The Berkeley Astronomical Neophyte Group (BANG) is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about astronomy, cosmology and astrophysics.  We are not professional astronomers or experts, but a few of us are avid telescope users and we sometimes host stargazing sessions locally or in the Sierra Nevada.
We meet on most (but not all) Monday nights to watch a lecture on introductory astronomy by U.C. Professor Alex Filippenko.  Typically we start watching the DVD (on a large screen, see photo) at 7:30, have a brief discussion and then continue to talk as we break for dessert.  
If you are interested, just show up!  Newcomers are encouraged to come any time after 7 for snacks and orientation.
NEXT MEETING: Monday, December 21. Next lecture:
  • Active Galaxies and Quasars 
 DIRECTIONS TO CLUBHOUSE:  Regular meetings of the Berkeley Astronomical Neophyte Group are held at Strawberry Commons, 2220 Sacramento St. (west side of the street between Allston and Bancroft, about 5 blocks south of the North Berkeley BART station or about 10 blocks west of downtown Berkeley).  If you drive, please park on the street (as the parking lot is reserved for residents).  Walk through the small front gate and follow the sidewalk past an enormous double-palm tree to the clubhouse (Unit G) at the rear of the property.  
If you have any questions, please send an email to BANG founder Don Lindemann, berkeleyastro@gmail.com.