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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar Dec 28 To Jan. 9: The New Year Starts Off With A Way To Help Homeless Youth, Along With Environmental Forums


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 28, 2018 —  Here we are, at the end of another year where what seemed impossible wasn’t -- especially in the political realm.  Millions of Americans make resolutions to exercise more, or get better organized in work or at home.

Another area they can explore: Making a difference in their community. There is no shortage of ways to get involved, from helping people living on the streets to demanding real action on climate change — and you don’t have to wait until January.

A Comfort Food for the Homeless Youth event will take place at 9 a.m. this Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Justa Center, 1001 W. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. Chef Matthew and Phoenix Catering will feature an array of different cuisines from around the globe. All volunteers need to be over 18; for more information, contact Olivia Cano-Wells at 602-999-4032 or visit this Facebook page:

Want to help children fighting cancer? The New Years Eve 2018 Masquerade Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will begin at 8 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton, 10831 S. 51st St., Phoenix. There will be a DJ, dancing, drink tickets, a midnight toast, auction, appetizers and more. Admission is $35. Learn more at

FridaysForFuture, a rally for climate change action and clean energy alternatives,  will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 4 at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix. To get involved or learn more, go to

Friday, Dec. 28

Year In Review Trivia, benefiting Central Arizona Shelter Services, will be held at Valley Bar,
130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Questions will focus on a variety of topics, including pop culture, music, sports and politics/government. Tickets are $35; for more info, go to

Monday, Jan. 7

Tonatierra: Embassy of Indigenous People will be held at 6:30 p.m. at  Tonatierra, 812 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. The goal is to create and sustain a cultural embassy of indigenous peoples to support local/global development initiatives in education, culture, and economic development. To learn more, visit or

Tuesday, Jan. 8

The Professional Women’s Alliance will meet at 11 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St.  Deborah Ostreicher, CEO of Distinguished Communications, will share what it takes to deliver an effective presentation. Lunch is including; admission is $35 for members or $55 for non-members. For more details, check out

Dr. Melissa Kruse-Peeples and Bernard Siquieros will explore "Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways, Past and Present." at 6 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. To learn more, check out

Wednesday, Jan. 9

The Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce is hosting Lunch and Learn starting at 11:30 a.m. At 110 W. Elliot Road in Tempe. Attendees will tour the Salt River Project Investment Recovery Center to see how SRP is simultaneously generating income and reducing landfill waste. Admission is $25; preregistration is required before Jan. 8. For more details, go to

A community forum featuring Poder in Action will focus on safety, violence and policing at 6 p.m. at City Square Church, 701 S. 1st St. in Phoenix. For more details, go to this Facebook page:

The presentation “Gen Z and Sensory Journalism” will be held at 5 p.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Andrea Coville, CEO of Brodeur Partners, will provide an in-depth look at this new generation and their media habits. Learn more at  

Thursday, Jan. 10

The forum Ask A Climate Expert will be held at 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel, 340 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix. The Sustainable Cities Network is teaming up with the American Meteorological Society to address questions about climate change. For more info, check out

Friday, Jan. 11

A Speak Up Against CPS Corruption Rally will begin at 7:30 a.m. at a location a to-be-determined location. For more details, go to

Valley Voices: The State of Higher Education will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum,  4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. Speaking will be Rita Cheng, president of Northern Arizona University; Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; and Robert Robbins, president of University of Arizona. To register or learn more, visit

The Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Skysong Synergy I & II, 1301 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. This event will allow members of the CAP research community to network, and discuss recent updates and research. The keynote speaker will be Professor Marc Johnson from the University of Toronto-Mississauga. For more info or to register, visit

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