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    Operation Mas

    Musician-chef-caregiver Carolyne Mas owns a solar-powered ranchette at an elevation of 4365 feet in the beautiful unincorporated Arizona town of Pearce. A 3-bedroom house stands in the center of a very private 38-acre parcel with farm fencing, a chicken coop and an irrigated garden. The property also includes a generator, well and 1000-gallon water storage tank. Carolyne is currently pursuing a degree in Integrative Health, and is overseeing our emerging veterans retreat dubbed Operation Mas. She is also recruiting other musicians who have a passion for sustainable agriculture, culinary arts and healing, to help establish similar projects nationwide.

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    Transitional Journaling

    This course will focus on the transition from military service to civilian life. What insights can military veterans extract from this transition, both for their own personal growth and the community around them?

    Change is an inevitable part of life. The tool of journaling can keep one grounded through change, and make it inevitable to grow through change.

    We will meet in a private, enclosed conference room at Starbucks, 141 E Willow Street, Long Beach 90806. FREE and open to anyone including nonveterans. Donations welcome.

    Fabian Bouthillette is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former surface warfare officer. He now teaches the power of journaling for personal transformation.

    Other meeting dates: January 28 and February 25.

    November 26, 2018 at 6:30pm
    141 E Willow St
    Long Beach, CA 90806
    United States
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    The U.S. Tour of Duty is part of a cultural revival led by civic-minded military veterans and their allies. We develop the artistic abilities and creative expression of veterans, and nurture relationships between veterans and the general public for the greater good. FREE video production, dance, theater and music workshops are held at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, the Main Library in Long Beach, and The Vortex in Los Angeles. A blueprint for nationwide deployment is now in development.


    Will Nephew coaches songwriters and musicians who collaborate with each other. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, and recording. Have fun expressing yourself, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. Maybe your song will be performed in one of our variety shows! FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. 4 to 5:30 PM Mondays in the Gateway Community Kitchen, Villages at Cabrillo. Check out our blog at HolySmokes.band.

    Playwright and Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson leads the workshop every Tuesday evening. In addition to directing plays and multi-media productions, he trains veterans to work as stage managers in the Los Angeles theater community, and coordinates internships with local companies. FREE for veterans. Every Tuesday at The Vortex from 7 to 9 PM.

    Led by Nannette Brodie, artistic director and principal choreographer for the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (NBDT), this FREE workshop is aimed at teens (13-18), and will include various styles of dance from jazz to contemporary to hip hop. It will be held on three Wednesdays - July 18, July 25 and August 1 - from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM in Anchor Studio at Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach. Nannette will choreograph an original composition by veterans to be performed by participating teens in a U.S. Tour of Duty variety show.

    Please support our cultural revival. Your donation will enable us to provide additional FREE workshops for veterans. Thank you!


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