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

June 2016

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.

 

 

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

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

Location: See Oracle for location and contact information.

 

 

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

 

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.

July 2016

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/

Friday, July 1st

5:00 PM      Beerhunters

Beerhunters will be at the AG. Touch base with me and maybe we’ll do some impromptu hunting among San Diego’s many craft breweries.

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

 

Tuesday, July 5th

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, July 6th

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, July 7th

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, July 8th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

Normally I try to avoid the “chains” but from what I have been reading Famous Dave’s happy hour is worth it.

Location: Famous Dave’s, 13122 Jamboree Rd, Irvine.

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

 

6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo

In July, we’re going to the South! SoCoHaHo chooses a different location in south Orange County every month. Our July event will be at Bosscat in Newport Beach, which features nouvelle Southern cuisine. www.bosscatkitchen-newport.com/.

Location: Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 333-0917. Take the I-405 Freeway and exit south on MacArthur. The restaurant will be just past Campus Drive on the right side.

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

 

Saturday, July 9th

8:00 PM      Second Saturday Music – Karaoke

Come at 8:00 for dinner and to start requesting the songs you want to sing. Karaoke starts at 9:00 pm and keeps going until they close at 2:00 am.

Contact: Cathy Heflin, (818) 813-4143.

Location: Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill, 654 E 1st St, Tustin.

 

Sunday, July 10th

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, July 11th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

This month on the second Monday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, at SOCO Design Center, in Costa Mesa. Greenleaf has a healthy menu that includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices.

Location: Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 3321 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa.

From the 405 freeway, exit at Harbor Blvd North. From Harbor Blvd, make the first left on S. Coast Dr, Then turn right on Hyland Ave, and Greenleaf will be on your left, in the SOCO Design Center.

Contact: Steven, RSVP appreciated. See Oracle Calendar or OCM weekly eBlast.

 

10:00 PM    Calendar Deadline

Submit calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at calendar@ocmensa.org.

Tuesday, July 12th

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, July 13th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

It’s plate lunch time! Hang loose with us at Ono Ono Hawaiian BBQ. They have a wide variety of food in large quantities.

Location: Ono Ono Hawaiian BBQ 17582 17th St, Tustin.

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, July 14th

Noon                    Brunch Davidians

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

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

Friday, July 15th

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.

Saturday, July 16th

10:00 AM    Mensa Qualifying Test

July Testing Promotion! Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who might qualify for Mensa? Let him or her know that during July our test fee is only $20 (50% off the normal price of $40). Today’s test is the standard Mensa Admission Test. Reservations are required.

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

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

 

3:00 PM      Beach Party

Details were still in the works at calendar deadline. I am planning on a bonfire and potluck on the beach. Bring food and drink for yourselves and to share if you like. I’m bringing veggies to roast, ice tea and lemonade. See the event in the OCMensa Facebook group and/or the weekly eBlast in July.

Contact: Cathy Heflin, (818) 813-4143.

 

 

Sunday, July 17th

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.

 

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.

 

3:00 PM      Baja LasVegastan Independence Day Celebration

Come celebrate the independence of the Benevolent Dictatorship of Baja LasVegastan! Our theme this year is Pillage and Plunder!, commemorating the beginning of the Siege of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade on July 17, 1203, which resulted (a year later) in pillage and plunder aplenty. You might choose to come dressed as a crusader, or a Byzantine, or a pirate. Arrr! See www.tomstreeter.com/celebrate.html for additional information, a patent of nobility, and an optional visa application.

Location: City of Baja LasVegastopolis (which is completely surrounded by the USA city of San Clemente, in far south Orange County). Ample street parking is available on the USA side of the international frontier.

Contact: Tom Streeter, Benevolent Dictator, at (949) 485-4478.

 

Tuesday, July 19th

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.

 

5:30 PM      Start Comic-Con Early Happy Hour!

Join fellow Mensans the evening before the San Diego Comic-Con and begin the fun early.

Location: Indigo Grill, 1536 India Street, San Diego 92101. www.cohnrestaurants.com/indigogrill.

Contact: Andrew Dyer, (818) 554-5126.

 

Wednesday, July 20th

10:00 AM    Gifted Youth Trip to Old Town Tustin Farmers Market

Gifted Youth Storm the Old Town Tustin Farmers Market (and lunch)! – on the corner of El Camino Real and 3rd St., Tustin. Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, to explore the bounty of summer, as well as an opportunity for our GY to hang out and get to know each other better. Following the market, we will be walking to El Camino Café, 195 El Camino Real in Tustin, for a kid-friendly lunch. RSVP, including cell number for text messages on the day-of, requested.

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

 

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, July 21st

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.

 

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, July 22nd

5:00 PM      4th Friday North OC Guzzle

Goes to BJs Brea Mall. They have a pretty decent happy hour until 7 pm in the bar area, but we’ll try to get the manager to OK a special happy hour in the patio, www.bjsrestaurants.com/locations/ca/brea.

Location: 600 Brea Mall Drive, Brea,( 714) 990-2095. From the 57, exit west on Imperial. As you pass the Brea Mall it’s the restaurant on your right just after the Cheesecake Factory. Turn right and right again to get into the mall parking lot.

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

 

Saturday, July 23rd

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.

 

1:00 PM      Mensa Culture Fair Test

July Testing Promotion! Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who might qualify for Mensa? Let him or her know that during July our test fee is only $20 (50% off the normal price of $40). The Culture Fair Test is a non-verbal test that measures intelligence without the influence of language or cultural background. Anyone may take the Culture Fair, but it is especially 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 OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM       Games – 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 in Foothill Ranch.

Contact: Steven. See Oracle Calendar or weekly OCM eBlast for details.

 

Sunday, July 24th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Our Speaker is Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine, who will speak on “The Big Bang of the early 20th Century: The Impact of World War I on Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Other Sciences.” 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, webeditor@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 Café, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, (714) 921-0622, www.rockwellsbakery.com/.

 

5:00 PM      South Bay Salon

South Bay Sunday Salon goes way, way south, to the nether ends of Western Avenue just before it drops into the sea. The former Think Bistro still has the same owner, just a new name, and the same wonderful food: Lots of seafood, including Grilled Sand Dabs, as well as meatloaf, pasta dishes, steak, and innovative appetizers and salads. Their menu is at http://www.sonnysbistro.com/Pages/Menu.aspx?DeptID=0 . This is our first visit to Sonny’s Bistro and we want to reserve a big enough table, so please RSVP

Location: Sonny’s Bistro W. 25th Street (at Western, in the Von’s shopping center) is our destination.

Contact: Vickey, (310) 897-2130.

 

Tuesday, July 26th

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, July 27th

12:35 PM    (almost) FREE LUNCH

Hey, I always love a good diner. Join us for sandwiches, burgers, salads, Mexican and more at Fantastic Café.

Location: Fantastic Café, 1727 E. 17th St., Santa Ana.

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, July 28th

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, July 29th

5:00 PM      Funky Fifth Friday

Mitsuwa food court in Costa Mesa has all the makings of a truly unique happy hour. Japanese beer. stand, variety of food choices including Bento boxes discounted to half price…665 Paularino Avenue, Costa Mesa.

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