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Consciousness Calendar July 29 To Aug. 9: The Dog Days Of Summer Are On Their Way In The Phoenix Metro, But There’s No Lag In Community-Service Events


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 27, 2017 — As July gives way to August, and many Phoenix-area residents are getting ready to send their kids back to school, it’s easy to forget many are in need -- be it with physical, financial or emotional needs.

There’s a stand-up comedy benefit for a program that pairs disabled soldiers with service dogs, a haircut drive for youngsters and training for LGBTQ residents.

Another way to give back is CreateAthon AZ 2017. From 9 a.m. July 29 through 9 p.m. July 30, nine local nonprofits in need of a marketing boost and over 50 creative professionals interested will converge at CO+HOOTS, 221 E Indianola Ave., Phoenix.

This event is part of AIGA's “Design for Good” initiative, a program supported by IBM. To learn more or get involved, go to

Saturday, July 29

Burlesque and Blues, to benefit one-in-ten, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kobalt, 3110 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. A $30 ticket will include dinner, live music and access to a VIP show. The $50 ticket package will include dinner, entertainment, one free drink and a free raffle ticket. To learn more or buy tickets, go to

A Back To School Haircut Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at Mark's the Spot., 24 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The event will provide each registered boy/girl with a free backpack, school supplies and a haircut. It will also include pictures with “super heroes,” food, drinks and music. Those wishing to make donations may call 602-222-8825; needed items are backpacks, pens, pencils, glue sticks, crayons, lunch boxes, calculators and folders. For more information, go to

The Great Tempe Bike Race will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Fitness Center in Tempe. Proceeds will go to planting trees in Tempe and eradicating polio. There will be awards and some refreshments. To learn more or participate, go to

Sunday, July 30

Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of bullying, will host an event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center at Phoenix Children's Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road. Jaylen himself will be the main speaker, while Jennifer Smestead, Miss Arizona 2013, will perform. Admission is free; to register, go to

Wednesday, Aug. 2

An LGBTQ & GSM Listening Session will be held starting at 6 p.m. at the Community Church of Hope, 4121 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix. The session will address housing and employment discrimination. For more details, check out the Facebook page:

Thursday, Aug. 3

Americans for Prosperity will host U.S. Constitution training event from 6 to 8 p.m., 3835 N. 32nd St., suite 7, Phoenix. This is part of a three-part series. A free dinner will be provided. To learn more or register, go to

Friday, Aug. 4

Arizona Talks: The Future of Public Education will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at FBCScottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale. The panel will include Jonathan Butcher, Goldwater Institute; Joe Thomas, Arizona Education Association; Beth Lewis, Save Our Schools Arizona; and Zeus Rodriguez, Hispanics For School Choice. There will be live music and food. To learn more or register, go to  

Saturday, Aug. 5

Summertime Pool Party At the Clarendon, to benefit one-in-ten (, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. There will be a DJ, cash bar and swimsuit contest. Tickets are $15; to register or find out more, go to

Bark Happy Summer Pawty, benefiting Arizona Small Dog, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Shake Shack, 100 E. Camelback Road Suite 100, Phoenix.  There will be food, grooming coupons and other goodies. Tickets are $10; for more details, go to

First Saturday: Homeless Outreach will be held at Hance Park, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To get involved or learn more, check out

Monday, Aug. 7

A Storytelling & Advocacy Workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The focus will be on helping people with disabilities to tell their stories to policymakers whose decisions will affect their lives. To learn more, go to

Thursday, Aug. 10

A fundraiser for the non-profit Soldier’s Best Friend will be held starting at 8 p.m. at Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Comedian Christopher Titus will perform. Admission is $25; seating is first come, first serve, and there is a two-drink minimum. Get more details at

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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.