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Consciousness Calendar March 9 to 22: From Thought Provoking Lectures To Medical Awareness Events And More, There Is Always A Way To Grow In The Phoenix Metro Area


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 8, 2017 — We trudge along trying to escape many of the things most important to us. It's not our fault, though. It's hard to find time, much less know how to effectuate change.

As easy as it is to say abracadabra, here you are at the Consciousness Calendar.

There’s a plethora of great events, from a film talk March 9 to an environmental activist March 22.

Now, if only there was more time.

Wednesday, March 8

Wednesday is International Women’s Day, and that included a #DayWithoutAWoman event in Phoenix, taking place at the state Capitol. There are numerous other efforts underway to raise political awareness in the Trump era.

One of them is Criminalization in the Trump Era, sponsored by Justice That Works, at 6 p.m.  Thursday, March 9 at 816 N. First Ave. in Phoenix. Participants will discuss Donald Trump's proposed policies and executive actions and the growth of a  police/prison state. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Thursday, March 9

Black Enterprise Women Of Power Summit will be held through March 12 at the Arizona’s Grand Resort & Spa, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Pkwy., Phoenix. The event includes honoring actress Phylicia Rashad, gospel singer Shirley Caesar and two others. There will also be numerous influential speakers. To learn more, go to

Film + Talk: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes will be screened at 6 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.  The film takes viewers on a “cinematic journey through a series of seemingly ordinary landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives,” according to the description.  Admission is free; learn more at

Friday, March 10

Native Nations Rise March, against the Keystone XL pipeline, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To get involved or for more details, check out:

Saturday, March 11

Yappy Hour at 38 North, benefiting the Arizona Animal Women’s League and the SPCA, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 3030 N. 38th St., Phoenix. People may bring their dog and enjoy food, drinks and raffles. There will also be children’s activities.  Admission is free; check out the Facebook page for more details.

Beer lovers, get ready to toast the 2017 Great Arizona Beer Festival, taking place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.  Craft beer tasting, courtesy of breweries from across the state and around the world, will be available -- with each providing samples. All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, a non-profit radio reading service helping 49,000 people in Arizona with print disabilities. Tickets range from $10 to $70. To learn more, go to Those wishing to volunteer may check out

The Second Annual Consortium Cares LGBTQ Resource Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at  the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Attendants can learn about resources, information sharing, HIV testing, benefit information, prizes and more.  Get more info at

Sunday, March 12

The We Are Beautiful drag brunch will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at FoundRe Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Along with a full brunch and show, there will be various beverages and prize raffles.  Proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Fund and will help me reach my goal of raising $2,000 as part of the Miss Phoenix Gay Pride Pageant. Tickets range from $35 to $400; purchase one or learn more at

Monday, March 13

The 2017 Food Bank Day at the Capitol will start at 11 a.m.  at 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. The day will include a lunch on the lawn with elected officials, small group meetings with legislators, and an opportunity to be introduced during a House or Senate session. For more information, go to

Wednesday, March 15

Americans for Prosperity is sponsoring Dessert at the Capitol from 11: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 1700 W. Washington St. To find out more, go to or contact Leslie White at (480) 290-2286 or

St. Vincent De Paul will hold a volunteer orientation starting at 5 p.m. at its office, 420 W. Watkins Road, Phoenix. There are over 25 volunteer opportunities available. To learn more, go to

Thursday, March 16

The Pisces Bash, held to benefit and MO-Energee, is set for 6 p.m. at 7301 East Butherus Drive in Scottsdale. There will be food, a cash bar and entertainment.  To order tickets, go to or call (602) 996-6300.

Doctors Without Borders will hold a recruitment info session from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. The training session also includes a question-and-answer period. To learn more, check out

Saturday, March 18

The Phoenix chapter of HOPE Worldwide is sponsoring a benefit concert at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road. Rock band Crystal Haze will perform; there will also be food and a silent auction.  Tickets are $5. Find out more at

Picture it Clean, a trash pick-up and photography event at Tres Rios Wetlands, will at be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tres Rios is located at 6000 S. 91st Ave., Tolleson. Participants should bring a lunch and dress accordingly. To learn more or register, go to

The 11th Annual Living with Myeloma Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Dr. Rafael Fonseca, of the Mayo Cancer Clinic, will participate along with numerous other experts. For more information, or to register, visit or call (623) 466-6246.

Sunday, March 19

Dine With Your Dog, a charity event presented by PetSmart, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale. Brunch will be offered, along with a “pet play” area and silent auction. Tickets start at $100; find out more by going to

Tuesday, March 21

Secular Day at the Capitol is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. There will be a tour, lunch, guest speakers and a happy hour. To get involved or learn more, go to

War, Race and Empire in the Anthropocene with author Amitav Ghosh will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. in Tempe. Ghosh will discuss his latest book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable and hold a question-and-answer session. To find out more, go to the Facebook page:

Friday, March 24

Internationally renowned activist Winona LaDuke will speak at 6:30 p.m. at 7009 S. 10th St., Phoenix. The event is being hosted by the Green Party of Maricopa County. Refreshments will be served; a donation is requested at the door. To find out more, go to

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