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+)

Sunset Nature Hike at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Let's meet to hike at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and then food, beverages, conversation and laughs at Eat at Joe's sports bar. We'll meet at 5:30 in front of the bridge by the parking lot off Warner by PCH to begin the 3-5 mile hike. The sun is setting earlier and I will post the time as the date draws near. Parking is free in front of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy. If the parking lot is full, park across the street in the Sunset Beach parking lot behind the Jack in the Box. Please give yourself plenty of time to park and find us. The plan will be a 3-5 mile nature hike, with little elevation, in the beautiful and diverse Bolsa Chica Wetlands. The wetlands is home to coyotes, rabbits, egrets, osprey, terns and many other migratory birds. Hiking time ranges from an hour and a half to two hours depending on the pace of the group. Wear comfortable, work out clothing and shoes; and bring water, hat, sunscreen (if desired), binoculars and camera/smartphone. Itinerary 5:30pm - Bolsa Chica Wetlands, 3842 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach 7:30-8:00pm - Eat at Joe's, 7120 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 If you prefer not to hike and would like to join for dinner, please feel free to do so at the approximate time listed here. I look forward to spending time, exploring and laughs with like minded friends! ~Julie

Ticket to the Twenties

Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum

***Date for event is tentative. Updates will be sent to members who RSVP. Come join the fun at the Homestead Museum's annual celebration of the Roaring Twenties! Experience the excitement of the 1920s at a festival featuring vintage jazz, dancing, fashion, silent films, crafts, & much more. https://www.homesteadmuseum.org/upcoming-events/festivals/: Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2019 • 2 to 6 p.m. both days • Free—but bring spending money for food and shopping. • 1920s dress is encouraged and Prohibition will be strictly enforced! Both Days: -Dance demonstrations and lessons by The Hollywood Hotshots -Silent films with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla -Exhibits in the museum's historic houses -1920s automobiles -Ukulele and Mah Jongg lessons -Crafts and games -Shopping and food Picnicking is welcome and the following food trucks will be on hand: The Bakery Truck, Piaggio on Wheels, Burning Buns, and Ragin' Cajun. We welcome ADA compliant, vaccinated service animals. Sorry, no pets, or emotional support/therapy/assistance animals are permitted. In the event of rain, the festival will be canceled.

Sunday Morning Discussion Brunch

Location visible to members

This meetup is held every 1st Sunday of every month. It's a laid back meetup designed to provide a less formal atmosphere and an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics. Enjoy a casual communal breakfast with your fellow free thinkers! We do not tolerate trolls. If the purpose is to simply disrupt the group, they will be asked to leave. This is a recurring meeting that takes place the first Sunday of each month. The location is at Marie Calender's - 307 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867. Please update your RSVP if you're unable to make it. Hope to see you there!


Provisions Deli & Bottle Shop

5-7 PM - DRINKS at Provisions Deli & Bottle Shop, 143 N Glassell St., Orange 7-9 PM - DINNER at Citrus City Grille, 122 N. Glassell St., Orange 9-10 PM - DESSERT at Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Cafe, 106 N. Glassell St., Orange 10-11:00 PM - WALK around Downtown Orange & Chapman University's campus PARKING LOCATIONS (3) Free parking exists downtown, but please read signs to avoid tickets. #1: New parking structure! N. Lemon St. & W. Maple Ave. #2: N. Glassell St. & E. Maple Ave. (behind THE AUSSIE BEAN and THE PIE HOLE) #3: W. Chapman Ave. & S. Olive St. (behind COUNTRY ROADS ANTIQUES and WAHOO'S FISH TACO) DRINKING? Please arrange for a safe ride home. Uber & Lyft are just a call away. QUESTIONS? Text or call Michael on the day of the event: 714 four seven one 6913

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