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.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

All Water is One Water - Please help save Avalon Springs

Where can I begin to tell a story about water?  Like water, this story cycles, around and around, with no one starting point.  Like water, this story flows in many directions, changing from one state to another - liquid, vapor, crystal.  Like water, this story is fluid and takes the shape of any container.

Over the last week or so, I have been doing a spell about Water, about Healing, about Sustainable Prosperity.  These things are all really one thing.  The spell is for Avalon Springs, for myself, and for the entire Biosphere of the Earth.  These things are all really one thing.

This spell, like a drop of water flowing down a windowpane, touches and coalesces with other spells, rituals, experiences.

In 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had just happened, the Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe (at that time known as the Amazon Tribe) did a ritual for the healing of the Ocean.  At that ritual, we poured water from different sources into one basin, gave the water a powerful healing blessing, and then invited all of the women present to take home some of the water, continue to do their own healing prayers and spells over the water at home, and ultimately pour the water back into the Ocean.

Later that Summer, my dear friend and Sister Priestess Amata Maia, who is also a member of American Magic Umbanda House, was formally headwashed to Yemaya in the Umbanda tradition.  This dedication ceremony is a joyous community ritual followed by an all-night vigil, where the newly headwashed devotee is tended by dear friends.  Although I am not a member of this tradition, Maia chose me as one of her attendants, so I got to share this deeply transformational event with her.  In the morning, we went to the beach in Alameda to make offerings to Yemaya, an Orisha of the Ocean.  I brought the water which I had taken from the Amazon ritual, and as I poured water into water, I prayed for the healing of the Ocean, and I also felt the need to pray for healing in the lives of some friends of mine who were going through hard times, and for my own healing around water and the flow of my life.  I was uncertain about whether it was appropriate to divide my prayers in this way, rather than focusing them in one powerful and selfless beam on the Ocean, which had suffered such terrible insult and injury.  The water answered me, and told me that there was no division in my prayers, because All Water Is One Water, and therefore All Life Is One Life and All Healing Is One Healing.  This understanding became one of the fundamental truths underlying my personal practices, and as I have carried it with me in all my work with CAYA, it has also become the theme for the 2013 working of The Mothers Of The New Time: http://www.cayacoven.org/motnt/index.html

Since that day, I have adopted the personal practice of collecting water from one place, working with it, praying over it, sharing my magic with it, and then pouring it out in another place.  I have come to realize that I have been doing this all my life, because indeed, life is a process of water moving from one place to another, being carried in the vessels of our own bodies.  The water which is in my body now has spent time in many other bodies, and in many bodies of water, and it will continue its endlessly cycling journey through many more bodies, on and on into the future.

My first dedication is to Sulis Minerva, Goddess of the healing spring at Bath.  When I discovered her, I knew that she was the key to all of my practices.  My life is about water and the healing that it brings by flowing, dissolving, coalescing, cycling through every place and every state of being.  I know that one day I will make a pilgrimage to Bath and commune with Her Water, even as I know that I am always connected to Her because All Water Is One Water.

Now, the story, like water, abruptly changes state.

In 2009, when CAYA was planning our first Harvest Home Festival, envisioned as a public weekend camping event with rituals and performances and workshops, I was doing research on possible locations for such an event.  That was how I found out about Avalon Springs, still in its embryonic stages, and knew that in the future it would be the perfect place for such an event.  The more I learned about Avalon Springs, the more I felt a deep connection between that intentional community’s work and the work of Come As You Are Coven.  Like CAYA, the people of Avalon Springs embrace and invite diversity of ideas and practices even as they agree to come together to create their shared vision.  
Where CAYA has our Three Sacred Tenets: http://cayacoven.org/mission.html ,
Avalon Springs has their Field of Alliance:

CAYA has a vision of creating an intentional community on our own land, and Avalon Springs is already building a model for just such a community, which will also be a resource for the public to come and experience the healing and inspiration of a land revered as sacred, tended by people working together for the highest good of all.  From the beginning, I felt certain that Avalon Springs would play an important role in the future of CAYA.  

In 2010, that same eventful Summer of Water, I had the opportunity to visit Avalon Springs.  A community member named Melissa gave me a tour of the grounds, and when I told her that I was a Priestess, she said “You have to drink from the Yoni Spring!”  She showed me a rock face where water flows out from a Yoni-shaped opening, with a Tantric Goddess shrine in front of it.  I filled my water bottle from the spring and drank the wondrous water, which, as promised, tasted like fizzy lemonade!  I had a specific personal, transformational, healing, magical experience with each of the several springs which I got to drink from or bathe in at Avalon Springs,
but the one which had the deepest personal resonance for me was the Dragon Spring, which looked exactly like the pictures I have seen of Aquae Sulis
(but with fewer Roman columns).  Bathing in that iron-rich water felt exactly like total communion with my Goddess.  I could have stayed there forever.

As the tour continued, I witnessed the present state of Avalon Springs while learning about its amazing past and even more astounding future.  The miracle of all the different healing waters in one place, the evident sacredness of the land, the history of the original resort which was popular for over 100 years, the way the place had been preserved by a stubborn relative of the most recent resort owners until he finally decided that he had found someone he could trust to take over stewardship of the land, were all wonders to me.  

The way it was when I experienced it, with the organic garden smelling like cocoa mulch, the wonderful home-grown lunch featuring the best strawberries of all time, the mix of still-functional old buildings and well-planned newer additions, such as the experimental cob house (my fascination with cob buildings and the role they will play in the future of CAYA is a whole story in itself) http://www.livingearthstructures.com/photo-gallery ,
was already a dream come true.  

But the vision for the future of Avalon Springs really made my jaw drop.  “This is where we’re going to daylight the creek which is now running under the driveway, we’re building an egg-shaped dome over the Boron Pool to make it more like a womb, there’s where we will plant the food forest, on the hill we’re creating an artificial lake which will be a source of water for the fire helicopters for this whole region, and there’s where the labyrinth will be laid out right next to the recording studio…”  

A lot of things would be changing in beautiful ways, but more important was what would be staying the same.  This land would be loved, revered, tended, stewarded, preserved, and shared, on and on into the future.  The intentional community at Avalon Springs would run it as a resort open to the public, but always with an eye on teaching reverence and sustainable living.  There was even a plan for a sort of ecovillage time-share, so that anyone who really wanted to share in an intentional community but could not do it full-time, or needed to learn by experience before creating a new community, could live there by the month.  Again I felt the conviction that Avalon Springs would play an important role in the future of CAYA.  

Three years and a lot of joyful service later, many of those plans for the future have already been realized in the present, the New Now.  But over those same years, investment capital to fund the projects has been harder and harder to raise.  Right now, the continued future of Avalon Springs is at at a crucial juncture - in order to continue to create a sustainable future, Avalon Springs needs to raise a large sum of money right away, in the present!  A sudden change of state could take this story one way or another - it could continue flowing, bringing blessings which will be carried far and wide, or it could just evaporate and be lost forever.  The history of Avalon Springs is a history of miracles.  Now is the time for the Miracle of this Moment!  Here is the link to the Indiegogo campaign for Avalon Springs:

The campaign is running until September 10.  Since I heard about this situation, I have been torn between the urgency of getting the word out fast and the necessity of getting it right, clearly communicating how very important this is to me, personally, to CAYA, and to all who revere the Land and the Water as Sacred.  I have been taking some time to work my water spells and to compose this message with care, to tell this deeply important and far-reaching story.  I have been visiting local bodies of water, combining all of the Waters I have in my keeping, imbuing them with all of the Blessings I know how to give, and pouring them forth into all of the Streams of my home to carry them to Avalon Springs, for the Highest Good of All.   Today, I am pouring my own money into the pool.  Today, I am sending out a stream of communication to connect with many sources of funding.

May the Blessings Flow In, Well Up, and Rain Down!  

Please pour your own Blessings into the Stream of Support which is Flowing and Growing.  Please add your Magic, adding the Power of your Spells to the Power of my Spell.  Please add your Streams of Communication, sharing this information on your social media and with anyone who will resonate with this Magic, getting this message out far and wide, going everywhere as Water goes everywhere!  Please pour in a measure of your own Money if you can!  May Magic, Communication, and Money all Flow forth and Flow into Avalon Springs, sustaining the Blessings of this Community On and On into the Future!

I call upon every drop of Water in your Body to conspire with every drop of Water in my Body to join Forces with every drop of Water flowing through Avalon Springs, to call in a Stream of Sustainable Funding, ever Flowing and Growing, to Support the continued Sacred Stewardship of the Land and the Water!

All Water Is One Water!

And so it is.

Pouring Forth Blessings,

Wishbringer Molly Blue Dawn, High Priestess of Serendipity

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Karma Cinema Month at the New Parkway, Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Artists Resisting Keystone, The Four Watchtowers, The Haunted Windchimes, Romeo and Juliet, Celestial Pursuits and Earthly Rewards, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Macbeth at Fort Point, Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium, Gold Rush Days, Capitola Begonia Festival, Pistang Bata Summer Youth Festival, Lake Merritt Pagans, Improvisation in Classical Persian Music and Poetry, Scottish Highland Games, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival, Historic Rail Fair, King's Mountain Art Fair, The King Stag, Conscious Goddess: Temple Service, Celebrate Yemaya Yoruban Ocean Goddess, Oakland Pride, Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age, The Witch's Garden, Geshe Pema Dorjee: The Path of the Bodhisattva, Abbot's Bromliad, Together For Tibet, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, The Neuroscience of Magic, CAYA Public Service Day at Alameda County Community Food Bank

Karma Cinema Month at the New Parkway
Through August
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland,510-658-7900
Pay what you wish!

“August is Karma Cinema Month at the New Parkway!

For the entire month of August, The New Parkway Theater is encouraging patrons to pay-what-they-wish for their movie ticket. In turn, 30% of ticket sales will be donated to four local nonprofit Karma Partners, each in a different sector doing vital work in our community. Karma Cinema partners include: Alameda County Community Food Bank, College Track, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Hopalong Animal Rescue.

Not only is the New Parkway a unique theatergoing experience but it’s also a community-centered space that’s committed to the betterment of the East Bay. Since we opened our doors in December, we have been consistently working with local nonprofits, and we look forward to broadening and deepening our work through Karma Cinema in August. We love that we can both help raise awareness and help raise funds for these nonprofits that are doing such critical work.

The New Parkway is inviting people to experience the power of generosity with Karma Cinema. Not only will patrons be encouraged to be as generous as possible, but they will also be showered with unexpected gifts throughout the month. New Parkway moviegoers are encouraged to be as generous as possible, and then they choose where they want their karma to flow.

About our Karma Partners

Alameda County Community Food Bank
Since 1985, Alameda County Community Food Bank has been at the forefront of hunger relief efforts in the Bay Area. This year, the Food Bank will distribute 25 million pounds of food, more than half farm-fresh produce. The Food Bank serves 1 in 6 Alameda County residents - two-thirds of whom are children and seniors - by distributing food through a network of 275 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations. Alameda County Community Food Bank has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating for seven consecutive years - a record of excellence and efficiency matched by only 2 percent of nonprofits nationwide.

College Track
College Track is a college completion program that actively engages low-income students from the summer before 9th grade through college graduation and provides them with the academic, social and financial resources necessary to succeed. College Track started in 1997 in East Palo Alto, CA with 27 high school freshmen from Carlmont High School. Since then, the program has grown to serve over 1,400 students in six cities: Oakland, San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Aurora, CO.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advances racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color. Over the years, our work has included police accountability, justice system reform, economic development, climate change, youth leadership, violence prevention, and civic engagement. Today we are focused on ending the mass incarceration crisis unfairly impacting communities of color, starting with cutting our nation’s incarceration rate in half over the next 10 years.

Hopalong Animal Rescue
Hopalong Animal Rescue is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with over 22,000 animals saved to date! We rescue abandoned dogs and cats from the streets and shelters of 9 local counties, get them medically treated, fixed, fostered and adopted out to loving, permanent homes. We also champion a low income spay/neuter program for the Bay Area, and are one of the few to offer a comprehensive Pet Survivor Program.”

Thanks to Audra for letting me know about this event!

Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon  
with Didi
Wednesday, August 28, 7:30-9:00PM,
and seven more Wednesdays
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$25 per workshop
For more information or to register, please call Didi at 831-423-5477

“Spell Casting by the light and dark of the Moon - using the Moon’s energy to enhance your workings. Presented by Didi
Nine workshops designed to enrich your knowledge of how to use the power of the Moon to enhance your spell crafting.

Workshop 2: Waning Moon
Removing obstacles from your path to achieving success.
Sometimes it seems as if there is something blocking your way to prosperity, love, creativity, etc.  We will focus on techniques on how to overcome obstacles on our path to success.

$25 per workshop - cash only please.  Cash payment accepted the night of workshop.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Etienne de Rocher and Bart Davenport
Thursday, August 29, 5:30-7:30PM - final week
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $15, 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!

Indie Folk with Pop Soul

Etienne de Rocher
A blend of psychedelic-folk and California-soul with an indie pop sound and vocals that melt listeners.

Bart Davenport
A singer-songwriter troubadour who wears his passionate love of West Coast Pop on his sleeve and has fans around the globe.

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!

Artists Resisting Keystone
Thursday, August 29, 7:30PM
La Pena Community Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
For tickets or more information, please call 510-849-2568

“An Evening of Artistic Activism and Community Engagement On Climate Change and the Keystone Pipeline

AshEl (SeaSunZ): Artivist-Roots, Hip Hop, Reggae
Naomi Newman: Actress and Playwright, Traveling Jewish Theatre
Robert Hass: Poet (US Poet Laureate ‘95-‘97), UCB professor
Betsy Rose: Singer/Songwriter, Activist
Brenda Hillman: Poet, Educator, Activist
Arisika Razak, Dancer
Carl Anthony, Environmental Justice leader, author of Breakthrough Communities
and other climate activists from the SF Bay Area.

‘To let in the full dimensions global climate change requires imagination. To act in visionary and courageous ways requires a sense of empathic kinship with all life. It is the work of artists, who are often also activists, to awaken both of these qualities.’
- Betsy Rose, event organizer and performer

The Obama administration is poised to decide on approval or denial of permission to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta Canada to Texas and Oklahoma.  NASA scientist James Hanson has spoken out publicly against the pipeline, saying  ‘Exploitation of (the Alberta) tar sands would make it implausible to stabilize climate and avoid disastrous global climate impacts.’  Chevron and the other four Bay Area refineries are already refining tar sands oil from Canada brought to the Bay Area by rail.  

This evening of art and climate change awareness and action highlights the role that art and artists play in motivating and sustaining popular action on behalf of the future of life on this planet. There will also be local and national updates on the movement to stop the Keystone Pipeline,  an opportunity to sign the pledge to risk arrest in this effort, and ways to take action in the Bay Area. Partial proceeds will go to 350 Bay Area.”

The Four Watchtowers
with Glenn Turner
Thursday, August 29, 7:30-9:30PM
$5-$10 sliding scale
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“The Watchtowers are guardians in a magic circle. Each has been linked to a specific star and Archangel. How do you relate to the 4 directions?  Develop a personal connection to your placement in space. If we have time we can look at the earliest mentions of fixed stars by the Babylonians.”

The Haunted Windchimes
Thursday, August 29, 8:00PM, doors open at 7:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$16.50 in advance, $18.50 at the door

“Vintage folk barnburners, campfire sing-alongs, and lush reveries

The Haunted Windchimes, a five-piece band from Pueblo, Colorado, play new songs that sound old - not old like a Ford Pinto, old like a Model T - classic, ageless, sublime. Rumor has it that they came by their name in an abandoned roadhouse after sharing a jug of potent moonshine. Somehow, the name fits. The band’s music is often haunting, and their gorgeous harmonies have an ethereal, windchime quality.

The Haunted Windchimes have performed on A Prairie Home Companion, and they’ve already attracted a faithful following in the folk-blues-bluegrass-American roots underground. They deserve a faithful following because they make music worth listening to - sometimes moody and melancholy, sometimes sly and insinuating, always distinctive. With Desirae Garcia on ukulele, Chela Lujan on banjo, Inaiah Lujan on guitar, Mike Clark on harmonica, guitar, and mandolin, and Sean Fanning on standup bass, the band plays mostly originals - but you’d almost swear you’ve heard the songs before, maybe in an abandoned roadhouse over a jug of moonshine!”

Romeo and Juliet
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Friday, August 29-30, 7:00PM - final week
Sanborn-Skyline County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga
see website for ticket details

“The year is 1960, and a culture clash between the bohemian, Beat Generation Montagues and straight-edge, Mad Men Capulets is seething just below the surface of the jazz-soaked urban landscape of Verona. Against this tumultuous backdrop, two idealistic young lovers seek to bridge the divide only to fall victim to a perfect storm of dashed hopes, fierce prejudice, and tragic misunderstanding. Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company invites you to experience the most famous love story of all time as you have never seen it before; set amid the vibrant, dynamic, and deeply conflicted era that in a matter of months changed the world forever.

Tickets range in price from $15-$20 including all ticketing and service fees - no hidden costs! Tickets are available online and will also be available at the park.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, kids 17 and under will be admitted FREE with a paid adult. Kids must still obtain a physical ticket to gain entry.”

Celestial Pursuits and Earthly Rewards
with Shira Kammen, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer, Ringmistress
and Allison Zelles Lloyd, Tonia D’Amelio and Rita Lilly, sopranos
presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts
Friday, August 30, 6:30PM
Hillside Swedenborgian Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
Adults $15, 18 and under Free

“Shira Kammen, the Bay Area’s unique medievalist, traditionalist, and inventor of kinds of music we didn’t know existed, returns to Barefoot with another fabulous pre-season extravaganza.  This year, she has assembled a stellar cast of sopranos (not the kind carrying violin cases) to aid her in the quest for Ever Further Out There.  There will be modes, there will be discords, concords, tears, curses, jokes, laments, and, of course, magic.

The performance, at the lovely Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church, will start at 6.30PM (note the time).  The view is stunning, and the performance will amaze.  Music and song that takes you way beyond the bounds of chamber music as we know it.

The usual light refreshments will be served.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, August 30, 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.”

Macbeth at Fort Point
presented by We Players
Friday-Sunday, August 30-September 1, 6:00PM
Fort Point, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 999 Marine Drive, San Francisco
previews this weekend $30

“Macbeth at Fort Point
Co-directed by Ava Roy and John Hadden, Produced by Lauren D. Chavez and Ava Roy

Blood will have blood.

We Players remounts our epic production of Macbeth at Fort Point (first produced in 2008). Multiple performance trajectories wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches work their charms. The Golden Gate bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers – join us for a full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco. In collaboration with the National Park Service, We Players will engage the stories embedded in the northernmost tip of San Francisco with performance, visual art, and education programs in fall 2013.

Preview $30: August 30, August 31, September 1
Regular Performances $60: September 5 Opening
Friday-Sunday, September 6-October 6
Discounted Thursday Performances $45: September 12, 19, 26 and October 3

Looking for a less expensive ticket? Add your name to our rush tickets announce list.

Prepare yourself for the sound and fury of the elements… Fort Point is a very cold place. Long underwear, down jackets, windbreakers, hats and gloves are recommended.

You will be on your feet throughout the 3 hour event, and navigating narrow passageways, spiraling stone staircases and dark chambers. If you have any mobility disabilities that prevent you from climbing stairs, please call us. If you want to limit your stair climbing, be sure to state so on your registration form.

There are no bathrooms within the Fort. Provisions exist for emergencies, but in the absence of such circumstances, the doors of the Fort will remain sealed for the duration - once we go in, we’re in.

We will offer tea and snacks at a few places to keep you fueled.

We Players does not recommend bringing children less than 12 years old. Parts of the Fort are dark and creepy, it is COLD and DAMP, and there is a good deal of violence in this play. Please be aware of this when deciding whether or not to bring children.

No cameras or recording devices allowed.

No refunds. No exchanges. Please choose your dates carefully.

Questions? Call 415-547-0189 or email reservations@weplayers.org

Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium
Session 2: Friday - Monday, August 30-September 2
Black Oak Ranch, 50350 Highway 101, Laytonville
see website for detailed schedule and registration details

“PlantWomen gather! The Tribe comes together!

Now, two times a year, women from many backgrounds of life gather together in great celebration for four full days of inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, gourmet vegetarian meals, talented campfire capers, amazing handcrafted marketplace items, Rites-of-Passage Ceremonies, powerful campfire drumming and dancing, refreshing swimming hole dips, and conversations with remarkable and inspiring women!

We meet together under the ancient oaks, douglas firs, and bay trees of Northern California. Our main gathering area is encircled by sixteen tipis with a large firepit in the center. All classes are held sitting on the ground under these majestic trees, or under shade tarps that we have set-up. At night we camp together, either in the tipis or in tents that we each bring.

During the days we are a gathering of women and children studying, teaching, learning, networking, and talking about plants, healing, and healthy lifestyles. When the sun goes down we become a playful and celebratory group, chatting, chanting, singing, showing off our talents, drumming and dancing into the night around the campfire.

We are a group of 350-400 women and children and we gather to learn from each other, to nurture and nourish each other, to take a break from our daily lives, to regenerate, refresh, dance, frolic, talk plants, and most of all, to have a REALLY GOOD THYME together!

Each session is a separate event. Do join us for one or both sessions!”

Gold Rush Days
Friday-Monday, August 30-September 2,
See website for detailed daily schedule
Historic Old Sacramento, 101 I Street, Sacramento

“Hitch up the team to your buckboard and come on down! Bring the young'uns and the in-laws, the neighbors and the new folk just off the stage from Back East.  Heck, bring your sweetheart along for a thrill… During Labor Day Weekend in Old Sacramento you’ll find yourself transported back to the days of Gold and Glory, when California was a brand-new state with brand-new ideas. Join in the truly old-time fun in the world of Yesterday!

More than 200 tons of dirt will pave the streets of Old Sacramento as this annual festival "turns back the clock," transforming Sacramento's historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Hundreds of costumed performers take on the roles of celebrities, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while bluegrass pickers and old-timey Musicians perform on several stages, evoking the vivid tunes of the times.

Featuring Dancers, Street Dramas, Wagon Rides, Gold Panning, Period Artifacts, Storytelling, Craft Making, Embarcadero Tent City, Period Musicians, Horse-Drawn Carriages and much more!”

Capitola Begonia Festival
Friday-Monday, August 30-September 2
the beautiful seaside Village of Capitola, near Santa Cruz
Free admission

"The Capitola Begonia Festival is held every Labor Day Weekend in Capitola, California. It features FUN activities that all the Family can enjoy, from a Sand Sculpture contest, a Fishing Derby, Row Boat races, and a Nautical Parade of begonia-laden floats traveling down Soquel Creek. Join in on Children's Art events, compete in the Horseshoes tournament, or decorate yourself with begonias! Watch as float builders rush to put the finishing touches on their parade entries. Or, really get involved and put together a team of family and friends to build your own float. You can watch a movie on the beach, or dance to the sounds of the band. All events are FREE to the public!

Begun in 1952, the Capitola Begonia Festival is in its 61st year. It is put on by a committee of 100% volunteers who are dedicated to continuing this long-standing tradition, and it is sponsored with donations from the local business community and fundraising activities.

Don't miss out on this weekend of fun!”

Pistang Bata Summer Youth Festival
presented by American Center of Philippine Arts
Saturday, August 31, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, 510-865-5060
$5-10 suggested donation

“Come and celebrate the rich culture of the Philippines at Pistang Bata Summer Youth Festival presented by the American Center of Philippine Arts  (ACPA) and Rhythmix Cultural Works. ACPA brings both classical and contemporary Filipino traditions to this family-friendly event featuring a community talent show, traditional Filipino storytelling and games, ACPA's Students Enriched in Education and Dance showcase, food trucks serving cuisine from the Asian Pacific Islands, local merchant vendors, and more!

The American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) provides a unique educational and developmental platform for multidisciplinary Philippine arts through innovative hands-on classes, collaborations, networking opportunities, and events.

ACPA nurtures both traditional and progressive Philippine arts to strengthen our community and ethnic identity. ACPA aims to be an epicenter of Philippine arts both domestically and abroad, serving as a cultural liaison between artist and audience.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, August 31, 7:00PM
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.

Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”

Improvisation in Classical Persian Music and Poetry
Saturday, August 31, 8:00PM, doors open at 7:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$20.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door

“A musical journey through Iran

Persian classical music is based on improvisation and composition, and it is interwoven with Persian poetry. The repertoire of this music consists of several hundred short melodic movements called gusheh. Each gusheh has a unique character, feeling, and history to it, which has been passed on orally from generation to generation. In A Musical Journey through Iran, Taghi Amjadi on vocals, Sina Dehghani on tonbak, and Amir Nojan on setar aim to use the universal language of music to communicate and share the feelings of these melodies with the Freight audience.

Taghi Amjadi grew up in Iran, where he studied with master musician Esmail Mehrtaash, and continued his studies in the Bay Area with Mahmoud Zofonoun and visiting artists Mohammad R. Lotfi and Mohammad R. Shajarian, who helped him broaden his understanding of the ancient art of classical Persian singing. He currently teaches classical Persian singing at the Shiraz Arts Academy in San Jose and works as a psychotherapist privately in the Bay Area and at San Francisco State University.

Sina Dehghani was born in 1976 in Tehran. At 14, he began playing two ancient Persian percussion instruments, tombak and daf, and studied with Bahram Dehghani, Majid Hesabi, and Navid Afghah. He currently lives in Sacramento, and teaches and performs throughout the United States.

Amir Nojan was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1980, where he studied setar, a Persian instrument similar to the lute, with such masters as Dariush Talaei, Jalal Zolfonoon, and Mohammad Lotfi. In 1998, he founded the Nava Ensemble, and since then he has performed many concerts in Iran, Europe, and America as a composer, soloist, improviser, and ensemble player. In 2012, he founded the Shiraz Arts Academy for the teaching of Persian music and arts.”

Scottish Highland Games
presented by Caledonian Club of San Francisco
Saturday-Sunday, August 31-September 1, 8:30AM-6:00PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
Adults 1 day $20, 2 day $27, Children 12 - 17 and Seniors 65+ $12, 11 and under Free
Parking $8

“One of the world's largest Celtic Festivals. Thirty pipe bands. World Championship Heavy Events and Amateur, Woman's and Masters Invitational. Western Highland Dancing Championships. Living History - Mary Queen of Scots, Highland Warriors, Roman Legion and Invading Vikings. Gathering of Clans. Celtic Heritage - Fiddling, Harping and Singing. Six stages continuous entertainment - traditional to Celtic Rock. Children’s Glen, Scottish Country Dancing. Irish Step dancing. Birds of Prey. Sheep Dog Trials. Clydesdale Horse Team. Five-A-Side Soccer, Rugby and Shinty Tournament. Whisky Tasting. British food and drink. Five buildings with 100 + Vendors.”

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Saturday-Sunday, August 31-September 1, 7:00PM - final weekend
Sanborn-Skyline County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga
see website for ticket details

“Shady Shakespeare is proud to present the highly entertaining, highly irreverent, and slightly insane 97 minute comic tour de force that has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Called ‘Pithier than Python’ and ‘Irresistible’ by the New York Times, ‘Stupendous, anchorless joy’ by the Times, and ‘Maybe the goofiest thing I've ever seen, you're telling me three grown men wrote this?’ by people like your mom. No one is safe and nothing is sacred as three intrepid actors attempt to condense the entire thirty-seven play Shakespearean canon into a single evening of cross-dressing, adolescent humor, audience participation, terrible wigs, and generally offensive hilarity. What could possibly go wrong?

Tickets range in price from $15-$20 including all ticketing and service fees - no hidden costs! Tickets are available online and will also be available at the park.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, kids 17 and under will be admitted FREE with a paid adult. Kids must still obtain a physical ticket to gain entry.”

2013 Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 31-September 1,
Saturday 12:00-8:00PM, Sunday 12:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Ready to connect to your spiritual side but not sure where to begin? Are you an energy worker or mystic who is ready to dive deeper into your spiritual path?

Join us for the 2013 Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival! All weekend long we are celebrating the wisdom, light, and strength of our spiritual community by offering FREE workshops, seminars, and demonstrations as well as incredible discounts throughout the store!
This year we are proud to announce an amazing line-up!
Saturday, August 31
All day trunk show, lectures and reader showcase
12:00PM: Kala, the Cup of Light  with Storm Faerywolf
1:00PM: Where we are so far… six years into the Uranus/Pluto challenge with Paul Bogle
2:00PM: Living in Two Worlds, Balancing your spirit with life on this rock with Joyce Jackson
3:00PM: Conversation with Angels with Devin Hunter
4:00-6:00PM: Reader Showcase
7:00PM: Anaar Dance Performance
Sunday, September 1
All day trunk show, lectures and reader showcase
12:00PM: Life on the Other Side, living with loved ones that are in spirit with Joyce Jackson
1:00PM: Psychic Realms of Being with Devin Hunter
2:00PM: Herbal Allies, working with plants with Chas Bogan
3:00PM: Crystal Cleansing Demo with Devin Hunter
4:00-6:00PM: Reader Showcase
Reader Showcase
This year we are introducing the Reader Showcase. During the showcase you will be able to sample our psychics, mediums, tarot readers, life-hand analyst, astrologer and angel communicators for just $1 per minute, maximum per reader 15 minutes.  This is an excellent way to discover the differences and unique talents of our professionals.

Mystic Meet and Greet
As part of our continued effort to support networking opportunities for our spiritual community we will be hosting a Mystic Meet and Greet during the Wisdom Festival. Join us for refreshments and conversation as we explore our dynamic community of light-workers, mystics, healers and more!
Trunk Show and Performance by Anaar and Tombo Studios
During the Wisdom Festival we will also be hosting a weekend long Trunk Show where you can catch the latest fashions by renowned designer Anaar of Tombo Studios.

Anaar will also be gracing us with an exciting and exotic belly-dance performance on Saturday night! A definite must see!”

Historic Rail Fair
at Ardenwood
Saturday-Monday, August 31-September 2, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
check price $8 adults, $5 children 4-17, children under 3 free

“The Rail Fair returns to the farm over the Labor Day weekend. Enjoy steam train rides, handcar rides, displays of garden railroads, model railroads, railyard equipment displays, Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor displays, food, the children's Hobo game, music and much more!”

King's Mountain Art Fair
Saturday-Monday, August 31- September 2, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside (on the Peninsula)

"The Kings Mountain Art Fair is an annual event, held every Labor Day weekend. The Art Fair benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and other community activities, including the Kings Mountain Elementary School, and is staffed completely by volunteers from the local community.

Known for its stunning location among the redwoods and for its unique and varied artists (selected by jury), the Kings Mountain Art Fair celebrates 50 years of art and ambiance. Come visit!

Fair admission and parking are free."

The King Stag
presented by Curtain Theatre
Saturday-Monday, August 31-September 2, 2:00PM,
playing through September 8
Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

“The Curtain Theatre - Free Outdoor Theatre in Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, California
presents The King Stag, a comedy of trust, transformation and affairs of the Hart.
by Carlo Gozzi, Translated and Directed by Doyle Ott

This summer the Curtain company is exploring great European theatrical traditions beyond Shakespeare. King Stag is Carlo Gozzi's fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of the commedia dell'arte.

The action follows mismatched lovers, body-snatching villains and one very magical parrot from the palace of the mythical kingdom of Serendippo to the mystical forest of Roncislappe. Will truth triumph? What will be the cost, when true love faces off with wicked magic and corrupt politics?

Free and family friendly!   No reservations.

A limited number of chairs are available, first come, first served. You are also invited to bring your own field chairs or blankets for the hillside. BRING A SWEATER - the park can be
cool in the shade even on a warm day. Picnic friendly too!”

Conscious Goddess: Temple services for She of 10,000 Names
(formerly Goddess Awakening)
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, September 1, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
Women only

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

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

Celebrate Yemaya Yoruban Ocean Goddess, Mother of all Living Things
Annual Temple Pilgrimage to the Sea
Sunday, September 1, 11:00AM-4:00PM
San Francisco location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com

“Once again the time has come for us to make our annual pilgrimage out to Mama our Great Mother Ocean.  We will come together on Her shores and feel the warm sand beneath our feet as we walk down the beach till we find the perfect spot to gather together and call Her name.  Yemaya we call as the waves crash onto the beach, Yemaya, Great Mother we are here, your daughters they are calling. Come to us, come to us, come to us. The world around us dissolves there is nothing but the womyn the circle and the Ocean.  The Mother is with us. Together we will receive Her blessings and offer our gifts to Her, together we will not let Her be forgotten. Do you hear Her call?

Yemaya is one of the Orisha (great Goddesses and Gods) of Yoruba spirituality and mythology, She is now Goddess to many diaspora. In Her original homeland, Nigeria, She was said to be the daughter of the sea. In the African diaspora, Yemoja has remained a popular divinity. She is Imanje or Yemanja in Brazilian Macumba, where She is ocean-goddess of the crescent moon. In Cuba She is Yemaya, appearing in many variants: Yemaya Ataramagwa, the wealthy queen of the sea; stern Yemaya Achabba; violent Yemaya Oqqutte; and the overpowering Yemaya Olokun, who can be seen only in dreams. She is Agwe in Haiti, La Balianne in New Orleans.
Her number is seven for the seven seas, Her colors are blue and white, and She is most often represented by the fish who are Her children. Her name, a shortened version of Yeye Omo Eja means ‘Mother Whose Children are the Fish’ to reflect the fact that Her children are uncountable. Yemaya lives and rules over the seas, oceans and lakes. She also rules over maternity in our lives as She is the Mother of All. She is considered the source of all water, the source of all life and was prayed to for fertility and for aid with childbirth.  All life started in the sea, the amniotic fluid inside the mother’s womb is a form of sea where the embryo must transform and evolve through the form of a fish before becoming a human baby. In this way Yemaya displays Herself as truly the Mother of all.

Yemaya is aligned with the power of creation flowing through all that is.  In this aspect, She assists with remembering, reclaiming and activating our own innate creative power, realizing our true and natural ability to create and experience magnificence within our life. She brings the blessings of new energy, new creativity, new opportunities and new experiences.  Yemaya also lovingly assists and supports the rebirthing process, cleansing and purifying the old energy, releasing that which has served its purpose, allowing for renewal and new beginnings. Goddess Yemaya reminds us that to exist is to be in a constant state of change, everything is constantly adapting, changing and evolving.  If requested, She will help remove resistance to change, helping us to adapt when necessary, helping us to embrace our natural evolution so that we may realize and experience the true essence of our ever ascending consciousness.
For this ritual, please wear blue and bring a blue or green candle for Her altar. Also please bring Yemaya-inspired treasures for the altar such as sea shells, mermaids, or things numbering 7 as this is Her number. Please bring a tithe in a denomination of 7 ($7, $14, $21, $28, etc.) wrapped in blue cord for the altar. This year we will be tithing to our Sacred elder Luisah Teish who has taught our Temple about Yemaya.

Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat (if you wish), beach towel, chair or towel to sit on and some clothing that you do not mind getting wet. Also, please bring a clean, empty, wide mouthed jar to collect ocean water if you are so called.
If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration, please help out by doing the following:
Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
Please see our current series schedule and check the web page for the specific ritual to see what items to bring and how to prepare yourself. Please take the time to read this, especially if you are a newcomer. New information is added from time to time so even if you feel you have already seen this, it is important to check back in every now and then.”

Oakland Pride
Sunday, September 1, 11:00AM-7:00PM
19th Street and Franklin Street, Oakland
see website for detailed map and schedule
$10 General Admission, $5 Seniors over 65/Youth under 12

“Oakland Pride exploded onto the pride scene in 2010 with a first year event so large and fabulous that it has been branded Northern California’s second largest pride. 2013 marks the 4th year of Oakland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride celebration and we have gone the extra mile to ensure there is something for everyone. In additional to four stages featuring a diverse lineup of over 75 wonderful artists, Oakland Pride will host pavilions for seniors, HIV/AIDS Health, and the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community. Our Family Coalition, Children’s Fairyland and The Oakland Public Library have teamed up to host a fun-filled Family Garden with live entertainment and interactive activities for children of all ages. With all of this plus almost 200 vendors and exhibitors providing a wide variety of food, merchandise, and information. Oakland Pride is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Come celebrate a proud day on the sunny side of the Bay!!”

Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age
series of Sunday afternoon classes
Sunday, September 1, 12:30-2:00PM, and three more Sundays
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
Women only

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

Conscious Goddess is a monthly class for women who feel the power of the Goddess surging through their lives, for women who know themselves to be ready to live, breathe, and dance the Goddess Incarnate, with a creative eye toward sharing their unique gifts with their loved ones and the world. This class is especially suited for mothers, artists, and professional women who wish to experience and exude Goddess energy at a more profound and life-changing level.
Upcoming dates:
October 6, November 3, December 1”

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, September 1, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class

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

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

Geshe Pema Dorjee: The Path of the Bodhisattva
Sunday-Monday, September 1-2, 6:00-9:00PM
San Francisco, exact address given upon registration
For more information, please e-mail info@sacredstream.org or call 415-333-1434

“Geshe Pema Dorjee, beloved Tibetan teacher and humanitarian, returns to the Sacred Stream on September 1-2 to give a teaching on the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. All proceeds from these teachings go directly to the many projects he has developed to help the disadvantaged in India and Nepal.

Geshe Pema Dorjee is the former Director of the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharamsala, responsible for the education of all Tibetan refugees in India. In 2001, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked Geshe-la to revive and promote the Bodong tradition; and with aid from His Holiness, Geshe Pema Dorjee became the founder and Director of the Bodong Research and Publication Center. The Tibetan government in exile appointed him to the Higher Level Textbook Review Committee and as spiritual counselor to former political prisoners who had been tortured. In addition to his many charitable projects, Geshe Pema Dorjee has taught and lectured about Tibetan Buddhism around the world and speaks English fluently.”

Abbot's Bromliad
Monday, September 2, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Joaquin Miller Park, 3594 Sanborn Drive, Oakland

"The annual Abbots Bromliad in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park is set for Labor Day on September 2. Since 2010, a continually increasing group of Revelers take part in or watch what has become the world's largest Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. All Abbots Bromley and traditional English dance enthusiasts are invited to join the California Revels in a day of good food, good music, good dancing and another celebration our 4th Abbots Bromley Horn Dance Day.

Every Wakes Monday, the dancers in Abbots Bromley, England take up the traditional horns for their legendary 16 kilometer trek of dancing through countryside and pub yards. In 2010, our inaugural Bromliad, Wakes Monday happened to fall on Labor Day in America.This year it's a week later, but we will continue to use Labor Day for our celebration.

We are calling for dance teams and individuals to come together for a day of picnicking, dancing and music, which will culminate in the Bromliad - a mass dance of the Abbots Bromley antler dance featuring even more people than danced last year (150 along with over 20 musicians!). And while we are dancing in Oakland, Bromliads will be performing with Portland Revels and Puget Sound Revels. Someday there may be horn dancers from coast to coast on Labor Day!

This free event will take place in a beautiful glade in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland on Monday, September 2. Picnickers can arrive any time after 11:00AM. Bring the kids, a blanket and your favorite foods and beverages. There will be music and Morris dancing (teams cordially invited) as well as called group dancing. Then at 1:00PM, we'll set up for the largest Abbots Bromley serpentine ever. Bring your antlers, toy bow and arrow, hobby horse, fool’s cap or parasol. If you're a musician, bring your fiddle, your drum or your pipe too. The fun continues until 3:00PM. Show up and be a part of dance history!

DIRECTIONS: We'll be dancing and picnicking in this beautiful glade. Here's how to find Joaquin Miller Park Make a left into the park at the upper Sanborn intersection - you'll see a sign for Woodminster Amphitheater. You can park for free along Joaquin Miller Road and walk in, or park at the community center just inside the park ($5) and walk down. There may also be free parking in the Amphitheater lots. We'll be in the first glade along the trail downhill from the Sanborn entrance. We'll post a sign."

Together For Tibet
A Building Renovation for Children's Education and Cultural Preservation
A brunch with fine wines and Traditional Tibetan Performances
Sunday, September 2, 11:30AM-1:00PM
Bacheeso's, 2550 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
Please RSVP to TogetherForTibet@gmail.com or 510-981-7170
“The Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) invites you to attend a brunch to support the assembly hall renovation before H. H. The Dalai Lama arrives to bless the center in February 2014. This center is extremely important in preserving the culture and educating the children of the Tibetan Diaspora and the thousands of Tibetans living in the Bay Area.
It is exciting news that TANC has purchased a building for the Tibetan Cultural and Community Center. Now we need help to renovate the building to serve the children and to preserve Tibetan culture.
If you cannot make it to the event, please consider making a contribution to their Cultural and Community Center.
Checks made to:
Tibetan Association of Northern California
President Kunjo Tashi
5200 Huntington Avenue, Suite 200
Richmond, CA 94804”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, September 2, 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.”

The Neuroscience of Magic
with Adam Gazzaley, UCSF Neuroscientist
and Robert Strong, the Comedy Magician
A production of Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist
Wednesday, September 4, 7:00-9:00PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco

“From ancient conjurers to quick-handed con artists to big ticket Las Vegas illusionists, magicians throughout the ages have been expertly manipulating human attention and perception to dazzle and delight us (or scare us, or steal our watches). Of course you know that the phenomena of cognitive and sensory illusions are responsible for the ‘magic’ of a magic trick, but you've got to admit it still kind of freaks you out when some some guy in a top hat defies the laws of nature right in front of your eyes. Come meet neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician Robert Strong as they team up to demonstrate how magicians use our brains as their accomplices in effecting the impossible - and to explain what scientists can learn about the brain by studying the methods and techniques of magic. This event is presented in partnership with Ask a Scientist SF.

Our venue is as exciting as our topic. Surrounded by a diverse convoy of gourmet food trucks, we will gather in the enclosed heart of Streat Food Park.”

Share the Abundance of the Harvest Season with Come As You Are Coven!

CAYA Public Service Day at Alameda County Community Food Bank
Saturday, September 14, 1:00-4:00PM
Alameda County Community Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland
Please RSVP to Molly Blue Dawn at mollmac@gmail.com

CAYA’s Public Service Project for Autumn 2013 will include an afternoon shift helping out at the Alameda County Community Food Bank.  In the spirit of gratitude for and eagerness to share our abundance during the harvest season, we will help to sort and pack donated produce to be distributed to those in need of extra nourishment this year.  Please join us!

If you would like to join our team, please contact me at mollmac@gmail.com.

CAYA is also doing a Virtual Food Drive!

The Alameda County Community Food Bank has has gratefully received CAYA’s donations of canned food gathered and blessed at our Festival of Heart and Harvest.  An even better way to support the Food Bank is through our Virtual Food Drive.  The blessings of Heart and Harvest will also extend to our virtual donations, and will multiply them four-fold!

On the CAYA Virtual Food Drive Page, you can “go shopping” and choose what will be bought with your donation of money, or you can choose any amount you wish to donate.  Through the magic of bulk purchasing, every dollar donated this way transforms into $4 worth of food!

CAYA’s Virtual Food Drive page:

Please share this link on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and anywhere else where magically generous people can be found!

CAYA’s Virtual Food Drive will be running through the end of September, so whenever you have some extra abundance to share this Autumn, please “go shopping” with CAYA and help us to reach our goal of $500 - which will, of course, buy $2,000 worth of food for those in need of extra abundance this season!

Have a Celestial, Rewarding, Mystical, Wise Week!

Molly Blue Dawn