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

 

July 2019

Tuesday, July 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.

 

Wed, July 3 – Sun, July 8

Mensa Annual Gathering (AG)

Location: Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona

Information: https://ag.us.mensa.org

 

Wednesday, July 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, July 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, July 5th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

This month we’re going back to the Tustin Brewing Company. The beer and food are both good but come early as the parking can be tight in the shopping area it’s in. Some of us eat, some of us drink and some of us do both. This time of year we try to gather on the patio.
Location: 13011 Newport Ave., Tustin, on the northwest corner of Newport and Fourth St./Irvine Blvd.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095, Tustin Brewing Co. (714) 665-2337.

 

Saturday, July 6th

8:00 PM      Open House

Those not attending the AG can get together for a little party at a place we haven’t visited in a long time, the home of Marcia King and Jon Pike. Mensa members and their accompanied guests only, $5 each.

Location: Irvine.
Contact: Marcia/Jon at (949) 559-6308 or (714) 393-2113.

 

Monday, July 8th

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, July 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, July 10th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

…goes to the Orange location of Cortina’s. The sandwiches are excellent but if you ask Thea, it’s all about the lasagna. Popular place but we seem to always make it work.
Location: Cortina’s Orange, 964 N Batavia St., Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, July 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. Maybe this month the weather will cooperate. Enjoy a beverage or two on our front deck. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved.
Location: Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Friday, July 12th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

…ventures to The Old Crow Smokehouse. They have a great happy hour menu with moonshine drink specials. Join us on the patio if it is not too hot.
Location: The Old Crow Smokehouse, 1535 W. Katella Ave., Orange.
Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001 text only before 3PM.
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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: calendar@ocmensa.org or see Facebook event.

 

Saturday, July 13th

6:08 PM      Veggie Night

Join us for a vegetarian friendly meal at Anjappar Chettinad Indian Restaurant.
Location: 13882 Newport Ave., Tustin, just north of the 5 Fwy.
Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300.

 

Sunday, July 14th

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM      Gifted Youth Trip to Bolsa Chica Wetlands

All Mensa Gifted Youth Program members (and members with children or teens) are invited to join our Gifted Youth Coordinator, Jenny Rankin, for an afternoon at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy. We have arranged for an introduction to wetland science, watershed ecology, community impact, and Bolsa Chica history through a “making tracks” craft project, a quick Bill Nye the Science Guy video viewing related to the wetlands, and a guided hike around the ecological reserve. The center also hosts several exhibits including salt water aquaria, live reptiles, wetland ecology and native species installments, habitat restoration information, and more. Visit www.bolsachica.org/edu for more details. Please wear closed-toed shoes and layered hiking clothes (weather in the wetlands can change suddenly). You might opt to wear or bring sunscreen and bug repellent. A donation (to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands) of $8 per student and $5 per adult is suggested. Please RSVP at giftedyouth@ocmensa.org so we can plan to accommodate you.

Who May Attend: If you are (a) a Mensan under the age of 18 you may attend with a parent or guardian, or (b) a Mensan who has child(ren) below age 18 you may attend with your child(ren).
Location: Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center, 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 846-1114. Parking is free for the reserve’s two parking lots, but lots fill up quickly on weekends. There is additional parking in a public lot across from the North Parking Lot near the Huntington Beach Fire Station.
Contact:Jenny Rankin, giftedyouth@ocmensa.org.

 

Tuesday, July 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

 

7:00 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: Anaheim: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West LaPalma Ave. (Basement).
Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

Thursday, July 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, July 19th

5:05 PM       Your Own Personal Pizza (YOPP)

It’s pizza time! _Pizza, salad, beer, wine…Join us at Blaze pizza in south Santa Ana.
Location: 2841 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, July 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.
Location: Garden Grove.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

Sunday, July 21st

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.

 

3:00 PM       Baja LasVegastan Independence Day Celebration

Come celebrate the petty politics of a petite nation, the Benevolent Dictatorship of Baja LasVegastan! No RSVP; no door charge. The Benevolent Dictator will award a prize to all who present an application for a visa, or for a patent of nobility. See http://tomstreeter.com/celebrate.html for additional information.
Location: City of Baja LasVegastopolis (which is completely surrounded by the USA city of San Clemente in far south Orange County).
Contact: Tom Streeter, Benevolent Dictator, at (949) 668-3468.

 

Tuesday, July 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, July 24th

12:35 PM (almost)     Free Lunch

Let’s go to Los Cotijas, a place well regarded for its fish tacos. _From the OC Register, “The fish is meaty and the coating crunchy; the tortillas are tender and perfumed with a subtle flavor of corn. It’s everything a fish taco should be but rarely is.” _ Local coupons available.
Location: Los Cotijas, 642 E 1st St, Tustin (in Larwin Square).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, July 25

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, July 26th

5:00 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

We go to Morton’s steak house for power hour. They have a great selection of beer, wine, and bar bites on special.
Location: South Coast Plaza Village, 1641 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.
Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001 text only before 3PM.

Saturday, July 27th

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 cathrynne@gmail.com or text (714) 698-9864.

 

Sunday, July 28th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum – Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is a technology that combines art and science. In this session, we will explore: the background of virtual reality, developed in the 1980’s, and the factors leading to its current explosion; a comparison of VR, AR, and XR (virtual, augmented, and extended reality); professions currently using these technologies, including the medical field and space science and exploration; how to get started if you want to create your own VR.
Our speaker will be Dot Cannon, who is a broadcaster, podcaster, and independent reporter covering new media. She is the president of Two Maverix® Multimedia. She produces and hosts a weekly interview podcast, Over Coffee®, which explores innovation at the intersection of art and science, including virtual and mixed reality. No charge. Guests are welcome.
Location: Villa Park Civic Center, 17855 Santiago Blvd., 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/.

Tuesday, July 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.