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APEX Kink Karnival and Community Open House

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The Kink Karnival is an amazing collection of Vendors,  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.

Tickets to the Kink Karnival are $15.00. All Access Members get into the party for free. Pay Per Event members can purchase presale tickest for both the KK & Party for $25.00 HERE

This event is intended for adults over 18 years old, and will have adult content that may be offensive. Please do not attend this event if you are offended by adult subjects, nudity, and adult language.

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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!

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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…

APEX 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 and empower consent in our club**

Monday, August 27th: NAVIGATING THE SCENE FOR THE OLDER GENERATIONS

Monday, September 3rd: CONSENT @ APEX

Tuesday, September 4th: APEX 101 SKILLS: COMMUNICATION AND NEGOTIATION

Wednesday, September 12th: APEX 202 – SKILLS: ADVANCED NEGOTIATIONS AND BOUNDARY SETTING

Monday, September 17th: CONSENT SOCIAL WITH THE NCSF

Monday, September 24th: APEX ALLYSHIP TO THE LGBTQI COMMUNITY 101: BEING AN ALLY STARTS WITH UNDERSTANDING

Visit the APEX Calendar for more information!

Got Consent?

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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

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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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Being a Non-Interfering Spectator

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While parties are just a small portion of what APEX does,  our behavior and consideration for other members is very important for the enjoyment of everyone attending.

Being a voyeur is a lovely way to enjoy what it is we do at APEX, but it is important that we do so in a way that does not interfere with the enjoyment of other members around us.

All of this information is from the APEX orientation. If you aren’t confident about APEX rules or etiquette, feel free to watch the video again at any time the room is not in use.

Some Guidelines to Being a Non-Interfering Spectator:

  • Stay out of play space if you are not scening, setting up to scene, or have been invited to participate (No it is not acceptable to ask someone to watch up close once they are on the play floor).
  • It is never acceptable to interrupt another member’s scene.
  • If you are uncomfortable with something that you are watching, please take responsibility, and remove yourself from the situation.
  • If you have a concern with the safety of someone else’s scene, please take it to the Dungeon Monitor on duty, and not the players.
  • Silence your cell phone, and if light pollution is an issue, dim the screen.
  • Don’t point your cell phone camera at people.
  • Keep your conversations to a low volume to prevent interfering with scenes near you.
  • Keep a reasonable distance from scenes.
  • Commentary on another member’s play without being asked, either complimentary or critical is always inappropriate.
  • Remember, scenes take priority over socializing. Keep socializing to social spaces.

It takes all of us to make APEX the special place it has come to be. Please be mindful and considerate of other members, and make sure to help other members as well. If someone forgets something, gently and politely remind them. If someone reminds you of something you have forgotten, thank them for making sure you are being the best member you can be!

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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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APEX Summer Games and Wet-N-Messy Party, Saturday June 24th, 2017

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The Annual APEX Summer Games and Wet-N-Messy Party.

The thrill of competition and FUN! This year brings us new games, new competition, and more medals! Some of our returning favorites are listed below, and stay tuned for more announcements about all the fun new things this year!

We will bring back the popular J-Lube Wrestling. Big fun for everyone!

The Sixth Annual Top Toy Champion: Now is the time for all you creative Tops to shine! You’re trapped in the Dungeon without your toy bag! What shall you do? Why… you’ll open your box of mystery supplies and MAKE a toy of course. You will have 2 hours, and a box of random supplies to make this happen. You must use at least a part of everything in the box. Every one will have access to a stack of staple supplies (duct tape, glue etc). At the end of 2 hours, you will present your toys to the audience. Toys will be judged on creativity, use of the supplies, functionality, durability, and presentation. The contestant who makes the best toy will be the reigning Top Champion for 2015!

*Because of the supplies required, you must register for the contest by emailing SpecialEvents@ArizonaPowerExchange.org. We are capping participation this year so register EARLY!

The 2017 List of Returning Summer Games

  • Top Toy Champion 2017
  • Singletail Marksman 2017
  • Dragontail Marksman 2017
  • Novice Singletail Marksman 2017
  • Novice Dragontail Marksman 2017
  • Creative Rope Contest 2017
  • Wiggle Worm Contest 2017
  • Creative Piercing 2017
  • Sir John C Spirit of the Games 2017

Lots of games in between, fun, and prizes!

The Awards Ceremony will begin at 3:00pm. This will include the fourth annual “Summer Games Spirit Award” being given in the name of Sir John C. He was a huge fan of the summer games, and embodied the spirit of competition and FUN! Being a good sport might just get you on the podium!

To participate in the Top Toy Champion email SpecialEvents@ArizonaPowerExchange.org We will get you registered!

Schedule: 10am-4pm

8:00PM Wet-N-Messy Party.

Hot, cool, sticky, slippery, wet. We’re going to get wet and messy at APEX! Several pools will be filled with lots of fun things for your enjoyment! Paint flogging, Wax play, liquid latex, sploshing…how will you get your wet and messy on? Bring out all those messy ideas…the Dexter room will be available as well as an outdoor area for the messiest play. Bring those outrageous ideas and make it happen! There will be regular Dungeon space for those who want a plain-old-fashioned beating, but a guaranteed good time and hot scenes of messy play will be available for your voyeuristic enjoyment.

Your regular dungeon party activities will also be available.

You must be an APEX Member to Attend.

Open to all Members of our Community for $10.00. Non-Members need to sign a release. APEX members can attend both the Summer Games and the Wet-N-Messy party for $20.00 (ALL ACCESS Members get their party for free)

This event is intended for adults over 18 years old, and will have adult content that may be offensive. Please do not attend this event if you are offended by adult subjects, nudity, and adult language.

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2017 APEX Bizarre Bazaar March 25th, 2017

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The Bizarre Bazaar is an amazing collection of Vendors, Edgy 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.

Demonstrations:

The Bizarre Bazaar is a taste of the possibilities! This year will provide edgy and extreme demonstrations and performance art designed to let you imagine what might be possible for you!

While the Kink Karnival is our 101 level demonstrations, the Bizarre Bizarre needs a PhD! Come and see the outer edges of our community. Whats possible in your world?

For more details on our demo schedule, please visit the demo page

Vendors:

Some of our favorites have returned, and new vendors are coming to the BB. Check the latest list on the Vendor Page

Community:

The Bizarre Bazaar is an edgy event, but the core purpose is to educate about our Community and lifestyle. We couldn’t accurately represent our lifestyle without bringing together those who represent our community in a meaningful way.

Please see the Community Page for Community Groups that will be represented at the 2017 Bizarre Bazaar.

Check the latest information at the BB website.

For up-to-the-minute information on the Bizarre Bazaar, please visit the web page.

Tickets to the Bizarre Bazaar are $10.00. All Access Members get into the party for free. Pay Per Event members can purchase presale tickest for both the BB & Party for $20.00 HERE

OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

This event is intended for adults over 18 years old, and will have adult content that may be offensive. Please do not attend this event if you are offended by adult subjects, nudity, and adult language.

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APEX New Year’s Eve: Blacklight Party

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Celebrate 2016 at APEX with all your kinky friends! We’re doing something fun and outrageous this New Year with a spectacular black light party!

We’re going to light up our new space with black light so you can glow and shine as we ring in the New Year in our spectacular new space.

We will roll the 2016 slideshow, and you can relive the fantastic moments of 2016.

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

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