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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Celebrate the Dark Moon in Aries with the Fathers of Change

Today, Sunday, March 30, is the Dark Moon in Aries, a time to free ourselves from old patterns and take bold new steps towards co-creating a very new world!

Tonight, or during this week, I invite you to join or support the Fathers of Change in their new 2014 Dark Moon working:

If you would like to share more of your experience with the Fathers of Change, you may join the Google+ community:

All Water is One Water,

Molly Blue Dawn

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, March 26, 2014

British Traditional Wicca 101, PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, Storying the Body: A Writing Workshop, Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit, The Secret Lives of Monarchs, Soaking Sprouting Sourdough and Fermented Beverages, The Spirit Between Us: Using Play And Fluidity To Transform Stuck Conflicts, Scent and Subversion, Pearls Over Shanghai, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, The Lion and the Fox, Lottie's Ghosts, Bread and Circuses, Nature and Soul Retreat for Vernal Equinox, Garden Love Day, International Dance Anywhere Day, Dreams and Astrology at a Time of a Grand Cross, Goddess of the Month: Artemis, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Equinox of the Divine Creatrix, Women on the Move: A Benefit Concert for Grrrl Brigade, Pagan Movie Night: Orfeu Negro, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference, Le Week-End, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma, SWAN Day: Support Women Artists Now, Organic Gardening 101, Spring Fling at Filoli, Safe and Effective Detoxification, Sea Music Concert, Holi Festival, San Francisco International Women's Film Festival, Lighten Up About Getting Older Playshop, Nowruz Celebration, Farm to Feast, South Bay Circles Ostara, Star Gazing and Sleepover, Spring Pizza Party at the Oasis, Writers With Drinks, Throckmorton Theatre Anniversary Bash, Prayerformance, Ya Elah In Concert, R. Carlos Nakai In Concert, Snowapple In Concert, Kirtan with Astrud and the Cosmic Caravan, Earth Hour, Every Direction Live!, Battle Sail: Redwood City, CircoMorph: The Primordial Circus, Hands-On Dye Class, Help Make Adobe Bricks, Sustainable (R)evolution Book Launch and Skill Share Party, Sonic Alchemy, Blessing the Heart of the Wild, Kuan Yin Devotional, Raiders Of The Lost Ark Quote-Along, Lake Merritt Pagans, PlayGround After Dark, Sha Sha Higby’s A Paper Wing, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Transgender Day of Visibility: A Celebration of Trans* Lives!, Saint Stupid’s Day Parade, Lemony Snicket Comes To Alameda!

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, March 26, 7:00-9:00PM,
and two 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:
March 26: Magical Ethics and Methods part 1

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.”

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo
presented by the San Francisco International Arts Festival
Wednesday-Saturday, March 26-30, 8:00PM
Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
see website for ticket details

“PLACAS stars Ric Salinas as Salvadoran immigrant Fausto Carbajal, a now middle-aged ex-gang member recently released after nine years in prison. As a requirement of his parole Fausto must remove the tattoos that mark him as a member of his gang. Wearied by what has been a lifetime of violence, he accepts the terms. He is determined to reunite his family, traumatized by three decades of war, forced migrations and street crime. He returns to San Francisco to live with his mother, a war refugee, and hopes to re-unite with his ex-partner, Claudia and their now teenaged son, Edgar. But Edgar, who has not seen his father for most of his life, resents Fausto and displays disturbing character traits that remind Fausto of himself in his youth. It is clear that the reunion will be difficult.

PLACAS (barrio slang: a code word for graffiti tags, a nickname or body tattoos) is a stage drama about family, transformation and redemption that focuses on a Salvadoran former gang member in the barrio trying to reclaim his family while letting go of his past. The play explores the benefits and risks of tattoo removal for gang members through one man's determination to reunite his family after surviving civil war in El Salvador, immigration, deportation, prison and street violence.

PLACAS focuses on inter-generational relationships between young men and their fathers and uses the metaphor of tattoo removal as a way of moving forward and as a path to a possible solution.”

Storying the Body: A Writing Workshop
with Helen Klonaris
Thursday, March 27,
and six more Thursdays through May 8
private home in the Berkeley, address given upon registration
$295, must register a week in advance. The workshop is limited to 8 persons.
For more information, or to register, please e-mail thegaulinproject@gmail.com

“Our bodies are sites of rich and powerful stories. Some of them wet with grief, some rigid with rage. Others tremble with desire, or sing out, ecstatic. Everything we have lived has been experienced through our skin, our eyes, our ears, our tongues, our bellies, the tender soles of our feet. The body knows.

What does your body know and want to tell you? What journeys does your body want to give voice to? What challenges have you overcome on those journeys, and what gifts did you unearth along the way? Who will you become as you give your body the freedom, and the right to speak?

During 3-hour sessions over the course of seven weeks, participants will be guided gently and soulfully through a variety of techniques to invite and coax the body to voice and to story. No previous writing experience is necessary.

Participants can expect to:
Connect with their body through movement and breathwork
Explore their emotional landscape through guided visualizations and active imagining
Transform feeling into language and story through creative writing exercises
Develop creative writing techniques and skills in the service of the body
Be seen, heard, and witnessed in a safe, nurturing environment

Participants will be given and directed to:
Appropriate readings of published works of memoir, poetry, and fiction
Appropriate readings on craft
Thoughtful and nourishing feedback from the facilitator

We will meet:
At a private home in the Berkeley Hills (wheelchair accessible)

The cost of Storying the Body is $295. Registration for the course requires payment at least one week in advance of the start date of the course. Participants may pay this in the following ways:

a. Full payment in advance of the start date of the course

b. Partial payment in advance of the start date of the course, and regular installments as agreed upon by facilitator and participant

c. Refer a friend and receive $45 off your course tuition”

Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit
Thursday, March 27, 6:00-8:00PM,
and two more Thursdays, March 27, April 3 and 10
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$35 per class or $125 for all 4 classes
Prerequisite: Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Please register in advance to reserve your place in this class.

“If you have taken Rabbit's Art of Tarot Class, and you'd like to take the next step as a reader, consider taking Intermediate Tarot. This class is designed to help the student of tarot begin to explore creativity, shift the internal landscape, and integrate the wisdom of the tarot more fully into daily life choices.

March 20: The Unwelcome Guests: ‘bad’ cards and how to deal with them
March 27: Designing your own spreads: building effective spreads to answer your questions
April 3: Intuitive Listening: the temporary autonomous relationship is everything
April 10: Tarot Rituals: shaping your life with the tarot”

The Secret Lives of Monarchs
Film Screening and Release Party
with Sally Levinson
Thursday, March 27, 6:00-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$10, please pre-register

“Come preview the newly released Secret Lives of Monarchs, a film by Bill Levinson.

Monarchs, like their royal namesake, have a flashy life as they they show off in public with flamboyant colors and dazzling aerobatics. But they also have a private life they would just as soon keep secret, as prying eyes might catch them in a vulnerable situation. But these mysterious aspects of their life are revealed as the camera snoops in when they eat their way out of their egg, consume their own flesh, and squeeze their head from its exoskeleton. How does a caterpillar shed its skin while hanging from a twig? How does the pupa poop? Find out in this amazing film.

There will also be live specimens on view, an informative introduction to the film by Garden docent, entomologist and Caterpillar Lady, Sally Levinson, treats, live harp music and an opportunity to purchase the film.”

Soaking, Sprouting, Sourdough, and Fermented Beverages
with Rosie Ueng
Part Four of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, March 27, 6:00-9:00PM,
and two more Thursdays through April 10
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Did you know that grains, beans, and nuts have many anti-nutrients which inhibit digestion and absorption of nutrients? Learn how to properly soak and sprout to maximize nutritive value. We will make ‘crispy’ almond-coconut butter and other sprouted and sourdough recipes, as well as your own sourdough starter! We’ll also discuss some of the basic concepts of probiotic fermented elixirs such as kombucha, coconut milk and water kefir, beet kvass, and ginger beer! A delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening’s labor will be included.

Instructor Rosie Ueng holds a Masters in Nutrition and a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. She has worked as a cook at Three Stone Hearth as well as a private chef and caterer. Rosie combines science, traditional wisdom, and her cooking background to offer this unique cooking series. Rosie Ueng is founder of Rosewater Cooking and Science.”

The Spirit Between Us: Using Play And Fluidity To Transform Stuck Conflicts
with Lane Arye
Thursday, March 27, 7:00-9:00PM
Processwork, 1452 Cornell Avenue, Berkeley, 510-558-8805
sliding scale, $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Sometimes when two people are interacting, a ‘spirit’ flies around between us, possessing one of us and then the other. It could be the spirit of judgment, or the spirit of competition, or the spirit of flirtatiousness, or the spirit of blame, to name a few. In such a moment, we normally see the other as behaving in a certain way, but don’t notice that same behavior in ourselves. It can be really useful and fun to play the spirit, like little kids playing pretend. This can help us become more fluid and open, helping us discover what the spirit is trying to add to our relationship.”

Scent and Subversion
with Barbara Herman
Thursday, March 27, 7:00PM
Books Inc., 601 Van Ness, San Francisco

“Take a whiff on the wild side with the voice behind the delightful blog Yesterday's Perfume: A Blog for Vintage Perfumaniacs, Barbara Herman sharing Scent and Subversion, an intriguing look at vintage perfume's powerful past, which includes reviews of more than 300 scents along with stunning period advertisements throughout, making it the perfect book for perfume aficionados (aka perfumistas) as well as connoisseurs of modern fashion and design, feminist and LGBTQ historians, and fans of vintage advertising.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, March 27-29, 8:00PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco
playing through May 31

“Our award-winning production of Pearls Over Shanghai, San Francisco’s longest-running Cockettes musical hit, is back on The Hypnodrome stage for a Fifth Anniversary Revival Production.

Pearls Over Shanghai is a comic mock-operetta about white slavery, opium dens, and miscegenation set in the colorful world of 1937 Shanghai. The story is set at the crossroads of good and evil; an exotic ‘old sin town’ filled with singing sailors, humorous whores, foolish immortals, handmaidens and henchmen, all taking their places in streets teeming with a mix of foreign aristocrats, opium addicts, and gangland slave-trade czars.

With a cast of over 20, costumes a-plenty, and a score of 24 original songs, this production is the most eye-popping and toe-tapping in the Hypnodrome’s history, with the scent of intoxicating perfume, poisonous flowers, opium, and sex oozing from every scene.

Three original Cockettes, Scrumbly Koldewyn, ‘Sweet Pam’ Tent, and Rumi Missabu, who were in the original production of Pearls Over Shanghai, will perform in this production, bringing to life the whimsy and the madness that were the ‘all singing, all dancing, all cardboard’ Cockettes.

Our original production of  Pearls Over Shanghai ran for nearly two years and received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. It’s a phenomenon that keeps on growing! Get your tickets soon for this sure-to-sell-out musical event of the season.”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday and Saturday, March 27 and 29,
Thursday 8:00PM, Saturday 5:00PM
extended - playing through April 26, no show on April 12
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, March 27-30 - final week
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.”

Lottie's Ghosts
a new theatrical solo performance by Shakiri
Thursday-Sunday, March 27-30,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through April 6
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“Brava Artist In Residence and Izzy award-winning choreographer, Shakiri, brings an innovative, original work for the stage to the Brava Theater.  Adapted from her novel of the same name, Shakiri showcases her skills as a storyteller and as a visual artist as she and the handmade life-sized figures that she created to populate the stage bring Lottie’s Ghosts to life.
In the play - set amid the backdrop of 1960s Oakland, California when the Black Panthers are active, civil rights are being sought, and the Vietnam War is in full swing - Lottie’s ancestors piggy back a ride with her dead mother, clamor to be heard and, as a result, wreak havoc on Lottie’s life.  In the safety of her sub-basement, she secretly paints them into existence. When Lottie’s adoptive son gets into trouble, she is forced to let go of her quiet demeanor, the unassuming library lady she’s become, and act.  In the process, her greatest fear is revealed.

Goldie and Izzie Award winner Shakiri has been a performer and choreographer in the San Francisco Bay Area for over thirty years. Shakiri is a member of the internationally acclaimed Zaccho Dance Theater Company and has performed with them throughout the United States and abroad since 1988. She has written, directed, and choreographed several dance and theater pieces for her company Shakiri/Rootworker. Known for confronting controversial issues, her work has toured in Black Choreographer's and been listed on the Best Ten List of the year by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Shakiri is recognized for her role as Nutcracker in the highly acclaimed and long-running, Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie. She trained with and was a member of Ed Mock's dance company.  Shakiri has developed a dance/theater piece titled DEAR LOIS inspired by letters written to her mother during WWII and has exhibited paintings at the Kuumba Art Gallery in Sacramento. As an arts educator, Shakiri takes tremendous pride in having introduced several hundred children to the world of dance and theater.”

Bread and Circuses
Thursday-Sunday, March 27-30,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
playing through April 6
Thursday-Friday previews pay what you can,
Regular performances $20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Bread and Circuses is a cavalcade of brutal and bloody new short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights working today. Curated by Steve Yockey (The Fisherman’s Wife) and directed by Desdemona Chiang (Ching Chong Chinaman; Crevice), Bread and Circuses explores violence as entertainment, featuring new work by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee; American Psycho: the Musical), Prince Gomolvilas (Jukebox Stories), Declan Greene (8GB of Hardcore Pornography), Lauren Gunderson (Toil and Trouble), Dave Holstein (Weeds), JC Lee (HBO's Looking; Into the Clear Blue Sky), Ross Maxwell (Glee), Lauren Yee (Ching Chong Chinaman; Crevice), and Yockey.

Featuring Sarah Coykendall, Michael Delaney, Dana Featherby, Maro Guevara, Eric Kerr, and Maria Giere Marquis.”

Nature and Soul Retreat for Vernal Equinox
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, March 28, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
see website for registration details

“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.

The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.

No previous experience is necessary.

Spring represents renewal, hope, new life, new ideas, and new intentions.  On this particular retreat we will energetically and symbolically plant fresh intentions for the year to come, utilizing inner visioning, nature altars and invitations to the natural world for inspiration.

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.”

Garden Love Day
with Frieda Kipar Bay of Taproot Medicine
Friday, March 28, 10:00AM-1:00PM
private land in Sebastopol, address given upon RSVP
Free, please RSVP to info@taprootmedicine.org

“The herb garden is starting to really take shape, and the mugwort, agrimony, tobacco, and goji berry bush are popping after the rain, among many others.   There's compost to turn, seedlings to transplant, and seeds to sow.  If you are looking to learn more about growing herbs, permaculture gardening, or just need to get out of the city and get dirty, please come with your own gloves and snacks.  Kids are welcome, rain cancels.  We'll make sure everyone gets dirty and learns a new plant, and its likely you will be surrounded by other herbalistas and plant geeks.”

International Dance Anywhere Day
Friday, March 28, 12:00PM
see website for local events

“What if there was a public celebration of dance everywhere, around the world, simultaneously? What if, in one moment, the whole world started dancing?

Everyone is invited!

Dance Anywhere is a simultaneous worldwide public art performance and we want YOU to join us! For the past 9 years, people of all ages and artistic capacities have made dances in parks, museums, street corners, schools, work places, community centers, offices, and just about anywhere you can imagine. Participants have been professional dancers and artists, plumbers, doctors, soccer players, teachers and politicians. Some dances are choreographed, some are improvised, and some stretch the definition of what dance is.

We hope you will participate on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Noon PST for the 10th year of dance anywhere!

Where will you be?
At work? Taking a lunch break? In class? Running an errand? In line at the bank? The library? The grocery store? Walking the dog in the park? Perfect! Your participation doesn't need to be an event you plan months in advance! Tap your foot, do a little jig, bob your head... You have our permission. And you will be joined by thousands around the world. Get together with your friends, family, colleagues or strangers on the street - wherever you will be - and have some fun!”

Dreams and Astrology at a Time of a Grand Cross
with Greg Bogart, Ph.D., MFT
Friday, March 28, 3:00-6:00PM
Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Greg Bogart will continue his fascinating exploration of how planetary archetypes manifest in waking life and in dreams. Please bring a recent dream and your natal chart. Greg will offer insightful comments on the current stressors and challenges in your chart, and how to work with them. He will also discuss the unusual astrological phenomenon, a grand cross of Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars, which takes place between April and July of this year, and its possible effects on us individually and collectively.

Greg Bogart, Ph.D., MFT. is a psychotherapist in the East Bay who has taught and practiced astrology professionally for more than 30 years. Author of Planets in Therapy: Predictive Technique and the Art of Counseling (Ibis Press, 2012) and Dreamwork and Self-Healing.”

Goddess of the Month: Artemis
with Phoenix LeFae
Friday, March 28, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

“Goddess for March: Artemis

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

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

Come run with Artemis great huntress and protector. This Goddess of the Month gathering we will meet the bear maiden, aim with our arrows of discernment, and learn what it is to be of oneself.

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

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

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, March 28, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

Equinox of the Divine Creatrix
presented by The Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe of CAYA Coven
Friday, March 28, 7:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$20 donation requested
Clothing is optional, this ritual is for self-identified women

“Important Note: We will be using incense during this ritual.  

Long have the works and arts created lovingly by the hands of women, been devalued and underrated. Tasks classified as ‘women’s work’ are brushed aside and not seen for the craftsmanship that they require. Works created in the more traditionally accepted fields of the arts considered lesser. But the tides are changing and through supporting one another’s inherent power and mastery, it will become the reality of now. Summer approaches - what better time for starting new projects and arts!
Come and celebrate the beauty, talent and inspiration of the Divine Creatrix within you! We will honor Athena, Greek goddess of crafting, skill, and the domestic arts among her many domains. We will ask her blessing on our own divine creations for the year. Together we will shape the avatars of our divine power to inspire us in all our creative endeavors.
Whether you paint, knit, sew, spin, sculpt, write, draw, collage, blacksmith, sing, dance, blow glass, garden... or are just looking for a little more creativity in your life, be welcome sister!

What to bring to ritual?
Women are encouraged to bring the tools of their creativity, as well as any other items, to be blessed on the altar. (Pens, notebooks, knitting needles, crochet hooks, pliers, etc)

For all Goddess Sabbats, please bring a blanket (any kind of blanket is OK) to sit on or wrap yourself in whether or not you plan to disrobe. You never know when the mood to enjoy the nakedness may strike!

Terra’s Temple may not have a reliable source of chairs. If you have need to sit in a chair during ritual please bring your own folding chair or camp chair.

Other optional items include: drums, rattles, shakers.

This is a new location and space for us, we look forward to seeing you there!”

Women on the Move: A Benefit Concert for Grrrl Brigade
featuring performances by Holly Near, Gina Breedlove, Dance Brigade, Grrrl Brigade, and more!
Friday, March 28, Lobby opens at 7:00PM for Silent Auction, Show at 8:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Adults $22-$30, Children under 10 $15

“Holly Near and Gina Breedlove join creative forces to support the growth and future of our youth through art and social change.

Respected around the world for her music and activism, Holly Near's joy and passion inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit.

A warrior for the open heart, Gina Breedlove's signature Folksoul sound defies and redefines genre through a coalescence of rhythm and blues with storytelling cadences of folk and gospel that deeply empowers audiences.

Together with Dance Brigade and Grrrl Brigade, they present Women on the Move, a benefit for Dance Brigade's youth company Grrrl Brigade, which includes a silent auction and raffle. Join us as we celebrate the vitality of women and youth in the arts!”

Pagan Movie Night: Orfeu Negro
presented by Community Seed
and SubRosa Cafe
Friday, March 28, 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:
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Friday, April 25
Sorceress, Friday, May 16

Doors at 7:30PM, Showtime 8:00PM.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, March 28, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

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

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

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

Vintage Invasion
Friday, March 28, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

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

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

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

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

Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference
Friday-Sunday, March 28-30
CIIS Main Building, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference 2014
Shadow and Ground: Light, Darkness and That Which Holds Them Both

This annual, cutting-edge conference hosts leading therapists and teachers who are exploring the confluence of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. How does psychotherapy change when therapists and clients awaken to and embody their true nature as open, lucid awareness that is essentially not separate from the whole of life? The theme of this year's conference is light, darkness, and That which holds them both. Together we will explore skillfully working with psychological shadow material as a way of deepening our experience of the Ground of Being.

About the Conference
Nonduality derives from the Sanskrit word Advaita, which means ‘not-two,’ referring to the fundamental consciousness that underlies the apparent distinction between perceiver and perceived. From the nondual perspective, the split between self and other is a purely mental construct. This understanding, rooted in the direct experience of countless sages through millennia, is at the heart of Hindu Vedanta, Judaism, Islam, and many schools of Buddhism, Taoism, and mystical Christianity. Nonduality points to ‘That’ which is before and beyond the projections of a separative, self-reflexive mind. As nondual awareness emerges in the West in both therapists and clients, the practical and theoretical implications for psychotherapy are far-reaching.

History of the Conference
The first Conference on Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy was held in 1998 at the Mt. Madonna Center in Watsonville, California, and was hosted by The Center For Timeless Wisdom, a non-profit organization established by Peter Fenner, Ph.D. Subsequent conferences have been held annually since 2000 in the San Francisco Bay Area including ones hosted by the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, and California Institute of Integral Studies.

Who can Attend?
Anyone is welcome to attend. While the conference presentations are geared towards the theory and practice of psychotherapy and are available to be taken for continuing education units, they are accessible to the interested public. Many graduate students and psychology interns attend along with licensed psychotherapists. Clergy, bodyworkers, and studen
ts of nondual teachings will also find the presentations of special interest.”

Le Week-End
film screening
Friday-Sunday, March 28-30,
Friday 7:30PM, Saturday 5:00PM and 7:30PM, Sunday 2:00PM and 5:00PM
The Magick Lantern, 125 Park Place, Point Richmond, 510-234-1404
regular showings $7, Sunday 2:00PM matinee $5

“After The Mother and Venus, this is the third collaboration between Notting Hill director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi. It’s their strongest yet, and once again they offer a late-life dash for love and happiness. Le Week-End tells of Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), a married couple who head to Paris for a break, but find themselves facing up to personal and professional ennui. It’s lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan. It deals head-on with its sad-faced subject without leaning on sentimentality or misery, or offering easy answers. Michell and Kureishi insert a winning dose of magic into the realism in the form of Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), a wealthy old friend that the couple bump into. The meeting inspires an awkward, near-surreal dinner-party scene and allows Michell to close the film with an uplifting nod to Godard’s Bande a Part. Delightful.”

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma
presented by Virago Theatre
Friday-Sunday, March 28-30,
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Charles Busch's outrageous comedy tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose rivalry as bloodsuckers and actresses endures over two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas! Paired with the groovy psychedelic romp Coma/Sleeping Beauty, this show is a must-see!

​Opening Saturday March 29th with Vampire Cocktails!

Come in drag to any show and get a free drink!
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom t-shirts available for purchase
Closing Night Bash with music, drinks and food immediately following the show.”

SWAN Day: Support Women Artists Now
Saturday, March 29
see website for events

“Join Us for the Seventh International Support Women Artists Now Day!

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Be a part of SWAN Day by creating or participating in a local event or online activity that celebrates women artists!

The official date of the Seventh International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 29, 2014, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.”

Organic Gardening 101
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday, March 29, 10:00AM-4:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $50-$85

“This day long course will introduce you to the essentials and foolproof basics of organic gardening. In the first part of the day we'll learn about dirt, including soil types, tilling and amending, options for composting and sheet mulching, cover crops and more. In the second half of the class we will focus on plants: seeds and starts, sun and shade, water, weeds and garden planning. There will be lots to touch and feel, garden tour, and break out exercises including hands-on work in the garden. Bring your questions and get your hands dirty! This class is for beginning gardeners and those wanting to learn more about organic perspectives and techniques.”

Spring Fling at Filoli
Saturday, March 29, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
Adults $25, children 5-17 $5, 4 and younger free
reservations can be made at the website below:

“Bring the Entire Family for Fun
This is a family event, that will delight children and adults alike.

Andy Z will engage young and old with his family-friendly music, accompanied by the Queen Bee Dancers. Randall Metz’s puppets will perform Grampa Bunny’s Egg-citing Day and Heather Rogers’ magical act will captivate and surprise. Sterling Johnson, the Bubblesmith, returns to amaze with bubbles large and small.

San Francisco Zoo Mobile
The San Francisco Zoo will visit with the ZooMobile.

The San Francisco Zoo will present a number of animals from their ZooMobile for families to meet and interact with. The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley will bring some beautiful rescue birds for all to enjoy as they explain how we can make a difference in promoting cohabitation between wild creatures and humans. Our very own Lady Bug can be found amongst the beautiful flowers of the Garden and a guest scientist will explain the life cycle of pollywogs in the pond.

Filoli volunteers will be demonstrating how they create the stunning floral displays seen throughout the House. Children ages 3-12 can show their creativity by making crafts. Children ages 4-12 can test their green thumbs by potting a spring plant in a pot they have hand-decorated to take home. They can also enjoy storytelling and face painting.

Filoli’s Nature Education Docents will be celebrating 30 years of leading hikes and awakening the love of nature. They will be on hand to answer questions about the plants, trees and flowers on the estate. Weather permitting, tours of the Gentlemen’s Orchard will be available and there will be the rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes peek at the Filoli Greenhouses.

Boxed lunches can be enjoyed on the tennis court accompanied by Amigos Music. The boxed lunches must be ordered and purchased in advance. You may prefer to sample the tempting refreshments at the Filoli Cafe or at our cookie and lemonade stand. Complimentary popcorn will be available as well as samplings of Filoli honey, herb mixes and vinegars, all available for sale in the Garden and Gift Shop Courtyard. A large selection of treasures and tasty treats will be available in the Shop. There will be an art exhibit in the Visitor and Education Center featuring works by our instructors and their students.

Please make your reservations as soon as possible, beginning Monday, February 24, 2014, as space is limited. You may purchase tickets online or by calling 650-364-8300, extension 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00AM-4:00PM.”

Safe and Effective Detoxification
with Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born
Saturday, March 29, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Join Dr. Jones-Born for a casual, yet informative talk on detox!

Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born will spend an hour discussing the process of detoxification as well as safe and effective ways to promote this process in the body.  Julie's will serve a sample of tonic tea and there will be plenty of take-home messages to start applying in your daily life right away.  She will also make time available for lots of Q and A.   
Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born is a licensed naturopathic physician in California and is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc. is the prime location in Alameda, CA for integrative medical care for patients of all ages and genders, for acute and chronic conditions.”

Sea Music Concert
with Tom Goux
Saturday, March 29, 12:00-1:30PM
on board the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Tom Goux, singer, multi-instrumentalist, oceanographer and educator will be visiting the Bay Area and will be performing a sea music concert aboard the Balclutha on Saturday, March 29, noon to 1:30PM. Ships’ admission fees apply; $5 adults, ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes. No reservations. Purchase boarding passes from ticket booth, located halfway along Hyde Street Pier.
Tom Goux brings a dittie bag full of songs and poetry, traditional and contemporary, of the Yankee maritime heritage. Accompaniment will include concertina, tin whistle, guitar and ukulele. Collecting and presenting this material for over four decades, he has performed for concert, festival, seminar and workshop audiences from Vineyard Sound to Puget Sound. He has also performed at maritime music festivals in the Netherlands and Poland.”

Holi Festival
Saturday, March 29, 12:30-2:00PM
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Rain or Shine! What better way to celebrate Spring’s abundant colors than with a shower of pigmented powder? Come rejoice at our Holi Festival,  a Hindu tradition that marks the arrival of Spring by sharing  joy, community, and vibrant colors. Get the chance to throw gulual, the holy colored powder, and dance to  bhangra beats.

Please arrive by 12:30PM to watch a mesmerizing and colorful Odissi Dance by Shakti Bhakti Ensemble, followed by throwing of the powder in our back patio (note: we will be passing out powder promptly at 1:00PM).

Wearing all white (that you don’t mind getting stained) is highly encouraged.

Tickets are available for purchase now at the MAH Front Desk. The MAH is not responsible for stolen or lost tickets. There’s a limited number of tickets available, please purchase them in advance.

Please note the the holi powder, gulual is made from eco-friendly natural materials made from rice flour and natural dyes. We do not recommend this event for very young children or anyone with asthma.

Tips for Optimizing Your Holi Experience:
Wear all white that you don’t mind getting stained.
Protect your eyes, mouth and nose with a bandana and sunglasses.
Be sure to get here by 1:00PM
If you don’t want to participate you can watch the colorful show from our rooftop sculpture garden.

Your clothes will be covered in multiple colors of holi powder. Some may find it useful to bring a change of clothes and a trash bag to carry your colored clothes to prevent a colorful mess in the car.

Clean up: before jumping in the shower, remove as much dry holi powder as possible before washing off. Before washing your clothes vigorously, shake them out before washing and wash them separately from your other clothes.”

San Francisco International Women's Film Festival
Closing Day Celebration, Awards Reception and Global Panorama Shorts Program
Saturday, March 29, Reception 1:00PM, Shorts Program 2:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Reception and Shorts Program $20, Shorts Program only $12

“SFIWFF 2014 Unveils 2014 LINEUP of Fiercely Independent Films to Commemorate Women’s History Month. Now in its 9th year, the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival (SFIWFF) will showcase a plethora of exciting and diverse films directed, written and produced by women. Be it quirky or provocative, there’s one for every mood and everybody in the program! SFIWFF 2014 will showcase shorts from around the globe, and celebrate innovative women in film and new media.

Saturday, March 29, 1:00PM: SFIWFF 2014 will host an awards reception celebrating the achievements of SF Bay Area Women in Film, Television and the Media. Honorees include: Jan Wahl (San Francisco's favorite movie reviewer and film historian), Tiffany Shlain (Honored by Newsweek as one of the Women Shaping the 21st Century), Sally Jo Fifer (Independent Television Service President and CEO) and many more guests! Mix and mingle with filmmakers, film industry guests and filmgoers. Enjoy complimentary wine and culinary bites while supplies last.  Admission: $20. The price includes admission to the Awards Reception and Global Panorama Shorts Program.

Saturday, March 29, 2:00PM: Following the reception, SFIWFF Global Panorama Shorts Program will screen at 2:00PM at the BRAVA Theater Center in San Francisco. Go around the world in one sitting with a selection of this year’s best indie shorts by women from Malaysia, Australia, France, United Kingdom, and the US. A filmmaker Q and A follows.”

Lighten Up About Getting Older Playshop
with Annie Goglia
presented by LifeFire Workshops and Coaching
Saturday, March 29, 1:00-4:30PM
InterPlayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
$49 in advance, day of workshop: $59-$75
For more information or to register, please contact Annie Goglia at 510-282-1279

“Be Honest...
Do you worry about growing older and all that comes with it?
Do you ask yourself questions like:
Will I be healthy? Attractive?
How do I take care of myself and my aging relatives?
Will I have enough money?
And what's happening to my body and memory? YIKES!
Help is here!
Join us for this playful workshop where we will explore these life changes with a sense of humor, compassion and adventure!
We will learn fun and useful tools to help embrace aging through:
Laughter Yoga
Deep Breathing/Meditation
InterPlay/Healing Movement
And more!
Come Laugh, Heal, Move and Transform!
Led by Annie Goglia, Laughter Yoga Teacher, InterPlay Leader, Life Coach
and Amos Lans, Teacher for 20 years, Laughter Yoga Leader and experienced InterPlayer”

Nowruz Celebration
presented by Silk Road House
Saturday, March 29, 1:00-5:00PM
The Hillside Club of North Berkeley, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$25 in advance, $35 at the door - may sell, out

“The Silk Road House is delighted to invite you to the annual celebration of the Navruz (Nawruz, Nauryz, Norooz) Spring Holiday! Nauryz holiday transcends religious, ethnic, linguistic and national divisions and brings people together.  
The event will take place at the Hillside Club of North Berkeley located at 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709.
Silk Road House will provide food, beverages, fruits, as well as plates, cups, utensils, etc.
Please purchase tickets online and have them with you at the entrance to the venue.
The online tickets are $25 per person.

Children and young people up to 18 years old can enter the event free of charge, but their parents or guardians are asked to purchase $0 tickets online and ensure they have their tickets at the entry.

For those of you who are not able to commit to come or not able to make online transactions - the tickets will be available at the door for a higher price, $35 per person.
Finally, those of you who wish to volunteer to help with setup and clean up activities, to bring food (serving size should be for 8-10 people) or offer a concert performance may enter the venue free of charge.

We will need up to ten volunteers from 12:00-1:00PM on March 29th to set tables and chairs and from 5:00-6:00PM to clean up the place.

Those who wish to to bring popular Central Asian dishes such as nauryz kozhe, sumalak, varied pilafs, kuyrdaks, baursaks, beliashi, chebureki, samsa, pirogi, chak-chak and others are kindly asked to make portions which will serve about 8-10 people.

The Hillside Club has a stage with a grand piano and microphones. Anyone with musical, dance, storytelling or other talent is welcome to participate in the concert program.

All volunteers, please purchase $0 tickets online and contact us as soon as possible so we can take you into account and make appropriate arrangements.
Any other donations for the support of ongoing Silk Road House activities would be gratefully accepted (cash or checks issued to the name of SRH). Contributions will be also collected at the entrance of the Hillside Club on March 29th .
Residential area street parking.
Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Farm to Feast
with Joel Salatin
Saturday, March 29, 1:30-9:00PM
Campus Center, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino
Afternoon $45, Evening $35, All Day $70

“Farm to Feast: A Saturday with Joel Salatin, American farmer, lecturer, author and featured in documentary films, Food, Inc. and Fresh.

1:30-4:30PM: Creating a Vibrant Local-Centric Food System
Analyzing the six foodscape components of production, processing, distributing, accounting,
marketing, and buying, Salatin walks us through the essentials of building a fully integrated,
functional local food system. This wide-ranging discussion tackles hurdles head-on leaving
us empowered and enthusiastic about the integrity food movement. For professionals and
foodies alike.

5:00-6:00PM: VIP Reception with Joel Salatin (limited tickets available)

6:00-9:00PM: Return to a romantic dining partner of culture, agriculture and food with integrity!
Although eating is arguably one of the most intimate things we humans do, through the last
decades we have lost our dinner dance partner. Culinary skills and local food connections
have been replaced with unpronounceable labels and bar codes. Intuitively, we know we
should know more about what we’re eating, but we are hurried, harried and hampered. With
humorous stories and hard-hitting truth, Salatin will woo you into a renewed romance with
integrity food and the investment it requires.”

South Bay Circles Ostara
Saturday, March 29, 2:00PM
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E Charleston Road, Palo Alto
$5-$10 suggested donation

“Ostara will be March 29, gather at 2:00PM, ritual at 2:30PM, at the UU Church in Palo Alto.
Presented by: Cesar & Odin and Friends.

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.

Though we are technically indoors, if the weather cooperates we'll still be presenting the ritual outdoors next to the Fireside Room.

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 guidelines 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 June, 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.”

Star Gazing and Sleepover
Saturday, March 29, 6:00PM-Sunday, March 30, 9:00AM
Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
$22 per person Star Gazing only, $35 per person Star Gazing and Sleepover

“Blast off into hands-on fun with an evening of crafts and star gazing through high powered telescopes or stay all night and sleep over at the Museum! Make your own star light jar, portable planetarium, and galactic goo. Those daring enough to sleep over will make their own astronaut snack before bedding down to await what happens in the Museum at night. Dinner and continental breakfast included.

This event is intended for families and scout troops. All children attending the Museum sleepover must be accompanied by an adult. We require a ratio of at least one adult to every five children. We do not allow children without adults or adults without children.”

Spring Pizza Party at the Oasis
with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Saturday, March 29, 6:30PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
Free, please RSVP to Miguel at 707-320-3609

“We have built a new roof awning over the Horus Cob Oven by the pool to protect it from the rain and to offer shade.  Come celebrate Spring and the New Moon with the community here.

Please bring a favorite topping for pizza. Gluten and dairy free will be offered.  Bring a music instrument to play around the fire, as this is the night of the New Moon.

Please RSVP by calling Miguel at 707-320-3609 so we know many to cook for.  A tour of the property and some of the new additions will be offered.”

Writers With Drinks
Saturday, March 29, 7:00-9:00PM
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
$10-$20, no-one turned away for lack of funds

“Writers With Drinks combines erotica with literature, stand-up comedy with science fiction and poetry with essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and ‘other’.

This month’s writers:
Janet Mock (Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More)
Ayelet Waldman (Love and Treasure)
Annalee Newitz (Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How to Survive a Mass Extinction)
Marga Gomez (Love Birds)
Marie Brennan (A Natural History of Dragons)

All proceeds benefit the Transgender Law Center and the Center for Sex and Culture.”

Throckmorton Theatre Anniversary Bash
A Benefit for Throckmorton Theatre
Saturday, March 29, 7:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$150 Show, $60 Dinner
(you have the option of choosing dinner and show or show only)
“The Anniversary Bash! Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Throckmorton Theatre and the 100th anniversary of our historic building at our March 29 Anniversary Bash benefit!
Your Bash tickets include an evening of unforgettable entertainment, a chance to bid on some unique auction items, cocktails, wine and dessert. Revelers can begin the evening with a celebratory dinner before the Bash at one of our anniversary partner restaurants, Beerworks, Bungalow 44, La Ginestra, Piazza D’Angelo or Vasco. Bash and Dinner tickets sold separately.
All Anniversary Bash proceeds go to continuing the Throckmorton Theatre’s legacy.
Mill Valley’s Throckmorton Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of our historic building.  The theatre began serving as the center of Mill Valley’s cultural life 100 years ago. In 1914, residents flocked by candlelight to see Charlie Chaplin and his contemporaries performing live, as well as in silent films. Over the decades, the theatre provided a broad range of entertainment and community services. But by 1999, the faded theatre was shuttered.
To Lucy Mercer, founder and executive director of the Throckmorton Theatre, the bones of the theatre echoed the town’s history as a magnet and incubator for artistic excellence. Over the next four years, she oversaw the building's loving restoration while gradually developing a diverse repertoire of creative programming for the official 2004 opening of the Throckmorton Theatre.
Now in its 10th anniversary year, the Throckmorton Theatre serves over 50,000 people annually a steady diet of superstars and emerging talent in comedy, music, theatre, film and fine arts, as well as top quality educational programming for all ages.  We look forward to continuing this legacy of keeping our community on the cutting edge of artistic development.”

a Peace Productions event
Saturday March 29, 7:30PM
Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Avenue, Oakland

“Come and be dazzled by performance art and dance that is raw, meditative, edgy, interactive, prayerful, and downright spunky!

With our wonderful guest artists: e Bast, Elizabeth Moriarty and Taya Shere

The evening will unfold with sacred interactive theater led by Veenaa Saynana Laughing Dolphin.

There will be intimacy games designed to open the heart and deepen your connection with self and others.

Four amazing and powerful women, Athena Marie, Alicia Montgomery, Petra Wehle and Selene Steese, will showcase their creative talents, as a culmination of an 8 week course, ‘Sacred Burlesque - The Art of Prayerformance’ in which they were taught shamanic practices, stagecraft, improvisation, dance art and specific body practices designed to master personal sexuality, led by Veenaa Saynana.

We invite your support for Veenaa Saynana's book ‘The Magadalene Letters - Flame of Ascension’ and her global outreach to teach material from the book. The goal is to reach $10,000 to cover publishing costs, travel expenses to launch and market the book to spread the deep love, knowledge and wisdom of the book.

Veenaa channeled this book while climbing sacred mountains and portals all through the Pacific Northwest, from Salt Spring Island to Tucson, Arizona, with her partner, Jalquin Shael.

Your support is invited with this- your love and financial contributions are most welcome and dearly appreciated. You can send your contributions to Peace Productions, a 501 (c) 3 organization at http://www.peaceproduction.org/give-peace-a-chance-donate.html

Refreshments will be available, by donation.”

Ya Elah In Concert
Saturday, March 29, 7:30PM
Oakland Hills location, address given upon RSVP
sliding scale $25-$35

If you are not able to physically attend, for $5 only, you may view online with live streaming at:

“Equal parts musical fireworks/healing ritual/rollicking good time, Ya Elah sparkles with the influence of Bulgarian village songs and Middle Eastern melodies.

The musicians (voices, harp, percussion) have background in cantorial, classical, ethnic, folk and jazz styles. Composer, arranger and singer with Kitka for 14 years, Bon Singer is recognized as one the premiere directors of Balkan music in the US.

Ya Elah is Bon Singer, Erica Hockette, Evelie Posch, Jeannette Ferber with Diana Rowan on harp and John Waller on percussion.”

R. Carlos Nakai In Concert
with Will Clipman
Saturday, March 29, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$21 in advance, $23 at the door

“Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He has recorded more than 35 albums, earned eight Grammy nominations, collaborated with such artists as Phillip Glass, Martha Graham, Paul Horn, and Tibetan flautist Nawang Khechog, and sold over four million albums. Percussionist Will Clipman plays more than a hundred instruments, including frame drum, rattles, cajon, berimbau, Tibetan bowls, Balinese anklun, and bongos, and has earned six Grammy nominations himself, including one for his solo album, Pathfinder. The music that these two make together is elemental, full of earth, sky, fire, and water. What does that mean? It means that the music sounds and feels like a direct connection to the natural world. No office buildings, no cubicles, no wall-to-wall carpet, no acoustic ceiling - just that earthly and ethereal flute roaming where it will, questioning, imploring, with an undercurrent of percussion entering the musical conversation now and then.

Carlos was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure. His musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it. As an artist, he is an adventurer and risk taker, always giving his musical imagination free rein. ‘Our primary importance as musicians is trying to tell people that history can’t be changed, but the future can be,’ he says. ‘Personally, I feel I should try to contribute something that would encourage people to change, to become more positive about our situation, to reorganize and reorient ourselves together instead of continuing to build walls.’ Sometimes you have to stop and smell the flower in the desert, listen to the flute and the drum. So stop. Listen. Breathe. Exult.”

Snowapple In Concert
Saturday, March 29, 8:00PM
Wisteria Ways, 383 61st Street, Oakland
sliding scale $15-$20 cash only at the door
ALL funds go to the musicians
For more information, please e-mail info@WisteriaWays.org

“Three girls from Amsterdam who sing sweet harmonies and also play a large number of instruments - they are Una Bergin, Laurien Schreuder and Fanny de Ruiter, aka Snowapple.

The girls all had musical careers before they joined forces: Laurien has an international career as an opera singer and also performed at many big festivals and stages like Glastonbury and Vive Latino with Gipsy Punk band Polka Madre. Una, is a jazz singer with worldly influences, she joined different bands both in the Netherlands and France and sang on stages as Bimhuis Amsterdam. Fanny is a classically trained singer/composer, at a young age she wrote her first composition performed in the main hall of Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Besides her classical interest she likes chansons and sang Balkan music with the band Amariszi. Singing old folk songs in three part harmony round Laurien's kitchen table. That's how it started. But Laurien also plays guitar, so she soon got it out of its case. And before too long, Una had bought a mandolin and Fanny had remembered that she could play the violin. One song after another was composed and collectively arranged, whereby the arsenal of instruments grew to include banjo, glockenspiel and accordion. The first incarnation of Snowapple as a multi-instrumental singing spectacle was a fact.

The house opens 30 minutes before the performance. Please leave extra time for parking, etc.

Reservations - preferred method is e-mail: info@wisteriaways.org. Though as a back-up, call 510-655-2771.

Donations are cash only (please no checks) taken at the door. No advance payment.
Bathroom space is limited. Please arrive early to use facilities as this reduces the line at break time.

It is critical that you make a reservation as seating is limited. Arrive early to obtain the best seats.

Just bring yourself and your donation.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early to claim your reservation and find the best seats.”

Kirtan with Astrud and the Cosmic Caravan
Saturday, March 29, 8:00-10:00PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, 707-792-5300

“Astrud Castillo is inspired by the practice of Nada Yoga, the deep inner listening and exploration of the unstuck sound. From this exploration, the inner and outer vibration and expression of Kirtan arises. Astrud brings with her a host of talented musicians from the Bay Area with whom she is honored to play. The band is caravan of Bhakti Yogis who love to sing in the key of ‘We’.

They create a sage and playful space in which hearts can begin to unfold like the lotus emerging from the mud. Kirtan is a way to express gratitude and joy, pain and sorrow and celebrate the gods and goddesses in all their forms. It is through the devotional practice of call and response, and repeating their names, that our hearts awaken and our barriers dissolve. Through this, Kirtan enables us to experience wholeness and union, Yoga.”

Earth Hour
Saturday, March 29, 8:30-9:30PM

People all over the world will be showing their concern for conserving energy resources by switching off the lights from 8:30-9:30PM, their own local time.  It’s a great excuse to light some candles!

Every Direction Live!
a benefit for Lyon-Martin Health Services
Saturday, March 29, 9:00PM
El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco
sliding scale $5-$20

“Join the Bay’s favorite boi band Every Direction for a feel-good night of drag, dancing, and boi band flare - all in support of queer health!

Bring your friends! Bring your mom!

Lyon-Martin Health Services provides excellent health care to women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment, with sensitivity to sexual orientation and gender identity; all services are regardless of ability to pay.

Every Direction is an Oakland-based queer boi band/drag group covering One Direction. Featured with the Rebel Kings and making their San Francisco debut, these bois will surely steal your heart, bringing something upbeat, silly, somewhat wholesome, and just ridiculously cute to the queer community.”

Battle Sail: Redwood City
aboard ships visiting from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport
Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30, 12:00-3:00PM
Seaport Boulevard and Seaport Court, Redwood City

“Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of 8 or more automatically receive a 15% per ticket discount when they buy online.”

CircoMorph: The Primordial Circus
Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30,
Saturday 4:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 1:00PM and 5:00PM
Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street, Oakland
$25 in advance, $35 at the door

“CircoMorph: The Primordial Circus!
Featuring the Circus Spire Youth Troupe; Directed and Conceived by Jaron A. Hollander.

CircoMorph: The Primordial Circus! is a circus show based in the concept that one atmospheric change can morph a world into a sprawling environment not imagined before.   

CircoMorph: The Primordial Circus! pulls audiences along for a ride as one action morphs into another and then takes over the space and grows into something else all, as usual, through beautiful aerial acts, bouncy juggling, tricky clowns and stunning acrobats.  

CircoMorph: The Primordial Circus! is everything you've come to expect in a Circus Spire Youth Troupe production - unmatched circus skills, unique European-based performance style and high on the ‘WOW' meter.  Now in its fifth season, Circus Spire just keeps getting better and better each year!  Circus Spire and Kinetic Arts Center is at the center of the exciting and dramatic contemporary circus movement in the East Bay.  CircoMorph: The Primordial Circus is this year's new circus production from the creative circus team at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland.”

Hands-On Dye Class
Sunday, March 30, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Windrush Farm, 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma

“In this in-depth hands-on dye class, you will learn how to mordant, dye with natural and plant dyes, and in the afternoon how to space, vat, steam and hand paint with commercial dyes.

The dye class is geared towards the serious dyer for cloth as well as yarn. You will learn how to mordant your materials and how to find and use natural dyes. With the commercial dyes you will learn a variety of techniques to get different results.

Windrush farm is nestled in the rolling hills of Chileno Valley in West Marin, just west of Petaluma.  It is a MALT featured farm, where Mimi Luebbermann raises sheep that create the best fleeces for hand spinners.”

Help Make Adobe Bricks
with with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Sunday, March 30, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Andy Lopez Memorial Park, corner of Moorland and Los Robles, Santa Rosa

“We will be working with the local community and friends of Andy to make as many adobe bricks as we can that day to make a memorial bench at the site where Andy lost his life.  The bricks will take 3 weeks to dry and then the bench will be made once logistics are sorted out.  We will also be building a cob/adobe sign for the park on that day as well.  

Please bring food to share. This is the first time adobe bricks have been made on public land in Santa Rosa since the 1800s, and hopefully it will help set a precedent for other adobe brick projects, especially in Latino neighborhoods where this is part of their cultural tradition.”

Sustainable (R)evolution Book Launch and Skill Share Party
Sunday, March 30, 10:00AM-11:00PM
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

“This is a FREE and kid-friendly event!

Come one, come all to celebrate the release of our brand new book, Sustainable (R)evolution, with a full day of free permaculture workshops, followed by evening festivities and a special presentation by me and Juliana at 6:00PM. Feel free to come for any part or all of the day's activities.
Please RSVP and get updates by visiting our Facebook page and click ‘going’, or if you're not on Facebook, RSVP to Louis.

Projects/Workshops start at 10:00AM and will be completed by 4:30PM (with enough time to clean up). Come for the full day or drop in anytime, but please bring an organic veggie for the stone soup. For more info or to reserve a spot for a specific workshop, email PLACE.

10:00AM-5:00PM: Free Permaculture Project Workshops
Come learn hands-on, how to make:
A vertical garden
A cob bench
Movable pallet planter
Lawn-to-garden installation
Container roof top garden                            

5:00PM: Let's Eat!
We'll be serving fine vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, but we're also cooking a hearty organic ‘stone soup’. So if you're coming to the workshops during the day, please bring some organic veggies for the soup - we'll be cooking it up all day. Please bring a bowl and utensils, if you want real dinner (if you forget, PLACE can provide some).
6:00PM: Sustainable (R)Evolution Book Presentation and Slideshow
by authors Louis Fox and Juliana Birnbaum.
Come get your signed copy of Sustainable (R)evolution, and experience the permaculture movement from an inspiring global perspective!
7:30PM: Local Permaculture Presentations
Short, TEDx-style presentations by Pandora Thomas and four other local stars of the global permaculture constellation. Full list of presenters to TBA. Learn more about what's going on right here in the Bay!
8:00-11:00PM: Open Music Jam into the evening  
Come make a joyful noise! Bring an instrument or just your voice.
Stimulating drinks provided by Guayaki Yerba Mate
Weather Note:
The venue has both indoor and outdoor spaces. Bring layers for the evening outside. In the event of rain, please check the Facebook event page, as certain workshops may need to get canceled, but the events after 5:00PM will happen rain or shine.
If you want a book, you can order here or just come and buy one at the party (no shipping!)”

Sonic Alchemy
with Sharon Knight
Sunday, March 30, 2:00-5:00PM
The Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
sliding scale $35-$55

“Join Sharon in an afternoon of song, movement, sound, and drumming to shift what’s stuck and rekindle a sense of enchantment in your life.

Sonic Alchemy is a process of transformation using music as the catalyst. We start with the premise that, like a musical instrument, we can go ‘out of tune’. When we do, we lose our sense of connection and purpose, and life loses its glimmer. Sonic Alchemy rekindles our song, that we may regain a sense of harmony  and magic in our lives.

In this workshop we will sing, drum, dance, and work with bells and Acutonics tuning forks to give ourselves a music-driven energy tune-up to reinvigorate and refresh ourselves.”

Blessing the Heart of the Wild
with Talia Rose and her Emerald Fire Harp  
Sponsored by LoveJourney
Sunday, March 30, 3:00-5:30PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 children 12 and under

“Opening the Doorway to the Mystery of the Ancient Wisdom Ways into the Present
This is an initiation of the Radiant Power of the Heart via Song/Sound/Guided Journey/Movement/Dance
Come and be blessed!
Be inspired!
Be nurtured!”

Kuan Yin Devotional
presented by Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Sunday, March 30, 5:00PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations accepted to pay for the space

"Devotional service to Kuan Yin led by Diana Paxson.”

Raiders Of The Lost Ark Quote-Along
presented by RetroDome
Sunday, March 30, 7:00PM, doors open at 6:30PM
Winchester 21 Theatre, 3161 Olsen Drive, San Jose
$15 in advance, $18 at the door

“It’s often said that the original is the greatest, and there can be no more vivid proof than Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first and indisputably best of the initial three Indiana Jones adventures cooked up by the dream team of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. This wildly entertaining film has it all - non-stop action, exotic locations, grand spectacle, a hero for the ages, despicable villains, a beautiful love interest, humor, horror… not to mention lots of snakes - and is the perfect way to give Century 21, the original and greatest dome-shaped theatre, a proper send-off.

Join us for a one-night-only screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, presented as an interactive quote-along by The Retro Dome as we say farewell to Century 21, Century 22, and Century 23. With programming scheduled to cease in all three of these venues at the end of March 2014, this is going to be the movie event of the season.

6:30PM: Seating begins; guests are encouraged to arrive early to queue up for desired seating 7:00PM: Welcome and Pre-show Activities

7:20PM: Showtime: Advance reservations required to ensure seating and receive a Fun Pack. Fun pack includes props to go along with the movie. Other in-movie surprises await. Costumes or themed dress always welcome.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, March 30, 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!”

PlayGround After Dark
Sunday, March 30, 7:00-11:00PM
Athletic PlayGround, 4770 San Pablo Avenue, Emeryville
$15 in advance, $20 at the door (cash only), $10 after 10:00PM

“An Evening of Performance, Open Play, Classes and Community

Join us for this very special experience at Athletic PlayGround. We’ll begin the evening with beautiful performances. Then the playing and activities begin!

7:00PM: Doors open
7:30PM: Performances
8:15-11:00PM: Open Play and Activities

Comedy Dance with Calyso and Rackus
Static Trapeze with Erin Rodriguez
AcroYoga Flow with Joey Carlin and Anna Kyshynska
Aerial Fabric with Caitlyn Kilgore
Clowning with Amelia Adams
Body of Sound with Alyssa DeCaro
Partner Acro with Erin Rodriguez and Laura Sposato
Static Trapeze with SAM Luckey

(note: some of the performances are not children friendly, youth are welcome to watch the show, but event is adults only after the show starts.)

Classes and Activities:

Savanna Room
8:00-11:00PM: Open Dancing/Open Play with DJ Ed Word Galan
+ 15 minutes massage sessions with Happy Om

Canyon Room
8:30PM: TaKeTina (Rhythm Play) with Ryan Moore
9:15PM: Contact Improv with Aaron Jessup

Canopy Room
15 minutes massage sessions with Satya Paz

All activities and classes are included in the event price.

Refreshments will include an abundance of baked goods from Arizmendi Bakery as well as other treats!”

Sha Sha Higby’s A Paper Wing
Sunday, March 30, 7:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$18 in advance, $25 at the door

“The show explores  Sha Sha’s latest work, A Paper Wing, a whimsical journey of life, death, and rebirth through ephemeral images that evoke the passage of time and day, or the shifting of the seasons. Using the manipulation of hand-crafted materials, textures, and exotic sculptural costume interwoven with glass finger puppetry, dance and intricate props, her work creates a journey in which movement and stillness meet. Shreds of memory lace into a drama of a thousand intricate pieces, slowly moving toward a sense of patience and timelessness.”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Sunday, March 30, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material.

The Herm now resides at the Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece. The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992.

Upcoming dates:
April 27
May 28
June 26
July 26
August 24
September 24
October 22
November 22
December 21

Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.”

Transgender Day of Visibility: A Celebration of Trans* Lives!
Monday, March 31, 5:00-8:00PM
San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Rainbow Room, 2nd floor,
1800 Market Street, San Francisco
Free, please RSVP

“Please join the trans* community, allies, community partners, Wells Fargo, and their PRIDE Team Member Network for the annual celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) at the San Francisco LGBT Center on March 31 from 5:00-8:00PM.

The Bay Area TDoV 2014 is a trans* community event to celebrate our accomplishments and inspire future change.  The evening will include empowering and uplifting presentations from community leaders, LYRIC, Larkin Street Youth, the Center’s Trans Employment Program (TEEI), and the Transgender Law Center.

We deserve to throw ourselves a party!* Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages will be offered, and our special guest DJ Alexndr will spin a set to transform the Rainbow Room into our own private dance hall!

RSVP to attend - you won’t want to miss this!

* TDoV is a substance-free and family friendly event.

History of TDoV
The International TDoV is an annual holiday dedicated to celebrating transgender/gender non-conforming people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded by Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourns the loss of trans* people to hate crimes, but does not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.

Events surrounding the day include protests, actions, sit-ins, poetry events, social events and a variety of other activities that emphasize the importance of trans* visibility is in our communities locally and abroad. TDoV exists to build community, celebrate what we have accomplished, and inspire future change.”

Saint Stupid’s Day Parade
Tuesday, April 1, 12:00PM
parade starts at Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market Street, San Francisco

“The 36th Annual St Stupid's Day Parade will strut its stuff yet again to honor Saint Stupid, the patron Saint of Civilizations and Parking Meters. This year’s parade will be of the sidewalk variety, through the financial district, (the weekend version is through North Beach). This DIY parade will stop at the traditional Stations of Stupid; the Federal Reserve HQ for the dead lottery ticket toss, the old Stock Exchange building for the 'Sock Exchange', the plaza of the bare-butt mechanics for the 'Leap of Faith', the Banker’s Heart sculpture for the penny offering and the traditional Free Lunch. This FREE event is open to the public to participate. Odd costumes, absurd signage, noise makers and a willfully irreverent attitude to the business of religion and the religion of business are encouraged.

Sponsored by the First Church of the Last Laugh, the world's largest church, this yearly San Francisco Rite of Spring event updates the ancient European Feast of Fools and provides photographic fodder for those who think they know what a weird city we are. Fun for the whole family.

RAIN or SHINE - and if it snows, wear a snow tire

Contact: ed holmes (bishop joey) 510-841-1898 bishopj@saintstupid.com

Lemony Snicket Comes To Alameda!
Tuesday, April 1, 6:30PM
Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, 510-747-7705

“Meet the elusive Lemony Snicket at the Alameda Main Library - be there or be culpable!

Books Inc. and the Alameda Free Library present the suspicious, mysterious, bestselling author Lemony Snicket sharing File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. Strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea and Lemony Snicket needs your help! So sharpen that wit of yours and get ready to tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket in this world of deep mystery, mysterious depth, deductive reasoning, and reasonable deductions.

Mr. Snicket will be interrogated by the delightfully dubious Mac Barnett, author of President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath!

Inlcudes a book signing for those who have purchased a book from Books Inc, Alameda.”

Have a Lemony Fresh, Lightly Foolish Week!

Molly Blue Dawn