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Welcome to the Grand Traverse Humanists. If you value science, reason, and compassion and believe that humans are responsible for their own destiny, you have come to the right place. We are a community for the non-religious in the Grand Traverse area, offering a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. Our programs include monthly speakers and discussions, film and book groups, and various volunteer and social events. All are free and open to the public. Check out Upcoming Events below, or click on the calendar. Nontheists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists, and more…we welcome you to join us!

Grand Traverse Humanists Main Meeting

Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m.

Traverse Area District Library main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

Upcoming Events

  • Volunteer at the State Theatre

    State TheatreMonday, September 17 2018

    Volunteer at the State Theatre
    7:30 p.m….233 E Front St., Traverse City

    The third Monday of each month is Grand Traverse Humanists volunteer night at the State Theatre! Come take tickets, sell reasonably-priced popcorn and drinks, help with clean-up after, and earn a voucher for a future free movie. Help us support this worthwhile part of our community, and have fun at the same time! Sign up at the meeting the week before, or email Sue at librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.


  • Bike Ride: Betsie Valley Trail

    Betsie Valley TrailSunday, August 5

    Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride

    10:30 a.m., Betsie Valley Trail

    All summer long, Grand Traverse Humanists host bike rides on the first Sunday of the month. This month, we’ll bike the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort and back. Trail distance is about 18 miles round trip. The trail is a mix of paved/asphalt and some dirt/crushed limestone surface, so skinny-tired road bikes are not recommended. Meet at the train station in Beulah at 10:30; ride to Frankfort for lunch at Stormcloud Brewing Company (or stop in Elberta to eat at the Cabbage Shed if people prefer). RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.


  • Meeting at the Library: Lyme Disease

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    Monday, July 9 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Lyme Disease

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    It may be an unpleasant topic, but ticks that carry lyme disease are here in northern Michigan, so it’s best to be informed! Dr. Christopher Ledtke, an infectious disease specialist at Munson Medical Center, will tell us what we need to know.

    Dr. Ledtke graduated from the University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, in St. Maarten, D.W.I. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious disease at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Ledtke is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease.


  • Hungry Humanists: Hopscotch Brick Oven and Taproom

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, June 25

    Hungry Humanists: Hopscotch Brick Oven and Taproom

    7 p.m…2032 E. 31 North, Traverse City

    Hungry Humanists will meet to eat at the new brick oven restaurant Hopscotch (so named because they’re known for their craft beer and scotch). The restaurant is located just east of Four Mile Road off the TART Trail (bike caravans to dinner encouraged!).
    RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com


  • Bike Ride: TC to Suttons Bay

    Leelanau Trail
    Sunday, July 1 2018
    Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride
    10:30 a.m., Darrow Park, Traverse City to Suttons Bay

    All summer long, Grand Traverse Humanists host bike rides on the first Sunday of the month. Usually we start at Darrow Park in Traverse City at 10:30 a.m., bike up to Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail, have lunch, and then bike back (or take BATA back to Traverse City). However, we’ve also biked other local trails, including the Heritage Trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort. This month we’ll bike from Darrow Park to Suttons Bay and back, but adventures further afield are possible for future outings… stay tuned!


  • Book Discussion: The Swerve

    The Swerve book cover
    Sunday, June 10 2018*date change*
    Book Discussion: The Swerve

    4 p.m., Scott and Suzette’s home

    We’ll meet to discuss the book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt.

    More information on the book available here: http://www.gthumanists.org/book-club