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

 

September, 2018

 

Sunday, September 2nd

Dark      Parents of Gifted Youth Support Group

 

3:00 PM      Labor Day Weekend Picnic

It worked great last year, so this year we will again hold a picnic at Valerie Spear’s condo common area pool and lawn in Tustin. Smoked meat and hamburgers will be provided (vegetarian options available). Cost is $5 per adult, kids under 18 are free. Games, fun, conversation, swimming. You can help by bringing picnic blankets and chairs, also games and outdoor fun. Want to really help? Volunteer by calling/ texting Valerie.
Note: At 5:00 PM, Election Chair Tom Streeter and his committee will open and count ballots from the OC Mensa Bylaws Special Election. All interested OCM members are welcome to observe the ballot counting.
Location: Tustin,
Contact: Valerie, (714)-296-8001 (cell), text only before 4PM.

 

Tuesday, September 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.

 

Thursday, September 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, September 7th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

There’s a new brewery in town and we are headed there. Join us at TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room. TAPS has been making great beer at its restaurants for years but now they have a standalone brewery with a dedicated food truck. Lots of room, so join us.
Location: 15501 Redhill Ave. Tustin (SW corner of Valencia)
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095. Phone if you need help spotting us.

Saturday, September 8th

1:00 PM      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! 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, September 9th

6:32 PM      Veggie Night
Now we meet on the second Sunday for dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Thai Spice.
Location: Tustin Ranch Marketplace, 13254 Jamboree Rd, Irvine.
Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300.

 

Monday, September 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, September 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, September 12th

12:35 PM       (almost) Free Lunch
…goes for the pho (and other Vietnamese and Chinese dishes) at Long Hai in Tustin. Lots of options that aren’t hot soup.
Location: 682 El Camino Real, Tustin (tucked all the way back in the corner of the El Camino Plaza shopping center) between 6th and Newport Ave.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

 

Thursday, September 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.

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, or sameade@sbcglobal.net.  Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or www.dannyks.com.

 

Friday, September 14th

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.

 

Sunday, September 16th

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       Tea and Crumpets, Croquet

 

Tuesday, September 18th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch Bunch
Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861, or n8owl@earthlink.net 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, September 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, September 21st

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 7 PM there’s King Trivia — w e 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, September 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: Garden Grove.
Contact: Pat Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

6:00 PM      Games Night – Irvine Spectrum Center

Let’s take advantage of the balmy Southern California fall evenings with another outdoor games night. Play Taboo, Codenames, Quiddler, Ticket to Ride, Hot Seat, or a game you bring. We will sit at an outdoor table near TLT Food, right next to the entrance to the big (north) parking structure closest to Alton Parkway. Restaurant take-out choices, in addition to TLT, include Johnny Rocket’s, Veggie Grill, The Melt, Chipotle, Wahoo’s, Panda Express, and more.
Location: 731 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine. Exit the 405 freeway at Irvine Center Drive, or the 5 freeway at Alton Parkway.
Contact: Steven.

 

Sunday, September 23rd

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum
Immigration: Issues Making News Headlines. Join us for an informative presentation on immigration, including the ways people can lawfully enter into and immigrate to the U.S. Also, we will focus on the current hotly debated immigration issues, including President Trump’s travel ban, separating children from their parents, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Our presenters will be attorneys Suzanne Blau and Monica Glicken. Suzanne Blau is an attorney who volunteers at legal immigration clinics in Orange County and also takes cases on a pro bono basis. She has many years of experience w orking on behalf of low-income immigrants, all of whom have qualified for free legal services. She has worked with asylum seekers (i.e., refugees), domestic violence survivors, human trafficking victims, and abused children. Monica Glicken is the Directing Attorney of the Immigration Unit of the Public Law Center (PLC), which provides free legal services to low income residents in Orange County. Prior to joining PLC, she practiced for nearly a decade in immigration law.
Don’t miss this enlightening and lively discussion on immigration issues.
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, September 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, September 26th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch
Join us at Los Escalera’s Taco Shop, a fairly new taqueria in Orange. You can be the one to correct their grammar. I’m just here for the tacos and burritos.
Location: 312 S. Main St. Orange, next to Staples.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, September 27th

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.

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. We are east of the 55 fwy.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Friday, September 28th

4:30 PM      South Coast Metro Happy Hour
Location: See weekly OCM eBlast.
Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001, text only until 3 PM weekdays.