Well I know that the LYS here has some knitting groups, both ones that meet at the store, and ones that meet at the homes of some of the knitters. Have you tried that?
Are you from Redding originally?
BTW, I don't envy you your weather, I suggest the whole city gets together and you create the biggest ice cube ever made....then everyone sits around it and you attempt to cool down.
Hope the knitting group takes off. Have you tried yahoo groups? There is a seperate knitting group here in Chico that I found there. Unfoutuantely none of them appear to have jobs (i.e. college students) since they meet in the middle of the day in the middle of the week at the coffee shop