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Celebrating Independents Week

June 27 Through July 5

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The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar June 17 to July 1: Featured Is A Celebration Of Local And Independent Business. Also Community Gatherings, Documentary Screenings, Food Events And More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 17, 2015 - Local First Arizona is bringing the spirit of National Independents Week to Arizona by honoring and helping to support local businesses from June 27 to July 5. This nationwide Independents Week campaign is being coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance.

The purpose of “Indie Week” is to help local consumers understand the importance of supporting local businesses. Those participating in the event can make a pledge to buy local at Those who do take the pledge will be entered in a drawing to win a Phoenix staycation package, which includes a one-night stay at the Clarendon Hotel, a $100 gift card to the Vig and admission for two to the Phoenix Art Museum.

Those planning to participate in this years Indie Week can also take advantage of some exclusive savings during the event with the Golden Coupon. The coupon can be downloaded on the Local First Arizona website and then be used at participating businesses to save 20 percent on eligible purchases. Auto repairs, home furnishing stores, boutiques, florists, restaurants, yoga studios, nurseries, and more and participating.

There will be several additional events held in tandem with Indie week including the 5th Somewhat Annual Phoenix Independents Bowl and the Independents Week Pub Crawl.

For more information, visit the event page at

Thursday, June 18

InQUEERy Summer Networking Event At Fair Trade from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N. First Ave., Phoenix. This is a social networking event for social workers, researchers, or academics invested in gender and sexual minority issues. This event is free and open to those who would like to attend. For more information, visit the event Facebook page at

Saturday, June 20

Bowling for Rhinos 2015-Phoenix Chapter AAZK from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at Let It Roll Bowl, 8941 N. 12th St., Phoenix. This annual fundraising event is held in order to help save Rhinos throughout the world. This year focuses on saving habitats in Asia and Africa. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page at

Sunday, June 21

The State of the Woman Forum from noon to 2 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 4400 S. Rural Rd., Tempe. This forum will focus on women in today's society and the important role they play. THe event will feature a variety of successful and notable women speakers. To purchase tickets for the event, vist For more information on the event, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Tuesday, June 23

Vegan Outreach At The Warped Tour In Phoenix from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Quail Run Park, 4155 E. Virginia, Mesa. Vegan Outreach is looking for volunteers to help hand out their informational flyers on vegan lifestyle at this years Vans Warped Tour. There is no need to get tickets for the event because the flyering will be done outside the event. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Thursday, June 25

Arizona Black Lives Matter from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Phillips Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Adams St., Phoenix. Chair Reverend Reginald D. Walton will be heading up this discussion which will serve as a follow up to the National Town Hall Meeting, which took place on May 30. The talk will focus on the BLM agenda as well as development of youth programs and more. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event Facebook page at

Saturday, June 27

MOMI of AZ (Mothers of Seriously Mentally Ill), advocating legislatively for treatment BEFORE tragedy! from 10 a.m. to noon at First Institutional Baptist Church, 1141 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. MOMI is not a support group but a group that is actively advocating for change in the behavioral health system. This meeting will focus on steps that can be taken towards getting a plan of action in place to get necessary changes made. This is a free event that is open to the public. For more information, visit the official Facebook page at

Sunday, June 28

Screening of Journey to the Flames: 14 Years of Burning Man from noon to 3 p.m. at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. The director of the film will also be on hand for a Q&A session. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance. For tickets, visit For more information about the event, visit the Facebook page at

Tuesday, June 30

What Is Dogma? from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Loving Hut, 3239 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. The Phoenix Philosophy Meetup Group will be meeting to discuss the subject of Dogma and what it is exactly. This event is being held in a quiet restaurant and though no purchase is necessary, no outside food or drink is allowed. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

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