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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Karma Cinema Month at the New Parkway, Walking Tour of Prince Memorial Greenway, Street Theater in a Society of Conflict, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Creating Choices, An Evening of Sherlock Holmes, Romeo and Juliet, Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical, Silhouette Portraits, A Movie Night - The Original Wicker Man, Sacred Hearth Classes: Practical Magic for a Happy Home, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Urban Roses Soliloquies, Cajun Zydeco Festival, Trashformation, River Otters at Lake Merritt?!, Beach Picnic and Clean Up, Solfest 2013, Open Society Project - Dios de la Adrenalina, Be Love Farm Dinner, Celebrate Sehu Cherokee Goddess of Agriculture and Ceremonies, The Imaginists Season Announcement Party, Gaskell Ball, Bay Area Tarot Symposium, Time Travel Weekends, Assyrian Food Festival, San Jose Pride, The King Stag, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Mount Wanda Walks, Hack Your Hoodie, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Garden Gate Farewell Gathering, Calling the Dream: An Exploration Group, Writing the Heart Sutra, A Star Wars Party, Physics vs. Time Travel, Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda, Berkeley Morris Workshop, Holy Sponge! Menstrual Sea Sponge Workshop

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!

Walking Tour of Prince Memorial Greenway
with Bill Montgomery
Wednesday, August 14, 7:00PM
Courtyard, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa

“We will meet at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in the courtyard. During this leisurely stroll, local historian Bill Montgomery will discuss the history of the Greenway Project. You will view the maturing native California plants growing along the Greenway and will see the outstanding art projects by local artists that decorate many of the retaining walls, overpasses and benches along the trail.”

Street Theater in a Society of Conflict
Wednesday, August 14, 7:30PM
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco

“A slideshow lecture with stories and anecdotes from artists who have responded to conflict and violence through their creative process and expressions.  Presented by Nemcatacoa Director Nico Cifuentes and Carpetbag Brigade Director Jay Ruby. The lecture is approximately one hour long including a Q and A session with the artists.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Real Vocal String Quartet and Tin Cup Serenade
Thursday, August 15, 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!

Real Vocal String Quartet
String quartet, string band, woman’s vocal quartet, jaw-dropping improvising world-music collective… pick a box and Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside it, with style.
Tin Cup Serenade
Tin Cup Serenade have a timeless sound all their own, shifting between Jazz, Blues, Calypso, weepy Westerns, Mariachi, Noir, and more.

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!

Creating Choices
with Nicki Koethner and Rebekah Goldstein-Hawes
Thursday, August 15, 6:30-9:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
Suggested donation $10-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information, please contact Nicki at 510-779-2842 or nkoethnermft@yahoo.com         

“Feeling stuck? Do you experience depression or anxiety, or limiting beliefs about what is possible for you? Do you have health problems that you need support to move through?

Rebekah is a Zero Balancing therapist, Nicki is an Expressive Arts therapist. Their different backgrounds form an extensive combined knowledge and experience of how the body holds patterns of imbalance, trauma and old beliefs from the past and tools to transform these!

This event will involve movement, sensory exercises, eating delicious treats, and listening to some new approaches to give you tools to make change.”

An Evening of Sherlock Holmes
presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday, August 15, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
“Butterfield 8 presents another in our Third Thursdays reading series!

An Evening of Sherlock Holmes
Two short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted and Directed by Kathleen MacKay
A terrific group of richly textured voices will present two stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this Thursday, August 15.

Featuring Beth Chastain as the celebrated Sherlock Holmes, and Elinor Bell as the ubiquitous sidekick Dr. Watson.
The evening's entertainment includes The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, and what is widely considered to be the best of the Holmes short stories, The Adventure of the Speckled Band. David Hardie, Melynda Kiring and Peter Jonathan McArthur will each add multiple voices to the stories.
There is no admission charged for the evening, but donations are gratefully accepted. Doors open at 7:30PM for an 8:00PM curtain. We will have a Tea and Talk-back at the end of the evening, and will serve special Baker Street Brownies. Please join us!”

Romeo and Juliet
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Friday, August 15-16, 7:00PM
playing through August 30
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.”

Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical
Thursday-Sunday, August 15-18, 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.”

Silhouette Portraits
with Karl Johnson
Friday, August 16, 12:00-7:00PM
Hicklebee's, 1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 408-292-8880
$10 to reserve a space, $25 per portrait

“Renowned silhouette artist, Karl Johnson will be creating hand-cut silhouettes at Hicklebee's.  Silhouette cutting is an extremely rare art form these days but one man still practices this all but lost form of portraiture. You can be among the many happy individuals who have an original silhouette portrait expertly created by Karl Johnson.

Each Silhouette is cut out entirely freehand. Karl simply looks at the subject's profile (whether in person or from a photograph) and starts cutting their exact likeness out of black paper. Every Silhouette is an original, one of a kind work of art, signed by the artist.

Original Silhouette $25. Duplicates and frames available. It takes only a few minutes! Squirmy children of all ages welcome.

$10 reserves your space. Please contact the store at 408-292-8880 to make your appointment today!“

A Movie Night - The Original Wicker Man
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, August 16, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“No, not the awful remake with Nicholas Cage. We are showing the original movie from 1973. The Wicker Man -A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. Director: Robin Hardy Writer: Anthony Shaffer (screenplay) Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento.

After the movie there will be a discussion of the misinformation and stereotyping of paganism in mainstream media.

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

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

Sacred Hearth Classes: Practical Magic for a Happy Home  
The Alchemy of Cooking
with Lady Maia
Friday, August 16, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per class

“Food is magic. It is the combination of the elements and the gifts of the earth.  Individual ingredients have their own magical properties, and by combining them in different ways we can create powerful spells that affect our lives.
In this class we will discuss the magical properties of food, food spells, food as ancestor worship, devotional cooking, and much more.
Participants are encouraged to bring a family recipe to share. We will also be sampling a variety of magical treats provided by Lady Maia.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, August 16, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”

Urban Roses Soliloquies
with Nicia De'Lovely
Friday-Saturday, August 16-17, 7:00PM
The Fellowship of Humanity Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland

“Celebrate the perseverance of WOMAN with phenomenal poetry, music, dance, and food.  Feel our struggles and strengths as we persistently thrive in dire conditions.

Deatrice Nicia De'Lovely is a native Bay Area Poetess, Published Author and Playwright. Her mission is to promote self-esteem and assertiveness to inner city girls and women through literary arts.”

Cajun Zydeco Festival
at Ardenwood
Saturday, August 17, 10:00AM-7:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$22 adults, $5 children 4-15, children under 3 free

“Bring the family for a day filled with the best Cajun/Zydeco music, dancing and delicious Southern and Cajun food. Visit the farm animals, shop specialty vendors and join some dance lessons. Our 17th Annual Festival features national and local bands including Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues and Zydeco Band, the Sheryl Cormier Band, Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.”

Laguna Fest 2013
Saturday, August 17, 10:00AM-8:00PM
Laguna Farm, 1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol

“Laguna Farm plays host to Laguna Fest, our annual open house, community celebration and education day. This event is Laguna Farm’s way of thanking our community while joining powers with local non-profits, educators, crafts persons, chefs, and community leaders. During this day-long event, participants can learn how to create fire by friction, tour the Laguna de Santa Rosa, ask experts for garden advice, experience herbal preparations, find new togs in our up-cycled clothing swap, understand new concepts in composting and many other sustainability topics.

Throughout the years, Laguna Farm has opened it’s barn doors to the community to say thank you for being a part of our farm. This day long event supports the work of several non-profits including the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Sonoma County Herb Exchange, the Ceres Project, Food For Thought, and Daily Acts!  We honor this beautiful land with restoration of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, tours through our growing fields, blessings of the land and lessons in history, indigenous uses of resources and commitments of regeneration. Come take part and see how learning new skills in a community party can help regenerate the planet by supporting local agricultural pursuits.”

Upcycling Opportunities in Sustainability and Design
presented by Market Days at the Exploratorium
Saturday, August 17, 11:00AM-3:00PM, and the third Saturday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Plaza

“Our waste could be the start of something beautiful and useful. Join us to consider the creative and innovative potential of trash. The Y.E.S. (Youth Educational Spacecraft) Project will land their mobile spaceship classroom built from repurposed and found objects by kids from the Tenderloin and Hunters Point. All Power Labs will show off their compact, automated system to turn wood chips into electricity. Plus, work on crocheting a rug from rags with Ramekon O’Arwisters, and make puppets and toy tops from objects others might throw away.

Explorables at Transformation
Tops come in all shapes and sizes. Use different building materials to see how they change the way in which your top spins. This classic game was one of Frank Oppenheimer's favorite activities.

Made from cups and other found materials, Cuppets are stick puppets that prompt the maker to explore the fundamental differences between animals. Have you ever wondered what makes a house cat different from a tiger?

This series of free, open-air mini-festivals brings together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators to present an abundance of encounters with local phenomena ranging from culinary seasonings to ‘spacecraft’ made from upcycled materials.

Each Market Days event features curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays along the Plaza in front of Pier 15.”

River Otters at Lake Merritt?!
with the River Otter Ecology Project
Saturday, August 17, 12:00-1:00PM
Rotary Nature Center, 600 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“What mammal eats fish, lives on land and in the water, and loves to slide in the mud and splash into the water?

That’s right, river otters!

Kids and families, join Wild Oakland and the River Otter Ecology Project’s education team for a fun-filled introduction to this amazing Bay Area species!

This special event is geared toward children 3-10 years old.

River otters are ambassadors for habitat preservation and restoration since they’re charismatic carnivores reliant on healthy watersheds to thrive.  Through storytelling and coloring, we’ll learn about these playful otters, including what they eat, where they live, and how we can make sure they have what they need to be healthy and happy in the Bay Area.

We’ll meet at the Rotary Nature Center on Saturday, August 17th from 12:00-1:00PM. Kids of all ages and their parents/guardians are welcome.  Admission is free!!”

Beach Picnic and Clean Up
with Community Seed
Saturday, August 17, 12:00-3:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Bonny Doon Beach, Bonny Doon Road at Highway 1, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Don’t miss another opportunity to serve your community and your planet. (Not to mention socialize and have fun!) We’ll provide the bags if you will do your part and help us fill them. Bring your drums, songs, chants and food to share. As the cleanups progress through the year, we’ll also post stats about how much we’ve been picking up, so you can see the difference we make.

2013 Dates:
June 15
July 20
August 17

Bonny Doon Beach is located on Highway 1, near Bonny Doon Road. This beach has ample parking, which is free, and there is the benefit that it is clothing optional. This means if you want you can go skyclad, (nude) but of course this is optional.

At the end of the cleanup, we ask each person to help with hauling away the trash and recycle. Bring leather gloves if you have them. We will supply bags and other containers for nails and glass. Please bring a lunch, or food to share, your own water supply, and be advised that there are No Bathroom Facilities, so come prepared. Also be aware that it is a steep hike down to the beach, so wear good hiking shoes.

Safety Clean Up Rules:
* Children should be supervised at all times.
* Do not pick up needles, syringes, or broken glass without protection!
* Do not touch injured or dead animals.
* Do not turn your back on the ocean.
* Make sure any fire areas cold before touching.
* Driftwood, sea shells and seaweed are not trash, please leave them on the beach.

Directions: Bonny Doon Beach is located on Highway 1, just before Bonny Doon Road, which is just South of Davenport. From Santa Cruz, Drive out of town on the Coastal Highway. About 8 miles out start looking for a long, thin parking lot on your left. That’s your destination. Bonny Doon road is farther up the highway on the right. If you pass Bonny Doon Road, you’ve gone too far. Keep your eyes peeled!

We are very pleased to say that over the last several years a visible difference has been made in the amount of trash that we find on the beach. Further efforts on our part will continue to make a difference.

Please Bring:
Leather gloves if you have them.
Bring a picnic lunch, or snacks to share
Your own water supply
Layers of clothing (It’s often breezy on the sand, and temps can vary widely)
Something to sit on. (Big beach blankets, or towels will do …)

We will supply bags for nails, glass, and trash. Be advised that there are NO POTTIES AVAILABLE. Come prepared.
For More Info Call: 831-469-0336
We hope to see you on sand for picnicing and clean up!”

Solfest 2013
Saturday, August 17, Noon-Midnight
Solar Living Center/Real Goods store
13771 Highway 101, Hopland (in Mendocino County)
Adults $20 in advance, $25 on the day, under 14 free

“SolFest XV is a one-day event filled with hands-on educational workshops, inspirational speakers, live performances, eco-conscious vendors, kid’s activities, organic food, and many other festivities.  It’s the largest fundraising event for the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, giving you the chance to gain a wealth of knowledge through workshops, speakers, and the variety of environmental organizations and businesses on hand. Or kick back, relax, socialize, listen to live music, relish organic food, wine and beer, and enjoy all the other festivities SolFest has to offer. Join us Saturday, August 17, Noon-Midnight.”

Open Society Project - Dios de la Adrenalina
part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, August 17, 1:00PM
Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets, San Francisco

“Dios de la Adrenalina is a cross-cultural collaboration between two accomplished acrobatic stilt- walking companies, Nemcatacoa Teatro from Colombia and The Carpetbag Brigade of San Francisco.  Music by Hojarasca Andina from Carmen de Viboral, Colombia playing contemporary music on traditional Andean instruments and Verbo-Bala from Tucson, Arizona mixing spoken word and electronic music.

Illuminating the undercurrents and dynamics of globalization Dios de Adrenalina examines the collectivizing of trauma, the impact of contraband commerce on the human nervous system and the commodification and re-cycling of resulting conflicts into pop culture.”

Be Love Farm Dinner  
Saturday, August 17, 5:30PM
Be Love Farm, Vacaville - exact address given upon registration
Adults $65, Children under 12 $35

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

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

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

Celebrate Sehu, Cherokee Goddess of Agriculture and Ceremonies
with Daughters of the Goddess
Saturday, August 17, 7:00PM
Orinda location given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount/$30 one time exchange
See website for more information and to RSVP
This ritual is for cisgendered women

“She is Sehu, Goddess of the Aniyunwiya (The Real or Principle People), Sister of Igaehindvo the Sun Goddess and Elihino the Earth Goddess.  Sehu resides over agriculture and brings us together in sacred ceremony to recognize our connection to the Earth and to one another.  How precious it is that we come to Her altar at this harvest time between Lammas and the Fall Equinox and fast approaching Samhain.  We are blessed indeed.

The Cherokee Indians were once known as the mountaineers of the South.  Upon their first encounter with a non-Indigenous man (Hernando DeSoto in around 1540) their territory included over 130,000 square miles of North America covering eight present day states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.  The diaspora of the mountaineers of the South has been taught to Americans through the stories of The Trail of Tears which was the forced removal and relocation of several hundred thousand Indigenous People to the land we now call Oklahoma.  Leaving behind their homes, their known food and water supplies, the bones of their ancestors, and everything that they knew, they walked (many across several states) to their new ‘home’.   Theirs has not been an easy plight, but the story of the Cherokee is a story of strength, perseverance and determination.  Today there are three branches of the Cherokee Tree:  the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who live in North Carolina - the descendants of those who refused to relocate at all costs, the United Keetoowah Band who moved to Arkansas and Oklahoma prior to the forced removal and relocation, and the largest of the branches, the Cherokee Nation, of which around 200,000 live in Oklahoma with another 600,000 living in the United States while remaining active Nation members.

As you prepare for this ritual consider the way that you celebrate the food that sustains your body.  The Earth that holds the roots of plants, caressing them, feeding them nutritiously.  Consider your own consciousness of agriculture.  Touch some food producing plants and feel their energy.  Put your bare feet on the Earth and feel this planet that sustains all living things.  Let Her energy course through your veins.  

For the altar, please bring a fruit or vegetable offering to Sehu that feels nourishing/delectable/delicious energetically when you hold it.  Also, please bring a candle that  you can continue to burn in prayer to Sehu with praise and thanks for all that She provides.

We will also be Tithing to our sacred Elder Luisah Teish. Please bring any denomination of $5 such as $5, $10, $20, $55, etc. to help support Teish and all the wonderful work that she does in the world.

Please remember to bring a chair or blanket to sit on and warm layers to wear as it can get quite chilly. We want to make sure everyone is warm and comfortable so that they can get the most out of their ritual experience. Mahalo.”

The Imaginists Season Announcement Party
Saturday, August 17, 7:00-10:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-528-7554
Sliding Scale $10-$20

“An Imaginists Party... and you're invited!

The dangerous sounds of Odd Job Ensemble, Rat killing with the CRUX, Slippery sounds of Snake Walk, the Imaginists Puppet Peep Shows and Captain Bike Shorts in ‘Spin the Sprocket’

Lagunitas Beer $5
Tamales $2

PLUS our new projects for 2013-14!

The Imaginists completely re-think how theater engages a whole community, by breaking down barriers to who participates, where it happens and what it is.

We take risks, exploring the possibilities of theater, from new works and classics to bilingual and site-specific works, rooted in an ensemble approach.
We strive for a visionary theater; inspiring, provoking, hand-made, recycled and authentic.
We educate through classes, youth ensembles, school outreach, mentoring, and internships.
We engage new audience through bilingual works, community-based theater projects and unexpected collaborations encouraging diversity and new artistic voices.
We invite the New, understanding that culture erupts, changes, and responds to the here and now.
Above all, we honor the power of live performance to create a vital forum for ideas and communication.”

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, August 17, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.

We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
October 26, 2013
December 21, 2013"

Bay Area Tarot Symposium
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18
Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The first, the original, the only... There is NOTHING like a BATS!

Two days of Tarot-drenched fun and frolic including workshops, presentations, readings in the Pagan Science Reading Room, fabulous schmoozery, and the legendary Tarot Bazaar, featuring Tarot Garden (your source for all things Tarot) and the Millard Fillmore Memorial Spiritualist Temple Garage Sale (the retail arm of the DoD)
Plus! the Raffle of Fabulous Prizes!

The BATS in the Belfry Magickal, Mystical Mixer on Saturday night will feature the Michael Kenny jazz combo and special guest performers.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18, 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?”

Assyrian Food Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18, Saturday 11:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday 11:30AM-9:00PM
Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish, 680 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose

“Bring the whole family and join us in celebrating the 21st Annual Assyrian Food Festival: The Celebration Continues! This two-day event, open Saturday 11:00AM-11:00PM and Sunday 11:30AM-9:00PM, will feature traditional Assyrian food (real kabobs!); live music, dancing, and entertainment; a wine bar; the original Samovar Alley featuring exotic teas, coffee, and pastries; arts, crafts, and exhibits; vendors from all over the world; and a Kids' Zone, as well as $10 Raffle for a 2013 Dodge Challenger. It’s a great deal of fun!!!

The annual festival is an opportunity to showcase Assyrian food, traditions and educate the community about the Assyrian heritage as well as to preserve and to continue passing on Assyrian cultural traditions to the next generation. If you enjoy trying authentic food, music, and dance, make plans to attend the festival! You can mingle with and learn about the people whose ancestral homeland is known in history as "the cradle of civilization.

The festival will be held at the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish. ADMISSION IS FREE, PARKING and SHUTTLE FREE, no pets please.”

San Jose Pride
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18, 12:00-7:00PM
Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information

“Equality for Everyone

40 years ago, in 1971, a few dozen people organized and congregated for the first Gay Rights rally in San Jose. The following year, the first gay newspaper, Lambda News, began to promote the event. In 1976, hundreds would gather for the first official Gay Pride Festival, held at St. James Park in downtown San Jose, featuring political speakers, community booths, and local entertainment. In 1977, the first Gay Pride Parade kicked off what had become the yearly San Jose Gay Pride Festival.

The 80s gay movement named Stockton Street home of San Jose Gay Pride. In the years following, many gay-owned businesses began to spring up in this quiet west-downtown neighborhood, creating one of the first gay communities in Santa Clara County. This Rose Garden neighborhood offered a familiar and safe place to gather, socialize, and live. Prior to its current location on The Alameda, Stockton Street was also home to the first Billy DeFrank Center.

As the city continued to grow in the 90s, gay culture started to show itself in the mainstream, and attendance began to increase. Soon the yearly celebration outgrew the Stockton Street area. In 1995, after receiving an offer from the City of San Jose to return to Downtown, the Pride Parade and Festival was relocated to its current home in Discovery Meadow Park on San Carlos Street. With year-round support from hundreds of community volunteers and sponsors, thousands from near and far continue to gather annually to celebrate San Jose Pride, our diversity, and our community.

In 2013, we celebrate the 38th Annual San Jose PRIDE Festival in spirit of Strength and Diversity during the third weekend in August, in Discovery Meadow Park, in Downtown San Jose.”

The King Stag
presented by Curtain Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18, 2:00PM,
playing through September 2
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!”

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18, 7:00PM
playing through September 1
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.”

Mount Wanda Walks
Sunday, August 18, 9:00AM
John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez

“Be sure to come with a comfortable pair of walking shoes and plenty of water. We recommend hats and sunscreen as well to protect you from the sun. Much of the walk is exposed and as the summer creeps up on us, the weather will get hotter.

The first part of the hike is shaded by California Bay Laurel and various Oak trees, but the trail climbs, the trees thin out and you'll enter an oak grassland. There, the trail gets quite steep, but only for a short time. The advantage of this is spectacular views of the Alhambra Valley at an angle that blocks all development. You'll be able to look back 200 or more years in time.

Dogs are allowed as long as they stay on leash.”

Hack Your Hoodie
with Rachel the Crafty Avenger
Sunday, August 18, 1:00-4:00PM
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
Free, $8 donation requested for materials, please RSVP

“Rachel the Crafty Avenger returns to help us hack our (and our kids’ hoodies) in time for back to school. The hoodie is a wonderful blank canvas. Just right for hacking and customizing. After a 30 min. demonstration and talk that takes us through several examples we will dig into individual projects. Instructions and materials for several different types of modifications will be available for folks to work with. Rachel will also be on hand to help and will bring the following tools:

A serger sewing machine
A grommet setter
hand needs
What to bring

A hoodie you are okay with modifying.
Any random t-shirts or garments you might want to rob for fabric or bits
Extra bits and trims that appeal to you
A sewing machine… if it is easy.

This workshop is FREE, though a materials donation of $8 is requested. This workshop runs on a minimum of 5 people. RSVP for yourselves and for $5/hour childcare at Eventbrite.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, August 18, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

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

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

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

Garden Gate Farewell Gathering
Sunday, August 18, 4:00-10:00PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
$20 at door includes all entertainment, food and drink

“Dear Friends of Garden Gate,
It is with great sadness we have to report the closing of Garden Gate on August 31.  Upon the unexpected return of the Giorgi family (the site owners) from France, we must end this one-year-exactly hosting the astonishing talents of the Bay Area.

We want to celebrate all these true artists and invite you to our last Garden Gate Gathering, as a thank you and energizer for future happenings, wherever they may be.

Please drop in for a day of all you can hear/see/feel/eat/drink festivities: Music, Dancing, BBQ, Sangria, more!  $20 for endless food, sangria and concerts.  Tips please to help send our artists off into their next venues!

Starting off with a milonga featuring Orquesta Z and featuring a full line-up of fabulous musicians and dancers including Diana Rowan, Rebecca Trujillo, Holly Shaw, and many more!  We celebrate a year of wonderful artists as we close our Garden Gate.

Thank you, everyone, for supporting all our hopes and dreams through Garden Gate.  So many powerful things emerged from GG: inspiration, collaborations, friendships, healing - we know it was all worth it.  Off it goes back into the universe, perhaps to return one day?

Please visit our Facebook page to share your thoughts, photos, memories, plans...

With love,
Becky and Diana”

Calling the Dream: An Exploration Group
with Katrina Dreamer
Sunday, August 18, 7:00-9:30PM, and seven more Sundays through October 6
BFUU, 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley
$210 if paid in advance, or two installments of $115
Must RSVP by August 16
To register, please contact Katrina at katrina@katrinadreamer.com or 510-984-1552

“Establishing a relationship with your dreams can deepen your experience of life and help you cultivate a rich spiritual life. In this group we will explore various ways to create and cultivate a dream practice, including how to receive guidance from and solve problems within your dreams.

The group is open to people of all faiths, orientations, and backgrounds. Both dream newbies and long-time dreamers are welcome.

Katrina will offer tips for how to recall and record dreams, clear your dream space, incubate dreams, and receive more detailed information in dreams. Even if you don’t remember your dreams very often, it can be beneficial to join a group… often the dreams return when you're focusing on them!

RSVP and pay by August 16; spots are limited!  E-mail katrina@katrinadreamer.com or call 510-984-1552 to reserve your spot.

Katrina Dreamer has been leading dream groups in the Bay Area for four years and she has a master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from JFK University with a specialization in dreams.”

Writing the Heart Sutra
with Rev. Val Szymanski
Monday, August 19, 7:00PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Writing the Heart Sutra, considered the essence of the Buddha's teaching, is an ancient Zen practice that calms the mind, leading to an experience of deep inner peace. Rev. Val Szymanski, a Zen priest with Bamboo in the Wind, will guide us in this meditative writing ritual that is said to reveal one’s true nature. Come and try your hand with pen or brush, in English or Chinese. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided.”

A Star Wars Party
at Towne Center Books
Tuesday, August 20, 5:00PM
Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Free, please RSVP to 925-846-8826 or e-mail orders@townecenterbooks.com

“To celebrate the release of ‘Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett,’ we are having a Star Wars Party for all ages!  All Star Wars Lovers are invited.  Games, Refreshments, Fun!

Reservations are helpful for refreshments and supplies. Costumes welcome.”

Physics vs. Time Travel
with Professor Ken Wharton
presented by The Commonwealth Club
in association with Wonderfest
Tuesday, August 20, 6:30PM
NASA Ames Conference Center, Building 3, 500 Severyns Avenue, Mountain View
Free, please register at the website below

“Everyone loves a good time travel story, but given what we know, and don't know, about physics, is time travel in any way plausible? Using popular movies as a framework, Professor Wharton will outline several distinct categories of consistent time travel stories, and discuss possible connections with actual physics.

Wonderfest's Mission is to inspire and nurture a deep sense of wonder about the world. We aspire to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning. We achieve these ends through public science gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area and through online science discourse and video that reach around the world.”

Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda
Tuesday, August 20, 7:00PM
meet at CalTrans Park and Ride lot, Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez
Free, please RSVP to 925-228-8860

“Join Us For A Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda!

Join National Park Service rangers for Full Moon walks on Mount Wanda. This free, two-hour program features a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the Full Moon rise over nearby Mount Diablo. Atop Mount Wanda's 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the Moon. Listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

Reservations are suggested. Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at 925-228-8860 to make a reservation. Visitors should meet at the CalTrans Park and Ride lot at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez (at the Alhambra Avenue exit off Highway 4). Bring water, a flashlight, warm clothes, and binoculars (if you have them). Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the trail is steep. If it rains heavily, the walk will be canceled.”

Berkeley Morris Workshop
Tuesday, August 20, 7:30PM, and three more Tuesdays
Christ Church of Berkeley, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley

"Every year Berkeley Morris hosts a series of FREE workshops in morris and related dance traditions. No experience is needed, and all are welcome! Workshops are taught by members of Berkeley Morris, or friends of ours from the local (or not so local) dance community. Come to one, or attend all four. Join us afterwards at the Jupiter Pub at 2181 Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley.

The particular styles and dances taught vary from year to year. If you attended last year, come back for something new!

Workshops for 2013 will be held on the following dates (all are Tuesdays beginning at 7:30PM):
20 August
27 August
10 September
17 September

Come and learn the basics of Morris Dancing at a series of free workshops in Berkeley. Each Tuesday we will teach a different variation and begin at the beginning, so come to as many as you want.  No partner needed; this is danced in a group rather than with a partner.

Morris Dance is a traditional English performance dating back hundreds of years, typically done in the spring by a team of dancers and musicians who have practised together over the winter months.  Berkeley Morris was founded in 1977. We perform throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Our team members cover a wide range of locations, professions, ages and genders.”

These are the Morris Dancers who make the sun come up at Tilden Park on Beltane!

Holy Sponge! Menstrual Sea Sponge Workshop
part of Homestead Apothecary’s Yoni Series
Thursday, August 22, 6:30-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549
$20 class cost includes a sea sponge starter kit

“We invite you to join us in exploring the wonders of natural sea sponges for menstruation. Holy Sponge! believes sponges are the safest and most sustainable alternative to toxic cotton tampons. We encourage you to participate in this discussion with such topics as: sea sponges (of course!), the history of menstruation, sustainable menstrual practices, and reclaiming our cycles from the deep roots of shame associated with menstrual blood.”

Have a Creative, Original, Practical, Proud Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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