Suggested Hobbies & Passions Groups near California
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/
San Joaquin Valley Model and Photographer Network
The group will focus portrait photography, holding different events that will bring photographers and models together. We will hold both studio sessions at my Manteca studio and outdoor photography meetups all around the beautiful San Joaquine Valley and Yosemite Park. We will also hold educational photography workshops and modeling training events. Photographers will have an opportunity to teach and learn from each other, and models will have an opportunity to practice their craft and network with potential clients.
Peninsula Ladies Book Club (25-45)
San Mateo, CA
This group is for Peninsula women 25-45 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.
This page regroups the two previous Upcycle pages Alameda and Fashionistas into one.
We upcycle sew, build, make new creations from tossed out items and thrift shop finds. We get together and have fun learning new skills, making new friends, rejoicing in creativity, inspiring green thinking and reducing our community landfills. So far we have focused on junk sculpture, apparel and home decor, but the sky's the limit!
Develop your signature style. Rethink how you clothe yourself and your family. Have creative, collaborative, skill-building fun. Resign yourself to starting with something simple and we will help you get going.
We have shared resources like books, scissors, thread, needles, lots of jeans and tee shirts, a couple of community sewing machines, not to mention a roomful of opinions and ideas to inspire you.
Photography Walks & Workshops in San Francisco by Casey
San Francisco, CA
Let's explore San Francisco by taking pictures (and videos) and learn new techniques along the way. Plus get outside for fresh air and exercise too! About me: I have been doing photography for over 35 years and used to shoot weddings, portraits, commercial work for decades. I am an expert in still photography having started with the Nikon F4 film camera plus the Hasselblad 503cx medium format film camera in the 90s, then transitioned to digital with the Nikon D1x and D2x in early 2000, and more recently changed to all Canon gear with the Canon R5 and 90D and M50 digital cameras. I also actively use the Canon XF400 and G60 camcorders for creating online content for my YouTube channel "Casey On Location". I am also an expert in lighting and exposure as well. Because I enjoy photography and filming, I can also share my knowledge with others who share the same passion. I am a long-time resident of San Francisco since 1980 so I know quite a bit about The City by the bay. So join the group and we can shoot images and videos together at interesting spots in San Francisco, learn a thing or two from each other, and hopefully get in some sunshine and exercise too. IMPORTANT: This group is geared towards users with cameras that have (as a minimum) the "M" mode setting for full MANUAL exposure. You must have a camera whereby you can independently change the exposure values for the aperture (f-stop), shutter speeds, and ISO. This means if you only have and use a smartphone for a camera (ie: iPhone or Android phone), this is not acceptable and you will not be approved to be accepted into this Meetup group. Those members who were previously accepted initially into this group early on and only have and use a smartphone for a camera have a limited grace period to get an acceptable camera to remain in this group.
@ 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!
Books & Brew (Oakland Bookclub)
Welcome! This group is for anyone who is interested in discussing books while having a brew or two (...or three). We will meet once a month to discuss the selected book at breweries around Oakland and The East Bay. We aim to be a diverse group of readers who gather together for libations and lively discussion.
If you enjoy reading books, meeting new people, enjoying a drink, having a good time, and expressing your opinions, this group is for you! Check us out.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <br>1. Members can recommend books that they are interested in discussing/reading as a group and they will be added to a master list.
2. Each month I will randomly pick THREE books from the list and create a poll.
3. The book with the most votes will be the winner and the next book we discuss!
- To recommend a book send me the name of the book in a message and I confirm when it has been added to the list.
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!
THEATER INTO FILM: A Play/Movie Discussion Group
San Francisco, CA
From its inception, cinema has relied on theater as a primary source of material. Welles, Kurosawa, Julie Taymor and now Joel Cohen have adapted Shakespeare into acclaimed films. Von Trier and Pasolini have brilliantly adapted Greek tragedies. Cocteau’s one-woman play “The Human Voice” has been filmed with Ingrid Bergman, Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, and more recently Rosamund Pike and Tilda Swinton. Polanski, Altman, Resnais and William Friedkin were all committed to contemporary theater throughout their careers. So why is the relationship between plays and screenplays so vexed? Calling a film “stagy” is always a criticism. But what are the various techniques of adaptation? Which films radically rework a play to make it more “cinematic”? Which commit to theater’s spatial boundaries and emphasis on the spoken word? What other techniques are utilized, and to what ends? Is a play always literature and a film always pictorial? These are some of the questions we will be asking. Because we are focusing in part on the adaptation process, it is preferable for participants to read the play and view the film before each discussion. Most texts will be free at https://archive.org. That said, everyone is invited to join us whether they’ve done one, the other, both or neither. The programming will tend to focus on shorter plays. Fans of theater, film, literature, history—as well as actors, directors, writers and filmmakers—will find there’s a lot to learn by looking at the theater to film transformation. But everyone is welcome to participate.
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!
Mocha Girls Read - Sacramento
We are a group of black women who love to read, want to read more and meet like-minded women. We are here to inspire women to read, share literature, fellowship, and encourage others in the joy of reading. We meet in Sacramento, CA the second Saturday every month, currently meeting on Zoom RFN. We are an eclectic group of women and so are our reading selections. Find out more on our website [www.mochagirlsread.com](http://www.mochagirlsread.com) For Authors and Publishers, please email Mocha Girl Classy at email@example.com \
True Crime Virtual Book Club
Redwood City, CA
Are you obsessed with true crime? Do you want to understand what makes a criminal tick? Do you love Keith Morrison's 'Dateline' voice?
Meet with other true crime fans to discuss sensational, shocking, and strange events. From murder to fraud to the wrongfully convicted, we will talk about why these real-life stories capture our attention and stay in our mind - sometimes longer than we want them to.
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't." - Mark Twain
Central Coast Riders
We are a pre existing group of riders, and welcome ANY TYPE OF BIKE-.
We have changed the name and format of this Group: we are now Central Coast Riders, <br>And we are now a Public Group. <br>We are a small group of diverse, mature responsible riders, and we especially welcome new riders, as we focus mainly on safe and sane riding practices, and a reasonable pace. <br>Most of our rides are short, and not challenging for beginners. Let’s Ride!
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.
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.