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Consciousness Calendar

Dec. 31 To Jan. 14

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(Left) U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, (Right) CEO of Arizona Chamber of Commerce Glenn Hamer.
The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Featured Are Fundraising Galas For The Goldwater Institute And The Arizona Chamber of Commerce (and Industry) Along With A Multitude Of Other Civically Important Events Throughout The Phoenix Metro

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 31, 2013 — It’s that time of the year again.

No, not the time that kids are home to run amok, nor the season for drinking and driving. While both are true, it is nice to have the kids home for a few weeks and driving while intoxicated is something so dumb only a drunk person could think it is smart.

Rather, now that the holidays have concluded, it’s fundraising time and two of the biggest and most influential “advocacy” groups in the state — The Arizona Chamber of Commerce (and Industry) and the Goldwater Institute will be digging into some of the same deep pockets Jan. 10.

Although Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature will not start their session until Monday, Jan. 13, she and most legislative leaders will meet and talk with business leaders from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce (and Industry) and Arizona Manufacturers Council luncheon at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street. Also speaking will be Glenn Hamer, CEO of the chamber. Tickets are $75 for members, otherwise $90. Table sponsorships begin at $650 and top-out at $10,000. For more information, visit http://azchamber.chambermaster.
com/events/details/2014-
legislative-forecast-luncheon-235050


In an event designed to raise funds for the Goldwater Institute, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will speak on Jan. 10 at the The Scottsdale Plaza Resort’s Grande Ballroom, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a roundtable discussion for extra-special VIPs and big donors, a VIP reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for only the dinner — no roundtable or VIP reception — are $125. VIP dinner tickets are $500 each and table sponsorships are from $1,250 to $10,000. For more information, visit http://goldwaterinstitute.org/events/rising-star-series-us-senator-rand-paul or contact JLloyd@goldwaterinsititute.org

Wednesday, Jan. 1

In coordination with the national “First Day Hikes” held throughout the country, Arizona State Parks will host events at 13 state parks on New Year’s Day. In central Arizona, events will take place at Lost Dutchman State Park at 9 a.m. and Picacho Peak at 10 a.m. For more information about these hikes and the 11 others, visit http://azstateparks.com/find/calendar.html#jan1hike or call 602-542-4174.

The Phoenix chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws will hold its monthly meeting at The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. 1st St., from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info contact phoenixnorml.info@gmail.com or visit www.phxnorml.org

Thursday, Jan. 2

The city of Phoenix will host an inauguration ceremony for Jim Waring, Laura Pastor, Sal DiCiccio and Kate Gallego beginning at 10 a.m. at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams. For more information, visit http://phoenix.gov/news/123013inauguration.html

“Money in Politics” is the subject of a forum facilitated by the Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation, at the Fairway Recreation Center, 10600 W. Peoria Ave., in Sun City at 6:30 p.m. The program aims to expose how lobbyists and “Big Money” buy more access, influence, and representation with officials using campaign cash than working voters could ever afford. For more information, visit www.azadvocacy.org

Friday, Jan. 3

The First Friday Artwalk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided artwalks will take place in Downtown Phoenix. Roosevelt Row serves as a central hub for the monthly event, from 6 to 10 p.m. Meet at Lawn Gnome Publishing and Bookstore, if you’d like, and tour galleries, venues, and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork and to enjoy the spirit and culture of the city. Free event shuttles are headquartered at the Phoenix Art Museum and are available throughout downtown. For more information, visit http://lawngnomepublishing.com/event-calendar/

The First Friday Poetry Open Reading event begins at 7 p.m., at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 McClintock Drive, in Tempe. Local readers will share selections from their own collections. Participants are encouraged to bring up to three typed pages of their own work. For more information, visit www.changinghands.com

Saturday, Jan. 4

The Phoenix Philosophy Meetup Group will meet at the Paradise Bakery, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., in Phoenix at 2 p.m. In addition to historical questions, discussion will include the relevance of various philosophical schools of thought in modern times, and whether similar historical debates are still fundamentally at hand today. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/PHX-philosophy/

Sunday, Jan. 5

Olmeca Music is releasing a new song in support of the Puente Van Campaign and will host an event from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Youth Hostel and Cultural Center, 1026 N. Ninth Street, Phoenix. The song is entitled "En Mi Nombre," and is dedicated to all those resisting and fighting deportations. Activities will include a speaking performance with dialogue on hip-hop, activism, and “decolonial organizing.” For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/554204744668810/

Monday, Jan. 6

Puente Arizona is part of the global grassroots movement advocating migrant justice and human rights, non-violence, interdependence, and human dignity. The group will meet at 1306 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.puenteaz.org/

Tonatierra: Embassy of Indigenous People will meet at 812 N. 7th St., in Phoenix, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://tonatierra.org/ or www.nahuacalli.org

Tuesday, Jan. 7

At several Mesa Public Library locations, speakers from Keogh Health Connection and Empowerment Systems, Inc., will present The Affordable Care Act: What It Means To You healthcare bureaucracy seminar, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include the new law itself, information about the newest changes to the healthcare system, special eligibility, and information about premiums, credits, and cost-sharing reductions. At the library locations pre-registration is required, and can be completed through its online events calendar at www.mesalibrary.org

The Somos America Coalition will meet at Painters Union Hall, 210 N. 24th St. (south of Van Buren), in Phoenix at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.somosamerica.org or https://www.facebook.com/SomosAmericaCoalition?fref=ts

President Barack Obama’s Organizing For Action campaign is facilitating a candlelight vigil to mark the two-year anniversary of the shooting in Tucson that included Gabrielle Giffords and Judge John M. Roll. Hosted by Stephanie Haskins, the event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., located near the Fear Statue, 302 W. Monroe St., in Phoenix. For more information, visit
https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gunviolencepreventionactionevent/gs87dx

End the War Coalition meets to set partisan and ideological differences aside for the sole purpose of uniting to achieve peace on Earth. A meeting will be held at Aside of Heart, 901 N. 5th St., in Phoenix at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/AsideofHeart

No More Deaths, an organization whose mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border through civil initiative, will hold a meeting at Central Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://nomoredeathsphoenix.org/

Wednesday, Jan. 8

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is sponsoring, “Fearless Females: Audacious and Feisty Women of the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” presented by the masculine Ian Moulton beginning at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. The talk will focus on three courtesans of Venice, Veronica Franco, Angela Zaffetta, and Tullia d’Aragona. For more infomation, visit http://clas.asu.edu/courtesans-venice-veronica-franco-angela-zaffetta-and-tullia-d%E2%80%99aragona or https://asuevents.asu.edu/sites/default/files/MoultonFlyer2.pdf

Thursday, Jan. 9

A meeting of the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter’s Rincon Group program will take place at the Service Employees International Union offices, 1600 N. Tucson Blvd., in Tucson, at 7 p.m. The program focuses on three places: Devil’s (Gaan) Canyon, Aravaipa Canyon, and the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. Russell Lowes and Mitch Stevens will deliver a multimedia presentation highlighting these locations and the conservations issues involved therewith, including a mining company’s proposed land swap to extract copper ore below the surface of Devil’s Canyon. For more information, visit  http://arizona.sierraclub.org/meetings_events.asp

Friday, Jan. 10

Although Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature will not start their session until Monday, Jan. 13, she and most legislative leaders will meet and talk with business leaders from noon to 2 p.m. at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce (and Industry) and Arizona Manufacturers Council luncheon at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street. Also speaking will be Glenn Hamer, CEO of the chamber. Tickets are $75 for members, otherwise $90. For more information, visit http://azchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2014-legislative-forecast-luncheon-235050

In an event designed to raise funds for the Goldwater Institute, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will speak at the The Scottsdale Plaza Resort’s Grande Ballroom, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. for a roundtable discussion with VIPs and big donors, a VIP reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for only the dinner — no roundtable or VIP reception — are $125. VIP dinner tickets are $500 each and table sponsorships are from $1,250 to $10,000. For more information, visit http://goldwaterinstitute.org/events/rising-star-series-us-senator-rand-paul or contact JLloyd@goldwaterinsititute.org

Saturday, Jan. 11

The first of four Local to Global Justice Planning Meetings is at Pita Jungle, 1250 E. Apache, in Tempe from noon to 2 p.m. The annual teach-in event requires hard work and dedication from the planning committee that comprises students, faculty, and community members for working out the complexities of entertainment, food, logistics and other preparation activities for the teach-in. For more information, visit http://www.localtoglobal.org/plan.html

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Arizona Green Party will hold its next general membership meeting (guests are also welcome), at the Harmon Branch of the Phoenix Public Library, 1325 S. 5th Ave. The agenda includes county chapter and national party reports, an update on the 2014 Ballot Status Petition Drive, and AZGP bylaws revisions. For more information, visit www.azgp.org

Monday, Jan. 13

The Center for Arizona Policy’s Prayer Walk At The Capitol is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Capitol flagpole at the southeast corner of 17th Avenue and Washington Street at 7 a.m., walk to the House and Senate floors for prayer at 7:10 a.m., and begin the walk to pray for our leaders at 8 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.azpolicy.org/get-involved-events/capitol-prayer-walk

The biggest and most organized rally during the opening day of the next legislative session, 1700 W. Washington Street, will be focused upon women's health and is sponsored by a myriad of organizations, including: Abortion Access Network of Arizona; ACLU-AZ; AFL-CIO; Arizona Family Health Partnership; Arizona Advocacy Network; Arizona List; Arizona Federation of Women; Arizona Foundation for Women; Arizona Women’s Political Caucus; Business and Professional Women of Arizona; League of Women Voters – Phoenix Metro; NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona; National Council of Jewish Women; Planned Parenthood of AZ; Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. People from throughout the state will be bused and/or carpool to the capitol for this event. Those who want to rideshare from northern Arizona should contact Seráh Blain, she.beatnik@gmail.com. Those from southern Arizona are referred to local groups: Morganne Rosenhaus, mrosenhaus@ppaz.org; Kat Sabine, kat@prochoicearizona.org; Laura Penny, lpenny@womengiving.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/558722810872047/ for more information.

The Opening Day Demonstration to End Marijuana Prohibition at the Arizona State Capital, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix, is at 10 a.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/652316524789098/?source=1

Citizens for a Better Arizona and 200 volunteers are planning the AZ 200-Seeking Justice for AZ, with the stated intent of offsetting the tea party agenda. The action is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. in the courtyard at the Arizona Legislature, 1700 W. Washington Street. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1377871325798866/?ref=22

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