What do you wish for?

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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sculpture in the Garden, FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theatre, Sail on the Alma, Concert in the Redwood Grove: Pre-Bastille Day Benefit Soiree, The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth, Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist and Eegah!, Pride And Prejudice, Hick: A Love Story, Dracula Inquest, super:anti:reluctant, RiffTrax Live Presents Sharknado!, Fitz Fish and Phil, Supernova 1987A, Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mommy Daddy and Other Bad Words, Fresh Voices: Festival of New Works, Once More With Feeling: The Buffy Musical, The Fellowship, Love Balm For My SpiritChild, Three Stone Hearth Farm Tour: True Grass Farms, Ojah Yoga And Healing Arts, Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit, Cheese Making 101: Yogurt Fresh Cheeses and Feta, Watership Down, Windmills And Water, History for Half Pints: Musical Instruments, Day in the Life 1901, Succulent Gardens, Dock-Fouling Organisms, Watch the World Cup With Amazon Watch, Community Day at Empress Vintage Community Center, Film Production/Potluck, Intro to Frame Loom Weaving, Community Seed’s Open Circle, The BreastFest Beer Festival, Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party at Roaring Camp, Summer Barn Dance at Tara Firma Farm, Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire, Fury Moon A Full Moon Circle for Women, Fury Moon A Full Moon Circle for Men, Sharon and Winter Knight with SJ Tucker, Writers With Drinks, East Bay Waltz, The MetaQuizzical Cafe, Teddy Bear Picnic Weekend, Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival, Felted Vest Workshop, Time Travel Weekends, Mendocino Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp, Paper Flower Headpieces, Petaluma Art and Garden Festival, Sonic Alchemy: To Re-Enchant the World, Teddy Bear Picnic, Lineage Playshop: From Ancestors To Descendants, Hell Toupee, Celebrating Phyllis Patterson: A Gypsy Forest Sunset Picnic, First Annual Aphrodisia Festival and Paint It Gold Fundraiser, Temple of Aphrodite, Dr. Frankenstein's Travelling Freakshow, Listening to the Amazon, All About Dehydration, The GENDER Book Book-Signing Party, CAYA Coven Beach Clean Up, Elevating the Regency Jockey Style Hat, 2014 Mystic Dream Wisdom Festival, Camp Cobalot, Bridging The Visible And Invisible Worlds, Not-So-Simple Living Fair, Lughnasadh Games and Campout

Sculpture in the Garden
Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-13, 10:00AM-7:00PM
The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, 925-944-9352
included with admission, $10

“For one month every year, The Ruth Bancroft Garden transforms into an outdoor art gallery. The Garden's world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works. Follow the meandering pathways to discover art that ranges from classical to irreverent, spiritual to functional.”

FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theatre
Wednesday, July 9-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!”

Sail on the Alma
Thursday, July 10, 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.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove: Pre-Bastille Day Benefit Soiree
featuring Baguette Quartet and Le Jazz Hot
Thursday, July 10, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 28)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$45 includes refreshments
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!

Join us for an early celebration of France!
Enjoy tasty sweet and savory treats from Babette Cafe and Fournee Bakery, libations by St. Germaine, music and more!
Music provided by: Baguette Quartette, La Musique de Paris, Members of Hot Club of SF, Gypsy jazz.

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!

The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth
with Bruce Lipton
Thursday, July 10, 7:00-9:30PM
Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland

“Can a cell biologist teach us anything meaningful about love and relationships?

Bruce Lipton certainly can, and we’re delighted to host him for a fascinating, entertaining and deeply informative take on the biology of love and relationships.

Bruce is a pioneer in his field and one of the most sought-after speakers on the relationship of consciousness and biology - the science of using our minds to shift the state of our nervous systems and biology to, in turn, transform our inner states, creating a virtuous cycle of creative evolution.

Bruce often says that he’s the last person you’d expect to write a book about relationships, particularly since he wasn’t very good at them for most of his life. But as he applied his research findings to his own life, he began to understand something important about the relationship between the euphoric ‘honeymoon effect’ and its biological basis.

In this informative and self-empowering presentation, Bruce will take us on a journey of self-discovery from the chemistry of atoms to the chemistry of love. Along the way, we come to understand how the honeymoon effect is neither accident nor coincidence, but a personal creation.

The presentation illuminates the mechanisms by which our developmental programming shapes the invisible and unconscious behaviors that create or undermine loving partnerships. The insights provided offer an opportunity to create the honeymoon experience again, this time in a sustained way.

Bruce Lipton is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution, recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences. His research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, between 1987 and 1992, revealed that the environment, operating through the cell membrane, controlled the behavior and physiology of the cell, turning genes on and off. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetics. Dr. Lipton’s most recent book is The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth.”

Thanks to Ximena for letting me know about this event!

Splathouse Double Feature: The Sadist and Eegah!
Thursday-Saturday, July 10-12, 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.”

Pride And Prejudice
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Thursday-Sunday, July 10-13, 7:30PM
Playing through July 20
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.”

Hick: A Love Story
presented by Crackpot Crones
Thursday-Sunday, July 10-13,
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 10-13,
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.”

presented by Mugwumpin
Thursday-Sunday, July 10-13, 8:00PM
ACT Costume Shop Theater, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco

“By shamelessly unmasking our obsession with the American hero, Mugwumpin investigates various heroic archetypes and their sway over our culture. Superhero, frontier settler, noir detective - each of them is a bit more than we could ever be. We strive to be better, to strike out alone, to claim our patch of land. And that’s how a nation is built. Original and found music, text, gesture, and sheer freakishness conjoin to create a stunning visual and physical experience. The parallel universe that’s created reveals the myths that live among us.”

RiffTrax Live Presents Sharknado!
Wednesday, July 10 and Monday, July 15
see website for local event details

“Fathom Events, The Asylum and RiffTrax.com are ecstatic to bring the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) back to select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, July 10 LIVE and Tuesday, July 15 for a hilarious never-before-seen take on the viral B-movie sensation, Sharknado.

Considered by many critics to be one of the greatest movies ever made in the ‘Tornado full of sharks’ genre, Sharknado debuted in 2013 to unprecedented buzz. Not since Snakes On A Plane had the Internet been so excited about a movie, and not since the late 90s had anyone been so excited about anything starring Tara Reid.

Ian Ziering, played by William Katt, stars as ‘Fin’ (Get it???), a famous surfer whose day at the beach is ruined by colder than expected water temperatures. We’re just kidding of course, it’s ruined by the ENORMOUS TORNADO FULL OF RAVENOUS SHARKS. Soon they infiltrate the entire city of Los Angeles via the sewer system and… Look, why are you still reading this? It has chainsaws, helicopters dropping bombs, and the aforementioned TORNADO FULL OF SHARKS! Get yourself to the theater already!

From the moment it debuted, Sharknado has been one of the most requested titles in RiffTrax history. It makes Jaws IV look like Jaws III, and Jaws III look like Jaws. You won’t want to miss the chance to see Mike, Kevin, and Bill tackle Sharknado!

Join Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of RiffTrax.com for an uproarious riff on the most outrageous flick of 2013! This two-night event will be your only chance to see the guys fire their wisecracking commentary at Sharknado on the big screen.”

Fitz Fish and Phil
an Art Reception for Andrew Fitzpatrick, Mark P. Fisher, and Philip Hargrave
Friday, July 11, 6:00-9:00PM
exhibit runs through September 5
K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Fitz, Fish and Phil - Works of two and three dimensions by Andrew Fitzpatrick, Mark P. Fisher and Philip Hargrave.

What makes a man a man?
What makes a woman a woman?
Why are there so few bald men on postage stamps?

These are just a few of the humorous questions addressed or alluded to in Fitz, Fish and Phil opening July 11th at the K Gallery inside Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda.

Working with humor and pith, these three artists reveal themselves to each be a funnyman with a sensitive side.

Phil Hargrave writes that he is using his art to question where we fit with nature, the universe, and everything. A lighthearted study on why we are sprinting to extinction.

Mark Fisher says some of his paintings in this show are experiments in ‘painting as pratfall’, others, ‘painting as a kind of interior groaning.’

Andrew Fitzpatrick wonders, ‘What does it take to make a really good sandwich?’”

Supernova 1987A
with Dr. Richard McCray
The Monthly Meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society
Friday, July 11, 7:30PM, and the second Friday of each month
Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Admission Free, Parking $3

“Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud is the brightest supernova to be observed since SN1604 (Kepler).  Observations taken with almost every type of telescope, on the ground and in space, have yielded a rich story of the evolution of the explosion debris and its interaction with its circumstellar environment.  It is a unique laboratory of almost all kinds of physics, at temperatures ranging from 109 K to 20 K and densities ranging from 1015 to 10-23 g cm-3.  After a brief review of the physics of SN1987A, I’ll describe what we are learning from our recent observations with the Hubble Space Telescope and the newly commissioned Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).  I’ll conclude with a summary of the outstanding mysteries of SN1987A and the prospects for unraveling them.

Richard McCray received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UCLA in 1967. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech (1967-68) and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard College Observatory (1968-71). In 1971, he moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he became George Gamow Distinguished Professor of Astrophysics, Emeritus. In 2013 he moved to Berkeley, where he is a Visiting Scholar in the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department.

In 1983 Prof. McCray was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and in 1990 he received the Dannie S. Heinemann Prize for Astrophysics of the American Physical Society. In 1989 he was elected to National Academy of Sciences. In 2002 he was awarded the National Science Foundation Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Prof. McCray's research is in the theory and observations of the dynamics of the interstellar gas and cosmic X-ray sources, supernovae and supernova remnants. For the past 27 years, he has been deeply engaged in the study of the evolution of Supernova 1987A, through both theoretical modeling and observations with major observatories such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Very Large Telescope and, most recently, the Atacama Large Millimeter array.

The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30PM on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Please do not park in spaces marked Staff - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory http://www.pastro.org/dnn/Observatory/FoothillObservatory.aspx.
The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.”

Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000
Friday, July 11, 10:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“The New Parkway Theater presents a mystery episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Who knows what episode we'll be playing… but you can be sure it's definitely going to be good! Please join us for a night of laughter and fun hosted by The New Parkway's own resident MST3K fan, Oliver Beckwith. The pre-show includes an MST3K trivia contest with prizes!

The New Parkway Theater is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Plus, enjoy yummy food and local beer and wine in our cafe or even delivered right to your theater seat all at affordable prices!

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Thrillville Theater to Nerd Night, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Trivia Thursdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, and First Fridays.

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

Mommy, Daddy, and Other Bad Words
a one-woman performance by Lorin Bell
Friday-Saturday, July 11-12, 7:30PM
Clear Heart Gallery, 90 Jessie Lane, Petaluma
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

“Back by popular demand!  If you didn't see it the first time, get those tickets now!  And if you are back to see it again, who can blame you?  

Petaluma's own Lorin Bell performs her powerful one-woman show at Clear Heart.  This is a comical look at the religious dysfunction of one woman's childhood.  Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door. “

Fresh Voices: Festival of New Works
presented by Goat Hall Productions
Friday-Saturday, July 11-12, 8:00PM
The San Francisco Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francisco

“Six composers offer operas and scenes about the living and otherwise...

Mark Alburger - Abducted by Aliens
Richard Bagwell - To Hell With Heroes
John Bilotta - Rosetta's Stone (Scene 2)
Yvonne Freckmann - Close Encounter of the Hillbilly Kind
Alden Jenks - Ghost Songs
Helena Michelson - It Isn't Music That…

Goat Hall Productions is a community of musicians, composers, and writers dedicated to and passionate about contemporary operas and new music theater that reflect and define the world around us in all its diversity while shining a light on the human spirit.”

Once More With Feeling: The Buffy Musical
presented by Nerdology Musical Theatre
Friday-Sunday, July 11-13,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
Suggested donation $10, please reserve tickets in advance

“A group of students from Oakland School for the Arts invite you to join Buffy Summers on her mission to conquer the demon who brought chaos to Sunnydale. Based on the Buffy, The Vampire Slayer episode of the same name, Once More With Feeling is a don't-miss adventure of song and dance.”

The Fellowship
presented by Alter Theater
Friday-Sunday, July 11-13 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:30PM and 7:00PM
Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael, (enter on D Street)

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

Love Balm For My SpiritChild
presented by Brava! for Women in the Arts and The Love Balm Project
Friday-Sunday, July 11-13,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through July 20

“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.”

Three Stone Hearth Farm Tour: True Grass Farms
Saturday, July 12, 8:00AM-1:00PM
depart from Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$60, ages 12+

“Join Three Stone Hearth on a field trip into our local foodshed. Guido Frosini raises California's only grassfed Wagyu (Kobe) beef and pastured heritage pork three miles from the Pacific coast in beautiful Marin County. Committed to stewardship of the land, Guido will share his passion and knowledge of rangeland restoration, using pasture to sequester carbon, and raising healthy animals on open land.
Come enjoy a tour of the ranch property and lunch featuring True Grass Farms beef. Ticket price is $60 per person and the trip is recommended for ages 12 and up.  This includes transportation, tour, and lunch.    
8:00AM: depart Berkeley (bus pickup at TSH kitchen)
9:00AM-12:00PM: tour and lunch at True Grass Farms
1:00PM: return to Berkeley”

Ojah Yoga And Healing Arts
Saturday, July 12, 9:00AM-11:00PM
The Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland
Full Day and Night $100,
Day Yoga Session Only $70,
Night Performance and Party Only $30

“Ojah in Sanskrit translates ‘Strength of the Body and Senses, Vigor and Vitality, Creation’. These are the things that Ojah is committed to. We will strike the note of vibrant health in our bodies and expand that vibration into being. Our Queer Yoga Gathering is a day for uplifting, empowering and celebrating our community. Honoring who we are, connecting to the rich community of Bay Area queer folk!

We will honor our ancestors and call the directions, practice Yoga, Pranayama (yoga of breath) and Chanting. We will eat beautiful organic locally grown foods prepared by masterful hands, indulge in the beauty of our divinely gifted artisans, feel the deep resonance of our powerful performers, and then drop into a full on dance party with DJs that will spin us into light. We honor who we are and get to behold the rich community of queer folks locally grown, right here in the Bay - doing what we do with fierce Passion, Swag and Flare. We welcome queers, friends, family and allies to come out and play all day at our first annual Queer Yoga Gathering.”

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

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

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

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

Cheese Making 101: Yogurt, Fresh Cheeses, and Feta
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Wednesday, July 12, 10:00AM-1:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $40-$70 plus $12 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“This class will introduce you to concepts and techniques of milk transformation and preservation. We will learn about equipment, ingredients and cultures used and get hands-on practice making yogurt, a fresh cheese and a feta cheese. We talk about the hard cheese process, uses for whey and the history of cheese making. We will be working with cow's milk, however all processes will work with other fresh (not ultra-pasteurized) milks. If you have access to fresh (not ultra-pasteurized or homogenzed) goat or sheep milk, please let us know!”  

Watership Down
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, July 12, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed by Martin Rosen and based on the book of the same name by Richard Adams. It was financed by a consortium of British financial institutions. Originally released on 19 October 1978, the film was an immediate success and it became the sixth most popular film of 1979 at the British box office.[1] It was one of the first animated feature films to be presented in Dolby.

It featured the voices of John Hurt, Richard Briers, Harry Andrews, Simon Cadell, Nigel Hawthorne and Roy Kinnear, among others, and was the last film appearance of Zero Mostel, as the voice of Kehaar the gull.

The musical score was by Angela Morley and Malcolm Williamson. Art Garfunkel's hit single Bright Eyes, which was written by songwriter Mike Batt briefly features.”

Windmills And Water
Saturday, July 12, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Forest Home Farm, 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon

“Visit the grounds of the Glass House Museum to take a closer look at our 1930s Aeromotor and discover how these old windmills worked to pump water.

You can also try pumping with a hand pump and see the work being done by an antique hit-and-miss engine.

After exploring how people got water, get your hands wet as you use water to do laundry the old-fashioned way, sprinkle it around thirsty plants in the organic garden, and turn a handful of wool into a felt ball that you can take home.”

History for Half Pints: Musical Instruments
a Second Saturday Family Program
Saturday, July 12, 11:00AM-2:00PM
HAHS Center for History and Culture, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward

“Calling all young musicians!  Use recycled materials to make your own instruments - drums, maracas, tambourines and guitars.  Listen to music, compose your own, and show us your best dance moves.  Free with museum admission.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, July 12, 11:00AM-5:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

“Step into the past as you board our historic ships. Help the sailors on Balclutha raise the staysail in the morning and return for musical fun during the afternoon dogwatch. Learn about life in 1901 from the ferry passengers on Eureka, or join Mrs. Galan on the Ark houseboat for an afternoon tea to discuss issues of the day.

July 12:  Living History re-creates the 1901 Waterfront Strike that paralyzed San Francisco for five months. You can take part in re-living this vital yet often overlooked part of West Coast labor organization at noon, and again at 3:00PM.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Succulent Gardens
Saturday, July 12, 12:00-1:30PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Succulents like Aoeniums, Sedums, and Echeverias offer year-round beauty and require very little care or water. Join us for a discussion on how to create a drought tolerant garden with succulents. Enjoy a reduced water bill during this drought year!”

Dock-Fouling Organisms
with Ken-ichi Ueda
Saturday, July 12, 12:00-2:00PM
Scott’s Restaurant, 2 Broadway, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Did you know every floating dock is an upside-down coral reef? Well, not with actual coral, but they are teeming with marine life! Sponges, tunicates, worms, crabs, and even sea spiders and nudibranchs that often live deep underwater often live on the bottom of docks, where they can find the hard substrate and constant inundation they need to survive. Join us on Saturday, July 12 as we see what kind of weird squishy sea life we can find living under the public dock at Jack London Square.

Where: Meet at the big mast outside Scott’s Restaurant, 2 Broadway, Oakland, at the end of Broadway. Totally walkable from 12th St and Lake Merritt BART stations, or the ferry!

What to bring:
clothes you can get dirty (we’ll be on our bellies and there’s plenty of bird poo)
hand lens of magnifying lens
clear or white dish for examining specimens
sun screen if you need it (there’s no shade)”

Watch the World Cup With Amazon Watch
Saturday, July 12, 12:00PM
Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom Street, San Francisco
$5 donation, 21+

Join us on Saturday, July 12 to watch the playoff game for third place at Folsom Street Foundry (21 and over only), 1425 Folsom Street in San Francisco. Doors open at noon.

A $5 donation at the door will benefit Amazon Watch’s work to get the ball rolling on clean energy in Brazil.

Amazon Watch works to defend the Amazon and advance the rights of indigenous peoples.

As legendary Chief Raoni told journalists in England last month, ‘I like football, and the children in our village play it well, but we also have our own sport, hitting coconuts with our war clubs. If the canopy of the forest disappears, and the sun is hot, and strong winds blow - our lifestyle will also disappear.

Energy for Life, Not Dams in the Amazon!”

Community Day at Empress Vintage Community Center
Saturday, July 12, 12:00-5:00PM
Empress Vintage, 1757 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
Suggested donation is $5-$20, no one turned away

“Join us as we continue the evolution of the Empress Garden with raised bed containers for planting of herbs and edibles!

We will have a demonstration on how to piece together upcycled wood into your desired size and shape raised bed, as well as how to calculate and cut wood to make angles for a triangular raised bed. Where to source materials for free to low-cost will be covered as well!

Get hands-on by hammering nails into place, filling the finished beds with compost, planting sprouts, and starting seeds!

We would love to have you as members of the community come learn a valuable urban farming skill, be involved with the growth of this community space, and share delicious organic snacks and refreshments (sourced from local farmers market and eateries!)

Come early for the woodworking demo and stay for the experience!”

Film Production/Potluck
an MMTB Actors and Director's Challenge
Saturday, July 12, 12:00-8:00PM
Big Yellow House, 3146 Diablo View Road, Lafayette
see website for registration details

“Actors, Filmmakers, Writers All Levels!!! Come Make Or Be In A Short Film With Us!!!

Films Made On This Event Will Be Due On September 1 and Screened the Same Month at the Landmark Shattuck Theatre.

On this event we - Get into teams, Make Short Films, Network, Eat (It's a Potluck, Bring a Food Item to Avoid Extra $10 Charge)

Come Make Short Films with us! Short films made on these events average 3-9 film teams or short films made in one day. Then in a few months see your films on a Big Screen at the Landmark Shattuck Theatre!
About the Location
This Amazing filming location has a farm-like atmosphere available, A saloon, a beach-like setting, a full kitchen, large dining room, many decks, three bathrooms, and much more big property, great neighbors AND Now Added - Bring your swimsuits if you might want a pool shot!

A one-acre property across the street from the house will be used as an extension to this property. There is a natural, park-like setting in her backyard, including an attractive pool that is maintained year-round.”

Intro to Frame Loom Weaving
with Janelle Pietrzak
Saturday, July 12, 1:00-4:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$150, limit 20 students

“In this three hour workshop students will learn:
How to warp a frame loom
Learn a basic plain weave
Learn how to use various materials to create texture in a woven piece
How to finish and hang their piece

Class fee includes:
Wooden frame loom and tools and yarn needle (students get to keep loom/tools)
Tote bag with 'all roads' logo block printed on it to carry all supplies
Weaving how to booklet
All yarn/rope/raffia supplies

Janelle Pietrzak has worked in the fashion design industry sourcing fabrics for 10 years - including for Anthropologie for 6 years -  and is now a full time textile artist.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, July 12, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month Amanda will lead Open Circle.  It's the height of the Full Moon, so let's get crafty!  This month we will dress candles with different intention oils for spell work to use that night!!  Gather at 2:00PM, ritual at 2:30PM.  After our Open Circle rituals we have tea and social time to meet and connect with those who have come to circle.”

The BreastFest Beer Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2:00-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
$55 in advance, $65 at the door

“It all began while a daughter watched her mother fight breast cancer and was shocked to find Complementary Alternative Medical Treatments are rarely if ever covered by health care plans. It was an eye-opening experience to discover those treatments made her mother feel better and aided in her recovery.

Thus, The BreastFest Beer Festival, a non-profit 501(c)(3), was born as a way to help raise money for and support the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (CMCC), a state licensed non-profit clinic offering alternative medical treatments for low-income women diagnosed with cancer. Located in Oakland and San Francisco, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic includes services such as acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs, massage, therapeutic imagery, social services, organic foods and transportation. The clinic's core mission is to provide relief from the terrible side affects of cancer and it's treatments (pain, nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite,) to enhance immune function and better the quality of life for women battling cancer. Low-income women in the U.S. are four times more likely to die from their form of cancer than those living above the federal poverty line. For this reason, we seek to level the playing field and offer women tools to complete their prescribed cancer treatments, thereby increasing their chances of survival.

In July, 2000 the first Brewfest was held in Marin County.  Hosting 16 local breweries, it was a successful start for many more to come. Years later, it has grown to welcome 60 breweries, local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians who all join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy!

This is a festival organized for the purpose of helping those in need, created in an era in which beer-tasting events were far and few between. The BreastFest has become an elite presence for breweries on the West Coast and beyond, it gives the craft brewing industry a way to create camaraderie for a worthy cause. It's an event at which beer pioneers and festive attendees join hands and give back to the community committed to beating cancer!”

Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party at Roaring Camp
Saturday, July 12, 5:00-10:00PM,
and three more Saturdays, August 9, September 6, and October 4
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Western Moonlight Dinner Train Party. Start with a hearty barbecue steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot cider and musical sing-along. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, hot apple pie and a country western band await you. Get into the swing of things by line dancing or two-stepping the night away.”

Summer Barn Dance at Tara Firma Farm
Saturday, July 12, Dinner at 6:00PM, Dancing at 7:00PM
Tara Firma Farm, 3796 I Street, Petaluma

“Fun and lively dancing with caller Mavis McGaugh. Grab your friends and come on down to the farm for some delicious grub and lively dancing! Come early and tour the farm.

Eats at 6:00PM, Dancing starts at 7:00PM.

Tara Firma Farms is a sustainable, farm producing food that connects the community to each other.  In 2009, we set off on a mission to create a source of food produced with the highest integrity and to allow the people who consume our food full access to our farm. From the inception we have offered FREE weekend tours, providing education to the public. This allows the community to learn where their food comes from, how they can be accountable in the process, choosing between conventional, organic or local and knowing all the differences to make educated decisions. By including our customers, it keeps us accountable to produce the highest quality food in the most sustainable and ecologically sound way.”

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Saturday, July 12, 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 12: Dave Stamey

Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in fourteen states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.     

Dave Stamey has been bucked off and stomped by many horses.  He has been stepped on by mules and dragged around branding pens by cattle of many sizes. He’s ridden in the rain, in the snow, in the rain some more, in pretty nasty heat, and in feedlot pens where the air was thick and decidedly fragrant.  He’s even wrangled dudes.  

He is an entertainer now, and makes his living inflicting himself upon innocent people at music festivals, agricultural banquets and backyard barbecues.

He lives in Nipomo, California.  He bets you don’t know where that is.

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

Fury Moon A Full Moon Circle for Women
presented by CAYA Coven’s  Badbs of the Morrighan
Saturday, July 12, 7:00PM
Main Sanctuary, The Home of Truth, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested

“Come As You Are Coven welcomes all self-identified women to...

The Fury Moon, a Full Moon Circle for Women

The Badbs of the Morrighan, a devotional group of Priestesses within CAYA Coven, are proud to bring a ritual of righteous change to our community. We shall reach for the strength that comes from within, and use that primal energy to unmake the systems of patriarchy that oppress us. We are grateful for the clarity that comes from anger and outrage at where the world sits today. We use that sight to envision the change needed.

For more information about the emerging Matriarchy, visit: http://www.cayacoven.org/motnt

Important note: this ritual may bring up triggering emotions as we will be discussing the current atmosphere of inequalities and injustices in the world.

Feel free to bring drums, rattles, shakers as well as items to charge on the altar. Contributions to cakes and ale are encouraged, and will be shared with a mixed group in the back Cottage after the men's and women's circles have concluded.”

Fury Moon A Full Moon Circle for Men
presented by CAYA Coven’s  Green Men
Saturday, July 12, 7:00PM
The Cottage, The Home of Truth, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested

“Come As You Are Coven welcomes all self-identified men to...

The Fury Moon, a Full Moon Circle for Men

The Green Men, CAYA Coven's High Priesthood tradition, welcome all self-identified men to join them in a ritual honoring Herne, the God of the Hunt. Together, we will seek to master our fury, that we may harness its energies towards our own ends rather than allow it to rule and overwhelm us. With the help of Herne, will seek out and vanquish the hurts and fears that threaten to hold us back or drag us down when left unchallenged in the shadows of our hearts. Come, brothers, and join in our hunt!

Feel free to bring drums, rattles, shakers as well as items to charge on the altar. Contributions to cakes and ale are encouraged, and will be shared with a mixed group in the back Cottage after the men's and women's circles have concluded.”

Sharon and Winter Knight with SJ Tucker
A Full Moon Concert
Saturday, July 12, 7:00PM
Air and Fire Mystical Bazaar, 13136 Highway 9, Boulder Creek
$20 in advance, $25 at the door - may sell out!
For reservations, please call 831-338-7567

“San Francisco songstress Sharon Knight is a Celtic folk singer in leather armbands. She plays octave mandolin as if it were an electric guitar and sings as though she means to summon a storm. Her penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired her own musical style, Neofolk Romantique. Although her musical foundations are solidly built on her Celtic heritage, Sharon has never been one to hold fast to tradition, preferring instead to look to her roots for inspiration and then chart her own path. That path often sounds less Celtic and more ‘Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.’ She likes it this way.

Sharon’s distinctive voice and striking poetry have won her a loyal following across the country. Together with longtime collaborator Winter, she tours nationally several months out of the year, performing at festivals, masquerades, conventions, cafes, shops and house concerts. Their music has been heard on over 300 radio stations, enjoyed Top 10 status on MP3 and NAR charts, has been featured in three independent films, and captured the attention of major labels and independent labels alike. Sharon and Winter are the founding members of the gothic tribal folk metal band, Pandemonaeon, and they produce their own annual festival in California called Hexenfest. Winter has most recently played guitar on Blondie's latest album Ghosts of Download, and has also produced and performed on Jessica Star's new album, Mystical Creature.

The music of Sharon Knight combines a love of antiquity and romance with an affinity for the haunting and melancholy, adds a hearty dash of feistiness, and reminds us that we can all see the world through the eyes of enchantment.

We are excited to have the addition of another awesome musician: S.J. Tucker!

Pixie Pirate Powerhouse S. J. Tucker has been the glad captain of her own independent music career since 2004, when she left the workaday world behind to travel the continent, singing songs for her friends full time. Named a vanguard of the Mythpunk movement and even ‘the face of neo-tribal Paganism’ by Witches and Pagans Magazine, Tucker is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth. With one hand anchored in her art and the other held out to you, she is songs and stories, community and wit.”

Writers With Drinks
Saturday, July 12, 7:00-9:00PM
The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco
$10-$20, no-one turned away for lack of funds

“Writers With Drinks combines erotica with literature, stand-up comedy with science fiction and poetry with essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and ‘other’.

An Evening of Oversharing About Money

J. Bradford DeLong (The Equitablog, Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality)
Carol Queen (Exhibitionism For The Shy)
Farhad Manjoo (The New York Times, True Enough)
Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia (Poor Magazine)
Frances Lefkowitz (To Have Not)
Charlie Jane Anders (Six Months, Three Days)

Plus Guest MC Annalee Newitz (Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction)

All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, July 12, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Upcoming dates:
Saturday, August 9
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, October 11
Saturday, November 8
(no dance in December, since the hall is busy)
Saturday, January 10, 2015 (hey, that's 2015!)

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

The MetaQuizzical Cafe
Saturday, July 12, 7:30-9:30PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Lydia's Sunflower Center, 1435 North McDowell Blvd. Suite 100, Petaluma

“A Musical Science and Philosophy Salon
Jim and Kathy Ocean present The MetaQuizzical Cafe, A stimulating, folk-rocking, romp through science, politics, satire and spirit. If you’re in the mood for something really different, then step into the MetaQuizzical Cafe, where Carl Sagan meets you at the door, Pete Seeger shows you to your table, Rod Serling hands you a smoke, and Tom Lehrer’s banging pots in the kitchen. When the music starts to play, better watch the worm holes on the way. You’re sitting in the MetaQuizzical Cafe.

Jim Ocean has been writing and performing for 30 years, including being a founding member and primary writer for Celtic Elvis, the Dogmatics and Placebo Domingo. His albums include The Rise and Fall of Practically Everything and Hard to be Real with Celtic Elvis, Fear and Love with the Dogmatics plus two solo projects: Pop Tunes for Mystics and Macro2Micro, with more on the way.

The Oceans’ environmental disaster song Plastilla was recently made into a video and used as curriculum in Fresno Unified schools. Their song and video about Dark Matter, Said the Dark to the Light won audience favorite at a film festival in Paris last year.

Jim and Kathy have performed with the Smithsonian’s ‘Beyond’ exhibit, played at the annual Bioneer’s Conference in Marin, and have opened for so many astronauts they may soon be the first folk duo in space.

Jim writes in many styles with content ranging from the humorous to the serious to the philosophical - sometimes weaving all three seamlessly within one song. Delivered with passion and humor, Jim and Kathy’s music is powerful, surprising, meaningful and fun! They’re guaranteed to leave you refreshed, energized and wanting more.”

Teddy Bear Picnic Weekend
at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“It is Playland’s Teddy Bear Picnic Weekend, where guests will be invited to search Playland for famous teddy bears for our sticker hunt.

It's the cutest, cuddliest holiday of the year - July 10th is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Celebrate all weekend with your favorite stuffed pal - or win a new friend with your prize tickets! You can even bring your own ‘picnic’ and enjoy it inside Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.”

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history,
now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history!

Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

“The prestigious and popular 22nd Annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival hosts a fabulous, free, fun-filled two-day celebration of Clay and Glass Art on July 12-13, 2014, at the Palo Alto Art Center. Featuring both fine and functional art, the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival is the largest show of its kind, with 150 juried artists displaying their work. Meet the artists and learn about their art. Enjoy a variety of engaging activities, including hands-on pottery-making and wheel-throwing demonstrations.”

Felted Vest Workshop
with Katharine Jolda
Friday-Saturday, July 12-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Bodega Pastures, Bodega, RSVP for address
$265, including materials, camping and two meals.
To register please email fibershed@gmail.com

“Felted vest-making workshop with guest singers from Kitka

Limited to 7 students. Please contact Katharine at katharine@feltthesun.com for more information. To reserve your place, email fibershed@gmail.com, and you will be sent a Paypal payment request.

In this two-day workshop, you will make for yourself a customized and stylish felt vest from Bodega Pastures’ finest sheep’s wool.

Day 1: Size and design the patterns, card the wool on the Cyclocarder, meet and greet the sheep! Continuing the ancient tradition of singing while working, members of Kitka, the world-famous women’s vocal ensemble, will bring folk songs from Eastern Europe.

Day 2: Felting and decorating the vests. Plus, a small natural dye project for embellishment.

Camping is accommodated on site, and a full dinner and breakfast will be provided. The setting is rustic, but wheelchair accessible.

Instructor Katharine Ellen Jolda is the artisan behind Felt the Sun, a collection of felt apparel made from Navajo and Bay Area wool, and understands her felt practice as a creative form of ‘direct action’ that builds reciprocal and honorable relationships to serve practical needs.

Read more about Katharine in the blog post Mother of Invention on the Fibershed blog.

Bodega Pastures is a 1200-acre ranch in the hills surrounding Salmon Creek, just outside of the town of Bodega. Since the 1960s, several families have collaborated as stewards of the land, running about 300 sheep, and offering a Waldorf-inspired pre-school for children in the area.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13, 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!

Mendocino Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp
Saturday-Saturday, July 12-19
Mendocino Woodlands, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration information

“Enjoy a program covering a broad spectrum of music and dance traditions from this tremendously diverse geographical region. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity and join us in a nurturing and informal environment:
Middle Eastern folk dance classes
Belly dance classes
Instruction on Middle Eastern classical and folk instruments
Parties with live music
Ensemble coaching, performances
Ethnic cuisine

Mendocino Woodlands is located in a beautiful redwood forest near the California coast, inland from the town of Mendocino, 175 miles north of San Francisco. Our camp has four-person enclosed cabins with fireplaces and balconies, and spacious dining and dance halls. If you prefer to tent, there is ample open space and of course, the woods provide their own pleasures.”

Paper Flower Headpieces
with Tiffanie Turner
Sunday, July 13, 10:30AM-1:30PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$70, limit 12 students

“Hot hot hot! Make a gorgeous, multi-flower headpiece from Italian crepe paper. Using one basic technique, Tiffanie will teach you to make dahlias, bougainvillea, marigolds, roses, ranunculus and more, in a huge variety of colors and tones. Using these paper flowers you make in class and the additional paper flowers that will be provided, you will create an impressive headpiece. These are showstoppers!

All levels welcome. If you've taken this workshop before, please note that Tiffanie has developed many new flower ideas over the past year and you will come away with a completely different headpiece than the last time around.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Tiffanie Turner is an architect, artist and performer. A native East Coaster, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. Since beginning working in paper last year, her work has been featured in numerous art blogs, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in her recent solo gallery show entitled HEADS. Tiffanie teaches classes in different paper techniques around the Bay Area under the moniker papel SF.”

Petaluma Art and Garden Festival
Sunday, July 13, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Historic Downtown Petaluma
Free admission

“Come and enjoy the best of what Petaluma has to offer at the 13th Annual Art and Garden Festival in Historic Downtown Petaluma! Listen to FREE live music by four bands and browse the streets of downtown that will be lined with more than 150 booths from local artists, gardeners, restaurants, wineries and breweries! This is one of Petaluma's favorite festivals as there is something for everyone, including the Italian Street Art Competition, formerly known as the Chalk Art Competition, as well as a Children's Corner!

We are pleased to announce that the Petaluma Art and Garden Festival has been voted as Best Outdoor Art Event, Sonoma County! Thanks to all those who voted for us and we look forward to another great festival this July with lots of amazing and talented participants!”

Sonic Alchemy: To Re-Enchant the World
with Sharon Knight
Sunday, July 13, 12:00-3:00PM
Air and Fire Mystical Bazaar, 13136 Highway 9, Boulder Creek
$45, advance registration required. For reservations, please call 831-338-7567

“Come sing with nationally touring Celtic-Myth vocalist Sharon Knight at Air and Fire in Boulder Creek!

Sonic Alchemy is a process of transformation using music as the catalyst. We start with the premise that, like a musical instrument, we can go ‘out of tune.’ When we do, we lose our sense of connection and purpose, and life loses its glimmer. Sonic Alchemy helps us to regain our harmony, and rekindle a sense of enchantment in our lives.

Sonic Alchemy is a gently guided journey through our inner landscapes, where we open, deepen, confront roadblocks, release, discover, and commit to our deepest desires. We use sound to orchestrate breakthroughs that may have been inaccessible otherwise. We can feel the resonance of sound in our bodies, which is why it can move us so profoundly.  Through opening ourselves to song, we can gain perspective on aspects of our lives that we may have been too enmeshed in to see clearly before.

Wear comfortable/yoga clothes.  Bring a journal, drums or rattles, and a water bottle.”

Teddy Bear Picnic
Sunday, July 13, 12:00-4:00PM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
included with park admission, $12.95

“It’s a Teddy Bear Picnic!  Bring your teddy bears and their friends.  

Join the fun in the meadow for a special day:
Picnic Story Time
Family Games and Crafts
Special Animal Show
Bring your blankets and picnic lunch

Teddy bear vet technicians will be on hand to repair your thoroughly loved teddy bears!”

Lineage Playshop: From Ancestors To Descendants
a Shamanik Improv playshop
Sunday, July 13, 2:00-9:-00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

“A journey to far back before we were human, from the Big Bang to single cells, to multicellular organisms traveling through to the complex human blood lineage. Where were your people from? How did they celebrate their connection to the planet? What sounds did their language make? What dances did they dance? And then you arrive. And then what happens? Who comes after us? What world are we creating for them? In addition to the usual palette of shamanik improv tools, we may get a chance to explore ancestral constellation work. There will be an hour break for dinner together (bring your own funds). No prerequisites. Although we are exploring the infinite, we are limited to 10 people and their ancestors and descendants.”

Hell Toupee
read by author and artist Gene Hamm
Sunday, July 13, 4:00PM
The Escapist Comics, 3090 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

“Animator Gene Hamm reads from his comic Hell Toupee to projected images. When the world’s first genetically engineered living toupees escape from the lab on an island resort, can the local barber save the world from their homicidal rampage? Full of laughs, horror, twists and turns, this graphic novel takes a savage and satirical look at vanity.

Gene Hamm worked on Ralph Bakshi's Lord Of The Rings, Hanna-Barbera's Smurfs and Superfriends, Art Clokey's Gumby, Roger Corman's Battle Beyond The Stars, MTV's Liquid Television, Sega's Dick Tracy game, and Living Books' Arthur's Birthday Party, Tortoise And The Hare, and Behrenstain Bears Get In A Fight. His own projects include the animated feature The Dream Hat, Cook For Your Life, Cartooning Shortcuts, Formulas And Cheap Tricks, The Professional Cartoonist Kit and the book How To Get A Job In Animation And Keep It. He has taught animation at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Through his business HammCam Caricatures, he does caricatures at your party or event on site, or remotely via Skype. He also does standup comedy. He has appeared at San Francisco and East Bay venues such as OMG, Brainwash, The Continental Club, Neck of The Woods, and The Alameda Theater.”

Celebrating Phyllis Patterson: A Gypsy Forest Sunset Picnic
hosted by the Patterson Family
Sunday, July 13, 5:30-9:30PM
College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato

“This gathering is for the Friends of Phyllis Patterson who wish to honor her life and works by their presence.

Join us for an evening celebration to honor Phyllis Patterson's Life in the Great Meadow at the wooded Indian Valley Campus of the College of Marin. Wear your most colorful ‘forest gypsy’ fashions and sensible footwear.

Bring a supper picnic, a blanket, and lawn chairs. There will be shade from trees after 6:00PM.

Children welcome.  Activities will be provided:
making gypsy rope and learning simple dances.

No alcohol may be brought onto the campus.
Beer and wine will be served at a no-host bar.  I.D. required.
Picnic from 5:30-7:30PM; program from 7:30-9:30PM.
Free on-campus parking.  Enter at Lot 2, walk across the bridge and follow the banners.”

First Annual Aphrodisia Festival and Paint It Gold Fundraiser
with the Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, July 13, 6:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$20, and please bring something you would like to paint gold!

“The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland celebrates the Goddess of Love in her ancient rite, the Aphrodisia. At this ancient celebration, people would carry and bathe sacred images of the Goddess, and make offerings of salt (for the sea), flowers, fire and incense. We hope to bring these elements into our ritual next year.

This year's Aphrodisia will be a little bit more modern. We will begin with a Paint It Gold Fundraiser for our Temple at 6:00PM on July 13. Please bring a donation of $20 or more, and an item you want to paint gold. We will provide gold paint, painting supplies, and light refreshments. From the wild to the wacky to the wonderful, we look forward to seeing what you choose to gild with gold!

At 8:00PM, we will have our monthly Temple Service. Please bring a love poem (written by you or someone else) to read aloud during the service.

We hope to see you there! Please bring a friend if you like :)

The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.
Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.
We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, July 13, 8:00-9:00PM (Please arrive a few minutes before 8:00PM)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.

Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.

We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.

Date for 2014:
August 10
September 7
October 8
November 5
December 6”

Dr. Frankenstein's Travelling Freakshow
presented by the Tin Shed Theatre Company
Sunday-Tuesday, July 13-15, 8:00PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Fresh on the heels of appearing at the San Diego Fringe Festival, Tin Shed Theatre Company of Newport, South Wales continues its first U.S. tour with three performances at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco.

Mary Shelley will roll in her grave...

Through the debauched eyes of one cynical raconteur and his faithful gaggle of gormless goons, Mary Shelley's Classic Gothic Horror story, Frankenstein is retold in stunning detail as a play within a play immersed in the twisted world of the Victorian Freak Show!

Watch as Frankenstein's cursed creature is paraded in front of the baying audience by Julius M. Barker, a megalomaniacal Ring Leader with a taste for depravity.  But as control slips from M. Barker's hands, his freaks quickly learn that there are consequences for disobedience.

Dr Frankenstein's Travelling Freakshow combines hilarity with brutality, examining the human need for companionship whilst asking the question ‘Is the freak show really dead?’

Influenced by Meta-Theatre, German Expressionism, and the French Clowning Tradition, Tin Shed Theatre Co utilise puppetry, mixed media, and a high energy performance style to bring you the critically acclaimed and darkly comical Dr Frankenstein's Travelling Freak Show.”

Listening to the Amazon
an evening with Didier Lacaze
Tuesday, July 15, 7:00-9:00PM,
doors open at 6:45, reception with light refreshments served before presentation
First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

“Please join us for an evening presentation by Didier Lacaze, founder of a visionary new project, the Sacha Warmi Center, for a powerful and unique experience evoking thousands of years of Amazonian medicinal tradition. We are excited to be hosting Didier's rare bay area appearance and what is sure to be an interesting and touching evening.
In his presentation, Didier will speak about ancient indigenous medicinal practices - why they are deteriorating, and what is at stake if these knowledge and practices die out. He'll also address the shamanic component of those systems, in particular how sacred plants are used in the Amazon basin for health and healing. Didier will describe the work of PROMETRA (Promotion of Traditional Medicine in Amazonia), the initiative he founded to encourage indigenous people to re-vitalize their ancestral medicine and conserve medicinal plant species. He'll also introduce the Sacha Warmi Center. Named for the ‘spirit woman of the forest’ in the Kichwa language, the Center represents Didier's dream for humanity: bringing Western and indigenous medicinal systems together in the spirit of interculturality to address the health crises of indigenous people and with the potential of fostering new paradigms of health and healing for the world at large.

The evening will begin with reception with light refreshments and a chance to peruse some wonderful handicrafts from the indigenous artisans of the upper Amazon.   
All proceeds go directly to support the Sacha Warmi Center Project.”

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.”

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!

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!”

Elevating the Regency Jockey Style Hat
with Lynn McMasters
presented by Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild
Saturday, July 19, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Hancock Fabrics, 898 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
$65, must register before July 12

“Regency Jockey Style hats have gotten a bad reputation. Most people think of them as visors with droopy bags of fabric in the back. If you extend the definition of a Regency Jockey Style hat/bonnet to encompass any Regency hat/bonnet with a soft round crown worn slightly back on the head and with a stiffened brim then there are many variations to be seen in the fashion plates of the Regency period. Brims can go from very narrow half brims, to very deep half brims, to brims that go around the entire head. Also, the complexity level of the decorations extends from the simple to the very elaborate.

The pattern we'll be using has 5 different shapes of brims to pick from. You can further alter the shape by making your brim narrower or wider. Also, you can choose to make a simple one-piece crown or perhaps a more complex two-part crown.

Check this page for lots of ideas and fashion plates that show how the style changes over the Regency period. Also check out Lynn McMasters' creations made with this pattern.

Lynn McMasters has been making costumes and hats for more than 20 years now and has had a line of historical hat patterns for 15 years. Passing on her passions through teaching and writing ‘how to’ articles is her real joy.

Hancock Fabrics is surrounded by lots of free parking. Hip, hip, hooray! The classroom is located at the back of the store. The restroom facilities at this location are up one level of metal stairs. There are other, more accessible restroom facilities at neighboring stores in the same strip mall.

Be warned that Hancock Fabrics has two San Jose locations. Make sure you come to the right one.

There will be a lunch break during this class. You may bring your lunch, but there are also several fast food options nearby.”

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”

Camp Cobalot
with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Sunday-Saturday, July 20-26
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
for children 9-12
$100 per day
To register or for more information, please contact Miguel at livingearthstructures@yahoo.com
Please register by July 12.

“A week long summer camp focused on natural building for children ages 9-12.

The camp will be lead by Miguel, aka Sir Cobalot, and other guest instructors.  Children can come for one day, or stay all week.  
Camp will include:
Learning how to build a cob bench/oven,
How to make adobe bricks  
Films about natural building in the theater
Meals cooked in an outdoor kitchen over an open fire
Bonfires at night with camp fire songs
Camping in the woods
Swimming in the river
Working in the garden

Cost of Camp Cobalot is $100 per day.  Camp begins on 10:00AM on Sunday, and finishes on 8:00PM Saturday after the closing pizza party, where we will cook in the oven we built, which parents are invited to attend. Please register by the Full Moon in July, which is July 12.  This is a great opportunity for children to delve deep into the dignified world of natural building, which surely Isis, the Goddess of Mother Nature, would encourage.”

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.’”

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.”

Have a Furiously Proud, Enchantedly Golden Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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