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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 16 To 30: November Brings Many Volunteer Opportunities, Along With A Fundraiser For The LGBTQ Community


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 16, 2017 — Thanksgiving is next week. Along with being grateful for the basics in life, it’s a time for being with loved ones, eating a tasty and carb-rich dinner, watching lots of football or doing a little shopping.

For millions of Americans, it’s also a time to remember those in need, by serving dinner in a homeless shelter to comforting those who struggle with physical or mental illness.

Phoenix-area residents have many ways to help out their communities. One way is Comfort Food for the Homeless, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 1001 W. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. Volunteers will serve 200 homeless veterans and seniors a warm Thanksgiving lunch. Justa Center, a day-based resource facility, which caters to homeless people age 55 and up, is sponsoring the meal. The center serves 130 per day, according to officials. To get involved or donate, visit this Facebook page:

This week’s calendar features numerous opportunities for those wishing to make a difference. Read on and find out.

Thursday, Nov. 16

The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting is hosting a “Facts Matter” fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Refreshments and appetizers will be available. For ticket information or other details, visit the Facebook page:

Sparkle Glitter GLSEN 2017, a cocktail fundraiser, is set for 6 p.m. at The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. All funds raised go directly towards GLSEN Phoenix’s programs to create safe K-12 school environments. Awards will be presented to individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth in Phoenix. For information on the event or tickets, go to

Friday, Nov. 17

St. Mary’s Mobile Pantry is seeking volunteers for food distribution, which will take place starting at 6:45 a.m. in front of the South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

A legislative workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arizona School Boards Association, 2100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. According to organizers, the workshop will focus on “unintended consequences of school choice and how educators can respond.” Attendees will receive updates on the Arizona state budget and outlook for 2018 and beyond, and other topics. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

A fund drive for St. Mary's Food Bank featuring The Strolling Bones will be held at at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. There will be several opening acts, including The Jons featuring Chris Kantor and the Sara Robinson Band. There will be donation boxes; non-perishable food items are encouraged. To learn more, visit

Saturday, Nov. 18

The 2017 Feed The Community Event will be held at 9 a.m. at Maxine O. Bush Elementary School, 602 E. Siesta Drive, Phoenix. There will also be a Team Mphasis Basketball Camp. Families will get a free Thanksgiving dinner, health and dental care, and hair cuts provided by Kicks and Cuts. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

The Fifth Annual Drag For A Dream will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Karamba Nightclub, 1724 East McDowell Road, Phoenix. Sponsored by Trans Queer Pueblo, will feature a live band, entertainment by members and local drag performers. Admission is $15; to learn more, visit

Sunday, Nov. 19

Farm Sanctuary’s Phoenix Plant Powered Run will be held at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Along with a 5K fun run, there will be a walk. For more details about this animal rights-based event, go to

Thanksgiving Dinner For the Homeless, sponsored by FeedthestreetsAZ, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Fry’s Food and Drug, 3511 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria. On the menu will be turkey dinner, plus classic side dishes and pumpkin pie. Volunteers and donations are needed. To get involved or learn more, call (623) 695-5631 or check out the Facebook page:

Feeding 500 Homeless with Big Cuz is marking its one-year anniversary starting at 3 p.m. at 1101 W. Madison St. The organizers need food (such as hot dogs, buns, chips and drinks), along with socks, coats, jackets and blankets. To donate or get involved, call (602) 472-2123 or (602) 831-5015. Learn more at

Monday, Nov. 20

The Arizona 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance will take place starting at 6 p.m. at the State Capitol Building, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. During the vigil, the names of trans people who lost their lives will be read. To find out more, go to

Tuesday, Nov. 21

The presentation Recognizing and Healing Historical Traumawill be held at 4 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Calvin Terrell, founder of the Social Centric Institute, will facilitate the event, which focuses on how communities affected by genocide, slavery and forced relocation can heal. To learn more, visit the Facebook page:

Wednesday, Nov. 22

The Know Your Rights: Training + Panel Discussion will be held at noon at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa. Brian Dille, an MCC political science professor, will be on a panel, along with representatives from the ACLU, Black Lives Matter and CAIR. For more information, check out the Facebook page:

Thursday, Nov. 23

A Thanksgiving breakfast for homeless people, hosted by Nancy J. Martinez, will be held starting at 6 a.m. at 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Donations are needed. To learn more or get involved, check out

Feeding The Homeless, hosted by 20TwentyEnt313, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 230 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix. Organizers have a goal of serving 100 meals and distributing 200 care kits. To donate, go

Saturday, Nov. 25

The 12th Annual Helping the Homeless event will take place at 11 a.m. at 501 S. 9th Ave. Numerous donations, from turkeys to socks, are needed. To find out how to help, check out the Facebook page:

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Success with Resistant, Unmotivated and Disruptive Kids, sponsored by the Love and Logic Institute, will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Radisson Phoenix North, 10220 N. Metro Pkwy. Dr. Charles Fay will offer strategies to parents on children who constantly test limits. Admission is $99; for more details, visit

Thursday, Nov. 30

Camelback Family Planning is hosting its annual fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the facility, 4141 N. 32nd St., Suite 105, Phoenix. Attendees may tour the clinic, meet staff and learn about reproductive rights. Refreshments will be served. The suggested donation is $50. To learn more, go to

The critically acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro, focusing on the late writer James Baldwin, will be will screened at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. Admission is free; for further details,

Friday, Dec. 1

The Phoenix AIDS Candlelight Vigil will be held starting at 6 p.m. at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 N. Central Ave. Fifteen NAMES quilt panels will be on display. For more details, visit

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