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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Make Your Own Hand-Held Beads, Visceral-ization, Introduction to VortexHealing, Comedy from Medieval Japan: Kyogen, Hot Greeks, Fairy Tale Evening with Happy Hour, The Road to Ife, Made in Oakland, Our Bodies after Babies, In Her Name Circle: Yemaya Goddess of the Sea, New World, Womansong Circle, Bind Runes, Creating the Chalice, Whole Earth Festival, Lettice and Lovage, World Fair Trade Day, Fairies Fairies Fairies, Making Mothers Visible, Inner Peace Festival, Dreaming for the Great Turning, 11th Annual Pagan Festival and Parade, Hungarian Heritage Festival, Cheese Making Workshop, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Bones Quigley, Joy with Wings: A Daughter's Tale, Holt Ceramics Spring Studio Sale, Temple of Aphrodite, Fairy Tale Kindermatinee, A Family Funfair, How Weird Street Faire, Soul Alignment, The Witch's Garden, Shamanic Healing Clinic, Witchcraft 101, Emotional Freedom Technique Class, South Bay Pagan Salon, Spirit Art Class, Save the Bees!, Hunger Action Day, Bliss Dance Oakland, Himalayan Fair - Sprouts Fieldtrip or CAYA Rideshare, Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium

How To Make Your Own Hand-Held Beads For Prayer And Meditation
Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-8:30PM
East Bay location - exact address given upon RSVP

“Prayer beads are used in many world religions as a portable physical reminder of a personal goal, journey or special time. They can provide comfort and focus as well as encourage relaxation.

We will learn the basics of designing and stringing prayer beads. You will be gently guided in creating your own unique commemoration of an Orisa, or of your personal journey. The $25 fee includes all materials needed, though feel free to bring and utilize your special beads in your work.  Class size will be limited, and preregistration is required (please visit Personal Spiritual Items page in our Marketplace, or contact us at 510-827-3997).“

with Stan Morey II
Wednesday, May 9, 8:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Stan Morey II, Founder of Wizard Craft Technologies and 3rd Degree High Priest in the English Tradition of Wicca, brings us his own technique for manifestation across spiritual boundaries. He calls it ‘visualization on steroids’ and this session is an interactive approach to one of the best tools for effective manifestation of your reality, and your spellwork. Practitioners of any faith are welcome to join us for hands-on exercises in Time/Space folding.”

Introduction to VortexHealing
with Dragonfly
Thursday, May 10, 7:30-8:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

Dragonfly says:
“Dear friends,
I invite you to join me for an Introduction to VortexHealing, including a group healing,
on Thursday, May 10th.

VortexHealing is a divine healing art that works directly through consciousness and with energetics to help release the deepest issues we hold as humans beings. Join us to find out more about this ancient healing art which originated in India and moved across continents to be revived in England.

This group healing is intended to be an informal, interactive group experience, with an open talk about Merlin and the classes that are coming to the Bay Area in 2012. Plus, a lovely forty five minute healing so you can have a chance to experience this powerful healing art.”

The Timeless Art of Human Comedy from Medieval Japan: Kyogen
with the Mansaku-no Kai Kyogen Company
part of San Francisco International Arts Festval
Thursday-Friday, May 10-11, 7:00PM
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket information

“Led by Japanese Living National Treasure, Mansaku Nomura, Mansaku-no Kai is known for its captivating interpretations of classical comedy theater. The performance will be the company’s first appearance in San Francisco since Nomura’s son Mansai starred in A Kyogen of Errors, based on Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors in 2005 at SFIAF.

The company will perform three classical Kyogen pieces, Suminuri (Black Crocodile Tears), Tsuki-mi Zato (The Moon-Viewing Blind-man) and Kubihiki (Neck Pulling).  The performances will take place on a traditional wooden floor called a shosadai that will be shipped in from Tokyo, to honor the aesthetics of the 600 year-old theatrical tradition. The only other US performances of this program will be at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. following the San Francisco engagement.

Kyogen is one of four forms of traditional Japanese theater, the other three being Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku, and is recognized and designated as one of 19 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001. With stylized movement and dance, Kyogen delightfully satirizes human imperfections and provides glimpses into the sounds, style and culture of medieval Japan. The Nomura family has been contributing to the art form for generations spanning nearly 300 years.

It is said that Kyogen actors start to truly shine after the age of 60 albeit the fact that traditionally they make their stage debuts at the tender age of three. At 80, Mansaku-no’s art has reached a pinnacle that only a lifetime of dedication by a true genius of the form can achieve over the course of several decades. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Mansaku with his company on stage outside of Japan!”

Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12, 8:00PM, extended - plays through May 19
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“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.”

Fairy Tale Evening with Happy Hour
Friday, May 11, Happy Hour: 5.00-6.00PM, Fairytale readings: 6.00PM
Goethe Institut Art Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, 415-263-8760
part of the Fairy Tale Worlds Exhibit which runs through May 19

“Enjoy an evening of fairy tales and magic and meet other German speakers. Bring your favorite fairy tale and read a passage to the audience. All participants will enter a raffle. First prize: a free language course at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco!”

The Road to Ife: Manifesting Goodness through the Teachings of Ifa
Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:00PM (and the second Friday of each month)
East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
$11 per single class.  Discounts available for blocks of classes - see website for details

“These classes will share the traditions of Ifa, a West African spiritual and life tradition and the progenitor of the Orisha/Santeria tradition.  The wisdom and intelligence of Ifa includes cosmology, philosophy, science, ethics, poetry, folktales, proverbs, sacred scripture and song.  The values inherent in the Ifa tradition (consistent with values across most indigenous and spiritual traditions) provide an approach to life that can lead to greater satisfaction and alignment with our personal and collective destinies as humans.

This week’s class: Spiritual Activism: Stories and Lessons from Odu, Proverbs and Folktales

Open to the Public - You do not need prior knowledge nor to be a practitioner of the tradition to benefit from the teachings.  Each class provides a discrete teaching; you do not have to take the classes in order.  Please note that each class is limited to 20 participants, so while drop-ins are welcome, we encourage you to pre-register.”

Made in Oakland
part of the Crucible’s Fireside Lounge series
Friday, May 11, 6:30-9:30PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

“The Crucible's Fireside Lounge is an intimate evening of art, industry, community and entertainment. This exclusive engagement takes place in The Crucible's studio and highlights our extraordinary art programs. Explore the creative passions of professional artists and the educational opportunities available while sipping cocktails in our unique atmosphere. A gallery of remarkable artwork by students and faculty will be on display and live performances are scheduled throughout the night. Admission is $10 at the door and is free for members of The Crucible.

Join us for an evening of makers, innovators, dreamers, and creators, as we celebrate Made In Oakland. This evening hosts some of the Bay Area's most influential makers and artists. Join us as we illuminate the world of original Oakland artists in this unique presentation and discussion panel of industrial arts collectives and innovators who created movements Made in Oakland. We will host an industrial art show, fire performances, discounts on Crucible classes and live industrial arts demonstrations.

We are featuring:
Hot Wheels
Fused Glass
Glass Coldworking
Machine Shop
Fire Performance
Fire Effects
Artists Resources

Please join us for a discussion from 7:00-8:00PM as Executive Director, Steven Young, facilitates a panel of working artists in industrial fine arts and community artists working in Oakland.

Our Made in Oakland panel discussion featuring Maurice Cavness, Karen Cusolito, Dorothy Lenehan, Natalie Nadimi, Sean Orlando, Tyrone Stevenson Jr., a.k.a. Scraper Bike King, and other innovators.”

Our Bodies after Babies...
Friday, May 11, 6:30-9:30PM
The Red Tent, 15495 Los Gatos Boulevard, Suite C, Los Gatos, 408-365-4905
Pre-registration is required.  Please register at the link below.

“A short documentary viewing and an exploration into women's body image after baby/s.

We will view Birth Markings and explore the changes in our physical body after babies came through them.

This evening is an invitation for a shift in how we see and hold ourselves and our belief about our physical body after baby/s.

Please feel free to bring an edible or drink to share... there will be light snacks and chocolate.”

In Her Name Circle: Yemaya, Goddess of the Sea
with Joy Reichard
Friday, May 11, 7:00-8:30PM (and the second Friday of every month)
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.
Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.
If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-20 donation is appreciated.

Upcoming dates:
June 8 - Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
July 13 - Isis/Hathor, Mother Goddesses of Egypt
August 10 - Freja, Norse Goddess of Beauty and Love
September 14 - Shekhinah, The Feminine Face of God
October 12 - Tara, Tibetan Goddess and Bodhisattva
November 9 - Hecate, Queen of Witches or Wise Crone?
December 14 - Guadalupe, Mother of the People”

New World
Art Reception for Natanjah Driscoll
Friday, May 11, 7:00-9:00PM (exhibit runs through June 5)
Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street in Alameda, 510-865-2385

“‘The act of painting for me is a process of finding bravery in feeling through mark making. Also, it's about solving problems. I am interested by the line that divides rational and irrational order. My goal is not to define anything for anybody. It is more important to me that each painting recites back a text I can read. I push to find a world in the content of my paintings. My wish is that in them there is a mystery that is not silent but self-propelled.’
-Natanjah Driscoll

Come enjoy a soothing pot of tea in the garden surrounded by aromatic plants…or sink into a stuffed chair sipping on a custom brew of freshly ground organic coffee. The scents of ginger scones and lavender lemonade drift in, and you know this is no ordinary cafe.

Search no more... you've found Julie's.”

Womansong Circle for Mother’s Day Weekend
Friday, May 11, 7:15-9:30PM
Small Assembly Room, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Street, Berkeley
Suggested donation $15-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds
women only

“You are warmly invited to come together and sing in celebration of the energy of the Mother in our lives, in nature, in our world. Mothers' Day, as we know, was not initially a sentimental valentine-to-moms holiday. It was an anti-war clarion call from Julia Ward Howe (author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic - oh how I would have loved to have known her!). She called women to come together for council, and unite against the war-making of their sons, husbands, political leaders.

This is a holiday I love to celebrate! I hope you'll join me in an evening of songs, readings, personal reflections, and voice play; a welcoming, inclusive circle for all women's voices - no skills required!

Bring your friends, sisters, mothers, daughters. If you can't make it, and know a mother, daughter, or any woman who you think would love this evening, pass this on!

If you like, bring pictures of your mother, daughter, a woman you admire, a part of Mother Nature that heals and inspires you,  international and /or historic women whose lives and actions make a difference in yours.”

Bind Runes
with Allie Thompson-Ray
Friday, May 11, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“Runes are an alphabet used by the Ancient Norse, where each letter, or rune, has its own magical associations. The individual runes can be combined to form a talisman called a bind rune. I will show you how to make bind runes for money, love, health, and help you create your own for whatever you need. You do not need to have your own set of runes, or know what they mean to participate, but do bring a notebook and pen in case you wish to take notes. A handout with the runes and their meanings will be provided.”

Creating the Chalice: Imagination and Integrity in Goddess Studies
The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology’s Second Biennial National Conference
Friday-Saturday, May 11-12
Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf, 1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Registration is now open for our 2012 National Conference, Creating the Chalice: Imagination and Integrity in Goddess Studies.  

We are excited to present a rich and varied program this year.  Some of our panel topics include:
Cultural Appropriation
Mother-Daughter Mythology
Place Wisdom
Young Adult Fiction
Womanism, Goddess Studies, and Women’s Spirituality
Visual Arts
Matriarchal Studies

Our keynote speakers are Miriam Robbins Dexter, Judy Grahn, and Ana Castillo.  There will also be a special presentation by our 2012 Demeter Award winner, Charlene Spretnak.  We will also have as a special panelist Dr. Heide Goertner-Abendroth, founder of Modern Matriarchal Studies. And we will present the winners of the Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology, and the Sarasvati Awards for Best Published Fiction and Non-fiction Books.

As in our past conference and symposia, we will feature selected films that are relevant to issues in women’s experiences, feminisms, and mythology.  We will also include workshops that permit the integration of body-mind wisdom.  We will again feature a lively networking luncheon, with opportunities to meet other participants to discuss such topics as academic careers, ritual, issues for graduate students, and the performing and visual arts.  We will have a Book Fair and Marketplace for arts and crafts.

Friday evening’s entertainment is coordinated by faculty members from the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.

Remember that the Matriarchal Studies Day takes place in the same location, on May 10 - the day before our conference begins!  We hope that you will be able to attend both events for a long weekend of stimulating and inspiring presentations.”

Whole Earth Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, 10:00AM-10:00PM
UC Davis Quad, Davis

“43rd Annual Whole Earth Festival - The Beginning Is Here
an alcohol-free and zero-waste event

Whole Earth Festival was born when an art class taught by Jose Arguelles had an Art Happening on the University of California, Davis campus in 1969. The students used art to involve visitors in the ultimate goal of learning about activism, wellness, and the environment. Whole Earth Festival aims to ignite passion, propel creativity, and leave visitors with inspiration.

Following the United Nations declaration of Earth Day in 1970, the third Art Happening in 1971 was renamed Whole Earth.  Later, Whole Earth Festival was sponsored by the Associated Students’ Experimental College, and has since become a self-sustaining unit. The Whole Earth Festival has evolved over four decades into what can be seen every Mother’s Day weekend on the U.C. Davis campus.”

Lettice and Lovage
by Peter Shaffer
presented by Butterfield 8
Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through May 27
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schoen, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed nor entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schoen fires her. Not one to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in a battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown.

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.”

World Fair Trade Day
Saturday, May 12

“World Fair Trade Day (WFTDay) is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization and is being supported by thousands of citizens, Fair Trade Organizations, social and environmental movements, producers and consumers all around the planet. Local authorities, national governments and multilateral institutions have been supporting Fair Trade for several decades now.

The World Fair Trade Organization is the global network of Fair Trade Organizations around the planet, from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America Pacific Rim. It represents more than 400 Fair Trade Organizations from more than 70 countries with highest geographical outreach.

Mission of WFTO
WFTO’s mission is to enable producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade.  WFTO will be the global network and advocate for Fair Trade, ensuring producer voices are heard. The interests of producers, especially small farmers and artisans, should be the main focus in all the policies, governance, structures and decision making within the WFTO.”

Fairies, Fairies, Fairies
Saturday, May 12, 10:00AM
Archie’s Playroom, McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
$5 for adults, $ 3 for seniors/students, free for children 10 and under

“Join us for a scavenger hunt of fairy-sized items around the McConaghy House gardens. Listen to magical stories about fairies, and make your own small fairy house.

For more information call 510-581-0223.”

Making Mothers Visible
Saturday, May 12, 10:00AM-3:00PM
San Francisco Main Library, Larkin Street steps, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

“The International Museum of Women invites you to join us in San Francisco on Saturday, May 12 starting at 10:00AM to witness the installation of a global pop-up photography project: Making Mothers Visible San Francisco! You and your friends and family are invited to view the public art installation in process as IMOW and community volunteers install more than 50 large-scale photographs of mothers and midwives on the exterior of the San Francisco Main Library across from San Francisco City Hall.

Arrive at 10:00AM when the group action starts or join us throughout the day to witness the photography installation in process. This family-friendly day also features free art activities including face painting for kids and a hands-on art making workshop for adults in partnership with Traveling Postcards. Traveling Postcards are unique, handmade art postcards that share women's voices and connect hearts from around the world despite economic, cultural and geographical distance.

Throughout the day, many of the mothers pictured will be on hand to share their stories, along with local representatives from San Francisco based organizations working on behalf of mothers. The completion of the installation will be marked at 2:00PM with a community celebration and official remarks by Clare Winterton (Executive Director, International Museum of Women), Theresa Shaver (President/ Executive Director, The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood) and and Luis Herrera (City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library). Jane DeCuir, traditional singer, will perform Navajo and Cherokee songs dedicated to mothers.

Making Mothers Visible is a large-scale photography project spearheaded by International Museum of Women (IMOW) in association with the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. IMOW and local communities will hold Making Mothers Visible events all over the world during the month of May, drawing attention to the global statistic that a woman dies every 90 seconds of a complication of pregnancy or childbirth. Events will take place in cities including Lagos, Nigeria; Barcelona, Spain; and more to be announced. By Making Mothers Visible, IMOW will call attention to the vital role that mothers play in San Francisco and communities around the world, and the importance of their health, empowerment and leadership.

Making Mothers Visible is part of the INSIDE OUT Project, a global art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. It is a movement taking place all over the world using photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share untold stories. The INSIDE OUT project is a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED Prize.”

Inner Peace Festival
Saturday, May 12, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Lake Merritt Pergola, 599 El Embarcadero, Oakland

“The Inner Peace Festival is all about community, connection and peace. Community is all about coming together, getting to know one another, in the love and harmony that builds our city into a peaceful and promising place for everyone. You feel better; there’s more peace and you can relate to your neighbors. There’s more happiness and more help. Compassion and creativity increase because we care about one another.
Let’s build the bonds of our community. Let’s hang out together at the Inner Peace Festival and create some positive change in our city. You and me; all of us; new friends and old. Peace inside, peace all around. It will create such a great change for us and for our city!
See you at the Inner Peace Festival!

Refreshments donated by area merchants will be served in addition to:
drum circle
yoga class
labyrinth walk
peace flags
spiritual blessings
meditation deck
children’s activities
face painting
sacred art
gospel choir”

Dreaming for the Great Turning
Saturday, May 12, 10:00AM-1:00PM, and two more Saturdays, July 14 and September 15
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$35 per session

“The year 2012 may be pivotal in the historic process known as the Great Turning, a transition from the ethos of conquest and domination to one of cooperative interdependence. What will this year hold? Please join us in exploring this epochal moment using the lens of Culture Dreaming.  

Culture Dreaming is like a group shamanic journey or active imagination, conducted in mild trance, that lets us peer into the larger wave function of dreaming. Individual night dreams are woven into a new big dream, which participants then explore together. Sessions include a dream re-entry that will enable participants to ask for guidance on questions of personal meaning to them. Though you may attend a single session, we prefer that people sign up for the entire series so that a cohesive group process for working with the dreams can develop.

Meredith Sabini, PhD, is a widely published author and licensed psychologist who specializes in dream consultation and training.

Richard Russo, MA, past president of the IASD and editor of its publication, DreamTime, is an artist and dream educator with over thirty years experience.”

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

“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.

Hungarian Heritage Festival
Saturday, May 12, 11:30AM-9:30PM
Twin Pines Park, 1225 Ralston Avenue, Belmont

“Welcome to our First Annual Hungarian Heritage Festival
presented by the Hungarian Heritage Foundation

Dear Bay Area Hungarians and All Our American Friends,
Help us make this event a success as we share our culture with the general public and provide fundraising opportunities for local Hungarian non-profit organizations.

Forras Folk Band from Vancouver
Performances and Teaching events sponsored by Eszterla¡nc Folk Dance Ensemble
Mouth-watering food and pastries
Wine, Beer and other beverages
Cultural and Historical exhibits
Folk crafts, games and dances for the children
Arts and crafts vendors”

Cheese Making Workshop
Saturday, May 12, 1:30-3:00PM
Veggielution Farm, Emma Prusch Park, 647 S King Road, San Jose
Meet at picnic tables behind the Lefavre Classroom, if weather permits.  
In the Lefavre Classroom otherwise.

“Get ready for a journey into the fantastic world of soft cheese. We will cover the history of how cheese came to be, and discuss the animals that are responsible for this great gift to mankind. Step by step, we will go through the process of making our very own mozzarella cheese. We will also get to try delicious home-made goat cheese, shake up our own butter, and taste test our cheese with herbs and veggies from the farm.

Veggielution is a 2 acre non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We empower people to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of their labor.

Veggielution empowers youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to create a sustainable food system in San Jose. Our urban farm engages the community by providing access to healthy and local food, creating youth leadership opportunities, and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, May 12, 2:00PM (and the second Saturday of each month)
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2pm, begin ritual at 2:30pm. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love. Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($5-$10 dollars). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, Jason and Ari Mankey will lead our Monthly circle.  The theme of this Circle will be Fertility!”

Bones Quigley in concert
featuring Albert Robles
Saturday,May 12, 7:00-9:00PM
Double Barrel, 2086 1st Street, LIvermore

This band features Albert Robles, the gifted drummer who livens up many CAYA rituals!

Joy with Wings: A Daughter's Tale
a production of Chaucer’s Theatre
Saturday, May 12, 8:00PM
Kalter's, 2298 3rd Street, San Francisco

“After a devastating death, can a once-happy family find its way past mutual blame?
Travel through the bumpy mishaps and delights of a child’s view of the world, careen into a young adult’s view of her family falling apart and finally land in the world of the solidly grounded woman of the present, whose pilgrimage of self-understanding and acceptance takes the audience on a journey of laughter, music and poignant reflection. Departing from our typical Canterbury Tales repertory, Joy with Wings draws medieval wisdom into contemporary experience through the medium of the actor.

Potluck reception follows.

The mission of Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. is to bring the riches and depth of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and related works to the widest audiences possible through performances that exemplify the highest artistic qualities.

Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. is a not-for-profit organization.”

Holt Ceramics Spring Studio Sale
Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Holt Ceramics, 1449 5th Street, Berkeley, 510-527-4183
free admission

“Welcome to Gary Holt Pottery.

I've been a studio potter in Berkeley, California for over 30 years. An early and strong interest in Asian ceramics has combined over the years with an equally strong interest in abstract painting, and gradually I've evolved a way of working that includes elements of both. You'll probably see evidence of this progression as you look at the past and present examples of my work on this site, particularly in the pieces done with water-soluble metal salts.

I have lots of shino glazed pieces and many very reasonably priced seconds.

Hope to see you, please tell friends and Come Early...”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, May 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the second Sunday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Priestess Rabbit, devotee of Aphrodite, invites you to the monthly Temple of Aphrodite ritual, featuring activities dedicated to the benevolent Lady of Love. Aphrodite's power is found in beauty, grace, forgiveness, compassion, sensuality, sexual chemistry, and moments of pure joy.

Theme for May 13: The Eros of Everyday Life with Guest Priestess Venus Rose

Men and women of all backgrounds are invited to participate in these services to help them tap into the ever-flowing fountain of love within, and to connect that love with their personal practices, work, relationships, and activities in the world.”

Fairy Tale Kindermatinee
Sunday, May 13, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Goethe Institut Art Lounge, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, 415-263-8760
part of the Fairy Tale Worlds Exhibit which runs through May 19

“Visit our interactive fairy tale exhibit and discover with your children the magic world of Grimm’s fairy tales. We also offer arts and craft activities and ongoing movie presentations of well known fairy tales.”

A Family Funfair: Honoring Diversity and Celebrating our Interconnectedness
Sunday, May 13, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
donations accepted
Please RSVP to 415-884-231 or anubhuti@bkwsu.org

“You and your mother, family, friends and neighbors are cordially invited to a funfair, ‘One God, One World Family’ with BK Brij Mohan Anand, guest speakers, live music, dance and food.
We are honored to have Brij Mohan Anand with us. He is the Additional Secretary General of the Brahma Kumaris, a CA and lawyer from 1956, the secretary of the Raja Yoga Education and Research Foundation, and editor and writer. He has been a delegate at the UN and the Climate Summit Conference.

He has shared his wealth of knowledge and stories filled with interest and entertainment in many countries, including Russia, USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, S.E. Asia and the Caribbean Countries. His talks are punctuated with highly realistic and humorous illustrations, which hold the listeners spell-bound.”

How Weird Street Faire
Sunday, May 13, 12:00AM-8:00PM
Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco
Free, $10 donation encouraged

“The World Peace Through Technology Organization Presents How Weird 2012

San Francisco’s festival season begins - The 13th annual How Weird Street Faire
13 music and performance stages spread throughout 13 city blocks!

It is written, in ancient Mayan glyphs, that on the 13th day of the month of May in the year 2012, a celebration of peace will occur. Join us as we celebrate the unfolding of our potential, and the unlimited possibilities of the future.

This year features dance music stages by Symbiosis, Raindance, Sunset Music, Forward SF, Opel, Opulent Temple, Muti Music, Temple Nightclub, Groove Garden, Enchanted Forest, SWAG, Happy Camp, Red Marines, Pulse, Pink Mammoth, SF House, Nu Funk Boutique, and more.

New this year is a performance stage hosted by members of Vau de Vire Society, a Beat Box Poetry stage, and an entire alley of live and exhibited art. Plus unique vendors from around the world, food and drinks, and thousands of people in colorful costumes.

All ages are welcome.  No glass bottles or outside alcohol allowed.”

Soul Alignment
with Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, May 13, 1:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Know Thyself in All Your Parts...

It is a recurring theme in many ancient cultures that human beings possess multiple parts to the soul. When we bring these parts into alignment we have deeper access to our own divine nature and are better able to bring our desires into manifestation. We will discuss each of the different parts of the human soul, how to access them, and how they work together. This class will provide the beginner the tools necessary to begin a spiritual practice, and the seasoned practitioner with opportunities for deepening their own.

Storm Faerywolf is an initiate and teacher of the Feri tradition of witchcraft where he holds the Black Wand of the Master Sorcerer. In addition to his magical practice he is an experienced meditation teacher as well as artist and healer.”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, May 13, 3:00-5:00PM (and the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Receive shamanic healing in a community setting
Feel the love and energy of the compassionate spirits
Socialize with shamanic healers and other participants
Experience non-dogmatic, non-religious, spirit based healing

We work in a community setting - everyone healing together.
We use drums and rattles to keep the beat of a trance state, plus bells and other sounds.
We bring you the healing of the compassionate spirits in whatever form that may take
We use appropriate touch, or the laying on of hands.
We remove negative energy and restore positive energy
We give people messages of hope and comfort from the spirits

All the clinic healers have studied shamanic healing with Stuart and Anne, and have developed deep relationships with the helping spirits.

Stuart Dole, PhD and Anne Hatfield both graduated from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ 3-year advanced training, where they studied directly with Michael Harner, author of Way of the Shaman, and Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and How to Heal Toxic Thoughts. They pursued further studies, learning shamanic methods from Tuva (Siberia), Tibet, Hawaii, Brazil, Africa, and the Celtic lands. They were also trained by Sandra Ingerman as shamanic teachers.

Anne has heard messages from the spirits from the time she was a child. She worked in the alternative health field for 25 years. Currently she is a yoga teacher and therapist, a massage therapist and a shamanic practitioner. Her passion is helping others explore those places where body and spirit meet.

Stuart was born into a decidedly atheist family and pursued a career in mathematics and science, earning his PhD in biophysics. But he developed an interest in spirituality, then lived in an ashram and practiced meditation devotedly for more than 30 years. He has subsequently pursued a wide array of methods for developing awareness, or enlightenment, and eventually found his way to shamanism. He is currently a meditation teacher and a shamanic bodyworker. He specializes in helping people become more present in their lives, through embodied awareness.”

Witchcraft 101
with Devin Hunter
Sunday, May 13, 4:00-6:00PM, and two more Sundays, May 20 and May 27
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$90 for all three sessions

“Join Devin Hunter as he presents this Witchcraft 101 course from the Sacred Fires School for Contemporary Witchcraft. In this course we will discuss the history, theory, and practice of contemporary witchcraft and how it’s magic is still relevant today. This course combines group lecture, take home study, video instruction, and guided meditation.

Week 1: Magical Theory
Meditation: Spiral of Rebirth
Video: Tools and gestures

Week 2: Magical Practice
Meditation: Self dedication
Video: Techniques

Week 3: Crafting the Witch
Meditation: Crystals
Video: Spell Craft

Devin Hunter has been a practicing witch his entire life and has been teaching the Craft for seven years. Devin hosts Modern Witch Podcast, and publishes Modern Witch Magazine for which he also writes, He hails from Ohio where he sat on the board of directors of the Pagan Community Council of Ohio, and had a popular private psychic service for over two years before relocating to California. Currently Devin is the House Medium at The Mystic Dream where he teaches the art of psychic development and tarot, and sees clients privately.”

Emotional Freedom Technique Class
with Andrea Johnson, MA
Sunday, May 13, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“Andrea Johnson, MA, is certified in Counseling Psychology and is a trained Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner. She is thrilled to be bringing EFT to The Sacred Well as a fantastic tool for personal growth and healing that complements many different spiritual paths.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) balance the electro-magnetic, energy systems of the body for positive health results. Tapping over the energy meridians of the body release the energy blockages that create negative emotions. Negative emotions are the basis for limiting beliefs, body pains, and unnecessary stress and worry.

As we use our spiritual practices to heal us, EFT is a welcome addition in our "toolbox" for our healing practice.

May's class theme is: How Cravings keep us stuck.“

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, May 15, 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

Spirit Art Class
with Luisah Teish
Wednesday, May 16, time to be announced
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
cost to be announced
to register, call 510-444-9355

“A class on sacred creativity with our special guest Luisah Teish!

We are still finalizing all the details, so watch this space for an update soon!”

Save the Bees!
Bayer Demonstration
Wednesday, May 16, 4:00-6:00PM
march starts at San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street, Berkeley
ends at Bayer, Grayson and 7th, Berkeley

“Join the protest against Bayer on Wednesday, May 16th, from 4:00-6:00PM
Wear bee garb, dress like bees, bring your smokers and stingers…

We are demanding the immediate ban of Clothianidin, the pesticide responsible for massive bee die-offs worldwide, which is produced by Bayer.   This pesticide has precipitated Colony Collapse Disorder, threatening the livelihood of both large and small farmers as well as beekeepers - indeed the ecological balance of the planet.  Many vegetables and fruits and other crops depend upon bees for pollination.  The variety and nutritional value of our whole food system is threatened by the bee die-off.

Pursuing profits at risk of destroying the food supply, Bayer has successfully influenced public policy and stopped the EPA from banning this toxic pesticide, which is outlawed in several European countries.  Bayer is in our own backyard and we need to call attention to their role in colony collapse disorder.

On Wednesday, May 16, we are marching from San Pablo Park (Ward and Mabel) to Bayer (Greyson and 7th), about a mile, with a potential visit to the Farm at Gill Tract, San Pablo and Marin.

Join us!”

Thanks to Elizabeth for letting me know about this event!

Hunger Action Day
Thursday, May 17
see website for local events

“What is Hunger Action Day?
Each May, anti-hunger advocates from all over the state meet in Sacramento to educate their legislators about hunger and support anti-hunger legislation. Advocates, soup kitchen volunteers, nutritionists, food bank supporters, and others concerned about the millions of Californians experiencing hunger travel by bus, car, and plane each year to participate in this important event.

Who is the California Hunger Action Coalition (CHAC)?
CHAC is a broad-based membership organization of volunteers united in the belief that access to adequate, nutritious and safe food is a fundamental human right.”

Bliss Dance Oakland
Thursday, May 17, 7:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland

“BlissDance is an expression of Tantra, the art of integrating the sacred and sexual, and using this as a force for awakening. In a BlissDance session, you explore your inner and outer worlds through movement and stillness, music and silence. The dance is free and not stylized, though guided by Shakti through the progression of a theme. Shakti introduces the dance, shows you how she interprets it, and then you find our own response.

BlissDance draws on the wisdom of Biodanza and various other dance, movement and meditation traditions.

One of the first principles of Tantra is presence – being present in the here and now, in your body, in your senses. Another is the connection between our passion, our sexuality and our hearts. BlissDance is a space where you can come rest into the simple beauty of moving in a body, with other bodies, in the dance of life.”

Himalayan Fair
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM- 5:30PM
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
$5 donation includes raffle ticket

“Under the towering oaks and redwood trees in the midst of a quaint Berkeley neighborhood, Live Oak Park becomes a vast marketplace with over 100 privately owned shops, free live music and several food vendors including Momos freshly made by the Tibetan Community, Nepalese and Indian foods. We do not accept any commercial vendors or commercial support at the fair so to keep the experience authentic and specifically Himalayan in nature. The Himalayan Fair offers a rare occasion to experience a unique Himalayan festival without leaving the Bay Area.”

CAYA Sprouts are organizing a field trip to the Himalayan Fair!  
Come out on Sunday, May 20 at 12:00PM to join Pagan families with children in exploring the Fair!

Lady Heaven says:  
“Come and join Sprouts and the CAYA community for the Berkeley Himalayan Fair featuring great vendors, great entertainment, great food, and great fun!”

CAYA Rideshares

Cross Sidhe and his big, friendly truck, Hecate, will be organizing rideshares to various fun events and locations this year!

Cross says:

Greetings Everyone!!!  With the blessings of Yeshe Rabbit, I am now the Fun Coordinator for CAYA.  Along with me there is Lady Heaven helping me with Sprouts, Molly Blue Dawn getting the word out, and my wife Maia Mermaidian to make sure one of the events is not boogie boarding down K2 for something.

I have many family friendly and grown up events lined up. Sample of the lineup is Himalayan Fair, Monterey Bay Aquarium, NorCal Pirate Festival and Sonoma County Wine Tasting.

This is a community effort! So I do need your thoughts and input. I also need volunteers for drivers and etc.

Many of the CAYA Fun Trips will be free. Some with have admission prices. A few of these I may be able to get group rates if enough people are interested. Lastly, sometimes I am blessed with a free ticket for several. These tickets will be issued to people in need on a case by case basis.

The CAYA Fun Trips is a good way of meeting the CAYA community and making new friends. Plus, since most trips we will be carpooling it is a good way to do the things you always wanted to do on the cheap.

So, if you have suggestions or any question feel free to hit me up.

Blessings and Happy Times,

Cross Sidhe”

The first CAYA Fun For Everyone event will be at the Himalayan Fair on Saturday, May 19:

Cross says:
“Come join CAYA Fun For Everyone to the 2012 Himalayan Fair at Live Oak Park in Berkeley!!!  Entry to the fair is free, though the fair appreciates all donations. Every $5.00 donated earns you a ticket to the yearly raffle.  Great for kids.  Parking is a BIG problem so let’s rideshare.

My truck, Hecate, can take three passengers.  My pick up areas will be Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, and most areas of Oakland.  Pick up time will be 11 AMish.  Exodus will be when we are all Himalayan Faired out.

If you are interested in a ride please message me.

See You There!!!!

Cross Sidhe”

Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium
Session1: Friday - Monday, May 25-28
Session 2: Friday - Monday, August 31-September 3
Black Oak Ranch, 50350 Highway 101, Laytonville
see website for detailed schedule and registration details

“PlantWomen gather! The Tribe comes together!

Now, two times a year, women from many backgrounds of life gather together in great celebration for four full days of inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, gourmet vegetarian meals, talented campfire capers, amazing handcrafted marketplace items, Rites-of-Passage Ceremonies, powerful campfire drumming and dancing, refreshing swimming hole dips, and conversations with remarkable and inspiring women!

We meet together under the ancient oaks, douglas firs, and bay trees of Northern California. Our main gathering area is encircled by sixteen tipis with a large firepit in the center. All classes are held sitting on the ground under these majestic trees, or under shade tarps that we have set-up. At night we camp together, either in the tipis or in tents that we each bring.

During the days we are a gathering of women and children studying, teaching, learning, networking, and talking about plants, healing, and healthy lifestyles. When the sun goes down we become a playful and celebratory group, chatting, chanting, singing, showing off our talents, drumming and dancing into the night around the campfire.

We are a group of 350-400 women and children and we gather to learn from each other, to nurture and nourish each other, to take a break from our daily lives, to regenerate, refresh, dance, frolic, talk plants, and most of all, to have a REALLY GOOD THYME together!

Each session is a separate event. Do join us for one or both sessions!”

Have a fun, Fair, Faerie-Filled Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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