What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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

Solar Activity and Other Stellar Phenomena, Factory Parts Theatre Festival, Concert in the Redwood Grove, The Princess Bride Quote-Along, Protection: The Nature and Use of Psychic Shielding, Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical, Monthly Mindful Photography 2013, Goddess of the Month, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Introducing the Petit Lenormand Divination Deck, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, The Man in the Box, CAYA Fun For Everyone: FaerieWorlds 2013, Balinese Healing of the Visible and Invisible Worlds, The History Behind Hayward's Fabulous Murals, Healdsburg Water Carnival, Art in the Garden, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Block Party To Die For, Obon Festival, Singing Bowl Symphony, Foundry Nights X, Berkeley Kite Festival, Park Street Art and Wine Festival, Time Travel Weekends, Waterfront Festival, Renegade Craft Fair, Steamstock, ARTchitecture: LEGOS Pre-Engineering Series, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Visioning Circle, Maori Hangi Picnic Banquet, Lake Merritt Pagans, Reclaiming’s Lammas Ritual, Tea and Tarot, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Erda, Crossing the Threshold: Young Men's Rites of Passage Week, Your Personal Mythology, Beginners Guide to Hacking Your Jewelry

Solar Activity and Other Stellar Phenomena
with Kevin Manning
Wednesday, July 24, 7:00-8:30PM
Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-1991

“Award-winning astrophysicist, national lecturer, and former consultant with NASA, Kevin Manning expertly guides all ages on an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe.  Today, he will present the program Solar Activity and Other Stellar Phenomena.

The Sun is 93 million miles from Earth, and it provides enough heat and light to sustain life as we know it.  During the first hour, he will introduce the life cycle of the Sun as well as the hidden intricacies of solar activities. Following the indoor formal presentation, he will bring the audience outside to the library’s parking lot to view celestial wonders in the night sky, such as distant stars, the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, etc, weather permitting!”

Factory Parts Theatre Festival
presented by foolsFURY, co-hosted by Theatre of Yugen
Wednesday-Saturday, July 24-27, 8:00PM - final week
NOH Space Theater, 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco
$15 per single program, $40 All-Access Pass

“Factory Parts: Focus on Process

10 companies from the Bay Area and New York converge in San Francisco for a program of new works in progress by cutting edge theater ensembles. The series is presented by foolsFURY Theater and co-hosted by Theatre of Yugen. Each evening of features works by at least three companies. The series runs July 17-28, 2013, at NOH Space.
Tickets are $15 for one evening, $40 for a Parts Pass to see as many programs as you’d like.

Program A (July 17, July 19, July 21):
Max and Antoinette (San Francisco)
ACME Performance Project (Los Altos)
Stable Cable (New York)

Program B (July 18, July 20, July 25):
Rapid Descent (San Francisco)
Ragged Wing (Oakland)
foolsFURY (San Francisco)

Program C (July 24, July 26, July 27):
The Affinity Project(San Francisco)
Arc:hive (Palo Alto)
DICE Theater (Bronx, New York)
the real kim harmon (New York/San Francisco)”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Bells Atlas  
and Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors
Thursday, July 25, 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 5-17 $5
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!

Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors: ‘A captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration.’ - San Francisco Chronicle.

Bells Atlas: ‘draws from Oakland's tradition of jazz and blues, speeds it up with Afropop beats, and breaks the flow with odd tempos and quick changes.’ - Whitney Phaneuf, East Bay Express

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!

The Princess Bride Quote-Along
presented by the RetroDome

Thursday, July 25, 7:00PM
Sunday, July 28, 3:00PM
Camera 7 Pruneyard, Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Campbell

Friday, July 26, 7:00PM
Saturday, July 27, 3:00PM
Camera 12 Downtown, 201 South Second Street, San Jose

“As you wish... The Princess Bride is back and better than ever! Will you wrestle with ROUSes? Avenge the death of your father? Or suffer in the pit of despair? Inconceivable! You'll definitely find you love this enchanting movie even more when all the fans around you are quoting favorite lines and cheering for a happy ending for Westley and Buttercup.

Costumed dress highly encouraged! Events start promptly at the published time with pre-show Costume and Trivia Contests and Giveaways.”

Protection: The Nature and Use of Psychic Shielding
with Glenn Turner
Thursday, July 25, 7:30-9:30PM
$5-$10 sliding scale
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“Learn spells and exercises for the protection and shielding of yourself and home. Protect and shield from unwanted psychic intrusions includes discussion, meditation, talisman work and handouts.”

Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical
Thursday-Sunday, July 25-28, 8:00PM,
playing through August 24
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“Gambling. Prostitution. Crime. Sudden riches... nd sudden death. This summer, Un-Scripted Theater Company pays tribute to a ‘golden’ era in San Francisco: the (in)famous Barbary Coast. It was a time when extraordinarily colorful characters filled every corner of old Sydney-Town - an area that spanned a mere nine blocks but whose influence extends through the city even today. Each night, audience members will experience a never-before-seen musical journey, bringing back life as it might have existed during the earliest days of San Francisco’s history.

Sea Chantey Night - Saturday, July 27
Special guests from the Hyde Street Pier Chantey Sing will perform in the Salon before/after the show! Don't miss a night of rollicking songs from the sea and a trip to the Barbary Coast! ”

Monthly Mindful Photography 2013
with Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn
Saturday, July 26, 12:00-2:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$25-$50 sliding scale

“In this workshop series, participants  will:

1) Be guided thru a relaxing meditation incorporating natural imagery and colors, while activating the 5 senses and connect to their ‘photographic prescription’.

2) Be led through a gentle seated movement series to prepare and open their body and mind for photography.

3) Be taken out into natural surroundings to experience the vulnerability and openness of the
photographic process.

4) Use their own camera or camera phone to obtain images from their outdoor photographic experience.

5) Facilitated in a group wrap-up discussion of what was experienced and ‘seen’ during  their photographic experience.

Rev. Ouida and Dr. Marcus are hosting a new MONTHLY Mindful Photography workshop every 4th Saturday. There will be time for meditation, creating your own Photo Prescription, taking photos on THOT grounds, and then follow-up sharing. You can bring a notebook, water and your own camera or use your camera phone. Photos will be on display in June. $25-$50 (sliding scale). Please RSVP to Rev. Ouida or for more information: revouida@yahoo.com, 510-350-6249 or contact Dr. Marcus at ThePhotographerPhysician@gmail.com, 510-473-6861. We hope to see you there!”

Thanks to Lorelei Moon for letting me know about this event!

Goddess of the Month
with Phoenix LaFae
Friday, July 26, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

“Join Phoenix LaFae for a women's casual goddess group, with discussion, light meditation, and ritual, featuring a different Goddess every month. Phoenix LeFae is an eclectic magickal practitioner, Tarot reader, and professional Priestess, who has been walking the path of the Witch for many years. She is driven by a love for myth and Deity, working to help people connect to the Mysterious Ones in their daily lives. She believes that magick and ritual can transform our inner landscapes and change the world. Phoenix teaches in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft and she is the founder of Brigid's Hammer Mystery School.  Above all else, Phoenix is a spiritual seeker looking for ways to deepen her practice every day.”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, July 26, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

Introducing the Petit Lenormand Divination Deck
with Mary Greer
Friday, July 26, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Mary K. Greer, world-renowned Tarot teacher and author, is delighted to present the 36-card Petit Lenormand deck. Originating in 1798 and valued for generations in Europe, it answers specific, concrete questions of everyday life. Lenormand readings are far more succinct, accurate and practical than Tarot. Tonight you'll view some of the fifty original decks published this year, explore its fascinating history and practices, and discover the excitement that is spurring an unprecedented Lenormand renaissance.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, July 26, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

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

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

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

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

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

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

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

8:00-9:00PM = 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.”

The Man in the Box
part of Butterfield 8 New Works Series
Friday-Sunday, July 26-28,
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 4
The Man in the Box
a play in two acts
by Jean Butterfield
directed by the author

Francois Orphelin is a socially retarded but brilliant chess player, who has endeavored to use chess his whole life to gain status and respect in a world that disdains a man of illegitimate birth. Lured by Maelzel, a man who owns an automaton called the Turk and arranges paid performances to the public, Francois is hired to direct the automaton.

Inside the device, Francois must learn to behave like a machine. At first, he embraces the idea of the Turk as the perfect place to hide his past, and a mask to hide his human frailties. But through the many hours of practice and performance inside the device, Francois discovers he has been stripped of his fame, his freedom, and his very identity. The Turk has usurped ownership of his human abilities and skills. Francois realizes he can no longer discern his true self from the automaton and finds himself in a battle for his life with the very puppet he operates.

The play takes place in the mid 1800s on the brink of the industrial revolution in a time when mechanized tools are beginning to replace human labor. It involves the real case scenario of the Turk (circa 1769), a chess-playing automaton that was eventually revealed to be a hoax.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: FaerieWorlds 2013
Friday-Monday, July 26-29
Eugene, Oregon
To be part of the CFE rideshare, please contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“Hello everyone!  This will be the second year that CFE will be offering an adventure to FaerieWorlds in Eugene, Oregon.  For those who are new to FaerieWorlds, it is a three-day Lammas, Faerie, and Music Festival and camp out.  

We will be leaving Crockett at 5:00AM PROMPT!!!  Sleep over is welcomed.  We will arrive at FaerieWorlds about 1:00PM, in time for the opening Lammas celebration.  

The drive home will be a TWO DAY trip.  We will leave FaerieWorlds sometime around noon on July 28 and do an overnight stopover a at a place TBA.  We will arrive home sometime on the 29th.  The trip home will be a leisure trip with stops at all eye candy and shinies.

CFE will be officially camping in the Outer Grove.  However, you may came with us or join your friends.  If you do decide to camp with CFE then lets plan to food, shade structure, mess kits, etc.

Everyone must buy their own ticket.  The earlier you get your ticket the cheaper it is.  I am asking for $50 to help pay for gas round trip.  Low income gas options are available.  Please contact me for info.

As of right now, I have 2 to 3 seats open.  

If you are interested please contact me.

Cross Sidhe”

Balinese Healing of the Visible and Invisible Worlds
with Eric Greenleaf, Ph.D.
Saturday July 27, 9:00AM-1:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Western interest in Balinese Trance healing goes back to the 1930s when Charlie Chaplin and other artists made the long trip there. Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson studied the place anthropologically, and sent their trance films to Milton Erickson MD for his opinions. In modern times, Jay Haley and Maddy Richeport-Haley have filmed those same ceremonies Mead filmed. Eric Greenleaf has recently filmed the same trance ceremonies and interviewed healers (balians) and teachers who are possessed by the spirits of the Balinese gods.

This four-hour workshop is open to all with an interest in healing trance and ceremony. Dr Greenleaf will show footage of actual healing sessions with 1) an Ayurvedic physician - healing with interior mantras blown into the patient's body; 2) a balian ketakson - healing in trance with the voices of the patient's ancestors; 3) community trance rituals of self-stabbing while possessed by the gods; 4) a fire-throwing trance ritual to still angry teens; and 5) Sangyhang Dedari - blessing through protective trance by the spirits of the angels.

Actual trance performances are shown in this presentation. Dr. Greenleaf will offer commentary based on his interviews with trancers and recipients of the healing rituals. He will close with a brief Balinese cleansing ceremony performed  for those attending.

Catered lunch from Poulet, $10 extra, served at 1:00PM. Participants are welcome to stay for lunch and informal conversation with Dr. Greenleaf.

Eric Greenleaf, PhD, a psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, directs the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area. He has been traveling to Bali for over thirty years, researching trance and healing. He teaches internationally and trains psychotherapists, NLP and Feldenkrais practitioners in hypnotic communication.

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

The History Behind Hayward's Fabulous Murals
Saturday, July 27, 10:00AM
meet at 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students

“Summer History Walk
There are many new and wonderful murals in downtown Hayward. Did you know that all of them relate to the history of the area? Find out more on this walk! Bring water, sunscreen, and wear walking shoes. We will meet at 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward.”

Healdsburg Water Carnival
Saturday, July 27, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, 13839 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
Free Admission, Parking is $7

“Join us from 11:00AM-3:00PM on Saturday, July 27, for the Healdsburg Water Carnival, a day of old-time revelry on the Russian River.

Presented by Regional Parks and Healdsburg's Sunrise Rotary, the carnival features:
A river parade of whimsical floats
Sonoma County's only floating wine-barrel races
The Great American rubber duck dash with cool prizes
Children's games and activities
Live music
Delicious food prepared by local food trucks

Come out and experience classic fun at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach! Admission is free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

Remember, the beach is a summer swim zone, so bring your suit and towel and make a day of it. The seasonal dam installed at the beach each summer creates a calm swim area perfect for kids and families. Swim boundaries are clearly marked, and Regional Parks' lifeguards are on duty daily through July and August.

Water Carnival proceeds go to Regional Parks to maintain the summer swimming beach and to the Sunrise Rotary Club to support youth and family services.

See you on the beach!”

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

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

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

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, July 27, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn a little about life at sea and make a maritime craft! Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street

Block Party To Die For
Saturday, July 27, 4:00-8:00PM
San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, corner of College and Usher Streets, San Lorenzo
$10 per person, $5 for children and senior

“Fundraiser for Historic San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery

Join HAHS and the Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery to raise money for this historic cemetery! Enjoy tours of the cemetery, craft activities and carnival games, live entertainment, and delicious food!

Cost: $10 per person, $5 for children and seniors. Ticket includes raffle entry and 3 carnival games.

Call 510-581-0223 for tickets.”

Obon Festival
Saturday, July 27, 4:00-8:00PM
Buddhist Temple of Alameda, 2325 Pacific Avenue, Alameda, 510-522-5243
Free admission

“Mini Food Bazaar 4:00PM
Teriyaki, Udon, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers

Cultural Demonstrations

Bon Odori Dance 7:00PM”

Singing Bowl Symphony
with Melissa Chee and Ingrid Foster
Saturday, July 27, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Do you feel overwhelmed with your life's schedule of incessant multi-tasking? Would you like to give yourself some time to relax? Melissa Chee and Ingrid Foster have carved out a moment in time to allow you to pause, harmonize your busy life, and quiet your mind. Come relax for the evening while soaking in a sound bath of crystal singing bowls. Melissa and Ingrid are gifted healers who practice regularly at East West.”

Foundry Nights X
Saturday, July 27, 8:00PM until late
The Foundry, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley
$15, 21+

“Foundry Nights X is to commence on July 27th, 8:00PM until late at The Foundry Nights gallery space, 835 Carleton Street in West Berkeley. Show up at 8:00PM, it’s 15 bucks, show up at 10:00PM, it’s 15 bucks, show up at 12:00AM it’s 15 bucks, show up at 3:00AM it’s 15 bucks. Well, just show up cuz good times are guaranteed. 21+, non-accessible venue.

This is a quasi-open air event, so please dress warmly!

The amazing sh*t you will see including but not limited to:

Daria Kaufman And Dancers
Radix Theatre
Peter Max Lawrence Video and Performance
Jordan Epcar Music
Xo Xinh Electroacoustics
Mateo Lugo And Robert Lopez Duo Music
The Independent Eye Puppets!
Clare Schweitzer Dance
Cello Joe Beatboxin' Cello
Mantra Plonsey Performance
Keith Hernadez Sonic Installation
Azya Barron Performance
Corn Snake Collective Visual Art Installation
Patch Kientz Performance
Alias: Adam In Snow Black and The 7 Inches
Phil Morganelli Is Still Too Lazy To Do His Art
Andy Water Schmeder And Ross Warren Curation and Production

C'est la vie.”

Berkeley Kite Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley

“A Free Event for the whole family - Kites aren't just for kids any more. Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You'll find something for everyone, from the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses to the free Kite Making and Candy Drops for kids.”

Park Street Art and Wine Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28, 10:00AM-6:00PM
along Park Street, Alameda

“The Park Street Business Association is proud to present the 29th Annual Park Street Art and Wine Faire - a hometown tradition in Alameda. Weekend activities will include art and craft vendors, live music, kids’ area, food vendors, and beer and wine sales.

With more than 250 arts and craft booths located between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues, there is sure to be something for everyone. Festival-goers can even quench their thirst at one of the four beverage booths serving beer, mimosas, and local Rock Wall wines.

Along with all the activity in the street itself, the Park Street District merchants will be open for business. Many of them will be running specials during the weekend so we encourage you to take the time and visit their shops. You just might discover something new!”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28, 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!”

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?”

Waterfront Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Benicia Waterfront, 90 First Street, Benicia
$10 Adults, $5 Seniors, Children under 12 Free
Weekend Pass $15 Adults

“The popular summer event is back with a splash! Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, microbrew tastings, arts and crafts marketplace, delectable gourmet foods, and kids activity area.”

Renegade Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

“We’ll be finishing up the West Coast leg of our 2012 RCF Summer Tour with the 6th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco on July 27-28, 2013. We’ll return to the beautiful Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion with hundreds of today’s best and brightest indie makers from the Bay Area and beyond.”

Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
see website for pricing and registration information and detailed schedule

“Prepare yourself for Steamstock 2013!

Last year a group of people ripped Woodstock from another timeline and brought it into our own.  This year, not only did they steal another reality's Woodstock, they also stole the Festival Express train tour from the year after!

Join us as we celebrate Retro-Futurism in all of its amazing forms, including: Chap Hop, Electro-Swing, Steampunk, Neo Cabaret, Junkyard Skiff, and so on. Two days of amazing musicians, fine performers, vendors, food carts, DJs... and dance lessons!

Featuring Mr.B the Gentleman Rhymer!
The Antiquarian Music Festival returns with TWO days of music and dance! Starring: Mr.B the Gentleman Rhymer (Straight out of Surrey, UK).  After wowing audiences in Europe for years, Mr.B brings his banjo and ukelele tinged flavor of Chap Hop over to The Colonies for the first time in July. Although he will be spotted at other conventions and the like, Steamstock will be his first and only appearance on the West Coast this year.”

ARTchitecture: LEGOS Pre-Engineering Series
Sunday, July 28, 11:00-11:45AM - final week
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.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, July 28, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Visioning Process as founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith allows us to tap into the Divine for insights, answers and awareness. As THOT is moving into this new phase, I invite the community to come together as we ‘catch the vision’ of what THOT is, and can be. What is the highest vision for THOT? What does that feel like? Who/what must we become? Visioning allows us to catch the highest possibilities.
We will also have time for personal visioning. What are you calling forth? What is the highest vision for your Life? This process is a meditative one that invites us to go within, listen, and receive insights about our Heart's desires.
Please join us!”

Maori Hangi Picnic Banquet
Sunday, July 28, 1:00-9:00PM
Golden Gate Rugby Club, 725 California Avenue, Treasure Island, San Francisco
See website for schedule ticket details.

“San Francisco International Arts Festival and the New Zealand American Association of San Francisco Present:
Ohlone Welcome Ceremony, Traditional Music and Dance of the Pacific
and A Maori Hangi Picnic Banquet

Blessings and Performances by:
Anne Marie Sayers
Atamira Dance Company
Te Mana O Te Ra
Maori Mo Ake Tonu
Desirae Harp and Friends
Rafael Serra and Mi Gente Productionz
DJ Third World Liberation Music

Hangi by:
Lester McKee, Moss Patterson and a cast of thousands

Ka Mate Ka Mate Dance Classes by Atamira Dance Company
Touch Rugby Tournament
Wellington Boot Hurling Contests
….and much, much more

San Francisco International Arts Festival and the New Zealand American Association of San Francisco invite you to share a special day to celebrate the first Bay Area appearance of Atamira Dance Company from New Zealand with a day of Indigenous and traditional performances and music and a traditional Hangi Dinner.

Witness great performances by Indigenous artists and traditional dancers, share wonderful food, take a dance class and meet the members of Atamira and the expatriate Kiwi community of the Bay Area. A fun and culturally rich experience for the whole family.”

Thanks to Jaina Bee for letting me know about this event!

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, July 28, 2:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual. The first anniversary gathering of Lake Merritt Pagans will aim to involve a boating adventure. Meet at the Sacred Well at 2:00PM on Sunday, July 28 and we’ll walk to the boathouse.”

Reclaiming’s Lammas Ritual
Sunday, July 28, 4:00PM
Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Road, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $7-$21, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“Coming together as Community, we celebrate and preserve our shared wisdom.

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

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, July 28, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend...
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Erda
Sunday, July 28, 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.

Summer is the season when we open our windows and leave our desks to enjoy the world around us - and the Goddess who creates and sustains it, and us. Join us on Sunday, July 29th as we honor her with the Liturgy of the Lady to Erda, Holy Mother Earth who gives to all. These days, she not only needs our gratitude, but our help to keep the balance that allows us and the beings with whom we share this earth to live. Together let’s offer praise and energy.

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.”

Crossing the Threshold: Young Men's Rites of Passage Week
Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2
Commonweal Garden at Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas - exact address given upon registration
Ages 11-14

“The Journey from boyhood to manhood takes more than just personal courage and luck; it takes supported and guided action, introspection, vision, initiation and a community to come home to. Join us for a carefully crafted week of stories, earth skills and ecological immersion, games, challenges and reflections designed to inspire inner transformation and bring boys fully enlivened into a world of responsible manhood, surrounded by opportunities for mentorship and long-term community. Commonweal Garden will serve as our home as we grow in understanding of ourselves, our planet and our own unique gifts to the world.
The knowing is in the doing.

Activities will include:
Nature Connection

Bird Language


Plant Wisdom
Ancestral Crafts
Primitive skills
Sit spots
Ritual and ceremony
Self care and love
Singing, dancing and games

$650  Program Fee includes organic meals prepared together, campsite and program materials.”

Your Personal Mythology
with Dr. Jennifer Baker
Monday, July 30, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Your personal mythology is the framework that you live your life from. It's the origin of all your decisions and it constantly impacts the quality of your life. Unfortunately, we rarely know consciously what our mythology contains, and that often stalls the creation of our ideal lives and can often block our manifestation efforts. Join popular East West reader Dr. Jennifer Baker for a discussion on what personal mythology is, how you can discover your own, and how you can change it to create the life you desire.”

Beginners Guide to Hacking Your Jewelry
with Holly Wach
Wednesday, July 31, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley

“Come experiment and make new jewelry out of your stash of broken, missing, single pieces. Artist and painter Holly Wach introduces us to the basics of jewelry making by way of hacking your existing jewelry. Bring your busted, unworn jewelry, some ideas and some needle nose pliers and materials, if you got 'em. No experience necessary. (Yes, this is worth a trip to the bead store)   

$5 for HackerMoms + optional $2.50/hour childcare, $10 for non-members + optional $5/hour childcare.”

Have a Fabulous, Festive, Stellar, Visionary Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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