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.

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 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

 

December – January 2019

Tuesday, December 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, December 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, December 20th

5:05 PM      Your Own Personal Pizza (YOPP)

…tucks away into a quiet part of town to avoid the holiday crowds. Join us at Wise Guys Pizzeria for pizza and other Italian food plus 16 beers on tap. Good wine too.
Location: Wise Guys Pizzeria, 7606 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (at the corner of Newport Ave.)
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Saturday, December 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.

Sunday, December 22nd

Dark      Croquet, Crumpets and Tea

Dark      OCM Speakers Forum

Our next Speakers Forum will be Sunday, January 26, when our topic will be “Forensic Genealogy.”

Tuesday, December 24th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

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

Dark       Danny K’s Quiz Night

 

Wednesday, December 25th

Dark      (almost) Free Lunch

 

Thursday, December 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, December 27th

Dark      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

 

Saturday, December 28th

Dark      Games Night

 

Tuesday, December 31st

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.

 

9:00 PM          NEW YEAR’S PARTY

Here is your opportunity to dress festively and party! We will have plenty to eat and drink.

$5 for those who bring something to share: Appetizers or desserts would be appreciated (be creative!), we will supply the rest. There is a $10 charge for those who don’t bring something to share. Hoping someone comes prepared to play our piano and a little “Auld Lang Syne” for us (that would serve as “bringing something” too).

Location: Huntington Beach.

Contact: See January Oracle or the weekly eBlast for location and directions.

 

Wednesday, January 1st

12:35 PM        LuncH with a Capital H

Start the New Year right with an Exterminator, a Spicy or maybe just a classic Hot Pastrami. Maybe you need some hair of the dog as well.

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, January 2nd

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, January 3rd

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., Ste 101, Orange.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095 (Text me if you don’t see me.)

 

Saturday, January 4th

7:00 PM          Board Meeting

The Board meets to handle the business end of Orange County Mensa. All interested OCM members are invited to attend.

Location: See January Oracle or weekly eBlast.

Contact: President Greg De Hoogh, president@ocmensa.org or (949) 362-5529.

 

8:00 PM          Open House

Help get the new year started right with some good conversation, food, and drink. Mensa members and their guests $5 each.

Location & Contact: See January Oracle or weekly eBlast.

 

Tuesday, January 7th

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, January 8th

Dark                (almost) Free Lunch

 

Thursday, January 9th

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, January 10th

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: Roger Schanzenbach, (949) 677- 5594.

 

Saturday, January 11th

10:00 AM        Standard Mensa Admission Test

1:00 PM          Culture Fair Test

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who might qualify for Mensa? Encourage him or her to take the Mensa test! Test fee: $60. Reservations are required.

Location: Anaheim: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West La Palma Ave. (Basement)

Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

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.

 

5:43 PM          Veggie Night

This event is ostensibly known as “veggie” night but some of our venues also cater to carnivores. This month it’s Souplantation with a little something for everyone.

Location: Souplantation, 13681 Newport Ave. #1, Tustin.

Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300 or see event on OC Mensa Facebook group page.

 

Sunday, January 12th

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.

 

10:30 AM        M-Atheists

All are welcome. We join with Atheists United and Meetup for lively, unstructured conversation. Buffet Brunch $19.95 until 11, or order from the lunch menu after 11. We usually have a dedicated meeting room within the restaurant.

Location: Fireside Tavern, located INSIDE the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3131 Bristol St. (just south of the 405), Costa Mesa, (714) 913-9016.

Contact: Joyce Farmer at (949) 494-1780.

 

Monday, January 13th

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, January 14th

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, January 16th

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, January 17th

5:05 PM          Your Own Personal Pizza (YOPP)

…heads over to Pizza Press in Costa Mesa for build your own pizzas and salads. 24 beers and ciders on tap.

Location: 901 S. Coast Dr. #C120, Costa Mesa. Near the Regal theaters at Metro Pointe Center.

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

 

Sunday, January 19th

Dark                Croquet, Crumpets and Tea

 

Tuesday, January 21st

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, January 22nd

12:35 PM        (almost) Free Lunch

We’ve enjoyed Tacos Sinaloa for years and try to make a stop at the Santa Ana location every year. Big menu, big food.

Location: Tacos Sinaloa 1430 E 17th St. (between the 5 and 55 Fwys).

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

 

Thursday, January 23rd

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. Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.

Location: Cafe Rose Express, 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.

Contact: David Lubman, (714) 612-6473.

 

Saturday, January 25th

10:00 AM        Oracle Mailing

Help label, bundle, and count next month’s issue of the Oracle in Garden Grove.

Location & Contact: See Oracle or weekly eBlast.

 

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. See Oracle or weekly eBlast or see Facebook Group events https://www.facebook.com/groups/Orange.County.Mensa.

Contact: calendar@ocmensa.org

 

Sunday, January 26th

4:00 PM          OCM Speakers Forum

Forensic Genealogy. Join us for a presentation on this exciting and cutting-edge topic that combines elements of TV’s Law and Order and Finding Your Roots. Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a leader in the field of Forensic Genealogy. She is the founder of Identifinders International and the Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project. She will describe how DNA and genealogy databases are being used to identify previously unidentified deceased persons (John or Jane Does) who are victims of accidents, homicides, or unusual circumstances. She will focus on her work with law enforcement in which she has used genetic genealogy to identify cold case murder victims (sometimes decades after the murder) and to narrow down the list of suspects. No charge. Guests are welcome.

Location: 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, January 28th

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, January 30th

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, (714) 612-6473.