saddle up

by Geezer on August 5, 2015

horseBay seniors have no excuse to put off riding the range. There are trails and horses-by-the-hour to ride studding the greater Bay Area. Closest to home is the 100-year-old Mar Vista Stables where you can trot along the coast near Fort Funston down to Ocean Beach itself on guided rides, to splash your hooves in the surf. No reservations needed for individuals or small groups. Starting at $50 an hour. Further south in the wild chapparal of the exclusive Carmel Valley Ranch, you can take a guided hour-long Sunset Trail ride overlooking the Pacific as another golden California day ends. Starting at $210. For any ride anywhere be prepared to have young kids in your posse.

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crunch time

by Geezer on August 4, 2015

applesBay seniors pondering the advantages of country living are encouraged to check out the Gravenstein Apple Fair on Aug. 8 and 9 at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol from 10-6. Of course there’s a full schedule of live music, arts and crafts, local food, kids activities, apple pie baking contests, wine, cider and beer. More unique are an artisan cheese tent and workshops on cow milking, sheep shearing and raising backyard goats. Gravenstein by the way is the German name for these originally Danish apples. Seniors $12.

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play ball!

by Geezer on August 4, 2015

dodgeballBay seniors whose earliest athletic memories include fierce grammar school games of dodgeball might want to know this retro sport is still being played. In fact every Sunday at 5:30pm this month at the Mission Rec Center in the City you can join a one-hour pick up session that employs a softer ball than you probably used in third grade. Includes a sing-a-long, of course. $3.

 

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heads up

August 3, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors who are bummed out by the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe are not the target customers for Fosters Bighorn bar and restaurant in Rio Vista. Over 300 specimens of wild game, bird and fish crowd the walls including a moose, a giraffe and an elephant with a 30 foot trunk […]

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codgertations #14

July 30, 2015

Tweet It is hard for me to get through more than a single verse of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” with my dignity intact. Being silly is work. Though I am a besotted first-time grandfather, there are challenges. The baby car seat we borrowed for our visiting granddaughter, for example, had 12 pages of installation instructions. Our […]

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the art of lunch

July 22, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors suddenly faced with the prospect of a sunny summer day in the city might consider heading to the Legion of Honor for lunch amid the olive trees in its café. Typical museum fare – sandwiches and salads and such and up the stairs through Nov.29 a brief show of British Works on Paper […]

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july jaunt

July 21, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors might want to move Shiloh Ranch State Park near Windsor in Sonoma County up towards the top of their list of Great Local Trails. Its 850 acres are mostly shaded and rolling, especially the Pond Trail to the top of Shiloh Ridge. The steeper Ridge Trail leads to Cinerama views from Healdsburg […]

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cold comfort

July 21, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors feeling indolent but hungry in the summer heat will enjoy this melon soup which takes about 5 minutes. Served cold in glasses to avoid the labor of a soup spoon. Serves six. In a Cuisanart combine: Whole melon and cantaloupe without the rinds 1 tbs olive oil 1 chopped garlic clove 1 […]

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dam good time

July 20, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors (and their grandkids) with a secret fascination for creek life are invited to see what a family of beavers have wrought at Alhambra Creek in Martinez. Saturday, August 1 from 11-4, celebrate the dams and ponds built by this furry construction crew at the Beaver Festival. They were saved from eradication in a […]

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open house

July 14, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors whose futuristic fantasies were stirred 60 years ago by GM Motorama’s self-driving cars and kitchens of tomorrow might want to check out the Metreon. Target has just installed a 3500 square foot all-acrylic “open” home there. It’s a demo of a connected “smart” house including digital controls for appliances, security, lighting designs, […]

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