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The time for the 2010 ACA Pub Crawl is fast approaching! The event will be held on Saturday March 20th. We are once again planning to have t-shirts made. This is a great event to experience the best of the Austin bar scene and to meet both local ACA folks and ACA fans and members from out of town.

We will depart at 6:30pm from the Dog and Duck Pub (406 West 17th Street) and walk to Fado (214 West 4th Street) for our first stop. After that, the proposed route is as follows.

A few tips:

  1. Bring sufficient cash. This is very important. It is difficult to get a large party out the door in a timely manner if 30 people have credit card tabs to close. We would like to stop at as many places as possible, especially so out-of-towners can experience some Austin bars. Additionally, you should be aware that some bars have 2-drink minimums for opening a tab.
  2. If you intend to walk from Dog and Duck, do not park in the Dog an Duck parking lot. There is ample parking in the vicinity around Dog and Duck, so please do not intrude on their business. (Parking is free after 5:30, but expect downtown parking to be more full than usual due to SXSW.)
  3. I understand there may be some people who would rather not walk from Dog and Duck. It is quite a hike. If you don't wish to walk to/from Dog and Duck, meet up at Fado around 7:00pm by whatever means suits you.

The price for t-shirts will be $20 including tax. Requests for shirts should be placed no later than March 12th. If you plan to purchase a t-shirt, please contact Tony VanderHeyden with the gender, size, and shirt color (black, brown, or white) you would like. We will distribute the shirts at Dog and Duck and you can make payment at that time. If you attend regular local ACA events, please get your information to one of us or the ACA Treasurer (John Iacoletti). Alternatively, you can checkout our products page.

Note: that we will not be carrying shirts downtown, so if you wish to purchase a shirt and don't want to walk to Fado, either make special arrangements or make an appearance at Dog and Duck before 6:30pm to pick up and pay for your merchandise.

For additional details or help in arranging travel plans to the event, please contact Tony VanderHeyden. I hope to see you there!

-Tony VanderHeyden 

ACA member Manuel Serratos has become the local champion for the Inside Book Project, which collects and donates books to Texas prisoners. 

The IBP donates books in several categories. But the supply comes mostly from private donations, which reflect the Texan profile, religious. There are way too many religious books and simple novels, with little left to science. Religion is strongly preached in jail, regardless the little or no effect it has on reducing crime. Those people have had a very limited knowledge supply through their lives and more needs to be done. 

If you have books that you would like to donate, bring them to a Regular Sunday Meeting where Manuel, a regular attendee, will accept them. Alternatively, you can donate them directly. This is a great way to give hungry minds some great food for thought.

Celebrate Saturnalia with CFI Austin! 

Join us under the glow of blue and gold lights as we revive an ancient tradition and "season" it to modern tastes. 

  • December 19th, 2009
  • 7:00-10:00 PM
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Howson Hall
  • 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756

We intend to do this in style... old Roman style! 

  • Wear your brightest, most cheery clothing! Blue and gold are the official colors, but anything festive will do.
  • Please bring a pot luck dish to share.
  • Please RSVP on CFI's Meetup for details about coordinating dishes for the pot luck.
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages.

Donations will be accepted for a local charity. More information about that at the event.

Dan Barker, former minister and current co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, will present "Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" on Monday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Mezes 1.306 on the UT campus. 

This event is free and open to the public. The Atheist Longhorns will be selling copies of Dan's latest book, "Godless", for $15 (cash only). Dan will be signing copies after his speech.

Dr. Victor Stenger, physicist, philosopher, and author, will be giving a lecture in Austin at Opal Devine's Freehouse (700 W 6th St.), 6pm, Thursday, October 29th. The lecture is titled "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason", which is based on his new book, "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason". The lecture is a joint event with the ACA and Center for Inquiry Austin. 

Vic Stenger, is the author of the New York Times best seller, "God: The Failed Hypothesis", and other books concerning what science has to say about religious claims. He is widely known as an advocate of philosophical naturalism, skepticism, and atheism. He is a prominent critic of intelligent design and the aggressive use of the anthropic principle. He maintains that consciousness and free will, assuming that they in fact do exist, will eventually be explained in a conventional scientific manner that invokes neither the mystical nor the supernatural. He has repeatedly criticized those who invoke the perplexities of quantum mechanics in support of the paranormal, mysticism, or supernatural phenomena. His other books include, "Quantum Gods", and "The Comprehensible Cosmos".

Stenger was a member of the Department of Physics at the University of Hawaii until his 2000 retirement. He has held visiting positions on the faculties of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Oxford University (twice), and has been a visiting researcher at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in England, the National Nuclear Physics Laboratory in Frascati, Italy, and the University of Florence in Italy. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of physics at the University of Hawaii, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and a research fellow of the Center for Inquiry.

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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