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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!

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.

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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