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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Mysteries of Sleep, Leather Pouch Workshop, Advanced Herbal Pharmacy Intensive Spring Session, The Bee and the Goddess, Mother's Day Teas at Ainsley House, Pearls Over Shanghai, Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race!, 7th Annual Oshun Party!, Making Access to Space a Reality for Everyone, Awakening the Connection to the Ancestors, Precious Metals: Crucible’s Fireside Lounge, Kafana Balkan, Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000, Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse, Foundry Nights #13, First Annual Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival, Stanford Powwow and Indian Art Market, Whole Earth Festival, Tongues/Gather, World Fair Trade Day, National Train Day, Sunnyvale Historical Society Spring Garage Sale, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Herb Crafts Family Program, Creating Commons Festival, Benicia Home and Garden Tour, Allied Arts Guild Open Studios, Day in the Life 1901, Hungarian Heritage Festival, Film Production/Potluck: an MMTB Actors and Directors Challenge, LoveJourney Circle of Hearts Benefit Picnic, Urban Berry Patch, Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Really Big Paper Roses, Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival, Etchings of the Goddess, Writers With Drinks, East Bay Waltz, Broceliande: Music of Maytime and Spring Celebrations, The Party, Bay Area Visuals ExtrA/Vaganza, Hawaiian May Day Festival, Botanical Mother's Day Tea and Succulent Crafting, Holt Ceramics Spring Sale, Park Street Spring Festival, Herb Walk for Kids, Turning Earth Singers CD Release Party, Mother's Day Cooking Class, Honoring Our Mothers and Evelie's Birthday Jam, Four Shillings Short, Off Book Off Broadway, Spring Herbal Essentials, Working with the Shadow, Children’s Book Week, Healing Foods Basics, Tarot Salon, Tribal Fest 14: From Root to Fruit, Online Tea and Chanting Sangha, Network for a New Culture Gathering, Kitchen Mastery: Wielding the Knife, Moon Ceremony, Celebrate Lunar Beltane and Cordelia: Celtic Goddess of the Summer Flowers, The Queer Pentacle, Give OUT Day, Balancing the Human Cycle with the Life of Soul and Spirit, Shamanic Healing with Siberian Shaman Ladamira

The Mysteries of Sleep
with Matthew P. Walker, Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
A production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, May 7, 7:00-9:00PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“We spend one third of our lives asleep, yet doctors and scientists still have no complete understanding as to why. It is one of the great scientific mysteries. This talk will describe new discoveries suggesting that sleep is a highly active process, essential for improving brain functions including (1) learning, (2) memory, (3) creativity and (4) emotional regulation.

Our venue is as exciting as our topic. Surrounded by a diverse convoy of gourmet food trucks, we will gather in the enclosed heart of Streat Food Park.”

Leather Pouch Workshop
with Laura Schoorl
Friday, May 7, 7:00-9:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street San Francisco, 415-552-0112
$40 includes all materials, limited to 8 participants
Please pre-register at tomra@gravelandgold.com or 415-552-0112

“When do you ever have enough pouches, I ask? Pouches for this, pouches for that… never enough. Join Laura Schoorl in making leather pouches! Make the pattern, cut it, stamp it, fasten with rivets, take it home to organize your life! What a blast!

Laura Schoorl is an Oakland-based designer who makes sandals and bags. She is also a fellow Gravel and Gold Girl and can be spotted behind the counter on occasion.”

Advanced Herbal Pharmacy Intensive Spring Session
with Karen Aguiar, Jamie Grime, Robin Lander, Gail Julian and guest teachers
an eight week course from California School of Herbal Studies
Thursday, May 8, 9:30AM-1:30PM,
and seven more Thursdays through June 26
Emerald Valley, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville
sliding scale $475-$525 (includes $50 materials fee)

“This course takes place in two parts: Spring and Fall. Each session will utilize different herbs from the garden to bring into the pharmacy. We encourage students to take both sessions.

This Intermediate/Advanced level course has been created for those who have basic herbal medicine making skills and wish to go deeper in the management of a home pharmacy and the creation of potent herbal medicines. Using the abundant CSHS Garden this course will have a great deal of hands-on experience in harvesting and making of all medicines.

This course will be intimate, highly educational, hands-on, and a wonderful opportunity to learn from teachers in a small size class setting of 12 students. We are looking for students who are passionate and committed to the goal of understanding the how’s and why’s of maintaining an effective herbal pharmacy.

The course will cover:
Tincture making, percolation, effective saturation, usefulness of additional solvents
Salve making: including the incorporation of tinctures, glycerites, and powders
Medicinal salve survey: various salve recipes for a wide variety of conditions
Medicinal Honey: created for specific conditions
Pharmacy maintenance: record keeping, understanding GMPs, containers, labeling
Discussion of important medicines for any pharmacy using the CSHS pharmacy as an example
Science in the lab: organoleptics and microscopic ID
Formulation: we will explore herbal combinations, and discuss herbs as activators and carriers in formulas
Compliance issues: solving the taste dilemma. Herbal preparations in different forms.”

The Bee and the Goddess
with Loretta Farris, Goddess Devotee and Sacred Bee Enthusiast
presented by Joy Reichard’s In Her Name Circle
Thursday, May 8, 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, learn about the sacred connection between the Goddess and the not-so-simple bee, a powerful symbol for the feminine archetype.

Are you feeling called by the bees?
Do you know that they are believed to offer healing and prophecy?
Learn how the divine feminine is connected with bees and how they can empower you.
Experience the meditative sound of the bees and more!
Discover the magical ways the bee can nourish your spirit!

Loretta’s curiosity with metaphysics began over twenty years ago as she used different techniques of divination on her spiritual journey. The year 2010 was a pivotal time, as she yearned for a deeper connection and a community that would support her spiritual endeavors. Joy Reichard, her first mentor and dear friend, introduced Loretta to the divine feminine and her devotion to the goddess has never wavered. As a result of working with other amazing women such as Elizabeth Barton and Marguerite Rigoglioso, she unearthed a special connection with the sacred honeybee.

She has lived in Redwood City for over fifteen years, next to Ohlone Indian burial grounds, and mystical experiences have opened up and guided her as she shares her knowledge and symbolism of the Goddess and the honeybee and ways to save the honeybee from the plight she faces. Loretta holds her workshop called Healing Bee Gatherings in her magical meditation garden.”

Mother's Day Teas at Ainsley House
Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, 1:00PM
Ainsley House, 300 Grant Street, Campbell

“The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation cordially invites you to our 2014 Mother's Appreciation Teas on May 8, 9, and 10 at 1:00PM.  We will be serving finger sandwiches, scones, petit fours, champagne, and sparkling cider.

The cost is $35 per person, which includes a tour of historical Ainsley House.  Reservations are required.  For more information and to place a reservation, please phone the Campbell Historical Museum at 408-866-2757.  All proceeds will support the Museum's exhibits, programs, and operations.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, 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.”

Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race!
Thursday-Sunday, May 8-11,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through June 8
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“A world premiere by Christopher Chen
Directed by Evren Odcikin
A co-production with Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company

The Republican Party finally - finally! - realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who's hapa - of mixed Asian descent. They think they've found their man in Nick, a promising Congressmember. But when Nick doesn't conform to their expectations of who he should be, they turn to Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box - and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.

Christopher Chen, a playwright of immense talent on the rise, was the visionary behind the Glickman Award-winning cosmic explosion The Hundred Flowers Project at Crowded Fire last season. Mutt is a co-production between Impact and Ferocious Lotus, a new company devoted to promoting Asian-American theatre artists led by co-artistic directors Lily Tung Crystal and Leon Goertzen.

Featuring Patricia Austin, Michael Uy Kelly, Matthew Lai, Marilet Martinez, Lawrence Radecker, and Michelle Talgarow.”

7th Annual Oshun Party!
with Yeshe Rabbit
Friday, May 9, 5:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“Each year in May, in gratitude for the love, abundance, intuition, and joy that is present in our business, Rabbit and the staff of TSW offer a ritual celebration in honor of Oshun, the Orisha of sweet waters, love, beauty, and wealth who offers us so many blessings: fresh water to drink, the beauty of the natural world, and the lifeblood in our veins.

This year along with our fun-filled celebration with singing, dancing, drumming, storytelling, hors d’oeuvres, fancy water and champagne, and store specials on select items to help manifest love, wealth, beauty and healing, we are happy to announce the newest member of the Sacred Well family, Lou Florez, will be helping us to ritually honor the beautiful Oshun!
Drop in between 5:00 and 7:00PM to shop, chat, nibble, sip and socialize. Bring your drum and join us from 7:00 to 9:00PM as we sit beneath the Colonnades and offer our energies to Lake Merritt, the Oshun of Oakland!

Celebration of Oshun, Honoring the Mother that Awakens All Pleasure

Come and join in our community celebration of Oshun, the Orisha - elevated divinity - of the sweet waters, and great manifestrix who awakens us to the inherent pleasures of being, and the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Oshun comes to us from the Yoruba traditions of Nigeria, and her worship has spread throughout West Africa, and the New World. She speaks to the ways we connect to each other and our environment, and is the owner of all rivers, streams, and waterfalls, as well as, births humanity's ability to hope and experience love, and joy in the world.

We will also be honoring Eshu, the divine messenger of the Orisha who opens the roads, and carries our petitions and prayers to the heavens, and delivers the blessings we are working to manifest.

The community altar will be open for offerings, and candle lighting with a procession to Lake Merritt for drumming, singing, dancing, and merriment.

Please dress in light colored clothing, and head covering if possible.”

Making Access to Space a Reality for Everyone
part of the Future Fridays series at Chabot Space and Science Center
with Tom Atchison, Founder and Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
Friday, May 9, 6:00-7:30PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland

“Welcome to the Space Renaissance! Technological advances are now enabling civilians to design, build and operate simple space craft and launch vehicles at an affordable cost. These new, technologically-driven capabilities are reigniting the passions and interests of students, private citizens, and communities around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Atchison discusses key opportunities to engage students and their communities to accomplish the goal of civilian space exploration!

After more than 25 years as a senior executive and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Tom got the civilian space bug from a lunch discussion with a number of founders of Xircomm, including Dirk Gates, and has never looked back. Having successfully started and run four high technology ventures, he returned to his roots in 2002. Tom had worked for the NASA-Ames chemical research projects office in 1980. He decided it was time to pursue his passion for space exploration again, by joining the civilian space race full time, designing and building his own rockets.

Tom founded the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to facilitating civilian space research, STEM education and competition as an enabler of civilian space explorers. Tom is a TRA L-3 certified flyer with a passion and drive for developing new experimental propulsion technologies that will reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of civilian space exploration.

Tom holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Radiochemistry, and has completed graduate studies in Engineering Management at Santa Clara University.”

Awakening the Connection to the Ancestors
Teachings from the Ancestral Mayan Knowledge
with Efrain Vicente from Guatemala
Friday, May 9, 6:30PM
private home, 1449 Cornell Ave, Berkeley
Suggested donation $15-$20
For more information, please call Marcela Sabin at 510-703-6771.

“Tat Efraín is a young Ajq’ij Maya Quiche that has been working around this spiritual path and healing since he was 12 years old.  Tat Efraín is a survival of the 36 years civil world in Guatemala and currently he is an activist in human rights of the indigenous people. He is visiting us from the location of Quiche, where he is a bilingual teacher and independent consultant. He was member of the Coordinadora Originaria from 2005 to 2011. Efrain Vicente will share his knowledge about the importance of the connection to our roots through the Mayan vision.”

Precious Metals
part of the Crucible’s Fireside Lounge series
Friday, May 9, 6:30-9:30PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

“Our Spring Open House, Precious Metal, features demonstrations and displays from the foundry, kinetics and electronics, bikes and hot wheels, textiles, machine shop, fire performance and MIG, TIG, Arc and Oxy welding departments.

We’ll have 20% tuition discounts available for a limited number of spring classes, as well as live entertainment, a metal art show and drinks.

Watch exciting fire performances, and experience The Egg, a living sculpture and kinetic environment created by visual artist Joel Dream. Its form is made of illusory and impossible geometries that change, stand still, or move in multiple directions at once.”

Kafana Balkan
Friday, May 9, 9:00PM -2:00AM
BeatBoxSF, 314 11th Street, San Francisco
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

“Belly Dancing, Live Music, DJ and more! Don't miss it!

Come join us on Friday May 9 for Kafana Balkan Gold Rush.
Join in the fun and celebration for our biggest and best bill yet!
Did you leave your heart in San Francisco?!
If you haven’t already, you will at Kafana Balkan Gold Rush 2014!

Kafana Balkan is Masterminded by Serbian born DJ Zeljko. This quarterly blowout of epic proportions has been called ‘one of the consistently best parties in town’ by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The event regularly sells out. Be sure to get your tickets in advance!

Kafana Balkan - Gold Rush is an unparalleled collaboration between Zeljko Petkovic, and Jill Parker and Stephanie Fields of the Foxglove Sweethearts. The big idea behind this stellar production is to bring you the very best quality belly dance show coupled with the blowout Balkan dance parties DJ Zeljko is known for producing. We have gone for the gold on this go around. We are thrilled to feature the live music stylings of DJ Zeljko, Petrojvic Blasting Company from Los Angeles and local San Francisco favorite MWE (performing live with Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts)

Take a peek at our beautiful lineup!
Early in the evening, Belly Dance Production Featuring:
Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts - intoxicating loveliness
Kami Liddle and Gold Star - just dreamy
Mira Betz - a fierce beauty
FatChance BellyDance - a truly legendary San Francisco classic
Elizabeth Strong - free-spirited roman gypsy genius
Hahbi’Ru Dance Company - a California Renaissance Faire influential Tribal Roots staple

Later in the evening, Music By:
Petrojvic Blasting Company (From Los Angeles)
MWE - a San Francisco favorite
DJ Zeljko - Kafana Balkan founder

Presented By The San Francisco Belly Dance Experience.”

Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000
Friday, May 9, 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.”

Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse
Presented by Role Players Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, May 9-10, 8:00PM - final week
Village Theatre and Art Gallery, 233 Front Street, Danville, 925-314-3463

“What do you get when you combine a witch's curse, a haunted castle, and a chorus of professional bridesmaids? Gilbert and Sullivan, of course! Following the enthusiastic response to our innovative take on the Mikado, RPE will be diving into the fantastical world of the haunted Ruddigore Castle with its absurd residents, both living and dead.

Full of the delightful music of Arthur Sullivan and the silly characters of W.S. Gilbert, Ruddigore is a comic feast for the senses.”

Foundry Nights #13
Friday-Saturday, May 9-10, 8:00PM-Midnight
The Foundry, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley
$15, 21+

“The Lineup:

Albert Alexander And Richie Israel - Appetite Obscure
Cinder Webster - Music
Eric Newcombe - Installation
Jessica Tyler - Installation http://jesstyler.com
Wayne Chen - Digital Paintings
David Templeton - Wretch Like Me http://www.Wretch-Like-Me.org
Dan Plonsey - New Hells String Trio http://www.Plonsey.com
Kate Jordan and Bruno Augusto - Arts and Above Dance http://www.artsandabove.org
Mantra Plonsey and Andy Water Schmeder - Performance
Ross Warren and Andy Water Schmeder - Performance
Josh Sorkin - Web Technology
Rod Mcclean - Photography http://rodmclean.com

First Annual Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival
presented by Inferno Theatre
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11
South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley
see website for schedule and ticket details

“Inferno Theatre proudly presents its first annual Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival, May 9-11, 2014 at South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street in Berkeley. This cross cultural, interdisciplinary festival is a natural outgrowth of Inferno’s mission to link cultures and explore human relationships in space and time.

The performance pieces in this festival derive from diverse cultural roots, but all share their common development in the fertile ground of the San Francisco Bay Area, known for its spirit of collaboration and cross pollination.

The works presented in this year’s Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival focus on live ensemble and solo performances, dance, music, performance art, and film. Many of these works are still being developed and are being presented for the first time.”

Stanford Powwow and Indian Art Market
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11,
Friday 7:00-10:00PM, Saturday 12:00-10:00PM, Sunday 12:00-6:00PM
Eucalyptus Grove, Galvez Drive and Campus Drive, Stanford Campus, Palo Alto
Free, donations for parking and camping are welcome.

“The Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Stanford Powwow Planning Committee will host the 43rd Annual Stanford Powwow on May 9-11, 2014 on the Stanford University campus. The Powwow will be held in the Eucalyptus Grove at Galvez and Campus Drives.  The Stanford Powwow is open to the public and overnight camping spaces are available. Donations for parking and camping are welcome.

The Stanford Powwow begins on Friday, May 9 at 7:00PM with the first Grand Entry of dancers and continues until 10:00PM. On Saturday, May 10, the 18th Annual Stanford Powwow Run, a 5K race and 1 mile youth run, will begin at 8:0 AM. Registration for the run ends at 7:40AM. Dancing will continue from Noon until 10:00PM. On Sunday, May 11, dancing will continue from Noon until 6:00PM.  Also open throughout the three-day event are more than 100 arts and crafts, souvenir, information, and food booths. The Powwow is a celebration of Native cultures through traditional songs, dances and events. An attendance of over 25,000 is expected, making it the largest student-run powwow in the United States and one of the largest events of its kind on the West Coast. The Stanford Powwow is organized, coordinated and hosted by the Native American undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University.”

Thanks to Paula for letting me know about this event!

Whole Earth Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, 10:00AM-10:00PM
UC Davis Quad, Davis

“45th Annual Whole Earth Festival - Curiosity Connects
an alcohol-free and zero-waste event

Whole Earth Festival was born when an art class taught by Jose Arguelles had an Art Happening on the University of California, Davis campus in 1969. The students used art to involve visitors in the ultimate goal of learning about activism, wellness, and the environment. Whole Earth Festival aims to ignite passion, propel creativity, and leave visitors with inspiration.

Following the United Nations declaration of Earth Day in 1970, the third Art Happening in 1971 was renamed Whole Earth.  Later, Whole Earth Festival was sponsored by the Associated Students’ Experimental College, and has since become a self-sustaining unit. The Whole Earth Festival has evolved over four decades into what can be seen every Mother’s Day weekend on the U.C. Davis campus.”
presented by Dandelion Dancetheater
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
University Theatre, California State University East Bay,
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward
see website for ticket information
Map and Directions:

“Don't miss these radically inclusive performance works that explore birth, death and transformation through live dance, music, theater and community performance ritual! Seating is limited to 60 per show. Get tickets early!

Directed by Eric Kupers
Created with and Performed by the Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble and Bandelion,
with rotating collaboration by master guest artists:
Ysaye M. Barnwell
Shira Cion
Melanie DeMore
Laura Elaine Ellis
T-Bird Luv
Trina Nahm-Mijo
and Kumu Kau'i Peralto

Features an original vocal score composed
by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell (formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock.)”

World Fair Trade Day
Saturday, May 10

“World Fair Trade Day (WFTDay) is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization and is being supported by thousands of citizens, Fair Trade Organizations, social and environmental movements, producers and consumers all around the planet. Local authorities, national governments and multilateral institutions have been supporting Fair Trade for several decades now.

The World Fair Trade Organization is the global network of Fair Trade Organizations around the planet, from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America Pacific Rim. It represents more than 400 Fair Trade Organizations from more than 70 countries with highest geographical outreach.

Mission of WFTO
WFTO’s mission is to enable producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade.  WFTO will be the global network and advocate for Fair Trade, ensuring producer voices are heard. The interests of producers, especially small farmers and artisans, should be the main focus in all the policies, governance, structures and decision making within the WFTO.”

National Train Day
Saturday, May 10

“We are excited to announce that the 7th annual National Train Day will be held on Saturday, May 10th. Train enthusiasts and supporters around the nation celebrate National Train Day each year at hundreds of locations across the country. Explore to learn more about why trains matter to our towns, our communities and to people everywhere.

Sunnyvale Historical Society Spring Garage Sale
Saturday, May 10, 8:00AM-2:00PM
private home, 795 South Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale

“This Sunnyvale Historical Society Spring Garage Sale and Fundraiser has been rescheduled for May 10th after being rained out in March.

The event will be held at 795 South Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale (cross street Iris Avenue).

We always have a great mixture of items: antiques, tools, kitchen items, dinnerware, household items, glassware, dishes, cookware, toys and children items, arts and crafts items, Sunnyvale memorabilia, hats, and MUCH MORE.

All proceeds go directly to support the daily operation of the Heritage Park Museum.

Do some good and grab that garage sale find!”

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, May 10, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his full-length film directing debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman. Reubens also co-wrote the script with Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol. Supporting roles are played by Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger and Judd Omen. The film tells the tale of Pee-Wee Herman embarking on nation-wide adventure in search of his stolen bicycle.”

Herb Crafts Family Program
Saturday, May 10, 10:00-11:30AM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“Come learn how to make all sorts of wonderful things with herbs. You'll learn about the plants that give us wonderful fragrance and healing properties on a tour of the Herb Garden and then we'll return to our classroom to learn how to make teas, salves, mists and more!”

Creating Commons Festival
Part of the East Bay ShareFEST, 2014 Community Resilience Challenge,
and Golden Gate Second Saturdays
Saturday, May 10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

“PLACE for Sustainable Living is organizing the Creating Commons Festival for our three year anniversary. This street festival features educational skillshares, clothing swaps, crop swaps, garden installations, public art, local art, music, and placemaking projects that reimagine and re-energize the creation of the public commons throughout our neighborhood. It will occur on three closed streets as well as our sustainability center at the confluence of Northwest Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, in our neighborhood village of ‘OakLeyVille’. Creating Commons is inspired by City Repair's Village Building Convergence, Sunday Streets, Oakland's Art Murmur and the mini-Maker Faires.”

Benicia Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, May 10, 11:00AM-4:00PM
The Fish-Riddell Mansion, 245 West K Street, Benicia
and The Frisbie-Walsh House, 235 East L Street, Benicia
$25 in advance, $30 on the day

“Two Benicia landmarks will be among the properties to open their doors to the public as part of Benicia Historical Society’s annual home and garden tour.

The Fish-Riddell mansion on West K Street and the Frisbie-Walsh house on East L Street will be among several homes and gardens featured on the tour. Tour hours will be 11:00AM-4:00PM, Saturday, May 10, the day before Mother’s Day. Tour participants can round out their visit to Benicia at the monthly Art Walk, scheduled that day from 3:00-7:00PM.

The Fish-Riddell mansion (245 West K Street) is an impressive Queen Anne Victorian that is in excellent condition. The home features a turret and has a mahogany staircase and mantels, stained-glass windows and decorative plaster brackets. It is the most elaborate of the 19th-century homes that still stand in Benicia.

The Frisbie-Walsh house (235 East L Street) was recently restored to a single-family home after several years as a bed-and-breakfast. Elements of the home were pre-fabricated on the East Coast and shipped around Cape Horn to Benicia. Assembly and final construction were completed in 1850, and the home is considered to be the earliest Gothic Revival structure on the West Coast.

Also featured on the tour will be the Leary house at 140 E. G Street. This home has been occupied by members of the Clyne family since the turn of the 20th century. It is an example of Queen Victorian architecture with strong Colonial Revival details. This house also has been restored recently.

Other homes and gardens also will be included in the tour. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Tickets will be available online at www.beniciahistoricalsociety.org starting April 10, and at Camellia Tea Room in downtown Benicia and Steve’s Hallmark at the Southampton shopping center. Proceeds will benefit Benicia Historical Society programs, including restoration of the Von Pfister General Store.

Tour participants are asked to wear soft-soled shoes. Children are not allowed on the tour, and backpacks, baby carriers and strollers are not permitted in the homes. Please note the homes and gardens are not wheelchair accessible.”  

Allied Arts Guild Open Studios
Saturday, May 10, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, 650-322-2405

“Open Studios - Free Admission and Demonstrations

Since 1929, Allied Arts Guild has been a peninsula landmark. Since its inception, it has been a place for artists to come together and share their wares. Today, the Guild’s artists use their studios not only for creating, but also as retail space for the public to view and purchase their beautiful art. Our artists today range from jewelry designers to fashion designers to interior designers and everything in between.

Our stunning gardens are beautiful to walk through, and docent-led tours are available Monday through Saturday. Docents discuss not only the gardens, but the history of the Guild and its art and architecture.

The complex is owned and operated by the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary. Our mission, along with the six other auxiliaries, is to raise funds to support uncompensated care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The Artisan Shop at Allied Arts is staffed entirely by our volunteers, and all our profits are donated to the hospital.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, May 10, 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.

May 10: Make and Mend - sailors’ and everyday citizens’ arts and handicrafts. All day.

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.”

Hungarian Heritage Festival
Saturday, May 10, 11:30AM-9:00PM
Twin Pines Park, 1225 Ralston Avenue, Belmont

“Welcome to our First Annual Hungarian Heritage Festival
presented by the Hungarian Heritage Foundation

Dear Bay Area Hungarians and All Our American Friends,
Help us make this event a success as we share our culture with the general public and provide fundraising opportunities for local Hungarian non-profit organizations.

Forras Folk Band from Vancouver
Performances and Teaching events sponsored by Eszterlajnc Folk Dance Ensemble
Mouth-watering food and pastries
Wine, Beer and other beverages
Cultural and Historical exhibits
Folk crafts, games and dances for the children
Arts and crafts vendors”

Film Production/Potluck: an MMTB Actors and Directors Challenge
presented by MMTB - Movie Making Throughout the Bay
Saturday, May 10, 12:00-8:00PM
Bethel Baptist Church, 3578 Clayton Road, Concord
See website below for registration details

“We are taking over the churches and the whole building 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 July 1, 2014 and screened at a theatre shortly thereafter.

On this event we get into teams, make short films, network, 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 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.

12:00PM: 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... visit:

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

Register now!!”

LoveJourney Circle of Hearts Benefit Picnic
Saturday, May 10, 12:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol, exact address will be given upon registration
Free, donations accepted
Please e-mail rachel@lovejourneytantra.com to RSVP

“Please save the date of Saturday, May 10 to join us for a beautiful, relaxing day on the LoveJourney grounds anytime between Noon-10:00PM.

This picnic is a free event, open to all!  Bring your loved ones and friends.  Treat your Mother to a pre-Mother's Day celebration!  Bring your children for a picnic in the grass and some delightful youth offerings!

Bask in the hot tubs! Relax in the gardens and hammock! Dance in the Great Room! Enjoy this sweet gathering of our communities, created by the community to pleasure and nourish community.

We will offer tickets for purchase to enjoy special treats from our community, like BBQ, short-but-sweet massage sessions, singing bowl healings, Honoring our Ancestors celebrations, harp lessons for youth, psychic readings, and much more!  All funds go toward scholarships from our Circle of Hearts Scholarship Fund.

Contribute by offering goods, services, or food support to enhance this fun-filled event.  Gift your time to run the barbeque or to help make the day run smoothly.  Please contact Rachel Adair Dawson to coordinate your contribution at rachel@lovejourneytantra.com or 805-421-8869. It takes a village to create this day of basking in our shared love.

The Circle of Hearts Scholarship Fund provides opportunities to many who would greatly benefit from LoveJourney workshops but whose financial realities prevent them from enjoying the life-altering teachings we offer.  This includes our teachers and service workers, many in private practice, single parents, and those differently abled.  All gifts of a value of $100 or more eligible for a tax write-off, including donated services.
Join us for entertainment, community,  
scrumptious food, music, dance, and much more. Promises to be an extraordinary day!”

Urban Berry Patch
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday, May 10, 1:00-3:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $25-$55

“For many people, fresh berries are a manna from heaven. If you like them from the store, you are going to be even more enthusiastic when you pick them right from your own berry plants, warmed by the sun! And lucky for us, many berries thrive in our area! This course will cover selection, planting and care of the major berries for our area. We will talk about Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Huckleberries and Mulberries as well as some lesser known berries.”

Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming
facilitated by Richard Russo, M.A. and Meredith Sabini, Ph.D.
Saturday, May 10, 2:00–4:00PM,
and one more Saturday, 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.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, May 10, 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.

This month Margie will lead Open Circle.  The working will be a guided exploration of the wonders of which we are a part.”

Really Big Paper Roses
with Tiffanie Turner
Saturday, May 10, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$65, limit 15 students

“Come learn to make oversized, beautiful and realistic roses from gorgeous two-colored crepe paper from Germany. During her workshop, Tiffanie will guide you through the process of crafting and assembling these beautiful blossoms, complete with realistic stems and leaves. You will complete at least one rose in class, and be provided with materials for another, as well as paper resources and templates for you to use anytime you'd like. These make the perfect Mother's Day gift, or better yet a great way to spend time with your mom on mother's day weekend.

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

Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival
Saturday, May 10, 3:00-10:00PM
Great Wall of Oakland, Broadway and West Grand Avenue, Oakland
Adults $10, Youth 16 and Under $5

“The Great Wall of Oakland is collaborating with the Walker Art Center to bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to Oakland! On Saturday, May 10, 3:00-10:00PM, an estimated 5,000+ cat-lovers and friends will be celebrating felines and exploring the low-art of Internet cat videos together, in real-time, as we transform West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway into a cat-lovers wonderland. Best of all, proceeds benefit the East Bay SPCA!”

Etchings of the Goddess
Art Reception for Kristian Johnson Michiels
Saturday, May 10, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“You’ve seen and loved her lyrical and powerful artwork on the beautiful handmade greeting cards carried here at the Sacred Well. Now come out and experience the deep soulfulness of her art on a larger scale! Kris graces our walls with a variety of her black and white pieces. In that simplicity you see how much love goes into every stroke and line of ink.
Goddesses stand tall on parchment-like paper, transporting the viewer to ancient temples with timeless beauty. Any one of her pieces would make a stunning centerpiece to an altar space. So if you are a lover of beauty come on by the Sacred Well and enjoy!”

Writers With Drinks
Saturday, May 10, 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:
Bich Minh Nguyen (Pioneer Girl)
Ariel Gore (The End of Eve, Hip Mama)
David Winter (Safe House)
Juliette Wade (Analog Magazine)
Baruch Porras-Hernandez (Reasons To Stay On The Ground)

All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, May 10, 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, 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!

Broceliande: Music of Maytime and Spring Celebrations
Saturday, May 10, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Broceliande plays Celtic music from the British Isles and the Medieval and Renaissance music of the European courts and countrysides, with an emphasis on music inspired by or traditionally performed during each of the four seasons. Featuring stellar vocal and instrumental harmonies, their entrancing sound is built on the interweaving of up to 3-part vocals with the lyrical music of the Celtic harp, octave mandolin, cello, 12-string guitar, recorders, flute, gamba, whistle, percussion, and more! Join them for this concert of songs and dances in honor of Spring and Maytime.”

The Party
a fundraiser for The Imaginists
Saturday, May 10, 8:00PM

“Once upon a time there was a party and you were invited. Polite conversation was had, games were played, and the very best food and drink were served. You sat next to a charming person who told you an intriguing story. It snowed. And when you left the party you felt changed, moved, and ready for anything.

We hope you will join us.

Limited Seating.

The Party is an ensemble created work, currently in development. The Party explores storytelling, fairy tales, myth, master narrative, and the narrative form itself. In December we held eleven 'work-in-progress’ performances. These performances helped us to develop the piece with our audience/community.”

Bay Area Visuals ExtrA/Vaganza
Saturday, May 10, 9:00PM-3:00AM
San Francisco, near 16th Street BART, exact address given upon registration
see website below for registration details

“Ladies, GentledMen, and Otherkin, BE INSPIRED! The BAY AREA VISUALS 2nd annual extrA/Vaganza advance experience has come for you!

Dazzling Eyes & Brightening Minds With:

Hawaiian May Day Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton
$10, children 5 and under free

“The May Day Festival celebrates Hawaiian culture and traditions through Hawaiian music and dance performances from San Francisco Bay Area musicians and halau, arts, crafts and local-style Hawaiian cuisine. The first May Day Festival was held in 1985 at the Hayward Plunge. From 1989 to 1994, it was held at Cal State Hayward, until finally settling at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.”

Botanical Mother's Day Tea and Succulent Crafting
Sunday, May 11, 10:00-12:00AM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“Start a new springtime tradition with mom! This succulent garden workshop is designed to nurture her creative spirit. Enjoy a traditional cream tea in our beautiful Garden setting in celebration of mom’s special day. Following your splendid tea, you’ll get your hands dirty! With a few choice plants, a touch of inspiration and a cute container, you can create an elegant and easy-to-care-for garden.”

Holt Ceramics Spring Sale
Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11, 10:00AM-5:00PM,
Gary Holt Pottery Studio, 1449 Fifth Street, Berkeley
Free admission

“Annual Holt Ceramics Spring Sale
New work, good food and great prices on seconds.  Don't miss it!!

I've been a studio potter in Berkeley, California for over 30 years. An early and strong interest in Asian ceramics has combined over the years with an equally strong interest in abstract painting, and gradually I've evolved a way of working that includes elements of both. You'll probably see evidence of this progression as you look at the past and present examples of my work on this site, particularly in the pieces done with water-soluble metal salts.”

Park Street Spring Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11, 10:00AM-6:00PM
along Park Street, Alameda

“The annual Park Street Spring Festival has become a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 150 vendors, this is a perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or maybe you would like to treat Mom to a mimosa and lunch at one of the street’s food establishments. Located on Alameda’s historic Park Street, weekend activities include art and craft vendors, live music, kids’ area, food vendors, and beer and wine sales. Event hours are 10:00AM to 6:00PM both days.

The Park Street Spring Festival is fun for the whole family! People enjoy coming out for the music, food, kid’s area, beer and wine, and an excellent selection of gifts for Mom. Don’t miss it!

Arts and Crafts: Stroll among 150 arts and craft booths with items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Live Entertainment: Each day offers continuous live entertainment on stage. Bay Area favorites will perform a wide range of music such as classic rock, bluegrass, funk, and soul on two stages.  The Lincoln stage will feature all local Alameda bands! The line-up includes Savannah Blue, Boptropolis, Zebop! Tribute to Santana, and local bands Spill the Wine, Studio O, The Beer Detectives, and Rene Escovedo and The Fuse.

Kids’ Area: A special area for kids and their families on Alameda Avenue features bounce houses, giant slide, slot cars, face painting, and a petting zoo.

Festival Food and Drink: Satisfy your taste buds with a great selection of festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, teriyaki chicken, tamales, beef skewers, funnel cakes, and more! Premium vinegars and gourmet fudge will also be available for purchase. Quench your thirst at one of the three booths serving beer, wine, and bubbly mimosas.

Ride Your Bike to the Festival: Free, secure bike parking will be available on Park Street. There couldn't be a better way to experience the festival than after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.

Shop Park Street: Festival-goers are encouraged to Shop Park Street. The business district offers a variety of great restaurants and charming shops and many of the businesses will be offering weekend specials during the Spring Festival.”  

Herb Walk for Kids
with Kara Sigler
Sunday, May 11, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549
$25 per child

“This Mothers Day, come sense the flowers with your kid/s - this is an experiential herb class for little plant and herb enthusiasts ages 6-10. We will identify, smell, taste and color the medicinal plants growing in the Temescal Alley back garden. We have a fun art project planned and will be making a magic herb bundle for the kids to take home or for the kids to gift to mom! Bring your imaginations, snacks and a water bottle for fun in the sun! Ticket price is per kid, Moms join for free!”

Turning Earth Singers CD Release Party
Sunday, May 11, 4:00-5:30PM
private home in Piedmont, RSVP for address

“Come celebrate the release of Offerings, the new album by The Turning Earth Singers!
This 15 song album has many original pieces written by group members, with
beautiful harmonies. We made this recording to share some of our own songs,
as well as music we love.

Buy a CD and commemorate the occasion with us! There will be refreshments,
great company, and we'll sing a short set of music.

Turning Earth is a Bay Area vocal ensemble that sings pagan music at
rituals and other pagan events, and has taught workshops at Pantheacon for
the past five years. Our members come from a variety of magical and musical
backgrounds, and can be heard on other pagan recordings you may already

Appearing on the album are Robin Dolan, Joanna Manqueros, Vicki Solomon,
Mariah Sparks, Max Ventura, and Meg Yardley.

Please rsvp to TheTurningEarthSingers@gmail.com to receive the address for
the party!”

The Turning Earth Singers features CAYA Initiate Vicki Solomon!

Mother's Day Cooking Class
with Rosie Ueng
Sunday, May 11, 5:00-7:30PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$100 per pair

“Enjoy a memorable day with mom! Chef Rosie Ueng will lead a hands-on cooking class for you and mom. The class will end with a shared meal. For ages 10 and up. Class is $100 per pair.

Together you will prepare:
Spring lettuces and radishes with Herbed Buttermilk Dressing
Mediterranean Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Stew with Spring Vegetables
Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp with Meyer Lemon Creme Fraiche

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.”

Honoring Our Mothers and Evelie's Birthday Jam
Sunday, May 11, 6:30-9:20PM
Peacock Room,Yoga Tree Berkeley, 2807 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
(back of building through black gate)
$15-$25 sliding scale

“6:30PM: Lakshmi Puja - ceremony for abundance, flow, and wisdom
bring items to be blessed

6:45PM: Sound Healing Circle - bring a pillow or blanket

7:15PM: Kirtan/Jam
with Special Guests:
Amita, Amitabhan, Bruce Bierman, Cait McWhir, Diana Rowan, Jennifer Berezan, Jonathan Furst, Kari Marble, Lakshmi Devi, Rudra Sundari, Susan Felix, Kismat-Mahal Kirtan Ensemble {Jed Sales, Mama Sue Fletcher} and more.”

Four Shillings Short
Sunday, May 11, 7:00-9:00PM
Santa Clara House Concerts, RSVP for exact address in Santa Clara

“Four Shillings Short have a repertoire of music that ranges from the Celtic lands to the Americas and from Medieval and Renaissance Europe to India. They are performers and educators who perform on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn. Celebrating their 18th year together, the husband/wife duo, of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, tour in the US and perform at Celtic and Folk festivals, theatres, and performing arts centers, coffeehouses, folk societies, libraries, schools, yoga and retreat centers, historical societies and churches.

In a single night, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional Irish tunes and airs, Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original compositions.”

Off Book, Off Broadway
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, May 11, 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!

This Sunday: Off Book, Off Broadway

For years, the Un-Scripted Theater Company has delivered complex, rich improvised theater to San Francisco audiences. In this production, our experienced ensemble of actors brings to life the emotional power and realism of the contemporary musical. Through storytelling skills honed over more than a decade, our improvisors will explore the intricacies of modern life by creating a fun, original, full-length new musical each night. Discover a style of improvisation that has won Un-Scripted Theater Company the award for Best Theater Company in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.”

Spring Herbal Essentials
with  Trinity Ava, Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
a five week course from California School of Herbal Studies
Monday, May 12, 1:00-5:00PM,
and four more Mondays through June 16
Emerald Valley, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville
sliding scale $275-$325

“Come join us in the vibrant springtime garden at CSHS! What is growing in the garden will guide each class as we focus on the medicinal plants that are ready to harvest and utilize this season. Our exploration will span from the medicinal to the magical, and the cultural to the culinary. Each session is a blend of lecture and hands-on time in the garden and lab. We will also discuss growing medicinal plants by cuttings and seed. This class is designed for the beginning student, though all levels are welcome.

Empower yourself with the knowledge to make herbal teas, flower essences, tinctures and medicinal oils.
Learn to identify, harvest and use spring medicinal plants
Hands-on demonstration and introduction to basic medicine making.
Recipes, samples and lots of tastings!”

Working with the Shadow
with Katrina Dreamer
Monday, May 12, 7:30-9:00PM
Fireside Room, BFUU, 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley
$20, Space is limited!

“Befriending Shadow characters (the people, animals, archetypes, plants or even inanimate objects we assign negative qualities to) can bring about incredible transformation. Katrina Dreamer, MA will share examples of how she has worked with her most feared Shadow characters (spiders and lightning) in order to bring about major change in her life. She will lead you through a guided meditation to meet a Shadow character and give you tools for working with the Shadow.”

Children’s Book Week
Monday-Sunday, May 12-18

“Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes - wherever young readers and books connect!”

Healing Foods Basics
with Thais Harris
Thursday, May 13, 6:00-8:00PM
Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
sliding scale $10-$35
No one turned away for lack of funds; please call or email for scholarships.

“Make the connection between your health and the food and lifestyle factors that influence it. This class offers an overview of Ceres’ nutrient-rich approach to healthy eating while providing a fun environment and loving community.

Whole food nutrition basics
Shopping strategies
Foods to add and to avoid
Eating well on a budget
Healthy lifestyle choices

Healing Foods Basics is open to the public.
Space is limited, so please register early.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, May 13, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

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

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

Tribal Fest 14: From Root to Fruit
Belly Dancing Festival
Tuesday-Sunday, May 13-18
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
see website for schedule and registration details

“Welcome One and All, from Near and Far, to none other than the One, the Only, the Original Tribal Fest 14: From Root to Fruit!

Proudly presented by BlackSheep BellyDance

The location is our beloved Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, its Youth Annex and surrounding grounds, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, California, 95473, USA. Please remember that we are next to a Protected Wetlands Wildlife Reserve that has miles of hiking and biking trails to get away on for a few minutes.”

Online Tea and Chanting Sangha - please note special date and time
Tuesday, May 13, 6:00PM
online via Zoom, for link, RSVP to rabbit@sacredwell.com

“Vajrasattva Practice

Yeshe Rabbit will teach a few different versions of the Vajrasattva mantra and explain its meaning a bit more closely. Typically, we meet at 7:00PM PST, but due to a previously-scheduled conflict, we will meet on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00PM PST. As usual, the link to the video conference will be emailed to you that morning, and the video of the practice will be up the following week.

Last week's practice video, our final group Green Tara practice for April, is here:

If you cannot make this session of Vajrasattva practice, there will be one more before the month of purification is complete.

Sometimes purification involves vigorous scrubbing, and sometimes it involves a gentle submersion in healing waters. Vajrasattva is helping us get as bright and clean as diamonds.”

Network for a New Culture Gathering
Wednesday, May 14, 6:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$10, please bring a potluck item
Please RSVP to John Horrell at 707-304-6359 or seajohnkayak@yahoo.com

“Our community is deeply enjoying hosting the Network for a New Culture evenings here for the North Bay.  Please come to our next gathering Wednesday, May 14,  6:00-10:00PM at LoveJourney in Sebastopol. Directions will be sent to you once you reply that you're coming. We request a $10 voluntary donation at the event to cover costs of the space.
Network for a New Culture (NFNC) is part of the larger global movement to create local communities where transparency, self-awareness, love, trust, and compassionate honesty are the new cultural norms. We believe that it takes a village to raise a consciousness.  We, of course, intend that our work and play together will be transformative not only for small communities, but for the community of the world as well.
We will start with a delicious potluck dinner - please bring something fun and nutritious to share. We then gather for some bonding exercises, dance and joy. Then, as promised, we will learn about the ZEGG forum (see below for description) in a learning exercise then share our findings. We will share ourselves and express with the group.  Feel free to stay after to dance, hot tub, schmooze, and snuggle.

Forum is a facilitated awareness and communication training for groups of 12 to 50. It was designed in the Zegg community in Germany so the community has a way to communicate with itself. It provides an artistic way of personal sharing where an individual moves in the center of the circle and shares whatever is alive in them. Our true motivations, our deep feelings, longings, ideas, and emotions become revealed. This focus on transparency, sharing, and clarifying unsolved situations makes it an invaluable catalyst for growth. Forum is a personal process in a social context.  We discover how our personal issues resonate with everyone, and learn how each theme is part of a common human experience.”

Kitchen Mastery: Wielding the Knife
with Seth Peterson
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Wednesday, May 14, 7:00-9:30PM
Berkeley, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $35-$65 plus $5 supply fee to bring on day of class

“Ever watch with fascination as a professional cook whips through a pile of vegetables with style, fast, precise, consistent? Knife skills are amongst the most essential, yet least taught in the home. In this class we’ll cover all the basics with plenty of hands-on practice. We’ll learn what to look for when purchasing a knife, different kinds of knives, basic care for and maintenance (our in-depth knife sharpening course later this summer is a perfect companion to this class). Then we’ll learn how to hold both the knife and the item to be cut for best control. We'll chop a small hill of veggies to practice many different types of cuts and to start building up your muscle memory. This is a comprehensive intro to a skill that will last you a lifetime.”

Moon Ceremony
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Wednesday, May 14, 7:30PM
The Magdalen Chapel, Sagrada Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Free, but registration is required.  
For more information or to register, please e-mail iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“A ritual of renewal honoring the moon and the water spirits.

There is no charge for attendance, but kindly register before coming as space is limited.”

Celebrate Lunar Beltane and Cordelia: Celtic Goddess of the Summer Flowers
Wednesday, May 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
“Beltane is one of our High Holy Days celebrating the fertility of the Earth, Sacred Fire and the juiciness of life.  This is the time that marks that Winter is finally over and we are dancing into Summer time.  This is a time of warmth, growth, birth and lustfulness of the Earth. For thousands of years in Celtic and British culture, there have been great dances at this time of year; dancing up the Sun as it rises at Dawn, dancing to honor the fairies, and dancing around huge bonfires to celebrate the fertility of Mother Earth.
Cordelia is the Queen of the month of May and the Fairies.  She is the Goddess of blessings, love, strength, prayer, beauty, and wishes, who offers abundant flowers to the world.  She does not appear until May, when the Earth is warm enough to sustain Her and nature is full and lush.  Cordelia appears as a young Maiden with a crown of flowers in Her hair. Her symbols are flowers and water.  She is a nature Goddess and is part of every Spring and Summer flower that blossoms.  One of the ways that Cordelia has traditionally been celebrated is through the dressing of fresh water wells with garlands of flowers.  After the flowers are offered, wishes are made.  Surely this is the forerunner to the wishing well stories that we have heard throughout our lives!
All blossoming flowers are sacred to Cordelia.  She is also associated with many plants such as Thyme, Primrose, the leaves of Oak and Ash, and the berries of Hawthorne. Carnelian stones and river rocks are also Sacred to Her.
Cordelia brings beauty, growth and transformation to our lives and the world. How are you growing as a Goddess Worshiper?  How do you tend fires that will brings passion and life to the Goddess Movement?  What lights your fires and sustains you? What are you creating and growing during this time of great fertility?
For the altar please bring an offering of flowers and a red, orange, or yellow colored candle. Bring symbols of Cordelia, Fairies and Beltane!

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.”

The Queer Pentacle: Grace, Initiation, Desire, Beauty, Self-Knowledge
A Reclaiming Five-Class Series
with Ian and Urania
Wednesday, May 14, 7:30-10:00PM
and four more Wednesdays through June 18
San Rafael, RSVP for address
$90-$240 sliding scale
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ian at ianwaisler@gmail.com

“In this class we will explore the Queer Pentacle as an aid to cultivate our truest self, access our life force, and free our evolutionary nature.

We will employ ritual tools including chant, trance, divination and creative projects as we work Magic and explore our Wild Hearts.

We welcome all genders and orientations; it is not necessary to identify as queer to join us in this work.

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic OR equivalent magical experience.”

Thanks to Jaina Bee for letting me know about this event!

Give OUT Day
Thursday, May 15

“Welcome to Give Out Day 2014

On May 15th, we invite you to be part of history and participate in the 2nd annual national Give OUT Day! Give OUT Day is a national initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day across the country to give in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

It’s a chance for LGBTQ groups large and small, to work across the wide range of issues and activities that matter to the LGBTQ community from sports to policy change, families to the arts.

It’s a chance for members of the LGBTQ community and our many allies to stand up and show support on one day. It’s a chance to make history. We hope you’ll join us!”

Balancing the Human Cycle with the Life of Soul and Spirit
Vortex Journeys May Meditation Evening
Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8:30PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
Free, donations welcome
RSVP  to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com

“There are two national holidays in May, Mother's Day and Memorial Day.  The first honors birth, and the second death.  Each evokes a range of memories and emotions, and both are inevitably linked.

When we accept human form as temporary, we live more fully, without clinging to what was or what we think we want.  May's meditation is a reminder to value the limited cycle of being in body with a  conscious and balanced connection to the eternal wisdom and oneness of our limitless soul and spirit.

We meditate in Mother Earth's ever changing and expanding vibrant vortex energies.
With Love, Light and Blessings, Jan and Marystella”

Shamanic Healing with Siberian Shaman Ladamira
Friday-Sunday, May 16-18,
Friday 7:00-9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday all day
Center for Sacred Studies, 13550 Church Street, Guerneville
Friday evening $25, Saturday or Sunday $90, both days $150

“Open your talents by balancing four elements:
Fire: Successful Business
Air: Love and Creativity
Water: Beauty and Relationship
Earth: Stability

For more details, please contact Valerie at 707-604-7362 or css.valeriehausmann@gmail.com

Have a week of Advanced Adventures, Precious Pearls of Wisdom, and Celebrating Connection!

Molly Blue Dawn

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