Festivals 'n Such

West Coast Ragtime Festival November 16-18
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Listening & dancing to every kind of ragtime & ragtime related music. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, Ragtime Collectors Exchange. Info: (916) 457-3324, www.westcoastragtime.com/05wcrf-home.htm

Far-West Folk Alliance Conference November 2-4
Hilton Vancouver Washington near Portland, OR. Learn how to build your community, career and contacts while making and listening to music with your peers. Workshops & panels, jamming, small concerts with many performers, and daily & evening showcases. Performers include: Rosalie Sorrels, Mary Flower, John Wort Hannam, Joel Rafael and many, many more. Info: (818) 621-8309, www.far-west.org/conference.html

Auburn Christmas Festival November 10-11
Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, CA. Fine Craftwork & music, gourmet delights, delicious meals & munchies & drinks. Performers include Golden Bough, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Joe Craven, Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong and more. Info: (209) 533-3473, www.fireonthemountain.com

13th Annual BACDS Fall BallNovember 17
San Mateo Masonic Temple, San Mateo, CA. An evening of elegance and English Country Dance. Program: Kalia Kliban. Music: Bonfire—Jon Berger, Bonnie Insull, & Richard Scher. Practice workshop 2:30-5:00 p.m. (Ric Goldman with Bill Jensen and Avis Minger). Singing at 7:00 p.m. (rounds, catches, bawdy songs with Cathleen Myers). Dancing 8-11 p.m. Dances are briefly talked through but usually not prompted. Bring a contribution for the potluck buffet after Ball. Info: www.bacds.org/events/fallball2007/index.htm

Vancouver Folk Song Society Retreat November 30 - December 2
Camp Alexandra, near White Rock, BC, Canada. Join us for a weekend of: Sharing songs from many lands & traditions, socializing & fine food, workshops, jamming, presentations, song circles, concert. Children welcome! Info: (604) 251-5341, www.geocities.com/vfss.geo/index.html

Annual BACDS No-Snow Ball December 1
7:30 - 11:00 p.m. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Oakland. A great tradition. Santa Claus & Karen Fa-la-lantana with Winter FoG (Fear of Guppies): Kathrine Gardner, Craig Johnson, Charlie Hancock, Jim Oakden, Craig Johnson; and Cathie Whitesides. Festive dress encouraged. Info: www.bacds.org/events

Encuentro del Canto Popular December 7-8
Brava Theater, San Francisco. Many of the world's foremost composers and performers of el canto y musica popular. Performers include Marcelo Puig, Fuga, Alfonso Maya, Mauro Correa, Aluna, Marina LaValle, Bill Santiago. Info: (415) 648-1045, www.accionlatina.org/encuentro/

Women's Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp January 18-21
Mendocino, CA. Guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner-Advanced. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings. Performance opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. Info: (415) 669-7447, www.womensheartsandhands.com

Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival January 18-20
Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe CA. Featuring: The Lonesome River Band, The Special Consensus, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Lost Highway, The Colorado River Boys, more. Ideal weather, camping, international food, crafts, Bluegrass Quilter's Quilt Show, Husband Calling contest. Info: (760) 922-8166, www.blythebluegrass.com

WinterSongs West 2008January 18-20
Zaca Lake Retreat, CA. A full weekend of songwriting, singing, performance, guitar and harmony classes with Severin Browne, Harold Payne, Penny Nichols, Florence Riggs, Pat Milliken, Joyce Woodson, Rebecca Troon, Kenny Edwards, Bill Gessner. Info: (845) 750-6871, P.O Box 803, Saugerties, NY 12477, www.summersongs.com