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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Concert in the Redwood Grove, In Her Name Circle: The Sacred Feminine in Native American Spirituality, Dreaming: Portal to the Sacred, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, In A Daughter's Eyes, Twelfth Night, Layered Anxiety Art Reception, The Taming of the the Shrew, Welcome to Little Fork Rene Lundstrom, TheurgiCon, Succulents for Little Green Thumbs, CAYA Beach Clean Up Day, Day in the Life 1901, Squirrels of Lake Merritt, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Birzhan Sal, Be Love Farm Dinner, East Bay Waltz - The Showtune Shindig, Roy Zimmerman’s Wake Up Call, Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival, Time Travel Weekends, ARTchitecture: LEGOS Pre-Engineering Series, Temple of Aphrodite, Herbal Medicine and Then Some Fair, East Bay Vegan Bake Sale, Petaluma Art and Garden Festival, Dark Garden's Annual Rummage Sale, Willy Wonka: An Interactive Sing-Along Experience, SoulCollage, Soul-u-tions: Awaken to the Soul-self, Shamanic Healing Clinic, Dream Divination, The Hip Hop, The Liar, Step Back In Time at Filoli

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Deux Baguettes (of Baguette Quartette)
and Gaucho
and Laura and Anton (of Foxtails Brigade)
Thursday, July 11, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 29)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $40
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!

A Pre-Bastille Day Celebration to Benefit the Garden

Music, raffles, St. Germaine champagne cocktails, French food, and more!

Music provided by:
Deux Baguettes (of Baguette Quartette) - cocktail music
Laura and Anton (of Foxtails Brigade) - Edith Piaf and French cafe style inspired originals
Gaucho - Django Reinhart gypsy jazz of 1930's Europe and music that swings

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!

In Her Name Circle: The Sacred Feminine in Native American Spirituality
Featuring Shirley Brim
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, July 11, 7:00-8:30PM  
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.

Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.

If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-$20 donation is appreciated.

This month’s circle: The Sacred Feminine in Native American Spirituality
Featuring Shirley Brim
Shaman Practitioner

Early Native American cultures often revered the feminine. Matriarchal cultures were common, where family’s property and inheritance followed the mother’s lineage. Their spiritual connection with the natural world (animism) gave natural reverence to the Mother as the source of all life. While animism saw the sacred in all of nature, rather than in god and goddess figures, strong women such as White Buffalo Calf Woman and Grandmother Spider are central figures in Native spiritual traditions.

White Buffalo Calf Woman was a spirit woman who came to the Lakota (Sioux), bringing the Seven Sacred Rituals and the sacred ceremonial pipe, which became the central spiritual teachings of the Sioux. She taught the People to respect the gift of the buffalo to provide food, clothing and tools, and taught them to love and respect the women and children.

Grandmother Spider weaves the web of life. When the universe was still so dark that not even shadows could be seen in the night, Grandmother Spider sat in her web in the Sky World, waiting and watching. No one knows how old Grandmother Spider is, or how long she sat waiting for the Universal Mind to awaken. But, every Creature Being who has ever lived knows her song and dance as the weaver of the Web of Life.

In the mythology of the Central Plains tribes, early indigenous cultures tended toward matriarchy and a more balanced culture between the masculine and feminine. The history of the feminine in Native American culture is quite different than in the British Isles and Europe, with much less oppression and marginalization of women until the arrival of Catholic missionaries and Christianity. As a result, the sacred feminine retained a position of honor and respect, and of balance, with the sacred masculine.

Come hear more about these and other aspects of the sacred feminine in Native American culture and spirituality.

Shirley Brim grew up in the Lutheran Christian tradition before setting out to find more open and inclusive expressions of spirituality. After exploring other Christian denominations and New Age spirituality, she found a deep personal connection to the natural world and a broader experience of spirit in the shamanic animism of indigenous Native American spirituality. She also finds important truth and balance in the teachings of the Buddha. Her spiritual practices include meditation, shamanic journeying and Buddhist practices.

Upcoming dates:     
August 8, September 12, October 10, November 7, December 12”

Dreaming: Portal to the Sacred
with Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini
Thursday, July 11, 7:00-9:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“For some, dreaming is a portal to the sacred through which experiences of the Mysteries take place. Dreaming may entail glimpses of the divine, moments of transcendence, revelations of one’s destiny. It may offer a look at future events, announce impending illness, or provide meaning for prolonged suffering. Ecstatic states, encounters with luminous beings, turbulence from the whirlwind may come within the state known as dreaming. One may even waken inside the dream world in order to undergo tasks, receive instruction, prepare for a newborn’s entry into life, or an elder’s exit.

Some established spiritual traditions have viewed dreaming as illusory, like all phenomena; others have viewed it as a natural, universal experience of Spirit. This monthly salon is designed for those who have experienced the call of dreaming and wish to discuss it with an open mind. Each session will begin with a brief talk on aspects of dreaming as a spiritual experience, followed by the opportunity for participants to share and discuss their own transcendent dream experiences.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, July 11, 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 ).”

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, July 11-14 - final week
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.”

Twelfth Night
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM,
playing through July 21
Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow Street, San Jose

“Shady Shakespeare Proudly Presents Shakespeare San Jose - Free to the public!

As an audience of local townsfolk gather expectantly beneath the stars, a zany troupe of traveling players arrive to spin a comic tale of mistaken identities and love gone awry with just the contents of a few mysterious trunks. Enter with us into a world of imagination and handcrafted wonders to root for Viola, the Bard's great shipwrecked heroine, as she navigates a topsy-turvy world of clownish knights, saucy servants, and heartsick lords and ladies in the hopes of finding love and laughter at her journey's end.

Bramhall park features a natural amphitheater covered in grass. Bring a blanket or a low-backed chair. Seating is first come - first served. Picnics are welcome. Beverages will be available for purchase. No tickets are required. The actors will pass the hat at the end of the performance. A $10 donation per adult is recommended and very welcome, but not required.”

Layered Anxiety Art Reception
with Bart D. Frescura and Elaine L. Santos
Friday, July 12, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
Free admission

“Layered Anxiety Installation and photography by Bart D. Frescura and Elaine L. Santos
Show runs July through August
The artists explore anxiety in their art mediums and subjects.

Frescura's rows of plaster cast teeth mimic the re-occuring thoughts, ideas, conversations that plague our minds.

Santos' photography reveals the unease associated with food choice and consequence.

Opening Reception Friday, July 12, 7:00-9:00PM
Join us for some experimental, thought-provoking, (and possibly, anxiety-producing) activities...
Dessert Bar
We invite you to be creative and make your own custom dessert! What does it say about you? Elaine will have a portrait station to document your food art.

Teeth Portraits
The great identifiers! Do you have a picture of yours?
Bart D. Frescura invites you to have your set photographed.

Garden Patio Challenge  
There will be no talking allowed in the garden! How will you communicate without talking? What does your body language say? Will you use pantomime, dance, telepathy?
Can you meet someone new without talking? Does silence increase or decrease the anxiety of a social situation? Share your experience on paper provided.”

The Taming of the the Shrew
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Friday-Saturday, July 12-13,
Friday 7:30PM, 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.”

Welcome to Little Fork, Rene Lundstrom
part of Butterfield 8 New Works Series
Friday-Sunday, July 12-14,
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 3
Welcome to Little Fork, Rene Lundstrom
a Play in one Act by Harold Smith
Directed by JanLee Marshall

It’s summer 1958, and Russell Sonderberg is returning to Little Fork, Texas eight years, two months, and 24 days after graduating from high school. His mother, desperate to have him back in town, has tried everything she can think of to get him to come home again. But when he does arrive, Mrs. Sonderberg and Russell’s ‘very good friend’ from those days, Valerie Johnson, are in for a big surprise!”

Saturday, July 13, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Bay Area Thelemic Temple, 130 East 12th Street, Oakland
$35 in advance (before July 1), $40 at the door, includes meals
for more information, contact Glenn Turner at glenn@theurgicon.com

“What is Theurgy?
It is the use of magick to contact the One or a particular God by use of appropriate signs and symbols and thereby achieving information or enlightenment. Personal spiritual development and happiness are generally the goals. The West Coast has many practitioners of magick; our goal is to provide a place for practitioners to exchange ideas and strategies for accomplishing the Great Work.”

Succulents for Little Green Thumbs
Saturday, July 13, 10:00-11:30AM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Children $15, Adult chaperones $12
Registration required
For more information please call 510-643-2755 or e-mail gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

“Children of all ages, together with their parent/guardian, will explore amazing succulents, discover where and how they grow, and pot-up their plants to take home.  The program features a mini-tour of the Arid House and Desert collections.”

CAYA Beach Clean Up Day
Saturday, July 13, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Crown Memorial State Beach, Crab Cove entrance, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda
Free, please RSVP to Sir Shaper James at inkslingerjames@gmail.com

“Come As You Are to the last Beach Clean Up Day of 2013 in Alameda!
Hosted by the CAYA Coven Public Service Committee

Bring work gloves, a container for trash, sunscreen/protective gear, water and sturdy shoes.

RSVP to: Sir Shaper James at inkslingerjames@gmail.com or just show up at 10am!  

Hope to see you there!

- Manea Trinacria on behalf of the Caya Coven Public Service Committee”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, July 13, 11:00AM-5:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

“Step into the past as you board our historic ships. Help the sailors on Balclutha raise the staysail in the morning and return for musical fun during the afternoon dogwatch. Learn about life in 1901 from the ferry passengers on Eureka, or join Mrs. Galan on the Ark houseboat for an afternoon tea to discuss issues of the day.

Witness a dramatic re-creation of the 1901 labor strike that shook the San Francisco Waterfront in July. In September, picknickers in period swimsuits frolic on the beach. Don’t miss President McKinley’s visit in May and the Old Time Maritime Christmas celebration in December, with all the ships decorated as they were in 1901.

July 13: Living History re-creates the 1901 Waterfront Strike that paralyzed San Francisco for five months.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Squirrels of Lake Merritt
with Lila Talcott-Travis from Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue
Saturday, July 13, 12:00-2:00PM
meet at Fairyland main entrance, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“In Greek, skia means ‘shadow’ and oura means ‘tail’.  Put them together and you get Sciurus, the genus of squirrels!

Come and learn about the shade-tails on our walk, lead by Lila Talcott-Travis, a longtime wildlife rehabber and student of squirrel morphology, natural history, and lore.

Squirrels have achieved a place of distinction in European and English family crests as a symbol of retirement or retreat into the forest, something we all probably think about living in bustling Oakland.  Take a time-out from your busy life to learn about…

Their acute sense of smell!  They can smell a rotten or insect infested nut through the shell, and even find caches of nuts under the snow by sniffing them out.
Their bushy tails!  Tails are used for communication, protection from the elements, balance, warmth, and to confuse predators.
Their evolution with trees!  Squirrels and trees have been evolving together for thousands of years, and some production patterns of nuts and cones are thought to have been influenced by squirrels.
Lots of other things you didn’t even know you wanted to know…

We’ll see you at the walk!”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, July 13, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, This month, Steve will lead our Monthly circle with a sacred soundscape.
Join us for ecstatic connection with Spirit through song, dance, creative movement and expression! We feel the flow of love from Earth and Sky within ourselves and between each other.”

Birzhan Sal
film screening
Saturday, July 13, 5:00-8:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Birzhan Sal (Kazakhfilm, 2009) relates the life of Birzhan Turlybaiuly Kozhagulov (1834-1897), who was famed for his lyricism on the dombira, the two-stringed lute and national instrument of the Kazakhs. Sal was an honorary title given to Birzhan, noted for his bardic entertainment at weddings and festivals. And, some of his best songs, Adasqaq, Kokshetau (Aitbai), Syrghaqty, Zhalghyz arsha, Zhanbota, Zhonyp aldy, are played in the film. The actor, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov, notably plays the instrument and the instrumental work, Kokshetau (also known as Aitbai) himself. (Quality recordings of Birzhan Sal’s songs may be found at the Asyl Mura website: http://www.asylmura.kz that is available in English, Russian, and Kazakh.)
The remarkably evocative (and imagined) cultural world of Kazakhs, shown through traveling troupes of performers and lavish communal merriment, is interrupted by a tormented love story. We can connect the film’s narrative with Birzhan’s famous song, Lyailim shyrak. The film also recreates the Koyandinsky Fair, an annual meeting place of merchants along the Silk Road.  
Running time: 126 minutes.  In Kazakh with English subtitles.

The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

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

Be Love Farm Dinner  
Saturday, July 13, 5:30PM
Be Love Farm, Vacaville - exact address given upon registration
Adults $65, Children under 12 $35

“Be Love Farm is the dream ‘child’ of Matthew and Terces Engelhart, the founders of Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre.  It is where they nourish their relationship with the earth so that they can provide healthy food for their Cafes. It is also their home and place where their connection with Mother Nature allows them to be in near continual service to others.

Matthew and Terces are so pleased to host a wonderful vegetarian Farm Dinner at  their organic Be Love Farm in Vacaville, CA. (50 miles north of San Francisco) The farm dinners are cooked (not raw) and may contain farm fresh dairy products. Please visit the Cafes for amazing raw and vegan meals. Join us for engaging conversation, a farm tour and the best farm fresh vegetarian food on the planet!  

Seating is limited, to reserve your seat please pre-register. For questions or concerns please email marta@cafegratitude.com or call 415-501-9678. There will be Farm Dinners throughout the Summer. Plan ahead and visit the farm!  August 17, September 21, October 19.

East Bay Waltz - The Showtune Shindig
Saturday, July 13, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

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

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

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

Bob Galloway and Alice Erickson will be teaching introductory cross-step waltz and making sure everyone knows how to lead and follow.

Sam Simmons and Monica Lenk will be teaching Lindy Hop for dancers who already know how to waltz.

Alan Kline will be DJing three hours of fantastic danceable songs from musicals. Have a request? I'm making the playlist now, so send me an email and let me know. I want to do my best to fit in everyone's favorites.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Roy Zimmerman’s Wake Up Call
Saturday, July 13, 8:00PM
San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Roy Zimmerman writes hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs that are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable.

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

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

In 2012, Roy and his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby traveled 47,000 miles to complete a 50-state tour of all 49 states. (Hawaii was ‘Omission Accomplished,’ he says.) Wake Up Call is a funny, tuneful and unabashedly Progressive look at what they saw and heard across America in the Obama Era.

Check it out and get your tickets while they last!

Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

“The prestigious and popular 21st Annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival hosts a fabulous, free, fun-filled 2-day celebration of Clay and Glass Art, July 13-14, 2013. Featuring both fine and functional art, the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival is the largest show of its kind, with 175 juried artists displaying their work. Meet the artists and learn about their art. Enjoy a variety of engaging activities, including hands-on pottery-making and wheel-throwing demonstrations.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, 11:00AM-5:00PM
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!”

This Weekend’s Theme:
“The Civil War and Sacramento: The Heart of The Union in The West - tales, music, dance and special entertainments of the period.”
See the website for special scheduled events.

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?”

ARTchitecture: LEGOS Pre-Engineering Series
Sunday, July 14, 11:00-11:45AM,
and two more Sundays through July 28
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$15 drop in

“Hacker Sprouts welcomes back ZettaTech Science with a class that uses LEGOS to teach basic principles of engineering. Kids will re-create some of the world’s greatest feats of construction - a weight-bearing bridge, skyscraper, rocket-proof superwall - to test structural principles through project-based learning and collaboration. Designed for girls and boys ages 3-6, where older kids can help teach younger kids. We recommend the series for maximum learning, but drop-ins are also welcome.

$60 series for non-members ($45 series for HackerMoms). $15 drop-in for non-members ($12 for HackerMoms). Space is limited, so sign up early.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, July 14, 11:00AM-12:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

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

Theme for July: Tribute! Please bring flowers, wine or a food gift for offerings.

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

Herbal Medicine and Then Some Fair
presented by The Homestead Apothecary
Sunday, July 14, 11:00AM-3:00PM
along Temescal Alley, Oakland
(off of 49th Street between Telegraph Avenue and Clarke Street)
Free admission

“The Homestead Apothecary takes over Temescal Alley!!! This incredible event showcases local medicine makers, practitioners, artisans, herb schools, wildcrafters, farmers, bee keepers, makers, mushroom experts, crystal and gem connoisseurs and so much more.

Entrance to the fair is free!”

East Bay Vegan Bake Sale
Sunday, July 14, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Issues, 20 Glen Avenue, Oakland
Free admission

“The East Bay Vegan Bake Sale returns to ISSUES on Sunday July 14th!

All proceeds will benefit Bad Rap - a local nonprofit for the American Pit Bull Terrier (some pit bull ambassadors will be in attendance! maybe they like cupcakes :P) and Girl Army - a collective that offers physical and psychological self defense for women and trans folks!

If you’re interested in getting involved, please send an email to ebveganbakesale@gmail.com!

Hope to see you there!”

Petaluma Art and Garden Festival
Sunday, July 14, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Historic Downtown Petaluma
Free admission

“Come and enjoy the best of what Petaluma has to offer at the 12th Annual Art and Garden Festival in Historic Downtown Petaluma! Listen to FREE live music by four bands and browse the streets of downtown that will be lined with more than 150 booths from local artists, gardeners, restaurants, wineries and breweries! This is one of Petaluma's favorite festivals as there is something for everyone, including the Italian Street Art Competition, formerly known as the Chalk Art Competition, as well as a Children's Corner!

We are pleased to announce that the Petaluma Art and Garden Festival has been voted as Best Outdoor Art Event, Sonoma County! Thanks to all those who voted for us and we look forward to another great festival this July with lots of amazing and talented participants!”

Dark Garden's Annual Rummage Sale
Sunday, July 14, 11:00AM-6:00PM  
Dark Garden, 321 Linden Street, San Francisco, 877-431-7684
Free admission

“Save the date!  Our biggest in-store event is coming up: the Annual Rummage Sale will be on Sunday, July 14.

If you've never been to the rummage sale before, you really don't want to miss it.  It's an all-hands-on-deck event for us, often with a line of early birds lying in wait outside before we open the doors.  We're also staying open an extra hour later, from 11:00AM-6:00PM.

We'll be taking new orders and selling stock of course, as well as peddling archive corsets, fabrics, trims, coats, garments, etc.  Stay tuned for info on a special event discount on new corsets and orders.

Unique to the rummage sale is our corset bazaar, where you can get a great deal on a gently used Dark Garden corset, or sell your own.“

Willy Wonka: An Interactive Sing-Along Experience
presented by the RetroDome
Sunday, July 14, 1:00-3:00PM
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

“The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department has teamed up with Guggenheim Entertainment, the visionaries of The Retro Dome in San Jose, to bring you an interactive fun-filled afternoon at the PAC. Follow Charlie as he explores the magical wonders of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Come in costume with the family ready to sing-along, act-along, and laugh-along to our favorite 1971 Gene Wilder musical film!

Sing-along events are presented with a pre-show introduction including explanation of the sing-along elements. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Willy Wonka character and play along with the movie. This sing-along event is highly interactive with in-movie antics and a special Fun Pack for advance ticket buyers. Purchase your ‘golden’ tickets in advance to ensure that you are not left out of the fun! Fun Pack quantities are limited and may not be available for walk-in patrons.”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, July 14, 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

“Please join me on Sunday, July 14th 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.”  

Soul-u-tions: Awaken to the Soul-self
with Devin Hunter
Sunday, July 14, 2:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Are you ready for deep and long lasting change in life? Are you ready to finally take the steps to be the master of your own destiny and to write your own rulebook? Join mystic and spiritual advisor Devin Hunter as we explore the Soul-u-tions you have been looking for in this spirit-centered workshop series.

Awaken to the Soul-self tackles big topics like how to identify the things that are getting in the way of your ability to manifest, how unfinished business and incomplete contracts can keep you from moving on, what steps to take to remove the energy blocks in your life, revitalizing your soul connection to your life’s purpose and the rediscovery and reincorporation of the sacred-self.”

Shamanic Healing Clinic
Sunday, July 14, 3:00-5:00PM (and the second Sunday of every month)
in Santa Rosa - RSVP for exact location
To reserve your place, or for more information, call 707-570-0111
$20-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dream Divination
with Meredith Sabini, Ph.D.
Sunday, July 14, 6:00-8:00PM
and two more Sundays July 28 and August 4
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Seeking guidance from a wisdom source for challenges we face in life is an ancient and universal practice. This program covers two well-established methods: dream incubation (‘sleeping on it’) and the Chinese Book of Changes, or I Ching. It is designed for those contemplating or actively facing a major or minor challenge in any area of life - career, relationship, living situation, health care. Illustrative examples will be presented.

The span of three meetings provides the opportunity for formulating and refining one’s question, for sleeping on it, and then recording and reflecting on dreams that come. Dreams received will be explored in the second and third meetings.

To help determine whether a dream has responded to your query, two additional methods will be used: dream re-entry, which enables you to dialogue with a dream figure; and the I Ching, which can be consulted on whether the moment is auspicious for a new course of action.

Though it would be helpful to be familiar with a method of interiority (such as meditation, journeying, active imagination, hypnosis), no previous experience with dream incubation or the I Ching is necessary. Disclosure during the workshop of the particular life challenge on which you seek guidance is encouraged, but not required; benefit can be gained from learning and practicing the methods on your own.

The I Ching reading received for this program was Hexagram 48, the Well, which says,
‘Every human being can draw from the inexhaustible wellspring of the divine in man’s nature.’

Suggested readings
The Committee of Sleep, Deirdre Barrett
On Divination and Synchronicity, Marie-Louis von Franz
Listening to the Oracle, Dianne Skafte
Oracles and Divination, Michael Loewe and Carmen Blacker

Please register in advance by telephoning 510-845-1767 or e-mailing dreaminstituteca@gmail.com. Give us your name, phone number, and e-mail.”

The Hip Hop
A Fundraiser for Michael Berg’s Healthcare and Hips
Sunday, July 14, 7:00PM
Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

“We are raising money to provide Michael Berg with healthcare and new hips. We are grateful for any size donation. Help us help Michael.

Michael has been in pain for far too long. It is time for our community to do everything we can to improve his mobility. He does not have healthcare and if we all pitch in we can change that. Michael has touched all of us with his talent, wit, and warmth. Please give anything that you can.

Don’t miss The Hip Hop - A Fundraiser for Michael Berg’s Healthcare and Hips. Join some of the finest artists in the Bay Area for an evening of laughter, beautiful voices and love.”

The Liar
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Sunday, July 14, 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.”

Step Back In Time at Filoli
Wednesday, July 17, 5:30-7:30PM
Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
$40, tickets must be purchased in advance

“Step Back In Time - Music And Dress Of The 1920s

Filoli is a special place and we have planned a special summer evening that you won’t want to miss.  Imagine the way you might have dressed if you were a guest at Filoli in the 1920s.

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey or The Great Gatsby and enjoy a great garden party, you will enjoy this evening as Filoli ‘steps back in time’ with music and dress of the 1920s. Stroll the House and Garden in your period dress (optional) or don your fedora and come to see those who have also dressed for the occasion.

Partake in passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, including white wine, iced tea, sparkling water and 21st Amendment craft beer, served by staff and volunteers in period dress reminiscent of Filoli’s 1920s household staff.

Listen to live music provided by The 22nd Street Regulars, a San Francisco jazz ensemble, performing New Orleans and Tin Pan Alley style jazz from the 1920s. Admire circa 1920s automobiles on display throughout the evening.”

Have a Succulent, Dreamy, Awakened, Interactive Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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