This is 1 of so far 3 groups our 3.5 gamers have grown to. This seems to be the best one for beginners and we could use 1-2 more players (then we may close to keep from getting too big). We play every other Sunday afternoon, usually upstairs. We're presently 2nd-3rd level, and new characters start at 2nd level with 1,000 XP, 500 GP, and an interesting way to roll stats.
Groups 2 and 3 play on opposite alternating Saturday evenings, usually downstairs and Paul is the DM. Both groups have gotten big so we may need to make another group again.
See http://www.meetup.com/CSDnD35/ for details since that's where changes are made.
Your humble DM, Gned the Gnome