Hi Aron, I moved from the East coast as well (recently actually). Being self-promotional is tough but there are ways to do it without "schilling", which is what turns me off. Look forward to meeting you at a meetup
We are a "hackerspace", a colloquial term for a group of people who gather together in order to DIY technology and art, exchange knowledge, and pool together resources and tools. Members have access to 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, woodworking tools, computers, etc.