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.

David Diskin
209-610-0651 (c)

Upcoming events (4+)

Game Night (Stockton)

Winding River Circle

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.

Highway Cleanup and Brunch (Lodi)

Hollywood Family Café

We're going to clean up CA-99 (northbound, between Kettleman and Turner)!

We'll meet first at 8:00 AM at the Hollywood Family Café to split into smaller groups, review safety procedures, and equip supplies. Then we'll head to Highway 99 to clean up trash for about 2 hours, then head back to the restaurant for brunch.

We do this on the first Saturday of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

To participate, please RSVP so that we may follow-up with you and watch this safety video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3Mmhz_frM0).

No tools are required! Caltrans has provided gloves, trash bags, grabbers, and helmets.

You may want to bring a water bottle. You must wear jeans and close-toed shoes.

RAIN OR SHINE. If it rains, we'll have brunch first and clean up after if the rain has cleared.

Participants must be 16 or older. Sorry, safety first.

Questions? Call David at[masked]

Colloquium: Can Science Fix Our Democracy?

Manteca Public Library

📢 Can Science Fix Our Democracy?

Narcissism broke our democracy; but can science and math fix it? What happens when our votes are driven by passion rather than reason? How do extremist minorities surpass the will of the majority? John will examine the role of narcissism in the voting booth, the wisdom of crowds, and how science and math can play a role in our elections.

This month's speaker is Dr. John C. Wathey, a retired computational biologist whose interests include evolutionary algorithms.

🎟 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.

Sci-Fi Book Club (Zoom)

Online event

📖 Our April 2023 book is "The Echo Wife" by Sarah Galley

I’m embarrassed, still, by how long it took me to notice. Everything was right there in the open, right there in front of me, but it still took me so long to see the person I had married.

It took me so long to hate him.

Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be.

And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband.

Now, the cheating bastard is dead, and both Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up.

Good thing Evelyn Caldwell is used to getting her hands dirty.

💻 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.

Past events (1,333)

Blasphemy Brunch (Stockton)

Boudin SF

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