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Consciousness Calendar Dec. 14 to 27: Along With Political Activism, There Are More Than A Few Ways To Help Out Those In Need This Month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 14, 2017 — Charles Dickens penned, “A Christmas Carol,” his timeless tale of greed and redemption in 1843. More than 170 years later, some still do not get it. One passage in particular — when Scrooge talks to those seeking donations — might be as commonly heard in spirit among some groups today.

"At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, ... it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."
"Are there no prisons?"
"Plenty of prisons..."
"And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
"Both very busy, sir..."
"Those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

Rather, take a tip from Mr. Marley’s ghost: "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"

Luckily. We’ve got some ways to be like Mr. Marley’s ghost — or the redeemed Mr. Scrooge for that matter. And that is a plethora of events, identified in green and red, that involve giving back this holiday season.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Clean Buses for Healthy Niños will drop off thousands of petitions to Gov. Doug Ducey starting at 4 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. The goal is to get his office to use the $57 millions Arizona is receiving from the Volkswagen settlement to upgrade an aging fleet of toxic diesel school buses to zero-emissions electric school buses. To learn more, visit

For(u)m: Responsible Affordable Housing will be held at 6 p.m. at The Park Lee Apartments, 1600 W. Highland Ave., Phoenix. For(u)m The event brings together four representatives from the Valley's top affordable housing organizations to see the projects they've completed, and how their completion spurs surrounding investment and neighborhood stabilization. To learn more, check out

Friday, Dec. 15

Wine Tasting For Charity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Ceremony Shop, 7150 N. 57th Ave., Glendale. This year’s charity is UMOM New Day Centers. Registration is limited; to learn more, go to

Saturday, Dec. 16

Big Cuz/Turn the Corner Feeds 500 Homeless will be held at 3 p.m. at 1101 W. Madison St., Phoenix. Along with volunteers, organizers need burgers, buns, chips, bottled water, ice, condiments, plates, utensils, new or slightly used warm clothing, and hygiene items for 500 people, and we need you to show up and help. For more information, check out

Wreaths Across America will be held starting at 10 a.m. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. Participants will lay wreaths in honor of fallen soldiers. Admission is free; to learn more or register, go to

12 Bars Of Charity will benefit eight local charities. From 2 to 6 p.m., participants will go on a pub crawl. For $30 admission, they’ll receive a shirt to associate with the charity of their choosing, free shuttle rides to 12 local bars, drink specials. A $10 donation will be made to the charity of the donor’s choice as well. Learn more by visiting

Sunday, Dec. 17

Comfort Food for the Homeless Youth Events, A Christmas Meal will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1001 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The Justa Center will served 120 to 200 homeless Veterans and homeless seniors that are over the age of 55. To learn more, call (602) 999-4032 or check out the Facebook page:

BarkHappy Phoenix: Sip & Shop Holiday Pawty Benefiting Small Dog Rescue will be held at 3 p.m. at 915 N.Central Ave., Phoenix. For those who buy tickets, there will be freebies, pet pampering, drink and food specials, raffle prizes, and games for both dogs and humans. Admission is $10 to $12; learn more at

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Diverse voices from Phoenix will share insights on topics ranging from personal identity to contemporary issues during Open Voice: Latinx. The event gets underway at 6 p.m. at The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is free; find out more at

Thursday, Dec. 21

Shine the Light to End Homelessness Walk will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Azcend Community, 345 S. California St., Chandler. Volunteers are seeking donations for scarves and gloves for people currently being served by the I-HELP program. To learn more, check out

Thursday, Dec. 22

Christmas Homeless Handup Drop will be held starting at 4 p.m. at 914 W. Hatcher Rd., Phoenix. Volunteers will pass out clothing, hot cocoa, food, tents and hygiene to those in need. To get involved or learn more, go to

Streets of Destiny Church will host its annual Miracle on Van Buren St. 13th Annual Christmas Outreach Dinners through Christmas. The church is seeking donations of food, socks, gloves, hats and blankets. To learn more, go to

Friday, Dec. 23

Warm The Streets of Phoenix volunteers will be serving soup and kindness to those in need this holiday season. To get involved or find out more details, visit the Facebook page:

Rhymes with Equality, a community benefit for the documentary You Racist, Sexist Bigot will be held starting at 7 p.m. at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. There will be music; admission is $10 and open to those 21 and over. Find out more by going to the Facebook page:

Monday, Dec. 25

The 13th annual Christmas At the Farm will be held at 3 p.m. at 12051 N. 96th St., Scottsdale. The event will benefit Hunkapi Programs Inc. and involves giving horses to children. Donations are welcomed. For more information, visit

Friday, Dec. 29

Ready to test your trivia skills? Year In Review Trivia 2017, benefitting Central Arizona Shelter Services, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. This 20-question trivia competition about 2017 will test your knowledge of pop culture, music, film, business, sports, politics/government, newsmakers and more. Admission is $35; learn more at

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