What we're about

Are you a scientific skeptic? See our main page at www.BackyardSkeptics.com to find out if you are.

We are a group of scientific skeptics (as opposed to 'conspiracy skeptics') with a heavy atheist 'bent'. If you don't believe in any supernatural deity, intercessory prayer or any paranormal ability this group is for you. We meet once a month in Villa Park (next to Orange) in Orange County, CA on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday (alternating). We also have many other events - usually at least once a week such as field trips, movie night and Irish pub nights.

Our meetings are in our backyard (hence the name) and usually has a guest speaker or a topic which is posted on the meetup announcement. We have many field trips and casual get-togethers just to socialize with other non-theists as well, and of course our great pot-luck summer and winter solstice parties.

We have a voluntary semi-annual donation of $20 on Jan 1 and July 1 which includes your first meeting and a dinner. As an alternative we have a $/month subscription you can sign up for at BackyardSkeptics.com.

We serve dinner at our monthly meetings which are on the forth Wednesday or Thursday. Our members arrive around 6:45pm and the meeting starts a little after 7pm. Our meetings are where you can freely talk about your skepticism and non-belief without religious dogma.

Our goal: To support the atheist/agnostic/skeptic/humanist community with local meetings, potluck parties, and other social events. To spread the word that skeptics and non-believers are good and moral people and to promote secular values and the separation of church and state. We cherish humanistic values over any supernatural superstitions and encourage others to look at their worldview with critical thinking skills.

Bruce Gleason, founder

Upcoming events (5+)

Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service: Prepare Care Packages for Homeless

Details: Assemble care packages from 5:30 - 6:30. (Our meeting will begin at 6:30.) You are welcome to stay for the Orange County *Poor People’s Campaign (OCPPC), but do not feel obligated. Having you there for any length of time to help with the packages will be awesome. Parking & Entering: There is a parking lot across the street back behind the building on 16th St. where you will enter the building and go to suite 103. What to expect: As our action for the Day of Service, we will assemble care packages for people without homes. You are welcome to bring items to donate, such as, plastic grocery bags to pack items in, feminine hygiene products, food bars such as granola, protein, and so-on, other nonperishable food, bottled water, razors, toothbrushes, white socks for both men and women, hats, gloves, rain ponchos, and/or blankets but it is not necessary. How This Helps Our Community: This event lands on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is also known as, MLK Day of Service and is observed as a day on, not a day off. The goal is to empower one another, strengthen our communities, bridge barriers, and work on solutions through the act of volunteer service. Connect with Us Connect with OC PPC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1498070076936501/ Check out our calendar of events: https://www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Poor-Peoples-Campaign/ *The Poor People’s Campaign is working on unifying our communities by calling in individuals and groups to join us in breaking the intersectionality cycle of poverty, systemic racism, militarism/war economy, and ecological devastation.

Ladies Day Out - Women’s Secular Group of Southern California (WSGSC)

For this month's 'Ladies Day Out', let's attend the lecture below and gather for a bite to eat after at a nearby restaurant. "When Women Ruled the World" presented by Dr. Kara Cooney, Professor of Egyptology at UCLA Lecture: Saturday January 26,[masked]:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m. Free for ARCE and Bowers Members. $12 for Non-ARCE and Non-Bowers Members. Bowers Museum, Santa Ana - Norma Kershaw Auditorium Parking is $6 OR Free Public Parking is available just North of the museum on Main St. For tickets, select 'Purchase Tickets' at this link: https://www.bowers.org/index.php/component/yendifevents/event/1842-when-women-ruled-the-world-with-dr-kara-cooney In this lecture, Dr. Cooney will look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence is undeniable. What can we learn from how these women ruled? Dr. Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She is currently investigating coffin reuse during the Bronze Age Collapse, allowing her to examine funerary objects in dozens of museums around the world, including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Louvre in Paris, British Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She appeared as lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen, and is the creator and host of Discovery's Out of Egypt. Her book, The Woman Who Would be Queen, was published in 2014. In 2018, her book, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, was published by National Geographic Books. She lives in Los Angeles. If you are not yet a member of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Orange County Chapter, now is a great time to sign up. It's your chance to enjoy many ARCE membership benefits and become part of our mission of facilitating the study, excavation, preservation and renovation of important historical artifacts and sites from the Pharaonic through the Medieval Period. ARCE-OC - American Research Center in Egypt Orange County Chapter email: [masked] http://www.arceoc.org Look forward to seeing new and familiar faces of the WSGSC and share in an interesting lecture event and dining with great conversation of like minded women.

Whiting Ranch Hike - Serrano Trail to Vulture View

Whiting Ranch, in the parking lot in front of Starbucks/Wahoos, at the corner of Portola and Glenn Ranch Rd.

We will hike Serrano Cow Trail to the Sleepy Hollow / Sage Scrub Trail loop and up to Vulture View Road to Cactus Hill and loop back to Whiting Road. There is some roll to this trail with a slow and steady climb. This is an intermediate hike. The entire route is about 4-5 miles and will take approximately 2 hours. Wear hiking or trail shoes, layered comfortable clothing, hat, sunscreen, bring water, hiking poles, anything you deem appropriate for hiking. After the hike, we can lunch at a restaurant nearby - Mustard Cafe, 41 Auto Center Dr, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park encompasses approximately 2,500 acres of riparian and oak woodland canyons, rolling grassland hills and steep slopes of coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The park is highlighted by scenic rock formations.


4th Street Market

Let's meet, eat, then enjoy the monthly D.T.S.A. Art Walk. 5-6 P.M. - Dinner at the 4th Street Market (food court type eating), 201 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, http://www.4thstreetmarket.com/ 6-10 P.M. - Art Walk. Please meet the group on the sidewalk in front of the 4th St. Market between 6-6:15. We'll visit the Art Walk from there. PARKING: For a small fee you can use the structure at N. Spurgeon St. & E. 5th St., Santa Ana, 92701

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