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, February 4, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lovely and Lusty Potions, British Traditional Wicca 101, Tartuffe, Exploratorium After Dark: Sexplorations, Little Paper Acorns, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, Bach’s Art of Fugue, Lunafest, Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion, Dance Release and Rise to End the Violence Against Women, Conspiracy Of Beards: A Choir Of Men Sing Leonard Cohen, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Il Trovatore, Musical Mindfulness, Day in the Life 1901, Intimacy Forum: Deepening Passion Love and Connection, Little Heart Pinatas, Woodland Owl, Songs of the Sea Cards, Lantern Fantasies, Lunar New Year Festival at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Worm Composting, History for Half Pints, Fix-It Clinic, Peralta Adobe Horno Demonstration, Lighten Up About Relationships Playshop, Engaging the Spirit of Strawberry Creek, Wine and Chocolate Walk, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Heritage of Hope: Immigrant Voices Then and Now, South Bay Circles Imbolc Ritual, East Bay Waltz, Ruth Barrett In Concert, World Music Collaboration Concert, Cosmic Variety Show, Flame of Inspiration Trance Dance Activation, A Sunday in the Kitchen, Paper Roses, The Seven African Powers, Protection Conjure with Psalms and Spoken Charms, Embodied Eating: Addressing Food Addiction with Intuitive Eating and Body Wisdom, Why We Love Vampires, Tarot Salon, Red Hand Day, Darwin Day, Heart Centered Love: A Meditation Circle, Introduction to Self Defense Workshop

Lovely and Lusty Potions
with Lizanne Deliz
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St #C, Oakland

“Learn to make herbal concoctions with Lizanne Deliz, owner of Eye of Crow Herbs in this hands on workshop designed to enhance love and lust in your life. Go home with recipes, plus samples you can give as gifts just in time to make something special for your sweetheart!”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-9:00PM,
and nine more Wednesdays through April 9
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“British Traditional Wicca 101 is a 14-week class which provides students with a basic overview of the religion and craft of Wicca, from a British Traditional perspective. Subjects to be covered include the Goddess and the God, the Wheel of the Year, tools and correspondences, ritual structure and function, magical ethics and methods. There will also be guided visualizations and two informal rituals.

This month's classes:
February 5: Meditation on the God
February 12: Ritual Structure and Function
February 19: Meditation on the Element of Air
February 26: Meditation on the Element of Fire

British Traditional Wicca 101 will be taught by members of the Coven Daoine Sidhe, led by their High Priestess, Lady Argante. At 26 years young, Daoine Sidhe is one of the most enduring (or stubborn) Gardnerian covens in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

presented by Shady Shakespeare
Wednesday-Saturday, February 5-8 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Hal Todd Studio Theatre, Hugh Gillis Hall #103, San Jose State University,
220 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose
see website for ticket details

“Religious hypocrisy has never been as hilarious (or as sexy) as in Tartuffe, one of the crowning jewels of French comedy. Monsieur Orgon, a prominent Parisian gentleman, has unwittingly invited religious con man Tartuffe into his home and family life where the impostor immediately makes designs on Orgon's fortune, a mercenary marriage to Orgon's daughter, Mariane (already engaged to her dashing young lover, Valere)... and the womanly charms of Orgon's wife, Elmire. Perhaps only Elmire's good sense and the aid of the family's whip-smart and delightfully sassy maid, Dorine, can expose Tartuffe and save Orgon from self-destruction. But will their efforts be enough to overcome Orgon's monumental buffoonery before it's too late? Moliere's fast-paced, seductive satire will leave you guessing till the very end.

Tickets range in price from $10 for students, $15 for seniors 65+, and $20 general admission. Prices include all service costs - no hidden fees! Tickets are available online will also be available at the box office.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, kids 17 and under will be admitted FREE with a paid adult. Kids must still obtain a physical ticket to gain entry.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Sexplorations
Thursday, February 6, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: Sexplorations

This Thursday, peek into the whys and hows of sex and discover some of the surprising ways nature brings sperm and eggs together.

Witness sexual deception of the floral kind or tease apart the mechanics of sex toys. Find out how eggs and sperm may become the most unique and specialized cells in the body with UCSF professor Dr. Diana Laird, or hear the history behind ‘hysterical paroxysms’ from Good Vibrations sexologist Dr. Carol Queen.

Uncover the astonishing sex lives of flowers with Exploratorium emeritus biologist Dr. Karen Kalumuck, and taste honeys made from different nectars - or sample a sauteed bull testicle. Guess which sperm is human, catch insects in the act, and watch a live egg become fertilized.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, Exploratorium's After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic - from music to sex to electricity - but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits.”

Little Paper Acorns
with Tiffanie Turner
Thursday, February 6, 7:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$55, limit 20 students

“Using blown out chicken eggs and gorgeous Italian floral crepe paper, Tiffanie will guide you through the process of making a beautiful and memorable acorn ornament. You will be given the choice of using a traditional color palette or brighter, more spring like colors. One ornament will be completed during the workshop and supplies to complete another will be available to take home.

Tiffanie is an architect, artist, performer and homemaker, and is the person behind the blossoming paper art of papel SF. Tiffanie has taught classes for Martha Stewart Living, at Makeshift Society and Workshop in San Francisco, here at Handcraft Studio School, and online for creativeLIVE. Her work is on display year round at Rare Device and is sold through both One Kings Lane and her papel SF Etsy shop. She documents almost everything she makes and does at Corner Blog".

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday and Saturday, February 6 and 8
Thursday 8:00PM, Saturday 5:00PM
playing through March 1
The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
Sliding scale, Thursdays $25-$35, Saturdays $30-$35

“The Marsh is thrilled to announce the return of Geoff Hoyle’s hit solo show, Geezer.

From a hysterical riff on life in a nursing home to The Venerable Bede’s meditations on the meaning of life, from delightful reminiscences of his youth in England and young manhood in America to ruminations on aging and mortality, Hoyle brings his irrepressible sense of comedy and trademark physicality, as well as a certain elegiac wistfulness, to this tour-de-force performance about what it is like to grow old.

Geoff Hoyle trained with Marcel Marceau’s teacher, Etienne Decroux, in Paris, developing his unique physical bravura comic style, a combination of the court jester, vaudeville and English music hall. He made his mark in the Bay Area as the Pickle Family Circus’ beloved clown, Mr. Sniff. Later, he created the critically acclaimed Feast of Fools, featuring masked Commedia Dell’Arte characters including the libidinous and elderly Pantalone (Hoyle claims he will no longer need to use a mask for this one,) Il Dottore and the pratt-falling Arleccino. It is a depiction of Everyman striving for dignity in the face of a multitude of struggles, big and small, that is not unlike Hoyle’s own search for meaning in Geezer. His award-winning shows The Convict’s Return (about taking Feast of Fools to Broadway and its mixed reception there,) (Geni(us) and The First Hundred Years (an improbable history of comedy) have been seen in San Francisco, Paris, London, Berlin, Taiwan, New York, England and the former Soviet Union.

Regional theatre appearances include Berkeley and Seattle Repertory Theatres, A.C.T. and La Jolla Playhouse. He was the original Zazu in the Broadway cast of The Lion King and appeared off-Broadway in Bill Irwin’s Mr. Fox and in Tony Kushner’s and Maurice Sendak’s adaptation of the children’s opera Brundibar. His many film appearances include Popeye, during which his son, Dan, was born. Last summer, he performed his fabled three-legged dance in the oldest theatre in Italy, the Teatro della Pergola, built in Florence in 1656. Critics have remarked at the sheer joy Hoyle’s character finds in mastering his extra limb!”

Bach’s Art of Fugue
with Mari Dalby Szuts, Julie Jeffrey, Josh Lee, and Lynn Tetenbaum
presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts
Friday, February 7, 6:00PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$12 in advance, $15, 18 and under Free

“Written in the last decade of his life, this (unfinished) work represents Bach’s most exhaustive treatment of a single melodic fragment.  The instrumentation is unspecified in Bach’s manuscript, which is in open score, and thus perfectly suited to playing on a consort of four viols.  Unlike the compromise of a keyboard arrangement, playing all the parts on four individual instruments (here, of course, viols) allows complete expression of the music.  Perhaps the most intensely visceral experience of counterpoint you will ever have.”

Friday, February 7, 6:30PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
see website for admission details

Short films by, for, about women
Our Zonta Club Berkeley/North Bay is excited to host our third annual Lunafest Film Festival at the Craneway Pavillion on Richmond’s Marina Bay, with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and lots of free parking.
The festival is a collection of nine short films, created by women film makers, featuring women of all ages. Charming and thought provoking, the films present women’s lives from different parts of the world using a variety of formats, from animation to documentary.
The event will mainly benefit
Alameda District Attorney’s H.E.A.T. watch program (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) to end sexual trafficking and Exploitation of girls and young women in our East Bay Community
The Breast Cancer Fund
Zonta International programs to end violence against women and girls.”

Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, February 7, 7:00-8:30PM, and the first Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Join us on the first Friday of each month for a round table discussion. Each month a topic is selected in regards to paganism, witchcraft, or the esoteric arts. This is a moderated group; strong discussion is welcomed, however respect for diverse opinion and tolerance of other people's beliefs is a must.

Elayne Lockhart is a 4th generation witch living in the East Bay, where she works to educate the public on paganism and the esoteric arts. She has appeared in various live and print media regarding witchcraft and is the former moderator of Witchy Wednesdays. You can reach Elayne by phone at 925-935-3808, by e-mail at elaynelockhart@yahoo.com.”

Dance Release and Rise to End the Violence Against Women
a One Billion Rising Event
presented by Dancing Without Borders
Friday, February 7, 8:00-10:00PM
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12-$20 sliding scale

“You are invited to dance your prayers, open your heart, reclaim the wisdom of your body and activate a potent field of transformation. By connecting our hearts and bodies as we dance, we activate a dream for humanity into reality. We create a field that is deeply healing in mind, body and spirit. Sending this energy outward, we dance for personal and global transformation, joining a global feminine rising calling for an end to violence and oppression. Under the guidance of Dancing Freedom facilitator Magalie Bonneau-Marcil and founder of Dancing without Borders, you will be taken on an ecstatic wave through the elements. Come and share your beautiful presence in a warm and sacred space! 7:45PM: Doors open. 8:00-10:00PM: Dancing Freedom.

Contribution: $12-$15 sliding scale. Please note that we do not wish to turn anyone away. If you absolutely cannot pay, we would really appreciate your hands in clean up. If you have more to give to help cover others, deep gratitude to you. Consider every dollar a Love note to our community. We greatly appreciate everyone's contribution in building this global field of healing. No dance experience necessary. All are welcome. Dancing Freedom is a practice of liberation. It is an ecstatic dance practice supporting the emergence of embodied awakening. Of similar resonance as the 5 Rhythms practice, it takes us on a transformative journey through the five elements. It has broad and deep foundations in Buddhism, Deep Ecology, Tantra, Somatics, Shamanism and the New Age.

Through transformational public dance experience and dance flash, Dancing Without Borders was born to reclaim the healing and unifying power of free form dance as a ritual, community building and empowerment vehicle. By dancing together with intention and high vibrational music, we ignite our light within, we unite, inspire and empower each other, renew our spirit as a collective. Since its recent birth in August 2011, Dancing Without Borders has been getting people from all generations, colors and views to dance together during mass activist gatherings and spontaneously on the streets. I hope you join us in this MOVEment and let's dance!

Magalie is a dancing freedom facilitator, a social artist, ritualist, a community weaver. She's a life-long student and lover of what's most real, human, divine and alive. Her wildest dream: dance the world awake. How? Transform education, activism, community and the art of relating to ourselves, to one another, and to the earth. What people remember her for: turning the earth into canvas for embodied rituals, bringing thousands of us together to rise for a new earth culture from South Africa, to Rio, Europe and California. Her vehicle: Dancing Without Borders, a project she founded in 2011 from her home in San Francisco.”

Conspiracy Of Beards: A Choir Of Men Sing Leonard Cohen
with Foxtails Brigade
and Tin Sandwich
Friday, February 7, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$21 in advance, $26 at the door

“San Francisco's Conspiracy of Beards is a 30-member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen.  Well dressed in suits, ties and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen's lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender. With influences ranging from jazz and gospel, to barbershop and doo-wop, the unique arrangements that choir members create capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen’s original music, and inspire audiences to ponder common human experiences like romance, heartbreak, politics, sex, longing and spirituality.

The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult stand-up comedian, Laura Weinbach grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her childhood activities included snail hunting and spying on celebrity neighbors like Slash, Ice-T and Larry from Perfect Strangers.
While her mother, a classical pianist, taught the children how to play Beethoven and Shostakovich, her father had a different approach to musical education:
‘When I’d get in trouble as a kid, my father would punish me with cassette tapes,’ Laura recalls. ‘mixes of all his favorite jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Astrid Gilberto - and he’d tell me that if I could learn the songs and sing them back just like the recordings, then I could go out and play with my friends.’
Laura’s upbringing is present everywhere in Foxtails Brigade, from the peppery imagery to the hand-drawn artwork and videos.
After studying music and literature in college, Laura spent a couple of eye-opening years as a substitute teacher in the LA and Oakland public school scenes, collecting a stockpile of lyrical fodder. She soon formed Foxtails Brigade and in 2009 traded in her crayons and chalkboard to do music full time, playing everywhere from street corners to rock clubs with a rotating cast of musicians including main partner and driving force violinist/multi-instrumentalist Anton Patzner (Bright Eyes, Judgement Day).
Following their 2010 debut album The Bread and the Bait (Antenna Farm Records), the band released their second LP, Time Is Passed (DIY) during Christmas of 2012. Since then Foxtails Brigade have been busy making videos and touring the West Coast. More videos, tours and a third LP are all in the current works.

Tin Sandwich is a neo-vaudevillian harmonica ensemble made up of bass, chord, chromatic and diatonic harmonicas in the spirit of the Harmonicats and the Harmonica Rascals. Deron Cavaletti, Jamie Coventry, and Scot Velardo play old-time favorites, pop tunes, Balkan melodies, a tango and anything else that comes to their lips.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, February 7, 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.”

Il Trovatore
presented by ​Virago Theatre Company
Friday and Sunday, February 7 and 9 - final week
Friday 7:30PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Elk's Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
see website for ticket details

“Virago Theatre Company is proud to present Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece Il Trovatore in a limited engagement of just four performances at the elegant Alameda Elk's Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue! Ellen St. Thomas directs, Maestro Robert Ashens conducts this glorious and spellbinding opera. Virago Resident Artist Eileen Meredith as Leonora, Alex Boyer as Manrico, Jo Vincent Parks as Count di Luna and Elizabeth Baker as Azucena.

Verdi’s wrenching story of betrayal, passion, revenge and star-crossed love set in a tribal world of medieval fantasy. Rich with many of opera’s most beautiful and exhilarating melodies, Il Trovatore's score is simply glorious.  

EXCLUSIVE TABLE SEATS WITH FRIENDS! BOOK NOW, LIMITED SEATING! FRIDAY NIGHTS ONLY! Available ONLY Opening Night, Friday Jan 31st and Friday, Feb 7, 7:30pm performance $45 per ticket Appetizers at the table  2 bottles of wine  Premium seating 10 maximum per table Join us at the no-host bar before the show for cocktails or wine!
Friday, February 7, 7:30PM performance.  Arrive at 7:00PM and learn the Anvil Chorus with Maestro Robert Ashens!
Sunday, February 9, 2:00PM performance.  Wine and Cheese Reception after the show!”

Musical Mindfulness
with Kate Janke and Betsy Rose
Saturday, February 8, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
$85 per person, 10% discount available for registering for multiple people

“A daylong event for parents, educators and therapists interested in using song, music, and mindful breathing techniques to help children focus, relax, and communicate.

No previous experience with mindfulness necessary.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, February 8, 10:00AM-4:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

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

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

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

Intimacy Forum: Deepening Passion, Love, and Connection
with Asha Stokes and Tahil Gesyuk
Saturday, February 8, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Kathy's Temple, 1401 Park Avenue, #105, Emeryville

“If you are:
In a partnership, but often feel bored or lonely
Freshly out of relationship and want to understand what went wrong
Not in relationship and want clarity about how to find relationship
Want to learn how to use your *body* and *energy* to help you connect more deeply with others?

This experiential workshop is a forum to connect to others in a relaxed and playful way.
You receive methods to practice love in the body, and will be supported in crafting your own personal path to greater connection in your life.

This day-long workshop will be co-facilitated by Asha Stokes and Tahil Gesyuk.
Because optimum food is necessary for optimum joy, a yummy vegetarian lunch will be provided! Let us know if you have special food needs.

Tahil Gesyuk is one of the world's shining lights in the area of relationships, intimacy, and sexuality. He has been involved in the world of healing and health for many many years. He created and ran Daka University and has founded and leads the Intimacy Forum, where he has taught thousands of men and women how to deepen intimacy and connection with a relaxing, down-to-earth style incorporating Eastern and Western wisdom but free of the ‘foreign’ words.

For questions about the workshop, contact us at: 347-681-2737
Hardship ticket are available on a trust basis for students, the unemployed, single parents, or anyone who feels they are in hardship.

(Very important: #105 faces onto Holden Ave. and not Park Ave. DO NOT go into the main entrance to the complex on Park, but instead, go down Holden to the middle of the block and the door to #105 is on the west side)”

Little Heart Pinatas
with Marie Muscardini
Saturday, February 8, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Meeting at fabric store, see below
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$45, limit 10 students

“Come make a heart shaped pinata to decorate your home or gift a loved one for Valentines Day. We will be using cardboard to construct the heart and colorful crepe paper to wrap it in fringe. You will leave with your completed pinata and the skills to recreate many more pinatas at home.

Marie Muscardini is the founder of Handcraft Studio School and a lover of all paper. Her fondness of paper was influenced by her mother at an early age. They made paper together, wrapped holiday gifts, and created many art pieces using a variety of paper. Later in life, Marie managed Paper Source in San Francisco and her love deepened. Currently her focus is making garlands to decorate her home and share with loved ones.”

Woodland Owl
crafting workshop with Caron Dunn
Saturday, February 8, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$95 includes materials
register in advance - class limited to 8 students

“There isn’t a more adorable young owl anywhere! You’ll create his wings and tail from pre-felt sheets using patterns created by Caron, then needlefelt his body and face from wool roving. Caron will show you how to give him (or perhaps her?) personality with angora and silk fiber embellishments, as well as how to add some extra appeal with button eyes and a few simple embroidery stitches. No prior sewing experience is necessary. So your owlet can comfortably perch anywhere, he’ll have a set of feet crafted by Caron from twisted wire and twine.”

Songs of the Sea Cards
crafting workshop with Toy Jalanugraha
Sunday, February 8, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$80 includes materials
register in advance - class limited to 10 students

“These charming moveable cards are inspired by mermaids, whales, and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. You’ll learn to make the collaged background, cut your figures, and attach them to a moveable wheel to animate the scene. Then build your front layer of paper to make the cards three-dimensional. Embellish with Dresden trim and ephemera of your choice to complete your treasure, and you’ll be hearing the mermaid’s voices floating to the surface and calling to sailors and all lovers of the sea.”

Lantern Fantasies
crafting workshop with John B. McRae
Wednesday, February 8, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$95 includes materials
register in advance - class limited to 8 students

“John has become a master in creating ethereal lanterns that light up from within. Now you can make lanterns from our fine imported crepe, Dresden trim, and spun cotton balls. You’ll practice cutting techniques and get tips for adhesives and decorative choices from John’s knowledge of Dresden trim. Get inspired to create your own styles of lanterns after seeing John’s, which feature cascading tiers of checked crepe and a ‘tambourine’ style decorated with stripes. We’ll include LED tea lights for you to put into your lantern to make it glow.

(Note to lefties: Bring your own sharp scissors if you’d like.)”

Lunar New Year Festival at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Saturday, February 8, 11:00AM-4:00PM and 6:00-10:00PM
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland

“The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) will be hosting our annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, February 8th, 2014. It will feature a daytime program between the hours of 11:00AM and 4:00PM, and an evening program from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. This is a great opportunity to contribute towards an event that celebrates an important holiday for numerous ethnic communities under the API umbrella identity, as well as build ties with members of the Bay Area API community.”

Worm Composting
Saturday, February 8, 12:00-1:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“One cannot exaggerate the importance of worms for keeping plants healthy and maintaining the quality of our soil in the garden and in wild nature.  Our knowledge of how worms perform these functions has grown incredibly in our lifetimes, yet gardeners who already appreciate the value of worms will choose to buy a bagged soil product or fertilizer over a worm composter. 'Worm castings' or 'worm poop' which we harvest from composters is rich in symbiotic soil microbes which plants require to extract nutrients from the surrounding soil and fend off plant disease and harmful bacteria.  Worm composting is easy to do and the results of applying worm castings and the liquid from a composter are recognizable immediately.  Join us at Ploughshares for a discussion of worm composting.  Topics will include; choosing a composter, establishing your worms, what you should feed your worms and what you should not feed your worms, how to apply castings and worm tea and how to maintain your composter.”

History for Half Pints
a Second Saturday Family Program
Saturday, February 8, 12:30PM
Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B Street, Hayward

“In partnership with the California Historical Society and the Pancho Villa Event Center.

Join us for arts, crafts, and storytelling! We will learn how to draw portraits and read the story of Juana Briones, frontier woman and owner of Rancho La Purísima Concepcion who showed great kindness to others, regardless of their national background, race or gender.”

Fix-It Clinic
with Peter Mui
Saturday, February 8, 12:30-3:30PM
Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“Fix your broken stuff - or at least learn more about it by disassembling it!

Bring your broken, non-functioning things - electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc. - for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!

1) your broken or non-working thing (carry-in only: no oversize items)
2) accessories and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. phillips head screwdriver)
3) a camera to document the disassembly and what we find inside
4) boxes, bags and/or small containers to organize (and carry away) parts.

Why: To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!”

Peralta Adobe Horno Demonstration
with MACLA
Saturday, February 8, 1:00-4:00PM
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, 175 West Saint John Street, San Jose

“Please join us as we welcome MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) to the Peralta Adobe for a demonstration of how to use the horno, our adobe outdoor oven. The demonstration will be led by Mero Cocinero Karimi, an Iranian-Guatemalan cook who hosted the comedy cooking experience The Cooking Show con Karimi and Comrades for 13 years. Karimi advocates for healthy communities through laughter and cooking, and is a frequent speaker on television shows and at universities.”

Lighten Up About Relationships Playshop
with Annie Goglia and Amos Lans
Saturday, February 8, 1:00-4:00PM
InterPlayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
sliding scale $39-$65
For more information or to register, please contact Annie Goglia at 510-282-1279

“Join us for this playful workshop where we will explore relationships with a sense of
compassion, connection, and humor!

We will learn fun and useful tools to bring ease and joy into relationships through:
Laughter Yoga
Deep Breathing
Self-Healing Movement

Join Us to Laugh, Heal, Move and Share!

All levels of physical mobility are welcome.”

Engaging the Spirit of Strawberry Creek
with Annabelle Berrios, Katrina Martin, and Sooze Waldock
Saturday, February 8, 1:00-5:00PM
Berkeley Yoga Center, 1250 Addison Street, Suite 209, Berkeley
To RSVP and hold a space, please email katrina@katrinadreamer.com

“Using Strawberry Creek as a practice ground, we will embark on a playful exploration of our relationship to place to evoke an experience of relatedness in our sensing bodies. This interactive journey will be guided by practices that engage the realms of imagination, spontaneity, body memory and the physical senses.

Your workshop hosts are Annabelle Berrios, MA, Katrina Martin, MA and Sooze Waldock, who will bring their unique skills and talents to help you create a connection between body and place.”

Wine and Chocolate Walk
Saturday, February 8, 1:00-5:00PM
starts at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25 in advance, $30 on the day

“Wine and Chocolate Walk offers attendees a chance to taste fine wines and chocolate pairings in Downtown Benicia.  Up to 22 different wines will be poured inside participating downtown shops, providing an enjoyable pre-Valentine’s day outing to sip, walk, and shop with the added bonus of chocolate tastings.   Attendees will stroll First Street with glass in hand, tasting different wines, from reds to whites to sparkling, enjoying an array of chocolate treats like truffles, cookies, brownies, fudge, and fondue along the way.

Advance Ticket Prices:
$25 advance for a single ticket
$45 advance for a pair of tickets

Day of Ticket Prices:
$30 for a single ticket
$55 for a pair of tickets

Ticket price includes up to 15 tastes and one (1) complimentary Benicia Main Street wine glass per person. Participants must be age 21 and over. Check-in starts at 12:30PM at Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street.  Wine glass, map of tasting locations, and wristband will be provided per ticket holder at check-in.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, February 8, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

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

Heritage of Hope: Immigrant Voices Then and Now
a Lunar New Year celebration
presented by Chinese Whispers
and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Saturday, February 8, 2:00-4:00PM
on board the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde Street, San Francisco

“The Lunar New Year of the Green Wooden Horse begins on January 31st. The horse symbolizes journeys and speedy success. Come celebrate the spirit of hope and persistence in the ongoing immigrant story. Join us on the 1886 sailing ship Balclutha - soak up the ambiance of the National Historic Landmark vessel, and let history come to life as past flows into present.

Listen to contemporary stories from our Immigrant Voices workshops at the Chinatown YMCA, and ancestor stories including a new Angel Island story from the upcoming 2nd edition of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940.

Learn the fascinating backstory about the specialized role of skilled Chinese immigrants in the history of the cannery industry.

Get inspired by writer Arlene Goldbard and share your stories and hopes about cultural belonging in audience story circles.

Space is limited - COME EARLY!”

South Bay Circles Imbolc Ritual
Saturday, February 8, 7:00PM
Fireside Room, Palo Alto Unitarian Church, 505 E Charleston Road, Palo Alto
$5-$10 suggested donation

“Bring: Something substantial to share for the potluck, a beverage for yourself, a donation of five to ten dollars to help cover the costs of the room.

Upcoming: Ostara/Spring Equinox Saturday March 22, also at the UU Church in Palo Alto

Guidelines for potluck

For many folks the potluck is the highlight of an SBC Ritual. It's a time for food, fellowship, family, frolic, and fun. In order to have as much frolic, food, and fun as possible we'd love to see a wide variety of different foods at our feasting. We aren't ever going to tell you what to bring, but if you are waffling a little bit, the guide lines below are designed to help bring about multi-faceted feasting. You are in charge of your own beverage needs, but if you want to bring some drinks to share, that's great too!

If you were born in December, January, or February please bring a main dish (meat or vegetarian).

If you were born in March, April, or May please bring some dessert.

If you were born in Jun, July, or August please bring some sort of fruit and/or vegetable, or a salad.

If you were born in September, October, or November please bring along some good carbs, like bread or mac and cheese or something made with potatoes.

Please bring enough to serve at least 10 people.

Please bring food that is ready to serve. There will be no one there to cut up a
whole chicken or slice a loaf of bread.

Please mark your platter/bowls/serving utensils and remember to take them with
you when you leave. Anything left behind will be considered donations to South Bay Circles.

If possible, please label your food so those with food restrictions will know
what's in it.”

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

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

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

Upcoming dates:
Saturday, March 8
Saturday, April 12
Saturday, May 10
Saturday, June 14
Saturday, July 12
Saturday, August 9
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, October 11
Saturday, November 8
(no dance in December, since the hall is busy)
Saturday, January 10, 2015 (hey, that's 2015!)

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

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Ruth Barrett in concert
Saturday, February 8, 7:30PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
sliding scale, $15-$25
For reservations, please e-mail berkeleydulcimergathering@djhamouris.com

“Ruth Barrett is a fretted dulcimer recording artist, singer, and songwriter and award winning recording artist. She is known for her original folk music inspired by folklore, mythology, the celebration of nature, and her arrangements of traditional Celtic and English folk music. Ruth’s musical collaboration with dulcimer player Cyntia Smith produced five critically acclaimed recordings beginning in 1981. These recordings and subsequent solo recordings feature Ruth’s classical finger picking style of dulcimer playing, combined with a powerful and beautiful voice that has continued to enchant listeners for over four decades.

Ruth’s 1990 solo release, Parthenogenesis, won an INDIE award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors in the category of Women’s Music. In 2002, Ruth’s original composition, Romp of the Canyon Kitties, was released as the opening track on Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume II (2003). Ruth’s latest CD, Songs of the Otherworld was released in early 2011. Ruth was the 2011 recipient of the Jane Schliessman Award for outstanding contributions to women’s music from Women in the Arts.”

World Music Collaboration Concert
with Laura Inserra
presented by Samavesha
Saturday, February 8, 7:30-9:30PM
Berkeley Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Multi-instrumentalists Laura Inserra and Evan Fraser with bassist Ben Levine perform a world fusion music concert. Come enjoy unique instruments, grooves, melodies, and harmonies in the magical Rose Labyrinth.”

Cosmic Variety Show
Saturday, February 8, 8:00-10:00PM
Open Secret, Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael
$10 in advance, $12-$15 at the door

“You miss Vaudeville?
Catch its most recent incarnation - the Cosmic Variety Show!

The Three Headed Guru will answer questions about love and Valentines Day
The Incredible Magic Hat Show: magic, mime and chapeaugraphy with Benny Bendini
Storyteller and fool Martin Holtz
Mime improv with Martin Masters
Magic and Mentalism with Lawrence Lemon
Cosmic sounds by Duncan Sylvester
Belly Dancing by Jawahare

Special trinity seating - 3 for the price of 1 -
bring your conscious, sub-conscious and un-conscious self…
Enlightenment guaranteed or any 2 of the 3 seats back!
Gluten free Event :)”

Flame of Inspiration Trance Dance Activation
Celebrate Imbolc and Brigid, The Triple Goddess
with Axis Mundi TranceFusion
Saturday, February 8, 8:00PM-Midnight
Bhakti Mandir (House of Devotional Ecstasy), 6225 Doremus Avenue, Richmond
$15 at the Door

“Join us as we Celebrate the Rebirth of the Light, the rising Inner Flame of Inspiration, the early promise of Spring, and the Bright One - Brigid: Triple Goddess of Healing, The Forge, and Poetry, tender of the Holy Well and the Sacred Flame. This point on the Wheel of the Year heralds light, purification, magic, inspiration, healing, creativity and the rising Life Force!

Hosted Savory Edibles Served - veggie and omnivore
BYO Libations and Contributions of Savory or Sweet Snacks Welcomed!

Wear your EXOTIC and FESTIVE FINERY and have a warm layer to enjoy Full Moon Gazing from the beautiful 3 level outdoor deck!”

A Sunday in the Kitchen
with Jessica Prentice
Sunday, February 9, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334

“Get a behind-the-scenes tour and a hands-on experience in our working kitchen. Day includes lunch and a two-hour lecture introducing the principles of Traditional Diets.

10:00-11:00AM: Tour with Co-founder Jessica Prentice
11:00AM: Tea time and orientation
11:30AM-1:30PM: Hands-on in the kitchen
1:30-2:00PM: Communal lunch made with nutrient-dense ingredients
2:00-4:00PM: Traditional diets lecture with Co-founder Jessica Prentice

Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes (you will be on your feet!) Avoid wearing scents, and be prepared to pull your hair back and cover it.”

Paper Roses
with Tiffanie Turner
Sunday, February 9, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$65, limit 15 students

“Just in time for Valentine's Day, learn to make oversized, beautiful and realistic roses from gorgeous two-colored crepe paper from Germany.  During her workshop, Tiffanie will guide you through the process of crafting and assembling these beautiful blossoms, complete with realistic stems and leaves. You will complete at least one rose in class, and be provided with materials for another, as well as paper resources and templates for you to use anytime you'd like. These make the perfect Valentine's (or Mother's) Day gift!

Tiffanie is an architect, artist, performer and homemaker, and is the person behind the blossoming paper art of papel SF. Tiffanie has taught classes for Martha Stewart Living, at Makeshift Society and Workshop in San Francisco, here at Handcraft Studio School, and online for creativeLIVE. Her work is on display year round at Rare Device and is sold through both One Kings Lane and her papel SF Etsy shop. She documents almost everything she makes and does at Corner Blog".

The Seven African Powers
with Nimat Shakoor-Grantham
Sunday, February 9, 12:00-2:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$25 per class

“The much anticipated series concludes Sunday, February 9!  An introduction to the basic concepts and principles of The Seven African Powers, better known as the Orisha from the Yoruba spiritual diaspora. There will be an introduction of associated ancestor homage, traditional stories (Pataki' s) and fundamental rituals to benefit one's life force (Ache). Bring an item for the Ancestor Altar representing one of your ancestors (pictures are best).

Nimat Shakoor-Grantham, an initiated Yoruba, Santeria and Palo Priestess has been honoring the ancestors and Orishas for over 30 years. She is also a Spiritual and Life Advisor who lives in Benicia with her Spiritual allies, Walnut, Papi, Buster and Shabba Ranks.”

Protection Conjure with Psalms and Spoken Charms
with Chas Bogan and Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, February 9, 3:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“This third class of the course will focus on spoken charms, exploring their use in traditions such as Pow Wow. We will see how Psalms and rhymes are utilized to help manifest our goals, with an emphasis on protective work. Our lesson on divination will cover the art of Bibliomancy.

Chas and Storm have been practitioners of various magical and spiritual arts for nearly thirty years. Their approach combines classic elements with modern innovation as guided by their ancestors, spirits, values, and style, creating a magical practice that is both traditional and adaptive to a modern sensibility.”

Embodied Eating: Addressing Food Addiction with Intuitive Eating and Body Wisdom
with Lydia Rose Sifferlen and Denise Goitia
Sunday, February 9, 4:30-6:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$10-$20 sliding scale,  Broth bar $3.

“Community Health Educator Lydia Rose Sifferlen and Nutrition Educator Denise Goitia will explore the relationship between food addiction, cravings, and nutrition. They’ll discuss strategies for developing intuitive eating and body awareness techniques so that physical expressions of dis-ease can become guides for how to heal.

Enjoy our broth bar 20 min before the event begins. Tickets at the door are $10-20 sliding scale.

Lydia Rose is a Chef Consultant, Community Health Educator, and graduate of TSH’s CCTP. She partners with clinics in the Bay Area and leads classes and workshops on the therapeutic connection to food and cooking for those struggling with issues such as autism, cancer, and addiction. Denise Goitia Nutrition Educator and Western Herbalist, and she manages educational programs for TSH.”

Why We Love Vampires
with Margot Adler
Monday, February 10, 11:30AM-1:30PM
The Commonwealth Club San Francisco, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco

“Margot Adler, author of Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side

Seeking to understand our nation's more unusual spiritual interests, reporter Adler explores why we love vampires in movies and television shows and how these terrifying fantastical creatures have such traction in our culture impacting power, politics, morality and identity.  Adler is a veteran NPR correspondent heard regularly on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.  She reports on the interface of politics and culture, education and art in all its varied forms. She has traveled the world and the backroads of America reporting on those in the margins and those in power.

Time: 11:30AM check-in, 12:00PM program, 1:15PM book signing.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, February 11, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: the Sixes of the Minor Arcana

A Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Join us in a roundtable discussion where we discuss our two cards for the month and learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

Red Hand Day
Wednesday, February 12

“Red Hand Day, February 12 each year, is an annual commemoration day on which pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to the fates of child soldiers, children who are forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts. The aim of Red Hand Day is to call for action against this practice, and support for children who are affected by it.

Children have been used repeatedly as soldiers in recent years including armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Cote d'Ivoire, Burma, the Philippines, Colombia, and Palestine. Estimates on the number of children engaging in armed conflict around the world show no change between 2006 and 2009. Rehabilitation for child soldiers returned to their communities ranges from inadequate to non-existent.

Red Hand Day was initiated in 2002, when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict entered into force on February 12, 2002. This protocol was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in May 2000 and currently has signatures from over 100 different states. A number of international organizations are active against the use of children as soldiers. These organizations include, for example, the United Nations Child Fund (UNICEF), Amnesty International, Terre des Hommes or the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The work of these organizations can be summarized by the abbreviation DDR: Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration.”

Darwin Day
Wednesday, February 12

“Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around February 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the International Darwin Day Foundation. If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing. You can also locate Darwin Day programs near you by searching our events section.

We have also provided resources for hosting Darwin Day events, including promotional support and a list of potential Darwin Day presenters.”

Heart Centered Love: A Meditation Circle
with Evalena Rose, M.A.
Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol, address given upon registration
Donations welcome

“Our Gratitude Meditation in November was loving and powerful and we've been asked to host another.  This month we'll focus on releasing separation and embracing unity to strengthen and expand our heart centered love with more of the All.  Yes, the process begins with increasing Love and Compassion for Ourselves!”  

Introduction to Self Defense Workshop
Thursday, February 27, 6:00-9:00PM
Radiance Oak, 278 4th Street, Oakland

“In an effort to increase the safety of our community, Radiance is sponsoring a three-hour Introduction to Self-Defense Workshop taught by Impact Bay Area.

This workshop introduces participants to the basics of self-defense. The class covers street safety and awareness, physical and verbal boundary setting and some basic full-force self-defense tactics proven effective at keeping you safer in the world. Class size is limited, and students have opportunities to practice front and rear grab responses and effective ground fighting with a padded mock assailant.

Open to all genders, age 18 and over.

Cost: $40 (discounted from the usual fee of $75 - $100)
A limited number of sliding scale slots available.  
Contact Chloe for details.
Registration deadline:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014
For registration and payment through PayPal, send payment to:

Include the following information in the PayPal comments section:
1) Name  
2) E-mail address where class information should be sent  
3) Phone

For any questions, contact:  Chloe Moire at chloe@radianceoak.org.”

Have a Mindfully Connected, Passionately Embodied Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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