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Consciousness Calendar June 15 To 30: Featured Is A Stream Of Protests At The Ringling Bros. Circus, But Also The Roasting Of A Congressman, World Refugee Day, Food Drive And More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 16, 2016 —  The elephants may no longer be coming to town with the Ringling Bros. Circus, but that is not stopping the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and those who agree with them from organizing protests at each of the shows.

Earlier this summer, So Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, held the last show with elephants. The company accelerated a plan to retire the animals to a sanctuary that was announced in 2015 with a 2018 completion date. PETA and other critics charge that the sanctuary will not be much better and since the elephants will be used for cancer research, their future is murky.

The company contends the sanctuary is a better alternative to the thousands that die each year at the hands of poachers.

Other animals, such as tigers, remain part of the show.

Ringling Bros. Circus and protests will be occurring from June 23 to 26 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. Posters and leaflets will be provided. Each day times change, but the first protest will begin at 11:30 a.m. June 23 Visit the Facebook event page for additional information:

Friday, June 17

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) will be roasted — well, not literally. Instead, Gallego, who represents the state’s 7th District, will be the subject of the Arizona Advocacy’s good-natured roast at 7 p.m. at Club Dwntwn,  702 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.  There will be cocktails and a taco bar.  For more info, to this Facebook page:

A World Refugee Day event will be held from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the North Rotunda,  3443 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.  The free event includes refreshments, an awards presentation, and live drumming and music. To register, visit

Awareness of world refugees will be held in another event, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.  Refugees will share their stories; there will also be food, drinks and music. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, June 21

Local First Arizona will hold a community engagement forum at from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. The event will focus on “successful developments reach and respond to the communities in which they locate,” according to organizers.  Four community leaders will speak. The cost to participate is $10, with a discount for LFA members. To register, go to

The World Wide Music Day and Hart Fund Fundraiser will start at 7 p.m. in the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.  Along with Phoenix, World Wide Music Day — which dates back to 1982 in Paris — is now held in 460 cities, with the goal of making music free and accessible.  Bobby Dixon, son of legendary Willie Dixon, will perform. Tickets are $15 to $20; to learn more, visit

Wednesday, June 22

Alternative responses to violence in the community will be the topic of an event starting at 8 a.m. in the Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd. in Phoenix. Lavon Morris-Grant, author of Whom Shall I Fear: A Spiritual Journey of A Battered Woman, will speak.  Registration is $20; more details can be found at

Thursday, June 23

Laugh for A Cause II,” to benefit Youth World Education Project, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  in the Casablanca Lounge, 7134 E. Stetson Ave. in Scottsdale.  Local comedians John Higbee, Glendon McGee and Gene Moore will appear. There will be a $10 raffle, as well. To learn more, go to

June 23 to 26

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is leading a protest of the Ringling Bros. circus starting at 11:30 a.m. June 23 in front of the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. Posters and leaflets will be provided. Each day times change, so visit the Facebook event page for additional information:

Friday, June 24

The LBGTQ Consortium will hold its June meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Faith Lutheran Church,  801 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The event will include an election.  More information can be found here:

Valley Partnership will hold its monthly breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St. The topic will be an “aerotropolis” form of economic development.  Four panelists will participate. The cost is $45 for members, and $60 for non-members.  To learn more or register:

Saturday, June 25

Maravillosas:  Generations of Power,” a fundraiser to support women of color in leadership positions, will be held starting at 11 a.m. at the Luna Culture Lab, 803 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.   The Center for Neighborhood Leadership will honor 2016 honorees; there will also be appetizers and refreshments. Ticket prices range between $25 and $150; register at

The 2016 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. in the Halle Heart Children’s Museum, 2929 S. 48th St. in Tempe. This year’s theme is “Transformation, Health & Wealth!”  Tickets are $100. To sponsor the event, buy tickets or learn more, go to:

To help Arizona families struggling with hunger, Abigail’s Lunch Box Rockin’ Food Drive will take place at 6 p.m. at 1520 Warner Road in Gilbert.  Non-perishable food items are welcome and encouraged. Comedians Keith Ellis and Roman Grisby will perform; there will also be drink specials and raffles. For more details or to buy a ticket, go to:

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