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Consciousness Calendar May 5 To 19: Featured Is What May Be The Final Battle In The War Against The Highway, But Also There Are Political, Informational And Message Oriented Events


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 5, 2016 — For nearly 20 years, the South Mountain Freeway has been a phantom: rumored, but never seen.

Late last year, ADOT went through what was hoped to be the last legal and bureaucratic hurdle and hired a construction team for the $916 million project, a development that was meet with derision from long-time opponents Gila River Indian Community, or GRIC, and Protecting Arizona’s Children, or PARC.

Now, the fate of the South Mountain Freeway is back in the courtroom and opponents are also promising a protest. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. at Sandra Day O’Connor United States Courthouse room 605, 401 W. Washington St., Phoenix. PARC is organizing a protest to begin before the hearing at 9 a.m.

For more information, visit the PARC website at or the Arizona Department of Transportation at .

Thursday, May 5

Phone Bank For Prop 123 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Yes Prop 123 HQ, 6900 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 240, Scottsdale. Prop 123 is currently on the ballot in Arizona and would pour a lot of money into Valley classrooms over the next decade. Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton will be at this phone bank event to help spread the word. Those who have questions or would like to participate can contact Megan Fitzgerald at or call 304-282-2353. For more information, visit the event page at

Center for Arizona Policy Family Dinner With Brit Hume from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Political commentator Brit Hume will be hosting a very special and exclusive dinner for fans and supporters. Tickets for the event start at $250 and are limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit the event page at

Friday, May 6

Campaign Rally With John McCain and Cindy McCain from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Team McCain Headquarters, 1702 E. Highland Ave. Suite 100, Phoenix. Senator John McCain will be hosting a campaign rally for his supporters at his campaign headquarters in order to try and drum up support and show appreciation for his constituents. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Friday, May 6 to Saturday, May 7

CactusCon from May 6 to 7 at Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Cyber security is a huge issue and topic of debate and conversation these days, and CactusCon is a place where hackers and those concerned with cyber security can gather to learn more about the topic and enjoy programming from other experts and likeminded individuals. For more information or to register, visit the event page at

Saturday, May 7

Gear Day 2016 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 501 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe. The Society for Women Engineers at Arizona State University will be hosting their annual Gear Day outreach event, which is geared toward outreach for Girl Scouts aged 6 to 16. Lunch and snacks will be provided for girls and parents. This is a free event. For more information or to register, visit the event page at

A Sky Full of Stars from 7 to 10 p.m. at Live On Central, 710 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Live On Central is a newly renovated bar in the heart of Downtown Phoenix and in order to celebrate and do some good, the bar is hosting a night full of acrobatic aerial performances, dancing and raising money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event page at

Monday, May 9

Know Your Vote - A Voting Rights Town Hall from noon to 2 p.m. at Ability360, 5025 E. Washington St. Conference Center, Phoenix. After all of the issues with the March 22 election in Arizona, many people realized that the election system could use an update, and this town hall will take a look at potential solutions and what citizens can do. The event will feature various guest speakers and will be moderated by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez. For more information or to register, visit the event page at

Wednesday, May 11

PARC Against ADOT South Mountain Freeway Construction at 10 a.m. at Sandra Day O’Connor United States Courthouse room 605, 401 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The Arizona Department of Transportation is currently planning to build the South Mountain Freeway at a minimal cost, which Valley organization PARC thinks represents a potentially hazardous and dangerous situation for the taxpayers. The organization has filed a lawsuit against ADOT and the hearing will be held on May 11. For more information, visit the PARC website at or the Arizona Department of Transportation at

Public Allies Arizona 2016 Presentation on Impact from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Public Allies Arizona is holding their annual event which will celebrate the accomplishments of the program which has been in place for more than a decade. Current members will share stories on the impact the group has had. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit the event page at

John Tenney: Baseball in Territorial Arizona: A History, 1863-1912 a 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. John Tenney is a local baseball historian and recently released a new book, Baseball in Territorial Arizona: A History, 1863-1912, and will be at Changing Hands Bookstore to discuss the book. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Thursday, May 12

It’s no secret that elephants, considered one of earth’s most majestic creatures, have been in trouble for some time because of poaching and habitat lost in South Asia and Africa. To boost its efforts in rescue and conservation, is holding a fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sanctuary Camelback Resort, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale. Along with dinner, hors d'oeuvres will be served. To learn more, contact or go to

Friday, May 13

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, chair of the Democratic Governor’s Association, will deliver the keynote address at the Arizona Democratic Party’s Heritage Dinner. Now in his second term, Malloy has overseen his state passing an increase in the minimum wage and paid sick leave. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. Tickets start at $250 each; to register, go to

Monday, May 16

In the continuing debate over what to do about serious environmental issues, trends in conservation have emerged — and that will the focus of a forum held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. On hand will be experts in the conservation field, including Daniela Raik, senior vice president and managing director for the Moore Center for Ecosystem Science; Jack Kittinger, director of Conservation International’s Hawaii Program; and Jorge Ahumauda, executive director of the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network. To RSVP, go to

Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18

The Arizona Nonprofit Academy is sponsoring a two-day series for those seeking to elevate their career or wanting to host a successful business event. “Branding Yourself: Creating A Professional Value” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Participants can learn how to develop and build on their brand. The cost is $39 per person; go to to sign up. On the 18th, ANA will sponsor a workshop on event planning, featuring expert C.J. Minot.

Wednesday, May 18

Businesses wanting to improve energy efficiency may sign up for a workshop held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix. APS Solutions for Business and the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers will oversee the full-day training session. The cost per class is $150 per person -- with a 50 percent discount for APS customers and Trade Allies -- and includes breakfast and lunch. To learn more or buy a ticket, go to

The Phoenix Zoo’s Teen Program will focus on ecosystem science at 2 p.m. Youngsters can learn about population dynamics within an ecosystem and explore the role humans play in it. Tickets range from $18 to $44, depending on the number of family members participating. To register, go to

The 29th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon, presented by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Business big and small will be lauded, including Danzeisen Dairy, The Dhaba / India Plaza and CopperPoint Insurance Companies. Tickets start at $75; to learn more go to

The Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. administrative building, 2643 E. University Drive, Phoenix. Twelve cases against law enforcement officers will be on the agenda. To read the agenda or contact the board, go to

Thursday, May 19

Explaining the World Through Mythology will focus on the Incan and Mayan civilizations during a presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert. Sharonah Fredrick, assistant director for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will speak. Attendees can learn about the Inca prince, Pachacutec; Mayan moon goddess Ixchel; and the Jaguar’s multiple incarnations. To learn more, go to

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