Calendar

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.

 

June 2015

 

Tuesday, June 23rd

12:00      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, June 24th

12:35 (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!

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

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

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/ Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997- 5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

Contact: PK Khemka or see OCM Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Mensa

Thursday, June 25th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Directions: 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.

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

 

5 PM      LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

OK, big change this year. FOT becomes LOT. We looked at the calendar and we’d have to cancel too many times so we are moving to the last Thursday this summer. Everything else is the same – 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.

Saturday, June 27

TBD      Games Night

Games Night for June had not yet been scheduled at press time. Look at the OC Mensa Meetup group www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Mensa and the weekly OCM eBlast for up-to-date information.

Sunday, June 28

5:00 PM      South Bay Salon

The South Bay Sunday Salon of GLAAM gathers at Raffaello’s Restaurant in San Pedro. The restaurant has been here for 30 years, run by the same family. You can see their menu here: http://www.raffaelloristorante.com/Menus/Dinner_Menu.pdf  RSVPs appreciated so we can get a large enough table.

(Note: This event was originally scheduled for Think Cafe, but has been moved to Raffaello’s).

Location: Raffaello’s Restaurant is at 405 S. Pacific Ave. in San Pedro.

Contact: Vickey, (310) 897-2130.

Tuesday, June 30th

12:00      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

 

July 2015

 Wednesday, July 1st

7:45 PM        Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997- 5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

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

Thursday, July 2nd

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.

Friday, July 3rd

5:05 PM      Beerhunters (at the AG)

Takes a stroll down the street from the AG hotel. Join us at Bluegrass Brewing Company.

Location: 300 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

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

 

Saturday, July 4th

8:00 PM      Open House

At the beautiful hilltop home of Greg De Hoogh and Nancy Hand. FIREWORKS tonight may be viewed from the patio. Better yet, trek down the hill to the park for a clear unobstructed view of a glorious display. Bring a flashlight to aid in the trek.

Directions: Laguna Hills.

Contact: Greg or Nancy (949) 362-5529.

Sunday, July 5th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Seabirds Kitchen, at the LAB Anti-mall, in Costa Mesa.

Directions: Seabirds Kitchen, 2930 Bristol Street.
From the 405 freeway, exit at Bristol Street. Go south 1/2 mile on Bristol. Seabirds Kitchen will be on your left, in the LAB Anti-mall.

Contact: Steven. RSVP required so we know how many seats to save. See the event at www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Mensa for last minute information, and the preferred method to RSVP.

 

Tuesday, July 7th

Noon     Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, July 8th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997- 5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

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

Thursday, July 9th

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.

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.

Directions: 1096 N. Main St., Orange, just south of Katella.

Contact: Sean, (949) 616-6562 or  Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or http://www.dannyks.com/.

Friday, July 10th

4:30 PM       2nd Friday Happy Hour

2nd Friday happy hour is heading out of our usual zone to the South Coast metro area. Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza. Look for us on the front patio.

Location: Seasons 52, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Suite #2802, Costa Mesa.

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

6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo (South County Happy Hour)

Summer months are great for “happy hours” outdoors. In July, SoCoHaHo is going to historic Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon. Look for us at a table under the trees. Yes, Cook’s is popular with motorcyclists, but you don’t need one to go there.  http://cookscorners.com/.

Directions: Cook’s Corner, 19152 Santiago Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. Exit the I-5 freeway at El Toro Road and go northeast. El Toro Road will turn into Santiago Canyon Road. Cook’s Corner will be on the right hand side at the intersection of Santiago Canyon Road and Live Oak Canyon Road.
Contact: Paul McGinnis, PaulMcG@aol.com, (951) 675-9272.

Sunday, July 12th

10:30 AM      M-Atheists SIG Brunch

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.

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.

Monday, July 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, July 14th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, July 15th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We shifted weeks because of the AG. We’re going back to Thai Wave Bistro. We’ve been there once but only scratched the surface. They have about 26 lunch specials.

Directions: 137 West First Street, Tustin (where El Camino Real meets First, north side of street).

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

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997- 5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

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

 

Thursday, July 16th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet at Souplantation in the Mesa Verde Shopping Center, Costa Mesa.

Directions: 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, July 17th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

Join us for sandwiches, beer and conversation at the newly expanded Hollingshead’s. We always have a cluster of tables.

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.

 

Sunday, July 19th

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.

GLAAM Contact: Guy Felton: gfeltonlb@verizon.net or find Disneyland Mensa SIG on Facebook.

OCMensa Contact: Cathy Heflin: calendar@ocmensa.org or (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 Rights For Women!, commemorating the Seneca Falls convention of July 19, 1848. Ladies, wear your tiaras! We also commemorate the fall of Managua to Sandinista guerrillas on July 19, 1979. Gentleman, wear your sombreros! Some additional tiaras (but no sombreros) will be available at the door/international-frontier. See www.tomstreeter.com/celebrate.html for additional information, a patent of nobility, and an optional visa application.

Directions: City of Baja LasVegastopolis (which is completely surrounded by the USA city of San Clemente, in far south Orange County).

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

Tuesday, July 21st

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, July 23rd

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997- 5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

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

Thursday, July 23rd

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Directions: 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.

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

5:00 PM       LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

OK, big change this year. FOT becomes LOT. We looked at the calendar and we’d have to cancel too many times so we are moving to the last Thursday this summer. Everything else is the same – enjoy a beverage or two on our front deck. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved.

Directions: Orange.

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

Saturday, July 25th

9:00 AM      Parents of Gifted Youth Support Group

Our first (and hopefully 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.

Directions: We’ll be at Starbucks, 3630 E Chapman Avenue (Chapman and Swidler), in Orange.

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

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.

10:00 AM Culture Fair Test*

2:00 PM Standard Mensa Admission Test

July Special! Both tests are 50% off today, so this is an ideal time to encourage your friend, co-worker, or relative to take the test for just $20. Reservations are required.

*Recommended for those who grew up speaking a language other than English, or who have dyslexia or ADHD.

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

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

TBD      Games Night

Games Night for July had not yet been scheduled at press time. Look at the OC Mensa Meetup group

www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Mensa and the weekly OCM eBlast for up-to-date information.

Contact: Steven.

Sunday, July 26th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Topic: Are You “High IQ” in a “Low IQ” World? How to Communicate with the Other 98%. Speaker Vicky Nissen will give us practical advice in an entertaining way. Join us for our inaugural revival of the OCM Speakers Forum. 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 cafe/ outdoor patio.

Directions: Villa Park City Hall, 17855 Santiago Blvd. 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 Ralphs shopping center. City Hall is near the tall town clock. Plenty of free parking.

Contact: Angie Mattson, (714) 974-0847, communications@ocmensa.org.

5:30 PM      Dinner at Rockwell’s

Dinner or light fare and/or dessert at Rockwell’s (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, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, (714) 921-0622, http://www.rockwellsbakery.com/.

5:00 PM      South Bay Salon

The South Bay Sunday Salon of GLAAM returns to the Marmalade Cafe in El Segundo. Look for us on the patio.

Directions: The Marmalade Cafe is at 2014 Park Place, in Plaza El Segundo – just off Sepulveda Blvd, between Rosecrans and El Segundo Blvd. RSVPs appreciated so we can get a large enough table.

Contact: Vickey, (310) 897-2130.

Tuesday, July 28th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, July 29th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We go to the Orange location of Cortina’s. We head here in the summer when we know it’s warm enough to eat outside. That’s ‘cause this place is so popular. Great sandwiches. They also have pasta (awesome lasagna) and salads.

Directions: Cortina’s Orange, 964 N Batavia St, Orange. Two blocks south of Katella.

Contact: John Olsen, 714-771-3095

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange (714) 997- 5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

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

Thursday, July 30th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We return to Le Chateau Garden Bistro on the 5th Thursday.

Directions: In Ayres Hotel, 325 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. From 405-S, exit on Bristol and turn R on Bristol. From 405-N, exit 55-S, keep R, follow signs for Baker St., L on Paularino, R on Red Hill, L on Bristol.

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

Mark Your Calendar For…

Saturday, August 1st

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.
Directions: At the home of Chifra Holt and David Willis prior to the Open House. See next entry.
Contact: OCM President Greg De Hoogh, president@ocmensa.org or (949) 362-5529.

8:00 PM      Open House

At the home of Chifra Holt and David Willis in Corona. Get out from behind the computer and spend a relaxing Saturday evening with your fellow Mensans. Make a new friend and regale him or her with stories of what you are doing on your summer vacation. There will be tasty munchies and wine, beer, and soft drinks. $5 each.

Contact: Chifra or David, (951) 737-4566.