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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

Events are now also being posted on the Pantheon Foundation website’s calendar:

Mark your calendars for:


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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“FREE admission, FREE seminars, FREE entertainment!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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

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

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

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.”

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

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

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

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

Standup For Davis Street 2014 Comedy Benefit  
Friday, October 10, 7:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Standup for Davis Street 2014, Standup Comedy Benefit Show, Under the roof of the Historic BAL Theatre, community champion and TV personality, Brian Copeland, will welcome guests comedians and host an evening that features six comedy sensations!

Last year Dana Carvey wowed our crowd as your special guest! Who is our suprise this year? You'll have to come to see!...”

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

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

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

2014 theme - Eurydice and Orpheus: a Wild Requiem

Mysteries of Samhain is a do-it-ourselves, community-style camp. This is a magical intensive, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.

Reclaiming is an inclusive tradition. Folks new to Reclaiming are welcome.  This is a community retreat, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.

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

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

Death Salon: San Francisco
Saturday, October 11, Day Session 9:00AM-4:00PM, Night Session 6:00-9:00PM
Fleet Room, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Day Session $30, Night Session $30, Both Sessions $45

“In the spirit of the eighteenth-century salon - informal gatherings of intellectuals - Death Salon encourages conversations on mortality and mourning and their resonating effects on our culture and history. We hold public events and provide an online community (through both Death Salon and our sister organization, The Order of the Good Death) to increase discussion on this often-ignored subject, focusing more on ideas and the broader cultural impacts of death than one’s personal interactions with mortality.

Who we are: We are historians, writers, artists, musicians, death professionals, and armchair researchers shining a light on the culture of death denial by engaging with mortality via various media. We are academics and non-academics. We encourage the sharing of ideas in a respectful, collegial environment. We aim for collaboration and innovation. We are out to change the way society looks at death by helping people engage with the phenomenon in meaningful ways.

We’re bringing our first ever one-day Death Salon event to San Francisco October 11, 2014. Deathlings will be taking over the Fleet Room at the Fort Mason Center. Just like our other Death Salon events, we’ll have speakers and performers from various disciplines informing and entertaining you all day and evening on diverse topics related to the culture of mortality and mourning.

Day Session emceed by Death Salon co-founder, mortician Caitlin Doughty of The Order of the Good Death.

Night Session emceed by Death Salon: SF Curators Annetta Black (Odd Salon) and Death Salon director Megan Rosenbloom.

See website for full line up of presentations.”

Martinez Historical Society 2014 Home Tour
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-4:00PM
starting at the Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Boulevard, Martinez

“Please join us at the 8th Annual Martinez Historical Society Home Tour
2014 theme: It Takes a Community
Your Ticket includes:
Tours of 6 Beautiful Martinez Homes
The Borland House/Martinez Museum
The John Muir House/Martinez Adobe
The Shell Clubhouse and Alumni Museum
The Masonic Temple
Vintage Cars and Costumes
Live Entertainment
Period Art and Craft Demonstrations

The tour is walkable again this year and shuttle buses will be available!”

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

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

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

$25 includes lunch

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

Enchanted Village Faire
benefitting Stone Bridge School
Saturday, October 11, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Stone Bridge School, 1680 Los Carneros Avenue, Napa

“Stone Bridge School’s annual Enchanted Village Faire is part Renaissance fair, part school fundraiser and is open to the whole community.

After fairgoers enter through the castle gates, they can attempt to wake a sleeping giant or undergo a knight’s quest, just two of the many booths created and run by Stone Bridge parents and children.

In addition to imaginative booths, there are outside vendors, a Village Shoppe selling handmade goods; plenty of healthy food; and good music. Even wizards have been known to wander about, granting wishes.

It’s truly an enchanted event.”

Ohlone Day
Saturday, October 11, 12:00-3:00PM
Deer Hollow Farm in Rancho San Antonio County Park, Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos

“The Deer Hollow Farm replica Ohlone Village will be open to the public on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Fun will begin at noon and go until 3:00PM.

Come with children, grandchildren, and friends to learn about Ohlone tools and weapons, taste Yerba Buena tea, paint faces, drill holes, grind acorns, braid cordage, dance, play games, see flintknapping, experiment with cooking stones, and watch Keith Gutierrez start fire.

Parking is limited, so car pool if possible. Allow time for the one-mile walk to the Farm.

In case of rain on Ohlone Day, please check
http://deerhollowfarmfriends.org for event update.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Oktoberfest at Craneway
Saturday, October 11, 5:00-8:00PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Come join us at the historic Craneway Pavilion Saturday, October 11 for Oktoberfest East Bay. The Bay's premier waterfront venue will be featuring the best of authentic German beers as well as favorites from the local Bay Area.

Your ticket gets you access to the event and music, a commemorative tasting glass to use for the day, a number of tasting tickets to try a variety of German and local beers, one full beer of your choice!

Local restaurants and food trucks will be on site, serving the best food that the East Bay has to offer, with no items priced over $10.

Live music will be playing throughout the day, and stick around until the end to see the City light up from one of the best views in the bay!

Craneway Pavilion is centrally located with easy to access from the entire Bay Area. Only 20 minutes from San Francisco and San Rafael, 15 minutes from Oakland, and just 5 minutes from Albany and Berkeley. With panoramic views of the entire bay, Craneway Pavilion is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with your best friends and great beer.”

North Bay Bellydance Bazaar
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-1511
Adults $15, Children Under 12 Free

“Innovative Dance Competitions!
Performance Opportunities!
Beautiful Wares!
Live Music!

Tolay Fall Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12 and 18-19, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma
Adults $4, Children 12 and under $1, parking $7 per car

“The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weeks of old-time, nature-based fun each October at Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. The public is invited to the 2014 Tolay Fall Festival on the weekends of October 11-12 and 18-19.

More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration  connecting visitors with the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities and displays are low-key, hands-on and educational by design.

Explore the Nighttime Creatures Barn with its exhibits of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and taxidermied wildlife.

Venture into the Creepy Crawly Room, where tarantulas and scorpions glow under black lights.

Take a hayride to a pumpkin patch in the park’s back 40 and find the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Visit a replica of a Native American village and try farm activities like wool carding and candle dipping.

Enter the World-Record Pumpkin-Seed Spitting Contest for a chance to win an exclusive title and a year of bragging rights.

Join experts in archery, fly fishing, and astronomy for hands-on demonstrations.

Participate in gunnysack races, find your way through a straw maze, and pet barnyard animals.

Enjoy food and desserts from local vendors or bring a picnic to enjoy at the park.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andean Food Crops For Your Garden
with Anders Vidstrand
part of the UC Botanical Garden’s Foods of the Americas exhibit
Sunday, October 12, 10:00AM-12:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$25, pre-registration required

“Join Anders Vidstrand for a presentation on forgotten crops of the Americans. In this presentation you'll learn about food biodiversity, forgotten origins of crops, horticulture and rare edible species. There will be a focus on easy to grow, productive perennial plants for your Bay Area garden!

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.”

Harvest Kids Magic Class
with Kara Sigler
Tuesday, October 14, 6:00-7:30PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street,  #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549
$25, ages 6-12

“Kids age 6-12 are invited to attend this Fall harvest magic class with herbalist Kara Sigler. We will experience seasonal plants with all of our senses. We will taste, touch, and smell the abundance of medicinal herbs. We will discuss the turning of the seasonal wheel and what magic Fall brings. We will talk about what parts of the plant we harvest in the fall and why. We will taste special herb treats and teas. Kids will gain a deeper connection with nature in this fun, hands on class. They will go away with their own handmade herbal treasures. Bring your imagination and a special item to charge on the fairy altar.”

River Heritage Days  
Thursday-Sunday, October 16-19
various locations in Petaluma

“Once again Friends of the Petaluma River is partnering with the San Francisco Maritime Park to bring historic ships the Alma and the Grace Quan up to Petaluma. We are planning several activities throughout this time, including a movie at the Turning Basin and Barn Dance at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center and of course boats and more boats. Stay tuned for details as we plan for this fun family festival.

Friday, October 17: Movie Night at the Turning Basin

Saturday, October 18: Barn Dance at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center
Adults $25, Youth $10, Under 5 Free”

Blog Action Day
Thursday, October 16

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

2014 will focus on rising issue of Inequality.”

The Artists Are Present
Fundraiser for Pro Arts
Thursday, October 16, 6:00-9:00PM
Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 510-763-4361
$30, may sell out

“Announcing our Second Annual The Artists Are Present
Where Artists Find Artists in Oakland

Compelling conversation at a cocktail party with artists who have something to say.

The Artists Are Present introduces the Bay Area's most enterprising artists to people who get a buzz from art. Some of the most esteemed local artists will be present at tables to chat with artists and art fans. Meet established and emerging artists at this unique gathering of creative minds.

We are excited to announce participating artists include:
Binta Ayofemi
Bruce Beasley
Joyce Hsu
Hung Liu
Carrie Lederer
Ehren Tool
Catherine Wagner
Cate White
William T Wiley
Mary Hull Webster
...and more artists to be announced!

Pro Arts is the place where artists find art in Oakland. We’re hosting this intimate event to encourage a creative exchange on the artist’s life. Enjoy an open bar, tasty treats, live music featuring DJ Eric Rukis, and mix and mingle with the artists present.

All proceeds directly support Pro Arts' visual arts, artist services, and youth arts programs. We are extremely grateful to participating artists for generously donating their time in being present.”

Cob Oven Pizza Party!
with Miguel Elliott of aka Sir Cobalot of Living Earth Structures
Thursday, October 16,  6:00PM
Santa Rosa Community Market, 1899 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Free, please RSVP to mudstrawcity@yahoo.com

“It has been far too long since we have gathered around the Santa Rosa Community Market Oven and cooked pizzas.  Let’s not let the year go by without a good hearty firing.

Please bring your favorite topping for pizza, and what the heck, maybe we should even make it a competition to see who can cook the best pizza! Please RSVP.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

So come enjoy the show. Come GLOW!

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

Autumn Lights Festival
Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 6:00-10:00PM
The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
$25 in advance, $35 at the door  

“The 2014 Autumn Lights Festival will illuminate the Gardens at Lake Merritt the nights of Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. Art, Wine, beer, food trucks, music and silent disco - we’ve got the party!

Thirty-plus Oakland artists are bringing their light-infused art to illuminate every corner of our beautiful space. The Oakland Autumn Lights Festival is a fabulously creative two-night fundraiser held inside the beautiful Gardens at Lake Merritt, the seven-acre oasis of themed gardens nestled at the north end of Lakeside Park in Oakland.

The Autumn Lights Festival is a fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt, a free public garden that truly is the Green Heart of Oakland. Last year, over 1000 adults and children came, and the excitement is building for 20141 People who attend get into the spirit, often creating costumes with light!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Initiations of the Sacred Masculine
with Hal Adler
Saturday, October 18, 9:00AM-9:00PM
San Francisco location, address will be given upon registration
$295, must register by October 17
for more information, please e-mail  info@sacredstream.org

“In traditional cultures, moments of transition in an individual’s cycle of life are viewed as important moments of initiation and growth. These moments are marked by initiations that provided important support and guidance to the individual in finding his place within himself and his community. Today, these initiatory moments are largely unrecognized and masculine power is channeled into artificial forms of power creating a disconnect that can cause confusion for men as they step into their roles as sons, brothers, fathers, and partners.

This class helps men reconnect with masculine energy in its most sacred and pure form. Students will explore how different life initiations have affected their lives and how their understanding of manhood has shaped them. By stepping out of the culturally prescribed perspectives of what it is to be a man, students have the opportunity to bring a greater understanding to their relationships and power back into their lives.

Hal Adler is the founder and President of Leadership Landing Inc., a management consulting and executive coaching firm. Hal began his college studies in Psychology, before turning his focus to Music Performance and Theory while attending undergraduate school at State University of New York, Purchase. He continued post-grad studies in Conducting and Performance at The Boston Conservatory of Music. Hal is a certified coach for the Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360 Assessment and has received expert training in Integral Coaching through New Ventures West. Hal is a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner and adjunct instructor with the Foundation of the Sacred Stream.”

Fort Ross Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 18, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Coast Highway, Jenner
$20 per car includes $8 State Parks fee

“Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn's fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. Harvest Festival starts out with a morning of gentle apple picking in the historic orchard, where we'll harvest fruit while enjoying the Eastern European harmonies of Kitka's Women's Ensemble and Russian House Kedry. The celebration then moves to the historic Fort Ross compound, where we'll enjoy the old-world charm of the 19th century Russian settlement.

Song, dance, and gentle apple harvesting in the historic orchard
Horse and buggy ride
Interpretive talks by dedicated experts on the historic orchard, replica windmill, and the Alaskan marine history at Ross
Working demonstration of replica Russian-style windmill
Food trucks with delicious seasonal fare for sale
Local samples of heirloom apples, apple cider, apple baked goods, Sonoma cheese, and more
Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia Pomo dances
Alaska Native demonstrate their crafts
Historic Russian crafts, cannon firing, communal dances

Questions? E-mail us at info@fortross.org, call us at 707-847-3437.”

Alameda Point Collaborative Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 18, 11:00AM-3:00PM
APC Farm2Market Farm, 2600 Barbers Point Road, Alameda

“Join APC and the Farm2Market Project for a traditional celebration of the harvest and the bounty of its three-acre urban farm with pumpkin carving, a children’s carnival, tasty treats straight from our farm, and much, much more.  
Its also a celebration of community and our shared vision of a brighter future and healthier world for us all to enjoy for generations to come.

Pick up your Healthy Adventure passport when you check in and start your farm journey.  At each adventure station, you’ll earn a stamp by trying fresh farm foods, learning some great farm facts, or participating in one of our move-your-body stretch breaks.

Once you fill up your passport, you can turn it in to win a great prize!

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!
While supplies last, we invite all of our guests 12 and under to pick out a pumpkin - many of them grown right on our own farm! Carve it on the spot or take it home to tackle later.  It’s a great activity for parents and kids to enjoy together!

We hope to see you on the farm!”

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

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

So come enjoy the show. Come GLOW!

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

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

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

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

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

Featuring seven hour-long workshops.”

Oktoberfest in Campbell
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Historic Downtown Campbell
(along E Campbell Avenue between Harrison Avenue and Winchester Boulevard, Campbell)

“This Fall Festival is held every year in downtown Campbell California. The tradition of celebrating the harvest is especially important to this community whose roots are in the agricultural past of the area. Lots of fun music, art, dancing, food, and great beer are the important attractions that thousands of people enjoy year after year.

The original Oktoberfest occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and by 1960, the Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival which is replicated the world over.

Campbell’s own Oktoberfest will be held in October and will showcase mouthwatering savory German foods including Bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and German potato salad, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 fine artisans from all over the country and an impressive line-up of entertainment, including headliners Alpiners USA.

Oktoberfest is held in Historic Downtown Campbell.

Oktoberfest Origins
Once upon a time, long long ago in a faraway land known as Bavaria, a Crown Prince - who later became King Ludwig I - married the beautiful Princess Therese von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince's National Guard thought that the horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate the happy event. King Max, proud father of the Prince, gave his consent to the races and so they became the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the unlikely beginning of Oktoberfest.

The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. It wasn't until 1818, that booths, serving food and drink, were set up at the event. In the late 1800s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese named in honor of Ludwig's bride.”

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

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

Musically Mindful: Teaching the Practice of Presence to Youth through Breath and Song
with Betsy Rose and Kate Janke
Sunday, October 19, 9:30AM-4:30PM
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-486-8700, info@rudramandir.com

“Hello Friends! Join Kate and I as we combine our mindfulness resources into a lively and skill building day of mindfulness and song.  Sunday October 19, 9:30AM-4:30PM, at Rudramandir in Berkeley. The focus is on sharing mindfulness with youth, through concrete, hands on, creative practices, including songs and singing.

This is a great workshop for educators, parents, youth workers of all kinds, and all those interested in expanding their toolkit around mindfulness practice. Note: This is a training for adults (or older youth who work with younger children), who have some background and practice in Mindfulness. No musical skills are needed. Tea will be provided - bring a bag lunch.

To register, email Betsy at betsy@betsyrosemusic.org with your name, phone, and email. Tell us a little about yourself - are you a parent/grandparent, a professional working with children, a musician interested in integrating mindfulness practice into your work with youth? Send a check made out to Betsy Rose, to PO Box 9538, Berkeley, CA 94709.

Thanks! Please help spread the word by passing this email on to friends, or posting on facebook or other social media. We're looking forward to a wonderful day with you!”

East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, October 19, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland
see website for ticket information

“The East Bay's Own Maker Faire Celebrates Invention, Creativity and Community

An incredible line up of makers and activities has been confirmed for the 4th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 20th October. This one-day, family-friendly festival will showcase the talent and creativity of local maker culture, and feature a spectacular line up of over 170 new and returning makers, performers, food vendors, and speakers.

Attracting 5,000+ attendees last year, this community event is a celebration of do-it-yourself (and do-it-together!) spirit and hands-on making. Ranging from the domestic arts to deep hacking to craft to digital fabrication to robotics to art, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a stimulating day that will engage the young and not-so-young, singles and families, ladies and gents.”

Freestone Fermentation Festival
Sunday, October 19, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, 209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-823-8231
Free admission

“Bread, wine, cheese, and a healing Japanese therapy - the Cedar Enzyme Bath - make Sonoma County’s Freestone, the California fermentation destination. Come celebrate a renewed artisan food culture in one of wine country’s most distinct small towns on Sunday, October 19.

The village of Freestone is Sonoma County’s first historic district and is emerging as a must-visit destination for anyone in search of the secret treasures of Northern California. The six-acre, award-winning Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, with its celebrated Japanese gardens, has been a major destination for in-the-know travelers for 25 years. It’s been joined by a distinct artisanal food and fermentation culture in Freestone that has attracted thousands of weekend visitors in search of organic loaves and cinnamon buns, artisan local cheeses, and a taste of some of the best wine in the region.

Fermented crafts are the perfect complement to a day spent renewing body and mind in the active Cedar Enzyme Baths at Osmosis. Our health and well-being depends on helpful, living probiotic cultures and flora. That’s why Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary and its neighbors - Freestone Artisan Cheese, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and Wild Flour Bakery - are celebrating the unique culture of artisan food and fermentation with Destination Freestone on Sunday, October 19, starting at 10:00AM.

Join the block party at Osmosis spa, sanctuary and boutique, then ride a carriage horse through this 19th century historic village, where you’ll be greeted by the open doors of shops and merchants with special tastes and treats for the celebration.”

Lafayette Community Garden Fall Harvest Celebration
Sunday, October 19, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette
Free admission, donations accepted

“We hope you will join us for our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration on Sunday, October 19 from 11:00AM-3:00PM.  Garden members will be providing delicious snacks and drinks. Come build a scarecrow, make fragrant sachets and cooking herb packets, listen to local musicians, visit with Doc Hale and see his amazing mountain lion photos, take a tour of the garden and much more!

Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Education Center opened in 2012 after three years in development.  Located on EBMUD land across from the Lafayette Reservoir, it has become a beautiful site where community members grow food collaboratively, participate in workshops about sustainable practices and harvest and share food.  The garden is being developed as a place where all community members can visit, witness and learn about a thriving garden and the native plants that part of the Lafayette Creek's riparian ecosystem.”

East Bay Waldorf Harvest Faire
Sunday, October 19, 11:00-4:00PM
East Bay Waldorf School, 3800 Clark Road, El Sobrante

“Celebrate the arrival of Autumn with the annual Harvest Faire and Craft Festival!! This event is for ALL ages, family friendly, and most importantly, FREE! Come and join us in feasting on wonderful food, fun games with exceptional prizes, wonderful entertainment, beautiful crafts, and welcoming artisans in sharing their amazing work with everyone! Weather Fair or Foul! Overflow parking and shuttle available at Hope Lutheran Church on May Road.”

Taste of Africa 2014
presented by the Cheza Nami Foundation
Sunday, October 19, 2:30-6:00PM
Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore

“A taste of AFRICA in the HEART of Livermore: Sharing Arts and Culture

Cheza Nami Foundation, Inc is proud to host a magical afternoon of African art, dance, music, food and fashion at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. This years event will feature our Children's interactive room, the Safari Room, where kids can explore African culture through games, crafts, and books as well as a photo opportunity at the Manzili, a hut created by camp participants in our 2014 Kids Diversity and Culture Camp. This event will be in collaboration with African visual and performance artists  This special family event gives community members a tangible experience of Kenyan culture through touch, taste and conversation.
Activities include an African market, children's crafts, a Safari Room and African-style face painting, musical performances, African drumming and dance, a raffle and silent auction. The event will conclude with our popular audience participation in an African drum circle.”

Nouveau Devadasi Fusion Temple Dance Festival
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26,
see website for detailed schedule
Danzhaus Dance Center, 1275 Connecticut Street, San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Entanglement of Life

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

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

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

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

Bay Area Science Festival
Thursday, October 23-Saturday, November 1
various locations, see website for detailed schedule

“Unleash Your Inner Scientist

Created by the Bay Area’s scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, the 4th annual Bay Area Science Festival returns with a 10 day festival, scheduled October 23rd – November 1st 2014. The Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UC San Francisco (UCSF) is pleased to produce the festival alongside a core group of science institutions. The festival will provide a wide range of science and technology activities - lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, etc. - at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area.

Our mission is to celebrate the Bay Area’s scientific wonders, resources, and opportunities by exploring the role of science, engineering, and technology locally and in the world.”

Cob Oven Workshop!
with Miguel Elliott of aka Sir Cobalot of Living Earth Structures
Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Garden of Eve'n More, Novato - exact address given upon RSVP
Cost of the workshop is $65 per day. Come for 1 or 2 days.
Please RSVP to earthenoasis@gmail.com

“Come learn all the steps necessary to make a great working wood fired cob pizza oven.  We will be building it by the pool at this beautiful farm which is the home of the permaculture teacher, John Valenzuela.
We will be plastering the oven the following weekend.

Cost of the workshop is $65 per day. Come for 1 or 2 days

Please RSVP to me at earthenoasis@gmail.com or Gustavo@swirlspace.com to reserve a spot and we will send address and more information.”

Kali Puja Festival
hosted by SHARANYA
Saturday, October 25, 6:00PM
The Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$11-$21 sliding scale donation

“A celebration honoring the cycle of life, the Great Mystery and all things on the margins. Join us as we come together in community to welcome in the new year at this time of Kali Puja and Divali, the Festival of Lights, and honor Goddess manifest in the whole of creation.

As the darkness closes in, we offer our prayers to Maa Kali, Mother of the Universe. Together we will honor Her in Her many forms through the Sha’can tradition of Shakta Tantra. With your help, we are planning to fill the temple with chant, song, dance, devotion, and celebration.

What to bring… Offerings for the main altar are welcome. It is customary to bring flowers, fruit, wine, vegetarian offerings, or sweets and to refrain from wearing black to our public rituals. If you wish to wear a special color for Kali, we invite you to don red, a color associated with Her power in the phenomenal world as shakti, the activating force and the energy of creation. You are also invited to bring an object you would like to have blessed.

A sliding scale donation of $21-$11 is also suggested to cover the cost of the space, puja supplies, and prasad (blessed food); however, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds, and any donation is graciously accepted; we appreciate so much the offerings you make to support our work and the community.

All lovers of the Divine are welcome! Doors open at 5:30PM, ritual begins promptly at 6:00PM.”

Boat Building Workshop
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26, 10:00AM-4:00PM
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
$25, please call 707-763-7756 to register

“Learn how to build a lightweight, flat-bottomed boat in an intimate setting. Work in groups of 2 to 4 people to build a boat and sail a boat in two days. Workshop will go over rudimentary boat building concepts and basic tool use. This class is well-suited for children (parent participation is recommended). Minimum age is 8.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herbs of the Ancestors
with Yeshe Rabbit
Tuesday, October 28, 6:00-7:30PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street,  #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“The Ancestors are thick in the air of October, reminding us that what is remembered, lives. In this workshop, Yeshe Rabbit will offer a catalogue of herbal funerary practices and methods of marking someone's passing, and together we will create an incense offering and perform a ceremony to connect with ancient spirits of the land, our blood ancestors, or the exemplars and heroes who have influenced us positively. Please bring a photo, item, or other significant representation of an ancestor who is important to you.

Yeshe Rabbit is an herbalist, local business owner, and holy woman. Her Witch's Garden herbal classes at her Oakland shop, The Sacred Well, as well as classes she teaches at events like the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium, are rooted in ancient lore and modern experience. She brings magic to her medicine and medicine into the magical community through the healing power of the plants, stories, and practices of reverence.”

RiffTrax Live presents Anaconda!
Thursday, October 30, 8:00PM
and re-broadcast on Tuesday, November 4, 7:30PM
see website for local event details

“Just in time for Halloween, RiffTrax Live is back with a riff that will take your breath away… If you can’t breathe, you can’t laugh!

We're really excited to partner once again with Fathom Events to bring indisputably the best digital snake movie of 1997, Anaconda, back to the big screen for a LIVE riff on Thursday, October 30 at 8:00PM Pacific Time, followed by a special re-broadcast on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30PM.

This special two-night event will be your only chance to see the guys riff this reptilian gem on the big screen (it will not be coming out on VOD!), so get your tickets now!”

throughout the month of November
between your nose and your mouth

“During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”  

You don’t have to grow one - you can make one!

How to really impress your friends even if you can’t get hair to grow on your face:

Wax poetic:

Choose a moustache that really makes a statement:

How to cope with having a moustache whilst under the influence of Earth’s gravitational field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT2aVoUkSDg

How to part with your fuzzy friend come December:

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

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

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

Samhain Celebration at Annwfn
Friday-Sunday, November 7-9,
see website for detailed schedule
Annwfn Pagan Sanctuary, Mendocino, directions given upon registration
suggested donation $25-$35

“Come be a part of the spectacle that is transformation! John Barleycorn MUST die!

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Care and Bright Blessings!

Come celebrate the turning of the Wheel! Be part of the ritual of the transformation of the land. The King and Queen welcome you to partake of a Dumb Supper with our beloved departed and those recently so. Ritual will begin on the Friday of November 7 due to the alignment of the Moon, so take the Friday off and come early to witness the ritual, which we promise will ROCK! It is a potluck, so bring your most perfect Autumn dish.

This weekend will be a sight to behold of magick, mystery, and marvel of the passing of the King into the Underworld.

Remember to bring clothing and equipment for a two night camp-out as well as a personal supply of water for drinking and use. Dress appropriately for the weather then, which will be announced the week of.

King Theo
Queen Linda”

Animals of the Garden
Saturday, November 8, 10:00-11:30AM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$15, pre-registration required

“Come join the Garden on this special journey to discover the many wonderful creatures living in the Garden. On our animal hunt, we will learn about newts, birds, butterflies, frogs, lizards, foxes, snakes and more! Hone your skills of observation and learn how plants and animals live together. Program includes a light breakfast and a copy of the Illustrated Guide to the Common Animals of the East Bay Hills (one per family).”

Marsh Medicinals
Sunday, November 9, 10:00AM-2:00PM
David Yearsley Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
Adults $45, Youth $20
to register, please call 707-763-7756 or e-mail stephanie@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

“Join us for a day of herbal medicine-making with local plants from our very own Petaluma Marsh. We will cover plant identification and proper harvesting/preservation techniques, medicinal qualities of plants in the Petaluma Watershed as well as prepare medicinal salve and poultice for your herbal first aid kit. Build your home apothecary through hands-on experience making herbal remedies. Children 8 and up 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern California Bats: Demystifying and Discovering these Amazing Animals
with Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats
Saturday, November 15, 10:00AM-12:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $15, Youth $5, pre-registration required

“Come learn about the local bats with Director of NorCal Bats, Corky Quirk. In her presentation you will learn about bats and discuss the harmful myths that surround these animals. You'll also learn the importance of bats in our environment. Live bats will be presented for viewing and discussion.”

The Great Gatsby Gala
presented by Rotary Club of Sebastopol
Saturday, November 15, 5:00-10:30PM
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-1511
For ticket information, please contact rotarygreatgatsbygala@gmail.com

“A glamorous evening with Dinner, Dancing, and Auctions

Tickets and Sponsorship is Limited.
Attire: Roaring 20s”

Harmony of Dissonance
with members of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble
part of Mountain Yoga’s Inspiration Series
Friday, November 21, 8:30PM
Mountain Yoga, 2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100, Oakland, 510-339-6421

“Kitka has earned international recognition for their unique and haunting sound. Inspired by the extended vocal techniques, close harmonies, and surprising rhythms of Eastern European folk song, Kitka explores a vast palette of ancient yet contemporary-sounding effects. The ensemble’s earthy to ethereal resonances evoke an astonishing range of subtle to extreme inner states, emotions, and instincts. Kitka’s commitment to presenting traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to adventuresome collaborations with some of the world’s most exciting indigenous musicians and contemporary composers, ranging from Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk.

Join Kitka's Executive/Artistic Director Shira Cion and Kitka vocalists Kelly Atkins, Janet Kutulas, and Corinne Sykes for a discussion of the group’s colorful 35-year history, and a demonstration and participatory exploration of ‘open-voice’ vocal techniques through oral transmission of simple, yet thrilling to sing, traditional polyphonic tunes.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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