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!
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. Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Julie Taymor and now Joel Cohen have adapted Shakespeare into acclaimed films. Lars Von Trier and Pasolini have brilliantly adapted Greek tragedies. Jean 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. Roman Polanski, William Friedkin, Robert Altman and Alain Resnais 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.
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/
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.
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.
East Bay Ladies Book Club
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.
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!
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!
Santa Rosa High-Def Movie Group
Santa Rosa, CA
**Covid Guidelines: Proof of Covid Vaccinations required for first film attending. Medical Grade Masks required on at all times watching fiim & during discussion. Food is temporarily not allowed at this time. 3 HEPA Air Filters have been put in the theater room and 3 seats removed to provide more space between us. Please do not attend a film if you are not well. Popcorn & food will be allowed when it is safe.** Santa Rosa High-Def Movie Group is the most active Movie Group in the North Bay, bar none! I show over 100+ films a year, plus we sometimes go to the theaters. This group is for anyone who enjoys watching High-Definition films (3D too!) on a 10 ft screen. I have set up a Home Theater that can accommodate up to 9 people. 20-30% of the films I show never come to Sonoma County Theaters. Films will be shown in my home with a nominal donation which help covers cost of Blu-Ray film, Certified Non GMO Popcorn, Butter, bottled mineral water, utilities, etc. All movie nights will be by reservation only on a first come, first serve basis. All no shows, will be removed (special circumstances excepted) from the group. This way the seat does not go empty, especially when there is a wait list. Films will include current releases, Oscar & Golden Globe nominated films, Dramas, Comedies, Documentaries, Classics, 3D Films (9 people maximum) and any special interesting film. In April/May I have my annual Documentary Film Festival. I am open to all suggestions. All films will be shown in 1080P High Definition in 7.1 Surround Sound when available. This group will be by RSVP invitation only. Since all the events are in my home, I ask everyone to post a recent photo of themselves (not your cat!) including my best friends if you would like to be a member of this group. Thanks for understanding! Films will be posted for each week on Saturday morning at 6 AM. Please only join this group if you are seriously planning on attending at least 3-4 movies or more per year. New members that join that do not come to a film will be dropped from the group after 6 months. This is a Private Group, so your photo & profile will not be shared by anyone browsing the Internet. Before making reservations, please check your calendar first to help minimize cancellations. Thanks and look forward to see you at a movie soon, Randy
Doc Wong Riding Clinics-SF Bay Area
The ever popular Doc Wong (free) Riding Clinics have been going non-stop for the last 22 years and this Meetup Group is an extension of that. I now have had over 22,000 riders attending my various events during that time!!! This is a community meeting place for all those who have attended or want to attend any of my Doc Wong (FREE) Motorcycle Riding Clinics.
The purpose is to help you improve your Cornering Confidence and to create a Doc Wong Riding Clinic Community where we can share ideas, improve your riding and go on some awesome rides. Also, please note that while there may be only 10 or so signups for an event, don't be surprised to see 50 riders present at the event as many riders find out about my clinics thru other sources.
1. Find out and sign up for any of the different clinics and activities we have.
2. Volunteers can meet and coordinate.
3. Ask questions about riding tips and questions.
4. Create meetups for day and multi-day rides and tours.
Type of bikes: Sport Bikes, Cruisers, Dual Sport bikes, Dirt Bikes...any bikes are welcome. Experience levels from beginner to advanced. I personally own all of these different types of bikes and love riding them all! Riders feel free to create your own rides in addition to the ones I organize. If you want to improve your riding, come to some awesome riding activities and meet other riders in a fun environment, then please join! The goal is to have more confidence while cornering, making motorcycling more fun and safe!
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.
Sierra Thunder 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 Granite Rock Grill, 5140 Pacific St, Rocklin, CA 95677. Come early to eat and socialize. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend our meetings. To view our website, click this link ([www.SierraThunderHOG.org](https://www.sierrathunderhog.org/)). Having a National HOG membership ([https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html](https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html)) is a pre-requisite for maintaining membership with Sierra Thunder HOG.
SF Book & Social Club (Mid 20s - Mid 30s)
San Francisco, CA
Do you like to read, have fun, and enjoy craft beer, wine, etc.? Welcome!
Here at book club, we read mostly fiction with some nonfiction thrown in now and again. Each month we'll explore some of the great local bars (always close to a BART stop) in San Francisco for a book discussion. Venue suggestions welcome!
But we're more than just a book club. We'll also occasionally do happy hours, movie nights, book swaps, etc.
And if you find this group isn't a good fit for you, no hard feelings! But please leave the group in order to make room for others.
Members that are not active for over 9 months will be automatically removed from the group.
If you RSVP to an event and don't show up (without updating your RSVP) more than once, you will be removed from the group.
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
@ 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!