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The ACA will be chartering a cruise boat on Town Lake on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012, 6-8pm. We'll have the new large, double-decker boat to ourselves to chat, picnic, and watch the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge. The event is open to out-of-town visitors. 

The boat we'll be taking is the Capital Cruise's M.V. Pride and Joy. This boat has the upper deck for great bat viewing. It has a bathroom and tables for our use. We can bring food and drinks to share, but not in any glass containers. Plan on bringing some food and drink. The event should be a relaxing cruise on the lake. For those who are interested, check out the scrapbook entry from the 2008 event. 

We're going to need to collect money in advance for the event for around 50 people. Invite your friends, but space will be limited! Atheist-friendly guests are welcome. The price is $30 for each adult, $15 for each kid (ages 5-12), and kids under 5 are free. Please pay with exact change (preferably in an envelope), with a check made out to "ACA" and give your payment to an ACA board member at any ACA event. Better yet, sign up via our products page. Mark the check, envelope, or submission notes with the name(s) of the participant(s). Your seat is not reserved until you pay. 

On the day of the event, meet at 5:30pm at Capital Cruises' dock, on the river, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the South side of the river. That's between the Congress Ave. bridge and the 1st St. bridge, on the South shore. The number for Capital Cruises is (512)480-9264 if you need last minute help, or see their web site

We recommend parking at the One Texas Center garage, 505 Barton Springs Road Austin behind Threadgills. 

For more information about the bats, see Bat Conservation International and their web page about the Congress Avenue bat colony.

The Austin Chronicle's "Best of Austin 2011 Awards" recognized The Atheist Experience as the Best Public Access TV Show, in the readers choice category. The award was given in October 2011. This is the second year for the Atheist Experience to win the award.

The award is due, in part, to the fact that the Atheist Experience in recent years has gained a loyal international audience via streaming and the Internet. The readers choice category is something of a popularity contest and the award effectively recognizes the show's large audience.

The Atheist Experience, which began in 1997, has run nearly weekly for a number of years. Along with our loyal audience, we have a number of loyal hosts and co-hosts. Co-host Jeff Dee has been around almost since the beginning. Co-host Martin Wagner has served has host for five years. Producers Frank Paschal, Shelley Roberts, and Steve Elliott have proven to be as loyal to the show as our fans. We hope to air the show in Austin for as long as Austin has public access. The team hopes to continue the show long after that, given the popularity of the show.

The ACA Board and Atheist Experience crew are thrilled to win the award for the second time. We have been producing quality content for years and we have a broad audience who appreciates what we do.

The ACA will be chartering a cruise boat on Town Lake on Saturday, October 1st, 2011, 6-8pm. We'll have the large, double-decker boat to ourselves to chat, picnic, and watch the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge. The event is open to out-of-town visitors. 

The boat we'll be taking is the Capital Cruise's M.V. Pride and Joy. This boat has the upper deck for great bat viewing. It has a bathroom and tables for our use. We can bring food and drinks to share, but not in any glass containers. Plan on bringing some food and drink. The event should be a relaxing cruise on the lake. For those who are interested, check out the scrapbook entry from the 2008 event. 

We're going to need to collect money in advance for the event for around 50 people. Invite your friends, but space will be limited! Atheist-friendly guests are welcome. The price is $25 for each adult, $10 for each kid (ages 5-12), and kids under 5 are free. Please pay with exact change (preferably in an envelope), with a check made out to "ACA" and give your payment to an ACA board member at any ACA event. Better yet, sign up via our products page. Mark the check, envelope, or submission notes with the name(s) of the participant(s). Your seat is not reserved until you pay. 

On the day of the event, meet at 5:30pm at Capital Cruises' dock, on the river, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the South side of the river. That's between the Congress Ave. bridge and the 1st St. bridge, on the South shore. The number for Capital Cruises is (512)480-9264 if you need last minute help, or see their web site

We recommend parking at the One Texas Center garage, 505 Barton Springs Road Austin behind Threadgills. 

For more information about the bats, see Bat Conservation International and their web page about the Congress Avenue bat colony.

ACA will be holding a demonstration at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, May 5th from 11:30 am to 1pm as part of our National Day of Reasonactivities. We would like to get a big group out there with signs promoting reason and church-state separation. We'll wave at cars, show off our, and chat with people on the street.

This event is part of a National Day of Reason response to the National Day of Prayer event occurring at the same time at the Capitol. As far as we know, this particular NDoP event does not violate church-state separation boundaries, but the national movement is clearly over the line and being challenged by FFRF. (If you know of a way that the Austin NDoP event violates church-state separation, please let us know.) We will be exercising our free speech rights in response in the form of a demonstration. National Day of Reason activities are traditionally done across the country as part of a movement to promote reason and community service.

Please come down. Wear sunscreen and bring some water for yourself. The event is fun and a great way to show your support for reason and church-state separation. You can park at the City Parking lot near the Capitol. Joe Zamecki and Chuck Clark are organizing this event.

Come try your hand at billiards on Mondays at Slick Willie's at 7pm. Billiards are free and it's quiet enough for conversation. Slick Willies is at 1509 S Lamar Austin, TX [map].

The event is in concert with Austin Atheist Meetup group, but they alternate between North and South locations. The ACA event will be every week at the South location (above).

Come on down. Invite anyone else you know who likes to shoot pool (or wants to learn), and enjoys socializing with fellow skeptics!

Atheist Community of Austin

The Atheist Community of Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting positive atheism and the separation of church and state. The ACA serves the local Austin community through outreach programs, providing informational resources and various volunteer activities. In addition, the ACA serves the community-at-large through free online portals including informational wikis, regular audio/video podcasts and interactive blogs.

We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

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