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

 

April – May 2019

 

Thursday, April 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, April 19th

5:05 PM      YOPP

We’re checking out PizzaRev for our build your own pizza experience.
Location: PizzaRev, 3605 S Bristol, Ste. D, Santa Ana. (look for it behind the Chick-Fil-A).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, April 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.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

8:30 PM      Theatre School Rejects

The Theatre School Rejects comedy show, hosted by Mensan Doug X, features local comics with occasional stand up from other fellow Mensans, and only costs $5. 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, April 21st

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.

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.

 

Tuesday, April 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, April 24th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We’re feeling like sushi. Maybe you are too. Otherwise, you can go with one of the many cooked items at Orange Roll & Sushi.
Location: Orange Roll & Sushi, 139 West 1st St. Ste. A, Tustin (at El Camino Real).
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, April 25th

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, April 26th

5:00 PM       South Coast Metro Happy Hour

…goes to Maggiano’s Little Italy. Happy hour until 7PM featuring $4 flatbreads, $3 Beer, $5 Coppola and $6 cocktails.
Location: 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001, text only until 2 PM weekdays.

 

Saturday, April 27th

5:00 PM       Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Encore, Ticket to Ride, Charades or a game you bring. I do have cats that will be kept in another room.
Location: Cathy’s home,  Orange.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (818) 813-4143 or (714) 698-9864.

 

Sunday, April 28th

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.

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

“Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare’s Play, Ballet & Opera.”  This illustrated presentation will give us new insights into the story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Professor Lupton will also show us how Shakespeare’s story was adapted centuries later for both ballet and opera.
Our speaker will be Julia Reinhard Lupton, PhD. Dr. Lupton is Professor of English and Associate Dean for Research for the UCI School of Humanities. She is also the Co-Director of the UCI Shakespeare Center. She knows how to make Shakespeare and the Arts come alive for her audiences! Please join us for this lively and enlightening presentation.
No charge. Guests are welcome.
Optional: Afterward, those who want to have dinner and socialize can get together just a few steps across the way to Rockwell’s Café and Bakery.
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, 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/.

5:00 PM South Bay Sunday Salon

…goes to Nick’s Manhattan Beach, a vegan-friendly restaurant that also has “the best chicken and waffles on the planet!” according to TripAdvisor. It’s not cheap (Cheeseburger $15; Baby back ribs $25), and you’ll probably have to pay for parking. But appetizers are free! The menu is at nicksrestaurants.com/wp-content/uploads/nicks-manhattan-beach-lunch-dinner-menu. Please let us know you’re coming so we reserve a large enough table.
Location: 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
Contact: Call or text Vickey at (319) 897-2130.

Tuesday, April 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.

 

Wednesday, May 1st

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, May 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, May 3rd

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

…snuggles into the cozy atmosphere of the local pub. A number of people have recommended visiting The Olde Ship. Join us for fish and chips or bangers and mash. Either way, wash it down with a pint of bitter.
Location: 1120 West 17th St., Santa Ana. From the 5 north take the 17th St. off-ramp and take 17th St. west past Main St. The pub is on the south side of the street before Bristol. From the 22 east or west take the Bristol St. exit south to 17th St. Turn left on 17th St.The Old Ship is on your right.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095. The Olde Ship, (714) 550-6700, www.theoldship.com.

 

Saturday, May 4th

7:00 PM      Open House

It’s Cuatro de Mayo! Come celebrate at the home of Bill Shaddle and Cathy Winans. Word has it that a taco bar will be available. Sombreros not required. Mensa members and their accompanied guests only. $5 each.
Location: Seal Beach.
Contact: Bill/Cathy at (562)805-0761.

Tuesday, May 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, May 8th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We haven’t been out for good fast Chinese in a while. We like Chin’s Kitchen in Orange – the regular steam table items are similar to Panda Express, etc., but the turnover is fast and the veggies are still crisp instead of a soggy mess. They also have Mongolian beef, Hawaiian and other Asian items. Coupons in some flyers.
Location: 1009 N. Tustin St., Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095. Chin’s Kitchen, (714) 538-8833.

Thursday, May 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.

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. 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.

 

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, May 10th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

Location: See weekly 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 trivia night. This month Jeremy is providing the questions. 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.

 

Saturday, May 11th

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! This month is a special promotion: candidates can either pay $60 for the test alone, or $100 for the test plus their first year’s dues. (If a candidate doesn’t qualify, the dues portion will be refunded.) Reservations are required.
Location: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West LaPalma Ave., Anaheim (Basement).
Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

6:06 PM      Veggie Night

Join us for a vegetarian-friendly meal at Back Bay Tavern by the Whole Foods Market in The Fashion Island Mall. The parking garage is the most convenient parking to the side of the store.
Location: 415 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach.
Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300.

 

Monday, May 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, May 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.

 

Wednesday, May 15

10:00 AM      Behind the Scenes Tour — Pageant of the Masters

Learn about the history of the Pageant, celebrating its 86th anniversary this year, and see all that goes into bringing the tableaux vivants to life. Preparations for the 2019 season will be in full swing as we tour the grounds. See sets being made and costumes being sewn. Visit the dressing areas where the actors don their costumes and get their makeup done. Contact Angie Mattson to make a reservation by Sunday, May 12. $10 donation (payable on the day of the tour).
Location: Festival of the Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Contact: Angie Mattson, webeditor@ocmensa.org or 714-974-0847.

 

Thursday, May 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, May 17th

5:05 PM      Your Own Personal Pizza (YOPP)

It’s pizza time! Pizza, salad and 24 taps are the order of the day. Join us at The Pizza Press in Orange.
Location: 155 N. Glassell St. Orange.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Saturday, May 18th

1:00 PM      Mensa Culture Fair Test

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who might qualify for Mensa? The Culture Fair Test is especially recommended for persons whose native language is not English, persons with dyslexia, or those who did not qualify based on the standard Mensa test and wish to test again. This month is a special promotion: candidates can either pay $60 for the test alone, or $100 for the test plus their first year’s dues. (If a candidate doesn’t qualify, the dues portion will be refunded.) Reservations are required.
Location: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West LaPalma Ave., Anaheim (Basement).
Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

5:00 PM      Games Night

Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Encore, Ticket to Ride, Charades or a game you bring. I do have cats that will be kept in another room.
Location: Cathy’s in Orange.
Contact: Cathy Heflin (818) 813-4143 or (714) 698-9864.

 

Sunday, May 19th

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.

Dark      Croquet, Crumpets and Tea

 

Tuesday, May 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, May 22nd

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

…heads back to a favorite Thai place. Join us for Sutha Thai Kitchen.
Location: 1161 Irvine Blvd., Tustin. North side of street, 2 blocks east of Newport.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, May 23rd

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, May 24th

5:00 PM       South Coast Metro Happy Hour

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

 

Fri, May 24th – Mon, May 27th

San Diego Mensa Regional Gathering (RG)

Looking for a fun way to spend Memorial Day Weekend? Join San Diego Mensa for “ Playing with a Full Deck?” Come for the entire weekend or just one or two days.
Location: Crown Plaza, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego.
Contact: For details see: www.sandiegomensa.org/events/regional-gathering.

Saturday, May 25th

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.

Sunday, May 26th

Dark      OCM Speakers Forum

 

Tuesday, May 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, May 30

Noon      Brunch Davidians

5th Thursday is at Maru Sushi. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.
Location: Maru Sushi, 1500 Adams Ave. #100, Costa Mesa.
Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, March 31st

4:30 PM      Funky Fifth Friday

Location: See weekly eBlast.
Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001, text only until 3 PM weekdays.