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Consciousness Calendar Dec. 28 to Jan. 11: With Holiday Merriment Winding Down, Many are looking at ways to get involved In The Phoenix Metro, Including Fundraisers, Community, Cleanups And Much More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 28, 2016 — For some, the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas. For others, it is New Year’s since that is when all things are new again.

But then for even more others, every day can be like those other times: times of giving and renewal. Well, it's all there for you then, you just need to know where to go.

Luckily for all in the Phoenix metro, then, there is the Consciousness Calendar.

Thursday, Dec. 29

The award-winning jazz documentary, Night Bird Song, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix Emmy-winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo will attend and take audience questions about the film after the screening. Tickets on sale at or at the door on the night of the event; general admission is $7.

Friday, Dec. 30

Raise the Woof Comedy Night, sponsored by Arizona Dog Adoptions, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Comedy Spot, 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale. All proceeds go to pay for medical care for homeless and injured animals; there will also be a raffle. Find out more or buy tickets at

Monday, Jan. 2

A volunteer orientation for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona will be held at 6 p.m. at 352 E. Camelback Road, Unit 101, Phoenix.  To help in this nonprofit organization’s event, go to

Tuesday, Jan. 3

“This Is Hunger,” an interactive exhibit focusing on Americans who do not have enough to eat, will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Chai, 4645 Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Registration is required, and people are encouraged to show up five minutes early. Admission is free; find out more at

“Understanding Vaccines,” a free presentation geared towards those with children, will be held at noon at Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa. Dr. Albert Hsia, D.O. will discuss how vaccines work and why they are important at any age. Learn more at

Friday, Jan. 3

New county Sheriff Paul Penzone will be the guest of the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition starting at 9 a.m. at Stand Together and Recover Centers, 2502 East Washington Street, Phoenix. The coalition agenda will include a report out by mental health criminal justice stakeholders from around the state. Jim Dunn, executive director at National Alliance on Mental Illness Arizona, will also speak. Admission is free; to register or learn more,

Saturday, Jan. 7

The League of Women Voters of Arizona will hold a Voters' Rights Summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arizona State University West La Sala Ballroom in Phoenix. The forum will cover various topics, and numerous Tickets range from $10 to $20;  presenters include Mary Fontes, federal compliance officer, Maricopa County Elections. To find out more, check out or the Facebook page:

Gathering of Voices: Standing Rock will take place starting at 10 a.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. There will be a panel discussion on what is happening at Standing Rock with the water protectors/pipeline protests, with time for questions and commentary from the audience. For more details, go to the Facebook page:

A youth-related mental health first aid course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tonto Street Church of Christ, 1101 W. Tonto St., Phoenix.  Participants will learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents. Admission is free; to register or learn more, check out

Jan. 7 & 8

A community cleanup is scheduled from 8 a.m to noon in west and south Phoenix. Empowerment Social Action Group of Arizona is sponsoring the event. To get involved, go to the Facebook page:

Monday, Jan. 9

A protest against cannabis prohibition will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The event, sponsored by Safer Arizona, coincides with the opening day of the state Legislature. For more details, check out

Tuesday, Jan. 10

“Arizona's Energy Resilience Summit: Local to Global Perspectives” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Desert Botanical Garden’s Dorrance Hall, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.  in Phoenix. The American Council on Germany is sponsoring the event, which will feature numerous panelists, including Bob Burns, of the Arizona Corporation Commission, and Kristin Mayes, a sustainability scholar at Arizona State University. Tickets start at $20; get more details at

Thursday, Jan. 12

“U.S.-Mexico Philanthropy: Expectations and Opportunities for 2017,” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at ASU’s Beus Center for Law and Society/Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 111 E Taylor St., Phoenix.  Panelists include Claudia Jasso-Stevens, board member, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona; Amanda Aguirre, president, Regional Center for Border Health; and Lucila Murguia de Arronte, executive director, Junta de Asistencia Privada, Mexico. To find out more or register, go to

Tuesday, Jan. 17

The West Valley State of the State Luncheon, featuring Gov. Doug Ducey, will begin at noon at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Casino, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. Individual tickets are $70; registration is required.  To register, go to  or contact

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