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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 Oct. 19 to Nov. 2: As Fall Progresses And The General Election Draws Near, The Happenings In The Phoenix Metro Area Include A Protest Against Arpaio, A Walk For Animals And How To Solve The Growing Waste Problem


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 19, 2016 — So there has been much going on in the political arena and soon, those registered to vote across the nation and in the state of Arizona will have a chance to make their voices heard through their ballots.

However, but everyone will be going to the polling places Nov. 8 to fill out their ballot.

While there are new ways to vote, they mostly must be enjoined before election day. As such there are two deadline looming for those who want to mail in their ballot in Arizona. Friday Oct. 28 is the last day to request a ballot by mail and Tuesday Nov. 1 is the last day to mail that ballot. For more information, visit the Arizona Secretary of State’s page:

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

Friday, Oct. 21

Maricopa County’s controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is up for re-election this year -- and this time, along with his legal troubles, he has a serious opponent in Democrat Paul Penzone. All Out Against Arpaio is sponsoring a mobilization event starting at 4 p.m. The event will last through Oct. 23; to learn more, check out the Facebook page:

“Nature Contact: A Public Strategy” will feature Dr. Paul Frumkin, a nationally recognized researcher and writer, speaking on the “beneficial effects of nature contact for human health and well-being.” Frumkin will speak at 9:30 a.m. in Room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the Arizona State University campus. This discussion will focus on how this body of science is evolving, and relate it to larger sustainability considerations. To register, go to

Tuesday, Oct. 25

“The People's Laws: Clean Air and Clean Water,” an ASU Sustainability event, will be held at noon in in Room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the ASU campus. Visiting lecturers Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling --staff authors of the Clean Air, the Clean Water and the Superfund acts -- “will discuss a time when bipartisan cooperation and compromise were the order of the day,” according to ASU. To learn more or register, go to

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the 29th annual Athena Awards, honoring outstanding Valley businesswomen, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, in the Kierland Ballroom, 6902 E Greenway Pkwy. in Scottsdale. Tickets start at $80; to learn more, go to

Thursday, Oct. 27

The McCain Institute will sponsor a forum (in Washington, D.C.) on re-engaging with Russia starting at 6 p.m. For more details, check out

Friday, Oct. 28

A Conversation with Cops 2,” a forum on community policing and policy changes, will be held starting at 6 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, 1844 E. Dana Ave. in Mesa. Scheduled to appear are Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery; Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Apostle Dr. Paula Hines; Helen Hunter, former NAACP branch president; and Judge Velva Moses. To find out more, go to the Facebook page:

Today is the last day to request a ballot by mail; find out more by checking at the Arizona Secretary of State’s page:

For the American gay rights movement, October is special: Events like National Coming Out Day are this month, while the first March on Washington by LGBT people was held in 1979. The Local Heroes Awards ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. 3rd St. Six people will be honored. Tickets are $100. Learn more by checking out

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Today is the last day to mail-in a ballot; find out more by checking at the Arizona Secretary of State’s page:

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Sporting matches -- and the crowds that watch them -- can be interesting for many reasons. Hans Gumbrecht, a Stanford University professor, will discuss the drama of stadium crowds from 1 to 2 p.m. in West Hall 135 on the ASU campus. To register for the event, call (480) 727-6736 or go to

Racing to Zero,” a documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Harkins Valley Art Theater 509 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is sponsoring the event. To register or view the trailier, go to

Friday, Nov. 5

The Walk to Save Animals, sponsored by the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA, will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at Tempe Town Lake Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. There will be a fun run, animal blessings, low-cost microchip and ID tags, and more. To learn more or register, go to

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