Belrose Holiday Tea Party, Essential Oils 101, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, The Terracotta Prince, Holiday Open House at the Ainsley House, A Winter Gift: Legends of the Celtic Harp, A Christmas Carol Staged Reading, Off Book Off Broadway, QED, The Party, Nature and Soul Retreat for Winter Solstice, History Mystery Tour, Sonoma County Pagan Network Yule Celebration, Seven Sisters Solstice Healing Event, Celebrate Winter Solstice and Hawaiian Snow Goddess Poli’ahu, Lucent Dossier Experience, Each And Every Thing, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, NutcrackOr Fritz's Dream, The Sound of Music Sing-Along, Christmas Revels, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mittens and Mistletoe, A Winter Circus Cabaret, Earth Energy Walks, Be Your Bliss, The Annual Sacred Well Holiday Solstice Market!, Sherehe Ya Mwedzi: A Ceremony for the Solstice Moon, Winter Solstice Ritual Celebration in the Vortex, South Bay Pagan Kids Yule, Winter Solstice Concert with Solstice Women’s Vocal Ensemble, SOULstice, Gaskell Ball, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Winter Solstice Ritual Concert, Wintersongs, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in San Francisco, Berkeley City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker, Winter Solstice Despacho and Fire Ceremony, Druid Winter Solstice, Kitka's Wintersongs Community Sing, North Bay Reclaiming’s Yule Ritual, No Tea and Chanting in December, Love Intensive Retreat
Belrose Holiday Tea Party
Mondays-Saturdays throughout December, 1:00-4:00PM
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael
$25 per person
reservations required, please call 415-902-5188 or e-mail 2TeaOrNot2Tea@att.net
“Tea Parties at The Belrose are Back!
Come enjoy four weeks of The Belrose Tea Party with family, friends, and co-workers.
Mondays through Saturdays, 1:00-4:00PM
$25 for this experience includes:
A Pot of Fine Tea
Cookies and Scones”
The Belrose Theatre is a beautiful and truly magical place!
Essential Oils 101
with Wendy Gianuzzi
Wednesday, December 18, 6:30PM
The Los Gatos Acupuncture and QIgong Center, 761 University Avenue, Suite A, Los Gatos
“Essential oils are amazing medicines to have available, especially at this time of year. They smell great! They are very effective remedies for many problems and they make wonderful gifts.
‘These Gifts of the Earth are a safe and effective way to assist our bodies in overcoming a variety of health concerns including: asthma/allergies, pain/inflammation, stress/anxiety, digestive issues, hormone imbalances, auto-immune issues and more.’
Come listen to Wendy share her personal journey to health using essential oils. Products will be available. They make great seasonal gifts.”
Art of Tarot
Wednesday, December 18, 7:00-9:00PM - final class
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 Terracotta Prince
Wednesday-Sunday, December 18-22,
Wednesday-Friday 7:30PM, Saturday 1:30PM and 7:30PM, Sunday 1:30PM and 6:00PM
Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, 408-864-8816
see website for ticket details
“The most magical Nutcracker experience this holiday season!
Don't miss the North American Premiere of this New Holiday Season Favorite featuring the award-winning Dalian Acrobatic Troupe (Yulan) and the music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. With Classical Ballet, Acrobats and Magic, the Terracotta Prince will wow your whole family and give a whole new look to the most endearing holiday tradition. Presented by Dennis Nahat and Theatre Ventures International. A Dublin-San Jose Sister City Event.”
Holiday Open House at the Ainsley House
Thursday, December 19, 5:30-8:00PM
Ainsley House, 51 N Central Avenue, Campbell
“This December, the historic Ainsley House in Downtown Campbell will be transformed into a magical holiday wonderland! Please join us for one of two special nighttime open houses (December 15 and December 19), where the lights and the decorations can be fully enjoyed in all their splendor. Visitors will take a self-guided tour through the decorated Ainsley House and be treated to refreshments in the Carriage House.
In the beautiful, historic Ainsley House in Downtown Campbell, all of its 15 rooms will be transformed into a warm, enchanting celebration of Christmas. The house will be decorated by local interior designers, house decorators, florists, and volunteers and feature a special holiday boutique, full of unique delights for holiday shoppers.”
A Winter Gift: Legends of the Celtic Harp
with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynn and Aryeh Frankfurter
Thursday, December 19, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$22.50 in advance, $24.50 at the door
“Legends of the Celtic Harp is an ensemble of three of the most celebrated celtic harp players in the world. Their concerts takes their audiences on a joyous, dramatic musical journey deep into the myths, legends and history of the Celtic Harp.
In A Winter’s Gift, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter step into a magical world of Irish and English literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs and draw out tales such as A Child's Christmas in Wales, chapters from The Wind in the Willows, and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, and mingle them with beloved pieces of seasonal music. All of the music and all of the stories touch on the central message of the Christmas/Winter season. Hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.”
A Christmas Carol staged reading
by Charles Dickens, adapted for B8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams
Thursday-Friday, December 19-20, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
“A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted for the stage by Maureen-Theresa Williams
directed by John Butterfield
Dickens’ novella, arguably the best-know secular tale of Christmas, comes to life as Butterfield 8’s sold-out production returns for a second year.
This abridged reading of the story (created specifically for B8) tells the tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits who change his life as few productions do - using only the author’s own words. This year B8 incorporates puppets as the spirits to expand the storytelling experience.”
Off Book, Off Broadway
presented by Un-Scripted Theater
Thursday-Saturday, December 19-21, 8:00PM - final week
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.”
presented by Indra’s Net Theater
Thursday-Sunday, December 19-22 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
“Indra’s Net Theater
By Peter Parnell
Inspired by the writings of Richard Feynman and Ralph Leighton’s Tuva or Bust!
Directed by Bruce Coughran
Dates: November 29-December 22, 2013
Times: Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday Matinee 5:00PM
Venue: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
This play is an exploration of the extraordinary life of legendary Nobel Prize-winning Physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman began as a young man working on the Manhattan project, and then created a reputation as an inspiring and charismatic teacher, a brilliant physicist, as well as a practical joker. He had a flamboyant love of life. Near the end of his life, he was nationally visible as the scientist on the Presidential committee investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. This fascinating and enigmatic figure is remembered by many, and this play probes under the surface of genius, to find the heart of the man inside.”
a fundraiser for The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, December 19-22 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Thursday and Sunday 7:00PM
playing through December 22
“Once upon a time there was a party and you were invited. Polite conversation was had, games were played, and the very best food and drink were served. You sat next to a charming person who told you an intriguing story. It snowed. And when you left the party you felt changed, moved, and ready for anything.
We hope you will join us.
The Imaginists present a new work in progress this December. Please consider contributing to our winter fund drive if you value smart, engaged, experimental theater right here in Santa Rosa.”
Nature and Soul Retreat for Winter Solstice
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, December 20, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
see website for registration details
“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape
This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us. This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us. We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.
The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy. Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.
No previous experience is necessary.
The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach. An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee) is offered to the group in the dining hall. Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.
Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.
Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.
Winter Solstice: We rest our awareness on the still point within and without as we contemplate that which we are ready to release and that great unknown destiny to which we surrender as we pass through this portal of mystery.”
History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, December 20, 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)
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con
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.”
Sonoma County Pagan Network Yule Celebration
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network
Friday, December 20, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds
“Driving Away the Darkness
a ritual facilitated by Leeanen Sidhe and members of the SCPN
In ancient times, our ancestors would gather on Yuletide Eve to feast, sing, and dance so to cheer on the Oak King as he defeats the Holly King and therefore ensuring the sun would rise again. But perhaps it is not solely the darkness of winter that we need to drive way. Gloom, ill or despair can creep into our hearts, minds and spirit while we live in uncertain times. In this kind of environment a darkness of another kind can thrive.
So come and join us for a night of light heartedness, singing, feasting, giving and sharing. Together let us shine a light of joy and love out on to the world. For it is light and love that can drive the darkness away.
Leeanen Sidhe says of herself:
In my heart I feel I've always been Pagan but I began my path of study as solitary practitioner of the Celtic Wiccan faith in 1991. In 2003 I joined the Sonoma Pagan Network as a result of search to find others of like mind. Currently I am the SCPN Web Mistress and I serve on their board of directors. In 2005 I joined a an eclectic coven made up members who practice primarily the Dianic tradition and remained a member of that coven for 7 years. I have also have been leading and co-creating public rituals since 2004. I am now teaching Paganism to my spouse of 5 years.
Please bring a donation of canned or dried boxed food items. (Fresh produce, home made foods or food in glass jars cannot be accepted.) to contribute to the SCPN food drive. All donations will be given to the Redwood Food Bank.
There will be a gift exchange for those who wish to participate. We encourage you to re-gift treasures that you are willing to pass on to another fortunate soul (please choose something you'd actually like to receive and not last year's fruit cake). Make or bake a special treat or, bring something new (under $10) which is nicely gift-wrapped. If it's gender- or age-specific, please attach a note to that effect.”
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.”
Seven Sisters Solstice Healing Event
Friday, December 20, 7:00-9:30PM
Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
$25 in advance; $30 at the door
“Relax and Receive, Help Heal Loved Ones
Make the most of this sacred holiday by sending and receiving healing in sacred community. Join us!
What You’ll Experience This Night:
Evolutionary Panacea Ritual - gifted to us by Siberian female shamans - which will allow you to potently transmit healing to yourself, loved ones, and the Earth.
Hands-on or hands-off healing from our priestesses and priests - lie down and receive gentle but potent healing energies. Aaahhh!
Energies to lift your vibration in the spirit of unity consciousness associated with the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades.
Dedicated Sacred Servers Will:
Embody the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades
Hold you in healing embrace
Guard the space for sacred work
What You Should Bring:
Photos and names written down of those you wish to receive healing
A blanket and pillow to lie down on for the healing”
Celebrate Winter Solstice and Hawaiian Snow Goddess Poli’ahu
Friday, December 20, 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
“Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 in the Northern hemisphere. It refers to the shortest day of the year, when the least amount of sunlight reaches the Earth. The term solstice derives from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand), meaning that the Sun has reached its northernmost ecliptic and appears to stand still.
Throughout history, many cultures and religions have marked Winter Solstice with festivals and rituals. This is in celebration of the fact people have survived halfway through the Winter. This was especially significant in northern European countries, where it was not always certain that food storage would last through Winter months. To many societies, Winter Solstice also symbolized the Earth's regeneration or rebirth. From this day forward, the days would continually grow longer as sunlight increased. Throughout many regions of the world, peoples have marked the Winter Solstice as a yearly cycle of life. It is a turning point; a time for reflection on the past and for hope in the future.
Poli’ahu’s name means caress. Her serene, gentle mana/spiritual energy is like the caress of a soft, pure, white snow blanket. Poli’ahu possesses the strength of inner stillness. Palila, the little yellow bird, is Poli’ahu’s aumakua/ancestral spirit and Her loyal companion. She is one of Hawaii’s native endangered birds who dwell on the summit of Mauna Kea. Palila gently chirps sweet songs and secret messages in Poli’ahu’s ear, guiding Her even deeper into Her place of inner stillness. Entranced by the beautiful sounds, Poli’ahu’s Menehune Ohana/family join Her in the Hawaiian Ohia forest, rejoicing in the mana of peace and happiness that surrounds them. Connect with Poli’ahu’s mana and learn how to be victorious over all of life’s challenges by caressing them with tenderness and stillness… in this way you will find peace.
For the Altar: Please bring Poli’ahu any flowers or tropical fruit, images of her sacred bird the Io/Hawaiian Hawk, images of Poli’ahu or the Sun, and sacred Hawaiian items that you would like to grace Her with for the evening! Each Winter Solstice we have a Peace candle exchange. If you are interested in participating in the candle exchange please bring a candle decorated for peace!
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.”
Lucent Dossier Experience
Friday, December 20, 8:00PM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
$22.50 in advance, $25 at the door
“Come experience the succulence of this crimson night! A ballroom filled with strange and wonderful characters, a wild and bizarre new stage performance by world renowned performance troupe, Lucent Dossier Experience. Captivating music, dance, unique aerial arts and mystique that takes you back to the twisted mayhem of Paris in the late 1800s and the wild underground of the early 1960s... if you can imagine! So let the night take you away and if you please, indulge in their rose water foot baths, uplifting aura readings and herbal elixirs to cleanse your soul. What Lucent does best is create wonderlands for their guests to lose themselves in, so let them be your guide into a fantastical realm where brilliance and insanity fuse together in some kind of unique ecstatic bliss.”
Each And Every Thing
Dan Hoyle's One Man Show
Friday, December 20, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
“Each And Every Thing is the newest solo show from award-winning actor/playwright Dan Hoyle. It's about our addiction to screens, the wonder of random interactions in public space, and how we stay actually connected in the age of hyper virtual-connectivity. From a showdown with a violent felon in small-town Nebraska, to a childhood spent on the back of the Muni bus in 1980s San Francisco, from the hard-scrabble corner boys of Chicago to the intellectual temple of Calcutta’s famed coffeehouse, from a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California to an intimate confession in midtown Manhattan, join Dan in his search for true community, spontaneity and wonder amid our fractured and distracted digital age.
Dan Hoyle is an actor, playwright, and journalist based in New York City. Hoyle’s most recent solo show The Real Americans ran for eighteen month at The Marsh in San Francisco, and toured to Joe’s Pub in New York, The Painted Bride in Philadelphia, The Lensic in Santa Fe, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Center Stage and The Park Hotel in Calcutta, India. It was dubbed Best Solo Show by SF Weekly, a Top Ten play by the San Francisco Chronicle, and was nominated for a Bay Area Theater Critics Circle award for outstanding solo show.
His third solo show Tings Dey Happen, premiered at The Marsh in San Francisco and won the 2007 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play before running five months Off-Broadway in New York at The Culture Project, where it was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Tings Dey Happen was based on Hoyle’s experiences as a Fulbright Scholar living in the Niger Delta of Nigeria studying oil politics. In October 2009, Hoyle returned to Nigeria to perform the show in five Nigerian cities, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Hoyle’s previous solo shows Circumnavigator and Florida 2004: The Big Bummer had extended runs in San Francisco before touring colleges around the country. Hoyle has been commissioned by The Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, and First Person Arts, and has been awarded grants from the Pew Theater Initiative, The Fleishhacker Foundation, the Zellerbach Foundation, The Vanguard Foundation, and the Circumnavigator’s Club. He has served as an artist-in-residence teacher at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and has taught workshops at colleges and theaters around the country. His essays have been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, Salon and Mother Jones. He also performs with his father, actor and comedian Geoff Hoyle, and holds a double degree in Performance Studies and History from Northwestern University. He lives in the South Bronx with his wife Lyra.”
Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, December 20, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791
“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”
NutcrackOr Fritz's Dream
Friday-Saturday, December 20-21,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM
SoMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
“NutcrackOr is a full-length masterpiece set in San Francisco's historic Castro neighborhood in 1977. It focuses on young Fritz (played by Jerry Lin, 2013 SF Youth Winner) and Clara, who upon gazing into Harvey Milk's camera shop on Christmas Eve become inspired by his photos. Later in the ballet, their Uncle Drosselmeyer magically turns them into young adults and reunites them with their beloved Nutcracker Doll (played by Roberto Cisneros, formerly with The Met Ballet and Smuin Ballet). Together, they travel to visit the inspiring individuals in Harvey's photos, including Melek Taus, the Male Peacock Angel of the Kurdish Minority (played by Deven Muhammad, 2013 Midwest Youth Winner); and Xochipilli, the Mayan Flower Goddess of gender-variance (played by Joshua Thake, formerly with Ballet Trockadero).
Guest Dancers will include Annie Henry (Dance Theater of San Francisco), Ashley Brown (Emote Dance Theater) and Leda Pennel (Labayan Dance).
The Cast in Act II ranges from the spectacular ballet dancers listed above to Hip-Hop sensations Charles Cao and Eva Borrego; making the cast 20 dancers strong!
This production will bring audiences a new insight to Tchaikovsky's traditional story. Narrated by the now-grown Fritz, the Audience will learn of several LGBT people throughout the history of civilization and San Francisco. The will also learn how these people and Harvey Milk inspired harmony of all people!”
The Sound of Music Sing-Along
presented by the RetroDome
Friday-Sunday, December 20-22,
Friday 7:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 7:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
The Retro Dome at Century 21, 741 Winchester Boulevard, San Jose
“The Sound of Music Sing-Along
This special event includes a Prop Pack for each guest, a costumed Host and additional costumed talent, Pre-show Activities, Trivia and Prizes, Post-show discussion and on-screen lyrics.
1965, Rated G, 174 minutes
Join us for The Sound of Music, winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to Austrian widower Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children. The breathtaking landscapes, the dazzling performances, and the world's best-loved songs all look and sound better than ever. Presented at The Retro Dome on the super screen, come and sing along to the most popular family film of all time!”
Christmas Revels - A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Friday-Sunday, December 20-22 - final week
Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00PM and 5:00PM
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
See website for detailed ticket prices and parking information.
“It’s the Shortest Day, and ghostly revelers gather in the chambers of venerable Haddon Hall for their annual celebration. There's a knock at the door, and in comes the family of John Manners. He is the 9th Duke of Rutland and landlord of the premises. Manners wants everybody out because the Hall is about to fall, a victim of progress and the demands of economics.
What will happen to Haddon? What will be the fate of the Spirits that inhabit it, not to mention their annual Revels? Will the joy of celebration, community and madcap revelry be enough to deter the Duke from his plan? The battle is joined and just as the outcome seems apparent, there is another knock at the door…”
My experience with The Christmas Revels is that it is both ridiculously fun and sublimely moving.
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Friday-Sunday, December 20-22 - final week
see website for schedule and ticket details
Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-5200
“Perfect for the whole family, this festive ghost story opens, as does Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, with Old Marley dead (‘as a door-nail’). However, the focus never leaves his chained and burdened soul, remaining in the ethereal planes of the afterlife.
Given just 24 hours to redeem himself, Jacob Marley scrambles to reform his former partner in greed - that ‘squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner’ Ebenezer Scrooge. This is going to be one long night… of spirited fun!”
Mittens and Mistletoe, A Winter Circus Cabaret
presented by Sweet Can Circus
Friday-Monday, December 20-24,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 4:00PM, Sunday-Monday 2:00PM and 4:00PM
Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-826-4441
see website for ticket details
“Back by popular demand - it's the third annual Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret. Come in from the cold, and join our circus family for an hour of glad tidings and cheer! Celebrate winter and the return of light with a light-hearted, charming, and funny variety program suitable for all ages. Produced and directed by San Francisco's beloved Sweet Can Productions, and starring bay area's finest circus artists, you're sure to be enchanted.”
Earth Energy Walks
with Community Seed
Saturday, December 21, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton
see link below for directions to meeting place
“Earth Energy Walks
Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.
Walks are on the THIRD Saturday of each month. Just save each 3rd Saturday as ‘Get Out In Nature’ day!
Gather at 9:45AM
Return: around 12:00PM
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.
FOR ALL LOCATIONS Please bring:
A small snack
Money for Parking (Several parks)
Henry Cowell (Highway 9 Entrance):
The park entrance is South of Felton on Highway 9. Official meeting place is outside of the Gift Shop within the park grounds. You can choose to pay the fee to drive through the entrance and park. Or you can choose to park out on Highway 9 and hike in. From Santa Cruz - The park is about six miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 9.”
Be Your Bliss
with Sarah Skotvold
Saturday, December 21, 12:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
“The Soul’s Bliss - a workshop where you learn to use tools such as oracle cards, dreamwork, and unique self-discovery exercises to tap into your inner guidance. The tools learned will help you learn to listen to your heart and soul to find what you truly desire, so you can start living the life of your dreams now.”
The Annual Sacred Well Holiday Solstice Market!
Saturday, December 21, 12:00-4:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
“It is a Sacred Well tradition that we all cherish to gather some of our favorite local artisans and their wares to provide a festive and unique holiday shopping experience for our community! Come on down and look for that special something and one of a kind treasure, while sipping on complimentary hot chocolate. Together we can deck the halls, and bring life to our local economy.
Rhatura is a gifted artist who integrates love, beauty, spirituality, magic, indigenous design, and urban street flavor with bold, vibrant colors and amazing hand control. You will discover soul-stimulating original art, prints, greeting cards, vinyl stickers, keychains, ‘Papa Rha's’ elixirs and smoker's blend, and a few pieces of jewelry. Illuminate your home or gift these gems to friends for they will provide loving and healing energies to all those who bear witness to them.
SF Bay Area artist creating charming and magical creations in stained glass. Each piece is crafted with care and love aimed to delight and inspire. With a collection of magical boxes, candle votive holders, and window pieces, you are sure to find something to catch your eye.
Elaine D. Smith brings over 15 years of colorful and varied experience in metal fabrication, stone setting, custom design development and repairs. She believes that creativity is a energy field where anything is possible.
Ars Fabrica Comestibles
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, proprietrix Jenny Wilde turns local food into edible art. Working in small batches with locally grown fruits and vegetables, she applies her background in the arts and her passion for good food to the loving production of artful comestibles.
Full Circle Collective Jewelry
Full Circle Collective Jewelry is a group of artists who create handcrafts and jewelry out of recycled and natural materials. We work with metals, crystals and woods incorporating geometric and ancient symbolism, in an effort to carry and protect the stones we place into our pieces. Everything we make is built to last and is guaranteed for life.”
Sherehe Ya Mwedzi: A Ceremony for the Solstice Moon
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Thursday, December 21, 12:00-8:00PM
Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier St, El Cerrito
Free, please RSVP to email@example.com
“The Winter Solstice is a time for reflection and renewal. Join us for a day of workshops to prepare us for the year to come and for an evening ritual to welcome the Return of the Light.”
Winter Solstice Ritual Celebration in the Vortex
Saturday, December 21, 2:00-4:30PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
RSVP to 707-542-4928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Guest Singer and Songwriter Kaylah Marin Returns!
You are invited to be part of this circle, energetically moved as Grandfather Sun initiates the return of more light on the longest night.
You are invited to experience what appears to be opposing qualities by embracing the gifts of hibernation and reflection with joy and celebration.
Join us as we stand in the middle, welcome the energies of the earth vortices and cosmic portals, the below and above, the gatekeepers and ancestors of the land at The Crossroads. With strength and courage renewed and intentions updated, we give back with love and gratitude. We remember we are One.
Gift yourself, invite your family and friends.
Women, Men and Children Welcome (Kids old enough to appreciate Ritual Space)”
South Bay Pagan Kids Yule
with the The San Jose Pagan/Magick Meetup Group
Saturday, December 21, 3:00-6:00PM
private residence in San Jose, address given upon RSVP
$5-$10 per person, $10-$20 per family
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Organizer Taffy Dugan says:
“We are a cross-tradition gathering of Pagan families with children who meet to celebrate the Sabbats; to share food and music, traditions and knowledge, crafts and dancing. We are eclectic Wicca, Druid, Dianic, British Traditionalists, and are open to and looking for more varieties. We seek to share and learn from each other while providing support in a fun and nurturing environment.
Please join us in our Yule/Winter Solstice ritual. Come share and learn songs to sing the sun back awake from the longest night. We'll do a little crafts, enjoy cakes and ale (cookies and juice/milk) during story time in our circle, and mostly play. We'll add our intentions and blessings to the Yule Log and cheer as it burns.
What else to bring: A potluck dish to share. Songs, musical instruments, drums, and/or other percussion. Please consider bringing a suggested donation of $5-$10 dollars per person and/or $10-$20 dollars per family. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Time and Location: a private residence in San Jose, 3:00-6:00PM. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the address and/or questions.
Winter Solstice Concert
with Solstice Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Saturday, December 21, 7:00PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft, Berkeley
“Solstice will present a Winter concert of traditional and non-traditional seasonal music. Join us to relax and refresh during this busy time of year.
Founded in 1996, Solstice is a female vocal ensemble specializing in music written by women or for women's voices. Our music spans many different genres with an emphasis on world, classical, pop, and jazz. We are also committed to performing new works for women's voices and regularly compose, commission, and arrange new songs.”
presented by Earth Tribe Yoga
Saturday, December 21, 7:00PM-2:00AM
“Warm Your Body, Open Your Heart, Feed Your Soul
As we head into the Winter, Earth Tribe Yoga invites you to join us as we celebrate SOULstice…
The Evening will begin with an intention setting Vinyasa set led by one of our amazing Earth Tribe teachers. If you were a part of our recent Thanksgiving practice, expect something similar - a fusion of meditation, reflection, and heart opening yoga.
Dharam Deep will lead in a cacao ceremony. Cacao is regarded not only as a super food but as a powerful medicine that opens the heart chakra and invigorates the spirit. Dharam led a Cacao Ceremony at our June event, and we are happy to have him back to lead us in another magical display of love and compassion.
Earth Tribe was founded by two former event promoters, and is the home to several professional musicians and DJs. We are Happy to add to our SOULstice lineup:
Dj Dragonfly(Ecstatic Dance)
Described as ‘indescribable’, my sets are like an intimate conversation; a dialogue, not a monologue. I never plan in advance what I am going to spin as my motivation is ‘the moment’, that place in time where the party, the people, the vibe, the soundsystem, the hour, the venue all conjoin as the unique ingredients alchemized by the music.
Interactive Art Installation
Our Monday night Vinyasa teacher, Elena, will be facilitating an interactive art installation that YOU get to participate in! It will remain at Earth Tribe, so all of our students and supporters can have a piece of themselves left in the studio!”
Saturday, December 21, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.
We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.
The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.
Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.
Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.
Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.
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A Service of Lessons and Carols
a Free Family Concert with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Saturday, December 21, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
“Members of San Francisco Renaissance Voices, our Artists-in-Residence join the group's lead tenor Corey Head and students from his vocal studio for a traditional service of lessons and carols. The service began in 1918 at King's College (Cambridge, England) and we are delighted to bring this Christmas-time tradition to you, with plenty of audience sing-a-long. A festive reception of holiday treats follows the service.”
Winter Solstice Ritual Concert
Saturday, December 21, 7:30PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
Adults $20, Children $15
for more information or to register, please call 707-857-4747 or e-mail email@example.com
“Featuring Holiday Music by Harpist Diana Stork and Members of the Bay Area Youth Ensemble
Traditional Celtic music and heart warming Holiday sing-alongs. Harps, flutes, drums and heartfelt vocals.”
with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Saturday, December 21, 8:00 PM
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
$20 advance, $25 at the door
“Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice. Kitka has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. Wintersongs showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works... from pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Medieval Sephardic Chanukah songs to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime.”
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Saturday-Sunday, December 21-22, 10:00AM-7:00PM - final week
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City
see website for ticket details
Parking fees are $10 per car charged by the Cow Palace
Free shuttle available from Glen Park BART Station
"The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!
A Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for five weekends in 2013, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, December 22, from 10:00AM 'til 7:00PM.
Created by Ron and Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin and Leslie Patterson and Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.
Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.”
This is one of my favourite Yuletide traditions, and, really, one of my favourite things in the whole wide world. And don't be fooled into thinking it's not extremely Pagan-friendly just because it's a "Christmas" event. Christmas not Pagan, you say?! It is too! Especially in a simulated Victorian London reconstructed by Bay Area Faire Geeks. It's lousy with Pagans, I'm tellin' ya! Next time you're at PantheaCon, picture the people around you in corsets and/or top hats, and you'll realize they're the same people you saw at Dickens, just dressed more diaphonously...
There is soooo much to do and see (and eat and buy, if you want to spend money...), I heartily recommend going as many times as you possibly can! With characters from the works of Charles Dickens roaming the streets, as well as historical figures of the Victorian Age (and a few non-Dickensian fictional ones), it's wall-to-wall entertainment. You can dance and play parlour games at Fezziwig's Warehouse, you can watch various variety acts at the Victoria and Albert Music Hall, you can sing sea shanties with the sailors of Paddy West’s School of Seamanship, you can hobnob with authors, explorers, and inventors at the Adventurer's Club, you can take child-like glee in meeting Father Christmas, riding a hand-spun carousel, and seeing a Punch and Judy show, you can take adult-like glee in reveling in the naughtiness at Mad Sal's, the wondrous mechanical models of the Dark Garden display windows, and even the extra naughtiness of Saucy French Post Cards. Delight in watching Scrooge turn from nasty to nice over the course of the day! Hear Mr. Dickens himself read aloud from A Christmas Carol - spellbinding!
If you drive, plan to carpool, because the Cow Palace charges for parking. But you don't have to drive, because you can take the free shuttle from BART. The free shuttle will be operating between Glen Park BART station and the Cow Palace from 10:15AM-7:00PM each day of the Fair.
The Dickens Fair is the place to bring your donations for Toys for Tots!
Get $3 off regular admission with your Toys for Tots donation.
If you love anything about the month of December, you will adore The Great Dickens Christmas Fair! If you wish you could attend a Renaissance Faire in the dead of winter, this is the place for you! If watching A Christmas Carol on the stage or screen is not participatory enough for you, come and live it in glorious 3D, with full colour, rich surround-sound, the ultimate Christmas-y smell that wafts from the yummy cinnamon crunch almonds, the warm, cozy flavour of hot buttered rum or chocolate egg nog*, possibly even the realistic feeling of one of Sal's gals in your lap... It just doesn't get any better than this!
*Yes. You read that right. Chocolate. Egg nog. Chocolate egg nog.
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in San Francisco
Saturday-Sunday, December 21-22, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Concourse Exhibition Center, East Hall, 620 7th Street, San Francisco
“We’ll be wrapping up a great year of craft fairs with the 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in San Francisco on December 21-22, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center! Join us for a curated collection of today’s brightest and best indie makers from the Bay Area and beyond.
A curated selection of 250+ talented Makers!
Create your own woodcut map with Woodcut Maps
Create a wood beer case with Indie Mart
Music from awesome local DJs
Free photo booth by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.
Food and Drink
Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including artisanal treats and a full bar.”
Berkeley City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Saturday-Sunday, December 21-22, 1:00Pm and 5:00PM
Jackson Theatre, Smith Center, Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont
“Join us to celebrate Berkeley City Ballet's 40th annual production of the Nutcracker featuring a full cast including Bay Area dancers, elegant costumes and magnificent sets. Watch the magic come alive with your favorite characters: Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy!
Berkeley City Ballet’s Nutcracker has an outstanding reputation and is one of the few traditional and full-length productions of the holiday favorite in the East Bay.”
Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker
Saturday-Sunday December 21-22, 2:00PM
Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Avenue, Alameda
see website for tickets details
“This holiday season prepare to be transported on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. From the heroic battle against the Mouse King, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There you will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and be entertained by the wonders of the Land of Enchantment. Choreographed by Artistic Director Abra Rudisill with gorgeous costumes and beautiful sets - all to the classic Tchaikovsky score - this is a production sure to bring out the child in all of us. Whether this is your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it is a time honored holiday tradition, make ACB's 9th Annual Nutcracker part of your holiday festivities.”
Winter Solstice Despacho and Fire Ceremony
Saturday, December 22, 12:00-5:30PM
Sonoma location, address given upon registration
On the cusp of winter and the returning light, we will co-create an offering of what no longer serves us, focusing especially on releasing the energies of grief and loss. This will help us open ourselves to the lighter energy that will carry us forward in these times of transition.
At the moment the fire accepts our offering, we will allow ourselves to connect with All-that-Is. We will fill ourselves then with the lighter energy that arises for us.
When we engage fully in this traditional Andean ceremony, the shifts reverberate vibrationally in our bodies and cells, and change us somatically, emotionally, and spiritually.
We will gather at my home in Sonoma at noon on Sunday, December 22. We will feed the power of the despacho with our personal and communal intentions, receive its sweet blessing, and offer it to the fire, sending our intentions and prayers out to the cosmos in the smoke of transmutation. Afterwards, we’ll share a potluck meal and revel in the beauty surrounding us, finishing about 5:30PM.
A despacho transmutes energy. Our despacho uses traditional Andean form, ingredients, and intent, combined with Eagle-of-the-North practices for group engagement, connection, and focus. Creating this ceremony in reciprocity is a wonderful way of focusing intent, strengthening connections, giving back to the Earth and spirits, and being together. At Summer Solstice, we made a Gratitude Despacho; now we continue our process by releasing the grief and loss that weigh us down. This is a gift to the universe, just as releasing any heavy energy is a gift.
No prior experience necessary (and if you have it, bring it!)
Bring: Your intent to release personal and world grief and loss. Ancestral soil if you have some. A potluck dish to share. Layers for warmth, as we will have an outside fire. Your donation for land preservation, which will go to Sonoma Land Trust.
Note: It is important for your completion that you stay for the fire ceremony.
Directions sent when you register via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Earth Caretakers and Compost Mentis.”
Druid Winter Solstice
with the San Jose Pagan/Magick Meetup Group
and FoDLA’s Grove of the Bay
Sunday, December 22, 4:00PM
private home, 3980 Blue Gum Drive, San Jose
“Come celebrate the birth of a hero and the renewal of the sun at the time when the nights have grown longest. Enjoy a ritual performed by Michael, a published poet who writes stunning, evocative poetry used in his rituals. He is also a talented story teller, also part of his rituals.
At Bru na Boinne, Newgrange, Ireland, the light of the rising sun penetrates the great mound on Winter Solstice morning. This is where long ago the god Lugh fathered the hero Cu Chullainn with Deichtine, daughter of the king of Ulster.
This Celtic rite is presented by Grove of the Bay, FoDLA (Fellowship of the Druids of the Latter Age) in San Jose on Sunday, December 22. Gather at 4:00PM. Rite will commence at 4:30PM. We welcome new members to the Grove.
Offerings will be made to the Gods, so if you would like to bring something to offer in the sacred fire please do so. We will also toast the trees with wassail. There will be a potluck afterward. Please bring your own feasting gear - eating utensils, plates, and so on and something yummy to eat.
Come have a great time with this friendly group.
No one turned away for lack of funds.”
Kitka's 2nd Annual Wintersongs Community Sing
Sunday, December 22, 5:00-7:00PM
Nile Hall in Historic Preservation Park, 668 13th Street, Oakland
“Join Kitka and the Kitka Community Chorus in a celebratory circle of song! Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung by many voices in community! Kitka singers will lead the group in some fun ‘open voice’ warm-ups, and will teach a varied selection of favorite tunes from our Wintersongs repertoire. The songs presented promise to be accessible, beautiful, and interesting. This Community Sing is designed to be very inclusive. Singers of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.”
North Bay Reclaiming’s Yule Ritual
Sunday, December 22, 7:00PM
Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $7-$21, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail email@example.com
“In the deep dark of winter, we come together to find hope with the return of the light."
Join us for the 26th annual North Bay Winter Solstice Ritual We'll dance on the longest night of the year as we celebrate the return of the light.
Reclaiming respects healthy relationships with traditional medicines, but out of respect for those in recovery, all Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober - so please, no recreational drugs or alcohol at or prior to the event.”
No Tea and Chanting in December
There will be no Tea and Chanting in December. The next event will be on January 28.
Love Intensive Retreat
with Jeremiah Jeff Love
Thursday-Sunday, December 26-29
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$500 for the whole weekend, $200 for one day
“Three days of amazing food, connections, and exploring the ultimate question… What is Love?
$500 Includes everything - Rooms, Food, Workshops
$200 One day pass Includes 3 meals, one day in the Love intensive.”
Have an Essentially Healing Week!
Molly Blue Dawn