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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Extreme Life of the Sea, British Traditional Wicca 101, The Queer Ancestors Project, Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit, Vegetables Sauces and Condiments, Ignite: A Geek Event, What Brought Us Together, Awakening to the Goddesses of Love and the Role They Play in Your Life, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Personalized Letterpress Notecards, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma, QED: An Exploration Of The Extraordinary Life Of Richard Feynman, Pearls Over Shanghai, Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000, LOUD ASS ROCK FEST, Lumen Obscura III, Queer Contra Dance Camp, ConjureCon, The Valley of Gwangi, Paper Flower Bouquet, Mills College Native Alliance Pow Wow, Monthly Open Village Celebration, Cheesemaking: Mozarella and Burrata, The Art of Science, Spring Wildflower Festival, Day in the Life 1901, SpringFest: Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures, Knowland Park Tour, Deep Dreaming, Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, Lose Your Lawn, Fix-It Clinic, Film Production/Potluck: An MMTB Actor’s and Director's Challenge, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Kalahari Stories, CAYA’s Trickster Moon, Writers With Drinks, East Bay Waltz, Endless Nights, Carnatic Vocal Concert, Kuan Yin: Goddess of Compassion, Caravan Palace and Rosin Coven In Concert, San Jose Fantasy Festival, Contra Costa Crystal Fair, Model Railroad Exhibit at Roaring Camp, Self-Determination: Kujichagulia, Revealing Your Holy Grail, Humaniversity AUM Meditation, Farewell to the Crosses of Lafayette, Fantasy Paper Theater, Mongolia in Arts and Photographs, Compost! Everything You Ever Wanted To Know, Intro to Indigo, Mission In Motion, Open Shamanic Journey Circle, Breast Health, Firebird Dance Theatre, Plant Medicine for Beginners, Kozmik Kirtan, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Brewster McCloud, Manifestation Monthly: Full Moon Manifestation Circle and Ceremony, Celebrate Hina: Hawaiian Moon Goddess, Total Lunar Eclipse, Understanding Pain, Pork Belly: Making Bacon and Pancetta at Home, Temple of Aphrodite, Spring Book Sale

The Extreme Life of the Sea
with Dr. Jared Diamond
a production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, April 9, 6:30-8:30PM
Los Altos High School Eagle Theatre, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos

“Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Jared Diamond examines the evolutionary history of humans and the unique traits that distinguish us from other animals. Diamond also explains why our innate tendencies toward invention and violence have led us to a crucial tipping point. Learn what Diamond has to say about the future of our species.”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00-9:00PM - final session
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 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.”

The Queer Ancestors Project: An Exhibition of Prints by Queer Artists Age 18 to 26
Thursday, April 10, 6:00-9:00PM
Exhibition April 6 through May 16
The LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, SF

“The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors.  Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing young Queer adults (age 18 to 26) free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking and Queer history.  Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the large community can glimpse our collective future.

Honoring Shape-Shifters and Shamans, Rioters and Revolutionaries, Sailors and Songbirds, Immigrants and Refugees, Blessings and Blasphemies, Bondage and Freedom.

6:00-7:00PM: Panel Discussion
7:00-9:00PM: Artist Reception and Print Sale

Artists: Corey Brown, Joan Chen, Jared Clifton, Amman Desai, Paula Graciela Kahn, Amirah Mizrahi, Courtney Stock and Terry Xiao, with artistic director Katie Gilmartin”

Intermediate Tarot with Rabbit
Thursday, April 10, 6:00-8:00PM - final session
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 10: Tarot Rituals: shaping your life with the tarot”

Vegetables, Sauces, and Condiments
with Rosie Ueng
Part Six of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, April 10, 6:00-9:00PM - final Class
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Do you ever go to the farmers’ market or Berkeley Bowl, see that fantastic array of fresh vegetables, and wonder what to do with them? In this class we will work with a variety of seasonal vegetables in various preparations. You will also witness basic knife skills: slice, dice, mince, chiffonnade, and julienne. We’ll wrap up with how to make vinaigrettes, sauces, and condiments to go with your vegetables and meats. 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.”

Ignite: A Geek Event
April 10, 6:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. Anyone can be a speaker, everyone is welcome.

The New Parkway Theater is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Plus, enjoy yummy food and local beer and wine in our cafe or even delivered right to your theater seat all at affordable prices!

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Thrillville Theater to Nerd Night, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Trivia Thursdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, and First Fridays.

The New Parkway = Film. Friends. Food. Fun on Tap.”

What Brought Us Together: What Mythic Forces Organize Our Love And Our Troubles?
with Lane Arye
Thursday, April 10, 7:00-9:00PM
Processwork, 1452 Cornell Avenue, Berkeley, 510-558-8805
sliding scale, $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“People sometimes say that they were ‘made for each other’, or ‘That relationship was made in heaven (or hell).’ These are common ways of saying that relationships are expressions of collective or archetypal patterns. We could also say that we come together with certain people (as friends, lovers, or enemies) because of mythic patterns that organize us.

Often relationship myths involve complementary parts. Like the person waiting to be saved by the princess or prince. Or the hero fighting against the monster. Or the doctor and the patient. Or the pursuer and the pursued. Or the castle without a key. Each part has its role to play. The monster is as important as the hero.

When we become aware of the mythic patterns that shape our relationships, being together becomes more fun and fluid. Relationships become more interesting and sustainable when both people get to flow in and out of the different mythic roles, rather than being stuck in one or the other role. ”

Awakening to the Goddesses of Love and the Role They Play in Your Life
with Luminessa Enjara
presented by Joy Reichard’s In Her Name Circle
Thursday, April 10, 7:00-9:30PM, and the second Thursday of each month
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.

Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.

If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-$20 donation is appreciated.

In this In Her Name circle, you will discover four aspects (archetypes) of the Goddess of Love and learn who you most resonate with or would like to embody more of. You will also experience the energy of two of these aspects and open to the gifts that they have for you.

In this workshop, you will learn how to work with these two aspects and how they can support, empower and transform you into being the Goddess of Love that you already are.

Luminessa Enjara is the Founder of The School of Womyn’s Mysteries, Soul Support and Co-founder of Women Talking Sex. She is a teacher of the mythology of the goddess, women’s sexuality, spirituality and a Spiritual Life Coach, ordained minister and priestess. Luminessa is a writer with hundreds of articles published online and E-books on Amazon Kindle. She has over 25 years of training and experience in the fields of Sacred Sexuality, New Thought Metaphysics, and the Human Potential Movement. Luminessa offers phone coaching sessions for women and Womb Healing sessions in the Bay Area. She is also available for speaking engagements and will travel to offer a workshop in your area.”

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Thursday, April 10, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is an electrical lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a ‘sunburn’ from its bright lights to prove it. Neary’s wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a ‘logical’ explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his job, his home, and his family to pursue the ‘truth’ about UFOs. Neary’s obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who’ve had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Jillian (Melinda Dillon), a single mother whose son disappeared during her UFO experience, and Claude Lacombe (celebrated French filmmaker Franois Truffaut), a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors. Lacombe’s theory is put to the test when a band of government researchers and underground UFO enthusiasts (including Neary) join for an exchange with alien visitors near Devil’s Tower, Wyoming.”

Personalized Letterpress Notecards
with the ladies of Studio Ephemera
Thursday, April 10, 7:00-9:30PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$85, limit 10 students

“Make a statement with personalized, hand printed notecards! During this evening course, you will learn how to letterpress print your own notecard, using polymer plates with personalized (monogram or full name) designs and an antique letterpress machine. You will also learn how to create custom envelope liners to create unique, handcrafted notecard sets. Upon registration, we will be in touch with personalization options. All materials will be provided.

Studio Ephemera is a Berkeley-based design and letterpress printing studio owned by Monique Comacchio and Camden Richards. Studio Ephemera specializes in designing and printing custom materials, ranging from social stationery and event invitations, to labels and marketing materials. Camden and Monique both have extensive experience in design, printing, and teaching, and have produced work that has been featured on websites including Oh So Beautiful and The Knot. They have also created fine artists books and prints that are owned in public and private collections.”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Thursday, April 10, 8:00PM
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!”

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ​and Sleeping Beauty or Coma
presented by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Sunday, April 10-12,
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.”

QED: An Exploration Of The Extraordinary Life Of Richard Feynman
presented by Indra’s Net Theater
Thursday-Sunday, April 10-13,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through April 20
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

“Indra’s Net Theater
presents QED
By Peter Parnell
Inspired by the writings of Richard Feynman and Ralph Leighton’s Tuva or Bust!
Directed by Bruce Coughran

This play is an exploration of the extraordinary life of legendary Nobel Prize-winning Physicist Richard Feynman.

QED is an exploration of the extraordinary life of legendary Nobel Prize-winning Physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman began as a young man working on the Manhattan project, and then created a reputation as an inspiring and charismatic teacher, a brilliant physicist, as well as a practical joker. He had a flamboyant love of life. Near the end of his life, he was nationally visible as the scientist on the Presidential committee investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. This fascinating and inspiring figure is remembered by many, and this play probes under the surface of genius, to find the heart of the man inside.

In the future, Indra’s Net will be producing similar plays that engage, enlighten, stimulate, and entertain. We will be producing plays, many dealing with science and scientific inquiry, as well as dealing with the human and philosophical implications. We invite you to be a part of this exciting endeavor, as we pursue our goal of using theater to his highest potential, and exploring in depth some of the most potent and fascinating issues at the beginning of the 21st century.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, 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.”

Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000
Friday, April 11, 10:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“The New Parkway Theater presents a mystery episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Who knows what episode we'll be playing… but you can be sure it's definitely going to be good! Please join us for a night of laughter and fun hosted by The New Parkway's own resident MST3K fan, Oliver Beckwith. The pre-show includes an MST3K trivia contest with prizes!

The New Parkway Theater is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Plus, enjoy yummy food and local beer and wine in our cafe or even delivered right to your theater seat all at affordable prices!

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Thrillville Theater to Nerd Night, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Trivia Thursdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, and First Fridays.

The New Parkway = Film. Friends. Food. Fun on Tap.”

Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, 8:00PM-Midnight
The Foundry, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley
$10, 21+

“Foundry Nights crew presents a tight lineup of 7 loud ass rock bands. Free ear plugs and stuff. $10 at the door. 21+ only, non-accessible venue.

…in no particular order:

Lichen Ornamentals
The Bob Ross Band
The Placeholders
Little person
Deep fried”

Lumen Obscura III
Dark Fusion and Theatrical Bellydance Event
Friday-Sunday, April 11-13
S.E.S. Hall, 1375 Lafayette Street, Santa Clara
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information

“Lumen Obscura endeavors to bring together not only familiar names in dance innovation but new and up-and-coming artists who have exciting ideas and genre-shaking skills. We broaden students' horizons in dance by not just offering the same workshops and performances they can find at their local studios or videos but by bringing together national and international talent in one location for intensive, exciting workshops that challenge and inspire students to seek out new ways to grow and evolve their dance.”

Queer Contra Dance Camp
Friday-Sunday, April 11-13
Monte Toyon, 220 Cloister Lane, Aptos
See website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance is hosting its sixth annual dance camp within the lush redwood forest of Monte Toyon, a beautiful camp facility near Santa Cruz, 79 miles south of San Francisco, where you'll be housed and fed and offered a weekend of gender-role-free dancing. Beginners are welcome. Contra is an exuberant, friendly, easy-to-learn American barn dance with roots in English folk dance. While many of our dancers are LGBT, we cheerfully welcome folks of any and all persuasions! Take a weekend away to dance, relax, make friends, and enjoy the lovely California redwoods.”

Friday-Monday, April 11-14
The Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The third annual ConjureCon is coming in April!  We have a great lineup of classes and workshops this year.  Check out the Schedule page for detailed descriptions.   On Monday, we have a very special overnight addition to the ConjureCon festivities... an immersive experience in invocation and spiritual connection.”

The Valley of Gwangi
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, April 12, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“The Valley of Gwangi is a 1969 American western-fantasy film directed by Jim O'Connolly and written by William Bast. It stars James Franciscus and, in their final film appearances, Richard Carlson and Gila Golan. It was filmed in Technicolor with creature effects provided by Ray Harryhausen, the last dinosaur-themed film to be animated by him. Harryhausen had inherited the project from his mentor Willis O'Brien, the special effects master behind the original King Kong, who had planned to make The Valley of Gwangi decades earlier and died six years before this completed film was realized.”

Paper Flower Bouquet
with Courtney Cerruti
Saturday, April 12, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$60, limit 12 students

“Spring is Here! Learn how to make a variety of blooms both realistic and imagined using paper. Courtney will cover how to work and shape paper and use color and texture to create individual flowers you will arrange into a petite bouquet to take home. In addition to your bouquet, you’ll walk away with the skills to create any variety of paper flowers on your own.

Courtney Cerruti is an artist and the author of Playing with Image Transfers, released November 1, 2013. Courtney sees books as objects to be read and re-purposed, candy wrappers as paper flower petals, toilet paper tubes as a menagerie of animals. She sees the potential in the discarded, history in the mundane and art in the everyday. She saves everything, makes anything and teaches from a place of passion and authenticity. Courtney believes everyone is creative, and she’d rather spend an evening drinking tea and painting than doing anything else (except maybe scavenging treasures abroad). She teaches workshops all over California and online at http://www.creativebug.com. She is also an avid instagramer and can be caught crafting late into the night at http://instagram.com/ccerruti.”

Mills College Native Alliance Pow Wow
Saturday, April 12, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Toyon Meadow, Mills College Campus, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland

“The Mills College Pow Wow is a gathering that celebrates Native American community and culture. The Mills College Pow Wow is a longstanding community event supported by the Bay Area’s Native American community and one of few Pow Wows held in the Bay Area by and for the urban American Indian community.

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Mills College Pow Wow being led and organized by the Indigenous Women's Alliance and the Mills College Ethnic Studies department. The students and the department are dedicated to continuing Native American culture and traditions at Mills and in the larger Native American community.

At the center of this event are the traditional songs and dances of Indigenous American peoples from throughout North America. Traditional dances featured this year include: grass, Azteca, and hoop. Contest prizes for northern and southern traditional and fancy/jingle dances. All drums and dancers are welcome. Native American arts and crafts, such as jewelry and textiles from community vendors will be available. We invite you to come and support the Native American community and join us in this celebration of Native American heritage.

All Drums Welcome!

Please bring your own seating. Parking for Elders will be available.
NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ALLOWED! Please respect our traditions.”

Monthly Open Village Celebration
at Green Valley Village
Saturday, April 12, 10:00AM-8:00PM
Green Valley Village, 13024 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol
RSVP required; please e-mail gvv.events@gmail.com
Donations accepted

Check website for each month’s details
“Here is a sample of the schedule for a typical Second Saturday Event: (remember that this is just a sample schedule and you should check the website for the actual schedule before each event!!)

10:00AM: Community Work Party - One of the best ways to get to know our Village Members is to work with us!!  Get your hands dirty by helping us with a project.  Past work parties have included garden work, firewood chopping, building projects, event set-up and more.

1:00PM: Community Lunch - Work party participants are welcome to join us for our Saturday community lunch.  Eat fresh produce grown right on our farm and prepared by the loving hands of Village members.  If you just show up for lunch (without the workparty involvment), please feel free to bring a potluck dish to share.

2:30PM: Eco-Village Tour - Led by a seasoned Village member, you can get a lay of the land and find out more about the projects we have going on at Green Valley Village!!

3:30PM: Skillshare  - Cultivate a new skill!!    Past Skillshares have included African Dance and Drumming, Basket-weaving, Drum and Instrument Making, The NorthBay Burner Skillshare, Building with On-Site Forestry Resources, Building a Hohlzenhaus, and More.

6:00PM: Potluck Dinner - Our Village provides some simple dinner dishes, but the bulk of this food share is left up to luck, and the kindness our visitors bringing a dish to share!!

7:00PM: Evening Entertainment - Our Village event coordinator always makes sure there is something fun for us to do together at the end of the long day!!  Past evenings have included Live Performances by The Easy Leaves, Afia Walking Tree and Friends, Liz Boubion, The Dandelion Dance Theatre, Queen Hollins, Debbie Nargi-Brown, Copperwoman, The Hobo Goblins as well as our own Green Valley Village Annual Variety Show, and our Free Store Fashion Show.

We generally request a small donation for the day's events!!

Remember that by giving to Green Valley Village you are supporting the continued existence of this evolving Eco-Village!!

We also have Handmade Eco-Village Products and Services Available!!  

These products and services support the right livelihoods of members of our Village.  Look at the Village Marketplace section of our website to find out more about the products and services offered at our Eco-Village.  

Thank you for your support of and interest in our Village!!”

Cheesemaking: Mozarella and Burrata
with K. Ruby Blume
Saturday, April 12, 10:30AM-1:00PM
private home in Oakland, address given upon RSVP
sliding scale $40-$70, plus $10 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“In this class we'll learn about this much beloved cheese, its history and uses. Then we'll learn about traditional and modern methods of preparation and will make up a batch to eat right away in class! As a bonus we'll learn to make buratta. Cheesemaking 101 is highly recommended as a pre-requisite but not required.”

The Art of Science
Saturday, April 12, 11:00AM-4:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

“Getting creative in industrial arts means developing a scientific understanding of the temperatures, physics, processes, and forces necessary to shape metal, glass, stone, wood and other material. At The Science of Art, Crucible faculty, staff, artists and partner organizations will highlight the scientific principles, inquiry, and exploration behind the fine and industrial arts methods taught and practiced here.

This free, family-friendly open-house is a great chance to visit The Crucible and connect with our creative community. We’ll have live studio demonstrations, performances, exhibits, and a gallery show. Past partners have included Chabot Space and Science Center, The Exploratorium, Maker Faire, and many more.”

Spring Wildflower Festival
Saturday, April 12, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Sunol Regional Wilderness, 1895 Geary Road, Sunol
Free admission, Parking $5

“It’s time to celebrate the season of the birds, bees, flowers and trees!

Join us for:  
Wildflower hikes for all levels  
Arts and crafts
Live entertainment
Slideshows and nature activities.

Town Hall on the Trail with Senator Ellen Corbett 12:00-1:00PM”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, April 12, 11:00AM-5:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

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

April 12:  President McKinley visited San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier, after launching the battleship Ohio at Union Iron Works. He stops by the pier to address his constituents at noon, and again at 3:00PM.

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

SpringFest: Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures
Saturday, April 12, 11:00AM-6:00PM
International House at UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

“The Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures SpringFest is an exuberant celebration of life and culture from around the globe. This annual event is held in conjunction with Cal Day, the UC Berkeley campus open house. Attendees are treated to tantalizing delicacies from Armenia to Zambia. Performances of traditional music and dance from all corners of the world occur on five stages. Booths offering information, jewelry and handicrafts fill I-House from the front steps to the auditorium!

Take BART and use the free cable car shuttle around campus all day. For information call 510-642-9461 or email ihousespringfest@gmail.com.”

Knowland Park Tour
with the California Native Plant Society
Saturday, April 12, 12:00-2:00PM
Knowland Park, meet at Cameron Avenue and Malcolm Avenue, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Join the California Native Plant Society on April 12 to visit Oakland’s Knowland Park, a 500-acre wildland park and home to diverse native plant communities and wildlife. We’ll tour the native grasslands - depending upon rain, we may have wildflower displays, a look at the East Bay’s largest fairy ring of puffballs, oak woodlands, lichens, and rare maritime chaparral.

While we’re there, we’ll talk about the Oakland Zoo’s plans to expand upon 56 acres of the richest and most sensitive habitat in the park and why we believe that this development would be a disastrous mistake.

We’ll meet at Cameron Street, a cul-de-sac off of Malcolm that dead-ends at the park. It’s fine to park on the street or any of the other nearby 1-block cul-de-sacs that are on the south side of the park.

Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring water and a sunhat. There are no bathroom facilities in the park.

For more information, contact Laura Baker at Lbake66@aol.com.”

Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming
facilitated by Richard Russo, M.A. and Meredith Sabini, Ph.D.
Saturday, April 12, 2:00–4:00PM,
and two more Saturdays, May 10, June 14
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$20 per session

“Just as we can’t see the roots of a circle of redwood trees, we also don’t see the ways our individual dreams weave together in the mycelial root system of our species. But we can try to open ourselves to this level in the process we call ‘deep dreaming’.  It begins with a period of quiet meditation that allows us to sink below the level of the quotidian. Called by our intention, dreams slowly emerge from their rhizome, not ones we’ve chosen ahead of time, but ones that surprise us, dreams we may not remember, or ones from long ago. Using the ‘culture dreaming’ method, we tell the dreams that emerge spontaneously, one at a time, for perhaps twenty minutes. Then we take a brief break, and return to hear all the dreams read again as one narrative. Their interconnectedness, and ours with all life, may reveal its mysterious presence.”

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 12, 12:00-4:00PM
Historic Cannery District on the Martinez Waterfront Park, Martinez
see website for ticket details

“The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival in downtown Martinez began in 2010 to highlight the art and flavor of craft beer in Martinez and surrounding communities. Produced by Main Street Martinez, the festival draws 3,000 people to enjoy beer from over 35 microbreweries, live music, and food from local restaurants. This year, the event will be held at Waterfront Park on North Court Street, a short walking distance from the Martinez Amtrak Station and free downtown parking.

We hope you will join us and be part of this fun event!
While you're here we invite you to discover downtown Martinez, and the shops and restaurants.”

Lose Your Lawn
Saturday, April 12, 1:00-2:30PM
Evergreen Nursery, 350 San Leandro Boulevard, San Leandro

“Learn how to remove your lawn without tearing it out! These how-to talks are given by Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professionals, who provide design and plant selection advice as well as walk you through converting your lawn without breaking your back, or your wallet. There will be a hands-on demonstration of sheet mulching - an innovative technique of layering materials on top of your lawn, allowing you to plant right into it!

Each hour and a half talk is followed by an hour of tabling, where you can get one-on-one advice from a garden design expert. All events are free and open to the public, and no prior registration is required.”

Saturday, April 26, 1:30-3:00 pm
Hayward Public Library

Sunday, May 3,10:30 am-1:00 pm
Native Here Nursery, Berkeley

Fix-It Clinic
with Peter Mui
Saturday, March 15, 1:00-4:00PM
Hercules Public Library, 109 Civic Drive, Hercules

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

Film Production/Potluck: An MMTB Actor’s and Director's Challenge
presented by Movie Making Throughout the Bay
Saturday, April 12, 2:00-9:00PM
Rheem Theater, 350 Park Street, Moraga
see website for registration information

“We Are Taking Over The Rheem Theatres To Make Our Films!!!!
Actors, Filmmakers, Writers All Levels!!! Come Make Or Be In A Short Film With Us!!!

Films Made On This Event Will Be Due On June 1st 2014 and Screened the Same Month at the Landmark Shattuck Theatre.
ON this event we will:
Get into teams
Make Short Films
Eat (It's a Potluck, Bring a Food Item to Avoid Extra $10 Charge)

Come Make Short Films with us! Short films made on these events average of 3-9 film teams or short films made in one day.  Then in a few months, see your films on a Big Screen at the Landmark Shattuck Theatre

2:00PM: Open Doors- PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME- if you come too late, there is no guarantee that you will get on a film team.

Same Rules Apply as all our monthly Second Saturday filming events, for more details and IF YOU HAVE A KID or are under 18 - what do you need, Etc... http://moviemakingbay.com/dc

All attending will be in a short film and receive IMDB credits!”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, April 12, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

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

For April, Amanda will lead Open Circle, so you definitely don't want to miss it because it's going to be fabulous and entertaining.”

Kalahari Stories
with Jon Young of 8 Shields Institute
a Bull Session in The Barn presented by Outside In Nature
Saturday, April 12, 5:30-8:30PM
Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I Street, Petaluma
suggested donation $10-$20

“Bull Session in The Barn - Growing Community One Potluck at a Time.
Come join us as we share good food, great stories, and amazing people.

5:30-7:00PM: Community Potluck and Music (Bring Your own Plate and Utensils)
7:00-8:30PM: Talk
Jon will be returning from the Kalahari and sharing stories of his fifth journey to one of the last San Bushmen communities living their original patterns.
This ancient culture still lives and thrives directly from the land, but is now in the sunset of its existence. Despite this sad reality, Jon’s message from the Bushmen is one of hope, inspiration and vision for how we can incorporate the lessons learned from the Bushmen into our modern lifestyles.”

CAYA’s Trickster Moon
A Full Moon Circle for All Genders
Saturday, April 12, 7:00PM
Home of Truth, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda CA
$10 donation requested

“Three of CAYA Coven’s special interest groups: Trickster Kabal, Temple of Knowledge, and Ashe Orisha welcome all people to the Trickster Moon.  The power of the Trickster is that there are some lessons we can only learn by finding out how much we don’t know.  Sometimes what we think is wrong means something very different in a larger context than what we had realized.  Where do life’s lessons sneak up on us or surprise us?  How can we greet these lessons with receptivity instead of resistance?  Let us learn to dance and laugh instead of stumble and curse when life throws us its curveballs.  

Please feel free to bring small items to charge on the altar.  This ritual welcomes people of all genders. We are very excited to create magic together!”

Writers With Drinks
Saturday, April 12, 7:00-9:00PM
The Make-Out Room 3225 22nd. 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:
Eileen Gunn (Questionable Practices)
April Sinclair (Coffee Will Make You Black)
Caitlin Donohue (AHDM4U)
Nona Caspers (Heavier Than Air)
Siouxsie Q (The WhoreCast)

All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.”

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Endless Nights
with Barron Storey
closing event for Grains of Sand: 25 Years of the Sandman
Saturday, April 12, 7:00-9:00PM
Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco

“The Cartoon Art Museum concludes the public programming for its historic exhibition Grains of Sand: 25 Years of the Sandman with critically acclaimed artist Barron Storey on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 7:00-9:00PM. An illustrator, graphic novelist, and noted educator, Storey has created award-winning artworks for the covers and pages of Time, National Geographic, and Saturday Review, among others. The artist’s paintings are held in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Storey’s published journals include Life After Black and The Marat/Sade Journals.

Storey will discuss his legendary artistic career, including his uniquely ongoing relationship with Despair that spun from his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on the award-winning graphic novel Sandman: Endless Nights, featuring Storey’s stunning Fifteen Portraits of Despair. Attendees will get an insider’s look at Storey’s Despair Journals on April 12.”

Carnatic Vocal Concert
with Vikram K. Raghavan
Saturday, April 12, 7:00PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
sliding scale $10-$20

“Since 2007, Vikram K. Raghavan has been a kutcheri artist - that is, a concert performer of carnatic music - and he is the founder of kutcheris.com. Vikram has sung at a number of the great institutions of carnatic music in Chennai, and has garnered awards and acclaim at the Madras Music Academy and Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana. He is a student of the prominent vocalist T. M. Krishna, and is involved in a number of organizations for the promotion of classical music in India, including the Youth Association for Classical Music (YACM), in which he is a member of the executive committee, and Svanubhava, a festival celebrating the Indian performing arts conducted for students across India.”

Kuan Yin: Goddess of Compassion
with Marina Lighthouse
Saturday, April 12, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Spend an unforgettable evening with Marina Lighthouse, feng shui consultant, renowned Kuan Yin devotee, and author of the award-winning Kuan Yin Temple Oracle. Marina will discuss ways to deepen your intuition, realize greater clarity, and attract love by building your connection to Kuan Yin, the revered Goddess of Compassion. Participants will have a chance to receive mini readings based on the Temple Oracle.”

Caravan Palace and Rosin Coven In Concert
Saturday, April 12, 8:00PM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
$32.50 in advance, $35 at the door

“Here we go, let’s take the Caravan for another tour. Same Palace, with a brand new customized flavor. On the shelves and on the road. The surprise breakout band of the last decade, the apostles of Electro Swing and precursors of a laidback yet terribly upbeat trend, is coming up with an evocative second album: Panic! This time, Caravan Palace takes us even farther than their first album (that sold more than 150,000 copies) and continues an amazing adventure almost started by accident.

Their strength lies in their common passion for electronic music. Charles, Arnaud and Hughes, the initial trio, dig swing, especially gypsy jazz, and try their hands at the genre’s traditional instruments: guitar, double bass and violin. That’s where this peculiar mixture of classical Django and new trendy electro comes from. And it’s far better than those retro futuristic sounds… because it swings. A few Myspace posts later and they have almost doubled in size, enrolling Chapi and the boisterous Colotis in the band.

They start touring long before they even think about releasing an album. And everything clicks in 2007, during the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois. Terrified to be part of the gypsy jazz pantheon, they gather speed and steam and create a real posse (not unlike hip-hop) that follows them everywhere. The word is out, their breakout song, Jolie Coquine, is playing everywhere. The record is released a year later, and it’s an immediate hit. They soon tour France and Europe. The show peaks at the Olympia. The room is packed, people go crazy… listening to swing. This has never happened before.

But during the autumn of 2010, they stop and take a month off to start thinking about the new album. How do they come up with new songs? Every member of the band works in his own musical lab before exchanging files at night. The same process starts over the next day. And when the others react instinctively, it’s generally a good sign. The basic rhythm of the first album has mutated into sophisticated beats, less gimmicky, more varied and enriched with sounds flirting with the frontiers of trip-hop. They still love Massive Attack, they still dig the creative minds of Ninja Tune, Isolee’s minimal electro vibe or Gorillaz’s grand hip-hop rock bazaar. Only the best of the best. But they also rediscover thirties and forties swing jazz, artists like Fletcher Henderson, or the less mainstream musicians like Charlie Chavers and Mildred Bailey.

Six months later, forty-something titles pile up. It’s time to regroup in the studio… where fifteen vintage keyboards are waiting. Tirelessly, the band tries new things, merges styles and makes creative decisions. Fourteen titles are soon emerging. The petulant voice of Colotis is booming again and the old friend Cyrille-Aimee is back on two songs. And don’t forget to include Toustou in the Caravan.”

San Jose Fantasy Festival
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13,
Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Guadalupe River Park, 494 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Adults $12, ages 13-17, seniors and military $10, ages 6-12 $7, under 6 free
Parking $5 at HP Pavilion

“The San Jose Fantasy Faire offers visitors the opportunity to step into an enchanting fantasy-land, where you will have more fun than you can shake a wand at.

Fantasy Faire celebrates the best-loved fairy tales of the old and the present. Nestled on Guadalupe River Park Green, this village-style show features a number of characters from Grimm's fairy tales, some portrayed in Disney movies and myriad of others. Visitors can hang out with the various princesses; there's even a handsome prince or two. Little girls of all ages will be delighted by it.

Fantasy Faire can be a break for adults, too. It offers a place for families to sit and be entertained. There will be two stages filled with entertainment and close to 300 actors in the streets frolicking and causing mayhem. The atmosphere will be infectious and the crowd will be encouraged to join in singing songs, cheering for heroes and booing villains. The shows are well-crafted and entertaining for all ages.
Some of the characters you'll meet include Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, Troll and Goblin Kings, Viking Gods, Rumpelstiltskin, Fairies and Dragons, Satyrs, Pirates, Mermaids, Witches and Fairy Godmothers and many more.  

There will be a Pirate Ship for you to examine and a Steampunk corridor as well. And, if you're lucky you might even get a glimpse at the elusive  Dr. Who at the show.

Additionally, the event will feature a series of fantasy and fiction writers who will be sharing their work with you. Need something new to read? Want to be transported to yet another universe? Meet the up and coming authors sharing their works.”

Contra Costa Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

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

Model Railroad Exhibit at Roaring Camp
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Kids can’t get enough of these tiny trains, broccoli size trees and little red cabooses. Watch your child’s face light up as they play engineer chugging through the Redwoods, around railroad bends and over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Boardwalk with the miniature scale of the Central Coast spread out before them.

Once the Model Railroad Exhibit feeds their imagination, the ‘Real Trains’ will be waiting outside to transform imagination into reality. Join us for a special day on the railway.”

Self-Determination: Kujichagulia
A Women's Rites of Passage Retreat
with Mutima Imani
Sponsored by LoveJourney
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, 10:00AM Saturday through 2:00PM Sunday
private retreat center in Sebastopol, address given when registered and paid

“‘Call me by my true name so I can remember who I am.’

This Coming to Awareness retreat is an opportunity to explore and celebrate the beauty of change and the joy of becoming. Take time to withdraw from your routine as you acknowledge yourself.

In indigenous societies, it is a natural and expected step in the lives of women to rethink who we have become and step into who we really are.

Celebrate the stages of womanhood and our transitions in life.
Understand how each choice and reaction sets up natural consequence.
Tell the truth about the ways the society has socialized and impacted us.
Release any blame, shame, and guilt that might limit our full expression.

Through this initiation rite, we create the space to be completely vulnerable and true with ourselves while developing a Community Portal where each woman emerges in power as the Sacred Divine.

A Visionary Master Trainer and Facilitator, Queen Rev. Mutima Imani works to Heal the Heart of Humanity. For 35 years, Mutima offered healings, spiritual coaching and Rites of Passage programs to women. A Religious Science Minister, she has studied Native American Shamanism and Tantra. She passionately invokes the Divine Spirit of Love, Loving-Kindness and Forgiveness in all her work.”

Revealing Your Holy Grail
with Sue Hoya
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Cosmic Cowgirls Studio, 401 Center Street, Healdsburg

“Legendary Woman - Revealing Your Holy Grail

Join Visionary Artist, Teacher and Entrepreneur Shiloh Sophia McCloud and her lifelong mentor Sue Hoya Sellars on your own Legendary Vision Quest in Paint.

This weekend will be focused on Revealing YOUR HOLY GRAIL. The Holy Grail is that magical vessel that holds legends from many different spiritual traditions. Seekers throughout the ages have spent lifetimes in pursuit of this intangible sacred.

Painting As Sacred Practice based on the roots of the Color of Woman Method
Opening Women’s Circle, Red Thread Circle and Cafe
Doing your deep digging spiritual work to discover what is hidden within you.

What if the Holy Grail is completely personal? In our painting journey together we will explore intimately our own myth and excavate the Holy Grail that holds the secrets you are longing to live into.

Dreaming the World Awake
Are you wishing for a new way to live your life, view your life and find meaning?
Is there something you are reaching for that you cannot quite put your finger on?
Do you feel inspired to begin a dedicated spiritual or creative practice but not sure what to do?
Do you view your life as a story that is happening to you or a legend that you can create for yourself?
Have you always wanted to paint, even felt like you could be an artist, but were too scared to begin?
Are YOU ready to go on a Modern Day Vision Quest??

Don’t miss the chance to join the Quest!”

Humaniversity AUM Meditation
two day workshop
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13,
Saturday 3:00-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-2:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$40-$120 sliding scale (cash or check only)
For more information or to register, please e-mail therealsunriseruby@hotmail.com

“This is a rare opportunity to experience the Humaniversity AUM Meditation. The only certified AUM facilitators on the West Coast reside in Seattle, WA and Boulder, CO. We are thrilled to bring AUM to the Bay Area for two meditations facilitated by Buster Jonas Radvik!

The Humaniversity AUM Meditation is a 1.5 hour guided tour through fourteen different aspects of being human. The process takes you from negativity to positivity, from anger to love, from catharsis to stillness, and finally, bringing you back to your center. It is a "social" process in which you will function as a mirror to each other in order to become more aware of yourself - your feelings, your attitudes, your beliefs, your habitual thinking, and your relationship to your own living, breathing body. This is dynamic and socially interactive journey through periods of movement and silent sitting. It can help you manifest greater awareness, creativity, and well-being in your daily life.

The fourteen stages take you from one polarity to another via emotional expression, dancing, bio-energetic exercise and encounter. Rather than telling you in words how to handle your feelings, the AUM meditation guides you in experiencing your emotions in a safe environment and with the support of others. You will learn to express and let go of whatever is blocking you in your mind or body, and move into an inner silence.

The AUM Meditation can help you access your reservoir of inner power and will teach you to take a position for yourself which can result in feeling more alive, energetic and authentic in the moment. It is a celebration of love and friendship, and it can be a great support and inspiration on your journey of creating a rich and meaningful life.

First day of workshop.
Workshop includes registration, introduction talk, meditation (1.5 hrs) and closing circle. Please be on time, doors close 30 minutes post start time.

The Humaniversity AUM Meditation is a physically active meditation and you must be in good health to attend. Participants must complete the AUM HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE prior to registration. All participants must be in good physical and emotional health to attend. Request the questionnaire by emailing Jennifer Bruce at therealsunriseruby@hotmail.com for registration and/or if you have any questions.

Please bring with you:

Comfy clothing, dress in layers, expect to SWEAT
Indoor shoes/slippers/socks (only if you cannot participate barefoot)
Journal/pen for reflection, if time permits
Your own water bottle to keep hydrated during the session
If you have any questions or would like to speak with the facilitator prior to registration, please email Buster at busterr@gmail.com or Jennifer at therealsunriseruby@hotmail.com. If you would like to speak to a facilitator personally, please email for phone number.

Facilitator Bio: Buster Jonas Radvik, MA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a Sensorimotor informed psychotherapist living in Seattle, WA. His psychotherapy practice utilizes somatic and mindful awareness as the entry points for resolving internal conflicts in behavior, thinking, and feeling as a result of past trauma. Buster's body-centered approach to psychotherapy is informed by ten years of experience as a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer in living in Sweden. Additionally, Buster has over 25 years of dedicated practice to Yoga (including Dynamic Yoga by Godfrey Deveroux (UK), Astanga Yoga by Derek and Radha Ireland (UK), and is a Certified Dynamic Yoga Instructor (Godfrey Deveroux, UK). Buster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Contemplative Psychology with a focus on body-centered approaches such as Hakomi, Sensorimotor, and Mindfulness based therapies from Naropa University Boulder, CO, and a Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Family and Couples therapy from Antioch University Seattle, WA. Over a period of six years, Buster lived and studied at the Humaniversity in the Netherlands and Sweden. Buster is a certified AUM Meditation leader. For more information contact Buster at busterr@gmail.com

Farewell to the Crosses of Lafayette
Sunday, April 13, 9:00AM-1:00PM
across from the Lafayette BART Station, 3601 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette

Although usually called “the Lafayette Crosses,” this memorial includes pentacles and many other religious symbols respectfully chosen to be appropriate to each person memorialized, and the founders have been allies of the Veteran’s Pentacle Quest movement.

“The Founders of the Crosses of Lafayette in conjunction with the Pay It Forward Bank of Lafayette hereby announce THE END.

The crosses of Lafayette will be dismantled on April 13, 2014. Those interested in partaking are cordially invited to attend this most solemn event.

Participants are requested to gather quietly at 9:00AM for a one hour period of contemplation and prayer.

We request that all participants refrain from bringing any packaged items except for water in a sealed container. Please abstain from wearing athletic clothing. Also please arrive on public transportation, by walking, horseback or bicycle.

Those who want to honor the fallen by standing at attention with a loaded firearm, in uniform, by carrying a flag or by playing an appropriate instrument are more than just welcome.

Between the hours of 10:00AM-12:00PM, those who have lost a loved one as a consequence of the Afghanistan or Iraq Wars are requested to slowly walk onto the hillside and remove one cross that they may cherish and relocate to another sacred location.  

Starting at noon, participants may help us remove the remaining crosses in a thoughtful and orderly fashion. All remaining crosses will be placed in piles on flat ground and symbolically burned for forty days and forty nights.

Orchestration of the event will be live streamed. We request that one tenth of those in attendance carry either an electronic candle or a portable Bluetooth speaker with administrative channels in standby mode.     

On the May 22, 2014, preparations will begin for the arrival of 200,000 guests on May 25 to participate in the annual Memorial Day Commemoration at the Crosses of Lafayette.  

On the part of the mayor of Lafayette, its entire city council, and especially the honorable Senator Mark DeSaulnier, we would like to express our deepest feelings of regret to the family and friends of those honorable men and women who have sacrificed their lives during these terrible years of war.  

With many tears,

Jeff Heaton”

Fantasy Paper Theater
crafting workshop with Toy Jalanugraha
Sunday, April 13, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$95 includes materials
register in advance - class limited to 8 students

“Recreate the magical world of the 18th-century stage plays by building your own small theater complete with proscenium, red velvet curtain, and costumed actors. Toy will show you how to build your own small theater (about 6 inches tall). For the actors, you’ll cut out and mount characters from reproductions of vintage paper theater sheets. The fun is in decorating the stage and embellishing the characters with painted Dresden trim, glitter, jewels, and other glitz. At the end of class, you’ll sit back and dream of the curtain rising on your own production.”

Mongolia in Arts and Photographs
An Afternoon at the Silk Road House
Sunday, April 13, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“By this multifaceted presentation that is going to combine an elegant exhibit of new papercuts (silhouettes) by Sandagdorj Turburam (known to us as Turo Scissorhand), artistic works of two other modern Mongolian painters, Michid Mika Onon and Byambasuren Dandii, and thoughtful and poetic photographs by Erdenebayar Erdenesuren, as well as Mongolian traditional music, we’re beginning the new series of cultural events - two hours in the afternoon dedicated to one of numerous cultures along the historical Silk Roads.
This fresh step in public meetings and discussions will hopefully enrich our customary weekends’ schedule, which consists of movies by Saturdays at 5:00PM and exhibits, concerts, lectures and storytelling by Sundays at 1:00PM.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Compost! Everything You Ever Wanted To Know
with K. Ruby Blume
Sunday, April 13, 1:00-4:00PM
private home in Oakland, address given upon RSVP
sliding scale $35-$65

“Hot compost, cold compost, lazy composting, worm composting, compost tea and more. Come get the low down on options for turning your kitchen and yard waste into gold standard amendments for your garden. We’ll take a look at what is needed to create the optimal hot compost pile and then explore variations on this theme to discover the perfect composting style for you and your garden. Given time and availability in the garden, we’ll get some hands-on practice turning compost, harvesting vermicastings, and brewing up and applying a compost tea.”

Intro to Indigo
with Kathryn Davey
Sunday, April 13, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$90, limit 12 students

“Join us for an afternoon of indigo fun, where you will explore the basics of indigo dyeing. From preparing your fabric, creating an indigo vat, to dying and creating patterns, this class will cover all the basics to get you started on your road to an indigo love affair. You will leave the workshop with two flour sack towels and a completed natural fiber scarf.

Please feel free to bring 1-2 small items of your own to transform and dip in the dye bath. Prep your fabric by filling up a large pot of boiling water. Add 1-2 tbsp of baking soda and boil your items for 1-2 hours. If your water is very discolored, repeat this process until the water boils clear.

Indigo dye kits will be available for purchase with $10 off for participants. Kits contain all you need to create your own vat at home.

Kathryn Davey is a designer and maker living in the North Bay Area. She handcrafts natural fiber dolls, toys and accessories for children.”

Mission In Motion
presented by Brava Theater Center and Mission Academy of Performing Arts
Sunday, April 13, 3:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“All proceeds benefit Youth Programs at BRAVA

Mission Academy of Performing Arts presents a Spring Showcase of the Youth Training Programs that make up MAPA@BRAVA.  With performances by Cuicacalli Escela de Danza, Marsh Youth Theater, Loco Bloco and Los Chiles Verdes Salsa Band, the afternoon will bring together MAPA’s brilliant teen ensemble of multidisciplinary dancers, actors, musicians and technicians for a showcase of the work they have been doing this year.
Brava Theater Center’s Mission Academy of Performing Arts, (MAPA@BRAVA) is a comprehensive training program for youth in music, dance and theater - including technical classes in sound design, lighting and costumes and stage management. Brava collaborates with Marsh Youth Theatre, Loco Bloco, Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza and Jose Leon's Salsa Band Workshop to offer a stellar performing arts curriculum taught by professionals working in their field.”

Open Shamanic Journey Circle
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Sunday, April 13, 3:00-5:00PM, typically the third Sunday of each month
The Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

“Over the years many people have asked us about opportunities for journeying in the context of a circle - which many find to be more powerful than journeying solo. This is that opportunity.

The shamanic journey is a way to explore the non-ordinary realms, interact directly with personal power animals and spirit guides, and access divine information.

This is a journey circle - it's best if you already have had some experience with shamanic journeying. If not, or if you want a review, come at 2:30PM for introductory information and mentoring.

Bring a drum or rattle if you have them, an eye covering for journeying, and a notebook to record your experiences.

We plan to offer this every third Sunday afternoon.

We're asking a $20 donation to help with the site rental. Details will be sent to those that are coming.”

Breast Health
with Rupam Henry, Faye Stevenson, and Ollie Lobeck
Saturday, April 13, 4:30-6:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334

“Three practitioners will offer practical and easy ways to support healthy breasts. Rupam Henry will discuss uses for her Lady Nada’s Breast Oil, while Faye Stevenson and Ollie Lobeck will present breast massage techniques, stretches, and simple techniques for building awareness and increasing functionality of the breast tissues and the surrounding area. Healthy breast tissue is vital for lymphatic health and consequently immune health.

Class will be held on Sunday, April 13, 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.

Rupam Henry, founder of Rupam’s Herbals, is a 13th generation herbalist who combines her herbal and holistic health practice with 20 years experience as an R.D.A. in general and pediatric dentistry.

Ollie Lobeck overcame chronic pain through the work of Holistic Biomechanics. She is now a Holistic Biomechanics practitioner, the first and only practitioner in the Bay Area.

Faye Stevenson, owner of Bayside Pilates studio, and Pilates instructor has spent years learning about the function of the human body.”

Firebird Dance Theatre
Presents An Annual Benefit Performance in Memory of Rosa Lysaya
Saturday, April 13, 5:00PM
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
for more information, please call 650-223-8699 or e-mail boxoffice@paloaltojcc.org

“Part children’s dance recital, part professional-level concert, Firebird showcases inventive, complex and well-executed choreography based on traditional Ukrainian, Russian, Armenian, Moldavian, Argentinean, French, Latin and Gypsy steps.
Firebird started at the Palo Alto JCC in 1991 by world-renowned teacher and choreographer Rosa Lysaya. Known then as the Lysaya Dance School, it enrolled six students and focused on traditional folk dances from Russia and around the world.  

The current director, Lotta Lysaya-Barton (daughter of Rosa), brings an annual benefit concert to the Schultz Cultural Hall to pay homage to where the theater started. Firebird's signature style is known as modern or contemporary folk.”

Plant Medicine for Beginners
with Nic Weinstein of Homestead Apothecary
Sunday, April 13, 6:00-8:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street San Francisco, 415-552-0112
sliding scale $40
Seating is limited, please pre-register at tomra@gravelandgold.com or 415-552-0112

“Nic Weinstein of Homestead Apothecary will be instructing us on how to make folk medicine using herbs and gems, and while we learn and do this, we will be discussing various healing properties of the plants and crystals. This workshop is designed for folks who have been curious about this craft but are unsure where to begin. Everyone will go home with a tincture, gem essence and new skills to motivate you to keep playing with the plants. $40 is the price, folks. Let’s begin!”

Kozmik Kirtan
with Evelie S. Posch
Sunday, April 13, 7:00PM
Peacock Room,Yoga Tree Berkeley, 2807 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
(back of building through black gate)
$15-$25 sliding scale

“Join in, opening your heart, sharing your devotion through deep listening and uplifted singing. Also with meditation, poetry and a circle dance.  Chanting in many languages, honoring universal spiritual paths with world musical genres.”

The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, April 13, 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.

Brewster McCloud
film screening hosted by Jeff M. Giordano
Monday, April 14, 5:30PM
Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda

“Brewster McCloud is a 1970 movie, directed by Robert Altman, about a young recluse (Bud Cort, as the titular character) who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome, where he is building a pair of wings so he can fly. He is helped by his comely and enigmatic ‘fairy godmother’, played by Sally Kellerman.

Since October 2012, Jeff has been showing films each month at the Alameda Free Public Library. He founded this Free Film Series, selects all films, and leads a post-discussion based on his research.”

Manifestation Monthly: Full Moon Manifestation Circle and Ceremony
Monday, April 14, 6:00-9:00PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
For more information, please contact Roke at 510-681-9740 or sirenproject@gmail.com

“Coaching and Ceremony to support you set and manifest your intentions; keep you aligned, inspired and accountable.

Single drop-ins are $35 per session. Four Session Discount Pass $100 allows you to attend any 4 sessions over 2014 for $25 each.

You will be part of a group of women (up to 12 women) with the purpose of manifesting your intentions throughout 2014. You will meet once a month, the evening of Full Moon.

Roke (Krishnakali) Noir will hold the group in a safe, fun, and grounded space. She will use coaching tools, expressive arts (movement, improv, art making, storytelling, writing and more) practices, self-exploratory intuitive and cognitive games, group interactions and ritual theatre to lead you to:

Look Back: 6:00-7:00PM
Reflect on the last month through guided meditation
Examine your choices, decisions and actions
Learn from your celebrations and challenges

Move Forward: 7:00-8:00PM
Release what no longer serves you
Call yourself back and realign to your highest self
Set your intentions
Create your Manifestation Practice for next lunar cycle

Full Moon Ceremony: 8:00-9:00PM
After the Circle is complete you will join a Manifestation Fire Ceremony under the full moon in Roke's garden (6 blocks from Terra's Temple).

Roke (aka Krishnakali) Noir, originally from India and strongly rooted in eastern philosophies, is a manifestation coach, expressive arts director and shamanic energy practitioner. She has curved her path to walk on as The Alchemista, starting from the age of 35, after moving to USA at the age of 22, finishing her PhD in Artificial Intelligence and working in the high tech corporate world for 13 years. She has manifested her purpose of ‘using darkness - shaping light’ as she continues her passionate search for beauty in all things broken. As a woman bridging many worlds like the east and the west, the sacred and the sex positive, individualism and socialism, addictions and activism - she believes her work in this life is to serve women to accept who they are and manifest their highest selves. The guiding principles of her very own Dare to Manifest program are the Energetics (the spirit), Logistics (the mind) and Mechanics (the body) of every day Manifestation Practice.”

Celebrate Hina: Hawaiian Moon Goddess
Monday, April 14, 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

“Hina is the Hawaiian Goddess of Sacred Crafts and the valuing of Women’s work. She painstakingly beats wauke (mulberry bark) into the most luxurious and precious Tapa cloth in all of Hawaii. The details and the designs of the cloth are exquisite, and the color of Her cloth cannot be imitated. But Hina’s gifts and talents were being taken for granted by Her family and some in Her village. She started journeying to several places before She walked on Moonbow to create Her home on the Moon. Today, when we look up at the Moon, we can see Hina still at work creating, passing on Her skills on how create Tapa cloth.

Tapa cloth is very honored and ancient way of making cloth in Hawaii. Tapa cloth is highly valued because it is a very detailed, many-step process to create Tapa. When at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in O’ahu, Hawaii, one is able to see the stunning Tapa cloth and all the tools that are used to beat and create the Tapa. It takes time and skill to create Tapa and the some of the pieces at museum were humbling to view and to be next to and understand the hands and the skill that it took to create them.

Women’s gifts, talents and work are still taken for granted, way under-appreciated and -honored in our society today. How can we continue to change, teach, and transform the value of Women and gifts, skills, talents and work that is done? On the night of the ritual, there will be a total Lunar Eclipse, which is the first Eclipse of the year, and the Moon will turn red - this is called the Blood Moon - what a great night to circle in sisterhood and celebrate women!

We will be working with our Hawaiian words. If you have a word that you are working with, please be ready to share. If you do not have a Hawaiian word, a great place to start is to look at the Daughters of the Goddess website on the Aloha page, where there are many words that can start you on your path to a deeper understand of the Hawaiian culture.

Please wear Hawaiian Aloha clothing and wear a haku lei if you know how to make one. For the altar, please bring a rainbow candle or solid candle of any rainbow color. Bring any symbols of Hina and the Moon and a papaya, mango, guava, coconut or pineapple for the altar.

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.”

Total Lunar Eclipse
Monday, April 14, 9:55PM-Tuesday, April 15, 3:56AM
visible all over North America

“This is the first total lunar eclipse in two and a half years. Skies permitting, April's event is observable in its entirety across North America and western South America; those in Europe and Asia won't see it. It's a late-night, early-morning event, though, with mid-eclipse at 7:46 Universal Time (12:46AM PDT). Totality lasts 78 minutes. The partial phases run from 5:58 to 9:33 UT (which begins late on April 14 as seen from the West Coast). The Moon passes through the southern portion of Earth's dark umbra, which means the northern half of the eclipsed lunar disk should appear much darker than its southern half. The bright star Spica is positioned just 2 degrees west of the darkened Moon.”

Understanding Pain
with Allan Basbaum
a production of Wonderfest
Saturday, April 15, 6:30-8:00PM
Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose

“Pain speaks as forcefully and as personally as any human experience. While the ability to experience pain is essential for survival, chronic pain is the scourge of sentient existence. As a topic of research, pain presents a formidable challenge for scientists. How does individual perception of pain vary? Why are some chronic pains so difficult to control? How effective are alternative and complementary methods, such as acupuncture and hypnosis, and how do they exert their pain-relieving effects?”

Pork Belly: Making Bacon and Pancetta at Home
with Seth Peterson
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00-9:00PM
private home in Berkeley, address given upon RSVP
sliding scale $35-$70 plus $10 supply fee

“Pork belly is probably the most versatile cut of pork, and it is the basis of two beloved cured meat products, bacon and pancetta. In this hands-on class, we will learn the basics of curing meats, local purchase and selection of quality meats, essential ingredients and basic techniques. We’ll learn how the flavor of bacon is enhanced by smoking, how to salt cure meat in the refrigerator and an explanation of additional projects that can be done in a similar manner, such as prosciutto and lardo. We’ll taste samples of homemade bacon and pancetta and students will go home with some pork belly, mixed cure, and the confidence to make bacon and pancetta at home”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, April 16, 8:00-9:00PM (Please arrive a few minutes before 8:00PM)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.

Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.

We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.

Date for 2014:
May 14
June 12
July 13
August 10
September 7
October 8
November 5
December 6

For April, Molly Blue Dawn will be taking us through a guided meditation with Aphrodite Aprilis.”

Spring Book Sale
benefiting Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Wednesday-Sunday, April 16-20, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Free admission

“Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)'s Spring Book Sale features more than 250,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media. EVERYTHING is $3 or less, priced with a 3-2-1 scale - $3 for hardcover books, $2 for paperback books, and $1 for DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1.

Just like Friends' Annual Big Book Sale (held at Fort Mason Center in September), the Spring Sale stocks books sorted in more than 70 categories with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Throughout the year, Friends of the SFPL staff and volunteers collect used and new books from a variety of different sources, including estate sales, businesses, publishers, and book donors across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Spring Book Sale is free and open to the public. The sale benefits the SFPL's education programs to promote literacy for children, teens, and adults.”

Have an Extraordinarily Cultures, Extremely Deep Week!

Molly Blur Dawn

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