March NorthBayNews

Happy Spring North Bay Burners!

I am happy to announce we have a new event in progress. Thanks to the inspiration of the Chicago Burners and their CHIditarod we have our very own shopping cart race here in Cotati – that’s right, you guessed it, the Cotatitarod! We’ve gotten the Cotati City Council’s stamp of approval and are set to race on Saturday, April 29th starting at La Plaza Park in beautiful downtown Cotati. Read all about it here. Or see below for how to get in on the ground floor.

We’ve been invited to check out a new maker space out on Todd Road, very excited. The newly formed 180 Studios will be hosting us on Saturday, March 25th for a t-shirt screening, sticker making tour of their new facilities. Thank you to Witchy for reaching out and offering to have us over!

Also, it is almost Burnal Equinox, and you’re all invited to the big soirée in San Francisco to celebrate the midpoint between Burns. Get there early and check out all the awesome. It is sure to be a fun night.

On your marks, get set…go!

xoxo RLL

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Burning Man presents…

SF BURNAL EQUINOX Art Salon & Mixer!

Saturday, March 4th
Doors open early for special programming! 6pm – 4am
@ Public Works
161 Erie St, SF, CA 94103 (between Division & 14th St in the Mission)
21+ over
$15 from 6pm – 7pm at the door
$20 Advance Presale
$25 7pm-2am
$30 after 2am
No ins and outs.

Art • Music • Performance • Theme Camps • Laughter • You!

“When the world becomes too serious, humor is the best way to pull the rug from beneath our senses and restore our footing in the world.” – The Ancient Puppet Oracle of Lost Socks

This year’s Burnal Theme will focus on HUMOR and rituals related to it! Humor comes in many forms and is an essential part of human survival, social dialogue, play, and innovation. Humor can reveal the truth, change perspectives, open minds, and pave the way for understanding and deeper human experience. At a time when there has been grief, trauma and fear, we will seek to respond by creating a safe and sacred creative playground for humor, laughter, and perseverance to unfold.

New this year! We are adding an early evening component you will not want to miss: The Intra-Psychic Puppet Dinner Theatre*, featuring wise (cracking) puppet oracles, a Sock Puppet Creation Station, The Altar of Missing Socks (bring your offerings), and much more! If you are a puppeteer (or know one), we would love for you to join us.

*Brought to you by The People’s Papal DIY Hand Puppet Emporium of Prophecy and Absurditum

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Black Rock Rangers, BRC Census, Bruce Miles (Zap! and UR Home), Burning Man images and original art from the archives, Chinese Without Borders, Ekaterina Perepelitsa (Live Painter), Emergency Services Department, Hookahdome, Kahai Sumida Tate (Kino Pālua Model), Kevin Clark (Reared in Steel), Malcolm Blaidsdell (Live Painter), Michael Divine (Live Painter), McLightenment, Playa Info, Puppet Kissing Booth, Snap Yourself, Sextant, & ZeroDB Silent Disco

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Black Velveteen, Bradley P, CelloJoe, Cristoffer Zuniga, Dancing Mandy, Devin Kroes, Dex Stakker, DJ Borris, DJ Dutch Star, DJ Ezra Croft, DJ Spacecamp, DMak, Father Time, Gpk Felixx, Grape Vodka, Hitori Rave, J-MIAH, Jason Wilson, kev/null, KGN, Limbs Akimbo and Sevon Caneri, LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band, Miss Emma Nation, noaccordion, Prince Xzist, PuppetMuffin, Rescue Team, Seapora, Spoken Bird, Syd Gris, Symonne, Tanya Rethorford, Urple Eeple, & Void


Make your participation at Burnal Equinox extra meaningful!

One of the principles of Burning Man is: Gifting. Please consider helping those less fortunate by contributing several items from the list below. The best result will be achieved if people bring at least one item from Group A, or a bag of items from Group B. Backpacks and other supplies will be provided by Burning Man and distributed to the homeless with love and care by members of our volunteer Community Events Team.

There will be no special discount for participating in the backpack program for the homeless. However, if you’d like a discounted entry price you can purchase your tickets early or arrive between 6:00pm – 7:00pm for the special early program—which you really don’t want to miss, anyway! : )

THANK YOU SO MUCH for being part of the success of this effort to help the homeless. You rock!

Burnal Backpack Items Request List

– New Socks (packages of at least 3 pair) – men’s size 10-13 is most common, women’s size 9-11; put each pair in a Ziploc bag. Socks are usually thrown away once they get too dirty to wear as most homeless do not have access to laundry services.
– New Underwear (packages of at least 3) – men’s boxers size M/L or Large; women’s basic brief size L(8-9), or XL(10); any color, cotton or cotton blend. Just like the socks, once they get too dirty to wear they are usually thrown away.
– Tarp (1) – 6 ft x 8 ft tarps any color works but green and brown colors are best.

Toiletries: Your choice of 5 items from the list below
Note: liquid items should be no larger than 8 oz each. When it gets too heavy it’s a burden to move and can get tossed.
– Wet wipes – like the kind most of us use on playa
– Disposable twin-blade razors and shave cream
– Feminine personal hygiene items: tampons, panty-liners, pads, etc.
– Antibiotic ointment or cream – any size tube
– Toothbrush – soft bristles as many homeless have severe dental concerns
– Toothpaste – tarter control is always good
– Soap – Liquid soap is best
– Shampoo/Conditioner – combo items are great
– Hand Sanitizer – no floral scents
– Lotion – skin calming or extra moisturizing is helpful

Presale Tickets:

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We have been invited for a special hands-on preview of the new maker space in town. Witchy is going to help us put vinyl transfers of the North Bay Burners logo onto our own t-shirts. Bring something you want to have the logo on, she says it can be on anything that can be ironed. We can also make stickers!

Check out the new place, and get a private tour. Make stuff! Meet Witchy, the volunteer coordinator. And generally hang out with some local Burners doing fun things. Thank you to Miss Witchy for inviting us over, we are excited to see what you guys are making happen.

180 Studios welcomes the North Bay Burners

Saturday, March 25th
150 Todd Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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North Bay Burners and Snarky Arts presents


Saturday, April 29th,2017
Start/Finish Line – La Plaza Park Downtown Cotati

  • A shopping cart race to collect food donations for the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
  • Free to enter! 60lbs of food donations required for every team of five racers.
  • Decorate your shopping cart loaned to us for the day by Oliver’s Market in Cotati in the park the day of the race – costumes encouraged!
  • Race from checkpoint to checkpoint in a pub crawl around the hexagonal streets of Cotati! Compete for prizes and glory!
  • Each team consists of a “musher” driving the cart and four “dawgs” pulling the cart – you are allowed to change places at will.
  • Checkpoints will be at Spancky’s, the Eight Ball, the Redwood Café, Mike’s at the Crossroads and the Flagship Taproom. Afterparty at the Taproom!
  • Each checkpoint will have race volunteers to ask trivia questions, or you may perform stupid human tricks instead! Hit all checkpoints to qualify for prizes.

Bonus – join the secret Society for Concentric Hexagons
(With Alternative Geometries) and receive much SCHWAG!

Volunteer! Help with preparation or on the day of the race
Vending! Bring crafts or other goodies and set up in the park
Register! Start a team or find one to join and run like the wind

10:00 AM – Check in and registration
1:00 PM – the race begins!
4:00 PM – Award ceremony in the park
5:00 PM – Afterparty begins

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::: Reminder ::: Have stuff you want included? Please answer this questionnaire: It will be considered for the next monthly announce newsletter which comes out around the first of the month. The North Bay Burners Facebook group at and our discussion list at!forum/northbay-list are largely unmoderated. Want to let folks know about a fire spinning or hooping workshop? Got an idea for a sewing party? Feel like having some burners over for a night around a firepit or as company at an Art Walk? Reach out and invite us over! ::: Reminder :::

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