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Consciousness Calendar Aug. 9 To 23: Dog Days Or No, People Are Finding Ways To Speak Out And Get Involved In The Phoenix Metro


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 9, 2017 — Summer used to be a time when most Americans tuned out from pretty much everything, save for their daily work/family routine and vacations. But 2017 is different: there’s a highly unpopular and saber-rattling president in the White House, (witness his latest statements on North Korea).

There’s also general dissatisfaction with how the Congress is handling issues such as health care. More people throughout the nation are following the news and even taking to the streets to voice their concern or anger. In the Phoenix area this month, there are forums on energy use, recycling and an endangered species; voter registration training sessions; and a celebration of the 19th Amendment.

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

Yet another reason to go into a brick-and-mortar store: Macy’s is hosting its Shop For a Cause event to benefit the March of Dimes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the store located on 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Through Aug. 13, customers who give $5 to the March of Dimes at the register or online at will receive the Shop For A Cause savings pass for an extra 10 to 25 percent off. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Aug. 12

The Green Party of Maricopa County will hold a workshop at 9 a.m. at 24th Conf Center, 1841 N. 24th St., Phoenix. David Cobb, the former campaign manager for presidential candidate Jill Stein, will speak. Tuition, $60, includes a continental breakfast and a healthy lunch. To learn more or purchase a ticket, go to

Sunday, Aug. 13

Fun with MORIAH, which offers peer mentoring for children, will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. at Flip Dunk Sports, 1515 Bethany Home Road, Phoenix. Participants must be 5 to 13 years in age, while mentors must be 9 to 18. There will be numerous activities. Admission is $10. To learn more or sign up, go to

Monday, Aug. 14

#DontTreadOnAZ, a statewide protest organized by AZ Resist, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at several locations across the state, including 2944 N. 44th St., Phoenix. For more information, check out the Facebook page: or visit

Tuesday, Aug. 15

The Phoenix chapter of Society of Professional Journalists will host a session on fake news and how to fight it at 6 p.m. at South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix. Some of the well-known journalists participating include Lauren Gilger, host/producer, KJZZ; Mary Jo Pitzl, state government reporter, Arizona Republic; and Jessica Pucci, professor at the, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For more details, seek out the Facebook page:

#DACAversary, an event to celebrate and protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protection Status programs, will be held at 5 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol Complex. Learn more at:

Thursday, Aug. 17

A presentation on the Mexican gray wolf, which is endangered, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tempe Transit Center, 200 E. Fifth St. The Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter, is hosting the event. To find out more, check out this Facebook page:

Saturday, Aug. 19

The second annual Cannabis Conference & Expo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at BLK Live, 7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale. The event will support Joy Bus, a nonprofit providing meals and conversation to outbound cancer patients valleywide. Participants must be current AZ MMJ card-holders for entry. For admission prices or to learn more, go to

Voter engagement training will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11240 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Stronger Together AZ and Living United for Change in Arizona are partnering up to teach participants how to energize friends and neighbors in the political process, work in teams to engage and register new voters, and canvass our neighborhoods in fun and easy ways. To find out more, go to

Sunday, Aug. 20

“Climate Change and Justice, “a lecture hosted by Indivisible Phoenix and Center for Biological Diversity, will be held at 2 p.m. at Friendship Village, Skirm Auditorium, 2645 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. Sonja Klinsky, assistant professor at the ASU School of Sustainability, will speak. For ticket info, go to

Tuesday, Aug. 22

“Poverty, Energy and Equity,” a forum hosted by the Sierra Club, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tempe Transportation Center, 200 E. Fifth St. Cynthia Zwick, the executive director for the Arizona Community Action Association, will speak the topics listed in the title. Learn more at

Voting registrar training will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Admission is free; learn more by checking out

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Felled a film on growing urban lumber movement, will be screened at 7 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Organizers will collect hygiene items for the Tempe Community Action Agency's Hygiene for the Homeless Drive. For more information, go to

Thursday, Aug. 24

Step Up Arizona’s 2017 David's Hope Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit will be held today and Aug. 25 at Embassy Suites in 4400 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Criminal justice and mental health stakeholders from across Arizona will share successes and challenges in reducing the number of people with mental illness and addiction who are incarcerated. Tickets start at $75; dinner is included. To register or learn more, go to

Saturday, Aug. 26

The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, is turning 97. To celebrate Women’s Equality Day, an event will be held starting at 2 p.m. at North High School Auditorium, 1101 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Along with speakers -- such as Karon Jolna, of Ms. in the Classroom -- there will be appearances by women running for office, music by African Rhythm and a dessert reception. Tickets are $10; register or learn more at

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