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So-Cal Polyamory - Dinner and Discussion at Fuddruckers
Greetings!!! It is once again time to have our monthly Southern California Polyamory Meetup!!! Our meetup is in the beautiful Downtown Burbank (click here for the downtown Burbank website) (http://www.downtown-burbank.org/index.php) Fuddruckers. There is a lot to do in downtown Burbank before the meetup so I encourage everyone to take a look at the website. Several movie theaters, clothing shops and the Media Center Mall and more :-) The meetup will begin at 8pm and Fuddruckers closes at 11pm. Please come and join us for a good time, good food and a great opportunity to meet new friends. Typically, discussions range from polyamory to current events, personal stories through our dreams for the future. I encourage people to move around and get to know one another. Please also feel free to move the tables and chairs as we have the entire room for the group. Bring your questions, and be ready for a fun night of socializing. We do not typically have a planned discussion or group topic, but if you have one, feel free to bring it up. I also set up a discussion thread for topics (click here). Dress is always casual, so don't worry about dressing up, though some do dress up if they are thinking of heading out to any number of clubs that are located just over the hill in Hollywood. Please bring the family, kids too. We have had newborns, toddlers, school age kids and teens at our events in the past. There are a few arcade games at the restaurant. The meetup typically has between 15-20 people, sometimes more. (This is a joint meetup for Loving More and the Southern California Polyamory Meetup Groups) The old rules still apply. 1. Everyone is required to order something to help support the venue, and everyone is on their own bill. We want Fuddruckers to be happy with us as a group and we want them to welcome us back. 2. Please do not arrive before 8pm. There is plenty to do in downtown Burbank, including free wi-fi. There is usually a party meeting in the yellow room before us, so please do not disturb them. Our area will be roped off for us. :-) 3. A $2 donation (or more) is always appreciated to help me cover the fee Meetup charges me to organize the event. 4. This is a family friendly event, meaning there most likely at least be my children present (ages 14 and 17). If you bring your own children, please be willing to supervise them. Because of the children and the nature of the meetup, this I do not consider the event a "pick up" event. While connections hopefully will be made, this is a discussion and dinner with friends event. 5. There is a lot of parking in downtown Burbank. Parking is either on the street, in the lot off of First and Magnolia, the lot on Orange Grove between First and San Fernando, or in either of the lots on Orange Grove between San Fernando and Third. There is also parking at the mall (1 block away) and on the street. (In other words, there is lots of parking available, but it does fill up, so take this into account when planning your arrival time). I look forward to seeing everyone there! Deborah "The more you love, the more you can love?and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just." Robert A Heinlein - Time Enough For Love

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Please join our Polyamory Meetup to meet other supporters of multi-partner relationships and families. Talk about open relationships, polyfidelity, polyamory, honesty, respect and alternate forms of commitment. Typical topics discussed are family structure, children, conflict resolution, communication, compersion, jealousy avoidance, how the lifestyle works, and what doesn't work, adding new partners, and many others. You do not need to identify as polyamorous to join us, all we ask is that you keep an open mind.

This meetup group is family friendly and children are almost always present at our meetups. We are not listed as an adult only group. Please note that the TOS for meetup does not allow nudity or sexual activity in your profile pictures. Because this is a family meetup, it is important to please keep your profile pictures pg-13, not only to comply with meetup's TOS, but also because there may be individuals who are under 18 looking at the site. Thank you for understanding.

If you would like to join this Meetup, Please fill out ALL THE PROFILE QUESTIONS - We screen members who wish to join. If you do not fill out ALL the questions, your membership WILL BE DENIED.

We use these questions to make sure that those who join have at least read the information on the about us page (click here or on "pages" above (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/about/)) and are serious about wanting to know more about the lifestyle. The questions also serve to let the other members know what your "model" of a poly relationship would look like.Yes, this means your answers to the questions will be visible to the rest of the group. It is of benefit to both the group and to yourselves to answer these questions honestly. REMEMBER, if you do not fill out ALL THE PROFILE QUESTIONS, your membership WILL BE DENIED.

Please check out our "ABOUT US" page (click here or on "pages" above (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/about/)). The links on there will give you an idea what Polyamory is all about (they are also posted below).

Many members here are on OKCupid (http://www.okcupid.com/signup?friend=LadyLilithDreams) ( http://www.okcupid.com ), it's FREE!!

Anyone interested in attending is welcome! We ask for a $2 donation at the meetup to help cover the expense of running them (meetup charges the organizers, not the members), but no one is ever turned away for an inability to contribute. We welcome all poly and poly friendly individuals, groups and families. We also encourage those who are curious about the lifestyle to attend our meetups. We generally have between 35 and 50 people who show up at our main meetup at the beginning of each month.

Our main event is held in Burbank on the 1st Saturday of the month (FREE, but a $2 donation is requested) at Fuddrucker's restaurant, Organized by Deborah and Brad. Our second event is held Near Canoga Park on the 3rd Saturday of the month. This event is a Live the Dream ( http://www.livethedream.org ) event, Organized by Terry Brussel. We also share our events with the Loving More Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/loving-more/) with Tom, Angel and Eddie who hold a couple of pool parties a year. If you would like to organize an event, please let me know the specifics and I will add you as an event coordinator. I no longer allow my members to suggest meetups because of an abuse of this feature.

Please remember that this group is based on the premise of encouraging successful relationships of all kinds. To this end, open and honest communication, respect and tolerance of our individual beliefs and philosophies are of paramount importance. We may not always agree with one another, but we still need to respect each other. We are not here to change one another's beliefs, perceptions or expressions of those beliefs, we are here to support one another and possibly learn something in the process of getting to know one another. Along this vein, please note that we are not responsible for what others put on their profiles. If you see something you do not like, simply do not go to that profile. We do however ask that you comply with Meetup's TOS. This is a public forum, and while we do our best to pre-screen members, always follow the rules of internet safety (click here) (http://psychcentral.com/online_dating/safety.html) and screen people yourself. ( http://psychcentral.com/online_dating/safety.html )

***MEMBERS*** Please RSVP every month. Even if you RSVP "NO", it allows me to see who is active on the board. I will be purging inactive members after 6 months of inactivity. ***THANK YOU***

Here are some articles you might find of interest, especially if you are new to the world of Polyamory

Polyamory
What is Polyamory?
Benefits of Polyamory (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/The_Benefits_of_a_Polyamorous_Relationship/)
Polyamory - What it is (Part 1) (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/pages/Polyamory_-_What_it_is_%28Part_1%29/?name=Polyamory_-_What_it_is_%28Part_1%29)
Polyamory - What it isn't (Part 2) (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Polyamory_-_What_it_isn%27t_%28Part_2%29/)
Polyamory Language (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Polyamory_Language/)

Open Relationship Styles
Models Of Open Relationships (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Models_Of_Open_Relationships/) - Excellent Article

Polyamory and Children
Thinking About Children (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/pages/Thinking_about_Children/)
Raising Kids Poly - An Eye Opening Experience (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/pages/Raising_Kids_Poly_-_an_eye_opening_experience/)
But What About The Children? (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/pages/But_What_About_The_Children%3F/)

Dealing with Jealousy
Compersion and Polyamory (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Compersion__and_Polyamory/)
Thoughts on Jealousy (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Thoughts_on_Jealousy/)
A crazy little thing called.....Compersion (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/A_crazy_little_thing_called.....Compersion/)

Poly/Mono Relationship Dynamics
Polyamory for the Monogamous (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Polyamory_for_the_Monogamous/)
My lover just told me he or she wants other lovers (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/My_lover_just_told_me_he_or_she_wants_other_lovers/) - Excellent Article
Bridging the Divide (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Bridging_the_Divide/)
Coming Clean (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Coming_Clean/)

Cohabitation and Dating Safety
Questionaire for Cohabitation (http://polyamory.meetup.com/393/pages/Questionnaire_for_Cohabitation/)
Tips for Online Dating Safety (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/pages/Tips_for_Safe_Online_Dating/)

Sexual Health
Condom Compact (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/pages/Condom_Compact/)

Books
Books on Polyamory (http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Polyamory/pages/Books_on_Polyamory/)

Poly Friendly Professionals
Poly Friendly Professionals (http://www.polychromatic.com/pfp/)

Live the Dream Articles
Click here for Live the Dream Articles (http://www.livethedream.org/articles.php)

Off Site Articles
Never Do This: Poly Mistakes (http://www.xeromag.com/fvpolymistakes.html)

If you know of any poly events in the LA area, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the boards, or contact one of the organizers..

Deborah

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