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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Craft the Path: All Pagans Meetings, Everyday Nut Milks and Cheeses, Colorful Creatures, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Put A Tassel On It, Pagan Tradition Discussion, Celebrate White Shell Woman: Navajo Moon Goddess, Foglandia, Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist and Eegah!, Sail on the Alma, Day Out with Thomas, Moby Dick - Rehearsed, Sweet Maladies, Dracula Inquest, TOUGH, Poets Symbols and Song, Orisha Celebrations: Shango, Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Lughnasadh Games and Campout, Two Trains Running, Pride and Prejudice, Show Down!, Martinez Peddlers Faire, ET, The Power Within Introductory Workshop, Alameda 1902 Picnic Dance, Beaver Festival, Sonoma Ant Wars, Opera Concert in Franklin Park, Community Seed Lughnasadh, Shibori Technique, CAYA’s Festival of Heart and Harvest!, Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire, Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction, Lammas Harvest Festival Trance Dance, Fremont Festival of the Arts, San Jose Renaissance Faire, Carnival of Stars World Dance and Arts Festival, Time Travel Weekends, Art and Soul Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting, Esther Day, Urban Goat Farming, Digging Up San Jose’s Past, Cupcakes and Muffintops: Clothing and Bake Sale, Colors From Nature: Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Local Plants, Anne Sajdera Ensemble, North Bay Reclaiming’s Lammas, Belly Dance Student Showcase, Forgiveness Day Celebration, Third International Russian Choral Music Festival, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group

Craft the Path: All Pagans Meetings
sponsored by Ancient Ways and The Pagan Alliance
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
For more information, please contact arlynnecamire@gmail.com

“Coming Together to Organize the Infrastructure for the Needs of Our Community

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.

Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
Discussion of ways to plan infrastructure and events that meet our Community’s needs.

August 16, 1:00-4:00PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Discussion of ways to plan infrastructure and events that meet our Community’s needs. Light refreshments provided. Donations accepted. but not required, to help pay for our meeting space.

Everyone's input is important to Craft the Path.”

Everyday Nut Milks and Cheeses
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-9:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $40-$70 plus $10 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“Learn to make your own nut milks and cheeses! Nuts milks and cheeses are delicious, nutritious and are the perfect alternative for those wishing to avoid gluten, dairy, and soy. Unlike what you buy in the store, these milks and cheeses are also free of preservatives, stabilizers, artificial ingredients or additives of any kind. And, they are totally fun to make! In this class we will learn to prepare non-dairy, raw nut milks, creams, yogurts and cheeses. We'll learn about options for culturing nut based cheeses, including how to make your own rejuvelac, and we'll be making an amazing feast to share using our delicious creations. Your will leave with a recipe packet and resource list.”

Colorful Creatures
an Art Reception for Sarah Soward
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-9:00PM
Peninsula Ballet Theater, 1880 S. Grant Street, San Mateo

“My new contemporary wildlife paintings are on display the Peninsula Ballet Theater from July 1 through mid August, 2014.

Poetry, music, and an open mic, featuring Maurine Killough, Dan Swetlik, and Thomas J. Burke.

This event is free to attend.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring David Berkeley
Thursday, July 31, 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!

Called ‘a musical poet’ by the San Francisco Chronicle and compared to Nick Drake by The New York Times, Santa Fe-based songwriter/author David Berkeley sings songs capable of breaking and mending the heart. A standout guest on This American Life, he's currently working on a novella and new album of accompanying songs.

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!

Put A Tassel On It
with Liza Yee
Thursday, July 31, 6:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$70, limit 10 students

“Who doesn’t need a little fringe in their life? For your keys, your bag, or your belt buckle, we’ll be making braided fiber tassel accessories. Learn multi-strand braiding techniques, both flat and rope style, lanyard techniques, binding techniques and some basic leather working skills. Students will be provided with all materials to make three clips.

Liza is a textile jewelry and accessories designer/maker. She enjoys spending her time outdoors with her kids, at her letterpress, and enjoying delicious food with loved ones.”

Pagan Tradition Discussion
hosted by Ardys De Lu
Wednesday, July 31, 7:00-9:00PM
private home in South Berkeley, RSVP for address
Free, please RSVP to Ardys De Lu at adfiredeer@gmail.com

“What: To discuss various pagan traditions, either Wiccan or otherwise.
There are knowledgeable people who can speak on this.  Many people cannot make it one particular day of the week,  so the group will be held at least twice a month on different days.  Group is usually 7:00-9:00PM in the evenings.  Informing people about the subject of the group happens at least 24 hours before the meeting.
This is a basically informative group, no reason to reveal oathbound information.  Also this is to be a group without constant argument about whose tradition is most authentic etc.  Also let us stay on topic.

Future meetings are planned for    
Thursday August 7
and Wednesday August 20

Location near public transit, and parking is available.”

Celebrate White Shell Woman, Navajo Moon Goddess
Thursday, July 31, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“She has many names!  Yolkai Estsan, White Shell Woman, White Bead Woman, Abalone Woman, and Turquoise Woman!  It is said that She was born in a basket of rainbows at the break of dawn and dressed in abalone shells.  In other myths, She was created from Abalone itself.  White Shell Woman is the creator and sustainer of life.  It is She who created the Navajo people, and gave them their homes, as well as the plants and animals that would sustain their bodies.  She protects Her children from their enemies and brings them fresh water, assuring them long and healthy lives.  She is associated with the Moon, the ocean, and the Sunrise.

White Shell Woman is a Goddess of the cycles of the Moon and the Wheel.  She is a Goddess of Change and Transformation and associated in particular with the Transformation of Womyn.  As the Moon, She is new, waxes, peaks at full, and wanes - doing so again and again for all of eternity.  She endlessly grows from a young maiden to mother to crone as the seasons cyclically progress - and She does this without ever dying.  Through Her cyclic nature, White Shell Woman is the mirror of womyn and girls.  She reminds us to honor our life cycles as integral aspects of being female.

She of magick, overcoming, and of spirituality.  She of freedom, hope, success, and of protection!  She of joy and dreams!  As we prepare to commune with White Shell Womyn at Her altar, let us spend time with the Navajo Chant, ‘All things around me are restored in beauty.’  As a whole, beautiful, and complete womyn, what do you present to White Shell Woman as something that has been restored in beauty in your own life!?  Let is shine like the Moon itself!

For the altar please bring a white candle, any images of White Shell Woman, and any of her symbols:  the eagle, rattles, hoops, rainbows, turquoise, and abalone shells.

If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration, please help out by doing the following:
Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
Please see our current series schedule and check the web page for the specific ritual to see what items to bring and how to prepare yourself. Please take the time to read this, especially if you are a newcomer. New information is added from time to time so even if you feel you have already seen this, it is important to check back in every now and then.”

presented by Un-Scripted Theater Company
Thursday-Saturday, July 31-August 2, 8:00PM - final week
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 31-August 2, 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 31 and Saturday, August 2, 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.”

Day Out with Thomas
Friday-Sunday, July 31-August 3, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Thomas The Tank Engine is back at Roaring Camp for Day Out With Thomas. Watch your child’s favorite Tank Engine jump off the screen and onto the tracks of Roaring Camp Railroads!

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 65 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas and Friends is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.

A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and a variety of Thomas and Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with Arts and Crafts and other great activities. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.

Join us for an unforgettably fun day and make memories that will last a lifetime at Roaring Camp Railroads.”

Moby Dick - Rehearsed
presented by Stanford Repertory Theater
Thursday-Sunday, July 31-August 3,
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!”

Sweet Maladies
presented by Brava! for Women in the Arts
and Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience
Thursday-Sunday, July 31-August 3 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM  
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“Sweet Maladies
by Zakiyyah Alexander
Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe

With Lisa Porter and Brit Frazier (from last year’s In A Daughter’s Eyes), Kehinde Koyejo and Stefanee Martin.

Two years into Reconstruction, four girls contemplate a future and their place in the new post-slavery society. Deftly written with a sly humor, Sweet Maladies illuminates the possibilities that have existed between races since slavery’s abolition and confronts the baggage that mitigates those possibilities.  As the four girls - three sisters and their former mistress - grapple with power and place, secrets are revealed, betrayals become potent, resulting in a shocking and bittersweet conclusion. Based on the Jean Genet classic, The Maids.

Zakiyyah Alexander is a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2004. Current plays include 10 Things To Do Before I Die (Second Stage Uptown), Sick? (Summer Play Festival), The Etymology Of Bird (Hip Hop Theater Festival; Providence Black Repertory Company), Blurring Shine (Market Theatre, Johannesburg), and Sweet Maladies (Darius Rucker Riverside Theatre). She has received developmental support from Bristol Riverside Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Hartford Stage, The Providence Black Repertory Company, 24/7 Theater Company, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Vineyard Theatre, the Women’s Project, La MaMa E.T.C., Greenwich Street Theatre, and more. Awards include, Helen Merrill Award, ACT New Play Award/Lorraine Hansberry Award, Stellar Network Award, the Theodore Ward Prize, Jackson Phelan Award, Drama League New Directors/New Works, New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, Young Playwrights Inc., etc. Her work is included in the current edition of New Monologues for Women by Women, featured in the book of essays, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, and Game on: The Humana Festival ‘08 Anthology. Zakiyyah has also written for Grey’s Anatomy.  A graduate of the Yale School of Drama (MFA in playwriting), she is currently on faculty at Bard College where she teaches undergraduate playwriting.”

Dracula Inquest
Thursday-Sunday, July 31-August 3,
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.”

A One Woman Show by Chris Black
Thursday-Saturday, July 31-August 3, 8:00PM
playing through August 9
Z Below, (downstairs at Z Space), 470 Florida Street, San Francisco
$20 Thursdays, $25 Fridays and Saturdays

“The Isadora Duncan and Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award winning Chris Black hits the stage at Z Below with a punchy one-woman performance inspired by the life of famed boxer John L. Sullivan. Traveling throughout the US from 1881 to 1892, Sullivan would signal his arrival and willingness to mix it up with ‘My name is John L. Sullivan and I can lick any son-of-a-bitch in the house.’

While Sullivan’s background, rise to fame, dominance and decline motivate TOUGH, Black’s real interest lies in what means ‘to be strong’ and tapping into the special something that both performers and athletes harness in order to become extraordinary. As well as how they confront what she calls ‘the onset of can’t’ that occurs in the career of every athlete and dancer when relied upon talents and endurance begin to flag.

Black - whose work runs the gamut from serious to funny and poignant - will begin TOUGH by throwing her hat into the ring accompanied by the announcement of ring rules, all while enjoying some good whiskey. In the show, Black sports a custom suit designed and produced by Kipper Clothiers, a San Francisco company that specializes in well cut menswear for the LGBT community. The suit, especially made for the performance, incorporates the five foot ten, two hundred and twenty pound hell raiser into Black's own diminutive but sinewy five foot one, one hundred and five pound frame.”

Poets, Symbols, and Song
a Free First Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, August 1, 11:00AM-9:00PM, and the first Friday of each month
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Today is the exhibition opening of Poets, Symbols, and Songs, works by paper artist and the artist of the year, John Babcock.

Tonight from 5:00-9:00PM, enjoy a no-host bar, and an art activity in paper dyeing for all ages in the classroom.

Dance to live, freak-folk music from Hod and the Helpers from 6:30-9:00PM.

5:30PM: Join us in the auditorium as community members including Silvia Austerlic, Sibley Simon and Wei Wei, share personal and historic stories about immigrating to Santa Cruz County.

6:30PM-8:00PM: Come explore your own cultural identity in drawing and writing with Silvia Austerlic. This will be followed by an open discussion at 7:30PM.”

Orisha Celebrations: Shango
with Lou Florez
Friday, August 1, 7:30-8:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Come and join in our celebrations of the Orisha - elevated divinities - who come from the Yoruba traditions of Nigeria and whose worship has spread throughout West Africa and throughout the diaspora. These divinities work on behalf of all humanity to not only avert negating energies, but to help manifest our greatest hopes, dreams, and lives.
Shango is the spiritual force associated with the power of lightning in Orisha traditions world wide. He stands as both a historical figure and fourth Alafin of Oyo, as well as the spiritual force of courage, justice, sovereignty, music, and wealth. These concepts form the essence of Shango's role in the spiritual realms and are the foundation for the process of spiritual transformation. The bolt of lightning that manifests from the realm of the ancestors to the earth that reminds us of the awe inspiring power of nature. Join us for a night of ritual drumming, dancing, and storytelling in honor of Shango!
Offerings: red or white candles, red and white cloth, dark rum, cigars, money in denominations of 6, plantains, okra, apples, red roses, mangos, and palm oil.”

Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results
a five week course
with Susan Diamond
Friday, August 1, 7:30PM,
and three more Fridays through August 22
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$30 per class walk in

“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!

No experience necessary.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, August 1, 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.”

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.”

Two Trains Running
presented by Lower Bottom Playaz
Friday-Sunday, August 1-3,
Friday-Saturday 7:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

“Lower Bottom Playaz presents
August Wilson's Two Trains Running
August Wilson set out to capture the African-American experience of the twentieth century with his moving, ambitious Century Cycle of ten plays, each set in a particular decade. The Lower Bottom Playaz have been working through the entire cycle, and we are thrilled to have them resident in time to present Two Trains Running, the seventh installment.  Directed by Ayodele Nzinga.”

Pride and Prejudice
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Friday-Sunday, August 1-3, 7:00PM
playing through August 31
Sanborn-Skyline County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga

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

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

Thus begins one of the most famous and beloved novels in the English language, now adapted for the stage with by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan and presented by Shady Shakespeare. Jane Austen's bitingly funny romance tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a young woman of intelligence and character boldly seeking happiness and security in socially rigid Regency England despite her lack of fortune, her embarrassing mother, her silly sisters, and all of the usual pitfalls of young love. Can the allure of mysterious and handsome Mr. Darcy overcome her prejudice, rooted in a disastrous first impression? Can the irresistible charm of the witty Miss Bennet overcome his haughtiness and pride? Come watch this timeless story unfold under a canopy of Redwood trees and a crystal clear night sky to see if these lovers find their happy ending.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, kids 17 and under will be admitted FREE with a paid adult. Kids must still obtain a physical ticket to gain entry, which must be reserved with the purchase of an adult ticket.”

Show Down!
presented by Thunderbird Theatre
Friday-Sunday, August 1-3,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco
sliding scale $20-$30, matinees $15-$20

“The new Thunderbird Theatre comedy that’s fighting for the soul of television; on stage.

K.R.A.P. TV, the last all-live television station left in the United States, has just become the battleground for the future of entertainment, technology, and hyperbole.

When traditional broadcast devotees are pitted against hipsters of new media, the results are unexpected: kale, love triangles, cheese theft, and the iPlan.

This original comedy brings K.R.A.P. to the stage where audiences will witness the age-old struggle of pride of work versus the all-mighty dollar.

Will our heroine Beth be able to keep the station afloat, or will the evil Commodore entice everyone to waste their days with online personality quizzes?

Turning traditional work-place melodrama on its ear, this show reveals which is better; true love or ordering tacos with your paramour du jour.”

Martinez Peddlers Faire
Saturday, August 2, 8:00AM-4:00PM
Downtown Martinez, Alhambra Avenue at Marina Vista, Martinez
free admission

“Join us for the 2014 Peddlers’ Faires
Voted East Bay's Best Source for Old Treasures!
Featuring Vintage, Antiques, Collectibles and Arts and Crafts
in Downtown Martinez, The Antique and Collectible Capital of Contra Costa County!

One of the largest outdoor antique and collectible shows in northern California. Held on the streets of historic downtown Martinez on Saturday, May 17 and Saturday, August 2, from 8:00AM-4:00PM. Get here early to get the first pick of that special item to add to your collection.

You will find plenty to choose from as dealers will be showing a huge variety of antiques and collectibles including glassware, porcelain, pottery, furniture, old advertising, toys, Native American wares, paper items and much more.

While at the Faire, be sure to visit the 12 downtown Martinez Antique and Collectible stores. The 50-plus dealers in the stores will be bringing in new inventory for the Faire in preparation for the thousands of visitors on Faire day. In addition to the antiques and collectibles, there are over 50 arts and crafts vendors so there will be something for everyone at the show.

John Humphries, radio and TV collectibles talk show host, and the author of several books on collectibles, will again be on hand during the day to give evaluations of one carry-in item for a $5 donation to the Martinez Historic Society. John will be located at the information booth on Ferry Street near Main Street from 8:00AM-4:00PM. John is always a popular feature at the Faire so be sure to get in line early and get a number. Bring in that old piece of pottery, glass, toy or other collectible but remember, no furniture, carry-in items only please.

Parking and admission are free.  See you at the Faire!”

part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, August 2, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (often referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren, and starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote. It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help it return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.”

The Power Within Introductory Workshop
Embracing Your Menstrual Cycle As A Path To Personal Growth And Inner Balance
with Tatiana Diakoff and Karina Colliat
Saturday, August 2, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Bay Area location given upon RSVP
sliding scale $10-$20
“Holos Institute is pleased to announce an exciting new group series starting this fall that supports the integration of a woman's cycle in the greater circle of nature's processes.  An introductory workshop is planned for August 2 so interested participants can get a feel for what the longer 8-week series will be like. Please forward this announcement to any friends who might be interested in this offering.

Tatiana and Karina will be offering a 2-hour introductory workshop to give you an experiential taste of what The Power Within series is about, including some fun expressive art exercises. During this time we will discuss the hormone cycle as it relates to menstruation and provide you with some great tools to assist you in attuning to your body's natural rhythms.”  

An introduction to the Eight week group:

Monday, September 8, 6:00-8:00PM,
and seven more Mondays, twice per month through December 15
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$440 ($55 per session) + $120 Outdoor Day Long, Winter Solstice Integration Day
limited to six participants

“In this eight-week Expressive Art Therapy group, you will have the opportunity to deepen your relationship with your body and your menstrual cycle while learning to draw strength and resource from your connection to the Earth and the larger cycles of nature.
We will use psycho-education, Expressive Arts, and Eco-therapy to explore how the menstrual cycle influences and affects emotions, mood, productivity, creative expression, sexuality, and feelings of connectedness throughout the month. Each session will progressively assist you in attuning to your body's natural rhythm in order to work in better accordance with each phase of your monthly cycle.

Having accurate information about your body's natural rhythms and hormonal cycle, paired with the ability to clearly identify and care for any unmet physical and emotional needs, empowers you to change your relationship with your body and your PMS.

Karina Colliat, MFT (#77630), is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Expressive Arts Therapist and visual artist with a private practice in Berkeley. She finds healing comes through connection with self, others and nature by way of grounded art making, ritual and play. She has a consistent Qi Gong and mindfulness practice and over ten years of experience facilitating groups.
Tatiana Diakoff, M.A., is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#77919) at Holos Institute supervised by Jan Edl Stein, MFT (#25863). She provides therapy for individuals, families, couples and youth. She holds a strong foundational understanding in the healing capacities of nature and creativity. Her therapeutic approach integrates perspectives from eco-psychology, expressive arts, interpersonal-neurobiology, mindfulness and somatic awareness as well as wisdom from depth psychology and Earth-based, Indigenous practices.”

Alameda 1902 Picnic Dance
presented by PEERS
Saturday, August 2,
Suggested Set-Up Time: 10:00AM (or earlier)
Picnic Luncheon begins: 11:00AM
Formal Dancing: 1:00-4:30PM
Lincoln Park, 1450 High Street, Alameda

“Please join us for a lovely afternoon in the world of Alameda in the year 1902 in picturesque Lincoln Park, where we shall be holding PEERS' annual Free Picnic in the Park Dance. Celebrate the year Alameda officially became an island!
Our guests are invited to bring their own period-style picnic lunch and to make their picnic site look as period as possible (Please note that the event is not a potluck. Our hard-working catering staff will be taking a well-deserved holiday!).

Suggested costume for the event is summer afternoon dress (1890-1910), but, as usual, costumes are admired, not required. Ladies who support the Women's Suffrage and Women's Rights Movement are welcome to wear Rational Dress and are more than welcome to wear their cycling bloomer costumes. But, whatever you wear, be certain to wear sturdy shoes that you can dance out-of-doors in.

To protect your complexion, hats or bonnets, parasols, and sunscreen are highly recommended, and you may even want to bring a shawl to protect you against the changeable climate of beautiful Alameda. Besides lunching and dancing, the event will also feature croquet for those who will, and musical entertainment.

After the luncheon, the always elegant Bangers and Mash will play an afternoon of late Victorian and Edwardian dance music, including a variety of waltzes and occasional polkas, Ragtime two-steps, one-steps, schottisches, mazurka waltzes, quadrilles, and other popular set dances. As usual, all set dances will be briefly taught or called. Rumor has it that even the new Tango from Argentina will also be played

This event is a thank you to all of our devoted fans, and we will not be charging a fee for admission. Donations for our brilliant and hard-working musicians and for expenses will be gratefully accepted, however, both before and during the event.”

Beaver Festival
Saturday, August 2, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Beaver Park, 495 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
article about 2013 Festival: 

"Learn how the beavers in Martinez have improved the watershed and re-energized the community. Find out about simple tools that can manage beaver behavior, and see first hand how beaver-created wetlands improve populations of fish, birds and wildlife. Live music, children's activities, and guided beaver tours make this an event for the whole family, and one you definitely won't want to miss! Ride Amtrak directly to the festival. Have dinner in town and come back in the evening to see the beavers for yourself. We promise you'll have a 'dam' good time!"

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!”

Opera Concert in Franklin Park
presented by Island City Opera
Saturday, August 2, 2:00PM
Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Avenue, Alameda

“Our FIRST ANNUAL free Opera Concert in Franklin Park event is not to be missed!  Enjoy cherished opera favorites in the beauty of Franklin Park in the heart of Alameda's Gold Coast neighborhood starting at 2:00PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  Bring a blanket, umbrella, chair, your kids, and your love of opera to this lovely concert.

Join Olivia Stapp, Eileen Meredith, Ellen St. Thomas, Buffy Baggott, Sigmund Seigel, Julia Nielsen and many more fabulous singers in a wonderful afternoon of your opera favorites.”

Community Seed Lughnasadh
Saturday, August 2, gather at 2:00PM, Ritual begins at 3:00PM
40 Thieves Picnic Area, De Laveaga Drive, 850 Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz
suggested donation of $8-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, call 831-469-0336 or e-mail info@communityseed.org
Facebook link

“Come celebrate the Power of Self by celebrating your personal harvests and material successes with the strength of community.

Potluck to follow after the ritual. Please bring a dish to share and label the ingredients.
Earth signs - Greens, Air Signs - Main Dish Meat,
Fire Signs - Main Dish Vegetable, Water Signs - Dessert
Drinks will be provided

This is a child friendly event.  All CS events are Clean and Sober.”

Shibori Technique
with Kathryn Davey
Saturday, August 2, 2:00-6:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$150, limit 10 students

“Join us at the studio for an afternoon of Indigo fun where we will show you how to set up an indigo vat, experiment with various hand dyeing Shibori techniques, and dip dye your pieces in indigo.

We will explore a variety of different resist methods such as clamping, pleating, binding, pole wrapping, and paste resists to create beautiful patterns on natural fabrics. Students will experiment with various techniques and then choose a final pattern to create and dye a scarf to take home.

No experience is necessary, all materials are supplied and included in the workshop fee. Each student will leave with their very own hand dyed indigo scarf and experimental fabric pieces.

Students will also have the opportunity to purchase Kathryn's custom DIY indigo kit  with everything you need to get started on the road to indigo!

Please feel free to bring 1-2 SMALL pieces of your own to dye. You will need to scour these items prior to class.

To prep your fabric (scouring):
Boil in a large pot 2 tablespoons baking soda and one tablespoon natural detergent along with the items. Bring to a boil and then simmer for as long as you can. Remember to continue adding water so your items are covered. If the item is new this process will be quicker. If it is a heavily used dish towel that you want to give new life to, this process will take longer and the water will become quite dirty. You may even want to repeat the process.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting indigo-ed!

Kathryn Davey’s main inspiration comes from nature and all the wonderful materials that come from the earth. She loves the gentleness of nature and how the less processed something is, the easier it returns to the earth. She is inspired by the craftsmanship of yester-year, antique linens, handwoven textiles, and of the quality and importance that was put into everyday items that lasted a lifetime. Kathryn believes in the importance of using consciously sourced sustainable and non toxic materials which are far less damaging to the environment and our children. In making her products she selects and uses only the highest quality, natural, sustainable, and antique fibers.”

CAYA’s Festival of Heart and Harvest!
Please Note - Special Time and Place:
Saturday, August 2, 5:00PM
Live Oak Park, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley
$10 donation requested

“Come As You Are to...
Festival of Heart and Harvest!
presented by CAYA Coven’s Cauldron of the Celts

We will be at the Picnic site near the Berkeley Center of the Arts entrance whose address is:
1275 Walnut St, Berkeley, CA 94709

Ritual starts at 5:00PM.

Come out to the beautiful park and join us for a fine potluck feast of community and joy, as we pay honor to the Dagda! The Dagda is one of the Irish chieftain gods, the keeper of the Cauldron of Plenty, Guardian of all Knowledge, Wielder of the Club of Life and Death, and all around Good God. With the Good God’s blessing we look to the future and each other. We give thanks for the many gifts that are present at our table, and recognize that sacrifices were made and must continue to be made, for the betterment of ourselves and the community as a whole. This feast will be made all the grander by your presence and contribution!
IMPORTANT: What to bring?:
This is a potluck feast. So please bring a dish clearly labeled (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Carnivorous) with enough to share. If you have dietary restrictions please bring a dish that you can enjoy.
To be more environmentally friendly, please consider bringing your own mug/drinking vessel, plate and utensils.
This ritual is outside in Berkeley. The temperature can change dramatically. Please wear layers and bring a coat to fend off the cold.
Your merry self!”

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Saturday, August 2, 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.

August 2: Riverbend Folk Band

Where two rivers meet in Sacramento - the RiverCity - diverse musical influences converge as well. Its vibrant music scene has produced many creative alliances, including the new acoustic group Riverbend Folk Band.

Riverbend brings together these four talented musicians, whose rich musical backgrounds flow smoothly together in order to provide a unique musical experience for the listener. They perform some old favorite folk tunes as well as Country, Cowboy, and Bluegrass with a fresh new sound for your viewing and listening pleasure. The group envision a bright new future for Riverbend and of course folk music.

The original members of Riverbend Folk Band are Art Morgan and Ron Wilburne, both Art and Ron are former members of the New Christy Minstrels and The Bear Back Riders of America, both groups under the direction of Randy Sparks (founder of NCM.) They have also had the distinct pleasure of being included on two separate occasions, in concerts with Glenn Yarbrough. Ron has also opened for The Fabulous Limeliters.

Riverbend’s third member, Dave Rietz, was fiddle player for a bluegrass band for over two years. He followed a slightly different path having begun his musical career as a Theatre Pipe Organist around the Sacramento area. His instruments include organ, fiddle, mandolin, and the Resophonic guitar. He has a wide background in Pop, Swing, Country, Bluegrass, and now Folk music. Dave Fajen, the fourth member of the group, provides a great foundational bass guitar to complete the group. Dave began playing music in his teens and has played guitar, banjo, and dobro for his own pleasure and with friends. He enjoys all types of music, especially folk, blues, rock, and country. All songs that are performed are suitable for all ages and are always family-oriented.

Dates for 2014:
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)”

Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction
in concert
Saturday, August 2, 7:00PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
$10-$15 sliding scale, please RSVP at the website below

“Please join us on Saturday August 2, when Avonova presents Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction.  The show starts at 7:00PM and the doors open at 6:15PM.   Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction is a classically trained trombone quartet with a vision to revive the variety hour. Our goal is to make audiences listen, laugh, and participate by combining instrumental music and sketch comedy. The show is designed to demonstrate how we connect with music and encourage our audience to do the same.  This is NOT your grandparent’s classical music.

Welcome to Avonova. We are a house concert venue in Oakland, California dedicated to making top quality live music available to listeners in an informal and comfortable setting.”

Lammas Harvest Festival Trance Dance
Celebrate the Union of the Goddess and Harvest God
with Axis Mundi TranceFusion
Saturday, August 2, 8:00PM-Midnight
Bhakti Mandir (House of Devotional Ecstasy), 6225 Doremus Avenue, Richmond
$15 at the Door

“Join us as we celebrate Lammas, the First Festival of the Harvest that honors the sacred procreative union of the Fertility Goddess and the Horned God as they birth the Life Force that alchemically transmutes the seeds into the Cornucopia of the Harvest Bounty!

Hosted Savory Edibles Served - veggie and omnivore
BYO Libations and Contributions of Savory or Sweet Snacks Welcomed!

Wear your EXOTIC and FESTIVE FINERY and have a warm layer to enjoy Full Moon Gazing from the beautiful 3 level outdoor deck!”

Fremont Festival of the Arts
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Paseo Padre Parkway and Capital Avenue, Fremont

“The Fremont Festival of the Arts hosts a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family; over 700 top-quality artisan booths delight the most discerning shoppers, music lovers enjoy continuous music featured on three stages, children are thrilled with the many games and activities found in Kid City, and Gourmet Marketplace offers gourmet specialties for the discerning cook. The best news of all, admission to the Festival is free.”

San Jose Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Guadalupe River Park, 494 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Adults $17, ages 13-17, seniors and military $12, ages 6-12 $7, under 6 free
Parking $5 at HP Pavilion

“If you love Renaissance Faires, this full-scale, interactive experience is not to be missed. San Jose Renaissance Faire offers you a chance to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. See brave and bold knights competing for the favor of the Her Majesty's Court and for their lady's affection during full-contact jousts held in the Queen's Tiltyard each day. 700 costumed performers will bring Shakespeare's England to life with parades, pageants, and fun townsfolke, offering continuous entertainment of spectacular variety. You'll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors drawing you even deeper into the Renaissance.”

Carnival of Stars World Dance and Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 10:00AM-10:00PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
Adults $15, children under 12 $6

“Put on annually by Pepper Alexandria and Latifa.

Carnival of Stars is a combination Belly Dance show and Comic Book Convention. Our location for the August 2014 show will take place in the Richmond Auditorium in Richmond, California. That's two full days of non-stop professional belly-dance performances and other entertainment interspersed with live musical performances, panel discussions and a costume contest - complete with prizes!

Performers from all over the world converge on the stage, solo after solo, troupe after troupe, while audience members are free to peruse the various items on sale at the vendors' booths that fill the hall, and also to savor delectable food and drinks at reasonable prices. Our International Market features arts and crafts, dance costumes and accessories, jewelry, comic books, artwork and gifts of all kinds. Our continuous show includes stars of the bellydance world and a variety of other entertainers.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 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!

Art and Soul Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 12:00PM-6:00PM
downtown Oakland - see website for map
adults $15, seniors and youth 13-17 $8, under 12 free
(discounted tickets available in advance - see website)

“A symbol of downtown Oakland’s renaissance, Art and Soul is a great entertainment value that sizzles with two music-packed days featuring Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Latin, R&B, Acoustic and Blues performed by national recording artists and top local talent.

Youngsters will love the kid-friendly carnival rides, interactive art projects, face painting and roaming costumed characters.

Stroll through the Artisan Marketplace, sample exotic foods and tasty treats from a multicultural menu and view great art.

Art and Soul, the Bay Area’s coolest festival, has direct transit access and free parking for thousands of cars.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
presented by Vallejo Shakespeare In The Park
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 2:00PM
John Muir Amphitheater, Waterfront Park, 115 Tarantino Drive, Martinez

“August 2-3 at 2:00PM
John Muir Amphitheater, Martinez
115 Tarantino Drive , Waterfront Park

August 9-10 at 2:00PM
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Oakland
2465 34th Avenue, Fruitvale

Picnic style seating at Vallejo and Oakland - Bring a blanket to sit on. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase one from our food vendor. Arrive early to get a good spot. We recommend wearing a wide brim hat and sun block. No chairs will be provided or allowed in Vallejo or Oakland, handicapped section excepted. Chairs must be set up at the far end of the field. All shows FREE to the public.”

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting
Saturday-Wednesday, August 2-6
Hyatt Regency, 1333 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, 650-347-1234
See website for registration details

“The ASP’s 2014 Annual Meeting will be held August 2-6, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco. The Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) workshop will be held August 2-3, 2014. The E/PO Meeting will be held August 4-6, 2014.

Celebrating Science: Putting Education Best Practices to Work through:
Supporting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Engaging with 21st Century Media and Technology
Enhancing Science Communication Skills and Practices
Evaluating, Assessing and Documenting E/PO Impacts
Promoting Multicultural Diversity and Gender Equity
Using Authentic Science and Citizen Science
Improving Our Professional Practice

Plenaries, Panels and Workshops

Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and former Executive Director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation will deliver the Supporters Luncheon keynote address

Kick-off plenary will feature a discussion with high-level STEM agency administrative officials, tackling Co-STEM and the future of federal funding and programs in STEM education/outreach, with panelists Shelley Canright (NASA Education) and Janice Earle (NSF Education and Human Resources).

Panel moderator Bonnie Meinke (Space Telescope Science Institute) will lead Increasing Diversity in Earth and Space Science, an interactive plenary discussion with panelists sharing their perspectives from working with diverse audiences, including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and girls and women. Panelists are: Gibor Basri (University of California, Berkeley), Annette Lee (St. Cloud University), Karen Kenney (Girls Inc. of the Island City), and Salvador Acevedo (Contemporanea).

Panel moderator Dennis Schatz (Pacific Science Center) will lead a Working with Scientists Who Interact with Public Audiences plenary, about enhancing the science communication skills of research scientists. Panelists will include Katherine Nielsen (UC San Francisco), Suzy Gurton (ASP), and Sue Ellen McCann (KQED and the Center for Advancing Informal Science Education).

Panel moderator Linda Shore, new Executive Director of the ASP and prior Director of the Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium, will lead a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) plenary to address implications for schools, school districts, and teacher professional development providers. Panelists include Janet Carlson (Stanford), Julia Plummer (Penn State), and Caleb Cheung (Oakland USD).

Panel moderator Sanlyn Buxner (Planetary Sciences Institute) will lead Weighing the Balance of Science Literacy in Education and Public Policy. Plenary panelists will include Chris Impey (University of Arizona) and Bryce Johnson (Exploratorium).

Keynote speaker Dennis Bartels, Executive Director of the Exploratorium, will address connections across formal and informal STEM learning.

Other plenaries and concurrent sessions will explore NASA EPO impacts and metrics, public science literacy, ‘big science’, and amateur astronomers’ impact on research and outreach.”

Esther Day
in honour of Esther Earl
Sunday, August 3

“Esther Day is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass-produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.

As the story goes, John and Hank Green asked Nerdfighter Esther Earl (now a published author) to decide how the community would celebrate her birthday every year. Given the opportunity to create a holiday, Esther chose to make it about love, family, and friends. When John uploaded the first annual video in August of 2010, he said ‘The words we use to describe the things we feel matter. [...] So maybe Esther Day is the day where we think, ‘who do I love who I have trouble saying I love you to?’

Esther passed away from thyroid cancer later that month; she was sixteen.

Since then, Nerdfighters have participated in Esther Day, celebrating the power and importance of love. Videos are uploaded, songs are sung, and we tell the people we love that we love them in no uncertain terms.

It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge - being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive sometimes. We flee vulnerability.

This campaign - like Esther Day - is about changing that.

In the 2013 Esther Day video, John called the holiday ‘a Valentine’s Day for the rest of love.’ There is truth to that and it is an easy comparison to make, but this is a different kind of celebration.

On Esther Day, we act for love: to uplift each other and create a more positive fandom; to empower and inspire our community; and to increase empathy. Our goal is nothing less than to make Esther Day a globally recognized, baggage-free holiday about love and gratitude.

In the months leading up to Esther Day, we want to make this community an everyday celebration of our favorite holiday. We want you to join in.

Here are a few ways you can participate:

Before Esther Day
If you’re seeing The Fault in Our Stars, take a selfie or a picture with your friends making the shape of a heart with your hands. Tag your photos #EstherDay wherever you upload them.
Plan your #EstherDay projects and share your plans to inspire others.
Attend a Nerdfighter or HPA Chapter meetup celebrating Esther Day.

On Esther Day
Tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, send them a text, an email, an owl, or some treacle tart.
Post your final #EstherDay projects online to share them with the world
Attend the Esther Earl Rocking Charity Ball at LeakyCon.

The beauty of this is that you can figure out what works best for you and then go do it. You can scream I love you’s from the rooftops or you can whisper them. Text messages, YouTube vids, Tumblr posts, scavenger hunts, postcards, positive reviews on Yelp: there’s no wrong way to tell someone you love them.

This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.

Whether it’s via owl post, social media (#EstherDay) or at LeakyCon in Orlando, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other during this year’s Esther Day.”

Urban Goat Farming
with Jim Montgomery
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Sunday, August 3, 11:00AM-3:00PM
West Berkeley, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $35-$70

“Meet the goats at Green Faerie Farm and learn what you need to start an urban goat dairy. We will discuss the various breeds of goats, their strengths and weaknesses and practicality for different uses as well as issues specific to goats as ruminants. We will learn about goats' minimal needs and how to keep their lives vibrant and happy. This will include nutrition and preventative health measures, pen design and equipment, breeding and raising young. We will also talk about the process and equipment needed to run a small dairy including handling milk and dairy products that can be easily produced on a small scale.”

Digging Up San Jose’s Past
Sunday, August 3, 11:00AM-3:00PM
San Jose History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose

“Digging Up San Jose’s Past: Kids Archaeology
Co-sponsored by the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project

Archaeology Day at History Park will offer children an opportunity to be junior archaeologists.

Stanford Archaeology Center students will be at History Park conducting a mock excavation, screening, artifact identification and artifact reconstruction.

‘This program gives Stanford students a chance to share our research,’ said Barbara Voss, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. ‘The hidden history of San Jose’s early Chinatowns is not well known, and it’s exciting to give our youngest residents a chance to learn about archaeology and about the legacy of San Jose’s 19th century Chinese pioneers.’

This family educational program will allow individuals to collect stickers for each activity to place in Archaeology Passports and become ‘certified’ as a Junior Archaeologist. You can also hear Barbara Voss, Associate Professor, Stanford University, speak on the topic of The Archaeology of Anti-Immigrant Violence in the Firehouse lecture room from 1:00-3:30PM.

While you’re at the park, be sure to visit the Print Shop for a demonstration, as well as the Fruit Barn, One Room School House, and Umbarger House. Take a ride on our trolley and try your hand at operating the hand car. Stop in to our two exhibits at the McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House, and the Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel. When you need a rest, enjoy an ice cream from O’Briens Candy Store and Ice Cream Parlor.”

Cupcakes and Muffintops: Clothing and Bake Sale
Sunday, August 3, 12:00-4:00PM
Humanist Hall, 411 28 Street, Oakland
$5-$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Fat-Friendly Clothing and Bake Sale with Big Moves Bay Area

Most clothing $1-$7; Some boutique items $10 and up, shopper’s discretion.
We are excited to announce that we will be accepting both cash and credit cards for clothing purchases. The door and bake sale will remain cash only.

Now in its 6th year, our fat-friendly, gender-inclusive clothing and bake sale happens every August. Presented jointly with friends of NOLOSE and the Fat Friendly Funders, we’re so proud that this bonanza of fat fashion and fellowship is becoming a Bay Area institution. It’s a delightful, low-pressure entry point for folks new to fat community, and an important resource for those already living in it.

It’s never too early to clean out your closets for great fat causes! We’re currently accepting donations of gently used clothing for people of all genders, size large and up, up, up! Superfat and masculine-spectrum clothing especially appreciated.

Send an email to cupcake@bigmoves.org schedule a donation pickup, volunteer to help at the sale, or sign up to bake some goodies!

You can follow all the latest arrivals to Muffintopia at the Cupcakes and Muffintops blog.”

Colors From Nature: Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Local Plants
with Deepa Preeti Natarajan
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Sunday, August 3, 2:00-6:00PM
South Berkeley, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $40-$70 plus $10 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“In this class you will learn the basics of creating beautiful colors from local plant materials. We’ll explore familiar plant by-products that are common in the kitchen including onion skins, pomegranate skins and avocado pits as well as native plants and easily forageable materials. You'll leave the class with an understanding of how to apply basic dyeing techniques to a wide range of plants. We'll cover mordanting, fiber selection, color, and how to care for your textiles in an ecological way. You'll leave with a wealth of inspiration to dye all your own clothes as well as samples of plants and fibers.”

Anne Sajdera Ensemble
in concert
Sunday, August 3, 3:00PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
$10-$15 sliding scale, please RSVP at the website below

“Please join us on Sunday, August 3, when Avonova presents the Anne Sajdera Ensemble.  The show starts at 3:00PM and the admission is $15 general, $10 students/seniors.  Doors open at 2:15PM.  The group consists of  Anne Sajdera, piano, Scott Thompson, bass; Greg German, drums; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Mary Fettig, flute/sax; Harvey Wainapel, clarinet/sax; Adam Theis, trombone; Joyce Lee, violin; Christina Simpson, viola and guest cellist, Matthew Linaman.

The Anne Sajdera Ensemble is a 10-piece jazz chamber orchestra that explores the textures and colors of contemporary American and Brazilian jazz. Sajdera’s arrangements of compositions by Herbie Hancock, Stefon Harris, Duke Ellington, Egberto Gismonti, Chico Pinheiro (as well as originals) highlight the elegant expressions of the strings and the funky passions of the horns, taking the listener on a thoroughly emotional journey.

Welcome to Avonova. We are a house concert venue in Oakland, California dedicated to making top quality live music available to listeners in an informal and comfortable setting.”

North Bay Reclaiming’s Lammas
Sunday, August 3, 4:00PM
Lion's Grove, Ragle Ranch Park, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $10-$30, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“Intention: Taking only what we need, we share the wild and the harvest.

We invite you to bring food for an edible altar (in consideration of those with food allergies and dietary needs, please take a moment to list the ingredients of your dish. This is a clean and sober event, so please, no alcohol or drugs at the ritual space.)

In keeping with our intention, we encourage you to look at the abundance around you and choose one magical ‘white elephant’ item to give away. This can be any item that is special to you, but no longer needed for your magical growth. It should be a worthy gift - one that you, yourself, would like to receive - that you are willing to give away to someone in the community. (Please choose something that is not broken, used beyond recognition, stained, etc.)

Reclaiming respects healthy relationships with traditional medicines, but out of respect for those in recovery, all Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober - so please, no recreational drugs or alcohol at or prior to the event.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, August 3, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

“Join us the first Sunday of every month at Suhaila’s studio for an evening of live music and belly dance.  Free to the public.

Suhaila Salimpour is a highly acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour. The result was a true artistic breakthrough: a revolutionary foundational technique that has brought the art of Belly Dance to a new level.

The Suhaila Salimpour Format and School of Belly Dance enjoy worldwide success. Dancers who train with The Salimpours quickly realize Suhaila's method of teaching allows them to excel in their art beyond any other training they have received.”

Forgiveness Day Celebration
Sunday, August 3, 7:00PM
Angelico Hall, Dominican College, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael

“18th Annual Forgiveness Day Celebration
Dedicated to Evoking the Healing Power of Forgiveness

Join us as we celebrate International Forgiveness Day. Be inspired and healed as our Champions and Heroes share their amazing journeys to Freedom Through Forgiveness. The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization whose mission is to evoke the healing spirit of Forgiveness worldwide. We declare that ‘Forgiveness Is the Greatest Healer of Them All’ and that ‘Without Forgiveness There Is No Future.’ (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

Special Musical Performances by The East Bay Gospel Choir.

Speakers Include:
Scarlett Lewis’s son was killed at Sandyhook. Forgiveness turned tragedy into something that can change the world.

Dr. Marshall Rosenberg is the creator of Nonviolent Communication, which helps people to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully.

Dana Liesegang was raped, thrown off a mountain, paralyzed and left for dead. Her journey of forgiveness helped her to walk again.”

Third International Russian Choral Music Festival
presented by Slavyanka Chorus of San Francisco
Sunday-Sunday, August 3-10
see website for schedule, venue, and ticket details

“During the week of August 3-10, 2014, singers from the Bay Area, North America and Russia will gather in San Francisco for a Russian Choral Music Festival - a first ever West Coast series of concerts presenting some of the most compelling, moving - and largely unknown - music of the Russian choral tradition. The four concerts of the Festival will include singers from five Bay Area choirs and choruses; alumni of the Yale University Russian Chorus; guest singers from the Rachmaninoff Festival Choir of America; and in the concluding concert, an SATB Festival Choir of some 100 voices, including soloists from the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Theater.

The Festival Choir will be under the direction of Irina Shachneva, a professional choral conductor, teacher and vocal coach.

Russian choral music is a rich treasure house of musical material, yet much of it remains unexplored by Western musicians.The Festival concerts will include important musical works spanning many different periods and styles of Russian sacred music, from early monastic chants to contemporary sacred compositions, as well as many secular selections to round out the repertoire. Two remarkable soloists will also join us for the Festival: Andrei Nemzer, countertenor and winner of the Metropolitan Opera competition in 2011; and Mikhail Svetlov, extraordinary bass soloist from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

There will be three Vocal Master Classes, taught by our Metropolitan Opera soloists and by an internationally recognized vocal teacher.

There will also be a series of presentations on Russian choral music - history, musical styles, performance practices, Russian sacred music, and the Russian liturgy.

If you are a singer or choir director, or even someone who just loves good choral music as a listener, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of this extraordinary 1000 year old choral tradition.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, August 4, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

Have a Colorfully Crafty, Sweetly Successful Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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