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Consciousness Calendar Feb. 23 to March 8: There Are Numerous Ways For Those in Phoenix Metro To Get Involved In Events Ranging Focused Upon SIngle Mothers, Animals In Need Or Politics


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 23, 2017 — For the past 16 years,  late February in the Phoenix Metro has meant the Local to Global festival, an outreach and information-sharing event spearheaded by folks at Arizona State University.

This year’s theme is “Community Justice: Alliances for Action” and the event will be held at the Phoenix Hostel, 1026 N. Ninth St., and in its usual location, Farmer Education Building, ASU Tempe, Friday through Sunday.

As in past Festivals, there will be hands-on exhibits and workshops, as well as activities and workshops for children and youth, and tabling from over 40 community groups. It’s not just all about learning. Fun is also included. Entertainment options are music and performances from a number of local artists. Food is also available — and free.

There’s so much to do over the three days that they can’t all be listed here, so visit for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 23

The Anti-Defamation League is sponsoring a conversation with Frank Meeink, a former skinhead who is speaking out against hate, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission ranges from $10 to $25, and must be purchased before the event. To purchase a ticket or learn more, go to

“Ethics@Twilight: A Discussion on Aid in Dying,” as part of Arizona State University’s Spring Lecture Series, will be held from 4  to 6 p.m. in Armstrong Great Hall, Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Dr. Gregory K. Mayer will moderate a clinical panel of presenters. Light refreshments will be served; admission is free. To find out more, go to

Friday, Feb. 24

The Tempe Empty Bowl Event will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Sixth Street Park, 24 E. Sixth St., Tempe. Thousands of elementary and high school area students, as well as local artists, are creating clay bowls and other pottery to help raise money for those living with hunger. Ten dollars purchases a bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread. To learn more, go to

Community Justice: Alliance for Action is being held through Feb. 26 at two different locations. The event will bring together local, national, and international educators, activists, students, and community members to learn and engage in dialogue and organizing about issues relating to community justice. Along with workshops, there will be entertainment, food and children’s activities. To learn more, check out

Wine For Woofs and Beer for Barks, to benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League, will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Facings of America 16421 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Beer, wine and food items will be available; Johnjay Van Es, co-host of the nationally syndicated Johnjay and Rich Show, will serve as a judge. Tickets start at $50; find out more at

The annual Charity Pie Night, benefiting Mountain Park Health Center, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Pie slices will be on sale for $5, or unlimited pie tastings will be available for $10. Admission is free; get more details at
Hayden’s Ferry Days, a celebration of the Tempe community, will take place through Feb. 26. Events include a dinner, historical walk, live entertainment (including Wild West performers), exhibits and numerous vendors’ booths. Location sites include the Tempe History Museum, and times vary. Tickets range from $15 to $65. For more information, check out

Saturday, Feb. 25

The 2017 PHX Vegan Food Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. Vendors will offer numerous vegetarian-based meals; patrons can also enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and food-based presentations. For questions, contact General admission is $25; learn more or buy tickets at

Sunday, Feb. 26

ASU tutors, along with the Genius Factory, are holding a fundraiser for refugees through March 1 on the ASU Tempe campus. There will be prize raffles; a $5 donation is encouraged. To learn more, contact or 520-261-9654, or go to

Tuesday, Feb. 28

A Homes For Single Moms Launch Party will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Ivy Restaurant, 1890 W. Germann Road, Chandler. The nonprofit organization helps single mothers maintain and keep a home. The event will include beverages and a raffle. A $10 minimum donation is required; buy tickets or learn more at

Wednesday, March 1

There will be a book signing for “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy" starting at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle will be on hand. To learn more, go to

Thursday, March 2

“Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcity and Inequality” will be held at noon in room 481, Wrigley Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. Edward B. Barbier, a regarded author and professor, will discuss two threats of a growing structural imbalance in all economies – with nature exploited to create wealth — and will suggest ways to overcome this imbalance. To learn more or register, go to

Saturday, March 4

A march in support of President Trump will be held starting at noon at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Numerous state public officials will be on hand; participants are encouraged to bring signs and wear patriotic colors. To learn more, go to

“Black Women Walking,” a one-act play that uses music and multimedia to tell the stories of black women -- like Wilma Rudolph and Harriet Tubman -- who changed the course of history, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. at Mesa Community College’s Performing Arts Center, 1520 S. Longmore. Tickets are $20 and available at

The 12th Annual Kids' Chance Phoenix 5k Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Arizona Falls / G.R. Herberger Park, 5802 E Indian School Road, Phoenix. The event will benefit Kids Chance of Arizona, which provides scholarships to children whose parents have either been injured or killed on the job. Entry fees start at $25; get more details at

A Black Lives Matter Lifeshop, exploring the "re-segregation" of America, is an interactive event that will feature a panel of experts on the current political climate and rising white supremacy in the United States. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Howard University in Washington, D.C. To learn more or register, go to

Wednesday, March 8

The Women's March General Strike: A Day Without A Woman is set for 8 a.m. in Phoenix. To get involved or learn more, go to

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