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2021 Annual Shrimp Boil
Our 14th annual Shrimp Boil picnic will be Saturday, August 21st. This year we’re hosting a family-style picnic, including a short hike, leisure activities, and games. We missed Festivus in 2020, so we’ll hold Feats of Strength, Feats of Mental Agility, and the Airing of Grievances!
Where: Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver, Westmoreland County, Pavilions 18 & 19.
When: 1:00 pm to 8 pm, with food served around 4:30 pm.
On the Menu: Boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage, potatoes, and bread pudding.
Cost: Free for active members and their guests! $15 for non-members. (Registration required.)
**If you are not a current PFC member and would like to attend with your guests for free, please become a member for a $20 annual fee here before registering for this event.**
Tips and Tricks for Virtual Meetings
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PFC Presents Daniel Shkolnik - Atheism and rationalism aspire to a life-affirming way of life that rejects supernatural claims.
See Daniel's virtual lecture on our YouTube channel.
Volunteers attended a training session with Planned Parenthood to learn how to help.
PFC joined the Coalition Against Hate in support of bipartisan crime legislation to "send a message that hate has no place in Pennsylvania". See more below:
Public Policy Participation and Political Action
Current Events Statement:
The science standards for K-12 schools set by the Pennsylvania Board of Education are being revised. PFC believes that it is essential for Pennsylvania students to be taught about evolution and climate change as they are understood by the scientific community, without compromise to mollify ideological opposition. Pennsylvania should also include the Next Generation Science Standards used in almost all other states.
We must ensure that our future electorate is science-literate.
Action is needed now, as the public comment period ends on July 4th. See the below excerpts of the message from the National Center for Science Education:
“Dear Pennsylvania friends of NCSE,
“A proposed new set of Pennsylvania state science standards, which would replace the outdated set adopted as long ago as 2002, is currently undergoing public comment.
“Now is the time to support the teaching of evolution, climate change, and the nature of science in Pennsylvania's public schools.
“You can read the proposed standards here (scroll down to "Appendix B-1") and learn more about the revision process here. Your comments aren't expected to take any particular form: the state board of education says only, "written comments, questions, suggestions, commendations, concerns or objections regarding this proposed rulemaking should be sent to
Karen Molchanow, Executive Director, State Board of Education, 333 Market Street,
“Will you comment on the standards and encourage friends and colleagues to do so? A generation of students in Pennsylvania is counting on you to stand up for good science education.
Glenn Branch, Deputy Director”
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