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Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, 2012. Image by Bill Morrow and used under the terms of a Creative Commons license.
The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. The Holiday-Season Edition covers Dec. 21 to Jan. 11. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
The Three-Week, Holiday-Season Edition Of The Consciousness Calendar Features Activities Commemorating The Tucson Shootings, A NAFTA Protest, And More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 21, 2012 — Beyond Tucson, an annual event held the first Saturday of every year to commemorate the anniversary of Jan. 8, 2011 and the shootings that killed six people and severely injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be held Jan. 5, and is the featured event for this week’s Consciousness Calendar.

The event is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community and encourages Arizonans to come together, get outside and be physically active. The day’s activities include more than 16 individual events held throughout southern Arizona, including Tucson, Marana and Green Valley. For a complete listing of events, visit

Beyond Tucson was launched in 2012 by members of Gabe Zimmerman’s extended family in the hope that Tucson would not be defined by the tragedy, but instead inspired by the community’s response. Those killed in the 2011 shooting were: Christina Taylor Green, 9, of Tucson; Dorothy "Dot" Morris, 76, a retired secretary from Oro Valley; John Roll, 63, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Arizona; Phyllis Schneck, 79, homemaker from Tucson; Dorwan Stoddard, 76, retired construction worker; Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, 30, community outreach director for Giffords.

Friday, Dec. 21

Congressman Ed Pastor will hold his annual holiday dance beginning at 8 p.m. at Corona Ranch, 7611 S. 29th Ave., Phoenix. Music will be by Barrio Lation and DJ Dragon. For more information, contact

Sunday, Dec. 23

The Thunderdome Neighborhood Association for Non-Auto Mobility is hosting a thank you letter event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Carly’s Bistro, 128 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix. The thank you cards are for Phoenix Councilmember Michael Johnson who helped the group in their battle against a Circle K store on Seventh Street and Roosevelt Ave. Visit for more information.

Monday, Dec. 24

The personal equivalent of Jacob Marley will appear to all of the modern equivalents of Ebenezer Scrooge slightly before midnight. To avoid this, don't be a greedy old bastard.

Friday, Dec. 28

A real astronaut, Joseph Acaba, will make an appearance at the Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, from 2 to 4 p.m. Acaba returned in September from four months in space aboard the International Space Station. Complimentary tickets are available to some Peoria residents. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Jan. 1

The city of Mesa Economic Development Advisory Board will hold a meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at 20 E. Main Street, Mesa. For more information, visit

Sunday, Jan. 6

A protest march against the North American Free Trade Agreement will be held in downtown Phoenix on Sunday, Jan. 6, beginning at 11 a.m., when activists will march from the Mexican Consulate, 320 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, to the U.S. Federal Building, 230 N. First Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Monday, Jan. 7

The Sierra Club will host a workshop to help residents become effective citizen “lobbyists” for the environment beginning at 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 202 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. Pizza will also be available. For more information, contact For more information and to RSVP, contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or

Tuesday, Jan. 8

The Third Annual Electric Energy Storage Conference will be held at Embassy Suites Biltmore, 2630 E, Camelback Road, Phoenix, from Jan. 8 to 10. The conference is specific to those within energy storage, renewable energy, regulatory policy and planning and research and development. For more information, visit

Members of the tea party have managed a meeting with Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal, at the Arizona Department of Education, 1535 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix from 6 to 9 p.m. To RSVP, email Wes Harris,

Wednesday, Jan. 9

The city of Tucson will host an open house event to discuss the city’s draft general plan Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tucson Police Westside Service Center, meeting room, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. For more information, visit

Alison King will present “Mid-Century Architecture in Phoenix” from 7 to 8 p.m., Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit

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