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, October 14, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, Network For A New Culture North Bay Monthly Meeting, Ego, Litquake, Including Sustainable Menstrual Options in Health Education, Blog Action Day, Halloween Peg Dolls Craft for Preteens, The Artists Are Present, Eggs Revealed and Organ Meats Demystified, Cob Oven Pizza Party!, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, North Bay Goddess of the Month: Inanna, Enhancing Intuition Using the I Ching, The von Trapps, Un(Dis)sing Our Abilities, Insufficiency, Legend Of Banbury Cross, Ransom Texas, Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante, River Heritage Days, Silenced, Recipe, Shamanizing For The Culture, Sugar Skull Decorating, History Mystery Overnight Investigation, The Beautiful Bust: A Women's Health Fundraiser, GLOW: A Festival of Light, Money as A Spiritual Economy, Cat Town Cabaret, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Making Access to Space a Reality for Everyone, SCPN Feast with the Ancestors and Food Drive, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Autumn Lights Festival, Curiosities Of The Attic: Behind The Scenes Tour, Shrouded Tales, Flashlight Safari at Happy Hollow, Bioneers Conference: Growing The Movement, Dancing Hearts Retreat, Halloween Train, The Addams Family Musical, Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black, REDWOLF, Embraced By Love, Sunnyvale Historical Society Fall Garage Sale, Initiations of the Sacred Masculine, Seva Saturday Diwali Celebration and Satsang Program, Earth Energy Walk, Intro to Macrame, Get the Rush: Day of Activities at Rush Ranch, Jumanji, Fort Ross Harvest Festival, Seed Starting for Children, Alameda Point Collaborative Harvest Festival, Toys: Art Physics Fun and Games, Walnut Creek Centennial Birthday Festival, Day in the Life 1901, Pagan Women’s Brunch, Spiritual Cleansing: Purification Rites for the Self and Home, The Big Gay Grape Stomp and Harvest Party 2014, Floating Pumpkin Patch, Zombie Brew Crawl!, Village Soup for the Soul, GLOW: A Festival of Fire, For Whom The Bridge Tolls, Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, Goblin Jamboree, Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland, Santa Rosa Mystic Fair, Oktoberfest in Campbell, Folsom Renaissance Faire, Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Musically Mindful, Solar Cross Devotional: ADF-Druid Ritual honoring Cerridwen, Freestone Fermentation Festival, Urban Women's Marketplace, East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Lafayette Community Garden Fall Harvest Celebration, East Bay Waldorf Harvest Faire, Water Blessing Ceremony, Gritty City Carnival, Taste of Africa 2014, Open Shamanic Journey Circle, Modern Conjure: Scent and Sex, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Sweeten the Kitty: a Benefit for Fix Our Ferals, The Cosmic Mass: A Cosmic Dance Experience, Rise Up Benefit Concert, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride (San Francisco), Magnetizing Metaphor Into Matter, Traditional Wisdom for Modern Times, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride (Petaluma), Periwinkle’s October Spooktacular, Spirits On The Loch: A Lake County Time Adventure, Starting and Sustaining Intentional Communities

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!”

Network For A New Culture North Bay Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 15, 6:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple, Sebastopol, exact address given upon RSVP
$10-$20 suggested donation

“Our community is deeply enjoying hosting the Network for a New Culture evenings for the North Bay at the beautiful retreat center, LoveJourney.
Network for a New Culture (NFNC) is part of a larger global movement to create local communities where transparency, self-awareness, love, trust, and compassionate honesty are the new cultural norms.  We believe that it takes a village to raise consciousness.  We, of course, intend that our work and play together will be transforming not only for our small communities, but for the community of the world as well.
We will start our evening at 6:00PM with a delicious potluck dinner. Please bring something fun and nutritious to share.

At 7:00PM, we then gather for dancing and community building exercises. Following this, we will move into the ZEGG Forum.  One of the main elements of our time together will be a ZEGG Forum.  If you have not yet participated in a Forum we request that you arrive at 6:30PM for an important orientation meeting.
Feel free to stay after the event to dance, hot tub, schmooze, and snuggle.
Please RSVP by phone at 707-824-1117, or by email to jackie@lovejourneytantra.com. This helps us know how many to plan for.

We request a $10-$20 voluntary donation at the event to cover costs of the space and travel expenses of forum facilitators, as needed.

We can always use extra help with parking, set up, potluck clean-up, and take down. If you can help please contact Rachel Dawson at 805-421-8869, or radiantearth@gmail.com.

ZEGG Forum is a facilitated awareness and communication process for groups of 12 to 50. It was designed in the Zegg community in Germany as a way for the community to be able to communicate with itself. It provides an artistic way of personal sharing where an individual moves in the center of the circle and shares whatever is alive in them. Our true motivations, our deep feelings, longings, ideas, and emotions become revealed.
This focus on transparency, sharing, and clarifying unsolved situations makes it an invaluable catalyst for growth. Forum is a personal process in a social context.  We discover how our personal issues resonate with everyone, and learn how each theme is part of a common human experience.  Many people have had life changing experiences from what they are able to see about themselves in their expressions and from the mirroring of a loving community.
We also have an opportunity to experience how we can feel more connected to ourselves and the group when we speak directly about our own present time experience, rather than telling a story about something which is not fully alive for us in the moment.”

a play by Carl Djerassi
Wednesday, October 15 and Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19,
Wednesday 7:30PM, Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM,
playing through November 9
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“What do people really think of you?

A famous writer obsessed with reputation fakes his death in order to read his obituaries. His psychiatrist knows what's going on, but can't tell anyone, not even the writer's wife. But soon she's on his trail anyway, as his 'death' ignites a train of outrageous events.

Ego was written by Carl Djerassi, a man whose achievements in both science and literature over the course of his 90-year life are prolific. In recent years he's turned to fiction and the theatre, with a series of novels and ten other plays, which all opened in London and cumulatively have  been translated by now into 20 languages.”

San Francisco’s Literary Festival
Friday, October 10-Saturday, October 18
see website for detailed schedule of events

“Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals. Litquake is a project of the Litquake Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered in the state of California.

From Litstock to Litquake
Originally hatched over beers at the Edinburgh Castle pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in a fog-bound Golden Gate Park. Local writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that booklovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word.

In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. Taking a cue from a USA Today report that San Franciscans spend twice the nation’s average on books and booze, in 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the city’s Mission District.

Popular demand drove Litquake to expand even further, adding more national and international authors, youth programs, classroom visits and book giveaways, monthly literary Epicenters, and special localized editions of the Lit Crawl now held each year in Manhattan, Austin, Seattle, Brooklyn, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Miami, and London.

Whether it’s poets reciting in a cathedral, authors discussing science versus religion in a library, or novelists reading in a beekeeping supply store, the goal remains the same: whet a broad range of literary appetites, present the literary fare in a variety of traditional and unlikely venues, and make it vivid, real, and entertaining. Now grown to the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, Litquake continues its mission as a nine-day literary spectacle for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings.”

Including Sustainable Menstrual Options in Health Education
presented by Natural Flow
Wednesday, October 15, 12:30-1:30PM
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-2323

“What would it look like if our introduction to menstruation was affirmative, comprehensive, and free from shame?

What would it look like if choices beyond disposable pads and tampons were presented from the beginning? Imagine if menstrual education led with empowerment, ritual, and joy.

Shifting the conversation around menstruation can ensure young people have greater agency to make decisions about what is best for their health, their bodies, and the earth they inhabit.

This is the fourth lunchtime discussion hosted by Natural Flow. Including sustainable menstruation in health education had a lot of energy behind it at our last meeting, so we’re holding space for these critical conversations to further develop.

We invite the wisdom and perspectives of teachers, parents, users of sustainable menstrual options, youth advocates, and anyone who feels intrigued by this topic. Come share your experiences, stories, ideas, and best-practices.

All are welcome to attend, regardless of menstruation status or any other factor.”

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.”

Halloween Peg Dolls Craft for Preteens
Thursday, October 16, 3:30-5:00PM
Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-1991
Ages 10-13, sign up at the children's information desk

“Get in the Halloween spirit by making a Witch, Cat, and Ghost peg doll, or anything else you can dream up! This event is for grades 5 to 8.”

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.”

Eggs Revealed and Organ Meats Demystified
with Rosie Ueng
Part Five of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, October 16, 6:00-9:00PM,
and one more Thursdays through October 23
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Eggs are one of the most nutritious and versatile foods on earth.  Learn the many fantastic ways to prepare this delicious ingredient: poached, fried, baked, steamed, boiled, in a frittata, and in an omelet.  Did you know that organ meats are one of the most nutrient-dense parts of the animal and a part of nearly every traditional diet?  Explore some delicious ways to prepare those less glamorous parts.

Future classes:
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.”

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.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, October 16, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language.

Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com).”

North Bay Goddess of the Month: Inanna
with Phoenix LeFae
Thursday, October 16, 7:30-10:00PM, and the third Thursday of every month
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-2398
sliding scale of $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Women only

"Once a month we gather and 'Listen to the words of the Great Mother', where we dive into the myth and mystery of a different Goddess. We do this through the use of song, dance, trance, storytelling, and joyful community celebration. Each month we will learn about, and dive into, the energy of a different Goddess from a different region around the world. Our hope is that by meeting these different energies people will find a Mysterious One that resonates with their heart and they will walk away with the potential for a greater, deeper, relationship with a Divine One.

Join us for Goddess of the Month as we receive the gifts of the mai, honor our sacred selves, and dive into the deeps of the Underworld with Inanna as our guide. This October we will meet and honor Inanna Queen of Heaven and Earth

'For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am That which is attained at the end of desire.'

November - Hestia (North Bay only)
December - Sedna (North Bay only)”

Enhancing Intuition Using the I Ching
with Charles Tack
Thursday, October 16, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871
suggested donation $5

“Most of us need little convincing of the value of intuition, but what do we do when our access to inner wisdom is obscured? Or when we’re about to embark on a new venture and the ‘knowing’ that we’ve come to count on has turned to confusion? How do we identify when what we think is intuition is actually a disguised form of our habitual patterns that prevent us from opening to options larger than our familiarity? What do we do when we feel irrationally pulled in directions contrary to our expressed plans?  While there are no easy answers to these questions, the I Ching or Book of Changes can offer suggestions and hints about what to do, how to proceed and when to act. Come join us for a dialogue around how this ancient book of Chinese wisdom might enhance our intuition for the near and distant future. We will do a brief reading during the talk to demonstrate how the I Ching works.

Charles Tack has been exploring the wisdom of the I Ching for close to thirty years. He applies the I Ching and other inner tools to guide individuals toward wise decisions around life’s various turning points.”

The von Trapps
Thursday, October 16, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$21 in advance, $23 at the door

“The great-grandchildren of the famous von Trapp family, celebrated in The Sound of Music, have followed in the musical footsteps of the Captain and Maria, singing together in lovely harmony to delighted audiences around the world. Ranging in age from 19 to 25, the four siblings, August, Amanda, Melanie, and Sofi, have performed at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, the Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl, in Beijing’s Forbidden City and Korea’s Seoul Square, on Austin City Limits as well as on Oprah and The View. They have a new album, Dream A Little Dream, recorded in collaboration with Pink Martini.

Growing up in Kalispell, Montana, the four sibs learned Austrian and American folk songs from their grandfather, Werner von Trapp - portrayed as Kurt ‘the incorrigible’ in the movie. When Werner suffered a stroke 12 years ago, they made a recording of some of his favorite songs to cheer him up. Since then, they’ve recorded six more albums and a concert DVD, performing a wide array of old favorites from around the world as well as new originals. If you like unabashed sweetness and wholesome harmony, The von Trapps are the group for you!”

Un(Dis)sing Our Abilities
Thursday, October 16, 9:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, 510-658-7900

“Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase presented by Periwinkle Cinema that explores sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. Curated by Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy, this screening implores the erotic pleasure and sexual abilities of those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds. Redefine sexy through sex and sensuality that is healing, empowering and arousing. You'll get turned on by fat, crip, and porn, challenge and subvert your notions of gender, sexuality and self, while exposing what it means to ‘work with what we got (or not).’ Experience images of the sexually empowered within our own very different, and always changing bodies. We tell our stories on film and come together to experience each other's in the dark, then see each other in a new way when the lights come up. This screening includes short films by Courtney Trouble, Seeley Quest, Patricia Berne, MOON RAY RA, Tobi Hill-Meyer and a brand new short movie, Wall of Fire, by and featuring Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser. Wall of Fire was completely underwritten and fully funded by the Smitten Kitten. The curators and filmmakers will be in person to present the showcase and for a brief Q and A.

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

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Nerd Nite to Party at the Parkway, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Open Mike Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays, and First Fridays.

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

a play by Carl Djerassi
Thursday-Friday, October 16-17,
Thursday 7:30PM, Friday 8:00PM,
playing through November 7
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Jerzy Krzyz is a Polish chemist with an unusual specialism: Bubbleology. (Yes it’s a serious scientific subject!) Newly arrived at an American university's Chemistry department, he is determined to secure a permanent senior post, but the other academics dismiss him and his subject. Their rivalry gets out of hand when he gives two colleagues who are blocking his appointment some experimental champagne - which mysteriously kills them. Was it an accident... or revenge?

This delightful new play is a comedy of academic manners, mystery, and suspense that exposes the passions, petty jealousies, and foolish behavior that scientists and academics so often love to indulge in.

Insufficiency was written by Carl Djerassi, a man whose achievements in both science and literature over the course of his 90-year life are prolific. In recent years he's turned to fiction and the theatre, with a series of novels and six science-in-theatre plays, An Immaculate Misconception, Oxygen (co-written with Roald Hoffmann), Calculus, Phallacy, Taboos, and Insufficiency.”

Legend Of Banbury Cross
presented by Fantasy Forum
Thursday-Saturday, October 16-18,
Thursday 9:30AM, Friday 9:30AM, 11:00AM, and 6:30PM,
Saturday 10:00AM, 12:00PM, 2:00PM, and 4:00PM
Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469
see website for ticket information

“In a land many of us thought was only in make-believe, we meet new friends with Mother Goose as our guide. Little Bo-Peep, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and Jill and a few surprises await the brave as we learn of the Legend Of Banbury Cross.

The Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble is a non-profit organization of men and women who strive to entertain, educate and enrich families, and endeavor to present the highest form of entertainment to the young and young at heart.

At Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble many of our audience members are able to sit right on the stage and interact directly with the performers. We produce four musicals at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts each year drawing up to 2,700 patrons to each production. Our performances are scheduled throughout the day and early evenings on weekends to accommodate patrons bringing families for their first live theatre experience. Many of our shows are also scheduled on Fridays to accommodate school groups.”

Ransom, Texas
presented by Virago Theatre Company
Thursday-Saturday, October 16-18, 8:00PM - final week
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.”

Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, October 16-18, 8:00PM
playing through November 22
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“15 Years of Thrilling Terror!

Our latest extravaganza of terror and titillation includes:

An Edgar Allan Poe classic from Le Theatre du Grand Guignol - The System Of Dr. Tarr And Professor Fether - by Andre de Lorde, freely adapted by Paulo Biscaia Filho.

Isabel’s Zombie Holocaust - A world-premiere puppet show by Nick Knave.

The Bloody Debutante - A musical ritual one-act by Scrumbly Koldewyn.

Deathwrite - A world-premiere black comedy by Andy Wenger and Damien Chacona.

Contortionist Michael Curran and a Lights-Out Spook-Show Finale.

Tickets always sell fast, so don’t delay… buy yours today.”

"Spooky" is not quite the word for Grand Guignol Theatre - it's more like "horrifying".  Possibly even “grossenating”.  If you like that sort of thing, you’ll love Shocktoberfest!

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”

dance theatre with Charya Burt
Thursday-Sunday, October 16-19, 8:00PM
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-528-7554

“Charya Burt, in a special collaboration with The Imaginists, presents: Silenced, an evening of a multi-media dance theatre centered on the tragic story of Cambodian pop icon Ros Sereysothea, whose life was cut short by the Khmer Rouge genocide. Commencing with Charya’s traditional masterpiece, Forever My Ancestors, the production intermixes 1960s Cambodian pop music with compositions for guitar by Alexis Alrich, video design by Olivia Ting, and a modern exploration of movement and artistic expression through choreography rooted in tradition that bring all of Charya’s recent multi-layered experimentations to a new level.”

A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, October 16-19,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Street, Berkeley, 510-848-7800
sliding scale $15-$28

“Autumn brings Recipe, a profoundly funny new work by Michael Gene Sullivan, resident playwright for the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Central Works serves up the laughs in this delicious take on a circle of sweet old grandmotherly bakers, who just happen to be dedicated to the armed overthrow of the United States government.  But baking pies and cakes isn’t enough to satisfy these four intrepid refugees from the 60s (and 50s, and 40s), and their burning desire to Up the Revolution!”

Shamanizing For The Culture
with Meredith Sabini
Friday, October 17, 2:00-5:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$45, please RSVP

“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 presented for discussion and guidelines for distinguishing big or collective dreams from ordinary personal ones will be given.
Instructor: Meredith Sabini, PhD, psychologist and founder-director of The Dream Institute, has a longstanding interest in cross-cultural healing modalities.”

Sugar Skull Decorating
with Lou Florez
Friday, October 17, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$25 includes supplies, please call 510-444-9355 to register

“In honor of Samhain and Day of the Dead we are commemorating the season by making and decorating sugar skulls! Learn about the tradition and come party with the dead!”

History Mystery Overnight Investigation
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, October 17, 6:00PM-Saturday, October 18, 9:00AM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
$100, must book in advance at the website below

“Are the late night stories about the USS Hornet really true? Come spend the night on the Hornet and find out!

The Hornet would like to invite you to join us in an evening of after hours investigations onboard the ship. During this event, you will learn about the history of Hornet while investigating the ship with a Hornet crew member during the midnight hour.

This is your chance to tour the ship after hours exclusively in small groups while investigating our well known paranormal hot-spots.

Scheduled Tour Dates
Friday, October 17, 2014
Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015

Highlights include:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Focsle and Secondary Con

Your Experience includes:
Sleep in original crew bunks!
Berth in the ship’s hospital or Torpedo compartment!
Dinner in Crew’s mess
Special Activities
Personalized Tour Groups”

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.”

Money as A Spiritual Economy
with Jan Ogren
A Songbird Friday Flock Night
Friday, October 17, 7:30-9:30PM
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-2398
suggested donation 1 cent to $30

“Do you believe money equals power, security, happiness, or freedom? These are some of the myths surrounding money that can entangle our lives. Explore your relationship with money and see what your spiritual economy looks like. This workshop will create a safe fun, supportive place for anyone who feels uncomfortable around the subject.”

Cat Town Cabaret
Friday, October 17, 8:00PM
Veteran's Memorial Building, 401 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

“Cat Town Cabaret, a concert benefiting the Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center, is a feline-themed event that will include a cabaret concert featuring witty, tender, and comical songs, as well as three original scenes written and acted by playwrights and actors from All Terrain Theater's Women in Solidarity show, Cat Ladies, which premiered in Berkeley, in April 2013.

Local mezzo soprano, Meghan Dibble, and tenor, Rod Lowe, a couple of LOL cat addicts, will present several cat songs written by classical and cabaret composers, including Rossini's Cat Duet. Dibble and Lowe will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Bryan Baker, who also will present Aaron Copland's charming piece The Cat and the Mouse.

Scenes from Cat Ladies, a showcase featuring female solo performances in honor of our quirky obsession with cats, will include Cat Nanny 911, written and performed by Theresa Donahoe, The Metamorphosis, written by Carol Lashof and performed by Heather Kellogg, and Kitty's Prescription, written by Patricia Milton and performed by Martha Rynberg.

Bicycle Coffee, cookies from S+M Vegan and wine and beer will be available for purchase.

About Cat Town
Cat Town is an independent, non-profit organization that helps the cats least likely to be adopted from Oakland's municipal shelter. Through its foster-based program, Cat Town allows shy and sensitive cats to blossom and find great permanent homes.

A partnership between Ann Dunn of Cat Town and Adam Myatt of Hoodcats, the Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center, at 2869 Broadway, in Oakland, will hold its grand opening on October 25. The Cat Town Cafe will significantly expand Cat Town's capacity to get cats and kittens out of shelter cages and into great homes.

For more information about Cat Town or the Cat Town Cafe, contact Ann Dunn at ann@cattownoakland.org. For information about this event, contact Meghan Dibble at dibblemusic@gmail.com.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, October 17, 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.”

Making Access to Space a Reality for Everyone
part of the Future Fridays series at Chabot Space and Science Center
with Tom Atchison, Founder and Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
Friday, October 17, 6:00-7:30PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland

“Welcome to the Space Renaissance! Technological advances are now enabling civilians to design, build and operate simple space craft and launch vehicles at an affordable cost. These new, technologically-driven capabilities are reigniting the passions and interests of students, private citizens, and communities around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Atchison discusses key opportunities to engage students and their communities to accomplish the goal of civilian space exploration!

After more than 25 years as a senior executive and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Tom got the civilian space bug from a lunch discussion with a number of founders of Xircomm, including Dirk Gates, and has never looked back. Having successfully started and run four high technology ventures, he returned to his roots in 2002. Tom had worked for the NASA-Ames chemical research projects office in 1980. He decided it was time to pursue his passion for space exploration again, by joining the civilian space race full time, designing and building his own rockets.

Tom founded the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to facilitating civilian space research, STEM education and competition as an enabler of civilian space explorers. Tom is a TRA L-3 certified flyer with a passion and drive for developing new experimental propulsion technologies that will reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of civilian space exploration.

Tom holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Radiochemistry, and has completed graduate studies in Engineering Management at Santa Clara University.”

SCPN Feast with the Ancestors and Food Drive
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, October 17, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The SCPN Presents Feast with the Ancestors and Food Drive!
Plus Our Annual Board of Directors Elections!

Ancestors Feast:
All of us have favorite dishes that we remember from childhood that Mom or Grandma made. Or maybe you have a favorite recipe from your ancestral heritage (either blood or spiritual) that has special meaning to you. We invite you to bring a dish or dessert to share that reflects your ancestral heritage. If there is a story or memory or special significance associated with your recipe we invite you to share that with us too. We ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let's treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

Food Drive:
This year we are collecting donations of canned or dry goods for Redwood Food Bank. Please bring canned or dry, packaged items or cash donations only. Redwood Food Bank does NOT accept items that are: perishable, home made or fresh home grown, in glass jars, past the sell by or expiration date.

Board Elections:
Each year the Sonoma County Pagan Network holds elections for our board of directors. While it may not sound very exciting please keep in mind that without a board of directors the SCPN cannot exist. Everything that the SCPN does for the Pagan community would not happen. Each year we elect three officers, President, Treasurer and Secretary plus four general board member positions. All paid members are eligible to vote.

So what does the Board of Directors do? Basically we run the organization; we take care of all the details necessary to keep the SCPN going; from the financial managment to keeping records to planning and arranging events. The board holds monthly meetings on the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at Coffee Cats in Sebastopol. All paid members of the SCPN are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings to observe, make comments and suggestions. We encourage our members to become involved with the board. We need YOUR help to shape the future of the SCPN to keep our organization running.

So please come out and meet the candidates, ask us questions and most importantly show your support for the SCPN and vote!”

Potluck Feast
Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Gamelan Sekar Jaya
part of the Island Arts Concert series
Friday, October 17, 8:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, 510-865-5060
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Gamelan Sekar Jaya returns to one of its favorite East Bay venues to offer up a scintillating performance of Balinese music and dance, complete with gongs, flutes, metallophones of bronze and bamboo, fluttering fingers, and the powerfully-determined expressions of golden-clad dancers. Falling on the heels of Sekar Jaya's summer tour to Bali, the ensemble's artistry and focus has reached a great height, allowing the lyrical music and dance works to flow out unencumbered in joyful synchronicity. The ensemble, led by Emiko Saraswati Susilo (Company Director and Guest Dance Director) and I Dewa Putu Berata (Guest Music Director), will bring to the stage classic and contemporary works from Bali's great traditions in this intimate family-friendly theater.

RCW presents Gamelan Sekar Jaya as part of its Island Arts Concert series featuring music from islands around the world on the island of Alameda. Gamelan Sekar Jaya will also perform as a part of RCW's Performance Art and Learning program for 3rd and 4th grade students in the Alameda Unified School District as well as perform Island Arts Workshops with youth at the Alameda Music Project.”

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!”

Curiosities Of The Attic: Behind The Scenes Tour
Friday and Saturday, October 17-18, 7:00-8:30PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$7 in advance, $8 at the door

“Ever wonder what is up in the attic? Or what lurks behind closed doors in the Patterson House at night? Now is your chance to find out! Participants must be able to climb stairs and walk on uneven terrain. Tours last about 45 minutes.”

Shrouded Tales
presented by the Hayward Area Historical Society
Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 7:00PM and 9:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-0223 xt131 for reservations.

“Join the Undertaker throughout the month of October for fascinating tours of suspense, tragedy and death at three of our historic locations - San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, Meek Mansion, and McConaghy House.

Learn about true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal.  Tours are site-specific.  Advance registration is required.”

Flashlight Safari at Happy Hollow
Friday-Saturday, October 17-18 and 24-25, 7:30-9:00PM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
$25 for two participants, $10 each additional participant
Ages 4 and up

“Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo after dark? Grab your flashlight and join us on an adventure through the zoo to learn about the nocturnal habits of the animals and even meet live nocturnal animals up close! Class fee is for 2 participants. Each additional participant is an additional fee. Please respect age restrictions and do not bring younger siblings to class.

Myths and Legends
Many cultures have wonderful traditions and folklore about animals. Hear some of these myths and legends while discovering the natural adaptations which may have inspired these tales.”

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.”

Dancing Hearts Retreat
Friday-Sunday, October 17-19
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747

“Honoring the Past; Serving the Future - Celebrating 30 years of dancing for Love, Harmony, and Beauty.

Please join us as Northern and Southern CA, youth and elders come together to celebrate 30 years of dancing for Love, Harmony, and Beauty. We seek to honor the past and serve the future as we welcome leaders of the SoCal Winter Quarterly Tui Wilschinsky, Yarrow Nelson and Vanessa Hafiza, to weave the weekend along with our own leaders and youth - including all who would like to sign up to lead a dance!

The perfect setting to spiritually regroup is beautiful Isis Oasis. It includes a spacious theater hall for dancing, lovely garden areas, pool, hot tub, sauna, and large dining room with fireplace. Accommodations are shared rooms (first signed/first served), upper level dormitory in the lodge, your own RV or a tent.

We gather Friday afternoon and share a potluck dinner at 6:30PM. The program begins at 8:00PM Friday and ends on Sunday with lunch and cleanup. Please bring a potluck dish for dinner on Friday, and your own breakfast and lunch for the weekend. Saturday dinner will be provided. Also, bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, flashlight, optional swimsuit, possibly rain gear, soft-soled shoes for dancing and maybe an altar object.

The cost of the retreat (retreat, lodging, Saturday dinner): $175. Camping option: $110. Discounted option for those under 30 (dorm only): $50. (Please call if qualify).”

Halloween Train
at the Ardenwood Railroad Museum
presented by Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources
Friday-Sunday, October 17-19 and 24-26, 7:00-9:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$6, Children 3-12 $4

“Climb aboard the narrow gauge railroad for a frightfully fun ride through the dark forests of Ardenwood Historic Farm.  The entire family will enjoy the ghoulishly grand ride to nowhere and back on the haunted rails of the Ghost Train.”

The Addams Family Musical
presented by Bay Area Stage
Friday-Sunday, October 17-19,
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through November 2
Martinez Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward Street, Martinez

“The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family Musical. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

The Addams Family Musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you.”

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 17-19,
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.”

presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, October 17-19,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM,
playing through November 8
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

Co-written by Amy Sass and Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Amy Sass

A girl is ripening on the edge of town, uncontrolled, chaotic, voracious. This is an orderly place. Everything is on the map: the last scrap of woods, the old house on the outskirts. You can see the line where the big new road will go. Right through Red’s room.

Everyone thinks the predators are gone. But what if they’ve just gone… inside?

Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, the most sexually charged of folk tales, REDWOLF is a world-premiere, full-length play co-written by Ragged Wing Artistic Director Amy Sass and nationally recognized playwright Anthony Clarvoe.  Ripe with hunger, sexuality, and the conflict between the paved and the wild, REDWOLF follows a young woman’s journey from girlhood to wolfhood.

This show marks the culmination of Ragged Wing’s JUST RIPE season and our first full-length show in our new home, The Flight Deck.”

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.”

Sunnyvale Historical Society Fall Garage Sale
Saturday, October 18, 8:00AM-2:00PM
Private Home, 795 South Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale
Free admission

“Save the date for our annual Fall Garage Sale which occurs this year on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 8:00AM to 2:00PM at our normal location at 795 South Wolfe Road.

There will be numerous treasures available for your purchase at bargain prices. All proceeds from the event go to the daily operations of the museum.

If you have items that you would like to donate for the sale, please contact the museum: at 408-749-0220.”

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.”

Seva Saturday, Diwali Celebration, and Satsang Program
Saturday, October 18, 9:30AM-8:30PM
M.A. Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley

“Diwali (or Deepavali) literally means ‘rows of lamps’ and is one of the four main festivals of India - Dress in your best Indian outfit and Bring Sweets to Share!

Your are warmly invited to the M.A. Center, San Ramon on Saturday:

Saturday Seva (Selfless Service): 9:30AM-4:30PM
Activities include: sorting donated medical supplies for India, helping in the bookstore, gardening and orchard work, and many special projects. Lunch is provided. Come for any part or all of the day!

Guided IAM Meditation: 3:00-4:00PM
Main House Puja Room, Only for those who have taken the full IAM course.

Archana: 4:30PM
Amrita Hall, Chanting of the Sri Lalitha Sahasranama, 1,000 Names of the Divine Mother and 108 Names of Amma

Diwali Celebration Program:
5:45PM: Satsang
6:15PM: Amrita Bala Kendra Performance
6:45PM: Bhajans, Arati, and Closing Prayers
8:30PM: Dinner and Sweets - Free for all who attend
9:15PM: Celebration of Lights - Sparklers Outdoors
9:30PM: Dancing - Dandia and Garbha

Castro Valley BART Station Pickups: Saturdays: 10:00AM for Seva Day; 4:00PM for Evening Program.  Please RSVP: leave message on the BART pickup extension: 510-537-9417 x 447

Come and join in for as much of the day as you wish. Choose from many selfless service opportunities for the day, such as gardening, helping with the Amma Shop, or preparing donated medical supplies for shipment to AIMS hospital in India. The evening program typically includes a satsang (spiritual talk), a video of Amma, bhajans (devotional singing), and meditation.”

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, October 18, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Fall Creek Trail, Felton Empire Grade, Felton
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Earth Energy Walks
Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.
Walks are on the THIRD Saturday of each month.  Just save each 3rd Saturday as ‘Get Out In Nature’ day!

Gather at 9:45AM  
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 12:00PM

2014 Walk Locations:
October 18, Fall Creek
November 15, Natural Bridges Beach
December 20, Henry Cowell Park (Main Entrance)

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a stop for meditation halfway in. We will walk rain or shine, however if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify, 831-469-0336.

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)”

Intro to Macrame
with Nicole Kaufman
Saturday, October 18, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$150, limit 15 students

“Students will be introduced to the art of Macrame! The workshop will teach the untrained fingers the art of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Students will leave with a wall hanging approximately 15" x 28" suspended from a wooden dowel. The wall hanging will incorporate the following knots: Larks Head, Vertical Larks Head, Double Half Hitch, Square Knot and Switch Square knot. A packet, demonstrating the process of each knot, will be handed out to the students to keep so they can continue developing their knotting skills.

Nicole Kaufman is a native Californian, working in San Francisco as an apparel designer. She is a self-taught fiber artist, specializing in Macrame. Her passion is driven through the act of using her hands as a tool and working with natural materials. The copper included in her work brings a modern point of view to her pieces. Currently, you can find her Macrame for sale in the Social Studies shop in Berkeley. She is also working on a collection that can be seen during the Piedmont Avenue Stroll-March, 2015 at Resurrect. Follow her on Instagram @the_copper_fox_2014 to see more of her work.”

Get the Rush: Day of Activities at Rush Ranch
Saturday, October 18, 10:00AM-1:00PM, and the third Saturday of every month
Rush Ranch Open Space, Solano County

“Get the Rush:  a series of fun and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run and activities vary month-to-month.  

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies),

A traditional blacksmith shop in action (10:00AM-1:00PM)
Skilled docent, Virgil Sellars, displays traditional  blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the ranch’s historic blacksmith shop.

An interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10:00AM-1:00PM)

Horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11:00AM-1:00PM)

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.”

part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, October 18, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe Johnston, written by Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh and Jim Strain, and stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde and Bebe Neuwirth. The special effects were provided by Industrial Light and Magic for computer graphic elements and Amalgamated Dynamics for animatronics components.

The story centers on 12-year-old Alan Parrish, who is trapped in Jumanji while playing the game with his friend Sarah Whittle in 1969. Twenty-six years later siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd begin playing and unwittingly release the now-adult Alan. After tracking down Sarah, the quartet resolve to finish the game in order to undo all of the destruction it has wrought.”

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.”

Seed Starting for Children
Saturday, October 18, 11:00AM
APC Farm2Market Farm, 2600 Barbers Point Road, Alameda

“Bring your little ones to a fun filled Harvest Faire at Alameda Point for a kid-sized demonstration of how to grow vegetables and flowers from seeds.  Participants get to take home a baby plant and watch it grow from a seed into a radish or poppy on their kitchen window.  There will a lot more activities for your children to enjoy at the farm if you are interested in attending the Harvest Festival.”

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!”

Toys: Art, Physics, Fun, and Games
presented by Market Days at the Exploratorium
Saturday, October 18, 11:00AM-3:00PM, and the third Saturday of each Summer month
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Plaza

“Join us for a free open-air mini-festival that brings together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators and features curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays.

Bring your children or your inner child for a day of play with an array of fantastic toys old and new. And learn how to make awesome toys of your own. A full-sized Jeep covered in Lego boards awaits your creative constructions. Explore assorted classic pinball machines from the Pacific Pinball Museum. Learn how to build a marshmallow launcher, a cardboard machine, or a tiny lathe, all from simple materials. See an enchanting puppet show of The Jabberwocky, plus juggling, origami, and much more.”

Walnut Creek Centennial Birthday Festival
Saturday, October 18, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek

“Enjoy the party of the century! Walnut Creek turns 100 in October 2014, and the public is invited to celebrate at the Centennial Birthday Festival, Saturday, October 18, at the historic Shadelands Ranch Museum.

Look for live music and dancing, food trucks, museum tours, History Alley, the Artists Market, the Centennial Store, activities and crafts for kids of all ages - and, of course, birthday cake!

Join the party with family and friends, and help Walnut Creek celebrate its Centennial - it only happens once in 100 years!”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, October 18, 11:00AM-5:00PM, typically the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

“Step into the past as you board our historic ships. Help the sailors on Balclutha raise the staysail in the morning and return for musical fun during the afternoon dogwatch. Learn about life in 1901 from the ferry passengers on Eureka, or join Mrs. Galan on the Ark houseboat for an afternoon tea to discuss issues of the day.

October 18:
Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society: Seagoing libraries, sailor’s literacy program

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Pagan Women’s Brunch
organized by Lupa
Saturday, October 18, 12:30-2:30PM
Taqueria Montecristo, 1446 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-486-0321
Free admission
For more information, please contact Lupa at lupamoon13@yahoo.com

“Come meet with other Pagan Women in an open social environment at brunch.

No matter what your trad, even if you don’t call yourself ‘Pagan’, stop by for some good food and chat. Meet your Sister Tribe.

Women interested in exploring Pagan Paths and Pagan-friendlies welcome.”

Spiritual Cleansing: Purification Rites for the Self and Home
with Storm Faerywolf
Saturday, October 18, 1:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Every religion and spiritual path has knowledge of practices for the purpose of cleansing the soul of that which ails us. Whether this be in the form of anger, grief, worry, negative energy or ‘evil spirits’, we can take control of ourselves and our environments to banish unwanted spirits and energies and attract those things that are beneficial. Together we will discuss herbs, stones, symbols and rituals from various cultures and traditions and combine what we have learned into a simple rite to cleanse ourselves leaving us feeling purified and free.”

The Big Gay Grape Stomp and Harvest Party 2014
presented by  Out In The Vineyard
Saturday, October 18, 1:00-4:00PM
Peju Winery, 8466 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, 800-446-7358

“The Big Gay Grape Stomp returns! Get ready to get your LUCY on - as only we can do - and join  Out In The Vineyard as we celebrate Grape Harvest in Napa Valley! Kick up those heels and stomp those grapes for a fun filled day like you’ve never experienced in Our Wine Country before!

Peju will be serving wine and a sumptuous BBQ for a truly authentic wine country Harvest Party, Out In The Vineyard, followed by a competition Gay Grape Stomp! Come with a partner or partner up with someone new!

Grape Stomp and Harvest Party General Admission Includes:
Welcome Peju Wine (additional wines by the glass or bottle are available to purchase)
BBQ lunch
The Big Gay Grape Stomp

Teams of 2 will get into a wine barrel and compete to see who stomp those grapes the harder and extract the most juice.

Lucy and Ethel will have nothing on you!”

Floating Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 18, 2:00-6:00PM
Ridgway Swim Center, 455 Ridgway Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5 admission, $10 admission and pumpkin

“Tired of searching those dusty fields for your perfect pumpkin to carve or decorate? We are too! So we've put a fun spin on the tradition by creating a patch in the pool just for you! In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day - so bring your suit, towel and friends and make a day of it!

Hunt for your perfect pumpkin in the pool and then deck it out at our decorating station with all sorts of fun crafts! Plus, the pool will be open for pumpkin-splashing fun and we'll be playing games and handing out prizes all afternoon! This is a family event suitable for participants of all ages - so bring your buddies too!”

Zombie Brew Crawl!
Saturday, October 18, 2:30-5:30PM
Downtown Martinez
$25 in advance, $35 on the day

“The undead are coming to Downtown Martinez and they are thirsty for craft beer!

The third annual Zombie Beer Crawl on the streets of Martinez and everyone is encouraged to join the crowd. Zombies will be walking around the downtown corridor of Martinez, sampling beers from over 25 great craft breweries stationed at various small businesses along Main Street.   

Zombie costumes are optional, however there will be prizes awarded for the best individual costume as well as the best group costume.  After the Beer Crawl, visit one of the downtown restaurants for dinner!

Free Shuttles to and from the North Concord BART station will be available.”

Village Soup for the Soul
Saturday, October 18, 3:00-8:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
$20-$40 donation at the door benefitting Wisdom Spring
For more information, please call 650-322-8313 or e-mail soup4soul@earthlink.net

“Village Soup for the Soul - a Fundraiser

Community Ritual, Soup, Drumming and... Dance!!
Benefiting Children of Burkina Faso, West Africa.

All donations are fully tax deductible.
Benefits work of Wisdom Spring, Inc. a 501.c.3 non profit

Wisdom Spring's fundraisers have assisted the people of Burkina Faso, West Africa by putting in 24 wells and educating 1,500 children. Our annual fundraiser, Soup for the Soul, is our way of reaching out beyond our local community and giving back to the families and children of Burkina Faso. We are asking for your personal support and encouraging businesses to donate generously giving either products or funds to help us reach our goal of $13,000. With the support of generous people like you, we will make it possible to drill another well and to educate another class of children.”

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.”

For Whom The Bridge Tolls
Saturday, October 18, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$30 in advance, $35 at the door

​”WOW!  The first show sold out so we have added another date!  Join us for a celebratory 20th Anniversary Reunion of this fabulous, long-running show!  Starring Sharon Boucher, Randy Nazarian, Joe Osborn, and Erin-Kate Whitcomb.

For Whom The Bridge Tolls was Marin County’s own hilarious smash hit musical comedy revue from 1994 to 2004, and it has been missed ever since. That’s why its creators, Rita Abrams and Stan Sinberg, are bringing it back for its 20th Anniversary Performance - ONE NIGHT ONLY! Whether you’re a returning fan, or a first-timer, you’ll be guaranteed a night of sharp satire and gleeful lampooning of this colorful county of ours - and of contemporary life in general.  Don’t miss it!!”

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 9:00AM-5:00PM
see website for detailed schedule of events, entertainers and vendors
Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay

“Every year when autumn rolls around, picturesque Half Moon Bay bursts into a brilliant sea of orange and buzzes with excitement and activity to celebrate its bountiful fall harvest. The dazzling journey is its own reward - the tunnel through Devils Slide is a sight to behold, plus the breath-taking views of seaside farm country dotted with vast, rolling fields of orange, scarecrows, barns, and pick-your-own pumpkin patches. It's the perfect time of year and the perfect place to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the fall season, and Half Moon Bay does it like nobody else. The world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is the season’s signature event, drawing hordes of visitors to the World Pumpkin Capital for an epic festival on historic Main Street. This year’s 44th annual festival will be held on October 18-19 from 9:00AM-5:00PM. Admission is free.

Humongous, mind-bending, Volkswagen-sized weigh-off champion pumpkins on display, the mesmerizing and remarkably talented ‘Picasso of pumpkin carvers’ sculpting and shaping a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, harvest-inspired crafts by America’s top artists, the return of the Sunday-only Made on the Coast, an expanded Locals’ Artists Block featuring fine art and live music, the richest/creamiest/tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, three stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone’s favorite home-spun parade, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, an awesome zip-line and bungee jump, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, the debut of  the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin, and a bumper crop of 3,000+ tons of the beloved orange orb waiting to be picked from one of the many rustic pumpkin patches around town are among the extraordinary, not-to-be forgotten attractions.

Festival organizers like to add a few fresh wrinkles each year - new this year are photos and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful, and mischievous new Pumpkin Festival mascot Gourdy, deelish artisanal cocktails - pumpkin-flavored Jack-o-tinis, classic Cosmos and traditional Bloody Marys from Half Moon Bay Distillery, the iconic Wells Fargo Stagecoach on display, and a special screening of Rise of Giants, a documentary about giant pumpkins growers.”

Goblin Jamboree
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 10:00AM-4:00PM
see website for detailed schedule
Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, 415-339-3900

“Bring the whole family in costume to explore all the fun at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser. Experience the Museum as it is transformed into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with Witches and Wizards school, pony rides, petting zoo, live entertainment, and much more.

Visit Lookout Cove transformed into the spooky-but-not-scary Haunted Cove. Favorite exhibits like The Shipwreck and Peekaboo Palace will get a Halloween makeover that is sure to entertain all. Stop by Bay Hall to play with Goblin Jamboree’s new glowing train table.

Proceeds from Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser support the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s mission to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children. Thank you for your generosity and participation.

General admission: $16 (children younger than six months are free.)

We accept cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard. All activities are included in the cost of admission. The event takes place rain or shine.

Fly-by Lane
Look for our Fly-by Lane for quick access through the main entrances with your pre-purchased Eventbrite ticket. Tickets will also be available at the Museum's front desk.”

Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“As Halloween creeps closer, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach becomes a bit more haunted and bewitched. This weekend, wizards and witches of all kinds can discover hidden magic potions, mysterious spells and mystical enchantments. Come in costume for special prizes!

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows - they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!

Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

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.”

Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 11:00AM-7:00PM,
and two more weekends, October 25-26 and November 1-2
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
Free admission, see website for Steam Train tickets

“Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.”

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!”

Solar Cross Devotional: ADF-Druid Ritual honoring Cerridwen
Sunday, October 19, 10:00AM-12:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
private home in Berkeley, RSVP for address
Free, donations accepted
Please bring a potluck item for the barbecue.
For more information or to RSVP, e-mail info.thorncoyle@gmail.com

“Join Solar Cross this weekend as we gather in honor of Cerridwen for a devotional in the ADF-Druid tradition. All are welcome!

The goddess Cerridwen is an important figure in Welsh lore - she is the creator of the flowing spirit of life, Awen, and is the mother of Taliesin the Bard. Her magic cauldron holds the brew of creation itself, and she is a powerful goddess of transformation.

This month, we will celebrate Cerridwen’s transformative aspects, and ask for her help with our own internal changes as the year wanes. The devotional will be led by Victoria, a druid of Ar nDraiocht Fein - A Druid Fellowship, and a worshiper of Cerridwen for many years.

Solar Cross Monthly Devotionals are inclusive, family-friendly gatherings that embrace diversity in the Pagan community and beyond. Devotionals vary from month to month, are dedicated to deities from a variety of traditions, and are led by Solar Cross clergy and guests.

Held every third Sunday of the month in Berkeley, CA, Solar Cross offers these free devotionals as an opportunity to connect with divinity and community. Participants typically gather at 10:00 am for a 10:30 am start, and follow a simple ritual format (see below). Meetings are held outdoors (weather permitting) in a tranquil garden setting and conclude at noon.

Offerings of bread, fruit or flowers for the altar are appreciated, but there is no potluck. Children under 18 with legal guardian are welcome. There is no charge to attend, although donations to Solar Cross are gratefully accepted. For information on the location of Bay devotionals, or to RSVP, please contact Ankhira at info.thorncoyle@gmail.com.

We realize that not everyone can attend monthly meetings in Berkeley, CA, and we invite those who feel called to participate in devotionals to do so in their own homes and communities. We like the idea of building the egregore for each deity we honor by participating in shared song, visioning, and liturgy, so we encourage you to join us in following the following ritual format.”

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.”

Urban Women's Marketplace
hosted by A Monique Affair and We Heart Finance and WORLD
Sunday, October 19, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, 510-451-5818

“Stephanie Daniels, CEO of We Heart Finance, and Chanda Daniels, CEO of A Monique Affair, have long been promoters and supporters of women-owned businesses in Oakland. Their hard work and dedication to their own businesses inspired them to host and sponsor an upcoming event called the Urban Women’s Marketplace.  Come out and shop with our local artists and have an amazing time!”

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.”

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.”

Water Blessing Ceremony
with Iyanifa Mahealani
and Lis Addison of the WaterSongline Council
Sunday, October 19, 1:00-4:00PM
China Camp State Park, 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael
For more information, please contact Iyanifa Mahealani at iyamahea@thesacredforst.org
http://watersongline.com (webiste plays music)

“Join Lis Addison and Iyanifa Mahealani as we pray for the health of our waters, and honor its ability to connect and nurture all of us.

Water from your area to share, and water for you to drink.
Layers to wear.
A towel.
A mat or blanket.
Feel free to wear blue, white, or iridescent.  

All are welcome.”

Gritty City Carnival
Sunday, October 19, 2:00-4:00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-7383
$5 per person, $10 per family

“Family fun at Flight Deck!

Bring the whole family to the Gritty City Repertory Carnival!

Meet Didi, the juggling clown acrobat! Enjoy face painting and the photo booth!  Whirl and twirl during Carlos and Daisy's salsa lesson and Tom's break-dance exhibition!

FINALLY, the Marvelous Marquesio mystifies with a wild whirlwind of monologue memorization!”

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.”

Open Shamanic Journey Circle
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Sunday, October 19, 3:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
The Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

“We're resuming the open shamanic journey drumming circle! (We've had to take some time off, but Anne is so much better now, we're ready to circle again!) Come join us to partake in the ongoing magic.

Over the years many people have asked us about opportunities for journeying in the context of a circle - which many find to be more powerful than journeying solo. This is that opportunity.

The shamanic journey is a way to explore the non-ordinary realms, interact directly with personal power animals and spirit guides, and access divine information.

This is a journey circle - it's best if you already have had some experience with shamanic journeying. If not, or if you want a review, come at 2:30 for introductory information and mentoring.

Bring a drum or rattle if you have them, an eye covering for journeying, and a notebook to record your experiences.

We're asking a $20 donation to help with the site rental.  Details will be sent to those that are coming.”

Modern Conjure: Scent and Sex
with Chas Bogan and Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, October 19, 3:00-6:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Conjure, Roootwork, and Hoodoo are some of the more notable terms used to describe forms of American folk magic that will be explored in this class. Join the Conjure Doctors behind ‘Modern Conjure’ for hand’s on training. This class will highlight the use of scent from oils and incense as they are applied to arousing sexual interest.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, October 19, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $10-$15

“Have you ever wondered who is Guiding and Protecting you along your Journey?
Are you ready to receive their Messages to gain clarity to unanswered questions to ease the Flow of your Path? Learn and Remember tools that will strengthen your own power in Connecting.

We will sip tea,  and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.

Who is OwlSnake?
Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”

Sweeten the Kitty: a Benefit for Fix Our Ferals
Sunday, October 19, 4:00-7:00PM
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito

“Join us in celebrating another successful year of spay and neuter at our Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Fundraiser!

Our exciting event will feature great food, fabulous auction items, delectable wines to sample, music and entertainment, surprises and much more!

STK 2014 will be a wonderful opportunity for our entire East Bay community of neighborhood cat people to celebrate our accomplishments, our hard work and especially all those little cats and kittens we love so much.”

The Cosmic Mass: A Cosmic Dance Experience
Saturday, October 19, 6:30-10:30PM
Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“The Cosmic Mass is a participatory, intercultural ritual that builds community through dance, music, immersive visual art, spoken word, grieving, meditation, and celebration!

Join us for the next Cosmic Mass in Oakland with Rev. Matthew Fox, Cosmologist Brian Swimme, and Ritualist Evelie Posch.

Music and art by Drew Dellinger, DJ Eric Monkhouse, Tatsumaki Taiko, Cantor Richard Kaplan, Harpist Diana Rowan, Jahan Khamsehzadeh, Ullrich Lemus, Dela, Pa-Ko, and more!

6:30PM: Cosmic Walk and Music
7:00PM: Rituals
9:30PM: Open Dance and Hang Out (optional)

Tickets: $20 online or $25 at the door
(no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

The Oakland Scottish Rites Center is located three blocks away from Lake Merritt BART. Parking in rear on Madison Street.”

Rise Up Benefit Concert
presented by Rose Street House of Music
and FAR-West
Sunday, October 19, 7:30PM
Rose Street House of Music, 1839 Rose Street, Berkeley, 510-857-7562
$10-$20 suggested donation

“Rose Street House of Music, in collaboration with FAR-West presents Rise Up: A benefit concert to help families rise up from poverty to careers through community college education.

100% of the funds raised will help Laney College student-parents with emergency transportation to get to school, and/or to help with holiday food projects.
All are welcome. We ask that guests and artists refrain from wearing fragrances, to help keep the event accessible for those with chemical sensitivities.”

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
with author Cary Elwes
Tuesday, October 21, 6:00PM
Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 415-835-1020

“Cary Elwes in conversation with Kelly Anneken

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride, a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

Cary Elwes is an actor best known for his roles in The Princess Bride, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Quest for Camelot, and the Saw films.

Kelly Anneken is a standup comedian and co-host of the internationally popular Downton Abbey podcast Up Yours, Downstairs and official third chair of Game of Thrones recap Boars, Gore and Swords.  She is also artistic director for feminist sketch troupe Femikaze.”

Magnetizing Metaphor Into Matter
an Evening with Caroline Casey and Climbing PoeTree
Tuesday, October 21, 7:00-9:00PM
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-2323

“Caroline Casey: astrologer, political analyst, word-wizard, and host-creator of The Visionary Activist Show, running for 18 years on Pacifica Radio Network.

Climbing PoeTree: evolutionary arts duo touring social justice spoken word and award-winning hip hop theater nationally and internationally for 11 years.

These 3 dynamic women will mix their magic through spiraling poetic invocations and insightful astro-politico interpretations of our times.  They inspire a culture of reverent ingenuity and weave a guiding meta-story to summon the futures we desire!”

Traditional Wisdom for Modern Times
hosted by Circle of Ancestors
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30-8:30PM
East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-843-3699

“Circle of Ancestors is pleased to announce that Ilarion ‘Larry’ Merculieff, an Aleut (Unangan) elder from  Alaska will be joining us for an evening in the East Bay.  Larry was raised traditionally on the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.  His traditional name, Kuuyux, was given to him when he was 4 years old, and means ‘extension of ancient knowledge into modern times.’  He is a messenger of indigenous prophecy and wisdom.

Ilarion will talk about how ancient indigenous knowledge and practices not only hold the answers for our critical modern day issues like climate change and violence; but how this ancient knowledge can also help us to manage the conflict and stress of our everyday lives.

This event is a fundraiser for Circle of Ancestors to continue supporting ancestral knowledge and inviting elders and healers to our community.”

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
with author Cary Elwes
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00PM
Copperfield’s Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 707-762-0563
Free with book purchase

“Dread Pirate Roberts Day at Copperfield’s Books! Special Event with Cary Elwes

Break out your pirate garb to wear to the event to celebrate Dread Pirate Roberts Day! Event pass with purchase of the book in our Petaluma store.

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film.

Moderated by Greg Sestero, The Disaster Artist (another cult film actor and author).”

Periwinkle’s October Spooktacular
a night of queer horror shorts
Wednesday, October 22, 8:00PM
Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 415-824-3890

“Periwinkle’s October Spooktacular will be a night of queer horror shorts and a mystery feature that is sure to scare the pants right off you.

Curated by Gentry McShane.

Free popcorn and door prizes! Come in costume and receive a free horror movie poster!

Oh Hell No (Teaser): Directed by Jerry Lee
I Vant to Suck Your Cock: Directed by Hunx And His Punx
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun: Directed by Tyler Jensen
Revolving Door - Gio Black Peter Music Video: Directed by Bruce LaBruce
Tourist Trap: Directed by Skye Thorstenson
Morgies: Directed by Skye Thorstenson

Plus more special tricks and treats!

As always doors at 8:00PM, early seating at 7:45PM for queers with disabilities and/or BYOC (bring your own chair). $7-$10 (sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds!). Please refrain from wearing scents. The cinema is accessible by scooter and wheelchair but our bathrooms are not. There are accessible bathrooms half a block down at Mission Creek. We are 4 blocks from the BART (directions here). If you have any other accessibility concerns, please ask, and we invite feedback.”

Spirits On The Loch: A Lake County Time Adventure
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26
Austin Park, Austin Road at Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake
see website for registration details

“Steam will make its triumphant return to California’s Clear Lake the weekend of October 25-26 as the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce celebrates Spirits on the Loch; A Lake County Time Adventure in Austin Park. This family-friendly celebration is open to the public and will feature music, food, vendors and home-made steam-powered boats.

This affordable, interactive, educational family event will feature a kid’s area, food, highlight local wines, exhibit a multitude of activities and exhibits while a variety of bands fill the air with song. There will be a huge variety of ways participants can be involved with interactive displays, activities and vendors.  

Each day will also include two special events; The Eve Regale Masquerade Ball will be hosted Saturday night, and Sunday will see a fleet of miniature steamboats racing for the flag in the Spirits Regatta.

There will also be costume contests so participants can celebrate the imaginary realm of Steam Punk where time travelers have come to the future and recreated present-day technologies through Victorian era methods including steam power. This fictional genre is gaining great popularity, and this two-day lakeside celebration will highlight many aspects of this movement.

Spirits on the Loch: A Lake County Time Adventure is sponsored by The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, The Lions Club, Shady Acres Campground, Tatonkaland Trading, A&B Collision, Featherbed Railroad and a huge number of enthused volunteers.

A variety of genre-appropriate entertainers and vendors have already signed-on to participate including:

Matthew Gaulden of Rolling Ball Sculptures from Kelseyville, who is well known for making unique, hand-made, kinetic sculptures for over 10 years.  Mr. Gaulden will be creating a large scale, interactive, marble run machine with a steampunk theme special for Lake County.  

Mr. Nutty who illustrates the centuries old technique involving floating colors on a liquid medium to create beautiful flowing patterns.  The post-production use of marbled goods will be shown in hatbands, scarves, bandannas, vest and coat linings, as well as books and props.  

Michael Stewart of Quick Silver Mints who creates authentic, handmade medallions. Stewart’s custom dies and designed love coins, dog spirit collars, and other medallions are engineered from the first industrialized tool of Renaissance times.  

Red Couch Productions will bring Victorian Red Couch Paddlewheel craft and other antique-looking watercraft.  

Andy Graham of Slaparoo will perform and share both the Slaparoo and the new Noodle, ‘The Bass for Drummers’ is a fully-tunable Electric Percussion Stick which allows anyone with a sense of rhythm to tap out patterns and bass lines not possible on a traditional bass guitar or other instrument.  

Lake County’s very own Kinetic Sculpture Racer, Elliot Naess, will be displaying his Pear County Chopper.  His pedal-powered amphibious vehicles are well-known for racing along the West Coast; and now, a chopper!  

There will be entertainment throughout the event, including the original songs and sounds of Fred and Melissa featuring John Z as lead guitarist plus many more, and the special event Eve Regale Masquerade Ball dinner will have a feature artist.

With the history of steam power on Clear Lake and the enthusiasm for the Steam Punk genre, this event promises to be an exciting blend of old world reality and new world fantasy for present-day fun for all ages.

Clear Lake has a history of steam-powered craft as far back as the 1800s, and we're bringing back that history along with a little fictional magic to create a two-day celebration of fun, costumes, music, food, and so much more.

Whether you're a fan of this genre or just enjoy the beautiful clean air and ancient waters of Clear Lake you'll be guaranteed a good time with activities for visitors of all ages.”

Starting and Sustaining Intentional Communities
with Dave Henson and Adam Wolpert
Monday-Friday, October 27-31
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, 707-874-1557
$675 includes meals and lodging

“Do you dream of establishing a land-based intentional community or education center? This course is designed to help you actualize that dream.

Presentations and detailed hand-outs will cover topics such as visioning; how to find land and finance a purchase; the various legal forms available for holding land (limited liability company, corporation, land trust, etc.); organizing as a for-profit or a nonprofit; group decision-making process (meetings, agreements, facilitation, agenda management, conflict resolution); financial organization of your community; legal and insurance issues and costs; dealing with zoning and regulations; and long-term planning. We will also tour OAEC’s community and educational center, including our gardens, permaculture projects, natural buildings, and the community’s kitchen and food system.”

Have a Sustainably Mindful, Inconceivably Festive Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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