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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for September 2014 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for:


Visions Of The Wild
Wednesday-Saturday, September 3-6
various venues in downtown Vallejo
see website for schedule, location, and admission details

“A Festival Connecting Nature, Culture, and Community

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Visions of the Wild Festival will be held in Vallejo, CA from September 3-6, 2014.  It will include art shows, speakers, films, music, and field trips. The goal is to connect diverse urban communities to the wildness of nature around them.

The festival is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, and many other agencies and organizations.”

Goddess Festival
Friday-Sunday, September 5-7
Redwood Forest in Santa Cruz area
see website for detailed registration information

“Goddess Festival 2014
Health, Wealth and Wisdom: Empowering Women, Cultivating Sisterhood

Join us for a blissful weekend filled with magic, sisterhood, and deep connection to the rhythms of the Earth!

Once again, we gather together in the coastal redwoods of California among the enchanted energies of Mother Nature to honor the Goddess, ourselves, and one another.

For three days we live together in this sacred setting, partaking of powerful workshops, rituals, singing, drumming, dancing, and the dynamic vitality of female-focused intentional community. Guided by world renowned Priestesses and leaders, you can learn to identify and use herbs, hone your skills in the ancient Amazon art of archery, contribute your voice as we pass the rattle, develop ritual skills, empower yourself through the sacred archetypes of women, and much, much more.

Each day we offer a variety of workshops and opportunities for learning.  Choose to attend as few or as many as you like, or simply relax - swim in the pool, hike through the woods, listen to the music, enter into deep discussion, shop with our hand-selected vendors, or just sit quietly and meditate in this sacred space.

Evenings are reserved for us to come together in the Gaia Bowl, our sacred ritual space of Fire and Light.  It is here that we call to the Goddess and weave our magic; honor and invoke our Foremothers; hold Initiation and Ordination rituals; and drum, dance, and sing our prayers - for ourselves and the Earth! All of nature is just a step outside your cabin door.

All meals are prepared for us - there is no work duty, no food to cook, no dishes to do. Your only responsibility is to come with an open heart and open mind, find connection through Sisterhood, and share your energies in this movement for social change.  Come and meet us Between the Worlds, outside of mundane space and time, to find rejuvenation and renewed purpose!”

King Fool
presented by We Players
Friday-Sunday, playing September 5 through September 28
various times and venues
see website for detailed schedule, location, and ticket information

“King Fool
Created and performed by Ava Roy and John Hadden
Adapted by John Hadden from Shakespeare’s King Lear

We Players is embarking on a multi-year development of a new piece called King Fool, with a focus on themes of death and dying, loss, grief, and healing. Each performance will be immediately followed by a facilitated conversation with performers, site hosts and audience members. These conversations will inform future iterations of King Fool, as the King and his fool continue to wander through time and space, telling old stories, playing all the parts, reliving their miseries and finding humor in the face of grief and loss.

Performances King Fool 2014 will take place in multiple locations:
Battery Wallace in the Marin Headlands; a private residence in San Anselmo; and at various other Undisclosed Locations.

Friday, September 5: Undisclosed Location: Time and Location TBA
Saturday, September 6: Private residence, in San Anselmo; 4:00-7:00PM
Sunday, September 7: Private residence, in San Anselmo; 4:00-7:00PM

Friday, September 12: Undisclosed Location: Time and Location TBA
Saturday, September 13: Battery Wallace, in the Marin Headlands; 2:00-5:00PM
Sunday, September 14: Battery Wallace, in the Marin Headlands; 2:00-5:00PM

Friday, September 19: Undisclosed Location in San Francisco; Time TBA
Saturday, September 20: Private residence, in San Anselmo; 4:00-7:00PM (SOLD OUT!)
Sunday, September 21: Private residence, in San Anselmo;4:00-7:00PM

Friday, September 26: Undisclosed Location: Time and Location TBA
Saturday, September 27: Battery Wallace, in the Marin Headlands; 2:00-5:00PM
Sunday, September 28: Battery Wallace, in the Marin Headlands; 2:00-5:00PM

Performances at Battery Wallace are presented in partnership with the National Park Service, and the project site is universally accessible. If you have mobility disabilities, please purchase tickets for a King Fool performance at Battery Wallace.”

Sustainability Fair
with Contra Costa Master Gardeners
September 6, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Our Garden, N. Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek

“The Contra Costa Master Gardeners, in partnership with Sustainable Contra Costa, are hosting a free event to promote sustainability in our gardens, neighborhoods and communities.  Over a dozen partner organizations will be on-hand to share information on sustainable strategies and healthy garden practices.

You can tour Our Garden, the Master Gardener demonstration garden that donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to the Monument Crisis Center annually.  The day will also include presentations and informal demonstrations on topics such as backyard chickens, beekeeping, irrigation basics, bio-intensive gardening, composting, losing your lawn and backyard grapes.  Plus a plant sale, children’s activity area, food trucks, raffles, freebies and more…

Healthy gardens and communities… it’s in your hands.”

Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival
Saturday, September 6, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Ives Park, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol
Adults $25, Children under 12 Free

“Huge shaded wooden dance floor under the redwoods
Downtown Sebastopol in lush Ives Park
Gator sausage, Gumbo, BBQ, Ice Cream, Watermelon,
Shave Ice, Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Hurricanes
Oyster Shooters!

World class Zydeco Music.”

Solfest 2014
Saturday, September 6, Noon-Midnight
Solar Living Center/Real Goods Store,
13771 Highway 101, Hopland (in Mendocino County)
Adults $20 in advance, $25 on the day, under 14 free
video from a previous year: http://vimeo.com/15751571

“SolFest XVI is a one-day event filled with hands-on educational workshops, inspirational speakers, live performances, eco-conscious vendors, kid’s activities, organic food, and many other festivities.  It’s the largest fundraising event for the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, giving you the chance to gain a wealth of knowledge through workshops, speakers, and the variety of environmental organizations and businesses on hand. Or kick back, relax, socialize, listen to live music, relish organic food, wine and beer, and enjoy all the other festivities SolFest has to offer. Join us Saturday, September 6, Noon-Midnight.”

Hoot and Howl
Saturday, September 6, 6:00-10:30PM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
$150, 21+

“What is the Hoot and Howl?

This is a fundraising benefit unlike any other. A secret back entrance to Happy Hollow through Danny’s cave, 3 signature cocktails, private access to the park playgrounds after hours, 7 foodie stations by PSRT, up close animal encounters, complimentary photo booth by The Laugh Box, dancing, bathtub racers, Happy Hollow ‘Lounge’, and a sake bar from Yuki Sushi at the top of the Redwood Lookout. Danny the Dragon and the rollercoaster will be open. All your favorites from last year, plus some new surprises. Leave the kids at home, and party with the animals after dark.

Who benefits?
The Hoot and Howl supports all areas of park and zoo growth.  Some of the accomplishments made possible through Happy Hollow Foundation support include bringing back the Crooked House, launching the Summer Animal Show, exhibit renovations, providing scholarship to Title 1 schools, and Species Survival support, highlighting Get Sophia a Boyfriend!. http://www.hhpz.org/index.cfm/id/1329
This fiscal year we will be adding a new attraction to the amusement collection!”

Renaissance Tudor Fayre
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park
$12 Adults, $8 for Children 4-12 and Seniors,  Family package $30
other discounts available, see website
For more information, please contact Raelynn Debone at 916-223-6725 or raelynn_debone@yahoo.com

“Join the King for a Weekend of Entertainment, Feasting, Arts, Crafts, and Merrymaking!

Fun for Everyone!”

San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival
Saturday, September 6-7, 11:00AM-6:00PM
along Grant Avenue between California and Broadway, San Francisco

“The Chinatown Merchants Association will present the Annual Autumn Moon Festival to be held in Chinatown on Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7, 2014.

Chinatown's best-attended annual event, will begin with a grand opening ceremony and parade at 11:00AM on Saturday starting at California and Grant. As in years past, events will include free live entertainment, an open-air pedestrian street bazaar featuring a wide array of bargain merchandise, and multiple parades along historic Grant Avenue between California Street and Columbus Avenue. Festivities will continue non-stop until 6:00PM daily. Thousands of local residents and foreign visitors typically attend the Moon Festival each year.

A variety of cultural performances will be offered on the main stage throughout the festivities, hosted by Mistresses of Ceremonies Anita Cheung and Rose Chung. Guest entertainer schedule will be announced shortly.

Celebrated for more than 1,000 years in Asia, the Moon Festival marks a time to reflect upon the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon, and the myth of the moon Goddess, Chang O (or Chang E). The Moon Festival is a distinctly and authentically Asian holiday, which has been likened to a Chinese Thanksgiving. It is among the most popular holidays in Asia, ranking alongside the celebration of the lunar New Year in cultural significance.

With the celebration of the Moon Festival in San Francisco each year, east meets west, traditional meets modern, and a joyous time is had by all in the streets of historic Chinatown. Local and visitors alike are cordially invited to join in the grand 24th anniversary celebration of the Moon Festival.

Note: Attendance at the Autumn Moon Festival is always heavy, so the public is encouraged to use MUNI or BART.”

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.”

Rumi’s Caravan
Sunday, September 7, 7:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
$15 in advance, $20 at the door
Video from a previous performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biCH5VnmwMg

“Recitation of world poetry with Barry and Maya Spector, Doug Von Koss, Larry Robinson, Kay Crista, Maurice Wren and musicians.
Benefiting Wisdom Spring’s Walking for Water project in West Africa, Rumi’s Caravan has been held annually for the last 13 years and has been sold out each time.

Please mail your check to Barry Spector
685 1/2 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland 94611
or pay by Paypal: shmoover@comcast.net

The Power Within:
Embracing Your Menstrual Cycle As A Path To Personal Growth And Inner Balance
with Tatiana Diakoff and Karina Colliat
Monday, September 8, 6:00-8:00PM,
and seven more Mondays, twice per month through December 15
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$440 ($55 per session) + $120 Outdoor Day Long, Winter Solstice Integration Day
limited to six participants

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

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

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

National Heirloom Exposition
Tuesday-Thursday, September 9-11, 9:00AM-9:00PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Adults $10 for one day, $25 for all 3 days, children 17 and under free

“The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Our third annual event held mid-September 2013 in Santa Rosa, California drew more than 18,000 people from around the country and beyond. With more than 100 speakers and 300 natural food vendors, the event was the largest gathering in pure food history! The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public–so much so that it is being called the World’s Fair of Pure Food!”

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday, September 11-14
see website for schedule, venue, and ticket details

“The 15th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival is proud to offer four evenings of stimulating performances and installations by internationally recognized composers and performers in the electronic music field. This year's lineup includes a wide variety of electronic music, ranging from live tape collage, noise, musique concrete, sound design, and free improvisation. The featured artists utilize instruments such as analog synthesizers, home-brewed electronics, acoustic instruments, and laptop patches.

SFEMF has invited a distinctive group of artists from across the field of electronic music. On the main stage at Brava Theater Center, we are presenting UK-based industrial-ambient legends Zoviet France, renowned electronic composer Nic Collins (Chicago), live tape collagist Aki Onda (New York), violist/composer Ezra Buchla, interdisciplinary sound artist Joker Nies (Cologne), ambient electronic composer Sarah Davachi, violinist/composer Christina Stanley, electro-acoustic artist Xo Xinh, and ambient loop composer Julia Mazawa. And, on our special opening night concert at the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum, field recording maverick and composer David Dunn and antic keyboardist Head-Boggle (with live visuals by Caitlin Denny) will be playing through the immersive constellation sound system.”

Offerings: A Feminist Festival of Transformative Arts
presented by Siren Project
and Oakland Peace Center
Friday-Sunday, September 12-14
Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
see website for schedule and ticket details

“We cordially invite you to attend the festival to receive our offerings.
Come celebrate, experience, and cultivate Creativity In Community and be transformed.

The intention of this feminist powered festival is for the participants to experience and be inspired by the creative works of 75 feminist individuals and organizations in the Bay Area. Each of these creators took a pilgrimage or partnered with Siren Project to present their collective Offerings at the festival for healing, growth, and empowerment.  All festival participants will have the opportunity to cultivate their inner creative life force in a safe and authentic community setting through interactions, engagements, and activities ranging from silly to spiritual. The goal is to provide a fun and uplifting experience through creative explorations and exposes. The hope is that this one-of-a-kind experience will open doors for new insights, fresh perspectives, and inner wisdom to sneak up on each one of us.

The mission of Siren Project is to provide space, energy, and time for an authentic, intimate, and intentional community in which feminists can be exactly who they are, how they are, and where they are in their personal journeys through gentle and daring exploration of challenging issues, using the vehicle of transformative arts and expose of such for self empowerment and collective impact.”

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?”

King Tut Festival
Friday-Sunday, September 12-14
Friday 5:00-10:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-10:00PM, Sunday 12:00-6:00PM
Saint Antonius Coptic Church, 2500 Hansen Road, Hayward
parking at Hayward High School, 1633 East Avenue, Hayward

"We invite you to join us at the Annual King Tut Festival, for a glimpse into one of the most storied and ancient civilizations in the world.

The Festival will be filled with
Delicious foods
Ornate arts and crafts available for purchase
Historical and cultural information, and more.

There are kids activities, senior discounts are available, and best of all, ADMISSION IS FREE! It’s great entertainment for the entire family!

Mark your calendars, and don’t miss the royal treatment you’ll receive at the 2014 King Tut Festival!”

Sea Music Festival
Saturday, September 13, 9:30AM-5:00PM
see website for detailed schedule and list of performers
Hyde Street Pier and onboard the Balclutha and Eureka, San Francisco
Adults $5, Youth 15 and under Free

“This summer we'll celebrate another long-standing maritime tradition with the Sea Music Festival at Hyde Street Pier. Be sure to join us for a day of heartfelt singing and sweet instrumentals from a talented crew of local musicians and nationally-renowned performers. Join us for a day and evening of traditional music from around the world.

From two stages on Hyde Street Pier, and onboard the historic vessels Balclutha and Eureka.

Admission: Hyde Street Pier and Visitor Center, free. Boarding fees for the historic vessels: Adults, $5, ages 15 and under, free. Free with National Park passes. For more Information call 415-447-5000.

Experience traditional songs of the sea with performers Revell Carr, Erin Conner, James Kelly, Michael Kahan, Erin Thompson, Brass Farthing, Hai Yan Jackson Chinese Dance Company, Gibb Schreffler, Shay Black, Riggy Rackin, The Jammy Dodgers, John Roberts and Debra Cowan, Holdstock and Macleod and many more!”

Dr. E.P. Kitty’s Wunderkammer Festival
featuring the Great Sonoma County Handcar Races
Saturday, September 13, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Windsor Wunderkammer, 350 Windsor River Road, Windsor
$8 in advance through April 15, $10 after April 15, children 12 and under free

“Wunderkammer blends art and science into one gigantic feat of moving parts, sounds, and people.

Wunderkammer, featuring The Great Sonoma County Handcar Races, represents a public celebration of Mechanical Handcar Races, Visual, Culinary, and Costumed Performing Arts combined with an inclusive concept of Community Participation and Human Ingenuity embracing sustainability, alternative transportation, and good old fashioned fun.

Attractions include:
Children’s Midway
The Luther Burbank Food Circus
Live Music and other Performers
and, of course, the Handcar Races!”

Much Ado About Sebastopol
Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ives Park, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol
Adults $12, Ages 6-14 $7, Under 6 Free

“Join us for Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs!

Ives Park in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens.

As a visitor to our Faire, wander around and interact with a myriad of villagers from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving while listening to a wandering minstrel… enjoy some ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming, sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch.

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas) - when rents are due, wages are paid, and the crops have been gathered and stored for the coming Winter. It's time for the people of the little town of Fenford to relax and enjoy some well-earned recreation, while giving thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Queen Elizabeth has been out hunting with her courtiers, and her Master of Horse, Robert Dudley, The Earl of Leicester has arranged a surprise for her. He intends to lead her back to his manor by way of the celebration. Here she will join the revels of her loving subjects, and be entertained in their lusty, country fashion.”

Sacramento Pagan Pride Harvest Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14,
Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Fair Oaks VFW Hall, 8990 Kruithof Way, Fair Oaks
Free admission and free parking

“Sacramento Pagan Pride Day and Harvest Festival is place where magic is afoot and the fairies dance. It is where you can learn the ways of old or just enjoy the coming together of community.
The Sacramento Pagan Pride Day and Harvest Festival goals are to educate the Neopagan and larger community, celebrate fellowship, and come together to celebrate Neopagan spirituality. And of course, this is all done with fun and mayhem.
Come check out the wide range of events we have planned. There is fun for all!

Non-perishable food donations for entrance to the festivities is appreciated.
All the food will be donated to a local Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturdays-Sundays, September 13-14,10:00AM-6:00PM,
and each weekend through October 12
Casa de Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $10
Discounted tickets available through the website

“Our little village of Willingtown comes to life as our annual Market Faire welcomes talented and exotic performers from throughout the globe to our streets and stages. The Entertainment is non stop all day.

The streets and stages boast music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal. Swashbuckling swordfighters render women defenseless with their charm and skill.

The original form of Renaissance theatre is played out on the Royal Garden stage in the form of the hilarious Commedia Dell Arte performed by the renowned troupe, Commedia Volante.

Foolishness and fun rule the day as ever popular favorites, Moonie the Magnif’cent and BrooN bring their unique brand of mischief and humor to the Fools stage. The town is buzzing as the villagers prepare for a visit from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and the most famous Privateer of the time, Sir Francis Drake. Happy peasants, crooked Constables, gossiping washerwomen, and merry maidens fill the streets with revelry as the festivities begin. Seven stages boast non stop entertainment. For a complete list of shows, click on The Stages category. Meet all of the Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians that fill the streets on our Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians pages.”

CAYA Sprouts will be at the Faire on Saturday, October 11!

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14, 12:00-5:00PM
Ghirardelli Square and on Beach Street between Larkin and Polk Streets, San Francisco
$20 includes 15 chocolate samples

“Ghirardelli Square will host the 18th Annual Chocolate Festival attracting about 40,000 visitors from the Bay Area and around the world. This family-friendly event features prominent local chefs creating chocolate inventions during cooking demonstrations, live musical entertainment, children’s activities and the popular Earthquake Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest. Over 30 different booths from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolate companies will provide dessert samples during the two-day event.

Ghirardelli Square hosts several signature events throughout the year to attract both local and tourist business.

Ghirardelli Square is one of the most well-known and best-loved icons of San Francisco. The enormous illuminated Ghirardelli sign and the smell of chocolate beckons over 4 million visitors per year to Ghirardelli Square.

All proceeds from the event are donated to Project Open Hand, a non-profit organization that provides food and compassion to people living HIV/AIDS, homebound and critically ill people, as well as seniors in San Francisco.  In 2010 we raised over $60,000 for Project Open Hand.”

Make Your Own Movie!
a two session workshop adventure for filmmakers ages 10-18
taught by producer/filmmaker/director Robert Lundy-Paine
Sunday, September 14, 10:00AM-4:00PM,
and one more Sunday, September 28
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
For more information or to enroll, e-mail info@viragotheatre.org

“In this two-day workshop, emerging filmmakers will have the opportunity to create a story, write dialogue, build a shot list, cast the movie, rehearse, shoot and edit, and premiere the movie on the final Sunday!

Robert is an actor, director, puppeteer, playwright and a founding member of Virago Theatre Company.  As a puppeteer Robert toured throughout North America with Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre as Baba Yaga, Petrouchka, and was the Frog Narrator in the UNIMA citation-winning production of Jumping Mouse.

Robert has acted with Portland Center Stage, Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co., Shakespeare in the Parks, San Jose Stage Co., Shakespeare at Stinson, Altarena Playhouse, 450 Geary and many others. Robert toured Florence, Italy with Shakespeare et Firenze in productions of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Robert wrote and directed An Original Christmas Carol for the Altarena Playhouse and Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus for the 2001 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Robert directed Virago Theatre Company's production of Orphans, and the world premieres of John Byrd's The Death of Ayn Rand and Zombie Vixens from Hell the Musical, Dan Brodnitz and Jeff Green’s Mankind’s Last Hope, William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, and the operas La Boheme and Madama Butterfly.”

Solano Stroll
Sunday, September 14, 10:00AM-6:00PM
along Solano Avenue in Albany and Berkeley

“Since 1974, Solano Avenue and the twin-cities of Albany and Berkeley have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay's largest street festival! The Solano Avenue Association invites you to come and see what makes Solano Avenue such a wonderful place. We feature over five hundred vendors including entertainers, food booths, government and non-profit agencies, hand-crafters and more!

Participants and the event guests visit from everywhere throughout California! (Some even from out of the state.)

The fun begins at 10:00AM with the opening of Solano Avenue businesses and Stroll booths and the kick-off is the theme parade with about 75 groups.

After the parade, you can visit one of 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried arts and crafters, state of the art mechanical rides, and, not to mention the unique and popular professional services, restaurants, and shops already here on Solano Avenue.

Come join us for an afternoon in the sun, brought to you by the Cities of Albany and Berkeley; and with the help of our generous sponsors, SAA members, and volunteer board of directors.

This alcohol and *tobacco free event promotes the unique traits of Solano Avenue, helping local businesses, local artists, and community organizations to thrive by exposure and fundraising. The Solano Stroll solidifies community spirit; neighbors find old friends, and families enjoy an afternoon in the sun. (*Both the Cities of Albany and Berkeley have strict smoking ordinances.)

Free shuttles, AC Transit and BART: A free Solano Avenue Stroll shuttle will run 10:00AM-7:00PM from the North Berkeley BART station to Marin Avenue (where it will travel back/forth from San Pablo Avenue to the Alameda).

Ride your bike and enjoy free valet parking at two locations on Solano Avenue, Wells Fargo Bank on the east end of Solano, and by the Sophia Cafe on the west end. Thank you to the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and the Albany ‘Strollers and Rollers’ for continuing to provide this wonderful accommodation.”

14th Annual Antique Autos at History Park
Sunday, September 14, 11:00AM-4:00PM
San Jose History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose
Free admission, parking $6

“Welcome to the Largest Annual Antique Auto Show on the West Coast!

Join us for the 14th Annual Antique Autos in History Park presented by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San Jose. This event fills History Park with 200 antique autos, fire equipment, bicycles and motorcycles of all makes and models from the late 1800s to 1945. Kids will especially enjoy building and racing their own race cars.

In addition, our trolley will be running and you will be able to see demonstrations at the Print Shop. Visit the Fruit Barn, Umbarger House and One Room School House, and take in our two exhibits at the McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House, and the Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel.

Peggy Sue’s will offer food for sale, as well as O’Briens Candy Store and Ice Cream Parlor.

For more information about the event contact Allan Greenberg at allang@pacbell.net or call 408-997-0879.”

Comedy Day
Sunday, September 14, 12:00-5:00PM
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

“It was 1975, and comedian Jose Simon had a dream. Barbra Streisand did it. A number of rock 'n' roll bands had done it, too. Even the symphony gave it a go. Free outdoor concerts were becoming more commonplace in music. So, why not one featuring comedians? A free outdoor performance in The City that is considered the cradle of civilization for comedy would be a great way for local comedians to say thank you to their fans.

It took a few years and a lot of cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen, but since 1981 more than 600 of the world's funniest comedians have performed free-of-charge for over a half-million people at the original outdoor comedy concert, Comedy Day. It started in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse (affectionately known as the Band Shell), moved to the Polo Fields in 1987 to accommodate larger crowds and, for the past few years, has found a home in Sharon Meadow.”

Check the website to see if one of your favourite comedians will be there!

Gatsby Summer Afternoon at Dunsmuir House
presented by the Art Deco Society
Sunday, September 14, 1:00-6:00PM
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland

“Our annual, wonderful ‘five-hour time-travel vacation’:  antique cars, dancing to the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, bathing beauties - and hundreds of vintage-attired, picnicking guests, including YOU!”

Mi Cuerpo Sagrado
a thirteen week series
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki and Lilia Roman
Tuesday, September 16, 9:30AM-12:30PM,
and 12 more Tuesdays through December 9
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
To Register, please contact atava@ancestralapothecary.com or call 510-541-2715.

“This class is an exploration of herbal medicine and our body.

Using yoga, meditation and energy work we will examine each system of the human body (nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, etc.). In addition, we will learn key herbs that support each of our body's system to stay in harmony and balance.

We will cover some key health issues that arise in each body system and learn how to treat them using herbal medicine, movement and meditation.

Class fee includes materials and a private consultation with instructor.

This class is co-facilitated by Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, Registered Herbalist and Lilia Roman.

Atava has been studying and practicing herbal medicine, curanderismo and healing arts for over 20 years. She sees clients, teaches classes and has her own line of herbal products.

Ancestral Apothecary is a school dedicated to herbal, folk and indigenous medicine.”

Lessons From Earth And Spirit Part One
with Jan and Marystella of Vortex Journeys
a four part series
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-9:00PM,
and three more Wednesdays through October 8
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
RSVP  to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com

“Jan and Marystella's first meeting, orchestrated and unavoidable, initiated them into a vortex journey beyond beliefs.  Without a map or destination, they’ve stumbled along with endless lessons and blessings.  

In the  storytelling tradition they share details about a dozen vortices and portals activated on the half acre where they live in West Santa Rosa. Along the way you may wonder, Is there a vortex in my yard?

Six to Ten Participants per Circle. Invite a Friend!   

Part 1:  $100, Wednesdays. 6:30-9:00PM, September 17 and 24, October 1 and 8

Part 1 required to enroll in Part 2
Part 2:  $100  Wednesdays. 6:30-9:00PM, October 15, 22, and 29 and November 5”

The Curandera/o's Toolkit: Fall Series
a twelve week series
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Thursday, September 18, 6:30-9:00PM
and eleven more Thursdays through December 4
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$550, $100 deposit due by September 1 to reserve space.
To Register, please contact atava@ancestralapothecary.com or call 510-541-2715.

“Learn healing skills steeped in ancient wisdom to provide basic health care to yourself and your family.

This class will highlight herbal medicine, but we will also incorporate massage, meditation, and other aspects of curanderismo to learn how to care for our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Class time will include hands-on experience learning how to make different herbal medicines and we will also learn and practice curanderismo techniques, such as the limpia (energetic cleansing ceremony).

In this class, each participant will assemble their own ‘toolkit’ of herbal remedies for home and family use including: herbal tinctures, salves, cordials, and more!”

Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
with Rosie Ueng
Thursday, September 18, 6:00-9:00PM,
and five more Thursdays through October 23
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class, $550 for six-class series

“Another six-class Nourishing Traditions Basics Cooking Series is scheduled! Classes will be on six consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00PM beginning Thursday, September 18 and held at Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley. You can sign up for the entire series for $550 or individual classes for $95 per three-hour class. Dinner from each evening's sweat is included at the conclusion of each class. Sign up early as registration is limited to 12 people per class!

Soups and Stocks on Thursday, September 18, 6:00-9:00PM
Stews and Braising on Thursday, September 25, 6:00-9:00PM
Fermentation is Easy! (Vegetable and Dairy Fermentation) on Thursday, October 2, 6:00-9:00PM
Soaking, Sprouting, Sourdough, and Fermented Beverages on Thursday, October 9, 6:00-9:00PM
Eggs Revealed and Organ Meats Demystified on Thursday, October 16, 6:00-9:00PM
Vegetables, Sauces, and Condiments on Thursday, October 23, 6:00-9:00PM

And for those of you NT Cooking Series veterans, I'm still in the process of developing new classes and finding space and time for them. Stay tuned and thanks for being patient!”

An Evening of Stargazing
with Stargazer Li
Friday, September 19, 9:00-11:30PM
RSVP to info@stargazerli.com for exact location in Sebastopol
$20 per Adult, $5 per Kid under 15
see website for registration details

“This is my annual evening where kids are welcome to attend with adults.

Come join me for an evening out in a field under the stars, guided by a green laser wand, learning to find your way around the night sky and the names of the stars and constellations, while hearing folklore from many different times and cultures. We’ll see Saturn, the Scorpion, the Dragon, the Summer Triangle, and so much more…

To Register, Email Me info@stargazerli.com
with the numbers of Adults and Kids that will be attending (and in how many cars), and how you know me.

I’ll email back to confirm you’re on the list and then will send details on the location and what to bring in the days before the event.

Plan to arrive around 8:30PM to get situated before full dark.”

Lamplight Tours of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Friday-Saturday, September 19-20, tours leave every 20 minutes, 7:30-9:50PM
tours start at McDonald Gate, McDonald Avenue and Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3737
Space is limited, please pre-register - see website below:

“Walk at night through Santa Rosa’s oldest cemetery to see and hear all new dramatic portrayals of some of our town’s early settlers. Lights, costumes and stage settings create a magical time as characters from the past depict a scene from their lives in the history of Santa Rosa, California and the United States. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. (Uneven surfaces and slopes). Period costumes (1850 to 1950) encouraged. Tours last approximately one hour and leave from the McDonald Gate every 20 minutes from 7:30PM to 9:50PM. Pre-Registration Required. Book early - tours sell out!

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

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

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

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

Gathering Of The Ages:
An Intergenerational Equinox Celebration
Of Indigenous Wisdom In Contemporary Times
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21
Ojai Foundation, 9739 Ojai Santa Paula Road, Ojai

“Please join us for our third annual Gathering of the Ages!  We are delighted to bring new and returning wisdom keepers back to The Ojai Foundation along with youth visionaries and people of all ages in dialogue, sharing, and learning.

This year's Wisdom Keepers and their workshops:

Julie Tumamait, Chumash
Crossing Over The Rainbow Bridge: Exploring the Mysteries of Death

Leilani Birely, Hawai’ian
Sacred Prayer in Motion and Chant: Hula, the Language of Body and Soul
Ashe-Aloha! Priestessing the Primal Life Village (with Luisah Teish)

Luisah Teish, West African Ifa / Orisha
The Ancestor Journey:  practical Ancestor Reverence
Ashe-Aloha! Priestessing the Primal Life Village (with Leilani Birely)

Anne-Marie Sayers, Ohlone
Honoring the Past to Shape the Future

Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Coyote Woman, Ohlone / Chumash
Finding Balance with Coyote Trickster Medicine
Talking Stick Art Project

Uqualla, Havasupai of the Grand Canyon
Healers, Sentinels, Healers, Alchemists (Which One Are You?)
Tribal Dance and Chants
Sacred Oratory

Our Firekeepers will be:
Tautahcho Muhuawit Castaneda and
Art Cisneros, Earthman with a Good Heart

We give thanks for our partnership with I.Am.Life for this Gathering!”

Eat Real Festival
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21,
Friday 1:00-9:00PM, Saturday 10:30AM-9:00PM, Sunday 10:30AM-5:00PM
Jack London Square, 466 Water Street, Oakland
free admission

“Eat Real Festival is a social venture created to inspire eaters to choose tasty, healthy, good food. Through a vibrant, local festival in Oakland, and a focus on delicious and sustainable street food, Eat Real puts eaters in contact with the real people - the farmers, chefs, and producers - who make our food. Eat Real Festival will donate a percentage of its profit to several California organizations promoting access to healthy and affordable food, entrepreneurship and economic development.”

Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21,
Friday and Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
Adults $9, Students and Seniors $7, Ages 13-17 $4, children under 12 free
One ticket is good for all three days, coupon available on website

“The Pleasanton Harvest Festival offers three fun-filled days of family entertainment in a fun shopping atmosphere. Attendees can buy one-of-a-kind handmade products directly from top artisans, watch live artist demonstrations, experience great live music and performances, and spoil their taste buds with delicious festival food. The Fargo Brothers will share the outdoor stage with entertainer Captain Jack SpareRibs. Plus, keep an eye out for our strolling performers, Big Mama Sue and Fast Eddie and Fables of the West.”

Walnut Festival
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21
Heather Farm Park, 500 San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
see website for details of schedule and tickets

“The first Festival held in 1911 was a celebration of the harvest of grapes and was called 'The Grape Festival'. During prohibition, grapes were replaced with walnuts as the cash crop of the area and the vineyards became walnut groves. In 1936, the harvest celebration became known as The Walnut Festival. The Walnut Festival Association was officially incorporated in 1938 and except for a suspended period during World War II, has been celebrated as the popular annual community event it remains today.

As Walnut Creek as grown, and suburban developments have replaced walnut groves, the Walnut Festival Association has maintained the tradition of producing fundraising events for the benefit of the community. Locations for the event have changed over the years from the center of town to Civic Park and finally, in 1976, to Heather Farm Park, where is is now held the third Thursday after the first Monday in September.”

Foreverland: A Faerie-Tale Themed Festival on Lake Lodoga
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21
East Park Reservoir, Stonyford (in Colusa County)

“All pirates, fairies, and kids that never want to grow up - a new land has been discovered where all your dreams can become realities! This wondrous new place is brimming with art and music, song and dance, magic and splendor! Join us in celebrating the discovery of FOREVERLAND with three days of music, camping, swimming, workshops, and community.

Foreverland is a faerie-tale themed gathering dreamt up from Peter Pan’s Neverland, and breathed into life by a mega-collaboration of production companies including Enchanted Forest, Fractal Planet, Pulse SF, Hookahdome, Sacred Spaces, and Emersion (former members of NEXUS.) Come join us as we christen one of the most epic venues to ever host our festival culture. Lake Lodoga in Colusa County is just two and a half hours north of the Bay Area and features a Lake for swimming, trees and plenty of space to roam free and dance to music 24 hours a day!

At Foreverland, we invite you to explore the duality that exists within each one of our very souls and hearts. The container we create is meant to be an homage to both. Whether you are experiencing the innocence of your inner lost boy/girl’s sweetest intentions, or conversely; expressing your your wildest desires, and mischievous pirate fantasies, Foreverland gives us a safe container and playground to explore these dualities, and ultimately to embody the harmony that lies between.”

Creek to Bay Day
Saturday, September 20, 9:00AM-12:00PM
see website for locations where events are planned

“Mark your calendars for Oakland's 18th annual Creek to Bay Day!

Creek to Bay Day, a volunteer-based cleanup and beautification event, will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 9:00AM to noon at more than 20 creek and waterway locations citywide.

Volunteers are needed at numerous creek sites, Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary to pick up litter, remove non-native invasive plants and plant California native species. There is no registration necessary to volunteer. If you are part of group with over 10 people, we would appreciate you letting us know where you plan to volunteer so the coordinator of that site can plan accordingly. If you would like a site recommendation from our staff, please contact us via email creektobayprotection@oaklandnet.com or call 510-238-7630.

Participants of this event, which is held as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, join thousands of volunteers throughout the United States and over 100 countries around the world in taking part in the largest waterway and beach cleanup of the year.”

Willow Glen Founders' Day Parade
Saturday, September 20, 10:30AM-12:00PM
along Lincoln Avenue from Broadway to Minnesota Avenue, San Jose

“The Founders’ Day Parade will be held on Saturday, September 20, starting at 10:30AM, ending at approximately noon.  The Parade will consist of over 70 entries celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Willow Glen - from local schools, organizations, businesses, cultural groups, bands and much more!

What to Do After the Parade?
There will be lots of fun activities following the Founders' Day Parade!
Visit the many wonderful restaurants and shops along Lincoln Ave!  Many will be having historical exhibits and/or Founders' Day specials.

Like ice cream?   Willow Glen Charm and Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Co. are hosting an ice cream eating contest after the Founders' Parade - at 1:00PM at Willow Glen Town Square.  Space is limited - register at http://willowglencharm.com/icecream

Join in the fun at the Willow Glen Elementary's 150th anniversary celebration!  They are planning a great party to take place following the Founders' Day Parade.  

The beautiful Palm Haven neighborhood in Willow Glen will be celebrating 100 years of history with an event from 12:00-5:00PM. Download a flyer or visit their website for details.

Historical Clark Home Open House and Tour 12:00-4:00PM at 1147 Minnesota Avenue.  Includes an opportunity to view the film History of Willow Glen and light refreshments.”

Community Seed’s Fall Equinox Picnic
Saturday, September 20, 12:00-3:00PM
George Washington Grove, DeLaveaga Park, 1290 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz
suggested donation of $7-$15, nobody turned away for lack of funds

“Hey! Something new!
Let’s all get together and have an old-fashioned picnic. In the Redwoods.
And let’s do it right near the Fall Equinox: September 20th.

A small ritual and a low-pressure bardic will transpire at some point, but the point is just to come together in Fellowship and good cheer and enjoy ourselves and our amazing Community.

So. September 20th, 12:00-3:00PM.
Across from the George Washington Grove of DeLaveaga Park (Where we hold Beltane and Lughanasadh each year). At the picnic tables with the bocce ball court.

Potluck Luncheon:
Fire signs bring Savory items
Air signs bring Salads
Earth Signs bring Side Dishes
Water Signs bring Desserts
All drinks will be provided by Community Seed.

Bring your instruments! Bring your drums! Bring games! Bring the whole Family!

Join us at DeLaveaga Park, across from George Washington Grove Picnic Area
Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz
Gather at 2:00PM, Ritual at 3:00PM
Suggested Donation of $7-$15
Nobody turned away for lack of funds
This is a family event

**All CS events are Clean and Sober**

For more info, contact Community Seed at info@communityseed.org or 831-469-0336.”

Navratri Festival
Saturday, September 20, 5:30-8:30PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
Free, donations accepted

“Come join us in celebration of the auspicious Navratri festival! Selfless Love, Purity and Divine Protection to Empower the Soul.

The ShivShakti Goddesses worshipped during the Navratri festival are symbols of divine virtues blessed with protection and power of the Supreme Light, Supreme Soul Shiva.

Program includes:
Garba Raas (cultural dancing)
Live music
Jankhi (live Goddess pageant)
Vegetarian dinner

Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center is staffed by volunteers who have benefited from the spiritual insights and practices offered by the Brahma Kumaris and therefore give their time freely and happily. All our retreats, workshops, and courses are run by experienced facilitators who have years of experience as Raja Yoga practitioners and teachers. Many also hold various professional qualifications and are very aware of the dynamics of bringing spirituality into everyday life.”

Regina’s Door Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, September 20, 6:00PM
Regina’s Door, 352 17th Street, Oakland
for more information, please contact regina@reginasdoor.com or kim@reginasdoor.com

“The Roaring Twenties! The Jazz Age! The Era of Renaissance! The1920s was a fusion decade of fashion, art, culture, and music in it's most glorious form. On September 20th, Regina's Door will journey back in time to visit the spirit of the 1920s at its Grand Opening ‘Oakland Renaissance’ party! We invite you to travel with us for an historical evening filled with 1920s Joie De Vivre and fabulousity! So, grab a hold of the Flapper that lives within! Throw on your most creative 1920s frock! We will see you at the party. It is sure to be one for the ages.

Regina's Door is a high-end, customer-service oriented vintage boutique specializing in one-of-a-kind and beautifully exquisite vintage dresses and gowns from the Victorian Era to the 1980s. The boutique also stocks a limited and tightly edited range of treasured vintage tops, pants, suits, coats, and accessories. Regina's Door also offers costuming for rental and a select range of evening gowns.

In a world where chaos can sometimes reign, Regina's Door seeks to provide its beloved customers with a slice of shopping inspiration infused with an atmosphere of solace and care.
At its very foundation, Regina's Door operates by the motto ‘Compassion is always in fashion.’ In this regard, Regina's Door is honored to be in partnership with Love Never Fails, ‘a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and protection of youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in domestic sex trafficking.’
The party will began flowing at 6:00PM, 352 17th Street, Oakland.”

26th Annual Sea Music Concert Series
Saturday, September 20, 8:00PM,
and two more Saturdays, October 25 and November 15
Hyde Street Pier and onboard the Balclutha and Eureka, San Francisco
$14 per concert, $36 for all three

“During September, October, and November experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads and instrumentals from the wooden decks of the historic sailing ship Balclutha. Join the park in its 26th season of presenting some of sea music’s finest performers. Wheelchair accessible.
Salty Walt and the Rattlin’ Ratlines
Saturday, September 20, 8:00PM
Named ‘San Francisco’s best sea chantey band’ (SF Weekly), Salty Walt and the Rattlin’ Ratlines enjoy the close harmonies, instrumentation, and camaraderie that a group affords. Chanteys of African American, Anglo American, English, and French origin are included in their repertoire, covering international maritime history and lore. Founder and leader Salty Walt has performed at the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival, the Chicago Maritime Festival, as well as performing internationally in Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, and has crewed aboard several square-rigged sailing ships.
Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell
Saturday, October 25, 8:00PM
Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell, direct from Loch Lomond, Scotland, present one of the best repertoires in contemporary Scots acoustic music: Self-penned and traditional songs and tunes, that covers a host of subjects, all with a Scottish theme. They have performed in festival and concert venues throughout Europe, the USA and beyond. Linsey accompanies on cello, and Ken on guitar.
Holdstock and Macleod
Saturday, November 15, 8:00PM
Dick Holdstock and Allan Macleod are still enthusiastically performing together after over 30 years. They perform authentic renditions of the songs of their homelands - England and Scotland. Captivating audiences from coast to coast, they trade off on guitar and mandolin for accompanying their songs, as well as singing without accompaniment. Hearing their music is always a memorable event and an extraordinary glimpse into a not so distant maritime past. New insights into history and old customs are revealed through their songs.”

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21, 10:00AM-5:00PM
California Avenue and Avenue D, Treasure Island, San Francisco

“Come join us for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. This year, we have over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing our 500 and 300 meter course.

Dragon boat teams range from novice to competitive skill level. Novice teams represent local Bay Area corporations, public agencies, and non-profit community.

Recreational and competitive teams practice year-round and hail from all over the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. This year's championship race is going to be one of the fiercest battles for victory to date!

In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the Festival features many fun cultural activities: an entertainment stage with live dance and music performances, the Dragon Land children's activity pavilion, and a variety of food, arts and crafts, and other vendors.”

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Old Mill Park, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
Parking with free shuttle from Tamalpais High School, 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley
$10 General Admission, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for kids under 12 years

“Experience this annual event in the magical redwoods at the foot of Mount Tamalpais in historic Old Mill Park.  Come and enjoy the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival.

This community event reflects the spirit of Mill Valley and its purpose of supporting established independent artists and emerging student artists. Scores of Festival volunteers staff the gates and the Poster, T-Shirt and information booths during this annual two-day event. Much needed support comes from all areas of our community including: in-kind services and donations from the food and beverage providers who partner with Mill Valley nonprofit service organizations. Entertainment by fabulous Bay Area performers at the main and children's stages is included with the gate charge. Children’s craft activities are supported by local high school student artists and youth organizations.

The Festival Committee works diligently to continue our tradition of:
Encouraging and fostering public education in the awareness and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.
Providing an open and continuing dialogue between the established artist and the public.
Creating a foundation upon which local service organizations are able to raise a large portion of their operating budgets.
Providing an important showcase for new and emerging artists.
Presenting a high quality family friendly event.”

Berkeley World Music Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21, 12:00-9:00PM, see website for schedule details
performances in various locations in Berkeley - see website for details

“The assembled artists will again offer you a stunning show!

From People's Park headlining acts: Pride and Joy's electrifying Motown and Soul, Manzo Rally's New Latin Rock and  AfroFunk Experience to special festival finale Georges Lammam with special guest, Naser Musa presenting Khaliji, these music of Eastern Arabia and throughout the day, a dazzling display of Eastern Europe and Norteno polka, electric sarode, World Fusion, Brazilian choro, Belly Dance Bazaar, Dixieland Jazz, even Trans-atlantic Chamber music and more live music to be announced...

Stay tuned for complete line-up bios, and other festival updates.

For eleven years the Berkeley World Music Festival has been celebrating the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area's world music scene.

Come celebrate Summer Solstice on Sunday, June 22, 2014  for a full day of live concerts that will surprise your musical palate and take you on a musical journey around the world and back.

All performances are free to the public!”

Heart Rain in the Season of Drought
with Daniel Foor   
Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21
China Camp State Park, San Rafael
$250 includes camping and meals

“As we enter the year's hottest and driest season, all of California is now in extreme drought with rainfall levels at the lowest levels in over 150 if not 500 years. For those walking an earth-honoring path, what does it mean to live in a time of drought? Without judgment, reactivity, or I-know-what-needs-to-be-happening arrogance, how can we be conscious people in harmony with the larger cycles? Although it's for each of us to grapple with these questions, we can seek to personally embody balance which, in dry times, includes deeply honoring elemental water in our lives, hearts, and relationships. Tears are holy rain, and thirst calls for feeling more deeply and for praise of life-giving water.   

We'll gather for two full days (Saturday 10:00AM-Sunday 4:00PM) of community teaching and ritual to mark the Autumnal Equinox and give praise for the waters of life. We'll offer ritual to thank the spirits of place and rains-to-come and invite heart rain from those present. In addition to meeting the challenging gift of drought with open hearts (including grief ritual practices), there will be a time during the weekend for participants to make or renew vows of service and relationship with the Holy Earth.
This weekend intensive is also the monthly gathering for the closed 2014 Earth Ritual Training group. It's our one 2014 gathering that's open to new folks. If you're not already in the dedicated group, expect some basic prep and integration dialogue pre/post gathering (nothing too time intensive). Cost is $250, some flexibility as needed. This includes three healthy meals (Saturday dinner - Sunday lunch) and campsite reservations. Spaces are limited and already half full with folks from the dedicated group, so please be in touch soon to confirm your space: ancestralmedicine@gmail.com.”  

People’s Climate March
Sunday, September 21
see website for local events

“Wherever you are, join the weekend of action.

Think of this weekend as a chance to combine efforts with others in your community, because we need to show the New York City summit attendees our strength in numbers. You can organize marches, rallies, workshops, take a group photo from an iconic site - it’s up to you. What is really important is to tell the world that it’s time for Action, Not Words on climate change.

Register your event to make the movement even bigger. You’ll be able to invite friends and contact people who signed up for your event.

Don’t forget to send us your photos and share them on social media using the hashtag #peoplesclimate.

After you register, we’ll send you additional resources so you can ensure you’ll have a successful event. You’ll be able to edit your event info later, so you don’t need to have everything figured out right now - the important thing is to get started.

Check out some action ideas for your region!”

Art in Nature: The Nature of Art Festival
Sunday, September 21, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland
Free admission
Please see below for details of parking and shuttle fees

“Art in Nature: The Nature of Art Festival
Annual FREE admission multidisciplinary performing arts Festival located at the Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California.

Shuttle Bus Depot and Parking Lot at Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619

Experience participatory art that is in relationship with nature, and shows the creative process of the artists.

Stroll along the mile-long Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park and experience more than 200 artists and performers tucked among the meadows, redwoods and oaks in this family, bicycle and dog friendly festival.

Experience art in nature and delve into the nature of art in 12 Theme Areas featuring music, dance, sculpture, painting, martial arts, poetry, body painting, circus arts, theater, visual arts, storytelling, arts and crafts and kids events.

Bring a picnic lunch! There will be two food trucks outside the trail but NO vendors, or items for sale in the festival.

While no admission is charged for the festival, the Redwood Regional Park parking has a $5 fee, it is very limited and will fill up by the crew and volunteers early Sunday morning.”

Savor the Season
Benefitting the Alameda County Community Food Bank
Sunday, September 21, 12:00-3:00PM
Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Drive, Livermore
$125 includes luncheon and wine
For information, please contact Kathryn Weber at 510-635-3663 xt328 or kweber@accfb.org

“Join us for our annual Fall celebration of California-grown food and wine in a beautiful vineyard setting.

This festive outdoor event will feature:
Gourmet seasonal food and estate wines from Wente Vineyards
Live music featuring the Silverwood Jazz Quartet
Silent and live auctions

Proceeds from Savor the Season go directly toward hunger relief efforts in Alameda County.”

NorCal People’s Climate Rally
Sunday, September 21, 2:00-5:00PM
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Boulevard at 12th Street, Oakland
Location is shown as 1 on this map:

“The People's Climate March is happening in NYC.

The NorCal People's Climate Rally is happening in Oakland.

Join us in Oakland (and other locations) for a Rally and spread the word about postering/bannering around the Bay Area.

The Rally will be held on September 21, 2:00-5:00PM at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

It will be a family-friendly event, on the shore of Oakland's Lake Merritt, just a few short blocks from the Lake Merritt BART station.  Sponsoring and endorsing organizations will be part of a Climate Fair, with tables for literature and discussion.  

Come one, come all!”

Thanks to Glenn Turner for letting me know about this event!

Vortex Fall Equinox Ritual Celebration
with Jan and Marystella of Vortex Journeys
Sunday, September 21, 2:45-5:15PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
RSVP  to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com
“We'll circle in community and prepare for the arrival of Equinox at 7:29PM the following evening with a balance of focus and spontaneity, inner and outer movement. We'll harvest what we've sown since Spring and notice shifts from last month's New Moon intentions. And, as always, each person will receive a mini-energy reading.”  

Dream Yoga
a four month series with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Wednesday, September 24, 7:30-9:00PM,
and three more Wednesdays, October 1, October 29, and November 5
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley

“It is said that the practice of dream yoga deepens awareness during all our experience: the dreams of the night; the dream-like experience of the day; and the bardo experiences after death. Indeed, the practice of dream yoga is a powerful tool of awakening, used for hundreds of years by the great masters of Tibet. Unlike the Western psychological approach to dreams, the ultimate goal of Tibetan dream yoga is the recognition of the nature of mind, or enlightenment itself. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will discuss these profound and ancient teachings in this series of four Wednesday evening talks at the Sacred Stream Center.

September 24: Introduction to Dream Yoga
October 1: Lucid Dreaming
October 29: Principal Practices of Dream Yoga
November 5: Overcoming Obstacles to Dream Yoga

This lecture series benefits the Tibetan Children's School and the Tibetan Association of Northern California. Free for Tibetans - Please mention TANC at the door.”

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale
Wednesday-Sunday, September 24-28, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Avenue and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Free admission

“Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the 49th Annual Big Book Sale will feature over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories.

EVERYTHING is $3 or less, with a 3-2-1 scale: $3 hard cover books; $2 paperback books; $1 DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1.

All proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library’s education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults.”

Nature Communication: Essentials of Nature Connection
Nature Communication and Connection Practices Weekend Intensive
with Jon Young, Sal Gencarelle and the 8 Shields Team
Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28
in Santa Cruz County, location and directions given upon registration

“Join us at the edge of the mighty Pacific ocean near Santa Cruz for this unique opportunity with Jon Young and the 8 Shields Team. We will explore how ancient cultures developed practices and relationships with nature that awakened powerful healing gifts and abilities. These deep nature connection practices are accessible today and often lie dormant within all of us.

Experience the elements of the 8 Shields Model for mentoring and cultural repair developed over the last 30 years. This workshop is facilitated utilizing the Art Of Mentoring model, creating a rich and authentic village spirit that truly brings connection to a profound and memorable level.

The village container will include small group breakouts, paired and triplet sharing, solo experiences and whole group debrief and storytelling sessions. Elements shared during this workshop will include:

Animal Forms: an ancient and universal set of whole-body techniques related to imitation and drawing into ourselves the essence of natural elements, animals, birds and plants, then sharing this essence through a variety of expressive arts

The Storyteller’s Mind: working with the development of all our natural senses and exercising our ability to remember or call-up all of our sensory memories - one of the most powerful tools for deep nature connection and interspecies communication

Wandering: ways to deepen the sense of timelessness and intuitive powers through a proven set of exercises based on the spirit of wandering - an ancient and powerful longing linked to connection within each of us

Sensory Connection Routines: working with the most effective exercises to increase sensory awareness linking to both Animal Forms and The Storyteller’s Mind drawn from Jon and the 8 Shields team’s vast training and cultural experience

Intuition Development: techniques, stories, and teachings helping people discern the quiet voice within and signals from the body and nature that form the basis for communication and indicate strengthening connections

Holistic Tracking: interacting with tracks, trails, sign and direct sensing of wildlife while using the full-sensory capacity of individuals, and group techniques, Animal Forms and Storyteller’s Mind to activate the mind of the tracker - modeled by the best trackers and communicators in the world,the San Bushmen

Nature Communication: an ancient form of sensing that puts us in direct connection with the elements of nature - again utilized by ancient peoples the world over as a foundation for living with and caring for the natural world, one another, and ourselves

Ritual and Ceremony: working with stories, teachings and a variety of rituals to deepen the experience of nature connection and communication with all aspects of nature

Working with this model helps awaken the ropes of connection in community and brings about a deep and powerful relationship with all of life.

Organic and mostly local meals are provided by our amazing chef Carin! Camping and food is included in the cost of workshop.

Parents can contact garret@8shields.org about options for kids during the workshop.

Cost: $495

E-mail Garret@8shields.org for more information.”

Fabulosa Fest
Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28
Spinning Wheel, Forest Route 1S30, Groveland (near Yosemite)
See website for registration details

“The Fabulosa Collective creates fund-raising parties where diverse groups of women and friends come together to celebrate Women-centered arts and raise money for LGBTQ-oriented causes.  Fabulosa is an inclusive feminist fundraising gathering for women, their families and friends of all genders.

Fabulosa was initially the idea of Dawn Huston, who is the owner of the most diverse ‘dive bar’ on the planet, performance space and watering hole, El Rio in San Francisco. She formed the Fabulosa Collective with original members Judea Eden and Jenny Hoyston. Eden is a nutrition specialist and a San Francisco blues-folk singer. Hoyston is a West Coast promoter, DJ and the bandleader of the women’s experimental ensemble Erase Errata.

The Fabulosa Collective continues to grow and seek out new members who love to make beautiful things happen.

Fabulosa Proceeds
Our community is stunning, diverse and deserving of nurture. During financially tough times, many organizations that serve our LGBTQ community need additional help to ensure that their work remains possible. Fabulosa recycles much-needed funds back into the LGBTQ community by donating all proceeds to charities that serve the Bay Area and beyond.”

Network For A New Culture Autumn Camp
Thursday-Tuesday, September 25-30
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP

“Experience Transformational Tribal Technologies like The Zegg Forum, Tantra/Puja Rituals, Next Culture Technologies, NVC, Erotic dance, Intimate Connection, Conscious Touch and so much more…

It takes place at the breathtakingly beautiful Love Journey Tantra Temple in Sebastopol.

Please plan to stay the entire time.
Contribution/Peace Offering: $375 (Price based on last year. Subject to change.)
Price includes meals and four nights of tent camping or floor sleeping.
Private rooms are available at an additional charge on a first come, first serve basis.
Register Early!
This event is limited in terms of number of participants.
To Arrange Accommodations only, please contact LoveJourney: 707-824-1117 or theresa@lovejourneytantra.com.
For questions in general or questions about scholarships please email
SFBay.NC.Events@gmail.com or call 831-687-8878.”  

Nature and Soul Retreat for Autumnal Equinox
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, September 26, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
see website for registration details

“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.

The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.

No previous experience is necessary.

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.”

The Return of Manny’s Cellar - One Night Only!
a fundraiser for History San Jose
Friday, September 26, 5:30-9:30PM
Fallon House, 175 West St. John Street, San Jose

“As many of you know, Manny's Cellar, which formerly occupied the basement of the historic Fallon House, is a true San Jose institution and holds a special place in many hearts.
Manny Pereira opened his restaurant in 1962 and provided folks a homey atmosphere, excellent food, and stiff drinks. Manny's Cellar is famous for an impressive turnover of seats - feeding hundreds of lunchtime customers in under 20 minutes!

We hope you will join us on Friday, September 26 at 5:30PM for the return of Manny's Cellar. Tickets will be are $75 and cover food, drinks, and live music. Tommy Taylor, infamous bartender of Manny's Cellar fame, will be on hand to share stories. Most importantly, the proceeds from this event support our educational programs at History San Jose.”

Ancestor Three-Day Intensive
with Daniel Foor   
Friday-Sunday, September 26-28
Taoist Healing Energetics, 1044 Murray Street, Berkeley

“Our blood and family ancestors help us remember our location in the matrix, our life purpose, and our higher self and destiny. They're great supporters for transforming family pain and dysfunction into good medicine and healthy pride. This is also true for those who deeply dislike or don't know their biological family. We all stand to benefit from getting to know our loving ancestors and partnering with them to transform past pain.   
The focus of this three-day intensive will be working in partnership with supportive lineage ancestors for the well-being of the recent dead and the living family. If your work has you supporting others in a healing/helping capacity, you can also expect to learn skills to support your existing practice.”

The Regenesis of Women: Mystics, Healers, Warriors, and Clowns
with Jean Houston
Friday-Saturday, September 26-28
Earthrise Retreat Center, Institute of Noetic Sciences, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma
see website for registration information

“Here’s a question. Have you ever experienced the full spectrum of personalities that reside within you just waiting to be beckoned into form? Have you known the silent archetypes surrounding you who are constantly available to offer wisdom, strength, courage and love?

Wouldn’t it be a shame to come to the end of your days and have experienced a small sliver of your vastness, and let old cultural, family stories or limited self-perceptions overshadow the magnificent possibilities that await you in every moment?

The Regenesis of Women: Mystics, Healers, Warriors and Clowns is an unforgettable weekend workshop where Jean Houston takes you on the grand adventure into your own unexplored possibilities. If we have ever hoped to make a lasting contribution to society, then this is the perfect opportunity to open up and become the person whose creativity, imagination and practical action can match the needs of the world around us.

Through stories, humor, dancing and evocative exercises, Jean Houston helps you discover worlds within yourself that when activated, can change your experience of who you are and why you exist.

You’ll awaken your Mystic Woman, the extraordinary spiritual dimension of yourself that is absolutely holy, and enmeshed in every atom of life.

You’ll learn a new meaning of what it is to be a Healer, one who restores life both to yourself and others.

You’ll discover the bravery that is required as a Warrior when you understand what you truly stand for, the allies who have always been by your side, and very practical steps for making lasting change in the world.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll find new methods to access your own Clown, that aspect within you rich in wit, gratitude, and your deepest creative and imaginative channels.

The Regenesis of Women: Mystics, Healers, Warriors, and Clowns, gives you the ability to meet your archetypes, and introduce them to your visions, and see the miracles that unfold.

Come and enjoy the weekend with your daughter, mother, sister, friend, or companion.

You will no longer be satisfied with equality; you’ll want to create a whole new world!”

Sound Healing Conference And Festival
Four Days of Sound Healing Speakers, Exhibits, and Concerts
Friday-Monday, September 26-29
Kaiser Center Tower and Rooftop Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
see website for registration information

“A good balance of Sound Healing Science, New Technologies, and Life Transforming Experiential Workshops and Concerts.

Forty of the top Researchers, Pioneers, Instructors, Doctors, Sound Therapists, and Musicians in the field addressing important issues and topics in this rapidly expanding field of Sound Healing.

Sound, Meditation, and Consciousness  
Sound and Medicine
Natural Acoustic Sound Healing: Voice, Bowls, Tuning Forks
Healing Sounds and Music
Sound and Research
New Sound Technologies
Sacred Geometry
Voice Analysis
Sound and Intuition

Three Evening Sound Healing Concerts:
Friday, September 26: Steven Halpern, Scott Huckabay, Gospel and Kirtan with Suzanne Sterling and Friends
Saturday, September 27: Power of Love Concert with full band and choir
Sunday, September 28: David Hykes and Harmonic Presence, Karma Moffett Tibetan Bell and Bowl Experience

The Sound Garden: Ongoing Music, Workshops, Exhibits (indoors also), and Food Outdoors in the huge private Sound Garden Park on the 5th Floor

Come and Be Vibrated into Bliss!”

Halloween and Vine
Art and Craft Show
Saturday, September 27, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma

“On September 27, 2014, some of the finest Halloween artists in the nation will congregate in Petaluma, CA for one of the most spooktacular art shows in the United States!

Halloween and Vine artisans share a love for all things dark and spooky, and are here to release their original creepy creations on an unsuspecting public. But do not fear, for there is something here for all collectors whether your desire is crypt-creepy or spooky-sweet.”

Cupertino Diwali Festival
Saturday, September 27, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Memorial Park, 21267 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino
park at De Anza College, Lots B, C and Northern Half of Lot A

“The purpose of this festival is to bring people together and celebrate intercultural understanding that promotes economic prosperity.  We expect about 10,000 people to attend this lively and cherished family event.

Diwali - Festival of Lights marks the beginning of the new business year in India and it is a festival of joy, splendor, brightness, happiness and prosperity. Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, offering traditional sweets and wishing each other prosperous new year.

Visitors to the festival will be treated to a festive atmosphere of sari festooned trees, spectacular lanterns, and a cultural kaleidoscope of activities and performances. Beginning at 10:00AM with the popular Kids Zone art show and grand opening featuring community and elected leaders in native Indian clothing, the festival appeals to all senses. Indian food, music and dancing, featuring classical Kuchipudi and Kathak to folk Koli, and Innal Kolatam to popular Bollywood dances.

Attendees may get decorative mehndi tattooed on the palm of their hands, learn their future with a visit to the fortune teller’s stall or attend the bazaar with ethnic Indian art, clothing, jewelry, children’s books and toys.

The elaborate and exciting Kids Zone will be packed throughout the day with children visiting the magic show, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce abouts, face painting and coloring contests.”

UnMasked: A Women’s Embodiment Daylong
with Stacey Butcher
Saturday, September 27, 11:00AM-5:30PM
Western Sky Studio, 2525 Eighth Street, #13A, Berkeley

“As women, our true nature gets masked by the expectations of others - family, society, partners, etc. Underneath these masks lies our vulnerability, and therein lies our power. Join us as we lay down our masks, revealing the truth of who we are. Let’s stand tall in the mystery of the unknown together, reclaiming our power.

Through the 5Rhythms and Open Floor conscious dance practices, movement ritual, inquiry and experiential exercises, we’ll UnMask that which does not serve us anymore and uncover the feminine wisdom that lives in each and every one of us.

CAUTION: Magic happens in these women’s daylongs, so be prepared for transformation!

All levels of experience welcome.”

Superhero Street Fair
Saturday, September 27, 1:00-11:00PM
Waterfront Boardwalk Oasis, 1700 Indiana Street, San Francisco
$10 in Costume, $20 in Clark Kent
All ages welcome!

“Our changing world requires new discoveries and changing habits... what creativity and superpowers will you bring? Release your imagination and help create a new world. Join the adventure pitting heroes and villains within an urban theatrical landscape, a day full of worm-holes and time machines, spy gadgetry and visual explosions, fantasy and reality played out on a colossal stage where captivating displays of human feats will entrance and amaze you!

Create your own SuperHero with personalized powers to share and astound the world! Who will YOU be?

Adventures and Thrills For All You Villains And Superheroes!
Dance Music
Live Acts
Cartoon Art Museum - Museum exhibit and live animation drawing
League of Awesomeness - joining forces with SuperHero Street Fair this year to bring you the 'Hero's Courage' Climbing Wall, the Superhero Bootcamp, and one-on-one Superhero Life Coaching sessions. So this year, don't just play a Hero, become a Hero!
Mission Comics - Comic book and graphic novel exhibit, from your local comic book store located on 20th street in the Mission
ArtMobileUs - Mobile art gallery and roving arts incubator
Sporting Green: Climbing Wall and Zorb Racing. FREE and open to the public
COSPLAY Masquerade and Costume Contest
Local SuperHero Awards Ceremony at 4:00PM
Boardwalk Oasis: beautiful new waterfront boardwalk for 2013 with cobblestone walkways and outdoor art displays
Go-Go Floating Barges - free boat rides all day!
Om-Shan-Tea Tea House - complimentary tea service in the relaxing comfort of a middle eastern oasis lounge
Future Motion Light Sculpture Garden
GIANT Space Backdrops and props for cool photos and inter-dimensional fun
Food and Drink Space Stations
SupperClub Sky Lounge
Gallery of Villains
InterPlanetary Make-up and Photo Montage Zones
ZorbaThon HumanSphere Racing

Amazing Good To Be Done!
Join us in a celebration of outstanding individuals and organizations in the Bayview and San Francisco arts and community at large with the SuperHero Awards ceremony at 4:00PM at the fair. As every year, a portion of the proceeds from this festival go to the recipients of the awards. We recognize local businesses and artists who are performing heroic feats every day.”

Bay Area ParaCon
Saturday-Sunday, September 27-28
Benicia Veterans Hall, 1150 First Street, Benicia

“Share the two day experience with other adventurers, investigators and contrarians who seek to know truth.

Two full days of:
International Celebrity Guests
Trade Show
Panel Discussion

Ghost Tours/Investigation (Saturday Night Only)

Myths and legends are important because they give us cultural contrarians who seek to know truth identity and inspire us to get in touch with our personal belief system. Bay Area Paracon 2014 was created to further the conversation about reality beyond the physical realm and to engage with some of the top thinkers and practitioners in the fields of astrology, mysticism, intuition, mediumship and more. Do you believe in synchronicity? Are you a fan of Big Foot? Have you ever seen a leprechaun or a ghost? See what the experts have to say.”

KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace
Saturday-Sunday, September 27-28,
Saturday 10:00AM-10:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-8:00PM
Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley
See website for ticket details
Parking $5

“The 18th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic with world-class musicians, dance, pageantry, living history, falconry, athletics, storytelling, jam sessions and shopping.   The outdoor event takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 27, and 28 in Grass Valley, California at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines . There are eight stages and performance areas.  Our main stage hosts many of the best Celtic musicians on the world stage.  

As late summer begins to cool, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a Celtic village where world-famous Celtic musicians perform, shopping and dining opportunities abound and O'Dea's Irish Pub celebrates the change of season.  Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend.  Revelers make music into the night in the campgrounds complete with tall trees and a lake.

History buffs explore encampments of Guilds who re-create points and places in time. Royalty and their subjects demonstrate how peasants and gentry lived in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping in a straw bale castle. Seniors are admitted an hour before the event opens on Sunday and treated to scones and tea. The festival is disabled accessible.  Camping and RV hookups are available on-site.”

Santa Cruz Story Telling Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 27-28,
Saturday 7:00-9:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-1:00PM
Branciforte Smalls Schools, 840 N Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz

“Come Listen with your Imagination and Experience the Enchantment of live Storytelling!

Weaving community together through the art of storytelling, live music, and people of all ages. In service to the innate Wisdom and Compassion of the human heart.

Every story can be enjoyed by all ages.

We invite you to picnic on the grassy field near the giant Oak trees or on the  Small Schools campus. Bring beverages, bring cheese, bring dinner to share with friends. This is an opportunity to dine al fresco as we gear up for the evening's tales. Between 5:00-7:00PM is your magic window.
During intermission tea and treats are available.

Bring blankets or pillows if you'd like to sit on the ground close to the stage, or chairs for a higher view. warm layers a must for the possibility of a cool evening in the Outdoor Theater.

This event is perfect for listeners of all ages who love tales of the heart, mysteries, and adventure.

There is also a playground for those young ones who may need to live out their own adventures and unable to sit and listen quietly.
Saturday Evening Performance 7:00-9:00PM
We have an enchanting Evening Program that will have your imagination traveling around the world and landing comfortably back in your heart. This performance is ideal for an audience 9 years and up.  This year we have a dynamic line-up of storytellers including   Sirena Andrea, Erica Lann-Clark, Eric Schneider, Sage Lavine and Glenn Kazmierski.

Plus the music of Heather Houston's dynamic choir Yala Lati.      
Sunday Family Show 11:00AM-12:00PM
Our children's stories will begin at 11:00AM at the Oak Tree Stage.
Wear hats or bring umbrellas for this sunny show.
This program is specifically designed for families with elementary aged children
excited about listening to stories of the heart with music and lots of laughter. There is a playground near by for any child who needs to play out their own adventure and unable to sit and listen.  

Every story told here will be appropriate for all aged children.

Sunday Community Story Swap 12:00-1:00PM  - All Ages Welcome!
The Story Swap begins at 12:00PM Sunday on the main stage, hosted by the imaginative Daniel Bittleston. Here anyone inspired to give their imagination a voice can sign up to tell a story of compassion and wisdom their own!  

Each participant will be given 5-7 minutes to tell.”

Piedmont Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 28, 11:00-3:00PM
Piedmont Community Center, 711 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

“Please join us for the 16th Annual Piedmont Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 28. Show the world the bounty of your garden and tempt your neighbors with your culinary skills. This year’s festival will include the carnival, jazz festival, growing and cooking contests, Farmers’ Market, art show, disaster preparedness fair, fix-it clinic, as well as local foods and lemonade.”

Alameda Legacy Home Tour
Sunday, September 28, 11:00AM-5:00PM
pick up guidebook at Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Avenue, Alameda

“A Self-Guided Tour of  Seven Homes:
Six Victorian-era and a carpenter's dream home on the West End
Refreshments at the Meyers House Garden
Please note the Meyers House Museum is NOT open for the home tour.  It is open on second and fourth Saturdays of the month, from 1:00-4:00PM.  

Spend a day on our beautiful bayside island, strolling through neighborhoods rich in architectural heritage. The tour is self-guided - pick up your Legacy Guidebook and visit the homes at your own pace, in any order you choose. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at a park, in the Meyers House Garden, at the beach, or visit one of our many fine local restaurants.

Go green, and bike the tour! Alameda is hill-free, and enjoys light traffic at a leisurely pace on Sundays.

Proceeds will benefit the Alameda Museum and the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS), non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving our small town ambiance and cherished older buildings.

For additional information, email us, or call Diane Coler-Dark, 510-523-5907.”

South Bay Pagan Kids Autumn Equinox
hosted by The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, September 28, 1:00PM
Taffy's House, 487 Marshall Avenue, San Jose

“Hello and Merry Meet

We are a cross-tradition gathering of Pagan families with children who meet on the quarters and cross-quarter days to celebrate the Sabbats; to share food and music, traditions and knowledge, crafts and dancing. We are eclectic Wicca, Druid, Dianic, British Traditionalists, Feri, and Family Folk tradition, and are open to and looking for more varieties. We seek to share and learn from each other while providing support in a fun and nurturing environment. Please join us in our Autumn Equinox ritual. We'll share songs, do crafts, and enjoy! What to bring: A potluck dish to share. Please consider bringing a suggested donation of $5-$10 dollars per person and/or $10-$20 dollars per family. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Blessed Be, Taffy”

Forbidden Island's 7th Annual Parking Lot Sale
Sunday, September 28, sale 2:00-7:00PM, party continues until Midnight
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, 1304 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, 510-749-0332

“Northern California’s largest sale of collectible and vintage tiki, Hawaiiana, rockabilly, and mid-century modern goods.  This annual event sale features an incredible selection of original art, collectible mugs and decor, vintage Aloha and rockabilly clothes, vinyl, furniture, and much more.  We’ll also be offering drink specials and a few surprises.  Come early for the best selection - it’s guaranteed to be a sell-out event!  Don’t miss it!”

Stories and Songs For The Last Wild Buffalo
with Mike Mease of Buffalo Field Campaign
Tuesday, September 30, 6:00-9:00PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, 707-792-5300
sliding scale $5-$10

“Buffalo Field Campaign in collaboration with HempStead Project HEART

Includes Mike Mease co-founder, presenter, buffalo stories and films.  Live music  with Goodshield and Mignon.  Booth/table with BFC merchandise, newsletters, stickers, t-shirts, DVDs, CDs, etc.  AND, HempStead Project HEART with John Trudell and organizers with presentations, music/spoken word, film, hemp merchandise, books, CDs, etc.  

The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter and harassment of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo. Volunteers from around the world defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Our daily patrols stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on, and document every move made against them.

Volunteers spend all day, from sunrise until sunset, watching and documenting actions taken against the buffalo. We run patrols from cars, skis and snowshoes to protect buffalo outside the park. Tactics range from video documentation to nonviolent civil disobedience.

BFC enjoys incredible support and participation from the local community. Residents allow us to post signs on their property designating them as Buffalo Safe Zones. We offer a fence repair service to mitigate damage caused by wildlife. Locals join us on our daily rounds, and many support our patrols with hot drinks and food.

All of our work happens because people are willing to take a break from their usual schedules and come help. Over 3000 people from all over the country and around the world have joined us in our log cabin on Hebgen Lake to help stop the buffalo slaughter. We feed and house all our volunteers in our cabin and Gardner satellite camp. Volunteers patrol for buffalo by skis, snowshoes, or cars. Everyone communicates by a network of hand-held radios, and also carries a video camera.

Our office runs outreach programs, including slide and video presentations, summer tabling in Yellowstone Park, website and e-mail updates, and national media coverage through press releases and video.”

Armenian Bazaar
Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, Friday 5:30PM-Midnight, Saturday 12:00PM-Midnight
Saint Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, 650 Spruce Street, Oakland
Adults $3, Children 6-13 $1, Children under 6 free

“Experience the Premier Armenian Food Festival of the East Bay!

Authentic Armenian food, dance, music and culture
St. Vartan Armenian Dance Ensemble performs at 8:30PM both nights
Kids’ games
Food to-go
Vegetarian and a la carte items served all night!”

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5,
Friday 4:00-9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Adults $5, Children 12 and under Free

“Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of all-inclusive wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, food pairing, craft beer and cider tasting, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, the World Championship Grape Stomp and much more. Make plans to join us and taste the best of Sonoma County!

Please join us for a sensational Grand Tasting experience at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 3-5, 2014. Previously the Grand Tasting event was only Friday evening, now you can enjoy all of the award winning wines and food all three days. With the addition of unique and educational demonstrations, a renewed focus on local and artisanal products and interactive tastings, this year’s event is an exceptional celebration of Sonoma County’s finest and best-known products.
For over 39 years, attending the Harvest Fair has been a tradition for both local and out of town guests. Wine and food lovers from as far abroad as South America, India and even Australia, plan their visit to Santa Rosa each October, to sample the county’s bounty.

Admission to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is FREE with 4 non-perishable food items for the Redwood Food Bank or $5 (children 12 and under are FREE). Admission includes entrance to the Marketplace, chef demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, Harvest Workshops and the World Championship Grape Stomp.”

Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival
Saturday, October 4, parade 10:00AM, Festival 12:00PM
DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

“The Oakland Black Cowboy Association is proud to present the 40th Annual Parade and Heritage Festival at DeFremery Park in Oakland on October 4, 2014 beginning at 10:00AM. Come and join us in a day of fun and Taste of the Old West as we ride through West Oakland.
The Oakland Black Cowboy Association, a not-for-profit organization, has spent over three decades enlightening children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the settling of the West.  This vision continues today with its annual parade and festival. People from all walks of life attend this one of a kind parade and festival which features nationwide cowboys, trick riders, schools community organizations, and local businesses.

The festival will continue after the parade at DeFremery Park at 18th and Adeline with food, horse and pony rides and an array of entertainment and fun for the whole family.
So put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and come celebrate with the Oakland Black Cowboy Association with a day of fun, excitement and the tradition of the Old West In Oakland.

The Oakland Black Cowboy Association is best known as the host of the annual Black Cowboy Parade and Festival. The Black Cowboy Parade is held in memory of the black cowboys that helped to settle the American West has been an exciting historic part of Oakland.

The Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival - Don’t Miss It.”

Harvest Fair and Exposition
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S King Road, San Jose, 408-794-6262

“The 21st Annual Harvest Fair and Exposition is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Emma Prusch Farm Park, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. The park is located at 647 South King Road in San Jose, near the intersections of Highways 280/680 and 101. Admission and parking are free.

The goal of our event is to embrace the spirit of the county fair and provide a place for families to celebrate a ‘country fair’ in San Jose.

This year’s event will include a large family-oriented pumpkin patch, exhibits of 4H projects, expanded plant sales, all day entertainment, tours of the Park, historic farm house, barn, orchards and Emma’s Heirloom German Kitchen Garden.

Environmental Education:
This is also day of education and will consist of displays including as Our City Forest, UCCE 4H Clubs, Home Composting Education Program, California Rare Fruit Growers, and many, many more.

Plant Sales:
Veggielution and Master Gardeners will be selling a good selection of winter vegetable seedlings along with several other garden vendors.

All day free entertainment will include Mariachi San Jose Youth Band, Reincarnated Revival rock band, dancers, Andrew Hill ROTC, Lee Mathson Middle School Advanced Band, any several other local performers.

A wide variety of tasty treats will be available, including Texas Snoball’s famous shaved ice, authentic Mexican food from Carmen’s Taqueria, including traditional tamales, plus the Sweet Potato Festival is back with homemade pies and fries.

The event is hosted by the Prusch Farm Park Foundation and supported by the City of San Jose, San Jose Parks Foundation, and University of California Cooperative Extension 4H Programs. All proceeds benefit the many diverse programs at Prusch Park. Sponsorship opportunities available.”

Shoreline Festival
Saturday, October 4, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, 5551 Giant Highway, Richmond

“All Free Food and Entertainment - Burritos - Bird Watching with the Audubon Society - Fishing - Exhibits - Nature Walks - Kids’ Activities - Zumba -
Kids’ Chu Chu Train - Pony Rides Demonstrations - Free Books for the Kids

Live Music!
Clarence Van Hook brings the blues, Duaxama shares Latin rhythms and Hector Lugo will lead a drumming circle.

Healthy Lunch choices include Latina Fusion burritos and salads.

Rich City Rides - Fun for the Whole Family !

Free bike helmets for all kids!

Bike Parking by Rich City Rides

80th Anniversary of East Bay Regional Parks District

The Kids' Chu Chu Train is a children’s ride consisting of a lawn tractor and four small cars with the appearance of a railroad train. This ride will operate only on the paved road. ChuChu train rides all day long!

No firearms, curse words, sour pusses, snake oil, or phony money allowed on premises.”

Turlock Holistic Expo
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Building E-2, Turlock

“FREE admission, FREE seminars, FREE entertainment!!

This is a fantastic day of fun! There's a large marketplace with over 50 vendors.
There will be Holistic healers, Reiki, intuitive readers, psychics, aura camera plus much more. There's also a market place with Native American jewelry and handcrafted items, crystals, sage, unique jewelry, art, candles, nutritional products and samples and more.”

Saturday, October 4, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

“Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900s, when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites.

Highlighting this year’s festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.

Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business and Professional Association, the Oaktoberfest event brings together elements of the district vision for a one day, everyone welcome, family-friendly craft beer festival.

Oaktoberfest is an event designed not only to celebrate the proud history of a shining district in Oakland, but also to raise funds for improvement projects, community development programs, and future events. The success of this festival relies on committed volunteers and the generosity of area residents and engaged businesses. Your support for this non-profit event will create positive change in the community.

Eco Fair and Kid’s Area
Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Alley”

Harvest Faire and Steam Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
Free admission, see website for Steam Train tickets

“Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire and Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold steam-powered line shafts, player pianos, letterpresses, printing presses and more! Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4-5, and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from our Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain.

Harvest and Steam themed activities include 'Make and Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making, hand car racing, and much more.”

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Tuesday-Sunday, October 7-12
see website for schedule details
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

“Celebrating its 19th anniversary, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch is the largest glass pumpkin patch in California. Featuring roughly 10,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by more than 20 prominent glass artisans, this beloved fall event returns to the newly renovated Palo Alto Art Center. Wander through a dazzling array of one-of-a kind glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects designed to reflect nature’s brilliance in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. From bold, contemporary designs, to earthy tones, to delicate and ornate with iridescent accents, these glass art pumpkins are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving, yet beautiful enough to display year-round.

The public sale runs Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, from 10:00AM-5:00PM. Proceeds support the three presenting organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), Palo Alto Art Center (PAAC), Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF), as well as participating artists. Both BAGI and PAACF are 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organizations.

All of the pumpkins will be available for purchase during the weekend sale only. By purchasing glass pumpkins from the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch you will:
Own a beautiful and unique piece of glass art
Show support for local artists
Assist the hosting organizations in their efforts to  promote local community art and education programs and initiatives.”

Amazon Watch's 2014 Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, October 8, 11:30AM-1:30PM
The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street, San Francisco
Free, donations welcome
Video from last year's luncheon https://www.causes.com/amazonwatchlive

“Save the date for Amazon Watch's 9th Annual Luncheon! We are excited to announce that this year's luncheon will be held at the beautiful Bently Reserve in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. It will also be globally broadcast live on our website.

Enjoy our popular, inspiring mid-day celebration of the Amazon and hear directly from our indigenous partners. Recognize our victories as well as the upcoming challenges we face together as a community. You'll have the chance to meet Amazon Watch staff, engage with some of our indigenous partners from the Amazon, and connect with others committed to the protection of our planet and the rights of indigenous peoples.”

Bay Area Ladyfest
Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12,
various Bay Area locations, see website for detailed schedule
all events sliding scale $0-$20

“Ladyfests are annual, non-profit events organised mainly by womyn; they feature bands, musical and political groups, lecturers, spoken word and visual artists, workshops and discussion groups and are organised purely by volunteers. The events are focused mainly on encouraging the talent of womyn and girls, and some workshops are womyn-only, so as to make them feel more comfortable, however, main music events and films/art exhibits are open to everyone.

Ladyfest is also meant to be a place where visitors can discuss and take action on their views on topics such as sexism, equal rights, art, media and others, attend shows by both female and male performers or just have a good time in a space where they feel comfortable to be themselves.

All Ladyfest festivals have in common is their name and philosophy: they are tailored by grassroots volunteer organisers to reflect each unique community with a wide array of arts, music, film, workshops and events. The ideals of antisexism and antihomophobia are addressed throughout the fests and expressed in many ways, ranging from aggressive hardcore music to gentle talks to each other during a workshop.”

Mysteries of Samhain 2014: Eurydice and Orpheus a Wild Requiem
a Reclaiming Retreat
Friday-Monday, October 10-13
Mendocino Woodlands, Campsite 3, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration details

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

Bay Area Reclaiming ritual planners invite you to join us in the redwoods at Mendocino Woodlands as we weave a web that crosses the generations.

2014 theme - Eurydice and Orpheus: a Wild Requiem

Mysteries of Samhain is a do-it-ourselves, community-style camp. This is a magical intensive, 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.

Reclaiming is an inclusive tradition. Folks new to Reclaiming are welcome.  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.

All adults, as well as teens with parent or guardian, are welcome! We also welcome younger kids with parent - however, this camp will not be offering separate kids' activities. You do not need prior magical classes or Reclaiming training. We ask that all participants agree to work within Reclaiming's Principles of Unity. Reclaiming events are drug- and alcohol-free except for legal and prescription medications.

The Mendocino Woodlands are a state park operated by a local non-profit. The site is located just far enough inland from the town of Mendocino to avoid coastal fog. The camp is set among a mature Redwood/Douglas Fir forest, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting. A small creek runs alongside the camp.”

Gather the Women North Bay: Death and Dying
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Rohnert Park Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Drive, Rohnert Park
$25 includes lunch, registration required

"We are a global sisterhood that connects women through circles.  We create a safe place to share our true selves.  Meeting in circle, we find our voices, claim our power, and celebrate our self-worth, leading to personal and planetary transformation.
Our Fall Circle will Explore Death and Dying
with inspiration from Alexandria McKinnon
Also dance to the beat of Ruth Richards and her drummers; experience an inspirational journey guided by Jan Boddie and Marystella Church; embrace the opening and closing shared by Ruah Bull.

Bring your cards and fliers to share with community; win your favorite items in the Silent Auction.

$25 includes lunch

Registration Required
Mail your name, information and check to
GTW Northbay c/o Donna Ahlstrand,
1655 Juliet Drive, Petaluma, CA  94954
For More Information or to Volunteer, Contact Donna Ahlstrand at GTWnorthbay@comcast.net or 707-235-6563.”

World Veg Festival
presented by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 10:30AM-9:00PM
San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco

“What is the World Veg Festival?
The weekend event is organized by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.  The first one was in 1988. It has run continuously uninterrupted for the last fourteen years. It is our way to celebrate World Vegetarian Day, which is observed worldwide on October 1. Our event is usually a week before or after WVD.

Children's Corner
Healthy Food Demos
Live Entertainment
Vegan Vendors
Outstanding Speakers
$10 per person
Free for Students with ID, Seniors over 65, and Children under 12”

Maafa Commemoration Ceremony
Sunday, October 12, 5:30AM (before dawn)
Ocean Beach, Great Highway at Fulton Street, San Francisco
Free, all black people are invited

“The term ‘Maafa’ is Kiswahili for ‘terrible occurrence’ or ‘recurring disaster’ and has been used to describe the European slave trade or the Middle Passage. The term ‘Maafa’ also references the Black Holocaust historically and currently. In the San Francisco Bay Area, October is Maafa Awareness Month - it is a time to reflect on the legacy of slavery: victims and beneficiaries in the short and long term, and look at ways to mend, repair and heal the damage to Pan African descendants of the enslaved and their New Afrikan societies. The toll has been tremendous: psychological, economic, social, physical, emotional and spiritual.

The Maafa ritual, October 12, 2014, is an honoring of our past and a prayer for our future. All black people are invited to come and share in this time of remembrance. We ask for this one event, those who support the well-being of black people respect our desires about the commemoration ceremony and mourning ritual.

Attendees are encouraged to wear white, to dress warmly, bring their children, flowers for the ceremony, vegan or vegetarian breakfast items to share afterwards, (along with dishes to serve them on), hot beverages and cups, drums, chekeres, rattles, and positive energy. Firewood is useful for the bonfires Sunday morning. The organizers will not be responsible for security if attendees decide to spend the night.”

Blog Action Day
Thursday, October 16

“Blog Action Day is an free annual event, that has run since 2007. It’s aim is to unite the world’s bloggers by posting about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all, raises awareness or even funds for not-for-profits associated to the theme issue.

2014 will focus on rising issue of Inequality.”

The Beautiful Bust: A Women's Health Fundraiser
benefitting Ceres Community Project and Resurrection Roller Girls
Friday, October 17, 7:00-10:00PM
The dhyana Center, 186 N. Main Street, Sebastopol
$5 Suggested Donation (includes one raffle ticket)

“An inspiring evening supporting women's health through art. Support the community and women's health, celebrating the unique feminine beauty and empowerment with health and wellness at The Beautiful Bust art exhibit and silent auction, featuring original one-of-a-kind artwork by 13 local artists that have decorated chest casts of the Resurrection Roller Girls derby skaters.

Don't miss out on this fun, community supported evening:
Silent Auction and Raffle
Beer, Wine and Local Appetizer
Live Music and Live Art
Meet the Artists and Roller Derby Girls
Health Education and Disease Prevention Booths”

GLOW: A Festival of Light
Friday, October 17, 7:00-10:00PM
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“A black-lit, three-story building electrified with glow-in-the-dark dances, digital projections, LED light art and other glowing goodies flowing through the air like fireflies. Bring your imagination to life in a mind-dazzling evening of lights, art, performances, and glow-in-the-dark activities that will turn the MAH into an eye candy mansion.

For the experimental visitors, a blacklight activity room will be filled with hands-on art activities - making mosaics, glowing face painting, lanterns, glow in the dark slime, a blacklight photo booth, neon colored crowns, and bow-tie making. Learn about the science behind why things glow with UCSC chemistry students.

So come enjoy the show. Come GLOW!

This is a two day festival. GLOW: A Festival of Fire is Saturday, October 18.”

Bioneers Conference: Growing The Movement
Friday-Sunday, October 17-19
Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
See website for registration details

“Yes, 2014 marks our 25th Bioneers Conference birthday! We honor all of you who’ve shared and contributed to this amazing journey. We’re conjuring some special magic to celebrate this milestone with you at the 2014 Summit and throughout the year.

After a quarter-century, the Bioneers community of leadership has learned a thing or two about breakthrough solutions and what directions to head in. Like a magnifying glass channeling sunlight, the Growing The Movement theme is designed to help focalize this wealth of community wisdom, skillfulness and vision into beams of action – a trellis of light on which our shared work can grow.

The years between now and 2020 will be the most important in the history of human civilization. Climate change has crash-landed from the future into the present. The ecological debt we’ve incurred is dire. The hyper-concentration of wealth has captured our political systems, impoverishing humanity, the environment and democracy. The bottom line is we’re living beyond our means, and the collection agency is at the door.

This year's gathering will include a powerful cross-section of speakers including Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Terry Tempest Williams, Patricia Gualinga, and Paul Stamets.

Please join us for a weekend-long revolution from the heart of nature.”

Embraced By Love: A Retreat To Nourish And Celebrate Your Beautiful Feminine Spirit
Saturday, October 17-20
Ralston White Retreat Center, 2 El Capitan Avenue, Mill Valley
see website for registration information

“When was the last time you gave yourself the gift of a retreat that is expressly designed to nourish and nurture your soul in a sacred, loving and feminine way?

Being embraced by a circle of sisters from a place of love and heartfelt acceptance
Being received into the center of a delicate rose - its petals gently caressing you into a felt sense of beauty
Being welcomed into the garden of Aphrodite's unconditional love
Joining with other soulful women in a place where you are deeply seen and invited to discover and offer your deepest gifts
Singing, laughing, dancing and celebrating with women from around the globe

We invite you to take time out of your busy life, unplug and immerse yourself in sacred beauty and soul nourishment. Come, refuel and renew yourself as we create a space for the Goddess in each of us to wake up and stretch out in the sun!

It's challenging in our everyday lives to truly walk the path of beauty and to feed ourselves regularly. So many other things compete for our attention and take priority.

Our three-day oasis in Aphrodite's Garden will give you the break you deserve - it's a special, sacred time for you to be adored, pampered, received and adorned as the beautiful woman that you are. Your senses will be re-awakened as you come alive to your fullness, and you will receive lavish, loving attention that can only happen in a sacred sister circle.

The retreat is co-led by Devaa Haley Mitchell and Elayne Doughty, who have guided hundreds of women on awakening journeys. In their care, you will be filled up, nurtured and exalted by the Goddess of Love herself. And after four days, you will leave with a deep embodiment of living your life as love and an immersive experience of the Goddess of Love within you.”

GLOW: A Festival of Fire
Saturday, October 18, 7:00-10:00PM
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Cooper Street and Abbott Square will be glowing with fire dancing, flaming fire art sculptures, radiating music and dancing in the streets. Local fire artists will show their latest burning man creations of fire art that will ignite into musical flames, burning dragonflies and fire cannonades.

So come enjoy the show. Come GLOW!

This is a two day festival. GLOW: Digital Art night is Friday, October 17.”

Santa Rosa Mystic Fair
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa

“Over 40 Exhibitors:
Psychics, Tarot, Reiki, Past life, Numerology, Massage Therapy, Aura Readers, Astrology, Energy Work

Jewelry, Candles, Oils, Crystals, Gems, Herbs, Apparel, Books, Food, Henna, and more

Come play at the Kids Carnival in the main lobby with many fun games and prizes!

Featuring seven hour-long workshops.”

Folsom Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Folsom City Lions Park, 50 Natoma Street, Folsom
$16 adults, $11 students, seniors (55+) and children 13-17, $8 ages 6-12, under six free
parking $4

“There is no better way to end the faire season than with a full our party at the Folsom Renaissance Faire. This year's theme for the event is Shakespeare's Muse. The rising young star of London's theatre scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer's block, while the great Elizabethan age of entertainment unfolds around him. What Will needs is a muse - and in an extraordinary town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he finds himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Their stories make their way into his plays and into our hearts.
Revel in the amazing antics of the Elizabethan town filled with myriad of characters and vignettes resembling from Shakespeare's most beloved plays, featuring re-enactment of the 1500s with theater, music, magic, swordplay, puppetry.
Mark your calendars and come and enjoy. Costumes are wonderful and can greatly enhance your faire experience, yet they are certainly not required for attendees.”

Nouveau Devadasi Fusion Temple Dance Festival
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26,
see website for detailed schedule
Danzhaus Dance Center, 1275 Connecticut Street, San Francisco
$490 before September 1, $540 after

“At our Annual Festival every fall in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoy 14 intensive workshops with master teachers and 2 evenings of public performance and couture costume bazaar celebrating traditional and fusion forms of Temple Dance.

Learn about the history, traditional dance techniques, mysticism, aesthetic arts, modern explorative choreography, ritual theater, and inner yogas of Fusion Temple Dance.

During our Annual Festival, the cohesive student body travels together through the comprehensive temple dance curriculum, blossoming together in a group process and deepening in connection as our personal interpretive temple dances are revealed. A powerful container is created throughout the festival weekend for transformation.

Our annual festival is intended to serve as an urban retreat with a daily healthy, catered, organic, vegan whole-food macrobiotic lunch by Shangri-La Restaurant in Oakland.

A portion of this year's proceeds benefits Dance Mandal: Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal.

The deeper vision of Fusion Temple Dance is for global fusion. We share our aesthetic movements along with the sacred stories and teachings of our respective cultures and traditions. We cross-pollinate wisdom and find the common threads of our human condition. Honoring the keepers of traditional dance forms, fusion temple dance finds its place within the mandala of expressive art forms.”

Science and Nonduality Conference
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26
Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose
See website for schedule and registration details

“The Entanglement of Life

Entanglement is one of the strangest parts of quantum mechanics - so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as ‘spooky action at a distance.’ An entangled system shows a property that has been measured for the whole but not for parts. For instance, we may know that the sum of the spins of a pair of two particles is zero, but neither of them is in a definite state (a condition referred to as superposition), particle until one is measured, causing the other particle to assume the opposite state. The effect is instantaneous, even if the two particles reside on opposite ends of the universe.

Curiously, when science drills down into the core of even the most solid-looking object, separateness dissolves, and all that remain are relationships extending throughout, and possibly beyond, space and time, revealing a deeper reality which evokes what sages from all ages and traditions have been describing as one substance - call it consciousness, call it energy - comprising all the universe and giving rise to all appearances.

When we begin to explore the fabric of reality either through the lens of science or through the lens of spirituality, a deeper understanding and experience of what we call reality emerges as infinite, ever present, interconnected whole.

What is the nature of the universe?
What is the nature of awareness that makes it possible for us to experience the universe?
Is there a scientifically viable way to explain consciousness?
What is the connection between consciousness and the phenomenon of entanglement?
Is our current scientific paradigm based on a subject/object split equipped to answer the bigger questions of life?
Is there evidence of quantum entanglement on a macro scale?
These and many more questions will be explored at the next SAND14!”

All Hallows Fantasy Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26,
Saturday 12:00PM-Midnight, Sunday 12:00PM-6:00PM
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Adults $16 Saturday, $15 Sunday, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 Free

“The Original 6th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is a two day, all-inclusive costume play event! Keeping the All-Hallows tradition this year, the dead will be celebrated like never before! Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! The faire offers many exciting venues to hear live music, enjoy themed food and drink, buy unique items, and marvel at jugglers and magicians. Wear your new or old costume and get into the fun and thrills of the faire!

If you are really into Cosplay, dust off your sewing machine and get your creativity out and make a special Costume and enter our Contest.

Music is always one of the favorites at the faire, and this year will be more crazy and eclectic!! Wicked Tinkers will headline this year Saturday and Sunday with some Tribal Celtic sounds. Sonora's own Black Irish Band will be making an appearance at the faire with their famous pirate shanties and celebrating 25 years of performing. 1916 will blow your mind with their great pub sounds of Celtic Rock.

The centerpiece for the faire is the Village Marketplace. You will find there many interesting streets and a town center where many activities take place. Highlights of the village include over fifty vendors and craftsmen showcasing their work. You can find a great variety of items for yourself or holiday gifts.

A Food Court with many varieties of traditional and modern food will also be available in the village. The village will also offer the Slaughtered Lamb Tavern, featuring ales, beers, and frightful adult beverages!

Warrior Encampments will again be featured at this year's faire. The faire will present the Dark Boar Vikings.

Throughout the day, hundreds of strange creatures will also be visiting the faire. Some will be alive, and, others, not so much. Many will be fantasy characters from your childhood dreams, but some will be from your childhood nightmares! Creatures include: dragons, Minotaur, ghost pirates, skeletons, witches, furry animals, vampires, and lots of zombies!

Featured venues this year will showcase The Royal Court Queen Alura, M'Alice in Wonderland, Zombie Pocahantas, Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Vampire Hunters, Zombie Hunters, Fairies, Trolls, 501st Legion (Star Wars), Beetle Juice, and more. The group Danse Macabre will be on parade throughout the weekend performing their own brand of Dance of the Dead. The ever-famous Eclectic Caravan Gypsy Voodoo Tribe and Burning Sky Musicians will combine both music and dance to their high-energy show that will entrance you into the spirit realm. Adamantine will bring you back to the 80s retro dance. Watch out for Flash Mobs of Thriller headed by SolLuna.

So much to see and do for the entire family, with day-long activities to enjoy and take part in, such as: Bronze Medalist Jugglers Mountain Motion, ghost stories by Carpathian, Witches Row, Fairyland, the Pumpkin Patch, and the world famous Professor Algernon, Steampunk Illusionist, Pirate Skool and more. Don't miss trick-or-treating with the vendors and encampments for the kids and all new Kids Costume Contest. The faire also offers a fire-breathing dragon and a large Saturday evening costume contest with prizes, fire show and burning of the Stickman!!”

Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual
Saturday, November 1, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
$30 if paid in advance, $50 if paid at the door.
Pre-registration required. No one refused.  Work scholarships available.
Contact Barry Spector at 650-329-1415 or shmoover@comcast.net for more information

"Whether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. When we can’t find ways to drop the weight of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. The release of these emotions requires a safe space and a caring community.

We will take a full day to help each other remember our ancestors and our personal and collective losses. In some traditions, this is the time of year when the veil between our world and the unseen world is thin; it is an opportune time to complete any unfinished business that prevents us from fully participating in life.  This will be a day of mourning and remembrance, but also of great beauty and celebration. There will be poetry, storytelling, drumming, altar-building and chanting from African, Celtic, Mexican and other traditions."

Writing Wild to Change your Life
A Weekend Workshop with Ellen Bass and Roger Housden
Friday-Sunday, November 14-16
EarthRise at IONS, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma
see website for registration information
“Join us in the freedom of doing what we can’t do! This will be a weekend of writing wild, of taking the risk of writing without knowing in advance what we are going to say or what we might discover. With poetry as our inspiration, we will use writing exercises to explore our deepest stories and make meaning of our most compelling experiences.

Our time together will be oriented toward paying attention. Anne Sexton advised: ‘Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.’ When we do this, we are inevitably changed.

Roger and Ellen will share some of their favorite poems and talk about them from the perspective of both self-exploration and poetic craft. We’ll all have the opportunity to read these poems aloud to each other and to share our responses. We'll also take time to write ourselves throughout the weekend - either poetry or prose. And there’ll be an opportunity to share what we’ve written and to hear what our writing touches in others.

Both beginning and seasoned writers will find this a fertile environment to deepen your relationship with yourself and listen more intimately to your original voice.

Ellen Bass has a new poetry book Like a Beggar, just out from Copper Canyon Press this year. Her previous books are The Human Line, which was named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Progressive, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Sun and many other journals. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, the Elliston Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She is core faculty of the MFA writing program at Pacific University.

Roger Housden has published twenty books, including three travel books, a novella, and the best-selling Ten Poems series, which began in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life and ended with the publication in 2012 of Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. His most recent work, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, was published by Sounds True in March 2014. Roger also runs writing workshops in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on self enquiry. His work has been featured many times in The Oprah Magazine, in The New York Times, and in the Los Angeles Times.”

The Pantheon Foundation Pagan Activism Conference Online
Saturday-Sunday, November 22-23,
online, see website for schedule and registration details

“The Pantheon Foundation is happy to announce the upcoming Pagan Activism Conference Online (PACO). The Conference will take place on November 22-23, 2014, and will be conducted entirely online using an easy-to-learn video conferencing platform called Zoom. There will be seven sessions over the course of the weekend. Each will be a 90 minute panel featuring four-five guests offering brief, TED talk-length presentations about tools and valuable information from the heart of their particular areas of experience/expertise, followed by moderated Q and A sessions. There will also be a Keynote address.

Current panelists and moderators include Shauna Aura Knight, John Beckett, Christine Hoff Kraemer, Carolina Amor-Boggs, John Medellin, Rion Roberts, and Amy/Ankhira Swordplow Himes.

The Conference Programming Committee currently consists of Yeshe Rabbit Matthews, Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, and Dwan McCarthy.

A special keynote address, along with the following topics, are already planned:
Pagans and Infrastructure: Serving Your Cause Effectively
Care and Feeding of Activists
Queer-and-Gender Activism
Online/Media Activism
Activism Among Pagans of Color
Consenting Adults: Sexual Ethics in the Pagan Community
Know Your Pagan Religious Rights

Single sessions are $20 per ticket, and the entire Conference ticket for all eight sessions is available right now at a special Early Bird rate of $80. Ticket rate goes up to $90 as of September 15, and to $100 as of October 31.”

The Emerald Cup
Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, 11:00AM-7:30PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
see website for admission details

“The Emerald Cup is the longest running outdoor organic cannabis cup in the world.

Contests include: Medicinal Cannabis, Solvent-less Concentrates, Edibles, Topicals, and a Photo Contest.

The Emerald Cup is a community celebration honoring the year's finest sun grown medical cannabis harvest. Last year we solidified our reputation as the biggest, best, and most inspiring outdoor, medicinal organic cannabis competition in the world. From our small beginnings in Laytonville a decade ago, this event has proven itself to be the prominent celebration in the California outdoor cannabis scene. This will be our second year hosting the event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. and we have expanded to include more organic food, over 100 great vendors, contests, speaker panels, hands on workshops, tons of great music, PLUS some major laughs from cannabis comedians, the highly anticipated awards ceremony as well as many more attractions . At The Emerald Cup there's something for every cannabis enthusiast.”

Crones In Training 2015
a 9 month training course
with Jan and Marystella of Vortex Journeys
one Saturday per month, January-September 2015,
Orientation Evening in November or December 2014 - date TBA
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address

“Our Feminine Wisdom is needed NOW to Co-Create the New Paradigm.

We gather for 9 months, January through September 2015, 10:00AM-4:00PM on the fourth Saturday except in May (Memorial Day), we gather on the third Saturday.

10 Women Maximum, 55 Years or More
$70 per Circle includes Materials

Crones in Training is an interactive exploration through ritual, dialogue, guided meditation and more in Earth Vortex Energies for Women who are seriously ready to walk their path with Clarity and Creativity.

Crones in Training is an intimate circle of courageous women who remove their masks and grow into Crones in Action.

Crones in Training is a spiritual and therapeutic journey to Be the Change you yearn to see, to witness and be witnessed as you claim your Power and Wisdom.

Are you ready to:
Release Your Old Story
Reclaim and Embrace Your True Story
Gather Your Wisdom and Power
and Grow into a Crone in Action?

Crones in Training is, in the sacred sense, a pilgrimage into living your purpose. The final circle is your rite of passage, witnessed by family and friends.
Required Crones in Training Orientation Evening in November or early December.  No fee.
This is your opportunity to meet other Crones who seek community and growth, to have questions answered and discuss commitments to be made.   

Or, if you are not certain this is the right time to embark on this wise and inspiring journey, the orientation will assist you in reaching clarity.

To assure depth and intimacy, there will be a maximum of ten women in the Crones Circle. If you are seriously interested in participating, let us know right away. Your contact info will be added to our list and you will receive ample notice of the Orientation's date and time. Blessed Be!

RSVP to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com

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