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Q: Dating ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Dating
Category: Relationships and Society > Romance
Asked by: curious_mind_1970-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 06 Aug 2005 23:56 PDT
Expires: 05 Sep 2005 23:56 PDT
Question ID: 552644
I recently moved to Palo Alto, CA. I would like to find out what are
the best places to meet single women. I will be satisfied with the
answer that will list the name of the place, day of the week, type of
the crowd. The focus should be on Palo Alto and near by cities
(Mountain View, Menlo Park, etc) I would appreciate advice on San
Francisco and San Jose as well.
Subject: Re: Dating
Answered By: umiat-ga on 07 Aug 2005 09:24 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello, curious_mind_1970-ga! 

I have compiled several avenues for you to pursue, both in terms of
singles-dating agencies and other groups. The best advice I can give
is to be an organizer yourself. As my colleague mentioned in the
comments below, Craigslist is a great place to put an ad and organize
some get-togethers for singles. It is usually easiest to meet other
single women if you get out of the "dating mode" mindset and join
organizations/groups that attract a variety of single people. The
Meetup groups website is a good place to start.

 Since you have not mentioned your age, or your interests, I could not
specifically pinpoint any groups that might be tailored to you. I hope
the following references provide a good starting point.

Bay Area Outdoor Adventure Club

"Although we are not a singles club, most members are single (in their
20s, 30s and 40s), and like meeting other single adventurers in
non-sappy, fun environments... like in a single engine airplane while
skydiving, or on a neighboring crack on a wall in Joshua Tree. Members
are beginners at many activities, and experts at some. Thus, we offer
instructions for beginners, and challenges and partners for expert

Urban Diversion

"Urban Diversion is the Bay Area?s premier activities club. We offer
25-35 professionally hosted, unique and exciting events every month,
and offer a stylish member clubhouse in downtown San Francisco . Our
members are active professionals who want to meet new people and have

Sierra Singles San Francisco Bay Chapter

"Sierra Singles is an activity section of the San Francisco Bay
Chapter of the national Sierra Club. Our organization includes nearly
100 volunteer leaders who organize activities including: dayhiking,
backpacking, cross country and down hill skiing, river rafting,
bicycling, car camping, sea kayaking, environmental education
programs, social events such as dances, and cultural events such as
visits to special museum exhibits. Our leaders organize approximately
50 activities each month. Most of the activities have no charge; the
few activities for which fees are collected are priced to break even."

"There are currently over 1000 subscribers to the San Francisco Bay
Chapter Sierra Singles Schedule. Most of these subscribers are in the
age range of late 20s to early 50s; however, anyone over 21 years of
age is welcome to attend any activity."

Events Calendar: (These look fun!)

HAI Events
"The Human Awareness Institute (HAI) Singles Event: An Alternative to
Dating As Usual

"There are lots of singles out there. So why is it so hard to meet the
people you want to date, people you want to connect with? Sometimes
finding people to date, people who are available, people you really
want to get to know, seems impossible. The HAI Singles Event is a
whole new way to meet people. Join us in creating an evening for
people to have fun, make friends and get to know each other in a
natural, comfortable way. Our professional workshop leaders will help
you connect with others in a way that feels real and meaningful."

"Come see what's possible in just a few hours. Join us for a relaxing
event on Saturday, August 13, 2005 at Fort Mason Building A in San
Francisco (corner of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street). Registration
is at 6:30pm, Event 7:00 - 10:00pm. Cost is $25 at the door (cash or
checks only). Refreshments will be served. Free parking. This evening
is hosted by the Human Awareness Institute (HAI)."

San Francisco/Bay Area Singles Sports Organizations

Bay Area Linkup (you will need to join to view the events)
"It's easy to use Bay Area Linkup. Here are some examples: 

* Find an event of interest to you, RSVP on the site, and attend the event. 
* Create your own event! If you create an event of interest and benefit to 
  others, your RSVPs will fill up right away. Events as large as fifteen 
  people or more often fill up within only an hour or two of being 
  announced, when they are interesting enough. 
* If you meet someone you want to stay in touch with, you can drop them a note 
  on the web site by selecting the mail icon:  
* Search the site for others who share your profession or your interests, and 
  drop them a note. Just don't overdo it, or you'll be perceived as a spammer.

How it works:

Hurry Date

"Started in the Big Apple by Ken Deckinger and Adele Testani,
HurryDate is a super fun new way to meet people. We bring together
tons of singles, a cool bar, lots of drinks and a wild, anything-goes
vibe to make each HurryDate party a total head-spinning blast. It's a
great way to meet lots of new people, while avoiding the agonizing
four-hour blind date gone bad. Maybe you're looking to end your dating
dry spell. Maybe you just got dumped and are looking for the perfect
rebounder. Maybe you're looking for a new tennis partner. Maybe you
just want to conduct your own personal study on the favorite ice cream
flavors of single people. In any case, you've never experienced
anything quite like HurryDate speed dating on your typical night out
after work. In three minutes you'll have no problem weeding out the
"yeah babys" from the "not if my life depended on its." It's quick,
painless and really fun! REALLY!"

See the upcoming events for the Palo Alto area

Impact Date (calendars only go through May)
"San Francisco based company specializing in upscale speed dating
events. We focus very much on the experience of the event itself as
well as meeting new people. No competition, no rejection, no huge
meat-market mixers an no e-mailing into the void of on-line profiles.
None of those huge intimidating venues in basements or gymnasiums with
hundreds of loud people. Meet your soul mate or have 10 fun dates at a
great new place."

San Francisco

Palo Alto 

Table for Six
Offers group dinners and group activities in Palo Alto and surrounding areas.



Religious Singles Groups

Singles on the Go

Christian Singles Groups

Singles Meetup Groups
The two singles groups mentioned below currently have few members and
are waiting for an organizer. What do you think about doing it

San Jose 

San Francisco

* You can also join any number of meetup groups in the Palo Alto to
widen your circle and meet potential singles:

Singles Supper Club - San Francisco Bay Area
"The Singles Supper Club (SSC) of the San Francisco/Silicon Valley
area is a social and dining club for single professionals who want to
meet other well-educated and successful singles. By participating in
SSC's upscale, fun, comfortable events, members have formed:
 New friendships
 Important business contacts
 Romantic relationships,
 even marriage!
 A variety of events are offered each month to members including
progressive dinners at fabulous restaurants (where diners change
tables between courses), dinner dances, dance parties, dining while in
other cities, outdoor adventures, visits to interesting Bay Area
locations, weekend trips, and international travel."

Events calendar for Palo Alto area:

SUN 8/7 Progressive Dinner at Top of the Market - San Mateo
FRI 8/12 Black & White Ball - Santa Clara
THU 8/18 Full Moon Hike - Palo Alto
SUN 8/21 Community Dinner/Cooking Class - Palo Alto
SAT 8/27 Dance with optional Dinner - Sunnyvale
For more information - 650/327-4645

Activity Partners and Events on Craigslist 
I think this is an excellent way to find single women. Use your
creativity to place some posts for coed activities you might enjoy.

Some examples:

8/18: Sunset Singles Party at the Ocean

Here is someone looking for other singles for group activities

How about joining a coed sports team, like softball?

How about putting up a post for a singles walking or hiking group?


"Serendipity-sf provides upscale cooking parties in an environment
catered for meeting desirable singles while learning about, preparing,
and enjoying great food. Hosted by professional chefs and using
state-of-the-art kitchens, you will receive hands on training in a
relaxed, interactive and cozy environment. A cooking party guided by
professionals. Upon completion of cooking, feast on what you made with
your new friends."

Date Making Made Simple 
After the cooking party, confidentially select those you would like to
meet again and within one day, find out your matches.

Meet Fun, Local Singles
We currently offer singles cooking classes and singles events
(parties) in San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, and South Bay



I hope these references prove helpful!

Have fun!


Search Strategy

singles AND palo alto
meeting singles in Palo Alto
singles events in Palo Alto
coed sports for adults AND palo alto
coed singles events Palo Alto
coed singles sports Palo Alto
San Francisco singles events
San Jose singles events
curious_mind_1970-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
thank you for your advice

Subject: Re: Dating
From: clouseau-ga on 07 Aug 2005 07:54 PDT
Hi CM,

What age group are you seeking? Not sure I can help a lot, as I have
the same problem having moved to Palo Alto a year ago, but I can give
you a few pointers.

The biggest problem I have found is that Palo Alto is a college
student and married town. Of course, one can meet women anywhere
including Whole Foods and Noah's bagels. But the odds seem diminished
here on the Peninsula. I have met singles at Gordon Biersch. And if
you are lucky enough to get in the door, the New Orleans restaurant
bar that escapes me on Ramona Street.

Down on California Ave, which we call Palo Alto for beginners, try La
Bodega De Medio and be sure to try their mojito.

In Redwood City, the Little Fox Theater gets great
local and national acts and can be one of the better spots to hook up.

San Fran and San Jose have too much to begin to mention. The old
fallback, of course, is the Marina with Union Street between Laguna
and Fillmore and Fillmore itself just north of Union. Friday and Sat
night is a singles vision to behold.

But honestly, my best luck has come from Craig's List
( Seems to be very well read in almost every age
group in the Bay Area and has a Peninsula group for those of us here.

If you are fortunate enough to be around 30 or younger, Palo Alto
should do well for you. If not, the city or Craig's would be my

Good luck.If I think of more, I'll post as comments for you. Let me
know the age group and perhaps I can be even more helpful.


Subject: Re: Dating
From: curious_mind_1970-ga on 07 Aug 2005 10:33 PDT
Hi clouseau,

I am 35 y/o, but look and feel like 25 :)

Thank you for your advice.
Subject: Don,t listen to me
From: davidlaska-ga on 25 Aug 2005 18:42 PDT
I don,t know if I should comment because I got rejected from online
dating service.  That is by the service itself, not by any of the
members. I went through it all to see what is out of the ordinary that
could have cause the rejection before any members had a chance to see
my profile.  I realized since only the company is involved, it must be
money and I realized that my income is low.  Which these days
translates into loser in many areas.  Reference for comparison is the
experience I had being wealthy.

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