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East Hills 4-H

San Leandro, CA

East Hills 4-H

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.


33 members · Private

Curiosity Cove

Mill Valley, CA

Curiosity Cove

Marin Podcast Club

A podcast club is just like a book club, except instead of reading books and meeting to talk about them we listen to podcasts and meet to talk about them. We focus on probing interviews with recognized thought-leaders in the fields of science, philosophy, psychology, politics, business, and technology. Our goal is to build a community of curious people, to learn from each other -- and have fun doing it!


If you are a curious person and enjoy sharing and exploring ideas with others, please give Curiosity Cove a try. It is not literally a cove. We chose the name to convey a safe, cozy place for shared intellectual exploration.  


Our events have three main phases, the second of which is the centerpiece. In the first phase (about 15 minutes), we welcome everyone, introduce ourselves, and explain what’s going to happen.  That is very brief, but we allow some time for people to show up, during which you can socialize, order food or drinks, or whatever you like. In the second phase (60-90 minutes) we break into groups (usually 3-5 people each) for discussion of the podcast. We briefly pause every half-hour to randomly create new groups of the same size but with different members, so everyone meets new people and gets new perspectives.  After two or three of these small group discussions the formal part of the event is over.  That begins phase three, which is basically whatever you wish. Everyone is free to continue discussing whatever, with whomever, they like. This third phase lasts for exactly as long as you like.


There is no charge.  We ask only that you order food or drinks at our meeting venues (or at least enough of you so that we are not inappropriately taking up their space).

19 members · Public

Meaningful Discussions in Monterey

Monterey, CA

Meaningful Discussions in Monterey

Meaningful Discussions is the largest face-to-face discussion group with events taking place in 11 countries: 
http://www.meaningfuldiscussions.org

   
Our ongoing mission is to explore the art and science of meaningful discussions and to initiate these discussions in cities around the world. Our team has collectively coordinated over 1,000 events since 2012 and we have combined this experience into this project. 

Discussion Topics: 
We believe that discussion topics need to be intriguing, practical and relevant in order to be able to compete with the ever-growing list of television shows and other less engaging activities which lead to social isolation. 

   
Intentions For Our Discussions: 
Meaningful discussions are not debates or lectures. Each discussion is an opportunity for participants to collectively explore a topic with the following intentions:

1. To have an enjoyable and engaging experience with open-minded individuals while also improving our conversations skills.

2. To learn something new from each other by sharing our insights and unique perspectives based on our life experiences.

3. To learn something new about ourselves by re-examining our values and beliefs based on hearing new perspectives which we may or may not agree with.

4. To build a community of returning members and to create a conducive environment for new friendships.

How are we different from other discussion groups?

1. Structure. Most other discussion groups have a free-form structure where everyone is seated at a long table or in one large group. Our events have multiple groups of 5-7 people with one facilitator at each table and discussion questions provided.

2. Preparation Time. Most other discussion groups will provide a very brief outline of the topic. In contrast, we spend a lot of time creating topic packages which include Food For Thought videos and discussion notes.

3. Intention. Most discussion groups put more emphasis on the topic being discussed but not on actually creating a meaningful experience. In contrast, creating meaningful experiences is our primary focus and our mission.

What qualifications do you need to join this group?

All you need to join our group is an open-mind, humility in knowing that we all have lots to learn from other perspectives and a desire to improve your conversation skills while having fun at the same time.

For more information please visit: 
http://meaningfuldiscussions.org


Thanks to our sponsor: 

Buddytree - upgrade your social life with a friendship coach. https://buddytree.org

248 members · Public

Upgrade Your Communication and Relationships

Sacramento, CA

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.

317 members · Public