Welcome to June! It's hard to believe the calendar year is nearly half over already!
We have a fun-filled month ahead of us, so keep us in mind as school lets out and warm, sunny days stretch ahead of us.
June 7th - NoDa 5k
On June 7th at 6pm, we will be participating in the NoDa 5k. This event is sponsored by the NoDa Brewing Company, who welcomes you at the finish line with a pint of beer! Free swag and live music are included, and food trucks will be available to help with post-race "hangries." You can register online until June 5th, and then after that registration takes place on-site before the race. http://noda5k.racesonline.com/
Registration for the race helps benefit "Beards Because" - a non-profit organization which has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local womens' shelters in their effort to raise awareness and combat domestic violence. http://beardsbecause.com/about
Keep an eye out for your VP, who will be running (sometimes masquerading as a walk) in a "Blerch" shirt - after the race is finished, we can go out to one of the many amazing spots NoDa has to offer for a post-run celebration!
June 12th - Monthly Social
Our traditional and popular monthly event will be held at 7pm at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. Come out for the food, come out for the conversation, come out for the beer, but mostly come out because there's nothing like being in a room full of new and old friends!
June 14th - 5th Street Clean Up
One of the more interesting and easy ways for us to spread a positive message! If you've been wanting to dip your toes into volunteering, this is definitely a fantastic opportunity. People who live and work in the uptown area have been very appreciative of our efforts, sometimes stopping cars to thank us, and sometimes walking from across the street to find out who we are and express their thanks.
We always meet up for lunch afterwards, and we provide trash bags and gloves and grabbers.
Please fill out this form if you plan on coming! (That way we can contact you in case we need to reschedule)
Note that we are starting a little earlier in the morning this quarter, due to the fact that June is a hot month! Your VP will bring some water bottles and misters, but may need another volunteer to carry some of them as well as we usually split into two separate groups.
Parking in uptown is usually free on the street, but in case an event is going on, there are several lots to chose from:
-6th and Davidson is $3.50
-6th and Brevard is $5-10
-There is also a lot on 5th street and McDowell where our Adopt-a-Street sign is located, but I'm unsure of the price.
-Local parking garages range from $5 flat rates on weekends to hourly rates starting at that price.
June 15th - The Thinking Atheist Speaking Tour!
We're excited to have Seth Andrews stopping by! Seth is a former Christian broadcaster and head of the popular Thinking Atheist community. His presentation, titled "Confessions of a Bible Belt Atheist," mixes humor and heart as it examines belief over knowledge, how the church kills curiosity, and how much more satisfying it is to have a personal relationship with reality. Seth will be appearing in the UNCC Cone Center at 6pm - admission is free.
June 22nd - Book Club
This month, the book club is reading, "The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis." This is the story of the courtesan who inspired Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel and play La dame aux camélias, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata, George Cukor’s film Camille, and Frederick Ashton’s ballet Marguerite and Armand.
Join them at Amelie's at 8AM!
June 22nd - Garden of Eatin'
What do secularists do on summer Sundays? We throw fantastic picnics in the park!
Bring your kids, bring your dog, bring your best picnic potluck food, and get ready to grill out in Shelter #3! We'll be arriving at 11AM.
Please note that this event will be alcohol-free, as we do not have a liquor license for the shelter.
As this event is a potluck, we will need volunteers to contribute the following main-liner items:
hamburgers (and buns)
hot dogs (and buns)
paper goods (napkins/paper towels)
grilling supplies (charcoal, lighter fluid, utensils)
Based on previous years, we expect 50-60 people to attend. Please respond to this form so we can ensure that not only will we have enough to eat, but that not any one person is burdened with providing big ticket items for our hungry group! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hwRl8jvxSSwNU-aZtljI_H5M7s-ox7LzDDbf-gvFz-A/viewform
Lastly, keep checking our social media sites or the website - we will be adding member driven events as they get suggested!
Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, will be in Charlotte for the evening of June 15th! Come take advantage of this opportunity to attend his speaking tour, participate in an audience Q&A, and enjoy a meet & greet and book signing!
Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster, now hosts one of the most popular online atheist communities in the world, and his weekly radio podcast is downloaded more than 1.5 million times every month. Seth has written the book, "Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason," which chronicles his own journey out of Christianity, and he speaks around the country about his former faith and the rise of reason here in the United States.
His presentation, titled "Confessions of a Bible Belt Atheist," mixes humor and heart as it examines belief over knowledge, how the church kills curiosity, and how much more satisfying it is to have a personal relationship with reality.
The event takes place in the UNC Charlotte Cone Center, Room 341, at 6 pm and is first-come, first seated. It is sponsored by Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics and the Secular Student Alliance at UNCC. The event is free of charge, but parking costs may apply in the Cone Center Parking garage.
Greta Christina is in town to give a talk for one night only! Don’t miss this this opportunity to hear one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She is author of the new book "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why," and of "Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless," an Amazon best-seller in the Atheism category.
She writes regularly for Salon, AlterNet, The Humanist, and Free Inquiry, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong.
She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. You can find her on Facebook, on Twitter at @GretaChristina, and at Greta Christina's Blog on the Freethought Blogs network.
The event takes place at 5pm on Saturday January 18th. It will take place on the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina, Cone Center room 341.
The event is free of charge (other than possible campus parking) and first-come, fist seated. It is sponsored by Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics and the Secular Student Alliance at UNCC.
I implemented Facebook and Twitter Connect on the site. At the moment you can use either or both to link up to your account. I haven't had time to test out all the scenarios fully, so be aware of that. It was difficult because Facebook API was giving me trouble initially about the .com domain(something about our original domain being "abusive"), but I was able to work around it and .com, .org, and .net should now all work with it, with or without the "s" on atheists. So our reach should be expanded now :)
One important thing to note, if you are using two-factor authentication, login normally first, then link up your account after the fact.
Also, there are several new features in the events module.
And I'm excited to announce that Tapatalk now works with the forums. For those not familiar with Tapatalk, it's a mobile app that makes posting to the forums much easier. It works really well. Except with the two-factor authentication. That's a limitation on tapatalk's end from what I've been able to find out. I can only do so much. Hasa Diga Eebowai.
The site is constantly evolving :)
Summary: FB Connect, RSVP, and Tapatalk now should work. Disable Two-Factor if these features don't work. You can disable two-factor on the Account Info page.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charlotte, North Carolina, September 24, 2013 Atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists from all over North and South Carolina will converge on Charlotte the weekend of October 4-6 for the Carolinas Secular Conference. The event will be held at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive. It will mark the formal launch of the host organization, the Charlotte Coalition of Reason (Charlotte CoR), an alliance of the following eight nontheistic (atheist and agnostic) organizations in the area:
- Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics (Charlotte)
- Cabarrus County Atheists (Concord)
- Exploring Humanism Group (Charlotte)
- Hickory Humanist Alliance (Hickory)
- Recovering From Religion–Metrolina Chapter (Gastonia)
- Secular Student Alliance at UNCC (Charlotte)
- Skepticism Advocacy Group (Hickory)
- Youth Secular Association–Charlotte (Charlotte)
The conference theme is "Coming Out," being a call for people who don't believe in a god to become more public about their views.
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