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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Sweet Soiree, The Bride of Frankenstein, Divine Presence: A Circle for Women, She Stoops to Conquer, Astonishment!  Magical Tales of San Francisco, Shrouded Tales, Zombie Vixens From Hell, Shamanic Healing Clinic, Miss Representation, The Road To Ife, Crucible’s Fireside Lounge: Shape/Shift, In Her Name Circle: Tara, The Vagina Monologues, Sharon Knight and Heather Dale, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento, The Scotland Company, Park Street Classic Car Show, Halloween at the McConaghy House, Pumpkins in the Park, Cupertino Diwali Festival, Harvest Faire, Making Mojo: Spell Pouches for Practical Magic, Telling Tales, Reading With Bones and Curios, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Music of the Sea for Kids, Save Nubia Project Fundraiser, The Nation Sack: Conjure For Women, Kek: A Kazakh Story, Reviving Spirits: The Other Side, Stargazing All Night Long, Navratri Festival, Baloween Spooktacular, Sacred Well Anniversary Party, East Bay Waltz, Transformational Healing Ritual, Love Stories of the Shahnameh, Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, Goblin Jamboree, Ardenwood Harvest Festival, Oktoberfest in Campbell, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Petaluma River Heritage, East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Temple of Aphrodite, Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day, Candle Magic: An Introduction To An Ancient Practice, The Man Who Planted Trees, The Witch's Garden, Intuitive Magic, Making A Jack Ball, Transforming and Restoring the Red Tent, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, Rabbit Warren Fundraising Party, Bringing The Graveyard to You, The Power of Self-Healing, Helping Save the Cheetahs of the World, Working in the Dreamscape, South Bay Pagan Salon, Within The Wheel

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.”

The Bride of Frankenstein
Thursday, October 11, 7:00PM
Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel Frankenstein, but Mary insists that her horror tale preached a valuable moral, that man was not meant to dabble in the works of God. Moreover, Mary adds that her story did not end with the death of Frankenstein's monster, whereupon she tells the enthralled Byron and Shelley what happened next. Surviving the windmill fire that brought the original 1931 Frankenstein to a close, the Monster (Boris Karloff) quickly revives and goes on another rampage of death and destruction. Meanwhile, his ailing creator Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) discovers that his former mentor, the demented Doctor Praetorius (Ernst Thesiger), plans to create another life-sized monster - this time a woman! After a wild and wooly creation sequence, the bandages are unwrapped, and the Bride of the Monster (Elsa Lanchester again) emerges. Alas, the Monster's tender efforts to connect with his new Mate are rewarded only by her revulsion and hoarse screams. ‘She hate me,’ he growls, ‘Just like others!’ Wonderfully acted and directed, The Bride of Frankenstein is further enhanced by the vivid Franz Waxman musical score.”

Divine Presence: A Circle for Women
with Eve Crowe and Christine Tulis
Thursday, October 11, 7:00-9:00PM. and the second Thursday of every month
private home, 8 Alexander Avenue, San Rafael
Please RSVP to christine@christinetulis.com

“Gather with us to explore the ancient, sacred arts of anointing, flowing dance, singing, music, poetry and ceremony to support you in expanding and nourishing your Divine Presence.

Learn how to manifest your heart's desire, access, trust and follow your inner wisdom and nurture your Divine connection. Come away with valuable tools you can rely on to spiritually sustain you in your daily life.”

She Stoops to Conquer  
presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13, 8:00PM
playing through November 4 - see website for detailed schedule
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
$18 for Thursday Preview, $25 for Friday Opening Gala, $20 for Saturday

“What happens when you combine a practical joker, an ‘arranged’ courtship, and a secret romance? You have She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith's comedy of  miscommunication and mistaken identities. Audiences responded favorably to the ‘new style’ comedy when it debuted in 1773, and have continued to do so ever since.  She Stoops to Conquer remains one of the few 18th century plays to be regularly performed for modern audiences.

Join us on October 12 for our special opening night Gala.  Your $25 ticket price includes the thrill of being part of the opening night audience and a post show reception where you can mingle with the cast and enjoy an open bar and complementary food!

The Mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works.

Our Vision is to present audiences with examples of both ends of the theatrical spectrum: new productions of classic works, focusing in particular on text-driven plays (such as the works of Shakespeare), and new works devised by the company or written by local playwrights.  Our work often examines perceptions of gender, both within the context of the play and the larger context of society as a whole.  We strive to create an immersive environment, believing the audience’s experience starts when they buy the ticket, and shouldn't end when they leave the theatre. We honor that the audience has come for a live theatre experience to engage with a story or an idea; to be taken on a journey. This is our responsibility, and our craft.”

Astonishment!  Magical Tales of San Francisco
with Walt Anthony
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13, 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.”

Shrouded Tales
Ghostly tours of Meek Mansion
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward
Adults $10, students and seniors $5
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-2516 for reservations.

“The ‘Undertaker’ moves into Meek Mansion, built in 1869, and guides you to encounters with members of the Meek family. Learn of the family’s history, Victorian death traditions and superstitions, and what paranormal glimpses have been detected.”

Zombie Vixens From Hell
by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13, 8:00PM
playing Thursdays-Saturdays through November 3
The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
See ticket website for prices

“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!!

‘Zombies’ introduces us to Agnes, a mousy yet strikingly intelligent biochemist who is destined to unleash a contagion upon the world, causing men to open their hearts and delicious brains to their ladies who for God's sake just want a tasty snack (best enjoyed with a crazy straw). The dashing but conceited Professor wants to claim Agnes' work as his own, and you won't believe what lengths he'll go to just to make THAT happen! A campy, hilarious pop/rock musical reminiscent of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, ‘Zombies’ will definitely give you a great time and leave you wanting more!

Special Events!
Friday, October 12  Opening Night Zombie Cocktails
Friday, October 19 - Talk-Back with Playwright, Director and Cast after the show
Thursday, October 25  Dress like a Zombie Night; Prize for best costume
Saturday, November 3  Closing Night Brain Eating!
Thursdays  Half-Price tickets, plus zombies get free libation”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, October 12, 3:00-5:00PM (and the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Representation
documentary screening and discussion
with Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Friday, October 12, 5:00PM
West Valley College Campus Center, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga

“Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, speaker, former actress, and advocate for women, girls, and their families. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Newsom launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential. Newsom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their two young children.  This event is free and open to everyone. Free parking is available in lots #4 and #5.”

The Road To Ife
Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:00PM (and the second Friday of each month)
East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
$11 per single class.  Discounts available for blocks of classes - see website for details

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

October 12: The Ancestral Legacy: Telling Stories from Our Ancestral Lineages

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

Crucible’s Fireside Lounge: Shape/Shift
Friday, October 12, 6:30-9:30PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

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

As does life, art shapes and shifts. Join us for an evening of makers, innovators, dreamers, and creators, as we celebrate Shape/Shift. This evening hosts some of the Bay Area's most influential makers and artists. Join us as we explore the lines and texture of raw materials and the dynamic processes that shift their natural shape into refined representations of artists' imaginations. Join us for a riveting lecture on how the shape of art has shifted through time. We will host an industrial art show, fire performances, discounts on Crucible classes and live industrial arts demonstrations.

Fire Performance
Glass Blowing
Glass Flameworking
Neon and Light
Stone Working
Textiles and Soft Sculpture

In Her Name Circle: Tara, Tibetan Goddess and Bodhisattva
with Joy Reichard
Friday, October 12, 7:00-8:30PM (and the second Friday of every month)
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

Upcoming dates:
November 9 - Hecate, Queen of Witches or Wise Crone?
December 14 - Guadalupe, Mother of the People”

The Vagina Monologues
be Eve Ensler
presented by Independent Cabaret Productions
Friday, October 12, 7:30PM
and four more performances, October 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.”

Sharon Knight and Heather Dale
in concert
Friday, October 12, 8:00PM
Open Secret Bookstore Cafe, 923 C Street, San Rafael
$15 advance, $20 at door
Special 2-for-1 ticket concession for those in need (advance purchase only)

“Celtic-inspired songs based in myth and legend presented by two internationally touring artists Sharon Knight and Heather Dale.

Fantastical tales of heroes and heretics, pirates and poets, sorrow and sorcery, and the unquenchable flame of love come to life in this enchanting evening of music, myth, and magic.”

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre
Friday and Saturday, October 12-13,
Friday 9:30AM and 11:00AM, Saturday 11:30AM and 1:30PM
SecondStage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

“Meet Lil - a little old lady who knows no fear. Until she takes a fateful trip to the forest...Peninsula Youth Theatre presents a world premiere stage adaptation of the book by Linda Williams.

With the wisdom of her years, this heroine knows that even the spookiest walk in the woods is safe. Unless those footsteps don't have feet...”

Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento
Friday and Saturday, October 12-13
and every Friday and Saturday through October 27
see website for schedule details
Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, Old Sacramento
$15 adults, $10 youth ages 6-17. Children under 6 years old not permitted.
Advanced ticket reservation is required.

“Old Sacramento Living History and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation are proud to present another season of the ever-popular Ghost Tours. Walk the streets of Old Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time. Venture through centuries of history and hear ghost stories dating to the Gold Rush era. Guides (and ghosts!) will relate tantalizing tales of how folks lived and died in our fair city. Visit with murder victim colorful characters from Sacramento history's spookier side. These guided walking tours are one hour in length.”

The Scotland Company
presented by Thuderbird Theatre
Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, Fridays-Saturdays 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through October 27
The EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Scotland; a country of rich culture and history, or just a made-up farce? This fast-paced comedy outlines how Scotland came to be when England’s Queen Victoria entreats her Royal Secretary of the Interior to have something ‘new’ to show visiting dignitaries for her diamond jubilee. Not unlike a Marx brother’s stage comedy, the insane, the pompous, the lovelorn and even the French, yes, the French, play a part in inventing the country of Scotland. Will love win out? Will tartan emblazoned wool be pulled over the eyes of the Queen and the world, or will the French finally save face with a victory of their own?”

Park Street Classic Car Show
(and Bike Show!)
Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-4:00PM
along Park Street, Alameda

“The Park Street Classic Car Show features over 400 vehicles on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district.

More than 400 classic vehicles will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district. Classic cars of every description will line Park Street between Encinal Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue - Vintage Show Cars, Roadsters, Coupes, Hot Rods, Antique Muscle Cars, and more. Most of the cars come from those magical decades - the '50s and the '60s. But there will also be plenty of classics from the '20s, '30s, and '40s along with muscle cars from the '70s.

The free event runs from 10:00AM to 4:00PM and is fun for the whole family. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the '50s and the '60s.

In addition to the cars and entertainment, many of the businesses in the Park Street Business District will be open. Visitors to the show are encouraged to Shop Park Street and peruse the unique collections of our fine stores and enjoy the tasty fare of our fabulous restaurants. New this year: the Alameda Marketplace will be hosting an assortment of food booths, music, and fun in their nearby parking lot.

The Park Street Classic Car Show is hosted by the Crankers Car Club and is sponsored in part by Lee Auto Supply. We thank them for their dedication to the show. Without their help, this annual event would never get off the ground.

Coinciding with the Park Street Classic Car Show, Alameda Bicycle is hosting a Classic Bike Show. Show off your low rider cruiser, vintage road bike, or any other bike you deem a classic. RSVP to Brian, islandschwinn@gmail.com to submit a bike or to ask any questions. First prize will be a $200 gift card to Alameda Bicycle!

So come on down to Park Street to enjoy the Classic Car Show plus a whole lot more... get in some shopping at stores you won’t find in any mall, eat your way through our 50+ restaurants, check out the display of classic bicycles, and catch a movie while you’re at it. Free secure bike valet will be provided by Bike Alameda.”

Halloween at the McConaghy House
Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-4:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Adults $3, $2 Children

“Boo - it’s Halloween!

Join us for a fun Halloween party!  Color your own pumpkin, investigate mystery objects, and listen to spooky stories in the attic.  If you come in costume, you will win a prize!”

Pumpkins in the Park
Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose

"Celebrate the harvest at San Jose’s premier autumn extravaganza, Pumpkins in the Park. It’s spooky to see how much your family will learn about conservation, the environment, and their park while they think they are just having a blast carving pumpkins, building scarecrows and sipping cider.

Giant Pumpkin Patch, Costume Parade, Scarecrow Row, Fresh Apple Cider, Guadalupe River Education, Lots of Free Kid’s Activities, Children’s Concert

No cans, bottles, alcohol, or dogs.”

Cupertino Diwali Festival
Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Memorial Park, 21267 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino
park at De Anza College, Lots A, B, C and Stelling Structure

“The purpose of this festival is to bring people together and celebrate intercultural understanding that promotes economic prosperity.  We expect about 10,000 people to attend this lively and cherished family event.

Diwali - Festival of Lights marks the beginning of the new business year in India and it is a festival of joy, splendor, brightness, happiness and prosperity. Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, offering traditional sweets and wishing each other prosperous new year.

Visitors to the festival will be treated to a festive atmosphere of sari festooned trees, spectacular lanterns, and a cultural kaleidoscope of activities and performances. Beginning at 10:00AM with the popular Kids Zone art show and grand opening featuring community and elected leaders in native Indian clothing, the festival appeals to all senses. Indian food, music and dancing, featuring classical Kuchipudi and Kathak to folk Koli, and Innal Kolatam to popular Bollywood dances.

Attendees may get decorative mehndi tattooed on the palm of their hands, learn their future with a visit to the fortune teller’s stall or attend the bazaar with ethnic Indian art, clothing, jewelry, children’s books and toys.

The elaborate and exciting Kids Zone will be packed throughout the day with children visiting the magic show, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce abouts, face painting and coloring contests.”

Harvest Faire
Saturday, October 13, 11:00-4:00PM
East Bay Waldorf School, 3800 Clark Road, El Sobrante

“Celebrate the arrival of Autumn with the annual Harvest Faire and Craft Fesival!! This event is for ALL ages, family friendly, and most importantly, FREE! Come and join us in feasting on wonderful food, fun games with exceptional prizes, wonderful entertainment, beautiful crafts, and welcoming artisans in sharing their amazing work with everyone! Weather Fair or Foul! Overflow parking and shuttle available at Hope Lutheran Church on May Road.”

Making Mojo: Spell Pouches for Practical Magic
with Storm Faerywolf
Saturday, October 13, 12:00-2:00PM  
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Numerous spiritual and magical traditions employ the ritual use of certain objects in order to attract desired energies, spirits, or conditions. Herbs, stones, and other natural objects have long been considered to contain special powers that be drawn upon by the magical practitioner. Whether to increase one’s spiritual development, repel or protect from negative conditions, or to draw in love, health, or prosperity, a mojo bag, or spell pouch can be a simple method of formalizing such a spell with the added benefit of creating a physical object that can be carried or worn to help maintain its magical presence. We will learn about different methods or creating a mojo bag for different purposes, and will culminate in each participant creating their very own bag aligned to a spell of their choosing.

Storm Faerywolf is a practicing warlock and priest in the Feri tradition of witchcraft where he holds the Black Wand. He has studied various forms of magic and spiritual practice for almost 25 years and has taught classes for over 17.”

Telling Tales
a Fall Storytelling Festival
Saturday, October 13, 1:00-5:00PM
Berkwood Hedge School, 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Adults $10, Children $5
see website for detailed schedule and list of featured storytellers

“Telling Tales: A Fall Storytelling Festival for All Ages

Join us for Telling Tales in the heart of Berkeley and travel the world with stories!

Our sixth year promises to be the best yet with storytelling for all ages on all stages.

Featured Tellers Awele Makeba, Gene Tagaban and Noah Silverman St.John with Nancy Schimmel, Muriel Johnson, Erica Blue, Walker Brents lll and more!”

Reading With Bones and Curios
with Chas Bogan
Saturday, October 13, 2:00-4:00PM  
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Divination with bones and curios has grown in popularity among those practicing Hoodoo, and this class will teach you techniques for developing your own practice.

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.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, October 13, 2:00PM (and the second Saturday of each month)
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love. Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

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

This month, Steve and Amanda will lead our Monthly circle.
The theme of this Circle will be: Autumn Seasonal”

Music of the Sea for Kids
Saturday, October 13, 3:00-3:45PM
on board the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
Adults $5, ages 15 and under free
for more information call 415-447-5000

“History comes alive for kids in this special program, where the songs are geared for younger ears and chosen especially for fun. Ages 6 and up.

Stand on the stern of Balclutha, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.”

Save Nubia Project Fundraiser
Saturday, October 13, 3:00-6:00PM
Linen Life Gallery, 770 East Fourteenth Street, San Leandro
for more information, call 510-273-2456 or e-mail info@savenubia.org

“The classical African civilizations of ancient Kush and Nubia are in jeopardy of being permanently flooded by a series of dams along the Nile River in northern and central Sudan.  Time is limited for Professor Manu Ampim and his research team to document the remaining archeological evidence before the flooding begins.  The mission will require $50,000 to complete and help influence UNESCO to being protection of the sites.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how to support the Save Nubia campaign.  Spread the word that 5,00 years of African history will be lost!”  

The Nation Sack: Conjure For Women
with Michele Jackson
Saturday, October 13, 4:00-6:00PM  
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Women only

“In keeping with some traditional attitudes concerning this magical item, this class is open to women-only.

A ‘Nation Sack’ is a traditional magical tool for women who wish to take control of their relationships. Similar to a ‘Mojo Bag’, a Nation Sack contains herbs and curios for love, sex, and relationship happiness, but also items geared toward ‘keeping a man faithful’, and to keep the woman ‘dominant’ in the relationship. We will discuss a bit of the history of the Nation Sack and then create one together for you to take home to finish on your own.

Michele Jackson is an artist, an initiate of the Anderson Feri Tradition, and a graduate of The Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Apprenticeship Program.”

Kek (Revenge)
film screening
Saturday, October 13, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“The film narrates about the 18th century enmity of two Turkic tribes, the Jaumit and the Adai, who occupied the land of Mangistau (the nowadays Western Kazakhstan). The story tells where blind fury and thirst for revenge could lead. The children of conflicting tribes - Montecchi and Capuleti of the steppe - fall in love with each other. After the secret date with his sweetheart, the Adai fellow Ershora was taken prisoner by the Jaumit tribe. He was transformed into a Mankurt there, but his family manages to rescue him. However, having found freedom, but having lost touch with a reality, Ershora starts to pursue his beloved girl Jemal. And during a pursuit they get in the field of battle, to a thick of fight of two fighting tribes.

Language: Kazakh. Subtitles: English. Runtime: 83 min.

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

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

Reviving Spirits: The Other Side
presented by the Outlook Theater Project
Saturday, October 13, 5:00-8:00PM
Progressive Grounds Mission, 2301 Bryant Street, San Francisco
donations graciously welcomed

“3 Performers, 1 Theme, 30 Minutes

The Other Side is hosted by Anthony Julius Williams, with performances by Derik Cowan, Raymond Haywood, and Maryam Rostami.

Upcoming events
November 10:  The Dead
December 8: The Dawn

OutLook Theater Project creates original performances about relevant issues from a queer perspective.

Our newest project, Reviving Spirits, seeks to revive the collective spirits of LGBTQIA communities through performance, media, and education.”

Stargazing All Night Long: Sunset thru Sunrise
with Stargazer Li
Saturday, October 13, 5:00PM-8:00AM the following morning
RSVP to info@stargazerli.com for exact location in Sebastopol
$180, adults only
see website for registration details

“Come learn nearly the entire starry sky in one night!
We'll gather before sunset to learn the horizon calendar, then throughout the night in a field under the stars, guided by the visible beam of a green laser, you'll see and learn the movements and constellations, including of most of the zodiac and the lunar mansions, many of the planets, and folklore from different times and cultures, all the while seeing directly the story that's unfolding at this time, dosing with planetary essence elixirs, and dancing deeply with the cosmos... This night will change your relationship with the starry night sky forever!
Limited Space is available, so Register Soon!
This is going to be an epic night!!

This evening is especially for those who have experienced a night under the sky with Stargazer Li before, so we can go even deeper into connection with the cosmos, but it is open to first time stargazers who want an immersion experience!
This is event is for adults only, no kids this time.

We'll be gathering in a field outside Sebastopol.
There will be an optional potluck before we begin the evening, and breakfast as an option the next morning. You can stay over on Sunday to sleep before heading out by late afternoon if you'd like. Directions will be emailed to registered participants.

Join me for this once in a lifetime opportunity to deeply engage with the universe!”

Navratri Festival
Saturday, October 13, 5:30-8:30PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
donations accepted
Please RSVP to 415-884-231 or anubhuti@bkwsu.org

“Come join us in celebration of the auspicious Navratri festival. We will celebrate the qualities of Selfless Love, Purity and Divine Protection to Empower the Soul.

Program includes:
Garba Raas (cultural dancing)
Live music
Jankhi (live goddess pageant)
Vegetarian dinner

The ShivShakti goddesses worshipped during Navratri festival are symbols of divine virtues blessed with protection and power of the Supreme light, Supreme Soul Shiva.”

Baloween Spooktacular at the Bal Theatre - Week 2
Saturday October 13, 6:30-11:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Join The Historic BAL Theatre for an evening with the Lord Blood Rah as he Hosts the Annual BAL-O-WEEN Spooktacular.

Get down to the Historic BAL Theatre to experience BAL-O-WEEN.

We will have prizes, rare treats, It's a celebration of everything Halloween

BAL-O-WEEN continues at the Historic Bal Theatre with an evening of psychotic terror! Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theatre presents Psychotic Saturday!

Two chilling stories of minds gone mad! First, it's the original Alfred Hitchcock epic Psycho! Then a vintage chiller of axe wielding fright! From Francis Ford Coppola, it's Dementia 13!  Plus trailers, madness and MORE!

THIS is where San Leandro celebrates Halloween! It's the BAL-O-WEEN Ballyhoo!”

Sacred Well Anniversary Party
Saturday, October 13, 7:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“Join Rabbit, Barry, and the Sacred Well family as we celebrate the joyful success of our family business!

For 5 years, you (our wonderful customers) have honored us with your patronage, support, and loyalty.

For 5 years, we have been living by the motto ‘Magic happens every day’ and every day, this motto has proven true.

Join us for a party to celebrate! There will be food, wine, music, laughter, and a free gift for everyone who attends. Bring the whole family to share in our happiness!”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, October 13, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.

Bob Galloway will be teaching introductory cross-step waltz. No experience or partner necessary!  The intermediate class will be on rotary waltz, including variations for Congress of Vienna, taught by Monica Lenk.  Our DJ from 9-midnight will be Christophe Taylor.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Transformational Healing Ritual
with Vicki Noble and Drum Priestess Carolyn Brandy
Saturday, October 13, 7:00-9:00PM
Sofia University Dojo, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto
$10. No one turned away for lack of funds

“This Transformational Healing Ritual is a powerful group form developed by Vicki Noble over three decades of shamanistic healing and teaching. The primary components of this contemporary healing ritual are the voice, the drum, and a simple form of hands-on healing that anyone can do without special training.

The result is a direct experience for Westerners of something approximating the communal healing that takes place regularly in traditional and tribal cultures around the world. People in our community who are physically ill or debilitated in some serious way are invited to lie down in the center and receive the positive healing energy generated by the chanting and drumming performed by the group. Generally everyone comes away rejuvenated and feeling better.

Feel free to bring a drum or rattle if you like.”

Love Stories of the Shahnameh
featuring Miriam Peretz
Saturday, October 13, Lessons: 8:00PM
Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco
see Fort Mason website for ticket details

“This performance was originally commissioned by Farhang Foundation as part of its 2012 Shahnameh Conference.

Butterfly Buzz  proudly presents:
Love Stories of the Shahnameh

Love Stories of the Shahnameh is based on epic poems from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (Book of Kings - Iranian National Epic), one of the masterpieces of Persian literature, retelling the tales of Shirin and Khosrow, Bahram and Arezoo and Sohrab and Gordafarid.

Shirin and Khosrow is about the love and union of Khosrow-Parviz, a renowned king of the Sassanid dynasty, and Shirin, a beautiful Armenian princess.

Bahram and Arezoo examines the love between Bahram-e-Goor, a famous brave Iranian warrior king, and Arezoo, a beautiful girl who sings, plays harp, and serves wine gracefully.

Sohrab and Gordafarid explores the infatuation, frustration, and unfulfilled love between Sohrab, a young Iranian-Turanian hero, and Gordafarid, a brave and clever Iranian warrior maiden.

Storyline and Naqqali by: Gordafarid (In Persian)
Choreography and Production Design: Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam
Dance Performance by: Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Miriam Peretz”

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 9:00AM-5:00PM
see website for detailed schedule of events, entertainers and vendors
Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay

"The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun (not a contest), Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands, the Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, festival-label wine and Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale. Admission is free.”

Goblin Jamboree
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 10:00AM-4:00PM
see website for detailed schedule
Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito

“Children and their families are invited to come in costume and explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum, transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Ride a train or real ponies, visit the spooky-but-not-scary Haunted Pier, make potions in the witches’ and wizard’s school, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment.

Tickets are also available at the door. All activities are included. Event takes place rain or shine.”

Ardenwood Harvest Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
check price $8 adults, $5 children 4-17, children under 3 free

“It’s harvest time on the farm! Bring your family and join your friends for some down home country fun. Harvest the Indian corn and popcorn and help fill our corncribs. Take home a share of our colorful corn for your holiday table. Enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and crafts. Visit the blacksmith, ride the train and tour the beautifully restored Patterson House. Please bring your own bags to take home your harvest.”

Oktoberfest in Campbell
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Historic Downtown Campbell
(along E Campbell Avenue between Harrison Avenue and Winchester Boulevard, Campbell)

“The original Oktoberfest occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and by 1960, the Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival which is replicated the world over.

Campbell’s own Oktoberfest will be held in October and will showcase mouthwatering savory German foods including Bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and German potato salad, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 fine artisans from all over the country and an impressive line-up of entertainment, including headliners Alpiners USA.

Oktoberfest is held in Historic Downtown Campbell.

Oktoberfest Origins
Once upon a time, long long ago in a faraway land known as Bavaria, a Crown Prince - who later became King Ludwig I - married the beautiful Princess Therese von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince's National Guard thought that the horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate the happy event. King Max, proud father of the Prince, gave his consent to the races and so they became the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the unlikely beginning of Oktoberfest.

The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. It wasn't until 1818, that booths, serving food and drink, were set up at the event. In the late 1800s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese named in honor of Ludwig's bride.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturdays-Sundays, October 13-14, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
final weekend!
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 Fantasy
Look closely and you may see fairies and other mystical creatures this day. Perhaps you will even catch a glimpse of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00 each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, October 13, is Needfire:
“Blending reeling Celtic fiddle, mandolins, and dulcimer with rock guitars, bass and drums, Needfire offers a fresh alternative rock sound to the world of traditional Irish and Scottish folk Music. Headlining festivals coast to coast, Texas-based Needfire invigorates traditional Celtic music with the heart of Rock and Roll.”

Petaluma River Heritage
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14,
Saturday 11:00AM-7:30PM, Sunday 11:00AM-2:00PM
various locations in Petaluma
see below for detailed schedule of events
For more information, please call 415-292-6664 or e-mail mgardner@maritime.org

“From the late 1800s through the 1920s, scow schooners connected Petaluma and San Francisco by hauling cargo up and down Petaluma River and through San Pablo and San Francisco Bays. These sailing barges carried hay down from Petaluma to feed the horses of San Francisco, while also ferrying lumber from San Francisco up to Petaluma. They were the tractor-trailers of their day!

During that same time period, San Francisco’s Chinese fishermen built their own traditional-looking junks to fish for shrimp in the shallows of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. These junks, built with American lumber and Chinese boatbuilding techniques, provided shrimp for San Francisco markets as well as for drying and shipping overseas.

This month, from October 11-14, Alma, the last remaining scow schooner on the San Francisco Bay, will visit Petaluma along with the Grace Quan, a replica of a late 1800s San Francisco Bay shrimp junk. In partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association and The Friends of the Petaluma River, both vessels will participate in a number of events involving students from local schools as well as the general public.

The historic scow schooner, Alma and the chinese junk replica Grace Quan, will be sailing to downtown Petaluma with their crew and will be available for touring in the Turning Basin on October 13th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Activities for the weekend include a BBQ at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center, on the McNear Peninsula, with a Blue Grass Happy Hour(free) from 4:30-7:30PM BBQ Dinner $10/person.  Post BBQ, at 8:00PM there will be a movie in the barn:
!Oh Brother Where Art Thou? $5 Suggested donation including refreshments.

On Sunday, October 14th the Alma invites the community to a public sail on the Petaluma River, from 11:00-2:00PM.  The Alma will depart from and return to the Petaluma Marina.  
Cost is $20 for Adults, Children under 12 Free!

For more information on Alma’s and Grace Quan’s visit to Petaluma, please contact SFMNPA Education Coordinator Mariah Gardner at mgardner@maritime.org or 415-292-6664.”

East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, October 14, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland
Tickets in advance: Adults $15, Children $10, Tickets on the day: Adults $20, Children $15

“The 3rd Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Sunday, October 14th, will showcase the talent and
creativity of Bay Area Maker culture. This one-day, family-friendly festival will feature a
spectacular line up of over 170 new and returning makers, performers, food vendors, and

Attracting almost 5,000 attendees last year, the event is a celebration of do-it-yourself (and do-it-together!) spirit and hands-on making. It’s appropriate for anyone intrigued by the creativity and ingenuity of the East Bay community, and a don’t-miss day for families, makers, foodies, music lovers, art-goers and more.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, October 14, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the second Sunday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

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

Theme for October 14: Aphrodite Melaenus, the Ocean of Darkness

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

Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day
Sunday, October 14, 11:00AM-6:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
Adocentyn Library, 1029 A Solano Avenue, Albany
please RSVP to Don Frew at DHF3@aol.com

Don Frew says:
“Dear Friends of the Adocentyn Research Library,

Thank you for expressing interest in helping us get the Library ready for opening. The main bottleneck has been getting the collection catalogued.

To try to move things along, the ARL Board has decided that we will have a cataloguing day at the Library every month on the Second Sunday.  We hope that Second Sunday will be easy to remember and become a regular pattern.

We'll be starting at 11:00AM and going (ideally) to 6:00PM, with a lunch break somewhere in the middle. (Anna says ‘this will be like an old-fashioned quilting bee.’)

The location is 1029 A Solano Avenue (just west of San Pablo Avenue), Albany CA. The phone number on-site is 510-280-3911, but you can reach me at home at 510-524-2078 or cell 510-919-1077.

If you can join us, you'll need to bring your own laptop with wifi capability and power cord. We'll teach you to use LibraryThing (our database), if you don't already know how to use it. (Or you can go to www.librarything.com in advance and poke around.)

We don't have a fridge or a stove on site, but if you would like a cold or hot beverage there is a cafe on our block (The Four Corners Cafe) at Solano and San Pablo - a few steps away.

Also, you should know that the restrooms are upstairs, but if you have any mobility issues the above-mentioned cafe has nice facilities and is very accommodating.

Please let me know if you can join us as space is limited (as are power outlets).

As a small token of our appreciation, everyone who joins us for this will receive a coupon for a free day-pass for use of the Library after we open (which otherwise would cost something like $10).

Thank you and Blessed Be,

Candle Magic: An Introduction To An Ancient Practice
with Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, October 14, 12:00-1:00PM  
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“The use of candles in magic has a long and rich history. Witchcraft, Hoodoo, Ceremonial Magic and even Catholicism enjoy the use of candles as a means to bring about a desired result. We will learn how to choose and properly ‘dress’ a candle for magical work, as well as different techniques for burning them for different purposes.

Storm Faerywolf is a practicing warlock and priest in the Feri tradition of witchcraft where he holds the Black Wand. He has studied various forms of magic and spiritual practice for almost 25 years and has taught classes for over 17.”

The Man Who Planted Trees
presented by Puppet State Theatre Company
Sunday, October 14, 12:00PM
Carriage House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga
Adults $20, Children $10

“This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.

Seen in more than eight countries on the stages of New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2012 and many more.

Puppet State Theatre Company, based in Edinburgh, was founded by Richard Medrington. After performing his one-man puppet shows for 20 years he joined forces with puppeteer Rick Conte and puppeteer and maker Ailie Cohen in 2006.”

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, October 14, 12:30-2:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for any individual class

“The Witch's Garden is a 12-month series of classes for the budding herbalist. If you have been studying or practicing on your own, or if you are curious and seeking to deepen your knowledge of how to use herbs magically and for personal healing, this class is for you!

Theme for October 14: Visionary Medicine

Each session is a fun, casual, interactive, hands-on lesson in one facet of practical and magical herbalism. As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with the plants and make our potions!”

Intuitive Magic
with Luna Pantera
Sunday, October 14, 1:00-3:00PM and two more Sundays, October 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.”

Making A Jack Ball
with Michele Jackson
Sunday, October 14, 1:00-3:30PM  
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“A ‘Jack Ball’ is a combination of a mojo bag and a pendulum; herbs, and curios rolled into wax and shaped into a ball that is then used for divination as well as to generate magical influences. Together we will discuss techniques for using a Jack Ball and each of us will be able to create one to take home.

Michele Jackson is an artist, an initiate of the Anderson Feri Tradition, and a graduate of The Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Apprenticeship Program.”

Transforming and Restoring the Red Tent
and movie night
Sunday, October 14, 2:00-7:00PM
Packing 2:00-4:00PM, movie starts at 4:30PM
The Red Tent, 15495 Los Gatos Boulevard, Suite C, Los Gatos, 408-365-4905
Please RSVP/register at the website below

“Please join us in our transformation of The Red Tent in Los Gatos. It is true, the physical space in Los Gatos is closed, but The Red Tent is alive and well.

Jennifer is reaching out to you to help and support in the transformative process of packing and remembering, inspiring and affirming. Please come and offer your support.  Boxes and tissue paper will be provided as we work together to carefully package the belongings of The Red Tent to move and use in new ways for future Red Tent gatherings.

We will break from 4:00-4:30PM to replenish and visit.

The newly released documentary ‘Things We Don't Talk About: Women's Stories from the Red Tent’ will be screened beginning at 4:30PM.  We will have time afterward for discussion and sharing.

This will be a day of rich conversation, meaningful connection, love, support, affirmation and generosity of spirit.

There is no cost for the day; you are gifting of yourselves.

Come for some of it. - or all of it! Wear RED, bring something edible to share.  There will be laughter, possibly tears....AND you will leave feeling FULLER than when you arrived.”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, October 14, 3:00-5:00PM   
and three more Sundays (typically third Sundays)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
to register, call 510-444-9355

“Standing under the moon, staring up into infinity... how many times have I rooted here... dreaming... transfixed, gazing at the beauty of the heavens and contemplating the mysteries of the Universe? How many more moons will wax and wane above as I weave the web of my magical life below? Life is such a sacred journey! And this class is a journey into my personal philosophies and practices of witchcraft. The methods I share in this class come from my twenty years of experience in making magic that works for my own purposes, and for the good of the world.

This class is a year and a day training in witchcraft, employing my methods. Suitable for beginners on the path, but also satisfying for advanced practitioners who are curious about new perspectives and practices. Be prepared to laugh, to explore your own magic with affection and humor, to wield your power mindfully, and to open to the wonder and adventure of life as a witch.

October 14: Love, sex, polarity and non-duality”

Rabbit Warren Fundraising Party
Sunday, October 14, 3:00-6:00PM
Trish's House, 4735 Eggers Drive, Fremont
for more information or to RSVP, please contact Ember at EmberOutreach@gmail.com

“Mead-Tasting, Tarot-Reading, Henna-Painting, FUND-RAISING PARTY!

Our friends Lon and Dany at the Rabbit Warren are in serious trouble. They need all the help they can get right now, because their husband of 15+ and 25+ years (respectively) has served them with divorce papers, leaving them without money for even basic food and rent, much less their own lawyer.

All is not lost! We have skills! We have friends! When in doubt - PARTY!

Trish has graciously volunteered her home for us to host a fund-raising event.

We will be setting out donation jars to collect money for Dany and Lon's survival fund throughout the party. We invite you to enjoy our many talents and donate what you are able to our cause.

Mead Tasting: Lon and Dany have been craft-brewing sacred mead as the Rabbit Warren since 1999, using traditional recipes, and flavors of their own design. They've got a closet filled with many kinds of mead that need to find new homes.
Suggested donation:
$1 for each shot of mead from the open bottle of your choice.
$4 for each glass of mead from the open bottle of your choice.
$20 for each sealed bottle of mead suitable for drinking at your leisure.

Tarot Reading: Lon has been a professional Tarot Reader for Ancient Ways. Ember has been reading Tarot half her life. They will read as many cards as you please.
Suggested donation:
$1 per minute or $3 per card

Henna Painting: Ember is also a Henna artist. There will be henna, with which to adorn bare skin. There will be a design book. She is also pleased to create custom designs, including bindrunes, and will do her best to replicate any single-color design you bring her.
Suggested donation:
Sliding scale depending on the design.

Of course, you could just hang out, enjoy our company, and provide emotional support for Dany and Lon in this difficult time, and that would be fantastic in its own right. The party is between lunch and dinner, so minimal snacks will be provided, and tea - you can't go wrong with tea. If you simply can't imagine a party without more food, bring whatever pleases you to munch while mead tasting.

RSVP: Requested, NOT Required. It helps our planning if you know in advance. Feel free to show up regardless.  Email: EmberOutreach@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you!
- Ember, Lon, Dany and Trish”

Bringing The Graveyard to You
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, October 14, 4:00-6:00PM  
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Working with graveyard dirt is a common practice in Hoodoo, and this class will teach you how to collect your own and how to utilize the magic of our ancestors.

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.”

The Power of Self-Healing
an Emotional Freedom Technique class
with Andrea (Courage) Johnson, MA
Sunday, October 14, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“Even though we’ve spent a lot of money on retreats and therapists looking for inner happiness, we still wonder why we aren’t feeling better about our lives. While we were able to change the world, being at peace with ourselves wasn’t as easy.  

What if the key to life’s richness was already inside of you, and so was a life filled with transformation and change? What if long lasting change meant:
Making peace with yourself, and learning to accept your body as it is now.
Having the courage to meet new people, and enjoying more positive relationships.
Having longer periods of peace and calm.

Theme for October: How anger keeps us from a sweeter life

Andrea’s comprehensive approach to healing will help you to achieve the lasting change you have always wanted! Come join Andrea Johnson, a spiritual devotee and transformation coach, to learn more about these powerful steps to a successful life!”

Helping Save the Cheetahs of the World
with Dr. Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund
Monday, October 15, 6:30-8:00PM
Learning Lodge, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
$25, reservations required, please call 408-794-6404

“Hear Dr. Marker speak about her work in Namibia over the past 20 years. Her successful conservation efforts have resulted in a win-win for the local community, wildlife, and agriculture, through educational hands-on efforts.  Also meet Nubi, the Anatolian Shepherd ambassador.  

All proceeds will go to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.”

Working in the Dreamscape
with Susan Diamond
Monday, October 15, 7:30-9:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477

“We will discuss methods and tools used to enhance your magickal work by consciously utilizing your dream time. We will discuss Astral Travel, Dreamwalking, and Dreamweaving.
You'll learn how to protect yourself from hag riding, how to control your dreams, how to visit places & people through your dreams, and how to dream true. Astral projection, Lucid Dreaming, psychic dreaming, and dream manipulation will all be covered.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, October 16, 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

Within The Wheel
an immersive performance inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Third Annual Fall Festival
Wednesday, October 17, preview
Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 6:00-8:00PM, last entrance at 7:30PM
and every Thursday-Saturday through November 3, plus Wednesday, October 31
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

"When did you last encounter death? How did it look, smell, taste, feel? What is it like on the other side of the wheel, just beyond where we can see? Will we let ourselves go there?

Within the Wheel is an original, immersive performance event inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead and interviews with hospice patients and workers that provides an encounter with death in a thoughtful, artful and meaningful way. The show will be an interactive journey through the great between and a reflection on the cycle of life, featuring original live music, theatrical performances and striking visual design.

Six interactive art and performance installations run continuously from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Audience members travel at their own pace, but we recommend at least an hour to experience the entire show.  Come early to see it in the light or later to see it with darkness and illumination.

Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Mission is to catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change. We aim to connect artists and audiences through the ritual of live performance, exploring universal questions that span the ancient and contemporary.  We engage in the study and practice of Ensemble, collaboratively creating new, interdisciplinary works and activating the next generation of artistically engaged citizens.

We are the do-ers. The shape-shifters, the great adapters, mythic storytellers and visionaries. We make the rules and break the rules. We roll up our sleeves. Take on big questions.  Design the world we want to live in and then build it. We walk into the mouth of fear. We cultivate a discipline of courage.”

Have a Sweet, Divine, Astonishing, Transformational Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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