What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Herb and Flower Infused Cocktail Syrups, Art of Tarot, Mugwort: From the Medical to the Metaphysical, Money and Life: A Documentary, Wearable Altars Art Workshop, Spellcrafting Spellcasting: Making Magick that Works, An Evening of O. Henry, Off Book Off Broadway, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper, A Silver Bells Holiday at Ainsley House, Red Virgin, Troilus and Cressida, Goddess of the Month, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Holiday Gift Boutique Opening Reception, Rokia Traore in Concert, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, StickAid, Napa Valley Ceramic Artists Winter Holiday Sale, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Metamorphoses, Women Standing, Herbal Holidays, Monthly Mindful Photography 2013, Art In The Garden, Wonder and Delight: A Dolph Gotelli Christmas, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Intro to Indigo, Tellabration!, Panacea, San Francisco Christmas Crystal Fair, The Art of Hosting: Practicing Participatory Leadership, African Dance Song and Drumming, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Happy Birthday San Jose!, Visioning Circle, Death Cafe, Aromatic Holiday Gift Making, SoulCollage, Witches' Tea Party!, Tea and Tarot, International Harp Improvisation Techniques, Breast Health Class, Oracular Seidh, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit

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!”

Art of Tarot
with Rabbit
Wednesday, November 20, 7:00-9:00PM,
and three more Wednesdays, November 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.”

Mugwort: From the Medical to the Metaphysical
part of the Deep Herbology series
Wednesday, November 20, 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.

Mugwort: From the Medical to the Metaphysical
Named after the Goddess of the wild and imagination, Artemisias are used as sacred medicine in many cultures around the World. From digestive bitter to dreamer's oracle, Mugwort reveals many aspects of herbalism - from the medical to the metaphysical. Delve deep into your inner wild as we journey into the many uses and stories of magical Mugwort, our native Artemisia. Bring home mugwort goodies we'll make in class.”

Money and Life: A Documentary
Thursday, November 21, 6:00-7:20PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma

“Can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity?

Money And Life is an inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question:  can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster,  but as a tremendous opportunity? This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected. Money And Life invites us to meet the challenge of our time: to participate in the great transition to a sustainable, equitable and restorative economy that meets the needs and realities of the 21st century.
86 Minutes / 2013
Directed and Produced  by Katie Teague
Narrated by Marga Laube
Money And Life features Lynne Twist, Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky, and more!”

Wearable Altars Art Workshop
with Sueann Bettison Sher
Thursday, November 21, 6:00-8:30PM
Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

“In celebration of our Day of the Dead Altar exhibition, enjoy wine and art while creating personal wearable neck altars. Please bring photos (copies are fine) of your loved ones no larger than 4x4". Bring any other small mementos to include. All other materials will be provided!  We will be painting, gluing, glittering, lighting and remembering. Come and create a beautiful tribute to someone you love.

Sueann Bettison Sher leads the workshop and is a potter on a 14 year detour as a mosaic artist.She regularly teaches various classes at the Petaluma Arts Center as well as in local schools and in her own studio.”

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.”

An Evening of O. Henry
part of  Butterfield 8’s Third Thursday series
Thursday, November 21, 8:00PM, and the third Thursday of each month
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
“On the third Thursday of every month (other events permitting), Cue Productions Live plays host to a reading of selected short stories. Join us as we explore some great writing in an informal setting. This event is open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis.

O. Henry
The Gift Of The Magi
An intimate reading
Adapted and Directed by EdwinPeabody
Featuring the vocal talents of Elinor Bell and Edwin Peabody

Originally published in The New York Sunday World on December 10, 1905, this O. Henry short story has been adapted many times over the last century, but remains one of the most enduring tales of the holidays.

Please feel free to stay after the reading and join us for an informal and open discussion forum for Butterfield 8 work in general, and Third Thursdays in particular.

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

Off Book, Off Broadway
presented by Un-Scripted Theater
Thursday-Saturday, November 21-23, 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.”

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, November 21-23, 8:00PM - final week
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.”

A Silver Bells Holiday at Ainsley House
Thursday-Sunday, November 21-24, 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 21-24 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
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 21-24,
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.”

Goddess of the Month
with Phoenix LeFae
Friday, November 22, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

“Goddess for November: Freya  

Together we will gather once a month and listen to the words of the Great Mother. We will do this through song, dance, trance, storytelling, and joyful community celebration.

Each month we will learn about and dive into the energy of a different Goddess from around the world. Our hope that is by meeting these different energies you will find one that resonates with your heart and you will walk away with the potential for a greater relationship with a Divine One.

In the chill of Winter, we gather to honor the heat of Freya, beautiful Goddess of love, devotion, sex, power, and battle. From the frozen tundra of the North, this beautiful Goddess offers us deep wisdom and shows us how to access our own.

Phoenix LeFae is an eclectic magickal practitioner, Tarot reader, and professional Priestess, who has been walking the path of the Witch for many years. She is driven by a love for myth and Deity, working to help people connect to the Mysterious Ones in their daily lives. She believes that magick and ritual can transform our inner landscapes and change the world. Phoenix teaches in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft and she is the founder of Brigid's Hammer Mystery School. Above all else, Phoenix is a spiritual seeker looking for ways to deepen her practice every day.

Ella is a Reclaiming witch and life coach, helping people to change their lives by finding their path and true calling. She works with mystery in a myriad of forms and embodies magic in every cell of her being. She has a spark of energy that infuses her magick and inspires those around her. Ella recognizes that there is magick in even what seems mundane and helps others to see this for themselves.”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, November 22, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”

Holiday Gift Boutique Opening Reception
Friday, November 22, 7:00-9:00PM
Frank Bette Center For The Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 510-523-6957
Free admission

“The perfect spot to shop for those one of a kind gifts for the special people in your life.
Selection includes jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, glass, wood, paper art and mixed media.”

Rokia Traore in Concert
presented by the California Institute of Integral Studies
Friday, November 22, 8:00PM
Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
see website for admission details

“It all started with a sound inside Rokia Traore's head. One of the most adventurous singer-songwriters in Africa, she knew that she wanted to create a musical style ‘more modern, but still African, something more blues and rock than my folk guitar.’ Then she heard an old Gretsch, the classic electric guitar beloved by American rockabilly bands back in the fifties and sixties, and played by artists from Chet Atkins to George Harrison. That was the sound she had been looking for, and it has helped bring a fresh and startling new dimension to her exquisite and adventurous songs.

The daughter of a Malian diplomat posted to the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, Traore studied in Brussels and worked in a rap band, before deciding to go back to Mali to create the music she wanted, which was ‘not pop, not jazz, not classical, but something contemporary with traditional instruments.’

She survived by washing dishes, cooking in a restaurant, and working as a housekeeper, as she found musicians for her new songs backed by her own acoustic guitar, the West African n'goni, and the balafon. She became a success back in Europe, where she was hailed as the African Discovery of 1997 after performing at the Angouleme Festival in France. Recording contracts and international tours followed, as Rokia continued to develop her musical ideas and delight audiences around the world.

Since then, she has continued to experiment and explore new ideas. Her album Bowmboi included a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet and was awarded a prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Award. In 2005 she was invited to join an all-star cast that included Fontella Bass and Dianne Reeves touring the U.S. with the Billie and Me project, celebrating the life of Billie Holiday. That's when she first sang The Man I Love in a powerful duet with Reeves. Her 2009 album Tchamantche reflected her new fascination with the Gretsch electric guitar, and won a Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of a Grammy, as well as a Songlines Artist of the Year award.

She has twice collaborated with maverick director Peter Sellars, who in 2006 invited her to write and perform a work for his New Crowned Hope project, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Traore replied by imagining Mozart as a griot in the time of the 13th-century African ruler Sundiata Keita, whose empire centered around Mali. She also recently collaborated with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Sellars on the theater piece Desdemona, bringing an African dimension to the story of Shakespeare's tragic heroine. The piece premiered in Vienna in the summer of 2011 and received its New York debut at Lincoln Center that fall. The Guardian called it ‘a remarkable, challenging, and bravely original new work.’

Traore is indeed a remarkable artist, and it is difficult to think of anyone else who can switch from ancient Malian culture to acting and dancing to African rock 'n' roll. Her concert for CIIS Public Programs and Performances will feature Rokia Traore as the lead singer of her own band, performing her original songs, including cuts from her recently released album, Beautiful Africa.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, November 22, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing.”

Vintage Invasion
Friday, November 22, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

“Vintage Invasion - where the old dances invade a new generation
Our crowd is growing and thriving... a really positive atmosphere!

Have you ever waltzed to Metallica or danced a polka to Lady Gaga? Yes?  Then you know what a great time it is, and we will see you there!  No?  Well it's never too late to start.  Since we have hundreds of years of waltz music to choose from, the variety makes a wonderful, festive evening.  This is a casual, neighborhood party: a chance to meet people, bounce around, and generally make merry.  We'll have a potluck; you are welcome to bring snacks if you like.  Your hosts always bring the punch and water.  No alcohol, please, as we sometimes have dancers under 21 attending.

All are welcome for the lesson, so we can get you moving and ready to sail across the floor.  If you're new to dancing we promise to be patient with you, and if you have waltzed before we will improve your technique.  After class, during the dance party, we will still be available to help you with what we taught you, and introduce you to some of our regulars.  They are well skilled, but don't be shy about asking them to dance with you too.  They'll probably be happy for the chance to show off. :)

8:00-9:00PM = Lesson in Vintage Waltz - no partner or experience needed
9:00PM-Midnight = Dance to Persephone and guest DJs playing lots of waltzes, and a little bit of many other partner dances.”

a 24-hour online fundraiser for UNICEF
Friday, November 22, 4:00PM-Saturday, November 23, 4:00PM
(in other words, all of November 23 UK time)

Myles Dyer and other wonderful and entertaining YouTube content creators will spend 24 hours doing interesting things and raising money for UNICEF.

Napa Valley Ceramic Artists Winter Holiday Sale
Friday-Sunday, November 22-23,
Friday 6:00-8:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
NVC Community Education Center, 1360 Menlo Avenue, Napa

“Greetings from the Napa Valley Ceramic Artists!   As you may have heard, we are losing our studio and classroom.   This will be our last Holiday Sale at the Menlo Avenue Community Education Center.  

You have been our friends, our customers, and our fellow artists.   We so appreciate your support and participation in our annual Holiday Sales.   Please come by…  and let us thank you in person!

Functional Pottery, Sculpture, and Mosaics
All handcrafted, creative, and unique!”

Ovid’s Metamorphoses
adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Friday-Saturday, November 22-23, 7:00PM - final week
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.”

presented by Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, November 22-23, 8:00PM - final week
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.”

Women Standing
A day long empowerment workshop/conference for women!
Saturday, November 23, 9:30AM-4:30PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma
Sliding scale, $10-$35, no one turned away for lack of funds

The Sacred Ground Institute, Women’s School and Women’s Spaces are hosting a one-day workshop to consider our voices, dreams and how to bring clarity, unity and determination into a country that so needs the women’s voice.

Conversation and Interactive processes will generate a solid, unifying values platform from which we can all move forward with a sense of unity and cohesion. Come and add your voice - be part of a large movement of women.

Optional Lunch: $12
Vegetable Curry
Kale, Seaweed Rice mixed with Green Goddess Sauce
House Salad
Hot Herbal Tea
A Mint Chocolate”

Herbal Holidays
with Bridget of Sweet Herb Medicinals
Saturday, November 23, 11:00AM-4:30PM
Tiny Tots, 138 Railway Avenue, Campbell, 408-529-7949

“Come celebrate the holidays at Tiny Tots with a fun-filled day of creating herbal gifts that are inexpensive and easy to make. Discover the secrets of successful Easy No-Cook Jam and how to prepare Grapevine wreaths, cordials, elixirs, aromatherapy spritzers, bath salts, culinary delights such as herb vinegars and oils, herbal honey, pomander balls, lip balms and more! You will learn to create personalized, healing gifts using specific aromatic oils, herbs and other natural ingredients. Homemade gifts capture a special place in our hearts. You will bring home a handful of gifts ready to give and the ability and inspiration to make more!

You need not have previous herbal knowledge, just a love for plants and creativity! Register with a friend and both parties save $5! Use the Coupon Code: Friends5 when you sign up.

Cost: $75 includes Delightful snacks and many recipes plus products made in class to take home. Please bring a bag lunch & a medium-sized basket for all your homemade gifts.”

Monthly Mindful Photography 2013
with Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn
Saturday, November 23, 12:00-2:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$25-$50 sliding scale

“In this workshop series, participants  will:

1) Be guided thru a relaxing meditation incorporating natural imagery and colors, while activating the 5 senses and connect to their ‘photographic prescription’.

2) Be led through a gentle seated movement series to prepare and open their body and mind for photography.

3) Be taken out into natural surroundings to experience the vulnerability and openness of the
photographic process.

4) Use their own camera or camera phone to obtain images from their outdoor photographic experience.

5) Facilitated in a group wrap-up discussion of what was experienced and ‘seen’ during  their photographic experience.

Rev. Ouida and Dr. Marcus are hosting a new MONTHLY Mindful Photography workshop every 4th Saturday. There will be time for meditation, creating your own Photo Prescription, taking photos on THOT grounds, and then follow-up sharing. You can bring a notebook, water and your own camera or use your camera phone. Photos will be on display in June. $25-$50 (sliding scale). Please RSVP to Rev. Ouida or for more information: revouida@yahoo.com, 510-350-6249 or contact Dr. Marcus at ThePhotographerPhysician@gmail.com, 510-473-6861. We hope to see you there!”

Thanks to Lorelei Moon for letting me know about this event!

Art In The Garden
at Veggielution Community Farm
Saturday, November 23, 1:30-3:30PM, and the fourth Saturday of each month
Emma Prusch Park, 647 South King Road, San Jose
$10 includes materials

“Our resident artists, Pamela and Joseph, guide participants in an exploration of line, color, contour, and much more. With an exceedingly inspiring environment to draw from, artists of all caliber grow and cultivate their skills. We request a $10 donation to help cover materials and support our nonprofit farm. Come on out and get creative at the farm!

Veggielution is a 6 acre non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We empower people to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of their labor.”

Wonder and Delight: A Dolph Gotelli Christmas
Saturday, November 23,
Presentation by Dolph Gotelli 2:00, Book signing until 4:00PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley

“It’s not for nothing that Dolph Gotelli is known as Father Christmas. His collection of holiday ornaments, toys, books, and games is truly second to none. And, lucky for us, he loves to share his treasure trove through displays, presentations, and now, a gorgeous new book he is bringing to Castle in the Air.

Wonder and Delight: A Dolph Gotelli Christmas will take you on a journey back to childhood as you revel in more than 550 photographs and hundreds of pages of history on the objects that make this holiday so enchanting. Dolph’s collection covers the breadth of Christmas from the holy to the whimsical, with hundreds of devotional saints, jolly Santas, sparkling winter scenes, and even a tree-trimming witch.

Dolph will give a presentation about his collection and the book beginning at 2 :00PM, and afterward will be happy to sign copies and meet everyone who comes out to this special gathering. You will also have a chance to see Castle in the Air’s expanded collection of antique Christmas ornaments unveiled especially for this event. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet a legendary collector and take home a bit of holiday magic.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, November 23, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn a little about life at sea and make a maritime craft! Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.”

Intro to Indigo
with Kathryn Davey
Saturday, November 23, 3:00-6:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$90, limit 10 students

“Come join us for an afternoon of Indigo Fun where we will explore the basics of Indigo Dyeing. You will learn about preparing your fabric, starting a vat and creating patterns. Each student with take home a set of 4 beautiful Indigo Linen Napkins. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you won’t mind getting indigoed!

Kathryn Davey’s main inspiration comes from nature and all the wonderful materials that come from the earth. She loves the gentleness of nature and how the less processed something is, the easier it returns to the earth. She is inspired by the craftsmanship of yester-year, antique linens and handwoven textiles, and of the quality and importance that was put into everyday items that lasted a lifetime. Kathryn believes in the importance of using consciously-sourced sustainable and non-toxic materials which are far less damaging to the environment and our children. In making her products she selects and uses only the highest quality, natural, sustainable and antique fibers.

Kathryn lives in the North Bay with her three beautiful daughters (who re-opened her eyes to the magic of creativity).”

Saturday, November 23, 7:00PM
Palo Alto Church of Christ, 3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“You are invited to the 22nd Annual South Bay Storytellers and Listeners Tellabration!

Lady White Snake, A Chinese Opera Tale performed by Cathryn Fairlee
Boomerang Barbershop Quartet
Tom and Sandy Farley
Dawn Wood
Bob Pearl
Joy Swift

Donations Appreciated  
Tellers’ recordings and books available for sale
Door prizes
Free Parking

For more information, please call Joy Swift at 650-494-1383
or Tom and Sandy Farley at 650-366-1818.”

“Tellabration! is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time and on the same weekend.”

in concert
Saturday, November 23, 8:00PM
Wisteria Ways, 383 61st Street, Oakland
sliding scale $15-$20 cash only at the door
ALL funds go to the musicians
For more information, please e-mail info@WisteriaWays.org

“Baltic, Celtic, Medieval

Panacea is an eclectic blend of five of the Bay Area's most individual and sought after musicians. With a myriad of successful music careers between them, these five dynamic performers have joined their unique and diverse talents to form what is being called a wildly playful ensemble. Santuri player Robin Petrie has recorded and toured extensively, playing and singing Celtic and European folk music. Nicole LeCorgne specializes in Middle Eastern and Balkan percussion. Bon Brown Singer is well known as a vocalist and the original artistic director of the Kitka women's chorus. Shira Kammen tours here and abroad as a medieval and early music vocalist and instrumentalist. Accordionist Nada Lewis has led several renowned Balkan and klezmer ensembles in the Bay area. Together their repertoire is as diverse as their experience, with music that travels from Finland to Israel and spends quite a bit of time in the Balkans along the way

The house opens 30 minutes before the performance. Please leave extra time for parking, etc.
Reservations - preferred method is e-mail: info@wisteriaways.org. Though as a back-up, call 510-655-2771.
Donations are cash only (please no checks) taken at the door. No advance payment.
Bathroom space is limited. Please arrive early to use facilities as this reduces the line at break time.
It is critical that you make a reservation as seating is limited. Arrive early to obtain the best seats.
Just bring yourself and your donation.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early to claim your reservation and find the best seats.”

San Francisco Christmas Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, November 23-24, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Fort Mason Conference Center, Building A, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$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.”

The Art of Hosting: Practicing Participatory Leadership
with Dana Pearlman, Jeff Aitken, Rachel Kaplan
Sunday, November 24, 10:00AM-5:00PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma
$75 suggested contribution

“Our Practitioners Dojo is a place to get inspired, hone skills, share new learnings, and generate collaborations to serve people and planet at wider scales.

The Art of Hosting is a set of methods and designs to foster participatory leadership in response to the needs of our time. The Dojo will focus on practices for participatory leaders: How can we ‘host ourselves’ to play leadership roles in ways that are effective, collaborative, and sustainable.

We will engage each other with Storytelling, Embodiment, Appreciative Inquiry, World Cafe, and other potent hosting practices. We will deepen our connection to our work and to one another. And we will hone the meaningful questions and conversations that will inspire change in ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

This workshop is for people who are learning the Art of Hosting and anyone who would like a taste of how the Art of Hosting works.

Fee: $75 is the recommended cost to cover hosting fees and space rental. We do not want costs to be prohibitive. Please pay what you can plus a little bit more to create an economy where everyone who wants to participate can do so. Some may pay more and some less than $75. Lunch from Lydia’s Kitchen will be available for an additional cost, or you can go offsite to eat. Please note that food may not be brought into the site.

To register, please contact Rachel Kaplan at contact@RachelKaplanMFT.net, or via phone 415-269-2721.”

African Dance, Song and Drumming
with Cheza Nami
Sunday, November 24, 11:00-11:30AM,
and three more Sundays through December 15
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$12 per class, $60 for whole six-class series

“It’s back! Simply the most enjoyable music class for both kids AND parents this side of the Indian Ocean. Instructor Catherine Ndungu-Case of the Kikuyu tribe started her non-profit Cheza Nami to teach her twins the songs and dances of her native Kenya. You and your kids will enjoy 30 intense minutes of songs, games, music, drum circles and African-themed stories in a highly energetic and rhythm-centric class at HackerMoms. It’s also a dance workout for parents, so wear comfortable clothes. For kids 0-5 and their caregivers. Note: Only kids require tickets but caregivers do not.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, November 24, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

Happy Birthday San Jose!
Sunday, November 24, 12:00-4:00PM
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, 175 West Saint John Street, San Jose
Free Admission,  Activity Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5

“Sunday, November 24th, Celebrate San Jose’s 236th Birthday at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site!  Meet members of Founding Families, and take tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House.  San Jose or El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadelupe, the first Pueblo of California, was founded November 29, 1777.  Come have a slice of birthday cake and help celebrate!Learn about life in early San Jose through hands-on activities and storytelling.  Enjoy live music, dancing and children’s hands-on activities!   Food is available throughout the San Pedro Market.Location: Peralta Adobe-Fallon House

Tours of the Adobe and Fallon House start at 12:30PM, 1:30PM and 2:30PM.  Children’s tours start at 1:00PM, 2:00PM and 3:00PM. Children’s tours are for ages 3-8 years old.

Tours are on a first-come, first-serve basis. History San Jose Member are free. $8 per adult, $5 for seniors and students with a valid ID. Children five and under are free.  Please purchase tickets in front of the Peralta Adobe.”

Visioning Circle
at The Home of Truth
Sunday, November 24, 12:30-1:15PM, and the fourth Sunday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
For more information, please contact Rev. Ouida at 510-350-6249 or revouida@yahoo.com

“The Visioning Process as founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith allows us to tap into the Divine for insights, answers and awareness. As THOT is moving into this new phase, I invite the community to come together as we ‘catch the vision’ of what THOT is, and can be. What is the highest vision for THOT? What does that feel like? Who/what must we become? Visioning allows us to catch the highest possibilities.
We will also have time for personal visioning. What are you calling forth? What is the highest vision for your Life? This process is a meditative one that invites us to go within, listen, and receive insights about our Heart's desires.
Please join us!”

Death Cafe
with Susan Barber and Christine Kovach
Sunday, November 24, 1:00-4:00PM
In the upstairs parlor, Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda
Free, donation accepted
RSVP to samb_40@yahoo.com with Death Cafe as the subject.

“Announcing Alameda's Own Death Cafe
Let's get the conversation started!

Join Susan Barber and Christine Kovach, LCSW for a meaningful, safe and lively discussion of Death.
Death Cafe gatherings are forming around the world to offer an exploration of this universal topic. The aim is to increase awareness of death in order to make to most of our (finite) lives.
Oh, and there's cake.

Suggested Donation - Donations gladly accepted to offset cost of room and snacks but no one will be turned away.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Death Cafes are discussions about death that are always offered:
On a not-for-profit basis
In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food - and cake!
Death Cafe is now an established 'social franchise' that has spread quickly across the globe. To date we have offered around 300 Death Cafes to over 3,000 participants in Europe, North America and Australasia... and NOW in Alameda, CA!”

Aromatic Holiday Gift Making: Aftershave, Natural Perfumes and Aromatic Bath Fizzies
with Cheryl Fromholzer
Sunday, November 24, 1:00-4:00PM
Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo
$60 includes materials, 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.

“Make aromatic holiday gifts for the whole family! For the men in your family, we'll create a traditional Bay Rum Aftershave and Cologne. For women, we'll learn to make solid perfumes and colognes, and for kids (and other bath lovers), we'll be creating aromatic bath fizzies.

Each participant will take home the products we've made in class as well as handouts for further exploration. Also, all bulk ingredients and essential oils in the shop are 10% off on the day of class.”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, November 24, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“Please join me on Sunday, November 24 for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

SoulCollage is a process for creating and working with a set of cards that reflect your inner self.  SoulCollage is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun; it’s a fantastic creative exploration that anyone can do.  Although it is highly personal, it is wonderful and most insightful when done in small groups.”  

Witches' Tea Party!
with The San Jose Pagan/Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, November 24, 3:00-6:00PM
Palo Alto Cafe, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Organizer Valerie Voigt says:
“Let's get together for another Witches' Tea Party!  The last one was a blast, so we're doing it again.

Witches, Pagans, Magicians, Asatruarfolk, all ye fine and fun folk, wend your way to this nice little coffeehouse in Midtown Palo Alto.  They have an assortment of tasty teas and coffees, plus yummy sandwiches and plenty of pastries.

We'll take a little break from our Yule shopping and preparations, from the demands of school, work, and family, and enjoy the company of our fellow walkers of the path of the independent spirit.  Relax in the company of those who won't think you're weird for talking with the land-wights or listening to the voice of the Goddess on the breeze!

Feel free to wear your Witchy finery or fancy-wear (but keep'em street-legal, please)!

$1 contribution toward this website requested (not required).

See you there, and

Blessed Be!”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, November 24, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

International Harp Improvisation Techniques
a workshop with Diana Rowan
presented by The Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society
Sunday, November 24, 4:00-6:00PM
Harps Etc, 1601 N Main Street, Suite 106, Walnut Creek
$20, please RSVP to ayothers@yahoo.com

“Learn easy-to-use and highly effective harp techniques from around the world to enliven your arrangements and compositions.

Please enjoy the FREE attached download*, which demonstrates several of the techniques we'll be exploring.

As one of the oldest instruments  still existing, harps are represented  all over the world  in many forms.  Each culture approaches harp composition and improvisation its own unique way.  Many of these techniques are especially powerful as they spring from the harp itself rather than being influenced by other instruments  such as the keyboard. Diana Rowan recently  submitted  her PhD dissertation documenting these fascinating techniques, and is excited to share them with you in this hands-on presentation.  Explore the poignant note-bending  of Chinese guzheng music, the kinesthetic orientation of kora playing, the upward hand stance (‘claw’)  of Latin American harp music, and more!

This is a very practical lecture-demonstration-workshop, focusing on how to incorporate these techniques into your own harp arranging and composition.  Looking forward to sharing with you, and hearing what harp composition techniques you might have encountered in your harp journey! All playing levels welcome!

No need to bring your harp!  You can use a harp at Harps Etc.  Please specify if you prefer a lever harp or pedal harp when you RSVP.
*To download the track Hijaz Ilahi for free, go to http://gardengatecreate.com/dl and enter the code 953g-ve15”

Breast Health Class
with Rupam Henry, Ollie Lobeck, and Faye Stevenson
Sunday, November 24, 4:30-6:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$10-$20 sliding scale.  Broth bar $3.

“Three practitioners will offer practical and easy ways to support healthy breasts. Rupam Henry will discuss uses for her Lady Nada’s Breast Oil. Faye Stevenson and Ollie Lobeck will present breast massage techniques, stretches, and simple techniques for building awareness and increasing functionality of the breast tissues and the surrounding area. Healthy breast tissue is vital for lymphatic health and consequently immune health.

Class will be held on Sunday, November 24 from 4:30-6:00PM at the Three Stone Hearth kitchen. Enjoy our broth bar 20 minutes before the event begins. Cash preferred. Bottomless cup is $3. Tickets at the door are $10-$20 sliding scale.

Rupam Henry, founder of Rupam’s Herbals, is a 13th generation herbalist who combines her herbal and holistic health practice with 20 years experience as an R.D.A. in general and pediatric dentistry.

Ollie Lobeck overcame chronic pain through the work of Holistic Biomechanics. She is now a Holistic Biomechanics TM practitioner, the first and only practitioner in the Bay Area.

Faye Stevenson, owner of Bayside Pilates studio, and Pilates instructor has spent years learning about the function of the human body.”

Oracular Seidh
with Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Sunday, November 24, 5:00-7:00PM  
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

“Now, as in the ancient North, seers and seeresses find answers to the pressing questions of folk in their communities.

Seidhjallr, the working seidhr group associated with Hrafnar, will be performing this rite at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU), located at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley. This practice comes from the heathen (Germanic pagan) tradition, but all are welcome.

Questions appropriate to an oracular seidh presentation are any that one might consider appropriate to address to a tarot, rune, or other reader, as well as many questions that work best in the more open, oracular format, including contact with ancestors and gods.

Doors for the event will open at 7:00PM, with the ritual expected to start at 7:30PM. Once the ritual begins, the doors will be locked; please be prompt. While there is no admission fee, we will be taking a collection (suggested donation $5) to help defray expenses, especially hall rental.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, November 26, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

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

Have a Delightful, Celebratory Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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