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Home | BAO Educational Lectures


2020 BAO Lectures

Join us for educational lectures and films and build new neural connections! Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to socialize. 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.

BAO members get a discount on the lectures. Basic BAO Membership is free and Premium BAO Membership is $25 for 12 months and pays for itself after the first four lectures. Also the Educational Films are FREE for Premium Members. If you are not already a BAO member, and want to join to receive discounts, please Click Here before registering for the lectures.

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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

Lecture 1: FREE for Premium Members The Latest in Space Exploration

Space Exporation Documentary

Thursday January 16, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

These days the Moon is a popular destination for both NASA and private companies. New technologies are making rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever before and making the moon more accessible. While only the United States, China and Russian have landed spacecraft on the moon, private companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic say they will put small robotic landers on the Moon in 2021. Other companies from Israel, Japan, Pittsburgh and Houston are competing in the race as well. This documentary film explores the new era of space exploration on the horizon.

Location: Willow Glen area of San Jose CA 95125
Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 2: FREE for Premium Members Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Escape Tunnel Documentary

Friday January 17, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Vilna, known also as the "Jerusalem of the North", was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world until World War II, when the Nazis murdered about 95% of its Jewish population. The Nazis brought Jews from Vilna to the Ponar forest, lined them up, shot them at close range and tossed their bodies into pits. Eighty of these prisoners, who were tasked with burning the corpses, dug a 100 foot long tunnel using spoons and their bare hands from the burial pit to the forest and escaped on the last night of Passover in 1944. All but 12 were shot when they emerged from the tunnel. The survivors passed down their stories to their children - but the children never knew for certain that the tunnel really existed. This documentary film describes how an international team of archeologists and mapmakers used special technologies to uncover the legendary escape tunnel.

Location: Mountain View CA 94040
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 3: Tools & Exercises for Managing Anxiety and Stress

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Tuesday February 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Did you know that anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 37% of those suffering receive treatment? In this seminar, Edna Wallace MFT, a therapist who works with older adults at El Camino Hospital (ECH), will discuss anxiety and stress in older adults including signs and symptoms and the need for awareness, de-stigmatization and behavioral and drug treatment. Ms. Wallace is an integral team member of ECH Behavioral Health Services and has worked as a case manager, curriculum developer, and group facilitator for the past 11 years.

Location: Mountain View CA 94040
Photo by Aaron Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 4: FREE The Largest Food Program in California

Calfresh Food Program

Thursday February 6, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides monthly food benefits to qualified individuals and families. A positive change that occurred on June 1, 2019, enables people receiving SSI/SSP benefits to qualify. This workshop will describe all of the CalFresh benefits, the application process, how to receive the maximum benefits, which food items can be purchased and will provide all necessary documentation. Staff will be on hand so that you can apply the day of the presentation or schedule a date to apply at the local office. Moreover, free yoga and cooking books will be provided.

Location: Willow Glen area of San Jose CA 95125
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 5:FREE Travel Lecture about Exciting New Tours

Free Travel Lecture

Tuesday February 18, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Bring your friends and family to this FREE travel seminar that will take you on a virtual tour of seven destinations in the U.S. and abroad!

    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
  • The Azores - Jewels of Portugal: This 10-day small group adventure takes you to the archipelago gems of Portugal. Experience the culture of Portuguese island life and untouched paradise from thermal pools and lush craters to local farms and volcanic cuisine.
  • Patagonia: Edge of World: This 14-day small group active nature tour of Chile and Argentina takes you to crystal-clear waters and mountainside glaciers and includes a four night fjord cruise.
  • Journey thru Egypt & Jordan: Experience a dramatic world beyond imagination as you enter into lands of legends, relics, and indescribable beauty. This 13-day small group tour includes a 3-night cruise on the Nile, a visit to Petra, Cairo, Giza, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Madaba, Amman, Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Philae, an Arabic cooking class and more.
    Noon to 12:45 PM
  • The Baltics Revealed: From the Middle Ages to the height of the Russian Empire, experience the kaleidoscope of influences in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia on this 11-day small group tour.
  • Shrines of Ireland:
  • On this 9-day tour, connect with your faith on a poignant journey to Ireland's holy shrines and famous sites in and around Dublin, Downpatrick, Belfast, Armagh, Wesport and Galway.
  • Roaming Coastal Maine: Experience rocky shores, bustling harbors, infinite nature, towering mountains and eat delectable cuisine on this this 7-day small group coastal New England tour.

Location: Santa Clara CA 95050
Image by Julius Silver from Pixabay
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 6: Scientific Research on the Antarctic Ecosystem

This lecture is offered twice this month

Anarctica Scientific Research

Tuesday March 3, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Why do researchers go all the way to Antarctica to study effects of climate change? What can phytoplankton – small green cells in the water – tell us about the Antarctic ecosystem? How do you do research on an icebreaker? Dr. Anna Alderkamp will answer these questions, share striking photos from her research and more. Anna is an Antarctic scientist who went on multiple expeditions to explore effects of melting glaciers on the Antarctic ecosystem.

Location: Mountain View CA 94040
Photos by Dr. Alderkamp
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 7: Scientific Research on the Antarctic Ecosystem

Thursday March 5, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Why do researchers go all the way to Antarctica to study effects of climate change? What can phytoplankton – small green cells in the water – tell us about the Antarctic ecosystem? How do you do research on an icebreaker? Dr. Anna Alderkamp will answer these questions, share striking photos from her research and more. Anna is an Antarctic scientist who went on multiple expeditions to explore effects of melting glaciers on the Antarctic ecosystem.

Location: Willow Glen area of San Jose CA 95125
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 8: The Geology of Mining

This lecture is offered twice this month

Mining Geology

Thursday April 2, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Our speaker is Michael Cox, a retired soil and groundwater specialist who has had a life-long interest in mercury mining and mineralogy. Over the years, his main interest has been investigating the New Almaden mines in San Jose as well as mines from all over the world with the goal to alert the public to mining-related environmental issues and restoration.

Location: Willow Glen area of San Jose CA 95125
Photo by Curioso Photography on Unsplash
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 9: The Geology of Mining

Tuesday April 7, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Our speaker is Michael Cox, a retired soil and groundwater specialist who has had a life-long interest in mercury mining and mineralogy. Over the years, his main interest has been investigating the New Almaden mines in San Jose as well as mines from all over the world with the goal to alert the public to mining-related environmental issues and restoration.

Location: Mountain View CA 94040
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 10: How to Improve Your Sleep

This lecture is offered twice this month

Gene Editing

Tuesday May 5, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Has it been a while since you had a good nights sleep? At least three-quarters of all adults suffer from one or more sleep disorders including insomnia and sleep apnea. This lecture will explain the latest research on why sleep is so important to your health, factors that interfere with getting a good night's sleep, ways to improve the quality of your sleep as well as new non-drug therapies for common sleep disorders. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with more than 25 years of experience.

Location: Mountain View CA 94040
Image by Tawny van Breda from Pixabay
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 11: How to Improve Your Sleep

Thursday May 7, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Has it been a while since you had a good nights sleep? At least three-quarters of all adults suffer from one or more sleep disorders including insomnia and sleep apnea. This lecture will explain the latest research on why sleep is so important to your health, factors that interfere with getting a good night's sleep, ways to improve the quality of your sleep as well as new non-drug therapies for common sleep disorders. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with more than 25 years of experience.

Location: Willow Glen area of San Jose CA 95125
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 12: FREE TBD Travel Lecture

Tuesday June 2, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Lecture 13: The Biology & Business of Bees

BAO Bees Lecture

Thursday June 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Join us for an interactive presentation by a professional bee swarmer who captures runaway bees and has a honey business. Using images and an observation bee hive with live bees, he will teach us about the biology of bees and businesses based on bee keeping. We will taste two of his delicious honeys and see some of his bees wax candles. This will be a fun and educational time for all!

Location: Willow Glen area of San Jose CA 95125
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 14: All About Ridesharing

This lecture is offered twice this month

BAO Ridesharing Lecture

Thursday July 2, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Whether you already use or are thinking about using a rideshare app, this lecture is for you. Using rideshare is an alternative to driving yourself in traffic, at night or to places you have never been before. This lecture will cover how to set up and use ridesharing apps, the differences between them, and safety, privacy and insurance issues.

Location: Willow Glen area of San Jose CA 95125
Photo by Charles on Unsplash
To register, please CLICK HERE

Lecture 15: All About Ridesharing

Tuesday July 7, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Whether you already use or are thinking about using a rideshare app, this lecture is for you. Using rideshare is an alternative to driving yourself in traffic, at night or to places you have never been before. This lecture will cover how to set up and use ridesharing apps, the differences between them, and safety, privacy and insurance issues.

Location: Mountain View CA 94040
To register, please CLICK HERE

BAO LECTURE SPONSORS

El Camino Hospital

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Center for Spiritual Living San Jose
Silicon Valley Community Foundation