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.


November 2014



Saturday, November 1st

7:00 PM      Board Meeting

It won’t take more than an hour. Members only.

Directions: At the Ungers’. See Open House below for directions.

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

8:00 PM      Open House & Halloween Costume Party

At the hauntingly wonderful home of Bernie and Judy Unger. It’s our annual Halloween party, so dress appropriately. We’ll have food, drink, and maybe a few cameras, too. Only $5 if you wear a costume. If you don’t, it’s $5.05.

Directions: Placentia

Contact: Bernie/Judy, 714-993-1770.

Sunday, November 2nd

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Native Foods at The District in Tustin.

Directions: Native Foods Cafe, The District, 2453 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782. Exit the 405 Freeway at Jamboree and go north on Jamboree for 1/2 mile. Turn left on Barranca, then right into The District. The restaurant is next to the movie theater.

Contact: Steven, 949-243-6814, RSVP.


Tuesday, November 4th

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

All-you-can-eat broccoli beef and chocolate ice cream, 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 or see the weekly OCM eBlast.


Thursday, November 6th

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, November 7th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

Goes downtown for 15 beers on tap, wine by the glass and deli delights. Join us at C4-The Cure for the Common. It’s a downtown Santa Ana deli from the folks at Chapter One. Happy Hour until 6:30 PM.

Location: 200 North Broadway, Santa Ana. Street parking or park in the city parking garage at Broadway and 3rd one block north.

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


Sunday, November 9th

10:30 AM      M-Atheists SIG Brunch

The Tee Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course

All-you-can-eat roast turkey 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

Monday, November 10th

10:00 PM      Calendar Deadline

Submit calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at


10:00 PM      Oracle Deadline

Submit material other than calendar entries to the Oracle Editor at

Tuesday, November 11th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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


Wednesday, November 12th

12:35 PM      (almost) FREE LUNCH

Come join us at Linx for some gourmet sausages, Belgian frites and some non-sausage options. Great beer list too, if you feel like a midday brew.

Location: 238 West Chapman, two blocks west of the plaza on the south side of the street. Parking behind, on the street or any of the city lots.

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

Thursday, November 13th

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, November 14th

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).


6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo   (South County Happy Hour)

SoCoHaHo likes exotic food and beverages, so this month we’ll be at Eva’s – A Caribbean Kitchen in Laguna Beach. Perhaps this is pre-trip preparation for Mensa’s Club Med SIG and their trip in February to the Caribbean!

Directions: Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, 31732 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 9265. Take Highway 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) south from the 405 Freeway. Turn left (south) on Coast Highway (PCH). Drive 3.8 miles down PCH. The restaurant is between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, on the left.

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

Saturday, November 15th

12:00 noon       Oracle Proofing

Will be done remotely by Proofing Committee.

Time TBD      Young Adult Movie SIG — Action/Adventure/Superhero Movies

New SIG. Join us at movies that have special appeal to those of us in our 20s and 30s. Since we don’t know our choices as of the Oracle deadline, the movie, theater, and time will be determined closer to the date. We may meet either before or after for refreshments and to socialize and discuss the movie.

Contact: Email Samantha at  to let me know your interests.

Sunday, November 16th

10:00 AM      Disneyland SIG

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Directions: The meeting place is inside Disneyland in front of the Fire Station on Main Street.

Contact: Guy Felton, 562-480-3109.

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: San Clemente

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


Tuesday, November 18th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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


Thursday, November 20th

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, November 21st

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at 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 Fwy, south of Chapman. Look for Deli sign in the corner of small shopping center.

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

Friday, November 21st – Sunday, November 23rd

SF/Monterey RG in Monterey

Saturday, November 22nd

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.


1:00 PM      Mensa Qualifying Test

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

Directions: AHMC Medical Office Building, Board Room (basement), 1211 West La Palma, Anaheim.

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


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) and a beverage for yourself.

Directions: At Steven’s, Foothill Ranch.

Contact: Steven, (949) 243-6814.

Tuesday, November 25th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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


Wednesday, November 26th

12:35 PM      (almost) FREE LUNCH

Join us at El Camino Café for some distinctive Mexican food. You’ll find their sauces to be rather intriguing, maybe you’ll love them and maybe you won’t. Come for Chilaquiles, Burritos, Quesadillas, Tortas and more.

Directions: 195 El Camino Real, Tustin. Corner of Second St.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

Thursday, November 27th


Have dinner with family and/or friends. Watch some football!

Brunch Davidians – dark today.


Thursday, November 27th – Sunday, November 30th

Phoenix RG

Save the Date:

Sunday, December 21st

Noon – 4:00 PM      OCM Holiday Party

At Claim Jumper in Fountain Valley.