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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for September 2013 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for:

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."

Freddie Mercury’s Birthday
Thursday, September 5

Put on your craziest hat and pay tribute to this avatar of my own patron God!
2011 tribute video:
Best Google Doodle Evar!!!!!

If you want to get him a gift, please make a donation in his name to one of these charities:

Or have even more fun and raise money by becoming Freddie for a day! http://www.freddieforaday.com

(You could be Mercury for a Day, but it’s just not the same...)

Lover of Life, Singer of Songs!

Pallas Cat Fundraiser
Saturday, September 7, Noon-Midnight
Isis Oasis, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$40 all day and night performances, includes two meals
$15 after 7:00PM, live music only

Manulfest13 is happening September 7 at Isis Oasis

featuring live music, poetry, djs, plays by:
Jill Tracy, Gitane Demone with Rikk Agnew, Protea, Sublime Friction, Shadow Circus Creature Theatre, Retribution Body, Baron Rubenbauer, DJ Death Boy, Rain Graves, Serena Toxicat, Sumiko Saulson, DJ Fact.50, missFAILed, Feral Fox Burlesque, Lilith Babellon

ManulFest is a multi-media event in Geyserville, CA dedicated to the Pallas' cat, a fluffy feline phenomenon native to Mongolia, Russia, and surrounding areas.

This small wild cat's fierce spirit has motivated the art and entertainment world into a whirlwind of furry fury, positive cattiness, and creative inspiration to spread awareness, adoration, and emulation.

Artists from both coasts of the US come together this year to celebrate this lesser known, near threatened species, with music, poetry, puppetry, ritual, fashion, ‘cattoo’, theater, paintings, tarot, food and much more. The full-day, family-friendly event takes place in an Ancient Egyptian style retreat center complete with a functioning temple and a sanctuary that is home to ocelots, servals, peacocks, and other exotic cats and birds. A portion of the proceeds will benefit them. We are dismayed to say there will be no Manuls on the premises, however, you can take a tour of the animal enclosures at 5pm and meet the wild spotted and feathered Isis Oasis residents!

The idea of a Manul themed festival grew out of an obsession with Pallas' cats known as Manulomania. Our goal is to raise funds to donate to Save Manul and/or the Manuls at the EFBC Feline Conservation Center.”

Hoot and Howl
Saturday, September 7, 6:00-10:00PM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
$150, 21+

“What is the Hoot and Howl?
This is a fundraising benefit unlike any other. A secret back entrance to Happy Hollow through Danny’s cave, 3 signature cocktails, private access to the park playgrounds after hours, 7 foodie stations by PSRT, up close animal encounters, complimentary photo booth by The Laugh Box, dancing, bathtub racers, Happy Hollow ‘Lounge’, and a sake bar from Yuki Sushi at the top of the Redwood Lookout. Danny the Dragon and the rollercoaster will be open. All your favorites from last year, plus some new surprises. Leave the kids at home, and party with the animals after dark.

When is the event?
Save the date: it’s Saturday, September 7, 6:00-10:30PM, at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

Who benefits?
Our animals like to have fun, too, and at Hoot and Howl you can see and purchase special enrichment toys for the animals. In addition to animal enrichment, your donations support many quality programs at Happy Hollow, including conservation efforts on four continents, a science education program aligned with California standards, and one of the oldest puppet theaters in the country. Did you know that Happy Hollow is a nationally accredited zoo with a stellar reputation in the industry? Did you know that Happy Hollow is the FIRST LEED certified GOLD park and zoo in the country? You’re supporting the arts, conservation and species survival when you support
Happy Hollow.”

Willits Kinetic Carnivale
Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Mendocino County Museum, 400 East Commercial Street, Willits
see website for admission and schedule details

“The Second Annual Willits Kinetic Carnivale, September 7-8, 2013
An Amazing Array of Activities for Aficionados of Kinetic Energy and Steam Handcar Races
Grand Ball
Roots of Motive Power
Annual Steam-Up
Kinetic Fly-In
Airport Day
Kinetic Carnivale and Vendor Fair
For more information, please call 707-459-7699 or e-mail Info@KineticCarnivale.com

Renaissance Tudor Fayre
Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park  (near Folsom)
$12 adults, $8 children 4-12, other discounts available, see website
For more information, please contact Raelynn Debone at 916-223-6725 or raelynn_debone@yahoo.com

“Join the King for a Weekend of Entertainment, Feasting, Arts, Crafts, and Merrymaking!

Fun for Everyone!”

National Heirloom Exposition
Tuesday-Thursday, September 10-12, 9:00AM-9:00PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Adults $10 for one day, $25 for all 3 days, children 17 and under free

“The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Our inaugural event held mid-September 2011 in Santa Rosa, California drew more than 10,000 people from around the country and beyond. With more than 70 speakers and 250 natural food vendors, the event was the largest gathering in pure food history! The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public - so much so that it is being called the World’s Fair of the pure food movement!”

Sea Music Festival
Saturday, September 14, 9:30AM-5:00PM
see website for detailed schedule and list of performers
Hyde Street Pier and onboard the Balclutha and Eureka, San Francisco
Adults $5, Youth 15 and under Free

“This summer we'll celebrate another long-standing maritime tradition with the Sea Music Festival at Hyde Street Pier. Be sure to join us for a day of heartfelt singing and sweet instrumentals from a talented crew of local musicians and nationally-renowned performers. Join us for a day and evening of traditional music from around the world.

From two stages on Hyde Street Pier, and onboard the historic vessels Balclutha and Eureka.

Admission: Hyde Street Pier and Visitor Center, free. Boarding fees for the historic vessels: Adults, $5, ages 15 and under, free. Free with National Park passes. For more Information call 415-447-5000.

Experience traditional songs of the sea with performers Gordon Bok, Shay Black, Liz Carroll, Holdstock and Macleod, Jeff Warner, Dogwatch Nautical Band and many more!”

The Persephone Cycle: From The Light To The Dark
A day-long event for Women
with Maya Spector
presented by Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts
Saturday, September 14, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

“The story of Persephone and Demeter is the only major Greek myth centering on women’s experience.  Through poetry, storytelling, journal writing, ritual, and conversation, we will consider the relevance of this ancient myth to women today.  As we approach the equinox and the dark half of the year, we can use the myth of Persephone’s annual descent to the underworld to inform and deepen our understanding of our own journeys and life dreams.  It is into the dark earth that we plant seeds of renewal.
Please bring:
a journal or notebook and pen
your own lunch or a lunch to share (to be decided)
a small object that has held meaning for you and that you are ready to part with.

Maya Spector is a storyteller, poet, ritualist, and SoulCollage facilitator.  She has performed at The Great Night of Rumi, The Great Night of Soul Poetry and Rumi’s Caravan in the greater Bay Area.  Maya is the author of a book of poetry, The Persephone Cycle and a firm believer in the power of images, symbols and the oral tradition to nourish both the individual soul and the soul of the world.”

Come As You Are To the Northern California Renaissance Faire!
Saturday, September 14, 2:00-5:30PM,
Carpool/caravan from the Sacred Well leaves at 12:30PM
Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister
or meet the carpool at The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $10
Discounted tickets available through the website
Two-for-One coupon for Opening Weekend:

“Join CAYA Sprouts for a fun filled afternoon at the Ren Faire

Join us as we watch jousting knights, acrobats, amazing storytellers, and more! Soak in the ambiance, from the robust humor of peasants to the sly insults of the nobility. Try some meat-on-a-stick and wander the marketplace! Come dressed in your best renaissance finery or in your everyday clothes.

NOTE: Blades are allowed, but must be peace-tied at the entrance.
This is an event you won't want to miss!

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, and water. This is an outdoor event in a hot area, please plan accordingly.

If have further questions please contact cayacoven@gmail.com

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.

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

CAYA is also doing a Virtual Food Drive!

Bounty of Heart’s Delight
Annual Fundraiser for Veggielution Community Farm
Saturday, September 14, 4:30-10:00PM
Veggielution Community Farm, Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 South King Road, San Jose
$100 (tax deductible)

“Join Veggielution for a farm fresh feast of local produce and wine, sourced and prepared by gifted San Jose native Chef Robert Dasalla from Little Chef Counter.  Celebrate the rich tastes of our bountiful harvest while soaking in the sights of the farm and sounds of live music.  Polish off the evening with a decadent dessert and the warm feeling of supporting a healthy, homegrown, San Jose.

Tax-deductible tickets are $100 each.  

About the Chef

Chef Robert Dasalla puts his life-long passion for the culinary arts into fruition though the creation of Little Chef Counter. Chef Dasalla brings with him over 10 years of Culinary experience in many of San Francisco’s top destinations such as Waterbar and Ana Mandara. His charismatic nature is as much of a treat as his culinary delights.

About Little Chef Counter

Little Chef Counter is a micro-bistro which specializes in Californian-French cuisine. With an emphasis on seasonal and fresh ingredients, Little Chef Counter always strives to introduce new and exciting quality menu items.

Veggielution: Cultivating education, community, and social justice through sustainable agriculture.”

Much Ado About Sebastopol
Saturday-Sunday, September 14-15, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ives Park, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol
Adults $12, Ages 6-14 $7, Under 6 Free
“Join us for Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs!

Ives Park in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens.

As a visitor to our Faire, wander around and interact with a myriad of villagers from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving while listening to a wandering minstrel… enjoy some ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming, sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch.

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas) - when rents are due, wages are paid, and the crops have been gathered and stored for the coming Winter. It's time for the people of the little town of Fenford to relax and enjoy some well-earned recreation, while giving thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Queen Elizabeth has been out hunting with her courtiers, and her Master of Horse, Robert Dudley, The Earl of Leicester has arranged a surprise for her. He intends to lead her back to his manor by way of the celebration. Here she will join the revels of her loving subjects, and be entertained in their lusty, country fashion.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturdays-Sundays, September 14-October 13, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $10
Discounted tickets available through the website

“Our little village of Willingtown comes to life as our annual Market Faire welcomes talented and exotic performers from throughout the globe to our streets and stages. The Entertainment is non stop all day.

The streets and stages boast music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal. Swashbuckling swordfighters render women defenseless with their charm and skill.

The original form of Renaissance theatre is played out on the Royal Garden stage in the form of the hilarious Commedia Dell Arte performed by the renowned troupe, Commedia Volante.

Foolishness and fun rule the day as ever popular favorites, Moonie the Magnif’cent and BrooN bring their unique brand of mischief and humor to the Fools stage. The town is buzzing as the villagers prepare for a visit from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and the most famous Privateer of the time, Sir Francis Drake. Happy peasants, crooked Constables, gossiping washerwomen, and merry maidens fill the streets with revelry as the festivities begin. Seven stages boast non stop entertainment. For a complete list of shows, click on The Stages category. Meet all of the Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians that fill the streets on our Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians pages.”

Calling All Choir
with Mark Growden
a sixteen week workshop from September 2013-January 2014
see website for registration details

Sonoma County Chapter
Monday, September 16, 7:00-9:00PM,
and Mondays through January 21, 2014
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol

East Bay Chapter
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30-9:30PM,
and Tuesdays through January 22, 2014
Connie Barbour Room, BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley

San Francisco Chapter
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30-9:30PM,
and Wednesdays through January 23, 2014
Saint Gregory Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street, San Francisco

“The Calling All Choir is an inclusive, service-based community singing organization. We are building a broad community of people who want to sing, from those who haven’t sung before to seasoned professionals. We also share the joy of singing with underserved communities such as retirement homes, residential treatment centers, and developmental disability programs.

We have chapters in three regions: San Francisco, The East Bay, and Sonoma County.”

Thanks to Lorelei for letting me know about this event!

The Healing of Love Autumn Camp
presented by Network For New Culture
Thursday-Tuesday, September 19-24
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol
exact address will be given upon registration
$375 includes meals and shared lodging

“Autumn Camp is co-creating the transformation of our Culture through Universal Earthy Love in the deepest sense. By Universal Love we mean deep intimacy, transparency, honesty, spirituality, genuine equality, compassion, ultimate respect for autonomy and sexual freedom all through the context of community.

Network For New Culture seeks to create an environment where authenticity, transparency and honesty are not only welcomed, but encouraged and valued deeply.  In this workshop we will be growing skills, consciousness and connections in community.  It is this environment, a new culture, that is so different from our current one.  It is this environment that produces the surprising energy, enthusiasm, trust and desire to create a deep group bond. We believe it takes a village to raise a consciousness.  This village provides the context to understand one’s authentic self, to grow as social beings and experience significance and belonging. It is juicy, energetic, sweet and inspirational. It is different… and transformative… a New Culture. Of course, the transformation we hope to achieve has implications not only for small communities but the community of the world, a more loving, trusting, compassionate peaceful world.

Autumn Camp Theme: Cultivating your Tribal Technology Skills
Learn to use the tools you need for creating New Culture in your neighborhood. Tools for creating a loving, trusting, transparent, transformational tribe.  Learn how to create ‘The Field’ of focused group energy playfully pulling the authentic YOU forward, beyond your box, into your clearer, stronger voice and choice.

The Field:  We are creating a ‘field’ aka The Sacred Matrix where, when one person succeeds in personal transformation, all people in the connected group will benefit, by observing that person’s work in a safe, loving container.

The Venue: It takes place at the breathtakingly beautiful Love Journey Tantra Temple in Sebastopol, CA. Shared space and tent camping are included in event price. Private rooms are all available, please contact sfbay.nc.events@gmail.com for pricing, etc.”

Nature and Soul Retreat for Autumn Equinox
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, September 20, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
see website for registration details

“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.

The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature. No previous experience is necessary.

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.

Autumn Equinox: With the shortening days, we assess that which we have harvested and that which we are ready to place in rest in our lives, making an offering that honors the balance of the moment both inwardly and outwardly.  We'll be working with the themes of water and softening into the heart of nature with gratitude.”

Lamplight Tours of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Friday-Saturday, September 20-21, tours leave every 20 minutes, 7:30-9:50PM
tours start at Franklin Gate, 1600 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3292
Space is limited, please pre-register - see website below:

“Walk at night through Santa Rosa’s oldest cemetery to see and hear all new dramatic portrayals of some of our city’s early settlers. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery was established as the result of an accident. In November of 1854 a young father, who had arrived from Missouri only a matter of weeks before, drowned in a pond near the center of town. He was buried on land that was part of a Mexican grant given to one of the earliest settlers of Santa Rosa, Dona Maria Ignacia Lopez de Carrillo. Soon other families needed burial places, and the area became an unofficial cemetery. In 1867 the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Association was formed and burial plots in the 17-acre site were formally offered for sale.

Sales of plots continued through 1930, through records of these transactions have been lost. During this period of 70-plus years, parts of the land were sold off, and three separate but adjacent cemeteries were established: the Stanley, Moke, and Fulkerson Cemeteries. Today the four cemeteries combined are owned by the City of Santa Rosa and known collectively as Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. The only burials permitted today are those of descendants of families who held deeds to cemetery plots. The total number of burials is over 5200.

Neglect and vandalism took their toll on the cemetery through years of unclear ownership and sporadic maintenance. A Restoration Committee organized by dedicated volunteers in 1994 and operating under the aegis of the City of Recreation and Parks Department has made great strides in repairing damage, clearing overgrowth, and planning for permanent maintenance. In 1997, the City of Santa Rosa awarded Historical Landmark status to the Rural Cemetery.

Docent-led tours during the summer months acquaint visitors with the history of the town and the many town pioneers who are buried here. Lamplight Tours, conducted in September as fund-raising events, present dramatic vignettes from the lives of the famous and not-so-famous people buried in the Rural Cemetery.”

Creek to Bay Day
Saturday, September 21, 9:00AM-12:00PM
see website for locations where events are planned

“Mark your calendars for Oakland's 18th annual Creek to Bay Day!

Creek to Bay Day, a volunteer-based cleanup and beautification event, will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00AM to noon at more than 20 creek and waterway locations citywide.

Volunteers are needed at numerous creek sites, Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary to pick up litter, remove non-native invasive plants and plant California native species. There is no registration necessary to volunteer. If you are part of group with over 10 people, we would appreciate you letting us know where you plan to volunteer so the coordinator of that site can plan accordingly. If you would like a site recommendation from our staff, please contact us via email creektobayprotection@oaklandnet.com or call 510-238-7630.

Participants of this event, which is held as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, join thousands of volunteers throughout the United States and over 100 countries around the world in taking part in the largest waterway and beach cleanup of the year.”

The Secrets Of Laughter
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
with Annie Goglia
Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22, 9:30AM-5:3-PM
private home, Rockridge, Oakland, exact address given upon registration
see website for registration details

“Spread the Joy! Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader!

Would you like to:
Attract more joy and laughter in your life?
Promote health and well-being through laughter?
Learn skills that will improve your leadership abilities and social life?
Know how to use laughter as a way to improve quality of life for yourself and others?
Spread peace through the magic of laughter?
Start your own laughter club?
Learn how to lead laughter yoga workshops for parties, the elderly, businesses, organizations, schools?
Answer yes to any of these questions? Then this fun and useful workshop is for you!  
Pay (postmarked) by September 14 - check $345 or Paypal $350
Feel free to email or call me with questions.
annie@lifefire.com, Home: 510-655-1433 and Cell 510-282-1279
Looking forward to lots of laughter and fun with you!

Warmly and in shared laughter

Sacramento Pagan Pride Harvest Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22,
Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Fair Oaks VFW Hall, 8990 Kruithof Way, Fair Oaks
Free admission and free parking

“Sacramento Pagan Pride Day and Harvest Festival is place where magic is afoot and the fairies dance. It is where you can learn the ways of old or just enjoy the coming together of community.
The Sacramento Pagan Pride Day and Harvest Festival goals are to educate the Neopagan and larger community, celebrate fellowship, and come together to celebrate Neopagan spirituality. And of course, this is all done with fun and mayhem.
Come check out the wide range of events we have planned. There is fun for all!

Non-perishable food donations for entrance to the festivities is appreciated.
All the food will be donated to a local Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.”

Sing, Stretch and Swim
A Women's Day of Renewal, Immersed in Song, Yoga and Water
With Jackie Long (Yoga) and Betsy Rose (Singer/Songleader)
Sunday, September 22, 10:00AM-5:00PM
private home in Atherton, exact address given upon registration
$100-$120 sliding scale

“Immerse yourself in a special day of womanly wisdom, song, inner quiet, embodiment, water and joy!

Betsy and Jackie will guide you on a journey of diving deep within to find your voice, sing inspiring songs and connect with your body in a more compassionate way.

We will gather at a welcoming home with gorgeous gardens, pool and hot tub, and enjoy a refreshing day of song, meditation, mindful yoga, swimming, potluck lunch and more.

Betsy's singing circles are always an inclusive, heart opening experience, and your singing ‘skills’ are not an issue. Your voice is welcome, in whatever shape it's in - and we find that even the shyest voice grows stronger and more confident in the company of such supportive, non judgmental and congenial gals.

As with all of Jackie's yoga classes, your yoga ‘poses’ are not important. It's your relationship with your unfolding experience that matters most. Your body is welcome, in whatever shape it's in. No prior yoga experience is necessary. We find that when we honor the body, not the ego, the body relaxes and unfolds in its most natural way.

Where: A Private Home in Atherton, with pool, jacuzzi, and spacious gardens.

Betsy is a singer-songwriter, community song leader and mindfulness teacher who leads Womansong Circles - a no-audition, no rehearsal, no performance group singing experience. Singing with women in this spirit opens the heart, taps into our joy and connects us with each other.

Jackie teaches gentle, mindfulness-based yoga and offers us encouragement to dive inside and listen to the still, quiet voice within as we move and breathe together.

Cost: $100-$120 sliding scale

Registration: Space is limited. Early registration is recommended.
To register, please contact Jackie Long at jackie@yogawithlove.com

Autumn at Filoli Festival
Saturday, September 28, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
Adults $25, children 5-17 $5, 4 and younger free

“Join us on Saturday, September 28 for a fun-filled day of entertainment, crafts, and fruit tasting as Filoli presents its annual family-friendly Autumn at Filoli Festival.

Autumn brings to mind the changing of the seasons. The abundant fruit that has been growing during the long summer days in Filoli’s historic Gentlemen’s Orchard is ripening and ready to be harvested and savored. The Visitor and Education Center will host fruit tasting and sampling all day. Docent-led tours of Filoli’s Orchard will be given throughout the day. Learn more about the many varieties of apples, pears, table grapes, and other heritage fruit trees that will be showing off their abundance. Nature Education docents will be on hand to lead hikes through Filoli’s natural beauty and surrounding woodlands. The Garden will still be active in its display of blooming dahlias, colorful copper beech trees and hedge, textural knot garden, burgundy smoke bush and hundreds of roses putting on a late-season show.

The Filoli Garden Shop will be open throughout the day and special guest vendors will be nearby with their artisan creations and edibles including honey, condiments and special herb blends from Filoli.

Activities for Children and Families
Numerous activities are planned with children and families in mind. Filoli will have its own Pumpkin Patch, where children can choose and decorate their own pumpkin to take home. Young guests can have their faces painted by Filoli artists, and also give a hand in helping our volunteers operate the cider press. Marvel at the displays of whimsical scarecrows crafted by Friends of Filoli volunteers.

A Day Filled With Entertainment
This year we’ve added line dancing, autumn-themed floral-arranging demos, and tasty gourmet mini donuts to our already exciting lineup of activities and treats. An action-themed puppet show, Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show and Sterling the Bubblesmith will be on hand to delight and entertain all. Ravioli the Clown will perform his captivating magic show and Snazzy the Clown will be strolling the grounds too, providing fun and treats for the little ones. Family photo opportunities will abound throughout the property - bring your cameras!

Look out for hand-crafted scarecrows designed and created by Friends of Filoli volunteers in all shapes and sizes throughout the property.

Garden Information Docents will be present to share their knowledge and answer your questions about gardening at home as well as at Filoli.

Live Music, BBQ Lunches and Cafe Refreshments
A catered, delicious barbeque lunch is available by advance purchase. You may also purchase a special children’s lunch. Enjoy your lunch under the shaded oaks of the tennis court, as you listen to lively music by The Amigos. Filoli’s Cafe will also be open and serving a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Please note there are no private picnics permitted on Filoli’s grounds. Please join us for Autumn at Filoli Festival!

Please note that picnics are not allowed on Filoli grounds. Please see our VISITOR POLICY AND ETIQUETTE.

You won't want to miss this year’s Autumn at Filoli Festival!”

Lambtown Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South 1st Street, Dixon (West of Sacramento)
Adults $3, Children 6-13 $1, 5 and under Free

“The 27th Annual Lambtown Festival will be held at The Dixon Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 5, 2013 AND Sunday October 6, 2013, from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. Admission is just $3 for adults. Children 6-13 $1 and kids 5 and under are FREE!  For your enjoyment, you will find craft and fiber booths, competitions, and as always, a variety of great food celebrating the lamb industry and the rich agricultural heritage of the region. This year's live entertainment will feature great bands and dance routines.

There is limited free public parking within a short distance. Or you can park across the street in the Fairgrounds parking lot for $5 all day.”

The Kepler Story
Sundays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:30PM
Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive,
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

“We are excited to announce our first ever prime-time Sunday evening performance series taking place in the Morrison Planetarium - the world’s largest all digital dome. As a one-man performance with dramatic supporting music and full dome visuals, the Morrison Planetarium in collaboration with Motion Institute presents The Kepler Story - an innovative, immersive performance piece about the life and story of 17th-century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. The story of his life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion which removed Earth once and for all from its position at the center of the Universe, took an even more dramatic turn when his mother was arrested for witchcraft and Kepler was forced to defend her. On the way to her trial, reading Galileo’s father’s book on harmony, Kepler experienced one of his greatest epiphanies about the harmony of the universe.

History, religion, passion and science intersect in this remarkable individual’s life with a performance in the Academy’s planetarium that has the capacity to elicit moments of transcendence as it enlivens your senses and stimulates your mind. We will explore Kepler’s unique capacity to integrate a worldview steeped in mysticism with a rigorous scientific perspective based on observation and experimentation.

The Kepler Story is produced by Motion Institute, a Bay Area nonprofit theater production company that offers audiences a singular view of current issues, presented in ways that are contemporary, unpredictable, and embedded in the narratives of their own lives. Written and directed by Nina Wise and performed by Norbert Weisser, a veteran film and stage actor, The Kepler Story integrates spectacular visuals developed by the Morrison Planetarium visualization studio and Toshi Anders Hoo, deeply moving music by composer and cellist Zoe Keating and sound design by Emmy Award winner Christopher Hedge.”

Convocation of Isis 2013  
Friday-Monday, October 11-14
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$115 per day includes shared room, all meals and special events
see website for registration and detailed schedule of events
for more information or to register, please call 707-857-4747 or e-mail isis@isisoasis.org

“The Temple of Isis is a legally recognized church in California established in June of 1996. We honor the Goddess Isis, who in modern terms equates with Mother Earth, and has been worshipped longer than any other deity known on the planet.

In honoring Isis we honor the earth, recognizing the peril of this time, given the amount of pollution, destruction of endangered species and violence between countries and each other. We seek to establish harmony, caring, and love among all people by gently pointing the way to a more feminine perspective. We have no dogma, but prefer what may humorously be called catma, a kind of freedom and independence in thought stemming from the ancient wisdom of Egypt

We generally follow the principles of the Fellowship of Isis, out of which our temple was born. The FOI was established by Lady Olivia Robertson and her brother at Clonegal Castle, Enniscorthy, Ireland, which has thousands of members in over 80 countries. Those who are members of the FOI are connected only by their love for the Goddess as each practices in whatever way they wish. The idea is to create balance by incorporating the feminine in deity. We all need the nurturing, forgiveness, and compassion that the Great Mother provides, as we seek to integrate and strengthen both our lunar and solar qualities. Those who become Priestesses and Priests of Isis, within this Temple, pledge to honor all life and commit to help the earth and her people's not only for her preservation but to bring to our lives and the lives of future generations more light and wisdom.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Temple of Isis, we would welcome your email. We are hoping If you are interested in being part of the Temple of Isis, we welcome your email, or Friending us on Facebook. We are creating a spiritual community of like-minded people who wish to build a new world, in peace, balance, and harmony

The Temple of Isis is located at Isis Oasis Sanctuary, on 10 beautiful acres in Geyserville, California. The actual Temple is always open for private meditation time. The sanctuary has a pool, spa, sauna, aviaries of birds and endangered cats which are bred here, plus a sacred 500 year old fir tree. Isis Oasis serves also as a site for weddings and other sacred ceremonies.

Dinner at 7:00PM
Choreographed dance by Le'ema and company
Impression of Lady Olivia by Lillith Babelon
Events all day with Priests and Priestesses offering their wisdom.
Opera of Isis and Osiris by Loreon Vigne
Blue Lotus Ceremony by Arishta
Gnostic Mass with Elizabeth Kelly
Ordinations followed by feast and dancing
Adoration of Isis by Zarita
$50 Deposit to hold your space. $115 a day, includes 3 meals, events and lodging.”

Santa Rosa Mystic Fair
Saturday, October 19, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa

Workshop presenters and exhibitors include Cat Yronwode, Elvyra Curcuruto, Vicki Dobbs of Falling Feather Creations, Jane Keene, Golden Lotus Spiritual Healing, and Reverend Charlotte Tinker.

Thanks to Carin for letting me know about this event!

Song for All Beings
A Musical Celebration of Lovingkindness
Saturday, November 2, 7:30PM
Marin Civic Center Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
$48-$62 in advance, $54-$68 at the door

“Jennifer Berezan and Edge of Wonder present the premiere performance of Song for All Beings, A Celebration of Lovingkindness. This musical meditation features an extraordinary gathering of musicians, dancers, activists, visual artists and spiritual teachers from around the world to create a communal ritual based in the Buddhist practices of metta (lovingkindness) and compassion. Based on the acclaimed recording In These Arms, A Song for All Beings, this unique event builds on Jennifer’s past visionary and ritual musical offerings, especially the beloved performances of Praises for the World.

Song for all Beings is a participatory musical journey to evoke peace, healing and unity for the earth and all beings.

As our culture has moved away from a connection to Nature and a felt sense of being part of the universal family of life, there is an abiding human need for contact with All That Is. Song for All Beings, which will continue as one integrated piece for over two hours, will provide a container in which this oneness can be catalyzed and experienced by everyone present.

Part of the 2013 concert’s proceeds will help to support grassroots organizations working for environmental and social justice.”

Creating the Sacred Oil: Connecting with the Magic and Wisdom of our Ancestors
with Patrick McCollum
Saturday, November 9, 7:00AM-Sunday, November 10, 3:00PM
private home in Moraga, exact address given upon registration
$175, meal plans available for an additional $70

“This will be a hands-on two day overnight intensive in the wilderness where we will learn the history of and replicate both the formula and the process for creating one of the most powerful secrets of the ancient past.

The Sacred Oil as it was often called, was first documented in the Indus Valley in 7,500 BCE and is the first known chemical formula used by human kind.  It has been used to anoint magical tools, initiates, sacred sites, heroes, Biblical prophets, and for healing.

Each participant will learn to harvest and process the various plants and materials involved and will take home a small quantity of the oil for their own use when finished.

This is a transformational workshop that will deeply affect all in attendance as you join Patrick McCollum in becoming immersed in the natural world and learn the lore of the sacred oil.

Space is extremely limited. Register ASAP as workshop will fill up!
$175 includes on-site camping, $70 additional for meals.

The meetings will be held at Patrick’s home and there will be access to camping, house stay, or hotels nearby. Meals will be provided. Reservations are limited so make your reservation today.

Reverend McCollum is an internationally recognized spiritual leader in the Pagan/Earth-Based religions whose work toward human rights, social justice, and equality for all religions and spiritual traditions transcends cultural, religious, and political barriers. Reverend McCollum is the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Pluralism. Reverend McCollum's spiritual work focuses on seeing the sacred within each and every human being and bringing together people of all spiritual paths, to work together toward global sustainability and world peace.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: Burning Man 2014
Monday-Monday, August 26 - September 2
Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada
To be part of the CFE rideshare, please contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“That is right!!!!  I am going back to the Playa and I am taking you with me!!!  I will have 3 to 4 seats open.  Other drivers are most welcome.  Planning will start after Burning Man 2013.  Camp CAYA?  Dome?  Art?  Group Origami?  The possibilities are limitless.”

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