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Annual Winter Solstice Celebration: Reason, Compassion & Hope

Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Celebrating Reason, Compassion & Hope

Our Celebration Activities:

  • Portraits and funny photos in the small office ($15 each or 2 for $20)
  • Astronomy and Stargazing outside throughout the evening
  • 5 PM Happy Hour and Marketplace & Tag Sale Shopping
  • (1st Door Prize sometime during the 5-6 PM hour)
  • 6 PM Potluck Dinner and Welcome / Installation of 2013 Board
  • (2nd Door Prize sometime during dinner)
  • 7:30 PM Human Light presentation in the Library
  • (3rd Door Prize after the presentation)
  • Children's Activities throughout the evening
  • 8:30 PM Bingo in the Main Hall (cards $5 each--great prizes!)
  • 9 PM Dancing and Partying and final Door Prize of the evening

Visit the Tag Sale to help contribute items needed for the Humanist Center

Browse the Marketplace for some great items!

~A portion of our proceeds will benefit the Secular Coalition for Arizona~

No dress code, but festive attire is encouraged!

Our goals for this year's event:

Build community – We’ll provide a festive atmosphere where you can socialize with others who value reason, compassion, and hope.

Increase membership – Folks who haven’t yet joined us can find out about the benefits of becoming a member of our growing community

Raise funds – Our fundraising goal is $10,000. Proceeds will support HSGP programming.

Celebrate – We’ll introduce the HumanLight holiday, and encourage all participants to eat, drink, and be merry! (Visit to learn more.)

More than 20 members of the HSGP community are working together to plan this event. Building on last year’s successes, we plan to expand our marketplace and offer more activities. So far, we’re planning a presentation on HumanLight (a relatively new Humanist Holiday) a photo station for souvenir portraits or fun photos, music from members of our HSGP Humanities Project, stargazing, and bingo. We’re also planning some special kids’ activities: we encourage you to RSVP the number and ages of any children you plan to bring to help us plan for them.

Here’s how you can contribute:

You can donate STUFF or MONEY

The planning committee is requesting donations of new and lightly used items that can be

  1. sold at our marketplace / tag sale
  2. included in special raffle baskets, or
  3. given as door prizes or to Bingo winners

If you’re not sure what we can use, here are some of the items we’ve received in the past: Gift cards, Jewelry, Airline passes, Golf, Weekend at a cabin, Coffee maker (with pods), Household and kitchen gadgets, DVDs, Digital camera, Books, Health/beauty baskets, Gourmet snacks, Personal services (personal training, public speaking coach, chef-prepared dinner), Food and wine baskets, and a great variety of original art. We’ve already begun collecting donations, and we’ll accept them through Saturday, December 8th.

You can donate your TIME before the event

  • Do you have ideas to share and time to implement them as a member of the organizing committee?
  • Would you be willing to work on a wishlist of items that members could purchase to enhance the Humanist Community Center?
  • Are you willing to gather some of the donated items into compelling gift baskets that we’ll offer in raffles at the event?

You can donate your TIME or EXPERTISE at the event

  • Could you bring a favorite dish to the potluck?
  • Can you bring a telescope and help with stargazing?
  • Are you willing to help set up for the party or clean up after the event?
  • Could you lead crafts, games, or activities for kids?

As we get closer to the event, we’ll provide more information and updates. If you have any questions at all, or you want donate or volunteer, please contact Rebecca Beltran. Thank you!

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  • Jennifer W.

    Many people did a lot of work to make the Solstice Celebration a success. Thank you to everyone! But a special, extra-big thank you to Rebecca Beltran--great job!

    2 · December 16, 2012

  • Kenton


    December 16, 2012

  • bd


    December 15, 2012

  • Jennifer W.

    There will be star-gazing outside. Feel free to bring a telescope, to add to the ones already there!

    December 5, 2012

  • Jennifer W.

    Children are very welcome! There will be children and we will have activities for them!

    December 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are children allowed at the Solstice Celebration? My husband and I would love to bring our grandchildren at 6 and 10 and hopefully our Son to experience a celebration "not of Christmas"

    December 4, 2012

    • Richard D.

      Absolutely they're allowed! And very welcome too! It should be fun for everybody.

      December 4, 2012

  • Ana

    I don't get what has changed here.

    November 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, what is TBA?

      December 4, 2012

    • Anita R.

      To be announced.

      December 4, 2012

  • Bex B

    Hi everyone, here's the program for the evening:

    There is no dress code, but festive attire is encouraged!

    Portraits and funny photos -small office ($15 each or 2 for $20)
    also, ongoing throughout the evening – Astronomy & Stargazing outside

    5 pm Happy Hour and Marketplace & Tag Sale Shopping
    (1st door prize sometime during the hour)
    6 pm Potluck Dinner and Welcome – Installation of 2013 Board
    (2nd door prize sometime during the meal)
    7:30 pm Human Light presentation - Library
    (3rd door prize after the presentation)
    8:30 pm Bingo – Main Room (cards $5 each- great prizes to win!)
    9 pm Dancing and Partying and final door prize of the evening

    Visit our Tag Sale to see how you can help contribute items needed by the Humanist Center. Also, browse around our marketplace to buy gifts for yourself or others

    December 2, 2012

  • Cal D.

    I can help setup after 1pm (when I finish my volunteer shift at the library). I may be able to stay for cleanup to. Please contact me using my membership contact information.

    1 · November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Me neither, but I do have a few friends interested in attending with their kiddos. Does it cost anything to come to the event?

    November 24, 2012

    • Jennifer W.

      Kiddos are very welcome--there will be activities for them. There is no charge to attend the event, but there will be plenty of fun opportunities to spend money, if you want to. Oh, and if you can bring a dish for the potluck, that will be great!

      November 26, 2012

  • Jennifer W.

    The change is that I added the details. It just pretty much said "TBA" before.

    November 26, 2012

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