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 (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. 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 THE TIME CHANGE: All future drinking/dining skeptically meetups will be at 6pm on the third Friday of each month (rather than the 7pm time slot we've had in the past).
We are returning to a regular haunt, ACI Halal in Allentown (Turkish/Middle Eastern cuisine). The food is excellent and affordable, and the service is great. This BYOB has off-street parking and is wheelchair accessible. Newcomers are very welcome! To properly plan the event, we ask that you RSVP on the event's Meetup page. (If you haven't registered for our Meetup group page, it's free and lets you know whenever an event has been planned!)
Book Club - Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
Note: We are reading Part I: Enlightenment and Part II: Progress for April. At the meeting, we’ll discuss whether to read Part III: Reason, Science and Humanism for another month.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates
If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.
Far from being a naive hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.
With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
Carol and Steve will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion and perhaps some delicious Italian food & libations.
Our first cleanup of the season has been timed to coincide with the Secular Week of Action (More info here... https://weekofaction.org/?mc_cid=0e19b073c3&mc_eid=f311cfc0a6 ). After the long winter our roadway will likely need some sprucing up, and we can add to the many secular projects going on around the country.
Adopt-a-Highway is one of the ways our group gives back to the community. The road we maintain is one which is heavily used by local people and visitors alike because of the park, hiking and biking trails, fishing locations, the Indian Culture Museum, and proximity to the hospital. Keeping it looking nice allows travelers a better experience, and our signs let them know it is our group that cares enough to do the work. Please come lend a hand!
We'll meet at the trout hatchery parking lot on Fish Hatchery Road opposite Keystone Road. Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Penn-DOT supplies bags, gloves and vests. Expect a short safety meeting before we head out.
Allentown, PA 18104
By special request, we’ll be back in Allentown this month for some authentic Thai cuisine at Thai Origin.
Thai Origin is conveniently located behind Wendy’s in the Tilghman Square Shopping Center (on Broadway right off of Tilghman Street). They are wheelchair-accessible and there are plenty of spaces for us to park in the shopping center’s lot. There’s even a Tesla Supercharger nearby for you Tesla-driving folks.
Thai Origin’s menu offers a large variety of appetizing choices, including some very reasonably-priced lunch specials. I can personally attest to the deliciousness of the Thai curry puffs and green veggie curry. You’ll need to bring your own booze this month, as Thai Origin is a BYOB.
Our lunch bunch is friendly and fun. We hope you join us this month for some delicious food and our usual intriguing conversations. Newcomers and children always are welcome. Just be sure to RSVP here on Meetup!