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.

To protect the privacy of our hosts, home addresses and personal email addresses are not listed on this website. Current members of Orange County Mensa can access this information in the current Oracle newsletter or the weekly eBlast.

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

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our normally scheduled in-person events are on hiatus, some are virtual, but some are back to in-person! 



Tuesday November 2

5:00 PM          Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide trivia quiz at Danny K’s.  It’s on Tuesday nights and we start at 5:00 PM but there is a game that starts at 5:30 PM for those who can’t make it at 5:00 PM.  One time we were 3rd in the nation.  The questions cover a wide range.  For more information as to how this works, please contact Tim Bentley.

Location: Danny K’s Billiard & Sports Bar.  1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley,


Friday, November 5

5:05 PM          Beerhunters

It’s our last chance to visit The Phoenix Club before they move.  Join us at the Gemütliche Bierstube Pub & Grill at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.  It’s a casual German-style pub, offering a full bar, German draft beers, German wines & spirits, and domestic beer & wine.  They also have a full menu of German food.  Happy Hour until 6 PM.

Location: 1340 S Sanderson Ave, Anaheim

Directions: From the 57 Fwy, exit at Ball Rd., go east, turn right at Phoenix Club Drive and go two blocks south until you see the Phoenix Club on your right.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095


Saturday, November 6

7:00 PM          Open House

Our first Open House of the new … whatever this is … went just great, so we’re doing it again this month.  We’re gathering at the home of Bill Shaddle and Cathy Winans for a very enjoyable evening of conversation, food, and drink.  Mensa members and their accompanied guests only.  $5 each. Host requires that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that they wear masks when not eating or drinking.

Location: Seal Beach.

Contact: Bill/Cathy (562) 805-0761


Monday, November 8

10:00 PM        Calendar and Oracle Deadlines

Submit December calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at .

Submit December Oracle entries (articles & photos) to the Oracle Editor at


Tuesday November 9

5:00 PM          Danny K’s Quiz Night

See November 2 entry.


Wednesday, November 10

1:00 PM          LuncH with a Capital H

We’re back at our old haunt.   Join us for sandwiches and conversation and maybe a beer.  Look for us at the round big table.

Location: Hollingshead’s Deli, 368 S Main St., Orange.  Behind Victory Diner.  North of the 22 Fwy, south of Chapman.  Look for Deli sign in the corner of a small shopping center.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095 .


Saturday, November 13

12:00 PM        Second Saturday Inland Empire Mensa Zoom

Inland Empire Mensans who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties (now or in the past) are scattered in different Mensa chapters.  Let’s gather together and meet virtually to join fellow Inland Empire Mensans for Mensa style ZOOM discussions, serious and jocular, deep and shallow, once again.  Inland Empire Mensans meet every second Saturday of the month from 12 noon to about 1:30 pm.

See Oracle or weekly eblast for how to join via Zoom.

Contact: Questions?  Joan Francis at


2:00 PM       New Member Meet & Greet and Mensa 101

If you joined Mensa within the last year (or if you joined a while ago, but haven’t participated and so you still feel new), you are invited to join us for coffee or iced tea, casual conversation, and an orientation to Mensa.   Meet other new members and learn from a few of OCM’s long-time members about Orange County Mensa and how to make the most of your Mensa membership.

Location: Oak Creek Shopping Center, 5653 Alton Parkway, Irvine (outside, in front of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf).

Contact: Angie Mattson,

Sunday, November 14

11:30 AM        Monthly Inland Empire Sunday Brunch at Café Rio

Café Rio has a nice selection of Mexican and Latin American foods, including enchiladas, tacos, burritos, chicken tortilla soup, salads and desserts.  Their portions are ample.  We can seat ourselves immediately with no wait for a table.  November weather is expected to be pleasant, and we can sit outdoors as we eat and enjoy the friendship and multi-topic conversation of fellow Mensans.

Location: 12560 Day Street, Suite C, Moreno Valley 92553

Directions: Take Day Street (Exit 59) off of  CA-60 Fwy, and head about 0.3 miles south.  Left at Campus Parkway.  Right on Promenade.  Café Rio is on the left.

Contact: Questions?  Joan Francis at


Tuesday November 16

5:00 PM          Danny K’s Quiz Night

See November 2 entry.


Tuesday November 23

5:00 PM          Danny K’s Quiz Night

See November 2 entry.


Wednesday, November 24

12:35 PM        (almost) FREE LUNCH

Goes to the Orange location of Cortina’s.  A staple in Anaheim for years, they recently opened a lunch only sandwich shop in Orange’s industrial area.  Rave reviews for their sandwiches.  They also have pasta and salads.

Location: Cortina’s Orange, 964 N. Batavia St, Orange, CA 92867

Contact: John Olsen: (714) 771-3095


Tuesday November 30

5:00 PM          Danny K’s Quiz Night

See November 2 entry.