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Feb. 4 To 18

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Image retrieved from Arizona Standdown.
February Brings An Array Of Goodies Such As Humane Lobby Day 2014, Arizona Advocacy Network’s Annual Day of Action, Arizona SciTech Festival Lectures, Various First Friday Events, And A Vagina Monologues  Production

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Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 4, 2014 — Arizona StandDown Maricopa County 2014 is at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W. McDowell Road, in Phoenix from 9 am. Feb. 14 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. Arizona Stand Down is an alliance of community-based organizations that come together to provide annual, one- to three-day events that bring together the state’s homeless and at-risk military veterans, to connect them with services such as VA health care, mental health services, clothing, meals, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, ID/drivers licenses, court services and legal aid, showers, haircuts and numerous other services and resources.

StandDowns are held at various locations throughout the state, and this event is the largest, serving about 1,500 veterans. The organization’s primary goal is to help homeless veterans access the resources they need, including housing, in order for them to regain their highest level of independence. Its secondary goal is to bring community and service providers together in a collaborative setting that can build relationships throughout the year to benefit homeless veterans.

Transportation pick-up locations are the VA Medical Center, 650 E. Indian School Road; C.A.S.S. at 230 S. 12th Ave.; Phoenix Rescue Mission, 1801 S. 35th Ave.; US Vets at 804 E. Jones Ave. and 3400 NW Grant Ave.; St. Vincent De Paul, 9227 N. Tenth Ave. in Sunnyslope; UMOM – New Day Center, 3320 E. Van Buren; The Salvation Army, 714 S. Myrtle Street in Tempe; Paz De Cristo Community Center, 424 W. Broadway in Mesa; Horace Steele Commons, 1735 NW Grand Ave.; and M.A.N.A. House, 755 E. Willetta Street.

For more information visit www.arizonastanddown.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

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/.

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.

End The War Coalition will meet at Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Downtown. The group meets to set partisan and ideological differences aside for the purpose of uniting to achieve peace on Earth. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/End-the-War-Coalition/163910443624195.

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.

The ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Global Conversations program presents Terrorism’s Impact on the Global Environment, at 555 N. Central Ave., room 444, in Phoenix. For more information, contact Megan Calcote at 602-496-7845 or megan.calcote@asu.edu.

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.

Citizens for a Better Arizona’s Glendale Fundraiser is at La Perla Cafe, 5912 W. Glendale Ave., in Glendale, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information https://www.facebook.com/events/202710006595479/.

An Awakin meditation gathering takes place every other Thursday at 1702 E. Glendale Ave. in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.awakin.org/local/.

National Geographic Scientific Fellow Chris Rainier will present “How Modern Technology Empowers Indigenous Cultures” at ASU-Tempe’s Wrigley Hall, room 481, from noon to 1:15 p.m. For more information visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/chris-rainier.

Phoenix Poetry Slam: Cover Poems is at Lawn Gnome Publishing & Bookstore, 905 N. Fifth Street, from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information visit www.lawngnomepublishing.com.

Friday, Feb. 7

The First Friday Artwalk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks, 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.

The Arizona Scitech Festival Lecture series runs Feb. 7 through 28 at the Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington Street in Phoenix. The first Friday features speakers Kathy Henderson and Connie Darby presenting, “A New Type of Water Control Structure in Hohokam Canals” from noon to 1 p.m. For more information visit www.azscitechfest.org.

Saturday, Feb. 8

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.

Together We Make a Difference w/ Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA will rally behind the oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona, 25 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/480127585430398/.

Local to Global Justice Planning Meeting is at Pita Jungle, 1250 E. Apache Blvd., in Tempe from noon to 1:30 p.m., for planning of the next teach-in event. For more information, visit http://www.localtoglobal.org/plan.html.

A community picnic is at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix from 5 to 9 p.m. It is a potluck style gathering. Bring what you like to enjoy or share, e.g. food, drink, sidewalk chalk, sign-making materials, etc. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/247205315454317/.

Scottsdale’s Electronics Recycling Day is at the city’s North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive, from 7:30 to 2 p.m. Accepted items include computer, office, and entertainment equipment. For more information, visit www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/recycle.

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