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Consciousness Calendar April 18 To May 1: There Are More Than A Few Ways To ‘think Globally, Act Locally’ This Holiday Weekend


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 18, 2019 — Now at the cusp of its 50th birthday, Earth Day’s significance seems even greater, the planet begins experiencing  more debilitating effects of climate change.

The Valley of the Sun has more than a few opportunities for residents to learn more about this vital celebration of our “Big Blue Marble” and how they can make a difference. (After all, as the bumper sticker says: “There is no Planet B.”  

Earth Day is April 22, but events start on Saturday, (the 20th), with the Cave Creek Earth Day Festival at Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Road. Hosted by Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary, this free festival will feature a variety of different vendors, live music, and fun for the whole family including activity tables, crafts and raffles. For more information, check out

For parents who no longer need them, there’s Keep Our Planet Neat, Recycle Your Car Seat starting at 7:30 a.m. on April 20 at NARPRO, Good Works Auto Repair on 2348 E. Broadway, Tempe. Safe Kids will dismantle recycled car seats for Earth Day. For a full description of how it’s done or to get involved, visit
Monday (the 22nd) means the 10th Annual Earth Day Phoenix, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington St. Presented by Republic Services (in partnership with Green Living AZ), the event will feature lots of useful information, food, music and other fun activities. Visit this Facebook page for more details:

Also happening on Monday is Earth Day Act on Climate News Conference & Rally, at 12:45 p.m. at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington. State Sen. Juan Mendez, other legislators and climate activists will participate. Go to this Facebook page ( to learn more.

A Square Earth Day Cleanup will be held at 5 p.m. at Tempe Town Lake, 517 E. Gilbert Drive. Bags, gloves and snacks will be provided. To RSVP or learn more, check out

Thursday, April 18

The Stand with Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon will take place at noon at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 East Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Feminist leader and author Gloria Steinem will speak. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit

“ASU, Mandela and the Dawn of a New Democracy: South Africa Then and Now” will be held at 6 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 101 on the ASU campus in Tempe. Refreshments will be served after the panel discussion. An RSVP is required to this free event; for more details, visit

Saturday, April 20

The 103rd Annual Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising will be held at 10 a.m. at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. This multimedia experience will feature live ballads, music, readings and poetry presented in historical context. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. There will be free refreshments, including soda bread, For more details, visit

Diaspora Day Arizona 2019 will be marked with an event at noon at 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. This free event is open to the public, and is a celebration of all cultures within the African diaspora. There will be food, drinks, activities, live music and more. For more details, visit or

Tuesday, April 23

The film Right to Harm -- focusing on factory farming -- will be screened at 7 p.m. at Alamo Draft House, 1140 E. Baseline Road, Tempe. The film's director, Matt Wechsler, will host the discussion with cast members from Tonopah, Arizona and take questions from the audience. Admission is free; go to for more details.

Friday, April 26

A charity golf tournament benefiting the SPCA will be held starting at 7 p.m. at The Legend at Arrowhead, 21027 N. 67th Ave., Glendale. A networking lunch will be included. Tickets start at $25; go to to register or learn more.

Saturday, April 27

The AZ LULAC District 1 Convention will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Historic Grant Park Recreation Center Hall at 714 S. 2nd Ave., Phoenix. Mayor Kate Gallego will be the keynote speaker. Topics will include immigration, the U.S. Census, health and women’s issues. For a full schedule or to learn more, check out

BWA Community Outreach with Turn the Corner Now will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. at 1201 W. Madison, Phoenix. This event will focus on helping the homeless; food and men’s clothing are needed. Visit this Facebook for more details:

April 28 to May 26

Based on the Saturday morning educational cartoon series of the 1970s, Schoolhouse Rock Live will run through May 26 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary; for ticket prices or other info, visit

Monday, April 29

The forum “Evictions: Politics, Policy, and Possibilities” will be held at 6:30 p.m. at South Mountain Community College Student Union, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. To learn more, go to

Wednesday, May 1

SACLAZ’s 1st Annual Youth Advocacy Day will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the state Capitol. Participants will focus on efforts to prevent youth substance abuse. To register or learn more, go to

Law Day will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. A panel will discuss journalism, the law and related issues in today's America. Admission is free. To learn more or register, visit

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