• Porch Talk (hosted by Becky Mark)

    Online event

    A social gathering on the virtual front porch. Join us for a chat about topics of the day. We welcome your suggestions for discussion topics. Just type your topic in the Comments below.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81116895135?pwd=VDVyWHJMQUlJL3R5K1V0VmxBQWVNdz09

    See you soon!

  • Online Discussion: Black Lives Matter and Me

    Online event

    Let's talk: Let's read. Let's watch videos and discuss social justice, needed reforms, privilege, power and oppression. The goal is to find ways to analyze our own attitudes and biases and learn from what others can tell us. Noel will be our host. A few questions to get us started:

    Where do I fit in?
    What can I do? What can I change in my own beliefs and attitudes?
    How can I effect change?
    What can be done to solve our socio-economic disparities through legal means at local levels?

    Here are a few helpful videos, and your suggestions are so welcome: videos, books, movies, etc.

    Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, with Emmanuel Acho, a few of many.

    National Anthem Protests Pt 1.
    Guest: Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljgkEcc4B1k

    National Anthem Protests Pt 2.
    Guest: Roger Goodell, NFL Commisioner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zH53upUQQE

    Guests: Petaluma Police Department:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM-HpZQWKT4&t=930s

    Interracial Relationships:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjc95uGeJ6Q

    Another youtube video:

    Race to $100 Bill: an example of privilege and inequality (has a Bible quote at the end but the message is powerful)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5fbQ1-zps

  • 🍿 Movie Night (Netflix Teleparty!)

    Online event

    “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Pie Society” (2018) Feel-good, heartfelt, honest. A writer who feels lost in post-war London upper society bonds with the people of remote Guernsey as she learns about the book club they formed during WWII German occupation, giving her a sense of community and love. A love story, but more. (Based on a book)

    Mark your calendar! ✔️

    Be sure to download https://www.netflixparty.com/ before the show (see below). The movie link will appear in the Comments section just before showtime. Join early to chat in the textbox or just sit back and enjoy the show! The Movie begins promptly at 7:05 PM! Have fun!

    ONE-TIME SETUP
    You must have Netflix and Chrome, Edge, or Opera browser on desktop or laptop.
    🚩 DOWNLOAD TELEPARTY for free at https://www.netflixparty.com/. (You only need to do this once.)
    🚩 ON MOVIE NIGHT CLICK THE LINK THAT WILL APPEAR IN THE COMMENTS JUST BEFORE 7 PM.
    🚩 WHEN THE MOVIE STARTS, CLICK "JOIN" OR THE RED "TP" IN YOUR BROWSER BAR.
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    🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿

    See you there!

  • Coffee and Community on Zoom

    Online event

    It's cold out there now, so looks like it is time to go back indoors for coffee on Sunday mornings. Join us on Zoom for a conversation on topics of the day. See you soon!

  • Sacramento Darwin Day

    Online event

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    IMPORTANT!!
    This is NOT a meetup event.
    To attend, please register at the event website indicated below.
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    ** Concussion & Cognition: An Evolutionary Approach **

    Presenting the 25th fabulous year of the Darwin Day Birthday Gala, Sacramento's coolest, most singular, most go-to event of science and humanity, brought to you by area science advocates, civic groups and nerds on too much coffee. An online event marking Charles Darwin's 213rd birthday. Open to all, but registration required. (Please register now at the Paybee link below.)

    Ah, Darwin Day. A science-rush like no other, a celebration of scientific inquiry honoring of the life and work of the great Charles Darwin (b. 12 February 1809), sponsored worldwide by community and educational groups. Because science! And what's science but reason in the trenches?

    The 2022 program will begin at 2:30 o’clock post meridiem (PST). This year you can attend from the cozy comfort and lockdown safety of your home. The key speaker will be Dr. Eric A. Nauman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Basic Medical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, at the University of Cincinnatti, Purdue. His talk will focus on human cell and tissue mechanics, with a focus on concussive injury from a human evolutionary perspective.

    Attendance will be via online Video for the safety of all. No special software needed to attend, just go to the link before the program starts, enter your name & email address, and enjoy.

    Please register ahead of time (fee is just $10, or $5 for students with student ID). The convenient Videoconference link will come to you by email. Register here:
    https://paybee.io/quickpay.html?handle=sacdarwinday#optionList

    For more details, see https://www.sacdarwinday.org/
    Or see the beautiful event flyer at https://www.sacdarwinday.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Darwin-Day-Flier-2022.pdf

    Contact with any questions: Pat Desmond, ph. [masked], or email "patdesmond8 (at) gmail (dot) com".

  • Porch Talk (hosted by Becky Mark)

    Online event

    A social gathering on the virtual front porch. Join us for a chat about topics of the day. We welcome your suggestions for discussion topics. Just type your topic in the Comments below.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81116895135?pwd=VDVyWHJMQUlJL3R5K1V0VmxBQWVNdz09

    See you soon!

  • Online Discussion: Black Lives Matter and Me

    Online event

    Let's talk: Let's read. Let's watch videos and discuss social justice, needed reforms, privilege, power and oppression. The goal is to find ways to analyze our own attitudes and biases and learn from what others can tell us. Noel will be our host. A few questions to get us started:

    Where do I fit in?
    What can I do? What can I change in my own beliefs and attitudes?
    How can I effect change?
    What can be done to solve our socio-economic disparities through legal means at local levels?

    Here are a few helpful videos, and your suggestions are so welcome: videos, books, movies, etc.

    Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, with Emmanuel Acho, a few of many.

    National Anthem Protests Pt 1.
    Guest: Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljgkEcc4B1k

    National Anthem Protests Pt 2.
    Guest: Roger Goodell, NFL Commisioner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zH53upUQQE

    Guests: Petaluma Police Department:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM-HpZQWKT4&t=930s

    Interracial Relationships:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjc95uGeJ6Q

    Another youtube video:

    Race to $100 Bill: an example of privilege and inequality (has a Bible quote at the end but the message is powerful)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5fbQ1-zps

  • Rescuing Truth from the Big Lie: What do we do now?

    Online event

    Join us for a discussion on what actions individuals can take to help reduce the toxic polarization we see all around us.

    Let’s limit the discussion to actionable ideas. Refrain from venting.

    This event is cross-posted to the Sacramento Freethinkers, Atheists, & Nonbelievers (FAN) meetup group.

    Procedural protocols:
    1. Mute yourself when not speaking.
    2. If you want to speak, click on the “Raise Hand” icon
    —desktop: under “Reactions”
    —mobile: under “More”
    3. When the host recognizes you, unmute yourself and start speaking.
    4. When done speaking, click on the “Lower Hand” icon then mute yourself.
    5. The host may pre-emptively mute any attendee(s) when deemed appropriate.

    At the host’s discretion, the zoom meeting may be recorded.

    The zoom link will be posted just before the event.

  • Hiking on Saturday, Location: Pioneer Express Trail, Lake Natoma

    Needs a location

    Sacramento is filled with gorgeous hiking places, ranging from riverside nature to rugged hills. Join us for a hike event each 1st Saturday of the month to one of these sites, meet new people, and observe nature.

    This hike is being postponed to the second Saturday due to personal circumstances.

    Our hike for this time is, again, going to be to Pioneer Express Trial on Folsom Lake, but future hikes will be more distant to the north-east. This is a great hike for scenery, moderate hill climbing, watching bird nests, and enjoying the nature.
    Access: park has no specific address on google maps. Drive Madison ave. west until it joins and becomes Greenback lane, continue 0.7 miles until you read the sign: NEGRO BAR on the right. Take a right to the kiosk. Access fee is $10. We will gather in the parking lot at 10 am. I'll be carrying a MEETUP sign
    Total length: 9.5 miles, we will only do a total of 2 - 2.5 hours of it.
    Configuration: Out-and-back.
    Difficulty: Moderate, with some hill climbing.
    Scenery: Excellent views of Lake Natoma and Folsom Bridges and Nimbus Dam.
    Exposure: Some shade.
    Trail surface: Duff and dirt, rock and gravel.
    Nice to have things: Trekking poles, Selfie stick, it might rain unexpectedly so consider a rain coat.
    Special comments: Rattle snakes are frequently seen there, so please be advised.
    Release of Liability Note: This hiking activity is arranged by unexperienced hiker who accepts no liability for any accidents or risks associated with the activity. Risks include, but are not limited to, all kinds of injuries or death resulting from falling from elevated places, slip and fall on ground, attacks by wild animals, medical conditions resulting from exposure to weather conditions including rain, cold and hot weather, and dust and pollens. Please attend on your own risk.

  • Word Confusion!

    Online event

    Have a word or phrase you have been wondering about? Some words and phrases come into use or change in their usage over time. Here is a groupthink gathering to discuss them. Some have heavy political meanings, and aren't always clear (and that is often the point). One example is the term "gaslighting". Does it have a new meaning in today's conversations?

    Or what is the difference between flammable and inflammable? It may not be what you've always thought.

    Perhaps you have a pet peeve word or phrase you really wish people would stop using! You have an audience here, and maybe others have a different view of it that may help relieve your angst about it. Come join the discussion on the second Saturday of each month.