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Book Clubs, Beer Clubs & Running Clubs: Meet Up in Metro Detroit

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | March 25, 2015
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Thanks to websites such as meetup.com, it is easier than ever to build your social circle. You can hang out with people who share similar interests, talents or views. Now meeting up with a group of random people may not match every individual’s idea of a good time, but one thing is certain—there are groups for just about every interest you can think of in Metro Detroit.

Seriously, not much is missing from the aforementioned site. Athletes, entrepreneurs, volunteers, beer snobs, movie enthusiasts and even “antisocialites” are just a few of the themes that can be found throughout the area. Although it may be nerve-racking at first for some of us to jump into a group of strangers, there are few things more rewarding than spending time with people you can relate to. By giving them a chance, you’re giving yourself a chance to meet new friends. Perhaps you are looking to sign up for a group. Stay tuned.

If running is your forte, you have plenty of options. The Royal Oak Area Runners (ROAR) are a friendly group who run on Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. The Detroit Running Club is a non-competitive running group that runs through the beautiful city of Detroit. Runners of all levels are welcome!

Maybe you own a business or are looking for more of a professional group to network with. Consider joining the South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association. This group brings in expert speakers and business owners to provide insight into the business world every month. For those of us who are just starting our careers, look into the newly formed Marketing and Networking for Young Professionals. This group is for those who are motivated and eager and have a desire to connect with similar people.

We cannot talk about the interests of Metro Detroiters without mentioning beer, now can we? Beer Snobs of Michigan celebrates the great craft beer available by the more than 90 microbreweries in the Great Lakes State. The group visits breweries around Metro Detroit, but also plans day trips to the west side of the state and up north. There are several upcoming meetups in the next few weeks, so join quickly!

The Ann Arbor-based Michigan Beer and Book Club is another interesting choice. It meets at local establishments on the second Wednesday of the month and indulges in Michigan-made beer or wine while discussing books written by Michigan authors or books featuring Michigan in some way. This is awesome! The next meetup is at CJ’S Brewing Company in Plymouth on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Since we were talking beverages, let’s talk food and restaurants. DeepDiningDetroit provides tours of Detroit restaurants “off the beaten path.” From fancy dining to ethnic cuisine and everything in between, you’ll be impressed. The group also focuses on the city’s historical backgrounds. Motor City Meets and Eats is another option. It calls to all gourmet food lovers and “adventure seekers.” Its next event takes place at The Whitney, but the date is currently not available. If you have a sweet tooth, check out Ice Cream Social—Cake Too.

Hmm, what else? Writers, we’re not forgotten. Rochester Writers is designed for new, working and published writers. There are conferences, contests and other events to help both new and established writers grow. Its spring conference takes place on Saturday, April 25. The Motown Writers Meetup Group is open to everyone in Michigan who likes to write. Novels, short stories, poems and more are covered here. The group gives tips on writing, networking, promotions, marketing and more!

With the amount of meetups available in our area, this article can be everlasting, so it is time to wrap up for now. No matter where you live, or what you are interested in, there is most likely a group for you. Try it out by clicking the “Join us” button on any page of meetup.com and build your social connections in real life, not just from behind a computer screen. 

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