Free Skool 2010 Summer Calendar
The Free Skool 2010 Summer Calendar is available! Look for paper calendars at cafes and community centers, particularly SubRosa at 703 Pacific Ave.
Download this as a convenient, printable PDF (albeit very very large at 66MB).
Acrobalance Frederick St. Park
with Pati firstname.lastname@example.org
Acrobalance is partner or group activity that involves lifting, holding, fliping, and balancing one another (sometimes effortlessly) in different acrobatic-type poses. Share and practice tricks you know or work together to learn new ones. Lets learn from each other. No partner needed, come and play in the sun! Requirements: Respect and care for self and others' wellbeing and safety. Awareness of what your body can do. Contact me if you want more details, to meet at a different time, or to let me know your coming. Directions: Look for me on the grass, I'll have an Acrobalance sign.
Tue July 20th, Aug 3rd, 17th, 31st, Sep 14th, 28th – 4-6pm
Anarchy, Compassion and Spirituality SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with John Malkin email@example.com
A discussion of how the anarchist qualities of freedom, cooperation and self-reliance can be supported through practices like nonviolence, compassion and meditation. John is a local social justice activist, musician and journalist and host of a weekly radio show on Free Radio Santa Cruz.
Sun Aug 1st – 3:30-6:30pm
Autonomy & Addiction Resource Center for Non-Violence, 515 Broadway
with frankie firstname.lastname@example.org
A space to freely discuss our ideas about the use and abuse of booze and drugs in our lives and in the radical community. We can talk about harm reduction, various strategies for dealing with addiction, histories of booze and drugs, their effects on our lives and communities, experiences with rehab and 12 step programs, psychiatric and prescription drugs, and anything else that comes up.
Thu July 15th, Aug 19th, Sep 16th – 3:30-5pm
Introduction to Ayurveda 159 Alta Dr La Selva Beach
with Allyssa email@example.com
Ayurveda is the ancient healing science from India. In this class we'll discuss a little about Sankhya philosophy (how/why the universe was created), the qualities of nature, the elements, senses, and the connection between the three. We'll talk about the causes of disease and the different methods in which Ayurveda treats imbalances of the elements, focusing on the 6 tastes, and how they affect the body. Requirements: You might like to bring a mug for tea, and a notepad. Contact teacher about rideshare. Directions: Directions: Go south on Hwy 1 and exit at Mar Monte. Turn left on Alta Dr. contact teacher about rideshare.
Mon July 19th, Aug 16th – 6-8pm
Continuing Ayurveda 159 Alta Dr. La Selva Beach
with Allyssa firstname.lastname@example.org
This class will expand on what we discussed in the Intro class, focusing on digestive processes and the formation of toxins in the body. We'll discuss the Ayurvedic perspective on diet and lifestyle surrounding eating habits and food choices, as we'll as the significance and impact of daily routine on health and well being. Requirements: Attendance of an Intro to Ayurveda class thru freeskool, or knowledge of the 3 doshas, their qualities, and how they manifest in balanced and imbalanced conditions. Directions: see Intro to Ayurveda class directions
Mon Sep 20th – 6-8pm
Intro to Bikes The Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave (Enter on Spruce St.)
with Bike Church Mechanics 831-425-2453
A practical overview of the bicycle, from brakes to shifting to proper tool usage. This class will cover basic anatomy and function of the bike with an emphasis on safety, and include hands-on fix-it time for attendees. Also a useful introduction to our shop for newcomers.
July 11th, Aug 8th, Sep 12th – 10am-Noon
Bike Shift for Members and Kids! Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave
with Bike Church Mechanics 831-425-2453
This new weekly shift at the Bike Church is for Members and Kids. You will need a membership to use the space, but Kids are Free Members! Bikes are free to kids who are in need of one. Kids under 12 years old can obtain a bike for free, and if you are over 12 and under 18 we ask for 2 hours of work trade to earn the bike. Parents, guardians, and caretakers are welcomed. Requirements: You must have a Membership with the Bike Church to use the shop during these hours.
Every Saturday – 10am-2pm
Hand-Sewn Bookbinding The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave (Enter on Spruce)
with Josh and Ann email@example.com
Learn how to make your own beautiful book using traditional hand-sewing techniques and salvaged materials. While examples of several forms will be available, this class will focus on step-by-step construction of a book with simple sewn signatures and a stiff cover. Requirements: Materials will be provided, but also feel free to bring anything of your own you would like to use or share.
Thu July 15th – 6:00-9pm
Brew It Yourself! Homebrew Workshop 823 1/2 Riverside Ave
with Brewtally Honest Fermentation Co-op firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wanted to brew your own delicious beverages? Are you looking folks to brew with, sharing experiences, knowledge, equipment and fun? Come along then, and join in on the exciting world of homebrewing. No experience is necessary. Requirements: You can bring snacks to share, if you want to, and clean, glass, non-twist off bottles are always nice!
Sat July 24th, Sep 18th – 5-7pm
Comic Hangout Santa Cruz Diner, 909 Ocean St.
with Doodle email@example.com
Like to draw? Like to write stories? Like to do both at the same time? Do you find it easier to spend time on projects and maintain more consistent creativity when working around others? This is not an intentional skill-share, this is where we can come together, hang-out and work near each other. Over the meetings we will explore different public places in Santa Cruz conducive to gathering and creating, starting with the Santa Cruz Diner. Requirements: Bring your own project and supplies. Others may have some to share, but don't rely on it.
Every Tue July 13th to Sep 14th – 7:30pm
Composting Workshop Food Not Lawns: 1145 Laurel St.
with Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be discussing the basics of composting and vermicomposting - the benefits, the science behind it, methodologies, and mostly importantly - how to, as well as going into how to build a home compost system out of pallets. We will then be building a hot compost pile together!
Wed July 21st – 5:30-7pm
Conflict Improv - Bring your Fight Night! Gateways Books, 1126 Soquel Ave
with Jean Morrison, Christine King, Kristin Masters 831-440-8979
Tired of having the same old argument played out in the same old way? Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers a model to transform conflict into opportunity. Join NVC trainers for a rollicking evening of pure fun and entertainment. Bring your conflicts, your challenges, and your friends and watch our NVC trainers transform your toughest interactions!
Tue July 13th – 7-8:30pm
Cook for the Week in Two Hours Contact for location
with Carol Fox email@example.com
The Survival Gourmet returns! with a revisit to this most popular class: Demonstration of how to prepare delicious and nutritious entrees, side dishes, and healthy desserts for the whole week in one two-hour session. Meal planning, time- and money-saving tips for beginners and experienced cooks alike. All new recipes. Lunch included. Requirements: Pre-register by 7/16, INCLUDE PHONE NUMBER in email. Class size limited. Cost of food will be divided among participants.
Sat July 17th – 10am-1pm
Darn it! The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave (Enter on Spruce St.)
with kai firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Socks! Come learn how to make seamless patches for socks and sweaters. No more sock drawer full of sock-sieves! We'll be using super basic hand-sewing techniques- no sewing experience necessary. Darned patches are a simple way to repair all sorts of knit and woven garments. Requirements: Please bring if you can: A holey garment, darning/upholstery needle, and yarn/thread that matches the thickness of your garment's fibers. I'll have some of each of these for lending. Bonus points if you can find a darning egg!
Tue July 6th – 6.30pm
DIY Golf Harvey West Park
with Andrew Pappin email@example.com
DIY Golf is golf without the elitism and cost normally associated with it. DIY Golf is played with golf balls that go half as far and don't hurt if you get hit by one. An example of a DIY par four would be a tee shot over a playground, a shot over a tree, and then a chip shot at a trash can. Requirements: Golf clubs and balls will be provided, but please email me if you plan on coming. Directions: Meet on the grass behind the pool, near the playground.
Sun July 18th – 5-7pm
Dojo Skillshare & Self-Defense Intensive Red Barn Dojo (contact teacher)
with danielsan firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate Independence Day the right way: with some personal defense training, exercise & fitness, and an introduction to a variety of martial arts & self defense strategies with an emphasis on ongoing training in a safe, supportive, and combative environment. Whether you've practiced a great deal, taken one self defense class, or never even considered taking one, this is a chance to engage and practice defending yourself. Requirements: Please be on time for an introductory discussion about safety, pain, boundaries, personal responsibility, and respectful mutual aid-based training. We'll also discuss ongoing training opportunities & schedule further classes. Directions: Contact instructor for location. Bike/bus friendly.
Mon July 5th – 12pm
Electronic Safety for Anarchists Computer Kitchen, 703 Pacific Ave
with Pon Farr email@example.com
This class covers how to keep yourself anonymous, safe and secure. No Internet activity is 100% safe, however there are measures you can take to limit the traces you leave when online. The government is watching, scanning, slurping, and analyzing all of that data. Take the class and learn how to protect yourself. RSVP if possible, though not necessary. $5 donation benefits Computer Kitchen, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Requirements: Prerequisites: Basic Internet usage. This class will teach to all levels.
Sun July 25 – 7-8pm
Energy Conservation Techniques Food Not Lawns, 1145 Laurel St.
with Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wondered what you can do to save energy beyond making sure your lights are off at night? Come join us as we discuss energy saving techniques, from pressure cooking, to low flow water equipment, to greywater.
Tue Aug 17th – 5:30-6:30pm
English Country Dance First Congregational Church, 900 High St
with Michael King email@example.com
English country dance is a lively form of folk dance that was popular in the Renaissance era. Couples dance in sets and weave through elaborate patterns as they interact with other couples. Beginners are very welcome—this is an excellent place to learn. We have live music on the second Thursday of the month. We're a casual, fun-loving group that does this just for fun. Come dance with us! Requirements: We request a donation of $5, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Directions: We meet in small upper hall, next to the upper parking lot.
Thu Jul 8th, 22nd, Aug 12th,26th, Sep 9th, 23rd – 7-9:30pm
Free Skool Community Picnic Ocean View Park
with Free Skool Collective firstname.lastname@example.org
Come play with us in the park at our quarterly potluck where students, teachers, organizers, and community members get together to enjoy food, music, and companionship with new and old friends. We have fun, meet people, eat, talk, have workshops, and play soccer. Requirements: Bring food, drink, and games to share. Come teach a workshop. Directions: Park is next to the San Lorenzo River downtown.
Sat Sep 18th – Noon-4pm
Free Stuff/Scavenger Hunt SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Wes/Alex email@example.com
One of the interesting things about living in a culture of mass consumerism and excess is that with enough effort you can find almost anything you may need for free. This class will begin with a list of desired items and another list of well-known sources of free things. We'll then break up into groups and scavenger hunt all over the county to see how much of that list we can collectively find.
Fri Aug 27th – 10am
Freebirth! Contact for location
with Alison Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Freebirth!: An evolving exploration of birth freed from institutionalized control/supervision. Birthing from within, intuition/instinct leading the way, like any animal, in your own nest. Share your own stories, encourage others, or find healing love and support as you recover from birth trauma/rape. Learn and share hands off midwifery skillz. Free form discussion/critique of mainstream childbirth practices. US cesarean rate is now 1 in 3 births! Let’s take birth back! Requirements: Please bring mind and heart open. Group is limited to women/trans who own uteri, and their partners if desired. Nurslings are always welcome, but please watch your own monkeys. Videos contain graphic birth nudity. Basic knowledge of human reproduction and gestation is useful to your understanding. By attending you acknowledge your own responsibility for your birth choices.
Wed Jul 7th, 21st, Aug 11th, 25th – 7:30-9pm
What Should I Do With That Freebox Sweater?! Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Blaize email@example.com
In this class you will learn how to salvage an old sweater: fixing holes via darning, patching, applique, and/or embroidery. Re-use as scarves, hats, stuffed toys, etc. Requirements: Bring a sweater or three. Bring yarn, thread and material for patches. Or, bring a few dollars to donate to the workshop and use some of the supplies they have on hand. This class is limited to 6 students. Email to reserve a spot or just show up and join us if possible.
Wed July 21st, 28th, Aug 4th – 8-9:30pm
Fallen Fruit Bike Around Food Not Lawns, 1145 Laurel St.
with Jacob and Gang firstname.lastname@example.org
We will begin with a brief introduction on the topics of food foraging in urban environments and then we will embark on a bicycle journey around Santa Cruz, archiving fruit trees, berry bushes, and any other edibles located on public lands. We will then input our gathered data into a public, editable, google map which will be open to the community. Bring your bike, a pencil and paper, and a keen eye.
Wed July 7th – 5:30-7pm
Fruit Tree Project in Santa Cruz Trescony Park, Westside
with Steve 831-421-9367
Help create a new DIY project in town! Lots of tree fruits go to waste in people's yards; let's organize a network to harvest the surplus. Volunteers would earn free fruit, residents would trade for other types of fruit, and surplus could go to Food Not Bombs or other food distros. Long term possibilities include helping people to maintain trees and plant new ones, and guerilla fruit tree planting. Requirements: Must be willing to pick and eat fruit. Jamming and tree climbing a plus. Directions: Trescony park and community garden is between King and Mission, one block east of Bay. Meet at picnic tables.
Sun Aug 15th, 29th – 5-7pm
Gnarly Knitting The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave (Enter on Spruce St.)
with Jenny 831-588-3537
Come knit! Feel free to bring any project ideas and we can work on them together. Perhaps you want to make a hat, scarf or gloves for the winter? Or knit a stuffed animal? Or simply learn to knit in general! All levels are welcome and I will bring extra needles and yarn for practicing (but you are encouraged to bring your own yarn for any finished products).
July 6th, 20th, 27th, Aug 3rd – 1-3pm
Your Grandmother's Stitches The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Marie email@example.com
In this class, you will learn various embroidery stitches including buttonhole, herringbone, feather stitch, fly stitch, chain stitch, and beautiful variations and combinations thereof. Requirements: Bring your own fabric or garments, thread, embroidery floss, needles, etc. Some supplies are available for donation to the workshop. This class is limited to 6 students. Email to reserve a spot or just show up and join us if possible.
Fri July 16th, 23th, 30th, Aug 6th – 1-2:30pm
Hackbloc Santa Cruz Bocci's Cellar, 140 Encinal Street
with UBEW Local 000 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a monthly, open meeting for tech-minded people who have an interest in software and hardware projects that benefit the community. We'll share ideas, help each other with projects, geek out in an egalitarian format, and consume mugs of frothy fermented grain beverage in the process (optional). Note: There may be Bocce involved. Requirements: A background or an interest in computer programming or building computing hardware or electronics.
Thu July 29th, Aug 26th, Sep 30th – 6-8:00pm
Hacktivism 101: Digital CivDis Contact teacher for location
with UBEW Local 000 email@example.com
Wikipedia says that "Hacktivism . . . is the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools in pursuit of political ends." The goal of this class is to learn and use these tools in order to create the technical infrastructures needed for radical endeavors. If you have ideas for projects, skills to share, or simply an interest, join us! From programming to electronics to social/network engineering. Let's create opensource projects and knowledgebases that our widespread communities can use. Requirements: An interest to learn. Some technical savviness and sneakiness.
Thu July 8th, 22nd, Aug 5th, 19th, Sep 2nd, 16th – 5-7:30pm
Healing Your Body with Plants: Kitchen Herbs! SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Red Root Herbal Collective firstname.lastname@example.org
Culinary herbs have loads of medicinal properties and can help our bodies cope with a myriad of ailments. Come learn about them!
Mon Sep20th – 3pm
Healing Your Body with Plants SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Red Root Herbal Collective email@example.com
We will learn about our body systems and different disorders associated with them. There will be focus on holistic approaches to healing, including medicinal plants and nutritional guidelines. The topics covered will be anxiety and depression, liver and skin, and herbal first aid. Requirements: Please bring something to take notes with.
Mon July 26th, Aug 2nd, 9th – 3-5pm
Kids Sewing Camp/Costura para Niños: Session 2 Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Olivia firstname.lastname@example.org
This class introduces basic sewing skills for hand and machine sewing, focused on reusing and re-purposing pre-owned materials. This is a class for kids! Day 1: Basic hand sewing, stitches, buttons, etc. Day 2: Sock puppet and basic machine sewing. Day 3: Sew a purse/ drawstring bag. Day 4: Choose a project! Apron, pillow, stuffed animal, alter clothing, etc. Requirements: This class is open to kids 7-13 years old. Email if you have any questions. La clase introduzca la costura, de mano y maquina, con enfasis en el uso/reutilización de materiales viejos o salvados. Una clase para jovenes. 1ro día: Costura básica a mano, puntadas, botones, etc. 2do día: Hacer un títere de media. Introduccion al uso de la máquina de coser. 3ro Día: Coser una bolsa. 4to Día: Elegir un proyecto! Delantal, almohada, un muñeco, alterar/arreglar la ropa,etc. Requirements: Para niños 7-13 años de edad. Email preguntas.
Tue-Fri July 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th – 10am-Noon
Languages of Resistance SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Bob email@example.com
As economic and cultural globalization and development continue to push forward, growing numbers of languages will become endangered and eventually, extinct. This class aims to counter that force. I see a starting point for this in teaching the language that I know: German. The first class will start with a German lesson and practice group. We can continue with German in the next classes or evolve the group to other languages that you bring. Lets fight culture/linguicide! Requirements: Just bring an open mind and study materials will be provided.
Sun Aug 15th, 22nd, 29th, Sep 5th – 12-1:30pm
From Lawns to Food Food Not Lawns, 1145 Laurel St.
with Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be discussing the impact of lawns on our society, and how to change your water thirsty front lawn into a food producing garden. The discussion will emphasize the connection between us and food as well as garden design. This will also be an organizational event: if you would like to convert your lawn but do not have the knowledge or labor, we will be working out a schedule to help community members accomplish their goals.
Wed Aug 4th – 5:30-7pm
Leather Mask Making Contact for location
with kai email@example.com
Ditch the black bandana! We'll learn how to use vegetable tanned leather to create a custom-molded mask that fits the contours of your face. Kids are welcome but we'll be using sharp tools and boiling water, so bring an adult, too. The molding techniques we'll use can be used for sculpture, pouches, sheathes, and belts, too! Please e-mail me for class location. Requirements: We need to use VEGETABLE tanned leather; please bring some or some dollars for materials. Let me know if this is a problem.
Sat July 10th – 2pm
Lyme Disease Awareness Contact for location
with Carol F firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyme is a tick-borne disease that is completely preventable, and completely curable in the first few weeks after infection. Left untreated, it can become a lifelong, chronic, debilitating condition. Sadly, the medical profession is mostly ignorant or silent when it comes to public education or preventive measures. In this class, an RN will describe how to prevent infection; what to do if bitten by a tick; essential medical interventions; how to find a Lyme-literate doctor. Also: recognize symptoms, dispel myths. Come learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Parents, forest-dwellers, and all outdoors-people especially encouraged. Requirements: Open to all. Please email for location and to reserve a space.
Mon Sep 20th – 7-9pm
math SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Joel and Andrew email@example.com
Come join the continuing discussion of various mathematical topics. In the past we've investigated Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. This class is for all the folks out there with an interest in math, whether it be to pass a test, complete a difficult homework assignment or for the pure joy that comes with understanding a new concept - a concept that may or may not give more insight to the workings of the natural world. Requirements: Bring questions, problems, curiosity and something to write with and on.
Every Saturday – 4-5pm
Medicinal plant walk Twin gates, Empire Grade, UCSC
with red root herbal collective firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on a plant walk and learn the medicinal properties of some of our native plants. We will learn about ethical harvesting techniques as well as plant identifying tips. Requirements: Something to write on and with.
Sat Jul 31st – 11am
MTB Progressive Skills Clinic German/American Hall, 320 Plymouth St
with Jo Rathbun email@example.com
Mountain Bike progressive skills clinic solely for women. Requirements: Mountain bike, helmet, water, gloves, tube/patch kit, flat pedals
Sun Jul 18th, Aug 1st, 15th, 29th – 9-11am
MOVE: history and discussion SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with David and Stascha firstname.lastname@example.org
MOVE was a radical commune in West Philadelphia throughout the 70s and early 80's. In 1985 the philadelphia police department fired 10,000 rounds and dropped a bomb on the occupied house, killing everyone inside except for a mother and her daughter. Come learn about the history of this group and explore why they were such a threat.
Wed Sep 22nd – 6pm
Movement/Dance Process Body & Soul, 738 Chestnut
with Jen email@example.com
This is a class in improvisational dance and movement techniques to foster self expression and personal growth. We’ll start with a little background, then go into a warm up and move on to improvised movement based on universal themes. Our bodies contain everything that we are, too often we live as though our mind, emotions and physical bodies are separate entities.This class aims to help us reunite our mind and body and live as more whole people in the world. Requirements: A desire for personal growth and willingness to move your body in improvised ways in the presence of others. Directions: Corner of Chestnut Street and Squid Row
Sat Jul 17th, Aug 28th – 3-5pm
Mutual Aid for Papas San Lorenzo Park
with danielsan firstname.lastname@example.org
Hang out in the park on a Sun morning and bring your kids. It's a space for papas of all kinds to talk and play with men interested in being great fathers (and smashing patriarchy). First Sun of each month. Requirements: The desire to be a good father to someone, someday. Directions: Playground/Duck Pond area of San Lorenzo Park
Sun Aug 8th, Sep 5th – 11am-Noon
Mystery Band Contact for location
with Erin Ellison + volunteers mysterybandSC@gmail.com
Call for participation! People with basically no musical talent, some musical talent, or a lot of musical talent, throw your name into a hypothetical hat to get placed in a band with 4-5 other people. Then you'll have 6 weeks to come up with 20-30 minutes of original music. After 6 weeks, watch your comrades as they brazenly play their INCREDIBLE MUSIC you never even imagined was possible! If you are terrible, people will still love you. Come to the coordination meeting or email for full details. Requirements: A good attitude and willingness to expand your idea of music. E-mail contact info, instruments you play and instruments you are willing to share, level of musical (in)experience, if you have a practice space available, and if you want to help coordinate the event.
Coordinator meeting: July 5 – 6pm
Sign-up deadline July 12
Showcase in beginning of September
Organic Gardening Workshops Food Not Lawns, 1145 Laurel St.
with Heidi and Crew email@example.com
Come learn the fundamentals of organic gardening with us at Food Not Lawns! We will cover topics such as propogation, soil health, pest management, fertility, plant care, and sweet sweet harvesting. We will also delve further into the connections between organic and biodynamic gardening, permaculture, and social sustainability. Each class of the series will involve a discussion of a topic and gardening with each other in our urban oasis. Requirements: Be ready to get your hands dirty.
Wed July 14th, 28th, Aug 11th, 18th, 25th, Sept 8th, 15th – 5:30-7pm
Physics for Everyone SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Joel and John firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Physics allows us to describe the complicated systems observed in nature using simple mathematical models. This course is intended as a first course in physics for curious students of all ages. We discuss topics such as classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, atomic theory, Einstein's theories of relativity, modern particle physics, and quantum mechanics. We will make an effort to place theories in a historical context and to demonstrate principles with tangible experiments. Mathematical knowledge is not a prerequisite and students will not be asked to solve difficult math problems, though mathematics will be used to describe concepts. Requirements: No previous knowledge of physics or mathematics is assumed.
Every Sunday – 4-5pm
Plant Parts and Processes Neary's Lagoon
with Alison, Bry, n' Baerie firstname.lastname@example.org
Lean about the inner magic of plants! 7/3: Secondary metabolites, basic chemistry, cell biology; 7/10: Photosynthesis!!, C3, C4, CAM, Calvin cycle; 7/17: xylem, phloem, transpiration, mycorrhizae; 7/24: germination, flowers, fruits! Requirements: Bring snackies to share! Directions: Neary's Lagoon entrance at the end of Blackburn.
Sat July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th – 4-6pm
Radical Family Potluck! San Lorenzo Park
with frankie email@example.com
Come all ye radical parents, kids, and allies! We will share food and discuss ways we can support each other as radical families and community members.
Sun Aug 1st, Sep 19th – 3pm
Rad Parents Rad Kids The Pirate Ship, 159 Alta Dr. La Selva Beach
with Bredette firstname.lastname@example.org
It's important to have support, especially when raising kidlets, so I'd like to have the space to get together with rad mamas and papas and any peeps who want to hang with kids! I encourage carpooling/buses as we're in La Selva. There is a bus stop near by. Directions: Email for directions
Sat July 3rd, 17th, 31st. Aug 14th, 28th, Sep 11th, 25th – 11am-1pm
Return of the Grammas: Quilting as Personal and Communal Liberation
with Wes, kai, Allison email@example.com
Picture old women sitting around a porch drinking beer, quilting together, creating something warm and strong, and talking about their lives. We are those old women. This is not a class focused on traditional quilting styles, but an excuse to come together, exercise our artistic creativity and radicalism, make something useful and beautiful, and build love and friendship. We'll discuss materials, process, design, the political implications of creating something from waste, and how historically quilts have tied communities together through generations of hardship. Though we will be working on individual projects, we will help and influence each other as a community. Requirements: All genders and all skill levels welcome. Please bring sewing stuff, snacks and beer to share.
Tue Sep 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th – 6:30-9pm
Sand Puppies: Beach Safety for Kids Seabright Beach, 3rd Avenue Stairs
with Elaina 831-212-5328
This is a class for kids to learn beach and ocean safety. We will learn important skills while playing games and getting to know the sea shore. Topics include waves and currents, entering and exiting the water safely, sun protection, ecology of the beach environment, sand castles, and boogie boarding. The class teacher is an experienced ocean swimmer, surfer, and former beach lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard instructor. Requirements: This class is open to kids ages 6-ish through 12-ish. A parent or guardian should be available to meet the teacher the first time their child attends class; children may attend subsequent classes independently subject to teacher/guardian agreement. Class Directions: Please meet at the bottom of the 3rd Avenue stairs at Seabright Beach
Thu July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th – 1-4pm
Seashore Exploration West Cliff entrance to Natural Bridges State Park
with David firstname.lastname@example.org
This class will concentrate on understanding our unique shoreline including tides, currents, beach plants, seaweed identification/harvesting, tidepools, bay and deep sea life, geology, shore birds, and possibly mussel collecting. For those who have been on the trip before, we will be visiting a new and exciting place on our exploration.
Fri Sep 24th – 3pm
Sewing Machines 101 The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave (Enter on Spruce St.)
with The Fabrica Collective email@example.com
This is an introductory class that covers sewing machine use and trouble-shooting. Topics include: threading the machine, winding the bobbin, proper use, stitches, tension adjustments, and an overview of the basic mechanics of a sewing machine. Once you learn to use the sewing machines, you may use them whenever you like (whenever they're available) during general open hours at The Fabrica. Requirements: There are a limited number of machines and space available in the workshop. We will accept as many students as we can, first-come-first-served.
Sat July 3rd, 10th, Aug 7th, 14th, Sep 4th, 11th – 3-4pm
Slinging 101 Natural Bridges (Delaware Entrance)
with Coyote firstname.lastname@example.org
A true tool of antiquity, the slingshot has been present in almost every ancient culture from California's Native Indian nations to the Greeks. It is light, relatively easy to use, and simple to construct. Let's get together and attempt to make our own homemade hand slings. We'll focus on its history, various types of slingshots, and practice. Requirements: Be prepared to do a little walking. Heavy rain cancels. Directions: Meet at the Delaware Ave entrance to Natural Bridges.
Sun July 11th – 2-4pm
Soapbox 201: Anarchist Public Speaking Contact for location
with Wes email@example.com
Directly inspired by Emma Goldman's biography Living My Life, an attempt to bring back the public lecture as a method of communicating important ideas, and specifically, anarchism. We will discuss what makes public speaking successful, prepare speeches, practice giving them, role play audience interaction, and critique, review, and help each other. The class will culminate in a Public Speaking Event targeted to an audience unfamiliar with the subject of Anarchism. Requirements: This is a class on preparing and presenting speeches, not writing them. Therefore, come prepared with an essay you've written on a topic relevant to anarchism, preferably one you are passionate about. Essay length should be between 3 and 5 pages. Please do not come with at least a complete outline and the expectation you will finish the essay by the second class. It is important to attend every class in the series.
Tue Aug 6th, 20th, Sep 3rd – 6:30-9pm
Storyteller's Club SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Brandon firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and tell stories or sit down and join the adventure. Fantasy, Folktale, Coming of Age, Personal Narratives, let's all share stories and ways to improve as storytellers! Requirements: Bring stories you really like and share them! Brain, paper, computer,... whatever format is fine.
Thursdays in July & Aug – 5-7pm
The (un)Beautiful Game: Alternative Perspectives on Soccer and the World Cup
Poet & Patriot Irish Pub, 320 Cedar St
with Elaina 831-212-5328
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, played by barefoot children on dirt fields and by millionaire celebrities in European stadiums. Fans ditch school and work to watch matches and are moved to violence in defense of their team. But the people's passion is also manipulated for benefit of business and political elites, is plagued on all scales by racial and gender oppression, and has been used in some cases to mask state violence. And yet we love it so. This is a two-part class with a lecture/discussion on the evening of July 6th and screening of the final World Cup game on July 11th. Discussion will focus on cultural and political aspects of "the beautiful game" and economic and social issues surrounding the World Cup. Requirements: Contact the teacher in advance for suggested readings. Note the pub location screens the World Cup games, however, if people under 21 show up, we can move to another venue. Directions: 320 Cedar St (at Birch Lane), Santa Cruz.
Tue July 6th, 7-10pm and Sun July 11th, 11am-2pm
Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Activists - Preventing Activist Burnout
Asana, 103 Lincoln St.
with Birdy email@example.com
Based on the Mary Ellen Copeland W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program. Taking on the world's problems can lead to sore shoulders. In this class you will learn self-help strategies to prevent activist burnout in a supportive environment. Develop a Wellness Toolbox, a Daily Maintenance Plan, a Trigger and Action Plan and learn your own warning signs that you need to step back and take care of yourself. May extend beyond 9 weeks if there is sustained and consistent interest. Requirements: Bring yourself, a notebook or journal and something to write with.
Wed Jul 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Aug 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Sep 1st – 6:30-8pm
Introduction to Web Development Computer Kitchen, 703 Pacific Ave
with Robert and Dan firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in making a website? This is a five day course covering the basics of building a website and uploading to the internet. Learn about HTML, CSS and how to find a good host. Space is limited so please contact us before the class starts to reserve your spot. Requirements: Basic computing skills are helpful but not required. Experience with text editors a plus, bring a laptop if you can.
Sun Jul 11th, 18th, 25th, Aug 1st, 8th – 4-5:30pm
Women's Sexuality San Lorenzo Park
with Brittany and Bredette email@example.com, 510-338-5129
Hello! We are stoked to initiate some conversations with and about women folk. Each week the group will be presented with questions and materials to give a starting point for the discussion. Anyone who identifies as a woman is invited. Kids welcomed! We are trying to get a rotation for childcare so let us know if you'd like to help out with that! Topics each week! 8/8 Anatomy, Health, STI's and Blood! 8/15 Contraception, Birth options and Motherhood. 8/23 Sex, Masturbation and Orgasm. 8/30 Porn & Erotica. 9/5 Sex work and the Sex Industry. 9/12 Body Image and the Media. 9/19 Violence Against Women. 9/26 Communication, Boundaries and Relationships. Requirements: Men are invited, but we ask them to contact us so we can chat with them beforehand. Directions: San Lorenzo Park. Grassy area just under the bridge that enters the park from Trader Joe's/River St. side.
Aug 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, Sep 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th – 3-5:00pm
Women, Trans, & Fem Shop Time Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave
with Sophie, B., Ann, Stefanie, Ellie, & Emilyn 831-425-2453
Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been an overwhelmingly male-dominated area. It is our goal to provide time for individuals who may have been marginalized or intimidated in this setting to be supported in being knowledgeable and confident in cycling, mechanics and tool use. This workshop provides a safer space for women, trans and fem folks to work on their bikes and learn new skills. Taught by women/queer mechanics.
July 4th, 18th, Aug 1st, 15th, Sep 5th, 19th – 12-3pm