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 11, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12, Scrooge: The Haunting of Ebenezer, Center REP’s 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, Red Tent Temple Rises, Cerrito Theater 75th Anniversary Party, Divine Presence: A Circle for Women, History: the Musical, It's a Wonderful Life, Dracula, Wavy Gravy and His Guided Mistletoes, The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, The Road To Ife, Moon Market, In Her Name Circle: Guadalupe, The Modern Wreath, Astrology in Magic, Damanhur Come To Isis Oasis, Christmas Jug Band, Everything Old Is New Again, Fairy Winterland, The Hard Nut, Christmas Revels, The Christmas Ballet, San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, Three Stone Hearth Holiday Bazaar. Handmade for the Holidays!, Story Time with Santa, Santastic!, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Dreams of the Great Turning, 20 Harps for the Holidays, A Christmas Carol at McConaghy House, A Scottish Christmas, Yule 2012 - A Modern Saturnalia, Roy Zimmerman's PeaceNick Concert, Gaskell Ball, Twisted Christmas, Winter Solstice Ritual Harp Concert, Pomegranates and Figs: A Feast of Jewish Music, Broceliande Winter Solstice Concert, Holiday Lego Show, Holiday Classic Weekend, Holiday Glassworks Trunk Show, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Holidays at Dunsmuir, Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale, Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, Goddess Crafts Faire, Magic Toy Box Tea, Holiday Sing-Along With Santa, Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker, The MeshugaNutcracker!, Clothing Swap and Mini Craft Fair, Awan Olokun - Year End Cleansing, Holiday Open House, Christmas Stop-Motion Animation Festival, Honor the Darkness, A Winter Wonderland, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Sprouts Yule Ritual And Potluck, Holiday Open House at the Ainsley House, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, Sixth Annual Project For Awesome, Iron Cupcake, Solstice Gathering at Anubhuti, South Bay Pagan Salon, David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries

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*”

Scrooge: The Haunting of Ebenezer
Wednesday-Saturday, December 12-15, 8:00PM
playing through December 30
The Boxcar Theatre Studios , 125A Hyde Street, San Francisco

“Boxcar Theatre brings their brand of the Christmas spirit to the tenderloin with this reimagining of Dickens iconic Holiday tale.

On a cold Christmas eve a solitary man journeys into the darkness of his haunted soul to confront the ghosts of his past, and the source of his self imposed misery. Will a chilling brush with his own mortality be enough to earn his redemption? With but one small ember of humanity still burning within his cold heart, he must find a way to free himself from the chains of his own making before it is too late.

This one-man performance strips away the sentimentality while remaining true to the wit and fire of Dickens' masterpiece of storytelling - his glorious language, vivid characterization and compelling social conscience.

Make a pilgrimage to the tenderloin for a story that still resonates even in the most hardened, unsentimental of us Scrooges.”

Center REP’s A Christmas Carol
Wednesday-Sunday, December 12-16
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.”

Frank Bette Center for the Arts Holiday Boutique
Wednesday, December 12 - 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 12-30
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 12-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.”

Red Tent Temple Rises
a space for women
Thursday, December 13, 3:00-8:30PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
Donations appreciated to cover costs: $5-$15

“This month The Red Tent will open earlier and stay open for most of the day. This will allow anyone who works in the evening a chance to come, or if you just want to stop by right after work the space is available.

We are planning a foot bathing and reflexology experience. Bring dish tubs, extra towels and any oils or lotion so we can honor each step we take. And smooth stones for the bath a plus. Hand massage too!

The Dec circle will also be open spaces for divination, massage and energy healing, self-care, quiet meditation and/or loving connection, expressive arts/music and sharing. Reference material for the blood mysteries and our moon times will be available too.

Give yourself the GIFT of an time in women’s space. Bring friends, sisters, mothers, aunts….
Wear red to hold the frequency of our moon blood.
Bring easy snacks to share.
Please join the movement, raise the Red Tent!”

Cerrito Theater 75th Anniversary Party
Thursday, December 13, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Come celebrate Cerrito Theater’s 75th anniversary!

The Friends of the Cerrito Theater invites you to a very special party! There will be live music from Cookie Reese’s Any Reason, (formerly known as Hot Popcorn), the same wonderful quartet that entertained us at the Open House in 2002. We will have a special program before the featured showing:

You Can’t Take It With You
The featured classic is a gem from the era and won Oscars in 1938 for both Best Picture and Best Director for the renowned director Frank Capra. A screwball comedy, You Can’t Take It With You involves a zany family and a romance. James Stewart stars with Jean Arthur, and a great supporting cast including Lionel Barrymore.

The celebration is sure to sell out, so buy your tickets now at the box office or online. Tickets are just $8.00 each.

Come wear a 30′s era outfit or dress festively!”

Divine Presence: A Circle for Women
with Eve Crowe and Christine Tulis
Thursday, December 13, 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.”

History: the Musical
Thursday-Saturday, December 13-15, 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 13-16 - final weekend
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM and 7:00PM
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 13-16 - final weekend
Thursday 8:00PM, Friday 9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 8:00PM
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.”

Wavy Gravy and His Guided Mistletoes
Thursday-Friday, December 13-14 and Sunday, December 16
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
plays through December 23
The Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
$15 - $35 sliding scale

“Wavy Gravy recounts his life and times, spilling proverbial beans, and promises at least some reference to the holidays. There are hints of Claude Rains Deer, or should that be Clawed Reindeer, and a vague mention of Insanity Claus. That, along with a photo of a sprightly Wavy - in full St. Nick regalia, merrily jumping into a cop car outside San Quentin for protesting the death penalty - is all the information we have. Not to be missed!

Best known to millions as the inspiration for a Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor - ‘I am an activist clown and former frozen dessert,’ says Wavy - it is through his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents that Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood.

His friend and satirist Paul Krassner has called him ‘the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa.’ Wavy says, ‘Some people tell me I'm a saint, I tell them I'm Saint Misbehavin'.’ (which is also the name of Michelle Estrick’s critically-acclaimed documentary on Wavy). All performances will benefit Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow.”

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes
7th Annual All Drag Xmas Exdrag-a-ganza
Thursday-Sunday, December 13-16,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through December 30
Victoria Theater, 2961 16th Street, San Francisco

“The San Francisco Golden Girls All Drag Smash Hit is back for The Holidays.

The popular all-drag production of the popular ‘80s sitcom features San Francisco drag personalities, Heklina, Cookie Dough, Matthew Martin and Pollo Del Mar; as TV’s favorite Miami retirees Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose.

Manuel Caneri and Laurie Bushman also guest star.”

The Road To Ife
Friday, December 14, 6:30-8:00PM (and the second Friday of each month)
East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
$11 per single class.  Discounts available for blocks of classes - see website for details

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

December 14: That Sinking Feeling: Wealth, Wisdom and the Mystery of Olokun

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

Moon Market
Friday, December 14, 7:00-9:00PM
Pepple’s Donut Farm "After Hours" 6037 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland
Presented by Chamomile on Mars

“Join us at the Moon Market II at the Donut Farm for 2nd Friday with Actual Cafe!

We will celebrate a lunar eclipse with local artists, music, free drinks, and herbal deliciousness from moon lovers of all kinds.

Come shop around, dance around, and jingle yourself into the holiday spirit! Pick up a treat for yourself, maybe a surprise for a friend and enjoy a drink on us!

Artist List for Winter Moon Market, December 14:

DJ Moon Doggie - cool tunes, fun times.

Chamomile on Mars - herbal soda, hangover tea.

Diamond Dazed - beaded jewelry.

Witch Kitchen Works - healing salves, fermentation crocks.
witch.kitchen.works@gmail.com,  http://jaclyntobia.com

AmanDoug - sketchbooks, light covers.
ahmanduh.art@gmail.com, krugdouger@gmail.com

D. Alexander Holmes - recent work.

Moss Obras - ceramic works.

The Healing Place Natural Body Care - natural hair and body products.

Holy Sponge! - sea sponge menstruation kits.

Kasey's Sweet Treats - date sweetened, GF and grain free baked goods.

fresh kitchen company - cookzines, date truffles.

Ars Fabrica Comestibles - jams, jellies, relish, cordials.

Down at Lulu's - vintage women's clothing.

Plantas - hanging macrame plants.

Event Hosted by Pepples Donuts and Chamomile on Mars.”

In Her Name Circle: Guadalupe, Mother of the People
with Joy Reichard
Friday, December 14, 7:00-8:30PM (and the second Friday of every month)
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

The Modern Wreath
Art and Solstice Celebration
Friday, December 14, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Julie and Joel Baron continue to explore the symbolism of this ancient tradition using untraditional elements.

Join us for some holiday cheer this Friday.  Drink specials and treats served.”

Astrology in Magic
with Susan Diamond
Friday, December 14, 7:00-9:00PM,
and two more Fridays December 21 and 28   
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$75 for all three classes advanced registration (before December 14),
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!”

Damanhur Come To Isis Oasis
Friday, December 14, 7:00-10:00PM
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

“Damanhur: A film and talk with Shama Viola from Damanhur intentional community in Italy

Founded in 1975, the Federation of Damanhur in Italy is now an internationally renowned center for spiritual, artistic and social research. Damanhur is an eco-society, a Federation of Communities and eco-villages with a continuously evolving social and political structure. Recently recognized by the UN as a model for global eco-villages, Damanhur is located in the foothills of the Italian Alps, north of Turin, and is highly organized and integrated community dedicated to the unification of art spirituality and technology.

In this introductory presentation, we will have the opportunity to discuss how to build a community using the experience of the Federation of Damanhur as a practical example. And to learn about the social, spiritual, economic, political and organizational implications of community life.

Shama has spent these past eight years participating in Damanhur’s practical approach to sacredness, rituals, and conscious living.”

Christmas Jug Band
the kings of 100% folk-skiffle-swing holiday hijinks
Friday, December 14, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$22.50 advance / $24.50 at door

“The Christmas Jug Band is a loose affiliation of local folkies, hipsters, and hardcore rock and rollers who share a love for jug band versions of cherished Christmas classics and irreverent originals like Mistletoe Jam and Santa Lost a Ho. ‘Make no mistake,’ writes Paul Liberatore of the San Jose Mercury News, ‘the Jug Band may be jokey, but its venerable members are some of the best musicians in the Bay Area and beyond.’ For 36 years now, these purveyors of raucous revelry and lowdown hijinks have transformed staid Christmas standards into funky jug band jive, complete with all the bells and whistles, washboards and washtubs, wood blocks and kazoo.

We never know for sure exactly who will play the show, but committed regulars include bandleader Tim Eschliman of Commander Cody fame, Paul Rogers of Those Darn Accordions, Ken ‘Snakebite’ Jacobs, side-kick of Kinky Friedman, Austin de Lone, who's played with Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello, and Gregory Leroy Dewey and Blake Richardson, who've played with many other wonderful bands and musicians. Occasional guests have included Dan Hicks, Country Joe McDonald, Angela Strehli, and Nick Gravenites. What began as a momentary lapse of sanity inspired by just the right amount of Wild Turkey has led to five albums and too many fruitcakes to count.

There's nothing like CJB's unique brand of jug band magic to put you in that glowing holiday mood.”

Everything Old Is New Again
an evening of dinner theatre
Friday-Saturday, December 14-15, Dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
final weekend
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.”

Fairy Winterland
Friday-Sunday, December 14-16 and 21-23, 12:00PM-7:00PM
Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
$8 per adult + one child

“In December, Fairy Winterland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. Join us for stories, crafts, a festival of lights, and a visit from Santa.

For one modest admission fee - $8 for each adult and child over the age of 1 - you’ll enjoy:
Performances by our renowned Storybook Puppet Theater
A Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:30PM
Special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment
A daily visit from Santa Claus
Holiday-themed arts and crafts
Unlimited rides
And many more special surprises!

The park is open from noon to 7:00PM during Fairy Winterland (weather permitting).”

The Hard Nut
presented by Mark Morris Dance Group
Friday-Sunday, December 14-16,
Friday 7:30PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through December 23
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley
see website for ticket details

“A swirl of dancing snowflakes... a heartwarming Waltz of the Flowers... a hilarious and slightly skewed family holiday party! Be part of this popular Bay Area holiday tradition as Mark Morris's classic The Hard Nut - a retro-modern take on the beloved Nutcracker tale - returns to Zellerbach Hall. The seasonal favorite has enchanted audiences for more than 20 years, and still has the power to delight.“

Christmas Revels - A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Friday-Sunday, December 14-16 - final weekend
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.

The Christmas Ballet: Smuin Ballet’s Holiday Favorite
Friday, December 14, playing through Sunday, December 23,
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco

“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!”

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
Friday, December 14 - 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.”

Three Stone Hearth Holiday Bazaar  
Saturday, December 15, 9:00AM-2:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley
free admission

“Looking for ethical, local, sustainable holiday gifts? You can pick up your order for the week, shop in our store, and browse a selection of hand-picked vendors.

Support local and artisanal vendors including:
Coracao Confections
TSH Caramel Sauce
Eritrean Traditional Ghee by Aster Tezare
Mead's Maple Syrup
Lexicon of Sustainability Calendars
Taproot Medicine
Candle-making for Kids
Herbal Products
Live DJ
Hot Beverages for sale from the TSH Broth Bar!
and more...”

Handmade for the Holidays!
Saturday, December 15, 11:00AM -1:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$12 Adults, $7 Children

“Join the Garden for this family program as we create gifts and festive decorations inspired by the Garden’s diverse collection of plants. Materials and snacks provided! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-ins welcome.

Registration info: Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Refreshments: hot cider, tea, cookies”

Story Time with Santa
Saturday, December 15, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Hicklebee's Books, 1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose

“The Willow Glen Business Association is pleased to present Santa, holding a holiday story time at Hicklebee's Books in Downtown Willow Glen. Children of all ages are welcome!”

Santa’s Fantastic Musical Revue
Saturday, December 15, 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!”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, December 15, 2:00PM (and the second Saturday of each month)
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

Dreams of the Great Turning
and an Art Opening with Arline Rodini
Saturday, December 15, 3:00-5:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
Donations are welcome

“Dreams of the Great Turning: Hear spectacular dreams of the evolutionary change underway at this point in history, presented by Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini.  Art Opening with paintings and woodcuts by Arline Rodini (see her artwork on the Gallery page). Also on exhibit are paintings by Ruth Gendler, ancient rock art by Cyndera Quackenbush, and wood carvings by Andreas Schneider.Refreshments will be served.”

20 Harps for the Holidays
Saturday, December 15, 4:00PM
Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos
$15 general, $12 children 4-12 and seniors 60+

"Annual 20 Harps for the Holidays Concert

We invite you to an afternoon of festive holiday harp music at our fourteenth annual concert! Held every year in December, the program includes a selection of traditional carols, classical music, and a variety of holiday music.

Each concert features harp solos and ensembles, including our studio ensemble, which has in recent years provided the sight and sound of more than twenty harps on a single stage.
We are delighted to welcome back Paul Hurst as guest artist this year. Paul is a superb harpist who wowed us all with his virtuoso musicianship and charming personality when he last played for us five years ago. His programs invariably have something for everyone, and always leave his audience marveling at his talent. If you have heard him perform before, you will want to hear him again. And if you have not, this is a great chance to acquaint yourself with this superlative performer.”

A Christmas Carol at McConaghy House
Saturday, December 15, 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.”

A Scottish Christmas
with Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums
Saturday, December 15, 5:00PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 El Camino Real, Burlingame
donations graciously accepted

“You are cordially invited to a Free Concert to celebrate the season, presented by the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums of San Francisco.

Bagpipes and Drums, Scottish Fiddlers, Highland Dancing, Scottish Ballads.

Special guest appearance by Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and Piedmont Highlanders Dancing School.

This is a popular concert.   We recommend carpooling and allowing enough time to park.  Bring a cushion to soften the church pew experience.”

South Bay Circles hosts
Yule 2012 - A Modern Saturnalia
Presented by Baldwin Ink
Saturday, December 15, 7:00PM
Murphy Park Community Center, 250 N. Sunnyvale Avenue, Sunnyvale
$5 per person, $12 per family

“The Feast
Drinks will be provided; please bring appetizers and desserts, such as: veggie trays, chips and dip, bread and cheese, fruit, any kind of dessert, etc. Eat dinner before you come.

The Entertainment
This is a highly participatory event. There will be singing, dancing and a game. In the spirit of Saturnalia fun, you are invited and encouraged to offer an entertainment to the God and the coveners. This could be a generic seasonal toast, or a song, poem, magic trick, joke, bad impersonation of Chewbacca/Elvis/Justin Bieber, a demonstration of your jump-rope abilities… It does not have to be comic. Creativity is welcome and appreciated. Because of time constraints, please limit your entertainment to less than 60 seconds. You do not have to sing all 300+ verses of Old Time Religion; 2 verses and a rousing chorus will do. Remember, this activity is optional on your part. Feel free also to simply sit back and enjoy.

Other Stuff
It was customary to wear a red hat for Saturnalia. If you want to wear something red on your hair, then please do! A Santa hat… bandana… feathers… flowers… it’s all good.

Guidelines for Enjoying Ritual
Long-time SBC attendees know this stuff by now, but here’s the short version.
Use common sense.
Be polite. Be friendly.
Don’t touch without asking the owner first.
Take care of your own trash and offer to help clean up.
That should cover it.

Oh - did we tell you about the dares? No? Well, you’ll find out when you get there. It will be fun, we promise.”

Roy Zimmerman's PeaceNick Concert - Happy Humanist Holidays!
Saturday, December 15,  7:00PM   
Emerson Coffee House at First UU Church of Stockton, 2737 Pacific Avenue, Stockton
$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.

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, December 15, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.
We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Enjoy an evening of music and dancing as The Brassworks instruments reflect the twinkle of holiday lights.

Wear your favorite 19th, 20th and 21st century formal attire, or if you're coming direct from the Dickens Fair, participant costumes are always welcome. Please, no casual clothes or jeans. Admission may be refused to those inappropriately dressed.

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
February 23, 2013"

Twisted Christmas
Saturday, December 15, 7:30PM
The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
$20 in advance, $20 at the door, ages 11 and up

"For the tenth time,  journalist David Templeton assembles a line-up of hilarious actors, comedians, musicians and surprise guests for an evening of outrageously inappropriate holiday-themed short stories. Join us for stories of survivalist gingerbread men, ghostly Christmas Eve intruders, a Santastic Voyage inside the body of Santa Claus, and much much more.”

Winter Solstice Ritual Harp Concert
with Triskela Harp Trio
featuring the Bay Area Youth Ensemble
Saturday, December 15, 7:30PM
Isis Oasis Temple, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
$15 (Dinner by Reservation Only at 6:00PM, $20)
for more information or reservations, call 707-857-4747

“At the darkest moment of the year, celebrate the return of the light. Harpist-Storytellers Diana Stork and Portia Diwa and members of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble will weave a tapestry of ancient rituals through traditional Celtic music and heart-warming Holiday sing-alongs. Join us for this special evening as they awaken the Holiday Spirits with Celtic harps, flutes, drums and lush, heartfelt vocals.”

Pomegranates and Figs: A Feast of Jewish Music
Veretski Pass, Oakland Folkharmonic, Inspector Gadje
Saturday, December 15, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$22.50 advance / $24.50 at door

“We wouldn't dream of knocking the Nutcracker or disrespecting Santa - but if you hanker for something a little different this holiday season, consider Pomegranates and Figs: A Feast of Jewish Music brought to you by Kaila Flexer, the force behind Klezmer Mania! On this last night of Hanukah, we'll light the candles and listen to some Romani rock and Carpathian soul.

San Francisco-based Inspector Gadje, with up to 12 horn players and three percussionists, brings its big sound to the bouncy and beautiful brass band music of the Balkans. Trumpets, saxophones, and clarinets play soaring melodies over the tight, driving groove of low brass and drums. Gadje is the word that Romani people use to refer to those who aren't Romani - the band's name winks at Inspector Gadget, the popular 1980s cartoon show, and also aims a jab at pejorative stereotypes, especially as applied to the Romani. The band often works for causes that promote human rights and human dignity.

Veretski Pass takes its name from the pass in the Carpathian Mountains that the Magyars used in 895 A.D. to cross from what is now the Ukraine to what is now Hungary. The trio plays country music - the Old Country - with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian, and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia, Jewish melodies from Poland and Romania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian Ruthenia, and haunting rebetic airs from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions.

The Oakland Folkharmonic is Shira Kammen and Kaila Flexer's new string ensemble featuring Kaila, Shira, Kyla Danysh, and sisters Rachel and Danielle Taylor on a variety of stringed instruments including violin, viola, vielle, and tarhui. The group's repertoire ranges from the traditional modal music of Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East, to medieval music, to original compositions by Kaila, Shira, Ross Daly , and Kelly Toma.”

10th Annual Broceliande Winter Solstice Concert
Saturday, December 15, 8:00PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
$15 thru December 14, $20 day of
Buy tickets online or call 650-988-9800

“Wassail! For the tenth year running, Celtic/Medieval Ensemble Broceliande will welcome in the Winter Solstice with a joyous concert of traditional and early music of the season. Broceliande is three stellar musicians: Margaret Davis (vocals, flute, harp, recorders), Kristoph Klover (vocals, guitars, octave mandolin) and Kris Yenney (cello, vocals, hardanger cello d’amore, gamba). Join us for dances, carols, ballads, and the traditional drink of wassail after the show!”

Holiday Lego Show
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16,
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!”

Holiday Classic Weekend  
at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“Come help us celebrate every holiday of this special season with Rudolf, Frosty, Hanukkah Charlie and all the classic characters. Kids will have their choice of holiday craft activities so they can take a little piece of Playland's magic home with them.”

Holiday Glassworks Trunk Show
with Alexis Berger Glassworks
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley

“Join us for a Trunk Show presenting Alexis Berger Glassworks.
Meet the artist and enjoy seeing her newest work!

Beautifully crafted, translucent beads with finishes reminiscent of Art Nouveau and the Belle Epoch, Alexis Berger's craftsmanship is of the highest standards and comes to form pieces imbued with her unique, creative vision.  All her lampworked beads are handmade and kiln annealed to insure strength and quality. “

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 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 15-16, 11:00AM - 4:30PM
final weekend
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.

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in San Francisco
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Concourse Exhibition Center, East Hall, 620 7th Street, San Francisco

“As always, we’ve got a vast collection of today’s best and brightest indie makers from the Bay Area and beyond! Stay tuned, we’ll have the complete roster up soon!

Strolling among the carefully curated booths at the SF Holiday Market, you’ll see some of the very best in contemporary handmade crafts and interactive activities. In addition to the maker booths, you’ll find the Concourse Exhibition Center itself decked out with installations and bespoke decor by Laselab , Jordan Versluis , and Danielle O’Malley . The Oakland Museum of California  will bring their custom-made mobile museum to the fair as part of their ongoing we/customize interactive exhibit. San Francisco’s own Workshop  will also be on-hand leading a variety of camp-inspired make-and-take workshops all weekend. And before you leave, you can take some time at RCF’s own DIY Gift Wrap Station and wrap your gifts using paper and stamps by Yellow Owl Workshop.

Add to all that a free-to-use photobooth from Magnolia Photobooth Co, some excellent shopping music from San Francisco’s best DJs, and you’ve found the very best spot to get your holiday shopping done!  It’ll be a festive handmade holiday in San Francisco.”

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Saturdays-Sundays, December 15-16, 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.”

Goddess Crafts Faire
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
Suggested Donation: $5-$13 (kids free)

“The Goddess Crafts Faire is a beautiful community celebration of the coming of winter through women’s art, music and dance.

Don’t miss this exquisite collection of handmade gifts by local and regional women!”

Magic Toy Box Tea
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 12:00PM and 3:00PM seatings available
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
$25 Adults, $22 Children, $45 for one Adult and one Child together

“The second weekend in December is a magical holiday tour de force at our elegant Queen Anne Victorian. Music, magical toys which come to life and high tea- Victorian style. Homemade tea sandwiches, sweets, hot chocolate, tea and so much more. Bring your favorite bear or special toy and join the fun.

This event is hosted by the Cultural Affairs Service League and takes place inside the house with antique tea settings, live music and fun activities. Bring your camera and dress up for fun for an elegant child-friendly afternoon. Activities often include life-sized Toys, a fun raffle and opportunities for photos with your bears and friends (bring your camera!). Get your reservations early as space is limited. Two seatings on Saturday and two seatings on Sunday - 12 and 3 each day.”

Holiday Sing-Along With Santa
Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 12:00-1:00PM, pictures 1:00-4:00PM
and Saturday-Sunday, December 22-23
Peet’s Coffeee and Tea, 1776 4th Street, Berkeley

“Holiday Sing-Along
12:00-1:00PM at Peet's
Join us as we sing our favorite holiday carols and hymns with SF City Chorus and Santa. Bring your friends and family for an old fashioned sing-song!

Pictures With Santa
1:00-4:00PM  across from Peet's
After singing your heart out at Peet's, follow Santa across the street to take pictures with him. His helper will be there as well.”

Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker
Saturday-Sunday December 15-16, 2:00PM
Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Avenue, Alameda
see website for tickets details

“This holiday season prepare to be transported on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. From the heroic battle against the Mouse King, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There you will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and be entertained by the wonders of the Land of Enchantment. Choreographed by Artistic Director Abra Rudisill with gorgeous costumes and beautiful sets - all to the classic Tchaikovsky score - this is a production sure to bring out the child in all of us. Whether this is your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it is a time honored holiday tradition, make ACB's 8th Annual Nutcracker part of your holiday festivities.”

The MeshugaNutcracker!  
A New Chanukah Musical
Saturday-Sunday December 15-16, 7:00PM
The Retro Dome, 1694 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, 408-404-7711
$36 through November 22, $44 after November 22, $100 preferred seating package

“In December 2003, the World Premiere of The MeshugaNutcracker! played to packed houses, delighting Jew and Gentile alike. Since then the show has given audiences throughout the country a fun-filled musical theatre experience that celebrates the miracle of the oil and the heroes that made it happen.

This year, Bay Area audiences can enjoy the songs and stories at the heart of the production in a two-night-only concert run, featuring eight award-winning and masterful singers who will breathe new life into the enchanting score by Tchaikovsky with original lyrics by Shannon Guggenheim and rousing new arrangements of Chanukah standards by Stephen Guggenheim and Tom Tomasello.

Tickets are on sale now with a $100 preferred seating package that includes a post show reception and the live recording, or the concert only ticket at $36 ($44 after November 22nd).”

Clothing Swap and Mini Craft Fair
with Sassy Family
Sunday, December 16, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
$5 per person with items to swap, $8 per person without items to swap

“Just in time for the holidays, Sassy Family is having a toy swap, clothing swap, and mini craft fair on December 16th.
Items to swap can include:
Maternity Clothing
Baby Gear: Baby Carriers, Bags, Blankets,
Baby and Children's clothes ages 0-6 years
Toys: 0-6 year age appropriate toys

Anything broken, dirty, torn, or missing parts
Items for children older than 6
Lotions, formula, bath products

Bags will be provided if needed. All left over toys and clothing will be donated to local women and children shelters.”

Awan Olokun - Year End Cleansing
with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Please note that this special ritual replaces the Ile Monthly Temple Service!
Sunday, December 16, 11:00AM-1:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$28, space is very limited, please call to reserve your space today

“Olokun is the west African deity of the Ocean. It is customary in all indigenous systems for individuals and communities to undergo purifications before the next phase of any journey. In this ritual we cleanse with the power of the ocean in order to be fresh and open, with enough emotional, mental and spiritual room to receive our blessings in the coming year.

In honor of the Awan Olokun on December 16, the Ile Orunmila Oshun will NOT be hosting Temple Services on December 30. We'll see you again for monthly Temple Services at The Sacred Well resuming the last Sunday in January.”

Holiday Open House and Year End Celebration
Sunday, December 16, 11:00AM-3:00PM
David Yearsley River Heritage Center, Copeland Street and East D Street, Petaluma

“Friends of the Petaluma River invites you to attend our Holiday Open House and Year End Celebration out at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center on Sunday, December 16 from 11:00AM-3:00PM. Bring your friends and family and help us Celebrate an incredible year.

The barn will be filled with Holiday cheer and live music while we make beeswax candles, wreaths, rope ornaments and decorate gingerbread cookies.

Our Boat Rides Program will be open from 11:00AM-1:00PM, come take one of our boats out for a winter river paddle.

From 1:00-3:00PM join us in celebrating our accomplishments from this groundbreaking year, and congratulate our 2012 Photo Contest Winners!

We will be serving delicious hors d’oeuvres from The Apple Box Cafe, Whole Foods Market and more from your favorite local restaurants.  Fine beverages care of Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Look forward to seeing you there,  
Friends of the Petaluma River

Christmas Stop-Motion Animation Festival
Sunday, December 16, 12:00-3:00PM, again at 3:00-6:00PM
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!”

Honor the Darkness
An Afternoon Of Participatory Singing
Sunday, December 16, 1:30-4:30PM
Scared Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley
suggested donation $15-$25, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Honor the Darkness: An Afternoon Of Participatory Singing
with Kate Munger, Betsy Rose and Terry Garthwaite

In celebration of the depth of the darkness and the promised returning of the light, we will call on many traditions and cultures who sing about this juicy and important time in our year’s unfolding.  Please bring your singing friends of any gender and join us.

Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community activist whose insight, warmth, humor, wit and wisdom have added a wealth of songs to the world of folk and progressive music for over thirty years.”

A Winter Wonderland
with The Academy of Classical Ballet
Sunday, December 16, 1:30PM and 5:00PM
Campbell Heritage Theatre, 1 W Campbell Avenue, Campbell
$15 show only, $20 show and Snowman Soiree

“A Winter Wonderland takes place deep in woods, on the cusp of Fall turning into a glorious Winter.  Watch as the Winter Fairy, along with the help of her Ice Sprites, turn the land into ice and snow, while bringing to life many of the characters that make every holiday story so great.  We don’t want to give too much away, but some of those characters include: Penguins, Wolves, Elves, Candy-Canes, (a few surprises!) and much, much more.  Be amazed as the season unfolds before your eyes and brings all of the smiles and fun that comes with it.  You’ve never seen a Winter quite like this!

Meet the cast in costume at our Snowman Soiree following the show.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, December 16, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

“Esoterica Shamanic Center invites you to join OwlSnake (Medicine Woman/Shaman Lineage) for...

A Cup of Tea with Spirit

We will sip tea,  and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.

Who is OwlSnake?

Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”

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.”

Holiday Open House at the Ainsley House
Saturday, December 16, 5:30-8:00PM
and Thursday, December 20, 5:30-8:00PM
Ainsley House, 51 N Central Avenue, Campbell

“This December, the historic Ainsley House in Downtown Campbell will be transformed into a magical holiday wonderland! Please join us for one of two special nighttime open houses (December 16 and December 20), where the lights and the decorations can be fully enjoyed in all their splendor. Visitors will take a self-guided tour through the decorated Ainsley House and be treated to refreshments in the Carriage House.

In the beautiful, historic Ainsley House in Downtown Campbell, all of its 15 rooms will be transformed into a warm, enchanting celebration of Christmas.  The house will be decorated by local interior designers, house decorators, florists, and volunteers and feature a special holiday boutique, full of unique delights for holiday shoppers.”

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, December 16, 7:30-9:00PM   
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
to register, call 510-444-9355

“Be prepared to laugh, to explore your own magic with affection and humor, to wield your power mindfully, and to open to the wonder and adventure of life as a witch.

Suitable for beginners on the path, but also satisfying for advanced practitioners who are curious about new perspectives and practices.

Theme for December 16: Final Class Ritual at a private location
You must call to register - open to current students only!”

Sixth Annual Project For Awesome
Monday, December 17
wherever you have access to the internet

“The Project for Awesome is an annual event on YouTube in which thousands of video creators make videos supporting their favorite charity. Anybody is allowed to participate - simply make a video about a charity you support and post it on YouTube on December 17th. Then tune into the livestream and join in the commenting and donating fun. DFTBA!*”7

*Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!

Iron Cupcake
Monday, December 17, 7:00PM
Leland Tea Company, 1416 Bush Street, San Francisco
$10, RSVP required

“The Iron Cupcake SF Challenge is a local Bay Area meet-up group where any local bakers, friends and food enthusiasts can join for a monthly cupcake face off. Each month a new ingredient is presented and all participants bake their interpretation of the ingredient in cupcake fashion.

All bakers meet on the last Monday of each month where the live challenge begins (with pre-baked/prepared cupcakes in hand). Friends, family and other contestants take part in the taste testing as well as voting for the winner. By the end of the evening a winner is chosen and random prizes are awarded.

The goal is to gather together as many cupcake lovers and expand their cupcake horizons, their baking skills and ultimately have a great time. Leland Tea hosts the events each month and a committee organizes the prizes and settings.

This month's challenge is: Bakeoff
All past and new bakers are encouraged to attend. The challenge is to bake your signature cupcake. The cupcake friends and family know you by. This will be the ultimate cupcake bakeoff to wrap up the year. As such there will be special guests, prizes, and other fun surprises!
Tasters MUST RSVP and purchase a ticket through this Meetup. A paid ticket is required for entry for all tasters. Bring your ticket or receipt with you, we are expecting a large turnout and just as a reminder there will be NO admittance without a receipt sorry if this causes an inconvenience.

Bakers do not require a paid ticket to bake, but any guests that accompany you will need to purchase a ticket. Bakers MUST confirm their attendance by email to ironcupcakesf@gmail.com.

There will be first, second, and third place prizes for Taste and Appearance, a separate prize for Most Creative cupcake, and a Bakers Choice Award.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Solstice Gathering at Anubhuti
Tuesday, December 18, 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

“Join us in celebrating the shortest night of the year in meditation and by igniting our inner lights. We will have a candle lighting ceremony to symbolize the longer days and our enlightened spirits.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, December 18, 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

David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries
Wednesday, December 19 - Saturday, December 29
see website for schedule details
Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco

“Santaland Diaries - 11th Smash Year!!!

Combined Artform is celebrating eleven years of the San Francisco tradition, Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris and adapted to the stage by Joe Mantello.  David Sinaiko puts on his elf hat and boots to return to the Eureka Theatre as everyone's favorite elf, Crumpet. No one captures the craziness of the holidays like David Sedaris. Come see the show that critics and audiences love and keep coming back for more and spend the holidays with Combined Artform at the Eureka Theatre.

Nominated for a SF/Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance.

Called by some America's premiere humorist, Sedaris creates a brilliant evocation of Christmas as seen from the other side through the eyes of a Macy's elf.  Our hero confronts the screaming children, bossy parents, flaky elves, and apathetic Santas with hilarious results!”

Have a Magical, Golden, Honourable, Cleansing Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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