• Interstellar space travel is not just science fiction

    Jay Reynolds, Research Astronomer Cleveland State University, will present a lecture on how interstellar space travel is not just the “stuff” of science fiction. The technology does exist to enable us to travel to the nearest solar system in a reasonable amount of time. The lecture will be presented in the Main Stage Theater located in the Kleist Center for Art and Drama on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea. The talk actually begins at 7:30 PM, but we gather early to make it easier for people to find each other. After the lecture, the Burrell Observatory will be open for viewing, weather permitting. This is a free lecture, however tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained on line at www.bw.edu/tickets, in person at the Kleist Center box office Monday-Friday,12:00-5:00, or by phone at (440)[masked]. The Kleist Center is located at 95 E Bagley Rd on the North side of Bagley Rd. at the corner of Beech Street. The entrance is on Beech Street. Free parking is available along Beech Street and behind the Kleist Center. If there's sufficient interest (and there generally is), afterwards we can gather at a local restaurant, of which there are several.

  • Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala

    Aladdin's Eatery Independence

    Gals and Guys come on out to "think freely" while eating good food, catching up with friends and meeting new ones! This is a monthly Meetup, held primarily on the last Thursday of each month, but the day might change some months. RSVP by: Tuesday, February 26th, 7:00pm MENU: https://www.aladdinseatery.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ae-201811-carryout-menu-web.pdf I will be getting there at about 6:45pm, so feel free to come early too if you like. Reservation will be under my name and "Cleveland Freethinkers." Hope to see you there! Suzy Wernet

  • Testy Topics #3: The Quagmire of Politics

    Richmond Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library

    Our third "Testy Topics" Roundtable will focus on the second of the taboo topics that "shouldn't" be discussed in everyday company (the first of course being religion)... politics! More specifically, we'll focus on the often hazardous terrain of the current political landscape. On the Right, we see too much ignorance, too much God, some bigotry, and the same ossified ideas being recycled. On the Left, we see too much naivete, too much cowardice, and some ideas being put forth that seem like the equivalent of unicorns farting rainbows. Not to mention the scourge of Trumpism on the Right - and a tendency towards tribalistic purity tests among the Left that seem disturbingly evangelical in their nature. A number of group members have expressed that they are politically disaffected - and like many others across the nation, they can no longer fully identify with either political "tribe". The cause may or may not be the actions of the political party itself... in this age of instantaneous internet soundbites, peripheral people with a platform are quite capable of precipitating the political alienation (and sometimes, apathy) of others. Those who feel politically disaffected are encouraged to attend this one! Unlike the first two Testy Topics entries, this one probably won't have much in the ways of organizer-provided graphics to use as discussion points - we will, however, have a laptop/projector handy to look up items and fact check, if need be. Hope to see you there! :)

  • Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala

    Location TBD

    Gals and Guys come on out to "think freely" while eating good food, catching up with friends and meeting new ones! This is a monthly Meetup, held primarily on the last Thursday of each month, but the day might change some months. RSVP by: I will be getting there at about 6:45pm, so feel free to come early too if you like. Reservation will be under my name and "Cleveland Freethinkers." Hope to see you there! Suzy Wernet

  • Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala

    Location TBD

    Gals and Guys come on out to "think freely" while eating good food, catching up with friends and meeting new ones! This is a monthly Meetup, held primarily on the last Thursday of each month, but the day might change some months. RSVP by: I will be getting there at about 6:45pm, so feel free to come early too if you like. Reservation will be under my name and "Cleveland Freethinkers." Hope to see you there! Suzy Wernet

  • Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala

    Location TBD

    Gals and Guys come on out to "think freely" while eating good food, catching up with friends and meeting new ones! This is a monthly Meetup, held primarily on the last Thursday of each month, but the day might change some months. RSVP by: I will be getting there at about 6:45pm, so feel free to come early too if you like. Reservation will be under my name and "Cleveland Freethinkers." Hope to see you there! Suzy Wernet

  • Hessler Street Fair (times are tentative)

    Hessler Street Fair

    http://hesslerstreetfair.org/about-hessler.html This is Hessler's 50th anniversary year! Come enjoy the festivities. If anyone wants to be an event host, you can get a group together to meet and hang out. Please email me if you want to be an event host. They are asking people to bring cash for food, etc., as not all vendors accept credit cards. More info TBD.

  • Parade the Circle 2019

    Wade Oval

    For 29 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been bringing this FREE signature summer event to Greater Cleveland. University Circle comes alive with color, music, and art for all ages. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools, and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, handmade masks, and colorful floats. Circle Village, which includes activities, entertainment, and food, is presented by University Circle Inc. Parade the Circle is a day-long event that also sees the Wade Oval turn into what organizers call "Circle Village," which resembles a European outdoor market with vendors, food, kids' activities and, yes, beer. Huzzah! Parking is hard to come by if you don't come early!! I'd recommend getting an Uber or Lyft and walking to our usual spot on the "grassy knoll" in front of the Natural History Museum.

  • Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala

    Location TBD

    Gals and Guys come on out to "think freely" while eating good food, catching up with friends and meeting new ones! This is a monthly Meetup, held primarily on the last Thursday of each month, but the day might change some months. RSVP by: I will be getting there at about 6:45pm, so feel free to come early too if you like. Reservation will be under my name and "Cleveland Freethinkers." Hope to see you there! Suzy Wernet

  • Henrietta Swan Leavitt Memorial Star Party 6 (and Potluck)

    The Freethinkers Palace

    ...And with her important discoveries, humanity was on the path of finding out just how immense the Universe is. Join us for our 6th annual Henrietta Swan Leavitt Memorial Star Party/Potluck! Henrietta is an unsung hero of 20th century science who made a most important discovery that paved the way for modern cosmology. From Wikipedia: "Leavitt discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cepheid_variable). Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, it was her discovery that first allowed astronomers to measure the distance between the Earth and faraway galaxies. After Leavitt's death, Edwin Hubble used the luminosity-period relation for Cepheids to determine that the Milky Way is not the only galaxy in the observable universe, and that the universe is expanding." The first three HSL Memorial Star Parties were all held in late May - the weather was ridiculously perfect for all 3 (we got lucky!). For the past 2 years we decided to shift it to July, for a different evening sky (the Summer Milky Way will be riding high in the sky soon after dark). Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate last year - but hopefully this time around we'll have crystal clear skies! A thin crescent Moon will be the first astronomical treat - it will be only 19% lit (plus "Earthshine"?) and should be a very cool sight in the scopes. Later in the evening, both Jupiter and Saturn will be very well placed for viewing! If the skies are sufficiently clear and dark after the Moon sets, we'll be checking out some deep sky objects as well. This will be a potluck, so please consider bringing something to share! We'll be providing an assortment of grillables (plus condiments etc) and some snacks and soft drinks, coffee, etc. As in past years, we'll get a fire going later in the evening. Feel free to say what you intend to bring in the comments below as the date draws nearer. Hope to see you there! :)