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

May 2016

 

Wednesday, May 25th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

We’re headed over to Cali Tacos today. They started in San Diego so don’t be surprised that the burritos have french fries in them!

Location: 1639 W Chapman Ave., Orange.

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.

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

 

Thursday, May 26th

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, May 27th

5:00 PM      4th Friday North OC Guzzle

Goes to Bootleggers in Fullerton, where they make the stuff you buy elsewhere at guzzles. The food comes in a truck.

Location: 130 S. Highland Ave., Fullerton. Between Santa Fe and Commonwealth two blocks west of Harbor. A short walk from the train station, plenty of parking.

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

 

Saturday, May 28th

4:00 PM      Games Afternoon – 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, 10 Capri, Foothill Ranch. From the 5 or 405, go north (inland) on Bake Parkway five miles; left on Portola; right on Paloma (3rd light); right on Mimosa (2nd street); then two quick lefts on Del Padre and Capri. House is second on right, with brown awnings.

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

 

Tuesday, May 31st

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.

 

June 2016

Wednesday, June 1st

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.

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, June 2nd

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, June 3rd

5:00 PM      Beerhunters

Beerhunters ventures outside our usual locations to go to the excellent Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach.  They always have a food vendor.

Location: 18421 Gothard Street, Suite 100, Huntington Beach.

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

 

Saturday, June 4th

7:00 pm      Board Meeting

The board meets before the Open House to plot to take over the world…or maybe just how to run OC Mensa. Members only.

Location: See Open House below.

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

 

8:00 pm  Open House

At the home of Colleen and Michael Nolan in Costa Mesa. Good food and drinks, good people, and good conversation. We hope to see you there! Mensa members and their accompanied guests only. $5 each.

Contact: Colleen/Michael, (714) 549-3340.

 

Sunday, June 5th

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, 2302 E. 17th St (17th between SR-55 and Tustin Ave). Please note location change.

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 Mother’s Market and Kitchen in Laguna Woods.

Location: Mother’s Market and Kitchen, 24165 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Woods. 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, RSVP appreciated. See Oracle or the OCM weekly eBlast for contact information.

 

Tuesday, June 7th

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, June 8th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

Heads back to a favorite Thai place.  Join us at Sutha Thai Kitchen.

Location: Sutha Thai Kitchen 1161 Irvine Blvd, Tustin.  North side of street 2 blocks East of Newport.

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.

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, June 9th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We meet at Panera Bakery in Costa Mesa Square.

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.

 

Friday, June 10th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

Happy hour wines and craft beers along with tapas make this a fun place. Look for us on the patio, weather permitting.

Location: Calivino Wine Pub, 2410 E Katella Ave, Anaheim

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

 

6:30 PM      SoCoHaHo

SoCoHaHo is going to Mission Viejo in June. We change locations every month, In June, we are going to Pub Thirty-Two which specializes in food from local sources for locavores. www.pubthirtytwo.com/

Location: 23962 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo, (949) 716-0687. Take the I-5 Freeway and exit north on Alicia Parkway. Turn right into the Gateway Shopping Center at the corner of Alicia and Jeronimo.

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

Sunday, June 12th

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, (818) 813-4143.

 

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, June 13th

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, June 14th

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, June 15th

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.

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

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

 

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.

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, June 16th

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, June 17th

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 a cluster of tables.

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.

 

Sunday, June 19th

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.

Location/Contact: See Crumpets and Tea, below.

 

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, (949) 485-4478 for details/encouragement, or visit tinyurl.com/ocmcrumpets

 

Tuesday, June 21st

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, June 22nd

12:35 PM    (almost) FREE LUNCH

Revels in some classic diner grub done right.  You can get American or Mexican food at Paul’s Place.

Location: 125 E Taft Ave, Orange, NE corner of Glassell.

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.

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, June 23rd

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.

 

5:00 PM      LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

Sometimes the last odd Thursday isn’t that late in the month. 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, June 24th

5:00 PM      4th Friday North OC Guzzle

Goes to the Bruery Tasting Room in Placentia to sturdy ourselves for the AG. Another one of these hole-in-the-wall places a short distance from Blake’s Place. 40 beers on tap at any given time. Pints are $6-7. Food truck on premises. www.thebruery.com/tastingroom/

Location: 717 Dunn Way, Placentia. From the 57, exit west on Orangethorpe.  First turn right to Dunn Way to the end of the street.  The brewery occupies most of the addresses in the building. Follow the signs all the way to the right to the Tasting Room.

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

 

Saturday, June 25th

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 Lawrence, (714) 971-3501.

 

10:30 AM    Gifted Youth Trip: Pinnipeds & Butterflies at Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Join Mensan youth (kids who are Mensans, as well as kids of Mensans) and their parents/guardians to learn about sea lions and seals while watching these charming creatures up close and in action. This FREE gathering involves learning about pinnipeds from docents, watching rescued seals and sea lions during “feeding time,” and learning about healthy coastal environments in the center’s butterfly garden. The first 12 kids to arrive will receive craft kits to make their own mini butterfly gardens. There is a picnic table, so you might want to bring snacks. Next door there is an animal shelter, and practically-next-door there is a large koi pond shop, both of which are fun to visit afterwards (optionally), if you can resist driving 2.7 miles farther to the beach.

Location: Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Contact: Jenny Rankin, (949) 637-1605 cell/text.

 

7:00 PM      Games Night – Orange

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

Location: At PK’s home in Orange.

Contact: PK (714) 553-5300.

 

Sunday, June 26th

5:00 PM      South Bay Salon

South Bay Sunday Salon returns to the Marmalade Café in El Segundo, where we’ll commandeer the patio and defend it against upstarts and miscreants – unless, of course, they want to sit with us. RSVPs helpful but optional Or not: even if you decide at the last minute, please join us.

Location: 2014 Park Place. Turn east from Sepulveda (PCH), just north of Rosecrans.

Contact: Call Vickey at (310) 897-2130

 

 

Tuesday, June 28th

Mensa Colloquium 2016, San Diego

The Mensa Foundation’s annual Colloquium is a one-day program that provides the opportunity to gather with industry experts, noted authors, and scientists to take an intense look at a socially relevant topic. The subject of this year’s Colloquium is “The Nature of Genetics: Flora, Fauna and the Future.” It is being presented jointly with the San Diego Zoo.

Location: Town & Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, (888) 231-4352.

Contact:  For details, see: http://ag.us.mensa.org/#colloquium

 

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, June 29th

Wednesday, June 29th through Sunday, July 3rd

Mensa Annual Gathering 2016, San Diego

Many of us from Orange County Mensa are in San Diego having a great time at American Mensa’s Annual Gathering (AG) this week. Join us and immerse yourself in all things Mensan! This is Mensa’s national convention, a fabulous and diverse menu of speakers, games, Mensa-level competitions and fun entertainment. The heart of the AG is the 24-hour Hospitality Suite stocked with food and beverages (all included in your registration fee). Depending on your schedule, you can go for the entire AG or attend for just one day.

Location: Town & Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, (888) 231-4352.

Contact:  For details, see: http://ag.us.mensa.org/

 

Dark            Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

 

Thursday, June 30th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We meet at Panera Bakery in Costa Mesa Square.

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.