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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tune Up for Your Soul, Sacred Feminine Yoga, Pi Day, Dances of Shakti, Group Vortex Healing, The Tempest, Pop Up Holistic Health Clinic!, Drum Circle at The Mystic Dream, 13 Moon Introductory Series, Just Use It!, Making Your Own Paleolithic Goddess Figurine, Astrology: Planetary Transits, The Heart of Chanting, Roy Zimmerman, Spring Equinox Celebration, Spring Baroque Dance Workshop, Women’s History Tour of Oakland, Return of the Serpents of Wisdom, Evening of Traditional Song, Dublin Saint Patrick’s Day, Spring Silent Retreat, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, CAYA Sprouts Ostara Egg Hunt, Ladybug Picnic, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, The Legend of Hercules, Spring Equinox Drum Circle, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Goddess Empowerment Dance, South Bay Pagan Salon, New Moon Red Tent, Manifesting Abundance and Self-Love through Affirmations, CAYA’s Ball for the Bees, Spring into Elderflower

Tune Up for Your Soul
a Woman’s Sacred Circle
with Soul Coach Lis-Lotte Mariscal
Wednesday, March 14, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation: $20-$40.  
Please RSVP to Lis-Lotte at 510-507-1907 or info@tuneupforyoursoul.com

“Let's gather in sacred ceremony around a precious pot of Julie's herbal Tea to cleanse our bodies, soothe our minds, listen to the calling of our Souls and Share our Truths. With presence, playfulness, wisdom and love Lis-Lotte gently and powerfully supports women to step into the light and again dare to trust, live and express their true intuitive wisdom and powers of creation - For the healing of The Earth, Themselves and Their Relationships.

We all have glorious gifts to offer this beautiful Universe.  Show up and delight us with your presence.”

Sacred Feminine Yoga
Wednesday, March 14, 11:00AM-12:30PM, and two more Wednesdays, March 21 and 28
The Goddess Garden Sanctuary, 211 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael
$15 per session
for more information, please contact Le’ema Kathleen Graham
at leema@dancingpriestess.com or 415-479-3892

“Receive a gentle restorative yoga practice to renew yourself for spring!
Easy poses to rejuvenate you, eliminating stress and habitually held tension in the body.
Personal attention assured in the supportive environment of my elegant home temple.

Le'ema Kathleen Graham is a visionary sacred dancer, ordained temple priestess, yogini and master teacher with over 30 years experience in the field of Somatics. Her work is featured in the book Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance. Her memoir Dancing the Inner Serpent: Memoirs of a Suburban Snake Priestess received a rave review in Conscious Dancer magazine. Her Snake Yoga: Sacred Feminine Wisdom instructional DVD was highlighted in the What's Hot section of Yoga Magazine.”

Pi Day
Wednesday, March 14, 1:00-3:00PM
Exploratorium, at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, 415-561-0360

“Welcome to our twenty-fourth annual Pi Day! Help us celebrate this never-ending number (3.14159 . . .) and Einstein's birthday as well. On the afternoon of March 14 participate in pi-related activities and enjoy a piece of pie.

Founded at the Exploratorium by our own Prince of Pi, physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day has become an international holiday, celebrated live and online all around the world.”

If you can’t make it to the event, you ac still celebrate the wonders of mathematics by calculating the diameter, or even the surface area, of a delicious pie.  Any flavour will do, as long as it's circular.  

If you prefer to write dates in the day/month/year format, and prefer expressing irrational numbers as fractions,  you may celebrate on July 22: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

But March 14 is Einstein's birthday, so do something visionary, whether it's pi-related or not: http://web.visionlearning.com/events/Einstein_Mar14_2004.htm

Dances of Shakti
A Facilitated Dance Journey of Empowerment for Women
with Veenaa Saynana ‘Laughing Dolphin’
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-9:00PM, and one more Wednesday, March 21
Seventh Heaven Yoga Body Awareness Center, 2820 Seventh Street, Berkeley
$230 for the whole series, drop-in price $25
please register in advance at website below
Women only
for more information, contact Veenaa Saynana at veenaasaynana@gmail.com

“Dances of Shakti include improvisation, dance, and authentic movement and opens doorways into the realms of endless possibilities. We start off with a theme that everyone is invited to explore and delve deeper if they choose. Each class starts with a short warm-up that includes breathing and gentle yoga stretches. The pace then picks up with up-tempo music. Each participant is encouraged to move at her own pace. A safe container is provided for each woman to explore her creative expression of her sensuality and sexuality, thereby allowing for her full expression of her feminine self. Participants will be guided to explore the creativity and wisdom within their bodies through facilitated paired dancing and group work that may include improvisation and authentic movement.
The class ends with a meditative piece which may include deep journeying, visualization, sound healing and more.

Provide an avenue for women to heal their femininity
Provide a safe container for women to express their sensuality freely
To help women get in touch with the wisdom of their bodies and their intuitive gifts
To teach powerful yet easy to learn tools to build confidence, self-esteem and trust”

Group Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00PM
Body Energy Center, 2939 Summit Street, Suite 301, Oakland, 510-467-8841
$20 Donation or pay what you can!
Please RSVP to Dragonfly at 510-467-8841 or Exlibrys13@yahoo.com

Dragonfly says:
“Blessings star family!

This week at ArunaBliss we will be nurturing are spirit with the Angels. An Angelic Heart group healing bridges you deeply into the angelic realm allowing an angel help to facilitate the session. During the healing, you will feel,sense,see,know angels communicating with you in the way that is most helpful in unfolding your natural gifts. Angelic presence will infuse your system to create new energy and clarity.

Old emotional patterns and blocks will fall away to open the way for new possibilities and the joy of creation to unfold. It is through inner improvement that we are able to cultivate the skills, wisdom and knowledge that will aid us in creating the Age of Light upon the Earth.

For the session, establish a clear intention in your heart of what you would like to ask from the divine and stay with that intention throughout the healing. Angels were created solely to serve the divine and are empowered by the divine to work directly in the manifest world. Angels come to deliver messages and guidance, to act as protectors, to bring hope, to give relief from adversity, to strengthen and support.

We will be Celebrating St. Patrick's Day and early spring with some cakes and tea after the healing.”

The Tempest
adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams
preview Thursday, March 15, 8:00PM
Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, 8:00PM, playing through April 7
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
preview $15, regular admission $18

“Shakespeare's tale of betrayal, justice, and magic, adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams and directed by company Artistic Director John Butterfield.

Believed by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone, The Tempest is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, lives with his daughter Miranda. When those responsible for Prospero's exile pass nearby on a ship bound from Tunis, Prospero conjures up a storm to force them onto the island. There, his machinations try to bring about the restoration of his lost title and status while revealing the plots conspired against him.

The cast features Donald L. Hardy as Prospero, Becky Potter as Miranda, and Alexander Murphy as Ariel, the island spirit who assists Prospero with his plans.  Also in the cast are Nathalie Archangel, John Butterfield, Beth Chastain, Terry Downward, David Hardie, Edwin Peabody, Molly Kate Taylor, Daniela Quinones, and Maureen-Theresa Williams. Liz Martin, resident costume designer for Butterfield 8 (Hamlet, Lady Windermere's Fan, Pride and Prejudice) provides the fantastical costumes.

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.”

Pop Up Holistic Health Clinic!
Sliding Scale Holistic Health Appointments
Friday, March 16, 10:00AM-2:00PM
LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco
20-30 Minute sessions at a sliding scale of $20-$35
Space is limited, make your appointments now at the website below

“Come experience a variety of local Bay Area queer holistic health practitioners as they help YOU be the healthiest and happiest you can be!

Flower Essence Therapy
Personal Training
Personal Coaching
Sound Healing
Massage Therapy”

Thanks to Jenn for letting me know about this event!

Drum Circle at The Mystic Dream
Friday, March 16, 6:30-8:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“The drum circle is for everyone no matter skill level! Bring your drum and a good attitude! Our space is sacred, yet casual.”

13 Moon Introductory Series
Friday, March 16, 7:00-9:00PM (and the third Friday of every month)
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street, Alameda
Please call 510-521-3313 to pay and reserve your space

“Learn more about the 13 archetypes of the Divine Feminine and how to live and be seen as the Goddess you are! Go away with practical ways to connect with your authentic Divine self. This is a bite-sized taste of the 13 Moon Mystery School's journey into the Divine Feminine. Come add YOUR magic to the mix!”  

Just Use It!
art reception
Friday, March 16, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Just Use It!  A satellite exhibit in conjunction with Rhythmix Cultural Works' Make-Do show, which features work that embraces the theme of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle as a way of life and a way of art.

Candy Wrapper Creations by Annie Goodsill
Illustrations on Found Items by Lauren Napolitano

Opening Party
Friday, March 16, 7:00-9:00PM
drink specials!

Show runs March 1st-April 30th

The Artists:
Annie Goodsill is a teacher, performer, and artist. Since graduating from Lewis and ClarkCollege with a BA in Art she has been living in the Bay Area, teaching art to children. Annie is interested in the self created struggle she encounters from making art, and the personal and artistic growth it permits her to experience. She has the ability to inspire wonder with simple everyday materials.

Lauren Napolitano is an illustrator and collector. By combining her elegant illustrations on found items, mostly book remnants, she creates haunting pieces that give you glimpses of how the artist relates to these objects and the world around.”

Making Your Own Paleolithic Goddess Figurine
A Playshop with Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, March 16, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Oberon Zell-Ravenheart will present a hands-on playshop on Making your own Paleolithic Goddess figurine. This is Oberon's most popular playshop.  Working with special air-drying clay (tools and clay provided), you will learn the proportions and techniques for sculpting an original Paleolithic Matrika in the authentic style of the famous so-called Stone Age Venuses. You will come away with a wonderful votive figurine for your own altar, and learn how to make more for friends. Confuse the Hades out of future archaeologists! (Air-drying clay and modeling tools will be provided. A small donation for the clay would be appreciated.)

Potluck Feast

Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Astrology: Planetary Transits
with Margaret Cole
Friday, March 16, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“Planetary transits involve where the planets are today and how they
connect or traverse your natal chart. What does it mean for you? How does it
affect your horoscope. Bring your horoscope or come early to have one made at
Ancient Ways for $5.”

The Heart of Chanting
with Robert Gass
featuring Evelie S. Posch
Friday, March 16, 7:30-9:30PM
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Woodacre, 415-488-0164
$20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Please pre-register and bring a cushion.

“Come join in this ecstatic evening of chanting from Sanskrit, Sufi, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, and Goddess traditions. You will experience why the ancient practice of chanting is enjoying a modern revival, as we join together in practices such as kirtan, zikhr, sound meditation, and movement prayer.

A warm and gifted teacher and master at creating sacred space, Robert will help weave our voices and hearts into a beautiful communion of sound. Beginners and experienced chanters alike - all are welcome. Chanting is said to be "an easy path to God." (It's also a great deal of fun!)

Come prepared to sing your heart open, dance your prayers, and let your spirit soar!

Robert will be accompanied by Dana Delong, Sahar Pinkham, Evelie Sales Posch and Jai Josefs.”

Roy Zimmerman: Live from the Starving Ear
Friday, March 16, 8:00PM
Devil Mountain Coffeehouse, Mount Diablo UU Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
$15 suggested donation

“What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman. He's been writing satirical songs for twenty years.”

Roy Zimmerman is one of my favourite local musicians!

Spring Equinox Celebration
with Devaa Haley Mitchell
Friday, March 16, 8:00PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael, 415-457-4191
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“The Spring Equinox is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but we are about to move to longer days and shorter nights.  In many traditions, this is the start of the new year.  Spring is birthing around us, and Spirit shows itself through nature's blossoms, new leaves on the trees, sprouting crops, the mating birds, and animal births.

In our gardens, it is time for planting! What symbolic seeds do you want to plant in the garden of your life this year?  Perhaps it is wisdom, understanding, patience, etc.  We will distribute seeds during this ritual and spend some time energizing those seeds with our intentions for the unfolding year.

The Celebration will Feature:
Devaa Haley (vocals, harmonium and guided journey)
Donny Regal (keys)
Deva Dinraj (guitar and sarode)
Yari Mander (percussion)
Heather Salmon (dance)
And more!!”

Spring Baroque Dance Workshop
with Philippa Waite
Saturday, March 17, 8:30AM-10:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
Lecture and demonstration $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Workshop $70 in advance, $80 at the door
Workshop, lecture and demonstration combined $85 in advance, $100 at the door

“We are delighted to host the internationally-renowned dance scholar, performer and teacher of Baroque dance, Philippa Waite for a Baroque Dance Workshop.  Ms. Waite studied with Wendy Hilton and taught for her at the annual Baroque Music and Dance Workshops at Stanford University.  Ms. Waite is currently guest teacher of Period Movement and Dance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  She is Artistic Director of Consort de Danse Baroque and as such choreographs in the Baroque style for the company's productions; she also teaches, performs and gives lecture-demonstrations throughout the UK and abroad.

The workshop will include instruction in some of the basic dance steps and arm motions in the main Baroque dance rhythms: bourĂ©e and menuet in the morning session and sarabande and gigue in the afternoon.  Experienced students will be taught more complex steps required for ballroom and theatre dances.  Extracts from choreographed and extant notated dances may be taught. However, the emphasis will be on the style, technique and performance of the dances, and not on the ability to memorise them.”

Women’s History Tour of Oakland
Saturday, March 17, 10:00AM
meet on the front steps of Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

“As Women's History Month continues, the Oakland Tours Program has announced a free Oakland Women's History Tour through downtown March 17.

Kathleen DiGiovanni, librarian at the Oakland Main Library, is leading the tour, which will meet on the front steps of City Hall at 10 a.m. Parking is free at the Clay Street garage behind City Hall.”

Thanks to Vicki for letting me know about this event!

Return of the Serpents of Wisdom
Full Day Workshop
with Le’ema Kathleen Graham
Saturday, March 17, 10:00AM-4:00PM
The Goddess Garden Sanctuary, 211 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael
$100, includes a gourmet lunch!
for more information, please contact Le’ema Kathleen Graham
at leema@dancingpriestess.com or 415-479-3892

“A celebration of Spring Equinox for women.

Learn Snake Yoga, a restorative sacred feminine wisdom practice!
Dance with Temple Serpents and raise the liquid fire of your Kundalini!
Reconnect with your primal instinct and rediscover your primordial powers!
Participate in the Shed your Old Skin Ceremony and be born anew!

Workshop is limited to 8 women only. Register early to reserve your space.

The Wheel Turns, the Moon Waxes, and the World moves toward the Light!

Le'ema Kathleen Graham is a visionary sacred dancer, ordained temple priestess, yogini and master teacher with over 30 years experience in the field of Somatics. Her work is featured in the book Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance. Her memoir Dancing the Inner Serpent: Memoirs of a Suburban Snake Priestess received a rave review in Conscious Dancer magazine. Her Snake Yoga: Sacred Feminine Wisdom instructional DVD was highlighted in the What's Hot section of Yoga Magazine.”

Evening of Traditional Song
with Norman Kennedy
Saturday, March 17, 7:30-9:00PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
Reservations required, please call 510-204-9801
$10 to $20 sliding scale, pay at the door

“Please join Castle in the Air in welcoming master folksinger Norman Kennedy on Saturday, March 17, as he shares an evening of Scottish ballads and folk songs. Norman has also promised us an ancient Irish song or two, in honor of Saint Patrick's Day.

The terms national treasure and living legend get bandied about perhaps more frequently than they should, but in Norman Kennedy we truly have both. He is a Scottish-born folksinger and hand-weaver who learned both trades from 'the old folk' in Aberdeen and the Outer Hebrides during his youth in the 1950s and '60s. Early on in his career he was recognized for his talent, and was chosen to represent Scotland at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

Kennedy went on to build a career and, more importantly, a life defined by performing, weaving, and teaching since then, mainly in his adopted home of rural Vermont. Thanks to his efforts to preserve these traditions, in 2003 Norman was named an NEA National Heritage Fellow, the first Scotsman to be awarded this unparalleled distinction.

I've had the honor of knowing Norman Kennedy as a family friend for years, and have seen him perform at venues as varied as a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall to impromptu concerts in friends' living rooms. To say he has magic in his voice is no understatement - he sang a charm over my cup of tea while I was going through my difficult pregnancy with my first child, and she's now well on her way to becoming an accomplished Scottish folk musician in her own right.

Seating is very limited for this special event. Please call Castle in the Air at 510-204-9801 to make your reservation for one or more seats.”

Dublin Saint Patrick’s Day
Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin

“Where else but Dublin... would you want to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? So why not join us for a memorable and authentic Irish experience. The Saint Patrick's Day Festival will be held on Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, from 110:00AM-5:00PM at the Dublin Civic Center. There will be plenty of things to do with over 150 craft and commercial vendor booths, an international food court, three stages of authentic Irish entertainment, a new carnival vendor with exciting rides and attractions - and it all adds up to fun for the entire family and a great way to be Irish for the weekend!  Don't forget to stop by the Irish Tea Cottage (in the Library Community Room) to enjoy a Celtic harpist, storytelling, crafts, knitting and of course, tea!  Best of all... there is no charge for admission to the festival and parking is also FREE. If you live outside the tri-valley area - you can even take BART to the event! The celebration also includes the Green and White Gala on Friday, March 16th. For tickets and more information call 925-829-4758.  A Pancake Breakfast located in Fire Station #16 on Saturday, March 17th at 7am. Tickets are $5 each. Also on Saturday is the Dublin Lions Club Parade which steps-off promptly at 9:30AM.”

Spring Silent Retreat
Sunday, March 18, 8:00AM-6:00PM
MA Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley, 510-537-9417
$45 if registered before March 10, $55 after, includes lunch, chai and snacks

“Enjoy the beautiful Spring season in the green rolling hills of the M.A. Center! We hope you can join us for this day of silence, reflection and relaxation. The retreat will include Amrita Yoga Surya Namaskar*, chanting, bhajans (devotional singing), meditation and spiritual talks and stories of Amma. Weather permitting, we will also spend reflective time in the natural beauty of M.A. Center's gardens and woodlands. The retreat will be lead by Bri. Remadevi.

*Included in this retreat, Bri. Remadevi will teach the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) portion of Amrita Yoga. It integrates breathing and movement, with mantra infused into the breath. The form (or vinyasa) is simple enough to meet Amma's intent that almost all devotees be able to practice it.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, March 18, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

CAYA Sprouts Ostara Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 18, 1:00PM  
Berkeley - please RSVP to hvnwalker@gmail.com for exact location

“Come As You Are to Sprouts Ostara Egg Hunt!

At the Spring Equinox we welcome Ostara, the Queen of the Spring. The day and the night are equal and baby plants and animals are sprouting up everywhere. To celebrate the Spring we will have an Ostara egg Hunt and make wishes for what we would like to be born in the Spring.

Please RSVP to hvnwalker@gmail.com with the size of your family if you plan to attend.

What to Bring:  A snack to share with others.

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!”

Ladybug Picnic
part of the Soggy Sundays Kids’ Series
Sunday, March 18,  3:00-4:30PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$4 children, $6 adults

“The latest in Ashkenaz’ popular series of kids’ shows, Soggy Sundays, presents eight consecutive weeks of afternoon shows to chase the winter fog and rain away (or lift spirits higher even if it’s not raining). The wide array of top family-oriented artists provides engaging entertainment for young children and parents every Sunday in February and March, playing music from around the world for dancing, jumping, and spinning on the best dance floor in the East Bay!

Ladybug Picnic is a rockin’ band that sings kid and adult favorites, such as Beatles tunes and familiar folk-rock sing-alongs, plus fun original songs. Ladybug Picnic features two members of The Flux, in recent years a regular Ashkenaz nighttime attraction – singer-guitarist Joe Balestreri and keyboardist Phil Gorman - plus drummer Eric Schoen and singer-keyboardist Maddy Streicek (of Mana Maddy and Antioquia, and host of Ashkenaz’s monthly open mic nights). Two special guests join in at various times during the show: singer Anna B (Joe’s daughter), and Easton Jackson, the seven-year-old hip-hop dancing phenomenon, who is also a composer: a few of his songs will be highlights for sure! Phil and Eric have long served as counselors at Camp Kee Tov. Phil is also music director for Berkeley Playhouse productions, has written full-length children’s musicals, and is a great juggler - so expect a bit of circus in today’s show as well!”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, March 18, 3:00-5:00PM, and nine more Sundays (typically third Sundays)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
to register, call 510-444-9355

“Standing under the moon, staring up into infinity... how many times have I rooted here... dreaming... transfixed, gazing at the beauty of the heavens and contemplating the mysteries of the Universe? How many more moons will wax and wane above as I weave the web of my magical life below? Life is such a sacred journey! And this class is a journey into my personal philosophies and practices of witchcraft. The methods I share in this class come from my twenty years of experience in making magic that works for my own purposes, and for the good of the world.

This class is a year and a day training in witchcraft, employing my methods. Suitable for beginners on the path, but also satisfying for advanced practitioners who are curious about new perspectives and practices. Be prepared to laugh, to explore your own magic with affection and humor, to wield your power mindfully, and to open to the wonder and adventure of life as a witch.

March 18: Sacred space and magical hygiene
April 15: Elements and directions”

The Legend of Hercules:
Concert from the Court of Ferrariae

Sunday, March 18, 5:00PM
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

Saturday, March 24, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

Sunday, March 25, 4:00PM
All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

“The demigod Hercules, son of the great god Jupiter and the mortal woman Alcmena, and his legendary strength have inspired countless stories, artworks and music was also the name given to the Duke of Ferrariae whose court employed the best musicians of the day.  Join us for this Concert from the Court of Ferrariae including music by Johannes Martini  (c1440-c1497), Jacob Obrecht (c1457-1505),Heinrich Isaac (c1450-1517), and Josquin des Prez (c1450-1521).  Featured is Martini's Magnificat Tertii Toni and listen for a musical surprise or two throughout the concert!”

Spring Equinox Drum Circle
Sunday, March 18, 6:30PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434
For more information, e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Equinox and Solstice Drumming Circles

We hold drumming circles four times a year to come together to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth. We invite you to join us.
You do not have to be experienced in drumming or shamanism to attend. It is recommended that you know how to journey, though not required.

If you have a drum or rattle, please bring it. Some drums and rattles will be available to borrow.

Upcoming dates:
June 24, 2012 - Summer Solstice Drum Circle  
September 23, 2012 - Fall Equinox Drum Circle
December 9, 2012 - Winter Solstice Drum Circle”

Pray the Devil Back to Hell
community film screening
Sunday, March 18, 7:00-9:00PM
Terra's Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland

“Gather together with community to watch this amazing documentary. Bring snacks to share. We will watch the film and then have a sharing/discussion.

As part of the PBS series - Women, War and Peace, Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the story of how 1000's of women; mothers, grandmothers, daughters and aunts stepping into the line of fire to end a brutal civil war and bring peace to their country. Featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee.”

Goddess Empowerment Dance
with Le’ema Kathleen Graham
Monday, March 19, 6:30-8:30PM, and one more Monday, March 26
The Goddess Garden Sanctuary, 211 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael
$20 per session
for more information, please contact Le’ema Kathleen Graham
at leema@dancingpriestess.com or 415-479-3892

“You will learn a beautiful body alignment technique, how to flow with your inner Goddess and how to channel Sacred Female Deities though spiritual belly dance.
Come connect with like-minded sisters. This class is yummy!

Le'ema Kathleen Graham is a visionary sacred dancer, ordained temple priestess, yogini and master teacher with over 30 years experience in the field of Somatics. Her work is featured in the book Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance. Her memoir Dancing the Inner Serpent: Memoirs of a Suburban Snake Priestess received a rave review in Conscious Dancer magazine. Her Snake Yoga: Sacred Feminine Wisdom instructional DVD was highlighted in the What's Hot section of Yoga Magazine.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Cafe at Books, Inc, 301 Castro Street, Mountain View
for more information, contact Jason Mankey at panmankey@gmail.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.

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

New Moon Red Tent
at Terra’s Temple
Wednesday, March 21, gather at 6:45PM, circle 7:00-9:00PM
Terra's Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
$10 suggested donation
please RSVP to April at magikal1act@gmail.com

“With Spring in the air we will gather again in our women's circle. The monthly Red Tent Ceremonies at Terra's Temple are growing; let's keep the momentum building. These circles are a wonderful way to commune, celebrate, witness and explore all the varied issues and topics associated with our women's nature, bodies, and experiences.

This month's circle will focus on herbs and other remedies for our moon time. Facilitated by Temple Priestesses Makenna Berry Newton and April C. Taylor. We will explore in sacred space how to nurture ourselves.

Please bring easy snacks to share following our circle.  Wear red to embody the frequency of the Moon time.  All women welcome, mooning or not!”

Manifesting Abundance and Self-Love through Affirmations
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00PM
private home in Hayward, RSVP for exact address
$25 in advance; $30 at the door
Contact SisterhoodoftheMoon@gmail.com for more information or to sign up

“The root of true abundance is Self-Love.  Learn how to sweep negative self-talk out of your life, using affirmations to create abundance and prosperity.  This class is a concise, hands-on, beginning exploration of manifesting prosperity in our own lives conducted within the supportive structure of Sisterhood and spirituality.  We will learn to open ourselves to releasing self-criticism, replacing those old thought patterns with self-love and connection.  Each woman will create at least one grounded affirmation to bring home into her daily life.

Lady Jesamyn is the High Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon and the founder of the Matriotism Foundation.  She is an ordained Dianic Priestess, certified Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner.  Lady Jesamyn has been leading group ritual for women since 1998, and has been formally teaching magickal technique since 2007.

Contact SisterhoodoftheMoon@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.  Class size is limited to eight women.  We do not offer refunds.”

CAYA’s Ball for the Bees
Saturday, March 31, 7:00-11:00PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Come As You Are Coven is proud to present The Ball for the Bees, a fundraiser to support local beekeepers and bee advocacy organizations. Honey bees are essential to our ecosystem and the sudden, unexplained disappearance of bees is an alarming warning bell to our society. We believe that with greater advocacy and local initiates, bee populations can be healthily restored and our mutual stewardship of the Earth’s resources can be brought back into balance. To that end, we are hosting this fundraiser.

The ball will be held at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley. Begin the evening with a beginner lesson in rotary waltz taught by Persephone, then dance the night away!  Enjoy a night of fun, fanciness (costumes admired but not required) and enchantment, all while benefitting efforts to support the bees and the development of sustainable resources for their care. There will be a raffle, tarot readers, light refreshments, and more.

7 pm: Vintage waltz lesson with vintage dance mistress Persephone
8 pm-11pm: Dancing and revelry

Light refreshments will be available
Cash bar with beer and wine

CAYA Coven’s current co-sponsors for this event are The Sacred Well, the Temple of Aphrodite and the Pagan Alliance.”

Spring into Elderflower
Sunday, April 8, 11:00AM-10:00PM, ritual starts at 7:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street , Oakland
all day $15, evening ritual only $10

Artemis Passionfire, Coordinator for Spring into Elderflower, says:
“Thanks for announcing Spring Into Elderflower, an event all the women in your groups are welcome to attend.

The theme will be: Amazons, Maidens and Wildwomyn Bring in the Spring.  There will also be acknowledgement of Crones in the ritual, and if there are womyn you know that would like to vend (especially) or do workshops(we're starting to get full, but will try to accommodate) we will be having both workshops and vending going on. Max Dashu will also be doing a slide presentation, and there will be other workshops too.”

“A taste of the 2012 Elderflower Womenspirit Festival

Enjoy a day of food, workshops, entertainment, craftswomen vendors, drumming circle, building community and an evening ritual.

Please bring a potluck dish to share.  There will be soup to share.”

Women who would like to vend or do a presentation at this event can contact Artemis Passionfire at FeistyAmazon@hotmail.com  Attn: Artemis/Spring Into Elderflower.

Have a Holistic, Abundant, Legendary, Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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