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, June 19, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute, Summer Solstice Sunset, Carlos Aldama's Life In Bata, Emotional Creature, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, Summer Solstice Celebration, Ceremony For The Solstice Sunset, Feasts with the Beasts, The Magic of Crystals, Scottish Solstice Dance Party, Solaris, Nature and Soul Retreat for Summer Solstice, Flowersong Summer Solstice, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, The Four Watchtowers, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Everything Old Is New Again, Fairy and Human Relations Congress, Sailing on the Sea of Dreams, Cemetery Clean Up, The San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair, SYNERGY, Dancin' on the Avenue, Aromatherapy for Health and Romance, The Lost Gaskell Ball, A Witchy Class, San Francisco Pride, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, Tree Walk, Ile Orunmila Oshun, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Everyday Ecstasy, Tea and Tarot, One Billion Rising, Summer Solstice Gala, Healing With The Spirits Of The Ancient Healers, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Hera, Summer Solstice Drum Circle, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit,

Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute
Wednesday, June 20, 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

“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:
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.”

Summer Solstice Sunset
with Berkeley Morris
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00PM
Sutro Heights Park, 48th Avenue and Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco

“Join us as we wind up our regular performance season by dancing the sun down over the Pacific. We typically time our dancing to coincide with sunset, and will begin dancing by 7:00PM. You may wish to plan to arrive a little before in order to find parking and make your way to the top of the hill. It's often windy, so dress warmly.”

Carlos Aldama's Life In Bata: Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum
book release party
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00PM
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 415-362-8193

“Celebrating the release of
Carlos Aldama's Life In Bata: Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum
by Umi Vaughan and Carlos Aldama

Bata identifies both the two-headed, hourglass-shaped drum of the Yoruba people and the culture and style of drumming, singing, and dancing associated with it. This book recounts the life story of Carlos Aldama, one of the masters of the bata drum, and through that story traces the history of bata culture as it traveled from Africa to Cuba and then to the United States.

For the enslaved Yoruba, bata rhythms helped sustain the religious and cultural practices of a people that had been torn from its roots. Aldama, as guardian of Afro-Cuban music and as a Santeria priest, maintains the link with this tradition forged through his mentor Jesus Perez (Oba Ilu), who was himself the connection to the preserved oral heritage of the older generation. By sharing his stories, Aldama and his student Umi Vaughan bring to light the techniques and principles of bata in all its aspects and document the tensions of maintaining a tradition between generations and worlds, old and new. The book includes rare photographs and access to downloadable audio tracks.

Carlos Aldama has made significant contribution to the richness and livelihood of Afro-Cuban music and spiritual traditions. Carlos Aldama is omo Ana (sworn to the drum) and a priest of Chango in the Santeria religion. Born in Havana, he was a founding member of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, studying under its original musical director, Jesus Perez (Oba Ilu), and later serving as musical director himself. He has worked with the National Symphony of Cuba, playwright Roberto Blanco, and Karl Marx Theatre director Alex Valdez, and has performed with Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Lazaro Ros and Olorun, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Umi Vaughan is an artist and anthropologist who explores dance, creates photographs and performances, and publishes about African Diaspora culture. He is also omo Ana and is a priest of Ochun in the Santeria religion. He is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, and author of Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba.”

Emotional Creature
a new play by Eve Ensler
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00PM, playing through July 15
see website for detailed schedule and ticket prices

“Berkeley Rep is proud to present the world premiere of a powerful new play from Tony Award-winner Eve Ensler. Staged by Obie Award-winning director Jo Bonney and performed by a talented ensemble of young women, Emotional Creature is made up of original monologues - and irresistible songs - about and for girls. Placing their stories squarely center stage, it gives full expression to their secret voices and innermost thoughts, highlighting the diversity and commonality of the issues they face. Emotional Creature is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for parents and for us all. And it’s receiving its world premiere here at Berkeley Rep.

Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs off Broadway and on London’s West End. Her experience performing that show inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Her other work includes plays such as The Good Body and Here, the memoir Insecure at Last and the novel I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, which became a New York Times bestseller in 2010.”

Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Wednesday, June 20, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Wednesdays, June 27, July 11 and 18
(skipping July 4th for a Store Holiday)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class  

“Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot.

Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit's unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.

This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call 510-4449355 to reserve your spot today.”

Summer Solstice Celebration
with Ana Maria Sanchez
Wednesday, June 20, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please call 650-988-9800 to reserve a seat

“Ana Maria Sanchez, M.S., bestselling author of Girl From The Hood Gone Good, invites you to celebrate the arrival of summer through the creation of a community altar. Claiming sacred space and building an altar can help sustain us through the busy times of our lives, allowing us to honor ourselves and the Divine. Learn the simplicity and beauty of building an altar, what special objects and pictures should go on it, the power it holds, and the strength you can gain by honoring yourself and your guidance in this fashion. Bring any pictures or objects you would like to place onto altar to be charged."

Ceremony For The Solstice Sunset
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Wednesday, June 20, 8:00PM
Bay Area outdoor location - exact location will be given upon RSVP
No fee, and all are welcome
Please RSVP to iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“Gather as community to bear witness the ending of the longest day of the year through prayer songs and sacred movement.

The Sacred Forest is dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and understanding of indigenous spiritual practices, particularly those of Ifa, an African Spiritual Tradition. Our goals are to provide opportunities for African based spiritual healing and peacemaking, to facilitate the strengthening of the family and community through the African village model, and to develop a multi-ethnic community involved in the perpetuation of pan-African spirituality and performance arts. We ultimately seek to provide facilities for prayer, meditation, education and fellowship.”

Feasts with the Beasts
Thursday, June 21, 6:00-9:00PM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, 408-794-6404
$10 admission, food and beverages purchased separately.

“Spend an evening feasting on food and treats from the Bay Area's best food trucks while roaming the tree canopy on Happy Hollow's Award-winning Suspension Bridge. Catch the ‘Animals of the Canopy’ show, enjoy an adult beverage from Happy Hollow's Sky Bar, and take a ride on the carousel. A percentage of sales will benefit Orangutan conservation in Sumatra.

The following food trucks will be joining the fun:
Bigg Shrimp'n - Cheese Gone Wild - Curry Up Now - House of Siam - Mojo Burger -
Porkys SJ - Project Cupcake - Rice Rockit - Sam's Chowdermobile - Seoul on Wheels - Soulnese - Tacos de los Altos - Taqueria Angelica's - Tikka Bytes - Treatbot - We Sushi”

The Magic of Crystals
with Rabbit
Thursday, June 21, 7:00-9:00PM,
and one more Thursday, June 28
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class  

“Join Rabbit as she opens up her personal stories and practices of working with crystals for protection, healing, intuitive development, prosperity, and personal development. As co-owner of The Sacred Well, her passion for crystals and ‘magic rocks’ started with childhood.

In each class she will teach different uses and practices for working with crystals, according to their own methods and personal experiences. Also, expect drop-in guest teachings from Sacred Well co-owner Barry!

June 7: Grounded and powerful: Stones for protection, personal authority, confidence, and power
Tourmalines, jaspers, agates, corundums, lingams, smoky quartz, jet  
June 14: Listen to your heart: Stones for love, healing, forgiveness, compassion, and relief
Rose quartz, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, rosophia stone, garnet, malachite, celestite, episocalcite  
June 21: Go the distance: Stones for action, creativity, prosperity, and strength
Quartz, carnelian, citrine, cerussite, dumortierite, calcite, fluorite, amber,
jade, coral  
June 28: Blast off: Stones for intuition, transcendence, enlightenment, and otherworldly experiences
Moldavite, fulgurite, azeztulite, danburite, nuumite, nebula stone, star hollandite    

We expect that these classes will fill up fast, and space is limited!
Don't miss out - call 510-444-9355 or stop in to reserve your space today!”

Scottish Solstice Dance Party
Thursday, June 21, 7:45-10:00PM
The Polish Club, 3040 22nd Street, San Francisco
$10 ($5 for new dancers)

“The San Francisco Scottish Country Dancers invite you to their annual Summer Solstice Party!

Delicious Refreshments served after the dance!

Music By:
David Strong, Fiddle
Katherine Carvajal, Flute
Patti Cobb, Piano, Band Leader
Donald Robertson, Drum, Percussion
For additional information call 415-841-9456, or 415-333-9372.”

Thanks to Bex for letting me know about this event!

Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24
Earth Matters Retreat Center, 11629 Love Creek Road, Ben Lomond

“Hello Nature Lovers. Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 21st-24th and get the days off work now: Solaris is back for another long, leisurely weekend of Spiritual Renewal.

This year we’re experimenting with having two-track of playshops at times. A more meditative track and a more energetic one.

The theme of Solaris is: Sharing Our Knowledge and Power.

See the website for a detailed schedule of playshops and other activities.

Nature and Soul Retreat for Summer Solstice
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, June 22, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134

“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.

The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.
No previous experience is necessary.

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.

Summer Solstice:  We will explore the fullness in nature and within ourselves. If there is something inside of you that you long to manifest, this day will support and encourage that movement.

Fuiture events:
Friday, September 21, 2012
Autumn Equinox: Harvesting creations and turning inward. This will be a day to reflect upon all you have created in your inner and outer worlds and a preparation for releasing.

December 21, 2012
Winter Solstice: Honoring the still point within and finding ease with darkness. In this darkest day of the year, we will seek out a place of wisdom that resides in stillness and shadow.”

Summer Solstice Event at Flowersong in the Garden
Friday, June 22, 6:00-8:00PM
Flowersong, 145 West Richmond Avenue, Richmond, (510) 230-4185
Donations accepted, bring a snack

“Opening with Thea, music with Evelie Sales Posch , ritual with Jan Cercone, Celestine Star
Community, Drumming
Celebrating the Seasons together

Flowersong Store…Flowers, Healing Sound and Events, in partnership with the Center for Heart Inspired Living”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, June 22, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”

The Four Watchtowers
with Glenn Turner
Friday, June 22, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“The Watchtowers are guardians in a magic circle. Each has been linked to a specific star and Archangel. If we have time we can look at the earliest mentions of fixed stars by the Babylonians.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, June 22, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing”

Everything Old Is New Again
an evening of dinner theatre
Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, Dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
plays through July 14
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
$35 for dinner and show, $25 show only
Please call 415-454-6422 to make reservations 24 hours in advance

“The Belrose proudly presents: Everything Old Is New Again

Come to The Belrose Theater and enjoy your night with a 3 course dinner and a show of 20 different and unique acts.

Don't let this theatrical experience pass you by; call 415-454-6422 today to make your reservation, groups are easily accommodated.

Dinner Includes:
A wonderful Caesar Salad
Vegetarian (Artichoke) Lasagna
And we finish dinner off with a Delightful Strawberry and Cream Dessert.
Beer and Wine Bar, coffee, tea, and soft drinks available.

The Belrose is a non-profit California Corporation, and has been in its current location, a historical landmark, since 1962.

The Dinner Theater is Marin County’s original.  A vast assortment of quality productions have been produced over the years including: Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The Lion in Winter, just to name a few.  Many original productions have been presented over the years as well.  It was also voted Best Live Theater by The Pacific Sun.”

Fairy and Human Relations Congress
Communication and Co-Creation with Devas, Nature Spirits and the Faery Realms
Friday - Sunday, June 22-24
Skalitude Retreat, Twisp, Washington
See website for registration details.  Register by March 15 for discounted rate.

"The Fairy and Human Relations Congress affects the planet by joining with the nature, devic and other higher realms to bring more peace, love and understanding into the world. Our goal is not to escape the outer world but to positively affect it. At this time of multiple crises affecting humanity we feel it is very important to seek alliances with as many light forces as possible in other realms. Mother Earth and the fairy realms ARE big players in what is transpiring on the planet. Though many deny their existence, the numbers of people who are tuning into the spiritual realms and to the nature spirit/fairy/devic realms is increasing by leaps and bounds. The Congress is one of the vanguard events bringing these people together. We are not a frivolous event although we do have lots of fun and costume up. Our intent is communication and cooperation, not only for our personal selves, but for all of humanity. We are allying ourselves with Mother Earth and with the forces for peace and love on planet Earth.”

Sailing on the Sea of Dreams
2012 Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams
Friday-Tuesday, June 22-26
DoubleTree Hotel, 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Welcome to the 29th Annual International IASD Conference.  

Enjoy the fun as we go Sailing on the Sea of Dreams!   This year's conference promises to be memorable, a four-and-a-half day event filled with workshops, panels, symposia, a poster session, and special events featuring three world-renowned Keynote Presenters, three special Invited Speakers, and over 160 presenters from around the globe.   

Conference Special Events include an Opening Reception, the Dream Art Exhibition and Reception, the annual Dream Telepathy Contest, and the costume Dream Ball.  In the environment of a natural wildlife preserve, outdoor activities at Sailing on the Sea of Dreams will include a dream hike along the Bay and a sunset sail on the Sea of Dreams - a special Dessert Cruise on San Francisco Bay.

The International Association for the Study of Dreams is a non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. Our purposes are to promote an awareness and appreciation of dreams in both professional and public arenas; to encourage research into the nature, function, and significance of dreaming; to advance the application of the study of dreams; and to provide a forum for the eclectic and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and information.”

Cemetery Clean Up
with Hayward Area Historical Society
Saturday, June 23, 9:30AM-1:30PM
San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, corner of College Street and Usher Street, San Lorenzo

“San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery
We need your help in cleaning up our beloved cemetery! We will be there from 9:30AM-1:30PM.

Meet at the corner of College Street and Usher Street in San Lorenzo.
Bring gloves, rakes and gardening equipment.
Water and light snacks will be provided.

For more information call 510-581-2516.”

The San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair
Saturday, June 23, 10:00AM-400PM
San Mateo Event Center Fiesta Hall, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo
$8 in advance, $10 at the door

“Don’t miss the premier event for new and expecting parents in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. The Birth and Baby Fair showcases local businesses and resources as well as independent designers with the aim to educate and expose new and expecting parents and young families to unique and beneficial products and services.

Highlights include:

Local representatives from many pregnancy, birth, parenting and baby related resources including doulas, midwives, massage therapists, fitness instructors, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, photographers and more!

Free workshops and demonstrations. Topics include: meet the doulas, baby sign language, vaccines, going green with baby, cloth diapering, baby wearing/slings and things, making your own baby food, pre and post natal yoga, and breastfeeding. Pre-register to save your spot!
Unique, cute clothing, accessories and gear from local designers as well as a Maternity Xchange sale with a large selection of new and nearly new designer maternity clothing. Take home some original products from up and coming designers!

Find new, innovative, one of a kind products at discounted show prices.

Spa areas with complimentary pampering and rejuvenating treatments including massage, mocktails, beauty treatments, and more! Hang out in our play area where your child can run free or join in an arts and crafts activity while you rest for a bit. Hungry? Pick up something for lunch at our Cafe. Have a little one to feed? Spend some time in our Nursing Nook. Before you go, strike a pose at our photo booth.”

a healing arts fundraiser for the UHURU (freedom) Movement
Saturday, June 23, 1:00-5:00PM
Aquarian Heart Center, 1920 Telegraph, Oakland
$15-$30 sliding scale suggested donation for entry

the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.

Come get a massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and other types of bodywork. Get info about nutrition, health and also natural healing and childbirth.

This is the bringing together of those who are interested in health and well-being to support the work of the Uhuru Movement and build for the Oakland Freedom Summer Project.

$20 suggested donation for entry/ $15-30 sliding scale Includes two to three 20 minute sessions with the practitioner of your choice, tea, music and presentation about the Oakland Freedom Summer Project.

The Oakland Freedom Summer Project
(OFSP), an effort designed to strengthen the self-determination, economic development and social justice programs led by and for the Black community. The OFSP is organizing volunteers to support the community garden, the commercial kitchen and the other programs that will be operating out of the East Oakland Uhuru House.

All these programs are so important in challenging the economic quarantine and martial law that exist in different parts of our city that negatively impact the quality of life.

For info about attending the event and/or participating as a health
practitioner, email oakland@uhurusolidarity.org

Dancin' on the Avenue
Saturday, June 23, 3:00-8:00PM
along Lincoln Avenue from Willow Street to Minnesota Avenue, San Jose (ie the Willow Glen neighbourhood)

“The Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) is proud to announce the 17th annual Dancin' on the Avenue in Willow Glen to be held on June 23rd, 2012 from 3:00-8:00PM. Bust out the dancing shoes, call your friends and neighbors, and come to Downtown Willow Glen's annual street party featuring a showcase of Willow Glen's finest eateries, live music stages, dancing, fun kids’ activities, and lots of happy feet. The Dancin’ on the Avenue organizing committee, chaired by WGBA President, Jess Gutierrez, has been working hard and looking to the past to recapture the community and family friendly vibe that this festival was originally known for.

A few changes implemented for this year’s event include:
The festival will begin and end an hour earlier this year, opening at 3:00PM and ending at 8:00PM.
The Kids’ Court, sponsored by Wells Fargo, has been expanded and will include a petting zoo and visits from some fun local team mascots.
A premium beer and wine garden, sponsored by Sereno Group Real Estate and Bridge Bank, has been added at 1261 Lincoln Avenue.

This event draws around 35,000 residents and guests every year who come to enjoy the best that Willow Glen has to offer.

Seeya on the Avenue... Lincoln Avenue!”

Aromatherapy for Health and Romance
with Linda R Toby
Saturday, June 23, 4:00-5:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$35 all supplies provided

“In this workshop we will discuss the history of Aroma Therapy in Egypt and Greece, the use of aromatherapy in skin care and for medicinal purposes, the most frequently applied Essential oils such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rose, etc., using Epsom salts and carrier oils. We will be blending bath-salts for weight-loss or relaxation, and will discuss the use of essential oils for romance.

Linda R. Toby, R.N., C.M.T.
I have fourteen plus years experience as a Certified Massage Therapist. I graduated from San Diego School of Healing Arts in 1998 with 1000 hours of training including aromatherapy classes.

My experience includes cardiac nursing, family practice, and medical surgical nursing for more than twenty years. My experience includes working at Stanford Medical Center, as well as Yosemite Medical Clinic. I maintain an active Registered Nurse.”

East Bay Waltz presents
The Lost Gaskell Ball
Saturday, June 23, lessons start at 7:00PM, dancing from 8:30PM-Midnight
Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland

“Since there will be no Gaskells Society June Ball this year, East Bay Waltz has moved to fill the gap for all of our dedicated vintage dance fans!

Admission will be $20/person. There will be a complimentary one-hour introductory lesson in waltz and polka starting at 7:00, and live (mostly Victorian style) music for dancing from 8:30 to Midnight, by The Brassworks! There will be free snacks, desserts and beverages as well, and you are welcome to bring your own, or some to share. (This is a non-alcoholic event.)
Please note that there will be a dress code for this event. As this is a formal dance, we ask that you attend in formal wear of the 18th, 19th, or 20th century - 19th century preferred. Those in jeans or t-shirts will be politely required to try again.

We'll see you in the beautiful Ballroom of Lake Merritt Dance Center this June!”

A Witchy Class
Saturday, June 23, 7:00PM (and the fourth Saturday of every month)
Antioch Public Library, 501 W 18th Street, Antioch
Please RSVP - see Meetup page for more information

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

Thanks to Ardys for letting me know about this event!

San Francisco Pride
Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24
see website for parade route and detailed schedule

“2012 marks the 42nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme is Global Equality and the event will be held over the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2012. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.

The two-day celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.”

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Saturdays-Sundays, June 23-24, events every weekend through July 1
see website for detailed schedule

“For the 34th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, The World United Through Dance, Festival Artistic Directors Carlos Carvajal and CK Ladzekpo have curated a thrilling line-up featuring 30 veteran Bay Area dance companies performing both ancient and contemporary dances, including ground breaking cross-cultural collaborations and encore performances of some favorite dance pieces from past seasons. The Festival, taking place June 2 through July 1, continues to bring dance to an ever widening audience throughout San Francisco as it opens at Fort Mason Center, moves to prominent San Francisco museums, and once again returns to Yerba Buena’s Novellus Theater for three exhilarating weekends.”

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival
Sunday, June 24, 10:00AM-6:00PM
South Berkeley’s five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor

“The Berkeley Juneteenth Festival is free and open to the public. Family entertainment is the focus of all Berkeley Juneteenth Festivals, and no alcohol and tobacco sales or sponsorships are allowed.”

Tree Walk
with Tree Girl Julianne Skai Arbor and Damien McAnany of Abundant Earth Landscaping
Sunday, June 24, 10:15AM-12:30PM, and the last Sunday of every month
Please RSVP to skaiarbor@treegirl.org
place website

“WHERE: Each time in a different location in the North Bay!  

Sometimes it will be a state or county park, and other times in other locations. It may even be a 'urban' tree walk identifying landscape trees and their disastrous pruning jobs.

With demand, we'll venture out further. Let us know if you are interested.

Look for me holding up an open umbrella!

We'll always park and meet where we can enter a park for Free!

Learn to identify trees, shrubs, plants and wildflowers!
Get your Tree Questions answered!
Spend time outside in Nature!
Enjoy some mild to moderate exercise!
We'll spend at least 15 minutes of every walk just sitting in silence with a tree!
Meet other treegirls, treeboys and plant geeks!
Although you can bring your camera, this is not a TreeGirl photoshoot. Everyone, please, keep your clothes on!

Layers of clothing
Rain gear or umbrella if chance of rain, just in case (we'll cancel if there is a good chance of rain)
Water, water, water
Snacks (we'll end in time for those who want to stay for a picnic can get it out of your vehicles)
Field guides (we'll have some too)
Good walking shoes
Notebook or journal and pen
Little budding treegirls and treeboys
Dogs? (we'll find out for each hike if we can have dogs where we're going. It will vary hike to hike)
Something to sit on to avoid possible poison oak.

Please join us!
Please reply to this email and we'll put you on a mailing list to remind you of upcoming Tree Walks including their locations, where to meet, what to bring, and let you know if we're cancelling due to rain. We are planning to have these events posted on our websites.

We'd love you to RSVP by email, so we don't leave without you! If you are late or can't find us, please call Julianne at 707-332-9925 or Damien at 707-360-5231.

Feel Free to forward this message to interested Tree People.

TreeGirl (Julianne Skai Arbor) and husband Damien McAnany are not only Tree geeks, but plant geeks too, certified arborists with the International Society of Arboriculture, as well as passionate and experienced educators and nature guides. Together they are owners of Abundant Earth Landscaping and TreeCare in the north Santa Rosa area, and are both Certified Permaculture Designers and Teachers.
We Love trees!!”

Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, June 24, 11:00AM (and the last Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 donation requested
Please be 5 minutes early as we start the Temple Service promptly at 11:00AM

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

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

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, June 24, 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!”

Everyday Ecstasy: Living Life Without Taking Prisoners
with Devin Hunter
Sunday, June 24, 2:00-5:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Everyday Ecstasy is a 3 hour class which includes lecture and hands-on learning. We will discuss ways to live life in the flow as well as techniques for keeping ourselves happy, motivated, and successful in all parts of our lives. Topics will include; Living a centered and aligned life, cleansing the energy body, processing past traumas, how to move-on with all your parts intact, shielding and psychic protection for the everyday, the ‘Crown of Sovereignty’ , the psychology of Ecstatic Living, tools for ecstatic living, and much more.

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.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, June 24, 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

“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.”

One Billion Rising
Sunday, June 24, 5:00-8:00PM
Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way , Berkeley

Dana Perez says:
“Have you ever dreamt of a world without violence against girls and women? Have you ever had that dream with others, in a public space?

Please join me and a host of amazing Bay Area women performers, ritualists and community activists - plus playwright Eve Ensler - for a life-changing public ritual on Sunday June 24th. It will start at 5:00PM in downtown Berkeley at Allston Way and MLK.  Led by ritualists from many cultures, we'll dance, sing, chant and will a world without violence into existence.”

“Program for Community Ritual to resist gender violence and celebrate the power of girls and women to re-make the world!

1:00PM:  Set up and decorate entrances and altars
5:00PM:  Craft activities for children and reflective writing activities for young people
6:00PM:  Ritual space opens and drumming begins. Visit altars.
6:30PM:  Drummers Afia Walking Tree and Sistahs of the Drum call all to stage area.
No one admitted after 6:30!

Meditation, chant, and welcome.  
Marie Morohoshi, Jodi MacMillian, and Fairy Camp Girls call the dreams and hope in the East.  In the South, Richelle and Anya DeCarlo express the anger we feel about gender violence.  Mona de Vestel, Tina Banchero, and Grrl Brigade express our sorrow in the West.  
Elayne Doughty, Naomi, and Studio Naga affirm our strength and resilience in the North
7:30PM:  Gina Breedlove sings original composition Little Girls.
Girls and young women are invited forward for Blessing from the Navajo tradition by Mary Owen
Eve Ensler conjures vision of a world free of gender violence!
Drumming and Dancing!

8:00PM:  Close and networking...”

Summer Solstice Gala
with California Revels
Sunday, June 24, 5:00-9:00PM
Snow Building, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
Advance reservations required.  PLease call 510-452-9334 or register online.

“California Revels invites you to join us for our sixth annual Summer Solstice Gala

Featuring dancing, singing, drinks, dinner, entertainment and wonderful auction items to celebrate the longest day of the year.
Revel With Us!

Join California Revels for supper including beer, wine, ice tea and dessert.

This year's gala commemorates the longest day of the year with magic from Kim Silverman and the music of Kevin Carr along with our own Revels Solstice Ensemble and the Deer Creek Morris Men.

Our feast will begin outdoors with our sumptuous appetizers provided by the Revels Board.  Then continue with our own Jonathon Moon providing a classic southern summer picnic dinner of roast pork and all the trimmings served by Revels cast members and volunteers.  Vegetarian options will also be available.

The silent and live auctions will feature unique items, including:

Revels Ladies High Tea
An elegant high tea for up to 8 people in a beautiful Oakland hills home, given by some of the ladies of the Revels chorus.  The tea includes a variety of special teas, sandwiches, salad, scones, an English trifle, and a short concert (it wouldn't be Revels without music).  This is a truly unique and Revel-ish experience.

Be in Revels
Have you always wanted to be in Revels?  Standing on stage, under the lights with the Revels cast singing and dancing all around you?  This is your chance to be part of the cast for ONE performance.  The package includes access to the chorus website so you can learn a few of the easier songs; one rehearsal; a costume fitting; and the experience of a lifetime.

Condo in Hawaii
A restorative escape to paradise: gentle rains, warming sun, moist breezes, the melifluous calls of exotic birds, and tropical savories to delight and replenish.

Backstage at the Zoo
What does it take to run one of the premier zoos in America?  How do they find enough food for the elephants?  Do giraffes appreciate neckrubs?  Find out for yourself with this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Oakland Zoo given by its Executive Director, Dr. Joel Parrott.

A case of wine
Give homage to Dionysus with this carefully crafted offering by Reveler Mark Feichtmeier.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by phone or online.  Please make your advance reservations now.  No tickets will be sold at the door.”

Healing With The Spirits Of The Ancient Healers
A Medicine Song Event For Men
with  Karen Glenn (Pittsley)
Sunday, June 24, 5:30-7:30PM
Moonfyre Metaphysical, 401 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-0333        
Please call 408-370-0333 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited.

“After beginning their work with the women, the Ancient Healers now set their eyes on the men. The men stand alone in society, struggling with societal rules and deep-seated emotions.  The Medicine Song Healers (Medicine Men, Women, and Shamans) that Karen Glenn channels have lovingly chosen to honor the quiet desire for wellness that resides inside the men of all ages. With the vast amounts of healing that the women experienced in their monthly Medicine Song Event, the Medicine Song Healers have chosen to give the men the same gift.

These monthly events will focus on the needs of the men who attend the event. The Medicine Song Healers will choose songs and tones that will settle and prepare everyone for the healings, connect them to their higher selves, and help to release the pain, trauma, and other blocks held by the individual men, as well as the men as a group.  Since each song is specifically designed to work for the individual it will be sung for, and for the energy and needs of the group as well, no two events will be alike.

Come sit with the spirits of the ancient Medicine Men, Medicine Women, and Shamans as they sing their divine healing songs for you. “

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend….
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Hera
Sunday, June 24, 5:00PM (and the last Sunday of every month)
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted
More information or special requests: LiturgyoftheLady@gmail.com

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

Help us honor Hera, Queen of the Gods. Learn how the First Lady of Olympus deals with an errant husband, reaffirms Her sovereignty, and renews Her royal status. Come join us as we salute the Queen, Hera of the White Arms.

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. Wheelchair accessible (let us know if you need someone to hold the door for you.) Family and child-friendly. Incense will be used in this ritual, unless requested in advance. Mark your calendar for the next Liturgy of the Lady, July 29. Please share this invitation with your friends.”

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

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, June 26, (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

“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!”

Have a Dreamily Dancing, Ecstatically Emotional Week!

Molly Bllue Dawn

1 comment:

    The address for the SYNERGY event is 4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland.