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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Greek Sarakatsani Song-Dance Workshop, Wicca Wednesdays, A Conversation With History: African Americans in WWII, Third Thursday Music for Good Forum, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Where Beliefs Hide, Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Candlestick Point, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Eco-Resiliency: A Gathering For Earth Change Awareness, Draam: Baroque Music From The Swedish Woods, VortexHealing Group Healing, The Pyramids In Concert, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Conference on Ecopoetics, My Recollect Time, Mid-Winter Psychic and Craft Faire, Free Day At The Charles M. Schulz Museum, Harry Potter Fun Day, HiveMind: Consciousness Party and Education Forum, Chanteys: The African American And Caribbean Connection, Chinese Whispers: Transformations And Renewals, The Saga Of Captain William Shorey, Crafts For Kids On Board The Balclutha, Chinese New Year Parade, The Sky That Covers Us All, The Ultimate Purim Party, Lake Merritt Pagans, Gaskell Ball, Foundry Nights VIII, Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble, San Francisco Crystal Fair, Madrigali, Monthly Ile Service Coming To A Close, Fixit Clinic at Repair Cafe Palo Alto, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, The Enlightened Feminine In Tibet, Darwin Day At Humanist Hall, The First Annual Great Jewel Mandala Gathering, SoulCollage, Edible And Medicinal Plants Of California, Tea and Tarot, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Athena, Oscar Party At The Cerrito Theater, Yemanja Arts Festival, Celebrate Bear Mother, The Beautiful Edible Garden, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Being Beauty, Living As An Empath In A Troubled World, Practical Money Magic! Banishing Poverty

Greek Sarakatsani Song-Dance Workshop
with Vasili Serbezis from Eastern Thrace
Wednesday, February 20, 7:30-9:30PM
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Main Hall, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland
Pre-Registration required, please e-mail caroline_simmonds@hotmail.com

“Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn Sarakatsani song and dance from a true master of the form. Directly from Komotini, Greece, Vasili Serbezis is an accomplished, singer, dancer, teacher, and scholar well-known in Greece for his singing and tireless work preserving the culture, dance and music of the Sarakatsani people. Vasili will share Sarakatsani dances accompanied by traditional singing.  Historically, the Sarakatsani were nomadic and self-sufficient. They sang at their own family festivals or marriages, developing the custom of singing while dancing.  Vasili will demonstrate this unique style of dance combined with powerful, moving songs.  

SINGERS: If you are interested in working with Vasili Serbezis prior to the workshop, or possibly on Tuesday or Thursday (he returns to Greece on Friday), please writecaroline_simmonds@hotmail.com

Wicca Wednesdays
with Didi
Wednesday, February 20, 7:30-8:30PM,
and five more Wednesdays through March 27
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$28 per class module or $300 for the series ($65 savings with advance registration)
for more information or to register, please call 831-423-5477 or e-mail mail@serpents-kiss.com

“I am very excited to share my knowledge and experience with you.
The series is structured as a 13 week course, culminating with a Full Moon ritual on the 13th week.

Wicca 101 with Didi

Module 8: Ritual Construction continued - calling/invoking Deity, raising energy and doing the work, cakes and ale, thanking and releasing Deity and the quarters, opening the circle.

Module 9: Connecting with Deity - a discussion about pantheons, honoring, invoking and working with Deity.

Module 10: The Wheel of the Year - Sabbats and Esbats

Module 11: Spellcasting - constructing intention, doing work on behalf of others, corresponding days, lunar influences.

Module 12: Circle Etiquette - Perfect Love and Perfect Trust - What it means to create Magick with others.

Module 13: Esbat Ritual - Honoring the first Full Moon of spring.”

A Conversation With History: African Americans in WWII
Thursday, February 21, 3:00-5:00PM
History San Jose, 255 N White Road, San Jose

“Join in a panel discussion with members of the African American community as they reflect on their experience in World War Two.

The public is encouraged to bring wartime photos of those who served in WWII.”

Third Thursday Music for Good Forum
presented by PartyCorps
Thursday, February 21, 7:00-9:00PM
Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco
$5-$20 suggested donation

“Join us on February 21 for our 3rd Thursday Music for Good Forum featuring The Stone Foxes, Ghost Town Jenny, and Laura Inserra! All proceeds will benefit Little Opera, a non-profit organization dedicated to putting opera back in the hands of children.

3rd Thursday Music for Good Forums feature monthly curated conversation between musicians and members of Party Corps' Good Cause Directory - followed by a live musical performance. Join us for rare insights into the causes and issues your favorite artists are passionate about.

Party Corps is committed to partnering with grassroots, non-profit organizations working on behalf of children and youth, economic development, community and society, education, health and human services, the environment, art and culture and animal welfare.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, February 21, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

Where Beliefs Hide
with John Carosella
Thursday, February 21, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please call 650-988-9800 to reserve a seat

“Creating your own non-optimal reality? Your hidden beliefs could be hijacking your ‘manifestation machinery.’  This evening, join shamanist, radio host, and compassionate adventure guide John Carosella on a journey to the places where beliefs hide. Experience the great fear we all share, and see how beliefs can blind us to soul loss. Freeing ourselves from hidden beliefs allows us to heal ourselves, and in turn, the world around us. What beliefs are you willing to release, in order to be healed?”

Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Candlestick Point
Saturday, February 22, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“The California State Parks Foundation is seeking volunteers at Candlestick Point. This workday will focus on assisting park staff with light maintenance. Projects include tree trimming, brush removal,and weeding/power washing/painting in picnic areas. Teens over 14 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Through our Park Champions program, we hold multiple volunteer workdays at underfunded parks across the state. Our volunteer projects are selected to help with parks’ unmet needs. Volunteering at a Park Champions workday is a fun way to meet other like-minded park supporters and to make tangible improvements to your favorite parks.

The need has never been more urgent for our precious California state park system. Budget cuts over the years have reduced staff and financial resources to the breaking point, and volunteerism has become increasingly vital to parks’ survival. Even though many parks have received a temporary reprieve from closure and will stay open for the next year, resources still remain at an all-time low. Your help has never been more meaningful.

Hope to see you there!”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, February 22, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

Eco-Resiliency: A Gathering For Earth Change Awareness
Friday, February 22, 7:00-9:00PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
Holos Institute, 310 Third Avenue, San Francisco, 415-666-2560
Free, RSVP required

“In response to increased environmental disasters and a deep concern for the ecology of our earth we are now holding an ongoing group with the intention of creating a supportive and healing community space.

This supportive group is co-facilitated by Holos interns and reflects the intention of restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit and generating kindness toward ourselves, our communities, and the earth. Although groups will be holistic in nature, each will embrace a particular focus to reflect four aspects of our being: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. Each one will be co-facilitated by two interns, one of whom will join the following week’s group.
Whether you want to process these events, learn tools for coping, explore somatic responses, or create healing ceremonies for our collective well-being, we will have something for you.

You may attend any or all groups, yet we require your RSVP by 7:00PM the previous
Thursday to make sure we have enough space and material.

Please call 415-666-2560 or email jessica@holosinstitute.net if you are interested and we will add you to our email list.

Holos Institute is a non-profit, community counseling center and training institute providing services throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

We offer a range of affordable, highly skilled, professional counseling services to the community.”

Draam: Baroque Music From The Swedish Woods
Friday, February 22,
7:30PM Wine and refreshments, 8:00PM Concert
Parish Hall, Saint Alban’s Church, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany

“We all know and love the music of the Baroque through famous masters such as Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann. But far north, at the frozen fringe of Europe, this familiar sound took on a whole new form, today largely forgotten and unknown outside of Sweden. Like everywhere in Europe, the music in vogue was imported and cultivated at the royal court, but here it also caught on with the ‘common folk’ who picked it up and mixed it with their own older folk and dance tunes.

Draam is making a special appearance from Sweden for MusicSources audiences. Join us for a lively evening of courtly European music mingled with rustic sounds of the Nordic Countries.

Erik Ask-Upmark: harp, Swedish bagpipes, Härjedalspipa, vocals
Anna Rynefors: nyckelharpa, Swedish bagpipes, vocals
with Guests:
Tim Rayborn and Shira Kammen”

VortexHealing Group Healing
with Dragonfly Adularia
Friday, February 22, 7:30-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$20 donation requested - no one turned away

“The Full Moon is a magical time to manifest the energies of transformation in your life!
Join us in this 2013 light acceleration, spiritual awakening and special time to make magic together.

Through VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing and help from the Angelic healing realm.  Dragonfly, Wizard of the Merlin Lineage will facilitate a dynamic session for unfolding magical transformation.  This is your chance to learn more about this amazing and very powerful form of energy work, designed to transform the roots of emotional consciousness, heal the physical body, and awaken spirit within the human heart.   

This group healing will have a focus on clearing blockages.  If you have emotional stress, living in a intolerable situation or an issue you can't solve,  ask the Angels for help.  We will be using this time together to release fear-based emotions, let go of all limits and ask for guidance from the Divine.

The Merlin lineage is full of the magic of divinity, focused on deep healing and awakening to our true nature.”

The Pyramids in concert
with special guest Rhodessa Jones performing songs from her latest work, SHE
Friday, February 22, 8:00PM
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“The adventure begins! Discover The Pyramids

They released three albums before splitting up in 1977 - albums that made them one of the most mysterious and legendary of all the spiritual cosmic jazz collectives of the early 70s.

The Pyramids have just returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe performing throughout Europe before thousands of audience members and amazing critical acclaim!  In January 2012 they celebrated their UK debut with a fantastic two-night-residency at London's legendary Cafe Oto and a stint at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards Show (The Pyramids' spiritual and musical leader, Idris Ackamoor, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the show!).

Idris Ackamoor co-founded The Pyramids in the summer of 1972 with two other Antioch College students. Subsequently after the founding of the band in Paris, France, performances throughout Holland and a cultural odyssey throughout Africa, the group independently produced three albums, Lalibela (1973), King of Kings (1974), and Birth Speed Merging (1976). The band migrated to San Francisco in 1974 to perform in the arts ecology there for several years and disbanded in 1977 after a final performance at the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival. All three albums as well as a brand new double vinyl album and CD entitled Otherworldly, and a 3-CD Box Set of the albums entitled The Pyramids 1973-1976, have been released on the Munich, Germany Disko B Record label to widespread acclaim and Internet raves!

The Pyramids are:
Idris Ackamoor - Alto Sax, Percussions and Tap Dance
Kenneth Nash - Congas, Drums, Percussions and Vocals
Mark ‘Heshima’ Williams - Acoustic Bass

The Pyramids are truly at one with their art: Like Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, they are part of the original movement from the 70s, but also part of the present and the future: Unique avant-garde exploring the musical roots of their African ancestors as well as looking forward to an otherworldly future in outer-space.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, February 22, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

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

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

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

Conference on Ecopoetics
Friday-Sunday, February 22-24
see website for detailed schedule
Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley
for more information, e-mail ecopoetics.conference@gmail.com

“The term ecopoetics has become increasingly important to scholars and poets alike. It is certainly a critical moment for the field and practice. Please join us in February for a three-day conference that will focus specifically on exploring ecopoetics, taking up such questions as: What is ecopoetics? What representational strategies and sociopolitical commitments might characterize this practice? How might we periodize ecopoetics and situate its modes of cultural production? It is our hope that the conference will bring scholars, poets, and creative artists into sustained dialogue on the historical and contemporary practices of ecopoetics.

The Conference on Ecopoetics will feature scholarly and creative panels, seminars, poetry readings, multimedia presentations, outings and excursions, and a group service project. The conference will bring together scholars and artists, both inside and outside of the academy.”

My Recollect Time
presented by Inferno Theatre
Friday-Sunday, February 22-24,
Friday 9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 8:00PM
playing through March 3
South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley
Sliding Scale $12-$25, for reservation please e-mail infernotheatrecompany@gmail.com

“Jamie Greenblatt’s play tells the inspiring story of the historical figure Mary Fields, a former slave, and the transformations she undergoes as she struggles to live a free and authentic life after Emancipation.  Her life journey takes her from Tennessee to Montana via the Mississippi as a riverman (she passed as a man) and includes her close friendship with the charismatic Ursuline nun, Mother Amadeus.”

Mid-Winter Psychic and Craft Faire
presented by Litha Faire
Saturday, February 23, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Divine Science Community Center, 1540 Hicks Avenue, San Jose

“Litha Faire Presents a Mid-Winter Psychic and Craft Faire.  Vendors, Readers, Speakers.
A raffle in support of Community of Infinite Spirit (formerly named Divine Science Community Center).”


Free Day at The Charles M. Schulz Museum
Saturday, February 23, 10:00AM-5:00PM
The Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
free admission all day
for more information, please call 707-579-4452

“The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center was designed to reflect the modest, low key, and comfortable personality and style of an internationally-famous cartoonist.”

Harry Potter Fun Day
with storyteller Mary Ellen Hill
Saturday, February 23, 11:30AM-4:30PM
exact address in Oakland given upon registration
For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Hill at 510-636-4155
or mehstories@netzero.com

“Divination class, quill lessons, making pumpkin juice, and visiting the Magical Menagerie.”

HiveMind: Consciousness Party and Education Forum
Saturday, February 23, Noon to Midnight
ClouD9, 1320 9th Street, Berkeley
All Day $25, party only (7:00PM-Midnight) $10

“Welcome to the first day-long HiveMind, where you can learn with hands-on workshops and talks, connect with like-minded people, receive healing, nutrition, and art, dance, and be.

Several organizations will be present to share their work and build community. Our intention is to bring people together around the convergence of permaculture, alternative economy, visionary art and music, shamanism and technology. Through gathering together and sharing with each other, we build a strong collective action network in the Bay Area and celebrate the brilliance and passion of Evolver community.

And we'll feed you raw cacao and ormus elixirs!

If you're interested in teaching a workshop, offering healing, art, or music, or tabling, please contact evolversf@gmail.com.

Evolver is for Evolving consciousness, individually and in collaboration. We look forward to waking up with you.”

Chanteys: The African American And Caribbean Connection
Saturday, February 23, 1:00-1:45PM
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Discover African American and Caribbean work songs of sailors, oarsmen, longshoremen, and fishermen in this ranger-led program. The choruses to these compelling chanteys are easy to learn, and participants will be encouraged to sing along.”

Chinese Whispers: Transformations And Renewals
Saturday, February 23, 2:30-4:30PM
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please contact Rene Yung at 415-648-1302 or rene@chinese-whispers.org

“In partnership with the park, Chinese Whispers presents Transformations and Renewals: An Afternoon of poetry, Storytelling, and interactive games. The program will celebrate the spirit of transformation in pioneering Chinese immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay and Sierra Nevada regions. The Chinese Whispers organization is dedicated to preserving the history and telling the stories of the Chinese in California and the West.

The lunar new year of the Black Water Snake begins on February 10th. The snake symbolizes renewal and transform­ation. Join us on historic sailing ship Balclutha to celebrate the spirit of transformation:
Hear SF poet Genny Lim read poems of transformation.
Transform a secret message in a game of ‘Chinese whispers’.
Listen to stories passed down through generations about the early Chinese pioneers in the Sierra and the Bay who transformed their immigrant experiences and helped build America.
Learn about the Chinese cannery workers on ships such as Balclutha from SFMNHP Exhibits Curator Richard Everett, as seen through the eyes of journalist Max Stern who shipped out ‘incognito’ with the cannery hands.
Take a self-guided tour of the ship’s ‘Chinatown’.
Space is limited - COME EARLY!”

The Saga Of Captain William Shorey
Saturday, February 23, 3:00PM
Hyde Pier Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“A series of slides presented by Carol Kiser in this ranger-led program will introduce you to the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the only black whaling ship captain on the West Coast.”

Crafts for Kids on board the Balclutha
Saturday, February 23, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn a little about life at sea and make a maritime craft! Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.”

Chinese New Year Parade
Year of the Water Snake
Saturday, February 23, 5:15-8:00PM
San Francisco’s Chinatown - see website for parade route and viewing locations

“Chinese New Year is a two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California. The celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. All the festivities culminate with Chinese New Year Parade.

Named one of the world's top ten parades, Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Over 100 units will participate in the parade, many of the floats and specialty units will feature the theme of this year's Chinese zodiac sign. Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers. Some of the parade highlights include elaborately decorated floats, school marching bands, martial arts group, stilt walkers, lion dancers, Chinese acrobatics, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and the Golden Dragon. The Golden Dragon is over 201 feet long and is always featured at the end of the parade as the grand finale and will be accompanied by over 600,000 firecrackers! The Golden Dragon was made in Foshan, a small town in China. The Foshan dragonmasters formerly made all the costumes for the Cantonese opera, and the Golden Dragon bears many operatic touches, such as the rainbow colored pompoms on its 6 foot-long head. It is festooned from nose to tail with colored lights, decorated with silver rivets on both scaly sides and trimmed in white rabbit fur. The dragon, made on a skeleton of bamboo and rattan, is in 29 segments. It takes a team of 100 men and women to carry the Golden Dragon. This is also considered an honor to be chosen for the grand finale. Rain or shine, come watch the parade!”

The Sky That Covers Us All
CD Release Party with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Saturday, February 23, 7:00PM
Sagrada Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
For more information, please contact Iya Mahea at  510-827-3997 or iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

Iya Mahea says:
“The Sky That Covers Us All CDs have arrived fresh off the presses! I am so excited about this project and look forward to sharing this music with you!

I have just become aware that this is the same weekend as is the annual Mbirathon. Because of this, the admission for the release reception is FREE and will include refreshments and a mini mbira concert.

The annual Mbirathon is an event where mbira players around the world join together to keep the music playing constantly for 24 hours. In this way, we will honor common ancestors of all humankind and strive to foster individual, community and global healing. (Mbira is used in Shona culture (Zimbabwe) for healing, and for communication with ancestors, including those who are the common ancestors of all human beings alive on earth today. The vibration of mbira music is itself healing, whether or not you believe in communication with ancestors.)

So on Saturday, I will pour libation, and play mbira for all our Ancestors.

The Sky That Covers Us All will be offered that night at a special price of only $10 per copy. If you purchase the new CD during the event, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Zimbabwean musicians who earn less than $100 in 2013.

I hope that you can join us for this special occasion!”

The Ultimate Purim Party
presented by Aquarian Minyan and the Purim Shpiellers
Saturday, February 23, 7:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“It’s time to celebrate Purim, in the Ashkenaz style: the Aquarian Minyan Ultimate Purim Party! Special food, special music, special theatrics, costumes, and the coolest Megillah reading ever! The evening begins with the traditional Megillah scroll reading, followed by satirical theater troupe the Purim Shpiellers. The versatile band Adama closes the night, with dancing led by klezmer dance maven Bruce Bierman. Come in costume; there will be a prize for best costume. Also, bring favorite noisemakers and be ready to use them at the mentioning of you-know-who’s name!

Doors at 6:30PM  
Megillah reading at 7:00PM
Purim Shpiel at 8:00PM
Dancing with ADAMA and Bruce Bierman at 9:00PM

Live dance music is provided by the popular band Adama, with singer-guitarist-arranger Achi Ben Shalom, pianist Michael Gill, percussionist Jan Padover, bassist Jeremy Cohen and flutist Rabecca Kleinmann. The ensemble plays music of Jewish people around the world, including klezmer, Ladino, Middle Eastern, Yiddish, Hasidic, and contemporary American Jewish tunes.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, February 23, 7:30-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

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

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

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, February 23, 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.

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:
April 27, 2013"

Foundry Nights VIII
Saturday, February 23, 8:00PM until late
The Foundry, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley

“To commence on February 23, 2013, 8:00p until late at The Foundry gallery space 835 Carleton St in West Berkeley. Admission of $15 at the door helps make this possible and will get you the experience of a lifetime.

This is a quasi-open air event, so please dress warmly!

Artistic adventures include:
Sharks and shipwrecks, ala 1980s beach horror films
Aerialists exploring things-coming-into-being, including trap doors
Vibrant surfaces of paint and solvents
Audience portraits in music, word and image
Grandpa's interactive furniture
Musical loops of mushrooms and memory
Meditation teacher with a microphone
Traditional Ghanaian tunes
...and so much more awe-inducing wonder!”

Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble
Saturday, February 23, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$22.50 advance, $24.50 at door

“A Magical Voyage Through Old-World Armenian Music

Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble has been presenting traditional Armenian music, dance, and culture since 1994.  Their concerts draw on classical, folkloric, and troubadour music from both eastern and western Armenia.  The ensemble received the National Gold Medal Award from the Republic of Armenia during their tour in 1999, won the award for Best Traditional Armenian Folk Music at the Armenian Music Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles in 2009.

The ensemble includes founder John Chookasian on clarinet, Barbara Chookasian on lead vocals, Hovanness Shabazyan on vocals, Valod Grigorian on kemenche (folk violin), John Tarpinian on oud (fretless lute), Norik Manoukian and Garen Sarkissian onshvi (piccolo folk flute), Hayk Nalbandyan on dumbeg (hand drum), Albert Vardanyan on duduk and zurna (folk flutes), and Vergine Alimian on kanun (lap harp), tarr (double-bodied lute), and saz (fretted lute).”

San Francisco Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, February 23-24, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Fort Mason Conference Center, Building A, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

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

with San Francisco Renaissance Voices

Saturday, February 23, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

Sunday, February 24, 4:00PM
First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto

“Madrigali: The Music of Gesualdo and Monteverdi

The secular musical form known as the madrigal took Europe by storm during the sixteenth century.  In the madrigal, the composer attempted to express the emotion continued in each line, and sometimes individual words, of a celebrated poem, frequently the poetry of Petrarch.  In Italy, the madrigal was the most important secular musical form of its time and madrigal composers were held in public adoration akin to cult status.  Come find out what kindled the passion of Renaissance Italy with this concert by San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Assistant Music Director, Katherine McKee, conducting) and guest artists lutenist Adam Cockerham and Phebe Craig harpsichord, featuring the exquisitely chromatic and ardently avant-garde music of Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) and masterpieces from the hand of the ultimate word-painter, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643).”

Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun Coming To A Close

“A local Yoruba-based house of worship, founded by Luisah Teish (author of Jambalaya), has hosted a monthly ritual, teaching and celebration for members of the Bay Area community at The Sacred Well for the past four years. This year, the Ile is turning its attention to new projects, and will no longer be offering monthly services. However, watch The Sacred Well Calendar in 2013 and beyond for classes with Ile members.”

Fixit Clinic at Repair Cafe Palo Alto
Sunday, February 24, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto

"Bring your broken things and work with our Repair Volunteers to assess what it would take to repair them. You can work with our Volunteers to do the repairs yourself (with their guidance) or have them tackle the job directly.  With luck, you’ll walk away with a once-again useful item and some knowledge of how to repair other things in your universe."

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, February 24, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Enlightened Feminine in Tibet
A Two-Film Benefit for the Nuns of Tsogyal Latso in Tibet
Sunday, February 24, 12:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland
Suggested Donation $15, purchase tickets in advance through PayPal. http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0f7caeca0bec2a2ce3879ea36&id=919083dd7b&e=11803451b2

“We invite you to this spiritual cinema which channels the Sacred Feminine and supports nuns in Tibet.

Sky Dancer
Director: Jody Kemmerer. Tibet 2010, 45 minutes
An inside look at the daily life and journey of Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo, an extraordinary woman who is a living example of wisdom and compassion in a world that so often seems to be lacking genuine examples of both. One of Tibetan Buddhism’s great female masters, this matriarch and spiritual leader of a remote area on the Tibetan plateau is one of very few women ever to receive a position of power in Tibetan Buddhism. Even more rare, she is the descendant of two extremely significant and highly respected masters of Tibetan Buddhism.

In the Minds of All Beings: Tsogyal Latso of Tibet
Director: Sarah Abbott. Tibet 2011, 21 minutes
Q and A with Lama Yeshe Wangmo, Producer.
This film takes us to the 8th century birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, the founding mother of Tibetan Buddhism and the greatest enlightened woman in Tibet. Blending legend and history, it recounts an ancient story and shows how the wisdom and blessings of Yeshe Tsogyal have continued to the present and guides us through sacred landscapes - a self-arisen visionary lake, healing springs with winter-blooming flowers, and a vigorous life-force sandalwood tree dating back to her birth. It also documents a community of nuns who arrived there after the Cultural Revolution to care for this revered place of the sacred feminine.”

Darwin Day at Humanist Hall
with David Seaborg
Sunday, February 24, 1:00-4:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390  27th Street,  Oakland, 510-451-5818
donations accepted, please bring a potluck dish

“Darwin Day Talk and Celebration
Evolution Today: Current State of Knowledge and Controversies
with David Seaborg

Join us to celebrate Darwin Day!  Charles Darwin was born on February 12, but we will be celebrating his birthday February 24.  This will be a grand celebration featuring three renowned speakers and a potluck banquet!  

Our featured speakers are:

George Smoot
with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Peter Hess
with the National Center for Science Education
Leading Expert on Darwin

David Seaborg
with the World Rainforest Fund
Leading Expert on Evolutionary Theory Today
David Seaborg, expert on Darwin himself as well as a distinguished, cutting-edge evolutionary biologist, will deliver the keynote PowerPoint presentation on current evolutionary theory:  Evolution Today: Current State of Knowledge and Controversies.  He will cover what is known today as well as the unsolved problems and controversies.  He will be dressed up as Charles Darwin and impersonating him in an exciting and entertaining performance!  After his talk, David will show us fossils and live animals that illustrate evolutionary principles and he will allow us to hold them - only if we want to!  Then David will facilitate a Q and A discussion about evolution wherein we will have the chance to share what Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution - and the controversy with creationists concerning its teaching - mean to each of us, sharing how these things affect our lives.  

Finally, enjoy a potluck dinner party with speakers and audience alike! Bring a scrumptious dish to share - no assigned dishes.  Meet the illustrious speakers and all the interesting celebrants of Darwin Day - indulge in conversations all around.  Everyone is encouraged to ask these experts all the questions on their minds!  We look forward to seeing you here!”

The First Annual Great Jewel Mandala Gathering
In support of the Da Yuan Circle projects in Sikkim and Bhutan
Sunday, February 24, 1:00-5:00PM
Obscura Digital, 729 Tennessee Street, San Francisco

“As many of you already know we have created and enjoyed a growing community around our Chinese New Year Assemblies over more than 12 years. The success of these assemblies, focused on Liu Ming’s astrological forecasts, have raised money and helped to create resources for various charities. In response to the growing interest this year we have created a slightly new event that will expand and enrich the assembly and hopefully better express its sense of charity. This will be the first of what we hope becomes a series of special annual events.

On February 24 this Snake year we have created an event that will be held in San Francisco at Obscura Digital, one of our major sponsors over the last few years. The afternoon will be a diverse event meant to create a more social identity to the group of charitable sponsors. There will be music, refreshments, a brief astrology talk and an illustrated story-assessment of what our sponsorship has done over the last few years in Sikkim and Bhutan. Come to hear about our future plans here and abroad and give us your ideas. There will also be plenty of time for socializing and networking among the participants.

100 percent of all money gathered will go to charities in support of resourceful people whose efforts and communities we wish to sustain. Come and take part in this chance to be generous and expand our lives beyond the borders of our everyday routines. May a limitless Sea of Merit be created!”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, February 24, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“I'd love for you to join me on Sunday, Feb. 24th for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

SoulCollage is a process for creating and working with a set of cards that reflect your inner self.  SoulCollage is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun; it’s a fantastic creative exploration that anyone can do.  Although it is highly personal, it is wonderful and most insightful when done in small groups.”  

Edible and Medicinal Plants of California: Central Coast Field Class
with Tellur Fenner
Sunday, February 24, 2:00-5:00PM
Commonweal Garden at the Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas
Free, see website for directions and registration information

“In preparation for our upcoming herbal studies programs, we are offering this introductory class to prospective students who are interested in meeting the program's instructor, Tellur Fenner, and visiting the RDI site. The event will serve as a Q and A session where Tellur will be available to respond to questions or concerns you may have about the program.

California is home to a diverse array of edible and medicinal plants long valued for their nutritional/therapeutic effects. In this field class we will explore many of the more common (and lesser known) edible/medicinal plants found growing in the Central Coast region, with a focus on historical as well as modern use. Topics to be covered on our walk include: field botany/plant identification, plant family characteristics, ethical harvesting/processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, regional ethnobotany, botanical safety issues (plus tips on how to avoid poisonous look-a-like plants), California natural history, sampling of a variety of edible/medicinal plants, and more! Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the plants via close observation, touching, tasting, and smelling. “

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

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

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend...
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Athena
Sunday, February 24, 5:00PM, and the last Sunday of every month
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Liturgy of the Lady is an open celebration of the Goddess in Her many forms. She is the Maiden of youth, the Mother of culture, the Crone of wisdom, and She is mirrored in all life, death and rebirth. We honor Her with reverent and joyful singing, ritual activities, and opportunities to learn. Now in our fourth decade of offering this sacred service, we invite you to join us for this ritual of the season of the Maiden.

Join us as we worship Athena, the Greek Goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature.   She is fierce and brave in battle, but only wars to defend the state and home from outside enemies. She is the Goddess of the city, handicrafts, and agriculture. She invented the bridle, which permitted people to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the plow, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot.  Her tree is the olive. The owl is her bird.

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. All are welcome. Wheel-chair accessible (let us know if you need someone to hold the door for you.) Family and child-friendly.  Please share this invitation with your friends.”

Oscar Party at The Cerrito Theater
Sunday, February 24, 5:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Have you ever experienced the Academy Awards with an audience? Ask anyone who attended last year's Oscar Party and they will tell you it was a blast! Join us for an evening of stargazing, appetizers, suspense, prizes and our special Oscar cocktail! Rialto Cinemas Cerrito will present the 85th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24th Live on the big screen!

Doors open at 4:30PM awards Show starts at 5:00PM. Come dressed up and be a part of the show (or not) but don’t miss this evening of fun! We have prizes for those of you who know your movie trivia, prizes for the costume contest and a grand prize for the audience member who predicts all the winners! Tickets are on sale now online and at our box office! Send your tux to the dry cleaners, find your Anna Karenina style ball gown or get on your 70s look from Argo - be who you want to be! Doors open at 4:30PM and the party continues until we find out who takes home Oscars for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture and which audience member(s) predicted all of the winners! Seating is general admission and tickets are $25. Rialto Cinemas Cerrito - Watch and Dine with Beer and Wine at El Cerrito's Hometown Movie Theatre!”

Yemanja Arts Festival
Presented by BrasArte
Saturday, February 23, 7:00PM
Casa de Cultura, 1901 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, 510-528-1958
$18 in advance, $20 at the door

“Yemanja Arts Festival 2013
Art Exhibition - Show - Dance Party

BrasArte has arranged several exciting events to compliment the wonderful performances on Saturday, February 23.

Performance by dancers of World Dance Center and special guest artists: Ana laidley,Luiz Badaro,Carlinhos pandeiro de Ouro,Dandha da Hora,Renni Flores,Susana Arenas and Tika Morgan

Brazilian food by Sabor da Bahia. Bar featuring our famous Casa de Cultura ‘caipirinhas’.

BrasArte is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the traditional dance and music of Brazil and to developing opportunities for cultural exchange between dancers and musicians of all ages from Brazil and the United States.”

Celebrate Bear Mother
First Nations Goddess of Ceremonies, Hunting, Magic and Wild Animals
with Daughters of the Goddess
Monday, February 25, 7:30pM
Oakland location given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount/$30 one time exchange
See website for more information and to RSVP
This ritual is for cisgendered women

“In the tales of the Haida people of British Columbia, the Bear Mother is taken by bears who can transform into humans, because She ridiculed bears instead of honoring them. She gives birth to half-bear twin boys, who can appear as either human or bear. Her bear husband sacrifices his life so that She and Her children can return to Her people. The Bear Sons teach the Haida how to hunt and their tribe prospers. When Bear Mother dies, the Bear Sons return to their Bear Clan, their Bear father's generosity having ensured the survival of their mother's people.
Bear Mother is symbolic of the circle of life, death and rebirth. She reminds us to go within when it is time to enter our cave. The Mama Bear guides and protects us on the journey into the Underworld of the Unconscious, where we ponder our lessons and gather our creative energy until it is time to emerge into our cycle of power once again. We emerge ready to hunt and aim for that which we have dreamed and visioned. She teaches us to use our magic and ceremonies to bring forth our passions and to change the world.

For this ritual please bring a brown or green candle and any symbols of her.”

The Beautiful Edible Garden
book release party
Tuesday, February 26, 7:00PM
Storyteller Books, 30 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

“From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible and Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We've all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don't want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it's possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces-from large yards to tiny patios-this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, February 26, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

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

Being Beauty
with Mary Spicer
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00-8:30PM
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street, Alameda, 510-521-3313
For more information or to RSVP, please aphroditescloset@gmail.com, call the store at 510-521-3313, or email Mary Spicer, Being Beauty guide, spicer@mary-spicer.com

“Being Beauty

A monthly group bringing together women who desire to empower, discuss and affirm how we honor and nourish our feminine selves. It's about allowing your inner beauty to shine forth and dazzle those around you with your brilliance!

Being Seen - Being Heard - Being Bright - Being Radiant - Being Loved

How can we soften how we treat ourselves?
How can we be our best advocate?

This series is designed to create more self trust, self love and inner radiance. We will use gentle, adventurous and deep guided imagery, using the creative imagination, energy, sound, somatic and playful shamanic techniques to help you connect into the root and soul of loving who you are and opening to more self nourishment and inner abundance. Come and Experience and Walk The Beauty Way!

All Levels of Meditation Experience Welcome.”

Mary Spicer says:
“Hello - I am Mary Spicer - I have been empowering both women and men on how to trust who they are, connect deeply into their sensual soul, believe in their creative expression and embrace their BIG self as a Professional Intuitive Coach and Energy and Sound Healing Practitioner. Since my earliest memories I have been able to see, feel, hear and sense intuitive information and subtle energies and I love to translate that energy and information into compassionate real world understanding for clients. I received a Masters Certification, a three-year program in Intuition Medicine from the Academy of Intuition Medicine and studied Sound Healing with Tom Kenyon under the auspices of Acoustic Brain Research [ABR], completed the Flower Essence Society Professional Course and Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. The Mary Spicer Show, a live radio broadcast on www.12radio.com allows listeners to delve deeper through a sense of adventure into self love, trust, and honoring, opening, awakening the sensual and highly creative forces that live within. I am the creator of the Soul Stories of the Living Goddess Project, a beautiful art and interview collection of women's journeys to know love and to understand oneself. I offer professional psychic readings out of Aphrodite's Closet on Tuesdays and private energy and sound healing from my home office in Alameda. “

Living As An Empath In A Troubled World
led by Evalena Rose
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol
exact address will be given upon registration
Register by phone at 707-824-1117 or e-mail katie@evalenarose.com, or use the link below.

“Being an empathic person is rarely easy in a tumultuous world. Learning skills to stay free of others’ chaos or clients’ pain takes practice.

Join us in accessing tools for staying safe, clear, and sovereign in your body.

Caring for your sensitive nature
Maintaining strong boundaries
Learning to shield as you work
Clearing toxic energies
Channeled guidance for your specific concerns with the Council of Twelve.”

Practical Money Magic! Banishing Poverty
A workshop with Briana Cavanaugh
Thursday, February 28, 6:30-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Briana Cavanaugh is a priestess of money. She came of age magically in the Reclaiming community while simultaneously being a bookkeeper and helping creative folks and artists grow their businesses and increase revenues.

In this experiential workshop, she will cover:
Finding and Releasing Blocks to Banishing Poverty
The One Thing you must do to be successful
Workshopping as many of your spells as we have time for!

Please bring a spell or working that you've tried that failed or went awry and a notebook and writing utensil.”

Have an Aware, Historic, Mindful, Enlightened Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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