OCTOBER – the power month of celebrating good values!

As we head into our next election cycle, we have the opportunity to pause and celebrate values, those we wish to live by. We all have been moving so fast these last years, isn’t it worth the time to stop and ponder – what is it all about? What IS life all about? And who have been the examples providing us all inspiration?

The month of October offers powerhouse birthdays in our age, beginning with October 1 which is the day of President Jimmy Carter’s 95th birthday, our oldest president ever, one who has shown us the value of living with humility, kindness and vision – a peace keeper.

There are also more birthdays to celebrate!

October 1  –  President Jimmy Carter – a birthday to kick off the month long celebratory tributes of good values and those who inspire the rest of us to remember what why life is worth living!

October 9  – April Peebler – Founder of Heirs to our Oceans! A powerhouse woman who has been an activist all her life, she’s more recently founded the ocean youth movement Heirs to our Oceans.

October 9  –  John Lennon – IMAGINE – what else can one say that has not been said? ”

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do . . .

October 10  –  Peter Coyote – life long activists who today encourages activists not to fight, but to create a new world and invite others into that better world.

October 13Angela Alioto – Angela comes from a powerhouse San Francisco Family and has stood for civil rights, health and so much more. She is the face of San Francisco for so many people who remember San Francisco as the City with the Heart. Alioto has also written a book about her experiences in San Francisco politics, entitled Straight to the Heart.

October 27 – Kathleen Russell – Executive Director of Center for Judicial Excellence. CJE has worked tirelessly to educate lawmakers at the local, state and national levels about the impacts of the family court crisis on their constituents.

October 30  – Jose Neto – A Brazilian guitarist, composer and musical director, who has worked and supported the tops, including Harry Belafonte (life long activist and colleague of MLK) and Steve Winwood, along with his own bands Fourth World and The Netoband – with a powerful spirit of collaboration, peace and humility . .  . AND he used to jam with George Harrison. His electric music can wake souls into the living and get us all dancing!

Are there more? Let us know so we can induct them into the official “Jimmy Carter Jamboree” events for the month of October!

The Jimmy Carter Jamboree, grassroots celebrations, was inspired by Bob Dylan’s Musicares Award Ceremony. Dylan invited President Jimmy Carter to deliver the award and Carter’s speech started to make history – “Musicians have far greater power than any President of the United States.”

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EVENTS LINING UP! October 1-5, 2019

Carter Jamboree 2019 – Carter turns 95!

Time to celebrate a great leader!
Grassroots action full tilt for the Rock’n Roll President !

Write to us and let us know what your public or private events are and we’ll post and share with The Carter Center!

October 1, 7-8pm
Marin TV, San Rafael, CA.

Special live, audience attended, broadcast in tribute to President Jimmy Carter’s 95th birthday. Birthday cake to share! Seating begins at 6:30pm. RSVP HERE. FREE EVENT.
(Donations will be accepted and sent to The Carter Center.)


October 4, 7-10pm – Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito, CA.

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Music, Latin dancing and dinner. Fundraiser for The Carter Center (remember, Carter spoke Spanish and insisted on always speaking Spanish, out of respect, to leaders of Latin America, even if he spoke with a southern y’all twang.) RSVP HERE



Honorary Guests include Michael Stocker of Ocean Conservation Research, April Peebler of Heirs to Our Oceans, Larry Bragman, Human Rights Youth Activist Alex Coe, and special announcement from The State of California!




October 5, Fairfax Roastery, Fairfax, CA


SamaraiWolf plays a tribute at Fairfax Roastery (SamaraiWolf has played every year for the last three in tribute to Carter). Come for coffee and sign the birthday book for Carter!

The Fairfax Roastery
4 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA 94930

(The Great 2015 Speech with CARTER and DYLAN: Carter said “musicians have more  power than any head of state at the 2015 Musicares Award Ceremony”)


You have an idea for a celebrations? CREATE THE EVENT AND SHARE WITH US! We’ll post and share the good energy!



October 1 – Carter turns 95! Let’s Celebrate!

On October 1, 2017 a small but mighty group collected on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. A plane was creating a heart in the sky in tribute to the final day of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love celebrations. That day also marked President Jimmy Carter’s 93rd birthday and we were there to celebrate and launch the first “Jimmy Carter Jamboree” week with a line up of grassroots events of music, talks and public access television broadcasting, including the screening of the Swiss made film, A Road Not Taken at the Showcase Theater with the Swiss filmmakers who flew in for the events.

Carter has been called by historians the last president of the 60s era, one who lived by the ethos of what the people stood for and were willing to create in what some called the Age of Aquarius  – unity, kindness and generosity, along with iconic music that continues to play today. Imagine was one . . . a song that allows to dream big and be inspired. “Imagine all the people living in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

This year, 2019, President Jimmy Carter turns 95 years old, the oldest living president who has worked his entire life demonstrating to all of us how to live a humble but meaningful life. He was visionary and was thrown under the proverbial bus during his administration. Hindsight is 20/20 vision and we have the opportunity NOW to thank him and demonstrate not just to Carter but to all politicians who represent American interests to conduct business with honesty, integrity and vision, how we will celebrate them. Let’s show the light of what we want and light a candle, and in this case, 95 of them.

For three years now Marin County has established a platform, a grassroots level, for everyone to create their own celebration. We have a Facebook page, a website and ideas for you to join in the fun. Let’s give Carter a great public celebration now and let him know his speeches of “Crisis of Confidence” is screaming today across our country.

Perhaps the 60s era was just practice. It’s time now for the Age Aquarius, an age of peace and harmony. Imagine. Just imagine. Get inspired!

EVENTS IN MARIN COUNTY (check back soon – events are building!). Write to us and let us know what your public or private events are and we’ll post and share with The Carter Center!

October 1, 7-8pm – Marin TV, San Rafael, CA; Special live, audience attended, broadcast in tribute to President Jimmy Carter’s 95th birthday. Birthday cake to share with public.

October 4; 7-10pm – Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito. Music, Latin dancing and dinner. Fundraiser for The Carter Center (remember, Carter spoke Spanish and insisted on always speaking Spanish, out of respect, to leaders of Latin America, even if it had a southern twang.

October 5; 6am to 3pm – SamaraiWolf plays a tribute at Fairfax Roastery, Fairfax, CA (SamaraiWolf has played every year for the last three in tribute to Carter). Come for coffee and sign the birthday book for Carter.

And I’m a dreamer AND believer. Are you? Join the fun with a smile on your face!
Barbara McVeigh



The Beat of Musicians. . . and Our Own Hearts

Flora Purim @ Paul Masson Jazz Festival, Saratoga CA 1981;
© 2010 Brian McMillen; contact brianmcmillen@hotmail.com

Let’s get inspired for an international celebration for President Jimmy Carter’s 95th Birthday
October 1, 2019.

Let’s show our political leaders how we honor our honest, generous and peaceful leaders.

Perhaps it was in an interview I heard with the Brazilian Queen of Jazz, Flora Purim, who said it first – “we are all musicians. In the beginning of life we start with a beat, our own heart beat. Then we gain our voices. We are all musicians.”

We got a start these past two years celebrating Carter in Marin County where those who still have beating hearts came together, defying all logic, to highlight the former American president who is considered the Rock’n Roll President, one who had vision and has demonstrated compassion and worked toward peace all his life. The Town of Fairfax even issued an official proclamation.


I got to know Musicians Steve Wolf and Mason Holcomb at a little cafe in Fairfax, one of our last great hippy towns in Marin County. I listened to their words and it was like I heard  the last threads of what some could call a passionate calling for humanity which we could use to stitch ourselves back together. Their band SamaraiWolf could put that howl back into our own voices and really get our hearts thumping again.

The Dream Farmers

Randall Sequeria and The Dream Farmers came a long distance to play for a humble crowd. “I’ve lived a good life and need to give.” I heard Randall Sequeira say. They played their hearts out as they do for many human rights and social justice events, reminding us what’s important and what we all should be dancing to.

So, there’s this idea in this point in time when our country and planet are about to fall apart –  invest in our musicians, our artists, those who remind us of our humanity, those who help get us dancing and connected in “real time,” in close connection, where we can  remind ourselves what life is and should be about. And be mindful that we are all artists who can craft our future, listening to  our beating hearts and our voices, if we allow ourselves to do the job.

Now is the time to move to the age of “Human Investment” instead of Stock Market/gadget gambling – to put our trust and conviction into helping other humans. Let’s help each other rise to each other’s dreams, their music, their art . . . and enter the Age of Art and Humanism at a time we need it most.

And there’s this – we ALL benefit from this type of investment when we get to be reminded of our own heartbeats and the power of our voices.


– Written by Barbara McVeigh.
A tribute to the Carter event will be aired on Marin TV in February in honor of Presidents’ Day 2019.


We wrapped up our final Carter Jamboree event on Sunday at the Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito with a table discussion of human rights and social justice issues on Marin County.

With music, food and great conversations, thank you to everyone who participated this year in the 2018 Jimmy Carter Jamboree events, with special appreciation to the Town Council of Fairfax, CA for issuing the proclamation of support! We’ll have more inspiration next year!




Seahorse gathering

Jimi Five!

Be a rebel of peace and kindness!
Producer, Barbara McVeigh

The Town of Fairfax, California issues a Proclamation!

The Town of Fairfax, California issues a proclamation honoring President Jimmy Carter. Thank you for the inspiration of great leadership for his 94th birthday – and celebrate the events lining up on Marin TV, celebrations and peace/human rights gatherings scheduled for the week in Marin County, California!

October 1-8 Celebrate President Jimmy Carter!

Time to celebrate a great leader!
Grassroots action full tilt for the Rock’n Roll President !

The Town of Fairfax, California issues a proclamation to come celebrate a leader who has stood for honesty, kindness and generosity!


Sun, Sept 30, 9pm
Marin Artists Showcase on Marin TV!

Marin County’s longest running television program (since 1976!) presents The Jimmy Carter Tribute on the eve of his 94th birthday on Marin TV.



Tues, Oct 2, 7pm
People’s Environmental News

Carter is the Father of the Solar Age. TUNE IN! We will also share Robert Redford’s 1980 film The Solar Film. Special guest Tom Strumolo is one of the original 1979 Carter roof top solar installers and today continues the solar business.  Marin TV.


Wed, Oct 3, 5:30pm-11pm
RSVP. FREE! Kick off Party!

Celebrate Jimmy Carter, the Rock ‘n Roll President.  Dream Farmers headline at 19th Broadway in Fairfax (where fairness and facts are celebrated). (Over 21 only). We’ll be collecting donations for The Carter Center.
A teaser  – The Circle by the Dream Farmers!

Local favorites SamaraiWolf start the music at 7pm.

Sign the birthday book by artist Michael Feldman.  Food starts at 5:30. Open mic starts at 5:30! Thanks to Good Earth Natural Foods and Honey Moon Ice cream for their sponsorship.

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Fri, Oct 5, 5-8pm

Peri’s Bar in Fairfax, CA
Otis Scarecroe makes a special tribute to President Jimmy Carter with his best acoustic  tunes. Otis is a local favorite has stories about Carter. Time to to tune in! (Over 21 only)



Sunday, October 7 RSVP

Human Rights Gathering
2-4pm: Presenters, Finger food &
birthday cake
4pm: Salsa lesson
5pm: Dance till you drop!
WHERE: Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito, CA
COST: $20 -$35 sliding scale

Proceeds will be donated to The Carter Center which promotes democracy and human rights globally.

Special Guests include Gina Fromer, Commissioner of Human Rights Commission of Marin County and the following:


Mischa Geracoulis
is a writer/researcher/editor and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mischa writes about social justice, human rights, child welfare, peace and capacity building, and the multifaceted human condition. Mischa attended the Carter Center’s recent, annual Human Rights Defenders Forum in Atlanta, Georgia and will report on the event


Curtis Reliford is executive director and Jefferson Award recipient with  Follow Your Heart Action Network. Since 2005, he has been travelling the United States helping the most vulnerable, including Katrina victims, Indigenous people and others. His dream is to arouse compassion in two percent of  Americans to come to the aid of the people in need across the US.




Alex Coe, age 13, has been a member of Marin County’s Human Rights Youth Commission for three years on sub-committees Racial Equity (Social Justice), Housing committee and food justice. She’s played the violin since she was 4 and has been acting and playing music for a number of different theatre companies in Marin.   . Alex has taken on the topic of affordable housing in Marin County. She loves to read, dance (ballet, hip hop). She recently presented before the County Board of Supervisors – inequity of housing.


Larry Bragman  has served on the Fairfax Town Council since 2003 and has served two terms as Mayor. He is a tireless public servant. He is the chair of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority, a director of the Marin Telecommunications Authority, a board member of the Community Media Center of Marin, the Fairfax representative to the Transportation Authority of Marin and a member of the Fairfax Tree Committee and Affordable Housing Committee. Larry has been practicing civil and criminal law since 1982. He served as president of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association. He created and fostered sister city relationship with the Nobel Prize nominee Peace Community in Colombia  and co-sponsor of Fairfax’s Food Pantry.


Barbara McVeigh is the producer of the event and has been a very strong advocate for environmental and human rights issues. She recently returned from the 2020 Vision Conference in Sacramento and will give updates on the growing peace and human rights moment in California, as our state prepares to take a visionary lead politically, socially and spiritually in the year 2020.


Special NOTE:
Jimmy will be available for dancing in his best cardboard form. And we have a birthday book for all to sign!

Music by the famed Peruvian Julio Bravo!

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Did you know . . .  Jimmy spoke Spanish and gave all his speeches in Latin America in Spanish as a sign of respect? Well, if you didn’t know before, now you do!

Here’s a speech Carter gave in Cuba! Check it out! Yes, in Spanish with a southern twang! And who was in the audience? We’ll let you figure that one out yourself. Carter is a true diplomat.