Saturday, November 30, 2013

At SubRosa and around town this week!

Free Skool Santa Cruz's 
Songwriters Showcase
This Saturday @ 7:30pm

And more! read through this email for further details!! (so many exclamation points!!!  So exciting indeed!!!! There is a lot going on!!!!)

Songwriters were given the prompt "the ocean", and now after a few weeks will performing the songs they created! Instrumental, a cappella, solo or big band, electronic, it could be anything. Saturday November 30th at SubRosa at 7:30pm.

Come hangout, grab a cup of tea or coffee and bask in the creativity of our community. This Showcase is the first of a series of three, so if you wish you were performing you can next month!  Check the Free Skool website and calendar for more info.

Go to the Free Skool website: calendar here and read Winter schedule online and/or print your own copy.  And there are also calendars around town.  Let's have an active and inspiring fall and winter together.  You can also go to our in-your-face-book thingy at

Also, at the bottom of this email check out some of the offerings being presented by the Forest Walkers, who also have some classes in the Winter Free Skool calendar.  You can check out their in-your-face-book thingy at and see the complete schedule.

And there are many. many more great classes in the Winter Free Skool calendar, which goes through January!
For instance check out these classes...

Women/Trans/Fem Workshop                                                             
The Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave
with BC WTFers                                                             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 and trans identified folks to work on their bikes and learn new skills. Taught by women/queer mechanics. Requirements: Women/Transgender/Feminine Identifying Folks Only Directions: Entrance on Spruce Street
       Sun Dec 1st, 15th  Noon-3pm

Natural Dyes
Contact teacher for location
with Summer                                       
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck your old wool sweater in a pot of boiled fungus? Me too! Let's explore
together the colorful possibilities of using natural materials to dye our tired clothes.This class makes a great follow-up to Drop Spindles. Requirements: Bring (preferably lighter-colored) garments/yarns/etc. made of natural fibers that you want to transform and any materials that you would like to dye with.
    Sun Dec 1st – 3pm

Oresteia Discussion Group
Firefly Coffee House, 131 Front St
with Michael                                                  
If you liked A Game of Thrones, you'll probably like the Oresteia. Kinslaying and vengeance in ancient Greece...surely there will be something to discuss. Who do you think was justified in killing whom? Each class will focus on one of the plays (Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides) that comprise Aeschylus' trilogy. Disclaimer: I am not an expert on either ancient Greek language or culture, or on the text itself. If you happen to be any of the above, you are welcome to teach the class (seriously). The texts of the plays are available for free from the library or online, and can be purchased at any decent bookstore. Requirements: Please read some portion of the text we will be discussing, and perhaps select a passage or two to discuss. Bring a copy (or copies) if you can; the more different translations the better.
    Mon Dec 2nd, Jan 6th – 3:30-4:45pm

iPhone Apps for Anyone!                                                                     
877 Cedar St #150
with Todd Anderson                                 
Anyone can make (or tinker with) an app that can run on the iPhone, or iPad. We will be working with the Corona SDK (your homework: find it and try it out) - this is a powerful development kit that makes iOS app programming very accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. I'm a software engineer with the local startup, Civinomics. I will be available for assistance by email outside of class times. Requirements: Wi-fi enabled laptop or computer with Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Windows XP or later. iPhone NOT required Directions: Come to the front door of the Cruzio building between 7:15 and 7:30.If you arrive late ring the doorbell.
     Mon Dec 2nd, 16th, Jan 6th, 20th, 27th – 7:30-9pm

And from the Forest Walkers:  As the season turns and redwood needles drop, we invite you to set foot in the amazing forest that is threatened by UCSC expansion. Walks are free and hosted by volunteers, with no university sponsorship.

Sunday December 1st: Forest Awareness Walk- 3:00-5pm, N. Remote
We’ll do a little bit of tracking and some plant ID, we’ll practice sensory awareness skills and using them to move through the forest in an integrated, receptive way. This will require periods of silence and listening, so please come with this intention. Bring a journal and pencils for sketching.

Thursday, December 5th: Poison Oak Appreciation Walk- 4:00pm-6pm, N. Remote
Poison Oak is probably the most maligned native plant in the western United States—yet whether in the form of a shrub, towering vine, or tree, it plays vital and unique roles in wild ecosystems throughout its range. We’ll cautiously visit some of Poison Oak’s strongholds in Upper Campus, while discussing its ecology, sharing lore and stories, and exploring what this plant can teach us about building effective resistance to UCSC expansion.

Saturday, December 7th: Forest Renewal for Students- 12:00pm-2pm, N. Remote
As finals approach, let this be an opportunity to take a little break, slow down and be filled with gratitude. We will have lunch together in the forest, encourage each other, and let the beauty and complexity of our natural world give us perspective, renew our minds, and restore the stoke in our hearts.

Since SubRosa is an infoshop we have information on a variety of community can also find out more info by going online to Santa Cruz Indymedia at (for instance there is a posting about the "Problematic "Public Safety" Recommendations to be Presented to City Council 12/3"

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