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Calendar 1/28 To 2/11

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Forthcoming Events Include Humane Lobby Day, Regional Homeless Count, Arizona Advocacy Network’s Annual Day Of Action, And The Four Chambers Press Open Auditions For the Spring And Summer Seasons

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Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 27, 2014 — A program Supporting the International Violence Against Women Act is at Nello’s Pizza Tempe, 1806 E. Southern Ave., on Feb. 2, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The I-VAWA proposes a comprehensive plan to make ending violence against women a top U.S. diplomatic policy, and was introduced to U.S. lawmakers in November.

Violence against women is a considered to be a global epidemic that includes physical, sexual, and psychological violence, as well as practices such as rape, “honor killings,” female genital cutting, and human trafficking. The United Nations Development Fund for Women states that at least one in every three women globally have experienced this violence, with rates as high as 70% in some nations.

Social worker and local activist Celeste Plumlee will be leading the conversation about women and human rights. Discussion will include why the I-VAWA is necessary, how it will make an impact, and what we can do to ensure that it is passed. Plumlee is a speaker and educator on issues including domestic violence, sexual violence, and is passionate in advocating for women and children throughout the world.

I-VAWA was the result of efforts by Amnesty International USA, Family Violence Prevention Fund, and Women Thrive Worldwide. Experts in related fields from 40 international and 150 US organizations provided input for drafting the legislation. In the US House, the legislation never made it further than its assignment to committee; in the US Senate, it went through committee but was never brought before the senate for a vote. To move forward, the next step would be for the legislation to be introduced to a subsequent session of the Congress.

For more information about the event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/564147433666551/.
For more details about the legislation itself, visit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Violence_Against_Women_Act.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

The Maricopa Association of Governments Population Technical Advisory Committee is at 302 N. First Ave., in Phoenix, at 10 a.m. on the second floor. For more information visit www.azmag.gov.

FitPHX: The Three Reasons for Food Addiction,” will be presented at Phoenix’s Century Library, 1750 E. Highland Ave., from noon until 1 p.m. Coe Kirby, author of Your Health Is Your Wealth, will discuss how to develop healthy nutrition and exercise habits. For more information, visit http://events.azfamily.com/FitPHX_The_Three_Reasons_for_Food_Addiction/296045296.html.

The Evolution of Social Complexity Colloquium presented by the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Institute of Human Origins, and the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems, will be in ISTB-1 Room 401 on the Tempe campus at noon, Jan. 28 and 29. For more information, visit http://clas.asu.edu/evolution-social-complexity-colloquium-3.

Somos America meets on Tuesdays at Painters Union Hall, 210 N. 24th Street (south of Van Buren), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The  group is a community-based coalition mobilizing for social justice, equality, and human rights for migrant communities in Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.somosamerica.org.

A special showing of the documentary film PRICELE$$, will be at the ASU West campus Sands Classroom Building 235, 13492 N. 47th Ave. in Phoenix, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It will be followed by an update of the Arizona Clean Elections Commission and a review of 2014 ballot measures. For more information, contact jon@azadvocacy.org.

The Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals meets on the fourth Tuesday at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town Scottsdale, 4000 N. Scottsdale Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings are open for non-members as well. For more information, visit http://www.azaep.org/monthly-meetings.html.

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter’s Alternative Energy meetup group gathers at 202 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Jon Findley at 480-756-2916.

The Mesa Red Mountain Tea Party will meet at East Valley High School, 7420 E. Main Street (northeast corner of Main and 74th) in Mesa from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit communications@azgop.org.

The Southeast Valley Tea Party Patriots meet every Tuesday, this time at the Barney Family Sports Center, 22050 E. Queen Creek Road, in Queen Creek from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Ann Stevens at 480-334-3688.

Gary Hirshberg will present “How to Make Money and Save the World,” at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hirshberg’s company is the world’s largest organic yogurt company, supporting thousands of family farmers on hundreds of thousands of highly productive, chemical-free acres. For more information visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/gary-hirshberg.

The U.S. Presidential State of the Union Address East Mesa Watch Party is at 1824 N. 103rd Street in Mesa, from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/stateoftheunionwatchparty/gs857l.

The U.S. Presidential State of the Union Address Scottsdale Watch Party is at 6411 E.  Jean Drive in Scottsdale from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/stateoftheunionwatchparty/gs85xg.

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count will happen at various locations in Maricopa County from 6 to 9 a.m. The project helps the coalition better understand how many individuals and families are experiencing homelessness in our community, in order to be better equipped to meet their needs. For more information, visit http://www.azceh.org/events?eventId=809931.

Thursday, Jan. 30

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission will meet at the CCEC Meeting Room, 1616 W. Adams, suite 110 in Phoenix at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.azcleanelections.gov.

The Arizona Transit Association’s 2014 Legislative Day at the Capitol, will include the traditional Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Throughout the day, AzTA board members and general membership will be involved in discussion, education, and advocacy with the state’s legislative leaders. For more information, visit http://www.azta.org/conference/overview/azta-legislative-day-the-capitol.

ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research Faculty Seminar Series, Methods, Practices, and the Agency of Things, will be at the ASU Tempe campus, Social Science Building Room 109, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Presenters include Prasad Boradkar of the Herberger Institute School of Art and Design, and Kostalena Michelaki and Richard Toon of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. For more information visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/ihrs-faculty-seminar-series-methods-practices-and-agency-things.

Global Climate Negotiations: What Happened at COP 19? is at Wrigley Hall room 48, at 800 Cady Hall, ASU Tempe, from noon to 1 p.m. The presentation involves discussion from three ASU researchers who visited the latest round of global climate-change negotiations in Warsaw in November. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. For more information, visit http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/bodansky-klinsky-milkoreit.

The Phoenix Poetry Slam: Found Poems, is at Lawn Gnome Publishing and Bookstore, 905 N. Fifth Street, in Phoenix, from 8 to 10 p.m. This poetry slam will be three rounds with eliminations; it is an all-age event but will involve adult language and themes. For more information, visit http://lawngnomepublishing.com/event-calendar/.

Puente Human Rights Movement presents Nutrition 101, 1306 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, at 5 p.m. The program is an introduction to understanding food and our consumption. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/243170549185950?_ft_.

Friday, Jan. 31

A march against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track Authority will begin at 22nd Street and Camelback in Phoenix, near U.S. Sen. John McCain’s office from noon to 1 p.m. It is a global day of action for this cause, and more information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/635896946474231/.

The Latin American Research Clusters Series at ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presents Mariluz Cruz Torres’ “Engaged Anthropology, Testimonies, and Women’s Resistance in Mexico,” at the Social Science Building Room 109 on the Tempe campus, from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://clas.asu.edu/latin-american-research-cluster-series-mariluz-cruz-torres.

The Seventh Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture presents Reid Peyton Chambers on “Reflections on the Changes in Indian Law and Indian Reservations from 1969 to the Present,” at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Armstrong Hall, 1100 S. McAllister Avenue in Tempe. The lecture is at 4:30 p.m. and the reception is at 6. For more information visit http://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/canby2014/.

Kelly Larsen will present her book Keys to Unlocking Your Inner Power at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe, at 7 p.m. While working as a nurse, the author reports having a joined near-death experience with a patient. For more information about the event, visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/larsen-jan14.

”Charlie King celebrates Black History Month” will be presented at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., from 7 to 8 p.m. The performance piece examines the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1967. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/CentralAzNLG/posts/689878397699294.

The Rally To End Marijuana Prohibition is at South Mill Ave. and East University Drive in Tempe, from 7 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/250055105159937/.

The ASU Secular Student Alliance presents Juan is the Loneliest Member: Atheism and Politics, at the Memorial Union Pima Auditorium, 1290 S. Normal Ave. in Tempe, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. State Rep. Juan Mendez will discuss being an atheist in the Arizona State Legislature. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1375322712733664/.

Saturday, Feb. 1

The Dia De Guadalupe festival will take place in the east side enclave municipality of Guadalupe, 9241 S. Avenida Del Yaqui. A Kid Zone and general family entertainment including mariachis, a tortilla y salsa contest, raffles, and a DJ will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  A pedal car and lowrider bike contest will run from noon to 5 p.m. There will be food, information, and art vendors, and a dance at 8 p.m. For more information, contact 480-730-3080.

Lens on the Land presents “Rosemont: What's at Stake - A Photography Exhibit,” at the Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 414 E. Ninth Street in Tucson, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The program is a collection of photographs celebrating the cultural and ecological richness of the Santa Rita Mountains and surrounding watersheds that would be impacted by the proposed Rosemont mine. For more information visit www.lensontheland.com.

The Regional Unity Walk and Diversity Festival will occur in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. Assembly is at 10 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10:30. The walking route is about one mile, and walkers are encouraged to carry flags, signs, or banners announcing their group’s identity and promoting diversity. For more information, visit http://ccdarizona.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/2014-Unity-Walk-Brochure.pdf.

The ASU Origins Project presents Great Debate – Parallel Realities (is our universe necessary?) at Gammage on the Tempe campus, at 7 p.m. Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek, David Gross, and Brian Schmidt, as well as esteemed scientists Wendy Freedman, Brian Greene, Maria Spiropulu, and Lawrence Krauss will be part of the conversation. The event will also be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ASU-LIVE. For more information visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/great-debate-parallel-realities.

Shifting the Paradigm: Why Compassionate Consumerism Is Not Enough will be presented at Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street in Phoenix, from 6 to 7 p.m. The presentation involves effective animal advocacy. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/593035580765639/.

The First Saturday Medical Farmers Market is at the VFW Hall Rental, 4853 E. Thomas Road, in Phoenix from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-saturday-medical-farmers-markets-tickets-6060447963.

Sunday, Feb. 2

A program Supporting the International Violence Against Women Act is at Nello’s Pizza Tempe, 1806 E. Southern Ave., from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Social worker and local activist Celeste Plumlee will be leading the conversation about women and human rights. Discussion will include why the I-VAWA is necessary, how it will make an impact, and what we can do to ensure that it is passed. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/564147433666551/.

Food Not Bombs Food Preparation is at The Hive, 4422 N. 22nd Drive in Phoenix, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group is an international, loose-knit group of independent collectives and CommUNITY activists serving free vegan and vegetarian foods to others in the midst of abundance. For more information, visit http://www.foodnotbombs.net/arizona.html.

Mutual AID: Crisis and Confrontation in Our Community is at Jobot Coffee and Diner, 918 N. Fifth in Phoenix, at 2 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/343473645795564?_ft_.

Monday, Feb. 3

The Puente Human Rights Movement meets on Mondays at 1306 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Puente Arizona is part of the global movement for migrant justice and human rights. As a grassroots community-based group Puente promotes justice, non-violence, interdependence and human dignity. For more information visit www.puenteaz.org.

Tonatierra: Embassy of Indigenous People meets on Mondays at 812 N. Seventh Street in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group seeks to build and sustain a cultural embassy for indigenous peoples. For more information visit http://tonatierra.org/ and www.nahuacalli.org.

One Community First Monday is at The Saguaro Scottsdale, 14000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. One Community is an interactive web and events community for LGBT and allied individuals and corporations, dedicated to creating a stronger relationship with the allied community. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/172101436334283/. The event is free, but RSVP is necessary at http://ocaz.co/C6Z.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Agriculture, Environment and Water Committee Meeting is at 201 N. Central Ave., from 9 to 10 a.m. For more information visit www.phoenixchamber.com.

The Palo Verde Group Conservation Committee meets on first Tuesdays at 202 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the second floor conference room in the southeast corner of the Quality Inn and Suites. Discussion includes issues related to national, state, and local conservation policies, desert preservation, forest protection, wildlife and endangered species, and growth management. All are welcome. For more information contact Don Steuter at 602-956-5057 or dsteuter@hotmail.com.

The Maricopa Audubon Meetings and Programs are held on first Tuesdays, September through May, at the Desert Botanical Garden, usually in Dorrance Hall or Webster Auditorium, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.maricopaaudubon.org/meet.html.

Humane Lobby Day 2014 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Street in Phoenix, is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join Arizona’s animal advocates by connecting with state director Kari Nienstedt and the U.S. Humane Society’s president, and meet elected officials and their staff about animal protection issues in the state. For more information, contact Nienstedt at arizona@humanesociety.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/477108065741250/.

Director of Global Sustainability Operations at Dell, Bruno Sarda, will discuss the company’s Legacy of Good plan, in Wrigley Hall room 481, at ASU’s Tempe campus from 11:30 to 1 p.m. The plan is a commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. For more information visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/bruno-sarda.

Infill Phoenix Meeting No. 3 is at Playhouse By The Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix at 5:30 p.m. Discussion involves infill and adaptive reuse. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/592076467526273/.

Part of a national day of action, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition: No War On Iran! Rally and Protest is at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 200 W. Washington from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information https://www.facebook.com/events/275308412534303/.

No More Deaths-Phoenix meets on the first and third Tuesday nights at Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Room 113, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information visit http://www.nomoredeaths.org/phoenix/.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

NORML In Arizona will meet at its new downtown venue, The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave., in Phoenix, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Duce (www.theducephx.com) was once a speakeasy (refuge from alcohol prohibition). For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1397960800455849/.

The Sustainability Series presents Rescuing Climate Policy at the ASU Tempe campus in Wrigley Hall room 481, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Speakers include John Ashton, Gary Dirks, Sander van der Leeuw, Yongsheng Zhang, and Carlo Jaeger. For more information visit http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/rescuing-climate-policy.

The Maricopa Association of Governments Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee meets in in the Ironwood Room on the second floor, 302 N. First Ave. in Phoenix, at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.azmag.gov.

Thursday, Feb. 6

The Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Domestic Violence Council meets in in the Saguaro Room on the second floor, 302 N. First Ave. in Phoenix, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.azmag.gov.

What’s it like to be a black male feminist? A dialog between scholars David Ikard and Eric Pritchard, is at West Hall room 135 on the ASU Tempe campus at 4 p.m., in celebration of Black History Month. For more information visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/what%E2%80%99s-it-be-black-male-feminist.

Free Tax Preparation is offered at various dates and branches of the Phoenix Public Library System; including today at the Ocotillo Library and Workforce Literacy Center, 102 W. Southern Ave., from 1 to 6 p.m. The service is provided by IRS-certified volunteers of the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program. On Feb. 8, the service is available at the Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road, in Laveen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. First come, first served, no registration is required. For more information, visit www.aztax-aide.org.

Friday, Feb. 7

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. Free event shuttles are headquartered at the Phoenix Art Museum and are available throughout downtown. For more information, visit http://lawngnomepublishing.com/event-calendar/.

Arizona Advocacy Networks Annual Day of Action is at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The second annual event offers hands-on training on how to approach your representatives. RSVP and reserve by clicking "Get Tickets" http://bit.ly/17ZN6XU. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/780680871948020/.

The 9th Annual Building Healthy Lifestyles Conference presents “Lifestyle as Medicine: Beyond Pills and Procedures,” on Feb. 7 and 8, at Old Main on ASU’s Tempe campus. For more information, visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/sites/default/files/Building_Healthy_Lifestyles_FLYER.pdf.

Saturday, Feb. 8

The Four Chambers Press Open Auditions are at Lawn Gnome Publishing and Bookstore, 905 N. Fifth Street, in Phoenix, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., and Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. The special open mic / open auditions are for the Spring and Summer 2014 season, which includes readings at the Open Air Market at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, and Mutant Pinata Shows at Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery, among others. For more information, visit http://fourchamberspress.com/.

The Native Now Festival is at the ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, in Phoenix, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free family-friendly event is in honor of Native American Recognition Days. For more information visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/sites/default/files/Native_Now_Festival.pdf.

Sunday, Feb. 9

The Big Sit Citizen Science Bird Count is at the Dragonfly Ramada of the Riparian Preserve at 2757 E. Guadalupe Road in Gilbert, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information visit www.riparianinstitute.org or call 480-503-6744.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

The Maricopa Association of Governments Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, 302 N. First Ave., in Phoenix is at 1:30 p.m. For more information visit www.azmag.gov.

The Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition Day at the Capitol Towers third-floor conference room, 1700 W. Washington Street, in Phoenix is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited and the training registration deadline is Jan. 31. Fore more information visit www.azdoc.org.

Playing for Peace: A Panel Discussion on Music and Peace is at the ASU Tempe campus West Hall 135, 1000 Cady Mall, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. For more information visit http://csrc.asu.edu/programs/conversations-center/playing-peace-panel-discussion-music-and-peace.

The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
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