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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?, Temple of Aphrodite, Amazon Watch's 2014 Annual Luncheon, Garden Fresh Luncheon at Gamble Garden, Fall Harvest Dinner, Full Moon Walk On Mount Wanda, AWAKENING: A Constellation of Stories Song and Film, Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, Day of the Dead Community Gallery Exhibit, Oakland Mayoral Candidate Forum on Community and Cultural Development, Soaking Sprouting Sourdough and Fermented Beverages, The Invisible Man, Rhythmix Superhero Bingo, Ransom Texas, Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante, Bay Area Ladyfest, Year of the Rooster, Family Fun Night at Howarth Park, Wine and Cheese Sunset Tours on the Petaluma River, Standup For Davis Street 2014 Comedy Benefit, Opening Artist Ritual for Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos, Searching for Meteorites at and near the South Pole, Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000, Shrouded Tales: Meek Mansion, Shamanic Healing and Purpose Intensive... by the River!, Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black, Convocation of Isis 2014 - Anubis and Mafdet, Mysteries of Samhain 2014: Eurydice and Orpheus a Wild Requiem, Litquake San Francisco’s Literary Festival, The Change Maker Who Lives Next Door, Death Salon: San Francisco, Popeye, Greywater Design and Installation Workshop, Make Lip Balm, Martinez Historical Society 2014 Home Tour, Pumpkins in the Park, Gather the Women North Bay: Death and Dying, Sacramento Archives Crawl, Life Is Living, Monthly Open Village Celebration, Grand Opening of the Bubble Farm Soap Store, History for Half Pints: Day of the Dead, Oktoberfest at Forest Home Farm, Enchanted Village Faire, Urban Air Market: Lower Haight, Create a Food Forest!, Ohlone Day, Sugar Skulls Workshop, Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Opening New Dimensions for Tarot Readers and Healers, Oktoberfest at Craneway, Invocations and Other Love Songs, Grego the Musical Puppeteer, Writers With Drinks, East Bay Waltz, Warrior Goddess Wisdom: Inner Empowerment for Women, The Inaugural Concert for a Cosmic Destiny for the Human Race, Bella Gaia Ensemble: Cosmic World Music Immersive Theater, Ardenwood Harvest Festival, Contra Costa Crystal Fair, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, World Veg Festival, North Bay Bellydance Bazaar, Tolay Fall Festival, Thirteen for Halloween, Maafa Commemoration Ceremony, Andean Food Crops For Your Garden, Skeleton Voodoo Pincushion, Learn to Transfigure!, Black Rose Witchcraft, Indigenous People's Day Celebration, Tales from the Steppes, Pagan Singles Picnic!, Lover Earth Playshop: From The Sensual To The Spiritual, Memorial for Lady Loreon, Introduction To The GAPS Diet, FEAR., Alice In Antarctica, Skin in the Game, Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers Schemers Bigots and Rogues, Harvest Kids Magic Class, Tarot Salon, Network For A New Culture North Bay Monthly Meeting, Starting and Sustaining Intentional Communities, Designing Edible Food Forests

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!”

The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?
with Caleb Scharf
Part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 8, 7:00PM
Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Admission Free, Parking $3

“As part of the 15th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Columbia University Director of Astrobiology Caleb Scharf, Ph.D., who is considered one of the leading scholars at the interface of astronomy and biology, will discuss The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?, an illustrated, non-technical lecture Wednesday, October 8, at 7:00PM in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is first come, first served. Arrive early to locate parking.

Is humanity on Earth special or unexceptional? For the first time in human history, we stand poised to answer this question from a scientific perspective. Extraordinary discoveries in astronomy and biology have revealed a universe filled with endlessly diverse planetary systems, and a picture of life as a phenomenon intimately linked with the most fundamental aspects of physics. But just where these discoveries will lead us is not yet clear. We may need to find a way to see past the mediocre status that Copernicus assigned to us 500 years ago. To do that we need to come to grips with some of the latest scientific research, from the microscopic to the cosmic, which Dr. Scharf will set out in this talk.

Scharf is the author of the widely praised popular book Gravity’s Engines, which was the basis of the BBC/Science Channel documentary, Swallowed by a Black Hole. His textbook, Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology, won the 2011 Chambliss Prize. In addition to more than 100 scientific research papers, he has written non-technical articles for Scientific American, The New Yorker, Science, and other publications, and has been interviewed frequently for television. His latest book, The Copernicus Complex, was just published by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux; he will sign copies after the lecture. Scharf's appearance at the the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series marks the first time that an author has presented a lecture while on a major book tour.

The free lecture series is sponsored by the Foothill College Astronomy Program, NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute, and Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Past lectures from the series are available online at www.astrosociety.org/education/podcast/index.html.
A number of past Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are now available free on YouTube on the series' own channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SVAstronomyLectures.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student parking lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Wednesday, October 8, 8:00-9:00PM (Please arrive a few minutes before 8:00PM)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.

Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.

We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.

Dates for 2014:
Wednesday, November 5
Saturday, December 6”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWAKENING: A Constellation of Stories, Song, and Film
presented by RADIX
Wednesday-Saturday, October 8-11, 8:00PM
The Foundry, 835 Carleton Street, Berkeley
sliding scale $12-$24

“The Russian futurist Velimir Khlebnikov invented a new type of theater he called the supersaga. A supersaga was made of interrelated acts, each with its own special rule, its own special sound, its own special faith.

Join us in the loft of an old steel foundry for an original supersaga, inspired by folk tradition, silent movies, the Frankenstein myth, Shakespeare, and the works of the futurist Khlebnikov himself.

RADIX is a theater troupe that plays music. Or a band that makes theater. AWAKENING is our supersaga. We will carry you to other worlds, faithful to the wild rider of sound.

Featuring: Barnaby James, Hannah Michahelles, Marica Petrey, and Eli Wirtschafter

Directed by: Hannah Michahelles, Marica Petrey, and Eli Wirtschafter

A collaboration between: Kyra Baldwin, Mikl Barton, Barnaby James, Lauren Hamilton, Alex Holmes, Eric Gutierrez, Brendan Liu, Mogli Maureal, Nick Medina, Hannah Michahelles, Marica Petrey, Travis Teel, Valerie Tu, and Eli Wirtschafter

Please dress warmly and wear good shoes!”

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Tuesday-Sunday, October 8-12
see website for schedule details
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

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

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

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

Day of the Dead Community Gallery Exhibit
Opening Reception Thursday, October 9, 5:00-7:00PM
Exhibit runs October 8-November 9
HAHS Center for History and Culture, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward

“Join us in a cultural celebration of our ancestors.  See the traditional ways the Day of the Dead has been observed and how those rituals have influenced modern celebrations, art and culture.

Join us for a free exhibit reception to celebrate Day of the Dead exhibit opening.  Admission to the museum is free between the hours of 5:00-7:00PM.  No-host bar and food will be available.”

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Forum on Community and Cultural Development
Thursday, October 9, 6:00-8:00PM
Pro Arts, 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Free, please RSVP at the website below

“Creating and sustaining vibrant, safe, inclusive communities through community and cultural development.

Confirmed Participants: Jean Quan, Jason Anderson, Rebecca Kaplan, Courtney Ruby, Saied Karamooz, Libby Schaaf, Patrick McCullough, Dan Siegel, Bryan Parker and Charles Williams.

Organizing Partners: Pro Arts, East Bay Housing Organizations, League of Women's Voters and Youth Uprising. Community Partners: Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland East Bay Symphony and Satellite Affordable Housing Associates.”

Soaking, Sprouting, Sourdough, and Fermented Beverages
with Rosie Ueng
Part Two of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, October 9, 6:00-9:00PM,
and two more Thursdays through October 23
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“Did you know that grains, beans, and nuts have many anti-nutrients, which inhibit digestion and absorption of nutrients?  Learn how to properly soak and sprout them for maximum nutritive value.  Also make pets of the beneficial yeasts floating around your kitchen, and learn to make your very own sourdough starter!  We will make crispy almond-coconut butter and other sprouted and sourdoughed recipes.  Beckon your inner mixologist and learn to make your own probiotic fermented elixirs, such as kombucha, coconut milk and water kefir, beet kvass, and ginger beer!   A delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening's labor will be included.

Future classes:
Eggs Revealed and Organ Meats Demystified on Thursday, October 16
Vegetables, Sauces, and Condiments on Thursday, October 23

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

The Invisible Man
Thursday, October 9, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Don’t miss this shocking movie!

Claude Rains delivers a remarkable performance in his screen debut as a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, Rains arrives at a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery. But the same drug which renders him invisible slowly drives him to commit acts of unspeakable terror. Based on H.G. Wells’ classic novel and directed by the master of macabre James Whale, The Invisible Man not only fueled a host of sequels but features some special effects that are still imitated today.

The Invisible Man plays only once on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00PM. All seats are $8. Moviegoers are advised to get advance tickets at the box office or online, as shows may sell out. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.”

Rhythmix Superhero Bingo
Thursday, October 9, 7:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$25 for 10 games

“If you need to get up, up and away, join us for a sensational evening at Rhythmix Cultural Works featuring mortals, superpowers, Mr. Entertainment and the daring Yay Girls in 10 rounds of Superhero Bingo.  

Avengers assemble! Calling all caped crusaders and high flying brainiacs in the universe to come dressed as your favorite DC, Marvel or made up superhero for a night of bingo that will test your game-winning powers. Only $25 kryptons to play, plus the chance to win a $200 cash prize sponsored by Bank of the Orient. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance as this will sell out! Don't delay, you won't like us when we're angry. Ages 18 and up.

You've never played like this!”

Ransom, Texas
presented by Virago Theatre Company
Thursday-Saturday, October 9-11, 8:00PM,
playing through October 18
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland, 510-858-7383

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

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

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

Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, October 9-11, 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!

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

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

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

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

Year of the Rooster
Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Year of the Rooster · West Coast Premiere
By Eric Dufault · Directed by Logan Ellis
With Anthony Agresti, Terry Bamberger, Caleb Cabrera, Jon Nagel, and Sango Tajima

Odysseus Rex is having quite a year. Quite a part of a year, anyway - Odie’s only eight months old. But even at his young age, he’s mad as hell and wants to fight his way to the top. Did we mention Odie’s a rooster? Odie’s trainer, fast-food cashier Gil, has been raising Odie in a bid to return to the horrific world of cockfighting, his only chance to win at something in life. To get there, though, Gil and Odie have to survive Dickie the cockfight promoter, Gil’s mom, and Philipa, Gil’s young McDonald’s manager who’s got big dreams of her very own. A gut-busting yet poignant portrait of the price of ambition, this is the must-see show of the fall.”

Family Fun Night at Howarth Park
Friday, October 20, 5:00-9:00PM
Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa
$10 Adults, $5 Children

“Help Keep the Howarth Park Train in Motion!

We are hosting our First annual Family Fun Night on October 10 at Howarth Park from 5:00-9:00PM. All proceeds from the night will go towards the purchase of a new ADA compliant Howarth Park Train.

This event will include live musical performances by Pat Jordan Band, Bear’s Belly and Midnight Sun Massive, along with delicious provisions provided by The Wurst, Island Ice and 101 North Brewing Company. Santa Rosa High School’s agricultural department is supplying pumpkins for a children’s pumpkin decorating booth and rides will run until sundown.

The train has been a part of the Santa Rosa community for 44 years, and as stated in a previous article by the Press Democrat, ‘The little engine that could, just can’t anymore.’ Currently, the C.P. Huntington costs the city of Santa Rosa $30,000 a year in maintenance and sadly due to its datedness, the 1863 replica steam engine is broken down 1/3 of the time. We ask the community to come together for this special event so that the future generations of our city can enjoy 50 more years of wonderful memories. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children: adult entry fees include an adult beverage and children entry fees include a train ride.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opening Artist Ritual for Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos
Friday, October 10, 7:00-8:00PM
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Included with Museum admission

“Kick off this year’s Días de los Muertos festivities by joining participating artists from the past two decades of the Days of the Dead exhibition at OMCA, as well as new artists represented for the first time in 2014, for this informal ceremony in Oak Street Plaza. Participate in a traditional blessing of this year’s exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary. Before and after, check out Friday Nights at OMCA, with food trucks, live music, and more.”

Searching for Meteorites at and near the South Pole
with Landon Curt Noll
The Monthly Meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society
Friday, October 10, 7:30PM, and the second Friday of each month
Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Admission Free, Parking $3

“In 2011, 2013, and 2014, a group from TravelQuest International searched for meteorites just below the surface of the ice in "The Land Waaaaay Down Under".  Landon Curt Noll, who served as the expedition scientist, will discuss the challenges of working and living in Antarctica.  Landon will bring a collection of clothing/gear to the talk to help explain how one may comfortably survive in the unique Antarctic climate.   He will show photos from their last 3 expeditions, including a photographic tour of the South Pole station.

Landon Curt Noll focuses on High-Performance Computing for Cisco by day, and focuses on our inner solar system as an Astronomer by night. Landon has made astronomical observations during total solar eclipses in the US, Turkey, Zambia, Australia, Antarctica, Libya, China, Eniwetok and French Polynesia. He served as the expedition scientist for a team that searched for meteorites in the Antarctic ice at and near the South Pole.  As a mathematician, he developed or co-developed several high-speed computational methods and as held or co-held eight world records related to the discovery of large prime numbers. Landon Curt Noll is the 'N' in the widely used FNV hash. He is credited in Wikipedia as the co-inventor (with John Horton Conway) of a system for naming numbers of any size.  Landon graduated from Linfield College with a BA in Math/Physics. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society and is an associate of the American Astronomical Society.

The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30PM on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Please do not park in spaces marked Staff - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory http://www.pastro.org/dnn/Observatory/FoothillObservatory.aspx.
The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.”

Mystery Mystery Science Theater 3000
Friday, October 10, 10:30PM, and the second Friday of each month
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, 510-658-7900

“The New Parkway Theater presents a mystery episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Who knows what episode we'll be playing… but you can be sure it's definitely going to be good! Please join us for a night of laughter and fun hosted by The New Parkway's own resident MST3K fan, Oliver Beckwith. The pre-show includes an MST3K trivia contest with prizes!

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

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

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

Shrouded Tales
presented by the Hayward Area Historical Society
Fridays-Saturdays, October 10-11 and 17-18, 7:00PM and 9:00PM
see locations below
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-0223 xt131 for reservations.

Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward
Friday-Saturday, October 10-11, 7:00PM and 9:00PM

McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Friday-Saturday, October 17-18, 7:00PM and 9:00PM

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

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

Shamanic Healing and Purpose Intensive... by the River!
with Ruth L. Schwartz
Friday-Sunday, October 10-12
RiverSoul Retreat, 2480 Rio Lindo Avenue, Healdsburg
$350 includes meals

“If you're at a juncture in your life... wanting to move deeper into your soul's true purpose, but not sure how...

If you're tired of feeling stuck in old patterns or fears that originated much earlier in your life (or even in other lifetimes), and ready for a quantum shift...

If you sense you have a role to play as a visionary, lightworker, seer or healer in these troubled times on earth...

If you'd like to learn how to channel higher wisdom more easily and deliberately, either for your own benefit and/or the benefit of others...

If you feel called to deepen your shamanic practice and learn how to release negative entities, unravel curses, help departed souls move on into the light, or similar...

...then come spend a life-changing weekend of shamanic healing practice - accessing guidance, journeying, soul retrieval, energetic clearing and more - in a beautiful riverfront location just 90 minutes from Oakland! Meals provided; camp by the river for free! (or do an indoor slumber party sleeping on couches, pads on the floor, etc... or, stay in town at your own expense if you prefer.)

If you've been wanting to experience the power of shamanic work to connect you to your deepest self and your guides - or if you've already experienced that power, but want to go even deeper - this weekend is for you.

We'll meet from Friday early afternoon through Sunday early evening, letting our guides - and the land and waters - heal, illuminate and rejuvenate us. (Saturday morning arrival is also possible, if necessary - though spending two nights rather than one will allow for a deeper experience.)

Here's the tentative schedule:

12:00-2:00PM: Arrive any time after noon and get situated for the weekend. Lunch foods provided, eat on your own after setting up your tent or while sunning yourself by the river.

2:00-6:00PM: Shamanic Journeying Intro/Refresher

Since the Shamanic Journey is a powerfully transformational tool we'll be using all weekend, if you don't know how to journey yet, you should definitely plan on being here. If you know how to journey already, come anyway and ease (or dive!) back into the power of working with your guides in this way.

6:00PM: Dinner

7:00PM: Fire on the beach. Drum, journey, connect with the land and river spirits - and if we're lucky, the coyotes may sing along with us!

Saturday and Sunday
Schedule to be determined according to participants' needs, but will likely include intensive work in soul retrieval (retrieving parts of your soul that became disconnected due to trauma) and energetic clearing (releasing energetic imprints that don't belong to you, and restoring your energetic integrity.)

Workshop tuition plus 7 simple but delicious meals - Friday lunch and dinner, 3 meals on Saturday, Sunday breakfast and lunch - is only $350.

Payment plans available. If you feel drawn to attend, I'd love to help make that possible. I'm also willing to consider partial scholarships in exchange for cooking and/or cleaning help!”

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 10-12,
Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM,
playing through October 26
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

Convocation of Isis 2014 - Anubis and Mafdet
Friday-Monday, October 10-13
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$115 per day includes shared room, all meals and special events
see website for registration and detailed schedule of events
for more information or to register, please call 707-857-4747 or e-mail isis@isisoasis.org

“We apologize for the late notice regarding Convocation 2014, but we assure you it is happening, and congruent with all of Lady Loreon’s wishes. This year’s theme is Anubis and Mafdet, and in addition to all your usual and favorite events from years past, we will have some wonderful additions to the final schedule. There will be a wonderful memorial for Lady Loreon on Sunday, October 12, which is open to the public and begins at 3:00PM, with a reception to follow.  A final schedule will be posted as soon as we confirm all presentations and entertainment.

There will be no charge to attend the Memorial Service itself for Lady Loreon or the reception directly following it.

Please let us know if you have any food allergies, special diets, gluten-free, vegan, etc.

We urge you to make your reservations now, as this event will sell-out. A $50 deposit will hold your reservation.

The Temple of Isis is a legally recognized church in California established in June of 1996. We honor the Goddess Isis, who in modern terms equates with Mother Earth, and has been worshipped longer than any other deity known on the planet.

In honoring Isis we honor the earth, recognizing the peril of this time, given the amount of pollution, destruction of endangered species and violence between countries and each other. We seek to establish harmony, caring, and love among all people by gently pointing the way to a more feminine perspective. We have no dogma, but prefer what may humorously be called catma, a kind of freedom and independence in thought stemming from the ancient wisdom of Egypt

We generally follow the principles of the Fellowship of Isis, out of which our temple was born. The FOI was established by Lady Olivia Robertson and her brother at Clonegal Castle, Enniscorthy, Ireland, which has thousands of members in over 80 countries. Those who are members of the FOI are connected only by their love for the Goddess as each practices in whatever way they wish. The idea is to create balance by incorporating the feminine in deity. We all need the nurturing, forgiveness, and compassion that the Great Mother provides, as we seek to integrate and strengthen both our lunar and solar qualities. Those who become Priestesses and Priests of Isis, within this Temple, pledge to honor all life and commit to help the earth and her people's not only for her preservation but to bring to our lives and the lives of future generations more light and wisdom.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Temple of Isis, we would welcome your email. We are hoping If you are interested in being part of the Temple of Isis, we welcome your email, or Friending us on Facebook. We are creating a spiritual community of like-minded people who wish to build a new world, in peace, balance, and harmony

The Temple of Isis is located at Isis Oasis Sanctuary, on 10 beautiful acres in Geyserville, California. The actual Temple is always open for private meditation time. The sanctuary has a pool, spa, sauna, aviaries of birds and endangered cats which are bred here, plus a sacred 500 year old fir tree. Isis Oasis serves also as a site for weddings and other sacred ceremonies.”

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

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

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

2014 theme - Eurydice and Orpheus: a Wild Requiem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Change Maker Who Lives Next Door
Saturday, October 11, 8:30AM-3:00PM
Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda
$10 includes lunch

“The Change Maker Who Lives Next Door: A Gathering To Connect People of Faith in the East Bay and Catalyze Positive Change Locally and Globally

Do you like meeting people from different faiths? Want to learn about interesting interfaith initiatives in the Bay Area? Want to work with other people of faith to make positive change in the world?

Please join us on Saturday, October 11, from 8:30AM-3:00PM at the Orinda Community Center for The Change Maker Who Lives Next Door. This gathering will connect people of faith in the East Bay to learn about opportunities to collaborate to promote peace and justice locally and globally. It will be a lively day of discussion and interaction with Bay Area change makers.

Maram Bata, Rebecca Calahan Klein and Dean Jones are hosting the gathering. Conference sponsors include the Contra Costa Interfaith Women's Circles, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, John F. Kennedy University Liberal Studies Program and the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center. The gathering has been made possible through a grant from the One Nation Bay Area Program of the San Francisco Foundation.

If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email to the conference organizers at changemakersnextdoor@gmail.com.

We hope to see you on October 11!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

See website for full line up of presentations.”

part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“Popeye is a 1980 American musical comedy film, directed by Robert Altman and is a live-action film adaptation of E. C. Segar's Thimble Theatre aka Popeye comic strip. It stars Robin Williams as Popeye the Sailor Man and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl.”

Greywater Design and Installation Workshop
with Greywater Action
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Urban Farmer Store, 2121 San Joaquin Street, Richmond
sliding scale $15-$40

“Learn how to install the popular ‘laundry to landscape’ (L2L) greywater system in this design workshop.  

Laundry to landscape greywater systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. With your own L2L system, you can irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry, saving you water, time, and resources. Experienced instructors will lead you step-by-step through the design process, tailoring a system to fit your home. This system is legal to install without a permit, just follow 12 basic guidelines you'll learn about in class.

How to design a system for your home and landscape
How to build a system - you'll create a mock-up of a real system with real greywater parts
What parts you'll need for your home
How much greywater you produce and how many plants you can water
What soaps and detergents are greywater friendly

Optional: The Urban Farmer Store sells all the parts you'll need for a greywater system. Buy everything you need after the workshop with your materials list and getting support from the instructors and trained staff.

Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape. Site plan of your yard.”

Make Lip Balm
with Alana Rivera
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$65, limit 10 students

“In this class you'll learn how to create your very own lip balm and tinted lip shine. Alana will cover the key ratios, important ingredients, lip safe essential oils, infusing oils to get natural colors and picking packaging so you'll be able to re-create this project at home. Students will take home two different products.

Alana Rivera, a Northern California native, is the owner and creator of Etta + Billie, a small batch sustainable bath and body company. She has been making soap since 2007 and followed her love of all things natural with receiving a certificate in herbalism at the California School of Herbal Studies. Her products can be found in small boutiques across the country and have been featured in national and international magazines and various blogs. She's collaborated on multiple soapy projects with other SF makers such as Speakeasy, Ritual Coffee and T-We Tea. When not in her soap studio, you'll find her reading, sipping cocktails (preferably bourbon based) and planning her next meal.”

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

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

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

Pumpkins in the Park
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose

"Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Pumpkins in the Park is held to raise funds and enlist supporters for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. But, just as importantly, its purpose is to create awareness of the park and gardens and to bring families into the park for a day of learning and fun.

Giant Pumpkin Patch
Costume Swap with Children’s Discovery Museum
Costume Parade
Carnival Games
Kid-Sized Straw Bale Maze
Great Food
Fresh Apple Cider
Guadalupe River Education
Lots of Free Kid’s Activities
Fire Prevention Week with SJFD
Children’s Concert”

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

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

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

$25 includes lunch

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

Sacramento Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Center for Sacramento History, 551 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard, Sacramento, 916-808-7072

“In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely seen holdings for the public in the 4th Annual Having Fun in the Sacramento Region: Sacramento Archives Crawl.

Historic treasures from over twenty Northern California institutions will be on display at four downtown host locations - the California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

Participants will ‘crawl’ between four host locations, all located within downtown Sacramento. At the four locations, the public can view archival collections on display and take behind-the-scenes tours.  In addition, representatives from other archives and special collections libraries will be at the host locations to discuss their archival collections - historic photographs, rare books, historic artifacts - and answer questions about how to connect with local history resources.

Archives Crawl Passports will be given to guests as they visit the host institutions. The passport provides a map of the event and information about the participating archives and special collection libraries. Event attendees who get their passport stamped at three of the four host sites will be given a set of limited-edition commemorative coasters. The coasters honor the pub crawl theme by featuring reproductions of the city’s architectural icons.”

Life Is Living
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-8:00PM
DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

“Life Is Living is a free celebration of urban life through hip hop, intergenerational health, and environmental action. Life Is Living establishes a new model for partnerships between diverse and under-resourced communities, green action agencies, and the contemporary arts world.”

Monthly Open Village Celebration
at Green Valley Village
Saturday, October 11, 10:00AM-8:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Green Valley Village, 13024 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol
RSVP required; please e-mail gvv.events@gmail.com
Donations accepted

“On the Second Saturday of each month, we have an open-village day.  Our second Saturday event is an all day open house where potential members and interested visitors can experience a day of life at Green Valley Village.  This is when we're most prepared to orient newcomers and is the best introduction to our Village.  Guests are welcome to come for all or part of Second Saturday, which includes a work party, lunch, a tour, a skillshare, a potluck dinner, and an evening event.

Our Saturday work party generally begins at 10:00AM. Please bring work gloves and sturdy shoes, a sun hat, water bottle, and dress in layers.

Lunch is at 1:30PM.  People who participate in our work party are welcome to be our guests for lunch.  Otherwise, we ask you to bring a potluck contribution so there's sure to be plenty of food.  Email our Event Coordinator to RSVP for our Second Saturdays!  gvv.events@gmail.com (This email is only checked 2 times per week, so please be patient in waiting for a response.)

You will be guided on a walking tour to see our Farm and Pond, goats, chickens, llamas, etc. Please bring good walking shoes, a sun hat, water bottle, and dress in layers.  

We generally request a small donation for the day's events!! Remember that by giving to Green Valley Village you are supporting the continued existence of this evolving Eco-Village!!

We also have Handmade Eco-Village Products and Services Available!!  These products and services support the right livelihoods of members of our Village.  Look at the Village Marketplace section of our website to find out more about the products and services offered at our Eco-Village.  

Thank you for your support of and interest in our Village!!”

Grand Opening of the Bubble Farm Soap Store
Saturday, October 11, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Bubble Farm Soap Co., 933b Central Avenue, Alameda

“Hi Friends! Please join us for the Grand Opening of the Bubble Farm Soap Co. store! This is a really exciting development for Bubble Farm and we would love for you to join us!

The store will feature Bubble Farm products as well as other locally produced honey and beeswax goods such as Hey Honey Artisanal Lemonade (Turlock), shrubs from Yum Yum Tonics (Oakland), honey sweetened pickles from Happy Girl Kitchen (Pacific Grove), State Street Honey (Redwood City), and ceramics by Jeanne Marie Acceturo (El Cerrito).

Fox and Moon Tea (Alameda) will be doing tea tastings.

Cookiebar (Alameda) will be providing cookies, and we'll be giving out cookie sandwich gift certificates!

The grand opening kicks off with a show of bee-themed artwork by tattoo artist Amanda Gonzales of True Love Tattoo, a honey tasting bar, soap samples, and snacks. Bee there!”

History for Half Pints: Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 11, 11:00AM-4:00PM
HAHS Center for History and Culture, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward

“Everybody is invited to make craft projects inspired by the Day of the Dead celebration and our 2014 Day of the Dead exhibit.  Decorate sugar skulls, get your face painted, and do many other crafts!”

Oktoberfest at Forest Home Farm
Saturday, October 11, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Forest Home Farm, 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon
$30 Adults includes Beer Stein, One Beer and Lunch,
$30 Ages 13-20 Includes Stein, Root Beer and Lunch
$20 Ages 6-12 Includes Root Beer and Lunch
Under 6 years of age Free

“Enjoy live music and dancing, and beer available for purchase from Schubros Brewery.

Blow Musik!
Olympia Fields Brass Band
Golden Gate Bavarian Dancers”

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

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

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

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

It’s truly an enchanted event.”

Urban Air Market: Lower Haight
Saturday, October 11, 11:00AM-6:00PM
along Haight Street between Fillmore Street and Pierce Street, San Francisco
Free admission

“Urban Air Market is a curated marketplace for sustainable design featuring independent designers of men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and home decor. Participating designers are selected based on their quality, originality, cleverness, and method of sustainability in design.

We are inspired by ‘green’ designers who are pushing the direction of fashion where it should be going.”

Create a Food Forest!
with Jeremy Watts, Edible Gardener
Saturday, October 11, 12:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda
“Are you as tired of toiling over annual fruits and vegetables year after year?   Why not make your next planting last a lifetime?   By mimicking nature's strategy of maximizing efficiency in space-time, we can simultaneously reduce our workload and increase our abundance. Join Jeremy Watts, Edible Gardener, at Ploughshares and learn how to create a permanent and water-wise food system that becomes more productive every year!   This is a FREE workshop.”

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Sugar Skulls Workshop
Saturday, October 11,
Session 1: 1:00-2:30PM
Session 2: 3:00-4:30PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Space is limited, please register at the website below

“Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a workshop of festive fun here at the MAH! Create sugary sweet tokens with family and friends in remembrance of those who have passed. In this traditional Mexican Folk Art workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make and decorate sugar skulls to bring home or leave on display upon our community altar. Bring your friends and family to craft this traditional Mexican folk art that sweetly honors the lives of those who have deceased.”

Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming
facilitated by Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini
Saturday, October 11, 2:00-4:30PM,
and two more Saturdays, November 1, December 6
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$25 per session

“The dreaming mind, 140 million years in its evolving, is concerned with life itself, its balance in the human world, and its continuity on the planet. Deep Dreaming is an innovative process that lets us peer below the visible surface of life into its implicate depths. It begins with a brief meditation to open dream-space. Dreams recalled from a lifetime of dreaming are then told, one at a time, for about twenty minutes. We then hear all the dreams read as a single narrative and participants engage with the images, actions, and tensions present. A dream re-entry lets participants engage with a portion of the narrative meaningful to them. Join us in discovering how emergent dream themes connect with the world we live in and its challenges. Attend single sessions or the whole series.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, October 11, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month's Open Circle will be led by Skot! The working will be about creating a higher field of love and light with a Wheel of Light exercise that we will perform as a group. After our Open Circle rituals we have tea and social time to meet and connect with those who have come to circle.”

Opening New Dimensions for Tarot Readers and Healers
with Miriam Jacobs
Saturday, October 11, 4:00-5:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“Tarot and the Chakras - There is a connection!
Ancient Vedic and Tibetan systems gave elemental names to the seven bodily energy centers known as chakras. The Tarot suits, commonly know as the Minor Arcana cards, have the same elemental attributions. Connecting Tarot to the Chakra system can guide us to choose meditations, home remedies and yoga like exercises to integrate lessons from the cards.
Come explore the possibilities by learning about this fascinating connection.
Learn how to integrate Tarot into your healing arts practices.
Books and decks will be available for signing.
Non-practitioners are welcome.

Through bodywork sessions and tarot card readings, Miriam Jacobs teaches how to live more comfortably and self-expressively in the world. Her work brings about a profoundly deep healing. Miriam uniquely synthesizes ancient and modern methods of healing and grounds them in the body. She is the creator of Polarity Wellness Tarot, the first body based deck. Her new book Tarot and the Chakras: Opening New Dimensions to Healers, takes the concept of the deck even further.

Miriam's bodywork may include polarity, cranial sacral, reflexology and massage. Her tarot readings help you make choices and affirm what you already know. She is also available for workshops, Tarot parties and in person/phone/skype readings.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Invocations and Other Love Songs
a Poetry Reading by Christine Berger
presented Concrescent Letters
Saturday, October 11, 6:30-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“Come out for an evening of poetry by Christine Berger!

For Blessing of the Sun, published July 2012:  
This is the first published volume of Christine Berger's poetry. She started writing around age fifty, never having picked up a pen (or keyboard) before that. As a practicing witch for 26 years, and a practitioner of eclectic spiritual paths through her lifetime, from Buddhism to Golden Dawn, writing provides a safety valve for emotional release and a way of sharing for a strong introvert. An identification with Nature and Gaia as Mother, as well as peak experiences from spiritual practice and the blessing of a strong community provide much of the inspiration for her poems.

For Invocations and Other Love Songs, published May 2014:  
This is the second published volume of Christine Berger's poetry. It is the result of Hermes stepping into her life in bright living color April of 2012. Groundwork for that had been laid in February at Pantheacon, where many gathered to talk about serving the community as His priests and priestesses. Her life changed. The opening prayer to Hermes was the first encounter, and given when she was on lunch break driving near work. There were following occasions where He came with more energy than she had imagined and stood hyperventilating over her kitchen sink. This was just the beginning... Many of the invocations and poems are channeled. Some from her Higher Self who was in the driver's seat constantly and some by the Deities, and other Beings. She asked for clearance from all involved before bringing this book out.”

Grego the Musical Puppeteer
a benefit performance for Home of Truth
Saturday, October 11, 7:00-8:00PM
Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
suggested donation: Adults $10, Children $5

“Welcome to Gregoland: The intersection of musical performance,  puppetry, and theatrical shenanigans forms fertile ground here.

The instruments, music, and puppets are all either traditional, or original creations rooted in folk tradition. Several historical forms of one-man-band enliven tunes from the thirteenth century to the present on instruments ranging from elegant to fanciful to downright silly.
But, as if a one-man-band were not enough, the instruments become puppets, or are played by them. Puppets dance and perform to the accompaniment of music played live, in real time, by the solo performer.

Some of this stuff is for adults, some for children, but most of it is for everyone. The universal languages of sound and image invite  smiles not only from all ages, but from anywhere in the world where people like to smile.                                      

This show has been road-tested in a dozen countries, illuminated TV screens in six of them, contributed to radio programming in some, (how many puppet shows can say that?), and animated arts festivals in many a land.”

Writers With Drinks
Saturday, October 11, 7:00-9:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco
$10-$20, no-one turned away for lack of funds

“Writers With Drinks combines erotica with literature, stand-up comedy with science fiction and poetry with essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and ‘other’.

This month’s writers:
Jonathan Lethem (Dissident Gardens, Chronic City)
Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans)
Noviolet Bulawayo (We Need New Names)
Natasha Moni (The Cardiologist's Daughter)
Mallory Ortberg (The Toast)

All proceeds benefit local non-profits.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, October 11, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Upcoming dates:
Saturday, November 8
(no dance in December, since the hall is busy)
Saturday, January 10, 2015 (hey, that's 2015!)

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Warrior Goddess Wisdom: Inner Empowerment for Women
with HeatherAsh Amara
Saturday, October 11, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-988-9800
Free, but please call to reserve a seat

“Women: Are you ready to claim all of who you are? To go beyond the chains of self-judgment, self-doubt, and busy-ness to become the women you were meant to be? Step onto the path of the Warrior Goddess. Warrior energy is a combination of focus, dedication, purpose, and determination. Goddess energy is our creative flow: unconditional love, pleasure, passion, and wisdom. Join HeatherAsh Amara, author of Warrior Goddess Training, for an evening of inspiration and tools to reclaim your authentic feminine power.”

The Inaugural Concert for a Cosmic Destiny for the Human Race
presented by Zero Universal
Saturday, October 11, 7:30-10:00PM
Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz

“A moving, musical and visual journey, reflecting on where we came from, who we really are and our extraordinary destiny.

Gordon Lent will host an evening of deep experience, with a concert exploring a magnificent future for the Human Race.

Enjoy a fresh understanding of the history of Humanity, Planet Earth and the Great Celestials who have arrived from the Master Universes, to assist our evolution.”

Bella Gaia Ensemble: Cosmic World Music Immersive Theater
Saturday, October 11, 8:00-10:00PM
Marin Civic Center Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

“Bella Gaia: Cosmic World Music Immersive Theatre - A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space

Bella Gaia is an unprecedented audiovisual experience that combines NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of dynamic music and exquisite dance from around the world.

This spectacular theater presentation - with full music ensemble and world-class dancers - is unlike anything you’ve see. Already performed in 9 countries with over 200 performances, Bella Gaia makes its Bay Area debut, produced by Lloyd Barde Productions.

Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space, director-composer Kenji Williams’ award winning BELLA GAIA successfully simulates the Overview Effect from space flight, by using NASA supercomputer data-visualizations to explore the relationship between humans and nature through time and space, with a ‘message of oneness amidst a deeply moving and shimmering soundscape that combines sacred dance with gorgeous sets and stunning imagery’ (Blog Talk Radio).

A beautiful closing meditation following the presentation will be led by Hallie Iglehart and Barbara Borden.”

Ardenwood Harvest Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$8 adults, $5 children 4-17, children under 3 free

“It’s harvest time on the farm! Bring your family and join your friends for some down home country fun. Harvest the Indian corn and popcorn and help fill our corncribs. Take home a share of our colorful corn for your holiday table. Enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and crafts. Visit the blacksmith, ride the train and tour the beautifully restored Patterson House. Please bring your own bags to take home your harvest.”

Contra Costa Crystal Fair
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
$6.00 for both days (children under 12 free accompanied by adult)
You can get a flyer/coupon at The Sacred Well for $1 off admission

“The Crystal Fair is a magical mix of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and the healing arts. It takes place 6 times a year in 2 different locations. With over 40 vendors at each show, there are thousands of items available at affordable prices.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 10:00AM-6:00PM - final weekend
Casa de Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $5
Discounted tickets available through the website

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

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

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

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

The theme for this weekend is Fantasy

Look closely and you may see fairies and other mystical creatures this day. Perhaps you will even catch a glimpse of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies.

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

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00PM each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, October 11, is Whiskey and Women:

“Whiskey and Women got their name from their first street performance together: they had only an hour to earn enough money to buy a bottle of Jameson. It was a cold, rainy day in Edinburgh, Scotland. They had never rehearsed a lick of music together. Did they succeed? Yes! They busted out Irish, Scottish, and Welsh drinking songs, sea shanties, Cajun two-steps, honky-tonk originals, impromptu harmonies, and a whole lot of stomp and holler. The Scots responded with generous tips. The ladies knew they had something special: a mix of musicality and fun that was powerful even in its raw, unrefined state. Years later, in ornate venues and lowly street corners, the fun still shines through their performances like a beam of sunshine through a 25 year-old single malt.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thirteen for Halloween
Edgar Allan Poe Inspired Art Show and Sale
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 7:00-9:00PM
Alexandra von Burg Studio, 2525 8th Street, #13C, Berkeley
Free admission

“Thirteen for Halloween is a group show organized by fiber artist Alexandra Von Burg. Alexandra is personally dedicated to having fun making art and encouraging the celebration of the most hallowed of holidays. She invites like-minded artists who create art that is creepy, gothic, ghoulish, ridiculous, wickedly funny, and sometimes utilitarian.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skeleton Voodoo Pincushion
with Ulla Milbrath
Sunday, October 12, 11:00AM–5:00PM
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$110 includes materials, limited to 10 students

“Ulla invokes the spirit of New Orleans’ voodoo legend Marie Laveau in this new spin on her popular pincushion class. Do 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, you’ll choose patterns provided by Ulla to make your doll’s form, add batting to plump it up, and sew it together. Then the fun begins as you personalize and embellish your figure with embroidery pins.

Fee: $110; includes materials. Bring fabric scissors, and feel free to bring favorite scraps of fabric, lace, trim, sequins, and other ephemera to use.”

Learn to Transfigure!
a One Day Workshop with Meg Beeler of Earth Caretakers
Sunday, October 12, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Earth Caretakers Medicine Wheel in Sonoma Mountain's Oak Woodlands,
directions given upon registration

“Join us to explore your essence and inner divinity, transforming your life and perceptions.

Transfiguration has been one of my daily practices for 14 years, and it has deeply altered the way I walk in the world. I look forward to sharing this practice with you!
Do you yearn to discover your essence, your inner divinity? Do you want to empower yourself to transmute toxic thoughts, old habits, and toxins in the world? Experience your inner joy?

You can use the beautiful practice of transfiguration to live in and from your essence. You can use it in your daily life, shamanic practice, and meditation to bypass judgment and dualistic thinking. You can use it to see any problem, issue, or place in its divine perfection, which changes your response and your perception.
This powerfully transformative work helps you discover your essence. It gives you a grounded sense of connection with the Divine in all things. Reconnecting and realigning yourself, you will shine with the beauty, harmony, love, and divinity at the root of all transformation. You will empower yourself to transmute toxins, both internal and external. You will learn to be present with all that is.
If you are interested in joining our monthly Shamanic Journey and Transfiguration group, this day will prepare you. (You also need to know how to journey for the group!)
When: October 12, 11:00AM-5:00PM, in our medicine wheel in Sonoma Mountain's oak woodlands.
Cost: $95. Preregister and send checks to Meg Beeler and mail, along with your email address: 16100 Sobre Vista Court, Sonoma 95476. Directions and further instructions will be sent when your preregistration is received. Questions? Call 707-939-7961 or email earthcaretakers@earthlink.net.
Bring: A journal, water, lunch, a hat, a rattle if you have one.
Meg Beeler, MAT, is the founder of Earth Caretakers. She guides you into deep heart connection with the living energy of the universe through cosmic Andean energy healing and universal core shamanism. She helps you reconnect with nature and the earth, and guides you in finding your own power and inner authority through divination, ceremony, and energy alchemy.”

Black Rose Witchcraft
a 13 month series
with Devin Hunter, Storm Faerywolf, and Chas Bogan
Sunday, October 12, 12:00-4:00PM,
and 10 more classes, the second Sunday of each month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$25 per session

“Black Rose is a 13 month journey into the Craft of the Witch. Drawing from several different traditions of witchcraft and folk magic, Black Rose will teach you how to meditate, clear your energy, cast a circle, invoke the elements, cast effective spells, and more.
The curriculum is centered around monthly themes from which weekly lessons will be delivered. These lessons come in the form of Podcasts, written and artistic materials, as well as guided trance journeys via MP3s. Add to this a thriving community and online forum and you are experiencing the very finest witchcraft training available both in-person and online.
As a participant in our in-person class, you will have access to all the forums and materials that our online students enjoy. If you miss a class, you will still receive instruction online, so that you will not miss out. In addition to being part of our online coven, you will also benefit from working face to face with local members of your community.”

Indigenous People's Day Celebration
Sunday, October 12,12:00-5:00PM
Driver Plaza, Genoa and Adeline, Oakland
Free, please bring a dish to share

“Community potluck, music, speakers, People's Fashion Show, Danza Azteca Ceremony, People's theatre, DJ's n' more...

Self Help Hunger Program and the North Oakland Restorative Justice Block Party Project Present: Join us for this alternative community celebration to christopher columbus day.”

Tales from the Steppes
with Diana Shmiana and Dana Sherry
Sunday, October 12, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Tales from the Steppes: An hour of stories from Central Asia for families performed by storytellers Diana Shmiana and Dana Sherry.

Our guests will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the Central Asia of folk tales, where friendship can transform mere gold into a true treasure, rascally boys can trick their elders, and pumpkins can have extraordinary adventures.

Diana Shmiana grew up in a very funny family in Berkeley, California. From a young age, she loved to sing, dance, dress up in costumes, and act very, very silly. Diana always dreamed of entertaining children, and in 1997 she finally made that dream a reality by becoming Diana Shmiana. Diana plays several musical instruments, and her dance background has run the gamut from Ballet to Jazz to Modern to Flamenco. She has studied Clowning and Theatre at Dell'Arte International, Clown School of San Francisco, the San Francisco Circus Center, and the Phil Bennett Theatre Lab. She has studied Storytelling at San Francisco State University and the Traveling Jewish Theatre, Improvisation with Bay Area TheatreSports, and Voice with several master teachers.

Dana Sherry was once simply a respectable historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and has taught at U.C. Davis, Stanford University, and St. Mary’s College. However, she has developed a second life as a storyteller, where she crafts adult stories that transform historical events into tales of wonder and horror. She also tells traditional and literary tales to young audiences. In her school-age programs, stories become a way for children to experience empathy, community, creativity, and joy.

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

Pagan Singles Picnic!
(gay/bi this time.)
with the The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, October 12, 2:00-5:00PM
Hoover Park, 2901 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
$2 suggested donation

“Check the picnic-looking areas first, and look for the red Meetup sign; if we're not there, we'll probably be in the redwood grove next to the handball court.

Okay, time for another Pagan Singles Picnic. LGBTQQ/etc. this time!

An argument could be made that we should have separate ones for gay men and lesbians, but  1) there may not be enough warm weekend days left in the year, and  2) that could leave out some people in unconventional areas of the gender/orientation spectrum. If any of you want to organize more specialized gatherings of this type, please let me know: you can organize it and we'll announce it!

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

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

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

Hoping all you singles can attend. Blessed Be!”

Lover Earth Playshop: From The Sensual To The Spiritual
brought to you by Shamanik Improv Klasses
Sunday, October 12, 2:00-7:00PM
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
sliding Scale $40-$60

“We’ve heard of Mother Earth. How about LOVER EARTH? GET DIRTY! GET MOSSY! GET WILD!

Have you flirted? Kissed? Enchanted? Been enchanted by? Read poetry to? Heard the poetry from? Danced with? your Lover, the Earth?

Using play, meditation, and hands-on activities, we’ll venture forth individually, in pairs and in our group to feel textures, inhale the scents, hear the melodies, savor the nom noms, and internally and externally explore the uninhibited ways of our ever-present Lover. Emerge in love in ways that you have not imagined. Fall in love in ways you’ve forgotten. You are Earth, as well. So you get to fall in love with you, too: skin, trees, eyes, dirt, birds, bees, grass, sunlight, breezes, babbling brooks, oceans, jungles, homo sapiens and so much more. We’ll make space for all the complex qualities of Love.

Limited to 12 homo sapiens. Expanded to the cosmos.

In Shamanik Improv Klasses we use games, dance, musik, guided imagery, the inner and outer worlds, poetry, our wits, our wyrd wyld ways (old skool www), individual, paired, and group sharing, masks, props, kostumes, channeling, charakters, and the unknown to help us explore together meaningful life themes. Less like acting, more like playing, we allow our kreative impulses to come through and manifest shamelessly. We learn techniques that loosen up kreativity, kollaborate, and help us release inhibitions in a supportive way. In other words, no pressure to ‘perform’; only pleasure to play, making room for all emotions!

(Please note, just in case someone happens to spell it with a c, this is not Shamanic Improv; it's Shamanik Improv. These are not classes; they're klasses. It's not a cat; it's a kat. And kazoos are still kazoos.)”

Memorial for Lady Loreon
Sunday, October 12, 3:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
for more information, please call 707-857-4747 or e-mail isis@isisoasis.org

“There will be a wonderful memorial for Lady Loreon on Sunday, October 12, which is open to the public and begins at 3:00PM, with a reception to follow.

There will be no charge to attend the Memorial Service itself for Lady Loreon or the reception directly following it.”

Introduction To The GAPS Diet
with Joey Anderson and Sara Russell
Sunday, October 12, 4:30-6:30PM,
and two more Sundays through November 2 (no class on October 19)
Three Stone Hearth Kitchen, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$35 per class, please register at the website below.
for more information, e-mail info@threestonehearth.com

“Join Sara Russell and Joey Anderson, Certified GAPS Practitioners, for an eight week series, starting Sunday, September 7 through Sunday, November 2 (no class on October 19) from 4:30-6:30PM at Three Stone Hearth.

If you are thinking about starting the GAPS diet and feel mystified, are following the GAPS diet and feel stuck, or you are looking for a community where your health concerns and dietary choices will be understood, you will find guidance and support for your journey through this series.

Our GAPS group is for anyone interested in following the GAPS diet or currently following it. Each of the eight meetings with involve: An informative presentation on an aspect of the GAPS diet, recipes and a cooking demonstration, and time for group discussion and one-on-one Q and A.

Each class includes the Broth Bar, which is available 20 minutes before the class begins.

Sara Russell is an avid fermentation experimentalist who provides individualized nutritional and food-preparation guidance to individuals, families and groups on the sourcing, preparation, and sharing of food in light of their health goals and lifestyle.

Joey Anderson is a mother and local-food lover who works with individuals and families, guiding them on their journey towards optimal health through personalized nutritional education and food preparation guidance.”

part of Un-Scripted’s Sunday Revival Series
Sunday, October 12, 7:00PM
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 2nd Floor, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco

“There are few things scarier than the unknown.  This October, the stars align for ONE NIGHT of improvised horror as the master storytellers of Un-Scripted Theater Company spin audience suggestions into tales of the uncanny and the macabre.  Experience first-hand the excitement and terror of a horror story that only live theater can create.”

Alice In Antarctica
with Australian Harpist Alice Giles
presented by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Sunday, October 12, 7:00PM
JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, 415-292-1200

“In this multimedia performance, harpist Alice Giles commemorates the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, using acoustic and electric harp, spoken and sung voice, recorded spoken voice, and visual and audio material. Works include old favorites and new works by contemporary Australian composers, as well as sounds of the wind through the harp in Antarctica, woven with words and song. This is the premier San Francisco appearance of the Blue Camac Harp.”

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

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

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

Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues
with author Gary Noy
the October General Meeting of
the Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association
Monday, October 13, 7:30PM
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E Remington Drive, Sunnyvale

“Save the date for our next General Meeting on Monday, October 13 at 7:30PM.  Our speaker will be author Gary Noy, a history professor at Sierra Community College, who is the author of Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues.  Gary is also the author of many newspaper columns and magazine articles on Sierra Nevada history and culture.

Gary will present a lecture on Sierra Nevada history, with a special focus on how it relates to the Santa Clara Valley.  His book Sierra Stories will also be available for sale and signing after the presentation.  

Please plan on attending and bringing a friend.  Admission and refreshments are FREE!  Popcorn will be provided as always by Bert Oey and Frank Quinn of Sereno Group Realty.

We hope to see you there!”

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

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

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: the Kings

A Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Join us in a roundtable discussion where we discuss our two cards for the month and learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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.”

Have a Cosmically Cultural, Adventurously Awakened Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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