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, December 4, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Snow Queen: A Fairy Tale Class, Not A Christmas Carol, Frank Bette Center for the Arts Holiday Boutique, Belrose Holiday Tea Party, The Spirit of Christmas at Winchester Mystery House, ’Tis the Season for Science, Beaded Jewelry Making Class, Holiday Open House at Rengstorff House, History: the Musical, It's a Wonderful Life, Dracula, Center REP’s A Christmas Carol, La Cocina Gift Fair, A Christmas Evening At The Patterson House, Dickens Family Victorian Holiday Party, Stirring the Cauldron, Astrology in Magic, Benefit Concert for Garden Gate, A Little House Christmas, Everything Old Is New Again, Wintersongs, FIERCE PLAY, Christmas Revels, San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, Great Peninsula Youth Theatre Rummage Sale, Alameda Holiday Home Tour, Santa Claus is Coming!, Gamble Mansion Holiday Puppet Shows, Santastic!, Modern Day Morrigu, Sacred Well Holiday Artisans Faire, Christmas at Sea, A Christmas Carol at McConaghy House, Reviving Spirits: The Dawn, Kehilla Chanukah Celebration, Community Seed Yule Ball, Old Time Maritime Christmas, Lighted Boat Parade, Creepshow Christmas, KPFA Crafts Fair, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Holidays at Dunsmuir, Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, Crucible Gifty Holiday Sale, Vagabond Indie Craft Fair, Holiday Sale and Ornament Extravaganza, The Festival of Lights, Christmas Stop-Motion Animation Festival, Holiday Lego Show, Temple of Aphrodite, Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day, Garden Gate Holiday Gift Trunk Show, The Witch's Garden, Shamanic Healing Clinic, Kitka's 2nd Annual Wintersongs Community Sing, Winter Solstice Drum Circle, The Power of Self-Healing, Winter Open House at the Institute for Urban Homesteading, Celebrate Anahita Persian Goddess of Water, Tarot Salon, Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor in Concert, Tree Trimming Party, 12.12.12, Sprouts Yule Ritual And Potluck

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.”

Not A Christmas Carol
Wednesday-Saturday, December 5-8, 8:00PM
John and Jean Knox Performing Arts Center, 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo
(on the Contra Costa College campus, at the corner of Castro Street and El Portal)
$15, $10 Students/Seniors, $5 for children under 5
$5 Special preview showing Wednesday, December 5

“CCC Drama Department presents Not A Christmas Carol"

Frank Bette Center for the Arts Holiday Boutique
Wednesday, December 5 - 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!”

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!

The Spirit of Christmas at Winchester Mystery House
Daily, December 5-30
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, December 5-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.”

Beaded Jewelry Making Class
Thursday, December 6, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Just in time to make holiday gifts, local jewelry and bead artist, Linda Benmour is happy to share her jewelry making skills with you.  

Linda will provide everything to make one pair of earrings or one necklace.  
Additional beads and supplies will be available for purchase.

Join us to learn simple techniques to make beautiful jewelry for yourself or for holiday gifts.”

Holiday Open House at Rengstorff House
Thursday, December 6, 7:00-9:00PM
Rengstorff House, 3070 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View

“Enjoy the Rengstorff House dressed in holiday finery, Join in singing of Christmas carols while nibbling on a festive array of goodies.

The Rengstorff House, Mountain View's oldest house, is one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast.”

History: the Musical
Thursday-Saturday, December 6-8, 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.”

It's a Wonderful Life
from the film by Frank Capra
adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers
Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9,  
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2;00PM and 7:00PM
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-Sunday, December 6-9,  
Thursday 8:00PM, Friday 9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 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.”

Center REP’s A Christmas Carol
Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9,
and Tuesday-Sunday, December 11-16
Hofmann Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
see website for schedule and ticket details

“Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder the critics have called it ‘THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area.’ Join the thousands who make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions.”

La Cocina Gift Fair
Friday, December 7, 1:00-7:00PM
Crocker Galleria, 50 Post Street, San Francisco

“La Cocina, San Francisco’s first non-profit incubator kitchen, is delighted to invite you to the fourth annual La Cocina Gift Bazaar. The La Cocina Gift Bazaar brings local entrepreneurs who produce food or food related goods together to celebrate and promote locally made products, entrepreneurial spirit and the Bay Area’s vibrant small business economy. It's the ideal place to get all of your holiday gifts for you and all of your food-loving friends.”

A Christmas Evening At The Patterson House
Friday, December 7, 5:00-8:45PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, including the Patterson House, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
Adults $6, Children $4

“Join us for a magical evening holiday open house. The Patterson House Museum will be elegantly lit in all of its Victorian splendor! Each room is a journey into Christmas past filled with holiday music and cheer.”

Dickens Family Victorian Holiday Party
Friday, December 7, 6:00-9:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
$10 Adults, $7 Children

“Partake in a holiday treat as you go back in time to Victorian England and meet Charles Dickens, listen to him read from his famous works, watch his characters come alive (look out for Scrooge), meet and greet the true Father Christmas, play Victorian parlor games, dance and sing with our Victorian family and make traditional holiday crafts. Light food and drink will be served. A true family event. ”

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

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

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

Astrology in Magic
with Susan Diamond
Friday, December 7, 7:00-9:00PM,
and three more Fridays December 14, 21, and a final date to be determined
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$100 for all four classes advanced registration, drop in cost is $35 per class
for more information or to register, please call 831-423-5477 or e-mail mail@serpents-kiss.com

“Most people work with the moon phases in their magic but rarely go beyond that to explore the many powerful relationships forged over centuries between magic worker and the heavenly bodies. We will of course review planetary hours, days of the week and moon cycles, as well as Mercury retrograde, but then delve deeper into the forces of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun, etc... These powerful forces can either facilitate your success or block it. The ancients knew this and so can you!

Week 1 12/7
The Sun, Moon, and Mercury
Week 2 12/14
How to work with Astrological Signs in Magic
Week 3 12/21
How to work with Planets in Signs in Magic
Week 4
Putting it all together”

Benefit Concert for Garden Gate
featuring Colm O'Riain
Friday December 7, 8:00PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
suggested donation $15

“Dear friends of Garden Gate,
We are greatly honored that violin virtuoso Colm O'Riain generously offered to perform a benefit concert for Garden Gate!  

Please come out and support our fledgling arts center, which has already hosted so many wonderful arts and artists, and experience an outstanding evening of music while you're at it.

Colm O Riain (violin) and Geoff van Lienden (guitar)

Irish-born violinist Colm O Riain and his band mix the ancient beat of Ireland with rhythms and melodies from all over the musical world - Jazz, Blues, Roma (Gipsy), India, Cuba, Brazil and many more. Tonight, in the intimate environment of Garden Gate, Colm and guitarist Geoff van Lienden will present  a rare duo performance.

An accomplished and fiery improviser in many genres, Colm has performed in festivals and venues throughout the world - from Argentina and Brazil to Sweden and Vietnam - while also thrilling audiences at festivals and venues across the United States. His CD Bridge Across the Blue, produced with partner-in-crime, poet Pireeni Sundaralingam, features a dazzling array of musicians and poets and was cited by About.com as one of the Top 7 recordings of poetry and music of all time."

A Little House Christmas
adapted from the stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder
presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre
Friday and Saturday, December 7-8,
Friday 9:30AM and 11:00AM, Saturday 11:30AM and 1:30PM
SecondStage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

“Two classic stories from the most beloved childhood on the prairie:Mr. Edwards meets Santa Claus and The Christmas Horses."

Everything Old Is New Again
an evening of dinner theatre
Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, 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.”

with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Friday, December 7, 8:00 PM
St. Paul's Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Saturday, December 8, 8:00 PM
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

“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.”

presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, December 7-9, 7:00PM (1st series)
February 1, 2, 3 (2nd series)
Envision Academy, 1515 Webster Street, Oakland
$15-$30 sliding scale, available at the door

“Fierce Play
a series of original performances by members of the core ensemble

What makes a play FIERCE? Bursts of creative genius and wild exploration! Working at the collision of DARING and DISCIPLINE! PLAY, RIGOUR, MYSTERY and the spirit of YES!NOW!

The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is an invitation to practice the power of GO. To bang the words: RAW and POLISHED together and make the sparks fly. This work raises the energy and creates crackling, electric performances. Members of Ragged Wing’s Core Company will lead the creation of FIERCE PLAYS in a condensed time-frame of fourteen days. Why work under the gun? It’s theatrical athleticism! The artists work at the edge of possibility and the wild mind alights! What holds it together? Our season theme: It’s About Time.

The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is a giant LEAP into the creative YES. We’re taking it. Come with us.

Series One:

Air: born
by Soren Santos
Does desire exist at the level of DNA? What if there were a longing so great, so totally consuming, that it penetrated the blueprint for life? What cellular ambitions have patiently unfolded through evolution, and what has yet to unfold? What is the true potential of life... and how long will it take to get there? Air : born is an exploration of the longing for flight. The desire of DNA, urge at the microscopic level, and the aspirations of life as we know it.

Fishtank piece
by Addie Ulrey
Is your job a place you have to spend a lot of time so you can live your life, or is your job the place where you do the important things in life? Does a boring job make you boring? What’s the most valuable thing you do with your time? Would you rather crochet enough squares to fill a fish tank or drive all the cars off a container ship? The piece in which these questions may or may not be answered.

The Music Tree
by Philip Wharton
A Pit River Indian once said, ‘Everything is living, even the rocks, even that bench you are sitting on…Everything is alive. That’s what we Indians believe. White people think everything is dead.’ This piece attempts to explore that dichotomy and overcome it through the retelling of a Miwok origin myth and the questions of a child to her geologist grandfather as they walk on the mountain now known as Diablo.”

Christmas Revels - A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Friday-Sunday, December 7-9,
plays through December 16
Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00PM and 5:00PM
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
See website for detailed ticket prices and parking information.

“This year we will be taking you to the shores of the Adriatic in 1520, where three members of the Guild of Fools have been commissioned to provide the Solstice festivities for the small town of Prosecco. To delight the villagers, they decide to present the story of the Wise Men from the East. The music, dances and customs they employ range from Italy through the Hapsburg Empire to the Balkans.

Much goes well, and much goes comically wrong as they wrest the light from the clutches of darkness and propel us all into a new year.”

My experience with The Christmas Revels is that it is both ridiculously fun and sublimely moving.

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
Friday, December 7 - Friday, December 28,
see website for detailed schedule and ticket prices
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

“On Christmas Eve, 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.

San Francisco Ballet’s sparkling production of Nutcracker, set here in our own City by the Bay, has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet’s international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944.”

Great Peninsula Youth Theatre Rummage Sale
Saturday, December 8, 9:00AM-5:00PM
PYT Studios, 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View

“PYT is holding a rummage sale to help us meet our year-end fundraising goals!  Donate your gently used items, or come and shop!”

Alameda Holiday Home Tour
Saturday, December 8, 9:30AM-4:30PM
around the city of Alameda - locations will be provided with ticket purchase
$35 in advance, $40 on the day

“Guests follow their heart as the Alameda Family Services League presents its 42nd Annual ‘42 Years of Holiday Magic’ Alameda Holiday Home Tour. The tour, Alameda’s premier fundraising event, will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM. Home is where the heart is as all proceeds go to the organization that has as its sole goal: Serving Families, Strengthening Our Communities - Alameda Family Services. The Holiday Home Tour features a variety of Alameda’s architectural style homes decorated for the holidays. Always in early December, the date is early enough for guests to include gift and holiday decor shopping at the Gift Boutique. Also on sale are holiday packaged baked goods, candies, and specialty food items at the Gourmet Shop. A Holiday Dessert Tea is served to cheer the heart and palate. See our Events page for more information. Booklets are presented to each guest providing a map of the tour and description of each home.”

Santa Claus is Coming!
Saturday, December 8, 10:00AM-1:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
$2 program fee for children, $3 tour fee for adults

“Family program at the McConaghy House

Ho, Ho, Ho! Meet the jolly man himself! We will make snow globes and paper garlands, and listen to winter-time stories.
Enjoy cookies and cider, and visit with Santa from 10:00AM-1:00PM.”

Gamble Mansion Holiday Puppet Shows
Saturday, December 8, shows at 10:00AM, 11:30AM, 12:00PM
Gamble Mansion at Elizabeth Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
reservations required

“Holiday Treats is an original thirty minute Christmas show from Nick Barone Puppets. Filled with lovable and friendly monsters and festive songs, this amusing story is designed to delight families and children of all ages.

Join us! Light refreshments will be served on the Patio.

The Puppet Show is in the Carriage House. Ages 3+ accompanied by an adult.
This is a perfect outing for Grandparents!”

Santa’s Fantastic Musical Revue
Saturday, December 8, 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!”

Modern Day Morrigu
with Heather Killen
Saturday, December 8, 12:00-2:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Badbh, Macha and Nemain; the Ancient and Powerful Sovereign of land , fertility, prophecy and battle known as the Morrighan/Morrigu. How do the gifts and blessings of the Queen of Shape shifting apply in our modern world? How does She speak to us in the midst of our techno-junkie world. What are Her gifts and Aid to the Modern Practitioner?  She is the pathway of life and death, sexuality and conflict, that man’s borders could never and will never contain or control. These topics and many more centered on The Morrigu will be discussed during this lively workshop.

Heather Killen is a priestess of the Morrigu and the Dagda; and founder of the Earth Warriors Council. In addition to being a mother of two, Heather has taught women's and warrior mysteries all across Northern America. She is an ordained Wiccan Clergy Woman in the State of Ohio and actively practicing witch of over 18 years. She has received many degrees from Black Thorne Temple, Silver Web,  O.L.O.E, and recipient of the Leslie P. Dauterman award. She isn’t a witch beholding to degrees favoring practical application, heart, integrity, common sense and skill. Heather does Clergy work for the Ohio Prison system when able; the organizer and director of the Earth Warriors Festival and owner of Violet Flame Gifts. Heather is a no-nonsense, down to earth witch who is frequently called an irrepressible force of nature who works with the Universal threads to weave unity and shatter the illusion of separateness.”

Sacred Well Holiday Artisans Faire
Saturday, December 8, 12:00-5:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Have you ever noticed that locally produced, handmade goods are the best gifts? Those special items that your family and friends keep talking about for years?

This year's Vendors will be:

Road to Ife House:
Selling copies of their brand new magazine Road to Ife, and other homemade goods

Ars Fabrica Comestibles:
Featuring delicious homemade jams, jellies, and other treats from local, sustainably harvested fruits and veggies

From the Fig Tree Fashion:
Locally produced handmade clothing, accessories, and a variety of magical wares

Rha Bowden:
The Sacred Well's very own Rha presents his unique artwork, greeting cards, and urban wizardry

Join us as we welcome some of our favorite artisans for our annual Sacred Well Holiday Artisans Faire!”

Christmas at Sea
Saturday, December 8, 3:00-4:45PM
on board the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
Ship’s admission fees apply: $5 adults, ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes.
for more information call 415-447-5000

“This special holiday celebration features live music by the Dogwatch Nautical Band performing chanteys and sea songs with a holiday twist, refreshments, ornament making, a reading of a popular Christmas story, and a special visit from Santa Claus, who has booked his trip to San Francisco and will arrive by boat to the park. As the band concludes its performance, park ranger Carol Kiser will read from The Night Before Christmas. Right after, we expect Santa's arrival (around 4:20PM) and he will listen to children's wishes until the celebration ends at 4:45PM.”

A Christmas Carol at McConaghy House
Saturday, December 8, 4:30PM and 7:30PM
and every Saturday through December 22
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Tickets are $25. Seating is limited. Call 510-581-0223 for tickets.

“A Special Theatre Performance

Don’t miss this unique theatrical experience of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale A Christmas Carol inside the McConaghy House. The audience moves from room to room following actors and musicians as they bring the story to life. This one hour show will combine the telling of Dickens' ghost story with the home’s preserved Victorian-era beauty in a celebration of the Christmas spirit. Join the performers after the show for a merry cup of hot cider.”

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

“3 Performers, 1 Theme, 30 Minutes

The Dawn is hosted by Derik Cowan, with performances by Jason Wyman and 2 other performers.

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

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

Kehilla Chanukah Celebration
Saturday, December 8, 5:00PM
Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont
Sliding Scale $5-$10 adults, $2 per child, $20 for a family.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

“Chanukah begins on Saturday night this year and we are pulling out all the stops! Come celebrate with us on the first night of Chanukah.  We’ve got lots of wonderful activities planned for both children and adults.  

The festivities will include:   
5:00PM:  Kids program with Octopretzel
5:15PM:  Shining the Light Out, a 45-minute Chanukah activity for adults and youth to explore a Chanukah practice that takes us beyond presents and latkes.
6:00PM:  Havdalah and Candlelighting (Please bring your menorah if you can!)
6:30PM: Vegetarian Potluck (Latkes provided!) Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. (Fish is okay, but no shellfish, please.)
Arts and Crafts   
Beeswax Candlemaking with Eden Village Camp
The Kehilla Chanukah Singers.
The Kehilla Klezmer Band

In the Social Hall and the Sanctuary”

Community Seed Yule Ball
Saturday, December 8, 5:00-11:00PM
Clubhouse, Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation appreciated; no one turned away for lack of funds
bring a potluck item (see details below) and a canned food donation

“Come one! Come all! Bring the kids! Pack up Gramma and Grandpa! Bring everyone to the gala Yule Celebration!

Dining, Dancing, Silliness, Solemnity, Merry Making!

Potluck Dinner. If you can make it, they will surely eat it.
Earth Signs: Main dishes / Air Signs: Salads / Water Signs: Side Dishes / Fire Signs: Desserts
Community Seed will provide Coffee, juices and sodas. (sorry, CS is strictly sober.)
Please label your dish will all of the ingredients, for those with allergies. There is a full kitchen on hand should items need to be heated up or cooled off.

Come dressed in your bestest Holiday outfit, if you like. Black tie with fairy wings is welcomed. (Your ‘sacred jeans’ will also do just fine.)

Dancing with DJ Yari, who will be spinning a wide variety of tunes from all eras to get us ALL moving and groovin.

The fabulous Photo Booth returns!

Rafflerafflereaffleraffle! This year we will again be having TWO raffles, one for the youngsters and one for the grownups. Fabulous prizes will be provided by our area Witchy stores, local artists and YOU (If you have anything that you’d like to donate as a raffle prize).
(Proceeds from the raffle will go to offset the cost of the event and any profit will be added to the CS general fund, helping to provide over 30 Pagan events for the Santa Cruz area, every year.)

How much fun is the Yule Celebration? THIS MUCH FUN: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150455964664222.382844.123128869221&type=1

You must come! Save the date, December 8th, research what delectable dish you will be bringing, and start planning that outfit now! We’ll see you – and the whole family – on December 8th!

Questions? More information? Donations? email us at info@communityseed.org or call 831-469-0336.”

Old Time Maritime Christmas
Saturday, December 8, 6:00-9:00PM
Hyde Street Pier and aboard historic vessels, San Francisco
for more information call 415-447-5000

“The park's costumed Living History players present the annual Old Time Maritime Christmas, bringing maritime history to life in this unique holiday program. Turn back the clock to Christmas in the year 1901, where you will meet and talk with captains, wives, passengers and crews aboard historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier. Lamplit guided tours by costumed nightwatchmen leave every 20 minutes from the pier entrance from 6:00PM with the last tour beginning 7:40PM. With the lights of San Francisco twinkling in the background, the historic ships and costumed characters offer a memorable holiday experience!”

Lighted Boat Parade
with the Petaluma Yacht Club
Saturday, December 8, 6:30PM
Turning Basin, 10 C Street, Petaluma

“In a dramatic evening spectacle, a flotilla of decorated, lighted vessels glide into historic downtown at the Turning Basin at about 6:30PM. The lighted boats remain docked in downtown throughout the night behind the Great Petaluma Mill.”

Creepshow Christmas
Jill Tracy CD Release concert at the Hypnodrome
Saturday, December 8, 8:00PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“What happens when San Francisco's celebrated ‘femme fatale for the thinking man’ and the Hypnodrome's favorite chanteuse applies her dark elegance to a Christmas album?  

Jill Tracy returns to The Hypnodrome in a full concert to celebrate her new CD, Silver Smoke, Star of Night, and the Christmas ‘spirit’ (for those who prefer the October chill) complete with special guests, short films, and ghost tales.

Her joy working with Creepshow Campers (ages 8-15) at the Hypnodrome inspired her to create a RARE all ages show and actually invite children in the audience to share their favorite ghost story. Jill Tracy and her band will even conjure the spirits with an improvised live score for each tale!

Her brand new CD, Silver Smoke, Star of Night, beckons away from the cheap holiday tinsel and phony cheer to reveal a more evocative, sophisticated undercurrent. The collection is Jill Tracy's lavish, shadowy interpretation of some of the more haunting classic carols, some dating back to the Middle Ages. Emotional, delicate, and textural, the music was recorded in completely organic, but grand fashion-from hand-held antique chimes, bells, toys, mallets, bamboo, metals, and drums by master percussionist Randy Odell.

This is the season's Night Music Jill Tracy's glorious realm that lurks within the shadow of Christmas, and will cast you under its spell.

Creepshow Christmas features master percussionist Randy Odell, bassist Kenny Annis, and special guest John Anaya (from the recent multi award-winning Edinburgh Fringe hit  The I Hate Children Children's Show.”

KPFA Crafts Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9, 10:00AM-6:00PM
SF Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco

“A beloved holiday tradition, the KPFA Crafts Fair offers an intimate and relaxed bazaar style shopping experience with over 200 artisans offering unique handcrafted gifts under one roof. Original and contemporary handcrafted items in all media from wearable art to art for the home will be featured; leather, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, gourmet food, self-care products and more.”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9, 10:00AM-7:00PM
and every weekend through December 23
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 8-9, 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.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Saturdays-Sundays, December 8-9, 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.”

Create Fused Glass Ornaments
Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9, 12:00-4:00PM
Stained Glass Garden, 1800 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-841-2200

“The Stained Glass Garden is a family owned and operated glass art gallery, supplier, and education center. We have provided the SF Bay Area with quality service, glass, tools, unique gifts, and a creative outlet since 1976.

We are pleased to offer Fourth Street visitors, this FREE weekend activity on December 8 and 9 from 12:00-4:00PM.  All ages welcome.”

Crucible Gifty Holiday Sale
Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9, Saturday 12:00-6:00PM, Sunday 12:00-4:00PM
1260 7th Street, Oakland
Free admission

"A fun day for the whole family! Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible's 56,000 sq. ft. studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly. Check out exciting live demonstrations including welding, glass working, metal casting, blacksmithing and much much more. Catch amazing fiery performances and wander through a maze of vendors with handmade crafts, perfect for last minute gifts. You get to support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area's most unusual holiday celebration.”

Vagabond Indie Craft Fair
Saturday, December 8-9, 12:00-6:30PM
Urban Bazaar, 1371 9th Avenue, San Francisco

“Over two dozen local artists selling their unique, handmade wares in Urban Bazaar's backyard garden, a great spot for LOCALLY MADE Holiday Gifts, bake sale fundraiser, free craft table, a bar with yummy warm drinks.”

Open Studio Holiday Sale and Ornament Extravaganza
at Slow Burn Glass Studio
Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9,
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.”

The Festival of Lights
Sunday, December 9, 9:30AM-2:30PM
The Osher Marin JCC , 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 415-444-8000
Free, All are Welcome!

“Join the Osher Marin JCC for the most festive and fun Hanukkah party in the Bay Area!

The Festival of Lights Schedule:
9:30-11:30AM Family Connections
at the Osher Marin JCC Preschool
Free for families with children ages birth-3 and their siblings.  Music, art, treats and parent education.  RSVP to Melody atmhorowitz@marinjcc.org

11:30AM-2:30PM Delicious Food for Purchase
Lobby and Plaza J Cafe
Including: Hanukkah latkes and sufganiyot (donuts)

11:30AM-2:30PM Games, Crafts and Shows
Hoytt Theater
Make art projects, play dreidel, and engage in Hanukkah-themed fun!

11:30AM-2:30PM Hanukkah Stories and Songs
Holiday songs and stories sponsored by The PJ Library
11:30AM and 1:00PM: Hanukkah show
by musical group Octopretzel
12:15PM and 1:45PM: Brady Gill performs a new special Hanukkah story

11:30AM-2:30PM Artisan Marketplace
Lounge and Atrium
Buy all your holiday gifts from local vendors and artisans
Check out handmade Judaica, fused glass, jewelry, mixed media collages, printed scarves, and much more!

11:30AM-2:30PM Kid Zone (Ages 8 and Up)
Gym – 3rd Floor
Bounce House and Hanukkah-themed games”

Christmas Stop-Motion Animation Festival
Sunday, December 9, 12:00-3:00PM, again at 3:00-6:00PM
program repeats on December 16
The Retro Dome, 1694 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, 408-404-7711

"Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, and A Year Without A Santa Claus on the big screen!

You've been asking us to run them, and now we're pleased to present three Christmas stop-motion animated favorites! The three films will run from 12:00-3:00PM and repeated from 3:00-6:00PM. Come at any time from Noon and stay any duration up to 6:00PM. See any one or all of the films!”

Holiday Lego Show
Sunday, December 9, 1:00-4:00PM,
and every Saturday-Sunday through January 6
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM, Sunday 1:00-4:00PM
Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Leandro

“Everybody is welcome to see a Lego winter display this December.

This is a special Lego show. It is a fundraiser for the 7th and 8th grade Principled Academy students.  All Proceeds will go to their Washington DC trip coming this spring 2013.
Come and enjoy the display and at the same time support the 7th and 8th graders.

Opening Dates and hours:
December 9, 2012 - January 6, 2013, Every Saturday (10:00AM - 4:00PM) and Sunday (1:00PM - 4:00PM)
Closed all other days
2305 Washington ave, San Leandro, CA, 2nd floor
Admission: $1 per person

The size of this display is smaller than last summer and there is NO Lego for sale, but there is plenty of Lego to play with!”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, December 9, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the second Sunday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Men and women of all backgrounds are invited to participate in monthly rituals and activities dedicated to the benevolent Lady of Love.

Theme for December: Selfless Love  

These services help you tap into the ever-flowing fountain of love within, and to connect that love with your personal practices, work, relationships, and activities in the world.”

Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day
Sunday, December 9, 11:00AM-6:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
Adocentyn Library, 1029 A Solano Avenue, Albany
please RSVP to Don Frew at DHF3@aol.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you and Blessed Be,

Garden Gate Holiday Gift Trunk Show
Sunday, December 9, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
http://www.gardengatecreate.com (website plays music)

“Find the perfect holiday gifts for your friends and family at Garden Gate's trunk show featuring the best of the Bay Area's artists!  

Fine art
Gift certificates for classes (yoga, belly dance, flamenco, tango, piano lessons, vocal lessons, harp lessons, house concerts...)
Herbal body care and medicinal treats
CDs and musical scores
...and much more!

11:00AM-6:00PM, with live music and refreshments offered throughout the day.  Make your shopping easy, fun and beautiful while supporting local artists' work.”

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, December 9, 3:00-5:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for any individual class

“Classes for the budding herbalist! Each session is a fun, casual, interactive, hands-on lesson in one facet of practical and magical herbalism.

Theme for December 9 Special End of Year Class at Rabbit's Home!
You must call to register - open to current students only!

As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with the plants and make our potions!”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, December 9, 3:00-5:00PM (and the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kitka's 2nd Annual Wintersongs Community Sing
Sunday, December 9, 5:00-7:00PM
Nile Hall in Historic Preservation Park, 668 13th Street, Oakland
Donations accepted

“Join Kitka and the Kitka Community Chorus in a celebratory circle of song! Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung by many voices in community! Kitka singers will lead the group in some fun open voice warm-ups, and will teach a varied selection of favorite tunes from our Wintersongs repertoire. The songs presented promise to be accessible, beautiful, and interesting. This Community Sing is designed to be very inclusive. Singers of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.”

Winter Solstice Drum Circle
Sunday, December 9, 6:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434
For more information, e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Equinox and Solstice Drumming Circles

We hold drumming circles four times a year to come together to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth. We invite you to join us.

You do not have to be experienced in drumming or shamanism to attend. It is recommended that you know how to journey, though not required.

If you have a drum or rattle, please bring it. Some drums and rattles will be available to borrow.”

Winter Open House, Holiday Party, and Sale
Sunday-Monday, December 9-10, Sunday 12:00-5:00PM, Monday 6:00-9:00PM
Institute for Urban Homesteading, 839 60th Street, Oakland

“Join the party! Our year-end event is a celebration of the bounty. There will be tasting (homemade jam, bread, wine and more), convivial people and shopping! Who could ask for more? Lots of cool handmade goodies and treats starting as low as $1. Come grab your stocking stuffers, Secret Santas and private stash. Enjoy the cheer and support the local economy. Win-win happy joy!”

Celebrate Anahita Persian Goddess of Water and the Fertilizing Force of the Earth
Monday, December 10, 7:30PM
Concord location given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount/$40 one time exchange
See website for more information and to RSVP
This ritual is for cisgendered women

“How soothing is the precious rain water falling from the heavens? Every year when the rains come, we breathe sighs of relief that life will be sustained and nourished once again. We think of the land drinking thirstily, of the seeds receiving Her moisture and feeling encouraged by Her touch. We think of the collection spots of water with relief: puddles, reservoirs, creeks, rivers and the ocean. There is enormous promise in each drop of rain. They are offerings from the Goddess to quench our thirst. We hope you will join us at Her altar!

She is Anahit in Armenia, Nahid in Modern Persia, Anaïtis in Kurdistan. She is Ardvi Sura Anahita - the humid, strong, immaculate one. She of many names not only blesses with the gift of Water, She is the divinity of Water itself. The life force that pulses through each drop and flows through the bodies of all living things, allowing life to occur. Without Her nothing would be.  With Her, all things thrive.

Worship and reverence for Anahita can be traced back as far as the 4th century BCE in Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, and Kurdistan where She was venerated as the source of the Cosmic ocean and worshipped for Her Wisdom properties as well as Her life giving properties. Womyn and men prayed to Her for fertility - for moist inviting wombs, healthy flowing sperm, and abundant milk supply from the breasts of mothers. She is the River Goddess, She is the Mother Goddess. From Mount Hara, the legendary mountain around which the stars and planets revolve, Anahita pours Her blessings from the holy pitcher of life. She is both the creator and pourer, as well as the water and the sacred Mother. Her association with this mountain is profound for the mountain itself is seen as the ancestor of the ancient Persians: The guardian, the guarding one, the peak of good deeds. This mountain is the center of the universe and this is where Anahita resides.

The Anahita Temple on the Eastern edge of Kangavar in Kurdistan (now Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and parts of the former U.S.S.R) is the most well preserved of Her Temples. It has been under archaeological excavation off an on since 1968, but has been so largely damaged through time, ‘renovation’, and dismantling for needed building supplies, that it is very difficult to ascertain what the worship of Her looked and felt like within this structure over 2200 years ago.

As you prepare for this ritual which will occur during the dark Scorpio Moon consider your sacred relationship with Water and all of the gifts that it brings to you. Do you conserve it, do you revere it, do you treat it like a gift that is being poured from the Divine pitcher of Anahita?

For the altar please bring a green or blue candle, water from sacred sites that you would like to share, doves or peacocks - Her sacred animals, and any green boughs from your yard that would like to be on the altar as an offering to Her.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: The High Priestess and the Four of Cups

A Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Join us in a roundtable discussion where we discuss our two cards for the month and learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor in concert
featuring guests Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynn   
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Using mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, tenor guitar, three or four idiosyncratic types of guitars and their voices, Marla and Bruce will perform works from their upcoming CD Noctambule. The title comes from a poem by Robert Service, wherein, as the bars close, the protagonist sets out upon a nocturnal ramble through the streets and back alleys of Paris. Come prepared for adventure...     

Bruce Victor is an eclectic and accomplished finger-style guitarist and composer, whose alternate guitar tunings and irrepressible humor have delighted audiences throughout the Bay Area.   

Marla Fibish is a long-time feature of the Bay Area Irish music scene, bringing a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is seldom heard on the mandolin. For many years Marla has been putting poetry to music and her new musical partnership with guitarist Bruce Victor highlights her work as a composer and singer.

Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter are two multi-instrumental musicians who are well-known for their work on the Celtic harps, and their love of early acoustic instrumentation.  

Between them, they play Celtic harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Irish bouzouki, Ukrainian bandura, cittern, acoustic guitar and viola in their captivating shows. Their adventurous and humorous tales of life as modern troubadours delight audiences from all walks of life.”

Tree Trimming Party and Meditation for Those of All Faiths
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00-9:00PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
donations accepted
Please RSVP to 415-884-231 or anubhuti@bkwsu.org

“We are inviting people of all cultures and backgrounds to join us in decorating the holiday tree with ornaments from all faith traditions, sharing of good wishes and good company. The tree is a symbol of life in many cultures, and as we go through the season of darkness, we bring the tree inside to enliven our spirits.

Talk - Meditation - Music and Singing - Refreshments
Holiday treats and warm mulled cider will be served. Children are welcome.”

Planetary Wide Forgiveness Activation and Crystalline Grid Meditation
Wednesday, December 12, 12:12PM
Worldwide, local event below
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
for more information or to RSVP, please call 707-857-4747 or e-mail isis@isisoasis.org

“12.12.12 Marks The The Full Activation Of The Multi Dimensional 144 Crystalline Grid that Encompasses Our Mother, Earth

... This... Is... YOUR... Time... To Shine!
As a result of this activation the Earth will be flooded with more Divine Feminine Energy than we have ever known before on the path towards this Ascension.

We NOW have a tremendous opportunity to uplift our individual and collective consciousness to be in balance with our Beloved Mother Earth as she raises her foundation to the 5th Dimension. She is taking with Her all those that are willing to let go of all that does not serve them in their greatest good by passing through the Christ/Crystalline Gateway into the Higher Realms of Unconditional Love. We are creating Unity (or Christ) Consciousness, where all of life is in Balance and Peace. We welcome the return of the Higher Aspects of the Ma-Ray... the Divine Mother Ray of Light... the Creative Holy Spirit.

It is time for both the Divine Feminine Warrior and the Divine Nurturer to stand strong as the leader on the cutting edge of Our Evolution. To mark this turning point in the evolution of Our planet, our Earth Mother, let us join together in Joy and Forgiveness... Forgive and Release all energies that no longer serve our greater good. This is our most powerful opportunity to truly Heal our Selves and our Mother Planet with the highest help from the Heavenly Realms of Love.
We are all here to uplift the planet... Forgiveness is the way... Unconditional Love towards All Beings... and yes, especially those that have caused hardship upon this planet... they are the ones that need our Compassion, Forgiveness and Unconditional Love the most. Let us break the cycle of Judgment.. of Duality.... Let us Forgive.

Here at Isis Oasis, in Geyserville California we will be activating our Energy Gateway in Sacred Ceremony at 12:12PM... participating in the above meditation, followed by crystal sound healing... sharing healing and forgiveness with our Beloved Gaia and all sentient BEings upon her. We are anticipating the magical high vibration this will bring forth with immense joy.
If not now, when?
If not you, Who?
If not here, Where?
The time is now to create The Way of Peace... by connecting with the Web of Life (the Crystalline Grid)... And through this Web of Life We, Together....
*Create and Share Prosperity and Abundance*
*Speak, Do and Radiate Truth*
*Uplift The Lives Of Each Other... The All Are Connected*”

Sprouts Yule Ritual And Potluck
Sunday, December 16, 5:00-7:00PM
East Bay location will be given upon RSVP to Facebook page

“On December 19, 2010, Sprouts, the children's ritual circle and pagan parenting support group of the Come As You Are Coven, held its first wheel of the year ritual to celebrate Yule. It is only fitting that as Sprouts transitions into a pagan parenting club that we hold our last wheel of the year ritual for Yule 2012.  On Sunday, December 16  we shall  feast together, honor the past year, celebrate the rebirth of the sun,  and dream into the future by making wish ornaments for the new year to come. Please bring a potluck dish to share and a candle to light for the new year.”

Have a Wonderful, Spirited, Stirring Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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