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Consciousness Calendar May 2 To 16: Cecile Richards Has A Book Out, While Ecosystem And Better Food Forums Are On The Agenda


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 2, 2018 — Her mother was a firebrand governor of Texas in the early 1990s, and she leads an organization that social conservatives have despised for decades: Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards, daughter of the late Ann Richards, has served as president of the family planning organization since 2006 and is considered an important voice in reproductive rights movement. Cecile Richards’ activism began with helping garment workers, hotel workers and nursing home aides fight for better wages and working conditions.

She returned to Texas to help elect her mother in 1990, and then later served as deputy chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Along with her career and being a married mother of three, Cecile Richards can now claim the title of author.

She’ll be talking about her book, Make Trouble, at 12:30 pm. Thursday (May 3) at Changing Hands Book Store, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Admittance is $4 (based on a purchase of the $27 book), and seating is determined by letter group. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, May 2

The film He Named Me Malala, by Davis Guggenheim, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at United Islamic Center of Arizona, 19250 N. 35th Ave., Glendale. After the Taliban tried to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls' education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerged as a leading advocate for children's rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Admission is free; to register, visit

Friday, May 4

The Arid Lands Symposium will be held today and tomorrow at the McDowell Sonoran Conservatory, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. The event will bring together researchers, land managers, students, community leaders and stakeholders to share research and discuss ways to implement monitoring, research and management programs. Along with workshops and a cocktail party, the symposium will include a hike in the Sonoran Preserve. Admission is $75 for one day or $150 for two days. For more information, go to

The Whole Story: Part VI, an exhibition featuring portraits of 13-year-olds by Betsey Schneider, will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Tickets are $10, and seating is limited. To learn more, visit or

The third annual golf tournament for My Hope Bag will be held at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club, 6425 E. Teton Circle, Mesa. My Hope Bag provides resources for women fighting breast cancer. A silent auction and raffle will also be held during the tournament. Tickets are $100, and include a breakfast and golfer goody bag. For more details, check out

A rally in support of abolishing the death penalty will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. In connection, a short film will be held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. To learn more, visit

Saturday, May 5

The First Annual Arizona Mule Deer Organization Region 6 Fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters Pavilion 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. There will be a chance to win prizes. Registration fees start at $25. To learn more, go to

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host the Black and White Ball starting t 6 p.m. at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Pkwy., Phoenix. The event will include dinner and an award ceremony. Tickets begin at $300. For more details, check out

Sunday, May 6

The 2018 March for Moms, a rally focused on improving birthing conditions in the United States, will begin at 2 p.m. at Roadrunner Park, 3502 Cactus Road, Phoenix. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

The Wheels to Wellness 5K Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Canal Parking Lot, 5th Avenue & Goldwater in Scottsdale. Proceeds from the walk will benefit Cabs for the Cure. Tickets are $20. Get more details at

Tuesday, May 8

The Arizona Food & Farm Forum is a two-day conference for producers, food entrepreneurs and local food advocates. The event will features networking sessions, nationally-acclaimed keynote speakers and instructional workshops. It will take place at The Farm at Agritopia, 3000 East Ray Road, Gilbert. Admission ranges from $20 to $99. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 12

A Mothers Day Bailout, helping mothers who cannot afford bail, will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Living United for Change in Arizona office, 3120 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. To get involved, check out

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