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, April 17, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute, Angelic Heart Vortex Group Healing, Natural Building in the Patagonian Shire, Dickens: Ballads and Folk Songs from the Streets of London, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical, Drum Circle at The Mystic Dream, Appointment with a Wise Old Dog, 13 Moon Introductory Series, Treegirl: A Photo Essay By Julianne Skai Arbor, Astrology: Neptune in Pisces, The Ruby Tent, How to Grow Herbs for Home Cooking, Sacred Snapshots, California Native Plant Sale, John Muir’s Birthday Earth Day Celebration, Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, Sheep Shearing Day, Beach Clean-Up, The 1906 Earthquake Nickelodeon Show Tea Party, The Leaves Bee Greene, Earth Day, Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood, Magical Musical Matinee, The Earth Is Humming, Earth Day Celebration, Tea and Tarot, Maybe Baby, New Moon Red Tent, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, 11th Annual Pagan Festival and Parade
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Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute
Wednesday, April 18, 6:00-8:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
Two levels:
$15 for those on limited budgets
$40 for those who can make a donation to help support The Dream Institute
http://dream-institute.org

“The dinners we hosted last fall were a great success, so we will have them regularly now. Meet upcoming presenters and enjoy conversation with kindred folks. It's a great way to visit The Dream Institute and learn more about what we do.
Our monthly dinners began last fall and were occasions for spontaneous, informal, soulful conversation among those attending. We will host these regularly throughout the coming year, on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month.
Delicious food is provided by Poulet http://www.pouletdeli.com with vegetarian and vegan options. We can seat comfortably only about 15, so reserve your place early; you can also call a few days before and listen to our outgoing message about space availability.

Upcoming Monthly Dinner dates:
May 23
June 20 (Solstice)
July 25

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.

Dreams are a natural resource, democratically available to all, yet vastly underutilized today. Most cultures throughout history have called upon dreams for information and guidance. Dreams are more relevant than ever at this time of upheaval and transition. Our mission is to offer program participants a soulful experience and to restore dreams, as an ancient wisdom source, to a place of respect in contemporary society.”
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Angelic Heart Vortex Group Healing
with Dragonfly
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00PM
Arunabliss 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
http://www.arunabliss.com
http://www.vortexhealing.com

Dragonfly says:
“This week at ArunaBliss we will be nurturing our 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 this session we are spring cleaning our relationship space with the help of the angels and to bridge love deeply into present time energy. If you are not in a relationship clearing out this space can also help to attract new love into your life or stabilize your emotional body to empower your life.

With a clear intention in your heart of what you would like to transform in your relationship space and with gratitude stay with that intention throughout the healing.

Angelic Heart through VortexHealing is a divine healing art that works directly through consciousness and energetics to help release the deepest issues we hold as humans beings.” _____________________________________

Natural Building in the Patagonian Shire
film screening
Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:30PM
Share Exchange, 531 5th Street, Santa Rosa
$7
http://www.shareexchange.coop/events.html
http://www.livingearthstructures.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingEarthStructure

“Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures will show a new film he has made about the incredible natural Building movement that has erupted in Patagonia, Argentina in the past 10 years.  Over 250 houses have been built using the local resources available, more than any other region in the world.  The film features many examples of Earth Building, intended to educate, entertain and inspire.”
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Dickens: Ballads and Folk Songs from the Streets of London
with Will Spires
Thursday, April 19, 7:00-8:30PM
Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall, Santa Rosa Junior College, 425 Elliott Avenue, Santa Rosa
The event is free, but there is a $4 parking charge to park on campus
http://libguides.santarosa.edu/content.php?pid=278767&sid=2296237
http://www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts/contact.html

“Professor William ‘Will’ Spires began doing the Faires in the early 1960s as an original member of the Golden Toad Band.  Will performed at the early Renaissance and Dickens Fair(e)s for many years, and is a true wellspring of knowledge and an accomplished fiddler. This will be an adventure through the world of transported convicts, street singers, sportsmen and game poachers, and other such characters as you might have met in Dickens' London. This event includes a live musical performance.”  
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astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, April 19, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$20 suggested donation
http://www.sacredwell.com/classes-events

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment.

Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”
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Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, 8:00PM, plays through May 5
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco
$30-$35
http://thrillpeddlers.com/hot-greeks-the-cockettes-musical
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/225549

“Thrillpeddlers are proud to announce our Spring Season 2012 production of Hot Greeks, A New Full-Length, Fully Restored Version of The Cockettes’ 1972 Musical Extravaganza, an original musical by Martin Worman and Scrumbly Koldewyn. This is the 40th Anniversary of the original production. Originally produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed in 1972 at midnight at the Palace Theatre in Chinatown in SF, Hot Greeks was the fabled and fabulous Cockettes’ only other scripted book musical besides Pearls Over Shanghai. The Cockettes were a gender-bending theatrical troupe who not only originated these two shows, but also exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies to glitter rock stars and their outrageous fashions. In 2010 The Thrillpeddlers mounted a condensed 70-minute version of Hot Greeks and it was an instant, sold-out hit. This new 2012 production expands the show to a full-length version and restores 3 songs from the original 1972 production.

In Hot Greeks, college rhythm meets the Peloponnesian War as Athens University takes on Sparta State for their annual pigskin showdown. This musical, loosely based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata features the Tri Thigh Sorority girls and their hunky footballer sweethearts jiving to the big-band hit parade sounds of the 1940s. The kids sing and dance through the ruins of ancient Greece, on their way to consult the Oracle of Delphi in their pursuit of victory on the gridiron. Dancing columns, vestal virgins, country cousins, and even a pig, all join Lysistrata on her journey to save the day for the Gods and Greece.”
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Drum Circle at The Mystic Dream
Friday, April 20, 6:30-8:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Free
http://www.themysticdream.com

“The drum circle is for everyone no matter skill level! Bring your drum and a good attitude! Our space is sacred, yet casual.”
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Appointment with a Wise Old Dog  
film screening and discussion led by Michelle Peticolas
Friday, April 20, 7:00–9:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$20
http://dream-institute.org/idx_calendar.htm
http://www.secretsoflifeanddeath.com/events.html
http://davidblummusiciananddreamer.com

“Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma introduces this film made by the late David Blum, classical musician, conductor, and New York Times contributor. Diagnosed with cancer at 52, Blum discovered that drawing images from his dreams helped him cope with his condition in a profound and unexpected way. Throughout his life, he had kept diaries and dream journals, and had analysis with Jung’s colleague Liliane Frey. In this moving film, accompanied by the music of Mozart and Beethoven, Blum shows his artwork and talks about the female guide Mairi, who first appeared at age 17, and about Alfonto, a wise old man who appeared in dachshund form and guided David through life’s final passage (30 min).

Discussion hosted by Michelle Peticolas, PhD, a sociologist and producer/ director of the award-winning film series Secrets of Life and Death. She is hospice trained and leads grief workshops.”
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13 Moon Introductory Series
Friday, April 20, 7:00-9:00PM (and the third Friday of every month)
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street, Alameda
$55
Please call 510-521-3313 to pay and reserve your space
http://www.13moonmysteryschool.org/aphrodites_closet.html

“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!”  
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Treegirl: A Photo Essay By Julianne Skai Arbor
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, April 20, 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
http://www.scpagans.org
http://www.treegirl.org

“This evening TreeGirl will present a slide show of some of her favorite photographs, along with images of the Greenman and Greenwoman, and share stories of her affinity for and encounters with them. There will be time for sharing of your stories of encounters with trees and the Greenman/Greenwoman at the end.

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.”
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Astrology: Neptune in Pisces
with Margaret Cole
Friday, April 20, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale
http://ancientways.com/Newsletter/CALSpring612.pdf

“Neptune went into Pisces Feb 12, 2012 and will be there till Jan 26, 2026.  We'll look at how this affects you in your natal chart and what to expect in its influence in the greater world.

Bring your horoscope or come early to have one made at Ancient Ways for $5.”
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The Ruby Tent
Friday, April 20, 7:30-9:30PM, and one Friday or Saturday evening each month
The Red Tent, 15495 Los Gatos Boulevard, Suite C, Los Gatos, 408-365-4905
$15
an event for teen girls
http://theredtent.net/red_tent_events?eventId=438502&EventViewMode=EventDetails

“We are excited to be hosting an Information Night for our Ruby Tent this month.

Mother's of teen daughters are invited to come and learn about what a Ruby Tent has to offer their daughter/s, ask questions and speak about what they believe their daughter's needs are.

Teen daughters are, of course, are welcome and encouraged to come to check it out!

Join us for this wonderful and valuable evening!

This unique opportunity for your teen daughters, happens once a month at The Red Tent. It is a wonderful opportunity for your teen daughters to spend an evening out with their girlfriends or alone, in a safe and sacred place that honors and celebrates womanhood!

The teen years are such a powerful and tender time in a young woman's life... the Ruby Tents are supporting these young women in honoring their truth!

The Red Tent invites Teen Ladies to join us for an evening of information, support and understanding.

The Ruby Tent

An Intimate monthly circle based on the spirit of the Red Tent to discuss Maturing into Womanhood

All circles will include an opening meditation, sharing of stories, fact-based information, chocolate and other decadent goodies, and time for (anonymous) questions-on or off- topic. This is a safe space for teens to come together and share in a group of caring, supportive women.

Facilitated by Jeanna Lurie, Mother, Yoga Teacher specializing in women's yoga, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Teen Educator.

Due to the sensitive nature of the subject material, mothers are invited to call Jeanna at 408-743-5692 with any questions or concerns.”
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How to Grow Herbs for Home Cooking in a Year Round Garden
with Merry Kindred
Saturday, April 21, class 9:00-10:00AM, work party until 1:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
$5 donation
http://www.falkirkculturalcenter.org/event.html?eventid=157

“Master Gardener Merry Kindred will present essential considerations for planting a year round herb garden. Saturday, April 21, class 9:00-10:00AM, followed by a work party until 1:00PM.

Merry will discuss what herbs do well here and what seasons and conditions are best for growing them. To demonstrate her talk she will examine the new beneficial garden and will choose and plant herbs, illustrating how to examine your own garden and evaluate herbs. Learn how to evaluate placement, conditions and plant choices for a successful herb garden.
This will be followed by a work party in the gardens, so bring pruners, weeders and gloves. We'll supply snacks and good company. $5.00 donation

Falkirk Cultural Center is a 19th century country estate listed on the National Historic Register. The Queen Anne Victorian, designed by Clinton Day, was built in 1888 by Ella Nichols Park, and purchased by Captain Robert Dollar in 1906. Falkirk is named after Dollar's birthplace in Scotland, and his descendants occupied the house until 1970. The estate was saved from demolition in 1974. The Cultural Center is owned and operated by the City of San Rafael and has served the community for 30 years.”
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Sacred Snapshots
A Sampler for the Spirit
Saturday, April 21, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
$10
http://www.sacredsnapshots.org

“Sacred Snapshots is a day-long event celebrating spiritual practices from a range of religions and traditions.

We’ll come right out and say it: religion has a lot to answer for. Doesn’t matter which religion it is - so often, religion feels rigid, confining, narrow-minded, the exact opposite of what it’s meant to stand for. Religion has been used to justify war, oppression, exclusivity, and hatred.

But what if it were different? What if religion were about expansiveness, the unfolding of the heart, the deepening of the spirit? What if religion could open up a space for holiness instead of shutting it down?

What if you had the chance to explore some of the ways that people have reached for that sense of beauty and awe throughout the centuries? What if you could explore the spiritual practices of the major religions without the fear of evangelism, pressure, or bad jell-o molds?

We invite you to join us for Sacred Snapshots, on April 21, 2012, at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Sacred Snapshots is a day-long event celebrating spiritual practices from a range of religions and traditions.

Each hour you can choose from an array of experiential sessions and brain-bending lectures on divinity in its many forms, taught by progressive leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of various faiths.

In one day, you can try anything from drumming, to meditation, to Taize, to sacred dance. Try poetry as a spiritual practice, sing gospel or chant mantras, walk a labyrinth. Write an inventory. Learn about 12-step spirituality, experience yoga.

Also, each hour, we’ll hold a worship or ritual from a different tradition.

Because, as Rumi says, there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Come and find the way that works for you.”

Thanks to Ste for letting me know about this event!
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California Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 21, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Tilden Botanic Garden, intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive, Berkeley
free admission
http://www.nativeplants.org/plantsale2012.pdf

“California shrubs, trees, perennials.
Find many plants that are not available in a commercial nursery.
Horticultural advice gladly given! Come and explore the Garden.
Buy some plants to take home. Proceeds directly benefit the Garden.
Please bring boxes to carry home your treasures and an umbrella if it rains.
Refreshments available.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!
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John Muir’s Birthday Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 10:00AM-4:00PM
John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
Free
http://www.johnmuirassociation.org/php/bday-earthday/bday-earthday.php
http://www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm

“John Muir inspired people all over the world to ‘keep close to nature’s heart.’ In this spirit, we celebrate John Muir’s April 21st birthday at his former home, along with Earth Day, which brings us closer to knowing our planet and practical ways to help it thrive.

Bring the family for fun-filled activities and entertainment:
More than 50 exhibitors with something for everyone
Live music
Recycled Fashion Show
Silent auctions
Self-guided tours of the 1882 historic home and the California Native Plant Garden
Junior ranger projects with National Park Service rangers
John Muir shares stories and birthday cake
Much more!

Food and beverages are available for purchase. This event will be held rain or shine- dress for the weather. The Celebration is made possible by our great sponsors: City of Martinez and Allied Waste.

Save the date to bring the family for fun-filled activities and entertainment. The Celebration will be held at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California, which includes the 1882 Victorian home of the country's earliest and perhaps most influential advocate for nature - John Muir.

Free parking at the Alhambra High School and Martinez Adult Education is available; shuttles are provided to the Muir Site. The Celebration is presented by the John Muir Association and the National Park Service.”
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Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 11:00AM-3:00PM
South end of Stinson Beach, Marin County
see website for directions
Free
http://samavesha.org/Earth_Day_Celebration_2012.html
http://homepage.mac.com/zpine/ed/ed.html
http://www.naturesculpture.com

“Samavesha presents
in partnership with Zach Pine
8th Annual Free Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day by creating art on the beach! Join in as community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures. In past years, beachgoers stacked rock towers, made spirals from seaweed, planted a forest of "trees" made of driftwood, and created dragons, fairies, and abstract designs.

During the event, the beach is transformed into an outdoor sculpture gallery, with unexpected connections among the varied artworks. The intention behind the event is to create an experience that will inspire and energize people to care for and protect the earth not only on Earth Day, but throughout the year. The event is a model for collective creativity, connecting people of all ages with each other and with the natural world.

Beach cleanup is integral to the event. We supply bags and gloves.

Musicians, dancers, and other artists from the international multidisciplinary arts organization Samavesha will participate in the event, inviting collaborative expression in service to the earth.”
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Sheep Shearing Day
at Forest Home Farm
Saturday, April 21, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Forest Home Farm, 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon
$7 Adults, $5 Child, Under 2 Free
http://srhf.org/events/index.html

“Celebrate spring and to see the sheep get their annual ‘haircuts’! Watch demonstrations of old time traditions such as blacksmithing, lace making, wood carving, quilting and spinning. Nature lovers will enjoy garden tastings and sheepdog demonstrations and children will be entertained with 4-H animals, crafts, games and tractor rides. Enjoy live music, take a tour of the property and visit the gift shoppe. Food available for purchase.”
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Beach Clean-Up
with Community Seed
Saturday, April 21, 12:00-3:00PM  (and the third Saturday of each month April-August)
Bonny Doon Beach, Bonny Doon Road at Highway 1, Santa Cruz
(see website for directions)
http://www.communityseed.org/CS_-_Events/Beach_Clean-up/beach_clean-up.html

“We meet on the third Saturday, April - August from Noon to 3:00 pm, and in September we meet at 9:00 am to Noon for Coastal Cleanup Day. Don't miss another opportunity to serve your community and your planet. (Not to mention socialize and have fun!) We'll provide the bags if you will do your part and help us fill them. Bring your drums, songs, chants and food to share. As the cleanups progress, we'll also post stats about what we've been picking up, so you can see the difference we make.

Bonny Doon Beach is known for it's beautiful large cliffs and powerful tide. It is also a favorite nighttime gathering place for many people. Unfortunately, many of these visitors bring in cans, bottles and other trash. Wood palettes are often burned here leaving behind sharp nails in the sand, and broken bottles that get thrown into the fire.
I am very pleased to say that over the last several years, a visible difference has been made in the amount of trash that we find on the beach. I am sure that our further efforts will continue making a difference.

Please Bring:
Leather gloves if you have them.
We will supply bags for nails, glass, and trash.
Bring a picnic lunch, or snacks to share
Your own water supply
Be advised that there are NO POTTIES AVAILABLE.
Come prepared.”
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The 1906 Earthquake Nickelodeon Show Tea Party
Saturday, April 21, 1:00-4:00PM (doors open at 12:30PM)
Penngrove Tasting Room, 111 Goodwin Avenue, Penngrove
online directions may be misleading -
for directions and to RSVP, e-mail ExcelsiorShows@aol.com
suggested donation: adults $10, children 5-12 $5, children under 5 one nickel
no one turned away for lack of funds
everyone should bring a nickel!
http://www.excelsiorcompany.com/wheresee.html

“You're Invited to Spend a Pleasant Afternoon in 1913 at the Excelsior Electric Theatre.
Escape the 21st-Century Ratrace! Relax and Play in Excelsior's Non-Digital World, where the wonder of cinema is still fresh, and movies are on real film that's run on real mechanical projectors.

Here the 20th Century is new, and (despite natural disasters) the future looks bright; such man-made complications as World Wars, Television, the Internet, and those little plastic water bottles are as yet unimagined.

Excelsior offers an array of the finest 'new' films, from actualities, dramas and comedies to imported fantasies by Méliès, Pathé and others, plus magic lantern slides and live music.

The show is in two acts, and commences at one o'clock.  Between the acts is the Tea Party intermission, with pleasant refreshments.  We are happy to relate that our tea party has real china and silverware.  Plenty of excelsior, but no plastic!
You'll see the famous Ride Down Market Street, recently determined to have been filmed on April 17th, the day before the Quake struck.  There is heartbreaking footage of the Quake's aftermath,and for further realism, on the Stereographic screen see pre- and post-Quake San Francisco in 3D.  On a happier note, we'll be screening A Train Ride Down Mount Tamalpais, filmed in 1906, plus delightful short comedies and fantasies.

Since we do need to cover costs, we're happy to accept donations.
$10 for adults and $5 for children aged 5-12 is suggested, children under 5 are a nickel.
A family of four can save by donating $20; a party of four can save by donating $25.
Anyone can donate less according to means or inclination,
BUT EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS SHOULD BRING A NICKEL!

(This needn't be a 1906 Liberty head or 1913 Indian head nickel - any will do)
If you can't afford more than that nickel, don't stay away - but you might want to reserve your place.

We also wish to note any dietary restrictions among our guests, so that all can be served at tea.”
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The Leaves Bee Greene
an Eco Concert by Candlelight
with Vibeka Lyman
Saturday, April 21, 7:00PM
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$10-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r595/phpark510/b_lyman.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DAD7bU-FdU

This harpsichord concert by candlelight is sure to be an enchanting evening which will transport you to a time when we were not dependent on the energy sources which we now take for granted.  Let the music of the Renaissance revive your inspiration for the birth of a better world!
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Earth Day
Sunday, April 22
http://www.earthday.org/2012

There are many events going on this month all over the world.  You can find a local event here: http://act.earthday.org/events  

Or observe the day in your own way by picking up trash at a local park or beach, or just deciding to stay home and have a day of using no fuel for transportation.
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Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood
Sunday, April 22, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
adults $6, children and seniors $5, under 3 free
http://www.ebparks.org/files/SheepShearingProgram_Ardenwood_04-22-2012.pdf
http://www.ebparks.org/node/1694

“Spring has sprung and it is time for our sheep’s annual haircut.
Watch as the farm’s sheep get sheared.
Try your hand at wool carding and see the transformation from fiber to yarn.
Activities will be centered in the farmyard, the sheep pens, and near the barn.

Shearing demonstrations
Wool carding and spinning
Sheepdog demonstrations
Craft activities
Live music”
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Magical Musical Matinee
featuring Emily Butterfly and Octopretzel
Sunday, April 22, 12:00PM
Spice Monkey Cafe, 1628 Webster Street, Oakland
$5 cover charge per person (babes in arms are free)
http://www.facebook.com/events/344737358901392
http://www.spicemonkeycafe.com
http://www.emilybutterfly.com
http://www.octopretzel.com

“Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, a coloring station!

Spice Monkey Restaurant in Oakland can be best described as a spice house that combines several world flavors and seasonings to create unique mouth watering dishes.

Located in the Oaksterdam District (between Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt), the restaurant is quaint, with a lively color scheme, a fireplace and artistically detailed furniture.”

“Emily Butterfly is a Creatress of many genres... including Puppetry, Illustration, and Cartoon Voice Over.  She has been gracing the stages, classrooms, and and galleries of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995.  It is especially her pleasure and honor to work through the medium of Puppetry to inspire healing, peace and practical knowledge in her audiences.  Her work is symbiotically healing for herself as well as those with whom she shares her passionate creativity.”

“Octopretzel is... Fantastically folksy, magically musical, dreamily danceable and singably sweet for humans of all ages!

We are... Musicians and educators that all have lots of experience with children, alongside our musical careers. We decided to pool our talents and our puppets and created Octopretzel - an interactive, engaging, and super-fun experience for kids
(and their parents too)!”
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The Earth Is Humming
Earth Day Performance and Art Opening
Sunday, April 22, 2:00–3:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$15
http://dream-institute.org/idx_calendar.htm
http://www.jeanhearst.com

“We present a 30-minute dramatization of actual dreams about the Earth, woven into a seamless narrative and staged with verve. The drama portrays the Earth’s suffering, our human dilemma about how to heal it, and the lumen naturae, or alchemical light within Nature, that mysteriously appears in matter. It ends with a joyous sound emanating from red oxide soil that is shaped into a stupa. Audience response follows. Refreshments served.

Art exhibit: Jean Hearst, paintings”
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Earth Day Celebration
at Isis Oasis
Sunday, April 22, 2:00PM
Isis Oasis, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
free
http://www.meetup.com/Temple-of-Isis/events/58148932/?a=wm1_5&rv=wm1
http://www.isisoasis.org

“Celebrate Earth Day at Isis Oasis!

With Special Guest Priestess, Heather Salmon, Founder of the Black Swan Temple of Isis Iseum.

Solutions for Healing the Earth... Sound Healing, Earth Building and More...”
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Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, April 22, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea
http://www.themysticdream.com

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”
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Maybe Baby
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
part of the Bay One Acts Festival
Sunday, April 22, 7:00PM
playing through April 29, see BOA website for detailed schedule (Program 2)
http://raggedwing.org/show/show_detail/21
http://bayoneacts.org

“The Fortune Project Chapter 3: Maybe Baby

Ragged Wing Ensemble opens 2012 with a series of interactive performance events exploring the theme of Fortune.

We investigate how the universe speaks to us through our daily interactions: road signs, dreams, messages and images that find us when we most need them or warn us from going down the wrong path.

How can we take responsibility for our own destiny, while also accepting the cards we are dealt?

Each of the four chapters explores an aspect of this question from a different perspective. This 6 month project will culminate in an evening of pieces in late May directed by various ensemble members.

Upcoming performances:
Chapter 4: The Fortune Project: The Complete Works, May 23-27

Ragged Wing Ensemble is a collective of artists who create innovative work for the theater, drawing our theatrical vocabulary from physical theater, dance, clowning, mask work and puppetry. We seek to redefine classic stories, folktales and myths by creating original interpretations and placing them in new contexts. Our process is collaborative - from the  management of the company to the creation of our pieces, from our educational programs to our commitment to low ticket prices and audience involvement.”
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Belly Dance Nights
with Salimpour Band
Sunday, April 22, 7:30PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$10
http://www.ashkenaz.com/2011/sidepages/april12/sun4n.html
http://www.suhailainternational.com

“Suhaila International presents Belly Dance Nights at Ashkenaz. Tonight’s edition features soloists Gina Bruno, Andrea Sendek, Rachel George, Jessica Hedrick, and Nadia Ashjaee, all trained at Suhaila Salimpour’s School of Belly Dance, performing along with a live band. The dance floor will be open before and after the live performance, with a DJ spinning the best in world, Arabic, and funk music.

Suhaila Salimpour is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap, and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the styles passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour, who helped popularize Middle Eastern dance in the U.S. The result was an artistic breakthrough that takes belly dance to a new level. Suhaila runs her acclaimed bellydance school based in Berkeley, and in addition to her own solo show of bellydance she has appeared in numerous stage productions as well as creating instructional videos.”
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New Moon Red Tent
at Terra’s Temple
Monday, April 23, 6:45-9:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
$10 suggested donation
women only
Please RSVP to April: magikal1act@gmail.com
http://www.terrastemple.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 is to be announced.  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!”
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Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, April 24, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sacredwell.com/classes-events

“Join Rabbit for an evening of the herbal and the verbal.  After sharing information about this month's unique, delicious herbal tea, and explaining this month's mantra, we will chant for approximately 30-50 minutes.  

Beginners are always welcome at every class. Join us to drop in, center, and recharge your batteries!”
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11th Annual Pagan Festival and Parade
Theme: Paradigm Shift
Saturday, May 12, 10:30AM-5:30PM
Parade is at noon
Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way , Berkeley
Free
http://thepaganalliance.org
http://thepaganalliance.org/volunteer.asp

“Keeper of the Light 2012: T. Thorn Coyle
MCs: Shay Black and Dian Rowan

Music, Dance, Stage Performances, Speakers, Pagan Pride Parade in the streets of Berkeley, Speaker's Pavilion, Altars, Public Ritual, Vendors, Druid Story Telling Pavilion, Green Pavilion and Displays, Authors Circle, Arts and Crafts Pavilion, Info Booths and Program/Resource Guide.

Best Costume prizes for Youth and Adults! Best Float prize!
Visit the Pagan Marketplace with over 40 vendors and numerous non-profits and organizations.

Beloved Dead Altar- Please bring copies of photos that will honor our loved ones that have crossed over.

Please bring canned/non-perishable goods for the Alameda County Food Bank. Bins located next to the Pagan Festival Info Booth.”

Volunteer for the Festival!  
Contact Arlynne Camire, Festival Director at arlynne@thepaganalliance.org
Put VOLUNTEER in the subject line.
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Have an Earthy Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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