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Sunrise to Sunset Hikers

Mission Viejo, CA

Sunrise to Sunset Hikers

While this group is primarily focused on hiking, we also enjoy other forms of outdoor fun such as canoeing, biking, kayaking, camping and backpacking.... and a variety of special events including concerts, beach parties, museum, garden, art and holiday walks.

Our success is based in part on our ability to increase the fun factor of outdoor events,  often including a social activity such as picnics that include food and beverage. Our organizers also design conditioning hikes that are intended to enhance aerobic fitness and endurance. Our group has peaked virtually all the major mountains in Southern California, including Mt. Whitney. We strive to offer the most fun and scenic outdoor activities available to residents of Orange County.... events that are both in and out of area.

Our group is diverse, including young/middle/senior ages, singles and couples, and a mix of people with differing racial/ethnic/cultural/religious/political backgrounds. The unity of the Sunset Hikes Meetup centers on our shared love of fun, outdoor activities.

We do NOT ask for donations to support our administrative costs or charitable pursuits, however we do ask that you actively and enthusiastically participate in our events. So come on out! Make new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy the great outdoors. We are all about having fun!

Check out the "Our Calendar" tab for a schedule of upcoming activities. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon....

We welcome you to the Sunrise to Sunset Hiking family!


Disclaimer:

Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

21128 members · Public

OC Girlfriend Circles

Irvine, CA

OC Girlfriend Circles

Are You Interested In: 

• Making meaningful friendships? 

• Learning new skills to improve the friendships you have? 

• Meeting women who share your desire for healthy friendships? 

• Making real connections with women who are also looking for the same? 

We are looking for: 

• Women of all ages (21 to 101), in all stages of life who are seeking to find, create and build friendships. 

• Women who want to improve their friendship skills. 

• Women who are willing to be responsible for their behaviors and be respectful of others.

Who we are:

Our group was founded in August 2014.  We are a Women's Friendship group based on the concepts and principles in 2 books by Shasta Nelson.  

In "Friendships Don't Just Happen" we learn about the 5 Types or Circles of Friendships that we have in our lives and how to strengthen those circles so that we have friends in all areas of our life.

In "Frientimacy" we learn that there are 3 requirements to every friendship: Consistency, Positivity and Vulnerability.  The book goes into depth about each of these, how to develop them, and how to know which might be missing in your friendships.

We use these teachings by requiring consistency and commitment from our members.  You can't get to know people deep enough to develop and strengthen your friendship if you don't see them regularly.  Statistics tell us that it takes 7 interactions with one person to really start building friendship.  We keep our group numbers small, less than 50, to help improve the chances that you'll see the same people over and over again.

We are NOT just about the fun events or finding someone to do something with you.  We are very focused on our connections and for this reason there is always a time for connecting at every event.  This is the crucial component of our activities.  I understand that finding events you enjoy is important and we all LOVE to do fun stuff while creating memories and strengthening our bond but if the fun event is all you're looking for we aren't the right fit for you, there are LOTS of other Meetups for that.

We are open, warm and friendly.  

My Southern upbringing tends to shine through and I will go out of my way to make you feel welcome and included as will the rest of the group members.  

What we’re offering: 

• Interesting and fun events from low-key local OC to adventures around SoCal. 

• Examples of what we've done in the past:

Painting & Wine                             Escape Rooms                   Universal Studios/Disneyland              Glen Ivy Spa Day

Oscar Night Viewing Party          Slumber Parties                 Afternoon Tea                                         Museum visits

Scavenger Hunts                           Movies                                Restaurant Hopping                              Wine Tastings

Day-trips with carpooling             Girlfriend Getaways         Dancing & Concerts                              Theater 

• Events in evenings, daytime, weekday, weeknights, and weekends. 

• Pre-set monthly events: 

• Girlfriends Lunch on the first Thursday

• Girl's Night Out on the second Friday

• a Birthday Celebration event on the third Saturday for all the birthday ladies for that month

• Brunch & Fun day on the fourth Sunday

• We also have other events thrown in at various times, usually on the weekends but the occasional weeknight or weekday does sometimes happen too.

• Meaningful discussions and practical applications of great books/blogs on friendship including "Friendships Don’t Just Happen" by Shasta Nelson. 

• A welcoming, compassionate, and drama-free place for meeting new ladies and making genuine friendships.

Our guidelines/policies:

• The $25 membership dues are collected annually.  All new members receive a 30-day free trial before their dues is collected.  Dues are not pro-rated and are non-refundable.

• We try to keep our membership roster up-to-date and current.  As you can tell, we are not about the number of members but more about active, involved and committed members.  If you are not actively pursuing attendance at events, you may be removed.

• Please keep lines of communication with the organizer(s) open and timely.  Please make sure the organizer(s) know the best method of reaching you.

• If payment is required for an event, the member is responsible for any fees that may be associated with making online payments and unless stated otherwise, are non-refundable.

• No marketing or self-promoting of professional services of any kind  

57 members · Private

Single vs Relationships

Lake Forest, CA

Single vs Relationships

Been burned in love? Relationships not working out?

Can’t confront the dating scene? Or just not ready for a serious relationship?

If you’re in the position of not being sure whether it’s better to be in a relationship or not, then this group is for you. We’ll be doing free webinars in which we’ll discuss what makes a relationship that’s worthwhile having, and how to fully get over a bad one. You can also learn how to avoid getting into a toxic relationship.

Typical pros people give for being single include:

- It’s better than being in an unhappy relationship
- You can focus on your goals and dreams
- Freedom to do what you want
- You can choose your own lifestyle
- Avoid the pain of a toxic relationship
- You won’t get heartbroken (again)

Typical pros people give for being in a relationship:

- Someone to share your life with
- Support from your partner or children
- A friend with whom to share your thoughts and concerns
- You can financially pool resources
- You can experience long-term love

The decision can be difficult, but what makes it much harder are your own emotions. Negative emotions from past bad relationships or witnessing your parents’ relationship troubles, can make you “decide” to stay single. You don’t want to be burned again or risk being burned. You might even feel an almost-physical reaction against the idea of getting into a relationship again.

In this group, we will be holding online webinars where you can learn how you can eliminate the negative emotions connected to your past bad experiences so that you can make a decision based on facts and what is truly best for you.

This group was created by South Coast Mission Dianetics & Scientology Self-Improvement Center.

127 members · Public

Getting Over a Painful Breakup or Divorce

Lake Forest, CA

Getting Over a Painful Breakup or Divorce

A bad breakup or divorce can be one of the most emotionally painful experiences. It can affect all parts of your life and make it difficult to form another relationship—or even think about forming one.

In this group we will be giving you support through this difficult time with free webinars on topics to help you put your old relationship into the past and successfully create a new one.

Some of the things you can learn include:

- How to speed your recovery after your breakup or divorce
- How to let go over the past and be able to start a new relationship
- What is a toxic relationship and how to avoid or get out of one
- Why relationships fail
- Why you can still feel the negative emotional effects of a breakup or divorce, even months or years after
- Why people can act irrationally in a relationship
- Who you should avoid at all costs in a relationship
- What’s at the bottom uncontrollable anger, resentment or jealousy

A nasty divorce, a painful breakup, a failed relationship, all these can embitter you and make you think it is better to be alone. That’s rarely the answer. People usually do better with a partner in life—as long as it’s the right person. We can show you how you can fully get over your breakup or divorce and what characteristics to look out for when choosing your next partner. Come join us!

This group was created by South Coast Mission, Dianetics & Scientology Self-Improvement Center.

73 members · Public

So Many Women...So Little Time

Orange, CA

So Many Women...So Little Time

Please click here for our mailing list!  Glad you found us... Welcome to the So Many Women…So Little Time meetup group. Our group is alive and well and growing by leaps and bounds. We host online zoom events with members from all across the country and are now starting to host some live outdoor events as well, as long as they are safe. Time and space have taken on a whole new meaning. For all of you out of towners, don't worry. I never plan to leave zoom!


I have been so touched by the intimacy and connections that are being created day by through our group interactions. Lots of friendships have been made and yes, even some romance! I try to mix it up and keep it interesting for you all and I’m always open to new ideas and feedback. My commitment to every member is that there are no "outsiders" and all folks that identify as a woman loving women are welcome. I believe that the experience of inclusiveness is palpable in our group events whether live or on Zoom.


For FB users, please follow us (facebook.com/somanywomensolittletime/). If you would like to be part of our secret FB group, please friend request me at Jody Potiker and I will invite you. Once in, you can invite your friends directly from there too.


I would love it if you joined the smwslt mailing list. This separates out our special announcements from all the other meetup emails which can be overwhelming at times. I ask that you please set your notifications at minimum to receive organizer messages and new event announcements. This has to be done while actually on our group site. You can find the settings by clicking on your round profile photo on the top right corner and select email and notifications. 


I am so looking forward to meeting you whether it be online or in person when that time comes.

Until then, Your organizer, Jody

4775 members · Public

HikingOC (Meet to Hike in Orange County & Travel the World)

Costa Mesa, CA

HikingOC (Meet to Hike in Orange County & Travel the World)

Welcome! (Require: a personal photo and introduce yourself to the group)

***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***

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Take a quick look at our 2020 Event Calendar to see what events are on the horizon

    • Join us whether you are new or experienced in Hiking. There are different levels, but we all share one common: using our legs to move up down hills. Most of the time on dirt trails, but there are different terrains: rockies or gravels or in water, river or mud; different settings: mountain, forest, wilderness or desert. Click RATING TABLE to learn more about difficulty levels. Click HikingOC Policy to read more FYI.

    • Contact us if you are interested to join the Organizer Team and organize Hikes local OC or out of town Hikes to those who share the same interest. Our wide open calendar will fill with events during the weekdays, but mostly the weekends. Our events or trips are generated by volunteer effort and time of volunteer organizers.

    [All Our Organizers Volunteer their Time and Effort for Free Cost to Most Events]

    • Once or twice per month, there will be events or trips that require payments. These are costs to cover your expenses and fund raising to "HikingOC Fund".

    • "HikingOC Fund" will generate profit after the costs from events monthly. It will maintain the group website, support all HikingOC volunteered organizers who contribute to build this hiking group, an outdoor active community and to donate to the good causes or charities.  

    • If you like to do a great cause in honor our group name, please support helping those affected by disasters or the National Park Services (we hike on many lands of the National Parks.) We are sure your support is highly appreciated and rescues the unfortunates! There are many Non-Profit Organizations, please contact direct AMERICAN RED CROSS ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER for more info

***Read more past hikes on A Journey with HikingOC -- More Travel Trips in the US and Many Regions in the World***

Check on the IMAGES to see our photo albums

To look for trails maps and info, check out SoCal Hiker

14507 members · Public

Viet Food Bunch & Beyond

Westminster, CA

Viet Food Bunch & Beyond

Are you tired of making meaningless connections? Losing touch with old friends? Haven’t found a good way to make new ones? Who says adulting can’t be fun?

Come eat.drink.play with us! 

Rinse and repeat.

Welcome! 

Don’t let the group name fool you. We welcome all types of people, except the ones who are creepy, disrespectful…you get the drift. 

When was the last time you connected with someone? And no, your last Facebook friend request doesn’t count. Like REALLY connected with someone.

Whether you’re new to the area or a lifelong local, new to MeetUp or not, we want to bring together an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life in a social atmosphere that's friendly, relaxing, and safe.

EAT. Here’s some food for thought. How do you make your food taste better without adding any ingredients? Eat in the company of others. 

DRINK. Let's toast to food, fun, and friendships!

PLAY. We live in one of the most desirable destinations in the world. Let’s explore this urban playground we call home and perhaps even venture off the beaten path.

Life is meant to be lived, so what better way to do it than amongst good company as we share cultural and culinary tastes together by land, sea, car, camper, bike, and plane! Did we miss anything? Maybe segway or electric scooter?

Transparency is important to us, so let’s be frank for a minute. We are not interested in collecting membership dues or hitting membership quotas. Save that for your day job.

Instead, let’s take a break from corporate America or wherever you hail from when you come out to meet us. Let’s collect memories and hit the trails, instead.

If and when you are ready to host an event, please feel free to reach out to any of our organizers.

A few housekeeping items:

*All members must have a clear and recognizable picture (i.e. no cartoons, flowers, landscapes, masks, etc. You know who you are) so that we can identify you at events. Those without one are subject to removal from the group.

 *We ask that you respect all organizers, hosts, and attendees. This includes honoring your RSVPs and letting us know if you can’t make it. Those who "no show" will be subject to removal.

*We ask that you do not contact (message) members you haven’t met in real life. Safety first, right? Exceptions include inquiring about group events with prospective hosts and organizers.

*VFBB strives to foster a safe and comfortable space and community for all members. Harassment of any kind is not tolerated and is ground for removal from VFBB. This includes hostile, intimidating, and/or unwelcoming behavior.

**By joining our MeetUp group, you agree to the MeetUp terms of service releasing the organizers, assistant organizers, hosts, and members from any liability related to any incidents, injuries, or accidents that may occur at MeetUp events**

1516 members · Private

20's & 30's Exploring Southern California 🧭

Stanton, CA

20's & 30's Exploring Southern California 🧭

This is a group for those who are new to town or who have lived their whole lives in Southern California. In this area we call home, everyday can be an opportunity to find a new adventure, to complete a bucket list item, or make a new friend. Southern California offers an endless array of events and attractions however convincing yourself to get out there takes a little motivation sometimes. In this group, we will attempt to take advantage of this paradise by creating a wide variety of events which explore Southern California; whether it's a day at the beach or hiking up some famous mountain peaks, trying a new restaurant, testing your trivia knowledge at a pub, braving the new rides at an amusement park. We will endeavor to do it all! \*\*Disclaimer\*\* 20s & 30s Exploring Southern California and it's organizers do not assume responsibility for any accident, illness, or injury that may occur during or resulting from our meet-up events. You agree you assume all risks and liability that are involved in our activities. Please always come prepared and know your personal limits while focusing on personal safety and health, including taking any precautions as recommended by the state of California Health Department. If anyone is making you feel uncomfortable please let an organizer know as any harassment, bullying, and general unwanted advancements are not allowed and may result in removal from the group. This group is not designed for dating and our main priority here is to create a community of friends with diverse and have a good atmosphere so please have respect for that purpose above any other concerns.

3572 members · Private