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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.  

264 members · Private

R-Ladies Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

R-Ladies Santa Barbara

R-Ladies Santa Barbara welcomes members of all R proficiency levels, whether you're a new or aspiring R user, or an experienced R programmer interested in mentoring, networking & expert upskilling. Our non-profit, civil society community is designed to develop our members' R skills & knowledge through social, collaborative learning & sharing. Supporting minority identity access to STEM skills & careers, the Free Software Movement, and contributing to the global R community!

A local chapter of R-Ladies Global, R-Ladies Santa Barbara exists to promote diversity in the R community, both locally and worldwide. We are pro-actively inclusive of queer, trans, and all minority identities, with additional sensitivity to intersectional identities. Our priority is to provide a safe community space for anyone identifying as a minority gender who is interested in and/or working with R. As a founding principle, there is no cost or charge to participate in any of our R-Ladies communities around the world.

We are part of Global R-Ladies group. Here are some links! You can access our presentations, R scripts and more on our Github account and follow us on twitter to stay up to date about R-Ladies news!

Find links to past Meetup materials (slides, code, video recordings) here:

R-Ladies Global Website:

R-Ladies Global Github:

Twitter: @RLadiesGlobal ( & @RLadiesSB (

PS Community Policies & Code of Conduct:

R-Ladies Santa Barbara is dedicated to providing harassment-free event experiences for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.

We ask that all participants review and abide by the R-Ladies Code of Conduct.

The leadership, mentoring & teaching roles within this Community are held exclusively by minority genders (majority gender speakers may be allowed/invited as one-off guests in exceptional circumstances at the leadership team's discretion). Due to unexpected demand, we have opened learning participation to all genders, dependent on initial and on-going vetting by the leadership team. However, the stated priority of the R-Ladies communities is the development & support specifically of those identifying as a minority gender, and we, therefore, reserve the right to guard this interest through whatever measures the leadership team deems appropriate. Anyone involved with R-Ladies Santa Barbara is expected to fully respect each other, the mandate of this community, and the goodwill on which R-Ladies is founded, or face expulsion/a penalty of any form, at the discretion of the leadership team.

Full community guidelines are found here: 

PPS Photos, Films and all other media/recordings:

Photos, Films, and all other media/recordings: photographs and/or video/other media will be taken at events held by this community. By taking part in an R-Ladies Santa Barbara event you grant the community organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming/media, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for publicity, fundraising or other purposes to help achieve the community’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be recorded in these media please inform a community organizer.

533 members · Public

Coachella Valley Healthy Eating Support Group

Palm Desert, CA

Coachella Valley Healthy Eating Support Group

March 9, 2020: Due to the corona virus crisis, activities of this group have been suspended.


The purpose of this group is to provide social and educational support for anyone who wishes to learn about or practice, either strictly or partially, healthy eating -- by which we mean eating whole foods (no or minimal processing) that are plant-based, with no or minimal added oils*

This definition of what constitutes healthy eating is not the idiosyncratic belief of any one physician or nutritionist. Instead it is an approach that is supported, in its central elements,  by all of the following experts: John McDougall, M.D., Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., T. Colin, Campbell, Ph.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Neal Barnard, M.D., Michael Greger, M.D., Alan Goldhamer, M.D., Jeff Novick, M.S.,R.D., Chef AJ, Michael Klaper,M.D. , Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Pam Popper, N.D., Rip Esselstyn, and Doug Lisle, Ph.D. 

We welcome to our Healthy Eating Group not only those who wish to follow a whole food, plant based lifestyle strictly, but also those who wish only to try it out or to follow it only partially—e.g., for only part of the day, for only 1 meal a week, for only one day a week, etc.—or to follow the diet with certain exceptions. Fortunately, there is general agreement among nutritional specialists as to what the ideal diet consists of. However, each individual decides for him/herself how close to that ideal he/she wishes to come.

Eating and preparing a whole food, plant-based diet is difficult in our society. The purpose of Coachella Valley Healthy Eating Group is to provide information, support, social opportunities, and activities that will make it a little easier to eat this way.

We are trying to determine what activities would best meet the needs of persons interested in our group. Below are some possible activities. Please respond to this message by sending me a Meetup message indicating which activities, including ones not listed below if you wish, that you would like to see our group offer. The information we receive from prospective members will determine the content of our next meeting.

1.  Cooking demonstrations and recipes

2.  Potluck dinners at the homes of members

3,  Eating together at a local restaurant

4.  Viewing and discussing films such as those listed below:

o  General introductions to whole foods, plant-based eating—e.g., Forks over Knives, What the Health, and Game Changers.

o  Talks by medical/nutritional experts on topics such as these: 1.  How a plant-based lifestyle can prevent,  slow down the progression of, arrest, or even in some cases reverse, problems such as obesity, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, acne, acid re-flux,  etc. 2. To what extent can a whole food, plant-based diet promote longevity? 3.  What diet is best for human health? 4.  How to read labels on food packages and select foods wisely? 5.  Are we carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores? 6.  Environmental effects of the whole food, plant-based lifestyle –e.g., on global warming 7.  Ethical issues re the whole food, plant-based lifestyle and animal welfare, Example films of brief, 20-minute TEDx talks that cover such topics can be found at (paste into browser if link does not work):, and

If you find it more convenient to speak by phone or to use email rather than to enter a Meetup message, my phone is 818-653-2202 and my email address is 

Matthew Israel 

* We also welcome persons who follow even stricter guidelines, such as avoiding added salt, added sugar, and high fat plant foods. 

51 members · Public


San Leandro, CA


We are BADASS!




As Baldric Shyer states on Teetotally Awesome website ( :

"It's a Goddamned Super Power. We are autonomous and do things on our own terms."

We are impervious to peer pressure and what the rest of society expects us to do. We are truly transparent. You don't have to second guess if we are behaving a certain way due to us being under the influence. What you see is what you get 24/7 365 days! We are not hiding behind a substance facade. <br>



We are a couple. One of us is Sober and the other is a Teetotaler.

We are not religious AND we have many reasons why we do not drink, do drugs or smoke. <br>

The main thing: We CAN and LOVE having fun WITHOUT alcohol and drugs! <br>

Pure Bliss without the Hangover!

The main goal of this group is to be a safe place for those who are living a sober lifestyle. It is for those who are sober, in recovery and are teetotalers.  IF YOU ARE NOT COMPLETELY SOBER, PLEASE KIND DO NOT JOIN THIS GROUP.  If you do join and we find out you are not living a sober lifestyle, we will ask you to remove yourself. For many people, living a sober lifestyle is a matter of LIFE AND DEATH. It is not a joke or something we take lightly. We will perhaps one day have a group for sober allies, supporters and sober curious. Thank you for understanding.

If you are struggling, please contact your doctor, mental health provider or substance abuse counselor. Go to the nearest AA/NA. We are NOT A SUPPORT GROUP but rather AN ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL GROUP for those who are living a sober lifestyle.   

If you have not been active for 6 months either attending events or hosting you will be removed from the group. I believe we only have 50 person limit to our membership. 



Common definitions: A Sober is someone who use to drink, smoke or do drugs (including prescription drugs that are deemed mind-altering and addictive) and has chosen to quit. It is often someone who has problems with substances like a substance abuse disorder.

<br>A teetotaler is someone who never has done any of these things and chooses to abstain. It is often not just for moral or religious reasons but for numerous other reasons. The mere smell of alcohol sends a person into dry heaves. Alcohol in the fridge sends shudders.

There are other terms. In time I would like I would like to develop my own that encompasses more details.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Over the years it has been difficult to find like-minded people to hang out with, date (in the past), live with, and enjoy simple activities with other families. So I would like to start a group that supports such a community.

<br>We enjoy:


board games








Video games
















tandem biking





Rock bands










independent films


hot chocolate

homeschooling/independent studies




Netflix/Hulu and chilling

We love to just hang with people and share experiences and stories.

We have teens who are also Teetotalers and prefer to be around those who are of the same ilk.

Our younger kids often tag along with some of the activities.

We are also neurodiverse.

If you are someone who has the lifestyle mindset of having fun without Alcohol or Drugs, join us! Let's make some awesome memories! <br>

No designated drivers needed. No need to babysit anyone. Shake off the burdens!

85 members · Private

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