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We've got several things hopping in the next week, here at House Weirdness (details below for each one):

1) "LoveSpeak: Make the Connection!" Workshop (about the 5 Languages of Love) at PurePleasure in Santa Cruz TOMORROW May 6, from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Save $5 by pre-registering!

2) Poly Pool Party at our place THIS Saturday May 8th from 7pm to 12 midnight (setup and "Family Friendly time" begin at 4pm)! (donation requested to cover heating costs, but No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds)

3) East Bay Poly Discussion Group on Tuesday 5/11 at our place. Doors Open at 6:45. For directions, send your RSVPs to discussiongroup (at) ebpp (dot) org. (No Charge!)

Hope to see some of you very soon!



1) "Lovespeak: Make the Connection!"(Discovering and Using the Five Languages of Love)

Thursday May 6, 2010

When you say to someone "I love you," how do you know that you're telling them in a way that they can hear? Have you ever given someone a card or flowers and been told "you never spend time with me"? Maybe you're speaking different Love Languages. According to author Gary Chapman, each of us has a primary Love Language in which we offer and receive love, and misunderstandings can arise when two people use different languages. If you've ever found yourself in that situation, Dawn Davidson & Akien MacIain can help you figure it out. They'll explain the different Languages, discuss how to identify which one(s) you and your partner(s) prefer, and help you to better ensure that what you mean is what they hear. They'll cover some special aspects of using the Languages in multiple-partner relationships, and (time permitting) may also touch on using the Languages with non-romantic relationships, such as with children, relatives, and in the workplace.

Dawn Davidson and Akien MacIain are co-founders of Mandala Enterprises (www.mandalaenterprises.com). They are Personal and Relationship Coach/Counselors whose primary focus is on alternative relationships. Bothhave been active in the SF Bay Area poly community since 1998, led numerous discussion and research groups, and are past Loving More Board members. They have spoken about polyamory on television in the US and Sweden. Dawn and Akien are proponents of all forms of loving relationship. In his current work, Akien is exploring happiness as a learnable skill which we can develop within ourselves and bring to our relationships, our work, and our lives. Kink-aware and sensitive to issues of gender and sexual orientation, Dawn believes that the capacity of the heart to love is infinite, and that the forms love may take are limited only by the imagination.


MORE INFO: dawnd[at]dawndavidson(dot)com OR dawndsquirrel(at)gmail[dot]com

2) The Poly Pool Party is coming up THIS Saturday, May 8th from 7pm to 12 midnight (setup and "Family Friendly time" begin at 4pm)!

The filter and heater issues have been fixed, and the party is ON! This event takes place at our home in the East Bay. If you're interested, you can get details on where and when by signing on to our Google Group and reading the most recent discussions:

Or send me an e-mail (or respond here), and I'll send you the full invite. We love to have new folks attend, but our space is limited, so we do require RSVPs.

FYI: The Google Group is a very occasional and relatively low-traffic list for announcing our Poly Pool Parties (PPPs) and other events that we host here at our home and/or are involved in putting on. In general these events are local to the SF Bay Area, but sometimes we announce things that we're doing elsewhere in the country.

WELCOMING OF ALL: Please note that our parties are welcoming to people of all sizes, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, political thoughts, etc. Guests are expected to behave in a manner that is courteous, respectful, and accepting of this diversity. (It's perfectly ok to have personal preferences, of course, as long as those preferences don't interfere with your ability to behave courteously towards others at the party.) If you have any questions about this policy, or about any other issues pertaining to our party, please feel free to contact us privately.

Looking forward to seeing some of you here very soon!

Dawn ( & Akien)

3) East Bay Poly Potluck and House Weirdness co-sponsor a poly
relationship discussion group on the second Tuesday of every month.
This month it's on May 11 in San Leandro. Doors open at 6:45,
discussion begins at 7:15. Please arrive on time.

What's going on with you in your poly life? We can all learn from
each other. This is a place to talk about it, both from the head and
the heart. It's more of a moderated discussion than a lecture,
though we have discussion topics to help keep things focused.

Like our East Bay Poly Potlucks, we ask that you RSVP in advance,
including the names of all guests. It's held in a private home, and
that way we know who's coming; it's a safety and no-surprises
thing. Send your RSVPs to discussiongroup (at) ebpp (dot) org.

Also, this month, on May 18 the East Bay Poly Potluck will be at
a location yet to be finalized.
Email to ebpp (at) ebpp (dot) org for details after May 11.

East Bay Poly Potluck also has a Yahoo group for discussion and
announcements of interest to the East Bay poly community. If you're
interested in joining, drop us an email to admin (at) ebpp (dot) org with a
little about yourself.

Greg & Alison
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