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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.

The Atheist Community of Austin believes that public school science education is critical to ensuring that future generations are able to build on the knowledge attained by previous generations. One guiding principle of science is that one idea isn't "just as good" as another. The scientific method specifically seeks to filter potential explanations through testing, falsification and the highest standards of evidence in order to determine which explanation is best. The TEA has a duty to develop the best educational standards possible and this cannot be achieved in the light of policies that expect neutrality on the issue of what should and should not qualify for inclusion in the science classroom. Do the TEA neutrality policies extend to geocentric astronomy models or flat-Earth geography? Would they remain neutral toward history courses that suggested that the Egyptians were simply incapable of building those pyramids and must have had alien guidance? 

The simple truth is that the TEA's neutrality policy is religious pandering. It demonstrates that they're more worried about offending people than defending science standards. The Atheist Community of Austin joins the chorus of voices demanding that the TEA rigorously defend the highest standards of science education. The public school students of Texas deserve nothing less. 

Matt Dillahunty, December 11, 2007

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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