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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, November 12, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Califas Festival, Bay Area Teen Science Night, Network for a New Culture Launch Meeting, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, The Mighty Oak: Portal to the Divine, Music and Spirituality of the Shona People of Zimbabwe, Awakening the Sacred Body, Living with Mountain Lions, Ancient Traditions Of The Day Of The Dead, Harold Lloyd in Safety Last, An Evening of Mark Twain, The Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Off Book Off Broadway, A Silver Bells Holiday at Ainsley House, Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871, Troilus and Cressida, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper, Theatre of Dreams, Protecting Our Homes With Magic, Daily Practice Discussion, Ancestral Remembrance and Healing Circles, History Mystery Tour, Dreambody/Earthbody, Celebrate Laksmi, Global Local and Homemade Songs, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show, Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610), Earth Energy Walks, Living Ship Days: Fabulous Flying Females, Dinosaur Plants, Bird Natural History and Identification at Lake Merritt, 40th Anniversary Celebration of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Day of Remembrance at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, The Heart of Healing, Er Tostik and Aydahar - Kazakhstan’s First Full-Length 3D Animated Film, Sea Music Concert Series, Dirty Cello and Friends, Goat Hill Antique Fair, Goddess Harvest Festival, Tour the Rainbow Warrior, West Coast Craft Fair, San Jose Holiday Art Market, Metamorphoses, Lighten Up About Fertility, A Taste of Kenya in the Heart of Livermore: Sharing Arts and Culture, A Course In Modern Conjure, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Tales from the West Pole, Lake Merritt Pagans, Full Moon Healing Ritual, Sisterhood of the Moon: Goddess Lakshmi and Our Annual Money-Pouring Ritual, Witchcraft and the Faery Tradition: Old Magic of the Elder Faith, Turkish Star Wars, Stockings Required - Tales of a Cigarette and Candy Girl, The Neuroscience of Magic, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Herb and Flower Infused Cocktail Syrups, Spellcrafting and Spellcasting: Making Magick that Works

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 - final week

“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.”

Bay Area Teen Science Night
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00–9:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
Free for Teens 13-19,
Please reserve your spot by registering in advance

“Join the Exploratorium and the B.A.T.S. collaborative for a night of fun science activities, hands-on exhibits, food, live music, DJ, and games.

There will be demonstrations by Exploratorium Explainers and Senior Scientist Eric Muller as well by our B.A.T.S. partners, the California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space and Science Center, the Oakland Zoo, and UC Berkeley's Space Science Laboratory and NOVA.

DJ Primo will be laying down beats from 6:00-7:00PM and 8:00-9:00PM. The San Francisco Rock Project’s amazing House Band will perform from 7:00-8:00PM.

The B.A.T.S. collaborative's mission is to promote institutional programs that support STEM education for teens.”

Network for a New Culture Launch Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$10, please bring a potluck item
Please RSVP to Susan Campbell at drsusan@susancampbell.com

“We are bringing Network for a New Culture events to the North Bay.  Please come to our launch gathering Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-10:00PM at LoveJourney in Sebastopol.
Network for a New Culture (NFNC) is part of the larger global movement to create local communities where transparency, self-awareness, love, trust, and compassionate honesty are the new cultural norms. We believe that is takes a village to raise a consciousness.  We, of course, intend that our work and play together will be transformative not only for small communities but for the community of the world as well.
The November 13 evening will start with sharing a potluck feast, after which we will participate in a group process called the Forum (see below for description), followed by various optional connecting exercises, including the possibility of dancing and something involving physical touch.
Please RSVP to let us know how many to plan for and to get directions. You may receive another note closer to the date with suggestions for the potluck.  We'd love help with set up and take down and with the potluck clean-up.  Best for all if we share the work.
We hope to see you November 13!
Warm embrace,
Susan Campbell
Evalena Rose
Forum is a facilitated awareness and communication training for groups of 12 to 50. It was designed in the Zegg community in Germany so the community has a way to communicate with itself. It provides an artistic way of personal sharing where an individual moves in the center of the circle and shares whatever is alive in them. Our true motivations, our deep feelings, longings, ideas, and emotions become revealed. This focus on transparency, sharing, and clarifying unsolved situations makes it an invaluable catalyst for growth. Forum is a personal process in a social context.  We discover how our personal issues resonate with everyone, and learn how each theme is part of a common human experience.”

Art of Tarot
with Rabbit
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00-9:00PM,
and four more Sundays, November 13, and 20 and December 4, 11, 18
(no class on November 27)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class

“Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot.

Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit’s unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism. This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call to reserve your spot today.”

The Mighty Oak: Portal to the Divine
part of the Deep Herbology series
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00-9:00PM
Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo
$30 per class, pre-registration is required to hold your space.
For more information about this event, please contact Cheryl at info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

“Deep Herbology: Meetings with Remarkable Herbs
A plant's medicine is greater than the sum of its chemical constituents. A healer's relationship to the plant will also play a large role in how it is used as medicine. In this unique series, we offer a way to build your relationship with some outstanding plants with the hope that you connect deeper to the earth, spirit and yourselves in the process. Immerse yourself into the world of three remarkable herbs.

The Mighty Oak: Portal to the Divine
Oak trees were considered a portal to the Divine in many ancient cultures including Norse, Druid and Greek civilizations. Oaks are abundant in medicine and myth, and these trees play vital ecological roles in our California landscapes. In this class we will move from the divine to the dietary as we explore the medicine, ethnobotany, ecology and myth of the Mighty Oak. Join us as we make and sample yummy acorn treats.

Upcoming classes:
Wednesday, November 20 - Mugwort: From the Medical to the Metaphysical”

Music and Spirituality of the Shona People of Zimbabwe
Book Release Event and Concert
with Patience Chaiteszvi
Wednesday, November 13, 7:30PM
Bay Area location given upon RSVP
$15-$25 sliding scale
Please RSVP to Iya Mahea at iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“Join us for an intimate mbira performance and learn about the sacred ceremonies of the Shona people. Featuring mbira master Patience Chaiteszvi.

Culture Talk - 7:30PM
Mbira Concert - 8:30PM

Copies of Patience╩╗s latest release, Mapira, and a selection of mbira CDs will be available for purchase. Address will be forwarded upon receipt of your RSVP.”

Awakening the Sacred Body
with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Part three of a five part series
Wednesday, November 13, 7:30-9:00PM
and two more dates, December 11 and January 8
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (may sell out)
For more information, please e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Join Bon Buddhist meditation master, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, in the practice of meditation and reflection. Through bringing together the focus of the mind, breath, and physical movements, you will be taught simple and powerful exercises to open your body and release the obstacles that obscure you from recognizing the unbounded space within. Discover inner refuge and the gifts of spaciousness, awareness, and warmth that bring healing and benefit not only to you but also to your relationships with others and the greater world.
This is a five-part series that takes place on September 26, October 29, November 13, December 11 and January 8. You can take one class or all five. Each class is a discrete set of teachings and it is not required that you take the classes in any particular order. This series takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley. Funds go to the Tibetan Children's School, part of TANC (Tibetan Association of Northern California).”

Living with Mountain Lions
with Zara McDonald of the Felidae Conservation Fund
Thursday, November 14, 7:00-8:00PM
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland
$10-20 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“San Francisco-based and globally-working wildcat conservationist Zara McDonald, Executive Director of Felidae Conservation Fund, will speak about mountain lion ecology and history, the challenges of sharing habitat with mountain lions, and offers essential tips for living and recreating without fear in puma habitat.

These keystone predators play a critical role in maintaining the health and biodiversity of our ecosystems. However, expansion of human populations is causing increasing encounters and conflicts between humans and pumas, and growing tensions in our local communities.

Felidae is a non-profit that works in both North and South America to advance the conservation of wildcats and their habitats through a combination of groundbreaking research, compelling education, and cutting-edge technology.

We’re requesting a donation of $10-$20 for this event, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will support Felidae and Wild Oakland!”

Ancient Traditions Of The Day Of The Dead
with Professor Laura Larque
Thursday, November 14, 7:00-8:00PM
Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

“Professor Larque focuses on the ancient celebrations and traditions of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration; along with an overview of the philosophy of life and death, the concept of duality and the belief of equality in the universal realm of the Indigenous civilizations. The heart of the lecture will be on the Aztec/Mexica celebration of the dead and how the ancestors of Mesoamerica view death as only one state of the infinite cycle.

Laura Larque was born and raised in Mexico City, and a Professor of History at Santa Rosa Junior College. She holds a M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Mexico, and a M.A in History from Sonoma State University. She has been an Aztec dancer for 23 years and considers herself cultural social worker. Her education program can be heard on the public bilingual radio station KBBF.”

Harold Lloyd in Safety Last
Thursday, November 14, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Here’s a movie everyone will enjoy!

What is that man doing dangling from the hands of a giant clock atop a tall, tall building?

You’ve seen the image a hundred times - now is your chance to find out the story - and what happens. Believe it or not, Safety Last is a love story, as well as a comedy.

Yes, it’s Harold Lloyd, who along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, was one of the kings of silent comedy. Safety Last is celebrating its 90th birthday, and you’re invited. You’ll be riveted as Lloyd, in his trademark straw hat, round glasses, and befuddled look climbs up, up, and up, with an atmospheric piano accompaniment.

You’ll always remember this movie. Don’t miss it!

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.”

An Evening of Mark Twain
part of  Butterfield 8’s Third Thursday series
Thursday, November 14, 8:00PM, typically 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.

Mark Twain
a special Second Thursday performance

Extracts From Adam’s Diary
Eve’s Diary
Adapted and Directed by Kathleen MacKay

Featuring the vocal talents of: Nathalie Archangel, Ali Arman, Deborah Black, Jake Breckinridge, Alan Cameron, Pamela Duncan, Tim Duncan, David Hardie, Mark Hinds, Melynda Kyring, Peter Jonathan McArthur, Gary Mutz, Becky Potter, and Maureen-Theresa Williams.

Join us for An Evening of Mark Twain, the gentleman widely considered to be the ‘greatest American humorist of his age.’ We will present selections from Extracts from Adam’s Diary and Eve's Diary. The two diaries are told in the first person, giving us a delightful perspective on Adam and Eve, and a very thoughtful commentary on men and women in general.

Please feel free to stay after the reading and join us for Tea and Talk-Back - an informal and open discussion forum for Butterfield 8 work in general, and Third Thursdays in particular. The bar will be open after the show, and we will be serving a special Twain-inspired cocktail and dessert.

There is no admission for the evening, but donations are gratefully accepted!

In the months to come, join us for the works of:
O. Henry
Thursday, November 21”

The Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth
Thursday, November 14, 8:00PM
Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall, #4800, Berkeley, 510-642-9988 ‎
see website for ticket details

“A science fiction comic book come to life onstage as a vintage-style radio play, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a theater production single-handedly defining the new genre of live-action graphic novel. The family-friendly show features live actors, hand-drawn comic-book artwork projected two stories high, and fun retro Foley sound effects, with a live keyboard score. The story, packed with pop culture references to cult favorites like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars, pits three heroes against a force of alien sludge monsters set to invade Earth, in a spectacle the Austinist describes as ‘totally nuts and a ton of fun!’

Meet and greet with the stars after the show in the Zellerbach lobby! Free to ticket holders of The Intergalactic Nemesis.”

Ovid’s Metamorphoses
adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Thursday-Saturday, November 14-16,
Thursday-Friday 7:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Analy High School, 6350 Analy Avenue, Sebastopol

“Have you ever been given choices to make and you think you are making the right one but something draws you to change your mind and you choose another way? Yes, you have… and therein lies the story line for many Greek myths.

Metamorphoses is a modern adaptation of Ovid's Greek myths written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman. It speaks to our human foibles, relationships, behaviors, greed, generosity, heart, and love. AND all this done in a pool of water!! Because what is more changeable than water?

Award winning Analy Arts Theatre Department proudly presents Metamorphoses which opens at the Analy Theatre at Analy High School on November 8 at 7:00PM. Shows are November 9, 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:00PM, with two Matinees on November 10 and 16 at 2:00PM.

Don't miss this ensemble work by the Analy Theatre Department!! Very limited seating as the audience is on the stage with the actors.

Tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 students and seniors. Tickets sold at the door will be $13 general admission and $10 students and seniors. Those 62 and older are considered seniors.

All seating is general seating.”

Off Book, Off Broadway
presented by Un-Scripted Theater
Thursday-Saturday, November 14-16, 8:00PM
playing through December 21
Un-Scripted Theater, 2nd Floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“For years, the Un-Scripted Theater Company has delivered complex, rich improvised theater to San Francisco audiences. This winter, our experienced ensemble of actors brings to life the emotional power and realism of the contemporary musical. Through storytelling skills honed over more than a decade, our improvisors will explore the intricacies of modern life by creating a fun, original, full-length new musical each night. Discover a style of improvisation that has won Un-Scripted Theater Company the award for Best Theater Company in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.”

A Silver Bells Holiday at Ainsley House
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17, 12:00-4:00PM
Ainsley House, 300 Grant Street, Campbell, 408-866-2757
Adults $8, Seniors $6, Youth 7-17 $4.50, Children Under 7 Free

“In the beautiful, historical Ainsley House in Downtown Campbell, all of its 15 rooms will be transformed into a warm, inviting home for the holidays with the theme of A Silver Bells Holiday.  The entire house will be decorated by local interior designers, house decorators, florists, and volunteers and will feature a special holiday boutique, full of unique delights for holiday shoppers.

Tours will be offered November 14-17, November 21-24, and November 29-December 19, 12:00-4:00PM. Proceeds from the tours as well as sales at the holiday boutique will benefit the non-profit Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation.”

Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
Playing through November 24
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
$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!”

Troilus and Cressida
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through December 15
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
see website for ticket details

“It is the seventh year of the Trojan War. Everyone is battle-weary, and no one is really sure that the war is still worth pursuing. In the Greek camp, troop morale is at an all-time low as King Agamemnon can’t persuade Achilles to get off his ass and fight. In Troy, royal family members debate whether they should just give Helen back to the Greeks and be done with the whole thing. And yet, love still flowers: Trojan Prince Troilus pines for Cressida, who plays hard to get until she can no longer deny her desire for him. But just as they finally come together, a political trade rips them apart. In a world where everyone speaks of honor but few actually embody it, the play exposes the callous ways in which the petty whims of the privileged few endanger the lives of the millions beneath them.

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.”

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, November 14-17, 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.”

Theatre of Dreams
with author and artist Wendy Addison
Saturday, November 16,
5:30-6:30PM - Presentation
6:30-8:00PM - Reception
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
Free, space for presentation is limited - please call 510-204-9801 to RSVP.

“Nationally acclaimed artist and Bay Area treasure Wendy Addison has enchanted us with her ‘objects for an imaginary life’ ever since she opened her shop, Theatre of Dreams, in 1997 and filled it with her reworkings of antique toys, vintage decorations, and other ephemera. In the years since, her creations have been seen on Martha Stewart and other television shows, in books and magazines, and in product lines sold everywhere from boutiques to Bergdorf Goodman.

But who is the artist behind the art? What inspires her? And what is the secret to making the ‘imaginary life’ real? Join us for a special evening with Wendy Addison as she answers these questions and shares what might be her most amazing creation yet.

Theatre of Dreams is Wendy’s ambitious handmade storybook complete with letterpress printing, evocative ephemera, hand-painted pages, and a built-in mechanical paper theatre. Available in a limited oversize edition, Theatre of Dreams brings together everything we’ve always loved about Wendy’s work. She describes the book’s story as ‘a fable about imagination,’ and her talk promises to reveal some of the secrets which have helped her as an artist who brings imagination to life every day.

Seating for Wendy’s presentation in our upstairs gallery is limited, and she promises that the first 20 people to RSVP will receive not only a seat for the talk but also a special pack of vintage-style labels and artwork related to Theatre of Dreams. Even if you can’t make it to the talk, Wendy will mingle and sign books at the reception afterward, where all are welcome to join in the fun with refreshments and live music.

5:30PM: Limited-seating presentation (must call to RSVP)
6:30-8:00PM: Festive reception with books, refreshments, and live music

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Wendy Addison and step into her Theatre of Dreams.

Theatre of Dreams will be available for purchase in-store at Castle in the Air at the event and throughout the holiday season, and can also be ordered directly from Wendy Addison.”

Protecting Our Homes With Magic
A Sacred Hearth Class
with Lady Maia
Friday, November 15, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“Magic can be a powerful tool for protecting our homes from human (and not so human) entities. Spells of protection are old and powerful magic. In this class, we will discuss a multitude of different protection and purification spells to keep our homes safe and sound, both physically and spiritually. At the end of class, we will be making special wands to ward our homes. Space for this class is limited, so please call to reserve your spot today.”

Daily Practice Discussion
with Helen/Hawk
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, November 15, 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

“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.”

Ancestral Remembrance and Healing Circles - Introductory Evening
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Friday, November 15, 7:00-9:30PM
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
Please RSVP to atava@ancestralapothecary.com or 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.”

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, November 15, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

“Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come and see for yourself! Do you dare explore Hornet after hours?

Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Message Center (Radio Central)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con

Upcoming dates:
Friday, December 20, 2013

The three-hour guided tour is 7:00-10:00PM.
Everybody must bring their own flashlight. Hornet does not supply individual lights.
Cameras are welcome, but must have a neck strap.
Tour participants must wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Tour participants must be in good physical health as there will be lots of walking and climbing.
Due to safety reasons, children 12 and under are not allowed on History Mystery Tours.
The USS Hornet reserves the right to cancel a tour if less than 8 people sign up. Tours may be rescheduled or a refund will be issued.”

film screening with Antero Alli
Friday, November 15, 7:30PM
Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“After meeting aborigine elder Guboo Ted Thomas in 1986, I was inspired to develop a dreaming ritual to expose the overlays between our daytime and dreamtime realities.  I wanted to amplify a unifying influence in my consciousness, something I feel lacking in my life, to help me endure today's hyper-mediated, fragmented world.  I have since introduced this ritual to hundreds of others.” - Antero Alli

“Since 1977, Antero Alli has been developing a creative ritual medium that combines physical theatre, Zazen meditation, and vocalization to gain access to the internal landscape of the subconscious. This video documents a somatic, non-interpretive approach to dreamwork using movements recalled from dreams to create a choreography that triggers the images, emotions, and powers of the dreams these movements originated in.  In this project, Alli trained a group of seven individuals from all walks of life to perform this dreaming ritual and share their experiences of what happened. Also featuring dramatic re-enactments of the director's own dreams and a lush musical score by the director's wife, Sylvi Alli. (2012; 80 min. USA)”

Celebrate Laksmi - Hindu Goddess of Fertility, Abundance, Prosperity, Beauty and Health
Friday, November 15, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com

“She is grace.  She is spiritual abundance.  She is prosperity in every facet of life.  Adorned in the brightest red sari, Laksmi holds out Her four arms and encourages us to consider Her attributes and Her lessons and to emulate Her activities.  Her red clothing is a symbol of activity and reminds us that through our effort and care we grow and attract abundance to ourselves.  The gold threads that are sewn throughout represent prosperity.  Through our intentional reverence of Laksmi, we actively call Her energy into our lives and we match Laksmi’s prosperity consciousness.

It is believed that Laksmi’s four arms represent the four directions and symbolize Her all-knowing, all-seeing nature.  From Her four hands pour righteousness, genuine desire, wealth, and liberation from birth and death - with the two hands in the front representing activity in the physical world, while the two in the back represent spiritual activities that lead to spiritual perfection.  From Her we learn to keep ourselves firmly rooted in our sacred work and to see that abundance, prosperity, and beauty are multifaceted experiences existing in many realms.

As you prepare for this ritual, consider Her compassionate care of you.  She enjoys visiting homes that are lovely, where wealth altars are tended with care.  Perhaps it is time for you to create such an altar or to tend your existing one lovingly, bringing fresh flowers, money, candles, rice, and whatever else She calls for.  Honor Her, invite Her into your home, ask Her to cast Her glance upon you, moist with the nectar of compassion.  If you still have Laksmi’s water from last year, sprinkle it around your house, being sure to put some on your front porch or steps.

For the ritual, please bring a wide mouthed glass jar with a tight fitting lid for the collecting of money water.  Also bring loose coins, glitter and aromatic oils for the water!  In addition, bring a green or gold candle, and any images or symbols of Laksmi that you would like to place on the altar.  Please wear green, gold or red with gold to this ritual. Also, feel free to bring your wallet and/or checkbook to place on the altar for abundance blessings!  These items always appreciate the boost from Laksmi! For our tithe, let us shine our light of abundance onto our High Guardian Priestess Patrice and bring money in denominations of 5, wrapped in a gold or green ribbon, to the altar to aid her in abundant and prosperous dental care.
If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration, please help out by doing the following:
Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
Please see our current series schedule and check the web page for the specific ritual to see what items to bring and how to prepare yourself. Please take the time to read this, especially if you are a newcomer. New information is added from time to time so even if you feel you have already seen this, it is important to check back in every now and then.”

Global, Local and Homemade Songs
with Elise Witt, Becky Reardon, and Terry Garthwaite
Friday, November 15, 8:00PM
Studio 55 Marin, 1455-A East Francisco Boulevard, San Rafael
$13 in advance, $15 at the door

“From the melodies of her birthplace in Switzerland, the rhythms of Africa and Latin America, her North Carolina childhood, to the writing of her own songs, Elise's music is a gumbo that spans styles, genres, countries, and times. Her straightforward charm and pure, strong voice are truly fine music to the ears. Elise speaks fluent Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English and sings in over a dozen languages. She has 11 recordings on the EMWorld label. Her songs have been used in several documentary films, and include the anthem Open the Window. Elise has crisscrossed the United States performing her songs, including at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Becky's silky jazz-infused sound coupled with a deep connection to nature and expert guitar work make her music a must. Her songs and rounds are sung in song circles and by university and community choirs all across the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. Becky was a featured performer at the international GALA Festival of Choirs in 2012, and her song Venus was performed during the NASA webcast of the Venus transit of the sun in June last year.

With a voice both ‘sassy and touching’, and a taste for fun, Terry has been creating infectious music since the '70s in the Joy of Cooking band. She cooks with rhythm. Terry is an internationally known singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. In addition to her several albums with Joy of Cooking, Terry has recorded a dozen others by herself or in collaboration with other jazz and blues musicians. In performance she has shared the stage with such artists as BB King, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Allen Ginsberg, Santana, Rosalie Sorrels and writer Bobbie Hawkins at venues that include Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, November 15, 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.”

Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show
Friday-Sunday, November 15-17,
Friday and Saturday, 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Expo Hall, San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
Adults $9, 62+ $7, 13-17 $4, Children under 12 free, Ticket is good for all 3 days

“Get ready for a weekend of non-stop holiday shopping, entertainment and family fun as the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast returns to the Peninsula.  Throughout the day enjoy live stage entertainment and strolling performers who wander the aisles and entertain attendees as they shop. New live entertainment includes performances from Beatles cover band The Hollywood Beetles and comedy favorite John Park and his Funny Waiter show.

The whole family will enjoy the interactive KidZone, where children can participate in hands-on crafts like gingerbread cookie decorating from Gingerbread-on-the-go.”

Shakespeare Night At The Blackfriars (London Idol 1610)
presented by Subterranean Shakespeare
Friday-Sunday, November 15-17 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
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!”

Earth Energy Walks
with Community Seed
Saturday, November 16, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Natural Bridges Beach, Swanton Boulevard and Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz
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  
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)

We use the rear entrance to the park. From Highway 17, take Highway 1 North. Bear right onto Mission Street. Follow Mission Street to Swift Street, and turn left on Swift Street. Turn right onto Delaware Avenue. Park on the street near Swanton Boulevard. We meet at the back entrance gate.”

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

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

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

Please join Hornet as we celebrate the Fabulous Flying Females

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

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

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

Dinosaur Plants
Saturday, November 16, 10:30-11:30AM
Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $12, Children $15

“Explore living fossils and create your own terrarium!”

Bird Natural History and Identification at Lake Merritt
with Marissa Ortega-Welch of the Golden Gate Audubon Society
Saturday, November 16, 12:00-2:00PM
meet outside the Rotary Nature Center, 600 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Lake Merritt is for the birds! Learn how the nation’s first wildlife refuge was created to protect birds, the history of the bird islands, and how the lake continues to offer a refuge for birds such as Hank, the injured White Pelican.

Birding for all levels. Led by Marissa Ortega-Welch, Eco-Education Coordinator for Golden Gate Audubon Society.”

40th Anniversary Celebration of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 16, 12:30-4:00PM
Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-579-4452
Included with Museum admission

“Celebrate 40 years of giving thanks with Snoopy. Enjoy a recreation of Snoopy’s Thanksgiving meal of toast, popcorn, and jelly beans from the classic television holiday special, along with hands-on crafts, and other fun family activities!

Snoopy will kick off his feast of pretzels, toast from Boudin Bakery, flavored popcorn, and jelly beans at 1:30PM, along with a tasty dessert prepared by cooking experts Worth our Weight. Visitors will enjoy viewings of the Thanksgiving animated special on the big screen at 12:30PM and 3:30PM, hands-on crafts, and other fun family activities. Bring two cans of food to donate to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in exchange for one free child's admission.”

Day of Remembrance at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Saturday, November 16, 1:00PM
Franklin Gate, 1600 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3292

“150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  Music, Mr. Lincoln, reenactments and refreshments.”

The Heart of Healing
Saturday, November 16, 1:00-5:00PM
dhyana Center, 7740 Atkinson Road, Sebastopol
$20-$40 suggested donation

“An afternoon to explore the nature of healing and co-create a 'field' of powerful intention

What does it mean to really heal?  And how do we bring a greater healing to our community, our society and the world?

A Wisdom Salon
with leading practitioners, teachers and you
including: DeAnna Batdorff AP, Gayle Swift RN MSN CNS
Sondra Barrett PhD, Julia Bystrova MA, Calen Daniel DC,
Melissa Patterson ND, (and more TBA)
Bruce Haushildt with sound

An exploration into the science and spirit of healing
An adventure in mind-body connections
Effective tools and practical information

For all those interested in understanding and catalyzing our personal and collective healing

Bring your questions and challenges, add your insight and experience.

We will have:
a world cafe/salon
healing sound
guided journey
deep sharing”

Er Tostik and Aydahar - Kazakhstan’s First Full-Length 3D Animated Film
film screening
Saturday, November 16, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Kazakhfilm is now expanding its production of animated films. The work is supported by the government under its Cultural Heritage program. The first full-length 3D animated film ever made in Kazakhstan premiered before the Nauryz holiday on March 21, 2013. The film, called Er Tostik and Aydahar, is based on the Kazakh folk fairy tale called Er Tostik.
The film tells the story of Bapy, the khan of the underground world, who has a plan to swallow the sun, the egg of the Samruk bird. Then he will put the world in eternal darkness and expand the borders of his kingdom. However, Khan Bapy knows that once in a thousand years a batyr (warrior) is born who can stop him. Bapy does everything he can so the warrior will not be born to foil his evil plans. But the warrior Tostik is born anyway and grows by leaps and bounds. Soon the bird Samruk has to lay a new sun-egg before the final battle with Aydahar (the great sky dragon) that will decide the fate of all humankind.

Running time: 67 min. In Kazakh with English subtitles.

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

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

Sea Music Concert Series
John Roberts and Debra Cowan
Saturday, November 16, 8:00PM
onboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco

“Experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads and instrumentals from the wooden decks of the historic sailing ship Balclutha. Join the park in its 25th year of presenting some of sea music's outstanding performers.

John Roberts and Debra Cowan from the East Coast.
Accompanying themselves on concertina and guitar, John and Debra sing traditional and contemporary songs from across the English-speaking world.”

Dirty Cello and Friends
Saturday, November 16, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
$25 in advance, $28 at the door
http://www.dirtycello.com (website play music)

“A high energy mix of soulful blues, swingin’ gypsy jazz and wild Euro-gypsy dance music.

Join Dirty Cello for a high energy evening featuring hard-rockin’ cello, soulful blues, and swingin’ gypsy music. Led by Rebecca Roudman, the Dirty Cello band performs over 100 concerts a year with recent tours to China, Seattle, Portland and the Hawaiian Islands.

Joining Dirty Cello will be an exciting mix of some of the Bay Area’s most innovative performers including Marin County favorite Tracy Blackman, world-renowned pianist Noel Benkman, the Cello Chix, an all female cello ensemble, and many more including Forrest Day, Lisa Marie Johnston, Carlos Aguirre, Bobby Jo Valentine, Trey Xavier, Corey Wolffs, Carol Roudman, and Whitney Nichole.

This wide-ranging concert will feature everything a cello can do - from virtuosic rock to beautiful folk, to blues and even some cello hip hop!”

Goat Hill Antique Fair
Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17,
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-3:00PM
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Avenue, Watsonville

“Unique Antiques And Artisan Fair

This fall, Goat Hill boasts of 50 dealers on the scenic grounds of the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds. Our fabulous vendors represent all things we love… vintage treasures, antiques, clever up-cycled junk, artisan food, all in a beautiful venue.  Guests will find exceptional and unique vintage treasures. The dazzling displays of items and collectibles by the vendors that love to sell them, will make a fun and memorable outing!
Come and see us at Goat Hill and find your perfect treasures.”

Goddess Harvest Festival
Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17,
see website for detailed schedule
herchurch, Ebenezer Lutheran, 678 Portola Drive, San Francisco

“This year we celebrate the harvest season with a Goddess craft sale (get your holiday shopping done early!), sacred arts workshops, spirit-filled evening concert, art show, poetry forum, arrival of more mural panels and rituals.

Goddess Harvest Festival will feature live music, workshops and shopping/browsing . The free workshops include SoulCollage, kundalini yoga, drumming and water color painting.  More than 25 artisans will be offering sacred wares, jewelry, fine art, aromatherapy, herbs, healing arts, gems, life coaching consultations and much more!”

Tour the Rainbow Warrior
Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Pier 15, 698 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
For more information, please e-mail shiptour@greenpeace.org

“Come and see Greenpeace's fabled Rainbow Warrior as she visits the West Coast
You're invited on board the Rainbow Warrior, an icon of the environmental movement for over 35 years as she visits the West Coast this fall. The newest Rainbow Warrior, built in 2011, is one of the most environmentally- friendly ships ever made and the first vessel designed and built specifically for Greenpeace. Tour the Rainbow Warrior this fall, and meet the ship's captain and crew.


West Coast Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

“West Coast Craft is a craft and design show featuring carefully selected designers, artists, and craftspeople living and working on the West Coast. Using a variety of mediums, including wood, metal, leather and paper, these designers create singular items that exemplify the mood and aesthetics of their West Coast lifestyle.

Cool but sunny, laid back yet innovative, they represent the best of West Coast Craft.”

San Jose Holiday Art Market
Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17, 11:00AM-4:00PM
The Historic Reed House, 328 North Sixth Street, San Jose

“The San Jose Holiday Art Market returns to the Historic Reed House for its 3rd annual exhibition the weekend of November 16th and 17th. This exquisite arts, crafts, and design fair is free to attend and will run from 11:00AM-4:00PM each day, providing an excellent and fun opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

A beautiful Victorian home in the Hensley District, the Historic Reed House is classified as San Jose's landmark #160. A unique and intimate salon setting will feature a top-notch group of select Bay Area talents. Complimentary tea and holiday sweets will be offered on both days.

Expect to find a wide variety of incredible handmade goods at the Market - ranging from assemblage, dolls, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, terrariums, and more. For every $10 spent, customers will receive a raffle ticket to enter in an hourly drawing. Winners will be awarded handmade, original works donated by participating artists.

Admission costs for this event is FREE

Featured Artists include:
Jenifer Renzel, Donna Eck, Ann Kerchner, Susan Bolding, Angela Elsey, Melinda Rugani, Tiana Saul, Sasha Merrit, Dianne Hoffman, Bob and Lisa Spickard.

Please share and invite your friends, family and contacts in the South Bay!”

presented by Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17, 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.”

Lighten Up About Fertility
with Annie Goglia of LifeFire Workshops and Coaching
and Jessica K. Parker of Root and Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine
Sunday, November 17, 10:30AM-1:00 PM
Awaken Chiropractic, 3515 Grand Avenue, Oakland
For more information or to register, please contact Annie Goglia at 510-282-1279

“Stressed about fertility issues?
In this inspiring workshop, we will explore your tender concerns around fertility and reproduction with compassion, and humor. Learn to let go of stress with healing movement and laughter - while restoring relaxation and self care.

Together we will:
Create a safe and supportive space to share concerns and experiences.

Gain fun and useful tools for self-care that will help with stress reduction and relaxation through:
Laughter Yoga
Deep breathing
InterPlay/Healing Movement
Community Building  

Snacks included!”

A Taste of Kenya in the Heart of Livermore: Sharing Arts and Culture
with Cheza Nami Foundation
Sunday, November 17, 3:00-6:00PM
Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore

“Cheza Nami Foundation, Inc is excited to host a magical afternoon of Kenyan art, dance, poetry, music, food and fashion at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. This event is in collaboration with Kenyan visual and performance artists  This special family event will give community members a tangible experience of Kenyan culture through touch, taste and conversation.

Activities include children's African-style face painting, a panel discussion on Kenyan culture, African drumming and dance, and a chance to win some fabulous prizes. The event will conclude with audience participation in an African drum circle.”

A Course In Modern Conjure
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, November 17, 3:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$40 per session

“This class returns for another set of 12 lectures and hands-on work. Be inspired by the history of American folk magic as we explore traditions such as Hoodoo, Pow Wow, Spiritualism and others. Meet spirit allies who can guide you in your spiritual practice and bless your work. You will learn how to find your innate psychic and magical talents. Together we will craft a potion to bless our magical work, with plenty left over or you to take home with you for later use.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, November 17, 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.”

Tales from the West Pole
with author and artist Marylu Downing
Sunday, November 17, 4:30-6:30PM
Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, 707-874-9392
“Author and artist Marylu Downing will read selected passages from her new nearly tell-all book about living in the Occidental area of Sonoma County for over 35 years. There will also be a power point presentation, refreshments and beverages. The event is free, but donations are always deeply appreciated.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, November 17, 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:
December - no regular meeting, possibly an outing
January 19”

Full Moon Healing Ritual
with Sacred Fires Healing Circle
Sunday, November 17, 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.”

Sisterhood of the Moon: Goddess Lakshmi and Our Annual Money-Pouring Ritual
Sunday, November 17, 7:00PM
private home in Hayward, directions given upon RSVP  
$33-$13 sliding scale, no woman turned away due to financial hardship

“Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha
Om and salutations to She who provides great abundance
Once again the Great Wheel turns, and Lakshmi guides our thoughts towards abundance and gratitude.  You are invited to join us at our annual ceremony honoring Her with a Money-Pouring Ritual for Abundance and Prosperity.

Please or send us an email Info@SisterhoodoftheMoon.org for more detailed information about this gathering, or to RSVP.”  

Come Celebrate the Autumn of The Year of the Snake
with Matt Venuti and Le'ema Kathleen Graham
Sunday, November 17, 7:00PM
Goddess Garden Sanctuary, 211 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael
$20 per person or $30 per couple
Please RSVP to 415-302-9568 or leema@dancingpriestess.com

“An evening designed to awaken latent energy and empower our ability to surrender to LOVE.

Matt Venuti will sing his evocative songs accompanied by the incredible Hang instrument and will debut an extraordinary new creation from the Hangmakers, The Gubal!

Dancing priestess Le'ema Kathleen Graham will accent the evening with sensual snake dance to initiate shedding the skin of limitation.

Chocolate and elixirs served.

Please refrain from bringing children.”

Witchcraft and the Faery Tradition: Old Magic of the Elder Faith
with Orion Foxwood
Monday, November 18, 7:00-10:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
sliding scale $35-$55

“The connection between old-style Pagan witchcraft and the denizens and realms of Faery is too often treated as second thought instead of center-stage; when, the two are inseparable. This deep, primal and potent aspect of witchcraft is one of its hallmarks. Additionally, Faery tradition is too often minimized as mere folk belief in the capricious and whimsical nature spirits. Rather, it is a powerful, primal and transformational tradition of lore and practices for engaging the invisible and threshold aspects of nature and the underworld of life in its wildest and most visionary state.The wild-force wielded by the witch is often drawn forth by the pure primal/ elemental forces of the earth's underworld forces… Faery.

In this workshop, Orion will look at the relationship between the Faery and the witch and the denizens and forces that come from this alliance. He will provide lore, poetic introductions, techniques and sound advice for approaching this ancient and powerful form of magic and folk practice. He will discuss the nature of the Faery realms, the tribes of Faery, practices for engaging them; the nature of the three realms of existence, the interface of Faery work and necromantic practices and the purpose for working with Faery to name a few of the subjects.

Serpent's Kiss will provide light snacks and drinks for this 3 hour workshop.”

Turkish Star Wars
film screening
Tuesday, November 19, 5:30PM
Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, 510-747-7743
Free, 18 and over

“Two of earth’s bravest Turk warriors fly into footage from Star Wars to battle against evil forces bent on the planet’s destruction.  

Introduced and Moderated by film curator Jeff M. Giordano.”

Stockings Required - Tales of a Cigarette and Candy Girl
Reading and Signing Party with Karryn Nagel
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00PM
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, 415-387-2272

“Local author Karryn Nagel will be at Green Apple on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00PM to launch her debut novel, Stockings Required.

Stockings Required tells the story 26-year-old Pale, who after moving from the suburbs to San Francisco, is still struggling with identity and career. On a dare from her best friend, she takes a job as a cigarette and candy girl. Some of her customers are downright scary, others a delight… all of them high-maintenance and ridiculous. Felix, one of the company drivers that she lusts over, is either coolly distant or unnervingly protective, depending on his mood, but insists he just wants to be ‘friends’. His bravado won’t hide his secret for long; Pale’s determined to find it out. And if that wasn’t stressful enough, the Fates weren’t even kind enough to warn her of the worst, still to come. Some answers may lie in a letter from her mother, but how can she trust it won’t make things worse?

Karryn will be reading from and signing copies of her novel and refreshments will be served. She encourages you to ‘attend this historic, celestial, orgasmic event!’”

The Neuroscience of Magic
with Adam Gazzaley, UCSF Neuroscientist
and Robert Strong, the Comedy Magician
A production of Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00-9:00PM
Geology Corner Auditorium, Room 105, Building 320, Main Quad, Stanford
Free, registration required

“From ancient conjurers to quick-handed con artists to big ticket Las Vegas illusionists, magicians throughout the ages have been expertly manipulating human attention and perception to dazzle and delight us (or scare us, or steal our watches). Of course you know that the phenomena of cognitive and sensory illusions are responsible for the ‘magic’ of a magic trick, but you've got to admit it still kind of freaks you out when some some guy in a top hat defies the laws of nature right in front of your eyes.

Come meet neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician Robert Strong as they team up to demonstrate how magicians use our brains as their accomplices in effecting the impossible - and to explain what scientists can learn about the brain by studying the methods and techniques of magic.

This event is presented in partnership with Ask a Scientist SF and the Humanist Connection at Stanford.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, November 20
Please see website for local events; some may be on different days.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder - like most anti-transgender murder cases - has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender - that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant - each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.”

Herb and Flower Infused Cocktail Syrups
with Elevated Spirits founder Rohini Moradi
part of Homestead Apothecary’s Herbalist Bartender Series
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“After years of serving folks at several of San Francisco’s most renowned bars, Rohini Moradi began seeking out ways to enhance our imbibing pleasure with healthy remedies from the earth. This led her to starting her own company, Elevated Spirits. Drawing inspiration from early culinary experiences in Iran and India, Moradi, fascinated by the effects of spices such as saffron on our palettes, began playing with untraditional cocktail-making ingredients. In 2012 she created her own cocktail recipe book which includes a variety of original recipes using herbs such as rosemary and dill; spices such as coriander and cayenne; and flowers such as hibiscus and elderflower which not only tickle the senses upon first taste but actually help promote bodily health as they are ingested. She's made herbal mixology her own scientific playground - seeking cures to our ailments and answers to our questions with a child-like curiosity that has led to her stand out in the bartending industry.

Moradi invites you to join her in this special one time workshop, where she will walk you through the making of 3 herbal syrups, teach you about the health benefits of each recipe and send you home with syrup, recipes and of course, inspiration!”

Spellcrafting, Spellcasting: Making Magick that Works
a four week series of classes for women
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica, High Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon
Thursday, November 21, 7:00PM,
and three more Thursdays, December 19, January 23, and February 21
private home in Hayward; address given upon registration
$120 if paid in advance, $40 if paid class by class
You must sign up in advance for the entire series; each ritual-class builds upon the previous.

“Learn different ways to connect with your innate magickal abilities!  Join the Sisterhood of the Moon for this new offering in our Dianic Ritual Technique class series:  an embodied, experimental, and fun group study of creating and working spells for living lives of intention, integrity, abundance, prosperity, connection, love, and joy.  In a container of Sisterhood, will delve into natural magick and spellwork, honing our strengths.  We will increase our knowledge of the foundations of spellwork, including - but not limited to - the use of intention, astrology, elements, divination, herbs, oils, stones, and colors - fostering poise and assurance as we develop and practice our skills for use in both in our personal practices and in the group ritual setting.  This class will be both entertaining and poignant, building your confidence and helping you to connect in deeper ways to magick while manifesting what you desire.
Dianic Ritual Technique classes are for both Advanced and Beginning Practitioners, and are just as enriching and valuable for the seasoned Witch as they are for the absolute beginner. These class series are intended to help you to sharpen your skills in various aspects of ritual and magickal techniques as well as to develop a firmer, stronger foundation in the Sisterhood of the Moon Tradition.

Some partial scholarships, long- and short-term payment plans are available; please do not ever allow money to keep you from joining us.”

Have a Week of Fertile Harvest and Healing Remembrance!

Molly Blue Dawn

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