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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Califas Festival, Winaq: Teachings from Ancestral Mayan Knowledge, Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon, Magical Fashionista, Stories Breaking Through Silence, Resonance at the Exploratorium, Rhythmix Zombie Bingo: Grave Danger, In Her Name Circle: Art of Feminine Presence, The Exorcist, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Shrouded Tales, The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary, Pygmalion, What Every Girl Should Know, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper, The Art Beat: Day of the Dead Diorama Workshop, Thirteen for Halloween, Social and Free-Swap!, Sacred Intimacy and Erotic Arts: Introducing Tantra, Standup For Davis Street 2013 Comedy Benefit, Water from the Welles: an Evening of Stories, Seventh Avenue Center for the Arts and Spirituality Grand Opening Weekend, Convocation of Isis 2013, Building Resilient Communities, REAL, Litquake, Pumpkins in the Park, Gather the Women North Bay: Heal the Violence Empower the Feminine, Cupertino Diwali Festival, Skeleton Shrine Class, First Annual Calling All Nations: A Celebration of Water and Belonging, East Bay Waldorf Harvest Faire, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Takes the Cake, Stories from Lake Merritt’s Past, Sustainable Suburban Farming, Sugar Skulls Workshop, Halloween Capes and Cuffs for Kids, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Village Soup for the Soul, Laughter Flashmob, Living Wisdom School Open House and Ritual, Seker, Dia De Los Muertos: Art Music and Culture, East Bay Waltz, Native Plant Fair, Ardenwood Harvest Festival, Contra Costa Crystal Fair, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Tolay Fall Festival, Battle Sail, Maafa Commemoration Ceremony, History San Jose Hosts Yard Sale in the Park, Filipino American History Day, No Temple of Aphrodite in October, The Road To Ife, CAYA Fun For Everyone: Burning Man Decompression, Halloween Concert with Octopretzel, The Angels and You, Pediatric Health: Children and Immunity, The Kepler Story, Kozmik Kirtan, ARTrails 2013, Shamanism and the Journey, Jack's Glow and Fire Show, 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.”

Winaq: Teachings from Ancestral Mayan Knowledge
with Gilberto Guarcax Gonzalez
presented by Circle of Ancestors
Wednesday, October 9, 6:00-8:00PM
Galeria Beso Maya, 3224 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

“The Winaq is the essence that lives in everything; Gilberto Guarcax Gonzalez will share his knowledge of this essence and introduce the Mayan way of understanding the connection of life.

Join us in this rare opportunity to experience the wisdom of the Ancestral Knowledge through the eyes of this young spiritual guide.

Gilberto Guarcax is a young Ajq'ij (Mayan spiritual guide) and artist (musician and dancer) of Mayan Kaqchikel (Indian Ethnicity from Guatemala). He trained as an artist, along with a group of other young Kaqchikel, in order to investigate, recover and promote the ancestral knowledge of their Mayan roots in music, dance and performing arts. In 2001 they became the Group Sotz'il.

He was initiated as Ajq'ij ( Daykeeper) and his function has been to accompany and guide individuals and groups in their experiential processes through consultation with the energies using the sacred bundle and the sacred fire. Now he is part of a Mayan singing group and a multidisciplinary team of researchers who are dedicated to the study, training, and dissemination of art, history, and Mayan spirituality.”

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

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

Workshop 8: Waxing Moon
Love, Self love /Confidence.
This workshop is all about LOVE. Loving yourself is the key to loving others. We will discuss practices that you can develop to bring more love into your lives.

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

Magical Fashionista
with Tess Whitehurst

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00-7:30PM
Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton, 925-846-8826

Thursday, October 10, 7:00-8:30PM
Opera Plaza Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, 415-776-1111

“Bring Out Your Inner Glamour!
Discover how fashion can help you be your most authentic self, attract good fortune, and manifest what you desire. When your beautiful inner and outer realities match, you'll revel in the magic of each day.

Intuitive counselor, energy worker, feng shui consultant, and speaker, Tess Whitehurst shares how fashion with intention can be a powerful, life-affirming practice and can help you be your most authentic self, attract good fortune, and manifest what you desire with the glamorous and illuminating, Magical Fashionista: Dress for the Life You Want.”

Stories Breaking Through Silence
Aminatta Forna in Conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Thursday, October 10, 5:30-7:30PM
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco
$15, please pre-register at the website below

“Join the International Museum of Women in association with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for an evening event with Aminatta Forna, in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Lecturer/Writer and MoAD Board Member.

From human rights in Africa to the importance of education for girls and boys and now the impact of war and the silence that follows in Croatia; hear from one of contemporary Africa's important and perceptive chroniclers as she joins us to discuss her newest novel, The Hired Man, set in a Croatian town that is still recovering from the indelible effects of war.

Event details: Thursday, October 10, Registration and wine reception at 5:30PM, program and Q and A at 6:15PM, followed by book sales and signing.

Aminatta Forna was raised in Sierra Leone and Britain and now divides her time between London and Sierra Leone. She is the award-winning author of The Memory of Love, Ancestor Stones, and a memoir of her dissident father, The Devil that Danced on the Water. Aminatta is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and currently holds the post of Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College, Massachusetts. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages, and her work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Observer, Granta, The Times, The Observer and Vogue.

Aminatta is an IMOW Global Council Member and a Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society of Literature and sits on the Board of the National Theatre of Great Britain, the General Committee of the Royal Literary Fund and the Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She is a member of the Folio Academy and has acted as judge for a number of literary awards. Most recent she was a judge for the 2013 International Man Booker Prize. In 2003 Aminatta established the Rogbonko Project to build a school in her family's village of Rogbonko in Sierra Leone. The charity now runs a number of projects in the spheres of education, sanitation, and maternal health.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Lecturer/Writer and MoAD Board Member, was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her writing includes essays, academic papers, reviews and short stories. Sarah's first novel, In Dependence, is published by Legend Press (London) and Cassava Republic Press (Abuja).”

Resonance at the Exploratorium
Selections from Antarctica, Music from the Ice
performance by Cheryl E. Leonard and Phillip Greenlief
in conversation with Sarah Cahill
Thursday, October 10, doors at 6:15PM, performance at 7:00PM
Kanbar Forum, Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco

“Please note: Space is extremely limited (150 seats). Please stop by the table just past Admissions to pick up your Resonance ticket on a first-come, first-served basis. Kanbar Forum doors open at 6:15PM. Tickets for unfilled seats will be released at 6:45PM. Live video of the event will also be streamed into our webcast studio, which holds an additional 100 people.

Explore distant realms of musical possibility with Resonance, a new evening series at the Exploratorium. Contemporary musicians and sound artists will perform new works and discuss their ideas, techniques, and inspirations with radio host and pianist Sarah Cahill.

Join us as we kick off the series on October 10 when composer/instrument builder Cheryl E. Leonard performs Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greenlief. Leonard spent a month at an Antarctic research station in 2009, exploring nearby islands and glaciers, recording natural soundscapes, and collecting objects including rocks, shells, and penguin bones with the idea that they could become musical instruments. She will perform several of the pieces she composed from Antarctic sound sources and will play many of her collected materials, as well as icicles, kelp, sand, salt, and scientific glassware.

Resonance performances will be held in the Exploratorium’s new Kanbar Forum and enlivened by its state-of-the-art, 72-channel Constellation sound system, providing an intimate experience of each event’s sonic details.”

Rhythmix Zombie Bingo: Grave Danger
Thursday, October 10, 6:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$25 for 10 games

“Looking for a seriously spooky Halloween bash? Come get your ghoulish groove on with 10 rounds of performance art spectacle, unearthly entertainment and outrageous costumed revelry at Rhythmix Zombie Bingo. The haunting evening will feature eerie sounds and dancing debauchery from Mr. Entertainment and the Yay girls, plus devilish delights, fiendish drinks and zombie snacks will be available.

Only $25 for 10 games, and the chance to win valuable prizes, including the grand prize: $200 sponsored by Trans Pacific National Bank. A special prize will go out to the best dressed ghoul or monster! Ages 18 and up.

Imagine Rocky Horror meets Diana Ross, tumbling numbers and a full cast of outrageous characters for special effect.  

You've never played like this!”

In Her Name Circle: Art of Feminine Presence
Featuring Tenaya Asan
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, October 10, 7:00-8:30PM
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.

Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.

If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-$20 donation is appreciated.

This month’s circle: Art of Feminine Presence
with Tenaya Asan, Personal Coach and Licensed Teacher of The Art of Feminine Presence

In the pursuit of a career, or having to take care of so many people around them, many women disconnect from their feminine essence and their personal presence without realizing it.  This affects everything.

When a woman turns on her feminine essence, her whole life is transformed. She becomes attractive, receptive, and open. When she walks into a room, everyone present basks in the glow of her feminine radiance. She does not need to project a powerful persona to attract the respect and attention she wants. Whether she wants an amazing career/business, a passionate partnership, or better health, doors open in through the magnetic qualities of the feminine essence.

In this workshop, you will learn simple ways to embody your feminine essence, turning on the radiance from the inside out so that you can feel the attractive feminine energy that can begin to change your life.

You will be introduced ways to:
Increase your magnetism so that you can attract the attention you actually wants with less struggle
Feel your attractive power so you can be in the flow of life, rather than always pushing to make things happen
Feel confident in any situation no matter who’s in the room or where you are
Move past fear and self-consciousness, increasing your field of influence and perceived value

The Art Of Feminine Presence is a body of work developed by Rachael Jayne Groover. Tenaya Asan is a licensed teacher of The Art of Feminine Presence

Tenaya Asan is a personal coach, inspirational speaker, author and a licensed Art of Feminine Presence teacher.  She also facilitates her own workshop, Our Souls Reunion and is a certified Breathworker.  Tenaya is dedicated to helping people tune into themselves and then move through blocks to follow the inner impulses unique to them.  She believes the feminine essence is the power changing our world and is passionate about helping women embody their own feminine presence.  People experience her as compassionate, wise and inspirational.  She has been on a personal growth path for over 30 years, including studying with an awakened master for 19 years, studying shamanism and other personal growth modalities.

Upcoming dates:     
November 7, December 12”

The Exorcist
Thursday, October 10, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles.

The movie shows once only, on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00PM. Cerrito Classics are popular: it’s always a good idea to buy your tickets in advance, at the box office or online. Plan to arrive early, to select your seats and to order beer or wine and delicious, freshly-made food.”

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

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

Shrouded Tales
presented by the Hayward Area Historical Society
Thursday-Saturday, October 10-13,
Thursday and Friday 7:00PM and 9:00PM, Saturday 7:00PM, 9:00PM, and 11:00PM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, 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.”

The Disappearance of Mary Rosemary
presented by Second Wind Productions
Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13,
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.”

presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Cue Productions Live,1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Butterfield 8 presents Pygmalion

A brilliantly witty re-working of the classical tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his perfect female statue, Pygmalion is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's telling, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his ‘creation’ has a mind of her own.

Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914, and became an Oscar-winning film in 1938. It was also adapted into the wildly successful Broadway musical (with its own Oscar-winning film treatment) My Fair Lady.

The cast features John Butterfield as Henry Higgins, Becky Potter as Eliza Doolittle, and Alan Cameron as Colonel Pickering; with Deborah Doyle as Mrs. Higgins, and Gary Mutz as Alfred Doolittle. Rounding out the cast are Ali Arman, Deborah Black, Jake Breckinridge, Bailie Simpson, and Maureen-Theresa Williams.”

What Every Girl Should Know
Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13 - finale week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Thursdays and Sundays $17 in advance, $20 at the door
Fridays and Saturdays $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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

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

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

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

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

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, October 10-13, 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 Art Beat: Day of the Dead Diorama Workshop
Friday, October 11, 6:30-8:30PM
and Friday, October 25, 6:30-8:30PM
The Art Beat, 68 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-5002
$58 includes materials

“The Art Beat in Downtown Campbell presents a Day of the Dead Diorama Workshop for ages 16 and up. The 2-session workshop will be held October 11 and 25, 6:30-8:30PM.

Join us for this fun-filled workshop honoring those who have gone before us. Design your own nicho or create a playful scene incorporating this style of bright colors and skeletal figures. This two-part workshop allows you to design and build your figures out of clay in the first part and paint and assemble in the second part. We provide all the materials and gentle guidance to allow you to express yourself in this one-of-a-kind mixed media sculpture.“

Thirteen for Halloween
Friday, October 11, 7:00-9:00PM
Alexandra von Burg Studio, 2525 8th Street, #13C, Berkeley
Free admission

“Thirteen for Halloween is an annual group show that celebrates Craft, Textiles and above all The most hallowed of holidays, Halloween! Organized by Alexandra Von Burg and located at the new Textile Dream Studios on 7th Street in Berkeley, you are sure to find the coolest, creepiest and most awesome items that will never appear in the local Halloween superstore.”

Social and Free-Swap!
with The San Jose Pagan/Magick Meetup Group
Friday, October 11, 7:00PM
Hobee's Palo Alto, 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

“Summer has finally bidden us farewell, Equinox has ushered in shorter days, and Samhain is soon to be upon us, to be followed by the hustle and bustle (and final exams) that accompany the Yuletide season.

Right now we have a little breather, so let's get together, socialize, and throw in a little free-swapping for good measure!

The back room at our Hobee's Palo Alto is available on the this upcoming Friday, so I've grabbed it.

If you have things to give away, great: bring them!

If you just want to come hang out, great: bring yourself!

We'll meet, greet, and get to know each other. No ritual, no workshop, no speeches - just fellow Pagans, seekers, and spiritual explorers.

What kinds of things to bring?
Those things that you don't have any use for, but they're cool and/or special, and you want them to go to a good home. You can get rid of that old tie-dyed ritual robe, and maybe find some nifty thing you never knew you needed. Leftover items will be donated to charity. $1 donation requested, to help cover the costs of running this website; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Hope to see you there!

Blessed Be,

Valerie, Organizer”

Sacred Intimacy and Erotic Arts: Introducing Tantra
for Men and Women
with Evalena Rose, M.A.
Friday, October 11, 7:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol, address given upon registration
$25 per person, $40 per couple
“This pleasant introductory session lets you sample the work offered by LoveJourney: The Healing Path of Tantra. We share information about tantra, do a meditation of reclaiming our sacred sexuality, demonstrate tantric breathing, and share heart-centered exchanges.”

Standup For Davis Street 2013 Comedy Benefit  
Friday, October 11, 7:30PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Standup for Davis Street 2013, Under the roof of the Historic BAL Theatre, community champion and TV personality, Brian Copeland, will welcome guests and host an evening that features 6 other homegrown sensations: Mark Pitta, Laurie Kilmartin, Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Bob Sarlatte, and Joe Klocek!

Last year none other than George Lopez wowed our crowds last year as your special guest! Who is our surprise this year? You'll have to come to see!...”

Water from the Welles: an Evening of Stories
with Elizabeth Welles
Friday, October 11, 7:30PM
The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

“Water from the Welles: A lyrical one woman show written and performed by Elizabeth Welles

In this evening of inspired tales, author-actress Elizabeth Welles takes us on a vivid journey through the lives of a number of remarkable women: a German widow whose gripping description of surviving WWII is alternately funny and shattering; a sassy Southern belle with mama issues; Welles own teenage self, on a journey of discovery in India; and her older self discovering that even a terrible (and terribly funny) day on the road can feel like a fairytale come true.

Actress and author Elizabeth Welles has traveled the world with her funny, moving, bawdy and bold solo shows. In this evening of inspired tales, she takes us on a vivid journey through her life, as she searches for truth, love, inspiration and meaning in India, transforms herself into a German survivor of WWII, is taken over by the spirit of a sassy Southern woman with a rocky relationship with her mother, and finally takes us on a fairytale ride through one of the worst (but drop-dead hilarious) days of her professional touring life. Don't miss this tour-de-force performance of an unforgettable show.”

Seventh Avenue Center for the Arts and Spirituality Grand Opening Weekend
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13,
see website for detailed schedule of events
Seventh Avenue Center for the Arts and Spirituality, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Welcome to ...
Seventh Avenue Center for the Arts and Spirituality
We're currently taking reservations for concerts, recitals, rehearsals, workshops and retreats to begin in October 2013 while we make preparations for our grand opening weekend October 11-13.  Events are still shaping up but here's a sampling ... all events are FREE and held at SACAS, 1329 Seventh Avenue in San Francisco (no tickets or reservations are required - just come and help get SACAS off to a great start!)”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Building Resilient Communities
2013 Northern California Permaculture and Transition Network Convergence
Friday-Monday, October 11-14
Solar Living Center, 13771 S Highway 101, Hopland
see website for registration information

“The first ever Building Resilient Communities Convergence, at the beautiful Solar Living Institute, brings together the best of the Northern California Permaculture Convergence and the Northern California Regional Transition Network Conference for an action-packed weekend designed to build a powerful movement for community resilience.

Whether you are a seasoned Permaculturalist, Hardcore Community Organizer, or just excited to learn about a new ways of living in thriving resilience with people and the planet, there is something at this conference for you!”

Inspired by Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio and the DREAM Act
presented by The Imaginists
Friday-Sunday, October 11-16,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
Thursdays pay what you can at the door,
Friday-Saturday $20, Sundays $15

“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.”

San Francisco’s Literary Festival
Friday, October 11-Saturday, October 19
see website for detailed schedule of events

“Litquake 2013: It’s On!

Welcome to Litquake 2013, where over the course a single nine-day festival in San Francisco, more than 800 authors and journalists will appear in more than 160 separate events. This includes such sought after names as Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, TC Boyle, Mary Gaitskill, Delia Ephron, ZZ Packer, Sandra Tsing Loh, Lewis Lapham, Ann Packer, Isabelle Allende, Andrew Sean Greer, Michele Tea, Italian sensation Viola Di Grado, Adam Mansbach, Kevin Sessums, Jane Smiley and Anne Perry, who, honestly, are just the tip of the Litberg.

Also on deck, Bay Area legend (and we don’t use the term loosely), Ron Turner, who will receive Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award and the return of the Literary Death Match and Porchlight.

While many of the events are free, some do require tickets, such as our opening night on Friday, October 11, which will have a hosted Gin bar courtesy of sponsor Hendrick’s Gin.

We hope to see you more than once!”

Pumpkins in the Park
Saturday, October 12, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose

"Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Pumpkins in the Park is held to raise funds and enlist supporters for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. But, just as importantly, its purpose is to create awareness of the park and gardens and to bring families into the park for a day of learning and fun.
Giant Pumpkin Patch
Costume Swap with Children’s Discovery Museum
Costume Parade
Carnival Games
Kid-Sized Straw Bale Maze
Scarecrow Row
Fresh Apple Cider
Guadalupe River Education
Lots of Free Kid’s Activities
Children’s Concert
Donation Drawing
Scarecrow Making Contest”

Gather the Women North Bay: Heal the Violence, Empower the Feminine
Saturday, October 12, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Rohnert Park Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Drive, Rohnert Park
$30 plus potluck dish, registration required
Age 25 and under are free - just bring potluck dish - but please register.

“Gather the Women North Bay’s Fall Gathering
Heal the Violence, Empower the Feminine

Three powerful community leaders will guide us:

Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, CEO, YWCA Sonoma County, on domestic violence services at the YWCA

Carol Chase, Trainer, Center for Nonviolent Communication

Maria  Owl Gutierrez, Minister, Ritual and Rites of Passage

Ruth Richards, the Drum Queen, and Students - African Drumming Presentation

Registration required ($30 - plus potluck dish).
Age 25 and under are free - just bring potluck dish - but please register.

Payment can be made by mailing a check or using PayPal.
E-mail gtwnorthbay@comcast.net or call Donna Ahlstrand at 707-235-6563 for payment details.”

Cupertino Diwali Festival
Saturday, October 12, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Memorial Park, 21267 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino
park at De Anza College, Lots B, C and Northern Half of Lot A

“The purpose of this festival is to bring people together and celebrate intercultural understanding that promotes economic prosperity.  We expect about 10,000 people to attend this lively and cherished family event.

Diwali - Festival of Lights marks the beginning of the new business year in India and it is a festival of joy, splendor, brightness, happiness and prosperity. Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, offering traditional sweets and wishing each other prosperous new year.

Visitors to the festival will be treated to a festive atmosphere of sari festooned trees, spectacular lanterns, and a cultural kaleidoscope of activities and performances. Beginning at 10:00AM with the popular Kids Zone art show and grand opening featuring community and elected leaders in native Indian clothing, the festival appeals to all senses. Indian food, music and dancing, featuring classical Kuchipudi and Kathak to folk Koli, and Innal Kolatam to popular Bollywood dances.

Attendees may get decorative mehndi tattooed on the palm of their hands, learn their future with a visit to the fortune teller’s stall or attend the bazaar with ethnic Indian art, clothing, jewelry, children’s books and toys.

The elaborate and exciting Kids Zone will be packed throughout the day with children visiting the magic show, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce abouts, face painting and coloring contests.”

Skeleton Shrine Class
Saturday, October 12, 10:30AM-4:30PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$115 includes materials

Traditional Mexican nichos are humble household altars, usually depicting religious figures. Ulla has used a miniature skeleton model, decorated with Dresden trim and found objects, to create a Day of the Dead version. The skeleton rests within a cigar box cabinet that looks like an antique armoire lined with faded wallpaper. As part of the class, you’ll learn how to create the waxed paper flowers that add a poignant touch of beauty to the skeleton’s final resting place.

Fee: $115, includes materials, but feel free to bring your own found objects and ephemera as well
Instructor: Ulla Milbrath  Limit: 10 students”

First Annual Calling All Nations: A Celebration of Water and Belonging
Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim and Grandmother Mona Polacca
of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Saturday, October 12, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Commencement Lawn by the Lakes, Sonoma State University,
1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Free admission, parking fee charged for on-campus parking
For more information, please contact Valerie at 707 604-7362

“Join Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim and Grandmother Mona Polacca
of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Turtle Women Rising Drummers
Jyoti, Spiritual Director of the Center For Sacred Studies
Chief Golden Light Eagle
Cynthia Daniels, Pomo Opening Prayer
Northern River Bears Drummers
Sonoma County Pomo Dancers
8th Thepo Tulku, Tibet
Members of Watersongline Prayer
along with many other Special Guests

This day is a Call to all Nations of the four directions to come in celebration of our first relation, Water, and our belonging.

Calling all Water: Bring a little cup of water from your home creeks or rivers.
Calling all Drums: Bring a hand Drum (we will be drumming together)

What to Bring: Chairs, Blanket to sit on, water, your own picnic lunch


For more information call Suzan Coleman 707-820-1397
or Valerie Booker-Hausmann 707-604-7362”

East Bay Waldorf Harvest Faire
Saturday, October 12, 11:00-4:00PM
East Bay Waldorf School, 3800 Clark Road, El Sobrante

“Celebrate the arrival of Autumn with the annual Harvest Faire and Craft Festival!! This event is for ALL ages, family friendly, and most importantly, FREE! Come and join us in feasting on wonderful food, fun games with exceptional prizes, wonderful entertainment, beautiful crafts, and welcoming artisans in sharing their amazing work with everyone! Weather Fair or Foul! Overflow parking and shuttle available at Hope Lutheran Church on May Road.”

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Takes the Cake
a book signing with author Adam Rex
presented by Hicklebee’s Books
and Peninsula Youth Theatre
Saturday, October 12, 11:30AM and 1:30PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

“Take all of your favorite classic movie monsters.  Throw in some silly situations and outrageous rhymes and you've got Adam Rex's brilliant poetry books Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Frankenstein Takes the Cake.  We've had our own ‘monster mash’ and put some of our favorite poems into a play that will be a perfect way for your family to get ready for Halloween.  And even better, you'll get to meet author/illustrator Adam Rex, who will be on hand at the Saturday shows to answer questions and sign books!”

Stories from Lake Merritt’s Past
with Jim Covel  
Saturday, October 12, 12:00-2:00PM
meet outside the Rotary Nature Center, 600 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Jim Covel is the son of Paul Covel, the much beloved first-naturalist-ever at Lake Merritt.  Come mosey with us as he shares some stories about the lake, his father, and growing up in Oakland!

Learn what role the lake played in Hitchcock’s The Birds (yes, part of the movie was filmed here), how Buckminster Fuller himself was personally involved in constructing the geodesic dome right next to the Rotary Nature Center, and what’s changed versus what’s stayed the same around the lake in the past forty years.

Jim currently works as the Senior Manager of Guest Experience Training and Interpretation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.”

Sustainable Suburban Farming
with Farmer Donald
Saturday, October 12, 12:00-3:00PM
Hobee’s Pruneyard, 1875 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell

“Learn how to sustain yourself with your own garden even if you live in an apartment!
Sustainable Biodynamic Suburban Farming: Economic-Spiritual-Ecological

Where does your food come from? Was it produced domestically? Do you know if the farm that grows your food is a large commercial agro-business from another state or country? Is the farm that grows your food located in California? Is the farm that grows your food local? Is the farm that grows your food certified organic? Is the farm that grows your food Biodynamic?

As adults, we are forced to consider these questions when we make food decisions for ourselves and our families. The idea of biodynamic farming is generally credited to a series of lectures and talks given by Dr. Rudolf Steiner in June 1924. Biodynamic farming generally advocates for an approach to farming as having three key components: Economic-Spiritual-Ecological as hyphenated concepts that cannot be separated. It asks farmers, among other things, to consider the land that they farm on as a living organism such that what you do to one part will affect other parts. While not all of us are farmers, we are all eaters; therefore, considering where we fit into this framework is a worthy effort. Biodynamic farming is a huge subject and cannot be reasonably covered in one Meetup meeting; however, we can begin exploring the ways in which some of the ideas behind biodynamic farming can help guide some key decisions that we all must consider around growing food, shopping for food, and eating food.

Farmer Donald will give a teaching that reviews all of the generally accepted principles of biodynamic farming, but for this Meetup will focus more on the spiritual aspects of farming and gardening from an indigenous African perspective.

Farmer Donald is the founder of the San Jose Urban Farming Meetup, CEO of Yummy Tummy Farms LLC, and an initiated Yoruba Priest of the Ifa tradition from Nigeria in West Africa. Farmer Donald is a Priest of Esu; Esu (Eshoo) is the Divine Spirit of the Communication.”

Sugar Skulls Workshop
Saturday, October 12,
Session 1: 1:00-2:30PM
Session 2: 3:00-4:30PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Space is limited, please register at the website below

“Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a workshop of festive fun here at the MAH! Create sugary sweet tokens with family and friends in remembrance of those who have passed. In this traditional Mexican Folk Art workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make and decorate sugar skulls to bring home or leave on display upon our community altar. Bring your friends and family to craft this traditional Mexican folk art that sweetly honors the lives of those who have deceased.”

Halloween Capes and Cuffs for Kids
with the Crafty Avenger
Saturday, October 12, 1:00-4:00PM
Mothership Hackermoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$10 materials/equipment fee, please pre-register

“Halloween's around the corner! Crafty Rachel is back with her super serger to guide us in sewing custom capes and cuffs for the kiddos. Rachel will bring a serger sewing machine, hand needs, punches, trims and scrap fabric.

You can bring:
A great idea detailed on paper
Main Cape fabric (sheets are an excellent source)
Any random t-shirts or garments you might want to rob for fabric or bits
Extra bits and trims that appeal to you
A sewing machine… if it is easy.

We will be using a variety of materials, sewing machines, glue guns and more. This activity is great for makers 12+.

$5 per hour per child childcare can be arranged with enough kids. Please email info@hackermoms.org if you request childcare.

Cost: Suggested $10 materials/supplies fee (No one is turned away for lack of funds)
4 person minimum required, so please sign up now!”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, October 12, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, Amanda will lead our Monthly circle; Celebrate the changing of the Season and our connection to the natural world with art therapy!”

Village Soup for the Soul
Saturday, October 12, 2:00-8:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
$20-$40 donation at the door benefitting Wisdom Spring
For more information, please call 650-322-8313 or e-mail soup4soul@earthlink.net

“Village Soup for the Soul - a Fundraiser

Community Ritual, Soup, Drumming and... Dance!!
Benefiting Children of Burkina Faso, West Africa.

All donations are fully tax deductible.
Benefits work of Wisdom Spring, Inc. a 501.c.3 non profit

Wisdom Spring's fundraisers have assisted the people of Burkina Faso, West Africa by putting in 24 wells and educating 1,500 children. Our annual fundraiser, Soup for the Soul, is our way of reaching out beyond our local community and giving back to the families and children of Burkina Faso. We are asking for your personal support and encouraging businesses to donate generously giving either products or funds to help us reach our goal of $13,000. With the support of generous people like you, we will make it possible to drill another well and to educate another class of children.”

Laughter Flashmob
with the San Jose Laughter Club
Saturday, October 12, 3:00PM
meet in front of Sonoma Chicken Coop, 200 E Campbell Avenue, Campbell

“Come join us the San Jose Laughter club on October 12 as we bring laughter to the community of Downtown Campbell.

We will start our Laughter Flash Mob at 3:00PM sharp in front of Sonoma Chicken Coop. We'll take our time to laugh, and then we'll continue laughing down Campbell Avenue to the First Street intersection, where Claire will lead us in a Laughter Yoga class.

Bring your friends, family, dogs and fish and lets just have tons of fun laughing and hanging out together.

Laughter Yoga was developed in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a Medical Doctor in Bombay, India.

Laughter exercises are practiced along with easy stretches and yogic breathing techniques.

No jokes or comedy are needed.

When practiced in a group, intentional laughter quickly becomes unintentional, and the body and mind receive all the benefits.”

Living Wisdom School Open House and Ritual
for Women
with Amanda Elo’esh
Saturday, October 12, 4:00-9:00PM, Ritual 6:00-7:00PM
The Center for Living Wisdom, Oakland, address given upon RSVP
Free, please RSVP to amandaeloesh@gmail.com

“Your Sacred Invitation from The Goddess - A Luscious Taste of the Living Wisdom School

As the golden light of the Sun shines on the harvest, a sense of abundance, growth and change permeate the air as potently as the sweet scent of fallen leaves and hearth fires. And as the seasons shift, our first year of the Living Wisdom School is coming to completion. What an amazing journey it has been!

And while it is sad to think of completing with these amazing women, it is immensely inspiring to think of all the new hearts and minds who will be joining us for our next round.

Are you feeling the call to step more fully into your beauty, power and light?

If you have been feeling the pull to ignite something bigger in your business, health and relationships, something co-created with the infinite magic of the Divine Feminine, now is the time to claim your space with the other amazing women who are saying YES! to themselves and their magical life.

The Living Wisdom School is for women who are tired of the mundane, same old, routine status quo and are ready to invite the magic into their lives. Women who are ready to ignite their soulful evolution and stand up and be seen as a living goddess, a true embodiment of the Divine Feminine. Women with unique gifts that may not have been seen or celebrated in the past, maybe even criticized. This experience is for women who have the courage to finally shine in their most brilliant light.

Are YOU ready to take it to the next level?”

film screening
Saturday, October 12, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Sabit Kurmanbekov (b. 1960) - a well-known professional artist, film actor and director of Kazakhstan. The coming of age movie Seker (‘Sugar’, name of the heroine) is his second full feature film. Devoted to the director’s hometown village Chubar, it is set in the beautiful but austere ‘Kazakh Alps’, the Taldykorgan area, where ‘a simple natural image or object speaks with a voice louder than words’ (Jane Knox-Voina, a reviewer).
The plot is based on the life experience of the director’s mother, who, by an unexpected but not so rare turn of events, was brought up as a son by a father who wanted his first child to be a boy as tradition in the countryside family demands. Only when the heroine Seker approaches the age of adolescence does she face a mandate from the local school: put on a dress or don’t return.
Scriptwriters: Bekbolat Shekerov, Gaziz Nasyrov. Director of photography: Renat Kosai. Composer: Artyk Toksanbaev. Producer: Ermek Amanshaev. Kazakhfilm, 2009.

Cast: 13-year old Ayaulym Ahmetbekova, in fact a young girl from the village orphanage (Seker), Bolat Kalymbetov (father), Nurzhuman Ikhtymbaev (shaman or baksy). With these exceptions and a popular Russian actress Irina Grineva, the film’s cast consists of non-professionals from the village.
The film received the best music award at the New York Eurasian Film Festival (2010) and the best artistry award at the Kazakh national competition Kulager (2010).
Running time: 72 min. In Kazakh and Russian with English subtitles.

The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Dia De Los Muertos: Art, Music, and Culture
Art Reception
Saturday, October 12, 6:00-10:00PM
Simply Smashing!, 241-B E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-379-1925

“Simply Smashing Boutique and DIVE Studios present Dia De Los Muertos: Art, Music, and Culture in Campbell, featuring 16 amazing artists, live music by Deborah Barba, refreshments by DIVE Studios, and desserts by Jeanette. All are welcome!

Featured artists: Michael Foley, Tulio Flores, Mike 3.5, Anthony Palomo, Christine Benjamin, Miguel Machuca, Jesse Cupp, Greg Carrillo, Carlos Rodriguez, John Cloud, Renee Berglund, Matt Lopez, Bob 81, Carlos Villez, Claudia Lepulu, and Maggie So.

The reception will take place October 12, 6:00-10:00PM; the art show will run through November 15.  For more information, please phone Simply Smashing at 408-379-1925.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, October 12, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Native Plant Fair
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13,
Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM, Sunday 12:00-3:00PM
Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Drive, Tilden Park
Free admission

“2013 Plant Fair, Native Here Nursery: 20,000+ Native Plants and Much More

Come celebrate native plants with the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.  Over 200 species of local native plants will be on offer, over 20,000 individual plants from $5 to $30 each.  Bulbs and ferns will be available. Vendors will be selling nature-themed items on Saturday and Sunday.
The list of available plants can be found at www.ebcnps.org.  Sales benefit the chapter and are a major support of the chapter’s activities. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and some debit cards are accepted.  Cash or check will speed you through checkout.  This is a free attendance event and all are welcome.
On Sunday, October 13, Noon
Bird Songs in the Native Garden
Theo Fitanides, naturalist
A talk focused on how to identify and appreciate the native bird songs you might hear in your garden and what local native flora you can plant to attract more native birds and their songs.
Talented vendors who offer nature-related items will enrich the 2013 Plant Fair.  Dianne Lake will be back by popular demand offering jewelry and photographs of local nature scenes; Dianne is also the primary author of the East Bay Chapter’s publication on the East Bay’s rare and unusual flora.  Susan Holtslander, an artist and potter in addition to being a Native Here volunteer, will offer her recently announced line of delightful pottery designed to hold native plants at home.  Also returning this year to the Plant Fair is Angela Hunkler bringing a new set of pastels and watercolors based on plants and other nature subjects.
New to us this year are two artists from the Martinez area.  Stephen Lao and friends will offer air plants and succulent arrangements as well as ceramic planters and garden decorations.  Dorrie Langley will show her butterfly and dragonfly themed offerings. Jess Kolman will showcase t-shirts, bags, and cards that celebrate the joy of native gardening.  Janice Bray will be selling her latest edition of East Bay Native Plants, a CD of plant information and beautiful photographs. David Margoles will be selling CNPS publications, books and botany floras from different areas of California.
About Native Here Nursery
Native Here is a non-profit nursery dedicated to growing plants for restoration of parklands and gardening projects.  Conservation and restoration are at the heart of Native Here’s mission and the nursery is dependent on community engagement from volunteers to run efficiently.  Native Here is a special project of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, which is a 501 c3 organization.”

Ardenwood Harvest Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
check price $8 adults, $5 children 4-17, children under 3 free

“It’s harvest time on the farm! Bring your family and join your friends for some down home country fun. Harvest the Indian corn and popcorn and help fill our corncribs. Take home a share of our colorful corn for your holiday table. Enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and crafts. Visit the blacksmith, ride the train and tour the beautifully restored Patterson House. Please bring your own bags to take home your harvest.”

Contra Costa Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

“The Crystal Fair is a magical mix of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and the healing arts. It takes place 6 times a year in 2 different locations. With over 40 vendors at each show, there are thousands of items available at affordable prices.”

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

The theme for this weekend is Fantasy
Look closely and you may see fairies and other mystical creatures this day. Perhaps you will even catch a glimpse of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies.

Fantasy Costume Contest (Saturday Only)
Adults and children are welcome to register at 1:45PM on the Centre Stage in the Food Court to enter our Fantasy Costume Contest. Contest begins at 2:00PM. Winners will receive a very special prize and be presented to the Queen.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00PM each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, October 12, is Brick Top Blaggers:
“Brick Top Blaggers is that rare band that bridges the gap between Celtic folk music and punk rock without sacrificing either integrity or relevance.

With a band full of songwriters and an arsenal of instruments as diverse as their musical backgrounds, they have created a distinctive sound that seamlessly blends traditional tunes played on accordion, fiddle, bagpipes, and mandolin, with roaring guitars and rock-solid bass and drums. The result is their own intelligent, exuberant brand of Celtic rock that is always original, always evolving, and always unforgettable.”

Tolay Fall Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13 and 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.”

Battle Sail
aboard ships visiting from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13, 2:00-5:00PM
Jack London Square, Oakland
Adults $60, Students with ID, Seniors (62+), Active Military $50, Children 12 and Under $40

“Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Passengers are invited to raise the sails, verbally taunt their opponents, and sing the chorus on a sea shanty.

A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of 8 or more automatically receive a 15% per ticket discount when they buy online. We recommend all passengers review our guide to sailing (PDF) to help prepare you for your adventure.”

Maafa Commemoration Ceremony
Sunday, October 13, 5:30AM (before dawn)
Ocean Beach, Great Highway at Fulton Street, San Francisco

“Commemoration and memorializing of the 100 million Ancestors lost in the horror of the Middle Passage

The term ‘Maafa’ is Kiswahili for ‘terrible occurrence’ or ‘reccurring disaster’ and has been used to describe the European slave trade or the Middle Passage. The term ‘Maafa’ also references the Black Holocaust historically and presently. In the San Francisco Bay Area, October is Maafa Awareness Month - it is a time to reflect on the legacy of slavery: victims and beneficiaries in the short and long term and look at ways to mend, repair and heal the damage to Pan African descendants of the enslaved and their New Afrikan societies. The toll has been tremendous: psychological, economic, social, physical, emotional and spiritual.

The Maafa ritual, October 13, 2013, is an honoring of our past and a prayer for our future. All black people are invited to come and share in this time of remembrance. We ask for this one event, those who support the well-being of black people respect our desires about the commemoration ceremony and mourning ritual.

Attendees are encouraged to wear white, to dress warmly, bring their children, flowers for the ceremony, vegan or vegetarian breakfast items to share afterwards, (along with dishes to serve them on), hot beverages and cups, drums, chekeres, rattles, and positive energy. Fire wood is useful for the bonfires Sunday morning. The organizers will not be responsible for security if attendees decide to spend the night.”

History San Jose Hosts Yard Sale in the Park
Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-2:00PM
History Park, 1650 Senter Road (Entrance at 635 Phelan Avenue), San Jose
Free admission, city parking is available for $6

“Everybody loves a good bargain. And where else would one find a good book but at a museum? On Sunday, October 13, from 10:00AM-2:00PM, History San Jose will host a park-wide yard sale.

The public is invited to host their own tables. Booths of used lamps, grandma’s china, toys, and anything else taking up space at home, can be sold. Booths of wares will be positioned inside the park.

There will be an HSJ book booth, offering duplicate and deaccessioned books for sale, as well as an assortment of other items.”

Filipino American History Day
Sunday, October 13, 12:00-5:00PM
San Jose History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose
Adults $8, Students and Seniors $5, Children 5 and under Free

“Saturday, October 13, join our Family Days series for Filipino American History Day, celebrating Filipino American History Month and highlighting the current Pacific Hotel Gallery exhibition, Through My Father’s Eyes: The Filipino American Photography of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914-1976). The event will include Filipino food, live music and dancing, and performances and children’s crafts and activities.”

There will be no Temple of Aphrodite Service for the month of October - please join us in November!

The Road To Ife
Sunday, October 13, 11:00AM-2:00PM, (and bi-monthly through 2013)
East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
$21 per class

“Classes will share the teachings of Ifa, a West-African spiritual and life tradition and the progenitor of the Orisha/Santeria tradition. The wisdom and intelligence of Ifa includes cosmology, philosophy, science, ethics, poetry, folktales, proverbs sacred scripture and song. The values inherent in the Ifa tradition (consistent with values across most indigenous and spiritual traditions) provide an approach to life that can lead to greater satisfaction and alignment with our personal and collective destinies as humans.

You do not need prior knowledge nor be a practitioner of the tradition to benefit from the teachings. Each class provides a discrete teaching; you do not have to take the classes in order. Please note that each class is limited to 15 participants, so while drop-ins are welcome, we encourage you to pre-register.

Please note that Road to Ife classes during 2013 will meet bi-monthly (February, April, June, October and December) with a break during the summer months. Unless otherwise communicated, the classes will be held on second Fridays from 6:30-9:30PM or second Sunday mornings from 11:00AM-2:00PM.

December 2013: Friday

Also note that classes are being extended to three hours so that we can delve more deeply into our content and to support an interactive experience for those who attend.  Classes are limited to 15 participants. “

CAYA Fun For Everyone: Burning Man Decompression  
Sunday, October 13, event 12:00-10:00PM, CAYA arrives at 2:00PM
Indiana Street between Mariposa and 22nd Street, San Francisco
$15 donation before 4:00PM; $20 after
RSVP to Cross Sidhe at CAYAFunForEveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“Come and enjoy a day and night with art, FIRE, dancing, music and fun!!!  Come in your funky costume for Playa attire!  Lets all have some fun Playa Style!!!

Arrival: 2:00PM
Exodus: 10:00PM

Three seats open.  Four if Maia cannot come.


Message me if you want to come!!!

Cross Sidhe”

“Burning Man Presents, for the benefit of the Burning Man Project...
San Francisco DECOMPRESSION Heat the Street FaIRE! 2013
Sunday, October 13, 12:00-10:00PM
Indiana St between Mariposa and 22nd St in San Francisco, California
Public Entrance: 19th St. and Minnesota; 2nd entrance at 20th St. and Minnesota from 2:00-7:00PM
$15 donation before 4:00PM; $20 after; free schwag while it lasts
All ages (under 12 free); 21+ inside Cocomo

Welcome to the 14th Annual Decompression Heat the Street Fair!
This year is looking explosive with creativity! Come at Noon SHARP (Outdoor sound ends 10:00PM, except Mariposa sound stage - which ends 11:00PM) to enjoy all the installations, performances, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, live music, DJs, Burning Man 2013 imagery, and MORE!!! All six blocks, the park, and stages will showcase a stunning variety of creative expression! Bring your imagination to share and BE the art you wish to see in the world!!!”

Halloween Concert with Octopretzel
Sunday, October 13, 3:00PM
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Adults $6, Children $4

“We are five Bay Area musicians who all have extensive experience working with children.  Four of us have kids of our own, and all of us are educators in an array of environments including schools, after school programs, private lessons, and group music classes.  What we teach ranges from instrument instruction to children’s theater, from puppet making to pre-natal bellydance, from drum classes to Jewish education, and more!  We have been together since 2007, and have played extensively around the Bay Area.   Our intention with Octopretzel is to create music that is truly enjoyable for families… not just kids.  

Our music, comprised of original songs as well as tried and true traditional favorites, is whimsical and fun, and has an underlying sensitivity for nature, feelings and story.   Best described as folk music, it crosses generations and genres, weaving together styles such as bluegrass, rock and roll, lullabies and even nursery rhymes.  Our shows integrate elements of many cultures such as African drumming, klezmer fiddling, middle-eastern percussion and singing styles, and songs with words in Spanish, Hebrew and even Quechua.  We perform regularly for Jewish organizations, events, and holidays, and have also done shows comprised entirely of Christmas carols.  Our priority is to make our music accessible to all of our listeners.”

The Angels and You
with Jaesa Momin
Sunday, October 13, 4:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“This class will be an introduction to the Angelic realm. Jaesa will speak about how to connect with your angels, how to discover how many angels you have and what are their names, how to hear your angels, who angels are, how to call upon them in any situation, how angels can help us in everyday life, answering questions you might have about angels, guides and more!

Jaesa will provide a FREE angel reading during the class.

Jaesa Momin is an Angel Therapy Practitioner certified by Doreen Virtue Phd,
Spiritual teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader, and Luminclear practitioner certified by Jane Berrigen. Jaesa also studied with Laurie Cabot, receiving her first and second degrees.”

Pediatric Health: Children and Immunity
with Dr. Thomas Cowan  
part of the Nourished Child series
Sunday, October 13, 4:30-6:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley
For more information, call 510-981-1334 or e-mail info@threestonehearth.com
sliding scale $10-$20
“Dr. Cowan, founder of Holistic Family Medicine Practice and co-author of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care will talk on children's immunity and will address the question of if and when to vaccinate.”

The Kepler Story
Sunday, October 13, 6:30PM
playing through October 20
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.”

Kozmik Kirtan
with Evelie S. Posch
Sunday, October 13, 7:00PM
Peacock Room,Yoga Tree Berkeley, 2807 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
(back of building through black gate)
$15-$25 sliding scale

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


ARTrails 2013
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13, at your own pace
continues October 19-20
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.”

Shamanism and the Journey
with Moria and Claudia
Sunday, October 13, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Half Moon Bay, exact location given upon registration
$75-$100 sliding scale
For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail compostmentis@volcano.net

“Curious about shamanism and want to know more? Spend a day learning what shamanism is about, and learn to journey for yourself!

We’ll spend some time talking about what shamanism is, and how it fits into today’s world. Then, you’ll get to experience it for yourself. I could talk for days, but that’s not half as much fun as letting the experience speak.

Journeying is an altered state, accessed by listening to drumming or other rhythmic percussion. It gives us the ability to receive direct guidance and healing, find answers, and release limiting beliefs.

During the day we will do two journeys: you will journey to find a Power Animal and the other will be to answer a personal question. Some of the questions you have now, you’ll see they answer themselves - you will know you’re not making it up, and you will be able to practice on your own afterwards, should you choose to.

Bring your questions, a bag lunch, notebook, eye pillow or bandanna, and a rattle if you have one.

This workshop is co-taught by Moria, a shamanic practitioner and teacher who does healing work on the etheric/spiritual levels, and Claudia, an energy healer/body worker and flower essence practitioner. Their complementary perspectives show two of the many ways shamanic practice can inform and express in a modern world.”

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!

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 Resonant, Rhythmic, Social Sacred Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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