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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The African Origins of Human Intelligence, British Traditional Wicca 101, Gaia Girls, Animals and Archetypes, Herbal Allies and Cancer, Word Amour, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Angels and Soul Flames: Calling Forth Your Divine Love, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, An Evening of Damon Runyon, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, The Lion and the Fox, PechaKucha on OBSESSIONS, Goddess Of The Month, Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing, Pagan Movie Night - Agora, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Foundry Nights 12, Potlatch SF, The Maltese Falcon, Potty Savvy! Gentle Clean and Dry for 10 Months and Up, Free Day at The Charles M. Schulz Museum, Cultivating Gardens Launch Event, Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy, Be your Bliss!, Day of Renewal at Terra’s Temple, Chanteys: The African American And Caribbean Connection, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, #artnailz, Exploration in Creating Conscious Loving Relationships, Gaskell Ball, Wild Rumpus, Learn the Secrets of Laughter!, San Francisco Crystal Fair, Lake Merritt Bioblitz, Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington, Daemonic Magic: Invoking the Higher Self, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Visioning Circle, The Urban Form of Samarkand’s Mahallas, Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California, Tea and Tarot, Liturgy of the Lady to Our Lady of the Rains, Explore your Natal Chart, Lake Merritt Pagans, The Purple Paoli Memorial Hoopla, Celebrate Sha'taqat Syrian Goddess of Health and Healing, Tea and Chanting Sangha, The Extreme Life of the Sea, Introduction to Self Defense Workshop

The African Origins of Human Intelligence
with Dr. Yonatan Sahle
a production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, February 19, 6:00-9:00PM
University Theater, California State University East Bay, Hayward
Free, registration required

“Our ancestors sprang from populations in sub-Saharan Africa that existed between about 100,000 and 250,000 years ago.  Rapid evolution transformed Homo Erectus into Homo Sapiens.  Our technology exploded during this evolutionary transition, with several apparent African ‘firsts’ and subsequent spreads of technology into Eurasia. We became human in Africa, and the African ‘firsts’ don’t stop with the initial spread of some Homo Sapiens into Eurasia.
Dr. Yonatan Sahle, postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s Human Evolution Research Center, has recovered the earliest projectile points in the world. Come hear him explain what they tell us about our intellectual origins… and grapple with the challenges they pose to our understanding of human evolution.”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00-9:00PM,
and seven 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 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.”

Gaia Girls
Thursday, February 20, 4:00-6:30PM
and seven more Thursdays through April 10
at a home garden in Berkeley, address given upon registration
$400 for whole series
For girls ages 8-10
For more info or to register, please contact gaiamelita@yahoo.com

“Gaia Girls is an 8 week series that nurtures the essence of each girl’s unique spirit in a safe and supportive female environment.

Crafting, playing, sharing, sitting around a fire…

Is your girl starting to fly further from the nest?
Is she starting to ask the deeper and harder questions about life?
Are social dynamics with peers increasingly important and central to her life?
Are you noticing that she is starting to look less like a little girl?

In traditional and earth-based cultures, the age of 8-9 was recognized as an important rite of passage. At this age, girl’s bodies, minds, and spirits are growing and they are passing through a threshold that shifts their focus from being a child in the care of their parents to engaging more with the outer world as their unique individuated self. Gaia Girls will provide support for this changing time in a safe container where girls receive the nurturance of a lovingly held all-female space. Girls will be guided through a journey that builds self-confidence and inner resources, creates stronger friendships, and provides mentorship. Each week will have a theme that includes a craft project, a fire, dinner and a story and sharing about the topic.

Week-By-Week Themes and Crafts:
Week 1: Who Am I? Who Are You? Who are we as Gaia girls? - Journal Making
Week 2: Friendship/Sisterhood - Cordage friendship bracelets
Week 3: Personal Girl Power - Staff making
Week 4: Interconnectedness with nature - Herbal salve and dream pillows
Week 5: Communication: Knowing and speaking what we feel - Song/skit writing
Week 6: The power of our dreams - Dream Catchers
Week 7: Honoring your unique essence - Essence Medicine Pouches
Week 8: Celebration and Honoring with Moms!!

Gaia Girls Guides:

Melita Silberstein: Melita holds a degree from Naropa University in eco-psychology. She is a certified early childhood educator, and has worked extensively with young children in an array of environments. She is currently a music specialist and lead singer in the popular Bay Area kids' band, Octopretzel, and is also the mother of an 8 year old girl.

Sarai Shapiro: Sarai has been running and working with girls-only wilderness rites-of-passage groups for seven years. She has a background in education, music, art, herbal medicine and healing arts. She is currently part time Youth Programs Director for Wilderness Torah and has a small healing arts practice.”

Animals and Archetypes
Art Reception with Sarah Soward and Sharon Eisley
February 20, 6:00-9:00PM
550 Bryant Street Studio, 550 Bryant Street, San Francisco

“Come enjoy the beauty and fun of the somewhat surreal Rhinotopia series of Sarah Soward and the Animeoples of Sharon Eisley.”

Herbal Allies and Cancer
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8:00PM
Women's Cancer Resource Center, 5741 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Donations accepted

“Learn about the healing properties of some of the top anti-cancer herbs. We’ll talk about how these herbal allies both help to prevent cancer and support the healing process from cancer. We’ll discuss specific herbal remedies for fatigue, nervous exhaustion, lowered immunity and more. Everyone welcome.”

Word Amour: Speed-Dating/Connection for Queer Women Word Lovers and All
Thursday, February 20, 6:45-9:45PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$28 in advance, $35 at the door
Limited to 24 participants.

“Word Amour: A dare for a deeper mind-heart connection
Connect over words, books, poems, lyrics, writing and reading…
Play word games, write, read or tell stories.  Once comfortable engage in insightful dialogues, and then be matched in a day.

Speed Dating/Connection for Queer Women

You don't have to be a writer or voracious reader to join. Just be appreciative of words and people who love them

We apologize that the space is not wheelchair accessible. There are 5 easy steps and a handrail thought.

There is one thing in common with all the people I have desperately fallen in love with. They were all suckers for words. And so am I. So chances are that we connect with people more easily when we have shared passions. Last time it was dance. This time it is all about words! We will break the ice and have fun over word games, sharing what writings have moved us, write around topics and share them with others and much more...

And then there is the speed dating! Don't worry - it is warm, welcoming and well structured. This uniquely designed event facilitated by a life coach who has been doing it successfully for over 3 years now, encourages participants to be themselves and engage in genuine dialogues. It is easy, fun, simple yet authentic and it is for women looking for real connections with other women, be it for long term partnership, casual affairs or deep friendships leading to who knows what!

You will engage in short one-on-one conversations prompted by meaningful questions, with as many women as you can ‘connect’ in 2 hours. Confidentially select those you'd like to see again, and be notified of those who feel the same way about you!

It will be facilitated by Roke Noir.  Roke is a professional life and relationship coach and diversity ambassador and mental wellness advocate and community organizer. Her focus is teaching how to face ourselves - be aware of one's true self, affirm those we are happy about and learn and grow being challenged by by the ones we don't. She believes in love being something that allows each other to be their very best.

This will be Roke's 13th Speed Dating/Connecting event over the last 3 years, each being fully booked. Her style is that of connecting the participants with each other through focused face to face interactions prompted by insightful questions that lead to understanding and choices guided by intuition and instinct.”

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
Reader’s Theater with Shakespeare’s Associates
part of Livermore Reads Together
Thursday, February 20, 7:00-8:00PM
Civic Center Library Storytime Room, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore

“Readers’ Theater of Shakespeare’s Associates takes us inside the world of Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Meet Sherlock Holmes and his protege, Mary Russell, as she learns the tricks of Sherlock’s trade and becomes a formidable detective in her own right. Directed by Donna Blevins, volunteers from Shakespeare’s Associates offer this Readers’ Theater rendition of the 2014 Livermore Reads selected novel.

This free event is part of Livermore Reads Together 2014, a community-wide reading program generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.”

Angels and Soul Flames: Calling Forth Your Divine Love
with Christine M. Cordova and Francesca Gentille
Thursday, February 20, 7:15-9:45PM
864 Walker Avenue, Oakland

“Great Love is calling out to you! Are you quiet enough to hear? Is your heart open to receiving?

Please join Francesca Gentille and Christine Cordova for a magical evening of Calling Forth Your Divine Love.

Your soul is always calling you to engage in divine relationship. It speaks through challenges and blessing, dreams, angels and guides, synchronicity, wounds, wonder, and patterns. But how do you hear it?

Light Snacks and Teas included.

Gifts For You: Value $159
An Angel Guidance Session with Christine M Cordova (Value $ 88 for one hour)
A one hour Divine Intimacy Coaching Session with Francesca Gentille (Value $84.95)
Discount Coupons for future sessions. $15 Off Sessions with Christine or Francesca

Who Should Attend Angels and Soul Flames?
Women and Men who are seeking to clarify whether to stay or go in a relationship
Singles who desire to call in their soul mate
Those who are in partnership who wish to bring ease, healing, and/or harmony in to their relationships

Your soul starts this life with:
A calling
A purpose
A guardian angel
A unique gift
Links to your Soul Kin

As we deepen in to our Soul Calling (gifts, and purpose) we become the flame that calls our soul kin to us; women, men, and our twin flame.

In this course you will:
Deepen your calling
Empower your purpose
Refine your gift
Discern the voice of your Spirit guides, your Angels, and how to invoke them when you need them
Discover how to know who belongs to your Soul Kin
When to stay and when to go in relationship
Your next important step

Christine M. Cordova is a certified Angel Therapy Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher, Healer and an initiated Priestess of Love and Sacred Sexuality through The Sacred Courtesan School and 13 Moon Mystery School. She runs workshops, guides healing circles and designs personalized ceremonies of blessing, forgiveness and healing for couples and individuals. She is a teacher of the 15 Miraculous Archangels and how to work with them. She has been practicing as a Guide to the Angels for over 13 years. She has engaged in extensive trainings with The Course in Miracles, Ariel Spilsbury, Cindy Eyler, Doreen Virtue and Francesca Gentille. Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Human Sexuality from San Francisco State University.

Francesca Gentille is an initiated shaman in 4 traditions, clinical sexologist, empowered aging specialist, relationship counselor and High Priestess of The Temple of Ishtar. She is the popular internet radio host of Sex: Tantra and Kama Sutra and co-author of the award-winning sex and relationship book The Marriage of Sex and Spirit. Francesca is the co-director of the Integrative Arts Institute, and the founder of The Sacred Courtesan School of Feminine Mystique and Power, and The Sexual Healing Mysteries of Isis and Osiris; Somatic Sexologists Program. She has been practicing as an initiated Priestess of Love for over 20 years.”

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

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language.

Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

An Evening of Damon Runyon
part of  Butterfield 8’s Third Thursday series
Thursday, February 20, 8:00PM, and the third Thursday of each month
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
Donations accepted
“On the third Thursday of every month (other events permitting), Cue Productions Live plays host to a reading of selected short stories. Join us as we explore some great writing in an informal setting. This event is open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis.

To compliment The Maltese Falcon, we are presenting an evening of Damon Runyon, best known today for his short stories that are the basis of movies such as Guys and Dolls, Little Miss Marker, and The Lemon Drop Kid. Runyon's colorful characters brought the Broadway of Prohibition-era New York vividly to life, and we look forward to sharing a slice of that excitement with you

Please feel free to stay after the reading and join us for a Tea and Talk-Back - an informal and open discussion forum for Butterfield 8 work in general, and Third Thursdays in particular. The bar will be open after the show, and we will be serving a special Runyonesque dessert.
There is no admission charge for the evening, but we strongly encourage and gratefully accept donations!”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday and Saturday, February 20 and 22
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!”

The Lion and the Fox
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, February 20-23,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Street, Berkeley
Thursdays pay what you can, regular performances $15-$28

“A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Lucas Hatton, Vanessa Ramos, Gregory Scharpen, Benjamin Stowe and Jan Zvaifler

We open the 2014 season with The Lion and the Fox, a prequel to Machiavelli’s The Prince, one of our most popular productions ever. This time we see Niccolo Machiavelli pair off against one of the greatest villains in history, Cesare Borgia. What really happened between the author of The Prince and the ideal subject of the little book that changed the world - Machiavelli’s infamous ‘handbook for tyrants’?

The more Machiavelli learns about Cesare, the more he is impressed. Borgia seems gifted beyond all others; he has limitless wealth, he’s a brilliant military tactician, a magnificent warrior, he’s irresistibly handsome, utterly ruthless - and incredibly lucky. He even has the great Leonardo da Vinci in his service, as the architect-engineer of his magnificent war machine, which seems increasingly unstoppable as it storms through Italy.

But when Machiavelli learns of a plot against the life of Cesare, he must make a choice: will he be loyal to the sacred homeland of his birth, the Republic of Florence?  Or will he give in to his growing conviction that Cesare Borgia may indeed be ‘the Son of Fortune’, the one ordained by God Himself to be the ‘Savior of all Italy’ - the ideal Prince?

Written by company co-director, Gary Graves, and directed by company co-director, Jan Zvaifler.  Featuring Benjamin Stowe as Machiavelli, and Lucas Hatton as Cesare Borgia.  Sound design by Gregory Scharpen, costume design by Tammy Berlin, and stage management by Vanessa Ramos.”

PechaKucha on OBSESSIONS
a Third Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, February 21, 6:30-8:00PM
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Join us for a night of creative, personal and fun presentations that will push the boundaries of common lecture formats.

In the traditional PechaKucha format, we have invited community members with diverse interests to present on the chosen theme OBSESSION. In addition to presentations, there will also be live music from The Great Morgani and Tim Phillips. The night’s presenters include:

Barbara McKenna is a writer, communicator, and photographer. A few years ago she accepted the fact that she will never dunk a basketball. But she’s been watching, playing, and documenting basketball for 10 years and still thinks it’s the most incredible phenomenon on the planet.

Tim Phillips is an English sound artist, musician and inventor based in Oakland. His work looks at making people curious about sounds and rhythms, while using participation and collaboration to encourage interdisciplinary and unexpected outcomes.

Isabelle Jenniches is a digital media artist and Rydell Visual Arts Fellow whose work exploits the social and emotional impact of new forms of mediated communication like webcams and telepresence. Her current work - monumental composite images drawn from webcam stills - evolved from a fifteen-year fascination with live cameras on the Internet. You can see her work in the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship exhibit here at MAH.

Jacob Martinez is a resident of Watsonville, community organizer, and a social entrepreneur. He designs and manages programs to increase the skills and confidence of Latinos to pursue careers in technology, increase parent engagement, community, and coalition building.

Rob Irion directs the Science Communication Program at UCSC. He’s been a science journalist for more than 25 years, focusing on astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth sciences. His most recent stories have appeared in National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and Scientific American.

Emcee Sven Davis has hosted many local events and fundraisers and has been a regular contributor and performer with the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour with Richard Stockton. He was a regular humor columnist with the Santa Cruz Good Times, and has had a long and non-lucrative career in arts management. His long-running one-man show ‘my life’ is notable for having a one-man audience.

Lauren Shapiro is an artist and academic whose primary interest is in how art effects individual, interpersonal, and social change. Applying literary theory to the study of lifespan development, she explores how humor shared between friends fosters identity development, how stories shared between generations nurtures resilience, and how metaphors spoken between lovers predicts the course of romantic relationships.

Ian Everard is a copycat. He tries to copy, repeat or duplicate in pictures, words and actions the things he finds, the places he has been. He never seems to finish. He is not obsessed. He says again, he is not obsessed…  You can see his work currently in the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship exhibit  here at MAH.

Paul House is a Santa Cruz artist who creates massive peace signs on local beaches.

PechaKucha comes from the Japanese term for the sound of ‘Chit Chat’. Originating from Tokyo, this innovative presentation format is a fast-paced, visual, and fun.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at the MAH beginning February 21 at 4:30PM.
Wine and beer will be available for purchase.”

Goddess Of The Month
with Phoenix
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, February 21, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Potluck Feast
Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim
Friday, February 21, 7:30-9:30 PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for the group healing
Please register in advance to reserve your spot for this event

“Bring the mysteries of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake into your life. Join Dragonfly, Vortex Healing Divine Energy Healing practitioner and Magical Awakening teacher, and Justin K. Prim, Magical Awakening teacher, for an evening of shared magic and healing.

Together these modern wizards will present an introduction to the current deep healing modalities formed from the lineage of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake followed by a powerful transformational group healing. This is your chance to begin to clear emotional blockages, help relieve stress, and nurture your spirit as you open your heart to the wonder of your life and deepen your spiritual connection by empowering your own magical path.
Justin K. Prim is an energy healer, a shamanic practitioner, and a spiritually focused artist. He recently became a teacher in the Magical Awakening lineage and is excited to share these spiritual gifts with the world!

Dragonfly is a VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing practitioner Class Organizer for Gailynn Carroll in Berkeley CA, a Reiki Master teacher and body energy practitioner for 18 years, and owner of ArunaBliss Body Energy Center in Oakland.”

Pagan Movie Night - Agora
presented by Community Seed
and SubRosa Cafe
Friday, February 21, 7:30PM
SubRosa Cafe, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

“Pagan Movie Night! How much fun is that??

A co-production of Community Seed and SubRosa Cafe, the Pagan Film Series is a great way to build stronger relationships between Santa Cruz’s various radical/witchy communities,
kickstart broader conversation on Pagan history and practices for those unfamiliar with it, and encourage exploration of and discourse on Pagan spirituality.
Also, a helluva lotta fun.

This monthly series of features will be preceded by a few bizarre and entertaining short subjects and will be followed by a lively Q and A with David Espinoza and our own Alisa.

Drinks and snacks are available from the Subrosa Cafe for nominal donations.

Dates and Films:
Orfeu Negro, Friday, March 28
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Friday April 25
Sorceress, Friday, May 16

Doors at 7:30PM, Showtime 8:00PM.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, February 21, 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.”

Foundry Nights 12
Friday-Saturday, February 21-22, 8:00-11:30PM
The Foundry, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley
“Double Feature -Two Nights!
Performances 8:00-11:30PM
DJ+dancing til late
$15 at the door
21+ only
Non-accessible venue

Lineup Including But Not Limited To...

Ariel Wang

Tawil - Tiberius
Leyya Tawil, Dominic Cramp, Mike Guarino.

one whole breath
Zoe Donnelycolt

Tyler Burdenski
Social Media Confession Booth

Stardom Becomes Me
Karen Penley

Gray Performs and Mantra Plonsey
with live soundspheres co-created by Cinder Webster and Mantra Plonsey

Sophie Needleman
The Defiance Project

Luke Wilson

Peter Max Lawrence
Live Drawing

Andy Fuller

Alia Beeton and Chris Vibberts
Team Venus

Alee Karim

Alan Phillips
Daniel Goldman
Keith Hernandez
Meghan Shultz
Andre Carter
Joshua Sorkin
Ross Warren
Andy Water Schmeder

and more TBD…”

Potlatch SF
Friday-Sunday, February 21-23
Sainte Claire Hotel, 302 S Market Street, San Jose, 408-295-2000
see website for registration information

“Potlatch 23

Book of Honor: The City and The City by China Mieville

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention. It was started in Seattle and alternates between Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, and sometimes Portland.

Potlatch contributes to the future of speculative fiction with an auction benefiting the Clarion West Scholarship Fund. Clarion West is an intense six-week workshop for speculative fiction writers at the start of their careers. When you buy books, art, and unique hand-made items in the auction, you are helping students who otherwise could not attend Clarion West. Students who may become your favorite new writers.

Potlatch is a place where readers and writers meet on common ground. Everyone at Potlatch, whether reader or writer or artist or editor, is a fan. Potlatch’s format, with a single track of programming, brings everyone together in a lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations - and people - in the science fiction community.

The first Potlatch committee in Seattle decided that Potlatch would not have a Guest of Honor. For Potlatch 2, the Bay Area committee added the idea of a Book of Honor. It has worked very well. The book is not put on a pedestal as may happen with an honored guest. The discussion includes the flaws of the book as well as its virtues, and it is always thoughtful and insightful. For Potlatch 23 we tried something new: The members, instead of the committee, chose the Book of Honor. The City and The City by China Mieville is an excellent book, fascinating to read, and worth talking about.

Also new for Potlatch 23, the program is being created by the members. It is happening right now at the program ideas page. Check it out.

Potlatch 23 will be at the elegant Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, California. The Sainte Claire is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is by far the most beautiful hotel in the area. It is in the heart of downtown San Jose, on the light rail line. There are excellent restaurants and cafes nearby, including the Il Fornaio restaurant in the hotel.”

The Maltese Falcon
presented by Butterfield 8
Friday-Saturday, February 21-23,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through March 9
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Tough, independent detective Sam Spade is hired by the beautiful and mysterious Miss Wonderly, who walks into his San Francisco office pleading desperately for help finding her sister. This sets into motion a story about what it's like to want something  a fortune, a lover, or even respect  so badly that you would kill for it; until finally the chase itself means more to you than what you're chasing.

Dashiell Hammett's third novel, The Maltese Falcon was originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask, and set the standard by which all subsequent detective fiction would be judged. Written in 1930 and adapted several times for film (most famously in 1941 starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by John Huston), the novel wasn't adapted for the stage until 2007.”

Potty Savvy! Gentle Clean and Dry for 10 Months and Up
with Moorea Malatt
Saturday, February 22, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley

“Are you ready to make potty learning less of a struggle and more of a way to connect with your child? This workshop will send you home with a new plan, unique tools, and greater confidence. This workshop will teach a gentle system of early potty learning starting as early as 10 months and also is also appropriate for all preschool potty learning and challenges! We will have a lot of fun and laughter talking about poop and pee!

Parent Coach Moorea will provide fascinating history of potty learning, including medical studies, and address gentle strategies for potty-on-the-go, potty seat versus chair, tush relaxer activities, preventing constipation and withholding and refusal, how to work with school and daycare, how to move on from regressions and much more. At the end, we will trouble-shoot your individual concerns.

This evening is for families having potty challenges, those that haven’t started potty learning yet, and those with babies who would like to prepare for potty. As with all of Moorea's workshops, Potty Savvy is inclusive of everyone and is a totally judgement-free zone!

Child Care provided on site. $10/child for the two hours. Babes in arms are always welcome.

About the Workshop Leader:
Moorea Malatt has 18 years of experience working with families of babies, tots and preschoolers as a Preschool Teacher and Director, Nanny, Postpartum Doula and Parent Coach. Moorea studied Early Childhood Education and Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach focusing on Parent Coaching in her private practice, Savvy Parenting Support. She was also trained as a Postpartum Doula at the Seattle Midwifery School. Before moving to Berkeley this summer, Moorea taught sold-out workshops in Seattle including Beginning Gentle Discipline (6mo-2yrs), Preschool Gentle Discipline, Potty Savvy for the 10-18 Month Set, Preschool Potty Savvy and Sleep Savvy. She is an avid bird-watcher, marine biology nerd, songwriter and mom.  Questions? Contact moorea@mamaladyparenting.com

Free Day at The Charles M. Schulz Museum
Saturday, February 22, 10:00AM-5:00PM
The Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
free admission all day
for more information, please call 707-579-4452

“The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center was designed to reflect the modest, low key, and comfortable personality and style of an internationally-famous cartoonist.”

Cultivating Gardens Launch Event
Saturday, February 22, 11:30AM-3:30PM
Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Come by for inspiration, relaxation, and celebration.
Enjoy the pleasures of organic edible gardening and tea tasting!
Enjoy 20% off* Garden Consulting Services and Workshop Classes
*discount given at grand opening celebration
Organic Gardening Info      
Gifts From The Garden       
Door Prizes

Cultivating Gardens educate, inspire, and empower San Francisco Bay Area residents to grow their own fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables in raised beds or containers using organic practices.

Founded in 2013 by Claudia Noble-Levingston, a passionate gardener that loves to educate, and share the fruits of the harvest.  From garden to table freshness and goodness.

Cultivating Gardens creates sustainable edible urban gardens in small spaces, patios, decks, raised beds, and containers that provide direct access to healthier food choices.  Fresh, local, seasonal, and organic.”

Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy
with Diva Pyari
Saturday, February 22, 12:00-3:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$135, limit 20 students

“This is a beginning class taught by Diva Pyari of Linea Carta, where we will be learning A-Z lettering. Class includes Calligraphy Starter Kit, extra nib, matchbook, beginner's worksheets, and practice paper.

Diva Pyari, artist and designer from the San Francisco Bay Area, owns Linea Carta: eco-lux linens and stationery that inspire your every day. Linea Carta's sustainable linens and stationery are all screen-printed by hand, and her entire line of products has a luxurious look and feel that comes from their high quality and Diva's lovely designs.

Diva also designs exclusive collections for other brands, creates incredible custom wedding invitations, and her work as a sought-after calligrapher is famous in its own right. Her calligraphy is widely published and often seen in magazines such as Martha Stewart's Weddings and on popular blogs like Once Wed.”

Be your Bliss!
with Sarah Skotvold
Saturday, February 22, 12:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Be Your Bliss is 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.

Sarah is an intuitive who has studied dream work, personal development and oracle/tarot readings for 15 years. She is a certified Soul Coach, a Past Life Coach, and holds a professional certification in dream work. She received professional training from Hay House author Denise Linn and courses at the HCH institute.  E-mail her at Sarandipity17@gmail.com or call her  925-989-4489.”

Day of Renewal at Terra’s Temple
Saturday, February 22, 12:00-7:00PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley

“February Day of Renewal!  Bring a friend and share the love

Enjoy our new sanctuary and open up to receive some nourishment for the mind, body and spirit!

Bring a beloved friend and one of you will receive half off the entrance fee!

We have room for a few more healers, particularly bodyworkers - and we are also seeking volunteers to help out with set-up and host support, in exchange for a free session. Please contact Sefora at info@terrastemple.com!
In service to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and the world, Terra’s Temple invites you to a Day of Renewal. Join us for a day of wonderful healing, connecting to source and replenishing.

Our Healing Day offers you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space - your self. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be - with your self, in your body, with others and with the divine. We have a host of new practitioners ready to help you in your healing journey. Come receive various sessions in massage, energy work, counseling, life coaching, intuitive readings, tarot and much more. Tend to your own well-being, listen to and make music, connect with others, sip our special Temple Tea and rejuvenate yourselves!
Become a member on Renewal Day and get in free!
Bring a snack to share!
Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early to allow yourself the time to fully embrace the healing that Terra’s Temple offers.
*a gentle wink here*
Given the ever-growing popularity of this event, we ask everyone to be mindful of their session sign-ups. This will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to partake in the day of renewal. Maximize your experience with potent sessions of quality not merely quantity. Allow time to meditate and integrate.”

Chanteys: The African American And Caribbean Connection
Saturday, February 22, 1:00-1:45PM
on board the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
Included with $5 vessel admission
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Discover African American and Caribbean-based maritime work songs in this ranger and volunteer-led program. Sing chanteys of sailors, longshoremen, oarsmen and fishermen. The choruses of these work songs are easy to sing, and everyone is encouraged to sing along.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, February 22, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

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

with Julia Cohen
Saturday, February 22, 4:00-7:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$20, limit 12 students

“Come down to the studio to get your nailz done by Julia! Choose from a number of designs - from abstract to sharks and pineapples. Walk away feeling snazzy with your fancy new nails! We'll be taking two appointments every half hour from 4:00-7:00PM. Please come with clean nails ready to be painted. Light snacks, drinks and jazzy music provided for your enjoyment.

Julia Cohen is a local musician and nail artist. Always having been fascinated with the miniature and intricate nature of nail art, she has worked to create interesting and fun designs using dotting tools, brushes and Washi tape, and cannot wait to further her practice of nail art.”

Exploration in Creating Conscious Loving Relationships
with Jan Cercone
Saturday February 22, 7:00-9:00PM
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati

“Come learn, share and celebrate with couples who are committed to creating balanced living sacred partnerships. They will share what they are doing to create a relationship where each person learns to be spirit-directed, self-responsible, compassionate/non-judgmental, and navigating life through the emotional intelligence of the heart.

Heartfelt Song
Feast on Sensual Treats
Stimulating Conversation

You are invited to enter into a sacred conversation with a group of people/couples who are exploring how to create conscious loving relationships. Men, Women, Singles and Couples are welcome.

Bring your questions or share your experience in this journey.  Bring a snack.

Join Jan Cercone, R.N., author of Passion Healed Me and The Guide to The Divine Feminine.

Hear from Sacred Sexuality Teachers and Compassionate Communication Teachers.

Be wrapped in Sacred Songs with Amazing Sound Healers… Powerful Heart-Opening Music.

Explore Holy Relationship Concepts from A Course in Miracles and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (introduced by Christy Michaels, M.A.)”

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, February 22, 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.

Upcoming dates:
April 26, 2014
June 21, 2014
August 16, 2014
October 25, 2014
December 13, 2014"

Wild Rumpus
Saturday, February 22, 8:00PM
Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, 510-549-3864

“Wild Rumpus
Vanessa Langer, soprano
Amy Sedan, flute
Sophie Huet, clarinet
Matthew Striplen, trombone
Joanne De Mars, 'cello
Dan VanHassel, electric guitar/composer
Margaret Halbig, piano
Ed Garcia, percussion
Nathaniel Berman, conductor
Jen Wang, composer

Contemporary chamber ensemble Wild Rumpus is dedicated to adventurous new music, with a particular interest in commissioning and collaborating with young or emerging composers. This evening will feature a tour through the evocative landscape of contemporary music, ranging from the driving rhythmic ferocity of David Lang, to the serenely beautiful sonic landscapes of John Luther Adams and Radiohead, to the latest in interactive technology featured in the work of co-director Dan VanHassel. Wild Rumpus will also be performing world premieres, created in collaboration with the group, by Joshua Carro and Leaha Maria Villareal.”

Learn the Secrets of Laughter!
LifeFire Laughter Yoga Leader Workshop
Saturday-Sunday, February 22-23
Rockridge neighborhood, Oakland - address given upon registration
check $339 or Paypal $350
Pay first day of workshop: $365 check or cash

“Would you like to:
Attract more joy and laughter in your life?
Promote health and well-being through laughter?
Learn skills that will improve your leadership abilities and social life?
Know how to use laughter as a way to improve quality of life for yourself and others?
Spread peace through the magic of laughter?
Start your own laughter club?
Learn how to lead laughter yoga workshops for parties, the elderly, businesses, organizations, schools?
Answer yes to any of these questions? Then this fun and useful workshop is for you!  
Contact: Feel free to email or call me with questions.  
Landline: 510-655-1433 and Cell 510-282-1279
Looking forward to lots of laughter and fun with you!

Warmly and in shared laughter

San Francisco Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, February 22-23, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Fort Mason Conference Center, Building A, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

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

Lake Merritt Bioblitz
with Nerds for Nature!
Sunday, February 23, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Lake Merritt, 600 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Help us explore America’s oldest wildlife refuge: Lake Merritt! Located right in the heart of Oakland, you probably know Lake Merritt as a great place for a walk or a weekend cookout, but it’s also full of wildlife, especially below the water where few of us get to go. We’re going to try and see how many species we can find in and around this Oakland landmark, so come out and join us!

Learn Your Birds
Experience the lake’s wide array of winter migrants before they leave for the arctic. There are few better places than Lake Merritt to get close-up views!

Explore The Mud Flats
Roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and meet some of the weird and wonderful creepy crawlies that live in Lake Merritt’s mudflats as we sift through some mud.

Go Underwater With Robots
The cool folks from OpenROV will be letting people drive their underwater robots so you can see what the bottom of Lake Merritt looks like.”

Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington
Sunday, February 23, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Jack London Square, Oakland

“Our family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adventure Sails are two or three hours in length. We recommend all passengers review our guide to sailing (PDF) to help you prepare for your adventure.”

Daemonic Magic: Invoking the Higher Self
with Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, February 23, 12:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“The word ‘daemon’ has been used to evoke fear and revile for centuries, but a deeper look into the origins of this misunderstood word reveals its true meaning: one’s divine self or tutelary spirit. While mainstream religions attempt to keep the populace ignorant of our divine birthright, witches, warlocks, shamans, and occultists alike have delved deeply into the greater mysteries, bringing back wisdom from between the worlds for the betterment of all. Together we will invoke ‘the Holy Daemon’ and forge anew a deeper connection between our mundane reality and that of our personal Godhood.

Storm Faerywolf is a practicing warlock and priest in the Faery tradition of witchcraft where he holds the Black Wand. He has studied various forms of magic and spiritual practice for nearly 30 years and has taught classes for more than 20.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, February 23, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visioning Circle
at The Home of Truth
Sunday, February 23, 12:30-1:15PM, and the fourth Sunday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
For more information, please contact Rev. Ouida at 510-350-6249 or revouida@yahoo.com

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

The Urban Form of Samarkand’s Mahallas
with Paula Krugmeier
Sunday, February 23, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700
“Pursuing both a personal and academic interest in Central Asia, Ms. Krugmeier secured a research grant in 2010 to study the vernacular urban form of residential districts in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. These districts, called mahallas, are characterized by densely-built courtyard homes organized in an organic honeycomb along networks of narrow streets and blind alleys. UNESCO recognizes Samarkand as a World Heritage Site and graciously sponsored her study visa for field work in 2012 (although she has no official connection to the organization).

The four-part, in-progress study involves mapping several of Samarkand's mahallas and identifies the unique characteristics of their urban form. Part I comprises a brief primer on urban form typologies to provide a framework within which Samarkand’s structure can be presented.  Part II outlines the Post-Timurid history of the city plan. Part III illustrates the fundamental elements of mahallas:  the pond, water channels, mosque, teahouse and homes. Part IV presents maps and drawings showing the intricate mahalla street network. Cultural and social norms fundamental to the formation of urban fabric will also be explored.

Why Samarkand? Ms. Krugmeier’s fascination with the unique fingerprint of cities was piqued in 1995 during an overland journey along 3,000 miles of the Silk Route from East Turkestan (the Uyghur region of China) to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. She found the mahallas to be of equal interest to the grand architectural monuments of the region, but unlike the latter, literature on the residential districts was virtually non-existent in the West. Moreover, the systematic destruction of these ‘substandard’ living quarters by unsympathetic political entities underscores the urgency of documentation. When the opportunity arose to secure a research grant from the Professor Halasz Trust (a former professor of Architecture at M.I.T.), she crafted a project to return to Uzbekistan to realize this aspiration.
Born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, Ms. Krugmeier studied Architecture at UC Berkeley.  Following her undergraduate degree and two years’ practice, she attended the M.I.T. School of Architecture and Planning earning a Master of Architecture in 1980. At M.I.T. she developed an interest in the relationship between buildings and urban form, an essential theme of her career. After practicing in Cambridge and San Francisco, she joined her current firm, BAR Architects in 1990, becoming a Principal in 1997. Supplementary to her architectural practice designing urban, mixed-use developments, she has undertaken a research project exploring the urban form of vernacular neighborhoods in Samarkand. Plans to scale back practice coincide with the completion of the research publication in 2015.  Ms Krugmeier is proficient in Italian and has a second home in Milan, Italy, the city of her husband and his extended family.”

Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California
with author Dr. Carlos Manuel Salomon
A Fireside Chat presented by Heritage San Jose
in Partnership with the African American Heritage House
Sunday, February 23, 2:00-4:00PM
Renzel Room, History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose

“In celebration of Black History Month, please join Dr. Carlos Manuel Salomon, author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California, for a presentation and discussion on his book. Pico, who was of mestizo and black heritage, was the two-time governor of Alta California, and one of the wealthiest, most successful men in the state of California.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, February 23, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

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

Liturgy of the Lady to Our Lady of the Rains
presented by Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Sunday, February 23, 5:00PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations accepted to pay for the space

"“The Liturgy of the Lady is an open celebration of the Goddess in Her many forms. She is the Maiden of youth, the Mother of culture, the Crone of wisdom, and She is mirrored in all life, death and rebirth. We honor Her with reverent and joyful singing, ritual activities, and opportunities to learn. Now in our fourth decade of offering this sacred service, we invite you to join us for this ritual of the season of the Maiden.

This month, we call upon Our Lady of the Rains.

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. All are welcome. Wheel-chair accessible (let us know if you need someone to hold the door for you.) Family and child-friendly.  Please share this invitation with your friends.”

Explore your Natal Chart
with Jessica Lanyadoo
Sunday, February 23, 5:00-7:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street, San Francisco
Space is limited. Please email Tomra@gravelandgold.com to join us.

“Let’s talk astrology in this lively salon, suitable for all levels, led by Jessica Lanyadoo. Bring your birth chart(s) and astrological questions and we will discuss the what, the why, and the how long of it all! This will be a fun and educational evening. For free charts you can visit http://astro.com.

Jessica Lanyadoo is an internationally respected Astrologer and Psychic Medium. Lanyadoo has been in private practice since 1995 and has been the weekly Astrologer for the San Francisco Bay Guardian since 2003. She has been featured on CBS 5 and Alice Radio, has lectured for the San Francisco Astrology Society, QAC and NCGR, and was the visiting psychic for the first ever Daily Candy Bazaar.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, February 23, 7:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.

Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”

The Purple Paoli Memorial Hoopla
Monday, February 24, 6:00PM Midway opens, 7:30PM performance
Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th Street, San Francisco

“A custom-made memorial for circus legend Paoli Lacy, that will leave you laughing and crying, gaping in wonder and tapping your toes.

Funds raised will go to the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) for the Peggy Ford and Paoli Lacy Fund to support training and scholarships for young women clowns.
This benefit circus show features some of the best of the Bay Area Circus Scene.  Directed by Jeff Raz (formerly of Cirque du Soleil), it includes a clown/aerial routine in four acts featuring Diane (Pino) Wasnak (Pickle Family Circus, Cirque du Soleil), Veronica Blair (Make*A*Circus, Universoul, first African-American aerialist to perform with Ringling Brothers), Calvin Kai Ku (Wuqiao International Circus Festival, Song Circus, Medical Clown Project), Kelly (Texas) Holly (Clown Conservatory, Lunatique Fantastique) and Jeff Raz (Cirque du Soleil).”

Celebrate Sha'taqat, Syrian Goddess of Health and Healing
Monday, February 24, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“She formed Herself of clay… the clay of the banks of the Euphrates River and the Mediterranean Sea.  Glorious and expedient, Sha'taqat, the Syrian Goddess of Health and Healing is strong in magick.   Her name means ‘She who drives away’ referring to Her power to drive out illness.   With Her strong wings, She flies over the land in search of medicinal herbs for traditional medicines. With nature's pharmacy and Her healing hands, she cures our bodies.

Thousands of years ago, Sha'taqat was asked to cure Keret, the king of Hubur, of a mysterious disease.  She flew over hundreds of cities and towns in search of the medicine that would make him well. When She found it and had cured the king, word of Her victory over death spread throughout the kingdom.  She is remembered in ancient texts as a healer and a Goddess of miracles.

As we sit with Sha'taqat over the next few days please examine your own physiology and a specific physical ailment that you would like to ask Sha'taqat to help you heal.  If you aren't in any obvious physical pain, let your psychic self read your body and see where there may be dis-ease that is as of yet invisible.  View this with an open heart and mind, letting fear leave you!  You will be healed, Sha'taqat will lead us and the Capricorn Moon will lend strong support in our healing work, bringing Her no-nonsense approach to Sha'taqat's altar.

For the altar, please bring a gold or yellow candle (decorated for your own physical health if you are so called), any wings or images of wings that wish to be present, and any magical body healing tools that you would like to charge up on the altar.

Also, please bring a tithe in denominations of five dollars wrapped in a gold or yellow ribbon for the Syrian Sunrise Foundation, which is dedicated to helping Syrian refugees and orphans to have shoes, clothing, food, and shelter during the civil war in their country.  May our contributions bring mercy to Her people who are suffering immeasurably.

Finally, please bring fresh herbs and flowers to this altar as we will be redecorating Danielle's Temple Priestess broom!

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.”

Tea and Chanting Sangha - please note new time
Tuesday, February 25, 8:00PM, and the fourth Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“As we enter our fourth year of our journey together, our group is ready to deepen into a unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

Over the course of the year we are progressively learning a Tibetan ritual designed to awaken and purify all of creation in the many directions, to confer blessings of relief and happiness upon all beings throughout all space and time, and to magnify our sangha's collective aspiration toward the enlightened liberation of all beings.  
Open to beginners as well as current sangha members.

Online Tea and Chanting Sangha
For those of you who are at a distance, or find that meeting on Tuesdays are difficult for you to attend in person, Yeshe Rabbit is setting up a monthly online Google Hangout version of the Tea and Chanting Sangha to be held on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11:00AM.

If you are interested, contact her by email at: rabbit@sacredwell.com to get all the important details.”

The Extreme Life of the Sea
with Steve Palumbi
a production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00-8:30PM
Los Altos High School Eagle Theatre, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos

“Steve Palumbi, one of today’s leading marine scientists, takes us to the absolute limits of the aquatic world - into the icy arctic, toward boiling hydrothermal vents, and into the deepest undersea trenches - to show how marine life thrives against the odds.  He helps us appreciate and understand the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans.

But such fragile ecosystems face new challenges: climate change and overfishing could pose the greatest threats yet to our planet’s tenacious marine life.  Professor Palumbi shares unforgettable stories of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth, and reveals surprising lessons of how we humans can learn to adapt to climate change.”

Introduction to Self Defense Workshop
Thursday, February 27, 6:00-9:00PM
Radiance Oak, 278 4th Street, Oakland
$40, must register by Wednesday, February 19

“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 an Intelligent, Amourous, Cultivated, Blissful Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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