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Home | 2015 BAO Cultural Events

2015 BAO Cultural Events

Join us in exploring new cultural adventures with other BAO members! Registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible using the registration button below. Once you register, we will send details about the meeting location and other important information. To hear what others think of our events, click testimonials.

BAO members get a discount on the events. BAO membership is free. If you are not already a BAO member, and want to join to receive discounts, please Click Here before registering for the events.

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If you need a ride to the event or you would like a buddy to meet you there, please email us at share@bayareaolderadults.org

Event 1: Mindfulness Stress Reduction Workshop

2015 BAO Mindfulness Workshop

Wednesday January 28, 2015 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM

The way you breathe affects your whole body. Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, relieve stress, and improve focus and memory. They are easy to learn and you can do them whenever you want. In this one–hour class, you will learn simple breathing and hand–gesture techniques that you can use on your own. Our instructor is Shubhangi Kulkarni, a yoga instructor who focuses on mental well–being.

Location: San Jose CA 95129

Event 2: Travel Adventures

2015-2016 Travel Adventures

Thursday February 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

We are expanding BAO activities to include group travel to North American and European destinations with two partners, Collette and Premier World Discovery. Bring your friends and family and come hear about BAO’s new travel program! Learn about two upcoming trips in this FREE seminar –

  • Enchanting Lands of Croatia and Slovenia: Tour the ancient Mediterranean cities of Croatia and Slovenia brimming with spectacular cathedrals, medieval castles, emperor’s palaces, colorful city centers and Roman ruins. Discover the equally-rich natural wonders of these two countries including alpine lakes and peaks, waterfalls, primeval forests and canyons via scenic drives along the idyllic Dalmatian coastline and boat tours of Bled Glacial Lake and Plitvice Lake National Park.
  • Italian and Swiss Alpine Lakes and Medieval Sites: Spend seven days on Italy’s glacial Lake Como in the foothills of the Alps with its picturesque villas and palaces. Take day trips to Milan, Verona, Venice and Switzerland to enjoy lake cruises, boat rides on Venice’s canals, gondola and cable car rides with panoramic views of the Alps, and visit ancient cathedrals, Baroque and Gothic palaces and Roman ruins.

All of your travel questions will be answered and refreshments will be served. For more details about these trips, please visit Travel Adventures

Location: San Jose CA 95133

Event 3: Galaxy, Super Nova, Star Cluster and Planet Viewing

2015 BAO Astronomy Event

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Take a journey throughout our galaxy and beyond to see planets, star clusters, orange stars and super novas through the 16-inch computer-controlled solar telescope at Foothill College Observatory. At this time of year, we can see the famous Beehive Cluster, M44, the giant orange star Aldebaran, the Pleiades star cluster, the planet Jupiter and its moons, the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies (2.5 million light-years from Earth) and other celestial bodies. Our host is Rick Baldrige, a senior engineer who works for companies that design and build satellites and spacecraft systems and a member of the Peninsula Astronomical Society. Rick will teach us all things astronomy and answer any question you may have.

Location: Foothill College in Los Altos

Event 4: Sustainable Water Supplies in Silicon Valley

2015 BAO Water Purification Tour

Friday April 17, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

California has been experiencing record dry conditions for more than two years. During this time, we have met our supply demands from water stored in reservoirs. The reservoirs have now dropped to very low levels. A senior civil engineer will lead us through a special 90 minute walking tour of the Silicon Valley water purification center, a facility that has the promise of providing us with a sustainable water supply under drought conditions. You will see first-hand with interactive exhibits how we can cost-effectively transform waste water into drinking water for two million people living in Santa Clara County. We will learn each step of the cleansing process and the tests performed to guarantee water purity as well as get a look behind the scenes at how the process is monitored.

Location: Silicon Valley Water Purification Center in Santa Clara

Event 5: Historic Tour of the Rengstorff House

2015 BAO Rengstorff History Tour

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

The Rengstorff House circa 1864 is Mountain View’s oldest historic house and is one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast. It was built by Henry Rengstorff who grew up in Germany and was lured to California by stories of the Gold Rush. Near where the house stands today, Rengstorff built a ship landing that played a significant role in the economic development of the Peninsula. We will take a one hour tour of the home to learn about the history of the Rengstorff family and what life was like in the Victorian era. After the tour, we will have an outdoors picnic lunch overlooking Shoreline Lake.

Location: Shoreline Park Mountain View

Event 6: Experience the San Jose Mining Era

2015 BAO San Jose Mining Tour

Tuesday June 16, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

The small village of New Almaden was once a world famous quicksilver (mercury) mining community. The New Almaden Mine, first developed by Mexicans, produced mercury beginning in 1845, making it California’s oldest and most valuable mine, producing $70 million in mercury. The mine's mercury was used to process silver in Mexican mines and later gold in the California Gold Rush. Mexican, Chilean, Chinese and English immigrants as well as Americans worked together to extract the mercury from cinnabar. We will experience the diverse history of New Almaden, mining technology and the lifestyle of the mining families through a one hour tour of the artifacts and stories in the Mining Museum. We will break for a picnic lunch in the garden and then continue with a two-mile walking tour of the village that takes us to more than 20 historic sites including the famous Casa Grande, miners’ homes, offices, the jail, blacksmith, firehouse, church, hotel and stores.

Location: San Jose CA 95120

Event 7: Crime Scene Investigation Bay Area

2015 BAO CSI Event

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Are you fascinated with forensic TV shows like CSI and Dexter? Have you always wondered what it’s like to work in a REAL crime lab? This virtual tour of the Santa Clara County Crime Lab walks through all the different areas of the lab via photographs and stories from real cases. The presentation is given by a criminalist with over 15 years of experience who has worked on many different kinds of cases, from crime scenes to shoeprints to bloodstain patterns. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: San Jose CA 95110

Event 8: Bakery Tour, Tasting and Lunch

2015 BAO Bakery Tour

This event is offered twice this month - please choose one of the two dates

Wednesday August 5, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Did you know that LeBoulanger bakery was established in 1922 by Paul Brunello, an Italian immigrant who opened the first bakery in a little Northern California town called Weed? Today, the regional bakery’s facility produces 110,000 pounds of dough per week for retail stores throughout the Bay Area. We will learn more about the history of this successful family-run bakery as well as the craft and technical aspects of large-scale production with a behind the scenes, special 75 minute tour led by the operations manager. We will go inside the production facility for a close look at the bakers mixing dough and batters, hand-shaping the loaves of specialty breads, and the finished products from their ovens. We end with a baked good tasting and social lunch (not included) at the cafe.

Location: Sunnyvale CA 94085

Event 9: Bakery Tour, Tasting and Lunch

Wednesday August 19, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Did you know that LeBoulanger bakery was established in 1922 by Paul Brunello, an Italian immigrant who opened the first bakery in a little Northern California town called Weed? Today, the regional bakery’s facility produces 110,000 pounds of dough per week for retail stores throughout the Bay Area. We will learn more about the history of this successful family-run bakery as well as the craft and technical aspects of large-scale production with a behind the scenes, special 75 minute tour led by the operations manager. We will go inside the production facility for a close look at the bakers mixing dough and batters, hand-shaping the loaves of specialty breads, and the finished products from their ovens. We end with a baked good tasting and social lunch (not included) at the cafe.

Location: Sunnyvale CA 94085

Event 10: History and Culture of the Sikh Religion and Punjab Region.

2015 BAO Sikh History and Culture

Thursday September 17, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Some of the world’s major religions originated in India. While Hindus make up 80% of the 1.3 billion population and Muslims make up 13%, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains are part of the diverse culture that thrives in India today. While Hindus established and adhered to the caste system in India, the Sikhs believed in the equality of all human beings and established a system of communal eating to equalize members of their congregations. Join us for a tour of the Sikh Gurdwara (Gateway to the Guru) Sahib Temple in San Jose and learn about the history of the Sikh religion, how it is similar and different from other major religions in India and the history and culture of the Punjab where Sikhism originated. We end with a vegetarian Indian lunch.

Location: San Jose, CA 95148

Event 11: Exclusive Cooper-Garrod's Winery Tour and Tasting

2015 BAO Wine Tour and Tasting Event

Tuesday October 6, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for an exclusive tour and tasting with Cooper-Garrod's winemaker during the prime grape-picking season. Cooper-Garrod is a boutique winery established more than 100 years ago, nestled in the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the hillsides above Saratoga. The wines from this small, family winery have won recognition in numerous wine competitions throughout the country and its wines have been featured in the Wine Spectator, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News and more. We begin with a 90 minute in-depth tour of the winery, led by the winemaker himself, to learn how Cooper-Garrod makes wine while enjoying the panoramic scenery of the foothills. We take a break to savor a picnic lunch under 100-year-old Eucalyptus trees. After lunch, we taste award-winning estate wines in their historic tasting room. There are only 20 spots for this event, so register early!

Supported by: Cooper-Garrod Estate Winery. To learn more about their wines and winery, please click Cooper-Garrod Vineyard

Location: Saratoga CA 95070

BAO CULTURAL EVENTS SPONSORS

Cooper-Garrod Vineyards

BAO CULTURAL EVENTS PARTNERS

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