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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:
Consciousness Calendar March 23 to April 6: Free Movies For Prop 123, A “Chill” Hacker Meetup, Celebrations Of Beer And Extraterrestrials Are Just A Few Of The Consciousness-Raising Events In The Phoenix Metro


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 24, 2016 — Child sex trafficking is a major problem throughout the country, and notably in Arizona, but the topic does not always garner large headlines unless major events like the Super Bowl bring it into the public consciousness. But, the truth is child sex trafficking is a year round issue.

According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, children are the most sought after sex trafficking victim demographic and the average age of entry into the sex trade is 14 years old. In order to combat the problem, the Child Sex Trafficking Awareness Forum will be held on Tuesday, March 29. Participants at the event will learn from subject matter experts and gain the knowledge and resources available for children who may be at risk and those who are victims of child sex trafficking.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Arizona Community Foundation, 2201 E. Camelback Road, suite 405B in Phoenix. Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, will be the guest speaker. Others speaking include Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, associate professor of Social Work Arizona State University and Director of ASU’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research and Chris Panneton, prevention coordinator of the Southwest Family Advocacy Center.

To learn more or register for the free event, go to

Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27

Southwest Military Transport Show at the AHMTA and Commemorative Air Force Museum,  2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa. The museum will host this annual military vehicle show and static aircraft display starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. There will also be a swap meet, food, collectibles, parts, vendors, vehicle displays and judging and a  plastic model contest. The Arizona Historical Military Transport Association is sponsoring this event. For more information, go to

Tuesday, March 29

The 2016 Beyond Annual Lecture with Nick Lane at 7 p.m. at Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Neeb Hall, 920 S. Forest Mall, Tempe. Lane’s topic is, as the saying goes, out of this world:  “The sex of aliens:  Would life on other planets be anything like us?” Lane is a professor of evolutionary biochemistry at University College London and author of four award-winning books on the origins of life,  including  The Vital Question. For ASU parking info, go to For general info on the free event or to RSVP go to

Wednesday, March 30

"Latino Voters in the 2016 Election Cycle” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the South Mountain Community College Library, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix. The event will focus on open primaries, the Latino youth vote, voter registration, voting rights and legislative action. Martha Maurer, KTAR assistant news director, will moderate. Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials, will give the keynote speech. To learn more, go to

Wednesday, March 30 - Thursday, March 31

WaterNow Alliance Inaugural Summit from 11 a.m. on March 30 to 4:30 p.m. on March 31 at Arizona State University Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. Water leaders, innovators and experts will gather for this two-day summit on advancing water solutions in communities across the West, according to organizers. Early registration is encouraged, especially for those out of state can who take advantage of available funding for travel costs. For more details or to register, visit

Friday, April 1

Arizona Bicycling Summit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mesa Convention Center, Building C, 263 N. Center St, Mesa. Bike advocates and public representatives will be on hand during this forum, held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Various city government representatives and Bob Beane, CAzB president, will give presentations. For those who cannot peddle over and need to drive: Parking is free in the garage east of the convention center. Registration fees start at $25; to learn more, go to

Friday, April 1 to Monday, April 4

American Indian Student Art Show & Sale at Heard Museum, 2031 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Called one of the few national events celebrating the achievements of young native American artists, the show and sale will offer a selection of artwork for viewing and purchase. Visitors can check out more than 400 works of art by students in grades 7 through 12. To learn more, go to

Saturday, April 2

The Great Arizona Beer Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa. Get those steins ready. This festival will allow beer fans to try some 200 craft brews (including those from Arizona). There will also be food, tunes, various activities and vendors. All proceeds will benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, which broadcasts the reading of printed material to people who cannot read or hold print material due to a disability. Tickets cost between $10 and $85. To purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 3

Phoenix Pride Festival from noon to 9 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Described as a two-day celebration designed to bring Phoenix’s LGBTQ and allied communities “together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration,” the festival features more than 150 entertainment performances on five stages and more than 300 exhibitors. Tickets range from $15 to $75; to purchase them or learn more, go to Pride Festival.

Luke Air Force Base 2016 Air Show at 9 a.m. at Luke Air Force Base, 14185 Falcon Street, Luke AFB. This year’s theme is “75 Years of Airpower.” Attendees can watch aerial acts like the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Jack Links’ Screamin’ Sasquatch, an array of static displays, both modern and historic, and meet Airmen who carry out the Luke mission of “training the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 pilots.” Admission is free For more information on the show and parking, go to

Saturday, April 2

“A Bit of Africa in Phoenix” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 3050 N. 38th Circle, Phoenix. East African culture and food is the focus of this event. Congolese refugees will also speak on their country’s needs and opportunities. Mending the Soul is sponsoring this event; attendees should RSVP by March 30.  For details, go to

Arcades for Autism Control from 5 to 11 p.m. at StarFighters Arcade, 4840 East Jasmine St., #102, Mesa. Play old-school video games and pinball while helping those dealing with autism. Along with food, there will be photo opportunities with the Arizona Ghostbusters and Mandalorian Mercs and a raffle. StarFighters will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Light It Blue for Autism Day. More details can be found at

Advancing Sustainability from 7 to 9 p.m. in Arizona State University’s Cronkite Building, 555 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. Speakers on this topic will include Colin Tetreault, faculty associate and manager of sustainability at Arizona State University, and Mark Hartman, chief sustainability officer for the City of Phoenix. To learn more, go to

Sunday, April 3

Mesa's Main Street Neon by Night starting at 6 p.m. at Park and Ride Price Freeway, 2235 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. Marshall Shore, “the Hip Historian,” and Vic Linoff of the Mesa Preservation Foundation will host a guided bus tour of Mesa's main drag.  People can view and photograph Mesa’s famed signs like the one at Kiva Motel.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arizona Vintage Sign Coalition and restoration of the Watson's Flower Shop sign. The event costs $35. For a map and more details at Mesa's Main Street Neon by Night or Mesa's Main Street Neon by Night Guided Bus Tour.

Mesa Adventure Challenge starting at 11 a.m. at the Mesa Convention Center’s Rendezvous Park, 263 N. Center St, Mesa. Here’s how it goes: Two to four people (anyone 12 and older) will set out on an adventure filled with clues and some physical challenges. The race is around 8 to 12 miles long; teams may use bicycles. Registration is $30. To learn more, go to Cyclomesa or

Monday, April 4

“Human Rights and Humanitarianism: Distinctions With or Without a Difference?” lecture at noon featuring Michael Barnett in Room 135 of Arizona State University West Hall, 1000 S. Cady Mall, Tempe. Barnett is a professor at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and an author. He is considered one of the world's leading authorities on humanitarianism.  To register for the free event, go to

National Tribal Planners Roundtable & Strategic Planning Session from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maricopa Association of Governments building, Suite 300, 302 North 1st Ave., Phoenix. Topics will include tribal tourism for Indian Country, transportation planning, and zoning regulations. Registration is limited to 100 people. For more information, call 970-946-3151 or go to

Tuesday, April 5

HackerNest Phoenix April Tech Social from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Amazon, 40 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Described as a way to connect with local tech fans in a “chill, friendly, unpretentious, agenda-free (no sales pitch, yo) atmosphere,” HackerNest is a free event sponsored by Amazon. Although admission is free, a donation is requested. Learn more by going to HackerNest Phoenix April Tech Social.

Wednesday, April 6

Raleigh’s Lost New World lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Pima Auditorium at the Arizona State University Memorial Union, Pima Auditorium 230, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. Paul R. Sellin, distinguished research professor at UCLA, will discuss Sir Walter Raleigh, the Elizabethan courtier whose role in translating The Discoverie of Guiana is considered a major work during the Age of Exploration. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the event is free. To learn more, go to

Arizona Diversity Council meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Phoenix, 1625 W. fountainhead, Pkwy., Tempe. An educational segment will be featured for 30 minutes and boxed lunches will be provided during the event.  To RSVP for this meeting, contact Alessandra Jaime at

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