Patch is introducing a new "Top 5" picks for those of us who are over 50. We don't know how to label ourselves, but we're ready and able to spend our time our way. If you lived, really lived, through the 1960s and 1970s, you are the starting point of our focus on women—and men—of "a certain age." Let's hear it for us.
We have a wide spectrum of interests and will try to reflect that in this planner.
This column will come out weekly on Mondays. Please let us know what you think and what elements you might like to see in it.
Where/When: , 12345 S. El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills,
Friday noon to 1 p.m.
Why Go: The Foothill Authors Series presents Terry Castle, author of The Professor & Other Writings, in the Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313) in the Campus Center. Castle is a literary critic who has taught at Stanford University since 1983. She has a wide range of literary interests, including 18th‐century British fiction, the Gothic novel Jane Austen, the First World War, and gay and lesbian writing. This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand from an author and a scholar.
Where/When: 23500 Cristo Rey Dr., Cupertino (The Forum at Rancho San Antonio), Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Why Go: It's always good to find an excuse to go to Rancho San Antonio, and this Senior Health Fair is a great opportunity to pick up different ideas from the experts on health issues and other topics of interest to those of us who are over 50 years old. This is the eighth consecutive year this event has taken place, which means its organizers know what they are doing. There are so many new developments in the world of health today. You are sure to pick up a few more bits of information at this health fair. And you might work in a hike or a pleasant walk at the park at day's end, right next door.
Where/When: , 201 Almond Ave., Saturday, 8 p.m.
Why Go: No need to go any further than our local high school to hear a first-rate chamber music performance from the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. Benjamin Simon conducts and the program features clarinetist Teddy Abrams. The program includes Grieg's "Holberg Suite," Mendelssohn's Octet (first movement), Finzi's "Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and String Orchestra," and Ogonek's "Window Watchers in a City of Strangers for String Orchestra."
Pricing: $10 seniors; $15 adults, $5 students
Where/When: , 97 Hillview Ave., Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Why Go: There are a lot of different activities going on at the , and this planner will highlight something different each week. For our debut planner, we are taking a look at the Wednesday art studio, where you can find out if you have what it takes to be an artist at this stage in your life. You can take this opportunity to express yourself through drawing, painting, sketching or some other medium.
Pricing: Free for members.
Where/When: , 377 First St.; Tuesday and Friday, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Why Go: If you have ever tried restorative yoga, you know its effect. And if you go and try it for the first time, you'll have no regrets. The experts here at Yoga of Los Altos describe it as "a series of gentle postures done with the use of props to fully support the body and deepen the benefits of poses." Restorative yoga is good for the spirit and good for your body. Try it.
Pricing: Drop-in and class passes available; get there a few minutes early if this is your first time.