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

 

January 2019

 

Tuesday, January 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, January 23rd

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We’ve enjoyed Tacos Sinaloa for years and were saddened when they closed the Orange location. But the original Santa Ana location is open so we’ll go there this month.
Location: Tacos Sinaloa, 1430 E 17th St (between the 5 and 55 fwys).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, January 24th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet for lunch at Cafe Rose Express. Look for the yellow “M” sign.
Location: 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, January 25th

5:00 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

We are going to Braizen Sexy Sandwiches for $2.00 off beer/wine and a small but very interesting happy hour menu.
Location: 31 E. Macarthur Crescent, Suite 102, Santa Ana.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays.

 

Saturday, January 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.

 

5:00 PM      Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Ticket to Ride, Charades or a game you bring. Later games will be Encore and maybe some Karaoke. I do have cats that will be kept in another room.
Location: Cathy’s, in Orange.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (714) 698-9864, calendar@ocmensa.org

 

Sunday, January 27th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Topic: 4500 Years of Animation in 45 Minutes.

Speaker: Nancy Hand.

Starting in Ancient Egypt, this is a brief look at the history of animation. We will be both educated and entertained as we take a visual guided tour highlighting changes in style and technology from wall paintings to computer animation. No charge. Guests are welcome.

Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, the speaker on “Gravitational Waves” originally announced for this date has been rescheduled to February 24.

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, communications@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 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.

 

Wednesday, January 30th

NomCom Deadline

Deadline for volunteering to serve on the next OCM Board.
Contact: Thea Wills-Olsen, Nomination Commitee Chair, (71 4) 747-7590.

 

Thursday, January 31st

Noon      Brunch Davidians

On the occasional fifth Thursday we meet at Maru Sushi. Many non-Sushi choices also. About $12. Look for the Mensa ‘M’ sign.
Location: 1500 Adams Ave. #100B, Costa Mesa.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

February 2019

 

Friday, February 1st

5:05 PM       Beerhunters

We haven’t been to cozy tucked-away Network Brewery in awhile. Fun locals-supported place. They always have a food truck.
Location: 1824 Carnegie Ave. Santa Ana, CA (You’ll want to check your map.)
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, February 2nd

7:00 PM      Open House

Linda & Uncle Al await behind two 20-foot conifers. If you have empty champagne bottles, bring them! Stuffed main course plus an iconic message stuffed in a bottle centerpiece. Gluten-free munchies too.
Location: Irvine.
Contact: Linda/Al, (714) 544-2181.

 

Tuesday, February 5th

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, February 6th

12:35 PM      LuncH with a Capital H

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, February 7th

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, February 8th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

Location: See weekly OCM eBlast.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays.

 

7:30 PM      Pub Quiz

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a fun trivia night. Please RSVP to Tim’s email or the Facebook Messenger event.
Location: My Place Sports Bar & Grill, 5452 Commercial Dr., Huntington Beach.
Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Saturday, February 9th

10:00 AM      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! Today’s test is the Standard Mensa Admission Test Battery. Cost is $60. Reservations are required.
Location: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West LaPalma Ave., Anaheim (Basement).
Contact: proctor-sf@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

6:22 PM      Veggie Night

Join us for a vegetarian friendly meal at Souplantation in Tustin.
Location: 13681 Newport Ave, Tustin.
Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300.

 

Sunday, February 10th

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.

Monday, February 11th

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, February 12th

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, February 13th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

It’s soba time. If it’s cold you can have it hot, if it’s hot you can have it cold. Join us at Tanakaya. An unexpected vacation closure shut us out last time so we are back this month.
Location: Tanakaya, 654 El Camino Real, Tustin
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, February 14th

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.

5:30 PM      8-Ball Brigade

Meets at our longtime home, Danny K’s. Drop by to shoot some pool (it’s free), grab a bite, and enjoy a drink and some conversation. Look for the “OCM 8-Ball Brigade” sign or the yellow and black “Mensa” symbol. Please RSVP.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange, just south of Katella.
Contact: Sean, (949) 616-6562,  Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or www.dannyks.com.

 

Friday, February 15th

Dark      YOPP

We’ll be off to the LA RG so YOPP is dark this month.

 

Friday, Feb 15 – Monday, Feb 18

GLAAM Regional Gathering

Looking for a fun way to spend Presidents Day Weekend? Join Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa for “StaRGazing 2019” in San Pedro. For details, see: http://www.glaam.org/rg/2019/ .
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro.

 

Saturday, February 16th

8:30 PM      Theatre School Rejects

The Theatre School Rejects comedy show hosted by Mensan Doug X and featuring local comics with occasional stand up from other fellow Mensans. Contact Doug if you want to perform at the next show.
Location: Luminous Center Yoga Studio, 16540 Harbor Blvd., Ste. K, Fountain Valley. Corner of Harbor and Heil, in the strip mall with the Animal Medical Center.
Contact: Doug Ecks, dou7g@yahoo.com.

Sunday, February 17th

Dark       Croquet and Crumpets and Tea

Tuesday, February 19th

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, February 21st

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, February 22nd

5:00 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

Location: See weekly OCM eBlast.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays.

 

Saturday, February 23rd

10:00 AM       Oracle Mailing

Help label, bundle, and count next month’s issue of the Oracle in Garden Grove.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

5:00 PM      Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Ticket to Ride, Charades or a game you bring. Later games will be Encore and maybe some Karaoke. I do have cats that will be kept in another room.
Location: Orange.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (714) 698-9864, calendar@ocmensa.org

Sunday, February 24th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Gravitational Waves. Join us for a presentation on this exciting and cutting-edge area of astronomy. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, caused by catastrophic cosmic events such as supernovae and colliding black holes, that travel at the speed of light. Astronomer Tim Thompson will give us a quick introduction to general relativity and the fundamental physics of gravitational waves. He will describe the instrumentation and observations that have opened up the new realm of gravitational wave astronomy. Finally, he will talk about the implications of the observations of colliding neutron stars and how this relates to the creation of heavy elements in the universe. No charge. Guests are welcome.

Note: This topic was originally announced for the January Speakers Forum. However, due to a scheduling conflict on the part of the speaker, we have rescheduled this topic to February.

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, communications@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, February 26th

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, February 27th

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

Thursday, February 28th

Noon       Brunch Davidians

We meet for lunch at Cafe Rose Express. Look for the yellow “M” sign.
Location: 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.