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.


December 2014


Tuesday, December 2nd

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch – China Buffet

All-you-can-eat sweet-and-sour chicken and mini pastries, only $7 or $8. We eat here every month. Don’t stand in line if you’d like to sit with us; ask for the Mensa table. Politics and religion go with everything.

Directions: On Harbor north of 91. 104 W Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton (714) 526-9188

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709.


Thursday, December 4th

12:00 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

Meet 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 (TG 799-F2).

Contact: Danny K (714) 771-9707, or Sean (949) 616-6562.


Friday, December 5th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

Tomorrow is Saint Nicholas Day so let’s raise a toast tonight. Join us at the Bierstube Pub & Grill at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. It’s a casual German-style pub, offering a full bar, German draft beers, German wines & spirits, and domestic beer & wine. They also have a full menu of German food. Happy Hour until 6 PM including $5 German drafts and $15 pitchers of Bitburger.

Location: 1340 S Sanderson Ave, Anaheim. (From the 57 exit at Ball Rd., go east, turn right at Phoenix Club Drive and go two blocks south until you see the Phoenix Club on your right.)

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


Sunday, December 7th

1:00 PM      Mensa Qualifying Test

Today’s test is the standard Mensa Culture Fair Test.  Reservations are required. $40. See our Join Us section for more information on how to join Mensa and the Mensa Culture Fair Test.

Directions: Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave (Community Room, Costa Mesa.

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

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Mother’s Market and Kitchen in Laguna Woods.

Directions: Mother’s Market and Kitchen, 24165 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. From the San Diego freeway (I-5), take the El Toro Road exit. If you are coming from the north, you will keep going straight after you exit the freeway, onto Paseo De Valencia. If you are coming from the south, you will turn left on El Toro and then turn left on Paseo De Valencia. The restaurant is in the shopping center on the southwest corner of El Toro and Paseo De Valencia. There is a Starbucks on the corner, and the restaurant is behind the Starbucks.

Contact: Steven 949-243-6814. RSVP.


Monday, December 8th

10:00 PM      Calendar Deadline

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10:00 PM      Oracle Deadline

Submit material other than calendar entries to the Oracle Editor at


Tuesday, December 9th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709 or see the weekly OCM eBlast.


Wednesday, December 10th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Time for another great Mexican place on Tustin Ave. Join us at Tacos Sinaloa for a wide range of choices from roast chicken to seafood to the usual tacos and burritos. Killer salsas here!

Location: 331 North Tustin Street (just south of the car wash a little more than a block north of Chapman), Orange.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.


Thursday, December 11th

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, December 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.

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

Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001 (texts).

SoCoHaHo (South County Happy Hour)

There will be no SoCoHaHo (South County Happy Hour) in December. The event will return next year.

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


Saturday, December 13th

12:00 noon      Oracle Proofing

Will be done remotely by Proofing Committee.


Sunday, December 14th

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.

Contact: Guy Felton or find Disneyland Mensa SIG on Facebook.


10:30 AM      M-Atheists SIG Brunch

The Tee Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course.  All-you-can-eat breakfast and lunch buffet, only $10 — 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, (714) 321-7709.


Holiday Party Deadline

Checks for the December 21st OCM Holiday Party must be received by this date. Payments may still be made by PayPal. See page 4 of the Oracle for details.


Tuesday, December 16th

12:00 noon     Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709 or or see the weekly OCM eBlast.

Thursday, December 18th

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, December 19th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday At Hollingshead’s

Time for our final Hollingshead’s meet up of the year. Come for the sandwiches and beer, stay for the bad jokes.

Directions: 368 S Main St. Orange. 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, December 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: Garden Grove.

Contact: Pat Lawrence (714) 971-3501.


Sunday, December 21st

12:00 noon-4 pm      OCM Holiday Party

Advance reservations are required. Event is strictly limited to the first 90 people. $20 a person (cash or check) or $21 by PayPal.  See details on Page 4 of the Oracle.

Location: Claim Jumper, 18050 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA. There is a banquet room entrance on the north side of the building. Corner of Brookhurst and Talbert, one block south of the 405.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.


Croquet, Crumpets and Tea

We’re dark for the holidays.

5:00 PM      Games Night – Villa Park

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

Directions: At Betsy’s in Villa Park.

Contact: Betsy (949) 201-7147.


Tuesday, December 23rd

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709 or see the weekly OCM eBlast.


Wednesday, December 24th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Join us at Gyu-Kaku for some Japanese and Korean BBQ. Happy Hour prices are on for lunch. We can probably expect some Holiday specials to go along with the seemingly endless array of their usual specials.

Location: Gyu-Kaku Tustin, 14181 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA 92780

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.


Thursday, December 25th

Merry Christmas. Open presents. Have dinner with family and/or friends. Watch some football.


Tuesday, December 30th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709 or see the weekly OCM eBlast.


Wednesday, December 31st

8:00 PM      Wallflowers’ New Year’s Eve Party

Did you fail to get included in the A-list parties for New Year’s Eve? Don’t despair – there is a low-key Wallflowers’ New Year’s Eve party just for you. Bring a bottle of champagne and/or a snack to share, and we’ll usher in the New Year as only wallflowers can, with teary eyes, raised glasses, and shattered egos. Talk, hugs, sympathy; New Year hopes and fears…for the truly nerdy, there will be a selection of board games in addition to those you bring. (Beauty queens and handsome jocks also welcome.)

Location/Directions: Laguna Beach.

Contact: Barbara Ring (949) 464-1159.


Save the Date:

Saturday, January 3rd

7:00 PM      Board Meeting

Come tell the Board that you like what they’re doing. Give them a pat on the back.

Location: At the home of Pat Lawrence prior to the Open House.

Contact: President Greg De Hoogh (949) 362-5529.


8:00 PM      Open House

At the home of Pat Lawrence. It’s the tenth day of Christmas so there may be a few lords a’leaping. Look closely and see if you can spot them. There will be beer and wine, and soft drinks. Oh yes, food, too. $5 all.

Directions: Garden Grove.

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


Sunday, January 18th

12:00 noon       The Second Annual Kit Hope Film Festival

 Directions: At the home of Tom and Kristine in San Clemente.