Open Art Studios

Saturday, October 4th–Sunday, October 5th. Madison area artists will open their studios to the public. This is a free, annual Madison area arts event. Over 150 artists will participate. Open Art Studios is in its 6th year celebrating the diversity and vitality of the visual arts in the Madison area. Visitors, guided by a map and artist directory, can look at art, talk with artists, learn about technique and craft, all in an open house, informal environment. Art will also be for sale. Sneak previews are available on the website at www.maoas.com.

Book and Cook Class

Mondays, October 27th for four weeks. Alison Dodge, co-owner of Happy Bambino at 2045 Atwood Avenue, and Shannon Seip, co-owner of Bean Sprouts Café, a hip fun café in Middleton for parents and kids, have teamed up to bring Bean Sprouts most popular classes for kids to Madison’s East Side!

Need recipes? The Book and Cook class combines story time with book-themed recipes. A perfect class for kids who love using their imagination...and mixing bowls! Both Class requires advance payment. Please call Happy Bambino at 204-6147 or visit www.happybambino.com to register.

Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 4th, 9:00am–4:00pm. Enjoy delicious farm-fresh food, discover the delights of the gardens and have lots of fun. A perfect way to spend an autumn day in the country. Activities include: Wagon Farm Tours, Bee Hive Walk, Antique Farm Equipment, Farmers Market, Wholesome Children’s Activities, Hands-on Demonstrations. At Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, Wisconsin. Driving directions at www.michaelfieldsaginst.org. In Conjunction with the Harvest Festival, Yuppie Hill Farm is sponsoring bookend events at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute: Old Fashioned Farm Breakfast, 8:00–11:00am, $8, all you can eat; and Barn Dance, featuring Libertyville Grass Band 7:00–11:00pm, $5 cover, food will be available beginning at 6:00pm.

Buddhist Chanting Circle

Every Sunday, 5:00pm–6:30pm. For people who would like to experience chanting meditation and pray for the benefit of all beings. No experience necessary. Everyone welcome! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Tao Sangha Center at 257-4663 or usa@taosangha.com and visit http://na.taosangha.com.

Reiki Sharing

Sunday, October 5th, 7:00pm–9:00pm. Reiki practitioners and curious participants are invited to come together as a way to share and grow into this miraculous process. This is a great way to sample and to know more about Reiki and its benefits while practitioners are also able to develop, share and to receive a treatment. Be ready to experience uplifting fellowship and to gain self-growth knowledge. At Mimosa Bookstore, 260 W. Gilman Street. Info: infiniteaffinity.com 334-1763

Heart of Communication

Thursdays, October 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 7:00pm–9:00pm. Four-week class. Learn the true art of listening with your heart. A participatory practice based on Buddhist principles. It’s an opportunity to grow spiritually through learning how to listen with an open heart, without projection or judgment. Please register by October 2nd with a $25 deposit. (Class is $50). For more information please contact the Tao Sangha Center at 257-4663 and visit http://na.taosangha.com.

Eckhart Tolle in India Free DVD Showing: The Deepest Truth of Human Existence

Friday, October 24th, 7:30pm–9:30pm. Here is an amazingly simple teacher who gives some amazing pointers to one’s sublime nature. Expect a light group discussion lead by Jeremy Anacker of Affinity. Mimosa Bookstore, 260 W. Gilman Street. For more info: infiniteaffinity.com or call 334-1763.

Weston A. Price Foundation: Madison Chapter Meeting

Monday, October 27th, 7:00pm at Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St. Nutrient-dense foods—education and activism. The public is invited. For more info, call Carolyn at 221-8696 or see www.madisonwapf.org/.