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Consciousness Calendar May 15 To 29: District 5, 8 Residents Are Called To Perform Their Civic Duty: There Are Also Many Other Ways For Those In The Phoenix Metro To Aid Their Communities


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 15, 2019 — Pssst … in case you didn’t know, there’s a runoff election this Tuesday, May 21 in Phoenix. Because local elections matter every bit as much as national ones, here’s a rundown on the two races for Districts 5 and 8.

In District 5, those running are incumbent Vania Guevara and Betty Guardado. According to media reports, the candidates have similar views on issues and are progressive.

Guevara was a staffer in the District 5 Council office, while Guardado ha been a member of Unite Here Local 11 for over two decades.

District 5 borders on the city of Glendale and is considered a working-class area.

In the District 8 race, the contenders are Carlos Garcia and Michael Johnson. Garcia is seeking office for the first time, while Johnson served as the district rep from 2002 to 2013. Garcia is a community organizer; Johnson was a Phoenix police detective.

Their district is home to both wealthy neighborhoods and South Phoenix, an area some observers say has been neglected.

Major issues in their race include light rail and city policing. The city has set up 11 voting centers for the election starting May 18. According to the city, “for faster service, voters are encouraged to bring their driver license, state-issued identification card, or voter identification card.”

For more information on Tuesday’s election, visit

Wednesday, May 15

May Meditation, Reiki & Sound Healing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Desert Lotus Healing Sanctuary, 6239 E. Brown Road, Mesa. Attendees should bring a yoga mat, blankets and a pillow. Admission is free; learn more at

Thursday, May 16

Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. at Grayhawk Golf Club – Talon and Raptor Courses, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams. Registration fees are $750 for individuals. For more information, contact Leslie Religioso at 602-798-5097 or To register or for other info, go to

Saturday, May 18

The Arizona Democratic Partys Mofford-Warner Dinner will be held starting at 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. Admission starts at $250. According to organizers, a major presidential candidate will speak. To learn more, visit or

Celebration Eastlake is happening at Eastlake Park, 1600 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The park has a special place in Phoenix history, as at one time it was the only one that African Americans could go for recreation. Today’s event starts at 6:30 p.m. and include performances and free food. To learn more, go to

Superhero 5K, sponsored by Put on the Cape: A Foundation for Hope, will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Proceeds will benefit the Southwest Family Advocacy Center; registration fees start at $20. For more details,

Tuesday, May 21

A live panel discussion on religious intrusion into healthcare is set for 5 p.m. (Editor’s note: This is part of a Google Hangout.) Panelists include Amy Littlefield, Investigative reporter for Rewire.News; Carmen Rios, digital editor at Ms.magazine and co-host of the Trigger Happy webseries; and Kira Shepherd, director of the The Racial Justice Program of the Law, Rights and Religion Project at Columbia Law School. For more info, visit

Author Zachary Cramer will speak at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. His book is Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights. The event starts at 7 p.m. Visit to learn more.

Wednesday, May 22

The state Department of Environmental Quality will host a Solid and Hazardous Waste Program Workshop starting at 9:30 a.m. at its Phoenix office, 1110 W Washington St., room 3175. The event is free and offers professional development hours. To register or learn more, visit

Thursday, May 23

A Social Security and Retirement Workshop will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Admission is free; to learn more, go to

Case workers will offer will be on hand to help adults experiencing homelessness starting at 1 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more details,

Attorney and author Bill McWhirter will speak on Donald Trump and the Constitution, as part of an ongoing series, at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Visit to learn more information.

Saturday, May 25

The film Healthcare at the Tipping Point will be screened in the Don Cassano Room of Tempe Transit Center, 200 E. Fifth St. The AZ Medicare for All Coalition is sponsoring the event, which also includes a discussion. For more information, visit this Facebook page:

The East Valley Environmental Club will present a seminar on fracking at 3:30 p.m. at the Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Guest speakers will be mining engineer Dr. Kevin Gibson with No Fracking AZ and state Sen. Juan Mendez (Arizona District 26). To learn more, visit

Sunday, May 26

Gaming For A Cause: Memorial Day For Veterans will be held starting at 8 a.m. at 16116 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale. The board game tournament fundraiser, which includes a guided nature walk and prizes, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $20. Go to for more details.

Rio Salado Habitat restoration will take place starting at 8 a.m. at the Central Gateway, 2439 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Participants in this Sierra Club event should dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Water and snacks will be provided. To learn more, check out,-112.071181

Tuesday, May 28

The 2019 Spring Hesburgh Lecture, “ Water and the West,” will be presented at 5 p.m. at ASU Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Dr. Bruce Heber of Notre Dame University will speak. The lecture is free to the public, but an RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be provided. For more info, go to

The film The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years: A Long Road to Freedom will be shown at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., Tucson. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Visit this Facebook page for more info:

Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will appear at an event for Mayor Kate Gallego, being held at 2309 E. Cinnabar Ave., Phoenix. The event starts at 5 p.m., with tickets ranging from $50 to $1,000. To attend, to go

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