2011 Fall Event: Anniversary Dinner

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: Seismology Lab Tour

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: Anniversary Special

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: Out to Innovate Career Summit

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: The Best of “The Big Bang Theory”

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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2009 Fall Meeting: 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Nov 11 7:30 PM at Ciudad

Science with Pride since 1979….that means this organization has been around for 30 years!

At first it didn’t have a name. It was an idea that a gay botany professor and some of his friends had in November of 1979: an open-invitation pot-luck dinner on the second Wednesday of the month for all local gay scientists. The first meeting was a huge success. To paraphrase one attendee: “I hardly even know other people in my field of study, let alone GAY people in my field, and tonight I’ve met many!” The idea became a regular event, and Los Angeles Gay Scientists was born. In just a few years, LAGS leadership tried to demonstrate inclusivity to lesbians by inserting “And Lesbian” into its name, and got a new acronym: LAGALS. After hearing the organization referred to one too many times as L.A. Gals, the group decided to decapitalize the conjunction and omit it from the acronym. Hence, LAGLS. We say it “\’la·gəlz\”. The first syllable rhymes with tag, wag, and hag. Interestingly, a whole bunch of regional LAGLS-type groups sprouted up across the nation around the same time. Their first syllables were TAG, WAG, and HAG for Triangle Area Gay, Washington Area Gay, and Houston Area Gay….and Lesbian Scientists.

Of course, we know that LAGLS welcomes people of all persuasions, proclivities, and personalities — even engineers, technology hobbyists, naturalists, and technophiles. Many of our current members were at those meetings in the first few years, and many of us have made LAGLS folks our extended family. That we’ve grown up together and grown older together is cause for celebration it itself. We hope you all — old and new — will join us in November to celebrate LAGLS’ 30th Anniversary at a very special venue: Ciudad, the Downtown restaurant of Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”.

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 pm

Where:

Ciudad Restaurant
At the Union Bank Plaza
445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
phone: 213.486.5171
Directions: www.ciudad-la.com/ciu_dir.htm

Self-Parking in the Union Bank Garage: $5 flat until 12 midnight with Ciudad validation

RSVP to the LAGLS Office by Sunday November 8: 626 791-7689 or by email form

Cost: $27 per person, payable to LAGLS by check or cash. Alcoholic Beverages & parking are extra.

Menu: (make your choices at the restaurant)

Starters:
Assorted Flatbreads and Spreads
Spinach Empanda with pine nuts, raisins, manchego cheese, salsa verde

Entrée: choice of
Pollo Ciudad (grilled chicken served over Cuban rice with cilantro sauce, pickled tomatos) or
Roasted Poblano Chile Relleno (stuffed with potato rajas, cotija cheese served with quinoa salad, trio of salsas)

Dessert: choice of
Barcelona Chocolate Cake or
Goat Milk Cajeta Flan

Beverages: soft drinks, iced teas included

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2009 Summer Event: Sunday July 12

Summer Event:
Sunday July 12, 3pm

Museum of Neon Art
136 W 4th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Admission $7 ($5 for 65+)

Just when you thought we’d explored all museums possible, we come up with yet another one! This should appeal to both sides of our brains, as neon art is a blend of aesthetics and technology. Join us for a leisurely exploration of this small museum, followed by an early dinner at a local restaurant. No need to RSVP. Just meet us in front of the museum by 3pm, or catch up with us inside. For more information about the the museum and parking suggestions, point your web browser to www.neonmona.org

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2009 Early Spring Meeting: Sunday March 15

Data + Art:
Science and Art in the Age of Information

Join us for a leisurely exploration of the Data + Art exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, followed by an early dinner at a local restaurant. No need to RSVP. Just meet us in front of the museum by 3pm, or catch up with us inside. For more information about the exhibit and the museum, point your web browser to www.pmcaonline.org

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-568-3665
Admission: $7

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2008 Fall Meeting: 29th Anniversary Gathering Friday Nov 7

4th Quarter 2008 LAGLS Event:

29th Anniversary Gathering
Friday November 7, 7:30 pm

Cafe at the End of the Universe
Griffith Park Observatory
lower level between the Gunther Depths of Space exhibit hall and Gottlieb Transit Corridor
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Join us for an informal light dinner at Griffith Observatory’s Café at the End of the Universe, preceded and/or followed by self-guided enjoyment of the exhibits and shows. The Café offers an assortment of a la carte soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, sweets, and beverages. Menu can be reviewed on-line at www.griffithobservatory.org/pdf/cafemenu.pdf for budgeting how much cash to bring.

Cost: Admission to the Observatory is free; bring cash to pay the Café directly for your meal and to purchase Planetarium tickets

Link to Griffith Observatory for directions etc.

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