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 submitting a Calendar entry to our Calendar Editor at: calendar@ocmensa.org

 

September 2016

Tuesday, September 20th

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 21st

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, September 22nd

Noon     Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Location: 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 on the table.

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

 

Friday, September 23rd

5:00 PM   4th Friday North OC Guzzle

Location: See weekly OCM eBlast.

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

Saturday, September 24th

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.

Contact: Pat, (714) 971-3501.

 

4:00 PM      Early Dinner

Veggie (Friendly) Dinner in the South Bay at ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, shophousekitchen.com/. Delicious, ample and really reasonably-priced bowls of fresh, healthy veggie ingredients and tasty sauces, some with meat, some with tofu or sub tofu for the meat or build your own. Owned by the Chipotle folks, but much better. There isn’t one of these in Orange County yet, so you’ll need to come out here to enjoy it. The early time is to accommodate OC Mensa Games Night in the South Bay at Betsy and Bob’s house in Redondo Beach at 6pm. See separate event in this Calendar.

Location: The Point at Rosecrans & Sepulveda, 860 S. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo,(310) 322-2138.

Contact: Jay (if needed) at (310) 408-9699.

 

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Games Night- Redondo Beach

Taboo, Pictionary, Encore, Boggle, Charades, Dictionary, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring. Please bring a snack to share. This will be a joint OC/LA Mensa event. Join us at ShopHouse Kitchen prior to games night. See separate event in this Calendar.

Location: At Betsy & Bob’s in Redondo Beach.

Contact: Betsy (949) 201-7147.

 

Sunday, September 25th

4:00 PM   OCM Speakers Forum

Wikileaks. “Crooked Hillary” Clinton. Donald Trump’s “sleazy” business practices. Leaking documents that hurt political opponents and attacks on opponents, focusing both on their private and political lives, are as old as the two-party system in this nation. Tom Clanin, who teaches media ethics and history at Cal State Fullerton, will talk about some of the dirty campaign tactics during our nation’s early history. Join us for what is sure to stimulate a lively and enlightening discussion. No charge. Guests and members of the public 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.

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 Ralph’s 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 Cafe, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, (714) 921-0622, www.rockwellsbakery.com/.

 

5:00 PM     South Bay Sunday Salon

We combine an El Segundo dinner with a classic movie at the Old Town Music Hall (see following entry). We’ll eat at the Old Town Patio Restaurant, Go through the bar to the patio in the back. See http://oldtownpatio.net/?page_id=32 for the restaurant menu and be advised: the restaurant is CASH ONLY! Great burgers, pastrami, hot dogs, and sandwiches (gardenburgers and veggie sandwiches too). This time, please RSVP to Madeline so we know how many seats to save!

Location: 115 Richmond Street, El Segundo.

Contact: Madeline Walker, madeline@spidellspecialties.com.

 

7:30 PM     South Bay Sunday Movie

We continue at the Old Town Music Hall,where we’ll watch “Hollywood Home Movies-Treasures from the Academy Film Archives.” See selected home movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including footage of Alfred Hitchcock, Gilbert Roland, Marlene Dietrich, Betty Grable, James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, and Steve McQueen. In addition to rare glimpses of celebrities at work and play, the program will feature Grauman’s Chinese Theater in 1928, beautiful Kodachrome views of Hollywood in 1947, and a trip to Disneyland in 1970. Read up on the Old Town Music Hall and its giant Wurlitzer organ with the pipes bangin’ and clangin’, all tied up with music, sing-alongs, and popcorn here: www.oldtownmusichall.org/. Cost is $10, CASH or CHECK ONLY! Please RSVP to Madeline.

Location: across the street from the restaurant at 140 Richmond St., El Segundo.

Contact: Madeline Walker, madeline@spidellspecialties.com.

 

Tuesday, September 27th

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 28th

12:35 PM   (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.

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

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, September 29th

Noon     Brunch Davidians

We meet at Panera Bakery in Costa Mesa Square. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.

Location: 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.

 

5:00 PM   LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

Come out and hang with us. 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..

Location: Orange.

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

 

Friday, September 30th

4:30 PM   Funky Fifth Friday

The Asian restaurants always seem to do “Happy Hour” right. We go to Fortune Cookies in Orange. They offer $1 to $5 happy hour specials.

Location: 1407 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

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

 

October, 2016

Saturday, October 1st

10:00 AM    Mensa Culture Fair Test

October is Mensa Membership Month, and prospective members can take the Mensa Test for only $20 (normally $40). The Culture Fair Test is recommended for persons whose native language is not English or persons who are dyslexic or have ADHD. Reservations are required.

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

Contact: testing@ocmensa.org

 

7:00 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 Bill Shaddle and Cathy Winans, prior to the Open House. See next entry.

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

 

8:00 PM      Open House

We head to western OC and the home of Bill Shaddle and Cathy Winans in Seal Beach.

Contact: Bill/Cathy (562) 430-8130.

Sunday, October 2nd

11:00AM     Gifted Youth Outing

GIFTED YOUTH STORM OCTOBERFEST! At the Bowers Museum, join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for a morning filled with all things GERMAN! Dance to traditional music played by Ty Rust and the Bavarian Wünderband, enjoy the performances of the Gypsy Folk Ensemble and Die Gemütlichen Schuhplatter. David Cousins will astound you with his world-class juggling skills. Everyone will enjoy face painting, art projects and food sampling. Admission is free, but there may be a charge for parking and there are some additional items for sale which will be CASH-ONLY. We will share cell phone numbers in advance to determine our exact location, so please RSVP.

Location: 2002 N Main St., Santa Ana

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

 

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Pieology, at Irvine Spectrum Center. Build your own custom pizza, with either vegetarian or non-vegetarian ingredients.

Location: Pieology, Irvine Spectrum Center. From the I-5 freeway, exit Alton Drive. From the I-405 freeway, exit Irvine Center Drive. The restaurant is on the outer edge of the Spectrum Center, off of Enterprise Drive, visible from the outside parking lot, between Sports Authority and Wahoo’s.

Contact: Steven, RSVP appreciated. See contact information in the Oracle or eBlast.

 

Monday, October 3rd

7:00 PM      Standard Mensa Admission Test

Do you know someone who is Mensa Smart? October is Mensa Membership Month, so the test fee is only $20 – that’s a savings of 50%. Reservations are required.

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

Contact: testing@ocmensa.org

 

Tuesday, October 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.

 

Wednesday, October 5th

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, October 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.

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.

 

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, October 7th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

Join us at Orange’s newest brewery. Chapman Crafted Beer makes a nice range of beers.  If they don’t have a food truck, there is food a block away in several directions. Valerie Spear guest hosts and will probably be early.

Location: 123 N Cypress St. Orange, Ca. Just north of Chapman, one block East of the train station.

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

 

Sunday, October 9th

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.

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861.

 

Monday, October 10th

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, October 11th

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.

 

Wednesday, October 12th

Dark            (almost) Free Lunch

 

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, October 13th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

Location: We return to Le Château Garden Bistro, Ayers Hotel, 325 S Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

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

 

Friday, October 14th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

We go to WOKCANO at Main Place Mall. Lots of choices for food and drinks starting at $3.

Location: 2800 N Main #2140, Santa Ana

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

 

Dark            SoCoHaHo

 

 

Sunday, October 16th

9:00AM      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.

 

Dark   Croquet, Tea and Crumpets

 

Tuesday, October 18th

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, October 19th

2:00 PM      Standard Mensa Admission Test

This year is the 70th anniversary of Mensa worldwide, and we’re celebrating with a special on the Mensa test during October. The test fee is only $20 (normally $40). Reservations are required.

Location: Tustin: Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South C Street.

Contact: proctor-aj@ocmensa.org

 

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, October 20th

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.

 

Friday, October 21st

5:05 PM   3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

Join us for sandwiches, beer and conversation at Hollingshead’s. We always have a cluster of tables. Beer drinking not required. There are lots of other options.

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, October 22nd

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.

Sunday, October 23rd

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.

 

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Our speaker is Marc Nussbaum, who will tell us about “2017’s Total Solar Eclipse.” He will share with us what a total solar eclipse is, why you should bother planning to see it, where to see it, how to view it safely, and how to photograph it. 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.

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 Ralph’s 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 Caféé 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 Sunday Salon

GLAAM’s South Bay Sunday Salon will meet at Charlie’s, a New York Italian joint in Redondo Beach, where we’ll deconstruct the picnic, the most recent debate, or even Dancing with the Stars. Join us, please, and save us from the mundane! Charlie’s serves New York pizza and Italian fare; plenty of pastas, vegetarian dishes, and a full bar.

Location: 601 N. Pacific Coast Hwy. It’s at the south end of a long strip mall that includes a Carl’s Jr, Smart & Final and Petco.

Contact: RSVP’s are truly appreciated, so call or email Vickey: (310) 897-2130

Tuesday, October 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, October 26th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch – goes for the phô (and other Vietnamese and Chinese dishes) at Long Hai in Tustin. We’ve enjoyed many of the dishes served here.

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.

 

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, October 27th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We are going to try Turnip Rose Cafe in the Shops at Mesa Verde at the request of one of our regulars.

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.

 

5:00 PM      LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

As the baseball season comes to a close, so does LOT for the year. Join us for one final hang out on the front deck (weather permitting or we take it inside). It’s free but you are welcome to bring a snack to share.

Location: Orange.

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

 

Friday, October 28th

5:00 PM      4th Friday North OC Guzzle

At the Bierstube at The Phoenix Club, the Octoberfest tent opens at 6 so when we’re done at the Bierstube we can party on with live music. Check the eBlast or Facebook for updates, or call. Happy Hour prices until 6 pm. Appetizers, Bierstube menu or full German restaurant menu. The potato pancakes are almost as good as my latkes. John recommends the Currywurst. As you would expect, German beers on tap. I think I’m just going to have a beer and top it off with Apfelstrudel mit schlagsahne.

Location: Bierstube at The Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim. From the 57, go east on Ball, immediate right turn on Phoenix Club and right again on Sanderson. It’s about a 20 minute walk from ARTIC through the Honda Center parking lot, or call and I’ll come get you.

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

 

Saturday, October 29th

1:00 PM      Standard Mensa Admission Test

Help recruit new members! Tell your family and friends this is the last opportunity this year to save $20 on the Mensa Test (normally $40). Reservations are required.

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

Contact: proctor-sf@ocmensa.org

 

5:00 to 10:00 PM  Games Night-Foothill Ranch

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

Location: At Steven’s home: Foothill Ranch.

Note: This is a non-alcoholic event.

Contact: Steven. See Oracle or eBlast for contact info.