Aug
26
6:30 PM18:30

SAGE Intensive #5

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project will launch May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

Application and additional information will be released on May 1st.

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Kilson Street LIVE at Makara: BLOOD EMBER SUNSETS

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For the FIRST time ever, Kilson Street will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and YOU’RE INVITED. For four nights in August and September, you can sit in on the action, learn about Audio, Video, and TV Production, ask questions, and receive treats!! First show is Wednesday, August 21st. A $5 donation to Makara Center for the Arts is suggested. Space is limited, contact Kilson Street to RSVP.

August 21: Blood Ember Sunsets

This week’s topic is Video Recording. We’ll be going over the basics like camera selection, software we use, local schools that offer classes and more. 

Sessions are from 6-10pm. All attendees must stay for the entire session. No In and Out.

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Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Makara Book Club: TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG

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This is the book you didn’t even know you needed to read. Fernando A Flores is a fantastic writer with a thriving imagination. Join us at Makara Center for the Arts on Tuesday, August 20 at 7PM to discuss this trilling, psychedelic border story about narcos (kinda?), exotic animals, ridiculous rich people, and wild experiments.

From the publisher:

A parallel universe. South Texas. A third border wall might be erected between the United States and Mexico, narcotics are legal and there’s a new contraband on the market: filtered animals―species of animals brought back from extinction to amuse the very wealthy. 

Esteban Bellacosa has lived in the border town of MacArthur long enough to know to keep quiet and avoid the dangerous syndicates who make their money through trafficking. But his simple life gets complicated after a swashbuckling journalist invites him to an underground dinner at which filtered animals are served. Bellacosa soon finds himself in the middle of an increasingly perilous and surreal journey, in the course of which he encounters legends of the long-disappeared Aranaña Indian tribe and their object of worship: the mysterious Trufflepig, said to possess strange powers.

Written with infectious verve, bold imagination, and oddball humor, Fernando A. Flores’s Tears of the Trufflepig is an absurdist take on life along the border, an ode to the myths of Mexican culture, and an introduction to a staggeringly smart new voice in American fiction.

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Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

SAGE Intensive #4

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project will launch May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

Application and additional information will be released on May 1st.

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

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Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

SAGE Intensive #3

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project will launch May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

Application and additional information will be released on May 1st.

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

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Jul
29
6:30 PM18:30

SAGE Intensive #1

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project will launch May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

Application and additional information will be released on May 1st.

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

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Jul
22
6:30 PM18:30

SAGE: Workshop #3

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project will launch May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

Application and additional information will be released on May 1st.

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

Program Dates:

SAGE Workshop #1: May 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Workshop #2: June 17, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Workshop #3: July 22, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

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Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

OC Barrio Symposium

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Orange County Barrio History Symposium

Organized by the Mexican American Heritage and Cultural Center of Orange County

The Mexican American Heritage & Cultural Center of Orange County presents a full day of Orange County barrio history!

Keynote speaker Judge Fredrick Aguirre

Panel presentations by

  • Rosemary Vazquez-Tuthill: painter and daughter of Chicano muralist Emigdio Vazquez

  • @Chicanoism: using Instagram to document barrio street life

  • @Latinx_Diasopora Archives: using Instagram to connect Latinx narratives across the diaspora

  • Marisa Hicks-Alcaraz: curator, archivista, feminista

  • Atwood Mural Restoration Project https://www.atwoodmural.com/

  • Mary Garcia, author of "Santa Ana's Logan Barrio: Its History, Stories, and Families"

  • Paul Guzman on the History of the Cypress Street Barrio in Orange

  • Luis F. Fernandez on the Doss v Bernal Housing discrimination case.

  • M. Guadalupe Espinoza, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the MAHCC of OC on the illegal forced deportation of American citizens of Mexican descent in the 1930s

Additional table presentations from

  • Harvey Reyes, with historic OC barrio photography

  • CSUF Digital Humanities graduate students on Santa Ana murals

Thank you to Kilson Street for recording!

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Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

SAGE: Workshop #2

**The first 3 workshops of this series are FREE and open to all.**

This project is designed and facilitated by Adriana Sánchez Alexander, a writer, educator, and cultural worker from Santa Ana, CA.

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project launched May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

Program Dates:

SAGE Workshop #1: May 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Workshop #2: June 17, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Workshop #3: July 22, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

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May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Santa Ana Grants Equity: Workshop #1

This project is designed and facilitated by Adriana Sánchez Alexander, a writer, educator, and cultural worker from Santa Ana, CA.

**The first 3 workshops of this series are FREE and open to all.**

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project will launch May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

Program Dates:

**SAGE Workshop #1: May 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

**SAGE Workshop #2: June 17, 6:30PM - 8PM

**SAGE Workshop #3: July 22, 6:30PM - 8PM

**The first 3 workshops of this series are FREE and open to all.**

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

Adriana Sánchez Alexander is a writer, educator, and cultural worker from Santa Ana, CA with a background in designing and implementing community-based arts projects.  She is a founder of Workshop for Community Arts (2007), an arts collaborative that works across artistic disciplines to re-imagine what it looks like to create art in partnership with community.  In 2016, Workshop for Community Arts was a recipient of grants from the California Arts Council and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture.  

With over 10 years of grants experience, Adriana has written all kinds of grant applications for all kinds of organizations, both arts-based and not.  She has developed grant narratives for dozens of organizations as a Grants & Communications Consultant for The Olin Group (a nonprofit consulting firm in OC), as Development & Communications Coordinator for the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California, and as Grants & Communications Manager for ACCIÓN Texas.  She also formerly directed the Writers in Communities program at Gemini Ink, a literary arts nonprofit located in San Antonio, TX, where she oversaw the successful writing and implementation of an NEA Arts & Aging grant for intergenerational storytelling.  

She received her MFA in poetry from UC Irvine in 2009 and a Master of Public Policy degree, also at UC Irvine, in 2015.  

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May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Surreal Tea Party featuring Margaret Carson

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We are so excited to welcome Margaret Carson to Makara Center for the Arts! Dr. Carson will share a stunning presentation of Remedios Varo’s paintings, accompanied by excerpts of the newly translated Letters, Dreams, and Other Writings. Join us for an afternoon of tea, fine desserts, and marvelous discoveries.

For fans of translated literature, alchemy, surrealism, painting, and cats — you don’t want to miss this event! Floral and fantastic attire encouraged.

Limited seating. Admission is free but RSVP is required: library@makaracenterarts.org

Remedios Varo (1908–1963) was a Spanish-born painter who entered the Surrealist circle in Paris before the German occupation forced her into exile to Mexico at the end of 1941, where she would stay until the end of her life. Her dream-infused, allegorical work combines the elements of classical training, alchemical mysticism, and fairy-tale science.

Margaret Carson investigates and writes on issues in literary translation, gender and translation, visualities in writing, and women surrealist artists/writers in the Americas. She has published widely as a literary translator from Spanish to English. Authors translated include Sergio Chejfec (Baroni, A Journey, Almost Island Books and My Two Worlds, Open Letter Books), Remedios Varo (Wakefield Press), Teresa Ralli (HemiPress), Jose Tomas de Cuellar (Having a Ball, Oxford UP).

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Radical Visioning Workshop with Leah Garza

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RADICAL VISIONING
A workshop for envisioning new ways of being and thriving with Leah Garza from Crystals of Altamira

Friday, May 10
7PM
$5-$20 suggested donation

Makara Center for the Arts warmly welcomes Leah Garza from Crystals of Altamira to Santa Ana!

This unique workshop offers participants guidance on
1. Understanding how colonialism has impacted our spiritual nature
2. How we can use vibrational laws of the universe for our benefit, and
3. How we can decolonize our self concept and world view and use tools like the Law of Attraction not only to shift our realities but to dismantle systems and lift up our entire communities.

Admission to this workshop is a sliding scale $5 - $20, with a portion of the funds dedicated to supporting Makara's nonprofit library and free art center programs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Ana History

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On Friday, May 3 at 7:00 PM, we continue our compelling lecture series on Santa Ana History at Makara Center for the Arts. This month's lecture, "Little Texas: Black Identity in Santa Ana," will be presented by very special guest Kevin Cabrera, Executive Director of the Heritage Museum of Orange County. This program is free and open to the public.

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Apr
6
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrating Alex Odeh

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“Celebrating Alex Odeh” on Saturday, April 6, 2019, will mark what would have been the 75th birthday of poet, activist, and Santa Ana resident Alex Odeh; as well as the 25th Anniversary of the statue dedicated in his honor at the Santa Ana Public Library.

Odeh’s story remains untold to many city residents, and this event intends to promote awareness of his work as a poet and human rights activist. The performance will feature newly translated readings of Odeh’s book “Whispers in Exile” in English, Spanish and Arabic, set to an original music score.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Project is supported in part by the City of Santa Ana - Arts & Culture Office.

Greg Camphire is an artist/musician and recipient of the 2018 Santa Ana Artist Grant. His multimedia project, Spooky Action Labs, combines percussion with computer software and synthesizers to create original compositions and improvisations. As a mobile, modular workspace for stage and studio environments, Spooky Action Labs invites listeners into an overall imaginative experience.

MIDI Sprout is a new form of technology that uses sensors to capture biodata from plant life, converting electromagnetic currents into musical sounds. This device will be applied to an olive tree—a universal symbol of peace and a specific symbol of Alex Odeh’s Palestinian homeland—to create a new musical backing for those who recite Odeh's words at this special event.

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

TAROT FEST

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Tarot Fest | March 24, 2019 | 1pm - 5pm
Discover a new way to read the world around you! Join us at Makara Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 24 for an afternoon exploring the history, practice, and cultural impact of tarot cards. Featuring discussions, interactive activities, readings, and unique vendors.

FREE ADMISSION

Presentations and activities include:
Choosing the Right Tarot Deck for You
DIY Tarot Spreads
Tarot in Literature
Astrology and the Major Arcana

Zines, candles, unique jewelry, crystals, and tarot books available for sale from Adrienne, Eva the Sea Witch, Arte Sana, The Hype Priestess, and the Makara Shop.

Akashic records reading by Crystals of Altamira.
Tarot card readings and unique gifts by Angela Mary Magick, The Hip Witch, and Zen Bruja.

MUSIC BY YAAWN

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Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Santa Ana History

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In celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary, Manuel “Manny” Escamilla continues his fascinating lecture series exploring the history of Santa Ana.

In March, we will explore the history of booze in Santa Ana and will be joined by historian Dylan M. Almendral.

Special thank you to THE GOOD BEER COMPANY for their generous donation of tasty craft beer brewed right here in Santa Ana! Guests 21+ years can enjoy craft beer and wine before and during the presentation.

  • Doors: 6pm

  • Presentation: 7pm

Coin-metered street parking is available on Main Street and surrounding side streets. Meters accept coins only

Makara has capacity for about 60 people. Please arrive early/on time to secure a seat. Entrance is first come, first serve.

100% of proceeds will support the Makara Library and free arts education programs.

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Peace & Justice: Mesa Blanca Practices in Puerto Rico and Latin American Links

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Makara Center for the Arts is honored to welcome Dr. Ysamur Flores-Peña to share his knowledge and insight with our communities.

Dr. Flores will guide us through the history and meaning of Mesa Blanca practices, and how to “read” altars as documents. We will follow Mesa Blanca from its roots in Puerto Rico throughout other manifestations in Latin America, and investigate how migration patterns have influenced the way traditions adapt in order to survive. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion exploring traditional practices, identity, gender, and family.

Dr. Ysamur Flores Peña is an Associate Professor at Otis College of Art & Design and a well-respected elder and keeper of the traditions of Lucumi. He has received a Ph.D in Folklore from UCLA, a MA in Education from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico. His studies have focused on African-based religions in the New World. 

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Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

WICKED PLANTS!

Makara is exercising our green thumb! As part of the city’s Boca de Oro festival, Makara is hosting an evening devoted to the wild and wily nature of plants.

Part One (6:00pm): MIDI Sprout demonstration & performance with Spooky Action Labs

  • Part Two (6:30 - 7:30pm): "The Venus Flytrap" Library Mystery 

Part One: MIDI Sprout is a new form of technology that uses sensors to capture biodata from plant life, converting electromagnetic currents into musical sounds through the use of software and synthesizers. In essence, plants become bandmates that help musicians create compositions and improvisations. 

Spooky Action Labs will be demonstrating this innovative new technology at Makara, in a special preview of two upcoming performances that will use MIDI Sprout to highlight the history and culture of Santa Ana during the city's 150th anniversary year.

Part Two: Makara Center for the Arts presents an interactive library mystery inspired by Ruth Rendell’s short story “The Venus Flytrap.”

A lifeless body is found in a garden of sinister carnivorous plants. What happened? Learn to use Makara Library resources to find clues and solve the mystery. Successful detectives will be entered in a drawing for strange & delightful prizes!

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Tarot & Tea

Tarot & Tea returns!

February 28, 2019

7pm - 8:30pm

Open discussion of tarot cards and their meanings, symbols, and everyday uses. Feel free to bring your own deck and books to share. Makara Library also has several decks available for reference including The Black Power Tarot, The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot, Tarot of the Orishas, Pamela Colman Smith Tarot, The Afro-Brazilian Tarot, The Animal Totem Tarot, and many more sample cards courtesy of Llewellyn Books.

Please bring your favorite mug/thermos and/or bagged teas to share with the group. Hot water provided!

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