, to join the local chapters of either the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution. Documentation of your family history is definitely required. The groups support military and ROTC exercises, colonial reenactments, veterans’ events and “green projects.”