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

June, 2018

Friday, June 1st

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

…heads back to Whole Foods in Tustin and their Hanger bar. Big selection of beers on tap and access to all the prepared food stands.

Location: 2847 Park Ave, Tustin, at the District in Tustin Legacy near Jamboree and Barranca.

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

 

Saturday, June 2nd

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: At the home of Ann Harvey and Barry Ader, prior to the Open House. See next entry.

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

 

8:00 PM Open House

Ann Harvey and Barry Ader are hosting us again for another great party. Please come and join us for a nice evening of conversation, food, and drink. Mensa members and their accompanied guests only. $5 each.

Location: Huntington Beach.

Contact: Ann or Barry at (714) 962-6443.

Sunday, June 3rd

9:00 AM      Parents of Gifted Youth Support Group

Our monthly meeting for parents of gifted youth. Mensans who are parents, as well as non-Mensans who are the parents of youth members, are welcome. Grandparents too! But please leave the kids at home. PLEASE RSVP so I know to expect you.

Location: Starbucks, 2302 E 17th St., Santa Ana.

Contact: Sarah Whittenberg, Gifted Youth Coord., giftedyouth@ocmensa.org, (714) 329-7521 cell/text.

 

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Veggie Grill, in Irvine.

Location: Irvine Spectrum Center, 81 Fortune Drive, Irvine, From I-405 freeway, exit Irvine Center Drive, and follow signs to Irvine Spectrum Center. If you are taking the I-5 freeway, exit Alton Parkway. Park in the larger, north parking structure, near the movie theaters. Veggie Grill is steps away from the north parking structure, near Chipotle and Dave & Busters.

Contact: Steven, RSVP. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for contact info.

 

Tuesday, June 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

 

Thursday, June 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, June 8th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

We typically try to ignore the dreaded “Market Place”…but I will brave it for the promise of $4.50 Beer and $5.50 Wine…and half price apps at Bar Louie.

Location: 2467 Park Ave, Tustin.

Contact: Valerie Spear 714-296-8001, text only until 3PM 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, June 9th

1:00 PM      Standard Mensa Qualifying 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: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (Basement).

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

Sunday, June 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, June 11th

10:00 PM      Calendar and Oracle Deadline

Submit calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at calendar@ocmensa.org.

Submit Oracle entries to the Oracle Editor at editor@ocmensa.org.

 

Tuesday, June 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, June 13th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Come have a sandwich Japanese style with us today. Cream Pan is considered by most people as the best Japanese bakery and one of the best all-around bakeries in the county. The Café closed for awhile but is back. They serve some nice sandwiches, soups and salads, but leave room for a little decadent dessert treat.
Location: 602 El Camino Real, Tustin, (714) 665-8239.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, June 14th

Noon    Brunch Davidians

Location: Le Chateau Garden Bistro, Ayers Hotel, 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, June 15th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

You know the drill (or at least you should). Join us for craft beer, sandwiches and conversation. At 7PM there’s King Trivia — We play if we’re in the mood.
Location: 368 S Main St., Orange, 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.

 

Sunday, June 17th

3:00 PM      Croquet

Enjoy a round of croquet at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. All mallets, wickets, and balls will be provided. Newcomers welcome! No door charge.
Location/contact: See Crumpets and Tea, below.

4:00 PM      Crumpets and Tea

Enjoy crumpets and tea at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. Newcomers welcome! No door charge.
Contact: Tom or Kristine at (949) 668-3468 for details/encouragement, or visit http://tinyurl.com/ocmcrumpets.

 

Tuesday, June 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, June 21st

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We are meeting at Souplantation in Fountain Valley. Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.
Location: 11179 Talbert Ave. (near Costco).
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

5:00 PM     Last Odd Thursday

It’s our (usually) al fresco Happy Hour. Enjoy a beverage or two on our front deck. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved. No charge.
Location: Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Friday, June 22nd

4:30 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

The seasons have changed, and now it is time to return to Seasons 52. They have one of the best happy hours in the area. Amazing food and drink selections.
Location: 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, next to Bloomingdales.
Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001, text only until 3PM weekdays.

 

Saturday, June 23rd

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: 12702 Adrian Cir., Garden Grove. First house on the right.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

1:00 PM      Gifted Youth Games Day

… Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for board games, chess, and a time for our GY to hang out and get to know each other better. This event is always a hit! Bring your own beverages and a snack to share. RSVP requested.
Location: At the home of Sarah Whittenberg, Santa Ana.
Contact: Sarah Whittenberg, giftedyouth@ocmensa.org, (714) 329-7521 cell/text.

 

6:00 PM      Games Night

Taboo, Pictionary, Codenames, Boggle, Qwirkle, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring. Please bring a snack to share.
Location: At Judene and Mick’s house, Tustin.
Contact: Judene (949) 285-7054, wright.6@sbcglobal.net

 

Sunday, June 24th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

The Art of Dance: Communicating through Movement. Fellow OC Mensan Chifra Holt will share with us her love of the art of dance and the fascinating aspects of her life-long dance career. She trained with the greats in modern dance and ballet, including Martha Graham, and performed with major dance companies in New York City. As a choreographer, she created over 50 dances for other dancers and dance companies. Later, she taught dance at universities and colleges. We will hear all about the excitement and stress of putting together choreography, costumes, scenery, music, themes and, most importantly of all, working with individual dancers to capitalize on each one’s strengths.

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: Kathryn Goldin, 657-221-8494, OR Angie Mattson, (714) 974-0847, communications@ocmensa.org

5:00 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, www.rockwellsbakery.com/

 

5:00 PM      South Bay Sunday Salon

Believe it or not, it’s been over 2 years since we visited Ortega 120. That’s a shame, because their menu covers everything from Mexican Street Corn to Mole Ribs and Agave Nectar Chipotle Glazed Salmon, AND they have vegetarian options, www.ortega120.com/menu. Parking is free, use the driveway next to the restaurant (at the light) to enter. RSVPs appreciated, but not required.
Location: Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach, 1814 S. Pacific Coast Highway.
Contact: VKALAMBAKAL@yahoo.com, or (310) 897-2130).

Tuesday, June 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, June 27th

12:35 PM       (almost) Free Lunch

We’re back at a well-regarded and inexpensive sushi place – Ami Sushi. Similar in style to the many Maki Yakis around with rolls priced under $10, but we found the quality to be better. There are a couple of other choices next door if sushi doesn’t do it for you.
Location: 1804 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana (Just north of 17th Street and set back from the street)
Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, June 28th

Noon       Brunch Davidians

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

Friday, June 29th

4:30 PM     Funky Fifth Friday

Funky Fifth returns to Kaminarya Yakitori. What could be better than meat on a stick with Beer?
Location: 14071 Newport Ave, Tustin.
Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001, text only until 3PM weekdays.

 

Saturday, June 30th

9:00 AM      OCM GY Event: “Into the Woods”

Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for a morning learning about botany! In this adventure, our youth will learn to identify plants and trees and how they differ in locations around the world. They will gain knowledge about ecosystems and the importance of conserving our natural resources. Be sure to bring sun protection and water. A clipboard would be awesome! RSVP requested.

Other upcoming summer activities will include a rockhounding adventure and an art exploration day. Stay tuned! Feel free to contact me with questions.

Location: Coastkeeper Garden, 8520 E Santiago Canyon Dr., Orange.
Contact: Sarah Whittenberg, giftedyouth@ocmensa.org, (714) 329-7521 cell/text.