9th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue


9th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue!
Saturday, October 29

wineryThis is our biggest Heretic’s Barbecue EVER!  CVAAS has pulled together a great event  for the secular and skeptical community of the California Central Valley!

Join us for a day of wine, food, fun and secular speakers in a beautiful winery setting outdoors in the cool October weather.  You deserve to have a cool glass of wine after a hot summer!

ticketsOur new venue is the very beautiful and family friendly Moravia Wines and Event Center.  There is an elaborate playground for children  and horse shoes and bean bag toss for everyone.  As always, board games and crafts will be available – including create your own T-shirts and a pumpkin decorating contest with paints and markers.

We will have books and other items for sale, plus door prizes and several raffles.  And yes, bottles of wine will be included with our prizes.

HostTableHost a table at the Heretic’s Barbecue!
Want to promote your organization, club or business?
There are a limited number of tables available.  
Check the CVAAS store for availability.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Time: 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Location: Moravia Wines & Event Center – 3620 N. Bishop Ave, Fresno CA 93723  (See Map)
Ticket Prices: Adults: $19.00.  Children 12 and under: $5.00.  Get $5.00 off with Membership.
Tickets: Get them from the CVAAS store!

Questions?  email BBQ@cvaas.org, or call 559-892-0102


Heina Dadabhoy

Heina Dadabhoy
Heina Dadabhoy
Heina spent their childhood as a practicing Muslim who never in their right mind would have believed that they would grow up to be an atheist feminist secular humanist.

She has been an active participant in atheist organizations and events in and around Orange County, CA since 2007, and on the national stage since 2011.

Heina is a speaker and panelist on a range of diverse topics including feminism, race, LGBT issues, the challenges of deconversion, Islam, non-monogamy, strategies for inclusivity, and the various intersections of the above.

You may have heard them at Skepticon, the American Atheists National Convention, the Huffington Post Live, and Have Your Say on the BBC World Service or read about them in the New York Times. They are currently writing A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam.

You can find Heina online at her blog, “Heinous Dealings”.

Ashton P. Woods
Ashton P. Woods
Ashton P. Woods
Ashton is an Activist and native of New Orleans, LA that now resides Houston, TX. He began his life as an activist during his freshman year of high school and never stopped fighting for those who are the most marginalized.

Ashton’s willingness to fight comes from his thirst to selflessly create change and spread universal equality. Because he knows what being marginalized looks and feels like,

Ashton openly identifies as Gay/SGL, Atheist, HIV positive & unapologetically Black. While none of these things completely define Ashton, they highlight intersectionality and teach that being Black is not a monolith. 

In Ashton’s View justice must be intersectional and it is highlighted by his involvement in the Black Lives Matter Movement, SGL/LGBT rights, and equality for all when it comes to discrimination and overall fairness in society. 

Ashton will be participating from Houston Texas via two-way teleconference on our big projected screen.

You can find Ashton’s website here.

Jess & Jordan Fitzpatrick
Jess and Jordan
Jess & Jordan Fitzpatrick
Jess Fitzpatrick is the Vice-Chair of Trans-E-Motion. As a community organizer in Fresno Jess works to support and educate the transgender community, their friends and their families.
Jordan Fitzpatrick has been certified as a domestic violence counselor and is the social media coordinator for Trans-E-Motion. Jordan organizes events, presentations and outreach for the transgender community.
Jess and Jordan were married on June 18, 2016!

Jess & Jordan can be found on the Trans-E-Motion website.

Author: President

One day Mark wanted to talk to other atheists in Fresno. So he set up a Meetup.com atheist event. Five people arrived at the very first event in late 2002. Everything that followed was a result of that.