What we're about

https://www.socialfundation.com (https://www.socialfundation.com/) for the full calendar

The mission of this group is its name.

"Random Rainbow" aims to be positive and safe environment for members to experience things that are Random and are "Rainbow" or whatever that may mean to you. Mostly it means. Everyone is welcome.

Los Angeles is vibrant and diverse city. We have the opportunity to explore it and make new friends while doing so. Meetup is one of the few (maybe only) websites dedicated to having it's participants get offline and do things in reality.

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. (William Butler Yeats )

This is a place where everyone can just come as they are, and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. We are not limited, restricted or exclusive by age, gender, gender preference, national origin, relationship status, etc. To put it more simply this group is open to the variety that is life. All ages, all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - And that includes you!!!

There are plenty of meetups that exclude based of one reason or another. Or there plenty meetups where people self segregate. This meetup is neither of those. Diversity is coveted here. People are not monochrome and neither are we. You will fit in perfectly and find a lot of folks who just like you in certain aspect, and differ from you in others. It's the good kind of variety of life.

Some events on this group may specify limits at times. Those will be clearly noted when needed. At times they may be age delineated, or even gender related. And other times it will state only certain gender preference. Limits are placed often as a means to control size. The event can then be repeated/recycled with a different limit range. If there is an event you really wish to go to with a limit, . . . please contact me. You can be the impetus and the catalyst for the next event in the different limit/range. Other times the limit can be waived or bent as needed.

Challenge yourself and importantly, BE yourself and expand your horizons and comfort zone. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded and be non-judgmental. The group is based off quality events to bring people together from positive social interaction. Anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional, wild-at-heart side of Los Angeles is welcome!

In the interest of making events successful . . . I will spread events across other meetup groups to bump up attendance. For as you know, . . . sometimes people don't show up. Some Organizers get really bent out of shape about that. I do however know that life happens. Even if it's 10 mins before the event. Just change your rsvp. No worries. No harm-no foul. There is not any sort strikes or penalty system, and there is nobody keeping score. The exception will be if it is listed as a "no flake" event. On those you gotta give good notice of changes. It's about fun and community. What I have found is that by being mellow and and having good events more show up. We tend to have 80% or more attendance. I approach with compassion. So if you don't make one event or another. . . try and make it to the next, or the one after that. When you do make it, .. . . we will be glad you are there and all are welcome.

While there are flexible attendance rules. There are sex/gender related rules. As a guideline do not message people you have not met in person. This is not an online dating place. There have been problems with that happening over meetup in general. It's just not cool. Meetup is about real life and not virtual. Get off your computer and come to an event. Say hello in person. Smile, . . . be personable and decent. And just be there to get to know people and make friends of whatever gender. You can always use new good friends. And this is one way to make/meet them. Organizers of another group that are not an organizer or host here are also not allowed to solicit members.

This group does have several like minded sister groups with different interests.

! ! ! wanted to do that . . . just not alone ! ! !™

https://www.meetup.com/IWantToDoThat/Join

I Just Moved to LA" . . . New in Town!!!

https://www.meetup.com/IJustMovedToLA/Join

Wine, Arts, Culture and Travel

https://www.meetup.com/Cultural/Join

Outdoor Adventures. Travel, Hiking, Camping, Backpacking

https://www.meetup.com/AtlasObscura/Join

40+ Flying Solo. The Original Over 40s Social Events Group

https://www.meetup.com/FlyingSoloSocials/Join

50+ Singles Just Wanna Have Fun! Active Adventures 'n More

https://www.meetup.com/FiftyAndFabulous/Join

40's-60'­s Single Travelers. Explore the world near & far!!

https://www.meetup.com/40s60sSingleTravelers/Join

20's 30's Social Fun in LA

https://www.meetup.com/TheGoingOutGroup/Join

Let's talk a little more about age: Are you in your 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s ? (btw some write 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's ). I am often asked "What age range is this group?" 20 40 maybe? 30 50 perhaps? Or even 60 70. Forties ( forty's forty ), Fifties ( fifty's fifty ) of sixties ( sixty's sixty ) or older does matter. We are just aiming at good community.

Yeah, . . . All that is great, . . . But I still have one question, . . . What age is your group?

Age is a state of mind. And our state (this group) has no borders.

If so then you may be looking for us!

We do NOT discriminate by age, sex or gender, gender preference, origin, religion, belly button lint, etc . . . .

Do you enjoy friendship, activities, key networking, casual socializing, parties learning, sharing, inspiration? You do!?!?! How about personal and professional development with active nerd adult ( adults ) who like adventure ( adventurers, adventures, adventurous ) stuff that may involve silly dance game ( games ) and cool nerds with addicting, amazing fun? Great!!!! There will be sweet things to discover while engaging in retro revival underground unique geeky exploration of fringe play plus speed punk quirky sophisticated spectacular geek socials with high society making savvy friends. It will be an offbeat odyssey of an outing to nerdy paradise and we will party at random places (see locations below). Come and share fine no flake ( flakes ) fun that is free or inexpensive and goes late into the lovely night. Left, right or center, we will live life together and enjoy.

We do some sports related events. Are you interested in teammates players for your sport or hobby? Such as bowling, trivia, camping, biking, hike, hikes, hiking, snowboarder, snowboarding, ski, skiing, kayaking? Or even related to bmi, exercise, fitness, healthy, lock pong, recreation, recreational, outdoor, Halloween, mammoth mountain, St Patrick's, Ensenada, un scrabble solitaire poker or more!!! We run the range.

A bigger majority of what we is is cultural ( culture ), language, travel, music, arts, festival, performance, crave, dining, exotic, restaurant, food, foodie, architecture, art, artistic, urban, or ballet. But it does not stop there. We also do comedy, concert ( concerts ), cook, cooking, theater, theatre, culinary, cultural, tours, sub-culture, subculture sponge ( sponges ), performances, dances, dancing, museums, musical ( musicals ), bars, foodies, dinner, dinning, bbq, beach, restaurants, trips, cruise ( cruises ), cuisine. And even with all that we still to even more!!! Including, flea n farmer (farmers) market ( markets ), boutique, burlesque, crafting, craft, create, creating, sushi, pho, pizza, tastings, tickets, kim chi, tai kimchi, deserts, eating, festivals, film, films, galleries, games, karaoke, movies, sutra kama karma.And now the important question. Did we miss one? Oh. . . OK then, . . Send that so we can add it to the list.

Aside from the High Brow we do engage in the Low Brow such as wine, beer, drink, bar hopping, dive bars ( dives ), rave ( raver ravers raves raving ), hip-hop hiphop, hole holes-in-walls, crawl crawls, trance techno, dubstep, night nightclub, nightlife, nights. As well as classic club clubbing, clubs eclectic, edm electro electronica, pubs, pub speak, speakeasy, drinks, meet meeting mix mixer mixers mixing, greet, happy hour hours haunts, Did somebody say mingle?

So the High Brow and the Low Brow get together and make up THE KNOW BROW and that is all about people and who makes us up.

By ethnicity we very much match the ethnic makeup of Los Angeles with Caucasian and Non Hispanic Whites, Latino, Black or African American, Native American,Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and others such as Middle Eastern such as Arab or Israeli, and many more.

Different than ethnicity is Nationality, or National Origin. And again . . . from that we run the range European, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Indian, Taiwanese (Taiwan), Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese ( China, Cantonese, Mandarin ), Hong Kong Mexican ( Mexico ), and more and more. Even USC or UCLA

And that makes for sooooooooo many languages. We like language and the culture it is able to unlock It brings English, Spanish second ESL and ELL and ASL are big here. Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, And the gamut of others to translate ( translation translator ) with class (classes).

Tolerance is a main tenet here as we are Christian ( Catholic, Mormon, etc), Jewish (Jew Jews), Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Scientology and more. And even Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, Bernie / BernieCrat, or even Trump or Trumpian or Scientologist. This is a big tent and since it's decent social we will all be decent.

What it comes down to is we are making new friends ( friend freind freinds ) and to be friendly. Almost like finding your entourage Made up of Men (man men's mens) and women ( woman women's ) and non-binary too. Members may be young or old, married, single ( divorce divorced separated and never married ) or coupled (couple as part of a committed relationship / relationships ). Many are likely singles and looking to date in one way or another. Going on dates or dating is fine. But it does NOT happen via using the group like Tinder, Match.com, POF or eharmony.

This group is about real life. So online messaging of people you have not met in real life is not allowed. Why such a rule?

Because it is heterosexist of you to assume that all people are interested in you. Like is says above there are married or those in committed relationships. There is is also the range of sexual preference in the group. Gay, lesbian girls lgbt lgbtq queer bi poly swing swinger swinging and any sort of variation such as transsexual and transgender. We do accept all. Even rs40 and rso40.

Whoever you find cute, hot, sexy or find attraction to that comes in person. Plenty a match and romance or spark may happen. You may find your love (or lover). But you also may just make great friends girlfriend ( girlfriends ). It's just down to good decent social. Conscious communication and engagement that makes for self-improvement and improvement of others. Conversation and network or networking of professionals. That's just smart l33t leet api entrepreneur groupting that will lead to inspirational international consciousness.

We just added Game of Thrones GOT and The Walking Dead viewing parties.

Where do you do events? We do them ALL OVER!!!! I have taken the time to look at past events and the cities they have happened in and near and put it together with the upcoming location too. Our groups IS different, . . . we DO range all over the city. Here are where we HAVE BEEN, and where we are GOING!!

So I have gone in great detail to cover who we are and what we do. This is accurate and verifiable by going to our past events and looking that what we have done. This is all fact based on the breadth, scope and mission of this group.

It might be summed up by saying Random Rainbow is just that: An LGBT and Allies meetup group that does random activities, outings, events, and all kinds of fun random things for all kinds of colorful people who are lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans or queer and allies.

Events that are hosted, and community will be the order of the day.

Upcoming events (4+)

Meetup on The Orient Express Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul!!

Los Angeles International Airport

NEW DATE FOR 2022 as ALL 2021 departures have filled.

Don't miss. This will also fill.
Departure date from the US, May 10.
Return date May 25, 2022

The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!

This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense of excessive opulence by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror elements of the original Orient Express route from Paris to Istanbul.

You will visit Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul.

The trip starts in Paris and has a full three days there. Also staying two full days in each - Vienna, Venice, Prague and Budapest, ending with three nights in Istanbul at the luxury, historical Hotel Pera Palace.
Included: train or air travel between the 6 cities, transfers to hotels, train stations or airports, guided tours in each city, one or more meals a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!

In addition, many other options and extras are included. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula.

Here is a basic thumbnail:
** Paris for three nights
* Night Train Paris to Venice
**Venice for one night
* Night Train Venice to Vienna
**Vienna for one night
* Night Train Vienna to Prague
** Prague for one night
* Night Train Prague to Budapest
** Budapest for one night
* Late evening flight Budapest to Istanbul
** Istanbul for three nights.
* Sleeping compartments in the trains and First Class hotels in each city with very central location

What was The Orient Express?

It was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. And we are staying in it! The original name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, and later to Budapest as the endpoint. And again shortened to either Venice or Vienna. By 2007 The Orient Express was only Paris to Strasbourg, and in 2009 stopped service altogether. So the real Orient Express is but a memory.

There is a price for opulent luxury, . . . and we are NOT paying it. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence.
In the end you will have visited 6 countries: France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey!

Includes:
* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 10 nights in 4-star or higher category hotels with best central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
and more...

The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before. Secure Deposit Link https://py.pl/1wiaAA

$3,940 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total.

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it !

Sep 10 Meetup on The Orient Express Paris Venice Prague Vienna Budapest Istanbul

Los Angeles International Airport

The world is re-opening. We had our reservations in place before. Now is THE time to go!

The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!

This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror the original Orient Express

Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest & Istanbul.

The trip starts in Paris for full two days. Also staying two full days in Vienna, 1 3/4 days in Budapest, with full days in Venice, Prague, and two full days in Istanbul. Included: guided tours in each city, at least one meal a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!

In addition, many other options and extras are included. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula.

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

Here is a basic thumbnail:
** Paris for two full days.
* Night Train Paris to Venice
**Venice for a full day
* Night Train Venice to Vienna
**Vienna for two full days
* Night Train Vienna to Prague
** Prague for a full day
* Night Train Prague to Budapest
** Budapest for two (almost full) days
* Late flight Budapest to Istanbul
** Istanbul for two full days.
* Hotel nights in Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul

The Orient Express began in 1883. Original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. It became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, and later to Budapest as the endpoint. In 2009 service stopped and The real Orient Express is but a memory.

With this trip, we visit more cities, with guided tours included in each, a meal a day, as well as all transfers and hotels with concierge quality service. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence.

Includes:
* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 6 nights in great hotels in prime central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
and more...

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

We have TWO departures to chose from
Sep[masked]https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927768/
Sep 21-Oct 2 https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927777/

$3,490 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total. Only 4 openings left.

The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before
Secure Deposit Link https://py.pl/1imcPZ
You can use any credit or debit card.

Questions? Ask at our Zoom this Thurs at 7PM
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278630121/

To join in on the other fun events we do
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/join/ events/

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow Wieliczka: Epic Eastern Train Adventure!!!

Los Angeles International Airport

Let's make a plan to get out of town and Meetup!!

This trip is an AMAZING Eastern European journey.

It has all the best elements.

The basic thumbnails are St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow and Wieliczka.

We will be visiting at the top of summer - a time called "White Nights" The sun never really sets. It's amazing!!!

Add to this:
We will be taking Night Trains from St Petersburg to Moscow and then from Moscow to Warsaw. This brings in the romance train travel of a bygone era.

We start in St Petersburg. A city dripping with history.
First of all . . .there is the Hermitage. And there is the rest of the amazing city too (rsvp or message us to find out city options)

After our time in St Petersburg we travel by night train to Moscow.
In Moscow we will have two full days to soak in the city with guided tours. (rsvp or message us to find out city specifics)

After our fill of Moscow we make our way by Night Train to Warsaw. If you don't know much about Warsaw . . . you will, after we get there.
It is truly a historic city. (rsvp or message us to find out city options)

We continue to Krakow. This may very well be the gem of the entire trip.
From Krakow we do take a day trip to Wieliczka. This is NOT to be missed.

Here are links that give a small taste of each place
"White Nights https://tr.im/WhiteNightsVid
St Petersburg https://tr.im/StPetersburgVid
Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowVid (this underplays what is there)
Karkow https://tr.im/KrakowVid1 and https://tr.im/KrakowVid2
Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawVid
Wieliczka https://tr.im/WieliczkaVid

Itinerary
Day 0 Jun 17
Departure to St Petersburg

Day 1 Jun 18
Arrival. Sit down kickoff dinner (included) Hotel Petro Palace

Day 2 Jun 19
First day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Lunch Included in tour. Hotel Petro Palace

Day 3 Jun 20
Second day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Night Train St Pete/Moscow

Day 4 Jun 21
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Metropol Moscow

Day 5 Jun 22
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Night Train Moscow/Warsaw

Day 6 Jun 23
Warsaw Hop-on, Hop-off Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Bellotto

Day 7 Jun 24
Day at leisure to explore (night in) Hotel Bellotto

Day 8 Jun 25
Warsaw to Krakow with sightseeing on the way. Extra stop Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, home to the Black Madonna painting. Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 9, Jun 26
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow (Lunch included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 10 Jun 27
Farewell Dinner (included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 11 Jun 28
Flight Home

Add to all of this . . . we will be staying in 5 star hotels that are in the heart of the city and in the center of all the sights and culture.

Hotels
St Petersbug https://tr.im/StPetersburgHotel
Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowHotel
Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawHotel1 or https://tr.im/WarsawHotel2
Krakow https://tr.im/KrakowHotel

This event is cross-posted to several like-minded groups.
The main group coordinating is
https://tr.im/MoreToExplore

Total cost is $2,990.
Per person, Double Occupancy.
We will provide roommate matching.

Solo Room supplement is $1,100 (if you want the hotel room and train cabin to yourself)

Round trip air is not included. This is the "land" portion cost.

Deposit of $500.00 to secure your place ASAP.

Deposit refundable up to 90 days prior to departure.
Balance due no later than April 17, 2020.

We will walk you thru obtaining a Russian Visa. There is an additional cost.

Here are other upcoming events:

May 15
Ensenada Weekend Cruise
https://tr.im/Ensenada

Apr 18
Everest Base Camp
https://tr.im/BaseCampEverest

Sep 18
Meetup on The Orient Express
Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul
https://tr.im/OrientExpress2020

May 8
Sequoia National Park
https://tr.im/SequoiaCamping

May 22
Yosemite Memorial Day Weekend
https://tr.im/YosemiteCamping

Jul 2
July 4th Weekend: Big Pine Lakes
https://tr.im/July4thCamping

July 4th Weekend in Washington DC - The Nation's Capital!! FIREWORKS & TOURS!!!

Los Angeles International Airport

July 2 - July 6, 2022: $1,095*

Celebrate America’s Birthday in Washington DC, The Nation’s Capital!
You’ve learned about America’s capital in textbooks, but there’s nothing like seeing Washington DC up close for those craving a look at history, culture and architecture.

Vacation Day 1: Thursday - 5 PM Start time.
Night Tour Explore the famous monuments of DC by the moonlight and experience seeing the great memorials illuminated at night.

Vacation Day 2: Friday
U.S. Capitol
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Guided tour of the U.S. Capitol. Including Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall.
Smithsonian Museum of American History
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
In addition you can visit the Albert Einstein Planetarium, Lockheed Martin IMAX® Theater and the Public Observatory.
Tonight enjoy our (included) Welcome Dinner near to the hotel.

Vacation Day 3: Saturday, July 4 - Independence Day
After breakfast we'll walk over to Constitution Ave to secure our spot for America's best and biggest Independence Day Parade.
The Parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants.
After the parade it is time for lunch and to load up our included picnic sacks. Then we'll walk over to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to get our piece of the lawn for the concert and to watch the flyovers.
The annual concert at the Capitol Building begins at 8:00pm.
The National Park Service and partners host a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show in the heart of the nation's capital. View a colorful fireworks display that will illuminate the sky using DC's iconic monuments and memorials as a stage.

Vacation Day 4, Sunday
In the morning included guided tour of Ford's Theater (President Lincoln’s assassination) and free afternoon after.
Later is Farewell Dinner at a local DC restaurant. (included)

Vacation Day 5, Monday - Depart Washington DC
After breakfast, as time permits have a final farewell stroll along the National Mall. Then check out our hotel 12:00pm and make your way to the airport.

Please message https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=131297062 for a more detailed Day-by-Day itinerary.

Price: $1,095* includes
* 4 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily
* Welcome and Farewell Dinners
* Goodie Bag: insulated food bag, American Flag & More
* Tour Leader
* Guided Tours
* Activities and Admissions per itinerary
* All Taxes

*The price per person is for a double room. We provide free roommate matching so there is no need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $600

Not Included: Airfare, Airport Shuttle, Gratuities, some meals, optional tours

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