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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
@ 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hello Sunshine Book Club & Social
Redwood City, CA
Do you love reading? Would you like to connect with women through the power of storytelling? If so, join this meetup group! We'll follow along with Reese Witherspoon's monthly book club picks and also pull from previous month’s picks to make it easier to get books from the library.
Each book is carefully selected by Reese herself, and is meant to showcase women authors and illuminate the unique prospectives we hold as women. Let's spark joy and inspire each other through the gift of storytelling and conversation!
We will meet the second Sunday of each month at Tartine in Redwood City.
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/