What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Arata Pumpkin Farm, British Traditional Wicca 101, Group Vortex Healing, Even YOU Can Do Magic, What Women Most Desire, FEAR., Playland After Dark - Night of the Living Dead, Young Frankenstein, Naked Spooky Girls Reading, Edward II, KINDA BOO!, Womyn’s Spiral Dance, Angel Magic, Find Ultimate Success in Everything, Ship of Spirits, Heaven on the New Earth, Voices from the Past, Herbal Gift Making for the Winter Season, Low-Tech Food Preservation, Halloween Cabaret Carnival, Sinister Science Halloween Party, Evergreen Cemetery Tour, Birds and Bees, archy and mehitabel, Reclaiming's Spiral Dance, Community Seed Samhain, Baloween Spooktacular, Gaskell Fancy Dress Ball, Monster Bash, Wearable Art Halloween Ball: Fractured Fairytales, Halloween Costume Party at Playland, The Power of the Ancestors, Inanna’s Descent, Wildforaging, Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos, Ile Orunmila Oshun, CAYA Sprouts Samhain, Cemetery Ritual, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Hecate, Gamble Mansion Haunted House, The Phantom of the Opera, All Hallows Read, Halloween Concert, Firefly Willows Samhain Ritual, Bohemian Ball, Movember, The September Queen, South Bay Pagan Salon, Goddess and Unconditional Love Workshop, Mask-Making Workshop
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Wednesday-Monday, October 26-31
open Weekdays 9:00AM-7:00PM, Friday-Saturday 9:00AM-10:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM-6:00PM
Arata Pumpkin Farm, 185 Verde Road, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-7548
see website for schedule, list of attractions and prices
http://www.aratapumpkinfarm.com

“You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride. Step back in time while you watch our Gladiators do battle in our coliseum built out of hay bales. Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.
We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.”
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British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00-9:00PM, and 7 more Wednesdays through December 14
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 per class
http://www.sacredwell.com/classes-events

“Lady Argante, a third-degree Gardnerian Elder and the High Priestess of the Coven Daoine Sidhe, comes to The Sacred Well to offer a class that will provide students with a spiritual and practical introduction to Wicca from a British Traditional perspective.

This 14-week course includes an introduction to British Traditional Wicca's history, cosmology and Wheel of the Year; meditations on the Goddess, the God, and the four elements; basic magical ethics and methods; and informal rituals for Samhain and Yule.

Class space is limited, so call The Sacred Well today at 510-444-9355 to sign up for the entire course, or for any individual class.”
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Group Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00PM
Body Energy Center, 2939 Summit Street, Suite 301, Oakland, 510-467-8841
$20
Please RSVP to Dragonfly at 510-467-8841 or Exlibrys13@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ArunaBliss-Body-Energy-Center/135974076476131
http://www.arunabliss.com
http://www.vortexhealing.com

Dragonfly says:
“This weeks Vortex Group Healing we will be focusing on Transforming Creative blocks and Strengthening the Energy system. We will work on how to ground yourself and your creative goals into the physical world. This healing can increase one's over all level of energy and vitality, as well as enhanced capacity for actualizing the desires one formulates as a result of inspiration from the spiritual realms.

This is a Merlin’s Omega Level Healing that will deeply Nurture the Emotional and Physical body. So, come learn, share your magic and plant seeds of peace among all creatures.”
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Even YOU Can Do Magic
Everyday Magic for Everyday Living
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00-9:00PM (and every fourth Wednesday)
Firefly Willows, 111 Main Street, Los Altos, 650-947-9300
$5 (plus material costs - usually $3-$5)
register by phone at 650-947-9300 or by e-mail at workshops@fireflywillows.com
http://fireflywillows.com

“Whether you are experienced in the art and craft of Magic, or completely new to the concept and process, this monthly class is an opportunity where, regardless of your skill level, you, yes YOU, can learn to make magic in your life in order to manifest your intentions and desires for your life.

What do you want in your life - Love, Money, Resolution, Achievement, Recognition, New job or career?  What do you want to remove from your life - Old habits, Negative energy and influences, Obstacles to what you really want?

Magic is, in essence, the use of our own Intention and Will to effect change and have greater control over our lives, to make them the way we’d like them to be, to manifest what we need (or want) in our lives.  We can use various allies from the natural world around us (such as herbs, stones, oils, candles, colours, etc) to support and energise our intentions.  We can incorporate ritual and other techniques to energise our intention and send it out in to the world to manifest change and our desires.

In this monthly class, we will craft a magical action around a particular theme.  We will have the materials available and guide you in the process, but it will be up to each individual to bring their own energy of intention and willpower to feed the process.  There may often also be a need for a commitment to take home what we have created and continue to use it in certain ways (which we will outline for you).

No previous experience is necessary.
Are you ready to live a Magic filled life?”
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What Women Most Desire: Two Plays from Chaucer
Wednesday-Thursday, October 26-27, 8:00PM,
and every Wednesday and Thursday through November 17
Alcove Theater, 414 Mason Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
$32
http://www.chaucertheatre.org/Whats-Playing.htm
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/192766
http://thealcovetheater.com

“What Women Most Desire
Shipman’s Tale: A musical bedroom farce
Wife of Bath’s Tale: On management of husbands - of which she has had 5!!

Two of Chaucer’s most delightful tales - yes, in Modern English, so fear not, Lords and Ladies! Ah, marriage! Learn some tricks of the trade from experts in the marital arts, from those who know how to get exactly what they want. Women, ever wonder how to get what you want from the man in your life? Come find out. And men, do you wonder at that eternal mystery: but what exactly DO all women want? There is an answer to that question, too, and you’ll find out what it is at What Women Most Desire!

The mission of Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. is to bring the riches and depth of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and related works to the widest audiences possible through performances that exemplify the highest artistic qualities.
Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. is a not-for-profit organization.”
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The Un-Scripted Theater Company presents:
FEAR.
Wednesday-Monday, October 26-31, 8:00PM
SF Playhouse, Stage 2, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco
$25 general admission, $12 students and seniors
http://un-scripted.com/show/fear-2011

“On Halloween 2002, a seed of terror was planted in the BATS Belfry production of Fear.
In 2003, Fear was reborn through the Un-Scripted Theater Company in the basement of a pizza parlor in Berkley.
Vowing that the show had become too draining, too damaging, and too dangerous to be performed again, Un-Scripted performed Fear for the last time October 30, 2004...

... but Fear wouldn't die...

It's baaaaaaack .... This Halloween, horror returns to the Bay Area. It comes to life from your suggestions. It can kill without warning. And no one knows how it will end. Watch as the Un-Scripted Theater Company creates a full-length thriller before your very eyes. Without a script, no two shows are the same - and no one is safe.

Fear FAQ

We’ve gotten a lot of calls and emails about our upcoming run of Fear. We’d like to take this opportunity to answer some frequently asked questions and dispel some myths:

1. Yes, the performers create a different show every night with the help of audience suggestions.
2. No, we're not channeling any dark entities, that we know of. Unless there's one in the audience.
3. No, we don't offer a special ticket price to dark entities, demons, hell spawn, etc., but you can get $3 off each ticket you buy through our website when you use the coupon code "PASSITON".
4. No, the show is not a spoof of the horror genre. We are actually planning to scare you.
5. Yes, there will be humor in the show. We promise you'll laugh. Oh yes, you'll laugh…
6. No, there's no truth to the rumor that we haven't done this show for 7 years because of a nasty incident involving the performers and some meat hooks. The meat hooks had nothing to do with the show going on a 7 year hiatus.
7. Yes, even though the show lasts just 7 short days, we will still have free popcorn, fresh-baked cookies at intermission, and beverages priced so low, it's scary.
8. Yes, if the tale is too terrifying... too hair-raising... too bone-chilling to bear, you only have yourself to blame.

Get your tickets today!”
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Playland After Dark - Night of the Living Dead
Thursday, October 27, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
adults only
see website for admission details
http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org/calendar_01.html

“Playland After Dark is giving the "big kids" a chance to get into the Halloween time of the season with our zombie-filled evening of thrills and chills. We'll be screening George Romero's classic 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead (show time approx. 7pm). Join our volunteer "Army of the Night" in dressing as zombies (or are they really zombies?!) And the best part is that you won't have to worry about scaring the kiddies because Playland After Dark events are always for grown-ups only.

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows — they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!
Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by a guy in El Cerrito who is obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)
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Young Frankenstein
Thursday, October 27, 7:00PM
Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
$8
http://www.cerritotheater.org/2011/10/19/more-classic-horror-young-frankenstein-plays-again-on-oct-27-7pm/

“Spoofing classic horror in the way that Mel Brooks’s previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, Young Frankenstein is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody. Filming in glorious black and white, Brooks re-created the Frankenstein laboratory using the same equipment from the original Frankenstein (courtesy of designer Kenneth Strickfaden), and this loving attention to physical and stylistic detail creates a solid foundation for nonstop comedy. The story, of course, involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He’s got some help, since dad left behind a book titled How I Did It.) Assisting him is the hapless hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity. Indeed, Young Frankenstein is a charmed film, nothing less than a comedy classic, representing the finest work from everyone involved. Not one joke has lost its payoff, and none of the countless gags have lost their zany appeal. From a career that includes some of the best comedies ever made, this is the film for which Mel Brooks will be most fondly remembered.”
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Naked Spooky Girls Reading
featuring the works of Neil Gaiman
Thursday, October 27, 8:00PM
Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco
$10
Masks encouraged!
http://nakedgirlsreading.com/sanfrancisco
http://ngrsf.eventbrite.com
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2011/06/naked_girls_reading.php
http://www.sexandculture.org
http://www.neilgaiman.com
http://www.carolqueen.com
http://www.ladymonster.com
https://www.facebook.com/opheliacoeurdenoir
http://twitter.com/#!/raindegrey
http://www.lastgasp.com

“This year's Naked Spooky Girls Reading event will feature all works written by Neil Gaiman.

We have received his official endorsement for the event and he will be spreading the word. However he will NOT be at the event.

Celebrate the Macabre with this spine-tingling event.

Featuring:
Carol Queen, Lady Monster, Ophelia Coeur de Noir and Rain DeGrey

Our special feature for this event will be the production of Babble On! BABALON by C. Theodore Walker.

This half-play/half-ritual (written and directed by Walker) is based on Aleister Crowley's writings about the Whore of Babalon.

Babble on, BABALON! is a modern Gnostic fable for the end of the old aeon and the birth of a new.

This fable, about a high priest in service to the Great Whore BABALON, involves spoken word poetry with a dramatic edge, body-painting, live music performance; sex+horror=magick.

The show involves audience participation of wearing a mask. Please bring your own mask. If you do not bring your own, one will be provided for you. Costumes are encouraged.

We will also be celebrating Neil Gaiman's ALL HALLOWS' READ. Please bring a spooky book to trade
Last Gasp Books will be on hand selling various titles at the show.”
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Edward II
by Christopher Marlowe, adapted by Edwin Peabody
presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday-Sunday, October 27-30 - Final weekend!
see website for detailed schedule of performances
$18
http://www.b8company.com/events.htm

"For the first show of the 2011-2012 season, Butterfield 8 Theatre Company takes on Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, directed and adapted by company member Edwin Peabody.

It's 1921 in London, the great war has ended and the jazz age has begun. The populace has been decimated by the Spanish flu, which took King Edward I's life. His son, King Edward II, an open homosexual, is perceived as ineffectual as a leader and a husband, and has raised the ire of the nobles by inviting back into England his exiled love, Piers Gaveston. Feeling they need stronger leadership and national unity, the nobles turn to young Mortimer, a hot-headed noble with a fascist slant and a hatred of the new King. As Gaveston returns, the country faces its biggest challenge as fascism rises and peace and prosperity are threatened with revolution. How far will Edward and Mortimer go in their pursuit of what is best for England? Find out what it truly means to be a king in this complex and psychological play.
Edward II previews October 6, 2011 and closes October 30.

“The Mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works.

Our Vision is to present audiences with examples of both ends of the theatrical spectrum: new productions of classic works, focusing in particular on text-driven plays (such as the works of Shakespeare), and new works devised by the company or written by local playwrights.  Our work often examines perceptions of gender, both within the context of the play and the larger context of society as a whole.  We strive to create an immersive environment, believing the audience’s experience starts when they buy the ticket, and shouldn't end when they leave the theatre. We honor that the audience has come for a live theatre experience to engage with a story or an idea; to be taken on a journey. This is our responsibility, and our craft.”
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KINDA BOO!
Thursday-Sunday, October 27-30, Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Exit Stage Left Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco
$10-$15
Fun for ages 6 and up!
http://kindaboo.com
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/205449

“KINDA BOO! A Magical Musical Comedy

KINDA BOO! is a mutant mashup of rockin' original Halloween tunes, madcap misdirection, double-crosses, torch songs, body-function humor, giant zombie puppets, and the unexpected.”
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Womyn’s Spiral Dance
Honoring the Ancestors and the Crones
presented by Daughters of the Goddess
Friday, October 28, Marketplace opens at 6:30PM, Ritual begins at 7:30PM
Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Women only
Adults $29, Teens 14-19 $5, Girls 13 and under Free
http://www.daughtersofthegoddess.com/Ritual%20pages/2011%20Rituals/2011Spiral.html

“Crafts womyn, Drumming, Chanting
Dancing in Community and Sisterhood
Bring your drums, rattles, and a picture of an Ancestor for the Ancestor Altar

For more information call 925-787-9739 or 925-787-9247 or
Email Leilani at Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
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Angel Magic
with Sonja Kydd
Friday, October 28, 6:30-8:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$25 - please pre-register by phone or at the website below
http://www.themysticdream.com

“Angels are energy beings that want to help us heal every area of life. They are always around us, trying to get their messages through, yet it’s hard to hear them in times of pain and uncertainty. Learn how to hear your angels’ messages, discover what angels are working with you and which ones can help you create your dream life. Class includes a healing mediation, discussion and an angel card reading for each participant.

Sonja Kydd is an Angel Therapist Practitioner, certified by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., as well as an intuitive, psychic, medium, writer, artist, Reiki healer, certified Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Her passion is to help others tap into their own inner guidance, self-healing, higher self, past-lives, angels and guides using clairvoyant channeling, intuition, Ayurvedic knowledge and angel oracle cards.”
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Find Ultimate Success in Everything
with David Weber
Friday, October 28, 7:00-9:00PM
Firefly Willows, 111 Main Street, Los Altos, 650-947-9300
Free, please RSVP to  workshops@fireflywillows.com or 650-947-9300
http://www.fireflywillows.com
http://www.therishis.com

“You've heard it since you were young. Do this or that and you'll be successful - guaranteed! But true success is only possible if you know how to unlock the tools and techniques inside of you. Come hear The Rishis, spiritual entities channeled by David Leigh Weber, outline the amazing capabilities for endless success you have right now, and how to take advantage of them in any circumstance. The Rishis are fun, entertaining, and love interacting so bring your questions!”
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Ship of Spirits
aboard the USS Hornet
Friday, October 28, 7:00PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 xt282
$45 ($60 for both Ship of Spirits and Monster Bash on October 29)
pre-registration required, space is limited
ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult
http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/halloween (site plays music)
http://www.pamelaheath.com

“Hear real Hornet ghost stories by our very own physic and parapsychologist, Dr. Pamela Heath followed by a paranormal investigation tour.

Limited to 100 Guests - Book early!”
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Heaven on the New Earth
Friday, October 28, 8:00-10:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$20
for more information or to RSVP, please e-mail info@spiritdancing.org
http://www.isisoasis.org/html/workshop.html
http://www.spiritdancing.org/current.htm

“Come together in Sacred Community for Personal and Planetary Healing.  
Let Us Raise the Frequencies for the Highest Good of All!

Bring Body, Mind and Soul into Harmony with 3 Transformational Alchemists...

Heaven activates through Mystical Movement and Sonic Alchemy
Hodah Heart offers Sound Healing and Transcendental Chanting
Eliahu facilitates Rose Ray Heart Meditation
...and other special guests!

Followed by an Ecstatic Dance Celebration

Let us amplify our Love and Light as Conscious Co-Creators
in birthing Heaven on the New Earth!”
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Voices from the Past:
Paranormal Investigations at Meek Mansion and McConaghy House

Friday, October 28, 7:00PM-3:30AM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward
http://www.haywardareahistory.org/about_us/meek_estate

Saturday, October 29, 7:00PM-3:30AM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard
http://www.haywardareahistory.org/plan_visit/mcconaghy_house

$75 per night, $100 for both nights
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  
For more information or to make reservations, please call Heather F. at 510-581-2516
http://www.haywardareahistory.org/events/view/103-voices_from_the_past_paranormal_investigations
http://www.apraparanormal.com

“Presentation by the American Paranormal Research Association and the opportunity to investigate the houses yourself!

Refreshments and snacks will be provided both nights.  Dinner is also included on Friday night.”
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Herbal Gift Making for the Winter Season
part of the Re-Skilling Workshop series
Saturday, October 29, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Commonweal Garden at the Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas
$100
see website for directions, detailed schedule,and registration information
http://regenerativedesign.org/herbal-giftmaking
http://www.regenerativedesign.org/re-skilling-series

“Enjoy a day making herbal potions at Commonweal Garden, and come away with the inspiration and know-how to make your own high quality herbal body care gifts for the winter season.  We will emphasize the use of local and regional ingredients with everything we make.
You will learn how to collect and process herbs, from picking to preservation, as well as basic herbal medicine making skills.  We will focus on plants that are safe and easy to grow in the garden and/or abundant in nearby wild lands. Together as a class, we will make the following herbal products that make great holiday gifts:
Herbal Body Cream
Herbal Lip Balm
Herbal Massage Oil

You will learn how to customize each product with various plant-based oils, herbs, and essential oils for therapeutics and fragrance.  You will also learn how to make beautiful, custom labels that resist exposure to water and oil.   You'll leave the class with:
two sets of organic herbal skin care products to take home
the recipes and know-how to make them again and again at home
basic knowledge of how to make a medicinal oil and salve
the ability to make great gifts fort hose that appreciate high quality, local and organic products
a list of resources for getting started at home and expanding your herbal repertoire, including a list of very useful plants that are relatively easy to grow in your backyard.

What is Re-skilling?
Our ancestors, perhaps only a few generations back, were able to make what they needed for daily life or trade for what they needed with a skilled neighbor.  
In this modern culture, most of us have lost the skills of basic craftsmanship. As we transition away from global consumerism and towards localized, earth-friendly economies, we need to reclaim these skills for ourselves and for our community.

Many of us have already started to re-skill around food - growing fresh vegetables in the backyard or cultivating a plot at a local community garden. This self-sustaining practice is deeply satisfying, and in the Bay Area there is a vibrant local economy around food that supports local farmers, garden teachers, restaurants, and burgeoning new vegetable landscaping businesses.

The Re-Skilling Series at RDI was inspired by our greater community's interest in learning more craftsmanship skills. Beyond growing our own vegetables, we can start re-skilling around food preservation, clothing, personal care products, furniture, and other needs of daily life.
Re-skilling requires that we connect more deeply to the natural world. It involves cultivating (or foraging) plants for basketry, building materials, medicine, general body care, dyes, food and clothing. It invites us into a closer relationship with domestic and wild animals, and asks that we pay more attention to the changing of the seasons and the cycles of the natural world. It also fosters a deeper gratitude for all that nature continues to provide us.
Re-skilling is happening all over the world - especially within communities engaged in the Transition Town  movement. Now is the time to reclaim these basic skills of local craftsmanship! We believe that joy of reclaiming these skills will increase our self-sufficiency and meet the growing needs for a local, regenerative economy.”
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Low-Tech Food Preservation
part of the Re-Skilling Workshop series
Saturday, October 29, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Commonweal Garden at the Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas
$95
see website for directions, detailed schedule,and registration information
http://regenerativedesign.org/low-tech-food-preservation
http://www.regenerativedesign.org/re-skilling-series

“In the times before refrigeration and canning, our ancestors used simple, low-tech methods to preserve the bounty of their harvests.
This class will examine traditional methods of food preservation that use simple technologies and little or no fuel. We will explore methods of drying and fermentation and learn cold storage techniques that use cellars, silos and clamps. Small-scale food preservation can be done in your own backyard and kitchen.
Using these age-old skills allows you to eat good local food out of season and will reconnect you to your local food system and cultural heritage, and take you one step closer to food sustainability.

You'll leave class with:
-knowledge of the history, benefits, uses and techniques of different methods of food preservation
-hands-on experience with various food preservation techniques
-tastings of food preserved using methods discussed in class
-the ability to preserve your home harvest using traditional low-tech methods
Wear comfortable clothes for sitting, working, and possibly getting dirty. Bring note-taking materials, a small dish and a fork for sampling. Also bring a bag lunch.

What is Re-skilling?
Our ancestors, perhaps only a few generations back, were able to make what they needed for daily life or trade for what they needed with a skilled neighbor.  
In this modern culture, most of us have lost the skills of basic craftsmanship. As we transition away from global consumerism and towards localized, earth-friendly economies, we need to reclaim these skills for ourselves and for our community.

Many of us have already started to re-skill around food - growing fresh vegetables in the backyard or cultivating a plot at a local community garden. This self-sustaining practice is deeply satisfying, and in the Bay Area there is a vibrant local economy around food that supports local farmers, garden teachers, restaurants, and burgeoning new vegetable landscaping businesses.

The Re-Skilling Series at RDI was inspired by our greater community's interest in learning more craftsmanship skills. Beyond growing our own vegetables, we can start re-skilling around food preservation, clothing, personal care products, furniture, and other needs of daily life.
Re-skilling requires that we connect more deeply to the natural world. It involves cultivating (or foraging) plants for basketry, building materials, medicine, general body care, dyes, food and clothing. It invites us into a closer relationship with domestic and wild animals, and asks that we pay more attention to the changing of the seasons and the cycles of the natural world. It also fosters a deeper gratitude for all that nature continues to provide us.
Re-skilling is happening all over the world - especially within communities engaged in the Transition Town  movement. Now is the time to reclaim these basic skills of local craftsmanship! We believe that joy of reclaiming these skills will increase our self-sufficiency and meet the growing needs for a local, regenerative economy.”
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Halloween Cabaret Carnival
Saturday, October 29, 11:00AM (doors open at 10:30)
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$8 in advance, $9 at the door
http://www.thefreight.org/patchwork-series-featuring-halloween-cabaret-carnival
http://www.vaudevilliansstagetroupe.com
http://www.unicef.org/support/14884.html

“We've got tricks and treats and we're going all out for this fun-filled Halloween Party. Help us to raise money for UNICEF as youth from the Bay Area's celebrated Vaudevillians Stage Troupe collaborate with local musicians to bring you rockabilly favorites like "The Monster Mash", "The Witchdoctor", and "One Eyed...Flying Purple People Eater", and more. The troupe will lead the audience in "The Limbo Rock", host an evil-laughing contest and perform many other skits and tricks. This event will also features a Halloween midway of carnival games. Don't forget to wear your costume to this party. We will have orange UNICEF boxes for everyone to continue the fund-raising efforts on Halloween night!”
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Sinister Science Halloween Party
at Chabot Space and Science Center
Saturday, October 29, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
included with regular admission (adult $14.95, 12 and under $10.95)
Space Missions at 1:00 and 3:00PM, additional $10
for reservations for Space Missions, call 510-336-7373
http://www.chabotspace.org/calendar.htm?date=10-29-2011&p=2727409

“Wear costumes, drink spooky punch, enjoy hands-on activities and special guest appearances. Discovery Lab activities for tots with spooky read-alongs. Plus, fly a simulated space flight mission in our Challenger Learning Center. Activities are Free with General Admission. Missions require a separate ticket.”
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Evergreen Cemetery Tour: Spooky Tales
Saturday, October 29, 11:00AM
Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz
Free, donations welcome
http://www.santacruzmah.org/future/2011/evergreen-spooky-tales

“Get ready for Halloween with this spook-tacular journey through the cemetery. Hear hooey history, make a tombstone rubbing, discover your fortune and much more! Be sure to wear your costume.”
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Birds and Bees
with Linda Krenicky
Saturday, October 29, 1:30-4:30PM
The Red Tent, 15495 Los Gatos Boulevard, Suite C, Los Gatos, 408-365-4905
$50
Please RSVP/register at the website below
http://theredtent.net/red_tent_events?eventId=387006&EventViewMode=EventDetails
http://www.taketimefortraining.com/schedule.php
http://birdsandbeesandkids.com

“Birds and Bees
It’s never too early (or too late). . .

Preparing for conversations about sexuality, love and relationships.
This workshop is designed to increase your comfort in talking to your children about the birds and bees (and have fun doing it!).  Using experiential activities and role-play, parents will:
define their own values
prepare to initiate on-going conversations
practice answering questions

Linda Krenicky is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, mother of 3 sons. She created this workshop in collaboration with Amy Lang, a Mom’s Choice Award winning author, Positive Discipline Facilitator and nationally-known sexual health educator.”  
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archy and mehitabel
readings from the work of Don Marquis
Saturday, October 29, 3:00PM
Venetian Room, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Free
http://piperhq.com
http://berkeleyhistorichotel.com
http://www.donmarquis.com/archy

“Anne Miller and Dick Bagwell
invite you  to join them in
the wonderful wacky world of
Don Marquis’
archy and mehitabel

In 1916 Don Marquis - newspaperman, playwright, poet - summoned Archy, a cockroach with the transmigrated soul of a vers libre poet, to recount the adventures of alley cat Mehitabel (Cleopatra in a previous life!) and other previously unsung New York denizens in his daily column.

Ellen Hoffman, pianist, will launch the proceedings with selections from the Prohibition Era, the setting of the readings.”
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Reclaiming's Spiral Dance
A ritual to honor our beloved dead and dance the spiral of rebirth
Saturday, October 29, doors open at 6:00PM, Ritual begins at 7:30PM
Kezar Pavilion, 755 Stanyan Street, San Francisco (in Golden Gate Park)
General Admission is sliding scale $20-$100+, Elders (60 & over) and Youth (15 & under): $10+
http://www.reclaiming.org/rituals/index.html
http://reclaimingspiraldance.org

"As the darkness closes in, come dance the spiral that renews the world.
Join us when the veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. We gather to remember our ancestors, our beloved dead, and all those who have crossed over.
The Spiral Dance is San Francisco Reclaiming's public Halloween ritual. For Witches, this is a sacred season, when we honor our ancestors and our Beloved Dead, and our New Year, affirming the renewal of life.
The Spiral Dance is also Reclaiming's largest, most spectacular public ritual, bringing together art, music, poetry, and dance in Sacred Space. Not just a performance - everyone participates in dancing the Spiral.
Join us as we celebrate 31 years of magic, ritual, and activism in San Francisco and beyond. This family-oriented ritual is also drug and alcohol free. All are welcome.

2011 Intention: With our Beloved Dead we dance the spiral, honoring the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Together we wake up and hear Earth's call to action and become the heras of a new story!”
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Community Seed Samhain
Saturday, October 29, gather at 6:00PM, circle at 7:00PM
Masonic Hall, 40 Brookwood Drive, Santa Cruz
Suggested donation $7-$13, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information call 831-469-0336 or e-mail info@communityseed.org
http://www.communityseed.org/CS_-_Events/Sabbats/Sabbats.html
http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/index.aspx?page=596

“Autumn fades in glory and the trees all lose their leaves. The nights are filled with chill winds that rattle bare branches like bones. The Crone is on the move and the veil is frail and thin. We harken unto the passing of the year, the death of one life cycle to make space for another. The God's energy, like the season, wanes and fades to glimmer. But where does he go? What does he do? Who does he meet? When will he return? What will She do in his absence? The mystery within the dark, to life's eternal spark.

Join us for an evening of reverence and celebration.

Please bring a potluck dessert dish for 6 people.

All Community Seed events are clean and sober.  Please no pets or photography.”
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Baloween Spooktacular at the Bal Theatre
Saturday, October 29, 7:00PM-Midnight
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro
$12
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3841115
http://www.baltheatre.com/main-page.php
http://www.youtube.com/user/lordbloodrah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbott_and_Costello_Meet_Frankenstein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Shop_of_Horrors

“Come Celebrate Halloween at The Historic BAL Theatre
Hosted by: Lord Blood Rah

Double Feature of Films Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein and The Original Little Shop Of Horrors. Costume Contest, Raffle of Prizes and so much more.”
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Gaskell Fancy Dress Ball
Saturday, October 29, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
$20
http://www.gaskellball.com
http://www.gaskellball.com./flyer/current.pdf
http://www.scottish-rite.org
http://www.brassworksband.com

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.
We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a
drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Fancy Dress means it's time for a costume ball! Magic is in the air as fairies come to life and dance with masked men, Little Red Riding Hood dances with the Wolf, and cowboys dance with aliens.

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Admission may be refused to those inappropriately dressed. Please, no casual clothes, jeans, or especially risqué outfits.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water."
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Monster Bash
aboard the USS Hornet
Saturday, October 29, 7:30PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 xt282
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, children 5-17 $10
($60 for both Monster Bash and Ship of Spirits on October 28)
http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/halloween/ (site plays music)
http://www.thecocktailmonkeys.com

“Is the USS Hornet Museum Haunted?
Come aboard and find out!

Live Music by The Cocktail Monkeys!
Covering Dance Hits from the 60’s to Today

Prizes for Best Costumes!
Children’s Contest at 8:30PM, Adults’ Contest at 11:00PM
Special Children’s Area sponsored by Annabelle Candy Co!
Open 7:30PM–10:00PM
Haunted Hospital… visit it if you dare!

Food and Bar Concessions!”
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Wearable Art Halloween Ball: Fractured Fairytales
Saturday, October 29, 8:00PM-Midnight
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
$20, ages 21+
http://www.santacruzmah.org/future/2011/wearable-art-halloween-ball-%E2%80%93-fractured-fairytales/
http://fracturedfairtales.tumblr.com
http://goodtimessantacruz.com

“The Good Times and the Museum are teaming up to host the most creative Halloween costume party in Santa Cruz. The theme is Fractured Fairytales: think once upon a time with a subversive edge. Drape yourself in art and come down to the Museum for a night of music, dancing, costume contest and unearthly delights.”
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Halloween Costume Party at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 29-30, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details
http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org/calendar_01.html

“Show off your outfits before you trick-or-treat and win special prizes at Playland's Halloween Costume Party. While you're here, explore the Dark Mystery exhibition, check out our 5000-year-old mummy and marvel at the Museum of Fun's latest attraction, the Haunted Manor.

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows — they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!
Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by a guy in El Cerrito who is obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)
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The Power of the Ancestors
a weekend workshop
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Saturday-Sunday, October 29-30, 10:00AM-9:00PM on Saturday, 10:00-5:00PM on Sunday
Body Spirit Awareness, 1026 Rubicon Way, Santa Rosa
$160
to register, call 707-570-0111 or e-mail info@bodyspiritawareness.com
http://www.bodyspiritawareness.com/workshops/ancestors.html

“The Power of the Ancestors: Reconnecting with Your Lineage

Many of us Westerners think of our families as dysfunctional and we may even have spent years in therapy to recover from painful relationships with family members. Yet indigenous wisdom holds that our ancestors are some of the most powerful and helpful spirits we will ever find. They are the ones who can tell us about the future, and who keep us safe by warning of approaching danger, among other things.
In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to heal your relationship with your ancestors and broaden your sense of what family means. By re-alligning with a new sense of family, we help restore our place in the world and strengthen our part of the web of life.
In this workshop, you will:
Meet your ancestors who were shamans (Yes, there were undoubtedly some in your lineage!) and others who have great wisdom and compassion.
Learn their stories
Heal your connection to your lineage.
Honor your ancestors and receive their blessing in a Day of the Dead ceremony.

Discover how connecting with your ancestors can sustain and enrich your life
Journey skills are required. (Take our Shamanic Journey Initiation course or call Stuart or Anne for private tutoring to learn journey skills.)
If you have questions about this workshop, contact Anne at 707-570-0111 or info@bodyspiritawareness.com.”
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Inanna’s Descent
a mythic art occurrence
celebrating the darkening of days
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Saturday-Monday, October 29-31, Saturday-Sunday 1:00-5:00PM, Monday, 5:00-8:00PM
Final Week!
Codornices Park , 1201 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Free
http://www.raggedwing.org/show/show_detail/18

“Inanna’s Descent is a unique Halloween event featuring site-specific interactive art installations, each one portraying a different aspect of Inanna’s myth as well as a central performance in repetition throughout the afternoon (evening on the 31st.) We invite you to wander through the tunnels, meadows, streams and forests of the park at your leisure, witnessing, participating, offering, playing and singing.  This show is for all ages and you may stay for as little or as long as you like.

Inanna, queen of heaven and earth, goddess of love and war, opens her ear to the great below.  She passes through the 7 gates to the underworld, shedding layers of earthly identity and entering the darkness.  What will she meet there? Will she find her way back?  What is the meaning of her journey?  This seasonal myth from ancient Sumer, from the dawn of civilization, reaches through time and space to ask us:  What calls us to the dark places?  What are we willing to sacrifice? and What must we do to save our dying civilization?  Join us on this journey to the depths of the underworld, through the unconscious, to celebrate the darkening of days.”
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Wildforaging: The Delights of Acorns and Bay Nuts
part of the Re-Skilling Workshop series
Sunday, October 30, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Commonweal Garden at the Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas
$95
see website for directions, detailed schedule,and registration information
http://regenerativedesign.org/acorn-and-bay-nuts
http://www.regenerativedesign.org/re-skilling-series

“Become more self-sufficient by learning about the uses and procurement of California's bountiful native nuts.  
Acorns, hazel and  bay nuts were a staple food for the ancients of this area. In this course, you'll learn the ancient practice of harvesting and processing these nuts. Learn which oaks are best to gather acorns from, when to gather, and how to process acorns and bay nuts into food. We will be making acorn mush the old way and exploring different modern techniques of leaching the tannins. We we also make acorn oil with a hand cranked seed press and learn how to make roasted bay nuts into tempting chocolate-like candy!

What is Re-skilling?
Our ancestors, perhaps only a few generations back, were able to make what they needed for daily life or trade for what they needed with a skilled neighbor.  
In this modern culture, most of us have lost the skills of basic craftsmanship. As we transition away from global consumerism and towards localized, earth-friendly economies, we need to reclaim these skills for ourselves and for our community.

Many of us have already started to re-skill around food - growing fresh vegetables in the backyard or cultivating a plot at a local community garden. This self-sustaining practice is deeply satisfying, and in the Bay Area there is a vibrant local economy around food that supports local farmers, garden teachers, restaurants, and burgeoning new vegetable landscaping businesses.

The Re-Skilling Series at RDI was inspired by our greater community's interest in learning more craftsmanship skills. Beyond growing our own vegetables, we can start re-skilling around food preservation, clothing, personal care products, furniture, and other needs of daily life.
Re-skilling requires that we connect more deeply to the natural world. It involves cultivating (or foraging) plants for basketry, building materials, medicine, general body care, dyes, food and clothing. It invites us into a closer relationship with domestic and wild animals, and asks that we pay more attention to the changing of the seasons and the cycles of the natural world. It also fosters a deeper gratitude for all that nature continues to provide us.
Re-skilling is happening all over the world - especially within communities engaged in the Transition Town  movement. Now is the time to reclaim these basic skills of local craftsmanship! We believe that joy of reclaiming these skills will increase our self-sufficiency and meet the growing needs for a local, regenerative economy.”
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Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, October 30, 10:00AM-5:00PM
along East 12th Street between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue
and in Fruitvale Village
http://www.unitycouncil.org/ddlm/

“The Unity Council is pleased to present the 16th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on Sunday, October 30, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The festival will be held between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue on East 12th Street, as well as in the Fruitvale Village.”
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Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, October 30, 11:00AM (and the last Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 donation requested
Please be 5 minutes early as we start the Temple Service promptly at 11:00AM
http://www.sacredwell.com/classes-events
http://www.ileorunmilaoshun.org

“Ile Orunmila Oshun, the Yoruba-based house of worship founded by Luisah Teish (author of Jambalaya), hosts its monthly Temple Service at The Sacred Well.

Join us at 11:00AM on the last Sunday of every month to explore the mysteries of the Orishas with Initiated members of the Ile's clergy. The powerful, ancient wisdom of Ifa is readily applied to modern situations, and each ceremony is a life lesson. At the end of the service, donations are gratefully accepted.

October's Service is dedicated to Oya”
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CAYA Sprouts Samhain
Sunday, October 30, 12:00PM - note different time than usual!
Aquatic Park, 80 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley
Meet at the picnic table in the open field area next to the playground.
RSVP to CAYASPROUTS@yahoogroups.com
http://cayacoven.org/sprouts.html
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231143800271740

“Come As You Are to Sprouts Samhain!

Come and celebrate honor the ancestors with CAYA Sprouts.  We will make an altar with pictures of our ancestors, and make ancestor wands to honor our beloved dead.

Please RSVP to: CAYASPROUTS@yahoogroups.com with the size of your family if you plan to attend.

What to Bring: Pictures of your ancestors and a snack to share with everyone.

CAYA Sprouts offers Sabbat rituals that are specifically designed for children up to age ten. However, the all self identified families are welcome to attend. Come and celebrate the Wheel of the Year with us!”
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Cemetery Ritual
presented by Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, October 30, 2:00-3:30PM
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Free
http://www.ileorunmilaoshun.org
http://www.mountainviewcemetery.org

“Each year, we visit the cemetery to honor our collective Ancestors and to perform rituals of remembrance with songs and prayers. Meet at the entrance of the Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Dress festively for the ancestors. Bring 9 pennies, a small whisk broom and disposable bag for debris. This event is free and open to the public.”
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The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend….
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Hecate
Sunday, October 30, 5:00PM (and the last Sunday of every month)
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted
More information or special requests: LiturgyoftheLady@gmail.com
http://www.thespiralpath.org/calendar/view_entry.php?id=264&date=20111030

“The Liturgy of the Lady is an open celebration of the Goddess in Her many forms. She is the Maiden of youth, the Mother of culture, the Crone of wisdom, and She is mirrored in all life, death and rebirth. We honor Her with reverent and joyful singing, ritual activities, and opportunities to learn. Now in our fourth decade of offering this sacred service, we invite you to join us.

The Greek Goddess Hecate is Goddess of magic, night, the moon, and dogs. She stands at the crossroads holding two torches and protects those crossing between realms. She is there on the journey to birth or death. The traditional witch seen at this time of year is one of the images of Her.

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. Wheel-chair accessible (let us know if you need someone to hold the door for you.) Family and child-friendly. Incense will be used in this ritual, unless requested in advance. Mark your calendar for the next Liturgy of the Lady, November 27. Please share this invitation with your friends.”
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Gamble Mansion Haunted House
Sunday, October 30, 6:30-8:00PM
puppet shows at 6:45PM and 7:30PM
Gamble Mansion at Elizabeth Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
$15
reservations required
http://www.gamblegarden.org/events/events.html#halloween
http://www.nbpuppets.com/shows

“Join us live at the Gamble Mansion for our annual Haunted House when the ghost, goblins, and witches appear to celebrate Halloween! We dare you to show up in costume and meet and greet the ghosts in person. This daring event will be suitable for trick-or-treaters, ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult. After you creep through the Haunted House stop by the Carriage House Patio for a special “Tricks and Treats” performance by Nick Barone Puppets. This is a puppet show to be enjoyed by children and parents.”
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The Phantom of the Opera
accompanied live by Cameron Carpenter on the theatre pipe organ!
Sunday, October 30, 8:00PM
Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco
$20-$60 adults
http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=49800
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera_(1925_film)
http://www.cameroncarpenter.com
http://www.ruffatti.com

“This organist…a flamboyant and outrageous player the Advocate called, “an ambitious radical who plays with unrelenting vigor, scope, and imagination.” This movie…proclaimed “the greatest horror film of modern cinema!” This organ…acknowledged as one of the largest concert hall organs in the country. This evening…THE place to be for a wicked, fabulous Halloween revel! The show starts with a brief recital which proves that Cameron Carpenter is a showman par excellence. Then enjoy Lon Cheney as the Phantom, with Carpenter providing stunning accompaniment on the Ruffatti organ.”
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All Hallows Read
Monday, October 31
wherever you please!
http://www.allhallowsread.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tYtLeWN5NQ

“All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.
Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post. http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/10/modest-proposal-that-doesnt-actually.html

Neil Gaiman says (well, said, in the aforementioned blog post):
“I propose that, on Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they'll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they'll enjoy.

I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands -- new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe'en. Make their flesh creep...

Give a scary book.

If you don't know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you're giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don't tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)

That's it. That's my idea.

Scary book. Hallowe'en.

Who's with me?

Neil”
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Halloween Concert
featuring The Bellavente Wind Quintet
Monday, October 31, 6:30PM (doors open at 5:30)
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$8.50 in advance, $10.50 at the door
http://www.thefreight.org/classical-freight-4
http://www.bellavente.com

“The Bellavente Wind Quintet presents a family-friendly program of spooky and adventurous music. Plus prizes, surprises, and-of course-candy.
Classical at the Freight brings the Bay Area's best classical musicians to the Freight for an hour of top-flight chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra music director Benjamin Simon is your host; his goal is to un-stuffify and de-mystify classical music for the general music lover, sharing the joys and rewards of this timeless art with new audiences young and old.”
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Firefly Willows Samhain Ritual
Monday, October 31, 7:00-9:00PM
Firefly Willows, 111 Main Street, Los Altos, 650-947-9300
Free, please RSVP to  workshops@fireflywillows.com or 650-947-9300
Please bring a donation for the Second Harvest Food Bank
http://www.fireflywillows.com
http://shfb.org

“This is the night when the gateway between our world and the spirit world is thinnest.  The Time which is no Time.  We stand in a Place where nothing is, where the Veil between the Worlds stretches, becomes thin and fragile.  We step through out of time, out of place, out of form, out of space.  We are in between.  Others come to share with us. They are the past, as we shall all become the past. We are the present, as they have once been the present. Together, we embrace a future that we all create. We honour ourselves, our ancestors and those who will come with blessings from the Earth.”
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Bohemian Ball
Monday, October 31, 7:00-11:00PM
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
$15 in advance, $20 at the door
http://thebohemianball.com
http://www.fridaynightwaltz.com
http://berkeleyhistorichotel.com
http://www.baguettequartette.org

Berkeley City Club and Friday Night Waltz presents:
The Bohemian Ball: Living the Artistic Life
Halloween Night Costumed Dance
Formal, Vintage, Dickens, Costume, Fantasy, Gypsy, Historic, or elegant evening wear very much appreciated

Baguette Quartette Band - Waltz - Polka - Swing - Congress of Vienna
The beautiful Julia Morgan designed Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Berkeley X Shattuck
2,400 square foot wooden parquet floor
Many excellent rooms for socializing
Dance peformances: Flamenco, Viennese Waltz, Bohemian National Polka, Tango

“The Berkeley City Club is cosponsoring The Bohemian Ball with Friday Night Waltz. The Berkeley City Club, designed by famed bay area architect Julia Morgan at the same time she designed the Hearst Castle, is a beautiful private club. . It a meeting place for Berkeley's arts and culture community. Morgan's "little castle" has been renovated and is an exciting destination hotel for architecture-lovers and a favorite venue for weddings and special occasions.

Friday Night Waltz is co-sponsoring The Bohemian Ball with the Berkeley City Club.
For the last 10 years, Friday Night Waltz has held a weekly waltz and polka dance in Palo Alto that features mainly Waltzes in the dances and classes, along with other dances like Polka, One Step, Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha, Lindy, and Tango. People are friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. About 130 to 200 attend,
with the average age about about 30 to 35.

Baguette Quartette, a famous Berkeley based French Bistro music themed band, will be playing. Baguette Quartette plays many wonderful joyous waltzes that lift the spirit.”
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Movember
throughout the month of November
between your nose and your mouth
http://us.movember.com/about
http://www.pcf.org
http://www.livestrong.org

“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!
http://www.robives.com/blog/movember_download_tache
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The September Queen
book release party
with Gillian Bagwell
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30PM
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
http://gillianbagwell.com/septemberqueen.htm
http://www.mrsdalloways.com

“Berkeley author Gillian Bagwell will read from and discuss her newest historical novel, The September Queen, on its official release date, Tuesday, November  1.  She grew up in Berkeley, majored in theatre at UC Berkeley, and attended the Drama Studio London at Berkeley professional acting training program.

Gillian’s first book, The Darling Strumpet, based on the life of Nell Gwynn, beloved comic actress and longtime mistress of King Charles II of England, was published in January to rave reviews on
both sides of the pond.  Both The September Queen and The Darling Strumpet will be available for purchase, courtesy of Mrs. Dalloway’s Books.  A no-host bar will be available.

During the course of researching The Darling Strumpet, Bagwell learned of the astonishing adventure of Jane Lane, an ordinary Staffordshire girl who saved the life of the young Charles II after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651 by disguising him as her servant and helping him elude capture by Cromwell’s army and escape to France, thus preserving the future of the British monarchy.”   
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South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Dana Street Roasting Company, 744 West Dana Street, Mountain View
for more information, contact Jason Mankey at panmankey@gmail.com
http://danastreetroasting.com

Jason says:
“We'd like to formally invite you to join us the first and third Tuesdays of every month for the South Bay Pagan Salon. The SBPS is a discussion and networking group, dedicated to talking about "Pagan Things" and networking in the Bay Area. Generally we'll start each meeting with a specific topic to get the discussion rolling along, but after we get started it'll be rather open ended with the participants dictating where the discussion will go.

Upcoming Meeting Dates and Discussion Topics:
Tuesday, November 1: The Origins of Modern Paganism - Does it Matter?
Tuesday, November 15: All About Her; A Discussion of The Goddess

We are currently meeting at the Dana Street Roasting Company in downtown Mountain View at 744 West Dana Street.  Discussions start at 7:30PM, but showing up "late" is not a problem. Not a big talker? That's fine too, it's not all discussion, come network with us and meet your fellow Pagans!

We hope you'll join us.

No donations required, heck, if you show up I just might buy you a cup of coffee.

If you've got questions, I might have answers. Email me (Jason) at panmankey@gmail.com
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Goddess and Unconditional Love Workshop
with Chris Beals
Wednesday, November 2, 10:30-11:30AM, and one more Wednesday, November 9
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$15 per session
Please pre-register by phone or at the website below
http://www.themysticdream.com
http://www.pathwayslt.com

“We will be working on loving ourselves unconditionally. We will be looking at how you handle yourself and your emotions on a moment-to-moment basis. Are you critical of yourself and others? Do you judge and hurt yourself unnecessarily? Is it hard for you to just relax and enjoy each day? It can be joyful and loving all the time! This workshop combines wisdom, meditation, and introspection.

Chris Beals of Pathways is dedicated to facilitating and nurturing the inner spirit. Chris Beals has been a radio talk show host and meditation teacher in the SF Bay Area for 25 years. Chris also does clairvoyant readings by phone Monday, Tuesday, and Sundays noon-7:00PM! My personal goal is to empower every person I meet. I look forward to meeting you!

Each week the topic and information will vary, attending both is encouraged, but not required.”
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Mask-Making Workshop
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.”

Sue Kearney is also know as Raven of the Redwoods, Amazon High Priestess of Rhythmic Transformation!
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Have a Spooky, Spirited, Reverent Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

1 comment:

  1. I just got the details for Spiral Samhain, so here they are:

    Fellowship of the Spiral Path
    In Cooperation with Gateway
    Presents
    Samhain: The Feast of Our Beloved Dead
    Monday, November 1, 7:30PM
    BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
    Donations gratefully accepted
    For more information please e-mail HDGDPC@aol.com
    http://www.thespiralpath.org/calendar/view_entry.php?id=2&date=20111101

    “The Spiral Samhain Celebration

    Join us as we come together to celebrate our ancestors, share stories, and herald in the new year.

    Please bring pictures of your beloved dead for the altar, the food and drink of your ancestors to share for the feast, and tales of spiral folk past.”

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