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

 

September – October 2019

 

Tuesday, September 17th

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, September 19th

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, September 20th

5:05 PM      Your Own Personal Pizza (YOPP)

Let’s gather at the Pizza Press at Metro Pointe Center in Costa Mesa. Made to order pizzas, ice cream sandwiches and plenty of libations.
Location: 901 S. Coast Dr. #C120, Costa Mesa. One block west of South Coast Plaza.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, September 21st

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.

Sunday, September 22nd

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM      Gifted Youth Trip for Private Pilgrim Tour and Ocean Institute

All Mensa Gifted Youth Program members (and members with children or teens) are invited to join our Gifted Youth Coordinator, Jenny Rankin, for an Ocean Institute visit and a private tour of the Pilgrim, a full-sized replica of the brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his classic novel Two Years Before the Mast. We’ll begin with a visit to the Ocean Institute from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (though you may arrive as early as 10:00 AM if you want extra time there). After that, we will enjoy our own private, one-hour tour of the tall ship Pilgrim from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Please RSVP at giftedyouth@ocmensa.org so we can plan to accommodate you. Upon arrival, check in at the Ocean Institute gift shop to pay $13 per person for the private tour (Ocean Institute admission is included for free to all tour-goers) and receive your wristbands. We will then meet in the Ocean Institute lobby. Who May Attend: If you are (a) a Mensan under the age of 18 you may attend with a parent or guardian, or (b) if you are a Mensan who has child(ren) below age 18 you may attend with your child(ren).
Location: Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point. Onsite parking is free.
Contact: Jenny Rankin, giftedyouth@ocmensa.org   Ocean Institute, (949) 496-2274.

 

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

“Be Scam Smart: Protect Yourself From Financial Fraud.”

Increase your awareness about the kinds of fraud conducted by scammers, hackers, thieves, and con artists, and get valuable tips on how to protect yourself. Learn what to do and how to recover if you are a victim. We will also learn about fraud and financial abuse specifically targeting older adults. Our speaker will be Kelli Morris, JD, LLM, who is the Director of the Financial Abuse Specialist Team for the Southern California Council on Aging.

No charge. Guests are welcome.

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, parliamentarian@ocmensa.org

 

6:00 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/

Tuesday, September 24th

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, September 25th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Valerie turned us on to a great Argentinean lunch place at the back of a liquor store. Join us for sandwiches, empanadas, pizza and pastas at La Farola Deli & Pizzeria inside Heritage Liquor.
Location: 151 N. Tustin Ave., Tustin (between 1st and 4th streets inside the liquor store).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, September 26th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

Please join us at Cafe Rose Express. Typical full lunches priced from about $8 to $16. Fresh salads & pastries. Full lunch menu with daily specials. We’re welcoming, good natured and friendly.
Location: Cafe Rose Express, 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.
Contact: David Lubman, if you get lost or have questions, my cell phone is (714) 612-6473.

Friday, September 27th

5:00 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001 text only before 3PM or see weekly OCM eBlast.

Saturday, September 28th

5:00 PM      Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Encore, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne or a game you bring. I do have cats that will be kept in another room. Bring snacks or beverages to share if you like.
Location: Orange. See Facebook Group events https://www.facebook.com/groups/Orange.County.Mensa.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (818) 813-4143 or calendar@ocmensa.org or text (714) 698-9864.

 

Tuesday, October 1st

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, October 2nd

Dark       LuncH with a Capital H

 

Thursday, October 3rd

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, October 4th

Dark      Beerhunters

 

Saturday, October 5th

6:12 PM       Veggie Night

Join us for a vegetarian-friendly meal at Thai Spice in downtown Irvine.
Location: 13254 Jamboree Rd., Irvine.
Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300, or see event on OC Mensa Facebook group page.

 

6:00 PM      Board Meeting

The Board meets to handle the business end of Orange County Mensa. All interested OCM members are invited to attend.
Location: At the home of Robert Savenye, prior to the Open House. See next entry.
Contact: President Greg De Hoogh, president@ocmensa.org or (949) 362-5529.

 

7:00 PM      Open House

At the home of Robert Savenye in Tustin. Do attend and enjoy an evening of good food, tasty beverages, socializing, sparkling conversation and of course bad puns. Just $5 each for members and their guests.

Contact: Robert (714) 544-5016.

Tuesday, October 8th

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, October 9th

Dark      (almost) Free Lunch

 

Thursday, October 10th

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.

 

Friday, October 11th

4:45 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

… is going to take a big risk here…and hope that Rock and Brews in Tustin will be open by now. If they have the same menu as the Brea one, this will be great.
Location: 1222 Irvine Blvd, Tustin.
Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001 text only before 3PM, or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

7:30 PM      Pub Quiz

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for trivia night. 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: Cathy Heflin, calendar@ocmensa.org or see OCMensa Facebook group event.

 

Saturday, October 12th

11:00 AM      Non-Screaming Politics

Non-Screaming Politics is a political discussion group. It even has rules (http://tomstreeter.com/non-screaming-politics.html) to help prevent screaming. I’m the guy with the short gray beard and the fedora (Sinatra style, but I don’t sing nearly as well as he did). Enjoy some coffee, and maybe a pastry, with your conversation. Or enjoy some covfefe, depending on your attitude towards Trump.
Location: Starbucks, Pico & La Pata (1001 Avenida Pico), San Clemente.
Contact: Tom Streeter, (949) 668-3468

Monday, October 14th

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, October 15th

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, October 16th

2:00 PM      Standard Mensa Test

Mensa testing is on sale this month. Encourage your smart friends and relatives to take the test to see if they qualify! During October the test fee is only $30, half off the regular price of $60. Reservations are required.
Location: Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South C Street, Tustin.
Contact: proctor-aj@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

Thursday, October 17th

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, October 18th

5:05 PM      Your Own Personal Pizza (YOPP)

We’re showing up at another Pizza Press. This time we’re at The Village in Orange.
Location: 1500 E Village Way, Suite 2197, Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Sunday, October 20th

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.

Dark       Croquet, Crumpets and Tea

 

Tuesday, October 22nd

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, October 23rd

12:35 PM       (almost) Free Lunch

…goes to a new place, Taqueria Los Olivos, for Al Pastor tacos and more. This used to be Taqueria Guadalupana, but the cook bought the place and upgraded things. So even better now.
Location: 1997 N Orange Olive Rd Ste B Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, October 24th

Noon       Brunch Davidians

Please join us at Cafe Rose Express. Typical full lunches priced from about $8 to $16. Fresh salads & pastries. Full lunch menu with daily specials.
Location: Cafe Rose Express, 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.
Contact: David Lubman. If you get lost or have questions, my cell phone is (714) 612-6473.

Friday, October 25th

4:30 PM       South Coast Metro Happy Hour

We are “stretching” the definition of this one for our Halloween tradition of Tokyo Table. Look for us in the bar area.
Location: 2710 Alton Pkwy #101, Irvine.
Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001 text only before 3PM or see weekly OCM eBlast.

Saturday, October 26th

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.

 

10:00 AM        Culture Fair Test

2:00 PM           Standard Mensa Test

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who might qualify for Mensa? October is Mensa Membership Month, so the test fee is only $30, half off the regular price of $60.  Reservations are required.
Location: Anaheim: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West LaPalma Ave. (Basement).
Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

5:00 PM       Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Encore, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne or a game you bring. I do have cats that will be kept in another room. Bring snacks or beverages to share if you like.
Location: Cathy’s home, Orange. Call or text if you need directions or see Facebook Group events https://www.facebook.com/groups/*Orange.County.Mensa.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (818) 813-4143 or calendar@ocmensa.org or text (714) 698-9864.

 

Sunday, October 27th

4:00 PM       OCM Speakers Forum

“Hiroshima and the A-Bomb: An Eyewitness Account.”

Mr. Junji Sarashina will tell us about his experience as a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor). Born in Hawaii in 1929, he was a U.S. citizen, but went to Japan to study Japanese. When World War II broke out, he was unable to return to Hawaii and stayed with family in Hiroshima. He was 16 years old and 1.5 miles from the hypocenter when the atomic bomb was detonated over the city. He will share with us his vivid memories of August 6, 1945, and the following days.
No charge. Guests are welcome.
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, parliamentarian@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/

 

Tuesday, October 29th

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, October 31st

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet on 5th Thursdays for lunch at Maru Sushi. Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.
Location: Maru Sushi, 1500 Adams Ave. #100B, Costa Mesa
Contact: David Lubman. My cell phone is (714) 612-6473.