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2016 APEX Bizarre Bazaar March 12th

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If the Kink Karnival is a 101, the Bizarre Bazaar needs a PhD. Edgy and fun, the Bizarre Bazaar lets our spring fever out to play!

The Bizarre Bazaar is an amazing collection of Vendors, Demonstrations, Performances, and fun! Learn more about the Arizona Power Exchange, The Valley’s Premier Source for BDSM education, social opportunities, and support. Learn about Lifestyle Organizations in our Valley, see demonstrations provided by our Members and Vendors, meet like-minded people, and see the largest collection of quality vendors assembled in Arizona.

For more information about the Bizarre Bazaar you can visit the website.

Presale discount applies to the Bizarre Bazaar and the Party for all APEX Members. You can get your presale tickets at the door of any APEX event or online at Ticketleap.

Vendors can fill out the form on the website!

 

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Weekend Intensive: Inviting the Muse with Catherine Gross February, 2017

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Inviting the Muse with Catherine Gross, MCC
February 26th-27th, 2017

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Have you looked at protocols and how you structure your relationships?  Have you attended classes and explored the possibilities but you’re ready for a fresh take?

Come spend a weekend evoking creativity, design and the unexpected. We’re going to approach M/s and D/s from an out of the box perspective. Create answers and questions communally and individually. Expect learning to be like play!

Don’t expect this seminar to look like anything else you’ve done before.

·  Find your motivation · Ÿ  Find self-created relationship possibilities Ÿ  ·  polyamory, non-monogomy, and monogamy are respectfully included · Ÿ maintain and sustain your relationships

This seminar is for people of all levels of experience and persuasions. Tops, bottoms, kinky folks, Masters, slaves, submissives, etc. If you’re interested in D/s or M/s this is for you.

Hours:
Saturday – 10am to 6pm
Sunday – 10am to 1pm.

Cost $45.00 per person for APEX Annual All Access Members, $65.00 per person for other Memberships. For more information about membership please visit Our Membership Page A catered lunch is included.  Materials will be provided.

Expect a well-organized delivery that gets results for your life.  Expect a unique experience.

Move your world forward without experiencing a lecture based education event!

Visit BDSMClasses for more information.

Limited seating available so reserve your tickets early! You can get your tickets at the door of any APEX event or buy online at http://apex.ticketleap.com/invitingthemuse/

About Catherine Gross, MCC
PastedGraphic-3-(4)25+ years of educating on D/s and M/s relationships. She is a Master Certified Coach, Board Certified Coach and holds multiple other niche certifications. She is the recipient of Black Rose’s Vaughn Keith National Educator Award 2002 and Pantheon of Leather Southeast Community Service Award 2006.

 

 

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Urgent Charity Drive at APEX

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Join APEX in an effort to support a number of children whose families are struggling this Holiday Season by donating a toy (or two, or three) or cash (which will be converted to toys and clothing).

Who these families are: All of these families are would-have-been recipients of a state charity who had their funding cut. They are all proactively working to better their situations, but they struggle to put food on the table, to get warm at night, and even a single gift at Christmas for these children is an unattainable dream. These families live near us, in our neighborhoods, their children attend school with our own children yet they are battling poverty on a daily basis. State budget issues leave this shortfall to us.

Your donations may be the only toys or clothes these children will receive this year. Please be generous! There are over 150 children who need our help. This is an ambitious goal, but we know what we can do when we come together!

Your donations will be hand-delivered to families before Christmas so the parents have time to wrap the gifts and be their children’s hero on Christmas morning. For those families who do not celebrate Christmas, their your donations will be passed along in a way that is consistent with their beliefs.

GoFundMe Link for those further away.

Here are some gift ideas:

  • Diapers, wipes, and baby supplies
  • Board games
  • Foot balls, soccer balls, basketballs, jump rope, shakeboard, scooters, bikes
  • Family photo albums, baby books, parenting books
  • Reading books, art supplies, journals, coloring books
  • Dolls, cars, dinosaurs
  • Legos, playdough, building blocks
  • Gift certificates for family outings of any type!
  • Winter jackets/coats

We will continue to post specific requests as they arrive, but let’s do this! If every member of the club brought just ONE thing, we would blow the doors off for these families!

There is a box in the front office at the club. For those with logistics issues, we will all pitch in and make it happen. If you drop off gift cards or cash, the front desk can help you with that.

To commemorate your donation for the holiday season, we will have cards you can fill out in the front office and we will proudly display your generosity as we all come together to make this holiday magical! For those of you donating to the GoFundMecampaign, we will include a donation card at the club in your honor.

 

Use this photo as your social media avatar and spread the love!

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From the NCSF: Results of the Mental & Emotional Health Study

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Results of the Mental & Emotional Health Study
www.ncsfreedom.org
December 1, 2015

University of Alabama and University of Central Florida researchers surveyed over 800 kinky people recruited by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and found they were mentally and emotionally healthy.

“I was curious about the stereotypes from a mental health standpoint and we found that these kinky people are well functioning, with little mental health concerns,” says Tess M. Gemberling, M.A., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Alabama. “They also have healthy romantic relationships.”

The study, “Psychological Functioning and Violence Victimization and Perpetration in BDSM Practitioners from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom,” also investigated people’s preferences for BDSM activities and fantasies, and explored whether violence is perpetuated against kinky people. It joins a growing body of research that refutes the stereotype that people who are kinky are inherently dangerous to themselves and others, which is at the root of the discrimination and persecution that kinky people experience.

“I wanted to explore more about how the stereotypes interface with reality,” says Matt R. Nobles, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Central Florida. “Although more than half of the people in this study have been victims of violence or aggression, extremely few had perpetrated such themselves.”

In the study, 7.7% of participants reported they had been victims of a BDSM-based hate crime, while 10.2% of participants reported they had been victims of an LGBT-based hate crime.

“Parallel to my work with sexual minorities, my interest is in looking at the nature of identity and mental health in a vulnerable group of people,” says Robert J. Cramer, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Alabama. “Contrary to popular perceptions, our study shows kinky persons are largely mentally healthy when it comes to conditions such as depression, anxiety and suicide.”

The study also confirms that for these kinksters it’s primarily about consensual power exchange, with 98% preferring to take a specific power exchange role during BDSM. The most commonly reported practices were spanking, slapping and biting, and the use of sexual toys and equipment.

“Lawmakers can help by legally recognizing informed consent as the basis of healthy BDSM behavior,” says Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF. “BDSM is intended to be a mutually beneficial experience that is done by consenting adults.”

 

Quick Links…

The NCSF Our Website

Donate to the NCSF

See the Original Press Release

 

NCSF Contact Information

NCSF Media Line: 917-848-6544
media@ncsfreedom.org
NCSF Office  Line: 410-539-4824
ncsfreedom@ncsfreedom.org

 

 

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Special Thanks to Project Hard Hat!

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Project Hard Hat has donated latex/ non latex condoms and female condoms to the Arizona Power Exchange! We want to thank them for caring about APEX and it’s membership.

Project Hard Hat promotes the practice of safer sex in an effort to prevent STD’s / STI’s primarily HIV among sexually active adults.

Don’t forget to visit Project Hard Hat on Facebook and say “Thank you”!

 

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Masked Fire Ball: February 27, 2016

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The APEX Masked Fire Ball

Friday, February 27, 2016

The 5th Annual APEX Masked Fire Ball

Outdoor Fire-play space at APEX so we can do all of those things we can’t do inside!

Time to break out your fire whips, fire floggers, poi, staffs, and fans! We have a number of fire performers at APEX and we will have a good old fashioned fire jam outside.

We will have some fire-themed food (including chocolate fondue!), as well as some BBQ.

Keep your eyes on the APEX webpage for the latest details!

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.
You must be an APEX (or reciprocal) member in order to attend an APEX party. This is legal stuff, sorry all! You can learn more about being a Member of the Arizona Power Exchange on our Membership Page.

$15 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

While we will remain open until 2am, the doors will close at 11pm so our Volunteers can enjoy the party as well. If you can’t get there before 11pm, please make special arrangements via email: Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

 

View the event on the APEX Calendar or on APEX Group on Fetlife.com or the APEX Facebook Page.

 

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APEX New Year’s Eve Party

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Celebrate 2015 at APEX with all your kinky friends!

We will roll the 2015 slideshow, and you can relive the fantastic moments of 2015.

Celebrate your heritage and bring your favorite New Year’s dish. We all have traditions, let’s bring them all together and celebrate the diversity that makes us so amazing!

Countdown at midnight with some Sparkling Cider!

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.
You must be an APEX (or reciprocal) member in order to attend an APEX party. This is legal stuff, sorry all! You can learn more about being a Member of the Arizona Power Exchange on our Membership Page.

$15 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

While we will remain open until 2am, the doors will close at 11pm so our Volunteers can enjoy the party as well. If you can’t get there before 11pm, please make special arrangements via email: Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

 

View the event on the APEX Calendar or on Fetlife.com

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Consent Month

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While Consent Month may be over (though it was a smashing success!), it is never too late (or early!) to talk about Consent, Informed Consent, and take a positive approach to Consent Education.

We want to give a shout out to our Consent Month Partners at the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) for working so hard year round!

Remember, you can support the NCSF and join the fight! NCSF operates through the financial contributions and volunteer efforts.

APEX and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is already gearing up for the 2016 Consent Month. So, start planning events, planning photo shoots, and working on how your group is going to rock consent education in 2016!

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APEX DOOR TRAINING: November 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

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Being a Door Volunteer is one of the most prized volunteers at APEX. Our Door Volunteers are the face of APEX. This is the person who gives our visitors their first impression of our club, and makes them welcome. No one is more important to the experience of our New Members than our Door Volunteers!

This class will take you through the door/membership processes. A training manual will be provided. You will be checking people in, taking event and membership fees, and providing customer service to our Members. In addition to this training, you will have a trainer sit with you for your shift(s) until you are comfortable, so you don’t have to be great at the process right away! Just a willingness to provide a positive experience, and we will help you with the rest!

If you have questions please email: DoorCoordinator@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS

Please RSVP HERE. (Not Required for attendance)

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