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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, June 25, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Post-Solstice Bardic Circle, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Sherehe Ya Mwedzi Ceremony For The Summer Moon, Heart of the Goddess, Seasoned Singers Timeless Songs, The Accordion Babes Revue, The Taming of the the Shrew, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, Honeyroot Women’s Embodiment Retreat, In A Daughter's Eyes, Tau Day, Sex Peace: Tools for a Sexually Healthy New Culture, Eden Comedy, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Palmistry, Birth Art Lab, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, Fairy and Human Relations Congress, The Lady Scribblers, Litha Faire, Castro Valley History in Film, The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing, Roy Zimmerman’s Wake Up Call, Maze Daiko and Ensohza, A Starry Evening Under the Night Sky, San Francisco Pride, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Time Travel Weekends, Ludus Danielis: The Play of Daniel, Summer Sprite Peg Dolls for Kids, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Tales from the Steppes, Candle Magic: An Introduction to an Ancient Practice, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Lady Liberty, The Liar, Bay Area Country Dance Society Family Week, Monday Night Dharma Group, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Sisters Bingo, Benicia Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade, Martinez Hometown 4th of July Parade, Old-Fashioned Independence Day at Ardenwood, Alameda Independence Day Parade, Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at Meek Park, Benicia Picnic in the Park and Fireworks, Fourth of July at the  Berkeley Marina, Exploratorium After Dark: Boom, Independence Day Event Directories

Post-Solstice Bardic Circle
with Ximena Terrean
Wednesday, June 26, 7:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Free, donations gladly accepted

“Come join us as we share in circle our sacred, creative expression in the form of songs, poems, prayers, dance, jokes, skits etc. Bring a brief piece or two of your creation to share with other Pagans. One by one we will be heard and in turn listen to what our Muses have inspired for us to bring forth and share. This is a participatory, no-experience-necessary, get-together moderated by Ximena Terrean.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Chuckybaby and the Biscuits
Thursday, June 27, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 29)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $12, Youth $5, under 5 Free
Please register online at the website below
for more information, e-mail garden@berkeley.edu

“Join us this summer for a series of concerts in our beautiful Redwood Grove!

Kids’ show, family sing-along

A band of local nursery school teachers who also happen to be talented musicians. The band performs beloved and irreverent children's songs. Bring the family, a picnic, and be ready for fun, giggles and great music. This show is sure to sell-out!

Ticket includes admission to the Garden before 5:00PM. BYO picnic and non-alcoholic drinks welcome.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Sherehe Ya Mwedzi Ceremony For The Summer Moon
with Iya Mahea of Sacred Forest
Thursday, June 27, 7:00PM
The Magdalen Chapel, Sagrada Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to iyamahea@thesacredforest.org or 510-827-3997

“Inspired by African spirituality, our Moon Ceremonies honor the Moon and the Water Spirits. The ritual commemorates hope and renewal through song, healing movement and mbira meditation. Participants are encouraged to bring their own symbol of renewal to place on the altar upon arrival.

No fee for admission, and all are welcome.  This is an intimate venue and attendance will be limited.”

Heart of the Goddess
A Black Swan Temple Salon
Thursday, June 27, 7:00PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Join High Priestess Heather Salmon and Rev. Donny Regal for a special Black Swan Temple Salon featuring guest co-creators Dr. Rev. Devaa Haley of the Shift Network and Visionary Artist Daniel Holeman.  Venture with us on an odyssey into the Heart of the Goddess through sacred music, dance, crystal singing bowls, sound healing and visionary art.

Heather and Donny are renowned for their work as Mystical Alchemy prayerformance healing artists and spiritual directors and co-founders of the Black Swan Temple and Mystery School.

It is their great honor to be joined by Devaa Haley, a gifted spiritual guide, musician and host of the highly successful Inspiring Women's Summit.  Her debut album, Sacred Alchemy is a breakthrough for the awakening and liberation of the Divine Feminine.  It brings alive 13 faces of the Goddess with songs that range from sexy and untamed to reverential and tender.  We will dive deeply into some of these archetypes through her sacred music.
Also, meet and experience visionary artist Daniel Holeman's profound sacred imagery which has developed through lifelong exploration of consciousness and devotion to self-realization.   Daniel is a wayshower and his work invites you to dive into a deeper dimension of consciousness. The imagery stirs forgotten awareness of a place felt to be HOME - a warm, familiar and heartfelt state of mind. His work has been used on TV and videos, book and CD covers, magazines, prints, posters, cards and the internet.”

Seasoned Singers, Timeless Songs
Thursday, June 27, 7:30PM
House of More Joy, 7415 Hayden Avenue, Sebastopol
$15 advance, $20 at door
For more information, please contact Monnet at 707-591-1159

“Linda Hirschhorn, Gary Lapow and Betsy Rose bring a wealth of musical and personal experience to their collaboration as ‘boomers’ with deep roots in the social justice movements of our times. Now their songwriting explores the rich dimensions of topics such as aging, lasting love (or not), loss of parents, adult children, and spirituality.”

The Accordion Babes Revue
Woman-Powered Fun Folk and Rock Cabaret
featuring the Red Hot Chachkas, Whiskey and Women, and Amber Lee Baker
Thursday, June 27, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$18.50 in advance, $20.50 at the door
“They’re a band! They’re a pin-up calendar! They’re a band and a pin-up calendar! The Accordion Babes are Renee de la Prade on accordion and guitar, Joan Wilson Rueter on accordion and fiddle, Skyler Fell on accordion, Diana Strong on accordion, Amber Lee Baker on accordion and glockenspiel, and Aharon Wheels Bolsta, the odd man out, on drums. The show is more than accordions - though there are accordions galore - it’s a multitude of mult-talented, multi-instrument-playing musicians making merry on a magical mix of accordion-friendly songs - folk, French cabaret, jazz, klezmer, zydeco, Irish, and rock and roll. Renee began the revue and calendar project with the mission of taking the accordion from Lawrence Welk and giving it to Sophia Loren. This year’s theme is Heroes, Villains and Divas.

Renee sings, stomps, and plays button accordion with the deep passion of a she-warrior. Her style draws from folk dance music, zydeco, and old-school rock and roll. She tours the world playing solo, duo, and with the Cajun Americana trio Whiskey and Women. Joan is a founding member of the San Francisco-based sea music group the Barbary Ghosts, and also sings and plays fiddle in Whiskey and Women. Skyler sings and plays accordion with the HoboGobblins and Tumbleweed Time Machine. Diana is the accordionist for the klezmer fusion group Red Hot Chachkas and performs solo at Cafe Divine. Her duo Sweet Moments of Confusion released their debut album last year. Amber Lee leads Amber Lee and the Anomalies, bringing accordion into the realm of singer-songwriter cabaret.”

The Taming of the the Shrew
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29,
Thursday 7:30PM, Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 7:00PM
Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
see website for ticket details

“An unlikely love story: when money-loving Petruchio meets headstrong Kate, no one gets what they bargained for - they get much more! The Taming of the Shrew may be the original Romantic Comedy. It’s certainly one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays, and under the direction of Gary Armagnac, the nationally renowned actor and director, it will be perfect for a memorable evening at the vineyard.

Performances begin at 7:30PM Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  Picnic area opens at 5:30PM.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Livermore Shakespeare Festival takes place at Concannon Vineyard, an elegant winery in the heart of Livermore Valley Wine Country. Actors perform in front of a two-story, Queen-Anne style Victorian home. Before the show and during intermission, you can sample award-winning wines in two tasting rooms. Enjoy a pre-show picnic on the lawn or enjoy pre-show small plates in Concannon's Underdog Wine Bar (RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED). For the optimal pre-theater dining experience, the Underdog Wine Bar recommends making a reservation for 2 hours prior to the performance start time. Reservations for the Underdog Wine Bar can be made by calling (925) 583-1581. During the show, sip wine in the seating area as you experience Shakespeare against a background of vineyards and hills.  

Note: Beverages, wine and food are available for purchase onsite at the Underdog Wine Bar and the Tasting Room. Due to state liquor laws, no alcohol without the winery label is allowed on site. Please contact the Underdog Wine Bar at (925) 583-1581 for questions regarding food. This season at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, shows are adult-oriented and not appropriate for children under 10 years of age. Babes in arms and children in strollers are not permitted. Children 12 and under are permitted with parents. We recommend acquainting children with appropriate theatre behavior before coming. If you have any specific questions about the suitability of a show for your child, please contact our office at (925) 443-BARD. Climate varies nightly, so please dress in layers. Blankets are rented and sold at the event.”

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma
The Next Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29, 8:00PM - final week
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.”

Honeyroot Women’s Embodiment Retreat
Thursday-Sunday, June 27-30
Shady Creek Event Center, 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City

“HoneyRoot Women’s Retreat is an annual celebration of Fem-bodiment, Sisterhood, and Intergenerational Collaboration - a place to explore, expand, and truly inhabit ourselves as women; a (re)treat for the Feminine Soul.

Brought to you by Devorah Bry and Shelly Smith, and located among the pines, oaks, and maples of Shady Creek Retreat Center near Nevada City, CA, HoneyRoot provides opportunities for us to open our bodies to the wisdom that lives inside each of us and the love that inhabits our collective heart. Through an array of dance, voice, and movement workshops, healing ceremonies, performances, playtime, down time, and up time, we will taste the Yes that lives in our bodies and our interconnectedness.
We, HoneyRoot organizers and facilitators, will do our best to create a strong container, a safe playground, and a loving womb for the sake of the realization of our feminine embodiment.  We hope you’ll join us.
When we bend our knees, release our jaws
and pelvic muscles,rest into our weight,
stay connected to our bellies, and bring attention
to the constant support of Mother Earth,
we find ourselves,and each other, with ease, grace,
and an at-home-ness that is innately ours.
– Dev and Shelly”

In A Daughter's Eyes
by A. Zell Williams
presented by Brava! For Women in the Arts
and Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience
Thursday-Sunday, June 27-30,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco  

“In A. Zell William’s tense two-hander, Black activist and lawyer, Rehema Salaam (Brit Frazier), the daughter of an Oakland Black Panther - who sits on Death Row for the murder of an Oakland Police Officer - is locked in a room and in conflict with Kathryn Tinney (Lisa Anne Porter), the daughter of the murdered officer, in an effort to heal their open wounds - decades after the event that changed both of their lives forever.  As the negotiations intensify in explosive and familiar ways, the sins of the fathers are visited upon the daughters as they battle to protect their father’s name. Winner of the 2011 National New Play Network’s Smith Award and had its World Premiere at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company.”

Tau Day
Friday, June 28

If celebrating Pi Day on March 14 is too mainstream for you, you can revel in mathematical heresy by celebrating Tau Day instead!  Or celebrate the resolution of apparent paradox by celebrating both.  No matter what you choose, it’s a good reason to make and/or eat pies.

Sex Peace: Tools for a Sexually Healthy New Culture
A benefit for Samantha Miller, Sex Educator and Activist
Friday, June 28, 5:00-11:00PM
Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco
Suggested Donation $25-$100, no one turned away for lack of funds
Please RSVP at the website below

“This is an opportunity to dress fun, dress up, dress sexy, wearing lingerie is encouraged.

Samantha needs our help. Due to a prolonged illness and hip replacement surgery she has run out of money and lost her apartment. This benefit is to help Sam raise enough money to get into a new place to live.

Kelly Bryson’s interactive presentation will focus on ‘The New Freer Love and Building Sacred Matrix community’ through Tribal Technologies like:
Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Raising F.R.E.D. (Frequency Resonation Energy Dynamic or the group ‘field’ energy)
7 minute connections
The Zegg Forum Psychodrama Performance Process - Liberating Love and Sexuality as the Theme
Creating SexPeace - Ending the war between the sexes
Next Culture Maps of Consciousness

Evalena Rose will lead us in a heart-centered Puja that allows us to experience the Alchemy of Love.  She will guide us in individual exchanges that are fulfilling, pleasurable, and sacred.  From movement to soul gazing, to honoring sensual contact, these Pujas fulfill many needs for intimacy and leave people happy and feeling loved.  A sweet and delight-filled way to complete the evening.

Veronica’s special presentation will invite you to enter her Shame Free Zone and discover your Antidote to a Mean World by exploring how the ‘love hormone’ and anger management techniques can create deeper orgasms and more fulfilling emotional intimacy in your romantic relationships. One lucky couple will be invited to participate in a live role play!

The Center for Sex and Culture is a three-time winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay award (including a win for Best Emerging Sex Non-profit, 2005). CSC hosts sex education workshops and cultural events having to do with sexuality for adults of every orientation and gender, spanning the continuum from didactic to experiential. It maintains a sexuality library, archive and gallery, and supports sex-related research projects. CSC is a 501(c)(3) educational organization.”

Eden Comedy
with Gina Yashere and Dana Goldberg
presented by Eden Pride  
Friday, June 28, 7:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
“Join us for a night filled with comedic powerhouses that will make you laugh your way into Pride. Two sublimely funny ladies, two hours of non-stop laughter and one night of side splitting fun! The hilarious Gina Yashere returns to Brava after a sold out DVD taping of her show last fall.  She will be joined by host of Southwest Funnyfest, Dana Goldberg.

Gina and Dana will be making your body shake with their hilarity! These two funny ladies are gonna bring with their insightful observations, dry wit, on point commentary and so much more. This is the one show YOU will not want to miss!”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, June 28, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

with Glenn Turner
Friday, June 28, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“In just 2 hours we can cover all the major lines and mounds along with examples of the
elemental forms of the fingers and hand shapes. I will give some mini-readings from the hands attending the class. Handouts.”

Birth Art Lab
Friday, June 28, 8:00-10:00PM
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
Free, please RSVP to info@hackermoms.org

“Perhaps we jotted them down in pages long lost, but we can turn our kids' birth stories into image-based handmade art and artifacts. Bring your half-executed ideas, materials and art, and let's finish these projects before we lose all the astonishing, bittersweet details of the end of pregnancy and the start of life. Please RSVP to info@hackermoms.org. FREE for all. No childcare for this after-bedtime event.”   

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, June 28, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

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

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

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

Vintage Invasion
Friday, June 28, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

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

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

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

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

Fairy and Human Relations Congress
Communication and Co-Creation with Devas, Nature Spirits and the Faery Realms
Friday - Sunday, June 28-30
Skalitude Retreat, Twisp, Washington
See website for registration details   

"The Fairy and Human Relations Congress affects the planet by joining with the nature, devic and other higher realms to bring more peace, love and understanding into the world. Our goal is not to escape the outer world but to positively affect it. At this time of multiple crises affecting humanity we feel it is very important to seek alliances with as many light forces as possible in other realms. Mother Earth and the fairy realms ARE big players in what is transpiring on the planet. Though many deny their existence, the numbers of people who are tuning into the spiritual realms and to the nature spirit/fairy/devic realms is increasing by leaps and bounds. The Congress is one of the vanguard events bringing these people together. We are not a frivolous event although we do have lots of fun and costume up. Our intent is communication and cooperation, not only for our personal selves, but for all of humanity. We are allying ourselves with Mother Earth and with the forces for peace and love on planet Earth.

The 2013 Congress: Igniting Forces of Connection and Manifestation
The time has come for us to consciously unite with our non-physical cohorts and create the reality we want here on Planet Earth! This year we bring our fully human selves into loving relationship with the fairy and devic realms to strengthen our powers of manifestation in joyful union!”

The Lady Scribblers
part of Butterfield 8 New Works Series
Friday-Sunday, June 28-30,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“It's the return of the Butterfield 8 New Works Series!  This showcase will present staged readings of new works by local playwrights, and has featured several plays which have gone on to receive full productions; Zelda's Mama's Cookin' by Harold Smith, Abigail Dreary by Michelle Ianiro, The Beekeeper by Jennifer Roberts, and Pride and Prejudice by Donald L. Hardy.

Week 1: The Lady Scribblers, a Historical Comedy
by Michaela Goldhaber
Directed by Heather Ondersma

Housewives and poets raised aloft their quills,
challeng’d the world to look beyond their frills
and dared to mount the stage with their brave words.
Soaring on their wits rose these bright birds.

London in the 1690s:  Women playwrights are clamoring to get their work produced and actors are fighting with tyrannical management.  The Lady Scribblers is a historical comedy that follows a triumvirate of women playwrights who join forces with rebel actors to found a new theatre.  Scribblers is peppered with actual history, salted with rhyming couplets, and further seasoned by Restoration Comic style.”

Litha Faire
Saturday, June 29, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7, children under 12 free

“Litha Faire 2013 Midsummer Magic Psychic and Craft Faire

Welcome to Litha Faire!
A Summer Solstice Celebration to Honor the Enchantment of Midsummer

Greetings Litha Faire Participants and Guests!
Litha Faire is committed to the service of humanity and giving back to those who serve our community. We are pleased to announce that the Community Bridges Meals on Wheels program will be receiving all the proceeds from this year's raffle. Wonderful prizes have been donated!

The Litha Faire Group is a coalition of local artisans, psychics, healers, performers, and people who care about healing the planet.

The Litha Faire project was borne out of a need to unite people of like mind in a positive way. The economic downturn in our country has had negative repercussions for all of us. Many of us are feeling downtrodden due to the recent cycle of events.

Our group has chosen to approach these challenging times from a positive perspective and view it as an opportunity for a spiritual renaissance!

Although it feels as if Pandora’s box has been opened and unleashed in the world once again, Litha Faire is here to remind all of us of the one thing left in the box after all the calamity had passed… and that was…

We may not be able to change the world instantaneously, but we can change the way we live in it.

Come celebrate the enchanted life with us this summer solstice.

Help us fundraise for the Pregnant Mare Rescue!    All proceeds from the Midsummer raffle  will go directly to PMR.  Click on the link above for more information on the Pregnant Mare Rescue and upcoming events!”

Castro Valley History in Film
with Randy Vanderbilt
Saturday, June 29, 2:00PM
Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

“Do you like looking at old film footage? Then you don't want to miss this program with Randy Vanderbilt. This local history buff has collected many hours of rarely seen film footage of Castro Valley. Come take a look!

In partnership with the Castro Valley Library.

Randy Vanderbilt was born and raised in Castro Valley. He owns Vanderbilt Family Builders, which began constructing homes in Castro Valley to provide housing for area residents and newcomers who elected to stay after World War II. This changed the face of Castro Valley from farms and orchards to a bedroom community.”

The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing
with Ellie Riley
Saturday, June 29, 4:00-7:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“What is Pranic Healing? How can a no-touch, painless healing art be a catalyst for healing body, mind and spirit? What do chakras and auras have to do with healing?  What is the body's energetic anatomy? Want to feel it? Need some self healing tips and how to quickly physically and mentally recharge yourself in less than 10 minutes?  Attend this free intro to learn all this and more.”

Roy Zimmerman’s Wake Up Call
Saturday, June 29, 8:00PM
Mighty Fine Guitars, 85 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
$15-$20 Suggested Donation

“America's premiere musical satirist, and a former co-conspirator with the proprietor. Huge recommendation!

Show starts at 8:00PM. This will be a pass-the-hat party with a Suggested Donation of $15 - $20 per person

Please RSVP ASAP to stevie@mightyfineguitars.com to reserve space.”

Maze Daiko and Ensohza
Saturday, June 29, 8:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$15 in advance, $20 at the door
$35 includes prix fixe dinner at Dragon Rouge, 2337 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
For more information, please call 510-865-5060

“Rhythmix Island Arts is proud to present Marimba to Minyo, featuring Taiko fusion plus Japanese folks songs, Festival Dances and much more!

Be transported to Japan’s mountain and fishing villages with traditional folk songs and colorful festival dances. Formed in 2006, Ensohza Minyoshu is a Japanese folk ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing songs and dances that evoke the festival spirit of Japan and the character of its diverse rural communities. With lively vocals, bamboo flutes, shamisen and taiko drums, Ensohza Minyoshu's musicians set the beat for a program of folk songs and dances that showcase Japan's ancient and spirited community traditions to celebrate harvests, honor ancestors, and cheer hardworking laborers.

Maze Daiko blends global inspiration with a wide range of percussion to create contemporary interpretations for taiko. This dynamic ensemble layers intricate rhythms and fills the stage with vitality and energetic choreography. Maze Daiko performs original compositions influenced by world cultures including Japan, Africa and Cuba with the physical elegance and vibrant sounds of taiko. The group’s name is derived from the Japanese word for ‘mix’ (Mazeru) and taiko (daiko) is the Japanese word for ‘drum’. In collaboration with Ensohza for this special evening, the two collectives explore new dimensions of traditional Japanese movement and expression.

The members of Maze Daiko have toured throughout the U.S. and Japan - Janet Koike, Kathryn Cabunoc, Tina Blaine, Carolyn West, and special guest, Yumi Ishihara all have years of collective experience in other taiko or musical groups including San Jose Taiko, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Emeryville Taiko, D'CuCKOO and the Rhythmix Ensemble. Ensohza features Takashi Sugimoto on vocals, Karl Young playing Shakuhachi and fue, Clare ‘Jiro’ Hess on Shamisen and fue, Nina Sazevich on Taiko and dance along with dancers Sue Hirabayashi, Jennifer Lau, Laura Rawson, and Irma Spars.

This concert made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.”

A Starry Evening Under the Night Sky
with Stargazer Li
Saturday, June 29, 9:00-11:30PM
private home, Sebastopol, exact address given upon registration
$20 per Adult, $5 per Kid under 15

“Come join me for an evening out in a field under the stars, guided by a green laser wand, learning to find your way around the night sky and the names of the stars and constellations, while hearing folklore from many different times and cultures. We’ll see Saturn, the Lion, the Dragon, the Summer Triangle, and so much more...

Limited space is available, only room for 20 cars, so register soon!

To Register, Email Me with the numbers of Adults and Kids that will be attending (and in how many cars), and how you know me.
I’ll email back to confirm you're on the list and then I'll email you details on the location and what to bring in the days before the event.

Plan to arrive around 8:30PM to get situated before full dark.”

San Francisco Pride
Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30
see website for parade route and detailed schedule

“2013 marks the 42nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme is Embrace, Encourage, Empower and the event will be held over the weekend of June 29 and 30, 2013. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.

The two-day celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.”

If you would like to help The Pagan Alliance with their fundraising efforts, to make 2014’s Pagan Pride event possible, you can volunteer on behalf of The Pagan Alliance at San Francisco Pride!

“It's that time of year again! We will be volunteering at SF PRIDE and we need your help! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we get more money based on the number of hours we have volunteers signed in!

Saturday, June 29, 2013 we will need volunteers to collect:
1. At the entrances to the Pride celebration in San Francisco Civic Center.
2. At SF Pride’s Donation booth in the Civic Center.
3. On UN Plaza and Civic Center.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 we will need people to collect:
1. At the entrances to the Pride celebration at San Francisco Civic Center.
2. At SF Pride’s Donation booth at Civic Center.
3. On UN Plaza and Civic Center
4. At beverage booths located throughout the Pride celebration site.
5. Along the Parade Route.

There are three shifts for volunteers
1st shift 10:00AM-12:30PM
2nd shift 12:30-3:00PM
3rd shift 3:00-6:00PM

Please email arlynne@thepaganalliance.org to sign up and let her know what day(s)/times you are available.

We need volunteers so that next year's parade/festival can happen!”

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30 - final weekend
see website for detailed schedule

“We celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with a series of inspiring events and performances featuring 35 dance companies that embody the breadth and diversity of the Bay Area’s dance communities.

Join us for four weekends of dance from around the world, including both traditional masterpieces and innovative world premieres that may forever change the way you think about dance.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30,
and every weekend through August 25
Historic Old Sacramento, 101 I Street, Sacramento

“Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento! Visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively and interactive street theatre as part of the hugely popular Time Travel Weekends that debuted last year to much applause. The streets of Old Sacramento will come alive with talented performers who put on spontaneous and elaborate skits and performances. Plus, visitors won’t want to miss the highly entertaining Old West stage shows happening daily including the much acclaimed Golden Melodeon Review in the Eagle Theatre.

As you stroll through Old Sacramento on weekends July through August, you might just chance upon historic re-enactments complete with wagons, wild characters with heroes and villains, children’s pioneer craft activities, historic gambling, bowling, juggling, singing, dancing and other forms of musical mastery, military encampments, mining camps, parades, historic events, medicine shows, Civil War cannon firings, and much, much more!”

A lot of the performers in this program are Renaissance Faire and/or Dickens Fair folk!

Director Robert Young, who may look familiar to you if you’ve ever met Mr. Dickens himself, or attended a Mysterium Om ritual at PantheaCon, says:
“THE CURTAIN'S GOING UP - on a new season of Time Travel Weekends in Sacramento City.  The very first melodrama to open the Eagle Theatre in 1849, 'The Bandit Chief', will be reborn on that stage every afternoon. An entertaining show of variety acts will also take stage - jugglers, Shakespearean actors, medicine show, can can, music hall and much more - concluding in the stirring pageant 'Triumph of Eureka'.  Mr. Mark Twain himself will hold forth with his droll humor and entertaining tales. The streets will be bustling with wagons, carriages, parades, music and lively characters.  Will you be there?”

Ludus Danielis: The Play of Daniel
$30 general, $25 student/senior, $15 Children age 12 and under
Tickets available in advance online and at the door forty-five minutes before show times, depending on availability
Saturday, June 29, 8:00PM
All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
Sunday, June 30, 4:00PM
Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley

“Ludus Danielis, The Play of Daniel, was written by students at the Beauvais Cathedral in France some time between 1227-1234 and is one of the earliest examples of what we now call opera.  Its poetic text closely follows the story of the prophet Daniel at the court of the Persian king Belshazzar and is filled with satraps, soldiers, angels... and of course lions.  Our Assistant Music Director, Katherine McKee, will conduct this semi-staged production and will be joined by members of our dance troupe and an exciting array of instrumentalists playing shawm, curtal, recorders, bowed psaltery, harp, lute and all sorts of percussion.  Rabbi Reuben Zellman (also a San Francisco Renaissance Voices tenor who will be singing the part of Habbakuk) gives a pre-concert lecture a half-hour before each performance.

Tickets are already selling briskly and we hope you can join us for this exciting ending to our ninth season and a great show for the entire family!”

Summer Sprite Peg Dolls for Kids
Sunday, June 30,
Session I 11:15-11:45AM, Session II 12:00-12:30PM, Session III 12:45-1:15PM
Castle In The Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$10, ages 3 to pre-teen

“Margaret Bloom, an author and a sprite in her own right, will guide children (ages 3 to tween) in making adorable peg dolls. Each child will have the opportunity to make one or two dolls to take home. Cut felt and a little glue turn this simple wooden form into the fairy sensation of the summer. Please note: this is a fun activity for girls AND boys (super-hero, action-figure pixies? Yes, indeed.)

Parents should sign up for a half-hour slot, arrive a few minutes before start time, and stay present in the store during the class. A few walk-in spots will be available, but because of the popularity of this tiny world we suggest you sign up to reserve a spot.

Margaret's book, Making Peg Dolls, will be available for purchase in the store and she will gladly sign your copy to take home. Look for the packaged peg doll kits, too!”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, June 30, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tales from the Steppes
with Dana Sherry
Sunday, June 30, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“The Silk Road House presents Tales from the Steppes, an hour of stories from Central Asia for families performed by storyteller Dana Sherry.

Our guest will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the Central Asia of folk tales, where mischievous sheep’s ears come to life, poor but clever brothers amaze mighty khans, and peris help princesses achieve their heart’s desire.

Dana Sherry was once simply a respectable historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and has taught at U.C. Davis, Stanford University, and St. Mary’s College. However, she has developed a second life as a storyteller, where she crafts adult stories that transform historical events into tales of wonder and horror. She also tells traditional and literary tales to young audiences. In her school-age programs, stories become a way for children to experience empathy, community, creativity, and joy.”

Candle Magic: An Introduction to an Ancient Practice
with Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, June 30, 2:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“The use of candles in magic has a long and rich history. Witchcraft, Hoodoo, Ceremonial Magic and even Catholicism enjoy the use of candles as a means to bring about a desired result. We will learn how to choose and properly dress a candle for magical work, as well as different techniques for burning them for different purposes. Each participant will receive a 7-Day candle, which will be dressed and charged for your particular purpose for you to burn at home.

Storm Faerywolf is a practicing warlock and priest in the Feri tradition of witchcraft where he holds the Black Wand. He has studied various forms of magic and spiritual practice for almost 25 years and has taught classes for over 17.”

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend...
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Lady Liberty
Sunday, June 30, 5:00PM, and the last Sunday of every month
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

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

Lady Liberty, the American Goddess,  stands in the harbor welcoming all to our sweet land of Liberty and shining the light of freedom over all the land. In this energy filled, powerful liturgy, we will ask Her to help us in these troubled times we are facing.

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

The Liar
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Sunday, June 30, 7:00PM
Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
see website for ticket details

“The Liar by David Ives,
adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille, Directed by Lisa A. Tromovitch.

For Ives, one of America's better dramatic humorists, translating the fun of Pierre Corneille's 1643 French comedy was an act of respectful reinvention.  The result is a scrubbed, vivacious script salted with hints of cheeky self-awareness.

Performances begin at 7:30PM Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  Picnic area opens at 5:30PM.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Livermore Shakespeare Festival takes place at Concannon Vineyard, an elegant winery in the heart of Livermore Valley Wine Country. Actors perform in front of a two-story, Queen-Anne style Victorian home. Before the show and during intermission, you can sample award-winning wines in two tasting rooms. Enjoy a pre-show picnic on the lawn or enjoy pre-show small plates in Concannon's Underdog Wine Bar (RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED). For the optimal pre-theater dining experience, the Underdog Wine Bar recommends making a reservation for 2 hours prior to the performance start time. Reservations for the Underdog Wine Bar can be made by calling (925) 583-1581. During the show, sip wine in the seating area as you experience Shakespeare against a background of vineyards and hills.  

Note: Beverages, wine and food are available for purchase onsite at the Underdog Wine Bar and the Tasting Room. Due to state liquor laws, no alcohol without the winery label is allowed on site. Please contact the Underdog Wine Bar at (925) 583-1581 for questions regarding food. This season at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, shows are adult-oriented and not appropriate for children under 10 years of age. Babes in arms and children in strollers are not permitted. Children 12 and under are permitted with parents. We recommend acquainting children with appropriate theatre behavior before coming. If you have any specific questions about the suitability of a show for your child, please contact our office at (925) 443-BARD. Climate varies nightly, so please dress in layers. Blankets are rented and sold at the event.”

Bay Area Country Dance Society Family Week
Sunday, June 30-Saturday, July 6
Foothill Horizons Outdoor School, 21925 Lyons Bald Mountain Road, Sonora
see website for detailed schedule and registration information
activities for ages from preschool through adult

“Join us for six days full of dancing, music, crafts, swimming, games, storytelling, and too much fun…

Family Dance Camp is about the time-honored tradition of movement and music, and the camp will be filled with fun folk-dancing for the whole family. There will be something for all ages, including English Country dance, square dances, contra dances, sword dancing, step dancing, couples dances, and daily community dances that bring the entire camp together.

The music at camp is the best! The extremely talented musical staff will make your toes tap for dancing and your ears happy from listening. The staff will provide music for all kinds of dancing, will lead workshops for new and experienced musicians alike, and will lead the camp in joyous song. Instruction will be offered for many instruments, including fiddle, guitar, piano, and mandolin.

Enjoy the eternal art of storytelling. Our professional storyteller will enchant children and adults alike with storytelling sessions every day and a bedtime story as well. After the evening story the children will be serenaded off to bed with our traditional pied-piper parade.

Family Dance Camp craft classes offer adults and children a chance to make things with their hands. Our talented and knowledgeable artists will help all ages take pride in what they create.”

Thanks to Vicki Solomon for letting me know about this event!

Monday Night Dharma Group
Monday, July 1, 7:00-9:00PM,
and seven more Mondays through August 19
CIIS, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco
Suggested donation $80-$160 for 8 class series

“The main teaching of the Buddha is about how to let go of strain, stress, suffering and sorrow and find your way to lasting happiness and peace. How can you transform your current relationship to the ups and downs of life? This eight session series will present the ancient recipe for happiness and liberation, the Noble Eightfold Path.
Each week we will cover one of the steps on the Eightfold Path with explanations, meditation, exercises to make each step alive for you, and time for questions and discussions. The teaching will be presented by Anushka Fernandopulle and other Next Gen Women Buddhist teachers. The series is suitable for beginners or experienced dharma students. It will be held in at CIIS in San Francisco.
July 1: Anushka (Wise View)
July 8: Pamela Weiss (Wise Mindfulness)
July 15: Shaila Catherine (Wise Concentration)
July 22: Anushka (Wise Intention)
July 29: Joanna Harper (Wise Speech)
August 5 Viveka Chen (Wise Livelihood)
August 12 Anushka (Wise Effort)
August 19 Anushka (Wise Action)
Preference will be given to people who want to sign up for the whole series, for the sake of continuity and community and since room space is limited. There may be drop in slots after that - check webpage for details.
Suggested donation is $80-$160 for the series but nobody who really has financial hardship with this will be turned away. Please donate at the highest level that you can, which allows others of lesser means to also participate (and supports the teacher and teachings). In the Buddhist tradition generous giving is a practice that is considered a foundation for our spiritual life. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

If you are committed to coming for the whole series, but can't donate in this way on the website, please email anushkasangha@gmail.com with your first and last name and some indication that you are committed to coming for the whole series and we will register you. (Sometimes people sign up with no commitment and don't come, and it deprives someone else of a seat in the class, since space is limited, so we are trying to avoid that situation!)
There may be some swapping around of topics between the weeks Anushka is teaching, but we will cover all eight steps!
Chairs will be provided, but if you would like to sit on a cushion on the ground BYOC (bring your own cushion).”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, July 1, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

Sisters Bingo
a benefit for All Join Hands
Tuesday, July 2, 7:30PM
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco
$30 general, $45 VIP

“Not your grandmother's bingo: Sisters Bingo combines traditional bingo with live performance and the zany (and quite often raunchy) antics of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!  This will be a benefit for All Join Hands and The Sisters.  $45 for VIP seating and $30 for regular seating.  Admission price includes 1 set of bingo cards.

It has been a while since the sisters have had a bingo, they are back for one night only.
Must be 18 or older.

All Join Hands Foundation, Ltd, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to supporting the funding of projects that will preserve and promote Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) square dancing and other associated dance forms. The projects will protect the heritage of the activity and contribute to its growth, emphasizing the social, physical, and mental benefits of square dancing. All Join Hands Foundation will also increase public awareness, educate and inform the general public about preserving the art of square dancing, educating the public on GLBT square dancers, and educate the public about square dancing as an art form.”

Benicia Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade
Wednesday, July 3, 6:30PM
along First Street, Benicia

“Benicia’s Independence Day parade stretches along First Street and includes dancers, floats, clowns, and entertainment.”

Martinez Hometown 4th of July Parade
Thursday, July 4, 10:00AM
Main Street between Court Street and Alhambra Avenue, Martinez

“You're invited to the 5th Annual 4th of July Parade in downtown Martinez. Over 40 entries including many community groups will march down Main Street.

8:00-8:15AM - Flag Raising Ceremony
Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward Street

8:00-10:00AM - Pancake Breakfast
Sponsored by Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street

10:00AM - Hometown Parade on Main Street
Parade begins at Court Street and Main Street, ends at Alhambra Avenue and Main.”

Old-Fashioned Independence Day
at Ardenwood
Thursday, July 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$8/adults* (18+ years), $6/seniors* (62+ year), $5/children* (4-17 years)

“Celebrate America’s birthday with rousing patriotic music from a brass band on the lawn and fiddle music in the farmyard. There will be games, contests and races for everyone all day long. Test your skill at nail-driving, egg toss and watermelon seed spitting or join a bucket brigade and tug-of-war contest. Bring a picnic and spend the day the old -fashioned way!”

Alameda Independence Day Parade
Thursday, July 4, 10:00AM
see website for route

“The Alameda 4th of July Parade is one of the largest and longest Independence Day parade in the nation. With over 170 floats and 2,500 participants who travel a three mile route, the parade has become the central activity of the Bay Area's Fourth of July weekend.

The parade boasts the longest route in the United States, drawing over 20,000 spectators from the region. Parade entries cross the full spectrum of Bay Area residents including:

Dance troops
Floats and antique cars
A large variety of bands”

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
Thursday, July 4, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Meek Park, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward.

“Celebrate the 4th of July with fun games and crafts, a History Hunt around the park, and free live music. Tours of the mansion will include actors portraying members of the Meek household! Bring your own picnic. Hot dogs and soda will be available for purchase.

In partnership with the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and the Cherryland Community Association.”

Picnic in the Park and Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 12:00-7:00PM
Benicia's City Park, First Street and Military West, Benicia

“This event is a wonderful way to spend the 4th! Benicia’s City Park is filled with arts and crafts, delicious hot food, live entertainment and children’s activities. Fireworks start about 9:00PM at the foot of First Street making this a great event for the whole family.”

Fourth of July at the  Berkeley Marina
Thursday, July 4, 12:00-10:00PM
Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley

“The 4th of July is a great day to have a lot of fun. The biggest party is at the Berkeley Marina and Cesar Chavez Activity Park from 12:00-10:00PM with all kinds of free fun! Adventure Playground, always a favorite, is open 11:00AM-8:00PM. Get your face painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water at the beach!

There’s live entertainment from noon until 9:30PM on the main stage including the US Air Force Band - The Blue Yonders; American Glitz by Dance/10; The John Brothers Piano Company; St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band; Stafford and Sturdevant’s Jazz Americana; and Violinist Kippy Marks with LoveMarksMusic. On The Buddy Club Stage in Shorebird Park you’ll find world-renowned juggling and magic acts. Tucked in here and there you will discover Afro Cuban Drumming; InSteel - Caribbean Steel Drums; Sean Lee - A One-Man Band; UCA Capoeira; and Coventry and Kaluza’s Circus Arts.

Cesar Chavez Activity Park on the north side of the marina holds a day of physical fun with clear Zorbing balls that you step inside of to roll down the hill; a Slackline Stunt Show by artists who were in the Superbowl Half-time Show; a climbing wall, bungee run, jousting, a bungee trampoline, and lots more. Additional food booths and a preview of the Giant Show Kites from the Berkeley Kite Festival make it a super fun area.

There’s crafts, yummy food, free dragon boat rowing from 2:00-6:00PM, massages, pony rides, a petting zoo, giant slides and bubble ball rides all culminating in the grand fireworks over the water from the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30PM.

Let’s hear it for the red, white, and blue... but keep it green, too. The party shouldn’t leave the environment trashed. If you can, bring your own dishes - Frisbees double as plates! A bandana is your cloth napkin to use at all of the international food booths and trucks. With water stations located around the event, you can refill your own reusable bottle and keep a lot of plastic out of the landfill. Use the recycling stations located throughout the marina for your disposables.

Getting There
Ride your bike over the Berkeley bicycle overpass and use the free valet parking by Richmond Spokes near Adventure Playground. Or take AC Transit from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. This only runs until 6:30PM, however and does not come back into the marina. To leave on AC Transit after the fireworks, walk out over the freeway overpass to University and 5th Street.

Free admission. Alcohol-free event. Free valet bicycle parking. No cars in or out after 7:00PM but lots of free parking before then.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Boom
Thursday, July 4, 6:00-10:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18+

“What’s the science behind fireworks? How are implosions different from explosions? What happens when hot water is combined with liquid nitrogen? The Exploratorium’s After Dark: Boom celebrates July 4th with rumbling, roaring thunder, the resonant thrum of taiko drumming, the explosive potential of liquid nitrogen, and spectacular explorations of other boom-related activities and exhibits.

Learn how the percussive power of pyrotechnics is a time-honored and indispensible feature of every Andean fiesta at a special screening of Gustavo Vazquez’s Playing with Fire (Jugando con Fuego). In the community of Celendin, high in the Peruvian Andes, a family of rural firework makers overcomes accident and adversity to create a towering spectacle that embodies the flamboyant spirit of their community. Through this hour-long documentary, filmmaker Vazquez and co-producer Keith Muscutt create a tribute to a vanishing and under-appreciated art form.”

Here are some directories of Independence Day events all over the Bay Area:

Have a Peaceful, Artful, Proud, Embodied Week!

Molly Blue Dawn