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    Harvardwood Helps: Operation Gratitude Assembly Day

    Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    At any given time, our facility: “The FOB” (Forward Operating Base), is filled with millions of items donated by Americans from across the country. Once a month or more, we call on hundreds of eager and spirited Volunteers in the Southern California area to help us assemble these items to create the Operation Gratitude Care Packages. Join us! “Assembly” work includes production of the Care Packages, labeling, taping, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons, and other tasks.

    Check out this short video on what happens on a typical Assembly Day and the type of work that you will help us complete. 

    Check-In Location:

    Please check-in at the Volunteer Information Table when you arrive. At that point, you will receive a nametag and further instructions.

    No food or drinks are allowed inside the building or around products and packages.

    Important Information

    We greatly appreciate your volunteer efforts and spirit!  To ensure your own safety and enjoyment, and to preserve our welcome at The FOB, we ask that you read and follow these requirements:

    1. All Volunteer days include both “Prep” and “Assembly” work.  “Prep” work consists of sorting donated items, folding shirts, screening letters, and otherwise preparing the products.  “Assembly” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons and many other tasks.  In addition, if time allows, we will provide instruction and materials for making Paracord Survival Bracelets on site.

    2. We have seated and standing jobs for everyone on all Volunteer Days.

    3. As in the past, we welcome children ages 12 and older; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises at all times. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules–there are no exceptions.  Younger children are encouraged to write letters and organize phone recycling drives from home.

    4. Parking will be in the parking lot surrounding the building and along the street.

    5. Speed limit around The FOB is 10 miles per hour. In congested areas, the limit is as slow as safety permits–even if that means a complete stop for an extended time.

    6. Clothing, Shoes, Purses, Cell Phones, Food

      • Please wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops.

      • Wear comfortable, but respectful clothing; (NO “short-shorts” or revealing tops please); please avoid political statements on clothing.

      • Important Note: For security reasons, no bags, backpacks or briefcases are allowed in The FOB. Please lock purses, backpacks or other valuables in your car: We do not have a safe place for them and will not accept responsibility for personal property.

      • If you arrive by public transportation, please leave your purse/bag at the Sign-In table. Water stations are available throughout the facility.

      • No food or drinks are allowed inside the building or around products and packages. 

      • Cell phones are permitted, but we ask that they are not used for making calls while volunteering. You are welcome to take pictures for personal or social media use. However,pictures of labels on care packages or anything with an address on it is strictly prohibited.

    7. Volunteer Registration & Release Form

      • All volunteers must check-in at the Volunteer Table by the front door to register and must fill out a RELEASE FORM for the current year.

      • Due to heightened security requirements, all volunteers must present a government or school issued I.D. with photo when requested.

      • To receive Community Service Credit, you MUST sign-in upon arrival and sign-out upon departure at the COMMUNITY SERVICE TABLE, located separately from the Volunteer Sign In Table. Look for the Community Service Table signs. 

      • Please wear the name tag provided at check-in at all times.


    Near the intersection of Lassen Street and Variel Avenue (between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and De Soto Avenue; south of the 118 Freeway)

    Parking: Parking is available in our parking lot and along the street

    Public Transportation is available through Metro Orange Line and Metrolink located at nearby Chatsworth Station.

    C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to "Independent Spirit" — The 34th Annual Music Business Seminar

    Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 09:00 AM · $80.00 USD
    Electric Lodge in Venice, CA

    Featuring live music, keynote, free attorney one-on-ones, bookstore, and expert panels packed with valuable information!

    Millions dream of attaining glamour and wealth through music. This book reveals the secrets of the music business that have made fortunes for the superstars. A must-have for every songwriter, performer, musician and music industry professional. The authors will sign books following their keynote presentation. This comprehensive 512 page book covers music publishing, recording, composing, contracts, royalties, song licensing, foreign income, new media, the internet, and much more!

    Musical Performances throughout the day curated by Radio Venice. Radio Venice is a weekly webcast, streaming live from Breakwater Studios in Venice, California. Founded by Michael Jost and Roy Edwards their mission is to showcase the unique blend of music that passes through Venice Beach and bring the magical sound of Breakwater Studios to a worldwide audience.

    Meet Ari Herstand, who will be signing his book, "How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician." Incredibly comprehensive and brutally honest throughout, How to Make It in the New Music Business covers every facet of the "new" business, including how to build a grass-roots fan base, book a profitable tour, become popular on YouTube, tips for playing live and more. There has never been a better time to be an independent musician! Herstand's book is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.


    Panel Moderator, Mark Pearson, Esq.
    An informative and entertaining look back at some of the interesting and often controversial music industry lawsuits from 2017.

    Todd & Jeff Brabec present a positive message about how to make money and succeed in the current music industry landscape.

    Music Attorney Jesse Morris, Esq., in conversation with local musicians who are making a living in the industry. Featuring an interactive audience Q&A.

    Get insight on how to have your music placed in games, apps, and advertisements from industry professionals.

    Learn the basics on how to protect your music rights and ensure the continuing success of your career.

    Panel Moderator, Todd Brabec
    Industry professionals will discuss where we have been and where the future of music will lead both in the U.S. and throughout the world.


    • FREE copy of the book "Music, Money & Success" (a $29.95 value)
    • 3 Hours of California MCLE Credit
    • Featuring live music throughout the day
    • Sign-up for FREE attorney one-on-sessions
    • Marketplace and Bookstore full of resources to support your music independence.

    An online MCLE workbook will be available during the program. Access the workbook with your phone, tablet or laptop.

    C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Relax with Tax for Artists and the Self-Employed

    Saturday, March 03, 2018 at 10:00 AM · $40.00 USD
    Art Share LA in Los Angeles, CA

    Don't miss this invaluable 2-1/2 hour seminar on the essentials of income tax for individual artists of all disciplines. Learn how artists and artists groups can efficiently track income and expense throughout the year and how to correctly file your taxes. Topics will include record keeping, IRS form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment schedules, itemized deductions, hobby losses, home offices, NEW TAX LAW changes, and much more!

    A comprehensive 38-page tax workbook "The Art of Deduction" is included with paid admission!

    Presenter: Abe Carnow, C.P.A. is very active in tax practice and tax education. As a nationwide lecturer for Gear Up Tax Seminars. Abe teaches other accountants about individual income taxation, business income taxation, and ethics. In his tax practice, Abe works with a variety of professions, including graphic artists, performers, and other service professionals. From 1974-1990, Abe worked for the Internal Revenue Service, in the examination and appeals divisions. Abe has taught the California Lawyers for the Arts Relax with Tax Seminar for a long, long time and looks forward to not only this year but into the future.

    Parking is located at 321 Hewitt Street. Please park up the ramp on the 2nd floor. Parking is free and unattended.

    These workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.

  • Tell us if you're attending SXSW 2018 this spring

    The 2018 SXSW Film Festival, now in its 25th year (!), will take place March 9 - 17, 2018. The festival lineup includes the world premiere of Support the Girls, a feature by writer-director Andrew Bujalski AB 99; upcoming HBO series Barry by Bill Hader and Alec Berg AB '91; and documentary Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield AB '87.

    Let us know if you plan to attend SXSW, and we'll connect all the Harvardwood folks heading to Austin this spring.

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    Unlock your creativity with Harvardwood

    Creatives in Los Angeles, looking for an accountability partner? Trying to complete a project? Aiming to take a crack at your passion project?

    Havardwood is exploring ideas for a monthly, weekly, or bi-weekly informal group to meet witht the purpose of helping one another unlock the creative juices. The workshop would be loosely structured around Julia Cameron's book The Artist Way. The group is open to anyone creating art: writers, singers, actors, directors, producers, sculptors, painters, musicians etc.

    We're gathering information at this stage. Please complete the brief form below by March 17th, and we'll circle back in a month or two with some ideas.

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