What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, San Rafael Parade of Lights, The Christmas Ballet, History: the Musical, Nordic House 50th Anniversary, Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show, Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Holiday Tree Walk, Holiday Sale and Ornament Extravaganza, Santa’s Riverboat Arrival, Pow Wow at Intertribal Friendship House, Tea and Tarot, Guardianas De La Vida, A Witchy Class, Sacred Space, San Francisco Christmas Crystal Fair, Celebration of Craftswomen, Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, Christkindlmarkt in Petaluma, Ile Orunmila Oshun, Kogi Earth Offering Ceremony, Holiday Sprouts Social at The Claremont, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Era of The People Made Of Honey, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Heal Your Life, Love Yourself, Evening of Healing Music, Fundamentals of Astrology 2

Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering
Thursday, November 22, 4:45AM
Alcatraz - boat leaves from Pier 33, San Francisco

“Please note that there are no regular Alcatraz tours offered on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012. All participants in the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering must return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing on the last boat, which will depart Alcatraz Island at approximately 8:45AM.
This is a one day event. Boats will depart Pier 33 every 15 minutes from 4:45am to 6:00AM. The Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz by the ‘Indians of All Tribes.’

Purchase and print tickets on the web. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 415-981-7625 or from the Ticket Booth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. The ticket booth opens at 4:15AM on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Tickets are $14.00 per person. Children under 5 years of age are free.

There is absolutely no sale of merchandise of any kind allowed on Alcatraz Island, at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, or on the sidewalk outside of Alcatraz Landing.”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, November 23, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, November 23, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

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

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

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

The San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
Friday-Saturday, November 23-24,
see website for detailed schedule
along 4th Street from B Street to Lootens Place, San Rafael

“Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual holiday Parade and Winter Wonderland. In its 33rd year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area.
In 2010 the event was attended by people from all over Marin County. It enjoys a very local feel and is known as a great destination for people of all ages. The event starts at noon with free snow sledding and kids’ activities, then is followed by the Holiday Marketplace at 2:00PM and the Parade at 5:30PM.

Following the Parade, Santa, Ms. Claus and other costumed characters arrive with the Mayor of San Rafael to the center of town in the City Plaza to light the official Holiday Tree. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa and friends are available for a meet and greet with the kids.”

The Christmas Ballet: Smuin Ballet’s Holiday Favorite
Friday-Saturday, November 23-24
Friday 7:30PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore
playing at various Bay Area venues through December 23
see website for ticket details

“The Christmas Ballet: The Bay Area’s hottest holiday ticket returns with NEW choreography from Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert, Smuin dancer Jane Rehm and former Smuin dancer Darren Anderson, and more. An ever-changing carousel of mischief and elegance, The Christmas Ballet is a perfect gift for audiences of all ages.

Stunning classical ballet, rollicking character numbers, and that Smuin sass combine for a seasonal celebration like no other. From Bach and sacred carols to klezmer, gospel, and Elvis, The Christmas Ballet has something for everyone. Be sure to treat yourself and your loved ones to this Bay Area holiday tradition!”

History: the Musical
Friday-Saturday, November 23-24, 8:00PM
The Un-Scripted Theater, 533 Sutter Street, 2nd floor,  San Francisco
$20 general admission, $10 students and seniors

“A full-length, fully improvised musical production set against the backdrop of the scope of Western history. Each of its 17 performances will be set in a different time period, stepping through time, beginning with the Neolithic Period, and ending in the 1960s. Each will feature a lively, unique look at the people and themes that have led us to our present moment.

The Un-Scripted Theater Company creates smart, innovative, and entertaining improvised theater that delights audiences and advances the craft and art of improvisation.”

Nordic House 50th Anniversary Open House Party
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25
Friday-Saturday, 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-3:00PM
Nordic House, 2709 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 1-800-854-6435

“We will be serving samples of our food, along with Glogg and Aebleskiver.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!”

Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25,
Friday 9:00AM-6:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
San Jose Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos Street, San Jose
Adults $9, 62+ $7, 13-17 $4, Children under 12 free, Ticket is good for all 3 days

“Black Friday shoppers looking for those unique gifts, have the chance to forgo the big box stores and support independent artists and craftspeople by visiting the San Jose Harvest Festival, happening November 23-25 at the San Jose Convention Center. Adding to the entertainment this year is crowd favorite Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band that blends American Roots styles into a completely original sound. Also appearing on the main stage is John Park, known for his Funny Waiter show where he melds comedy and intricate tricks like plate spinning. There will also be the lovable strolling performers like Mama Claus and Eddie the Elf who wander the aisles and serenade shoppers with holiday classics.”

Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25, Friday-Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora (East of Modesto)
adults $7, seniors and students (13-18) $5, children (6-12) $2, under 6 free
see website for coupon for $1 off admission
parking $5
for more information, please call 209-533-3473

“The 38th Anniversary of the legendary Sonora Christmas Festival will be held November 23, 24 and 25, 2012. This highly regarded festival features over 150 great quality craft artists, up tempo and varied music, street performers, costumed elves and twinkle trees, carolers, a wide selection of home-cooking style festival kitchens and bake shops, all in festive, brightly colored craft halls. The Spirit of Christmas is definitely present here! Also, don’t miss the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Sonora on Friday November 23rd at 5:30PM.

Kids Area
Pictures with Santa
The Merry Elves and Twinkle Trees
Take a ride on the Polar Express Train
Play Area by AirPlay - Bounce Houses and Slides
Juggling, Storytelling and Music!

Family Entertainment
Mirth and Glee Carolers (all 3 days)
Captain Jack Spareribs (all 3 days)
Comedy Industries - Comic Juggling, Escape Artist  
International Street Performers Scotty Meltzer and Katrina Grinn”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25, and every weekend through December 23, 10:00AM-7:00PM
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City
$25.00 - various discounts may apply, and season tickets are available - see website for details
Parking fees are $10.00 per car charged by the Cow Palace
Free shuttle available from Glen Park BART Station

"Celebrate the Holiday Season in Victorian London!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2011 garnered splendid reviews! New guests, as well as regular patrons, flocked to the Fair in record numbers. The spirit and good feeling in the streets of our Victorian London was inspiring! We look forward to an even more spectacular Fair this year.

2012 marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of our progenitor Charles Dickens. Our celebration at the 34th annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair is part of a world-wide recognition of his life and works. Join the party each and every day of this year's Fair! Begin your preparations here.

The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

A Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for five weekends in 2012, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 23, from 10:00AM 'til 7:00PM.

Created by Ron and Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin and Leslie Patterson and Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.

London is larger - over 120,000 square feet to explore!
Visit shops bedecked with Christmastime finery and filled with unique treasures.
Stop in for a hot toddy or a pint of Lagunitas at Mad Sal's Dockside Ale House, where the low-life hang out and the high-born drop in.
Raise a champagne toast to the holidays at Fezziwig's Warehouse, the most cheerful spot in London.
Enjoy rollicking entertainments on six stages and in the streets.
Feast on fine foods from the British Empire and beyond.
Rest a spell in Cuthbert's Tea House, for a sip of hot tea and cucumber sandwiches or scones.

Experience the joys of Christmas past at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair!”

Holiday Tree Walk
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25
and Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp’s daytime steam train to Bear Mountain.  At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees.  Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.

To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to families in need, visitors may bring a new and unwrapped toy to Roaring Camp’s depot to benefit Santa Cruz County’s Toys for Tots campaign. Toys collected will be distributed through participating agencies to children who otherwise would have less.  For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, whether purchased online or in person.  Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.”

Open Studio Holiday Sale and Ornament Extravaganza
at Slow Burn Glass Studio
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25
and Saturdays-Sunday through December 9
Slow Burn Glass, 2690 Union Street, Oakland
Free Admission to Studio, Glass Ornament Class $60
for more information, call 510-612-3050 or email david@slowburnglass.com

“Love the Holidays? Curious about molten glass? Try glass blowing at Slow Burn Glass Studio's Ornament Extravaganza! This is an exciting, hands-on glass blowing experience offered during our annual holiday sale. Participants will get to make a glass Holiday Ornament with the assistance of Bryan Goldenberg or one of the many talented glass artists on staff for the event. Leave with a one-of-a-kind gift, and an experience to share with friends and family over the holidays. A wide range of glass art will be on display and for sale. Bring a friend and support local artists during this joyous season! Ornament Extravaganza $60 per person. Open Studio Holiday Sale is FREE to Enter!!! Must be 12 and older to participate in the Ornament Extravaganza.

Located in Oakland, California, Slow Burn Glass Studio was founded in 2006 by glassblower and instructor, Bryan Goldenberg.  Artists and students are offered the chance to experience blowing glass in the 2300 square foot facility with its 500 lb. furnace.

The mission of Slow Burn Glass is to create unsurpassed glass art and share the joy of glassblowing with the public.”

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival
Saturday, November 24, 11:00AM
Golden Eagle Shopping Center, 280 E Washington Street, Petaluma

“Santa and Mrs. Claus sail into the Petaluma River Turning Basin aboard a tugboat at noon and disembark in the Golden Eagle Shopping Center on E. Washington Street to greet children and distribute candy. Performers will be on hand at the shopping center starting at 11:00AM.”

Pow Wow at Intertribal Friendship House
Saturday, November 24, 2:00-7:00PM
Intertribal Friendship House, 523 International Boulevard, Oakland
for more information, please call 510-836-1955

“Host Drums: All Nations Singers

Native Crafts, Food, Dancing, Fun, Family, and Community!

Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) located in Oakland, CA was established in 1955 as one of the first urban American Indian community centers in the nation. It was founded by the American Friends Service Committee to serve the needs of American Indian people relocated from reservations to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Originally created as a community center, IFH expanded into social services when staff became concerned about the lack of resources for American Indian people as they faced the challenges of relocation from reservations to urban communities such as Oakland due to the displacement from their native lands.  The Bay Area American Indian community is multi-tribal, made of Native people and their descendants -those who originate here and those who have come to the Bay region from all over the United States and from other parts of this hemisphere.

For urban Native people IFH has served as the Urban Reservation and Homeland. In many cases it is one of the few places that keeps them connected to their culture and traditions through pow wow dance, drumming, beading classes, and the many social gatherings, cultural events, and ceremonies that are held there. Intertribal Friendship House is more than an organization. It is the heart of a vibrant tribal community.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, November 24, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

Guardianas De La Vida
presented by Dance Mission Theater and MamaCoatl
Saturday, November 24, 7:00PM
Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street, San Francisco
$15, no one turned away for lack of funds

“A healing arts music, dance and poetry festival honoring San Francisco’s International Day for the Elimination of  Violence Against Women and Girls

On Saturday, November 24th, Bay Area residents will observe the United Nations’ annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls with music, healing ceremonies, dance, art, poetry and information. The commemoration will kick off with a community gathering and healing arts festival taking place in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District at Dance Mission Theater.   A $15 entrance fee is requested to cover costs, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Under the title Guardianas de la Vida (Guardians of Life), the evening asks us to take a moment to pause and question why it is that in the year 2012 we are still dealing with issues surrounding femicide, an epidemic that crosses borders, and includes an official proclamation by Supervisor John Avalos recognizing November 25th as San Francisco’s  International Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls.
The show begins with an invocation by Yoruba chief, author and professor Luisah Teish, followed by the poetry of Nina Serrano and Yosimar Reyes.  Other artists include: Bata drummer Carolyn Brandy; singer-songwriters MamaCoatl and Maria Loreto Ramirez Morales; Afro-Cuban folkloric dancer Susana Arenas Pedroso; poet and street dancer Nicole Klaymoon; modern dancer and teenager Paloma McFly; and the brass Balkan fusion band Inspector Gadje. Master healer Marja West  will perform a community healing ritual. Curator MamaCoatl will act as mistress of ceremonies.

Food and drink will also be available.

About MamaCoatl, event curator:
MamaCoatl is a barrio poet, songstress, performance activist, and spiritual healer who comes from the Yaqui people of the Sonora desert. Based in the Mission district, her work explores sound, ritual and cultural activism as power sources for public health.
MamaCoatl received an M.A. in Women Spirituality from New College of California and MFA in Creative Inquiry.

In 2006 MamaCoatl brought International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls to San Francisco after performances in Mexico and Peru. The event has become an annual celebration of healing and nonviolence including sixteen days of action, ‘artivism,’ healing and education in the Mission district’s community. “

A Witchy Class
Saturday, November 24, 7:00PM (and the fourth Saturday of every month)
Antioch Public Library, 501 W 18th Street, Antioch
Please RSVP - see Meetup page for more information

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

Thanks to Ardys for letting me know about this event!

Sacred Space
A Native American concert
Saturday, November 24, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
$20 through November 23, $30 on the day
please call 650-988-9800 for reservations

“Tony Redhouse, a Native American Sound Healer and Spiritual Teacher of the Navajo Nation, will perform a live Native American multimedia music concert in full regalia. He will share inspirational music from his new CD Release, drawing on the ancient forms of musical expression - the Voice, the Drum, and the Flute - to create a sacred space for us to make peace with all of our transitions. He is the recipient of two Native American Music Awards, was commissioned to record music for the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, and shares with hospice, substance abuse, and cancer recovery clients and Native American communities.”

San Francisco Christmas Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, November 24-25, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Fort Mason Conference Center, Building A, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

“The Crystal Fair is a magical mix of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and the healing arts. It takes place 6 times a year in 2 different locations. With over 40 vendors at each show, there are thousands of items available at affordable prices.”

Celebration of Craftswomen
Saturday-Sunday, November 24-25 and December 1-2, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Avenue and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$9 adults, $7 students and seniors, children under 12 free

“The Women’s Building’s 34th Annual Celebration of Craftswomen. Featuring over 150 juried artists, this show is a unique opportunity to find gorgeous, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, fine crafts, and contemporary art. The Celebration of Craftswomen benefits The Women’s Building, the first women-owned community center in the U.S.  Funds raised at the Celebration of Craftswomen support the work of this multi-cultural community center where women and girls achieve self-sufficiency and pursue their dreams.

This two-weekend show is a yearly holiday tradition in the Bay Area.”

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Saturdays-Sundays, November 24-25, 11:00AM-6:00PM
and every weekend through December 24 (including Monday)
locations throughout Berkeley -  see website for map

“Over one hundred professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley, California will open their doors to the public during the 21st annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
All manner of fine art and craft will be shown, including blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, lamps and lighting, painted and custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, dolls, leather bags, many styles of jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints and works on paper, musical instruments, mosaics, work from recycled materials, and artisan food products. All work is handcrafted, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind.

This self-guided tour presents a unique opportunity to meet the artists, to buy original and creative gifts, and to see working craft studios. The art walk gives viewers a glimpse into the creative process, and the opportunity to sign up for classes and workshops. Many studios are in the same building, or are clustered within walking distance.

This much anticipated, popular event is known for the high quality of the work shown. A free Map and Directory is available showing all participants. This event is FREE.”

Christkindlmarkt in Petaluma
Sunday, November 25, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma

“Enjoy traditional crafts, food, music and entertainment from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and have your child's photo taken with Santa.“

Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, November 25, 11:00AM (and the last Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
Please be 5 minutes early as we start the Temple Service promptly at 11:00AM

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

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

Please note that in honor of the Awan Olokun on December 16, the Ile Orunmila Oshun will NOT be hosting Temple Services on December 30.”

Traditional Kogi Earth Offering Ceremony and Purification Lodge
with Adam YellowBird
Sunday, November 25, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Dharma Ridge Educational Collective, 780 Dharma Ridge Road, Los Gatos
suggested donation $15-$30, no one turned away for lack of funds

“It is with great joy that we invite you to a unique opportunity to experience a traditional Kogi (Indigenous Peoples of Columbia) Earth Offerings Ceremony. This ceremony was passed to Wisdom Keeper, Adam YellowBird and he is now honoring the request by the Kogi Elders to share it with peoples of North America.

In this simple yet powerful ceremony we will giving thanks and making payments to the Mother (Maunzhama in Kogi) and Father (Uzikuwi in Kogi). The message from the Kogi Elders that by making these offerings back to the sacred sites and sacred waters that we will in turn help to restore balance to the elemental forces of nature.

11:00AM-1:00PM: Kogi Earth Offering Ceremony
1:30-3:30PM: Purification Lodge
4:00-5:00PM: Potluck Celebration
(this is a rough estimate of timing)

Please bring offering of flowers, stones, crystals, precious metals (such as silver, gold), herbs (such as tobacco, sage, cedar), beads, miniature bundles, etc.
All offerings will be given to the land.

We will then have a Purification Lodge also led by Adam YellowBird to let go of the old, integrate and give thanks for the all that we have received.

We will conclude the day with a Celebration and Potluck Ceremony. Please bring a healthy dish (preferably organic) to share. Water, juices and serving materials are needed.”

Thanks to Gina for letting me know about this event!

Holiday Sprouts Social at
The Claremont’s Annual Holiday Celebration and Faire
Sunday, November 25, 11:00-6:00PM
Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, 510-843-3000

“View the Gingerbread Claremont Village, purchase holiday gifts at the Artisan Faire market, enjoy wine tastings, take a decorate-your-own gingerbread house class (if you register in advance), or partake in holiday caroling and story time with Santa.”

Join CAYA Sprouts at this fun family event!  RSVP to Lady Heaven at hvnwalker@yahoo.com
or on the Sprouts Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/CAYA-Sprouts/95151727852

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, November 25, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

Prophecy of The Maya: Era of The People Made Of Honey
with Tat Erick
Tuesday,  November 27, 6:00-9:00PM
La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
suggested donation $15-$30, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The Dawning of a New Era known as the Oxlajuj Baktun begins on December 21, 2012 - a historic planetary alignment prophesied by the traditional Maya as an epic time for peoples of all colors, religions and spiritual backgrounds to unite, shed the old world, and realign ourselves with natural and spiritual vibrations.

Join Tat Erick in Berkeley next Tuesday, November 27 to have your questions answered about the true meaning of the Mayan Prophecies of the Oxlaluj Baktun and discover ways to harmonize with the powerful shift of this New Era of the People Made of Honey wherever you may be on December 21, 2012.

Born in Guatemala, OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez is a Mayan Aj Q’ij - a DayKeeper, Spiritual Guide, Teacher, and Healer. He was initiated into the Native sacred rites over a 35 year period with various spiritual elders throughout Abya Yala (the Americas). He has facilitated international gatherings and the preservation of sacred wisdom teachings since 1979, promoting cooperation and unity with diverse communities throughout the world. He is the Founder and Spiritual Leader of Tinamit Junan Uleu - Earth Peoples United, and is working to manifest models of spiritual land stewardship in Guatemala on the shores of Lake Atitlan and at the Deer Mountain Center in Northern California.”

Thanks to Gina for letting me know about this event!

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, November 27, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“Join Rabbit for an evening of the herbal and the verbal.  After sharing information about this month's unique, delicious herbal tea, explaining this month's mantra, and offering a brief dharma talk Rabbit leads the group in rhythmic, harmonic chanting for approximately 30-50 minutes.

Special! This month is dedicated to Hermes, featuring special guest Sam Webster.”

Heal Your Life, Love Yourself
with Ana Maria Sanchez
Wednesday, November 28, 7:30-9:00PM
Moonfyre Metaphysical, 401 E Campbell Avenue, Campbell
Please call 408-370-0333 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited.

“In this transformational workshop originally created by best-selling author Louise L. Hay (You Can Heal Your Life) you will discover the mindset that has limited your success in business, financial abundance, intimate relationships, spiritual growth, and much more.

Learn to reprogram your subconscious mind and eliminate negative self-esteem beliefs, such as...
Relationships don't work
Life is difficult
I don't matter
I'll never have what I really want
I'm not good enough

The powerful and effective techniques we teach are very simple and easy to learn.”

Evening of Healing Music
a benefit Concert for Herb de Grasse
presented by Labyrinth Circle
featuring Diana Rowan
Thursday, November 29, 7:00PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
suggested donation $15-$30
for more information or to RSVP, please e-mail labyrinthconcerts@gmail.com

Lezie Kinyon of Labyrinth Circle says:
“An Evening of Healing Music A benefit house concert to remember Herb de Grasse and to assist his widow and caregiver, Ren Monson, long time Pagan Elders.

Addendum: Nov. 11, 2012: With a heavy heart, I must report that Herb De Grasse passed into Avalon last night. To anyone who is planning to attend, this concert will still happen.  Ren, his wife, and now, widow, has many unmet expenses related to Herb's illness. Ren would like us to light candles tonight with the intention that light and love surround Herb on his journey.

Harper Diana Rowan will play.
Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover of Broceliande will present their musical magic.
Diana Paxson will share a song from her Westria series.
Singer/songwriter Tom Bruce will share a little finger-style acoustic blues guitar and an original song or two.

The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Band will open the show.

Other guest artists will added as they commit.”

This will also be a CAYA Fun For Everyone Event.

Cross Sidhe says:
“I want to let everyone know that Herb de Grasse is one of the first members of the Pagan community that I ever met. We served together from 1991 to the late 90s in the old Mystery Circle. I have not spent much time with him in recent years. However, he is always deep in my heart. Since I have known him, if Herb EVER asks for anything we should help him out. This concert is now a CAYA Fun For Everyone excursion. I ENCOURAGE everyone to join me.

I have 3 seats open.”

If you want to ride with Cross, please e-mail him at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com or send him a message on Facebook.

Fundamentals of Astrology 2: Understanding the Birthchart
with astrobarry
Thursday, November 29, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Thursdays, December 6, 13, and 20
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$140 for all 4 classes (registration required)

“In Part Two of astrobarry's 4-part astrology course, we will integrate our knowledge of the zodiac signs, the planets, the house, and the aspects by learning to interpret astrological birthcharts.

A birthchart provides us an archetypal map of our innate personality tendencies. By becoming more conscious of the different drives operating in us, we're better able to make the decisions and take the actions best suited to our unique selves. This class covers how to analyze charts for insight into relationships, career, family, and life purpose.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals 1, or a good working knowledge of the astrological symbols. Contact the store to see if this class is right for you.”

Have a Sacred, Extravagant, Crafty Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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