Those Skeptical Kids- Ages up to 15

Do you have kids that would like to help create their own community while you enjoy a fine lecture and conversation with some like-minded people once a month? Then come join us at the “Skipping Church” Luncheon and Distinguished Speakers Series every third Sunday and bring your kiddos. We love kids!

The kids program is free and when the lecture is over, your kids come back in and enjoy the catered buffet with us at no cost to members. Each Sunday, our leaders, who happen to be local educators, prepare a fun activity for the kids to do while they make new friends. They are right outside our lecture room in the library so very easy to check on if you’d like.

Please let us know how many kids you are bringing and their ages. When you respond, there will be a place to answer. Make sure to RSVP on the “Skipping Church” page for yourself.

These are cards that were made for children in local hospitals by our Skeptical Kids.

Those Skeptical Kids (during Skipping Church)

Those Skeptical Kids

Secular Sunday School 

When? Third Sunday of every month during the Skipping Church lecture. Drop off your kids at 12:30 and have them rejoin you at 2 PM for luncheon time catered by Chef Reynaldo. 

Where? At the downtown Main Library in Riverside, upstairs in the children’s section across the hall from the lecture room.

Led by long time member, Kathy Hardman, kids go with our member volunteers for an hour or so of sharing and learning with each other without the dogma, creed, doctrine and scary, supernatural tales meant to terrify found in non-secular Sunday School programs. Crafts, games, poems, puzzles, stories and songs are enjoyed together in a relaxed atmosphere. We work on how to share our ideas with each other, and how to work together as we explore the theme of each meeting. Different activities are planned for different age groups. 

The goal of Those Skeptical Kids is to provide a sense of community for our youngest members by providing a safe, accepting space where they can make new friends and have some fun.

The best part may be that parents can go right across the hall to socialize and hear secular, fascinating, educational lectures and engage with other adults and the speaker during the IEAA Distinguished Lecturers Series while they get a break from kiddy watching. Kids come back in the auditorium at 2 PM for luncheon with everyone. The program is free for members.

Come join us, make some new friends, find a new community, and make a difference in the world together.

These cards were made by our Skeptical Kids for the children in local hospitals.


ATTENTION PARENTS: To protect the privacy of our families, please do not share personal, family information here in the public forum. You will be asked individually when you RSVP to please tell us there about your skeptical kids because those answers do not appear publicly on this site.

Third Sunday “Skipping Church” Luncheon and Distinguished Speakers Series

Join us as we welcome back our friend, Bart Campolo as he talks about Secular Humanism. 

Secular Humanism: A Proactive to Goodness”. For many people, atheism is the answer, but for secular humanists it mainly poses the ultimate question: If this life is all we have, how do we make the most of it?

Bart Campolo is a secular minister, speaker, pod-caster and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Bart became an evangelical Christian as a teenager and was immediately attracted to urban ministry. After graduating from Brown University and serving as an urban youth pastor in Minneapolis, he returned to Philadelphia to found Mission Year, a national service organization which recruits young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods.

As he became an influential evangelical leader, however, Bart increasingly questioned his own faith. In 2005 he returned to street-level community building in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Bart’s work has been focused on inspiring and equipping all kinds of people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing loving relationships, social justice and a genuine sense of wonder.

Luncheon Menu:

Enjoy a catered entrée and a vegetarian dish, fresh bread, and dessert from “All Catering Services – Latin/European Cuisine” chef Reynaldo Velasquez. Coffee, iced tea, sodas and lemonade will be on hand. Please be sure to RSVP about staying for the luncheon. You will be prompted to reply about lunch when you RSVP on line – not on the mobile APP. 

Program: 

12:30 –  12:45 PM—Doors open, come on in, find the coffee and chat with friends

12:45—Welcome – Rebecca Kitchings

     A call for Those Skeptical Kids to be excused to their space for fun and activities –  Kathy and Lauren

    Announcements

         Member Updates

         Group Activities

              Membership Call – Lauren

              Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful – Joel

              Redlands Group FAR- Jill

              Women’s Secular Group – Charlene

              Pub Quiz – Joey

              Outreach and “Ask an Atheist” booth – Greg

              Book Club – Christine

              Skeptics Forum –  Reb

              On Second Thought – Reb

              $2 For “Lunch at the Library” during Summer Reading – Reb

12:55 – Joey Okowitz speaks on Mars 

1:05 –  1:50 PM—  Lecture 

1:50  –  2:00 PM—-Q&A

2:00  –  3:00 PM— “Luncheon buffet is ready” announcement 

3:25  –  4:00 PM —Breakdown, clean-up, put away, carry back, load up, head out, library closes. Help us anyone? You’ll make friends with this part!

* Coffee is ready as soon as the library opens and we get there with fresh, rich, hot, homemade coffee and decaf.  Also, cold bottled water is ready to be had. Want to help us unpack it and set it up? Just look for the roller bag marked “Coffee”.

**Volunteer to set up/break down

If you can come at 11:55 and help set up and/or stay after to knock down you will be deeply cherished for the rest of your life.

Prices are as follows:

Free Lecture for Students with ID under 30 years old

$10 Students Buffet and drinks

$5 Lecture only

$8 Lecture and beverage bar 

$18 Lecture, catered luncheon, and beverages  

FREE Catered luncheon for Those Skeptical Kids (for kids 15 and under with their parent – please advise numbers/ages when you RSVP.) and special kids activities.

Lecture, Luncheon, beverages, and a $2 “Help Feed Riverside’s Hungry” donation – $20

Note: Only your lecture costs and donations are tax deductible. Food and beverages are not because those fees cover only the costs of the items. Donation receipts are available for your convenience.

We need your support: We are a not for profit organization. Your donations and memberships to IEAA make these meetings possible.


Parking:

Parking can fill up at the library, but parking at downtown structures is free on Sundays (excluding the Mission Inn). There is a structure across from the library at 3750 Orange St. that we recommend:

And remember, “Skipping Church” Luncheons always take place on the Third Sunday, so mark your calendars!

We hope to see you there!

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Free Thinkers’ Book Club

Come join us for a cup of coffee and a good book discussion. May’s reading will be “Listen Liberal: What Ever Happened to the Party of the People” by Thomas Frank.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Improve Your Public Speaking At Toastmasters

**This is not an IEAA meetup**

If the thought of speaking in front of a crowd terrifies you, or if you think your speaking skills could use some improvement, Toastmasters can help you.

I am the president of a fun and lively Friday-night club in Upland that can help you improve your speaking and confidence from where it is to wherever you’d like it to be.  This club has helped me a lot and I would like to extend an invitation to anyone that feels they would benefit from the structured and proven system of learning by doing that has created countless great speakers over the years.

As we meet in a restaurant, dinner is available, but you are not obligated to purchase anything.

I hope to see you there!

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA.  MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA.  MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

“On Second Thought”, a new, secular musical group

It’s Mother’s Day so we’ll skip practice this week.

“On Second Thought” is a new, Inland Empire, secular, musical group that rehearses for two hours each second and fourth Sundays at 6 – 8 PM and performs for and with the community.

We believe that art that can be shared and participated in together by the community leads to a greater sense that life is more beautiful and enjoyable when experienced in cooperation with our unique set of fellow human beings. It is also known as “joy” and if the sounds and community sense it can elicit join together in the occasional perfect, personal way, many find that rapturous moment brings tears of elation, connection and joy. We know it to be our very human, organic response, not a heavenly god, yet knowing that does not diminish the intensity of feeling at all.

So, if you’ve ever enjoyed singing with the radio, singing in school or church and you know you can reproduce a reasonable pitch and rhythm please come join us for our inaugural, organizational meeting (Sunday April 24 6 – 8 PM). It’s helpful if you can read music even a little bit, but not required as long as we have some who do and you can follow the lyrics.

Do you play the keyboards or guitar? Those skills would really improve our overall quality. What about other instruments? Maybe some of you current or former band members would still like to play occasionally so this is the perfect opportunity to jump in and create some lovely sound with us.

A Los Angeles group, “Voices of Reason” has generously agreed to be our mentor group and are supplying the means for everyone to be able to use their arrangements as well as their computer generated audio files which “sing” each vocal part which enables us to rehearse leisurely at home prior to group rehearsals. Many of the songs they sing will have melodies you already know, or even songs you may know. They are all secular in nature and some poke fun at established religion.

From Meetup’s Voices of Reason page: 

Here is a link to the music we’re practicing. Each folder has the sheet music and mp3s of each vocal part sung by a computer voice.
http://voicesofreason.net/practice
Username: voices
Password: reason
Look over the music, but don’t feel like you’re expected to show up and know an entire tune. Rather, if you learn it just enough so you can follow the song, you’ll enjoy the rehearsal a little more and your part will eventually fall into place.

The Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics is a community for the non-religious. We are good without God