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Consciousness Calendar May 17 to 31: There May Be Chaos In Washington, D.C., But That’s Not Stopping Community Activism In The Phoenix Metro


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 17, 2017 — With a president embroiled in scandal -- and possibly facing impeachment for obstruction of justice -- and general anger over how Congress is handling it, it’s tempting to tune out.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to better the lives of those in need or bring awareness to other important issues. One of those is bicycle safety.

In honor of National Bike Month, the Ride Of Silence will be held starting at at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at Tempe Beach Park.

Cyclists will wear white, ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, utilize bike lights, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. To learn more about this event, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Thursday, May 18

The Sustainability Secret, a documentary, will be screened free of charge at 2 p.m. at the Agave Library, 23550 N. 36th Ave., Glendale. To RSVP, go to

Friday, May 19

AZAN’s Roast of Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Fabric, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe. Emcee Richie Taylor will be joined by state Rep. Ken Clark, Secretary of State Michele Reagan and others. Tickets may be purchased at To learn more, go to

Saturday, May 20

A March Against Monsanto -- a music, art and food festival -- will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Singh Meadows in Tempe. Children are encouraged to dress up in costumes; there will also be a drum circle. To learn more, go to the Facebook page:

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the progressive-based news show Democracy Now, will speak starting at 9:30 a.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. To learn more, go to

Sunday, May 21

MomForce Salute to Moms will hold its 1st annual fundraiser and spring membership drive from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at a private residence in Cave Creek. Legalizing cannabis and understanding it will be topics. Tickets range from $10 to $15. To register or learn more, go to

Thursday, May 25

It’s Red Nose Day, a fundraising campaign to benefit children organized by Comic Relief. To learn more about it or to make a donation, check out

Saturday, May 27

Play Date - Prom Night, an adults-only fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, will be held tonight and early May 28. Volunteers are needed to facilitate activities like candy bingo and glitter tattoos, along with clean-up afterwards. To get involved or learn more details, check out

Wednesday, May 31

Cooking with the Godmothers 2017, which spotlights students in the Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents program, will be held starting at noon at Child & Family Resources, 2830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Chefs Carmella Dodge and Cathy Bua are hosting; a donation is requested. To RSVP, contact Laine Seaton at Check out for other details.

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The Blizzard That Never Was

A Storm Predicted To Produce One Of The Worst Blizzards Of The Century Peters Out And Some Local News Media Outlets Just Can't Let It Go.

Dietary Restructure

A family man decides to get a consultation from a nutritionist. But when he realizes that losing weight will mean cutting out food items like cheddar fries, he obfuscates: all in good taste, of course.