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 16, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Exploratorium Opening Day, The Ifa Way, Tibetan Sound Healing, Angelic Heart VortexHealing Group Healing, Pagan Songs, Petaluma Watershed Celebration!, West Oakland Food Justice Celebration, An Evening with Judy Grahn and Friends, Natural Building: Living Earth Structures, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Second Variety and The Defenders, Dianic Ritual Technique, Time Sensitive, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, The Lullaby Tree, Eurydice, The River, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Winter Walks at The Gardens, Eat Play Laugh!, Imagining Nonviolence, Sexing Sacred Texts, Avant Garden, Permaculture: The Growing Edge, VortexHealing Group Healing, Under a Shipwrecked Moon, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, James And The Giant Peach, Frank Bette Center For The Arts Yard Sale, Earth Energy Walk, Parent-and-Me African Music and Dance Class, Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Home Farm, John Muir Birthday - Earth Day Celebration, Earth Day SF, Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, SpringFest: Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures, The Last Unicorn, Health and Happiness Day, Food for Thought, Campfire with a Ranger, Healing Burned Woman, Dance for the Earth, The Rumi Concert: Lion of the Heart, Spring Rising, Contra Costa Crystal Fair, Earth Day Weekend at Playland, Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood, CAYA Sprouts at Muir Woods, Swap! Not Shop! Clothing Exchange, Want to Lighten Up about Money?, SoulCollage, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, Earth Day 2013 - The Face of Climate Change, Annual Holocaust Remembrance, Foraging and D.I.Y. Food Lecture Series, World Book Night, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Electric Run, Grandmother Flordemayo visits the Bay Area, Wand-Making Intensive in the Sacred Path Tradition  
Exploratorium Opening Day  
Wednesday, April 17, 9:00AM-10:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
Free outdoor activities

“To celebrate Opening Day at Pier 15, the Exploratorium will offer free, outdoor programming from morning to night. On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, beginning at 9:00AM and continuing throughout the day, artists, special guests, volunteers, and Explainers will offer a variety of surprises and hands-on activities for people waiting in line. The doors officially open at 10:00AM after a distinctly Exploratorium ribbon-cutting ceremony.

After sundown, live performances, festivities, and awesome moments will continue until 10:00PM.”

The Ifa Way: Discussions on the Yoruba Spiritual Path
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00-9:00PM,
typically the second Wednesday of each month
Bay Area location provided upon RSVP
to RSVP, please e-mail iyamahea@thescaredforest.org

“Curious about the Yoruba spiritual tradition? Interested in exploring our relationship with Nature energy and the Ancestors? The Ifa Way recognizes the sacredness of life as revealed through an indigenous African perspective.

Join us for a series of gatherings in which we will learn about Ifa and its unique world view.

Teachings will include:
Understanding the Orisa
Finding Your Song
Ritual and ceremony
Creating altars and sacred space

Our April Gathering: Ifa and the Sacred Feminine
Understanding the powerful Orisa energies of Yemonja, Oya and Osun.
Our discussion will include Orisa songs.
Subsequent meetings will occur on the second Wednesday of (most) months.
Location of the meeting is at a private home and will be provided upon your RSVP.

There will be a limited number of attendees.  Please contact us to reserve your place.”

Tibetan Sound Healing
An Evening with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30-9:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley
For more information, please e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“One of the world's oldest unbroken spiritual traditions is the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet. This wisdom path has survived, thanks to the efforts of a handful of dedicated teachers such as Bon lineage holder, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha Institute and an acclaimed author and highly respected teacher. You are invited to learn from a master of this ancient lineage, and discover the power of sacred sound.”

Angelic Heart VortexHealing Group Healing
with Dragonfly Adularia
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30PM
Solas Brigid Studio, 403 Burk Street, Oakland
please contact Dragonfly at Dragonfly@ArunaBliss.com to reserve your spot

“This week at Solas Brigid Studio we will be nurturing our spirit with the Angels.
An Angelic Heart VortexHealing bridges you deeply into the angelic realm, allowing you to create rapid and lasting changes in your life.

During the healing you may feel, sense, see, know angels communicating with you in the way that is most helpful in the unfolding your natural gifts. Angelic presence will infuse your system to create new energy and clarity.      
Old emotional patterns and blocks will fall away to open the way for new possibilities and the joy of creation to unfold with ease.  It is through inner improvement that we are able to cultivate the skills, wisdom and knowledge that will aid us in creating Harmony and Light upon the Earth.

For the session, establish a clear intention in your heart of what you would like to ask from the Divine and stay with that intention throughout the healing. Angels are created solely to serve the Divine and are empowered by the Divine to work directly in the manifest world. Angels come to deliver messages and guidance, act as protectors, to bring hope, to strengthen and support us.

VortexHealing and is a divine healing art that works directly through consciousness and energetics to help release the deepest issues we hold as humans beings.”

Pagan Songs
with Don Barks and Donna Isler
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30-9:30PM, and the thirst Wednesday of each month
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“Sing along with us. It's fun to know the songs for the sabbats and for other magical needs like healing. Join us each 3rd Wednesday of the month for songs of the upcoming season.

This month:  Earth Day, Beltane.”

Petaluma Watershed Celebration!
Thursday, April 18, 3:00-6:30PM
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
Free, please RSVP at the website below
for more information, please contact Alison Malisa at 707-794-1241 ext.126

“Watershed Organization Fair

3:00PM: Presentations by Watershed Experts
4:00PM: Community Q and A Session
5:15PM: Cultural Stories and Salmon Tasting
5:45PM: The Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District, in partnership with the Friends of the Petaluma River, are bringing the community together to rally around resource conservation needs in Petaluma. Local agencies, landowners, and scientists will provide an overview of the watershed, updates on watershed planning, conservation efforts, recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species, as well as cultural stories about the important relationship between indigenous people and salmon.

At this event, we hope to both garner and demonstrate community support for the important work that lies ahead, as we move forward on releasing an updated Petaluma Watershed Enhancement Plan and renewing our focus on the needs and opportunities for resource conservation in this important North Bay watershed.

See you there! This event is sponsored by the Southern Sonoma County RCD, the Friends of the Petaluma River, the Department of Conservation, and the Sonoma County Water Agency.”

West Oakland Food Justice Celebration
Thursday, April 18, 4:00-7:30PM
West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline Street, Oakland
For more information, please e-mail jumoke@peoplesgrocery.org
“Vision for your Community: Grocery Store and Farm Park
Food for All... Justice for All

We’ll have food, music, activities, and more!

4:00-4:45PM: Snacks and Activities for youth, families, and seniors
4:45-5:00PM: Welcome and Intro to Food Justice Projects
5:00-6:00PM: Dinner served, Food and Justice Fair
6:00-6:30PM: Presentation on Food Justice projects and how to get involved
6:30-7:00PM: Questions and Answers

Learn more about the People's Community Market Grocery Store and the City Slicker Farms Urban Farm and Park coming to West Oakland. And learn how you can get involved!”

An Evening with Judy Grahn and Friends
Sponsored by Sofia University's Center for the Sacred Feminine
Thursday, April 18,
Reception 5:30-6:30PM
Reading/Discussion 6:30-8:00PM
Classroom 1059A, Sofia University, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto
For more information please e-mail sofia_events@sofia.edu

“Judy Grahn has been an activist for human and civil rights for over forty years. Her most recent publication is A Simple Revolution, a unique memoir and dramatic narrative of Grahn's working class roots, her military discharge for being a lesbian, her education as one of the first whites to attend Howard University, and her life as a celebrated poet in the Bay Area during the beginnings of the lesbian movements in the late 60s. Some of her other books include The Work of a Common Woman; Another Mother Tongue; Really Reading Gertrude Stein; A Woman is Talking to Death; Love Belongs To Those Who Do the Feeling; and The Judy Grahn Reader.

An Evening with Judy Grahn and Friends will celebrate Judy Grahn and her latest book, A Simple Revolution - detailing her life and career dedicated to social justice, the Gay Women's Liberation movement, LGBTQ activism and women in the arts.

During this public event, Dr. Grahn will speak, read excerpts from her book, answer questions, and engage in conversation with the following panelists: Carolyn Cooke, Felice Picano, Max Dashu and Mandisa Wood. The panel members have analogous histories in the Gay Women's or Men's Liberation movement.”

Natural Building: Living Earth Structures for Backyards, Interiors, and Communities
with Miguel Elliott
part of the Ecological Leadership Series
Co-Produced by Living Mandala and Venture Greenhouse
Thursday, April 18, 6:30-9:00PM
Living Mandala, 30 Castro Avenue, San Rafael
$20, No One turned away for lack of funds
For more information please contact Living Mandala at education@livingmandala.com
or 707-634-1461

“Ecological Leadership Series
The Ecological Leadership Series is a monthly networking event held at the Venture Greenhouse featuring an amazing speaker on cutting-edge ecological and social technologies. With a green entrepranuial focus, the series will host renowned leaders, pioneers, and experts in various topics from permaculture, sustainability, ecovillage and community design, watershed restoration, aquaponics, holistic organizational design, and other potent strategies that can transform people and the planet.
Presentation Description
Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures will draw from his wealth of experience with natural building share his passion for what he calls the ‘Ultimate in Green Construction’.  His presentation will include photos of his various Earth building projects, a discussion of his successes and failures in this pioneering trade, and a conversation about the benefits of natural building.  He has been experimenting with new ways to waterproof his structures which he is excited to share. Prepare to be inspired, educated, and entertained.

Featured Presenter - Miguel Elliott
Having grown up in Petaluma and being fascinated by the concept of Earthen building since his youthful days of visiting General Vallejo's adobe fortress, Miguel has dedicated the past 10 years to creating hundreds of Earthen structures locally and worldwide. He began his journey into the extraordinary world of natural building in 1996 while working with the AmeriCorps, where he lead an Earth building project with a group of high school students. Excited to develop more skills as a natural builder,  he did a cob building workshop with the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon in 1998, and a training at EarthHaven Community in North Carolina. Wanting to delve deeper, he spent 10 months in Patagonia, Argentina,  where he worked on building a Waldorf kindergarten school. It was here where he became a ‘Cobvert’ and ‘Cobcessed’ and has been building ever since.  His projects overseas range from building an adobe orphanage in Thailand after the Tsunami, a dome in Africa, a cob restaurant in Guatemala and a mushroom shaped house in Italy. In Chicago, he built bus stops on the sidewalk, a yoga studio, and a cob nightclub, called the Butterfly Social Club. At last count, he has built 65 cob ovens, a cob hot tub, sauna, sound chamber,  numerous cob benches, walls, small houses, rocket stoves, and has led over 25 natural building workshops.  He can often be seen driving along pulling his mobile ‘Coboose’ to give people an experience of being inside an Earthen structure.

Miguel has been working to help get natural building incorporated into school curriculum, for he believes it is essential to have children get their hands and feet back into the Earth and believes that the process of building an Earth structure helps to build community, which is a large motivation for his work.

He currently lives at the Isis Oasis Retreat Center in Geyserville which has become a natural building demonstration site, with his many Earth structures on the property, including his beautiful new cob house, cob cat enclosures and four ovens on the property.  
6:30PM: Networking, Snacks, Beverages
7:00PM: Featured Presenter - Miguel Elliott
8:30PM: Questions and More Networking
Cost (includes food and beverages)
$10-$20 Sliding Scale
$20: Standard
$5-$10: Students
No One turned away for lack of funds

Please RSVP above
About the Venture Greenhouse
The Venture Greenhouse of Dominican University of California is a pioneering, early-stage business incubator providing an intensive acceleration process for growing companies that have the potential for significant environmental and social benefits. Located in San Rafael, California, the 5,000 square foot ‘innovation engine’ houses up to 12 companies at a time, with the goal of graduating companies within one year.

Inspired by Dominican’ s groundbreaking Green MBA program, the Venture Greenhouse is a growth accelerator for budding social and environmental entrepreneurs, a learning laboratory for the University’s business students, and a community resource for innovators, investors, sustainability advocates and new ventures.

The Venture Greenhouse is the leading innovation and venture creation catalyst addressing critical social and environmental issues, to support humanity thriving within the planet’s ecological means.

Their mission is to accelerate the success of environmentally and socially beneficial ventures by providing a broad array of resources to entrepreneurs from Dominican University of California and beyond. The Venture Greenhouse has a globally collaborative network of enterprises, professionals and partners who contribute to vibrant and sustainable economic development for Marin County and the Bay Area.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, April 18, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

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

Second Variety and The Defenders
two short stories by Philip K. Dick
part of Butterfield 8’s Third Thursdays dramatic reading series
Thursday, April 18, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
pay what you can

“We invite you to our new dramatic reading series, Third Thursdays.

On the third Thursday of every month (more or less…), we’ll present a reading of a different classic play, new work, or literature adaptation. Join us as we explore some great drama and writing in an informal setting. This event is open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Second Variety
The claws were bad enough in the first place - nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace - if it could!

The Defenders
No weapon has ever been frightful enough to put a stop to war - perhaps because we never before had any that thought for themselves!

Arranged and directed by Peter J. McArthur.”

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.”

Time Sensitive
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20, 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 18-20, 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 18-21,
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 18-21,
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.”

The River
an original play by Richard Montoya
presented by Intersection for the Arts and Campo Santo
Thursday-Sunday, April 18-21, 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 18-21, 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.”

Winter Walks at The Gardens
at Heather Farm
Friday, April 19, 9:30-11:00AM
The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek
$5 per walk, registration required

“The Gardens at Heather Farm invites visitors to join Garden Director Patrice Hanlon, who holds a certificate in Horticultural Therapy, and Jackie Jordan, certified Ecotherapist, for an outdoor narrated walk to relieve the winter doldrums. Each walk is designed to provide a respite from the darker days of winter by observing the subtleties and beauty of the winter garden. This walk is held rain, or shine; dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Each walk will end with guided meditations, reflection and writing in your own personal journal. Keeping a nature journal is a wonderful way to improve your observation skills and memory.
April 19  All Things Green and Wonderful.”

Eat, Play, Laugh!
a potluck and playdate for grownups
with Annie Goglia
Friday, April 19, 6:30-8:45PM
Interplayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
$15-$20 in advance, $25-$25 at the door
for more information or to register, please contact Annie at 510-655-1433

“Want something different than bars or cocktail parties?
Looking for fun and real connection with others?
It's a PLAYDATE for grown ups!
Join us for an evening of shared food, creative play, movement and laughter!”

Imagining Nonviolence: Healing from Violence
Friday, April 19, 6:30-11:00PM
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 510-525-5054
$10-$20 sliding scale

“Imagining Nonviolence: Healing from Violence
SambaDa, Cosmos Percussion Orchestra, Drum Circles, Nonviolence Workshops, and more!

Workshops 6:30-8:30PM
Kids’ Drum Circle 7:30PM
DRUMMM Circle 8:30PM
Show at 9:00PM

In response not only to a recent incidence of violence at Ashkenaz, but also to the violence prevalent in our culture, Ashkenaz is stepping into a fuller expression of our mission: to foster peace and cultural understanding through music and dance, beginning with two special benefit events: tonight’s workshops plus live music by two bands, followed on Saturday, April 27, with a fundraiser for our shooting victims featuring the one-time-only Ashkenaz Cajun and Zydeco Allstars.

Tonight we launch a benefit to support Ashkenaz’s peace work, in what may develop as a series exploring and IMAGINING NONVIOLENCE. We offer workshops, a wonderful hands-on art project, and live music throughout the night to bring the dance community together, with favorite Brazilian band SambaDá and Cosmos Percussion Orchestra. This event explores, celebrates, and shares numerous ways that we heal from violence, individually and within community. In a healing art workshop, participants will collage and may post their art to build a Wall of Peace in our Back Studio. There will be counselors available and a drum circle for kids.

In the Front Studio, a blessing will be sung followed by a healing drum circle to get the good vibrations going. Jeni Swerdlow will lead everyone in the all-ages drum circle at 8:30PM. Drums provided or bring your own - no prior drumming experience required! SambaDa (performers the night of the robbery/shootings during our 40th Anniversary celebration Dancing for Peace) and Cosmos Percussion Orchestra will keep us dancing for peace through the evening, and resources on Healing After Violence will be offered.

Santa Cruz-based SambaDa, whose shows have been some of the liveliest ever on the Ashkenaz stage, was founded in 1997 by native Brazilian Papiba Godinho. SambaDa’s ultimate goal isn’t just to preserve traditions the musicians are so well-versed in - including samba, bossa nova, pagode, samba reggae, batucada, and forro, plus some well-placed surf guitar - but also to get everyone dancing to their infectious blend of Brazilian roots and other North and South American styles such as funk, reggae, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. The group’s pulsating percussion, uplifting vocals, and rich melodies give it a distinctive sound, heard in both popular and original songs. SambaDa visited Brazil in July 2009 and became the first band from the U.S. to play at the legendary house of Ile Aiye, the first black Carnaval group in Brazil.

The Bay Area-based Cosmos Percussion Orchestra is just what its name implies: percussion and drum masters, playing more than 40 instruments, working together to bring not a fusion or melding, but a true embracing of world music as they feature each member’s expertise in the group setting. The band performs its original compositions, drawing on a world of styles: African, Latin, funk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, Haitian, rock, and World Beat. Cosmos Percussion Orchestra solidified three years ago after its five musicians had met and played in various settings and other groupings, discovering a shared vision for a band of percussionists.”

Sexing Sacred Texts
for all who identify as women.
with Dr. Victoria Rue
Friday, April 19, 7:00-9:00PM, and two more Fridays, April 26 and 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.”

Avant Garden
Veggielution's Food and Art Fundraiser
Friday, April 19, 7:00-10:00PM
The Armory, 240 N 2nd Street, San Jose
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

“Do you like food, art, live music, and sustainable farms that strive to feed the community healthy food? If you have answered yes to any of the above, you should party for the cause at this year's Avant Garden.

Veggielution, in partnership with SJMADE, invites you to indulge your senses with farm-fresh food, captivating art, and handcrafted goods prepared by visionary local chefs, artists, and craftspeople.

Avant Garden harnesses San Jose’s creative talent to support Veggielution’s growing Community Farm. We are pushing the boundaries of food justice by redefining our relationship with our land, our food, and each other. Come experience a new way to think about food in our community, through the taste of our Spring harvest and captivating visual artistry.

Sample farm fresh small plates prepared by talented local chefs
Take home food and farm related art by local artists
Browse a variety of crafts from local vendors
Enjoy a craft brew
​Support access to healthy food and nutrition in our community
Musical Performances by:​

Blues man Coyote Slim
Singer song writer Alex Breland
Bossa Nova, Jazz, Samba performer extraordinaire Cado

Veggielution empowers youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to create a sustainable food system in San Jose. Our urban farm engages the community by providing access to healthy and local food, creating leadership opportunities, and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues.”

Permaculture: The Growing Edge
a film by Starhawk and Donna Read
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, April 19, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren's own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others.

Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. "Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future," says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

Potluck Feast

Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

VortexHealing Group Healing
with Dragonfly Adularia
Friday, April 19, 7:30-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$20 donation requested - no one turned away

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

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

Under a Shipwrecked Moon
A Film by Antero Alli
Friday, April 19, 7:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“The power of a long-buried family secret becomes unleashed when the extreme rituals of a self-made shamanic punk rocker catapult him into the spirit realm in search of his father, a ship captain who drowned at sea. This ship captain's mother was a Finnish sorceress whose powers were passed onto the punk rocker grandson, powers tested when he accidentally enters the dreams of his long lost and now comatose grandfather... Under a Shipwrecked Moon is a surreal fable of true love, ravens and hedgehogs, and the mystical depths of family bonds. (2003; 96 minutes. USA)”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, April 19, 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.”

James And The Giant Peach
presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre
Friday-Saturday, April 19-20,
Friday 9:30AM and 11:00AM, Saturday 11:30AM and 1:30PM
SecondStage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

“Escaping two creepy guardians, an orphan and some creeping friends embark on a trans-Atlantic adventure!”

Frank Bette Center For The Arts Yard Sale
Saturday, April 20, 8:00AM-1:00PM
Frank Bette Center For The Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 510-523-6957
for more information, please contact Margaret at margaret@frankbettecenter.org

“The Bette will have a splendid yard sale, with some items from our Deja Vu event, frames, baskets, art supplies, and MORE!

This is a great way to pick up some really cool stuff without paying tons of money, and all proceeds benefit our wonderful Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

So come on over, Saturday, April 20th, from 8:00AM-1:00PM, in the backyard.

The Frank Bette Center is recognizable as a lovely, yellow Victorian building in the center of Alameda. It was bequeathed to the community by Bette, a local artist and craftsman, as a place for ‘meetings, readings, showings and other creative doings.’ Our mission is to fulfill and build upon Frank’s dream of providing a place to nurture creativity in fine arts, crafts, literary and musical arts. The Center has responded to those wishes in a number of ways.”

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, April 20, 9:45AM-1:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Wilder Ranch, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Wilder Ranch has breathtaking views. From the path we wind around to the coast and make our way to a secluded beach with a magical cave. After relaxing in the fern grotto we return to our point of origin via the mostly abandoned RR tracks which are being reclaimed by nature.

We will meet near the restrooms in the main parking lot. The park is north of Santa Cruz, west of Highway 1, a mile or so past Western Drive. From Highway 17, take Hwy 1 N towards Half Moon Bay. Turn right on Mission St (also still Highway 1). Continue for 3+ miles. Turn left into the Wilder Ranch driveway. Entrance is free, but parking is $10. Free parking is usually available outside of the park on Highway 1, but you will have to walk into the park a little ways. We meet on the grass in front of the  bathrooms.

Gather at 9:45AM, Departure: 10:00AM, Return: around 12:00PM.
Our walk is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a short stop half way in. Remember to wear good shoes, bring your own water and a snack to share if you like.
We will walk rain or shine, however, if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify: 831-469-0336

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.”

Parent-and-Me African Music and Dance Class
with Cheza Nami
Saturday, April 20, 10:00-10:30AM,
and four 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!”

Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Home Farm
Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Forest Home Farm, 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon
$7 Adults, $5 Child, Under 2 Free

“The San Ramon Historic Foundations presents Sheep Shearing Day 2013 at Forest Home Farms Historic Park.

Sheep Shearing is one of the San Ramon Historic Foundations largest annual events, drawing over 1000 people to the farm.  It is an opportunity for community members of all ages to come together and enjoy a day on the farm while learning and having fun.

Over 100 sheep will receive their annual haircut and provide an opportunity for us to demonstrate how sheep are sheared.  You will see how their wool is removed; cleaned and spun into yarn all while the sheepdogs are herding the next sheep in line to get their haircut.

During your day on the farm you will have an opportunity to browse around the historic buildings and you will observe wool spinners, quilters, entertainment, refreshments, tractor rides, train rides and the valley’s largest display of ‘Hit and Miss’ irrigation engines.  The kid’s area will keep your children entertained with crafts and games.  

Don’t forget to stop by the Foundation Gift Shoppe to pick up a souvenir from your special day on the farm.”

John Muir Birthday - Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM-4:00PM
John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez

“John Muir inspired people all over the world to ‘keep close to nature’s heart.’ In this spirit, we celebrate John Muir’s April 21st birthday at his former home, along with Earth Day, which brings us closer to knowing our planet and practical ways to help it thrive.
Bring the family for fun-filled activities and entertainment:

More than 50 exhibitors with something for everyone
Live music
Recycled Fashion Show
Silent auctions
Self-guided tours of the 1882 historic home and the California Native Plant Garden
Junior ranger projects with National Park Service rangers
John Muir shares stories and birthday cake
Much more!

Food and beverages are available for purchase.
This event will be held rain or shine - dress for the weather.”

Earth Day SF
Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

“Welcome To Earth Day SF 2013
Celebrate Earth Day in the Heart of San Francisco, The Greenest City in North America
This unique celebration packs a powerful day of green sustainability discussions, activism, workshops and solutions into one full day of fun and excitement and amazing performance. Designed to support the Bay Area Community and beyond, Earth Day San Francisco focuses on acknowledging the local and planetary environmental challenges we all face, and inviting the public to integrate sustainable practices into their everyday lives.

E.D.S.F. is a  FREE daylong event  featuring :
Our Earth Mother Stage comes alive with ‘Edutainment’ throughout the day from POOR MANS WHISKEY, ALBINO  [ Heavy Afro Funk ], Earth Amplified [Eco Hip Hop], Haunted by Heroes [Youth Rock], DJ Dragonfly, Classical Revolution and many other amazing top-notch performers!!!

Internationally Recognized Speakers, Dolores Huerta [United Farm Work America], Stacy Malkan [Co-Founder of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and G.M.O. labeling], Sophie Azouaou [Step Into My Green World], Star Hawk [green author] and many more will grace our stage and engage the public in stimulating and educational discussion.  The public will experience hands on Green D.I.Y projects, Sustainable Chef Cooking Demos, and active E.V. Transportation Zone, Eco Fashion Shows, A Permaculture Village, Holistic Wellness Village, Amazing Eco Art, sustainable/solar powered Beer and Wine Gardens, over 80 earth friendly vendors, Eco Youth Zone, Two kiddie playground  and lots more!!!”

Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20, 11:00AM-3:00PM
South end of Stinson Beach, Marin County
see website for directions

“Celebrate Earth Day by creating art on the beach! Join in as community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures. In past years, we've stacked rock towers, made spirals from seaweed, planted a forest of ‘trees’ made of driftwood, and created dragons, fairies, and abstract designs. During this playful event, participants work alone and in groups, transforming the beach into an evolving outdoor sculpture gallery. The intention behind the event is to create an experience that will inspire and energize people to care for and protect the earth not only on Earth Day, but throughout the year. The event starts with beach cleanup. We supply bags and gloves.

Musicians, dancers, and other artists also participate in the event, inviting collaborative expression in service to the earth. You are invited to bring along small percussion instruments such as shakers, bells, or palm-sized drums to join in the musical creation.

Instruction in sand globe making will take place periodically throughout the event, and we'll use the globes in our creative endeavors.

Bring a picnic lunch. The gathering will take place rain, shine, or fog. Come any time from 11:00AM-3:00PM. All ages. Sorry, no dogs allowed at this end of the beach. Consider carpooling and public transportation. The event is at the south end of the beach (to the left as you face the ocean).”

SpringFest: Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures
Saturday, April 20, 11:00AM-6:00PM
International House at UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

“The Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures SpringFest is an exuberant celebration of life and culture from around the globe. This annual event is held in conjunction with Cal Day, the UC Berkeley campus open house. Attendees are treated to tantalizing delicacies from Armenia to Zambia. Performances of traditional music and dance from all corners of the world occur on five stages. Booths offering information, jewelry and handicrafts fill I-House from the front steps to the auditorium!

Take BART and use the free cable car shuttle around campus all day. For information call 510-642-9461 or email ihousespringfest@gmail.com.”

The Last Unicorn
and birthday celebration for Peter S. Beagle
Saturday, April 20,
film screening 12:00-3:00PM
$8.50 - screening only
Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, 415-621-6120

VIP reception 6:00-8:00PM
Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco
$25, includes screening and event

“The Cartoon Art Museum and The Castro Theatre are proud to host the premiere screening of Peter S. Beagle’s nationwide theatrical re-release tour for The Last Unicorn - and his 74th birthday celebration! Throw on your best Schmendrick the Magician or Amalthea outfit and join us at The Castro Theatre for a screening of the uncut edition of the animated movie The Last Unicorn, a question and answer session with author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, an amazing raffle, pop-up shop, and limited book signing! Following the screening at the Castro Theatre, the Cartoon Art Museum will open its doors from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for an intimate reading and chat with Mr. Beagle, an exclusive auction, and continued signings. Costumes are encouraged!”

Health and Happiness Day
Saturday, April 20, 1:00-4:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
for  more information, please call call Cia A Robles at 510-853-5323

Join us for these dynamic, enlightening afternoons.
Learn how to create health, balance and happiness for yourself in our hands- on modules: reduce stress, clear brain fog, anxiety and sadness, aches and pains and gain control of your life.

Experience an array of integrative and alternative medicine approaches for wellness.
You will leave feeling great!

We are a professional group of integrative health practitioners and educators seeking to provide the community with an awareness of the vast array of healthcare options available. We have created a dynamic team in these seminars to allow our attendees a fun and informative hands on experience of a number of modalities and treatments at each meeting.

Each meeting will consist of 5 modules.
Here is a partial list of our interactive and experiential segments:
Mind component, such as breathing, meditation and self-hypnosis.
A body exercise component, safe and restorative movement, such as yoga for stress management, gentle stretching for flexibility and strength.
A postural treatment component - Bowen Works, chiropractic.
A nutritional supplement component, Usana Health Sciences.
A herbs and teas component for everyday use and healing.

Our Health and Happiness seminars are intended to give the attendee a hands on experience of an array of integrative complementary medicine modalities.

Our unique approach seeks to meet the needs of the individual and assist in the client taking charge of his or her own healthcare needs.

Each attendee will walk away with tools and techniques they can continue to use on their own.

Prize drawings for free classes, discounts on services and other great stuff!

These seminars are held once a month at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda.
Dates and Times:
May 25th
June 22nd
July 20, 2013

The setting will be casual and comfortable, invite a friend!”

Food for Thought
Monthly Potluck Dinner and Conscious Discussion at The Home of Truth
Saturday, April 20, 6:30-9:00PM
Cottage, The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
Free, please bring a potluck dish to share
To sign up, please contact Barbara at: 510-521-6654.

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

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

Campfire with a Ranger
Saturday, April 20, 7:00-8:30PM
Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road, Healdsburg
Free, parking $7

“Gather in the redwood grove at Riverfront Regional Park for a family campfire hosted by Ranger Bill. Park rangers can encounter some fascinating situations on the job. Ranger Bill has worked as a ranger for 25 years, and will regale you with some of the surprising events of his career in the parks. We'll provide the marshmallows. You bring a blanket, a roasting stick, a flashlight and mosquito repellant. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.”

Healing Burned Woman
with Barbara Thomas and Peggy Black
Saturday, April 20, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Many women and men have a Burned Woman inside. The fear released during the 300 years of the Inquisition when millions of people were killed for being a healer, intuitive, mystic or teacher is still present today within personal and collective memory. Burned Woman’s story calls us to make a conscious choice to release the old patterns of hatred and fear and to build a new life so we may heal ourselves, humanity and the earth.”

Dance for the Earth
with Los Trovadores
presented by
Rhythmix Cultural Works and Oye Productions
Saturday, April 20, 8:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$15 in advance, $20 at the door  

“Celebrate Earth Day with the acoustic dance music of Los Trovadores. The Buena Vista Social Club is alive in the Bay Area in the form of this exciting new group that performs classic Cuban material, including the Son, Danzon and Boleros.

Los Trovadores features Cuban singer and instrumentalist Fito Reinoso (tres, lead vocals), Bolivian born Gabriel Navia (guitar, vocals) and Chilean/Colombian percussionist Patricio Angulo (congas, percussion, vocals) as well as many other Cuban and Latin musicians.”

The Rumi Concert: Lion of the Heart
featuring Coleman Barks with David Darling, Glen Velez and Zuleikha
presented by California Institute of Integral Studies
Saturday, April 20, 8:00-10:30PM
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
see website for ticket information

“You that come to birth and bring the mysteries, Your voice-thunder makes us very happy.  Roar, lion of the heart, and tear me open.”
- Rumi

“Jalaluddin Rumi, one of the world's most revered mystical poets, produced a prolific range of inspiring and devotional poetry that encapsulates the Sufi experience of union with the divine. Although Rumi was a Sufi and a scholar of the Qu'ran, his appeal reaches across religious and social divisions. This performance unites the classic poetry of the thirteenth century mystic with the innovative music, dance, and story of a remarkable ensemble: poet and Rumi translator Coleman Barks; cellist David Darling; world percussionist Glen Velez, and dancer and storyteller Zuleikha. It is a soul-stirring collaboration.”

Spring Rising
with Axis Mundi TranceFusion
Saturday, April 20, 8:00PM-Midnight
Bhakti Mandir (House of Devotional Ecstasy), 6225 Doremus Avenue, Richmond
$15.00 at the Door

“Celebrate the rising Spring flush of fertility, flowers, sensualtity, light and love as we revive the ancient Festivals of Flora and Parilia, invoking the Goddesses Venus, Vesta, Athena, Aphrodite and Astarte. It is the perfect moment to join us for Trance Dancing and Shamanic Journeying to World Beat Devotional Kundalini Chant, Crystal Bowls, Sound Healing, Nyasa Anointing and the joys of connection in a radiant commUNITY of kindred spirits!

Hosted Savory Edibles Served - veggie and omnivore
BYO Libations and Contributions of Savory or Sweet Snacks Welcomed!

Wear your EXOTIC and FESTIVE FINERY and have a warm layer to enjoy Full Moon Gazing from the beautiful 3 level outdoor deck!”

Contra Costa Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

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

Earth Day Weekend
at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Douglass the MagicMan performs at 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“Playland-Not-At-the-Beach celebrates everyone's mother - Mother Earth! REDUCE your stress! REUSE our FREE PLAY classic pinball and arcade games! RECYCLE the fun over and over!

On Saturday and Sunday Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is pleased to present Magician and Entertainer Douglass the MagicMan. His magic will leave you scratching you head with amazement.

Douglass the MagicMan is an accomplished magician who became interested in magic at a very young age. Douglass got his first magic set from the Main St. Magic Shoppe in Disneyland. An admirer of Mark Wilson, Doug Henning, and of course Houdini; Douglass is the president of the Society of American Magicians Assembly #112.

Douglass has won awards for Table Hopping magic, Close-Up magic, and Stage magic in amateur and professional competitions and can also be seen performing as a regular with Biernacki and the Illusion magical rock band.”

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!

Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood
Sunday, April 21, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
adults $6, children and seniors $5, under 3 free

“Spring has sprung and it is time for our sheep’s annual haircut. Watch as the farm’s sheep get sheared; then, try your hand at wool carding and see the transformation from fiber to yarn at the spinning wheel. Kids will enjoy stories about sheep and making their own wooly lamb to take home.”

CAYA Sprouts at Muir Woods
Sunday, April 21, 12:00-3:00PM
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
Adults $7, children 15 and under free

“Come As You Are Coven invites you to join CAYA Sprouts Family Outings for a fun filled afternoon at Muir Woods!

Come and celebrate one of the Bay Area's greatest natural treasures on the day before Earth Day! As pagans, we venerate the Earth, and the wonders she holds. Join your friends in learning the mysteries of the Woods through rhyming riddles and a leisurely walk as together we undertake the Rangers' ‘Redwood Discovery: A Quest at Muir Woods’! Solve the riddles to unlock a treasure box at the end!

This is an event you won't want to miss!

Meet at at 12:00PM at the Muir Woods National Monument sign over the entrance, just past the ticket booth.

Parking is free, but carpooling with friends is recommended.”

Swap! Not Shop!
Homeygrown's Biannual Clothing Exchange
Sunday, April 21, 1:00-4:00PM
Soundwave Studios, 2200 Wood Street, West Oakland, 510-763-2201
$5 donation and items to swap

“Swap! Not Shop! Earth Day Edition

Everyone is welcome at the event. Must be 21+ to drink.
$5.00 donation at the door + bag of swap goodie(s)

We all come to Swap! Not Shop! with the intention of getting rid of items and taking home 'new to you' goodies. Anything from gently used clothes & shoes to household items can be swapped. But we don't want your junk and neither does anyone else so please be considerate about what you bring to swap. When you come to swap, you can bring one item or many items. Our staff separates everything into different piles and sections. Then you look through the piles at different tables and take as much as you want! PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING IN BAGS! That means those items are spoken for and belong to someone else.

Check out this list of what you CAN and CAN'T bring:

- Men, women, and children's clothing...all sizes please!
- Shoes
- Jewelry
- Bags and purses
- Non-perishable food
- Household items
- Movies and music
- Books and magazines

- Anything considered JUNK!
- Dirty items and shirts with holes
- UNDERWEAR, CHONIES, THONGS... even if they're clean!
- Broken items to the point they can't be reused
- Random pieces of things
- Live animals

We've seen a plethora of random things that have come in and out of the swap, from designer gear, to DVD players, to porn, to independent zines... you get the picture. Remember, everything that doesn't get copped will get donated to charity, so make sure you're giving good and good karma will come to you.”

Thanks to Thora for letting me know about this event!

Want to Lighten Up about Money?
with Annie Goglia
Sunday, April 21, 1:30-4:30PM
Awaken Chiropractic, 3515 Grand Avenue, Oakland
sliding scale $45-$70  
For more information, please contact Annie Goglia at Annie@lifefire.com or 510-282-1279

“Did tax season leave you stressed out?
Do you have worries or anxiety about money?
Do you feel insecure however much or little money you have?

Join us for a workshop of laughter, play, humor and meditation! Let's make the shift together to a lighter more positive attitude about money.

You will learn techniques to let go of stress, and open up the possibility for:
Feelings of abundance, sense of gratitude, ease of giving and receiving

These fun and deep tools will help shift your attitude about money:
Laughter Yoga and deep breathing, Journaling and Meditation, InterPlay/authentic movement Guided Visualization and more!”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, April 21, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“I'd love for you to join me on Sunday, April 21 for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

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

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, April 21, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

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

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

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

Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Sunday, April 21, 6:00-8:00PM,
and two more Sundays, 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.”

Earth Day 2013 - The Face of Climate Change
Monday, April 22

There are many events going on this month all over the world.  
You can find campaigns to join here:

Or observe the day in your own way by picking up trash at a local park or beach, or just deciding to stay home and have a day of using no fuel for transportation.

City of Berkeley's Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program
Sunday April 22, 12:00-1:30 PM
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

“The City of Berkeley’s tenth annual Holocaust Remembrance Day will honor East Bay Survivors.

Featuring Cellist Isaac Pastor Chernak, Cantor Linda Hirschorn, and UC Berkeley's Jewish A Cappella group, Kol Hadov.”

Foraging and D.I.Y. Food Lecture Series
Monday, April 22, 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 22: Whole Animal Processing, Tamara Wilder
Tamara Wilder, author, teacher and co-founder of Paleotechnics discusses the lost arts of whole animal processing.  It is only in the past few generations that this knowledge has fallen away. How can we all learn to once again honor animals by using all their parts? Tamara will cover strategies for processing innards and muscle meat as food, and offer a brief overview of uses for skin, sinew, bone and hooves.

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.”  

World Book Night
Tuesday, April 23

“World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night.  On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, April 23, and the fourth Tuesday of each month
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

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

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.”

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 Festive, Celebratory, Healing, Thoughtful Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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