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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, September 24, 2014

See more event listings on the calendar at the Pantheon Foundations' website:

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, Support Urban Gardening And Open Space In The Santa Clara Valley, The Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms, The Physics of Baseball, Dream Yoga, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale, Senior Safari Walkabout, Stews and Braising, National Comic Book Night at Playland's After Dark, Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror, Nature Communication: Essentials of Nature Connection, Fabulosa Fest, Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures, WarCircus (after Euripides' The Trojan Women), Year of the Rooster, Network For A New Culture Autumn Camp, Nature and Soul Retreat for Autumnal Equinox, Working with Lodestones, Garden Love Day, The Return of Manny’s Cellar - One Night Only!, Wine and Cheese Sunset Tours on the Petaluma River, Drawn Together: A Celebration of Bay Area Artists at Fairyland, Lake Merritt Pagans, Goddess of the Month: Sophia, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Vintage Invasion, Ancestor Three-Day Intensive, The Regenesis of Women, King Fool, Sound Healing Conference And Festival, Halloween and Vine, Family Fun Fest!, Ancient Wisdom Teachings for the Modern Woman, Sinners and Saints: a Summer History Walk, Create A Year-Round Edible Garden, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Autumn at Filoli Festival, Cupertino Diwali Festival, Amma’s Birthday Celebration, Paper Flower Headpiece, Immune Health for Everyone, UnMasked: A Women’s Embodiment Daylong, Sail on the Alma, Moraga Pear Harvest and Festival, Superhero Street Fair, Pagan Singles Picnic!, The Writing and Reading of Faith - A Conversation, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Skin in the Game, Bulgarian Festival, Camp Fire at John Muir's House, An Evening with Cellist Jami Sieber, Taboo and Heroes, Sounds From  the Streets, Bay Area ParaCon, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace, Santa Cruz Story Telling Festival, EarthChild Butoh, Introduction to Beekeeping, Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale, Piedmont Harvest Festival, Passport to History: Celebrating 80 Years at Tilden Park, Alameda Legacy Home Tour, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, South Bay Pagan Kids Autumn Equinox, Candle Magic: An Introduction, Fancy Fairy and Gnome Homes, Forbidden Island's 7th Annual Parking Lot Sale, Northbound: The Story of Cabrillo, Witches' Tea Party!, Tea and Tarot, Introduction To The GAPS Diet, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Nerd Nite East Bay #23, Stories and Songs For The Last Wild Buffalo, Primordial Womb Ceremony, Polish Folk Dancing Class, Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series, Witches and the Ways of Wyrd, Jedliniok Polish Folk Dance Ensemble

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!”

Support Urban Gardening And Open Space In The Santa Clara Valley
Wednesday, September 24, 6:00-7:30PM
Veggielution Farm, 647 S King Road, San Jose
Free, please RSVP

“Join Veggielution and SPUR at Veggielution Community Farm for a tour of the Farm and a discussion of how urban farms and gardens and urban-edge agriculture are important for healthy families and contribute to the sustainability of our communities.

The evening will start off with a hay wagon ride and an introduction to the farm by one of their founders. We will have a brief panel including representatives of Veggielution and SPUR to learn about ways you can support the growing local food and urban gardening movement.

A representative of Friends of Santa Clara Valley Open Space will describe the upcoming Measure Q Open Space initiative, which will support community farming and gardening efforts within San Jose, in addition to other open space initiatives.

6:00-6:25PM: Haywagon rides
6:30-7:00PM: Brief Panel
7:00-7:20PM: Measure Q - Friends of Santa Clara Valley Open Space
7:20-7:30PM: Call to Action and Wrap-up

The event is free, and light refreshments will be included.”

The Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00-8:30PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street,  #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“Medicinal mushrooms are powerful allies for both maintaining health and working with serious illnesses such as cancer. In this workshop we will learn about some of our fungal allies including Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake, Chaga, Turkey Tails, and Oyster mushrooms. We'll taste mushrooms, share recipes, and learn how to incorporate mushroom medicine into our lives.

Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG) has been studying and practicing healing arts for over 20 years and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a graduate degree from Naropa University Oakland. Atava is also certified in both Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu, and is a clinical herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Atava’s teaching and healing work is a unique and powerful combination of herbal medicine, curanderismo, dream work, energetic bodywork and ancestral healing. She runs a small herbal product company, Ancestral Apothecary, that specializes in hand-crafted herbal remedies and potions. She also is opening a school and healing center dedicated to herbal, folk and indigenous medicine in the Oakland area.”

The Physics of Baseball
with Tucker Hiatt and Marc “Zeke” Kossover
A production of Wonderfest
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00-9:00PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“Spring is no longer in the air, and the grass is worn down. But excitement is building as the boys of summer become the play-off boys of October - with the end of the Major League Baseball season. Please join two veteran physics teachers as they explain - and demonstrate - the physical nuances of the game: how a curve ball curves, why a 550-foot homer is so unlikely, how the half-millisecond collision of ball-on-bat is so beautifully complex. From aerodynamics to energy conservation, and from Magnus force to center of percussion, you be the umpire as simple physics illuminates our national pastime.

Tucker Hiatt, long-time physics teacher, Stanford Visiting Scholar (emeritus!), and Wonderfest Founding Director *AND* Marc ‘Zeke’ Kossover, long-time physics teacher, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow to the National Science Foundation, and Teacher in Residence and Co-Director of the Leadership Program at the Eploratorium.”

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.”

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

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

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

Upcoming dates:
October 22
November 22
December 21

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

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.”

Senior Safari Walkabout
Thursday, September 25, 9:00-10:00AM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
Exclusively for ages 50 and over, Free Admission and Parking

“Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!

Animal Meet and Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase.

Thursday, September 25, 9:00-10:00AM
Free Admission and Parking - and stay for the day!”

Stews and Braising
with Rosie Ueng
Part One of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, September 25, 6:00-9:00PM,
and four more Thursdays through October 23
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Boeuf Bourguignon, Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Chinese 5-Spice Spareribs, Pork Chile Verde, Thai Coconut Chicken Curry… what do all these have in common?  Learn the technique of braising and suddenly have a whole world of recipes that are a part of your cooking repertoire.  Conventional, organic, free-range, pastured, grass-fed...what's the difference?? What should you be eating and why? We will also discuss various cuts of meat and their appropriate preparations as well as good sourcing information.   A delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening's labor will be included.

Future classes:
Fermentation is Easy! (Vegetable and Dairy Fermentation) on Thursday, October 2 Soaking, Sprouting, Sourdough, and Fermented Beverages on Thursday, October 9 Eggs Revealed and Organ Meats Demystified on Thursday, October 16
Vegetables, Sauces, and Condiments on Thursday, October 23

Instructor Rosie Ueng holds a Masters in Nutrition and a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. She has worked as a cook at Three Stone Hearth as well as a private chef and caterer. Rosie combines science, traditional wisdom, and her cooking background to offer this unique cooking series. Rosie Ueng is founder of Rosewater Cooking and Science.”

National Comic Book Night at Playland's After Dark
Thursday, September 25, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, 510-592-3002
see website for admission details

“Celebrate National Comic Book Day at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's grown-ups only After Dark event! After you have spent the day at a local comic book store, spend your night with us playing all the carnival games, video games and pinball machines you like, all free with admission. Adults only (18 years and older), no babies or children please.”  

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

Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror
with Linda Sartor
Thursday, September 25, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871

“Following 9/11/2001, I was called by a relentless internal voice to put my mind, heart, and body on the line because I could not abide what my country was doing in my name with my taxes.  I discovered and decided to join the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine.  I will discuss my experiences in seven war-torn countries where I traveled in the role of peacekeeper and citizen diplomat.  I will comment on the political situation in the Middle East and US involvement and responsibility, as well as personal stories about the people I met in those places.  My purpose is to inspire citizens to follow the call of their hearts in order to affect social change even when they are afraid.  It is a story of the development of my personal sense of empowerment in the face of violent forces that had always appeared beyond my reach.
Linda Sartor joined the International Solidarity Movement in Israel/Palestine in June of 2002; she joined Iraq Peace Teams in February 2003; went to Sri Lanka with the Nonviolent Peaceforce 2003-2008; did a Global Exchange citizen diplomacy trip to Iran in October 2008, took her first trip to Afghanistan with Voices for Creative Nonviolence in March/April 2011; and was deported from Bahrain in February 2012.  Linda lives in an intentional community in Sonoma County, teaches research courses in graduate school, and guides wilderness trips with a non-profit organization called Rites of Passage.”

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.”

Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures
Co-Presented by Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space
Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through October 4
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Over the past couple of years, Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space have forged quite a partnership, co-producing When We Fall Apart (2012) and HUSH (2013) at Z Space. Joe Goode is also doing the choreography for Hundred Days, Z Space’s long awaited Indie-rock Opera starring the Bengsons. We are honored to have the troupe back in 2014 for encore performances of two signature pieces.

Wonderboy tells an unexpected tale of a peculiar superhero puppet isolated by his gift of sensitivity. The work first premiered at YBCA in 2008 to critical acclaim, with the Washington Post calling Wonderboy ‘One of the most inventive solos with a prop in recent memory.’ Using JGPG's unique blend of storytelling through text, song, and dance, Wonderboy is a marvelous collaboration with acclaimed New York City based puppeteer Basil Twist. Showcasing Goode's fearless innovation, the integration of puppet with dancers provides audiences with a unique creative experience highlighting the great humanity and sensitivity embodied in Twist's puppet work. The operation of the puppet becomes part of the dance, at times invisible and other times integrated. Original musical composition by singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt and pianist/drummer Matthias Bossi.

Joe Goode’s legendary 1987 work, 29 Effeminate Gestures, is a 12-minute solo set to music by Erik Ian Walker. It is an illuminating look at stereotypes of masculinity and considered Goode’s signature work. The cutting edge masterpiece originated in San Francisco before becoming a seminal work of socially relevant contemporary dance. San Francisco Chronicle called the work ‘...a masterpiece of gender deconstruction. Images of Goode wielding a chainsaw and later a power drill flank a parade of in-your-face queer moves, as spoken warnings like ‘if you talk too much, laugh too much, feel too much’ trail into nervous laughter. Goode’s comic timing is superb.’ The solo will be performed by current company member Melecio Estrella.”

WarCircus (after Euripides' The Trojan Women)
presented by The Imaginist
Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28 - final week
Thursday-Saturday, 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-528-7554

“What if you had to perform your tragedy over and over for thousands of years? Would you start to resent having to perform your role? From out of the past come the archetypal women of Troy: Helen, the beauty, Cassandra, the truth-teller, Hecuba, the matriarch, Andromache, the rock, Polyxena, the future, and the Women of the Chorus, the time-travelers.

Come one come all. Tonight and every night. Alive Alive Alive. Positively Alive. Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. The women of Troy and their Amazing Traveling Side Show Extravaganza, WARCIRCUS!

This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.”

Year of the Rooster
Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28,
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.”

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.

Autumnal Equinox
This is the turning inward point of the year where we harvest all that we have sown in the previous season and we take time to both offer gratitude for what we reap as well as set an intention for conscious change, release and surrender to the season ahead.

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.”

Working with Lodestones
with Susan Diamond
Friday, September 26, 12:30-2:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477

“Working with Lodestones: Attracting, Repelling, Binding, and Healing with Susan Diamond”

Garden Love Day
with Frieda Kipar Bay of Taproot Medicine
Friday, September 26, 10:00AM-1:00PM
private land in Sebastopol, address given upon RSVP
Free, please RSVP to info@taprootmedicine.org

“Garden Love Day this month will be on Friday, September 26, 10:00AM-1:00PM.   This month we'll be gathering seeds, working the pathways, and clearing out the old with love and reverence, making way for new plants to surface. Children are welcome, pear trees will be waiting.  Learn some new permaculture tricks and meet some new plants while gardening alongside other herbie mamas and plant geeks. Please bring any favorite tools, gloves, sunhat, snacks.  We'll make sure everyone gets introduced to a new plant and gets a little dirty.  Held in Sebastopol, 1 hour drive from Oakland.”

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.”

Wine and Cheese Sunset Tours on the Petaluma River
Friday, September 26, 5:30-7:30PM
and October 10
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
to register, please call 707-763-7756 or e-mail stephanie@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

“Come discover the Petaluma River and Watershed with our fun and knowledge staff. On the tour, we will explore the history, ecology, economics and current issues facing the River and its Watershed. Friends offers two ways to visit the watershed, through our scheduled tours or by chartering a private tour for your group. You can sign up for a scheduled tour below or call our office to set up a charter tour, 707-763-7756.

Our Wine and Cheese Sunset Tours take you on a delectable tour of our Watershed. Beginning at 5:30PM at the Petaluma Marina, we voyage downstream for an hour, peeking into sloughs and exploring historic sites.” ___________________________________________

Drawn Together: A Celebration of Bay Area Artists at Fairyland
Friday, September 26, 6:00-9:00PM
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, 510-238-6876
$22 in advance, $25 at the door (may sell out)

“Please note - due to the availability of alcohol, no one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

Join us for a magical evening of live art-making, music, food, and fun at Children’s Fairyland’s storybook theme park. Thirty-five exciting artists from Oakland and the Bay Area will team up to create over 100 pieces of original art inspired by Fairyland. There will be music by The Cat Man of West Oakland, Adam Myatt, also known as one half of Oakland electro-pop duo James and Evander. Performance ensemble Mugwumpin will tickle your senses with a collaborative experience of art and live theater. All artwork will be available for purchase for a fixed price of $35 per piece, and all proceeds will help support outreach and art restoration in the park. Space is limited, so get your tickets early and support a great cause! This is one of the rare opportunities to experience our magical park after dark.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Friday, September 26, 6:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.

Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”

Goddess of the Month: Sophia
with Phoenix LeFae
Friday, September 26, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

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

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

This September we invite into our circle the Goddess of Wisdom; Sophia. Sophia is honored in a wide range of spiritual paths, and we call on her to bring a deepening of knowledge, a brightening of love, and a better understanding of ourselves.

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

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

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, September 26, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

Vintage Invasion
Friday, September 26, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

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

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

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

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

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!”

King Fool
presented by We Players
Friday-Sunday, September 26-28 - final week
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 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.”

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
All Access Pass $210, Festival Only $25, Concerts $20 each

“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 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient Wisdom Teachings for the Modern Woman
a three part workshop
with Joy Reichard
Saturday, September 27, 9:45AM-5:00PM,
and two more Saturdays, October 18 and November 8
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 300 East Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo

“Are you hungering for more? More passion, more love, more zest?
Do you want to become the empowered woman that you can be?
Do you want to get back in touch with your feminine principle?
Modern life may have subdued her, but she’s still there.

If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then don’t miss this three part workshop.  In it you’ll get a powerful dose of something denied women for centuries - Knowledge of women's 'her'-story, access to women's wisdom, and simple yet powerful techniques to enhance and enrich your life.

In this three part workshop you will:
Connect with other women also seeking the Sacredness of the Feminine
Learn the ‘her-story’ of the Sacred Feminine, why she disappeared, and WHY  SHE IS RETURNING TODAY!
Develop your own personal connection to the Divine who is Feminine
Learn ancient mystery rites, tools and techniques in order to enhance your focus and augment your life

If this interests you, then read on, because you will also:
Reclaim your confidence, pride and self-esteem as a woman
Gain greater appreciation for your feminine body
Develop a stronger sense of spirituality
Deepen your connection to the power and divine essence of women

Features of the program:
Three full-day sessions - one day each month for three months (Saturdays, September 27, October 18 and November 8)
Three group calls for connection, sharing, and support (60 minutes)
Certificate of Completion upon completing all four modules for Persephone's Journey: A Wisdom School for Awakening Women. (Inquire about Priestess Certification and CEU credits)
Joy’s library of Goddess and self-improvement visualizations
Celebrate the Divine Feminine; Reclaim Your Power with Ancient Goddess - complimentary copy
Joy’s Goddess E-Books - additional e-books are available on Amazon
Class outline download (printed workbooks available for $50).”

Sinners and Saints: a Summer History Walk
with Frank Goulart
Saturday, September 27, 10:00AM
Meet at the Center for History and Culture, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward

“Discover the history of churches in downtown Hayward. Visit Eden Congregation for an insider's view of the old chapel. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and sun protection.”

Create A Year-Round Edible Garden: Tools for Production and Harvest
Saturday, September 27, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda, 510-755-1102

“Want to produce and harvest food from your own garden?  Join us for a free, fun and user-friendly talk on the building blocks for a sustainable, edible garden. Learn how to build healthy soil, what to plant when, and how to manage pests naturally. Ideal for beginner and intermediate gardeners.
No pre-registration is required. Each participant will receive 20% discount nursery coupons and detailed handouts on growing edibles. There will be a drawing for garden gifts at the end of the talk.”

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, September 27, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark. After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, stumbling upon a Kali-worshiping Thuggee cult practicing child slavery, black magic, and ritual human sacrifice.”

Autumn at Filoli Festival
Saturday, September 27, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
Adults $25, children 5-17 $5, 4 and younger free

“Join us on Saturday, September 27 for a fun-filled day of entertainment, crafts, and fruit tasting as Filoli presents its annual family-friendly Autumn at Filoli Festival.

Autumn brings to mind the changing of the seasons. The abundant fruit that has been growing during the long summer days in Filoli’s historic Gentlemen’s Orchard is ripening and ready to be harvested and savored. The Visitor and Education Center will host fruit tasting and sampling all day. Docent-led tours of Filoli’s Orchard will be given throughout the day. Learn more about the many varieties of apples, pears, table grapes and other heritage fruit trees that will be showing off their abundance.

Nature Education docents will be on hand to lead hikes through Filoli’s natural beauty and surrounding woodlands. The Garden will still be active in its display of blooming dahlias, colorful copper beech trees and hedge, textural knot garden, burgundy smoke bush, and hundreds of roses putting on a late-season show. Garden Information Docents will be present to share their knowledge and answer your questions about gardening at home as well as at Filoli.

The Filoli Garden and Gift Shop will be open throughout the day, and special guest vendors will be in the Courtyard with their creations and treats, including honey, condiments, and special herb blends from Filoli. A new item for sale will be apple and pear butters made from Filoli’s own fruit.

Activities for Children and Families
Numerous activities are planned with children and families in mind. Filoli will have its own Pumpkin Patch, where children can choose and decorate their own pumpkin to take home. Young guests can have their faces painted by Filoli artists, and also give a hand in helping our volunteers operate the cider press. A special Children’s Craft Project in the Filoli Potting Shed will be on-going. Marvel at the displays of whimsical scarecrows crafted by Friends of Filoli volunteers and Filoli Staff.

A Day Filled With Entertainment
This year we’ve added the San Francisco Zoomobile, bringing some of their small animals to show and share with us. Tasty gourmet mini donuts and popcorn stand will round out our already exciting lineup of activities and treats. A lively puppet show, magic show, Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show and Sterling the Bubblesmith will be on hand to delight and entertain all. The Filoli Pumpkin will be strolling the grounds too, providing fun and treats for the little ones. An informative autumn-themed floral arranging demo will be given in the Courtyard of the House. Family photo opportunities will abound throughout the property - parents, bring your cameras! Please note: professional photography is not permitted during the Festival.

Live Music, BBQ Lunches and Cafe Refreshments
A catered, delicious barbeque lunch is available by advance purchase. You may also purchase a special children’s lunch. Enjoy your lunch, including Filoli Apple Cake, under the shaded oaks of the tennis court, as you listen to lively music by The Amigos. Filoli’s Cafe will also be open and serving a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Please note there are no private picnics permitted on Filoli’s grounds.

Come and celebrate the harvest with us at the Autumn at Filoli Festival!”

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.”

Amma’s Birthday Celebration
Saturday, September 27, 10:00AM-11:30PM
M.A. Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley

“This event-filled exceptional day will begin with Pada Puja (Special ceremony for the Guru) and Bhajans, and have ongoing Archana and Seva Projects.

Lunch will be served as well as Chai on the Deck nearby Amrita Hall. The afternoon will include many different activities including: Birthday Card Making for Amma, Children’s Cultural Offerings to Amma, Numerous Activities for Children and People of All Ages. Then in the Evening the program includes Navaratri Puja,  Dinner, Birthday Cake and Bhajans on the Amrita Hall Porch.

All are welcome to this Special Event which has no fees to attend.”

Paper Flower Headpiece
with Tiffanie Turner
Saturday, September 27, 10:30AM-2:30PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$85, limit 12 students

“Prepare for fall weddings, the upcoming holiday season, and even Halloween, and create a gorgeous, multi-flower headpiece from Italian crepe paper. Using one basic technique, Tiffanie will teach you to make dahlias, bougainvillea, marigolds, roses, godetia and more, in a huge variety of colors and tones. Using these paper flowers, you make in class and the additional paper flowers that will be provided, you will create an impressive headpiece. These are showstoppers!

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

Tiffanie Turner is an architect, artist, and performer who began working passionately in paper last year. Since then, her work has appeared on numerous art and lifestyle blogs, the San Francisco Chronicle, One Kings Lane, and in her recent San Francisco solo gallery show entitled HEADS. Tiffanie has taught classes for Martha Stewart Living and online for creativeLIVE, and currently teaches workshops in several different paper techniques around the Bay Area and beyond under the moniker papel SF.”

Immune Health for Everyone
with Dr. Todd Born, ND
Saturday, September 27, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Anxiety and Stress Management Talk  
Join Dr. Todd A. Born for a discussion on boosting your immunity during the cold and flu
season.  All are welcome!  Join him at Julie's to learn how to keep you and your whole
family healthy using natural solutions.  

Helpful handouts, recipes and an immune’ tea from Julie's will be provided!  

Snag your seat early (limited to 15 people).

Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc. is the prime location in Alameda for integrative medical care for patients of all ages and genders, for acute and chronic conditions.”

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.”

Sail on the Alma
Saturday, September 27, 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.”

Moraga Pear Harvest and Festival
organized by The Moraga Park Foundation
Saturday, September 27, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Moraga Commons Park, Moraga Road at St Mary’s Road, Moraga

“The Pear Festival is usually the last Saturday in September. That event features live music, food, children's activities, pear recipe contest, and sale of pear pies. Festivities continue from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

Pear Pie sales start at 10:00AM at the Moraga Park Foundation tent

Pear Recipe Contest - Entries must be delivered by noon, including the prepared dish, recipe instructions, contestant's name, address and phone. Contest winners will be announced at band shell at 1:00PM. All ages are encouraged to enter.

Children's games and activities

Entertainment at band shell including an afternoon concert

The Moraga Pear Festival celebrates the heritage of the Moraga Valley, that was once covered with pear orchards.”

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.”

Pagan Singles Picnic!
(Straight/bi this time, gay/bi next time.)
with the The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Saturday, September 27, 2:00-5:00PM
Hoover Park, 2901 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
$2 suggested donation
“Check the picnic-looking areas first, and look for the red Meetup sign; if we're not there, we'll probably be in the redwood grove next to the handball court.

Quite a few people seem to be interested in having a Pagan Singles Picnic. Let's do it!

Actually, let's have at least TWO of them, if there's enough interest: one straight/bi and one gay/bi. Why? Because when our Temple group organized some singles parties some years back, people liked it that way - less risk of miscommunication.

I've been trying to find a venue for these for a while: one problem is that in order to reserve space at any county park or Palo Alto park, I have to pay up front and know how much space I need (some reservations are per table). Reservations for these areas are very expensive, and since I don't have that kind of cash floating around, I'm holding these without reserving space - meaning, we may or may not actually get picnic tables.

So bring a picnic blanket and food to share: I'll bring a blanket where we can lay out the food buffet-style. The park has plenty of space, so if we don't get tables we'll get a grassy area.

When you arrive, please check in with me for your name tag (and feel free to toss money in the bucket: no one will be turned away for lack of donation)!

Hoping all you singles can attend. Blessed Be!”

The Writing and Reading of Faith - A Conversation
with authors Richard Rodriguez and Kaya Oakes
presented by SAGRADA
Saturday, September 27, 3:00PM
Faith Presbyterian Church, 430 49th Street, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to mail@sagrada.com

“SAGRADA is delighted to host two Bay Area authors known for their personal engagement, insights and stimulating writing about contemporary faith and spirituality. Join us for this timely, lively and illuminating discussion.

This event will be held at
Faith Presbyterian Church, 49th Street, Oakland, two short blocks from SAGRADA.
Booksigning and Reception following at
SAGRADA, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-7196

If you will be attending please send an email to assist our planning - Thank you.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, September 27, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

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

Skin in the Game: Boots of Spanish Leather, Beaver-Skin Hats, and Blue Mandarin Robes Trimmed with Sea Otter Fur
part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Hyde Street Pier
Saturday, September 27, 3:30-4:15PM,
and Saturday, October 4 and Monday, October 13
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Enjoy a program exploring the maritime trade relationship between Spanish and Mexican Alta California, Imperial Russia, Great Britain, and the American republic between 1812 and 1848.

Celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month with Park Ranger-led programs for the whole family.”

Bulgarian Festival
with The Fondation
Saturday, September 27, 6:00PM
Golden Gate Park County Fair Building, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Adults $35, Children under 18 Free, Seniors over 65 Free

“Bulgarian Festival in Golden Gate Park with Special Guests: The Fondation

You already know what to expect - a lot of fun, great music, and delicious food. Not to miss!”

Camp Fire at John Muir's House
Saturday, September 27, 6:30-8:00PM
and October 25
John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez

“Listen to songs and stories around a campfire this summer during our ranger-led programs

Join the National Park Service for free campfire programs this summer. Program last about 1.5 hours. Rangers will lead the group in songs, skits and stories to celebrate the legacy of John Muir, one of the greatest naturalists and conservationists the United States has ever known.

No reservations are required. Meet at the front gate of the John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, in Martinez, CA (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring the whole family along with picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and a desire to have a good time.

Rangers will direct you from the gate to the fire ring, located under a small grove of redwood trees. If it rains heavily, the program will be canceled.”

An Evening with Cellist Jami Sieber
Saturday, September 27, 7:30PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

“Renowned electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber takes this instrument to new heights. She has performed with many acclaimed artists and has composed music for film, dance and the popular video game Braid. An innovative musician, Jami's music moves beyond the surface, seeking and re-seeking her truth by creating musical bridges and connections, committed to doing what moves her and inspiring listeners with her honesty, musical prowess, and humanity. Jami will be joined by acclaimed percussionist Michaele Goerlitz and Grammy-nominee and Bammy-winning artist Barbara Higbie. Don't miss this special evening!”

Taboo and Heroes
presented by Kiandanda Dance
Saturday, September 27, 8:00PM
Zaccho Dance Theatre, 1777 Yosemite Avenue, #330, San Francisco

“Taboo and Heroes explores the situation of the wars that struck the Republic of Congo in the late 1990s in a multimedia performance, featuring modern and traditional dance, interactive video design, and live contemporary music. Taboo and Heroes addresses the reality and consequences of violence and corruption through the specific experiences of Byb Chanel Bibene. Bringing together dance and theater performers, an original music score, set design and video elements, the piece aims to transport the audience into the charged atmosphere of conflict that permeated, and still echoes in everyday life in the Republic of Congo. This piece transposes the Congolese environment on stage.

Exploring the subject of victims of war and the lack of freedom of expression due to irresponsible dictatorial powers and the neo-colonial influences of western powers, choreographer Bibene, as a survivor of the Congolese war, intends to demonstrate the essence of these dramatic situations of war, which are lived by thousands of people throughout the world. This project is intended to lead people to pay more attention to what is going on in the world, because a collective effort can help find solutions and lead to a better life not only in Africa but also in the rest of the world, ecologically, socially, politically, and humanly.

From my questioning of the sources and implications of conflicts came the impetus to create a performance work that could inspire active consideration of current events, in the belief that this is another step towards collective solutions to global problems. This work is intended to be a mobile, internationally viable project that can widely communicate its political initiative through the explanatory power of its emotional and kinetic journeys. This project is furthermore a turning point in my career as choreographer: it is an extensive, long-term undertaking, employing new creative approaches in my choreography and socio-political purpose. The fruition of this project will allow Kiandanda Dance Theater to establish itself significantly in its new home in San Francisco.”

Sounds From  the Streets:
A historical and musical celebration of  Latin Rock
presented by Accion Latina
Saturday, September 27, 8:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
$15 in advance, $20 at door

“On Saturday September 27, Accion Latina will host a very  special night of history and music featuring:

A history of Latin Rock presented by Rudy ‘El Professor’ Ramirez

A Latin Rock concert by the Mission Street All-Stars

A one of a kind exhibition of Carlos Santana memorabilia made available by Dr. Rock and Latin Rock, Inc.

Proceeds benefit San Francisco's Latino newspaper, El Tecolote, Named Best Community Newspaper of 2014 by SF Weekly."

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.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, September 27-28, 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 $5
Discounted tickets available through the website

The theme for this weekend is Pirate Invasion and Student Savings Weekend

Pirate Invasion
Beware of pirates invading the village of Willingtown. Sir Francis Drake is looking for new crew members. Children 7 and under can meet the Queen and Captain Drake in our annual wee pirate costume contest, time and location to be announced.

Student Savings Weekend
Take a break and join us in Willingtown. Bring your Student I.D. to the box office and receive two general admission tickets for $35.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00PM each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, September 27, is Wicked Tinkers:

“Prepare yourself for a wild ride with Wicked Tinkers! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995. With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.”

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.”

EarthChild Butoh
Saturday, September 27, 8:00PM
and Sunday, September 28, 3:00PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
sliding scale $10-$20

“Earth Child: The body made out same material of our Earth. A light thread through the body from the center of the Earth toward to outer space. A flower starts blooming on your chest. By the fragrance of the flower, you wake up. On your innocent eyes, things are reflecting as your own self.

The Story of Earthchild project began as three male Butoh dancers, Ronny Baker, Luku Netherthot, and Armando Davila, sprouted here at Subterranean Arthouse in 2008 under the school of TAMANO-HIJIKATA Butoh method. Since their first Butoh project years ago, these three young dancers have studied hard by competing with each other. Competing into collaboration, the next project has been born.”

Introduction to Beekeeping
with Doug Vincent of Beekind
Sunday, September 28, 12:30-3:30PM
Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
Free, please RSVP to 707-824-2905

“Basic Beekeeping: information on how to get started with bees, use of equipment and what to expect in your first year.  A must-have class if you are interested in keeping bees.”

Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 28, 10:30-3:00PM
Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Free admission

“Our much-anticipated Fall Plant Sale is nearly upon us! We specialize in regionally-appropriate, Mediterranean climate plants including California natives, and plants from South Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean region, and South America. We also have the exotic and unusual. Our wide variety of plant offerings will appeal to everyone.

Admission to the sale is free. All proceeds benefit the Garden.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

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.”

Passport to History: Celebrating 80 Years at Tilden Park
Sunday, September 28, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Environmental Education Center, Tilden Nature Area,
North End of Central Park Drive, Berkeley
Free Admission, Free Parking

“In 1934, citizens of the East Bay voted to preserve open space, improving the quality of life for future generations. Brilliant! Your family and friends will celebrate with a day of music, games, crafts, and fun - at the unique park where it all began. Meet a pig, a goat, or a chicken at the Little Farm. Help crank some ice cream, enjoy it, then stroll it off with the Passport to History walk to beautiful Jewel Lake and earn a prize!”

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.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, September 28, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

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”

Candle Magic: An Introduction
with Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, September 28, 1:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$25 per session

“The use of candles in magic has a long and rich history. Witchcraft, Hoodoo, Ceremonial Magic and even Catholicism enjoy the use of candles as a means to bring about a desired result. We will learn how to choose and properly dress a candle for magical work, as well as different techniques for burning them for different purposes. Each participant will receive a 7 Day candle which will be dressed and charged for your particular purpose for you to burn at home.”

Fancy Fairy and Gnome Homes
with Heather Kramer
Sunday, September 28, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$75 includes materials, limit 10 families (adult + child)

“It is said that if you build them a home the fairies, gnomes, and elves might just move in. Come craft a whimsical one-of-a-kind fairy house or gnome home using all-natural items provided by Heather Kramer of Folifa and Little Bee. All natural supplies will be provided - if you wish to add miniatures or bits of whimsy we can recommend places to find them.

Heather Kramer of Folifa and Little Bee, creates one-of-a-kind woodland homes out of natural items she forages for in the Sierras, combined with miniatures and bits of whimsy. This all began on a camping trip with friends, when they created a fairy village in the forest. Upon returning home, she realized she'd been bitten by the fairy house bug and hasn't been able to stop herself since. Named after a combination of Heather’s childhood imaginary world and her child's nickname - you can find Folifa and Little Bee homes at Monkey Bars in Alameda and on her website.”

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!”

Northbound: The Story of Cabrillo and his venture into the unknown of Alta California
part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Hyde Street Pier
Sunday, September 28, 3:30-4:00PM,
and one more Sunday, October 5
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“In 1542, Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo set sail from Baja California northbound to Alta California. He went further north than anyone before him, and though he would not return from this voyage, most of his men would. The discoveries they made were not only of new lands and people, but also of the extreme and threatening conditions that would challenge mariners sailing the west coast for hundreds of years to come.

Celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month with Park Ranger-led programs for the whole family.”
Witches' Tea Party!
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, September 28, 3:00-6:00PM
Palo Alto Cafe, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

“Let's get together for another Witches' Tea Party!  The previous ones were great fun, so we're doing it again.

Witches, Pagans, Magicians, Asatruarfolk, all ye fine and fun folk, wend your way to this nice little coffeehouse in Midtown Palo Alto.  They have an assortment of tasty teas and coffees, plus yummy sandwiches and plenty of pastries.

We'll take a little breather and enjoy the company of our fellow walkers of the path of the independent spirit.  Relax in the company of those who won't think you're weird for talking with the land-wights or listening to the voice of the Goddess on the breeze!

Feel free to wear your Witchy finery or fancy-wear (but keep'em street-legal, please)!
$1 contribution toward this website requested (not required).”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, September 28, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

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

Introduction To The GAPS Diet
with Joey Anderson and Sara Russell
Sunday, September 28, 4:30-6:30PM,
and four more Sundays through November 2 (no class on October 19)
Three Stone Hearth Kitchen, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$35 per class, 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.”

The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, September 28, 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!

The passion of Shakespeare, the spontaneity of theatrical improvisation, and the charm of original music meet in The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, a series of full-length musicals the Bard himself might have written. Shakespearean actors will create a new tale every night, including comedies, tragedies, wild adventures, and epic romances. Through the Un-Scripted Theater Company's dedication to the art of theatrical improvisation, The Lost Folio highlights why Shakespeare is the most beloved playwright in history.”

Nerd Nite East Bay #23: Picture Books, Parasites, and Pandemic: Paralytic Snakes
Monday, September 29, 7:00PM, and the last Monday of each month
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

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

For Nerd Nite #23 the topics and lecturers will be as follows:
Cats, Kids, and Caldecott: A Brief History of the Picture Book by Sharon McKellar

Brain-Infecting Parasites: What Can Zombie-Makers Teach Us About the Brain, Immune System, and Behavior? by Kelly Weinersmith

Quest for a Universal Antidote to Snakebite by Matthew Lewin

Be there or be square!

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

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

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

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.”

Primordial Womb Ceremony: Reclaim the Inner and Outer Universal Grail
with Amoraea
an evening for women and willing men
sponsored by Seven Sisters
Tuesday, September 30, 7:30-10:00PM
Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito

“In our hour of greatest personal and planetary need, the Goddess calls us to return to Her by restoring the Sacred Womb within…

Wombyn and Men alike have been torn away from the primal connection with their womb center, an exhaustless source of power, creativity, security, and sacred space.

The womb as the Universal Grail, the Holy of Holies, and the place of Light Conception can be reclaimed by everyone and used to tap into our Divinity.

But first we must unlock our own perinatal memories and traumas before we can activate our Womb Power and rebirth ourselves through Immaculate Conception.

During this evening we will:
Re-sanctify our connection to Mother Goddess
Activate the Shakti Force
Re-birth and heal our perinatal experience
Consecrate, purify and potentiate our womb space (men, too!)
Engage in Light Conception and open our womb as a stargate
Activate our Planetary Service for healing the split

Ceremonial invocation, rebirthing breathwork, guided visualizations, lightbody techniques, Grace from God and Divine Mother

Receive an energetic transmission that will bring a sustained shift in your consciousness!

As co-founder of The Light School, visionary and soul awareness facilitator, sacred ceremonialist and spiritual artist, Amoraea has expressed his passion for awakening our Divine Human potential through 15 years of embodied teachings and events ministering the evolution of the species.

His writings, visionary art and music facilitate the acceleration of both personal and planetary evolution through higher-dimensional awareness. His trainings emphasize becoming an evolutionary ambassador in this time of Great Awakening with an understanding that the re-enchantment and restoration of the Earth can only happen with a complete transfiguration into the Divinized Self.”

Polish Folk Dancing Class
Tuesday, September 30, 7:45-10:00PM
Polish Club of San Francisco, 3040 22nd Street, San Francisco
Free, donations welcome, please RSVP to 510-575-7514

“Open class in Polish regional dances from Opoczno, taught by guest choreographer Magdalena Zaleska of Jedliniok Ensemble.

Class is FREE (donation welcomed-benefit Jedliniok tour)
Some partner dance experience advised.”

Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series: Spiritual but not Religious/Earth-Based/Humanistic  
Opera Plaza Community Room, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, October 1, 6:00-8:30PM,
and three more Wednesdays, October 22, and November 5 and 12
$15 per lecture

“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.

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.”

Witches and the Ways of Wyrd
an online course with Max Dashu
September 2014-May 2015
$31 per single month, $25 month is prepaid three months at a time

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Ximena for letting me know about this event!

Jedliniok Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
Wednesday, October 1, 7:30-10:00PM
International House, UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

“The Polish Folkloric Dance Ensemble Jedliniok from Wroclaw in Poland present the beauty and spirit of Poland through its music, song, and dance. Jedliniok have performed in Europe and Asia and now come to the Americas to share the rich folkloric culture of their homeland with you. Dynamic performance pieces performed by dancers costumed in exquisite traditional dress, and danced to vibrant live music.”

Have a Week of Fancy Stories and Healing Wisdom!

Molly Blue Dawn

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