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ACA will be making a trip up to Cedar Hill, Texas (near Dallas) to visit the Dark Rail Hell House. This is the same Hell House featured in the "Hell House" documentary. It's put on by a Christian church that uses the event as a means of dramatizing what they think the world would be like without their religion. This will be an all-day road trip. 

Members who wish to go will meet at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek parking lot, 13729 Research Blvd (620 & 183) at 2pm, Saturday, October 27th. Those present will organize a carpool. Admission to the event is $10. 

See Dark Rail Hell House for more information.

The ACA will be chartering a cruise boat on Town Lake on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007, 6-8pm. We'll have the boat to ourselves to chat, picnic, and watch the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge. The event is organized by Shelley Roberts and Mike Swift. 

The boat we'll be taking is the Capital Cruise's Silent Star. (This is not the same boat that we got last year.) It's 60 feet long and covered. It has a bathroom and tables for our use. We can bring food and drinks, 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 2006 event.

In order to get the boat, we're going to need to collect money in advance for the event. The price is $15 per person. Please pay with exact change (preferably in an envelope) or with a check made out to "ACA". Mark the check or envelope 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. 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.

NOTE: Due to a bad weather prediction, this event has been canceled. 

The ACA activities committee has planned another treat for ACA members: a day at the Schlitterbahn Warterpark Resort in New Braunfels. The event would start at Mike's house (log in for address and map) at 9am sharp, July 28th to carpool to New Braunfels and arrive at the opening at 10am when it's cooler and the crowds haven't yet hit the park. 

Invite family and friends. The more, the merrier. Adult tickets are around $40; kid tickets are around $30. There is some possibility that there will be enough people to get a group rate, which may save a few dollars per ticket. 

If you're going, coordinate with Mike via this link or using the contact information on the ACA Member Home Page so that he can help facilitate the event. The participants will be doing most of the decision making, however. Plan to spend most of the day and bring appropriate gear. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

ACA will have a booth at the 2007 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 9th from noon to 8pm at Waterloo Park (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 - 2:30pm (includes booth setup)
  • Second Shift: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Third Shift: 5:30pm - 8:30pm (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.

Mike will host the ACA Movie Night at his home every 1st Friday of the month 7:30pm - 10:00pm. Mike has a projector setup and he can accommodate a handful of folks. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks for themselves or to share. Attendees are also encouraged to RSVP. 

The movie night will focus mostly on movie watching and less on socializing. Titles will vary and will be selected from movies available by participants at the beginning of the event. Not every movie will have an atheist theme. 

Please contact Mike via the this link should you have further questions. Mike's home is the same location as the 2006 Winter Solstice Party and the 2007 Vernal Equinox Party. Mike's address, a map to his house, and his phone number are available on the ACA member login page.

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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.

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