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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Zombie Vixens From Hell, British Traditional Wicca 101, World Animal Day, Castle in the Air Anniversary Celebration, The Vagina Monologues, Astonishment! Magical Tales of San Francisco, Downtown Campbell Zombie Crawl, Stirring the Cauldron, Snapshots: Observations on Life and Living, Armenian Bazaar, Convocation of Isis, Earth Energy Walk, Harvest Fair and Exposition, Oaktoberfest, Dream Studies Forum, The Steampunktoberfest Ball, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Garden Gate Creativity Center, Maafa Commemoration Ceremony, Yard Sale In The History Park, Goddess Awakening, Dream Wisdom: Dialogues with the Soul, WorldUp!, Intuitive Magic, Steamstock, A Course In Modern Conjure, Tarot Salon, A Sweet Soiree at Ainsley House Garden

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!!”

British Traditional Wicca 101 with Lady Argante
Wednesday, October 3, 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 October:
October 3: Meditation on the Goddess
October 17: Meditation on the God
October 19: Ritual Structure and Function
October 24: Samhain Ritual
October 31: Samhain - NO CLASS   

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.”

World Animal Day
Thursday, October 4
see website for how to find or create a local event

“World Animal Day - a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals

To celebrate animal life in all its forms
To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives”

Castle in the Air Anniversary Celebration
and Art Reception for Night Harvest with Laurey Foulkes
Thursday, October 4, 6:00PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801

“Come and Celebrate in the name of Art and Anniversary!

On the eve of Castle in the Air’s birthday, we present to you Night Harvest, artwork by Laurey Foulkes.

Come revel with us in this compelling work while taking part in our 11th year fete.  Our 10th anniversary slipped by us in the midst of all our fun, and we forgot to celebrate.  Now you are invited to a proper party with live music, cake, and champagne for all.  We hope top see you there!”

The Vagina Monologues
be Eve Ensler
presented by Independent Cabaret Productions
Thursday-Friday, October 4-5, 7:30PM
and five more performances, October 12, 19, 20 and 21 and November 2
BFUU Event Space, 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley

“The Vagina Monologues

An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone,The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who ‘liked to look at it.’

The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries.”

Astonishment!  Magical Tales of San Francisco
with Walt Anthony
Thursday-Saturday, October 4-6, 8:00PM,
and every Thursday-Saturday through October
The Original San Francisco Magic Parlor, Chancellor Hotel Union Square, 433 Powell Street, San Francisco

“Enter our Intimate Turn-of-the-Century Victorian Parlor where Magical Marvels and Romantic Tales of old San Francisco unfold in an evening of Mirth, Merriment, and Amazement.

Theatrical Performance Art
A fresh approach to seamlessly blending classic Storytelling with classical Magic.”

Downtown Campbell Zombie Crawl
part of the Downtown Campbell First Friday series
Friday, October 5, 6:00-9:00PM
E. Campbell Ave and Central, Campbell

“First Fridays are fun events held on the first Friday of every month in Downtown Campbell, 6:00-9:00PM, rain or shine. Bring the whole family for an evening of free entertainment, late-night shopping, and delicious food.

Tonight's theme is....Zombie Crawl!! Come on down dressed like you're ready for a big serving of brains, or come as you are and watch the fun.”

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, October 5, 7:00-8:30PM, and the first Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Join us on the first Friday of each month for a round table discussion. Each month a topic is selected in regards to paganism, witchcraft, or the esoteric arts. This is a moderated group; strong discussion is welcomed, however respect for diverse opinion and tolerance of other people's beliefs is a must.

Elayne Lockhart is a 4th generation witch living in the East Bay, where she works to educate the public on paganism and the esoteric arts. She has appeared in various live and print media regarding witchcraft and is the former moderator of Witchy Wednesdays. You can reach Elayne by phone at 925-935-3808, by e-mail at elaynelockhart@yahoo.com.”

Snapshots: Observations on Life and Living
Concert and CD release Celebration
with DJ Hamouris, featuring Mimi Fox
Friday, October 5, 8:00PM
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, 510-547-8188
$15 general, $5 students, Bring-A-Friend Discount: 2 tickets for $20

“Deborah Hamouris (DJ to her friends) is a singer-songwriter with a long performance and recording history in the Bay Area. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist and (on her mountain dulcimer) as a traditionally-influenced song smith. Deborah just released her latest CD, “Snapshots”, recorded with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox. It is a collection of original songs inspired by daily walks through her North Oakland neighborhood and by relationships she formed at Jazz Camp West the past ten years. With her husband, Buffalo, Deborah is about to return to the studio to record a collection of holiday songs.

Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo,Mimi Fox is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul, and unerring ear for beauty.
Born in New York City, Fox started playing drums at nine and guitar when she was ten. She was inspired by the wide variety of music enjoyed by her family - show tunes, classical, Dixieland, Motown - and her own youthful inclination towards pop, folk, and R&B. When she was fourteen, she bought her first jazz album. That album, John Coltrane's classic Giant Steps, changed the course of her musical life. She began touring right out of high school and eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay area where she became a sought after player.”

DJ says:
“Please help me celebrate the release of my kickstarter-funded recording Snapshots! A terrific band of Mimi Fox (guitar), Ami Mollinelli (percussion), Fred Randolph (bass) and myself will be bringing the music of the recording in it’s ever-ephemeral live version to Piedmont Piano in downtown Oakland. Buffalo will be helping me with a new composition using the poetry of Yeats and there may be a couple of other surprises.

Partial profits from this concert and CD sales will go to Jazz Camp West’s scholarship fund.”

Armenian Bazaar
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6, Friday 5:30PM-Midnight, Saturday 12:00PM-Midnight
Saint Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, 650 Spruce Street, Oakland
Adults $3, Children 6-13 $1, Children under 6 free

“Experience the Premier Armenian Food Festival of the East Bay!
Authentic Armenian food, dance, music and culture
St. Vartan Armenian Dance Ensemble performs at 8:30PM both nights
Kids’ games
Food to-go
Vegetarian and a la carte items served all night!

5:30PM to Midnight
Featuring DJ Raffy (Armenian Music) 9:00PM to Midnight

1:00PM to Midnight
Live Music Featuring Khatchig Jingirian Ensemble 9:00PM to Midnight”

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”

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, October 6, 9:45AM-1:00PM (and first Saturday of every month)
Wilder Ranch, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.  
Walks are on the first Saturday of each month!

Gather at 9:45AM
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 1:00PM.

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hrs round trip with a stop for meditation half way in. We will walk rain or shine, however... if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify. 831-469-0336
Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey,walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)
If the location is not listed... please call or email us.  831-469-0336, info@communityseed.org

Harvest Fair and Exposition
Saturday, October 6, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S King Road, San Jose, 408-794-6262

“The 19th Annual Harvest Fair and Exposition is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Emma Prusch Farm Park, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. The park is located at 647 South King Road in San Jose, near the intersections of Highways 280/680 and 101. Admission and parking are free.

The goal of our event is to embrace the spirit of the county fair and provide a place for families to celebrate a country fair in San Jose.

This year’s event will include a large family oriented pumpkin patch, exhibits of 4H projects, expanded plant sales, all day entertainment, tours of the Park, historic farm house, barn, orchards and Emma’s Heirloom German Kitchen Garden.

This is also day of education and will consist of displays including as Our City Forest, Bay Area Reptile and Amphibian Society, several UCCE 4H Clubs, Home Composting Education Program, California Rare Fruit Growers and many many more.

Veggielution will be selling a good selection of winter vegetable seedlings along with several other garden vendors including UCCE Master Gardeners.

All day free entertainment will include Mariachi San Jose Youth Band, Reincarnated Revival rock band, dancers, Andrew Hill ROTC, Lee Mathson Middle School Advanced Band, any several other local performers.

A wide variety of tasty treats will be available including Texas Snoball’s famous shaved ice, authentic Mexican food from Carmen’s Taqueria, including traditional tamales plus the Sweet Potato Festival is back with homemade pies and fries.

The event is hosted by the Prusch Farm Park Foundation and supported by the City of San Jose, San Jose Parks Foundation and University of California Cooperative Extension 4H Programs. All proceeds benefit the many diverse programs at Prusch Park. Sponsorship opportunities available.”

Saturday, October 6, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

“Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival, welcoming thousands with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites.

Highlighting this year’s festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.

Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business and Professional Association, the Oaktoberfest event brings together elements of the district vision for a one day, everyone welcome, family-friendly craft beer festival.

Oaktoberfest is an event designed not only to celebrate the proud history of a shining district in Oakland, but also to raise funds for improvement projects, community development programs, and future events. The success of this festival relies on committed volunteers and the generosity of area residents and engaged businesses. Your support for this non-profit event will create positive change in the community.

Eco Fair and Kid’s Area
Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Alley”

Dream Studies Forum
with Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini
Saturday, October 6, 1:00-2:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“This forum is intended as place where graduate students or anyone drawn to the field of dreams and dreaming can come to share their interests, explore ideas for possible research topics, or peruse the dream library and files. The Dream Institute’s Director and the Creative Advisor will be on hand to respond to questions and offer input. Call ahead if you’d like to reserve some time to present .

Meredith Sabini, PhD, Director of The Dream Institute, is a 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. He is Creative Advisor at The Dream Institute.”

The Steampunktoberfest Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, October 6, Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing
Begins: 8:00PM
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo

“His Royal Highness Prince Albert requests the pleasure of your company at a unique German festival in honour of the opening of the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace. Join us for another Steampunktoberfest to celebrate both Oktoberfest and the advance of Victorian Steampunk science with waltzes and polkas, good cheer, and good food and drink.

Bangers and Mash plays an evening of popular 19th century waltzes, mazurka waltzes, polkas, schottisches, and Victorian Steampunk set dances (Some rocking, some elegant. All set dances will be briefly taught and called). For those wanting to brush up on their 19th century dancing, there will be a pre-ball workshop in Survival Polka (including the Steam-Powered Polka Line Dance), the whirling rotary waltz, and a couple of the fashionable new Victorian set dances in the Steampunk style (easy but fun).

Suggested costume is traditional Victorian evening dress of the 1850's, traditional Oktoberfest (dirndls, peasant blouses and shirts, lederhosen, etc.), or Victorian Steampunk attire ( Please feel free to wear a combination of any the above!). As always, modern evening dress is also perfectly appropriate and costumes are admired, but not required.

What is Steampunk? Imagine the Victorians with High Technology - steam-powered airships and horseless carriages, computers (analytical engines), and high-speed communication. And, of course, fashions that glorify the corset, are stylish but practical, and can be swiftly altered for action. Goggles and tool belts are optional for both ladies and gentlemen.

His Royal Highness is pleased to announce a special exhibition of Steampunk-inspired inventions and devices to be displayed at the ball and will present awards to the most adventurous, most creative, and most original inventions. If interested in exhibiting, please email peers@peers.org with the subject line, Steampunk Exhibition. We will be certain that HRH receives your message.

Looking for a full weekend of Steampunk? Steamstock: An Antiquarian Exposition is on Sunday, October 7th, at Craneway Pavilion! It's a full day of music and dance starring Abney Park, Thomas Dolby, Lee Presson and the Nails, Brass Farthing, Frenchy and the Punk, and TONS more. PLUS, there's a ticket bundle: buy tickets to PEERS and Steamstock for JUST $48 - that's almost 30% off!”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturdays-Sundays, October 6-7, 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 Oktoberfest
The Saint Hubertus German Mercenaries have arrived in Willingtown. Raise a mug of Willingtown ale with them as they celebrate Oktoberfest.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00 each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, October 6, is Wicked Tinkers:
“Prepare yourself for a wild ride with Wicked Tinkers! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995. With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.
Don't think this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves - Wicked Tinkers merge the best of modern, almost rock-and-roll energy with the hypnotic, insistent grooves of their Gaelic ancestors. Rare is the bystander who comes away without feeling a surprising, sometimes bewildering connection to long-forgotten primal emotions ... half-memories of ages past and experiences nameless yet somehow familiar. Wicked Tinkers creates music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.”

Garden Gate Creativity Center Grand Opening Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, October 6-7, 3:00-10:00PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
http://www.gardengatecreate.com/fr_home.cfm (site plays music)

“Greetings from Diana Rowan and Rebecca (Becky) Trujillo, co-directors of Garden Gate Creativity Center!

For over a decade we dreamed of opening a space celebrating the creativity in all of us. Garden Gate Creativity Center was born September 1, 2012, and we invite you to our Grand Opening the weekend of Oct 6-7, 3:00-10:00PM each day.

Class demos, much music of course, an Artists' Reception (featuring our current show of black and white photography and sculpture), a concert Saturday evening, tango, flamenco, belly dance, zumba, yoga, urban gardening and cooking, refreshments, much good conversation and new collaboration... All free except the concert Saturday evening, which is by donation - all proceeds to artists Myra Joy (cello) and Diana Strong (accordion and piano).

Located in an historic firehouse in Berkeley just below the Claremont Hotel, we welcome you to our gorgeous space and magical garden, nestled in a sweet block of shops and restaurants (Rick and Ann's!) and close to the major shopping areas of College and Ashby. Easy driving and parking: street, parking lot, just off 13 and 24/880/80/580. We await you and your creativity - please join us!”

Maafa Commemoration Ceremony
Sunday, October 7, 5:30AM (before dawn)
Ocean Beach, Great Highway at Fulton Street, San Francisco

“Commemoration and memorializing of the 100 million Ancestors lost in the horror of the Middle Passage

The term ‘Maafa’ is Kiswahili for ‘terrible occurrence’ or ‘reoccurring disaster’ and has been used to describe the European slave trade or the Middle Passage. The term ‘Maafa’ also references the Black Holocaust historically and presently. In the San Francisco Bay Area, October is Maafa Awareness Month - it is a time to reflect on the legacy of slavery: victims and beneficiaries in the short and long term and look at ways to mend, repair and heal the damage to Pan African descendants of the enslaved and their New Afrikan societies. The toll has been tremendous: psychological, economic, social, physical, emotional and spiritual.

The Maafa ritual, October 7, 2012, is an honoring of our past and a prayer for our future. All black people are invited to come and share in this time of remembrance. We ask for this one event, those who support the well-being of black people respect our desires about the commemoration ceremony and mourning ritual.

Attendees are encouraged to wear white, to dress warmly, bring their children, flowers for the ceremony, vegan or vegetarian breakfast items to share afterwards, (along with dishes to serve them on), hot beverages and cups, drums, chekeres, rattles, and positive energy. Fire wood is useful for the bonfires Sunday morning. The organizers will not be responsible for security if attendees decide to spend the night.”

Yard Sale In The History Park
Sunday, October 7, 10:00AM-2:00PM
San Jose History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose
Free, including free admission to History Park!
for more information, contact Juanita at jlara@historysanjose.org or 408-918-1045

“Everybody loves a good bargain. And a good sale usually provides that. On Sunday, October 7, from 110:00AM-2:00PM., History San Jose will host a park-wide yard sale. But the best bargain at the Yard Sale in the Park is free admission to History Park.

The public is invited to host their own table and sell their wares. Booths of used lamps, grandma’s china, toys, and anything else taking up space at home, can be sold. Booths of wares will be positioned next to food trucks inside the park. Proceeds from the Yard Sale in the Park will benefit all nineteen affiliates that call History Park their home.

Even History San Jose’s Collection Center is getting in on the action. There will be an HSJ book booth, offering duplicate, unusable, or de-accessioned books for sale. In addition to books, the Collection Center will be selling an assortment of items, including picture frames and local ephemera.

Goddess Awakening - Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, October 7, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
Women only

"Women! Join Rabbit and Iris as they share myths that explore and validate the many different experiences of womanhood, from the precious to the painful and back. We all find a Mother, Healer, and Queen in the Goddess, and She can help us honor the lessons of our own experiences.

Theme for October 7: The Goddess of Serenity”

Dream Wisdom: Dialogues with the Soul
with Meredith Sabini
Sunday, October 7, 11:00-1:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Dreams have been recognized as a source of spiritual experience and inspiration by cultures throughout history. This sacred dimension of dreaming presents itself even if we do not understand its symbolism. This program will enable participants to include the wisdom of dreaming in whatever type of spiritual practice they have, or to experiment with new forms of practice. During the course of two meetings, you will have the opportunity to use dream incubation to receive guidance on a given question; to do meditation with dream images to elucidate their meaning; and to dialogue with a spirit guide or wisdom figure from a dream. Reading materials on dreaming in indigenous, mystical, and monotheistic traditions will be available. Open to seekers of any background and orientation; suitable for pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and psychotherapists. Subsequent meetings may be held.

Meredith Sabini, PhD, Director of The Dream Institute, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in dream consultation and training.”

A Community Learning Fair
Sunday, October 7, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Showcase Exhibit Hall, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

“Learning continues for a lifetime and no two learners are completely alike. Whether you prefer to read the instructions or tinker with the parts until you figure it out, our constantly changing world makes active learners of all of us. In that spirit Word Up is an ongoing project dedicated to celebrating, supporting, and encouraging lifelong learning. And while the vast sea of human knowledge can be an overwhelming place to explore without a map, Word Up brings authors, artists, musicians, and all manner of subject experts together in one place, for a festival of finding out.

Literacyworks presents Word Up! A Community Learning Fair, taking place this year on October 7th at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. This year’s fair will bring in an estimated 3,000 participants to celebrate the joy of lifelong learning. Our goal is twofold: one, to increase awareness of learning opportunities in the North Bay which will lead to an increase in literacy levels and self advocacy among our population; two, to generate financial support for literacy programs in North Bay county libraries, schools and community organizations through The Literacyworks Fund.

Here’s what’s up at WordUp 2012

The Learning Lounges
Our Learning Lounges cover a variety of themes in an interactive setting:
GreenUp - All the dirt on how to live sustainably
HealthUp - A how-to guide to health and happiness
VillageUp - Community adventures for families and individuals
MixUp - Arts and Crafts; from spinning yarns to knitting yarn
TechUp - Science, Math, Space and real astronauts!

The Stage
Presenting the Know Speakers Series, featuring authors who appeal to readers of all ages.”

Intuitive Magic
with Luna Pantera
Sunday, October 7, 1:00-3:00PM and three more Sundays, October 14, 21 and 28
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$30 per session, $100 for the series

“Feeling your life is rush by and you are not able to read the ‘sign post ahead?’ perhaps your Higher Self is trying to communicate with you, just not in a language you can understand?

Discover your Spirit Guide who will walk with you.
Open to Tarot for guidance in your life.
Discover that dreams are portals to others worlds.
Reclaim the Ancient Wisdom of your Ancestors.
Bring your sense of playfulness and
join me on a magikal adventure!!!
Come on a journey with me to contact, communicate and walk the path with Your Higher Self, using all the tools you possess!
Bring a pillow and journal

Luna Pantera is an initiated witch and priestess who has studied Tarot for over 20 years. She has worked at the Hotel Serrano and the End Up as a featured reader, and current a featured reader at Mystic Dreams. She has been teaching Intuitive Magik for over seven years, and is a writer, performer, and Founder of Theater of the Ancestors.”

Sunday, October 7, 1:00PM-Midnight
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
see website for pricing and registration information and detailed schedule

“Transcribed from Lonely Planet's The Gentleman Time Traveler's Guide to the 21st Century, October 7, 2012 - Columbus Day Weekend - Reality 73

You've heard the tales in all of the time travel bars; it seems almost everyone has fond memories of visits to Steamstock. To be certain, the festival is only part of the attraction and allure - it seems almost everything worth doing in Reality 73 was happening in the Bay Area that weekend - so if your travels haven't taken you by already, make sure you pop in!

UPDATE - Since our last printing, chronological authorities have cracked down on multiple visits to Steamstock by the same person. Please attend only once.

While the focus of the weekend is certainly the festival itself (on Sunday), dedicated time travelers can arrange lodging at the nearby Courtyard Marriott and can avail themselves of any number of other events in the area that weekend, including:
PEERS' Steampunktoberfest http://www.peers.org/steampunk.html
America's Cup holds its 2nd regatta of 2012 http://www.americascup.com
Fleet Week http://www.fleetweek.us
Strangelove: Undead Wedding http://www.strangelovesf.com
Florence and the Machine http://www.livenation.com/event/1C0048A230B98225

But all of that is just the warmup! Steamstock features some of the best time traveling bands in any reality including:
Abney Park * Thomas Dolby * Lee Presson and the Nails * Frenchy and the Punk * Vernian Process * Blue Rabbit * 5 Cent Coffee * Victoria and the Vaudevillains * Vagabondage * Brass Farthing * Good Co * Parlor Tricks * Hydrogen Skyline * Plus more to be announced!”

A Course In Modern Conjure
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, October 7, 3:00-6:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$30 per session
This year-long series began in June.

“Learn new and traditional practices for American folk magic, known also as Hoodoo, Rootwork, Hedge Witchery and Conjure.

Discussions and training will include the following topics:
Conjuring energy and spirits from herbs, stones, minerals, and animal curios.
Working with the ancestors and the use of graveyard dirt and bone curios.
Techniques and uses for psalms, seals and personal sigils.
Formularies and hands on instruction on concocting oils, powders, baths and other magical apothecaries.

This class plots a course intended to help you evolve as a Rootworker, covering history, spiritual cleansing, psychic development, the arts of hexing and healing, building relationships with the divine world around us, and much more.

For this class we will examine how to conjure the power found in herbs. As a foundation for making our own apothecary products throughout the class we will work with herbal allies to create an herb blend used for money drawing. We will approach this work according to the Doctrine of Signatures and shamanic exploration of the spirits within herbs. We will also examine various other methods traditionally used for money drawing.

Chas Bogan is an artist and mystic, having studied and practiced many diverse forms of metaphysics for the past 25 years. That experience is reflected in his art, which ranges from the design of unique divination tools to various other forms of sacred expression. His shamanic talents have lead him to create various collections of spiritual supplies crafted for Modern Conjure Brand, such as baths; oils; powders; waters; and more. He is available for consultations and spiritual work by appointment Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; during which he may be serving my clients in my capacity as a Reiki Master Teacher; Rootworker; Tarot Reader; Conjure
Doctor. He teaches various magical arts including the Feri Tradition of which he is an initiate.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, October 9, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Cards for this month: The Devil and the 8 of Swords

Maybe you have taken a class, perhaps tried to learn to read the Tarot from a book, or are just trying to piece it together on your own. Now you want to know how to really dive in to what specific cards are all about. This monthly discussion group is where you want to be.

Each month we will take two cards from the Tarot and spend time really getting to know them in a roundtable discussion where we can all learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

A Sweet Soiree at Ainsley House Garden
Thursday, October 11, 4:00-7:00PM
Ainsley House, 300 Grant Street, Campbell
$22 in advance, $25 at the door

“Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation invites you to join us for a relaxing evening in the enchanting Ainsley Garden on Thursday, October 11, 4:00-7:00PM, at our Sweet Soiree. Enjoy soft music as you sample delicious wines from Guglielmo Winery paired with delectable desserts.  Top the evening off with a flashlight tour of the stunning Ainsley House!

Make it a party and get your close friends together for this special evening.  Single tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door.  A package of 10 tickets is $200.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Campbell Adult Center, the Campbell Historical Museum, and Ainsley House.  For more information, please call 408-866-2758 or 408-866-2146.”

Have a Sweet, Stirring Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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