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 9:15 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.

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.

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 9:15 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.

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.

Pub Night and Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz is a quiz of (around) 20 general-knowledge questions answered in teams of up to four people.  The winning team gets a pitcher of the drink of their choice. 

We’ll be getting there at 6, with the quiz starting at about 7:30.

We are asking for a $2 donation to pay for the prize and to fund future events. We hope to see you there!

If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages at this event, please be sure you have a designated driver.  Don’t drink and drive!

Everyone’s Night Out

Join us for good food and a good time!
We will meet at Zacatecas Cafe, in Riverside.
http://www.zacatecascafes.com/

Everyone is welcome at this event, and that includes families! If you think your kids can handle being at a restaurant for dinner, they are more than welcome to join us :) Late comers are welcome, within reason, but please RSVP as if you will be on time so I can secure a large enough table.
We will meet in the entryway. If you arrive early or late, the reservation will be under my name (Kathy).

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 9:15 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.

BNB11: The Conflict Issues

Believers and Nonbelievers in Discussion

A question often asked is why can’t we just leave each other alone, letting each believe and practice what they will. The reason is that belief-based practices are rarely limited to the practitioner; they frequently attempt to impose laws on others.

When such practices effect only oneself (truth aside) it’s reasonable to leave each other alone, especially in a free society. But where beliefs overlap and conflict we need to focus our attention and decide how society will cope. Prosaic positions such as “science and religion are not in conflict” will not do.

This session will attempt to define ten points of conflict, defining the opposing positions or options. We will also prioritize the issues, seeing how the Believer/Nonbeliever perspectives vary this sequencing. Future BNB events will take on the most important of these issues in detail. 

Panelists:
Eric Ozols, Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics, Freethinkers Around Redlands

Havish Kota, Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics

David Torre, The 28ers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1478930808996108/)

More to be announced.

Hosted by Phil Calderone, BelieveInReality.com

Audience Q&A will follow. This event is free; bring a friend! Please RSVP either on MeetUp sites or at the Facebook Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BandNBtalk/ (click on Events). Also join the Facebook page to receive notices of these events.

The conference room is behind the library. Setup volunteers, please arrive promptly at 1PM.

Join us too for dinner afterward at a nearby restaurant, 5-7PM. Location announced at the event.

Upcoming topics:
The Source of (Dis)honesty
Secular Growth in America

Adopt-a-Street Clean Up

We will be cleaning up our adopted street, Adams, between Magnolia and California. This activity is bi-monthly, so six times a year. 

Here is a liability release you can fill out and bring. I will have extras. http://www.krcb.com/pdf/vol_waiver.pdf 

The release is now good for one year. If you filled one out this year, you are covered. 

I will bring tools, trash bags, plastic gloves and safety vests. 

Bring a hat, sunscreen, water and better gloves if desired. 

This activity should take about an hour.

The Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup at Farmer Boys follows at 9:15, if you are so inclined.

IEAA Board Elections and Upcoming Events. Please read the whole thing!

Dear IEAA friends,

Election of IEAA Board

Speaking of politics, it’s time to take that vote for our board members that is quite late this year and entirely my fault. For those of you who are not aware, our club is a 501(c)3 charitable organization for educational purposes and needs to adhere to our corporate structure by conducting elections. One of our long-term leaders, Greg McKinley-Powell put many a volunteer hour in qualifying our club for that useful federal designation that saves us a lot of money every year. Attached, is a voting form that we need you to vote on so that requirement will have been met (late!) for the year. There is only one candidate for each position on the ballot, but there is also space for you to write in what kind of events you’d like to help with. It’s perfectly okay not to volunteer somewhere, but you’ll truly have more fun and make more friends if you do. Here are the nominees:

Rebecca Kitchings Chairperson

Tracy Eisenhart Vice-Chair and Membership

Kathy Hardun Treasurer

Greg McKinley-Powell Outreach Chair

Deb Bennett Secretary

Please cast your ballet with the attached form. Please become a member and help support the expenses surrounding all these events we manage.

Is there an event you’d like to help organize?

Find some of our regular IEAA Events and bring a friend:

Believers & Nonbelievers in Discussion (B&B) – Usually held at Louis Rubidoux Library 1:30

This is a monthly or more panel discussion created and produced by our member, Phil Calderone. The event has evolved just a little into being peopled by moderators who so far have been from the non-believer community and then usually he schedules two believers and two non-believers to discuss a predetermined subject. Occasionally the believer side has more enlightened guests than other times and sometimes find themselves conceding a change in their thinking. More often than not, though, the believers are fundamentalist, conservative, evangelical, literalists and supernaturalists whether history PHD or Packinghouse pundit. Phil’s idea is to get both sides talking to each other because, “…we do have to live together.” After the back and forth discussion, the audience is invited to ask questions of the panelists and this is often one of the highlights of the event. Generally, the event is held at 1:30 PM on Sundays at the Louis Rubidoux Library on Mission Avenue, but always check because it moves sometimes.

Phil can use some fill in volunteers for his sound system board and has training available. You’ll get to wear cool head-phones and learn to run a basic sound-board. Also, IEAA owns a pretty basic, automatic video camera that could use a backup operator. We have a tripod so it’s a sit-down job and if you’ve used the camera on your phone, you can operate this. Contact either me or Phil through the “Members” page on the IEAA Meetup page. Please. We need your help and it is a stimulating event that you won’t regret having gone to. Both the believers and non-believers usually meet for early dinner afterwards at a nearby diner. Next event is September 10th.

Counter-Apologetics – Usually held at Riverside Main Downtown Library Sundays @ 2:30

This event is off for the summer, but plans are that it will be started up again in the fall at the with our member Eric Ozols leading the event which is in a lecture then Q and A format. Eric brings riches in information to the roughly hour to an hour and a half presentation and you would be an exceptional fellow human if you caught everything the first time around that he offers in his presentations. It is very convenient to go back and watch one of Eric’s sessions since this event is filmed and posted on our YouTube station at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOWohetQr4m0sIa1td84AjQ.

Eric can use some fill-in volunteers for the sound system board and has training available. You’ll get to wear those famous, cool head-phones everyone is talking about and learn to run an exciting, basic sound-board. Also, IEAA owns a pretty wonderful basic, automatic video camera that could use a backup operator. We have a tripod so it’s a sit-down job and if you’ve used the camera on your phone, you can operate this. Contact either me or Phil through the “Members” page on the IEAA Meetup page. Please. We need your help and it is an inspiring event that you will surely enjoy.

Secular Women of Greater Riverside– Held at various local restaurants monthly on Wednesday nights

SWGR is a group for women who identify as secular, atheist, agnostic, or freethinker. We’ll be getting together for activities such as dinners out, discussion group, book club, movies, and volunteer work. The group aims to provide a safe space for secular women to make friends, have great conversations, and get together for fun activities. Girl’s Night Out is the main event for the group, organized by Charlene McKinley-Powell. You’ll find that the conversation is probably not very typical but, friendly conversation and not necessarily anything about atheism. The conversation is colored, however, by our common baseline of thinking from a somewhat more logical perspective than normal. Relax and enjoy a social event without pressure or having to edit your conversation. Contact Charlene, Christine, or Kathy Hardun for more information through the Meetup Page under “Members”.

Great Riverside Skeptics Forum – Held at a local member’s home on Friday Nights

This is a quarterly sit-down dinner for 12 that features a meal with wine and good food, but more importantly it offers the chance to discuss two TED Talks that we watch together between courses and dessert. I organize the event and plan which short lectures we’ll watch. It often fills up far in advance so please sign up on the separate Meetup site. The next meetup is on for September 29th.

I would love some volunteers to help with this one and I could have the event more often.

Everyone’s Night Out – Held at various Riverside Area Restaurants on weekend nights

This is a monthly dinner out organized by Kathy Hardun that’s a “meet the members” event for everyone in IEAA and the other local freethinking community members nearby. Next meetup is September 15th.

Pub Night and Pub Quiz – Held at Aloha Pizza near UCR monthly on Saturday nights

Pub Quiz is a quiz of (around) 20 general-knowledge questions answered in teams of up to four people. The winning team gets a pitcher of the drink of their choice.

We’ll be getting there at 6, with the quiz starting at about 7:30. The food is extra, surprisingly good even if the restaurant looks quite uninspired esthetically. This event gets everyone thinking and on a team which is a light-hearted and easy way to get to know the members. Danny Hardun organizes this event and the next one is September 16th.

Inland Empire Coalition of Reason – “Ask an Atheist” outreach booth at Redlands market night Thursday Nights

Co-sponsored by both the Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics and the Freethinkers Around Redlands, this is usually a well-attended monthly or sometimes twice monthly event where we set up a pop-up tent at our pre-paid booth with a few brochures and a willingness to engage to let the larger community know that there is a local, friendly, mostly Humanist atheist community available to volunteer through, receive education from and socialize with. I’ve seen three other religion related booths there jumping out from around the local produce and craft stands, too so there is that. It is an interesting event.

There is a need however, for some volunteers to help set up and break down the booth. The supplies are rather bulky and many hands make for small work. If you think you’d like to know more about volunteering for this event, contact me through the Meetup site for IEAA. The next scheduled event for this is Thursday, August 24 at 5:30 PM.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike and Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

This tried and true event occurs every Sunday morning and is organized by the founders of the IEAA, Jan Goings and Bruce. The hike is said to be an easy 30-45-minute one way and breakfast always holds some interesting conversations. Bring some water and comfy shoes and some opinions to pass around at breakfast and you’ll have a good start to your Sundays.

Cinema with the Secular and Discussion Lunch – Redlands and Riverside

We’ll watch keeping in mind that our discussion afterward over lunch or coffee follows how the film relates to current thinking about and events concerning religion and politics. We usually attend the first showing of the day.

Sat, Sept 30 Regal Riverside Plaza Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Sun, Oct 8 Harkens Redlands Blade-Runner 2049
Sat, Nov 4 Regal RP Thor: Ragnarok
Sun, Dec 17 Harkens Redlands Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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