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.


September 2014

Tuesday, September 2nd

12:00 noon     Out-to-Lunch Bunch

China Buffet:

All-you-can-eat teriyaki chicken and rice pudding, 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: GPS. 104 W Orangethorpe Ave, Fullerton, (714) 526-9188.

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709.

Thursday, September 4th

12:00 noon     Brunch Davidians

Contact: David Lubman (714) 898-9099


5:30PM      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, September 5th

5:05 pm      Beerhunters

We’re headed to a cozy little place in Huntington Beach that makes some fine BBQ at reasonable prices. We’re going to BT’s Southern BBQ. They pair it up with a great craft beer program. Join us for Que and Brew!

Directions: 7144 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach (SW corner of Edinger and Goldenwest), (714) 841-7016.

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


Saturday, September 6th

8:00 PM    Open House

At the home of John and Thea Olsen in Orange. We’re gathering, Mensans and guests, to share in witty conversation and repartee. Of course, we’ll have lots of food and drink. Get away from your computer for the night, and come and smell the roses. $5 all.

Directions: Orange.

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

Sunday, September 7th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Wheel of Life, in Irvine. Wheel of Life is a 100% vegan restaurant that specializes in Thai and other Asian cuisine. They have traditional vegetarian dishes and also a wide assortment of faux meat dishes, all cooked with no MSG.

Directions: Wheel of Life, 14370 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604 (in the Heritage Plaza Shopping Center). From I-5 freeway, exit Culver Drive and go south on
Culver for about 1/4 mile. Turn left at Scottsdale Drive, which will take you directly into the parking lot. Once in the parking lot, go toward the right. The restaurant is
between the CVS/Pharmacy and the Ralphs.

Contact: Steven (949) 243-6814, RSVP appreciated.


Monday, September 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, September 9th

12:00 noon     Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Directions: GPS

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709.


Wednesday, September 10th

12:35 PM     (almost) Free Lunch

We’re back at an old hidden gem. Tacos Jalisco is tucked back from the west side of Tustin Ave, behind a Taco Bell. The Taco Bell is for the uninitiated. Those in the know come here for a big menu running from tacos to full seafood platters. Maybe Johnny will get birria this time.

Directions: 480 N. Tustin Ave., Orange. Behind the Taco Bell.

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

Thursday, September 11th

12:00 noon    Brunch Davidians

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

Friday, September 12th

6:00 PM      South County Happy Hour (SoCoHaHo)

It’s been some time since SoCoHaHo visited Rancho Santa Margarita. In September, join us at The Blind Pig, on the lake. Location: The Blind Pig kitchen + bar, 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Unit M, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688., (949) 888-0072.

Directions: From I-5, exit at Oso Parkway and go inland (east). Turn left on Antonio Parkway. Turn left on Santa Margarita Parkway, then turn right into the shopping center at the intersection of Antonio and Santa Margarita.

Contact: Paul McGinnis, (951) 675-9272

Sunday, September 14th

10:30 AM      M-Atheists SIG Brunch

At 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. Newport Beach Golf Course, 3100 Irvine Ave, (949) 756-0121. 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

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

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


Tuesday, September 16th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Directions: GPS

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709.


Thursday, September 18th

12:00 noon      Brunch Davidians

Contact: David Lubman (714) 898-9099


Friday, September 19th

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 Michael behind the bar.

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, September 20th

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.

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


Sunday, September 21st

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,

3:00 PM    Croquet, Crumpets, and Tea

Enjoy a round of croquet at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. All mallets, wickets, and balls will be provided. At 4:00, join us for crumpets and tea. No door charge.

Directions: 204 Monte Vista, San Clemente. From the 5, exit Camino de Estrella, and head toward the beach. Left on Camino Capistrano. 1 mile to right on Monte Vista. Our house is halfway down the block on the right. Look for the yellow and black “M”.

Contact: Tom or Kristine at (949) 485-4478 for details/encouragement, or visit


Tuesday, September 23rd

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709

Wednesday, September 24th

12:35PM      (almost) FREE LUNCH

We’re dining at the mall today. Saigon de Phở is kind of an oddity for mall food. It’s not a chain and it’s good. Vietnamese with a strong Chinese influence. Lunch specials!

Directions: 2800 N Main St Ste 1030, Santa Ana, CA 92868 (Westfield’s Main Place between Macy’s and JC Penney).

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

Thursday, September 25th

12:00 noon      Brunch Davidians

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

Saturday, September 27th

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: Foothill Ranch.

Contact: Steven, (949) 243-6814.


Sunday, September 28th

5:00 PM      South Bay Sunday Salon   NEW TIME

 Time was changed to 5:00 PM after publication of the September Oracle.

Marmalade Cafe, 2014 E. Park Place, El Segundo, CA. We’ll be sitting on the patio, where there are both umbrellas and heaters–unless a rainstorm drives us inside (wishful thinking). No rsvps needed, but you can contact Vickey, 310-521-9501, with questions.

Directions: This location is just south of LAX. Easiest route is to take the 405 north to Rosecrans Blvd. West. Turn left onto Rosecrans and drive 1.5 miles to Sepulveda. Turn right., then right again at Park Place. The Marmalade Cafe is on your right, at the end of a strip of shops.

Contact: RSVP to or just show up.


Tuesday, September 30th

12:00 noon     Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709

Save the Date:

Saturday, October 4th

8:00 PM      Open House

In Seal Beach.