In fact, in another Blog, I will tell you about some good FREE dating sites you will want to know about if you are single. Remember when video dating was the thing to do? You went to their office and made a tape of who you were, and what you were looking for. If you looked good on TV, you were picked. If not, you were screwed. Everyone that heard it on the radio those were still popular back then swore that Nixon won and was quite the victor.
He came off looking like some sort of crook or something not that he ever was , and people who watched it voted hands down for Kennedy. It was as if there were two different debates. This was the same way. If you looked good on paper, you could still be a dork and get dates. If you looked good on video, you had it made at these sites. Still, people who were not photogenic at all should that be videogenic? Maybe they just wanted to watch videos of other people.
A dating service for voyeurs and pervs? I tried it once. I watched some videos, like what you would do in one of those porn shops, or sperm bank donation booth. You pick whoever you think might work out, then they watch your video. If they picked you, then you got a date. Never mind that people were putting their deepest darkest secrets on tape for anyone to see in the privacy of their booth. Well, there is a whole new breed of dating services out there, and they call themselves Singles Groups or Social Groups.
I have actually dug up a few here on the Central Coast, and it is quite interesting. Here is what I found out: She set up trips and meetings to talk about trips, then there came dinners and BBQs to get people to socialize. It became one big social group designed around a travel service. Rooms, cruises, and other accomodations are charged by pairs. If you get a room alone, it is the same price for one or two people. Why not share the costs? This group is primarily older settled people who want to travel now, and have time for it.
There is also the younger part that only travels on occasion and see it as a way to socialize in the meantime. She claims to have about 1, singles across a broad area. Most of their events are centered around church and fellowship, such as movies about being a better single through Christianity, pot lucks and game nights with a little preaching here and there, but also some outdoor activities such as hiking and outings. They have some pretty good events, and an active calendar.
They promote a God-centered lifestyle for singles. Not all their members are from their church. If they scare you away by getting too preachy, tell them you know the Opinionator, and let me know about it. Central Coast Singles is pretty much a clearing house of singles events and groups. This group run by Gerald Craig was started in early to fill the needs of singles who were tired of the bar scene and pickups, but still wanted to get out.
It is a social group that allows for singles to meet, and possibly find a love in their life. Although they have events every week of the month, they still cram a bunch more stuff into their schedule from other groups that wish to submit to them.
To look at their calendar, it is so full, how do you pick what you want to do? However, with a goal of making as much available for members and other singles, this certainly fits the bill as the way to get out there and have fun. Look for ball games, dancing at the Big Chill at the Graduate on the first Saturday of each month, singles mingles, other dinners and dancing, speed dating, movies, game nights, BBQs and much more.
This group is faith based, but they have members of all levels of faith. They do many other things, sometimes interfacing with other singles groups and doing their own events. They have gone dancing, to concerts, dinners, parties, potlucks, the Melodrama, attend mass together, and much more. Run by Adele Zelena, this is a relatively wholesome group, that appeals to a more conservative base. Call North County Christian Singles are brought together by Jeanette Bush in Paso Robles for game nights, dinners, bowling, and other events found around the area.
Jeanette started this group to fill a need for social events for singles in the Paso Robles area. They visit the Spirit West Conference in Monterey, and do other faith based events, both on their own and with the New Life group. This is a good group to contact for carpooling to other singles events. Of course, with any carpooling, it is suggested that you get to know each other first. North County Singles should contact her.
Camping Love of Adventure is the first one we find that has dues to pay, but it is worth the info they provide and the fun. It is a nonprofit camping group that hosts events monthly including camping, potlucks, campfires, and various outings. Widows, widowers, divorced, unmarried, and individuals with a chronically incapacitated spouse are welcome.
Events go all over, and involve several levels of participation, which are up to you to choose. For local chapter info contact Bev Pritchett and Sharon Harrison: This group has different levels of participation, controlled by the owner of the group, who choses who will participate in what events. If you work well in a very controlled environment with seating arrangements and specific expectations, this is the group for you.
They target singles 25 to 55 years old, so you may be discouraged from attending if you are younger or older. They also want professional people who can be charitable, which to me means deep pockets. They also limit the ratio to 1: You may also not find who or what you are looking for this way.
If you do not preregister with your credit card Big Brothers Big Sisters takes their percentage for processing that for you , you will pay more at the door and may be turned away. Apparently, not as many singles are participating in this as there used to be, especially guys. If you attend one of these events, there are 2 bars. Contact Dena at dcagliero firstam. Although Santa Barbara is on the Central Coast, this is outside our normal coverage area.
They have dinners every month, as well as some events in the Santa Barbara area. If you want to meet people for dinner and chat, or want to drive down to Santa Barbara for other events, then this is the group to check out. There are two more singles groups in Santa Barbara. One has singles mixers, and the other one has wine and dine.
If you are interested in those groups, learn about Google. If you are nice to me and give me some hot leads to things here on the Central Coast, and contribute to our stories and opinions, I may give you the information I have. Good luck with that. I will throw this in just for the heck of it. There is a cafe in Paso Robles called Cafe Vio at Riverside where they have a monthly Speed Dating or other singles event on the 3rd or 4th weekend each month.
If you have never heard of speed dating before, it is where you have a seat and talk with someone of the opposite sex for about minutes, then rotate on to the next one. Once you have completed the rounds, you mark on your card who you are interested in, and turn it in. It is a fun way to meet people, and find out if you might be interested in meeting them some time later. It is like reading a personal ad.
They will change things around on occasion until they find out what works best for them. They tried an event at the Courtyard by Marriott in SLO, but it is unclear whether that event happened according to the numbers they attracted. You can contact Jenny at for more info and to see if they are going to try it again. If I am going to mention those speed dating events, I should mention that one successful event was held by Central Coast Singles in May Over 40 singles participated in various age ranges, and it seemed to go well.
From what I can determine, it was held, and matches were made. It is planned to have another one around September, which may include music and dancing, and perhaps seminars or classes for the price. You can contact for more information and possible dates for this event.
That is all we have to say about Singles Groups. Remember, next time we talk about dating, it will include FREE sites for personal ads, a well as listing those that make you pay for everything. Some you cannot even contact anyone or read email without paying, but they tell you it is FREE to place an ad. Watch for that installment soon. I want to thank those who contributed to this listing, but also want to chastise those that ignored our requests for information.
It is obvious that if you ignore The Opinionator, your information will still be put out here. Therefore, I am not responsible for corrections to any information you failed to provide to me. Well, then that settles that.