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2nd Annual Block Street Block Party!!! Sunday, May 20th 11 am to ?

Don’t Forget!!!

The 2nd Annual Block Street Block Party is tomorrow from 11 am to ???

The Block Street Block Party is the event that has replaced the Annual Springfest, so come down!

The NWA Humanist Association will be having an informational table there so be sure to stop by and see us!

If you have any questions, please feel free to text or message me.

~Jason

From the Fayetteville Flyer:

Last spring, the Block Street Block Party became one of the most successful first-year events to happen in Fayetteville since…we don’t know when.

This week, the businesses along Block Avenue in Fayetteville officially announced the party will be back for a second year in 2012.

The date is set for Sunday, May 20, and vendor applications, as well as applications for local community groups and sponsorship forms have already appeared on the Block Street Business Association website.

The Block Street Block Party debuted on May 22, 2011, and included 20 bands, dozens of vendors and community groups, beer gardens, live music stages, and several family-friendly activities during the all-day event.

The festival was originally organized as a tribute to the eclectic avenue between Dickson Street and the downtown square.

“We wanted something to celebrate the unique, eccentric, amazing community of people and businesses that we have here on Block Street,” said Hannah Withers, owner of Little Bread Company and one of the event organizers.

Withers said that after a successful debut in 2011, she and the other businesses on Block Avenue are intent on raising the bar in 2012.

“Last year was amazing, but we have some really awesome plans for the second year,” she said. “We should be ready to announce some really cool things in the next few weeks.”

Withers estimated around 5,000 people turned out for the block party in 2011, and said that preparations are being made to accommodate twice that amount of attendees in 2012.

To make room for more attendees and vendors, organizers will add an extra block of vendor space around the square this year.

Withers said the goal is still to keep the festival as unique, and as local as possible.

“We’re looking for the same type of vendors that showed up last year,” she said. “Local artists, folks who make things by hand, and awesome community groups.”

Vendor applications are due no later than Sunday, April 1, and booth fees are $85 for food vendors, $50 for other businesses and free for community groups and non-profit organizations.

Sean Faircloth on “Can Religion Justify Bullying?”

 

 

Matthew Chapman, director of The Ledge, to allow LogiCon to host viewing!

Matthew Chapman, director of the critically acclaimed movie, The Ledge, has given LogiCon permission to host a viewing. It will be the last event at LogiCon before the after party at Hog Haus.

Parental Note:
Rated R for sexuality, language and some violent content

Interesting side note, Matthew Chapman is also the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin!

Scarlet Letter – Atheist Documentary

Best Atheist & Humanist Books!

The first book to read...

Recently, after giving a speech at the University of Central Arkansas for the SSA, I was asked what Atheist & Humanist books I would recommend for someone progressing from a faith based outlook to Atheist/Agnostic/Humanist.

I recommended 10 from the Atheist section, 10 from the Humanist section, and a few others.

I would like anyone else to also recommend their top favorites if they are not below.

I have read many, but not all of these books. Some of the Authors I have met in person and/or listened to their presentations. Most of these authors have MANY books and they are all very good. You could read anything from Sagan, Paine, Hitchens, Dawkins, Carrier, Russell, Chomsky, and so on and be pleased for months.

Atheist Top 10:
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens
Sense and Goodness Without God – Richard Carrier
Godless – Dan Barker
Why I am Not a Christian – Bertrand Russell
The End of Faith – Sam Harris
Breaking the Spell – Daniel Dennett
The Science of Good & Evil – Michael Shermer
Doubt: A History – Jennifer Michael Hecht
Why I Became an Atheist – John Loftus

Humanism Top 10:
Humanism As the Next Step – Mary and Lloyd Morain
What is Secular Humanism – Paul Kurtz
Humanist Manifesto 2000 – Paul Kurtz
The Way of Ethical Humanism – Gerald A. Larue
The Case for Humanism – Lewis Vaugh & Austin Dacey
The Future of Life – Edward Wilson
Humanist Manifestos I, II, and III – Various
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage – Carl Sagan
The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
Hopes and Prospects – Noam Chomsky

Historical Top 5:
The Works of Thomas Paine (with active table of contents) – Thomas Paine ($1 on Kindle ebooks)
Democritus Platonissans – Henry More (Free on Kindle ebooks)
The Essential Epicurus: Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings, and Fragments (Great Books in Philosophy) – Eugene Michael O’Connor and Epicurus
Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie – Andrew Carnegie and John Charles Van Dyke (Free on Kindle ebooks)
The Problems of Philosophy – Bertrand Russell (Free on Kindle ebooks)

General SciFi Reading:
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov (Anything by Asimov)
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (Anything by Adams)
Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them by Jeanne C. Stein, Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish
Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry by David Alexander