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Sept. 19 to Oct. 25

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A portion of the Colorado River basin that no longer has regular waterflow due to upstream use. Photo courtesy of the Redford Foundation.
Event Of The Week Is A Free Screening Of Watershed, A Robert Redford Film That Discusses Arizona And The West’s Dependence On The Colorado River

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 19, 2012 — Featured this week is a free screening of the Robert Redford produced and narrated, Watershed, a film that discusses and queries solutions to threats that are endangering the Colorado River and as a consequence, the West’s No. 1 source of water.

Through his Redford Center, Robert Redford has made free screenings available to anyone who wants to host one. On Sept. 27, The Arizona Riparian Council, ASU and the Sierra Club will be hosting a screening of the film beginning at 7 p.m. at the Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe.

After the showing, a panel discussion will begin, moderated by Matt Chew of ASU’s School of Life Science. Panelists will include: John Hathaway, watercourse planning manager, Flood Control District of Maricopa County; Steve Pawlowski, program coordinator, Water Sentinels, Sierra Club; Kris Randall, state coordinator, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Dave White, associate director, Decision Center for a Desert City, Global Institute of Sustainability.

Free parking is available at the Brickyard Parking Garage on Sixth Street and Mill Avenue when parking ticket is validated at the theater. To RSVP, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/watershed-screening

The Colorado River sweeps through seven U.S. and two Mexican states and is the site of more than 20 major dams. It is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. The river also faces significant demands from the agricultural sector. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 70 percent of the Colorado River’s water is used to support $45 billion in agricultural crops, a yield that equals 20 percent of America’s Agricultural output. Combine this demand on the Colorado River with population growth, current energy demands and climate change and an unsustainable picture emerges. As of today, the Colorado River already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. Unless action is taken, the river will continue its retreat – a potentially catastrophic scenario for the millions who rely on its availability.

“The Colorado is one of the most iconic natural landmarks of the American West and it’s facing unprecedented demands on its water, a resource historically taken for granted by those of us who have enough,” says Robert Redford. “Films like Watershed are a necessary part of the solution. Raising awareness of the problem is a first step. Engaging the masses in taking action comes next, and in this case action means conservation.”

To RSVP, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/watershed-screening

Sept. 19

Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College is hosting CNN contributor Peter Bergen who will discuss his forthcoming book, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad at 3 p.m. Registration is required for the event via an online registration form. For more information, visit http://barretthonors.asu.edu/event/honors-lecture-series-peter-bergen/

Activists will be holding a Silent Biohazard Vigil in front of McDonalds, 223 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, beginning at 5 p.m.  For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/191877824277848/

The League Of Women Voters is sponsoring a discussion,
Does Religion Have A Place in Politics? in Phoenix College Osborn Site’s Dome Conference Room, 3310 N. 10th Ave., Phoenix at 6:30 p.m. Paul Bender, ASU Law College Dean Emeritus and Constitutional expert, and a seven-member panel representing different theological perspectives will drive the discussion about the place of religion in politics. For more information, visit http://lwvmetrophoenix.org/wrdprss/?p=940.

Sept. 20

The Arizona Small Business Association will be hosting its Fourth Annual Open House and Business Expo beginning at 4 p.m. at 4600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. For more information, email Rhette Baughman at marketing@asba.com.

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 2 House Debate at 6:30 p.m. at East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road, Tucson. Participating candidates Andrea Dalessandro and Rosanna Gabaldon are required to attend and John Ackerley has been invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

Sept. 21

People angry with banks for their home purchasing lending policies will march from Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, to the Arizona Attorney General's Office, 1275 W. Washington Street, Phoenix to demand Ken Bennett does not convert homeowner recovery funds to the private prison industry. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/429226590457120/

The Arizona Wilderness Coalition will be hosting their Fifth Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley Street, Prescott and at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at ASU Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th Street, Tempe. The films that will be screened include Viva la Verde! and Last of the Great Unknown. For more information, visit http://azwild.org/action/filmfest2012.php

Sept. 22

People will be protesting at Walmart, 800 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, beginning at 3 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, “Protest - How Wal-Mart led the way to the destruction of small businesses. Protest - How Wal-Mart helped bring the average middle classes wages down by being one of the first to cause the movement of jobs from America to Communist China.” For more information, contact firstfridayman@hotmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/139091259567706?__user=100000928924392

End The Fed events will be held in many large cities around the country, including Phoenix at noon in front of the U.S. District Courthouse, 401 E. Washington Ave. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/RonPaulPhoenix/events/75971932/

Sept. 23

The first day of Autumn has been designated International Mother Earth & Anon Day. People are asked to clean up the Earth while supporting the Anonymous movement. For more information, visit the Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/events/261753697266752/

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring an art exhibition, Beyond The Border, at Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff. The exhibition will open Sept. 22 and continue through Oct. 31. Included is the traveling exhibition, Continental Divide: Borderlands Wildlife, People and the Wall, which features photographs from the International League of Conservation Photographers. On Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. Dan Millis of the Sierra Club and photographer Krista Schlyer will discuss the implications of border policy on wildlife and human communities. For more information, visit http://arizona.sierraclub.org/meetings_events.asp

Sept. 24

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 11 House and Senate Debate at 6:30 p.m. at East Campus Pima Community College Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, Tucson. Participating House candidate David Joseph is required to attend; Adam Kwasman and Steve Smith were invited. Participating Senate candidate Jo Holt is required to attend and Al Melvin was also invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

Sept. 25

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 24 House and Senate Debate beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the A.E. England Building at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Participating House candidate Brian Kaufman is required to attend. Lela Alston and Chad Campbell have also been invited. Participating Senate candidate Augustine Bartning is required to attend. Katie Hobbs was also invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 25 House and Senate Debate at 6 p.m. at Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, 6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa. Participating House candidate David Butler is required to attend; Justin Olson and Justin Pierce have also been invited. Participating Senate candidate Greg Gadek is required to attend and Robert Worsley has also been invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

Sept. 25 (cont.)

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 20 House and Senate Debate at 6:30 p.m. in the ASU West Campus La Sala Ballroom, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. Participating House candidates Jackie Thrasher and Carl Seel are required to attend; Tonya Norwood and Paul Boyer have also been invited. Participating Senate candidate Michael Powell is required to attend; Doug Quelland and Kimberly Yee have also been invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

A First Amendment Forum about Phoenix’s downtown will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on the downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Featured speakers are Valley Metro CEO Stephen R. Banta, ASU professor Mike Kuby, Bicycle Coordinator for city of Phoenix Joseph Perez, and founder of SideWalk Phoenix Nicole Underwood. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=414284591964798&set=a.229971907062735.55894.172843476108912&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

Sept. 26

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 14 House and Senate Debate at 6 p.m. in Benson City Council Chambers, 120 W. 6th Street, Benson. Participating House candidates Robert Leach and Mark Stonebreaker are required to attend; David Gowan and David Stevens were also invited. Participating Senate candidate Pat Fleming is required to attend and Gail Griffin was also invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

Sept. 27

The League of Women Voters is hosting Mapping Arizona’s Future: A Statewide simulcast on Arizona’s Key Ballot Initiatives beginning at 6 p.m. at seven locations throughout the state. Locations are: Apache Junction, Winkelman/SE Pinal County, Coolidge, Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Sedona, Tucson, and Yuma. For more information, contact Jamie Martin at 602-257-0335 or jmartin@azhumanities.org.

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 16 House Debate at 6:30 p.m. in ASU Polytechnic Campus, Cooley Ballroom B, 7001 E. Williams Field Road, Mesa. All the candidates in this race — Matthew Cerra, Douglas Colemen, and Kelly Townsend are participating candidates and are required to attend. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 27 House and Senate Debate beginning at 6:30 p.m. in ASU Mercado, Room C145, 502 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix. Participating House candidate Daniel Coleman is required to attend; Ruben Gallego, Catherine Miranda, and Angel Torres have also been invited. Participating Senate candidate Sarah Coleman is required to attend and Leah Landrum has also been invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

The Arizona Riparian Council, ASU and the Sierra Club will be hosting a film screening of Robert Redford’s Watershed, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe. The film tells the story of the threats to the Colorado River through character vignettes. A panel discussion will follow. For more information, or to RSVP, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/watershed-screening.

Sept. 28

The Arizona Wild Coalition is sponsoring an Apache Creek Wilderness Remediation beginning Sept. 28 and continuing through Sept. 30. For more informaiton, visit http://azwild.org/action/events.php or contact Sam Frank, Central Arizona Director at 928-350-2204 or sfrank@azwild.org.

Sept. 29

The Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow, a not-for profit organization of concerned citizens committed to improving the health and education readiness of low-income children, is hosting a Kids Health Fair in Phoenix beginning at 7 a.m. at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, 1375 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit http://eventful.com/phoenix_az/events/act-kids-health-fair-/E0-001-050012933-6

GMO-Free Phoenix is hosting a screening of Everything You HAVE To Know About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods by Jeffrey R. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating who once worked at a GMO detection laboratory. The screening will be held at Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/GMO-Free-Phoenix/events/77858742/

Oct. 2

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 6 House and Senate Debate beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Radisson Woodlands Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66, Flagstaff. Participating House candidates Douglas Ballard and Robert Thorpe are required to attend; Angela Lefebvre and Brenda Barton have also been invited. Participating Senate candidates Tom Chabin and Chester Crandall are required to attend. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission is hosting an Arizona District No. 18 House Debate at 6:30 p.m. in ASU Research Park, Macro Technology Works, Building Room FDC #1408, 7700 S. River Parkway, Tempe. Participating candidate Brent Fine is required to attend. Darin Fisher, Corey Harris, Jeff Dial, and Bob Robson have also been invited. For more information, visit http://www.azcleanelections.gov/home.aspx

For entertainment and fun events in Arizona, visit http://www.arizonaguide.com/events-calendar

Register to Vote

In order to vote in the general election, registration must be completed by Oct. 8.

How to register:

Online: Service Arizona EZ Voter Registration
Note: In order to use this link you must have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) on or after October 1, 1996.
Print a Form: You may obtain a printable form online, fill in the form, print the form, sign and date it, affix the proper postage and mail the form to the County Recorder of the county in which you are a legal resident.
By Mail: You may request an Arizona Voter Registration form from the County Recorder in the county in which you are a legal resident.
In Person: You may visit the County Recorder in the county in which you are a legal resident and complete an Arizona Voter Registration form.
For more information, visit http://www.azsos.gov/election/voterregistration.htm.

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