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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Consciousness Calendar Dec. 16 to 30: Featured Is The Tonic Of Ebeneezer Scrooge But Also There Is Job Training, A Right-Wing Political Event And Some Other Interesting Nuggets

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 16, 2015 — If the spirit of Scrooge bites this holiday season, there are more than a few chances to raise consciousness by giving.

Sure, there are workhouses and there are prisons, but time and effort — and sometimes even money — can give fight in the battle against the forces that make them necessary.

If, for example, you want to give gifts to needy children, almost every police and fire department can help you there. They will also usually give them out directly, so for those who might need the help, check with your city.

St, Mary’s Food Bank and the Salvation Army are also just two of the many service-based charities that help those who need it. If a desire to give at the holiday season ignites a long-term commitment, than all the better.

For a start, check the Salvation Army or Hands On Phoenix for a list of opportunities to give back.

Or to jump right in, head to Human Services Campus, 204 S. 12th Ave, Phoenix, at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 19 and help serve meals and pass out warm clothing to those in need. Serving will begin at 3 p.m. The organizers ask that anyone who can bring a favorite dish to share, drinks, a table and warm clothing should definitely do it. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/645514502257593/

And there is also the chance to prepare food for the homeless at the Phoenix Youth Hostel and Cultural Center, 1026 N. Ninth St., Phoenix, at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Put on, as usual, by Food Not Bombs, the group will prep until about 4:30 p.m. then go serve outside of Burton Barr Library at Hance Park by 5 p.m. For more information, visit disconnecting@riseup.net.

Happy holidays and live the life Scrooge learned from the ghosts ... before it’s too late ...

Friday, Dec. 18

AFP-AZ Arizona’s Liberty Celebration at 6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran School, 3901 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. This event is being held in order to honor local Arizona legislators and the local state government officials who have been designated as a “friend of the taxpayer.” This event will feature Arizona Sen. David Farnsworth, who will be receiving the organization’s highest award of honor. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit http://phoenix.eventful.com/events/afpaz-arizonas-liberty-celebration-phoenix-/E0-001-089061850-4.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Superstition Wilderness Trail Restoration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tonto National Forest, Mesa. This gathering will be held in order to help restore one of the most used hiking trails in the state of Arizona. Participants will need to plan for approximately a 12 mile hike and trail brushing. Trails hiked will include First Water, Boulder and Black Mesa. The organizers will not be providing food on the trip, but water will be available. For more information or to sign up, visit the event page at http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Wilderness-Stewards/events/223239027/.

Local Author of the Month: Georgia Lucas from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mesa Public Library Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Lucas taught for many years on Indian reservations and kept her promise to tell the story of those she taught. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information, call 480-644-3253 or visit the event page at http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=11491.

A group will be holding a prayer relay run beginning at 5 a.m. from Sivan Vahki (Casa Grande Ruins) to end at the base of Moahdak Do'ag (South Mountain), located near the village of Komatke. The goal of the prayer run is to, “lay blessing upon the land and to prepare ourselves for our continued battle to save our sacred mountain,” Se'eh Kih. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1808422379384395/

Sunday, Dec. 20

The Ugly Sweater Run at 10 a.m. at Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Billed as the merriest 5k run of the year, the Ugly Sweater Run is a 5k run that encourages participants to wear their festive ugly Christmas sweaters and run for charity. Participants of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun and pets are welcome as well. Contests for the ugliest sweater and best pet outfit will be held. This year’s charity is Save The Children, who will receive $5 of the proceeds from everyone who registers with that option. Registration for day of the event is $50 and $40 prior. For more information or to register for the run, visit the event page at http://theuglysweaterrun.com/locations/tempe-arizona/.

Monday, Dec. 21

Insurance and Health Care Committee from 10 to 11 a.m. at Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 201 N. Central Ave. Ste. 2700, Phoenix. This committee is meeting in order to discuss health care options for local citizens. The goal is to support strong insurance and healthcare markets that offer affordable, quality options to Arizona’s businesses and citizens. This event is open to the public. For questions contact Kathryn Nail at knail@phoenixchamber.com, 602-495-6497 or visit the event page at http://web.phoenixchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=3274.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Job Club: What’s All The Hype About Video Resumes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Phoenix Workforce Connection, 9801 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. With many industries utilizing video resumes, it can be tempting to make one, but it may not be necessary or helpful. This workshop will aim to help those looking for a job figure out if they need to make a video resume and the best way to go about it should they need to. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information, contact Jacqueline Parker at 602-256-3177 or visit the event page at https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/econdev/1013.

Thursday, Dec. 24

Current Events Discussion Group from 1 to 3 p.m at Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. This event is held weekly in order for citizens 50 years of age or older to discuss current events, politics, movies books and other relevant topics. Registration is not needed and this event is open to anyone age 50 or older that would like to attend. For more information, visit the event page at http://www.tempe.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/30074/20.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Blood Drive from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m and noon to 3 p.m. at the parking lot at 75 E. Civic Center Dr. Gilbert. The town of Gilbert will be holding a blood drive just before the new year to benefit United Blood Services and those in need. Those who donate blood that day will receive a voucher for a free “14 cheese pizza courtesy of Streets of New York Pizza. For more information, contact Melissa Brown at 480-503-6859 or visit www.BloodHero.com. Additional information can also be found on the event page at http://www.gilbertaz.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/3107/19.

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