- Coffee and Conversation: Secular Parenting
*You do not have to be a parent to attend!* At the last event, one of our many tangents involved what secular people teach their children about religion/god. I know this is probably a hot topic for some, but if you plan on attending, please bring civility and kindness! This is not a topic meant to judge or disparage anyone for their parenting style, it's simply an exchange of ideas! I booked the Board Room at the library which has seating for 12, so I'm setting a limit on RSVPs. Coffee and snacks will be provided! (bring your own water!)
- Hiking at Shades Park
**JUNE 15th hike canceled, moved to this date** **This is a weather permitting event.** Come enjoy an afternoon in Shades Park. We will meet at the Hickory Shelter area to eat lunch before heading out for some hiking. There is no pool at this park but you can hike back to Sugar Creek and wade while searching for fossils (in my kids' case, swim). Things to bring: Bug spray, sunscreen, water, and your own picnic lunch. **There is a $7 entrance fee per vehicle. I'm not sure if they take debit/credit so you better bring cash!** FYI: Shades is just down the road from Turkey Run. Your $7 entrance free will also get you into Turkey Run for the day for those interested in visiting that park after. Here is a link to the website: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2970.htm Direct link to the map: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/shades_trail.pdf
- Swimming and Hiking @ Prophetstown State Park
*This is a weather permitting event** Prophetstown is located in northern West Lafayette with lots activities to offer. Lets plan to meet up by the pool to eat lunch then decide what to do next. They have a Native American village and a farm to check out in addition to swimming and hiking. This is a great park for those who don't like rugged hiking as its mostly prairie. Things to Bring: Swimming gear, water, suncreen/bugspray, and your own picnic lunch. Swimming fees are $5/per person ages 4 & up. 3 and under are free. Gate fee is $8/per vehicle Link to the park website: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2971.htm Link to the map: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/prophetstown_trail.pdf
- Pride Lafayette Dance Party Fundraiser!
Pride Lafayette is having a fundraiser at The Spot Tavern. It's a Dance Party with music from the 80s and 90s! You will be expected to dress up in that era's fashion, because why not?! There's a drag show from 6:30-8 (bonus points if any of our members participate in the drag show!!) For those of you unfamiliar with Pride Lafayette, it is the only LGBTQ organization in the area that is not affiliated with Purdue. They are amazing people doing very important work for our community! It's $20 to attend. There will be a food truck on site for munchies, and of course, there will be beverages available for purchase! 21+ event! More info can be found here... https://www.facebook.com/events/414194399422852/
- Book Club: Educated By: Tara Westover
Come enjoy snacks and discussion of Tara Westover's book Educated. Educated is a wonderfully written memoir about Tara Westover's experience growing up in a fundamentalist Mormon family, then her eventual break away from her family and the Mormon faith. This book is also about the importance of education and complexities of family relationships. Just a warning there are instances of physical abuse and severe medical neglect described in detail. Things to bring: Your favorite beverage and a snack to share. This event will be at my house so feel free to bring wine or beer :)
We are officially registered as a vendor for this year's OUTfest! The theme this year is "Just Be You"! If you've never been to/heard of OUTfest, it's Greater Lafayette's LGBTQ Pride festival! It's not nearly as big as IndyPride, but it is always a lot of fun! It's also a way to get our name out there and be a smiling, inclusive presence for the community! I will be there at 2:30 to set up, as all booths are to be up and running by 3:30 (although the actual festival doesn't start until 4!). We are not allowed to tear down until 9:30, and that's usually when the drag show is! As time gets closer, if you want to help operate the booth, please leave a comment with the time you'll be available! It's nothing difficult, just be a friendly face when people stop to ask questions! We have free pens, pins, brochures, and candy to hand out to folks!
- Kentucky Freethought Convention and Road Trip!
"The Kentucky Freethought Convention is the biennial convention for atheism, freethought, and humanism in Kentucky! Come to see both nationally known and local speakers, panels, and workshops (new this year!) The Kentucky Secular Society is sponsored by the Kentucky Secular Society, The Humanist Forum of Central Kentucky, and other great organizations ." Because Indiana doesn't currently have any atheist conventions, let's increase the number of heathens in Kentucky for a weekend this Fall!! I've scheduled the event from Friday to Sunday, but I know some will want to make this a one day or one night event rather than a weekend event, which is totally fine! I have not booked any house or rooms for the event yet, but we can discuss accommodations as time progresses... I had one respondent that wanted to tour Mammoth Caves while we're down there... it is about a 2 hour drive from Lexington, but if we have some interested... why not?! If you're interested in carpooling, we could rent a 15 passenger van for $300 (we had 12 people say they wanted to attend, so that would be just $25/person if everyone carpooled... Matt and I would cover gas costs!) Please visit their website for more info... https://www.kyfreethoughtconvention.org/ I'm really excited for this! RSVP closes Aug 23rd!