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 member number 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

February 2016

 

SUNDAY JANUARY 31

6:30 PM       Veggie Night

Note that February Veggie Night is in January! Join us at Tender Greens, in Irvine Spectrum Center. Although you will see steak and chicken and fish on the menu, the quality of the vegetarian choices makes this restaurant a favorite of vegetarians.

Directions: 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine. From I-5 freeway, exit Alton Parkway. From I-405 freeway, exit Irvine Center Drive. Park in the large parking structure near the movie theaters. The restaurant is across from the movie theaters.

Contact: Steven. See the Oracle or the weekly eBlast for contact information to RSVP.

 

Tuesday, February 2nd

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. http://www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange http://www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, February 3rd

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300.

 

Thursday, February 4th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We rendezvous at Nick’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Costa Mesa. Mini-pizzas with two toppings for $6; soups and salads $5-6; pasta $7-10.

Directions: Harbor Center, 2300 Harbor Blvd., Suite K-1, Costa Mesa. The shopping center is on the northeast corner of Harbor (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.

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.

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

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

 

Friday, February 5th

5:00 PM      Beerhunters

… goes to Orange County’s newest brewery addition. Golden Road is a big deal in LA. They needed to expand so they added a new location just across the street from Anaheim Stadium. The tasting room is the first thing open. They have no delivery food yet, but we can bring in any food we want, order for delivery or walk down the block to Del Taco.

Directions: 2210 E Orangewood Ave, Anaheim, between State College and the 57 Fwy.

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

 

7:00 PM      Pub Quiz

Tim is asking the questions at the Pub Quiz at “A Bite of Jersey.”

Directions: 5244 Lampson Ave, Garden Grove.  www.abiteofjerseysubs.com

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com

 

Saturday, February 6th

2:00 PM      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 Admission Test. Cost is $40. Reservations are required.

Directions: Anaheim: AHMC Medical Office Building, 1211 West La Palma Ave. (basement).

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

 

8:00 PM   Open House

Join us at the manse of Linda Lester and Uncle Al in the gall bladder of darkest Irvine for a pre-Valentine celebration of cerebration, gustation (Italian ring sandwiches, Megaroni, the pasta of love; chocolate), and bloviation. Mensa members and accompanied guests only, $5/person.

Directions: See the Oracle or the weekly eBlast.

Contact: Linda or Uncle Al, (714) 544-2181

 

Sunday, February 7th

11:30 AM      South Bay First Sunday

Mensans in the Long Beach and Harbor area gather for lunch at Claire’s at the Long Beach Art Museum. We’ll be dining on the patio unless the weather forces us indoors. If there’s enough interest, we can talk about making this a monthly event. Mensans in the OC are more than welcome, and we especially hope to see HAMLET expats! Claire’s menu is at www.lbma.org/claires/claires-menu/.

Directions: 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Directions & parking at www.lbma.org/visit-us/ – section_directions.

Contact: RSVP to Vickey at 310-897-2130 or just show up!

 

Monday, February 8th

10:00 PM      Calendar Deadline

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

10:00 PM      Oracle Deadline

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

 

Tuesday, February 9th

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. http://www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Directions: 1096 N. Main St., Orange

http://www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com

Wednesday, February 10th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

…gives modern Vietnamese quick eats a try at Nguyen’s Kitchen. The menu is tight with banh mi, noodles and appetizers. Special note to Linda Kapiloff: the garlic noodles are serious. www.nguyenskitchen.com

Directions: 445 S Main St. Ste. B, Orange, just north of La Veta on the East side of the street.

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

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, February 11th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet at Panera Bakery in Costa Mesa Square.

Directions: 3030 Harbor Blvd. From 405 take Harbor Blvd. south toward Costa Mesa. Left (east) on Baker, left on College Ave. Same shopping center as Five Guys, only in the back.

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

 

Friday, February 12th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

Join us for drinks, food, and lots of laughs as we celebrate the beginning of the weekend. Each month, we sample a different venue in Central OC.

Location: Contact host Valerie Bowman for this month’s location.

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

 

6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo

SoCoHaHo has had requests to hold the event in Irvine. In February, we’ll meet at Eats Kitchen & Bar in Irvine. They have “small bite” Happy Hour specials from 5 to 7 PM that look tasty. www.eatskitchen.com/

Directions: 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, (949) 225-6780. Take the 405 Freeway. Exit at Jamboree and go north. Turn right on Park Plaza.

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

 

Saturday, February 13th

9:30 AM      Gifted Youth Scavenger Hunt

Gifted Youth Scavenger Hunt at Orange Home Grown (the farmer’s market in Old Towne Orange). Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for fast-paced fun, food and education, as well as a chance for our GY to hang out and get to know each other better. RSVP strongly encouraged so that we can provide enough materials (and maybe even prizes!).

Location: 304 N. Cypress St., Orange.

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

 

Sunday, February 14th

10:30 AM M-     Atheists SIG Brunch

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.

Directions: 55 south to 73 south to Campus/Irvine (no toll at this first exit), turn right, follow curve for 1/4-mile, entrance on left. 3100 Irvine Ave., (949) 756-0121.

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861

 

Tuesday, February 16th

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. www.buzztime.com/showdown

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange

www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, February 17th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300.

Thursday, February 18th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet at Souplantation in the Mesa Verde Shopping Center, Costa Mesa.

Directions: 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.

 

Friday, February 19th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

Join us for sandwiches, beer and conversation at the Hollingshead’s Deli where there is always great beer and sandwiches to enjoy. We always have behind Duke’s Hamburgers, north of the 22 Fwy, south of Chapman. Look for Deli sign in the corner of small shopping center.

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

 

Saturday, February 20th

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.

Directions: 12702 Adrian Cir, Garden Grove. From the 22 exit Garden Grove Blvd and Haster St. Go north 0.3 mile, turn right on Blue Spruce Ave, left on Adrian. House is on the northeast corner.

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

 

Sunday, February 21st

10:00 AM       Disneyland SIG

What can be more fun than visiting Disneyland together with your Mensa friends? Mensa members throughout Southern California visit Disneyland at least one Sunday each month. We normally have a lunch or early dinner, and multiple rides. The itinerary is loosely planned and our Facebook page offers the opportunity to assist in planning each month’s excursion.

Location: The meeting place is inside Disneyland in front of the Fire Station on Main Street at 10:00 am.
GLAAM Contact: Guy Felton: gfeltonlb@verizon.net or find Disneyland Mensa SIG on Facebook.
OCMensa Contact: Cathy Heflin: (818) 813-4143.

3:00 PM      Croquet

Enjoy a round of croquet at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. All mallets, wickets, and balls will be provided. No door charge.

4:00 PM      Crumpets and Tea

Enjoy crumpets and tea at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. No door charge.

Contact: Tom or Kristine at (949) 485-4478 for details/encouragement, or visit tinyurl.com/ocmcrumpets.

Tuesday, February 23rd

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. www.buzztime.com/showdown

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange

www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, February 24th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

… tries out a new place Doner G, which features Turkish specialties including many kebobs and of course doner. Coupons available at www.donerg.com.

Directions: 2139 E Ball Road, Anaheim, (Ball & State College.)

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

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, February 25th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Directions: 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa at its intersection with Harbor, just to the south and west of Triangle Square, on the western and coastal corner of the intersection. Look for the yellow “M” sign.

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

 

Friday, February 26th

5:00 PM      4th Friday North OC Guzzle

Phantom Ales is a home brew shop that doubles as a pub/brewery/snack shop and nanoproducer of craft beers, hard ciders and wines, too. Brew selections change regularly, so I can’t promise what you’ll get. The food menu is a bit limited but hearty. www.phantomales.com

Directions: 1211 N Las Brisas Street, Anaheim, (714) 630-9463. A block over from our beloved Blake’s BBQ. From the 57, E on Orangethorpe, 2nd right on Melrose which turns into Blue Gum, 1/2 mile to left on La Cresta, 1st right on Las Brisas. Yes you are in the right place – in the midst of N Anaheim light industrial.

Contact: Bernie (714) 356-4868 or Judy, (714) 356-4873.

 

Saturday, February 27th

7:00 PM      Games Night – Fountain Valley

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

Directions: 11300 Warner Ave., Apt. C211, Fountain Valley. The entrance is actually on Mt Hope St. across from the FV Medical Center Office. Parking is outside the gates by the office or at the FV medical center only on the left of the driveway entrance. There is a directory box to call me to open the gate to walk in. Building C is in the back left corner if you’re facing the office (northeast). Apt 211 is on the second floor next to the elevator.

Contact: Cathy Heflin (818) 813-4143

Sunday, February 28th

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, 3630 E Chapman Avenue (Chapman and Swidler), Orange.

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

 

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Our Speaker is James L. McGaugh, Ph.D. of the University of California, Irvine, who will speak on “Making Lasting Memories.” Drawing on fascinating research and case studies, he will explain brain systems involved in how memories are made, as well as why other memories are lost. He will also share with us his work with persons who have Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (Hyperthymesia). Dr. McGaugh is a Research Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at UCI and a Fellow of UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

No charge. Guests are welcome.

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, communications@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,

www.rockwellsbakery.com/

 

5:00 PM      South Bay Salon

South Bay (and Harbor Area) Sunday Salon meets at San Pedro’s Ports o’ Call Restaurant to discuss who did/didn’t go to the RG, who’s back from cruising, and other hot topics. Long Beach Mensans, you are just across the bridge! Please come visit your old friends. RSVPs are appreciated so we get a large enough table, but don’t hesitate to show up at the last minute, RSVP or not! The menu is at www.portsocalldining.com/menu/.

Location: 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro.

Contact: Call Vickey at (310) 897-2130