Hi Danell, welcome the the GOE! There is a local chapter in the San Diego area, "SOCAL Chapter GOE", and we meet monthly for Make and Takes. We have our own page for members and forums, plus events on the events tab. We have many members will a wide collection of skills. Pneumatic, eleectronic, paper mache, construction, make-up, and more. We're a fun, laid-back group, helping each other with builds, and some even participating in others haunts.
Our last Make & Take for 2012 is this weekend, please check the Events tab and look for the orange and black logo for our group. After that, our next meeting will be a Show and Tell (showcasing our haunt videos for the season) in November, then we start up another season of building in January.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask anytime.