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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 30 to Dec. 14: It’s An Especially Busy Time Of The Year Heading Into December, Including Protests Against DAPL To Remembering AIDS Victims And A Fundraiser For A Children’s Hospital


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 30, 2016 — With the holiday season coming, many folks (particularly the older ones) will undoubtedly think of Old Ebenezer Scrooge.

You remember him, the guy they called Frank Cross in the 1988 adaptation titled Scrooge starring Bill Murray.

Sure, the idea is that if we don’t do the kind thing, any riches we can amass will not bring happiness, only despair. Since Charles Dickens’ work, A Christmas Carol was published in 1843, times have changed — middle class Scrooges are much more plentiful and invisible. Today, there are many more ways to be a Scrooge than being a rich, greedy, bitter, cruel and miserly man.

Expanding one’s consciousness might just be the best way toward salvation.

After all, in the words of Mr. Marley early on in the work, “Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

Thursday, Dec. 1

The protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, even in freezing South Dakota weather, continues -- and there will a NoDAPL Day of Action at 1:30 p.m. at Solano Park, 5625 N. 17th Ave., Phoenix. Participants will march in front of several bank offices. To find out more, go to

The 2016 Phoenix AIDS Candlelight Vigil will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Parsons Center for Health & Wellness, 1101 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Find out more at

Before the Flood will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Harkins Theatres Valley Art, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Admission is free, although donations of diapers, baby food, toothpaste, children clothing and gift cards -- for Child Crisis Arizona -- are encouraged. Get more info by checking out

Friday, Dec. 2

The Scottsboro Boys: An American Tragedy, a play based on 1931 civil rights-based injustice against nine boys, will be presented at 6 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race & Democracy, the play will be free of charge. To register or learn more, go to

Sister's Christmas Catechism,” a fundraiser for Hope for the Hopeless, will be held starting at 7:30 p.m. at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road. Proceeds from the comedy will benefit Hope for the Hopeless. Tickets are $45; get more information at

NoDAPL- AZ Stands with Standing Rock on First Fridays, a protest event against the Dakota Access Pipeline, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Tonatierra Community Development Institute, 802 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. More details can be found here:

Saturday, Dec. 3

A Way Out: Reframing How We Communicate Compassion will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Empty Space APMA building, 970 E. University, Tempe. The film is a is inspired by the article by Dr. Sarah Tracy and Timothy Huffman entitled “Compassion in the Face of Terror: A Case Study of Recognizing Suffering, Co-Creating Hope, and Developing Trust in the Case of a Would-Be School Shooting.” Admission is free; for more details go to

Tuesday, Dec. 6

However they may have voted, most would the recent presidential election was nerve-wracking. Those needing a little perspective may check out “Election Outcome: Anger. Grief, Elation, Fear: A Discussion from the Jungian Perspective,” 7 p.m. at The Beatitudes Campus (Age Link Room), 1610 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Admission is free; learn more at

Wednesday, Dec. 7

A Critical Mental Health Seminar, sponsored by Developmental Resources CMH Seminars, will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 S. 47th St., Phoenix. Tickets range from $129 to $169; register or learn more at

Saturday, Dec. 10

Ignite Hope, a fundraiser for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, will be held starting at 3 p.m. at the hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. To buy tickets or learn more, go to

Those looking to bring a cat or dog into their life might want to check out the PACC Adopt-A-Thon, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Petco, 8910 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. There will be a raffle; 35 pet rescue groups on hand. Find out more details by going to

Tuesday, Dec. 13

“The Perfect Storm Event: Answers for ADHD, SPD, Autism & More” will be held starting at 11 a.m. Modern Milk, 13802 North Scottsdale Road, suite 162, Scottsdale. This forum will offer parents tips on how to help children with poor eating habits or sleep issues. To learn more, go to

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