May 10 - Roadside Cleanup Join us for an evening and weekday volunteer opportunity as we clean up our adopted section of road. Click the link above for more information and links to safety videos. 6:00 pm
May 20 - An Evening of Astronomy & Sci-Fi We're teaming up with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club to listen to some sci-fi stories under the stars before viewing galaxies, Mars and Jupiter through massive telescopes atop the Colorado National Monument. 8:30 pm at Saddlehorn Picnic Area
May 25 - Game Night Bring your favorite game(s) for a social evening of fun and laughter. Guests are welcome. 6:00 pm in the Garden Room
June 3 - Personal Story Potluck Come join us for a potluck of personal stories. In an effort to connect with other HDG members, Roger and Luxie are hosting a potluck highlighting foods that come with a personal story. Bring a dish to share and we will all gather together and each person will reveal the story behind what they brought as everyone samples their dish. This event is limited to current HDG members and capped at 20 people.
June 11 - Annual BBQ & Meeting Join everyone for our annual barbecue potluck and meeting. We've moved it back this year a bit to hopefully enjoy warmer weather. We'll be recognizing the efforts of our volunteers, discussing the future, playing games and doing some grilling. This is also the recommended time for renewing memberships or to become a new member and receive your volunteer shirt(s).
June 22 - HDG Booth at GJ Farmers Market We're seeking volunteers to help set up, staff and tear down our booth at the Farmers Market. We're happy to partner new people with experienced staff. Help us showcase all the awesome things our members do in the community and help educate people about humanism.
(Events are subject to change and we are busy working on adding additional events.)
Need more information, have questions or suggestions? Feel free to contact us. You can reply to this email or call us.
May 6th - Speaker John Seager
We want to remind everyone that we'll be having a special guest speaker Saturday, May 6th at 10 am in the Garden Room at The Commons of Hilltop (625 27 1/2 Road, park at rear of building).
His talk will address global population growth, its causes and impacts, and how we can meet those challenges. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be some refreshments available.
We started April with a monthly meeting at the Garden Room. We discussed topics ranging from humanist penpals in Africa to the March for Science to a safety pin awareness and action campaign.
The following day our volunteers gathered to assist a woman experiencing illness who wanted to enjoy her good days out in her yard. Our volunteers did a variety tasks to help ready the yard for the season. Volunteers accomplished an incredible amount of work in a short time and the woman we helped insisted on giving us a hug and telling us how grateful she was before we departed.
For our third event of the month we watched the documentary Kumare. The movie was the true story of a false prophet who tried to show his students that they did not need a guru, yet he found it extremely difficult to drop the facade and reveal his true identity. Afterward we discussed the documentary, its ethics and topics such as why people seem to yearn for a guru.
Many of our members participated in the March for Science and the Humanists Doing Good banner could be spotted during the march. We also had a booth set up at the Earth Day/Arbor Fest event that proved to be very successful for our organization. We had a ton of people sign up on our mailing list (welcome!) and we also had numerous succulent plants available for people who made donations to the organization. This helped us generate $300 during the event. Our thanks go out to everyone involved and special thanks go out to B&D for all their work in planting and caring for the succulents. We also would like to thank Chelsea Gardens in Clifton for providing great deals on the thriving succulents.
We then held our grand opening for the new Downtown Fruita Little Free Library. An impressive number of people from HDG and the local community gathered as we cut the ribbon and unveiled the library to the public. We also had some scrumptious muffins and cookies available for the occasion. Afterward we went out to dinner together before a few of us ended the night with ice cream. It's been fun seeing the library pop up in photos and to see people taking books from it.
But that wasn't quite the end of the month yet! For our final month our outdoor coordinators led a large group on a wonderful wildflower hike on the Pollock Bench Trail. Hikers were able to identify and learn about numerous local plants while enjoying a day of pleasant weather and nice views. There were many positive comments about this particular hike and a good number of new faces along for the journey. What a month!