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, October 15, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Califas Festival, Infinite Possibilities Workshop, Jack's Glow and Fire Show, Carolingian Birthday Waxing Lunar Eclipse Talk, Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon, Acid Test: The Many Incarnations Of Ram Dass, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, REAL, Shrouded Tales, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper, The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary, Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871, Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda, Journey of Healing and Transformation, Ancestral Remembrance and Healing Circles, Divination Night, Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing, Flamingos, Sound Heals, Tempest and Golden Bough, Each And Every Thing, Mbira Healing Ceremony, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Autumn Lights Festival, GLOW: A Festival of Fire and Light, Bioneers Conference, Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610), All Hallows Fantasy Faire, Earth Energy Walks, Santa Rosa Mystic Fair, Alameda Point Collaborative Harvest Festival, Heirlooms: Food Experiments Tools and Traditions, CAYA Sprouts at Pastorino Farms, Day in the Life 1901, Fall Into Wellness Day of Renewal!, The Monster Squad 25th Anniversary Screening, Telling Tales, Lighten Up About Death, Zombie Brew Crawl!, Be Love Farm Dinner, Full Moon Healing Ritual, Cinematic Titanic: The Farewell Tour, Gaskell Halloween Ball, Foundry Nights 11, ARTrails 2013, Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, Goblin Jamboree, Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland, Oktoberfest in Campbell, Tolay Fall Festival, Folsom Renaissance Faire, Adventure Sail aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain, Buried In The Body, Monty Python's Spamalot, Metamorphoses, Mount Wanda Walks, East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Magical Mystery Farm Tour, Sundar Shadi’s Gifts, Burning Sunday, Mask Making Class, Lafayette Community Garden Fall Harvest Celebration, Sunday Laughter In The Park!, Adventure Sail aboard the Lady Washington, Decadent Cordials for Health and Pleasure, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, The Sunday Salon: Ten Acts for Ten Bucks!, Lake Merritt Pagans, The Kepler Story, The Art of Feminine Presence, Tuolumne River Watershed Discussion, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Mole Day, Angelic Heart Vortex Group Healing, Kali Puja Festival  

Califas Festival
presented by Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater
Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco
see website for detailed schedule

“Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June. The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.

Working together through their research and development wing The Triangle Lab, Cal Shakes and Intersection continue to cross boundaries in their art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s next to the work of Macarthur-award winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs.  This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys - individual and shared - can help us dream the future of our state.”

Infinite Possibilities Workshop
with Tess Snook O’Riva
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30-8:30PM,
and five more Wednesdays through November 20

“Are you living the life of your dreams?

Join us in Oakland for a six week course that will transform your life! In this workshop, we use practical, hands-on tools to implement the concepts of The Secret and leverage the Law of Attraction. You will learn how your thoughts are based on the beliefs that you hold, which drive the actions that you take, which create the experience that you perceive, and ultimately creates the reality in which you live!

Dates: Wednesday nights - October 16, 23, and 30, and November 6, 13, and 20 (ends a full week before Thanksgiving!)

Class size is limited to ensure individualized attention.

Included for the $99 cost:
Light refreshments
The book Infinite Possibilities- The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley
The Infinite Possibilities Workbook
30-minute private follow-up call with me to get you moving on your goals!

Scholarships and payment plans can be made available for anyone in specific financial need. Contact me privately for more information! Tess at 925-408-0588.

Release your limiting beliefs and move forward with what you want in life. It really moved me forward personally, and now I want to share it with the world! Let’s all level up!”

Jack's Glow and Fire Show
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30-7:30PM
also playing October 23
Pavilion Stage, Jack London Square, Oakland
For more information, please call 510-645-9292.

“Experience a fusion of fire dance and flow art with fire hoopers, fire spinners and fire jugglers. This free performance is perfectly timed as an appetizer before a great dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants in Jack London Square.”

Thanks to Vicki for letting me know about this event!

Carolingian Birthday Waxing Lunar Eclipse Talk
with Caroline Casey
Wednesday, October 16, 7:00-9:00PM
Open Secret, 923 C Street, San Rafael
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Every time we gather now is a grand opportunity/responsibility to convene the Renaissance Council of Reverent Ingenuity Rising from the Rubble. We do this by tapping into the guiding meta-narrative.

We have journeyed past the utility of conventional news reporting, and are now in the Neptunian realm of the Mythic News.
From Breaking Bad to Bioneers: Meth to this Madness,
The Pluto Report: Breaking Bad - Breaking Down
Navigating the Noire of Now: the Dance of Beauty and Danger

Caroline will be presenting the Mythic News in two complementary but very different venues in the Bay Area on this, her birthday week:
a presentation, at a beloved long-time ally venue, back-stage club for Tricksters:

intimate cahooting to honor and animate the Venus Uranus trine...
Setting Forth as the Council of All Beings
(with great Spirit Brother ally David Grimes bringing profundity and Merriment, to guide us in chorusing our way back into the Good Graces of Creation.)”

Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon  
with Didi
Wednesday, October 16, 7:30-9:00PM - final class
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 9 : Waxing Moon
Clarity, House Blessing, Gainful Employment
In this workshop, we will explore techniques for finding clarity, the right job for you and how to get the home you want.

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

Acid Test: The Many Incarnations Of Ram Dass
Friday, October 17, 7:30PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

“Just when you find the answer, the question changes.

Acid Test tells the true story of Ram Dass, spiritual seeker, as he explores his life from the time of being Richard Alpert, a  Harvard psychology professor from a wealthy Jewish family to, along with Timothy Leary, starting the psychedelic revolution. He shares his adventures of traveling to India to meet his guru, Maharaj-ji, to becoming an international lecturer on ‘enlightenment’, to his writing a book on conscious aging and having a stroke that paralyzes his right side. With humor and humility, he illuminates his search for inner peace and lasting truth.  Take a trip with Ram Dass as he journeys from ‘be here now’ to ‘still here’ to ‘be love’.”

An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
part of  Butterfield 8’s Third Thursday series
Thursday, October 17, 8:00PM, and the third Thursday of each month
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
“On the third Thursday of every month (other events permitting), Cue Productions Live plays host to a reading of selected short stories. Join us as we explore some great writing in an informal setting. This event is open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Edgar Allan Poe
Third Thursdays presents a very intimate reading of The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Adapted and directed by Edwin Peabody
Featuring the vocal talents of Melynda Kiring and Ryan Terry, with additional voices by Edwin Peabody

In the months to come, join us for the works of:
Mark Twain
a special Second Thursday performance
Thursday, November 14

O. Henry
Thursday, November 21”

Inspired by Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio and the DREAM Act
presented by The Imaginists
Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 8:00PM - final week
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
Thursdays pay what you can at the door,

“The Imaginists present REAL
Inspired by Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio
and the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors)

You are invited to celebrate the great event. Our modern day hero who has struggled against all odds to win the fight for freedom, justice, and equality requests your company. Arrive promptly and join us in hell, a government office that stinks of soullessness and easy listening radio. Together we will celebrate our hero's brave steps into the tainted torchlight from the dark shadows of our nation.

The party will begin when the doors blow open and rip wide the chaotic underbelly of order.  Once upon a time our hero was classified a puppet by the lawmaking puppets on high. We will raise our toast to re-glass his re-classification as REAL.  Fox and Cat will crash the festivities as will Gorilla and Shark.  A sea of change splits and roars to find answers. The room will surge, light as day, and Donkey Fever will infect us all. Stay for the night.  Stick around for the two who love him most. Settle in for the two who wished upon stars for his DREAM to be REAL. They will fall sickest, washing up slowest, dying on shore. One brought him here for a better life. The other welcomed his dream . The sacrificial cricket will end the night mourning, dancing its song of scrape. Doctors fly about. The party won't end until the Rabbit calls a name. The name of a DREAMer waiting to end to her wait, a grown child awaits her fate, her answer is theirs, they own her fate. D.A.C.A., D.A.C.A., D.A.C.A.accepted D.A.C.A.denied, defer your action D.A.C.A. She was a child just like we, once upon a time. The Rabbit remains, envelope in hand. Our hero must assume his name is next but what does it matter after a party like this? The torch light dims. Rabbit wraps it up with last call, ‘Pinocchio.’

REAL is a bilingual production.”

Shrouded Tales
presented by the Hayward Area Historical Society
Thursday-Saturday, October 17-19,
Thursday and Friday 7:00PM and 9:00PM, Saturday 7:00PM, 9:00PM, and 11:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard‎, Hayward
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-2516 for reservations.

“Join the Undertaker throughout the month of October for fascinating tours of suspense, tragedy and death at three of our historic locations -San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, Meek Mansion, and McConaghy House.

Learn about true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal.  Tours are site-specific.  Advance registration is required.”

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, October 17-19, 8:00PM
playing through November 23
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Thrillpeddlers are pleased to announce our annual Halloween Extravaganza, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper - An Evening of Horror, Madness, Spanking and Song commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jack The Ripper Murders in London.

This 14th Annual Extravaganza of Terror and Titillation includes:

A Classic 1934 Grand Guignol Thriller: Jack the Ripper by Andre de Lorde and Pierre Chaine (Premiere English adaptation by Carl Grose)
The Wrong Ripper: a World-Premiere One-Act play by Rob Keefe
A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy:
The opening scene from the Victorian Spanking drama, a Thrillpeddlers’ favorite also celebrating its 125th year
Salome by Scrumbly Koldewyn: a new musical spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic
…and a Lights-Out Spook-Show Finale.”

The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary
presented by Second Wind Productions
Thursday-Sunday, October 17-20,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
The Phoenix Theatre, 6th floor, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
Thursday and Sunday $15, Friday-Saturday $20

“The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary
Re-Imagined from the Classic Ghost Story by JM Barrie

A family holiday is disrupted by the mysterious disappearance of their little girl, Mary Rose. Reunited with her family but with no memory of what transpired, the riddle of her vanishing troubles the family for years to come, sparking a dark journey into love, loss, and the supernatural. Adapted from the acclaimed play by JM Barrie (author of Peter Pan), The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary is an old-fashioned, spine-tingling tale with hauntingly contemporary ideas.  Curl up with spiked hot chocolate or a glass of Chianti for an unforgettable night of theatre.

When JM Barrie's Mary Rose opened in London it was a sensation, running for over 340 performances and generating excitement all the way across the pond in America.  Its Broadway premiere prompted the NY Times to declare: ‘Barrie has written no better play than this one dramatically powerful (with) scenes of incomparable beauty.’  It became Alfred Hitchcock's favorite play and an ongoing obsession for years to come. International award-winning playwright Ian Walker has re-imagined this classic tale in the Louisiana Bayou and the specter of soldiers returning from war.”
Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, October 17-20,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Thursday-Friday, October 17-18 pay what you can,
regular performances $15-$28 sliding scale at the door

“Red Virgin
A New Musical
written by Gary Graves
directed by John Patrick Moore
musical direction by Allison Lovejoy

We finish the season with a new play about the tumultuous events of the great socialist uprising known as the Paris Commune of 1871. Written by company co-director, Gary Graves (who authored last season's Richard The First trilogy), Red Virgin tells the story of Louise Michel, one of the most incendiary revolutionaries in the history of France - with live music from the period!

In the spring of 1871, the government of France surrendered to Germany at the end of the Franco-Prussian War. But the working people of Paris refused to accept their government's surrender, and instead ignited an insurrection that sent the French government fleeing from the city, and led to the establishment of a new socialist, revolutionary government. They called it the Paris Commune. The rebels held the city for two months, and instituted a wave of socialist changes, before the government forces recaptured Paris and crushed the rebellion in a horrific act of carnage known as the Bloody Week, when some 20,000 communards were put to death. Public trials, further executions, and a wave of deportations to far off penal colonies followed. One of the most remarkable figures to emerge from these tumultuous events was Louise Michel, whom history remembers as the Red Virgin.

Come join us on the barricades at the Berkeley City Club!”

Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda
Friday, October 18, 5:45PM
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.”

Journey of Healing and Transformation
with Adam Atman and Guided Tour
Friday, October 18, 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”

Ancestral Remembrance and Healing Circles
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Friday, October 18, 7:00-9:30PM
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
To register, please e-mail atava@ancestralapothecary.com or call 510-541-2715

“This evening is to introduce people to the work of remembering and reclaiming our ancestral medicine.

My intention is to gather together people engaged in this work that we may support and inspire one another and strengthen our connection to our own ancestors.

Our time together will be a blend of talking circles, teaching, meditation, creative work and healing work.

This circle is open to people of all ancestral backgrounds.

Inspired and guided by the healing traditions of her Slavic, Mexican, Dine and Magyar ancestors, Atava has a healing practice at The Goose Sisters Healing Center in Oakland, where she treats clients using herbs, flower essences, acupressure, massage, dream work, prayer and ritual.

Atava is a popular teacher who conducts herbal education classes throughout Northern California. With a background in healing and spirituality, Atava also teaches classes on Indigenous Science, Environmental Intimacy, Slavic Ancestral Remembrance, Dreams as Mythic Metaphor, and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Healing. Her venues include UC Berkeley, Naropa University Oakland, the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium, the Bay Area Herbal Symposium, the Upaya Center for Wellbeing and Klub Gaja in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. Currently, Atava is a core faculty member for the Indigenous Mind Concentration at San Francisco's Wisdom University.”

Divination Night
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, October 18, 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 Sonoma County Pagan Network invites you to join us for our Annual Divination Night

The SCPN is thrilled to be hosting their Annual Divination Night Fundraiser. This special evening brings together many talented Oracles, Prophets and Readers who will share their special gifts with us while raising money for SCPN. As the Pagan New Year approaches, the veils to the other side are at their thinnest; what better time to have your fortune read by our gifted diviners and celebrate the connections to our community, ancestors, family and friends! We suggest a minimum donation of $5 per reading and offerings can increase with length and depth of reading. All proceeds collected from the readings will benefit the SCPN so that we may continue to serve our Pagan community.

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.”

Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly and Justin
Friday, October 18, 7:30-8:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for the group healing
Please register in advance to reserve your spot for this event.

“Bring the mysteries of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake into your life. Join Dragonfly, Vortex Healing Divine Energy Healing practitioner and Magical Awakening teacher, and Justin K. Prim, Magical Awakening teacher, for an evening of shared magic and healing.

Together these modern wizards will present an introduction to the current deep healing modalities formed from the lineage of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake followed by a powerful transformational group healing. This is your chance to begin to clear emotional blockages, help relieve stress, and nurture your spirit as you open your heart to the wonder of your life and deepen your spiritual connection by empowering your own magical path.
Justin K. Prim is an energy healer, a shamanic practitioner, and a spiritually focused artist. He recently became a teacher in the Magical Awakening lineage and is excited to share these spiritual gifts with the world!

Dragonfly is a VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing practitioner Class Organizer for Gailynn Carroll in Berkeley CA, a Reiki Master teacher and body energy practitioner for 17 years, and owner of ArunaBliss Body Energy Center in Oakland.”

film screening with Antero Alli
Friday, October 18, 7:30PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“A premonitory dream is the psychic focus of this outlaw romance noir film where twin sisters Beatrice and Zoe are both in love with Ray, a hypnotist-bank robber driven by apocalyptic visions. Though Beatrice and Ray are married, Ray runs off with free-spirited Zoe and they hide out in a motel to plot their future together. As Beatrice files for divorce, two enigmatic entities in a dream-like Bardo realm take interest in their fates in this heady cocktail chaser of crime, metaphysics, and amour fou.
(2012; 90 minutes, USA)”

Sound Heals
benefit concert for Heart Space Ministry
Friday, October 18, 7:30PM
Multipurpose Room, Bascom Community Center, 1000 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose

“Sound Heals will be a musical experience of various instruments in concert that will cause a deep resonance inside the physical body, melting away stress and tension and creating a deep coherence of body, mind and spirit.  The talented percussionist and drum circle master, Dave DiLullo, will lead the musical performance of five outstanding musicians.

This benefit concert marks the 3-year anniversary of the launching of the Heart Space ministry, under the guidance of Rev. Marilyn.

Heart Space Teachings was co-founded by Rev. Marilyn and Kent Pelz, RScP in 2011 as a non-denominational, new-thought/ageless wisdom spiritual community.  We believe in this age of the rational mind, the power of the heart can be overlooked.  It is the empress of the body and the gateway to the mystical.  The magnetic field of the heart exceeds that of the brain by 5,000 times.  Our Heart Space teachings emanate from this magnetic force field.

We invite you to join us in this spiritual consciousness, as together we seek the highest expression of our true selves. From the infinite field of cosmic intelligence we call God, our ability to co-create a future of well-being and abundance is unlimited.  Our classes, workshops and retreats are for seriously curious students who want to go deeper into their spiritual awakening and are willing to commit to an evolving spiritual practice.”

Tempest in concert
featuring special guests Golden Bough
Friday, October 18, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$24.50 in advance, $26.50 at the door

“Energetic Celtic Rock Group Celebrates 25th Anniversary

After 25 years, 15 albums, and more than 2,000 gigs, the Bay Area folk rock group Tempest is taking a night to celebrate. The always-evolving band plays what the All Music Guide calls ‘a fresh blend of Celtic, Norwegian, British, and American folk and good ol’ rock’n’roll.’ Lead vocalist and mandolin player Lief Sorbye, originally from Oslo, Norway, says, ‘I started the band to fuse rock and folk music and basically to explore not only Celtic roots, but also my own Scandinavian roots in a rock-band setting. If folk musicians had electric instruments hundreds of years ago, they would have used them. To this day, we’re still exploring.’ Joining Lief in the exploration are original member Adolfo Lazo from Cuba on drums, San Franciscan Kathy Buys on fiddle, Caith Threefires from Boston on bass, and Gregory Jones, originally from Colorado, on guitar. Together, these fine musicians continue the Tempest tradition of constantly reinventing themselves with an ever-changing blend of Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian traditional music, and high energy rock.

Golden Bough doesn’t want to brag, but they’ve already celebrated their 30th anniversary - and they’re still going strong! Rooted in the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, French Brittany, and Spanish Galicia, the band - featuring Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza, and Kathy Sierra - plays haunting ballads, beautiful airs, and lively traditional songs on an array of acoustic instruments, including Celtic harp, guitar, octave mandolin, accordion, violin, pennywhistle, and bodhran. They also sing beautifully, and their pristine harmonies have become a Golden Bough trademark. Lief from Tempest was an original member of the band, but he wanted to do his electric thing, so there was an amicable parting of the ways. Tonight, enjoy the best of both traditional and modern Celtic roots, with Tempest and Golden Bough!”

Each And Every Thing
Dan Hoyle's One Man Show
Friday, October 18, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
$20 in advance, $23 at the door

“Each And Every Thing is the newest solo show from award-winning actor/playwright Dan Hoyle. It's about our addiction to screens, the wonder of random interactions in public space, and how we stay actually connected in the age of hyper virtual-connectivity. From a showdown with a violent felon in small-town Nebraska, to a childhood spent on the back of the Muni bus in 1980s San Francisco, from the hard-scrabble corner boys of Chicago to the intellectual temple of Calcutta’s famed coffeehouse, from a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California to an intimate confession in midtown Manhattan, join Dan in his search for true community, spontaneity and wonder amid our fractured and distracted digital age.

Dan Hoyle is an actor, playwright, and journalist based in New York City. Hoyle’s most recent solo show The Real Americans ran for eighteen month at The Marsh in San Francisco, and toured to Joe’s Pub in New York, The Painted Bride in Philadelphia, The Lensic in Santa Fe, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Center Stage and The Park Hotel in Calcutta, India. It was dubbed Best Solo Show by SF Weekly, a Top Ten play by the San Francisco Chronicle, and was nominated for a Bay Area Theater Critics Circle award for outstanding solo show.

His third solo show Tings Dey Happen, premiered at The Marsh in San Francisco and won the 2007 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play before running five months Off-Broadway in New York at The Culture Project, where it was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Tings Dey Happen was based on Hoyle’s experiences as a Fulbright Scholar living in the Niger Delta of Nigeria studying oil politics. In October 2009, Hoyle returned to Nigeria to perform the show in five Nigerian cities, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Hoyle’s previous solo shows Circumnavigator and Florida 2004: The Big Bummer had extended runs in San Francisco before touring colleges around the country. Hoyle has been commissioned by The Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, and First Person Arts, and has been awarded grants from the Pew Theater Initiative, The Fleishhacker Foundation, the Zellerbach Foundation, The Vanguard Foundation, and the Circumnavigator’s Club. He has served as an artist-in-residence teacher at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and has taught workshops at colleges and theaters around the country. His essays have been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, Salon and Mother Jones. He also performs with his father, actor and comedian Geoff Hoyle, and holds a double degree in Performance Studies and History from Northwestern University. He lives in the South Bronx with his wife Lyra.”

Mbira Healing Ceremony
with Iya Mahea
Friday, October 18, 8:00-9:45PM
San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco
$15-$25 sliding scale donation
“Join us for a meditative Mbira Healing Ceremony and experience the beautiful music which has been healing people for more than 1000 years in Africa and more recently in the US and all over the world.

Bring a cushion or blanket.  Feel free to lie down and take in the healing sounds.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, October 18, 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.”

Autumn Lights Festival
Friday-Saturday, October 18-19, 6:00PM
The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
$25 in advance, $35 at the door  

“Imagine several acres of garden illuminated with weird and enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. The Gardens at Lake Merritt will be filled with these and other surprises during Oakland’s Autumn Lights Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013 from 6:00-10:00PM

Electric fireflies flickering in the trees, glowing waterfalls, a flock of interactive books, a Polynesian Paradise with hand-crafted tiki lanterns and hula girls projected on palm trees, fire art cars and live fire performers light the night. Music and sound installations surprise at every turn on the garden paths that are lit with hundreds of luminarias. Attendees are invited to participate during the evening by coming dressed in their most interesting illuminated garden attire.

A fundraiser for Oakland's hidden jewel, recently named one of California's Top 5 Gardens by VIA Magazine, The Gardens at Lake Merritt are located in the heart of Oakland in Lakeside Park at 666 Bellevue Ave.  Funds from this organically grown event will be used for Garden improvements for the enjoyment of the entire community.”

GLOW: A Festival of Fire and Light
Friday-Saturday, October 18-19, 7:00-10:00PM
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
$10 per night

“GLOW is a two-night festival featuring flaming sculptures, glowing dancers, and only-in-Santa-Cruz creativity. We are lighting up the MAH and downtown Santa Cruz on October 18 and 19, and this year, we are adding special in-depth workshops on Saturday for those of you who want to make your own glowing masterpieces. Both nights will showcase incredible artistry and invite YOU to experiment and craft with fire and light. So come enjoy the show. Come GLOW!

Friday, October 18:
Cooper Street and Abbott Square will be glowing with fire dancing, flaming fire art sculptures, radiating music and dancing in the streets. Local fire artists will show their latest Burning Man creations of fire art that will ignite into musical flames, burning dragonflies and fire cannonades.

Lucy Hosking’s fire breathing pipe organ, Satan’s Calliope, will light up Cooper Street. Bob Hoffman’s Wishing Well will show you the beauty of spinning fire. Fire sculptures by Jeff Caplan, Ezra Manners and Lisa Martin will amaze and inspire you. Bonefire Cannonade performances and a flaming piano will send flames shooting into the sky.

The Dancetronauts will fill the street with dancing and pulsating music from 7:00-9:00PM. From 9:00-10:00PM enjoy fire dancing, stilts, dancing and percussion by the Samba Stilt Circus.

Saturday, October 19:
Imagine this: A black-lit, three-story building electrified with glow-in-the-dark dances, digital projections, LED light art and other glowing goodies flowing through the air like fireflies. Bring your imagination to life in a mind-dazzling evening of lights, art, performances and glow-in-the-dark activities that will turn the MAH into an eye-candy mansion.

Allie Cooper will perform a spectacular aerial performance inspired by visitors at the event at 7:45, 8:45 and 9:45PM. Catch a wave in Drew Detweiler and Lyes Belhocine‘s interactive surfboard digital art piece. Create your own performance and story with Michele Guieu‘s giant shadow puppets.

Throw a rock and break a wall in Rich DDT‘s interactive projection, ShatterWall. Play instruments with light instead of sound in interactive collaborative kiosks created by Deeje Cooley.  The Hoopalights are back with LED hula hoops and performances that will have you shaking your hips all night. Projections by Gene Felice and Nathan Ober will cover all the buildings in abbott square with beautiful radiating colors. Move your hands to create visualizations and sounds in Tim Thompson‘s Space Palette. Large LED light art sculptures by Paul Sable-Snibbe will shine throughout the evening.

An incredible mix of local DJs and VJs will have you dancing all night in our back patio.

Watch out for glowing sharks, EL wire costumes, LED fashion art and shining dragon costumes roaming throughout the museum.

For the experimental visitors, a blacklight activity room will be filled with hands-on art activities making mosaics, glowing face painting, lanterns, glow in the dark slime, a blacklight photo booth, neon colored crowns and bow-tie making. Learn about the science behind why things glow with UCSC chemistry students.”

Bioneers Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 18-20
Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
See website for registration details

“Bioneers Conference 2013  

As a community of leadership, Bioneers has influenced and connected numerous leaders and catalyzed emerging leaders, while providing a vital connection point for engaged citizens. The effects ripple out widely. In this time, we’re all called upon to be leaders.

Now in its 24th year, the Bioneers Conference (c. 3,000 people annually) has served as a perennial wellspring of cutting-edge content and dynamic, diverse voices that supply the primary source for our public education and media outreach. The main conference and Beaming Bioneers local community conferences further serve as a focal point to build community, connection and collaboration.”

Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610)
presented by Subterranean Shakespeare
Friday-Sunday, October 18-20,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through November 17
Phoenix Theatre Annex, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco

“Subterranean Shakespeare Presents A World Premiere
Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610)
by George Crowe, directed by Robert Currier

Richard Burbage's Blackfriars Theatre is not fairing well, what with the plague outside it's doors and the rumors of war.  ‘How might I resurrect this house. Another raucous bear pit, brothel, A drinking den.’ Richard thinks why not a playwriting contest between the best writers of his time. London Idol 1610 is born. With playwrights Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Francis Beaumont and the ghost of Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe competing with each other by presenting their one page ‘cover’ plays based on Shakespeare's well known plays of the time. Quills are Drawn! The competition is fierce and poetic! The play is funny and heartfelt! Come and root on your favorite playwright!”

All Hallows Fantasy Faire
Friday-Sunday, October 18-20,
Friday 7:00PM-Midnight, Saturday 12:00PM-11:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM-6:00PM
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Adults $15, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 Free
$12 adult tickets and $30 Three-Day passes available in advance online

“The Original 5th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is a two-day, all-inclusive costume play event! Keeping the All Hallows tradition this year, the dead will be celebrated like never before! Starting off with our Kick Off Party Zombie Bash!! Friday 18, 7:00PM-Midnight. Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! The faire offers many exciting venues to hear live music, enjoy themed food and drink, buy unique items, and marvel at jugglers and magicians. Wear your new or old costume and get into the fun and thrills of the faire!”

Earth Energy Walks
with Community Seed
Saturday, October 19, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Fall Creek Trail, Felton Empire Grade, Felton
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)
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)

Fall Creek (Felton):
Parking is free! From Highway 17, take the Scotts Valley/Mount Hermon Road exit. Continue on Mt. Hermon Road for 3.8 miles. Turn right onto Graham Hill Road. Continuing past Highway 9, the road now becomes Felton-Empire Grade. Go about 1/2 mile and turn right into the parking lot. Caution, it is very easy to miss this turn.”

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!

Alameda Point Collaborative Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 19, 11:00AM-3:00PM
APC Farm2Market Farm, 2600 Barbers Point Road, Alameda

“Join APC and the Farm2Market Project for a traditional celebration of the harvest and the bounty of  its three-acre urban farm with pumpkin carving, a children’s carnival, tasty treats straight from our farm and much, much more.  
Its also a celebration of community and our shared vision of a brighter future and healthier world for us all to enjoy for generations to come.

Pick-up your Healthy Adventure passport when you check-in and start your farm journey.  At each adventure station, you’ll earn a stamp by trying fresh farm foods, learning some great farm facts or participating in one of our move-your-body stretch breaks.

Once you fill up your passport, you can turn it in to win a great prize!

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!
While supplies last, we invite all of our guests 12 and under to pick out a pumpkin - many of them grown right on our own farm! Carve it on the spot or take it home to tackle later.  It’s a great activity for parents and kids to enjoy together!

We hope to see you on the farm!”

Heirlooms: Food, Experiments, Tools, and Traditions
presented by Market Days at the Exploratorium
Saturday, October 19, 11:00AM-3:00PM, and the third Saturday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Plaza

“Explore the diverse treasures that we preserve and pass along to future generations. Learn to create explosions of native heirloom flowers by making seed bombs with Explorables volunteers, and shop for heirloom vegetable seeds from organic seed vendors. See how a 100-year-old hat shop preserves the tradition of making and wearing fedoras, top hats, and bowlers. Get in touch with the raw material of human heritage by extracting DNA from your own cells with the Explainers. Learn traditions of making and doing practiced by professionals and homesteaders alike, such as using wild bacteria to make uniquely flavored cheeses. Plus, hear Exploratorium scientists discuss some of the earliest scientific theories, refined and built upon over the centuries.

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.”

CAYA Sprouts at Pastorino Farms
Saturday, October 19, 12:00-3:00PM
Pastorino Farms, 2391 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay
Free admission

“Come As You Are To...

Join CAYA Sprouts for a fun filled afternoon at Pastorino Farms in Half Moon Bay as we celebrate the bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Pastorino Farms offers hay rides, train rides, ponies, a pet and feed the animals zoo, giant slides and jumpers. In addition, on the weekends they also offer a haunted house and face painting. And, of course, a field of pumpkins from which to pick!

CAYA Sprouts Family Outings are meant as fun activities that can be enjoyed together. Our gatherings center around a few hours of coordination by a member of our clergy, but you are always welcome to (mindfully) enjoy the day however and for however long you see fit.

EVENT TIME: 12:00-3:00PM. CAYA Sprouts will meet at at 12 noon at 2391 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92) Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 in the front entrance parking lot.

If you'd like to join us but need a ride, be sure to ring out and see if anyone may have room, but please be mindful not to take such sharing for granted. Helping with gas and willingness to meet at BART make it easier for all.

TICKET PRICES: Admission to the farm is free on the weekends for everyone. The assortment of rides and petting zoo cost tickets. Ticket costs $1 each. Ticket prices for rides and attractions include:
6 tickets = Pony Ride
3 tickets = Train Ride or Petting Zoo
2 tickets = Jumper House or Slide or Hay Ride

Pumpkins range from $1-$12 depending on size.


ADDRESS: 2391 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92) Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

GO TO THIS LINK FOR DIRECTIONS: http://tinyurl.com/pxfsfzj

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, dress in layers, sunscreen, and water. This is an outdoor event in an area that flux between warm and cold. Please plan accordingly.

FYI - BONUS EVENT OF THE DAY: Perhaps you are looking for more of an extended smashing good time.

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate the Great Gourd
October 19
The World Pumpkin Capital celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a spectacular lineup including a special display of weigh-off champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carvers, photos with the grand champion gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, The Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, festival-label wine and Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, October 19, 11:00AM-5:00PM, typically the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

“Step into the past as you board our historic ships. Help the sailors on Balclutha raise the staysail in the morning and return for musical fun during the afternoon dogwatch. Learn about life in 1901 from the ferry passengers on Eureka, or join Mrs. Galan on the Ark houseboat for an afternoon tea to discuss issues of the day.

Witness a dramatic re-creation of the 1901 labor strike that shook the San Francisco Waterfront in July. In September, picknickers in period swimsuits frolic on the beach. Don’t miss President McKinley’s visit in May and the Old Time Maritime Christmas celebration in December, with all the ships decorated as they were in 1901.

October 19: Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society: Seagoing libraries, sailor’s literacy program

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Fall Into Wellness Day of Renewal!
at Terra’s Temple
Saturday, October 19, 12:00-7:00PM
Terra's Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland

“Nourish the Body, Mind and Spirit!

Fall is upon us! Let's gather our healing energies to support each other as we move through this gorgeous transition season!
In service to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and the world, Terra’s Temple invites you to a Day of Renewal. Join us for a day of wonderful healing, connecting to source and replenishing.
Our Healing Day offers you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space - your self. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be - with your self, in your body, with others and with the divine. We have a host of new practitioners ready to help you in your healing journey. Come receive various sessions in massage, energy work, counseling, life coaching, intuitive readings, tarot and much more. Tend to your own well-being, listen to and make music, connect with others, sip our special Temple Tea and rejuvenate yourselves!
Become a member on Renewal Day and get in free!
Bring a snack to share!
Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early to allow yourself the time to fully embrace the healing that Terra’s Temple offers.
*a gentle wink here*
Given the ever-growing popularity of this event, we ask everyone to be mindful of their session sign-ups. This will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to partake in the day of renewal. Maximize your experience with potent sessions of quality not merely quantity. Allow time to meditate and integrate.

Connect - Create - Heal - Self - Community - World”

The Monster Squad 25th Anniversary Screening
Saturday, October 19, 1:00PM
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco

“It’s the 25th Anniversary of The Monster Squad, the film that taught us that, yes, the wolfman’s got nards! Dracula has returned and is trying to take over the world with the help of a bevy of cinema’s greatest creatures. It’s up to a ragtag team of kids with serious monster knowledge to defeat them! Co-written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and director Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps), it’s a super fun homage to the B-movies of yesterday. After the screening, the squad assembles with director Fred Dekker to chat and take your questions, including leader Sean (Andre Gower), cool kid Rudy (Ryan Lambert) and ‘lil sis Phoebe (Ashley Banks).”

Telling Tales
a Fall Storytelling Festival
Saturday, October 19, 1:00-5:00PM
Berkwood Hedge School, 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Adults $10, Children $5
see website for detailed schedule and list of featured storytellers

“Telling Tales: A Fall Storytelling Festival for All Ages

Join us for Telling Tales in the heart of Berkeley and travel the world with stories!

Yvette Brandy, Michael Katz and Megumi will perform at Telling Tales, a community celebration of cultural tradition, creativity and spoken word. Numerous local tellers, reflecting a rich variety of storytelling styles, will join them - including Erica Blue, Linda Yemoto, Bill Lynch and Walker Brents III.

With an all ages, all stages approach, this family-friendly event is open to all. Light snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase, as well as CDs and books by featured storytellers.

Berkwood Hedge, a K-5 school with a lively history of involvement in progressive education and social justice issues, celebrated its 60th anniversary with the first Telling Tales Festival in 2007. That day has grown into the now-annual community festival.”

Lighten Up About Death: A Playful and Mindful Opportunity to Dance with Death
with Annie Goglia and Amos Lans
presented by LifeFire Workshops and Coaching
Saturday, October 19, 1:30-5:00 PM
InterPlayce, 2273 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
For more information or to register, please contact Annie Goglia at 510-282-1279

“Join us for this workshop where we will explore our own and other's deaths with a sense of compassion, adventure and humor!

We will learn useful tools to help gain perspective about death through:
Laughter Yoga
Deep breathing/meditation  
InterPlay/self-healing movement
And more!

Come have fun, connect with other good people, and leave with useful tools to face the issues around death and dying with humor, courage and perspective.

Accessible space, all levels of mobility welcome.”

Zombie Brew Crawl!
Saturday, October 19, 2:30-5:30PM
Downtown Martinez
$25 in advance, $35 on the day

“The undead are coming to Downtown Martinez and they are thirsty for craft beer!

The 2nd annual Zombie Beer Crawl on the streets of Martinez and everyone is encouraged to join the crowd. Zombies will be walking around the downtown corridor of Martinez, sampling beers from over 25 great craft breweries stationed at various small businesses along Main Street.   

Zombie costumes are optional, however there will be prizes awarded for the best individual costume as well as the best group costume.  After the Beer Crawl, visit one of the downtown restaurants for dinner!

Free Shuttles to and from the North Concord BART station will be available.”

Be Love Farm Dinner  
Saturday, October 19, 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!”

Full Moon Healing Ritual
with Sacred Fires Healing Circle
Saturday, October 19, 7:00-8:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“FREE, Donations Accepted, No one turned away for lack of funds. Please bring a perishable food item to share if possible. Ritual will begin on time and no one will be permitted in once we have begun.
The Sacred Fires Healing Circle (SFHC) would like to invite you to celebrate the mysteries of the Full Moon. Every Full Moon we gather to explore the inner realms of self and to align with the powers of the Goddess. Our rituals are open to all with an open mind and an open heart.”

Cinematic Titanic: The Farewell Tour
presented by SF Sketchfest
Saturday, October 19,
The Doll Squad 7:00PM
The Astral Factor 9:30PM
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco
$35 for each movie, $60 for both
reserve tickets early at the website below - this event will sell out!

“Cinematic Titanic: The Farewell Tour
with Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein from Mystery Science Theater 3000
and special guest Dave ‘Gruber’ Allen
live riffing The Doll Squad and The Astral Factor

Cinematic Titanic, the feature-length movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, returns to the Castro Theatre one last time before retiring from touring to roast two absolutely terrible cinematic duds!

First up is 1973's The Doll Squad, a super low budget Z-movie forced upon the public by director/editor/writer/producer Ted V. Mikels. Anthony ‘Hawaiian Eye’ Eisley ‘stars’ as CIA operative Connolly, who assigns uber-sexy operative Sabrina Kincaid (Francine York, far away from the Jerry Lewis films she often appeared in) to corral a bevy of shapely female assassins to try and stop a madman from destroying the world with a rat-transmitted plague virus. Before there was Charlie's Angels… there was The Doll Squad! And before that, Citizen Kane. But enjoy the cleavage-filled jumpsuits!

Top off the evening with 1976's The Astral Factor, aka The Invisible Strangler, which follows a convicted strangler who learns to turn himself invisible in jail (why not?) and, after escaping, stalks and tries to kill the five women who testified against him at his trial. Hot on his invisible trail is a police lieutenant (Robert Foxworth, gleefully cashing a paycheck) who hopes to stop the paranormal sicko before he can complete his mission. Also starring Hart to Hart's Stephanie Powers, who should have had a heart to heart with her agent before signing on to this mess.”

Gaskell Halloween Ball
Saturday, October 19, 7:30PM-Midnight
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

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

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

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

Our next ball is our Halloween ball, our largest and most spectacular event of the year. While you can come in semi-formal attire, Halloween is a chance to shine, so start finding/making your costume now. And bring your camera, as there we be all sorts of interesting costumes to be seen.

Now is the time for cosplay, historical costumes, future costumes, steampunk, and an array of other costumes.

Of course, do bear in mind that the goal is to dance in the costumes, so make sure you can move and turn without tripping! And no sharp, pointy parts that might damage the other dancers will be allowed!

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

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

Foundry Nights 11
Saturday, October 19, 8:00PM until late
The Foundry Gallery, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley

“FN#11 is to commence on October 19th, 8:00PM until late at The Foundry Nights gallery space 835 Carleton Street in West Berkeley. $15 at the door, 21+ only, non-accessible venue. DRESS WARMLY, IT WILL BE COLD.

Mateo Lugo and Nika Aila States TOTONOKO
Chani Bockwinkle EINE ABSOLUTE
aux yux crux + bouche mandela SLOW / SLOW
Karen Penley FERAL GIRL and OLD MAN
Neil Campau LEAFLETS
Katarina Eriksson THE AMBASSADOR
Forest Pine Trio MUSIC
Flora Pilet DANCE
Peter Max Lawrence DRAWING
Andy Watter Schmeder PROJECTION
Coleman Pritchard SCULPTURE
Jeff Cheung PAINTING
and DJ White Tiger 'til late.

CURATOR-PRODUCERS: Ross Warren and Andy Water Schmeder.
This is a quasi-open air event, so please dress warmly!”

ARTrails 2013
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, at your own pace
various locations in Sonoma County

“We invite you to grab an ARTrails catalog with maps and spend a day or two sampling some of the very best art Sonoma County has to offer. Drive the country lanes and pastoral vistas of Sonoma County on this self-guided free tour of art studios. ARTrails provides that rare glimpse into the artist’s studio. Watch works in progress as artists demonstrate how the magic happens.

Going to any of the preview exhibits is a good place to start when planning your free self-guided tour.”

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 9:00AM-5:00PM
see website for detailed schedule of events, entertainers and vendors
Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay

“The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with three stages of stellar live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade with six-time Gold Glove winner and all-time San Francisco Giants fan favorite J.T. Snow as Grand Marshal, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, ultra-thrilling zip-line and bungee jump, tasty wines and microbrews, pumpkin-infused ales and margaritas, and the Sunday-only ‘Made on the Coast’ local artists’ block with music, authors, book signings and a haiku contest. Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed.”

Goblin Jamboree
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 10:00AM-4:00PM
see website for detailed schedule
Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito

“Children and their families are invited to come in costume and explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum, transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Ride a train or real ponies, visit the spooky-but-not-scary Haunted Pier, make potions in the witches’ and wizard’s school, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment.

Tickets are also available at the door. All activities are included. Event takes place rain or shine.”

Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“As the bewitching time of the year approaches, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach becomes a bit more haunted. All Harry Potters and friends can explore our magic potions, mysterious spells and enchantments. Bring your magic wands and broomsticks, come in costume for special prizes!

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows - they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!

Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island. There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

Oktoberfest in Campbell
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Historic Downtown Campbell
(along E Campbell Avenue between Harrison Avenue and Winchester Boulevard, Campbell)

“The original Oktoberfest occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and by 1960, the Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival which is replicated the world over.

Campbell’s own Oktoberfest will be held in October and will showcase mouthwatering savory German foods including Bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and German potato salad, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 fine artisans from all over the country and an impressive line-up of entertainment, including headliners Alpiners USA.

Oktoberfest is held in Historic Downtown Campbell.

Oktoberfest Origins
Once upon a time, long long ago in a faraway land known as Bavaria, a Crown Prince - who later became King Ludwig I - married the beautiful Princess Therese von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince's National Guard thought that the horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate the happy event. King Max, proud father of the Prince, gave his consent to the races and so they became the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the unlikely beginning of Oktoberfest.

The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. It wasn't until 1818, that booths, serving food and drink, were set up at the event. In the late 1800s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese named in honor of Ludwig's bride.”

Tolay Fall Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma
Adults $4, Children 12 and under $1, parking $7 per car

“The 2013 Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of seasonal family fun at beautiful Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. The Fall Festival runs October 12-13 and October 19-20. Take a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkins. Explore the spooky ‘creatures’ barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds of prey, and tide pool animals. Find your way through a straw maze. Meet farm animals and visit a replica of a Native American village. Try farm crafts like candle making and wool carding. Enter a pumpkin seed spitting contest and old-time sack races. Enjoy local foods.”

Folsom Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Folsom City Lions Park, 50 Natoma Street, Folsom
$16 adults, $11 students, seniors (55+) and children 13-17, $8 ages 6-12, under six free
parking $4

“Experience the Magic and The Merriment of The Renaissance in Folsom!

The rising young star of London's theater scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer’s block while the great Elizabethan age of entertainment unfolds around him. Will is without inspiration on material. What Will needs is a muse and in an extraordinary town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he finds himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Their stories make their way into his plays and into our hearts. The theme of the Faire is Shakespeare's Muse.

Over October 19-20, the Folsom City Lions Park will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare's plays we so dearly love. In addition, over 900 costumed entertainers and over 100 shopkeepers and artisans will add to the ambiance of the Faire.The Festival will be the ultimate Renaissance bash, a lively Dionysian party, where the guests enjoy turkey legs, exotic food, and drink as they banter with the myriad performers filling the streets. The event sports one-of-a-kind shows, music, and comedy.

The Joust!
The Weekend’s highlight will be a full contact joust. Men and horse collide and do battle right before your eyes.Say hello to Imperial Knights!”

Adventure Sail aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 2:00-4:00PM
Antioch Marina, 5 Marina Plaza, Antioch

“Our family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adventure Sails are two or three hours in length. We recommend all passengers review our guide to sailing (PDF) to help you prepare for your adventure.”

Buried In The Body
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Fourth Annual Fall Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20,
Saturday 12:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM and 4:00PM
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
playing through November 2
various dates, times, and locations, see website for detailed schedule

“Ragged Wing Ensemble presents
Buried In The Body
Written by Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Adam L. Sussman

Our 4th annual fall festival show featuring an original play and immersive installations

Do you hear that? Do you feel that? All in the same park and all at the same time a former couple has come to spread the ashes of a dead parent; a woman busks for spare change while her baby sleeps in a stroller; spirits in borrowed bodies try to remember their past lives over a picnic of leftovers. Yet nothing is as it seems to be: songs appear from mysterious places, memories come and fade away again, and relationships between those in the park grow both more familiar and much much stranger. Just remember, everything always happens at once. Ragged Wing Ensemble is proud to present this world premiere play by award-winning writer Anthony Clarvoe, followed immediately by a series of interactive installations for the audience to experience and participate in.”

Monty Python's Spamalot
presented by Tri-Valley Rep
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20,
Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore
see website for ticket details

“Spamalot pokes fun at almost everyone and everything, even Broadway musicals. It is most appropriate for children 12 and older who can appreciate the unique Pythonesque sense of humor that, without apology, can appear cheeky, impertinent, irreverent, disrespectful and sometimes just plain rude… but to the sophisticated and discerning eye, it is silliness raised to an art form and all good fun. But, please, if you are easily offended, heed the call of King Arthur, ‘Run away!’”

presented by Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 8:00PM
playing through November 23
South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley

“Adapted by Giulio Cesare Perrone from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Inferno Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Metamorphoses. Adapted by Inferno Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Giulio Cesare Perrone, from Ovid’s masterpiece, Metamorphoses uses movement, multimedia, music, and both ancient and modern texts as it explores the relationship between Ovid’s work, Shamanism, Climate Change, and the Human Genome Project.  The design elements incorporate natural, sustainable and recycled materials.  The highly trained physical ensemble will portray ancient and post-modern gods as nymphs and satyrs who once inhabited the woods, as they transform and are transformed by both heroes and mortal men and women.  This provocative work will stir debate and action as the audience comes to understand nature itself on an emotional level, bridging evolutionary changes and mutations in the ecology of our planet.”

Mount Wanda Walks
Sunday, October 20, 9:00AM
John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez

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

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

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

East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, October 20, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland
Tickets in advance: Adults $15, Children $12.50, Tickets on the day: Adults $20, Children $15

“The East Bay's Own Maker Faire Celebrates Invention, Creativity and Community

An incredible line up of makers and activities has been confirmed for the 4th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 20th October. This one-day, family-friendly festival will showcase the talent and creativity of local maker culture, and feature a spectacular line up of over 170 new and returning makers, performers, food vendors, and speakers.

Attracting 5,000+ attendees last year, this community event is a celebration of do-it-yourself (and do-it-together!) spirit and hands-on making. Ranging from the domestic arts to deep hacking to craft to digital fabrication to robotics to art, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a stimulating day that will engage the young and not-so-young, singles and families, ladies and gents.”

Magical Mystery Farm Tour
Saturday, October 20, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker Street, Berkeley
Free, please register at the website below

“Come see our farm through the eyes of its chief steward and farmer, and find out the answers to these questions and more on an enlightening behind-the-scenes farm tour with Rae Graeber.

What do we grow and why?

How has the farm evolved since we planted our first raised beds three years ago?

How do carrots, kale, bees, goats, fish, worms and chickens form an interconnected ecosystem that produces an extraordinary abundance of produce and protein in a relatively small footprint right here in West Berkeley?

Rae Graeber arrived at Urban Adamah as part of the fall Fellowship class of 2011, and spent the winter working and co-managing the farm before becoming the full time farm manager in February of 2012. Rae has studied and practiced organic agriculture since 2005. During this time she’s been involved with various farms and gardens, including organic farms on Orcas Island in her home state of Washington and non-profit urban gardening projects while studying at McGill University in Montreal.

This family-friendly event is free. We ask that you kindly register in advance so we may know how many people to expect.”

Sundar Shadi’s Gifts
Free film screening
Saturday, October 20, 11:00AM
Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“From 1949 until his retirement in 1996, Sundar Shadi set up elaborate Nativity displays on the sprawling hillside on Moeser Lane. A new film, Sundar Shadi’s Gifts, is about the Christmas displays and his life story. The film is free.”

Burning Sunday
a fundraiser for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Sunday, October 20, 11:00AM, potluck at 5:30PM
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1823 9th Street, Berkeley
Free, donations accepted

This is the church which is attended by two members of CAYA Clergy, Kian Dubh Drakos and Thora Appelgren Drakos, aka Kyle and Nancy.  This historic church was badly damaged by a fire one year ago, and is now in the process of being restored.

Kian says:
“Sunday October 20th marks the one-year anniversary of the fire at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Berkeley. All are welcome to join in a celebratory and reminiscent fire-themed service at 11:00AM that morning, in the parish hall to the north of the church on 9th and Hearst in Berkeley.

Also join us at 5:30PM that evening, also in the parish hall, for a fund-raising silent auction and potluck! Please feel free to bring items to donate to the auction and/or food for the potluck, but no one will be turned away for lack of donations!  There will also be a brief tour/viewing of the old, burnt-out church to see the restoration work so far.”

Mask Making Class
Sunday, October 20, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$195 includes materials

“Ichabod Crane, the unlikely hero of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, would certainly feel braver on his moonless walks through the forest if he wore one of these glowing paper pumpkin hats. And think how magical your autumn will be with them arranged as a centerpiece on your harvest table. You’ll learn to create gourd shapes from imported gradated crepe, then light them from within with an LED ‘candle.’ Stretch, pull, and ‘wodge’ the moldable paper into shapes you desire, then decorate with Dresden trim, spun-cotton mushrooms, and whatever strikes your fancy. John has taught basic party hat classes, but this one has always been a favorite. Take away three or four hats and gourds for your autumn decor.

Fee: $95; includes all materials
Instructor: John B. McRae - Limit: 8 students”

Lafayette Community Garden Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday, October 20, 12:00-3:00PM
Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette
$5 per person or $10 per family donation requested

“We hope you will join us at the Garden to share in the celebration.

Garden Tours - Informal Classes - Local Musicians - Scavenger Hunt - Raffle - Art Projects for All Ages

Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Education Center opened last spring after three years in development.  Located on EBMUD land across from the Lafayette Reservoir, it has become a beautiful site where community members grow food collaboratively, participate in workshops about sustainable practices and harvest and share food.  The garden is being developed as a place where all community members can visit, witness and learn about a thriving garden and the native plants that part of the Lafayette Creek's riparian ecosystem.”

Sunday Laughter In The Park!
with Lydia Gonzalez
Sunday, October 20, 1:00-2:00PM
Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco

“We will meet at the bottom of the front steps at the Conservatory of Flowers on John F. Kennedy Drive near Middle East Drive (South of Fulton Street, West of Stanyan Street)

Bring sunscreen (we will try to find a place in or near the shade) and perhaps a bottle of water!

Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or large towel to lay on for our Laughter Meditation at the end of the session.

And, feel free to bring a friend.  No need to RSVP, just show up!

All Laughter Yoga sessions are open to everyone regardless of age, race, body shape, size, sexual identity, gender, previous yoga or Laughter Yoga experience, or even if you are in a bad mood!  Everyone is welcome!”

Adventure Sail aboard the Lady Washington
Sunday, October 20, 2:00-4:00PM
Pier 40, San Francisco

“Our family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adventure Sails are two or three hours in length. We recommend all passengers review our guide to sailing (PDF) to help you prepare for your adventure.”

Decadent Cordials for Health and Pleasure
with Frieda Kipar of Taproot Medicine
presented by Institute for Urban Homesteading
Sunday, October 20, 2:00-6:00PM
North Oakland location, address given upon registration
$35-$55 plus $15 supply fee to be paid on day of workshop

“Discover the alchemist in yourself by learning the fundamentals of cordial making. Cordial means ‘of the heart’ and describes an alcoholic elixir that can include herbs, fruits, nuts, and just about anything else. Cordials are decadent delicious potions which can also enhance health as digestives, sleep aids and immune system boosters. In this class, you will learn how to make a healing cordial, tailored to your own tastes and needs. We will discuss the art of flavor combining as well as herbs to add for specific purposes. Cordials make great gifts, and everyone will take home one of their own.
Optional class reunion on Sunday, November 17 5:00PM for Tasting.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, October 20, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

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

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

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

The Sunday Salon: Ten Acts for Ten Bucks!
presented by The Eve's Elixir Project
Sunday, October 20, 6:30-8:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works  2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Come and get a little taste of everything! Multi-media dance theatre, modern dance, original singer/songwriter tunes, belly dance, flamenco, Persian, live-music and more!

Each act gets 5 minutes to present new exciting work that thrills them!

Gibson Pearl
Hilit Maniv with Azriel ‘El Moreno’
The Zenotope Collective
Freyja and SoozyQ
Claudine Naganuma
Dara Roberts
Maria y Stephania Fusion Flamenco
Holly Shaw
Shahrzad Khorsandi, Mima Goodarz, Farin Foroudi
The No Shows: Jana MEszaros, Doug Hooker, and Patrick Munson

10 Acts for 10 bucks!  
The Eve's Elixir Project was originally created to provide a platform for aspiring choreographers of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to old art forms and take risks with tradition. Eve's Elixir produced shows at CounterPULSE and Cowell Theatre in San Francisco as well as the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley 2007-2009. The project's 2013 incarnation, The Sunday Salon, has expanded to include more artists of all different mediums and genres.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, October 20, 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!

Upcoming dates:
November 17
December - no regular meeting, possibly an outing
January 19”

The Kepler Story
Sunday, October 20, 8:30PM
playing through October 27
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.”

The Art of Feminine Presence: Awaken Your Sensuous Rhythms
with Marcela Veron
Monday, October 21, 7:00-8:00PM,
and four more Mondays through November 18
For more information and to register, please e-mail marcela@embodyyourlove.com

“Classes are offered in a series of 5 at a time. Drop ins are not accepted.

First class free! Join us October 21st, 2013 and explore Marcela’s teachings at no cost to you.

If you are ready to explore, expand, enrich, enliven and embody your feminine essence then come over our new workshop series.

Marcela will teach ways to tune in to your soulful self in ways that will help you attune to your feminine soul and create more magic in your life. If you have felt that you need more grounding, more intimacy, more sensuality, more intuitiveness and more love fulfillment in your life... but unsure how to really go about bringing it sustainably into your life, then this class was made for women like you.

Students will learn to access the most attractive force you have within you - your feminine essence - feel more comfortable with their sensuality, and with receiving positive attention. Marcela will introduce a powerful moving meditation that easily accesses profound states of peace and joy, even on the toughest of days. Students will learn to develop a physical and energetic presence that attracts the positive attention they want: personally and professionally. Learn to follow your intuitive guidance rather than always pushing to make things happen.

Marcela Veron works with women, guiding them on intimate relationships, healing their love stories, while helping them express their love purpose through their heart, mind, body and soul connection. She helps them tune into their intuition and feminine rhythms for deeper and soulful communication and connections. She currently studies Women’s Spirituality at Sofia University.”

Tuolumne River Watershed Discussion
with Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty of Wholly H2O
Tuesday, October 22, 1:00-3:00PM
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B, Lower Level, San Francisco Main Public Library,
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

“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, October 22, (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.”

Mole Day
Wednesday, October 23, 6:02AM-6:02PM

“Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02AM to 6:02PM, Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an atomic mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. An atom of neon has an atomic mass of 20, therefore one mole of neon weighs 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.”

Angelic Heart Vortex Group Healing
with Gailynn Carroll, Vortex Healing Divine Energy Healing Facilitator and Teacher
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00-9:00PM
Rudramandir, Main Sanctuary #106, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-486-8700,
“Come Transform and Renew in the Presence of Angels!

The Angelic Heart Group Healing bridges you deeply into the angelic realm, allowing an angel to come into your spine to facilitate the session. During the healing, you will feel/sense/see/know angels communicating with you in the most helpful way, in unfolding your natural gifts.

Angelic presence will infuse your system and create new energy and clarity. Old emotional patterns and blocks will fall away to open the way for new possibilities and deeper joy.  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 were 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, to act as protectors, to bring hope, give relief from adversity, to strengthen and support your spiritual growth.
Reserve your Angelic Heart VortexHealing  Divine Energy Healing today!
Please e-mail Robert Courtney (aka Dragonfly)  Vortexhealingberkeley@gmail.com
or call 510-467-8841 to let me know that you will be joining us.
Please come and experience Gailynn's introductory talk followed by a group healing that gives participants the opportunity to experience energy healing and ask questions afterward.  

This healing is open to the public and is also for VortexHealing students.  Come early, for we will be starting on time.  Bring a friend or loved one.”

Kali Puja Festival
hosted by SHARANYA
Saturday, November 2, 5:30PM
The Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$11-$21 sliding scale donation

“10th Annual Kali Puja Festival

Join us for a celebration honoring the cycle of life, the Great Mystery and all things on the margins on November 2 at 6:00PM in San Francisco. We come together in community to welcome in the new year at this time of Kali Puja and Divali, the Festival of Lights, and honor Goddess manifest in the whole of creation.

As the darkness closes in, we offer our prayers to Maa Kali, Mother of the Universe. Together we will honor Her in Her many forms through the Sha'can tradition of Shakta Tantra. With your help, we are planning to fill the temple with chant, song, dance, devotion, and celebration.

What to bring... Offerings for the main altar are welcome. It is customary to bring flowers, fruit, wine, vegetarian offerings, or sweets and to refrain from wearing black to our public rituals. If you wish to wear a special color for Kali, we invite you to don red, a color associated with Her power in the phenomenal world as shakti, the activating force and the energy of creation. You are also invited to bring an object you would like to have blessed.

A sliding scale donation of $21-$11 is suggested to cover the cost of the space, puja supplies and prasad (blessed food); however, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds, and any donation is graciously accepted; we appreciate so much the offerings you make to support our work and the community.

SHARANYA is a Devi Mandir (Goddess Temple) dedicated to the embodied worship of the Divine Mother, especially Maa Kali, as an agent of social justice and deep awakening.”

Have a Fiery, Glowing, Infinitely Fulfilling Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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