• Freethought Toastmasters Meeting
    You’re invited to attend Freethought Toastmasters (http://freethought.toastmastersclubs.org/), a club of Toastmasters International (http://www.toastmasters.org/). Build your leadership and communication skills in a supportive, freethinking environment; a place where you will find familiar faces you know from Minnesota Atheists. (most club members do not RSVP on Meetup since they attend most meeting and coordinate through the 'Toastmaster' of the evening if they cannot attend, so don't let the low RSVP numbers dissuade you from attending) The Format for this meeting is the traditional Toastmasters format: We will have four speeches followed by Table Topics (impromptu speaking) and individual evaluations of each speech. Edible prizes will be awarded to the best speaker and Table Topic participant. Schedule: • 6:00pm - Doors Open • 6:30pm - Meeting Starts • 8:00pm - Meeting Ends The roles for this meeting are as follows: Ron Toastmaster Paula General Eval Opheue Speaker #1 Ross Speaker #2 Walt Speaker #3 Heather Evaluator #1 Sabrina Evaluator #2 Matthew Evaluator #3 George Topic Master Curt Grammarian Lee Ah Counter Brian Timer Marissa Joker Bob Hot Seat Jeff Hot Seat Randall Hot Seat Tim Hot Seat Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. While in many other Toastmaster Clubs the culture deters any mention of religion, so atheists feel guarded and often stay "in the closet," this club provides not only training in public speaking, but also continuous education in topics of interest to atheists. This club offers the opportunity to talk about a wide range of topics. We welcome people of all worldviews, but of course our members tend to be non-religious. We take current events seriously, but our politics range from capitalist to socialist, from liberal to conservative. Our ages run from the 20s to the 60s (and beyond). If you decide to join, you can learn to be a better, more confident speaker. No matter what our worldviews, we are committed to mutual respect, tolerance, honesty, encouragement and constructive criticism. If you become a member, you will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver speeches regularly, and receive constructive evaluations of your speeches. It’s a great place to become comfortable as a speaker. With the help of other members, we learn to prepare and present effective speeches on a wide range of topics from humorous to serious. We also learn to think fast during our "Table Topics" sessions (impromptu speeches). We never know quite what to expect from our speakers, but we can always count on an interesting evening together. Toastmasters International does require membership dues: $45 per six months (prorated depending on when you join) plus a $20 new member fee. The new member fee pays for speech manuals and the general membership fee pays for district events (local educational sessions for the greater Toastmasters community) and a Toastmasters magazine members receive in the mail.

    Larpenteur Estates Party Room

    1260 Larpenteur Ave W · St Paul, MN

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  • Roseville Human Rights Happy Hour
    We are atheists, we are humanists, and we believe in human rights! Enjoy conversation, food, and refreshments with us at this weekly happy hour. Note our new location, at La Casita! Check out the Happy Hour menu at http://lacasita.biz/happy-hour/ and the Dinner menu at http://lacasita.biz/menus/dinner-menu/ There is a regular crowd who attends this event and attendees are not expected to RSVP on Meetup every week, so don't let the low RSVP list deter you. Ask the host/hostess for the Minnesota Atheists table.

    La Casita

    1925 Perimeter Drive · Roseville, MN

  • Pre-holiday Boot Camp - Nov Public Meeting
    Schedule 1:00–1:15 PM: Social 1:15–1:45 PM: Business Meeting 1:45–2:00 PM: Break 2:00–3:30 PM: Pre-holiday Boot Camp 4:00 PM: Join us for Dinner at Hoa Bien, 1105 University Ave W Pre-holiday Boot Camp It’s the season of family gatherings and religious ritual. No better time to hone up on atheist argumentation skills, a good skill to have whether you plan for participating in religious arguments or not. You never know when a friend or family member might bring up religion and go down the rabbit hole of wanting to save you. How do you argue with someone to whom you don’t want to hurt their feelings or shred to pieces their deeply held religious beliefs? Or how might you avoid or shut down arguments? At the November Public Meeting we will break up into small discussion groups based on interest. We will pose some questions for you to consider and discuss how to best answer. We invite you to pose questions you want to see how other atheists answer.

    Rondo Community Outreach Library

    461 N Dale St · Saint Paul, MN

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  • Volunteer Event - Cook for and Dine with Families at Local Homeless Shelter
    Minnesota Atheists will have another powerful and unique volunteer opportunity at the Family Place homeless shelter in downtown St. Paul. Although it is right next to the First Baptist Church, and that church provides help to the shelter, the Family Place is a completely secular 501 (c)(3). ***Look in the comments section for ingredients and reply with what items you intend to bring with you! Please keep your RSVP updated!!*** We will be preparing dinner for as many as 50 people (we'll know the exact number the day before we will serve) at the Family Place. We will then dine with the families and then clean up afterward. We will have full access to their kitchen to make the preparations. The food we serve is up to us. We should plan on arriving by 3 PM for orientation, set up, and meal preparation. The orientation for new participants lasts approximately 30 min., dinner is served at 4:30 PM. Clean up the dining area and kitchen after the meal. We will be going to the Bulldog after for drinks and conversation please join us. For parking: The Family Place rents parking space from First Baptist Church so you can park for free in their lot (do not Park on the street since it is a ticket and tow area); the entrance to the parking lot is a few feet East of the corner of 9th and Wacouta. The exact address is 499 North Wacouta Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. Drive to the far end of the lot, park, and walk across the street which will place you on the corner of 10th and Wacouta a few feet from of our entrance at[masked]th St. E. You will need to be buzzed into the building and the call button is located at the right side of the double doors which are not marked. Please use our 10th St. entrance and not the church entrance on Wacouta. If you're using GPS to find the shelter, use the 499 North Wacouta Street address (which is where we park) since most GPS systems cannot find the appropriate location when using the[masked]th St. E. location. The Minnesota Atheists is a partner organization of the Volunteers Beyond Belief.

    The Family Place

    244 10th St E · Saint Paul

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  • Godless Gamers - Board Game Night
    Newcomers, please don't be deterred from attending by a low RSVP number. This has been a regular weekly meet up for several years now. We tend to have 5-10+ attendees beyond the number of people who RSVP on meetup. If you need to interview an atheist for a class, please email a Minnesota atheist board member. While many atheists are happy to talk about their beliefs, this meetup is focused on social gaming. Our organization will find a volunteer for you to interview at a appropriate venue. Email: [masked] Please note: Fantasy Flight Game Center is located just off Cleveland Avenue, across the street from the Roseville post office and opposite a Carquest auto parts store. There's no direct exit from 35W to County Road B2, so you may want to map your route in advance. Join us every Thursday night at the fabulous Fantasy Flight Game Center, featuring fine food, a bounty of beverages, and games galore. (Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite games, from cribbage to Carcassonne, but FFGC has an extensive library of games on hand for us to play, so no one has to bring anything.) There is a huge array available, from jump-right-in casual games to hunker-down strategic wargames. Anyone and everyone will find new favorites! We start at 6:00 p.m. and go as long as people want to—the space is available until midnight! If you arrive late and find everyone engrossed in games, don't fret—just grab something to eat or drink and sit, watch, and heckle (optional) until the next game opens up. We're always at the tables to the left of the entrance, so don't be shy—announce you're one of us and we'll welcome you into our gregarious group. If you''re not sure, most of the staff at Fantasy Flight know who we are and they can direct you! Though the menu is nice, there is no minimum purchase required for using this space. Let's continue our habit of being excellent customers, and make them happy to have us. If you order the vinegar fries, you may be asked to consume them away from the group as, while I hear they are delicious, the strong smell makes several of our attendees feel sick. See you there!

    Fantasy Flight Games Center

    1975 County Road B2 · Roseville, MN

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  • Freethinking Females 2
    Another Freethinking Females 2 in the Maple Grove area! We will continue to shatter the myth that Atheist groups are male dominated with another women and women identified only event. Come to discuss issues related to feminism, atheism or whatever comes up! The Claddagh Irish Pub has a varied menu and is available on their website. On Monday's their fish and chips is buy 1 get one! http://www.claddaghirishpubs.com/menus/ We have a reservation so ask for Freethinking Females or Liz at the hostess stand to find our group.

    Claddagh Irish Pub

    7890 Main St N · Maple Grove

  • Roseville Human Rights Happy Hour
    We are atheists, we are humanists, and we believe in human rights! Enjoy conversation, food, and refreshments with us at this weekly happy hour. Note our new location, at La Casita! Check out the Happy Hour menu at http://lacasita.biz/happy-hour/ and the Dinner menu at http://lacasita.biz/menus/dinner-menu/ There is a regular crowd who attends this event and attendees are not expected to RSVP on Meetup every week, so don't let the low RSVP list deter you. Ask the host/hostess for the Minnesota Atheists table.

    La Casita

    1925 Perimeter Drive · Roseville, MN

  • Bloomington Freethought Dinner Social
    Drop in and out anytime and socialize. We have the party room in the back reserved. There is a regular crowd who attends this event and attendees are not expected to RSVP on Meetup every time, so don't let the low RSVP list deter you. This event occurs every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.

    Davanni's

    8605 Lyndale Ave S · Bloomington, MN

  • Out to Eat
    This month is is Mac and Cheese the adult version. This restaurant started as a food truck. Bring your inner child for Mac and Cheese. Please keep RSVP’s up to date.

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    R A MacSammy’s Elbow Room

    735 E 48th St · Minneapolis, MN

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  • Little Canada Book Club - NOTE CHANGE: "The Violinist's Thumb" by Sam Kean
    For our November meeting we will discuss "The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code" by Sam Kean. **Hey group--I have been informed that "Connections" is difficult to get at libraries and quite expensive to buy. So we are going to do a quick switch to The Violinist's Thumb, which also had a good response in our recent poll. We can discuss at our next meeting if we should put "Connections" back on the list for another meeting. Cheaper copies can be ordered on-line if people have time to wait a week or two for it to arrive. I apologize if this creates any inconveniences for anyone.** Publishers Weekly: As he did in his debut bestseller, The Disappearing Spoon, Kean educates readers about a facet of science, in this case, genetics, with wonderfully witty prose and enthralling anecdotes. The book's title, for instance, refers to the genetic disorder that afflicted-and aided-virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini, giving him "freakishly flexible fingers" and enabled him to play in ways most others could not. (It also caused him joint pain, poor vision, and other problems). Kean explains how scientists use DNA to better understand evolutionary relationships across the animal kingdom, to examine Homo sapiens's relationship (both genetic and sexual) with Neanderthals. When Kean discusses the work of pioneers like Darwin, Mendel, Watson, Venter, and McClintock, he illuminates both the science and the politics of science. But he also reminds us to be wary of attributing too much to our genes. "We tend to treat DNA as a secular soul, our chemical essence. But even a full rendering of someone's DNA reveals only so much." Kean's thoughtful, humorous book is a joy to read. Agent: Rick Broadhead, Rick Broadhead & Associates. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. Our tentative future reading list is as follows: December: How Democracy Dies - Steven Levitsky (2018/320pp) January: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli (2016/96pp) February: Connections - James Burke (2007/320pp)

    Caribou Coffee

    3354 Rice St · Little Canada, MN

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