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Could conversation help bridge the gaps in our current political climate?

You're invited to participate in Conversations for Change, a program that provides opportunities to engage in discussion with others around local and national issues. The benefits from joining these discussions include learning something new, making friends, and restoring hope that we can bridge the divide in our nation through understanding the perspectives of others.

Conversations for Change are designed to foster greater understanding among individuals who may have different viewpoints. Participants in these small group conversations, guided by a trained host, practice being open and curious about all perspectives, with a focus on learning from one another.

The first discussion in the series reflects on "Tribalism 101: Next Door Strangers"

Tribalism: The behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group.

People on the left and right may disagree on many things, but they generally agree that “tribalism” is bad for our politics and our country. Although most people want communities where all people have dignity and respect, respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. How do we build strong and unified communities in a divisive time?

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Prior to registering, please review the CONVERSATION AGREEMENT.

“Tribalism 101: Next Door Strangers”
Tuesday • April 2nd • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Downtwon Library • 224 Church St.

“Tribalism 102: Tribalism, Media, and Social Media”
Tuesday • May 7th • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Downtwon Library • 224 Church St.

“Status and Privilege”
Tuesday • June 4th • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Downtwon Library • 224 Church St.

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Citizen Science: Exploring Pluto, Charon and the outer reaches of the solar system

In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past icy Pluto and Charon and sent back the first images of these objects in the furthest outskirts of our solar system.

Join Professor Francis Nimmo of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UCSC in a review of what we now know about Pluto and Charon, and how the study of these bodies has evolved. He will also discuss the images received over the New Year from the much smaller icy object Ultima Thule.

Thursday • April 4
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.

Francis Nimmo is Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCSC. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from St John's College, Cambridge University, UK. He has worked at the California Institute of Technology, University College London, and UCLA. He joined the faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 2005.

He has made significant contributions to the understanding of the internal structure and evolution of icy bodies of the solar system and the resulting influence on their surface processes. He was awarded the 2018 Paolo Farinella Prize from the Europlanet Society for his contributions to understanding of the internal structure and evolution of icy bodies in the solar system. Nimmo investigated the internal processes that affect plume activity at Enceladus' southern polar region, suggesting that shear heating is at the origin of the plumes and heat flux on this moon of Saturn. He has also studied other moons of giant planets, including Europa, Ganymede, Titan, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Triton, and others.

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let’s connect, inspire and inform each other!

For more information contact • 831-427-7717

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Intelligent Cannabis Use for Seniors

People with many types of ailments are turning to Medical Cannabis for relief. In one survey, half of all cannabis users in Santa Cruz were above age 40!

Seniors are finding cannabis especially useful for arthritis, insomnia and many other chronic illnesses. Compared to modern western medicines, cannabis users experience fewer side effects, lower costs and fewer doctor visits.

Cannabis can be a strong medicine, so knowing how to use it correctly is important. We will discuss how to choose a specific type of Cannabis, strength parameters and forms and preparations.

There will be a question and answer period after the presentation.

Wednesday • April 3rd • 6:00pm-7:00pm
Live Oak Library • 2380 Portola Dr.

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Legally Speaking: Coastal Access

Legally Speaking continues in April when we'll look at Coastal Access. In California, there is no such thing as a private beach. The people own all beaches in the state up to at least mean high tide. Enshrined in the California Constitution is a clause stating that those who own beach front property cannot prevent the public from gaining access to the water.

Despite this, more and more of the California coast is being closed off to the public. For years, wealthy individuals have bought beach front property and gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the public from accessing the public areas of the beach. They have hired security guards, erected fences, blocked public access paths, etc. They also know that they can afford the extraordinary expense of litigation knowing that litigation is beyond the reach of even dozens of citizens who might band together.

Does the Constitutional provision mean that the public has unfettered rights to cross private property to get to the beach? If it means that the public has reasonable rights of access, what constitutes “reasonable”? How does the Coastal Act protect the public? What is a public dedication? Mr. Redenbacher is the lead attorney in one of the two lawsuits filed against billionaire beach front owner, Vinod Khosla, who gated off the only access road to Martin’s Beach, 10 miles below Half Moon Bay. What are the ways that citizens can assure that public beaches remain exactly that – public? Mr. Redenbacher will give an overview of the current battle affecting the public’s right of access and what, if anything, private citizens can do to continue to assure beach access.

Legally Speaking
Thursday April 11 • 6 - 7 p.m.
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

Last event in the series:

Thursday, May 9, 2019 ‘Labor Law’ w/ Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA) @ DTN

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