2013 LAGLS Anniversary Celebration

Thirty four years ago, a gay botany professor and some colleagues held an open-invitation pot-luck dinner for all local gay scientists (L,B and T inclusivity was not yet discovered). The party was filled with Qfolks from all scientific disciplines. It was difficult in those days to meet gay people — other than in bars — let alone gay people of scientific persuasion, so this was a very liberating event. The professional issues of the day were coming out, job security, privacy, security clearance, and peer networking. The social issues of the day were coming out, reconciling with our families, social tolerance, making friends, and finding relationships. Not too much different from NOW, is it? Our issues and needs are the same as they were over 30 years ago, yet it feels like we’ve made great strides for equality. Or perhaps the equality movement itself has become so ubiquitous that its common-place-ness has made us all more comfortable in our skins. Whatever it may be, do join us Sunday November 10, 10:30 am for brunch at Café Laurent in Culver City to celebrate LAGLS, advances in LGBT equality, the turning of the seasons, and the incessant march of time.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by November 2 2013 due to limited space. Order from the menu at the event and pay LAGLS directly with cash or check for your share. Estimated cost: $20-$25. Parking cost not included in estimate. Call or email to RSVP.

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2013 Summer Gathering

Pot Luck Barbecue Supper
Sunday August 11
4-6:30 pm

What to Bring:

  • Something for yourself for the grill
  • A side dish and beverage to share

Location: private home in Pasadena
Call or email for location and directions

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2013 First Quarter Event

Sunday March 17, 2013 11 am
LAGLS finally goes to see
Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center

The California Science Center opens at 10 am. Admission is free, but you must have a timed ticket to be able to view The Shuttle. We have obtained 15 timed entry tickets to enjoy an 11 am viewing of the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center on Sunday March 17. The first 15 people who RSVP to lagls at lagls dot org for this event will get the tickets. Additional people can take their chances (not recommended) or order their timed entry tickets on-line via californiasciencecenter.org (highly recommended). Parking at the California Science Center is $10/car, and the Metro Expo line Expo Park/USC Station is less than a quarter of a mile south of the Science Center. Follow this link for map and directions. Plan to arrive at least a half hour before the timed viewing. After we’ve had enough fun at the Science Center, we’ll go out to lunch at a local diner.

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2012 Summer Event

We’ve decided to do something a little different this summer. LAGLS is going to town. Chinatown, that is. We’ll do brunch at the Home Girl Café, followed by a viewing of an oddball museum exhibition of alternate physics theories at the Institute for Figuring. It’ll be fun. And very different! If you let us know you are coming, we will save you a seat. RSVP by form mail here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012
12 pm: Brunch
at
Home Girl Café

130 W. Bruno Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
See the menu at www.homegirlcafe.org

Followed by a viewing of the
Physics on the Fringe Exhibit
at the
Institute for Figuring

990 N. Hill Street, #180
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.theiff.org

Homegirl Café, a division of Homeboy Industries, is a social enterprise assisting at-risk and formerly gang-involved young women and men to become contributing members of their community through training in restaurant service and culinary arts. Homegirl Café offers a one year training program within the food and service industry, empowering young people to redirect their lives and providing them with hope for their futures. Plus, the food reviews are pretty good!

In the Institute For Figuring’s first suite of jewel-box-like exhibitions, the main gallery features Physics on the Fringe, an exploration of alternative theories of the universe by geniuses, mavericks and outsiders from the nineteenth century to today. The exhibit celebrates the amateur spirit of inquiry, putting into historical context the individual impulse to understand our universe. Visitors are invited to peruse their unique collection of both insider and outsider physics theories, and to write their own ideas about the structure of reality in their exhibition folio. In addition to the main exhibit, the Institute’s three Project Rooms will show three new miniature exhibitions:The Antigravity Annex, an intimate look at subverters and deniers of gravity; The Hyperbolic Imaginary, a mathematical celebration of hyperbolic space in which visitors are invited to construct their own paper models to add to the exhibit; and Pod Worlds, a visionary suite of tiny, hyperbolic crochet landscapes.

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2011 Fall Event

LAGLS Anniversary Dinner
Wednesday November 9, 2011
7:30 pm

French Quarter Restaurant,
7985 Santa Monica Blvd.,
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-654-0898

http://www.frenchquarterwest.com/

Cost: $25 per person paid at the event to LAGLS by check or exact cash. Cost includes appetizers, entrée, dessert, soft beverage, tax, and tip.

RSVP: to the LAGLS Office by Sunday November 6th; be sure to state your entrée preference with your reservation. Please honor your reservation; we will hunt you down and make you pay the $25 if you make a reservation and don’t attend.

Entrée Options:
Braised pot roast
Fish special
Four cheese rainbow ravioli
Tuscan Chicken
Veggie Omelet

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2011 Spring Event

Caltech Seismology Lab Tour, Pasadena CA
lead by Dr. Kate Hutton, Caltech Staff Seismologist

Sunday, May 15, 1:45– 3 pm

Special instructions:
Tour space is limited to the first 25 people who RSVP (select event rsvp on the contact form at http://www.lagls.org/?page_id=8 )
Once you RSVP, we will give you instructions on where exactly to meet, and where to park. The Pasadena Marathon is happening on the same day; the route of which will make parking tricky. The building is locked on the weekends, so late arrivals won’t be able to join us.

In case of Mother Nature behaving violently (that is, a news-worthy earthquake) tour will be canceled because the seismologists will be too busy for us. Check tour status at lagls.org before you set out that day.

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2010 November Event

November Anniversary Special—November 21

This November, we’re celebrating 31 years of LAGLS meetings with a group visit to the One Institute Culture Series to see Walter Williams, USC Professor of Anthropology, speak on The Role of Gay and Transgender People for the 21st Century. Based on his research among American Indian Shamans, Native Hawaiians and fieldwork in Thailand about acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism among traditional Buddhists, he draws upon the insights found about ancient religions to suggest a new direction for gay and transgender people in the new era of human existence that is now dawning.

November 21
(Sunday, 2pm)
One Institute/Archives
909 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

https://www.onearchives.org/

We’ll follow it by an early dinner (or late lunch) at Grinders on Figueroa nearby.

Simple. Affordable. Fun! RSVP not necessary.

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2010 October Event

Saturday October 9, 2010
8 am – 5 pm

Out to Innovate Career Summit for LGBT People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

LAGLS is one of the sponsors of this first-of-its-kind events, and encourages all of its members to attend. Only $45 for career professionals, $25 for post-docs, and $10 for students.

For more information and registration information: Visit the Out to Innovate website.

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2010 Summer Pot Luck Social

Saturday July 31, 3pm-6pm

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a nice old fashioned pot luck gathering, and what better time to revisit that format than the summer! Hosted at a private home in the Mt. Washington area, this event will be on Saturday, July 31, 3pm to 6pm. Whether this is the end of your day of chores and errands or the beginning of your evening on the town, please join us for some late afternoon socializing, noshing, and catching up. Bring some good food to share, and the beverage of your choice. We ask that you RSVP to the LAGLS office by July 28th so our hosts will know how many chairs to set out. We’ll give you address and directions when you RSVP.

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2010 Spring Event

Spring 2010 LAGLS Event:
The Best of “The Big Bang Theory”
and its Impact on the Flux Capacitor

Saturday, April 10, 7pm
at a private home in Beverly Hills

This event is FREE to LAGLS members and the Caltech/JPL community, but reservations are required. Space is limited to the first 30 reservations. Dinner will be served.

RSVP by April 2 . Address and directions will be emailed to you with your reservation confirmation.

A note from the organizer:
A few months back a friend of mine introduced me to the hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” I was floored in hysterics. Never in my life did I think a show about science nerds would be approved for main stream TV. I was given a set of DVDs and watched them through — never getting tired of the antics of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj and Howard. A few of my nerd friends came over and we watched 4 or 5 of what we considered were the best and had a riotous night of fun. This got me thinking. A similar event could be a wonderful evening for LAGLS. So, I’ve been able to arrange on Saturday April 10 for a showing and discussion of some of the “best” of TBBT at the home a long time friend in Beverly Hills. We can accommodate 30 people. I also secured a sponsor for the event so there is a free dinner for all (vegetarians are welcome). At the end of the evening, we will discuss how TBBT has increased the interests in science education.

I contacted the publicist for the show thinking they may be interested in having one or more of the actors/writers for the show to attend. What better way to meet real nerds from Cal Tech or JPL? Alas, they were not interested (probably because we could not offer money). But I put out the call. Maybe one of you personally know one or more of the actors/writers and could make a pitch for them to attend– unofficially that is. Sorry, but we don’t have the money to pay for an appearance. Perhaps they would like to meet some real nerds (I say that lovingly and with pride as I and many of my friends are “nerds”).

So, until April 10, “make it so.”

Chuck Stewart

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