One of the things I do when I'm not doing anything else is attend local technical user group meetings. I started back in the late 1990s when a friend wanted to organize a group for Web and Internet professionals and I cataloged the current groups in the area, then kept updating the list over time.
(I get a few emails regularly about the page, and they fall into three categories:
a) someone telling me a group doesn't meet anymore, or there's a new group and would I add it - off course, thanks for the help
b) someone asking me if there's a local user group for (their specific niche interest) that I know about but don't list it and would I tell them how to contact them - Yes, there's a SECRET list of elite groups in the area and I, I am the doorman. Umm, can't help, if I know about it it's on the page.
c) Some recruiter asking me if I have a single email address or web form I've assembled to email all the groups at once with all the job listings - No, I've never created that. )
Monday: ExitEvent's monthly gathering of techies, entrepreneurs, job hunters, people looking for new projects, and so on.
Thursday: TriUPA web seminar hosted at SAS.
Triangle Analysts hosted at MaxPoint Interactive, later at Saffron, which has amazing Indian food and I recommend it now.