LVH hosts a variety of periodic and special events, including, but not limited to:
- Speaker Series - first Sunday of each month
- Lunching Secularly - first Wednesday of each month
- Discussion Group and Lunch - second Sunday of each month
- Drinking/Dining Skeptically - third Friday of each month
- Book Club - fourth Tuesday of each month
- Seasonal Picnics and 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
LVH also hosts special events just for families with children, and sometimes provides limited childcare at our monthly Speaker Series events. Please see our families page for more information.
Below, you'll find information on events that are already scheduled on our calendar. Please click the links for more information. You may not see many RSVPs on these event pages, as many people RSVP to events on other platforms such as Meetup and Facebook, but attendance usually ranges from several people to dozens depending on the type of event. If you want to get notifications of events as they are posted, please join our LVH Meetup page. We hope to see you at an event soon!
Bestselling author Dan Ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation—showing that the subject is far more complex than we ever imagined.
Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we live with, the people who work for and do business with us. In this way, much of what we do can be defined as being “motivators.” From the boardroom to the living room, our role as motivators is complex, and the more we try to motivate partners and children, friends and coworkers, the clearer it becomes that the story of motivation is far more intricate and fascinating than we’ve assumed.
Payoff investigates the true nature of motivation, our partial blindness to the way it works, and how we can bridge this gap. With studies that range from Intel to a kindergarten classroom, Ariely digs deep to find the root of motivation—how it works and how we can use this knowledge to approach important choices in our own lives. Along the way, he explores intriguing questions such as: Can giving employees bonuses harm productivity? Why is trust so crucial for successful motivation? What are our misconceptions about how to value our work? How does your sense of your mortality impact your motivation?
Glynis will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.
Note: We are still considering reading the Al Franken book Giant of the Senate at a future date.
Our blood drive is held every eight weeks or so. This is one of the easiest ways to help people in our community who are sick or injured. Make a real difference - join us in donating blood at Miller Keystone's Allentown facility where we can save some lives, and have fun doing it!
As always, there is a pre-registration procedure that will make things go more smoothly. First, you should call Miller-Keystone to get an appointment time between 9:00am and 1:00pm Saturday March 3rd at 800-B-A-DONOR (223-6667). Then, on the day of your appointment, go to their online screening at https://www.giveapint.org/iScreen and preregister. Then show up at Cedar Crest Professional Park, 1255 S Cedar Crest Blvd # 1300, Allentown, PA to donate. Please give group code #7789 for LVH when they check you in so your donation will add to our total. Walk-ins are also welcome, but it will take a little time.
After we donate we'll head across the parking lot to Penn Pizza for a bite. It's a nice place with outstanding food at a good price.
For decades, secular watchdogs have been warning about the theocratic ticks burrowing ever deeper into our national political discourse. And now, cloaked beneath today's scandal-a-minute news cycle, they're steadily exsanguinating our system.
As the transition to theocracy teeters towards inevitable, it's increasingly important that we secularists prepare for our evolving role in society. In this talk, Noah discusses some of the more egregious abuses going unnoticed by the national media, as well as some of the things we can do about it; all the while keeping the discussion as light-hearted as a talk about an unavoidable hell-scape can realistically be.
Noah Lugeons is the host of The Scathing Atheist podcast, the 2015 Podcast Award winner for best religious/inspirational podcast. He is the author of "Diatribes Volume One: 50 Essays from a Godless Misanthrope", and "Diatribes Volume Two: 50 More Essays from a Scathing Atheist." He also talks politics on The Skepticrat, trivia on Citation Needed, and terrible religious cinema on God Awful Movies.
Check out Noah's work at ScathingAtheist.com and facebook.com/ScathingAtheist
Childcare will again be available at this event on a very limited basis. Click here to reserve a spot. (You must be a member of or join the LVH Families Meetup group, which we established to protect our children's privacy.)
Timeline for this event:
10:30 am - coffee and conversation
11:00 am - welcome, announcements, and lecture
12:30 pm - brunch with Noah & Lucinda at The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar for those who wish to join us
Parking: The Community Parking Deck (6th & Walnut) is a few feet from this event and accessible from Walnut Street. Street parking is available but limited; meters are not enforced on Sundays.
We’ll be back in Allentown for our March lunch. Grain has a rustic feel, with exposed brick, wood paneling, and lighting fixtures crafted from wrought iron. The menu is interesting, the atmosphere beautiful, and the prices affordable. Most importantly, the food is delicious. They have amazing vegetarian and vegan selections for my heathen friends who are mindful of such things.
RSVP's are required and must flow through Meetup to get an accurate count. Click here to RSVP (free to join if you're not a member.)
Our lunch bunch is friendly and fun. I sincerely hope you’ll join us for some enjoyable and interesting conversations.
Book Club - When Colorblindness isn't the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race by Anthony B. Pinn
The future of the United States rests in many ways on how the ongoing challenge of racial injustice in the country is addressed. Yet, humanists remain divided over what if any agenda should guide humanist thought and action toward questions of race. In this volume, Anthony B. Pinn makes a clear case for why humanism should embrace racial justice as part of its commitment to the well-being of life in general and human flourishing in particular. As a first step, humanists should stop asking why so many racial minorities remain committed to religious traditions that have destroyed lives, perverted justice, and justified racial discrimination. Rather, Pinn argues, humanists must first confront a more pertinent and pressing question: why has humanism failed to provide a more compelling alternative to theism for so many minority groups? For only with a bit of humility and perspective—and a recognition of the various ways in which we each contribute to racial injustice—can we truly fight for justice.
Steve will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion!
With a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this updated edition of the classic national bestseller reviews the book’s thirty-five year history and demonstrates once again why it is a significant contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.
Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace.
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of—and in the words of—America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles—the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.
Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.
Rick will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.