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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 23, 2011

British Traditional Wicca 101, Even YOU Can Do Magic, Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering, A Tale of Two Genres, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Creating a Spiritual Practice, Recycle Woman, A Witchy Class, Wake Up Laughing, San Francisco Crystal Fair, Ile Orunmila Oshun, Fireside Storytime, The Witches' Table: Gratitude Practices, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of The Fates, The Creative Spark, Rise Up and Dance!

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, November 23, 7:00-9:00PM, and 3 more Wednesdays through December 14
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“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.”

Even YOU Can Do Magic
Everyday Magic for Everyday Living
Wednesday, November 23, 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

“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?”

Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Alcatraz - boat leaves from Pier 33, San Francisco

“Please note that there are no regular Alcatraz tours offered on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011. All participants in the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering must return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing on the last boat, which will depart Alcatraz Island at approximately 8:45am.
This is a one day event. Boats will depart Pier 33 every 15 minutes from 4:45am to 6:00am. The Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes.

Purchase and print tickets on the web. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 415-981-7625 or from the Ticket Booth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. The ticket booth opens at 4:15 am on Thursday, November 24, 2011. Tickets are $14.00 per person. Children under 5 years of age are free.

There is absolutely no sale of merchandise of any kind allowed on Alcatraz Island, at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, or on the side walk outside of Alcatraz Landing.”

Thanks to Leticia for letting me know about this event!

The Un-Scripted Theater Company presents:
A Tale of Two Genres
Friday-Saturday, November 25-26, Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM (plays through December 21)
SF Playhouse, Stage 2, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information

“The Un-Scripted Theater Company is reprising 2010's successful improvised musical, A Tale of Two Genres, performed in the style of the audience's choice - as if written by Charles Dickens. The audience supplies the genre: it could be a post-apocalyptic drama, a western on the American prairie, a Tarantino heist story, or whatever else strikes their fancy. The Un-Scripted Theater Company uses that genre to improvise a full-length musical, as filtered through an absurd, complex, Victorian world, with quirky characters and sly narration that Dickens himself might have created.”

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)
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.”

Meditation Basics: Creating a Spiritual Practice
with Storm Faerywolf
Saturday, November 26, 3:00-5:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$25 - Register early! Seating limited to 6 participants!
Please pre-register by phone or at the website below

“Meditation is a basic starting point for any spiritual practice. We will discuss types of meditation, and experiment with various techniques for relaxation, grounding and centering, and manifestation work.

Storm Faerywolf is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher and one of the owners of The Mystic Dream. He has been practicing Reiki for over 13 years and offers Reiki sessions and attunements at the store on Fridays and Saturdays by arrangement. Please call 925-933-2342 to register or to make a private appointment.”

Recycle Woman

Saturday, November 26, 5:45PM
Alameda Theater, 2311 Central Avenue, Alameda

Saturday, December 3, 5:45PM
Michaan Auction House, 2751 Todd Street, Alameda


“Recycle Woman is a movie bringing awareness to environmental issues while empowering the youth and community with the tools to become the solution to the problem. The film's script was cleverly written by Donald E. Lacy, who fused the real community work and journey of Jessica Jane Robinson, Miss Alameda, with comedy, Reality TV spoofs, romance, special effects, and real environmental disaster footage.

Screening Details:
Alameda Theater: November 26, 5:45pm-7pm
Michaan Auction House: December 3, 5:45pm-7pm  
Your VIP ticket includes the $10.50 movie ticket, a $10 donation to the foundations listed below, 3 personalized certificates from each organization, and a personalized autographed picture of Recycle Woman and Donald E. Lacy Jr.
Recycle Woman is a super hero whose alias is Miss Alameda. Recycle Woman made a promise to herself that she would do everything in her power to help save the planet and the people of the world. Her super powers help her accomplish this mission by giving her the ability to fly and show people images of the planet’s condition due to pollution and mistreatment, through the palm of her hand. She can even dump plastic gyre from the ocean onto people who refuse to listen. Her mission is to teach the community the power behind living sustainable lifestyles and taking responsibility for their everyday choices.

The film is sponsored by StopWaste.org, Northern California Recycling Association, Altamont Education Advisory Board, and Alameda County Industires. There are special guest appearances from Alameda's Mayor Marie Gilmore and the Alameda's Fire and Police Captains. With the support from Captain Charles Moore (who discovered the plastic gyre), the movie provides real life footage of plastic in the ocean from his movie, “Synthetic Sea.” The goal is to help create more awareness of the planets condition and empower people with the tools to start making simple sustainable changes in their daily lives to help save our home, planet Earth.

Your movie passes for the Alameda Theater on November 26th will give people access to both Historical Theater and Main Theater, so you can check out other movies after the Recycle Woman short. Also, exclusively with the Alameda Theater, VIP ticket holders will receive an invitation to the after party where you can party with the stars in celebration of Donald E Lacy Jr's birthday.”

A Witchy Class
Saturday, November 26, 7:00PM (and the fourth Saturday of every month)
Antioch Public Library, 501 W 18th Street, Antioch
Please RSVP - see Meetup page for more information

“Join us for a series of classes about the craft.
You will find a bit of everything; working within ritual space, energy workings, history, ethics,
And there's more, there's always more!”

Thanks to Ardys for letting me know about this event!

Wake Up Laughing
with Swami Beyondananda
and Dada Nabhaniilananda
Saturday, November 26, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
$15 in advance, $20 on the day

“Swami Beyondananda is an internationally known author and humorist whose favorite yoga pose is tongue in cheek. Noted author Marianne Williamson has called him "the Mark Twain of our generation." As an "insider," Swami pokes gentle fun at our foibles, and leaves the audience with a positive message and a positive feeling. While the show is hilariously funny, it not only leaves 'em laughing, it leaves them smiling. As a special feature, Swami takes live questions from the audience. He will answer your questions, and you will question his answers. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh till the sacred cows come home. Swami will be joined by yoga monk, meditation teacher, musician and writer, Dada Nabhaniilananda.”

San Francisco Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, November 26-27, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Fort Mason Conference Center, Building A, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

“The Crystal Fair is a magical mix of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and the healing arts. It takes place 6 times a year in 2 different locations. With over 40 vendors at each show, there are thousands of items available at affordable prices.”

Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, November 27, 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

“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.

November's Service is dedicated to the Ancestors.”

Fireside Storytime
at Tilden Park
Sunday, November 27, 2:00-3:00PM
Environmental Education Center, Tilden Park, at the end of Central Park Drive, Berkeley
(right next to the Little Farm)

“Cozy up to a warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate, and listen to a few nature stories.  Come share a memorable nature experience of your own too!”

Lady Kahina is planning a CAYA Sprouts field trip to this event:

The Witches' Table: Gratitude Practices
with Rabbit
Sunday, November 27, 3:00-5:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Please call 510-444-9355 to register

“Join Rabbit for this monthly exploration of herbs, crystals, tools, spellwork, and other magical ephemera in this ongoing series of fun, casual, hands-on workshops for the beginning-to-advanced practitioner.

This month, Rabbit will facilitate an workshop on creating affirmations, spells, and ritual workings based on a gratitude-based approach to life and magic. The concept of gratitude can be a joyful affirmation of all that is already good in your life, helping you banish a sense of lack or inferiority in your areas of love, wealth, health, and personal satisfaction.

Everyone will walk away from this workshop with a personalized ritual enactment to try that is specific to their own needs, guided by kindness, and formulated to help you see and manifest blessings with the power of your own emotional state. This promises to be a fun, laughter-filled workshop with a whole lot of YES involved, so start practicing now!

Please register ahead of time so Rabbit can prepare for the correct number of participants.”

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend….
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of The Fates
Sunday, November 27, 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

“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 Fates, the Moirae, decide our fate. Lachesis speaks of the past, Clotho of the present, and Atropos of the future. Of the three, Atropos is the smallest in stature, but the most terrible and feared. The thread of our life is spun upon Clotho's spindle, measured by the rod of Lachesis and finally snipped by the shears of Atropos, the inevitable one. The Fates are often depicted as old, ugly, and merciless, but they are most honored among the Gods. Atropos is said to be the eldest, the best and the shortest of the sisters. Clotho is the "spinner" and Lachesis the apportioner of lots.

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, December 25. Please share this invitation with your friends.”

The Creative Spark
part of The Power of Dreams film series
Wednesday, November 30, 7:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Filmmaker and sociologist Michelle Peticolas will show selected episodes from the Discovery documentary, “The Power of Dreams,” offering comments and leading discussion following each film. She worked on this film series and also produced her own award-winning three-part documentary, Secrets of Life and Death.

Wednesday, November 30 - Sacred Sleep
Ancient cultures considered dreams as messages from the gods, and recorded them in myth and legend. This film takes us on a journey into Native American, Aboriginal, Tibetan, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious traditions to show how dreams have shaped the worlds in which we live. How does the spiritual aspect of dreaming manifest in modern times? Michelle will share examples from her workshops and participants are welcome to share relevant stories of their own.

The Dream Institute is an experimental cultural center founded in 2003. It has come into being during this time known as the shift or the great turning. Our offerings include weekend workshops, daylong seminars, evening salons, film series, professional training, art exhibits, retreats, and dream-based performances. We are also the West Coast center for Culture Dreaming. Programs and events are open to the public; continuing education seminars are for professionals in the healing arts. We do not advocate any single philosophical, psychological, spiritual, or religious viewpoint toward dreams or personal growth.”

Rise Up and Dance!
Wednesday, November 30, 7:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$8-$20 sliding scale

“A concert and dance party to support and benefit Laney College’s CalWORKs, a program that helps families rise from poverty to careers through community college education.

Open to all, whether you like partner dances such as West Coast swing, nightclub two-step, country-western two-step, Argentine tango, or just want to boogie, or sit down and enjoy the show!”

Have a Gratfeul, Fateful, Fullfilling Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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