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Begins April 11

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Featured Is An Annual Festival For The LGBTQ Community But Also Included Are Ways To Raise Money For Charity, Help The Homeless And An Earth Day Celebration


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 8, 2015 - The 35th annual Phoenix Pride Festival will be taking over Steele Indian School Park, Central Avenue and Indian School Road, for two days on April 11 and 12, celebrating the people of the area’s LGBTQ community with food, fun and live entertainment.

Mainstream support for the LGBTQ community has been lately, as more states reverse discriminatory actions, and that support has mirrored the activities and support of Phoenix Pride. Last year, the event had more than 50 sponsors that included local businesses and corporations.

The festival features entertainment — including five stages that will showcase 150 performances over the two-day period, including a performance from 1980s pop stars Wilson Phillips.

The Phoenix Pride Festival is taking place April 11 and 12 at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix from noon to 9 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased at starting at $15 per day. For more information and event details, visit the Phoenix Pride Facebook page at
or the official website at

Thursday, April 9

Support Dr. Sue Sisley and Veterans with PTSD at 8 a.m. at ASU Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave Tempe. Dr. Sue Sisley has done research on veterans with PTSD and a combat veteran is supporting her at ASU with a reading of his letter to the ASU Board of Regents. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information visit the Facebook page at

Saturday, April 11

I-HELP Walk For The Homeless from 7 to 10 a.m. at Kiwanis Park South Soccer Fields,
6111 S. All American Way, Tempe. This is a walkathon to help benefit homeless in Arizona. To register for the event, visit More information is available on the events Facebook page at

Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona from 10 a.m. to noon at ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1100 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe. This annual discussion on how Arizona can use alternatives to the death penalty will be taking place at ASU with a keynote speech from U.S. Rep. Ron Barber. This event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit the event page at

Tuesday, April 14

No More Deaths meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. The No More Deaths group seeks to end the deaths that occur at the United States/Mexico border. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Speed Networking from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 3 S. Second St, Phoenix. Those looking to network in their community but find themselves short on time can come to this event that is designed to help people connect quickly. The event organizers recommend bringing at least 100 business cards. For more information contact Andrea Thomas at, 602-495-2198 or visit the event page at

Wednesday, April 15

Politics in Tolkien: What We Can Learn From Hobbits from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Arizona State University Innovation Gallery, 900 Cady Mall, Tempe. Dr. Tom Shippey, who reviews science fiction for the Wall Street Journal, will be giving a talk and leading a discussion on the politics of author J.R.R Tolkien. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Friday, April 17 Through Sunday April 19

5th Annual Human Rights @ ASU Film Festival at ASU College of Law, 1100 S. McAllister Ave, Tempe. The Human Rights @ ASU Film Festival will be showcasing a number of films on the topic as well as harboring discussions on the topic. This event is open to the public. To register for the event or to get tickets to films, visit the event page at

Saturday, April 18

Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. The Phoenix Zoo will be joining more than 100 other zoos and aquariums across the country in order to create the worlds largest Earth Day celebration. All of the days activities will be included with the zoo’s general admission price. For more information visit the event page at

Monday, April 20

4/20 Rally to End the War On Drugs at 2:10 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza, 251 W. Washington St., Phoenix. This event is being held in order for citizens to voice their protest with the War on Drugs. Those attending are encouraged to bring signs, loudspeakers and anything else that can help to make your voice heard. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit the events Facebook page at

Tuesday, April 21

US Department of Labor: Women's Bureau Pregnancy Discrimination Roundtable with Arizona Foundation for Women from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Beatitudes, 1610 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix. This event will be discussing discrimination issues, specifically pregnancy discrimination. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information, visit the events Facebook page at

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