SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

San Francisco 76% Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Cupid’s Span
The Embarcadero & Folsom St,
San Francisco, CA

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This is the first time since 1918 that a total eclipse will cross the entire United States.

This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. Always use eye protection when viewing an eclipse.

This map shows the globe view of the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. The best viewing on the west coast is near Corvallis, Oregon with the Bay Area being in the 76% totality swatch.

For San Francisco, the eclipse starts at 9:01am with the maximum phase (76%) at 10:15am with the eclipse ending at 11:37am.

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality. That could severely hurt your eyes. However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.

Check with local science museums, schools and astronomy clubs for eclipse glasses—or purchase an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special shades.

Cost: Free

Free Falun Dafa Meditation Workshop

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10 AM - 12 PM

Cubberley Community Center,
Suite T2 (outdoor),
400 Middlefield Rd,
Palo Alto, CA

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an ancient Chinese meditation exercise of the Buddhist school. It is now practiced by tens of millions of people in over 110 countries because of its tremendous health benefits. In this free workshop, you will learn not only the exercises, but also the reasons why meditation has healing powers.

Cost: Free

Indigenous Medicine Ceremony with Hikuri

August 19 –20, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

San Jose, California

Indigenous Hikuri (peyote) Ceremony in the Bay Area August 19th-20th.

Guided by Grandmother Chicahuaxochitl from Jalisco, sun dancer, medicine woman, and Indigenous healer who has been working with the medicine for over 25 years.

This is a Connecting and Healing process through Grandfather Hikuri (peyote) and also a Biological Decoding aimed at healers, people with chronic degenerative diseases and anyone who wishes to heal their mind, body, and spirit.

The abuela and our other support in California have complete documents which make our ceremony entirely legal under religious pretext.

The hikuri is medicine and not a drug.

What is Hikuri? It is native tongue for a Medicine Power Plant that has historical significance for being used by our ancestors dating back to the Aztecas. Commonly known as peyote. Tribes from northern america have been in hikuri ceremonies for over thousands of years, introduced by more southern tribes people. Peyote is not addictive and it is impossible to over-dose using it. Some physical properties from peyote are that it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, alkalinizes our body, and is anti-parastic.

Anyone interested in participating will go through an interview.

Space is limited, please contact Liz via text message or phone call for more information and to hold a space. 1(408)881-3672

Fado and Jazz by Ramona Vieira Quartet

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM PDT

863 Main St
Redwood City, CA 94063

Eclectic music lovers will have the opportunity to savor the symphonic stirrings of Ramona Vieira & Quartet. The audience will be immersed in an evening of the romantic, yet haunting rhythms of fado, the folk music of Portugal. Fado, which literally means fate or destiny, is the most widely recognized genre of Portuguese music, dating back to early 19th century, Lisbon.

Traditionally, fados are dramatic ballads expressing love, loss and redemption. Vieira captivates her audience with the evocative laments of the old-world classics which she has infused with innovative instrumentation, creative layers, and soaring vocals.

The ensemble also performs original compositions, American (Blues/Pop/Jazz), and universal classics. In short: Sensual, Soul-Stirring World Music.

Cost: Free

Power of Love Yoga Retreat

August 18 - 20, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)

Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA 95076

Inside all of us is an incredible potential for unconditional love and compassion, a potential with the power to transform our lives and the world.

Come join us for an unforgettable weekend retreat, where we will utilize a variety of embodied practices and psychological modalities to open and awaken the heart, tapping us directly into this unlimited potential for love.

The majestic Mt. Madonna spiritual center, nestled in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, offers an expansive and visionary place to overcome the obstacles preventing us all from living a life of love. With endless hiking trails surrounded by towering redwoods, nourishing vegetarian meals, yoga and meditation halls. Mt. Madonna offers the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the world to reconnect with ourselves. 

Vinyasa, yin and partner yoga will release the tension and blockages that prevent love and joy from flowing through us. Group discussions, lectures and exercises will help us break through our unique challenges in living a life of love, and come together as a community. Guided Thai massage will offer the opportunity to explore the practice of loving-kindness, acceptance and connection another person. 

This will be weekend you do not want to miss. Give yourself the gift of love today.

Weekend Retreat includes:
* Two morning meditations, 2 yoga classes, 1 yin yoga class
* Two delicious vegetarian meals and a snack per day: Friday Dinner, Saturday Brunch, afternoon snack and Dinner, Sunday Brunch, afternoon snack
* One partner yoga class and one guided Thai massage class
* Two Power of Love Sessions to awaken the heart and help you bring more love into your life
* Full access to Mt. Madonna Center: over 355 acres of open meadows and redwood forests, including hiking trails, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a small lake for swimming, a hot tub, a gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, and massage and herbal steam-bath facilities.

Cost: $235 - $435

Gypsy Swing and Hot Jazz at The Starry Plough Pub

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 9:00pm-11:00pm

The Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave,

3-in-1: Gaucho + Nathan & Jessie + Shine Delphi: Gypsy Swing and Hot Jazz at The Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley!

Gaucho is a masterful Bay Area band that combines the influence of gypsy jazz of 1930’s Europe with the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swing music, gutbucket blues and elements of ragtime. Their sound, a uniquely American concoction, blends instrumental acuity and lighthearted humor that keep their audience coming back for more. As founder, guitarist, and main composer Dave Ricketts says, the band is “in love with the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Jimmie Rodgers, as well as the stories, the life styles and the footsteps of hundreds of other great jazz, blues, country and rock musicians that created the sound of American Music from roughly 1900-1950’s”

Fresh off their Southwest and East Coast tour, Nathan & Jessie return to the Bay to perform a night of gypsy-blues-swingin-folk music. Together, these two make for an unforgettable performance! The duo has traveled all over the world sharing their music on streets and stages with their unique sound. A fusion of jazzy folk and blues on resonator guitars and accordion, along with interesting interplay between male and female vocals, make their performances unlike any other.

Shine Delphi of New Orleans mixes elements of traditional jazz, country blues picking, and folk storytelling. He has performed with the likes of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.

Cost: $5 / at the door

Square Dance Fun Night! (No Experience Required!)

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
4111 Alma St,
Palo Alto, California 94306

It's hip to be Square!

Join us for our monthly no-experience-required evening of high energy modern square (and folk) dancing to the mellifluous voice and music of Arlene Kaspik, from Chicago's Chi-Town Squares!

Come for the dancing, stay for the fun, friends, food, and opportunity to socialize!

Square dancing, contra dancing, and more! All the calls used will be taught that evening... including some surprises for experienced dancers.

Partner is not required.

Cost: $8 or pay what you can.

Free Workshop: Communicating with Loved Ones

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

2641 Media Way
San Jose, CA 95125

Be seen. Be heard. Be accepted. Just be you.

Say YES to you and a free mini workshop with the Human Awareness Institute (HAI).

It’s two hours of experiential exercises in a warm, welcoming, safe and supportive environment, where you’ll get a clear sense of our weekend workshops — deeply powerful, personal growth experiences that begin with Love Is A Miracle (Level 1).

Gathering and registration is 7:00pm to 7:30pm. The workshop will begin promptly at 7:30pm and go until 9:30pm. There will be no admittance after 7:30pm so as not to break the continuity of the workshop.

During your mini workshop, as with all our weekend workshops — created for singles and couples alike — you’re always 100% at choice. Every aspect of HAI is created for you to grow and thrive, which includes having your personal boundaries honored.

So open your heart and get ready to:

Enhance your capacity to love and be loved
Speak your truth and be fully supported
Broaden your listening skills
Take risks / push your edges a bit
Deepen your empathy and compassion
Question societal beliefs and conditioning
Expand, grow and connect in a diverse, inclusive space where we welcome all adults

Begin your journey with the Human Awareness Institute.

Cost: Free

Magic, Science, and the Human Mind

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Fenwick & West LLP
801 California St
Mountain View, Ca 94041

Magic is typically performed as a sequence of barely-related tricks, which focus merely on fooling people. It is typically viewed as being a trivial and light-hearted distraction for children, rather like a dancing dog. However, magic can be far more than just that. It can portray deeper truths about the human mind, the human condition, and the human predicament. I shall illustrate a number of performance pieces that draw from cognitive science to make the magic more meaningful. Judge my magic, not merely by how convincingly it lies, but by how compellingly it reveals he greater truth.

Dr Kim Silverman is a Principal Research Scientist at a large Silicon Valley technology company, where he works on speech and language technologies. He has B.Sc. degrees in Cognitive Science and in Computer Science, his Ph.D. is from Cambridge University, where he was Research Fellow in Speech Synthesis. and his post-doctoral research was at Bell Labs.

Kim is also a professional magician, with a reputation for making magic meaningful. He is President Emeritus of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Society of American Magicians, and a Magician Member of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, better known as the world-famous Magic Castle. His TEDx presentations on his thinking behind his magic have 107000 views so far. His Commonwealth Club presentation on "Magic, Science, and the Human Mind" was syndicated to 160 public broadcasting stations nationwide.

Cost: $10 - $20

Sound Bath in Santa Clara

Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 12 PM - 2 PM

The Bay Club (Santa Clara, CA)
3250 Central Expy,
Santa Clara, CA

Join David Romero for two hours of sound therapy. You'll experience chimes, gongs, Tibetan crystal singing bowls, drums and an array of instruments from David's worldly travels. David will transport and immerse you into a cosmic world where the power of sound is healing for the body, mind, and soul.

Imagine being immersed in beautiful sounds that are healing to your body, expansive for your mind and cleansing to the soul. Where you’re bathed in vibration and frequencies that resonate deep within your souls core while heightening your conscious awareness. Using Gongs, Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, and various instruments from all around the world, prepare for a Yoga experience that will leave you cleansed and refreshed.

Cost: $25/members, $50/non-members

Shanti ~ Sound Bath at Willow Glen Yoga

Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Willow Glen Yoga
1188 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

A Sound Bath is better experienced than explained.

Sound Bath is a healing session you can experience while resting in a safe and secure place.

A Sound Bath can be an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation and an acceleration of their inward journey. Time is suspended as you enter a world of vibration, sensation and experience.

Come to this intimate gathering and enjoy listening to the beautiful healing tones of the Crystal Singing Bowls and the Alchemy Bowls.

Dress comfortably, Please bring your own mats and towels

Cost: $20-$50 sliding scale

NorCal Cosplay Ball

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

Mosaic Dance and Fitness
1159 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

-Dance lesson taught by our great dance instructor
- Alots of food provided by our team. You are also welcome to bring your own food as well (Message me if you like to bring anything)
-Photography Booth
-Dedicated playlist theme and schedule
-Ballroom Dancing, Swing Dancing, and other Casual dancing
-Dance Assistance that will assist you on the dance floor to help on your dances and ensure you have a fun time.
-Latin Dance Mixer and Swing Dance Mixer where you can switch partners in the circle for every couple seconds.
-Learn and dance to Group Waltz Routine
-Royal Court Contest that you just have to be physically be there to win.
-drawing ticket to win prizes

Please be aware that this is a dress code enforced event since we want to keep this formal as possible.


3:45 pm
Door open

4 pm:
Dance lesson

5 pm:
Welcome to the Ballroom (15 minutes)
Anime Set (15 minutes)
Ghibli or Vocaloid (20 minutes)
Latin mixer (10 minutes)

Zelda or Persona (20 minutes)
Video Game (20 minutes)
Pandora Hearts Group Dance (20 minutes)

Final Fantasy+Disney=Kingdom Hearts (30 minutes)
Demo (10 minutes)
Mystery Set (20 minutes)

Break time (10 minutes)
Waifu vs. Husbando (20 minutes)
Swing Mixer (10 minutes)
Inuyusha or Fairy Tail (20 minutes)

Costume Contest Winners (10 minutes)
K-pop Set (20 minutes)
Drawing Tickets (15 minutes)
Finale Set (15 minutes)

Cost: $20

Chinatown Alleyways Festival: Music, Dance & Art

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11 AM to 5 PM

Waverly Place,
San Francisco, CA

The free afternoon music and alleyway festival will bring together San Francisco residents and visitors alike and will feature an eclectic and inclusive mix of traditional and contemporary artists, performances, and art. A highlight of this year’s Festival will feature a newly commissioned work about inclusion by Jon Jang, “Walter U. Lum: Chinese Times.”  The piece is dedicated to the legacy of Walter Uriah Lum (1882­-1961), a Chinese American journalist and civil rights leader, and serves a powerful reminder of the 135th Anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. In 1985, the alleyway adjacent to Portsmouth Square in Chinatown was renamed Walter U. Lum Place, making it the first local street named in honor of a Chinese American.

The festival will also feature:
·         Marcus Shelby, whose work and music has focused on sharing the history, present, and future of African-American lives, and on social movements in the United States of America
·         Chinatown’s own Jest Jammin’, the last of the local “Chinatown bands” that performs soulful tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and recent decades
·         The duo Jabel featuring Jason Liu and beloved Chinatown performer Belinda Ho performing classic songs from Shanghai music’s golden era
·         The Great Wall Youth Orchestra of Laney College, whose repertoire consists of traditional folk songs and orchestral and opera compositions from China, augmented by a mix of European classics, American pop pieces, and a variety of African, Australian, and Latin American folk songs
·         Gingee will return this year with her unique take on electronic music, blending elements of global bass, world music, hip hop, and a contemporary twist on the Filipino Kulintang
·         Long-standing community fixture, the popular Maggie Wong will be the Master of Ceremonies.

In addition to wonderful musical performances at this year’s Chinatown Music Festival, there will also be an array of art and cultural activities that will extend across two streets of Waverly Place to further transform and highlight the alleyways. “Living Alleyways” activities include interactive design exhibitions, dance, Chinese opera face painting, massage, Chinese puzzles, and more.

New this year, participants will also be able to pick up a special coupon booklet featuring some of the best local businesses and merchants on Waverly Place and near the alleyway.

Cost: Free

Free Guided Marijuana Walking Tour

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Alamo Square Park
Scott St. & Fulton St.,
San Francisco, CA

The Psychedelic Summer of Love Tour celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the hippie revolution. Learn about how cannabis and LSD were used as counter-culture tools to help fuel the monumental cultural evolution of arts, political policies, medical breakthroughs, compassion, and more! 

Marijuana is not consumed on this tour.

The Psychedelic Summer of Love Tour starts at the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square. Join Green Guide Tours as we weave through the Haight & Ashbury while discussing how cannabis helped spark a cultural revolution around the world. Learn about the history, politics, and legal policy changes from 1967 onwards.

Cost: FREE (suggested donation - $15)

Free Traditional Chinese Medicine Festival

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10 AM - 4 PM

Five Branches University
1885 Lundy Ave #108,
San Jose, California 95131

Transform your life and explore an immersive experience at our event. An ample set of activities are prepared such as TCM Diagnosis, Acupuncture & Massage treatment, Herbal Dietetic food tasting and preparation, Qigong and Tai Chi Demonstrations and interactive lectures. In one day, you will gain exciting ideas and resources in life quality improvement.


10:00am ~1:00pm: Free Health Care Services: TCM Diagnosis, Acupuncture & Massage treatment (Morning Session)
10:00am ~11:00am: Qigong Demo & Workshop
1:00pm ~4:00pm: Free Health Care Services: TCM Diagnosis, Acupuncture & Massage treatment (Afternoon session)
1:15PM-1:45PM: Dietetic Food Tasting & Presentation in English
2:00pm - 2:40pm: Traditional Chinese Tea and Dietetic Tea Appreciation Workshop
2:00pm - 3:00pm: TaiChi Demo and Workshop
2:00pm - 2:30pm: Chinese Calligraphy Demo and Presentation
2:30pm-3:00pm: Mini-lecture: the path to become a professional acupuncturist
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Meditation demo and Workshop

Cost: Free

Summer of Love is Real in San Francisco

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11 AM - 3:30 PM

Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
5 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco

Make LOVE not WAR performance event. Our vision is to go on the streets of the Financial District and give away FREE LOVE and CARE to all our brothers and sisters.

All inclusive is a key component. All Genders, Ages, Social Status, Religion, Ethnicity, Cultural Background, Sexual Orientation and so forth. Our aim is to inspire something REVOLUTIONARY by SHARING LOVE and BEAUTY. The receiving is in the giving. We will make LOVE by Caring and Touching, Kissing on Cheeks and Hugging for the simple act of expressing LOVE. Totally Revolutionary in flipping the script where Acts of love are the socially accepted norm. Love and beauty accepted in all of its forms.

Would you join us?

Cost: Free

The Tantric Path to Intimacy

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

Mango Dome Community Center
30 Laskie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The key to having nourishing relationships is less about sexual technique and more about the quality of presence and depth of intimacy you create together. Tantra offers a wide range of powerful, experiential tools that are remarkably effective in helping you build a strong foundation and reach new heights of passion. Join sexual empowerment coach and educator Dr. Alison Ash and learn how to:
·         Create grounded connection and loving presence through tantric meditation and pranayama breathwork
·         Take control over creating chemistry with others by using the chakras as a framework for exploring different types of erotic energy
·         Deepen intimacy by delving into new ways to experience pleasure and form sexual connections
·         Craft powerful rituals that are uniquely designed for you and your lover/partner(s) so you can break out of routine and create fresh and fulfilling ways of relating
·         Understand the ways tantric philosophy relate to the topics of self-love, consensual non-monogamy, and spiritual relationships

Discover how these profound ideas and potent skills can help you create more presence, sustain sweet connection, and continually deepen intimacy in your relationships.

Cost: $40

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

August 11 –13, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)

San Jose Jazz Festival Main Stage
Post St & S 1st St,
San Jose, California 95113

Northern California’s hottest event of the summer features a lineup of international stars, emerging artists and regional favorites playing jazz, blues, salsa, Latin and R&B. It’s more than the biggest live music event in Silicon Valley—it’s the perfect summer experience with tasty food, wine and microbrews; family fun; and an after-hours club crawl.

This year’s headliners include Chris Botti, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Angelique Kidjo with Pedrito Martinez, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Maceo Parker and dozens more. Summer Fest presents the largest celebration of Latin jazz and salsa found on the West Coast including DaymĂ© Arocena, Oscar Hernández and Alma Libre, Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Jimmy Bosch. The Blues/Big Easy stage brings it home with Samantha Fish and Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys. Our Jazz Beyond programming, which explores where jazz is going, features The Seshen and Robert Glasper Experiment.

Cost: $70 - $100 / 3-days

Free Summer of Love Celebration

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Burlingame Public Library
480 Primrose Rd,
Burlingame, California 94010

Join us as we transform the library to 1967!

-60s decoration
-Period costumes
-Live music from the Dave Rocha Jazz Trio, playing jazz from the 60s
and more!

Come dressed in your favorite 60s attire!

Cost: Free

Don Neely Swingtet at the Woodchopper's Ball

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7 PM - 11:30 PM

Woodchopper's Ball
(Verdi Club) 2424 Mariposa Street,
San Francisco, California 94110

The Woodchopper's Ball, named after the classic 1939 swing tune by the Woody Herman Orchestra (and their biggest hit!), is a new weekly Tuesday swing dance event held at the beautiful historic Verdi Club in San Francisco. It features an all-ages dance party with a different live band each week and a free basic lesson, beginning and intermediate monthly classes in Lindy Hop and Balboa, a large 2500 square-foot dance floor, and a full bar and lounge (21+ only). Brought to you by Hep Jen and Ken, the long-time regular instructors and organizers at San Francisco’s Lindy in the Park.

Don Neely, bandleader, arranger, reed player, songwriter, and vocalist, leads this fine jazz ensemble, authentically recapturing the excitement of the celebrated music originating from the Jazz Age of the 1920s and the early Swing Era of the 1930s.


6:30pm:               Doors Open
7:00-9:00pm:      Swing Dance Class
7:30pm:               Full Bar Opens (21+ only)
9:00-9:15pm:      Basic Lesson
9:00-11:30pm:    Dance Party

Cost: $10

Family Constellations Session in San Jose

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Community of Infinite Spirit
1540 Hicks Ave,
San Jose, CA

When we have tried to change something, and haven’t been successful, it is often because it is serving a purpose for our Family System. It is impossible to understand and heal this unless we are able to “see the entanglements” in our Family System. We are able to do this through the Family Constellation.

Doing a Family Constellation can help you in many ways! For example, it can help you with:   
* Your personal relationships 
* Your professional life 
* Your health 
* To take an important decision 
* To understand a specific situation 
* To be successful and have abundance

Come and join us in the meeting of the New Family Constellations! You don’t need prior experience with Family Constellations to join. 

In this meeting, we will first have a small introduction and then we will continue with an exercise where everyone will be able to participate, learn and benefit. Then we will do one or two constellations. 

It is not necessary for your family to be present to do a Family Constellation. The other participants will represent the members of your family needed to do a constellation. The less they know about your family, the better. 

* Please come early so that we can and take advantage of the time we have together. 

Cost: $10

Urban Awakening - Divine Devotion - A Night of Meditation and Sound Healing...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM PDT

The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Urban Awakening - is a special celebration of Devotion to the Divine in the forms of meditation, sound healing, music and community.

The evening will consist of a talk by Craig and Gigi about devotion to Spirit and fully living your unique expression in the world, guided meditation, sound healing, music led by Gigi and Maga Ayala and lots of special community time!

As a certified sound practitioner and energy healer, the work Maga shares is intertwined by the thread of light language that comes through her. Light Language is a primordial language that is understood by all on a soul level. Much of its clarity is within the trust of the unknown; breaking through mental barriers by opening heart barriers. It is only the language’s sound vibrations which can be perceived by the human senses, illuminating the listener on a multidimensional subtle level.

Feel free to bring your own singing bowls, tuning forks, gongs, chimes, hand drums, other sound healing instruments and your beautiful voices! We can all join in music, song and sacred sounds.

7:30 - Doors open
8:00 - 8:30 - Welcome and talk by Craig and Gigi
8:30 - 9:00 - Guided meditaiton
9:00 - 10:00 - Sound healing and music

Facilitators: Craig Wenaweser, Gigi Azmy, and Maga J. Ayala

Cost: $15

Joint Chiefs – Free Open Door Concert in Sunnyvale

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

S Murphy Ave at W Washington Ave,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Free street concert along with amazing one of a kind, outdoor cafe! Described as "The Ultimate Dining Experience" where everyone at your table can craft each course to their individual delight from over 20 local restaurants.

Thai appetizer, Mediterranean main, decadent Italian dessert, delivered to your table all accompanied by the best live regional jazz music. An experience as individual as downtown Sunnyvale.

The Joint Chiefs are one of the most versatile and exciting dance bands currently performing on the Northern California music scene. Since their inception in 1990, The Joint Chiefs have built a loyal following based on their live performances as well as their wide range of styles and influences.

Their sound fuses elements of funk, acid jazz and classic R&B with their own signature groove. The result is a dance party of infectious grooves.

Since members of the band were raised on 70’s funk, the band is able to capture the real natural funk feel that all the other bands try to imitate.

Cost: Free

Outside Lands 2017 Music Festival in San Francisco

August 11 –13, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)

Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California 94117

Outside Lands in San Francisco started with over 60 musical acts and art installations in Golden Gate Park. Now it clocks in about 40-60,000 people a day across many stages: Lands End Stage, Twin Peaks Stage, Sutro Stage, Panhandle Stage, and Presido stage.

This may be Outside Lands’ best lineup yet, with artists that appeal to a variety of generations. Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz, and Lorde are headlining the festival that will also feature performances from A Tribe Called Quest, Fleet Foxes, Queens of the Stone Age, Solange, The Avett Brothers, Alt-J, Belle and Sebastian, and so many more.

Cost: $150/1-day, $350/3-days

https://www.sfoutsidelands.com/August 11 –13, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)

Ben Rosenblum Piano Trio – NYC - Free Concert in San Francisco

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
39 Fell St,
San Francisco, California 94102

Described as an "impressive talent" by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others. Ben is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.

Cost: Free

San Jose Renaissance Faire & Fantasy Fest 2017

August 5 – 6, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Discovery Meadow,
180 Woz Way,
San Jose, California 95110

Attire yourself in your most beautiful princess or faerie finery, dust off that Pirate coat and hat, don your wings or pick up a wand, belt on a sword or pull on an eye patch!

Gather your friends and family and cross the threshold of the San Jose Renaissance and Fantasy Fest where characters from history, folklore, fairy tales and fantasy will come alive to frolic for a magical spell of time.

Rub elbows with nobility, beautiful ladies, and Knights, meet the Queen of England and the Fairy Queen. Find yourself a part of a wondrous gathering of knights and princesses, as they stand side-by-side with elves and fairies, on a weekend filled with performances to enchant children and grown-ups alike.
800 costumed performers will bring this festival to life with parades, pageants, and fun townsfolke, offering continuous entertainment of spectacular variety spread throughout the village. You’ll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors drawing you even deeper into the fun. And to top it all off, take in a joust!

Cost: $15 - $20

Free Aloha Festival in San Mateo

August 5 – 6, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, California

Get a feel for the islands at the 2017 Aloha Festival with music, dance, food, and culture from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and all over the Pacific. The Festival is a free, two-day ethnic arts festival celebrating Pacific Islander culture. Each year thousands of islanders and islanders-at-heart gather to celebrate the culture through music, dance, arts and crafts, authentic food, and educational workshops. 


10:30 - 11:55          Ewalani Hula Maids
11:00 - 11:25          Faatsi Youth Services
11:30 - 11:55          Pomakai
12:00 - 12:25          Natia O Le Pasefika Polynesian Dance Group
12:30 - 12:55          O Hina'aro Nui
     1:00 - 1:25          Mike Dayao
     1:30 - 1:55          Hula Halau 'O Piilani
     2:00 - 2:25          Nemenzo's Te Fare
     2:30 - 2:55          Tifa I Moana
     3:00 - 3:25          Keolaulani Halau Olapa Olaka
     3:30 - 3:55          Mana
     4:00 - 4:30          Halau Na Wai Ola

10:30 - 11:55          Hui Hula o na Pu'u I Ka Noe
11:00 - 11:25          Na Hoaloha with Halau Kaiaulu
​11:30 - 11:55          Halau Hula Na Pua O Ka La'akea
​12:00 - 12:25          Patrick Landeza
​12:30 - 12:55          Merahi O Tehani
​     1:00 - 1:25          Ka Nalu
​     1:30 - 1:55          Rahiti
​     2:00 - 2:25          Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea
​     2:30 - 2:55          Wakane
​     3:00 - 3:25          Taimalietane Islands of Polynesia
​     3:30 - 3:55          Mango Kingz
​     4:00 - 4:30          Da Island Way

The festival will have workshops where people are welcome to participate on a first-come, first-served basis. A few of the workshops are music-oriented.

The festival will also feature arts and crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an “Ohana Korner” with simple games for the kids.

Cost: Free

Free Edwardian Picnic Dance in Neverland

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10 AM - 4:30 PM

Lincoln Park
Alameda, California

Pack a picnic basket and join us for a lovely Edwardian picnic dance among the roses in beautiful Lincoln Park at 1450 High Street in Alameda. Enjoy a day of leisurely picnicking and Victorian/Edwardian dancing to the music of the glorious Bangers & Mash. Admission is FREE - our way of thanking our guests for their loyal support of PEERS.

The picnic begins at 10 AM (Come early for the best picnic spots. We're near the Rose Garden), and Bangers & Mash plays vintage dance music of the 1890s and early 1900s from 1pm - 4:30pm, ranging from waltzes and polkas to set dances and mixers (All pattern dances will be taught and called).

Please bring your own picnic (the event is not a potluck) and - if you like - your own picnic furniture and accessories. Efforts to make your picnic spot look as period as possible are appreciated.

Our 2017 Picnic Dance is set in the universe of James Barrie's Peter Pan and (well-mannered) children of all ages are welcome! Edwardian costume (1900-1914) is admired but not required. Come dressed as a fashionable Edwardian Londoner - friends of Mr. and Mrs. Darling perhaps? - or come in a fantasy costume inspired by Peter Pan's Neverland: Fairies, mermaids, pirates, the Lost Boys and Girls (this is the feminist version!), etc. are all welcome, but - to be perfectly clear - costumes are admired, not required.

Costumers: Be stunningly fashionable or sensibly casual (Ladies are certainly welcome to wear their "Rational Dress" or cycling costumes!). Picturesque hats and parasols are encouraged. But if you plan to dance, be sure to wear sensible low-heeled shoes, dance sneakers, or boots suitable for outdoor dancing. We should also remind anyone planning to do fantasy costuming that our delightful Alameda summer weather is often cool in August. It's an excellent idea to dress in layers for the picnic and to bring a coat, shawl, or wrap, especially for the morning.

Cost: Free (donations are encouraged)

A Midsummer Night's Ecstatic Dream

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

Palo Alto, CA

Join us for contact improv class with Karin Moriarty, a potluck, and Ecstatic Dance with DJ Vedma in the fairy kingdom at A Midsummer Night's Ecstatic Dream. Dress to move but also dress as a fairy, your favorite character from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, or a human who has stumbled upon the revelry in the fairy kingdom. Please no scents or perfumes. Bring a bathing suit and towel for the pool and jacuzzi.

What to bring for the potluck based on your Horoscope type:
·         Earth: main dish
·         Fire: side dish
·         Air: dessert
·         Water: beverage (non-alcoholic)

·         6pm to 7pm: Contact Improvisation with Karin Moriarty (for those that pre-register)
·         7pm to 8pm: Potluck, fairies, and magic
·         8pm to 10pm: Ecstatic Dance with DJ Vedma in the fairy kingdom
·         10pm to 11pm: cuddle pile and jacuzzi

Facilitator: Mia Blaisdel

Cost: $30 for contact improv and Ecstatic Dance, $20 for just dance.