Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Wow! Long announcement with lots of info about great events!

So much Information about events at SubRosa and Free Skool classes happening various locations

-This Thursday! May 18th, 7 -9pm -  "Poetics of Disruption: community open mic" at SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave (downtown Santa Cruz)

-Please join us in this safe space for the community to share songs, storytelling, dance, spoken word poetry, and readings from poems, essays and creative works.

-Intent: to honor often neglected creativity while cultivating a sense of collectivity.

-Featuring: Arielle Burgdorf and Sabrina

-Masks encouraged // light snacks and beverages provided 

-from IG post - https://www.instagram.com/p/CsTwkNTL6Ao/ 

-Friday May 19 - Critical Mass - a bicycle party in Santa Cruz - meet at town clock at 6pm // and then a show at the Bike Church (at the Hub - 703 Pacific Ave - downtown Santa Cruz) - 8pm! With…

*Joe Kaplow

**Curve Sharpens

***Stone Crowe

From IG post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CsS_j2tu7LI/ 

-Saturday, May 20th - Laughing Circle / 11am - 12pm with Ariella Patchen (ap73999@gmail.com) - part of the Free Skool Santa Cruz session - https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com/ 

-Location: SubRosa Courtyard, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA

-Description: Spread joy with fellow community members by joining in on a laughing circle. Participants will gather to laugh with one another and explore expressive practices of collective joy. We will engage with both our laughter and movements to release tension and build mutuality. 

-Materials: water bottle if you would like! -COVID protocols: class will be hosted outside.

-Saturday May 20th, 2 - 5pm - Fábrica open hours - and Mondays, 1-4pm - part of the Free Skool Santa Cruz session - https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com/ 

-Location: at the Hub/Fábrica, 703 Pacific Ave

-Description: The Fábrica is community workspace where folks can come to learn and share knowledge about textiles arts. This includes Sewing, Knitting, Quilting, Embroidery, Crochet, and Bookbinding, among other arts. The workshop is operated by volunteers and funded by donations from participants. We have sewing machines as well as generous amounts of fabric, zippers, notions, and the other tools and supplies one needs for most sewing and yarn-based projects.

-Saturday, May 20th, 2 - 5pm, Beach Flats Garden Celebration with the gardeners and community - info also available in the Free Skool Santa Cruz calendar! https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com/ 

-Location: Beach Flats Garden – Raymond St, Santa Cruz, CA

-Description: Come celebrate almost 30 years of cultivation and a new growing season at the Beach Flats Garden. Bring a dish to share or just your curiosity and appreciation for this amazing community space.

-Accessibility: outdoor, dirt path.

-Saturday May 20th, 7pm - A Show at SubRosa with…

-Worms in Dirt, Hearsing, Grant & The Summerlands, and Trestles 

-Sunday, May 21st, 11am - 1pm - Birth Support! with Angela Hartley (Beeswhaleswolves@gmail.com) - a part of the Free Skool Santa Cruz Session - https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com 

-Location: Grassy field at Highlands Park – 8500 CA-9, Ben Lomond, CA

-Description: A time to talk all things pregnancy and birth with a local home birth midwife and other pregnant people/families. Loosely structured time to ask questions, discuss relevant to you info. Whether you are birthing at home or in the hospital, come get some extra informational, practical, emotional support and make new friends!

-Accessibility: We will be sitting on a blanket in a grassy area. Bring what you need to be comfortable. (More blankets/pillows, camping chair/back jack, etc).

-Sunday May 21st, 11am - 2pm - Really Really Free Market - a part of the Free Skool Santa Cruz Session - https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com 

-Location: SubRosa Courtyard, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA

-Description: Tianguis Realmente Gratuito. Todo es gratis. Really Really Free Market. No money. No trades. Everything is free. This gathering is not about the "stuff" we give and take, but more about how we can freely give and receive from each other. This is a form of anti-capitalist mutual aid where everyone is invited to participate and share care. ¡Todo gratis! No intercambio de dinero, no negocios, no trueques. Trae lo que gustes, toma lo que necesites. Este mercado gratuito es basado en una economía de regalar. 

-Learn more about the Santa Cruz Really Really Free Market (RRFM) and RRFMs in general – go to linktree in bio https://instagram.com/rrfm_ 

-COVID protocols: Please wear a mask for community care.

-Sundays, May 21st and June 4th, 1 - 2:30pm - Building Radical Systems of Care – with River Eisenbach (510-612-3931) - a part of the Free Skool Santa Cruz Session - https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com 

-Location: SubRosa, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA

-Description: We will examine what it means to be human in regards to caring for each other through various texts and then discuss and come up with action plans as to how to better care for ourselves, each other, and our direct communities.

-Accessibility: If there are accessibility needs contact me and I will accommodate needs and masks are optional but encouraged if meeting inside SubRosa.

-Sunday May 21st, 1pm - Socialist Stitch and Bitch with Vicki Winters (onyourleft2@gmail.com, https://www.instagram.com/dsasantacruz/)

-Location: Tabby Cat Cafe, 1101 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA - NOTE: last day Tabby Cat is open - gathering still happening! And go to Tabby Cat and offer folk there love and appreciation!

-Description: Join us for a session of hand stitching and the ruthless critique of all that exists! (co-sponsored by DSA Santa Cruz Auntie Fa Caucus).

-Materials: Bring along your own embroidery, knitting, crochet, or other other handwork. Beginners welcome! Yarn, needles, thread and fabric will be supplied if you want to learn knitting or creative mending.

-Sunday May 21st and Sunday June 11th, 18th, 3 - 5pm - Exploring Feminine Rage  with Ariella Patchen (ap73999@gmail.com) - a part of the Free Skool Santa Cruz Session - https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com 

-Location: SubRosa Courtyard, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA

-Description: This class will explore the idea of feminine rage through both theory and practice. We will spend the first half of class discussing the concept of feminine rage as taken up by various feminist writers such as Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Maria Lugones, etc. and within social movements like the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo in Argentina and the Zapatistas in Chiapas as we explore questions such as: how do women get to express anger? Which women can express anger? Where can this anger be expressed? What does feminine rage open up? and more. The second part of this class will be a collective engagement with our own experiences of rage through participating in improvisation techniques and mutual screaming.

-This class is open to anyone who identifies as fem, non-binary, and gender non-conforming.

-Sunday May 21st, 4 - 6pm - Queer Basketball - also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com/ 

-Location:  Garfield Park 634 Almar Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

-Description: Looking for a queer basketball group to join? All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend! We will cover the basic rules and techniques of the game, and then play! Materials: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. 

-COVID protocols: Outdoors, masks optional. Please don't attend if you have any COVID symptoms. With Rosa Rice-Pelepko & Monroe Salandra (rosarp02@gmail.com)

-Sunday May 21st, 6 - 7pm - Grassroots Organizing: unions, tenants, neighborhoods - also part of Free Skool Santa Cruz session - https://freeskoolsantacruz.wordpress.com/ 

-Location: at 208 Blackburn St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Description: How will you build power? Let's explore together strategies and concerns we share around how to build bottom up organization as we participate in local projects that give us a place to try our new techniques. This class is facilitated by an experienced union, tenant and neighborhood organizer in search of brilliant new strategies but also a bit of a back to basics, focus on 1:1 relationship and base building, kind of organizer. These are just two initial gatherings and we will come up with other times to meet. Materials: See if you have an organizing project that inspires you, if not we can help you find one. 

-COVID protocols/info: We will be inside (or maybe outside) talking together. With Josh Brahinsky (jbrahins@gmail.com)

-Sunday May 21st - Don't miss this show! at SubRosa with …

*i've never been here before 


***grandma's machete


Doors 6pm & music 7pm // $5-$10 notaflof // all ages // dry space // safe(r) space // anti-capitalist space // from IG post https://www.instagram.com/p/CsPMsFMy3N9/ 

-Info about other great Free Skool classes at




Part of creating a new world is resistance to the old one. Through this project, we want to contribute to changing the ways we learn and the ways we relate to each other. And let's enjoy each other's company and spring and summer together!

***Members of the SubRosa collective are involved in this revived and not entirely new, not all too different version of Free Skool Santa Cruz  – a project in mutual aid learning and sharing. And SubRosa/the Hub is a site of a significant amount of classes (although not all!).

@@@ Members of the Hub (SubRosa is part of this community center) created this form to collect emails as we move towards the launch of the Hub newsletter that will feature updates on Hub news and events:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JL_Fn4_OHVf0TnmIbrYWKAEoM_qxytdHbPbvj9v-QDo/edit @@@

<Contact info for our neighbors at The Hub, 703 Pacific Ave>

-The Bike Church --- http://bikechurch.santacruzhub.org // https://www.facebook.com/thebikechurch/ // https://www.instagram.com/thebikechurch/ 

-Hard Core Compost --- https://www.compost.bike // https://www.instagram.com/hardcorecompost/ // www.facebook.com/compost.bike/  

-The Fábrica --- https://thefabrica.org // https://www.facebook.com/thefabrica/ // https://www.instagram.com/the_fabrica_

-PedX Courier & Cargo --- http://pedxsc.com/ // https://www.facebook.com/pedxsc/ // https://www.instagram.com/pedalersexpress/ 

-Tenant Sanctuary --- https://tenantsanctuary.org // https://www.facebook.com/tenantsanctuary/ // https://instagram.com/tenant_sanctuary_sc  

The Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living includes a constellation of projects that support skill-sharing, appropriate re/use of resources, and interconnected, creative communities - since 1994! http://www.santacruzhub.org // https://www.facebook.com/santacruzhub/ // https://www.instagram.com/santacruzhub/ 


SubRosa is a collectively run anarchist community space, a place to meet others and challenge our assumptions and act on our passions. We strive to create a vibrant environment for events, classes, meetings, organizing, performance, art, studying and more. SubRosa also offers radical literature for sale, and houses the Anarchist Lending Library. We welcome folks to join us in fostering an environment free from coercion, sexism, queer&homophobia, racism, ableism and other hierarchies.




SubRosa is part of the Hub Community Center, in downtown Santa Cruz, CA which is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma. 

Do you want to join SubRosa in solidarity with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band? 

-Contribute to The Humunya Foundation of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, a 501 (c) (3) Private Foundation under the Internal Revenue Code. As such, donations made to the Humunya Foundation are tax deductable. The Humunya Foundation was created to fund raise, facilitate Tribal cultural activities and conduct outreach to the public. More information http://amahmutsun.org/foundation 

-Sign up for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust email list for more information and opportunities to get involved. 

-Consider making a monthly  donation to Amah Mutsun Land Trust to support the tribe's Indigenous stewardship and cultural relearning work. 

-Check out  http://www.protectjuristac.org/how-to-help/ to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun sacred site threatened by a proposed mining operation in Santa Clara county. Actions include:  Sign the petition to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun sacred site threatened by a proposed mining operation in Santa Clara county. 

https://www.amahmutsunlandtrust.org and http://amahmutsun.org and http://www.protectjuristac.org/ and https://instagram.com/protect.juristac 

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