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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and a Special Announcement!

A message from Yeshe Rabbit:

Welcome to the beginning of a new era of CAYA Coven communications!

For nearly 8 years now, we have sent this list faithfully each week. Over the years it has grown to the point that it is amazing any of us have any time to sleep, given how busy we Bay Area Pagans are! This list has also grown beyond the immediate Bay Area to include events from other regions nearby as well. And now, this list is going to grow and change some more.

This is where we will be posting this list and even more events, starting at Samhain of this year. This is one step we are taking as we begin to apply to join the Pantheon Foundation as a member organization. This list has grown into an entire calendar of its own, and we will now be contributing all of our entries that you would normally see in this list to the new Pantheon Foundation calendar. We hope that other local, regional, and national organizations will also begin to contribute their events, and that this calendar will become a robust tool for the wider Pagan community.

This means that, starting soon, we will be mailing around a link to this calendar of events, along with a short list of our favorite events curated by our faithful calendar coordinator Molly Blue Dawn each week.

But wait, there's more!

Starting on JANUARY 1, 2015, we will no longer be hosting our weekly mailing at Yahoogroups. Instead, we are moving to a prettier, fancier new weekly newsletter format, with calendar events, a blog round-up, altar photos, and other magical features. This weekly mailing will be a great way to stay up-to-date with what is happening in CAYA as well as the wider Pagan community, just as this list has been for the past 8 years.

If you'd like to sign up to receive our new, improved CAYA Coven mailing list, including links to events from the Pantheon Foundation, blog article, recipes, spells, photos, and more, please sign up here: https://caya-coven.squarespace.com/contact


CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, Socktober, Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series, Traditional Wisdom for Modern Times, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Periwinkle’s October Spooktacular, Ego, New Moon WOMANifestation Circle for October, Designing Edible Food Forests, Mole Day, Partial Solar Eclipse, Samhain with San Francisco Pagan Society, The Empire Never Ended, Vegetables Sauces and Condiments, The Creative Art of Living Dying and Renewal, Freemasons the Bavarian Illuminati Satanists and Conspiracies, History Mystery Tour, Gardening Movie Night at Ploughshares Nursery, Insufficiency, Seven Wonders of the World: Kalassal Art Sale and Open House, The Woman In Black, Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante, Nouveau Devadasi Fusion Temple Dance Festival, Science and Nonduality Conference, Recipe: A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense, Bay Area Science Festival, Scaregrove, SuperNatural Halloween at the Academy of Sciences, Women’s Spiral Dance, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Goddess of the Month: Goddess, Witches Ball and Samhain Celebration, Ship of Spirits, Sharon and Winter Knight’s All Hallows Show at Serpent’s Kiss, Las Chicas de Esta Noche: Living La Vida Evicted, Lamps on Lilypads - A Dance for Peace in Celebration of Divali, Vintage Invasion, Little Shop of Horrors, Cob Oven Workshop!, Halloween Ghost Train, Voices from the Past, Fall Candle Light Tours at Ardenwood, Where History Meets Haunting at Rengstorff House, Flashlight Safari at Happy Hollow, Alameda Teen Haunted House, Halloween Train, The Addams Family Musical, Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black, REDWOLF, Halloween ComicFest, Halloween Costume Contest and Sidewalk Stroll, Gremlins, WildCare Family Adventures: Get to Know WildCare, Spooky Times at Deer Hollow Farm, Relieve and Restore Using Acupressure and Essential Oils, Holistic Support for Breast Cancer, Halloween at Howarth Park, Fruit Tree Pruning, A Family Celebration at Rengstorff House, Sail on the Alma, Top Secrets of Stress, Downtown Livermore Halloween Carnival, October Tea Tasting: Oolong Teas, Every Body Can Sing, Pumpkins on Pikes, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Luna Maris: Opening the Temple of Moon and Sea, Contemporary Art From Kazakhstan, Halloween Twilight Hike at Coyote Hills, Kali Puja Festival, Spirits and Shadows at History Park, Journey to the End of the Night SF 2014, Camp Fire at John Muir's House, North Bay Reclaiming’s Samhain and Annual Fundraiser, The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System, Gaskell Ball, South Bay Circles Samhain, Monsters Ball, 26th Annual Sea Music Concert Series, Spirits On The Loch: A Lake County Time Adventure, Boo at the Zoo, Jack O'Lantern Jamboree, Boat Building Workshop, All Hallows Fantasy Faire, The Tempest, Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular, Voodoo Pincushion, Shibori Techniques, Halloween Hoopla at Yerba Buena Gardens, Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead, Haunt the History Park, SoulCollage, Witches' Tea Party!, Tea and Tarot, A Shadowy Halloween Party at Gamble Garden, Lake Merritt Pagans, Journey for Peace: Benefit for Gaza, Spirit of Zimbabwe Mbira Concert, Nerd Nite East Bay #24: BAASICS: MONSTERS, Are We Alone in the Cosmos?, Starting and Sustaining Intentional Communities, Master Mask Artisan Sergio Boldrin at Castle in the Air, Herbs of the Ancestors, The Mountain Could not Remember Your Name, The Shaman Within, Odd Salon: Machine, Tea and Chanting Sangha, Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose, Georgian Harvest and Work Songs, Cabin In The Woods, A Murder Most Un-Scripted, Healing Foods Basics, Matriz Sagrada: Your Sacred Womb

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!”

throughout the month of October

“Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, SoulPancake and Kid President want 2 million people to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Series Moderated by Michael Bedar

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

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

Series Co-Sponsored and Supported by:

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

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

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).”

Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Wednesday, October 22, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations welcome
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

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

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

Upcoming dates:
November 22
December 21

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

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.”

a play by Carl Djerassi
Wednesday, October 22 and Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26,
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.”

New Moon WOMANifestation Circle for October
with Lasara Firefox
Thursday, October 23, 7:00PM
private home in Willits, address given upon registration

“Come together with a circle of your sisters this new moon, and play with some WOMANifestation techniques. :)

Gathering at 7:00PM, circle begins at 7:30PM PROMPT. Please be on time for the circle. Brief hang out and socialize sesh after circle.

We will set magickal manifestation intentions for the coming month in a sacred, activated, magickal container. Your goals may be financial, community building, personal care, project completion - or all of the above!

Finger food welcome, as well as drinks for after our circle if desired.

$15 donation requested - no one turned away for lack of funds. And larger donations will always be accepted. :)”

Designing Edible Food Forests
with Eric Toensmeier and Brock Dolman
Friday-Sunday, November 7-9
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, 707-874-1557
$495 includes meals and lodging

“Edible forest gardens mimic the structures and functions of natural ecosystems while producing food and other products, with an emphasis on low-maintenance perennial crops. Design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more. Come for a hands-on introduction to this fascinating and delicious approach to food production.”

Mole Day
Thursday, October 23, 6:02AM-6:02PM

“Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02AM to 6:02PM, Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an atomic mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. An atom of neon has an atomic mass of 20, therefore one mole of neon weighs 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.”

Partial Solar Eclipse
Thursday, October 23, 1:52PM-5:44PM, Greatest Eclipse 4:35PM
From behind appropriate protective lenses

“Watch the new moon take a bite out of the sun’s disk during the afternoon hours on October 23, 2014. Remember, it’s of the utmost importance to use proper eye protection when watching the partial eclipse of the sun, with or without an optical aid, so that you don’t risk serious eye injury or blindness.

You don’t need a telescope or an optical aid to view this eclipse, but you do need proper eye protection. Safely and inexpensively watch this partial eclipse with eclipse glasses, or make a simple pinhole projector to indirectly view the solar eclipse.”

Samhain with San Francisco Pagan Society
Thursday, October 23, 5:00PM
Noe Valley Courts, Douglass Street and Elizabeth Street, San Francisco

“Welcome Samhain; summer’s end, and the new year. The veil between the living and dead is the thinnest, and we give blessings to our ladies and lords of Summerland.

Our altar will be a pine cone, candle, and a bowl of candy. I will bring a flashlight. All meetups and holidays of this group are free, and this is an open circle. All paths of Pagan are welcome, including new-comers, and those who are more seasoned to the earth-based path.”

The Empire Never Ended
an Art Reception for Rin Ascher
Thursday, October 23, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

"The Empire Never Ended is the newest body of work by Rin Ascher. The show's focus is on the ancient relationships between plants, humans, and consciousness being the very fabric of the universe. The work's spectral figures inhabit a world somewhere beyond the stars or deep in the mind, populated by neon geometries.”

Vegetables, Sauces, and Condiments
with Rosie Ueng
Part Six of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, October 23, 6:00-9:00PM - final class
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Do you ever go to the farmers' market or Berkeley Bowl, see that fantastic array of fresh vegetables and wonder what to do with them? In this class we will steam, blanch, saute, roast, braise, and make salads from a whole variety of seasonal vegetables. Then learn how to make vinaigrettes, sauces, and condiments to go with your vegetables and meats.  Make your own mayonnaise, aioli, salsas, tapenade, gremolata, pesto, and ghee!

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.”

The Creative Art of Living, Dying, and Renewal
with Kaleo and Elise Ching
Thursday, October 23, 7:00-8:30PM
SAGRADA Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-7196

“The Creative Art of Living, Dying, and Renewal: Your Journey through Stories, Qigong Meditation, Journaling, and Art

Through Qigong practices, hypnotherapy and guided imagery, journaling, and art for transformation, this book invites the reader to contemplate the continuum of living, dying, and renewal within this life and beyond. Drawing on their 23 years of teaching processes for personal transformation, as well as their experience as artists, massage/acupressure therapists, hypnotherapists, and Qigong practitioners, Elise and Kaleo have witnessed many others on their personal journeys of dying, transformation, and rebirth - facing terminal illness or loss of a loved one, letting go of old lifestyles and embracing new, connecting with past lives and future dreams. These stories and experiences come together in this book to engage the reader on his or her own body/mind/spirit journey.

Book celebration and signing.  Gentle Qiqong for Sacred Awareness.  Hawaiian Blessing by Pili.”

Freemasons, the Bavarian Illuminati, Satanists, and Conspiracies
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Thursday, October 23, 7:00PM
Hobee's Restaurant, 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

“Masons and Bavarians and Conspirators, O My!

For years we've been hearing conspiracy theories involving the Freemasons - that they're Satanists, that they secretly control the world through various shadowy front groups, that they're the Bavarian Illuminati in disguise… you name the wild story, and somebody has told it about the Freemasons.

Who are the Freemasons? Who are the Bavarian Illuminati? And what do they have to do with politics, a New World Order, and conspiracies? Come learn about the Freemasons' important place in the history of mysticism - and the history of the world - what's fact, what's fantasy, and what's uncertain.

One dollar donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.

We'll be in the back room.”

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Thursday, October 23, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

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

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

Upcoming dates:
Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015

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

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

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

***To post on 10/15/14 (through 10/22/14)***

New Moon Solar Eclipse Council
with Caroline Casey of Coyote Network News
Thursday, October 23, 7:30PM
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael, 415-457-4191
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“In cahoots with flora and fauna, let us cultivate, animate, magnetize and spiral forth into the memosphere the irresistible invitational guiding narrative.

Mytho-politico astrologer trickster Caroline Casey cavorts with fellow wordsmiths/musicians Climbing PoeTree’s Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman.

Solar Eclipse - Venus in the Underworld New Moon Council
Caroline W Casey finishes her Birthday Magnetizing Metaphors into Matter Tour, at Open Secret. with full on animation of the extraordinary portent of today's mytho*astro*politico guiding meta-story which is woofing before us like a beguiling Coyote Divinity, ‘Woof-woof-wanna-play?’ Dangerous in a good way (say the quintiles betwixt the eclipse, Pluto and Jupiter; Mercury and Mars.

Creative Genius is available to willing accomplices.

Venus is (exactly aligned with the Sun and Moon) at the heart of the Underworld, gathering Woof for the next stage of culture, providing navigational guidance through the sizzle of positive sorcery, provides the dance steps whereby we may once again join the choreography of creation.

Welcome Allies to the Realm of Trickster Medicine: Pragmatic Mysticism, Democratic Animism, Applied Divination, and a willingness to co-operate with everything.
Nature reminds us that some seeds only sprout after cataclysm, flood, fire, ordeal. By analogy some parts of us only come alive at a time of Dire Beauty.

This Trickster within loves ‘against all odds,’ - so now is… perfect.

Caroline W. Casey is willing to cahoot with all contributing to the emergent culture of reverent ingenuity and reciprocal blessing!

Through her weekly radio show on KPFA, The Visionary Activist Show, Astrological Readings and Trickster Training Council, Caroline proffers personal and collective guidance whereby to effectively engage with forces currently active in the memosphere, that we may be ever more effective players on the team of creation at this time of Dire Beauty.

Our primary dedication:
moving our emotional default setting to ‘Woof-Woof Wanna Play?!’

(Because as ally B'er Grimes quips: ‘If we're not having fun, we're just not serious enough!’)”

***To post on 10/15/14 (through 10/22/14)***

The Fluid Body: New Poems by Claire Drucker
Thursday, October 23, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871
suggested donation $5

“Claire normally keeps her work close to home, but with this first collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press, Claire gives readers a glimpse into the personal, sometimes playful, always poignant experience of being a dancer, mother, twin, lesbian, lover of nature, and how all these places are felt through the changing mysteries of the body. These poems shape the visceral musicality of language and emotion into universal felt experience, and leave a resonant echo long after the poems end.

Claire Drucker has published poems in numerous journals, such as Phoebe, Controlled Burn, Diner, Epiphany, Puerto del Sol, Eclipse and the Women's Artist Datebook. Her first chapbook, Vortex, was published in 2008. Claire is a longtime English instructor at Santa Rosa Junior.”

Gardening Movie Night at Ploughshares Nursery  
Thursday, October 23, 8:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“It’s Gardening Movie Night at Ploughshares Nursery.  Join our staff for an hour of fun and fact filled video from Dave Wilson Nursery.  For our first Movie Night, it's all about fruit trees, and I guarantee you will leave with a belly full of popcorn and itchy fingers for your shovel and pruners.  This is a FREE event. Call Jeff Bridge at 510-755-1102 or email him at jbridge@apcollaborative.org if you have questions.”

a play by Carl Djerassi
Thursday-Friday, October 23-24,
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.”

Seven Wonders of the World: Kalassal Art Sale and Open House
Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25,
Thursday 6:00-9:00PM, Friday 12:00-8:00PM, Saturday 12:00-5:30PM
Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 510-841-7000

“Come on down to Kalassal - a once a year half-off art sale/fundraiser and Open House in the Kala Gallery.

Thursday, October 23, 6:00-9:00PM: Opening Party
music by Five Cent Coffee: http://www.5centcoffee.com

Friday, October 24, 12:00-8:00PM: Open House and Art Sale
Half off regular art prices!

Saturday, October 25, 12:00-5:30PM: Open House and Art Sale
1:00-3:00PM: Family Art-Making Day
Join Kala artists Scout Sheys and Sara Lankutis to create unique hand-printed images using a non-toxic relief printing process. Make multiples of your fantastic creation to keep or add to Kala’s Wonders of the World Curiosity Cabinet! All ages welcome for this free drop in event!”

The Woman In Black
presented by Electric Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25,
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM
playing through November 8
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael

“The Woman In Black by Susan Hill (1983), adapted by Stephen Mallatratt.   The production opened in London's West End in 1989 and is still being performed there, becoming the second longest-running non-musical play in the history of the West End.
The story follows Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, as he journeys to the small town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, Mrs Alice Drablow. There, he sees a young woman, dressed all in black, standing in the churchyard.
Arthur goes to the client's house, Eel Marsh, to work through Mrs Drablow's papers, and ultimately discovers the dreadful secret of the Woman in Black - at his own terrible cost.
Enjoy the Halloween season as never before with this gripping tale designed to thrill the whole family.”

Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25, 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!

Nouveau Devadasi Fusion Temple Dance Festival
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26,
see website for detailed schedule
Danzhaus Dance Center, 1275 Connecticut Street, San Francisco
$490 before September 1, $540 after

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Entanglement of Life

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

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

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

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

Recipe: A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense
presented by Central Works
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26,
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!”

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

“Unleash Your Inner Scientist

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

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

Friday, October 24, 3:00-9:00PM
Stern Grove, 2750 19th Avenue, San Francisco

“Join us for a family friendly Halloween themed event at Stern Grove. A Haunted House, Carnival Rides, Inflatables, Hay Rides, Art and Entertainment are all part of this ghoulishly special event.”

SuperNatural Halloween at the Academy of Sciences
Friday, October 24, 6:30-9:00PM
California Academy of Sciences,  55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, 415-379-8000
Adults $50, Children $35

“Grab your costume and have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy at night, among spooky skulls and spine-tingling specimens!

Come enjoy!

Trick-or-Treating, Dancing, Face Painting, Magic Shows, Scientists and Specimens, Live Animal Shows, Giant Pumpkin Carving, Crafts, Photo Booths, Food and Drink

Proceeds support Academy programs including school field trips for 150,000 students annually.”

Women’s Spiral Dance
Honoring the Ancestors and the Crones
with Daughters of the Goddess
Friday, October 24, Marketplace opens at 6:30PM, Ritual begins at 7:30PM
Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda
This Event is for Cisgender Women
Adults $29, Teens 14-19 $5, Girls 13 and under Free

“Craftswomen, Drumming, Chanting, Dancing in Community and Sisterhood.

Bring your drums, rattles, and a picture of an Ancestor for the Ancestor Altar.

For more information call 925-787-9739 or 925-787-9247 or e-mail Leilani at Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, October 24, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

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

Goddess of the Month: Goddess
with Phoenix LeFae
Friday, October 24, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Women only

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

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

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

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

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

Witches Ball and Samhain Celebration
presented by the Sonoma County Pagan Network
Friday, October 24, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5-$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“For 11 years, it has been our privilege to hold our annual Witches' Ball and Samhain Celebration for the Pagan community of Sonoma County. Once again we invite you to come and celebrate and feast with us.

The doors open at 7:00PM. Costume or ritual garb is encouraged.

This years evenings festivities include:

Ceremony and Ritual - Our Samhain ritual will be facilitated by members of the SCPN.

Dinner with the Dead
Samhain is not only a time to honor our dead, but we also mark the New Year and celebrate our abundant harvest. Let's enjoy a bountiful meal together in the midst of our dearly departed. Why not make one of Nonna's favorite recipes? We ask that you bring a potluck dish to share that serves 4-6 people and/or a non-alcoholic brew. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$10 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Ship of Spirits
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, October 24, 7:00PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
$45, must book in advance at the website below

“Paranormal Lecture 7:00-8:30PM
Special visual presentation followed by Q and A

Special Guest Speaker
Radio Host and Paranormal Investigator Spencer Hughes of The Spencer Hughes Show

Spencer Hughes was born and raised in San Francisco. Although his early passions were radio and photography, he found himself interested in the unexplained at an early age.

The haunting of his home propelled him to become a paranormal investigator as a hobby. He does everything he can to try to understand the spirit world and the interactions between the living and the so-called dead. Spencer has investigated the USS Hornet on several occasions.

This year, the USS Hornet Museum welcomes aboard two paranormal teams, Alameda Paranormal Researches and Pacific Coast Spirit Watch, to share their Haunted Hornet Evidence.

Alameda Paranormal Researchers is the official paranormal team of the USS Hornet and have conducted countless investigations onboard the historic aircraft carrier. Headquartered in Alameda, APR is an organization committed to finding answers to questions on the paranormal.

Based in Sacramento, Pacific Coast Spirit Watch is another California team that has also investigated the ship numerous times and assists with Hornet’s History Mystery Tours. The group was formed in January 2012 and started out as a few friends but has grown into a team of 11 enthusiasts.

Paranormal Hot Spot Tour  9:00PM-Midnight
Following the lecture session, a flashlight tour will be taken of areas reported to be home to spirits that never left the ship (as well as areas not yet open to the general public).

Special Guest Natalie Owen
Founder of Psychic Paranormal Research Investigations

Natalie Owen will be conducting seances during the Ship of Spirits tour. Since the age of five, she has possessed unique psychic abilities. She is a psychic medium and can communicate with the dead from the spirit world.

In addition, Natalie is also a psychic paranormal/UFO investigator. She is fascinated by the world of ghosts and hauntings, strange creatures, psychic phenomena, lost worlds, other dimensions, and the unexplained.

Ghost Tour Guide tickets will be issued - do not lose yours as this is your confirmation number.

Please bring a flashlight. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes and also bring a light jacket.

Ages 17 and Under must be accompanied by a paying Adult.”

Sharon and Winter Knight’s All Hallows Show at Serpent’s Kiss
Friday, October 24, 7:30-10:30PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 North Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
$45 for concert and Saturday’s workshop combined

“Sharon and Winter are back at Serpent’s Kiss after a 5 month tour spanning the US and Germany.

Combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling which has inspired their own Celtic-hybrid style, Neofolk Romantique. Their sound? ‘Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.’

For this Samhain season show, they draw from their witchiest collection of songs to weave a spell of mystery and enchantment over all who attend. Well known for their ability to evoke an otherworldly feel with their music, this evening will surely be a good way to touch the magic of Hallows while doing something a little different.

This intimate gathering beneath a Dark Moon will be a concert with a ritual feel. Wear your blackest finery, and prepare to step between worlds.”

Las Chicas de Esta Noche: Living La Vida Evicted
presented by Brava! for Women in the Arts
Friday, October 24, 8:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-641-7657
see website for ticket details

“Las Chicas tell the story of working at the historical and noted Esta Noche Club which resided at 16th Street in the Mission District for 34 years. After Esta Noche’s forced eviction, these talented bilingual chicas find themselves by themselves.  Telling the lead story with song and dance is Lulu Ramirez, who demonstrates how bilingual drag shows are twice as much fun. Also on the marquee is Persia. Known for surprising the audience, Persia stands with platforms at seven feet tall. Hip and beautiful, Persia  can be seen on Youtube in her video ‘Google, Google, Apps, Apps’, which deals with evictions and technology.  And also joining us is the talented Mitzy Lee, who now performs at the notorious Tenampa Bar in San Leandro - take it from us, she is one funny drag queen.  Rounding up the show is Vicky Jimenez, who mesmerizes audiences by doing a reverse drag show from a woman to a man in transition. This show originated from producer Rene Yanez and performed for the Friday Night Series, July 2014  at DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, where a  600 person audience gave Las Chicas a standing ovation.
Please join us October 24 for a Spanglish drag extravaganza that deals with displacement, in a designer dress with high heels and a lot of soul.

Lulu Ramirez started dressing in drag for fun 15 years ago, which led to her 7 year career as the sassy, sexy, bilingual ringleader behind Esta Noche’s Friday and Saturday night drag shows. Lulu is one of San Francisco’s best loved drag queens and she is in demand all over the Bay Area at Oakland’s Bench and Bar, Club 21, The Cafe, Mezannine, Blancoire and numerous charity functions.

Persia was born from the burgeoning creative mind of a child in South Central Los Angeles. With degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the San Francisco Art Institute in one hand, and a few pairs of heels in the other, she set out to conquer and revolutionize the drag community. Persia began performing weekly at Esta Noche, the recently closed Latino gay bar in San Francisco. Whilst performing at events around the Bay Area, in Los Angeles, and Mexico - including a few quinceaneras - Persia has also curated art shows, done stand-up, appeared on a few television shows, modeled, and has represented SFMOMA by transforming into Matisse’s Woman with a Hat.

Vicky Jimenez says she was ‘born’ at Esta Noche 5 years ago. Since then she became one of the club's favorite chicas and the star of Esta Noche’s weekly Sunday night spectacular.  Vicky can now can be seen in the Bay Area at Club Malibu and Club OMG. She is proud to 100% Latina!”

Lamps on Lilypads - A Dance for Peace in Celebration of Divali
with Jaysi
Friday, October 24, 8:30PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-508-3492
$10-$15 sliding scale

“This Divali, I would like to once again share with you my personal call for peace on the planet. I created Lamps on Lilypads a decade ago when the USA was considering invading Iraq. Now the US is supporting the Israeli war on Gaza and re-bombing Iraq. I cannot sit silently. There has to be a better way, including prevention. My inner minister insists I speak now or forever know no peace. I will continue to dance this piece until we have peace in the world. Please join me on the evening of October 24 at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley as I say my prayers with my body, voice, and heart through dance, music, story, poetry, and song. Happy Divali. May Peace Prevail in All the Worlds.

Jaysi was born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Plover, Wisconsin, the town with love in its heart, the home of Plover Potatoes. She took her first ballet class at the age of two and has been dancing ever since. Besides the usual childhood ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics, she has had extensive training in classical Indian dance and contemporary dance. She studied bharatnatyam with Shrimati Hema Rajgopalan for ten years and kathak with Pandit Chitresh Das for ten years. She also has been training in contemporary dance for over two decades and contact improvisation for several years. In the past couple years she has added tap, tango, and flamenco to her regimen. Lately she has been recognized as an emerging choreographer in the Bay Area. Internationally, she had the honor of performing at the Nehru Centre in London in 2010 and opening the Festival of the Arts for Non-violence and Tolerance 2011 at the prestigious Darpana Theater in Ahmedabad.”

Vintage Invasion
Friday, October 24, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley

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

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

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

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

Little Shop of Horrors
Friday, October 24, 10:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, 510-658-7900

“Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper.

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 Mic Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays, and First Fridays.

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween Ghost Train
Friday-Saturday, October 24-25, trains departing at 6:15PM, 6:30PM, and 8:00PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
Free admission, see website for Steam Train tickets

“MWHAHAHA! Do you dare enter the wood of the Headless Horseman?

Sleepy Hollow has overtaken Roaring Camp and a headless spirit haunts the mist. Can Ichabod run faster than the Headless Horseman's beast? Can youuuu?

Ride the Ghost Train and see how Ichabod fares as Roaring Camp re-enacts the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in our haunted forest. Trick or Treating, a haunted house and games add to the Halloween fun for all ages.”

Voices from the Past:
Paranormal Investigations at Meek Mansion and McConaghy House
Friday-Saturday, October 24-25, 6:30PM-3:30AM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward
and McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard
$75 per night, $100 for both nights
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  
For more information or to make reservations, please call Heather at 510-581-2516

“Each night includes an hour-long tour, a presentation of previous findings by the American Paranormal Research Association, and a chance to investigate for yourself.  Refreshments will be included both nights.  Dinner is provided on Friday night. Proceeds support the ongoing restoration at both properties.”

Fall Candle Light Tours at Ardenwood
Friday and Saturday, October 24-25, 7:00-8:30PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$7 in advance, $8 at the door

“Strange things are happening at the Patterson House… come and see for yourself on these special tours. Lit by only the light of candles and kerosene lanterns our docents will take you on an eerie tour of the house as it appeared in the late 1800s. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.”

Where History Meets Haunting at Rengstorff House
Friday- Saturday, October 24-25, 7:00-10:00PM,
Tours leave every 20 minutes
The Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
$10 in advance
for more information, call 650-903-6392 or e-mail friends@r-house.org

“Join the Friends of ‘R’ House as we present our annual Halloween event.  Once again, the Rengstorff House is home to the eerie, odd and dark side of the 19th century.  When the moon comes up, enter if you dare. Living historians and costumed docents create a bone chilling and unforgettable, interactive haunted house experience, once you cross the Rengstorff House threshold.

Tour space is limited, so it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance.

Not recommended for children under eight.”

Flashlight Safari at Happy Hollow
Friday-Saturday, October 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.”

Alameda Teen Haunted House
presented by Alameda Teens
Friday-Sunday, October 24-26,
Friday 5:00-9:00PM, Saturday 3:00-8:00PM, Sunday 3:00-7:00PM
South Shore Center, Park Street and Otis Drive, Alameda
Ages 5-17 $5, Age 18 and up $7, additional donations accepted

“Proceeds raised will benefit the Alameda Youth Committee.”

Halloween Train
at the Ardenwood Railroad Museum
presented by Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources
Friday-Sunday, October 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 24-26,
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through November 2
Martinez Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward Street, Martinez
(site plays video automatically) http://www.bayareastage.org/addams_promo_video_pop.html

“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 24-26 - final week
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM,
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 24-26,
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.

There will also be special post-show conversations after the final three Saturday matinees, if you want to dig deeper into the ideas and themes behind the production. These will take place directly after the performance, and are included in the price of the ticket.

Saturday October 25: The Paved and the Wild: Ordering Chaos in Public Spaces
Saturday November 1: The Wilderness of Sex: The Perilous Journey through Female Adolescence
Saturday November 8: Predator and Prey: In Bed with Red Riding Hood

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.”

Halloween ComicFest
Saturday, October 25
your local comic book store - see website for participating shops in your area

“Celebrate Halloween at Comic Book Shops!
Your local comic book specialty shop is a great destination for the latest Halloween and horror pop-culture products and merchandise: from comics and graphic novels to costumes, toys and more! Plus, each shop has great Halloween events planned, so make sure you find your closest destination and come in and see what haunts your local comic book shop!”

Halloween Costume Contest and Sidewalk Stroll
Saturday, October 25, 10:00AM
City Park, 1st Street and Military W, Benicia

“Benicia Main Street offers a great time for kids of all ages during the popular Halloween costume contest and sidewalk stroll. The local merchants on First Street get into the spirit of the holiday for all to shop and enjoy. At noon there will be a Canine and Critter Costume Contest on the First Street Green with awards and treats.”

part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, October 25, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. This story was continued with a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. Unlike the lighter sequel, the original Gremlins opts for more black comedy, which is balanced against a Christmas-time setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.

Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus. The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character. Gremlins was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. However, the film was also heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences. In response to this and to similar complaints about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) alter its rating system, which it did within two months of the film's release.”

WildCare Family Adventures: Get to Know WildCare
Saturday, October 25, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Gerstle Park, San Rafael Avenue between Clark and Marin Streets, San Rafael

“Enjoy a day of discovery and learning out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings with the objective of deepening our commitment to taking care of our planet.

To achieve this, WildCare’s Family Adventures groups will be visiting some sites that work to preserve wildlife and our natural environment. Whenever possible, family nature hikes will be incorporated into each adventure to enjoy the local flora and fauna.  

These programs are in English and Spanish, and free to the public. WildCare strongly encourages carpooling. Contact Marco by calling 415-453-1000 xt17 or marco@wildcarebayarea.org for more information or to reserve space on our free shuttle service from the Canal area of San Rafael.

Enjoy a short hike in nearby Gerstle Park, where we may spot red-shouldered hawks and dusky-footed woodrat nests. Following will be a tour of WildCare, where you will meet our non-releasable ambassador animals in our courtyard and museum, and learn why they are there. You will learn about our hospital and how you can help to keep our wildlife safe.

Directions to Gerstle Park: From 101 take 3rd Street; left on D Street; right on Rafael. Meet at the entrance to Gerstle Park on Rafael between Clark and Marin Streets.”

Spooky Times at Deer Hollow Farm
Saturday, October 25, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Deer Hollow Farm in Rancho San Antonio County Park, Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos
$7 (in costume $5)

“Grab your costumes and cameras and head for Deer Holloween Farm on Saturday, October 25, 2014 between 10:00AM-3:00PM.

Have fun following the story of Suzie Scarecrow as you visit animals in their pens, play games, follow the maze, walk among the ghosts, create crafts, explore the garden, and pose for pictures.

This fundraiser, put on by Farm staff, raises money for animal feed and care.”

Relieve and Restore Using Acupressure and Essential Oils
with Joseph Carter, L. Ac.
Saturday, October 25, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Berkeley Sauna's Massage Studio, 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
$125 includes materials
For more information or to register, please call 510-524-4151 or email acudude@icloud.com

“Relieve and Restore...
Self, Others, Planet...
Using Acupressure and Essential Oils

All Welcome!

Raise the Ease and Effectiveness of Your Self-Care
Extend the Reach and Healing Power of Your Essential Oils Practice

Learn Simple, Safe and Highly Effective Tools to:
Relieve Tension, Pain, Anxiety
Restore Ease, Comfort, Calm

Basic Materials and Class Handouts are included in class fee of $125

Buddies Rate - 2 register and pay in same transaction = class fee $99 each!

Class size is limited to 16 students.”

Holistic Support for Breast Cancer
with Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born
Saturday, October 25, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
Free - space is limited

“Join Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born for a discussion on how a holistic approach may be beneficial for breast cancer.  All are welcome!  

Julie will also provide a therapeutic treat during the talk.  Helpful handouts will be given.  

Snag your seat early (limited to 15 people).

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

Halloween at Howarth Park
Saturday, October 25, 11:30AM-1:00PM or 1:30-3:00PM
Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa
$6 Pass: includes trick-or-treating, train and carousel ride.
$10 Pass: includes same as above plus pony ride and ice cream treat

“Join us for the 9th annual Halloween at Howarth! Dress in your best costume and come trick-or-treat throughout one of Santa Rosa's most popular parks! Plus, hop on Howarth Park's train and carousel with your costumed friends and catch a pony ride too!

Children ages 12 and under will trick-or-treat through the park at treat stations hosted by local Santa Rosa businesses and organizations and can then enjoy Howarth Park's many other attractions. In the event of rainy weather, call 707-543-3425 the morning of the event for a status update.

$6 Pass: includes trick-or-treating, train and carousel ride.
$10 Pass: includes same as above plus pony ride and ice cream treat
Passes include one adult rider to accompany child on the train and carousel. Additional adult riders will need to purchase a ticket ($2) per ride.

How to Purchase Event Passes
Passes go on sale Monday, October 6 and may be purchased at Finley Community Center (2060 West College Avenue) or through our Online Registration. It is highly anticipated that this event will sell out, so don't delay on securing your pass!

Additional Questions
Email howarthpark@srcity.org or call 707-543-3737.”

Fruit Tree Pruning
with Jeremy Watts
Saturday, October 25, 12:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Increase the production, appearance, and overall health of fruit trees with dormant-season pruning. Learn how and when to prune your trees for maximum food production, as well as the basics of water-retention, pest management and tool maintenance.  Join Jeremy Watts, Edible Gardener at Ploughshares Nursery for this FREE workshop.”

A Family Celebration at Rengstorff House
Saturday, October 25, 12:00-4:00PM
The Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
for more information, call 650-903-6392 or e-mail friends@r-house.org

“A Halloween celebration for all ages; with a costume parade at 2:00PM, seasonal crafts, lawn games and trick or treating in the rooms of  the ‘haunted’  Rengstorff House.”

Sail on the Alma
Saturday, October 25, boarding at 12:30PM, returning to Hyde Street Pier at 4:00PM
board at Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
Adults $40, Seniors 62 and over $30, Children 6-15 $20, Ages 5 and under Free
pre-registration recommended

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

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

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

Top Secrets of Stress
with Catherine Walters
Saturday, October 25, 1:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“Three Top Secrets to manage stress, negativity, and chaos and experience more peace and prosperity.

Do you feel overwhelmed and drained by what’s happening to your life? Uncomfortable in crowds or conflicts? Frustrated when stress related conditions increase? This class will help you understand if you are energy sensitive and how that impacts your life. Discover a system to overcome overwhelm; Learn simple ways to de-stress your life so you can experience more peace and purpose.”

Downtown Livermore Halloween Carnival
Saturday, October 25, 1:00-5:00PM
Historic Downtown Livermore, McLeod Street between First and Second Street, Livermore

“Join us for the 6th Annual Downtown Halloween Carnival!

Activities for families with children in the 5th grade and younger! Kids will enjoy the Costume Contest, Carnival Games, Activities and some Surprise Entertainment!

Mcleod Street between First and Second Street will be transformed into a Fall Harvest Arts and Crafts Fair!”

October Tea Tasting: Oolong Teas
Saturday, October 25, 2:00PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871

“Oolong teas are some of the most varied and exciting teas in the Chinese repertoire. They range from the cool, pale, green Baozhong (the famous Qing Cha) to the seductive spiciness and smokiness of a lightly roasted Tieguanyin. By fostering an introspective and contemplative mood, these teas help us harmonize with and appreciate the qi of the autumn season. We will also sample Anhui Yellow tea, a particularly delicate and refined tea. Please join us.”

Every Body Can Sing
a three month workshop series
with Karma Raines
Saturday, October 25, 2:00-4:00PM,
and one more date, November 23
Harmony Studio, 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-647-8147
$25 per session

“This workshop series will help you find a new connection to your voice!

You will learn about the physical foundations of singing using anatomy, movement, breath, vocal exploration, resonance and sounds. If you've been afraid to sing or 'not liked' your voice in the past, you will see that it's simply a learned physical task, and if you've sung for years you will learn something new about your voice.

You can sign up for one class or the whole series.  WARNING: It will be fun...
I hope you can make it!

Karma Raines”

Pumpkins on Pikes
Saturday, October 25, 2:00-10:00PM
Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I Street, Petaluma, 707-765-1202
$15 includes a pumpkin

“Pumpkins on Pikes is one of those very special events where magic is created and experienced by all who attend.

The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attended.

FREE pumpkin included with admission.

$10 BBQ plate will be available for dinner.

Bring your favorite plate of food if you would like to take part in the potluck.

Special carving tools
Blanket (if staying after dark)
Favorite plate of food (If participating in potluck)”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, October 25, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

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

Luna Maris: Opening the Temple of Moon and Sea
with Sharon and Winter Knight
Saturday, October 25, 4:00-7:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 North Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
$35, RSVP to 831-423-5477
$45 for Friday’s concert and workshop combined

“In this dark moon workshop, we will explore the theme of The Birdcage and the Bird, the idea that our symbols and personifications for natural forces are not the forces themselves, but the birdcage we create to entice the bird, the spirit itself. We will create, with voice and drum, symbol and sound, a Temple to invite the tidal currents of the sea at dark moon, a presence I call Luna Maris. Through Luna Maris, we will explore our own changing tides as we turn inward for the winter months. Remembering that the birdcage is not the bird, we can recreate our symbolism with fresh eyes, helping to reinvigorate a stale practice with insight and inspiration.

Bring your journal and a drum or shaker. $35 ($25 if you are attending the concert on Friday).”

Contemporary Art From Kazakhstan
with Katya Nikonorova
Saturday, October 25, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“A Kazakhstani artist Katya Nikonorova, an artist in residence through the Arts Link Fellowship program and the California College of Arts, will present the work of a wide variety of artists from Kazakhstan. This presentation will include internationally known artists as well as members of the vibrant, young and up-and-coming Kazakh art community. Nikonorova will address the conceptual and aesthetic development of Kazakh contemporary art through their work and speak about the trends and themes that are most relevant to the artists working in Central Asia.
Katya Nikonorova was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1981. She received her degree in Architecture and Urban Planning at Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Since 2000, Nikonorova has focused on a contemporary fine arts practice. She has participated in exhibitions, seminars and workshops internationally including exhibitions in Almaty, Bishkek, Moscow, London, Paris, Turin and Singapore. Her work frequently addresses the topic of architecture, land and urban planning. Nikonorova's most recent works explore questions around spirituality and mysticism. Since 2012, she has held her own biennale, entitled "Biennale of Katya Nikonorova" in Almaty. She will present her second biennale during her Arts Link Fellowship in San Francisco.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Halloween Twilight Hike at Coyote Hills
Saturday, October 25, 5:30-8:30PM
Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
$4, Ages 5 and up

“Spend a SPOOKtacular evening as we hike the hills looking for hobgoblins, witches and ghosts during sunset. Find out the ancient origins and modern traditions of Halloween. Don your costume to seek out wandering souls along the trail. Return for treats and a campfire story. Parent Participation Required. Parking fees apply where charged. Registration required.

Bring a flashlight. We will have a plastic tarp to sit on for the campfire story, but if you prefer your own blanket to sit on or a low lawn chair, please bring it. Dress for the weather, especially the cool (or cold) temperature after the sun goes down. Also wear clothing that will protect you from the wind, if it picks up. Wear a Halloween costume (optional). There will be treats after the hike.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spirits and Shadows at History Park
Co-sponsored by the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild
Saturday, October 25, 6:00-11:00PM
History Park, 1650 Senter Road (Entrance at 635 Phelan Avenue), San Jose
$35 in advance, $40 at the door

“We invite you to join us for a wonderfully spooky evening at History Park. Join the mad scientists, Victorians, Steampunk time travelers, grave diggers, ghosts, ghouls, and vampires as we wander through the park where the veil between this life and the next is stretched thin for an adult-only evening of dance and fun!

Bangers and Mash will provide live music beneath our Electric Light Tower for the evening ball.

Come dressed to the nines - the Ball will culminate in a costume contest. Enjoy tours of ‘haunted’ homes in the park.

Food, drinks, and adult beverages will be available for purchase at O’Brien’s Candy Parlor. Parking is included in the ticket price.

A professional photographer on site will capture you in your finest attire!”

Journey to the End of the Night SF 2014
Saturday, October 25, 6:00PM-Midnight
meet at Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin (behind UN Plaza), San Francisco
Free, registration required

“Scenario: Eastern San Francisco is under imminent threat of cataclysmic flooding, and is being forcibly cleared of inhabitants - including you! A utopian high rise, Plymouth Arcology, has just been completed atop Mt. Sutro, and a limited number of BMR living units are being made available at 7:00PM on October 25. Applicants must have their paperwork certified by six local offices. Because of unrest caused by the mass displacement, applicants are urged to be cautious while completing their applications...

The eighth edition of Journey to the End of the Night returns to the shadowy cityscape of San Francisco as part of the Come Out and Play festival. Last year, 2,000 participants helped take over city streets in the name of play, and this year players will once more dash down hidden alleys, encounter mysterious strangers, and change how they experience the city.

Journey to the End of the Night is a free street game played across cities around the world, spreading from San Francisco to Chicago, Washington, DC, Milan, Berlin, Mexico City, Christchurch, and beyond. Players sporting colored ribbons will race through a series of nonlinear checkpoints scattered throughout the city, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Those who survive will be praised and feted at the end party. Those who fall will become chasers themselves, rising in undeath to pursue the remaining runners. This year, runners will have the freedom to shape their journey by visiting checkpoints in any order.

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there. No bicycles, no skates, no cars, no taxis. You may only travel on foot or by public transportation. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring water. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers and best chasers.

IMPORTANT: This game will have a maximum attendance of 3,000. Online pre-registration is required, but it does not guarantee entry. Entry will be first-come, first-served, and anyone without a printed and signed waiver will not be able to participate. (If you have not yet registered online and received your waiver, use the link below.) We will start handing out materials by 6:00PM at Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin (behind UN Plaza), and the game begins at 7:00PM, so arrive early to guarantee your participation!”

Thanks to Foxfire Kells for letting me know about this event!

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

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

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

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

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

North Bay Reclaiming’s Samhain and Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, October 25, 7:00PM
Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $10-$30, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“Intention: Standing in the darkness with our beloved dead we grieve, we celebrate, and we remember.

As the wheel of the year turns once again, we are excited to share the sacred ritual of Samhain with our community.

Each event is uniquely crafted by our members.
This includes each of you!

Your contributions are vital to the rich community we have assembled. We are honored by your generosity and willingness to support our gatherings by the personal touches you bring -- flowers, food, friends and family.

As our spiritual community expands, our need for your financial support also increases. We are asking for your thoughtful donations to help us cover the site rental, costs for supplies and insurance, and special items for our shared experience - scholarships, training fees, meeting supplies - to name a few.

Reclaiming respects healthy relationships with traditional medicines, but out of respect for those in recovery, all Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober - so please, no recreational drugs or alcohol at or prior to the event.”

The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
with Dr. Andrew Fraknoi
Saturday, October 25, 7:00PM
Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Rock Springs Trail at E Ridgecrest Boulevard, San Rafael

“Where will Bill Gates' great-granddaughter go on her honeymoon? Using spectacular space photos, we will explore the most intriguing future tourist destinations among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Co-produced with Wonderfest, part of the Bay Area Science Festival.”

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, October 25, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.

We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
December 13, 2014"

South Bay Circles Samhain
Saturday, October 25, 7:30PM
Palo Alto Unitarian-Universalist Church, 505 E Charleston Road, Palo Alto
$10 suggested donation

“The Veil is very thin. Let's go to visit it, shall we? It's a very Witchy Samhain Ritual and a journey to the Summerlands to reunite with the souls of our beloved dead. Ritual presented by Jason and Ari Mankey and the Oak Court through South Bay Circles. If you wish (and it's encouraged), bring a copy of a picture of a loved one (or some other reminder) who has passed on. We will be creating a portal through which the Spirits of the Dead may come across and visit for a time. Small offerings will be available for you to bless your photos and trinkets. PLEASE do not bring original photos or irreplaceable artifacts - this is a public ritual and we cannot guarantee the safety of your offerings. If possible, please label your offering with a name and phone number.

Sixteen and up only please, ritual will be too intense for children. We will be in the main sanctuary of the Palo Alto UU Church. Please bring a donation of $10 to help cover room expenses (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Gather starts at 7:30PM, and the ritual promptly at 8:00PM. There will be a dessert and snack bar after the ritual, so please bring a dessert item, so fruit, or a snack.”

Monsters Ball
on board the USS Hornet
Saturday, October 25, 7:30PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
Adults $30 in advance, $35 at the door, Ages 5-17 $10

“Kick off your Halloween onboard the Haunted USS Hornet!

8:00PM: Live Music by RockSkool (Classic Rock Experience)

10:00PM: Live Music by The Cocktail Monkeys (70’s, 80’s, 90’s Dance Music)

$500 cash prize from 107.7 The Bone to the winner of the Costume Contest

GHOULISH Entertainment and Haunted Sick Bay tours!

Children’s Zone with Magician and Children’s Costume Contest!

NEW! Paranormal Investigations of the Fo’c’sle - the areas with some of the most paranormal activity!!! Tickets are $10 and available the night of the event. Spaces will be limited.

Full Cash Bar and Food Concessions available

Children are welcome with adult accompaniment - but please keep in mind that this is an adult themed party.”

26th Annual Sea Music Concert Series
Saturday, October 25, 8:00PM,
and one more Saturday, November 15
Hyde Street Pier and onboard the Balclutha and Eureka, San Francisco

“During September, October, and November, experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads and instrumentals from the wooden decks of the historic sailing ship Balclutha. Join the park in its 26th season of presenting some of sea music’s finest performers. Wheelchair accessible.
Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell
Saturday, October 25, 8:00PM
Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell, direct from Loch Lomond, Scotland, present one of the best repertoires in contemporary Scots acoustic music: Self-penned and traditional songs and tunes, that covers a host of subjects, all with a Scottish theme. They have performed in festival and concert venues throughout Europe, the USA and beyond. Linsey accompanies on cello, and Ken on guitar.
Holdstock and Macleod
Saturday, November 15, 8:00PM
Dick Holdstock and Allan Macleod are still enthusiastically performing together after over 30 years. They perform authentic renditions of the songs of their homelands - England and Scotland. Captivating audiences from coast to coast, they trade off on guitar and mandolin for accompanying their songs, as well as singing without accompaniment. Hearing their music is always a memorable event and an extraordinary glimpse into a not so distant maritime past. New insights into history and old customs are revealed through their songs.”

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.”

Boo at the Zoo
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
included with Zoo admission

“Visit Oakland Zoo for our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats.

Ride the spooky boo train and join the costume parade. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween.

Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket!

Bay Area Science Festival Teams Up with Oakland Zoo
For the second year in a row, the Bay Area Science Festival has helped make this Halloween event a science-themed weekend - featuring a scavenger hunt-style trick or treating adventure, a costume parade, up-close animal encounters, spooky interactive stations, and a Wildlife Theater presentation focused on creepy crawly animals.

Child friendly activities will take place throughout the Zoo, including a treat table where families can create Halloween goodies for the Zoo’s animals.

Boo at the Zoo is a day-time opportunity for families to bring out their noble Ninja Turtles, tiny Tinker Bells, precious Princesses, and spectacular Superheroes to an outdoor adventure filled with spooktacular fun!”

Jack O'Lantern Jamboree
Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Children's Fairyland, on the shore of Lake Merritt at Grand Avenue and Bellevue, Oakland

“Join us the weekend of Halloween as we celebrate the holiday with fun and games that are much more delightful than frightful!

Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with:
Unlimited rides
Goody bags and treat stations for kids*
Two jumpers, one for little kids and one for bigger kids
Arts and crafts
Pirate school
Balloon twisting
Special performances
Costumed fairy-tale characters
Shows by our Children’s Theater Program and Storybook Puppet Theater
*While supplies last”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Tempest
presented by African-American Shakespeare Company
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26,
Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through November 9
Buriel Clay Theatre, African-American Art and Culture Complex,
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco

“The year is 2020. SYCORAX, the mother of all multi-product industrial conglomerates, based in Milan, is under investigation. The charge: dumping millions of tons of garbage in the Pacific, causing a floating island of debris the size of Colorado. Unhappy with the company's lies and dumping practices, Prospero, a duke of Milan and former CEO of SYCORAX, threatens to testify before congress. He is quickly dismissed, his dukedom usurped, and banished to sea with his young daughter, Miranda. Miraculously surviving, they float up to the shores of this very debris field, the island of SYCORAX. He makes the island, with its single inhabitant, the deformed spawn Caliban, his home, and plots his revenge.

Assisting Prospero in his endeavors is an Application, Ariel, which he discovers from reclaimed parts scavenged from SYCORAX's trash. Ariel becomes his personal assistant and knowledge navigator capable of holographic manifestations and manipulation of weather patterns. When Prospero's enemies, ‘by Providence divine’, show up on his radar, he and Ariel treat them to a storm of biblical proportions. All of their lives are tempest-tossed and ultimately re-ordered. Mankind is seen at its worst, and monsters and machines show themselves to be human. Nothing is the same after man's tsunami of greed, the very planet is scorched from unwary amassing of wealth and the resulting environmental destruction. If virtue can win out over vengeance and avarice, the storm can be weathered.”

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular
Sunday, October 26, 10:00AM-2:00PM
along Main Street,  Martinez

“We're teaming up with local businesses to provide a safe place for you to enjoy Halloween festivities. Instead of walking house to house, visit creatively themed and decorated car trunks and shops lining downtown Martinez to collect candy and treats.

The Trunk or Treat and Store to Store event will happen on a Sunday, in conjunction with the Farmers Market. The Market will be on the 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street and the 500, 800, and 900 blocks will be filled with Trunk or Treat cars. Many stores throughout the downtown area will also be open and handing out treats.

Treat bags and maps will be handed out to Trunk or Treaters in the Main Street Plaza, adjacent to Starbucks on Main Street.

Face painting in the plaza will be provided by the City of Martinez Parks and Recreation Department.”

Voodoo Pincushion
Saturday, October 26, 10:30AM-4:30PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$110 includes materials

“Ulla invokes the spirit of New Orleans’ voodoo legend Marie Leveau in this new spin on her popular pincushion class. Whether you plan to tickle a lover or tame a rival (all in good fun, of course), this voodoo doll will be a keepsake worthy of a sacred place in your home. Working from several examples, Ulla has created a pattern and collected special materials and embellishments for you to make your very own doll.

Fee: $110; includes materials. Bring fabric scissors, and feel free to bring favorite scraps of fabric, lace, trim, sequins, and other ephemera to use.
Instructor: Ulla Milbrath - Limit: 10 students”

Shibori Techniques
with Jenny Fong
Saturday, October 26, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$150, limit 10 students

“Shibori is a centuries old Japanese process of folding and clamping fabric, then dyeing in indigo to create beautiful patterns. In this dynamic workshop, you’ll learn several techniques and go home with swatches demonstrating each. We’ll also discuss how to dye with indigo for best results on natural fibers. Since shibori is a great way to repurpose old clothing and linens, please bring 5 pre-scoured* small pieces (for example: t-shirts, tote bags, pillow cases, etc) to dye. Fabric swatches and all clamping supplies will be provided.

Since this is a five hour workshop, you are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Light snacks and drinks will be provided

Please wear clothes you are comfortable getting dyed.

Jenny Fong grew up in Berkeley with a love for pleating and origami. After attending Parsons and designing apparel in NYC, she is happy to be relocated back in the Bay Area. She is eager to share her love for shibori and indigo dyeing in this dynamic workshop.

*To prep your fabric (scouring):

You will need: a stainless steel pot that will allow fabrics to move freely in water, baking soda, natural dish washing detergent and water.

1. For each gallon of water in your pot, add anywhere between 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1-2 teaspoons of detergent. Again, that’s per gallon of water, not per pot.

2. Add the fabric and turn on the heat. Bring the water to a simmer and keep it there for a minimum of two hours. Four hours would be better if you can swing it. Stir the fabric occasionally with a long wooden spoon to make sure it launders evenly. The water will turn this ghastly yellow brown color.

3. Rinse the fabric very thoroughly in cold water.

4. From this point you can go straight on to the dyeing process with the fabric wet, or you can dry it and store it.”

Halloween Hoopla at Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, October 26, 12:00-1:30PM
Children's Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens,
799 Howard Street, San Francisco, 415-543-1718

“Music, crafts, and costume parade for kids! Unique Derique is the master of ceremonies and will lead numerous games for families to play.”

Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead
Sunday, October 26, 12:00-4:30PM
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

“20th Anniversary Days of the Dead Community Celebration

Join us as OMCA marks two decades of the annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and browse Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar from our mercado. Visit the special exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary, and revisit highlights from the past two decades the OMCA exhibition, as well as new works by local artists, on view in the Gallery of California Art.

Visitors will enjoy:
Performances from Mariachi Los Halcones de Oakland (Traditional Mariachi),
Los Cenzontles Juvenil (Balet Folklorico),
Marimba Ixim Tinamit (Marimba Ensemble),
and La Misa Negra (Cumbia)
Family-friendly calavera (skull) face painting and Mexican tin art
Tortilla and sugar skull-making demonstrations
Festive chalk art from Clínica de la Raza's Youth Brigade on the sidewalks around the Museum
Artisanal mercado in Museum garden featuring local arts and crafts vendors
A gourmet food truck market from Off the Grid highlighting the best in local Latin and fusion cuisine (stay tuned for the full list)
Free valet bicycle parking, provided courtesy of Bike East Bay (formerly known as East Bay Bike Coalition)

Skip the line! This year, OMCA's offering a discount on advance ticket purchases for the Days of the Dead Community Celebration. Discounts include $5 off regular adult admission, and $2 off Senior, Student, and Youth tickets (ID required at will call). Advance tickets are available online through Friday, October 24, or buy discounted tickets on-site at OMCA through Saturday, October 25.”

Haunt the History Park
Sunday, October 26, 1:00-4:00PM
History Park, 1650 Senter Road (Entrance at 635 Phelan Avenue), San Jose
$5 admission includes 12 game tickets. Additional game tickets are 50 cents each.

“Halloween doesn’t have to be scary! Join us for some family-friendly Halloween festivities for kids!

Children will be able to trick-or-treat throughout San Jose’s History Park at Kelley Park in a fun, safe, family-friendly environment. This scare-free annual event has become a tradition, with trick-or-treating, family-friendly events and arts and crafts activities.

We will offer fun games for children age 3 to 11, a celebratory costume parade, and a Wrap-a-Mummy Contest, complete with prizes for best costumes and best wrapped Mummy!

Take a ride on our trolley and see printing press demonstrations at the Print Shop. Be sure to visit the Fruit Barn, One Room School House, Chiechi House, and Umbarger House during your visit, and take in our two exhibits at the McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House, and the Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel.

Sonia Hot Dogs will be on hand for snacks, and ice cream will also be available for purchase from O’Brien’s Candy and Ice Cream Parlor.”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, October 26, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“Please join me for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

SoulCollage is a process for creating and working with a set of cards that reflect your inner self.  SoulCollage is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun; it’s a fantastic creative exploration that anyone can do.  Although it is highly personal, it is wonderful and most insightful when done in small groups.”

Witches' Tea Party!
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, October 26, 3:00-6:00PM
Palo Alto Cafe, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

“We'll be looking nice and Witchy - and I'll try to have a big red Meetup sign on my table!

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

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

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

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

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, October 26, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

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

A Shadowy Halloween Party at Gamble Garden
Sunday, October 26, 5:00-6:30PM
Gamble Mansion at Elizabeth Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
$25, reservations required

“Spin me a shadow, tell me a tale.

Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry! Learn about the traditional art of shadow puppets from educator/performer, Daniel Barash. Daniel will perform puppetry versions of best-loved stories from around the world, including a classic Halloween nail-biter and a Chinese gardening folktale. Audience volunteers are invited to help perform the shows. He will also teach children how to make their own shadow puppets at an arts and crafts station prior to the performance. Your children can then try out their shadow puppets after the show. See you in the land of shadows!

Daniel Barash holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from New York University. He is one of 43 teaching artists from across the United States selected to participate in the John F. Kennedy Center’s National Teaching Artist Roster.

Ages 2 and above.”

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

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

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

Journey for Peace: Benefit for Gaza
featuring the Nava Dance Collective and the Middle Eastern Qadim Ensemble
Sunday, October 26, 7:00PM
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 510-525-5054

“A wide-ranging lineup of Bay Area-based world musicians and dancers pitch in for the cause in this fundraiser for medical and other supplies for families in Gaza. A Musical Journey for Peace (which ties in to the founding manifesto of our community center), this benefit features a traditional Persian group, the Nava Dance Collective, a Balkan all-star band, and the Middle Eastern Qadim Ensemble.

Traditional Persian music is offered for dancing by the unique trio - all Iranian-born - of Amir Abbas Etemadzadeh on the daf (frame drum); Neema Hekmat, director of Zaryab Ensemble, on santur; and Aydin Kiasat on kamancheh (the Persian violin).

A one-time-only supergroup, the Balkan Allstars, is made of musicians from an array of Balkan and Middle Eastern bands, joining together for tonight’s cause. The Allstars are an ever-growing crew of music masters including accordionists Dan Cantrell and Diana Strong, plus Calvin Lai on zurna, Middle Eastern drummer Sean Tergis, violinist Briana De Mara, tupan player Marco Peris, and others to be announced.

Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning ‘ancient’ as well as ‘that which will come.’ The San Francisco-based Qadim Ensemble’s repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino, and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region’s cultures while honoring the great diversity found within them. Qadim’s most recent CD, Eastern Wind, received rave reviews worldwide, reaching #7 on Billboard’s World Music charts. The group features founder-leader Eliyahu Sills on flutes and oud, lead vocalist Rachel Valfer Sills, oud and Turkish saz player Gari Hegedus, and Bouchaib Abdelhadi (a native of Casablanca) on doumbek, violin, and oud. Abdelhadi also sings in French and Arabic.

Under the direction of master dancer Miriam Peretz, Nava Dance Collective is a group of dancers devoted to cross-cultural dialogue and artistic collaboration through traditional, sacred, and ethno-contemporary dance forms. Tonight they offer the premiere of new works from the Bustan Project. The dancers are immersed in the unique movement language developed by Peretz, a style that draws mainly on dances from the Silk Road, but is also heavily infused with contemporary aesthetics and devotional themes. The group’s name is symbolic of its mission. Nava is a word shared by the Hebrew, Farsi, and Turkish languages. In Farsi and Turkish, Nava means sound or tune. It is also the name of one the main Dastgah (musical modes) in the Persian and Turkish Classical music traditions. In the Hebrew language, Nava means pleasant, graceful, beautiful and is a common girls’ name. Also, in Hindi, Nava means young or new.

Funds raised tonight will help purchase medical, clothing, and other supplies in Gaza through the organizations Rebuilding Alliance  and the medical relief unit of Madre.”

Spirit of Zimbabwe Mbira Concert
with Cosmas Magaya
featuring Sadza Marimba
an Art League Benefit Concert
Sunday, October 26, 7:30-9:30PM
Santa Cruz Art League Theater, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 831-426-5787

“Looking for a chance to support local art? Why not do it while enjoying a night of great entertainment by attending one, or both, of our upcoming benefit concerts!

Mbira Master Cosmas Magaya and friends join forces with Santa Cruz's own Sadza Marimba for a night of Zimbabwean Music that you won't want to miss.”

Nerd Nite East Bay #24: BAASICS: MONSTERS
co-presented by the Bay Area Science Festival
Monday, October 27, 7:00PM, and the last Monday of each month
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

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

Nerd Nite #24
Monsters are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows and stalk our imagination. They terrorize and fascinate us. But what, exactly, are they? Scholars differ on whether the word is derived from the Latin verb monstrare, ‘to show,’ or from monere, ‘to warn.’ Either way, as horror theorist John Halberstam writes, monsters are ‘meaning machines.’ They embody our preoccupations and anxieties, and they reflect our morals. This is as true of the ‘real world’ humans and creatures we label monstrous - sharks, serial killers, and ‘freaks’ - as it is of the classic monsters that reside in our fictions, the vampires, zombies, and bogeymen.
BAASICS @ BASF: Monsters brings together a diverse group of artists, scientists, and performers to consider all manner of monsters. Professor John Hafernik will introduce the audience to a parasitic fly that turns European honey bees into ZomBees; author and translator Erik Butler will explain how literature and film have made the vampire, a native of Eastern Europe, into a naturalized American with a preference for the Golden State; artist Brynda Glazier will showcase her charismatic sculptures and discuss cultural standards of ugliness and ‘otherness.’ These participants and others will join BAASICS co-founders and producers Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger for an entertaining evening of art, science, and wonder. It’s going to be scary good!

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

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

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

Are We Alone in the Cosmos?
with Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley,
and Dan Werthimer, SETI@home Chief Scientist, UC Berkeley
A production of Wonderfest
Monday, October 27, 7:30PM
Thurgood Marshall High School, 45 Conkling Street, San Francisco
Free, please register at the website below

“When science fiction portrays the galaxy as an arena of interstellar commerce and, occasionally, of star wars, could it be accurate? We now know that billions of hospitable, Earth-like planets are sprinkled throughout our Milky Way Galaxy. Yet billions of short-term searches for ET have turned up nothing. Where is everybody?!  Premier planet hunter Geoff Marcy and expert alien detective Dan Werthimer will debate this most fascinating of scientific questions: Are We Alone in the Cosmos?”

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.”

Master Mask Artisan Sergio Boldrin at Castle in the Air
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30-7:30PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801

“If you’ve visited Castle in the Air recently, you’ve no doubt noticed the fanciful, over-the- top masks that are part of our transformation into a Venetian wonderland. The masks are the creations of Sergio Boldrin, and they are at once whimsical and striking.

Sergio’s creations have been praised worldwide, from his hometown of Venice to features in National Geographic and the New York Times. Their most famous appearance was in the secret society scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

I had the chance to meet Sergio in his Venice shop earlier this year. It was almost hard to pick him out - there were faces everywhere.

He very graciously showed me how he makes his masks, step-by-step in the traditional manner. Would you like a peek into his workshop as well? Take a look at the video, which shows Sergio and his team creating a mask, from an original clay sculpture to the finished, brightly painted piece perfect for wearing to Carnival or any masked ball.

Come meet Sergio and hear him speak about his life as a traditional artisan at Castle in the Air on Tuesday, October 28. The event is free and will feature refreshments and live entertainment. Masquerade costumes encouraged!”

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

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

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

The Mountain Could not Remember Your Name
with author Obi Kaufmann
Tuesday, October 28, 6:00-8:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street, San Francisco, 415-552-0112

“Join us to celebrate the release of The Mountain Could not Remember Your Name, a book of wilderness poetry and trail paintings by Obi Kaufmann.”

The Shaman Within
An extraordinary book reading by Claude Poncelet, PhD
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30-8:30PM
Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland
Free, please register at the website below

“Come hear visionary physicist and shamanic practitioner Claude Poncelet, PhD read from his extraordinary new book, The Shaman Within.  Dr. Poncelet seamlessly weaves together the world of physics and the spiritual world of shamanism in a deeply compassionate voice that allows you to experience the practical application of an ancient practice that heals through revealing your interconnectedness to the wholeness of nature as you engage in your everyday technologically informed life.  You will walk away with useful knowledge and will be on the road to finding the shaman within you.

This is a very special experience not to be missed!”

Odd Salon: Machine
Tuesday, October 28, 7:00-10:00PM
DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco, 415-626-1409

“Infernal devices and brilliant technology; ancient inventions and robotic overlords.

Join us for an evening exploring mechanical masterpieces past, present, and future - from calculators to underwater explorers, unusual inspiration to the tools of the trade. Marvel at the ingenuity of Archimedes and Heron, Verne, da Vinci and Babbage, and look with us for their modern inheritors in the art and science of machines.

Featuring speakers from the Odd Salon ranks with practicing scientists and machine-minded experts from the Bay Area, Odd Salon: Machine is a proud part of the Bay Area Science Festival, with events celebrating science and learning across the city.

NOTE: Odd Salon will be taking over the big room at DNA Lounge for this exploration of mechanical wonders - join us and bring your friends!

Advance tickets recommended and appreciated.

Odd Salon is an evening series of cocktail hour lectures in San Francisco, featuring short talks illuminating extraordinary and unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure.”

Tea and Chanting Sangha
Tuesday, October 28, 8:00PM, and the fourth Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“As we enter our fourth year of our journey together, our group is ready to deepen into a unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

Over the course of the year we are progressively learning a Tibetan ritual designed to awaken and purify all of creation in the many directions, to confer blessings of relief and happiness upon all beings throughout all space and time, and to magnify our sangha's collective aspiration toward the enlightened liberation of all beings.  
Open to beginners as well as current sangha members.

See the website for details about our online Sangha

If you are interested, contact her by email at: rabbit@sacredwell.com to get all the important details.”

Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose
film screening
Wednesday, October 29, 6:00PM
California Theatre, 345 South First Street, San Jose
$25 (Film, only); $50 (Film + VIP reception)

“CreaTV San Jose, Norman Kline Productions and History San Jose present the World Premiere of Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose - the story of the working people, political leaders, and dreamers who built the City of San Jose.

Narrated by actor Peter Coyote and featuring an original musical score by Grammy nominee Robert Berry of Soundtek Studios, this first-of-its-kind documentary features interviews with key historical figures from farmers to civic leaders, including Tom McEnery, Blanca Alvarado and Norm Mineta. Other notable interviewees include historians Terry Christensen, Nannette Regua and Steven Millner.

Produced by Norman Kline and CreaTV San Jose and directed by Tricia Creason-Valencia, the film’s production includes a key collaboration with History San Jose, which provided archival photography and documents.

Tonight’s Schedule:
5:30PM: Tickets go on sale at the California Theatre Box Office
5:45PM: Doors Open for VIP Reception
6:00PM: VIP Reception
6:45PM: Doors Open for General Admission ticket holders
7:00PM: Film, followed by Q and A”

Georgian Harvest and Work Songs
a workshop with Carl Linich of Trio Kavkasia
presented by Kitka
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00PM
Robinson Classrooms in Preservation Park, 1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland

“Igor Stravinsky was fascinated by it. Kate Bush and Billy Joel fell for it. The Coen brothers used it in The Big Lebowski. What's it all about? The greatest traditional polyphonic music on the planet! Come learn folk songs from the Republic of Georgia (yes, the one that Russia was bombing in 2008) with Carl Linich. Songs will be taught orally, using word sheets! All you need are open ears and hearts, and the willingness to give it a try. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and all levels of musicianship are welcome.

Traditional Georgian a cappella singing continues to flourish to this day, in concert halls and living rooms and at feast tables. Trio Kavkasia writes: ‘The Georgian people, inhabiting a land the size of West Virginia wedged between Russia and Turkey, speak a group of languages related to no other outside the Caucasus Mountain region. Georgia is an island musically as well, exceptional in having an ancient, deep-rooted tradition of polyphony (music in several independent voices), while all the cultures that surround it, and all the cultures that have occupied or passed through it, are firmly monophonic. Georgian polyphony appears to be truly autonomous and original, and its rules of counterpoint and tuning derive from nowhere else. Three-part singing in Georgia was probably in full flower by the ninth century, substantially preceding the modern development of polyphony in Europe... Georgian singers consistently sing intervals and tune chords in ways that are at odds with historical Western vocal practice.”

Carl Linich has been a scholar, teacher, and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing for 20 years, and is a member of Trio Kavkasia. Carl lived in Georgia for about 10 years, speaks fluent Georgian, and has led numerous singing tours in Georgia since 2001, as well as many workshops in North America and elsewhere. In recognition of his work in promoting and preserving Georgian folk song, Carl has been honored as a Silver Medal Laureate of the Georgian government (1995) and is the recipient of Georgia's prestigious Order of Merit award (2009). He has worked on CDs and publications related to Georgian folk music for the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the State Folklore Center of Georgia, and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song. He currently directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York City, and also sings in a family trio with his two young sons. Carl will be joining Kitka for their first full-ensemble trip to the Caucasus in October, where they will perform at the Chveneburebi Festival and the 5th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in Tbilisi.

Class sizes are limited, and advance registration is encouraged! Write to kitka@kitka.org or call 510-444-0323 for registration and information.”

Cabin In The Woods
Pre-film lecture by Chris Noessel
Wednesday, October 29, 9:00PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, 510-658-7900

“Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

This showing of Cabin In The Woods is co-presented by Chris Noessel of Sci-Fi Interfaces and preceded by a pre-film lecture.

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 Mic Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays, and First Fridays.

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

A Murder Most Un-Scripted
presented by Un-Scripted Theatre
Wednesday-Sunday, October 29-November 1, 8:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd Floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“A Murder Most Un-Scripted - An idyllic small town. A dinner party hosted by the mysterious gentleman who recently purchased the mansion up the hill. A missing brooch. A secret to kill for.

This Halloween, join Un-Scripted Theater Company improvised murder mysteries, done in the style and world of Agatha Christie. Everyone has something to hide, but only one is responsible for the murder.”

Healing Foods Basics
with Thais Harris
Thursday, October 30, 6:00-8:00PM
Ceres Community Meeting Room, 7351 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
sliding scale $10-$35
No one turned away for lack of funds; please call or email for scholarships.

“Make the connection between your health and the food and lifestyle factors that influence it. This class offers an overview of Ceres’ nutrient-rich approach to healthy eating while providing a fun environment and loving community.

Whole food nutrition basics
Shopping strategies
Foods to add and to avoid
Eating well on a budget
Healthy lifestyle choices

Healing Foods Basics is open to the public.
Space is limited, so please register early.”

Matriz Sagrada: Your Sacred Womb
a two week class with Laura Perez and Francine Madrid
Friday, November 7, 10:00AM-2:30PM,
and one more Friday, November 14
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$125, space is limited

“Modern science is just catching on to what our ancestors have always known, we have a ‘brain’ - a powerful, sensitive and intuitive area in our belly. If we learn to care for this area, we can positively affect the health of our whole body and spirit.

In this class, you will be introduced to ancient techniques that will help you connect to and heal your matriz/womb/belly brain.

We will explore herbal allies, meditation, and hands on self-massage therapies that are specific to this area in the context of personal ceremony.

This will be a safe and sacred space for any womb carrier.

This class meets for two Fridays: November 7 and November 14, from 10:00AM-2:30PM.

Co-taught by midwife Laura Perez and apprentice midwife Francine Madrid.


Space is limited in this class, so sign up now!

To register: Send payment in full to:
Ancestral Apothecary
3798 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

Or contact us to receive a Paypal invoice (2.9% finance fee).”

Have a Gloriously Wild, Sustainably Spirited Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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