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Sept. 4 to 18

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A previous Paatuwaqatsi Run attracted a diverse group. Photo by Philip Stark.

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Featured Event Is The Paatuwaqatsi Run On Hopi Land, An Effort To Increase Consciousness For The Cause Of Water And Life

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 4, 2012 — The Paatuwaqatsi Run — a 30-mile ultra marathon that can be run singularly or by six or three person teams — will be held in the early morning of Sept. 8 in and along Hopi land.

Begun by Hopi runner Bucky Preston in 2003, the Paatuwaqatsi Run is open to anyone interested in running for the cause of water and life. The course follows the old foot trails of the First Mesa Villages, including Walpi, and visits seven natural springs.

The Ultra Run is designed for conditioned runners who are used to covering distances of 20 miles or more. The course covers various types of high desert terrain from open sand to hard rock surfaces atop high mesas to riparian habitat around the base of the mesas.

The Paatuwaqatsi Relay Run follows the same course as the single competitors running the ultra marathon. Three or six person co-ed teams each run a leg of the course. The three-person team members each run 10 miles and the six-person team members each run 5 miles. A four-mile run/walk near the race site is also available.

The event also includes speakers who share their knowledge and work with water issues within their own communities. And, "whether you run or not, everyone is invited to eat a traditional Hopi meal and become a part of the community who is concerned, better informed and reminded about the importance of water in our lives," according to the Paatuwaqatsi Run website.

Cost is $30 per person for the relay and $65 for the ultra marathon. There is also a four-mile fun run for $12.

Online registration for the ultra marathon closes Sept. 7, but walk-up registration will be accepted the day of the race. Online registration for the relay and fun run is closed, but walk-up registration will also be accepted the day of the race.

For more information, visit http://www.waterisliferun.org/theRun/default.aspx

Sept. 4

The Green Chamber and the Arizona Small Business Association will hold their monthly Green Drinks event at Phoenix Airport Aloft, 4450 E. Washington Ave., Phoenix, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gnk64gcab&oeidk=a07e6a9i8x5f3cce2cd

The Palo Verde Group of the Sierra Club will hold their open monthly meeting Sept. 4 at the Quality Inn and Suites, 202 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, at 6:30 p.m. Issues expected to be discussed include: national, state, and local conservation policies, desert preservation, forest protection, wildlife and endangered species, growth management. The meeting is open to non-members of the Sierra Club. For more information, visit http://arizona.sierraclub.org/meetings_events.asp

Sept. 5

A planning meeting for Phoenix-metro S17 events will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. A march and rally is being planned for Cesar Chavez Plaza in Phoenix in commemoration of the beginning of the Occupy movement in New York’s Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, 2011. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/events/280144322094761/

Sept. 6

A cacophony of viewing parties of President Barack Obama’s speech to accept the democratic party nomination will be held throughout the Valley, at 5:30 p.m. To attend a party in your area, visit  https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/search_results?orderby=day&zip_radius[0]=85210&zip_radius[1]=40&country=US&radius_unit=mi

Current and former Occupy supporters are encouraging like-minded individuals to take a light-heartedly serious look at the future of creating change and are hosting a Cult of the Yellow Sign Outreach to Occupy Protestors event at Aside of Heart, 901 N. 5th St., Phoenix at 7 p.m. According to the group’s Facebook page, “Tried protesting and taking your demands to City Council? Did it Work? Why keep Occupying public spaces when you could toil for mindless Armageddon. The government didn't listen so let's raise the demon! the cult is an equal opportunity employer, Cultists are not to be confused with Ninjas.” For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/266748586770866/

Sept. 7

Harder Development’s Two-Part Art + Mural + Silent Auction community event to raise funds for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona will conclude Sept. 7 at 6 p.m., at the Great Paint Escape 335 W. McDowell, Phoenix, including a silent auction. Participating artists include: (curator) Hugo Medina, Sebastien Millon, JB Snyder, Angel Diaz, Katie Beltran, Amanda Adkins, Colton Brock, Pablo Luna, Thomas Breeze Marcus, Gennaro Garcia and Aaron Johnson. Videographers Salvador featured DJ Shane Kennedy, snacks and beverages donated by local businesses, and paint supplies donated by Calle 16 for Free Arts participants and artists. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/191723980958495/

Sept. 8

The Paatuwaqatsi Run — a 30-mile ultra marathon that can be run singularly or by six or three person teams — will be held in the early morning of Sept. 8 in and along Hopi land. Begun by Hopi runner Bucky Preston in 2003, the Paatuwaqatsi Run is open to anyone interested in running for the cause of water and life. The course follows the old foot trails of the First Mesa Villages, including Walpi, and visits seven natural springs. For more information, visit http://www.waterisliferun.org/theRun/default.aspx

As part of the run-up to the The 2012 AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run on Oct. 21, a free Health Fair and Mini AIDS Walk will be held Sept. 8 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. at Eastlake Park, 1540 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Included in the event will be free testing and entertainment. For more information, visit http://www.aidswalkphoenix.org/event/promotional3/dare.php

The Sierra Club will be hosting a Pine Mountain Wilderness Remediation Sept. 8 and 9. Pine Mountain, the highest point on the Verde River Rim, is an "island" of tall ponderosa pine and Douglas fir surrounded by desert mountains and hot dry mesas covered in pinion and juniper, cut by rugged canyons. The rim overlooks the Verde River with fine views out across the desert. This overnight weekend trip will focus on non-native plant remediation and removal using traditional non-mechanized wilderness tools. For more information, contact Sam Frank at 928-350-2204, or at sfrank@azwild.org.

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