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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wellness Essentials For Women, Spring Book Sale, Tall Ship Tours and Sails, Hrafnar Oracular Seidh, In Her Name Circle: Abundance with the Goddess Lakshmi, The Beautiful Edible Garden, Guided Meditations, Tinsel Tarts In A Hot Coma, The Resurrection of SHE, Eurydice, Ophelia, Spirit Of A Fully Lived Life, The Future of Plant Based Textiles, Stirring the Cauldron, Sexing Sacred Texts, Ole!  A Recital of Spanish Songs, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Lumen Obscura III, Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Half Moon Bay, Pigments Dyes and Fibers from Plants, Urban Herbalism, Spring Fling at Filoli, Tartan Day Scottish Fair, The Science of Art, Make It: Earth Day Art, April In Paris At Midnight Ball, Cosi Fan Tutte, Conscious Goddess: Temple services for She of 10,000 Names, Fixit Clinic, Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age, Drawing Inks with Plant Pigments, Really Ragtime!, The Witch's Garden, Being-in-Dreaming, A Course In Modern Conjure, Mermaids Gods And Other Stories We Shouldn't Tell You, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, Kitchen Herbalism, The Far Famed Ones: Poetry and Music of the Vikings, The Ships And Voyages Of Captain W.H. Marston, Playland After Dark - Grown-up Game Night, Tarot Salon, Healing and Empowering Your Relationship with the Spirit of Money, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Eavesdrop the Now, Dianic Ritual Technique, Electric Run, Grandmother Flordemayo

Wellness Essentials For Women
Wednesday, April 3, 6:00-9:00PM, and each Wednesday in April
Berkeley location given upon registration
$240 for all four sessions

“Bay Area Women: Build Your Wellness Tool-Kit!

Four deep-dive sessions taught by world-class women’s health practitioners bringing you practical tools you can use to boost your health now and for the long term.

Join us Wednesday evenings in April for all this wisdom:
We’ll meet from 6:00-9:00PM on Wednesdays in April, at a beautiful venue in central Berkeley.

April 3: Chinese Medicine for Fertility and Reproductive Health
with Amy Taylor Mitchell, M.S., L.Ac.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is known worldwide as a highly effective, safe treatment to enhance fertility and support menstrual cycle health and regularity.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs treat women’s reproductive imbalances holistically, by alleviating stress and re-balancing the whole person.  Amy will provide a Chinese medical perspective on supporting women’s reproductive health at every age, with a focus on optimal fertility.  She’ll also offer a range of practices, tools, and lifestyle modifications to support reproductive wellness.

April 10:  Ayurvedic Tools for Breast and Lymphatic Health
with DeAnna Batdorff of the dhyana Center
The lymphatic system brings nutrients to all tissues, enables endocrine function, and supports immunity. The breasts are surrounded by a high concentration of lymph nodes and vessels, and lymphatic blockage can impede breast health.  DeAnna will provide an overview of Ayurvedic approaches to lymphatic and breast health, teach you how to assess and care for the condition of your breast tissue, and share lifestyle tools to support overall lymphatic health.

April 17: Integrative Medicine for Hormonal Health
with Dr. Sara Gottfried
Your hormones are probably working against you, and you may not know it. We’re culturally conditioned as women to overprovide and this causes a chain reaction of feeling stressed out, irritable, and fat – not to mention a libido that is missing in action – all due to changes in your brain, brain chemicals, and hormones. Dr. Sara has identified the top 5 imbalances affecting your hormones and brain chemicals. Using cutting edge science, such as the serotonin gene, and ancient wisdom, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Sara will show you how to reset your system naturally.

April 24: Western Herbs for Healthy Digestion
with Kami McBride
The old saying, ‘you are what you eat’ is only partially true. ‘You are what you digest!’  Healthy digestion supports the entire body - no matter what you are dealing with, improving your digestion will enhance your health.  Kami will guide you to increase the digestibility of your food with herbal remedies, tea blends and delicious herbal condiments. You will learn tools to assess your own digestive health and leave with lots of easy and tasty recipes to support your optimum digestive wellness.”

Spring Book Sale
benefiting Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Wednesday-Sunday, April 3-7, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Free admission

“Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)'s Spring Book Sale features more than 250,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media. EVERYTHING is $3 or less, priced with a 3-2-1 scale - $3 for hardcover books, $2 for paperback books, and $1 for DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1.

Just like Friends' Annual Big Book Sale (held at Fort Mason Center in September), the Spring Sale stocks books sorted in more than 70 categories with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Throughout the year, Friends of the SFPL staff and volunteers collect used and new books from a variety of different sources, including estate sales, businesses, publishers, and book donors across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Spring Book Sale is free and open to the public. The sale benefits the SFPL's education programs to promote literacy for children, teens, and adults.”

Tall Ship Tours and Sails
Wednesday-Sunday, April 3-7
Spud Point Marina, 1818 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay
see below for detailed schedule and ticket information

“The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are returning to Spud Point Marina for unique, hands-on living history experiences. The ships first visited the marina last spring and were a huge attraction. They sail into Bodega Harbor again on April 2 and are welcoming visitors for walk-on tours and sailing excursions April 3-7. During ‘battle’ excursions, both ships will sail into the Pacific and conduct three-hour recreations of 18th-Century naval skirmishes with real cannons firing real gunpowder. Passengers are invited to verbally taunt their adversaries, help the crew raise the sails and even take the helm. The ‘adventure sails’ and ‘evening sails’ are family-oriented experiences featuring two-hour ocean cruises with opportunities to help raise the sails, sing sea shanties and hear maritime stories. Walk-on tours of the ships will be first-come, first-served and capacity is limited, so plan on arriving early and waiting in line. Depending on crowd size, not everyone may get to participate.  

April 3 - Walk-on tours from 4:00-5:00PM - No charge
April 3 - Evening Sail, Lady Washington, 5:30-7:30PM - $29
April 4 - Walk-on tours from 4:00-5:00PM - No charge
April 5 - Walk-on tours from 4:00-5:00PM - No charge
April 6 - Walk-on tours 10:00AM-1:00PM - No charge
April 6 - Battle Sails 2:00-5:00PM - $40-$60
April 6 - Evening Sail, Hawaiian Chieftain, 5:30-7:30PM - $39
April 7 - Walk-on tours 10:00AM-1:00PM - No charge

April 7 - Battle Sails 2:00-5:00PM - $40-$60

In addition, Regional Park naturalists and Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods volunteers are leading several free events at the marina and surrounding Sonoma Coast State Park April 6 and 7.  Naturalists will be at Spud Point from 10:00AM-1:00PM, both days with tide pool animals and marine science activities for families.

State Parks docent Bea Brunn will lead a whale watch and talk about Pacific gray whales at 12:00PM April 6 at Bodega Head.

State Parks docent Hollis Bewley will lead a bird walk at nearby Campbell Cove from 10:00AM-12:00PM April 7.

Parking at Spud Point is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.”

Hrafnar Oracular Seidh
Thursday, April 4, 7:00PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations accepted to pay for the space

"Now, as in the ancient North, seers and seeresses find answers to the pressing questions of folk in their communities.

Seidhjallr, the working seidhr group associated with Hrafnar, will be performing this rite at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU), located at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley. This practice comes from the heathen (Germanic pagan) tradition, but all are welcome.

Questions appropriate to an oracular seidh presentation are any that one might consider appropriate to address to a tarot, rune, or other reader, as well as many questions that work best in the more open, oracular format, including contact with ancestors and gods.

Doors for the event will open at 7:00PM, with the ritual expected to start at 7:30PM. Once the ritual begins, the doors will be locked; please be prompt. While there is no admission fee, we will be taking a collection (suggested donation $5) to help defray expenses, especially hall rental.”

In Her Name Circle: Abundance with the Goddess Lakshmi
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, April 4, 7:00-8:30PM  
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

This month’s circle:  
Abundance with the Goddess Lakshmi:
Helping Women Move from Poverty to Prosperity Using Ancient Goddess Wisdom
Featuring Joy Reichard, M.A., C.C.H.T.
Transformational and Empowerment Coach, Spiritual Counselor, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist

Upcoming dates:     
May 9
June 6”

The Beautiful Edible Garden
book signing
Thursday, April 4, 7:00PM
Books, Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

“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.”

Guided Meditations
with Maria Cunich
Thursday, April 4, 7:15 -8:30PM - final week
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street, Alameda
$10.00 per class
Please call 510-521-3313 to sign up

“Learn simple but powerful meditation tools to ground, release, restore, and renew tools that can be easily integrated into your personal and professional worlds.
Learn visualization techniques and experience the power of your chakra system.
Learn how to energize your visualizations to manifest your desires and aspirations.
Men and women are welcome - these tools can be used by new and experienced meditators.

Maria Cunich is the founder and owner of Alma Mia. Alma Mia is a local business that provides spiritual counseling services promoting joyful lives and spirituality.”

Tinsel Tarts In A Hot Coma
The Next Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6, 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 Resurrection of SHE
a new solo work by Rhodessa Jones
Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
$15-$30 sliding scale

“In celebration of National Women's History Month, Artist in Residence Rhodessa Jones will perform her new solo work, The Resurrection of SHE.

Brava! For Women in the Arts will host Rhodessa in a 3-month residency beginning in January 2013 at Brava Theater Center in development of this work. This collaboration between Rhodessa and Brava! For Women in the Arts, an original producing partner for the professional productions of The Medea Project, reunites two strong San Franciscan voices for women.

This brand new work, The Resurrection of SHE, is a multidisciplinary, interactive performance that peruses the decades long artistic career of Rhodessa Jones.

As one of San Francisco’s preeminent performers, Rhodessa’s work with her company, Cultural Odyssey, and The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women have put her in the forefront of artists working in the field of ‘arts as social activism’.  At the center of The Resurrection of SHE will be the ongoing work that Rhodessa conducts with disenfranchised populations around the world including her most recent work in Johannesburg, South Africa working with female inmates at the Naturena Women’s Correctional Center and her recent work with HIV positive women in San Francisco.

SHE explores the interstices of the global feminine narrative - both visually and aurally, in search of the universality of the human experience. SHE is a passageway into lives normally hidden from and forgotten by society - a revelatory journey of redemption and hope. SHE carves out a route to healing and towards a healthier future. Close to seven years of residency and performance activity in South Africa and America has been captured in photographs, video and audio recordings that will be featured in the performance - which unites the art of documemoire, multi media installation, and musical theater performance. Rhodessa will collaborate with visual artist/lighting designer Stephanie Johnson, set designer, Pam Peniston, musician/composer Idris Ackamoor, and sound designer David Molina to create the work.

Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. An actress, teacher, singer, and writer, Jones is also the founder and director of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. On January 29, 2013 San Francisco Mayor Lee presented the 2013 Mayor's Art Award to Rhodessa Jones for her lifetime of artistic achievement and enduring commitment to the role of the arts in civic life. Rhodessa was selected as an Arts Envoy by the U.S. Department of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau in June/July 2012. She received grant support to journey to South Africa to continue her work in collaboration with Urban Voices Festival inside the Naturena Women's Prison in Johannesburg, South Africa and then journey on to participate in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. She has received many awards for her work including a United States Artist Fellowship to support her work in 2007, an Honorary Doctorate from California College of the Arts, a San Francisco Bay Guardian GOLDIE Lifetime Achievement Award, an Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater, and a San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award.”

by Sarah Ruhl
presented by Custom Made Theatre Co
Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
plays through April 28
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.”

a performance journey by Carte Blanche
Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7, 8:30PM
playing through April 14
The Firehouse, Fort Mason, San Francisco
(Beginning at the Firehouse and journeying on from there...)

“The theater company Carte Blanche drops its suitcases in San Francisco to re-imagine the story of Hamlet's tragic heroine, Ophelia. Inspired by Arthur Rimbaud's elegiac poem to this remarkable woman, the story follows Ophelia beyond the pages of Shakespeare as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery

Situated on the northern rim of San Francisco on the Bay, the Fort Mason Center brings Ophelia back to the water’s edge. The audience will join Ophelia as she wanders through the grounds and buildings on her quest for identity, discovering new forms of expression around every turn. The immediate surroundings become symbolic reference points to better understand this Shakespearian myth, and her search takes on complex dimensions of vulnerability and courage in the open air. Ophelia is no longer a character in a play; she is one of us.

Please note - because this performance is, in part, a journey from performance space to performance space, at times located outdoors, we strongly encourage you to dress appropriately.”

Spirit Of A Fully Lived Life
Network for a New Culture Spring Camp 2013
Thursday-Tuesday, April 4-9, all day
Lupin Lodge, 20600 Aldercroft Heights Road, Los Gatos
$290 plus lodging and meal rates

“Spring Camp is co-creating the transformation of our Culture and Ourselves through Universal Earthy Love in the deepest sense. By Universal Love we mean deep intimacy, transparency, honesty, spirituality, genuine equality, compassion, ultimate respect for autonomy and conscious responsible sexual awareness all through the context of community.

Experience The Presence of focused group energy playfully pulling the authentic YOU forward, beyond your box, into your clearer, stronger voice and choice. We are creating a field, The Sacred Matrix where, when one person succeeds in personal transformation, all people in the connected group will benefit, by observing that person’s work in a safe, loving container.

The Zegg Forum authentic self expression
Compassionate Nonviolent Communication
7 Minute Connections and Transparency Games
Tantra / Puja Ritual with Francoise Ginsberg PhD
Gender Circles and Goddess Gatherings
Next Culture self mastery thoughtware
DJ Juicy Dancing
Theater Games / Improv
Cuddle Party
HeartSong Singing
Biodanza Dancing
Creativity Sharing Cabaret night

There will also be opportunity for working together to integrate shadow, reclaim power, voice, sacred conscious responsible sexuality and trust for each other.”

The Future of Plant Based Textiles
Opening Reception Discussion and Book Signing
Friday, April 5, 6:00-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$20, registration required
for more information, e-mail gardenprograms@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-7082

“Join us for an evening viewing of the Fiber and Dye exhibit and an opportunity to interact with local textile artisans and activists Sasha Duerr of the Permacouture Institute and Rebecca Burgess of The Fibershed Project. We’ll have a panel discussion followed by Q and A, a book signing, and an opening reception for the exhibit.”

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, April 5, 7:00-8:30PM, and the first Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

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

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

Sexing Sacred Texts
for all who identify as women.
with Dr. Victoria Rue
Friday, April 5, 7:00-9:00PM, and four more Fridays, April 12, 19, and 26 and May 3
Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka Street, San Francisco
$75 for all five weeks or $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.”

Ole!  A Recital of Spanish Songs
Friday, April 5, 8:00PM
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
$20, reservations required, please call 415-454-6422

“The Belrose Theatre is pleased to welcome Antonia Denavit, soprano, accompanied by Kerrilyn Renshaw, piano, on Friday April 5 at 8:00PM. This program will weave you through a colorful tapestry of sound and motion featuring some of the most beautiful Spanish art and folk songs, zarzuela, copla, tonadilla and tango. From excessive to subtle, this musical journey explores and illustrates the influence popular Spanish music has had on some renowned European and American composers.
Join us for an evening of passion, ole!”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, April 5, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”

Lumen Obscura III
Dark Fusion and Theatrical Bellydance Event
Friday-Sunday, April 5-7
Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information

“Lumen Obscura endeavors to bring together not only familiar names in dance innovation but new and up-and-coming artists who have exciting ideas and genre-shaking skills. We broaden students' horizons in dance by not just offering the same workshops and performances they can find at their local studios or videos but by bringing together national and international talent in one location for intensive, exciting workshops that challenge and inspire students to seek out new ways to grow and evolve their dance.”

Park Champions Volunteer Workday at Half Moon Bay
Sunday, April 6, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Half Moon Bay State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay
Free, please register at the website below

“The California State Parks Foundation is seeking volunteers at Half Moon Bay State Beach. This workday is part of an intensive replanting project at Half Moon Bay. Native plants will be planted in areas where invasive plants have been removed. Teens over 14 are welcome with 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!

Pigments, Dyes and Fibers from Plants: A Gentle Introduction to their Chemistry
with Dr. Margareta Sequin
Friday, April 6, 10:00AM-12:30PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$20, registration required
for more information, e-mail gardenprograms@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-7082

“Join Professor Margareta Sequin on an adventure to learn the basics of organic chemistry in the world of plant color and fiber. A slideshow presentation will be followed by a walk in the Garden.”

Urban Herbalism
with Sara Sutton, Landscape Architect
Saturday, April 6, 10:00AM-1:00PM
The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek
$25, please register at the website below

“Sarah Sutton, Landscape Architect, author and practicing herbalist will show you how to select, propagate, harvest and use herbs in the garden, including California natives,
edible ornamentals, and even common garden weeds! Sarah’s presentation will include illustrations and garden designs from her new book, The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye, and she will also be available to offer design tips for your herb garden!”

Spring Fling at Filoli
Saturday, April 6, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
Adults $25, children 5-17 $5, 4 and younger free
reservations can be made at the website below:

“Spring is in the air and buds are popping out in Filoli’s Garden. Come to wander the Garden paths and discover Garden rooms with a variety of flowering plants. Enjoy hundreds of blooming tulips and daffodils.  You won’t want to miss Spring Fling at Filoli!

Bring the Entire Family for Fun
This is a family event, that will delight children and adults alike.
The Bubblesmith is back to amuse everyone. The Fortis Agility Sports Training Group will put their adorable, talented dogs through their paces on the north side of the House. Nearby, we’ll have alpacas for viewing and a miniature horse for petting. Puppies in training to become Guide Dogs for the Blind will roam the property. A wonderful Clown, Easter Bunny and a Lady Bug will stroll through the Garden.

In the Front Courtyard, children can have their face painted or try their creativity at the craft tables. Inside the House, you will be amazed by the stunning floral displays created by Filoli volunteers. In the Ballroom, Heather Rodgers will perform magic and a puppeteer will fascinate the audience with a puppet show. Cathy Rampley will be back again as our fabulous storyteller in the Library.

In the Garden Shop Courtyard, you will be able to sample Filoli products (honey, herb mixes and vinegars) as well as other tasty treats. The Filoli staff has gathered an assortment of goodies and treasures in the Garden Shop. Freshly-made popcorn is complimentary; lemonade, cookies and other beverages will be for sale.

For your musical pleasure, the Shorebirds Band will entertain near the Sunken Garden and Joe’s Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Tennis Court while you relax and enjoy your boxed lunches. The boxed lunches must be ordered and paid for in advance. The Filoli Cafe is another option with a selection of choices to tempt the taste buds.

Garden Information Docents will be on hand to answer questions about the plants, trees and flowers on the estate. You can learn about the Gentlemen’s Orchard and Nature Education. During Spring Fling, you will have a rare opportunity for a behind–the–scenes peek at the Filoli Greenhouses. Children ages 3-12 can try their green thumb by potting a spring plant in a pot, which they decorate to take home.

Please make your reservations as soon as possible, beginning Monday, February 25 because space is limited.

Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource.”

Tartan Day Scottish Fair
Saturday, April 6, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
adults $12, seniors $8, ages 4-17 $5, children 3 and under free
free onsite parking

“Celebrate Tartan Day and join in the pageantry as Scottish folk from all over the area gather their clans and celebrate their heritage.

Black Eyed Dempseys Celtic Band
Scottish musician Peter Dalry
Fiddler Michael Mullen
MacIntosh Pipe Band
Red Thistle Dancers
Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers
Highland and Scottish Country Dancing
Traditional Scottish Food
Historic Re-Enactments
Clan Society exhibits
Children’s Glen with arts and crafts, storytelling and games

Presented by the East Bay Scottish Association in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District.”

The Science of Art
Spring Open House at The Crucible
Saturday, April 6, 11:00AM-4:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland,510-444-0919
Free Admission

“The Science of Art, an event to highlight the scientific principles, enquiry and exploration behind the fine and industrial arts processes taught and practiced here at the Crucible! The event will bring together Crucible faculty, guest artists, a curated gallery of exhibits and demonstrations, projects from local schools as well as special performances, food, and the participation of a number of other local art and science related organizations and university programs.  Our goal is to connect ourselves and our community to The Science of Art and give us an opportunity to further understand the world in which we live and work, making way for new creativity and innovation at every stage of our process.

A fun day for the whole family! Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible’s 56,000 square foot studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly. Check out exciting live demonstrations and exhibits explaining the science behind the art of The Crucible. Catch amazing fiery performances and wander through our student and faculty art show displaying the creativity of The Crucible.

Event Highlights:
Intriguing demonstrations combining science and art including the Science of Fire, Venturi Effect, Ruben's Tube, Harmonograph, Die Moto Bio-diesel motorcycle display, mysteries of steel made visible, Raku firing, bicycle physics, and other fascinating experiments in action
Guest exhibits
Amazing molten metal pour in our foundry
Spectacular art show showcasing work from Crucible students, faculty and staff
Beautiful handmade art for sale by Crucible artists
Eye popping discounts on Crucible classes
Bicycles for sale in The Crucible's Bike Shop
Tasty food and drink
Chances to win free tuition for a Crucible class!

The Crucible is truly unique with all the industrial art disciplines we have under one roof. During our this exciting Open House we will demystify the science of art with demonstrations and exhibits in every area. Instructors, students, guest artists, and scientists will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.”   

Make It: Earth Day Art
with Ginny Parsons
Saturday, April 6, 1:00-2:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
Free Workshop for ages 12-18 and parents
for more information, please contact Ginny Parsons at ginparsons@gmail.com
“Kids and parents, come and celebrate Earth Day by making art out of recycled materials. Cut, paint, glue and draw a Shorebird square to be included in an Earth Quilt, shown at the April 12th gallery reception.

Ginny Parsons is an intuitive painter working with acrylics, bacon grease and other household materials. Raised in Chico, she earned a BA in Visual Communications at CSU, Chico and studied painting at The San Francisco School of Art. Her recent work focuses on Alameda shorebirds, observed from walks and supported by John James Audubon's drawings. Painting on canvas and found boards washed up by the estuary, Parsons collaborates with gravity through her drips and pours. As an environmental artist, her process begins with nature, by walking along the Elsie Roemer bird sanctuary or kayaying in Arrowhead Marsh looking for the endangered clapper rail. In addition to being an artist, Parsons teaches art to children out of her home-studio near Lincoln Park.  Her work has recently been exhibited at the Gray Loft Gallery, Autobody Fine Art and Zonal in Hayes Valley.”

April In Paris At Midnight Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, April 6,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo

“Join the American expatriate crowd and our Parisian friends for a dance party at a swinging Parisian nightclub with vintage ballroom dance music by the divine Baguette Quartette. Talk modern art, literature, music, dance, film and social change while waltzing the night away to the most exquisite Bal Musette music in the City of Light. Expected guests could include just about anyone from Scott and Zelda, Hemingway, and gracious Edith Wharton (congratulations on that Pulitzer Prize for Age of Innocence, darling!) to Colette, Picasso, and perhaps even the ravishing Josephine Baker. Whether you're a member of the Lost Generation or one of their critics or just a tourist out slumming, you'll enjoy this lively evening in the world of Paris at Midnight.

After a vintage ballroom dance lesson at 7:00PM, the Baguette Quartette plays elegant and exhilarating waltzes, tangos, one steps, fox trots, polkas, javas (club version of the mazurka waltz), and even some French country dances (set dance will be briefly taught and called).

At intermission, we'll listen and dance to the swinging recorded music of Cole Porter, perhaps sung by that charming Captain Jack Harkness fellow.

Costumes from 1920-1930 or vintage or modern evening dress is admired but not required. Showgirl or Apache attire or Parisian artistic or working class costume is also welcome, but, as always at PEERS, period costumes are not required.

Will there be a bar? But of course! There will also be a light, French-American snack buffet (Your potluck contributions would be most welcome!).”
Cosi Fan Tutte
presented by Royal English Opera Company
Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, Saturday 7:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
plays through April 14
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“The Royal English Opera Company presents its inaugural Opera performance - Cosi Fan Tutte! A fun and irreverent 18th Century romp by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Royal English Opera Company (REOC) was originally born as the East Bay English Opera Company. Our first performances at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, in December, 2011, under the name Royal English Opera Company, were met with such enthusiasm, that we changed our name to avoid confusion. Despite our name, (a result of shameless self-promotion as ‘Queen Victoria’s favourite’), we believe opera is for everyone!

Occasionally heart-wrenching, frequently silly, but always stirring, Opera blends the magnificence of the human voice with astonishing music to create an art form like no other. Much of our concert repertoire, along with our inaugural production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, is sung in English. We follow many of the traditions of the ‘opera buffa’, or comic opera, with our own modern twists thrown in. We don’t strive to be relevant. We believe the work is timeless. Our happy task is to keep it alive and fresh, accessible and affordable for everyone.”

Conscious Goddess: Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
(formerly Goddess Awakening)
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, April 7, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
Women only

"Women! Join our spiritual circle for an empowering start to your day, bringing alive the wisdom of the Goddess within!

We are a holy community of sacred sisters, encouraging one another through our challenges and celebrating our triumphs.

Theme for April 7: The Maiden at Play”

Fixit Clinic
with Peter Mui
Sunday, April 7, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 741 30th Avenue, San Francisco
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!”

Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age
series of Sunday afternoon classes
Sunday, April 7, 12:30-2:00PM, and eight more Sundays
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
Women only

“This class also has a free Temple Service, open to all women, from 11:00AM-12:00PM on the days above. Come just for the Temple, or stay and take the class!

Conscious Goddess is a monthly class for women who feel the power of the Goddess surging through their lives, for women who know themselves to be ready to live, breathe, and dance the Goddess Incarnate, with a creative eye toward sharing their unique gifts with their loved ones and the world. This class is especially suited for mothers, artists, and professional women who wish to experience and exude Goddess energy at a more profound and life-changing level.

April 7: The Maiden at Play
Where do you express your Maiden self in your life? Where does your inner Maiden carry wounds? If you could go back and give advice to your Maiden self, what would it be?

In this class, we will examine how the Maiden archetype can be healed, re-called, re-membered, and engaged in your everyday life to become a source of joy, laughter, play, self-determination, and delight.”

Drawing Inks with Plant Pigments
with Judi Petitte
Saturday, April 7, 1:00-4:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$60, registration required
for more information, e-mail gardenprograms@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-7082

“Learn to make water-based paint and inks with plants and earth pigments for use on paper or fabric with local artist and instructor Judi Petitte. Sample paper, fabric sample and brushes, ink rollers, stamps provided. The inks are appropriate for printing on paper or fabric. We will use earth, plant and fungi for pigment.”

Really Ragtime!
presented by Allied Arts Guild
benefitting Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Sunday, April 7, 2:00-4:00PM
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

“Really Ragtime!

A rollicking romp through Ragtime Musical Gems and Favorites.”

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, April 7, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class

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

Theme for April: Herbal oils and vinegars for health, beauty, and cleansing

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

facilitated by Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo
Sunday, April 7, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Being-in-Dreaming adapts our Culture Dreaming process for a contemplative group experience. We envision this as the next step in the evolution of the Culture Dreaming sessions we’ve conducted here for the past eight years. Being-in-Dreaming approaches dream sharing as a spiritual practice. It will begin with a light trance to open dreamspace; participants then may tell dreams that come to them when so moved. Our hope is that the emergent energy field of the group will enhance each person’s experience of interiority for a deeper connection with others, with the sacred, with life.

Being-in-Dreaming is an immersion process, and the discussion that follows the dream sharing will be non-interpretive, akin to the creation of a group collage. Each meeting will include dream re-entry for meditation on selected images. We consider Being-in-Dreaming to be an experiment, opening the way to a more soulful use of the Culture Dreaming method. We hope you will join us.”

A Course In Modern Conjure
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, April 7, 3:00-6:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$30 per session
This year-long series began in June.

“Learn new and traditional practices for American folk magic, known also as Hoodoo, Rootwork, Hedge Witchery and Conjure.

Discussions and training will include the following topics:
Conjuring energy and spirits from herbs, stones, minerals, and animal curios.
Working with the ancestors and the use of graveyard dirt and bone curios.
Techniques and uses for psalms, seals and personal sigils.
Formularies and hands on instruction on concocting oils, powders, baths and other magical apothecaries.

This class plots a course intended to help you evolve as a Rootworker, covering history, spiritual cleansing, psychic development, the arts of hexing and healing, building relationships with the divine world around us, and much more.

Chas Bogan is an artist and mystic, having studied and practiced many diverse forms of metaphysics for the past 25 years. That experience is reflected in his art, which ranges from the design of unique divination tools to various other forms of sacred expression. His shamanic talents have lead him to create various collections of spiritual supplies crafted for Modern Conjure Brand, such as baths; oils; powders; waters; and more. He is available for consultations and spiritual work by appointment Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; during which he may be serving my clients in my capacity as a Reiki Master Teacher; Rootworker; Tarot Reader; Conjure Doctor. He teaches various magical arts including the Feri Tradition of which he is an initiate.”

Mermaids, Gods, And Other Stories We Shouldn't Tell You
featuring storytellers Leah Lamb and Sirena Andrea
a fundraiser for the Bay Area Storytelling Festival
Sunday, April 7, 4:00PM
Anam Cara Center, 2915 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley

“Luxuriate in a few hours of storytelling with Sirena Andrea and Leah Lamb.
Come make and break a few dreams with us.  (This event contains adult content)
Sponsored by Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival

Sirena Andrea was initiated into the world of teaching stories over 10 years ago when her work with children began. In addition to her passion for storytelling she is a devoted dancer, bringing an enchanting element of embodiment to all her stories. She currently is the Artistic Director of the Annual Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival and strongly believes Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends hold hidden wisdom awakening the compassionate hearts of all who listen.

Leah Lamb shares the belief that story has the power to be transformative for individuals, communities, and cultures. Leah has told stories via playwriting, short stories, and in the media. She studied at Neighborhood Playhouse, and spent seven years as a wilderness guide. Her stories are tapestries of mythic legends in modern day scenarios. Her current project is My Planet, an online film series dedicated to reclaiming our connection with the natural world and In Living Landscapes, a storytelling expedition event. Her writing about the environment can be found on National Geographic News Watch, Current.com, and Huffington Post.”

Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Sunday, April 7, 6:00-8:00PM,
and four more Sundays, April 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  

“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.”

Kitchen Herbalism
with Denise Goitia
part of the Foraging and D.I.Y. Food Lecture Series
Monday, April 8, 6:30-8:00PM
Three Stone Hearth Kitchen, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$18 per class or $80 for all five classes, 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 8: Kitchen Herbalism, Denise Goitia
Denise Goitia, Herbalist and Certified Nutrition Educator, will explore the medicinal properties of familiar culinary herbs like oregano, cayenne and garlic. Discover the healing found in our kitchen pantries and learn some simple techniques for making your own herbal extracts. In this class you will get to taste and experiment with making an herbal infusion recipe that you can share with friends and family.

Thursday, April 11: Foraging 101, ‘Feral’ Kevin Feinstein

Monday, April 15: Seaweeds and Your Health, Tanya Stiller

Monday, April 22: Whole Animal Processing, Tamara Wilder

Monday, April 29: Permaculture for Gardeners, Christopher Shein”

The Far Famed Ones: Poetry and Music of the Vikings
Tim Rayborn in concert
presented by Sarum Seminars
Monday, April 8, 7:00PM
The Great Hall, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
$10, for more information please call 415-279-4540

“Tim Rayborn presents an astonishing program of myth, poetry, ritual, and music, as he delves deeply into the ancient spiritual and cultural traditions of Northern Europe to present both reconstructed works and surviving pieces from the Viking Age (the 8th through the 12th centuries).

For many, the Vikings were barbarians, marauders who destroyed everything in their wake. But the Norse people were infinitely more complex. They were farmers, traders, explorers, poets, masters of ships and sailing, and experimented with democratic forms of government. The content of their literature is amazing; the Icelandic Sagas are in many ways the first European novels and the Poetic Edda contains masterpieces of alliterative poetry. Their cosmology was as rich as those of the Greeks or Egyptians, and the Norse/Saxon gods live on the names of our days of the week. Their languages deeply influenced our own, and as explorers they were unmatched, traveling from Scandinavia to as far as North America and Baghdad.

This program will include pieces from the Poetic Edda and the Sagas, among others, and offer both early medieval and traditional melodies from areas as diverse as Iceland, Norway, Shetland, Byzantium, the Orkneys, and more. Tim brings to life this heroic era in a stunning one-man performance. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening!

Tim Rayborn: voice, Saami shamanic drum, deerskin rattle, Baltic overtone flute, Nordic lyre, bone flute, 9th-century citole, and the gue: a Shetlandic bowed lyre.”

The Ships And Voyages Of Captain W.H. Marston
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00PM
In the Maritime Library, Building E, 3rd Floor, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
For more information or to make reservations, please call 415-561-7040

“The career of Captain William H. Marston spanned more than 30 years of the Age of Sail, commanding many ships sailing in and out of his home port of San Francisco. His great
grandson, Phil Gate, will talk about the life and adventures of this mariner from the days of the tall ships.”

Playland After Dark - Grown-up Game Night
Tuesday, April 9, 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!

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, April 9, 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: Temperance and the Two 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!”

Healing and Empowering Your Relationship with the Spirit of Money
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00-9:30PM,
and three more Tuesdays, April 16, 23, and 30
$135 if registered by April 1, $145 after April 1

“Do you feel challenged about money, finances, and abundance? Never feel like you have quite enough? Done affirmations about money until you're blue in the face but nothing seems to change? Believe that wanting money isn't ‘spiritual’?
In the shamanic view, everything is alive and everything has a spirit - including money!
What would it be like to develop a conscious relationship with the spirit of money and relate to it as the sacred being that it is? To dance with this powerful spirit with creativity, joy, and integrity?

Have you ever wished you had a trusted financial adviser you could contact at any time? There are trustworthy spirits that can help with decisions around money, investment, business, finance, and livelihood - in this workshop you will have the opportunity to begin this partnership.

Meet and dance with the spirit of money
Meet a trustworthy spirit financial adviser
Learn how to have a more full, rich relationship with money that is filled with joy
Discover what right livelihood means for you
Become inspired by the spirits to shine your light in the world
To consciously engage with the spirit of money and work in a whole new way, join us on the four Tuesday nights in April for  The Spirit of Money and Right Livelihood, part of our Personal Empowerment series. (Journey skills are NOT required.)”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Tuesday, April 9, 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.”

Eavesdrop the Now
featuring Laura Inserra and Darren Gibbs in concert
presented by Meridian Music in collaboration with Samavesha
Wednesday April 10, Meet the Artists Reception 6:00PM, Concert 7:30PM
Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street, San Francisco, 415-398-7229

“An evening of immersion into the inspiring timbers of an unusual collection of instruments. Allow yourself to connect with deep listening… to the sound, your senses, your inner space.

Laura Inserra - Hang and multi instruments
special guest Darren Gibbs - Electric guitar with custom looping software

Laura Inserra will also present a visual art installation called Laugraļ¬a,
visual art work created on slides treated with a scratching technique.”

Dianic Ritual Technique: Working with the Elements of Magick
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica, High Priestess, Sisterhood of the Moon
a class for self-identified women
Thursday, April 18,
and three more Thursdays, May 16, June 27, and July 18
Bay Area location given upon registration
For more information or to register, e-mail Info@SisterhoodoftheMoon.org
$120 for whole series in advance, $40 per class if paid individually

“Join the Sisterhood of the Moon for this new offering in our Dianic Ritual Technique class series:  an embodied, experimental, and fun group study of the four Elements used in ritual and magick.  In a container of Sisterhood, will delve into the lessons of each Element through hands-on experiential activities, natural magick, spellwork, guided meditations, and more.  We will discover and hone our skills in creating sacred space through the use of ritual invocations, cultivate a deeper understanding and relationship with each Element/Direction, and foster self-confidence as we develop and practice our skills to use both in our personal practices and in the group ritual setting.   This class will be both entertaining and poignant, building your confidence for group ritual and helping you to connect in deeper ways to the magick while participating in ritual circle.
Dianic Ritual Technique classes are for both Advanced and Beginning Practitioners, and are just as enriching and valuable for the seasoned Witch as they are for the absolute beginner. These class series are intended to help you to sharpen your skills in various aspects of ritual technique as well as to develop a firmer, stronger foundation in the Sisterhood of the Moon Tradition.

Lady Jesamyn Angelica is the Presiding Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon.  She is an ordained Dianic High Priestess, certified Herbalist, and Holistic Health Practitioner.  Lady Jesamyn has been leading group ritual for women since 1998, and has been formally teaching magickal technique since 2007.
This class is limited to 8 women, and is worth four Sisterhood of the Moon Skill Credits.

Sisterhood of the Moon is an open, Dianic, women-only circle of Empowered Sister-Queens meeting monthly in Hayward, CA (East Bay) for Full Moon ritual.  Women of all experience levels are welcome.”

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”

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.”

Have an Abundant, Beautiful, Fully-Lived Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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