What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series: Buddhism and Jainism, Kirtan Lounge, Visions Of The Wild, Mystical Mermaid Retreat, Morning Movement Meditation, Rough Weather All Day: An Account Of The Jeanette Search Expedition By The USS Rodgers, Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery Meeting, Exploratorium After Dark: Civic Hacks, Pagan Tradition Discussion, Fault Lines: The Sixties the Culture War and the Return of the Divine Feminine, Year of the Rooster, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Freddie Mercury’s Birthday, Making It: Chicano Artists from the Mexican Museum Collection, Raptors: Live Bird Art, Fermentation and Brewing, Take 5 for the Sierras, Music Magic and Life - The Annual Shirathon, A Planet for Goldilocks, History Mystery Tour, Developing Healthy Boundaries and Deep Presence, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Goddess Festival, King Fool, Block Printing on Fabric, Onam Festival and Ganesh Visarjana, Fantastic Mister Fox, Sustainability Fair, American Folk Art Festival, Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles - Richmond, Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival, Solfest 2014, Sail on the Alma, Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party at Roaring Camp, Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire, Hoot and Howl, The Casablanca Ball, Women’s Grateful Moon, Men’s Grateful Moon, Orisha Celebrations: Yemaya and Oshun, Renaissance Tudor Fayre, Neptune Beach Community Celebration, San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival, The Tempest, Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons, Laughter Food And Garden Fun, Low Tech to High Tech Exhibit Reception, Shamanic Journey, Introduction To The GAPS Diet, Belly Dance Student Showcase, Rumi’s Caravan, Act One Scene Two, Temple of Aphrodite, The Nourished Community, The Power Within: Embracing Your Menstrual Cycle As A Path To Personal Growth And Inner Balance, Folk Medicine and Magic of Old Europe, Tarot Salon, National Heirloom Exposition, Attaining Balance of Body Mind and Spirit, What River Are You Made Of? Tuolumne Inside Out

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

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

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

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

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

Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series: Buddhism and Jainism
Opera Plaza Community Room, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 3, 6:00-8:30PM,
and five more Wednesdays, September 17, October 1 and 22, and November 5 and 12
$15 per lecture, $79 for whole series

“More faith leaders, clergy, and religion members are affirming diet is not just a ‘health’ thing, but a spiritual discipline as well. Are there traditional religious reasons for seeking to live a vegan life? See how four religious paths, plus secular humanist meditators, view and value a live-food and vegan way.

Each talk is presented by different leaders from within the faith traditions, interview style. The first five talks go in-depth into each of five different paths. The sixth talk will bring all five traditions together ecumenically to discuss.

September 3: Buddhism and Jainism  
Speakers include:
Jina Shah, MD
Judy Seicho Fleischman, M.Phil
John Salerno-White, Dharmacarya

September 17: Hinduism and Yoga  
Speakers include:
Briksha Mahendra Ananda
Dada Nabhaniilananda
Cogen Bohanec

October 1: Spiritual but not Religious/Earth-Based/Humanistic  
Speakers include:
Ashel Eldridge
Claudia Delman
Reginald Bass

October 22: Christianity
Speakers include:
Paul Nison
Pastor Todd Lattig
Pastor Roldan Abello

November 5: Judaism  
Speakers include:
Rabbi Steven Fisdel
Chaya-Ryvka Diehl
Hana Matt

November 12: Wrap up, all paths together
Many returning speakers.

Series Moderated by Michael Bedar

First (at 6:00PM) enjoy a vegan organic dinner with live-food options planned by a certified Nutrition Consultant, Patricia Allen Koot, NE, NC.

Take the elevator to the first floor, then security will key you down to the mezzanine for the event.

Series Co-Sponsored and Supported by:

San Francisco Vegetarian Society
Wellness Central
Dharma Voices for Animals
Green Faith
Institute for World Religions
Society of Ethical and Religious Vegans
Jewish Vegetarians of North America

A fifteen dollar requested donation covers the all you can eat vegan dinner plus the program.  The Nutritionist, speakers, and organizers donates their time.  Funds go toward facility rental, food, transport and other costs.

Come to each event separately, or advance register for the series as a whole and save significantly!”

Kirtan Lounge
with Ananta Govinda
Wednesday, September 3, 6:00-9:00PM
Falkirk Mansion, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael
$25 suggested donation

“Come celebrate with us through Yoga, Kirtan, and Blessed Food!

Join Kirtan Lounge with us on this 19th century country estate listed on the National Historic Register.

6:30PM: Yoga on the Lawn: Mellow Flow with Rob Kunkle
accompanied by live devotional ambient Kirtan by Ananta Govinda

7:30PM: Presentation - The Mechanics and Types of Karma

8:00PM: Vegetarian Dinner

Kids Activities, Lawns for frisbee and badminton.

Hosted by Ananta Govinda.”

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.”

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?”

Morning Movement Meditation
a six week series with Frieda Kipar Bay
Thursday, September 4, 9:30-10:30AM,
and five more Thursdays through October 9
Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol
$50 for the series
For more information or to register, please e-mail motherwort@taprootmedicine.org

“The lungs may be bigger than you imagine.  
Your brain may really be in your belly.
Your heart may get still as your body moves.  
It may be possible to be in the world and your body, deeply, at the same time.
Come find out.

Using Chi Gong, Native American ritual, BMC, and release technique, we will learn fluid, repetitive, memorable sequences to build heart rate, clear the lungs, and wake up neurological pathways. By tracking the energy in the body, we will learn how this unique movement meditation can balance, heal, and nourish our whole being.  Warm layers of comfortable clothing and shoes recommended. All levels welcome.

Frieda has studied movement for 30 years now; it is the lens she uses to navigate the world.  She has been sharing her body wisdom with children and elders alike across the country for the past 14 years in public schools, private institutions, and in the streets. She is also an energetic herbalist, medicine maker, and mother, and incorporates all these pathways into her teaching.”

Rough Weather All Day:
An Account Of The Jeanette Search Expedition By The USS Rodgers
Thursday, September 4, 12:00PM
Aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
Ships admission fees apply: Adults, $5, 15 and under (accompanied by an adult), Free

“In 1879, USS Jeanette left on a rescue mission towards the Northwest Passage. Caught in the ice, she wrecked and stranded her crew. The USS Rodgers was sent on both an exploration and rescue mission. Patrick Cahiil, a machinist on the expedition, kept a daily diary describing the journey, the people they encountered, and his thoughts and observations. Did the Rodgers find the Jeanette? Did the Rodgers make it back to San Francisco? Find out September 4 aboard the Balclutha!”

Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery Meeting
Thursday, September 4, 6:00PM
HAHS Center for History and Culture, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward

“Do you have an interest in historic cemeteries?  Learn more about the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery and join in efforts to maintain, preserve, and protect this local historic treasure.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Civic Hacks
Thursday, September 4, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: Civic Hacks

How would you improve our city’s public spaces? Contribute your vision at After Dark. Play in a parade of pianos, design a miniature Market Street, and test whimsical exhibits in preparation for next year’s Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Learn how cities can be designed for joy with interactive artist George Zisiadis. Take a seat on his Grass Bench and hear yourself walk through water, leaves, and snow in his Stepping Sounds installation. Tickle the ivories al fresco with Sunset Piano, and enjoy performances by founder Mauro ffortissimo and composer Benjamin Larsen Strong Gribble accompanied by visuals from Twelve Pianos, Dean Mermell’s forthcoming documentary about the project.

Climb through the Gyroid exhibit, enter a camera obscura, and jump into a full-body exploration of musical cultures from every continent with educator Michael Bradke. Watch William H. Whyte’s classic The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces and glimpse San Francisco before the 1906 quake in A Trip Down Market Street. Help design a miniature Market Street with urban planner James Rojas, and meet with Neil Hrushowy of the San Francisco Urban Planning Department to see how small-scale hacks are transforming the city’s central corridor from the asphalt up.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, Exploratorium's After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic - from music to sex to electricity - but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits.”

Pagan Tradition Discussion
hosted by Ardys De Lu
Thursday, September 4, 6:45-9:00PM
private home in El Cerrito, RSVP for address
Free, please RSVP to Ardys De Lu at adfiredeer@gmail.com

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

Location near public transit, and parking is available.”

Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine
with author Gus diZerega
Thursday, September 4, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871

“The United States is suffering its greatest upheaval since the Civil War - politically, economically, socially, religiously. With elegant, sweeping vision, Gus diZerega explores the complex causes leading us to this point, comparing them to giant fault lines that, when they erupt, create enormous disturbance and in time new landscapes.

He traces the disruption, first, to America's first countercultural movement originating in the antebellum South and coming into later conflict with the ‘counterculture’ of the 60s that continues now in phenomena like Burning Man; and second, to the crumbling of the moral foundation birthed by the Enlightenment, leading to today’s nihilism. But within the loss resides hope: diZerega sees promise of a new society based more in equality, sacred feminine values, and spiritual immanence. Whether the prevailing oligarchy will abort this transformation is the question of our time. This book enables those of us now living through it to understand the powerful forces shaping our lives and calling on us for a response.
Gus diZerega holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Berkeley (1984) and has been deeply involved at many levels of spiritual practice for over 25 years. He has published extensively in the academic press on environmental and political theory and policy and has taught at universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has also published two books and many articles on spirituality, the environment and politics. Gus has taught workshops on healing, connecting with nature and Wicca internationally as well. He writes regularly for Patheos.com as well as for Witches and Pagans.”

Year of the Rooster
Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through October 12
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Year of the Rooster · West Coast Premiere
By Eric Dufault · Directed by Logan Ellis
With Anthony Agresti, Terry Bamberger, Caleb Cabrera, Jon Nagel, and Sango Tajima

Odysseus Rex is having quite a year. Quite a part of a year, anyway - Odie’s only eight months old. But even at his young age, he’s mad as hell and wants to fight his way to the top. Did we mention Odie’s a rooster? Odie’s trainer, fast-food cashier Gil, has been raising Odie in a bid to return to the horrific world of cockfighting, his only chance to win at something in life. To get there, though, Gil and Odie have to survive Dickie the cockfight promoter, Gil’s mom, and Philipa, Gil’s young McDonald’s manager who’s got big dreams of her very own. A gut-busting yet poignant portrait of the price of ambition, this is the must-see show of the fall.”

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
presented by The Aluminous Collective
Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7, 8:00PM
playing through September 21
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
see website for ticket information

“The Aluminous Collective presents The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Michael French

A riotous courtroom drama set in a timeless netherworld between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner.

Judas Iscariot feels alone. Vilified by all Christians for the last 2000 years for his betrayal of Jesus Christ to the Roman authorities for thirty pieces of silver. For that act and for his subsequent suicide, he has allegedly been condemned to hell for all eternity. It is a story with which we are all familiar. Perhaps the time has come for a reprieve? Many others had their sins washed away by Jesus: many others were given the opportunity to start again. And are there not other figures that should bear their share of the blame? And where better a venue for such a case to be tried than in a courtroom delicately poised between heaven and hell: as the attorney for Judas' defense states, ‘This is Purgatory, I've got all day.’”

Freddie Mercury’s Birthday
Friday, September 5

Put on your craziest hat and pay tribute to this avatar of my own patron God!
2011 tribute video:
Best Google Doodle Evar!!!!!

If you want to get him a gift, please make a donation in his name to one of these charities:

Or have even more fun and raise money by becoming Freddie for a day! http://www.freddieforaday.com

(You could be Mercury for a Day, but it’s just not the same...)

Lover of Life, Singer of Songs!

Making It: Chicano Artists from the Mexican Museum Collection
a Free First Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, September 5, 11:00AM-9:00PM, and the first Friday of each month
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Tonight’s First Friday invites you to the opening of our new exhibit, Making It: Chicano Artists from the Mexican Museum Collection. Making It explores what it means to ‘make it’ as an artist, as a family, as an individual, as a social activist, as someone from a marginalized background, and more. The show features work by artists Carlos Almaraz, Enrique Chagoya, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza, Gronk, Ester Hernandez, Patssi Valdez, and John Valadez, who are are all leaders in the founding generation of Chicano artists.

We asked them to share their definitions of success. We asked them how being Mexican-American impacted their answers. The result is this exhibition of powerful artwork and challenging ideas. We ask you to ponder how you have ‘made it’ - be it art, love, health, self empowerment, or the struggles that carve the path.

5:30PM:  Join us in the auditorium for a conversation about art, success, and Chicano identity with artist Carmen Lomas Garza and storyteller Mark Gonzales, facilitated by Executive Director Nina Simon.

5:00-9:00PM:  Enjoy a no-host bar and a trophy making activity in the classroom. This Trophy activity will explore success and struggle by inviting you to make a trophy for yourself or someone else who deserves an award for awesomeness.

6:30-9:00PM: Dance to live music by an acoustic Trio Guadalupano, with Betty and Narciso DeLeon and Baldomero Meza.”

Raptors: Live Bird Art
with Jonqui Albin
Friday, September 5, 5:00-8:00PM
Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Free as part of SOFA’s First Friday series

“Chroma Gallery features the art of bird activist/artist Jonqui Albin, August 22 through September 23. Her wire sculptures and large graphic paintings of live birds vividly demonstrate the thrill of working with active models in nature. Her wire sculptures and drawings of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls are prominently featured. You are invited to weekly classes, demonstrations and performance art during which live raptors will be present.

Jonqui hopes to raise awareness about bird preservation by partnering with the Sonoma County Bird Rescue Center and donating 10% of her proceeds to their efforts.

September 5, 5:00-8:00PM: Wire Sculpting Demonstration at SOFA’s First Friday with Redtail Hawk, Enola Gaye

September 20, 6:00-9:00PM: Performance and closing party with Redtail Hawk, Enola Gaye.”

Fermentation and Brewing
with Lone Pine Co.
part of First Fridays at Homestead Apothecary
Friday, September 5, 6:00-9:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street,  #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549
Free admission

“Join Lone Pine Co. at Homestead Apothecary for a fermentation-filled First Friday. Sample herb-infused meads, beers, and other magical brews. Stock your home brewery with recipes, handbooks, and pre-made herbal mixes: Entheogenic, flavorful, and medicinal tinctures, spice blends, and herbal sachets to add to your homemade kombucha, mead, wine, beer, and cider. Drink, contemplate, transform!”

Take 5 for the Sierras
a fundraiser for Clear Air Mountain House
presented by Rose Street Music
Friday, September 5, 6:30PM doors open and dinner starts, 7:15PM music
Take 5 Cafe, 3132 Sacramento Street, Berkeley
Sliding scale includes dinner and concert: $16-$30.
Fully wheelchair accessible

“Concert proceeds will benefit creating accessible space at the Clear Air Mountain House, a new LGBT-friendly, fragrance free eco-retreat house in the Sierra Buttes, near the Yuba River, Sierra Hot Springs, waterfalls, and over 40 lakes!
All are welcome. We ask that guests refrain from wearing fragrances, to help keep the event accessible for those with chemical sensitivities.

Dinner includes pasta (gluten free or regular), with sauce (meat or veggie options), plus salad, garlic bread and iced tea!
For RSVP and special dietary needs please contact: take5cafeberkeley@gmail.com
Irina Rivkin, live-looping OutMusic Awardee
Jackie Strano: vocal dynamo of the Hail Mary's
Alzara and Brother Spellbinder: Indie cabaret folk-rock.”

Music, Magic, and Life - The Annual Shirathon
with Shira Kammen and Kim Silverman
presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts
Friday, September 5, 6:30PM
Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
$15, 18 and under admitted free and welcome.

“Shira Kammen, the Bay Area’s unique medievalist, traditionalist, and inventor of kinds of music we didn’t know existed, returns to Barefoot with another fabulous pre-season extravaganza.  

This year, she has teamed up with another unique Bay Arean, magician Kim Silverman.   She tells stories with her strings and bow; he tells stories with his magic.  Together they share some classic tales with music, bringing the narrative to life with their unique partnership.

The performance, at the lovely Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church, will start at 6.30PM.  The view is stunning, and the performance will amaze.   Music, magic, and song that takes you way beyond the bounds of chamber music as we know it.

The usual snacks, what more could you want?”

A Planet for Goldilocks
with Dr. Natalie Batalha
A production of Wonderfest
Friday, September 5, 7:00-9:00PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
$15 lecture only, $25 lecture and general admission to the Center
please buy tickets through Chabot and also RSVP on Eventbrite

“‘Not too hot, not too cold’ reads the prescription for a world that’s just right for life as we know it. Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies in the United States and abroad. The goal looms closer as a result of discoveries made by NASA’s Kepler Mission. Launched in March 2009, Kepler is exploring the diversity of planets and planetary systems orbiting other stars in the galaxy. Finding inhabited environments is a path of exploration that stretches decades into the future. It begins by determining if Goldilocks planets abound. Dr. Batalha will describe the latest discoveries of NASA’s Kepler Mission and the possibilities for finding inhabited environments in the not-so-distant future.”

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, September 5, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

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

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

Upcoming dates:
Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

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

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

Developing Healthy Boundaries and Deep Presence
with Evalena Rose
A Songbird Friday Flock Night
Friday, September 5, 7:30-9:30PM
Songbird Community Healing Center,
8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-2398
suggested donation 1 cent to $30

“Explore what happens energetically between you and another, and what coping mechanisms you may be unconsciously using to deal with the vulnerability of intimacy.

Discover ways to consciously choose your preferred energetic connections and boundaries.

Experience a variety of ways that you open to, or avoid, deep intimacy.

Delve into what's behind these patterns and how to release them.

In dyads, experience the deep presence that Tantric exchanges make possible.

Explore boundaries within the pleasures of giving and receiving touch through learning some erotic communication skills to ask for what you want in ways that further passion and eros.
As you share touch on arms, hands, shoulders, you practice communicating your desires, and release all that has prevented their fulfillment. People find this enlightening and pleasurable, leaving with practical skills that enhance intimacy. Bring a journal and pen.
Evalena Rose, M.A., has led workshops on intimacy and Sacred Sexuality for 22 years. She founded LoveJourney: Tantra of the Heart in 1997 to offer Tantra for both women-only groups and men/women groups. Her deeply spiritual work includes 35 years offering MetaTherapy, couples' work, multidimensional healing, channeling, and Tantric coaching. It is informed by decades of study in alternative healing, shamanism, spiritual paths and recovery.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, September 5, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”

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, September 5-7,
playing 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.”

Block Printing on Fabric
with Jen Hewett
Saturday, September 6, 9:30AM-3:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$135, limit 12 students

“Have you ever wanted to print your own fabric for your craft and DIY projects? In this class, and with a few simple tools, you will learn how to carve printing blocks and transfer your designs onto fabric. You’ll leave with your own custom-printed fabric, and the knowledge and tools to work on more projects at home.

The class fee covers all the special tools you’ll need to get started, as well as a yard of cotton muslin fabric. You are welcome to bring additional, plain, fabric made from natural fibers to print on, as well. Because sharp tools are used, this class is limited to adult students.

Jen Hewett is a San Francisco-based printmaker and surface designer whose work is sold in boutiques across the country, and to customers around the world. Jen and her brightly-printed bags have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, and Anthology Magazine’s blog.”

Onam Festival and Ganesh Visarjana
Saturday, September 6, 5:30-8:30PM
M.A. Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley

“Onam is a Kerala Harvest Festival and Ganesh Visarjana is the culmination of Ganesh Chaturthi. The symbolism of the Ganesh immersion ceremony is that all forms are temporary, having both their origin and final destination in the formless Absolute.”

Fantastic Mister Fox
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, September 6, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Fox's theft and try to kill him, so they dig their way into the foxes' home, but the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground.

Produced by Indian Paintbrush and Regency Enterprises, and released in the autumn of 2009, the film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson. For director Wes Anderson, it was his first animated film and first film adaptation.”

Sustainability Fair
with Contra Costa Master Gardeners
Saturday, 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.”

American Folk Art Festival
Saturday, September 6, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Madonna Estate Winery, 5400 Old Sonoma Road, Napa
$10 includes wine and chocolate tasting and benefits Lucky Penny Productions

“This is the seventh year that a group of gifted folk artists and experienced folk antique dealers will gather together for one day to display their handmade creations and treasured finds.

An admission donation of $10 will be collected at the entrance, a portion of  which will benefit Lucky Penny Productions.  Upon admission to the Festival, you will receive a bracelet that will allow you to have a tasting of HalloVine Wine, and a sampling of additional Madonna Estate wines.  You will also receive a complimentary logo tasting glass, and a colorful logo carry-all.

Expect to see an offering of one-of-a-kind folk art creations in a variety of mediums, and primitive Americana antiques, and folk art antiques. There will be everything from folk art figures to truly unique one of a kind antique finds which may  also be a clever way to display your folk art, and decorate your home.  Some of these pieces of folk art and folk finds will also celebrate the best of the fall season, and have a nod to Halloween!  Expect to see some fall vendor surprises too!
Madonna Estate Winery has selected September 6th as the release date for their 2014 offering of HalloVine Wine!   We are very excited to have this year the very talented/ well-known folk artist Allen W. Cunningham  create the new one-of-a-kind HalloVine label. We are happy to announce that Allen will be available the day of the Festival to sign the bottles of HalloVine wine you may wish to purchase.
This Estate bottled ‘blood red’ 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon HalloVine wine has been specially created in the spirit of the fall holidays!  HalloVine is a favorite among Halloween lovers.  Madonna Estate will also be offering a special taste of this wine paired with some of the finest chocolates from The Vintage Sweet Shoppe, a well-respected shop, located in the Napa Valley.   The Shoppe is widely known for their chocolate covered wine bottles.  In addition, current selected vintages of Madonna Estate wines will be available for tasting as well.

As a special surprise Marcia McCord, a Tarot Reader with  vast experience, will be on hand to offer you a private reading.  Maybe it will help you learn what is in store for you at the Festival, or perhaps later in life.  She offers two time sessions from which to select, and  they are priced accordingly.  As our Festival motto says… Prepare to be Amazed!”

Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles - Richmond
Saturday, September 6, 10:30AM-5:00PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond

“Join us for three unique and exciting public programs as Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles retraces the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing in San Francisco Bay, through sailings on the Grace Quan, a 43-foot replica of a 19th century Chinese shrimp junk, to former Chinese shrimping sites around the Bay.

An interdisciplinary team of visual, sound, and media artists led by CW Director Rene Yung will chronicle the sails, along with historical ecologists from the San Francisco Estuary Institute, and John C. Muir, archaeologist and Curator of Small Craft at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, who led the building of the Park’s Grace Quan, will be her skipper. The project will culminate in a transmedia art installation at the Maritime Park in 2015.

Mark your calendar for these one-of-a-kind public programs that connect local sites to the larger history of Chinese shrimp fishing in the Bay. Each will be a distinct, unforgettable experience!

Richmond Kick Off
Saturday, September 6, 10:30AM-5:00PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond

Hunters Point Gathering
Saturday, September 13, 12:30-3:30PM
Ecocenter at Heron’s Head Park, 32 Jennings Street, San Francisco

China Camp Celebration
Sunday, September 14, 2:00-5:00PM
China Camp, San Rafael

Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles is made possible by generous support from the Creative Work Fund, with additional support from the Center for Cultural Innovation and individual donors like you. We are a member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists.”

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

“Enjoy world-class Zydeco Music on a huge shaded wooden dance floor under the redwoods!

Gator sausage, Gumbo, BBQ, Ice Cream, Watermelon, Shaved Ice, Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Hurricanes, and Oyster Shooters!”

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.”

Sail on the Alma
Saturday, September 6, boarding at 12:30PM, returning to Hyde Street Pier at 4:00PM
board at Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
Adults $40, Seniors 62 and over $30, Children 6-15 $20, Ages 5 and under Free
pre-registration recommended

“Haul lines to raise the sails with National Park Service Rangers as you explore the Bay aboard the historic 60 foot Alma! Take in dazzling views and San Francisco's riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, lighthouses, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, earthquakes, shipbuilding and more! Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners like Alma plied San Francisco Bay, hauling goods as the ‘flatbed trucks’ of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this unique, hands-on, educational sailing program with the National Park Service.

Be prepared for cold, wind, spray, and bright sun. Life jackets and flotation devices are provided. Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers of clothing, closed toe active footwear, camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at the discretion of the captain.

Sailing runs on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June to November.”

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

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

Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Saturday, September 6, 6:00-10:00PM
Red Mule Ranch, Fiddletown (East of Sacramento, in the Gold Country)
directions given upon registration
$45 includes dinner and entertainment

“Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Old West Music, Cowboy Poetry, Chuckwagon Dinner

Ron and Marie Scofield are your hosts for an evening of old-time cowcamp entertainment under the stars at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown, California. Enjoy a chuck wagon tri-tip dinner and cowboy music, poetry, and story telling in an 1880s setting. In addition to Ron's traditional brand of old cowboy standards, special guest performers contribute their unique style of western wit, wisdom, satire, and song.

Dinner is served at 6:30PM. Entertainment begins at 7:30PM with a break for intermission and dessert. After lots of music and poetry, it's ‘Happy Trails’ around 10:00PM.

September 6: Old West Trio and Mark Twain (MacAvoy Layne)

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

For almost two decades now, in over two thousand performances from Leningrad University in Russia to C-Span, McAvoy Layne has survived, and in fact been preeminent, in preserving the wit and wisdom of ‘The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope,’ Mark Twain. Says McAvoy, ‘It's like being a Monday through Friday preacher, whose sermon, though not reverently pious, is fervently American.’ McAvoy is the author of the biography Hooked On Twain and winner of the Nevada award for excellence in school and library service. He portrays Samuel Clemens in A and E's biography of Mark Twain and in the Discovery Channel's Cronkite Award winning documentary Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Red Mule Ranch is the right place to soak in the spirit of Mark Twain, and McAvoy brings that spirit to life.”

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.

We’ve added a Moroccan Tent of Illusions, complete with Lulu the camel, an interactive foil artist, and mentalist and illusionist, Jay Alexander. Try posing on silks or aerial hoops with our friends from San Jose’s Reset Studio, or get a glimpse of your future from Madame Fortuna at the D.I.Y. Cirque area. (It’s also perfectly acceptable to be a spectator in one of our lounges). Find the Golden Dragon Cyclist and try a Firebreather, and at this fundraiser, you can even meet Optimus Prime in person.  

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!”

The Casablanca Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, September 6,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

“Of all the gin joints in the world, we hope you walk into ours. Please join us at the Casablanca Ball for a memorable evening of music, dancing, comedy, and drama at our re-creation of Rick's Cafe Americain.

The Brassworks plays the hits of the late 1930s and early 1940s, ranging from vintage Swing to romantic waltzes, tangos, and fox trots, and, of course, As Time Goes By and La Marseillaise.

Vintage or modern evening dress, 1930s or early 1940s costume, or Moroccan native dress is admired, but not required. Everyone comes to Rick's!

Rick's famous no host bar will be open and a light buffet of American and Moroccan snacks served. Your potluck contributions will be welcome.”

Women’s Grateful Moon
presented by The Hearth Witch Homestead
Full Moon Circle for self-identified Women
Saturday, September 6, 7:00PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, in the Sanctuary, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested

“The Hearth Witch Homestead, a devotional group of Priestesses within CAYA Coven, are proud to bring a ritual to honor Hestia, goddess of the hearth, and to remind ourselves of all for which we are grateful. We will also be collecting food to be blessed by the goddess and then taken to the Alameda County Food Bank, and we ask that each woman bring at least one can of food to the ritual.

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

CAYA’s Full Moon Circles will now be meeting at The Home of Truth, where we started holding our Sabbat rituals in 2013.  For 2014, some of our Full Moon Circles will be divided, with men and women meeting separately, and some will be shared, with all genders celebrating together.  Each ritual will be created by a group of CAYA Clergy who share dedications to a particular deity or set of deities.  We are delighted to share our ongoing evolution with you!”

Men’s Grateful Moon
presented by The Green Men
Full Moon Circle for self-identified Men
Saturday, September 6, 7:00PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, in the Cottage, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested

“The Green Men, CAYA Coven's High Priesthood tradition, welcome all self-identified men to join them in a ritual to celebrate the joys of gratitude and to honor the changing season around us with the Slavic Deity Volos.

As part of CAYA Coven's annual Food Drive, we will be collecting food to be blessed by the god which will be taken to the Alameda County Food Bank. We ask that each person attending bring at least one can of food to the ritual.

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

CAYA’s Full Moon Circles will now be meeting at The Home of Truth, where we started holding our Sabbat rituals in 2013.  For 2014, some of our Full Moon Circles will be divided, with men and women meeting separately, and some will be shared, with all genders celebrating together.  Each ritual will be created by a group of CAYA Clergy who share dedications to a particular deity or set of deities.  We are delighted to share our ongoing evolution with you!”

Orisha Celebrations: Yemaya and Oshun
with Lou Florez
Saturday, September 6, 7:30-8:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Come and join in our celebrations of the Orisha - elevated divinities - who come from the Yoruba traditions of Nigeria and whose worship has spread throughout West Africa and throughout the diaspora. These divinities work on behalf of all humanity to not only avert negating energies, but to help manifest our greatest hopes, dreams, and lives.
Join us for a night of ritual drumming, dancing, and storytelling in honor of Yemaya and Oshun!
Yemaya and Oshun are Orisha, or elevated divinities, who work for the upliftment and healing of the world. They first came to be known to the Yoruba people of Nigeria, and subsequently their worship spread throughout West Africa, and the New World.
Yemaya is the mother of humanity, and queen of the waters, who speaks to the ways we nourish, replenish, and sustain our mind, bodies, and soul. As owner of the oceans and seas, she delivers their bounties from the depths to bring prosperity, and helps to cool, calm, and ease the heat and volatility in our lives.
Yemaya is usually petitioned for the following areas: Healing, Tranquility, Peace, Prosperity, Infertility, Motherhood and Issues with Children, Love, Marriage, Issues with Spouses, Protection, Intuitive Instincts/Knowledge,
Number: 7 - Colors: All Shades of Blue, Combos of Blue and White or Silver and White
Associations: Motherhood, Womb, The Moon, Water, Seas, Fish, The Ability To Hold
Offerings: Melons, Molasses, Money in denominations of 7, Shells, Blue or White Candles, Coconuts, Flowers, Plantains, Mirrors, Fans, Fish, Blue and White Cloth, Sea Water, Silver, Rum, Palm Oil, Cigars
Oshun is the mother of the sweet waters, and queen of love, and she speaks to the ways we connect to each other and our environment. She is the owner of all rivers, streams, and waterfalls, and births humanity's ability to hope and experience joy in the world.
Oshun is usually petitioned for the following areas: Health, Love, Prosperity, Sweetness in Relationships, Marriage, Fertility, Protection, Elegance, Grace, Beauty, Artists
Associations: Love, Amber, Honey, Sexuality, Sensuality, Sexual Identity, Peacocks, Seduction, Magic, Strength Behind Beauty, Intelligence, Cunning,
Number: 5 - Colors: All Shades of Yellow and Gold
Offerings: Honey, Amber, Perfumes, Sweets/ Pastries, Strawberries, Mangos, Plantains, Coconuts, Flowers, Yellow Candles, Rum, Palm Oil, Cigars, River Water, Bells, Money in Denominations of 5, Mirrors, Peacock Feathers.”

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!”

Neptune Beach Community Celebration
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 10:00AM-5:30PM
along Webster Street between Pacific Avenue and Central Avenue, Alameda
Free admission

“The Neptune Beach Community Celebration is a two-day street festival along Webster Street in Alameda, California, which recalls and commemorates Neptune Beach, a popular Alameda amusement park known as Coney Island West from 1917 to 1939. In its heyday during the Roaring 20s, the Neptune Beach amusement park drew throngs to the Bay at the end of Webster Street with carnival rides, concerts, picnic areas, and large swimming pools.

Early park attendees enjoyed a prosperous time in history, as automobiles, electricity, telephones, and motion pictures became more widely available after World War I. Along with these innovations came a more freewheeling culture, with changes in dress and dance, the blossoming of jazz, and a proliferation of local speakeasies defying Prohibition laws.
The 2014 3rd Annual Neptune Beach Community Celebration is produced by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and recalls this festive carnival atmosphere of the early 1900s, offering a full weekend of rides and children’s amusements, music, food and drink, arts and crafts, a history walk, and more.
The Neptune Beach Community Celebration celebrates not only this interesting period of Alameda’s past but also the current renaissance of West Alameda and Webster Street. When you come to the Celebration, please take note of the many improvements to the street and support the new businesses now offering a wide variety of dining options and services to our community. We look forward to seeing you!”

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.”

The Tempest
presented by Curtain Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 2:00PM,
playing through September 14
Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

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

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

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

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

Free and family friendly!   No reservations.

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

Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons
presented by Actors Ensemble and Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 4:00PM (amphitheater opens at 3:00PM for picnics)
final week
John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, 41 Somerset Avenue, Berkeley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laughter, Food, And Garden Fun
with the LifeFire Laughter Club
Sunday, September 7, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Dover Street Edible Park, 5701 Dover Street, Oakland

“Check it out!  On Sunday, September 7, Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga will be partnering with the fabulous food justice organization, Phat Beets Produce!  

We'll be adding some laughter to their potluck, food swap and work day at their amazing community garden at Dover Street Park.  You can also get some yummy produce for free - yay!

Work Day and Potluck go from 10:00AM-1:00PM
Take a refreshing Laughter break at NOON!

Get healthier and happified with Laughter Yoga!  Join us for Fun warm ups, laughter exercises, a rollicking laughter flow, and a relaxation will leave you blissed out!

Laughing with others is priceless. This event is FREE!

What To Bring:
No yoga mats required. For your comfort, wear loose clothing for easier laughing, bring layers, and a folding chair if standing and sitting on the grass is uncomfortable for your body. Please bring food to share, if you want to participate in the potluck.

Look forward to laughing with you on Sunday, September 7 - yay!

In love and laughter, Annie and Amos”

Low Tech to High Tech Exhibit Reception
Sunday, September 7, 1:00-3:30PM
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E Remington Drive, Sunnyvale

“Interested in robots, video games, antique phones or classic computers?

Our new Low Tech to High Tech exhibit highlights the changes of technology from the abacus to modern day marvels.  

We will be expanding our exhibit for the afternoon with additional old and new technology from our inventory. The Santa Clara Digital Game Museum will be lending us some special items for the afternoon.

The Fremont High School Robotics Team, The FIREBOTS, will be demonstrating their robot, The Companion Cube, several times throughout the afternoon, at 1:30PM, 2:00PM, and 2:30PM.

Admission and refreshments are FREE!  We hope to see you there.”

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.”

Introduction To The GAPS Diet
with Joey Anderson and Sara Russell
Sunday, September 7, 4:30-6:30PM,
and seven more Sundays through November 2 (no class on October 19)
Three Stone Hearth Kitchen, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$35 per class, $240 for whole series, please register at the website below.
for more information, e-mail info@threestonehearth.com

“Join Sara Russell and Joey Anderson, Certified GAPS Practitioners, for an eight week series, starting Sunday, September 7 through Sunday, November 2 (no class on October 19) from 4:30-6:30PM at Three Stone Hearth.

If you are thinking about starting the GAPS diet and feel mystified, are following the GAPS diet and feel stuck, or you are looking for a community where your health concerns and dietary choices will be understood, you will find guidance and support for your journey through this series.

Our GAPS group is for anyone interested in following the GAPS diet or currently following it. Each of the eight meetings with involve: An informative presentation on an aspect of the GAPS diet, recipes and a cooking demonstration, and time for group discussion and one-on-one Q and A.

Each class includes the Broth Bar, which is available 20 minutes before the class begins.

Sara Russell is an avid fermentation experimentalist who provides individualized nutritional and food-preparation guidance to individuals, families and groups on the sourcing, preparation, and sharing of food in light of their health goals and lifestyle.

Joey Anderson is a mother and local-food lover who works with individuals and families, guiding them on their journey towards optimal health through personalized nutritional education and food preparation guidance.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, September 7, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

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

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

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

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

Act One, Scene Two
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, September 7, 7:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“Un-Scripted Theater Company brings back some of our favorite shows on Sundays in 2014!

This Sunday: Act One, Scene Two

With the return of Act One, Scene Two, Un-Scripted Theater Company takes on... scripts! Each evening begins with a different guest playwright, and their script for the first scene of an unfinished play. The ensemble interview the playwright onstage, perform a ‘staged’ reading of Act One, Scene One, and then go on to finish the play - now improvising, without a script - starting from Act One, Scene Two. It's a blend of scripted and un-scripted that exposes the electric heart of live theater.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, September 7, 8:00-9:00PM (Please arrive a few minutes before 8:00PM)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

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

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

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

Dates for 2014:
Wednesday, October 8
Wednesday, November 5
Saturday, December 6”

The Nourished Community: An Introduction to the work of Weston A. Price
and Dairy Products in Traditional Diets
with Jessica Prentice
Part 1 of the Traditional Diets Lecture Series
Monday, September 8, 5:30-7:30PM
Three Stone Hearth Kitchen, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$15 per class includes broth bar, please register at the website below.
for more information, e-mail info@threestonehearth.com

“Jessica Prentice's Introduction to Traditional Diets (formerly an 8-week series) has been condensed and refined to be presented in three two-hour sessions on Monday evenings starting on September 8th. This is a great overview for people who are new to a nutrient-dense approach to food, but will also be full of new perspectives for those who have been working with these principles for a while. The three lectures combined will cover all Eleven Characteristics of Traditional Diets in some depth.
Part 1
The Nourished Community: An Introduction to the work of Weston A. Price
and Dairy Products in Traditional Diets
Monday, September 8, 5:30-7:30PM
Part 2
The Bubbling Crock: Fermented Foods and Beverages
and Grains in Traditional Diets
Monday, September 15, 5:30-7:30PM
Part 3
Lavish Love and The Beauty of Broth: Fats; Bones, and Braises in Traditional Diets
Monday, September 22, 5:30-7:30PM
Tickets: Each class is $15 and includes the Broth Bar. You may purchase tickets at the door or pre-pay online on the Education Menu.
Broth Bar: Please enjoy our broth and condiment bar prior to the speaker. Doors will open 20 minutes prior to the event.”

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, September 9, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: the Queens

A Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Join us in a roundtable discussion where we discuss our two cards for the month and learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

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!”

Attaining Balance of Body, Mind, and Spirit
with John Niec
a ten class series
Wednesday, September 10, 7:00-9:30PM
and nine more Wednesdays through November 12
Home of Truth, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
sliding scale $100

“You can experience balance by applying spiritual practices to the most important areas of your life. Each class will include quiet meditation, discussion, and music, that you may be: free from the past, centered in the present, embracing the future.

For added depth of experience, each participant may choose to further a personal project in an area that is out of balance.

John Niec is an exceptional presenter and has that quality that makes all people feel respected and valued. He holds an RScP licence through the Centers for Spiritual Living. He has taught professionally for 20+ years, and he has taught spiritual course work for seven. He is board president and a frequent speaker at the Home of Truth.”

What River Are You Made Of? Tuolumne Inside Out
opening gala reception Thursday, September 11, 6:30-9:00PM
exhibit runs September 3-October 3
Capital One 360 Cafe, 101 Post Street, San Francisco

“This show brings you 20+ artists’ interpretations of our Tuolumne River, as well as the 411 on the river itself. The artists weave a story about the Tuolumne on the molecular, infrastructure, and end use levels through their 2D, 3D, digital, and mixed media artwork.

While the Tuolumne River flows out of the tall peaks of the Sierra Nevada straight to the faucets of three million water users in the San Francisco Bay Area, many don’t know its name and relation to them. The Tuolumne River provides both water and electricity to Turlock, Modesto, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

What else lies hidden from our consciousness about this stunning river as it flows below Bay Area urban neighborhoods, enters our bodies, passes on into the landscape or sewers? What ripples does this river make below us, around us and inside of us? How does this river move through the Bay Area? How are we using it? And what does this life force need from us, to be purely available to us?

Come to the September 11, 6:30-9:00PM Show Opening for an inspired education on the origin of the water most of your body is made of - stay for the live music, refreshments, and company of most excellent people.

Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Founder and Director of Wholly H2O, curates this show.”

Have a Wildly Visionary, Deeply Present Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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