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Consciousness Calendar March 22 to April 5: Fostering Political Awareness, Bicycle Issues, And Events To Help Children And Animals Are Just A Few Things Happening This Month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 23, 2017 — As he enters his third month as president, Donald Trump is weighed down by scandals, growing general distrust and one controversial decision after another.

Maybe if he took in a Pride parade, he might lighten up.

Since that will likely never happen, those who need a break from the daily headlines might want to go out and gather knowledge, make alliances, and pursue a future they can believe in.

There are many ways to do just that in each edition of the Consciousness Calendar.

One example is The Alliance for Democracy, which is presenting the Sun Devil Political Forum from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the ASU Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe.

This event will feature student leaders from the Young Democrats, College Republicans, and Young Americans for Liberty. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

But there are many others, so don’t stop now.

Thursday, March 23

“Climate Action in the Era of #NoDAPL,” with noted activist Winona LaDuke, will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. the ASU Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. As executive director of Honor the Earth, LaDuke champions climate-change action, renewable energy and environmental justice with Indigenous communities, nationally and internationally. There will be appetizers and dessert reception at the event. To learn more or register, go to

Ladies Night 2017, an event to benefit various non-profit groups, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ahwatukee Event Center, 4700 Warner Road, Phoenix. Numerous vendors will attend, as well. Tickets are $20; learn more at

Comedy For a Cause, benefiting The Care Fund, will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 5101 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Comedian and actor Kevin Farley will perform. The Care Fund helps families caring for seriously ill or injured children. The $50 admission fee also includes dinner and one drink. There will also be a silent auction. For more information, check out

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

Saturday, March 25

Arizonans Against Trump are holding a unity meeting at 3 p.m. at 2910 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. – State Rep. Ken Clark & Executive Director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, Imraan Siddiqi, will be on hand to discuss how Arizonans can support American Muslims. To get involved, check out the Facebook page:

Mutt Madness, a benefit for Arizona Small Dogs, will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. DeSoto Central Market. 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. A ticket includes a pet portrait, dog treats, an overnight stay at Learning Pawsibilities and a chance to win raffle prizes. To learn more or buy tickets, check out

The Roaring 20’s Hollywood Benefit & Gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 3419 East University Drive, Phoenix. Proceeds will go to Waste Not Want Not Inc. There will be live entertainment, dinner and fashion show. Tickets start at $75; find out more at

Taste of the Congo Fundraiser, presented by Mending the Soul, will be held at starting at 4:30 p.m. at 3050 North 38th Circle, Mesa. Participants in this outdoor event can enjoy a Congolese meal and worship session. They will also hear from Congolese refugees about needs and opportunities in their country. Admission is free; for more details, go to

Sunday, March 26

Puppies Who Brunch will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Desert Camp Community Center, 9260 East Desert Camp Drive, Scottsdale. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children K9 Companion Program. The event will include snacks, beverages, dog contests and other activities. Tickets are $25; find out more at

Tuesday, March 28

A screening of the documentary 13th will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film focuses on mass incarceration in the United States and includes a panel discussion. Admission is free; get more details at

“Stand UP, Speak OUT for Public School Funding!” will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall at Steele Indian, Phoenix. The events focuses on the state legislature and public school budgets. To get involved or learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Wednesday, March 29

“Get To Give,” an event for Project C.U.R.E will be held at 2100 West 14th St. in Tempe. Attendants will help sort donated medical items for clinics overseas and should wear comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes and prepare “to get a little dirty.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. There will be a happy hour immediately afterwards at The Shop Beer Co. in Tempe. To learn more or buy tickets, go to

Friday, March 31

Arizona Bicycle Summit 2017, focusing on bicyclist-related issues, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. There will be numerous panel discussions, an overview of the Maricopa County Active Transportation Plan and lunch. Get more details at

Saturday, April 1

The Phoenix Pride Festival 2017 will get underway starting at noon at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. This year's theme is "Stand Up, Stand Proud!” There will be five stages of entertainment, over 300 exhibitors and numerous food options, shopping opportunities and community resources. The festival includes an Arts Expo and children’s activities. To learn more, go to

Dunks and Diamonds, a Final 4 party, will be held starting at 4 p.m. at 8313 E. Sharon Drive, Scottsdale. Proceeds will go towards programs via Every Kid Counts. This charity poker tournament will also feature catered food, raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar. Tickets range from $40 to $100; learn more at

Sunday, April 2

5K Run For Our Parks, to benefit the Phoenix Parks Foundation, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Papago Park, 625 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. The course is accessible for those in wheelchairs, using strollers or bringing their dogs. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Admission fees vary; to find out more, go to

Saturday, April 7

The 7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival will be held through April 9 in Tempe. Films will focus on immigrant rights, racism, housing issues and other topics. Get more details at

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