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Charity Wings Moving

Charity Wings: Looking for our Forever Home


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Deadline December 31, 2017


We have not found our forever home yet. 

We have an interim location to continue our classes and programs at the Park View Community Room in San Marcos thanks to a generous supporter, Ginger Hitzke. We are so grateful and more information on this will be available soon.

So without a new space to move to, we will be selling just about everything in the center. CLICK HERE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE ITEMS.  The sale will begin on December 15th with $20 Fill-A-Bag from 12- 5pm. on the 16th from 10-5pm $20 for two bags. 251 North City Dr. #127. San Marcos, CA 92078 PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR LOCAL FRIENDS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY PERFECT FOR EDUCATORS!


What happened?

Charity Wings Inc. is ready for it’s next adventure.  Over the past 11 years we have served as an Umbrella Fundraising Entity and two Art & Craft Centers. Now we are being challenged with another move before the end of the year. Yes, we need to move The Center again.  Our amazing benefactors have found tenants at The QUAD where we have called home for the past 3 years.  It was always the agreement that we would move when the place filled and the time has finally come. We are so grateful for the generosity they have shown us in our current location as well as the space we originally occupied just 100 yards away.  Urban Villages Inc. has allowed us to build a foundation for this much needed resource for the community.

Where will we go?

We are busy looking for our new home. Ideally, it would be an open space with an office, bathroom, and storage. We also need a sink for cleaning art supplies which we can have installed. 3000 sq ft is what we are utilizing right now but we could possibly downsize to about 2000 sq ft. Uncarpeted space would be ideal as crafting is a messy activity!  Windows or roll up doors are necessary as there’s a need for natural lighting. Access to an outdoor area with tables would be great as our guests often have lunch as part of their time with us and it’s nice to be able to sit outside – it is California after all! We are looking to stay in North San Diego County. We are hoping for another benefactor to believe in the community’s need for the Center and to understand how the programs offered activate and vitalize an area. The Center attracts people of all ages and demographics who are perfect to become customers of other businesses in the area!  We are hoping for free rent but if not, something VERY VERY cheap! ($800 or less inclusive of additional fees)

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What are we fundraising for?  

We will need funds to carry us through the 4-6 month transition period.  We have promised our landlord to be out as close to the end of the year as possible. Here are our challenges:

  1. This means that we are pressed for this move to happen over the holidays.  Normally a busy time at the Center with holiday crafting events.  As we are focusing on selling and donating supplies, cleaning out the studio and packing it up, there will come a point, in the near future, when we will be unable to host classes, private parties and open studio. Presently these events fund the majority of our operating budget.
  2. Planning the move also means we will have less time to plan our fundraising events for the organization which is the majority of what allows us to operate.
  3. We will have to miss one of our key fundraising opportunities in January, our livestreaming event at Creativation Tradeshow. We have hosted this event for 8 years but it takes an incredible amount of planning and event and volunteer coordination and we will need our volunteers to help with the move so we have decided it is best to skip this year. The winter livestream show funds 2 months of operations each year.
  4. Moving a 3000 sq. ft. studio with a ceramics studio, metalsmithing studio, tables, chairs, shelving, artwork and not to mention art supplies, will require lots of volunteer hours because it is a complete move. We provide meals and water for volunteers.
  5. Charity Wings is almost 100% volunteer run and packing and selling will leave us with worn out volunteers so we will likely be required to hire movers to help. 
  6. Memberships bring in about 1/4 of our operating budget each month. During the transition, some members may ask to pause their memberships. 
  7. Moving is hard financially on any business. People have a hard time finding their way to you again even if you move next door. There will be marketing expenses involved in getting our place up and running again. 

Why should you support? We will not exist without YOUR help!

Charity Wings Art & Craft Center is a gathering place. Not only for artists and crafters but for people seeking community. In this age of digital overload and disconnect, we provide a space for human interaction and diverse cultural experiences.  The center hosts and participates in events for literally thousands of guests each year. This is a safe place, a place without judgement where anyone and everyone can explore creative expression openly. Every community needs a place like this. We are the first: we are hoping to blaze a trail, spread our wings and open gathering places such as this in cities all over the country. It is imperative that Charity Wings survive this transition. As North County has grown, evolving from a collection of small beach cities and rural farmlands to a vital education and innovation hub, places like this bring hope during times of uncertainty and growth. 

Please share this campaign!

If you have gotten this far and understand the need for Charity Wings to continue to run and Art & Craft Center, there are three things you can do to help!

  1. Share this campaign youcaring.com/CharityWings on your social media, newsletters, colleagues and friends. Please use these hashtags #charitywings #giveuswings #art4good
  2. Donate! We have served almost 100 different charities and causes over the past 11 years. People tell us all the time how important Charity Wings is. They tell us how much they believe in what we do and admire the mission. If you believe like we do, that Charity Wings must exist, Please donate today and Give us Wings and A Place to Gather! 
  3. Contact us if you have a location that we can call home.  info@charitywings.org or Elena Lai Etcheverry 619-850-3777 

Thank you for your generous support!

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Intuitive Heart Journaling

Intuitive Heart Journaling

First Wednesday of Every Month

6 PM – 9 PM

Begins October 5th
Join in any time!

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Intuitive He(Art) Journaling is a women’s group focusing on nurturing our whole selves – body, mind, & spirit – through a process of visual journaling, introspection & one-on-one coaching. Together, we will draw on the healing power of creative self-expression, creating a space of loving compassion for ourselves within a supportive community of women.

In addition to rediscovering the magic of creative play, these process-oriented classes offer new tools and skills for deepening your relationship with yourself, rediscovering your dreams, and improving your relationships with others. Along the way, you’ll be guided through powerful visual journaling and self-discovery techniques, enabling you to quiet the inner critic, access your deepest wisdom, develop your inner vision, and heal your heart.

What To Bring:

  • A visual journal. If you don’t already own one, the following are all good options: Moleskine watercolor notebook, Dylusions Creative Journal, or Strathmore Mixed Media journal. (Page size is a personal preference, but if you’re just starting out, we recommend a minimum size of 8x10”).
  • A black fine-tipped marker (Sharpie offers a good, inexpensive option.)
  • Optional: A white fine-tipped pen (Sharpie paint pen or Uniball Signo gel pen are both good options.)
  • Optional: separate journal for writing observations and insights
  • All other supplies will be provided.  (You are welcome to bring any of your favorite mediums or personal supplies that you’d like to use.)

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$10 for non members 

Nicole Garnet

Nicole Garnet


Nicole Garnet is a self-taught mixed media artist and Certified Martha Beck Life Coach.

A few years ago, her world was cracked open, and she returned to her childhood love of art making as a way to process her experience. Through her own healing journey, she discovered her passion for helping other women access the power of their intuitions and heal their hearts, through a combination of visual journaling and coaching techniques. You can find her online at www.goldenhourcoaching.com.


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How To Draw A Classic Face

How To Draw A Classic Face

With James Hebert

OCT 21
6 PM – 9 PM

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw a basic woman’s face for your creative projects. In this 3 hour class, you will learn the same rules taught in NY fashion schools, for drawing faces on fashion croquis (models). You will be totally amazed at your ability to follow some simple steps to drawing a precise face every time. After you have mastered the proportions you can get creative and make it your own.

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James Hebert

James Hebert


James originally started out as a self-taught home sewer as a way to make inexpensive surf trunks. Eventually he learned the art of pattern making and began sewing professionally for a backpack company in Southern California. As well, he continued with apparel design by making special occasion dresses for private clientèle. After receiving a design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, he has continued working in the Outdoor Gear Industry, freelancing illustrations for fashion textbooks and making one-of-a-kind prototypes for inventors.


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Creative Crop


Creative Crop
Come Crop The Day Away With Us!

Every other month on the 3rd Saturday 9 am till 9 pm

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Bring your scrapbooking, mixed media, mosaic or any other craft project to our Creative Crop! Spend 12 hours crafting, chatting and having a great time with like-minded friends. Sizzix Machines, cutting tools and tons of supplies will be available for your use while at the Art Center.

Everything in the studio is here for you to use! That includes paper, adhesive, embellishments, sewing machines, and more!

2017 Dates:
June 17
Aug 19
Oct 21
Dec 16

-12 hours of fun and creativity
-5 foot table
-Lunch (please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions)
-Make and takes, prizes and giveaways

Please bring your own snacks and drinks. We have a fridge, microwave, and Keurig Coffee Maker.

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Socially Engaged Playwriting


10 Week Course
9 sessions and 1 performance

Beginning Thursday, September 29th
6pm – 8pm

Final Performance Thursday, December 1st 6pm

Members $100 | Non-Members $150

Appropriate for ages 11-90 years old

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“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place.
It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.”
~Stella Adler

Join socially engaged artist and educator Carol Cabrera for a workshop exploring your own identity, your place in the social world that we live in and your capacity to imagine a new, different, magical, better world. This 10 week workshop will include an introduction to playwriting, explorations of issues that we are interested in, time to create your writing, and space for us to come together as a collective to celebrate and critique that writing. The workshop will conclude in a public reading of the work created by professional actors from the San Diego community.

Week 1: Who am I? What is my identity? What stories do I bring to the table?

Week 2: Where do I exist in the world? Where is my place? What social issues do I see that need attention? What do I see in the world that could be re-imagined? What do I see in the world that needs critique, conversation and dialogue?

Week 3: What is possible in the world? How can I imagine new possibilities? How can I imagine alternate places, people and situations? How can I create a story that speaks with the world? In Class Writing Time and 1 on 1 meetings with Carol

Week 4: Collective Critique Workshop

Week 5: Collective Critique Workshop

Week 6: How do people receive my work? What did I write that worked? What did I write that didn’t come out the way I imagined it to? How can I make my work better? How does my writing change when people are playing the characters?

Week 7: How is my work in dialogue with the world around me? How can allow the audience to speak back to the work?

Week 8: In Class Writing Time and 1 on 1 meetings with Carol

Week 9: Final plays (for now!) due for print, Celebration of Work, Final Collective Critique, Look at headshots/resumes of actors and choose actors for each of our pieces

Week 10: Saturday Performance Open to the Public

Members $100
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Non Members $150






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