Bay seniors looking for an outdoor jaunt with very few fellow hikers might want to try the Vasco Caves Regional Preserve on the shoulders of Mt. Diablo. The rolling hills contain bizarre rock formations and vernal pools. Because of the fragility of the caves and their remnants of Indian rock art (dating back 10,000 years) visitors are only allowed on guided tours. The Preserve is also home to endangered red-legged frogs, tiger salamanders and fairy shrimp.
Bay seniors who think of the Disney Museum as an archive of cartoon animals will be more than pleasantly surprised by its current exhibition of the swooningly glamorous photography of George Hurrell. These heavenly black and white studio shots of Hollywood gods and goddess of the thirties –Harlow, Gable, Dietrich, etc – are the equivalents of royal portraits. Seniors $15. The only apparent reason for this Museum to host this exhibit is that the photographer married Walt Disney’s niece.
Bay seniors finding their senior moments occurring with greater frequency may want to check out the memory workshops of Chester Santos who has been anointed the US Memory Champion. He is holding a one day session this Saturday from 9 to 4 at the SF Tennis Club. His specialization is number, name and faces recall. The fee is $397. Among Mr. Santos’ accomplishments are naming every US Congressperson and their districts in 5 minutes.