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 27, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Heal Your Life Love Yourself, The Christmas Ballet, Frank Bette Center for the Arts Holiday Boutique, The Spirit of Christmas at Winchester Mystery House, ’Tis the Season for Science, Songs from the Summerland: Memorial Benefit Concert for Herb de Grasse, Fundamentals of Astrology 2, Divine Presence: A Circle for Women, Roy Zimmerman's PeaceNick Concert, It's a Wonderful Life, Dracula, History: the Musical, Alan Kline’s The Holiday Shindig, Days in Midgard, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Holiday Frolic and Snow Park in Downtown Martinez, Napa Valley Ceramic Artists Winter Holiday Sale, World Aids Day, Earth Energy Walk, Allied Arts Guild Annual Christmas Market, Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair, California College of the Arts Holiday Fair, San Jose Heritage Holiday, Santastic!, America's Children's Holiday Parade, Weihnachtsmarkt: German Holiday Market, Carol of Lights Festival in Downtown Campbell, A Lineman’s Notes, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Music Meditation Event, Yarira! The Music and Dance of Zimbabwe, Alignment Activation, Belrose Holiday Tea Party, Holiday Tree Walk, Slow Burn Glass Studio Ornament Extravaganza, Holiday Activities at Ardenwood Historic Farm, Dickens Holiday Craft Fair, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House, Celebration of Craftswomen, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Holidays at Dunsmuir, Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show, Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, Everything Old Is New Again, Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms, Goddess Awakening, Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar, Children’s Holiday Party, A Course In Modern Conjure, Wintersongs, Project Nunway, Lake Merritt Pagans, Revealing The Codes Of 2012, South Bay Pagan Salon, Drum Circle with Albert and Rabbit, Wonder Women and Superheroines, The Snow Queen: A Fairy Tale Class

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.”

The Christmas Ballet: Smuin Ballet’s Holiday Favorite
Wednesday-Sunday, November 28-December 2,
Wednesday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-903-6000
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!”

Frank Bette Center for the Arts Holiday Boutique
Friday, November 23 - Monday, December 24, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, 510-523-6957

“8th Annual Holiday Gift Boutique: Celebrating Fine Craft during the Holiday Season

Hey, what a great way to shop locally!  Our Holiday Boutique at the FBCA will be overflowing with terrific gifts and holiday artisan cheer to share with friends and family.  Come on over and peruse the charming and beautiful items offered this year!   
Handcrafted Gifts created by some of Northern California's Finest Artisans:  Jewlry, Ceramics, Glass, Fiber Arts, Wood, Mixed Media, and Paper Arts.  So much fun, and so much more interesting and lovely than the churned-out, millions-of-the-same "stuff" you find in the big box stores!”

The Spirit of Christmas at Winchester Mystery House
Daily, November 28-December 30
Select Evenings, December 13-30
(closed December 25)
Winchester Mystery House, 525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose
see website for schedule and ticket details

“Come celebrate the wonder of Christmas at Sarah Winchester's fabulous 160-room mansion, elegantly decorated for the holidays.
Sparkling lights dance off of priceless art glass windows
Garlands, wreaths and candles grace the mantels of 13 fireplaces
The gardens and gables are aglow with thousands of twinkling lights
Music fills the air and lifts the spirits

Over 30 festive trees are abundantly adorned with hand-crafted ornaments, collected from around the world and created by local artisans. Each tree is designed to complement the room's character and decor, while reflecting the heritage of Santa Clara Valley and the Bay Area.
Silver Snowy Owls, Daisies, Citrus, Art Glass Ornaments, Peacocks, Cherry Blossoms, Fleur De Lis and Blue Velvet… and the ultra glitzy $25K Storage room!

More Fun Activities (not included with admission)
Half-acre outdoor straw labyrinth for kids of all ages
Train Rides
Wine Tasting and Toasting
Family Christmas Photos

Daytime Tours
Daily 9:00AM-5:00PM, November 22-December 31
Tour Length: 60 Minutes
$30 Adults (13-64), $27 Seniors (65+)
$20 Children (6-12), 5 and under free
An all new Mansion Tour experience with exquisite, designer Christmas trees, decorations, shimmering lights and all new information about Mrs. Winchester's priceless art glass windows.

Evening Events
Select Nights, 6:00PM-8:00PM, December 13-30
Tour Length: 30 Minutes
$20 Adults (13-64), $17 Seniors (65+)
$15 Children (6-12), 5 and under free
Multiple live performers on each event night from the 13th through the 23rd, from youth choirs, brass trios, roving carolers, solo violinists and more! Explore the Mansion by candlelight, as exquisite, designer trees paint the rooms with a festive glow. Holiday music fills the mansion. Evening entertainment on select nights.”

’Tis the Season for Science
Daily, November 28-January 6
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
see website for schedule and ticket details

“Enjoy wintry festivities and family fun that explore the diverse and often surprising ways that birds, bears, and other animals survive and thrive in winter. Share warm tidings at the Academy’s seasonal celebration November 16, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Celebrate Winter
Returning for a third year is our special exhibit, ’Tis the Season for Science. Enjoy indoor snow flurries twice an hour in the Piazza. Examine mounted specimens of a polar bear, snow geese, monarch butterflies, and more, and discover how these animals survive using one of two winter strategies - heading south or staying home.

Live Reindeer
Meet a pair of live reindeer in the East Garden. Don’t be confused by their antlers. Reindeer are the only species of deer in which both males and females have antlers.

Snowman Theater
Come inside an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman to explore the science of Earth’s seasons. Children ages five and older will gain a new perspective on our planet and enjoy a close-up look at animals adapting to seasonal changes.

New programs for all ages are geared toward animals in winter, including:

Reindeer Rendezvous
Daily at 12:00PM
Ever wonder how reindeer are able to travel so far? Get up close with live caribou and discover why these animals are known as the Nomads of the North, migrating up to 3,000 miles per year.

Holiday Migration Quest
Daily at 1:30PM
Team up and investigate the winter migration patterns of gray whales and monarch butterflies by participating in a friendly game show-style trivia contest.

Specimen Spotlight: Migrating Monarchs
Thursdays at 11:30AM
Discover the amazing life cycle of monarch butterflies, which migrate thousands of miles each winter, and view beautiful specimens in the Academy’s Naturalist Center.

For a complete list of programs, see our Daily Calendar tab.”

Songs from the Summerland: Memorial Benefit Concert for Herb de Grasse
presented by Labyrinth Circle and Shapeshifter Coven presents
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

“Songs from the Summerland

The Summerland is that distant and fabled shining shore beyond the horizon where magic dwells - the place in the Uttermost West known by a thousand names and a thousand tales. Where the trees are always green, where winter winds never blow, where flowers are always in bloom, and where golden apples may be found... and where music is always to be heard... come, walk us on this evening of enchantment...

A benefit house memorial concert to honor Herb de Grasse, who left us through complications of pancreatic cancer on November 10.

The Fellowship Band will open this very special evening with some spirited originals and some old favorites.
Diana Rowan weaves her enchantment on harp strings  
Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover will present their musical magic
and Tom Bruce share will share his spirited songs on acoustic guitar  

Special Guest: Diana Paxson will also present a rare performance welcoming us into her magical realms.
Ren Monson will also accompany Diana with a love song to Herb: A Red Rose is Love.  

Please join us. Minimum donation requested: $15-$30 (or more!)

With much gratitude to the venue owners and all of the musicians and volunteers who are giving so freely of their time and energy, so that all of the moneys raised will go to and to assist in covering remaining medical expenses, and supporting Herb's widow, Ren Monson, in this time of need.”

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.  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.”

Divine Presence: A Circle for Women
with Eve Crowe and Christine Tulis
Thursday, November 29, 7:00-9:00PM
private home, 128 Frustuck Avenue, Fairfax
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.”

Roy Zimmerman's PeaceNick Concert - Happy Humanist Holidays!
Thursday, November 29, 7:00PM   
UU Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Avenue, Modesto
$18 or pay what you can

How does a Lefty Pacifist Humanist celebrate the Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa season?  By playing his usual songs about war, ignorance and greed, plus some about holidays.

You'll, laugh, you'll cry, your heart will bleed.  It's beautiful.

It's a Wonderful Life
from the film by Frank Capra
adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers
Thursday-Friday, November 29-30, 8:00PM
playing through Sunday, December 16
Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street, Lafayette

“Remember, no man is a failure when he has friends.

Lisa Anne Porter returns to direct the stage adaptation of Frank Capra's timeless classic It's a Wonderful Life.  George Bailey, his life and finances in ruin, decides the world will be better off without him - until he is paid an unexpected visit.”

Town Hall Theatre is a nifty little local theatre company in Lafayette, in an historic building which used to be the town hall.  Or possibly a barn.

presented by Inferno Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, November 29-December 1, 8:00PM
Thursday 8:00PM, Friday 9:00PM, Saturday 8:00PM
playing through December 16
South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street , Berkeley
$12-$25 sliding scale
PG 13
for information or reservations call 510-788-6415 or e-mail infernotheatrecompany@gmail.com

“Inferno Theatre presents Dracula. Physical theater, live music, choreography, and innovative staging create a world where the power of suggestion and possession reigns, where hypnotism and somnabulism are commonplace.”

History: the Musical
Thursday-Saturday, November 29-December 1, 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.”

Alan Kline’s The Holiday Shindig
Dance Party and Potluck
Friday, November 30,
Potluck 6:30-8:30PM, Waltz Lesson 7:00-8:00PM, Open Dancing 8:00-11:30PM
Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central Street, Richmond
$7 for dance, Dance lesson is free!

“The days are getting shorter, the rain has started and we're about to start hearing Christmas music in stores, in other words it's time for Alan's Holiday Shindig. This is my all-inclusive Holiday dance party and potluck. Not only will we have Christmas and Hanukkah songs, but we'll celebrate the whole year from President's Day to Halloween. Really hope you can join us! As always there'll be a potluck, free waltz lesson and then 3 1/2 hours of dancing every dance style we know.”

Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years On
An Evening of Storytelling with Steven T Abell
Friday, November 30, 7:00-10:00PM
ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco
$15 includes mead. Admission by pre-registration only. Contact via Facebook for reservations.

"Days in Midgard is a collection of modern legends based on Nordic myths.  These stories are more interesting to adults, although still appropriate for mature-minded children.

The Solstice Guests: A farm couple receives unexpected visitors.  Experience a cold night, visions of the future, and a little quiet terror, all in the home of Swedish farmer Ketil Gunnarsson and his wife, Sigrid.

An Honest Day's Work: A tradesman is shown a new use for an old tool.  His neck might be a little red, and you might think he talks funny, but he has better sense than most folks when dealing with a really strange day.

Endocrinology: A scientist has a party to attend, but she has nothing to wear. Carol is so intelligent, and so beautiful, men just assume they're not good enough for her. What's a girl to do?

Mead in the lobby at 7:00PM, performance at 7:30PM.

The theater is very close to the 16th Street BART station, and there is good parking nearby.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, November 30, 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”

Holiday Frolic and Snow Park in Downtown Martinez
Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2,
Friday 1:00-9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
along Main Street from Ferry Street to Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
see website for admission details

“A Winter Wonderland with Real Snow!
Snow Park and Ice Skating

Holiday Light Parade, Friday, November 30, 6:30PM, on Main Street

Visit with Santa!
Santa's little red house at the Main Street Plaza.
Friday, November 30,
12:00-4:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM
Saturday, December 1, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Sunday December 2, 11:00AM-3:00PM

Also, city sponsored fun: Jumpers, Face Painting, Crafts and more!”

Napa Valley Ceramic Artists Winter Holiday Sale
Friday-Sunday, November 30 - December 2,
Friday 6:00-8:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 12:00-4:00PM
NVC Community Education Center, 1360 Menlo Avenue, Napa

“Napa Valley Ceramic Artists 2012 Annual Christmas Pottery Sale
Handmade Creative whimsical and functional items for Christmas gifts

The Napa Valley Ceramic Artists will hold their annual Holiday Ceramic and Mosaic Show and Sale, November 30 - December 2. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, November 30 from 6:00-8:00PM.  Refreshments will be served. Saturday hours 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM-4:00PM.

This talented group of artists present a diverse collection of decorative and functional pieces, from whimsical garden art to one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and ornaments. Shoppers will find something special for everyone on their list,  priced from $5.00 - $100.00.  This event is too good to miss. Stop in, look around, enjoy refreshments, and meet the artists.

A selected group of items will be raffled to benefit our scholarship fund. And a portion of sale proceeds go to fund classroom projects, tools and equipment needs. For more information please call 707-253-3070.”

World Aids Day
Saturday, December 1
check the website below to find local events

“World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today - you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding.  

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness.

World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money and show your support for people living with HIV.”

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, December 1, 9:45AM-1:00PM (and first Saturday of every month)
Pogonip Park, rear entrance, Spring Street at Spring Court, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

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

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

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

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

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

Allied Arts Guild Annual Christmas Market
Saturday, December 1, 10:00AM-4:00PM
The Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, 650-322-2405

“From 10:00AM-4:00PM, visit our shops and the Blue Garden Cafe.  Pick up a map and a treat or small gift at most shops.  Have your map stamped and bring it to the Artisan Shop to be entered in drawings for gift certificates to spend at the shops of cafe at Allied Arts Guild.

Carolers, Santa and his Elf (12:00-1:30PM), handcrafted pieces from local artists,  and the Palo Alto Auxiliary.”  

Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 1, 10:00AM- 5:00PM
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

“Come One, Come All! Enjoy some unique holiday shopping at the Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, December 1, 10:00AM-5:00PM at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. The fair features more than 55 new and returning artists selling their fine handmade arts and crafts. There is a wide variety of items to choose from including woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, decorations, knitwear, fiber arts and much more.
Admission and parking are FREE!”

California College of the Arts Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 1, 11:00AM-3:00PM
CCA Oakland Campus, Main Walkway, 5212 Broadway, Oakland

“CCA’s idyllic Oakland campus turns into a bustling arts bazaar for a day. The public is invited to shop for one-of-a-kind, handmade, affordable gifts created by the CCA community: paintings, drawings, prints, cards, jewelry, ceramics, hand-blown glass, clothing, photography, textiles, ornaments, and more.

Discover unique gifts while enjoying live jazz music and holiday treats.”

San Jose Heritage Holiday
Saturday, December 1, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Tea seatings at 11:00AM and 2:00PM
Fallon House, 175 West Saint John Street, San Jose
Holiday Tea tickets are $45 and include admission to Heritage Holiday
Reservations required, please contact Juanita at 408-918-1045 or JLara@historysanjose.org

“You are cordially invited to join us for the annual Heritage Holiday Tea, Saturday December 1st at the Fallon House Historic Site. Guests will be greeted by costumed performers from Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company who will have a Victorian attitude and manners to match!  Listen to live music by Lyric Theatre and sip champagne in the garden while you await your seating.

Once seated, delight in sweet and savory sandwiches, baked scones, tarts and sweets beautifully prepared by Zona Rosa Catering.  Sample teas perfectly brewed by Satori Tea, and add just  a touch of Willow Glen Honey.  After the Tea, tour the Fallon House decorated for the holidays.  Then shop the San Pedro Market just across the street.

Ticket purchase includes a chance to win Tea for 2 at Satori Tea or 4 Tickets to Lyric Theatre’s Production of Brigadoon!”

Santa’s Fantastic Musical Revue
Saturday, December 1, 11:00AM and 2:00PM
plays through December 22
The Retro Dome, 1694 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, 408-404-7711
see website for ticket details - several packages available

“Santa’s Fantastic Musical Revue
For ages 3+

A 45-minute all-singing, all-dancing stage show followed by 60 minutes of interactive Imagination Stations and a Visit with Santa and his Elves.

Each year in Christmastown, Santa hosts a huge holiday party - but when Rudolph takes a detour and can’t get Santa to the stage for showtime, Santa’s favorite show stopping elves save the day by jumping in to play all the roles, keeping the audience entertained while Santa makes his way home. Santastic! wraps up the most beloved scenes and melodies from Rudolph and Frosty to that mean one, Mr. Grinch - all of which are guaranteed to delight even the biggest Scrooge! There’s audience participation and plenty of other holiday cheer packed into this celebration of all things Santa! PLUS, at the end of each performance, the guest of honor makes it snow!

Santastic! features a talented ensemble of triple threat youth performers to tackle Motown, big band, and rock ’n roll versions of popular holiday songs and stories in this 45-minute one-act musical. After each performance, the cast will lead an hour of post-show activities including Photos With Santa and his elves and Interactive Imagination Stations for making holiday cards, cookie decorating and more!”

America's Children's Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2:00PM
along Broadway from 11th Street to 20th Street, Oakland

“It begins the holiday season.. a fun time of year.  It makes children of all ages stand up and cheer!  There are giant balloons that fly high in the sky.  They are causing oohs and aahs as they pass by.  We have dancing trees and floats on parade.  There are marching bands, drill teams and clowns on that day!  It’s fun to watch kids see their favorite stars.  Hey there’s Snoopy, Miss Rosa, Clifford and Lars!  It’s a holiday celebration for the whole family to enjoy.  It even features Santa for all girls and boys.  America and the world can watch this great show.  It comes from the City of Oakland, a place all a-glow.

Plans for the 13th Annual America’s Children’s Holiday Parade are well underway and it promises to bring together more children’s stars, new floats, giant balloons, terrific marching bands and entertaining entries along with new and exciting elements.”

Weihnachtsmarkt: German Holiday Market
Saturday, December 1, 3:00-7:00PM
German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View

“7th Annual German Holiday Market - Weihnachtsmarkt.
With vendors, student performances, live music and German food.”

Carol of Lights Festival in Downtown Campbell
Saturday, December 1, 4:00-8:00PM  
E. Campbell Ave and N Central Avenue, Campbell

“One of the most popular Campbell holiday traditions is back! Once again, the Carol of Lights Festival in Downtown Campbell will feature Santa visits, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, musical entertainment, dance performances, and a snow zone with real snow for kids to play in. It's a true family event with tons of community spirit not to be missed.”

A Lineman’s Notes
film screening
Saturday, December 1, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“The film follows the life of a family inexorably tied to the railroad lost in Kazakh steppes, with this sepia-toned tale of an elderly blind lineman whose keen senses can check the soundness of the tracks, which his son watches, better than any modern computer. His son faces the problem of choice, to believe the machine invented by a human or to trust intuition of his father. The ageing lineman who has been checking the tracks for decades reflects on his life's work and the accomplishments that have fueled progress in his homeland over the years. As a result we have a uniquely touching film-parable about several generations of hard working men. The expressive musical score plays a significant role in the movie.

Language: Kazakh. Subtitles: English. Runtime: 64 min.

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

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

A Service of Lessons and Carols
a Free Family Concert with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Saturday, December 1, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Members of San Francisco Renaissance Voices, our Artists-in-Residence join the group's lead tenor Corey Head and students from his vocal studio for a traditional service of lessons and carols.  The service began in 1918 at King's College (Cambridge, England) and we are delighted to bring this Christmas-time tradition to you, with plenty of audience sing-a-long.  A festive reception of holiday treats follows the service.”

Music Meditation Event: Native American and World Flutes
featuring Ann Licater
presented by Moonfyre Metaphysical
Saturday, December 1, 7:30PM
The Enlightened Mind, 409 E Campbell Avenue, Suite 220, Campbell (upstairs)
(Please check in at Moonfyre Metaphysical first - 401 E Campbell Avenue)
$25 in advance, $35 at the door
Please call 408-370-0333 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited.

“This soothing music meditation can leave you with a fresh perspective that is both calming and rejuvenating.”

Yarira! The Music and Dance of Zimbabwe
Saturday, December 1, 8:00PM
Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, 729 Heinz Avenue in Berkeley, 510-845-2605
$15-$30 sliding scale
for more information, please contact Iya Mahea at iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“MBIRA joins with the Chinyakare Ensemble to bring you an evening of traditional Shona music and dance. Enjoy the mesmerizing sounds of the mbira played by local musicians and then get ready for the dynamic high-energy marimba, dance and drumming of Julia Chigamba and her company. This event is a fundraiser in support of MBIRA’s mission to celebrate and sustain the ancient musical traditions of Zimbabwe. The proceeds of this event will directly support 200 Zimbabwean musicians who earned less than $100 in 2012.”

Alignment Activation
with Axis Mundi TranceFusion
Saturday, December 1, 8:00PM-Midnight
Bhakti Mandir (House of Devotional Ecstasy), 6225 Doremus Avenue, Richmond
$15.00 at the Door

“We're dancing across the final stepping stones in the 2012 Alignment!  Come spin your prayers and intentions for a Golden Age of Truth and Balance out into the cosmos, as together we Activate the Great Shift.  It's the perfect moment to join us for Trance Dancing and Shamanic
Journeying to World Beat Drumming, Kundalini Trance Chant, Crystal Bowls, Sound Healing, Meditation, Nyasa Anointing, and the joys of authentic connection in a radiant commUNITY of  kindred spirits!

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

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

Belrose Holiday Tea Party
Mondays-Saturdays throughout December, 1:00-4:00PM
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael
$25 per person
reservations required, please call 415-902-5188 or e-mail 2TeaOrNot2Tea@att.net

“Tea Parties at The Belrose are Back!

Come enjoy 4 weeks of The Belrose Tea Party with family, friends, and co-workers.

Mondays through Saturdays, 1:00-4:00PM
$25 for this experience includes:
A Pot of Fine Organic Tea
Tea Sandwiches
Petit Fours
Cookies and Scones”

The Belrose Theatre is a beautiful and truly magical place!

Holiday Tree Walk
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
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2,
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.”

Holiday Activities at Ardenwood Historic Farm
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, including the Patterson House, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$8.00 adults, $6.00 seniors (62+ yrs.), $5.00 children (4-17 yrs.),free for ages 3 and under

“Celebrate the holiday season in Victorian style! Visit the beautifully decorated Patterson House, sing Christmas carols, search for the Yule log, and visit Father Christmas. Listen to live musical performances, puppet shows and enter our home-made Christmas Cookie baking contest (bring your cookies and recipe with you). The day also includes an abundance of Christmas crafts, music, and Country Kitchen treats.”

Dickens Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2,
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa
$2, Children 12 and under free.  Admission covers both days.

“Celebrate the season and find gifts for all of your loved ones with a festive shopping experience featuring over 70 local artists including 20+ new vendors this year! Shop for quality, hand-crafted holiday decor, home goods, jewelry, bath and body products, edibles and more all sold by the artists!

Plus enjoy:
Live entertainment and visits from Santa!
Face painting and a bounce house for the kids!
A ride on Rosie the Trolley for FREE to and from the Crafts Fair to the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House !
Prize drawing in the front lobby. Several vendors have contributed craft items to the drawing and you could be a lucky winner if we draw your ticket! Proceeds from the prize drawing ticket sales benefit the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Scholarship Fund. Last year, over $1,000 was raised providing swim lessons and summer camp for many youth in need!
Kettle Corn, sweet treats and hot seasonal beverages for purchase.
Breakfast and lunch items for purchase provided by Bruno's on Fourth.”

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$2, Children 12 and under free

“The public is invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 33-year community tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in Victorian holiday finery inside and out.

See the latest exhibit and shop for unique Burbank-related items in the Carriage House Museum and Gift Shop.

FREE PARKING is available at First and D Streets, and enjoy FREE RIDES on Rosie the Trolley to and from the Dickens Holiday Craft Fair held at the Finley Community Center.”

Celebration of Craftswomen
Saturday-Sunday, 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.”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, 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!”

Holidays at Dunsmuir
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, 11:00AM - 4:30PM
and every weekend through December 16
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland
see website for detailed schedule of events

"A Holiday Tradition is one of Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate’s premier events.  For three consecutive weekends, visitors tour the magnificent 37-room mansion, which features turn-of-the-century holiday decorations. Guests enjoy strolling the lovely 50-acre estate. Visitors can indulge in the Adult or Children’s Holiday Teas, ride the romantic horse-drawn carriage, and sip something warm while being entertained by holiday performers. They also can enjoy a light lunch or snack located in the Carriage House Café, while filling their holiday shopping list by purchasing from the mansion gift shop or the Carriage House crafters. The kids enjoy the Kid’s Zone with pony-rides, holiday face-painting, crafts and the Breakfast with Santa. "It is a wonderful way for families and friends to celebrate the Holiday. This year, the Oakland Ballet will be our main attraction performing an excerpt of The Nutcracker."

I loved visiting Dunsmuir House at Christmas when I was a child!  It is a beautiful, magical place, at its best when full of festive holiday cheer.

Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, 11:00AM-6:00PM
East Hall, Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 Seventh Street, San Francisco

“Join Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco  as we celebrate our sixth year as a locally produced art and craft show. At Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco expect to find a Quality Handmade Market, DIY Workshops, a Crafty raffle, and more!

Shop Local, Shop Handmade  
Shop with over 200 of the best indie artists, designers and craftspeople. From designer plush to modern pottery, we have it all under one roof!  

Join The  DIY Fun  
We’ve got DOZENS OF  FREE DIY demos and workshops.  Learn how to make Chain Maille jewelry, silk screen cards, pull your own linocut print, craft a birdhouse from recycled materials and so more! Don’t forget to strike a pose with our Bazaar Bizarre Bear Mascot, then hop in the Magbooth  for a free set of fun photos or strike a pose with your posse at Tom Foolery  to remember your day!”

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Saturdays-Sundays, December 1-2, 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.”

Everything Old Is New Again
an evening of dinner theatre
Friday-Saturday, December 1-2, Dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
plays through December 15
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
$28 for dinner and show, $18 show only
Please call 415-454-6422 to make reservations 24 hours in advance

“The Belrose proudly presents: Everything Old Is New Again

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

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

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

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

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

Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms
Saturday-Sunday, December 2, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
included with admission:
$12 Adults, $9 Students/Seniors/Disabled (ages 7–18; 62-plus)
$6 Children (ages three to six; children under three are admitted free).
Free for members, UC Berkeley students and staff

“Get up close to hundreds of wild mushrooms at this annual classic. Our hallways and classrooms will be filled with wild-mushroom displays. Eat edible mushrooms, meet vendors displaying everything from cultivation kits to T-shirts, and watch culinary demonstrations by mushroom chefs. Get the dirt on poisonous mushrooms and check out other wild fungi, from the wonderfully medicinal to the really, really strange.

Mushroom experts will be on hand to answer all your questions and to identify unknown specimens brought in by visitors - BYOM (Bring Your Own Mushroom). Mycologists (mushroom scientists) will present slide shows and talk about foraging for mushrooms. Find out how different mushrooms can be used for treating diseases, dyeing cloth or paper, and flavoring foods. From lectures to microscopes to dining, there is something for everyone at the Fungus Fair.

Come to the Family Fungus Room: a space set up especially for kids to explore the wild world of mushrooms!

Presented by the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Mycological Society of San Francisco.”

Goddess Awakening - Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, December 2, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
Women only

"Women! Join our spiritual circle for an empowering start to your day, bringing alive the wisdom of the Goddess within!

We are a holy community of sacred sisters, encouraging one another through our challenges and celebrating our triumphs.”

Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 2, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

“Come enjoy this festive day as we transform Ashkenaz into an exotic marketplace!

Ashkenaz's 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar reflects our community center's global perspective, exhibiting arts and crafts that are handmade, sustainable, recycled, related to music and dance themes, or representing cultures and traditions from around the world.

Over 30 vendors will offer wares such as handcrafted soaps, ethnic and vintage clothing, jewelry, hula hoops, ceramic art, photography, musical instruments, greeting cards, honey & beeswax, and Haitian sculpture. Many of the items will sell for $25 or less.

The event also includes live acoustic music, featuring select performers from our monthly Songwriters' Open Mic hosted by Mana Maddy. Beer & wine, hot and cold beverages, and organic vegetarian food will be available from our café.

Support local artisans this holiday season, and your home for world music and dance... see you Sunday, December 2!”

Children’s Holiday Party
at The Allied Arts Guild
Sunday, December 2, 12:30-3:00PM
Sunset Room, The Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, 650-322-2405

“We have an exciting new format for children from 4-8 years old accompanied by an adult.

Puppet Show by Magical Moonshine Theater Company (a hit last year)
Heather Magic - magic, comedy and juggling show!
A personal visit with our very own Santa with photo op for parents.
Cookies and juice

Make your reservations now!
Send a check for $25 per person (payable to Friends of Allied Arts) to:
Sally Knorp
1000 Trinity Drive
Menlo Park CA 94025

Please include your email or phone number so your reservation can be confirmed upon receipt of your check.  Your name will be at the door in lieu of a ticket.
Cancellations for reservations before November 29.”

A Course In Modern Conjure
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, December 2, 3:00-6:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$30 per session
This year-long series began in June.

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

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

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

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

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

with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Sunday, December 2, 4:00PM
St. Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park

“Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice. Kitka has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. Wintersongs showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works... from pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Medieval Sephardic Chanukah songs to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime.”

Project Nunway
Sunday, December 2, 4:20PM
National AIDS Memorial Grove, Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
$20.12 General, $51.50 VIP,  $99.99 DIVA
All ages event, 21+ with ID for bar service

“Join us in the tents at the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park for a charity fashion show where Sisters are paired with designers to create a high-fashion look from recylced materials. This year's theme is Flora (think Rose Parade in Pumps!). Emceed by Sister Roma and Jane Wiedlin, the show features celebrity judges Kari Byron of Mythbusters, artists Nayland Blake and Gabby Lala, and HIV/AIDS activist Tita Aida.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, December 2, 7:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

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

Activities include: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”

Revealing The Codes Of 2012
Monday, December 3, 7:00PM
Isis Oasis, 20889 Geyserville Avenue Geyserville, 707-857-4747
Suggested Donation $20
please pre-register at

“One hour before sunrise on December 3rd, 2012 the planets Mercury, Venus and Saturn directly align with the Giza Pyramids in Egypt! From an esoteric point of view one may look at this as a very beneficial sign in that the conjunction of these planets may be indicating a victory or a grounding of the energies of Love as represented by Venus on the Earth through a lot of dedication and hard work (Saturn) of the Lightworkers, the messengers of the divine (Mercury).

It is also very interesting to consider that we are at the end of a 25,920 year cycle in the precession of the equinox, which occurs on December 21,2012. December 3 is 18 days prior to the 21st. If you add up the minutes in 18 days, (60 minutes X 24 hours X 18 days) it adds up to 25,920 minutes. 18 is also 6+6+6.

Join Temple of Isis clergy Heather Salmon, Donny Regalmuto and Chirsty Michaels at Isis Oasis for a talk, slide presentation and sound healing journey into exploring the significant Star, Planetary and Crop circles of 2012! “


South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, December 4, 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

Drum Circle with Albert and Rabbit
Tuesday, December 4, 8:00-9:00PM, and every month, typically first Tuesdays
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Join Albert and Rabbit for a drum circle at The Sacred Well. Bring your drums, rattles, bells, etc. From month to month we'll be exploring different rhythms, practicing techniques such as drumming and singing at the same time, developing our own drum language, and doing shamanic journey together.”

Wonder Women and Superheroines
A Conversation with Acclaimed Filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
and Women in Comics Expert Trina Robbins
Wednesday, December 5, 5:30-7:00PM
International Museum of Women, 12th Floor, 235 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
Seating is limited. Please RSVP by December 2, 2012.

“Join us December 5 for an evening of Wonder Women and Superheroines.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation

The International Museum of Women is pleased to present a Salon Speaker Series event featuring Wonder Women!  director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan in conversation with comics writer and expert Trina Robbins, and moderated by IMOW executive director Clare Winterton.  Join us to see clips from the film and hear how the Wonder Woman TV series became Guevara-Flanagan’s initial inspiration for the documentary.

Event Details: Wednesday, December 5. Check-in and wine reception at 5:30PM. Program begins at 6:00PM. Russ Building, 235 Montgomery Street, 12th floor, San Francisco. Tickets are $5 for IMOW and partner organization members, $10 for non-members.

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan has produced and directed several films documenting the experiences of girls and young women including Going on 13, El Corrido de Cecilia Rios and now Wonder Women! Guevara-Flanagan has an MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University and teaches at Diablo Valley College.

Trina Robbins is a San Francisco-based writer, collector and expert on the history of women in the comics industry. She has authored numerous books on the subject including Women and the Comics, A Century of Women Cartoonists,The Great Women Superheroes, From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Women’s Comics from Teens to Zines, and The Great Women Cartoonists.  Her final and definitive history of women cartoonists, Pretty in Ink, is scheduled for August, 2013, publication.”

The Snow Queen: A Fairy Tale Class
with Robin La Sirena and Tarin Towers
Wednesday, December 5, 6:30PM,
and 5 more Wednesdays, December 12 and 19 and January 9, 16, and 23
Oakland, exact location given upon registration
$90-$240 sliding scale
to register, please contact Tarin at tarintowers@mac.com or 415-271-1418

"The Snow Queen is one of Hans Christian Andersen's dark (and bright) fairy tales, in which a courageous young person sets off on a quest to see what has become of her missing best friend.

Join us for a journey through an enchanted land where flowers speak in riddles and the birds and beasts may be your guides. Explore what it means to be a witch (we’ll meet several) and what it means to be lost and found again. Inhabiting this tale, we’ll discover how telling your story and asking for what you need can be the most magical tools of them all.

Fairy tale classes work with and within a story as one does at witch camps, only we get to go home for a week in between. We will use such magical tools as tale telling, spell casting, trance, song, movement, meditation, writing, and sacred theater as we inhabit this story together.

We ask that you commit to attending all six classes. Space is limited. A deposit of $30 holds your place.”

Have a Frolicsome, Celebratory, Divine Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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