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SMoCA - Photography Panel: Seeing Suburbia - Free

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Photography Panel

September 04th, 2014 7:00 pm - Thursday


Location: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, at Civic Center Mall, Scottsdale

Photography Panel: Seeing Suburbia

Join Claire C. Carter, SMoCA’s Assistant Curator; Rebecca Senf, Norton Family Curator, Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum; and Bill Jenkins, Associate Professor, Arizona State University for a discussion about the work of photographer Bill Owens.

In collaboration with INFOCUS, the Phoenix Art Museum’s photography support group and the Photography program at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University.

In SMoCA Galleries.

Free event. Please arrive early to claim one of the limited seats.

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First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Art Exhibit

September 05th, 2014 6:00 pm - Friday


Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central, NE corner Central & McDowell, Phoenix

First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum

Exhibitions on view:

• The Process and The Page: Developing Photographic Books - Free after 6 p.m.

• Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail: Prints and Masks of Japanese Noh Theatre - Free after 6 p.m.

• Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona - Adults 18 and above $5; Youth 6 to 17 $3; Admission for children under 6 is free. Admission for MCCC student is free.

Phoenix Art Museum is one of four Artlink Phoenix First Friday Trolley hubs! Park and enjoy the museum then take the trolley tour and explore all the downtown Phoenix arts and culture destinations. The museum is conveniently located by the Central and McDowell Valley Metro Lightrail station.

Gather some friends and hit the museum on First Friday - free entrance after 6pm!

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How are we as a species bypassing the evolutionary process?

Event: Inquiring Minds Discussion Group

September 06th, 2014 9:30 am - Saturday


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

How has technology changed humans physically?

What are the factors that are altering our evolution?

GMOs, in vitro test for aspergers, fertility technology, and other technological advances are changing who survives and reproduces, what other factors are there?

Come and see if we can figure out what the future will bring while considering the dangers and benefits.

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26th Annual Fiesta de Septiembre, Wickenburg

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Fiesta

September 06th, 2014 11:00 am - Saturday


Location: Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St, Wickenburg, AZ

The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce is once again the proud sponsor the 26th Annual Fiesta de Septiembre in historic downtown Wickenburg Arizona. The colorful event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. indoors and outside of the Wickenburg Community Center located at 160 N. Valentine Street.

(928)684-5479

For schedule go to: http://outwickenburgway.com/event/25th-annual-fiesta-de-septiembre/

Gather family and friends and make a day of it!

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Atheism 2.0 - discussion to follow

Speaker: Alain de Botton via TED Talk video

September 07th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" — call it Atheism 2.0 — that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Continuing our summer tradition of devoting one meeting to discussion, we will watch a short video by philosopher-of-ordinary-life Alain de Botton and then open the floor for a lightly moderated discussion of how (or whether) we as humanists might implement any of his ideas.

NOTE Change in meeting format For this meeting only, breakfast will be a potluck. If you enjoy socializing with other members of breakfast, plan to arrive between 9:00 am and 9:30 and please bring something to share. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided. The meeting will begin around 10:00 am.



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Film - Robert Greenwald's 'Unmanned: America's Drone Wars'

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

September 12th, 2014 7:00 pm - Friday


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

Film Screening:

Robert Greenwald's 'Unmanned: America's Drone Wars'

In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, the eighth full-length feature documentary from Brave New Foundation, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.

Throughout Unmanned, Greenwald intersperses in-depth interviews with never-before-seen footage from the tribal regions in Pakistan to humanize those who have been impacted by our drone policy. This footage, alongside interviews with Pakistani drone survivors, describes the brutal reality of drone attacks ordered during the Obama Administration. The film highlights the stories of 16 year old Tariq Aziz, killed by a drone a mere week after he participated in a public conference in Islamabad in 2011, and a school teacher, Rafiq ur Rehman, grappling with the loss of his elderly mother and the hospitalization of his children due to a drone strike last year, showing how delicate life can be in this virtual war where no one is accepting responsibility for the casualties.

In candid conversations with experts like Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of State to Secretary of State Colin Powell; David Kilcullen former advisor to NATO and General Petraeus; and Vicki Divoli, former deputy legal advisor to the CIA’s counterterrorism Center, Unmanned reveals that these covert military actions are often imprecise and result in creating more enemies for the American people who have little knowledge of how drone targets are set and the killings carried out.

"Unmanned is ESSENTIAL viewing." - Oliver Stone

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2nd 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 your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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HCC Upgrades

event: Work Party!

September 13th, 2014 7:00 am - Saturday


Location: 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Let's see how much we can accomplish between 7 am and noon.

Work Parties are always fun. Come on out and help our fellow Humanists to improve our home. We don't actually work that hard, and participants get a feeling of satisfaction, enjoying the improvements all the more.



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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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Free Film at Phoenix Art Museum: 'Jodorowsky'­s Dune'

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Free Film

September 17th, 2014 7:00 pm - Wednesday


Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central, NE corner Central & McDowell, Phoenix

Free Film at Phoenix Art Museum: Jodorowsky’s Dune

Filmmaker Frank Pavich explores one of cinema's great "what ifs" in this documentary detailing Alejandro Jodorowsky's aborted feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's celebrated sci-fi novel Dune.

With the release of El Topo (1970) and its psychedelic follow-up The Holy Mountain (1973), Jodorowsky became not only a pioneer of psychedelic surrealism in film, but also the father of the "Midnight Movie." Following the success of those two films, the Chilean director began focusing all of his energies on translating Dune to the big screen. The film was to star Jodorowsky's own son, Brontis, along with a stunning cast that included Orson Welles, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dali, with Pink Floyd providing the score, and art direction by H.R. Giger and Jean "Moebius" Giraud.

Two years into the massive production, however, the film was suddenly and unceremoniously cancelled. Yet even today, numerous relics of that ambitious production – including thousands of enticingly vivid storyboards – still exist. In this film, Pavich offers movie lovers a tantalizing glimpse at a masterpiece that was never meant to be.

Rated PG-13. Runtime: 90 minutes

Price: Free

Presented by:Contemporary Forum

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Latest Report on Climate Change

Speaker: LuAnn Dahlman

September 21st, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

HSGP member LuAnn Dahlman will discuss the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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



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Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough

Event: Book Club

September 27th, 2014 10:00 am - Saturday


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

Join the discussion of Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough.

from Amazon: From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman who made the big war”; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America.

Different as they are from each other, McCullough’s subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the reader, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.



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Lawrence Krauss' "A Universe from Nothing" Explained in Layperson's Terms

Speaker: Richard Miller

October 05th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

HSGP member Richard Miller will translate the concepts presented in Lawrence Krauss' book "A Universe from Nothing" into terms those of us without advanced degrees in physics and/or cosmology can understand.

From Amazon.com: One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.

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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Speak of the Devil, Play Reading, Part 1

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

October 10th, 2014 7:00 pm - Friday


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

Reading of the play "Speak of the Devil" by Richard Stockton, a Comedy-Drama about Robert Ingersoll

Part 1

more info soon

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2ndd 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 your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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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

TBA

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Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner

Event: Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner

November 01st, 2014 5:00 pm - Saturday


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

Details to follow

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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

TBA

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Speak of the Devil, Play Reading, Part 2

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

November 14th, 2014 7:00 pm - Friday


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

Reading of the play "Speak of the Devil" by Richard Stockton, a Comedy-Drama about Robert Ingersoll

Part 2

more info soon

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2ndd 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 your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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Speaker: TBA

November 23rd, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

TBA

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America's Inequality: A Betrayal of Our Founding Philosophy?

Speaker: James Richardson

December 07th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

Thomas Piketty's much talked-about book Equality has prompted Dr. Richardson to create a presentation entitled "America's Inequality: A Betrayal of Our Founding Philosophy?"

The question mark is there because not everyone accepts that equality is a significant value in our moral and intellectual foundations. His interest in the topic has been stimulated by reading Matthew Stewart, Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.

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



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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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Humanist Celebration

Event: Solstice Celebration

December 20th, 2014 5:00 pm - Saturday


Location: 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ

Details to follow

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January 11th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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January 25th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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February 08th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Event: Annual Darwin Day Dinner

February 14th, 2015 5:00 pm - Saturday


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

Details to be announced

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February 22nd, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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March 08th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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March 22nd, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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April 05th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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April 19th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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May 03rd, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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May 17th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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June 07th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Speaker: World Humanist Day

June 21st, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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July 12th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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July 26th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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August 09th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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August 23rd, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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September 13th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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September 27th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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October 11th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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October 25th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner

Event: Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner

October 31st, 2015 6:00 pm - Saturday


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



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November 08th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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November 22nd, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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December 06th, 2015 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Event: Winter Solstice Celebration

December 19th, 2015 6:00 pm - Saturday


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



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