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, April 23, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Monthly Dinner Salon at the Dream Institute, Playland After Dark - Grown-Up Game Night, Hidden Cities, Celebrate Lunar Beltane, An Evening Of Sacred Music, Zedashe Ensemble, Time Sensitive, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, The Lullaby Tree, Eurydice, The River, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Arbor Day, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Sexing Sacred Texts, Eco-Resiliency, Astrology: Three or More Planets in a Sign, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition, Bay Area Dance Week, Parent-and-Me African Music and Dance Class, Petaluma Butter and Egg Days, SkyJam Festival, Backyard Garden Tour, Spring into Elderflower, Devotional to Brighid, NROOGD Public Beltaine, Art in the Garden, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Azerbaijani Art Music Live, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, Gaskell Ball, Bindi Society: Eclectic World Music Trio, Hexenfest, Electric Run, Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Introduction to the Shamanic Journey, ConjureCon, Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Visioning Circle, The Captive Muse, ukiaHaiku Festival, Santa Cruz Story Telling Festival, Grandmother Flordemayo visits the Bay Area, Open House for 13 Moon Ordination Circle, Reclaiming’s Beltane Ritual, Tea and Tarot, A Memorial Service for George Hersh, Lake Merritt Pagans, Permaculture for Gardeners, May Day!, Maitri Breathwork One Day Workshop, Fundamentals of Astrology 4, Wand-Making Intensive in the Sacred Path Tradition

Monthly Dinner Salon at the Dream Institute
Wednesday, April 24, 6:00-8:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
Please RSVP to 510-845-1767
$15, $40 with dinner catered by Poulet

“We continue our delightful monthly dinners on with the addition of having a topic of general interest that we hope will spark lively discussion.

Catered by Poulet of Berkeley, with chicken, vegan, and vegetarian options.  Please call or email the office by the day before if you’d like to attend so we order the right amount.

In April there will be a brief presentation of dreams related to Earth Day.”   

Playland After Dark - Grown-Up Game Night
Thursday, April 25, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
$10, 18+

“Playland After Dark had such a blast hosting our Grown-up Game Nights (last Thursday of every month) that we had to open up the Museum of Fun to adult-only-admission another evening. Join us for the second Tuesday each month—same time (6pm – 10pm), same low price ($10 for all the FREE PLAY pinball, arcade and carnival games), same fun (board games with friends old and new).”

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history,
now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history!

Hidden Cities
with Moses Gates
Thursday, April 25, 7:00PM
Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton

“Moses Gates, author of Hidden Cities, will show his video and slides. ‘Moses Gates's
Hidden Cities is a thrilling romp through the underworlds (and sometimes the highest heights) of cities we think we know... Hidden Cities reminds us that no matter how jaded we may be, the world will always hold something new for those who look.’ from The Celebrity Cafe.

He is an urban planner, licensed New York City tour guide, and visiting assistant professor of demography at the Pratt Institute. His explorations of New York have been featured on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, WNYC, and in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. He has given talks and consulted for books and television on hidden New York City, the Paris Catacombs, and urban exploration around the world. He lives in New York City “

Celebrate Lunar Beltane
and Auge, Spanish Goddess of Heat and Fertility
with Daughters of the Goddess
Thursday, April 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

“How precious are these early days of the Spring season, blessing us with bursts of rain water and so many luscious flowers?!  The morning air is filled with birdsong, the sounds of small woodpeckers learning their drumming craft, and squirrels running about finding their breakfast treats.  The night sky clouds are illuminated by the bright Moon and fragranced with evening blossoms - tickling our senses and waking up the fire in our bellies.  Let us match the energy of Mother Earth and step into our own heat at Her altar, shining under the Full Moon light in all of our glory!!

We gather at Her altar on Lunar Beltane, the climax of Spring fertility under the round belly of the Full Moon!  Celebrated approximately half-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, this High Holy Day delights us with a feeling of timelessness.  With Winter certainly behind us, we get lost in the light and the sensations of the growing season with Her flowers blooming, Her fruit growing and with life pulsing everywhere - bright, abundant, and rich with promise.  As extensions of the Goddess and of the Earth, our own sensuality and sexuality are revitalized.  We become the embodiment of the Charge of the Star Goddess verse, ‘All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.’   We take great joy and comfort in the fires that represent the bursting forth of life.  We delight in abandon!  We are womyn with beautiful breasts, bellies full of creative life force energy, and juicy, yearning, climaxing yonis.  We are the embodiment of Beltane’s fire!

In English, Auge means ‘eye’.  In Spanish, Her name means peak, height, or upturned.  She invites us to note that our yonis resemble the eye in their shape.  That we see from here - using our womyn’s intuition.  She reminds us to embrace this sacred sight that is given to us in Her name and to honor and trust it!  With our upturned eye, we can reach magnificent peaks and heights of physical pleasure; we can know true ecstasy.  Auge encourages us to shake off that which no longer serves us as sensual, sexual beings.  She says, ‘You are gorgeous!  You are delicious!  You are whole!  Know this!  Trust this!  Delight in your body made in My image!’

For this ritual please wear fiery colors or clothing worthy of Auge - the heat, the fire, the fertility!   Please bring a red or orange candle for the altar.   Please bring symbols and objects that represent the South and Fire!  

As part of our ongoing magickal intention to end sex trafficking, we ask that you bring a gift card to stores such as Target in any denomination that we will donate to Freedom House, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing wholeness into the lives of survivors of sex trafficking.“

An Evening Of Sacred Music
with Devaa Haley Mitchell
Thursday, April 25, 7:30-9:00PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael, 415-457-4191

“Devaa Haley Mitchell is a spiritual guide, public speaker and musician, offering Soulful Women programs and devotional music in support of feminine awakening. She founded and co-hosts the Inspiring Women Summit and serves as the Chief Transformation Officer at The Shift Network, Inc. Ordained as an interfaith minister, Devaa draws upon 20 years of study and practice of the most respected systems of personal growth and spiritual development. Her debut album Sacred Alchemy aims to reawaken and liberate the many dimensions of the sacred feminine.“

Zedashe Ensemble
presented by Kitka
Thursday, April 25, 8:00PM
Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th Street, Oakland
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“The Zedashe Ensemble is based in the medieval fortress city of Sighnaghi, Eastern Georgia, which has been home to the Kiziqian wine growers and warriors since ancient times. Directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, the current incarnation of the ensemble was founded in the mid 1990s to sing repertoire largely lost during the Communist era. Their repertoire consists of ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from the Kiziqian region as collected from village song-masters and old publications, and folk dances from the region.

Pheasant's Tears Organic Georgian Wine Tasting
4:30-7:30 PM
The Punchdown: a natural wine bar and bottle shop
2212 Broadway, Oakland, CA
(Wine and food pairings available for purchase)”

Time Sensitive
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27, 8:00PM
playing through May 18
Sanctuary for the Arts, 496 38th Street, Oakland
$25-$40 sliding scale

“And the edge of the city crept closer...

A crack is growing.
The shape of time is changing.
Only a few can see it.
The City swallowed the world. It ate the day and the night. It ate the tides and the seasons. Now there are only seconds and nanoseconds and a constant insatiable GO. Speed is power, status is vertical, and time is literally up.

Time Sensitive is a daring new play by Artistic Director Amy Sass, which combines clockwork choreography, rhythmic fugue and ice art into a fantastical tale that urgently asks:

How do we hold a moment if we constantly crave the next big thing?

Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Mission is to catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change. We aim to connect artists and audiences through the ritual of live performance, exploring universal questions that span the ancient and contemporary.  We engage in the study and practice of Ensemble, collaboratively creating new, interdisciplinary works and activating the next generation of artistically engaged citizens.

We are the do-ers. The shape-shifters, the great adapters, mythic storytellers and visionaries. We make the rules and break the rules. We roll up our sleeves. Take on big questions.  Design the world we want to live in and then build it. We walk into the mouth of fear. We cultivate a discipline of courage.”

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma
The Next Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27, 8:00PM
playing through June 1
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Thrillpeddlers 6th annual Theatre of The Ridiculous Revival showcases a rare Cockettes Musical, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, a new full-length, restored version of The Cockettes’ 1971 musical extravaganza featuring original Cockettes Scrumbly Koldewyn, Sweet Pam Tent, and Rumi Missabu. Seats and private Shock Boxes always sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.”

The Lullaby Tree
presented by Second Wind Productions
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28,
Friday and Saturday, 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
Friday and Saturday $20, Thursday and Sunday $15

“A little boy ventures into the Underworld to save his mother, while above the surface a battle rages over the fate of a patch of genetically modified corn... and perhaps the world. At their center is a drowned town whose emergence seems to unite the world of the dead and the living.

In this poignant comic-drama, 8 year old Timmy travels into the Underworld to rescue his mother. The shrunken giant who befriends him, however, may be more trouble than he’s worth, summoning the fearsome wrath of Dragons. Meanwhile, a thousand leagues above them, a feisty environmental group and a multinational corporation go toe to toe over the ownership of a patch of genetically modified corn in a tale of deception, greed, and tangled love.”
by Sarah Ruhl
presented by Custom Made Theatre Co
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough Street, San Francisco

“In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine.

Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her past.

Using a unique blend of movement, music and theatrical ingenuity, Custom Made’s production looks to be breathtakingly inventive, funny, and beautiful. The intimate staging at Gough Street playhouse propels the inches-away audience into this Alice in Wonderland rabbit-hole of lost memories, unbelievable characters, and heartbreaking passion.

Custom Made presents a new look at this MacArthur Award-winning, and Pulitzer finalist, breakthrough play, which helps us to understand what it truly means to love another.”

The River
an original play by Richard Montoya
presented by Intersection for the Arts and Campo Santo
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28, 8:00PM
playing through May 4
A.C.T Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco

Richard Montoya of Culture Clash collaborates with Intersection for the Arts resident theater company Campo Santo, and its co-founder Sean San Jose, to create The River. The play is part of Montoya’s larger series, The Border Series, that explores themes of identity, California and its people, and the many types of borders they encounter and cross.

The River unites Montoya and San Jose, two of California’s most renowned and prolific artists, to tell a homeland tale that reflects their experiences and the experiences of the people who make up their families, their communities. The story’s geographic reflection ties our state together through the journeys that make us all connected.  Through their very personal lenses, Montoya and San Jose create a tale of beautifully fraught tension that reflects how socially, culturally, and economically diverse we are as the people of California.

The River carries us along its trail through the personal stories of California’s diverse citizens: illegals, hipsters, immigrants, families, outcasts, desperados.  The New River, a toxic waterway that winds by the towns along the border connecting southeast California and Mexico, forms the backdrop for intertwined stories of diverse cultures morphing, land monopolies, the Mexican Diaspora, the American Dream, a way station, a landing point, a current wasteland and a former oasis - themes that inform our view of life in all of our cities.  Through his unique gift for telling stories that combine sadness and humor, Montoya invites us to laugh as we consider our hedonism and longings rooted in our sense of loss.  The River is a wild, fun, ecstatic trip; a vision quest that slips easily and often across the border between mourning and hilarity.

Richard Montoya is a co-founder of the legendary performance trio known as Culture Clash which began in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1984. The collective created plays for small and local venues including La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley California and the Gilroy Garlic Festival; and for national stages such as the Arena Stage in DC, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Yale Rep, Mark Taper Forum, the Public Theater, and the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. As a solo writer Montoya wrote Water and Power (LA Drama Critics’ Circle Play of the Year 2007), Palestine New Mexico, Anthems and American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose.   American Night will be performed by the California Shakespeare Theater in a May, 2013 production featuring San Jose in the lead role. Montoya, an alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s Writers and Directors Labs, also wrote and directed Water and Power as a feature film in 2012. He was a staff writer on the first season of Southland for NBC and is writing several new works for theaters across the country.

Sean San Jose (Director, Co-Creator) is a Director, Writer, Performer and Co-Founder of Campo Santo, Intersection for the Arts resident theater company.  Campo Santo is a multicultural theatre company that gives voice to untold stories through socially relevant world premieres of plays created in long-term processes. Since 1996, he has produced and overseen more than 75 premiere productions of theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances. San Jose’s body of work spans 45 premiere theatre productions including the first plays by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jorge Cortinas, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Denis Johnson, Greg Sarris, Luis Saguar, and Vendela Vida.  Campo Santo and San Jose have developed multiple works by Philip Gotanda, Jessica Hagedorn, Naomi Iizuka, Octavio Solis, John Steppling, Erin Cressida Wilson, and others. He was the Creator and Project Director of Alma Delfina Group - Teatro Contra el SIDA (1994-2002) and Pieces of the Quilt - a collection of more than 50 short plays including original works by Rhodessa Jones, Danny Hoch, Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Maria Irene Fornes, David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Tony Kushner, Herbert Siguenza, Migdalia Cruz and many more confronting AIDS.”

The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
presented by Un-Scripted Theater Company
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28, 8:00PM
playing through May 18
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 533 Sutter Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco

“Un-Scripted Theater Company's new season begins with the reimagining of our classic Shakespeare: the Musical as The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals - a fully improvised, full-length musical that Shakespeare himself could have written. This production will explore the language, characters, and themes that make Shakespeare the most beloved playwright in history. The addition of song gives the characters another form of emotional expression well-suited to the passions found throughout Shakespeare's work.”

Arbor Day
Friday, April 26

Today is a day to plant, tend, appreciate and celebrate trees!

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, April 26, 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.”

Sexing Sacred Texts
for all who identify as women.
with Dr. Victoria Rue
Friday, April 26, 7:00-9:00PM, and one more Friday, May 3
Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka Street, San Francisco
$15 per session
for more information, please contact Victoria Rue at victoria@victoriarue.com
or 415-863-4434

“Led by Rev. Dr. Victoria Rue, a lesbian Roman Catholic woman priest and theater artist.

This 5-week workshop for women explores gender and sexuality in ancient texts including the Torah, the Gospels, Buddhist gathas, the Qur’an and others .

Using theater techniques including monologues, dialogue and improvisation,we will give our bodies room to play, to stretch into our imaginations, to become something other than themselves . No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes!

Victoria Rue, M.Div., Ph.D. is a lesbian Roman Catholic woman priest. She is also a theatre director/writer and has offered theatre workshops both here and abroad: ACT-SF, Costa Rica, Jakarta, Manila and Phnom Penh. She is also a lecturer at San Jose State University in Women's Studies and Comparative Religious Studies and at the Pacific School of Religion/GTU. Dr. Rue has published numerous articles and her book, Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogy in Religious Studies, was published in 2005 by Pilgrim Press.”

Eco-Resiliency: A Gathering For Earth Change Awareness
Friday, April 26, 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.”

Astrology: Three or More Planets in a Sign
with Margaret Cole
Friday, April 26, 7:30-9:30PM,
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“Do you have three or more planets in a sign? How does this play out in your chart?  

Bring your horoscope or have one made at Ancient Ways for $5 by appointment only.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, April 26, 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”

Vintage Invasion
Friday, April 26, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

“Vintage Invasion - where the old dances invade a new generation
Our crowd is growing and thriving... a really positive atmosphere!

Have you ever waltzed to Metallica or danced a polka to Lady Gaga? Yes?  Then you know what a great time it is, and we will see you there!  No?  Well it's never too late to start.  Since we have hundreds of years of waltz music to choose from, the variety makes a wonderful, festive evening.  This is a casual, neighborhood party: a chance to meet people, bounce around, and generally make merry.  We'll have a potluck; you are welcome to bring snacks if you like.  Your hosts always bring the punch and water.  No alcohol, please, as we sometimes have dancers under 21 attending.

All are welcome for the lesson, so we can get you moving and ready to sail across the floor.  If you're new to dancing we promise to be patient with you, and if you have waltzed before we will improve your technique.  After class, during the dance party, we will still be available to help you with what we taught you, and introduce you to some of our regulars.  They are well skilled, but don't be shy about asking them to dance with you too.  They'll probably be happy for the chance to show off. :)

8:00-9:00 = Lesson in Vintage Waltz - no partner or experience needed
9:00-Midnight = Dance to Persephone and guest DJs playing lots of waltzes, and a little bit of many other partner dances.”

Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition
Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
see website for registration information

“Get Your Gear On!

Your Interplanetary Exploration Gear, that is…
The time has come to explore new, uncharted lands, to seek your fortune and adventure in the vast expanses of our known and unknown universe… to trip the light fandango on the dusty red surface of Mars, join a safari in the swamps of Venus, hunt leviathan on Jupiter and race your aerial chariot around the wild rings of Saturn… the possibilities are limitless, as Nova Albion presents:

Steampunks in Space!
The Grand Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition returns to the decadent Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in 2013 for three glorious days, April the 26th, 27th and 28th. Come rub elbows with preeminent scientists and planetary ambassadors, hob-nob with famous airship captains and explorers, and of course imbibe a proper cuppa with the crème-de-la-crème of Victorian society.

We shall present the Foremost Authorities to enlighten and enrich you, provide Grand Entertainments for your amusement and edification, and fill our market stalls with Fine Purveyors of exotic artifacts, rich clothing and jewels, the newest ingenious gadgets, sturdy exploration gear and more.”

Bay Area Dance Week
Friday-Sunday, April 26-May 5
see website for local events

“Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) is a 10-day festival of free public dance events, which takes place in April of each year. As a celebration of our local dance community's extraordinary diversity, BADW features movement styles ranging from ballet to modern, Argentine tango to classical Indian, jazz and hip hop to traditional hula, fire dance to Chinese Classical, Samba to belly dance, aerial to West African, contact improvisation and more.”

Parent-and-Me African Music and Dance Class
with Cheza Nami
Saturday, April 27, 10:00-10:30AM,
and three more Saturdays through May 18
HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
for Children 6 Months to 5 Years and their Caregivers

“Ok tots (parents too!!), We are back!! Join us for the Spring parent-and-me African music and dance class at HackerMoms in Berkleley. Bring your tot for 30 minutes of intense music, songs, games, drum circles and African-themed-stories in a highly energetic and rhythm-centric class at HackerMoms.

In our caregiver participation class young children are introduced to African songs, games, percussion instruments, music, drumming and African themed stories in a highly energetic class. Toddlers will develop self awareness and rhythm as well as pick up some African language from word play through song. Bring your tot and come boogie with us, African style!”

Petaluma Butter and Egg Days
Parade and Celebration
Saturday, April 27, 10:00AM-5:00PM, Parade starts at 12:00PM
B Street and South Petaluma Boulevard, Historic Downtown Petaluma

“Petaluma’s Butter and Eggs Parade and Celebration is in its 32nd year,and has become a tradition in Downtown Petaluma, celebrating the region’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country.

Together with The Petaluma River, eggs and dairy products created an economy that turned Petaluma into one of the most prosperous communities in the state in the early 1900s. The event typically draws over 25,000 attendees.

The community parade showcases the best of Petaluma and Petaluma’s history. The 100-unit parade features over 3,000 participants, more than a hundred volunteers and supports every aspect of community life.

Activities before, during and after the parade include four blocks of exhibit space for arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors offering a wide variety of festival foods, sponsor booths, community and non-profit booths and a large area to entertain youngsters with inflatables, rides, and hands-on activities. Don’t miss this great opportunity to participate in one of the North Bay’s largest events.”

SkyJam Festival
Saturday, April 27, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Skytown Preschool, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington
$4 per person, children under 2 free

“Skytown SkyJam
A great event for the younger crowd and their families!

Admission $5, kids 2 and under FREE!

Featuring ClownSnotBombs, The Bubble Lady, Kid's Jam Session, Silent Auction and More!

Fresh Gourmet Food by Chez Panisse Alumni
Milkglass Baking
Anchor Steam Beer and California Wine

Proceeds benefit Skytown Preschool, a parent-run cooperative preschool located in the East Bay hills, near Berkeley.”

Backyard Garden Tour
with City Slicker Farms
Saturday, April 27, 12:00-2:00PM
location in Oakland, address given upon RSVP
Please contact Yolanda Daggs at 510-472-0148 or yddaggs357@gmail.com

"Learn more about City Slicker Farms' Backyard Garden Program!

Join us for the first Backyard Garden Tour to see, learn, and taste from Yolanda's garden."

The CAYA Public Service Committee recently spent a day volunteering at City Slicker Farms:

Spring into Elderflower
a pre-celebration for Elderflower Womenspirit Festival
Saturday, April 27, 12:00-5:00PM
Roberts Regional Recreation Area, Madrone Picnic Area, 10570 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
Suggested donation $15-$20

Elderflower will be providing hot dogs - hamburgers - veggie burgers and chips.  
BRING picnic side dishes (salads, fruits, drinks and desserts).
Bring your Best/Decorated Big Girl Panties for the First ever EWF Big Girl Panty fashion show and contest.  
Bring Crafting and Divination activities for yourself and/or to share.
Dress in layers, the weather is variable and  it can get chilly.  

Schedule of Activities
12:00PM: Gathering
12:00-1:00PM: Goodies from the grill will be available
1:00PM: Opening Ceremony and Circle Casting
1:30-4:00PM: Open Picnic Activities including Divination Sharing, Magical Planting, Witchy Picnic Games, Big Girl Panty Fashion Show and Contest and Stitch and Bitch Crafter's Corner
3:00-4:00PM or so: Goodies from the grill will be available
4:00PM: Game Prizes awarded
4:15PM: Circle Closing”

Devotional to Brighid
presented by Chieftain Branwen’s Temple of the Open Sky
Saturday, April 27, 1:00PM
gathering outside the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted
Chieftain Branwen’s blog: http://theprimalheart.wordpress.com

“Come and be welcomed at The Temple of the Open Sky
Devotional to Brighid

The Temple of the Open Sky is founded on the belief that freedom of religion is a right that needs to be practiced when and where it can be. Here in the SF Bay Srea we are privileged with a freedom from fear of retaliation for outward expression of differing religious beliefs that is not found elsewhere in the USA, let alone in the World. It is this truth that brought forth that need to create a space where the Gods’ names were spoken outside of closed doors, without hiding, under the open sky.

In that vein, the Temple of the Open Sky seeks to create a platform for Pagan worship and devotion that is supportive of the many and varying methods of finding the divine. To create a safe container, free from shame, to be out in the world with our spirituality.  

Come and join us on Saturday for a ritual to honor the great Goddess of many talents, Brighid. The Exalted Irish Goddess is most famously known for her tri-fold duties as a patron of healing, the forge, and inspiration. Singing the praises she of the melodious mouth'd, being in her presence, long-time devotees and newcomers alike can seek her blessed favor.   

After the ritual we will be enacting the sacred rites of old and feasting! Picnic style! Stay for the just the ritual or enjoy the great outdoors in good company.

What to look for: We will be gathering outside the Berkeley Art Center to avoid confusion, as NROOGD’s lovely Beltane ritual will be happening at the Ancient Oak. To find ua, look for Brighid's Cross.

What to Bring: All that you need for picnicking for yourself and your party, (a blanket, food, utensils, sunscreen, hat). Any items you would like charged on the Altar. Offerings of flowers white or yellow for Brighid if you feel called.“

NROOGD Public Beltaine
Saturday, April 27, 1:00PM
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“Come my friends and journey back once more to the days of yore
Come one come all - The Oss awaits you!”

Thanks to Ardys for letting me know about this event!

Art in the Garden
at Veggielution Community Farm
Saturday, April 27, 1:30-3:30PM, and the fourth Saturday of each month
Emma Prusch Park, 647 South King Road, San Jose
$10 includes materials

“Our resident artists, Pamela and Joseph, guide participants in an exploration of line, color, contour, and much more. With an exceedingly inspiring environment to draw from, artists of all caliber grow and cultivate their skills. We request a $10 donation to help cover materials and support our nonprofit farm. Come on out and get creative at the farm!

Veggielution is a 6 acre non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We empower people to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of their labor.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, April 27, 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.”

Jeffrey Werbock's Mugham Program: Azerbaijani Art Music Live
Saturday, April 27, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700
for more information, please e-mail silkroadhouse@yahoo.com or call 510-981-0700

“Jeffrey Werbock will present a program of instrumental solo improvisations based on traditional Azerbaijani mugham, played on oud - fretless wood face short neck lute; tar - fretted skin face long neck lute; and kamancha - skin face spike fiddle.

Azerbaijani mugham is monophonic modal music, highly microtonal, meter free, densely ornamented, composed of complex melodic lines that are somewhat improvised according to certain traditional rules, and convey a mix of sorrow and joy, exaltation and lament, and an overall sense of both antiquity and otherworldiness.

Mr. Werbock is Chairman of the Mugham Society of America. The mission of Mugham Society of America is to promote awareness of Azerbaijan and its traditional art culture in the English speaking West. Mr. Werbock has been giving presentations for well over three decades and has performed often at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Asia Society, World Music Institute, and presents lecture demonstrations at colleges and universities all over the English speaking world. He has been awarded an honorary degree by the National Music Conservatory of Azerbaijan, in Baku, and was recently sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan to perform a solo concert.

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

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
presented by SF in SF
Saturday, April 27, doors and cash bar opens at 6:00PM, event begins at 7:00PM
The Variety Preview Room Theatre, 1st Floor, 582 Market Street, San Francisco
Suggested $5-$10 donation
benefiting Variety Children's Charity of Northern California
Seating is limited; first come, first seated

“Free popcorn for the film, and candy sold at the bar (hey, what's a movie without Red Vines, I ask you?!)  AND - We'll be pouring a specialty cocktail for the night!

As a special treat, SF in SF is raffling off a GORGEOUS, new-mint-sealed, 2-volume boxed set of the bound Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind manga comics, done by Hayao Miyazaki!  Out of print, and desired by collectors on Amazon and Ebay, but we have one here for you to WIN!!  Thanks to Fly By Night Books for donating this treasure!

Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the door; must be present to win..

You won't want to miss this one - and know too, every dollar goes to Variety Children's Charity to help kids in our community!  We're shooting to raise enough to purchase a pediatric wheelchair for a deserving child!  You must be present to win; tickets can be purchased at event.

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (PG; 116 mins.)
Considered to be the first film from the famous Studio Ghibli! A Japanese animated post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film not to be missed!  If you've seen it before - time to see it again!  Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, etc.) and based on his 1982 manga of the same name. Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaa desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. While created right before Studio Ghibli was founded, it is considered to be the beginning of the studio. Among its numerous awards, it won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1984.  Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is frequently ranked among the best animated films in Japan and is seen as a seminal influence on the development of anime.  Miyazaki's manga version of Nausicaa was written over a period of 12 years, with breaks taken to work on Studio Ghibli films. The Nausicaa manga is published in English by VIZ Media of San Francisco.

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, most no charge cards) is metered 7 days a week til 6PM. If you can, drive to your local BART station, and BART in.  Or, if in the City, and you have to drive, we suggest either parking at the Folsom St. Garage at 3rd and Folsom (cheapest), across from Moscone Center, or find a parking garage.”

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, April 27, 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.

Our next dance is our Spring Ball, join us for dancing, friends and laughter!

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:
June 22, 2013
August 17, 2013
October 26, 2013
December 21, 2013"

Bindi Society: Eclectic World Music Trio
Sacred and Profane World Music
Saturday, April 27, 8:00PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

“Bindi Society is comprised of three talented musicians based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the core of the music is the beauty of the harp, and the unique, guitar-like writings of harpist Barbara Imhoff. Irish vocalist Cait McWhir elevates the arrangements with her haunting interpretations of Indian chants, and English songs with a Celtic touch. Peter Whitehead, talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, integrates dumbek, frame drum, rebab and fujara into the mix. This beautiful tapestry of sounds is infused with depth, spiritual mystery and beauty. The sound is reminiscent of Imhoff’s Beasts of Paradise and Ring, and McWhir’s Haunted by Waters. “

A Festival of Magick-based Music and Dance
Saturday, April 27, 8:00PM-1:30AM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Greetings! Welcome to Hexenfest, a music and arts festival dedicated to myth, magic, folklore, fairytale, and the numinous.  We feature artists who are exploring the wild archetypal through their art; musicians, dancers, visual artists, and crafters who look to the realms of myth and dream and reflect their visions into our world.

Hexenfest has a flair for the darkly exotic. Gothic, Pagan, and Tribal belly dance themes are featured prominently, evoking the forbidden forest more than than the enchanted wood. If you feel at home in dark fairytales, join us in the realm!”

Electric Run
Saturday, April 27, 8:20PM
Candlestick Park, 490 Jamestown Avenue, San Francisco
see below for registration information

“A 5k run/walk that is as much show as it is run.
Electric Run is a 5k run, a show, participation art, and celebration of life. Incredibly talented artists and lighting technicians with experience creating beautiful art and light at Coachella, Dreamworks Animations, Disney, and some of Vegas’ hottest shows have come together to create  a world that will fill you with wonder.

Participation Art / What to wear
The Electric Run is a show; the course is the set and the participants are the cast! Come let your light shine and your creative juices flow. Add your own creative spark by dressing up in otherworldy costumes that glow, shine, blink, and dazzle. Show us all what you’ve got!

Lighting elements
Each course will have 5-10 distinct lighting experiences which will include different artistic elements and different moods. Some will be very energetic others will be more etherial. Our in-house DJs will be working with our Art and Lighting Directors to create custom mixes that work with the visual mood in each world.”

Be a part of Team CAYA at the Electric Run with CAYA Fun For Everyone!

Cross Sidhe says
“Team Caya - Electric Run (Walk/Wheel) - Candlestick Park In Sf - April 27Th!!!!

Jenny Wilde (Rowan) and Cross Sidhe have formed TEAM CAYA!!!

We invite all of CAYA, Family of CAYA, and Friends of CAYA to this night of fun, dance, walk/run/wheel, and most of all...  LIGHTS AND GLOW!!!  This is both a walk and Wheelchair friendly event!!!  

We will be holding and EL WIRE soldering workshop at Cross's place.  The time and date will be TBA but soon.  We will also be offering low budget glow solutions so not one will come as a darkwad.

The Electric Run is a charitable event.  The charity will be announced on the Electric Run official website.  The charity is usually a well known charity.

How to Register:

1.  Register at the Official Electric Run website:  

2.  Select "Team"

3.  Look for "Team CAYA (Wilde)".  

4.  Use the Promo Code of "SFVIP" for a $5 discount.

5.  After registering with the Electric Run.  Please send me an e-mail at:
This way we can keep track who is officially in our team.

6.  Join TEAM CAYA FB Page for info, planning, workshops, etc:

For questions and information please contact either Jenny Wilde or Cross Sidhe.

For more CAYA fun and excitement please join the CAYA Fun For Everyone FB Page:

Love and Lights!!!

Cross and Rowan”

Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28, Tea sittings at 12:00PM and 3:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
$27.50 for adults, $22.50 for children.  
reservations required - please call 800-838-3006
ages 3 and up

"Make a date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Dormouse and Mad Hatter for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain and cause smiles and giggles in Falkirk's elegant Victorian setting.

This event sells out; please make your reservations early! Includes goodie bag for child. Bring your camera for great photos!"

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28
exact location in Santa Rosa given upon registration
$125 for both full days, Saturday morning session is free
for more information, please call 707-570-0111 or e-mail info@annehatfield.com.

“What is shamanism?
Shamanism is the world’s oldest system of spiritual healing and divination, practiced by indigenous peoples all over the world. The shaman makes ecstatic flights into the world of the spirits to obtain information and bring back healing.  Shamanism is an effective way to expand your awareness and access spiritual guidance directly for yourself.

What will I learn?
What shamanism is and how it works, including an overview of the spirit worlds
How you can travel safely to the worlds of the spirits, using gentle drumming
Who your power animals and spirit teachers are - and how to work with them
How to expand your consciousness and obtain direct spiritual guidance
How to increase power, creativity, and humor in your life - and how to help your friends do the same

We will use the traditional sounds of repetitive drumming to facilitate the journeys. There will be ample time for background discussion, practical instruction, journey exercises, and questions.

Note that this workshop (or equivalent experience) is required for many of the other workshops that we teach.

About the Workshop
The Journey Initiation Class is taught in four sessions - the mornings and afternoons of a weekend.  During the first session, we cover the basics of what shamanism is, and how to journey - including a practice journey to the lower world to actually meet your power animal. This part is FREE! It will give you a taste of what shamanism is, and help you decide whether you want to take the rest of the workshop or not. (Almost everyone takes all four sessions.)”

Saturday-Monday, April 27-29
The Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The second annual ConjureCon will be held on April 27-29th, 2013.

Registration is now OPEN!

This year's lineup promises to be even more exciting than last year, with a focus on hands-on tools and experiences.

Check out this year's classes:

Love Letters and Petition Papers with Auntie Sindy Todo
Writing petitions, letters, prayers and intentions in Conjure is one of the oldest and most important tools a good conjurer can utilize. These practices are ways we get our desires out of us and into the creative body of Spirit (God, Goddess, etc.).

Powering Up in Prayer with Orion Foxwood
The concept of ‘prayer’ means many things to many people across many traditions, religions and practices. But, regardless of the language we use, prayer is the means by which we humans can access and direct the flow of creative-life-force.  

Undercover Work : Sneaky Tricks with Auntie Sindy Todo
How can you get some work done without it being obvious? Where do you hide work in or around the home or office? How do you keep others from messing with your work. The answer to these questions is simple...be sneaky. How do you get your hands on personal items covertly?

Drawing and Holding Your Money in your Pocket with Momma Starr Casas
All of us want to have a prosperous life that both provides for our needs and enhances the joy of our life. This aspect of our life requires a constant and unhindered flow of cash and other forms or prosperity. Honestly, do you never seem to have enough cash?

Unleashing Your Psychic Powers with Susan Diamond
Too often, what we call ‘psychic’ is actually natural inner knowing. We over-mystify this ancient and accessible part of how we work. It is a source of wisdom that is accessible to anyone who seeks it and all we need to do is ‘unleash its power’ into our goals and our lives.

River Magic with Orion Foxwood
Conjure and root-work, at its foundations, is about ‘tapping the root’ or core power, set forth into and through the worlds by the creator (in its many forms). One of the old methods for doing this is to work with the banks, on-coming and out-going tides, banks and bottom of rivers and streams. This kind of work is African, European and Native American at its roots and offers a power to be accessed and which is always accessible.

Calling on Your Holy Household: Engaging the Ancestors with Momma Starr Casas
Each one of us has an ‘invisible team’ of partnering, informing and empowering spirits that walk with us and join us in our work leveraging that which is unseen to that which is seen. Stop, look and listen to the spirits this spirit-family that walk with you. The most intimate of these is your blood and spiritual ancestors...those who have walked and paved the way before you arrived in this world.

Conjure Cuisine: Edible Spells with Susan Diamond
What we take inside of us becomes us! This concept and truth is the basis for conjure cuisine. In this work, We become the living mojo-bag for our work. As conjure-workers, we can create foods that have magic based on the recipe and the timing of its creation that produces visible effects on love, power, peace, healing and a host of other outcomes.”

Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 27, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
free admission

“Welcome to our 37th annual Spring Plant Sale! Since 1975 we have been known for offering a choice selection of intriguing plants to Bay Area gardeners. We propagate plants chosen from the Garden's own global collection and provide discerning gardeners rare and uncommon plants that will thrive in local gardens. This is a wonderful opportunity to add something special to your own garden while supporting the UC Botanical Garden.

Admission to the sale is free. All proceeds benefit the Garden.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen
at Hicklebee’s Books
Sunday, April 28, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Hicklebee’s Books, 1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 408-292-8880

“Lemony Snicket has been accused of leaving his readers in the dark. He is the author of Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first book in a new series, All the Wrong Questions; the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events; 13 Words; and several other alarming books. He was last seen in a dimly lit area.

Jon Klassen was born in Winnipeg, where the dark arrives early for much of the year. He is the award-winning creator of several bestselling picture books, including I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat. He grew up in Niagara Falls and now lives in Los Angeles.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, April 28, 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!”

Visioning Circle
at The Home of Truth
Sunday, April 28, 12:30-1:15PM, and the fourth Sunday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
For more information, please contact Rev. Ouida at 510-350-6249 or revouida@yahoo.com

“The Visioning Process as founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith allows us to tap into the Divine for insights, answers and awareness. As THOT is moving into this new phase, I invite the community to come together as we ‘catch the vision’ of what THOT is, and can be. What is the highest vision for THOT? What does that feel like? Who/what must we become? Visioning allows us to catch the highest possibilities.

We will also have time for personal visioning. What are you calling forth? What is the highest vision for your Life? This process is a meditative one that invites us to go within, listen, and receive insights about our Heart's desires.
Please join us!”

The Captive Muse
with Susan Kolodny
Sunday, April 28, 1:00-4:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$45, please register in advance at the website below

“Those who do creative work, or want to do it, often come up against internal obstacles. Some of these are the inevitable fears and anxieties that accompany any creative endeavor. In this workshop, participants will meet and name the inner voices that berate, disparage, and distract us from attempts to sculpt, paint, or write. We will consider what constitutes ‘helpers’ and what contributes to a sense of safety so a project can proceed. Although the focus will be on creativity in the arts and in writing, the workshop will also have a bearing on creative endeavors of any type. Psychotherapists and others who work with creative people will gain a deeper understanding of the anxieties such individuals encounter and ways these can be tamed or at least made tolerable. Part didactic, part experiential.

Susan Kolodny started her professional life as a junior college English instructor and aspiring writer. She became a psychologist after recognizing that the difficulties her students and she had with writing often had emotional sources. She is now a psychoanalyst practicing in Oakland where she works with artists, writers, and others. Dr. Kolodny is the author of The Captive Muse: On Creativity and Its Inhibition (PsychoSocial Press, 2000) and a poet whose work appears in many literary journals and anthologies. Her first collection, After the Firestorm, was published in 2011 by Mayapple Press. Dr. Kolodny is Member and Faculty at SFCP and a Personal Analyst at PINC. She has lectured widely, taught courses, and conducted workshops on various aspects of creativity and its inhibition.”

ukiaHaiku Festival
Sunday, April 28, 2:00-4:00PM
SPACE Theater, 508 West Perkins, Ukiah

“A Celebration And Competition Devoted To The Haiku Form Of Poetry

The ukiaHaiku festival is an afternoon devoted to the haiku form of poetry. A program of music is followed by a presentation of certificates and awards for the winning haiku. Poets of all ages read their winning poems. A reception with refreshments follows, during which the audience has the opportunity to read through an exhibit of selected poems submitted to the festival.”

Santa Cruz Story Telling Festival
Sunday Stories Series
with Sirena Andrea
Sunday, April 28, 2:30-3:30PM
Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, 1060 River Street, #111, Santa Cruz
$Adults $10, Children $5

“A series of Sunday Story Telling Events enjoyed by all ages who love to listen!”

Grandmother Flordemayo visits the Bay Area
Sunday, April 28, 3:00-6:30PM
Enso Studios, 131 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay
$40, pre-registration required

“Flordemayo is a spiritual healer, medical intuitive and 'Curandera Espiritu' (healer by divine spirit). She will take us on the journey of her ancestors who have passed down healing remedies made from traditional herbs, prayers, ceremony, and the sacred seed temple.”

Open House for 13 Moon Ordination Circle
with Devaa Haley Mitchell
Sunday, April 28, 3:00PM
private home in San Rafael, address given upon RSVP
free, to RSVP, please email inspiration@theshiftnetwork.com

“You are invited to join Devaa Haley Mitchell at her home for an afternoon of immersing into the energy of the Great Mother, the first archetype we explore in our 13 Moon cycle.  

Together we will:
Sit in the still point, so we can maintain our center in the midst of busy lives
Allow ourselves to be nourished, embraced, and loved, so we leave with a FULL cup
Commune with other soulful women who are interested in expanding who they are BEING in the world.

This event is designed to be a taster for those interested in exploring the year-long ordination circle with Devaa. This program will empower you with tools to deeply connect with the sacred and live a soulful, meaningful, full-spectrum life.  

As we work with each of the 13 archetypes, we'll also pay special attention to manifesting your soul projects in the world and holding you accountable to your greatness.  
An interview with Devaa is required before joining the program.

The circle is slated to begin June 1, 2013, or as soon as 13 initiates have gathered.“

Reclaiming’s Beltane Ritual
Sunday, April 28, 3:30PM
Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Road, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $7-$21, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“Embracing the wild, we surrender to desire in all of its colors.

Come dance with us as we celebrate the festival of Beltane. We will sing, dance and adorn ourselves with the vivid colors of life and life force. We'll dance the Maypole and jump the bale-fire.

This is a participatory event, open to folks of all abilities, genders and ages. Although Reclaiming is not strictly a clean and sober tradition, NorthBay Reclaiming honors those in recovery, so our events are always drug and alcohol free.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, April 28, 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.”

A Memorial Service for George Hersh
presented by The Fellowship of the Spiral Path PM
Sunday, 28 April, 5:00-7:00PM, doors open at 4:30PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$5 donation requested, no-one turned away for lack of funds
All are welcome

“There will be a memorial for George Hersh on Sunday, 28 April, at 5:00PM at BFUU. This pre-empts this month's Last Sunday Liturgy. We will share memories of an extraordinary life, and many of you will come away with an item from a rather well-stocked hoard.

We suggest, but will never require, a donation of $5 to help defray the cost of the hall. No-one will ever be turned away from a Spiral event for lack of funds.”

George Hersh was a great friend to many, and a respected elder and scholar to more, in the Pagan community.  His life will long be remembered, his presence will long be missed.

Here is a link to an article he wrote:

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, April 28, 7:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

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

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

Permaculture for Gardeners
with Christopher Shein
part of the Foraging and D.I.Y. Food Lecture Series
Monday, April 29, 6:30-8:30PM
Three Stone Hearth Kitchen, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$18 per class, please register at the website below.
for more information, e-mail info@threestonehearth.com

“This 5 class lecture series features foragers, gardeners and ancient living educators whose work collectively explores a return to more instinctive relationships with food by participating in its harvesting, cultivating and processing. Lectures will include a slide show and opportunities for Q and A.

Monday, April 29: Permaculture for Gardeners, Christopher Shein
Christopher Shein, founder of Wildheart Gardens, will discuss his new book The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture and elaborate on how to incorporate the principles of permaculture into edible landscapes and garden designs. Books will be available for purchase. The evening will end with a book signing.”  

May Day!
Wednesday, May 1, 5:00-7:00AM (yes, AM!)
Inspiration Point, Tilden Park, Berkeley
see website for directions

Morris Dancers and other sundry Pagan, old fashioned and/or eccentric Berkeley-type folks will be gathering to make the sun come up!

Berkeley Morris says:
“As is traditional, we will begin our regular season by dancing the sun up at Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley.

We will gather at Inspiration Point at 5:00AM and begin dancing around 5:20AM. Sunrise happens at 6:14AM, and we will dance until around 7:00AM. Dress warmly!”

Maitri Breathwork One Day Workshop
with Trish Noble and Courtney Courtney
Wednesday, May 1, 9:15AM-8:00PM
Wildwood Retreat Center, 20111 Old Cazadero Road, Guerneville
$175 includes lunch and dinner
Pre-registration required with a non-refundable deposit of $100 by April 8.
For more information or to register,
please contact Trish Noble at 209-352-0753 withnobleintentions@yahoo.com
or Courtney Courtney at  650-529-1162 courtneycourtney108@gmail.com

“Developed by Jyoti and Russell Park, PhD, Maitri Breathwork is a transformative experience and healing modality that combines the power of breath, cross-cultural music, healing herbs, and hands-on bodywork in a sacred, supportive setting.

Individuals use a simple breathing technique to enter a non-ordinary state, allowing access to healing states of consciousness to explore inner realms and support healing for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of being. Release, re-patterning, and receiving allow one to navigate daily life with more fluidity, ease, and personal power.

Following the Breathwork process, Breathers may create a mandala to capture images, sensations, archetypal symbols, and meanings from the experience.
Our day will consist of an opening circle; we will then work with a partner and have the first breathing session, then a light lunch, followed by another breathing session, dinner, and a closing circle. Each person experiences Breathwork as both a Breather and a Sitter.     

We invite you to join us in discovering a world within, accessible by breath, to lead the way to freedom of expression, personal empowerment, and health. This Breathwork is facilitated by Trish Noble and Courtney Courtney, certified Maitri Breathworkers, and supported by trained Maitri Breathwork assistants.

$175 - Breathwork with light lunch and dinner provided.
Optional lodging (dorm style) for 4/30 and 5/1 with two light breakfasts for an additional $150.

Space is limited, pre-registration required with a non-refundable deposit of $100 by April 8th.

To Prepare:
Bring water bottle,  journal (optional), pillow, blankets or sleeping bag. Wear comfortable, loose, layered clothing. Eat a light breakfast (or none at all) and drink plenty of water. Avoid citrus.”

Fundamentals of Astrology 4: Insights into Relationships with astrobarry
Thursday, May 2, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$140 for all 4 classes (registration required)

“In Part Four of astrobarry’s 4-part astrology course, we will focus on the different ways to use astrology to interpret the dynamics at play in our interpersonal relationships.

We’ll examine which types of relationships likely to be most fulfilling to an individual, based on factors present in the birthchart. We’ll also learn how to look at two birthcharts together, analyzing the planetary interaspects between them using synastry. This allows us to better understand the unique blessings and challenges specific to the relationship.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals 1, 2, and 3, or the basic ability to understand a birthchart and planetary transits. Contact the store to see if this class is right for you.”

Wand-Making Intensive in the Sacred Path Tradition
with Rev. Patrick McCollum
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19
private home in Moraga, exact address given upon registration
$275 includes camping, meal plan available for $100

“This is a three day, hands-on workshop where participants learn the history of the sacred wand and how to perform the rituals surrounding its creation. Walk the Sacred Path with Patrick McCollum, while he shares his tradition and guides you in making a magical wand that is truly your own.

This is a transformational workshop that will deeply affect all in attendance as you join Patrick McCollum in becoming immersed in the natural world and learn the lore and greater context of wand-making within the Sacred Path tradition. It will be different than anything attendees have experienced before.

Space is extremely limited. Register ASAP as workshop will fill up!
$275 includes on-site camping, $100 additional for meals.
The Workshop will be held on Patrick McCollum's property in Moraga, CA. Directions will be given to attendees after registration.

There are nearby hotel options for those who need them, but due to the early beginning each day of the workshop (7:00AM), onsite camping is encouraged.

Reverend McCollum is an internationally recognized spiritual leader in the Pagan/Earth-Based religions whose work toward human rights, social justice, and equality for all religions and spiritual traditions, transcends cultural, religious, and political barriers. Reverend McCollum is the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Pluralism. Reverend McCollum's spiritual work focuses on seeing the sacred within each and every human being and bringing together people of all spiritual paths, to work together toward global sustainability and world peace.”

Have a Musical, Dancing, Artful, Sacred Week!

Molly Blue Dawn