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Consciousness Calendar

March 4 To 18

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Spring Dawns In The Valley With Several Journalism Workshops, Various Annual Cultural Festivals, As Well As Protests, Politics, And Art Related Events


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March 3, 2014 — Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory Lovins presents, “Climate Change: No Breakthroughs Needed,” about removing the barriers to renewable energy, energy security, and climate change at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

As the world is on the road toward a clean-energy system based on increasingly cost-competitive technologies, the new winners include energy efficiency, solar, wind, and flexible demand through a smart grid, integrated with geothermal, biomass, and hydro.

Lovins describes how we can remove the barriers to renewable energy to save our ecology, protect the economy, and restore energy security. Afterwards, ASU Carbon Nation director and School of Sustainability Professor of Practice Peter Byck will engage Lovins and the audience in a discussion.

Lovins has been active at the nexus of energy, resources, economy, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries for more than 40 years. He is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy, most notably regarding its efficient use and sustainable supply, and is a prolific innovator in integrative design and in super-efficient buildings, factories, and vehicles.

The Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit think-tank that drives the efficient and restorative use and creation of material resources toward a world thriving, green, and secure. Lovins was named by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people, and has authored 31 books, including Reinventing Fire, Winning the Oil Endgame, and Natural Capitalism.

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Tuesday, March 4

A West Valley Immigration Reform Action Event is at Glendale Community College in Glendale, 600 W. Olive Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. For more information visit

An Emerge: The Carnival of the Future event co-sponsored by the ASU Center for Nanotechnology in Society and the Transhumanism Initiative of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, The Singularity: Screening and Conversation is at Stauffer Hall B-Wing Room 125 at the Tempe campus. For more information visit

ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Professor Soe Myint presents Can Pixels Tell Climate-Related Stories? at Wrigley Hall, Room 481, Tempe, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information visit

The Phoenix Public Library system presents “State of Deception: Susan Bartolleti,” at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., downtown from 1 to 2 p.m. Bartolleti will facilitate two programs to visiting school children and the public describing the types of propaganda used during World War II, and its effects on children and young adults. For school groups with more than 10 people, please contact 602-262-7939 to register.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presents his book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War,, at ASU's Old Main, 400 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe. Parking is available at Fulton Center Parking Structure; doors open at 5 p.m., the program is at 6. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit

The Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club's Palo Verde Group meets first Tuesdays at the second floor conference room of Quality Inn, 202 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more information contact Don Steuter, 602-956-5057 or

End the War Coalition meets at Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street, at 7 p.m. For more information visit

Wednesday, March 5

Friends of Philosophy Reading Discussion Group considers Martin P. Golding's Philosophy of Law chapters 3 through 4 at ASU Tempe's Coor Hall Room 3301, 7 p.m. Friends of Philosophy is sponsored by the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies. For more information visit

Co-sponsored by the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies, Ken Wald presents The Choosing People: The Puzzles of American Jewish Voting at ASU Tempe's West Hall Room 135, 1:30 p.m. For more information visit

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Global Conversations program presents Avoiding Stereotypes in Media Coverage Around the World, 555 N. Central Ave., Room 444, Phoenix, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information

Harkins Scottsdale 101 cinema presents the film >Honor Diaries, featuring Nazanin Afshin-Jam, president of Stop Child Executions, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Please RSVP at For more information visit

Thursday, March 6

Tell Senator Flake: Stand With Women action event is at Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake's Phoenix office, 2200 E. Camelback Road, suite 120, 1 to 2 p.m. For more information visit

Phoenix Stand With Women: Raise the Wage Letter Writing Party is at Shadow Rock UCC, 12861 N. Eighth Ave., 6 to 8 p.m. For more information visit

Arizona Right To Life 2014 Spring Lecture – Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief of World News Group, holder of the distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and Dean of the World Journalism and Public Policy Institute, is at Roosevelt Community Church, 924 N. First Street, Phoenix, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit

Paint PHX is Phoenix’s first city wide, co-coordinated and artist organized multi-mural painting event, March 6, 7, 8, and 9 at 7 p.m. Areas such as 16th Street between Van Buren and Thomas Roads, Roosevelt Row from 16th Street to 15th Avenue, and Grand Avenue will get fresh work by local and visiting artists. Mural painting areas are not limited to these three hubs; other walls south in and south of downtown, east of Highway 51 and near Interstate 17. Local businesses such as The Hive/The Bee’s Knees, Barrio Cafe, and Fifth Street Paint Supply are lending support. For more information visit

Puente Human Rights Movement presents Nutrition 101, at 1306 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, 5:30 p.m. If you have been wanting to learn more about food or needing motivation for getting fit in 2014, this is your workshop. The program introduces a basic understanding of food and our consumption. For more information visit

Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory Lovins presents, “Climate Change: No Breakthroughs Needed,” about removing the barriers to renewable energy, energy security, and climate change at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission meeting is at 1616 W. Adams, suite 110, Phoenix. Meeting agendas are posted at least 24 hours before scheduled commission meetings at

Friday, March 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

The First Friday A.R.T.S. Market is a curated fine art, handmade craft, vintage and culinary market during the First Friday Art Walk and Third Friday Gallery Night in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. For more information visit

ASU's Emerge 2014 will be a “Carnival of the Future,” and will take place downtown Phoenix on Third Street between Roosevelt and Garfield Streets, 6 to 11 p.m. The event is a radically creative, playful and challenging approach to the future we actually want to make, featuring massively public, evening-long adventures. RSVP at

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Tracking the Payback: A Reporting Workshop is 7 and 8 March, at 555 N. Central Ave. For more information visit

Saturday, March 8

An Open Air Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Avenue and McKinley. It is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors, offering fresh produce, flowers, james, baked goods, dried beans, free range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music and more. For more information visit

Tres Rios Nature Festival is March 8 to 9 at Estrella Mountain Regional Park in Goodyear, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event celebrates the natural history and heritage of the valley, watchable wildlife opportunities, canoe trips looking for wildlife and birds, tours of historic areas, children's area with hands-on crafts, live animals, and storytelling. For more informatio visit

Art Detour 26 is occurring at more than 100 locations throughout downtown Phoenix, from 11 a.m. March 8 to 5 p.m. March 9. Artlink is launching its next quarter century with a reinvigorated arts event, and this event will paint a roadmap for the public to meet artists and discover the myriad art spaces that fill downtown with color. Activities include a free circulating trolley that gets you where the action is, bike and walking tours, exhibits, hands-on kids’ activities, and food trucks. For more information visit

Protest Barbaric Bull Riding at U.S. Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit

Sunday, March 9

Food Not Bombs Food Preparation is on Sundays at The Hive, 4422 N. 22nd Drive, Phoenix, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food Not Bombs is a loosely knit, international group of independent collectives and commUNITY activists serving free vegan and vegetarian food to others. The organization serves a large amount of food Sundays at Margaret T. Hance park. For more information visit

From Fukushima to the Four Corners: Break the Nuclear Chain, from Japan to Arizona! demonstration is at the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Van Buren, downtown, at 1 p.m. For more information contact

Monday, March 10

A fundraiser Tom Neilson’s Music for a Changing Planet is at the Quality Inn’s Garden Room, 202 E. McDowell Road, 6:30 to 8 p.m. A $25 donation will be collected at the door to benefit Sierra Club’s Phoenix Palo Verde Group. On March 11, an AAPJ Fundraiser featuring Tom Neilsen’s Music for Social Change is at Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 6400 E. Del Rio Street, Chandler, 6:30 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information visit

Wednesday, March 12

FitPHX Health Insurance Enrollment Help Informational Sessions are at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., on March 12, 2 to 4 p.m., and on March 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at the Ocotillo Library and Workforce Literacy Center, 1023 W. Southern Ave., on March 14, 2 to 5 p.m. For more information visit

Arizona Education Association and Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation present a Money In Politics Legislative Update, 63 E. Main Street in Mesa, 11 a.m. For more information visit

Thursday, March 13

Free Tax Preparation service is available at the Ocotillo Library and Workforce Literacy Center, 102 W. Southern Ave., 1 to 6 p.m. For more information visit

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Insurance and Health Care Issue Committee Meeting is at 201 N. Central Ave., suite 2700, 10 to 11 a.m. For more information visit

The first of three Rape Aggression Defense Classes is at the Mesa Public Safety Training Facility, 3260 N. 40th Street in Mesa, 4 to 9 p.m. The other classes are on March 18 and 20. The program is a free self defense class for women. For more information visit

Friday, March 14

The 13th Annual Sonoran Arts League Festival of Fine Art – Stagecoach Village is a free, juried show featuring 150 local and nationally acclaimed artists with a variety of work from traditional to contemporary, with life music, food, and artist demonstrations, and a farmers market, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek, March 14 to 16 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit

The Artistry of Mata Ortiz, Taxco & Oaxaca, Mexico, is at Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 14-16. For more information visit

The 44th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival 2014 is at Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, from 10 a.m. March 14 to 5 p.m. March 16. For more information visit

The Homeowner Advocacy Unit of the Civil Justice Clinic at ASU's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona is hosting a one-day conference on the changing landscape of homeowner advocacy, Memorial Union/Pima Auditorium Room 230, 301 E. Orange Street, Tempe, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required. For more information visit

Saturday, March 15

The Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival is every first and third Saturday of each month, October through April, in downtown Mesa, 20 E. Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit

Global March for Lions Phoenix is at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 2 to 3 p.m. Phoenix will be joined by cities throughout the world including London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Toronto, Stockholm, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Frankfurt, and Washington D.C., in support of banning canned hunting. For more information visit

Gather at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center for Conservation Workdays in Phoenix, 3131 S. Central Ave., on third Saturdays through April at 8 a.m. Help prepare a pollinator garden, clean up the river bed, create bird habitat, or remove invasive plants. No experience necessary. For more information contact Cathy Wise at 602-468-6470.

Sunday, March 16

Americans United for Separation of Church and State's monthly meeting is at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant, 4001 N. Central Ave., at 2 p.m. For more information visit

Orpheum Theater is providing volunteer training for service during its events, 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix. For more information contact 602-495-7139.

Monday, March 17

The Digital Context, Storytelling and Implications for PR and Journalism is at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, at 7 p.m. The presenter is Mark Haas, president of Edelman USA. For more information visit

Experience Matters Arizona presents Connecting with Community in Your Encore Years at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 W. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 6:30 p.m. Are you a passionate and professional adult over 50? Learn more about projects, discovery workshops, books and events that can connect you with your community for a purposeful future. For more information visit

Tuesday, March 18

The Role of the Arts in Social Transformation panel is at ASU Tempe's West Hall Room 135, 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit

The 2014 Institute for Humanities Research Distinguished Lecture Series presents Stephen Greenblatt with Tell My Story: The Human Compulsion to Narrate, at ASU Tempe. Reception is at 4:30 p.m., and the lecture is at 5:30. For more information visit

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Workforce Readiness Committee Meeting is at 201 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 3:30 to 4 p.m. For more information visit

An Open Mic Night is at Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N. First Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Spoken word Fridays are every first, second, and fourth Friday. For more information visit

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