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The ACA will be chartering a cruise boat on Town Lake on Saturday, September 20th, 2008, 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 organized by Mike. 

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 2007 event.

In order to get the large boat, we're going to need to collect money in advance for the event for around 50 people. Invite your friends! Atheist-friendly guests are welcome. The price is $20 per person. Please pay with exact change (preferably in an envelope), with a check made out to "ACA", or via PayPal on our donations page. Mark the check, envelope, or submission notes with the name(s) of the participant(s). Give your payment to an ACA board member at any meeting or ACA event. If the event is canceled, we'll return your money. 

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 Austin American-Statesman parking lot, just East of Congress Ave. on the South side of the river. Parking there is free for bat watchers. Construction should be over by the event date. Alternatively, you can find a metered parking spot on Congress Ave. either South or North of the bridge. Coins shouldn't be necessary at that time of day, but it's a further walk. 

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

Mike will host the ACA Summer Solstice Party on Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 5pm - 1am at Mike's house. The event will be a combination adult/kids affair. The event will be family-friendly early on and fade into more of an adult party later. 

For the kids:

One bedroom will have a showing of kids movies from 5pm to whenever the last kid leaves. Also, a Slip and Slide will be available. Adults can play too!) 

For the adults:

Mike has a game room which includes a video arcade machine and pool table. There will be two tables setup in the garage for Texas Hold 'Em. Inside, he'll have Karaoke on the big screen. There will also be Guitar Hero and Wii for people to play. 

What Mike will provide:

  • Plenty of "regular beer" (none of the expensive stuff :) )
  • Plenty of various snacks
  • Hot dogs and hamburgers with plenty of condiments

What you should provide:

Side items like potato salad, chips, soda's, cole slaw, etc. If you want to bring your own beer/hard alcohol please feel free to do so. If you're bringing a child please bring a DVD or two to show. 

The party is for ACA members, their spouses, family, and atheist-friendly friends. Kids are welcome. PLEASE e-mail Mike if you plan on coming (let me know if you're bring kids and what ages) and what you feel you can bring. The address, map, and contact information is available in the members-only area of the web site. Log on to see it. 

Thanks to Mike for hosting our event!

ACA will have a booth at the 2008 Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival. The festival is part of our greater community and ACA has had a presence there for a number of years. It's a great way to educate people as to what atheism is and interact with the public on a personal level. 

The festival will be June 14th from noon to 7pm at Auditorium Shores (map). We will need volunteers to staff the event. Specifically, we'll have three shifts and we'll need 2-4 volunteers for each shift. The shift times are:

  • First Shift: 11:30am - 2:00pm (includes booth setup)
  • Second Shift: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Third Shift: 5:00pm - 7:30pm (includes booth tear-down)

If you are able to volunteer, contact Don Baker with your preferred shift and your contact information (both phone and e-mail). He'll be in contact with you concerning logistics. 

If you're not able to volunteer, consider coming to the festival, checking out the music, offering moral support to the ACA folks, and seeing what other community groups are there.

The ACA will be demonstrating May 1st, 2008 for the National Day of Reason. We will meet at 11am on the South side of the Texas State Capitol (Congress and 11th). 

We will be there to promote reason and church-state separation with a friendly display of signs, talking with passers by, and waving at cars. 

Members are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, etc. as needed. The ACA will provide signs.

ACA members will participate in a pub crawl on March 7th, starting at 8pm at the Dog & Duck Pub. The group will migrate to other bars as the crawl continues. (Check back later for details as to the order.) Members are encouraged to be visible, have fun, and be safe. 

Wear an atheist t-shirt, if you have one. Organizers are looking into creating a t-shirt specifically for the event. Check back later for details.

If you'd like to participate, just show up! It's that easy.

The event is being organized by Shilling.

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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