Thursday, November 14, 2013

Choices Upon Choices This Week and Beyond at SubRosa and Beyond!

For the next many days ahead there are a lot of great happenings at SubRosa that range from a variety of Free Skool classes to special events to the general open possibility of our open hours.  And there is a lot going other other places in town as well.  So much to choose from...

And two of the choices include a couple of beautiful calendars that friends have created.  One is a calendar that depicts the moon phases, as another way to connect to the passage of time and the seasons.  The other calendar is themed around saving upper campus and features animals that would be threatened by UCSC expansion.  Both calendars are available at SubRosa right now.

And below are more details about events happening at SubRosa:
(and a bit about some other stuff happening in town)

-Friday Nov. 15th-
    Open Hours- 2-7pm  The space is only as vibrant as we make it to be, so come on down and add your sparkle...
    Self Knowledge for Anarchists, 5:30-6:30pm (a Free Skool offering)- from the teacher- "Do I know myself well enough that my desire for change in the world translates into meaningful action? One approach is to begin from the ancient Socratic saying “Know thyself” -- if self- knowledge is the aim, then self-observation is one direct approach. In my life I have studied and attempted to apply the approach to self-observation brought to Europe and America by George Gurdjieff, and his student PD Ouspensky. It is non-authoritarian, and a-religious, and begins with the admonition to “Believe Nothing.” We will read and discuss selections from the Gurdjieff literature."

-Saturday Nov. 16th
    Open Hours- 12-6pm  So much will be going on during the open hours and great folks to connect with...
    Really Really Free Market
, 12-3pm (a Free Skool Santa Cruz offering)- No money. No trades. Everything is free. This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited. At the end, please take away left over items that you brought with you.
    Radical Mycology, 4-6pm (a Free Skool Santa Cruz offering)- Build the world we want on the substrate of the old! The mysterious fungal kingdom plays an essential role in maintaining soil health, cleaning and distributing water, allowing for biodiversity and helping all plants to grow. There is vast potential for collaboration between humans and fungi to protect and restore our planet—from creating gardens to cleaning up toxic waste. This workshop looks at ways we can work with fungi help us with ecological restoration, permaculture and movement building. After the workshop we'll talk about specific projects we can work on in the Santa Cruz area, and having a Radical Mycology group here.

-Sunday Nov. 16th
    Open Hours- 2-7pm  Come read a book, have a great conversation, drink coffee or tea, buy a calendar and so on and on...

-Tuesday Nov. 19th
    Birth Attendant Basics, 6-8pm (a Free Skool Santa Cruz offering)-  This class is intended for any of the following: 1) those generally interested in the ways humans naturally birth, 2) those who can imagine attending the birth of a loved one at some point and would like to be helpful/supportive of the birthing mother/family, and 3) those that might like to someday give birth themselves and would like more info than is often given in the dominant culture about childbearing. Topics will include the physiology of labor and birth as well as the needs of the mother during this time. An emphasis will be placed on things that make a good birth attendant.

-Wednesday Nov. 20th
    Huff (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) Meeting, 11am-1pm
HUFF is Santa Cruz's oldest and most stubbornly persistent grass roots homeless advocacy group.
Open Hours- 11am-3pm  Come on by and check out the Meristem Health Distro or pick up a new Winter Free Skool Calendar or meet a friend and have coffee in the garden courtyard...

-Thursday Nov. 21st

Open Hours- 2-7pm  Come on down and find out...
Guitar Skills:  Basic to Advanced, 5-6pm (a Free Skool Santa Cruz offering)Let's learn how to read tablature, play scales, play chords and basic strumming patterns, fingerpick, tune your guitar by ear, make a capo, string your guitar, and jam with others.
    Women/Trans/Queer Open Mic- 7:30-10:30pm   Every 3rd Thursday of the month we reserve the stage for Women, Trans, and Queer folk though everyone is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the show. These Open Mics are always special and this one you can expect at least one accordion!  Open mic is a space for you to share yourself in anyway that feels right to you. You can read a story, poem or journal entry that feels important to you. You can sing or play a song you are excited about. You can make other people act out weird or funny things you think of. You can ask questions you need help answering. You can rant about things that piss you off. And you can just come and soak it all up.  

Sneak preview of what is upcoming...a show on Sunday Nov. 24th with THE LIMES//BAD VIIIBES// MORDRAKE//BESIDE THE SKY...

SubRosa is many things...a community infoshop, and in that capacity we have information about events and happenings going on in town that do not take place at SubRosa...and here are a few of those.

Saturday Nov. 16th Community Dinner and Storysharing in Support of Families on Black Mesa, 5:30-8pm at the Depot Park Freight Room (on Center St. downtown Santa Cruz)-  This dinner is an opportunity to understand more about what these people are going through and therefore, what we all are going through. We will explore our experiences of ancestry, home, grief and joy for our world as we weave our stories together in efforts to create unity and movement around our collective journeys. You are invited to bring a dish from your family traditions(whatever that means to you) and to come and share a bit of yourself with others. There will be a short film and slideshow with updates and food, stories, and song.  This is also a benefit and donations are accepted at the door.  Go to Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity for more info on this and other struggles.

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.  These are just a few of the upcoming walks and more info is at

Friday, November 15th: Night Mushroom Walk is now an Owling Walk‏ (due to lack of rain)
w/ John Garrett - 6:00pm @ N. Remote
Look for owls! And just generally moon about. Bring warm clothes and liquids and a headlamp.

Saturday November 16th: Fall Time Forest Walk

w/ Lindsay - 12:00pm @ North Remote
California bay nuts, acorns and berries. We feel the wind gust through the trees as raindrops begin to appear. Such a splendid time to walk into the forest! On this walk we’ll discuss gathering and preparing wild edibles and medicinal plants, and give information about the environmental impacts of proposed university expansion.

Sunday, November 17th: Radical Art for the Forest
w/ Irene O’Connell - 3:00-5pm, N. Remote
Art can be a vehicle of resistance, even in the forest! We will visit the water tank murals in the Upper Campus to discuss how the art might impact those who are part of the community it exists in. That means you! We will have the chance to design and even paint directly onto the tanks. Please bring some brushes and water-based paint, lots of water, and creative ideas. Please no aerosol spray cans.

The new Winter Free Skool Calendar is out...go to and click on the winter calendar to see the full offering of classes and to print your own calendar.

And there are also discussions held at UCSC from PROJECT REGENERATION - Creating Consent Culture: A series of interactive discussions examining power dynamics and the involvement of consent within five relevant topics.  UCSC College Nine and Ten Recreation Lounge, 6:30-8:30 pm!

11/18 : Immigration & Economic Justice:  This will be a discussion exploring how the implications of immigration status and policies affect financial situations. We will hear an academic explanation and a myriad of community stories. We will focus on the reality of limited access for certain communities and whether or not they have a choice.

11/25 : Orange is the New Jim Crow–Rights of Incarcerated Individuals in the U.S.:  Orange Is The New Jim Crow will illuminate the multiple harms that incarcerated women and gender variant people face behind bars, as well as their dynamic resistance to everyday systemic control. We will highlight the absence of informed consent in prison and refuse to let women prisoners remain unseen and unheard. This discussion will encourage participants to think deeply and critically about our own responsibility to redesign a social landscape in which coercion and confinement--and especially punishment for profit--will be replaced with alternatives that make our bodies and communities truly safe.

And of course there is much much more going on as well... check for news and info, look for flyers, talk to folks...

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