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.


August 2014

Friday, August 8th

 6:00 PM      South County Happy Hour (SoCoHaHo)

Gastropubs serve gourmet food and spirits. On 8/8, SoCoHaHo is going to The Crow gastropub in Corona Del Mar. The Crow Bar and Kitchen: 2325 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, (949) 675-0070.

Directions: Take MacArthur Boulevard south from the 405 Freeway. The Crow is to the right of the intersection of Coast Hwy and MacArthur. Public parking is available near Carnation and 4th Avenues; the restaurant has valet parking.

Contact: Paul McGinnis (951) 675-9272.


6:00PM       Cinema Night  Cancelled

We will meet at the Riverside Plaza at Polly’s Pies in the parking lot for some really good coffee and pie then go to a movie. The list is pretty short, 4 movies starting from 7:10 to 7:50. I will be there at 6PM to relax and probably even eat dinner. Please email or call me if you are interested in joining us. You are always welcome to just drop in as well. No movie needed.

Directions: Confirm with Tammy.

Contact: Tammy (909) 835-2594 or (989) 980-7651.


Sunday, August 10th

10:30 AM    M-Atheists SIG Brunch

The Tee Room. Only $10 for all-you-can-eat buffet that includes beverage and tax. Believers welcome; share if you dare. We even let Atheists United Meetup sit with us.

Directions: Check your GPS. 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.

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709.


Monday, August 11th

 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, August 12th

12:00 noon           Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709  and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


Wednesday, August 13th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

Enjoy a light take on Middle Eastern, Indian and (really) Pakistani food. Go Fresh is a Pakistani place where hummus and shawarma sit side by side with masala and naan. All are done with a light hand and fresh flavors. Groupon may still be available.

Directions: 1945 E 17th St Ste 104 Santa Ana, CA, west of Tustin Blvd.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.


Thursday, August 14th

12:00 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, August 15th

 5:05 PM      3rd Friday@Hollingshead’s

Back we go for more great beer, classic sandwiches and Mensa chatter. If you can’t find us, phone or ask Kenny, the owner.

Directions: 368 S. Main St, Orange. Behind Duke’s Hamburgers, north of the 22 freeway, south of Chapman. Look for the Deli sign in the corner of a small shopping center.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.


Saturday, August 16th

 1:00 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: Lake Forest: El Toro Library, Community Room, 24672 Raymond Way.


5:00 PM to 11:00 PM     Valley Party and Nikki’s Birthday

It’s a barbeque — the burgers and hot dogs hit the grill at 5:30. Free to Orange County members!

We’ll have Ice Cream Cake from Baskin Robbins! Just be there!!

Directions: At Nikki’s new condo in North Hollywood: by the pool at  11813 Runnymede St., between Laurel Canyon and Lankershim. Two blocks north of Sherman Way. Look for the yellow “M” signs and balloons by Gate 1.

Contact: Nikki (818) 255-5425.


Sunday, August 17th

 10:00 AM    Disneyland SIG

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Directions: The meeting place is a planter just east of the gates outside Disney’s California Adventure.

Contact: Guy Felton, 562-480-3109.


1:00 PM      Croquet, Crumpets, and Tea

Dark this month.

Tuesday, August 19th

12:00 noon           Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709 and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


Thursday, August 21st

12:00 noon           Brunch Davidians

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

Directions: 1555 Adams Ave, Costa Mesa, CA. From 405, south on Harbor, right on Adams. Southwest corner of Harbor and Adams.

Contact: David Lubman (714) 898-9099.


Friday, August 22


The Redlands Bowl, now in its 91st year, is America’s oldest continuously running summer music festival at which no admission is charged! It features world class entertainment. Join Mensa at the last performance of its 2014 Summer Concert Series as renowned pianist Rufus Choi returns to the Bowl to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and fireworks.

Join us for a picnic on the grass before the concert at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 8:15. Look for the yellow M sign on the grass to the right side of the stage, facing the stage (Eureka St. side of the Bowl). Everyone bring their own entree and beverage, plus a side dish or dessert to share. Also, everyone bring their own chair.

Directions:  The Redlands Bowl is located in Smiley Park, off Brookside Avenue between Eureka and Grant streets.

FROM THE I-10 GOING EAST: Take the Orange Street/Downtown exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right (south) at the stop sign. You will be on Eureka Street. Stay on Eureka past two traffic lights. At the second light, you will see the Redlands Mall on your left. Go straight ahead for 1/2 block, then turn left off Eureka into the driveway of the mall parking lot. You may park anywhere in the outside parking areas. Then you will need to walk the rest of the way to the Bowl on Eureka Street (south) about 1 block. The Bowl is on the right side of Eureka Street.

Contact: Joan Francis (909)725-5690.


Saturday, August 23rd

10:00AM     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: Garden Grove.

Contact: Pat Lawrence (714) 971-3501.


7:00 PM      Games Night – Foothill Ranch

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

Directions: At Steven’s house, Foothill Ranch.

Contact: Steven (949) 243-6814.


Sunday, August 24th

3:00 PM      South Bay Sunday Salon

Until 5:00PM at Misto’s Caffe, 24558 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA. Misto’s has a full lunch and dinner menu and serves beer and wine as well as barista drinks and pastries. The patio is shaded and sheltered. Come join us! No RSVPs needed,but you can contact Vickey, (310) 521-9501, with questions.

Directions: Take your favorite westerly route to the 110 Freeway South. Exit at Pacific Coast Hwy and go right. Drive 3 miles to Hawthorne Blvd. and turn left. At the 3rd signal, turn left into the parking lot (the street sign says Via Valmonte).

Contact: RSVP to or just show up.


Tuesday, August 26th

12:00 noon           Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709 and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


Wednesday, August 27th

 12:35PM (almost) FREE LUNCH

We’re back at a well-regarded and inexpensive sushi place – Ami Sushi. Similar in style to the many Maki Yakis around with rolls priced under $10, but we found the quality to be better. There are also Philly Cheesesteak and Chinese fast food places next store if you prefer.

Directions: 1804 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana (just North of 17th Street and set back from the street).

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, August 28th

12:00 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.

Contact: David Lubman (714) 898-9099.


Save the Date:

Saturday, September 6th

 8:00 PM      Open House

At the home of John and Thea Olsen in Orange.


Saturday, October 4th

 8:00 PM      Open House

In Seal Beach.


Saturday, October 18th

1 – 4  PM      Mensa Family Fun Day

In Costa Mesa.