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Consciousness Calendar Oct. 4 To 18: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Is Next Week; There’s Also A Bike Parade, Girl Scout Leadership Camp And Cannabis Expo


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 4, 2017 — Sunday is Columbus Day, which for some people in the United States, is controversial. Since the 500th anniversary of the Italian explorer landing what Europeans called the New World, there has been a growing movement to recognize those people whose lineage on American soil dates back thousands of years. In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, The Heard Museum will host an event starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 9.

“As we celebrate the first full year of recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Phoenix, we are honored to share with you the cultural richness of Indigenous peoples throughout Indian Country – this year focusing on the power and prominence of Indigenous voices and the preservation of tribal language,” according to organizers at the museum.

Free to the public, it will feature dance, music, dialogue, video games, food, hands-art activities and film. The museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Participants will have the opportunity to make a clay pot, very own commemorative Indigenous Peoples’ Day print and learn about healthy native foods.

for more details.

There are also other Indigenous Peoples’ events in the Phoenix area, which listed in this calendar.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

The SOCENT Social Entrepreneurship Summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at because, 3419 E. University Drive, Phoenix. Workshops will focus on issues like sustainability, advocacy and marketing. A meal will be served; admission is $60. For more information, visit

Thursday, Oct. 5

The Diversity First Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a Phoenix location and is sponsored by the Arizona Diversity Council. For more information, contact or go to

Friday, Oct. 6

Weedly Phoenix is holding a Legalize cannabis event at the Arizona State Fair, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. Volunteers are needed at every entrance and exit outside of the fair on public property to collect signatures from registered voters in foot traffic. For petitions, call 489-812-5238, 602-820-0065 and 623-200-7722. A Facebook page also offers information:

Dolores Huerta, a long-time human rights activist, is the subject of the film Dolores, playing through Oct. 12 at the Harkins Shea 14. Huerta, now 87, will appear at the Oct. 10 screening. The theater is located at 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. To learn more, go to

Oct. 6 to 8

The National Federation of Republican Assemblies will hold its annual convention from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8 at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel, 860 N. Riverview. Among those attending will be be U.S. House of Representatives Freedom Caucus Members, including Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Steve King. There will also be noted GOP political strategists. For admission prices and other information, call 480-221-9633.

Saturday, Oct. 7

In response to NFRA event being held in Mesa, Erase Racism From AZ, will be held at the Sheraton Mesa. To learn more, check out

The Tour de Fat Bike Parade! will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting at Mill Ave. and 3rd St. in Tempe. A concert featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead will follow; there will be beer, music, art and activities. To learn more, go to the Facebook page:

Sunday, Oct. 8

The Navajo Documentary Film Showcase will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix. The showcase coincides with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 9. The two films shown will be Mayors of Shiprock and Metal Road. Admission is free; for more details, go to

Save Second Base Pub Crawl, a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Bar stops include SanTan Brewery, Murphy's Law, Bourbon Jacks and The Perch. Tickets are $50; to learn more, go to

There will be an Indigenous People Day AZ Morning from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Tonatierra Community Development Institute, 802 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Along with morning blessings, there will be a ceremony and potluck breakfast. To learn more, go to

Sunday, Oct. 9

Indigenous People Day Arizona 2017 is happening at Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 W. Adams St. in Phoenix. Sponsored by several native American groups, the event will feature artists, poets, speakers and musicians. To learn more, check out

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and city Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner will address the Professional Women’s Alliance “fireside chat,” which starts at 11 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N 7th St. Lunch is included ($30 or $50 depending on membership status). To attend or for more information, contact Emily Hegdahl at or 602-495-6479.

With the Nov. 7 election just a month away, the voter registration deadline is today. To learn more information, check out, or call (602) 542-8683 or 1-877-THE-VOTE.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

The Million-Dollar Day of the Girl Reception is happening starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls & Women at Camp South Mountain, 1611 E. Dobbins Road, Phoenix. The goal is to meet the $1.6 million matching grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation as part of “Campaign for Girls in Arizona.” Admission is free, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. To learn more, visit

Thursday, Oct. 12

The Fourth Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive. Topics will include mental health disparities in Arizona and opioid epidemic. For further details, go to or for a full schedule, see

In an era of hyper-partisanship, former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will host the forum "Disagreement and Civil Dialogue on American Politics and Civic Culture," starting at 5 p.m. at Katzin Concert Hall on the Arizona State University campus, 50 Gammage Pkwy., Tempe. Arizona PBS will film the event, which is free to the public. To register or learn more, go to

Friday, Oct. 13

It’s not every day that one gets to see the former Mexican president in Arizona, but Vicente Fox -- who served from 2001-07 -- will speak at the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo being held through Oct. 14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. The expo will feature for industry members, entrepreneurs, local leaders and companies. For ticket and other information, go to

Believe it or not, Phoenix was once the site of a prehistoric canal system. Pueblo Grande Museum will present Water Works: Settling the Salt River Valley from noon to 3 p.m. at the museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Todd Bostwick, director of archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeological Center, will speak. To learn more, go to

Jennifer Vanos, an assistant professor at the University of California-San Diego, will discuss human and environmental health in “Health Places Hot Spaces” at 9 a.m. in Wrigley Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. She will discuss way to lessen children’s vulnerability to extreme heat and UV radiation, mitigating heat and improving sustainability initiatives at the 2020 Olympics. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Oct. 14

Camp United Nations For Girls Phoenix 2017 will be held from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. at 100 N. First St., Phoenix. This program introduces girls ages 9 to 15 to international politics and the work of the United Nations. The delegate fee is $160, while the Girl Scout delegate fee is $120; both cover all program materials and meals. For additional information, visit, email or call (202) 660-1457, Ext 2.

The AHRAS Night of Hope Gala, benefiting children fighting cancer, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive. Along with dinner, there will be cocktails, live music, mystery boxes and auctions. Admission starts at $250. To learn more, visit

Arizona Wilderness Stewards will host a woodchute wilderness and trail brushing event from 8 4 p.m. at Woodchute Trailhead No. 102, Jerome. Participants must wear long pants, long sleeves, eye protection (sunglasses), and closed-toed shoes (sturdy hiking boots) for all work activities. Participants will need to be prepared to hike up to 6 to 7 miles while carrying food, water (which they must bring), tools and supplies, stopping along the way to work on areas. To learn more, visit

Sunday, Oct. 15

Protest Dolphinaris Opening Day is set to begin at noon at N. Pima Road and East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. Dolphin Free AZ is the sponsor. Dolphinaris allows people to swim with the sea mammals. For more info, check out the Facebook page:

Puente 10 Year: A Decade of Resistance! will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at 1602 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Puente Human Rights is sponsoring the event. For more details, go to

Monday, Oct. 16

“We Are All Complicit” is a forum focusing on the “school-to-prison pipeline” and is part of ASU Ethnic Studies Week and starts at 5 p.m. at the Education Lecture Hall, 100 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe. Dr. Arash Daneshzadeh, a scholar and activist, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, check out

“Americans and the Nazi Threat: What Did Arizonans Know?” will be held starting at 6 p.m. at the ASU Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. Various speakers -- including Edna Friedberg of the United States Holocaust Museum -- will explore headlines, reactions, and artifacts from the region to understand the history in a local context. To learn more, visit

FilmBar will show the 1962 classic To Kill a Mockingbird at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. ASU film professor Joe Fortunato will discuss, and provide “live commentary” on this cinematic adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel about growing up in the racially charged Depression era South. The event starts at 7 p.m. For more info, check out

“Covering President Trump: Observations from a Veteran White House Correspondent” will be held starting at 7 p.m. at the First Amendment Forum, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Jon Decker, White House correspondent for Fox News Radio, shares his experiences covering this Donald Trump. For more information, go to

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Advocacy in Action will lead a panel discussion starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Community experts and activists will discuss actions residents can take both personally and professionally to better support the diverse communities in Phoenix. Admission is $10 (free for non-members); to RSVP or learn more, visit the Facebook page:

ASU will hold an Ethnic Studies Week Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at Arizona Humanities, 1242 North Central Ave., Phoenix. Participants will discuss the role of language, culture, literacy, and ideology in power relationships with students. To learn more, visit

Based on a book about the Watergate scandal, All the President’s Men will be screened as part of “Cronkite Night at the Movies.” Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism and former executive editor of The Washington Post, will introduce the 1976 film. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the First Amendment Forum, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Terry Virts, a celebrated NASA astronaut and National Geographic author, will share his stories and photographs in View from Above at 7:30 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, One E. Main St. For tickets and information, call 480 644-6500 or visit

The Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board will hold its monthly meeting; for time and location, call 602-223-2514 or visit

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