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!
PROJAM MULTIMEDIA GROUP (Workshops and Productions)
San Francisco, CA
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.
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.
Name: Jam Muncada
Address: 500 King Drive Daly City, CA 94015
Phone: 650 267-9759
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!
Bay Area Sewists
Bay Area Sewists is a sewing community with members from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond — now that we are meeting virtually. We are mostly focused on garment sewing. (See the FAQs below for more info.)
Members share inspiration and techniques, and see what each other is making at our Show & Tell meetups. Our virtual meetups often have guest speakers to talk about fabric, sewing patterns and tools, and techniques. Past guest speakers have included Britex Fabrics, Hello Stitch, Needles Studio, The Sewing Room, Stitch Buzz, and Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.
Before the pandemic, we met in person, sewing and shopping together and swapping patterns and fabric.
Member benefits include:
• 20% off at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics on some of our meetup days
• 20% off at Piedmont Fabrics (must show your active membership via the app or website)
• 20% off store products and 10% off classes at The Sewing Room in Alameda
• 10% off regularly priced fabrics for Britex Fabrics meetup attendees
Chuleenan, Bay Area Sewists Organizer
Can anyone join Bay Area Sewists?
Sure! If you have an interest in sewing - whether you are just learning to sew or you are an expert costumer - you are welcome to join the group. Our members range from people who have been sewing for less than a year to people who teach sewing professionally.
Do I need to live in the Bay Area to join?
No, all are welcome. In-person meetups are mainly for people in the Bay Area because those events will be taking place there. BUT during the pandemic, we are meeting virtually so anyone can participate. You just need to be a member of the group.
Can I submit an idea for a meetup?
Yes! We welcome suggestions for activities and venues! Just message Chuleenan, the organizer, via the Meetup page.
You used to charge dues. Will you charge dues again?
It is free to be a member of Bay Area Sewists. Dues had been charged in the past to cover the fees Meetup charges to use this platform. Members are welcome to contribute via Chuleenan's PayPal (@chuleenan) or Venmo (@chuleenan-svetvilas) accounts. Once we start meeting in person, a fee may be charged for a specific meetup to cover the cost of a venue.
Is this a group for quilters?
We are focused on garment sewing but some quilters are also members of this group. If you are looking for a group focused on quilting, you may want to check out other meetups.
When did the Bay Area Sewists get started?
The group was founded by Meghan Hunt of Made by Meg in 2012 who was the organizer until the end of 2013. In January 2014, Chuleenan Svetvilas of C Sews became the group's organizer and has organized more than 80 meeutups since then.
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/
Sierra Thunder Chapter 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 Mountain Mike's Pizza, 5505 Whitney Blvd #2f, Rocklin, CA 95677, Come early to eat and socialize. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend our meetings.
Having a National HOG membership (https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html) is a pre-requisite for maintaining membership with Sierra Thunder HOG.
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.
SF Bay Area Moto Meetup
San Francisco, CA
We love to just... go! "There is something in human nature, and something in the American character, that will continue to call to those who ride and those who dream of riding to faraway places." We're two locals who strive to do just that, to share our knowledge of the SF Bay Area and our secret (or not so secret) favorite spots along the road. Join us for one of our upcoming rides TBA soon...
🏍️ Gender balanced // All makes & colors (bikes & humans) // All backgrounds welcome // Safety first // 🚫 No drama // Always fun 🏍️ <br>
NB. We recommend you have at least 2 years of street riding experience on motorcycle 400cc or larger. You need to be comfortable going 75mph on the freeway, and at least the speed limit on surface streets and backroads.
NB2. This group is sponsored by Native Moto Adventures as part of their commitment to the Bay Area riding community. Please follow us @RideNative
Jen + Saf <br>
Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley
San Jose, CA
Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley (PPSCV) is a non-profit organization whose objectives and purposes include the advancement of photography as an art and as a profession.
If you’re already a professional photographer, or an aspiring one, and are in the greater San Jose area please consider attending one of our monthly meetings. You'll meet great people who share your passion for photography. We are an association of professional photographers with a variety of experience and interest in the field. We have a guest speaker each month, speaking on many different aspects of this profession. You'll learn how to take great photos, as well as how to actually make a living as a photographer. We look forward to meeting you at our next meeting. After you've attended a meeting, you'll see the benefit of membership.
We'd love for you to become a member of PPSCV and get involved in the association. We have lots of opportunities for you to make a difference, both in your business and in the profession as a whole. See you soon.
If you have questions about PPSCV, please feel free to email.
We look forward to meeting you!
There is a $25 guest fee for PPSCV monthly meetings for non-members. Save $5 if you pay in advance vial PayPal. Please see the payment link on each meeting announcement.
Monthly meetings are always free for PPSCV members.
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.
Harley Owners Group Folsom CA
This Meetup Group is for riders who have MEETUP accounts, and have submitted a request to join, and the request has been approved. We hope you become a dues-paying member of Folsom Harley Owners Group, Chapter 1787, affiliated with Harley-Davidson of Folsom. (See http://www.folsomhog.org).
We love to ride, and enjoy socializing together. Our monthly social meeting is at the Round Table Pizza, 9500-1 Greenback Ln, Folsom, CA 95630, held the 3rd Tuesday of every month except December. Come early to have dinner and socialize. Guests are welcome to attend our monthly meeting. Having a current National H.O.G membership (https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html) is a prerequisite to maintaining a membership with Folsom H.O.G.
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!
Friends of Photography
Mill Valley, CA
Welcome to all Bay Area Photography Events!
Our Meetup is open to all photographers regardless of your current level of knowledge about photography, the kind of photography that you do or the type of camera that you use. We will have meetings, classes, workshops and group gatherings mostly in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties.
Group Outings, Group Photo Shoots, Lighting, Composition, Posing of Subjects, Working with Strobe Lighting in a Photo Studio, Natural Light Photography, Fashion and Street Photography. We are looking for people who have special talents that they are willing to share with the group in Lectures, Classes and Workshops.
Please contact us if you are interested in speaking at a meeting or in conducting a class or workshop. Our goal is to help everyone take better pictures, become a better photographer - and have fun.
Join the group to receive notices of upcoming meetings, classes, workshops and events.
@ 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!
East Bay Fiber Arts
Formerly known as Lakeside Crafternoons - Socially Distanced. Rebranding due to the changing nature of the COVID landscape! Join us for a currently-all-outdoor crafting group. All are welcome to bring sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, or any other handcraft project at any skill level. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and some good company while you finish a work-in-progress or hone in on a new pandemic hobby.
MRG ~ Motorcycle Riding Group of Sacramento
Welcome to MRG "relaxed pace" motorcycle riders of Sacramento, California! Our names are Luis Mena and Robert Doyle. We are motorcycle riders located in the Sacramento area who enjoy doing the following:
• One Day Group Rides and Multi-day Rides on paved roads only, anywhere between 125-325 mile per ride round trip (Day Rides) and 125-275 miles on multi-day rides (per leg)
• Relaxed pace (moderately fast, but not "race track" fast).
• Scenic rural roads (minimal freeway riding as possible).
• Occasional multi-day trips from two days to three days.
• Fair weather riding (10% or less chance of rain, winds <15 mph, high of 55-95 degrees).
• Nearly all rides occur during spring, fall and non-wet winter days.
• We prefer to ride during daylight hours.
• Max group size of 5-25 people depending the the ride route.
• Always ride safely and responsibly.
If you share those same preferences, we invite you to join our Meetup group and RSVP for the rides that appeal to you.
To attend any of our rides, you must be a member of our Meetup group, and you must be on the RSVP list for the ride you wish to attend. We only do what is listed in the above bullet list. It is all about having fun, touring the countryside on a motorcycle as we enjoy the scenery along the way, the lunch stops, scenic vista stops, mountain passes, lakeside cruising, etc.
"RELAXED PACE": There are two reasons why the name of our meetup "relaxed pace." One reason is, we don't treat the public street system as if it's a race track. So, if you are one of those "need for speed" types, then you probably won't find happiness in our meetup group. We also don't ride excessively slow either. We'd say we ride at an excellent medium speed. The other reason for the name "relaxed pace" is, it's all about having a relaxed state of mind throughout the day enjoying a "no worries, no need to rush" positive attitude. It's a mental escape from a hectic life, which is all-too-often clock-driven. So, when you are on our rides, it's time to relax and enjoy!
RIDE GROUP SIZE: We set the max ride limit at 5-25 people per ride depending on the route. A larger group gets too challenging to keep a group together and starts to be too much of an impact on the dining establishments.
GENERAL INFO: There is a $20.00 annual membership fee(non-refundable after membership activation). There are no monthly dinner meetings, no bylaws, no elected officers, and no participation in special events, causes, rallies, fundraisers, poker runs, toy runs, chili cook-offs, pancake breakfasts, charities, benefits, or other such events. We are not a riding club. We are a group of folks who enjoy riding our motorcycles, and we invite up to 25 riders to go with us if they want to. That's all there is to it. The only reason we have a website is to provide a way to show other riders where we are planning to ride and to help them decide if they are interested in going. And if they are interested in going, our meetup website provides a way for them to RSVP so we know how many people to expect.
WHO IS WELCOME: Riders of all adult ages and genders are welcome. All motorcycle brands and styles are welcome. Three-wheelers are welcome too. Your motorcycle must have at least a 250cc engine (although we recommend a 500cc engine).
WEATHER REQUIREMENTS: Since we only enjoy fair weather riding (10% or less chance of rain, winds under 15 mph, forecasted low and high temp of 55-95 degrees), we always do weather checks during the week leading up to a ride. We post the results of that and specify whether the ride is still a "go" or not. We also email that info to those who RSVP'd for the ride. We do not hesitate to cancel or reschedule a ride if the weather forecast doesn't meet our requirements. You can expect to see up to multi-day trips getting canceled each year due to weather since the multi-day trips are posted in advance (so be sure to *ALWAYS* select lodging with a convenient cancellation policy). The one-day rides don't get canceled nearly as often because those aren't posted way in advance like the multi-day trips are. Because of our weather requirements for riding, almost all of our rides occur in spring, summer, fall, and non-wet winter days.
NAVIGATION AND FUEL: Road Captain's bike will be equipped with a GPS, and we always have the route programmed in the GPS for navigation. We also ensure we have fuel stops planned no more than about 80-95 miles apart (usually top tiers such as Chevron, Shell, or Union 76). We always post the total mileage for each ride, along with the planned lunch stop. We do not typically list other planned stops even though they are part of the ride. We usually stop every hour or so as needed, just to get off the bike and stretch for a bit.
RIDE AVAILABILITY: We work on weekdays, so most of the one-day rides that we host happen on weekends. We also host various multi-day trips each year when we have time to do so.
JOINING THIS MEETUP: You are welcome to sign up to become a member of this Meetup any time you wish. After we review your profile and approve you as a member, you can then go on rides of your choice if spots are available. (Btw, the only reason we review your profile before approving you as a member is to weed out spam. Believe it or not, we have had people join for the sole purpose of soliciting business, which we prohibit on our meetup site.) There is a $20 annual membership fee for you to become a member of our meetup group, but only after a 30-day free trial period and is NOT refundable after the trial period is up. This membership fee covers the Meetup group admin costs and helps pay for some of our meetup group event costs. There are NO individual ride costs to you. Your only costs are food and gas for the ride, plus any bridge tolls and National or State park entrance fees if applicable and lodging for the multi-day trips. To keep your membership active, you need to log in periodically.
NEW MEMBERS: We extend to all new members a one-time RSVP to go on any ride that's already full. This will allow new members to get a feel for the group without having to wait for a ride that still has spots available. After you become a new member, just send us a private message letting us know which "full" ride you want to go on, and we will manually add you to the RSVP list for that ride.
RESTRICTIONS: We do not allow any form of advertising on our Meetup site, nor do we allow people to join in soliciting business of any kind. Our Meetup site is strictly for those who want to go riding. We also do not allow any form of religious or political content on our website, nor do we allow any content that would be considered offensive, crude, vulgar, foul language, fault-finding, or disrespectful to others.
FINE PRINT: By choosing to join our MRG Meetup group, you accept and agree with all of the above. By choosing to ride in our MRG Meetup group, you assume full responsibility and liability for your choices and actions while participating in any of our MRG Meetup events. You accept and agree to hold MRG Organizers harmless for any and all accidents and incidents resulting from your choice to participate in any of our Meetup events.
"Ride your ride"! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Once again, welcome to the group!
Luis Mena, Robert Doyle