Fog Inquiry: Wandering Seminar by Artist Collective Futurefarmers

Various locations and bus stops on campus

Founded in 1995 by Amy Franceschini, Futurefarmers is an international collective of artists and diverse practitioners. Their critically acclaimed, socially engaged, and site specific projects take place in and around art institutions, universities, sailing vessels, farmlands, kitchens, and other community settings. For Fog Inquiry: Wandering Seminar, Futurefarmers has created a series of thematic gatherings with collaborators including including feminist theorist Karen Barad, cosmologist Alexei Leauthaud, eco-sexual artists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, atmospheric chemist Peter Weiss, theater director Marianne Weems, artist Tristan Duke, and other artists and thinkers. The regional atmospheric phenomena of fog that can pervade the campus serves as the theme for these gatherings, with an emphasis on seeing, sensing, and knowing within uncertain and misty conditions. In the current hazy socio-political climate, Wandering Seminar intends to trouble the atmospheric conditions impacting knowledge production.

When We Paint Our Masterpiece: The Art of the Grateful Dead Community

McHenry Library, Brittingham Dead Central Gallery, Main Level

This newest exhibit featuring unique materials from the Grateful Dead Archive will explore how the members of the band and the global Dead Head community took inspiration from one another in creating an image-rich, worldwide art practice that, like the band’s music, scrambled perceived standards and norms. The creative works presented in When We Paint Our Masterpiece reveal a world full of variety when it comes to design practices, international traditions, visual icons, and art forms. There has been space for all of these patterns and visions in the community of fans and fellow artists that blossomed around the band, and that community of creators continues to thrive today. This exhibit explores the mutual appreciation among fans as well as between fans and the band. On view through 2020.This free exhibit is open to the public during McHenry Library hours.(artwork by Miki Saito)

Castle Rock Loop Hike

15000 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA, 95033, United States 14998 Skyline Blvd

On this 1-mile, 1-hour interactive journey we will discuss the various park ecosystems, Ohlone history, Black Oak ecology, wildfire, and more. Bring water, closed toe shoes, snacks, and a camera. Meet at kiosk. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

Coast Nature Walk

1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States 1401 Coast Rd

We will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs on this 2-mile family-friendly walk. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, and layered clothing. Meet at interpretive center. Trail stroller accessible. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

NorCal FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo – Feb 22 AM – Google

Google 111 W Java, Sunnyvale

TEAM EXPO REGISTRATION STARTS Dec 23 @ 7pm Participating in a FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo event allows you to see what other teams have done, gives you the chance to collaborate with other coaches and celebrates what everyone has learned through their experiences with the FIRST LEGO League Jr program.  There is no requirement that a team participate in a FIRST LEGO League Junior Expo. We have designed this NorCal Expo  to accommodate a maximum of 12 FIRST LEGO League Jr teams (and there is a minimum of 4 teams) to give participants the best experience.  Please remember that the Expo is a non-competitive and community-based program.    Tickets can NOT be refunded or transferred - please be careful in signing up.    If you wish to order Participant Medals or extra Trophies, you must do this when you check out - look for Optional Items pull down.   Note that this Expo is at Google.  We will email detailed instructions/map on where to go to all registered attendees.   What is FIRST LEGO League Jr? It’s never too early to discover STEM. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math concepts. FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Guided by adult coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-4) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. Then the teams create a Show Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. They also construct ... Read More

NORTHSIDE Try It Truck Session 1 (For All Ages)

Northside Branch Library 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara

The Try It Truck provides hands-on early engineering experiences to young learners. Try It Truck programming introduces children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade to the engineering design process and high- and low-tech tools while encouraging them to take risks and try new ideas.  For all ages. Please only register for one session. This program is sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.

Future Garden Art & Science Exhibition

Arboretum

A major art and science project by Newton Harrison and his late wife and lifelong collaborator Helen Mayer Harrison, Future Garden, is now on view at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Internationally renowned eco-artists and UC Santa Cruz emeritus faculty, the Harrisons created a site-specific environmental art installation in the three geodesic domes and the surrounding garden at the Arboretum. Called Future Garden for the Central Coast of California, the installation, which Newton Harrison continues to evolve, transforms the newly refurbished domes at the Arboretum from relics of the past, steeped in 1970s era charm, into carriers of the future in response to the crisis of climate change. The Harrisons worked with scientists at UC Santa Cruz and botanists at the Arboretum, along with other artists, scientists, and visionaries, to create trial gardens within the domes in which native plant species are subjected to the temperatures and water conditions that scientists see for the region in the near future. The aim is to determine which plants are best able to thrive as the region warms and to propagate these species to create the scaffolding for more rapid regeneration of the local ecosystem as climates shift. As the Harrisons explained, the future for the rapidly warming planet lies in finding durable plant species that together create ecosystems that can continue to live and flourish as temperature increases. The geodesic domes of the Arboretum provide the perfect setting for imagining a future in the face of climate change. With their new gleaming white coverings, the ... Read More

Storytelling Night: “Trickster Tales from Around the World”

144 School St., Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States 144 School St

Come gather around the campfire as storyteller Jim Cockrell and friends spin tales of adventure, mystery, and comedy. Bundle up! We’ll provide the hot chocolate. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA, 95006, United States 21600 Big Basin Way

Explore the park’s less traveled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event.

Solitary Garden Public Sculpture and Garden Project

Baskin Art Studios

The Institute of the Arts is Sciences is proud to present the participatory public sculpture and garden project Solitary Garden, by jackie sumell, November 5, 2019- December 6, 2020, located at the Baskin Art Studios. Solitary Garden features a sculpture made following the blueprint of a standard U.S. solitary confinement cell. Around the 6’ x 9’ cell grows a garden of flowers and vegetables, designed by Tim Young, currently incarcerated in San Quentin, and communicated via letters and drawings to the students and volunteers who are planting and tending the garden as his proxies. The intent of the project, as the artist and Tim Young explain, is to "imagine a landscape without prisons." Solitary Garden is part of Barring Freedom, a multi-faceted, 18-month project which includes exhibitions of art, events and workshops, and a multi-day symposium at UC Santa Cruz, “Visualizing Prison Abolition,” October 15-17, 2020. Barring Freedom brings together artists, activists, and scholars to imagine alternatives to our fundamentally flawed criminal justice system and to galvanize a broader public to address the broken promise of freedom and justice for all in the United States.

Taste of the Mountains Enoteca La Storia

Enoteca la Storia – Los Gatos, 416 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA, 95030, United States 2 Cross Way

Experience the Wine Country in the heart of Silicon Valley at Enoteca La Storia in downtown Los Gatos. Enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains in one location. Taste wines from 10 winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with light appetizers provided by Enoteca La Storia. Purchase your favorites from the bottle booth and enjoy dinner in downtown Los Gatos to follow! Tickets are $49 in advance/$55 at the door. Tickets are non-refundable. Participating Wineries: Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Armitage Wines Burrell School Vineyards & Winery Eden Estate Wines Integrity Wines Left Bend Winery Gali Vineyards Ridge Vineyards Silver Mountain Vineyards Wright Station Vineyard & Winery

NORTHSIDE Try It Truck Session 2 (For All Ages)

Northside Branch Library 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara

The Bay Area Discovery Museum's Try It Truck provides hands-on early engineering experiences to young learners. Try It Truck programming introduces children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade to the engineering design process and high- and low-tech tools while encouraging them to take risks and try new ideas.  For all ages. Please only register for one session. This program is sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.