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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 5 to 19: Also Featured Is Marches For Veterans, Wage Equality, A Midtown Urban Tour And Much More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 5, 2015 — The Grand Avenue Festival 2015 will be taking place on November 14 this year and will once again make a big show of bringing the arts and the community together. The festival will be taking place appropriately along Grand Avenue from the corner of Grand and 15th Avenue, south to Polk Street.

The Grand Avenue Festival has once again joined forces with The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts for the event, making for a bigger and more grand display that is, as always, free to anyone who would like to attend.

“The Grand Avenue Festival and PAPA have similar missions of bringing the arts and community together. The combined events will be a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, small businesses, community, history and adaptive re-use of Historic Grand Avenue, as well as an audience participatory, celebratory arts parade,” said the event organizers via the event Facebook page.

Attendees are encouraged to make artistic, non-motorized floats and costumes for the PAPA parade, which is just one of the many events scheduled to take place at the festival such as the Big Top PAPA parade, the Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show, free tours of historic, vintage and adaptively re-used commercial buildings along Grand Avenue and much more.

The Grand Avenue Festival 2015 will be taking place Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with after hours taking place from 8 to 10 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the official website at, or visit the event page at

Thursday, Nov. 5

Million Mask March at 9 a.m. at Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Members of the Million Mask March movement will be meeting at the state capitol to protest against billionaires, corrupt politicians and other such entities. The group states that “The goal is justice. The method is transparency.” This event is open to any who would like to participate. For more information, visit

Friday, Nov. 6

Live & Local Charity Festival at 5 p.m. at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space Park, Phoenix. Blaze Radio is putting on this event which will kick off their third annual canned food drive which will benefit the society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Entry to the festival will be 3 non-perishable food items. Attendees can also bring 5 cans of non-perishable food items to be entered into a drawing to win a meet & greet with the bands, or a prize pack of giveaways. Artists playing include Lord Phx, Sugahbeat, Laura Walsh, Janelle Loes, Soul Country and DJ Malcolm. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 7

2015 Walk To Save Animals from 7 a.m. to noon at Tempe Beach Park, S. Mill Ave. and E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA are teaming for this year’s Walk To Save Animals, which is either a 2k or 5k walk. The pet friendly event will have tons of vendors and free stuff aside from the walk itself. Registration for the event is $35 for adults, $30 for teens and kids 12 and under are free. To register for the event, visit For more information, visit the event page at

Rally Point Arizona will host its Second Annual “22 for the 22” March and Candlelight Walk, an event that honors the men and women who have bravely served our country, and to raise awareness of the 22 Veteran suicides that occur in our country every day. Beginning early in the morning, 22 Veterans will road march 22 miles across Phoenix and into Tempe. They will reach Tempe Arts Park, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, at about 4:30 p.m., marking the beginning of the public event which will feature activities and information for all ages. A half-mile candlelight vigil walk will end at 8 p.m. at the Tempe Beach Park Veteran Memorial. For more information, visit, or

The Midtown Neighborhood Association will once again host the Midtown Urban Living Tour  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will feature some of downtown Phoenix’ Midtown-area residential buildings. Tickets and tours begin at Regency On Central, 2323 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday, Nov. 8

The Sierra Club will hold its annual picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 2439 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Longtime members and new members alike are welcome to the potluck. Restoration work will also be available. For more information and to RSVP, contact Tiffany Sprague, 602-253-9140 or

Monday, Nov. 9

Men For Arizona List from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wren House Brewing Company, 2125 N. 24th St., Phoenix. This event is calling on men to show up and voice their support for Democratic, pro-choice women candidates. Congressman Ruben Gallego will be on hand for the event. Non-member tickets for the event are $35 and member tickets are $20. Those interested can call  520-327-0520 with questions and RSVP at For more information, visit the event page at

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Education Community Conversation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, 4601 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. This event is being held in order for educated citizens of the community to come and discuss the problems facing the community and promoting solutions with civil discussion and collaboration. This event is open for those who would like to attend. To RSVP or for more information, visit the event page at

Fight For $15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space Park, Phoenix 85004. This event is being held in conjunction with groups from all around the country who will be voicing their demand for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to form a union. The event is being held in conjunction with the Center for Neighborhood Leadership (CNL) and One PHX Coalition to urge our elected leaders to support the #ONEPHXID, which would would help over 300,000 Phoenicians have valid identification. For more information, visit the event page at

Wednesday, Nov. 11

THIS PARTY OF APES! from 8:05 to 11 p.m. at Paz Cantina, 1011 N. Third St., Phoenix. This is a weekly event held by self defined “crazy liberals” who are plotting global liberation. The event offers a safe and welcome environment for political discussion with like minded individuals. There are drink and food specials available. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Sunday, Nov. 15

Fair Housing Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at Calvin Goode Building, 251 W. Washington St., 10th Floor, Phoenix. This event is being held by the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department, in conjunction with the Southwest Fair Housing Council. It is free and open to landlords, owners, property staff and tenants who wish to attend. For questions, contact the Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-7486. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Assimilating Sustainability Into Public Service from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at ASU Tempe Campus, Wrigley Hall, room 102, 800 Cady Mall, Tempe. Bob Ramsey Executive Education and the School of Sustainability are partnering to bring this seminar about sustainability in various organizations to Arizona. They will be will be discussing several community projects and the financing trends that made them possible, among other things. This interested in attending must register ahead of time. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Friday, Nov. 20

Valley Partnership’s Friday Morning Breakfast will focus on the redevelopment of Valley malls and power centers from retail to mixed use. The panel includes longstanding development leaders as well as new players in the industry. The event is expected to draw 250 professionals from the commercial development industry. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the program begins at 7:45 a.m. To register, visit For more information, contact Cecilia Riviere at 602-266-7844 or

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