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Consciousness Calendar Feb. 20 To March 6: Eating Healthier, AIDS Walk, Prison Reform And Tackling State Government Issues Are On The Agenda


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 20, 2019 — As more Americans become aware that climate change is indeed real, they’re looking for ways, along with governmental action, to help stem the effects.

Along with reducing overall fuel consumption, another big way is to eat less meat (especially beef).

According to a recent article in The Guardian, “Deforestation to make way for livestock, along with methane emissions from cows and fertilizer use, creates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all the world’s cars, trucks and airplanes.

“Meat rearing practices risk mass extinctions of other animals, as well as spawn significant pollution of streams, rivers and, ultimately, the ocean,” the article continued.

But it’s not just dire environmental concerns that are drawing people both vegetarian/vegan lifestyles: Reducing meat consumption can help a person lose weight, lower cholesterol and just feel better. There’s also the concern for animal welfare.

Those interested in a plant-based diet can check out the 2019 PHX Vegan Food Festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St. in Phoenix.
Dozens of food and beverage vendors will participate, including Alchemy Roast, Dilla Libre, Kemet Foods, Suja Juice and Wok This Way. Vegan-friendly bakeries, including Heather Foods, will offer items.

Presenters include chefs Madelyn Pryor and Jason Wyrick; nutritionist Ryan Furman; and Tim Rusmisel, founder and director of Vital Actions.

There will be entertainment, including live music by 76th Street, Jerusafunk, House of Stairs, Scarborough, Sierra Rae and Wonder. Nonprofits such as ASPCA and Phoenix Animal Save will participate. Attendees can also shop for cruelty-free clothing, health products, skincare and jewelry. General admission starts at $25. For a full schedule of events and entertainment, along with general info, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 20

“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

Thursday, Feb. 21

“Ban The Box,” a state legislative hearing centered around SB 1437, is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. SB 1437 proposes reforms to the state’s criminal justice system. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Arizona Early Childhood Alliance is sponsoring Early Childhood Day, a legislative-related event, starting at 8 a.m. at the state Capitol. Coffee and breakfast will be served. 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.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Tempe Empty Bowls is being held starting at 11 a.m. at Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. Elementary and high school students, as well as local artists, are creating clay bowls and other pottery to help raise money for Tempe Community Action Agency and United Food Bank. Ten dollars will purchase a bowl and simple meal. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

HHRD Global Village Festival will be held at noon at Arizona Cultural Academy & College Prep, 7810 S. 42nd Place, Phoenix. This free family event will showcase regions where HHRD takes care of orphans around the world. Proceeds will support Orphans: Middle East, Africa, Asia. Global food items, sweets, children’s activities, a photobooth, a petting zoo and other amenities will be available. For more details, check out the Facebook page:

AIDS Walk Arizona will begin at 5 p.m. (for the run) and 6 p.m. (for the walk) at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. There will be live entertainment; families are allowed to bring their dogs. Proceeds will benefit Phoenix agencies that provide HIV services. To learn more or register, visit

Bloom 365 is sponsoring at Teen Dating Violence Prevention program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 19th Ave. and Northern Ave., Phoenix. For more details, email or text/call 602-799-5398. To register, visit

Urban Bike Ride Phoenix will start at 8 a.m. The 25-mile bike ride is limited is 10. Riders will follow the Arizona Canal from the vicinity of 48th street northeast to Indian Bend Wash. Helmets are required, and riders should bring a lunch and two quarts of water. To learn more, check out,-111.970543

Monday, Feb. 25

End Medical Neglect In Prison, a vigil for Richard Washington, will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Arizona Department of Corrections, 1601 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Washington, who was housed at Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, died at 64 on Jan. 31. He claimed to have lacked medical care. For more details, visit this Facebook page:

Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Institute for Humanities Research is sponsoring a forum on climate change and the humanities at 4:30 p.m. at Ross-Blakley Hall 196, 1102 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe. Robert D. Newman, the president and director of the National Humanities Center, will speak. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. For more details, go to

Robin Marty, author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America will speak at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. This is a co-presentation by the National Council of Jewish Women Arizona Section and NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona. To learn more, visit

“The Influence of Hidden Dictatorships,” an Arizona State University Global Conversation, will take place at noon in Cronkite 444 at the Cronkite Journalism Center and Mass Communication on the ASU campus. Alex Gorbachev, a political journalist from Russia, and Hungarian business journalist Balint Szalai will speak. Visit for more details.

Thursday, Feb. 28

The Arizona Housing Coalition is hosting a Day at the Capitol at 9 a.m. For more details, visit

2019 Refugee Lobbying Day will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the state Capitol. We Are All America, in partnership with Central Arizonans for Sustainable Economy is sponsoring the event. Snacks will be provided, but registration is required. Go to for more details.

ASU’s Social Cohesion Dialogue, featuring authors Carol Anderson and Sarah Smarsh, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Carson Ballroom of the Old Main : 400 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe. The free event will include a book signing. Check out for further details.

“The Angry Other,” a forum on marginalized communities, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Sema Foundation, 325 N. Austin Drive, Chandler. An RSVP is required; for more details, visit

Saturday, March 2

The 2019 Hike for the Homeless will begin at 8 a.m. at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills. Visit this Facebook page for more details:

The Optimist Ride for Autism will be held starting at 8 a.m. Participants should first meet at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. The ride will include a raffle and food. Tickets start at $25. For more info, visit

March 2 and 3

Tres Rios Nature Festival is happening starting at 10 a.m. today and March 3 at Base and Meridian Wildlife Area in Avondale. Showcasing the diversity of wildlife habitat, history and culture of the Gila River drainage, the festival will offer a music, free outdoor activities and a zipline. Visit for more details.

Sunday, March 3

“A Conversation About Race,” hosted by the East Valley NAACP, will be held at 1 p.m. at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. President Roy Tatem will deliver a message about race and race relations in America from his perspective. To learn more, go to this Facebook page:

Tuesday, March 5

A Day of Empathy at the State Capitol will be held starting at 8 a.m. Participants will highlight the urgency of criminal justice reform and meet with lawmakers. Reinventing Reentry is sponsoring this event; coffee and donuts will be served. For more details or to register, go to

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