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Relieve June’s Swoon:
Politics, Nature, God in PHX

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Consciousness Calendar May 29 To June 12: Events Include Medical Care For Those In Need, A Nature Walk And Support For Animal Rights


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 29, 2019 — The end of May marks the unofficial start of summer (the season actually begins June 21), with the emphasis being on leisure.

However, there are still important political and environmental issues that need attention (never mind the ever-growing constitutional crisis surrounding the presidency). There are several ways to help out this weekend, including Party with a Purpose, happening Friday, May 31, at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave. Phoenix.

Phoenix Allies for Community Health is putting on this “funky dance” party, which starts at 10 p.m. A $3 donation will help PACH provide services to medically marginalized people. To learn more, check out

On Saturday, June 1, a Ramadan Night for Civil Rights will be held at the Arizona Cultural Academy, 7810 S. 42nd Place, Phoenix. Sponsored by Council on American-Islamic Relations, the evening will feature Pennsylvania state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell and Roy Tatum, president of the East Valley NAACP. The event starts at 6 p.m. and feature refreshments; ticket prices range from $10 to $145. For more info, visit

Help the environment by participating in Walk for the Woods on National Trails Day, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the White Mountain Nature Center in Pinetop. There will be hikes and a bike ride to benefit the Nature Center and Woodland Lake Park -- along with food, music and prizes. For more details, go to

Friday, May 31

Astronaut Mark Kelly, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, will speak at 6 p.m. at Shadow Rock UCC Church, 12861 N. 8th Ave. in Phoenix. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Indivisibles of Arizona is sponsoring this event. For more details, go to

Saturday, June 1

AZ Speaks: LGBTQ - A History in AZ, a will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center, 102 W. Southern Ave., Phoenix. Historian Marshall Shore will discuss the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community here in Arizona. Arizona Humanities is sponsoring this multimedia presentation. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Sunday, June 2

Phoenix National Animal Rights Day 2019 will take place starting at 11 a.m. at the Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. Sponsored by Our Planet, the event will include a memorial ceremony and the reading of the Declaration of Animal Rights. For more info, go to this Facebook page:

Wednesday, June 5

An End of Session ERA Party will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom, N. Second Ave., Phoenix. There will be a cocktail hour, motivational speakers, slide shows and live music. The free event is open to those 21 and over. For more details, visit

The Arizona Republican Party is sponsoring Ronald Reagan's Life and Legacy in Phoenix starting at 6:30 p.m. at 3501 N. 24th St., Phoenix. Author Larry Schweikart, author of the new book Reagan: The American President, will speak. The $25 admission includes a signed copy of his book, along with refreshments at the event. For more details, go to

Thursday, June 6

PDA Phoenix and Our Revolution East Valley will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Spokes of Southern, 1470 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. Topics will include organizing events for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the DNC debate and a Medicare for All campaign.

Friday, June 7

Gun Violence Awareness Day is taking place today. Supporters are being urged to wear orange. To learn how to get involved, check out

Saturday, June 8

A Learn Your Lizards walk will start at 8 a.m. at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 27615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior. Outdoor educator Phil Rakoci and the state Game and Fish Department's Audrey Owens will conduct the tour. Admission is free for Arboretum members, or $15 for adults or $5 children. To learn more, call (602) 827-3000 or visit

A Verde River water monitoring event will be held starting at 8 a.m. The Sierra Club Saguaro Group and Water Sentinels are sponsors. Volunteers should bring drinking water and sunscreen. To learn more, go to

Sunday, June 9

The Bark Bowl III - 9 Pin Tap Tournament, sponsored by AZ Happy Tails, will be held starting at noon at Mesa East Bowl, 9260 E. Broadway Road. There will be a raffle, cash prizes, food, drinks and more. Tickets range between $25 and $125, and will include three games of bowling, shoe rental and one pizza for a player’s lane. For more details, check out

Wednesday, June 12

Elizabeth Segal, an Arizona State University professor and author of Social Empathy, will speak at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. For more details, check out

Thursday, June 13

Kate Gallego will give the Mayor’s State of the City Address at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. Third St. Tickets start at $120; the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event. For more details, visit

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