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June 17 to July 1

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Featured This Week Is HIV Testing Day, A Consciousness Raising Event On Race In America, World Refugee Day, As Well As An Immigration And Worker Rally

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 17, 2014 — World Refugee Day, Phoenix, will will be marked June 21 at the AE England Building at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with activities including cultural performances, and fun family activities.

Cultural performances include Cambodian dancers, a Indian/Nepalese singer, Karen dancers, and the Komezakaranga AZ Burundi Drummers. Children may enjoy water park/splash pad, face painting, a photo booth, and arts, crafts, and educational exhibits. Throughout the day there will be a United Nations tent on display, live music and entertainment, a community resources fair and raffles, and World Cup soccer championship viewing.

This year's theme is "Celebrating Many Cultures, One Community.”

Free parking is available at the street meter parking (weekends), the Walter Cronkite lot at the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Fillmore Street, and the garage at the southwest corner of First and Polk streets.

Since 2000, World Refugee Day has been celebrated each year worldwide on June 20. The day was chosen by the UN General Assembly after adopting resolution 55/76 to generate awareness about protecting and preserving the rights and well-being of refugees.  

Refugees began resettling in Arizona in 1978 as the Indo-Chinese Refugee Program, and took its present form as the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program following passage of The Refugee Act of 1980. Over the past five years, 17,625 refugees have resettled in Arizona, making Arizona one of the nation’s top refugee resettlement destination states. Since 1978, over 60,000 refugees have made Arizona home.

Phoenix has been hosting World Refugee Day since 2008. Many private, governmental, and non-profit organizations in Phoenix offer assistance, protection, emergency responsiveness, and other solutions to aid the significant number of refugees who have resettled in the greater metropolitan area and throughout the state.

For more information visit www.worldrefugeedayphoenix.org.

Tuesday, June 17

The Third Annual #BeatTheHeat Water Bottle Drive for Homeless Youth is June 8 to 29 at various locations throughout the Phoenix metro. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/648541641888164/.

The Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs' Meet and Greet with Scottsdale City Council Candidate, Cindy Hill is at Flicka's Baja Cantina, 2003 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit http://azcops.org/.

Toastmasters Leadership Institute is at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, 6 to 10 p.m. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/306243709525097/?ref=22.

Wednesday, June 18

The Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board meets at 2646 E. University Drive, Phoenix, 10 a.m. For more information visit https://d1nbecgmcrn8qj.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/June18Agenda.pdf.

A Stop the Raids Rally demonstration advocating immigrant workers is at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office, 550 W. Jackson Street, Phoenix, 10 a.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/486337908164884/.

Civic Space presents “Wednesday Wind Ups” at the AE England Building, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly free event features food trucks, cafe salads and sandwiches, libations, Djs, background movie clips, lifestyle community information, guest Yoga and Zumba instructors, and games like corn hole toss and rolle bolle. For more information telephone (602) 262-7442.

Thursday, June 19

The Western Maricopa Coalition Transportation Committee Meeting is at 14100 N. 83rd Ave., suite 150, Peoria, 8:30 to 10 a.m. For more information visit http://business.westmarc.org/events/details/transportation-committee-meeting-39

A Free Film Screening of Manufactured Landscapes is presented by Nick Brown, director of University Sustainability Practices at ASU, at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 6:30 to 7 p.m. For more information visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/docs/gios/events/generic-1col/2014/film-manufactured-landscapes/film-manufactured-landscapes.pdf.

The Sierra Club's “How You Can Help Keep the Tonto Wild” Tonto National Forest Assessment and Forest Plan Revision Overview is at the Quality Inn Garden Room, 202 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information visit http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Grand-Canyon-Chapter/events/187383292/.

The Phoenix Animal Liberation Squad is having its monthly potluck and movie night at a location to be announced in Tempe, 7 to 9:30 p.m. This month's feature film is The Cove. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/686459644741513/.

A 2014 election Ballot Measures Review is at Cholla Middle School Library, 3120 W. Cholla Street, Phoenix, 7 p.m. For more information visit http://www.azadvocacy.org/forums-a-events-sp-862311977/upcoming-event-details/details/134-ballot-measures-review.

Friday, June 20

The Arizona Corporation Commission's Special Open Meeting Workshop #2 on Value and Cost Distributed Generation is in Hearing Room One, 1200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 10 a.m. For more information visit http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Administration/Meetings/Agendas/2014/6-20-14som..wkshp.pdf.

LUNAFEST @ Civic Space Park is at 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 6 to 9 p.m. The event is a traveling, non-profit film festival that celebrates global films made for, by, and about women. For more information visit http://www.lunafest.org/index.php?/attend-an-event/details/phoenix.

A survivalist discussion about food storage and temperature concerns is at Community Center at Fountain East, 303 S. Recker Road, Mesa, 7 p.m. For more information visit http://www.meetup.com/Mesa-R-U-Prepared/events/186860922/

Saturday, June 21

Organizing for Action presents a Phoenix Climate Change Digital Day of Action all-day digital event throughout the Phoenix metro. For more information about the plan, telephone John Curran at 602-301-7456 and visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/dayofaction/gs8ycw.

The Qi Revolution training conference for Qigon Breathing, Food-Healing, Strength Training, Tui Na, and Reflexology Massage is at the Phoenix Convention Center south building, 33 S. Third Street, Phoenix, June 21 to 24. For more information visit www.qirevolution.com/.

One N Ten community service event will take on beautification tasks at its headquarters, 2700 N. Third Street, #2011, Phoenix, 8 a.m. One N Ten is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/805852799440028/ and register to volunteer at http://ocaz.co/1Jy.

World Refugee Day Phoenix, is at the AE England Building at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit www.worldrefugeedayphoenix.org.

The Phoenix Public Library hosts a Summer Solstice Celebration observing the first day of summer and longest day of the year in the Great Reading Room of the Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 11:30 a.m. For more information visit http://phoenixpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=7586&lib.

A Vox Phoenecia: CLUK (Campaign To Legalize Urban Camping) Street Newspaper organizational meeting is at First Congregational Church of Christ, 1407 N. Second Street, Phoenix, noon to 2 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/663396783733544/.

The World's Best RAW Food Potluck in Mesa! is at Holiday Village – Holiday House Building, 701 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, 6:30 p.m. For more information http://www.meetup.com/RAWphx/events/183619042/.

Frances Brakebill presents her memoir/self-help book Finding Resilience in Divorce at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 7 p.m. For more information visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/brakebill-jun14.

Sunday, June 22

Silent Sundays (each fourth Sunday of the month) at South Mountain is at South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bicyclists, tots in strollers, in-line skaters, and wheelchair users get to call the parks roadways their own. Non-motorized use only. For more information telephone 602-495-5811.

Food Not Bombs Food Preparation is at The Hive, 4422 N. 22nd Drive, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit www.foodnotbombs.net/arizona.html.

The regular meeting of the Phoenix Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 2 p.m. For more information http://au-gp.org/mike/mike_au_meeting_list.php.

Monday, June 23

Guiding Good Choices: Substance Abuse Prevention, a free series offered by the Arizona Attorney General's Office for people who play an active role in parenting a child, is available June 23 and 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Main Library branch, 64 E. First Street, Mesa. For more information telephone the library at 480-644-3100.

A TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk is at the Mesa Public Library THINKspot, 635 N. Power Road, Mesa, 6 to 7 p.m. For more information http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5650

An Urban Wildlife Awareness Class is at the Town Hall Community Room, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, 6 to 7 p.m. Arizona Game and Fish Department will be present to educate residents on the dos and don’ts of living with wildlife, especially coyotes. For more information telephone 480-348-3597 and visit www.ParadiseValleyPD.com.

A Candidate Forum is at Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, 6 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Town of Paradise Valley Independent Newspaper. For more information visit http://www.ci.paradise-valley.az.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=763&month=6&year=2014&day=23&calType=0.

The Maricopa Association of Government's US-60/Grand Avenue “compass study” public input opportunity is at the Glendale Main Library Auditorium, 5959 W. Brown Street, Glendale, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=5869.

Tuesday, June 24

An Art of Architecture educational course teaches about the prehistoric structures left behind by the Hohokam people at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants have an opportunity to work on drawing and sculpting skills. Register online at www.phoenix.gov/parks. The same event is scheduled at the Northwest Regional Library City of Surprise Room, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information visit http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=5870.

The Population Technical Advisory Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments is at 302 N. First Ave., Phoenix, 10 a.m. The POPTAC Ad Hoc Subcommittee Meeting is at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.azmag.gov.

The Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter Energy Team Gathering is at 202 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information telephone Jon Findley at 480-756-2916 or e-mail nrgarizona@gmail.com.

No More Deaths Phoenix meets every two weeks at Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information visit http://nomoredeathsphoenix.org/.

Wednesday, June 25

An Arizona Corporation Commission special open meeting Workshop on Emerging Technologies is in hearing room one, 1200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 9 a.m. For more information visit http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Administration/Meetings/Agendas/2014/6-25-14som.wkshp.pdf.

The Phoenix Animal Liberation Squad is protesting Ringling Brothers' circus at U.S. Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, June 25 at 6 p.m., June 26 at 10 a.m., June 27 at 6 p.m., June 28 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., June 29 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and June 30 at 10 a.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1407610079521437/ or telephone Eddie James 619-750-1781.

Thursday, June 26

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Presents The Innovators: Moving Us Forward is at ASU's McCord Hall, 300 E. Lemon Street, Tempe, 8 to 9:30 a.m. For more information visit http://web.phoenixchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=2998.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce presents the Economic Development Committee Meeting in the chamber boardroom at 201 N. Central Ave., suite 2700, 1 to 2 p.m. For more information visit http://web.phoenixchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=3046 or contact Miranda Cain at 602-495-6497.

The Maricopa Association of Government's Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee is in the second floor Saguaro Room, 302 N. First Ave., Phoenix, 1:30 p.m. For more information visit http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=5750.

Remember 1986 presents The Heal America Campaign's “Burning The Race Card” meet and greet with Ted Hayes, civil rights and homeless activist and aspiring patriot at Coco's Bakery Restaurant in the Paradise Valley Mall, 4514 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information visit http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/burning-the-race-card and www.tedhayes.us.

Friday, June 27

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry presents the 2014 Annual Awards Luncheon at the Omni Resort and Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, noon to 2 p.m. For more information visit http://azchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2014-annual-awards-luncheon-235094.

National HIV Testing Day events will be held at One Voice Community Center, 4442 N. Seventh Ave., suite 8, Phoenix, 3 to 6 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/320963381394468/.

Saturday, June 28

One Year Later - Call to Action (Immigration Reform -- Action Event) is at Cholla Branch Library, 10050 N. Metro Pkwy. east, Phoenix, 5 to 7 p.m. For more information visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/immigrationreformactionevent/gs8ycx.

Community Picnic: Phoenix, is at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 5 to 9 p.m. For more information e-mail firstfridayman@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, July 1

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Women's Alliance present Leading Like a Lady: How to Shatter Your Inner Glass Ceiling, at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit http://web.phoenixchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=3008.

Picture This! Navajo Pictorial Textiles is at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Guided tours are available at noon and 3 p.m. For more information visit http://www.heard.org.

Police Complaints and Use of Force Citizens' Review Panel is at 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. west, Chandler, 7 p.m. Download the current agenda at http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=270.

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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