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Consciousness Calendar Oct. 5 to 19: It’s Not JUST Halloween Season -- This Month Brings Us Numerous Arizona State House Debates, And Discussions On Climate Change And Terrorism


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 5, 2016 — Consciousness, by its very definition, is a state of mind.

Whether that state of mind of yours is fascinated by international trade, community rights, politics or gender issues, there's a plethora of great events.

As we get into the cooler temps, the more consciousness you want, you can get.

So, without further ado, our biweekly collection of consciousness-raising events in and around the Phoenix metro.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Concern over global warming seems to grow with each passing day. In response, the presentation “Climate Change in Historical Perspective” will be presented from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Biodesign Institute Auditorium (B105) on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. A panel will discuss what climate change means. The free event includes refreshments. Learn more by checking out

A debate featuring the candidates for the state Legislative District 21 seat will be held at 6 p.m. in Windmill Suites at Sun City West, 12545 W. Bell Road, Surprise. The candidates are Kevin Payne, Jose Rivero and Deanna Rasmussen-Lacotta. A calendar of debates is available here:

Friday, Oct. 7

The 2016 Arizona Energy Futures Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center, 2411 W. 14th St., Tempe. National and local experts will take part “in an open and honest discussion of the issues that will drive Arizona's energy future,” according to organizers. Tickets are $32; to learn more, go to

State Legislative District 1 candidates will debate at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers/City Hall 201 S. Cortez St., Prescott. The candidates are Noel Campbell, Haryaksha Knauer, Peter Pierson and David Stringer.

Oct. 7 to 10

SOA Watch Encuentro at the Border will hold a weekend program, starting with a planned vigil and rally at the Eloy Immigrant Detention Center at 5 p.m. 1705 E. Hanna Road. Other events are set, including a concert and march. To get involved, go to

Oct. 8 and 9

Hacks for Humanity is a 36-hour event promoting positive values and gets underway at 8 a.m. at Stauffer Hall B on the ASU Tempe campus. To learn more, go to

Monday, Oct. 10

For those not aware, there’s a major election on Nov. 8. Haven’t registered in the state of Arizona yet? Today is the deadline. Early voting starts Oct. 12. Get more details here:

State Legislative District 26 candidates will debate at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Tempe, 4400 S. Rural Road. Those vying for the seat are Steven Adkins, Isela Blanc, Athena Salman and Cara Nicole Trujillo.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

What is considered the region’s premiere economic forecast -- the Phoenix Metro Economic Outlook -- will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Speakers are Jim Huntzinger, executive vice president and chief investment officer, BOK Financial; and Elliott Pollack, CEO of Elliott D. Pollack & Co. Tickets start at $80. For more information, contact or (602) 495-2182. Other details can be found at

The candidates -- Paul Boyer, Christopher Gilfillan and Anthony Kern -- hoping to represent state Legislative District 20 will debate at 6 p.m. at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Herberger Administration Building, 1 Global Place, Glendale.

The Phoenix Poetry Slam gets underway at 8 p.m. at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 North Fifth St., Phoenix. Ten of Phoenix’s best poets will compete for a $250 cash prize. Aaron Hopkins-Johnson will host the event. Tickets to the all-ages, uncensored event are $7 until Oct. 10 or $12 (at the door). Learn more at

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Early voting begins today; find out more by checking at the Arizona Secretary of State’s page:

The Carpetbag Theatre’s Speed Killed My Cousin,” a drama exploring complexities related to military service and war, will be presented at 6 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. There will also be a community dialogue with the cast and female veterans of color. To learn more, go to

Dutch group Storm Eindhoven has built the world’s first electric touring motorcycle, and is showing it off around the United States. There will be a meet-and-greet event starting at 4 p.m. in the parking lot next to ASU’s Wrigley Hall, followed by a 5 p.m. presentation inside Wrigley Hall. Learn more by checking out

“Cybersecurity - The New Norm” will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. at SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Three experts from federal, county and state agencies will speak on what they are doing to protect themselves and why cybersecurity is no longer viewed as just an "IT" issue. The AGA Phoenix chapter is sponsoring the event; tickets start at $20. Learn more by checking out

Thursday, Oct. 13

Facing climate change and ways to combat it will be the focus of “Satellites to Supermarkets Aisles: Marshalling Science and Innovation for Climate-Change Action.” The presentation will begin at noon in Wrigley Hall, Room 481 on ASU’s Tempe campus. Bina Venkataraman, who served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House, leads efforts that draw upon science and technology to improve public policy, while sustaining human health and Earth. A light lunch will be served. For more details, go to

State Legislative District 13 candidates will debate at 6 p.m. at 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Participants are Iisha Graves, Darin Mitchell and Don Shooter.

Saturday, Oct. 15

“Push Comes to Shove: Women of Power Symposium” will focus on women in the arts, business and politics. The seminar will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. Tickets are $20; learn more at

Monday, Oct. 17

“Defining Journalism Ethics in The Digital Age” will explore the profession in today’s harried social media, smartphone and virtual reality age. Milton Coleman, a visiting professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and former senior editor of The Washington Post, will speak. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the school, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Learn more at

Candidates for the state Senate District 27 seat -- Reginald Bolding and Rebecca Rios -- will debate at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 100 N. Second St. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 18

To this day, Henry Kissinger remains both revered and highly controversial. The former Secretary of State will participate via a webcast in the “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” starting at 3:45 p.m. at the Scottsdale Community College 9000 E. Chaparral Road. To get a complimentary ticket or learn more, go to

Wednesday, Oct. 19

The Arizona Peace Officer and Standards will meet at 10 a.m. at 2643 E. University Drive, Phoenix To learn more, go to or call 602-223-2514.

The Next President's War on Terror, a forum held in Washington, D.C., will be presented by McCain institute and ASU, via live stream. Numerous prominent speakers will participate. To RSVP or learn more, check out

Thursday, Oct. 20

Presidential Politics And The Making of American Identity” will feature a panel on what role religion is playing in the 2016 presidential election. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at ASU’s Old Main Carson Ballroom. More info can be found at To RSVP, call (480) 727-6736 or go here:

Sustainable farming will be on the menu for the latest Urban Gardens Talk & Tour. Today will feature David Eberle, owner of Care-A-Lot Farms, who will speak at 6 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Get more details at

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