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Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

Speaker: Aron Ra

September 30th, 2016 6:00 pm - Friday


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

Join us for an evening of fun, a potluck, and a great talk from Aron Ra. He will be discussing the topic of his new book "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism", and will follow it up with a book sale and signing as well as a meet-and-greet.

Aron Ra is President of Atheist Alliance of America, former Texas State Director of American Atheists, the host of the Ra-Men podcast, and director of the Phylogeny Explorer Project. Aron (pronounced as 'R.N.') is one of the "YouTube atheists" and an advocate for rationalism in science classrooms.

His videos promote science education and secular humanism, often focusing on evolution and the evidence indicating an interrelated tree of life. His series summarizing the 'Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism' among others have been mirrored, featured, referenced, and recommended by many professional scientists, secularists, and educators, and has attracted more than 130,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel.

The doors will open by 6:00 pm for the potluck but for those bringing food, there will be people there setting up by 5:00 pm so you can bring the food in early if you want. If you want to participate in the potluck, be sure to bring a dish to share!

The presentation will start at 7:00 pm and after Aron's talk, we will resume the potluck, have a book signing, and a meet-and-greet with Aron. The meeting will officially end by 10:00 pm

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible. Click on the SignUp Genius button below to see volunteer opportunities and sign up. Thank you.

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Pharmaceutical Ethics

Event: Inquiring Minds Discussion Group

October 01st, 2016 9:30 am - Saturday


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

Topic: Pharmaceutical Ethics

This should be a very exciting discussion! With all of the news items on alleged price gouging from big pharma, and all of the resulting outrage, it will be interesting to see if this ends up being completely one sided. I wonder if anyone will be able to see the issues from the side of the pharmaceutical industry. It should be fun!

If anybody can get there early, by around 9:00, I will need help setting up tables and chairs. I'm not supposed to lift anything heavy right now. Much appreciated.

Find some articles or links to help with the discussion if you like and feel free to post related articles in the comments section of our Meetup page linked below. You can RSVP on that site as well.

If you are interested, a group of us like to go out to lunch afterward. We will wrap up the meeting around noon so you just might be hungry by then.

Our Meetup page for this event is at: HSGP Inquiring Minds Meetup.

Hosted by Richard Dewey the first Saturday of each month.



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October Meetup is CANCELED. We'll be back in November!

Event: TED Video and Interesting Topic Discussion Group

October 05th, 2016 7:00 pm - Wednesday


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

AGENDA

Attendees who have topics present (5 minutes per presentation discussion lengths vary)

TED video (or any public domain video) is voted on for presentation order

Videos are watched and discussed in order as time permits

Led by Anna Carter

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Crochet Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Event: Service Outreach - Crochet Sleeping Mats

October 08th, 2016 10:00 am - Saturday


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

Anita is leading this wonderful project on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except December).

Bring your plastic grocery bags. The only bags we can use are the ones they put your groceries in at the register.

For those of you who have attended my previous classes, please bring the crochet hook that you bought from Anita. If you have a 10mm or 11mm hook, please bring it. Anita will have hooks to sell to those who don't have one.

If any previous class attendees have finished or partially done mats, please bring them.

In addition to your Meetup RSVP, please also RSVP to Anita at anita.romanowski@hsgp.org.

See you there,

These are very useful items for people who must sleep on the ground.

Feel free to bring your beverage of choice and if you'd like to share some snacks, it's always appreciated!

Thank you!

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

Event: Game Night - Joint Event with Mensa

October 08th, 2016 6:30 pm - Saturday


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

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!

If you have questions or want to organize, for instance, a game of bridge, please make use of the comments on MeetUp.

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker:

October 09th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Musical Quiz - Great Male Vocalists - Prizes!

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

October 14th, 2016 7:00 pm - Friday


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

Musical Quiz - Fun, Prizes & Refreshments!

Hal Saferstein and Zenaido Quintana are teaming up to find out how well you know your great American male vocalists!

Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Paul Simon, Elton John, Roy Orbison and many others are included. We will play short excerpts from their most famous hits and see how many you can identify.

Come for the prizes - or just for the fun!

Free and open to the public. Bring your friends!

BYOB - snacks to share always welcome.

(Please Note: We usually meet on the 2nd Friday of the month, but we changed it to the 3rd Friday - this month only!)

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm at HCC. 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!

Throughout the year we will invite you to join us at free or inexpensive excursions to various arts & humanities events around the Valley.

We are committed to bringing outstanding people from the world of humanities to present to HSGP at least once per year at the Sunday Speaker Meetings.

Your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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Volunteer Outing: St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

Event: Service Outreach - St. Mary's

October 15th, 2016 12:00 pm - Saturday


Location: St Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st Ave, Phoenix

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry. Serving two-thirds of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

Each Volunteer, youth and adult, will need to complete a release form. Release forms can be found under the "More" tab at the top of the page, in the section labeled "files". If you have volunteered with us at St. Mary's before, you do not need to fill out the form again.

Details for the day:

Parking is limited on some days due to activity at their campus locations. Let’s try to carpool as much as possible. East Valley volunteers, I'll be in southwest corner of the parking lot of AZ Mills Mall on I-10 and US-60 (behind Joe's Crab Shack) at 11:15, to leave at 11:30 for carpooling.

Due to Health codes and safety reasons, a required dress policy is in effect! Volunteers MUST wear Closed Toe Shoes, Shirts need to be short or long sleeved (No tank tops, spaghetti straps, etc.) and Shorts are okay. Please leave valuables, purses or backpacks in your vehicle for your safety and security! St. Mary’s Food Bank is not responsible for lost and/or stolen items brought into our facilities! Stay alert at all times— Please DO NOT operate Cell Phones or IPods on the volunteer floor!

Please RSVP on Meetup so we have an accurate count.

Hosted by Gwyndolynn, who will be wearing a humanist/secular themed t-shirt. There will be a group of us gathered in the seating area.

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House of Rain by Craig Childs

Event: Book Club

October 22nd, 2016 10:00 am - Saturday


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

Join us to discuss House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs.

from Amazon.com
The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace.

Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.

Join Craig Childs as he draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as a lifetime of exploration in the forbidden landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery. He takes us from Chaco Canyon to the highlands of Mesa Verde, to the Mongollon Rim; to a contemporary Zuni community where tribal elders maintain silence about the fate of their Lost Others; and to the largely unexplored foothills of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, where abundant remnants of Anasazi culture lie yet to be uncovered.



If you purchase this book from Amazon through the Amazon Smile program, HSGP will benefit. Click on the link below.



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October 23rd, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Topics chosen by attendees

Event: TED Video and Interesting Topic Discussion Group

November 02nd, 2016 7:00 pm - Wednesday


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

AGENDA

Attendees who have topics present (5 minutes per presentation discussion lengths vary)

TED video (or any public domain video) is voted on for presentation order

Videos are watched and discussed in order as time permits

Led by Anna Carter

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Event: Inquiring Minds Discussion Group

November 05th, 2016 9:30 am - Saturday


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

Topic: What would an alternative economic system look like?

The subtopic on this is "What would happen if we eradicated the monetary system" but, as always, the discussion could cover a wide range of possibilities. What problems could be solved? What challenges would we encounter? There are so many different ways to look at this and I'm sure we will come up with some very provocative ideas. Maybe we can solve a host of the world's problems with such an idea. I hope you can join us!

If you are interested, a group of us like to go out to lunch afterward. We will wrap up the meeting around noon so you just might be hungry by then.

If anybody can get there early, by around 9:00, I will need help setting up tables and chairs. I'm not supposed to lift anything heavy right now. Much appreciated.

Do some research on your own if you like and find some articles or links to help with the discussion and feel free to post related articles in the comments section on Meetup.

If you are interested, a group of us like to go out to lunch afterward. We will wrap up the meeting around noon so you just might be hungry by then.

Please go to our Meetup page to RSVP and to see related articles: HSGP Inquiring Minds Meetup.

Hosted by Richard Dewey the first Saturday of each month.



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Speaker:

November 06th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

November 11th, 2016 7:00 pm - Friday


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

BYOB and snacks to share always welcome.

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm at HCC. 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!

Throughout the year we will invite you to join us at free or inexpensive excursions to various arts & humanities events around the Valley.

We are committed to bringing outstanding people from the world of humanities to present to HSGP at least once per year at the Sunday Speaker Meetings.

Your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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Crochet Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Event: Service Outreach - Crochet Sleeping Mats

November 12th, 2016 10:00 am - Saturday


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

Anita is leading this wonderful project on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except December).

Bring your plastic grocery bags. The only bags we can use are the ones they put your groceries in at the register.

For those of you who have attended my previous classes, please bring the crochet hook that you bought from Anita. If you have a 10mm or 11mm hook, please bring it. Anita will have hooks to sell to those who don't have one.

If any previous class attendees have finished or partially done mats, please bring them.

In addition to your Meetup RSVP, please also RSVP to Anita at anita.romanowski@hsgp.org.

See you there,

These are very useful items for people who must sleep on the ground.

Feel free to bring your beverage of choice and if you'd like to share some snacks, it's always appreciated!

Thank you!

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

Event: Game Night - Joint Event with Mensa

November 12th, 2016 6:30 pm - Saturday


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

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!

If you have questions or want to organize, for instance, a game of bridge, please make use of the comments on MeetUp.

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker:

November 20th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Event: Inquiring Minds Discussion Group

December 03rd, 2016 9:30 am - Saturday


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

Topic: What would an alternative economic system look like?

The subtopic on this is "What would happen if we eradicated the monetary system" but, as always, the discussion could cover a wide range of possibilities. What problems could be solved? What challenges would we encounter? There are so many different ways to look at this and I'm sure we will come up with some very provocative ideas. Maybe we can solve a host of the world's problems with such an idea. I hope you can join us!

If you are interested, a group of us like to go out to lunch afterward. We will wrap up the meeting around noon so you just might be hungry by then.

If anybody can get there early, by around 9:00, I will need help setting up tables and chairs. I'm not supposed to lift anything heavy right now. Much appreciated.

Do some research on your own if you like and find some articles or links to help with the discussion and feel free to post related articles in the comments section on Meetup.

If you are interested, a group of us like to go out to lunch afterward. We will wrap up the meeting around noon so you just might be hungry by then.

Please go to our Meetup page to RSVP and to see related articles: HSGP Inquiring Minds Meetup.

Hosted by Richard Dewey the first Saturday of each month.



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Speaker:

December 04th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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Topics chosen by attendees

Event: TED Video and Interesting Topic Discussion Group

December 07th, 2016 7:00 pm - Wednesday


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

AGENDA

Attendees who have topics present (5 minutes per presentation discussion lengths vary)

TED video (or any public domain video) is voted on for presentation order

Videos are watched and discussed in order as time permits

Led by Anna Carter

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Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

December 09th, 2016 7:00 pm - Friday


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

BYOB and snacks to share always welcome.

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm at HCC. 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!

Throughout the year we will invite you to join us at free or inexpensive excursions to various arts & humanities events around the Valley.

We are committed to bringing outstanding people from the world of humanities to present to HSGP at least once per year at the Sunday Speaker Meetings.

Your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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

Event: Game Night - Joint Event with Mensa

December 10th, 2016 6:30 pm - Saturday


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

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!

If you have questions or want to organize, for instance, a game of bridge, please make use of the comments on MeetUp.

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Speaker:

December 18th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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



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