Veterans, military and the public are invited to a free military history program at 11:15 a.m. Jan 27 at Macayo's Mexican Kitchen, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Optional $17 lunch available at 11:30 a.m. Free program at 12:30 p.m. Featured will be the story of the Baby of Bataan, the youngest prisoner of war in WWII. Joe Johnson served in both WWII and Korea. Joe was a prisoner of war and a slave laborer. The paperback edition of his book, “Baby of Bataan,” will be available at a discounted price of $15. I read the hard-cover edition many years ago and it was fascinating. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carol Culbertson at email@example.com or 602-943-7834 by Jan 23.
The Maricopa County StandDown for homeless veterans needs many volunteers. Help is needed Feb. 12-13 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, off 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoernix. Volunteers will work different shifts to help approximately 2,000 homeless and in-need veterans. This is an estimate; we have been seen increases of about 250 each year since 2008. Sign up at www.arizonastanddown.org. Not able to volunteer? Then you may make a donation at the website.
A Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemorative Observance will take place March 20-22 at Tempe American Legion Post 2, the host of the observances at 2125 S. Industrial Park Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. Please contact these numbers if interested in attending and for a complete program. For reservations for dinner on March 20, call 480-941-5258. For displays and general information, call 480-390-5638.
Spring training games, concerts and musicals are all free to veterans by registering your DD214 with www.VetTix.org. All you pay is for the postage to send the tickets to you. Venues throughout the Valley have tickets available for this great organization, which started here and now is in multiple states across the U.S.
CASS stands for Central Arizona Shelter Services, which is working with the veterans at its Human Services Campus in Phoenix. Many of the homeless living there have obtained employment. But in some cases it is in a place that has no commercial transportation, so it needs bicycles. To help, call 480-399-4467. All donations are tax-deductible.
The East Valley Young Marines recently traveled to Hawaii to attend ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thirteen members of this youth group participated in a wreath-laying at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific with 140 other Young Marines from across the country and lead the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu. If you know of a youth who wants to get into this great organization, call 480-570-4032.
The American Healing Art Foundation wants to say thanks to service members by offering a series of free art classes Jan. 21-March 18 on sketching and drawing. There are many other series, including such subjects as acrylic painting, harmonica, creative writing and many more. Contact them at 480-837-5637.
The Arizona Humanities offers free six-session poetry-writing workshops, Writing For Our Lives, starting Jan. 28 in downtown Phoenix. The instructor is Elizabeth McNeil of Arizona State University. Location is 1242 N. Central Ave. All materials and a complimentary meal will be provided at each session. Go towww.azhumanities.org or call 602-257-0335.
Reach Petty Officer Arthur G. Sloane, Coast Guard, at 480-802-6810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.