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February 2020


Tampa MARS Astronomy Club: Craig McDougal presents: The Women Who Created Modern Astronomy

Friday, February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IHOP Temple Terrace, 11710 Morris Bridge Rd
Tampa, Florida 33637

RSVP here, please: http://bit.ly/2S9BkaH JOIN US EARLY for dinner & social time: 6-7:30 pm 7:30 - 9 pm: The Women Who Created Modern Astronomy: A look at the Harvard "computers" who established (in the early 1900s) our current understanding of the stars. In the photo on Meetup: Margaret Harwood sat on the floor for this posed tableau on May 19, 1925. Harvia Wilson is at far left, sharing a table with Annie Cannon (too busy to look up) and Antonia…

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Feb 15, Seminole Hts, Socrates Cafe: What’s The Difference Between Justice and Revenge?

Saturday, February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Seminole Heights Public Library, 4711 Central Ave
Tampa, FL 33603 United States

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2UE0eRp Whenever we are seriously wronged by someone, it is common for us to feel a desire that the other person not freely get away with it. We demand that the people who wronged us be "brought to justice" and that "justice be served". A common view of justice is that it seeks to restore balance, and to equal the scales. In theory, it seeks to be impartial, and rational. It may be contrasted with revenge in that…

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Feb. 17, N Pinellas – Monthly CFI TAMPA BAY Humanist Social Dinner

Monday, February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar – Clearwater, 2548 N McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33761 United States

RSVP is required: http://bit.ly/2tPEff8 Our friend Karen suggested that we hold our monthly social at this restaurant so I had dinner there recently and it was quite nice. Expect a very creative menu and reasonable prices. Please join us at Carmel Kitchen and Wine Bar for some enjoyable freethought company and conversation. The deadline for RSVP's is Sunday, February 16 at 11:30 pm. Limited to 12 reservations!!! This venue is wheelchair accessible. Late RSVP's please email David: sellonlyne@gmail.com. If you…

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Clearwater: Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, February 18 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:45 pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC), 2189 Cleveland Street, Suite 229
Clearwater, fl 33765 US

---> RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2qEQuH4_TBCoR-Meetup CFI Tampa Bay supports education, and TBTC is a premier technology resource for the Bay Area. Visit their Web site to learn of their extensive programs. Most are free. http://bit.ly/2DtFDUv TBTC has a monthly meeting every 3rd Tuesday with a different speaker and topic. You may come BEFORE this meeting (at 5:30 pm) for a Question and Answer session. Bring your computer questions! The Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC) recently changed its name from the Tampa…

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Feb. 22, NE Pinellas – Center for Inquiry’s SHARE Book Club

Saturday, February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Countryside Public Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Dr,
Clearwater, FL 33761 United States

RSVP is required: https://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Coalition-of-Reason/events/268496837/ Freethinking book and idea lovers are invited to discuss their latest literary, cultural, and philosophical forays focused on the selection of the month. It is REQUIRED that attendees have read the book! Attendance is limited to 12, so RSVP right away: http://bit.ly/2ZYQtOx Non-members may join here and get all the benefits at all CFI activities and locations: http://bit.ly/2pTDfEj Simply bring your membership card or receipt for admission. Note that most of our booklovers continue at a local restaurant after…

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