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Consciousness Calendar Feb. 7 To 20: A volunteer fair is this weekend, while forum topics range from equality to the Balkan War


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 7, 2019 — Here we are in February, and many are doing what they can to abide by those New Year’s resolutions. Some resolve to eat better. Others resolve to work out more or quit smoking. For most, the desire to maintain those resulting has already waned. It can be difficult to stay on track.

One way people can make 2019 a better year is by thinking of others, and the Phoenix Volunteer Fair is the perfect opportunity to do that.

Happening this Sunday, Feb. 10, the fair will feature over 100 nonprofit organizations, including the Arizona Humane Society, St. Vincent de Paul and Feed Our Babies USA. Attendees can learn how to get involved in a cause they support.

This free event starts at 11 a.m. at The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren. An outside cafe will serve food and drinks, while free parking is available at the Adams Street Garage, on Monroe and Third Avenue. For more details, visit

Another way to help out is to attend the I Have A Name opening Friday, Feb. 8, at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. This special exhibition features a collection of black-and- white photographs by Jon Linton, who, “puts names to the faces of the people who live in and around our communities, who have no home to call their own.”

Donations of new white athletic socks are encouraged, and attendees will receive $1 off general admission with their donation. For more details, visit this Facebook page:

Arizona wildlife need help, too: The Arizona Mule Deer Org, Region 6 Phoenix Area, is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Pointe Tapatio, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Along with food and drink, there will be a live auction and raffle buckets. Tickets start at $40; to register or learn more, check out   

Thursday, Feb. 7

The 40th Street Lecture Series will take place at 6 p.m. at Washington Campus (Copper Room/IE1302), 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix. The topic is “The Revolution Will Not be Televised: Stories from the Frontlines of Social Change.” Admission is free; check out for other details.

“From Hope To Hate: The Rise Of Conservative Subjectivity In Brazil” will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Vista del Sol Theater, 701 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, a social scientist at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil, will speak on the recent election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain. To learn more, visit

Sunday, Feb. 10

We Have Always Lived Here: Huhugam, O’Odham & the Sonoran Desert will take place at 6 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Museum Director Nicole Armstrong-Best will guide “a walk through time” at a site where the Huhugam (ancestral Sonoran Desert peoples) have lived and thrived for more than 1,000 years. Admission is free; to learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Monday, Feb. 11

Secular Day at the Capitol will begin at 8 a.m. There will be guest speakers, lunch with invited lawmakers, a happy hour and more. For a full listing on this Secular Coalition for Arizona event, check out this Facebook page:

Tuesday, Feb. 12

“Becoming: An Intimate Conversation Michelle Obama,” featuring the former first lady and author, will take place at 8 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Ticket prices start in the $1,000 range (a percentage goes to charity). To learn more, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Environmental Day At The Capitol 2019 will take place starting at 8:30 a.m at the Capitol’s Rose Garden. Hosted by the Sierra Club - Grand Canyon chapter, Environmental Day will feature speakers and meeting with lawmakers on important bills. To learn more information or to RSVP, contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or There’s also a Facebook page:

A free film screening of The Human Element is set for 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1140 E. Baseline Road, Tempe. In the film, environmental photographer James Balog “captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change.” More details can be found at

Thursday, Feb. 14

V-Day AZ Repro Rights Reception will be held starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, the reception lets participants thank lawmakers who support reproductive rights in person and writing valentine cards. For more details, check out the Facebook page:

Football player Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete drafted by the NFL, will discuss masculinity and defining oneself in the 21st century at 7 p.m. at the Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Admission is free; visit to learn more.

Friday, Feb. 15

The eighth annual Prison Education Conference 2019 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at ASU Tempe Student Pavilion Ballroom 121, 1151 S. Forest Ave. Keynote speakers include Donna Harati and Gabriel Lopez of Homeboy Industries, and Tyra Patterson, a social justice activist who was wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years. There will also be seminars and a luncheon. Admission is free; to register or learn more, visit

VDAY 2019: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer will get underway at 7 p.m. at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits Reinventing Reentry and Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. Those 21 and under may attend with a parent or legal guardian. Tickets start at $15; to learn more, visit

Saturday, Feb. 16

Kids Charity Cart Show, benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital, will be held starting at 8 a.m. at Airpark Motorsports, 16191 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale. Admission is $20; check out for more details.

Feb. 16 and 17

A two-day stewardship training seminar in the Cedar Bench Wilderness is set to begin at 9 a.m. and last through 4 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 17) in Camp Verde. Participants will learn river monitoring, “leave no trace” principles, volunteering information and more. Those taking part must bring enough food, water, camping equipment and appropriate clothing. For a full run-down and the location, go to

Monday, Feb. 18

A forum on equality and culture will be held at 3:05 p.m. in Room 135 of Arizona State University’s West Hall in Tempe. Siep Stuurman, a professor at the Utrecht University and an author, will trace evolving ideas of human equality. Admission is free; to register or learn more, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 20

“Surviving Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak” will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 135 of Arizona State University’s West Hall in Tempe. Selma Leydesdorff, will speak on how Bosnian Muslims became the victims of a brutal and bloodthirsty purge at the hands of Serbian forces in the mid 1990s. Admission is free; for registration info or more details, go to

“How the Humanities Can Save the Planet: Living Sustainably” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Lyceum Theater, 901 S. Forest Mall on the ASU campus in Tempe. Sir Jonathan Bate, an acclaimed biographer and Shakespearean scholar from Oxford University, will speak. A dessert reception will follow his talk. For more details, go to

Friday, Feb. 22

Keli May Foundation 2nd Annual Fundraiser and Auction Night will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at Rock Point Church, 24759 S. Power Road, Queen Creek. All proceeds go to the foundation, a community supporting transitioning young adults from foster care into independent living. The family-friendly event will include raffles, a silent auction and live music. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Visit to register or learn more.

Held this spring (April 2), Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event, which is presented by FirstBank and raised $3.2 million in 2018. Registration and re-enrollment is now open for Arizona nonprofits interested in participating. Re-enrollment is required annually and can be completed before March 1. The registration deadline for new nonprofits is Feb. 22. Go to to register or for more details.

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