Suggested Science & Education Groups near California
Philosophers & Gamblers
San Jose, CA
P&G is a Philosophy Group in the Bay Area. We host and organizes various Philosophy related events from causal philosophical discussions(Everyday Philosophy Thursday) to highly focused philosophy paper/reading/Seminar type discussions(Monday). We have also a recurring Asian Philosophy paper discussion on Saturday. The common thread is that we engage with topics, and issues people are interested in, and want to talk about. P&G is about community both online and offline. We are in our own small way trying to empower the individual to better engage within our community and the larger world.
San Francisco, CA
We're a community for the intellectually curious. We enjoy feeding our brains, meaningful conversations, and having some fun along the way. Events include podcast discussion groups, Think & Drink discussion groups, book clubs, Mini-TED Talks, and more.
We value Curiosity, Objectivity, Authenticity, Open communication, Free expression, Community, Sense of humor and Fun. If you value the same, join us at an event!
"Curiosity doesn't need to be solitary or selfish. When you set out to learn something new, find others to join you on the journey—and share your discoveries with them." - Adam Grant
East Hills 4-H
San Leandro, CA
East Hills 4-H Club is a homeschool friendly 4-H club in Alameda County for youth ages 5-17 (accompanied by parents and supervising adults). Everyone is welcome to join us at our club meetings on the first Monday of the month, from 1-3 pm at Creekside Community Church, located at 951 MacArthur Blvd., in San Leandro.
See our website at http://www.easthills4h.org/ for more information. We cannot accept for membership anyone who does not have a child interested in joining 4-H, please see http://4halameda.ucanr.edu/ and http://4h.ucanr.edu/ for more information about what 4-H is and what we do. You can also email Kris at info@EastHills4H.org with additional questions.
4-H is a great complement to homeschooling. Along with the project based learning and leadership, public speaking, record keeping, community service and citizenship. 4-H helps develop the ability to work cooperatively with others, acquire knowledge and skills, explore careers, and make new friends.
The ATXpo brings together faculty, students, and staff from ten Bay Area-based schools - University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, CSU East Bay, Sacramento State University, Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College of California - to share, discuss, and promote effective practices for teaching and learning with technology.
Stimulating Conversation Social Club of Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
Do you yearn to find a friendly, social environment of people who like to discuss topics at a deeper level? Are you interested in topics in the humanities (such as history, philosophy, psychology, etc.) or science and technology? Are you looking for new friends who are interested in these topics as well? Then look no further! The Stimulating Conversation Social Club is what you've been looking for!
Join a growing group of workforce, education, hiring, training, and policy professionals - and all-around engaged and conscientious Bay Area citizens - for our monthly happy hour meetup every third Wednesday of the month. Over drinks we're exploring how to expand upwardly mobile career pathways for underserved people, how to create workplaces that nurture talent and expand mentorship, and how to ensure that career and education opportunities that were available to us are available to young people today. Our group is especially interested in modern apprenticeship models, but anyone interested in connecting with other people exploring these important questions is welcome to join. And bring a friend!
San Jose, CA
*** San Jose Astronomical Association is monitoring closely the coronavirus, COVID-19, situation in Santa Clara county. In accordance with advisement from Santa Clara County Health Department we may be canceling some events in the next few weeks, as appropriate - especially those that involve close contact and shared surface on telescopes. Please check our Meetup to determine if an event has been canceled before heading out to the event. The board will periodically review the status of the outbreak and the guidance from the Santa Clara county to determine the impact upon upcoming events. ***
Welcome to SJ Astronomy Meetup. We are a very active group wth a lot of events organized by San Jose Astronomical Association. All events posted to this Meetup are open to the public but please note that joining this meetup does not automatically make you a member of SJAA. Becoming a formal member of SJAA provides additional members-only benefits, so we do encourage you to join. Please check out the membership benefits at https://www.sjaa.net/membership/benefits-of-membership-2/ to learn more and to join the club.
Also, please note that we need a profile picture for security reasons to join this group. Please consider uploading one before you send a request to join the group. Looking forward to share this cool hobby with you all!
[Online] History & Non-Fiction Book Club
San Jose, CA
We read history and/or non-fiction books each month. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 4pm PT in a Google Meet online meeting to discuss the books. New members are always welcome, even if you haven't read the book! The discussions are always interesting and lively, and sometimes range far beyond the book itself. Our group has been meeting and discussing books for over 10 years now. Anyone can suggest a book, and we vote on what we'll read. If you're interested in history and non-fiction topics, you'll love this group!
3rd Saturday of each month at 4pm PT (GMT -07:00)
The Secrets of Good Communication
Good Communication is a skill that can be learned, and at each meeting we will take up a basic skill set, hear what each of us would like to improve and share successful actions.
Good communication can help you with:
~ Making more friends
~ Starting a happy relationship
~ Improve your family relationships
Join us at our online events from anywhere!
This group is created by the Dianetics and Scientology Life Improvement Center of Sonoma.
French conversation club every week 🏆 San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
We are a language institute with more than 18 years of experience. One of our study options is this French conversational group.
The purpose is to have conversational lessons every week in order to practice and learn your French skills with a professional teacher in groups of max. 6 people.
Let's improve your FRENCH conversation and grammar skills by socializing and exchanging experiences while you learn, laugh and speak. Every time we meet, we will talk about different topics, grammar explanations and listening comprehension. Members are admitted at all levels.
We also offer, PRIVATE LESSONS (ONE ON ONE). This option is the fastest way to achieve your specific goals such as conversation, grammar, preparation for future trips, learning the language in all abilities, etc.
You decide time and days you would like to take the lessons and we adjust to your schedule even on weekends, mornings or evenings.
We hope to have you in class.
International Language College
Testimonials from our French students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji2H2p6cRwo
French conversational CLUB every week: https://youtu.be/lTKDi3-8cWE
How To Communicate Better and Be More Social
Sometimes being social can be more of a chore than fun. If you find yourself being anxious about talking with people, or if your goal is to make more friends, then this is group may suit you just fine.
Through these free webinars, we’ll show you how to:
- Be more open with others
- Be able to speak your mind
- Reduce social anxiety
- Communicate without getting upset or angry
- Be more social and friendly
- Make more friends
- Be more talkative
- Improve your communication and listening skills
From these free webinars, you'll gain some fundamental tools to help you communicate with greater ease. There are reasons why people feel shy or have social anxiety. We can explain why that is and how to overcome it!
We welcome you to our group! We are definitely interested in helping. Message us with any questions.
This group is sponsored by the Foothills Mission Dianetics & Scientology Life Improvement Center.
Adventures in History and Culture
San Jose, CA
Welcome history and culture enthusiasts! Let's go explore the Bay Area's cultural treasures around us! We visit archaeological sites, museum exhibits, participate in discussions, go to historical reenactments, attend plays and operas, explore old parts of cities, visit fairs and festivals, learn skills at workshops, go on tours, enjoy movies, and more!
Everyone is welcome: families with kids, students, scholars, seniors, singles, LGBTQ, all ethnicities, people with all ranges of physical capabilities, all religious backgrounds, and those ranging from the aspiring Indiana Jones to people just rekindling their interest in history and culture.
In addition to exploring new places, we also have our own bookclub: (we currently need a new host for this, so please let me know if you'd be interested!)
We choose our own book from any genre that is related to that meeting's topic. For example, one topic we had was the US Civil War, where people chose books covering culturally-based war tactics, Lincoln's funeral train, articles from that time, and fiction. By having a topic that we base a variety of books choices on, we are able to have a more holistic discussion from interdisciplinary perspectives.
We start out by everyone introducing themselves and their book with a brief description of what it was about, an interesting fact, and how they felt about it (30 seconds to two minutes each). Then we open up to a naturally flowing discussion. It is okay to also just sit and listen the whole time!
"Book" is used loosely to describe a possibility of many medias: songs, films, scripts, anthologies, short stories, newspaper and journal articles, magazines, and art.
Cuisine and Convo events:
We choose a cultural place in the world (i.e. not strictly geographical) and then find a group-friendly, highly-rated restaurant featuring traditional foods from that country. Similar to the book club, we chat about that culture in an interdisciplinary manner drawing from our own experiences of travel, books or movies, college classes, crafts, scanning trivia online, to...well, anything at all as long as it relates.
You can bring books, pictures, artifacts, or just yourself. If you don't get a chance to look up something about that culture, you can always bring up a "top 10" trivia on your phone about the culture/location. After we finish our brief show-and-tell/sharing, we open up to casual conversation about the culture or whatever topic morphs from that.
Occasionally we will host this with a concurrent cultural festival like combining the topic of Germany with an Oktoberfest celebration or Greece with a trip to the Greek Festival.
Please bring cash in case we can't split the check. You only pay for what you ordered, but tax and tip will be divided evenly by the number of people present regardless of what you ordered.
We hope to join us for our next adventure!
Astronomical Assoc. of Northern California
The Astronomical Association of Northern California is a non-profit corporation for fostering astronomy in Northern California. We serve as a central location for member astronomy clubs, amateur astronomers and professionals throughout the area to share information about events and news regarding their organizations.
Clubs and other interested organizations: Appoint a PR person to post events here. Once your group is a supporting member - a sponsor link to your organization's web-site will be added here - as seen in the left column of this page.
Everyone is welcome to join the AANC Meetup group, receive notices of events posted in your area or bay-area wide. If you would, please let others who might be interested in local astronomy know about this Meetup Group. When you respond to one of the AANC posted Meetups, you are given an option to share it on other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Please, spread the word!
Photo credit background image: Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Recover your life from lock down
Recover your life from lock down and rise above your troubles. It's been a tough year and we are going to tackle the barriers to personal expansion.
We are going to start with talking about better communication skills. During the lock down many of us had a challenging time with our communication on Zoom or other distance methods. Words were misunderstood or disagreements where left unresolved. Good communication is a skill that can be learned.
Good communication skills can help you with:
Making more friends
Starting a happy relationship
Improve your family relationships
Improve understanding between individuals
Join us weekly for a talk to help restart your life.
This group is created by the Dianetics and Scientology Life Improvment Center of Sonoma.
The World Philosophy Group
Santa Monica, CA
We will meet online to discuss "philosophies" through the history and around the world.
Please join our discord : https://discord.gg/35JR9WK7Jj
The main thing we ask for is the commitment to discuss in a rational and civil manner. Open to people across the political, philosophic and faith (or lack thereof) spectrum.
It does not matter if you are beginner or advanced philosophy or hobbyists -- our focus is good, critical thinking skills (or the desire to cultivate them) and a commitment to rational, civil conversation.
Please join us to :
1. Sharing your reading/experiences
2. Asking questions
4. Learning new ideas
5. Comparing with different Philosophies
6. Making friends.
7. More ...
Upgrade Your Communication and Relationships
This is a group to help you improve your communication and relationships with people. It is amazing how much problems can exist between spouses, between parents and children, and how much stress can exist between bosses and workers. If you think about it, a huge portion of your problems are about relationships. It is fair to say that if you improve your relationships, you can improve your whole life.
In fact, if we enlarge the scope of our views, we can see that the entire planet is suffering from "international relations". Wars, you might say, are when relationships have gone really bad between nations.
If relationships is such an important and hard subject, how come there is virtually no formal education available for it? So, where do we learn about relationships? Shall we rely on parents to teach relationships? How many parents are relationships experts?
That's what this group is about.
We will have meetings to learn tools about how to improve your communication skills and relationships skills.
We will cover topics such as
- How to communicate with self-confidence
- How to avoid conflicts and stress between people
- How to improve love, trust, and understanding between people
- How to make more friends
- How to start a romantic relationship
- How to maintain and improve familial relationships
- How to improve professional communication
- How to communicate to a group of people effectively (public speaking)
During the COVID-19 lockdown, we'll meet online. When the lockdown is lifted, we will meet in person.
Please join this group and RSVP for an upcoming meeting right away!
Please call the group organizer, Tony, at 916-519-5287 for any questions.
This group is sponsored by the Dianetics & Scientology life improvement center.
Petaluma Salon: Art, Literature, Politics, Passion!
The "Petaluma Salon" is re-established!
We're a group of people who are really smart and like to read and have passionate discussions around all kinds of topics. We can poke fun of ourselves too! We prefer people who can have fun, laugh, and respect the opinions of others. We drift towards the left, but all views are welcome. We bring good food and drink wine and whatever. Sometimes we do a New Yorker article, sometimes a book, and Cards Against Humanity games. We've had art nights, speakers on Artificial Intelligence, Slow Food topics, movie nights, and of course topics such as Politics, Science, Philosophy and Death! Maybe a Podcast. Maybe a film. Anything that provokes imagination, creativity, and critical thinking. All ages welcome. We've had from age 17 to 80 as regulars in our group. So please join the fun!
Communicate and Express Yourself Group
Do you want to be more outgoing, express yourself more, make more friends, and have better connections with people?
This is the group for you! The purpose of this group is to help you communicate better and express yourself more.
People who don't communicate are almost invisible to others. If being ignored is your ambition, then you probably have no use for this group, but if you would like people to know you, to understand you, to listen to you, or to be friends with you, then this group will help you practice the communication abilities.
For now, our meetings will be online. Later on, when we do not have to worry so much about the virus and such, we will also have in-person meetings. If you do not have online meeting experience, no problem. We are all in the same boat. It's actually pretty easy to learn. You can use your cell phone or laptop for our online meetups.
In our upcoming meetings, you will learn tools and practice:
- Public speaking skills
- One-on-one communication skills
- How to connect with people
- How to get rid of nervousness or anxiety with communication or public speaking
- How to enjoy communication
Join this group now, and I'll see you at our upcoming meetings! For any questions, please contact the group organizer, Tony, at 916-519-5287.
This group is created by the Dianetics & Scientology life improvement center.
SO CAL EXPLORERS Field Trips for Adults
Fountain Valley, CA
UPDATE as of 8/1/21: Until further notice, we are asking that all attendees be fully vaccinated.
Join the So Cal Explorers Meetup for fun outings to learn, explore, and celebrate Southern California's most historic, iconic, interesting, cool and lesser-known spots. We'll enjoy walking tours, presentations, hiking, kayaking, museums, live music, movies, dining, exploring, and meetin' up. I’ll do my best to keep the costs down. Come explore with other like-minded folks for relaxed, casual and fun socializing, learning and dining.
In Focus - Discussing Issues In Depth
A moderated discussion of Issues: Social, Cultural, Economic, Scientific, Political, Philosophical. Each meet is focused on one topic with informative supporting text or video document. Hopefully a sharing of ideas, understanding and insight on a variety of issues will enlighten each of us individually. Civil discourse and a rational approach is assumed. I've been part of groups like this in other cities; can it happen in Stockton?