• CFINO Carl Sagan Day Celebration
    “Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?” So said the person who remains the greatest communicator of science, 22 years after his death. There are those who’ve come close – but no one in modern times has related the “poetry” of science more eloquently than Carl Sagan! Join us on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm at Richmond Heights Library (5235 Wilson Mills Rd) for our annual Carl Sagan Day celebration. In addition to examining some different Sagan-related materials, we’ll be taking a peek at some of the latest developments in both space exploration and astronomy. And as usual, light refreshments will be served. See you there! :)

    Richmond Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library

    5235 Wilson Mills Road · Cleveland

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  • Lunch at Noon Kumo Japanese Buffet - Movie "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" Around 3pm -
    lunch at 12:00 pm Noon, Kumo Japanese Seafood Buffet Phone: (216)[masked] Snow Rd, Cleveland, OH 44134 They offer a reg menu as well. We will have a section of the restaurant under CFT, Lisa http://kumobuffet.com/ Adult $9.99 Senior $8.99 for Buffet TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE The movie is showing at 3:10 pm. Advanced tickets can be now be purchased https://www.cinemark.com/northern-ohio/cinemark-at-valley-view-and-xd (Service charge of $1.50 or you can buy them in advance for free at the box office.) We can go out for coffee or ice cream after the movie for those of us that would like to hang out and talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chr6bANSF1g Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer 2018 Movie https://youtu.be/if2lPD6_bX4

    Kumo Japanese Seafood and Buffet http://kumooh.com/

    1975 Snow Rd · Parma , OH

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  • 41st Annual FFRF Convention 2018
    The strong lineup of speakers and entertainers already includes headliner Salman Rushdie, who has achieved worldwide fame both as a writer and as a resolute defender of freethought and free speech., "Mythbuster" Adam Savage, actor John de Lancie, activist Sarah Haider, child author Bailey Harris, comedian Leihann Lord, and activist Debra Deanne Olson. See the full schedule here: https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/2018-national-convention/schedule Friday Reception - Complimentary Light refreshments, including cash bar. Saturday Nonprayer Breakfast - $60.00 Breakfast includes chef’s bakery selection, freshly scrambled eggs, locally cured Hobb’s bacon, breakfast potatoes, chilled juice and coffee. Saturday Dinner - $90.00 Potage Parmentier (potato leek soup), Crispy Shallots, Chive Crème Fraiche; Champagne Brown Butter Chicken, Tarragon Mushroom Fond, Cipollini Onion and Comte Risotto; Steamed Broccolini; French Pear Tart, Frangipane, Vanilla Cream. Cash bar. Ala carte registration fees: $60 for members $65 for non-members accompanying a member $105 non-members $0 students Discounted Registration & Meals Package Get a $20 discount when you bundle all meals and registration $190 for members $195 for non-members accompanying a member $235 for non-members $130 for students New this year: Discounted registration & meals package! Save $20 by bundling 2 meals and registration. Includes Saturday breakfast and dinner. Or, register ala carte; pick your registration fee and one or no meals. More on Salman Rushdie from FFRF: Rushdie has been formally knighted by Queen Elizabeth and has been ranked among the greatest writers of modern times. He has received several international honors. Rushdie’s many novels and nonfiction writings include “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” “The Enchantress of Florence” and “Step Across This Line.” He’s best known for his masterpiece of magical realism: “Midnight’s Children,” a saga of modern-day India. It not only won the Booker Prize, but also, on two separate occasions, the “Best of the Booker”, i.e., the best-ever work to have received the Booker. Rushdie has also written novels for children, such as “Luka and the Fire of Life” and the highly acclaimed “Haroun and the Sea of Stories.” His latest works are “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” a New York Times best-seller, and, most recently, “The Golden House,” a depiction of current-day U.S. society and politics. But it is his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses” (1988), that brought him to the attention of freethinkers. Its controversial treatment of the origins of Islam led Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa on Feb. 14, 1989, calling for Rushdie’s death. Rushdie had to go into hiding under police protection, a difficult time he dealt with in his memoir “Joseph Anton.” “The Satanic Verses” was banned in several countries and engendered worldwide protests, some of them violent. A number of people associated with the book were severely harmed. Rushdie’s experiences have made him an active proponent of freethought. He is an advisory board member of the Secular Coalition of America and a patron of Humanists UK. “Battle lines are being drawn today,” he once remarked, quoting one of his characters. “Secular versus religious, the light verses the dark. Better you choose which side you are on.”Rushdie has been formally knighted by Queen Elizabeth and has been ranked among the greatest writers of modern times. He has received several international honors.

    Hyatt Regency San Francisco

    Five Embarcadero Center · San Francisco, CA

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  • Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala
    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 Oct. 23rd 7:00pm MENU: https://www.lopezonlee.com/menu/ *Please note they said gratuity will be added to check. Parking is street and small parking lot next door, and large lot across the street behind buildings. Bring quarters for meters. 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

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    lopez on Lee

    2196 Lee Rd · Cleveland Heights, OH

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  • BWC: "How Cosmology Has Challenged the Standard Model"
    From the Baldwin Wallace University website: "The Department of Physics and Astronomy/Burrell Observatory series presents Dr. Glenn Starkman, Distinguished University Professor at CWRU. Dr. Starkman will present a lecture on How Cosmology Has Challenged the Standard Model of particle physics. The study of the origin of the universe has called into question some of our most closely held understanding of fundamentals of matter. Reconciling these challenges is on the cutting edge of physics. After the lecture, the Burrell Observatory will be open for viewing, weather permitting." Note: As in past years, these outstanding Baldwin Wallace astronomy programs are free - however, this year tickets must be obtained beforehand due to the popularity of these things. Register here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=bdwun

    The Kleist Center at Baldwin Wallace College

    95 East Bagley Road · Berea, oh

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  • New Members Meet & Greet
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  • CFI-NE Ohio October Meeting - "Freedom of Speech, Part Two: The Limits"
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Strangely enough, the "free speech" part of our 1st Amendment seems to become more and more controversial (and important) as of late. Join us at Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio's October Cleveland chapter meeting for part two of our discussion on freedom of speech. “Freedom of Speech, Part Two: The Limits” will be an open floor discussion, as was the well-attended (with great participation) Part One back in January. Cleveland chapter VP of Programming Mark Tiborsky will once again be providing materials for the group to ponder for this essentially unmoderated discussion. Attendees are encouraged to suggest materials to examine as well. For Part Two we’ll be focusing on the limits of freedom of speech, both those backed by jurisprudence and those simply perceived ("you can't say that!") for the United States and elsewhere. As usual, light refreshments will be served. See you there! :)

    Middleburg Heights Library

    16699 Bagley Rd. · Middleburg Heights, oh

  • Fall (but Summery) Hike
    Join us for a Fall hike, in Summer-like weather (so sayeth Weatherbug... at the time of this writing, it's calling for for partly sunny, high in the mid-70's). It'll be one we've done in past years, but it's always a goody. We'll be hiking through spectacular 310 million year-old rock formations while enjoying the final throes of Summer. The hike will go through ancient sediments in the Virginia Kendall Unit of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We'll be taking the Happy Days/Ledges/Pines Trail - the three trails combine for a scenic 4.3 mile loop. This trail is officially rated "moderate, with difficult sections". The "difficult" part probably amounts to a few places with steps. It has also been called "hilly", but the elevation gain is minimal. There are many interesting stops along this loop trail, including an old graveyard and a very scenic viewpoint! From the website adventuresingeology.com - "The Sharon Conglomerate was formed about 310 million years ago during the Pennsylvanian age by shallow, braided stream like that of the Platte River. Sediments eroded from what is now New England and Canada were transported by rivers which flowed toward Ohio. As the rivers approached the sea which, at the time, was located here in Ohio, they began to lose the energy required to carry sand and gravel-sized sediments. These sediments were deposited here, leaving behind numerous sand and gravel bars which provided the sediments that were lithified to create this rock unit." Note- parking is across Rt. 303 from the Happy Days Lodge. Good hiking shoes are strongly advised... See you there! :) P.S. - some of us will most likely be gathering for a meal afterwards. Place to be decided on at the hike (but suggestions are welcome in the comments below).

    Happy Days Lodge

    500 W. Streetsboro Road · Peninsula, OH

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  • IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast
    From the website: "Our 2018 theme, FuturePast, celebrates the return of cherished traditions melded with the drive toward progress, forging a reimagined future of community, localism, and humanistic technologies. It represents a homecoming in many ways: our former industrial facility reawakening with new art and manufacturing, whimsical ideation, and a hum of imagination from the many renaissance women and men who call the Collaborative home." In 2018, our audience will be invited to travel through time and space, enjoying a return to interest in artisan crafts, self-sufficiency, and a reintegration of community in daily life that celebrates what was best in our past, while forging a bright future. Help us imagine the many forms of these in future worlds. There are so many ways these theme can play out: revisit the mechanical imaginings of polymath Leonardo DiVinci, celebrate the elegant machines of the Victorian era, or look ahead at the technologies of the future . . . get inspired here!

    Hamilton Collaborative

    5401 Hamilton Avenue · Cleveland, OH

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  • Gals and Guys Gastronomic Gala
    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, Sept. 25th 7pm MENU: http://foragepublichouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/forage_menu_jan18.pdf PARKING: I will try and drive by the restaurant soon and check out the parking situation and let you know. I drove by to get photos and it looks like it is street parking...sometimes meters, but I think meters stop after 6pm. 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

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    Forage Public House

    14600 Detroit Ave · Lakewood

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