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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All About Dehydration, Women Acting Out, FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theatre, LaborFest 2014, Step Back In Time at Filoli, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Travis Blanket Show, History Mystery Tour, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, The Second Annual Matatu Film Festival, Foglandia, Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist and Eegah!, Sail on the Alma, Pride And Prejudice, Moby Dick - Rehearsed, Hick: A Love Story, Dracula Inquest, Race Through Time, The GENDER Book Book-Signing Party, Fabric Works, Professor Paranormal’s Psychic Mind Theater, The Practice of Santeria, Magical Transformation and Group Energy Healing, Music of the Trees: Plants Singing to Humans!, Ashwin Batish's Sitar Power, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Couples a Comedy: A Night of One Acts, Sacred Sexuality: A Retreat for Men and Women, Summer Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat, Intuitive Tracking: Hunting And Stalking Your Inner Wisdom, Love Balm For My SpiritChild, CAYA Coven Beach Clean Up, Earth Energy Walks - Picnic and Clean Up, Stones and Images Tour of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, Family Lovies, Native Bees and Native Plants: Pollination to the People, Get the Rush: Day of Activities as Rush Ranch, Lichen Dyes, Patent Pending: Inventions on the Verge of Social Change, Berkeley Spark 2.0, Rivertown Revival, Propagating Plants from Cuttings, Lotions and Potions: Make Your Own Beauty Products, Midsummer Garden Tea: A Mad Hatter Tea Party, Canciones Del Mar: Songs of the Sea, Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire, Staying Alive - The Sokol Spacesuit, Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Train at Roaring Camp, Connoisseurs' Marketplace, Time Travel Weekends, Renegade Craft Fair, Catalan Festival, 2014 Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival, Walk With The Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, Gold Rush Adventure!, The Amazing Bubble Show, Fancy Fairy and Gnome Homes, Mushroom Cultivation Homestead-Style, Open Shamanic Journey Circle, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, In A World…, Becoming Independent’s Lagunitas Luau Fundraiser, Community Design Clinic: Urban Animals, Rise Up: Mary Magdalene Feast Day, Tea and Chanting Sangha, Science Laughs, Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results, Bridging The Visible And Invisible Worlds, Not-So-Simple Living Fair, Pagans All Meeting, Lughnasadh Games and Campout, Sonoma Ant Wars 2014

All About Dehydration
with Seth Peterson
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Wednesday, July 16, 6:30-9:30PM
Berkeley, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $35-$65 plus $10 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“What is it about foods like jerky, apricots, nori, and sun dried tomatoes that makes them so delicious?   Dehydration, one of the oldest and simplest methods of preservation,  concentrates, develops and matures flavors while preserving nutrition. This class will introduce you to the science and art of dehydration. After an introduction  to the culinary, nutritional and historical background of dehydration as a means of preservation, we’ll survey the different options for dehydrating at home including the oven method, stove method, pilot method, electric drier and solar drier,  We’ll talk about how to select and prepare the best produce and meats for dehydration, proper temperatures for best preservation, and storage of the finished products.  We’ll learn to make some well-known favorites such as meat jerky and fruit leather, but also some more esoteric dehydration practices, such as broth, bread and yeast. We’ll prepare some things in class that can be taken home to dry on your own or picked up from the instructor a few days later.  Please note: this class is similar and yet different from the Dehydration Basics class being offered later in the season: do read each description carefully.”

Women Acting Out
with Roke Noir
Wednesday, July 16, 7:00-9:00PM,
and eight Wednesdays July 23-September 10
The Feminist Club, 3134 Sacramento Street, Berkeley
Introductory Session Free, eight session class $160,
to register please call 510-681-9740 or e-mail thefeministclub@gmail.com
must register by July 22

“Women Acting Out is a theater program for working through personal challenges or addressing social issues faced by women through dramatics.  As a participant you will focus on an important personal challenge or an issue in your community. Led by a life coach and theater director, you will move through a learning and growth process using various cutting edge dramatic tools; improv, process, playback, forum and other forms of theater to explore your chosen topic. In later sessions, you will collaborate with all the group members to create a group skit of thirty minutes, threading together all participants’ topics.
This skit will then be showcased at Siren Project’s feminist festival, Offerings, on Sunday September 14 to spark an audience participation and discussion around current challenges and issues faced by women in the Bay Area.  The audience participation utilizes a dynamic interactive platform called Forum Theater that includes the audience in relating to the issues in focus and envisioning realistic and viable positive changes.  The audience will be invited to be active and involved by defining one or more of the issues that spoke to them, dialoguing about the problems that are present, and brainstorming alternative solutions.  Members of the audience may volunteer to come up on stage and act out an alternative version of excerpts of the skit with the actors. This powerful experience for both the actors and the audience allows everyone to be a part of addressing our current issues and creating sustainable solutions.

Attend the Pre-Workshop for Free on July 16, 7:00-9:00PM at the Feminist Club. Come try out how it feels to be exploring a topic in a group through creative collaboration. Find out about the last four Women Acting Out initiatives that have been led/directed and produced by Roke Noir.
Please RSVP in advance with your name and phone number to let us know you are coming to try for free. Last minute attendance is OK, but we would really prefer to know ahead. Can't wait to see you! And please bring your friends!!

The theater group will start on July 23, and meet every Wednesday night 7:00-9:00PM, for eight weeks ending on September 10. The show will be at Offerings - A Feminist Festival of Transformative Arts on Saturday September 13 evening or Sunday September 14 afternoon at Oakland Peace Center.
Registration closes on July 22. The cost of this eight Week Series ending in a Show is $160  - to pay for space, directors stipend and production. Installment payment plans available on special request.  Two work exchange positions (20 hours of volunteering) are available based on financial hardship.”

FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theatre
Wednesday, July 16-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!”

LaborFest 2014
throughout July
see website for detailed schedule of events

“LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival. It begins every July 5, which is the anniversary of the 1934 ‘Bloody Thursday’ event. On that day, two workers, Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise, were shot and killed in San Francisco. They were supporting the longshoremen and maritime workers strike. This incident brought about the San Francisco General Strike, which shut down the entire city and led to hundreds of thousands of workers joining the trade union movement.

The Organizing committee of LaborFest is composed of unionists and unorganized workers, cultural workers, and supporters of labor education and history. We encourage all unions not only to support us with endorsements and contributions but also to include activities about their own union members, their history and the work that they do.

We support the establishment of LaborFests around the country and internationally. There are now LaborFests in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan every December. LaborFests have also taken place in Buenos Aires, Argentina and El Alto, Bolivia. In April of this year, the first LaborFest in Capetown, South Africa took place. In May, there were LaborFests in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. The need to build local, national, and international solidarity is critical, if labor is going to face the challenges it faces on all fronts. LaborFests help bring our struggles together in art, film and music.”

Thanks to Ximena for letting me know about this event!

Step Back In Time at Filoli
Thursday, July 17, 5:00-8:00PM
Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
Tickets must be purchased in advance

“Imagine the way you might have dressed if you were a guest at Filoli in the 1920s.
Filoli is a special place and we have planned a special summer evening that you won’t want to miss.

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey or The Great Gatsby and enjoy a great garden party, you will enjoy this evening as Filoli ‘steps back in time’ with music and dress of the 1920s. Stroll the House and Garden in your period dress (optional) or don your fedora and come to see those who have also dressed for the occasion.

While listening to live music, partake in passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, including white wine, beer, iced tea and sparkling water served by staff and volunteers in period dress reminiscent of Filoli’s 1920s household staff.

Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Berkeley Symphony and Friends Ensemble
Thursday, July 17, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 28)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
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!

Members of the nationally recognized Berkeley Symphony, along with musician friends, will perform selected works.  The symphony has developed a reputation for presenting major new works alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire.

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!

Travis Blanket Show
with Travis Joseph Meinolf, Action Weaver
Thursday, July 17, 6:00-8:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street, San Francisco

“Please join us this evening in welcoming a show of new blankets at the shop by ACTIONWEAVER Travis Meinolf!”

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Thursday, July 17, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

“Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come and see for yourself! Do you dare explore Hornet after hours?

Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Message Center (Radio Central)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con

Upcoming dates:
Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The three-hour guided tour is 7:00-10:00PM.
Everybody must bring their own flashlight. Hornet does not supply individual lights.
Cameras are welcome, but must have a neck strap.
Tour participants must wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed.

Tour participants must be in good physical health as there will be lots of walking and climbing.

Due to safety reasons, children 12 and under are not allowed on History Mystery Tours.
The USS Hornet reserves the right to cancel a tour if less than 8 people sign up. Tours may be rescheduled or a refund will be issued.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, July 17, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language.

Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

The Second Annual Matatu Film Festival
Thursday-Saturday July 17-19,
see below for schedule and ticket details
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

“In East African nations, matatu (Swahili) are privately owned minibuses or easily accessible share taxis. Often decorated with popular icons and sounds, matatu offer not only a means of travel, but access to another world. We are impassioned by the belief that everyone has a spectacular story regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status and that story represents the sacred agreement among otherwise disparate communities.

We invite you to come aboard the Matatu Film Festival, exploring some of the world’s most spectacular stories in some of Oakland’s newest spaces. Enjoy the ride.”

presented by Un-Scripted Theater Company
Thursday-Saturday, July 17-19, 8:00PM
playing through August 2
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“People may tell stories about the quirky folks who inhabit Portland, but they write songs about San Francisco. Come leave your heart at Un-Scripted Theater Company as we bring you our musical love letter to the City by the Bay.  Each night, the cast of Foglandia explores the world of techies and hippies, hipsters and homeless, Burners, movers, and shakers as they create a one of a kind, full length, fully improvised musical inspired by audience suggestion that will leave you wanting to wear flowers in your hair.”

Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist and Eegah!
Thursday-Saturday, July 17-19, 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.”

Sail on the Alma
Thursday, July 17 and Saturday, July 19, 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.

Be prepared for cold, wind, spray, and bright sun. Life jackets and flotation devices are provided. Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers of clothing, closed toe active footwear, camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at the discretion of the captain.

Sailing runs on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June to November.”

Pride And Prejudice
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20, 7:30PM - final week
Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
see website for ticket details

“‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’

One of the most famous opening lines in literary history, this line also acknowledges the truth, universal in Regency England, that a woman without means had to marry or face a life of poverty and insignificance. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice introduces us to the Bennet family, five daughters in want of husbands, their witty but disengaged father, and their mother, obsessed with marrying off her daughters. When a rich young man and his even richer friend arrive in the neighborhood, and a company of militia is stationed in the nearby town, possibilities for love and marriage seem limitless. Comically skewering the class-consciousness of her world, Austen creates a combination of social satire and romantic comedy, highlighted by the tempestuous relationship between lively Elizabeth Bennet and prideful Mr. Darcy. Their story, perhaps influenced by Much Ado About Nothing, is one of the most cherished love stories in English literature.

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.”

Moby Dick - Rehearsed
presented by Stanford Repertory Theater
Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through August 10
Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium Complex, 551 Serra Mall, Palo Alto

“Stanford Repertory Theater’s 2014 Orson Welles Festival features a production of Moby Dick - Rehearsed, Welles’ extraordinary blank-verse adaptation of Melville’s masterpiece. A stunning invocation of the sea, the hunt, the infectious mania of Captain Ahab, and the collective energy of live performance, Moby Dick - Rehearsed harnesses the power of the theater to turn shadow into substance and imagination into reality.

We are thrilled to have Bay Area treasure Rod Gnapp take on the role of Ahab, joining SRT’s acting ensemble that includes Peter Ruocco (Wanderings of Odysseus), Courtney Walsh (Happy Days), and David Raymond (Importance of Being Earnest). The original score by New York composer Michael Keck (our 2009 Electra Festival) mixes Puritan hymns, sea chanties, and the haunting songs of the humpback whale.

SRT’s brings Moby Dick - Rehearsed to its theatrical life in a highly physical, deeply engaging, Melville and Welles-worthy production!”

Hick: A Love Story
presented by Crackpot Crones
Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through June 27
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco
Free, reservations recommended

“Eleanor Roosevelt wrote 2,336 letters to the great love of her life, Lorena Hickok.  Inspired by those letters, The Crackpot Crones present Terry Baum in a solo play:  Hick: A Love Story, by Terry Baum and Pat Bond.

Lorena Hickok was the most famous woman reporter of her day, when she was assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR's wife, during the 1933 Presidential campaign.  Hick and Eleanor fell in love.  It was the best and worst thing that ever happened to Hick.  she chose to sacrifice her own career and happiness to support the woman she loved, who became the greatest American woman of the 20th Century.

In developing Hick, pioneer lesbian playwright Terry Baum researched her papers at the FDR Library and talked to people who knew her.  Baum uses ER's letters and Hick's own writing to recreate Hick's life.   She also includes an excerpt from the late Pat Bond's play about Hick.  This is a powerful part of our lesbian history - an astonishing and unexpected love story that we all should know.”

Dracula Inquest
Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through August 17
The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Street, Berkeley
Thursdays pay what you can, regular performances sliding scale $15-$28

“Dracula Inquest brings Bram Stoker’s iconic tale of horror to life, and promises to scare the hell out of you!

‘I sometimes think we must be all mad and that we shall wake to sanity in strait-waistcoats.’ - Bram Stoker

The year is 1895. Detective Avery Sly from Scotland Yard arrives in the bowels of an eerie asylum for the criminally insane. He has come to interrogate four inmates about the disappearance of a mysterious nobleman from Transylvania.

As the inquest unfolds, some very unsettling questions begin to emerge: was Count Dracula really a demonic vampire, as the inmates claim? Or was he, in fact, the innocent victim of a bizarre and ritualistic murder conspiracy?

A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Joe Estlack, John Flanagan, Vanessa Ramos, Gregory Scharpen, Megan Trout,  Joshua Schell, Kenny Toll and Jan Zvaifler. Written by Gary Graves, Directed by Jan Zvaifler.”

Race Through Time
a Third Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, July 18, 5:00-8:00PM, and the third Friday of each month
see website for detailed schedule
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964


- to the MAH for Race Through Time, a thrilling around-the-town scavenger hunt that will get you whizzing through Santa Cruz history, while biking or walking down sunny streets with friends and competitors.

Organized by the Museum of Art and History, Race Through Time is back and better this year with a biking and walking component, daring new clues, awesome prizes, and surprise challenges along the way. Providing a new way to learn old stories, the rules for Race Through Time are simple:

Participating racers will form teams of 2 to 5, and together, work to solve a packet of 20 clues that reveal places in Santa Cruz that hold historical significance. Upon solving each clue and finding each corresponding location, racers will earn points towards their grand total of points - which can earn them a bundle of worthy prizes, including a MAH membership.

But that’s not all. Extra points will be rewarded to the best-dressed team, and teams who participate in surprise-challenges held at various locations. When the clock strikes 8, all racers must be back at the Museum, where we’ll have a cash bar for a nice refreshing beer and some healthy snacks.

So no need to bring your heavy textbook - the history here lies beneath your spinning bike wheels, sprinting feet, and the story paved streets of your own hometown.”

The GENDER Book Book-Signing Party
Friday, July 18, 6:30PM
Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco

“The GENDER book resident artist Mel Reiff Hill will be hanging out at one of our favorite coffee shops in San Francisco to sign books, doodle you some free drawings, offer you coloring and activity pages and eat some tasty snacks. Join us to get your copy signed and meet fellow gender scouts!

The GENDER book is a fun and colorful resource which illustrates the beautiful diversity of gender. We give half of our proceeds back to book scholarship funds and use the rest to continue providing free gender education for all.

FREE, however please support the venue by purchasing a beverage or something, eh?”

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

Fabric Works
with Hillery Sproatt and Debra Weiss
Friday, July 18, 6:30-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$75, limit 15 students

“Participants will create a small textile, roughly 12" x 12" using muslin or drop cloth for a backing. Students will use fusing to hold fabric layers in place allowing for them to collage with the fabrics. We will teach sashiko, a running stitch and possibly a few more embroidery stitches if time allows. Students will be encouraged to play with color, pattern, shape as well as the stitched mark. Our process will be intuitive, inspired by the tradition of quilting as well as collage. Students will leave with a small wall hanging.

A conversation between pattern, function and form; Debra Weiss wraps the body beautifully in textiles. Debra Weiss earned her BA in textile design in 1977 and began Rebe in 2000. She has been working as a clothing designer and textile artist ever since.

Hillery Sproatt earned her BFA in fine art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007. She makes prints, drawings, embroidered dolls and small tapestries. Hillery's work explores the integrity of textiles, pattern as image making, and the narrative of forms. Her tapestries are small soft drawings made with thread and her stitched dolls, which resemble folk dolls, seem to inhabit the landscapes of her drawings.  Along with her art practice, Hillery and her mother, Debra Weiss, run an online shop called Specks and Keeping that specializes in handmade goods. Her time is spent working in the studio, managing the shop, and traveling to craft markets throughout the country selling her handmade objects alongside her mother's beautiful wearables.”

Professor Paranormal’s Psychic Mind Theater
with Loyd Auerbach
Friday, July 18, 7:00-8:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“In the demonstrations, he’ll ‘read’ the faces and voices of audience members to determine thought of items and whether individuals are telling the truth or bluffing. He’ll predict a tabloid-type headline moments before an audience member randomly creates it. He’ll draw what participants draw and see what they see though what they’re doing is hidden from him - and more!

Professor Paranormal will show you the lighter side of the Psychic World. The approximately 75 minute show includes many laughs and moments of awe (or is that awww?). You’ll be jaw-dropping amazed (and laughing a good part of the time).”

The Practice of Santeria
with Lou Flores
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, July 18, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The Orisha are elevated divinities born from the Yoruba traditions of Nigeria and whose worship has spread throughout West Africa and the diaspora. These divinities manifest as both incarnated beings as well as forces of nature that work on behalf of all humanity to not only avert negating energies, but to help manifest our greatest hopes, dreams, and lives.  In this introductory discussion we will start the process of learning about these varied traditions and their history, as well as, how to begin to build a relationship with the Orisha.

Lou Florez is an internationally known speaker and lecturer of folk magic traditions of the South.  He is a deeply rooted Spirit Worker, Priest, and Medium who has studied with indigenous elders and medicine holders from across the globe.

Lou is graduate of Catherine Yronwode’s Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course, and is a member of The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers, a gathering of professional practitioners of African American folk magic, hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork, who provide psychic readings and spiritual root doctoring services to the public.

In 2008, Lou was confirmed as an Olorisha and Priest of Shango under Iyanifa Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti of Ile Ori Ogbe Egun, and is a Tata Nkisi in the Bacongo Tradition.  Lou also holds the titles of High Priest through Wicca, and he has studied and apprenticed with Curanderos and Hoodoo Workers throughout the South.

Potluck Feast
Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Magical Transformation and Group Energy Healing
with Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim
Friday, July 18, 7:30-9:30 PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Please register in advance to reserve your spot for this event

“The focus this month is: Moving on from the past, and release from negative attachments. Moving into a sweet, heart centered and stress-free space. You can also ask for whatever you want help with.
We sometimes hold on to stories or trauma from our past.  This old energy can hold us back, unground and move us out from being in our center. This group healing will help to bring you back to your higher truth, to what is, in the Here and Now. And with a little magic, awaken hidden potentials.
Bring the mysteries of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake into your life. Join Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim, for an evening of shared magic and healing. Together these modern wizards will present an introduction to the current deep healing modalities formed from the lineage of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake, followed by a powerful transformational group healing.
This is your chance to begin to clear emotional blockages, help relieve stress, and nurture your spirit as you open your heart to the wonder of your life and deepen your spiritual connection by empowering your own magical path.
Justin K. Prim is an energy healer, a shamanic practitioner, and a spiritually focused artist. He recently became a teacher in the Magical Awakening lineage and is excited to share these spiritual gifts with the world!

Dragonfly is a VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing practitioner Class Organizer for Gailynn Carroll in Berkeley CA, a Reiki Master teacher and body energy practitioner for 18 years, and owner of ArunaBliss Body Energy Center in Oakland.”

Music of the Trees: Plants Singing to Humans!
with Bruce Hauschildt
Friday, July 18, 7:30-9:30PM
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
suggested donation 1ȼ to $30

“Join Bruce as he tells of his amazing journey of opening to the tree and plant spirits. He will demonstrate our connection to plants through the music they create. Experience the Treeceiver, similar to biofeedback for the plant world, that allows plants to communicate with us. Contact him at 707-824-8443, bruce@earthpaths.com.”

Ashwin Batish's Sitar Power
Friday, July 18, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Indian Raga World Music Fusion

A legend of the Bay Area’s world music scene, Ashwin Batish is a sitar and tabla master.  Trained from an early age in the north Indian classical traditions by his father, Batish has forged his own unique style, melding pop, rock, jazz and other world music genres with Indian raga, resulting in his own special blend of Sitar Power. His pioneering efforts in worldbeat music have earned him a special place amongst his contemporaries. Augmented by guitar effect pedals and amplification, Batish’s souped-up sitar sound is compelling and powerful. Based in Santa Cruz, Batish is also an educator and is one of our local music scene’s great resources.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, July 18, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”

Couples, a Comedy: A Night of One Acts
part of the Theatrical Third Weekend series at The Hub
Friday-Saturday, July 18-19, 8:00PM
The Hub, 350 Georgia Street, Vallejo

“Five actors playing sixteen different parts in eight, two person plays by Sandey Grinn.

The Hub is a nexus for all arts in Vallejo. It is a place for all of us to connect, share our knowledge, show our work, build our community, and create activity, interest, vibrance, and prosperity in our city.”

Sacred Sexuality: A Retreat for Men and Women
led by Lindy James with Fred Burks
Friday-Sunday, July 18-20
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$385 per person, $685 per couple

“We invite you into the temple to experience on a deeper level the delight and freedom of being in your body.
Learn the art of giving and receiving sacred spot massage plus...
Ways to slow down, be still and listen to the wisdom of your body
Healthy prostate massage
Tantric dance
How to open her heart through breast massage
Tools to process whatever arises
How to deepen the trust in your intuition, and more...
Sacred spot massage is a unique initiation ritual and healing process that activates the transformative power of the sexual center.

The focus of this retreat is to deepen your capacity to fully embrace the sacredness of your body. In slowing down, direct experience can take on a fullness, a vibrant openness, in which we can see what truly wants to happen. This can be a great relief for many people who say ‘yes’ when they mean ‘no’ and visa versa.

For more information, please contact Lindy at 831-662-3768 or lindy@lindyjames.com

Cost and Registration:
$385 per person, $685 per couple
Private rooms are available for a reasonable fee, tent sites and floor space at no additional charge.
To hold your space in this retreat, please send $150 deposit.

Must have a short phone interview with Lindy to discern if this is the right retreat for you at this time. Some prior experience with Tantra is helpful.

Lindy James has been a practitioner of western Tantra for over 20 years. She offers sessions in the ‘Art of Conscious Loving’, facilitating workshops and groups with a grounded, accepting, and warm style. Trained in the Hakomi Method, Lindy works as a counselor in Santa Cruz, where she also offers ‘Wind Horse’, a unique blend of Hakomi and horseback riding.

Fred Burks has led transformational workshops on both US coasts in heart-based Tantra and breathwork practices, helping people enter expanded states and gain soul wisdom. Fred was instrumental in the founding of Sacred Connections, a San Francisco area sacred sexuality community. A world traveler and language interpreter, he is deeply committed to personal and global transformation through love and empowerment.”

Summer Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat
with Melina Meza
Friday-Sunday, July 18-20
Avalon Springs, Middletown, address and directions given upon registration
see website for registration details

“Discover the offerings of Ayurveda to explore a deeper sense of balance, awareness and vitality. The word Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit root Ayu, signifying life, and Veda, meaning knowledge. Ayurveda refers to a philosophy and health science that promotes life and longevity. Within the art and science of Yoga and Ayurveda, there are endless ways to rediscover the body’s inherent joy and healthfulness of living in balance from season to season. In addition to asana practice, Melina will share insights into physical health and nutrition as well as how to inspire self-knowledge that allows for the conscious adjustment of day-to-day choices. This nourishing retreat emphasizes the importance of sequencing and being in alignment with nature.

Melina will offer her favorite seasonal vinyasa practices and Ayurvedic concepts such as: doshas, rasa, vikruti, dinacharya, and pancha mahabhutas (earth, water, fire, air, space) to prepare your foundation for an unforgettable summer and weekend at Avalon Springs.

The mineral hot springs of Avalon have been honored for centuries for promoting harmony and wellness. Relax and unwind in the Magnesium-rich Medicine Spring Water. Experience the skin-softening effects of the Boron-rich Mother Spring. Melt away tensions while feeling the strengthening effects of the Iron-rich Dragon Spring. And stay hydrated with your choice of seven different mineral drinking springs, flowing fresh and clean straight from the earth.

You will return home from this retreat rejuvenated, with the foundation needed to continue a daily ayurvedic practice that can transform your life.

Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa. Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and hopefully enlightening perspective from which to share that which she loves about yoga in its entirety. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons - Fall Vinyasa DVD. Melina holds a BS in Nutrition, 500 E-RYT, and is an Ayurveda Health Educator.

Avalon Springs has what we think is the perfect mix between rustic living, cozy comfort and spa goodness. The rooms are old and are still being refurbished so aren’t super fancy, but are comfortable and cozy. Most of the rooms have a sink for washing but use a shared bathroom by the pools or in the lodge like the original hot springs was set up. The food and the waters are top notch and are as healing and tasteful as at any resort I’ve been to, if not more so. The all-around vibe is familial, and you’ll feel like you’re diving into yourself while being supported by the land, the waters, the food, the atmosphere and most of all the people. If you’re looking for a sterile 5 star $400/night hotel, this isn’t for you!

The healing waters are the heart of the Avalon Springs experience.  The mineral hot springs of Avalon have been honored for centuries for promoting harmony and wellness. In addition to the soaking springs, Avalon boasts a variety of special mineral drinking waters which can be enjoyed straight from their place of emergence in the rock. One drinking spring is high in Lithium - a mood elevator commonly used to treat Bipolar Disorder. Other springs include a bubbly iron soda drinking spring, a Magnesium-rich ‘laxative’ spring historically named ‘Dynamite Spring’, and Bohemia Spring, which was considered a hang-over tonic to cure the effects of over-indulgence!

Avalon is set up much like the old Weber Hot Springs from the 1940s upon which Avalon sits, with a main lodge, a mini bath house and cottages set back on the hill. We offer shared double rooms or single rooms. The bathrooms are located in the bathhouse and the main lodge although some room shave a sink for washing in them.

The kitchen at Avalon Springs will draw ingredients straight from the garden, offering an ample buffet-style meal plan with large meals twice daily (lunch and dinner) and a juice and snack bar available for breakfast and between-meals needs. Entrees for meals at Avalon will include some organic local meats, fish, and poultry as well as ample fresh vegetarian fare sourced from local farms and Avalon’s own gardens. Raw food delights will also be showcased on occasion to feature the potency and taste of the freshest produce available.

With every meal introducing healing foods preparation including raw food delicacies, superfood juices, and healing teas, dining at Avalon will be a healing experience. Unlike many healing resorts, Avalon Springs will have no dogmatic restrictions on diet, allowing the guests the freedom to explore options and choose their own ways to nourish themselves naturally, with everything from raw chocolates to hearty meats and local wines.

Asana Practices and Teachings with Melina
Two Dinners, Two Brunches and two light breakfasts by our fantastic chef
Accommodation of your choosing
Use of Hot Springs and Facilities

Avalon has:
Towels, Robes, linens/bedding, wifi in the main lodge.”

Intuitive Tracking: Hunting And Stalking Your Inner Wisdom
Master Classes with Shaman, Forrest Yoga Teacher, and author Bridget Boland
Friday-Sunday, July 18-20
Friday 7:30-9:30PM: Gut
Saturday 1:00-3:00PM: Heart
Sunday 1:00-3:00PM: Head
Innerstellar Yoga, 2800 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 510-649-1976
$40 per class or $100 for all three  
“All of us possess an inner knowing, an ‘intuitive compass’ meant to guide us through our lives. This tool is made up of our intellectual/logical brain, our heart, which is the feeling/emotional center, and our gut, which processes and ‘digests’ information we receive from the world around us. When all of these areas are open and receptive - and we pay attention to what they are telling us! - we make empowered, dynamic choices in our relationships, careers and other areas of our lives.  

This series of workshops is designed to help you sharpen your inner hunting and stalking skills of tracking. We'll begin with an asana practice to open the chakras and facilitate heightened intuition. Then we'll shift into energy practices and tools including wall tracking and vision questing to deepen into acknowledging and following your inner wisdom. Join us for a fascinating journey - into the deepest places within yourself!

Bridget Boland is a Forrest Yoga teacher, shamanic energy healer, writer, birth coach and former attorney. Blending Forrest Yoga with Scaravelli Yoga for a strong yet fluid practice, Bridget strives to provide a sanctuary for students to explore their emotional landscapes through breath and movement in yoga ceremony or practice. Bridget offers group and private instruction, corporate classes, pre/postnatal yoga and yoga/creative writing workshops.”

Love Balm For My SpiritChild
presented by Brava! for Women in the Arts and The Love Balm Project
Friday-Sunday, July 18-20 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“Love Balm for My SpiritChild is a play that features the testimonies of Bay Area mothers who have lost children to acts of violence. Actors perform testimonies from the mothers and grandmothers of Kenneth Harding Jr., Oscar Grant III, Kerry Baxter Jr., Christopher  LaVell Jones, Daniel Booker, Khatari Gant and others. Created by theater artist Arielle Julia Brown, Love Balm for My SpiritChild was developed at San Francisco Playhouse in early 2013 with the acting ensemble, Ayoldele Nzinga, Cat Brooks, Lisa Evans, Anna Maria Luera and dancer, Dawon Davis.

Love Balm for My Spiritchild has been performed and featured at 7 stages Theatre in Atlanta, GA, Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco, Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland, and Pomona College in Claremont. In addition to performances of the play, site specific performances of the testimonies were performed throughout Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose with support from The Triangle Lab at Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Theatre.

Love Balm for My SpiritChild was inspired by the revolutionary acts of mothers fighting for justice for their children living and dead. It was specifically inspired by how mothers' memories have served as a vehicle for justice in the cases of the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide. In the wake of tragic and systemic murders like those of Alan Blueford, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Emmett Till - Love Balm for my SpiritChild witnesses local mothers who have personally experienced similar loss as they mobilize to bring about awareness and justice for their son’s murders. The performance of these testimonies infuses the collective consciousness of our communities with a renewed and sacred awareness of the precious healing found in mothers’ memories. Participants witness, write and perform their own and others testimonies of revolutionary motherhood.

Arielle Julia Brown is a theatre artist and arts administrator based in Oakland. Over her 10-year career, Arielle has worked most intimately with 7 Stages Theatre, Theatre Without Borders, Destiny Arts Center, La Pena Cultural Center and EastSide Arts Alliance. As a playwright, arts administrator and teaching artist, Arielle’s theatre work is rooted in peacemaking on both local and international levels.   Arielle is a 2012-2013 San Francisco Emerging Arts Professional Fellow. Arielle’s international theatre experience includes work in Senegal and East Africa. Arielle received her B.A. from Pomona College where she graduated with honors in Theatre and Africana Studies.”

CAYA Coven Beach Clean Up
Saturday, July 19, 9:00-11:00AM
Crab Cove, Crown Memorial Beach, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda

“CAYA Coven invites you to our Summer Public Service Project!  

This is CAYA's second annual beach clean up at Crown Memorial beach in Alameda.  

Meet at the Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda.

Bring protective sun wear, sunscreen, gloves, a bag for trash, and sturdy shoes!  

All are welcome!”

Earth Energy Walks - Picnic and Clean Up
with Community Seed
Saturday, July 19, 9:45AM-2:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Twin Lakes Beach, 2630 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Earth Energy Walks
Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.
Walks are on the THIRD Saturday of each month.  Just save each 3rd Saturday as ‘Get Out In Nature’ day!

Gather at 9:45AM  
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 12:00PM

Hey! Something new! After many years of diligently cleaning up Bonny Doon Beach we reluctantly came to the conclusion - that it was clean. Time to move on - our job there was done!  So this year we have set our sights on Twin Lakes Beach A.K.A. ‘Crows Nest Beach, A.K.A ‘The-one-across-the-harbor-from-Seabright-Beach-beach’.

10:00AM-2:00PM or whenever we’re done cleaning, picnicing, and socializing.
Look for our dark green sandwich board by the bathrooms and fire pits.
Parking is a little tricky. Look for the City of Santa Cruz parking van at the end of 6th Avenue (to get a day permit), or just park-and-pay at the Crow’s Nest/Yacht Harbor lot next door. Please carpool in any case.
Bring: sturdy gloves, money for parking, and a snack to share. We’ll provide the bags!

2014 Walk Locations:
August 16, Twin Lakes Beach (Picnic and Clean Up)
September 20, Nisene Marks Crossroads
October 18, Fall Creek
November 15, Natural Bridges Beach
December 20, Henry Cowell Park (Main Entrance)

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a stop for meditation halfway in. We will walk rain or shine, however if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify, 831-469-0336.

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)”

Stones and Images Tour of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Saturday, July 19, tours leave every 20 minutes, 10:00-11:00AM
tours start at Franklin Gate, 1600 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3292

“Join a docent-led tour and discover the origins and meanings of carvings, symbols and stones. Why are headstones of different materials and shapes, why are there so many carved flowers, hands, animals and plants? Come find out during this easy one-hour walk.

Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery was established as the result of an accident. In November of 1854 a young father, who had arrived from Missouri only a matter of weeks before, drowned in a pond near the center of town. He was buried on land that was part of a Mexican grant given to one of the earliest settlers of Santa Rosa, Dona Maria Ignacia Lopez de Carrillo. Soon other families needed burial places, and the area became an unofficial cemetery. In 1867 the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Association was formed and burial plots in the 17-acre site were formally offered for sale.

Sales of plots continued through 1930, through records of these transactions have been lost. During this period of 70-plus years, parts of the land were sold off, and three separate but adjacent cemeteries were established: the Stanley, Moke, and Fulkerson Cemeteries. Today the four cemeteries combined are owned by the City of Santa Rosa and known collectively as Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. The only burials permitted today are those of descendants of families who held deeds to cemetery plots. The total number of burials is over 5200.

Neglect and vandalism took their toll on the cemetery through years of unclear ownership and sporadic maintenance. A Restoration Committee organized by dedicated volunteers in 1994 and operating under the aegis of the City of Recreation and Parks Department has made great strides in repairing damage, clearing overgrowth, and planning for permanent maintenance. In 1997, the City of Santa Rosa awarded Historical Landmark status to the Rural Cemetery.

Docent-led tours during the summer months acquaint visitors with the history of the town and the many town pioneers who are buried here. Lamplight Tours, conducted in September as fund-raising events, present dramatic vignettes from the lives of the famous and not-so-famous people buried in the Rural Cemetery.”

Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit
a six class series
Saturday, July 19, 10:00AM-11:30AM
and one more Saturday, July 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.

The Wizard of Oz
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, July 19, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercial adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.[2] The film stars Judy Garland; Terry the dog, billed as Toto; Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, with Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick, and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins, with Pat Walshe as leader of the flying monkeys.[3] Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture. It also featured what may be the most elaborate use of character make-ups and special effects in a film up to that time.”

Family Lovies
with Sarah Starfeather
Saturday, July 19, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$55, limit 10 families (adult + child)

“Here's a chance to collaborate with your child to design and create their own stuffed animal from scratch. Learn how to make a pattern, transfer it to fabric, and stuff your design to make it 3D. Use a real needle and thread and a sewing machine.

Workshop created for an adult and a child 4 years or up.

Sarah Starfeather is a preschool teacher with a background in art. Her teaching method is adaptable to countless media with a passion for the creative spirit at the core. Collaboration while honoring self expression is the essence of this method. This collaboration will help you and your child nurture your natural creative energies and release the artist within.”

Native Bees and Native Plants: Pollination to the People
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday, July 19, 10:00AM-2:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $35-$65

“This is an introduction to pollination ecology, the wild world of bees and pollinator friendly gardening for folks who are curious and want to nurture an awareness for these beloved hardworking critters. There are over 25,000 species of bees worldwide, 4,000 in the US, and 1,000 in California. We will learn about the lifecycles and biology of honey bees, and native bees, the differences between the two, the special relationship between bees and flowers and what you can provide to support more bee and insect life in your garden. We learn to how to tell the difference between a bee, a wasp, and a fly, and how to identify a few of our local native bees. We will also introduce the idea of api-centric beekeeping and offer possibilities for natural beekeeping. We'll taste some honey, observe both honey bees and native bees at work, and get the lowdown on Colony Collapse Disorder.”

Get the Rush: Day of Activities as Rush Ranch
Saturday, July 19, 10:00AM-1:00PM, and the third Saturday of every month
Rush Ranch Open Space, Solano County

“Get the Rush:  a series of fun and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run and activities vary month-to-month.  

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies),

A traditional blacksmith shop in action (10:00AM-1:00PM)
Skilled docent, Virgil Sellars, displays traditional  blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the ranch’s historic blacksmith shop.

An interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10:00AM-1:00PM)

Horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11:00AM-1:00PM)

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.”

Lichen Dyes
with Shelly Bensen and Sarah Minnick
Friday, July 19, 10:00AM-4:00PM
private ranch in Nicasio, Martin County, address given upon registration
$100, to register please email fibershed@gmail.com

“Join us for a special opportunity to learn about these fascinating organisms, and discover their amazing natural dye properties! This class is co-taught by Shelly Bensen and Sarah Minnick.

An overview and history of lichen dyes will be presented, followed by information on the methodologies of creating lichen dye baths. We will heat up some dyes and add fiber samples (provided). While the dye lichens are doing their work, Shelly will lead a foray into the surrounding area to look for lichens. Participants will learn some common lichen species and the characteristics that will help identify those good for dyeing. After the foray, we’ll see what colors have developed in the dye vats! Participants will take home instructions for dyeing with lichens as well as the samples they dyed. If you have a hand lens, please bring it on the foray so you can truly appreciate the fine details of the lichens.

The workshop will take place on a ranch in Nicasio. Participants are requested to bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about the groundbreaking work of the Carbon Cycle Institute, whose mission is to stop and reverse global warming by advancing natural, science-based solutions that remove atmospheric carbon while promoting environmental stewardship, social equity and economic sustainability.”

Patent Pending: Inventions on the Verge of Social Change
presented by Market Days at the Exploratorium
Saturday, July 19, 11:00AM-3:00PM, and the third Saturday of each Summer month
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Plaza

“Join us for a free open-air mini-festival that brings together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators and features curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays.”

Berkeley Spark 2.0
Saturday, July 19, 11:00AM-9:00PM
Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley

“We had so much fun last year, we thought we’d do it again, with a twist!

Berkeley Spark is a free, community-driven art, innovation, science, and technology festival with the goal of providing a place where people can create, collaborate and connect with each other while highlighting and celebrating the depth of local culture and innovation while celebrating community engagement.

Spend the day with us in Civic Center Park listening to acoustic music, dance and move to ecstatic dance DJs, decorate your bike with plush toys and other colorful objects, learn how to design a papier-mache exoskeleton for your bike, receive some bike mechanic tips from the Missing Link Bike Cooperative, and meet Segue, a local gal who has designed an electric cargotrike.

The park will be filled with Bay Area interactive art sculpture and learn more about and support The Kraken and The Alien Siege Machine art installations before they head out to Burning Man, meet local technology companies and learn more about their latest designs, and taste locally crafted beer and mead.

A number of local Burning Man theme camps will be at the festival creating chill spaces, play spaces and healing spaces for the Berkeley community. There is also a vendor’s market featuring Burning Man-esque clothing and jewelry designer, local skin care products, artisanal food and more. And experience the mutant vehicle, U.N.A.V.E.R.Z., a colorful jelly fish while listening to DJs spinning from this marine coelenterate.

New This Year: East Bay Innovation Tech Corridor at Berkeley Spark 2.0
Building upon the East Bay’s thriving technology climate, Berkeley Spark is hosting the East Bay Innovation Tech Corridor, representing the convergence of art, science and technology. We have invited a number of local innovators, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, scientists, thought makers, experimenters and other creative types to join us and share their ideas and designs with the Berkeley community.

We are grateful for the support of the Downtown Berkeley Association, Smart Car, the City of Berkeley’s Office of Economic Development, and Mechanics Bank in association with Berkeley Partners for Parks, Berkeley Startup Cluster, Burning Man Project, Drakes Brewing Company, East Bay Media Center, Ecology Center, The Farmhouse, Geter Done Productions & Design, Impact Hub Berkeley, Logoman, The Mead Kitchen, and Urban Innovation Exchange.

And a shout out to our media sponsors: Berkeleyside, East Bay Express and Yelp.
Berkeley Spark is a group of East Bay social and cultural innovation leaders and change makers providing events which promote community engagement through dialogue, interactions, collaborations.

Berkeley Spark 2.0 is a Leave No Trace community event. Please help us and the park by recycling and disposing of refuse. We thank you in advance!

We are also ADA accessible. If you have any questions, please contact us for more information at berkeleyspark@gmail.com.

Getting There: Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation. We are two blocks west of the downtown Berkeley BART station, or you could walk, bike, skateboard or roller blade to our festival.

After the festival, head east to downtown Berkeley for entertainment and dining venues to continue the celebration.”

Thanks to Ximena for letting me know about this event!

Rivertown Revival
Saturday, July 19, 11:30AM-7:00PM
Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma

“Once again, it’s time to ramp up for the Greatest Slough on Earth!

Like you, we love Sonoma County and all of the bounty that it has to offer. For this reason, and many more, we’ve celebrating the 5th year of this local, arts-based, community festival that highlights the Petaluma River and all of the amazing artists who call our county home.   The event includes an art boat race and parade, floating art barges and an all-day festival, which includes local music, art, food and drink and over 40 fabulous local vendors. The Rivertown Revival is sure to be 2014′s most unique and creative summer festival!

The stage will be busy all day with a variety of foot-stompin’, creative, crowd-pleasing acts of Americana.

Races and displays will be happening throughout the day.

Please bring your own drinking vessel to the Rivertown Revival, as we are dedicated to creating a low-impact event to our beautiful peninsula and river environment. There will be limited disposables available at the event, and you will notice ample recycling and composting bins throughout. Please help us preserve the peninsula and keep our event waste-free.

We heartily encourage bicycling or walking to the Revival, however limited parking will be available off of D Street between the bridge and Lakeville Highway.

Bicycle Valet
A free Bicycle Valet organized by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will be set at Steamer Landing Park.

Bring them! This is a family friendly event, and children will have their own kingdom in the River Kidstown - an area dedicated to kids crafts and entertainment.

We love animals, but our livestock and food vendors are wary. Pleases keep your dogs, cats, birds, and fish at home. (We’re ok with snakes as body art.)

Food and Beverage
A bounty of food vendors will be on site to tempt you with local goodies - save room for lunch, dessert, and more while supporting your local purveyors.

We’re choosing the most unique local vendors to display their crafts at the Revival. We encourage you to support the many wares that will be available.”

Propagating Plants from Cuttings
Saturday, July 19, 12:00-1:30PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Vegetative propagation, which also includes techniques such as division, layering, budding and grafting, is an excellent way to increase the number of plants in your garden. It can also be used to grow out new starts of your favorite plants to share with friends and neighbors. At the end of this workshop you should be able to propagate various plants from cuttings at home with a few simple tools and materials.”

Lotions and Potions: Make Your Own Beauty Products
with Tanya Stiller
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday, July 19, 2:00-6:00PM
Berkeley, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $35-$65 plus $12 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“Make nourishing self-crafted lotions, lip balms, and face creams using herbs, oils, and other everyday household ingredients. Empowering yourself to make your own skin care products will reduce your exposure to store-bought toxins in fancy, unnecessary packaging and allow you to make the decisions about what goes on and in your body all while saving you money. There will be information about different oils for different skin types, which herbs are best for your skin, and which compliment other health concerns. Together we'll create a luscious lotion, a lip balm and a silky face cream for you to take home. We will choose herbs that delight the senses and recipes that not only equip you to make your next batch at home, but also can be altered to fit your needs and creativity.”

Midsummer Garden Tea: A Mad Hatter Tea Party
Saturday, July 19, 3:00-6:00PM
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa

“Join us in the Memorial Garden at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens on Saturday, July 19, from 3:00-6:00PM.
Wine Reception, Afternoon Tea, and Silent Auction
Hat Contest and Table Decoration Judging

Complimentary Home Tour available at 2:00PM and 2:30PM
We would be delighted with the honor of your company!
Tickets are $50. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help assure that what's inside the fence line looks as good as our New Fence will! (We may or may not be showing off the New Fence by Tea Time.)
Reservations can be made online or by calling 707-524-5445.”

Canciones Del Mar: Songs of the Sea
presented by We Players
Saturday, July 19, 6:00-8:00PM
Aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco

“Back by popular demand after last year’s sold-out performance, We Players presents a new selection of Latin sea music songs by Music Director, Charlie Gurke. Three of the Bay Area’s most exciting vocalists perform an intimate concert, singing songs about the sea, boats, love, and life, drawn from the folkloric and popular music traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean.

As part of We Players’ five year cooperative agreement with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, we are collaborating with a wide range of artists, creating work from diverse vantage points in a variety of media as an exercise in exploring the many layers of story within the site. We aim to provide multiple points of access and connection to both the park and our practice.”

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Saturday, July 19, 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.

July 19: Old West Trio and Ron and Gary Scofield

The Old West Trio is based in the foothills of Northern California’s gold country. Members Steve Ide, Leslie Ide, and Steve Johnson perform traditional Western standards, cowboy ballads of every era, and yodeling tunes. They are members of the Western Music Association and co-founders of Scofield's Cowboy Campfire. The Old West Trio has performed from California to Montana, including the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls and the historic Silver Dollar Saloon in Jackson Hole. They've been featured radio guests on the Horsemen's Radio Weekly, Chronicle of the Old West, KVMR Backroads, and the Cowboy Music Roundup.

Humor and Harmony are the key words to describe The Scofield Brothers. Gary, Ron's younger brother, has been playing the guitar, banjo, and mandolin since a teenager and as in true Scofield tradition, is self taught. Ron and Gary have a unique harmony that goes back to the days when they first began singing specials at church. As boys in Oregon, they gained an appreciation for the American Cowboy on visits to their uncles ranch. Trips to the Hollywood radio studio in the late 1940s to watch the Son's of The Pioneers perform live influenced their love of Cowboy music. There is no end to the surprises, subject matter, and humorous situations you will hear when the Scofield Brothers are on stage.

Dates for 2014:
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)”

Staying Alive - The Sokol Spacesuit
with Faride Khalaf
part of the Saturday Night Space Talks series
Saturday, July 19, 7:30-8:15PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
Included with admission

“Learn the history of spacesuits from the earliest pressure suits worn by aviators in the 1930s to the more recent state-of-the-art suits used for work on International Space Station. View an actual Russian Sokol Spacesuit, with a demonstration of its features and its use. Worn by all who fly on the Soyuz spacecraft, it is known as a rescue suit not suitable for spacewalks. Explore what makes this suit so special.

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.”

Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Train at Roaring Camp
Saturday, July 19, 8:00PM,
and one more Saturday, August 16
Train departs from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
see website for ticket details

“Experience the beauty of an ancient Redwood Forest lit up at night from Pullman-like coaches and open-air excursion cars of the Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway. Smell the aroma of Redwoods, Pines, Tan Oaks and Madrone trees while traveling under the stars. Evening trains depart from and return to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for a leisurely two-hour round-trip along the San Lorenzo River Gorge and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.”

Connoisseurs' Marketplace
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 10:00AM-6:00PM
along Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park

“What could be more sublime than spending a pleasant summer day strolling down a cool tree-lined street, sipping a glass of delicious wine or craft beer, admiring world-class art, watching talented chefs prepare fabulous dishes, noshing succulent food and enjoying music all along the way. It's the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors and the multitude of world-class festivals that make summer such a special time of year in the Bay Area.

Menlo Park's longtime signature contribution to the festival landscape is its popular annual mid-summer Connoisseurs' Marketplace, which this year celebrates its 28th year with a spectacular extravaganza on July 19-20. It promises to be a sun-splashed weekend featuring 250 of America's top artists, two days of stellar live music, engaging chefs' demos, fabulous food and drink, artisan specialty food purveyors, a collector car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, and tons of fun for kids.

Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, large crowds are expected to pour onto the downtown streets for this vibrant celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts. Hours are 10:00AM-6:00PM. both days. Admission is free. Take a leisurely stroll down charming, tree-lined Santa Cruz Avenue and experience a world-class sampler for the senses.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 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!

Renegade Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

“Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s premier network of events serving the DIY craft community. RCF was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2003, and 11 years later we are still the largest and most far-reaching with 11 annual events in Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. On average, our events are attended by over 250,000 people annually, and hundreds of craft-based businesses have been launched successfully out of the fairs.

RCF was founded for a very simple reason: there simply wasn’t a curated, well-run event for DIY-ers. Our founders had been looking for an event to participate in, but existing events were highly focused on fine arts + crafts. After launching the first Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago in the fall of 2003, the DIY craft fair concept took off immediately has since spread to the major network of events that it is today. We are constantly on the lookout for bright new talent, and couldn’t be more proud of our reputation as a resource for advancing independent artisan and craft businesses.

Everything at the fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the best and brightest in indie craft and design. This begins with our vendors, featuring products ranging from cutting-edge fashion and jewelry design to sophisticated ceramics and housewares, contemporary furniture and lighting, bath and body products, screen-printed art, paper goods, and more.

Beyond our vendors, you will find local artisanal food and drink, original art installations created just for the fair by hand-selected artists, interactive workshops, great music, good vibes and more.

The Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco July Market lands at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavillion this July 19-20.  Situated between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, the scenic San Francisco Bay will provide a perfect backdrop to the stunning work of some of the most talented makers out there.   Market hours are from 11:00AM-6:00PM both days.  

RCF is always free to attend.  Limited but affordable parking is available at the Fort Mason Center lot.  Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the venue, so please do not bring your adorable dog.”

Catalan Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 12:00-4:00PM
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, 23555 Carneros Highway, Sonoma
see website for admission details

“A Spanish Heritage Festival of Wine, Music, and Food

Join us for a day of traditional Spanish folklore as you stroll and enjoy passionate music, flamenco dancing, savory tapas and paella samples and sip our acclaimed Carneros sparkling and estate wines. We invite you to share these multi-faceted experiences that tantalize the senses with cooking demonstrations, educational seminars and a festive grape stomp.

This year’s festival benefits the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.”

2014 Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 12:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Celebrating Knowledge, Gnosis, and Community

Ready to connect to your spiritual side but not sure where to begin? Are you an energy worker or mystic who is ready to dive deeper into your spiritual path?

Join us for the 2014 Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival! All weekend long we are celebrating the wisdom, light, and strength of our spiritual community by offering FREE workshops, seminars, and demonstrations as well as incredible discounts throughout the store!
This year we are proud to announce an amazing line-up!
Saturday, July 19
12:00-12:30PM: The Three Pieces of the Soul - Storm Faerywolf
1:00-1:30PM: Hypnotherapy for Change - Lisa Dawn
2:00-2:30PM: Intro to Parapsychology - Loyd Auerbach
3:00-6:00PM: Reader Showcase

Sunday, July 20
12:00-12:30PM: Spirit Guide Connection - Devin Hunter
1:00-1:30PM: Beautiful Andara Crystals - Joyce Jackson
2:00-2:30PM: Introduction to Bone Reading - Michelle Jackson
3:00-6:00PM: Reader Showcase”

Walk With The Berkeley Path Wanderers Association
Three walks, three leaders, three levels; one party afterward!
Sunday, July 20, departures at 9:45AM, 10:15AM, or 10:45AM
Meet at the park in front of John Muir School, 2955 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

“Note that the staggered departure times will bring everyone back by noon for a bring-your-own picnic. We will provide carrot cake and lemonade.

Due to popular demand, we will have our BPWA tee shirts, hats, posters, maps and books available for sale before and after the hikes. Checks and cash only, please.
Each walk will start in the park in front of John Muir School, 2955 Claremont Avenue near Ashby.
Transit: AC Transit #51B

Claremont Hills Power Walk
Leader: Sandy Friedland
Time: 9:45AM
You’ll get your heart rate up on this five-mile route that includes some of the steep steps and ramps and hilly streets above the Claremont Hotel. During this two-hour walk, we’ll pass both historic houses and the ‘fire-proof chic’ ones that were built after the 1991 firestorm. We’ll be on pavement until the last segment, when we will take some of the newly improved paths in Garber Park. No dogs, please.
Terrain: Difficult
Pace: Moderately Fast

Claremont Path Safari
Leader: Lynn Deregowski
Time: 10:15AM
Join us on this all-ages, family-friendly expedition. We will stalk the whimsical animal art that roams the urban savannah. Kids spotting more than 25 animals will get a special treat. Adults who do the same will receive a smile and a pat on the back. Well-behaved dogs on leashes, regardless of how many animals they find, will be rewarded with biscuits. Please note: We will be taking several older paths with stairs, so strollers may not be appropriate. Expect this hike to last 90 minutes.
Terrain: Medium
Pace: Moderate

Monkey Park, A ‘Manet’ Mural, and More
Leader: Elsa Tranter
Time: 10:45AM
This hike will be the shortest of the three walks and will last one hour. We will explore the stately neighborhood between Claremont and College Avenues, with its beautiful architecture and creative yard art. Expect some stairs and moderately steep inclines. Well-behaved dogs on leashes will be welcomed.
Terrain: Easy
Pace: Leisurely”

Thanks to Ximena for letting me know about this event!

Gold Rush Adventure!
Sunday, July 20, 12:00-4:00PM
History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose
City parking available for $6
“Summer is a good time to have an adventure, and History Park will provide the backdrop. Gold Rush Adventure Day will allow friends and families to be a ’49er for a day - as in the original gold rushers of 1849.

Come join us for gold panning, historic games from the Gold Rush, and craft activities for children ages 4-11, including leavings dolls, churning butter, a jumping frog contest, roping a steer, milking a cow, and pony express relay. Lance Beeson and the New California Minstrels will provide a musical backdrop to the fun and games, but when your feet get tired, come inside to the Fox Den, and check out some of our gold rush videos.

There’s more than just gold to explore at the park. Take a ride on the trolley and give the handcar a try. Be sure to visit the Print Shop for a printing press demonstration, and explore the Fruit Barn, One Room School House, Umbarger House, and Dashaway Stables.

Be sure to drop in to the McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House to view the Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 exhibit.”

The Amazing Bubble Show
with Louis Pearl
Sunday, July 20, 1:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
Adults $15, Children $10, Family Package of two Child and two Adult tickets $40

“Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science, and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favorite, he has sold out every year for the last seven years. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. This rare show will also feature Accordion Babe Jet Black Pearl accompanying Louis with bubbly music to double your pleasure.”

Fancy Fairy and Gnome Homes
with Heather Kramer
Sunday, July 20, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$75, limit 10 families (adult + child)

“It is said that if you build them a home the fairies, gnomes, and elves might just move in. Come craft a whimsical one-of-a-kind fairy house or gnome home using all-natural items provided by Heather Kramer of Folifa and Little Bee. All natural supplies will be provided - if you wish to add miniatures or bits of whimsy we can recommend places to find them.

Heather Kramer of Folifa and Little Bee, creates one-of-a-kind woodland homes out of natural items she forages for in the Sierras, combined with miniatures and bits of whimsy. This all began on a camping trip with friends, when they created a fairy village in the forest. Upon returning home, she realized she'd been bitten by the fairy house bug and hasn't been able to stop herself since. Named after a combination of Heather’s childhood imaginary world and her child's nickname - you can find Folifa and Little Bee homes at Monkey Bars in Alameda and on her website.”

Mushroom Cultivation Homestead-Style
with Patty and Ray Lanier, The Mushroom Maestros
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Sunday, July 20, 2:00-6:00PM
West Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $50-$80 plus $12 supply fee in cash on day of class

“Dive into the magical world of Fungi. They are delicious, nutritious - they might even save the world! Mushrooms are known for their healing properties both as medicine for humans but also for the planet. They help plants uptake nutrients, clean-up toxic waste, compost entire clear cuts, and have a host of other uses. In this class we'll focus on growing mushrooms, homestead-style! We'll see a working, off-the-grid inner city mushroom cultivation set-up. Then we'll learn which mushroom can be most easily cultivated at home both indoors and out, the difference between spores and spawn and what materials different mushrooms thrive on. We'll explore growing mushrooms on straw or sawdust or on cardboard as a means for inoculating wood chips in garden beds. Then we'll learn methods to prepare these substrates including heat pasteurization, fermentation, and soap techniques. We'll also cover wood chip spawn, log plugs and how to use spent mushroom kits in compost to get another ‘flush’ while aiding the composting process. Working with either oyster, shitake, or king stropheria mycellium, students will then make a starter kits to take home.”

Open Shamanic Journey Circle
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Sunday, July 20, 3:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
The Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

“We are going to be meeting in circle again this Sunday - though this will be something of an experiment. Anne recently had a fall and broke her hip, and it's ‘iffy’ whether she will be able to join us this time - though she would definitely like to, and if she's feeling good enough she'll be there. In any case, we're going ahead with the circle.
Come join us! I think our theme will be something about healing...
Come join us in creating the magic! Experience the joy of travelling through the portals into the other worlds! Feel the power and healing of drumming in community!
We will create sacred space, drum together, then journey together. There will be time to share journey experiences for those who wish to do so.
The shamanic journey is a way to explore the non-ordinary realms, interact directly with personal power animals and spirit guides, and access divine information.

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

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

We plan to offer this every third Sunday afternoon.

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

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, July 20, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $10-$15

“Have you ever wondered who is Guiding and Protecting you along your Journey?
Are you ready to receive their Messages to gain clarity to unanswered questions to ease the Flow of your Path? Learn and Remember tools that will strengthen your own power in Connecting.

We will sip tea,  and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.

Who is OwlSnake?
Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”

In A World...
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, July 20, 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.”

Becoming Independent’s Lagunitas Luau Fundraiser
Tuesday, July 22, 5:30-8:30PM
Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma

“Enjoy Raffle Prizes, Live Reggae and R and B by the band iMusic, Polynesian Dancers, and Island food while supporting the North Bay’s largest resource for people with developmental disabilities.

Offering $25 Ticket (includes dinner) or $50 Aloha Ticket (includes dinner, 10 raffle tickets, and 1 Lagunitas IPA Mason Jar Mug).

$250, $500, and $1,000 sponsorship opportunities available.

We thank Lagunitas Brewing, Haapala Thompson and Albern LLP, and Risk Management Services of Cotati for their support.

Please contact Jacqui Salyer for tickets and sponsorship activities at 707-524-6606 or jsalyer@becomingindependent.org.

Becoming Independent is a community based service organization established over 40 years ago to help people with disabilities live meaningful and productive lives in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties.

Becoming Independent serves people with varied interests and life objectives who share the common goal of realizing their abilities. They are workers, artists, gardeners, physical fitness buffs, family members, and neighbors. Close to 1,000 individuals seek exploration and development through four key offerings at BI: Community Living Supports, Personal Enrichment, Employment Services and Transportation.

Becoming Independent’s philosophy offers dignity of risk and affords men and women the opportunity to be productive, engaged community members through individualized support plans."

Community Design Clinic: Urban Animals
with Jim Montgomery
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30-9:30PM
East Bay location, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $5-$25 suggested donation, no one turned away

“Join others from the community to sip a glass of wine or tea and talk about the joys and concerns of keeping urban livestock. We'll have a couple of our instructors on hand to facilitate and answer questions on a wide variety of critters including chickens, goat, rabbits, chickens, turtles, squab, and quail. Goat milking demo.”

Rise Up: Mary Magdalene Feast Day
Tuesday, July 22, 7:30-9:00PM
Marin Unitarian, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael

“Join us July 22 for the Feast day of Mary Magdalene. Drop into a deeper sacred experience. This evening is an experiential, contemplative and deeply moving experience wrapped in sacred music, gospel singing, a heartfelt meditation, with a beautiful holy ritual and a deep dance of our prayers.

By celebrating her, we create a healing of the loss of the Divine Feminine in our culture and our times. We restore our beauty; our holiness and the loving sacred touch of the blessing of the Divine Feminine by joining in a blessing with the Divine Masculine. The ancient art of anointing and other practices of beauty in the temple have been almost completely lost to our culture. Most of us do not even question this loss until some how we have an opportunity to experience what we have been missing. Then we understand that it has been our loss collectively for holiness is power; the one true power that benefits all.

When we allow ourselves the safe space to share our holiness, healing happens. We, also raise the vibration of Peace on Earth for everyone through a prayer dance and inspirational gospel singing by Bobbie Ellison.

We are blessed this evening to have Elizabeth Kelley of the Holy Order of Mary Magdalene, fabulous Gospel singer Bobby Ellison, Sophia Song Healer, David Lieberstein, Sound healer, Spruce Hauschildt and Jeff Paul on piano. Sacred space and rituals will be created by Christy Michaels, Grace Galzagorry, Melanie Carter, Sabenah Elizabeth, Elizabeth Moriarty with dancers Ilona Marshall, Andrea Lauren, Megan Rose Woolever and Jenna Cohen among others.

Men are most welcomed. There will be a special blessing of the men led by Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., Debra Giusti, Luminessa Enjara and Christy Michaels.

We will ask the men to share. Elizabeth Kelley will introduce our special guest Saniel Bonder, who is doing some amazing work with groups on incarnating the Divine into our daily life. He is the Author of Healing the Spirit/Matter Split and While Jesus Weeps, and is the Founder of Waking Down and The White-Hot Yoga of the Heart.”

Tea and Chanting Sangha
Tuesday, July 22, 8:00PM, and the fourth Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“As we enter our fourth year of our journey together, our group is ready to deepen into a unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

Over the course of the year we are progressively learning a Tibetan ritual designed to awaken and purify all of creation in the many directions, to confer blessings of relief and happiness upon all beings throughout all space and time, and to magnify our sangha's collective aspiration toward the enlightened liberation of all beings.  
Open to beginners as well as current sangha members.

Online Tea and Chanting Sangha
For those of you who are at a distance, or find that meeting on Tuesdays are difficult for you to attend in person, Yeshe Rabbit is setting up a monthly online Google Hangout version of the Tea and Chanting Sangha to be held on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11:00AM.

If you are interested, contact her by email at: rabbit@sacredwell.com to get all the important details.”

Science Laughs
with Norm Goldblatt
A production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, July 23, 7:00-9:00PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“Come laugh with Dr. Norm Goldblatt, physicist and laser engineer. He’ll take us on a tour of his crazy world that unites left and right brain. Come one, come all, young or old. NOT for geeks only. Everyone will enjoy thinking and giggling. Laugh AT him or WITH him; he doesn’t care.

Norm divides his time between working with light and making light of his work. He has performed at all the local comedy clubs as well as conferences and corporate events. His quips have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, both in the late great Herb Caen and Leah Garchik columns. His work has been published in prestigious journals such as the ever-popular Physics Today and the Journal of Irreproducible Results. He has appeared on Public Radio’s Science Friday as well as at Wonderfest and the US Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC. Norm has written jokes for several comics, most notably Jay Leno.”

Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results
a five week course
with Susan Diamond
Friday, July 25, 7:30PM,
and four more Fridays through August 22
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$30 per class walk in, $125 for whole series advanced registration

“This is a five week introduction to Astrology geared toward the magical worker.

Most people work with the Moon phases in their magic but rarely go beyond that to explore the many powerful relationships forged over centuries between magic worker and the heavenly bodies. These powerful forces can either facilitate your success or block it. The ancients knew this and so can you!

The first week we will working with the Planets.

No experience necessary.”

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.”

Not-So-Simple Living Fair
Friday-Sunday, July 25-27
Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 14400 Highway 128, Boonville
see website for admission details

“One Thousand Modern Homesteaders Will Gather For Boonville's Fifth Annual Not-So-Simple Living Fair.

Once again, the scenic Anderson Valley gears up for three days of practical DIY skills, fun, music and the building of a community.

The Anderson Valley Foodshed Group is again at work filling presenter slots for the Not-So-Simple Living Fair in a packed schedule that spans Friday through Sunday, July 25th through 27th at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA.  Beginning in 2010, local homesteaders, farmers and experts in their various fields have been presenting hands-on workshops and demonstrations on topics as diverse as giving seaweed facials to working with draft horses.  Workshops in six different subject areas will be taking place around the fairgrounds simultaneously, as well as ongoing demonstrations, scheduled round table discussions in the Conversation Cafe, a curated Tool Show and Tell, kid’s activities and various local food and craft vendors.  Main topics covered at the fair include homesteading, farming and gardening, animal husbandry, wild food foraging and hunting, food processing, creating shelter and other practical living skills.

Melissa Meader, a founding member of the Valley Trail Coalition and local yoga instructor expressed the current need for the fair.  ‘As human beings, we have increasingly become disconnected from these hands-on skills.  The Not-So-Simple Living Fair is a way to not only learn these methods that have been forgotten, but also to experience them.’  Melissa points out that she's attended the last four years of the event, and one year she volunteered to teach a goat milk soap making workshop and lead a roundtable discussion in the Conversation Cafe.  This year she looks forward to being an attendee in order to take advantage of the more than seventy or so workshops.

The event is entirely run by volunteers, organizers and presenters alike. Sophia Bates, a local farmer and event organizer pointed out, ‘It's about education for the sake of learning and building skills, not education for profit.  It costs less than taking your friend out to lunch, less than half a tank of gas, and you get dinner, and a band.’”

Pagans All Meeting
hosted by Ancient Ways and The Pagan Alliance
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“In the spirit of the theme of the 2015 PantheaCon - Pagan Visions of the Future; Spirit of Networks - Building Pagan Safety and Social Net, a discussion of ways to plan infrastructure and events that meet our Community’s needs.

Another meeting will be held on August 16, 1:00-4:00PM, at BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley.”

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.

Competitions include:  

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 ameliaisaverb@yahoo.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.”

Sonoma Ant Wars 2014
Saturday, August 2, 11:00AM-8:00PM
Chimera Arts and Maker Space, 6791 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
$7 through July 27, $10 after
Children 12 and under Free

“Fighting Robot Competition at Chimera!

Join us at our second-annual Sonoma Ant Wars miniature fighting robot competition!

Chimera is hosting an all-day miniature fighting robot competition August 2. We will have over 30 mini fighting robots ranging from a few ounces up to a few pounds. These robots may be small, but they pack a serious punch!

This is an all-ages, family friendly event, so bring the kids!”

Have a Proudly Powerful, Intuitively Inventive Week!

Molly Blue Dawn


  1. No dark of the moon? Does the moon know? Is Hermes up to trickery? Did Hekate have Cerberus swallow it up?

    1. The Dark of the moon for this month will be on Saturday, July 26, so it will be on the list for that week.

    2. Right! The last two events, which cover that weekend and the beginning of August threw me.

    3. For the edification of my readers, a behind-the-scenes look at how confusing this list-keeping process can get:
      The list runs from Wednesday to Wednesday, but occasionally a few further-ahead events sneak their way on to the bottom of the list because they require advanced planning, but they didn't make it onto the monthly Mark Your Calendars list. Sometimes a whole bunch of events which fall into this liminal category arrive at once. But any event which is already established and predictable will not need to have that kind of early notice, so regular monthly events just stay in their own weeks.

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