Suggested Hobbies & Passions Groups near California
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
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!
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!
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Get your t-shirts! ⚠️⚠️⚠️
🔶 Who this meetup is for
This group is for intermediate and experienced riders who enjoy socializing with other riders <br>
❤️ All motorcycle brands are welcome
🔶 What you can expect on a typical ride <br>
We meet 30 minutes prior to the start of the ride for coffee, tea and socialization. We then discuss the day’s ride, go over safety details and take off.
Stops are typically between 50 - 75 minutes apart, depending on the types of roads we’re riding, but we’ll stop at the request of any rider if the need arises.
We usually have lunch at a predetermined location or pick an impromptu spot.
The trips back often involve taking the highway as people like to just get home faster. You can always leave any ride early.
⚠️ Official Ride Rules
We have a set of official rules that we follow as a group. These are read out before every ride.
⚠️ What is expected of you
🔸 Interpersonal Interactions
We expect our fellow riders to be treat each other with kindness and respect. This meetup only works if people feel comfortable around other members
You are responsible for not only your safety but also of the riders around you, so reckless driving will not be tolerated. Full safety gear is recommended to be worn at all times, but that decision is ultimately left to the individual rider. <br>
🔸 RSVP cancellations
We request that of you cannot make a ride, you change your RSVP to No to let the organizer know not to wait for you.
⚠️ Rider Requirements
✅ At least 21 years of age.
✅ M1 class license or an out of state equivalent.
✅ Completion of a motorcycle safety class is not required, but is highly recommended.
⚠️ Equipment Requirements and Recommendations
✅ Your motorcycle should be in good working order including having properly inflated tires as well as working brakes and lights.
✅ Full tank of gas before any meetup
✅ FasTrak is not required but highly recommended
❖ Participation ❖
Your ride participation will be reflected in the Custom Name field on meetup according to the following rules:
🔶 --------- at least 1 ride
🔶🔶 ----- at least 3 rides
🔶🔶🔶 - at least 5 rides
💎----------at least 10 rides
💎💎------at least 15 rides
💎💎💎--at least 20 rides
⭐ -------- at least 25 rides
⭐⭐ ---- at least 30 rides
⭐⭐⭐ -at least 40 rides
👑 -------- at least 50 rides
👑👑 ---- at least 75 rides
👑👑👑- at least 100 rides
🌃 - overnight ride participation
☸️ - visited a Buddhist temple during a ride
🛠 - helped solve a mechanical issue during the ride
📸 - took great photos during a ride
🐕 - brought a doggy on a ride
👨👧 - brought a family member on a ride
🔮 - Made a prediction that came true
🍨 - Hosted an ice cream social
🔍 - Found your way back to the main group after being separated
🌆 - Attended a Sundowner ride
🐉 - Rode the Little Dragon
🔙 - Rejoined the group after leaving
🌮 - Attended a Tracy Taco Time ride
🏝 - Had lunch at Hulas Island Grill
🦉 - Provided wise advice
⚠️ Legal Disclaimer ⚠️
Motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity and by attending any of the meetups you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your actions and any injuries that may result from those actions.
San Francisco, CA
The books Picture Perfect Lighting and Picture Perfect Posing by Roberto Valenzuela present a systematic approach to portraiture lighting and posing. They are worldwide bestsellers on Amazon and are used by many schools as texts. Felix Kunze adds special lighting techniques that enhance skin tone and texture. Valenzuela’s posing techniques seem to tend toward an elegant event style. Sue Bryce brings a more glamor oriented style with some special flowing techniques.
I've taken Valenzuela’s workshops, read his books multiple times, outlined them for myself, created my own cheat sheets, and use the techniques in my shoots. I’ve watched the workshop videos by Bryce and Kunze multiple times and incorporated their teachings into my shoots. But, I need more practice.
To master Bryce, Kunze, and Valenzuela, I host these Meetups. In each Meetup we walk neighborhoods, find scenes, and practice shoots. We use cheat sheets that relate each topic we discuss to extensive notes that, in turn, relate to chapters in Valenzuela’s books or segments in the Bryce and Kunze videos. I learn from the questions what I’m not explaining well and where my understanding is weak.
Free, no fees of any sort. Models welcome. Receive images from the photographers.
Everyone participates - no experience, very experienced, photographer, amateur, or professional.
We meet on the first Sunday of each month from noon to 4 at locations in San Francisco, the Peninsula, San Jose, and the East Bay. In each location, in different months, at slightly different times of day, and with different cloud covers the angle of the sun and quality of light results in unique direction, diffusion, and color cast so every demonstration presents a unique combination of learning opportunties.
At noon we leave the meeting point and walk the neighborhood visualizing images. We may be hard to find; don’t be late.
When we find an interesting location, we discuss the light in detail, form a team, and coach the team through a shoot. The teams have a photographer, model, and three grips: one to add light, one to subtract light, and one to add highlights. Depending on the circumstances we may focus on composition, lighting, or posing.
Then, we scout for a new location and repeat with a new team. We stop at 4. At any time, a team may leave the group and work independently.
Photographers: Bring a 40" reflector, a 30" reflector, and an incident light meter. Optionally, bring a 40" diffuser, a ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, and a smartphone with PhotoPills installed. None of these are required. There will be plenty to share. Please do not bring flashes, soft boxes, umbrellas, other lighting modifiers, light stands, or tripods. For lenses, bring a 50; some of the spaces are too cramped for 85s or longer. You may find all the material at http://jeffspublicdrive.com > Photography : cheat cheats, notes, pdfs of books, and lots of videos. To see specifics on gear see the Amazon Wishlist at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2MGMT7ZZ65HE5 .
Models: Please bring 1) form-fitting pants, jeans, tights, or a skirt so the curves in your legs show well, 2) a form-fitting top that shows light between your arms and body and exposes your collarbone, and 3) flats. Avoid white, small patterns, glamour makeup, and large jewelry. If you have long hair, wear it down. Within these guidelines, anything will work -- a little black dress, tights and a tank top, business slacks and a blouse, or anything in between. You may want to download and read JandJFAQ.pdf at http://jeffspublicdrive.com > Photography.
If you have questions about your equipment or want to discuss anything about photography, let's FaceTime or Zoom. Message me through Meetup. We can talk about camera basics, equipment, lighting, posing, white balance and ColorCheckerPassport, model releases, wardrobe, jewelry, makeup, critiques, portfolios, ... If you have questions about your gear, have your manual handy.
Roberto Valenzuela: https://www.robertovalenzuela.com/
Fleix Kunze: https://www.felixkunze.com
Sue Bryce: https://suebryceeducation.com
ColorChecker Passport Photo 2: https://www.xrite.com/categories/calibration-profiling/colorchecker-classic-family/colorchecker-passport-photo-2
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!
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.
@ 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Bay Area Ladies' Fantasy Book Club
San Francisco, CA
This is a book club for those who love fantasy and science fiction novels with diverse female protagonists! Each month, we'll read a new book and meet to chat about it over Zoom. (Once the pandemic has slowed down, we look forward to meeting up in real life and having a chat over food and beers again!) Everyone is welcome to join, as long as you're down for female-centric books and respectful discussion.
See book recs, suggest our next book, or find others' Goodreads profiles on our Message Boards! (https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Ladies-Fant...)
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.
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 Classic Fiction Book Club
Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina, A Tale of Two Cities......this group is for anyone who wants to re-visit classics such as these or explore them for the first time. This group will also read some more contemporary fiction classics, books by living authors whose reputations for writing first class fiction are already very well established. This is a casual book club and anyone with an interest in classic fiction is welcome! This group will not be a formal affair with prepared questions, etc. Instead, we will have a free-flowing discussion about the selection over food and libations (if you so desire).