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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cauldron of Sorrows, Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show, Senior Safari Walkabout, Sail on the Alma, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Eggs and Organ Meats, Beer Shamanism 101: Basic Mystical Homebrewing Workshop, The Second Coming: the Realization of the Feminine Presence, Kurka Boshkin/Corca Baiscin In Concert, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, In the Tree of Smoke, Pearls Over Shanghai, Honeyroot Women’s Embodiment Retreat, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth at Fort Point, Goddess of the Month: Oshun, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Gourmet Chocolate and Song Sharing Party!, The 6th Annual Art is Medicine Show Kick-Off Party, Vintage Invasion, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays On Trayvon Race and Privilege, Kate Wolf Music Festival, Fairy and Human Relations Congress, Much Ado About Nothing, The Fellowship, Tau Day, Sacred Ocarina Workshop, Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit, Floral Watercolor, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Center for History and Culture Grand Opening, Composting and Vermiculture Workshop, 18th Annual Days of Wine and Lavender, Party Fundraiser for Danielle Adams, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, The Cosmic Mass: Return of the Divine Feminine, Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire, 9th MMTB Producer's and Directors Challenge Film Fest - Moraga, All Night Stargazing, Summer Solstice Oral Traditions Salon, Godzilla Night, Crockett Railroad Days, San Francisco Pride, Volunteer with The Pagan Alliance, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Art of Feminine Presence: Love Your Essence, 18th Century Hair Lecture, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, The Three Sisters: An Hour Of Stories From Kazakhstan For Families, Structural Bodywork: Look Good/Feel Good With Hellerwork, Witches' Tea Party!, I Hella Love Shorts!, Claude Bourbon: Spanish Medieval Blues, Liturgy of the Lady for Lady Liberty, Lake Merritt Pagans, California Witchcamp 2014, Nerd Nite East Bay #20, Road to Europa: Film Screening and Science Talk, Ceres Community Project Summer Fundraiser Dinner, Chute 212: A Celebration of Magical Memories in the Potterverse

Cauldron of Sorrows
Wednesday, June 25, 8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Join members of the Order of the Black Madonna and other community priest/esses to pass a small open cauldron in sacred circle share stories of survivorship of sexual abuse, domestic violence, assault, queer-bashing, or related sorrows.

All who come to this circle will receive witness and blessing, as well as an open forum for expressing anything that they have been carrying as a burden in the silence of their hearts. At the end of the ceremony, the cauldron will be closed and sorrows sent to the ground of being to be transformed into strengths.

Open to all. Please be prepared to either sit in respectful witness or share aloud.”

Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
presented by Crowded Fire
Wednesday-Saturday, June 25-28, 8:00PM - final week
The Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco, 415-746-9238

“A stand-up comedy routine that takes on history, mythology, and high school through the lens of a feisty Indian intersex youth named Brahman from Athens, Georgia. Tethered by neither gender nor culture, Brahman examines both with a ferocious wit and a no-holds-barred attitude. In its world-premiere production critics declared Brahman/i ‘goes for the funny bone!’ and is ‘full of sharp observations, heartbreaking truths, hilariously told anecdotes, and entertaining takes on history.’”

Senior Safari Walkabout
Thursday, June 26, 9:00-10:00AM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
Exclusively for ages 50 and over, Free Admission and Parking

“Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!

Animal Meet and Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase.

Thursdays, June 26, July 24, August 28, and September 25, 9:00-10:00AM
Free Admission and Parking - and stay for the day!”

Sail on the Alma
Thursday, June 26, boarding at 12:30PM, returning to Hyde Street Pier at 4:00PM
board at Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
Adults $40, Seniors 62 and over $30, Children 6-15 $20, Ages 5 and under Free
pre-registration recommended

“Haul lines to raise the sails with National Park Service Rangers as you explore the Bay aboard the historic 60 foot Alma! Take in dazzling views and San Francisco's riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, lighthouses, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, earthquakes, shipbuilding and more! Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners like Alma plied San Francisco Bay, hauling goods as the ‘flatbed trucks’ of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this unique, hands-on, educational sailing program with the National Park Service. Sailing runs on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June to November.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Kelly McFarling and The Range of Light Wilderness
Thursday, June 26, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 28)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $15, Children 5-17 $10
Please register online at the website below
for more information, e-mail garden@berkeley.edu

“Join us this summer for a series of concerts in our beautiful Redwood Grove!

Kelly McFarling is a wanderer of wilderness and cityscapes. She draws inspiration for her music from both. Atlanta, GA raised her and gave her space to find her powerful voice in its church choirs and baseball stadiums, but it was San Francisco that gave her the encouragement and community to solidify her original sound.

The Range of Light Wilderness makes you feel like that old beach blanket in your trunk might really be a magic carpet. The band is a three piece centered on songwriter Tommy Frank MacDonald. The sound is hushed and catchy, melodically magical, beachy pop.

Ticket includes admission to the Garden before 5:00PM. BYO picnic and non-alcoholic drinks welcome.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Eggs and Organ Meats
with Rosie Ueng
Part Five of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, June 26, 6:00-9:00PM,
and one more Thursdays through July 3
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“From bone broths and stews to fermentation and sauces, this six-class series covers everything you need to get started, or to expand your knowledge of nutrient dense cooking.  Whether you’re new to cooking or are just looking to broaden your skills and enhance your knowledge, these hands-on cooking classes will be fun and educational. Class is 3 hours and ends with a collectively prepared meal! Sign up early! Registration is limited to 12 students.

Eggs are one of the most nutritious and versatile foods on earth.  Learn the many fantastic ways to prepare this delicious ingredient: poached, fried, baked, steamed, boiled, in a frittata, and in an omelet.  Did you know that organ meats are among the most nutrient-dense parts of the animal and a part of nearly every traditional diet?  Explore some delicious ways to prepare those less glamorous parts.   A delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening's labor will be included.

Class Schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 3: Vegetables, Sauces and Condiments

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.”

Beer Shamanism 101: Basic Mystical Homebrewing Workshop
with William Bostwick
Thursday, June 26, 7:00-9:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street, San Francisco

“Learn the ancient art of homebrewing in this introductory workshop, taught by our resident beer shaman. We’ll cover the basic process for making small batches of medicinal, herbal, and seasonal brews in your home kitchen. We’ll taste odd and curious beers for inspiration, then bottle a batch of home-brew for you to enjoy after class. In addition, you’ll take home ingredients and instructions for concocting your own batch of magical homemade beer! (Optional brewing equipment will be available for purchase.) This class is the first in a series of homebrewing courses including demos and tastings - a summer-long workshop in Beer Shamanism, including advanced workshops in specific ingredients, styles, and techniques. Classes can be taken individually or as a series for a tuition discount. Stay tuned for more!”

The Second Coming: the Realization of the Feminine Presence
with Meghan Don
Thursday, June 26, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol

“The Second Coming of Christ is not specifically Christian, and nor is it a literalism of Jesus the person reappearing. A movement in our world has been unfolding its wings for over 200 years now, and that is the Feminine Presence, or World-Soul, resurrecting into its fullness in all peoples. We can see aspects of this transformation with the Shakers, Theosophists, feminists, environmental efforts and new relational business models in our world. In this presentation, Meghan Don will speak to how this Feminine Presence may be felt and known in our own lives, unearthing the sacredness of desire and the nature of relational and soul-depth understanding. We are being asked to come into spiritual maturity and authenticity, to become fully human. We are the Second Coming.

Meghan Don has long been both student and teacher of the Christian mystical tradition. She has spent the last 5 years in training, and in-depth study, with Tau Malachi of the Sophian Lineage. She is an Award-Winning Author of Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey into the Sacred, and Sacred Companions Sacred Community: Reflections with Clare of Assisi.”

Kurka Boshkin/Corca Baiscin In Concert
Thursday, June 26, 7:30-9:30PM
The Beanery, Alameda Natural Marketplace, 1650 Park Street, Alameda, 510-521-8800

“Come and join us for a special music event at The Beanery!
Please note The Beanery will stay open late for this special event.

Kurka Boshkin/Corca Baiscin, plus guest vocalist Melanie O'Reilly
The new sound of Celtic-Americana!

Join Kurka Boshkin/Corca Baiscin , an exhilarating sound of Irish traditional music with a Celtic-Americana contemporary twist, fused with Bossa Nova, interwoven with jazz improvisation ; Inspired by Corca Baiscin, the name of the ancient territory which is now known as County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the band will bring you on a creative journey in this musical fusion, a cultural bridge bringing together both sides of the Atlantic! Celtic jazz vocalist Melanie O'Reilly from Ireland will join them for this special event. Melanie is also vocal instructor at our local Starland Music Center !

Sean O Nuallain - guitar
Corwin Zekley - fiddle
John Kadyk -clarinet
Surya Prakasha - global percussion
and as special guest: Celtic jazz vocalist from Ireland - Melanie O'Reilly”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Thursday, June 26, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

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

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

Upcoming dates:
July 26
August 24
September 24
October 22
November 22
December 21

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

In the Tree of Smoke
presented by Circus Automatic
Thursday-Saturday, June 26-28, 8:00PM - final week
The Great Star Theatre, 636 Jackson Street, San Francisco

“In The Tree of Smoke is the third installment in a series of shows whose end goal is to create a fully realized production in the face of a lack of resources. It is a circus show that is both a swan song to a San Francisco that no longer exists, and a celebration of the cutting edge in American un-step performance. Featuring world renowned circus performers and set in an infinitely branching network of recursive and contradicting realities, In the Tree of Smoke is, above all, an experiment. Inside the maze of its un-storyline the question is posed: Is there space for art in a world which no longer deems it relevant?

The show is a story of trying to escape from a reality that crushes you by virtue of your very nature.  In the end, you can't escape the prison you are blind to; like a tangle of branches that barely has substance but still holds you captive.  The first step to being free is to acknowledge that you are trapped. Finding the way out and taking it are two different experiences- this presentation deals with the former.

In the Tree of Smoke creates worlds and moments in time rather than stories.  Set in a place with no endings, it seeks to find a beginning in the middle.  The characters- poor artisans who are masters of their craft, practice their work for a world that endeavors to blot them out with nothing more than indifference.  The very act of creation becomes defiant, a refusal to perish in an environment that demands your death.  

Each character is a response to this conundrum. The minimalist set rises and falls, a contradiction of brevity and deceit. Whatever dreams live and die in this setting, its very makeup stands as a reminder that ultimately, everything falls apart.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, June 26-28, 8:00PM - final week
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“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.”

Honeyroot Women’s Embodiment Retreat
Thursday-Sunday,  June 26-29
Shady Creek Retreat Center, 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, CA
see website for registration details

“HoneyRoot Women’s Embodiment Retreat is an annual celebration of Fem-bodiment, Sisterhood, and Intergenerational Collaboration - a place to explore, expand, and truly inhabit ourselves as women; a (re)treat for the Feminine Soul.

Located among the pines, oaks, and maples of Shady Creek Retreat Center near Nevada City, CA, HoneyRoot provides opportunities for us to open our bodies to the wisdom that lives inside each of us and the love that inhabits our collective heart. Through an array of dance, voice, and movement workshops, healing ceremonies, performances, playtime, down time, and up time, we will taste the Yes that lives in our bodies and our interconnectedness. Also enjoy quiet time by the pool and incredible food!

Maidens’ Initiatory Journey: Thursday, June 26
Wise Women’s Elders Counsel: Thursday, June 26
All Women’s Annual Retreat: Thursday, June 26-Sunday, June 29”

The Taming of the Shrew
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Sunday, June 26-29 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Thursday and Sunday 7:00PM,
Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow Street, San Jose
Free, donations welcome

“Shady Shakespeare Proudly Presents Shakespeare San Jose - Free to the public!

Surf's up, Shakespearean moon doggies! The Bard's timeless battle of the sexes is coming to a beach boardwalk near you as Shady Shakespeare reprises our wildly successful Free Shakespeare in the Park program in the heart of Willow Glen. The spirited and independent Kate has no time for the beach bunny antics of her boy-magnet kid sister Bianca, but when charismatic big kahuna Petruchio comes to town looking for a wife, she suddenly finds herself caught up in a contest of wills that will challenge her, exhaust her, infuriate her.. .and possibly prove that she's finally found a true partner. Audiences of all ages are invited to pull up a beach blanket and watch as these two mavericks ride the wild surf of love and finally meet their match.

Bramhall park features a natural amphitheater covered in grass. Bring a blanket or a chair no higher than 25". To ensure the best possible experience for all guests, chair height will be rigidly enforced. Seating is first come - first served. Picnics are welcome. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

No tickets are required. The actors will pass the hat at the end of the performance. A $10 donation per adult is recommended and very welcome, but not required.”

Macbeth at Fort Point
presented by We Players
Thursday-Sunday, June 26-29, 8:00PM - final week
Fort Point, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 999 Marine Drive, San Francisco
Thursdays $45, Fridays and Sundays $60, Saturdays $75

“This spring, We Players remounts its epic production of Macbeth at Fort Point. Multiple performance trajectories wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches work their charms. The Golden Gate Bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers - a full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco. In collaboration with the National Park Service.

In our 2014 production, we explore this tale of blood and the thirst for power through the lens of the ‘old guard’: warriors who have engaged in battle for decades; who are older than their young wives; who are the same age as their King. We infuse the space and the story with tremendous detail, and collaborate with the forces of nature in the form of wind and billowing fog. A full immersion into the world of play, audiences can catch glimpses of moments that traditionally occur off stage: Duncan’s body in blood soaked bed sheets, the Macbeths feverishly washing the still-warm blood from their hands, Macbeth’s coronation, Lady Macbeth alone in her bedroom, and the otherwise private lives of the Weyard Sisters.

The Weyard Sisters are nearly omnipresent throughout; some audience members may be able to decipher the code these Sisters use to communicate with one another, or catch them at work in secluded corners of the fortress.

Prepare yourself for the sound and fury of the elements… Fort Point is a very cold place. Long underwear, down jackets, windbreakers, hats and gloves are recommended.

You will be on your feet throughout the 3 hour event, and navigating narrow passageways, spiraling stone staircases and dark chambers. If you have any mobility disabilities that prevent you from climbing stairs, please call us. If you want to limit your stair climbing, be sure to state so on your registration form.

There are no bathrooms within the Fort. Provisions exist for emergencies, but in the absence of such circumstances, the doors of the Fort will remain sealed for the duration - once we go in, we’re in.

We will offer tea and snacks at a few places to keep you fueled.

We Players does not recommend bringing children less than 12 years old. Parts of the Fort are dark and creepy, it is COLD and DAMP, and there is a good deal of violence in this play. Please be aware of this when deciding whether or not to bring children.

No cameras or recording devices allowed.

No refunds. No exchanges. Please choose your dates carefully.

Questions? Call 415-547-0189 or email reservations@weplayers.org

Goddess of the Month: Oshun
with Phoenix LeFae and Lou Florez
Friday, June 27, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

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

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

This June, we will taste the sweet waters of the Yoruban Goddess Oshun.  
Oshun is brass and parrot feathers in a velvet skin. Oshun is white cowrie shells on black buttocks. Her eyes sparkle in the forest, like sun on the river. She is the wisdom of the forest She is the wisdom of the river. Where doctors fail, she cures with fresh water. Where medicine fails, she cures with fresh water. She feeds the barren woman with honey, and her dry body swells up like a juicy coconut. Oh, how sweet, how sweet is the touch of a child's hand. -Yoruban chant to Oshun  
We will be honored with the presence of special guest Priest Lou Florez as we learn about, honor, and swim with this most gracious of Deities.

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

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

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, June 27, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

Gourmet Chocolate and Song Sharing Party!
with Ayah Buonaugurio and Mona Moon
Friday, June 27, 7:00-10:00PM
private home in El Cerrito, address given upon RSVP
Free admission, suggested $5-$15 donation for chocolate tasting

“Featuring Flavors with DoTERRA Medicinal Essential Oils
Free introduction to working with essential oils

Please Join Ayah and Mona Moon for a special gathering Raw Chocolate infused with DoTerra essential oils, Yoga Kriyas exercises followed by a Sacred Song Sharing Circle. All ingredients are Organic, raw and low-glycemic

Please Arrive at 7:00PM.
We will be begin
with a cup of Aztec hot chocolate
followed by Yoga Kriya exercise.
introduction to DoTerra Essential oils for Health, wellness and preventive disease

Chocolate truffles served (throughout the night) infused with essential oils; some flavors: Wild Orange, Lavender, Geranium coconut, peppermint to name a few…

Song Circle will begin by 8:30PM, it’s optional, but if everyone can bring their notebooks, instruments, and one song to teach and share.”

The 6th Annual Art is Medicine Show Kick-Off Party
a fundraiser for the Redwood Empire Food Bank
Friday, June 27, 7:00-10:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa
sliding scale $10-$20

“Our iconic summer tour is in its sixth year! Help us ride, touring two shows in repertory to Redwood Empire Food Bank Summer Lunch sites and city parks.

The 6th Annual Art is Medicine Show / El Show el Arte es Medicina kick-off fundraiser is Friday June 27th  from 7:00-10:00PM at the Imaginists.
Tickets sliding scale $10 and $20.

Party schedule:
7:00-7:30PM: guests arrive, wandering poems
7:30ish: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings / Un Señor Muy Viejo con unas Alas Enormes
8:30ish: Tamales, horchata, aguas frescas, sweets, conviviality and solidarity. Beer and wine available for a donation.

Come join us as we celebrate six years of  FREE! BILINGUAL! BICYCLE-POWERED! theater. All proceeds from our fundraiser kick-off party support the 2014 summer tour.

Vintage Invasion
Friday, June 27, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

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

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

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

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

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, June 27, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

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

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

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

Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays On Trayvon, Race, and Privilege
A Special Event of Brava Studio Sessions in collaboration with BACCE
Friday-Saturday, June 27-28, 8:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
suggested donations $10-$25

“The six plays that comprise Facing Our Truth were commissioned by New Black Fest, under the direction of Artistic Director, Keith Josef Adkins, in response to the death of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman. The commissioned  playwrights are a diverse group of accomplished writers.  BACCE (Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience) presents two evenings of readings and post-show community discussions on the topic and the work with some of the Bay Area's sharpest talent.  

New Black Fest is a New York-based theater festival dedicated  ‘stretching, interrogating and uplifting the Black aesthetic.’
Dominique Morisseau (Detroit ’67)
Mona Mansour (The Way West) with frequent collaborator Tala Manassah
Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand, And Jesus Moonwalks)
Winter Miller (In Darfur)
A. Rey Pamatmat (Thunder Above, Deeps Below)
and Dan O’Brien with composer Quetzal Flores
These playwrights were chosen for the range of perspectives they bring to this difficult topic. This production is one of several being presented nationwide. Others include Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., Alliance Theater in Atlanta and Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.”

Kate Wolf Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29
Black Oak Ranch, 50350 Highway 101, Laytonville
see website for schedule and ticket details

“The annual Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow - a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Francisco.

Festival Features:
Four stages of Music on 150 acres
Beautiful On Site Camping In Old Growth Oak Trees
Kids’ Area
Hatha Yoga and Tai-Chi
Music Jamming Area
Flowing creek
Hobo Jungle”

Fairy and Human Relations Congress
Communication and Co-Creation with Devas, Nature Spirits and the Faery Realms
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29
Skalitude Retreat, Twisp, Washington
See website for registration details   
Bring your Fairy friends from home with you:

"The Fairy and Human Relations Congress affects the planet by joining with the nature, devic and other higher realms to bring more peace, love and understanding into the world. Our goal is not to escape the outer world but to positively affect it. At this time of multiple crises affecting humanity we feel it is very important to seek alliances with as many light forces as possible in other realms. Mother Earth and the fairy realms ARE big players in what is transpiring on the planet. Though many deny their existence, the numbers of people who are tuning into the spiritual realms and to the nature spirit/fairy/devic realms is increasing by leaps and bounds. The Congress is one of the vanguard events bringing these people together. We are not a frivolous event although we do have lots of fun and costume up. Our intent is communication and cooperation, not only for our personal selves, but for all of humanity. We are allying ourselves with Mother Earth and with the forces for peace and love on planet Earth.

Presence in Unity: Co-Creation and Deep Soul Nourishment

Fairy Congress 2014 is already heating up! We had a stellar Council retreat in October as we journeyed to reveal the Theme for this coming year. Were we ever surprised!
Last year our October journey for the theme was explosive: with tornados, hurricanes, lightning storms and cataclysmic change. We discovered the power of connection, the amazing igniting forces that are unleashed for creation when we truly connect with one another…

So this year we were quite startled as we were brought to our knees with the profound SIGHHHHH of Arrival - that moment when you know deeply that you are connected to another and that the connection is forever. This year’s theme is a very still place, a place of listening intently so as to truly integrate the communication coming to you, and to truly feel in your deepest heart the oneness of being in the present moment together, exchanging - uniting - seeing - being together.

This nature is asking us to explore - in our relationships with our ally-friends and with each other.

Thus our theme: Presence in Unity: Co-Creation and Deep Soul Nourishment.

Deep Soul Nourishment…

Beautiful, is it not? Sighhhhhhh...

The energy is already growing strong. It’s going to be an amazing year…”

Much Ado About Nothing
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29, 7:30PM
playing through July 6
Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
see website for ticket details

“For feisty Beatrice and Benedick, love is a game of wits, a ‘merry war’ of verbal sparring and one-upmanship. For Hero and Claudio, it is conventional romance, leaving them love-struck and tongue-tied. These opposite love stories play out against a comic background of scoundrels and clowns - when villainy threatens, it is the bumbling Dogberry who saves the day. Much Ado About Nothing, full of love and laughter, will both delight and entertain you.

All performances begin at 7:30PM.  Picnic area opens at 5:30PM.

Livermore Shakespeare Festival takes place at Concannon Vineyard, an elegant winery in the heart of Livermore Valley Wine Country. Actors perform in front of a two-story, Queen-Anne style Victorian home. Before the show and during intermission, you can sample award-winning wines in two tasting rooms. Enjoy a pre-show picnic on the lawn or enjoy pre-show small plates in Concannon's Underdog Wine Bar (RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED). For the optimal pre-theater dining experience, the Underdog Wine Bar recommends making a reservation for 2 hours prior to the performance start time. Reservations for the Underdog Wine Bar can be made by calling (925) 583-1581. During the show, sip wine in the seating area as you experience Shakespeare against a background of vineyards and hills.  

Note: Beverages, wine and food are available for purchase onsite at the Underdog Wine Bar and the Tasting Room. Due to state liquor laws, no alcohol without the winery label is allowed on site. Please contact the Underdog Wine Bar at (925) 583-1581 for questions regarding food. This season at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, shows are adult-oriented and not appropriate for children under 10 years of age. Babes in arms and children in strollers are not permitted. Children 12 and under are permitted with parents. We recommend acquainting children with appropriate theatre behavior before coming. If you have any specific questions about the suitability of a show for your child, please contact our office at (925) 443-BARD. Climate varies nightly, so please dress in layers. Blankets are rented and sold at the event.”

The Fellowship
presented by Alter Theater
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:30PM and 7:00PM
playing through July 13
Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael, (enter on D Street)

“Armed with J.R.R. Tolkien as a peculiar moral compass, a misfit in a rural community sets out on a quest to find a friend. Can a deranged fire chief, homophobia, or a wild bear hyped on crystal meth stop him?”

Tau Day
Saturday, June 28

If celebrating Pi Day on March 14 is too mainstream for you, you can revel in mathematical heresy by celebrating Tau Day instead!  Or celebrate the resolution of apparent paradox by celebrating both.  No matter what you choose, it’s a good reason to make and/or eat pies.

Sacred Ocarina Workshop
Saturday, June 28, 9:00AM-4:00PM
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland
sliding scale $100-$150 includes supplies

“Imagine being guided by spirit as you form ceramic ocarinas, whistles, and flutes with your own hands. Learn how your interconnection with the instrument can be expressed through your own music. These ancient instruments are still played in ceremonies and celebrations in different native communities around world.

Myths and legends will be shared during class to appreciate the meaning these instruments had to our Indigenous ancestors. This helps us understand the importance of music as we connect our spiritual and physical energy. As the day progresses, your creativity will be stimulated and your hands will shape various instruments. Your connection to the earth will expand as you integrate your own melodies from the music of your soul and your breath lets your spirit talk.

What to expect:
Historical introduction to MesoAmerican instruments
Ancient instruments and replicas will be displayed and demonstrated
Ancient legends of music from Toltec, Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan cultures will be shared
Create instruments and the learn about the meanings they hold
Make a simple bird whistle in clay
Generate one sound
Cost is $100-$150 Sliding Scale.
$40 charge for supplies is included:
 clay, cutter/blade for tuning, plywood 18” x 48”, bamboo, slab roller, drill bits

Please pay online http://aplaceforsustainableliving.org. Click the DONATE button and email us (with OCARINA in the subject line) that you have paid and we’ll reserve your spot in the class: teach@aplaceforsustainableliving.org.

Ernesto Hernandez-Olmos is a renowned and innovative artist known for his knowledge of ancient MesoAmerican people, their celebrations and legends. By integrating the Maya, Aztec, Zapotec and Mixtec traditions with music he embodies the honorable, ancient messages for the participants. Here is a rare opportunity to share his belief that everyone can create their own instrument. Experience your spirit flowing through your hands as they mold instruments in clay.

Ernesto Hernandez-Olmos was educated at the highly respected Autonomous University, Benito Juarez in Mexico . He has captivated viewers with art, music and dance presentations at cultural events in the United States, Canada and Mexico. His art has been exhibited at: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the De Young Museum, San Francisco; the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland. He shares his honor of native cultural traditions of the Americas. Various mediums of art give Ernesto a way to convey what he cannot say with words. The spirits of his people motivate him to share his deepest and most human feelings.

Any questions about the class, please contact Ernesto: xaguiaolmos@hotmail.com.

Any questions regarding the venue, PLACE, contact: teach@aplaceforsustainableliving.org.”

Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit
a six class series
Saturday, June 28, 10:00AM-11:30AM
and four more Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26
online via video conference
$35 per class
Please register in advance to reserve your place for this class.

“Rabbit brings one of her most popular classes online, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader.

Sure, you can look in the books at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully to the whispered secrets that underpin the surface meanings. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit's self-styled methods will help you offer accurate, compassionate, helpful readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to develop the ability to listen to your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.

Floral Watercolor
with Jenna Rainey
Saturday, June 28, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$115, limit 20 students

“Come learn the basics of wash and floral watercolor. Whether you're a beginner or have never tried it before, come gain a foundation for color mixing and shading. We will be covering techniques for a couple different types of flowers and wreaths in our time together, and you will leave with a decent grasp on these, as well as a few materials for you to get started on your journey together. Kit contains: Winsor and Newton watercolor brush set of 4, three 2 ounce tubes of acrylic paint (red, blue and yellow), practice sheets, palette, and pencil.

Mon Voir is the work of Southern California based artist Jenna Rainey. Born into a family of creatives, Jenna is a self-taught calligrapher and illustrator crafting whimsical and soft pieces that evoke originality and beauty in a world where everything is mass produced. Every letter form or drop of paint is arched and blended with care and is truly cherished by their viewer.

When not at her desk, Jenna can be found eating really good food, swimming in the Pacific or sharing coffee and conversation with friends and family.”

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, June 28, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by Chris Columbus (director of the first two instalments), David Heyman, and Mark Radcliffe. The story follows Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and wants to murder him. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

Center for History and Culture Grand Opening
Saturday, June 28, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Center for History and Culture, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward

“Join us as we open the new Center for History and Culture after extensive renovations. Open House tours, kids activities, fashion show, history play, performances and a concert with Billy London and the Lucky Dice.

10:00AM: Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with In Lak'ech

11:00AM-4:00PM: Kids activities, Smoothie Bike, historic Fire Truck, facepainting, glitter tattoos and henna, cultural performances, Hayward Arts Council hands-on art demonstrations and music

11:00AM: The Heart of the Bay - history play about the Hayward, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo area. This play is presented by Theatre Cultura, a new theatre company in the East Bay founded by Linda Amayo-Hassan and Dov Hassan.

12:30PM: Lecture about Guillermo Castro's Rancho San Lorenzo

2:00PM: Historic Fashion Show with costumes by an award-winning costume designer

3:30PM: The Heart of the Bay - history play

4:30-6:00PM: Concert with Billy London and the Lucky Dice

The Exhibit Galleries and Children's Gallery will open after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and close at 6:00PM.”

Composting and Vermiculture Workshop
Saturday, June 28, 12:00-1:30PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Learn how to make your own free fertilizer that will fortify your garden plants against pests and disease. Topics covered will include dry composting techniques and vermiculture (worm composting). Feel free to bring some wet kitchen scraps and coffee grounds to feed the worms - they love melon rinds!

Ploughshares Nursery is a social enterprise of the Alameda Point Collaborative supportive housing community. 100% of our sales support housing for formerly homeless families.”

18th Annual Days of Wine and Lavender
benefitting The Ceres Community Project
Saturday, June 28, 12:00-4:00PM
Matanzas Creek Winery, 6097 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

“Tucked in the hillside of beautiful, hidden Bennett Valley, our winery and vineyard is also home to three acres of lavender gardens planted in 1991. To celebrate the beauty of the estate and the fruits of our labor, we host an annual event to highlight our special wines and enjoy the lavender fields in full bloom.

Join us on June 28 to walk through vibrant purple lavender gardens at peak season, while sipping our newest releases of crisp, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.

This event will also feature:
Live Music
Special food and wine pairing stations throughout the event
Lavender Barn Tour showcasing how our lavender products are made
Photo Booths, exceptional views and much more

Three sensory seminars with winemaker Marcia Monahan-Torres and our wine experts:
Sauvignon Blanc and Seafood pairings
Merlot and Mushrooms exploration
Exclusive tasting of our Journey wines

All benefiting The Ceres Community Project, a non-profit who brings culinary delight to those in need.”

Party Fundraiser for Danielle Adams
Saturday, June 28, 12:30-4:30PM
The Hub, 350 Georgia Street, Vallejo
free admission, donations welcome

“Our own Danielle Adams has been fighting a rare and aggressive form of cancer, called ampullary cancer, since just after Dickens Fair, 2012. You may know Danielle from Northern California Renaissance Faire, the Northern California Pirate Festival and the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. You may have seen her working at an ale stand dressed as a mermaid, in the Dark Garden window or enticing green faeries.
One June 28th, her friends will be hosting a fundraiser at
The Hub 350 Georgia Street, Vallejo 94590  
This will be vaguely luau themed! No roasting pigs but if you have an Aloha shirt or dress, this is the place to wear it!
The goal for this day is threefold. One is to be a party for Danielle to get to visit with as many of you as possible, second is to raise enough money to at least cover all of Danielle's bills for the next six months and allow her some breathing room in her budget. Third is if we raise enough, she would like one more bucket list trip, this time to go see The Mouse in LA.
This will be a potluck event but PLEASE only bring finger foods, nothing that requires serving equipment. We are providing plates and napkins and will be selling wine as well. The venue will have soda/water/coffee also for sale so please don't bring beverages for the potluck. Also please provide an ingredient list so that those of us with allergies don't die!
We will be raffling off a variety of lovely items and will also have a small silent auction for some of the bigger ticket items. Many people have donated some wonderful things:
Two tickets to see the Giants vs the Dodgers on July 27th
A very pretty handmade quilt
Various other handmade lovelies
CDs from all of our favorites in the faire community
Lots of other great things, come and see!
If you can't make it to the party, but still want to help Danielle out you can send money via her sister's Paypal to deborah0506@yahoo.com

If you have questions or concerns feel free to email me at awolchock@gmail.com or Sandi Tee at sirensticks@gmail.com
Can't wait to see all of you soon!! Invite all your friends!”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, June 28, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn about life at sea and have fun making a maritime craft. You could walk away with your own sailor's necklace that spells your name in ship Signal Flags! Appropriate for ages 3-12, but everyone is welcome! Meet inside the ARK houseboat at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.”

The Cosmic Mass: Return of the Divine Feminine
Saturday, June 28, 6:00-9:00PM
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
$15 suggested donation

“Let’s come together in sacred space to celebrate the triumphant return of the Divine Feminine as she rises from the Earth. Led by ritual leaders Matthew Fox, Evelie Posch, and Richard Kaplan, we will honor the feminine in creation and in us all along with Jennifer Berezan, Caroluna, DJ Dragonfly, and more, held beneath the elegant arches of Grace Cathedral.

The Cosmic Mass is a participatory celebration of life that incorporates organic dance, innovative art displays, electrifying beats, soul-moving performance, mind-expanding discussion, and transformative ritual, bringing together a diverse community of beings, to embody the sacredness of life in a cosmic context.

Please join us for song, dance, ritual, and magic on Saturday, June 28 at 6:00PM! All ages welcome. Tickets are $15 and up by donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.”

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Saturday, June 28, 6:00-10:00PM
Red Mule Ranch, Fiddletown (East of Sacramento, in the Gold Country)
directions given upon registration
$45 includes dinner and entertainment

“Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Old West Music, Cowboy Poetry, Chuckwagon Dinner

Ron and Marie Scofield are your hosts for an evening of old-time cowcamp entertainment under the stars at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown, California. Enjoy a chuck wagon tri-tip dinner and cowboy music, poetry, and story telling in an 1880s setting. In addition to Ron's traditional brand of old cowboy standards, special guest performers contribute their unique style of western wit, wisdom, satire, and song.

Dinner is served at 6:30PM. Entertainment begins at 7:30PM with a break for intermission and dessert. After lots of music and poetry, it's ‘Happy Trails’ around 10:00PM.

June 28: Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong

Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong play Western classics, country blues, and string band favorites from 1920s and 30s rural America. You'll hear virtuoso yodeling and masterful yippie-ti-yi-yaying, hilarious off-beat jokes and wisecracks and heartfelt singing, along with tasty accompaniment on accordion, guitar, banjo, ukulele, musical saw, harmonica and national steel. These two modern-day vaudevillians share a delight in America's rich musical heritage and they know how to communicate that feeling to an audience.

Well traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The Strawberry Music Festival, The National Cowboy Gathering and Prairie Home Companion, they capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun loving music fans wherever they perform.

Dates for 2014:
July 12 - Dave Stamey
July 19 - Old West Trio and Ron and Gary Scofield
August 2 - Riverbend Folk Band
August 9 - Pipp Gillette and Jim and Karen Ross
August 16 - Juni Fisher and Jim King
August 23 - Old West Trio and Pat Richardson
September 6 - Old West Trio and Mark Twain (MacAvoy Layne)”

9th MMTB Producer's and Directors Challenge Film Fest - Moraga
Saturday, June 28, 6:30PM
Rheem Theater, 350 Park Street, Moraga

“9th MMTB Producer's & Directors Challenge Film Fest

Films Made in the Bay Area at our March and April Directors Challenge Event and
All Producer's Challenge Contestants + Bonus Bay Area Films Screened and Voted On!

Brought to you by MMTB - Movie Making Throughout the Bay.

The Rheem Theatre was built in the late 50s by Donald Rheem and was originally a single screen movie palace with a large stage and dance floor which the theatre retains and often uses to this day. It was closed during the 70s, and reopened as a performing arts venue in the 80s. During a remodel in the in the late 90s, three additional screens were added, thus making the Rheem Theatre a four screen multiplex. Though the theatre has been consistently updated, it still retains its original art deco feel, with Zodiac Style art in each house.”

All Night Stargazing
with Stargazer Li
Saturday, June 28, 6:30PM-7:30AM (the following morning)
RSVP to info@stargazerli.com for exact location in Sebastopol
$180, adults only
see website for registration details

“Once or twice year, I lead an All Night Stargazing experience. We watch the entire sky turning in real-time, from sundown through sunrise. These thrilling events almost always sell out.

Come learn nearly the entire starry sky in one night!

We’ll gather before sunset to learn the horizon calendar, then throughout the night in a field under the stars, guided by the visible beam of a green laser, you’ll see and learn the patterns and movements of the constellations, including most of the zodiac and some of the lunar mansions, many of the planets, and folklore from different times and cultures, all the while directly seeing the story that’s unfolding at this time, dosing with planetary essences and essence elixirs, and dancing deeply with the cosmos…

This night will change your relationship with the starry night sky forever!

This evening is especially for those who have experienced a night under the sky with Stargazer Li before, so we can go even deeper into connection with the cosmos, but it is open to first time stargazers who want an immersion experience.

Adults only, no kids this time.

There will be tea and  potluck snacks through the night, and light breakfast as an option the next morning. You can stay over on Sunday to sleep before heading out by late afternoon if you’d like. Directions will be emailed to registered participants.

This event usually sells out, so sign up soon if you’re wanting to attend…

To register (or get on the waiting list):
1) Email me info@stargazerli.com with the names and email addresses of the people that will be attending, in how many cars, and where you’re coming from. Also, let me know how you are connected to me, and if you’ve stargazed with me before.

2) Once I let you know there’s room. Pay a deposit of $60 per participant to hold your spot.

Refunds of your deposit(s), minus a $5 processing fee, can be obtained through June 23, 2014.

TOTAL COST for the event: $180 person ($120 person - low income)

Balance due upon arrival the evening of the event.

If the night gets clouded out, in all or part, there will be a pro-rated refund.

Join me for this once in a lifetime opportunity to deeply engage with the universe!”
Summer Solstice Oral Traditions Salon
with Barry and Maya Spector
Saturday, June 28, 7:00PM
private home, 685 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
Free, Please RSVP to 650-329-1415

“Bring poems, stories, songs, musical instruments, tall tales, insults and toasts LEARNED BY HEART!
No one is required to perform.  Join us even if you don’t care to recite anything. Together let’s make a brief community dedicated to the love of the spoken word.
Refreshments provided. Feel free to invite friends.”

Godzilla Night
Saturday, June 28, 7:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro
Adults $14.99, Children $9.99

“Godzilla Night 3 is a celebration of everything Godzilla. Join us for our third annual Godzilla Event. Films Prizes and Special Guests. For the 60th anniversary of The Big G, Bay Area Film Events and the Historic BAL Theatre are throwing the King of the Monsters a big birthday bash!

The film for the night will be Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and our Godzilla House Band, Big Pimp Jones, returns to play classic Godzilla music LIVE! We will also be holding our second annual Great Godzilla Raffle for amazing prizes! Dealers, prizes, displays and more! Doors open at 6:00PM, show starts at 7:00PM. Details and more announcements to come!!”

Crockett Railroad Days
Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Carquinez Model Railroad Society, 645 Loring Avenue, Crockett
Adults $6 donation, Under 16 Free

“The Carquinez Model Railroad Society (CMRS) is a non-profit California corporation made up of a diverse group of model railroad enthusiasts of many ages, professions and backgrounds.

We are located in the heart of Crockett just up the street from the famous C&H sugar refinery.”

San Francisco Pride
Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29
see website for parade route and detailed schedule
$5 suggested donation

“The Mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.

2014 marks the 44th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme is Color Our World With Pride, and the event will be held over the weekend of June 28 and 29, 2014. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.

The two-day celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco.”San Francisco Pride
Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29
see website for parade route and detailed schedule
$5 suggested donation

“The Mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.

2014 marks the 44th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme is Color Our World With Pride, and the event will be held over the weekend of June 28 and 29, 2014. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.

The two-day celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco.”

The Pagan Alliance needs volunteers for fundraising at San Francisco Pride:

“Bringing back the Pagan Festival Begins with You!

Let’s make the Pagan Festival happen on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The Pagan Festival is a Community effort. Funding and volunteers will make it possible. The following is an opportunity to contribute your time that will result in a grant to fund this Community tradition.

Volunteer for The Pagan Alliance at SF LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade

Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29

The Pagan Alliance has proudly volunteered at San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration and Parade since 2002. The Pagan Alliance is an all volunteer education and service organization. Our volunteers make the Donation Partner grant possible. Our volunteer work allows us to receive a grant for hours that we contribute at the event. The more volunteer hours you can work will result in a larger grant to fund the Pagan Festival.

For volunteering, you will receive a Pagan Alliance t-shirt and you'll meet others in the Pagan community while having fun and making the 2015 Pagan Festival possible.
Hours of volunteering are from 11:00AM-5:30 \PM.  Shifts are 2 and a half hours each.  You can volunteer as many shifts as you wish.

The shifts are on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29:
1st Shift: 10:00AM-12:30PM
2nd Shift: 12:30-3:00PM
3rd Shift:  3:00-5:30PM
We work in pairs collecting $5 (or more) donations from people attending the event. In return, they’ll give a beverage discount sticker.  It’s that easy! The more donations collected, the larger the grant.
The Pagan Festival is an interfaith community tradition and community offering spanning from 2001 to 2012.  The goals of the festival are to celebrate our traditions with interfaith ritual, altars, speakers, authors, and performers; to build community, and educate the general public. The festival is also a Pagan Market Place, offering an opportunity to buy ritual tools, gifts for Grads and Mothers Day, and to find out about services and businesses of the Pagan Community.  Please help us preserve the Pagan Festival and programs for your Community.
The Pagan Alliance will be honored to host the festival on May 9, 2015. However, we need your help; the help of our Community. Hosting the festival IS a community effort. By volunteering with the Pagan Alliance as a Donations Partner at for the SF Pride Celebration and Parade, you will help fund the rental of the stage and sound system, funding the City of Berkeley Special Events and Sound permits, funding the security that is required by the City of Berkeley, funding the storage and truck rental for the festival infrastructure, and funding advertising and promotion. In addition, the grant keeps the Pagan Festival free to everyone.
To volunteer, please contact me at arlynnecamire@gmail.com or send me a message on Facebook to Arlynne Camire. If you should have any questions feel free to call me at 510-872-1188. Please let me know your legal name, tee-shirt size, and what shift(s) you would like to work. You will be emailed a volunteer waiver form so we have a record of your volunteer hours.
We can make the Pagan Festival happen by working together. Thank you for your gift of time.”

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29, and each weekend through June
see website for detailed schedule

“An unparalleled series of inspiring performances is in store at the 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, highlighting the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Bay Area. This year’s Festival includes 10 world premieres, 16 Festival debuts, and features dances from Bali, Bolivia, China, Congo, Hawai'i, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tahiti, the continental United States, and West Africa. Each weekend’s program is a different lineup and includes nine to ten performances in a show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.

Weekend Four:
YBCA Theater
Saturday, June 28, 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday, June 29, 2:00PM

In order to fully enjoy your Festival experience, please allow yourself ample time before the performance to park, walk to the theater, and pick up your tickets. Out of consideration for the performers and other patrons, latecomers may be seated in the terrace until intermission.

This weekend’s program features nine dance performances from around the world, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.
Running time: 2.5 hours (includes 20 minute intermission).

Performances by: Alafia Dance Ensemble (Brazilian traditional), Ballet Folklorico Compania Mexico Danza (Mexican folkloric - Guerrero), Bolivia Corazon De America (Afro-Bolivian), Jubilee American Dance Theatre (Appalachian clogging), Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company (Chinese contemporary), Proyecto Lando/Cunamacue Collaboration (Afro-Peruvian), Sahiyar Dance Troupe (Indian folkloric), Sewam American Indian Dance (Native American hoop dance), and Te Mana O Te Ra (Tahitian ’ote’a and ’aparima).”

Art of Feminine Presence: Love Your Essence
Full Day Intensive Women-Centered Celebration
with Marcela Liliana Veron
Sunday, June 29, 9:30AM-4:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Explore, enhance and embody your feminine essence!
Access the most powerful and attractive force you have within you.

In this intimate circle setting, Marcela will be guiding you through powerful practices and moving meditations that will tune you in to your soulfulness in ways that will help you attune to your feminine essence and create more magic and love in your life.

If you have felt that you need more grounding, more intimacy, more sensuality, more intuitiveness or more love fulfillment... but unsure how to really go about bringing it more nourishingly, solidly, and sustainably into your life, then this series is for you.

Please join us on this fabulous woman circle-centered journey through the next Six Week Series.

Reserve Your Spot!  We would love to have you be a part of something special, soulful and sovereign!

Please feel free to invite a cherished friend to register with you, so you can both enjoy more feminine fabulous fun!”

18th Century Hair Lecture
with Kendra Van Cleave
presented by Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild
Sunday, June 29, 12:00-2:00PM
Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

“GBACG presents a lecture with Kendra Van Cleave, author of the new book, 18th Century Hair and Wig Styling: History and Step-by-Step Techniques.

Join us to learn about learn about fashionable hairstyles for men and women from 1700 to 1799 in France, England and the American colonies.

Kendra Van Cleave has been creating and studying historic costumes for approximately 15 years. For the past several years she has specialized in 18th century hair and wig styling. She has master's degrees in history and librarianship and publishes scholarly research on the history of fashion, specializing in the 18th century. Her costumes have won various awards, including a best-in-show at Costume Con 26 (2008).

Kendra has taught numerous workshops on the history and how-to of fashion and costume, including wig styling, primarily for the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild and Costume College. She is on the board of the Costume Society of America's Western Region, and is a past president of the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild.

Practicalities: Drinks, including soft drinks, coffee, beer, wine and cocktails, are available for purchase from the bar before the lecture. Please bring cash if you'd like to imbibe.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, June 29, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Three Sisters: An Hour Of Stories From Kazakhstan For Families
performed by storyteller Dana Sherry
Sunday, June 29, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley

“Our guest will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the magical world of Kazakh fairy tales, where brave heroes face demons and dragons to find wondrous objects, protect defenseless animals, and restore balance to the land.

Dana Sherry was once simply a respectable historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and has taught at U.C. Davis, Stanford University, and St. Mary’s College. However, she has developed a second life as a storyteller, where she crafts adult stories that transform historical events into tales of wonder and horror. She also tells traditional and literary tales to young audiences. In her school-age programs, stories become a way for children to experience empathy, community, creativity, and joy.
Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Structural Bodywork: Look Good/Feel Good With Hellerwork
with Kay Hogan
Sunday, June 29, 2:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Come experience connective tissue bodywork and find out the difference between massage, rolfing and bodywork. This is an experiential workshop that gives you information on how the structure works and how to physical, emotional, and mental come together.

Kay Hogan is a certified Hellerworker (or Structural Bodyworker) (1986), an Alexander Technique Teacher (1996), and has a Master's degree in counseling, the three components of Hellerwork.”

Witches' Tea Party!
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, June 29, 3:00-6:00PM
Palo Alto Cafe, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

“We'll be looking nice and Witchy - and I'll try to have a big red Meetup sign on my table!

Let's get together for another Witches' Tea Party!  The previous ones were great fun, so we're doing it again.

Witches, Pagans, Magicians, Asatruarfolk, all ye fine and fun folk, wend your way to this nice little coffeehouse in Midtown Palo Alto.  They have an assortment of tasty teas and coffees, plus yummy sandwiches and plenty of pastries.

We'll take a little breather and enjoy the company of our fellow walkers of the path of the independent spirit.  Relax in the company of those who won't think you're weird for talking with the land-wights or listening to the voice of the Goddess on the breeze!

Feel free to wear your Witchy finery or fancy-wear (but keep'em street-legal, please)!

$1 contribution toward this website requested (not required).”

I Hella Love Shorts!
Sunday, June 29, 3:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“I Hella Love Shorts!, in collaboration with The New Parkway Theater, brings a quarterly showcase of short films by emerging artists from across the globe!

Our selections reflect diversity including that of the Bay Area, and reach across cultures and genres. The common nucleus among showcased pieces is an ability to tap into universal human experiences.

Watch as we unveil another round of emerging talent! Come be a part of I Hella Love Shorts!

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 café 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 Nerd Nite to Party at the Parkway, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Open Mic Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays, and First Fridays.

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

Claude Bourbon: Spanish Medieval Blues
presented by SYLA
Sunday, June 29, Gather at 4:00PM, Music at 5:00PM
SYLA House Concerts, Oakland (address given with RSVP), 510-338-1211

“Let’s see… A French guitar player who plays Spanish Medieval Blues.  How many opportunities does one have to experience this mix???
Born in France in the early 60s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.
Suggested Cover = $20 (sliding scale welcome), all proceeds go to artist
Cover Includes: great music, eclectic crowd, view of the city, beer, wine and food.  
What a Deal!! Please bring something to munch.”

Liturgy of the Lady for Lady Liberty
presented by Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Sunday, June 29, 5:00PM
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations accepted to pay for the space

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

Lady Liberty, the American Goddess,  stands in the harbor welcoming all to our sweet land of Liberty and shining the light of freedom over all the land. In this energy-filled, powerful liturgy, we will ask Her to help us in these troubled times we are facing.

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. Wheel-chair accessible. Family and child-friendly. Please share this invitation with your friends.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, June 29, 5:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

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

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

California Witchcamp 2014
Sunday-Sunday, June 29-July 6
Mendocino Woodlands, exact address given upon registration
Please see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“This is an extraordinary event for extraordinary people.

Share in a week of Reclaiming style, earth based spirituality and magic. Come and study magic and ritual in a week long Intensive. Witchcamp is offered to all genders at all levels of experience. Newcomers can learn the basic skills of magic and ritual, working with the elements, movement, sound and the mythological and historical framework of the Goddess Tradition.

Advanced classes offer the chance to apply the tools of ritual to personal healing and empowerment, or a focus on taking the Craft out into the world, creating public ritual, ongoing groups, and healing issues surrounding leadership and power. This event is a deeply moving, life changing week and a constant experiment in temporary village life. We will also look at ways of bringing this work and inspiration into our everyday lives, creating powerful, joyful times.

We welcome people of all genders, gender histories, and orientations, and we encourage you to feel safe to explore the fluidity of your identity, if you so choose.

This year Witchcamp will be held at the Mendocino Woodlands, located just far enough outside the town of Mendocino to avoid coastal fog. The camp is set among a mature Redwood/Douglas Fir forest, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting. The cabins are rustic, but pretty. Camping is also an option. A small river runs through the camp, and is the home of steelhead trout. To request a brochure, please send us an email at: info@californiawitchcamp.org with your mailing address.”

Nerd Nite East Bay #20
Bees in the Dirt, Development of Squirts, and Balls that Hurt
Monday, June 30, 7:00PM, and the last Monday of each month
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 75 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute, fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines - while the audience drinks along.  And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well.  Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths.  Fun, right?  As nerds and non-nerds like to say, Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel… with Beer!

For Nerd Nite #20 the topics and lecturers will be as follows:

The Real Dirt On Bees by Hillary Sardiñas

Little Learning Machines: Child As Scientist And Supercomputer by Caren Walker and Sophie Bridgers

Getting Away With Physical Assault And Its Cathartic Effects: Recreational Adult Dodgeball by Adam Howe and Hunter Huston (RAD League)

Be there or be square!

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 café 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.”

Road to Europa: Film Screening and Science Talk
with Chris McKay
A production of Wonderfest
Monday, June 30, 7:00-9:00PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“Europa Report is, scientifically and dramatically, one of the best science fiction films to come along in years. According to Popular Science, it ‘sets a new standard for realism in sci-fi.’ At the same time, the critics at Rotten Tomatoes rate Europa Report as ‘80% Fresh.’ (That’s high praise even for a Scorsese or Allen film!) The only way that Wonderfest and SF in SF can improve Europa Report is to follow it with the insights of legendary astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay. McKay will likely poke some intriguing holes in Europa Report. In doing so, he will vastly inflate our understanding of interplanetary travel AND of hypothetical life in Europa’s temperate ocean - in orbit around mighty Jupiter.

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.”

Ceres Community Project Summer Fundraiser Dinner
Tuesday, July 1, 5:30-8:30PM
Zazu Kitchen and Farm, 6770 McKinley Street, #150, Sebastopol
$49 per person for three course dinner, optional wine pairings $19
For reservations, please call Zazu at 707-523-4814

“Our annual teen-driven fundraising event with Zazu Kitchen and Farm is coming up in a few weeks.
Already, our teen volunteers are doing their training shifts at the restaurant in preparation for running the entire event and getting the chance to test their skills in a very high-paced environment.

We build healthy communities by restoring fresh, whole and organic food to its place as the foundation of health, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others and the earth.”

Chute 212: A Celebration of Magical Memories in the Potterverse
Wednesday-Sunday, July 2-6,
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Please see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Welcome to the Potterverse where a magical conference awaits you!

On July 2-6 2014 take the Chute Network to Chute 212.

In our secret, magical town hidden from the mundanes, this literary and create-play conference brings witches and wizards together for A Celebration of Magical Memories, and the towns-folk are all a-broom-buzzing in preparation!

Music and dancing, special guests and presentations, cosplay and createplay, interactive workshops and wingding activities are sure to send your spirits high and mark another year of fond memories in the magical world. 5 days and 4 nights of magic!

Come celebrate with witches and wizards of all ages, and get your broom on!”

Have a Mystically Embodied, Divinely Liberating Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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