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Crescent Hotel On Pi Day

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March 11 to 25: Featured Is a Summit for Bitcoin Users and Merchants, But Also Highlighted Are Committee Meetings, Healthcare Information, Democratic Women’s Protests and More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 11, 2015 - Bitcoin may not be as present in the headlines as it once was, but the fact is that it is still an accepted form of currency that is fighting for its place in the world. For supporters of Bitcoin, or those just looking to better understand what it is and how it works, the Bitcoin Summit at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel on Pi Day, March 14,  is a good place to be.

The summit is aimed at new users and merchants who have already adopted or are looking to adopt the currency as a form of payment. The event is free and open to the public, but for those looking to participate in a greater capacity than being an audience member, there are other options available.

The Full Registration Package for the summit costs $75 and includes includes deli buffet lunch, $25 in Bitcoin, $10 in event merchandise credit, various vendor incentives, gifts and more.

Bitcoin can be a bit confusing as it is a completely digital currency, unlike the U.S. Dollar, Euro or most other forms of widely accepted currency. Basically, encryption techniques are used which regulate how much Bitcoin can be generated. This is known as “Bitcoin mining.” Funds can then be transferred and the currency operates completely outside of a central banking system.

Speakers at the event will included Julian "Tuxevant" Tosh, Davi Barker, as well as Ernest and Donna Hancock.

For those interested in registering for the event or to check out the full event schedule visit the Facebook page at or the event page at

Thursday, March 12

Lower Burro Creek Wilderness Inventory from 10:30 a.m. Thursday March 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at The Kingman Field Office. This trip will be used to inventory lands in the Kingman resource area. This will be a difficult hike, so those who are not physically prepared should not attend. There will be one night of car camping and two nights of dispersed camping. For more information, visit the event page at

A community discussion on “white privilege” will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Disability Empowerment Center, conference room B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix. According to the group organizing the event, “This workshop will explore the root causes of white privilege and its impact on solving social challenges.” For more information, visit!event/2015/3/13/confronting-white-privilege-phoenix-1

Stand & Serve day at the Arizona capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include an appearance by Secretary of State Michelle Reagan, legislators and community organizations. This two-times-a-year-event will also include music, a raffle, great food and more. For additional information, please visit

Friday, March 13

Andrew Smith: The Alex Crow at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Andrew Smith will be speaking about his new book, as part of his Keep YA Weird campaign. Smith has been called the spiritual heir to Kurt Vonnegut and has won multiple awards for his work. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Saturday, March 14

Ancient Technology Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. This event invites attendees to try their hands at traditional technology such as spears and cooking methods. This event is free to the public. For more information contact the museum at 602-495-0901 or visit the event page at

Experience Ireland from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will be holding their 4th annual Experience Ireland celebration, highlighting the country’s music and culture. Music, crafts, storytelling food, dancing and more will be offered throughout the day. This is a family friendly event and is open to the public. For more information and to get tickets, visit the event page at

Local residents opposed to hunters killing captive animals — including rhinoceros and lion — will march in downtown Tempe beginning at 2 p.m. The Tempe event is being planned in conjunction with others around the globe. Organizers say the meeting place is outside of Gordon Biersch, Fifth Street and Mill Avenue in Tempe. For more information, visit

The Re-Legalize All Drugs campaign will hold a meeting beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Giant Coffee, First Street & McDowell, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 15 to Friday March 20

ASU is hosting a week-long group of activities as part of their Syria Solidarity Week 2015 event. Monday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Memorial Union South Stage, will be a mock-up of a Syrian refugee tent. Monday at 5 p.m. will be a “Walk for Syria” along Tempe Town Lake. Tuesday and Thursday, from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m., a “Draw for Syria” event will be held on Hayden Lawn. Wednesday, a screening of the film, Return to Homs will begin at 6:30 p.m. at a location yet-to-be-determined. For more activities and locations, visit

Monday, March 16

Insurance and Health Care Committee from 10 to 11 a.m. at Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 201 N. Central Ave., suite 2700, chamber boardroom, Phoenix. This meeting will be focused on helping to provide and support strong insurance markets that offer affordable and quality options for those living in Arizona. For more information contact Kathryn Nail at, 602-495-6497 or visit the event page at

Thursday, March 19

How to Use Marketing Tools to Grow Your Business from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 201 N. Central Ave., suite 2700, Phoenix. The Small Business Leadership Council (SBLC) will be presenting business owners information on how to use marketing to grow their business.  SBLC works to advocate small business through education and legislation within the chamber. Brooke Christofferson VP of Marketing and Strategy, Republic Media will be on hand to speak. For more information, visit the event page at

Gail Morris, southwest monarch study coordinator and the leading monarch conservation specialist in Arizona and the Southwest, will discuss her life’s work at noon at Arizona State University, Tempe. RSVPs are required and can be completed at

Friday, March 20

NOH8, the worldwide movement for human rights is having an open photo shoot at the W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, from 5 to 8 p.m. Founder and photographer Adam Bouska will take photos for $40 for a single and $25 per person for groups. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 21

Conservation Workdays With Audubon Arizona from 7 to 11 a.m. at Rio Salado Audubon Center, 1405 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Those looking to help make a difference in their community and to benefit wildlife can attend this event. Activities will include preparing a garden, cleaning the riverbed, creating a bird habitat and more. For more information, visit the event page at

American Political Items Show, Sale and Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., Phoenix. Collectors and dealers from around the country will be on hand to display and auction their various American political items. Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to bring in their own items for a free evaluation and appraisal. Attendees can also have their items auctioned live at the event. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Tuesday, March 24

Democratic Women in Blue from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m at Arizona State Capitol, 1700 West Washington St., Phoenix. Women from around the state will be gathering in order to have their voices be heard and to learn from one another at the Arizona State Capitol. Various speakers will be on hand to give speeches and hold panel discussions throughout the day. Continental breakfast will be served in the morning and food trucks will be on hand in the afternoon. For more information and for the full event schedule visit the event page at

Tuesday, March 25

An official launch event for Arizona Women’s Education and Employment’s new business center, “InnovateHer 2015: Innovating for Women Business Challenge,” will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at MonOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. For more information, visit, call 602-223-4333 in Phoenix or 928- 778-3010 in Northern Arizona.

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