We have a full schedule of social activities each month, ranging from lunches and happy hours to games nights, discussion groups, trivia, and chocolate lovers parties.

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 submitting a calendar announcement.


October 2015

Thursday, October 1st

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.

Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or


Friday, October 2nd

5:00 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.

Directions: 13011 Newport Ave, Tustin. On the northwest corner of Newport and Fourth St./Irvine Blvd., (714) 665-2337.

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


Saturday, October 3rd

7:00 pm     Board Meeting

The business of OCM never ends. Once again, your faithful Board meets to review reports, make appointments, and plan for the future. All OCM members are invited.

Directions: At the home of John Olsen and Thea Wills-Olsen prior to the Open House. See next entry.

Contact: OCM President Greg De Hoogh, or (949)] 362-5529.


8:00 PM     Open House

At the home of John Olsen and Thea Wills-Olsen, where the fun never stops. Stop to smell the roses on your way in, then enter and join one of the many interesting conversations. It’s Mensa, after all. As usual, lots of good food and drink. Mensa members and their accompanied guests only. $5 each.

Location: Orange. See the Oracle or the weekly eBlast for address and directions.

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


Sunday, October 4th

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.

Location: Starbucks, 3630 E Chapman Avenue (Chapman and Swidler), Orange.

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


6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Rutabegorz, in Tustin.

Directions: Rutabegorz, 158 W. Main St, Tustin. Exit the 5 freeway at Red Hill and go north on Red Hill for 1/2 mile. Turn left on Bryan, then bear left on E. Main St, which will become W. Main St after you cross El Camino Real.

Contact: Steven, see Oracle or the weekly eBlast for contact information. RSVP appreciated.

Tuesday, October 6th

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 Ks in Orange.

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange
Contact: Tim Bentley:


Wednesday, October 7th

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, October 8th

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, October 9th

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 North OC.

Directions: Contact host Valerie Bowman for this month’s location or see weekly OCM eBlast.

Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001 (Text only till 4PM weekdays).


6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo

In October, SoCoHaHo is going south, not just to Laguna Beach, but to Mozambique restaurant which specializes in southern African food.

Directions: Mozambique Steakhouse-Bar-Lounge, 1740 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, (949) 715-7777. Take the 405 Freeway south to Laguna Canyon (Highway 133) and go south towards Laguna Beach. Turn left on Coast Highway. The restaurant is on Coast Highway between Agate and Pearl Streets.

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


Sunday, October 11th

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.


Monday, October 12th

10:00 PM      Calendar Deadline

Submit calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at

10:00 PM      Oracle Deadline

Submit material other than calendar entries to the Oracle Editor at

Tuesday, October 13th

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 Ks in Orange.

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange

Contact: Tim Bentley:


Wednesday, October 14th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Gives Kolaches a try at the Kolache Factory. Kolaches are Czech (by way of Texas) pastries made of yeast-leavened dough kind of like dinner rolls. They are savory or sweet and filled with goodies. Try something new today!

Location: 14091 Newport Ave. Tustin.

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