CAYA Sprouts Family Circle December 2016: Holiday Cookie Bake

This month, the Sprouts will gather together for a holiday cookie bake!  We will prepare, decorate and infuse holiday treats with our magic, while we share mulled cider, snacks and Yuletide stories, songs and traditions with each other.

Saturday, December 17, 11:00AM-3:00PM

Location: El Cerrito, CA, close to the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station
(Please RSVP for address)

RSVP (by December 15):
cayasprouts@googlegroups.com*
*Note: If you are not yet a member, you will need to request to join the Google Group before you can RSVP.

After the baking and decorating is complete, we will bless the treats, pack them up to be shared at that evening’s CAYA Solstice of Eternal Renewal ritual (as a cakes and ale offering), and pack up any remaining cookies to take home and share with family, friends and neighbors.

Several types of cookie dough and lots of decorations will be provided, but if anyone has a special holiday cookie dough recipe (or anything else you would like to prepare and/or share), feel free to bring along - there is no such thing as too many holiday treats!  We will also have some cookie tins, rolling pins, aprons, parchment paper, and an assortment of cookie cutters on hand, but if you have any of these or other baking supplies you think we might find useful, please bring those along as well.

Coffee, mulled cider and light snacks will be provided. $10-$15 materials donation requested - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation’s Sprouts Family Circles are monthly gatherings of eclectic, interfaith families with a desire to co-create safe, fun, loving, magical, child-centric spaces where kids and their caregivers can come together to deepen their relationship with Nature, Mother Earth and each other. We honor all spiritual paths and strive to create a mutually supportive environment in which to explore and develop our own unique practices to integrate Earth-based spirituality and parenting.

Families of all sorts, with children of all ages are welcome. Activities can be shortened or modified to make them suitable for even the youngest child, and the older children are encouraged to deepen their practice and develop their leadership skills by assisting adults with the planning and facilitation of structured activities, as well as assisting with caregiving and mentoring during the kids free-play/adult discussion time.

REMINDER: CAYA Sprouts Go To The Festival of Lights at the Oakland Zoo

Come As You Are and… 

Join the CAYA Sprouts as they travel to the Oakland Zoo for the Festival of Lights. Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs.

DATE: Saturday, January 2, 2016 
TIME: 6-9p
LOCATION: Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA 94605

PARKING: Free - In the Upper Lot ONLY

ADMISSION: 
Adults: $8.00
Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
Children under 2 and Adults over 80: FREE

ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, and lots of layers! As this is a night time event, it will likely be cold, please consider hats and gloves for everyone. Please also consider bringing extra money for any snacks, warm beverages, or souvenirs. 

Look for CAYA members just outside of the gate around 6p, and we'll head inside as a group around 6:15p.

CAYA Sprouts Go To the Festival of Lights at the Oakland Zoo

Come As You Are and… 

Join the CAYA Sprouts as they travel to the Oakland Zoo for the Festival of Lights. Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs.

DATE: Saturday, January 2, 2016 
TIME: 6-9p
LOCATION: Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA 94605

PARKING: Free - In the Upper Lot ONLY

ADMISSION: 
Adults: $8.00
Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
Children under 2 and Adults over 80: FREE

ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, and lots of layers! As this is a night time event, it will likely be cold, please consider hats and gloves for everyone. Please also consider bringing extra money for any snacks, warm beverages, or souvenirs. 

Look for CAYA members just outside of the gate around 6p, and we'll head inside as a group around 6:15p.

Molly Blue Dawn's Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Featuring ideas for gifts for any of the many gift-giving occasions you and/or your friends and/or family members might be celebrating at about this time of year, or, indeed, other times of year!

Featuring artists, artisans, practitioners, craftspeople, and merchants who are local or magical or sustainable or just nifty!

Also featuring ideas for gifts that aren’t things!

Solstice, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Mithras’ Birthday, your loved ones’ birthdays that happen to fall in late November/December/early January... any one of these events might be an occasion for you to give someone a gift, even if you do not, personally, celebrate that event.  With that in mind, and prompted by an idea from the Lady Yeshe Rabbit, source of so many good ideas which have improved my life (and quite possibly yours), I have created this Holiday Gift Guide.  Feel free to use these gift ideas at other times of year, as well.  ‘Tis always the season to spread happiness while supporting local and/or magical and/or sustainable businesses!

I have divided the guide into five sections.  
Section One is a list of artists, artisans, practitioners, and craftspeople.  
Section Two is a list of nifty stores in the Bay Area.  
Section Three is a list of Craft Fair(e)s happening in the Bay Area this winter.  
Section Four is a list of musicians.  
Section Five is a list of gifts that aren’t things.


If I’ve left out one of your favourite members of any of these categories, please let me know so that I can include them in next year’s edition!

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