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, September 25, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, September 26, 2012

British Traditional Wicca 101, Cob Oven Pizza Fundraiser for Isis Oasis, Blissful Travels of a Printmaker, Women’s Sacred Circle, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Womansong Circle, Bones Quigley, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Birthing Your Soul’s Calling, Autumn at Filoli Festival, The San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair, CAYA Fun For Everyone: Oakland Chinatown, Spiritual Cleansing: Purification Rites for the Self and Home, Farewell Gulsary, The September Shindig, Sweet Dreams and Night Terrors, Full Moon Trance Dance Activation, Union Pacific 150th Anniversary, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Tree Walk, Ile Orunmila Oshun, Piedmont Harvest Festival, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Forbidden Island's 6th Annual Parking Lot Sale, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Demeter, Healing With The Spirits Of The Ancient Healers, Lake Merritt Pagans, Mahealani Uchiyama, Sekhmet Puja, South Bay Pagan Salon, Zombie Vixens From Hell, Convocation of Isis 2012

British Traditional Wicca 101 with Lady Argante
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-9:00PM,
and 12 more Wednesdays through December 19
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“Join Lady Argante, a third-degree Gardnerian Elder and the High Priestess of the Coven Daoine Sidhe for a 12-week spiritual and practical introduction to British Traditional Wicca. Classes will include basic history of the Tradition, cosmology and Wheel of the Year; meditations on the Goddess, the God, and the four elements; basic magical ethics and methods; and includes informal rituals for Mabon and Samhain.

Class themes for September:       
September 26:
Tools/Correspondences/The Coven, Trance and Psychic States/Safe Space Meditation

Class space is limited, so call The Sacred Well today at (510) 444-9355 to sign up for the entire course, or for any individual class.”

Cob Oven Pizza Fundraiser for Isis Oasis
with Miguel Elliott  of Living Earth Structures
Thursday, September 27, 5:30-8:00PM
Santa Rosa Community Market, 1899 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
admission is free, pizzas $10 each
Please RSVP by calling 707-320 3609

“Lets start off the Fall season with a nice community pizza dinner, followed by an outdoor movie, before it gets too cold!  This is one of the only community ovens in the country, so let's fire it up!

Bring a favorite topping to share, or purchase them inside the market.

Whole Pizzas will be sold for $10.  Please RSVP so we have some idea of how much dough to prepare.  Help raise funds to help care for the animals at the Isis Oasis Sanctuary.

Pizza at 6:00PM followed by a movie (Pee Wee Herman).

Free pizzas and Kombucha for folks who show up on their bikes.  This is part of the National Bike to Work Day.  

This is one of the only fully Public community cob ovens in the country, so let's put it it use!”

Blissful Travels of a Printmaker
Art reception
Thursday, September 27, 6:00-8:00PM, exhibition runs through October 20
SAGRADA Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA  94609, 510-653-7196

“Blissful Travels of a Printmaker - exhibition of hand painted etchings by Kristian Johnson Michiels

Kristian Johnson Michiels is a seasoned printmaker and illustrator, whose core focus is on nature - myth, legends, dreams and the Tarot.  Her main mission, as an artist, is to express the joy of being alive by creating imagery that reveal tales of inspiration and empowerment.

‘The places I have been are shown here as resplendent postcards from my own memorable journeys. As in Tarot, I believe that certain images can work as a gateway to an inner place of meditation, knowing, healing and joy and I enjoy sharing this with others.’

Kristian recently completed illustrating the Major Arcana for the Science Tarot deck and is currently working on botanical illustrations for a field guide on Lianas for the Amazon Conservation Team.  Starting September 27th, on exhibit at Sagrada, will be a small collection  of her vibrant, hand-painted etchings and her archival handmade blank greeting cards.  At the reception, some of the original Major Arcana illustrations will be shown and The Science Tarot deck will be on hand for sale and discussion.”

Women’s Sacred Circle
with Soul Coach Lis-Lotte Mariscal
Friday, September 28, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation: $25.  
Please RSVP to Lis-Lotte at 510-507-1907 or answers@lis-lotte.com

“Let's gather in Sacred Circle over a Pot of Tea to talk about how Clutter Clearing - inner AND outer - truly can shift stagnant energies and create miracles in your life and relationships.

I am a certified Soul Coach and creator of sacred space. With my presence, playfulness, wisdom and love I gently and powerfully support Women to Step into the Light and dare to Trust, Live and Express their True Intuitive Wisdom Powers.  For the Healing of The Earth, Themselves and Their Relationships.

SHOW UP to gain a new sense of ‘Who You Truly Are’: YOU are SO MUCH MORE than your CLUTTER!

In this powerful ceremony you will Learn:
How Clutter Clearing can have a profound effect on you and your life.
How Inner Clutter is in the way of seeing yourself and others through loving eyes.
Simple tips to get started - without being overwhelmed.
To let go on a guided SOUL JOURNEY: Living Life Lightly.”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, September 28, 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.”

Womansong Circle: An Evening Of Participatory Singing For Women
with Betsy Rose
Friday, September 28, 7:15PM
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Street, Berkeley
Suggested donation $15-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Womansong Circle: An Evening Of Participatory Singing For Women
Led by Singer Songwriter  Betsy Rose.
With guest artist Elise Peeples, Sound Healer, playing Didgeridoo

A drop in, any voice welcome singing circle for women
With songs of inner and outer peace, women's journeys and power.
Chants, rounds, simple harmonies, and improvisation.
All voices welcome, Lyrics are provided
No singing or music reading skills needed

Betsy Rose is a singer and writer who for many years has been a voice within the progressive and spiritual movements of our times. Contemporary cultural visionaries  such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Matthew Fox, and Joanna Macy have included her music in their work.  She brings her voice and song leadership to peace demonstrations and gatherings for social justice and ecology. After September 11, 2001, Betsy created Singing For Peace, groups of non -professional singers gathering in public to sing songs of healing and peace.

Betsy is the creator of  Womansong Circles, monthly participatory singing groups for women.”

Bones Quigley in concert
featuring Albert Robles
Friday, September 28, 7:30PM
The Pour House, 2241 First Street, Livermore

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

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, September 28, 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”

Birthing Your Soul’s Calling
A Three-Day Initiatory Journey Into A Greater Than Imagined Life
with Devaa Haley Mitchell and Elayne Kalila Doughty
Friday-Monday, September 28-October 1
Earth Rise Retreat Center at IONS, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma
see website for registration information
women only

“You’re a soulful woman. You’re self-aware, motivated, talented, and you’ve been successful in many undertakings and important projects. And yet…

You sense even greater possibilities for your life. You yearn to move beyond a vanilla life that is working ‘fine’ to a life that is filled with passion and greater meaning. You want to touch people and be the brightest light you can be. And you’re willing to die to an old way of being so that something new and much more soul aligned can be born.

But you’re hesitant, maybe even afraid, to venture into this unknown territory. You don’t know how to move beyond your comfort zone - especially since you haven’t been taught how to navigate the terrain, and you haven’t been given a map for where you’re going.
We truly understand. We were once there ourselves.

Together we will stretch our collective mind out of its slumbering predictability and help you invite in miracles for your personal story - and for our planet as a whole.

As our world is also preparing for a major shift, we see a deep need for what we call ‘planetary soulful midwives’ who can skillfully help hospice out a dying world and usher in the new. These midwives are needed for the larger collective birth process that’s underway. But they are also needed to help each of us to find our own unique piece in this bigger puzzle.

These soul midwives are among us. In fact, we (Devaa and Elayne) know that playing this role is part of our sacred function in this lifetime. You may be a soul midwife yourself.

And as midwives, we are here to show you a way through and provide you with a safe container in which to birth the bigger story of your life-and your soul’s true calling.

We are calling you to imagine beyond the confines of what you think is possible and stand in the truth of YOUR MAGNIFICENCE. Join us, and we will lift you into your greater than imagined life!”

Autumn at Filoli Festival
Saturday, September 29, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
Adults $25, children 5-17 $5, 4 and younger free

“Join us on Saturday, September 29 for our annual family-friendly harvest celebration, the Autumn at Filoli Festival. During this special seasonal event, a favorite of many, discover and savor one-of-a-kind apples, pears and grapes from Filoli’s Gentlemen’s Orchard. Fruit tasting in the Visitor and Education Center will be available all day. We believe that you will love tasting and comparing all the different varieties. You will also have the opportunity to tour the Historic Gentlemen’s Orchard with more than 670 trees and vines of heirloom fruit.

The Filoli Garden Shop will be open throughout the day and special guest vendors will be nearby with their artisan creations and edibles including honey, condiments and special herb blends from Filoli.

Filoli’s Nature Education Docents will be on hand to lead hikes through the natural area of the property and share their knowledge of the flora and fauna at Filoli. Garden Information Docents will be present to share their knowledge and answer your questions about gardening at home as well as at Filoli.

Acitivies for Children and Families
Numerous activities are planned with children and families in mind. We will have a pumpkin patch where children can choose and decorate a pumpkin to take home. Young guests can have their faces painted as well as help our volunteers operate the cider press. Our Strolling Pumpkin will be around to greet them with treats. There will also be some wonderful family photo opportunities.

A Day Filled With Entertainment
The ever-popular Happy Birds Exotic Bird Show will return once again for three performances and Nick Barone will present two Autumn-themed puppet shows in the Ballroom of the historic House. Ravioli the Clown will perform his captivating magic show and will stroll the grounds with Snazzy the Clown providing fun and balloons everywhere they go. The Bubblesmith will be delighting you in the North Field with his amazing bubble creations! Look out for hand-crafted scarecrows designed and created by Friends of Filoli volunteers in all shapes and sizes throughout the property.

Live Music, BBQ Lunches and Cafe Refreshments
Live music by the Amigos will be played on Filoli’s Tennis Court where a barbecue lunch can be purchased by advance order. You may also purchase a special children’s lunch in advance. Entrée choices include a vegetarian option for both the adult and children’s lunches. Filoli’s Cafe will be open and serving a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts for spur-of-the-moment dining. Light refreshments will also be available on the Pathway.
You won't want to miss this year’s Autumn at Filoli Festival!”

The San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair
Saturday, September 29, 10:00AM-400PM
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$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.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: Oakland Chinatown
Saturday September 29, 11:00AM
12 St BART Station, 1245 Broadway, Oakland
for more information, please contact Cross Sidhe at CAYAFunForEveryone@gmail.com
or send him a message on Facebook

Cross Sidhe says:
“Arrival: Meet at 12 St BART Station at 11:00 AM or just catch up with us.
Exodus:  When our feet get tired.

I have been promising local and inexpensive adventures.  There is nothing more local than Oakland!  Let’s spend the day eating Dim Sum (I know a great take out bakery - Tao Yuen), exploring shops, looking for exotic produce to buy and just having a grand old time!!!  Please bring your walking shoes, water bottle (if desired), and back pack.  

At some point lets break to eat.  Some suggested restaurants I have in mind are:  

1.  Ying Kee Noodle House:  Killer shrimp dumplings and won ton soup.  Plus super cheap!

2.  Yung Kee Restaurant:  NOM! BBQ DUCK and Salt and Pepper Shrimp!!!

3.  Some random restaurant

This is a leisure trip.  So don't plan to move very fast.  This trip is also great for kids.

I have decided to make this a commuter event.  Since parking in Oakland Chinatown can be a pain in the chopstick, you are better off taking either BART or Bus.  If you do decide to drive and do not like driving around looking for a parking space or feeding the meter every 2 hours, then park in the underground parking garage at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza.

Maia Mermaidian and I are not really doing a rideshare.  However, If you live along I-80 from Crockett to Albany you may ride with us.  We are parking at the El Cerrito Plaza BART Station and taking BART from there.

Message me if you are interested.

Cross Sidhe

For the latest in Caya Fun For Everyone new, happenings, planning, etc...  Please join the CFE FB Page for the e-mailer.”

Spiritual Cleansing: Purification Rites for the Self and Home
with Storm Faerywolf
Saturday, September 29, 2:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Every religion and spiritual path has knowledge of practices for the purpose of cleansing the soul of that which ails us. Whether this be in the form of anger, grief, worry, negative energy or "evil spirits", we can take control of ourselves and our environments to banish unwanted spirits and energies and attract those things that are beneficial. Together we will discuss herbs, stones, symbols and rituals from various cultures and traditions and combine what we have learned into a simple rite to cleanse ourselves leaving us feeling purified and free.

Storm Faerywolf is an artist, author, mystic, poet, conjure worker, warlock and priest. He is an initiate of the Feri tradition of witchcraft where he holds the Black Wand. He is a reader, spiritual counselor, certified root worker, and a Reiki Master/Teacher. He has studied various forms of magic and spiritual practice for nearly 25 years and has taught classes for more than 17.”

Farewell, Gulsary
film screening
Saturday, September 29, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Studio Kazakfilm and Ardfilm production (2008). Produced and directed by Ardak Amirkulov (b. 1955). The film is based on a story by Chinghiz Aitmatov (1928-2008) that was first filmed in 1968 by Kyrgyzfilm, directed then by Sergei Urusevsky (1908-1974). This is the second adaptation of the same story. Screenplay -- Ardak Amirkulov, Erlan Nurmuhambetov, and Erzhan Rustembekov.  Executive producer -- Nina Ashkanova; cameraman -- Alexander Rubanov; music -- Kuat Shildebaev; production designer -- Sabit Kurmanbekov. Cast: Dogdurbek Kydyraliev, Nurlan Sanzhar, Raykhan Aytkozhanova, Zhanel Makazhanova.

Amirkulov refers to his film as “the story of the last nomad,” as personified by the main character, Tanabai (played by D. Kydyraliev, the star of both his previous films, The Fall of Otrar and Abai) and his determination to live according to his own moral laws. Now as old and weary as his tapped-out wagon horse, Tanabai recalls happier days when he was a returned war hero, successful livestock keeper and proud new owner of magnificent stallion Gulsary. The 15-year old akhaltekinets named Garpun plays the role of Gulsary.

Language: Russian, Kazakh. Subtitles: English.
Runtime: 102 minutes

The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

The September Shindig
Dance Party and Potluck
Saturday, September 29,
6:30-8:30PM Potluck
7:00-8:00PM Dance Lesson in Rotary Waltz with Alan Kline AND Intermediate Polka Set,
Workshop with Laura Gorrin
8:00-11:30PM Open Dancing  with DJs Alan Kline, Madeline Christopher and Quinn Weaver
Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond
(Note Googlemaps gets the directions wrong, so if you haven't been there check the website for directions)
$7 for dance
Dance lesson is free!

“This time we're having a party just to celebrate good friends, great music and the opportunity to have a fun evening dancing to some of your favorites (as always we take requests). So once again bring your best potluck delicacy if you'd like to join us for some food and if you're not yet a waltzing expert there will be a beginning lesson before the dance. For those ceili enthusiasts, you can join Laura Gorrin before the dance for a polka set workshop instead. After that, all bets are off with the shenanigans of your evenings three DJs, Alan Kline, Madeline Christopher and Quinn Weaver.

Feel free to invite your friends. Hope to see you there!”

Sweet Dreams and Night Terrors
with MUSA Baroque Ensemble
part of the Seventh Avenue Performances series
Saturday, September 29, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“MUSA Baroque Ensemble makes their debut on Seventh Avenue with this performance of the music of Royer, Biber, Boccherini and others including Handel's Dream Sequence from Ariodante and Byrd's The Battell.  MUSA is made up of graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.”

Full Moon Trance Dance Activation
with Axis Mundi TranceFusion
Saturday, September 29, 8:00PM-Midnight
Bhakti Mandir (House of Devotional Ecstasy), 6225 Doremus Avenue, Richmond
$15.00 at the Door

“We're dancing across the final stepping stones in the 2012 Activation!
Ignite your Blue Flame & explore the Inner Mystery and Ecstasy that is your Essence as we revive the untamed longings of the Eternal Dance... the Spontaneously Arising Ecstatic Agony of Endless Bliss born at the dawn of consciousness.  Bask in the glow of the FULL HARVEST MOON and join a radiant commUNITY of kindred spirits to celebrate the Fall Equinox and the First Harvest in the full bounty of Gaia's abundance.

Trance Dancing, Live Sacred Sound, World Beat Drumming, Hosted Food, Sound Healing, Singing Bowls, Circle Casting, Invocation
Loriel Starr Bowls

Hosted Savory Edibles Served - veggie and omnivore
BYO Libations and Contributions of Savory or Sweet Snacks Welcomed!

Wear your EXOTIC and FESTIVE FINERY and have a warm layer to enjoy Full Moon Gazing from the beautiful 3 level outdoor deck!”

Union Pacific 150th Anniversary
Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30, 10:00AM-5:00PM
California State Railroad Museum, 125 I Street, Sacramento

“Come one, come all! Get ready for some rail-related fun as Union Pacific - one of America's most iconic companies - celebrates its 150th anniversary with a FREE community-wide event in Old Sacramento! History buffs, rail enthusiasts, families and individuals of all ages will enjoy a variety of special activities and attractions, a few of which include viewing the inside of the engineer's cab of the legendary No. 844 (that has the distinction of being the only still-operating steam locomotive that has never been retired), checking out the 1960's vintage Promontory baggage car that has been retrofitted into a state-of-the-art traveling museum, history-rich passenger cars and equipment, modern UP police and maintenance vehicles, and even seeing a hybrid UP locomotive up-close that provides a glimpse into the future of railroading. In addition, talented living history entertainers will perform throughout the event, free train rides will be offered on the popular miniature train, UP 956, and even free weekend excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad (based on availability). And, guests will also be treated to complimentary entrance to the California State Railroad Museum, widely known as North America's most popular train museum, which will launch a special exhibit that weekend highlighting the legacy of the transcontinental railroad. Don't miss Union Pacific's rail-related celebration 150 years-in-the-making!”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturdays-Sundays, September 29-30, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
and every weekend through October 14
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $5
Discounted tickets available through the website

The theme for this weekend is Bacchanal-Masquerade
Join the villagers of Willingtown as they celebrate Bacchanal and the traditional feast of Michaelmas. This weekend is a visual treat as garlands and masks are donned by men and women. Patrons are encouraged to wear a mask and/or garland. A beautiful selection of both can be found at the faire, or you may choose to have a mask painted on.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00 each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, September 29, is Culann’s Hounds:
“Fierce like their namesake, Cu Chulainn, Culann's Hounds have built a reputation for stage shows filled with high-energy and a ruthless dedication to rocking their audiences.  Folk melodies, sensibilities, and stories permeate their music with origins in Ireland, France, and early America.  This mash-up of tradition and energy is at once thought provoking, accessible and infectious.  The Hounds original material is a mirror of their lives, tales of distant lands, love, elation, and loss.”

Tree Walk
with Tree Girl Julianne Skai Arbor and Damien McAnany of Abundant Earth Landscaping
Sunday, September 30, 10:15AM-12:30PM, and the last Sunday of every month
Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Arnold drive between Holt Road and Hill Road, Glen Ellen
Please RSVP to skaiarbor@treegirl.org

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

This month we will focus on Identifying 5 species of native
California Oaks and their acorns!

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, September 30, 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.

September’s service: honoring Orisha Obatala”

Piedmont Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 30, 11:00-3:00PM
Piedmont Community Center, 711 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

“Please join us for the 14th Annual Piedmont Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 30th. Show the world the bounty of your garden and tempt your neighbors with your culinary skills. This year’s festival will include the carnival, jazz festival, growing and cooking contests, Farmers’ Market, art show, disaster preparedness fair, fix-it clinic, as well as local foods and lemonade.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, September 30, 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!”

Forbidden Island's 6th Annual Parking Lot Sale
featuring the Aqua Velvets
Sunday, September 30, sale 2:00-7:00PM, party continues until Midnight
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, 1304 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, 510-749-0332

“Northern California’s largest sale of collectible and vintage tiki, Hawaiiana, rockabilly, and mid-century modern goods.  This annual event sale features an incredible selection of original art, collectible mugs and decor, vintage Aloha and rockabilly clothes, vinyl, furniture, and much more.  We’ll also be offering drink specials and a few surprises.  Come early for the best selection - it’s guaranteed to be a sell-out event!  Don’t miss it!  Headlining this year’s Parking Lot Sale is the legendary Bay Area surf band the Aqua Velvets!”

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend...
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Demeter
Sunday, September 30, 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.

Demeter is the Mother Goddess of the harvest, who presides over grains and the fertility of the earth. Her titles include Sito as the giver of food and Thesmophoros as a mark of the civilized existence of agricultural society. Demeter also presides over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. She and Her daughter Persephone are the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that predate the Olympian pantheon.

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, October 28. Please share this invitation with your friends.”

Healing With The Spirits Of The Ancient Healers
A Medicine Song Event For Men
with Karen Glenn
Sunday, September 30, 5:30-7:30PM
The Enlightened Mind, 409 E Campbell Avenue, Suite 220, Campbell
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.“

Lake Merritt Pagans!
Sunday, September 30, 7:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Lake Merritt Pagans is a new group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.

Possible LaMP activities: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and whatever good ideas you bring!      

Questions?  lakemerrittpagans@gmail.com

Mahealani Uchiyama
in Concert
Sunday, September 30, 8:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

“Mahealani Uchiyama  continues to celebrate her 30th year of music and dance with a full night devoted to music of the Pacific Islands. Uchiyama describes her music as ‘sweet, soulful island sounds’ - everything from Tahitian ahuroa to Hawaiian traditions and reggae, blended with musical elements from Africa. It is brought to life tonight by an all-star lineup including Ashley Wai’olu Moore, Hugh Humphrey, and the dancers and drummers of Halau KaUa Tuahine.
A dancer, musician, choreographer, composer and teacher, Uchiyama is the founder of Berkeley’s Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance (MUCID). She holds a B.A. in dance ethnology and a master’s degree in Pacific Island studies, both from the University of Hawai’i. She has performed in such prestigious venues as San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, New Zealand’s National Museum, and the Grand Heiva in Tahiti.“

Sekhmet Puja
Presented by The Fellowship of the Spiral Path’s Gateway Circle
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30-9:00PM (and the first Tuesday of every month)
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

“Sekhmet is a solar, fire, justice, lion-headed goddess of ancient Egypt.

Sekhmet's action is always the right, or 'appropriate action'. When She destroys it is an appropriate destruction or vengeance. It is never chaotic or random. It is always what is needed at the time.

Even though Sekhmet is not intimately linked with the aspect of destruction, as Netjer Set is, She removes threats and punishes those who do wrong against Ma'at.

Puja Suggestions: Wear red, orange, fire colors... Gold jewelry is appropo... Sekhmet’s libation is beer... Puja is devotional. Bring a song, chant, dance, poem, artwork to offer Sekhmet’s... All will be returned...

The ritual will start as close to 7:30 PM as possible. Please be prompt.

All are welcome to this open public outreach circle sponsored by the Fellowship of the Spiral Path.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, October 2, 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

Zombie Vixens From Hell
by Virago Theatre
Wednesday, October 3, doors open 7:00PM, show 8:00PM
Rockwall Winery, 2301 Monarch Street, Alameda
Free Preview Performance

“This Special Performance is an Actor and Musician Benefit (Donations graciously accepted)

Wine from Rockwall and Food from Caterer Le Truc available for purchase.

In the not so distant future, a biochemist will unlock a noxious contagion that frees the minds of women from the corset bonds of society! And on that bright day, the color of the world will be Armageddon, dripping with sex and romance and passion and one perfect little black dress! We are the ZOMBIE VIXENS FROM HELL!!”

Convocation of Isis 2012  
Friday-Monday, October 5-8
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$115 per day includes shared room, all meals and special events
see website for registration and detailed schedule of events
for more information or to register, please call 707-857-4747 or e-mail isis@isisoasis.org

“Dedicated to the ancient Goddess Taweret
3 days of events, classes and ceremony

Theatre, Music and Dance
Temple Yoga
Sound Healing
Guided Meditation
Adoration of the Goddess Taweret”

Have a Sweet and Blissful Week!

Molly Blue Dawn