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Free Tango Lessons For Veterans

Free Tango Lessons Golden Age Tango Academy

With Ivan Shvarts
Golden Age Tango Academy
415 760-9394

All levels, classes, workshops, practice. Through social interaction, and cultural diversity Golden Age Tango Academy introduces the restorative and health-giving capacity of tango — the dance, music, and art into your life. We are we looking for dancers, musicians and artists to share their experience and art at our communal events. Veterans Free. Suggested $10 donation from non-veterans to support US Veterans.

Read how one Gulf War Veteran turn to Tango to heal wounds of war.

San Bruno
Tuesdays Noon-2pm
American Legion Post 409
757 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno
San Franciso: 4:30-7:30pm

San Francisco
Sundays 4:30-7:30pm
Mama Art Cafe
4754 Mission St, San Francisco

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Ivan Shvarts is the founder of the Senior Tango Program in the Bay Area. He has been the official tango instructor for San Francisco Parks and Recreation since 2006. He teaches both group and private classes in Emeryville, San Francisco, and Redwood City. Ivan is committed to providing a welcoming space for dancers of all levels and ages to develop their tango skills while simultaneously growing a community built on a celebration of movement and music. He is interested in how tango is a physical, emotional, and psychological dance that works out the body, the brain, and the soul. His teachers have included Puppy Castello, Nestor Ray, Tete Rusconi, and Gustavo Naveira with whom he studied the techniques of traditional Milonguero style.

Golden Age Tango Academy is committed to encouraging and educating seniors and other individuals, regardless of age or ability, to learn how to dance tango. Our classes benefit seniors and others physically, mentally and socially. Scholarship to dancers with disabilities


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Oral Health Matters

University of the Pacific
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Upcoming Community Events
San Mateo, Oakland & San Francisco
September 27, October 4 & 11

University of the Pacific

Pacific Dugoni’s Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) volunteers will be attending the following community health events to provide oral health education and other services. Brush up on your oral health and stop by at one of these free community events! Continue reading

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Coming Home: A Veterans Artwork Exhibition

Submission deadline extended to October 31.
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 13th , 2014 – Thurs., January 15th, 2015

SF State University Art Gallery Open Call For Veteran ArtThe veterans experience during war and upon returning home is unimaginable for most civilians. Even still, the effects of conflict are far reaching, touching even those who do not face combat. Soldier’s families, displaced refugees, taxpayers, policy makers and voters are among those who share in the indirect impact of war and bear the burden of its consequences. Despite this, the divide between veterans and civilians often seems insurmountable.

In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and the Cal Humanities War Comes Home initiative, Associated Students Inc Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Coming Home.” This exhibit will strive to bridge the gap between the disparate experiences of veterans and civilians by utilizing the singular power of art to express that which defies expression. By providing veterans with the opportunity to speak about the way that their experiences have impacted their perception of home, the Art Gallery will give the public unusual access to their changed perspectives. As part of War Comes Home, the Art Gallery will create a platform for education, discussion, connection, and healing. Continue reading

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International Day Of Peace

International Day of Peace, September 21Celebrate The Right Of Peoples To Peace
Sunday, September 21, 2014
4:30-6:30 Informational Booths
5:30-6:30 No Host Cocktail Hour
6:30 Dinner, Introductions, Raffle, Presentations
Grace Evangelical Luthern Church
3201 Ulloa St., San Francisco
Contact: Latonia Dixon,

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in acombat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably. Read more…



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Mental Health/Homeless Summit

MH-Homeless-VetExpanding Partnerships & Resources To Improve The Lives Of Veterans & Their Family Members
Friday, August 29
New Federal Building, ground floor
90 Seventh Street, San Francisco
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Boyd 415 221-4810 x342,


VA Health CareBring together organizations that serve Veterans, to strengthen partnerships between the VA and the community.
Enhance access to Mental Health and Homeless services for Veterans and their families in San Francisco and northern San Mateo counties.

Agenda: Continue reading

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Legacy Of Agent Orange In Vietnam & The US

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San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee (SFHCMSSC)
Agent Orange Update
Wednesday, August 27
5:30 pm, Free
Light Refreshments
RSVP: 415 447-6075,
City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room #201
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco

San Francisco City Hall

Agent Orange — a defoliant used during the Vietnam War was manufactured byDow Chemical Company and Monsanto Corporation for use by the US Military. It was shipped to Vietnam in orange striped containers and thus the chemical was branded “Agent Orange.” The chemical was highly dangerous and was found in some locations to be hundreds of times greater than levels considered safe by the US EPA. It has been reported that as many as 3 million Vietnamese have been affected by Agent Orange. According to some sources, it still impacts the people of Vietnam. It also has affected Veterans of the US Military and the Vietnamese Military. Read more…

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Post 7: Dr. Hakim “No To Wars”

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by Kabul, Afghanistan

No Afghanistan in Ukraine, No to Wars!

Salaam, Friends — I would like to introduce a new series of interviews I am doing with each of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, by sharing an article just published by Dr. Hakim, their founder and adviser. I believe the article, and the interview he includes, shows the substantial impact the US presence has had on the lives of families here. Despite the US investment of more than $100 Billion dollars in non-military aide since 2001, the corruption is so rampant that the ordinary citizens live in virtual poverty.  I seek your replies to the compelling message that guides me from the Nuremberg Principles that if I see an atrocity and do nothing, I am complicit.  I invite all of us to question what we can do together to reverse this situation…..

In solidarity,
Sherri Maurin
Veteran For Peace member, Kabul, Afghanistan, Peace Journey, Tuesday, August 12 2014

We’re human fodder caught in the crossfire of armed groups and armed governments
No to wars!” By Dr Hakim August 12, 2014

“Her father was killed in Helmand amidst fighting between the Taliban and theAfghan/US-NATO forces,” said a relative about Gul Jumma, who looked down, shy and full of angst, sensing a future that’s not promising. Gul Jumma, together with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, expressed their opposition to wars in this video. Gul Jumma holds up the sign for ‘Ukraine’, indicating ‘No to wars in Ukraine’. She understands what it is like to be caught in the crossfire, as happened to her father when he was killed in battle.Continue reading


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