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Consciousness Calendar June 14 To 28: As Summer Approaches, Phoenix-area Residents Can Help Those In Crisis, Foster Youth, And Much More
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
June 15, 2017 — With Independence Day only three weeks away and hot-weather activities in full swing, it’s easy to forget that there many Arizonans in need -- be they adults, children or animals. One way to get involved is the Positive Future Tour sponsored by Southwest Human Development, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at its office, 2850 N. 24th St., Phoenix.

The organization is Arizona's largest nonprofit, dedicated to early childhood development.

Admission is free; for more information, check out

Friday, June 16

Bark In The Park, benefiting the Sojourner Center, will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Shady Park, 26 University Drive in Tempe. Sojourner Center helps domestic violence victims and their animal companions. This event will include pet adoptions, a raffle and music from the Nate Williams Band. Tickets are $10 and $15; to learn more, go to

Saturday, June 17

National Kidney Foundation of Arizona will host a Talent Slam from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its headquarters, 360 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to spend a day at Viacom Inc. in Los Angeles. Admission is free; to learn more or register, go to
House Rep. Ruben Gallego is sponsoring Citizenship Fair from noon to 3 p.m. at 411 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Mi Familia Vota is participating. To learn more, go to
The Arizona Informant is sponsoring Junteenth 2017 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastlake Park and Community Center, 1549 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. The event will include food vendors, a kids’ zone, a talent contest, Buffalo Soldiers presentation and more. To learn more, go to
The film Citizen Jane: Battle For The City will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. The film focuses on Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door or $11 for students. There will be a beer/wine bar and treats. For more details, check out

Sunday, June 19

Truckers Against Trafficking will hold a training session starting at 8 a.m. at Inland Kenworth, 8314 Roosevelt St. in Tolleson. The event will focus on how commercial truck drivers can combat sex trafficking and is free to those interested. To learn more or register, go to

Thursday, June 22

The Healing Trauma Together Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by Arizona Kids Consortium, the conference is geared towards professionals that work with children and families involved with the Department of Child Safety. Along with a keynote speaker and panel, lunch will be served. More info on the event can be found at To register, go to

Friday, June 23

1070, a play based on Arizona’s highly controversial 2010 law and its impact on one immigrant family, will be staged through July 9 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. Tickets range from $15 to $25. For more details, go to

Saturday, June 24

The We The People Summit will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. The summit is described an effort to bring together individuals, grassroots organizations and established nonprofits to collaborate in support of positive change in Arizona. There will be classes and over 300 organizations represented. To learn more or register, go to

Wednesday, June 28

Get to Give, benefiting AZ Helping Hands, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 7850 Gelding Drive, Suite 500 in Scottsdale. The event will include a school supply drive to help foster children. There will be an after-party; tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the door. (or free for members). To learn more or register, go to
Furnishing Dignity is holding Celebrating Beds For Youth at 6 p.m. at Peter Piper Pizza, 3945 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix. The event will showcases support for Arizona youth aging out of the foster care system and transitioning from homelessness. Admission is free; to register or learn more, go to

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