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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 2 to 16: Tense Election Season Climaxes Nov. 8, But The Future Also Holds Protests Against The Dakota Access Pipeline, A Talk On Race And Sports, And A Veterans Parade


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 2, 2016 — Election Day is finally here — for better or worse. Those who want to celebrate or commiserate can attend several events around the Phoetro (Phoenix metro) including “sanctioned” party events. Scroll down to Nov. 8 to catch a few of them — a couple of them are non-partisan and one allows cuddles.

But November is more than just the end of the election, it is also the beginning of the active season here in the Sonoran Desert. Heat has a way of dampening enthusiasm.

Luckily, each November, when the days cooler and the nights get chilly, the parade season downtown gets off to a patriotic start with the Veterans Day happening on Nov. 11.

And, the protest season also gets into full swing in the 11th month. On Nov. 5 and 11, there will be protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Honored guests also want to come to the Phoetro a little more readily, evidenced by Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, who will join an ASU talk on race and sports Nov. 14.

See, election day will not be the end of the world, regardless of who wins.

Thursday, Nov. 3

There’s little doubt this election season has frayed many a nerve and caused considerable anxiety. Project Humanities is sponsoring a forum, “Are We Losing Our Humanity?” at 6:30 p.m. at its headquarters, 250 Lemon St., Tempe. This program will feature speakers from opposing viewpoints in a debate-style symposium. To learn more or get tickets, go to

Friday, Nov. 4

There will be a Million Mask March starting at 8:30 p.m. at 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix (near the bridge near the flags). According to the Arizona Anonymous League, the march allows people “to come together and demand change." To learn more, go to the Facebook page:

Saturday, 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

The 12th annual Certified Local Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hance Park Conservancy, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. This family friendly event, free to the public, is for all ages and celebrates all things local to Arizona, including shops, boutiques and restaurants, as well as Arizona-made wine, beer and spirits. To get tickets or find out more, go the Facebook page:

A protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline will be held starting at 10 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Participants should bring water and snacks. More information can be found on this Facebook page:

A conflict resolution training seminar, sponsored by 10,000 Fearless PHX, will be held at 1 p.m. at 4801 S. 20th St., Phoenix. This four-hour event covers the history of the initiative, explanation of what conflict is, the intervention process, mediation procedure, role of mediators, and how to implement it in a city. For more details, go to

Monday, Nov. 7

Brain Injury Basics: Connecting, Disconnecting, Reconnecting and Rerouting” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 200, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The day-long session will help professionals learn about brain injury and its impact. The cost is $25; to learn more go to

Tuesday, Nov. 8

An Election Night Victory Party, sponsored by the Maricopa County Democratic Party, will be sponsored at 7 p.m. in the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel 100 N. First St., Phoenix. County Supervisor Steve Gallardo will be on hand, along with other candidates. Watch with dem activists and hear winners and maybe some losers give speeches. Get more details at

The Republicans are having a party, too: The AZGOP is holding its fest at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. Second St. Political winners and losers will be on hand as well. Speeches will be guaranteed. Tickets are available here:

Supporters of Prop 205 to legalize marijuana are hosting a viewing party starting at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. There will be food, drink, entertainment and a live broadcast of the election. Admission is free; go to for more details.

All-American Election Watch Party, a non-issue/party based-event has become almost a tradition and will once again be enjoined starting at 5 p.m. at DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. There will food and drink specials, along with games and big-screen TVs. Find out more by checking out

Voters needing some comfort can head over to the Election Night Official Cuddle Party, starting at 7 p.m. at 1040 W. Greenway Drive, Tempe. Along with cuddle time, there will be back rubs, snacks and more activities. The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. To buy tickets or learn more, go to

PHX Flow Jam, a spiritualism-based event presented by Phoenix Geronimo, will be held at 6 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 42 W. Culver St., Phoenix. There will be yoga, a workshop, a “flow jam” and a closing ceremony. There will also be food, beverages and a farmer’s market. Tickets are $7 in advance or $9 at the gate. Learn more at

Thursday, Nov. 10

There will be a “Bites, Brews & Brushes Benefit for Alzheimer's!” event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Towers, 22 N. Robson, Mesa. Visitors can enjoy food, a raffle and bid on artwork made by assisted living and memory care residents.

Friday, Nov. 11

There will be a Veterans Day march against the Dakota Access Pipeline starting at 1 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Go to the Facebook page for more info:

Honoring the men and women who served in the military, a Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. heading south on Central Avenue — from Montebello Drive to Camelback Road — in Phoenix. For questions, concerns or special requests about the street closures, call Phoenix Police Sgt. Chris Scranton at 602-495-6722, or go here for other details:

Saturday, Nov. 12

Toys will be handed out to foster children during Operation Toy Box, happening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dircks Moving & Logistics, 860 S. 83rd Ave., Tolleson. Volunteers are needed; find out more at

Monday, Nov. 14

Race and Sports: A Town Hall will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. The “special guest” is Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins. Ray Anderson, vice president for University Athletics at Arizona State University; Ann Meyers Drysdale, vice president of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury; and others will also discuss the topic. Learn more at

Tuesday, Nov. 15

A meet and greet with Jeri Williams, the new Phoenix Police Department chief, is set for 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez High School, 3921 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix. City Councilman Michael Nowakowski and Vice Mayor Kate Gallego will also be on hand. Find out more by checking out

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