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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. 

245 members · Public

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. 

126 members · Public