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Performance with a View: ASU Pan Devils Steel Band

Event: HP Outing: Free Concert TCA

April 15th, 2014 9:30 am - Tuesday


Location: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe

Free morning performance in a beautiful setting!

Performance with a View, Tempe Center for the Arts

ASU Pan Devils Steel Band

Evan Dabbs directs the ASU Pan Devils Steel Band in traditional and contemporary music from Trinidad and beyond. Famous for its renderings of calypso classics, the group also performs classical era music and other popular genres.

Since February 2009, the Friends’ sponsored “Performance with A View” series has offered a free monthly event in the TCA Lakeside Room.

These informative, entertaining, and informal performances feature guest artists from a variety of artistic disciplines.

This community outreach series is open to Friends of TCA and to the public. Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program follows at 10 a.m. Optional gallery and facility tours follow.

Performance with A View is FREE for all performances.

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My Favorite Music

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

April 18th, 2014 7:00 pm - Friday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Share your favorite music with us!

More info soon.

About us:

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 3rd Friday of each month at 7pm at HCC. All are invited to attend. The majority of the evening is given over to one or more of our HSGP members or guests to share with us some aspect of arts & humanities that they are passionate about! After the fun, we do (very brief) planning/announcing of future events. Total meeting time approximately 2 hours.

The HSGP Humanities Project will procure speakers to present arts & humanities related talks at one or more Sunday Speaker meetings during the year.

We will plan and execute at least one fundraiser for HSGP.

Throughout the year we will plan many free or inexpensive excursions to various arts & humanities events in and around the Valley for those who wish to participate.

On occasion we may hold fun artsy events at the HCC.

Hosted by Mike Franklin and your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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We've Come A Long Way - Maybe

Speaker: Roland Halpern

April 20th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

We've Come A Long Way - Maybe (The History of the Right to Die Movement: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed)

The aid in dying movement has made significant progress in just the last year. Vermont has been added to the list of states that permit this choice, and a New Mexico court ruled there is a constitutionally protected right to end one's suffering at the end of life. Yet the debate over the moral and ethical issues is far from settled and is likely to persist for decades to come.

Roland Halpern, Regional Outreach and Campaign Manager for Compassion & Choices, the nation's oldest and largest organization advocating for choice at the end of life, will explore the history of a controversy that goes back thousands of years, discuss what has happened since then, and explain what is likely to happen in the future.

Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing and optional breakfast. The meeting starts at 10:00 am.



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watch a DVD about Evolutionary Biology and Psychology

: Glendale HSGP Meetup

April 20th, 2014 5:00 pm - Sunday


Location: Denny's restaurant, 5161 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ. We'll meet in the banquet room, at the back left side of the restaurant.

Join HSGP in the northwest valley, on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We'll get together to socialize, have dinner or a snack, and talk about a variety of topics, in a non-religious non-supernatural setting. This is a great chance to meet other members of our group. Many meetups have new members, so drop by at anytime!

5pm: Meet & Greet
6pm: Watch a DVD about Evolutionary Biology and Psychology (speaker was Dr. Douglas Kendric)

(This 30 min DVD presentation was recorded at HSGP/Mesa. Please feel free to email me with an event suggestion or discussion topic.)

Help us estimate the attendance to this event- by joining our HSGP group on Meetup.com and signing up (RSVP) for this event at www.Meetup.com.



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Countdown by Alan Weisman

Event: Book Club

April 26th, 2014 10:00 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ

In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature.

But with a million more of us every 4 1/2 days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?

Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.

Description from Amazon.com



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Radical Humanism

speaker: Serah Blaine

May 04th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

Serah Blaine will discuss what she calls Radical Humanism and how it can be practiced in real life.

Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a donation of $5. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.



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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

May 10th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Chihuly Exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden--Last Free Day

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Free Exhibit at DBG

May 13th, 2014 7:00 am - Tuesday


Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Humanities Project Outing: Last Free Day at Desert Botanical Garden before the Chihuly Exhibit ends!

This is a go-on-your-own outing. Gather your friends/family, get up early & go!

Free admission day at DBG is the 2nd Tuesday of every month. There is only one free day left during the 'Chihuly | in the Garden' exhibit (closes May 18).

This is a very popular exhibit, so you must go early or you may have to cruise the parking lot for a while to find a space. Besides, it's hot!

Recommended: hat, sunscreen, binoculars, camera. There are drinking fountains scattered around the garden.

There is a nice restaurant and a cafe, but you may also pack a lunch. There are very pleasant outdoor tables at the café where you can eat.

For more info about DBG:

http://www.dbg.org/about-the-garden/before-you-visit

**If you can't make it on Free Day, you can also get a Culture Pass good for 2 free admissions at most public libraries. They go fast, so get to the library at opening time for your best chance. Remember , the Chilhuly exhibit ends on May 18.**

http://www.act1az.org/culture-pass/

Enjoy!

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Group Reading - Address Unknown by K. Taylor

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

May 16th, 2014 7:00 pm - Friday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Kathrine Kressmann Taylor or Kressmann Taylor (born 1903 in Portland, Oregon – July 1996) was an American author, known mostly for her Address Unknown (1938), a short story written as a series of letters between a Jewish art dealer, living in San Francisco, and his business partner, who had returned to Germany in 1932. It is credited with exposing, early on, the dangers of Nazism to the American public.

We will do a group reading of this fascinating (very short) book. Join us to take a turn reading aloud, or just listen and enjoy.

We have a few extra copies of the book that you may use, or, if you prefer, get your own copy to read from.

As always, snacks and drinks (even wine) appreciated!

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Harvard Humanist Community Project

Speaker: Greg Epstein and Jesse Galef

May 18th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

More and more Americans are leaving religion, with around 20% of the population saying they’re unaffiliated with any religion. We’re witnessing a major shift in how our nation approaches culture and community.

But as people leave the churches, synagogues, and mosques where are they going? Will they organize around secular communities, or drift and remain unorganized? What options are available for secular Americans?

Jesse Galef and Greg Epstein of the Secular Community Project will address these questions and share their vision for how we can take advantage of this opportunity to serve people’s real, human needs – and end up shaping the nation.

Greg Esptein – Biography

Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and as the Executive Director of the Humanist Community at Harvard; he is author of the New York Times bestselling book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.

Currently, Epstein leads the organization’s newest initiative, the Secular Community Project, which seeks to develop and distribute the tools, materials and expertise necessary to build and connect nonreligious communities, based on humanist values, nationwide.

Greg has blogged for CNN, Newsweek, and The Washington Post; and his work as a Humanist rabbi and Chaplain has been featured by ABC’s World News and Good Morning America; Al Jazeera; Fresh Air with Terry Gross and numerous other programs on NPR, BBC Radio, NYTimes.com; and many more. He Holds a BA and MA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MTS from the Harvard Divinity School.

Jesse Galef – Biography

Jesse Galef is the National Community Coordinator with the Secular Community Project, working with grassroots leaders nationwide to create a network of thriving, multi-generational secular communities.

He has built a career in the secular movement, serving four years as the Communications Director with the Secular Student Alliance, and worked for the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association before that.

In addition to supporting a range of secular activism, Jesse has acted as a national spokesman in outlets across the country, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, and CNN.

Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting starts at 10:00 am.

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Performance With a View: Duo Recital for Violin and Piano

Event: HP Outing: Free Concert TCA

May 20th, 2014 9:30 am - Tuesday


Location: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe

Free morning performance in a beautiful setting!

Performance with a View, Tempe Center for the Arts

Duo Recital for Violin and Piano

Xiaolin Li, Arizona State University DMA candidate in violin under Professor Danwen Jiang, and Thomas Nixon, Arizona State University DMA candidate in piano under Professor Russell Ryan, perform in this duo recital.

Since February 2009, the Friends’ sponsored “Performance with A View” series has offered a free monthly event in the TCA Lakeside Room.

These informative, entertaining, and informal performances feature guest artists from a variety of artistic disciplines.

This community outreach series is open to Friends of TCA and to the public. Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program follows at 10 a.m. Optional gallery and facility tours follow.

Performance with A View is FREE for all performances.

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The Short Stories of Alice Munro

Event: Book Club

May 24th, 2014 10:00 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Canadian Alice Munro is the mistress of short story writing, as evidenced by her long list of awards including the Man Booker prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Find a book of her selected works that includes the novella "The Albanian Virgin", which will the the topic of our primary discussion, and come prepared also to discuss your favorites among her other short stories.

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Ten Beautiful Lies About Jesus

Speaker: David Fitzgerald

June 08th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

Ten Beautiful Lies about Jesus

Why would anyone think Jesus never existed? Isn’t it perfectly reasonable to accept that he was a real first century figure? As it turns out, no.

David Fitzgerald’s award-winning 2010 book Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and with evidence gathered from historians all across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus – in short, a purely mythic Christ.

Join us as we hear Dave lay out the ten biggest “facts” Christians (and atheists!) get wrong about Jesus in his talk “Ten Beautiful Lies about Jesus.”

Doors open at 9:00 for socializing with optional breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00.



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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

June 14th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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The Humanism of David Hume

Speaker: Professor Jim Richardson

June 22nd, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish man of letters, made major contributions in history, economics, and especially philosophy.  His A Treatise of Human Nature and Dialogues Concerning Religion are foundational texts for Humanism. His reputation is as high in the 21st century as it has ever been.

 Jim Richardson will try to explain why that reputation is richly deserved.

Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a donation of $5. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.



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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

July 12th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker: TBA

July 13th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Arizona Legislative Wrap-up

Speaker: Tory Anderson

July 27th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

Tory Anderson is the lobbyist for the Secular Coalition of Arizona, an organization which receives support from HSGP. She will discuss the 2014 legislative session.

Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a donation of $5. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.



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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

August 09th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker: TBA

August 10th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Speaker: TBA

August 24th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Speaker: TBA

September 07th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

TBA

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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

September 13th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker: TBA

September 21st, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Speaker: TBA

October 05th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

TBA

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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

October 11th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker: TBA

October 19th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

November 08th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker: TBA

November 09th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Speaker: TBA

November 23rd, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Speaker: TBA

December 07th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa

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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP.

Event: Game Night

December 13th, 2014 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

This is the email address I’ll be using to send updates etc: hsgpgameclub@hotmail (feel free to send any questions about this fundraiser to this email address).

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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