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Prior to the ACA Bat Cruise, Biology Professor and prolific blogger, PZ Myers will be giving a lecture on bat evolution. PZ Myers is best known for his science blog, Pharyngula, and his outspoken atheist posts. His lecture will give us some insights into how bats learned to fly and how they developed that awesome sonar capability. His new book, "The Happy Atheist" will be available for sale after the lecture. 

The lecture begins at 3 PM on Saturday, September 28. It is at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 40th and Speedway (4001 Speedway). The lecture is free, although we encourage you to join us on the Bat Cruise to help offset costs. PZ Myers will be joining us too!

The ACA will be chartering a cruise boat on Town Lake on Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 6-8pm. We'll have the new large, double-decker boat to ourselves to chat, picnic, and watch the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge. The event is open to out-of-town visitors. 

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 2008 event. 

We're going to need to collect money in advance for the event for around 50 people. Invite your friends, but space will be limited! Atheist-friendly guests are welcome. The price is $30 for each adult, $15 for each kid (ages 5-12), and kids under 5 are free. Please pay with exact change (preferably in an envelope), with a check made out to "ACA" and give your payment to an ACA board member at any ACA event. Better yet, sign up via our products page. Mark the check, envelope, or submission notes with the name(s) of the participant(s). Your seat is not reserved until you pay. 

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 One Texas Center garage, 505 Barton Springs Road Austin behind Threadgills. 

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

As a special treat, Biology Professor and Science Blogger PZ Myers will give a lecture prior to the Bat Cruise.

We will have the annual ACA Board election at 12:15pm, May 5th at the ACA Library Building, 1507 W. Koenig Ln. ACA Secretary Russell Glasser will run the election. [map]. There is limited parking, so park on side-streets. 

Following the election, we will have an open house of the new ACA Library building for ACA members. The open house will run from 1-3pm. Pizza, soft drinks, and cake will be provided. 

Pictures from this event have been posted here.

FACT, The Freethinkers Association of Central Texas, invites the Atheist Community of Austin to join us for the annual FACT solstice party and banquet, Saturday Dec 15, at Absolutely Everything Catering, 3015 San Pedro. Free parking available in the Chase Bank lot next door. Cash bar opens at 6:30pm and a buffet dinner is served @ 7:00. We will recognize and honor FACT members who have gone above and beyond in service to FACT, have lots of great door prizes and other goodies to celebrate another successful year in FACT.

Our special guest and recipient of the 2012 Catherine Fahringer Award is Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience public television live debate program and host of the internet radio program Non-Prophets Radio. Matt is also the founder of the web based counter-apologetics encyclopedia Iron Chariots and is a past president of the Atheist Community of Austin. He serves on the Speakers Bureau of the Secular Student Alliance, and is a sought out public speaker at freethought events and conventions across the country. Like Catherine, Matt has successfully used public media and informed, respectful, thoughtful debate to champion our secular values, rational thought and civil rights in Texas and across the nation. 

Because this is a catered event FACT cannot take payment at the door and must have all paid RSVPs by December 1, 2012.

FACT members and their guests: $26 pr. person

Non members: $31 pr. person

You can submit payment at the November General Meeting or you can mail a check and name(s) of people attending to Freethinkers Association of Central Texas, PO Box 160881, San Antonio, TX 78280. You can also submit payment on the website – click on donate, chose card or paypal option and, on second page under message to seller, type in solstice party and name(s) of people attending.

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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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