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!
***PLEASE NOTE that ticket sales for this event have ended.***
Join us to celebrate the season with your fellow humanists on Saturday, December 16th for LVH's annual Winter Solstice party!
NOTE: This is a BYOB event.
5:30 - Social Hour with hors d'oeuvres & beverages
6:30ish - A buffet-style meal catered by Simply Smooth featuring:
- Signature Mac & Cheese (Gluten Free)
- Roasted Autumn Vegetables (GF & Vegan)
- Colorful Garden Salad (GF & V)
- Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad (GF & V)
Signature Multigrain & Rice Patty with Roasted Garlic, Herbs, and Caramelized Onions with Sriracha Aioli (GF & V)
- Roast Pork Loin au Jus (GF)
- Crusty Artisan Rolls with Olive Oil (V) or Butter
7:30ish - Desserts by Vegan Treats - many claim they're the best vegan bakery in the Lehigh Valley! Gluten free options will be provided.
8:15ish - Featured entertainment by Vox Rationis (The Voice of Reason), a humanist vocal quartet
9:00ish - Humanist of the Year Award Presentation
DJ Jason will provide dinner music. Suggested attire is "smart casual."
Parking: The Community Parking Deck (6th & Walnut) is a few feet from this event. Metered street parking is available, but limited.
We can't wait to see you there!
To all my Lehigh Valley Humanist friends who find themselves without family obligations, please join me and my family for the 4th Annual Christ-Myth Eve Dinner. This year it will be a pot-luck dinner and BYOB where everyone brings food to share. Best of all, we're bringing back everyone's favorite accordionist, Earl, for our featured entertainment.
Please RSVP here (or call 484-735-1183) and let me know what you plan to bring and how many people will tag along. We will gather in the gold room at 6 p.m. for heating the foods, and plan to sit down together at 6:30 P.M. Children welcomed.
Once again, LVH member Giovanni Landi will be opening up his restaurant on Christmas Day, offering meals to shut-ins and those in need. Considering that most of us will probably skipping church that morning, serving less fortunate members of our community is a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit - secular humanist style!
Here's some ways you can volunteer:
- To help with meal prep and serve in the restaurant, arrive by 11 a.m.
- To deliver meals to the home-bound, arrive by 12 noon
- To help sign up people for deliveries, print and post this sign up sheet at a public location such as a senior center or a housing complex. You *must* collect any sign up sheets you post and get them to Pies On by Sunday the 17th *and* be sure they confirm it as received. You can drop them off in person, fax them to 610-443-0686 (and call 610-264-7000 during business hours to confirm), or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a reply to confirm.
- You can also post this flyer to help recruit volunteers and allow people to call in on their own to reserve a delivery right up through Christmas Eve.
Stay all day, or help out for a little while - every extra hand counts!
All our welcome to join us for our annual meeting! LVH members will elect four Directors to serve two year terms, and we welcome a return guest, Kenny Biddle, as our speaker.
Kenny will be relating the details of some of his investigations into paranormal claims, from ghosts to UFOs to searching for Bigfoot. He will discuss the claims, what was presented as evidence, and what he did to solve the mysteries. This will be a relaxed discussion and questions are always welcome.
Kenny is a science enthusiast who investigates paranormal claims. From ghostly photos and videos to paranormal equipment, he deconstructs the details and presents a better understanding of what's really going on. He's written articles for Skeptical Briefs, the James Randi Educational Foundation, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website, and others. He runs a blog and YouTube channel under the name "I Am Kenny Biddle" promoting science and skepticism. He partnered with Sharon Hill on a project called Anomalies Research Society to bring science and reason to paranormal investigations. Kenny frequently does presentations and workshops on paranormal photography, investigation methods, and critical thinking.
Timeline for this event:
10:30 a.m. - coffee and conversation
11:00 a.m. - announcements, election of directors, and Kenny's presentation
12:30 p.m. - "lunching in" at the center - feel free to pack a lunch or take part in our group order for delivery from a local Italian restaurant
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.
Book Club - But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present as if it were the Past by Chuck Klosterman
In light of recent events, we are reconsidering our original book choice for January: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. We have postponed Franken's book until February. At the January book club, we will decide whether to keep that date or cancel the book. Please join us in January to read But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman.
But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman
The tremendously well-received New York Times bestseller by cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, exploring the possibility that our currently held beliefs and assumptions about the world will eventually be proven wrong - now in paperback.
But What If We're Wrong? is a book of original, reported, interconnected pieces, which speculate on the likelihood that many universally accepted, deeply ingrained cultural and scientific beliefs will someday seem absurd. Covering a spectrum of objective and subjective topics, the book attempts to visualize present-day society the way it will be viewed in a distant future. Klosterman cites original interviews with a wide variety of thinkers and experts - including George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Alex Ross, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Dan Carlin, Nick Bostrom, and Richard Linklater. Klosterman asks straightforward questions that are profound in their simplicity, and the answers he explores and integrates with his own analysis generate the most thought-provoking and propulsive book of his career.
Darren will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.
Upcoming books are: TBD at January Book Club
In light of recent events, we are reconsidering this book choice. We have postponed this book until February. At the January book club, we will decide whether to keep this date or cancel the book. Please join us in January to read But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman.
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
#1 New York Times Bestseller
"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.
This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.
It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.
It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.
In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.
Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.
Paul will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.
January is book selection month.