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Jan. 31 to Feb. 14

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Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. Photo by Gage Skidmore and used under a Creative Commons license.
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Featured Is A Valley Appearance By The Director Of The Ayn Rand Institute, Chinese Cultural Event, As Well As Humane And Environmental Days At The Capitol


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 31, 2013 —  With Ayn Rand and Objectivism constantly in the news these days, the featured event for this week has to be a public appearance by Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, in the Valley.

Brook migrated to objectivism from his socialist parents when he read Atlas Shrugged at 16, according to an interview Brook gave with the Orange County Register in 2007.

He will appear Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the invitation of the Surprise Tea Party Patriots, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun City West Foundation’s Webb room, 14465 W. R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City.

For more information, visit

Thursday, Jan. 31

The Arizona Transit Association will hold its legislative day at the state capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, including an ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit conference/overview/azta-legislative-day -at-the-capitol/

Journalist Peter Bergen will present, “The Longest War: America, Al Qaeda, and the Middle East,” sponsored by the The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at 1:30 p.m. in the Carson Ballroom in Old Main, Tempe. This event will be streamed at For more information, visit programs/alternative-visions/longest-war -america-al-qaeda-and-middle-east

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1616 W. Adams, suite 110, Phoenix HAS BEEN CANCELLED. For more information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 2

The ASU Origins Project will continue at 7 p.m. in Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe as scientists from NASA, NOAA and other groups will present “Great Debate: Climate Change, Surviving the Future.” Tickets are $10, $16, and $26 plus service fees. For more information, visit

February 2 and 3, a number of community groups will descend on Roosevelt Row to present ways to get involved as well as provide skills attendees can use in their own lives. All of the free presentations are intended to be interactive, so questions and ideas are welcomed. Attorney Michael Kielsky of Phoenix Copwatch will present general principles involved in protecting rights and safety in police encounters Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. A Satnam and Baldev Kundalini yoga and meditation class as taught by Yogi Bhajan will be held Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., at 5th Row Studio, 513 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix. The International Workers of the World will discuss how to organize labor on the job and in our communities Feb. 2, 6 p.m. in Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. Vegan Outreach will present a presentation of what the consequences are on choices to eat meat and other animal products Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. A discussion on the power of cooperatives will be held Feb. 3, 1 p.m., Jobot Coffee Shop, 918 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. The importance of community press and independent media will be discussed Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. A seminar on grant writing for community projects and organizations will be held Feb. 3, 3 p.m., Aside of Heart 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Sunday, Feb. 3

Americans United For Separation of Church and State will hold a general membership meeting at 2 p.m., JJ North’s Country Buffet, 1312 N. Scottsdale, Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Monday, Feb. 4

The Drescher Lecture 2013 presented by Barrett Honors College, ASU, will host Dr. Stephanie DeLusé who will present “Writing ASU’s History: Choices in Building Community and Balance” and Dr. Patrick Grzanka who will present “Born This Way…or not: Measuring Beliefs about Sexual Orientation” beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Barrett Honors College, Cottonwood room, ASU, Tempe.

The Goldwater Institute, 500 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, will host “Silent Cal,” a book forum presented by Amity Shlaes at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 5

The Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs in partnership with the Arizona State Senate, will host the Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. Activities will include a joint protocol session held in the Senate, speakers discussing the benefits of collaboration and coordination, and a catered lunch hour. Finally, a “Tribal Community Manager Forum” will be held in the Capitol Museum Senate room at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit

The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will host Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sun City West Foundation’s Webb room, 14465 W R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City. For more information, visit

Lawn Gnome Publishing’s Books and Beakers Science Cafe will present “Higgs Bosons for the Masses” beginning at 7 p.m. at 905 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. The discussion will be edified by Richard Lebed, a professor at Arizona State University who has a background in theoretical elementary particle physics and a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. For more information, visit or

ASU Students For Liberty and Young Americans For Liberty will host a debate on gun rights, the Second Amendment, and gun control. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the ASU Tempe Campus’ Discovery building, room 250. For more information, visit or

Wednesday, Feb. 6

The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA are hosting Arizona’s Humane Lobby Day at the state capitol complex, 1700 W. Washington Street. Events will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Friday, Feb. 8

The League Of Women Voters will hold a founder’s and statehood day celebration featuring a discussion about home rule at Shalimar Country Club, 2032 E. Golf Drive, Tempe, beginning at 11 a.m. Dr. David Berman of ASU will be the featured speaker with comments from former U.S. Rep. and Tempe Mayor Harry Mitchell and former manager of Maricopa County David Smith. Registration is requested prior to Feb. 4 and the lunch event is $18. For more information, visit

The 23rd Annual Chinese Week & Culture & Cuisine Festival will be held Feb. 8 to 10 at the Chinese Cultural Center, 668 N. 44th Street, Phoenix. The Friday through Sunday event is sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities Commission and will feature Chinese cuisine, arts, crafts, dragon and lion dances, mah-jong booth, martial arts demonstrations, musical performances, a photo exhibit, and hands-on activities. Admission is free but it cost $5 to park. For more information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 9

The American Liberty Festival will be held beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on the campus of Northwest Christian School, 16401 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix. The event is touted as an “immersion experience” that will feature such activitists as a battle re-enactment between redcoats and patriots. Admission is $10. For more information, visit

The Arizona Wilderness Coalition is hosting a non-native weed and recreation remediation event in the Superstition Wilderness Feb. 9 and 10. For more information and to register, contact Sam Frank, AWC central Arizona director at 928-350-2204 or visit

Sunday, Feb. 10

The 17th Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will be held at three Harkins Theatres in the Phoenix metro from Feb. 10 to 24 with a showing each night at 7 p.m. The six films selected are aimed at both younger and older audiences For more information, call 480-451-1788 or visit

The 25th Willo Historic Home Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Third Avenue and West Monte Vista Road, Phoenix. The tour will view a variety of homes including those from the Tudor, Spanish Revival, bungalow, and ranch styles from the 1920-1940’s. Cost is $18 and registration is required. For more information, visit

Monday, Feb. 11

Dr. Jonathan Fine will present “The Arab Spring: Between Hops and Challenges,” at 1:30 p.m. in West Hall room 135 on the campus of Arizona State University. For more information, visit

The American Friends Service Committee will host a prison sentencing reform happy hour and fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. at La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave., Tucson. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol will begin at 8 a.m. at the offices of the League of Cities and Towns, room 101, 1821 W. Washington St., Phoenix, and will continue to 4 p.m. Carpooling is available from some locations and a bus will be coming from Tucson to Phoenix. For more information, contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress.

Thursday, Feb. 14

LUCHA is hosting a Valentine’s Day event, “Dear Governor Brewer: Be Our Valentine & Let DREAMers Drive,” in an attempt to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to reverse her decision to allow DREAM Act kids to get an Arizona driver’s license. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the governor’s office, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit

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