CAAS meets on the second Saturday of the month at the River Ridge Observatory at 7 PM. Weather permitting, observing will usually be done afterward. Potlucks are not uncommon.
The Moon will be less than 24 hours old on April 17. Find a good western horison and look for it after sunset. The Moon will set only 40 minutes after the Sun so it won’t be easy. Binoculars will be a definite plus in finding this very thin crescent.