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Events at APEX, Events for Members, and Events we support!

September is National Consent Month!

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Partnering with the NCSF, the Arizona Power Exchange is proud to bring you Consent Month!

Please visit the Consent Month Website for contests, merchandise, ideas, and free stuff as we all discuss consent in a positive way!

AT APEX, we focus on consent all month long including…

PEX sponsors [Consent Month][http://consentmonth.com] and focuses on consent the entire month of September!

**Here are some things you might be interested in to support affirmative consent:**

Monday, September 4th STATE OF CONSENT with Susan Wright of the NCSF

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 APEX 101 – SKILLS: COMMUNICATION AND NEGOTIATION

Monday, September 11, 2017 Consensual Non-Consent: Reality vs. Fantasy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 APEX 303: SKILLS – BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

Friday, September 15, 2017 Consent Themed Photos

Saturday, September 16, 2017 APEX Pre-Party Workshop: Informed Consent in Casual & Pick-up-Play

Monday, September 18, 2017 Consent at APEX

Saturday, September 23, 2017 APEX 29th Anniversary Presentations: Honoring our Volunteersncluding a consent presentation!

Monday, September 25, 2017 Master/slave dynamics and consent

Visit the APEX Calendar for more information!

Got Consent?

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2017 APEX Kink Karnival: November 11th 10am-4pm

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The Kink Karnival 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.

Calling all vendors, artisans, and crafters! If you’d like a spot at the 2017 Kink Karnival, you can fill out the Vendor Form. We have a cap for vendors, and we limit the number of ‘like’ vendors, so do this early!

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 10am-4pm

Tell your friends you are attending the 2017 APEX Kink Karnival

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As a Vendor
As a Demo
As a Community Group

Just want to know what’s happening?

Learn more about the Kink Karnival:

If you are a member of APEX you can get a discount on the KK and Party for purchasing your tickets in advance! *You must be an APEX Member prior to the KK to attend the party.

All Access members get into the party for FREE!

To Stay up to date on the latest about the 2017 Kink Karnival Visit the Kink Karnival Webpage! 

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APEX Celebrates 29 Years of Volunteers

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Do you have photos of APEX volunteers or projects that were important to you? How about a remembrance of a volunteer who may not have made it into an old newsletter, but was part of your journey? Maybe you have a story about a volunteer who has moved on, but you would like remembered? If so, we would love to hear from you.

Our Anniversary Party usually commemorates the previous year, and we will certainly do that, but with your help, we will also celebrate all our yesterdays, and the volunteers who made them happen.

There are several ways you can help:There are several ways you can help:
• Provide photographs of events or people.
• Document stories of volunteers who impacted you.
• Share with former volunteers who may not hear about this event. We will have a keepsake for some of those volunteers.

If you have photos or stories you can email them to: Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org If you can’t scan, email us and we will arrange to have it done for you. Deadline for Submissions: September 1st, 2017

We hope everyone will participate to make this Anniversary special.

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APEX Volunteer Drive and Social: August 11th, 2017

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APEX is focusing some efforts into getting YOU more involved in our club.

Tonight is a great opportunity to do that.

We will share with you our structure, ways you can participate, and things you can do to put your stamp on your club.

This is a social occasion. You will get some information, meet some people, and learn more about the Arizona Power Exchange, the Valley’s Premier source of BDSM Education, Social Opportunities, Support, and fun!

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.

Please RSVP HERE. (Not Required for attendance)

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Did you know…About APEX Education?

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Did you know there are lots of educational programs at APEX, making up more than 200 events each year?

 

Monday’s: On Monday Nights (since 1997) we have some sort of Educational Event. Class, Demo, Lecture, Hands-On, Panel Discussion, Community Education, and even an occasional open house. Some of these are open to everyone over 18 because APEX feels as though Education is important for all parts of the Phoenix Community!  These educational events are generally facilitated by APEX Members, or an occasional out of town presenter. If you are interested in presenting please email: Mondays@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

E.D.G.E. Groups:  Extended Development, Growth, & Education (E.D.G.E.). An E.D.G.E. group is made up of APEX members who all share a common interest in learning, teaching, and developing skills. This is a peer-to-peer learning environment that facilitates practice and sharing knowledge in a particular area. There are currently 12 E.D.G.E. Groups at APEX: Safer Sex, Makers, Pets, Rope 101, Leather Care, Floggers, Impact Play, Drums, Bound to Tie, Medical Play, Presenting, and Photography.

E.D.G.E. Groups are open to all APEX members who would like to join. If you are interested in beginning an E.D.G.E. group, please e-mail Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

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Weekend Workshops/Intensive’s: Are generally out of town presenters who do a variety of classes throughout the weekend. Sometimes it is on a single subject, sometimes it is separate classes. These are all structured differently, and attention should be paid to the schedule and pricing.  If you have a weekend workshop/intensive you would like to share with the APEX Membership please email: Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

Preparty Workshops: Preparty Workshops are designed to teach you some skills you can use tonight at the party! A fun and interactive environment where we can all sharpen our skills together! This is not a classroom environment-no lectures here! These are interactive and high energy sessions so you can get ready to party! You may attend the preparty workshop for an additional fee, but it is included in your party entrance fee. Like most programming Preparty Workshops are offered at no additional costs for All Access Members.

APEX 101: Skills: The APEX 101 series is an introduction to specific skills. Come learn the basics of these skills. These classes are for beginners, those new to a particular kind of play, or someone wanting a ‘sampling’ of the possibilities and intended to make you comfortable with the general premise of the chosen fetish.

The APEX 101 series is designed to be a fun and interactive environment. You will get an overview of the evening, and then you can spend your time learning about the things you are interested in! This is an opportunity to ask questions, see up close how things work and in some cases even try those things!

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APEX 202: Skills: Welcome to the next phase of your evolution. You may have taken the 101, or maybe you’ve watched other people do it, or you’ve even tinkered a bit yourself.

At the  APEX 202’s you will practice a variety of techniques, and a wider exposure will allow you to take your skills to the next level! The APEX 202 series are designed to be a fun and interactive environment. You will get an overview of the evening, and then you can spend your time doing the things you are interested in! This is sometimes also an opportunity to see many different ways to do what we do, and decide which one is right for you! This is an opportunity to ask questions, see up close how things work, and most importantly, PRACTICE!

For questions please email: Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org
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APEX 303: Skills: Continue your Education with the APEX 303’s. The APEX 303 is designed to provide an advanced education on various topic. Everyone is welcome, but often the skills are advanced and some basic knowledge is required. Each event will call out what you will want to know or possess ahead of time. For questions please email: Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

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Keep your eyes on our webpage, Fetlife.com, Facebook.com, and Twitter.com for more information about the value APEX brings to our community!

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July 8th Party: Important Notice about Parking

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As you may have heard our parking lot is going to be resurfaced on July 8th, and we can’t drive on it until Sunday. So, the generous folks at the big white building to the South of us, have agreed to let us use their parking lot.

Walking on the pavement after 6 PM is allowed, and wheeled toy bags should be fine. We do have permission – for the night of July 8th only – to park around the building to the southeast of APEX (the area outlined in yellow on the map). Otherwise, you’ll need to park on the street (the purple shading).

If you are coming to the party and willing to help direct traffic that would be amazing! Email us at contact@arizonapowerexchange.org and we will put you on the schedule. There will be frozen treats for the volunteers who are out in the heat!

We will need help from 7:30pm-11pm when the doors close.

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CELEBRATING THE APEX MOVE!

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Let’s Celebrate- APEX has been in our new space for 1 Year!

It has been a year since we moved to the new space, and wow have things changed!

In honor of the occasion we are going to do some fun things to celebrate what we all accomplished together.

  • We will have BBQ and some fun sweet treats
  • Some new furniture will make an appearance
  • Some AMAZING new things will be added to our space as a fun surpise for members
  • We will run a slide show of some of the changes and things we have accomplished this year
  • A photo opportunity to commemorate the occasion

This is one of those events that will be talked about all year, don’t miss out!

Watch the APEX Group on FetLife for the buzz about weekly parties, who is bringing what, and what our friends are planning!

Please bring a food item to share. A six-pack of soda would also be appreciated. Water and ice will be provided.

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 http://www.arizonapowerexchange.net/membership/.

$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

*Please note: You must be a member at least 24 hours PRIOR to this event to attend. No orientations will be done at this event.

Fetlife.com RSVP HERE (Not Required for attendance)

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Drum Circle

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Typically, people gather to drum in drum “circles” with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together. -Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart 

Drumming has been integral part of tribal culture. Drums provide the basic rhythm to most music. A drum circle brings community together through rhythm. Drum circles allow people to express themselves in a fun safe environment. Drumming increases concentration and focus, helps develop communication skills and encourages people to listen and dance. We will explore hand drumming techniques for drums such as the Djembe, Sabar etc. Learn how to play bass, open tone and slap notes. Bring your own drums. We will have a few drums available if you have never played. This will be hands-on… literally.

Join us on the 4th Saturday of each month at 6pm

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Gearing Up for the 2017 Arizona Master Slave Contest

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The Arizona Master/slave Contest is a feeder contest for the Regional Southwest Master/slave Contest, held during Southwest Leather Conference in Phoenix, AZ in January each year. The Arizona Power Exchange is proud to support the Arizona Master Slave Contest!

About the Contest

This contest celebrates the Master/slave dynamic and is a positive outreach to the community at large in an effort to promote, educate and build upon healthy Master and slave relationships. The contest is for couples who self identify as Master and slave or Owner and property, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Contestants must be at least 21 years of age and have been in a declared Master and slave or Owner and property relationship at least one year prior to the date of the contest.

The Arizona Master Slave Contest supports diversity and excellence in our contestants, judges and staff. We want to show the Southwest the best of what Arizona has to offer!

The Arizona Master Slave contest is about embracing our state in a way that represents our diversity, our uniqueness, and our amazing culture.

There are a lot of ways to contribute to the contest:

Visit The Arizona Master Slave Contest website for more information

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Spring E.D.G.E. Groups at APEX

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This spring is happening at APEX. We have eight (8) E.D.G.E. Groups with more on the horizon for summer and fall.

What is an E.D.G.E. Group?

Extended Development, Growth, & Education (E.D.G.E.). An E.D.G.E. group is made up of APEX members who all share a common interest in learning, teaching, and developing skills. This is a peer-to-peer learning environment that facilitates practice and sharing knowledge in a particular area.

What E.D.G.E. Groups are Happening at APEX

Second Sunday of the Month:  APEX E.D.G.E. – PETS

APEX E.D.G.E. on pets provides opportunity for all forms of pet play enthusiasts to get together and explore topics ranging from gear, headspace, training, practice, and more. This E.D.G.E. is open to all types of pets, handlers, and forms of pet play (pony play, puppy play, kitty play, etc). Furries are welcomed too!

Each month we will explore specific topics and provide time for training. Members can take on the role of a real or imaginary animal in character, including appropriate mannerisms and behaviors, and sometimes a partner will act as another animal, or may take the role of rider, trainer, owner, handler, or even breeding partner.

If this interests you, please join us for discussion, bringing your ideas and your abilities from sharing training techniques, specific skill sets, making gear, and come play! This is a peer-to-peer learning environment. For those who are brand new and are interested in watching, please feel free to pull up a chair. Many pets feed off a good audience. All APEX members are welcome to our EDGE group. Feel free to send any questions about our group to Samantha@arizonapowerexchange.org.

Second Thursday of the Month: APEX E.D.G.E. – MAKERS GROUP

This E.D.G.E. group is focused on fetish crafts: sewing, woodworking, leathercrafting, metalworking, electronics, chain mail, latex clothing, etc. If you do, or are interested in learning about, any sort of kinky crafting, then this is the group for you. We plan to have show-and-tell, design brainstorming sessions, and hands-on crafting demonstrations. Come to learn, teach and show off your work.

For this month’s topic and details, please keep an eye on the APEX Group on Fetlife.com.

For more information please contact Tim at Timinaz on Fetlife.com

Third Sunday of the Month: APEX E.D.G.E. – FLOGGERS

Floggers are one of the most commonly used implements for impact play. There are many amazing floggers who by developing their technical skill and their artistic style have set the standard for flogging.

The E.D.G.E. Floggers Group provides D/types, switches, and s/types opportunities to develop and improve flogging skills and styles, and to promote safety awareness and informed consent practices in a peer-to-peer setting. We will discuss topics such as flogger impact on the body, basic fundamentals, advanced skills such as Florentine flogging, rhythm, body mechanics, types of floggers, how personal backgrounds influence styles, and more. S/types are encouraged to attend in order to learn what is safe flogging play, and through informed consent, assist D/types in improving their skills. This education will serve to enhance participants’ skills and knowledge resulting in positive and more mutually rewarding experiences.

This E.D.G.E. Group will focus on learning and skill rather than play, so to promote a learning environment, there will be no nudity in this E.D.G.E. Group.

Fourth Tuesday of the Month: APEX E.D.G.E. – LEATHER CARE AND BOOT BLACKING

APEX E.D.G.E.: Leather Care and Boot Blacking: This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at APEX. This is a monthly hands-on workshop. Bring your leather items, boots, and personal leather care supplies you already own. Join us to get together with others and share your love of leather. Learn from others how to take care of your precious leather items to make them last longer. Don’t own leather or bootblacking supplies? Explore the different ways you can build a leather care kit and ask questions of those who have been doing this for a while. Each month we will explore specific topics ranging from leather care, boot care, shoe shining, leather repair, and refinishing old items.

For these reasons we’ve dedicated an EDGE group to it! Join us to learn what you want to learn in this peer-to-peer learning environment. For those who have a general interest, a topic will be presented each meeting for those who are interested. Everyone is welcome to our EDGE group. Feel free to send any questions about our group to Samantha@arizonapowerexchange.org.

Fourth Thursday of the Month: APEX E.D.G.E. – IMPACT PLAY

Impact Play: when one person strikes another for the gratification of both. It may be the broadest category of those types of things we like to do, and the possibilities are limited only by our desire and imagination. Impact play can be sensuous or sensational, cathartic or brutal and everywhere in between. Flogging, spanking, caning, whipping, and more can be classified as impact play.

For these reasons we’ve dedicated an EDGE group to it! Join us to learn what you *you* want to learn in this peer-to-peer learning environment. For those who have a general interest, a topic will be presented each meeting for those who are interested. Everyone is welcome to our EDGE group, but keep in mind there is no play at an EDGE group, so there may not be reason for bottoms to show up if they aren’t learning impact play. Feel free to send any questions about our group to Samantha@arizonapowerexchange.org.

Fourth Saturday of the Month: APEX E.D.G.E. – DRUM CIRCLE

Drumming has been integral part of tribal culture. Drums provide the basic rhythm to most music. A drum circle brings community together through rhythm. Drum circles allow people to express themselves in a fun safe environment. Drumming increases concentration and focus, helps develop communication skills and encourages people to listen and dance. We will explore hand drumming techniques for drums such as the Djembe, Sabar etc. Learn how to play bass, open tone and slap notes. Bring your own drums. We will have a few drums available if you have never played. This will be hands-on… literally.

About the Facilitator: Sir Minder-Binder is a Marine and military veteran experienced in boxing, wrestling and Tae Kwon Do. He facilitates APEX Dungeon Monitor (D M) training and is a certified martial arts practitioner. He is also an avid recreational artist and musician.

For more information about this E.D.G.E. Group, you can contact your facilitator SirMinder-Binder.

Fourth Sunday of the Month: APEX E.D.G.E. – BOUND TO TIE

Bound to Tie is dedicated to the nurturing of the rope community in order to teach and support the art of rope bondage, with safety as a priority within this realm of edge play. Our website is http://boundtotie.org/.

Our interest is rope bondage in all its forms . If you even have a mild curiosity please come join us, explore that curiosity and try it out. If you are experienced, come share your knowledge. We will point you toward educational resources within the community. We are here to educate and have fun doing it. Please accept our invitation to join us.

This group is open to all that would like to attend. Everyone’s abilities and preferences will be respected-regardless of gender. All levels of experience are welcome as this is a place to learn and share with our peers. Bring your own rope or we will have lots for use to borrow during the session. We encourage rope bottoms to join us so we have all types to practice and learn with and you have another place to experience being tied. Bottoms can be of any gender but please remember, this is a learning environment and EDGE group rules prohibit any type of play scene, so don’t come expecting that. Also keep in mind this isn’t a match-making operation, but we are happy to have tops and bottoms pair up to practice.

Contact Alien_Jim on Fetlife.com, or Jim@BoundToTie.org for more information.

Fifth Sunday of the Month: APEX E.D.G.E. – PHOTOGRAPHY

This E.D.G.E. Group is for those interested in exploring and developing their skills and techniques in a variety of associated photography disciplines. We will explore topics from photography basics to lighting to post production techniques.

We will begin with quarterly meetings. As we get a core group we will be better able to determine what directions we will explore to develop our skills and techniques. If there is an interest, this E.D.G.E. group could meet more often!

Educational groups will be open to all APEX members who would like to join. If you are interested in beginning an E.D.G.E. group, please e-mail Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org
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