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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for November 2011 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for:

throughout the month of November
between your nose and your mouth

“The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.  

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.  

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.  

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - representing the single largest donation they had ever received.

The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.  

In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.  

The funds raised through Movember’s US campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.”

You don’t have to grow one - you can make one!

Mythmakers Ball
presented by Sanctuary of the Open Heart
Saturday, November 5, 8:00PM-1:00AM
Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club, 1650 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland

“The Mythmaker’s Ball - A benefit to manifest a 13 Moon Temple in the SF Bay Area honoring the Divine Feminine.

At a beautiful location nestled in the green hills of Oakland, transformed for one night into a mythic realm of enchantment, whimsy and wonder…

Fellow Dreamers, God/desses, Mythic Players and Merrymakers
You can hear it, this new story, rising in the heart
calling us to join together
The Mythmakers
Heralds of The New
Troubadours for Joy…

Weave magic with The Greenman and Greenwoman
Be inspired by The Muses of Mermaid Grotto
Dive deep with The Delphi Oracle Priestesses
Fulfill your senses in the Rose Goddess’s Garden
Sip tea with Alice at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
oin in courtly dances to the lyric strains of Minstrels and Bards

Dance to Dj Ron Toffanelli’s treasures of aural pleasures
Enjoy SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS, and many more surprises!

Be part of creating this beautiful event by offering your talents to our volunteer team

MYTHIC ATTIRE TO INSPIRE: God/dess attire from all Mythic Realms, Faerie folk, Mermaids, Alice in Wonderland characters, Unicorns, Greenmen and women, Wizards, flowing gowns, flower garlands, crowns, wings, horns, Ren Faire costuming, Bards and Minstrels, gypsy and fools. Surprise and Delight us!”

Mask-Making Worshop
with Sue Kearney of Magnolias West
Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13
private home in west Oakland, address will be given upon registration
pay what you wish, pay what you can, $80 deposit required in advance
see website and blogpost for more details
for more information, contact Sue at Sue@MagnoliasWest.com

In many mystical traditions the mask has been a powerful symbol of realization and promise. It has been used as a tool for connecting to collective wisdom, channeling protective energy, divination, restoring health, and sacred initiatory rites.

The ritual of mask-making, when done with focus and intention, is a powerful way to connect your everyday persona with your inner, more intuitive, higher self. It's also fun!

Join Sue for a mask-making workshop this fall, the weekend of November 12-13, at her home in west Oakland. This workshop will be small by intention: no more than seven participants.

*What is this Pay what you wish/what you can thing? you ask. Read on: Sculptors, shamans and coaches offer two-day mask-making workshops for $199–$225. For this workshop, you are invited to choose the fee that's the right fit for you. You won't be asked to pay your balance until the workshop is complete. A few words about the $80 deposit to hold your space: When you email Sue to reserve, you'll be asked to date your check for two days after the workshop (November 14, 2011).  This check won't be cashed until the workshop is complete. If you need to cancel and let me know up to two weeks before the workshop date, your check will be torn up. If you let Sue know by one week before, she'll return $40. If you cancel week of the workshop, you lose the deposit.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Friday-Sunday, November 25-27, and every weekend through December 18, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City
(various discounts may apply, and season tickets are available - see website for details)
pre-order tickets by October 15 for a $5 discount!
Parking fees are $10.00 per car (charged by the Cow Palace).

“Celebrate the Holiday Season in Victorian London!
The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!
A Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for four weekends in 2010, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 18 from 11:00AM 'til 7:00PM.
Created by Ron and Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin and Leslie Patterson and Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.
Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.”

Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball
Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2012
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

“The award-winning Edwardian Ball transforms the historic Regency Ballroom into a garden of delights, Friday and Saturday January 20 and 21, 2012.  Join a magical outdoors-indoor symphony of music, theatre, dance, art, storytelling, circus arts, fashion, technology, and, of course, the art and stories of Edward Gorey.  The festivities feature a dizzying assortment of artists and performers, where high-flying trapezes and steam-powered machines paint an elegant backdrop for costumed ball-goers reveling through the night. Here, the old world meets the world-to-be with an unforgettable tip of the top hat, cinch of the corset, and a splash of absinthe poured over a silver spoon.”

Edwardian period costumes!  Edward Gorey themed costumes!  The kind of stuff you expect from people who are into Edward Gorey and like to dress up!

Article about who the heck Edward Gorey was: http://archive.salon.com/people/bc/2000/02/15/gorey

Have a Magical Month and a Fabulous Future!

Molly Blue Dawn

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