Events

LVH has a very active calendar of events, including...

  • 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
  • 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. 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! 

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Pies On Pizzeria in Catasauqua, PA

    Book Club - The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

     

    Note: There will be no book club during December 2019.

    The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance by Kirstin Downey

    “Kirstin Downey’s lively, substantive and—dare I say—inspiring new biography of Perkins . . . not only illuminates Perkins’ career but also deepens the known contradictions of Roosevelt’s character.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air

    One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Perkins capitalized on the president’s political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-era programs that are today considered essential parts of the country’s social safety network.

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

    Upcoming books are:
    February: The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street by Justin Fox (Steve)
    March: What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank (Ed)

  • Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 08:00 PM
    The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA

    Skeptics Guide Live in Philly

     

    Bill Zotter has alerted us of an event that may interest many of our members- The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Extravaganza Tour is coming to Philly and New York! You have heard their award-winning science podcast and perhaps you have read their best-selling book on critical thinking. Now watch them live on stage as they entertain with sciency games and challenge your perception of reality. Joined by host and musician, George Hrab (a friend and occasional guest of LVH), the SGU crew will create a Skeptical Extravaganza.

    You will need to purchase tickets at https://www.theskepticsguide.org/extravaganza

    Bill is going to both the Philly and New York events, and suggests commenting at the meetup.com site if you want to car pool or have any questions.

  • Sunday, February 02, 2020 at 10:30 AM
    Bradbury Sullivan Center in Allentown, PA

    Speaker Series: Daniell Rowles, "The Science of the Cold and Flu Season"

     

    The topic for Daniell Rowles' presentation this month comes from her interest in viruses from her grad school days. It's that time of year again where we are all coughing and sniffling or worried we are going to catch it from someone else. While infectious disease can also come from bacteria and other microbes, viruses seem to be the most frustrating since there aren’t many magic pills we can take to cure them once they take hold. This talk will explore three common seasonal afflictions: common colds, influenza, and norovirus (aka stomach bugs). What are these things? What’s going on with our immune systems? How can we get better? And how do we even know any of this is true?

    Daniell Rowles self describes as being born a scientist and a lifelong learner. Throughout her education and career she has explored many subfields of biology and strives to share it with her community.

    Daniell attended Lehigh University for a B.S. in Molecular Biology and graduated with Highest Honors in 2008. Her undergraduate research focused on the industrial side of biology, studying the development of algae to aid in the production of non-petroleum based plastics. She also
    earned a minor in Environmental Science and spent time doing field research in the Rocky Mountains. While at Lehigh she also worked as a research intern at the University of Pennsylvania and as a volunteer teaching science lessons in local middle school classrooms. At
    Penn she got a taste for the medical side of biology doing her project on cancer drug development.

    While in graduate school at Princeton University, Daniell earned a PhD studying virology and focused her research on the infection cycle of human Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV1). This research lead to several publications in 2013 and 2015. She also taught courses on Immunology
    and Molecular Biology for non-science majors as well as mentoring students in independent laboratory research.

    Daniell is currently a Research Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline in Conshohocken, PA working to develop large molecule drug manufacturing.

    Timeline for this Event:
    10:30 Coffee & Conversation
    11:00 Announcements & Presentation
    12:30 Lunch (optional)

    Those who wish to stay for lunch after the event can join us at a local restaurant to be determined.

    There is no charge for this event, as we strive to make as much of our programming as possible accessible to all. However, donations will be accepted to offset the cost of our regular ongoing expenses.

    Street parking is free on Sundays, but please note there is construction in the area. We suggest arriving early if you've never been to the location. Garage parking is available in the Community Deck accessible from 6th and Walnut Streets (both one way). The entrance for our meeting is at the northwest corner of the building, near the parking garage.

  • Sunday, February 02, 2020 at 08:00 PM
    The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY

    Skeptics Guide Live in Brooklyn, NYC

     

    Bill Zotter has alerted us of an event that may interest many of our members- The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Extravaganza Tour is coming to Philly and New York! You have heard their award-winning science podcast and perhaps you have read their best-selling book on critical thinking. Now watch them live on stage as they entertain with sciency games and challenge your perception of reality. Joined by host and musician, George Hrab (a friend and occasional guest of LVH), the SGU crew will create a Skeptical Extravaganza.

    You will need to purchase tickets at https://www.theskepticsguide.org/extravaganza

    Bill is going to both the Philly and New York events, and suggests commenting at the meetup.com site if you want to car pool or have any questions.

  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    Pies On Pizzeria in Catasauqua, PA

    Lunch Discussion: "The Bible and its Effect on my Life"

    Did you grow up listening to Bible stories? Or perhaps lessons from other religious texts? How have these impacted your life for better or worse? Come discuss the good, the bad and the ugly with us.


    Paul Ryan will host the event and moderate the discussion.

    Notes for newcomers (who are always welcome).... The restaurant, which normally opens at noon on Sundays, opens an hour early for us. Please bring $6 plus tip in cash if you'd like to share pizza and salad for lunch. Drinks and all other menu choices can be purchased with cash or credit. Free street parking is available in the area, and newcomers are always welcome!

     

    RSVP on meetup.com

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Hunan Springs in Allentown, PA

    Dining/Drinking Skeptically: Hunan Springs

    Hi Everyone,
    I think that cold February is a great time to enjoy some delicious Chinese cuisine, so next month I've booked us at Hunan Springs in Wescosville.
    https://hunansprings.net
    This is a favorite place for Dave and me. The food is delicious and one of the more authentic tasting Chinese restaurants in the area (IMO). There is a full bar, and I believe it is handicap accessible, altho you may want to confirm it.
    Come join us on what will most likely be a cold, dreary night, for some comfort and companionship. That's how the Nordic folk stay happy in the winter...or so I've read, LOL.
    As always, drinking is optional and newcomers are welcome.
    Looking forward to seeing you all.
    Barb

    PS Please note the 6PM meeting time.

    Please RSVP on the meetup.com page for this event.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Pies On Pizzeria in Catasauqua, PA

    Book Club - The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street by Justin Fox

    The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street by Justin Fox

    The financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent Great Recession demolished many cherished beliefs and most significantly, the theory that financial markets always get things right. Justin Fox's The Myth of the Rational Market explains where that idea came from, and where it went wrong. As much an intellectual whodunit as a cultural history of the perils and possibilities of risk, it also brings to life the people and ideas that forged modern finance and investing from the formative days of Wall Street through the Great Depression and into the financial calamities of today. It's a tale featuring professors who made and lost fortunes, battled fiercely over ideas, beat the house at blackjack, wrote bestselling books, and played major roles on the world stage. It's also a story of free-market capitalism's war with itself.

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

    Upcoming books are: February is book selection month. Please bring one book to recommend.
    March: What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank (Ed)

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Pies On Pizzeria in Catasauqua, PA

    Book Club - What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank

    What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank

    With a New Afterword by the Author

    The New York Times bestseller, praised as "hilariously funny . . . the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests" (Molly Ivins)

    Hailed as "dazzlingly insightful and wonderfully sardonic" (Chicago Tribune), "very funny and very painful" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "in a different league from most political books" (The New York Observer), What's the Matter with Kansas? unravels the great political mystery of our day: Why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas-a place once famous for its radicalism that now ranks among the nation's most eager participants in the culture wars. Charting what he calls the "thirty-year backlash"-the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment-Frank reveals how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans.

    A brilliant analysis-and funny to boot-What's the Matter with Kansas? is a vivid portrait of an upside-down world where blue-collar patriots recite the Pledge while they strangle their life chances; where small farmers cast their votes for a Wall Street order that will eventually push them off their land; and where a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs has managed to convince the country that it speaks on behalf of the People.

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

    Upcoming books are: TBA at February meeting.