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April 29 To May 13

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The Lovely Month Of May Brings To The Phoenix Metro State Legislature Wrap-Ups, A Debate Between A Democratic Congressional Candidate And A Libertarian Constitutionalist, And Several Sierra Club Events

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Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 28, 2014 — The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is offering a free five-week seminar (May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4) on Substance Abuse Prevention, in Mesa at the Main Library campus’ Saguaro Room, 64 E. First Street, 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, visit http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/
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The  program series is also offered at Mesa’s Red Mountain Library on Thursdays, May 8 to June 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m. To register for the Red Mountain series, visit http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/
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The content of the seminar is specialized for those who play an active role in parenting children. Through these workshops, parents and caregivers will learn skills on how to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol, the importance of setting guidelines for their children and monitoring those guidelines, and how to control and express anger constructively within the family.

Access to the Internet and social networking sites have increased our children’s ability to be exposed to negative influences such as drugs and alcohol. A 2011 study conducted by the national Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) found that 70% of kids/teens between the ages of 12-17 report spending time on social networking sites in a typical day.
Partnered with the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, the Arizona Attorney Generals Office is working collaborating to combat the ongoing issue of prescription medication and illegal substance abuse in our communities. For additional resources about statewide efforts to combat substance abuse visit http://www.drugfreeaz.org/.

Registration for the seminars is required, and limited to 22 individuals. For additional information telephone the Mesa library at 480-644-3100 or the Arizona Attorney Generals Office at 602-542-2123.

Tuesday, April 29

The Hunger Games: The Global Race to Build Civil Society with Fron Nahzi, global business development director at Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, is at ASU’s Wrigley Hall room 481, Tempe, 9:30 to 11 a.m. A light lunch will provided. The event is part of the university’s Global Institute of Sustainability’s Sustainability Lecture Series. For more information visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/fron-nahzi.

CLUK Symposium Campaign to Legalize Urban Kamping is at One Voice Community Center, 4442 N. Seventh Ave., suite 8, Phoenix, 6 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/239523056250851/.

Wednesday, April 30

ASU hosts Veterans for Immigration Reform at 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 9 to 1:30 p.m. The goal of the event is to highlight the vital role of immigrants to our military and therefore our national security as well as the plight of those who have served as immigrants and then were deported. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/248194322031175/.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce presents Working Across the Aisle: Creating A Functioning Democracy, 201 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event features former U.S. Senator from Georgia and Chief Executive of the Nuclear Threat Initiative Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator from Wyoming and co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Alan Simpson, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. For more information visit http://web.phoenixchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=2967.

Prof. Steve Shennan of University College London makes a presentation as part of the Evolution of Social Complexity Colloquia series, at ASU’s ISTB-1 room 401, Tempe, at noon. The series is sponsored by the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Institute of Human Origins, and the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems. For more information visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/evolution-social-complexity-colloquium-11.

Thursday, May 1

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce hosts a 20th Annual Legislative Wrap-Up at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Price includes breakfast and is $50 per ticket or $600 per table. Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs and Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Andy Tobin will be part of the panel discussion. For more information visit http://web.phoenixchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=3004.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry presents an Arizona Labor and Employment Seminar at the Viad Corporate Center / Dial Building Concourse Level, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information visit http://azchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/arizona-labor-employment-law-seminar-235089.

ASU’s School of Sustainability Open House and Student Project Showcase is in Tempe at Wrigley Hall 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presentations include How to Create a TED Talk, Student Videos, a Sustainability Documentary, Agricultural-Urban Interface, School Ambassador Meet and Greet, and other class drop-ins. For more information visit  http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/sos-open-house-2014.

The Phoenix May Day Convergence Rally is at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 4 to 7 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/713221198699996/.

A 2014 Ballot Measures Review presented by Arizona Advocacy Network will take place at a location to be determined at 6 p.m. For more information contact jon@advocacy.org and visit http://www.azadvocacy.org/forums-a-events-sp-862311977/upcoming-event-details/details/74-2014-ballot-measures-review.

The Phoenix Tea Party presents Fast and Furious Exposed: Remember 1986 featuring ATF Agent and whistleblower John Dodson at Coco’s Bakery and Restaurant, 4514 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information visit http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/fast-furious-exposed.

A Green Building Lecture Series on Economic Value of Green: Disclosure and Empowerment, is at Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Scottsdale’s Green Building Program advocates responsible use of our natural resources towards a safe, healthy, and sustainable community, and these lectures are held the first Thursday of each month. For more information visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Events/EconValueofGreenDisclosureandEmpowerment_s_p16306?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0.

The Future of Food: Building Sustainable Food Systems in Indigenous Communities is at the Heard Museum Steele Hall, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 7 p.m. For more information visit http://clas.asu.edu/future-food-building-sustainable-food-systems-indigenous-communities.

Howard Falco presents Time in a Bottle: Mastering the Experience of Life, at 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 7 p.m. For more information visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/falco-may14.

Friday, May 2

An Open Forum on the Future of Humanities is at ASU’s Memorial Union, La Paz room 242, Tempe, 4 to 5:30 p.m. The presentation is by Leonard Cassuto of the Fordham University English faculty. For more information visit https://asuevents.asu.edu/open-forum-future-humanities/.

The Pink and the Red: An Art Show inspired by the documentary film Hunted, is at One Voice Community Center, 4442 N. Seventh Ave., suite 8, Phoenix, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/253544511485267/.

The First Friday A.R.T.S. Market is in the Roosevelt Row Arts District in Downtown Phoenix, 6 to 10 p.m. For more information visit or http://www.artlinkphoenix.com/.

First Friday Poetry with Heather Nagami, Melissa Buckheit, and Charles Alexander is at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 7 p.m. For more information http://www.changinghands.com/event/fridaypoetry-may14.

Saturday, May 3

Grassroots Organizing Training! Camp HERO! is May 3 to 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at location yet to be determined. Camp HERO is an intensive 24-hour training designed to teach the principles and skills of community organizing to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists and their allies. Youth ages 18-25 are free, and $50 scholarships may be available upon requests. Workshop topics include Developing Strategies and Building Coalitions, The Nuts and Bolts of Organizing, and Finding Your Voice: Telling Your Story. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1389736557952966/ and http://www.herophoenix.org/.

Celebrate Law Day at the Dobson Ranch Library Branch 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn tools to find guidance on legal matters, bring questions and participate in an audience Q&A, listen to a panel of attorneys discuss their specialties, and consider setting up appointments with attorneys. For more information visit http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5182.

A Brown Bag Climate Change Lecture is at the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, 11 a.m. to noon. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1431611850417006/.

The FITPhx Puppet Show for Children’s Mental Health Awareness is at South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the presenters for a free puppet show to “build circles of wellness” for mentally ill children in our community, and participate in activities and learn about the importance of family, youth and community involvement in the children’s mental health environment. Sponsored by Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID) and the library. For more information visit http://phoenixpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=8787&lib=.

The 16th Annual You Look Marvelous Fashion Show is at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 1 p.m. This program is designed for individuals with disabilities to build self esteem, learn how to walk onstage, and promote awareness for all the amazing abilities that they have. For ticket prices and more information visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/anevent.aspx?C_UID=5364.

Jane’s Walk: Phoenix is at the Downtown Phoenix Old Post Office, 522 N. Central Ave., 6:30 p.m. The event is in honor of famed urbanist Jane Jacobs, who prevented highways from carving up Manhattan and Toronto. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1401007636834494/.

The Vegetarian Society of Phoenix Meetup Group celebrates its 9th anniversary at 24 Carrots, 1701 E. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, 6:15 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/24Carrots/.

Tuesday, May 6

A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 15th annual John P. Frank Memorial Lecture, is at ASU Gammage, Tempe, 6 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster ($5 plus service fee). For more information visit http://clas.asu.edu/conversation-ruth-bader-ginsburg.

The Phoenix Watch Party Climate Change Action Event will view and discuss the program Years of Living Dangerously at the Sierra Club, 202 E. McDowell Road, suite 277, Phoenix, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information telephone John Curran at 602-301-7456 and visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/climatechangeactionevent/gs8dvq.

2012 National Geographic Explorer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis will speak at the Burton Barr Central Library Pulliam Auditorium, First Floor, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit http://blueridgehikingco.com/.

The Sierra Club’s Palo Verde Group Conservation Committee Meeting is in the second floor conference room of the Quality Inn and Suites, 202 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month except April, July, August, and December. For more  information visit http://paloverdegroup.org/.

Freedom’s Fight Night (Great Constitutional Debate) is at Poston Butte High School, 32375 N. Gantzel Road, Queen Creek 7 to 9 p.m. The event is organized by the American Academy for Constitutional Education. Debaters are Congressional District 4 candidate Mikel Weisser and Shane Krauser of the AACE. For more information visit http://www.meetup.com/ArizonaLibertyR3VOLUTION/events/178789522/.

Wednesday, May 7

The Maricopa Association of Government’s Regional Community Network Working Group is in the Ironwood Room, Second Floor, 302 N. First Ave., Phoenix, 8:45 a.m. For more information visit http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=5738/.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is offering a free five-week seminar (May 7, 14, 21, 28, and June 4) on Substance Abuse Prevention for people who play an active role in parenting a child, at the Main Library’s Saguaro Room, 64 E. First Street, Mesa, 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is required. The program series is also offered at the Red Mountain Library on Thursday evenings, May 8-June 5. For more information visit http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5194/.

An Arizona Corporation Commission Workshop on Value and Cost of Distributed Generation is in Hearing Room One, 1200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 10 a.m. For more information visit www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Administration/Meetings/Agendas/2014/5-7-14som.wkshp.pdf.

The News Stand Current Events Discussion Group is at 4525 Paradise Valley Mall Loop, Phoenix, 1 to 2 p.m. For more information visit http://phoenixpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=2183&lib=.

An Arts Education Showcase presents Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/arts-education-showcase/.

State of Deception: Do Words Kill? Hate Speech, Propaganda and Incitement to Genocide, is at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 7 to 8 p.m. The presentation will also be made on May 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide Mike Abramowitz, Director of Research and Projects for the Center of the Prevention of Genocide Elizabeth White, and journalist Len Downie, Jr. are the presenters. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1396514923946445/.

End the War Coalition meets at Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/pages/End-the-War-Coalition/163910443624195/.

The Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings (ICO) Meetup Group monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. (location is only disclosed to Meetup Group members). The ICO is dedicated to providing outdoor opportunities to people who would otherwise not have them. For more information visit http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Grand-Canyon-Chapter/events/177897772/.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication presents Mark Leibovich in a conversation with John D’Anna: “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—In America's Gilded Capital,555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 7 p.m. For more information visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/leibovich-may14/.

Saturday, May 10

In Observation of Missing Children’s Day, the Hope Run is at Kiwanis Park, 5900 S. All American way, Tempe, 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event go to American Association for Lost Children. For more information visit http://www.4peaksracing.com/.

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter is hosting a Lake Pleasant Hike, Picnic, and Swim at Lake Pleasant Park, 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, Morristown, at the end of North Park Road, 8 a.m. For more information visit http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Grand-Canyon-Chapter/events/175568622/.

An Energy and Water Saving Ideas forum is at the Dobson Ranch Library Branch Room 75, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, 11 a.m. to noon. A Salt River Project representative will make a presentation. For more information visit http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=4654/.

A Greater Phoenix Chapter of Organizing For Action meeting and training event is at the Greater Phoenix Urban League, 1407 S. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information contact John Curran at 602-301-7456.

Dinner and a Movie Night featuring the film Food Inc. is at Organic Shores restaurant, 4030 E. Bell Road, #112, Phoenix, 6:15 p.m. For more information visit http://www.meetup.com/RAWphx/events/179428462/.

Sunday, May 11

Food Not Bombs Food Preparation is on Sundays at The Hive, 4422 N. 22nd Drive, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Afterward, a large amount of food is served by the group each week at Margaret T. Hance park, 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix. For more information visit http://www.foodnotbombs.net/arizona.html.

The 2014 East Valley Statesperson's Luncheon, sponsored by Arizona Public Services utility company, is at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The event features a moderated conversation with Congressman Matt Salmon and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. For registration, ticket prices, and more details visit http://evpazassoc.weblinkconnect.com/events/2014-East-Valley-Statesperson%27s-Luncheon-Sponsored-by-APS-285/details.

The 12th Annual Music in May event is at the ACC Community Park Ampitheater, 41703 N. Gavilon Peak Pkwy, Anthem, 7 to 9 p.m. For more information visit http://www.onlineatanthem.com/event/music-in-may.

Tuesday, May 13

The Maricopa Association of Governments Street Committee Meeting is at the Chaparral Room, Second Floor, 302 N. First Ave., Phoenix, 1 p.m. For more information visit http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=5687.

A TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talk and Coffee is at the Red Mountain Branch Library’s THINKspot, 635 N. Power Road, Mesa, 6 to 7 p.m. For more information visit http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5208.

Somos America meets on Tuesdays at Painters Union Hall, 210 N. 24th Street, 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit http://www.somosamerica.org/.

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