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! 


Wednesday, September 1

1:00 PM      LuncH with a Capital 

We’re back at our old haunt. Join us for sandwiches and conversation. Look for us at a big table.
Location: Hollingshead’s Deli, 368 S Main St., Orange. Behind Duke’s Hamburgers. 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.


Friday, September 3

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

Goes to Gunwhale Brewery’s 2nd location in Orange. They focus on hop forward California style beers and wild farmhouse inspired ones. Come by and check it out.
Location: 1501 W. Orangewood Ave, Suite 101, Orange. Just West of Main St.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095


Sunday, September 5

3:00 PM      Labor Day Weekend Picnic

It’s time to venture out for OCM’s first official in-person event since this all started, and we’re kicking things
off with an outdoor event! We meet at Valerie Spear’s condo where we’ll enjoy some of her great smoked meat and hamburgers (vegetarian options available). When you’re not busy eating, you can enjoy playing Bocce, croquet, and other games. There will also be a mini treasure hunt in honor of Art Mattson. Cost is $5 per adult, kids under 18 are free. You can help by bringing picnic blankets, chairs, and outdoor games. Want to really help? Volunteer by calling/texting Valerie.

Location: See Oracle or weekly eBlast for address. Note: There is no guest parking within the complex. If you have mobility problems, contact Valerie prior to the event to make arrangements.

Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001 (cell), text only before 4 PM.


Tuesday September 7

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 PM but there is a game that starts at 5:30 PM for those who can’t make it at 5 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,


Saturday, September 11

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 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 details on joining the Zoom session.
Contact: Questions? Joan Francis at events333@aol. com


Monday, September 13

10:00 PM      Calendar and Oracle Deadlines

Submit October calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at

Submit October Oracle entries (articles and photos) to the Oracle Editor at


Tuesday September 14

5:00 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

See September 7 entry.


Wednesday, September 15

12:35 PM      (almost) FREE LUNCH

We’re back at an old hidden gem. Tacos Jalisco is tucked back from the west side of Tustin Ave, behind a Taco Bell. The Taco Bell is for the uninitiated. Those in the know come here for a big menu running from tacos to full seafood platters.
Location: 480 N. Tustin Ave., Orange, behind the Taco Bell. Just North of Chapman.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095


Sunday, September 19

11:30 AM      Monthly Inland Empire Sunday Brunch at Woody’s Classic Grill

Join us for the food and, of course, the wonderful Mensa conversation at our Inland Empire Sunday Brunch at Woody’s Classic Grill. Woody’s describes itself as a “down to earth restaurant with an old school feel and great eats.” On Sundays, they serve breakfast until noon and lunch and dinner all day long. Since we will be sitting indoors in close proximity, please be fully vaccinated against Covid, or have previously recovered from Covid. It would be helpful if you RSVP for this event because we are told to reserve a table in advance if there are over ten of us. Ask for the Mensa table.

Location: 22400 Barton Road, Suite #1, Grand Terrace 92313
Directions: Take Barton Road (Exit 38) off I-215 and head about 0.5 miles east.
Contact: Questions? Joan Francis at events333@aol. com


Tuesday September 21

5:00 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

See September 7 entry.


Thursday, September 23

5:00 PM      LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

If you’ve had your vaccination, then come out and hang with us. It’s our al fresco Happy Hour which will be held in our backyard this year. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved.
Location: Orange. See the Oracle or weekly eBlast for address.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095


Tuesday September 28

5:00 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

See September 7 entry.


Saturday, October 2

Save the Date:  October Open House

Details in the October Oracle Calendar.