Suggested Hobbies & Passions Groups near California
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". 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.
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!
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!
San Mateo Cars & Coffee
San Mateo, CA
Come grab a cup of coffee, check out amazing cars, and meet super nice car people!
San Mateo Cars & Coffee brings together like-minded automotive enthusiasts. The events are very chill and welcoming to all types of cool cars. We have a gathering every other Saturday from 8:00am to 10:00 am in downtown San Mateo.
We want to meet safely even during the time of COVID-19. Please wear a mask and practice proper social distancing at all times. We also ask all attending to respect the location and to protect surrounding area from excessive noise.
A San Mateo Cars & Coffee dedicated website will be added soon!
Hope to see you soon at San Mateo Cars & Coffee!
@ 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!
Netflixionados, Primers and Hulu-ites
Do you like streaming TV shows and movies on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu? If so, this is the Meetup for you!
We'll watch the movie or TV show in the comfort of our own homes and then get together (either online or in-person) to talk about it! Occasionally, we may watch highly anticipated movies in theatres because...well...sometimes we just can't wait until it's picked up online!
Rule #1: NO SPOILERS (or put *spoiler* in your posts). Some of us have just stumbled upon a great series or movie. If you've seen it before, please...don't ruin it for the first-time watchers!
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.
East Bay Ladies Book Club
NOW MEETING ON ZOOM DUE TO COVID-19! Please see location of each event for link :)
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.
Books, Happy Hours & More
San Jose, CA
Part book club, part happy hour, part other. We're looking for mid-20s/mid-30s women in the San Jose area to read and make new female friends with us.
We'll do a monthly book club, and sprinkle in other activities like puzzle swaps, game nights, crafts, and more depending what the group wants to do. Expect this to be a laid back way to meet some new people with some of your same interests!
- Members of the group should be active. Try to come to all meet-ups, or one every once in a while...we just ask that you participate in some way!
- If you are no longer able to make a meet-up, please give a minimum of 24 hours notice. Events may have a waitlist, and this will allow others interested to join in your place. Frequent last-minute cancellations or no shows may be asked to leave the group.
- RSVPs for upcoming events are open 30 days before the scheduled event date.
- Come with a willingness to meet new people, have fun, and feel free to suggest new events and books.<br><br>
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.
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.
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!
Let's practice photography!
My name is Mia and I am a bay area photographer who knows quite a bit about my Canon T6I and 5D3. In this group, we aim to expand our creativity by exploring boundaries and doing whatever it takes to push them. I strive to maintain a judgment free, fun experience. Future shoots include indoor and outdoor themed shoots with an emphasis on fashion and nature. In our studio workshops, we experiment with props, lighting, and posing. Above all we come together to network and collaborate as we put our creative minds together. Welcome and thank you for joining the family. ❤
San Francisco Movie Club
San Francisco, CA
Greetings, SF Bay Area Movie Lovers! We are a movie loving meetup group hosting in-person movie watching and discussion events in San Francisco. Typical events involve watching a movie at a theater followed by discussion at a nearby bar, cafe, or restaurant.
My goal is to foster a community of movie lovers that regularly meets to watch and discuss movies of all kinds. I hope that some of the active members will eventually step up and host events so that more people can participate.
Let me know if you have any suggestions/feedback!
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.
SF and Further: A Virtual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club
San Francisco, CA
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!
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.