Suggested Hobbies & Passions Groups near California
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!
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!
The Page Turners Book Club
Los Altos, CA
Calling all bookanistas! Welcome to The Page Turners of Silicon Valley. This is a book club for mature women who enjoy a variety of books, lively discussion and convivial company in a pleasant setting. It is a chance to meet new people and make new friends.
Since MeetUp limits the number of group members, we may need to remove people from the group who have not attended or RSVPed for 3 months in a row. But, we always welcome people back when their schedules allow them to attend!
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 pretentiously)
3. Prepare for kind, light-hearted socializing with no pressure
Harley Owners Group Folsom CA
This Meetup Group is for riders who have MEETUP accounts, and have submitted a request to join, and the request has been approved. We hope you become a dues-paying member of Folsom Harley Owners Group, Chapter 1787, affiliated with Harley-Davidson of Folsom. (See http://www.folsomhog.org).
We love to ride, and enjoy socializing together. Our monthly social meeting is at the Round Table Pizza, 9500-1 Greenback Ln, Folsom, CA 95630, held the 3rd Tuesday of every month except December. Come early to have dinner and socialize. Guests are welcome to attend our monthly meeting. Having a current National H.O.G membership (https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html) is a prerequisite to maintaining a membership with Folsom H.O.G.
Bad Movie Night
Menlo Park, CA
Blockbusters? Indie? Cult? You can get those anywhere.
This is the group for movies so bad they're good.
The weird, the bizarre, the horrible acting, the ridiculous concepts, the non-work-safe hilarity. Most people are just uncomfortable watching them, but for whatever reason they tickle the suitably twisted sense of humor.
Would you watch a movie called Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, because a movie with that title must be awesome? Does your list of cinematic classics include things like Barbarella, Zardoz, and RoboGeisha?
Does a one star Netflix rating intrigue you? Well, if you're 21+ years old and have read and agree to the terms of our Release of Liability statement, then sign up, because this group is for getting together at someone's place and watching movies like that, and many others that are much more obscure.
San Jose, CA
Hello and welcome to Protagonistas!
This book club is open to women in the South Bay who are craving literature (and cocktails). Each month, we pick a new book and location. Suggestions and requests for certain titles or meeting spots are always welcome! We meet the last Tuesday of the month as a book club, and usually throw in some fun extra credit events throughout the month as well!
We now have a strong core of regularly attending members and we are real friends. We meet up for drinks, hikes etc. Since we've been asked to specify RE: membership, we'll say here that we are hoping to meet likeminded friends who are in similar stages in life; that is, women in their late 20s to mid 30s who are new-ish to the area.
Let the reading commence!
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.
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!
@ 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!
Peninsula Ladies Book Club (25-40)
San Mateo, CA
This group is for Peninsula women 25-40 years of age interested in reading a variety of books from the NY Times Best Sellers list. Please join if you are looking to read new books and connect to individuals in your area. All meetings, due to COVID-19 concerns, will currently be held for 1.5 hours over Zoom until otherwise advised. Meetings are typically held on weekdays (Monday through Thursdays) at 7 pm via Zoom.
Bay Area Paranormal Society
San Mateo, CA
Meet paranormal investigators near you! Bay Area Paranormal Society (BAPS) is primarily a group interested in researching and investigating haunted and historic locations mainly in Northern California, but also periodically beyond that area. We appreciate open minded skeptics and discourage negativity in our group. We schedule paranormal investigations several times per month as well as classes and other social events. Come and join the fun! Happy Haunting's to you all.
MRG ~ Motorcycle Riding Group of Sacramento
Welcome to MRG "relaxed pace" motorcycle riders of Sacramento, California! Our names are Luis Mena and Robert Doyle. We are motorcycle riders located in the Sacramento area who enjoy doing the following:
• One Day Group Rides and Multi-day Rides on paved roads only, anywhere between 125-325 mile per ride round trip (Day Rides) and 125-275 miles on multi-day rides (per leg)
• Relaxed pace (moderately fast, but not "race track" fast).
• Scenic rural roads (minimal freeway riding as possible).
• Occasional multi-day trips from two days to three days.
• Fair weather riding (10% or less chance of rain, winds <15 mph, high of 55-95 degrees).
• Nearly all rides occur during spring, fall and non-wet winter days.
• We prefer to ride during daylight hours.
• Max group size of 5-25 people depending the the ride route.
• Always ride safely and responsibly.
If you share those same preferences, we invite you to join our Meetup group and RSVP for the rides that appeal to you.
To attend any of our rides, you must be a member of our Meetup group, and you must be on the RSVP list for the ride you wish to attend. We only do what is listed in the above bullet list. It is all about having fun, touring the countryside on a motorcycle as we enjoy the scenery along the way, the lunch stops, scenic vista stops, mountain passes, lakeside cruising, etc.
"RELAXED PACE": There are two reasons why the name of our meetup "relaxed pace." One reason is, we don't treat the public street system as if it's a race track. So, if you are one of those "need for speed" types, then you probably won't find happiness in our meetup group. We also don't ride excessively slow either. We'd say we ride at an excellent medium speed. The other reason for the name "relaxed pace" is, it's all about having a relaxed state of mind throughout the day enjoying a "no worries, no need to rush" positive attitude. It's a mental escape from a hectic life, which is all-too-often clock-driven. So, when you are on our rides, it's time to relax and enjoy!
RIDE GROUP SIZE: We set the max ride limit at 5-25 people per ride depending on the route. A larger group gets too challenging to keep a group together and starts to be too much of an impact on the dining establishments.
GENERAL INFO: There is a $20.00 annual membership fee(non-refundable after membership activation). There are no monthly dinner meetings, no bylaws, no elected officers, and no participation in special events, causes, rallies, fundraisers, poker runs, toy runs, chili cook-offs, pancake breakfasts, charities, benefits, or other such events. We are not a riding club. We are a group of folks who enjoy riding our motorcycles, and we invite up to 25 riders to go with us if they want to. That's all there is to it. The only reason we have a website is to provide a way to show other riders where we are planning to ride and to help them decide if they are interested in going. And if they are interested in going, our meetup website provides a way for them to RSVP so we know how many people to expect.
WHO IS WELCOME: Riders of all adult ages and genders are welcome. All motorcycle brands and styles are welcome. Three-wheelers are welcome too. Your motorcycle must have at least a 250cc engine (although we recommend a 500cc engine).
WEATHER REQUIREMENTS: Since we only enjoy fair weather riding (10% or less chance of rain, winds under 15 mph, forecasted low and high temp of 55-95 degrees), we always do weather checks during the week leading up to a ride. We post the results of that and specify whether the ride is still a "go" or not. We also email that info to those who RSVP'd for the ride. We do not hesitate to cancel or reschedule a ride if the weather forecast doesn't meet our requirements. You can expect to see up to multi-day trips getting canceled each year due to weather since the multi-day trips are posted in advance (so be sure to *ALWAYS* select lodging with a convenient cancellation policy). The one-day rides don't get canceled nearly as often because those aren't posted way in advance like the multi-day trips are. Because of our weather requirements for riding, almost all of our rides occur in spring, summer, fall, and non-wet winter days.
NAVIGATION AND FUEL: Road Captain's bike will be equipped with a GPS, and we always have the route programmed in the GPS for navigation. We also ensure we have fuel stops planned no more than about 80-95 miles apart (usually top tiers such as Chevron, Shell, or Union 76). We always post the total mileage for each ride, along with the planned lunch stop. We do not typically list other planned stops even though they are part of the ride. We usually stop every hour or so as needed, just to get off the bike and stretch for a bit.
RIDE AVAILABILITY: We work on weekdays, so most of the one-day rides that we host happen on weekends. We also host various multi-day trips each year when we have time to do so.
JOINING THIS MEETUP: You are welcome to sign up to become a member of this Meetup any time you wish. After we review your profile and approve you as a member, you can then go on rides of your choice if spots are available. (Btw, the only reason we review your profile before approving you as a member is to weed out spam. Believe it or not, we have had people join for the sole purpose of soliciting business, which we prohibit on our meetup site.) There is a $20 annual membership fee for you to become a member of our meetup group, but only after a 30-day free trial period and is NOT refundable after the trial period is up. This membership fee covers the Meetup group admin costs and helps pay for some of our meetup group event costs. There are NO individual ride costs to you. Your only costs are food and gas for the ride, plus any bridge tolls and National or State park entrance fees if applicable and lodging for the multi-day trips. To keep your membership active, you need to log in periodically.
NEW MEMBERS: We extend to all new members a one-time RSVP to go on any ride that's already full. This will allow new members to get a feel for the group without having to wait for a ride that still has spots available. After you become a new member, just send us a private message letting us know which "full" ride you want to go on, and we will manually add you to the RSVP list for that ride.
RESTRICTIONS: We do not allow any form of advertising on our Meetup site, nor do we allow people to join in soliciting business of any kind. Our Meetup site is strictly for those who want to go riding. We also do not allow any form of religious or political content on our website, nor do we allow any content that would be considered offensive, crude, vulgar, foul language, fault-finding, or disrespectful to others.
FINE PRINT: By choosing to join our MRG Meetup group, you accept and agree with all of the above. By choosing to ride in our MRG Meetup group, you assume full responsibility and liability for your choices and actions while participating in any of our MRG Meetup events. You accept and agree to hold MRG Organizers harmless for any and all accidents and incidents resulting from your choice to participate in any of our Meetup events.
"Ride your ride"! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Once again, welcome to the group!
Luis Mena, Robert Doyle
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.
Bay Area Book Geeks
Mountain View, CA
Do you love books!? Well you have come to the right place. We totally geek out on all types of books. There is a discussion group for many genres of books. Just pick one to attend or pick them all. This is a group effort and we are open to people doing their own organizing if they wish. Either way there is plenty to read and do.
1. This group is a fun, safe space for people to discuss their opinions, make friendships, read amazing books, and have great discussions. Harassing and threatening members will not be tolerated.
2. This is a group to meet people, even people you might potentially want to ask on a date. This is natural and acceptable, however many members attend for the reading and socializing alone. It is highly encouraged that any member not treat this group like a dating site.
3. If a well loved book is suggested as reading for the group, please be advised that not everyone will share the same opinion. This group encourages debate because it is what makes a good discussion. Respecting other opinions is highly recommended.
4. Group organizers are responsible for keeping an eye out for internal problems. If a member feels uncomfortable or disrespected please bring it to our attention.
5. We are happy to have so many members with the Bay Area Book Geeks and with the popularity of all our book clubs growing. Since the meetings are starting to have a consistent wait list that is sometimes nine people long, we are implementing a new policy to make it fair to all our members. To encourage members to keep their RSVP’s current we will start taking note of any no shows at all meetings. If three no shows turn up on your record then the next time you RSVP for a meeting and the meeting has a wait list you will be automatically moved to the wait list for that event. If you keep your RSVP current, then this will not happen. It is standard to update your RSVP at least 24 hours before the event if you will not be able to attend. We cannot track this and so I will trust everyone to try their best to abide by the 24 hour limit. We understand that emergencies happen, and if one comes up at the last minute, let us know as soon as you can, and we will adjust your record accordingly.