Suggested Hobbies & Passions Groups near California
PROJAM MULTIMEDIA GROUP (Workshops and Productions)
San Francisco, CA
Our group is all about hands-on learning & training, building-updating-upgrading portfolios, development of skills & discovering hidden talents, camaraderie & friendship, a support group, networking, creating workshops & special projects in Photography, Video Productions, Designs (Prints & Graphics), Modeling and Acting. As well as doing business in Multimedia Technology.
Members are Photographers, Videographers, Models, Actors, Make-Up artists (MUA), Hairstylists, Photo Stylists, Graphic Designers, Photo Editors/Re-touchers, Video Editors and Directors.
Our group is open for all levels of skills; beginner, hobbyist, enthusiast, intermediate, semi-pro and professional.
Our activities are consists of Social Meetups, Special Events, Photo & Video Shoots (Outdoor & Studio), Post Production (Editing), Workshops, Tutorials and Special Projects (With participation fees) due to high costs of creating and organizing this type of event.
Photography: Modeling and Portraiture, Urban, Nature and Landscape, Wildlife and Sports, Product and Commercial.
Videography: Video Production & Filmmaking.
Post Production: Image Editing & Processing (Lightroom & Photoshop)
Design and Print: Commercial, Promotion and Advertising
OUR GROUP FOUR (4) IMPORTANT RULES:
RSVP = Respectful, Supportive, Value, Professionalism
GROUP ORGANIZER BACKGROUND:
Former Meetup Groups Organizer: Photo Shoots of Houston Models & Photographers (2010-2015). SFiCAM Cameraworks and Modeling (2015-2017)
Pacifica's Terra Nova High School Bands Media (2017-2021): Photographer, Videographer, Websites Designer and Managing Social Media Sites, Graphics Design & Prints provider.
Work Experiences: Business Owner/Entrepreneur (Photographer, Videographer), Talent Scout, Celebrity Autograph Signing Events Manager. I've worked in Electronics Corporation as Installation Communication Engineer and Sales Supervisor, and in car business as Internet Sales Manager and Corporate Executive Secretary.
Education: Trained & mentored by a magazine professional photographer BobbyG (Houston) and TV/Video Production Editor/Business Partner (Philippines). Aviation Electronics Communication Engineering, Private Pilot & Commercial Pilot, PC Hardware Computer Technical Specialist.
Name: Jam Muncada
Address: 500 King Drive Daly City, CA 94015
Phone: 650 267-9759
San Mateo Cars & Coffee
San Mateo, CA
Come grab a cup of coffee, check out amazing cars, and meet super nice car people!
San Mateo Cars & Coffee brings together like-minded automotive enthusiasts. The events are very chill and welcoming to all types of cool cars. We have a gathering every other Saturday from 8:00am to 10:00 am in downtown San Mateo.
We want to meet safely even during the time of COVID-19. Please wear a mask and practice proper social distancing at all times. We also ask all attending to respect the location and to protect surrounding area from excessive noise.
A San Mateo Cars & Coffee dedicated website will be added soon!
Hope to see you soon at San Mateo Cars & Coffee!
SF and Further: A Virtual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club
San Francisco, CA
Welcome to SF and Further, an online home for friends, fantasy, and fiction. We are an active sci-fi & fantasy book club that meets at least twice a month via Zoom to discuss a wide variety of fiction (SciFi/Fantasy and beyond!). Members are encouraged to suggest books they are excited about and we vote on which books to read each month. We also have an active Discord server, where we discuss the books we read as well as other media. Come hang out, chat about books, the films that are adapted from them, and more with us!
Our book club has existed in multiple forms for over five years now. Books we have chatted about in the past include: The Magicians, The Left Hand of Darkness, a re-read of Lord of the Rings, Black Leopard Red Wolf, The Echo Wife, Incognegro (graphic novel), Demon Slayer (manga), Firekeepers Daughter, The Stormlight Archive, Gideon the Ninth, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and many, many more. We are dedicated to reading widely and diversely!
For new members: We have a Zero Tolerance Policy on Harassment. If you are found to be harassing a member of our meetup, you will be banned immediately. Also, due to harassment issues that have happened in the past, we require all members to have an actual photo of themselves on their account. To increase your chances of being added, please spend some time with our sign up questions. One word answers probably won't get you accepted. Thank you!
Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA
Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (originally Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!
We read contemporary novels, almost exclusively those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time. To participate in this process, comment on our message board, especially the current Book Recommendations thread.
Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. As a courtesy to the wait list, our host, and me, please change your RSVP if you can't attend, even at the last minute.
Each time I announce a book, the RSVP list fills quickly, and we often have large wait lists. Almost everyone does get in (people's plans change, emergencies and illnesses happen, etc.), so if you're on the wait list, read the book. If you get in, even as late as the day of the meeting, you'll be ready.
Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a couple of dollars towards the organizer dues.
We look forward to talking books with you!
Questions? Email Joan Price, organizer.
8/16/20: I realize I haven't updated our group description since we moved our meetings online in March 2020. Here's what we're doing now:
* Novels: During the pandemic, we're still reading one novel a month, meeting online for 1.5 hours.
* Short Story Group: Our book club has been reading contemporary novels, and we also created a short story spin-off group that met monthly before the pandemic. After we started taking our meetings online, we switched the short story group from monthly to weekly, one story, one hour. We have a core group that meets each week. We're open to new members who want to discuss short stories in depth.
Geek Girls Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
We are a group of adult women (18+) focused on providing a non-judgmental social environment to bring geek girls together for friendship and fun. We welcome all types of geekdom, whether you are a gamer, bookworm, arts and crafts enthusiast, movie buff, anime nut, tech geek or a huge fan of something niche!
We do our very best to provide a wide variety of geeky activities, while bringing business to our local comic stores, conventions, costume shops, game stores, libraries and restaurants.
Some of our regular events include*:
Monthly sci-fi and fantasy book club!
Monthly non-fiction book club!
Monthly Harry Potter trivia!
Monthly crafting get-together--bring your own project!
Monthly group heart-to-heart talks!
Monthly puzzle meets!
Alternating Monthly Member Dinners!
Quarterly Geek Girls party with creative themes & prizes!
We also schedule plenty of other activities as we go, such as:
Art studio projects
Brunches & dinners
Conventions & fairs
Exploring local attractions
Fun runs, hikes, and other fitness activities
*Currently all of our events are online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to cautiously resume in-person meets after Santa Clara County deems it safe to do so.
Join us and (after your membership is approved) you will be able to join in on these fun events, and many more! We have suspended our $5 membership fee for the foreseeable future, and will reevaluate reinstating dues if/when the pandemic ends. We welcome both cis and trans women in our group.
A note about the application process:
Generally what we're looking for through the application is some idea of your personality and how you self-identify as a geek. For best results, please answer all application questions (a short sentence per answer is fine) and make sure your application and Meetup profile include at least three of the following criteria:
A user name that looks like a real, human name
A photo of yourself
Creative application answers (questions 1-3)
Specific geeky activities you want to do with us (question 4)
Refer to yourself as female in some way
Belong to other meetups that are female-centric
Have geeky activities in your Meetup interests
If you do decide to reapply, also consider revealing a bit more about yourself on Meetup.com. Having your real-life photo, list of Meetups joined, or list of Meetup interests visible gives us more to work with when judging whether you are a fit for our group. (Essentially we're trying to avoid bots.) Thank you for your interest!
The Leadership Team reserves final judgment on whether to approve or decline an application.
More group info here: http://www.meetup.com/Geek-Girls-Silicon-Valley/about/
East Bay Ladies Book Club
NOW MEETING ON ZOOM DUE TO COVID-19! Please see location of each event for link :)
Thanks for joining a special group of ladies who love to read and discuss books with a glass of wine. This group was initially started quite a few years ago because our fearless leader is a book junkie who was looking to join a book club in the area and found none. We read mostly contemporary lit, but do mix it up every so often with a classic. This is the book club for anyone who has read/watched "The Jane Austin Book Club" and thought it would be great to connect and share my thoughts with fellow readers. If you want to be more than an attendee and build relationships with other women this is the club for you. Believe it or not we love e-mail, so please reach out to us if you have any questions.
SF Bay Area Moto Meetup
San Francisco, CA
We love to just... go! "There is something in human nature, and something in the American character, that will continue to call to those who ride and those who dream of riding to faraway places." We're two locals who strive to do just that, to share our knowledge of the SF Bay Area and our secret (or not so secret) favorite spots along the road. Join us for one of our upcoming rides TBA soon...
🏍️ Gender balanced // All makes & colors (bikes & humans) // All backgrounds welcome // Safety first // 🚫 No drama // Always fun 🏍️ <br>
NB. We recommend you have at least 2 years of street riding experience on motorcycle 400cc or larger. You need to be comfortable going 75mph on the freeway, and at least the speed limit on surface streets and backroads.
NB2. This group is sponsored by Native Moto Adventures as part of their commitment to the Bay Area riding community. Please follow us @RideNative
Jen + Saf <br>
Diablo Valley Photography
Walnut Creek, CA
This is a group for people who are interested in learning more about digital photography, how to use their cameras, and to make better pictures for travel, portraits, family, wildlife, landscape, etc. People with all levels of expertise are welcome.
Our group members are very interested in holding lots of fun, varied and challenging events that are mostly free. All of our members help to provide content to our site that is informative. We help support and mentor our members to ensure everyone has a good time and continues to learn about photography.
In order to keep most of our events free and to pay for the costs of our meetup site, there is an annual dues charge of $15 for members. We have instituted a trial period of 30 days.
Only members who have paid their dues will be permitted to attend our events. Since our site is semi-private to members, please feel free to join, take a look around the site and decide whether our group is right for you. Our goal is to keep the group small so that everyone gets to know each other. If your plan is to join without participating, then this group will not be a good fit for you. We hope you join and stay!
Art and Sipping Socially Tea, Coffee, Snacking, etc.
San Francisco, CA
This group has a simple formula:
1. Do any art or crafting (knitting, etc) you want (share as much or little as you would like)
2. Optionally, sip tea, coffee, or snack (which can be done recreationally or emotionally!)
3. Prepare for kind, light-hearted socializing with no pressure
Whether you join us or not, be well and kind to yourself.
"Perfect is the enemy of good."
Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley
San Jose, CA
Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley (PPSCV) is a non-profit organization whose objectives and purposes include the advancement of photography as an art and as a profession.
If you’re already a professional photographer, or an aspiring one, and are in the greater San Jose area please consider attending one of our monthly meetings. You'll meet great people who share your passion for photography. We are an association of professional photographers with a variety of experience and interest in the field. We have a guest speaker each month, speaking on many different aspects of this profession. You'll learn how to take great photos, as well as how to actually make a living as a photographer. We look forward to meeting you at our next meeting. After you've attended a meeting, you'll see the benefit of membership.
We'd love for you to become a member of PPSCV and get involved in the association. We have lots of opportunities for you to make a difference, both in your business and in the profession as a whole. See you soon.
If you have questions about PPSCV, please feel free to email.
We look forward to meeting you!
There is a $25 guest fee for PPSCV monthly meetings for non-members. Save $5 if you pay in advance vial PayPal. Please see the payment link on each meeting announcement.
Monthly meetings are always free for PPSCV members.
Sierra Thunder Chapter Harley Owners Group Rocklin CA
This meetup is for dues paying members of Sierra Thunder Harley Owners Group, Chapter 4058, affiliated with Harley-Davidson of Rocklin, CA.
We love to ride and enjoy socializing together. We are currently meeting at 6:30 PM, the 3rd Thursday of each month, at Mountain Mike's Pizza, 5505 Whitney Blvd #2f, Rocklin, CA 95677, Come early to eat and socialize. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend our meetings.
Having a National HOG membership (https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html) is a pre-requisite for maintaining membership with Sierra Thunder HOG.
Friends of Photography
Mill Valley, CA
Welcome to all Bay Area Photography Events!
Our Meetup is open to all photographers regardless of your current level of knowledge about photography, the kind of photography that you do or the type of camera that you use. We will have meetings, classes, workshops and group gatherings mostly in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties.
Group Outings, Group Photo Shoots, Lighting, Composition, Posing of Subjects, Working with Strobe Lighting in a Photo Studio, Natural Light Photography, Fashion and Street Photography. We are looking for people who have special talents that they are willing to share with the group in Lectures, Classes and Workshops.
Please contact us if you are interested in speaking at a meeting or in conducting a class or workshop. Our goal is to help everyone take better pictures, become a better photographer - and have fun.
Join the group to receive notices of upcoming meetings, classes, workshops and events.
Tri-Valley Ladies Book Club
If you are looking for a warm, friendly, informal and low-key book club for ladies, you've found the right place!
How the book club works:
1. The book club meeting locations are central to the Tri-Valley, including Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville.
2. Members take turns hosting at their home on a voluntary basis.
3. The book club meets every month on the second Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. If the date conflicts with a major holiday, meeting is moved to the second Saturday of the month.
4. It’s a potluck with each attendee bringing a dish and/or beverage (we drink wine!).
5. For the book selection, each attendee comes with a book in mind to be entered into a drawing and at the end of the meet, four books are drawn, which is then posted on the meetup site for a general vote. The winning book is the book with the most votes!
6. A guideline to use in choosing a book to be entered into the drawing is -- generally fiction, approx. 400 pages and under $16.
7. Reading the book is not a prerequisite for attendance - you are welcome to just join the fun!
8. Outside of the book club meetings, approximately every other month there are fun social outings such as dinners, movies, wine tasting & etc.
Ellie's Thoughts on Book Discussions:
#1 - We are here to enjoy our time in the company of ladies from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
#2 - Our book discussion is for the purposes of furthering and enriching our exploration and understanding of the book and the author from the lenses of our personal experiences and beliefs.
#3 - To that end, the objective is to share our thoughts and points of view and to thoughtfully listen and learn of others'.
#4 - Different points of view are welcomed and highly encouraged, but never through personal attacks or insults.
#5 - We are engaged in a dialogue -- please participate in facilitating and furthering a rich discussion.
#6 - If you need to leave early, please say that you need to be somewhere and leave, but please do not rush the book discussion to an ending because you need to leave.
#7 - If by chance a faux pas is committed (which I have a tendency of because I am still growing & maturing) -- please do your best to clean it up if not there immediately, then by sending messages to members/group.
#8 - Definition of a successful meet -- is if everyone in the group laughs really loud with abandon at least 3 times!!! Let's have fun ladies!
Let's Read! Fremont Ladies Book Club
There's always room for one more book enthusiast in the Fremont Ladies' Book Club!
We are a group of women who love to read and love socializing with others who share our passion for books. If this sounds like you, we'd love to have you join us.
Everyone gets to contribute to the book selection process. This allows us to read a wide variety of books that we may not have otherwise pick up. We read fiction, non-fiction, biographies, literary fiction, popular fiction, classics and once, a graphic novel.
Most of our members are in their 40s - 70s, but there is no age limit. We meet TWICE a month on zoom for regular meetings -- usually on the second Monday of each month at noon (known as the DAYTIME Group) and once on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (known at the EVENING group). We have members who attend only one meeting a month and members who attend both. It depends on your schedule. A few people attend every meeting, but we always have new members at our meeting. There are no attendance requirements, even if you don't finish the book you are welcome!
We are also arranging some more social events, still around books in addition to our regular meetings so look out for those too.
Come to laugh, share stories and make new friends. Browse the site to see the books we will be reading and those we have discussed in the past.
Looking forward to meeting you!
East Bay Fiber Arts
Formerly known as Lakeside Crafternoons - Socially Distanced. Rebranding due to the changing nature of the COVID landscape! Join us for a currently-all-outdoor crafting group. All are welcome to bring sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, or any other handcraft project at any skill level. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and some good company while you finish a work-in-progress or hone in on a new pandemic hobby.
Tri-Valley/Tracy/CC Motorcycle Cruisers
This group is for riders, of all skill levels, who enjoy the scenery more than tackling the road and turns. It's about finding someone to ride with when you want to go riding. You will notice we don't have big rides of 20-30 people. We enjoy the smaller group of 5-10 where we can relax and enjoy the road rather than worry about riders around you.
Think about this as a way to ask a group of friends to go riding with you. Not creating an event
About 1/2 our members are active. 1/2 joined but never returned to the page after joining. Please join if you want to participate. If you haven't at least visited the web page in 4 months I will remove you and notify you. If I remove you and you want to remain a member, just rejoin the group.
There are no membership fees or requirements
All members will be made event organizers. You want to go for a ride? Today, tomorrow, next week? Post it. Find people who want to go. You are in charge. Post your rides. If you're going anyways someone might want to ride with you.
If there is a ride posted on a day, and you want to go somewhere else, post it. Maybe there are people who want to go there instead
We ride about 3-7 mph above the speed limit. Make sure your comfortable with that. We have nowhere to go, plenty of time to get there, and take social/scenic breaks. Lunch? Small restaurants, cold beer, and locals to talk to.
Rides will usually range from short rides to 300+ miles. Longer overnight rides are possible. Check out our past rides to get a feel for it. It's up to you. Schedule what you want. We are not looking for big group rides. Just people who like to relax and ride weekends and weekdays too. Since any member can create an event, they can be any length, shape, size, you want.
@ Menlo Park Library
Menlo Park, CA
The Menlo Park Library offers a variety of programs, including art events, author talks, info sessions, craft sessions, music events, and more. To make the most of our programming efforts and this meetup page, we’d love for you to get involved. If you come to a program, say hi and let us know you saw it on meetup. If you have an idea for something you’d like to see at the library, send us a message. The library is a great space for community meetups and we’d love to play a role in making those connections!