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Tiburon: Academic Adventures, Scenic Splendor

Program Number: 20307RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tiburon, California
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Art History/Criticism; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Spend five days immersed in courses covering a broad range of topics. From the serious to the sublime, you will leave this program enlightened and enriched.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Take a docent-led visit of the China Cabin, once the social saloon on the PS China steamer, now a historic landmark on the Tiburon waterfront.
• Enjoy live entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

1-25-2015

"Rothmann: Middle East Conflict." "Piano Music of the Romantic Era." "U.S. Constitution." "French Impressionism." "Flop Hits: Great Songs from Broadway Bombs!"
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11-1-2015

"Rothmann: Middle East Conflict." "The Supreme Court." "Ballets of Stravinsky." "Art of Eternal Rome." "Flop Hits: Great Songs from Broadway Bombs!"
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Tiburon

A charming town in Marin County, Tiburon affords stunning views of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge along a picturesque waterfront promenade. This idyllic town features a rich railroad and maritime history, and is also home to an eclectic, historic Main Street affectionately known as Ark Row.



Accommodations
Charming hotel one block from the Tiburon waterfront with spectacular views of San Francisco.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Michael Graham

A professor of political science at San Francisco State University, Dr. Michael Graham has taught at numerous educational institutions including Oklahoma State University, U.C. Santa Barbara, Northwestern University and Loyola University of Chicago. His major research and teaching interests are in the fields of public law and American political institutions. Dr. Graham holds a Ph.D. in political science from U.S. Santa Barbara.
 
Richard Aldag

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
 
Sue Lombardi

Susanna Lombardi is an art historian and educator whose career in college teaching spanned over 25 years. In addition to her role as a faculty member at Dominican College, she served as the associate director of the graduate humanities program. She completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of the book, "Behold!"
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Lodge at Tiburon
  Tiburon 5 nights
 The Lodge at Tiburon
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Nestled at the tip of the scenic Tiburon Peninsula on San Francisco Bay, The Lodge at Tiburon, a three-story, 103-room California Craftsman-style upscale hotel near Sausalito is just off Main Street in a quaint Marin County village. Guests will enjoy the Tiburon Tavern which features an outdoor patio and a heated outdoor pool with a poolside fire pit.
  Contact info: 1651 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920 USA
phone: 415-435-3133
web: www.larkspurhotels.com/collection/tiburon
  Room amenities: Room amenities include a hair dryer, coffee maker, DVD player, radio, room service, iron/ironing board, air conditioning, and complimentary newspaper. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary Wi-Fi access in guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include deck with fireplace, outdoor heated pool and hot tub with poolside fire pit, 24-hour complimentary business center, complimentary fitness center, complimentary DVD movie library, a concierge, and a hotel restaurant. There are no laundry services at the Lodge; there is a laundromat across the street. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available everywhere in the hotel. PARKING: Complimentary self parking available for all guests.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call 650-355-5320 for details. Please call the Road Scholar office at 650-355-5320 for details on the best available rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call 650-355-5320 for details. Please call the Road Scholar office at 650-355-5320 for details on the best available rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at The Lodge at Tiburon that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends at noon after the final class on the closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class. You will be staying at The Lodge at Tiburon the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary. When you arrive at the hotel's parking lot, you will receive a ticket to get into the lot. When you intend on leaving again, have the ticket validated at the front desk.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tiburon
  Nearest city or town:  San Francisco
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Tiburon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 650-238-5888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to an hour 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

www.supershuttle.com

 

Oakland International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 650-238-5888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One hour, 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

37 miles

   

www.supershuttle.com

 
Driving Directions
  From the east Take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. $5 toll. When bridge ends, merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd which will merge onto Highway 101 going south. Exit 447 Tiburon Blvd/Blithedale Ave. Turn left onto Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left after Bank of America. Hotel parking lot entrance just past the front of hotel. Take ticket.
  From the north Take Highway 101 South. Exit 447 Tiburon Blvd/Blithedale Ave. Turn left onto Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left after Bank of America. Hotel parking lot entrance just past the front of hotel. Take ticket.
  From the south Take Highway 101 North. Exit 447 Tiburon Blvd/Blithedale Ave. Turn right onto Tiburon Blvd. Four miles to hotel at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. Hotel will be on left after Bank of America. Hotel parking lot entrance just past the front of hotel. Take ticket.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/ Orientation/ Introductions
(Sunday, January 25)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (located inside the Road Scholar meeting room) and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

During free time, the Group Leader will be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: At the hotel

Dinner

Menus are arranged in advance for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers the following choices for meals: standard, gluten-free, low fat, low salt and vegetarian. We are happy to accommodate the varying dietary needs of our group. These special meal requests should be written on your Participant Information Form and must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the start date of your program.

 Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Rothmann: Middle East Conflict/ China Cabin/ The U.S. Constitution
(Monday, January 26)

Note: The China Cabin is a 20 minute walk from the hotel on a flat, paved surface. The docent-led visit lasts an hour. The rest of the afternoon is open for you to explore the lovely town of Tiburon. In your program packet, you will receive a brochure--Walking Guide to Historic Tiburon--which you can utilize as you wander historic streets filled with eclectic shops and a wine tasting room.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel

The daily breakfast buffet includes eggs, oatmeal, fruit, bread, orange juice, apple juice, coffee and hot tea.

 Morning: Rothmann: Middle East Conflict

Israel, the Palestinians and the U.S. are the key players in the Middle East peace process. This course looks at the changing relations between the three parties, and how it all fits in with the rising call for democracy in the Arab world.

 Lunch: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Afternoon: Docent-led visit of the China Cabin

The China Cabin is the social saloon from the S.S. China, a side-wheeled steamer built in 1866. Commissioned by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, the China carried mail and passengers from San Francisco to Asia. The room was salvaged when the ship became obsolete in 1879. The interior has been restored with 22k gold leaf, walnut woodwork, cut-glass floral window panes, and brass chandeliers.

 Dinner: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Evening: The U.S. Constitution

America has evolved dramatically since the Founding Fathers drafted the U.S. Constitution. Can this sacred document survive the challenges of the changes of the 21st century and beyond? We look at the evolution of the Constitution.

   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Rothmann: Middle East Conflict/ Piano Music of the Romantic Era
(Tuesday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Rothmann: Middle East Conflict, Part 2
 Lunch: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Afternoon: Piano Music of the Romantic Era

No other instrument better exemplifies the Romantic era in music than the piano. More than a century after the fact, the music composed for the piano throughout the 19th century remains the staple for performers and audience members alike. No other classical music is more dearly loved. Piano masterpieces by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, and others will engage, enrich and entertain participants.

 Dinner: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Evening: Piano Music of the Romantic Era, Part 2
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: French Impression/ U.S. Constitution
(Wednesday, January 28)

Note:



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: French Impressionism

A richly illustrated lecture tour of French Impressionism in its artistic, social and political contexts: from Monet's and Morisot's landscapes of light and atmosphere to Renoir's sparkling scenes of modernity. French Impressionism aimed to capture the atmosphere of an instantaneous moment in time.

 Lunch: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Afternoon: Time to explore the Bay Area. Many suggestions will be provided.
 Dinner: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Evening: The U.S. Constitution, Part 2
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Buck Institute for Research on Aging/ Piano Music of the Romantic Era/ Farewell Dinner/ Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, January 29)

Note: Bus trip to Novato in Marin County, 30 minutes north of Tiburon. Docent-led visit at the Buck Institute lasts about 90 minutes and involves walking and standing through the building. The entire trip lasts about four hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Buck Institute for Research on Aging

The Buck Institute is the nation’s first independent research facility focused exclusively on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease..

Because architect I.M. Pei believed in the mission of the Institute, he submitted a proposal to design the research facility. Pei's trademark use of varied geometric elements and floating staircases are featured throughout the research campus. The atrium is highlighted by a 75 foot-high skylight, similar to the Louvre Museum pyramid in Paris, which Pei also designed.

 Lunch: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course lunch buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Afternoon: Flop Hits: Great Songs from Broadway Bombs

"Blue Skies," "I'll Be Seeing You," "Begin the Beguinne," "God Bless America"-- It's hard to believe that these hugely popular songs were almost lost when the shows they were composed for closed after only a few runs. In some cases, songs were pulled from the original shows by the composers. Come hear these almost lost numbers and how they were miraculously revived.

 Dinner: At the hotel

Enjoy a 3-course dinner buffet plus complimentary coffee and hot tea.

 Evening: Live Musical Entertainment
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Tiburon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: French Impressionism/ Departures
(Friday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: French Impressionism, Part 2

The program concludes after class. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Tiburon Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare. To get to Alcatraz, you will need to take the ferry to San Francisco and then take a streetcar or bu along the Embarcadero to get to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. For additional information, visit http://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm
  Angel Island
Take the ferry to Angel Island and explore the "Ellis Island of the West." For additional information, visit http://www.angelisland.com/
  Mill Valley
Mill Valley is a charming little town just across the freeway from the Tiburon peninsula. For additional information, visit http://www.millvalley.com/
  Mt. Tamalpais
Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais. It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot peak. On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away. For additional information, visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=471
  Muir Woods
When John Muir learned that William and Elizabeth Kent were naming a redwood forest near San Francisco in his honor, he declared, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." The couple had purchased the land to preserve its beauty and restful wilderness; and in 1908, they donated it to the federal governent to protect it from destruction. For additional information, visit http://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm
  Napa Valley
Napa Valley is one of the premier travel destinations in the world. Breathtaking views abound at every turn – mustard in the late winter, picturesque rolling hills planted with vineyards year-round and wineries of every stature dot the landscape. Whether you are wine tasting, dining at renowned restaurants like the French Laundry, pampering yourself with a mud bath in Calistoga, or just enjoying your stay at quaint bed & breakfasts, hotels or resorts ... Napa Valley is your spot of heaven on earth. For additional information, visit http://napavalley.com/
  Pt. Reyes National Seashore
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration. For additional information, visit http://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm
  San Francisco
Every American has two hometowns: his own and San Francisco. Hop on a ferry and explore The City by the Bay. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.com/
  Sausalito
Ranked as one of the top 20 destinations in the country, visitors and residents alike agree that Sausalito’s scenic waterfront and panoramic views, small town charm and Mediterranean character make it a truly enchanting place to visit. For additional information, visit http://www.sausalito.org/
  Sonoma County
Sonoma County is a traveler’s paradise in California. The world-class Sonoma wine region offers over 375 wineries — from wine castles and the winery resort of Francis Ford Coppola, one of Hollywood’s most famed directors, to simple and rustic tasting rooms. Sonoma County was named the top wine destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards 2012. For additional information, visit http://www.sonomacounty.com/
  Tiburon
Tiburon is a small, walkable town with views everywhere you look. Go to the Town of Tiburon website for ideas of what to do and see. For additional information, visit http://www.townoftiburon.org/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Tiburon Peninsula (CA) (Images of America)


Author: Branwell Fanning


Description: The Tiburon Peninsula was once a part of El Rancho Corte Madera Del Presidio, owned by generations of the Reed family, whose dairies developed Tiburon, Belvedere, and Strawberry. Nearby Angel Island was militarized during the Civil War, later supporting an immigration station, and then a state park. Tiburon became the terminus of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, with ferries and trains servicing the area for over 80 years until the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Now the peninsula attracts residents who appreciate the open space that the citizens of Marin County fought to maintain.



Tiburon and Belvedere (Then & Now (Arcadia))


Author: Branwell Fanning


Description: Tiburon and Belvedere share the same peninsula jutting into San Francisco Bay from Marin County, California. With water on three side and open space with breathtaking views, these exclusive towns are desirable places to live.



The U.S. Constitution And Fascinating Facts About It


Author: Terry L. Jordan


Description: This book contains the full text of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence in addition to interesting information about their creation.





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