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Thursday, December 6, 2018

AMERICANAFEST on TV Thursday; BLUEGRASS Christmas live Friday, Dec 7th & MORE on the Web. Thu, Dec 6 2018 edition

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Thursday...

Watch "2018 AMERICANAFEST®" on CMT

TONIGHT:
Catch Highlights from This Year's Honors & Awards at 9-10:30 pm Pacific on CMT

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Friday!
“A VERY MERRY BLUEGRASS CHRISTMAS” SPECIAL 
ON THE "615 HIDEAWAY" SHOW
with performances by
EDDIE SANDERS, CHRIS ROBERTS, LARRY STEPHENSON,
GLEN DUNCAN, DENNIS CROUCH & CODY KILBY

Live Streamed on RFD-TV and Bluegrass Life on December 7th



We'll start with what's on Friday, December 7th, as the nation observes "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day,"  The 615 Hideaway studio will be filled with top bluegrass chart artists. They'll be there to help you get ready for a tuneful and fun filled holiday season with a special Christmas show.  

Eddie SandersChris RobertsLarry Stephenson, Glen DuncanDennis Crouch & Cody Kilby will perform Holiday classics and new Christmas songs that are sure to be an enjoyable musical experience -- and one that will warm the heart and bring joy this Holiday season.  The Christmas show at The 615 Hideaway will contain many songs from the newly released Christmas album “A Very Merry Bluegrass Christmas” on Engelhardt Music Group / Rural Rhythm Records.

Multi-music-genre live streaming show The 615 Hideaway will post on the RFD-TV and Bluegrass Live Facebook pages, which combined, have accumulated over 600,000 likes. 

Here at the Guide, we do all we can to dissuade our readers from infesting their (your) devices and lives with Facebook's shockingly intrusive industrial-espionage-grade spyware. But if you're already afflicted, it is one option to catch the show. Of course for the show's producers, between the artists’ Facebook page and The 615 Hideaways live stream partner, RFD-TV’s Facebook page, that live stream viewership has a potential to reach over three-quarters of a million viewers.  

But never fear. Each of the show's live streams is permanently posted on the show's own website, The 615 Hideaway studio, so fans can go back and view the episode at any time, or watch the new episode at their convenience.

About the new album



A Very Merry Bluegrass Christmas contains top Bluegrass musicians Rob McCoury – Banjo; Tim Crouch - Fiddle; Glen Duncan – Fiddle; Dennis Crouch - Upright Bass; Rob Ickes – Dobro; Cody Kilby –Acoustic Guitar; Casey Campbell – Mandolin.

Produced by Adam Engelhardt and Glen Duncan A Very Merry Bluegrass Christmas album contains new Christmas songs and traditional classics with featured performances by Larry Stephenson, Rob McCoury, Eddie Sanders, Chris Roberts, Glen Duncan, Tim Crouch, Dennis Crouch and Steve Leslie.

Duncan remarked in a recent interview about the new Christmas album:

“Adam and I invited some of our favorite musicians and singers to record an album at the storied Studio A in Nashville of new and classic Christmas music.  We used the approach of recording a 'Classic Record Album,' like our favorite Holiday Records from the ’50s & ’60s.  So we had all of the musicians recording together ‘live’ in the studio at the same time. 

"To take the ‘Classic Recording’ process one step further, we thought of each song as part of an album and recorded many new original and classic Christmas songs.  We wanted this record to be like the great TV network Christmas shows of the 50’s & 60’s that had that classic ‘Variety Show’ format.  

"So there’s the widest possible variety of songs: great vocal solos, trios, all sorts of combinations; Instrumentals both fast & slow and material that ranges from Classic songs to songs that have never before been recorded and songs that range from fun Holiday favorites to poignant Christmas songs, to really enjoyable new Christmas Songs.  It’s like a great big Merry Christmas Bluegrass Music Sampler.” - Glen Duncan – Artist, Songwriter, Producer.

Album highlights include Ralph Stanley’s “Holiday Pickin’" performed by Tim Crouch, Dennis Crouch and featuring Rob McCoury.  Other highlights include new Christmas songs performed by Eddie Sanders “My Favorite Day Is Christmas” and Chris Roberts “Can’t Miss Christmas.” Also on the album is “White House Christmas” -- nope, we have NOT heard it -- it was written and performed by Larry Stephenson and "incorporates new lyrics to update this Christmas favorite." (We're not all that sure it 'zactly needed "updating," given the current situation at the White House, so we'll go on.) 

A Very Merry Bluegrass Christmas is available now on iTunesAmazon and where ever Bluegrass music is sold.

About The 615 Hideaway

Online live Streaming has become a tremendous vehicle to connect music performers with their core fan base in ways never before achieved.  The 615 Hideaway facilitates the elements needed by artists to perform live music online, talk to their fan base, and engage in real-time live chat conversations.  Fans of the artists can request songs during the episode, as well as, and ask questions about the artist’s music and other related topics.

Third generation music veteran Sammy Passamano 3rd has been developing and creating the show's livestream platform since 2014. He aired the first live stream 615 Hideaway episode with American Idol star Alex Preston in early 2017.  The 615 Hideaway produces approximately 2-3 live streaming shows per week ranging in a variety of formats including Pop, Country, Rock, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, and more. 

Recent performers at The 615 Hideaway include Gretchen Wilson, John Berry, T.G. Shepard, Kelly Lang, Ken Mellons, Bradley Walker, Uncle Si, 2Steele Girls, Steve Gulley, Frank Foster, The Young Fables, Craig Wayne Boyd ….and Bluegrass Legends Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie Reno.

Of course, we are advocates of eschewing Facebook's for-profit snooping on everything you do, so we'll point you directly to the shows own site.

While you're there, you'll find plenty to explore. Like this one from May 3, 2018, with

Jim & Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys – Radio Shows

 Jim & Jesse are celebrating 50 Years as members of the GRAND OLE OPRY, so you'll get plenty of lore and history, along with the music.
There's also the Monroeville – Full Show
Monroeville is headed by GRAMMY® nominated producer and engineer, Matt Munsey, as a Bluegrass / Rock / Country acoustic band of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. 

We 'spect you'll like their October 18th show, Morgan Myles – Sanctuary – Acoustic
Morgan Myles is a powerhouse vocalist, and emerging singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania. She's "one of those artists that makes it look and sound so easy."
 
And finally, grab a chance to catch the video shot this past June 19th,
The performance by Eddie features Don McAfee on banjo. Both'll prove to your likin', we b'lieve.

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We'll be back after a short spell. Not quite directly, but by an' by, afore long. After we mosey up the holler and check on the still, y'see. Just give a shout if any revenuers are seen about.
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That's all for this edition.
Stay tuneful!
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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday-Sunday-Sunday! PERFORM with MUSIC STARS, plus CALLING ALL SONGWRITERS. Dec 2 2018 edition.

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Just TWO items today...

1)  SONGWRITERS: enter your original Christmas / Holiday songs in a prestigious NEW competition

2)  TODAY, SUNDAY -- Give Your Gift of Participation -- NOT your money, but ONE LATE AFTERNOON of your time and talent, in the company of MUSIC STARS (Grammy winners, Nominees, Platinum-Sellers, and ordinary folks who just like to sing -- and bring joy to shut-ins in the West SFV! The 37th annual "Caroling" for shut-ins has multiple whirlwind "stage" shows (in several facilities' dining halls, and begins with room-to-room caroling for bedridden patients) YOU ARE INVITED TO PERFORM!

Let's get started!
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#1 news feature...


USA Songwriting Competition's "CHRISTMAS SONGWRITING COMPETITION" Open for 2018


Here's your opportunity to enter the 3rd Annual "Christmas Songwriting Competition" sponsored by USA Songwriting Competition, to, in the words of the sponsors, "make the next few weeks the best weeks you've had all year..."

They continue in the announcement released THIS MORNING, "So many songwriters have asked us to organize a Christmas Songwriting Competition, and Good news -- we have this... now today."

This is a limited-time opportunity for you to enter your Christmas or Holiday song. While publicity, on-air guest-bookings, and airplay schedules were all determined by corporate media long ago for the 2018 holiday season, the contest is all about opportunities for indies, and getting you launched. After all, THIS is the time of year when folks think about Christmas and Holidays.

Sooo...

Do you have an Original Christmas Song to which you own the rights? And as the contest asks, "Do you have a song like 'Last Christmas' by Wham! or 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey?" Do you have any Hanukkah or Kawanzaa songs? Why not enter the Christmas/Holiday Songwriting Competition. Who knows, you could be the top winner and proud owner of a special Christmas Songwriting trophy for that special place on your mantle -- and a possible songwriting contract with a major music publishing house.

SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS: the Top 15 finalists' songs will appear on the s[onsor's Christmas/Holiday Compilation CD, which will be promoted to various radio stations in USA and Canada. This is excellent music industry exposure for you and your music.

This is a once-a-year opportunity... Enter online here 

In addition, they have extended their "Free Masterings for 2 of your song audios" (from Landr) when you enter the competition; that's an offer worth $20.00.

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Your Gift of Participation -- NOT your money, but ONE LATE AFTERNOON of your time and talent...

37th Annual Old-Fashioned L.A. Holiday Caroling Festivities -- THIS Sunday, Dec 2


Every year, the Guide supports this effort to bring holiday cheer to shut-ins. Founder Vincent Leinen starts in L.A., then hits the road to make this a national event, one community at a time between December 2nd and December 24th. 

Vincent has invited the Guide to invite YOU to take part, together with music and show biz celebrities, professional studio musicians, opera vocalists, and ordinary folks who experience the simultaneous thrill of humility, grace, and excitement to have such a grateful audience.

Thus, we extend a special invitation to support, promote, and participate in at the 37th Annual Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities on Sunday, December 2rd, 2018 at three senior care centers located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Perform 4 pm-7:30 pm -- on a modular schedule -- you may arrive / depart at your discretion, but you'll probably want to stay for all of it.

Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant (VanOwen/Fallbrook) in Canoga Park (7:30 pm-9:30 pm). Vincent has discount tix for you, because their management supports what we do.
The festivities include multiple performances at senior care centers. Some are scheduled at concurrent time slots, because that allows us to provide entertainment (happiness and healing) to more needy senior residents and their caregivers.

To balance out the large talent pool and maximize your impact on the senior residents and care givers this has a tradition of forming two separate Holiday Caroling Presentation Teams. Both teams get together afterward at the dinner.

Just call Vincent (number below) to get registered. Tell him if you play an instrument and know the chords for some carols or if you just want to sing; you'll learn which of the two teams needs you most, and receive the link for the map of your team's exact route (with driving directions) charted out by time & location. (That map can be very handy during your whirlwind performance schedule.)

Call Vincent at 818-342-9336 or C 818-429-1563.

All the details are at:

www.HolidayMusicMakingADifference.com 
or,
www.facebook.com/HolidayCaroling4Senior
This is produced in collaboration with "Giving Music-A Music Charity," with details at:

 www.GivingMusic.org

The Guide's editor and our writers have been privileged to perform with Grammy winners and nominees and music's elite over the years we have taken part.

Come out, join in, bring joy to folks who probably wouldn't have it without you, and meet your fellow performers at the dinner gathering. It's the finest way we know to get yourself in a true holiday spirit!

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That's all for this edition.

Stay tuneful!
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We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)

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Boilerplate? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Guide's "Guide to Giving Tuesday" AND BEYOND. Nov 27 2018.

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Late addition...
WEDNESDAY MORNING, MANY CHARITIES ANNOUNCED THAT "MATCHING GRANT" PROGRAMS WERE EXTENDED THROUGH MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SO, DONATE TODAY TO YOUR FAVORITE CAUSE -- OR YOUR NEW FAVE THAT YOU'LL FIND HERE. BUT DON'T WAIT TO DONATE TOMORROW.
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Here's the full edition as originally published on "GIVING TUESDAY," except for the new intro (above) added Wednesday morning...

1st, a whole BUNCH of charities of all shapes, sizes, and areas of emphases, are getting MATCHING GRANTS TODAY. So your power to donate gets hugely amplified!


2nd, if you're donating anything to any charity today, "GIVING TUESDAY," you can USE PAY PAL -- they're MATCHING DONATIONS today, 100%, up to a total of $500,000.
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THIS EDITION has three features:

# 1 -- Commentary, some serioso-comedy, and why today really does matter

# 2 -- the Guide's "Guide to Giving Tuesday" (with MANY categories, so find your passion!)

# 3 -- YOUR INVITATION to the "37th Annual Old-Fashioned L.A. Holiday Caroling" for shut-ins
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Commentary, Serioso-Comedy, and Why Today Really Matters


If you're too broke to take part because you indulged in spending sprees in support of consumerism these past few days, we're not going to lecture you. We did all we could before the fact.
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Important: PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION

We DO encourage everyone, in the strongest terms, to RE-SET ALL YOUR FINANCIAL PASSWORDS if you were all over the web with credit and debit cards since Friday. The more times you shared your magic numbers, the more exposure you incurred. It does increase the odds that somebody or some lurking computer or some nefarious cyberworm got ahold of something that can wrack ruin on you. 

ALSO, the scammers and flim-flammers are thieves with no conscious. If you receive an email appeal or a phone call asking you to donate to anything -- even something that sounds absolutely legit -- beware. Check the email sender's address, and even then, it could be "spoofed." Check the link you activate by clicking to donate, and be sure it looks right. You can always go to the web to get real contact info, and donate that way, through the charity's website.
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SO, TODAY IS "GIVING TUESDAY," AND...

It began with news of three more US soldiers killed and four wounded this morning in Afghanistan. That follows the death of a US Army Ranger there three days ago in a "friendly fire" tragedy with Afghan forces trained by the US. Which leaves more families without their loved one -- something specific charities do address. Even if organizations within and beyond the scope of charity are the ones trying to stop that war and other media-neglected wars, and America's astonishing assortment of drone wars, aerial wars, proxy wars, and clandestine wars. And until it stops, we will continue to hear of a singular kind of giving, whether or not it's Giving Tuesday -- we'll hear of individuals in uniform "giving  their lives for their country" -- whether or not their countrymen have idea if, or why, they were there to get killed.

Also out today are new U.N. stats on domestic violence committed against women and children. Each day, 137 women are murdered by a domestic partner. Tracking abused children is harder to do.

Meanwhile, America's ethnocentric certainty of "American Exceptionalism" guarantees distraction away from, and active obfuscation of, things that command the attention of the rest of the world. Thus, many of the world's top charities, including Oxfam and UNICEF, receive almost no mention on our shores. Global peace campaigns like that of Avazz, working to stop the US-enabled Saudi War on the starving and disease-wracked civilian population of Yemen, are known in America only by those on email lists.

We are up against corporate-controlled, overmerged megagiant media that is limited by its corporate masters. Each subsidiary, including the News Division, must not do anything that harms the bottom line of the rest of the corporate behemoth. 

So, while it seems credible to claim we are all just sooo overwhelmed with a constant bombardment of news... the reality says, "not exactly."

The gaggle of sources produces a few well-funded camps with the resources to dominate with their agenda and their narrative. And "the alternative" is too often the pseudo-factual crap that goes viral on social media's so-called "news feeds" which are often infiltrated by for-profit propagandists whose "product" lacks every component of actual journalism. 

It's a cyber world of blaring horns, a cacophony in which no one can hear a damn thing but the loudest bullhorns. And many sounds we should hear are not loud enough, and some are just too weak and too needy to be heard or seen -- as the loud brass band playing "story of the week" parades by. Translate the analogy, and...

Seems that simply determining who should get your money to do good in your name isn't such a simple premise.
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It may surprise you to know that "GIVING TUESDAY" actually delights the corporate capitalists because:

(a) it comes AFTER their days to take all your money and crush you with 25%+ interest rates on credit card purchase financing, and

(b) it enables them to present themselves as heroes when they take massive end-of-the-year tax deductions. (They still need their charitable contributions to avoid paying their own taxes, even after this year's tax-cut-for-the-rich-and-corporations; and you're delusional if you think they aren't trying to play puppet master with their monetary clout, even there.)
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Be that as it may, "GIVING TUESDAY" is the societally-endorsed focus day to do, with "LOOKEE-HERE-WHAT-I-DONE!" aplomb... EVEN WHEN it's something all of us should be doing quietly on a small but consistently continuous basis all year long. Things like:

• Supporting worthy charities where the money goes to the mission and not to the execs;

• feeding the desperately hungry;

• providing opportunities for the poor;

• working to abolish oppression;

• enabling all people -- not limited to children -- to access top-quality health and dental and vision and occupational rehabilitative care, and treatment for birth defects, burns, and conditions acquired from exposure to toxins, ALL as a right of citizenship and a human right on a planet loaded with carcinogenic industrial toxins littered in the name of corporate profits;

• ensuring institions of research and higher learning are affordable and accessible and not forced to succumb to some narrow imposed agenda to maintain their funding;

• abolishing ignorance and its disastrous justification for greed;

• supporting music and arts education for ALL students, and not just those in elite "STEM or "STEAM" schools;

• celebrating artists and musicians with bountiful opportunities for each serious artist to earn a decent living from their art;

• assuring that arts institutions and venues can continue to operate;

• guaranteeing the missions of museums and places of historic preservation as vital teachers of the kind of world we can yet have;

• fighting to re-establish participatory democracy in the face of oligarchy, corporatocracy and kakistocracy;

• doing, at last, as Lincoln pledged, to "care for he (and she) who have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan," and EXTENDING THAT to our firefighters and all first responders who risk their lives protecting public safety;

• preserving the natural world and the endangered plants and animals that barely cling to life in vast parts of it;

• and generally and specifically, doing a MUCH better job of bringing about a peaceful, just, equitable, and (yes) loving world, where we do a MUCH, MUCH BETTER JOB of taking care of each other.

OUR LIST is separated with semicolons because most of us would like to support ALL, or some multiplicity, of those things. And that's just our list. Yours surely contains people and causes and charities and institutions that ours neglected or otherwise omitted.

If we had our way, GIVING would be a universal expectation, and those with the most would be looked to for examples to give the most. But we realize that's a fantasy in this second coming of the Gilded Age and its rogue's gallery of power-and-control-the-massage Robber Barons.

And if Warren Buffet and Bill Gates want to emulate Andrew Carnegie, we hope they leave universally useful lasting legacies, like he did, with a nation where towns and cities large and small all got Carnegie Libraries, filled with knowledge freely accessible to everyone. But Frank Capra is long dead, so that's another fantasy.

Time for our serioso-comedic interlude...

On the subject of an up-to-the-minute, modern fantasy regarding causes that need support, we would gladly contribute to a rehab program for those afflicted with Goofyspeak. You know what we mean -- the residual permanent impact of all those Americans who were raised with "participation trophies" and helicopter parents. Their vocalizations indicate they still require constant validation of their every act, and therefore they end every sentence with a plea for your endorsement, in the form of the one word demand, "Right?" Which most often is pronounced in Goofyspeak as "Rye-eat?"

Goofyspeak is, almost overnight, an actual dialect. It has one historical root, having resurrected the buried-for-decades obsession with inserting the word "like," ubiquitously and unnecessarily, everywhere. Perhaps that's proof that Facebook has brainwashed the masses, since its for-sale analytics depend on knowing everyone's likes. That's, like, valid? Rye-eat?

Mostly, Goofyspeak is a new plague without a vaccine, and with clearly presented symptoms of the disease. 

In its most prominent example, Goofyspeak inserts continuous streams of mid-sentence question-mark inflections. And it replaces all pivotal consonants with an "h." As in, di'hint,  wou'hint, impor'hant. That one is especially prominent, since they find so many things are "reeeeally impor'hant." ("Reeeeeally bahhd" is the obverse.)

Surely you've noticed Goofyspeak's standard vocalizations of "that" and "me" have both acquired five or six vowels, delivered with so much emphasis that it's jarring.

On average, two similar examples per minute of Goofyspeak can be heard on whichever cable news is your household's addiction: Like, we recognize thaaaat(?) from those charac'heristics(?) that like, make it sooo annoying(?) to meeeee, like every time we like, try to get tha'news(?) about whah's impor'hant? Rye-eat?
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Okay, serio-comedy aside, let's get to some of the good causes that are bent, and carrying on while barely unbroken; causes that are stressed by the demands of too damn many climate-change-caused massive wildfires. Overwhelmed by hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods -- along with assorted global conflicts that are sacrosanct to the warconomy. And some of the many worthy causes that are suffering undue abuse from tribalist political nonsense.

Time to open your heart, your mind, and your wallet.



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# 2 news feature...


 The Guide's "Guide to Giving Tuesday"


We present this with many separate categories, so you can find your passion. Or play hopscotch and spread your meager wealth around. You can be sure it will be appreciated by any of the following who receive it, and that will do good in their hands.

We wish we had the days it would take to "vet" even more things. But, presented by category, here's what we know we can recommend.
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first category...

FIRE-RELIEF / FIREFIGHTER SUPPORT CHARITIES
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Northern Valley Community Foundation,
Fire Victim Relief Fund
(donate through MoveOn; 100% goes to NVCF; also recommended by the California League of Conservation Voters, CLCV, noting NVCL "helps with immediate priorities, such as portable showers, blankets, shelters, and long term recovery efforts.")
https://act.moveon.org/donate/giving-tuesday-camp-fire
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California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund
(recommended by CLCV; supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts)
Link is their name.
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Safety Harbor Kids
(helps orphans, foster & homeless children year-round; now helping fire victims)
www.safetyharborkids.org
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United Way 
(recommended by CLCV; provides cash aid to help individuals find housing, make up for lost wages, and cover transportation and food costs)
Link is their name.
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Hydration Packs for Firefighters
The GRAMMY Museum, in recommending this charity, says: "For those who have been affected by the recent fires across our state, we stand by you. The ramifications are devastating and the losses irreplaceable. Should you be looking for a way to help, we urge you to consider donating to the 'Entertainment Industry Foundation,' a nonprofit organization that helps firefighters and other emergency workers battling California wildfires. One of its beneficiaries is the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides hydration backpacks for firemen and night vision goggles for helicopter pilots. Another beneficiary provides meals for emergency workers and evacuees staying in shelters."

-- The Grammy Museum, in a message addressed, "To Our Los Angeles Community."

The "Entertainment Industry Foundation" says:

"Urgent need.
"Immediate impact.

"Support firefighters and first responders who risk their lives to protect the people of California.

"Donate to EIF’s Fire Relief Fund, and together we can make a positive impact in the communities that need it most.

"$275 funds one Hydration Pack for a firefighter."

Donations of as much as you want to give, as small as $5, are accepted at (you need the entire long url):

https://secure.eifoundation.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app367a?df_id=4520&mfc_pref=T&4520.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=BD586CAC59FBAE663577626DA737EA87&mc_cid=7f51abc1cd&mc_eid=f1ad8a56a3

EIF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and meets all 20 BBB Charity Standards.
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The following in this continuation of our "fire relief" section, is from "Do LA" (www.dola.com); we found their recommendations (with embedded links) quite thoughtful and worthy of passing along to you with our endorsement:

LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT
Support the brave men and women who have been tirelessly battling the flames that have threatened and consume whole communities in just a few short days. Between the winds, fatigue and multiple outbreaks, they have been there keeping as many people safe as possible. 
Donate here.
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RED CROSS
You can make cash donations to support Red Cross relief efforts can do so on the Red Cross website or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donate here for disaster relief.
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ANIMAL CARE FOUNDATION
You can donate the LA County Animal Care Foundation and help save a life. In doing so, you’re helping newly 60,000 animals each year - a number amplified as they are currently working to provide animal sheltering for the #WoosleyFire and #HillFire.
Donate here
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THE SALVATION ARMY
In response to a disaster, The Salvation Army works in conjunction with government and non-profit agencies to provide food, personal necessities, and shelter to victims and first responders (i.e. firefighters, police and sheriff's departments). They ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community including the elderly, those with disabilities, and families with children, receive shelter, food, and assistance with rebuilding their lives.
Donate here.
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HUMANE SOCIETY OF VENTURA COUNTY
The Humane Society of Ventura County is open for those who have been evacuated and are in need of sanctuary for dogs, cats, horses or other domesticated animals. Fire officials have issued mandatory evacuations for thousands of homes in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties due to The Hill and Woolsley Incidents. For animal evacuation information and assistance please call the shelter at 805-646-6505.
     If you would like to help, they are currently in need of donations to their general fund in order to best serve the animals evacuated from the Hill and Woolsey Fires. 
Donate here.
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UNITED WAY
Aside from the natural disaster, many low-income communities and working individuals are often affected, creating long-term needs to reestablish their lives. United Way of Greater Los Angeles, in partnership with United Way of Ventura County, have created the Disaster Relief Fund to help those impacted by the Hill and Woolsey Fires and other natural disasters in Los Angeles County and other areas of Southern California. Donate online or text UWVC to 41444 to help.
Donate here
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AIRBNB
Join the community of 900+ hosts who have opened their homes to evacuees for free around the Hill and Woolsey Fires - Ventura County. If you have available housing in the area indicated on the map, please consider making your home available for displaced neighbors or relief workers.
Learn more here.

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE RELIEF


If you're looking to help out with the fires in Northern California, our friends at DoTheBay have a guide for that right here.
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INSTEAD OF YOUR MONEY, YOUR TIME -- WAYS YOU CAN VOLUNTEER
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RED CROSS
As the disaster continues to evolve, the Red Cross will assess how community volunteers can best support the operation. You can sign up here to help.
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CARING CHOICES
Caring Choices is currently accepting and processing applications for medical volunteers. They are also in need N95 respirator masks to provide our volunteers upon deployment. You can donate masks to our Chico office: 1398 Ridgewood Dr, Chico, CA 95973. You can also send monetary donations to the fire efforts by mailing a check or donation online here.
Volunteer here.

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next category...

MUSIC / PERFORMANCE VENUES &/OR ORGANIZATIONS WITH MUSIC EDUCATION


Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
(the festival venue of 24 years was destroyed in the fires; they'll need lots of help to relocate and continue)
www.topangabanjofiddle.org

Grand Vision Foundation
(Warner Grand, Grand Annex, San Pedro)
www.grandvision.org

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
(Topanga Canyon, with many events & arts ed programs)
310-455-2322
www.theatricum.com

The Broad Stage (Santa Monica)
(Music, theatre, arts education & community programs)
www.thebroadstage.org

Grammy Museum, L.A.
213-765-6800
www.grammymuseum.org/givingtuesday

The Music Center, downtown L.A.
www.musiccenter.org

Muckenthaler Cultural Center
(Fullerton, museum, performance venue, arts classes)
714-738-6595
www.themuck.org

Scottish Fiddlers of California
www.scottishfiddlersofcalifornia.org
and/or
Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles
www.scottishfiddlers.org
(both provide workshops and educ programs)

Northwest Folklife, huge Seattle-based free festival
206-684-7300
www.nwfolklife.org  

Folk Alley
(24/7 multichannel online streaming Folk-Americana radio)
www.folkalley.com


Pacific Symphony
(OC based, with solid youth programs)
www.PacificSymphony.org



Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Pasadena
626-683-6801
www.bostoncourtpasadena.org



Levitt Foundation
(operates a free outdoor concert series at 10 venues across the US, including L.A. & Pasadena)
www.levitt.org



Pasadena Symphony and Pops
(performances indoors & out, and education)
www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org


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next category...

NEGLECTED ENVIRONMENTAL & WILDLIFE CHARITIES

(all these have good, solid track records)

Food & Water Watch 
202-683-2500 
www.fwwatch.org 

California League of Conservation Voters
(they're asking you to donate to fire relief charities! And they are themselves a good charity)
www.ecovote.org


Oceana
877-762-3262
www.oceana.org

Ocean Conservancy
800-519-1541
www.oceanconservancy.org

World Wildlife Fund
("Every dollar will make a difference for vulnerable wildlife and nature around the world.")
www.wwfus.org

The Trust for Public Land
800-714-LAND
www.tpl.org

National Parks Foundation
(protects what the gov't doesn't)
888-GOPARKS 
www.nationalparks.org

Earth Justice
("Because the Earth needs a good lawyer")
www.earthjustice.org

Rainforest Action Network
www.ran.org

RootsAction Education Fund
www.rootsaction.org

Sierra Club (you can designate the Angeles Chapter)
844-6-SIERRA
www.sierraclub.org

Greenpeace
800-722-6995
www.greenpeaceusa.org

Environmental Defense Fund
800-684-3322
www.edf.org

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next category...

POLITICAL / PEACE / HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS

Just Foreign Policy
(strong advocates for equitable US policy based on peace and justice, not emotion and national ego)
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/donate

California Common Cause
(Nonpartisan political reform; part of the nat'l organization)
www.commoncause.org/california

Wolf-PAC National
(working to fix our broken campaign finance system)
http://www.wolf-pac.com

American Promise
(Working for 28th Amendment to get money out of politics)
www.americanpromise.net

California Clean Money Campaign
(Working to get money, esp. "Dark Money," out of politics)
www.caclean.org

Corporate Accountability
(stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet)
www.corporateaccountability.org

SumOfUs
(a community of people around the world committed to curbing the growing power of corporations)
www.sumofus.org

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
(AIDS is still a crisis, and the US administration is trying to de-fund our part of the $4 billion spent annually by the Fund on local experts and their work)
www.theglobalfund.org

Equal Means Equal
(Working to ratify the original Equal Rights Amendment)
www.equalmeansequal.org

Americans for Tax Fairness
(working to undo the Trump-GOP tax scam that is now threatening vital services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education)
www.americansfortaxfairness.org

Everytown for Gun Safety (includes Moms Against Gun Violence)
202-630-8673
www.everytown.org

Avaaz (47-million-person global campaign network for peace & justice)
888-922-8229
www.avaaz.org

Our Revolution
(Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a $15 minimum wage)
www.ourrevolution.com

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
(Boston-based, with the richest offerings of public seminars and forums of any of the Presidential libraries)
617-514-1550
www.jfklfoundation.org

RootsAction Education Fund
(supports human rights, social justice, environmental protection, press freedom, alternatives to war)
www.rootsaction.org

Betty's Foundation
(L.A.-based foundation that uses live music to help Alzheimer's patients)
www.bettysfoundation.org
Check out their key annual event at: www.rememberthemusic.org

The Betty Effect
(NYC-based, empowers girls & women worldwide, including "LGBTQ+ people")
www.hellobetty.com

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next category...

JOURNALISM (NON-CORPORATE-CONTROLLED)

L.A. Progressive
(The only local daily progressive political forum; online)
https://www.laprogressive.com/donate/

The Progressive
(Madison, WI-based essential journalism)
www.progressive.org

The Nation Magazine
(Reports on Medicare for All, the fight for $15, student loan forgiveness, other non-mainstream news)
www.thenation.com

TYT, The Young Turks
(Cenk Uygur's daily online webcast, independent news & views)
www.tytnetwork.com

Rewire.News
("evidence-based journalism")
www.rewire.news

CounterPunch Magazine & radio, online
(25 years of meaningful muckracking)
www.counterpunch.org

FolkWorks
(L.A.-based ezine of American folk music & crafts, mixed with lots of world music)
www.folkworks.org

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Battleship Iowa
(docked as a museum, with many programs, in San Pedro)
www.pacificbattleship.com/donate

National Trust for Historic Preservation
800-944-6847
www.savingplaces.org

Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
(actively involved in architectural preservation while hosting many events with period attire & music)
http://adsla.org

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
(politics aside, supports major exhibitions at the Pres. Library & Museum in Simi, like the current "Pompeii," and last year's "Titanic")
805-522-2977
www.reaganfoundation.org

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next category...

OTHER WORTHY CAUSES

Save-a-Life Pet Rescue and Adoptions
(Mojave, CA-based no-kill animal shelter)
www.save-a-life.org

AND, there's always YOUR local "Friends of the Library"
(raises funds to put new books on the shelves)

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# 3 news feature...


Your Gift of Participation -- NOT your money, but ONE LATE AFTERNOON of your time and talent...

37th Annual Old-Fashioned L.A. Holiday Caroling Festivities -- THIS Sunday, Dec 2


Every year, the Guide supports this effort to bring holiday cheer to shut-ins. Founder Vincent Leinen starts in L.A., then hits the road to make this a national event, one community at a time between December 2nd and December 24th. 

Vincent has invited the Guide to invite YOU to take part, together with music and show biz celebrities, professional studio musicians, opera vocalists, and ordinary folks who experience the simultaneous thrill of humility, grace, and excitement to have such a grateful audience.

Thus, we extend a special invitation to support, promote, and participate in at the 37th Annual Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities on Sunday, December 2rd, 2018 at three senior care centers located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Perform 4 pm-7:30 pm -- on a modular schedule -- you may arrive / depart at your discretion, but you'll probably want to stay for all of it.

Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant (VanOwen/Fallbrook) in Canoga Park (7:30 pm-9:30 pm). Vincent has discount tix for you, because their management supports what we do.
The festivities include multiple performances at senior care centers. Some are scheduled at concurrent time slots, because that allows us to provide entertainment (happiness and healing) to more needy senior residents and their caregivers.

To balance out the large talent pool and maximize your impact on the senior residents and care givers this has a tradition of forming two separate Holiday Caroling Presentation Teams. Both teams get together afterward at the dinner.

Just call Vincent (number below) to get registered. Tell him if you play an instrument and know the chords for some carols or if you just want to sing; you'll learn which of the two teams needs you most, and receive the link for the map of your team's exact route (with driving directions) charted out by time & location. (That map can be very handy during your whirlwind performance schedule.)

Call Vincent at 818-342-9336 or C 818-429-1563.

All the details are at:

www.HolidayMusicMakingADifference.com 
or,
www.facebook.com/HolidayCaroling4Senior
This is produced in collaboration with "Giving Music-A Music Charity," with details at:

 www.GivingMusic.org

The Guide's editor and our writers have been privileged to perform with Grammy winners and nominees and music's elite over the years we have taken part.

Come out, join in, bring joy to folks who probably wouldn't have it without you, and meet your fellow performers at the dinner gathering. It's the finest way we know to get yourself in a true holiday spirit!

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Boilerplate? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

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