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The Fine Print by David Cay Johnston

Event: Book Club

July 26th, 2014 10:00 am - Saturday


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

Join us to discuss The Fine Print: How Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind. by Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston.

David Cay Johnston "is famous for exposing the perfidies of our biggest institutions. Now he turns his attention to the ways huge corporations hide sneaky stipulations in just about every contract, often with government permission.

No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge customers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. Johnston shares solutions you can use to fight back against the obscure fees and taxes, and to help end these devious practices." From Amazon.com



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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.

From religious privilege to discrimination and everything between, the 2014 Legislative Session proved to be a busy one for our Secular Community. Tory Anderson will share insider information about the bills, the politics, and a complete wrap-up of the issues important to the Secular Community from the legislative session.

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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Wednesdays at the Nash - Superstition Big Band Summer Rehearsals

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Jazz

July 30th, 2014 7:30 pm - Wednesday


Location: The Nash
110 E. 1st Street, Phoenix

When: Wednesday @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: The Nash
110 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Cost: $5

Contact: John 602-795-0464 / Email Special Events

The Superstition Jazz Orchestra is the featured house band at the Nash every Wednesday night this summer*. The band will hit at 7:30 pm and will be reading charts from the greatest writers from the big band world. Local writers are welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Mike Crotty will be available to critique them. During the second set, anyone who wishes to hone their sight reading skills can sit in for a tune or two. Band directors are always welcome to bring in their charts to hear them played before the 2014-2015 school year begins. The band will be in residence at The Nash all summer long. So come and join us for some great music, fun and all that is big band jazz!

Sight reading at a very high level.

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SMoCA - Individualocracy: Urban Sprawl in Phoenix - Free Talk

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Free Talk

July 31st, 2014 7:00 pm - Thursday


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

Individualocracy: Urban Sprawl in Phoenix

How and why do people choose to live in Phoenix?

Architect /artist Matthew Salenger (colab studio) and ASU art professors John Risseeuw and Dan Mayer talk about the unique publication that grew out of their five year collaborative effort to answer this question.

In SMoCA Lounge.

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

This is a no-host outing. Enjoy!

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Wednesdays at the Nash - Superstition Big Band Summer Rehearsals

Event: Humanities Project Outing: Jazz

August 06th, 2014 7:30 pm - Wednesday


Location: The Nash
110 E. 1st Street, Phoenix

When: Wednesday @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: The Nash
110 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Cost: $5

Contact: John 602-795-0464 / Email Special Events

The Superstition Jazz Orchestra is the featured house band at the Nash every Wednesday night this summer*. The band will hit at 7:30 pm and will be reading charts from the greatest writers from the big band world. Local writers are welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Mike Crotty will be available to critique them. During the second set, anyone who wishes to hone their sight reading skills can sit in for a tune or two. Band directors are always welcome to bring in their charts to hear them played before the 2014-2015 school year begins. The band will be in residence at The Nash all summer long. So come and join us for some great music, fun and all that is big band jazz!

Sight reading at a very high level.

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Art Project--Collaborative Painting

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

August 08th, 2014 7:00 pm - Friday


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

Art Project! Join the fun--no special talent required!

Collaborative painting, using acrylic paints on canvas. The idea is to create a small work of art that stands alone, and when you put all the pieces together, something wonderful emerges!

No fear! Creativity is fun!

Jennifer White will lead this class, and provide all the supplies needed.

Snacks are greatly appreciated!

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! 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 search out and offer many free or inexpensive "HP Outings" 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

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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Odyssey of the Mind Children's Program

Speaker: Brian Calaway

August 10th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

Brian Calaway has led the HSGP Odyssey of the Mind team to regional and state championships. Brian will explain what the program is really all about and why we should continue to support our team.

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Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough

Event: Book Club

August 23rd, 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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Chaco Mystery Solved?

Speaker: John Ware

August 24th, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

With its monumental architecture, exotic artifacts, and immense scale by regional standards, Chaco stands out as different from any other archaeological expression in the northern Southwest. Like the blind men examining the elephant, archaeologists have touched Chaco and found Mesoamerican traders, complex chiefdoms, city-states, ritual landscapes, a destination for pilgrims, and some have even argued that on a global scale, Chaco may be unique – tantamount to picking “none of the above.” In this presentation, Ware argues that the key to understanding Chaco may lie in understanding the descendants of Chaco: the historic Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona.

A fourth-generation Arizonan, John Ware is an anthropologist and archaeologist whose research and teaching focus on the prehistory and ethnohistory of the northern Southwest, where he has worked for over 40 years. Ware earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1983 and was director of the Laboratory of Anthropology and founding director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Speaker: TBA

November 23rd, 2014 10:00 am - Sunday


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

TBA

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Speaker: TBA

December 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

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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