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  • Skeptics' Peña - November

    What's a "peña?" In South America, the term refers to a gathering of like-minded people who get together to talk about some topic with the aid of finger food and wine and spirits (of the alcoholic variety). It's like a salon, but for regular folks.

    This month's topic is TBD

    We will gather to ponder the world, one topic at a time. We will examine debates without debating, exploring our convictions –or lack thereof– and the reasons we have to have them –or to not have them. We will do so in relaxed, friendly setting, keeping in mind what Bertrand Russell is said to have said about beliefs: "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong." Or, if you prefer, what The Dude said about opinions:

    Feel free to bring food and beverages of your liking.

    The plan is to meet the Wednesday after the Assembly each month, with a new topic.

    Because of limited space at my place, we have to limit the attendance to 10, so please only RSVP if you plan to plan to make it, or cancel if you won't be able to in order to open a spot up for someone else.

  • The Great LA Walk

    No one walks in L.A., right?

    How about spending a Saturday walking from Downtown to the Ocean!

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    I've done the Great L.A. Walk for the last 7 years, and I'd love for some of my fellow Assemblers to join me.

    This year the walk starts at Pershing Square at 9 a.m. and will proceed down 6th St., to Burton, then Santa Monica Blvd to the Ocean. The route this year will be about 16 1/2 miles. It's a casual walk at your pace so with plenty of stops for lunch, drinks, window shopping, etc. it usually takes 6-8 hours.

    Map of route

    I'll give my cell number those that RSVP, to meet up on the day. If you can't make it all day, feel free to come for the start, or to call me to meet up along the way.

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     How walk organizer Michael Schneider describes the event:

    There's no special reason, no charity, no protest, no issue we're promoting -- other than a passion for Los Angeles. In 2006, I organized our walk down Wilshire to mark my 10th anniversary in Los Angeles. But it was so much fun, and it was a chance to meet so many new people, that we did it again in 2007, down Pico; in 2008, via Sunset and Santa Monica Blvd.; and in 2009, we hit West Adams as we walked down Adams and Washington to Venice Beach. In 2010, we returned to Wilshire for the fifth walk; in 2011, we hit Hollywood; in 2012, it was Melrose's turn; and in 2013, it was all about Sunset Boulevard. In 2014 it was a walk through the Valley down Ventura Blvd.

    It's the Saturday before Thanksgiving as well, so somehow I don't feel as bad gorging on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie a few days later. And hey, it'll be a cool conversation piece at your holiday party.

    For more info on the Great L.A. Walk and its history, check out greatlawalk.com/

  • Saturday Social: Hiking at Ferndell Trail

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    Join fellow Assemblers on an outdoor hiking adventure to the Ferndell Nature Trail and Museum! Cultivated during Hollywood's golden age in the 1910s, this landmark is home to more than 50 fern species thrive among select tropical plants and flowers along this shady, winding trail.

    We'll meet up near the north entrance at 11am, before wandering the trail and enjoying the sights. Feel free to bring your own lunch or buy some at the Trails Cafe.

    Admission and on-site parking are all FREE, but carpooling is encouraged. The trail entrance is near Griffith Park's Western Canyon entrance, at 2333 Fern Dell Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068. See you there!

    For information and a general map of the longer trail, visit https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/ferndell-trail-griffith-park-western-canyon/. See you there!

  • Last (Sunday) Supper - Thanksgiving Leftovers Potluck

    Looking for more opportunity to spend time with all your Sunday Assembly friends? Join us for dinner on the last Sunday of each month. We'll pick different restaurants around the city, or the occasional potluck at someone's house.

    This month...

    This month we'll be having a Thanksgiving Leftovers Potluck. Meredith Henderson will be hosting at Angelus Place, so it might also involve games.

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    No need to cook anything, just bring along leftovers to share (or cook if that's your thing).

     

    *Family Dinner means your SALAmander Family. Families and kids are welcome, but not required.

    We try to get to different parts of town as much as we can, but aren't always familiar with what's in the area. Restaurant Suggestions always welcome. Please leave them in the comments. 

  • Venice Game Night

    Venice Game Night! 

    There's one every month, and it moves around to different days of the week. B

    Join us for board games, drinks, snacks and good company. We get started around 8:30, but feel free to come later, and we'll get you in a game. We've got an embarrassingly large collection. We're always happen to teach or to learn one of your favorites!

    Street parking is usually plentiful. If you're going to drink, please consider taking a Lyft! Your RSVP helps us plan!

  • SALA Roving Pub Trivia Team - Little Bar

    Put your useless knowledge to the test!

    Join the Sunday Assembly Pub Trivia Team.

    We compete together at bars and pubs through the city. We compete on the 1st of each month, because a different day of the week means a different bar or pub each time. 

    This month we are going back to the old Saturday "favorite" Little Bar near Miracle Mile.

    Trivia now starts at 7:30 pm, but please try to arrive by 7:15 so we can divide into multiple teams if necessary. Please RSVP if you plan on attending so we can reserve a table.

    Look for familiar faces or a T-shirt or hoodie with a familiar logo.

    All are welcome. Many think they don't have anything to contribute, but always become valuable members of our team.

  • SFV - Dinner and Discussion

    Meet with fellow Assemblers and other like-minded individuals (Humanists/Agnostics/Atheists/nones, etc.), have dinner, and share your experiences/ideas/concerns of living in today's world. We're always open to new members and persons of widely varying viewpoints. All we mandate is courtesy and respect to fellow attendees, and no proselytizing.

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    Please bring a favorite or "hot" topic to discuss, or any research you have been doing. The Moderator presents a couple of topics throughout the meeting, but the spin-off discussions are always informative and robust! Feel free to post your ideas/questions/concerns in the chat below.

    Food/Drink are optional, but we always like to patronize our host, since they don't charge us for the space. And it’s great "comfort-food" with a full bar, and several on-tap selections.

    Look for us in the restaurant area, not the bar.

    We meet the 1st Monday of each month.

    This event is crossposted with Atheist United.

  • Yule Rock 2018!

     

    ‘Tis the season to rock out with friends at our second annual Yule Rock concert! This is the ultimate festive singalong and Sunday Assembly LA’s answer to the traditional carol concert. 

    Get ready to belt secular seasonal classics with hundreds of other revelers at the Backstage Theatre right here in Los Angeles. Warm up with live comedy from celebrity guest comics. Then croon along with live performers and some surprise special guests! Holiday attire encouraged, good cheer required!

    After you RSVP here, make sure to head over to our EventBrite to purchase your tickets to reserve your spot. Discounted tickets are available until 11/23/18. The venue is a 99 seat theatre so spaces are limit and on a first bought, first serve basis. 

     

     

  • SALA Pub Trivia Team - Westside - December

    Put your useless knowledge to the test!

    Join the Sunday Assembly Pub Trivia Team for a second time in the month in Santa Monica.

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    In addition to our roving team that meets on the 1st. We also compete on the third Thursday of the month at The Dudes' Brewing Company in the Santa Monica Place mall.
    Trivia starts at 7:30, but please try to arrive by 7:15 in case we have to divide into multiple teams.
    Look for familiar faces or a shirt with the familiar logo.

    All are welcome. Many think they don't have anything to contribute, but always become valuable members of our team.