mahjonggBay seniors curious to investigate Chinese culture but find ping pong a little too uptempo, might well want to consider taking up the noisy game that was wildly popular with our grandparents 75 years ago – Mah Jongg. Legend claims Confucius himself created it around 500 BC. The 144 tiles are made of bakelite or plastic adorned with Chinese symbols and according to Wilkipedia is a kind of Asian gin rummy. Classes are available in Berkeley and Orinda, afternoons and evenings, starting at $75.

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