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Unexpected Connections: Queering Pleasure & Bike Party!

Find the link between two completely different speakers at this wildly entertaining series with friends, fun, and surprising connections.

Two speakers will give quick, witty talks on their seemingly unrelated subjects — then it is up to you to find what connects them. Compete with other groups to come up with the best connection.

A space where communities come together and anything goes. This event is FREE and for 18+ audiences.

Abbott Square Market will be open, please feel free to pop over for a drink before, during, or after as well.


This month's themes and speakers:
Jamie Joy on Queering Pleasure - a talk on sexual health and the importance of consent, communication, and exploration.

Tawn O'Shaughnessy Kennedy on Bike Party! Collaborative Joy and Adventure in a Post-Carbon World

About the speakers:
Jamie Joy (JJ) is a colorful whirlwind of ideas and radiant optimism. Transplanted from Philly, Jamie is a passionate advocate for queer communities and a dedicated activist and educator. Since moving to California, they have gotten involved with various organizations focusing on visibility, justice, and sexual health. You can find Jamie Joy everywhere: teaching sex ed classes, cooking delicious food, and dancing in the streets.

Tawn directs youth programs for Bike Santa Cruz County (BSCC). He attended SC High and UCSC, where he received a BA in Community Studies with a focus on community health. After graduating, Tawn coordinated school gardens, ran a teens-as-teachers environmental education program, and trained UCSC undergraduates to teach sustainability-focused seminars. In 2010, he joined the team at BSCC, where he helps get bikes to kids and kids on bikes. Tawn founded and runs the Watsonville and Live Oak Earn-a-Bike programs for BSCC, where high school students mentor middle school participants as they refurbish donated bicycles, learn bike mechanics and safety, and explore their beautiful surroundings on two wheels. In his free time he makes art, writes poetry, beat-boxes, hangs out with redwoods, co-facilitates bike party, and generally enjoys building community through music, improv, and creativity.

Earlier Event: July 26
Secret Garden Story Time
Later Event: July 27
Make Night with Santa Cruz SPCA