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This year's ACA outing to Hell House will be on Saturday, October 25th. 

As most of you know, Hell House is a Pentacostal Christian production consisting of ridiculous morality plays. It is among the more absurd and extreme Hell Houses and was featured in the 2001 documentary "Hell House." Several of us went last year and had a great time. It is located in Cedar Hill, TX (just south of Dallas). As with last year, we will be meeting at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek in North Austin and carpooling up to the event. We should leave around 2 pm, so it would be good to get to the Alamo around 1:40 to allow for driving arrangements. We will group people with drivers and make a stop for food along the way. 

Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, and there is a possibility of securing reservations, so please RSVP to Shilling if you can. Once we have a large enough group, we can try to get reservations to lessen the amount of time spent in line. 

Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek
13729 Research Blvd., Austin, TX, 78750 

Trinity Church
1231 Pleasant Run Rd., Cedar Hill, TX 75104 

Information about this year's Hell House:

In this election year, the ACA has finally decided to enter the political fray. While our 501(c)3 organizational status does not allow us to support any particular party or political candidate, we can raise our issues in the political arena. And there are plenty of issues that atheists care about that are largely missing from the nation’s political dialog. Church-state separation would be a major one, but we also care about fair treatment, promotion of science, and other topics. As an active atheist group in the Capitol city of the second largest state, the ACA is well positioned to make a big impact. To do that, we have decided to create a voters’ guide for issues that concern atheists. 

The 2008 Voters’ Guide has been announced on the ACA Web site. Results will be published on or before October 13th. The guide will be based on the results of a survey of candidates running for offices voted on by Texans in the 2008 general election. Because every candidate for each race is given the same opportunity to respond, the voters’ guide will allow voters to make an informed choice on the issues behind the questions. 

We are hoping that the survey gets some publicity and raises awareness for our issues. We do not expect large numbers of the surveys to be returned to us. Even so, the survey will have an educational impact on the candidates and the community at large. 

We feel the voters’ guide is a great initiative that advances our mission and provides a public service. We are doing our part to improve our nation by helping to elect highly qualified candidates regardless of party. Thanks to ACA members who have contributed to the project. If you support this effort, consider making a donation to the ACA to defray costs. See you at the voting booth!

An outing to the San Antonio Zoo is slated for Saturday, September 27th. Members should meet at the ticket booth at the zoo at 8:45 am that morning and go in together. The zoo opens at 9am. The early time is to avoid the heat, get better parking, and because the animals are more active in the mornings. 

Members are encouraged to dress for being outdoors for several hours. Please bring friends and kids and make it a larger group. If there are enough people gathered, a group discount is possible.

ACA's first garage sale will be September 6th as a group fund raiser. 

The sale will be held at members Lisa's house who lives in north Austin. The sale will run from 8am to around 4pm or whenever things are sold. Proceeds from the garage sale will go to the ACA. 

Please donate to the event. What we are looking for are items that you would just take to Goodwill, anything that you don't use, or just want to get rid of. 

There will be two locations where items can be dropped off. You can drop them off at Lisa's house in north Austin and Mike's house in south Austin. Please contact Lisa or Mike to make arrangements. More detailed contact information is available for ACA members when they log in to the web site. We request that all items be dropped off by Wednesday, September 3rd. 

We also ask that you mark the items on what you feel they are worth. Lastly, any items that aren't sold will be taken to Goodwill the next day, so please leave us items that you don't want back if not sold. 

Thanks a lot, and now let's clean out some closets for a good cause!

Let's go Putt-Putt! 

We'll get together at Peter Pan Mini-Golf at 1207 Barton Springs Rd (near Lamar). We'll bet at 7pm, August 15th and have some fun. 

The course is BYOB and it's kid friendly. Bring the gang and we'll see who's the best shot!

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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