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

 

February, 2017

Wednesday, February 1st

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Location: Ugly Mug Café, 261 N Glassell St., Orange, (714) 997-5610, in Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

 

Thursday, February 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.

Location: 2300 Harbor Blvd., Suite K-1, Costa Mesa. Harbor Center is on the northeast corner (if you’re coming south from the 405) and Wilson (if you’re coming west from the 55, use Victoria exit). Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.

Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, February 3rd

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

Beerhunters checks out the newly remodeled Whole Foods in Tustin and their Hangar Bar. Big selection of beers on tap and access to all the prepared food stands.

Location: 2847 Park Ave, Tustin, CA at the District in Tustin Legacy near Jamboree and Barranca.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, February 4th

6:30 PM      Board Meeting

The Board meets to handle the business end of Orange County Mensa. All interested OCM members are invited to attend.

Location: At the home of Linda Lester and Al Schwartz, prior to the Open House. See next entry.

Contact: President Bryan Dietz, president@ocmensa.org or (949) 380-4122.

 

8:00PM       Open House

We brave Irvine traffic signals to savor Linda’s and Uncle Al’s culinary delights, varied refreshments, and eldritch proclivities. A mere $5 entry each for members and their guests.

Location: Irvine.

Contact: Uncle Al or Linda, (714) 544-2181, or communications@ocmensa.org

 

Sunday, February 5th

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 (17th between SR-55 and Tustin Ave).

Contact: Sarah Whittenberg, Gifted Youth Coordinator, giftedyouth@ocmensa.org or (714) 329-7521 cell/text.

 

Tuesday, February 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, February 8th

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

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Location: Ugly Mug Café, 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997-5610, in Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

 

Thursday, February 9th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

Location: Le Château 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.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange, just south of Katella.

Contact: Sean, (949) 616-6562 or Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or www.dannyks.com.

 

Friday, February 10th

4:30PM       2nd Friday Happy Hour

Location: Contact Valerie or see weekly OCM eBlast

Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001, weekdays, text only before 4pm.

 

6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo

South County Happy Hour (SoCoHaHo) changes locations every month. It’s not because we get kicked out, we like to try different places. In February, we’re going to a local favorite in Laguna Beach, 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar.

Location: 230 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-2545. http://www.230forestavenue.com/. Take Laguna Canyon Road (Hwy. 133) south from the 405 Freeway. In downtown Laguna Beach, take Forest Avenue left from Laguna Canyon Road.

Contact: Paul McGinnis, (951) 675-9272.

Saturday, February 11th

10:00 AM    Culture Fair 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! Today’s test is the Culture Fair Test, which is a non-verbal test that measures intelligence without the influence of language or cultural background. Anyone may take the Culture Fair, but it is especially recommended for persons whose native language is not English, persons who are dyslexic or have ADHD, or those who prefer an untimed test. Cost is $40. Reservations are required.

Location: Anaheim: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West LaPalma Ave. (Basement)

Contact: testing@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

Sunday, February 12th

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.

 

10:30 AM    M-Atheists SIG Brunch

We meet at the Tee Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course. Still on the second Sunday of every month. Still only $10 for a fabulous all-you-can-eat breakfast and lunch buffet that includes beverage, dessert, and tax. Believers welcome, share if you dare. We even let Atheists United Meetup sit with us.

Location: 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 756-0121. Go south to 73 south to Campus/Irvine (no toll at this first exit), turn right, follow curve for 1/4-mile, entrance on left.

 

6:30 PM      Veggie Night in Costa Mesa

Join us for a vegan meal at Local. Healthy Tapas & Sake. Second Sunday this month to avoid conflict with Super Bowl.

Location: Local. Healthy Tapas & Sake. 1907 Harbor Bl. Costa Mesa.

Exit the 55 freeway at 19th St and turn right on 19th St. and then right on Harbor Bl. The restaurant is on Harbor Bl, just north of 19th St.

Contact: Steven, RSVP. See Oracle for contact information.

 

Monday, February 13th

10:00 PM    Oracle Deadline

Submit material other than calendar entries to the Oracle Editor at editor@ocmensa.org

10:00 PM    Calendar Deadline

Submit calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at calendar@ocmensa.org

 

Tuesday, February 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, February 15th

2:00PM       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! Today’s test is the standard Mensa Test. Cost is $40. 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.

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Location: Ugly Mug Café. 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997- 5610, in Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

 

Thursday, February 16th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We meet at Souplantation in the Mesa Verde Shopping Center.

Location: 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. From 405, south on Harbor, right on Adams. Southwest corner of Harbor and Adams, www.souplantation.com.

Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Feb 17 – 20

StarRGazing – Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa Regional Gathering. GLAAM goes glamorous at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel! Registration is $149 (includes all meals) until January 31; $169 thereafter. Special rates for one or two days, and for youth under 18. See the Los Angeles newsletter for info. You can register online at glaam.org/rg/2017/register/. See you there!

 

Friday, February 17th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

Back to the usual. Beer, sandwiches, witty conversation. We’ll have some tables put together.

Location: 368 S Main St., Orange, north of the 22 Fwy, south of Chapman. Look for Deli sign in the back corner of the small shopping center.

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

 

Saturday, February 18th

StarRGazing – GLAAM Regional Gathering

 

Sunday, February 19th

StarRGazing – GLAAM Regional Gathering

DARK          Croquet and Tea & Crumpets

 

Monday, February 20th

StarRGazing – GLAAM Regional Gathering

 

Tuesday, February 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, February 22nd

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

(almost) FREE LUNCH goes for great Mediterranean food in a modern fast casual environment. Join us at The Grape Leaf. They’ve been running lunch specials. We can hope they still do when we arrive.

Location: 17582 E 17th Street, Tustin. East of Yorba in the Oak Tree Plaza.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Location: Ugly Mug Café. 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997-5610, in Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

 

Thursday, February 23rd

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We are meeting at Turnip Rose Café in the Shops at Mesa Verde.

Location: 2701 Harbor Blvd. Ste E6, Costa Mesa, (714) 881-0379. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.

Contact: David Lubman, (714) 898-9099.

 

Saturday, February 25th

10:00 AM    Oracle Mailing

OCM Members only. 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.

 

Tentative     Games Night

Games Night for February has not yet been scheduled. Look at the OC Mensa Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/Orange.County.Mensa/ and the weekly OCM eBlast for up-to-date information.

Taboo, Pictionary, Encore, Boggle, Charades, Dictionary, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring. Please bring a snack to share.

 

Sunday, February 26th

Noon           Gifted Youth Sailing Trip

We have scheduled a date for our youth to go SAILING on Sunday, Feb 26, at noon. There are only 6 spots left – and each child attending must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, contact: Sarah Whittenberg, Gifted Youth Coordinator, giftedyouth@ocmensa.org or 714-329-7521 cell/text.

 

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Speaker: OC Mensa Member Jack ReVelle, Ph.D.

GOLDSBORO BROKEN ARROW: The true story of a nuclear disaster narrowly diverted

Nearly fifty years before the 2009 Academy Award winning film, “The Hurt Locker,” there was the actual 1961 Goldsboro Broken Arrow. Described in the 2011 book of the same name, it tells about then 1st Lt. Jack B. ReVelle’s leadership as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer in the de-arming and recovery of two thermonuclear (Hydrogen) bombs that were accidently dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1961. Jack will describe for us the eight days he and his 10-man team spent locating and recovering one of the two weapons that buried itself in a tobacco field and swamp. Early last year, Jack was featured on a segment entitled “Lost Nuke” that aired on the National Geographic Channel’s “The Strange Truth.”

No charge. Guests are welcome. (Note: the speaker listed in the February Oracle has postponed to a later month.)

Optional: Afterward, those who want to have dinner together and socialize can adjourn 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, treasurer@ocmensa.org

 

5:30 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, http://www.rockwellsbakery.com/

 

5:00 PM      South Bay Sunday Salon

South Bay Sunday Salon goes to El Pollo Inka. This is NOT the restaurant in Lawndale!! Please note the different address, even though they are both on Hawthorne Blvd. This El Pollo Inka is much larger and we can made reservations there so we won’t have to wait to eat. And who wants to wait to eat when the food is so good? El Pollo Inka is most well-known for their chicken, but they serve beef and seafood as well…AND vegetarian entrées, like the potatoes with cheese sauce and Peruvian spaghetti dishes with vegetables. Please RSVP so we are sure to have enough seats!

Location: 23705 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.

Contact: Vickey at (310) 897-2130 or VKALAMBAKAL@yahoo.com.

 

Tuesday, February 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