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The Monterey Self-Defense Meetup

Monterey, CA

The Monterey Self-Defense Meetup

This class is for anyone wishing to learn or master self-defense skills. Raw beginners and instructors in other systems encouraged to attend. The focus will be on building a working self defense skill-set:  This  includes the optimal use of bio-mechanics and physics for self-defense.  Instructor has been teaching the combat arts for around 17 years.

This class teaches stand-up fighting skills; i.e. striking (fists, palms, elbows, etc), striking interceptions / blocking, joint manipulation / breaking, and throwing techniques found in Judo / Shuai jiao.  We do not cover ground fighting--for that range, it is recommended you also attend Gracie Jiu-jitsu monterey.

There is a numbered list curriculum/class-schedule, students can work their way from White Sash to Black Sash if they wish. (New students may join at any time.)

The groups organizer is the founding instructor of "Flowing Combat" (流动战斗), a System developed for modern self-defense from the internal Kung-Fu arts of BaguaZhang (eight Triagram palms), Xingyquan (heart, mind fist) and Taijiquan.  

Mixed in with Kung-Fu is Military unarmed/armed combat, as taught to Military personnel and Special Operators across various services.  The teacher was formerly contracted by the Air Force to teach the foregoing, including sexual assault prevention, weapons disarming, use, and retention. 

Classes are Fees, but students may be asked to cover location/equipment costs as applicable per class/seminar;  Class will be hosted at Wave Street Studios, by the beach, or in a private back yard area (cement/ w/ martial arts pads). Each class may be filmed and put online and/or broadcast on local TV stations.  

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Inland Empire Movie Lovers

Chino Hills, CA

Inland Empire Movie Lovers


Do you love movies? Would you like to make new friends while catching some of the hottest new releases and classic films in theaters? Then this is the meetup for you. Join up with other spirited movie lovers and check out the latest action films, romantic comedies, hard-hitting dramas, classic movies, and period pieces. Whatever your taste in movies, you’ll feel right at home with us.

You can expect to find Meetups at some of the following theaters:

-Edwards Ontario Palace Stadium 22 & IMAX

-Edwards Ontario Mountain 14 

-Laemmle Claremont 5

-AMC Ontario Mills 30

-AMC Victoria Gardens 12 (Rancho Cucamonga)

AMC Tyler Galleria (Riverside)

-Harkins Chino Hills 18

-Starlight Dos Lagos 15

We DO NOT schedule meetings in the high desert, Temecula, or much outside of the theaters listed above.

There are no fees to belong to the group. However, each member is expected to keep their RSVPs up to date and be respectful to other group members.  Each person is also responsible for purchasing their own movie tickets, snacks, and meals.  The group does cost me Meetup fees; accordingly, movie lovers who join and do not come back to the group's page after several months may be removed from the group.

This meetup group is intended to be interactive, so members are always encouraged to suggest and recommend movies that they would like to see. Additionally, the Inland Empire Movie Lovers group is about more than just watching great films. It’s also about making meaningful social connections, so after many films, we will visit a local restaurant or coffee shop to discuss the movie and just chat.  So join us today!

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Pasadena Area Screenwriting Group

Pasadena, CA

Pasadena Area Screenwriting Group

This group is for people aiming to become film or TV screenwriters.

We typically have discussion meetings twice per month, with one devoted to Feature scripts and one devoted to TV scripts. We meet to provide feedback on a completed script written by one of our members, which we all download and read before the meeting. The other purpose of the group is networking with other writers.

Presenters are charged a nominal fee ($8 per Feature script, $4 per TV script) to have their script discussed at a meeting. This is purely to cover the cost of the Organizer dues (~$180/year) charged by Meetup to run the group. To be clear, there is NO charge to join the group OR to attend a meeting (unless you are presenting). 

A note about sharing scripts: Scripts being discussed by the group are made for download to all group members for at least a week. It should go without saying that if you read someone else's script you should not copy their ideas or work, nor should you share them with others without the author's permission. We strongly believe it is more important to get our work out there, and to receive feedback, than to worry about someone stealing our ideas or scripts, but if you are at all concerned with this then - while you are still very welcome to attend our meetings - you can simply choose not to have your work discussed by the group. It is also a good practice to copyright your scripts (with e.g. the US Copyright Office) before sending them anywhere. 

Here's how a typical meeting might work:

    • We go around the room, introducing ourselves and saying (briefly) what kind of scripts we write. This is a good time for the presenters to briefly say what they aiming for with their scripts.

    • We next start off the feedback by going around the room again and saying something (general or specific) that we really liked about the script :-)  Note that we give verbal feedback during the meeting but if you made written notes - e.g. on the script PDF - feel free to ask the authors for their contact info so you can send them those notes later.

    If suggested by the moderator: We then go around the room one more time and briefly describe the main issue we had with the script. The idea here is to prevent the most forceful speakers from dominating ;) It gives the presenter an idea of the biggest issues, and also lets the moderator know who to call on during later discussions.

    • We then open the floor for general feedback, with the moderator guiding the group as necessary. You don't have to wait to be called on, but please avoid talking over others. Conversely, if you find it difficult to break in you can raise your hand and the moderator will call on you.

    • We avoid talking about things like formatting or punctuation, grammar, spelling etc. (unless it's a very general, brief comment) and try instead to focus on big picture comments (e.g. structure, plot, character, tone, etc.) before getting down to more detailed comments (e.g. jokes, specific dialogue, etc.)

    • We encourage people to give feedback respectfully and not play to the audience or poke fun at something the writer did. However, please note the discussion does tend to evolve organically and enthusiastically! 

    • We require writers to attend at least ONE recent meeting before presenting their script, partly so that they are aware of how the group operates and can decide if it suits them (or not).

    • Particularly if the group is large, there can be a large amount of feedback delivered in a short time by many different people with different perspectives, which can be a little overwhelming for the author trying to keep track of it all. So, when you present your script (particularly if it's a large group), please feel free to bring a recording device and/or to ask people to slow down and repeat themselves!!

There are no fees other than the nominal fee to present, and you will NOT be solicited to attend fee-paying seminars or buy script editing services, although free/cheap events may be posted on the message board.

All we ask is that when you RSVP 'yes' you commit to downloading and reading the entire script we'll be discussing ahead of time. We won't be reading any of the script during the meeting, so if you haven't read it in advance you'll find it difficult to participate fully on the day.

Basically: if you're serious about becoming a professional screenwriter, and are willing to provide others with feedback in exchange for getting feedback on your own scripts, then this group is for you!

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Yucca Valley, CA


This group is for people who love vintage films and would like to experience them on a big screen and with an audience. We will be attending weekly Friday night showings at the Bijou Cinema in the Hi-Desert. The Bijou Cinema is a great place for people who want to learn about classic film. This vintage decor 35 seat theater shows both Hi-Def Video as well as Motion Picture Film on the big screen. It also has the capability for showing 3D movies in Polaroid 3D. The Bijou's 3D system looks better than what you see in the commercial movie theaters.

The Bijou Cinema is dedicated to showing classic films uncut, uncensored and in their original formats. At The Bijou you can see the films the way they were meant to be seen.

Mini-lectures by film historians will accompany each film presentation. There may also be field-trips to other areas in the Inland Empire for classic film presentations(unfortunately, there aren't many classic film presentations in the Inland Empire). If you like Film Noir, Classic Comedy, Silent Films, classic Animation, B-Movies and other vintage genres, then this group is just for you.

The most common problem occurring in meet up groups is people who RSVP yes, and then don't show up(sometimes as much as 80% of the group.) Because of this problem, we are following the policy of other meet up groups and instituting a 3 STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT policy. This means that if you RSVP yes and are a no-show 3 times within 6 months, your membership will be cancelled. At that point, you still have the option of re-joining the group. 

FACEBOOK GROUP - Most of you probably don't know that the Desert Classic Film Society is also a group on Facebook.  It is there that we post cinema related articles, photos and videos. To find it simply type in DESERT CLASSIC FILM SOCIETY or go to this link...­

The DESERT CLASSIC FILM SOCIETY is a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

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Guatemala Mexican/Indigenous Events/Pow Wows

San Francisco, CA

Guatemala Mexican/Indigenous Events/Pow Wows

Greetings--Our group is focused on Indigenous cultural & political events. We hit the pow wows and film festivals as much as possible. The group has a specific focus on Guatemalan/Mexican/Indigenous American art, spirituality, dance & textiles.

We go to the Guelaguetza (Oaxacan Indigenous Dance/Cultural Fair) in Santa Cruz and fun events like concerts & fairs. We love to go to dances, Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo in Oakland, and other street fairs and demonstrations for human rights, environmental causes, to stop Keystone XL Pipeline and for social justice.

This Meet-up is great for people who love to view & upload photos of indigenous Textiles/crafts--Please check out our photos.

We never charge our members to attend a meet-up, unless it is a class, in which case, there will be a reasonable charge to pay the instructor and to pay for materials. Of course, if we are going to a concert or show, you will probably have to pay at the door to get in (but there is no charge from this group).

Guatemalan or Mexican backstrap weaving/brocade lessons will be coming at a future date. Join us!


Hola--Este grupo se enfoca en los eventos culturales, políticos y espirituales de indígenas americanos y guatemalteco/mexicanos. Vamos a los festivales de Cine, ceremonia del Año Nuevo Mexica, el festival de Baile ´Etnico, y mucho más.

Vamos a la Guelaguetza (feria indígena Oaxaqueña), los pow wows, el Día de los Muertos, museo y otros lugares donde se exhiben textiles y artes indígenas. Tambi´n vamos a los eventos divertidos como ferias y conciertos. Y por supuesto vamos a las manifestaciones por la justicia social, el ambiente y los derechos humanos.

Este grupo es buenísimo para gente que le gusta ver y subir fotos de los eventos, pow wows, bailes, y las artesanías indígenas--vean nuestras fotos.

Nunca cobramos por asistir a un meet-up, al menos que sea una clase, y en ese caso habrá un precio razonable para pagarle a la maestra y pagar los materiales. Y bueno, por supuesto si vamos a un concierto o show, probablemente tendrás que pagar tu entrada en la puerta (pero no habrá cobro de este grupo).

Habrá clases de telar de cintura y brocado estilo de Guatemala o de México proximamente. ¡Unete!

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Los Angeles Browncoat Shindig

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Browncoat Shindig

Scoobies, Browncoats, Whovians, Sherlockians, Ringers, Potterheads, Trekkies, Scapers, Smegheads, Gamers and All Fandoms - Discussion of All Things Whedon, Doctor Who, Walking Dead, Star Trek, Tolkien, Sherlock, Harry Potter, Farscape; books, film, television, webseries, fanfic, conventions, cosplay, SCA, gaming, computer skills and toys, plus we do that "general conversation"-thing that Muggles do, too!

We are a merger of multiple Meetups: Firefly, General SciFi & Fantasy, Buffy, Angel & Farscape groups in the Greater Los Angeles area into this single, monthly Meetup. So if you see only a few RSVPs, know that we will have many more people all together.

IMPORTANT INFO: Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are working on building Virtual Meetups. Read the date and description of each Upcoming Event to know when and how the Meetup will be happening. Ideas and help for these virtual Meetups will be gladly welcomed.

WHEN WE CAN MEET AGAIN IN REAL LIFE we will go back to our regular monthly meetings plus events planned by the members. We do many activities as off-shoots of this Single Enormous Meetup! There's many a movie-day that are attended by portions of our group! Not to mention various craft days, geek outings, etc. See who you bond with! See what further activities await you!!!

We've been active since early 2003 with a good turnout of members at each event.

Who should come? Everyone

Are newcomers welcome? Always

Why should people come? To be with people who don't look at you with blank face when you talk geek.

500 members · Public