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, August 13, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mind Puzzles: Science Talk, The Rules of the Game, Redwood Magic Reclaiming Family Camp, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Amazonian Flower Essence Workshop, Free Evening and Ice Cream at Charles M. Schulz Museum, Lecture on Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Beer Shamanism 201, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, RiffTrax Live presents Godzilla (1998), Othello, Show Down!, Dracula Inquest, Sail on the Alma, The War of the Worlds, Games and Folklore, Butoh Workshop, Discover the Beauty of the Sacred Feminine, Pagan Back To School Night, History Mystery Tour, Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Harbour Lights Music Festival, Knights of Revery: Laughter and Dreams, Biodynamic Conference: Medicine for Earth and Man, Kosmos Music and Dance Camp, Earth Energy Walks - Picnic and Clean Up, The Dark Crystal, Sonoma County VegFest: A Celebration of Compassionate Eating, Cajun Zydeco Festival, The Muppet Movie 35th Anniversary Celebration, A Breed Apart: Dog Show and Tell, Day of Renewal, Sonoma County Wine and Swine, Time Travelers Bazaar, Pagan Women’s Brunch, Craft the Path: All Pagans Meetings, Fermentation: The Works!, Every Body Can Sing, Moonlit Fandango Gala and Fundraiser, Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire, Gaskell Ball, John Stowell, Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Train at Roaring Camp, Office Space 15th Anniversary Screening, Cotati Accordion Festival, First Annual Art of Reuse Sale, Hayward Zucchini Festival, Time Travel Weekends, Halls of Hera Devotional Services: The Unbridled Queen, Urban Air Market: Dogpatch, San Jose Pride, Open Shamanic Journey Circle, Modern Conjure: Roots and Healing Work, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Pride and Prejudice, Writing the Heart Sutra, Get the Rush: Day of Activities as Rush Ranch, Savory Jams  with Seasonal Fruit, Network for a New Culture Gathering, Hacking the Economy - Cooperatives: Democratizing the Work Place, Pagan Tradition Discussion, Whatever Happened to Homo Erectus?, S'More Camp, House of Danu 2014 Gorsedd and OBOD 50th Anniversary

Mind Puzzles: Science Talk
with Dr. Robert A. Burton, former Chief of Neurology, Mt. Zion UCSF
A production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, August 13, 7:00-9:00PM
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Free, please register at the website below

“What if our soundest, most reasonable judgments are beyond our control? Are the feelings of being rational and having free will generated by conscious decisions or involuntary brain mechanisms? Is there a way to resolve the conflict between our innate biology and our traditional beliefs? Dr. Robert A. Burton, author of A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind, reveals what neuroscience can (and cannot) tell us about ourselves.”

The Rules of the Game
Thursday, August 13, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Don’t miss this acclaimed classic!

Often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir’s La Regle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) was not warmly received on its original release in 1939: It was banned as morally perilous during the German occupation and the original negative was destroyed during WWII. It wasn’t until 1956 that Renoir was able to restore the film to its original length.

In retrospect, this reaction seems both puzzling and understandable; at its heart, The Rules of the Game is a very moral film about frequently amoral people. A comedy of manners whose wit only occasionally betrays its more serious intentions, it contrasts the romantic entanglements of rich and poor during a weekend at a country estate. Andre Jurieu (Roland Toutain), a French aviation hero, has fallen in love with Christine de la Chesnaye (Nora Gregor), who is married to wealthy aristocrat Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio). Robert, however, has a mistress of his own, whom he invites to a weekend hunting party at his country home, along with Andre and his friend Octave (played by Jean Renoir himself). Meanwhile, the hired help have their own game of musical beds going on: a poacher is hired to work as a servant at the estate and immediately makes plans to seduce the gamekeeper’s wife, while the gamekeeper recognizes him only as the man who’s been trying to steal his rabbits.

Among the upper classes, infidelity is not merely accepted but expected; codes are breached not by being unfaithful, but by lacking the courtesy to lie about it in public. The weekend ends in a tragedy that suggests that this way of life may soon be coming to an end.

The Rules of the Game plays only once on Thursday, August 14, at 7:00PM. All seats are $8. Moviegoers are advised to get advance tickets at the box office or online, as shows may sell out. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.

Have you tried Scene, on the right side of the lobby? Scene wine/food bar offers tempting food such as panini, snacks and salads - and they can all be brought to your seat in the theater. Scene opens daily at 4:30PM and is a great place to visit - even when you’re not going to a movie.”

Redwood Magic Reclaiming Family Camp
Wednesday-Sunday, August 13-17
Campsite Three, Mendocino Woodlands, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration information

“Share in four days of Reclaiming style, Earth-based spirituality, magic, and community!

Join us in the redwoods at Mendocino Woodlands as we weave a web that crosses the generations.

Redwood Magic is a do-it-ourselves family camp. During our time at camp, all of us will be responsible for creating a vibrant, magical experience!

This is a community retreat, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.”

A Midsummer Night's Dream
presented by San Jose Youth Shakespeare
Wednesday-Sunday, August 13-17,
Wednesday-Friday 7:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 7:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose
$8 in advance, $10 at the door, Children 7 and Under Free

“The likely date for the composition of A Midsummer Night's Dream is about 1595, when Shakespeare, in his early 30s, was entering into the ‘middle period’ of his developing genius. Although freely lifting scraps of material from Ovid, Apuleius, Chaucer, Lyly, and English folktales, the play is truly original. There is no known source or even precedent for the diffuse plot dynamics of the play's intricate storyline.

Comedy, more capacious and flexible, does not lend itself to the precise analysis of tragedy we find, for example, in Aristotle's Poetics. Tragedy is about an aspect of life; comedy is about life in the round. Amid all the madcap plot juggling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, two characters reflect the play's dreamlike counterpoint of nature and fantasy: Bottom and Puck, in whom we discover the lion's share of the play's exuberance and wisdom: ‘Lord, what fools these mortals be.’”

Amazonian Flower Essence Workshop
with Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire
of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Thursday, August 14, 1:00-6:00PM
East Bay location, address given with registration
Please RSVP to ancestralapothecary@gmail.com or 510-541-2715

“We are blessed to be hosting a workshop with Grandmother Maria Alice, one of the most respected healers of the Amazon Basin. In this special afternoon, we will connect to the sacred spirits of nature as she shares stories of healing and her knowledge of the powerful Amazonian Flower Essence Remedies.
For the past 10 years, Maria Alice has served on the council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Maria Alice’s has served to preserve the knowledge of the ancient plant medicines from the rainforest.”

Free Evening and Ice Cream at Charles M. Schulz Museum
Thursday, August 14, 5:00-8:00PM
Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

“Celebrate our 12th Anniversary and enjoy free Museum admission and an appearance by local cartoonist Brian Narelle, who began his career writing and animating for Sesame Street. From 6:00-8:00PM, Brian will draw for visitors and share tales of comics, television and feature films. Also, enjoy free ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery of Sonoma County (while supplies last)”

Lecture on Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail
by National Park Ranger Daniel Sanchez
Thursday, August 14, 5:30PM
HAHS Center for History and Culture, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward
Included with Museum admission:
Adults $8, Students and Seniors $5, Children 4 and under Free

“Learn about the epic journey taken by 240 men, women, and children to establish the first colonial settlement in the San Francisco Bay Area and the subsequent exploratory party led by Captain Anza to map the East Bay.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring The Earl Brothers and Bill Evans
Thursday, August 14, 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!

The Earl Brothers, based in San Francisco and led by banjo master Robert Earl Davis, have been delving into the dark side of bluegrass for more than a decade. Their music, like the blues, has that paradoxical effect of taking you so deep into the mire that you come out feeling a little better than you did before.

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. For his Banjo In America performance, he will bring nine vintage instruments and trace the story of the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, with musical examples from the 1700s to the present day, explaining how the banjo has been at the intersection of African- and Anglo-American musical and cultural exchange for over 250 years.

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

Beer Shamanism 201
with William Bostwick
Thursday, August 14, 7:00-9:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street, San Francisco, 415-552-0112

“William continues his summer home brewing series with this workshop focused on the more peculiar types of home booze. Please note that this is a stand alone workshop! One needn’t have participated previously!

Foraged Fruit Wines, Beers, and Meads - Foraged loquat cider, wild blackberry mead, persimmon beer. Melomels, pyments, cysers, and other strange fruit-beer hybrids from around the world, and throughout history. We’ll taste some examples, go through the many different ways of making these beverages, talk about some of the delicious local fruits we can use in our brews, from prickly pears to cherry plums. Students will go home with plenty of instructional material, and a gallon of fruit wine to take home and age.

Email Tomra@gravelandgold.com to sign up or call the shop at 415-552-0112.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, August 14, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

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

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

RiffTrax Live presents Godzilla (1998)
Thursday, August 14, and Tuesday, August 19
see website for local event details

“Our first Kickstarter-backed Live show of 2014 is happening on August 14th, with a special rebroadcast on August 19th!

You thought you saw Godzilla this Summer? Think again!

We're thrilled to once again be partnering with Fathom Events and Sony Pictures to give our next big-budget blockbuster title the RiffTrax Live treatment. Godzilla (1998) is one of the most highly-requested titles in RiffTrax history, and with help from our successful Kickstarter campaign, we're able to bring it to select cinemas nationwide for this special two-night event.

RiffTrax Live: GODZILLA can first be seen Thursday, August 14 at 8:00PM.

A special encore rebroadcast will be on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:30PM.

Don't forget: arrive to the theater early for our hilarious pre-show trivia slides!”

presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Friday, August 14-15, 7:00PM
playing through August 29
Sanborn-Skyline County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga

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

For the first time, Shady Shakespeare will bring one of Shakespeare's most complex and emotionally vivid tragedies to the stage with the story of Othello, a brave general who is revered, respected, but never truly accepted by the people of his adopted home. Enter the treacherous Iago, who exploits this state of otherness to distort Othello's tender love for his young wife, Desdemona, and bring about his heart-rending destruction. Set in a Venice and Cyprus overflowing with all of the vibrant, clashing cultures of the Mediterranean, this production will home in on all of the passion, betrayal, rage, devotion, and soul-crushing jealousy that have kept breathless audiences on the edge of their seats for over 400 years.

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
Thursday-Saturday, August 14-16, 8:00PM - final week
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco
sliding scale $20-$30

“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.”

Dracula Inquest
Thursday-Sunday, August 14-17 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
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.”

Sail on the Alma
Thursday, August 14 and Saturday, August 16, 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.”

The War of the Worlds
presented by Stanford Repertory Theater
Thursday-Sunday, August 14-17,
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
The Nitery, Building 590, Old Union, 514 Lausen Mall, Stanford Campus, Palo Alto

“We follow Moby Dick - Rehearsed with our theatrical re-creation of Welles’ famous 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. A group of actors in a radio studio create the illusion of an invasion from Mars, in the spirit of Halloween fun. Or is it? What do we, or should we, believe? Anticipating the deafening noise of the corporate media, Welles’ The War of the Worlds offers a delightful, albeit sobering, expose of gullibility, doubt, fear, rumor, magic, and fabrication.

New company members Monica Cappuccini, Weston Gaylord, and Dante Belletti join SRT veterans Tom Freeland (The Exception and the Rule), Don DeMico (Curse of the Starving Class), and Courtney Walsh (Old Times) in a rousing tribute to the Mercury Theater of the Air and the power of radio - on stage!”

Games and Folklore
a Third Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, August 15, 5:00-8:00PM, and the third Friday of each month
see website for detailed schedule
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Once Upon a time there was a world of magic, games, storytelling, music, trolls, enchanted forests, ancient lore, and more. Now that world is being brought to the MAH for one night on our upcoming Third Friday, Games and Folklore.

This event explores the act of play and story from diverse traditions and cultures:

Come be part of the world of Japanese percussion with the Watsonville Taiko Group. As our current Participatory Artists in Residence, The Watsonville Taiko group invites visitors of all ages to take part in a very special performance  that will tell the story on how the Big Dipper came to be through storytelling, noise making, and music made by YOU.

Join us for the following:
4:45-5:45PM: Workshops in Abbott Square: Make a fish and/or Noise Maker, learn sounds that will create a soundscape for the final performance
5:45-6:15PM: Rehearsal in Abbott Square

Play Checkers like you’ve never played before. Artist Aimee Santos will install an enormous checker board and invite people to play checkers not just with their hands, but with their whole body. Santos piece, titled Live, Laugh, Love, explores how art can be a tool to encourage communication and social interaction in time when people are so reliant on electronics and social media. That’s not the only game that you can step inside. The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery will create a LIFE SIZE board game that will snake inside our History Gallery, turning the gallery into a playground for the adventurous.

Visit our Mythical Make-Over Station, where you can get painted like your favorite fantasy creature (mermaid, dragon, elf, fairy…) from talented body artists Brenda Leach.  Be awed by the UCSC dance group Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas, who will perform a beautiful Mexican Folk Dance. Be taken into another world by local legendary Storyteller Erica Lann-Clark, and get your recess game face on with classic goodies like four square, jump rope, and tug-a-war.

Don’t miss Kid Happy Hour with art activities just for kids from 4:00-5:00PM in the classroom. This Third Friday, our classroom will transform into an enchanted forest where families can make fairy houses and troll terrariums, toilet paper tube trolls and Big Foot feet! Come stomp into the most magical and mythical world we’ve had yet!”

Butoh Workshop
with Vangeline
Friday, August 15, 6:00-9:00PM
Mobu Dance Studio, 1605 Church Street, San Francisco
see website for registration details

“This Butoh workshop creates a supportive environment to start an individual and collective process of investigation through creative movement. Participants start a spiritual and energetic journey to express, heal and transform hidden aspects of themselves. The work incorporates Japanese Butoh techniques, guided imagery, bio-energetics, core energetics, creative movement, improvisation, release techniques, elements of Noguchi gymnastics. This unique training is an invaluable tool for dancers, actors, adult beginners, encouraging participants to open up and expand physically and energetically. All levels are welcome.

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese post-war avant garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (NYC), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. She was born in Bourgogne, France and moved to New York in 1993.

Since its inception in 2002, the Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh with the aesthetics of 21st century film noir. The Company's unique style, which might be described as ‘butoh meets film noir’, is informed by Vangeline's extensive training with Butoh Masters, including Tetsuro Fukuhara, Yoshito Ohno, Yumiko Yoshioka, Diego Pinon and Katsura Kan, as well as performing Butoh solo on stage and film.

Vangeline's critically acclaimed choreographed works have been presented in New York at Joyce SoHo, White Wave, the New Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122 Performance Space, and Abrons Arts Center. She was the recipient of a six-month artist residency at PS122 Performance Space; since 2006 she has received prestigious awards from the Puffin Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Asian American Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Robert Friedman Foundation. She is the founder of the 7-year running, award-winning program The Dream a Dream Project, which brings Butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York City. Vangeline passionately believes that Butoh can be a vehicle for collective and individual transformation in the 21st century.”

Discover the Beauty of the Sacred Feminine
with Karen Rae Wilson
Friday, August 15, 7:00-9:30PM
Rockridge Meditation Community, 5463 College Avenue, Oakland

“Discover the Beauty of the Sacred Feminine and the ancient power of Avalon.

Wear something beautiful.

Bring a journal, and your poetry, stories, drums or instruments and a rose for the altar.

Sit in circle with Celtic Shamaness  and wisdom teacher Karen Rae and invoke the mystery of the Ancient Goddess and the enchantment of Avalon and the Grail. Learn about the secret Grail teachings of Magdalene and the connection of the Black Madonna and the lineage of Isis out of Egypt.

In ancient times the Celtic Women were filled with prophecy and the deep knowledge and wisdom of the Earth. They were the keepers of Ecstatic power of Love.

Learn how bringing this mystery forward empowers your feminine essence in the modern world. It is the restoration of this vibration that is essential to healing this beloved Earth.

If you have Celtic ancestry or any longing to connect with the magic of Celtic Wisdom, Celtic Shamanism and teachings of Avalon this is the circle for you!

Learn about sacred sexuality and creating ecstatic mystery. Re-Enchant your life through the magic of the Celts in this Grail Circle of the Rose.

Meditation, Sing, Sanctuary, Beauty, Wisdom, SIsterhood, Healing, and Grace.”  

Pagan Back To School Night
Oberon Ravenheart Zell and Phoenix
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, August 15, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Thinking about expanding your knowledge? Wondering what learning opportunities are out there in the Pagan Community? Guest Speakers Oberon Ravenheart Zell from the Grey School of Wizardry and Phoenix from North Bay Reclaiming will come and speak to us about various the topics and classes being taught in Sonoma county.

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

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

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, August 15, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results
a five week course
with Susan Diamond
Friday, August 15, 7:30PM,
and one more Friday 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 15, 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.”

Harbour Lights Music Festival
Friday-Saturday, August 15-16, 7:30-11:00PM
Craneway Pavillion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
Free admission. Parking for event $10

“Harbour Lights Music Festival!

August 15-16, 2014 - Doors Open at 7:30PM and admission is FREE!

The Craneway Pavilion is excited to debut the Harbour Lights Music Festival, featuring national headliners Lydia Pense and Cold Blood introduced by Acoustic Soul on Friday August, 15. On Saturday August 16, there will be a special Guest appearance by internationally known Maria Muldaur, performing with The Bobby Young Project. Regional headliners The Dave Matthews Blues Band and Willie G will have everyone dancing the night away.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and skyline with shimmering lights of the harbor as you enjoy fine eats and drinks provided the Craneway’s own Assemble Restaurant.

A select offering of beverages and food will be available all night. Skip the lines and pre-order items for pickup during intermissions.

Friday, August 15
Doors open at 7:30PM
8:00PM Acoustic Soul
9:00PM Lydia Pense with Cold Blood
Saturday, August 16
Doors Open 7:30PM
8:00PM Willie G
9:00PM The Bobby Young  Project with special guest appearance by Maria Muldaur
10:15PM Dave Matthews Blues Band”

Knights of Revery: Laughter and Dreams
Friday-Saturday, August 15-16, 8:00PM - final week
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Welcome, welcome, welcome! The Knights of Revery welcome one and all into the Realm of Dreams*! Sir Psycho and Sir Pomp (as channeled through Brian Livingston and Robert Hickling) amuse ourselves and others by journeying between the realms of the conscious and unconscious, between fact and fiction, between here and now, between our creamy peanut butter and your smooth jelly. Please join us in a tender, delicately rough, delightful, slightly unpredictable experience of late night play and dreamery. A show. An experience. A party. Interact. Move. Dance. Put periods at the ends of short sentences. Imagine all of these in a swirling whirling chocolate and very cherry cordial. Put a spoonful of it in your mouth. Savor. You will leave knowing more people than when you arrived, and perhaps more about yourself.

In the spirit of Burning Man (ooo it approacheth!) and Dreams and such, we do encourage dressing up in dreamy attire if you like - from pajamas to ballgowns to fairy wings to whatever you dream up (no need to, of course - only if it fills you with delight)...

Each evening will be unique and possibly feature different special guest artists. Come to any or all! We continue serving you in the Realm of Dreams on August 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16. All will be at The Flight Deck in Oakland starting at 8:00PM. Doors open at 7:45PM. Purchase your spot post-haste as the shows in the past have had a reputation for selling out!

*Adults are open to bringing their inner child; your real child, however, may learn all too quickly about inappropriate language and the naughty bits of life.”

Biodynamic Conference: Medicine for Earth and Man
Presented by Dennis Klocek, Thomas Radetzki, Steffen Schneider
Friday-Sunday, August 15-17,
Friday 2:00-9:00PM, Saturday 8:15AM-9:00PM, Sunday 8:30AM-12:30PM
Rudolf Steiner College, 9200 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks
$200 at the door

“Medicine for Earth and Man: the Earthworm, the Cow, and the Bee
Sponsored by the Biodynamic Association

Biodynamic experts with many different specialties will lead workshops on provocative and timely topics for farmers, gardeners, beekeepers, and students of biodynamic and organic agriculture. Festivities will include biodynamic food and wine festival and film screenings.

Discussion Group Topics:
Women in Biodynamics
Demeter Certification
Small Dairy Farming
Biodynamic Compost Making
Biodynamic Prep Making
Young Farmers
CSA Management and more

Keynote Speakers:
Dennis Klocek, MFA, is the Director of Consciousness Studies, a study of alchemy and transformation, at Rudolf Steiner College and co-founder of the Coros Institute. He is the author of seven books including Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics. Dennis is also known as an international lecturer.

Thomas Radetzki has been a beekeeper for over 40 years; in 1985 he founded Mellifera e.V, a center for biodynamic beekeeping. Thomas is recognized as a pioneer for organic beekeeping by the conventional Beekeepers Association and the Federal Government of Germany. With Mellifera e.V, he contributes substantially to rethinking beekeeping, and the politics and broad public knowledge of beekeeping.

Steffen Schneider has over three decades of experience as a farmer and herdsman. He is the director of Farming Operations, Hawthorne Valley Farm; Treasurer and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the BDA; adjunct faculty member of the Pfeiffer Center and the Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center teaching livestock management and biodynamics.

Workshop Presenters:
Matias Baker, Mike Benziger, Lisa Bjorn, Marney Blair, Maureen Curran, Paul Dolan, Luke Frey, Keith Gelber, David Gershan, MD, Bobby Grimes, Harald Hoven, Patricia Kaminski, Deter Lenoir, MD, Delmar McComb, Stephen Payne, Thomas Radetzki, Eduardo Rincon, Johnny Romero, Steffen Schneider, Matt Taylor
Apprentice Scholarships
Rudolf Steiner College is offering scholarships to Farm Apprentices at a reduced conference fee. To apply, simply indicate you are an apprentice and tell us the name of your farm when registering.”

Kosmos Music and Dance Camp
Friday-Tuesday, August 15-19
YMCA Camp Campbell, 16275 State Route 9, Boulder Creek
sliding scale $570-$740 includes meals and accommodations

“Dance and Play - 14th Annual Camp in Beautiful Santa Cruz

Enjoy this Once-In-A-Lifetime expressive camp experience with…
24 hours of dance, drum, and yoga classes with professional instructors
11 meals
4 nights of sleeping accommodations
4 nights of music and dance performances
Perform with your instructors on final evening
An amazing pool party with live music and water slide

What To Bring:
Sleeping Bags, Blankets, sheets, pillows
Bathroom soap and shampoo (there are private showers to use)
Musical Instruments
Cash for Kosmos T-Shirts and Massage
(there will be a massage therapist available for reasonable private massage)
Warm Sweater or Jacket for possible chilly nights
Yoga Mats
Snacks if you have special eating needs
Amenities of YMCA Camp Campbell which provides a brand new swimming pool and a massive hardwood floor compound, fire pits, hiking trails in the Santa Cruz Redwoods, and much more

Camp Campbell is nestled among giant redwood trees on acres of lush forest. The rustic elegance and gorgeous views come together to form a majestic and peaceful environment.

Register with your friends today to reserve as space is limited and we are expecting a sellout this year.”

Earth Energy Walks - Picnic and Clean Up
with Community Seed
Saturday, August 16, 9:45AM-2:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Twin Lakes Beach, 2630 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
see link below for directions to meeting place

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

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

2014 Walk Locations:
October 18, Fall Creek
November 15, Natural Bridges Beach
December 20, Henry Cowell Park (Main Entrance)”

The Dark Crystal
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, August 16, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American-British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike Gelfling on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem. Although marketed as a family film, it was notably darker than the creators' previous material. The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking. The primary concept artist was the fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive faerie and dwarf designs. Froud also collaborated with Henson and Oz for their next project, the 1986 film Labyrinth, which was notably more light-hearted than The Dark Crystal. The film stars the voices of Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell and Billie Whitelaw.”

Sonoma County VegFest: A Celebration of Compassionate Eating
Saturday, August 16, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5 at door

“We will feature nationally recognized speakers, vegan cooking demonstrations, informative exhibitors, a film festival, VIBE vegan artisan market, vegan ice cream and more. We hope to reach out to the veg-curious community and show them how fun, delicious and awesome plant-based eating is. We hope you will join us!

Compassionate Living, an all volunteer non-profit in the North Bay, is excited to announce this Sonoma County celebration of compassionate eating!

The Sonoma County VegFest was conceived by a small group of compassionate SoCo vegans that wanted to share with their beloved county how wonderful living free of animal products can be. We are so lucky to live in an area with an abundance of delicious plant-based foods, nutritional experts, farmer’s markets, and stores with healthy and compassionate choices. Cruelty-free eating is so easy in the North Bay and we wanted to show others how enjoyable, rewarding and exciting vegan eating can be. The VegFest will bring together vendors, natural foods stores, restaurants, nutritionists, professional cooks, and other knowledgeable people to share their expertise with us. Come and learn, eat, share and have fun!”

Cajun Zydeco Festival
at Ardenwood
Saturday, August 16, 10:00AM-7:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$24 adults, $7 children 4-15, children under 3 free

“Enjoy some of the best Cajun-Zydeco music performed by local artists and groups from Louisiana. The day includes dance lessons, specialty vendors, and delicious Cajun food.”

The Muppet Movie 35th Anniversary Celebration
with guest Dave Goelz
Saturday, August 16, 11:00AM (doors open at 10:15AM)
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco
$10 (this will probably sell out, so plan to reserve tickets in advance!)

“The Muppet Movie
35th Anniversary Family Matinee Screening

Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, The Great Gonzo and all of your favorite Muppets as they head to Hollywood in their first big-screen adventure, The Muppet Movie. It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since Jim Henson brought his beloved creations to cinemas in a hilarious road-trip like no other. Kermit and pals try to strike it big in Tinseltown while on the run from the fast-food mogul Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) and his lackey Max (Austin Pendleton). Featuring a bevy of celebrity cameos including Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Cloris Leachman and Orson Welles, and a fantastic collection of songs by Paul Williams.

Very special guest Dave Goelz, voice and puppeteer of Gonzo the Great, will appear for a conversation and Q and A and is bringing Gonzo along with him at our 35th Anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie. Dave worked on countless revered Henson productions in addition to Muppets features and the beloved television show, including Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. In addition to Gonzo, Dave is also responsible for the iconic characters of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, and Doglion.”

A Breed Apart: Dog Show and Tell
presented by Market Days at the Exploratorium
Saturday, August 16, 11:00AM-3:00PM, and the third Saturday of each Summer month
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Plaza

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

The Exploratorium goes to the dogs with A Breed Apart. Meet some of the hardest working hounds around, such as guide dogs for the blind, and discover what fun-loving pooches can do in circus school or on the dance floor. Join faculty from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to learn how canine genetics predict behavior, coat color, and the risk of heritable diseases, and what skulls reveal about the history and health of an animal. Find out how Finding Rover helps reunite lost dogs with their owners, and get to know best friends in need of homes from the San Francisco SPCA.”

Day of Renewal
Nourish the Body, Mind and Spirit
Saturday, August 16, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland

“Release and Refresh - Spring Day of Renewal
Nourish the Body, Mind and Spirit

Our Healing Days of Renewal offer you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space - yourself. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be, in your body, with others, and with the divine. We have a variety of practitioners ready to assist in your healing journey. Come receive various sessions in massage, energy work, counseling, life coaching, intuitive readings, tarot and much more. Tend to your own well-being, connect with others, and rejuvenate yourselves!

Bring a snack to share!

Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early to allow yourself the time to fully embrace the healing that Terra’s Temple offers.

*a gentle wink here*
Given the ever-growing popularity of this event, we ask everyone to be mindful of their session sign-ups. This will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to partake in the day of renewal. Maximize your experience with potent sessions of quality not merely quantity. Allow time to meditate and integrate”

Sonoma County Wine and Swine
Saturday, August 16, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Railroad Square Historic District, 9 4th Street, Santa Rosa

“At Sonoma County Wine and Swine you'll find:
Delectable vittles of the pork persuasion - Foodies of Sonoma County will delight in the array of artisan foods.

Pair your pork with wine from local wineries - Sonoma County is renowned for it's vast array of award winning vintners.

Listen to the sweet sounds of homegrown Americana - curated by North Bay Hootenanny.

Creative ideas are realized on canvas, in textile and macaroni.

Pig out for prizes! Cheer local celebrities as they chow down for charity at the pie eating contest. Then show us what your capacity for mounds of melon at our watermelon eating contest.

Relax with friends and family in the Santa Rosa sun!
Oh, there’s plenty to smile about at Wine and Swine! Down here you’ll find nothing but good friends, great food, music, art and lots of fun! What else would you expect from Sonoma County’s most unique event producers?
Sonoma County Wine and Swine is proudly presented by The Artistic Wonders Society, a local Sonoma County 501(c)3 nonprofit.”

Time Travelers Bazaar
Saturday, August 16, 12:00-6:00PM
Great Escape Games, 1250 Howe Avenue, Sacramento

“Welcome! The Time Travelers Bazaar features vendors and interests from around the globe and throughout time. Pirate, Steampunk, Anime, Renaissance Faire, Magical, Fairy and Fantasy - it's all here. Come spend the day shopping, sharing and enjoying yourself!”

Pagan Women’s Brunch
organized by Lupa
Saturday, August 16, 12:30-6:30PM
Taqueria Montecristo, 1446 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-486-0321
Free admission
For more information, please contact Lupa at lupamoon13@yahoo.com

“Come meet with other Pagan Women in an open social environment at brunch.

No matter what your trad, even if you don’t call yourself ‘Pagan’, stop by for some good food and chat. Meet your Sister Tribe.

Women interested in exploring Pagan Paths and Pagan-friendlies welcome.

Maybe a walk in the Marina after brunch?”

Craft the Path: All Pagans Meetings
sponsored by Ancient Ways and The Pagan Alliance
Saturday, August 16, 1:00-4:00PM
BFUU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Free, donations accepted
For more information, please contact arlynnecamire@gmail.com

You are invited to the All Pagans’ Meeting to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 1:00-4:00PM at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Church, Fellowship Hall located at 1932 Cedar Avenue (at Bonita Street) in Berkeley.  The goal of the meeting is for the Bay Area Community to come together to organize, to network, to share knowledge, and to express our needs. Everyone’s voice will be heard.  (Please see the agenda below.)
We also encourage you to send us a short description of your organization, group, coven, grove, etc… to be distributed to all who attend. Please email your information to arlynnecamire@gmail.com. Individuals are also encouraged to send their contact information.
Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Food and beverages to share are welcome. Donations accepted, but not required, to help pay for our meeting space.
The meeting is sponsored by Ancient Ways and The Pagan Alliance. For more information, please contact Glenn Turner at glenn@ancientways.com or Arlynne Camire arlynnecamire@gmail.com.
All Pagans’ Meeting Agenda
1. Call to Order

2. Brief Group and Individual introductions

3. Break into groups of four to discuss and write down on post-its answers to:
What does the Bay Area Pagan Community Need?
What does the Bay Area Pagan Community Have (resources)?
What does the Bay Area Pagan Community see as Challenges or Threats?
What does the Bay Area Pagan Community Dream, Desire, or Aspire to?

4. Then the post-its are put up and grouped by the questions.
The answers are then clustered together by sameness and similarity.

5. Discussion of ideas collected and priorities and action items are determined.
6. Discussion of Plus/Deltas: what we thought that worked about the meeting, what would have been better or different. (This is an opportunity to learn from and improve our process as a community)
7.Closing words, set date for next meeting and adjournment.
8. Network and Socialize”

Fermentation: The Works! Sauerkraut, Pickles, and All the Beverages
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday, August 16, 1:00-5:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $50-$85 plus $15 supply fee to bring on the day of class

“Everything you ever wanted to know about fermented vegetables and drink! Come explore the transformative process of micro-organisms in the kitchen! In this class we will learn to harness the micro-scopic world to enhance flavour, nutrition and digestability, turning raw organic ingredients into foods and condiments which far surpass their commercially available counterparts. We'll learn about sauerkraut, kim chi, dill pickles, pickled beet and fermented fruits. Then we'll move on to explore all the drinks: we will learn how to ‘catch’ a wild ginger beer bug, whey sodas, the difference between kombucha and vinegar and how to make them all. You will taste a variety of finished products and take home a wealth of concepts to experiment with.”

Every Body Can Sing
a voice workshop with Karma Raines
Saturday, August 16, 2:00-4:00PM
Harmony Studio, 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“How is singing like learning to dance? This workshop will help you find a new connection to your breath, body, and voice. We will explore the physical foundations of healthy vocal production, in all genres of singing. If you've been afraid to sing you will see that it's simply a learned physical task, much like dance, and if you've sung for years you will learn something new about your voice.

Karma Raines is a classically trained singer, voice teacher, dancer and bodyworker.  She believes that virtually everybody can sing, and she finds great joy in helping her students to discover the unique beauty of their voices.”

Moonlit Fandango Gala and Fundraiser
benefiting Friends of the Petaluma River
Saturday, August 16, 5:30-10:00PM
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma

“Please join us for an unforgettable evening and support Friends of the Petaluma River’s work to Celebrate and Conserve the Petaluma River and Watershed.

The festivities begin at 5:30PM and include a silent auction and a very lively live auction with local radio personality Brent Farris. Chef Amber Balshaw from Preferred Sonoma Caterers will have your mouth watering with a beautifully prepared family style dinner overlooking the River.

All proceeds will benefit programs like our Watershed Kids Camp and free Boating at the Barn Sundays. We are also launching a capital campaign to renovate the loft at the DYRHC and add sprinklers to the building to protect it from fire. Your donation will go a long way to supporting a fully renovated River Heritage Center.

Friends of the Petaluma River is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to celebrating and conserving the Petaluma River, its wetlands, and wildlife.

Our mission: To promote stewardship of the Petaluma River. We work throughout its watershed; providing access opportunities, educational materials, and conservation programs. We also provide a voice for the River’s inhabitants and resources in public affairs.

Our Goals: Access, Education, and Conservation
To establish a permanent presence in the watershed; becoming the first non-government organization to work fulltime for the betterment of the Petaluma River and its inhabitants

To pursue outreach and educational activities that will foster enthusiasm and commitment in the watershed for long term sustainable stewardship.

To monitor conditions and engage in activities that will reduce or prevent pollution and lessen other harmful impacts on the River and its wetlands.

To create a River Heritage Center as a community resource. A place to archive information, host events, administer programs, and coordinate river related activities.”

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Saturday, August 16, 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 16: Juni Fisher

In the central San Joaquin Valley of California, a horse crazy kid to grew up in a farming family, but between school and countless singing performances with her two sisters, Juni found a way to have horses, and 4-H and FFA honors followed her throughout her school years.

While studying Equine Science at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, she rode young horses for neighbors, worked gates at the sales yard, and helped local ranches. A good ‘catch rider’, she rode her way through college, with top honors at Intercollegiate and Quarter Horse shows. Meanwhile, she was earning horse show entry money singing big band standards in a dance orchestra.

She trained cowhorses from snaffle bitters to bridle horses, winning her first Snaffle Bit Futurity (IARCHA) in ’81, her first Bridle Horse Championship in ’83 (the Monterey Classic) while working on a cow calf operation, and running a roping arena. Her bridle horses did day work on the ranch, and competed weekends with much success. If there was a campfire gathering with music, Juni was there with her guitar, singing the songs of the west she’d learned from her father. In 1984 she moved to Santa Ynez, CA, to train cutting horses, taking her blossoming songwriting skills with her.

A local band was quick to ask her to play rhythm guitar and sing leads and backups. Members of the noted Rancheros Vistadores, an elite group of ranchers from across the nation, noticed her singing around town, which led her to working L.A. area clubs with a popular country band, which was also playing western and cowboy music.

Juni’s ability to ride at speed across the hills found her working as a foxhunting professional, and she accepted a one year position with a hunt club in Tennessee. Point to point racing, steeplechasing, and horse trials took the place of cowhorses, while she honed her songwriting skills amongst some of Nashville’s finest, managing a saddlery during the day. She and husband Rusty, who works for Purina Mills as an Equine Specialist, keep two favorite horses these days, living near Franklin, Tennessee.

She recorded her first Western release, Tumbleweed Letters in late 1999. Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival director Gary Brown heard her first album, and hunted her down to perform at the 2004 Festival. He shared Juni’s music with other promoters and artists, and started the wheels turning, allowing Juni to shift her profession to the music she loved most. Juni released a second album, Sideshow Romance in the summer of 2004. Her third release, Cowgirlography featured a duet with Sons of the San Joaquin's Joe Hannah, and received rave reviews, multiple nominations and a WMA Song of the Year award. The start of 2008 marked the release of her historic Gone For Colorado, an album that brought forth Juni's own family history in song.

Fisher is a lot easier to find these days, performing at venues like the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, the Heber City Cowboy Gathering, Monterey Cowboy Festival, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, the Colorado Cowboy Gathering, Spirit of the West Festival, Cochise Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Salinas and Big Bear Lake gatherings, radio shows, Folk Festivals, and many more venues

Dates for 2014:
August 23 - Old West Trio and Pat Richardson
September 6 - Old West Trio and Mark Twain (MacAvoy Layne)”

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, August 16, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.

We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
October 25, 2014
December 13, 2014"

John Stowell
in concert
Saturday, August 16, 8:00PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
$20, please RSVP at the website below

“Please join us on Saturday, August 16 when Avonova presents guitarist John Stowell.  The show starts at 8:00PM and the donation is set at $20 general and $15 for seniors or kids 12 or under.  John will be playing multiple guitars for the concert and the music will be a mixture of jazz standards, Brazilian tunes, modern jazz composers (Wayne Shorter, Kenny Wheeler, etc.) and originals.

Portland Oregon based John Stowell has enjoyed a long history of jazz performance, recording, teaching, touring and writing.  His recording credits include a list of Who’s Who of modern jazz heros.

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.”

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

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

Office Space 15th Anniversary Screening
with special guest Stephen Root
Saturday, August 16, 9:00PM
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco
$12 (this will probably sell out, so plan to reserve tickets in advance!)

“Yeeeeaaah, we’re going to need you to come into the theater on Saturday.

Office Space15th Anniversary Screening with special guest Stephen Root (Milton)

Wear your minimum fifteen pieces of flair and bring your TPS reports for the 15th anniversary screening and celebration of Mike Judge’s classic comedy Office Space, with very special guest Stephen Root (Milton, who believes you might have his stapler) live in person. Follow Peter Gibbons and his co-workers Samir Nagheenanajar and Michael Bolton (no relation to a certain no-talent ass clown) as they get increasingly fed up with INITECH software boss Bill Lumbergh and decide to take matters into their own hands, while Peter falls for Chotchkie’s waitress Joanna. Don’t jump to conclusions and miss this rare 35mm archival print screening of the film, which also stars Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, Ajay Naidu, David Herman and Diedrich Bader. Join us at the Castro Theatre and don’t forget to show us your best ‘O-face.’”

Cotati Accordion Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17, 9:30AM-8:30PM
La Plaza Park, 60 West Cotati Avenue, Cotati
$17 per day, $25 for both days

“Cotati Accordion Festival is a yearly event. The 2014 festival will be the 24rd annual. The venue is open under the shade trees of La Plaza Park in Cotati. If you plan to stay for the whole day, bring your own comfortable, short-backed, folding lawn chair. You may have to find parking on the street several blocks away. Limited handicap parking is available at 8020 Old Redwood Highway and in front of the Korean Baptist Church at 81 West Cotati. Annual attendance reaches 2,000-3,000 a day.

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, there are plenty of ‘those darn accordions’ at the festival. At the Cotati Accordion Festival the sound stage features a cast of rotating acts who play 30  to 45 minute sets. Musical styles range from traditional TexMex to whacky Rock-pop-San Francisco-mischief music. The festival is family-friendly wholesome fun!

If you like to dance, there is a separate tent that features polka music. In the adjoining club, Friar Tuck's, there is zydeco dancing both days from 1:00-5:00PM. There is also zydeco in the polka tent from 5:00-6:30PM both days.

Cruise the vendor displays. There are 100s of accordions for sale, music books and related merchandise. The vendors also include everything from arts and crafts to food, beer and wine.”

First Annual Art of Reuse Sale
Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, 707-874-9392

“Indoor market featuring QUALITY:  art, gently used items, and back-to-school clothing.  Tables available for rent or donate qualified items to OCA beginning August 1.  BBQ and beverages for sale.  Massive raffle daily!”

Hayward Zucchini Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17, 10:00AM-8:00PM
Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
$8 Adults, $4 Children and Seniors, Under 5 Free

“Clear your calendar for the third weekend of August when the annual Zucchini Festival swings into action. There's sure to be something for the entire family including live music, arts and crafts and a Kids' Town area with fun games, cool prizes, face painting and rides.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17, 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!

Halls of Hera Devotional Services: The Unbridled Queen
Sunday, August 17, 11:00AM-12:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“We invite you to join us as we sing in adoration of the Queen of Heaven and Earth, she who is sovereign eternal, Queen of all gods and men.

We each hold the reins of our power, complete and whole unto ourselves, the Sovereign incarnate.

As the heat of summer reaches it's peak, stirring us in it's wake, we turn our sights to she who is Sovereignty Crowned. Unbridled by any who would constrain or hold her power, we gather to honor the Mightiest of Queens and to learn from her example. We will explore the ideals of Hera as the Unbridled Queen, and anoint our crowns in her strength.

If you wish, feel free to bring any items you hold as symbols of sovereignty and power in your life, to be charged and anointed.
At the close of each event our dedicated Priestess of Hera will be offering a blessing of the goddess.
Halls of Hera is a group dedicated to the worship of the goddess queen Hera, currently led by Kyria Skotas and associated clergy of CAYA Coven. Kyria Skotas is a High Priestess of the Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe, a Pan-Dianic tradition of CAYA.  A dedicated priestess of Hera, she prides herself on holding safe space for others to heal and find their strength as sovereign individuals.”

Urban Air Market: Dogpatch
Sunday, August 17, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Esprit Park, Minnesota Street and 19th Street, San Francisco
Free admission

“Urban Air Market is a curated marketplace for sustainable design featuring independent designers of men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and home decor. Participating designers are selected based on their quality, originality, cleverness, and method of sustainability in design.

We are inspired by ‘green’ designers who are pushing the direction of fashion where it should be going.

Future Bay Area markets:

Hayes Valley
Sunday, September 14, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Octavia Boulevard and Hayes Street, San Francisco

Lower Haight
Saturday, October 11, 11:00AM-6:00PM
along Haight Street between Fillmore Street and Pierce Street, San Francisco”

San Jose Pride
Sunday, August 17, 12:00-7:00PM
Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information

“Silicon Valley Pride invites you to join us in Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future.

For almost 40 years, the local festival has honored the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and its allies. Held annually, festival attendees come from all over the Bay Area to participate in the festival and related events. It is the largest LGBT event held in the South Bay.

The name has changed, but our commitment to celebrating the diversity of our community while promoting outreach and awareness remains the same.

This year the festival will be a one-day event taking place on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Discovery Meadow in San Jose. The festival will feature local and national entertainers, vendors, food, and fun.”

Open Shamanic Journey Circle
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Sunday, August 17, 3:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
The Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

“It was such a success we're continuing the open shamanic journey drumming circle! Come join us to partake in the ongoing magic.

Over the years many people have asked us about opportunities for journeying in the context of a circle - which many find to be more powerful than journeying solo. This is that opportunity.

The shamanic journey is a way to explore the non-ordinary realms, interact directly with personal power animals and spirit guides, and access divine information.

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

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

We plan to offer this every third Sunday afternoon.

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

Modern Conjure: Roots and Healing Work
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, August 17, 3:00-6:00PM,
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Conjure, rootwork, and hoodoo are some of the more notable terms used to describe this particular style of cross-cultural American folk magic. Join the rootworkers behind ‘Modern Conjure’ for a year-long journey - or just one step on the path - as each month they present another installment of this practical form of traditional spell casting.

Herbs and roots are used in folk magic for a variety of needs, and this class will highlight their use in healing work. We will offer hands-on training for making herb blends,” and explore the basics of tea leaf reading in order to diagnose spiritual maladies.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, August 17, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $10-$15

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

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

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

Pride and Prejudice
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17, 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.”

Writing the Heart Sutra
with Reverend. Val Szymanski
Monday, August 18, 7:00PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Free, but please RSVP to 650-988-9800

“Writing the Heart Sutra, considered the essence of the Buddha's teaching, is an ancient Zen practice that calms the mind, leading to an experience of deep inner peace. Rev. Val Szymanski, a Zen priest with Bamboo in the Wind, will guide us in this meditative writing ritual that is said to reveal one’s true nature. Come and try your hand with pen or brush, in English or Chinese. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Savory Jams  with Seasonal Fruit
with Rachel Saunders
Tuesday, August 19, 6:00-8:00PM
Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

“In this 2-hour class, explore the savory side of fruit! Rachel will open up the world of fruit jams to pair with cheese by teaching you how to make Blue Chair Fruit’s signature cheese-oriented savory fruit jams. In addition to key jam-making topics such as the role of sugar, the importance of lemon juice, and the cooking process, this class will explore how to bring out the savory elements of fruit both by selecting appropriate fruits and by using herbs, spices, dried chiles, and other flavorings. This class starts with a jam tasting and discussion, then proceeds to the cooking process. You will receive two jars of jam to take home!”

Network for a New Culture Gathering
Wednesday, August 20, 6:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$10, please bring a potluck item
Please RSVP to John Horrell at 707-304-6359 or seajohnkayak@yahoo.com

“We will start with a delicious potluck dinner - please bring something fun and nutritious to share. We then gather for some bonding exercises, dance and joy. Then, as promised, we will learn about the ZEGG forum (see below for description) in a learning exercise then share our findings. We will share ourselves and express with the group.  Feel free to stay after to dance, hot tub, schmooze, and snuggle.
Please RSVP to Theresa at 707 824-1117, theresa@lovejourneytantra.com. RSVPs help us know how many to plan for. You will receive another note closer to the date with directions and suggestions for the potluck.  

We'd love help with parking, set up, potluck clean-up, and take down.  Best for all if we share the work. If you can help with parking, set-up, clean-up, please contact Rachel Dawson at  805-421-8869, or radiantearth@gmail.com.
We hope to see you August 20!
Forum is a facilitated awareness and communication training for groups of 12 to 50. It was designed in the Zegg community in Germany so the community has a way to communicate with itself. It provides an artistic way of personal sharing where an individual moves in the center of the circle and shares whatever is alive in them. Our true motivations, our deep feelings, longings, ideas, and emotions become revealed. This focus on transparency, sharing, and clarifying unsolved situations makes it an invaluable catalyst for growth. Forum is a personal process in a social context.  We discover how our personal issues resonate with everyone, and learn how each theme is part of a common human experience.”

Hacking the Economy - Cooperatives: Democratizing the Work Place
Wednesday, August 20, 6:30-8:30PM
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland

“Many of the systemic problems with our economy arise from the diffuse ownership of large profit-maximizing corporations. Worker-owned cooperatives root the ownership of economic activity in place and can pursue social and beneficial practices that would be incompatible with a profit-maximization mandate.

The program will feature a number of local cooperatives that are building the new economy by redesigning the way economic decisions are made:
Energy Solidarity Cooperative - Shiva Patel
WAGES - Sarah Lightfood
Coop Collaborative Incubator - Rani Croager
Three Stone Hearth - Jessica Prentice

Brief presentation by each of the presenter will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ricardo Nunez of the Sustainable Economies Law Center and audience Q and A.”

Pagan Tradition Discussion
hosted by Ardys De Lu
Wednesday, August 20, 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.

Location near public transit, and parking is available.”

Whatever Happened to Homo Erectus?
with Henry Gilbert, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology, CSU East Bay
A production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, August 20, 7:00-9:00PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“Who’s your (ancient) daddy? Did he walk upright? Could he control fire? Did he have a brow ridge that wouldn’t quit?! Then maybe he was a Homo of the erectus - not so sapient - type. Many new Homo erectus specimens have been added to the global repository in the past decades, and many new interpretations have followed. It is more that most can easily digest. Come join professor Henry Gilbert, discoverer of the Daka Homo erectus cranium, to have the Pleistocene evidence of your ancestors’ evolutionary history explained.”

S'More Camp
A Weekend of Loving Transparent Connection in New Culture Community
Friday-Monday, August 22-25
Laurel Mill Lodge, 16770 Redwood Lodge Road, Los Gatos
“Are you looking for a taste of that transformational experience animating New Culture Summer Camp? We've been inspired to create our own local bliss in this Bay Area treat - and it's more than a mouthful. If this is your first time, or if you're looking for some-more camp, S'more Camp squeezes all this deliciousness into a satisfying weekend.
Come be at choice in your exploration of yourself and participate in a loving and supportive community.
Program Includes:
Zegg Forum
Connection Games - with Kelly Bryson
Opening the Tantric Gateway to Love - with Evalena Rose and Lindy James
Connecting with Soft Power - with Ken Seehart
Tantra Puja - with Evalena Rose and Lindy James
Sensual Massage class - with Carole Golden
Shamanic Journey work - with Amos Lovell
Exploring your Creamy filling - with Connie Wisesan and Brian Bourke and more...

For questions, contact Katie at 831-222-0538 or sfbay.nc.events@gmail.com.”

House of Danu 2014 Gorsedd and OBOD 50th Anniversary
Friday-Monday, August 22-25
Earth Matters Retreat Center, 11629 Love Creek Road, Ben Lomond
see website for registration details

“Your people are gathering in the redwoods of Ben Lomond on the Central Pacific Coast. Join this Gorsedd of the House of Danu, OBOD 50th Anniversary. 4 days and 3 nights of evening Bardic campfires, workshops on Druid skills and advanced drumming techniques, a lively Eisteddfod on Saturday, a grand procession and ritual on Sunday, grade meetings, and initiations for those who are ready. On Sunday night we emerge in our finest black and red attire and masques for The MORRIGAN: a costume ball of the dark goddess. You will move to sensual drumming rhythms that blend seamlessly with the sounds spun by our Digital Druid, Murias O’Ceallagh.

The Gorsedd is being held in a secluded private retreat center known as EarthMatters. 11629 Love Creek Road, Ben Lomond, 831-336‐2875. We will be off the grid. It presents a variety of housing options including camping, cabins, tipis, a yurt, bunk beds in the lodge and a private apartment. There is a hot tub. Housing is also available offsite at local hotels and campgrounds in Ben Lomond, Felton, and Santa Cruz.

There is a meal plan available covering 8 meals from Dinner on Friday through Breakfast on Monday for $40 per person. We can accommodate omnivores and vegetarians.You can opt out of the meal plan and take your meals offsite, or bring your own food (provided NO cooking is involved).”

Have a Mindful, Dreamy, Educational, Artful Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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