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  • Pickleball Punks - Newbie Night

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    Get some exercise! Join Twister, Raven, Curve-ball, Dark Helmet, Dewey D, Crypto, Stink-Eye & the gang, and come play the fastest growing sport for several years: Pickleball. (Ask your grandpa, he knows.)

    Once a month will be focused on newcomers. We'll go over the rules and get you playing right quick

  • Skeptics' Peña - November

    What's a "peña?" In South America, the term refers to a gathering of like-minded people who get together to talk about some topic with the aid of finger food and wine and spirits (of the alcoholic variety). It's like a salon, but for regular folks.

    This month's topic is TBD

    We will gather to ponder the world, one topic at a time. We will examine debates without debating, exploring our convictions –or lack thereof– and the reasons we have to have them –or to not have them. We will do so in relaxed, friendly setting, keeping in mind what Bertrand Russell is said to have said about beliefs: "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong." Or, if you prefer, what The Dude said about opinions:

    Feel free to bring food and beverages of your liking.

    The plan is to meet the Wednesday after the Assembly each month, with a new topic.

    Because of limited space at my place, we have to limit the attendance to 10, so please only RSVP if you plan to plan to make it, or cancel if you won't be able to in order to open a spot up for someone else.

  • Saturday Social - Discovery Cube LA

    Join fellow Assemblers for a kid-friendly Saturday Social at Discover Cube Los Angeles in Sylmar! This 71,000 museum is less than 5 years old, but has already become a top family destination for the greater Los Angeles area. Popular exhibits include "Science of Hockey", "Race to Zero Waste", "Helicopter Tour", and short films in their 3D theater.

    We'll meet up around 11am at the entrance and explore the museum before heading to the outside picnic tables for lunch. Tickets cost $20-14 at the door, but you can get a discount by ordering online. 3D theater tickets are $3 each. Parking and children under 3 are FREE. See you there!

  • Singalong Group 11/17

    Come and join us as we sing some popular songs, fill the room with voices and harmonies, and enjoy some snacks and drinks! This is purely for the enjoyment of getting together and playing some music - no technical skills necessary, just bring your voice and a happy attitude. We'll be tackling everything from the Beatles to Ed Sheeran, meeting every two weeks from now until December. 
     
    Come and join the fun - if you want to bring drinks/snacks that's most welcome, but not required. We'll be meeting at 724 E Edgeware Rd, Los Angeles, with our first Singalong on Sunday 15th September at 3pm. 
  • SALA Pub Trivia Team - Westside - November

     

    Put your useless knowledge to the test!

    Join the Sunday Assembly Pub Trivia Team for a second time in the month in Santa Monica.

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    In addition to our roving team that meets on the 1st. We also compete on the third Thursday of the month at The Dudes' Brewing Company in the Santa Monica Place mall.
    Trivia starts at 7:30, but please try to arrive by 7:15 in case we have to divide into multiple teams.
    Look for familiar faces or a shirt with the familiar logo.

    All are welcome. Many think they don't have anything to contribute, but always become valuable members of our team.

  • Venice Game Night

    Venice Game Night! 

    There's one every month, and it moves around to different days of the week. Please bring a drink or snack to share. 

    Join us for board games, drinks, snacks and good company. We get started around 8:30, but feel free to come later, and we'll get you in a game. We've got an embarrassingly large collection. We're always happen to teach or to learn one of your favorites!

    Street parking is usually plentiful. If you're going to drink, please consider taking a Lyft! Your RSVP helps us plan!

  • SALA Pub Trivia Team - Roving - December

    Put your useless knowledge to the test!

    Join the Sunday Assembly Pub Trivia Team.

    We compete together at bars and pubs throughout the city on the 1st of each month, which allows for different nights of the week, and different locations around town.

    This month we're trying heading to an old favorite, Simmzy's in Burbank

    Trivia starts at 8:00 pm, but please try to arrive by 7:45 in case we have to divide into multiple teams.

    Your RSVP is important as we may need to reserve a table.

    Look for familiar faces or a T-shirt or hoodie with a familiar logo. 

    All are welcome. Many think they don't have anything to contribute, but always become valuable members of our team.

  • GDG Silicon Beach - Istio: Sail into the Service Mesh

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    Craig Box will be at Google LA (in Venice) to tell us how a service mesh lets you automate and supercharge your network in the same way Kubernetes lets you automate and supercharge deploying and running software. Learn about the history of the pattern inside Google, the open-source Istio service mesh based on it, how service mesh is for more than just VMs, and why it turns out it's not complex: everyone is just holding it wrong!

    Craig leads the Cloud Native advocacy team at Google Cloud. He has worked with customers and communities since the launch of Kubernetes in 2014, and has delivered talks on 6 continents, including a KubeCon keynote. He is the co-host of the Kubernetes Podcast from Google.

     

    Please be sure to RSVP at the GDG Silicon Beach MeetUp page as that is the only way your spot will be held by Google Security.

  • SFV - Dinner and Discussion - December

    Meet with fellow Assemblers and other like-minded individuals (Humanists/Agnostics/Atheists/nones, etc.), have dinner, and share your experiences/ideas/concerns of living in today's world. We're always open to new members and persons of widely varying viewpoints. All we mandate is courtesy and respect to fellow attendees, and no proselytizing.

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    Please bring a favorite or "hot" topic to discuss, or any research you have been doing. The Moderator presents a couple of topics throughout the meeting, but the spin-off discussions are always informative and robust! Feel free to post your ideas/questions/concerns in the chat below.

    Food/Drink are optional, but we always like to patronize our host, since they don't charge us for the space. And it’s great "comfort-food" with a full bar, and several on-tap selections.

    Look for us in the restaurant area, not the bar.

    We meet the 1st Monday of each month.

    This event is crossposted with Atheist United.

  • Personal Growth Book Group - SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal

    As part of our efforts to live better, we're starting a personal growth book group. Our next book is "SuperBetter" by Jane McGonigal. We will discuss the book, what we got out of it, what we liked, disliked, etc.

    Note that this month we will be meeting at Angelus house instead of the Friedman's house.

     

     

    Here's a description of the book:

     

    An innovative guide to living gamefully, based on the program that has already helped nearly half a million people achieve remarkable personal growth

    In 2009, internationally renowned game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion. Unable to think clearly or work or even get out of bed, she became anxious and depressed, even suicidal. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a resilience-building game. What started as a simple motivational exercise quickly became a set of rules for “post-traumatic growth” that she shared on her blog. These rules led to a digital game and a major research study with the National Institutes of Health. Today nearly half a million people have played SuperBetter to get stronger, happier, and healthier.

    But the life-changing ideas behind SuperBetter are much bigger than just one game. In this book, McGonigal reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games—including videogames, sports, and puzzles—change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She explains how we can cultivate new powers of recovery and resilience in everyday life simply by adopting a more “gameful” mind-set. Being gameful means bringing the same psychological strengths we naturally display when we play games—such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determination—to real-world goals.