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How to Rock a Funky Story: Glynn Washington at the Lair

Washington is a longtime Lair camper and the creator, executive producer, and host of Snap Judgement, a radio show and podcast that offers a raw, immersive, and musical take on storytelling.

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Stellar Explosion and Exoplanets: Alex Filippenko at the Lair

“Some stars literally explode in a titanic act of self-destruction at the end of their lives, becoming some million or billion times as powerful as the sun,” Filippenko explains. “Exploding stars are not just spectacular to look at, but they’re important for our very existence.”

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Bear Music Fest Returns to the Lair

By Amanda Chiu

A “music discovery” festival featuring under-the-radar artists, Bear Music Fest has become a Lair of the Golden Bear favorite. Here’s what to expect when you go to Bear Music Fest.

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Get Excited—Camp Is Back at the Lair of the Golden Bear

Disconnect from your screens and reconnect with what really matters: family, friends, nature...and s’mores! Join us for a week in the mountains at the Lair of the Golden Bear. The Lair offers a family vacation with plenty of wide open spaces and fun things to do for kids of all ages.

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How to Rock a Funky Story: Glynn Washington at the Lair

Lair of the Golden Bear campers recently buckled up to attend a virtual campfire talk with master storyteller Glynn Washington, titled “How To Rock a Funky Story.” Washington is the creator, executive producer, and host of Snap Judgement, a radio show and podcast that offers a raw, immersive, and musical take on storytelling. His unique, cinematic style of storytelling draws listeners and grips them until the end of every one of his shows. Washington’s connection to Berkeley runs deep; in addition to being a Lair camper, from 2007 to 2010, he was the director of Young Entrepreneurs at Haas—now known as Boost—a program at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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Stellar Explosion and Exoplanets: Alex Filippenko at the Lair

“Some stars literally explode in a titanic act of self-destruction at the end of their lives, becoming some million or billion times as powerful as the sun,” Filippenko explains to Lair of the Golden Bear campers. “Exploding stars are not just spectacular to look at, but they’re important for our very existence, because during its life a star generates energy by fusing light elements into heavy elements. Right now, the sun is fusing hydrogen to helium; later it will fuse helium to carbon and oxygen. If stars never exploded, the heavy elements would be forever trapped in their cores and thus not available as raw material for the production of new stars and planets.”

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The Cal Alumni Association Transfers Ownership of Pinecrest Chalet to 2014 Matthew Trust

Effective December 2, 2019, the Cal Alumni Association’s Pinecrest Chalet will operate under new ownership. The Chalet will continue to operate as a year-round mountain resort. All current bookings and reservations will be honored under the new proprietorship. Pinecrest Chalet is located in Pinecrest, California, in the Stanislaus National Forest. The town of Pinecrest is […]

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You Know You’re a Lair of the Golden Bear Camper When…

If you’ve ever spent part of your summer at the Lair of the Golden Bear, you know the Lair is so much more than just your typical summer camp.

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A Warm Welcome for CAA’s 2018 Alumni Scholars at the Lair of the Golden Bear

The newest class of Cal Alumni Association (CAA) Alumni Scholars kicked off the fall semester at a welcome retreat in Pinecrest, California, at the Lair of the Golden Bear. CAA’s Alumni Scholars Program began a new annual tradition of inviting new student recipients from The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) and the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program […]

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Janet Napolitano Visits the Lair of the Golden Bear, Addresses State of UC System

In mid-July, University of California President Janet Napolitano spent a weekend at the Cal Alumni Association’s Lair of the Golden Bear in Pinecrest, California. During her stay, Napolitano sat down for a campfire conversation with Lair Week 5 campers and Cynthia So Schroeder ’91, UC Regent Emerita and Past President of the Cal Alumni Association […]