Chute 212: A Celebration of Magical Memories in the Potterverse, This Is All I Need, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Vegetables Sauces and Condiments, Exploratorium After Dark: The City that Knows How, Homemade Delicious Bubbly Kombucha, Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade, Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist and Eegah!, Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala At The Exploratorium, As One We Flow: A RiverGuidess Adventure, Martinez Hometown 4th of July Parade, Old-Fashioned Independence Day at Ardenwood, Alameda Independence Day Parade, The Pardee Patriotic Picnic, Benicia Picnic in the Park and Fireworks, Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina, 4th of July Family Fun Events at Roaring Camp, Independence Day Event Directory, Much Ado About Nothing, The Fellowship, Practical Sourdough Bread Workshop, Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit, The Goonies, To the Moon, Great Train Robberies at Roaring Camp, Time Travel Weekends, Celebrate H.H. Dalai Lama’s Birthday, Belly Dance Student Showcase, In A World…, Bay Area Country Dance Society Family Week, FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theatre, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Tarot Salon, Shamanik Improv Klass: Just The Basiks, First Annual Aphrodisia Festival and Paint It Gold Fundraiser, Bridging The Visible And Invisible Worlds, Lughnasadh Games and Campout
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!”
This Is All I Need
presented by Mugwumpin
Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, July 2-3 and 5-6, 8:00PM - final week
ACT Costume Shop Theater, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco
“Mugwumpin digs through closets and cupboards to untangle and retangle the threads
connecting our hearts, our anxieties, and our stuff. With a fractured approach to storytelling, Mugwumpin explores these connections from numerous angles, from the ways that our belongings become physical repositories for our most potent memories, to the fine boundaries between collecting and hoarding, to the psychosocial motors driving the contemporary urge to accumulate.”
Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Alela Diane and Yesway
Thursday, July 3, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 28)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $20, Children 5-17 $10
Please register online at the website below
for more information, e-mail email@example.com
“Join us this summer for a series of concerts in our beautiful Redwood Grove!
Alela Diane is an American singer and songwriter. She grew up singing with her musician parents and performing in the school choir. She taught herself guitar, and began writing songs which blend tense, trance-like arpeggios with warm vocals and meditative lyrics about family and nature.
Yesway has been called a ‘floating, flowing faucet of magical unification’ and ‘the hottest new supergroup in San Francisco.’ Live, their voices literally melt together and their performances are intimate yet expansive.
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!
Vegetables, Sauces, and Condiments
with Rosie Ueng
Part Six of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, July 3, 6:00-9:00PM - final session
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.
Do you ever go to the farmers' market or Berkeley Bowl, see that fantastic array of fresh vegetables and wonder what to do with them? In this class we will steam, blanch, saute, roast, braise, and make salads from a whole variety of seasonal vegetables. Then learn how to make vinaigrettes, sauces, and condiments to go with your vegetables and meats. Make your own mayonnaise, aioli, salsas, tapenade, gremolata, pesto, and ghee! A delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening's labor will be included.
Instructor Rosie Ueng holds a Masters in Nutrition and a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. She has worked as a cook at Three Stone Hearth as well as a private chef and caterer. Rosie combines science, traditional wisdom, and her cooking background to offer this unique cooking series. Rosie Ueng is founder of Rosewater Cooking and Science.”
Exploratorium After Dark: The City that Knows How
Thursday, July 3, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18 and over
“After Dark: The City that Knows How
Encounter some of the lesser-known geographies of our beloved City by the Bay at After Dark: San Francisco! Hear tales of the mysterious Suicide Club from John Law, co-founder of San Francisco Cacophony Society and Burning Man's Black Rock City. Discover a rare photographic archive of the Fillmore District in its jazzy heyday.
Prepare for Pride, grok the gay rights issues of the day, attempt to achieve ‘wig mode’, and meet members of the outrageous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Learn a trick or two from the tightrope walkers, jugglers, and plate-spinners from Circus Center San Francisco. Or take a walking tour with San Francisco historian Chris Carlsson, and get an insiders look at what lies beneath Pier 15 with pile drivers from Local Union 34.
Encounter the fantastically diverse inhabitants of the Bay with Exploratorium scientists Bryce Johnson and Denise King, and learn how to sustainably harvest our coastal bounty with Sea Forager Tours. Watch a sourdough demonstration with chefs from SeaGlass Restaurant, and shake up your understanding of earthquake science with Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty.
At After Dark: San Francisco, you'll fall in love with our jewel of a city all over again.
Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, Exploratorium's After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic - from music to sex to electricity - but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits.”
Homemade Delicious Bubbly Kombucha
Thursday, July 3, 6:30PM
South Berkeley location address given upon registration
“What if you could make your own soda pop that not only tasted really really good, but was actually really healthy for you, easy to make, and inexpensive? People make kombucha in a large variety of ways, and the results vary hugely. If you've tried some before, great! But don't let it color your view of all kombucha, it's much like saying… oh I've tried drinking from cans before, I don't like them.
Because really, what matters is what’s in the can, and how it was made. In this quick workshop we're going to be making yummy yummy kombucha. It's easy, it's forgiving, it's fast, it's healthy, and it's affordable. You don't even need a 'kombucha mother/scoby' to do it. I will show you an easy trick =)”
Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade
Thursday, July 3, 6:30PM
along First Street, Benicia
“Benicia’s Independence Day parade stretches along First Street and includes dancers, floats, clowns, and entertainment.”
Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist and Eegah!
Thursday-Saturday, July 3-5, 8:00PM,
playing through August 9
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
“This summer, Impact Theatre proudly presents Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist with Eegah! Two rousing re-creations of cult cinema classics presented together on one hot ticket. It's part movie, it's part live performance, it's totally boss.
First, it's The Sadist (1963) - psychopath Charlie Tibbs holds the lives of three teachers hostage in an abandoned junkyard on the hottest day of the year. Giggling, dancing, and violence ensue.
Then comes Eegah! (1962) - Roxy just wants her daddy and her best boy to know that she hit a caveman with her car but they, like, totally don't believe her! High adventure, moon pies, and ONSTAGE DUNE BUGGY ACTION that is not to be missed!
Featuring Sarah Coykendall, Mike Delaney, Joseph Mason, Michael Garrett McDonald, and Cassie Rosenbrock.
With Paul Callis, Miyaka Cochrane, Luisa Frasconi, Maro Guevara, Maria Marquis, Brandon Mears, Jimmy Snell, Rose Sutton, and Nick Trengove.”
Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala At The Exploratorium
with the Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery
Thursday-Sunday, July 3-6,
see website for schedule details
The Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco, 415-528-4420
Included with museum admission
“Witness the creation of an intricate mandala by visiting monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in South India. Over the course of three and a half days, this magnificent artwork will gradually emerge through the meticulous application of colored sand. Upon completion, the mandala will be ritually destroyed, expressing the impermanence of life.
There are many different types of mandalas, each layered with significant iconographies, placements, and colors. Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman describes them as ‘visual representation[s] of the architecture of the mind,’ or universe. To create this architecture in sand, monks rub metal funnels called chak-pur to vibrate sand into precise streams.
The mandala will be created by Geshe Lobsang Dhonyoe, Geshe Janchup Thinlay, Geshe Gyaltsen, Nima Dorje, Wangdu and Lungrik Gyalsten of Gaden Shartse Dokhang. The Exploratorium visit is part of a tour sharing Tibetan Buddhist culture and practices and is sponsored by Nadine Weil of Heart of Green.”
As One We Flow: A RiverGuidess Adventure
Thursday-Sunday, July 3-6
on the Stanislaus River in Oakdale, address given upon registration
see website for registration information
“Summer’s around the bend. Let your inner child out to play!
This is the Summer Camp you dreamed of as a kid! Now that you’re all grown up, you can enjoy comfortable shaded ‘glamping’ on velvet lawns, gentle river rafting, swimming, yoga, meditation, various forms of conscious and ecstatic dance, massage and bodywork, hot showers, gourmet organic meals, and so much more. Yes - Paradise has been found on the Stanislaus River, an easy drive, just 90 minutes east of Oakland Airport and the San Francisco Bay!
Open to Singles, Couples and (a few) Families, we offer exclusive access to a magical, private riverfront estate that few ever get to see, let alone be for an entire holiday weekend. You’ll discover sandy beaches, hammocks and rope swings galore, exotic statues, a temple made of redwood trees, plants carved into topiaries, and more surprises at every turn.
Swim in gentle currents, feel the warm breezes on your skin. Nurture your body, open your heart, soothe your soul and connect with people of like mind and spirit. This will become one of your most treasured memories in this lifetime! We’re along the road from San Francisco to Yosemite, so you might include a trip to the Park in your plans.
Our guest teacher and artist line-up is coming soon, featuring:
Live and DJed music
Yoga and Meditation
Conscious Dance and Movement Classes
Inspirational Playshops and Connecting Activities
Delicious organic meals and snacks
No rafting experience necessary! This gentle river is great for novice and experienced alike.”
Martinez Hometown 4th of July Parade
Friday, July 4, Parade starts at 10:00AM
Main Street between Court Street and Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
“You're invited to the 6th Annual 4th of July Parade in downtown Martinez. Over 40 entries including many community groups will march down Main Street.
8:00-10:00AM - Pancake Breakfast
Sponsored by Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street
9:00-9:15AM - Flag Raising Ceremony
Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward Street
10:00AM - Hometown Parade on Main Street
Parade begins at Court Street and Main Street, ends at Alhambra Avenue and Main.”
Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Friday, July 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$8/adults* (18+ years), $6/seniors* (62+ year), $5/children* (4-17 years)
“Celebrate America’s birthday with rousing patriotic music from a brass band on the lawn and fiddle music in the farmyard. There will be games, contests and races for everyone all day long. Test your skill at nail-driving, egg toss and watermelon seed spitting or join a bucket brigade and tug-of-war contest. Bring a picnic and spend the day the old -fashioned way!”
Alameda Independence Day Parade
Friday, July 4, 10:00AM
see website for route
“The Alameda 4th of July Parade is one of the largest and longest Independence Day parade in the nation. With over 170 floats and 2,500 participants who travel a three mile route, the parade has become the central activity of the Bay Area's Fourth of July weekend.
The parade boasts the longest route in the United States, drawing over 20,000 spectators from the region. Parade entries cross the full spectrum of Bay Area residents including:
Floats and antique cars
A large variety of bands”
The Pardee Patriotic Picnic
Friday, July 4, 12:00-4:00PM
Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th Street, Oakland, 510-444-2187
Adults $15, Ages 5-11 $5, Under 5 Free
“Family Fun On July Fourth
A highlight will be the return of Frederick Hodges and Ann Gibson who will provide music in the shaded back garden amid tables and chairs for our guests.
Ice Cream Social
Barbequed burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, cold drinks, and ice cream.
Relaxing games and activities on the lawn: Play croquet and badminton.
Children's craft table where boys and girls can fashion a special handmade keepsake or gift to take home.
Raffle for prizes
Add a tour of the museum for $5 more.
Hosted by the Pardee Home Museum. All proceeds benefit preservation of the historic house and gardens.”
Benicia Picnic in the Park and Fireworks
Friday, July 4, 12:00-7:00PM
Benicia's City Park, First Street and Military West, Benicia
“This event is a wonderful way to spend the 4th! Benicia’s City Park is filled with arts and crafts, delicious hot food, live entertainment and children’s activities. Fireworks start about 9:00PM at the foot of First Street making this a great event for the whole family.”
Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina
Friday, July 4, 12:00-10:00PM
Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley
“The 4th of July is a great day to have a lot of fun. The biggest party is at the Berkeley Marina and Cesar Chavez Activity Park from 12:00-10:00PM with all kinds of free fun! Adventure Playground, always a favorite, is open 11:00AM-8:00PM. Get your face painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water at the beach!
There’s live entertainment from noon until 9:30PM on the main stage including the US Air Force Band - The Blue Yonders; American Glitz by Dance/10; The John Brothers Piano Company; St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band; Stafford and Sturdevant’s Jazz Americana; and Violinist Kippy Marks with LoveMarksMusic. On The Buddy Club Stage in Shorebird Park you’ll find world-renowned juggling and magic acts. Tucked in here and there you will discover Afro Cuban Drumming; InSteel - Caribbean Steel Drums; Sean Lee - A One-Man Band; UCA Capoeira; and Coventry and Kaluza’s Circus Arts.
Cesar Chavez Activity Park on the north side of the marina holds a day of physical fun with clear Zorbing balls that you step inside of to roll down the hill; a Slackline Stunt Show by artists who were in the Superbowl Half-time Show; a climbing wall, bungee run, jousting, a bungee trampoline, and lots more. Additional food booths and a preview of the Giant Show Kites from the Berkeley Kite Festival make it a super fun area.
There’s crafts, yummy food, free dragon boat rowing from 2:00-6:00PM, massages, pony rides, a petting zoo, giant slides and bubble ball rides all culminating in the grand fireworks over the water from the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30PM.
Let’s hear it for the red, white, and blue... but keep it green, too. The party shouldn’t leave the environment trashed. If you can, bring your own dishes - Frisbees double as plates! A bandana is your cloth napkin to use at all of the international food booths and trucks. With water stations located around the event, you can refill your own reusable bottle and keep a lot of plastic out of the landfill. Use the recycling stations located throughout the marina for your disposables.
Ride your bike over the Berkeley bicycle overpass and use the free valet parking by Richmond Spokes near Adventure Playground. Or take AC Transit from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. This only runs until 6:30PM, however and does not come back into the marina. To leave on AC Transit after the fireworks, walk out over the freeway overpass to University and 5th Street.
Free admission. Alcohol-free event. Free valet bicycle parking. No cars in or out after 7:00PM but lots of free parking before then.”
4th of July Family Fun Events at Roaring Camp
Friday, July 4
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details
“Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue.”
Here are some directories of Independence Day events all over the Bay Area:
Much Ado About Nothing
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 4-6, 7:30PM - final week
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.”
presented by Alter Theater
Friday-Sunday, July 4-6,
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?”
Practical Sourdough Bread Workshop
Saturday, July 5, 10:00AM
South Berkeley location address given upon registration
sliding scale $3-$10 includes materials
“Come learn to make a simple, delicious, and healthy bread. The history of sourdough reaches back to the very dawn of breadkind. This particular recipe/method involves a starter thats been in my family for at least 55 years.
Materials fee $3-$10 sliding scale fee, you get to take home a piping hot fresh loaf of sourdough at the end! (and some of my grandfather's starter) If you want to come learn, but can't afford it at the moment, thats okay. We'd rather you come make bread.
Why we do it this way: It's a simple process, it doesn't take very much time. Some steps are 'fire and forget', where you can leave and come back to it later. It's very inexpensive, you can make solid loaves very affordably. It's really good food. You feel good eating it. Made with 100% wild cultivated yeasts, this bread has no monoculture bakers yeast. Curiously, it also doesn't appear to mold. As long as it's dry, it stores practically forever.
We will cover:
Taking care of starter
Letting it rise (swap out to ready loaves)
Baking it into bread
Symbiotics, relationships, and digestion
Optimizing for least amount of work
What you need:
Clothes that can get flour on them
A glass jar with a tightly fitting lid (to bring home some starter)
A desire for working with your hands
If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise sign up, show up, and let’s get down and make lots of bread together! Everyone will bring home some piping hot fresh sourdough straight from the oven, as well as some of our starter so you can keep making your own.”
Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit
a six class series
Saturday, July 5, 10:00AM-11:30AM
and three more Saturdays, July 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.
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, July 5, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink
“The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure-comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the ‘Goon Docks’ neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate.”
To the Moon
with Faride Khalaf
part of the Saturday Night Space Talks series
Saturday, July 5, 7:30-8:15PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
Included with admission
“From imagination to realization, NASA's Apollo program is packed with bold vision, engineering elegance and tales of courage and sheer human toil. In this Cafe Conversation, we take a trip down memory lane and visit the Moon. Through colorful images, look back at the physics and challenges of landing astronauts on the lunar surface. How did we do it? In a play-by-play review, learn the necessary steps we took that put us on the Moon.
Let's chat about space!
Have you ever had a conversation with a really knowledgeable friend who has a way of sharing complex, high-level information? Faride Khalaf is just that guy. Get your fix of recent advancements and factoids from history in space and science in these informal conversations.
Faride Khalaf began his aviation career as a skydiver in 1980s and went on to earn his Airframe and Power Plant licenses (A and P) from the College of Alameda in California. Faride is an FAA Certified Aircraft Inspector, was an Aircraft Mechanic Instructor at the late Sierra Academy in Oakland, and was a General Aircraft Mechanic at United Airlines for a decade. While at United, Faride spent two years teaching structural repairs and for two years was a Fuel Systems Specialist. He is the sole owner of a 1947 Cessna 120 airplane and is an amateur astronomer who works with Chabot's astronomy program as a volunteer. His presentations are in high demand at Chabot and around the Bay Area.”
Great Train Robberies at Roaring Camp
Saturday-Sunday, July 5-6,
and Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details
“Witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild!!”
Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, July 5-6, 11:00AM-5:00PM,
and every weekend through August 24
Historic Old Sacramento, 101 I Street, Sacramento
“Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento! Visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively and interactive street theatre as part of the hugely popular Time Travel Weekends. The streets of Old Sacramento will come alive with talented performers who put on spontaneous and elaborate skits and performances. Plus, visitors won’t want to miss the highly entertaining Old West stage shows happening daily, including the much-acclaimed Golden Melodeon Review in the Eagle Theatre.
As you stroll through Old Sacramento on weekends July through August, you might just chance upon historic re-enactments complete with wagons, wild characters with heroes and villains, children’s pioneer craft activities, historic gambling, bowling, juggling, singing, dancing and other forms of musical mastery, military encampments, mining camps, parades, historic events, medicine shows, Civil War cannon firings, and much, much more!”
A lot of the performers in this program are Renaissance Faire and/or Dickens Fair folk!
Celebrate H.H. Dalai Lama’s Birthday
with the Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery
Sunday, July 6, 5:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley
“The Dalai Lama’s birthday is a source of celebration for Tibetans and people throughout the world. Join us for a fun evening of song, dance, food and fun as we wish His Holiness continued good health and long life. This will be the monks’ last Bay Area appearance of 2014 and everyone is welcome.”
Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, July 6, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400
“Join us the first Sunday of every month at Suhaila’s studio for an evening of live music and belly dance. Free to the public.
Suhaila Salimpour is a highly acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour. The result was a true artistic breakthrough: a revolutionary foundational technique that has brought the art of Belly Dance to a new level.
The Suhaila Salimpour Format and School of Belly Dance enjoy worldwide success. Dancers who train with The Salimpours quickly realize Suhaila's method of teaching allows them to excel in their art beyond any other training they have received.”
In A World...
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, July 6, 7:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco
“Un-Scripted Theater Company brings back some of our favorite shows on Sundays in 2014!
This Sunday: In A World...
In A World… is a 2-hour longform set in a world where one crucial thing is different from the world we live in. Any given night it could be a change in culture, or technology, or even the laws of physics! Spanning the gamut of genres, from science fiction to magic realism to just plain... different, the only boundaries of In A World... are those of the audience's imagination.”
Bay Area Country Dance Society Family Week
Sunday-Saturday, July 6-12
Foothill Horizons Outdoor School, 21925 Lyons Bald Mountain Road, Sonora
see website for detailed schedule and registration information
activities for ages from preschool through adult
“Join us for six days full of dancing, music, crafts, swimming, games, storytelling, and too much fun…
Family Dance Camp is about the time-honored tradition of movement and music, and the camp will be filled with fun folk-dancing for the whole family. There will be something for all ages, including English Country dance, square dances, contra dances, sword dancing, step dancing, couples dances, and daily community dances that bring the entire camp together.
The music at camp is the best! The extremely talented musical staff will make your toes tap for dancing and your ears happy from listening. The staff will provide music for all kinds of dancing, will lead workshops for new and experienced musicians alike, and will lead the camp in joyous song. Instruction will be offered for many instruments, including fiddle, guitar, piano, and mandolin.
Enjoy the eternal art of storytelling. Our professional storyteller will enchant children and adults alike with storytelling sessions every day and a bedtime story as well. After the evening story the children will be serenaded off to bed with our traditional pied-piper parade.
Family Dance Camp craft classes offer adults and children a chance to make things with their hands. Our talented and knowledgeable artists will help all ages take pride in what they create.”
Thanks to Vicki Solomon for letting me know about this event!
FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theatre
Sunday, July 6-Sunday, July 20
various San Francisco venues
see website for schedule and ticket details
“Welcome to the 2014 FURY Factory, a hub for ensemble theater on the West Coast. We are thrilled to bring you exciting work from dozens of vibrant performance groups from around the country packed into just two weeks. These artists are working in many different forms, from dance-theater to clown, multimedia improvisation to intimate, ritualized Shakespeare. We invite you to experience for yourself the eye-popping excitement of what theater can be today.
So buy a festival pass, attend a workshop, shmooze with the artists, have a drink or three, and enjoy this national gathering of ensemble performance right here in San Francisco!”
NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, July 7, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040
“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.
To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”
Tuesday, July 8, 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: Pages 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!”
Shamanik Improv Klass: Just The Basiks
Tuesday, July 8, 7:00-9:00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
sliding scale $10-$20
“Rediscover the deep flow of playful spontaneous creation and connection. If you happen to be a bit tentative around the word ‘Shamanik’ and the word ‘Improv’, this is the klass for you. We’ll be extra gentle with any of your fears, and most likely you’ll end up having an extraordinary time by rediscovering the flow of play. No prerequisites. Although we are exploring the infinite, we are limited to 16 people.”
First Annual Aphrodisia Festival and Paint It Gold Fundraiser
with the Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, July 13, 6:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$20, and please bring something you would like to paint gold!
“The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland celebrates the Goddess of Love in her ancient rite, the Aphrodisia. At this ancient celebration, people would carry and bathe sacred images of the Goddess, and make offerings of salt (for the sea), flowers, fire and incense. We hope to bring these elements into our ritual next year.
This year's Aphrodisia will be a little bit more modern. We will begin with a Paint It Gold Fundraiser for our Temple at 6:00PM on July 13. Please bring a donation of $20 or more, and an item you want to paint gold. We will provide gold paint, painting supplies, and light refreshments. From the wild to the wacky to the wonderful, we look forward to seeing what you choose to gild with gold!
At 8:00PM, we will have our monthly Temple Service. Please bring a love poem (written by you or someone else) to read aloud during the service.
We hope to see you there! Please bring a friend if you like :)
The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.
Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.
We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.”
Bridging The Visible And Invisible Worlds:
Uniting Body And Soul With Nature And Cosmos Through The Intuitive Arts And Shamanic Practices
with Chris Zydel and Francoise Bourzat
Friday-Sunday, July 25-27
Mountain Home Ranch, 3400 Mountain Home Ranch Road, Calistoga
$550 includes workshop and all art supplies; food and lodging separate, see below
“There is something inside all of us that is hungry to explore the unknown realms of our souls and psyches. We know on some very deep level that we are much bigger and contain more magic and mystery than our daily lives of taking care of business allows us to experience. And without regular opportunities to dive into those altered states of mystical otherworldliness, where we can be nourished by the truth of our divine nature and connection to our creative source, we become parched and withered. Dried up like an old bone. Cranky and crabby. Dissatisfied and unfulfilled without really knowing why. And ultimately disconnected from the joyfully, ecstatic sense of wonder and openness to the worlds wild beauty that is our birthright.
We crave the extraordinary.
We are pioneers, always searching for the edge of the frontier, carving new territories outside as well as inside of ourselves. Exploring the vastness of our mind’s potential is thrilling. Experiencing the intrinsic movement of energy in our physical systems is profoundly healing. Touching the everlasting flow of spiritual transcendence is exquisite. Perhaps in the explorations of our inner worlds, we have encountered the holy grail; the inner eternity of our Spirit and our infinite belonging to the unspeakable unity of life. There are a number of different spiritual practices that encourage us to answer this call to adventure by opening the secret portals that allow us to step into the rich territory of those invisible interior landscapes that are in many ways our truest home. One of these practices is the intuitive painting process which uses the non-verbal language of image, shape and color to awaken you to the luminosity and vastness of your essential self through authentic and unvarnished creative self expression.
Another set of very ancient liberation practices is Shamanism, which is rooted in centuries of earth-based wisdom. These potent rituals and time honored methods offer many theories and techniques that emphasize expanded and altered states of consciousness as a central tool to attain balance in the totality of the psyche and wholeness in life. In these shamanic traditions, the guided journey to our inner worlds is always accompanied with a preparation before the experience and an integration afterwards.
Chris Zydel and Francoise Bourzat have devoted their professional and personal lives to understanding and teaching these respective practices of inner freedom, healing insight and spiritual growth to hundreds of people over the past 30 years. They are both highly experienced at creating safe and sacred containers that allow natural processes of change to unfold as well as being compassionate guides on the wisdom path to inner knowledge and radiant healing and have found that bringing intuitive art and shamanism together as a two-pronged practice adds a depth and a richness to both that invites your being to step into a delicious, life affirming experience of opening and awakening to your full creative and spiritual potential.
We have created a weekend immersive retreat experience at the gorgeous and nurturing Mountain Home Ranch where we will be weaving together the magic of intuitive painting and shamanic practice, taking you on fantastic voyage into the many layers of YOU! You will get to hang out in an honest to goodness painting studio filled to the rafters with more gorgeous eye-popping paint colors and reams of paper and buckets of brushes than you will know what to do with.”
Lughnasadh Games and Campout
presented by Coru Cathubodua
Friday-Sunday, August 1-3
Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
see below for schedule and registration details
“Fun Will Reign at Lughnasadh Games and Campout!
Coru Cathubodua Priesthood Hosting Two Day Lughnasadh Games and Campout in Honor of Ancient Irish Deities and Community
The Coru Cathubodua Priesthood invites all Bay Area Pagans to participate in our Lughnasadh Games and Campout being held Friday, August 1, 7:00PM through Sunday, August 3 at Coyote Hills Regional Park.
Games as Devotion: The Lughnasadh Games and Campout is a celebration of friendship and community, and a weekend to honor the Gods. This two-day event will feature overnight camping, games of skill and athletic competitions for all ages, with ritual, bonfire, and potluck. We encourage Pagans of all beliefs and backgrounds to pitch a tent, bring your friends and family, some food to share, and stay the entire weekend, or compete on Saturday only.
Campout begins at 7:00PM on Friday, August 1 and goes through Sunday, August 3 at 11:00AM.
Games only: 11:00AM-8:00PM on Saturday, August 2
All pricing is for day use and overnight camping.
$50 - Family (2 adults, 1 teen, 2 kids)
$20 - Adult
$10 - Child (under 12)
$10 - Additional camper
NOTE: $5 state parking fee is not included. Free parking is available outside of the park.
Competitions: There will be three tiers of sport: combat arts, field, and bardic. Prizes include a lady's favor, the heroes’ portion at the feast, a handmade prize, and boasting rights.
Arts Category: showcase your mental skills with a game of engineering skill, your strategy prowess with a game of chess, and your artistic merit with a bardic/poetry performance.
Field category: we’ll test how fleet footed you are in an over-hill foot race, your aiming skills in the archery contest, and see how well you long jump.
Combat category: you and your friends will prove your mettle in a teams of three Hurley match.
Want to compete?
Sign up with Amelia Hogan, Event Coordinator, at email@example.com or arrive on-site at 11:00AM on August 2.
About Coru Cathubodua
Service, sovereignty, kinship and warriorship are the values that guide the Coru Priesthood (full name Coru Cathobodua Priesthood). We are Pagan priests on the move, ready to take action to advance our mission to bring about sovereignty and kinship to the world through acts of community and individual service. Guided by our matron the Morrigan, Celtic Goddess of sovereignty, prophecy, and battle, we welcome all who share this vision of service to bringing these values to life for all people.”
Have a Deliciously Free, Memorably Independent Week!
Molly Blue Dawn