What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, Witches and the Ways of Wyrd, Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series, Jedliniok Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, Dream Yoga, 43rd Annual Home Craft Fair, A History of Chocolate: Talk and Tasting, Fermentation is Easy!, Exploratorium After Dark: When Tricks Are Treats, Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures, Ransom Texas, WarCircus (after Euripides' The Trojan Women), Year of the Rooster, Women’s Sacred Circle, Ohlone Herbal Center’s Student Medicine Fair, Monarch Migration and History Gallery, Making Magic: Creating Powerful Spells, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Armenian Bazaar, Ecstatic Ritual Training Conclave, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black, World Animal Day, Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival, Hook, Wooden Spoon Carving, Frank Bette Yard Sale, Harvest Fair and Exposition, The Successful Brain Fair: Make Your Brain Work for You, Turlock Holistic Expo, Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, Shoreline Festival, Oaktoberfest, Michale Duncan's Fine Art Jewlery, Sail on the Alma, No Monster In The Mission: ¡Basta Ya!, Halloween Costume Workshop, Skin in the Game, Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party at Roaring Camp, The Girl Genius Europan Oktoberfest Ball, CAYA Coven’s Poison Moon, Dance Concert by Polish Folklore Ensemble Jedliniok, Art-In-Motion: A Modern Circus Arts Variety Show, Native Plant Fair, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Harvest Faire and Steam Festival, History San Jose Hosts Yard Sale in the Park, Family Nature Camp on the Petaluma River, Shamanizing for the Culture, CALABASH: A Festival of Gourds Art and the Garden, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Celebration, Erik Jekabson String-tet featuring Adam Shulman plays Ellington, Northbound: The Story of Cabrillo, Introduction To The GAPS Diet, Autumnal Chants, Otsukimi Moon-Viewing Festival, Act One Scene Two, Lambtown Festival, Community Day at Gamble Garden, Foods of the Americas Family Day, Belly Dance Student Showcase, Celebrate Tin Hau Chinese Goddess of the Sea, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Telos: The Fantastic World Of Eugene Tsui, Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, Garden Fresh Luncheon at Gamble Garden, Fall Harvest Dinner, Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda

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!”

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!

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.”

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.”

Dream Yoga
a four month series with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Wednesday, October 1, 7:30-9:00PM,
and two more Wednesdays, 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.

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.”

43rd Annual Home Craft Fair
Wednesday-Saturday, October 1-4,
Wednesday 11:00AM-4:00PM, Thursday-Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM,
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM
private home, 1608 Via Sarita, San Lorenzo
Free admission

“When Paula Sherwood puts on her Home Craft Fair, it's an amazing extravaganza of planning, talent, and wares representing thousands of hours of creations by 19 very talented crafters.

Bay Area residents anticipate the annual event for all their holiday shopping. Quality items range from hundreds of hand-crafted decorations, jewelry, scarves, toys, sports items, jackets, hats, children's clothing, candles, cards, stationery, art works and more.”

A History of Chocolate: Talk and Tasting
part of the UC Botanical Garden’s Foods of the Americas exhibit
Thursday, October 2, 6:00-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$25, pre-registration required

“Celebrate the opening night of our Foods of the Americas exhibit with A History of Chocolate: Talk and Tasting.

Come view our colorful marketplaces filled to the brim with Foods of the Americas. From chocolate to quinoa, discover the cornucopia of food crops that originated in the Americas thousands of years ago.”

Fermentation is Easy! (Vegetable and Dairy Fermentation)
with Rosie Ueng
Part Three of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, October 2, 6:00-9:00PM,
and three more Thursdays through October 23
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Do microscopic organisms growing in your kitchen give you the heebie jeebies?  Don't worry - they can be your friends, keep you healthy, and make your food delicious!  In this class, learn how to make your own fermented vegetables: kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles are just the beginning.  You will also learn how to make yogurt, kefir, clabbered milk, creme fraiche, and fresh cheese!

Bring jars to take home some fermenting goodies.  Delicious snacks as well as a sampling of some fermented foods will be provided.

Future classes:
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.”

Exploratorium After Dark: When Tricks Are Treats
Thursday, October 2, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco, 415-528-4444
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: When Tricks Are Treats

Delve into the science behind deception at After Dark: When Tricks Are Treats. Find out how expert wine detective Maureen Downey exposes costly counterfeits - without uncorking a bottle. Follow elements of illusion in European paintings with Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curator Melissa Buron, and reframe yourself in a virtual mirror staged by Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty. Encounter the uncanny in the mischievous mentalism of Brad Barton, Reality Thief, and let magician and Exploratorium scientist Luigi Anzivino show you how the odds can be stacked against you in a seemingly innocent game of chance.

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

Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures
Co-Presented by Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space
Thursday-Saturday, October 2-4 - final week
Thursday and Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM
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.”

Ransom, Texas
presented by Virago Theatre Company
Thursday-Saturday, October 2-4, 8:00PM,
playing through October 18
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-7383

“Virago is proud to produce the World Premiere of hot Bay Area playwright William Bivins' Ransom, Texas! In a small West Texas town, two men locked in the office of a factory battle for power using whatever they've got: manipulation, mind-games, lies, and brute force. This savage, emotionally compelling two man tour-de-force will blow your socks off.

William Bivins is an award-winning playwright whose productions include The Education of a Rake (Central Works), The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry (SF Playhouse), The Position (PianoFight) and The Afterlife of the Mind (Virago Theatre Company), among others. His drama Ransom, Texas (Pacific Repertory Theatre) won the 2010 Hyperion Project Original Play Competition. His Biblical comedy Pulp Scripture (Original Sin/PianoFight) won the 2009 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Original Script and grabbed eight SF Fringe Awards, including Best New Comedy.

William was the most produced playwright of the 2009/2010 San Francisco Bay Area season, was one of twelve Bay Area playwrights chosen for the 2008 Theatre Bay Area/TheatreWorks Playwrights Showcase, and has been a finalist for the Heideman
Award in the National Ten-minute Play Contest. He has participated in the Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshop since 2001, is a member of the Monday Night Playwrights Group and the Dramatists Guild. He lives in San Francisco.”

WarCircus (after Euripides' The Trojan Women)
presented by The Imaginist
Thursday-Saturday, October 2-4, 8:00PM - extended, final week
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, October 2-5,
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.”

Women’s Sacred Circle
with Soul Coach Lis-Lotte Mariscal
Friday, October 3, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation: $25.  
Please RSVP to Lis-Lotte at 510-507-1907 or answers@lis-lotte.com

“Let's gather in Sacred Circle over a Pot of Tea to talk about how Clutter Clearing - inner AND outer - truly can shift stagnant energies and create miracles in your life and relationships.

I am a certified Soul Coach and creator of sacred space. With my presence, playfulness, wisdom and love I gently and powerfully support Women to Step into the Light and dare to Trust, Live and Express their True Intuitive Wisdom Powers.  For the Healing of The Earth, Themselves and Their Relationships.

SHOW UP to gain a new sense of ‘Who You Truly Are’: YOU are SO MUCH MORE than your CLUTTER!

In this powerful ceremony you will Learn:
How Clutter Clearing can have a profound effect on you and your life.
How Inner Clutter is in the way of seeing yourself and others through loving eyes.
Simple tips to get started - without being overwhelmed.
To let go on a guided SOUL JOURNEY: Living Life Lightly.”

Ohlone Herbal Center’s Student Medicine Fair
Friday, October 3, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Strawberry Creek Park, 1250 Addison Street, Berkeley

“Come chat with students and staff about their knowledge and interest in transforming our world with the use of plant based medicines.

The school operates a student clinic and provides an opportunity to keep Western herbal knowledge alive, by bringing medicinal knowledge of plants to people and empowering their ability to heal through the use of herbs. Students will be showcasing handcrafted medicine and herbal goods. Come support and see what they've been learning!

Refreshments, Cordials, Salves, Syrups, Teas, Tinctures, and much more will be shared and sold by student at their annual Medicine Fair!”

Monarch Migration and History Gallery
a Free First Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, October 3, 11:00AM-9:00PM, and the first Friday of each month
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Free admission every First Friday and extended hours every Friday. Tonight from 5:00-9:00PM, enjoy a no-host bar, and a paper folding art activity where you can turn memories into monarchs in celebration of the Santa Cruz Monarch Migration, and the opening of our new History Exhibition. From 6:30-9:00PM, dance to live jazz  from The Alex Raymond Band.

This Friday, get ready for new experiments and stories in our History Gallery. This is part of a two-year process to open up the gallery, add more interactivity, and diversify the voices in the exhibition.  Come check out bilingual labels and new exhibitions about agriculture, the birth of Cabrillo College and UCSC, and the bloom of local, alternative lifestyles unique to Santa Cruz County. Oh, and a big update to our earthquake section.

Join us for talks at 5:30PM from contributors to how we’re shaking it up in the History Gallery: Chip Scheuer will be speaking about the Loma Prieta earthquake of ’89 and showing images from his reporting on the ground at the time. Dr. Ann Lopez of the Center for Farmworker Families will be speaking about the history of farmworkers in Santa Cruz County. Marla Novo, MAH’s Curator of Collections, will speak about the opening of our newly redesigned section of our permanent History Gallery.  She’ll share some of what’s new with the redesign and lead a brief tour upstairs to the gallery.

Here’s a quick look at the night’s schedule:
5:30PM: History talks in the Auditorium featuring Chip Scheuer talking about the ’89 earthquake, Dr. Ann Lopez sharing the story of Santa Cruz County farmworkers, and MAH’s Curator of Collections Marla Novo leading a tour of our newly redesigned History Gallery.
6:30-9:0-0PM: Dance to live jazz from The Alex Raymond Band in our Atrium
5:00-9:00PM: Enjoy a no-host bar and a Monarch Butterfly art activity in the classroom”

Making Magic: Creating Powerful Spells
with Lou Florez and Phoenix LeFae
Friday, October 3, 8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
sliding scale $40-$100 includes supplies,
Registration required; space is limited

“From love, to money; healing to cursing, magic takes on many forms. Magic and spell working is found in virtually every religion around the globe and creating powerful spells is an art form.

Join professional spellcasters; Lou Florez and Phoenix LeFae, in this workshop on creating powerful spells. Together we will explore the different forms of spell crafting, as well as design our own spells and rituals in order to achieve our goals.

This one night workshop and ritual will take place on Friday, October 3 at The Sacred Well in Oakland.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, October 3, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

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

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

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

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

Ecstatic Ritual Training Conclave
presented by Church of All Worlds
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5
Ravenhaven, Cotati, directions given upon registration
Friday-Sunday: $80-$125, Saturday-Sunday: $75-$100, Sunday Only: $45-$60
Ordination Only: Free, please bring an item for the Potluck Dinner
Please Pre-Register by donating to: Mark as CAW CONCLAVE
For more information, please contact Francesca Gentille at ErosPriestess@gmail.com

“The Church of All Worlds will be producing a weekend Ecstatic Ritual Training Conclave October 2014 in Cotati, CA. This will be either a Day Pass or Camp Out event.

This future-forward, inclusive, pantheistic, earth loving, international community is ready to welcome you with open arms. You do NOT need to be a member to attend the Conclave.

Started in 1962 by Oberon Zel & Lance Christie, CAW was the first organization to legally ordain Priestesses, to put forth the Gaia theory of planetary consciousness, to ordain gay ministers, to be aware that BDSM can be sacred, to utilize the term Pagan as a religion, and to envision a Sacred Sexuality Collegium.

Sacred Ceremony
Exciting workshops and rituals by current and former CAW luminaries
Hot tub
Ecstatic Dance
Fire Dancing
Camp out (or stay in a nearby hotel only 5 minutes away)
Formal Ministerial Ordination on Sunday
Become a member  or renew your membership of CAW Membership $25 (You can take this off your Registration for the Conclave)

Friday: 3:00PM onward:
Check In and Camp Out, Opening Ritual

Saturday: 11:30AM-8:30PM:
Workshops, Ritual Trainings, Dinner, Hot Tubbing, Swimming

Sunday: 11:30AM-7:00PM
Workshops, Rituals, Ordination Ceremony, Community Dinner, Hot Tubbing, Swimming

Children are welcome. Swimming and hot tubbing are clothing optional.”

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

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

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

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

Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black
written and performed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
presented by Brava! for Women in the Arts  
and Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5,
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM,
playing through October 26
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“After a rockin' debut in in March of 2013,  Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe's Traveling While Black returns to the Brava Studio for a full run.  

TWB is part travelogue, part history lesson, part stand-up comedy and based on a lifetime of travel as a touring artist. Come see the show that had audiences screaming for more! Get tickets early!  Seating is limited!

Based on treks through Europe, the Americas and Africa, Traveling While Black seeks to exploit the tensions between tourism and colonialism as it interrogates boundaries and reveals cultural connects and disconnects. Inspired by Langston Hughes’ I Wonder As I Wander, TWB examines the post-slavery condition of Black travel, both fanciful and forced. The show received original support from Zellerbach Family Foundation.

TWB is part of a trilogy of plays by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe. The first production of the trilogy, Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion has been published in the anthology, solo/black/woman by Northwestern University Press!

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe (Actor/Writer) is an award-winning director, actor and writer. She has directed at Trinity Rep, Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, WaterTower Theatre/Dallas, Mark Taper Forum, Southern Rep in New Orleans and Alabama Shakespeare, among others. A one-time performer with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Edris has performed at many regional and independent theaters and for more than a decade was a lead artist for Rhodessa Jones’ The Medea Project; Theatre for Incarcerated Women. Edris’ original solo performances have been seen at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois and the University of Florida in Gainesville; and in San Francisco at AfroSolo Festival, Intersection For the Arts and other small independent venues, including her own former Sugar Shack Performance Gallery and Cultural Center in the Lower Haight. Internationally, Edris has performed in Ibadan, Nigeria and Berlin, Germany and presented scholarship on performance in Mexico, the UK and the Netherlands.”

World Animal Day
Saturday, October 4
see website for how to find or create a local event

“World Animal Day - a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals
To celebrate animal life in all its forms
To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives - from being our companions,
supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives”

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

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

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

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

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

part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin Hoffman as the character of Captain Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Smee, Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy, Caroline Goodall as Moira Banning, and Charlie Korsmo as Jack Banning. The film acts as a sequel to J. M. Barrie's 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, focusing on a grown-up Peter Pan who has forgotten his childhood. Now known as Peter Banning, he is a successful corporate lawyer with a wife and two children. Hook kidnaps his children, and Peter must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.”

Wooden Spoon Carving
with Windy Chien
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$175 includes materials, limit 6 students

“There is nothing like the feeling of using a spoon you made yourself. The simple acts of stirring tea or cooking food become mindful, elevated experiences. In this workshop learn the process of designing, carving, and finishing techniques. Windy will demo hands-on use of a gouge, Japanese handsaw, Japanese rasp, chisel/mallet, and cabinet scrapers to create a one of a kind cherry wood spoon.

Students will leave with a finished hand carved cherry wood spoon, gouge for future spoon making, sandpaper, and oil.

Light snacks and drinks will be served. Due to the length of the workshop, please bring a bagged lunch to enjoy at the studio or the nearby community garden.

Windy Chien, recovering techie and ex-record shop owner, has developed a singular process for carving her Fat Bottomed Girls line of spoons. Using Japanese and Swiss hand tools and working in walnut, cherry, and mahogany, she ergonomically designed the spoons to feel good in the hand and be used daily. While many methods for spoon carving exist, Windy’s style is accessible to non-professionals without access to a woodshop and requires only a small amount of space and tools.”

Frank Bette Yard Sale
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 510-523-6957

“Pick up all kinds of unique treasures, from picture frames to art supplies and everything in-between. Affordable bargain-hunting laced with wonderful conversations with interesting fellow-shoppers.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Successful Brain Fair: Make Your Brain Work for You
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Santa Rosa Veterans Auditorium Hall, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away

“Expert Speaker Series: Informative. Interactive. Inspiring. Sit down with an expert, relax and ask questions. ‘How Does My Brain Work? How can I remember where I put my keys? How can I best help my child at school? How does the brain participate in healing the body?…’ Talk with Neuro-Scientists, Mind-Body Experts, Educators, Psychologists, Teens and Adults. Learn about music and laughter in keeping a healthy brain. Learn how to keep your brain healthy and remember whatever you want. Learn critical thinking to promote your personal health and well-being. Families - Learn how to become a Learning Team. See what fabulous programs are alive in Sonoma County for families.

We gather to display, speak and engage our community to raise the understanding of how the human brain works and how we can use our brains to live happier, healthier lives.”

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

“FREE admission, FREE seminars, FREE entertainment!!

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

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos
Saturday, October 4, 10:30AM
starting at St. Mary's Square Park, 601 California Street, San Francisco
Free, please RSVP on Facebook

“Will you come march with us on October 4, 2014 - on behalf of Earth's disappearing majesty? Elephants and Rhinos are being poached to extinction. Let's march on this day to reverse the trend.

Let's march to demand an end to the Ivory and Rhino Horn trade - worldwide - and whether legal or illegal. The distinction makes little difference to the animals being slaughtered.

All US states must establish an outright ban of the ivory trade, China must shut down its Ivory Carving factories and Vietnam must enforce a zero tolerance policy in view of the illegal trade in Rhino Horn that flourishes in that country.

Inspired by the People's Movement to mitigate poaching and save these iconic animals from extinction, the march in San Francisco is part of a global effort, in several cities worldwide.

The March will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014 to tie in with World Animal Day.

If you are in San Francisco or vicinity, you came to the right place, again, you can email us at or ask a question on this page.

Location: Start at St. Mary's Square in China Town at 10:30AM, march across the ivory stores on grant street and end at UN (United Nations) Plaza for an amazing rally. Join us in San Francisco, California, October 4.

Local Contact Email: march.for.elephants@gmail.com

Our lineup of extraordinary speakers include
keynote Billy Dodson from Billy Dodson, Nature Photographer - Savanna Images,
Ed Stewart from Performing Animal Welfare Society - PAWS,
Jennifer Fearing from The Humane Society of the United States - California ,
Wayne Hsiung from Direct Action Everywhere,
Pat Cuviello (advocate for animals in entertainment and captivity)
and our special guest speaker, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, whom we are honored to host.

Mayuka Thais and Soleil Dakota will sing!”

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

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

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

Healthy Lunch choices include Latina Fusion burritos and salads.

Rich City Rides - Fun for the Whole Family !

Free bike helmets for all kids!

Bike Parking by Rich City Rides

80th Anniversary of East Bay Regional Parks District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michale Duncan's Fine Art Jewlery
a special Sacred Well Trunk Show
Saturday, October 4, 12:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Come on out for a special event showcasing more of the amazing jewelry creations from Michale Duncan. We have had some of his intricate pieces in our cases, but now you get to see a wide array and talk to the artist himself! Any of these beautiful creations would make a lovely unique gift. We are happy to welcome Michale, who is visiting from Colorado, at this one day trunk show.
Michale Duncan is a jewelry artist working and residing in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. He is self-taught with more than twenty years of experience crafting fine art jewelry with Celtic and nature themes. Michale creates each part of his pieces by hand: casting, lapidary work, even the chain. He works with recycled silver, gold, and bronze, along with a variety of gemstones. All of his designs are original, inspired by his Celtic heritage and the beauty of his natural surroundings.  Selecting a piece of handmade, wearable Michale Duncan art is a gift you give to yourself or a loved one.”

Sail on the Alma
Saturday, October 4, 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.”

No Monster In The Mission: ¡Basta Ya!
March and Festival for Affordable Housing
Saturday, October 4, 1:00-6:00PM
meet at 24th Street and York Street, San Francisco

“March Rally Food Music Art Community

2:00PM: March Begins at 24th Street and York Street
3:00PM: Rally/Festival at 16th Street and Mission Street

Music by Bayonics, Loco Bloco, Susana y su Orquesta Adelante, and a special Mission Latin All-Star Band!

Art by Encantada Gallery, Michael Rios, Precita Eyes, reclaimdisrupt.org, and more!  Public engagement project by senseofplace LAB.

The Plaza 16 Coalition is teaming up with Our Mission No Eviction on the first anniversary of their momentous march down 24th Street, to carry the loud-and-clear message of ‘affordable housing, not displacement’ across the neighborhood. The march will finish at 16th and Mission Plaza where we’ll have a rally against The Monster in the Mission and celebrate our community and people power with live music, art, and food.

The Plaza 16 Coalition is a rapidly growing coalition of neighbors and some 60 small businesses and community organizations opposing Maximus Real Estate Partners’ 10-story, 351-unit monster of luxury apartments proposed for 16th and Mission Streets. This development will greatly accelerate gentrification in the neighborhood and have a devastating impact of displacement of communities of color, low income and working class residents, and mom and pop businesses. The Mission District is our home and we will not tolerate the loss of more our community and culture. No Monster (towers of luxury housing) in the Mission!”

Halloween Costume Workshop
with Maria Chenut
a three part workshop
Saturday, October 4, 2:00-5:00PM,
and October 18 and 25
Autobody Fine Art Gallery, 1517 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2608

“Stop buying a pre-made costume or stapling things together! What better moment to learn how to sew than preparing for Halloween. Make something special or something wild without the pressure of it having to look perfect! Invent a pattern, work with different and unusual materials. Get inspired and geared up as a group!”

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, October 4, 3:30-4:15PM,
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.”

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

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

The Girl Genius Europan Oktoberfest Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, October 4,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

“Eat, drink, dance, and celebrate the triumph of SCIENCE! at this splendid Oktoberfest party at Mamma Gkika's notorious famous tavern.

You don't need to be a genius, a spark, or even a mad scientist to enjoy the Girl Genius Ball. Join us for an evening of adventure and dancing in Europa, home of Agatha Heterodyne, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, and the irrepressible Jagermonsters. This is a Victorian Steampunk-themed event. Imagine the Victorians with high technology: flight (often in Zeppelins), highly programmed ‘intelligent’ robots, and computer-like machines.

Costumes can range from historically accurate Victorian costume (1840-1900) to Victorian attire with technological updates (leather corset bodices, crinolines that can be converted to step ladders, utili-kilts, etc.), to traditional Oktoberfest costume or perky 19th century peasant garb in synch with the vaguely Germanic, vaguely Eastern European setting of the Girl Genius graphic novels. In short, you have a lot of choices!

PEERS is honoured to welcome Avalon Rising as as our guest band for the evening. Celebrated for their brilliant arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance rock, Celtic and Celtic Fusion, Avalon Rising is a rock band equally at home playing Victorian and vintage ballroom dance music - and just about everything else. Dance music for the evening will range from wonderful 19th century waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas to Celtic reels and jigs, elegant Renaissance dance music, to straight-up rock. While some of the set dances are highly choreographed (and will be taught or called on the spot), some of the other dances are open to free-form styling. We've seen people dancing polkas, Irish Polka Sets, swing, and rock - all to the same Avalon Rising tune. Even if you think you can't dance, you CAN dance to this band, but there will also be a pre-ball dance lesson to help you get through the ballroom dances on the program.

And, of course, we'll dance that perennial Europan Oktoberfest favorite, the He's Too Mad For Me Polka.

In honour of Oktoberfest, we will feature a splendid no-host beer and wine bar and a light quasi-Germanic snack buffet (your potluck contributions are very welcome to Mamma's kitchen!).”

CAYA Coven’s Poison Moon
presented by The Poisoners Society
a shared Full Moon Circle for All Genders
Saturday, October 4, 7:00PM
Main Sanctuary, Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation is requested

"’Poison is in everything, and nothing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.’ - Paracelsus

The Poisoners Society, a secret devotional group of Priest/esses within CAYA Coven, invite you to a ritual of alchemical metamorphosis. This is a night of whispers and a rite of secrets. The magical workings of this evening will extract the venom from one's life (the harsh voices in one's mind, toxic people, one's relationship with money, etc) and convert such poisons to an energetic anti-venom that may serve as an ally and/or as a magical homeopathic remedy.

This is not a ritual for the faint of heart nor those weak of constitution. Black veils, however, are encouraged.”

Dance Concert by Polish Folklore Ensemble Jedliniok
Saturday, October 4, 7:00PM
Little Theater, Veterans Memorial Senior Center,
1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, 650-780-7270

“The Polish Folkloric Dance Ensemble, Jedliniok from Wrocław in Poland, present the beauty and spirit of Poland through its music, song, and dance. Jedliniok have performed in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, sharing 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.”

Art-In-Motion: A Modern Circus Arts Variety Show
part of Bay Area Circus Arts Festival
Saturday, October 4, 7:30PM
Alameda High School, Oak Street at Alameda Avenue, Alameda
Adults $15, Under 12 $5

“Do NOT miss the main event!  Our performers have been featured in Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, the Pickle Family Circus, TED Talks, on the Tonight Show and America’s Got Talent.  This is serious talent in a great show and for a great cause - proceeds will benefit Maya Lin School, an arts-integrated and inquiry-based learning school in Alameda.  Enjoy the show!

This event is part of Bay Area Circus Arts Festival, October 3-5. Hundreds of jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, acrobats and more unite for THREE days to share skills, learn new tricks, and make new friends.  Come join us and try something new!”

Native Plant Fair
Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5,
Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM, Sunday 12:00-4:00PM
Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Drive, Tilden Park, 510-549-0211
Free admission

“Native Here Nursery 2014 Plant Fair:  20,000+ Native Plants and Much More
Come celebrate native plants with the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society during its annual Native Plant Fair. Over 200 species of local native plants will be on offer, including bulbs and ferns, for a total of over 20,000 individual plants from $5 to $30 each. Vendors will be selling nature-related items both days of the sale, there will be a silent auction, and Sunday is Family Day!
Sales benefit the chapter and are a major support of the chapter’s activities. This is a free attendance event and all are welcome.
Sunday Family Day
Bring your kids for a day at the nursery! The Possum Family Singers will be playing Americana and Bluegrass, and activities will include:
Face painting
Craft table
Mask decorating
Plant treasure hunt

Native Here is a non-profit nursery dedicated to growing plants for restoration of parklands and gardening projects.  Conservation and restoration are at the heart of Native Here’s mission and the nursery is dependent on community engagement from volunteers to run efficiently.  Native Here is a special project of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, which is a 501 (c)(3) organization.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, 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

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

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

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

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

The theme for this weekend is Oktoberfest and Military Appreciation Weekend

The Saint Hubertus German Mercenaries have arrived in Willingtown. Raise a mug of Willingtown ale with them as they celebrate Oktoberfest.

Military Appreciation Weekend
Honoring Active Military, Military Families, and Veterans with two general admission tickets for $35 with valid Military or Veteran's I.D. We encourage you to come out and sponsor a soldier, a vet or a military family member.

Historical Costume Contest (Saturday Only)
Adults and children are welcome to register at 3:15PM on the Centre Stage in the Food Court to enter our Historical Costume Contest for costumes relevant to the 16th and early 17th century. Contest begins at 3:30PM. Winners will receive a very special prize and be presented to the Queen.

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00PM each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, October 4, is Blackeyed Dempseys:

“Flawlessly Blending The Irish Tradition With Power Packed Pub Punk. Their Shows Are A Rocking Celtic Explosion Highlighted By Musical Fireworks And Skin Tight Performances.”

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

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

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

History San Jose Hosts Yard Sale in the Park
Sunday, October 5, 10:00AM-2:00PM
History Park, 1650 Senter Road (Entrance at 635 Phelan Avenue), San Jose
Free admission, city parking is available for $6

“Everybody loves a good bargain. And where else would one find a good book but at a museum? On Sunday, October 5, from 10:00AM-2:00PM, History San Jose will host a park-wide yard sale.

The public is invited to host their own tables. Booths of used lamps, grandma’s china, toys, and anything else taking up space at home, can be sold. Booths of wares will be positioned inside the park.

There will be an HSJ book booth, offering duplicate and deaccessioned books for sale, as well as an assortment of other items.”

Family Nature Camp on the Petaluma River
Sunday, October 5, 10:00AM-2:00PM
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
to register, please call 707-763-7756

“Connect with nature on a day of fun and adventure out along the Petaluma River! All ages are welcome to come and experience the marsh, where we will learn heritage/earth skills such as cordage, animal and plant identification, and canoeing. All ages are welcome.

Friends is offering several unique workshops for individuals and families to connect with the nature and wildlife of the Petaluma Watershed. Sign up for one of our upcoming workshops and learn how track animals, make your own salves, build a fire or identify local plants. You will spend your day outside, experiencing the marsh first hand by boat and on foot. Our workshops our open to all ages and encourage you to spend time together as a family learning new skills and connecting to nature.”

Shamanizing for the Culture: A New Healing Modality
facilitated by Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini
Sunday, October 5, 1:00-5:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Shamanism is a cultural practice present throughout history that draws on dreams and visions. This program begins with an account of the sophisticated dream practices of the Iroquois and the Achuar of Equador, which have both been compared with modern psychotherapy. Indigenous societies also may have had culture shamans who received guidance for their people as a whole. This will be illustrated by contemporary examples of Oglala Sioux Black Elk and C. G. Jung, each of whom had sweeping visionary dreams about impending large-scale disasters; and the examples of Harriet Tubman and Taoist rainmaker Kiao-chou, who enacted effective rituals for societies in distress.

Activated at times of social upheaval, the shamanic archetype may also bring dreams and visions to those not functioning as healers. Examples of ‘big dreams’ from people today will be recounted, along with guidelines for distinguishing big or collective dreams from ordinary personal ones.

This program will also cover Deep Dreaming, a method developed at The Dream Institute based on field and emergence theories. In it, ordinary single dreams told during light trance are woven together to form a fresh narrative, which is then explored as if it were a dream for the culture. Themes that have appeared over the years will be mentioned and a sequence of four dreams about homelessness presented. The healing effects that this mode of sharing dreams can have will be discussed. This program demonstrates that the dreaming mind gives us access to the psyche of the culture so we have ways of influencing its suffering and benefiting from its vitality.

Richard Russo, MA, an artist, author, and dream educator for over 30 years, is past president of the IASD and Associate Director at The Dream Institute.

Meredith Sabini, PhD, psychologist and founder-director of The Dream Institute, has a longstanding interest in cross-cultural healing modalities.”

CALABASH: A Festival of Gourds, Art, and the Garden
Sunday, October 5, 1:00-5:00PM
Food For Thought, 6550 Railroad Avenue, Forestville
$45 in advance, $50 at the door

“Food For Thought, in collaboration with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, present the 14th annual Calabash - Sonoma County’s most colorful and inspiring harvest event. Calabash, named Best Fundraiser by readers of the North Bay Bohemian in 2013 and 2014, features a silent auction of fine gourd art, along with tours of Food For Thought’s beautiful organic gardens, which will be at their peak.

Guests at Calabash enjoy a sumptuous array of fine food and wine from Sonoma County’s bountiful harvest, and live music played on hand-made gourd instruments. The event will also feature a sale of select garden art and an exclusive selection from Food For Thought Antiques.

Tickets are $45 before the event or $50 day-of-event. Please call 707-887-1647 for tickets or click here to purchase tickets online (make sure to put ‘Calabash tickets’ in the comment field).

Monies raised at Calabash will benefit Food For Thought - Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank, which provides comprehensive nutrition and other services - free of charge - to 700 men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County.”

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Celebration
Sunday, October 5, 2:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$29 in advance, $31 at the door

“Please join us for a special afternoon performance celebrating the 78th reunion of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the nearly 3,000 American volunteers who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War.
A band of musical friends led by Bruce Barthol, founding bass player in Country Joe and the Fish and songwriter for the San Francisco Mime Troupe for more than 30 years, will commemorate the songs and activism of Pete Seeger with a musical tribute celebrating the re-issue of the Smithsonian Folkways' album, Songs of the Spanish Civil War.

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will honor the recipient of this year’s Puffin Human Rights Award. ALBA is dedicated to promoting public awareness of the Spanish Civil War and the American volunteers who risked their lives to fight fascism in Spain.”

Erik Jekabson String-tet featuring Adam Shulman plays Ellington
Sunday,  October 5, 3:00-5:30PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
$15, please RSVP at the website below

“Please join us on Sunday, October 5 when Avonova presents Erik Jekabson and his Stringtet.  The show starts at 3:00PM and the admission charge is set at $15 general and $10 seniors and students.   Erik’s chamber ensemble, featuring Mads Tolling on violin, Charith Premawardhana on viola, Michael Zilber on saxophones, Dillon Vado on vibes, John Wiitala on bass and Smith Dobson on drums, plays his arrangements of Ellington’s music, featuring the fantastic pianist Adam Shulman.

Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has brought them to the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the DeYoung Museum, the SFJazz Center, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Jazzschool, the Napa Valley Jazz Society’s Parlor Series, Jazz at Pearl’s, The Sound Room, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company.  He also works with local Bay Area musicians such as Jeff Denson, Mario Guarneri’s tbd, the Michael O’Neill Quintet featuring Kenny Washington, Patrick Wolff’s Sextet, Larry Vuckovich, Adam Shulman, Smith Dobson’s Prez Kids and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Young Musician’s Program at the Jazzschool, and serves on the board of Jazz in the Neighborhood.  He is on the faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College, and has given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cal State East Bay and Loyola College in New Orleans. He’s a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and at the Brubeck Institute. Erik has also written two books of jazz duets for trumpet.”

Northbound: The Story of Cabrillo and his venture into the unknown of Alta California
part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Hyde Street Pier
Sunday, October 5, 3:30-4:00PM
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.”

Introduction To The GAPS Diet
with Joey Anderson and Sara Russell
Sunday, October 5, 4:30-6:30PM,
and three 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.”

Autumnal Chants
with The Integral Choir
Sunday, October 5, 5:00-7:00PM Singing, 7:00-8:00PM Potluck Social
Integrative Homeopathic Medicine,  863 Arlington Avenue, Berkeley
$10  suggested contribution, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The Integral Choir is a creative play space searching for your true voice and then offering a container to share it with others. Using a mixture of meditative and state-based methodologies, I guide participants through sacred songs and movements using call and response. Participants will typically learn ten songs in an evening. The circle provides room to get to know fellow singers and to move and relax to the rhythms.

Consisting of two one-hour sessions with a break between, followed by informal social potluck from 7:0-8:00PM. Bring a dish to share if you can! No experience necessary to join the circle.”

Otsukimi Moon-Viewing Festival
presented by the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association
Sunday, October 5, 5:30-8:30PM
The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free admission, parking $5
For more information, please call 510-325-3729 or email ofsca1962@gmail.com

“The Harvest moon is a symbol of blessing and abundance for many cultures. Similar to tea parties, these moon viewing parties are occasions for sharing food and stories while enjoying what is considered the most beautiful moon of the year.

5:30PM: Bonsai Garden
Open House by the Golden State Bonsai Collection North 5:30-6:30PM

Come see our magnificent Torii Gate (Dedicated in the Memory of the late Oakland Council Member Frank Ogawa 1917-1994) and ten Japanese stone lanterns dedicated in honor of our 50th anniversary (2012)

6:30PM: Entertainment
MIWA-Kai, Misachibana-Kai and Keiko Allen (Japanese dance)
Tatsumaki Taiko (Japanese drums)
Performances by the student ambassadors from Asian Pacific Children’s Convention

7:30PM: Moon Viewing
Telescopic Viewing of the Moon and other celestial points of interest provided by the Eastbay Astronomical Society”

Act One, Scene Two
part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, October 5, 7:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd Floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

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

This Sunday: Act One, Scene Two

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

Lambtown Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South 1st Street, Dixon (West of Sacramento)
Adults $3, Children 6-13 $1, 5 and under Free

“The 28th Annual Lambtown Festival will be held at The Dixon May Fair Grounds on Saturday, October 4.

For your enjoyment, you will find craft and fiber booths, carnival rides for kids, competitions, and as always, a variety of great food celebrating the lamb industry and the rich agricultural heritage of the region. This year's live entertainment will feature great bands and dance routines.

There is limited free public parking within a short distance. Or you can park across the street in the Fairgrounds parking lot for $5 all day.

Please do NOT bring animals. They will not be allowed on the fairgrounds. Certified Service Animals for disabled attendees are excepted. They must be on a leash and in custody of the individual whom they serve.”

Community Day at Gamble Garden
Sunday, October 5, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

“Join us for a fall day filled with fun children’s activities, a splendid plant sale, horticultural resources, displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and of course… digging for worms!

This event is free of charge and is open to the community. Everyone is welcome.

Throughout the day, neighbors, friends, volunteers, and families will be entertained, educated, and inspired.

Kids can make flower arrangements with the Garden Club of Palo Alto
Canopy will offer fun activities for tree huggers of all ages!
Bring your picnic from home to enjoy in a lovely setting or visit the food truck for lunch.
Climb aboard a Palo Alto fire truck or sit in a police car!
Explore the garden on your own or with an Explorer Map for kids.
Join the staff from the Palo Alto Children’s Library for story times at 11:00AM and 1:00PM and activities all day.
Create crowns and art projects with our Children’s Events Committee.
Back again is the Palo Alto Art Center with arts and crafts for kids to enjoy.
New this year is Ravioli the Clown, who will perform magic shows at 11:30AM and 12:30PM and stroll around the garden throughout the day.

Our Plant Sale will include several varieties of iris, a superb succulent selection, salvias, succulent container gardens, and much more! Many of these plants are propagated by Gamble volunteers. They are all of the highest quality. Our staff and the Master Gardeners will be on site to answer all of your garden questions.

A non-profit horticultural foundation in Palo Alto, south of San Francisco, Gamble Garden’s two and a half acre property includes formal and demonstration gardens, as well as an historic house, carriage house, and tea house.

The garden is free and open to the public every day.”

Foods of the Americas Family Day
part of the UC Botanical Garden’s Foods of the Americas exhibit
Sunday, October 5, 10:00AM-3:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
included with Garden admission

“Crafts, Food, Talks, Docent Tours, Corn Husk Dolls and Food tastings and Demos.

Come view our colorful marketplaces filled to the brim with Foods of the Americas. From chocolate to quinoa, discover the cornucopia of food crops that originated in the Americas thousands of years ago.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, October 5, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

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

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

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

Celebrate Tin Hau Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Queen of Heaven
Monday, October 6, 11:00AM-3:00PM
San Francisco location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $30 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“We make a journey to see an actual Goddess Temple in San Francisco. Please be prepared to walk up four small flights of stairs. We will also walk around a bit together as well as have lunch (not included in Temple exchange) after visiting the Temple if you so choose to. If you would like to bring a separate tithe to the Temple please do so. Please note the daytime meeting time! Hope to see you there!

Tin Hau is also called Matsu (Mother-Ancestor), Mat-Su, Mazu, Tian Fei , A-Ma, Tianhou. Tin Hau is Her formal name Her more common name is Mazu.

Titles: Holy Mother Empress of the Heavens above, Heavenly Imperial Concubine, Lady Mazu, Motherly Matriarch, Daughter of the Dragon, Heavenly Princess consort and Heavenly Holy Mother.

Tin Hau is an indigenous Goddess of the sea who protects fishermen and sailors. She will rescue people in danger.  Tin Hau is widely worshipped in the southeastern coastal regions of China, especially in Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, and Hainan. She is also an important deity in Taiwan. Tin Hau is also worshiped in East and Southeast Asia.

After immigrants have arrived safely, often upon arrival temples have been built to give thanks. Today, worship of Tin Hau is also found in other countries with sizeable populations from these regions. In total, there are around 1,500 Mazu temples in 26 countries of the world.

Tin Hau is usually depicted wearing a red robe in paintings or murals, but in sculpture She is clothed in the jewel-festooned robes of an empress holding either a ceremonial tablet or a jeweled staff whilst wearing the easily recognized flat-topped imperial cap with hanging beads at the front and back.

If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration, please help out by doing the following:
Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
Please see our current series schedule and check the web page for the specific ritual to see what items to bring and how to prepare yourself. Please take the time to read this, especially if you are a newcomer. New information is added from time to time so even if you feel you have already seen this, it is important to check back in every now and then.”

NorCal Trans Partners, Family, and Friends Support Group
Monday, October 6, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

Telos: The Fantastic World Of Eugene Tsui
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

“Telos: The Fantastic World Of Eugene Tsui, co-presented by the Berkeley FILM Foundation featuring a post-film Q and A with director Kyung Lee and the subject of the film, Eugene Tsui.

An eccentric and visionary architect struggles for recognition and finds unexpected allies in the small town where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia.

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 cafe 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.”

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

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

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

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

Garden Fresh Luncheon at Gamble Garden
Wednesday, October 8, 12:00-1:30PM
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
$25, Please call 650-329-1356 for reservations

“Garden Fresh Luncheons are the perfect setting for your next birthday celebration, ladies lunch, lunch date, or book group.

Luncheons are followed by a complimentary docent led tour through the garden at 1:30PM.

Reservations are required for all luncheons, no cancellations, 60% of the cost is a donation. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate special dietary requests.

Please call the office to make your reservations: 650-329-1356.

Future dates:
Holiday Luncheons Tuesday-Saturday, December 9-13

A non-profit horticultural foundation in Palo Alto, south of San Francisco, Gamble Garden’s two and a half acre property includes formal and demonstration gardens, as well as an historic house, carriage house, and tea house.

The garden is free and open to the public every day.”

Fall Harvest Dinner
part of the UC Botanical Garden’s Foods of the Americas exhibit
Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$75, pre-registration required

“Come join us for a festive celebration of our Foods of the Americas exhibit and a fundraiser for its related educational programs. We'll have a special cocktail hour in the Crops of the World Garden, where you will see traditional plantings such as the Three Sisters garden, and then gather in the conference center for music and a bountiful Foods of the Americas meal. Enjoy this special event while supporting the UC Botanical Garden's education programs.

Come view our colorful marketplaces filled to the brim with Foods of the Americas. From chocolate to quinoa, discover the cornucopia of food crops that originated in the Americas thousands of years ago.”

Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda
Wednesday, October 8, 6:00PM
meet at CalTrans Park and Ride lot, Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez
Free, please RSVP to 925-228-8860

“Join Us For A Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda!

Join National Park Service rangers for Full Moon walks on Mount Wanda. This free, two-hour program features a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the Full Moon rise over nearby Mount Diablo. Atop Mount Wanda's 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the Moon. Listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

Reservations are suggested. Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at 925-228-8860 to make a reservation. Visitors should meet at the CalTrans Park and Ride lot at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez (at the Alhambra Avenue exit off Highway 4). Bring water, a flashlight, warm clothes, and binoculars (if you have them). Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the trail is steep. If it rains heavily, the walk will be canceled.”

Have a Moonlit, Autumnal, Fantastically Sacred Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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