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 16, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

Wooden Spoon Carving, A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, Impact Youth Hub Launch and Holiday Party, Belrose Holiday Tea Party, Martinez Arts Holiday Boutique, Thursday Night Flights at The Cannery Cafe, Merry Murder at the Tropicabana: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Chanukah Train, Festivus for the Rest of Us at Playland's After Dark, Throckmorton Community Chorus Recital, North Bay Goddess of the Month: Sedna, Laughter And Liberation: Comedy for Palestine - with a Chanukah Twist!, The Biggest Gift, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Beloved Strangers, Jolly Juliana - An Original Melodrama and Holiday Vaudeville, The Dragon Play, Crumbs: a Cinderella Story, The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nature and Soul Retreat for Winter Solstice, Winterpalooza, Remembering David Nadel, Annual Yule Tide Feast and Ritual, Songs for the Solstice Community Sing, North Bay Reclaiming’s Yule/Winter Solstice, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Dancers Prancers and Vixens!, Oy To The World! Rita Abrams' Holiday Hodge-Podge, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Lunasa: Christmas from Ireland, 20 Years Of Beats In The Streets, Wintersongs with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Madame Gufay's Lovelutionaries, Cinderella, Christmas Revels - A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice, Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret, Earth Energy Walk with Community Seed, Image Transfer Ornaments, Get the Rush: Day of Activities at Rush Ranch, Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Craft Fair, Safe and Effective Detoxification, Pagan Women’s Brunch, Yule with San Francisco Pagan Society, Bay Area Reclaiming Winter Solstice Ritual, Diana’s Grove Winter Solstice, Margaret, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Mr. Music Holiday Sing-Along, A Winter Gift: Legends of the Celtic Harp, Holiday Open Studio at Slow Burn Glass, KPFA Crafts Fair, Holiday Brick Show, Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!, Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker, Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train, East Bay Sing Up the Sun 2014, Seed Keeping and the Divine Feminine, Solar Cross Winter Solstice Devotional with Sharon Knight, Psychic Apprenticeship: Planes of Being Portals and Vortexes, CLouD 9 Holiday Bazaar and Soulstice Celebration!, Winter Solstice with New Moon Ritual, Dream Institute Solstice Celebration, Winter Solstice and New Moon Open Shamanic Journey Circle, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Kitka's Annual Wintersongs Community Sing, Romancing The Solstice, CAYA Sprouts at Tilden Park Christmas Fantasy In the Woods, Solstice Symposium and Pagan Party, dhyana Center Winter Solstice Party and New Moon Ceremony, Vicki's Yule Sing: Pagan songs of Dark and Light, Salimpour School Holiday Dance Party, Celebrate Winter Solstice and Lucina Scandinavian Goddess of the Light Returning, Seven Sisters Solstice Ceremony, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Home For All Of The Holidays

Wooden Spoon Carving
with Windy Chien
Wednesday, December 17, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$175 includes materials, limit 9 students

“There is nothing like the feeling of using a spoon you made yourself. The simple acts of stirring tea or cooking food become mindful, elevated experiences. In this workshop learn the process of designing, carving, and finishing techniques. Windy will demo hands-on use of a gouge, Japanese handsaw, Japanese rasp, chisel/mallet, and cabinet scrapers to create a one of a kind cherry wood spoon.

Students will leave with a finished hand carved cherry wood spoon, gouge for future spoon making, sandpaper, and oil.

Light snacks and drinks will be served. Due to the length of the workshop, please bring a bagged lunch to enjoy at the studio or the nearby community garden.

Windy Chien, recovering techie and ex-record shop owner, has developed a singular process for carving her Fat Bottomed Girls line of spoons. Using Japanese and Swiss hand tools and working in walnut, cherry, and mahogany, she ergonomically designed the spoons to feel good in the hand and be used daily. While many methods for spoon carving exist, Windy’s style is accessible to non-professionals without access to a woodshop and requires only a small amount of space and tools.”

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
a reading by Livermore Shakes
Wednesday, December 17, 5:30PM and 7:30PM
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!”

Impact Youth Hub Launch and Holiday Party
Impact Youth Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, 510-834-0347
Wednesday, December 17, 6:30-11:00PM
$10 in advance $15 at the door

“Impact Hub Oakland is having a Big Holiday Party and introducing the launch of Impact Youth HUB!

With Special Guest:  Van Jones

Includes food, Youth Impact HUB presentation, drinks, music and dancing!”

Belrose Holiday Tea Party
Wednesday-Saturday, December 17-20, 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!

Martinez Arts Holiday Boutique
Wednesday-Sunday, December 17-21 - final week
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.”

Thursday Night Flights at The Cannery Cafe
Thursday, December 18, 5:30-7:30PM
Cannery Cafe at HAHS Center for History and Culture,
22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward, 510-581-0103
website plays music http://www.mehschoirs.org

“Please join Blue Heron Catering and Events and SanMan Productions at the newly opened Cannery Cafe for our new monthly event called, Thursday Night Flights, featuring live music and cafe specials. We want The Cannery Cafe to be a special place for you to enjoy quality food, drinks and fun events all in good company.

Ticket price includes: glass of wine or beer, small bites buffet, plus live music from our featured artist, Mt. Eden Choir - Chamber Chorus.

Specials available for purchase:
Happy Hour pricing on craft beers and wines
A select flight of three wines
Specially priced menu featuring some of
The Cannery Cafe's favorite treats
Mt. Eden Choir

December 18 Featured Artist: The  - Chamber Chorus
For over 18 years, under the direction of Ken Rawdon, the Mt Eden Vocal Music Association has thrived throughout the state of California as well as the Nation. Mt Eden’s choirs have won numerous awards and are considered one of Northern California's finest vocal programs.”

Merry Murder at the Tropicabana: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Thursday, December 18, dinner starts at 6:00PM, show starts at 7:00PM
Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, 925-933-9091

“Come enjoy an executive buffet with prime rib provided by Zio Fraedo’s. Get engulfed in the fun and adventure of Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. During your dining experience, the actors will take you on a comical journey of murder and who dunnit. It’s up to you, the audience, to participate in solving the murder… Are you up for the challenge?

Merry Murder at the Tropicabana

Ricky - the owner of the Tropicabana club and the husband of a certain famed redhead - is about to sign a contract with movie-mogul heiress Celia B. DeMilo. He and his wife Lucy, along with their friends Ethel and Fred, have gathered at the hot spot for an evening of celebratory dancing and tropical cocktails. Even with Lucy and Ethel’s silly attempts to break into show business, everything is going swimmingly - until gangster Mr. Big shows up and someone else shows up murdered. It’s up to the audience to answer the all-important questions of who did it and with what in between bites of savory Italian dishes.”

Chanukah Train
Thursday, December 18, 6:00PM and 8:00PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the third night of Chanukah for the lighting of the menorah and then set off on an incredible train ride in Roaring Camp’s comfortable excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chanukah decorations.

We’ll share in Chanukah traditions and ride the train through the streets of Santa Cruz listening to Chanukah stories, playing dreidel and enjoying kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea. Evening also includes your choice of mini golf, laser tag, or arcade games.

Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whole new way!

Produced in Association with Chabad by the Sea.”

Festivus for the Rest of Us at Playland's After Dark
Thursday, December 18, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Take a moment to reflect, find joy with friends old and new and maybe witness some Festivus miracles at this holiday After Dark event. Get in the spirit and celebrate whatever you'd like on a night during Hanukkah, before Christmas and Kwanzaa. (For the rest of us, it's Festivus!) Grown-ups only, no children or babies please.”

Throckmorton Community Chorus Recital
Thursday, December 18, 7:30PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
Free, donations gladly accepted

“A beautiful concert from this growing group of marvelous singers...
Conducted by Joe Bloom, Accompanied by Allegra Chapman

You are invited to attend an evening of beautiful choral music from our community chorus followed by a champagne and sweets reception to meet the members.  The program includes music from Handel, Barber, Mozart, Copland and Brahms along with some holiday carols.

The Throckmorton Community Chorus was formed to foster and share the art of choral music, offer an educational process, as well as to serve our community, through the pursuit of choral excellence in repertoire and performance.”

North Bay Goddess of the Month: Sedna
with Phoenix LeFae
Thursday, December 18, 7:30-10:00PM, and the third Thursday of every month
Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-2398
sliding scale of $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Women only

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

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

Laughter And Liberation: Comedy for Palestine - with a Chanukah Twist!
with Nato Green, Sammy Obeid, Jennifer Jajeh, and Josh Healey
Thursday, December 18, 9:00PM
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland

“Featuring the funniest, smartest, and most BDS-approved Palestinian, Jewish, and Arab American comedians and performers from the Bay and beyond… and some other guys too!

Hosted by Josh Healey (NPR Snap Judgment).

Sammy Obeid (Conan, America’s Got Talent)
Nato Green (Totally Biased, SF Comedian Of The Year)
Jennifer Jajeh (Award-Winning Comedian and Performer)
and more!

Produced by Josh Healey and the Comedic Avengers for Justice

Proceeds to benefit the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

This Chanukah, celebrate a real miracle: Palestinians and Jews, socialists and socialites, rabbis and atheists and even real-live actual Christians together in one room, doing the most subversive thing imaginable… laughing.

Crazy comedy for something as serious as it gets.”

The Biggest Gift
presented by Fantasy Forum
Thursday-Saturday, December 18-20,
Thursday 11:30AM, Friday 9:30AM, 11:00AM, and 6:30PM,
Saturday 10:00AM, 11:30AM, 1:00PM, and 4:00PM
Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469
see website for ticket information

“Did you send your letter to Santa? Then why has he not received it? No letters - No Christmas. Join the fun and laughter as Tucker the elf and the toys set out to save Christmas.

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

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

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Thursday-Saturday, December 18-20 - final week,
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM
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.

Beloved Strangers
presented by Un-Scripted Theater
Thursday-Saturday, December 18-20, 8:00PM - final week
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.”

Jolly Juliana - An Original Melodrama and Holiday Vaudeville
presented by 6th Street Playhouse
Thursday-Sunday, December 18-21 - final week,
Thursday-Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
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 Dragon Play
by Jenny Connell Davis
Thursday-Sunday, December 18-21 - extended, final week!
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, 510-224-5744
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“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.”

Crumbs: a Cinderella Story
Thursday-Sunday, December 18-21,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
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.”

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes
9th Annual All Drag Xmas Exdrag-a-ganza
Thursday-Sunday, December 18-21 - final week,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
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.”

It's A Wonderful Life - a live radio play
presented by Tides Theatre
Thursday-Tuesday, December 18-23,
Thursday-Friday 7:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 3:00PM and 7:00PM, Monday-Tuesday 7:00PM,
playing through December 27
Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, 415-336-3522

“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 considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.”

Nature and Soul Retreat for Winter Solstice
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, December 19, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
see website for registration details

“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.

The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.

No previous experience is necessary.

For the Winter Solstice we will explore themes of shadow, descent, surrender, and the light within.

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.”

a Third Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, December 19, 4:00-8:00PM, and the third Friday of each month
see website for detailed schedule
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Here’s what Santa Cruz winter brings: rain, farmers’ markets that close early, weird off-season tourists, no peace from the holiday train to Roaring Camp. Santa Cruz winter does not bring snow. Or super cold weather. That means we don’t get to indulge in the wonderfully wintry activities people with ice and snow have... until now.

Join us for an evening filled with the chilliest hands-on crafts and activities. Explore the opening of the Toy Trains exhibit, make your own gift wrap and crafty cards, and buy any last minute holiday gifts from our Teen Art Market hosted by Subjects to Change.

Still need that holiday photo for your 2014 scrap books? Make your memories last in our ‘Let It Snow’ photobooth. Join the Penny Ice Creamery for scoops and cone decorating in our classroom kicking off for Kid Happy Hour at 4:00PM.

Toy Trains is a rotating cavalcade of operating toy trains from the 1920s to the 21st century. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive wheels spinning, smoke flowing from the smoke stack and of course a mighty whistle. On another track, see a remote controlled modern production of an O gauge diesel with all the latest electronic features. Hear the roar as the diesel starts up, the blast of the mighty horn, the squeal of the brakes at the train slows for a curve and the chatter between the engineer and the control tower. Toy trains have come a long way over the last century, but new or old, the emphasis is on fun!”

Remembering David Nadel, founder of Ashkenaz
featuring Razor and the Rocksteadies, Taraf de Locos, Balkan Folkdancing
Friday, December 19, 6:30-9:00PM
Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

“Remembering David Nadel is an annual tribute to the late founder of Ashkenaz. It’s been 18 years since Nadel passed away, but he is still remembered and his influence deeply felt throughout the communities he sparked. This benefit event reflects Ashkenaz’s diversity and our spirit - and his vision - of bringing people together through music and dance.

Anchored by the drumming and toasting of Emsley RazorBlade Fraser (of Sister I-Live and the Reggae Angels), Razor and the Rocksteadies bring classic reggae to the stage of Ashkenaz. The band is comprised of Ashkenaz regulars and staff including Joe Balestreri (The Bug Family/The Flux) on trumpet, Max Lopez (Clementine String Band) on bass, Jennifer Jolly (Kotoja, Zulu Spear) on keyboards, and Aaron Hammerman (Clementine String Band) on guitar. Inspired by the records DJ-ed by longtime Ashkenaz doorman Edwin Thaxter during late-night dominoes games at Ashkenaz, the Rocksteadies draw material from the golden age of Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and roots reggae. Playing in honor of David Nadel, the Rocksteadies will be joined by special guests from throughout Ashkenaz’s diverse community of family and musicians.

Taraf de Locos is a world music dance band whose roots trace to its members’ meeting as children at a summer music camp, where they played together in the various styles of their different cultures. As adults they carry on that approach. They play a mix of songs and tunes from Spain, Romania, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Tajikistan, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico. As best friends, they bring a fun-loving energy that is genuinely contagious. Taraf de Locos features Aya Safiya on violin and vocals; Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea on trumpet, guirra, and vocals; Miguelito León on percussion and vocals; and Tano Brock on guitar, saxophone, and vocals.

A monthly fixture at Ashkenaz, Balkan Folkdancing is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together. Dance lessons offered at the monthly Wednesday event help newcomers join in the experience.”

Annual Yule Tide Feast and Ritual
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, December 19, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

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

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

Songs for the Solstice Community Sing
with Debbie Nargi-Brown
Friday, December 19, 7:15-9:15PM
Center for Healing, 6144 Highway 9, Felton, 831-335-7798
donations appreciated

“As a specialist in movement, rhythm, and teaching, Debbie relies upon dancing, singing,
and the creation of a safe place to ignite joy, passion, and a sense of community in her workshops and classes. There is always an abiding respect for the cultures from which many of the dances and songs originate. She embraces and embodies the healing and sacredness of the songs, dances, and the people who have been her teachers.”

North Bay Reclaiming’s Yule/Winter Solstice
Saturday, December 19, 7:30PM
Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $10-$50, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“Join Starhawk and friends in the North Bay this Winter Solstice as we experience the darkest hour, sing back the sun, and dance the spiral dance.

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

Each event is uniquely crafted by our members.

This includes each of you!

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

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

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

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Dancers, Prancers, and Vixens!
Friday, December 19, 8:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$22 in advance, $26 at the door

“Our holiday celebration is always a festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed extravaganza! This season’s concerts feature traditional favorites along with new works including a stunning world premiere by Ola Gjeilo, one of America’s most prominent contemporary composers. There will be appearances by Santa, his elves and reindeer, a 1980s nativity scene, and an ugly sweater parade thrown in just for fun!”

Oy To The World! Rita Abrams' Holiday Hodge-Podge
with Darlene Popovic and special guest Jerry Gee
Friday, December 19, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$21 in advance, $26 at the door

​”What can you give the Marinite who has everything? (Hint: HO HO HO) That's right - Laughter! Drag your stuffed stockings down to catch this quirky concoction of music, comedy, and shameless sentimentalism, served up by Rita Abrams (Mill Valley, For Whom the Bridge Tolls); noted Bay Area singer/actor/comedian Darlene Popovic  and musician Jerry Gee. Whatever your persuasion, whether yenta, shiksa, or Asian - we guarantee a rollicking good time!!”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, December 19, 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.”

Lunasa: Christmas from Ireland
Friday, December 19, 8:00PM
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-1511
$25 in advance, $28 at the door

“Lunasa is widely acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times, renowned for stunning shows honed by superb musicianship. Lunasa’s inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have sold over a quarter of a million, have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Lunasa are: Sean Smyth (Fiddles and Whistles) Kevin Crawford (Flutes and Whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (Stand-up Bass), Cillian Vallely (Uilleann Pipes and Whistles) and Ed Boyd (Guitar).
Christmas from Ireland with Lunasa will feature traditional Irish music and Karan Casey, one of the genre's most innovative and provocative voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years, from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin.”

20 Years Of Beats In The Streets: An Explosion Of Rhythms, Movement, And Activism
Remembering And Celebrating 20 Years Of Loco Bloco
presented by Loco Bloco & Brava! for Women in the Arts
directed by Pedro Gomez
Friday-Saturday, December 19-20, 7:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-641-7657

“In 2014, Loco Bloco celebrates 20 years of providing Afro-Latino community arts education and performance. Founded in the traditions of the Afro-Blocos of Brazil and with a focus on creating music and dance dedicated to cultural activism, Loco Bloco brings together traditional rhythms, movements and aesthetics of the African Diaspora within Latin America and fuses them with contemporary urban styles of music, dance and theater to create high-energy, innovative presentations based on social justice issues currently facing our community.

This Culminating Production will include:
original music, dance, stilt and bateria (drum) compositions performed by Loco Bloco’s Performing Ensemble and community youth classes.

New and retold original theater pieces

Guest Artists: Fogo Na Roupa

Doors open at 6:00PM for Lobby Gallery Walk
Free Pre-Show Q and A Panel with Youth Artivists on Saturday December 19, 5:30-6:15PM”

with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Friday, December 19, 8:00 PM
St. Paul's Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Saturday, December 20, 8:00 PM
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
$20 advance, $25 at the door

“Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power or community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, spirituality, wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold, and difficult winter season. Eastern Europe's geographic position as a crossroads between Europe and the Orient has produced an astonishingly rich and varied array of seasonal musical rituals.
Kitka's 2014 Wintersongs program will feature songs ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols; to lush meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); to Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hebrew songs for Chanukah; to Bosnian-Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns); to rhythmic Balkan Romany (‘Gypsy’) tunes for the winter festivals of Vasilica and Kurban Bajram.

Traditional pieces will be woven together with new folk song arrangements and original compositions by Kitka members and contemporary American and Eastern European composers, all inspired by the customs, beauty, and mystery of wintertime.”

Madame Gufay's Lovelutionaries
presented by Actors Ensemble of Berkeley
Friday-Saturday, December 19-20, 8:00PM - final week
Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-6690

“Growing up in the French provinces, Madame Gufay was fascinated by news reports of the Free Speech Movement (the FSM) which fermented on the campus of U.C. Berkeley and resonated worldwide.  Now, having returned to school late in life, she has arranged to finish her last semester studying at her own personal mecca, U.C. Berkeley.  Madame Gufay is a force of nature, and her wacky, goofy efforts to experience Free Speech in the present day involve most campus life: the administration and academics, the classroom, the library, Sproul Plaza demonstrations and, of course graduation.

Madame Gufay overcomes language challenges, academic arrogance, uncontrollable urges, public drunkenness, lewd and lascivious behavior, to the fulfillment of innocent wacky, goofy dreams. To be sure, Madame Gufay and her activist Lovelutionaries do care passionately about social justice and they advocate for world peace, justice, not to mention lowering tuition for public universities! Madame Gufay's character is based loosely on the famous director Jacques Tati's Mr. Hulot who also had hilarious adventures.

Norah Foster, the enticing, engaging and eager retired manager of graduate services at the UC Berkeley Library and new late blooming playwright, wrote Madame Gufay over a period of years, incorporating many events that she personally experienced, as well as plot twists that emanated directly from her vivid imagination.  She began working as a volunteer at Actors Ensemble, and as an experiment on our part we produced her play originally as a workshop/staged reading.  It showed enough promise (and Norah enough enthusiasm in helping to get to the next step) that we have taken it upon ourselves to produce it as a full play, performed over two weekends in December.”

presented by African-American Shakespeare Company
Friday-Sunday, December 19-21 - final week,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
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.”

Christmas Revels - A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Friday-Sunday, December 19-21 - final week
Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00PM and 5:00PM
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, 510-451-1903
See website for detailed ticket prices and parking information.

“The 29th Annual Christmas Revels: An American Journey

This year’s Revels opens in the 1930s, where our protagonist meets a mystery man who sends him on a journey east to Appalachia, south through the bayous of Louisiana, north to the mid-Atlantic states, and finally westward ho to California! It’s a crazy quilt of many colors creating the fabric of the holiday traditions we still share. Filled with Cajun music, Appalachian clogging, old folk tales, and holiday rituals that some will remember being passed down from our parents or grandparents, the 2014 Christmas Revels will see a return to familiar American carols and folksongs, toe-tapping music, and of course, plenty of laughter.

Featured performers include Rene Collins last seen in the 2000 Christmas Revels, Kevin Carr (2010) and Tristan Cunningham (2012) along with Revels regulars Shira Kammen, James Galileo, and introducing a new musical guest, Euphonia, featuring Sylvia Herold.”

My experience with The Christmas Revels is that it is both ridiculously fun and sublimely moving.

Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret
presented by Sweet Can Circus
Friday-Wednesday, December 19-24,
see website for detailed schedule of performances,
playing through December 28
Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-826-4441
see website for ticket details

“Back by popular demand - it's the third annual Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret. Come in from the cold, and join our circus family for an hour of glad tidings and cheer! Celebrate winter and the return of light with a light-hearted, charming, and funny variety program suitable for all ages. Produced and directed by San Francisco's beloved Sweet Can Productions, and starring bay area's finest circus artists, you're sure to be enchanted.”

Earth Energy Walk
with Community Seed
Saturday, December 20, 9:45AM-12:00PM (typically the third Saturday of every month)
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton,
see link below for directions to meeting place

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

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

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

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

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

Image Transfer Ornaments
with Courtney Cerruti
Saturday, December 20, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$65, limit 12 students

“Use image transfers to create beautiful and bright ornaments in time for decorating the tree or topping gifts. Paint wooden shapes, transfer found images and text then add tassels, ribbons and pompoms to complete the look. Join Maker Extraordinaire and Author Courtney Cerruti as she demonstrates the best method for transferring images on wood and creating festive holiday ornaments.

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 everyday and can be found on instagram as @ccerruti”

Get the Rush: Day of Activities at Rush Ranch
Saturday, December 20, 10:00AM-1:00PM, and the third Saturday of every month
Rush Ranch Open Space, Solano County

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

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

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

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

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

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

Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Center Street at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley

“The Ecology Center is proud to present its 23rd Annual Crafts Market, now under new leadership! This year the Crafts Market will take place on Saturday, December 13th and December 20th alongside the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market in Civic Center Park. Look forward to an even greater selection of local, handmade, and sustainable work from the Bay Area’s artists, crafters, and makers. Support your local economy this holiday season by shopping the Ecology Center Crafts Market, and stay tuned for updates, sneak peaks, and promotions!”

Safe and Effective Detoxification
with Dr. Mimosa Tonnu
Saturday, December 20, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
Free - space is limited

“Join the Naturopathic Doctor for a casual, yet informative talk on detox!

Dr. Mimosa Tonnu, ND of Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc. in Alameda will discuss the process of detoxification, as well as safe and effective ways to promote these processes. Safe detoxification is especially timely during the Holiday Season!

There will be plenty of take-home messages to start applying in your daily life right away. She will also make time available for Q and A.

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

Pagan Women’s Brunch
organized by Lupa
Saturday, December 20, 12:30-2:30PM, and the third Saturday of each month
Taqueria Montecristo, 1446 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-486-0321
Free admission
For more information, please contact Lupa at lupamoon13@yahoo.com

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

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

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

Yule with San Francisco Pagan Society
Saturday, December 20, 2:00-4:00PM
Sidney Walton Park, Front Street and Jackson Street, San Francisco

“I will be at the fountain sculpture with Pentacle picture.

Welcome brothers and sisters of the path. We will meet up here for Yule. Our altar will be green and red candles, a pine cone, and a picture of Elda Nissa; who is the Scandinavian Father Christmas.

Yule is a time when the infant Sun God comes forth and we bless his coming into being.

I will bring food,  beverage, plastic cups, plastic spoons, and paper bowls. Please feel free to bring beverage, food,  or sweet snacks.

If it is too cold, we may meet up at a book store in The Mission District of San Francisco, instead of Sidney Walton Park in S.F.

Blessed be. Jacqueline”

Bay Area Reclaiming Winter Solstice Ritual
Saturday, December 20, 3:30PM
Ocean Beach, Taraval Street and Great Highway, San Francisco
Donations accepted
For more information, please contact sfrpc@yahoogroups.com

“Join us on the eve of Winter Solstice as we gather to celebrate the longest night of the year. We honor the time of darkness as well as the turning of the Wheel of the Year back toward the light.

Wear warm clothes, and bring food or non-alcoholic drink to share, and a towel if you want to plunge.

Flashlights and dry socks are handy. Drums and other instruments are welcome for post-ritual music. Trash bags are a great way to show special love for the beach!

Transit: Take the scenic L-Taraval Muni train from downtown BART stations. Ride to 46th Avenue, walk two blocks to the beach, and look for group of beach-loving pagans.

Maps: search for Taraval and Great Highway, San Francisco 94116. Walk onto beach, and look for group of beach-loving pagans.

For more information, email sfrpc@yahoogroups.com.”

Diana’s Grove Winter Solstice
for Women
Saturday, December 20, gather at 5:30PM, ritual starts at 6:00PM
Odd Fellows Hall, 195 North Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-2295
suggested donation $10-$50

“Celebrate Winter Solstice! The darkest point in the Wheel of the Year, a time of dreaming, a place of spirit and silence, the time of conception for the solar cycle. It is the time of the Hag, as She dreams Herself into re-birth and begins anew. Join us as we honor Her wisdom within ourselves, like a winter star’s light to guide us through the void.

Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish, eating utensils, networking materials, and, if inspired, a short, seasonally appropriate offering to share during the ritual.

Suggested Donation $10-$50. All women are welcome; no woman turned away for lack of funds.

This is a Dianic Wiccan Ritual for women only, and is celebratory and participatory.

If you are new, have questions, want directions or more information, contact one of us before the day of the ritual.”

with Jason Webley and friends
presented by the San Francisco Institute of Possibility
Saturday, December 20, 7:00-10:00PM
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco

“A scrapbook found in a San Francisco dumpster inspires new music and stories by: Jason Webley, Chicken John Rinaldi, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Led to Sea, Lonesome Leash, Mts. & Tunnels, and more.

Twenty years ago, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi found an old scrapbook lying at the bottom of a dumpster. The book documented the life and death of a woman named Margaret Rucker, born in 1907. He was captivated by this mysterious woman and her tragic story, captured in sepia images and dark poetry.

Last year when he introduced her to accordion troubadour Jason Webley, he learned that not only was Margaret born in Webley's home town of Everett, Washington - she was the daughter of one of the town's founders, buried in the enigmatic pyramid above the town.   

Webley and Rinaldi assembled some of the best songwriters in the country to write new works inspired by Margaret’s life and writings for a special concert in Everett this past April. As an encore to that sold-out show, they are bringing the concert back to the place where that scrapbook was found with this show at San Francisco's beautiful Castro Theatre.”

A Service of Lessons and Carols
a Free Family Concert with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Saturday, December 20, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Don't miss this traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols including a festive holiday reception afterwards!  This event is modeled after the Festival of Lessons and Carols first performed in 1918 at King's College, Cambridge (England) where it has been performed every year since.  There will be plenty of opportunity for you to sing carols along with us to get you into the holiday spirit.”

Mr. Music Holiday Sing-Along
Saturday, December 20, 8:00PM
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-1511

“Join us for a Festive Holiday event featuring our own Mr. Music!
This event is free to the community, donations are welcome.

The Mr. Music Foundation has been bringing quality music programs to schools throughout Sonoma County for over 25 years. The Foundation provides classroom music, after school music instruction, and high quality music assemblies. It is the mission of the Foundation to bring more music education to more children in the local area. We also present and promote live music programs in the communities, and help and encourage local musicians and music teachers.”

A Winter Gift: Legends of the Celtic Harp
with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynn and Aryeh Frankfurter
Saturday, December 20, 8:00PM
Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

“Occidental Center for the Arts is proud to present a magical holiday concert featuring three of the premier Celtic harpists in the world: Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter.

A marvelous blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere in between concert and theater, A Winter Gift presents joyous pieces of beloved holiday music woven into seasonal Celtic legends, Irish and English stories of winter, and traditional folk beliefs. Master of the spoken word Patrick Ball draws out tales such as A Child's Christmas in Wales, a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, seamlessly mingled with the gorgeous Celtic harp, Irish bouzouki, and mandolin playing of Lisa Lynne, and the artistry of Aryeh Frankfurter on Celtic harp, Swedish nyckelharpe, and cittern.

Enter into this dramatic musical journey presented by these extraordinary musicians into the heart of the central message of  the Christmas/Winter season: HOPE. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.”

Holiday Open Studio at Slow Burn Glass
Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21, 9:00AM-5:00PM - final week
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.”

KPFA Crafts Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
Adults $10, Seniors and Children $5

“The KPFA Crafts Fair is the largest weekend holiday crafts fair of its kind in Northern California, featuring professional exhibitors from throughout the western states who support themselves through their creativity.

All this presented in a warm and spirited ambience reflecting the Bay Area’s great diversity  at the spectacular Craneway Pavilion.

A KPFA benefit, tickets are $10 regular, $5 over 65, free for disabled and under 17.”

Holiday Brick Show
Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21,
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.”

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21, 11:00AM-6:00PM - final week
along Telegraph Avenue between Dwight and Bancroft, Berkeley

“Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California's finest artists.

This fair offers the rare opportunity to buy fine art originals and inexpensive gift items in the same place. Shoppers can choose from a tremendous diversity of arts and crafts, including jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures.

Festive lights, colorful decorations, and a friendly multicultural shopping atmosphere complete the experience.”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21, 10:00AM-7:00PM - final week
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.”

Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker
Saturday-Sunday December 20-21, 2:00PM
Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Avenue, Alameda, 510-522-7101
see website for tickets details

“This holiday season prepare to be transported on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. From the heroic battle against the Mouse King, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There you will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and be entertained by the wonders of the Land of Enchantment. Choreographed by Artistic Director Abra Rudisill with gorgeous costumes and beautiful sets - all to the classic Tchaikovsky score - this is a production sure to bring out the child in all of us. Whether this is your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it is a time honored holiday tradition, make Alameda Civic Ballet's 10th Annual Nutcracker part of your holiday festivities.”

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Saturday-Tuesday, December 20-23, 11:00AM-7:00PM - final week
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.”

East Bay Sing Up the Sun 2014
Sunday, December 21, 6:40AM (yes, AM!)
Inspiration Point, Tilden Park, Berkeley
Donations accepted
For more information, please contact vibraw@aol.com

“Sunday, December 21 (Solstice Morn). Join us again in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on Solstice morning! Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc. and maybe a thermos of hot beverage. If you have a favorite sun-song, bring lyrics to share, and we usually do a spiral dance just after dawn.

Gather at the parking lot at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park about 6:40AM, to allow about 10 minutes to walk or roll to site. At West end of parking area, go around gate and up paved road beyond it, marked as Nimitz Way, which is a paved, mild uphill grade, wheelchair/stroller accessible. You'll see folks on a grassy clearing on your right (could be muddy and wet!), with beautiful view of horizon to the East (if it's clear, which could happen).

Steady rain cancels. Fog or misty rain, we'll be there.”

Seed Keeping and the Divine Feminine
A warm conversation with Flordemayo
Sunday, December 21, 10:00AM
by donation, please register at the website below

“We have crossed humanity’s tipping point into the dawn of a new age, the age of the Divine Feminine. The Divine Feminine is the Goddess in all traditions and cultures that have been in place since the beginning of time. These traditions are powerful, mystical, magical, and primal to Mother Earth. It is a time of restoration, healing, and renewal.

As these feminine energies intertwine with our Divine Spark the birthing of ideas are limitless - the task is to sort out which idea calls the heart to step forward and take flight.

During this fireside chat, Flordemayo will share with us the ideas that are calling to her heart, especially the importance of saving seeds, and the work she has created with The Path, five sacred temples for humanity housed on 40-acres in Estancia, New Mexico. She will also share a simple practice of connecting to the divine feminine.

Sign-Up Now and Receive
Online fireside chat with Flordemayo and Robin
You are encouraged to join the conversation during the program
Unlimited online access to the video recording following the event

Curandera espiritu (healer by divine spirit) and Mayan priestess Flordemayo is one of the 13 grandmothers of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a global alliance that teaches ancestral ways of prayer, education and healing. Flordemayo was born in a small village on the Nicaragua/Honduras border. Her father was a local shaman and her mother was a midwife and healer, whom Flordemayo apprenticed with from the age four. As her own children grew, Flordemayo began to work as a healer. Today, she uses the sacred breath, laying on of hands, application of herbs, as well as distance healing, with her clients.

Flordemayo has worked with alternative western healers, Native American and Mayan healers. She received her Mayan priest training from Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, a respected spiritual leader and head of the Quiche Maya Council of Elders. Flordemayo is now recognized as a priestess by the Maya.

Flordemayo has been a featured speaker on Curanderismo at many conferences on traditional medicine, both within the United States and internationally. Many alternative healing practitioners, medical doctors, nurses and medical institutions have recognized her knowledge and natural healing skills. She is a recipient of the Martin de la Cruz Award for Alternative Healing, a prestigious honor given by the International Congress of Traditional Medicine.

Since 1999, Flordemayo has been a part of the Wisdom of the Grandmother’s Foundation.”

Solar Cross Winter Solstice Devotional with Sharon Knight
Sunday, December 21, 10:00AM-12:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
Free, donations accepted
For more information or to RSVP, e-mail info.thorncoyle@gmail.com

“As this month’s devotional falls on the morning of the Winter Solstice, we will gather in kinship and music to celebrate the longest night of the year and the rebirth of the Sun. We’ll raise our voices in song, laughter, and blessings as the Wheel turns, and connect with the divine light within and around us.

The ritual will be led by Sharon Knight, an internationally touring musician performing her own style of Celtic-inspired folk rock, which she calls Neofolk Romantique. She is the co-founder (along with guitarist Winter) of the Gothic-Tribal-Folk-Metal band Pandemonaeon, and collaborated with Thorn on two CDs, Songs for the Waning Year and Songs for the Strengthening Sun. In addition to performing and recording, Sharon also offers workshops in Sonic Alchemy, in which sound is used to orchestrate psychic and spiritual breakthroughs.

As always, Solar Cross Devotionals are simple rituals designed to honor the Gods and Goddesses and to gather community together. Children with legal guardians are welcomed.

The devotional will take place in our new indoor location at Terra’s Temple in Berkeley, 3051 Adeline Street, across the street from Ashby BART.

We welcome you to gather at 10:00AM for a 10:30AM start. We will close between 11:30AM and noon. Donations to Solar Cross (and/or offerings of bread and fruit) are welcomed; however, nothing is required.”

Psychic Apprenticeship: Planes of Being, Portals, and Vortexes
with Devin Hunter
Sunday, December 21, 10:00AM-12:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“In this class, we will take a look at the different planes of being. We will discuss why and how they intersect with our own earthly plane and what we can do to foster or remove their influence. Topics will include the Astral plane, Zero Point Energy (Z Energy), Plutonian plane, Akashic Records, the Faery plane, space restoration, and more.

Join world-class teacher Devin Hunter for this twelve month apprenticeship centered on the development and integration of psychic abilities and talent. Devin has helped thousands of people to hone-in on their own unique skills and has now put his teachings into a year long course that will help you master your psychic abilities. Learn how to awaken the psychic in yourself and others, how to effectively retrieve and discern information from spirit, how to build effective habits and techniques that are tailored to your needs, the essentials of effective contact, how to build a life-long relationship with your guides, and so much more. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to receive a professional recommendation from Devin himself. Space is limited to only 10 participants.

Classes can be taken individually without enrollment in the apprenticeship. All classes must be attended/made up prior to receiving certificate.”  

CLouD 9 Holiday Bazaar and Soulstice Celebration!
Sunday, December 21, 12:00-9:00PM
CLouD 9, 1320 9th Street, Berkeley

“Come and get your last minute shopping on!

There will be many different vendors selling lots of cool stuff and clothing to choose from.
We will also have an open mike… so come share a song or dance and be merry!”

Winter Solstice with New Moon Ritual
with Jan and Marystella of Vortex Journeys
Sunday, December 21, 2:30-5:00PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
$25, please RSVP  to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com

“You are invited, not required, to bring an object for the altar that symbolizes your relationship with the new cycles, and yes, you take it home!

We are blessed with Winter Solstice (3:03PM) and a New Moon (5:36PM) on December 21, two gateways that birth new vibrations into our heads and hearts, hands and feet, spirits and souls.  Together we reflect upon, then empty ourselves of old energies, envision new aspirations, clear intentions.  Together we create an energy vortex, welcome the rebirth of light, embrace vibrations with wise and peaceful words and actions for and from ourselves and others, for all life on earth and beyond.”

Dream Institute Solstice Celebration
Sunday, December 21,  3:00-5:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
suggested donation $5-$500

“An open invitation to the wider Dream Institute community to come and enjoy food and drink and good company in the candlelit beauty of our historic landmark.
4:00-4:30PM: a brief program includes
A capella songs: Jana Hutcheson
Dream art: Jenny Badger Sultan
Visionary Dreams of the Future: a dramatic reading
No reservations needed.”

Winter Solstice and New Moon Open Shamanic Journey Circle
to Celebrate the Gifts of Darkness
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Sunday, December 21, 3:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
EoGrove, 7327 Occidental Road, Sebastopol

“Double Dark! This year the Winter Solstice and the New Moon fall on Sunday, December 21, which is also our regularly scheduled circle!
Celebrate the gifts of darkness with us in circle on the 21st at a new venue!
The darkness is sacred, is shining, is full. The veils between the worlds are thin - the gifts of darkness are accessible now.
Come join us in creating the magic! Experience the joy of travelling through the portals into the other worlds! Feel the power and healing of drumming in community!
We will create sacred space, drum together, then journey together. There will be time to share journey experiences for those who wish to do so.
No prior experience needed - all are welcome. If you do not know how to journey, or you just want a refresher, please come a half hour early (2:30) for introductory information and instruction.
New Venue - EoMega Grove
Our normal meeting location is not available in December, thanks in a round about way to Santa Claus, that tricky old elf. We're meeting instead at the newly opened, beautiful EoMega Grove, 7327 Occidental Road, just outside of Sebastopol. It's possible we will meet here in the future as well.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, December 21, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $10-$15

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

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

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

Kitka's Annual Wintersongs Community Sing
Sunday, December 21, 5:00-7:00PM
Nile Hall in Historic Preservation Park, 668 13th Street, Oakland, 510-874-7580
Donations accepted

“Join Kitka and the Kitka Community Chorus in a celebratory circle of song! Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung by many voices in community! Kitka singers will lead the group in some fun ‘open voice’ warm-ups, and will teach a varied selection of favorite tunes from our Wintersongs repertoire. The songs presented promise to be accessible, beautiful, and interesting. This Community Sing is designed to be very inclusive. Singers of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.”

Romancing The Solstice
featuring Tenor Jonah Hopton, Soprano Anayana White, and Friends
Sunday, December 21, 5:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

​”Mill Valley composer and talented tenor Jonah Hopton, and his equally talented counterpart Soprano Anayana White present a beautiful medley of music and theatre. Songs to bring in the holiday spirit including jazz, standards, holiday favorites and original compositions.
December 21 marks the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. It is also a time for bringing back the light into your life. For thousands of years humans have gathered on this day in community, and we ask you to share this with us. The show will also hold space for a few moments of reflection and intention, for the gratitude of what has been, and visioning what will be. “

CAYA Sprouts at Tilden Park Christmas Fantasy In the Woods
Sunday, December 21, 5:30-8:30PM
Tilden Park Merry Go Round, Shasta Road, Berkeley
$2 per ride or $10 for 7 rides

“Come As You Are Coven invites you to join us at the Tilden Winter Fantasy!

Please join us as we revel in the winter season at Tilden’s Merry-Go-Round, a hundred year old carousel. There will be festive music, light and ornament displays, delicious treats and beverages, carolers and elves!

The Annual Christmas Fantasy experience at Tilden Park features an extensive array of outdoor holiday light displays and decorations covering the merry go round and surrounding grounds. Experience spectacular sparkling Christmas trees with an array of themes ranging from more traditional Santa Tree to the more eccentric Vampire or Mardi Gras decor.

Delicious holiday sweets and seasonal warm beverages are served nightly. The holiday spirit continues with carolers, holiday character appearances, and visits from Santa and his live reindeer! Visit any night until December 23. Santa comes nightly, except for Wednesdays.”

Solstice Symposium and Pagan Party
Saturday, December 21, 6:00-8:00PM
Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant and Tea House, 1241 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-4100

“Special event at our beer garden on December 21! Celebrate the REAL new year in a relaxed garden atmosphere with music and cosmic commentary (sometimes with dance-pantomimes) which you can easily TUNE-IN ar TUNE-OUT but with times for voluntary discussion at table. Limited seating, for reservation and tickets call 510-522-4100.”

dhyana Center Winter Solstice Party and New Moon Ceremony
Saturday, December 21, 6:00-10:00PM
The dhyana Center, 186 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-8818

“Please Join Us For Our Annual Winter Solstice Party and New Moon Ceremony honoring the returning of the light!

Amazing Seasonal Dinner, Hors d'oeuvres, Desserts, Ceremony, Music, Kirtan, Dancing, and Raffles for Great Gifts!”

Vicki's Yule Sing: Pagan songs of Dark and Light
hosted by Vicki Solomon
Sunday, December 21, 7:00-9:00PM
private home in Piedmont, RSVP to 510-601-8576 for address

Vicki says:
“You may bring friends to sing with us.

I have an extensive collection of music handouts for this event. If you let me know that you are coming, I can make sure to have enough. We start singing promptly, so come a little bit early if you want to visit.

You can download free mp3s of some of the songs here: http://motogrrl.org/Bands/LAH/PC

Hoping to sing with you,
Vicki Solomon

P.S The Turning Earth Singers CD will be available for sale.”

Salimpour School Holiday Dance Party
Sunday, December 21, 7:00PM
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 510-525-5054

“Live Music!
Special Guest Dancers!
And Suhaila's Birthday Celebration!

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.”

Celebrate Winter Solstice and Lucina, Scandinavian Goddess of the Light Returning
Sunday, December 21, 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

“Santa Lucina grants the wishes of those who light Her candle during this time of year! And we will have a New Moon, so bring forth prayers of peace for yourself, our Temple community and the world! Every year we bring candles decorated for Peace for our candle exchange. Please bring something in a glass container decorated with ribbons, stickers, glitter, and things of nature symbolizing Peace for the candle exchange.  No tapers please! There will be some gorgeous candles from our candle decorating event earlier this  month. Please wear your finest and most celebratory clothing and bring some greenery from nature for the altar. Please bring a can or bag of food for our Temple Feral Cat Fund.

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.”

Seven Sisters Solstice Ceremony:
Group Trance-Formational Journey From Darkness Into Light
with Marguerite Rigoglioso
Sunday, December 21, 8:00-10:00PM
Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, 510-235-3646
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

“In this sacred group experience at the dark time of year, we collectively honor what ails us personally and globally, and experience healing and illumination as we move into the seeding of the light.

Join the dedicated priestesses and priests of Seven Sisters Mystery School in the velvety darkness as we rest, incubate, and stretch ourselves awake!

What you will experience:
Four portals of transformation - Grieve the past, heal the now, receive the oracle, vision the future… and incubate
Hands-on or hands-off healing
Sound healing frequencies
Care and uplifting of your soul
Rest and replenishment for the new year

What you should bring:
A pillow and blanket or back jack if you prefer that to a chair (and if there’s room we will stretch out)
Journal and pen to record information receive”

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

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

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

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

Home For All Of The Holidays
directed by Katrina McGraw
presented by The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Monday, December 22, 8:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-641-7657

“The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company presents: Home For All Of The  Holidays, a holiday revue about reunited friends who rejoice being brought back together after spending far too much time apart. Help us brighten up this holiday season with a show that celebrates being home with those who matter most and being truly grateful for their company.

Featuring the SFBATCO repertory.

SFBATCO’s vision is to enrich the San Francisco Bay Area by inspiring new generations to appreciate and engage in the arts, fostering opportunities for artists to enhance the community through the performing arts. SFBATCO makes theatre accessible to the Bay Area community by providing affordable public performances and collaborating with youth serving organizations to build a more vibrant arts scene in San Francisco.”

Have a Week of Legendarily Liberating Light and Divinely Devoted Darkness!

Molly Blue Dawn

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