What we’re about
Welcome to the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers!
We are a group of non-believers that focuses on community involvement, social events, education and information, and activism.
Most of our meetings are held in San Joaquin County, from Lodi to Manteca -- though we occasionally join efforts with our friends in Modesto, Sacramento, and the Bay Area.
We have a number of repeating events, including "Drinking Skeptically", game night, brunch, highway cleanup, colloquium, and more.
The Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers has no monthly dues, and no mandatory attendance. We're just looking for like-minded people who believe in good.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, too.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Colloquium: The Satanic PanicManteca Public Library, Manteca, CA
Step into the 1980s with an event that merged hysteria and paranoia: the Satanic Panic. Fueled by conservative anxieties and sensationalist media, society grappled with imagined 'Satanic cabals' lurking in pop culture, schools, and in every shadow.
Enter Chris Holland, a self-professed armchair researcher with a passion for promoting critical thinking. In our October colloquium, he'll navigate this murky terrain, sharing insights about the era's wild theories. As an 80's teenager subjected to the delirium, his perspective adds a unique twist to understanding the enigmatic Satanic Panic.
🎟 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.
- California Freethought Day 20231305 10th St, Sacramento, CA
California Freethought Day combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. It's a festival of freethought.
Join us at our free event to celebrate freedom of speech and thought, civic engagement, enthusiasm for science, social justice, and the separation of church and state.
Our event will be outdoors at the California State Capitol Building and livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube, and more.
11 AM - Visit Community Groups
12 PM - Event Starts - See the schedule on our website.
5:30 PM - Event Ends
🎤 Speakers, Live Entertainment, and More
Our 22nd year features the following speakers, entertainers, podcasters, authors, and more:
- Trace Dominguez, host of Star Gazers
- Dr. Candace Lawson, family physician
- Dr. Darrell Ray, author, president of Recovering from Religion
- Jen Young, science educator
- Thomas Smith, host of Serious Inquiries Only
- Mark Kernes, author, Preachers vs. Porn
- Scott Coatsworth, sci-fi author
- Nancy Gonzalez, poet
- Steve Mackey, musician
- James Courtney, caricature artist
- Andy Swan (as Uncle Sam)
- and more to come!
We're also presenting awards to Sen. Nancy Skinner (CA-9) and Ryan Bell, and awarding our scholarship winners.
📺 Live Stream
Watch the live stream via Facebook, YouTube, and more. Free registration will ensure you get reminders and links to join us and a digital program.
🌳 In Person
Join us outdoors at the Capitol and visit with community groups, meet the authors, enjoy a picnic on the grass, and more. Get a free printed, full-color program.
🎟 Free Registration
Registration is free, supported by donations and sponsorships. To officially register, please visit our website:
Your free registration includes a full-color program and a chance to win any of our door prize baskets valued together at $300 when you attend and complete our survey.
You can support California Freethought Day with a donation when you register. For $25, enjoy snacks and drinks throughout the day. For $75+, join us at our Fundraiser Reception on Saturday evening.
🔗 Other Links
- Speaker Lineup and Schedule
- Supporters' Reception
- Support, Sponsor, and Volunteer
- Facebook Event
For updates and more, follow us on all major networks @FreethoughtDay.
- Sci-Fi Book Club (Zoom)Link visible for attendees
This Months book is:
by: Annalee Newitz
Destry's life is dedicated to terraforming Sask-E. As part of the Environmental Rescue Team, she cares for the planet and its burgeoning eco-systems as her parents and their parents did before her.
But the bright, clean future they're building comes under threat when Destry discovers a city full of people that shouldn’t exist, hidden inside a massive volcano.
As she uncovers more about their past, Destry begins to question the mission she's devoted her life to, and must make a choice that will reverberate through Sask-E's future for generations to come.
A science fiction epic for our times and a love letter to our future, The Terraformers will take you on a journey spanning thousands of years and exploring the triumphs, strife, and hope that find us wherever we make our home.
"Brilliantly thoughtful, prescient, and gripping.”―Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries
- Publisher : Tor Books (January 31, 2023)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250228018
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250228017
This meeting takes place over Zoom. You'll find the link to join the meeting appears in the event details after you RSVP.
- Trivia Night (Lodi)High Water Brewing Lodi, Lodi, CA
🤔 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.