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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, Network for a New Culture Gathering, Hacking the Economy - Cooperatives: Democratizing the Work Place, Pagan Tradition Discussion, Whatever Happened to Homo Erectus?, Sail on the Alma, Concert in the Redwood Grove, 10th MMTB Producers and Directors Challenge Film Fest, Making Makko Incense, Pride and Prejudice, The War of the Worlds, Vision Board Workshop, Goddess of the Month: Sif, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results, Vintage Invasion, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities, Sonoma County Pagan Network Solstice Camp Out, S'More Camp, House of Danu 2014 Gorsedd and OBOD 50th Anniversary, Family Fun Fest!, Labyrinth, Peace in the Park, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Bounty Of Heart’s Delight, Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire, All Night Stargazing, Wine Women and Song: From Broadway to the Blues, Tales of John Muir, 52 Letters, Experimental Musicking #1, Bay Area Tarot Symposium, The Shamanic Journey Power and Healing, Italian Family Festa, Summer Gathering of Mountain Men, Assyrian Food Festival, Puppet Fair Weekend at Children’s Fairyland, Time Travel Weekends, The Tempest, Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons, Othello, Fandango!, Sunnyvale Historical Society Antique Faire, SoulCollage, Transforming Embodiment: Elegant Solutions for Solving Problems for a Lifetime, Tea and Tarot, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Nerd Nite East Bay #22, Deep Breath: Doctor Who Season Premiere, Berkeley Morris Workshop, No In-Store Tea and Chanting for August, Ganesh Chaturthi Feast, Red Tent at Terra's Temple, Witches and the Ways of Wyrd, Shamanic Journey, Folk Medicine and Magic of Old Europe, Mystical Mermaid Retreat

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive
for The Alameda County Community Food Bank
now through November 11

“From Heart and Harvest through Death and Wisdom (also known as Lammas through Samhain), CAYA encourages you to share the bounty of your own harvest with those who are in need in our local community through The Alameda County Community Food Bank.

On the CAYA Virtual Food Drive Page, you can ‘go shopping’ and choose what will be bought with your donation of money, or you can simply choose any amount you wish to donate.  Through the magic of bulk purchasing, every dollar donated this way transforms into $4 worth of food!

Please share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and anywhere else where magically generous people can be found!

CAYA’s Virtual Food Drive will be running through the end of October, so whenever you have some extra abundance to share this Autumn, please ‘go shopping’ with CAYA and help us to reach our goal of $500 - which will, of course, buy $2,000 worth of food for those in need of extra abundance this season!”

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.”

Sail on the Alma
Thursday, August 21, 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
featuring Todd Sickafoose and Etienne deRocher
Thursday, August 21, 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!

Grand melodies, shifting textures, and thick rhythms radiate from Todd Sickafoose's music. On his album Tiny Resistors, the bassist/composer matches his 8-piece New York band with a pair of guests, Andrew Bird and Ani DiFranco, to create a jazz record with the muscle and scope of an indie-rock orchestra.

A blend of psychedelic-folk and California-soul that really defies categories, Etienne deRocher’s music is infused with romance and melancholy, with a whimsical thread that weaves it all together.

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!

10th MMTB Producers and Directors Challenge Film Fest
presented by Movie Making Throughout the Bay

Berkeley event
Thursday, August 21, 6:00-9:30PM
Landmark Shattuck Theatres Berkeley, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Moraga event
Saturday, August 23, 6:30PM-10:00PM
Rheem Theater, 350 Park Street, Moraga

“Producers and Directors Challenge Film Fest

Line Up:
Films Made in the Bay Area at our May and June Directors Challenge Event and
All Producers Challenge Contestants plus Bonus Bay Area Films Screened and Voted On!

Brought to you by MMTB - Movie Making Throughout the Bay.”

Making Makko Incense
with Kelsey Barrett and Melanie Beckett
Thursday, August 21, 6:30-8:30PM
Homestead Apothecary; 486 49th Street,  #C, Oakland

“Incense has been used since Mesopotamian times in rituals, to influence healing, ease stress, cleanse physical space, and to carry prayers and intentions to the heavens. The Makko incense workshop will begin with a guided plant meditation to attune energetically to the medicinal qualities of the incense ingredients.

Makko powder based incense allows for combustion without chemicals.
How to make incense by hand
Put your own magic and intention into your recipe
Each person will leave with a small jar of their own incense cone creations. about 10 pieces

*Please bring a vessel to take home your incense.

Kelsey Barrett and Melanie Beckett are California based herbalists and co-founders of Heavy Nettle Collective, an herbal workshop gathering that began in New York, now based in Los Angeles. Heavy Nettle Collective creates and empowers community through the alchemy of conscious crafting, plant attunement, and the exchange of knowledge.  As urban dwellers, we aim to provide an opportunity for individuals to receive and incorporate the wisdom of the natural world into daily life - whether it is through a guided walk in the local woodlands, baking and crafting with medicinals in the kitchen pharmacy, or brewing traditional beer with herbal allies. We aim to foster a deep relationship with nature while, cultivating a community that serves the land, Urban and Wild.”

Pride and Prejudice
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Friday, August 21-22, 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.”

The War of the Worlds
presented by Stanford Repertory Theater
Thursday-Sunday, August 21-24 - final week
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!”

Vision Board Workshop
with Sarah Skotvold
Friday, August 22, 6:00-8:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Join me in a fun, positive environment to create your vision board! Hidden messages about who you are and who you are becoming are uncovered in the process. Gain clarity and understanding about your life through the sacred art of collaging. We will discuss the meaning of your vision board and the next steps to making your visions a reality! Please bring your magazines and images that inspire you.

Sarah Skotvold is a certified Soul Coach who loves to travel and write. She offers intuitive consulting, coaching, workshops and wiring/marketing services for businesses and individuals.”

Goddess of the Month: Sif
with Phoenix LeFae
Friday, August 22, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

“Together we will gather once a month and listen to the words of the Great Mother. We will do this through song, dance, trance, storytelling, and joyful community celebration.

Each month we will learn about and dive into the energy of a different Goddess from around the world. Our hope that is by meeting these different energies you will find one that resonates with your heart and you will walk away with the potential for a greater relationship with a Divine One.

This month we call into our circle the Goddess of the field, the wife of Thor, the beautiful lady of the North; Sif. She who is the golden grain and the feast that covers our tables. We will learn her story and see how her beauty is reflected in our own.

Phoenix LeFae is an eclectic magickal practitioner, Tarot reader, and professional Priestess, who has been walking the path of the Witch for many years. She is driven by a love for myth and Deity, working to help people connect to the Mysterious Ones in their daily lives. She believes that magick and ritual can transform our inner landscapes and change the world. Phoenix teaches in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft and she is the founder of Brigid's Hammer Mystery School. Above all else, Phoenix is a spiritual seeker looking for ways to deepen her practice every day.

Ella is a Reclaiming witch and life coach, helping people to change their lives by finding their path and true calling. She works with mystery in a myriad of forms and embodies magic in every cell of her being. She has a spark of energy that infuses her magick and inspires those around her. Ella recognizes that there is magick in even what seems mundane and helps others to see this for themselves.”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, August 22, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”

Astrology in Magic: Powerful Allies for Successful Results
a five week course
with Susan Diamond
Friday, August 22, 7:30PM - final session
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.”

Vintage Invasion
Friday, August 22, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

“Vintage Invasion - where the old dances invade a new generation
Our crowd is growing and thriving... a really positive atmosphere!

Have you ever waltzed to Metallica or danced a polka to Lady Gaga? Yes?  Then you know what a great time it is, and we will see you there!  No?  Well it's never too late to start.  Since we have hundreds of years of waltz music to choose from, the variety makes a wonderful, festive evening.  This is a casual, neighborhood party: a chance to meet people, bounce around, and generally make merry.  We'll have a potluck; you are welcome to bring snacks if you like.  Your hosts always bring the punch and water.  No alcohol, please, as we sometimes have dancers under 21 attending.

All are welcome for the lesson, so we can get you moving and ready to sail across the floor.  If you're new to dancing we promise to be patient with you, and if you have waltzed before we will improve your technique.  After class, during the dance party, we will still be available to help you with what we taught you, and introduce you to some of our regulars.  They are well skilled, but don't be shy about asking them to dance with you too.  They'll probably be happy for the chance to show off. :)

8:00-9:00PM = Lesson in Vintage Waltz - no partner or experience needed
9:00PM-Midnight = Dance to Persephone and guest DJs playing lots of waltzes, and a little bit of many other partner dances.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, August 22, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing.”

Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities
presented by Temple of Isis
Friday-Monday, August 22-24
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
see website for registration details

“This August, Isis Oasis will be hosting the Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities, a knowledge-sharing event within the Egyptian Pantheon Mysteries, and would like to invite you to participate. It is a scholarly weekend that is meant to be a playground of interesting ideas, practices, ritual, and learning. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to be a priestess or priest. You simply must have a healthy curiosity.

As a community, we have so many wonderful practitioners that have very specific skills that many others would like to learn. Have you ever seen a ritual or event and wondered, ‘How does she do that? Where can I learn to do it?’ These and other questions will be answered throughout our programming track. At a time when Isis is making herself more known than ever in the modern past, achieving our goals in seeking her wisdom often lies within the wisdom of others.

We will have workshops, rituals, meditations, and lectures for your enjoyment, as well as lots of needed downtime meeting new friends and seeing old ones. As our shiny new website is under construction, we will be adding presenters to the ones already listed, and making the programming tract as complete as possible.

The event will commence with a potluck dinner on Friday night where guests are encouraged to come dressed as a deity within the Egyptian Pantheon, and will we will go around the pavilion with introductions and inspirations. Saturday will be full of learning, and a grand ritual in the late evening, after dinner. Sunday will be a high-holy day, with more intentions and practical applications of magic, ending the symposium with another group dinner and fond farewell to our guests.

On Saturday evening, we will have a special honoring of Lady Loreon Vigne, who was to be co-hostess of this amazing event. She will be with us in spirit, and her knowledge shared with all attendees, as planned. Her creative vision, presence, and divine connection will be honored and celebrated in a formal ceremony, which all are welcome to attend. This event will precede a second formal ceremony in honor of Lady Loreon at Convocation this October.

During the Symposium on Saturday afternoon, there will be an opportunity to put your hand prints into the back of the new cob Memorial bench and to help color the bench in her favorite colors - turquoise, gold and purple.

Our special pricing makes this affordable for everyone, and we will also be accepting a few volunteers on work-trade. Please keep watching the website for updates and new information as this amazingly fun weekend comes together in an organic, magical way.

We hope to see you in August!”

Sonoma County Pagan Network Solstice Camp Out
Friday-Monday, August 22-24
Doran Park Campground, 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay
$5-$10 suggested donation

“Join Us For Our 13th Annual SCPN Solstice Camp Out at Doran Park in Bodega!
It's time to pull out the gear and get ready to join us for our annual SCPN Solstice Camp Out! This years event will take place in Bodega Bay at the Doran Park campgrounds on the weekend of August 22-24. Friday check in - after 2:00PM, Sunday checkout is at noon.

Doran Park campground is located at 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay. We have sites D and E reserved at the Miwok Tent Campground. There are bathrooms and showers located nearby. Go 1.1 miles past the Ranger Kiosk at the Park Entrance. Miwok Campground is in the grove of trees on the left side of the road just past the Coast Guard Station.

Who's invited: Members and e-list members of the Sonoma County Pagan Network, their Friends and Families.

What do we bring: Whatever you would normally bring to go tent camping with you and your family (including: gear, food, beverages, first aid kit, etc.)
Firewood for the communal fire pit
Bring clothes for warm weather for the daytime and warm clothes for the evenings. It tends to get foggy and cold after sundown.
Please bring your own food, drinking water and camp gear. Sunday evenings feast is the only planned communal potluck meal. So please bring a side dish to share and something to put on the grill for your group at the Sunday Potluck following the ritual.
Campfire stories, chants, songs

Saturday Ritual and Potluck Feast: There will be a ritual on Saturday the 23rd which will be facilitated by several members of the SCPN. The ritual start time to be announced soon.

What is there to do?: Relax, walk on the beach, hike along the trails, jump in the surf, nap, surf, fish (please bring your own gear and license), fly a kite, watch the waves, visit with fellow Pagans, gaze at the campfire, learn a new story, teach us a chant, celebrate the Solstice at one of the most beautiful spots on the California coast.

What if I don't camp?: Drive out for the day and join us anyway! We'd love to see you and the beauty of Doran is approximately 30 minutes from Santa Rosa which makes it nice and accessible to everyone that wants to come out and play!

How much does it cost?: Donations $5-$10 are welcome during this event to help the SCPN offset the cost for the reservation fees. No donation asked for kids under the age of 12. However, NO ONE will be turned away for lack of funds.

Each campsite gets one free car, the rest of the vehicles will be $6 per day for overnight parking. They don't have a lot of extra parking, so carpool if possible. If you are staying overnight, be sure to tell the Rangers at the entry kiosk and get the proper parking stickers, because they do check cars at night and ticket improperly parked ones. Please do not park in the handicapped spaces unless you have a handicap plaque card. The fine for doing so is $240.

If you bring your dog you will have to pay at the gate per dog, per night. Dogs must be on leash no longer than 6' in length. Rabies certificate required.

Where do I sign up: Please RSVP to the e-list if you plan on attending. This helps us get an idea of how many people will be attending so we can plan accordingly. Please include if you plan on camping or being a day tripper and how many folks in your group. Everyone is responsible for their own gear and whomever they bring with them. By joining our group you agree to follow the rules and guidelines set forward by the Campground. Please behave responsibly.”

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).”

Family Fun Fest!
A Sustainable Urban Sampler
Saturday, August 23, 9:30AM-5:30PM,
and September 27 and October 25
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland
$20 per person, $50 family rate
Pre-registration required

“Join us for a day-long mini festival for families.  Starting with brunch and food themed puppet show, followed by three sessions of activities in gardening, arts and crafts, and music making. Afterwards we will host Kids Got Skillz, a talent show/open mic for youngster performers followed by a live musical performance with Human of The Human Revolution and then Octopretzel.

Performances by:
The Human Revolution
Big Tadoo Puppet Crew

You can be an eco champ,
Solar power your own lamp,
Make your very own potato stamp,
What else can you revamp,
Good luck trying to rhyme with that.
Go to fab lab and undo a clamp,

Come and learn a thing or two
From puppetry to cob mud goo

Plant a seed and watch it grow
Fix your bike, then go go go

Sing a song
Dance or tap a tune
Show your best, take no test
Just show us your style
And pick up the rest

Now you can’t get it out of your head!”

part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, August 23, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical fantasy adventure film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars David Bowie as Jareth and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah. The plot revolves around 15 year old Sarah's quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King. With the exception of Bowie and Connelly, most of the significant characters in the film are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.”

Peace in the Park
Saturday, August 23, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Spreckels Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

“Peace in the Park is a free festival with a rejuvenating atmosphere. It will contain music, relaxation techniques and fascinating insights. It is designed to be a community inclusive of all ages and backgrounds and will take place in San Francisco’s wonderful Golden Gate Park Bandshell on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM.

Stage Concerts
World music and dances on the main stage: Listen to classical music from the Far East, Latin America and India. Watch folk dances from Mexico and Middle East. Prepare to be totally Enchanted!

Activities Pavilion
Fun and uplifting activities for kids and families. Making things, theraputic yoga, taichi, juggling, plus try out relaxation for kids of all ages to rise above worries and enter a world of calm and happiness.

Peace Exhibits
Engage with peace initiatives ranging from saving rain forests to youth cooperation circles to meditation experience to tree of blessings. Get involved with nonprofits doing global and local peace projects.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, August 23, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn about life at sea and have fun making a maritime craft. You could walk away with your own sailor's necklace that spells your name in ship Signal Flags! Appropriate for ages 3-12, but everyone is welcome! Meet inside the ARK houseboat at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.”

Bounty Of Heart’s Delight
Saturday, August 23, 4:00-10:00PM
Veggielution Farm, 647 S King Road, San Jose
$100 includes Tour, Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert, and Barn Dance.

“Join Veggielution for a farm fresh feast of local produce and wine, sourced and prepared by gifted chef Affie Mahini from Cafe Pomegranate.  Celebrate the rich tastes of our bountiful harvest while soaking in the sights of the farm and sounds of live music.  Polish off the evening with a decadent dessert, an exciting Barn dance and the warm feeling of supporting a healthy, homegrown, San Jose.

4:30PM: Farm Tours and Hay Rides
5:00PM: Appetizers  
5:30PM: Dinner Begins
8:30PM: Barn Dance
10:00PM: Event Ends

Our chef will be using the very best produce from Veggielution Farm, and our event committee is currently sourcing other gourmet food items, beer and wine from local producers.”

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Saturday, August 23, 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 23: Old West Trio and Pat Richardson

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

Pat is a multi-talented individual whose knowledge of the cowboy and the ways of the west come firsthand from a lifetime of ranching, rodeo competition, and horse training. Pat is fast becoming one of America's most popular entertainers.

Dates for 2014:
September 6: Old West Trio and Mark Twain (MacAvoy Layne)”

All Night Stargazing
with Stargazer Li
Saturday, August 23, 6:00PM-7:30AM (the following morning)
RSVP to info@stargazerli.com for exact location in Sebastopol
$180, adults only
see website for registration details

“Come learn nearly the entire starry sky in one night!

We’ll gather before sunset to learn the horizon calendar, then throughout the night in a field under the stars, guided by the visible beam of a green laser, you’ll see and learn the patterns and movements of the constellations, including most of the zodiac and some of the lunar mansions, many of the planets, and folklore from different times and cultures, all the while directly seeing the story that’s unfolding at this time, dosing with planetary essences and essence elixirs, and dancing deeply with the cosmos…

This night will change your relationship with the starry night sky forever!

This evening is especially for those who have experienced a night under the sky with Stargazer Li before, so we can go even deeper into connection with the cosmos, but it is open to first time stargazers who want an immersion experience.

Adults only, no kids this time.

There will be tea and  potluck snacks through the night, and light breakfast as an option the next morning. You can stay over on Sunday to sleep before heading out by late afternoon if you’d like. Directions will be emailed to registered participants.

Join me for this once in a lifetime opportunity to deeply engage with the universe!

To register (or get on the waiting list):
1) Email me info@stargazerli.com with the names and email addresses of the people that will be attending, in how many cars, and where you’re coming from. Also, let me know how you are connected to me, and if you’ve stargazed with me before.

2) Once I let you know there’s room. Pay a deposit of $60 per participant to hold your spot.

TOTAL COST for the event: $180 person ($120 person - low income)

Balance due upon arrival the evening of the event.

If the night gets clouded out, in all or part, there will be a pro-rated refund.

Join me for this once in a lifetime opportunity to deeply engage with the universe!”

Wine, Women, and Song: From Broadway to the Blues
Rhythmix Cultural Works 7th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, August 23, 7:00PM VIP Reception, 8:00PM Show
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Rhythmix Cultural Works 7th Anniversary Celebration featuring blues, jazz, accordion, belly dance, taiko, cello, marimbas, environmental art, and a silent auction with fantastic donations. Proceeds from this event will support RCW’s youth arts programming. Rhythmix will also be presenting its first annual Golden Gear Awards to three East Bay artists in recognition of their outstanding contributions in three categories: visual arts, performing arts and arts education.”

Tales of John Muir
with Storyteller Garth Gilchrist
Saturday, August 23, 7:00PM
private home in Oakland, address given upon RSVP
Please RSVP to 650-327-5493 or shmoover@comcast.net

“Barry and Maya Spector invite you to a House Concert in Oakland

Garth Gilchrist portrays John Muir, America’s meteoric champion of wilderness and the healing power of wild nature.  Muir wings us through a wild and challenging boyhood filled with natural revelations, family struggles, and curiously brilliant inventions, through discoveries of ancient glaciers in the Sierra and outrageous high-altitude adventures.  Muir whispers to us his mountaintop visions and shouts his conservation triumphs.  Gilchrist delivers an intimate view of a man who looked into the heart of nature and changed the heart of a nation.”

52 Letters
with Regina Y. Evans
A Fundraising Performance for Regina's Door
Saturday, August 23, 7:30PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

“Oakland Native and Poet Regina Y. Evans presents her award winning play, 52 Letters, which brings awareness to the issue of sex trafficking and American youth as a fundraising performance for Regina's Door. Regina's Door, a customer-oriented upscale vintage clothing boutique, is slated to open on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 352 17th Street, Oakland. The boutique (featuring uniquely beautiful vintage dresses from the Victorian Era to the 1980s)  is a social enterprise designed to support Bay Area sex trafficking survivors and is owned by Bay Area Abolitionists and friends Regina Y. Evans and Kim Saquing.

Regina and Kim would both like to thank all of the sponsors for their support of the 52 Letters Fundraising Performance for Regina's Door. With gratitude to the following:

Love Never Fails Anti Trafficking Organization, Nola Brantley (NolaBrantley SPEAKS!), Sarai Theolinda Smith (MISSSEY Co Founder), Bay Area Anti Trafficking Coalition, Allen Temple Baptist Church Street Disciples Anti-Trafficking Ministry, Genice Jacobs (Abolitionist Mom), Cheryl Chambers (President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Xi Gamma Omega Chapter), Michael Cory Davis (Actor/Director/Abolitionist), Safely Home (Neighborhood Church Anti-Trafficking Ministry Safe Home), Don Reed (Actor/Comedian), East Oakland Youth Development Center, PopUpHood, Phyliss Pincosy (Abolitionist), Deb Fink (Actor and Board Member for Central Works Theatre), Susan Dunn (Development Director, Virago Theatre), Susan Vyborney (Community Activist), Carrie Kuba (Abolitionist), Les Higashi (Abolitionist), The Flight Deck, and Virago Theatre.”

Experimental Musicking #1
Saturday, August 23, 8:00PM
Foundry Nights Gallery
The Foundry Gallery, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley
$10, 21+

“Show Schedule:

8:00PM: OA
8:30PM: Gradient Fade
9:00PM: Pink Gaze
9:30PM: Pale Reverse and Lorin Murphy (film)
10:00PM: Cloud Shepherd
10:30PM: Thomas Carnacki featuring Margaret Cromwell (dance)”

Bay Area Tarot Symposium
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24
Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The first, the original, the only... There is NOTHING like a BATS!

Two days of Tarot-drenched fun and frolic including workshops, presentations, readings in the Pagan Science Reading Room, fabulous schmoozery, and the legendary Tarot Bazaar, featuring Tarot Garden (your source for all things Tarot) and the Millard Fillmore Memorial Spiritualist Temple Garage Sale (the retail arm of the DoD)
Plus! the Raffle of Fabulous Prizes!

The BATS in the Belfry Magickal, Mystical Mixer on Saturday night will feature the Michael Kenny jazz combo and special guest performers.”

The Shamanic Journey, Power and Healing
with Beth Beurkens
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24
Santa Rosa, address given upon registration
for payment details, please contact Beth Beurkens at 541-708-0473

“During this experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is placed on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.

Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as being introduced to shamanic divination and healing. Students are also provided with methods to discover, and study with, their own individual power animals and spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized for divination and to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the planet.

This workshop constitutes the prerequisite for more advanced workshops and training courses with Michael Harner, Beth Beurkens, and the other faculty members of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Instructor is Beth Beurkens, M.A., senior faculty with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Please contact Beth Beurkens for further information at 541-708-0473 or beth@shamanicuniverse.com.”

Italian Family Festa
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24,
Saturday 10:00AM-8:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Guadalupe River Park, 494 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose

“We invite you to stop by and experience what Italians already know. Sharing the day with great friends and family, authentic Italian foods, fantastic live entertainment, and strolling the many wonderful arts and crafts merchants is  La Vita Dolce Italiana.
Now in its 34th year, the Italian Family Festa has evolved and flourished now drawing over 25,000 attendees. So grab a lawn chair or a blanket and join us in the park for a day of fun and festivities!
Live continuous entertainment
Italian sweet and savory specialty foods
Giardino di Vino (Wine Garden)
Italian culture and heritage center
Culinary demonstrations
Bocce ball and bambini bocce
Grape stomps
Prize drawing opportunity
Specialty food sampling
Unique arts and crafts
Fun activities for the entire family

SEATING IS LIMITED. Please feel free to bring a lawn chair and/or blankets to enjoy the entertainment.
NOTE: There are no bottles, cans or coolers allowed.

As a courtesy to others, we kindly request that you do not bring your pets to the Festa.
PROCEEDS: The Italian Family Festa is sponsored by the Italian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All proceeds from the Festa help us maintain and promote Italian history in the Santa Clara Valley area. In addition, the proceeds allow us to continue and enhance our IAHF Scholarship Program. Contact the IAHF for more information on additional sponsored programs and events.”

Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 11:00-7:00PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for ticket information

“Relive history by traveling back to the time of Isaac Graham, the mountain man who settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1830s. Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and wooly mountain men. Wander through the wilderness encampments, as the colorful and hardy lifestyles of early trappers are re-created. Watch frontiersmen perfect their skills while you chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue lunch from noon to 3:00PM.”

Assyrian Food Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, Saturday 11:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-8:00PM
Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish, 680 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose

“A Place for Family Fun

Bring the whole family and join us in celebrating the 22nd Annual Assyrian Food Festival: The Celebration Continues! This two-day event, open Saturday 11:00AM-11:00PM and Sunday 11:30AM-9:00PM, will feature traditional Assyrian food (real kabobs!); live music, dancing, and entertainment; a wine bar; the original Samovar Alley featuring exotic teas, coffee, and pastries; arts, crafts, and exhibits; vendors from all over the world; and a Kids' Zone, as well as $10 Raffle for a 2014 car (Model and Color TBD). It’s a great deal of fun!!!

The annual festival is an opportunity to showcase Assyrian food, traditions and educate the community about the Assyrian heritage as well as to preserve and to continue passing on Assyrian cultural traditions to the next generation. If you enjoy trying authentic food, music, and dance, make plans to attend the festival! You can mingle with and learn about the people whose ancestral homeland is known in history as ‘the cradle of civilization.’

The festival will be held at the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish. Admission Is Free, Parking and Shuttle Free, no pets please.”

Puppet Fair Weekend at Children’s Fairyland
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Included with admission

“All Day Puppet Petting Zoo! Now's your chance to get up close and make these wonderful puppets come alive.
11:00AM, 2:00PM, and 4:00PM - Puppet Show: Three Brave Deeds
Yuki is a Native American boy who wants to help his people save their land. He is directed by the medicine man to undertake a journey and perform three difficult tasks. The friends he meets along the way teach him about hardship, friendship, and the importance of common sense. Original tale by David C. Jones, based on the three Indian legends. Puppets designed by Pamelia McIntire. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12:00PM - Puppet Show: The Magic Teakettle, a Japanese fairytale
Presented by The Puppet Company

12:30PM and 3:00PM - Children's Theatre Presents: Rabbitses
The world is full of rabbits - no wonder that there are so many tales about them! Tricky rabbits, clever conejos, bad bunnies, and lovely lapins from all over the world come together in this collection of fuzzy rabbit tales from West Africa, India, and Korea. Bounce along with the bunnies as they search for wisdom, safety, and the perfect salad. Written and directed with original music by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Tonya Marie and Gypsy Cat Studios.
12:00PM-2:00PM - The Marilynn O'Hare Arts and Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.
1:00PM-1:20PM - Animal of the Day!
Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

Saturday, August 23 only
1:30PM - Puppet Show: Alameda County 4H Puppeteers
3:30PM - Puppet Show: Carnival of the Animals
Presented by The Fratello Marionettes

5:45PM - Summer Sleep Over! Experience the magic of Fairyland in the moonlight. Pitch your tent in the Teddy Bear Picnic area and enjoy dinner, rides and entertainment under the stars. In the morning, wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, bagels and cereal, with our continental breakfast. Savor some quality time with your kids!
Pre-registration required. 

Sunday, August 24 only
1:30PM - Puppet Show: The Vagabond Puppets will be here to perform for you.
3:30PM - Puppet Show: Perez and Mondinga
A Mexican fiesta tale of a cockroach who marries a mouse. Presented by Rhonda Kay.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 11:00AM-5:00PM - final weekend
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!

The Tempest
presented by Curtain Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 2:00PM,
playing through September 14
Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

“The Curtain Theatre - Free Outdoor Theatre in Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, California
presents The Tempest.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on...

The Tempest is set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled magician Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage servant Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with delightful music.

Prospero uses magic to govern the tiny kingdom, educating Miranda as she grows into a young woman - until a fleet carrying old enemies and a few friends sails past the island. Their arrival sets the stage for Prospero to wield his sorcery, conjuring a tempest that pits murderous ambition against love, ignorance against wisdom, and revenge against redemption. 

Free and family friendly!   No reservations.

A limited number of chairs are available, first come, first served. You are also invited to bring your own field chairs or blankets for the hillside. BRING A SWEATER - the park can be cool in the shade even on a warm day. Picnic friendly too!”

Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons
presented by Actors Ensemble and Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 4:00PM (amphitheater opens at 3:00PM for picnics)
playing through September 7
John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, 41 Somerset Avenue, Berkeley

“Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons
Adapted and directed by Giulio Perrone
From the play by Heinrich Von Kleist

Heinrich Von Kleists’s Penthesilea recounts the story of Penthesilea and Achilles. The play begins as Penthesilea leads the Amazons into the Trojan War, interrupting the Greek/Trojan conflict to take male captives from both sides.

Their plans go awry when Penthesilea's second-in-command and confidante, Prothoe, falls in love with a captive soldier, and to make matters worse, Penthesilea finds herself irredeemably attracted to their escaped captive Achilles.  Their final confrontation is an intense exploration of the nature of attraction and the conflict between love and duty.  Von Kleist’s work has long been renowned both for the play's beautiful language and the challenges of staging it.  Taking advantage of the freedom of an outdoor setting, Mr. Perrone, Inferno, and Actors Ensemble are using action to compress the text, while at the same time adding a few flourishes to make the work appealing to a wide audience.

Performances are Free  at 4:00PM Saturdays and Sundays, August 23-September 7, with a special performance at 4:00PM on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

The amphitheatre seats well over 200 people.  We are accepting reservations, these are intended mostly for the elderly and disabled, large groups, and people traveling long distances.  Call 510-649-5999 for a reservation.  Write info@aeofberkeley.org for more information.

The amphitheatre is at 41 Somerset Place, Berkeley, CA 94707.  From the Marin Circle (top of Marin Avenue), take Arlington Avenue north to Southampton.  Make a right on Southampton and continue straight onto Somerset Place when Southampton veers left.  GOOGLE MAPS will lead you to the top of the park, which is a LONG HIKE UP from the amphitheatre.  Parking is available along Somerset, Southampton, and in the large open area at the end of Somerset.  Wheelchair and disabled folks have easy access from the end of Somerset.”

presented by Shady Shakespeare
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 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.”

at the Peralta Adobe
Sunday, August 24, 12:00AM-4:00PM
Peralta Adobe and Fallon House Historic Site, 175 West Saint John Street, San Jose
Adults $8, Children $5, Activity Tickets $1 each or 6 tickets for $5

“Sunday, August 24, is the annual Fandango! at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site, at the heart of the San Pedro Square Market.

This date commemorates the death of Luis Maria Peralta 162 years ago. Peralta was one of the first Alcalde or Mayors of the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe.  A Californio, he lived in the Adobe with his family.

Come and explore our Ohlone Indian display, learn about adobe building materials, and practice your roping skills. Watch weaving demonstrations, and create crafts, such as corn husk pocket buddies and dipped candles. Enjoy music from Los Arribenos while feasting on the many foods available from the San Pedro Market.

We will offer tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House for adults, as well as special tours for children age 4 to 10 at the Peralta Adobe.”

Sunnyvale Historical Society Antique Faire
Sunday, August 24, 12:00AM-4:00PM
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, 408-749-0220

“The Sunnyvale Historical Society is hosting an Antique Faire on Sunday, August 24, from noon to 4:00PM.  We will have on-site appraisers from Michaan's Auctions with expertise in Fine Art, Stamps and Coins, Asian Art, Jewelry, Furniture and Decorative Arts.

Your $20 appraisal fee provide you with up to three appraisals.  Reservations are strongly encouraged since space is limited.  

Entrance to the event is FREE.  We will have live music, free museum tours and a special selection of antiques and treasures from our museum collection that are available for purchase.

We hope to see you there!”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, August 24, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“Please join me for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

SoulCollage is a process for creating and working with a set of cards that reflect your inner self.  SoulCollage is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun; it’s a fantastic creative exploration that anyone can do.  Although it is highly personal, it is wonderful and most insightful when done in small groups.”

Transforming Embodiment: Elegant Solutions for Solving Problems for a Lifetime
with Elizabeth Burke
Sunday, August 24, 2:00-3:15PM
The dhyana Center, 186 N. Main Street, Sebastopol

“Alive within your cells, bones, organs and strands of DNA are memories, both ancient and present. These memories and the emotions and beliefs that accompany them often fuel conflicts, struggles and even physical symptoms you experience in your daily life in unconscious, self-defeating and disturbing ways.

This talk will introduce you to the dynamic new method and practices of Transforming Embodiment that Elizabeth Burke MA developed in 1991.

This transformational therapy works directly with your body and spirit to find and erase the karmic imprints from both your mind and body from the present and past. Releasing ancient patterns from deep within the psyche and soul is deeply transformational and life changing for those who undertake this journey.

Learn how it is both possible and deeply healing to reconnect to the ancient history held within your body and consciousness. See how you too can use this knowledge and make deep and lasting change for yourself like never before.

Discover how others have used this new method for healing and transforming personal problems, physical symptoms, relationship struggles, and core issues at their Source.

Knowledge is power. Understand the links between mind, memory, body and spirit and see how working directly from within using 5 simple steps can produce the change you long for. Making change is possible and easier than you thought.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, August 24, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Sunday, August 24, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material.

The Herm now resides at the Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece. The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992.

Upcoming dates:
September 24
October 22
November 22
December 21

Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.”

Nerd Nite East Bay #22: Bitcoin, Cosmology, and Underwater Robots
Monday, August 25, 7:00PM, and the last Monday of each month
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 75 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute, fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines - while the audience drinks along.  And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well.  Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths.  Fun, right?  As nerds and non-nerds like to say, Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel… with Beer!

For Nerd Nite #22 the topics and lecturers will be as follows:
To The Moon! How Encryption Can Change the Way Our Digital World Works
by Jeremy Rue

Tickets to the Gun Show: Searching for Gravitational Waves with BICEP 1 and BICEP 2 by Roger O'Brient

OpenROV: Open Source Underwater Robots for Exploration and Education
by David Lang

Be there or be square!

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 café 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.”

Deep Breath: Doctor Who Season Premiere
A special event in cinemas nationwide
Monday, August 25, 7:00PM
see website for local event details

“A celebration of the twelfth doctor featuring the season premiere PLUS an exclusive prequel scene and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Deep Breath!

Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide are thrilled to celebrate new beginnings when Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath comes to select cinemas nationwide for an amazing one-night event on Monday, August 25.

Season 8 launches with a new Doctor, Peter Capaldi (In the Loop, World War Z), at the helm of the TARDIS as he’s joined by companion Jenna Coleman (Captain America: The First Avenger) in what promises to be the most amazing Doctor Who adventure yet. This electrifying event will also feature bonus content exclusive to cinemas including an exciting prequel before the feature presentation and behind the scenes after.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join fellow Whovians in experiencing Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath larger-than-life and on the big screen!

Doctor Who Fans: We want you to have fun at these cinema events - but safety is paramount. Please note that attending in costume is fine, however masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons, tools, accessories (like sonic screwdrivers) as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited.”

Berkeley Morris Workshop
Tuesday, August 26, 7:30PM,
and three more Tuesdays, September 2, 16 and 23
Christ Church of Berkeley, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley

"Every year Berkeley Morris hosts a series of FREE workshops in morris and related dance traditions. No experience is needed, and all are welcome! Workshops are taught by members of Berkeley Morris, or friends of ours from the local (or not so local) dance community. Come to one, or attend all four. Join us afterwards at the Jupiter Pub at 2181 Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley.

The particular styles and dances taught vary from year to year. If you attended last year, come back for something new!

Come and learn the basics of Morris Dancing at a series of free workshops in Berkeley. Each Tuesday we will teach a different variation and begin at the beginning, so come to as many as you want.  No partner needed; this is danced in a group rather than with a partner.

Morris Dance is a traditional English performance dating back hundreds of years, typically done in the spring by a team of dancers and musicians who have practised together over the winter months.  Berkeley Morris was founded in 1977. We perform throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Our team members cover a wide range of locations, professions, ages and genders.”

These are the Morris Dancers who make the sun come up at Tilden Park on Beltane!

No In-Store Tea and Chanting for August

“With the support and prayers of many, our very own Rabbit and Albert will be making a 6 week long spiritual journey, with 3 of those weeks in the sacred lands of Tibet. Please join us in sending them joyful energy and praying for ease of travel while they take this transformational trip!
We look forward to Rabbit bringing back wisdom and magic from afar.”

Ganesh Chaturthi Feast
hosted by CAYA Coven’s Openers of the Way
Saturday, August 30, 6:00PM
Granny’s Empire, aka Jaina Bee’s place, 702 Vermont Street, San Francisco

“Greetings and salutations!

CAYA Coven's Openers of the Way joyously invite you to a dessert feast to celebrate the birthday of the illustrious Lord Ganesha!

Our feast will be held at the fabulous home of CAYA Priestess Jaina Bee, and is open to all. Join us as we joyfully process through the neighborhood with Ganesha and then return to enjoy a curated selection of Bollywood film and tunes while we delight in our delectables.

Contributions of fruit, baked goods, chocolates, drinks, and other delights will be welcomed and provided.

We look forward to seeing you there! Jai Ganesha!”

Red Tent at Terra's Temple
with Stella Iris RedRaven of CAYA Coven
and Carolina Amor of Circulo de Isis
Sunday, August 31, 3:00-4:30PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$10-$15 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Come, women, and be welcome to Red Tent Circles at Terra's Temple!

We will gather together to honor ourselves and the miracles we make manifest. To give each other witness and respite. To hold sacred space for one another to grow and to heal. Please arrive between 3:00 and 3:30PM, and center yourself in the space. This month, we will doing a guided self-blessing, sister-blessing, community-blessing activity. We should wrap up around 4:30PM.

We are asking a $10-$15 donation, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Feel free to bring light snacks to share.

I am so excited to begin to hold these circles at Terra's Temple, a gorgeous, sacred space in Berkeley, very near the Ashby BART. The space itself is gorgeous, the people involved in this urban temple are lovely, and I am grateful to serve our community in this new way. I am equally grateful to have accomplished Priestess and founder of the Circulo de Isis joining me; Carolina Amor.

Future dates:
Sunday, September 21

Carolina Amor, Stella Iris RedRaven, and the priestesses of Terra's Temple designed this space for women wishing to celebrate womanhood, welcoming to all bodies.”

Witches and the Ways of Wyrd
an online course with Max Dashu
starting Monday, September 1
$31 per single month, $25 month is prepaid three months at a time

“My new online course, Witches and the Ways of Wyrd, begins on September 1. We'll be looking at: Wyrd's Webs. The Craeft of Wycces. Names of the Witch. Runes. Crones. The Witch Holda and Her Retinue. Witch Burnings. Voluspa: the Witch's Prophecy.

We'll discuss advance readings from my forthcoming Secret History of the Witches, and I'll offer some all-new visual webcasts, as well as live discussions via teleconference.

Register here. You can go month by month ($31) or get a discount by prepaying three or more months at a time ($25 per month).

The course runs from September 1 to May 1 (with a hiatus from late October to late November, when I'll be doing another Australian tour - more details on that in a month). In the 2015 section, we'll also go into the Irish Goddess and Brigid / Padraic chapters which got omitted in the last round (part III of this ongoing course).

This is one more step toward publication of Secret History of the Witches, and helps to fund its completion. I hope it will be a sourcebook for recovery of these spiritual legacies, an aid in reweaving the the ripped webs of culture.”

Thanks to Ximena for letting me know about this event!

Shamanic Journey
with Mikaya Heart
Sunday, September 7, 2:00-5:00PM
private location in Cleone (near Fort Bragg), RSVP for address
$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Hallo everyone!

I'm letting you know I will be leading a shamanic journey at 2:00PM on
September 7 in Cleone, near Fort Bragg. Please book your spot if you are interested, because numbers are limited to 12.  Check out my website for more info, and pass this info on to anyone who may be interested. Thank you!

This is a very powerful time of transition on this planet and many people are finding it difficult. My work is about helping you to develop a very broad perspective on the nature of reality so that you understand how to make clear and positive choices, allowing the energy of the universe to flow through you and supply you with all the support you need to be fully who you are.

I am asking for a donation of $20 per person but no one is turned away from lack of funds. I'll be delighted to see any of you there. Be in joy!  

Mikaya Heart is a coach in the art of being fully alive, and an award-winning author who writes on subjects as varied as orgasm, lesbianism, shamanism, sports, travel, and politics.”

Folk Medicine and Magic of Old Europe
a thirteen week series
with Liz Migliorelli
Monday, September 8, 7:00-9:30PM,
and twelve more Mondays through December 1
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$575, registration and $100 deposit due by August 25

“This class will be dedicated to exploring the indigenous folk medicine of old Europe and the ways in which we can engage with this ancestral medicine on a daily basis. We will study folklore, herbal medicine, nature spirits and develop our own personal practices that deepen our connection to this medicine.

We will make herbal concoctions, amulets, and other objects that hold power for us as we engage with the natural world throughout the Autumn and Winter seasons. There will be homework that will include reading, creative writing and collecting of special items for certain class activities.

Liz Migliorelli is a western clinical herbalist and magic maker. Her clinical herbal work is inspired by the folklore of the plants, and aims to find herbs that bring your personal mythology into balance. Liz has studied with folk herbalist Corinne Boyer in Olympia, WA and has completed the apprenticeship program and clinical year at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, where she now teaches. Liz has studied under herbalist Atava Garcia-Swiecicki and now works at Ancestral Apothecary as a teaching assistant and medicine maker. Liz is the founder of Sister Spinster Apothecary, where she is committed to making flower essences in love and ceremony for her community.

Cost: $575
To Register: $100 deposit due by August 25.
E-mail ancestralapothecaryassistant@gmail.com for an application. Deposits can be paid by Paypal or mailed to:
Ancestral Apothecary 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610”

Mystical Mermaid Retreat
Friday-Sunday, September 12-14
Harbin Hot Springs, 18424 Harbin Springs Road, Middletown
$295 includes camping and food,
must register by September 4

“Calling All Mer-Folk And Mer-Curious…

Come play, soak in the beauty of each other, the mineral springs, and be inspired.

Are you fascinated by mermaids, or even identify as one?
Do you find water incredibly healing and love soaking for hours at hot springs?
Are you enticed by the idea of spending a weekend at hot springs with mer-folk, playfully and sacredly embracing the healing powers of mermaids and water?
Are you ready to connect more deeply with your body, your sensuality, get out of the office cubicle, and feel alive again?
Do you think it sounds like fun to swim with a mermaid tail on?
Are you a mer-man or the ‘tender’/partner of a mermaid who wants to spend the weekend in solidarity and support with mermaid goddesses?”

Virtuously Cooperative, Delightfully Bounteous Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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