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Discovering the Bay Area
Activities for Visiting Scholars — Fall 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012 — Barbeque at Tilden Park
CCS, CJS, CKS and IEAS visiting scholars and their families gathered together for a picnic potluck lunch at Tilden Regional Park, one of the oldest parks in the East Bay Regional Parks system and a true Bay Area jewel. We visited the Little Farm where everyone enjoyed feeding and petting cute farm animals. For lunch, everyone brought a delicious dish for the potluck. Then we had some more fun chatting, while the younger ones played on the playground!
Saturday, October 13, 2012 — Neighborhood Hike in Berkeley
The crew explored the beloved City of Berkeley on foot. First stop was the Saturday Farmer's Market where the visiting scholars sampled locally grown vegetables and fruits. Then we took the bus to the intersection of College Avenue and Derby Street to begin a short hike to the Panoramic Trail. From the first landing, everyone received an incredible view of the cities around the bay. Some visiting scholars attempted a hike up to the top of the trail, while others stopped for a cup of tea and pastries at Nabalom, a local, cooperatively-owned bakery.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 — Fairfield Halloween Adventure
Everyone had a day of fall harvest fun in Fairfield, California. We began the day with a stop by Larry’s Produce Pumpkin Patch, where scholars and families enjoyed the famous hay maze, tractor rides, and of course picking a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. The group then stopped for lunch at the Olive Garden restaurant before heading to the famous Jelly Belly Factory where we learned all about the iconic American jellybean. After a tour of the factory, scholars enjoyed free samples and purchased candy from the gift shop in time for Halloween.
Friday, November 16, 2012 — Oakland Museum / Chinatown
The group went on a fun mini-tour of the City of Oakland. We took BART from Downtown Berkeley to Lake Merritt, and then walked to the Oakland Museum of California. The Museum provided everyone an aesthetically engaging and interactive experience as well as the opportunity to learn about the history of California. Afterwards, we walked to the busiest part of Chinatown for a delicious Dim Sum lunch at Joy Luck, one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in the area.
More activities are being planned for spring 2013. Click here to get a preview of what is to come.