June 29th, 2014 - Paleo Hike & Picnic

Join us as we hike the Fruita Paleo Area Trail and then enjoy a picnic at Snooks Bottom. The Fruita Paleo Area Trail is a brief and easy half mile hike. It features 20 interpretive signs describing the landscape as it existed 150 million years ago and the dinosaurs and other Jurassic vertebrates that roamed the region. This world-class fossil site contains a prolific record of Jurassic microvertebrates exposed in deeply dissected Morrison badlands. Please bring any water, snacks, sunscreen or anything else you might need for the hike.

After the hike, we'll take a short car ride down to Snooks Bottom. We'll have a leisurely picnic down near the lake and people are free to stay as long as they'd like. Please bring your own lunch. Snooks bottom has a 1.2 mile trail that circles the lake that you can optionally choose to hike. Children and dogs are welcome at both the hike and the picnic. There are several other hiking trails in the area and places like the Dinosaur Journey Museum for anyone who would like to spend their day in Fruita.

When: Sunday, June 29th at 10:00 am

Where: Meet in the parking lot of Dinosaur Journey (550 Jurassic Ct.) just south of the Fruita Interstate Off Ramp / roundabouts. From there we will head out to the Fruita Paleo Trail in a convoy.

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June 26th, 2014 - Derren Brown's Apocalypse

What would you do if you thought the world was about to end? Join us as we watch real world illusionist/hypnotist, Derren Brown, dupe one man into thinking a meteor strike has devastated mankind and brought about the end of the world. Only lethal infected people now roam the land on the prowl for a handful of survivors.

Will such an experience help this "survivor" to value his own life more and take less for granted or will his reaction be something entirely different? Is there reason to question the entire production as possibly being a massive hoax actually being played on the audience? Come and watch this controversial social experiment and let us know what you think. Zombies, explosions, hypnotism, British accents and more... what more could you want?!

This will be our first video night at our new location and it will be shown on the large projector screen. You are welcome to bring food and drinks to  enjoy during the program. We will use any remaining time for discussion.

When: Thursday, June 26th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Garden Room at The Commons (625 27 1/2 Road, external entrance located at the rear of the building)

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June 21, 2014 - World Humanist Day & Summer Solstice

We will be celebrating World Humanist Day and the summer solstice on June 21st. We plan to show a series of five very short films with a humanist theme. These short films follow five individuals from Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Namibië, Turkey, and China who shape their lives, regardless of governmental or other extrinsic powers. In enacting this important humanist value, these individuals bring about an emancipatory process in their home countries.

We are also encouraging everyone to try to bring something that may represent the freethought/humanist community in some manner that you may personally have or something that has been relevant in your own quest for truth. Basically, think of us participating in a bit of a freethought show & tell. Maybe you'll want to bring a song, a sticker, a gift you've received, a token, a book or something else that has relevance.

You are welcome to bring a snack to share if you'd like.

Anyone who would like to bring items to fill backpacks for our June backpacks for the homeless is also welcome to bring them. We can exchange items to make the best backpacks we can and to help reduce overall costs.

When: Saturday, June 21st from 10 am -  Noon

Where: Garden Room at The Commons (625 27 1/2 Road)

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