What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A reminder from Yeshe Rabbit:

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

Event listings can now be found here: http://pantheonfoundation.org/events/list

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

But wait, there's more!

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

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


Woodland Egg Ornaments, Belrose Holiday Tea Party, Holiday Tea and Tours at the Ainsley House, The Totalitarians, Exploratorium After Dark: Glow, Holiday Letterpress, Wall Hanging Weaving Workshop, Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis, Celebrate Beira Scottish Goddess of Winter, Life is the Ceremony; How We Live It Is the Ritual, RiffTrax Live presents Santa Claus, Spirited Away, Faulted, Crumbs: a Cinderella Story, Beloved Strangers, The Velveteen Rabbit, The MeshugaNutcracker, The Fifth String: Ziryab’s Passage to Cordoba, The Dragon Play, Jolly Juliana - An Original Melodrama and Holiday Vaudeville, The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, Museum of Art and History Year In Review, Holiday Open House In Downtown Benicia, Dickens Family Victorian Holiday Party, Sharon and Winter Knight Sonoma County House Concert, Fire in the Darkness, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Charity Goodin Musical Holiday, Now And At The Hour, Sing Along Sound of Music, Holiday Frolic and Snow Park in Downtown Martinez, Martinez Arts Holiday Boutique, Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day, Garden Shop Holiday Fete!, Island Cat Resources and Adoption Holiday Boutique, Branches and Berries, Hands-on Rain Barrel Workshop, San Jose Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea, Petaluma Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House, The Sacred Well Annual Magical Holiday Market, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming, Campbell Carol of Lights Festival, Family Wrapping Paper, Holiday Fixit Clinic at Hercules Public Library, A Scottish Christmas with Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Fantasy of Lights, 20 Harps for the Holidays, Full Moon Ceremony, The Red Ball, Women’s Giving Moon, Men’s Giving Moon, Writers With Drinks, Fifth Annual Holiday Concert With Community Dance, WALiB-Live! We All Live in Bhopal, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, No Temple of Aphrodite in December, Dickens Holiday Craft Fair, Holiday Open Studio at Slow Burn Glass, An Ardenwood Christmas, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House, Holiday Brick Show, Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms, Guglielmo Winery's 26th Annual Holiday Faire, West Coast Craft Fair, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Holiday Tree Walk, Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train, Mycopigments for Dyes, Cinderella, I Dreamed of Rain: Occidental Community Choir’s Winter Concert, Compost: Building Biodynamic Soil in Your Garden, Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto!, Metallic Floral Headpiece, Laughter Pancakes and Garden Fun at Dover Street Park, Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar, Connect Your Energy Change Your Life!, Wonder Tales from Central Asia, Understanding Problematic People through Typology, An Irish Christmas, Kepler’s Books Literary Circle Annual Holiday Party, Nurture SisterHood and Self Care Over the Holidays, Winter Solstice Drum Circle, Belly Dance Student Showcase, Celtic Christmas Concert, Berkeley Vocal Improvisation And Joyful Singing, Stamped and Painted Gift Wrap, Feminine Ways to Increase Success and De-Stress Your Life, Alameda: An Agricultural History, Tarot Salon, Odd Salon: Oddments, Tree Trimming Party and Meditation for Those of All Faiths, Holiday Luncheon at Gamble Garden, A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, Network For A New Culture North Bay Monthly Meeting, Found Footage Festival

Woodland Egg Ornaments
with Tiffanie Turner
Wednesday, December 3, 6:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$70, limit 20 students

“Using blown-out chicken eggs and gorgeous Italian floral crepe paper, Tiffanie will guide you through the process of making beautiful and memorable woodland ornaments resembling acorns and pine cones. You will make and acorn ornament that you can give as a gift (or keep for yourself), in a style that can be replicated throughout the year by just changing the color palette, and also learn tips and get started on creating an egg and crepe paper pine cone. You will be given materials to finish your pine cone at home if you cannot finish it in class. Both the acorn and the pine cone are wonderful, wintery specimens!

Tiffanie Turner is an architect, artist and performer who began working passionately in paper last year. Since then, her work has appeared on numerous art and lifestyle blogs, the San Francisco Chronicle, One Kings Lane, and in her recent San Francisco solo gallery show entitled HEADS. Tiffanie has taught classes for Martha Stewart Living and online for creativeLIVE, and currently teaches workshops in several different paper techniques around the Bay Area and beyond under the moniker papel SF.”

Belrose Holiday Tea Party
Wednesday-Saturday, December 3-6, 1:00-4:00PM
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael
$25 per person
reservations required, please call 415-902-5188 or e-mail 2TeaOrNot2Tea@att.net

“Tea Parties at The Belrose are Back!
Come enjoy four weeks of The Belrose Tea Party with family, friends, and co-workers.
Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1:00-4:00PM
$25 for this experience includes:
A Pot of Fine Tea
Tea Sandwiches
Petit Fours
Cookies and Scones”

The Belrose Theatre is a beautiful and truly magical place!

Holiday Tea and Tours at the Ainsley House
Wednesday-Sunday, December 3-7, see website for detailed schedule
Ainsley House, 51 N Central Avenue, Campbell
Reservations required, please call 408-866-2757

“Join us for an elegant and relaxing afternoon and get in the holiday spirit! The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation's traditional English-style Holiday Teas in the Carriage House feature delicate sandwiches, holiday sweets, and champagne as well as a guided tour of the Ainsley House, decorated in its holiday finest.

In the beautiful, historical Ainsley House, all of its 15 rooms will be transformed into an enchanting celebration of Christmas decorated by local interior designers, house decorators, florists, and volunteers.  The Ainsley House's Holiday Boutique, full of unique delights for holiday shoppers, will feature seasonal gifts, ornaments, tea accessories, and more.

Teas will be held at 1:00PM and 1:30PM on December 3-7 and December 10-13.  Admission is $40 per person. This is a wildly popular program and seating is limited - act now before tickets sell out!  For more information and to purchase tickets, please phone 408-866-2757.

All proceeds benefit the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks, through the Museum and Ainsley House, to promote Campbell history and educate the public about the region's rich past.”

The Totalitarians
A National New Play Network World Premiere by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Wednesday-Sunday, December 3-7,
Wednesday-Thursday 7:00PM, Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 5:00PM,
playing through December 14
Z Below, downstairs at Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Z Space is thrilled to present the first play commissioned for us by our in-house playwright, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.

We might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively watchable candidate for state office, enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine's husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients - one of whom opens his eyes to Penny's nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.”

Exploratorium After Dark: Glow
Thursday, December 4, 6:00-10:00PM, and the first Thursday of each month
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco, 415-528-4444
$15, 18 and over

“After Dark: Glow

Excite your atoms at After Dark: Glow, a festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows celebrating the close of the year.

Bask in the cascading colors of Mark Lottor’s Cubatron Core and encounter the otherworldly gleam of Metamorphosis, a 1:1000 scale model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko designed by Jason Klimoski, David Delgado, and Dan Goods. Take a shine to illuminating exhibits, films, and activities, and meet with Exploratorium scientist Dr. Julie Yu to discover fluorescence in everyday objects - including yourself.

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

Holiday Letterpress
with the Ladies of Studio Ephemera
Thursday, December 4, 7:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$85, limit 10 students

“Make a statement this year with beautiful, homemade, and hand-printed holiday cards! During this evening course, you will get to design your own holiday cards and then learn how to letterpress print them using polymer plates and an antique letterpress machine. You will also learn how to cut custom envelope liners to create a unique, handcrafted holiday card set. All materials necessary will be supplied.

Studio Ephemera is a Berkeley-based design and letterpress printing studio owned by Monique Comacchio and Camden Richards. Studio Ephemera specializes in designing and printing custom materials, ranging from social stationery and event invitations, to labels and marketing materials. Camden and Monique both have extensive experience in design, printing, and teaching and have produced work that has been featured on websites including Oh So Beautiful and The Knot. They have also created fine artists books and prints that are owned in public and private collections.”

Wall Hanging Weaving Workshop
with Jo Abellera
Friday, December 4, 7:00-9:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street San Francisco, 415-552-0112
$90, please RSVP to tomra@gravelandgold.com or 415-552-0112

“In this workshop, we will be creating macrame weavings on a simple frame loom with Los Angeles based maker/designer Jo Abellera of KKIBO. Students will learn the basics of macrame weaving, including: warping the loom using macrame knots, plain weave using a weaving sword and shed stick, creating texture, adding fringe/tassels, and finishing techniques.

We will be working with a variety of yarn and fibers: natural and hand dyed cotton, wool, jute rope, and raw alpaca fleece. All materials are provided, but please feel free to bring any yarn or other fiber you’d like to work with!

Students will leave with a beautiful wall hanging of their own design.

Jo Abellera is the Los Angeles based maker and designer of KKIBO - a line of handmade knitwear, accessories, housewares and textiles.”

Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis
Thursday, December 4, 7:00PM
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510 433-9730

“For the first time in its 37 year history, New York's original one-ring circus Big Apple Circus will beam a performance of Metamorphosis, its new show for all ages, into hundreds of movie theaters across the US, Canada, and around the world. Metamorphosis features performers from the U.S., Russia, France, and Mongolia, in an array of classical circus artistry such as clowning, juggling, acrobatics and equestrianism (with completely animal-friendly acts).

Founded in 1977, The Big Apple Circus introduced American audiences to the intimate environment of a one-ring circus under a Big Top Tent. Since its inception, Big Apple Circus has produced thirty-six original shows, each created around a specific theme integrating aspects of traditional theater (original music compositions, lighting, choreography, sets and costumes) with classical circus artistry. A small core company of performers returns each year with new acts and are joined by guest artists selected from the top ranks of international circus stars.”

Celebrate Beira Scottish Goddess of Winter
with Daughters of the Goddess
Thursday, December 4, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgender women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“She is the Old Crone of Winter, the Queen of Winter, Goddess Beira of Scotland is a Goddess of transformation and creation.  She is the Mother of all the Goddesses and Gods. She is part of the Triple Goddess who make up the seasons of the year. She is a Giantess who walks the Earth, covering it with snow that falls from Her hair. She creates mountains ranges and valleys with Her magical hammer. She leaps from mountaintop to mountaintop, dropping rocks which create the rolling sacred hills. Beira controls the weather of Winter, unleashing powerful and cleansing storms.

Beira also protects the animals during the Winter by putting them to sleep, hibernating until the spring. She assists the deer in finding food in the snow-covered forests and valleys of the mountains.  At Winter Solstice, Beira drinks of the fountain of youth and slowly starts to become young again as Spring arrives.

Beira has been made in many of the stories to be an ugly, angry, old crone, seeing old age as something evil and to be avoided.  We have lost our connection to our elders, often locking them away or disregarding their wisdom.  We need to change this, we are losing so much.  At this time the we celebrate all the mysteries of the Winter and of the wise ones - our elders.  How can we honor the elders in our lives?  How do we open up to hearing the wisdom that has been gained thru a lifetime of living?  These are women who have paved the way for us, and can teach us the mystery of what it is to live the cycles of the years, the changes in womyn’s bodies, and magic of life.

We are sending a special shout out to the crones of our community.  Many we see only once a year at our Annual Womyn’s Spiral Dance.  You have so much to offer, and so much that we can learn from.  It would be wonderful to have you come and join us at this altar to celebrate this important and sacred stage of life.

For the altar, please bring a white candle and stone or rock that is sacred to you.  Also if you have any images or symbols of Beira, please bring them for the altar. Her Symbols are sacred stones, ravens, crows, the waning moon, and falling leaves.

Come and celebrate with us the wonders and Mysteries of the Winter Crone.

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

Life is the Ceremony; How We Live It Is the Ritual
with Wind Hughes, Psychotherapist and Feminine Shaman
Thursday, December 4, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871

“Life is not about survival. It is about waking up!

Imagine how your life would change if you discovered the secrets to understanding the Natural Laws of Creation? What if you could access the wisdom of the ancients directly and were able to live your life as a spiritually awakened being, with an open heart, creating the life you dream of?

Wind Hughes is a modern-day feminine shaman. In this book, she takes you on a journey out of the confines of the body to the expanded reaches of spiritual experience beyond life as we know it. Life Is the Ceremony chronicles her visions, mystical experiences, meeting with teachers from other dimensions, and her use of ceremony to call in her soul mate. By sharing her personal journey through the mystical and quantum realms, Wind makes the transcendent life accessible to everyone.

This book is a practical how-to guide for living your own unique conscious and awakened life, and becoming the powerful manifestor that you are. It is a map leading to the doorway that opens to the other side. Awakening and becoming a Spiritual R-Evolutionary is the most powerful personal and political act. Individually, we can change the planet. You may laugh, you may cry: you will come away transformed.”

RiffTrax Live presents Santa Claus
Thursday, December 4, 8:00PM
various locations - see website for details
see website for local ticket details

“A LIVE never-before-seen riffing on the colorful holiday film, Santa Claus, from the historic Belcourt Theater in Nashville, Tennessee.

You better watch out!

Fathom Events and RiffTrax are thrilled to bring the magical wonderland known as K. Gordon Murray’s Santa Claus to select cinemas nationwide for the ultimate holiday riff LIVE on Thursday, December 4, at 8:00PM!

Get your magic eye ready as Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (also known as the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000) present a jolly ol’ riff that will keep you laughing all holiday season long! This one-night event, broadcast from the Belcourt Theater’s magical crystal laboratory, will be your only chance to watch the guys riff this merry flick on the big screen, so move quickly and get your tickets now!”

Spirited Away
Thursday, December 4, 9:30PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, 510-658-7900

“In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into beasts.

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

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

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

presented by foolsFURY
Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6, 8:00PM - final week
Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

“Join foolsFURY at The Thick House in San Francisco for the world premiere of Angela Santillo's original play Faulted. Directed by Evren Odcikin, Faulted is an ode to California in all its mysterious, tectonic plate shifting contradictions. Epic and roman, vegan and carnivore, West Side and the Central Valley combine under the signs of the next Big One, looming just under the horizon.

The mighty San Andreas Fault has woken up and set his eyes on Los Angeles, home to an earth empath named Aurora. Sitting in her trailer, Aurora can hear and sometimes see seismic activity before it registers on the finely tuned scientific instruments at nearby Caltech. Mitch, a graduate student at Caltech's Seismological Laboratory, has been sent to collect data about Aurora. Their meeting turns out to be much more than a collision between worlds of science and New Age belief. Attended by a chorus of godlike figures embodying California's fault lines, Aurora must convince Mitch to trust her predictions before it's too late.”

Crumbs: a Cinderella Story
Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6, 8:00PM,
playing through December 21
The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-528-7554
sliding scale $15- $20

"Something’s gone wrong. Somethings not right. Comfort still finds them somehow in the night. Keep a close watch.

Upstairs, a landlady who controls everything. Downstairs, a household of creatures who work day and night. Far away, a Prince who has a radical idea - invite everyone to the Ball...

Timeless and timely, just in time for the darkness, the old stories and songs get to the roots. We invite you to be listeners and to dance at the Ball.”

Beloved Strangers
presented by Un-Scripted Theater
Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6, 8:00PM,
playing through December 20,  no show on Thanksgiving
Un-Scripted Theater, 533 Sutter Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Adults $20, Students and Seniors $10

“Beloved Strangers - As the weather grows chillier and the holidays approach, families get ready to travel from places near and far to spend time together. A lot of time together!

For better or worse, families share histories, destinies, and above all - stories. This winter, Un-Scripted Theater Company celebrates family with Beloved Strangers, a completely improvised three-act play featuring a new family, created on the spot, every night. Feeling overwhelmed by your own family this holiday season? Come spend an evening with ours instead.”

The Velveteen Rabbit
presented by ODC
Thursday-Sunday, December 4-7,
Thursday-Friday 11:00AM, Saturday 11:00AM and 2:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM,
playing through December 14
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.
Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance - one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to present their 26th season of the beloved Bay Area production!”

The MeshugaNutcracker
presented by Guggenheim Entertainment
Thursday-Sunday, December 4-7,
Thursday-Fridays 7:30PM, Saturdays 2:00PM and 7:30PM, Sundays 2:00PM,
playing through December 14
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, 415-673-6672
see website for ticket information

“The libretto tells the tale of eight Chelmniks (citizens of Chelm, the fictional town of fools) who gather once a year to perform their Chanukah festival. Through the course of the two-act musical, they tell eight stories which celebrate and honor the triumphs of Chanukah heroes from the time of the Maccabees through modern day - all in their delightfully foolish Chelm style. This new Chanukah production has all the right ingredients for a very happy holiday: take the beautiful and melodious music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet, mix in eight poignant and witty stories celebrating the miracle of Chanukah, and add a pinch of Chelm for flavor. Add twirling chanukiot and you'll have visions of sufganiot dancing in your head. Some might call it crazy, we call it... The MeshugaNutcracker!

The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full length musical performed in two acts. It runs approximately 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission. Latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) will be available before the show and during intermission. The show is appropriate for all audiences but recommended for youth who are able to sit through a Pixar film.”

The Fifth String: Ziryab’s Passage to Cordoba
presented by Golden Thread Productions
Thursday-Sunday, December 4-7,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco, 415-863-9834
Adults $25, Student and Seniors $20, Children under 12 Free

“Meet Ziryab, the 9th century musical genius and cultural icon, in a treat for the whole family! With an amazing ensemble of singers, musicians and clowns, The Fifth String playfully tells the story of Ziryab’s beginnings in Iraq, his life as an immigrant to Cordoba, and his lasting contributions to music, fashion, and culture that still reverberate today. Widely credited with adding a fifth string to the oud and with introducing Persian and Arabic influences to Spanish music, his life becomes an inspiration for this modern retelling as a story-within-a-story in the tradition of 1001 Nights. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian. Original music composed by Faraz Minooei. Production design by Mokhtar Paki.

Golden Thread Productions is an American theatre company focused on the Middle East. We develop and produce plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. Our mission is to make the Middle East a potent presence on the American stage and to make theatre a treasured cultural experience for audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.”

The Dragon Play
by Jenny Connell Davis
Thursday-Sunday, December 4-7,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM,
playing through December 14, No performances Thanksgiving weekend
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“In the frozen north a woman and her husband, weathering the challenges of their marriage, receive a mysterious visitor who threatens to upend their world. Decades before and thousands of miles away in the burning south, an 11-year-old boy and a 300-year-old - yet still relatively adolescent - dragon girl meet and fall in love. Far from fairy tales or airbrushed fantasies, these two achingly poignant stories alternate in a heart-rending dance of desire, longing, and commitment that spans time and geography. The intensity of the ways these characters yearn and fall for each other is like nothing audiences have witnessed on stage, and the staggering final revelation will stop your heart with its beauty.”

Jolly Juliana - An Original Melodrama and Holiday Vaudeville
presented by 6th Street Playhouse
Thursday-Sunday, December 4-7,
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through December 21
G.K. Hardt Theatre, 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa, 707-523-4185
see website for ticket details

“A delightful, heart-warming, extravaganza commemorating the roots of American theatre; sing-a-long, hiss, boo and cheer for a villain, hero and heroine. A merry company of players will bring you a menagerie of entertainment sure to be a highlight of your holiday season.”

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes
9th Annual All Drag Xmas Exdrag-a-ganza
Thursday-Sunday, December 4-7,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM,
playing through December 21
Victoria Theater, 2961 16th Street, San Francisco, 415-863-7576

“Starring San Francisco’s four top drag luminaries, as we ring in the Holiday with, hilarity and heart. The formula is reasonably straightforward. Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two classic Xmas episodes of the ground-breaking and uproarious TV show: The Golden Girls, and joviality will ensue. The four drag stars are playing the characters the entire world has come to know and love are Heklina (Dorothy), Cookie Dough (Sophia), Matthew Martin (Blanche) and Pollo Del Mar (Rose). Directed by Matthew Martin.”

Museum of Art and History Year In Review
a Free First Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, December 5, 11:00AM-9:00PM, and the first Friday of each month
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“There were 51,824 people who made the MAH happen this year. Explore their story in a visual display of everything we shared at the MAH in 2014. Part pep rally, part science fair, come support and learn what the MAH will be up to in 2015.

Tonight will also feature our current Participatory Performing Artist in Residence, Gerald Casel and his performance Home is… This movement-based installation with dancers and live music by Aiden McKee that responds to participants concepts of home. Participants can write words that describe home on used fabric and tie them together to create a collective pathway from Pacific Avenue to the Homeless Garden Project and then the performance area in the museum. Images of what home means will be submitted by community members by using the hashtag #homeis and projected during the performance. Performances are at 6:00PM and 8:00PM.

In the classroom, people will be invited to craft envelopes made from old maps, and write letters to a place they consider home. People will also be able to hang their thoughts and drawings of home up to dry on a large laundry line installation, and help piece together our different ideas of home. Through words, drawings, and collected gestures and streaming photographs, community members can contribute to building this work and witness its live creation.”

Holiday Open House In Downtown Benicia
Friday, December 5, 6:00-9:00PM
along Main Street, Benicia

“First Street merchants, along with Benicia Main Street, host this ever-popular open house at the beginning of the Christmas season. Merchants offer beverages and treats and show off their holiday goods while costumed carolers sing traditional Christmas tunes. Live entertainment, wagon rides, and wine tasting add a festive atmosphere to this family event.”

Dickens Family Victorian Holiday Party
Friday, December 5, 6:00-9:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
$10 Adults, $7 Children

“Partake in a holiday treat as you go back in time to Victorian England and meet Charles Dickens, listen to him read from his famous works, watch his characters come alive (look out for Scrooge), meet and greet the true Father Christmas, play Victorian parlor games, dance and sing with our Victorian family and make traditional holiday crafts. Light food and drink will be served. A true family event.”

Sharon and Winter Knight Sonoma County House Concert
Friday, December 5, 7:00-10:00PM
Winters House, a private home in Santa Rosa, address given upon registration
sliding scale $10-$20

“Join Sharon and Winter in Santa Rosa for an evening of enchantment!

Held in a private home in Santa Rosa, this is part of our winter house concert series as we endeavor to share more music with more of our home communities! This show is hosted by one of our dearest, longtime friends, Jeffry Winters!

Doors open at 7:00PM, show at 7:30PM. Come early and share a cocktail!

We’ll have CDs available at Holiday Gift prices, two for $25. They make great stocking stuffers!

Please RSVP to Jeff at braggi at aol dot com to reserve your spot and get the address.

You are welcome to bring a favorite beverage.”

Fire in the Darkness: An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Dances of Universal Peace
A Songbird Friday Flock Night
Friday, December 5, 7:30-9:30PM
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-2398
suggested donation 1 cent to $30

Gordon Walmsley from Copenhagen and Amy Trussell, poetry.
Sahar Pinkham, ‘igniter of the heart,’ tabla, kirtan.
Tui Wilshinksy, leader of Dances of Universal Peace and kirtans.
Terri Ann Gillete, celestial violin.

Gordon Walmsley, American poet, grew up in New Orleans and currently resides in Copenhagen. A graduate of Princeton University and Tulane Law School, he is the author of several acclaimed books including Daisy, The Alchemical Adventures of a New Orleans Hermaphrodite, published by The Copenhagen Review.

Amy Trussell's poetry and articles have been published Internationally in journals. She is the author of five books of poetry and has performed her poetry with dance at many venues including Loyola University and The Spiritual Voodoo Temple in New Orleans.

Sahar has immersed himself in the ecstasy of kirtan and the soulful rhythms of tabla drums, for 40 years.

Dr. Tui Wilschinsky has been joyously leading singing and the Dances of Universal Peace and facilitating heart opening events for 45 years. He has led the Dances and group singing while working with Ram Dass, Joanna Macy, Sazaki Roshi, Rabbi Zahlman Schachter, Matthew Fox, and other remarkable beings.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, December 5, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

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

Charity Goodin Musical Holiday
presented by Electric Theatre
Friday-Saturday, December 5-6,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
Adults $25, Children $10

“Charity Goodin has been entertaining audiences for years with her work in R and B, jazz, rock, gospel, and ethnic music genres.
She headlined the Belize International Jazz Festival in 2008 and has recorded and performed with the original latin/funk/jazz group The Company She Keeps, as well as with Work in Progress, Fresh Cuts Cabaret, Brynie Baker Band and Springer.
In 2011, Charity produced Holiday Show at the Pacheco Playhouse in Novato with vibrant and alive music. Her productions have a magical energy that includes the audience in her very happy world of song. Her family ‘table’ becomes our musical feast.
Join Marin Onstage and Charity Goodin to kick off the holidays with heartwarming music and special treats in this very special production at the Belrose.”

Now And At The Hour
a documentary with Christian Cagigal
film screening
Friday-Saturday, December 5-6, 8:00PM,
playing through December 13
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, 415-931-1094
sliding scale $15-$25

“The long awaited release of the documentary performance film of Christian Cagigal's most lauded work, Now and at the Hour is finally here. Four special screenings at The EXIT Theatre, preceded by a live show by Christian. These screenings will be followed shortly after by the online release of the film.

Back in early 2011, best friends Christian Cagigal and internationally recognized filmmaker, H.P. Mendoza, filmed three special performances of Now And At The Hour before live audiences at EXIT Theatre. They added to that documentary interviews with independent theatre artists in the Bay Area. But soon, both Mendoza and Cagigal were whisked into their individual careers and successes which took them away from finishing this very DIY film project. But, the day is finally here. This December, The EXIT Theatre along with Mendoza's film company, Ersatz Film, that he co-founded with partner, Mark Del Lima, will be screening the film of Now And At The Hour before giving it its online release.”

Sing Along Sound of Music
Friday-Sunday, December 5-7, 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco
Adults $16, Children and Seniors $11  

“An annual Castro Theatre event, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in glorious widescreen, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest!

The movie stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. (1965, full program including intermission runs approx. 240 min, DCP 'Scope)”

Holiday Frolic and Snow Park in Downtown Martinez
Friday-Sunday, December 5-7,
Friday 1:00-9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
along Main Street from Ferry Street to Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
see website for admission details

“A Winter Wonderland with Real Snow!
Snow Park and Ice Skating
Holiday Light Parade, Friday, December 5, 6:30PM, on Main Street
Visit with Santa!
Santa's little red house at the Main Street Plaza.
Also, city sponsored fun: Jumpers, Face Painting, Crafts and more!”

Martinez Arts Holiday Boutique
Friday-Sunday, December 5-9,
through December 21
see website for detailed schedule
Old Martinez Train Depot, Ferry Street near Marina Vista Avenue, Martinez, 925-228-8160
Free admission

“Handmade gifts by local artisans that are truly unique and crafted with care.”

Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day
Saturday, December 6,
see website for events at local bookstores

“Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day began when my children were little and I was going to story time at bookstores nearly every week. Did all children know the pleasure of spending time in a bookstore? I wondered. Of being drawn into a magic world for a while, then being left to choose treasures on the shelf? I wanted to begin a holiday that would expose as many kids as possible to this joy.

But Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day quickly became bigger than one mother and her children. Bloggers and book lovers took it viral across the web, carried posters into bookstores, and welcomed me and my family to local bookstores when we traveled cross country last summer.

Now we are busily adding stores, helping support celebrations on the Day, and leading people to the wonderful places we have found. In the future, Take Your Child to a Bookstore may offer grants for children who can't visit a bookstore on their own, or perhaps there will be internships for kids who want one day to own a bookstore. Because the sky is the limit when there is a book!”

Garden Shop Holiday Fete!
Saturday, December 6, 10:00AM-3:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Free admission

“Come spend a fabulous afternoon finding beautiful and unusual gifts for the holidays at our special holiday shopping party in the Garden’s gift shop. We’ll have tastings, music, and fun botanical wrapping for your gifts. Enjoy special offers with your holiday purchases which directly benefit the Botanical Garden.

This special holiday shopping event is free!”

Island Cat Resources and Adoption Holiday Boutique
Friday-Saturday, December 5-6,
Friday 12:00-6:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, 510-522-1015
Free admission

“Get all your holiday shopping done under one roof: gifts, decorations, baked items, jewelry, cards, giftwrap, and so much more - all at prices well below retail (cash or checks only).

Come and support the work we do with our community’s homeless cats and kittens needing spay/neuter, medical care, and forever homes!”

Branches and Berries
with Rachel O'Neal
Saturday, December 6, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$75, limit 15 students

“In this workshop we will learn how to make a hand-wired wreath using a metal frame, a variety of branches for the base and embellishing with berries, pods, grasses, and flowers. We will finish it off with beautiful ribbon of course! With proper care and storage, this wreath will dry beautifully and can be used again next season and beyond.

Rachel's lifelong love of flowers started as a little girl roller skating around the neighborhood with rubber bands on her wrist, picking flowers and selling them to her neighbors. She founded fioribei floral design studio in 2001, specializing in seasonal, locally grown flowers for weddings. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and ruffledblog.com. You can now find her working on an organic farm growing and harvesting flowers and vegetables, and teaching the art of flower arranging to the farm crew.”

Hands-on Rain Barrel Workshop
with Greywater Action
Saturday, December 6, 11:00AM-4:00PM
private home in Oakland, address will be sent after registration
sliding scale $30-$100 includes lunch

“Come learn about simple, backyard rainwater harvesting systems. We'll cover common types of rainharvesting systems, storage options, system components, how to size a system, and irrigation methods.

We'll install a rain barrel system from repurposed food-grade barrels and a ‘first flush diverter’.

This system will:
provide storage
reduce stormwater runoff and sewage overflows
recharge aquifers
increase your backyard harvest
lower your water bill”

San Jose Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea
Saturday, December 6, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Tea seatings at 11:00AM and 2:00PM
Pacific Hotel, History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose
Holiday Tea tickets are $45 and include admission to Heritage Holiday
Reservations required, please contact Juanita Lara at 408-918-1045 or JLara@historysanjose.org

“Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, finger sandwiches and sweets, featuring exclusive blends by Satori Tea, champagne by Guglielmo Winery, and served by the players of Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Tour historic houses decorated for the holidays.”

Petaluma Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 6, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Downtown Petaluma, 707-762-9348

“Join us on December 6 from 11:00AM-5:00PM for our annual Merchant's Holiday Open House, From Petaluma With Love.  All day long, we'll have fabulous shopping deals, festive holiday treats, horse and carriage rides from Putnam Plaza, balloon art, face painting, and so much more.  We hope to see you there!

2014 Activities Included:
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides from Putnam Plaza (29 Petaluma Blvd N.) from 12:00-4:00PM.  Take an old fashioned scenic ride through Historic Downtown Petaluma!  Sponsored by Lala's Creamery and the Petaluma Downtown Association, kids receive complimentary rides and adults are only $5.

Face painting in Putnam Plaza from 12:00-4:00PM.  Get in a festive holiday mood with complimentary face painting, courtesy of the Petaluma Downtown Association.

Balloon Art Creations by Paula Moors in Putnam Plaza from 12:00-4:00PM. Complimentary balloon art for the kids courtesy of the Petaluma Downtown Association.

The Petaluma High School Choir will be strolling Downtown from 2:00-4:00PM, singing your favorite holiday tunes.

The Silver Bells Quartet will be strolling Downtown from 12:00-2:00PM, singing your favorite holiday tunes.”

The Sacred Well Annual Magical Holiday Market
Saturday, December 6, 12:00-6:00PM,
and December 13
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Free admission

“It is a Sacred Well tradition that we all cherish to gather some of our favorite local artisans and their wares to provide a festive and unique holiday shopping experience for our community!

Come on down and look for that special something and one of a kind treasure, while sipping on complimentary hot chocolate.

Together we can deck the halls, and bring life to our local economy.  

Saturday, December 6:

Sharon Knight
Internationally touring songstress Sharon Knight offers CDs for $15 or special holiday rates of two for $25. She will have some specialty items: Music in a Bottle - download codes rolled up and presented in decorative bottles. Sonic Alchemy gift certificates will also be available. Get a one hour private session with Sharon using sound to help move through stuck places. You can get a feel for Sharon's Sonic Alchemy work by downloading this free exercise, the Sonic Soul Alignment.

Elaine Smith
Elaine D. Smith brings over 15 years of colorful and varied experience in metal fabrication, stone setting, custom design development and repairs. She believes that creativity is a energy field where anything is possible.

Ash Rúndaingne
A local artisan who makes a variety of handmade and witchy goods, including hand knit scarves. For those looking for a touch of magic in their holiday shopping.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, December 6, 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.”

Deep Dreaming: Finding Interconnection through Shared Dreaming
facilitated by Richard Russo and Meredith Sabini
Saturday, December 6, 2:00-4:30PM - final session
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.”

Campbell Carol of Lights Festival==
Saturday, December 6, 2:00-6:00PM
Downtown Campbell, E. Campbell Avenue and Central, Campbell

“This year's Carol of Lights is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2:00-6:00PM with bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, musical entertainment, Santa Claus and SNOW!

This event is manned entirely by volunteers and is funded through recycling, sponsorships, and many community donations.”

Family Wrapping Paper
with Camden Richards
Saturday, December 6, 3:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$45, limit 10 students

“Join us for a fun afternoon workshop where parents/caregivers and children will make wrapping paper from recycled craft paper, newsprint, and other recycled materials. During the holidays, far too much money is spent on wrapping paper that quickly ends up in landfills. Do your bit for the planet and save money while producing something that your family will be able to use for the upcoming holidays! We will have multiple stations for class participants to use different techniques to produce beautiful, one-of-a-kind wrapping paper. This class is family friendly and children of all ages are welcome.

Camden M. Richards is a local artist, graphic designer, and printmaker who specializes in the design, craft and experimental creation of artist books and prints, incorporating various fine arts methods such as bookbinding, papermaking, printmaking, illustration, design, letterpress printing, and collage. Her books and prints have been included in local and national exhibitions as well as featured in national and international collections. In addition to making art under her imprint Liminal Press + Bindery and design/letterpress printing with Studio Ephemera, she loves to teach workshops and spread her passion for books and printmaking with children and adults alike.”

Holiday Fixit Clinic at Hercules Public Library
with Peter Mui
Saturday, December 6, 3:00-5:00PM
Hercules Public Library, 109 Civic Drive, Hercules, 510-245-2420

“We return to the Hercules Public Library on Saturday December 6 for a holiday-themed Fixit Clinic, we'll have another the following Saturday at the Albany Community Center. Hope to see you there!

Fix your broken stuff - Or at least learn more about it disassembling it.

Fixing as Giving: In the spirit of the holidays, The Fixit Clinic Elves will be on hand to spread holiday cheer helping you fix that special item for a loved one (that includes you!)
So bring your broken, non-functioning things - electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc. - for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair.

We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!

Your broken or non-working thing (carry-in only: no oversize items)
Accessories and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. phillips head screwdriver)
Any knowledge or advance research you've done on the issue
Boxes, bags and/or small containers to organize (and carry away) parts.”

A Scottish Christmas with Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums
Saturday, December 6, 3:00-5:00PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, 408-867-3493
donations graciously accepted

“You are cordially invited to a Free Concert to celebrate the season, presented by the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums of San Francisco.

Bagpipes and Drums, Scottish Fiddlers, Highland Dancing, Scottish Ballads.

This is a popular concert.   We recommend carpooling and allowing enough time to park.  

Bring a cushion to soften the church pew experience.”

The Muppets Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 6, 3:00PM and 6:00PM
Historic Bal Theater, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro, 510-614-1224

“We all Love the Muppets! A Muppets Christmas Carol is the retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.”

Fantasy of Lights
Saturday, December 6, 3:00-7:00PM
Cudworth Mansion, 2040 Union Street, San Francisco, 415-441-7055

“On December 6, Union Street kicks off its annual Fantasy of Lights Holiday celebration, where young and old alike can enjoy festivities to begin the holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers, and live entertainment.

See Union Street, holiday style, and hop on the FREE Union Street Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Ride from 3:00-5:30PM, fun for the whole family!

Come decorate a cupcake from 3:00-5:30PM in front of the Cudworth Mansion, 2040 Union Street!

Santa will arrive at the Cudworth Mansion, 2040 Union Street, at 5:30PM, where he will sit available for pictures until 7:00PM.

Donate toys for needy children through the SF Firefighters Toy Program. Collection barrels will be available on Union Street at the event and throughout the holiday.

This is truly a holiday tradition that should not be missed.”

20 Harps for the Holidays
Saturday, December 6, 4:00PM
Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos
Adults $15, Children 4-12 and Seniors 60+ $12

“We invite you to an afternoon of festive holiday harp music at our annual concert!

The program will feature harp solos and our studio ensemble, which has in recent years provided the sight and sound of more than twenty harps on a single stage. This year’s program will include a variety of fun holiday music, including some well-known carols - the perfect start to your holiday preparations!

We are also pleased to present the very entertaining harpist Meko (formerly Mike Walls) making a much-requested return appearance as our guest artist. Meko is an accomplished jazz harpist who comes to us from Central Florida. He tours extensively throughout the world, performing in both the English and Spanish languages. Meko is a two-time prize winner in the International Jazz-Harp Competition, has been consistently in the top 20 on Japanese radio, and has received critical acclaim world-wide. He is founder and director of the International Harp Museum and works to promote the harp worldwide.

Meko was the guest artist at our very first concert in 1999, and this marks his fourth appearance as our guest artist. We are very happy to welcome him back - we know many of our audience will be looking forward to hearing him perform again!”

Full Moon Ceremony
with Hari Darshan Kaur
Saturday, December 6, 6:00-8:00PM
The dhyana Center, 186 N. Main Street, Sebastopol
sliding scale $10-$15

“Join our Body Temple Teacher, Hari Darshan, for an evening of music and ceremony as we celebrate in the Full Moon light.

At the Full Moon, energy has been building and there's an explosive and outward aspect to it. It's a time wrap things up, let go, and step forward.

All are Welcome.”

The Red Ball
a benefit gala for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Saturday, December 6, 6:00-10:00PM
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“The Red Ball is a giant sculpture on the corner of Cooper and Front Street. It's the core of the MAH logo. And it's the new name for our annual gala, too.

Join us to celebrate an incredible year at the MAH. The Red Ball is a night of festivities featuring cocktails, dining, and dancing. Lend your support to our future at our annual live and silent auction.

6:00-10:00PM: Enjoy the night’s festivities starting with cocktails, dining, and a silent auction, followed by reserved table seating in the Solari Gallery for the incomparable live auction.

9:00-11:00PM: The Red Ball Afterparty

Stay late and dance the night away with the many diverse collaborators and organizations who have participated in making MAH’s events and programs happen throughout the year, as we celebrate together.

Your support will go directly to making the MAH happen. That means fueling quality exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Dynamic outreach into the Latino community of Santa Cruz County. Building a new town square for everyone in our community to enjoy. Save the date - we'll see you soon.”

Women’s Giving Moon
presented by Order of the Black Madonna
Saturday, December 6, 7:00PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, in the Main Sanctuary, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested

“Oppression stems from a mindset of scarcity - seeing life as having only so much, leading people and groups to believe that they must grab, hold or hoard power and resources or risk not having enough. This mindset contributes to poverty, hunger and homelessness, and leads to violence, crime, and attitudes of distrust, greed, fear, hate and hopelessness in both the oppressors and the oppressed.

Please join CAYA's Order of the Black Madonna, as we collectively disavow this mindset of scarcity and reclaim a mindset of abundance. We will journey to the Great Mother together, and ask for and receive Her infinite blessings of overflowing abundance that can then be given freely to each other and the world.

Please feel free to bring drums, rattles, shakers as well as items to charge on the altar.

Contributions to cakes and ale are encouraged, and will be shared with a mixed group in the back Cottage after the men's and women's circles have concluded.”

Men’s Giving Moon
presented by The Greenmen
Saturday, December 6, 7:00PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, in the Cottage, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested

“As 2014 wanes, the Green Men, CAYA Coven's High Priesthood tradition, welcome all self-identified men to join them in a ritual to reflect on what has passed and on what is to come. We will learn from the Norse tradition of the creation of the world, and we will consider what we have been given and what we can give.

Please feel free to bring drums, rattles, shakers as well as items to charge on the altar.

Contributions to cakes and ale are encouraged, and will be shared with a mixed group in the back Cottage after the men's and women's circles have concluded.”

Writers With Drinks
Saturday, December 6, 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:
Andy Weir (The Martian)
Katie Gilmartin (Blackmail, My Love)
Vanessa Hua (The Atlantic)
Megan Geuss (Ars Technica)
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States)
Shelly Oria (New York 1, Tel Aviv 0)

All proceeds benefit local non-profits.”

Fifth Annual Holiday Concert With Community Dance
with Maureen Atkins
featuring Margaret and Kristoph
Saturday, December 6, 7:30PM
All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro, 510-569-7020

“Dance to music of the Season!  Participation heartily encouraged.  Dancing will be in the first half in the hall, followed by intermission and dessert.  The second half will be a caroling concert in the sanctuary; please sing along!

Local Celtic and Medieval duo Margaret Davis and Krisoph Klover will play a joyous blend of Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance and familiar carols.  Features harp, guitar, flutes and vocals.”

WALiB-Live! We All Live in Bhopal
Saturday, December 6, 8:00PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
sliding scale $10-$30

“WALiB-Live! is the expression of the theme ‘We All Live in Bhopal’ through dance, poetry, song, comedy, and short videos and is part of a series of events Commemorating 30 years of the Union Carbide Gas Disaster in Bhopal.

We All Live in Bhopal because all over the world we are all exposed to industrial pollution and are at risk for accidental exposure to lethal and toxic doses of industrial chemicals.

The 1984 Union Carbide Gas Disaster in Bhopal is considered the worst industrial tragedy in history. The catastrophe continues today with contaminated groundwater and soil surrounding the abandoned factory. A survey of the area suggests children born in the contaminated areas are more likely to have congenital birth defects and neurological damage than the average child in India.

Performances this evening will feature:
Brigitte Chataignier: Bhopal Blue, a dance video, blending contemporary dance and Mohini Attam, a classical form from the southern state of Kerala in India, sent from France on the theme of inter-generational effects of disaster and trauma.

Christine Germain: contemporary dance duet seven years in the making about the Union Carbide Gas Disaster in Bhopal

Judith Kajiwara: Butoh dance company exploring the Chisso Mercury Disaster in Minamata Bay, Japan

Leslie Schneider on vocals and Ben Kunin on sarode: Hindustani song Zahirili Hawa from the play Bhopal by Rahul Varma

Megan Dogra: short video made on her Spring Break visit to Bhopal when she was in tenth grade

Samson Koletkar: stand up comedy on corporate responsibility and integrity, or lack thereof

Stan Sprague: poetry to inspire

Terry Alan: Flames not Flowers, a short video on the role of women in the struggle for justice in Bhopal”

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Saturday, December 6, 8:00PM,
playing through December 20
Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, 925-283-1557

“It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
adapted by Joe Landry
from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling
Directed by Samantha Fryer

We've got to have faith in each other.

One of the greatest stories ever told gets a new twist as this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.  With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he faces great challenges one fateful Christmas Eve.”

Town Hall Theatre is a nifty little local theatre company in Lafayette, in an historic building which used to be the town hall.  Or possibly a barn.

No Temple of Aphrodite in December
Dates for 2015 will be posted soon

“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.”

Dickens Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7,
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-543-3737
$2, Children 12 and under free

“Celebrate the season and find gifts for all of your loved ones with a festive shopping experience featuring over 70 local artists. Shop for quality, hand-crafted holiday decor, home goods, jewelry, bath and body products, edibles and more all sold by the artists!

Plus enjoy:
Live entertainment both days!

A ride on Rosie the Trolley for FREE to and from the Crafts Fair to the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House!

Prize drawing in the front lobby. Several vendors have contributed craft items to the drawing and you could be a lucky winner if we draw your ticket! Proceeds from the prize drawing ticket sales benefit the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Scholarship Fund. Last year, over $1,900 was raised providing swim lessons and summer camp for many youth in need! Suggested ticket donation price is $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

Kettle corn, cookies and hot beverages for purchase.

Breakfast and lunch items for purchase provided by a local restaurant.”

Holiday Open Studio at Slow Burn Glass
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 9:00AM-5:00PM,
and every Saturday-Sunday through December 21
Slow Burn Glass, 2690 Union Street, Oakland, 510-832-2007
Free admission, workshops $80

“Join us this holiday season at our Open Studio! We will be teaching a Make Your Own Ornament workshop where you blow your own sparkling glass orb ornament, and Build A Snowman workshop where you can sculpt a personable solid glass snowman. We hold our workshops during our studios Open House, where you can shop and support local glass artists and pick up beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.”

An Ardenwood Christmas
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
Adults $8, Children $5

“Celebrate the holiday season in Victorian style! Visit the beautifully decorated Patterson House, sing Christmas carols, search for the Yule log, and visit Father Christmas. Listen to live musical performances, puppet shows and enter the baking contest (bring your cookies and recipe with you). The day also includes an abundance of Christmas crafts, music, and Country Kitchen treats.”

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa
Adults $2, Children 12 and under free

“The public is invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 35-year community tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in Victorian holiday finery inside and out.

See the latest exhibit and shop for unique Burbank-related items in the Carriage House Museum and Gift Shop.

Free Parking is available at First and D Streets, and enjoy Free Rides on Rosie the Trolley to and from the Dickens Holiday Craft Fair held at the Finley Community Center.”

Holiday Brick Show
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7,
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00PM,
runs through January 4
The Principled Academy, 2305 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Leandro, 510-351-6400
$2 per person, cash only at the door, Ages 2 and under Free

“An event for the whole family!

This year, we will be starting of with a winter edition of the Brickshow.
Come and see the Lego winter wonderland, pirates and maybe some friends will visit, too!

This is a special Exhibit to support the Principled Academy 7th and 8th graders. All proceeds will go to their Washington DC trip.

A miniland made out of LEGO.  From underwater to tall skyscrapers.  Prehistoric to Science Fiction.  There is something for everybody.

Get inspired by the LEGO exhibit, then put your own creativity to work with the available LEGO.  Take a picture of your creation to show your family and friends.  

Play LEGO games and compete with other visitors.  Challenge yourself to control LEGO NXT robots.”

Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-5:00PM
San Francisco Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco
see website for ticket information

“When the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini... fungus lovers, foodies, and those curious about the natural world head to the Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms.

There will be children's activities, lectures, cooking demos, cultivation workshops, and a selection of fabulous soups for sale.

In addition to the above activities, on Sunday, there will be:
Many educational tables on varied subjects such as medicinal mushrooms, mycoremediation, cultivation, ecology, lichens, psychedelic, dyes from fungi, toxicology, edible mushrooms and more...
Microscopes and spore prints
Naturalistic display of more than 200 species of locally collected fungi
Identification table - bring your specimens to find out the species!
Many mushroom related items for sale: fresh mushrooms, artwork, crafts, books and collecting gear, T-shirts

The Fair provides information on the uses and abuses of fungi, with displays and exhibits on ecology, toxicology, and cultivation. Campsite gourmands learn how to serve up the safe and scrumptious species through identification tutorials, cooking demonstrations, and sales of recipe books, soups, snacks, and fresh edibles. Watch renowned Bay Area chefs prepare dishes like matsutakes and roasted cauliflower in coriander cream or sauteed caramel candy cap pears and dentelles.”

Guglielmo Winery's 26th Annual Holiday Faire
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Guglielmo Winery, 1480 East Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, 408-779-2145
$10 Admission Fee includes Wine Tasting

“Join us for our 26th Annual Christmas at the Winery!

Are you one of those people who looks at Christmas shopping as something to be endured? We have got good news for you!  How about if you could sip delicious, award winning wine while selecting unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list?  How about if there was ample free parking and friendly, knowledgeable staff to help you?  Sounds like a painless way to shop during the holiday season or any time. So make the short drive to Morgan Hill and visit beautiful Guglielmo Winery.

Enjoy gourmet food, hot mulled wine, and holiday carolers!

Browse our huge selection of unique gifts!

From wine-themed gifts to custom gift baskets, you can please everyone on your list!”

West Coast Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

“West Coast Craft is a craft and design show featuring carefully selected designers, artists, and craftspeople living and working on the West Coast. Using a variety of mediums, including wood, metal, leather and paper, these designers create singular items that exemplify the mood and aesthetics of their West Coast lifestyle.

Cool but sunny, laid back yet innovative, they represent the best of West Coast Craft.”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-7:00PM
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City
see website for ticket details
Parking fees are $10 per car charged by the Cow Palace
Free shuttle available from Glen Park BART Station

"The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

A Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for five weekends in 2013, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Saturday, November 22 through Sunday, December 21, from 10:00AM 'til 7:00PM.

Created by Ron and Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin and Leslie Patterson and Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.”

Holiday Tree Walk
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 11:00AM-7:00PM
and each weekend through December 14
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp’s daytime steam train to Bear Mountain.  At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees.  Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.

To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to families in need, visitors may bring a new and unwrapped toy to Roaring Camp’s depot to benefit Santa Cruz County’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Toys collected will be distributed to children who otherwise would have less. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, whether purchased online or in person. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.”

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 11:00AM-7:00PM,
runs through December 23
Departs from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
see website for schedule admission details

“Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with your choice of arcade games, mini-golf, or laser tag at Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!

Dear Santa Letter:
Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.”

Mycopigments for Dyes
with Alissa Allen
Saturday, December 6, 1:00-5:00PM
or Sunday, December 7, 1:00-5:00PM
A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, 510-595-8372
$150 includes materials

“Many wild mushrooms contain permanent, intensely colored dyes, and every region has its own palette of mushroom and lichen dyes! This four hour class takes an in-depth look at using local wild mushrooms as sustainable, safe dye sources.

We will be working primarily with wool and silk fiber. Starting with 10-12 different species, with the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we end up with about 20 colors in all. This rainbow of samples will be showcased on a detailed recipe card, listing the fungi and all assists used in class. Students will also get the chance to practice shibori on a silk scarf, which will be provided.

Students will also receive a procedural handout to guide future exploration, and a customized guide to local dye fungi. This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes and leaves the student with the tools to carry on their own exploration!

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn more about the brilliant natural dye sources in your backyard!

No experience required.

Materials included: a silk scarf, yarn samples, dyestuffs

Materials required: rubber gloves.

Alissa Allen has been experimenting with mushroom-derived pigments for 15 years. Raised by a forager in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a student of the natural world her entire life. For the past three years, she has been traveling the US, studying regional habitats and sharing local mushroom dye palettes with fungophiles and fiber artists alike. Mushroom identification is her primary passion, but mycopigments are her obsession. In addition using mushrooms and lichens for dyes, she also uses them for paint.”

presented by African-American Shakespeare Company
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7,
Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM,
playing through December 21
Buriel Clay Theatre, African-American Art and Culture Complex,
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
highlights from 2011 production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4LrdJcaHZI

“This classic production of Cinderella is a timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the holidays, is an uplifting re-telling of the classic fairytale, featuring all of the pageantry, hilarity, and charm of the original, but with a soulful twist.

This heartwarming story finds Cinderella, a young, beautiful dreamer, toiling away as a lowly scullery maid for her evil stepmother and stepsisters. With the help of a fabulous Fairy Godmother who makes the magic happen, Cinderella finds her Prince Charming and learns that anything is possible, even miracles.”

I Dreamed of Rain: Occidental Community Choir’s Winter Concert

Saturday, December 6, 8:00PM
and Friday-Saturday December 12-13, 8:00PM
Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Sunday, December 7, 3:00PM
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High Street, Sebastopol

“The Winter Concert presents deep and timely music arising from local and more widespread environmental and social concerns. We’ll begin by doling out some hilarious audience etiquette instructions from our Maestro himself, Andy Del Monte.

In the Company of Stars asks for blessings from the stars on the cold winter's eve. We importune celestial beings as well in Blythe Klein's and Gordon Stubbe's Angels, Allaudin Mathieu's arrangement of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and Anton Bruckner's heavenly version of Ave Maria.

The concert honors our deep trust of salvation in the traditional spiritual Deep River and concludes with Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.”

Compost: Building Biodynamic Soil in Your Garden
with Colum Riley of Malibu Compost
Sunday, December 7, 10:00-11:30AM
Grange at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg, 707-431-7433

“Explore how healthy soil functions and how composting and Biodynamic preparations can bring unhealthy soil back to life. Learn methods, materials, and uses for your own home garden or farm. Presented by Colum Riley of Malibu Compost.”

Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto!
Sunday, December 7, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Gourmet Ghetto, 1450-1500 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“Bring your boots and mittens to play in the snow that is predicted to gently fall on the frontage road between Rose and Vine on Shattuck Avenue.

Visit with the Snow Queen
Pony Rides
Make Holiday Crafts
Arts and Crafts Vendors
Hot Cider and Cookies

Visit with the Snow Queen who will listen to all of your holiday wishes, ride the decorated live ponies, make holiday crafts like greeting cards and dreidels, and warm up with hot cider and chewy cookies courtesy of Andronico’s. Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from local craft vendors.

Find the 'Ice' in your Snowball - One has a real Diamond Ring inside!

Benefits Walden Schools.”

Metallic Floral Headpiece
with Tiffanie Turner
Sunday, December 7, 10:30AM-1:30PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$85, limit 15 students

“Create stunning and glamorous 1920s vintage-inspired headwear. In this new workshop, you will learn to laminate metallic crepe paper, shape a buckram base, and adorn it with dozens of metallic flowers, stars and more. Join Tiffanie for this fun workshop and be the star of your holiday party.

Tiffanie Turner is an architect, artist, and performer who began working passionately in paper last year. Since then, her work has appeared on numerous art and lifestyle blogs, the San Francisco Chronicle, One Kings Lane, and in her recent San Francisco solo gallery show entitled HEADS. Tiffanie has taught classes for Martha Stewart Living and online for creativeLIVE, and currently teaches workshops in several different paper techniques around the Bay Area and beyond under the moniker papel SF.”

Laughter, Pancakes, and Garden Fun at Dover Street Park
with the LifeFire Laughter Club
and Phat Beets Produce
Sunday, December 7, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Dover Street Edible Park, 5701 Dover Street, Oakland

“Check it out!  On Sunday, December 7, Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga will be partnering with the fabulous food justice organization, Phat Beet Produce!

We'll be adding some laughter to lighten up about the hectic holiday season. Plus enjoy a Pancake breakfast and potluck, food swap and work day at their amazing community garden at Dover Street Park.  You can also get some yummy produce for free - yay!

Work Day will go from 10:30AM-1:30PM
Pancake breakfast and potluck from 11:00AM-noon
We'll take a refreshing Laughter break starting between noon-12:30PM!

Get healthier and happified with Laughter Yoga!  Join us for Fun warm ups, laughter exercises, a rollicking laughter flow, and a relaxation will leave you blissed out!

Laughing with others is priceless. This event is FREE!

What to Bring:
No yoga mats required. For your comfort, wear loose clothing for easier laughing, bring layers, and a folding chair if standing and sitting on the grass is uncomfortable for your body. Please bring food to share, if you want to participate in the potluck.

Look forward to laughing with you on Sunday, December 7 - yay!

In love and laughter, Annie and Amos”

Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 7, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

“Come enjoy this festive day as we transform Ashkenaz into an exotic marketplace! Ashkenaz’s Holiday Bazaar reflects our community center’s global perspective, exhibiting arts and crafts that are handmade, sustainable, recycled, related to music and dance themes, or representing cultures and traditions from around the world. Over 25 vendors will offer wares such as photography, jewelry, ceramic art, musical instruments, aromatherapy products, greeting cards, and ethnic and vintage clothing. Most items are priced at $25 or less.

The event also features live acoustic music from performers including our own Joe Balestreri (The Flux, Bug Family Band, JBIII) and the Double Vision String Band. Beer and wine, hot and cold beverages, and organic vegetarian food will be available from our cafe. Support local artisans this holiday season, and your home for world music and dance!”

Connect Your Energy, Change Your Life!
Energy Alchemy One-day Workshop
with Meg Beeler
Sunday, December 7, 11:00AM-5:00PM
or Sunday, January 11, Sunday, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Medicine Wheel in Sonoma, address given upon registration
$115 by check or $120 by PayPal

“Are you ready to let go of old patterns and stories that weigh you down?
Do you want greater skill and fluidity in managing your energy?
Do you yearn to deepen your connection with the natural world and step into your radiance?

This one-day experiential workshop introduces you to nature-based practices for releasing what does not serve you and filling with the boundless energy that surrounds you. Energy Alchemy is based on a life-changing premise: you can work with your energy - not just your mind and emotions - to shift your experience of and engagement with the world.

You can use the simple practices of Energy Alchemy to release dense and heavy perceptions, gather in the light, enliven your connection with the natural world, and transform your energy and awareness on a daily basis.

During the day, you will:
Shift from heaviness in your life - problems, worry, sadness, and suffering - into the beauty of connection with all that is.
Experience the power of moving your energy from one state to another.
Discover ancient, original wisdom pathways to personal transformation, wonder, joy, and deep love.
Amplify your consciousness - by deepening your connection with the natural world and learning to maintain your own harmony, balance, and connection.

You will find that ‘being the change’ and creating a more positive, joyful, light-filled world becomes much easier when you incorporate Energy Alchemy into your life. When you shift your energy to support your vision, your intent affects all that lives!

When: Sunday, December 7 or January 11, 11:00AM-5:00PM, in our medicine wheel in Sonoma Mountain's oak woodlands.

Bring: A small offering to leave in nature; a journal; water and lunch; and warm clothes for being outside some of the time.

Questions? Call 707-939-7961 or email earthcaretakers@earthlink.net.

Bring: A journal, water, lunch, a hat, a rattle if you have one.”

Wonder Tales from Central Asia
with storyteller Tim Ereneta
presented by the Silk Road House
Sunday, December 7, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“The Silk Road House continues live storytelling sessions which will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the magical world of fairy tales and epic stories once wildly popular along the historical Silk Roads.
This time, our distinguished guest, storyteller Tim Ereneta will tell the marvelous tale ‘Go I Know Not Whither, Bring Back I Know Not What’ (recorded as ‘Shmat-Razum’).

Join us for a journey that will bring you across Asia and back, through a land where birds can become princesses, frogs can talk, and good fortune depends on invisible spirits.
Storyteller Tim Ereneta of Berkeley has shared fairy tales and forgotten fables in schools, museums, parks, on stages and around campfires. Before he became a storyteller, Tim's jobs included driving a school bus, writing plays, and leading backpacking trips for kids. He holds the world's record for the most performances of Dino Doesn't Live Here Anymore, a musical about paleontology, performed at The Lawrence Hall of Science.”

Understanding Problematic People through Typology: Increase your Social Intelligence
with Adam Frey, MBA
Sunday, December 7, 1:00-4:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
$45 per session

“How can an understanding of psychological type support us when we engage with people who are unhelpful, defensive, or simply lacking in integrity? What does it feel like when we ourselves behave in these problematic ways? We will apply Beebe’s eight-function, eight-archetype model of psychological type to explore what is happening when we tangle with people who seem to have a special knack for driving us crazy. Illustrating with examples from his own experience and from situations volunteered by participants, Adam will illuminate the archetypes and functions at play, addressing the meaning disguised in these situations and suggesting a new approach to confronting them. The course will focus on the usefulness of learning to recognize failures of integrity, illustrating how such failures can make us problematic to engage with. We will practice analyzing such failures typologically and explore how our entanglements with problematic people can help us identify where we ourselves need to grow.

Adam Frey (ISFJ), is an MBTI Master Practitioner, has served the Jung Institute of SF as a consultant and board member, and is president of the Bay Area Association for Psychological Type.”

An Irish Christmas
Sunday, December 7, 2:00PM
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, 925-373-6800
$42-$60, 17 and under $16

“All the joy, hope, laughter, and spirit of the season come together in a night of storytelling, song and dance that sparkles with life and a wee bit of Irish magic. There is exhilarating step dancing and age-old dances over brooms, on half doors, and around butter churns. Pipes, fiddles, flutes, and drums bring to life music from Carol of the Bells to ancient Irish hymns and melodies. Special guests such as Kevin Horton of Riverdance help make this a unique and unforgettable celebration of Christmas from the heart of glorious Ireland.”

Kepler’s Books Literary Circle Annual Holiday Party
Sunday, December 7, 3:00-6:00PM
Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-324-4321

“It's our favorite time of year again!  Sunday, December 7 from 3:00-6:00PM is our annual Literary Circle Holiday Party.  The champagne is on ice, the cider is hot, and needless to say, there will be something chocolate!  

The Literary Circle is truly the community foundation of Kepler's and this is our chance to thank the loyal members of our Literary Circle and welcome new members.
Bring us your list! We will be out in force to help you select the perfect gifts for everyone on your list - our booksellers are up to the challenge!

As always, we'll have community volunteers on hand to wrap up your gifts while you enjoy a glass of champagne.

Stop by and chat with the team from Peninsula Arts & Letters who will be on hand to preview the upcoming 2015 premier events, and share some photos of our favorite 2014 moments.

And to get ready for our 60th Anniversary celebration this spring, we're going to have a videographer on hand to record your favorite memories of Kepler's. For those of you who prefer to write, we'll have a paper option, of course!
We look forward to this holiday party every year and hope you will make it one of your holiday traditions as well.”

Nurture, SisterHood, and Self Care Over the Holidays
with Asherah Eden
of the Sacred Feminine Meetup Group
Sunday, December 7, 3:30-5:30PM
Simple Family Health, 1 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland
$20-$40 donation requested

“During this holiday season, we experience fun, connection and joy. It’s also easy to experience stress, anxiety, issues with our families, and lack of self care.  In this meetup, get calmer and more grounded, decrease holiday stress, create more ease with your family of origin, connect to the Divine Mother as an archetype, and learn how to take this sacred connection with you for more ease as a woman.

You will:
Feel more calm and grounded
Learn Goddess Tools for receiving Love and Nourishment
Learn about the Divine Mother archetype
Cultivate your Inner Divine Mother and ability to receive love and nurture
Have opportunities to heal issues with family of origin.
Create bonds of sisterhood, community, and FUN!
Take home tools to make the holidays easier!

We will be using tools to get you out of your head and into your body, create more ease with family this holiday season, cultivate your relationship with the divine mother, so you feel calmer, happier, more held and nourished.

Our tools will draw from mind-body awareness, yoga (no poses, just breathing), meditation, ceremony, visual arts, energy healing and clearing, and goddess archetypes.”

Winter Solstice Drum Circle
Sunday, December 7, 6:00-7:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434
For more information, e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Equinox and Solstice Drumming Circles

We hold drumming circles four times a year to come together to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth. We invite you to join us.
You do not have to be experienced in drumming or shamanism to attend. It is recommended that you know how to journey, though not required.

If you have a drum or rattle, please bring it. Some drums and rattles will be available to borrow.”

Belly Dance Student Showcase
Sunday, December 7, 6:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
Suhaila Salimpour Studio, 425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 510-527-2400

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

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

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

Celtic Christmas Concert
with Pog Mo Thoin
Sunday, December 7, 6:00PM
The Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore
$15 in advance, $20 at the door, Youth 13-18 $5, Children 12 and under Free

“Enjoy an old fashioned seasonal gathering at the Bothwell Arts Center with live music by Pog Mo Thoin and special guest, Steve Kritzer. Bring your family, your friends, a potluck dish to share, and get in the Christmas Spirit! Complimentary non-alcoholic cider and tea provided, wine and beer available for purchase at our holiday bar.”

Berkeley Vocal Improvisation And Joyful Singing
with Renee Benmeleh
Sunday, December 7, 6:45-8:45PM
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley,
sliding scale $10-$15

“Join Renee Benmeleh for vocal improvisation, the creative activity of making vocal music in the moment, such as scat singing or other wordless sounds.

Renee, your supportive and joyful vocal guide, invites you to an age-old practice - singing as a group. She creates an accepting and loving environment to sing and express your authentic emotions and sounds. Class includes vocal and movement games, improvised melodies and rhythms. Everyone is welcome.

Besides being a lot of fun, there are many other benefits to singing. It improves your lung capacity, physical energy, mental alertness and posture while enhancing your feeling of relaxation. Singing also uplifts your mood and confidence while strengthening your immune system.”

Stamped and Painted Gift Wrap
with Courtney Cerruti
Monday, December 8, 6:00-9:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$65, limit 12 students

“Make beautifully painted and stamped decorative papers for holiday decor and gift giving. Use inks, paints and a variety of tools to create one-of-a-kind sheets of paper you can use for the season and all year long. Play with unexpected color combinations and learn how to create paper that looks commercially printed. Work with artist and author Courtney Cerruti creating painted pages, then finish the day with a demo of how to create the perfect suite of wrapped gifts.

Maker Extraordinaire, Courtney is the author of Playing with Image Transfers and Washi Tape 101. Her work has been featured on Design Sponge, Oh Happy Day and in the SF Chronicle.  Courtney teaches all over the country and online at Creativebug.com. She makes something every day and can be found on instagram as @ccerruti.

Feminine Ways to Increase Success and De-Stress Your Life
a FEM Talks Miracle Salon
Monday, December 8, 6:30-9:30PM
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
see website for registration details

“FEM Talks - Alliance of Women Educators, Healers, and Leaders offers many ways to put women educators in the spotlight; to support women to connect with one another and grow together in business and interpersonally. Women tell us that our events are fun and bring them big results. The ultimate vision of the FEM Talks women’s community is to create waves of practical change on this planet by inspiring local women to link arms and move forward together; harnessing and unleashing the power of our collective wisdom. We applaud and endorse one another as we re-claim our roles as the Leaders, Teachers, and Healers in our communities. Our organization wishes to fortify and nourish all women in living powerful, healthy and prosperous lives. We look forward to the ripening of your experience of yourself as a woman, and the revealing of your endless gifts.

Speakers include:

Dana Garrison MSW: Business Consultant and Coach. Author. Speaker
The Hidden Reasons You Have Struggle Instead of Success

Clara Chorley: Leadership Coach
3 Massive Mistakes Female Business Owners Make That Cause Them To Lose Energy, Motivation and Focus

Heather Munro Pierce: Conscious Dance Leader, Women’s Temple Priestess, Embodiment Guide
Dancing Women: Nurturing and Empowering your Feminine Soul

We donate 10% of all tickets purchased online to Women's Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, to provide support groups, in-home support, psychotherapy, emergency financial support, wellness workshops, and more directly to local women with cancer.”

Alameda: An Agricultural History
with Eric Kos, Co-Founder and Co-Publisher, Alameda Sun
presented by Alameda Backyard Growers
Monday, December 8, 6:30-7:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

“Alameda Sun publisher and local historian Eric J. Kos will present an earthy history of Alameda in a slide presentation titled Alameda: An Agricultural History.  Compiling information from a variety of sources, Kos will discuss the widespread techniques and products of Alameda agriculture through the years. From cornering the Early Knit Pea market to the Fernside back pasture, from squatter strawberries to dairy cows wreaking havoc, come find out what Eric unearthed about Alameda’s farming past.

We'll also have potluck holiday treats to celebrate the winter season.  Bring your favorites to share, or just your appetite!”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, December 9, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Come join this monthly Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Maybe you have taken a class, perhaps tried to learn to read the Tarot from a book, or are just trying to piece it together on your own. Now you want to know how to really ‘dive in’ to what specific cards are all about.

The Tarot has been used for divination for many many years, but it can also be used as a focus and inspiration for all of your magical needs. This month we will talk about using the Tarot in your magic and spell work, and then brainstorm ideas to help you in your magical manifestations!

Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

Odd Salon: Oddments
Tuesday, December 9, 7:00-10:00PM
DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco, 415-626-1409

“Join us in the big room at DNA Lounge as we wind our first year to a close with a grab bag of odd stories and weird tales that fit nowhere else. We’ve given our speakers a chance to pitch their absolute favorite stories, hobby horse obsessions, and secret passions for a night of assorted oddities.

Amber Guetebier: Ouija Boards and Dead Authors: Channeling the Lost Novel of Mark Twain
Stuart Gripman: Quantum Mechanics: Detangling (Un)Dead Cats
Isolde Honore: Saint Olga of Kiev and the Spectacular Art of Revenge
Tamar Baskind: Stagecoaches and Secrets: One-eyed Charley’s Great Adventure
Miles Traer: The 100-Mile High Club: or SEX… IN… SPAAAACE!
Fritz Striker: Lady Juliana: The Ship of Whores

Advance tickets recommended and appreciated.

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

Tree Trimming Party and Meditation for Those of All Faiths
Tuesday, December 9, 7:00-9:00PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
donations accepted
Please RSVP to 415-884-231 or anubhuti@bkwsu.org

“People of all cultures and backgrounds are invited to join us in decorating the holiday tree with ornaments from all faith traditions, sharing of good wishes and good company. The tree is a symbol of life in many cultures, and as we go through the season of darkness, we bring the tree inside to enliven our spirits.

Talk - Meditation - Music and Singing - Refreshments

Holiday treats and warm mulled cider will be served. Children are welcome.”

Holiday Luncheon at Gamble Garden
Tuesday-Saturday, December 9-13, 12:00-1:30PM
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
$25, Please call 650-329-1356 for reservations

“Join us for our very special Holiday Luncheons December 9-13 (Tuesday-Saturday). The house is decorated, and a special menu is created especially for the holidays. The Holiday Luncheons are the perfect setting for your next birthday celebration, ladies lunch, lunch date, book group, or end of the year celebration.

The Holiday Luncheons are $30 for members and $38 for non-members. Please call the office at 650-329-1356 for reservations.

Reservations are required for all luncheons, no cancellations.

You may consider 60% of the cost as a donation. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate special dietary requests.

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.”

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
a reading by Livermore Shakes
Wednesday, December 10, 5:30PM and 7:30PM,
and December 17
Swirl on the Square, 21 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore, 925-447-1400
$35 per person includes performance, tapas sampler and one glass of wine

“Celebrate the season with friends, family, or co-workers and Shakespeare’s Associates artists as they present a staged reading of Truman Capote’s holiday classic, A Christmas Memory. Guests will enjoy delicious wine and tapas from Swirl on the Square as the artists perform. The venue only seats 40 people so it will be an intimate holiday celebration!”

Network For A New Culture North Bay Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 10, 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.”

Found Footage Festival
Wednesday, December 10, 9:15PM
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, 510-658-7900

“The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Letterman, Colbert) take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Among the new clips featured in the 2014 program:
A new exercise video montage featuring a Christmas-themed workout, a martial arts fitness regimen called Tiger Moves, and a tape called Butt Camp

Newly unearthed footage of the world's most obnoxious home shopping hosts, John and Johnny (c. 1987), and the long-awaited reunion orchestrated by the FFF curators

Exclusive footage of the Chef Keith news prank the curators pulled on news stations in the Midwest over the holidays.

A bizarre instructional video from 1997 with the redundant title, How to Have Cybersex on the Internet

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

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

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

Have a Week of Glowing Fire, Wondrous Snow, and Jolly Good Tea!

Molly Blue Dawn

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