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Plant Based Food Friends of Monterey Bay

Monterey, CA

Plant Based Food Friends of Monterey Bay

Join Us! - Anyone who wants to enjoy - delicious - colorful plant based food! - Our Meetup postings will be about delicious meal ideas and recipes. Our food meetups will be: eating at favorite restaurants that offer delicious plant based food - salad lunches - food tastings - theme dinners - potlucks and picnics. Our fun events will be hiking, other activities, movies or community events - with eating delicious plant based food - before or after - the event.

The photo for our *Plant Based Food Friends* group - represents - our goal of meetup members being a group of fun *friends* who are happy, healthy, naturally younger looking (colorful plant based food benefits) and enjoy eating together - delicious - plant based food! 

Please Meetup message me if you have any questions

Kay Star - Meetup Organizer - Plant Based Food Friends of Monterey Bay

May 2021 - Meetup Group Update - Our Meetups will provide support for the plant based diet that is best for the body and our Earth, which is the grain-free and legume-free plant based diet. Why? - Grain and legume based food requires - deforested land - for crops. Warning - U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: - "Deforestation - contributes to global warming, and reversing it will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.(How?) ...significantly increase the amount of land that's covered in trees and other vegetation..."

What can people do? - Eat food from trees (fruit, nuts) and vegetables that can be grown together, for example - Alley Cropping:

A Healthy Body - Grain-Free, Legume-Free Plant Based Diet - Dr. Herbert Shelton, N.D., Author - "Superior Nutrition": "In fresh fruit, greens, vegetables, nuts are - ALL - the vitamins, minerals, proteins and other substances the human body needs to - BRING - it to a state of - PHYSICAL PERFECTION - and to MAINTAIN it in that state – INDEFINITELY”

Restaurant Ideas:

__ Chinese food restaurants. You can order and enjoy delicious vegetable dishes without rice.

__ Salads - Choose a restaurant that offers a garden veggie salad or a Mediterranean salad with vegetables that are served with some kind of balsamic vinegar dressing. In Carmel there is Dametra restaurant and Toasties in Pacific Grove offers a Mediterranean salad with balsamic vinegar dressing.

897 members · Public

LOOK 30 Women - Age 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s+

Carmel, CA

LOOK 30 Women - Age 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s+

LOOK 30 Diet - Delicious Colorful Plant Based Food. LOOK 30 is not about vanity or wishful thinking. It's what the body can do after a change in diet, proven by Success Stories. Women - ALL ages - (18+) are welcome to join us who want to - make and maintain - the change in diet that can help the body: 

* WEIGHT - restore itself - to its ideal weight

* SKIN - grow - NEW clear smooth skin - (no more acne or wrinkles)

* HAIR - grow - NEW hair in its natural color - (no more gray hair)

* LOOK - naturally - LOOK 30 - whatever the age - 40s, 50s, 60s+...

Success Stories


* Age 45 - Esther - "I LOOK younger than when I was in my 30s"

* Age 55 - Brenda - "People usually guess I'm in my 30s"

* Age 57 - Maggie - "she – looks 20 years younger (like age 30s)”

* Age 70 - Chef Babette - She is a Vegan Raw Food Chef. She made the change in diet in her 40s, that has helped her body - maintain itself - naturally looking young like age 30s through her 40s, 50s, 60s and now at age 70. Her website: - About -


* Age 35 - Lynne - Lost 30 Pounds - 3 Months

* Age 37 - Christine - Lost 100 Pounds

* Age 57 - Maggie - "lost 32 pounds in 2 1/2 months"

* Age 59 - Marianne - "within a few weeks - weight was melting off"

* Age 60 - Judeen - "lost 105 pounds"


* Age 31 - Shazzie - "facial lines disappeared"

* Age 35 - Lynne - "acne is gone"

* Age 47 - Sheila - "skin is tighter - and firmer than before"

* Age 59 - Marianne - "her wrinkles disappeared"

* Age 71 - Loretta - "the lines in my face are smoothing out...this (diet) is the - fountain of youth".


* Age 57 - Maggie - "her gray hair is turning dark again"

* Age 60 - Judeen - "my hair is turning back to its natural color - as the gray disappears"

* Age 67 - Elizabeth - "my white hair of - twenty years - is - suddenly - growing dark - again."

Books - Success Stories

The above Success Stories are from the diet book - *Living on (Plant Based) Live Food* - by Alissa Cohen. See book -

Age 67 - Elizabeth's Hair Story - is from the book - "Green for Life" - by Victoria Boutenko -

LOOK 30 Diet

Plant Based Food - (Raw and Cooked) - Fruit, Vegetables, Greens, Sprouts, Seeds, Nuts

Delicious Recipes - Oil-Free, Plant Based, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain/Starch Free

(No Oils, Animal Based Food, Grain or Legume/Bean Based Food)

FREE Delicious Meal Ideas & Recipes


* Lissa's Raw Food Recipes -

* Plant Based Raw Food -

* Plant Based Raw Food Potlucks -

* Plant Based Raw and Cooked Food -

Dr. Herbert Shelton, N.D., Author - "Superior Nutrition" - Plant Based Food

"In fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts are - ALL - the vitamins, minerals, proteins and other substances the human body needs to - BRING - it to a state of - PHYSICAL PERFECTION - and to - MAINTAIN - it that state - INDEFINITELY" - Naturally - LOOK 30 - Age 40s, 50s, 60s+... 

Women have proved it is the - foods - of the Standard American Diet (SAD) - animal foods, oils, grain/starch foods that have - caused - the body to look like what has been called - "old" - weight gain - wrinkles - gray hair. When they - changed to the - LOOK 30 Diet - plant based food - their body then - restored itself - to - naturally - LOOK 30 - whatever their age - 40s, 50s, 60s+...

Why 30? - See this - Information Meetup - with that answer -

Please message me if you have any questions.

Kay Star - Meetup Organizer

LOOK 30 Women - Age 40s, 50s, 60s,70s+.

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LOOK 30 Diet - Age 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s+

Carmel, CA

LOOK 30 Diet - Age 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s+

Success Stories! - What the body can do, after the change in diet. Men and women have proved what has been called looking "old": gray hair, wrinkles, weight gain, is - not caused - by time/age. They made the change to a colorful plant based diet that helps the body - restore itself - to its ideal weight, eliminate wrinkled old skin - grow NEW smooth skin, replace gray hair with NEW hair growing in its natural color - naturally - LOOK 30 - again - whatever the age: 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s+. The group photo - represents - LOOK 30 Diet - Success Stories (see below).

The - LOOK 30 Diet - is delicious colorful plant based food. See FREE Recipes below. Recipe ingredients are raw: fruit, vegetables, greens, sprouts, seeds, nuts. No animal based foods, oils or grain and legume based foods.

Dr. Herbert Shelton, N.D., Author - "Superior Nutrition" - Colorful Plant Based Food - "In fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts are - ALL - the vitamins, minerals, proteins and other substances the human body needs to - BRING - it to a state of - PHYSICAL PERFECTION - and to - MAINTAIN - it that state - INDEFINITELY" - Naturally - LOOK 30 - whatever the age - 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s+.

Our Meetups make the change in diet - delicious - and exercise, FUN! - The location for our Meetups is in the Carmel, California and nearby areas, the reason for our Meetup website name -

Food Meetups: Delicious Food Tastings including Desserts, Salad Buffet Lunches, Cuisine Themed Dinners, Potlucks, Picnics.

FUN Activities Meetups: Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Line Dancing, Skiing (Winter Ski Trip), etc.

Conversation at Meetups could be about favorite diet meal ideas, recipes, Success Stories.

Success Stories - What the Body Did - After the Change in Diet


* Age 40 - Lissa - She made the change in diet in her 30s because she had severe acne, and was overweight with cellulite on her legs. After the change in diet, her body grew new clear skin (no more acne, no more scars) and restored itself to her ideal weight, no more cellulite. See her before and after photos, also meal ideas and recipes, at her Youtube channel - Lissa's (Vegan) Raw Food Romance -

* Age 45 - Esther - "I look younger than when I was in my 30s"

* Age 55 - Brenda - "People usually guess I'm in my 30s"

* Age 57 - Maggie - "She looks 20 years younger (like age 30s)”

* Age 60s to 70 - Vegan Chef Babette - Her website: also - See more photos of her in this article: - She made the change in diet in her 40s that helped her body - restore itself - to naturally looking again like age 30s, then maintained itself looking like that throughout her 40s, 50s, 60s and now at age 70!


* Age 35 - Lynne - Lost 30 Pounds - 3 Months

* Age 37 - Christine - Lost 100 Pounds

* Age 57 - Maggie - "lost 32 pounds in 2 1/2 months"

* Age 59 - Marianne - "within a few weeks - weight was melting off"

* Age 60 - Judeen - "lost 105 pounds"


* Age 31 - Shazzie - "facial lines disappeared"

* Age 35 - Lynne - "acne is gone"

* Age 40 - Lissa - No more acne or scars.

* Age 47 - Sheila - "skin is tighter - and firmer than before"

* Age 59 - Marianne - "her wrinkles disappeared"

* Age 71 - Loretta - "the lines in my face are smoothing out"

* Age 80 - Ben - "my wrinkles are almost gone"


* Age 57 - Maggie - "her gray hair is turning dark again"

* Age 60 - Judeen - "my hair is turning back to its natural color - as the gray disappears"

* Age 67 - Elizabeth - "my white hair of 20 years is - growing dark - again." - Her story is from the book - "Green for Life" - by Victoria Boutenko:


* Age 75 - Men Grow NEW Teeth - Dr John Richter, N.D.: "In my practice, I have noted some splendid instances of broken teeth growing back to their full length without any other aid than natural food (raw colorful plant based food). I know of men as old as 75 years who have grown another set of teeth." - Quote from the book "Nature the Healter" by Dr John Richter:


* Age 80 - Nathan Geller, British Colombia. Nathan was in his late 70s when he made a change in diet to eating only raw colorful plant based food. His friend Giselle gave this description of him at age 80: "...few lines in his face...with a full head of dark hair – he also claimed that the raw food (raw colorful plant based food) returned his – EYESIGHT to 20/20 – and he no longer needed glasses.” Nathan's story was posted, at that time, on the website: Raw Food Chef -

Books - Success Stories - Some of the Success Stories are from the raw plant based diet book - *Living on Live Food* - by Alissa Cohen. See book -

FREE Weekly Meal Planner - - Use the planner to make your favorites menu: 7 favorites each for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Then, from your favorites menu - you can make a Daily Meal Plan - for each day of the week. See the links for FREE recipes from which you can choose your favorites.

FREE Delicious Recipes - Ingredients: Fruit, Vegetables, Greens, Sprouts, Seeds, Nuts. No animal based foods, oils, grains or legume based foods.

Raw vs Cooked Vegetables: The Healthiest Way to Eat Your Veggies -

FREE Recipes for Raw and Cooked Food:

* Juicing - The Joe Cross FREE 3 & 10 Day Juice Plan -

* FullyRaw Kristina - FREE Juice Recipes -

* FullyRaw Kristina - FREE Meal Ideas & Recipes -

* Raw Food Recipes -

* Lissa's Raw Food Recipes - (

* 30 Day Diary - Meal Ideas - Recipes -

* Oil Free Rainbow Roasted Vegetables -

Questions & Answers:

1. Question: How can the - change in diet - help the body - restore itself - LOOK 30 - again? - Answer: See this Meetup information posting - *Ist Documented Before & After Pictures - Diet Success Story* -

2. Question: Why 30? - Why does the body - restore itself - to - LOOK 30 - again? - Answer: See the DNA biological answer at this Meetup information posting: *Why 30? - Your DNA LOOK 30 - Body Blueprint - DNA Snapshot*:

3. Question: How can the body - maintain itself - LOOK 30 - at age 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s+... Answer: See the answer at this Meetup information posting: *Body Regeneration Schedule - Growing NEW Body Parts* -

Our change in diet also helps:

__ Save Animals - Our diet is plant based, vegan, no animal based foods.

__ Save Our Planet - Warning - U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: - "Deforestation - contributes to global warming, and reversing it will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. (How?) ...significantly increase the amount of land that's covered in trees and other vegetation..."

What can men and women - ALL ages - do?

Eat food from trees (fruit, nuts) and vegetables that can be grown together, for example - Alley Cropping:

Please Meetup message me if you have any other questions and I will be happy to answer them.

Kay Star - Meetup Organizer - Join Us! - "We make the change in diet - delicious - and exercise, FUN!"

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51 members · Public

Over the Top Cycling

Monterey, CA

Over the Top Cycling

This Meetup group's mission is to provide a forum where cyclists can gather and connect with others of similar interests.

While based out of the Monterey Bay region, our cycling activities extend beyond the immediate area and are only limted by the imgination and motivation of our members.  Century rides and other organized events throughout California and even farther can be found on our calendar throughout the year.


I've been riding for over two decades and find that the trails and roads are more fun when shared with others.  All skill levels and disciplines are welcome so we can develop a broad-based cycling community that can share knowledge and learn from each other.


I also pledge that, as long as I am the organizer, there will never, ever, be any monetary dues, voluntary or otherwise, to be a member of this group.  There will also be no charges payable to the group to join us for any of the rides on the calendar.  Of course, there may be fees and charges related to an organized event or optional pre/during/post ride activity.  Some examples are, but not limited to: event registration, park entry/use, hotels, parking, food, gas, etc.  These fees shall all be the responsibility of the individual participant and remain payable directly to the organizing group, park, store, restaurant or other charging entity by which the service or product is provided.




Release of Liability:

By joining this group or attending any of its functions, you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE it's owners, principals, affiliates, presenters, organizer, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice or information contained herein. You further agree that if you or someone under your supervision uses the information on this website you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore.

377 members · Private

Meaningful Discussions in Monterey

Monterey, CA

Meaningful Discussions in Monterey

Meaningful Discussions is the largest face-to-face discussion group with events taking place in 11 countries:

Our ongoing mission is to explore the art and science of meaningful discussions and to initiate these discussions in cities around the world. Our team has collectively coordinated over 1,000 events since 2012 and we have combined this experience into this project. 

Discussion Topics: 
We believe that discussion topics need to be intriguing, practical and relevant in order to be able to compete with the ever-growing list of television shows and other less engaging activities which lead to social isolation. 

Intentions For Our Discussions: 
Meaningful discussions are not debates or lectures. Each discussion is an opportunity for participants to collectively explore a topic with the following intentions:

1. To have an enjoyable and engaging experience with open-minded individuals while also improving our conversations skills.

2. To learn something new from each other by sharing our insights and unique perspectives based on our life experiences.

3. To learn something new about ourselves by re-examining our values and beliefs based on hearing new perspectives which we may or may not agree with.

4. To build a community of returning members and to create a conducive environment for new friendships.

How are we different from other discussion groups?

1. Structure. Most other discussion groups have a free-form structure where everyone is seated at a long table or in one large group. Our events have multiple groups of 5-7 people with one facilitator at each table and discussion questions provided.

2. Preparation Time. Most other discussion groups will provide a very brief outline of the topic. In contrast, we spend a lot of time creating topic packages which include Food For Thought videos and discussion notes.

3. Intention. Most discussion groups put more emphasis on the topic being discussed but not on actually creating a meaningful experience. In contrast, creating meaningful experiences is our primary focus and our mission.

What qualifications do you need to join this group?

All you need to join our group is an open-mind, humility in knowing that we all have lots to learn from other perspectives and a desire to improve your conversation skills while having fun at the same time.

For more information please visit:

Thanks to our sponsor: 

Buddytree - upgrade your social life with a friendship coach.

250 members · Public

The Orange County Chinese Language Club

Irvine, CA

The Orange County Chinese Language Club

Come to a Chinese Language Meetup to learn some new words or practice old ones; speak or listen in on Chinese conversations; socialize and meet new people; or discuss Chinese cultures, foods or stories. Everybody's welcome, from the beginner levels to the fluent.

At each main event, there will be a brief introduction in English/Chinese to acquaint the attendees with what to expect. It will be posted on the description page as well as at the beginning of the event. The introduction will include 10 carefully selected words that are intended to get everyone through the entire event. Hopefully, everyone will become proficient with these words, and some perhaps learn up to 3 times more. 

Future Lineups:

1. Food 101+ - Eat Drink and Experiment  

2. Traveling (and surviving) 101 - Hotel Lobby

3. Business 101 - Meeting Introduction

4. Shopping 101 - frugality is the secret to smart shopping ;)

5. Health 101 - Body Parts

6. Family 101 - Grandma Uncles etc.

7. Technology 101 - Smartphone 5G and IoT

8. Entertainment 101 - VR, AR, MR to just the real world!

9. Outdoors 101 - Do you know that there are 27 regional parks in OC?

10. Happiness 101 - Okay, let's get philosophical... an OC city is ranked 2019's second happiest city in American, find out why... hints: art, music, calligraphy, books, some old-fashioned things...


Linus and Organizers

NOTE: By RSVP to any of our events, you agree to adhere to the meetup rules and common sense. We are NOT responsible for your safety. Please exercise caution and enjoy the events.

1880 members · Private

San Diego International Meetup

San Diego, CA

San Diego International Meetup

Welcome to the San Diego International Meetup group!

We're a group of fun and adventurous individuals interested in multi-cultural exchanges and experiences. We have native English speakers from America as well as many English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers from all over the world. We love to get together for conversation over coffee and food, hiking, eating at restaurants, participating in cultural activities, etc. We seek to build an international community of people who are interested in learning about and understanding different cultures, making friendships across nations, creating unity through diversity, and most of all, having tons of fun! We love this group and we're very proud to be a part of such a wonderful circle of friends from around the world. Join us sometime! If you feel like this group is a fit, we'd love to meet you!


Just a few group policies:

RSVPing for events:

    -Standard events:  We understand that life happens and now and then you may miss an event that you signed up for but please do your best to keep your RSVP up to date.  Organizers are volunteers who do a lot of work to create great events for us all! 

    -"No Flake" events:  If you miss more than two of these events without updating your rsvp you will be removed from the group.  Some events require that the host have an accurate idea of how many people are attending, as they may have to reserve a table or other accommodations for a certain # of people and there may be a waitlist.  I have asked my organizers to note this in the write up for these types of events and if members miss two of these types of events without updating their RSVP or contacting the organizer then they will be subject to removal from the group. 

Regardless of the type of event, please try to keep your RSVP up to date, even if it's a last minute change;  organizers and other members are looking forward to seeing you!  Let's not disappoint them :)

Profile Pictures: We require that you post a profile picture so when you and other members attend events, it will be easier for everyone to recognize each other and find the group!  If you find that posting your picture is drawing unwanted posts and emails from trolls, see below and contact us.

Harassment... for the .01% that don't understand Meetup is a forum designed to meet people in person in a casual, group setting.  We're here to make new friends and if by chance, you end up dating someone, great!  However, this is NOT an online dating forum; please join  Match or Cupid for that.  Cruising people's profiles and contacting them through the website for dating purposes will not be tolerated.  If someone is emailing you through your profile in an inappropriate manner, please contact us so we can do our best to remedy the situation and keep this a fun and comfortable group!

Suggestions: If you have suggestion for the group or would like to lead an event, please let us know!

Thanks for being a part of our group and I hope you have a great experience!

4613 members · Public

Los Angeles Vampires

North Hollywood, CA

Los Angeles Vampires

It is a meetup for Real Vampires, Witches, Werekin, Otherkin, Donors, Supporters, Edge Players and those who are simply curious about us.

This group is NOT about role playing games, vampire literature, movies, or TV (although most of us love these aspects), we are also NOT a free resource for reality TV shows (see our media policy).

We are NOT a fish bowl for your anthropology class or other college classes. We do not wish to be studied, interviewed or observed.

Also we cannot turn you into a vampire (see above about this is not an RPG group).

You do not need to be a vampire or a donor or any other label to join.

This group is LGBTQ inclusive, Kink Friendly.

We are NOT a charity or social service group. We can not assist you with legal problems, housing issue or discrimination.

Since we meet at public restaurants and pubs we require both a small donation and that you patronize the venue (buy food or drink). Please do not bring outside food or drink to the venue.

In order to join this group it is REQUIRED that you answer all the profile questions. Membership requests with incomplete profiles will not be approved.  We screen our members through the profile questions. I will no longer be approving everyone who requests to join. You have to use the profile answers to convince me that you are really planning to attend.

You must be over the age of 18 to join this group.

LOCAL MEMBERS ONLY. You must be in the Southern California Area (roughly from Bakersfield to the North, Catalina to the West, Las Vegas in the East, San Diego in the south). This is not a online group, its about meeting in person.

I am going to be very strict about who I let join, and very liberal about who I deny, delete or ban. The previous open door policy had lead to the group being filled with deadwood. The deadwood has been purged, and membership will be tightly controlled.

132 members · Private

The Korean Language & Culture Exchange - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

The Korean Language & Culture Exchange - Los Angeles

Want to practice your Korean?
Enjoy Korean food?
Follow K-pops and Kdramas?
Looking for something fun to do?

Let's meet up with others who are also interested in
the Korean language and culture.
All ages and levels of proficiency are welcome!




We ask only three simple things from you to join the group:

(1) Upload a photo that clearly shows your face.
Removing or replacing a photo with obscured one later on may lose your membership privilege. If you have any reason that you can't upload your picture, please send your reason to the Organizer, Zeanie Yoon

(2) Profile question must be answered with care.
Please show us that you're joining this group because you want to join us.

(3) Your name must be "regular" name others can associate you with.
Real name is preferred. No email address, no numbers; just genuine name. Also, please note that not everyone in this group reads Korean language. Your name should be accessible in English.

(4) You must receive email from the group.
We don't spam. But you will receive email notifications 0-2 a week from the organizer. You also receive event reminders for every event we organize. This group is all about meeting up and staying connected; and email is only tool for us to reach you as a group. If you do not want to be informed about our events or contacted by our staff, then we assume that you are not interested in being a part of this group.

(5) Remain active.
We all lead busy life, and we do not expect you to attend events every week. But if we do not see you for a significant period of time, you will lose your membership privilege and will be removed from the group.

With that said, please understand that the joining this group is not a right but a privilege.

If you are a native Korean speaker, there is one more requirement:

도와주시는 한국분들만을 위한 영어 및 미국 문화 시간, 친목 등도 항상 있습니다.
이 모임은 한국의 언어와 문화에 관심이 있는 분들을 위한 것이 취지이기 때문에
한국분들만을 위한 모임은 회원들에게 이메일로만 공지되는 경우가 대부분입니다.
따라서 가입 신청을 먼저 해 주시고 감사하겠습니다.

한국인 원어민은 강사 및 도우미로 자원봉사 해 주시는 분만 가입하실 수 있습니다.
경험이 없어도 경험의 기회를 드리고, 경험 교수가 간단한 연수도 해 드리니
가입하신 후 가벼운 마음으로 와 주시기만 하면 됩니다.

단, 가입 후 참석이 저조하신 분들은 사전 통고 없이 회원가격을 상실하게 됩니다.

번거러우시겠지만 프로파일 중 부탁 내용을 방장에게 이메일해 주시면 감사하겠습니다.


Please join us! Let's have fun with Korean language and culture!

Home Site:

Learn about this group, please click "Pages" on the top menu

Recent alerts and updates you need to know:
"Message Board" > Announcements & Alerts

See what fun events we have cooking!

Advanced or Native Korean speaker? We can use your help!

1145 members · Public

Walnut Creek Girlfriends 40-50s

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek Girlfriends 40-50s

Our Girlfriend Meetup community is all about building friendships with awesome  FUN and LIVELY women in the Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Tri-Valley, Benicia and surrounding areas. Who couldn't use another friend right? Family and lifelong "besties" are irreplaceable but sometimes we need new friends with a fresh perspective on who we are NOW rather then who we were in high school or our 20's

We strive to have a "DRAMA-FREE", FUN and INFORMAL environment. Developing new friendships, and supporting one another while having fun is what we are about. In our "almost" 40's and "just over" 50's many of us have been through many life transitions. We are single, married, with significant others, or separated/divorced. Some of us are new to the area, while others have lived here for a while. 

If you strive to become more of a real authentic version of yourself, want to feel comfortable being real, being raw, or just letting go of your worries for a few hours getting to know others in a casual environment, then this group is for you. We just ask that you do put yourself out there and make an effort as building relationships is a two way street. Mabel and I personally joined in 2014 and now we have a handful our closest friends now because of Meet Up. PLEASE SEE RULES BELOW BEFORE JOINING.

Many events will be in the surrounding Walnut Creek and Tri-Valley areas as well as Benicia. We will have mid-week, and weekend events. Some examples are coffee/tea, happy hours, dancing, dinner, brunch, book club, wine-tasting, beer tasting, movies, bowling, game night, paint nights, plant night, hiking, festivals, concerts, art/craft events, and maybe the occasional spiritual or personal growth meet up

We pay for this Meetup and volunteer our time to host these events and it can add up for us, so we welcome any donations or an occasional drink, or a home to host. 

If you feel inspired to do so, you can donate using the following and please text me or send me a message that you send a donation so I can confirm it. 925-818-0731 I am wearing a light blue jacket and scarf.

• Venmo (app or online)  to JoAnn Horner (@JoAnn-Horner-Realtor) 925-818-0731

• PayPal (app or online) (Please text or private message me first for PayPal 925-818-0731 to

• Or mail a check to JoAnn Horner at PO BOX 3855 Walnut Creek CA 94598

Since we may often have to reserve a table or buy tickets in advance, we ask that you honor your rsvp or update it quickly as possible.  We ask that you take responsibility for your OWN experience and come with a POSITIVE open attitude and introduce yourself to one another. Each Meetup Event and experience is so different as you have different topics, different venues, different people and different attitudes. So if one experience doesn't go as you expected, please give a few more a shot (this goes for any Meetup Group you are a member of.) Our goal is for you to reach out and get to know one another to find common interests with other amazing gals so you can also get together outside of the meet up and develop long term friendships. We've had many "friendship matches made!"


• This is a Private Group so for security reasons we do ask for a current face photo  and your real name.

• We ask that you remain subscribed to emails. (We only send them occasionally.) 

• We do understand sometimes we forgot to cancel and things do come up. For table reservations this is important. We do as a group reserve the right to give a "reminder warning or two" for NO-SHOWs. If the no-shows are persistent, we reserve the right to remove members from the group. Since we know life can get busy and Meetup isn't your first priority, you will be welcome back if your life situation changes. 

• For Paint Nites/Plant Nites/Yaymaker , concert venues and Holiday Parties at a person's home and some events that require coordination, I will ask for your cell # in your RSVP for that event in case I need to reserve a spot (with your last name at times) or tell you where I am and it requires additional communication. If you don't provide this information I will just move you to not-going.

• We reserve the right to remove members who haven't attended in a few years or never at all. 

• We have a pretty awesome group of women. However, if in the event that one or more persons share with us that a member makes them uncomfortable, we reserve the right to reach out to find out more and discuss with all parties, as well as remove any involved member(s)  from the group. Mabel and I will access the overall situation and and make a decision that is in the best interest of the group as whole. 

Join our Facebook Group: where you can post suggestions or get a last minute group together for something fun. 

Who we are: JoAnn is a Residential Realtor in Contra Costa and Mabel is the Director of Food Safety at a major Grocery Chain. We look forward to sharing our lives with you one event at a time!

"Cheers!" JoAnn Horner & Mabel Perez and the rest of the "Girlfriend" family.

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