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    Harvardwood Helps: Operation Gratitude Assembly Day

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 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.

    Harvardwood Heads To... Comic-Con 2019: Real World Reflected in Fantasy

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    Comic-Con 2019 in San Diego, CA

    What do these powerhouse YA authors have in common? They all are writing groundbreaking, highly acclaimed (or highly anticipated) work that pulls from the trials and tribulations of real life to create mind-bending fantasy. Tomi Adeyemi AB '15 (Children of Blood and Bone) tackles systemic racism in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. Marie Lu (Legend trilogy) contemplates economic disparity and climate change in her series and the upcoming Rebel Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow) promotes social justice in her debut. And Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame) dispels myths about Arabian culture in her first novel. Moderated by Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, Dance of Thieves), author of the upcoming Vow of Thieves .

    Harvardwood Salon: Sue Chan AB '92 (Art Director & Production Designer, PATRIOT, GONE GIRL)

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Dinner with production designer and art director Sue Chan AB '92 will be a rare treat, as she splits her time between the west coast and the east coast. Sue can share with attendees all they want to know about sets—on the big AND small screens! She has a wealth of experience working on films, TV series, and commercials. 

    Attendees will cover their own food & drink at dinner

    The Harvardwood Salon Series gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with the featured guest in an intimate setting. Salons are only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how you may attend.

    genericheadshot.jpgSue Chan AB '92
    Production Designer & Art Director

    Sue was born in New York City and raised in central New Jersey where her parents co-owned the only Chinese restaurant in town. After studying design with a minor in East Asian Studies at Harvard (’92), she and her husband (Gideon Yaffe AB '92) moved to San Francisco where she found work first in architecture, then in theater before entering film and television. She splits her residence between Los Angeles and Connecticut.

    Over the years she has worked in both independent and studio film projects as well as short form and long form T.V. and commercials. Her design credits for film include The Half of It upcoming for Netflix, Shirley upcoming for Killer Films, The Etruscan’s Smile with Oscar Nominated Directors Oded Binum and Mihal Brezis, Colossal with Oscar Nominated Director Nacho Vigalondo, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Congress with Oscar Nominated director Ari Folman, Dancing in September for HBO films, Peep World for IFC Films, and Shades of Ray for Film1 Sundance Channel. The Congress was selected for the director’s fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She is currently in prep for the Marvel Studios Film Shang Chi with director Destin Cretin.

    Series design credits include Patriot Season 2 for Amazon Studios, the Fox T.V. series The Grinder and Weird Loners, as well as a pilot for Greg Daniels. the producer of The Office.

    As a supervising art director, her recent credits include the critically acclaimed Gone Girl for director David Fincher (20th Century Fox Films) which was nominated for Excellence in Production Design by the Art Director’s Guild and the sequel to the visually groundbreaking film 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Brothers Pictures).

    “I love what we do in the art department. Designing the world that characters inhabit for the 2 or 3 hours that the audience lives with them is a fascinating challenge and it never grows old. Every project has its unique set of worlds to knit together and the collaboration with the talented men and women who come together to tell each story is endlessly rewarding. I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. My work has taken me all over the US, Europe and now Australia and Asia. Working with international and US regional crews has given me a bigger perspective on the world.”

    If you're interested in attending this Harvardwood Salon, please read the information below carefully and follow the steps.

    1) You must be a dues-current Harvardwood Member or Friend. Not a member

    2) Complete this brief interest form so we can learn more about you and your interest in attending this event. Please log in to access the form. The deadline for the interest form is July 19, 2019.

    3) You will be contacted by the Directors of Harvardwood Salons. If it is possible for you to attend, the Directors will send you the link to RSVPIf not, you will be placed on a waitlist. Capacity is extremely limited, and priority for future Salon registrations will be given to people who have previously been waitlisted in order to ensure equitable distribution among the membership.

    This is a restricted event, and advance and approved registration completed per the steps above is required. Due to extremely limited capacity, no walk-ins will be admitted; anyone who is not registered will be turned away at the door.

    We appreciate you waiting to be contacted by the Directors. Please read this page carefully to make sure your question can't be answered by information here before reaching out with any email inquiries.

  • Help Harvardwood celebrate our 20th birthday this September

    We are celebrating Harvardwood's 20 years this September at a festive gathering in Los Angeles, and we need you! If there's anything you can contribute to make this a memorable event, please get in touch. Be creative! Think you could put together a fun retrospective short about Harvardwood and our members? Pitch us!

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    Get Dodgers tickets—AND support Harvardwood!


    Thanks to a generous Board member, Harvardwood is selling FOUR tickets and two parking passes to the July 19th Dodgers v. Marlins baseball game on July 19th, which is also Friday Fireworks Night!

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