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.  One of our newest pub quizzers, Scott, has volunteered to give this quiz. 

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!

Menu for “Skipping Church” Luncheon w/ Ian Harris and invitation to help cook

The vegans have spoken and we have listened because we can all share some delicious, healthy foods together. There shall be: Toasted Couscous Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Sesame/Garlic Roasted Cauliflower (Yum). The carnivores have also asked for something yummy like Beef Chuck Red Wine Stew with Carrots and Potatoes (boeuf bourguignon)so that will be served, too. 

There will be “Simple Simon” breads to sop up the sauces along with the regular “East Coast Bagels” you can also use for that or have one with cream cheese when you first come in. We’re hoping to have mini-bagels made for us this time for more people to be happy to try because they are outstanding, I’ve been told, by several local experts. A lovely, little sweetie will finish off the meal and the coffee will still be hot.

We will be certain to have bottled water this Sunday because it was sorely missed by many including me at the last monthly speakers series. We’ll put a few in ice and leave a few out for those who prefer room temp water. Water is so good.

Decaf coffee has been added to the beverage bar by popular request. it is what I drink too for health reasons. Sorry, fellow decaf drinkers! Got that solved, though.

There will be lots of slicing and dicing and grilling and roasting going on Saturday afternoon at my house and if you are someone who likes to cook and chat you should come over and help me prepare this “Luncheon” for Sunday. You would surely be welcome. Stay an hour or a few because my pace will be casual and leisurely with your kitchen help. I’ll be starting up at 12:00 noon so you could come any time from noon until about 5 then we’d be done for the day by 6 PM. It is important, however, for work flow to know what time you plan to come and how long you plan to stay.  The best way to do that is by creating a RSVP response for each errand or event through Meetup.com on this page. 

Just as important as making the food is the Sunday morning set up: putting out chairs and food tables, preparing the AV system, coffee station, ice water and bagels and arranging the room set-up for the speaker. This starts when they let us in the library at noon so come between noon or a little earlier than the listed start time of 12:30, get some coffee (help set it up, too) and help as needed and as you can and we’ll all get to know each other a bit more each time we meet.

Errands anyone? Bring me your receipts for reimbursement. If you could help with either 1 or 2, that would be wonderful and so very helpful. Volunteers?

1.  Pick up special breads order at Simple Simons’ SATURDAY afternoon and bring in to the library Sunday morning.

2.  At a grocery store, pick up then deliver Sunday morning to the library:

    a.   20 LBS ice, (2/10 LBS)

    b.  small, organic half and half,

    c.  small organic whipped cream cheese (or regular)

    d.  1 quart fresh squeezed orange juice

    e.  1 quart fresh something else juice

Adopt-a-Street Clean Up

This will be the first clean up of our recently adopted street, Adams, between Magnolia and California. This will be a once every two months activity, so six times a year. We will go out for coffee and cookies or something else after. Here is a liability release you can fill out and bring, I will have extras: http://www.krcb.com/pdf/vol_waiver.pdf

I will pick up tools, trash bags and safety vests from the Chamber of Commerce beforehand for us. Bring gloves, hat, sunscreen and water if desired. 

This should take no more than 90 minutes, probably less than an hour.

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.

The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier…

About the Book & Speaker: Susie Lowe

In this entertaining and persuasive lecture based on her new book, psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity. From birth to death, human beings are hardwired to connect to other human beings. Face-to-face contact matters: tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, help children learn, extend our lives, and make us happy. Looser in-person bonds matter, too, combining with our close relationships to form a personal “village” around us. Not just any social networks will do: we need the real, in-the-flesh encounters that tie human families, groups of friends, and communities together. Marrying the findings of the new field of social neuroscience with gripping human stories, Susan Pinker explores the impact of face-to-face contact from cradle to grave, from city to Sardinian mountain village, from classroom to workplace, from love to marriage to divorce. Creating our own “village effect” makes us happier. It can also save our lives.

A book signing will follow the lecture. We will have copies of the book, The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter , available for purchase. Can’t attend the lecture? Order The Village Effect online

Tickets: 

First come, first served at the door. Seating is limited. $10 for Skeptics Society members and the JPL/Caltech community, $15 for nonmembers. Your admission fee is a donation that pays for our lecture expenses.

Girls’ Night Out at Elephant Thai

Want to meet other smart, friendly, secular women? Like making new friends and catching up with old ones? Then join us at Elephant Thai for delicious food and some of the best martinis in town!

Feel free to come late – just let me know so I can count you in the reservation. We’ll be in the side room – look for the large table full of fantastic women!

***As always this event is limited to women only.***

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 but 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.

Historicity of Jesus: Why We May Have Reason to Doubt

Chaffey’s Club of Secular Understanding and the Philosophy Club is very proud to welcome Dr. Richard Carrier—famous atheist activist, author, and Columbia graduate in ancient history—to discuss the almost universally-held notion of Jesus Christ as a real person. Now, Richard Carrier has reason to argue that we may have been misled. If you want to know why, please join us at this FREE event March 12, 2015! This controversial theory has profound historical and philosophical implications, and will be highly provocative. You don’t want to miss this one! Room: CAA 211

If you have any questions, please contact me–Billie :)

Walk with the Animals

Love animals and want to support a good cause? Then join us in walking to raise money for the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center. For the 3rd year in a row IEAA will participate in the Walk with the Animals at Fairmount Park.

This is one of our favorite charities so don’t miss this event for a chance to walk for our atheist four-legged friends. We’d love a large showing from our community and IEAA group. There will be a pancake breakfast and a complimentary “Walk With The Animals” tee-shirt included in your registration fee of $25.00.

To register or make a donation please go here.

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 but 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.

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