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, March 5, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wicca Wednesdays, Roy Zimmerman's Wake Up Call, Bowl of Light Workshop, Introduction to Wandlore, The Farm, My Recollect Time, Left After Not, The Great Big Also, International Women's Day, Temple of Aphrodite Book Club, Living Within The Layers, The Beautiful Edible Garden, Masters of Tradition on Tour, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven, New Folksongs From Within, Choreomania, Othello, Renaissance Dance Workshop, Discovering A Sense Of Place, Arbor Day Tree Planting Party, Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Candlestick Point, Bee Symposium, Everybody Is An Artist, Community Seed’s Open Circle, An Evening With Seanan McGuire, Food for Thought, East Bay Waltz, Hearken Music, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial Concert, Downtown Campbell Sidewalk Sale, Maha ShivRatri, Organic Voice, Temple of Aphrodite, Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day, Fixit Clinic, Victorian By Design, Shamanic Healing Clinic, Women's Healing Drum Circle, Spring Forward!, The Mumpsimus Effect, Persian New Year Festival, Tarot Salon, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Nawruz Celebration, Art of Tarot with Rabbit

Wicca Wednesdays
with Didi
Wednesday, March 6, 7:30-8:30PM,
and three 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 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.”

Roy Zimmerman's Wake Up Call
Wednesday, March 6, 8:00PM
The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
$15-$35 sliding scale

“Roy Zimmerman is an endangered species - a satirical songwriter.  Yes, funny songs are everywhere, but Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable.  

Zimmerman’s Wake Up Call is ninety minutes of these songs - funny songs like Abstain With Me and I Want a Marriage Like They Had In the Bible, heartfelt songs like Hope, Struggle and Change and I Approve This Message, and impassioned comic commentary.

In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice.  His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime.  He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records, and he’s been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered.  His YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views, and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.”

Bowl of Light Workshop
with Trudy Willadson
Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:30PM,
and two more Thursday, March 14 and 21
The Art Beat Studio, 68 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-5002

“Bowl of Light is a unique Art Experience Workshop.

Get in touch with who YOU are, through artistic expression and introspection.  The Bowl of Light is a mixed media connection to Hawaiian folklore.  Our instructor will guide you through an artistic process of creating a physical bowl representative of personal inner goodness and help explore the obstacles blocking your path in life!

Join us for this 3 week workshop of Creative Learning!

We will have fun, creating a ceramic bowl, decorating it with personal symbols and colors.  No artistic talent is needed to create your own individual masterpiece.

Our Instructor, Trudy Willadson is a Registered Art Therapist,  Board Certified.”

Introduction to Wandlore
with Lady Equine
Thursday, March 7, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please call 650-988-9800 to reserve a seat

“Why Magical Wands? In this seminar you will learn the historical use of Magical Wands from ancient to modern times, what important materials are needed to craft one, how to activate and use one in your spiritual practices, and the benefits one may bring to your life. Rebecca Wara-Goss is in a professional priestess training program with the Seven Sisters Mystery School, and shares her knowledge of Wandlore based on 7 years of experience working with Wands”

The Farm
and adaptation of George Orwells’ Animal Farm
presented by Laney Fusion Theater
Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, 7:00PM
playing through March 23
The Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
$10 suggested donation

“Fusion is the theater company at Laney College, created and directed by Michael Torres. Fusion Theater is the voice of our local community - telling Oakland's story through the stage. Michael Torres has revitalized the Laney Theater Arts program since he came to the school in 2004. He was a co-founder the innovative theater company, campo santo, in San Francisco, and an award-winning actor over his 25-year acting career.

This summer, Fusion was invited to perform at the prestigious International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, one of only eight colleges in the country to be invited. Fusion raised $71,000 to send fourteen students to perform. It was a beautiful near-miracle in these difficult economic times - and it was accomplished through hundreds of small donations from faculty, students, staff, friends, family, and fundraisers over the last year. It was a community rising up to support their own, the arts, and these young people’s dreams. As a result, the students - some of who had never left Oakland, let alone the country before - had an opportunity to perform on an international stage with the best in the world.

Fusion Theater is the voice of the community. The Community Voices Theater Project began with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The first CVTP project, The Miseducation of Oakland, staged interviews about education with students, teachers, and parents in moving monologues and scenes - providing a portrait of what's right and wrong with Oakland schools. Another original CVTP production, Souly Oakland, tells Oakland history through its people, places, and stories in a humorous yet emotionally gripping blend of vignettes, poems, spoken word, dance, and video projection.

Fusion also takes original new writers, rarely before heard, allowing these brave new voices an audience. Legacy for Loeshe, for example, was a spoken word play written by Oakland high school students after the drive-by shooting of an innocent friend, Loeshe Lacy. In addition, Fusion Theater re-imagines classic works of drama, from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream set in the Bay Area of the 1960s to Lysistrata, as well as staging edgy contemporary plays, such as Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories.”

Many graduates of Fusion Theater have gone on to pursue successful acting careers. Several students have performed professionally at campo santo, Shotgun Players, the Magic Theater, Kasier Theater Tour, African American Shakespeare Theater Company, and in the George Lucas film Red Tails. Come see the next generation of actors at Fusion! You can say you knew them when!”

My Recollect Time
presented by Inferno Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, final week
Thursday and Saturday 8:00PM, Friday 9:00PM
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.”

Left After Not
Inspired by Farid Ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds
presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through March 16
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday $18

“Left After Not
They wait. They're tired, angry, despairing, sick, comfortable, and stuck. Though terrified, they band together and leap. They soar, driven to it by a mysterious desire. Only one of them has ever made this trip, and, after all, he might be mistaken: their glorious destination may be a bottomless pit. Here are the dark, sweltering valleys, and there are the storming skies. You have to go through everything to find your true home. Everything - including these strange birds around you... and yourself.

Farid Ud-Din Attar was a Persian mystic poet who was born in the 12th century.  He was a maker and seller of medicines and perfumes and is believed to have held the young Rumi on his knees. His poetry includes The Conference of the Birds, The Book of the Divine, The Book of Affliction, and The Book of Secrets.

Appropriate for ages 13 and up.  Contains language and adult situations.”

The Great Big Also
A new production by Mugwumpin, in a co-production with Z Space
Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through March 24
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
Thursday-Friday, March 7-8, Previews $15
Saturday, March 9, Opening Night $30
Regular performances $25

“A rift is coming.  An opportunity to shift. On one side of the rift the world will be the same: traffic jams, gated communities, hollowed-out cities.  The other side will look the same, only void of people. Two nearly-identical worlds, one in decline and the other ripe with hope. You have a choice to make. The few who shift over will reside in a new America.  They’ll have the opportunity to start over and get things right.  But the rift hasn’t happened yet.  It’s time to prepare.

Mugwumpin returns to Z Space in March with its unique blend of bracingly original staging, precise physicality, and sharp-toothed humor. Inspired by the riotous variety of prophetic movements throughout America’s history, Mugwumpin’s immersive performance escorts the audience through an unstable terrain of wrought-iron certainty and gnawing doubt.  The ensemble brings its unsettlingly humorous and clear-eyed view to examine what America has promised us and what is asked of us in return.”

International Women's Day
Friday, March 8

You can search the above website for local events, or celebrate in your own way!

Temple of Aphrodite Book Club
Friday, March 8, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Friday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“We are a group devoted to Aphrodite in all Her splendor. Please join us to learn more about Aphrodite's presence in our lives through a roundtable discussion of her lore and literature.

We begin on March 8th with Laurelei Black's ‘In Her Service: Reflections from a Priestess of Aphrodite.

Please come prepared to discuss chapters 1-3 of In Her Service, bring any relevant questions and experiences you may have!”

Living Within The Layers: Found Object Collage
an art exhibition by Julie Skowronski
Opening Art Party, Friday, March 8, 7:00-9:00PM
exhibition showing through May 8
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Alameda-based artist Julie Skowronski uses the format of collage to explore what is below the surface of her linear world. She incorporates newsprint and found objects from kitchen scraps and recycling bin finds, to paint and other offerings from the earth.  

The colors are inspired by sunrise and sunset, the radiance of potential, and transition.
Each piece becomes its own visual meditation.”

Julie Skowronski says:     
"Art making for me is an exploration of the various layers of life I am living and part of.
It is an honoring, reflecting the beauty and celebrating the joy of what I find valuable. Creating becomes a dance with materials reflecting the current visual conversation between the layers of the known and the unknown. A visual diary offering glimpses of my continual spiritual quest and questions, of my beloved role as a parent, guide and friend, and my ongoing seasonal cyclical journey as traveler with in this life process."

“Opening Night:: A Celebration of Working Hands Collage Project
On opening night, Julie Skowronski invites us to experiment with collage within the shape of your hand. Explore your feelings around the body part that works so hard for us in so many ways. All materials will be supplied for you to make a collage to take home with you or contribute to our collective display to be shown as part of the exhibit.”  

The Beautiful Edible Garden
book release party
Friday, March 8, 7:30PM
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley

“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.”

Masters of Tradition on Tour: Celebrating Irish Music In Its Purest Form
featuring Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Iarla O Lionaird, Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd, David Power
Friday, March 8, 8:00PM (doors open at 7:00PM)
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$32.50 advance, $34.50 at door

“If you like Irish music, get ready for a special treat. An all-star lineup of extraordinary Irish musicians is coming to the Freight to present Masters of Tradition on Tour, which takes its name from the Masters of Tradition festival held each August in the town of Bantry, County Cork. Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes hosts the festival, and he’s hosting the tour as well. ‘The goal of this touring show is to focus on the details and nuances of Irish traditional music,’ he says. ‘The performers are all masters of their instruments. Through their talent and abilities, the sophistication and artfulness of the music is revealed.’ Along with Martin on fiddle, the show features Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla O Lionaird on vocals, Mairtin O’Connor on accordion, Cathal Hayden on fiddle, Seamie O’Dowd on guitar, and David Power on uilleann pipes.

Martin has been an All-Ireland fiddle champion six times over, and has taken home a National Entertainment Award, the Irish equivalent of the Grammy, for Traditional Musician of the Year. Dennis grew up in Chicago under the musical influence of his parents, who hailed from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, and has recorded three albums with Martin, including their most recent, Welcome Here Again. Iarla O Lionaird of County Cork has received two Grammy nominations for his work with Afro Celt Sound System and has collaborated with artists like Peter Gabriel, Gavin Bryars, and Donnacha Dennehey, as well as recording three outstanding solo albums. Mairtin O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, and Seamie O’Dowd comprise the Mairtin O’Connor Band, which has an excellent new album called Going Places. David Power is a master of the uilleann pipes whose new album, My Love Is in America, has won praise from The Journal of Music in Ireland as ‘a satisfying and confident musical self-portrait of a talented, sensitive and imaginative player.’”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Friday, March 8, 8:00PM
Box Office opens at 6:00PM, doors open at 7:00PM, curtain rises at 8:00PM
Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

“On the short list of the funniest movies ever made, this brilliant parody of King Arthur’s legendary quest for the Holy Grail was an instant cult classic that defines irreverence. Who else but the crew from the BBC sketch comedy television program, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, could deliver such a brilliant combination of sophisticated humor, slapstick, and downright absurdity in the funniest send-up of the King Arthur legend ever imagined.  

Did you know that historians praise the costumes, sets and scenery of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as one of the most accurate representations of medieval life on film? As to the rest of the movie... well, that's something completely different. The entire Monty Python crew (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin) pitch in to deliver the funniest send-up of the King Arthur legend you'll ever see. You'll laugh yourself silly at this brilliant combination of sophisticated humor, slapstick, and downright absurdity which has become an icon of classic comedy film.”

“Paramount Movie Classics
Return to Hollywood's Golden Era in America's finest Art Deco movie palace. Movie Classic Night features 35mm film prints, a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and fabulous prizes in the Paramount's own game of chance Dec-O-Win.

Live Mighty Wurlitzer organ serenade begins at 7:30PM. Curtain rises at 8:00PM. Feature film begins at 8:30PM.“

Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven
with KRS ONE and Aima The Dreamer
with very special guest Grandmother Flordemayo of the 13 Indigenous Grandmother Council
http://www.hiphopmedicinenation.com (site plays music)

Friday, March 8, 8:00PM
Cloud 9, 1320 9th Street, Berkeley

“The Hip Hop Medicine Nation is giving birth to a new era of Hip Hop, bringing together the culture's finest and most respected artists with indigenous wisdom keepers and
ancient ceremonial magic. Founded upon the timeless principles of Health, Love, Awareness, and Wealth, Minista Zin Uru and Hip Hop Medicine Man Dove Mosis were guided by Great Spirit to bring forth this crucial vision of planetary healing and communal celebration during this time of great awakening. Staying true to the original intention of Hip Hop Culture, the Hip Hop Medicine Nation is bridging the generational gap between the youth and the elders of this Golden Age by providing a platform for Peace, Love, Unity and safely having Fun.

Live Concert with KRS ONE and Aima The Dreamer!!!!
plus other surprise guests....
Graffiti -Organic Food - Theta Healing - Massage
Historic Hip Hop Archive plus so much more!
Doors open at 8:00PM!
$25 tickets sold at the door


Saturday, March 9, 5:00PM
Cloud 9, 1320 9th Street, Berkeley

“Spiritual serminar by Hip Hop's Masta Teacha KRS ONE
entitled The Origins of Hip Hop
with very special guest Grandmother Flordemayo of the 13 Indigenous Grandmother Council

Join us in prayer and ceremony for the healing of the children of the world and for hip hop culture
as a whole. This is a one of a kind event!  Featuring special transmissions from some of the most powerful wisdom keepers on planet earth at this time.

ALSO featuring Live Musical Performance by Zahira Soul!
and mystic poetry by Taylor Maiden Space!
Aaron Ableman aka A-Natural presents Pachas Pajamas
Galactic Invocation by Miraculah
Graffiti -Organic Food - Theta Healing - Massage
Historic Hip Hop Archive plus so much more!
Doors open at 5:00PM!
$20 tickets sold at the door


New Folksongs From Within
with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, March 8-10, 8:00PM
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Join Kitka for an original program featuring world premieres of works conceived and created for the ensemble by two of Kitka's own vocalist-composers, Janet Kutulas and Elizabeth Setzer. Janet's Iron Shoes is inspired by the heroines of three separate Eastern European fairytales. Iron Shoes will be presented as a concert version of what will eventually become a fully-staged folk opera. Elizabeth's Apple Blossoms and Brine is a song cycle about the timeless experiences of love and heartbreak, loss, and celebration. Rehearsals are now underway and we cannot wait to share these gorgeous, thrilling, and fun new creations with you!

Kitka is an American women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. Dedicated to developing new audiences for music rooted in Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian women’s vocal traditions, Kitka also strives to expand the boundaries of folk song as a living and evolving expressive art form. Kitka’s activities include an Oakland-based home series of concerts and vocal workshops; regional, national, and international touring; programs in the schools; recording, publication, and broadcast projects; master artist residencies; commissioning; community service work; and adventuresome collaborations.”

Choreomania: Music for the Dancing Plagues of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
with Canconier
presented by San Francisco Early Music Society
for more information, please call 510-528-1725 or e-mail sfems@sfems.org

Friday, March 8, 8:00PM
First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto

Saturday, March 9,  7:30PM  
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Sunday, March 10, 7:30PM  
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco

“From fiery tarantellas to penitential prayers, music to appease divine wrath, or just the ultimate dance fever!

Canconier, the Bay Area’s acclaimed medieval ensemble, will perform a fascinating program featuring instrumental and vocal dance music, flagellant songs, penitential prayers, tarantellas, and more.

During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas experienced brief outbreaks of manic, ‘contagious’ dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Otherwise ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Many feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria; the true causes are still debated. Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would ease their suffering, or appease divine wrath.”

adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams
Friday-Sunday, March 8-10,
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through March 24
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Shakespeare's tragedy of falsehood, jealousy, and revenge is given the Butterfield 8 treatment in this gender-reversed casting, where all male roles are portrayed by women, and the female roles are played by men. The production will examine the culture of men, as interpreted by women.

The Mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works.
Our Vision is to present audiences with examples of both ends of the theatrical spectrum: new productions of classic works, focusing in particular on text-driven plays (such as the works of Shakespeare), and new works devised by the company or written by local playwrights.  Our work often examines perceptions of gender, both within the context of the play and the larger context of society as a whole.  We strive to create an immersive environment, believing the audience’s experience starts when they buy the ticket, and shouldn't end when they leave the theatre. We honor that the audience has come for a live theatre experience to engage with a story or an idea; to be taken on a journey. This is our responsibility, and our craft.”

Renaissance Dance Workshop
with Judith Kennedy
Saturday, March 9, 8:30AM-5:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
Half Day $45 in advance, $55 at the door, Whole Day $85 in advance, $100 at the door

“Instructor Judith Kennedy received her B.A. in Dance and her M.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Dance History from Mills College.  She was a choreographer with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for twenty five years, teaching and performing early dance.  She has taught numerous workshops over a period of forty years, both for the Festival and various west coast
universities.  These workshops include an international summer course with the Consort de Danse Baroque in Cardiff, Wales.

8:30-9:00AM: Sign-in
9:00AM-12:30PM: (9-9:30 Warm-Up, 9:30-12:30 Class Begins)
The morning session will concentrate on basic steps and the more simple Renaissance Dances.

12:30-2:00PM: Lunch - Not provided; there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance - or bring your own; coffee/tea etc. will be provided
2:00-5:30PM: Class Resumes:
The afternoon session will concentrate on more advanced steps and several more complicated dances, the choice depending on the background and wishes of workshop participants.

Full-day session, Renaissance workshop:  $85 advance ($100 at the door)
Half-day session, Renaissance workshop:  $45 advance ($55 at the door)

Spaces are limited - so early registration is encouraged!”

Discovering A Sense Of Place
A Free Workshop Sponsored by The City of Walnut Creek Clean Water Program
and The Gardens at Heather Farm
with Patrice Hanlon, GHF Garden Manager and Susan Handjian, Garden Consultant and Coach
Saturday, March 9, 9:00AM-12:00PM,
and two more Saturdays, March 23 and May 11
The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek
Free, registration required - see website

“In our 2012 workshop we explored the soil, plants, and bird life of our unique bioregion. Join us for three new sessions as we delve into the details of living in the Diablo Valley.

March 9th: Our Gardens and Watersheds
at The Gardens at Heather Farm
We discuss and explore the importance and locations of local watersheds. Map where your watershed is located. We will take a walk to the pond to do some simple water testing activities.
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: Free. Workshops can be taken individually or as a series. Preregistration is required.

March 23rd: Everything is Connected - the Practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
at The Gardens at Heather Farm
The essence of IPM is trying the least toxic solution first when faced with pest infestations or disease. Class includes hands-on activities to learn about the beneficial insects in your garden, and a tour of the garden to look for some of them and the plants that attract them.
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: Free. Workshops can be taken individually or as a series. Preregistration is required.

May 11th: Knowing your Bioregion
at Walnut Creek Civic Park, Creek Walk
We will meet at Walnut Creek’s Creek Walk and learn about the native plants that are there; how they were used historically by Native Americans and early settlers and how they play an important role in our modern day ecosystem.
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: Free. Workshops can be taken individually or as a series. Pre-registration is required.”

Arbor Day Tree Planting Party
Saturday, March 9, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Northwest Community Park, 2594 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa

“Join us to recognize Arbor Day and Luther Burbank’s Birthday! Help us plant several
trees in the park and then stick around to enjoy a little birthday cake! This is a family-friendly event and will go on rain or shine. Dress in weather and gardening appropriate clothing.”

Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Candlestick Point
Saturday, March 9, 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. Second Saturday workdays assist Literacy for Environmental Justice to restore native habitat and install native plants at Yosemite Slough, the largest tidal wetland in the Bay Area. Teens 14 and up are welcome when 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!

7th Annual Bee Symposium: Pollinator Habitat and Forage
Saturday, March 9, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sebastopol Veterans Building, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol
$35 in advance/$45 at door

“7th Annual Bee Symposium
A Fundraiser for Partners for Sustainable Pollination

This fun and informative symposium is for gardeners, farmers, and beekeepers of all experience levels, as well as anyone simply interested in the miraculous world of pollinators, which do more for the vitality of the Earth than we can possibly imagine. This year our theme is ‘Pollinator Habitat and Forage’. The availability of nutritious food and a clean, safe home is the most important issue facing pollinators today; fortunately, each of us can make a difference, right now.

This year a varied group of speakers will share experience and advice from a number of perspectives. No doubt there will be some impressive slides, and plenty of time will be set aside for questions and discussion. Also, various local groups will be tabling, so come early for coffee, tea, snacks, and plenty of interesting people to chat with and cool stuff to see. Pollinator-friendly plants will be on display and for sale, as well.

All proceeds from The Bee Symposium go to Partners for Sustainable Pollination (PFSP), a locally based non-profit organization whose mission is to work with farmers and beekeepers to improve the health of honey bees and to support native pollinators. We foster awareness and support for providing increased availability of flowering plants to honey bees and native pollinators, generating funds for the planting of pollinator forage plants on farms, schools, and parks through the Bee Friendly Farm and Bee Friendly Garden certification programs.”

Everybody Is An Artist
Saturday, March 9, 10:00AM-4:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Program fee per Child $2, tour fee for Adults $3

“Mary McConaghy was a talented artist. She lived in the house from 1886 until 1939. Explore her art in the house, and then make your own. We will use different media for our creations and find inspiration in the McConaghy House garden, just as Mary McConaghy did.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, March 9, 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.

This month, Amanda and Steve will lead our Monthly circle. The theme is Craft time with creating your Springtime dreams and goals!”

An Evening With Seanan McGuire
Presented by SF In SF and Borderlands Books  
Saturday, March 9, 6:00PM
The Variety Preview Room Theatre, Hobart Building, 1st Floor, 582 Market Street, San Francisco
Suggested donation $5-$10

“Seanan McGuire has reassembled the Traveling Circus and Snake-Handling Show* for their 8th San Francisco Bay Area appearance - it's a grand tradition that just gets more amazing with each iteration!  Join Seanan and guests for an evening of music, mayhem, delicious cupcakes, exciting raffle prizes, and an anything-goes Q and A guaranteed to keep you snickering, if not laughing outright.  It's always a good time, it's always a strange time and always a fun time - add in free popcorn, and a signature cocktail - The Snakehandler! - at the bar, and we hope to see you there!

(*Snakes not included.)  (Please do not bring your own.)  (Seriously ;)

Doors and cash bar opens at 6:00PM
Event begins at 7:00PM
Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits Variety Children's Charity
Seating is limited - first come, first served.

Booksigning and schmoozing follows in the lounge, with books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.

Variety Children's Charity of Northern California
The Variety Preview Room Theatre
We are located in the Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor - entrance next to Citibank on Market St.
582 Market Street at 2nd and Montgomery, SF, CA 94104
Phone - day/night of events only - 415-572-1015
Email - sfinsfevents@gmail.com

Don’t Drive - Seriously. Parking sucks in this area. Take BART or MUNI downtown, as we are directly adjacent to the Montgomery Street BART/MUNI station! Street parking ($3.50 per hour/coins or meter card, no charge cards) is metered 7 days a week til 6:00PM.  If you have to drive, we suggest parking at the Folsom St. Garage at 3rd and Folsom (cheapest), across from Moscone Center.”

Food for Thought
Monthly Potluck Dinner and Conscious Discussion at The Home of Truth
Saturday, March 9, 6:30-9:00PM
Cottage, The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
Free, please bring a potluck dish to share
To sign up, please contact Barbara at: 510-521-6654.

“Interested in discussing Metaphysical/New Thought/Consciousness topics? Want to share a delicious meal? Then join us for this time of dining and discussion.
6:30PM:Social time
7:00PM: Dinner
7:45PM: Table topics
8:15PM: Group sharing
No cost,  just please bring an entree dish to share.

The Home of Truth is a welcoming, accepting spiritual community learning and celebrating truth principles of unconditional love, trust, peace, compassion and joy. ”   

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, March 9, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.

The introductory class will be on rotary waltz, which is such a waltzy waltz that it's usually just called the ‘waltz’. Kathy Lowy teaches. No experience or partner necessary!

The intermediate class will be on Irish ceili dancing and polka sets, taught by Alan Kline.

Our DJ from 9-midnight will be MacKenzie Stuart.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Hearken Music
presented by Samavesha
Saturday, March 9, 7:30PM
Berkeley Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
sliding scale $10-$15

“Hearken Music: hear by listening to the sound

We found an amazing space with a profound and reverberating acoustic. It's right here in Berkeley, close to Samavesha Studio and... here we are, presenting Hearken Music, the first acoustic concert inside the resonant Berkeley Rose Labyrinth, featuring Cornelius Boots on Shakuhachi (zen flutes), Mark Deutsch on Bazantar (the five-string double bass with four additional drone strings and 29 sympathetic strings), Laura Inserra on Hang (the resonating percussive sonic sculpture).

We truly believe that this is going to be an unforgettable evening, in a powerful space, with ancient and modern instruments of sacred and unheard sounds. We wish you to be there with us.”

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial Concert: Vilna Poems and Akoka
Saturday, March 9, 8:00-10:30PM
Berkeley Repertory Theatre Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley
$24 in advance, $26 at the door

“Vilna Poems: World Premiere and Akoka: The End of Time
In Memory of the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Featuring soprano Lisa Delan, pianist Kristin Pankonin, cellist Matt Haimovitz, clarinetist David Krakauer, violinist Kay Stern and pianist Kathleen Tagg.

Vilna Poems, a song cycle of works by the great Yiddish poet, Avrom Sutskever, composed by David Garner, in memory of Sylvie Braitman.

Vilna Poems was commissioned by Lisa Delan from Bay Area composer David Garner, written for Lisa, Kristin Pankonin Matt Haimovitz and David Krakauer. The cycle is based on six Yiddish poems by Holocaust poet Avrom Sutskever, which will be released in April by PentaTone Classics on Delan’s CD The Hours Begin to Sing. Sung in the original Yiddish; new translations by poet and Yiddish scholar Chana Bloch.

Akoka: The End of Time is a project inspired by Olivier Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time and developed and performed by Matt Haimovitz and David Krakauer featuring violinist Kay Stern and pianist Kathleen Tagg.”

Downtown Campbell Sidewalk Sale
Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10,
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
along E Campbell Avenue from Railway Avenue to North 3rd Street, Campbell


“The Downtown Campbell Business Association is pleased to present a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, March 9, 10:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, March 10, 10:00AM-4:00PM. It's Paris Flea Market meets Old Town Bazaar! With four blocks of fantastic finds, come on down to East Campbell Avenue for some great deals and live music.”

Maha ShivRatri
Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10, 11:00AM-3:00PM, Darshan until 6:00PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
Donations accepted, registration required

“A cordial invitation for celebrating one of the most auspicious and revered festival of India - a memorial of the incarnation of Shiva coming in to the world to free it from darkness, sorrow and suffering, and bringing in the light of wisdom, purity, and peace.

Come and feel the atmosphere of the twelve sacred temples of Shiva throughout India. Understand the deep secrets of the significance of the present time of Confluence, the Self and the Divine.

Enjoy a memorable, cultural and enlightening day with your friends and family through live music, Indian classical dance performances, words of wisdom, video show, meditation, Aarti, and much more...

Vegetarian lunch is served at the beginning of event.”

Organic Voice
a Soli Deo Gloria concert

Saturday, March 9, 5:00PM
First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto

Sunday, March 10, 3:30PM
Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

“All-natural concert with no artificial preservatives! Music for voices and organ featuring Kodaly's ethereal Missa Brevis as well as GMO-free favorites by Howells, Britten, and Brahms.
Featuring Organist Angela Kraft Cross

Soli Deo Gloria is a San Francisco Bay Area auditioned choir dedicated to the performance of masterworks of the sacred repertoire in a concert setting. The choir's membership is drawn from six Bay Area counties bur rehearses in Alameda. SDG has been singing top-quality sacred choral music since 1975 and been conducted by Allen H Simon since 1991.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, March 10, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the second Sunday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

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

Theme for March: Aphrodite the Trickster with Robin Dolan

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

Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day
Sunday, March 10, 11:00AM-6:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
Adocentyn Library, 1029 A Solano Avenue, Albany
please RSVP to Don Frew at DHF3@aol.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you and Blessed Be,

Fixit Clinic
with Peter Mui
Sunday, March 10, 1:00-4:00PM
Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany
for more information, please contact Peter Mui at petermui@gmail.com

“Fix your broken stuff - Or at least learn more about it by disassembling it.

Bring your broken, non-functioning things: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!

What To Bring:
Your non-working thing (carry-in only)
Any tools you already own that might be helpful
Any knowledge or advance research you've done on the issue
Boxes, bags and/or small containers to carry away parts

Why: To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!”

Victorian By Design: The Social and Cultural Meaning of Objects
Sunday, March 10, 3:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
$10 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students
Registration required, please call 510-581-0223

“The historic McConaghy House offers a unique opportunity to experience first-hand a wide collection of objects from the late Victorian period. What makes the study of these objects exciting is the ways in which their design, construction, and imagery convey the priorities of the era.

In this guided tour, visitors will learn to ‘read’ the visual and design elements of late Victorian objects. They can be interpreted as expressions of the values of those living in late nineteenth-century Hayward, but also Victorians living throughout the United States. Along the way, we will also consider how design principles subsequently changed during the modern period, signaling a shift in cultural and social priorities.

The tour will be led by Kevin R. Muller, Ph.D. in Art History.”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, March 10, 3:00-5:00PM (and the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women's Healing Drum Circle
with Rev. Ouida Joi
Sunday, March 10, 4:00-5:30PM
Cottage, The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
Donations accepted
Ages 16 and over.

“Please join us for a sacred time of drumming, chanting, dancing, releasing, accepting and allowing - or whatever your Heart and Soul desires. No experience necessary. Please bring a drum or rattle/shaker.”  

Spring Forward!
Sunday, March 10
Daylight Savings Time begins

The Mumpsimus Effect
with Sterling Bunnell
Tuesday, March 12, 4:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390  27th Street, Oakland
$5 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The subject of Sterling’s Talk this Tuesday will be the mumpsimus effect:  why are we so slow as a society to correct long-standing counter-productive efforts?

All of Sterling’s talks manifest his brilliant command of both abstract explanations and historical examples - both theory and fact - and they exhibit the amazing broad scope of his mind, encompassing so many fields:  the hard and soft sciences and earth and biological sciences, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, history, at alia. Sterling is a rare generalist, a philosopher, freely sharing his thoughts in our world of guarded specialists.  Hear Sterling talk, participate in the group discussion, and get the education you might have missed in the course of your life!

Our Tuesday talks are accompanied by optional potluck refreshments.  Please feel free to bring scrumptious food, organic and local, suitable for supper. Our doors open at 4:00PM and Sterling’s talk begins shortly thereafter.“

Persian New Year Festival: Chahar-Shanbeh Souri
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00-10:00PM
Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, 510-848-0264

“Jump over a bonfire for ‘Chahar-Shanbeh Souri’ to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring, a Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian times. The Persian New Year Festival is called Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, which literally means ‘Eve of Wednesday’ because the festival is always held on the last Tuesday of winter, just before the Vernal Equinox or first moment of spring.

In Iran (and parts of Afghanistan and India), it is customary for people to create bonfires in front of their homes throughout the neighborhood and jump over them as the sun is setting. Since the Persian Center owns it’s own ‘home’ at 2029 Durant Avenue, it is thrilled to host this event for Iranian-Americans and all who have an interest in the culture. As people jump over the flames they shout, ‘Shorkhi-e to az man o zardi-e man az to!’ which means, ‘Give me your beautiful red color and take back my sickly pallor!’ ‘Parents jump with their young ones who look wary of going near the flames. Sweethearts jump in tandem. Frat boys try to out leap one another in side-by-side races,’ noted a festival attendee. By engaging the non-Persian community in the fire-jumping festival, the organization hopes to allow a glimpse into beautiful Persian traditions and the culture of the Iranian-American community in the US.

Inside the Persian Center, a traditional altar holds green grass, live goldfish, food and other items representative of spring called the haftseen, or seven s’s, as each item on the table begins with the letter s. Persian music, food, and craft vendors, cultural organizations, and children’s activities add to the nighttime experience. This is a free, family-friendly, non-alcoholic event held outdoors at night, rain or shine.

Sponsors include the Persian Center, Hustead’s Towing, Berkeley Council Members Jessie Arreguin and Max Anderson, East Bay Express, East Bay Loop, Yelp! and Iranican.
Persian Center is a non-profit, charitable 501(c3) organization whose mission is to create an environment in which to conduct social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities designed to strengthen the sense of identity and integrity of all Iranians and Iranian descendants, and to engage individuals interested in or related to Persian community and culture. It is one of a few secular Persian organizations in the United States.

This is the fifth year that Another Bullwinkel Show has been the event producer. A local company that oversees many of the fine street festivals in Berkeley, Another Bullwinkel Show is proud to bring cultural events to the community. Contact Lisa Bullwinkel for info.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: The Chariot and the Four of Pentacles

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

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Tuesday, March 12, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome

“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate. The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material. The Herm now resides at the Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece. The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992.

Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.”

Nawruz Celebration
presented by Silk Road House
Saturday, March 16, 1:00-5:00PM
The Hillside Club of North Berkeley, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$20, reservations required, please register by March 12

“Dear Friends and Supporters of the Silk Road House!

The Silk Road House is delighted to invite you to the annual celebration of the Navruz (Nawruz, Nauryz, Norooz) Spring Holiday! Nauryz transcends religious, ethnic, linguistic and national divisions and brings people together.  

Taking into consideration the high attendance at the Silk Road House previous Nawruz celebrations, we decided that for Nawruz 2013 we would again rent a special place - the Hillside Club of North Berkeley located at 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709.

The Hillside Club has a wonderful stage with a grand piano and microphones. Anyone with musical, dance, storytelling or other talent is welcome to participate in the concert program which will be videotaped for the history of our community. Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to present a musical, dance or any other performance! All creative ideas are welcome!

Silk Road House will serve red wine, soft beverages, tea, coffee, grapes, as well as plates, cups, utensils and so on.

This festive occasion will also provide an opportunity for others to show their talent in Central Asian cooking. We ask that those who wish to contribute in this way to bring such popular in the region dishes as nauryz koje (kozhe), sumalak, varied pilafs, kuyrdaks, baursaks, beliashi, chebureki, samsa, pirogi, chak-chak and other favorite dishes (each meant for about 8-10 people).

We will need up to ten volunteers to set tables up from 12:00 (noon) to 1:00PM on March 16th and another ten people to clean the place up from 5:00 to 6:00PM. So, please let us know in advance who are willing to help us out in organizing that special day.

Our contacts are growing, and we expect that at the Nawruz festivities we will have the opportunity of greeting many cherished guests from both the East Coast and southern California. While the Hillside Club is quite commodious, reserved places at a table will no doubt be filled rapidly.  So that everyone will have the chance to enjoy the festivities and entertainment in comfort, we ask that reservations would be made by March 12.

Those who are signed up for set-up and clean-up teams as well as those who would make an offering of food (cooking dishes meant for about 8-10 people) and a concert performance are free of charge.

As for all other dear guests, we ask for a contribution of $20.00 per adult, $15 per seniors and $10.00 per teenager. The presence of children is always a blessing, and they are free of charge.  Any other donations for the support of ongoing Silk Road House activities would be gratefully accepted (cash or checks issued to the name of SRH). Contributions will be also collected at the entrance of the Hillside Club on March 16th .

Residential area street parking.

If necessary, additional details will be posted in due time.

The SRH Board of Directors

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

Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Sunday, March 31, 6:00-8:00PM,
and five more Sundays, April 7, 14, and 21, and May 5, and 12 (skipping April 28)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class or $200 for all six classes

“Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot. Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit's unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.

This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call The Sacred Well at 510-444-9355 to reserve your spot today.”

Have a New, Light, Awakened Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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