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Wow!  I just realized it’s been a whole month since I’ve spoken about events that have taken place around DC.

I still haven’t been able to attend Beltway Atheists Happy Hours because they conflict with my school/work schedule.  However, we’ve had three in March… as usual, Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, Mai Thai in Dupont Circle, and Joe Theissmann’s in Alexandria.  Christopher ran all three.  Aside from a banned member showing up at one, things were for the most part, fun and successful.

Beltway Atheists’ Charitable Works Committee cleaned our adopted highway (Rt. 7) for the first time this year.  (We’re obligated to clean the highway 4 times a year.)  Unfortunately I couldn’t make it due to illness.  On March 11th, Neil deGrasse Tyson came to GW.  The event was incredible!  It had been moved to March due to snow but we still had about 25 Beltway Atheists members among the 750 or so people who attended.

Gina Welch spoke at Politics and Prose in March as well… with short notice, many of us could not come but we do have a similar event on the calendar for April.

Our cultural event for the month was a trip to the Holocaust Museum… I was a bit disorganized but it was a powerful experience.

There were also a number of events on the Beltway Atheists calendar that I could not attend – all were on the topic of evolution:

– A panel discussion on ‘Religious Perspectives n the Science of Human Origins”

– A play celebrating Darwin’s impact

– A book discussion

– A film on the life of Charles Darwin

Among the more controversial events, WASH had a lecture on polyamory.  There were a number of objections before the event but it went on without incident.

Student groups at American University and George Mason University hosted Tom Flynn on March 22nd and 23rd… he gave a talk on “The Trouble With Easter” and it was very well researched and enjoyed by many.

Finally, for those of you who find the whole 6-6-6 thing interesting, Beltway Atheists reached the 666 member mark on March 26th.

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April 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm