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PROJAM MULTIMEDIA GROUP (Workshops and Productions)

San Francisco, CA

PROJAM MULTIMEDIA GROUP (Workshops and Productions)

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.



GROUP FOCUS:


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.


ORGANIZER:

Name: Jam Muncada

Address: 500 King Drive Daly City, CA 94015

Phone: 650 267-9759

110 members · Public

SF and Further: A Virtual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

San Francisco, CA

SF and Further: A Virtual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

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!

19 members · Public

Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA

Sebastopol, CA

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. 

241 members · Public

Geek Girls Silicon Valley

San Jose, CA

Geek Girls Silicon Valley

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 
Board games
Brunches & dinners  
Conventions & fairs  
Co-working sessions  
Escape Rooms   
Exploring local attractions 
Fun runs, hikes, and other fitness activities 
Karaoke 
Movie openings 
Museum visits 
Theater shows  
Viewing parties

*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/

1288 members · Private

Tri-Valley Ladies Book Club

Dublin, CA

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!

95 members · Private

Tri-Valley/Tracy/CC Motorcycle Cruisers

Livermore, CA

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. 

191 members · Public