Downey/LA here. Check out this link for Ubuntu Hours in your area: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTe...ts/UbuntuHours
start your own and add it to the list.
iheartubuntu is starting one in Pasadena, starting in April. Adding it to the list as we speak.
i'm on irc nickname seidos in #ubuntu-us-ca.
Go with frog.