bowlingBay seniors with a clandestine affection for the clamorous glitz of Las Vegas will feel some familiar thrills at the spectacle that is Plank on the Oakland Estuary. 50,00 square feet of the former Barnes & Noble have been turned into an entertainment center that would be right at home on the Strip (a comment on the direction our culture is moving no doubt). Let us count the ways: a vast outdoor beer garden with three bocce ball courts, 18 neon lit bowling alleys, 40 hi-def tv’s, bars, restaurants, live music and a cornea-popping video arcade. No entry fee. You older grandkids will love it. Crowds were lined up down the street the night we went.

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