What we're about

Calling all freelancers, writers, artists, work-at-home folks, stay-at-home parents, students, the funemployed, and anyone else non-9-to-5 who could use some human contact and a change of scene while everyone else is at work! Everyone is welcome (including kids, if they can behave themselves in adult company). Our past meetups give a good sense of what type of activities we do -- feel free to suggest others too. We stick most closely to Oakland and the East Bay, but have been known to go elsewhere as well. Meetups are low-key, mostly low-cost, and generally freeform; we don't typically do guided walks or group games or anything too structured. Our gatherings tend to last about 1-3 hours and people stay as long as they like. The idea is just to get out of the house and see some folks, then return to your day recharged and inspired.

This group does not charge dues, but if you attend events, voluntary contributions are welcome. You can donate via the website (https://secure.meetup.com/Get-me-out-of-the-house-on-weekdays/contribute/) (Meetup will take a small cut) or bring cash to any of our events. Thank you!

Upcoming events (5+)

Walk around Lake Merritt (Oakland)

Pergola at Lake Merritt

Let's walk around the lake! This is an unstructured walk, with folks separating naturally into groups based on pace. The trail is paved* (though we occasionally detour onto a dirt shortcut if everyone is amenable), about 3 miles if you do the entire thing, and there is minimal shade. Sun protection is vital in summer; in winter, use your judgment. There are two places to stop for restrooms and water fountains, and some benches at various points if you need a break. There's not much incline; it's a pleasant walk and very scenic. Meet at the colonnade/pergola near El Embarcadero. Walkers usually wait a few minutes before starting, then post in the comments which direction they're going (clockwise or counter) so latecomers can try to catch up. If coming by car: There is metered parking along Grand Ave, and free parking (either 2- or 3-hour) along Lakeshore and side streets. On most days I find it advisable to budget about 10-15 min for parking. If taking transit: The closest BART station is not all that close (the one called Lake Merritt is 1.5 mi from our meeting point, while the 19th St station is slightly closer at 1.2 mi), but there are several bus lines that stop nearby. If your best transit stop is one of the BART stations, leave a comment and we can try to meet up partway through the walk. *Accessibility notes: The trail is paved but there's one section about halfway through where it narrows and goes from smooth pavement to bumpy asphalt. There are ramps alongside all steps for trail access, as far as I've noticed. Many, if not all, parking spots along Lakeshore (and maybe also Grand?) require navigating a few feet of dirt/grass before reaching pavement.

Giving back (#55!): food sorting at the Alameda County Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank

To the food bank! This month we're doing two volunteer sessions instead of one. We will be sorting and packing up fresh produce and/or nonperishables. Please be on time. The shift is about three hours; if you need to leave early, that is fine. Sessions are graciously hosted by Robin, Robin N, Sherry, and Warren, all experienced food bank volunteers. (Check the "hosted by" section to see which of them will be at this session.) These spaces are reserved with the food bank so please be mindful about your RSVP; they will be expecting this number of volunteers. Feel free to bring friends/family over the age of 10; if you'd like to bring someone aged 10-17, please say so in the comments (there is a waiver you will have to sign). Coliseum BART is not far from the food bank, so we can arrange pickups -- to request or offer a ride, leave a note in the comments! If you are an enthusiastic walker you can also walk from Coliseum station; it's an estimated 45-min walk (~2.2 mi) on flat, mostly paved, terrain. See map and notes at the bottom of this event listing. Based on our previous visits, I advise: you will be on your feet for about two hours, with a 15-minute break in between, and there will be water, coffee, and some minimal snacks available during the break. Wear shoes that cover your whole foot (sneakers or boots recommended) and comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. The warehouse is not climate-controlled, so you may wish to dress in layers. Leave personal belongings safely secured in your car (including purse, earphones, backpacks). There are also lockers if you need them. Park at the very back area, not near the street (those spaces are reserved for the people picking up food). There will be signs indicating volunteer parking. Enter through the rear entrance of the building (Community Engagement Center) under the orange awning. http://www.accfb.org/volunteering/ Note: At the moment, we do not have an organizer who can be at the event (Lisa is listed, but will not be able to attend). I will update if that changes; if you've done the food bank volunteer sessions before and would like to play "host" this time, please contact Lisa. Walking Route (https://goo.gl/maps/8WDMEkZgcBz) from Coliseum Bart to Alameda County Community Food Bank, mapped by group member Clara (thanks, Clara!). Clara's comment: San Leandro and 66th Streets are pretty dingy, but once you pass that part (~1 mile), the Garretson Point Trail is nice (~1 mile) and the remaining walk to the Food Bank is through an office park (~.2 mile).

Giving back (#56!): food sorting at the Alameda County Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank

To the food bank! This month we're doing two volunteer sessions instead of one. We will be sorting and packing up fresh produce and/or nonperishables. Please be on time. The shift is about three hours; if you need to leave early, that is fine. Sessions are graciously hosted by Robin, Robin N, Sherry, and Warren, all experienced food bank volunteers. (Check the "hosted by" section to see which of them will be at this session.) These spaces are reserved with the food bank so please be mindful about your RSVP; they will be expecting this number of volunteers. Feel free to bring friends/family over the age of 10; if you'd like to bring someone aged 10-17, please say so in the comments (there is a waiver you will have to sign). Coliseum BART is not far from the food bank, so we can arrange pickups -- to request or offer a ride, leave a note in the comments! If you are an enthusiastic walker you can also walk from Coliseum station; it's an estimated 45-min walk (~2.2 mi) on flat, mostly paved, terrain. See map and notes at the bottom of this event listing. Based on our previous visits, I advise: you will be on your feet for about two hours, with a 15-minute break in between, and there will be water, coffee, and some minimal snacks available during the break. Wear shoes that cover your whole foot (sneakers or boots recommended) and comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. The warehouse is not climate-controlled, so you may wish to dress in layers. Leave personal belongings safely secured in your car (including purse, earphones, backpacks). There are also lockers if you need them. Park at the very back area, not near the street (those spaces are reserved for the people picking up food). There will be signs indicating volunteer parking. Enter through the rear entrance of the building (Community Engagement Center) under the orange awning. http://www.accfb.org/volunteering/ Note: At the moment, we do not have an organizer who can be at the event (Lisa is listed, but will not be able to attend). I will update if that changes; if you've done the food bank volunteer sessions before and would like to play "host" this time, please contact Lisa. Walking Route (https://goo.gl/maps/8WDMEkZgcBz) from Coliseum Bart to Alameda County Community Food Bank, mapped by group member Clara (thanks, Clara!). Clara's comment: San Leandro and 66th Streets are pretty dingy, but once you pass that part (~1 mile), the Garretson Point Trail is nice (~1 mile) and the remaining walk to the Food Bank is through an office park (~.2 mile).

Giving back (#57!): food sorting at the Alameda County Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank

To the food bank, just in time for the start of the holiday season! We will be sorting and packing up fresh produce and/or nonperishables. Please be on time. The shift is about three hours; if you need to leave early, that is fine. Sessions are graciously hosted by Robin, Robin N, Sherry, and Warren, all experienced food bank volunteers. (Check the "hosted by" section to see which of them will be at this session.) These spaces are reserved with the food bank so please be mindful about your RSVP; they will be expecting this number of volunteers. Feel free to bring friends/family over the age of 10; if you'd like to bring someone aged 10-17, please say so in the comments (there is a waiver you will have to sign). Coliseum BART is not far from the food bank, so we can arrange pickups -- to request or offer a ride, leave a note in the comments! If you are an enthusiastic walker you can also walk from Coliseum station; it's an estimated 45-min walk (~2.2 mi) on flat, mostly paved, terrain. See map and notes at the bottom of this event listing. Based on our previous visits, I advise: you will be on your feet for about two hours, with a 15-minute break in between, and there will be water, coffee, and some minimal snacks available during the break. Wear shoes that cover your whole foot (sneakers or boots recommended) and comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. The warehouse is not climate-controlled, so you may wish to dress in layers. Leave personal belongings safely secured in your car (including purse, earphones, backpacks). There are also lockers if you need them. Park at the very back area, not near the street (those spaces are reserved for the people picking up food). There will be signs indicating volunteer parking. Enter through the rear entrance of the building (Community Engagement Center) under the orange awning. http://www.accfb.org/volunteering/ Note: At the moment, we do not have an organizer who can be at the event (Lisa is listed, but will not be able to attend). I will update if that changes; if you've done the food bank volunteer sessions before and would like to play "host" this time, please contact Lisa. Walking Route (https://goo.gl/maps/8WDMEkZgcBz) from Coliseum Bart to Alameda County Community Food Bank, mapped by group member Clara (thanks, Clara!). Clara's comment: San Leandro and 66th Streets are pretty dingy, but once you pass that part (~1 mile), the Garretson Point Trail is nice (~1 mile) and the remaining walk to the Food Bank is through an office park (~.2 mile).

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Giving back (#54!): food sorting at the Alameda County Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank

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