Events

LVH hosts a variety of periodic and special events, including, but not limited to:

  • Speaker Series - first Sunday of each month
  • Lunch Discussion Group - second Sunday of each month
  • Drinking/Dining Skeptically - third Friday of each month
  • Book Club - fourth Tuesday of every month
  • Seasonal Picnics/Parties (Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends, Summer & Winter Solstices)
  • Movie Outings - scheduled throughout the year 
  • "Bleed & Feed" Service Project - every 8 weeks on a Saturday morning
  • Adopt-a-Highway Road Cleanup - 4+ times per year
  • Other Service Projects - scheduled as opportunities arise

Below, you'll find information on events that are already scheduled on our calendar. Please click the links for more information. We hope to see you at an event soon! But first, here are some "Save the Dates," for which more info will be posted soon!

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Trexler Environmental Center in Schnecksville, PA

    Hike at Trexler Nature Preserve

    Our next LVH summer hike will be the Trexler Nature Preserve, in Schnecksville PA, a 20 minute NW drive from Allentown's city center. We will be doing a 3.5 mile section of the over 20 miles of varied trails this park has to offer. We'll go through highlands, lowlands, meadows, forests, and even some swamp areas along Jordan Creek.

    This is a MODERATE level, well maintained, blazed trail. No rock climbing and relatively flat, but does have some prolonged uphill stretches. The rewards though are great with spectacular views, covered bridges, wildlife, and if we're lucky, we'll get to see some Buffalo (or Bison, as they are correctly called) along the way.

    Check the weather and dress appropriately. Sturdy walking shoes are all you need. There is water available at the start and restroom facilities available along the way. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event. I hiked this trail in cold, pouring winter rain and I was warm and dry the entire time (only because I was dressed properly). 

    Our previous hike at the Ironton Rail Trail was a huge success and quite a bit of fun - this hike should be that and more. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

    Trexler Nature Preserve website.

    Trexler Environmental Center website, (where we will be meeting).

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Pies On Pizzeria in Catasauqua, PA

    June Book Club: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

    Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.

    An enormous cylindrical object appears in Earth's solar system, hurtling toward the sun. A ship is sent to explore the mysterious craft-which the denizens of the solar system name Rama-and what they find is intriguing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over 50 kilometers; a forbidding cylindrical sea; mysterious and inaccessible buildings; and strange machine-animal hybrids, or "biots," that inhabit the ship. But what they don't find is an alien presence. So who-and where-are the Ramans?

    Often listed as one of Clarke's finest novels, Rendezvous With Rama has won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous With Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that continue to fascinate readers decades after its first publication.

    Peter will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion. 

    Upcoming books are:

    July - Lying by Sam Harris (Carol) 
    August - Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (Carol) 
    September - The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan (Darren) 
    September is also book selection month. Please bring a book you would like the group to read. 
    October - "Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse” by Maureen Dowd in the April 2017 Vanity Fair - http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-dollar-crusade-to-stop-ai-space-x (Steve)

  • Saturday, July 01, 2017 at 09:30 AM · 2 rsvps

    Bleed and Feed

    Enough time has passed that those of us who donated whole blood at the last event can donate again. If you haven't donated before, join us to see what it's like and have lunch whether you decide to bleed or not! People who've given before may also be able to donate platelets, plasma, or red cells instead of whole blood.

    To help out there is a pre-registration procedure that will make things go more smoothly. First, you should call Miller-Keystone at 800-B-A-DONOR (800-223-6667) to get an appointment time between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1. Then, if you have a laptop or desktop, on the day of your appointment, go to their online screening at https://www.giveapint.org/iScreen and answer the health questions. Once at the center, please give group code #7789 or mention Lehigh Valley Humanists at the desk so your donation will be credited to LVH. Walk-ins are also welcome, but you may have to wait.

    After we donate, we'll head across the parking lot to Penn Pizza for a bite. It's a nice place with outstanding food (Jason recommends the spinach salad) at a good price.

    We may want to try clustering our times closer to 11 (earlier if donating something other than whole blood) so as many of us can eat together as possible.

  • Sunday, July 02, 2017 at 10:30 AM · 11 rsvps

    Speaker Series presents Andrew Torrez: "Skepticism and the Law"

    NEVER PAY TAXES AGAIN! And make Bernie Sanders President using this ONE WEIRD TRICK! (Do we have your attention yet?)

    Skepticism has helped us understand and pick apart claims made by scam artists. Good skeptics have the tools that help us break down extraordinary claims made by people peddling religion, the supernatural, alternative medicine, and so on. Yet many skeptics lack the tools to apply that same level of scrutiny to claims about the law. In this talk, attorney Andrew Torrez, co-host of the popular "Opening Arguments" podcast, discusses some popular misconceptions about the law that have drawn in otherwise-skeptical people, from tax protesters and sovereign citizens to well-meaning citizens hoping for a Presidential recount or even a re-vote of our most recent election. This talk will help the listener understand the root causes that allow for these legal myths to propagate as well as equip them with the tools necessary to avoid being taken in by extraordinary claims about the law in the future. 

    P. Andrew Torrez, Esq., founded his own firm in 2015 after nearly twenty years of experience in “big firms” in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. He focuses his practice on business litigation in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He represents individuals and businesses in complex civil disputes, including breach of contract and business torts, intellectual property, employment law, insurance coverage, and appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. He has also worked very closely with individuals, startups, and established businesses to provide counseling, advice, and other services with an eye towards minimizing future potential liabilities. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (with honors) and George Washington University (summa cum laude). He is the co-host of Opening Arguments, "the legal podcast that helps you make sense of the news."

    Before Andrew's talk, LVH Board Member Paula Shea will present a special Humanist Hullabaloo examination of our last 100 years of "Progress." You won't want to miss it!

    Timeline for this event: 
    10:30 am - coffee and conversation 
    11:00 am - announcements and presentation
    12:30 pmish - lunch at the Hamilton Kitchen (three blocks from the Center) for those who wish to join us.

    Parking: The Community Parking Deck (6th & Walnut) is a few feet from this event. Street parking is available, but limited; meters are not enforced on Sundays. See http://www.allentownparking.com/ for more information.

     

  • Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Pies On Pizzeria in Catasauqua, PA

    Lunch Discussion: "Leaving Religion"

    Were you raised with religion? Were you a “believer?" Did you abruptly leave, or gradually transition away? Were you ever told you were having a “crisis of faith,” or must be “angry with God?" Did you believe that yourself at some time, or have fears about “what happens if you’re wrong?" What factors influenced you and changed your views? How did your family react? 

    Led by guest moderator Paula Shea, these are some of the questions we will discuss in this difficult and personal topic. You may choose to share your story, or only listen and respond to others - whatever you are comfortable with doing. If you were raised without religion and always considered yourself an atheist/humanist, please still come and listen and share your perspective on the topic! This discussion is about empathy, understanding, and support to all who had a “journey to humanism.” 

    Feel free to bring quotes to share from books, articles, or other resources that are related to this topic. 

    As usual, you'll be able to join in on the shared pizza and salad (vegan pizza option available for both) for $6 cash, or you can order anything off the menu and pay with cash or credit. There is plenty of free street parking in the area. We look forward to seeing you there! 

  • Friday, July 21, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Union and Finch in Allentown, PA

    Drinking/Dining Skeptically: Union and Finch

    A note from Barb...

    Union and Finch used to be the old PJ O'Malley's between 15th and 16th on Union St in Allentown. I stopped in last week and treated myself to a nice glass of wine, and delicious biscuits and ham. I'm still negotiating with the management, but we will probably have to accept a reduced, prix fixe menu. Still, I really want to include this gem in our DS repertoire.  

    There is a full bar and the food and service was very good.  I'm uncertain about accessibility details, but I will be updating this meet up when I have the details for the menu and price.  

    *Please note that they require confirmation for the exact number of people a week before. Please RSVP on this Meetup link. I'm required to pay a deposit in advance, so please try to hold to your RSVP.

    Cheers!

    PS: I'm still working on booking one nearer to Easton.

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Pies On Pizzeria in Catasauqua, PA

    Book Club: Lying by Sam Harris

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.

     

    In Lying, best-selling author and neuroscience Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on "white" lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.

     

    Carol will be moderating this month.  Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion!

     

    Upcoming books are:

    August - Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (Carol)

    September - The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan (Darren)

    September is also book selection month.  Please bring a book you would like the group to read.

    October - Elon “Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse” by Maureen Dowd in the April 2017 Vanity Fair - http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-dollar-crusade-to-stop-ai-space-x

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 at 05:00 PM through October 16, 2017

    PAStAHCon 2017: PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference

    A full weekend of activities including our Friday the 13th Friggatriskaidekaphobia party and a wide variety of speakers and entertainment on Saturday and Sunday! On Sunday, come help us feed people in need!

    Tickets are available here, with a discount available through March 31.

    LVH is a sponsor of this event through its membership in PAFTO, the PA Freethought Organization Coalition. PAFTO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing a coalition of atheist and humanist groups throughout the state.


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