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Vancouver Folk Song Society Retreat Nov 19-21
Camp Alexandra, near White Rock, BC, Canada. Join us for a weekend of: Sharing songs from many lands and traditions, socializing and fine food, workshops, jamming, presentations, song circles, concert. Children welcome! Register by Nov. 11. info: 604-522-6046, Leona Axbey, www.folksongsociety.org

Annual BACDS Fall Ball November 20
San Mateo Masonic Temple, San Mateo, CA. An evening of elegance and English Country Dance. Program: Ric Goldman. Music: Danny Carnahan, Charlie Hancock, Shira Kammen, and Jim Oakden. Practice workshop 2:30-5 p.m. (with Lise Dyckman; music by Bill Jensen and Stan & Susan Kramer). Singing at 7:30 : rounds, catches, bawdy songs. Dancing 8-11 p.m. Dances briefly talked through but usually not prompted. Bring a contribution for potluck buffet after Ball. info: 510-653-7507, www.bacds.org/events/fallball2010/

58th Annual Kolo Festival Nov 27-28
Croatian-American Center, 60 Onondaga Ave, SF—3 blocks from Balboa Park BART. Weekend (Fri and Sat) of Balkan and Greek dance and music classes, jam sessions, sing-alongs, and specialty food. Dance teachers: Yuliyan Yordanov, Bulgarian dance; John Filcic, Kolos; Ahmet Lüaut;leci, Turkish; Agapi mou, Greek. Singing teachers: Eva Salina Primack and Radka & Tanya Varimezovi. info: Volunteer and work exchange: Jan Raines, 925-682-3727; Band and kafana: Bill Cope, general: Jerry Duke, balkantunes.org/kolofestival

Annual BACDS No-Snow Ball Dec 5
6:00-10:00 p.m. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Oakland. A great Contradance tradition. Callers: Santa Claus and Robin “the Calling Bird” Steen. Music: The Hillbillies from Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg) plus Cathie Whitesides. Newcomers Welcome at 5:30 p.m. Festive dress encouraged. info: www.bacds.org/events/

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Fest Dec 10-12
Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA. Performers include: Dennis Agajanian, Cowbop, R.W. Hampton, Sidesaddle & Co., Ian Tyson, Dave Stamey and more! Poets include: Jerry Brooks, Andy Nelson, Randy Rieman, Jessie Smith and Diane Tribitt. info: 800-722-9652 www.montereycowboy.org

Listening Room International Songwriters Retreat Jan 16-23
Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, CA. Intimate, intensive week of co-writing, networking and development of craft. Daily workshop sessions, assigned co-writing partnerships, and evening song sharing circles. Open to writers at all levels of development. Limited to 20 participants. info: www.listeningroomretreats.com

Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival Jan 14-16
Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe CA. Featuring: Ralph Stanley II, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Dave Peterson & 1946, IIIrd Generation Bluegrass, Silverado, Copper River and more. Ideal weather, camping, crafts, Bluegrass Quilter's Quilt Show, and more. info: 760-922-8166, www.blythebluegrass.com

Women's Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Jan 14-17
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: 707-869-9642, www.womensheartsandhands.com

WinterSongs WestJanuary 28-31
Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA. A full weekend of songwriting, singing, performance, guitar and harmony classes with Paul Zollo, Jill Knight, Rebecca Troon, Dale Laduke, Severin Browne, and Penny Nichols. info: 845-247-7049, www.summersongs.com