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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 2, 2014

British Traditional Wicca 101, Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit, Eggs Revealed and Organ Meats Demystified, Exploratorium After Dark: Wearable Technologies, Spring into Spring, Empty Graves, I Am You: Relationship As Spiritual Awakening, Atomic Mom, Pearls Over Shanghai, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, Celebration of Woman, Lottie's Ghosts, Bread and Circuses, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma, Michael Tunk: Art and Nightlife, Heather Dale, All You Need to Know To Work With Tarot, Tylan and Ingrid Elizabeth In Concert, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, The Rocket, International TableTop Day, Connection to Place: Discovering the Hidden Wildness of the Urban Landscape, Babaylan Sound Healing, Fresh Floral Crowns, Tartan Day Scottish Fair, Turlock Holistic Expo, Occidental Fools’ Day Parade, Cheese Making 101, Building An Emotionally Safe Environment for Children, Turas D’anam - Journey of the Soul: Ancient Irish Song and Transformation, Feeding the Hungry Ghosts: A Celebration of Commemoration and Reconciliation, Adventure Sail: San Francisco, San Jose Transgender Day of Visibility, Ya Elah In Concert, The Downton Abbey Ball, Transforming Pain to Power, Celebrate Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion, Jewish Music and Poetry Project, What Just Happened, Herbal Medicine Making, Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington, A Sunday in the Kitchen, Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy, Middle Eastern Treasures Concert and Feast, African Drumming and Dance Workshop, Lou Lou and the Gypsy Jivers In Concert, Singing to the Whales, Nourishing Fertility, Belly Dance Student Showcase, The Cosmic Mass: Angels Among Us, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Writing the Heart Sutra, NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, April 2, 7:00-9:00PM,
and one more Wednesday, 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:
April 2: Magical Ethics and Methods part 2
April 9: Final ritual

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.”

Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit
Thursday, April 3, 6:00-8:00PM,
and one more Thursday, April 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.

April 3: Intuitive Listening: the temporary autonomous relationship is everything
April 10: Tarot Rituals: shaping your life with the tarot”

Eggs Revealed and Organ Meats Demystified
with Rosie Ueng
Part Five of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, April 3, 6:00-9:00PM,
and one more Thursday, April 10
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Eggs are one of the most nutritious and versatile foods on earth. Learn the many fantastic ways to prepare this delicious ingredient: poached, fried, baked, steamed, boiled, in a frittata, and in an omelet. Did you know that organ meats are one of the most nutrient-dense parts of the animal and a part of nearly every traditional diet? Explore some delicious ways to prepare those those less glamorous parts. 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.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Wearable Technologies
Thursday, April 3, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: Wearable Technologies

Since our early ancestors first donned clothes, humans have continued to modify the ways our bodies engage with the world. Join us to experience some of the fascinating and beautiful new technologies helping us transcend our physical limitations, from eyeglasses to exoskeletons.

Learn how wearable computers could improve communication and attention with Google Glass Lead Thad Starner. Find out how Not Impossible Labs founder Mick Ebeling established a 3D-printed prosthetics lab in South Sudan. See an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in action, and join filmmaker Regan Bashear for a screening of her documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.

Take in a performance by Jordan B. Wilson, One-Man Band, and discover electronically enhanced couture by Electrobaroque, Mikaela Holmes, PersonaLED, Pixeldelic, SENSOREE, and Natalie Walsh. Experiment with altered vision, examine the intricacies of your own clothes, and sew circuits into your own illuminated designs with Grace Kim and Emily Lovell. Wear your curiosity well at After Dark.

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

Spring into Spring
with Sarah Holmes
Thursday, April 3, 6:30-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“Learn about the energy of the season and how to bring yourself into harmony with nature. We’ll cover food, lifestyle choices and herbs that can support us to make this transition and be in vibrant health throughout the season.

Sarah Holmes is a Clinical Herbalist. Sarah's work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants. She enjoys working with clients and students to open them to these concepts on both obvious and subtle levels. Sarah also runs, in partnership with Karyn Sanders, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and a weekly radio program on KPFA, The Herbal Highway.”

Empty Graves
with Sandy Lydon
Thursday, April 3, 7:00-8:30PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, 831-429-1964
Free, pre-registration recommended

“Why There Are So Few Chinese Pioneers Remaining in Santa Cruz’s Evergreen Cemetery?

Every ten years or so, Chinese bone retrieval teams would come to Santa Cruz’s Chinese cemetery and to the astonishment (sometimes horror) of the non-Chinese population, they would exhume the older graves, remove and clean the bones, and prepare them to be shipped back to China.  Labeled ‘bonepickers,’ these crews were part of a trans-Pacific system designed to reunite the bones of those who died far from home with their families in China.

Because of this continuous bone-removal process, we don’t know exactly how many Chinese remains are still in the Chinese section of Evergreen Cemetery.  And probably never will.

In a first-ever lecture presentation on this practice, Sandy Lydon will discuss the spiritual reasons for it, how it was organized, who paid for it and the impact that changing Chinese politics had on it.  He will also discuss Hong Kong’s Coffin Home, where many containers of bones still wait to be reunited with their families.  And he will discuss the current status of the Monterey Chinese cemetery and why it had so few bone repatriations compared to Santa Cruz.

This lecture is designed as a background for the re-dedication ceremony that will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on April 5.

Sandy Lydon is the author of the award-winning book, Chinese Gold: The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region.  He continues to teach classes at Cabrillo College where he first joined the history faculty in 1968 to teach Asian and Asian-American History.  He has been leading regional and international tours for over 50 years recently returning from a trip to the far west of China. He will be leading a group to Mongolia and Siberia later this year.”

I Am You: Relationship As Spiritual Awakening
with Lane Arye
Thursday, April 3, 7:00-9:00PM
Processwork, 1452 Cornell Avenue, Berkeley, 510-558-8805
sliding scale, $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The experience that ‘I am you’ is central to many spiritual traditions. But it can be challenging to remember this simple and profound truth when we are in the midst of relationship conflicts. Then the other person is seen as other, as the problem, as the source of our suffering.

Processwork has powerful and transformative tools that help us to experience the other as ourselves.

Beyond just thinking it is a good idea, we can actually find the other in ourselves, and be grateful to the other for showing us who we are. In that moment, relationship becomes an awakening to our wholeness.”

Atomic Mom
part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ film series, Rhythmix Picks Flicks!
Thursday, April 3, 8:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$5-$15 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

“Atomic Mom weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship within an obscure - but important - moment in American history. As the only female scientist present during atomic detonations in the Nevada desert, Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker’s mother, undergoes a crisis of conscience. After a long silence and prompted by her daughter, she finally reveals grim secrets of working in the U.S. atomic testing program. Atomic Mom director M.T. Silvia will lead a Q and A following the film.

In our present moment of Wikileaks, Pauline is a similar whistle-blower, having been cowed by the silencing machine of the US military for decades. In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother’s past, her daughter, filmmaker M.T. Silvia, meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to resolve her own history, in Japan. The film follows these survivors, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they ‘meet’ through the filmmaking process, and as each, with startling honesty, attempts to understand the other.

Atomic Mom invites viewers to confront American nuclear history in a completely new way and will inspire dialogue about human rights, personal responsibility, and the possibility - and hope - of peace.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, April 3-5, 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, April 3 and 5,
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!”

Celebration of Woman
Thursday-Sunday, April 3-6
The Oneness Institute, 17824 USS Liberty Lane, Middletown
$995 includes Workshop, Food and Accommodations

“Women all around the world are waking up to an innate yearning to be fully conscious, fully expressed and to be revealed, recognized and appreciated as the beautiful and powerful women that they truly are.

This workshop is based on a Rite of Passage; when you feel that this is a time in your life where you are ready to step in to a whole new experience of yourself as a woman, just come! We are here, ready to guide you into fulfilling that desire!

Here’s what you can expect to experience:
A safe place to let go into, and be the real, wild, passionate, sensual, vulnerable YOU!
An experiential journey of discovering the archetypes of woman that live within you
A visceral and embodied transformation to allow the authentic you to come forth
Dance and movement that will free your body, mind and heart
Sharing our struggles and our longings as women waking up
The remembrance of sacred sisterhood that nurtures and soothes the Soul
Powerfully intuitive guidance by the facilitators
Deep connection and lasting friendships with women
A framework with which to move forward in your life!
A rite of passage that honors and celebrates the emergence of your unique feminine essence

Get Ready For the Most Magical,
Life Changing Workshop
Of Your Life!”

Lottie's Ghosts
a new theatrical solo performance by Shakiri
Thursday-Sunday, April 3-6 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
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, April 3-6 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
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.”

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma
presented by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Sunday, April 3-6,
Thursday-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!

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.”

Michael Tunk: Art and Nightlife
opening reception April 4, 6:00-9:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Michael Tunk will be showing up to 75 pieces from Black and White to Big Cats of War plus a nine foot onsite collage installation.

Tunk’s x-acto blade hand-cut paper collage work uses images that come directly from magazines and books published in 1865-1980s. In addition to his own prolific work, Tunk will show collaborative pieces created with artists from around the world.”

Heather Dale
in concert
Friday, April 4, 7:00PM
private home in Piedmont, address given upon RSVP
For reservations, please e-mail RSVP@HeatherDale.com

“Come welcome Toronto, Canada recording artist Heather Dale to the East Bay at an intimate house concert, performing romantic Celtic music, filk songs, and Pagan music in Piedmont for no more than 45 people. $20 per ticket (sliding scale available). Refreshments served.

Please make reservations at RSVP@HeatherDale.com to RECEIVE THE ADDRESS for the concert, and reserve a seat.”

All You Need to Know To Work With Tarot: Reading Techniques and Developing Tarot Spreads
with Thalassa Therese
Friday, April 4, 7:00-8:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“How to use the Tarot more effectively in readings by developing Tarot spreads to suit your specific purposes. We will also work on building your own personal and highly effective reading technique, as well as using the Tarot for accessing intuition, self-exploration, making magic and so much more!

Thalassa is the producer of the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium (SF BATS - the longest running Tarot Symposium in the world), founder of the Daughters of Divination (DOD), and founder/CEO of Beating the Boundaries Life Strategies and Transformative Arts.  She has been living, working and playing with the Tarot for nearly 45 years.  She is working on a book and an oracle deck.”

Tylan and Ingrid Elizabeth In Concert
presented by Rose Street Music
Friday, April 4, 8:00PM
Rose Street Music, 1839 Rose Street, Berkeley
$15-$25 sliding scale, $10 for low income
100% of proceeds will go to support Tylan and Ingrid's songwriting work.

“Rose Street House of Music Spring Concert
featuring Tylan (formerly of Girlyman), and Ingrid Elizabeth of Coyote Grace.
Irina Rivkin will open.

Volunteer exchange available.  No fragrances please, to keep it accessible for those with chemical sensitivities.
What do you get when you take Girlyman's magnetic lead singer-songwriter Tylan Greenstein and add Coyote Grace's playful, sultry leading lady Ingrid Elizabeth? An unforgettable evening of eclectic songs, tight harmonies and undeniable chemistry. Tylan and Ingrid are each writing a song a week during 2014 as part of the Real Women Real Songs project. Come to Rose Street for a rare intimate performance by this soulful duo in the heart of Berkeley, and hear them take their new material (and old favorites) to the stage.
OutMusic Awardee Irina Rivkin's performance includes live-on-the-spot vocal arrangements, swirling vocal percussive beats, and textured interweaving harmony that she creates onstage using a loop station instrument.

Rose Street House of Music is a fragrance-free house concert and musical community bringing out women’s voices through poetic music of substance and depth.  All genders are welcome.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, April 4, 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.”

The Rocket
film screening
Friday-Sunday, April 4-6,
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

“A Laotian boy born under a curse struggles to turn his luck around in the affecting drama The Rocket.

The Australian-made film is set among poor villagers of Laos displaced by a dam-building project, who are forced to pack their belongings and go. Ten-year-old Ahlo (a cagey Sitthiphon Disamoe), whose grandmother tells him he’s been bad luck since the day he was born, causes or is present at a series of catastrophic accidents as the family roams across a land still littered with unexploded bombs dropped by the US in the Vietnam War. When Ahlo meets a girl and her eccentric, James Brown-fixated uncle - nicknamed Purple for the suit he wears (sans shirt) - he hopes his new mentor can help him build a prize-winning rocket, to be launched as part of a festival intended to appease the rain gods during a drought.”

International TableTop Day
Saturday, April 5

“On April 5th, 2014, we ask you to go to your favorite local game store, coffee shop, library, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games."

Connection to Place: Discovering the Hidden Wildness of the Urban Landscape
with Mary Good
Saturday, April 5, 9:00-11:00AM
San Francisco, exact location TBA
sliding scale $15-$40
Early pre-registration encouraged as group size is limited.

“Take a stroll with ecotherapist and MFT intern Mary Good through one of the wild spaces of San Francisco and become enchanted with the land under your feet. In this two hour walk (low-level exertion) we will cultivate our connection to place by befriending and familiarizing ourselves with the nature around us - wild edible and medicinal plants, animal inhabitants and their secrets, native wildflowers, the natural history of the Bay Area and more! We will also explore basic techniques for quieting the mind while out in nature and letting the magic of the everyday reveal itself.

This will be the first of a series of seasonal offerings.”

Babaylan Sound Healing
with Evelie S. Posch
Saturday April 5, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Manilatown Heritage Foundation, 868 Kearney Street, San Francisco
donations requested

“In sacred space, we will participate in chant/toning/mantra with Filipino instruments such as kulintang, agong, kudaypi, kubing, saronay, tungkaling-kaling and world music instruments such as crystal and singing bowls, tuning forks, hand drums and other sacred percussion. Please bring a bag lunch.”

Fresh Floral Crowns
with Amanda Luu
Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$85, limit 12 students

“Join us for an afternoon of flower crown fun! You'll have all the supplies you need to make two flower crowns - one sweet and simple, the other big and beautiful. We'll discuss which flowers work best in crowns, how to delicately wire flowers, and how to preserve your crown.  This workshop is perfect for students with an inner flower child and right in time for festival and wedding season! Along with your two flower crowns, each student will take home a set of snips and wire to continue their crown making at home.

Amanda Luu is a Bay Area floral designer. She creates lush arrangements with a light touch, balancing the richer garden style with the minimalism of Japanese ikebana.”

Tartan Day Scottish Fair
Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
adults $12, seniors $8, ages 4-17 $5, children 3 and under free
free onsite parking

“Throw on your kilt and celebrate Tartan Day with music, Scottish dancing, bagpipes, handmade crafts, historical re-enactments, and Highland athletics. Local Scottish clans and societies will share their rich culture and colorful heritage. Children can find magic and fantasy in the Children's Glen and might just see a fairy or dragon. Enjoy a meat pie or other Scottish treat.

Presented by the East Bay Scottish Association in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District.”

Turlock Holistic Expo
Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Building E-2, Turlock

“FREE admission, FREE seminars, FREE entertainment!!

This is a fantastic day of fun! There's a large marketplace with over 50 vendors.
There will be Holistic healers, Reiki, intuitive readers, psychics, aura camera plus much more. There's also a market place with Native American jewelry and handcrafted items, crystals, sage, unique jewelry, art, candles, nutritional products and samples and more.”

Occidental Fools’ Day Parade
Saturday, April 5, 12:00-5:00PM
parade starts at 1:00PM
at Occidental Community Center, 3920 Bohemian Highway, Occidental
parade ends and entertainment begins at 2:00PM
at Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

“Calling all Fools for the Annual Occidental Fools Day Parade! Meet and set up 12:00-1:00PM at the Community Center. Parade begins downtown at 1:00PM and wends its silly way through town, ending at Occidental Center for the Arts, Bohemian Highway and Graton Road.

2:00-5:00PM: Experience extreme frivolity, bands, music, Crowning of the King and Queen of Fools; plus Lunapillar rides and more! ALL FREE!!! For more information, call 707-874-9392.”

Cheese Making 101: Yogurt, Fresh Cheeses and Feta
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday April 5, 1:00-4:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $40-$70 plus $12 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“This class will introduce you to concepts and techniques of milk transformation and preservation. We will learn about equipment, ingredients and cultures used and get hands-on practice making yogurt, a fresh cheese and a feta cheese. We talk about the hard cheese process, uses for whey and the history of cheese making. We will be working with cow's milk, however all processes will work with other fresh (not ultra-pasteurized) milks. If you have access to fresh (not ultra-pasteurized or homogenzed) goat or sheep milk, please let us know!”  

Building An Emotionally Safe Environment for Children
with Nathan M. McTague and Natalie Christensen
Saturday, April 5, 1:00-3:30PM
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland
$30 per person, or $40 per parenting couple

“This workshop looks at the latest brain science to understand how emotional processing affects children.

We dive into the ins and outs of empathy and how to use it effectively to help children manage emotional upheaval and move into their upper brain where faculties like reason, logic, critical thinking, self-awareness, cooperation, and eventually empathy itself become accessible. We also share strategies for creating a home or class environment that fosters children’s complete comfort in sharing and moving through feelings. Everything we want for our children, students, and families hinges on healthy emotional processing and the development of optimal neuro-emotional habits. This course will get you there!

Easy comprehensible steps
Thorough, take-home outline and resources
Three comprehensive charts for quick and easy reference
A feelings and needs list
Research that supports the information
Helpful, clear graphics
Real-life scenarios
Plenty of question and answer time

Nathan M. McTague and Natalie Christensen are the team behind Feeleez - a line of tools for emotional education. McTague and Christensen have worked ten years studying the emotional anatomy of children, sharing information with educators and parents, and consulting with organizations and families as they work to emotionally support children. We have taught this workshop to educators, social workers, and parents.”

Turas D’anam - Journey of the Soul: Ancient Irish Song and Transformation
with Owen O Suilleabhain
Saturday, April 5, 1:00-4:00PM
Sofia University, Classroom 1059A, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto

“Sofia University and the Cosmic Mass present an afternoon listening and learning session surrounding the topic of the ancient wisdom transmitted through the surviving songs of the Native-Irish tradition.  This event is the precursor to Cosmic Mass, taking place Sunday, April 6 at Sofia University.  We invite you to join Owen O Suilleabhain, as he performs transformative songs around these themes - Caoineadh na Maighdine (The Virgin’s Lament), Cuige (The Fifth Province and Utopia), and Filleadh (Departing and Returning) - will have all in the room listening, speaking and singing (if the spirit moves you).

Owen O Suilleabhain comes from a deeply rich musical and cultural family in Ireland. He has performed and recorded with some of the world's leading artists, and has been based in the United States performing with his brother Moley, for the last two years. Recently, following on from the tradition of family friend, the late poet and mystic John O Donaghue, and having been apprenticed to the poet David Whyte for the last five years, Owen is now presenting work on the transformative power of listening and singing.”

Feeding the Hungry Ghosts: A Celebration of Commemoration and Reconciliation
Saturday, April 5, 1:30-3:30PM
Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen and Coral Street, Santa Cruz

“Join us as we dedicate a new Chinese Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery. Starting at 1:30PM, visitors can walk with us from the MAH to Evergreen, joined along the way by Lion Dancers. Beginning at 2:30PM at Evergreen’s Chinese Section, a historical presentation will take place with traditional music and ceremonial elements. Come learn about the long and influential history of Chinese residents in Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay region, and Evergreen Cemetery in particular.”

Adventure Sail: San Francisco
aboard ships visiting from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport
Saturday, April 5, 2:00-4:00PM
Pier 40, Townsend Street, San Francisco

“Our two-hour 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.”

San Jose Transgender Day of Visibility
Saturday, April 5, 3:00-6:00PM
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Everyone is welcome at the Transgender Day of Visibility!

The Trans Day of Visibility is an international event to complement the Transgender Day of Remembrance. We are focused on recognizing and celebrating trans lives and experiences.

Everyone is welcome! We are going to have a blast!

Special events include open mic, indie computer games (meet the developers!), high-energy cocktail party with dj dance and fundraising - all proceeds to the DeFrank.

Workshops include Friends and Lovers, Know Your Rights, How to be Visible in a Clinic and Bowers' Services, Pleasure and FTMS, and many more!

Guests include *you,* Dr. Julie Nicole from Dr. Bowers' office, Danny Kirchoff from the Transgender Law Center, and fabulous goth/steampunk/cellist-singer-songwriter Unwoman! Just in - the spectacular drag queen WooWoo Monroe will be on the stage!”

Ya Elah In Concert
Saturday, April 5, 4:30PM
Mt Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley
sliding scale $25-$35

“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.”

The Downton Abbey Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, April 5,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

“The Earl and Countess of Grantham request the honour of your company at the annual Servants Ball at Downton Abbey.

Evening dress circa 1918-1920 or modern evening dress is admired but not required and guests from both Upstairs and Downstairs are welcome at this gala event. Both our domestic staff and our friends and neighbors are invited.

The celebrated chamber dance music ensemble, Bangers and Mash, will play vintage ballroom dance music from 1900-1920, including an astonishing variety of waltzes and other late Victorian/Edwardian couple dances; that controversial new Tango from Argentina; some of the more recent ragtime dances from America (the one-step, Ragtime two-step, and Fox Trot); and some traditional Edwardian set dances and mixers which will be briefly taught and called at the ball.

The event features a no-host bar and an excellent light snack buffet, but Mrs. Patmore welcomes your potluck contributions to her kitchen (We are still suffering the effects of war-time shortages!).”

Transforming Pain to Power
Performance and Book Signing with Daniel Beaty
presented by Community Works
Saturday, April 5, 7:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
$48, The first 125 people to purchase tickets will receive a free book, $19.95 value.

“Based on his newly released book, Transforming Pain to Power, is a one-man tour de force in which this unforgettable performer, a child of incarcerated parents, documents his journey from a household filled with addiction and incarceration to discovering his purpose and developing a career as an internationally-renowned singer, actor, and writer.

Founded in 1997, Community Works interrupts and heals the far-reaching impact of incarceration and violence by empowering individuals, families and communities. Through programs in the jails and community, youth-led advocacy efforts, and public exhibits and performances, we:
Enable individuals to break the cycle of incarceration and violence and establish productive, violence-free lives
Help families and communities heal from the impact of incarceration and the behaviors leading up to it
Create social and institutional change to better meet the needs of incarcerated individuals, their children and their families”

Celebrate Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion: She Who Hears the Cries of the World
Saturday, April 5, 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 comes to us at countless times in our lives as a listener, a teacher, a healer, a protector and a guide. She activates love of self, love of others and love of the Divine… for She is the feminine embodiment of love.
Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva, a being who refrains from entering Nirvana in order to come to the aid of others. There are many bodhisattvas, but the way She became one is unique to Her. Kuan Yin had led such a pure, compassionate, and virtuous life that the gate to the highest enlightenment - Nirvana - at last lay open before Her. But as She stood at the verge of this final threshold in contemplation, She heard shouts and cries of suffering emanating from all sentient beings, spreading about Her like a great wave. So profoundly was She moved by the pain of the world's beings that Her heart began to shake, and She knew that She could not yet leave the world behind. And so it was then that Kuan Yin took the vow of a bodhisattva: ‘I will not reach final liberation until all other beings have been liberated.’
The many representations of Her can be traced back to two different sources: the sutras of Mahayana Buddhism and Chinese and Indian folklore, for Kuan Yin began in India as the male bodhisattva of compassion named Avalokiteshvara in India who then traveled to China during the Han Dynasty beginning in 206 BC. It was in China, 700 years later, that Avalokiteshvara transformed from a male, to an androgynous being who performed miracles. Finally during the Tang Dynasty in AD 618-907 the first female images, stories and legends of Kuan Yin in Her female form appeared on the scene and began to influence people's lives. (Daniela Schenker: Kuan Yin, Sounds True, 2006.)
She comes to us in 33 images for contemplation (this number being significant and meaning numerous in the Chinese tradition). In these forms She is the Goddess of Power, Non-Duality, Unity, Prayer, Integrity, Pure Water, Motherhood, Insight, Fearlessness and many more. Through contemplation with Kuan Yin in Her many forms, we can bring clarity into our minds and hearts, learn about ourselves and others, and make decisions that feed our souls while also serving humanity.
As you prepare for this ritual and in honor of Kuan Yin’s compassion, please spend time considering Kuan Yin’s vow, ‘I will not reach final liberation until all other beings are liberated.’  How will you link your personal prayers and mission to the liberation of all womyn?  Who do you know around you that is working for the cause of womyn?  How could you lend to these individuals in order to assist their vision?
For the altar please bring a red candle and any statuary, jewelry or images of Kuan Yin. Also, please bring any of Her symbolic objects (objects which She is often shown with in various configurations): arrow, ax, baskets, bell, jeweled bowl, white conch, grapes, hare, lion, lotus, round mirror with handle, nectar, nectar vase, peach, peacock, pearl, and willow branch.

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.”

Jewish Music and Poetry Project
Saturday, April 5, 8:00PM
Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, 510-549-3864

“Jewish Music and Poetry Project
Nanette McGuinness, soprano
Adaiha Macadam-Somer, 'cello
Dale Tsang-Hall, piano

Premieres of newly commissioned works by Elena Ruehr, David Garner, Laura Schwendinger, and more. The Jewish Music and Poetry Project performs new music to texts by Jewish poets and women composers, as well as ‘ostracized’ composers of the 20th century - with regular detours towards other poets or composers that intrigue them.”

What Just Happened
a performance by Nina Wise and Anna Halprin
Saturday, April 5, 8:00PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael

“In her signature style, Nina Wise builds an improvised performance based on the personal and political events that have transpired over the previous 24 hours. Wise's Autobiographical performances, known for their warmth and compassion, weave irony, physicality and insight into complex, spontaneous and very funny narratives.

Renowned dancer Anna Halprin will perform The Courtesan and the Crone
and five Motion Theater Artists will weave spontaneous performances based on their past 24 hours.

Nina Wise is known for her provocative and original performance works. Her pieces have garnered seven Bay Area Critics' Circle Awards, and she has received, among other prestigious honors, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She is the founder of Motion Theater, a transformative improvisation practice, and lectures and teaches at varied venues nationwide. She is the author of A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: Self Expression and Spiritual Practice for Those Who Have Time for Neither.”

Herbal Medicine Making
a two-day course from California School of Herbal Studies
with Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen
Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Emerald Valley, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville
sliding scale $175-$200

“Why buy herbal products when it’s so simple and empowering to make your own? This hands-on class includes instruction on harvesting, drying, preserving and preparing medicinal plants. Learn how to make medicinal teas, infused oils, salves, tinctures, vinegars, glycerites and more. We’ll also discuss the principles of ethical harvesting. Includes samples of tinctures and medicines made in class.”

Adventure Sail Aboard the Lady Washington
Wednesday-Thursday, April 5-6, 2:00-4:00PM
Pier 40, San Francisco

“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.”

A Sunday in the Kitchen
with Jessica Prentice
Sunday, April 6, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334

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

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

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

Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy
with Diva Pyari
Sunday, April 6, 12:00AM-3:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$135, limit 20 students

“This is a beginning calligraphy class taught by Diva Pyari of Linea Carta, where we will be learning A-Z lettering. Diva will also work with you on creating a personal monogram and show you how to properly address envelopes. 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.”

Middle Eastern Treasures Concert and Feast
Sunday, April 6, 2:00PM-5:15PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$18 plus a potluck dish, $ 9 for children under 12

“Middle Eastern Treasures concert and potluck feast features Persian music, Zaryab Ensemble directed by Neema Hekmat and Arabic music: Nazir Latouf, Syrian singer/oudist; Sarah Michael, qanun (zither); Mary Ellen Donald and Brian Nutson drums; multi-talented dancer, Hannah Romanowsky; large drum ensemble.  Zele: 25 member Kitka community chorus with Bulgarian songs directed by Janet Kutulas.  World music infusion with Rex Womack on didgeridoo, Kalimba (African thumb piano), and dan moi (Vietnamese mouth harp).
Mary Ellen Donald has been a nationally acclaimed author, instructor and performer in Middle Eastern percussion for over 35 years.  Currently she teaches many students the doumbec drum, Arabic tambourine, frame drum, and finger cymbals in her home studio in West Oakland.  For over twenty years she has been putting on Middle Eastern Treasures concerts once or twice a year.  In a small portion of each concert, Mary Ellen includes her advanced students in a large percussion ensemble playing one of her compositions.
Mary Ellen likes to begin each concert by saying to the audience, ‘We invite you to join us musicians in celebrating this awesome gift of life and love through music and dance.’  The celebration aspect of these concerts is enhanced by the potluck feature, where everyone in the audience brings food for the feast and Mary Ellen provides a variety of beverages for all.
Mary Ellen has been blind for most of her seventy years on this planet, certainly not seeming to be held back by this condition.  She continually gives thanks for her extraordinary loving community of family, friends and students who support her in her artistic endeavors.  Mary Ellen Donald embraces life fully and it shows in her concerts, her classes and in her daily life.”

African Drumming and Dance Workshop
with Ibou N’gom
presented by the Cheza Nami Foundation
Sunday, April 6, 3:00-6:00PM
Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore

“We are excited to welcome our beloved Ibou N’gom back to Livermore for another fun filled drum and dance workshop.

Ibrahima (Ibou) N’gom facilitates community drumming and dancing with adults and students of all ages. He has worked with and performed for elementary through high school students, at-risk youth and university students. He is a SPECTRA Resident Artist. Ibou speaks English, Spanish, French and his native Wolof. His group Domu Africa is a favorite in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. Together they bring the sights and sounds of Senegal alive through traditional music and dance performances. With his set of student-sized instruments, Ibou can turn any room into an African drum corps. His patient and friendly teaching style makes him a popular teacher. Born into a Griot family of traditional musicians in Senegal, West Africa, he has been carrying on his family’s musical lineage since childhood. Ibrahima toured with two prominent Senegalese dance companies, the Second National Ballet of Senegal and the Ballet Sinomew before coming to the Unites States seven years ago. Since then Ibou has been working to share his native culture’s music and dance traditions with US audiences and especially students. He is available to lead classes in dance and/or accompany other musicians.”

Lou Lou and the Gypsy Jivers In Concert
Sunday, April 6, 4:00PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
sliding scale $15-$20

“Please join us on Sunday, April 6, when Avonova hosts the return of Lou Lou and the Gypsy Jivers and their program Django Jazz meets South African Township Jazz.  The show starts at 4:00PM and the admission is $15-$20 sliding scale.  Doors open 3:30PM.  The group consists of  Louis (Lou Lou) Matthee - Guitar and Vocals, Tom Griesser - saxophone and clarinet, Nick Christie - rhythm guitar, and Joe Kyle Jr. - upright Bass.

Experience a unique fusion between the raw energies of Southern African Township Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, and acoustic sounds from around the globe. South African born Gypsy Jazz guitarist and composer Louis Matthee created the group in 2010 with a debut album Gypsy Jive featuring this unique blend of music styles. His original compositions give personal accounts of life in South Africa, executed in the craft and skill of Gypsy Jazz and the Selmac style guitar. New and old compositions will be on the menu, ranging from Capetonian (aka Cape Town) music from jazz greats like Abdullah Ibrahim, Ghoema inspired tunes, to sounds inspired by the Bay Area.”

Singing to the Whales
Sunday, April 6, 4:00-5:00PM
Lighthouse Point, 701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

“Let all mammals Sing Together! The humpbacks and greys are here in our glorious Monterey Bay. Join Sound Healers Michele Newman and Shira Stone, along with Community Treasure, Singer Gail Swain and Ritual-Maker-Song Shaman, Copperwoman, as we communicate with our sea relations through our most effective medium for transmitting Love, Healing and The Evolution of Our Planet!

Bring Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, Didgeridoos and other healing sound instruments. We will Ah, Ooh, Eeee, Om, Hu and Whale Sound together at our Lighthouse.

Come join Sound Healers, Community Singers and Everyone as we all raise our voices in Sounding Love and Beaming Light To The Whales and Healing to the Seas.”

Nourishing Fertility
with Sara Russell
Sunday, April 6, 4:30-6:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334

“Nutritional Therapist Sara Russell discusses the importance of nourishing fertility in both father and mother for those planning to conceive a child. She’ll integrate information on epigenetics (how genetic material is affected beyond the DNA sequence) as well discuss food sourcing options and the best nutrient-dense foods to support nutrition, such as fat soluble vitamins, fermented cod liver oil, and bone broth. She’ll also discuss the importance of a healthy gut microbiota in supporting fertility and pregnancy and the health of the child yet to come.

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

Sara Russell is a nutritional therapist, urban homesteader and forager, and food justice advocate providing personalized guidance to individuals, families and groups. In addition to addressing such issues as weight management, insomnia, hormone balance, and auto-immune health, Sara also helps clients enhance the health and vibrancy of couples preparing to conceive, pregnant and post-partum mothers and families with young children.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, April 6, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

“Join us the first Sunday of every month at Suhaila’s studio for an evening of live music and belly dance.  Free to the public.

Suhaila Salimpour is a highly acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour. The result was a true artistic breakthrough: a revolutionary foundational technique that has brought the art of Belly Dance to a new level.

The Suhaila Salimpour Format and School of Belly Dance enjoy worldwide success. Dancers who train with The Salimpours quickly realize Suhaila's method of teaching allows them to excel in their art beyond any other training they have received.”

The Cosmic Mass: Angels Among Us
Sunday, April 6, 6:30-9:30PM
Sofia University, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto
$12-$20 in advance, $15-$25 at the door

“Featuring artists and visionaries including:
Matthew Fox, Evelie Delfino Sales Posch, VJ Luna
with special guest Lorna Byrne

The Cosmic Mass (TCM) is an inter-spiritual ritual designed to carry on the evolution of humanity by bringing together community, creativity, and cosmos through music, immersive visual art, dance, and spoken word. TCM invites YOU to engage body and spirit directly!”

The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, April 6, 7:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“Un-Scripted Theater Company brings back some of our favorite shows on Sundays in 2014!

April: The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
May: Off Book, Off Broadway

This Sunday: The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals

A fully improvised, full-length musical that Shakespeare himself could have written. This production will explore the language, characters, and themes that make Shakespeare the most beloved playwright in history. The addition of song gives the characters another form of emotional expression well-suited to the passions found throughout Shakespeare's work.

Writing the Heart Sutra
with Rev. Val Szymanski
Monday, April 7, 7:00PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Writing the Heart Sutra, considered the essence of the Buddha's teaching, is an ancient Zen practice that calms the mind, leading to an experience of deep inner peace. Rev. Val Szymanski, a Zen priest with Bamboo in the Wind, will guide us in this meditative writing ritual that is said to reveal one’s true nature. Come and try your hand with pen or brush, in English or Chinese. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, April 7, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

Have a Visibly Compassionate, Internationally Local Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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