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.

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: calendar@ocmensa.org

 

February 2020

 

Tuesday, February 4th

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 5th

12:35 PM        LuncH with a Capital H

Join us for an Exterminator, a Spicy or maybe just a classic Hot Pastrami.  Maybe a pint to wash it down.

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 6th

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 7th

5:00 PM          Beerhunters

We’re headed to the Santa Ana Chapter of Congregation Ale House tonight.  6 of their brews and 13 guest beers/ciders on tap.  Full bar and kitchen. Happy Hour until 7.

Location: 201 N Broadway, Santa Ana.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095 (Text me if you don’t see me.)

 

Saturday, February 8th

11:00 AM        Non-Screaming Politics

Non-Screaming Politics is a political discussion group. It even has rules (http://tomstreeter.com/non-screaming-politics.html) to help prevent screaming. I’m the guy with the short gray beard and the fedora (Sinatra style, but I don’t sing nearly as well as he did). Enjoy some coffee, and maybe a pastry, with your conversation. Or enjoy some covfefe, depending on your attitude towards Trump.

Location: Starbucks, Pico & La Pata (1001 Avenida Pico), San Clemente.

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

 

6:36 PM          Veggie Night

This event is ostensibly known as “veggie” night but some of our venues also cater to carnivores. This month it’s at the Fashion Island food court in front of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.

Location: 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach.

Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300 or see the event on the OCMensa Facebook group page.

 

Sunday, February 9th

10:30 AM        M-Atheists

All are welcome. We join with Atheists United and Meetup for lively, unstructured conversation. Buffet Brunch $19.95 until 11, or order from the lunch menu after 11. We usually have a dedicated meeting room within the restaurant.

Location: Fireside Tavern, located INSIDE the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3131 Bristol St. (just south of the 405), Costa Mesa, (714) 913-9016.

Contact: Joyce Farmer at (949) 494-1780.

 

3:30 PM          Oscar Watch Party

Join us for an Oscar watch party. The celebs start walking the red carpet around 3:30 but the awards show doesn’t start until 5.  You’ll bring the appetizers to share. We’ll provide the beverages and some of our own appetizers. $5 plus appetizer to share.

Location/Contact: Orange. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for details.

 

4:30 PM          Gifted Youth Roleplaying Event

This excursion is the result of plans we excitedly started at our last Gifted Youth excursion (when we saw our kids having so much fun roleplaying). The youth will play Dungeons & Dragons while the parents play a murder mystery game. For this reason, an early RSVP is requested (those who RSVP first will have the option of roles in the adult game, as these are limited to 8). We’ll begin at 4:30 PM sharp, whereas the 7:30 PM end time is an estimate. This is a free event. Please bring a snack or dish you enjoy; drinks and dessert will be provided (birthday cake because it’s Roxanne’s birthday!). Please RSVP at giftedyouth@ocmensa.org. Who May Attend: If you are (a) a Mensan under the age of 18 you may attend with a parent or guardian, or (b) if you are a Mensan who has child(ren) below age 18 you may attend with your child(ren).

Location/Contact: Laguna Beach. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for details.

 

Monday, February 10th

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 11th

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 12th

12:35 PM                    (almost) Free Lunch

…goes Thai.  We’re going to Lanta Thai Fusion for some delicious reasonably priced Thai food. One of our most popular stops.

Location: 724 E Katella Ave, Orange (between Cambridge and Glassell).

Contact: Lanta, (714) 532-4922; John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, February 13th

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.

 

Friday, February 14th

GLAAM RG 2020

https://www.glaam.org/regionalgathering/

Through Monday, February 17th.

 

7:30 PM          Pub Quiz

RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 21.

 

Tuesday, February 18th

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 20th

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 21st

5:00 PM          Your Own Personal Pizza (YOPP)

Pizza is just about everyone’s favorite food.  This SIG visits the various create-your-own pizza places that are everywhere now.  Join us at Blaze Pizza in the Orange Plaza.

Location: 101 South Glassell, Orange.

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

 

7:30 PM          Pub Quiz

NOTE NEW DATE! Date was changed after the Oracle was printed, so the date in the printed Oracle is now incorrect.

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for trivia night. Teams start forming around 7 pm, so come grab some good food and drink. We meet in the backroom or outside if the weather is nice.

Location: My Place Sports Bar & Grill, 5452 Commercial Dr., Huntington Beach.

Contact: Roger Schanzenbach, (949) 677- 5594.

 

Saturday, February 22nd

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/Contact: Garden Grove. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for details.

 

Sunday, February 23rd

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.

4:00 PM          OCM Speakers Forum

Family Law Court.  Our presenter will be the Honorable Barry S. Michaelson, Orange County Superior Court Commissioner, who serves as a judge in Family Law Court. He will talk about how judges handle the complexities of cases involving domestic violence, child or elder abuse, divorce, domestic partnerships, child support, adoptions, and the rights of grandparents with regard to grandchildren.  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: Angie Mattson, (714) 974-0847, parliamentarian@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 25th

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 26th

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. Behind the Taco Bell.

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

 

Thursday, February 27th

Noon               Brunch Davidians

Please join us at Cafe Rose Express. Typical full lunches priced from about $8 to $16. Fresh salads & pastries. Full lunch menu with daily specials. Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.

Location: Cafe Rose Express, 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 478-8777.

Contact: David Lubman, (714) 612-6473.

 

Saturday, February 29th

6:36 PM          Leap Year Games Night

Join us for social and strategy games. Bring food or beverages to share.

Location/Contact: Orange. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for details.

 

Mark your calendar for…

Sunday, April 5

Noon          OC Mensa’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

We’re celebrating out 40th Anniversary this year, with an all-you-can-eat brunch and lots of fun festivities. All Mensans and their guests are invited. See February or March Oracles for details.

Cost: $25 – Send payment via www.paypal.com to treasurer@ocmensa.org. Or, see Oracle for mailing info for checks.

PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: Deadline: Saturday, March 28.

Location: Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa