Calendar

We have a full schedule of social activities each month, ranging from lunches and happy hours to games nights, discussion groups, trivia, and our Speakers Forum.

All events are open to all Mensa members, and to guests who accompany Mensa members. Events in public places (restaurants, theaters, etc.) are also open to prospective members. RSVPs are not required, except as noted.

The calendar of activities in the Oracle (our monthly newsletter) may include additional events that are open only to Mensa members and their guests. To view the Calendar in the Oracle, please visit American Mensa’s local group newsletters webpage. Have your Mensa log-in info (email address and password) ready.

Once a week, we send an Email Blast — “This Week in OC Mensa” — that lists the activities for the next seven days to each member with an email address on file with American Mensa.

Mensa members only, please: Sign up for the Weekly eBlast, “This Week in OC Mensa.” Use your preferred email address. Receive the OCM activities for the next seven days delivered to your email inbox.

Mensa members: You can schedule your own activity or get-together in next month’s calendar by submitting a Calendar entry to our Calendar Editor at: calendar@ocmensa.org

 

March – April 2019

 

Tuesday, March 19th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861, or see weekly OCM eBlast.

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s, www.buzztime.com/showdown.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Thursday, March 21st

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet for lunch at Souplantation. Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.
Location: 11179 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley (near Costco).
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, March 22nd

5:00 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

…stretches a little into Irvine at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails. They offer a great selection of Happy Hour food and cocktail and beer specials.
Location: 2607 Main St., Irvine.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays.

 

Saturday, March 23rd

10:00 AM      Oracle Mailing

Help label, bundle, and count next month’s issue of the Oracle at Pat Lawrence’s home in Garden Grove.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

5:00 PM      Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Encore, Ticket to Ride, Charades or a game you bring. I do have cats that will be kept in another room.
Location: Cathy’s home, 7710 E Sandberg Ln, Orange. Entrance is in the back of the house, through the gate. Call or text if you need directions.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (818) 813-4143 or (714) 698-9864 call or text.

 

Sunday, March 24th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

“Killing Zombies for Fun and Profit.” Terry Black will recall for us the making of his cult-classic zombie film, Dead Heat, starring Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo (now available on Amazon Video). Terry will talk about the lost scenes, deleted jokes, Vincent Price’s cameo, and the infamous butcher shop scene. He’ll also discuss the prospects for Dead Heat 2, a 30-years-later sequel that may be coming to home video and/or Netflix! Terry is a long-time OC Mensa member who is a scriptwriter, humor writer, and technical writer (his day job).
No charge. Guests are welcome. Optional: Afterward, those who want to have dinner and socialize can get together just a few steps across the way to Rockwell’s Café and Bakery.
Directions: Villa Park Civic Center, 17855 Santiago Blvd in Villa Park. This is about 2 miles south of the 91 Freeway and just east of the 55 Freeway. From the 55, take the Katella Ave. exit, go east a half mile to Wanda, then left .3 mile (becomes N. Santiago Blvd). Drive into the Ralphs shopping center. The Civic Center is next to the Library and across from Rockwell’s. Plenty of free parking.
Contact: Angie Mattson, (714) 974-0847, webeditor@ocmensa.org.

5:30 PM      Dinner at Rockwell’s Cafe

Dinner or light fare and/or dessert at Rockwell’s Café and Bakery (a.k.a. The Post at Rockwell’s) immediately following the Speakers Forum. Not able to make it to the Speakers Forum? Feel free to join us just for dinner.
Location: Rockwell’s Cafe, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, (714) 921-0622, http://www.rockwellsbakery.com/.

5:00 PM      South Bay Sunday Salon

…visits the Ragin Cajun Cafe & Moonshine Bar. I’ve wanted to go to this place for awhile, but up until recently they did not have vegan entries. Now they do! Ragin Cajun’s Red Beans & Rice or their Gumbo can now be ordered Vegan, from a separate pot. All their old standbys are here too: Po Boys, Etouffee and more. And GLAAM pays for our appetizers! Please let us know you’re coming so we reserve a large enough table.
Location: 525 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach.
Contact: Call or text Vickey at (319) 897-2130, or email her at VKALAMBAKAL@yahoo.com.

 

Tuesday, March 26th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861, or see weekly OCM eBlast.

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s, www.buzztime.com/showdown.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, March 27th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We love Cali Tacos but it can be insanely crowded. There’s a new location in Santa Ana that isn’t overrun yet. So we’ll meet up there and hope it’s still under the radar.
Location: Cali Tacos, 1631 E 17th St (at Mabury), Santa Ana.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, March 28th

Noon       Brunch Davidians

We meet for lunch at Cafe Rose Express. Look for the yellow “M” sign.
Location: 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, March 29th

5:00 PM      Fifth Friday Dive Bars

It is a new year and so I have decided to turn Funky Fifth into Fifth Friday Dive Bars. We shall visit some of the best “Dives” I know, and I know many from my wild misspent youth in the “OC.” We shall begin our adventure with one of the most classic of the OC Dives, Blackie’s by the Sea. This one is even older than me…serving cold beer and pickled eggs since 1953.
Location: 2118 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays

 

Saturday, March 30th

11:00 AM      Hollywood Museum

GLAAM Visits the SUPERHERO LEGENDS Exhibit at the Hollywood Museum. The Museum is at the Max Factor Building, You can buy tickets ($12-$15) and get info online at thehollywoodmuseum.com. If you are interested in a guided tour, let Vickey know–if there’s enough interest, we’ll try to arrange one but we need to do so 2 weeks in advance.
Location: 1660 N. Highland at Hollywood Blvd.
Contact: Call or text Vickey at 310-897-2130, or email her at VKALAMBAKAL@yahoo.com to let her know you’ll be there, or just show up at 11 am!

 

 

Tuesday, April 2nd

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s, www.buzztime.com/showdown.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, April 3rd

12:35 PM      LuncH with a Capital H

We’ve been coming to Hollingshead’s for 3 decades! Join us for a sandwich, a chat and maybe midday beer if you are so inclined.
Location: Hollingshead’s Deli, 368 S Main St. Orange, behind Duke’s Hamburgers, north of the 22 Fwy, south of Chapman. Look for the Deli sign in the corner of the small shopping center.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, April 4th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We rendezvous at Nick’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. Mini-pizzas with two toppings for $6; soups and salads $5-6; pasta $7-10. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.
Location: 2300 Harbor Blvd., Suite K-1, Costa Mesa. Harbor Center is on the northeast corner of Harbor and Wilson. From the 405 take the Harbor exit and head south to Wilson. From the 55 take the Victoria exit and head east to Harbor, then turn north.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, April 5th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

We’re checking out the new kid in town. Join us at Santa Ana River Brewing Company where their motto is “More Hops than Brains”.
Location: 3480 W. Warner Ave., Suite B, Santa Ana (between Harbor and Fairview).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Sunday, April 7th

10:00 AM      OC Mensa Anniversary Brunch

We are celebrating our 39th Anniversary at Taps Fish House & Brewery from 10 am to 12 pm for the amazing price of $30 per person. Limited to 60 attendees.
Send checks (payable to Orange County Mensa) to Meg Sulzen — address is  in the March or April Oracle or the weekly eBlast — or use PayPal: rgtreasurer@ocmensa.org. Include your email and/or phone number with your reservation.
Location: Taps Fish House & Brewery, 101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea.
Contact: For general questions, Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays. For reservation availability or changes, Meg Sulzen, (714) 501-7318, rgtreasurer@ocmensa.org.

 

Monday, April 8th

7:00 PM      Board Meeting

The new term begins. Committees to appoint, budgets to discuss, and plans to make. All OCM members are invited.
Location: At the home of John Olsen in Orange.
Contact: President Greg De Hoogh, president@ocmensa.org or (949) 362-5529; or John, (714) 771-3095.

 

10:00 PM      Calendar and Oracle Deadline

Submit calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at calendar@ocmensa.org.

Submit Oracle entries (articles and photos) to the Oracle Editor at editor@ocmensa.org.

 

Tuesday, April 9th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s, www.buzztime.com/showdown.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 10th

12:35 PM        (almost) Free Lunch

Ready for a bratwurst on a roll, maybe a true Reuben or a liverwurst sandwich? Join us at the very authentic Mattern Sausage & Meats for German lunch treats. German beers are available for those who don’t have to go back to work.
Location: Mattern Sausage & Meats, 4327 E Chapman Ave, Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, April 11th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet for lunch at Le Chateau Garden Bistro, Ayers Hotel. Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.
Location: 325 S Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

5:00 PM      First Odd Thursday

FOT – It’s First Odd Thursday for the 2019 season. Come out and hang with us. It’s our (usually) al fresco Happy Hour. Enjoy a beverage or two on our front deck. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved.
Location: Orange. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for address.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

5:30 PM       8-Ball Brigade

Meets at our longtime home, Danny K’s. Drop by to shoot some pool (it’s free), grab a bite, and enjoy a drink and some conversation. Look for the “OCM 8-Ball Brigade” sign or the yellow and black “Mensa” symbol. Please RSVP.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange, just south of Katella.
Contact: Sean, (949) 616-6562, Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or www.dannyks.com.

 

Friday, April 12th

4:30 PM       2nd Friday Happy Hour

I’m keeping it close to home for me this month. We will venture out to Tustin Grill for their “social hour.” They offer a full bar, with food and drink specials.
Location: 405 El Camino Real, Tustin.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays.

 

7:30 PM      Pub Quiz

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for our self-made trivia night. This month, Erika and her daughter are providing the questions. Teams start forming around 7 pm, so come grab some good food and drink. We meet in the back room or outside if the weather is nice.
Location: My Place Sports Bar & Grill, 5452 Commercial Dr., Huntington Beach.
Contact: calendar@ocmensa.org

 

Saturday, April 13th

5:39 PM      Veggie Night

Join us for a vegetarian friendly meal at The Anteatery on the UCI campus. – https://uci.campusdish.com/en/LocationsAndMenus.
Location: The Anteatery, 4001 Mesa Rd., Irvine

Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300.

 

Sunday, April 14th

1:00 PM      Standard Mensa Test

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who might qualify for Mensa? Encourage him or her to take the Mensa test! Cost is $60. Reservations are required.
Location: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West LaPalma Ave., Anaheim (Basement).
Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

Tuesday, April 16th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or see weekly OCM eBlast.

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s,
www.buzztime.com/showdown.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Thursday, April 18th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet for lunch at Souplantation. Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.
Location: 11179 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley (near Costco).
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, April 19th

5:05 PM      YOPP

We’re checking out PizzaRev for our build your own pizza experience.
Location: PizzaRev, 3605 S Bristol, Ste. D, Santa Ana. (look for it behind the Chick-Fil-A).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, April 20th

10:00 AM      Oracle Mailing

Help label, bundle, and count next month’s issue of the Oracle at Pat Lawrence’s home in Garden Grove.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

8:30 PM      Theatre School Rejects

The Theatre School Rejects comedy show, hosted by Mensan Doug X, features local comics with occasional stand up from other fellow Mensans, and only costs $5. Contact Doug if you want to perform at the next show.
Location: Luminous Center Yoga Studio, 16540 Harbor Blvd., Ste. K, Fountain Valley. Corner of Harbor and Heil, in the strip mall with the Animal Medical Center.
Contact: Doug Ecks, dou7g@yahoo.com.

 

Sunday, April 21st

3:00 PM      Croquet

Enjoy a round of croquet at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. All mallets, wickets, and balls will be provided. Newcomers welcome! No door charge.

4:00 PM      Crumpets and Tea

Enjoy crumpets and tea at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. Newcomers welcome! No door charge.
Contact: Tom or Kristine at (949) 668-3468 for details/encouragement.

 

Tuesday, April 23rd

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861, or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM       Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s, www.buzztime.com/showdown.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, April 24th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We’re feeling like sushi. Maybe you are too. Otherwise, you can go with one of the many cooked items at Orange Roll & Sushi.
Location: Orange Roll & Sushi, 139 West 1st St. Ste. A, Tustin (at El Camino Real).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, April 25th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet for lunch at Cafe Rose Express. Look for the yellow “M” sign.
Location: 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, April 26th

5:00 PM       South Coast Metro Happy Hour

…goes to Maggiano’s Little Italy. Happy hour until 7PM featuring $4 flatbreads, $3 Beer, $5 Coppola and $6 cocktails.
Location: 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays.

 

Saturday, April 27th

5:00 PM       Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Encore, Ticket to Ride, Charades or a game you bring. I do have cats that will be kept in another room.
Location: Cathy’s home,  Orange.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (818) 813-4143 or (714) 698-9864.

 

Sunday, April 28th

10:00 AM      Disneyland SIG

We visit Disneyland at least one Sunday each month. Our Facebook page offers the opportunity to assist in planning each month’s excursion, www.facebook.com/groups/MensaDisneyBuddies.
Location: The meeting place is inside Disneyland in front of the Fire Station on Main Street.
Contact: Guy Felton: gfeltonlb@verizon.net or Cathy Heflin, (714) 698-9864.

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

“Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare’s Play, Ballet & Opera.”  This illustrated presentation will give us new insights into the story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Professor Lupton will also show us how Shakespeare’s story was adapted centuries later for both ballet and opera.
Our speaker will be Julia Reinhard Lupton, PhD. Dr. Lupton is Professor of English and Associate Dean for Research for the UCI School of Humanities. She is also the Co-Director of the UCI Shakespeare Center. She knows how to make Shakespeare and the Arts come alive for her audiences! Please join us for this lively and enlightening presentation.
No charge. Guests are welcome.
Optional: Afterward, those who want to have dinner and socialize can get together just a few steps across the way to Rockwell’s Café and Bakery.
Directions: Villa Park Civic Center, 17855 Santiago Blvd in Villa Park. This is about 2 miles south of the 91 Freeway and just east of the 55 Freeway. From the 55, take the Katella Ave. exit, go east a half mile to Wanda, then left .3 mile (becomes N. Santiago Blvd). Drive into the Ralphs shopping center. The Civic Center is next to the Library and across from Rockwell’s. Plenty of free parking.
Contact: Angie Mattson, (714) 974-0847, webeditor@ocmensa.org.

 

5:30 PM      Dinner at Rockwell’s Cafe

Dinner or light fare and/or dessert at Rockwell’s Café and Bakery (a.k.a. The Post at Rockwell’s) immediately following the Speakers Forum. Not able to make it to the Speakers Forum? Feel free to join us just for dinner.
Location: Rockwell’s Cafe, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, (714) 921-0622, http://www.rockwellsbakery.com/.

5:00 PM South Bay Sunday Salon

…goes to Nick’s Manhattan Beach, a vegan-friendly restaurant that also has “the best chicken and waffles on the planet!” according to TripAdvisor. It’s not cheap (Cheeseburger $15; Baby back ribs $25), and you’ll probably have to pay for parking. But appetizers are free! The menu is at nicksrestaurants.com/wp-content/uploads/nicks-manhattan-beach-lunch-dinner-menu. Please let us know you’re coming so we reserve a large enough table.
Location: 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
Contact: Call or text Vickey at (319) 897-2130.

Tuesday, April 30th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861, or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s, www.buzztime.com/showdown.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.