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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.

    WHEN
    November 26, 2018 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Starbucks
    141 E Willow St
    Long Beach, CA 90806
    United States
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    Creative Warriors Journey

    Each session will help build connection and understanding between veterans and non-veterans in Long Beach, CA. These creative expression workshops are designed to help participants heal through shared creativity, connectivity and service. For more information contact Richard Harvey at 562.753.1114 or 20p20pcomments@gmail.com.

    We share our creativity, experiences, and the tools and strategies we have acquired through our challenges so everyone leaves with valuable materials we can apply to our lives, and share with others when we decide to serve as advocates and mentors. The workshop and book are especially helpful for people who are health-challenged, in grief, in recovery, going though PTSD, and those who love to express themselves with creativity and play, and to connect with inspired communities of creative support. FREE for veterans. Non-veterans are asked to make a donation.

    WHEN
    November 12, 2018 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Starbucks
    141 E Willow St
    Long Beach, CA 90806
    United States
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    Veterans Connect @ the Library

    HomeFront Rising founder Jeff Norman answers questions, offers advice and makes referrals every Thursday from 4 to 6pm at the Long Beach Public Library Veterans Resource Center. The space is equipped with a dedicated computer, private study rooms and a collection of materials to assist veterans and their families. Materials include the California Veterans Resource Book from CalVet and reference materials with information about benefits. Jeff is familiar with various unconventional services and opportunities available to veterans in the realms of therapy, the arts, employment, entrepreneurialism and housing. Walk-ins are always welcome. You can also make an appointment via email.

    WHEN
    October 25, 2018 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Long Beach Public Library Veterans Resource Center
    101 Pacific Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    United States
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    Veterans Community Theater of Long Beach

    Roger Stebbins (musician-Army veteran) and Melvin Ishmael Johnson (playwright-Marine veteran) lead the workshop every Saturday. Actors, musicians, singers, writers, rappers, comedians, dancers, etc. meet to hone their skills and rehearse for public performances. Non-veterans are welcome. For more information call 213.375.4150 or send an email to info@homefrontrising.org.

    Main library parking is available in the structure at the corner of Broadway and Chestnut. With library validation, parking is free for the first 30 minutes and is $1.75 for 2 hours. Maximum parking cost is $10.00. Need special accommodations? Call the library 48 hours in advance: 562-570-7500.

    WHEN
    October 27, 2018 at 10am
    WHERE
    Long Beach Public Library Auditorium
    101 Pacific Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90822
    United States
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    The Holy Smokes Blog

    Holy Smokes is a band with a rotating cast of players. The group meets every Monday in Long Beach, CA. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, recording and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song is written and recorded in about 90 minutes. The weekly sessions – presented by HomeFront Rising and Rock to Recovery, and hosted by Century Villages at Cabrillo – are free to attend for anyone who wants to participate. No experience is necessary. This blog documents our works in progress.
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    Veterans Community Theater

    Playwright and Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson leads the workshop every Tuesday evening. He trains veterans to work as stage managers in the Los Angeles theater community, and coordinates internships with local companies. FREE for veterans.

    WHEN
    October 23, 2018 at 7pm
    WHERE
    The Vortex
    2341 E Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    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.


    ROCK TO RECOVERY

    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.
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    VETERANS COMMUNITY THEATER
    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.
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    SUMMER DANCE CLASS FOR TEENS
    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.
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    Please support our cultural revival. Your donation will enable us to provide additional FREE workshops for veterans. Thank you!

     

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