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APEX EXPERIENCE: MUMMIFICATION

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In the ongoing effort to bring diverse and exciting programming to our members, apex will be introducing a new series of events! Our “apex experiences” series will focus on all-day events, geared toward using our space in new ways!

Our first apex experience will feature mummification. You have seen it online, or at a Monday night educational event, and now you are ready to try it out yourself!

In advance of the APEX Experience on Mummification, we will have a short social to make everyone more comfortable.  This is your opportunity to buy your tickets, learn about the process, and meet your wrapping team and other participants in order to make you more comfortable at the event.

If you are new to APEX, the 6:30pm orientation is your last opportunity to join prior to the APEX Experience on Mummification

Included in the cost of the event, apex will provide all of the materials (cling wrap, duct tape, towels, sheets, massage tables, ext) as well as a meal to end our day together. All you need to bring is you (and maybe a change of clothes and a toy bag for the APEX Dungeon Party later)!

Doors open at 11:00am. We will start by going over safety and the agenda for the day. Our wrapping team will begin at noon, and attendees will then have up to 5 hours to lie, fully or partially mummified. Our team of spotters will check in with you, and you can choose how much or how little assistance or intervention you require. Attendees can request to be unwrapped, or break out at their own pace.

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Facts about the new entry system for all access members

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We have started the conversions to give our Annual All Access Members their Proximity Cards.


What that means is that Annual All Access members in good standing will have the ability to let themselves into an event until closing time.

So, if you are an Annual All Access Member and happen to be a night owl and only want to show up for the last hour of the party, you can do that! Late for class and the door is closed? No problem, let yourself in. This cool new system will unlock the front door to let you into the building, and also checks you in, so no worries about hunting down a door person or making special arrangements.

What this means for now…while we work out any kinks in the system:

  • Weeknight Classes that begin at 7:30pm: You can let yourself in until 9:30pm.
  • As a rule, All Access Members will be able to use their cards for two (2) hours after start time for anything other than parties.
  • Early Party: You can let yourself in until Midnight
  • Party Closing at 1:00am: You can let yourself in until 1:00am

We are sure we will discover ways to make this better as we move along, but that’s where we are starting. 

TO GET YOUR PROX KEY:

SHOW UP AT ONE OF THE “CONVERSION” TIMES ON THE CALENDAR. THERE ARE CONVERSIONS EVERY DAY UNTIL MAY 3RD. VISIT THE CALENDAR FOR SPECIFIC TIMES.

Starting May 1st, there will also be an auto-attendant in the front office next to the Door Volunteer. If the Door Volunteer is busy, you can scan yourself in! If the screen turns green, you are good to go!

Some Q&A for Annual All Access Members:


Q. Will I get a new card?
A. Yes. You will get a cool prox. card that hangs on your key chain. It doesn’t have a logo and there is no identification, so it can be on your keys without worry.


Q. What about my bar-coded card?
A. You want to keep this. This is your membership card for the benefit of reciprocity, as well as a few other things, so Annual All Access Members will have both. At some stage, maybe that changes, but today we will use both.


Q. So, does my membership number change?
A. Yes. The prox. cards have a whole different numbering system, so Annual All Access members will have a different number for the time they are Annual All Access Members. Keeping your bar-code card though means if you are ever NOT an Annual All Access Member you will revert to the bar-code.


Q. Why only Annual All Access Members?
A. Because if they are in good standing (meaning, current, with no expired cards or payment failures), Annual All Access members don’t need to see a door volunteer. This system will also have an “auto-attendant” while the door is open, so they can check themselves in if they choose.


Q. What if I need to renew, or I have to change my credit card, or a payment failed?
A. You will still need to see a person at the door just like normal. Keep track of your expiration date (on your bar-coded card) and see someone at the door.


Q. How do I get this magical card?
A. We are doing training right now so that we will have enough people to handle all of our Annual All Access Members. We will be doing paperwork and conversions April 24th -April 29th in order to have everyone ready for the May 1st launch. If you come in at one of those “Annual All Access Card Conversion” times, there will be door folks present to walk you through how it works, and sign an agreement that you understand. The conversion schedule is below and will be on our calendar shortly.


Q. Do we have to sign something?
A. Yes, but it is short. We need to share the rules of the new benefit like not letting other people in with you, and making sure everyone knows if their account is not in good standing they need to see a door person. We also need to verify with you that the name we have in our system is the one that will show on the screen when you check in, so it is important that the information is correct!


Q. Do I have to participate if I am an Annual All Access Member?
A. Nope. Completely voluntary. You can keep doing just what you are doing and we will be happy to check you in just like we always have.


Q. So, when can I come in?
A. When there is an event, your new card can be used to get in once the front door is locked for most of the remainder of the event. So, for example: On a Monday Night the door closes at 8:30pm, but All Access Members will be able to enter until 9:15pm. For a Saturday Night Party, your card will get you in until 1am.

Q. You didn’t answer my question!
A. Email us at Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org or come to one of the “Annual All Access Card Conversion” dates.

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Diversity and Being an ally

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Diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and APEX takes the support of diversity seriously. APEX has made a conscious effort to support every member of our community with diversity, cultural
competency, and ally training.

The 2019 Lineup Includes:

  • Dismantling Rape Culture and Empowering Consent
  • Being an LGBTQ Ally
  • Being a Good Ally and Cultural Competency of Native American People
  • Allyship to the Trans-person Community
  • How to be an ally to People of Color
  • How to support survivors of Domestic Violence
  • How to support those with Mental Health Challenges
  • How to Support Women

If you know a presenter on diversity or you have a subject you would like to see, please email: Tess@ArizonaPowerExchange.com, or you can put it in the Kinky Bucket!

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APEX Community Open House: Bizarre Bazaar

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The Bizarre Bazaar is an amazing collection of Vendors,  edge demonstrations and performances, and fun! Learn more about the Arizona Power Exchange, The Valleys Premier Source for BDSM education, social opportunities, and support. Learn about Lifestyle Organizations in our Valley, see some over the top demonstrations and performances provided by our local community, meet like-minded people, and see the largest collection of quality vendors assembled in Arizona.

Bizarre Bazaar Demonstrations

Wait until you see all the amazing things happening at the 2019 Bizarre Bazaar!


Don’t forget to tell your friends you are coming:
Bizarre Bazaar RSVP on Fetlife.com
Bizarre Bazaar RSVP on Facebook.com
Bizarre Bazaar Website


Things that will be available all day:

Vendors: The largest collection of lifestyle vendors assembled in Arizona
STI Testing provided by Native Health
Concessions, and The Member Lounge
Raffle 10am until the live auction with the The Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (GCSPI)


The Live Auction is the APEX fundraising activity that day. Don’t forget to attend!


Feed Your Voyeur

An opportunity to observe a particular kind of play or fetish performed by experts!

This year Feed Your Voyeur will include: Medical Role Play, Body Impact-Kicking, Shaving, Foot Worship, CBT, Extreme Bondage, and Objectification.


Try It!

A small taste of a chosen fetish, this is an opportunity for you to try some things that aren’t commonplace in a safe environment at the hands of an expert.

This year’s “Try It” stations will include: Tasers, Sybians, and Sleep Sacks.

Mini Classes

Mini Classes are condensed information on important topics. The 2019 Bizarre Bazaar will include mini classes on: Consent, Boundary Setting, How to safely try things when you are inexperienced, Navigating the scene for old guys, and Power, Ownership, and Responsibility.


OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY



Don’t forget to tell your friends you are coming:
Bizarre Bazaar RSVP on Fetlife.com
Bizarre Bazaar RSVP on Facebook.com
Bizarre Bazaar Website

Bizarre Bazaar Vendors

2019 BIZARRE BAZAAR VENDORS


Phoenix 42 Creations:  Custom hand made jute rope, paddles,  implements, and furniture.


JjFunThings: Distinctively different hand made toys


The Kink FactoryWe make and sell Fun, Sensual, and Sadistic BDSM Lifestyle Tools. You can also Visit The Kink Factory on Facebook.com


CompassRose Creations:  Exotic Hardwood Paddles, Humblers, Toys and Bondage Gear. All handmade by our family.


CNC Laser Gifts: Laser engraved glasses, key chains, wood and miscellaneous adult novelty items glass dildos – riding crops


House of Wolfram: Uniquely functioning handcrafted leather bondage gear


Kricket’s Klubhouse: Rescued and on-site stuffed animals, clothes, and accessories. Rosie’s Little Treasures, including paci’s and bottles


Desired Discipline: Nipple nooses and other fun toys.


BunnyFlogger.com: Bunny Floggers, various leather type floggers (deer, elk, cow, bull, buffalo) with braided handles and other bunny crafted toys (crop, paddle,claws)


Nadia Vanilla: Erotic Art. You can also find them on Instagram @nadia.vanilla .


Boy Pup Creations: Custom printed t-shirts, Leather scented products, and more


Orchid and Serpent Stores:    Orchid and Serpent sells a variety of BDSM toys including unique, hand crafted electroplay gear, male chastity & cbt gear, handmade leather hats, accessories made of seat belts, handmade tail butt plugs, glass dildos, gags, gas masks, floggers, paddles, crops, and collars & cuffs (steel, vegan, and leather). Our custom made items may be found at www.Orchid AndSerpentStores.com and our vast array of BDSM and Sex Toys may be found at www.OSbdsm.com, our BDSM category has examples of what we sell at conventions.


Rusted Dragon ForgeKinky Blacksmith and Custom Metalwork, from Sharp and Shiny to Dark and Twisted


CK Underground: Boutique meets BDSM. Find handmade designer BDSM gear including leather, fashion, and bondage, vegan snake a bullwhips, fire play items, chainmail/leather jewelry and gear.


MB Leather: Floggers ,Dragon Tails, Wood Knifes, Restrains


Boscia Woodworks: Wooden spanking paddles, wooden insertable toys, all sustainably sourced from local AZ lumber


Cherry Bombin Wear: Vegan Sustainable fetish & bondage wear all made with repurposed rubber.  


Toys 4 Lust: Leather & Bondage Furniture


Inquisition Toys: Custom leather bondage gear, dungeon furniture, handmade and factory knives.


Slavebeast Productions: Floggers, Paddles, Leather goods, and Other Hand Crafted Art


Unique Kink: A Patented line of interchangeable impact implements. You can also visit Unique Kink on Facebook!


Kink Works: Impact implements. Paddles, floggers, firehose and leather strops.

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Masked Fire Ball: February 23rd, 2019

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The seventh annual Masked Fire Ball once again brings us outdoor play space at APEX! While Fire-Play has been allowed in the Dungeon for the last several years, there are things we just cant do inside!

The Masquerade: The best mask and costume get a full ride to the Bizarre Bazaar-including the party! Dress up and get hot! Bring your fire play toys….we are heating things up!

We have a lot of fire performers in the club. We’re going to set some space aside out back for a good old fashioned fire jam. Bring all that stuff we can’t do inside and let your fire-big fly!

There will also be some super cool fire scenes, so even if you don’t do it…it will provide some awesome fire porn!

This is a themed costume party, but everyone is welcome. Your regular Dungeon Party activities will be available inside the space.

Hosted Play Space with Fire Wands will also be available outside! We will have the supplies and coaches to do this kind of fire play safely!

While we will be providing BBQ and some yummy fondue, 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.

Tell Your Friends You Are Going:

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$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

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website: https://arizonapowerexchange.org/membership

*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.

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The Kinky Bucket Returns in 2019

FacebooktwitterIn 2018, we introduced the Kinky Bucket List.  We asked for:

  • Classes you want to see
  • Events you would like to attend
  • Changes to the Space
  • Things you would like to try
  • Anything APEX members can make happen!

so that together, we could make APEX all we want it to be!

In 2018 we had 114 things in the kinky bucket. 82 of those happened with several in the works!

Some of those included:

  • Specific presenters
  • LOTS of classes
  • Requested Hosted Play Space fetishes
  • 101/202 Content
  • Preparty Workshop Content
  • Themed Parties
  • Even party food!

In 2019 we commit to doing a better job of telling you what was based on the Kinky Bucket! Keep your eyes on the screens for updates!

Again for 2019 throughout the space there will be buckets where you can add what you want APEX to be for you.

  • Classes you want to see
  • Events you would like to attend
  • Changes to the Space
  • Things you would like to try
  • Anything APEX members can make happen!

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December 29th, 2018: APEX NEW YEAR: BLACKLIGHT PARTY

FacebooktwitterCelebrate 2018 at APEX with all your kinky friends! Back by popular demand, we are bringing back the fun and outrageous black light party! We’re going to light up our entire space with black light so you can glow and shine as we celebrate our year!

We will roll the 2018 slideshow, and you can relive the fantastic moments of 2018.

HOSTED PLAY SPACE!  No glowing duds, don’t worry. We will be providing body paint so you can light up the night in your own special way. The downstairs play room will be yours to enjoy getting glowy!  The Glow Bar will also return so everyone can enjoy lighting up the night!

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!

This is not a photo party, but we will provide an opportunity for you to take a photo in blacklight!

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 (or reciprocal) 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

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website https://arizonapowerexchange.org/becoming-a-member/

*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.

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APEX Holiday Party: Saturday, December 8th, 2018

FacebooktwitterCelebrate the Season with your kinky friends! This is our chance to relax and unwind before the Holidays!

APEX requests all of our volunteers make an effort to attend…Santa has a surprise for you! This is the party where we celebrate our volunteers for all of the amazing things they do all year long!

This party will be full of surprises and presents and lots of fun things! We look forward to wishing you all a very happy holiday season!

We will be doing a holiday-inspired main dish, but a share food is very welcome.

There will be raffle prizes. Your door folks will have tickets for you! There is a basket or two and a few fun things, just to get you started on your holiday!

Hosted Play Space: Holiday inspired hosted play space in the downstairs play room! We will provide fun holiday lights, gift wrap, and tree trimmings to celebrate in a fun and kinky way! The second annual Kinky Holiday Trophy will be awarded to the best Holiday themed scene of the evening as we spread holiday cheer in our own way.

There will also be a While Elephant Gift Exchange! We will begin at 8:30 pm in the Quieter Play Room! Bring a wrapped gift of no more than $10.00, or you can bring something to re-gift! This will be a fun way to start our evening!!

We know there are LOTS of things going on with the holidays, don’t stress! We encourage you to just stop by to eat, or get your raffle ticket, or visit the Candy-Bar, or just swing by to say “thank you” to our hard working volunteers. No one’s feelings will be hurt if you double booked yourself.

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.

$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

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website: https://arizonapowerexchange.org/membership

*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.

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APEX Supports Transgender Awareness Week: November 12-19th, 2018

FacebooktwitterAPEX Supports Transgender Awareness Week: November 12-19th, 2018

Between November 12 – 19, individuals and organizations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. Also, after Transgender Awareness Week is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

November 12 – 19 organizations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. APEX embraces all people, of all identities, and we want to help each of us to be more inclusive, more accepting, and more supportive.

What is Transgender Awareness Week? (borrowed from GLAAD)

Transgender Awareness Week is a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face.

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year.  Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBT organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year. See the TDOR website at www.transgenderdor.org.

 

What can we do to Support and Raise Awareness?

At the Club:

We will have transgender awareness ribbons available beginning November 10th.

Every $5.00 or $10.00 Donation at the club will score you a transgender awareness ribbon that you can wear all month long to show your support.

Donations will be sent to: Trans Spectrum of Arizona https://tsaz.org/

About Trans Spectrum of Arizona:

Welcome to Trans Spectrum of Arizona!  Our purpose is to provide service, support and a social outlet for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and their allies.

Trans Spectrum of Arizona provides programming for transgender support and socializing.  For more information about our groups, visit our support pages for the Trans-masculine,  Trans-feminine,  and  Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies. Don’t identify with the gender binary? We have a support space for gender fluid and gender non-conforming people called Gender Non-Conforming.

Trans Spectrum of Arizona is secular and not religiously affiliated.

What else can you do?

  1. Support the transgendered people in your life. You can learn to be a good ally! In addition to the several classes we have had at APEX recently about being a good ally!

According to the National Center for Transgendred Equality:

Learning to be an ally to the transgender people in your life, or to transgender people overall, is an ongoing process. Some ways to be a good ally are relatively simple and easy, while others require more time, energy, and commitment. Whether you’re looking for information on supporting a transgender person in your life or looking for tools that will help you to change the world to be better for transgender people overall, this guide can help.

One of the most important parts of being an ally to transgender people is learning what it means to be transgender. For information on identity, language, and other issues facing transgender people you can visit Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender PeopleUnderstanding Non-Binary People, and our About Transgender People hub, which has links to various resources and educational material.

The Basics: Things to Remember about Being an Ally

There is no one way to be a ‘perfect’ ally. The transgender community is diverse and complex, coming from every region of the United States and around the world, from every racial and ethnic background, and from every faith community. This means that different members of the transgender community have different needs and priorities. Similarly, there is no one right way to handle every situation, or interact with every trans person. Be respectful, do your best, and keep trying.

You don’t have to understand someone’s identity to respect it. Some people haven’t heard a lot about transgender identity, or have trouble understanding what it means to be trans, and that’s okay. But all people, even those whose identities you don’t fully understand, deserve respect.

You can’t always tell if someone is transgender simply by looking at them. Many people expect that they’ll “just know” when someone is trans, and may be surprised to learn that this isn’t always true. Since there is no one transgender experience, there is no one way for transgender people to look, either. This also means that transgender people may be in groups or gatherings that you attend without you knowing it, making it important to be an outspoken ally and supporter even in spaces that you think don’t have any transgender people in them.

There is no “one right way” to be transgender. Some transgender people choose to medically transition, and some don’t. Some transgender people choose to legally change their names or ID documents, and some don’t. Some transgender people choose to change their appearance (like their clothing or hair), and some don’t. Likewise, some transgender people may want to do many of those things but are unable to because they can’t afford it or for safety reasons. A transgender person’s identity does not depend on what things they have or haven’t done to transition, and no two transgender people’s journeys are exactly alike.

Continue to educate yourself. One of the simplest ways to be a strong ally is to take your education into your own hands. It’s important to have conversations with the trans people in your life, but it’s also important for you to seek out resources and information on your own. A few great places to start:

Click here to read more about: https://transequality.org/issues/resources/supporting-the-transgender-people-in-your-life-a-guide-to-being-a-good-ally

  • Interacting with Transgender People
  • Being Outspoken
  • Changing Businesses, Schools, and More
  • Changing the World
  • Putting it All into Action

Other Things you can do

  1. Learn to be a supportive friend and a good ally!

From GLAAD on how to be an ally

From PFLAG on how to be an ally 

From Transequality on how to support the transgender people in your life.

2. Share Resources: “Like” and “Share” these resources on your social media to raise awareness in November.

Resources for Transgender People in Crisis

Transgender people in crisis should contact the following resources:

Resource Guide:

Attached is the Trans Spectrum of Arizona Trans Resource Guide. Wear your pin in November, and be armed with this guide to educate your friends!Trans-Resource-Guide-6-13-16-editedFacebooktwitter

URGENT CALENDAR CHANGES NOVEMBER 3rd and November 4th

FacebooktwitterThe APEX parking lot is being resurfaced! While that is good news, it is short notice to move some things around.

We will be able to walk it on Saturday evening, so the regular Saturday party will still happen. However, we have had to bump the time to 6:30pm to make sure.

Also, there will be NO parking in any part of the parking lot. We will have to park on the street. Fair warning, it is fresh asphalt, so it WILL transfer on your shoes. Plan your footwear acccordingly. Also, please wipe your feet when you you come in to avoid tracking it all over the space.

All other weekend activities have had to be moved, and because our calendar is SO full, some had to be put off until next month. Please see the calendar for details.

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