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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 29 To Dec 12: The Holidays Are More Than Just Decorations And Shopping: Find Out How You Can Help


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 29, 2018 — We’re in the thick of it now, from non-stop Christmas shopping ads to brightly-lit homes: The holiday season will last until Dec. 25. But no matter how you celebrate during this special month (including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the Winter Solstice), it’s important to remember people in need, and the Phoenix area offers numerous opportunities to give back.

For starters, there’s Live To Give, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain. The entertainment gala will raise money for “Eyes like Mine,” which mentors and helps foster kids in our communities. The night includes live performances, hors d'oeuvres, beverages, live music and dancing. Tickets start at $25. For more details, check out

Also on Dec. 2 is the Holiday Love Event, which is partnering with The Joy Bus Dinner to help homebound cancer patients this year. The event will start at 11 a.m. at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. There will be face painting, balloon artists, vendors and more. Donations are welcome, but admission is free. To learn more, visit

To help children and families dealing with cancer, Gifts Of Hope will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at a private residence, 5334 E. Palo Verde Drive, Paradise Valley. Along with entertainment, wine and hor d’oeuvres will be offered. Attendees should bring a $25 gift card. To register or learn more, go to

The Survivors Christmas Toy Drive Renaissance Event takes place starting on Thursday, Dec. 6 Noah's Event Venue, 2100 E. Yeager Drive, Chandler. The benefit dinner will honor domestic violence survivors; attendees should bring an unwrapped children’s toy. Tickets are $15. For more details, go to

Get To Give, benefiting Arizonans for Children, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at McFate Brewing Company, 1312 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. As participants help create holiday cards for children in foster care, they can enjoy local craft beer and cocktails, and complimentary appetizers. Admission is $10; Get to Give starts at 5:30 p.m. For more details, visit

Young Black Organizer Project is presenting Party With A Purpose at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 415 E. Grant St., Phoenix. The event will benefit families in need this holiday season; gifts are encouraged. There will be dancing, raffles, appetizers and drinks. To learn more, go to

Friday, Nov. 30

Filmed in Arizona and directed by Pita Juarez and Matty Steinkamp, the film You Racist, Sexist, Bigot will have its world premiere at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. General admission is $25, while a VIP ticket is $50 and includes popcorn, photos with the directors and film poster. The film features “an amazing rainbow of humans” and focuses on what people have in common. To learn more or buy tickets, check out

Blockchain technology involves everything from crypto-currency to “crypto-kitties.” But what is, exactly and can it solve major problems? That will be the topic of an Arizona State University sustainability forum starting at 2 p.m. in Room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the ASU campus in Tempe.  Panelists include Hanieh Sadat, managing partner at GenesysOne Capital; Ward Hendon, an entrepreneur, attorney, teacher and investor; and Dmitry Gorilovskiy, a hardware technology entrepreneur and founder of Moeco. To learn more, visit

Saturday, Dec. 1

Phoenix’s 1st Latino Pride Festival will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds, 7611 S. 29th Ave. There will be two stages of entertainment, including tents for art and dancing. Admission is $15; to learn more, go to

Sunday, Dec. 2

Stop The Tears - Families Belong Together Rally will be held at noon at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The rally is being held to protest the Trump administration’s family separation policy concerning Central American refugees. For more details, check out

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Connecting Past with Present, a forum, will be held at 11 a.m. at Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Visiting scholar and author Karla Suomala will speak about the long-running conflict and its impacts. Admission is free, and a light brunch will be served. To register or learn more, visit

Tuesday, Dec. 4

The 2018 Maricopa Associations of Governments Human Services Conference will be held at from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive. This year’s theme is “Supporting Healthy Communities,” and will include workshops. Lunch will include an opioid panel discussion and a keynote address. Admission is free; to learn more, go to

Andrew Maynard, author of Films from The Future, will speak at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more details, check out  

Wednesday, Dec. 5

As weather becomes more extreme, stormwater may become an important resource. A forum on innovative stormwater management, an ASU sustainability event, will be held at noon at Brickyard Orchard House, 21 E. Sixth St., Tempe. Today’s event features a four-person panel and lunch. Get more details at

Thursday, Dec. 6

“Let’s Talk About Guns - Deliberative Dialogue” will be held at noon at the Westward Ho, 618 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Alberto Olivas, executive director of the Pastor Center, will guide participants in discussing the issues together. Lunch will be served, but an RSVP is required. For more details, go to

Friday, Dec. 7

War and deportation: A Yaqui narrative and testimony will be held at 6 p.m. at The Millet House Art Collective, 440 W. First St., Mesa. Dr. Raquel Padilla Ramos will lead the free event. Visit this Facebook page for further details:  

Saturday, Dec. 8

A Teen Dating Violence Prevention seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a location on 19th Ave. & Northern Ave. in Phoenix. For more details, email, call 602-799-7017 or visit

Dec 8 to 12

ASU is holding its Fall 2018 Commencement ceremony over a four-day period. For a full schedule and locations, visit

Sunday, Dec. 9

My Hair Is Beautiful, a self-esteem workshop for girls between 5 and 18, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Admission is free; to learn more, check out

The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame will host a holiday party starting at 4 p.m. at Flicka’s Baja Cantina, 2003 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The no cover-charge event will include live music, food and drinks. Learn more at

Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter is sponsoring a Rio Salado Habitat Rehabilitation event, beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers should meet at 3445 S. 24th St., Phoenix; tools, snacks and water will be provided. To RSVP, contact Jennifer Martin at 602-423-6157 or For more details, visit,-111.862458

Thursday, Dec. 13

A Colorado River dialogue will take place at 9 a.m. in Room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the ASU campus in Tempe. Participating are Gerardo Anzaldúa, fellow at the Ecologic Institute; Harald Kunstmann, professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Ganbaatar Khurelbaatar, researcher at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Germany. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. For more details, check out

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