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!
Come and gather with your fellow humanists on Saturday, December 15th as we observe the solstice and celebrate our tenth anniversary!
NOTE: This is a BYOB event, but the libations you bring must be served by our bartender.
5:30 - Social Hour with snacks & beverages
6:30ish - A buffet-style meal catered by Green Harvest Food Emporium
•Tossed fresh greens with cucumbers, tomatoes, and kalamata olives
•Assorted warm rolls & butter
•Roast beef with gravy (gf)
•Confetti wild rice with oven roasted vegetables (vegan/gf)
•Pasta with marinara sauce (vegan)
•Assorted desserts (including some vegan/gf options)
8:15ish - A special presentation honoring our 10th anniversary.
9:00ish - Humanist of the Year Award Presentation
Dinner will be accompanied by music, and there will be kids activities set up in an adjacent space, tailored to the number and ages of children that will be attending. Suggested attire is "smart casual." The Winter Solstice party is open to members and non-members, but space is limited, so get your tickets early if you can!
Tickets will be available through Eventbrite at this link until Sunday, December 9th at 11:30 p.m. To allow proper planning, we do not expect to sell tickets at the door. Prices are as follows:
Adult Members $25
Adult Non-members $30
Kids (5 to 17) $15
Tots (4 and under) Free
If you'd like to make an additional contribution to offset our costs, there is a donation option as well.
Parking is available behind the building (near the bank), and street parking is free on weekends through Christmas. However, carpooling is suggested. We can't wait to see you there!
Join us as we return to an old favorite - Marblehead Chowder House in Easton. In addition to a great menu, there is a full bar and it's wheelchair accessible. To reserve your spot, you must RSVP here at Meetup (free to join). We've capped the maximum at 16 this time to get around their desire to make us do a limited menu, but if it appears that we need to expand, we'll do it. As always, drinking is optional and newcomers are very welcome. Our host Barb is looking forward to seeing you all.
To all my Lehigh Valley Humanist friends who find themselves without family obligations, please join me and my family for the 5th Annual Chris-Myth Eve Dinner. This year it will be a pot-luck dinner and BYOB where everyone brings food to share. Earl Accordionist will again be providing festive tunes for our entertainment!
Please RSVP here at the Meetup page and let me know (in the comments) what you plan to bring and how many people will tag along, or call 484-735-1183. 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 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 23rd *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 email@example.com 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! For more details, call Pies On at (610) 264-7000.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Black & Blue
683 Walnut Street
Easton, PA 18042
We’ll be back in Easton this month for some yummy comfort food at Black & Blue, a warm tavern for a cold January day.
Black & Blue is a popular pub with a menu offering something (I hope) for everyone: burgers & other sandwiches, tacos, salads, and many choices for vegetarians and vegans.
There is no need to bring your own booze this month, as Black & Blue has a full bar and is known for their great beer selection.
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. Be sure to RSVP here so we can find you and give you a hearty Humanist welcome!
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Ann will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion!
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Steve will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion!