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Feb. 12 To 26

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Awareness-Raising Events Include The Sustainability Solutions Festival, Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition Day At The Capitol, The 58th Annual Volunteer Non-Profit Service Association Used Book Sale And More

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Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 12, 2014 — From Feb. 17 to 22, the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability presents the inaugural Sustainability Solutions Festival, bringing in the nation’s leaders from the realms of sustainable business, renewable energy, research, humanities, and innovation during a weeklong string of events.

The festival is a project under the institute’s Ron and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives program, and is partnered with GreenBiz Group and The Sustainability Consortium. Additional partners include Arizona Solar Summit, Arizona Science Center, Arizona SciTech Festival, Sedona Film Festival, and the city of Tempe.

The calendar of events covers various locations throughout Tempe and Phoenix, including (http://sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu/programs/solutionsfestival/) a Sustainability Solutions Family Day, GreenBiz Forums, the Sedona Green Film Festival, Arizona Solar Summit IV, and Geeks Night Out.

The festival is also sponsoring a Sustainability Solutions Showcase coming up on April 9, and  will award $5,000 in prizes to the top three presentations (http://sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu/programs/solutionsfestival/sustainability-solutions-showcase/)

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Phoenix/Scottsdale NOW (National Organization of Women) meets at Fillmore Commons, 2330 E. Fillmore in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The organization has been taking action for women’s equality since 1966. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixScottsdaleNow.

The Wildlife Activist Group meeting of Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter is at 202 E. McDowell Road, in Phoenix from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Dale Volz at dvolz@earthlink.net or Sandy Bahr sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org.

Get Covered America Affordable Care Act Phone Bank is at the Phoenix Get Covered America Office, 514 W. Roosevelt Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Phone banking is easy and no previous experience is needed. There is a short training session at the beginning and please bring your cell phone if possible. The average minutes usage at a GCAZ phone bank is 30. Come help reach out to our uninsured neighbors in the community. For more information email shaslett@enrollamerica.org.

Thursday, February 13

The Sustainability Series presents Building Community through Youth Entrepreneurship, with Pape Samb, chairman of Global Youth Innovative Network. Samb will discuss his experiences in Africa and demonstrate how people motivated by social aims can steer the emergence of a new model of sustainable communities. The event is at ASU-Tempe's Wrigley Hall room 481 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. For more information visit http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/pape-samb.

The ASU Institute for Humanities Research Seed Grant Workshop is at the Tempe campus Social Science Building Room 109, from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/ihr-seed-grant-workshop.

Down in Tucson, the Waterman Restoration Project’s Rincon Group program meets at the SEIU, 1600 N. Tucson Boulevard, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This presentation will review the progress and additional efforts to eradicate buffelgrass from the entire Waterman range, on Bureau of Land Management land 20 miles west of Marana, led by the Arizona Native Plant Society with continuing Sierra Club support. For more information, contact Keith Bagwell at kbagwell50@gmail.com.

Friday, Feb. 14

For young adults age 16 to 21, the Arizona SciTech Festival Lecture Series presents, “Why We Study Prehistoric Canals: A Geoarchaeological Perspective,” featuring guest speaker Gary Huckleberry, at the Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington Street, in Phoenix, from noon to 1 p.m.
http://azscitechfest.org/events/arizona-scitech-festival-lecture-series-why-we-study-prehistoric-canals-geoarchaeological-per.

Freedom Summit 2014, “Where the Great Minds of the Modern Freedom Movement Come Together,” is at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., in Phoenix from 8 a.m. Feb. 14 to 11 a.m. Feb. 16. For more information, visit http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Freedom_Summit.htm.

Arizona Stand Down Maricopa County 2014 is at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix, from 9 a.m. 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. For more information, visit www.arizonastanddown.org.

The Third International Humanitarian Law Workshop is at ASU Tempe, Armstrong Hall, room 105, Rotunda Main, Rotunda East, and Rotunda West, from 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The workshop features lectures and hands-on exercises that guide participants through an intensive examination of International Humanitarian Law with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. For more information visit http://apps.law.asu.edu/Apps/WebEvents/Calendar.aspx?group=29.

Ignite @ ASU – Spring 2014 is at the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street in Phoenix beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is a collection of rapid-fire five-minute presentations from students, staff, faculty, and community members. For more information, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignite-asu-spring-2014-tickets-8938805207?aff=eorg.

A production of the Vagina Monologues is at The Gallery, 1229 NW Grand Avenue in Phoenix, from 8 to 10 p.m. The play is based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s’ interviews with more than 200 women, and celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humor and grace. Also running at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 15. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/801628289854732/.

Saturday, Feb. 15

The 58th Annual Volunteer Non-Profit Service Association Used Book Sale is at the State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 15, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16. More than 600,000 books, paperbacks, videos, compact discs, DVDs, vinyl albums, puzzles and book-related items are available, and on Sunday most will be half price. For more information visit http://www.vnsabooksale.org.

The Project Arizona Monthly Meeting is at Park Central Deli, 3110 N. Central Ave., Suite 175, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Project Arizona members work together in support of projects being done by local non-profits. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/723096274390967/.

The Third Saturday Medical Farmers Markets are at 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.

‘Til Death Do Us Part – Give Equality A Shot equality walk fundraiser is at 2831 W. Margy Court in Phoenix, from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1456371044585671/.

The GMO Free Arizona Meeting is at Quaker Meeting House, 1702 E. Glendale Ave., in Phoenix from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/GMOFreeArizona.

The Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival is on Main Street in downtown Mesa, every first and third Saturday from October through April, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.macfestmesa.com.

Sunday, Feb. 16

The Her HRC 2014 event is at the Aqua Club 1730 E. McDowell in Phoenix, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Human Rights Campaign works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights. For more information http://www.hrc.org/events/entry/her-hrc-2014.

The Americans United for Separation of Church and State Greater Phoenix Chapter monthly meeting is at Macayo’s Mexian Restaurant, 4001 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix at 2 p.m. For more information visit http://www.au-gp.org/.

Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition Day at the Capitol is in the 3rd floor conference room of the Capitol Towers, 1700 W. Washington Street in Phoenix, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more information visit www.azdac.org.

Monday, Feb. 17

The inaugural Sustainability Solutions Festival 2014 is at various ASU locations, Feb. 17-22. For more information visit http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/sustainability-solutions-festival-2014.

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Political Committee meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information contact Elna Otter at 520-212-9736 or elna.otter@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

A screening of The Ghosts In Our Machine is at Harkins Valley Art Theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave., in Tempe from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/232231446956460/.

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.

The Silent No More Awareness Phoenix meets at Mount Claret Retreat Center, 4633 N. 54th Street in Phoenix,, at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 602-615-0016.

Conserve Arizona – Water, Wildlife and Wildlands! Environmental Day at the Capitol is at the Arizona Capitol Museum's Old Senate Chambers on the second floor, 1700 W. Washington Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/178696995672120?_ft_.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will hold a meeting open to the public at the AZ Post administrative building, 2646 E. University Drive in Phoenix, at 10 a.m. For more information visit www.azpost.state.az.us/.

The Arizona Advocacy Network Day of Action and Press Conference is at the Arizona State Capitol Lawn, 1700 W. Washington. Training will take place in the Senate Minority Caucus Room at 10 a.m. The press conference is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The event concludes at 2 p.m. For more information visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8ubs4e5ad967ec7&llr=e6tckqbab.

Straight Talk About The N-Word, part of the ASU Project Humanities’ Spring Kickoff for #Humanity101: Creating a Movement, is presented by Dr. Neal Lester, Foundation Professor of English and Director of Project Humanities at South Mountain Community College Library 7050 S. 24th Street, in Phoenix, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/projecthumanities.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication presents Cronkite Global Conversations at 555 N. Central Ave., Room 444, in Phoenix, from noon to 1 p.m. The topic is Journalism and Social Media as Change Agents. For more information contact Megan Calcote at 602-496-7845.

The Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee Meeting is at 302 N. First Ave. at noon, on the second floor. For more information visit www.azmag.gov.

Thursday, Feb. 20

The Western Maricopa Coalition Transportation Committee Meeting is at the WESTMARC office, 14100 N. 83rd Ave., suite 150, in Peoria, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Topics include Loop 303, Grand Avenue Corridor, Light Rail Expansion, Northern Parkway and Interstate 11. For more information visit www.westmarc.org.

The McCain Institute Debate and Decision Series is at the Cronkite Theater, room 202 of ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix at 5:30 p.m. The topic is, “Drone Killing: Is It Helping or Hurting?” The event is free to attend but registration is mandatory. For more information visit http://mccaininstitute.org/events/upcoming/debate-on-drone-war-fare.

The Citizens Clean Election Commission will meet at 1616 W. Adams, suite 110 in Phoenix. The agenda will be posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. For more information visit www.azcleanelections.gov.

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/.

“I Came to Testify” and “The War We Are Living” will be presented at Friends Meeting House, 318 E. 15th Street in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Hear the powerful testimony of Bosnian and Colombian women who endured the horrors of war. For more information http://www.my.calendars.net/aapj/d20/02/2014/popup/2.

“Sectarianism, Secularism and Statehood: Challenges and Change that Shape the Middle East,” a lecture by Rami Khouri, is at the ASU Tempe campus Armstrong Hall room 113, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information visit https://clas.asu.edu/sectarianism-secularism-and-statehood-challenges-and-change-shape-middle-easta-lecture-rami-khouri.

Jon Mooallem will present Billy and Teddy: Fear, Disinterest, and Compassion for Wildlife at ISTB4, Marston Exploration Theater at ASU Tempe, from 5 to 6 p.m. Refreshments begin at 4. RSVP at https://ihr.asu.edu/node/1549/register.

Friday, Feb. 21

Fridays in the Park are every first and third Friday at Civic Space Park, 444 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gathering has visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the A.E. England Building, and ArtLink gallery openings. For more information contact 602-262-7490.

Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees is at ASU Tempe's Coor Hall Room 170, from 4 to 5 p.m. Forest scholar Nalini M. Nadkarni will present the lecture. For more information visit http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/nadkarni-lecture.

Saturday, Feb. 22

The 30th Annual Arizona Matsuri Festival is at Heritage and Science Park, 115 N. Sixth Street in Phoenix, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 22 and 23. Come join the 30th annual celebration featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, Bonsai displays, Japanese food and entertainment. For more information visit http://www.azmatsuri.org/.

The Arizona Advocacy Network presents the 3rd Annual Dinner Reclaiming Government for the People with Ed Schultz of MSNBC at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street in Phoenix, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information visit http://www.azadvocacy.org/forums-a-events-sp-862311977/upcoming-event-details/details/90-3rd-annual-reclaiming-government-for-the-people-dinner.

A Slaughterhouse Protest and Vigil for the Victims is at the JBS slaughterhouse, 651 S. 91st Ave., in Tolleson from 3 to 4:30 p.m., just a 15 minute drive from Phoenix. Meet downtown at Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street, and carpool from there, leaving by 2:30 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1392717634321116/.

Sunday, Feb. 23

Cover the Crescent benefit concert for the MANA House is at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave. in Phoenix, from 7 to 8 p.m. Come listen to the cover band concert and support helping homeless military veterans transition back into society. All concert proceeds go to Madison Street Vets Association and the MANA House; tickets at the door are $6 to $8. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Event is 21 and up. For more information visit http://www.crescentphx.com/event/467713.

Monday, Feb. 24

Greg Peterson, founder of Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm’s Simple Sustainability Series presents Jump Start Your Spring Garden at 6428 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe, at 7 p.m. For more information visit http://www.librarything.com/venue/3520/Changing-Hands-Bookstore.

Puente Human Rights Movement meets Monday nights at 1306 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 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. For more information visit www.nahuacalli.org or www.tonatierra.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

The Energy Team gathering of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter is 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 Population Technical Advisory Committee Meeting of the Maricopa Association of Governments, 302 N. First Ave. in Phoenix, is at 10 a.m. Its Ad Hoc Subcommittee meeting is at 9. For more information visit www.azmag.gov.

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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