Free Skool 2012 Spring Calendar
The Free Skool 2012 Spring Calendar is available! Look for paper calendars at cafes and community centers, particularly SubRosa at 703 Pacific Ave.
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3D Clothing Design & Pattern Creation The Fabrica, 703 Pacific
with Stef email@example.com
Do you have a project or idea but are unsure of how the pieces fit together or what the pieces you need even are? In this class we will learn how to use our powers of intellect to create patterns for 3D objects. Learn to create patterns for your dream projects. This class is useful for all levels for making garments, stuffed creatures, and expanding your mind! Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Sun Mar 4th – 4-5:30pm
Accessing Alternative Media SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Shaun Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll touch upon why mainstream news becomes newsworthy while other news not, look at various examples of this, discuss who benefits and who loses from this selection process, and finish with why being able to find under-reported information and alternative analysis using alternative media on domestic and global affairs can help us contribute to making more humane and just decisions for people and the environment. The first session will be an introduction to the topic, and the second session will build on session one. New attendees are welcome at both. Requirements: A power outlet
Sat Mar 3rd, Sun May 6th – 3-4pm
Anarchy: From Social Scene to Social Change SubRosa
with Steve email@example.com
A discussion about tactics and organizing. As valid as much of anarchist theory may be, in practice it often seems more of a subculture than an effective resistance movement. How can we overcome the tension between developing realistic and uncompromising visions of what needs to change with the work of building a broad mass movement capable of realizing such change? How might we reach beyond our own fringe scenes to build meaningful alliances with other social groups and movements? Requirements: There is a short reading; please contact the teacher to get a copy.
Sun May 13th – 5-7pm
Anarchy Fundamentalz SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Tom & KC 831-246-1861
A discussion group dedicated to learning from one another. Drawing from various literature that is mostly, but not exclusively anarchist, we will attempt to blueprint a more sustainable and just society. We will discuss what steps we can take in our local community to achieve this goal. The majority of this discussion group's texts will be available for free online viewing at anarchistlibrary.org. We expect and welcome many viewpoints, and will work through disagreements in as instructive and impersonal a way as possible. In our first meeting we will discuss the zine "The Coming Insurrection". Please come having read the text, available at Subrosa and on line at http://tarnac9.wordpress.com/texts/the-coming-insurrection.
Fri Mar 9th, 23rd, Apr 6th, 20th, May 4th, 18th – 4-6pm
Basic Alterations The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Stef firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to make basic adjustments so that your clothes fit better. You are unique! Let's show it in your clothes! We'll learn about hemming, darts, and some basic refitting/repair tips. A good class for a beginner seamstress. Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Sun Apr 8th – 4-5:30pm
Beyond Beliefs: Religion for Radicals Laurel Park
with Steve email@example.com
Lecture and discussion seeking to dig beneath the hierarchies and dogmas of organized religions and spirituality to explore the radical lives and teachings of the saints and sages themselves. Challenging established sects and ideologies, these teachers focused instead on practical methods of contemplation and inner transformation, a path as relevant now as ever. Directions: Next to Louden Nelson Center. If rainy: 120 Walk Circle.
Sun Apr 15th – 4:30-6:30pm
Beyond Beliefs: Intro to Buddhism Laurel Park
with Steve firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddha aimed not to develop a religion or ideology, but a practical method for achieving joy and peace within. We will explore some of his basic ideas about the nature of human psychology and suffering, as well as the means he suggested for self-observation and purification. Directions: If rainy: 120 Walk Circle
Sun Apr 29th – 4:30-6:30pm
Comics 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? 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 Mon (except Apr 2nd & 9th) – 7-8:30pm
Crash Clowning Contact teacher for location.
with Samantha Ruth firstname.lastname@example.org
Exercises to facilitate perceptual play, kinetic awareness, emotional expression and intuitive embodiment. Requirements: Come one, come all! Especially non-performers and frighties. Wear something you can move in.
Fri Mar 2nd, 23rd, Apr 6th, 20th – 10am-12:30pm
Crazy Quilts: How To The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Christine email@example.com
A crazy quilt disregards the perfect right angles and symmetry of traditional quilts. But these free-form creations still require skill and planning. Experienced quilter, Christine, will teach you how crazy quilts are constructed and help you get started. Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Wed Apr 4th – 4-7pm
Creatures Live! The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Stef and Ann firstname.lastname@example.org
Come One! Come All! The afternoon for making creepy, sweet, googly-eyed, and yarny mouthed creatures is here. Want to make a doll for your niece? Come on down! Perhaps you want assistance creating 3D representations of your best friends? Or maybe a hacky-sack with arms! Anything goes. Beginners are most certainly welcome. Bring supplies or use some of ours! Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Sun Mar 18th – 4-7pm
English Country Dance First Congregational Church, 900 High St.
with Michael King 831-426-8621
English country dance is a lively form of folk dance that was popular in the Renaissance era. Couples dance in sets of various configurations 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. Come dance with us! Requirements: Donations welcomed, but not required. Directions: We meet in the UPPER hall, at the First Congregational Church near the entrance to UCSC.
Thu Mar 8th, 22nd, Apr 12th, Apr 26th, May 10th, May 24th – 7-9:30pm
Faerie Ring Circle Building UCSC fire station, near Merrill College
with Natalie 760-703-8154
UCSC plans to develop two 7-8 story buildings on one of the remaining woodland sanctuaries among the cement sprawl of campus buildings and roads. We will gather to honor this place & create a den in one of the special redwood circles. The space we create will then be the setting for a poetry and story telling night, where we will compile what's shared as a part of an upcoming newsletter about the forest and the Long Range Development Plan which threatens us all. Requirements: Bring water and food to share. Also feel free to bring ideas, offerings & things that are meaningful to you so we can make the space really warm and welcoming.
Sat Mar 24th – Noon
Forest Walk Kresge Food Co-op, UCSC
with Forest Walkers 760-703-8154
An adventure through the forest sharing stories, secret spots, identifying native plants & talking about the Long Range development plan which threatens this special place. Feel free to bring your stories, inspiration & and ideas about ways to care for and defend this land! Requirements: Bring water & food to share Directions: Call for directions
Sat Mar 3rd, Apr 14th, 28th, May 26th – Noon
Free Skool Hike & Picnic Meet at Twin Gates, Empire Grade
with Everyone email@example.com
Our quarterly free skool celebration! Come and take a short hike with us and enjoy a spring picnic. Students, teachers, organizers and community members get together to enjoy a hike, food, and new and old friends. Sylvia & David will also share stories and information about the natural & human history of this beautiful area. Have fun, meet people, scheme, eat, and talk. Requirements: Bring food, drink, and games to share. If it is lightly drizzling, we are still on. Directions: Twin Gates is located about 3.5 miles past the main entrance to UCSC on Empire Grade/High Street.
Sat May 19th – 10am SHARP
French Conversation 811 Broadway
with Cassandre firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to people who want to practice their French. We might be starting the course watching an excerpt of the French movie La Belle Verte, a utopian movie. There is always the possibility to meet other times during the spring if people are into it! Requirements: It is better to have already studied some French to join this class, as we will focus on practice. Dont be shy!
Thu Mar 8th – 6.30-8pm
Get a Job! 811 Broadway
with kai email@example.com
We'll learn how to make a great impression while trying to get employed. Even if food not bombs is the closest thing to work you've done in years, we'll write kick-ass resumes and cover letters together to help you fund the revolution (or just pay rent). Requirements: Bring your draft resume of you have one, writing materials or laptop, and a willingness to learn.
Sat Mar 24th – 11am-1pm
Hacktivism 104 SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with UBEW firstname.lastname@example.org
Though much of technology is well-deserving of critique and scrutiny, we work to shape the new world within the context of the old. Through this series of hacktivism workshops, we want to both encourage your interest in technology and provide a way for all of us to exercise our radical politics. If you’ve ever soldered something and enjoyed it, or if you’ve ever learned a programming language and felt brilliant, or if you’ve ever designed something that worked perfectly, we'd like to share more of that with you in an environment where men, women, and trans folks can connect. Requirements: An interest to learn. Some technical savviness and sneakiness.
2nd Thu Mar, Apr, May – 5:45-7pm
Intro to Bikes The Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave
with Bike Church Mechanics email@example.com
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. Requirements: Beginners are welcome!
Sun Mar 11th, Apr 8th, May 13th – 12-2pm
Intro to Sailing W Dock, Santa Cruz Harbor
with David and Evan firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us for a brief introduction to sailing on the Monterey Bay. We will cover some basic sailing physics, raising sails, a few knots, and then head out for an afternoon of sailing, weather permitting. We have a small boat and the classes will be limited to 4 people per class, so please RSVP by email to get on board. With luck we will see some wildlife and learn a little natural history of the bay. Directions: W dock is in the upper harbor, on the east side near the railroad bridge.
Sat Apr 21st, 28th, May 5th – 1-5pm
Kids at the Bike Church! The Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave
with Bike Church Mechanics email@example.com
Kids are encouraged to come to the shop during this time to learn and play! The shop is less busy so it is an ideal time for youth and family. Requirements: Be under age 18 or a Bike Church Member!
Every Sat – 10am-2pm
Knitting Circle The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Elaina firstname.lastname@example.org
A knitting circle is a time to get together with other folks who stitch. We work on projects and help each other learn new skills. Knitters, crocheters, and other hand-stitchers are welcome to attend. Requirements: Bring needles or yarn if you have them. We have yarn and needles at the shop. Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Mon Mar 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th – 7-9pm
Knot Tying for Bicycles The Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave
with Paul, BC Mechanic email@example.com
Knots ain't just for boats! Learn a few handy knots that you can use for everyday bicycle utility. Requirements: Bring your own rope no thicker than a finger.
Sun Mar 25th – 3-5pm
Knots: The Trucker's Hitch & Others 170 Hagemann Ave
with Jeffrey Smedberg firstname.lastname@example.org, 831-469-9467
Everyday and exotic ways to make rope and cord do your bidding. We will master the Trucker's Hitch as well as help you tie up your banner at the rally, pitch your tent, tie your shoes, rock climb, wrap a gift, tarp your load for the dump, sail, earn your merit badge, or survive in the woods. Share your favorite knot. Learn a new solution to a knotty problem. Requirements: Bring a piece of rope or cord if you have one. Directions: Hagemann is on the Santa Cruz eastside off Soquel Ave
Sat Apr 7th – 10am-1pm
Lyme Disease Prevention for the Whole Family
90 Grandview St, Community Center
with Carol Fox, RN email@example.com, 831-234-7537
May is Lyme Awareness Month! Dick the Tick and Jo the Doe bring you Lyme Disease Prevention tips with a song and a smile. This class is suitable for kids as well as adults, and emphasizes a positive message about a few simple steps we all can take to stay safe in deer country. Myths debunked, questions answered. Knowledge is power! Opportunity to put together your own tick removal kit in class. Requirements: $5-10 donation requested to cover cost of hand-outs and materials for the kit. Directions: Grandview off of Swift. #90 is on right. Park on street, not in complex. Class is in Community Center of Mission Gardens Apartments.
Sat May 12th – 10am-12pm
Lysander Spooner Social Club 123 Anderson St.
with Aaron firstname.lastname@example.org
A critical look at similarities and differences between anarchist, liberatarian and classical ideas. Contact teacher for reading list. Teacher has copies of the readings. Requirements: Bring an open mind and possibly snacks to share. Directions: Anderson St. between Almar and Fair St. Location subject to change.
Wed Mar 14th, 28th, Apr 11th, 25th, May 9th, 23rd – 6-7pm
Mandala Magic Santa Cruz, Call for location
with MandalaMama 831-421-9454
Experience the magical energy of creating a community mandala. We use flowers, shells, and stones, personal treasures and images, items of spiritual significance, whatever the Earth offers us today to build connections with ourselves, families, community, and planet. In the process we clarify and communicate our observations, feelings, needs, requests of ourselves and others, our losses, loves, pain and joy, and we are healed and inspired. Every mandala is unique and filled with the collective energy of the participants. All personal treasures returned at the end of the day. Contact teacher for more info and photos of past mandalas. Requirements: Bring an open mind and heart. Contact teacher ahead of time for suggested materials to bring. And bring your lunch. We start at 10am and continue until you feel complete (usually takes about 3-4 hrs)
Sun Apr 22nd – 10am
Occupy Santa Cruz and the Worldwide Occupy Movement
RCNV, 612 Ocean Street
with Steve Pleich 831-466-6078
Occupy Santa Cruz was founded on the worldwide occupy movement general assembly/consensus model. The process by which the occupy movement works to create economic opportunity and justice is both interesting as a teaching point and inspiring a a truly innovative social dynamic. Discussion will include, brief introduction to hierarchical and non-hierarchical organizational structure; comparison of traditional vertical activist model with contemporary horizontal model; discussion and role play demonstration of the consensus decision making process; and Reform versus Revolution as an Occupy strategic goal.
Mon Mar 5th, 12th, 26th, Apr 9th, 23rd, May 7th, 21st – 6:30-7:30pm
Partner Acrobatics Food Not Lawns, 1145 Laurel
with Jo email@example.com
I would like to create a space for a group of people to meet and practice skills associated with acroyoga and dutch acrobatics. i'm bringing 2 years of successive training, but no formal certification in the above skills. i just want to climb on people and have people do flips on my feet in a safe, consensual environment. The class will be guided through partner warm-ups, core exercises and partners will always have a spotter. expect both acrobatic and therapeutic positions. no partner necessary. be prepared to work with strangers.
Pine Needle Basketry Basics Oceanview Park
with Naali firstname.lastname@example.org
1st class- learn to make baskets with long needled pine and various types of cordage. The basics of spiraling coil basketry. 2nd class- more advanced techniques-decorative stitches, inserts such as wood, leather, walnut cross-sections, teneriffe (spiderweb) weaving. Requirements: I'd be good if you went to the basics class first, unless you are really crafty or already know the basic stitches. Directions: Oceanview Ave off of Broadway
Tue Apr 10th, May 8th – 2pm
Prison Penpal SubRose, 703 Pacific Ave
with Elena Rose email@example.com
We will communicate with prisoners, as well as each other, in order to begin to build a community of support locally and nationally. The focus will be LGBTQ prisoners, but not limited to. We will explore current and historic issues within the United States prison system, and intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. in a penal state and the ways that people can resist. Extended commitment to your pen-pal is preferred. Anyone not respecting the safety of those in correspondence or around them will be asked to leave. Requirements: A willingness to forget previous biases
Sun Mar 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Apr 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th – 3-5pm
Rag Rugs Crocheted The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Blaize firstname.lastname@example.org
Crocheted rag rugs are easier to make than the traditional braided rugs, but are still sturdy and good- looking. I will show you how to prepare rag balls from sheets or other salvage material, and how to construct square, oval, and circular rugs. Bring material you would like to use or find it here. Requirements: Know some basic crochet Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Tue Feb 28th, Mar 6th – 7-9pm
Scrap Challenge & Embellishments The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Marie email@example.com
Do a scrap challenge project with material provided at the shop or bring something special you want to embellish. We can learn to add bling to these projects with embroidery stitches, fancy trim, patches, buttons, found objects, or anything you can dream up. Make something creative and fun! Come to one class, or come to them all. Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Sat Mar 10th, 17th, Apr 14th, 21st – 12-3pm
Sewing Machines 101 The Fabrica, 703 Pacific Ave
with Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn the basics of how to use a sewing machine. The class includes setting up and threading the machine, operation, and basic trouble-shooting. Participants will have ample time to practice these skills in class. Machines are provided, but you may bring your own machine if you have one. Requirements: Both dates cover the same curriculum. You don't need to attend both classes. Directions: Entrance on Spruce St
Sun Mar 25th, Apr 29th – 4-5:30pm
Systema Study Group Garfield Park
with Tod 831-428-2084
Systema is a principle based martial art that emphasizes posture, relaxation, breathing and constant movement. This is a study group that will work on drills to help learn to move and react in a relaxed, efficient and calm manner in the face of conflict. We will cover Systema conditioning drills, martial applications as well as learning to remove fear and tension from the body and psyche. Requirements: Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Heavy rain cancels.
Every Mon & Wed except Mar 28th, May 9th, 12th – 5-6:15pm
Systems Thinking in our Society SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Andrew Frangos email@example.com
When viewed holistically, many problems in our communities, schools, organizations, families and society come not from some outside source, but from within the policies, goals and structures at play in the systems themselves. Systems thinking is a set of tools and concepts that help us understand the structure generating problematic behaviors and design effective, meaningful solutions. In this course, students will learn to create qualitative causal models in order to frame problems, gain deeper insight, build consensus, and identify systemic solutions. Course will involve readings, lectures, group discussions and an independent or group project. Requirements: No math background required. You only need an inquisitive and compassionate mind.
Tue Mar 6th, 20th, Apr 3rd, 24th, May 8th, 22nd – 6:00-7:00pm
Tenant Legal Information SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave
with Creighton 831-475-7515
This class is to teach people about their legal rights as tenants and will be taught by an attorney. Through this class students are encouraged to teach others what they learn. I hope to help inform many people of their rights as tenants.
Mon Mar 5th, Apr 2nd, May 7th – 5-6:30pm
Wet Felting 811 Broadway
with Cassandre firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be making small bags with raw wool to learn the basics of wet felting, just using soap and water. Then you will be able to do bigger projects on your own. I could explain to you how to make a hat for example or a skirt which takes a full day of work. If you have some colored wool, bring it to decorate your bag! Requirements: Bring two hands and a smile!
Sun Apr 8th – 10-2pm
Women/Trans/Fem Bike Workshop The Bike Church
with Bike Church Mechanics email@example.com
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.
Sun Mar 4th, 18th, Apr 1st, 22nd, May 6th, 20th – 12-3pm
Yoga For the People San Lorenzo Park
with Noah 831-713-0431
We will go over basic yoga principles including flowing yoga poses combined with breathing and meditation practices while cultivating mindfulness and bringing awareness to our bodies and interactions in the community. Rain or shine, we will find a place to practice. Requirements: Everyone is welcome at any level. Bring a mat or two (if you have one) and an open mind. Directions: Meet at the pedestrian bridge.
Every Sun – 3-4:30pm
Hatha Yoga 1850 Kinsley St
with Allyssa 530-798-9988
This yoga class will be structured as a beginning class, though seasoned practitioners are more than welcome. We will focus on proper alignment while working to gain strength and flexibility, as well as a sense of relaxation and ease within the poses. Requirements: If at all possible, please bring a yoga mat and a blanket, and any other props (blocks, straps...) that you have. DON'T WORRY! If you don't have anything, we will manage. Don't let a lack of props stop you from coming. Directions: Kinsley St off of 17th Ave.
Wed Mar 14th, 21st, 28th, Apr 4th, 18th, 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th – 6:30-8pm