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Free Tango Lessons For Veterans

Free Tango Lessons Golden Age Tango Academy

With Ivan Shvarts
Golden Age Tango Academy
GoldenAgeTangoAcademy@gmail.com
415 760-9394
Facebook/GoldenAgeTangoAcademy 

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.  http://www.sanfrancisco.va.gov/SANFRANCISCO/features/Tango.

2016 Starting in July — Thursdays 7-11pm and Sundays 7-11pm in Room 212 at the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco

Tango in the Veterans Building, San Francisco

Tango in the Veterans Building, San Francisco

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. Facebook/Ivan.Shvarts

Golden Age Tango Academy is committed to encouraging and educating Veterans, seniors and other individuals, regardless of age or ability, to learn how to dance tango. Our classes benefit individuals physically, mentally and socially.
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Coming Home: A Veterans Artwork Exhibition

CALL FOR ART WORK
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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Post 4: A Friday Picnic In Afghanistan

Posted on Veterans For Peace
by Fridays, in the Muslim world,
are days of relative rest and the gathering of family and friends.

Sherri & Friends Sherri Maurin

We decided to go on a picnic, and twelve of us crammed into a van to head for a peaceful area about an hour outside Kabul’s downtown center. Those of you who have experienced traffic in Cairo can get a small sense of how challenging it is to cross Kabul. There are no lanes, no signals, and no rules; there are hundreds of potholes and honking horns. However, the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) are young and we cross town, bobbing and weaving and honking our way through traffic, clapping and singing with music blaring from our radio.

The land is bone dry clay, hard as rock, and I couldn’t visualize a park, but we wove higher into the hills, following dozens of others trying to escape the incessant heat, to an area that was cooler with more trees and a bit of grass. Continue reading

 


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Post 3: Arrival, New Friends, Border Free Center

Posted on  Veterans For Peace SF
by Salam from Kabul!
Peace To You From Afghanistan!

Borderfree Center Opening Sherri Maurin

I arrived at 10am on Thursday morning, to sweltering heat and heavy lines. Smiling, yet shy children, peaking out from behind mother’s scarves, made the long wait at Customs easier, but once I was released into the scorching heat of Kabul, my all black clothing, including a head scarf, seemed like a bad choice!

The entrance was virtually empty except for the armed guard off at a distance. No one is allowed close to the airport, so the search to find my waiting friends, when all of the numbers I had weren’t working, was a challenge! They were there, but without internet or phone access we never connected, and instead I was given a ride by an Al Jazeera reporter just returning to Afghanistan to cover John Kerry’s arrival. Continue reading


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The Kill Team: SF Premiere With Director Dan Krass

Exclusive Engagement: One Week Only August 1-7
Director Dan Krauss: Friday, August 1 Q&A after the 7:20pm show
Sunday, August 3 Q&A after the 4:30pm show

Kill Team
Opera Plaza Cinema
601 VAN NESS AVE. SAN FRANCISCO
Information: 415-771-0183
Movie Line: 415-771-0183
Official Web Site

Infuriating and illuminating — The Kill Team looks at the devastating moral tensions that tears at soldiers’ psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded. Continue reading


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A Long, Hard Recovery From Fort Hood Shooting

Sgt. Patrick Zeigler

Elizabeth Nida Obert / enida@pos
Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, who spent time at Saint Marys Hospital after being shot during the Fort Hood shootings, is a guest faculty member during Mayos annual brain injury conference. His wife, Jessica, is also pictured.

July 3-5, Pier 39, San Francisco
Mayo Clinic’s Mobile Exhibit
US Army Sgt. Patrick Zeigler will be at the exhibit 3-4 hours a day to meet visitors and share his story of military service and recovery.

Read Jeff Hansel‘s The Post-Bulletin story Friday, June 22, 2012

A Long, Hard Recovery  From Fort Hood Shooting

When a traumatic brain injury hits home, it gets a lot of attention at first, but that attention fades with time. But for those directly affected, the reality of brain injury grows, as does the resolve to deal with it. For Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler and his wife, Jessica, recovery from the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings at Fort Hood continues all day, every day. Read the entire story…


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Another World Posse Ball!

Another-World-Posse-BallVeteran Artists presents
Memorial Day weekend
Another World Posse Ball!
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 23, 2014 11:00 PM
May 24th 8p-12a
May 25th 8p-12a
Tickets: $5 donation Eventbrite

A 360 degree walk-in installationARTparty

Mural Art: Diego Gomez, Jeremy Novy, & Dimas Arellano
Sculptural Art: Bob Burnside & Chickpea
Artistic Director: Stephen Funk
Green Screen performances: Miss Rahni, Kallisto, Effervescence Jackson, Bearonce Growles, Avocado Jones, Ryan Hayes, Flynn Witmeyer, Samuelroy, Mutha Chucka, Bernadette Bohan, Yosephine Tinkelman, Tara Wrist, & more!
+++Posse Ball!
Featuring Go BANG! dj’s Sergio Fedasz & Steve Fabus
360 degree visuals by: Digital Introspect