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:

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our normally scheduled in-person events are on hiatus. 

Weekly: Fridays, Aril 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

5:30 PM     Houseparty Happy Hour

Every Friday beginning around 5:30 PM, happy hours pop up on Houseparty. Houseparty is an app similar to Zoom but it is more about impromptu video chats with friends. Groups up to 10 screens share a room. You find a room by finding a friend who is online and joining them. If you don’t see anyone or the room is full, then you can go online and wait for friends to arrive. Give it a try. Maybe we’ll see you soon.

Host: Whoever logs on first.

Questions: John Olsen,


Saturday, April 10

11:00 AM      Non-Screaming Politics – In Person

Non-Screaming Politics is a political discussion group. It meets both in-person (Second Saturday) and on Zoom (Third Saturday); this is the in-person meeting. Enjoy some free coffee (and maybe a pastry or two) with your conversation. Lunch is not included; we stop at 12:30.

Location (Second Saturday): We meet (socially distanced!) on a patio in San Clemente. I’ll be the guy with the fedora, Sinatra style, and the short gray beard. You can’t get much more political than Frank Sinatra! No, I don’t sing nearly as well as he did. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for address.

Cancellation: Rain (or a covid lockdown) cancels the meeting

Contact: Tom Streeter, (949) 668-3468.


12:00 PM      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 together 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.

Contact: Questions? Joan Francis at


Sunday, April 11

11:00 AM      Remote OCM Board Meeting

The Board will meet to handle the business end of Orange County Mensa. This meeting will be via Zoom. All current OCM members are welcome to attend. You can attend on a computer, smart phone or tablet. If you prefer, you can listen in on a landline phone. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Angie Mattson to receive the information on joining the meeting.

Contact: Angie Mattson, OCM President, or 714-974-0847 or 714-404-7766 (cell).

Monday, April 12

10:00 PM      Calendar and Oracle Deadline

Submit April calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at

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

Tuesday, April 13

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM      Zoom Book Discussion

For our first meeting this month, pick a book you’ve read and tell us about it. Please feel free to join us even if you did not read a new book.

Contact: Jana Bickel. To be put on the email list for future notifications and zoom links, please call Jana at 818-506-4032.


Saturday, April 17

11:00 AM Non-Screaming Politics – Online (Zoom) Non-Screaming Politics is a political discussion group. It meets both in-person (Second Saturday) and on Zoom (Third Saturday); this is the Zoom meeting. Bring your own (virtual) coffee! Lunch is not included; we stop at 12:30.

Location: (Third Saturday): Join us by video- conference. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for details.

For best results, use a computer instead of a smartphone. It also helps to use an external microphone instead of the built-in mic, and headphones instead of speakers.

Contact: Tom Streeter, (949) 668-3468.


Sunday, April 25

4:00 PM          OCM Speakers Forum

Topic: Othello: The Ballet

Julia Lupton will share scenes from a full-length story ballet based on Shakespeare’s Othello, choreographed by Lar Lubovitch. Can Shakespeare survive without language? How do you tell a story in movement alone? Come find out at this interactive Zoom event.

Presenter: Julia Lupton, PhD, is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California – Irvine. She is the co-director of the UCI New Swan Shakespeare Center.

Format: This will be a remote event using Zoom. To attend, see the Oracle or weekly  eBlast.


Tuesday, April 27

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM      Zoom Book Discussion

For our second meeting of the month we will be reading books about Eleanor Roosevelt of your own choosing.

Contact: Jana Bickel. For further information, please contact Jana at 818-506-4032.