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

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     Late Change!

Funky Fifth returns to Kaminarya Yakitori. What could be better than meat on a stick with Beer?
Location: 14071 Newport Ave, Tustin.

Well it seems that the first place I chose has closed….so we will still have Japanese food and beer. But now we will cook it ourselves. Join us at Gyu-Kaku. Early Happy Hour until 6:30 PM

Location: 14181 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.

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

A new addition to our Veggie Night lineup, Loving Hut, in Orange. Join us for a delicious vegan meal! Note that this is on a Saturday, instead of the usual 1st Sunday, and it is on the last day of June.

Location: 237 S. Tustin Street. From the 55 Freeway, exit Chapman Ave West. Cross streets are Tustin St and Chapman Ave. Restaurant is on the east side of Tustin St, just south of Chapman Ave, in a big strip mall. Selman Chevrolet is on the corner.

Contact: Steven. See Oracle or weekly OCM eBlast for contact details. RSVP by noon Saturday.

July, 2018

 

Sunday, July 1st

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.

 

Tuesday, July 3rd

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, July 5th

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, July 6th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

This month we’re going back to the Tustin Brewing Company. The beer and food are both quite good but come early as the parking can be tight in the shopping area it’s in. Some of us eat, some of us drink and some of us do both. This time of year we try to gather on the patio.
Location: 13011 Newport Ave, Tustin. On the northwest corner of Newport and Fourth St./Irvine Blvd.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095. Tustin Brewing Company, (714) 665-2337.

 

Saturday, July 7th

7:00 PM      Open House

Come join us for another party at Casa Hand-De Hoogh (ask at your own risk). We’ll have food, wine, beer, and soft drinks … and a few rocks. Mensa members and their accompanied guests only. $5 each.
Location:  Laguna Hills.
Contact: Greg or Nancy at (949) 362-5529 or president@ocmensa.org.

 

Monday, July 9th

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, July 10th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or 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, July 11th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

…revels in some classic diner grub done right. You can get American or Mexican food at Paul’s Place.
Location: 125 E Taft Ave, Orange, NE corner of Glassell
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

2:00 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: Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South C Street, Tustin.
Contact: proctor-aj@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

Thursday, July 12th

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. Pls RSVP.
Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange, just south of Katella.
Contact: Sean, (949) 616-6562, or sameade@sbcglobal.net or Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or www.dannyks.com.

 

Friday, July 13th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

Location: See weekly OCM eBlast.
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, July 14th

10:00AM      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! Cost is $60. Reservations are required.
Location: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West La Palma Ave., Anaheim (Basement).
Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

Sunday, July 15th

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.

 

3:00 PM      Baja LasVegastan Independence Day Celebration

Come celebrate the petty politics of a petite nation, the Benevolent Dictatorship of Baja LasVegastan! This year we also celebrate the 184th anniversary of the disbanding, on July 15, 1834, of the Spanish Inquisition – after nearly 356 years of continuous operation. What outfit would your favorite heresy wear, now that it’s legal? Wear it and get a prize! The Benevolent Dictator will also award a prize to all who present an application for a visa, or for a patent of nobility, or for an ex post facto indulgence for their particular heresy. Or bring your Greek Old Testament; the Benevolent Dictator turns Septuagint this year. See http://tomstreeter.com/celebrate.html for additional information. No RSVP; no door charge.
Location: City of Baja LasVegastopolis (which is completely surrounded by the USA city of San Clemente, in far south Orange County).
Contact: Tom Streeter, Benevolent Dictator, at (949) 668-3468.

 

Tuesday, July 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, July 19th

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      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, July 20th

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.

 

Saturday, July 21st

10:00 AM      Model Train Museum at Corona Heritage Park

See the Santa Fe Railroad in HO scale as it wends its way from Fullerton through Corona and into Riverside in 1949. Free tour will explain how Corona became the Lemon Capital of the World.
Location: 510 W. Foothill Parkway, Corona. From Orange County take the 91 freeway east to Lincoln Ave., right then left at Lincoln, go 2.6 miles and turn left on Foothill Parkway. Go .7 miles to park on your right.

Contact: Kathryn Goldin (657) 221-8494. Corona Heritage Park (951) 898-0687.

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: Garden Grove.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

Sunday, July 22nd

1:00 PM      Gifted Youth ART EXPLOSION!

Gifted Youth enjoy an ART EXPLOSION! Many things inspire artists to create their work. People, nature, feelings, textures, colors—almost everything can be an inspiration! In this adventure, our youth will have the opportunity to find what inspires them by creating their own pieces from any materials they choose. Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for an afternoon of self-expression! 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.

 

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

The What, Where, and Why of Volcanoes. You know what a volcano is when you see one … or do you? Kilauea, Mt. St. Helens, and Yellowstone are all three volcanoes, but they don’t look much alike and there are other differences that you can’t see. Come find out what volcanoes are, where they form (do you have any idea how many there are in California?), and why they form where they do and act the way they do.

OCM’s President, Greg De Hoogh, is a geologist and would like to share a bit of what he knows with you. No eruptions are planned for this event, but you’ll learn why, when the next eruption occurs in California, you’ll be better off in Hawaii.

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.
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, communications@ocmensa.org.

 

5:00 PM      Dinner at Rockwell’s Café

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 Café, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, (714) 921-0622, www.rockwellsbakery.com/.

 

Tuesday, July 24th

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, July 25th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

…goes to Tan Hoang Huong Sandwiches & Coffee in Tustin. Their sign just has the initials THH. Join us for cheap Bahn Mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese specialties. This place is the real deal for very little coin.
Location: 14081 Newport Ave. Tustin. One block south of the 5 fwy on the west side of the street. You can exit at Newport if heading south but need to exit at Red Hill if traveling north.
Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, July 26th

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, July 27th

4:30 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour

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

 

Saturday, July 28th

5:00 PM      Games Night Fashion Island Newport Beach

Taboo, Pictionary, Codenames, Boggle, Charades, Dictionary, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring.
Directions:.
Location: 401 Newport Center Dr A215, Newport Beach. At the outdoor seating area next to the Atrium Food Court in Fashion Island. The food court is adjacent to Barnes & Noble. Lots of choices for food and dessert, including Wahoo’s, Panda Express, and Gelato Paradiso.
Contact: Steven  See Oracle or weekly OCM eBlast for contact info.

 

Tuesday, July 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.