• Colloquium: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion

    Manteca Public Library

    This month's speaker is Mitch Diamond, author of Darwin's Apple.

    The cognitive science of religion has become an active academic discipline in the last few decades but remains mired with several conflicting theories and approaches that leave the ultimate purpose and reason for the origin of religion unresolved. Academics cannot agree if religion is an accidental byproduct or an evolved adaptation.

    Darwin’s Apple proposes a new hypothesis for the origin and purpose of religion based on the effect religion has on individual cognition and emotion rather than as a boon to social cohesion or beliefs in supernatural gods. Darwin's Apple explains how religion is adaptive, and why it endures, even in our modern, technological society.

    📑 About the Speaker

    Mitch Diamond got his BA in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and has maintained a keen interest in the biology of human behavior while pursuing a career in technical writing in medical device and pharma companies.

    🎟 About the Free Event

    Our colloquiums are free events, open to the public, at the Manteca Library. Those of all worldviews and faiths are welcome.

    Doors open at 6:45 PM and our featured talk starts at 7:00 PM sharp. We expect most Colloquiums to last until about 8:30 PM followed by mingling and cleanup.

    Please use the library entrance on Center Street.

    Parking is free. Some desserts may be provided. A suggested donations of $10 supports this and future events.

    🍜 Dinner Before

    For those interested in having dinner first, head to the GK Mongolian BBQ (1039 S Main St) prior to the event.

    People typically arrive around 5:30 and leave at 6:30 to start setting up at the Manteca Library.

  • Highway Cleanup and Brunch (Lodi)

    Hollywood Family Café

  • Sacramento Darwin Day 2023

    SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity

    The first Darwin Day celebration at MOSAC!

    The second longest-running Darwin Day celebration in the United States, this annual gathering draws individuals who hold science in high regard and want to sustain the scientific integrity of school curricula and programs. The 2023 celebration features a presentation by our special guest Rachel Bay, Ph.D. Professor, Evolution & Ecology, U.C. Davis.

    🎤 Speaker: Dr. Rachael Bay

    Rachael Bay Ph.D. leads a group of researchers at The Bay Lab, which aims to gain insights into how organisms survive in environments and how anthropogenic environmental changes impact individuals, populations, and species. She is particularly interested in coral reefs to see how they respond to the pace of climate change by combining a broad geographical perspective with a deep cross-population and cross-species evolutionary approach.

    Rachel leads a group of researchers at The Bay Lab at UC Davis, which aims to gain insights into how organisms survive in environments and how anthropogenic environmental changes impact individuals, populations, and species. She is particularly interested in coral reefs to see how they respond to the pace of climate change by combining a broad geographical perspective with a deep cross-population and cross-species evolutionary approach.


    Tickets are $20 (general) or $6 (student), with sponsorship opportunities available.

    Get your tickets at Sacramento Darwin Day (paybee.io).

    Your ticket includes the celebration and parking. Please join us.

  • Trivia Night (Lodi)

    High Water Brewing Lodi

    🤔 Hold My Beer... It's Time for Trivia

    On the second Wednesday of each month, we'll meet at Highwater Brewing in Lodi (near 99, south of Pine Street) for trivia, beer, and a bite to eat.

    There's no set plan for teams... just look for the SAAF table and join us or form your own team. Trivia may be inside or outside depending on the weather.

    🍺 Food and Drink

    Highwater has 36 taps and a full kitchen with plenty of appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and desserts for everyone.

  • Dining Skeptically (Stockton)


    🍕 We will announce the location soon.

    This is an informal, social event that's great for newcomers and long-time members. Bring a friend and strike up a conversation about anything on your mind.

    We typically select locations that have a menu with plenty of variety for everyone, including those with dietary restrictions.

    📌 Important:

    If you RSVP'd but cannot attend, please update your status. This will help us get a table big enough for everyone attending, but not too big.

  • Sci-Fi Book Club (Zoom)

    Online event

    📖 Our February 2023 book is "You Sexy Thing" by Cat Rambo.

    Just when they thought they were out…

    TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it.

    Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance.

    But, some wars can’t ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren’t content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.

    💻 Meeting via Zoom

    This meeting takes place over Zoom. You'll find the link to join the meeting appears in the event details after you RSVP.

  • Mid-Month Coffee (Stockton)

    Location visible to members

    ☕ Let's Chat Over Coffee!

    This is for those of us lucky enough to be able to attend a morning event.

    We'll meet at The Well, a coffee shop and eatery that's also part of Stockton's art scene. They're a local nonprofit that trains young adults and help them with résumé building.

    Everything on their menu is homemade and their beans are freshly roasted in-house.

    Look for our table sign on one of the tables and please RSVP so we can reserve a table large enough for our group.

  • Pints and Politics (Stockton)

    Smitty's Wings & Things

    🗳️ Let's Talk Politics

    This event, hosted each month by the Stockton Democrats, is a great way to get informed and involved!

    It's a casual event without any set program, so arrive when you can, order up some wings n' a beer, and have a good time.

    🐔 Smitty's Wings and Things

    We'll meet at Smitty's which has excellent food and something for everyone... including pizza, wings, salads, and more, plus plenty of vegetarian options (including Beyond Wings) and gluten-free crust.

    Please, do not bring your own food or beverage.

  • Nature Hike: Contra Loma Regional Park

    Contra Loma Regional Park

    🚶🏻 Quarterly Hike: Contra Loma Regional Park around Antioch Lake

    Our hikes take place quarterly, on the third Saturday of February, May, August, and November.

    This month's hike is the Contra Loma Loop which surrounds Antioch Lake.

    For specifics about the hike, please visit AllTrails.

    🗺️ Getting There

    You have to options to join the group:

    1. Meet at the McDonald's in Flag City (6440 W Banner St, Lodi, CA 95242) at 9 AM and we can caravan or carpool there, or
    2. Meet at the Antioch Community Park parking lot. Please see the blue "X" in this event's photo album.

    🧺 Pack a Picnic Lunch

    At some point during the hike, we'll stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Please bring your own meal(s) with you.

    👟 What to Wear and Bring

    It'll be hard to predict the weather, so we suggest you wear layers in case it's warm or cool. Definitely wear comfortable shoes adequate for a hike and bring a water bottle.

    📞 Contact Info

    This event is organized by Tom at[masked]. If you get lost during the event, please call or text him. Prior to the event, please use the Event Chat/Comment feature here on Meetup.

  • Game Night (Stockton) PLEASE NOTE- MOVED TO FEB 21!!

    Winding River Circle

    << NOTE: 1 week earlier than usual this month! >>

    Our monthly Game Night is hosted by Andy at his home in Stockton (near March and I-5) on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

    Don't worry about formalities. Just show up when you can and leave when you've had enough fun.

    🗺️ Location

    The address will be emailed to RSVP'd attendees a few hours before the event. When parking, please be considerate of Andy's neighbors.

    🎲 The Games

    We typically play games like Geek Battle, Linkee, That's What She Said, Cards Against Humanity, and Midnight Taboo. Got your own game? Bring it!

    Many of our games are intended for mature audiences, so it's probably best to leave the little ones at home.

    🍽️ It's also a Potluck

    Feel free to bring some drinks, snacks, or desserts to share with others. Be sure to comment what you're bringing so we don't end up with too much of the same thing. Hint: Most of us are vegetarian.