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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar Aug. 23 To Sept. 6: A Film About The Urban Lumber Movement, Celebrating The 19th Amendment And A Benefit For S&R Dogs -- It’s All Happening This Month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 23, 2017 — Raising consciousness is a heck of heavy lift for both those trying to inform, and those being informed.

But thankfully, consciousness raising usually happens in small doses and when least expected. So pick an event over the next two weeks and have at it.

Care about the environment? There’s an event for that (scroll down to Aug. 23). Want to celebrate the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution? Scroll down to Aug. 26.

Or, if you want to know what the heck is going to happen when the city of Phoenix Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management comes together with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, scroll down to Sept. 6.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Felled chronicles the journey of an urban pine tree saved from the landfill by two woodworkers who give the tree new meaning as a family dinner table. The film highlights the growing urban lumber movement and “explores themes of waste, craftsmanship and redemption,” according to its creators. Phoenix-metro residents can watch Felled at 7 p.m., at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. A post-film discussion is included. Organizers will collect hygiene items for the Tempe Community Action Agency's Hygiene for the Homeless Drive. Admission is free. 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

For those who aren’t afraid of a little nudity mixed with activism: GoTopless for Gender Equality will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. GoTopless Day is now on its 10th anniversary as an international day of action for gender equality. Find out more here:

Sunday, Aug. 27

It’s not everyday that there’s a chance to attend a kitten baby shower, benefiting Lucky Angel Rescue, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 16405 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. There will be food, games and auction items. Tickets start at $30; learn more at

A ‘meet and cruise’ event to feed the homeless, sponsored by Feed The Streets AZ, will be held starting at 7 a.m. at Fry’s Food & Drug, 3511 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix. Donations of ham and turkey lunch meat, bread, mayonnaise and mustard packets, bottled water, and sandwich zip lock bags are needed. To get involved, check out the Facebook page:

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Congressman David Schweikert -- a Republican who represents the state’s 6th District -- will participate in a business roundtable at 10:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, 7501 E. McCormick Pkwy. The Arizona District Export Council and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the event; admission is free. For more information, go to

Solar Wars is supporting Lights Out 830: At 8:30 p.m., Tucson residents are asked to turn out their lights (for 30 minutes) in response to Tucson Electric Power’s imposing solar rooftop fees. To learn more about this issue, check out

Thursday, Aug. 31

There will be an all-abilities night @ iFLY, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at 9206 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. The event allows those with physical limitations to participate. Each $39.95 ticket includes all flight training, rental gear and access to the night mixer. To register or learn more contact Colin at (480) 712-4359, Ext. 1178, or go to

Cinema Politica will screen The Hands That Feed at 6:30 p.m. at Vista del Sol Community Center Theater, 701 E. Apache Blvd.,Tempe. The film is centered around an undocumented worker as he fights abusive conditions in the sandwich show where he works. Admission is free, but donations of hygiene items for the homeless are needed. To learn more, go to

Friday, Sept. 1

The Bow-A-Petite Fashion Fundraiser will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 16405 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Proceeds from the event will go to Service Dog Fund Corporation. Guests will receive food and a gift bag. Tickets start at $10; for more details, go to

An opening for the exhibition Invisibility & Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., Tucson. This exhibition will connect the ongoing and urgent human rights concerns of LGBTQIA people around the world. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Sept. 2

FIIDS Public Awareness Event, focusing on genocide and enslavement of Yezidis by ISIS, will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Goelet A. C. Beuf Community Center, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix. Mirza Ismail, Yezidi human rights activist from Canada, will speak. To learn more, go to

The two-day Power of Sisterhood Conference will be held at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona. Topics include goals, mentoring and public service. There will be numerous speakers. The cost is $295. To register online, go to For more information, group discounts and questions, call (928) 254-1897.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Resilient PHX, an event to help residents support the community in times of disaster, will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army Facility, 2707 East Van Buren St.,Phoenix. The city of Phoenix Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, with the support of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, is launching this program. For more details, check out

The Burgers, Brews & Brawn Servathon to benefit Arizona Search and Rescue Dogs, will be held starting at 4:30 p.m. at Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix. A $10 reservation fee will include a Phoenix firefighter serving the meal. For more details, check out

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