What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Angelic Heart VortexHealing Group Healing, The Wonders Of Your Chakra System, Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon, Talk Like a Pirate Day, Roald Dahl Party, Mid-Autumn Full Moon Festival, Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda, Ways of Knowing: Fujiko Nakaya, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Queen of the Sun, Walnut Festival, Macbeth at Fort Point, What Every Girl Should Know, The Shakespeare Bug, The Healing of Love Autumn Camp, Nature and Soul Retreat for Autumn Equinox, Dream Juju: Making Your Dreams Work, Journey of Healing and Transformation, Emotional Freedom Technique, The Greater Circulation, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Lamplight Tours of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Embracing the Red Queen, Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show, AROUSAL and The Lover, Peace One Day, Creek to Bay Day, San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery Clean-Up, Earth Energy Walks, Tasting Day: Tonics, Solar View from Spring Lake, Living Ship Days: Fabulous Flying Females, Willow Glen Founders' Day Parade, Savor Faire, September Sail on Board the Alma, Introduction to Beekeeping, Be Love Farm Dinner, Don't Lick That Doorknob, South Bay Circles Mabon Ritual, Celebrate Fall Equinox and Selu: Cherokee Corn Mother, Music Meditation Benefit Concert, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Sacramento Pagan Pride Harvest Festival, Sing Stretch and Swim, Hacker Sprouts: Ice Cream Science, Alameda Legacy Home Tour, Fix-It Clinic, Essentials of SoulCollage, Reclaiming’s Equinox Gathering, All Kinds of Dreams, Autumn Equinox Drum Circle, Lake Merritt Pagans, True Peace Kozmik Kirtan, Tuolumne River Watershed Discussion, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Amazon Watch's Annual Luncheon, Show Your Yoni You Care!, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale, An Evening of Mark Twain

Angelic Heart VortexHealing Group Healing
with Dragonfly Adularia
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30PM
Solas Brigid Studio, 403 Burk Street, Oakland
Please call 510-467-8841 to reserve your spot

“This week at Solas Brigid Studio we will be nurturing our spirit with the Angels.  An Angelic Heart VortexHealing bridges you deeply into the Angelic realm allowing you to create rapid and lasting changes in your life.

During the healing you may feel, sense, see, know angels communicating with you in the way that is most helpful in the unfolding your natural gifts. Angelic presence will infuse your system to create new energy and clarity.  

Old emotional patterns and blocks will fall away to open the way for new possibilities and the joy of creation to unfold with ease.  It is through inner improvement that we are able to cultivate the skills, wisdom and knowledge that will aid us in creating Harmony and Light upon the Earth.  

For the session, establish a clear intention in your heart of what you would like to ask from the Divine and stay with that intention throughout the healing. Angels are created solely to serve the Divine and are empowered by the Divine to work directly in the manifest world. Angels come to deliver messages and guidance, act as protectors, to bring hope, to strengthen and support us.  

VortexHealing and is a divine healing art that works directly through consciousness and energetics to help release the deepest issues we hold as humans beings.”

The Wonders Of Your Chakra System: Discover a whole new way of taking care of yourself with Rockie Arambula
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30-9:30PM
Moonfyre Metaphysical, 401 E Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-0333

“The chakra system is an amazing system of energy that is vital to your health and well being. It keeps your body's energy flowing correctly and ensures that you are stable physically, emotionally, mentally, as well as spiritually. So many areas of your life move through your chakras, and each one of those areas are affected by the health of your chakra system. It is important that your chakras and your chakra system are healthy so that you and your life can be healthy.
Most people know how to take care of their bodies. You know that you need to eat correctly, exercise, and get plenty of water and rest. But how do you take care of your chakras? How do you take care of your chakra system? Does it work the same way as your body? Does it need the same thing? What does it mean to clear the chakras? What is all this talk about visualizing and intention to clear them? It can be so confusing!
Don't know or understand? No need to worry. In this class, The Wonders of Your Chakra  System, Rockie Arambula, Registered Karuna Reiki (R) Master Teacher and Angel Therapy Practitioner, will teach you everything you need to know to properly take care of your chakras and your wonderful chakra system.
In this class you will learn:
What a chakra is and why you have them
How your many chakras work together as a system.
What your chakras need to be healthy and strong.
How to tell if your chakras are properly aligned and balanced
What moves your chakras out of balance and makes them damaged
What to do if your chakras become imbalanced or even damaged
How to strengthen your chakras
How to protect them
... And more
So if you want better health,  or energy, and a happier life, sign up for this class now!”

Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon  
with Didi
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30-9:00PM,
and seven more Wednesdays
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$25 per workshop
For more information or to register, please call Didi at 831-423-5477

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

Workshop 5: Waxing Moon
Prosperity, success, Full Moon Magick
We’d all like to have more money and be successful. Tonight, we discuss how to create a more prosperous environment for your home and/or business.

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

Talk Like a Pirate Day
Thursday, September 19
on board your vessel, somewhere on the Seven Seas

Avast, me Hearties!

If ye would not be mistaken fer a scurvy dog, remember to talk like a Pirate today!  Even a land lubber can learn!

Roald Dahl Party
at Towne Center Books
Thursday, September 19, 5:00PM
Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Free, please RSVP to 925-846-8826 or e-mail orders@townecenterbooks.com

“We're celebrating Roald Dahl day a little after the fact (it's September 13).
There will be games,food, and fun all from or related to Roald Dahl books. Costumes welcome.

Free - reservations are very helpful since we need to get supplies. Probably best for ages 7+ but siblings are always invited.”

Mid-Autumn Full Moon Festival
Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM
Teance Fine Teas, 1780 Fourth Street, Berkeley

“Join us for a celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, on the night the moon is the fullest and largest of the year! Celebrate with mooncakes, endless rounds of fine teas, music, and great company.

For questions, please contact us at: events@teance.com or call us at 510-524-2832.”

Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda
Thursday, September 19, 6:45PM
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.”

Ways of Knowing: Fujiko Nakaya
Thursday, September 19, 7:00PM
Kanbar Forum, Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
included with museum admission $15

“Tokyo-based artist Fujiko Nakaya began her career as a painter. Later, through her work with the seminal group Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), she found inspiration in the scientific realm that had also captivated her father, celebrated physicist and glaciologist Ukichiro Nakaya. Collaborating with a cloud physicist, Nakaya developed the world's first fog sculpture for the E.A.T. Pepsi Pavilion at the Osaka ’70 Expo. Today, Nakaya is world renowned for her ephemeral works shown at venues from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, to Le Grand Palais in Paris. Currently, you can experience Nakaya’s immersive and participatory Fog Bridge #72494 in the Exploratorium's Outdoor Gallery. This artwork inaugurates the Exploratorium's new Over the Water program at Piers 15 and 17.

Please join us on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. for an intimate look at Fujiko Nakaya's creative process. How do questions lead to discovery? What role does collaboration play in creative research? Become part of the conversation, when Marina McDougall, the Exploratorium’s Director of the Center for Art & Inquiry, and artist Fujiko Nakaya sit down to discuss the fascinating path that shaped an incredible career that has spanned more than 40 years.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, September 19, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

Queen of the Sun
film screening
Thursday, September 19, 7:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

“What are the bees telling us?
Please join Friends of the Earth and many of your North Bay Area neighbors as we host a showing of the remarkable, critically acclaimed film, Queen of the Sun, which documents the threats posed to the small creatures essential to our food supply and healthy ecosystems - and how we can save them, starting in our own backyard gardens. Meet Friends of the Earth’s president Erich Pica and learn more about this important issue.”

Walnut Festival
Thursday-Sunday, September 19-22
Heather Farm Park, 500 San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
see website for details of schedule and tickets

“The first Festival held in 1911 was a celebration of the harvest of grapes and was called 'The Grape Festival'. During prohibition, grapes were replaced with walnuts as the cash crop of the area and the vineyards became walnut groves. In 1936, the harvest celebration became known as The Walnut Festival. The Walnut Festival Association was officially incorporated in 1938 and except for a suspended period during World War II, has been celebrated as the popular annual community event it remains today.

As Walnut Creek as grown, and suburban developments have replaced walnut groves, the Walnut Festival Association has maintained the tradition of producing fundraising events for the benefit of the community. Locations for the event have changed over the years from the center of town to Civic Park and finally, in 1976, to Heather Farm Park, where is is now held the third Thursday after the first Monday in September.”

Macbeth at Fort Point
presented by We Players
Thursday-Sunday, September 19-22, 6:00PM
Fort Point, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 999 Marine Drive, San Francisco
Thursday $45, Friday-Sunday $60
playing through October 13

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

Blood will have blood.

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

Regular Performances $60
Discounted Thursday Performances $45

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

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

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

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

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

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

No cameras or recording devices allowed.

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

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

What Every Girl Should Know
Thursday-Sunday, September 19-22,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through October 13
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Thursdays and Sundays $17 in advance, $20 at the door
Fridays and Saturdays $20 in advance, $25 at the door

“What Every Girl Should Know
Written by Monica Byrne
Directed by Tracy Ward
Choreographed by Erika Chong Shuch

In 1914, four teen girls are thrown together in a New York reformatory. Within the walls of their small room, together they discover their sexuality and personal power as they reveal the horrifying events that led each to that dormitory room. Developing rituals to connect with an unorthodox patron saint, Anne, Joan, Theresa, and Lucy open up an exciting and dangerous realm in which they take on new identities and exact revenge fantasies - while back in their room, a revelation pushes them toward real-life rebellion.

Since 1996 Impact Theatre has spoken to a new generation of theatregoers and longtime enthusiasts alike who want to see something fresh and fearless on stage. Our audience ranges from students to professionals to seniors, all of whom share a taste for exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn’t conform to traditional assumptions of what constitutes high culture.

Impact ensures the continued strength of American theatre by
featuring new plays by emerging playwrights
producing vital, contemporary spins on classic drama
engaging new audiences
fostering the development of Bay Area theatremakers

Impact shows compel, provoke, and inspire, at prices everyone can afford.”

The Shakespeare Bug
presented by Killing My Lobster
Thursday-Sunday, September 19-22, 8:00PM,
playing through September 29
Stage Werx, 446 Valencia, San Francisco

“Killing My Lobster Presents: The Shakespeare Bug
In Association with Playground: A New Play by Ken Slattery, award-winning author of Truffaldino Says No

Join us for this world premiere comedic play written by award-winning playwright, Ken Slattery, and directed by award-winning director, M. Graham Smith. (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle winner of Best Original Script, Best Director of Truffaldino Says No)

Something's rotten in the city of San Francisco. A modern-day Hamlet is forced to play out the story of his namesake when his eccentric family contracts a mysterious illness on Opening Night. Thrust into a world where actions are amplified to Shakespearean proportions, Hamlet finds himself caught in a revolving door of tragedy and comedy. He is forced to answer the question: If all the world's a stage, how does he know what role to play?”

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.”

Dream Juju: Making Your Dreams Work
Friday, September 20, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549
Sliding scale $15-$20

“By creating talisman, individuals can empower themselves with the tools to manifest goals and dreams.  Participants will learn the art of making juju, gris-gris or talisman for specific use. Mojo, gris-gris and juju are all terms that identify a type of magic that is created for a specific intent whether it be to attract love, wealth or protection on our way. Most are created by using herbs, roots, minerals and zoological artifacts. From ritual to gathering materials, by the workshop's end each person will have made a dream juju. Each participant will receive a list of items to bring to the workshop upon registration. It is imperative that you have these materials on the day/night of the workshop.”

Journey of Healing and Transformation
with Adam Atman and Guided Tour
Friday, September 20, 6:00-11:00PM
Los Gatos Acupuncture and Qigong Center, 761 University Avenue, Suite A, Los Gatos
For more information or to register, please contact Daryl Lowery at 831 295 3240
or Todd Zimmerman at 650 387 2051

“A message from Adam Atman:
Hi Friends, Patients, Students and Colleagues,
This evening of healing merges shamanism, live music, dance, group Qigong practice and traditional healing practices such as acupuncture, bodywork, energy work etc.
Come and join us as we journey out to the edge... and back :)
These journeys are fun, spiritual and transformational!

Guided Tour Band
Transformational Music for the Spirit
World Music for the Soul
A drumbeat, a note from the guitar or keyboard, a melody that wants to be sung. That is how it begins. From there, we listen, blend, expand, flow. The music arrives, seemingly of its own accord. Some songs to be captured, to be shared, others as brief visitors; known only to those fortunate enough to be present. A Guided Tour through the world of sound and Spirit

Guided Tour is a band composed of  experienced musician/sound healer/shamans. Accompanying the band and assisting with this Journey of Healing and Transformation are a group of talented practitioners of the healing arts.
Loose-fitting, comfortable attire is recommended.

6:00-6:30PM: Registration
6:30-7:00PM: Smudge - Clearing the energy fields with Sage, Palo santo and Sweetgrass
7:00-7:30PM: Dance - Shake off the red dust of the world with music, a refreshment and dancing
7:30-8:00PM: Qigong - Breath and movement exercises from China to empower and strengthen the Qi body - Our bodies fill with currents of healing energy!
8:00-9:30PM: Rejuvenation - Massage and Bodywork, Energy Healing and Ceremonial Healing, Sound Healing and Acupuncture
9:30-10:00PM: Replenish!  Organic snacks and juice smoothies
10:00-10:30PM: Spirit Dance - Dancing to the healing music of Guided Tour
10:30-11:00PM: Closing Circle - Group Circle Qigong and Closing Prayers”

Emotional Freedom Technique
with Gretchen Williams
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, September 20, 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

“The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is the psychological acupressure technique highly recommend to optimize your emotional health. Although it is still often overlooked, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing - no matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body's ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way.

EFT is very easy to learn, and will help you:
Remove Negative Emotions
Reduce Food Cravings
Reduce or Eliminate Pain
Implement Positive Goals

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem - whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc.

This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the ‘short-circuit’ - the emotional block - from your body's bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.

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.”

The Greater Circulation
a film by Antero Alli  
Friday, September 20, 7:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Filmmaker will be at the event.

Over three fever-dream nights in the Hotel Biron, Paris 1908, poet Rainer Maria Rilke is visited by the ghost of his good friend, artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died shortly after birthing her first child. Grief-stricken, Rilke transforms his suffering into an epic lament, “Requiem for a Friend,” addressing the central drama of all women at the crossroads between art and motherhood. Meanwhile, a hundred years later, in Berkeley California, three women prepare to stage Rilke's Requiem as avant garde theatre in this multi-tiered story of love, death, and dream as a source of poetic inspiration. (2005; 93 min. USA)”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, September 20, 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.”

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.”

Embracing the Red Queen: Competition, Cooperation and Co-Creation
a weekend retreat with Lasara Firefox Allen and Jenya Turner Beachy
Friday-Sunday, September 20-22,
see website for detailed schedule
$345 includes camping, meals, and workshops
private land in Willits, exact location given upon registration

“Join your sisters for this powerful Autumn Equinox weekend retreat, and bring your whole self to the circle. Bring yourself in all your sexy, sweet, angry, tired, envious, joyful, powerful glory. Bring your whole range of experience and voice. In this sacred container, nothing is true or untrue, and everything is open to interpretation, reinterpretation, and re-envisioning.

Embracing the Red Queen offers the opportunity to explore our power as women, and the ways we wield it. We will hold a space where it is safe to confront envy and shame, as well as the fragile feeling of becoming vulnerable.

In confronting the part that power plays in our relationships as women, we will help to liberate ourselves and each other from the chains of jealousy, envy, and disempowerment. We will empower ourselves and each other to greater strength by witnessing the evolution from competition to co-creation.

Our retreat will include yoga sessions, time for meditation, relaxation, and massage. And time for open socializing and getting to know one another. As well as multiple opportunities to dive deep into our shared experience of womanhood.

We request an hour (or more if you’re inspired) of your time as seva (selfless-service) to be offered some time throughout the weekend. You can let us know your preference for seva (kitchen help, massage, clean up, set-up, elder-support…) at registration.

Lasara Firefox Allen, assisted by Jenya Turner Beachy, will take you deep into the process of gaining your full range of expression, owning your center, and sharing your authentic self with your sisters. Through opportunities for expressive and transparent communication, games and playful challenges, and lots of heartfelt sharing, Lasara and Jenya will guide you in this process of deepening, enlivening, and enlightening.

You will be fed six meals. Our chief chef is Durga Fuller of The Cook Awakening, from Portland. If you have a restricted diet, Durga will work with you to accommodate your personal dietary needs.”

Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show
Friday-Sunday, September 20-22,
Friday and Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
Adults $9, Students and Seniors $7, Ages 13-17 $4, children under 12 free
One ticket is good for all three days, coupon available on website

“The Pleasanton Harvest Festival offers three fun-filled days of family entertainment in a fun shopping atmosphere. Attendees can buy one-of-a-kind handmade products directly from top artisans, watch live artist demonstrations, experience great live music and performances, and spoil their taste buds with delicious festival food. The Fargo Brothers will share the outdoor stage with entertainer Captain Jack SpareRibs. Plus, keep an eye out for our strolling performers, Big Mama Sue and Fast Eddie and Fables of the West.”

AROUSAL and The Lover
two plays presented by Virago Theatre
Friday-Sunday, September 20-22,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through September 28
Phoenix Theater Annex, 6th Floor, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco

“AROUSAL, a new play by George Pfirrmann
and The Lover by Harold Pinter

Directed by Chloe Bronzan
Featuring Laura Lundy-Paine and John Steen

She's a Ukrainian prostitute, he's a virgin with Aspergers Syndrome. Could it be their needs are different? This erotic, charming new comedy from Bay Area playwright George Pfirrmann won Best of Fringe at the 2010 SF Fringe Festival.

The Lover
One of Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter's most famous and delightful plays, The Lover gives us a sneak-peek into the world of Sarah and Richard, an English married couple with one hell of a sexy secret.

The plays are one-acts performed back-to-back.


Hot Friday Night Chats September 20 and 27
Wine, chocolate and unprotected conversations. Toys available for purchase from Good Vibrations

Saturday, September 28
Closing Night Wine and Cheese Party with the cast and director, hosted by Blacksmith Cellars”

Peace One Day
Saturday, September 21
All over the World

“It started with a crazy idea...
Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day September 21. Throughout the years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world, and hundreds of organisations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict. Peace One Day’s Campaigns and activities in Education, Music, Film, Sport, Dance, Art and Online have proved that the day works.”

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.”

San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery Clean-Up
Saturday, September 21, 9:00AM-1:00PM
San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, corner of College Street and Usher Street, San Lorenzo
Free, please bring gloves and rakes. For more information, please  call 510-581-0223 xt 131.
“HAHS and the Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery need your help in cleaning up our beloved cemetery! Meet at the corner of Usher Street and College Street. Bring gloves and rakes. Water and light snacks will be provided.”

Earth Energy Walks
with Community Seed
Saturday, September 21, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Nisene Marks Crossroads, intersection of Wilshire Drive and Danube Drive, Aptos
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Earth Energy Walks
Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.
Walks are on the THIRD Saturday of each month.  Just save each 3rd Saturday as ‘Get Out In Nature’ day!

Gather at 9:45AM  
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 12:00PM

2013 Walk Locations (directions follow)
September 21: Nisene Marks Crossroads
October 19: Fall Creek
November 16: Natural Bridges Beach
December 21: Henry Cowell, Highway 9 entrance

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a stop for meditation halfway in. We will walk rain or shine, however if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify, 831-469-0336.

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)

Nisene Marks (Crossroads):
This is within the boundaries of Nisene Marks State Park, but off in a corner of the park that most people know nothing about. Here is how to get there: Southbound Soquel Avenue, just past Cabrillo College, in Aptos. Turn Left onto Vienna Drive. Continue on Vienna all the way till it ends (about 1 mile). Turn left onto Wilshire Drive. This will end in half-a-block at Danube Drive. Park anywhere on these two streets. Our meet-up spot is the intersection of Wilshire and Danube. The trailhead is right next door. There is a small creek at the turnaround spot for this walk. You might bring a small towel, if you feel like splashing around.”

Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden Menu Highlights and Tasting Day: Tonics
Saturday, September 21, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
“Drop by on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00AM-2:00PM. in conjunction with the Park Street Business District Customer Appreciation Day, when we will have a table of our tonic products for you to try.  Julie will be on hand to chat with you about our passionate commitment to providing products that strengthen and vitalize ourselves and our community.

Julie's invites you to learn more about our unique, healthful and restorative Tonic Herbs
that promote wellness and vitality with vitamin rich and invigorating ingredients!
A Little History
Julie's pathway into the world of tea and coffee began with her love of herbs. Starting in the western hills of Sonoma County in 1990, she raised aromatic and tonic herbs and flowers, which she sold at local farmers' markets. In 1995 Julie hooked up with the folks at Taylor Maid Gardens and was given the wonderful opportunity to create the tea division of Taylor Maid Farms Organic Coffee and Tea. After spending 10 years in wholesale, Julie yearned to serve her customers face to face and create a soothing space for the community to share and learn. From a love of all things plant-made, Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden was born Jan 1, 2005.
Based on the philosophy that a strong body  can more easily ward off sickness, much like how fortifying the plants in your garden keeps them healthy and thriving, Julie has formulated several Tonic Herb Blends and Soups to easily and deliciously integrate into your daily wellness routine.  

Tonic Definition - Adjective: Giving a feeling of vigor or well-being; invigorating.   
Tonics work best when taken daily. Julie's offers a variety of products to make it easy to incorporate them into your daily life.  

Julie's Original Tonic Lattes:
Fortifying and nourishing, tonic herbs are steamed in your choice of cow, soy or oat milk following Ayurvedic traditions. Sweetened with honey.  
Vitality: A rejuvenating and strengthening tonic.   
Organic Ingredients: shatavari, maca, ashwaganda, and cinnamon
Clarity: A brain tonic promoting focus and memory.
Organic ingredients: gotu kola, ginseng, bacopa, matcha and ginger  

Take-Home Herbal Powders:
Bring home Vitality and Clarity to integrate into your daily wellness routine by adding to your smoothies, hot cereal, soups or make your own Tonic Lattes.     
Tonic Soups:
Delicious soups made using nutrient-rich ingredients such as: tonic-herb infusion broths, fortifying roots, greens, and seaweed... to name a few.

Tonic Tea:
Tulsi Tonic is a simple yet powerful blend of herbs to tone and nourish your body. By infusing and drinking your herbs, you offer your body many vitamins, minerals, protein and chlorophyll in a form that easily absorbs - covering any nutrient gaps in your diet.   
Organic Ingredients: tulsi (Holy Basil), stinging nettle, dandelion leaf, red clover  
We thank you for your continued support of local art and commerce, community, coffee and tea.”  

Solar View from Spring Lake
Saturday, September 21, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa
Free admission, parking $7

“Solar View
Join the Sonoma County Astronomical Society (SCAS) for a free solar viewing event at Spring Lake Regional Park. Just south of the boat ramp, multiple telescopes will provide spectacular views of the Sun through various filters showcasing sunspots and prominences. For more information, contact the park at 707-539-8092.”

Living Ship Days: Fabulous Flying Females
on board the USS Hornet
Saturday, September 21, 10:00AM-5:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
Adults $16, Children 5-17 $7, Children under 4 Free with paying adult

“Experience an aircraft carrier in action! Witness simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position; participate in mission briefings; meet former crew; sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet!

Usually scheduled for the third Saturday of each month. Due to unpredictable weather, Hornet’s Living Ship Day Season usually runs from March-September and is subject to change. Please check back for updates to our schedule of Living Ship Day Events.

Please join Hornet as we celebrate the Fabulous Flying Females

Our guest speaker will be United States Air Force Captain Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, who will share her experiences as a female Air Force aviator. In the Middle East she flew patrols and enforced the Southern NO FLY Zone in Southern Iraq after the conclusion of Operation Desert Storm. She made an average of two or three combat sorties a day over and near the city of Baghdad to prevent Saddam Hussein’s air forces from killing Iraqi civilians and earned her crew the prestigious Air Medal.

The day’s other activities include a performance by the Hornet Band from 11:00AM-1:00PM.

Normal museum hours and admission prices apply. Ample free parking is available across from the pier.”

Willow Glen Founders' Day Parade
Saturday, September 21, 10:30AM-12:00PM
along Lincoln Avenue from Broadway to Minnesota Avenue, San Jose

“The Founders’ Day Parade will be held on Saturday, September 21, starting at 10:30AM, ending at approximately noon.  The Parade will consist of over 70 entries celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Willow Glen - from local schools, organizations, businesses, cultural groups, bands and much more!

What to Do After the Parade?
There will be lots of fun activities following the Founders' Day Parade!
Visit the many wonderful restaurants and shops along Lincoln Ave!  Many will be having historical exhibits and/or Founders' Day specials.

Like ice cream?   Willow Glen Charm and Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Co. are hosting an ice cream eating contest after the Founders' Parade - at 1:00PM at Willow Glen Town Square.  Space is limited - register at http://willowglencharm.com/icecream

Join in the fun at the Willow Glen Elementary's 150th anniversary celebration!  They are planning a great party to take place following the Founders' Day Parade.  

The beautiful Palm Haven neighborhood in Willow Glen will be celebrating 100 years of history with an event from 12:00-5:00PM. Download a flyer or visit their website for details.

Historical Clark Home Open House and Tour 12:00-4:00PM at 1147 Minnesota Avenue. Includes an opportunity to view the film History of Willow Glen and light refreshments.”

Savor Faire
Piquant Investigations into Salt, Herbs, and Spices
presented by Market Days at the Exploratorium
Saturday, September 21, 11:00AM-3:00PM, and the third Saturday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Plaza, San Francisco

“Relish the rich world of seasonings in this free, outdoor festival. Get a taste for the historical uses of herbs, trace the geographic origins of common, culinary spices, and find out how the chemical defenses of certain plants can be so stimulating—and flavorful. You can also learn about local saltworks, play around with salt painting, and take home special seasoning samples and related recipes.

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.”

September Sail on Board the Alma
Saturday, September 21, 12:30-4:00PM
board from Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
For more information or to make reservations, please call 415-447-5000
Wheelchair accessible with assistance

“Haul line to raise sail as you explore San Francisco Bay aboard the restored 1891 scow schooner Alma! Take in dazzling views and San Francisco’s riveting history. Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman’s Wharf and more are topics covered through ranger talks.

Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners plied the Bay and rivers, hauling goods as the ‘flatbed trucks’ of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this hands-on educational sailing program.”

Introduction to Beekeeping
with beekind
Saturday, September 21, 12:30-3:30PM
Sebastopol Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Avenue, Sebastopol
free,  please RSVP

“At beekind,  we beelieve that responsible beekeeping starts with educating yourself and others. We hope that offering free and low cost classes, and free year round support via phone, email and in our store, will help people do the best for their bees.”

Be Love Farm Dinner  
Saturday, September 21, 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. (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!  Next date: October 19.

Don't Lick That Doorknob
Contagion movie screening
and Science Talk with Dr. Bob Siegel
Saturday, September 21, 6:30-10:00PM
The Variety Preview Room Theatre, The Hobart Building, 1st Floor,
582 Market Street, San Francisco

“Your evening begins at 6:30PM in the lounge of San Francisco’s luxurious Variety Preview Theater with great conversation and a cash bar.

Then, at 7:30PM, take limitless free popcorn to plush theater seating for a special screening of Contagion.

Finally, at about 9:00PM, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Dr. Bob Siegel will provide his insights on the movie real world implications of such a threat.

All proceeds benefit Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California and Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science.”

South Bay Circles Mabon Ritual
Saturday, September 21, 7:00-10:00PM
First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 160 North 3rd Street, San Jose
$5-$10 sliding scale per person or $10-$20 sliding scale per family.
No one will be denied entry for lacking the suggested donation.

“Come join us on Saturday September 21 for our big early fall rite. We'll be meeting at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose (160 North Third Street) in downtown San Jose. Gather at 7:00PM for ritual at (promptly) 7:30PM. Please bring a dish to pass for our potluck (guidelines below) and five to ten dollars per person (or fifteen to twenty dollars per family) to help cover room expenses.

We'll be celebrating the harvest and the mystery of fermentation! It's going to be a lot of fun!

Parking is free in downtown San Jose after 6:00PM, so finding a spot for your car shouldn't be a problem.

For those of you wondering about upcoming ritual dates we have the following set:
Samhain: Saturday, October 26
Yule: Saturday, December 7
Both rituals will be at the Palo Alto Unitarian Church in the Fireside Room.

Guidelines for Potluck

For many folks the potluck is the highlight of an SBC Ritual. It's a time for food, fellowship, family, frolic, and fun. In order to have as much frolic, food, and fun as possible we'd love to see a wide variety of different foods at our feasting. We aren't ever going to tell you what to bring, but if you are waffling a little bit, the guidelines below are designed to help bring about
multi-faceted feasting. You are in charge of your own beverage needs, but if you want to bring some drinks to share, that's great too!

If you were born in December, January, or February please bring a main dish (meat or vegetarian).
If you were born in March, April, or May please bring some dessert.
If you were born in June, July, or August please bring some sort of fruit and/or vegetable, or a salad.
If you were born in September, October, or November please bring along some good carbs, like bread or mac and cheese or something made with potatoes.

Please bring enough to serve at least 10 people.

Please bring food that is ready to serve. There will be no one there to cut up a whole chicken or slice a loaf of bread.

Please mark your platter/bowls/serving utensils and remember to take them with you when you leave. Anything left behind will be considered donations to South Bay Circles.

If possible, please label your food so those with food restrictions will know what's in it.”

Celebrate Fall Equinox and Selu, Cherokee Corn Mother
Saturday, September 21, 7:30PM
Clayton location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com

“As the Summer wanes and we move into Fall the trees are starting to turn colors, the bright gold and reds of Fall are replacing the greens of the earlier seasons.  Fall Equinox is here with the abundance of the Harvest.  We are called to Her altar to give thanks for the abundance of the Earth and the gifts that She give us.  It is a time of celebration, of dance and song, and ceremony of gratitude.  Join us at Her altar!

Selu is the Corn Mother of the Cherokee nation.  She is the Great Mother of the people.  It is said that as She rubbed Her breasts, the milk became beans as it fell into the basket, and when She rubbed her womb space, corn fell into the basket.  And so it is through Her that the people are fed.   She taught her people the Sacredness of the food, how to grow and tend to the plants and the Earth.  She also taught that in order to receive these fruits of Her body that ceremony must be held with singing, dancing, honoring of Her and prayers for a good harvest.  She teaches that the plants must be tended to and nurtured in daylight as well as night, if they are to give sustenance.  If these ceremonies do not take place, the plants will not bear fruit.  She teaches that as the Harvest is made that ceremonies of gratitude for the abundance of the Harvest be performed so that She will know that thankfulness of Her children and so remember them as they plant their next crops.
Fall Equinox is the second of the harvest celebrations of the year. Now is the time when the sweet corn is ripe and the beans and other legumes ready for picking.  Time to gather the fruits of this harvest and put some away for the lean times in the coming year.  It is also the time for us to gather our Spiritual harvest for the coming darkness of winter to light our way until the return of the Sun.  So it is fitting that Selu be called to assist us in this process, that we come to Her altar to give thanks for our bounty.  For the altar, please bring a candle of Gold, Green or Yellow color, any images of Her, corn, beans, or any of the abundance of the Harvest of the Earth at this time.
Please remember to bring a chair or blanket to sit on and warm layers to wear as it can get quite chilly outdoors. We want to make sure everyone is warm and comfortable so that they can get the most out of their ritual experience. Mahalo.
If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration, please help out by doing the following:
Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
Please see our current series schedule and check the web page for the specific ritual to see what items to bring and how to prepare yourself. Please take the time to read this, especially if you are a newcomer. New information is added from time to time so even if you feel you have already seen this, it is important to check back in every now and then.”

Music Meditation Benefit Concert
in support of Playing For Change Foundation
hosted by Center For Spiritual Living
sponsored by Moonfyre Metaphysical
Saturday, September 21, 7:30PM
Center For Spiritual Living, 1195 Clark Street, San Jose
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Be a part of a global program of hundreds of performances happening simultaneously around the world when musicians and fans will gather on stages, street corners and schools watching music performances, concerts and events that promote peace and positive social change.

Scheduled performances include award-winning recording artists and celebrated sound healing practitioners:
Ann Licater (Native American and world flutes) http://www.annlicater.com
Carl Weingarten (slide guitar) http://www.carlweingarten.com
David Dilullo (world percusssion) http://www.globaldrumcircles.com/home.cfm
Kathleen Farrell (Tibetan and crystal bowls) http://www.infinityenergetics.com
Suellen Primost (cello) - http://www.reverbnation.com/suellenprimost
Troy Arnett (keyboards) - Founded Troy Arnett Music Studio”

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Old Mill Park, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
Parking with free shuttle from Tamalpais High School, 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley
$10 General Admission, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for kids under 12 years

“Experience this annual event in the magical redwoods at the foot of Mount Tamalpais in historic Old Mill Park.  Come and enjoy the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival.

This community event reflects the spirit of Mill Valley and its purpose of supporting established independent artists and emerging student artists. Scores of Festival volunteers staff the gates and the Poster, T-Shirt and information booths during this annual two-day event. Much needed support comes from all areas of our community including: in-kind services and donations from the food and beverage providers who partner with Mill Valley nonprofit service organizations. Entertainment by fabulous Bay Area performers at the main and children's stages is included with the gate charge. Children’s craft activities are supported by local high school student artists and youth organizations.

The Festival Committee works diligently to continue our tradition of:
Encouraging and fostering public education in the awareness and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.
Providing an open and continuing dialogue between the established artist and the public.
Creating a foundation upon which local service organizations are able to raise a large portion of their operating budgets.
Providing an important showcase for new and emerging artists.
Presenting a high quality family friendly event.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
and every weekend through October 13
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $5
Discounted tickets available through the website

The theme for this weekend is Masquerade
This weekend is a visual treat as garlands and masks are donned by men and women. Patrons are encouraged to wear a mask and/or garland. A beautiful selection of both can be found at the faire, or you may choose to have a mask painted on.

Public Service Recognition Weekend
Celebrating the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees including teachers, firefighters and police officers. Present your official I.D. at the box office to receive two general admission tickets for $35.00.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00PM each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, September 21, is Wicked Tinkers:
“Prepare yourself for a wild ride with Wicked Tinkers! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995. With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.”

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

Hacker Sprouts: Ice Cream Science
a three week series
Sunday, September 22, 11:00AM-12:00PM,
and one more Sunday, October 6
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$20 per class

“Ice Cream Science: 3 Sundays

Let’s have a delicious lesson in applied science. In this hands-on 3-workshop series, kids and adults will make ice cream 3 ways: by hand, by machine and by liquid nitrogen. We’ll learn the science behind the recipes and finish off with ice cream tastings made by us. Though we recommend the whole series for kids to benefit from seeing the varying science behind each method, drop-ins are also welcome.

September 22: Electric Ice Cream
October 6: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

For kids ages 2.5+ and their ice-cream-loving adults. Everyone will get a chance to help.”

Alameda Legacy Home Tour
Sunday, September 22, 11:00AM-5:00PM
pick up guidebook at Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Avenue, Alameda

“Spend a day on our beautiful bayside island, strolling through neighborhoods rich in architectural heritage. The tour is self-guided - pick up your Legacy Guidebook and visit the homes at your own pace, in any order you choose. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at a park or beach, or visit one of our many fine local restaurants.

Go green, and bike the tour! Alameda is hill-free, and enjoys light traffic at a leisurely pace on Sundays.

The tour is sponsored by the Little House Cafe, to benefit the Alameda Museum and the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS), non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving our small town ambiance and cherished older buildings.

On the day of the tour, you may purchase tickets and exchange ticket vouchers for your tour guidebook at Franklin Park in Alameda between 10:45AM-3:0PM. Look for the Alameda Legacy Home Tour table at the corner of Morton and San Antonio.

You may also purchase day-of-tour tickets at the Alameda Museum between 11:30AM-4:00PM.

For additional information, email us, or call Diane Coler-Dark, (510) 523-5907.”

Fix-It Clinic
with Peter Mui
Sunday, September 22, 1:00-4:00PM
Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany

“Fix your broken stuff - or at least learn more about it by disassembling it!

Bring your broken, non-functioning things - electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc. - for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!

1) your broken or non-working thing (carry-in only: no oversize items)
2) accessories and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. phillips head screwdriver)
3) a camera to document the disassembly and what we find inside
4) boxes, bags and/or small containers to organize (and carry away) parts.

Why: To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!”

Essentials of SoulCollage  
a six-session series with Maya Spector
Sunday, September 22, 2:00-5:00PM,
and five more Sundays, October 6 and 20, November 10 and 24, December 8
private home, 685 1/2 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
For more information, please contact Maya Spector at 650-329-1415

“This series is intended for those who would like to experience working with SoulCollage cards.  In addition to making cards, we will explore the four suits devised by Seena Frost, the creator of SoulCollage, the three transpersonal cards, and methods for doing readings with your cards.
The workshop is appropriate for people who are new to the process and also for those who have been making cards and want to go deeper.  Your own imagination and intuition are amazing guides, and accessing them by making and working with your collaged cards is remarkably easy, fun and profound.
Added Bonus: Anyone signed up may also attend monthly Open SoulCollage sessions for free (while the series is in progress).
Space limitations will restrict the number who may attend, so please sign up soon!”

Reclaiming’s Equinox Gathering
Sunday, September 22, 3:30PM
location TBA
Suggested donations of $7-$21, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“May You Never Hunger. May You Never Thirst.

Please come and join us for a special Autumnal Equinox gathering as we explore the second harvest of the Wheel of the Year.

We will share the abundance of our magical community harvest by donating all of the proceeds from our gathering to The Ceres Project.

Our gathering begins at 4:00PM, gather at 3:30PM. Suggested donation is $7-$21 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Reclaiming respects healthy relationships with traditional medicines but out of respect for those in recovery, all Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober - so please, no recreational drugs or alcohol at or prior to the event.”

All Kinds of Dreams
with Meredith Sabini
Sunday, September 22, 6:00–8:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Jung said that ‘dreams may contain ineluctable truths, philosophical pronouncements, illusions, wild fantasies, memories, plans, anticipations, irrational experiences, even telepathic visions, and heaven knows what besides.’ To this ample list, we can add: dreams help solve problems, repeat traumas, commune with ancestors, portray complexes, rehearse for new stages of life, correct our picture of others, and serve survival functions. This program will acquaint you with a wide range of dreams so you have a broader base for understanding the intriguing and mysterious phenomenon of dreaming.”

Autumn Equinox Drum Circle
Sunday, September 22, 6:30PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434
For more information, e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Equinox and Solstice Drumming Circles

We hold drumming circles four times a year to come together to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth. We invite you to join us.
You do not have to be experienced in drumming or shamanism to attend. It is recommended that you know how to journey, though not required.

If you have a drum or rattle, please bring it. Some drums and rattles will be available to borrow.

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, September 22, 7:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.

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

True Peace Kozmik Kirtan
with Evelie S. Posch
Sunday, September 22, 7:00PM
Peacock Room,Yoga Tree Berkeley, 2807 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
(back of building through black gate)
$15-$25 sliding scale

“Join in, opening your heart, sharing your devotion through deep listening and uplifted singing. Also with meditation, poetry and a circle dance.  Chanting in many languages, honoring universal spiritual paths with world musical genres.”

Tuolumne River Watershed Discussion
with Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty of Wholly H2O
Tuesday, September 24, 1:00PM
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B, Lower Level, San Francisco Main Public Library,
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

“Short and Long Term Impacts of the Rim Fire on the Tuolumne River Watershed

The Tuolumne River is the circulatory system for the health of the Tuolumne River Watershed, which sustains a large portion of the Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Nevada of California, including Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire, located primarily in the Tuolumne River Watershed, has burned over 253,000 acres as of September 9, 2013.  In efforts to contain the fire, Cal Fire, in coordination with the National Park Service and with input from the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC), has been bulldozing fire lines across ridge tops, dropping fire retardant (2 million gallons as of Sept 5, 2013) on active and advancing fire perimeter, as well as back-burning areas to contain (different than extinguish) the fire, which continues to burn through the northern and western Stanislaus forest, now well into Yosemite National Park.

As a small part of its ecological function, the Tuolumne River Watershed drains water into Lake Eleanor and Cherry Lake, as well as the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir collected behind the O'Shaughnessy Dam in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. The rights to these collected waters are owned by SFPUC, the Modesto and Turlock Irrigation Districts and the people of California. The SFPUC diverts roughly 33% of the Tuolumne River into the Hetch Hetchy Water Transfer System to provide 85% of their total water supply for San Francisco’s water district, as well as selling water to many water districts in Silicon Valley (customers to SFPUC, organized under BAWSCA), providing clean water to nearly 2.5 million people.

Even as the fire continues its expansion, many, many people are questioning the immediate and long-term impacts on the watershed of ash, fire retardant (well over 2 million gallons as of Sept 6) and soil entering the river via winds and rains over the next few years.  Questions are being raised in relation to watershed health - soil, water and wildlife, as well as drinking and irrigation water quality. What will be the long term impacts on the Tuolumne River Watershed's capacity to restore the fire area's once-vibrant ecosystem, and what will be the short and long term impacts on the water supply for the SFPUC and their BAWSCA customers, as well as Turlock and Modesto, the two Irrigation Districts utilizing this river as supply?

Join Wholly H2O and a panel of experts to discuss this immediately critical issue.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, September 24, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“Join Rabbit for an evening of the herbal and the verbal. After sharing information about this month's unique, delicious herbal tea, explaining this month's mantra, and offering a brief dharma talk Rabbit leads the group in rhythmic, harmonic chanting for approximately 30-50 minutes.”

Amazon Watch's Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, September 25, 12:00-1:30PM
Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco
Free, donations welcome
Please RSVP to 510-281-9020 or RSVP@amazonwatch.org

“Amazon Watch invites you to take a stand for the Amazon.

RSVP: 510-281-9020 or RSVP@amazonwatch.org so we can buy you lunch and save you a seat. Reservations are essential and we will confirm your reservation prior to the event.

It's coming! Amazon Watch is thrilled to host our popular annual event in San Francisco on September 25th.

Our special guest this year is Mayalu Txucarramãe, an indigenous woman leader of Brazil’s Mebengokre and Kamirra Waura ethnicities working to defend her people in the the Xingu River Basin in the Brazilian Amazon from destructive mega-dams including the Belo Monte Dam.

We will also be raising a toast to our executive director and founder, Atossa Soltani, for being named the 2013 Hillary Institute Laureate, for her leadership on climate equity and the work of Amazon Watch.

And we will learn of our efforts in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia to continue protecting the Amazon and supporting the rights of indigenous peoples.

Join us to celebrate our achievements for the people and rainforests of the Amazon!

Great food and drink. Great people. Great event.

Event is free to attend - your essential financial support will be invited at the event.

A special dessert reception will follow the main event. You are welcome to stay to meet Mayalu as well as the staff and board of Amazon Watch.”

Show Your Yoni You Care!
with Fat and the Moon
part of Homestead Apothecary’s Yoni Series
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549
$50 class cost includes materials and take home yoni care products

“Come gain some herb skills that will directly empower your flower. Fat and the Moon's Rachel Budde will be sharing some easy herbal recipes from homemade lube to a basic Yoni salve also known as the kooch quench. Discussions on the array of Yoni flora and fauna will be encouraged!”

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale
Wednesday-Sunday, September 25-29, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Avenue and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Free admission

“Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the 49th Annual Big Book Sale will feature over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories.

EVERYTHING is $3 or less, with a 3-2-1 scale: $3 hard cover books; $2 paperback books; $1 DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1.

All proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library’s education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults.”

An Evening of Mark Twain
presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday, September 26, 8:00PM, typically the third Thursday of each month
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
“Butterfield 8 presents another in our Third Thursdays reading series!

In September, Butterfield 8's Third Thursdays reading series presents a special Fourth Thursday! September 26 is An Evening of Mark Twain, with excerpts from ‘The Diary of Adam’ and ‘Eve's Diary’, as well as several short anecdotes, and some favorite quotes from the man often considered to be the greatest American humorist of his age, The two diaries are told in the first person, giving us a delightful perspective on Adam and Eve, and a very thoughtful commentary on men and women in general. Join us for the works of, as William Faulkner put it, the ‘father of American Literature.’
We invite you to stay after the reading and join us for a Tea and Talk-Back - an informal and open discussion forum for Butterfield 8 work in general, and Third Thursdays in particular. The bar will be open after the show, and we will be serving a special Twain inspired cocktail and dessert.

There is no admission for the evening, but we strongly encourage and gratefully accept donations!

In the months to come, join us for the works of:
Edgar Allan Poe
Thursday, October 17

O. Henry
Thursday, November 21”

Have a Wondrous, Knowing, Healing, Freeing Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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