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.

 

August 2015

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.

 

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.

Sunday, August 2nd

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, at SOCO Design Center in Costa Mesa. Greenleaf has a healthy menu that includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices.

Directions: 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 See the Oracle or OCM eBlast for contact information. RSVP appreciated.

Tuesday, August 4th

0:00 AM      Gifted Youth Day Out – Irvine Park Farmer’s Market

Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for a morning of farmer’s market exploration and some outdoor R&R. Parking is free if you tell the attendant you are going to the market. Meet us at the entrance to the market with your canvas bags and inquisitive minds in tow. After purchasing some produce and other yummy goodness, we can hang out at the picnic tables to let younger ones play on the playground while we network and chat. Those who wish to stay longer can check out the OC Zoo, the railroad, boat rentals and more; others may wish to head out to meet up with others across town for the Out-to-Lunch-Bunch noontime meetup.

Directions: Irvine Park Farmer’s Market, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange.

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

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, August 5th

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, August 6th

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

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. Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or http://www.dannyks.com/.

Friday, August 7th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

Beerhunters tries out Spin! Neapolitan Pizza. Happy Hour Specials until 6pm. They have beer, wine and sangria for drinks. To eat there are soup, salad, flatbreads, appetizers and great pizzas. For dessert they have gelato!
Look for us on the patio.

Directions: 1623 West Katella, Orange, California 92867. East of the 57 fwy where the Cinemark Century Stadium 25 theaters are.

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

Saturday, August 8th

9:00 AM      Parents of Gifted Youth Support Group

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.

Directions: Starbucks, 3630 E Chapman Avenue (Chapman and Swidler), Orange.

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

Sunday, August 9th

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, August 10th

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, August 11th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, August 12th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Let’s try to get into Bruxie before school starts. More seating these days for your waffle sandwich needs.

Directions: Bruxie, 292 N. Glassell St. Orange – parking can be hard in the area. Best options are on Glassell south of location and the parking lots behind the stores in the plaza.

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, August 13th

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, August 14th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

2nd Friday Happy Hour heads south to Irvine for this month. We’re going to The Balcony, a great Taiwanese restaurant that has “happy hour” specials from 5 to 7 PM. We’ll try to get a spot on the couches. http://www.balcony-irvine.com/.

Directions: The Balcony Grill & Bar, 2710 Alton Pkwy, Suite 215, Irvine. Take the 405 freeway to Jamboree and go northeast. The Balcony is located in Diamond Jamboree Plaza at the corner of Alton and Jamboree on your left side.

Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001 (Text only till 4PM weekdays.).

6:00 PM       SoCoHaHo

SoCoHaHo heads north to Irvine. We’re going to The Balcony, a great Taiwanese restaurant that has “happy hour” specials from 5 to 7 PM. We’ll try to get a spot on the couches. http://www.balcony-irvine.com/.

Directions: The Balcony Grill & Bar, 2710 Alton Pkwy, Suite 215, Irvine. Take the 405 freeway to Jamboree and go northeast. The Balcony is located in Diamond Jamboree Plaza at the corner of Alton and Jamboree on your left side.

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

Saturday, August 15th

10:00 AM      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: 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.

 

Sunday, August 16th

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.

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

Tuesday, August 18th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, August 19th

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, August 20th

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, August 21st

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.

Saturday, August 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  Tim Bentley’s home in Garden Grove.

NOTE: The location has be changed from what is printed in the Oracle.

Contact: Tim, (657) 667-0170.

Sunday, August 23rd

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: find Disneyland Mensa SIG on Facebook.
OCMensa Contact: Cathy Heflin: calendar@ocmensa.org or (818) 813-4143.

Tuesday, August 25th

12:00 Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, August 26th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Goes to Tan Hoang Huong Sandwiches & Coffee in Tustin. Their sign just has the initials THH. Join us for cheap Bahn Mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese specialties. This place is the real deal for very little coin.

Directions: 14081 Newport Ave., Tustin. One block south of the 5 fwy on the West side of the street. You can exit at Newport if heading south but need to exit at Red Hill if traveling north.

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, August 27th

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: 3005 East Palmyra, Orange. We are East of the 55 Fwy. at the corner of Kathleen one block south of Chapman.

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

Saturday, August 29th

3:28 PM      Games Afternoon / Evening / Pool Party

Taboo, Pictionary, Encore, Boggle, Charades, Dictionary, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring. Please bring a snack to share and a game to play. Indoor / Outdoor area to play games and socialize. Bring your swimming costume and towel for Jacuzzi / Pool. Parking on the street. Help cleaning up afterwards would be greatly appreciated.

Please see the OC Mensa Meetup group for more details. www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Mensa/

Location: Corona Del Mar.

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

Train to Oceanside. Lunch and Beer Tasting

The trains are only $10 all day on the weekends….so to take advantage of this I will be taking the 660 to Oceanside. Leaves LA at 8:50 AM and arrives Oceanside at 11:03, with stops along the way. I will be boarding the train in Tustin. For times and stations visit

http://www.metrolinktrains.com/schedules/line/name/Orange%20County/service_id/1152.html

From there it is off to Ty’s Burgers for lunch. They feature craft beer and exotic meat burgers. They also have the standard beef for the less adventurous.

Then to The Surfside Taproom for more craft beer or just a walk along the ocean if you like.

If time and energy levels allow there is Breakwater Brewing on the way back to the station…trains head north at 1:20 and 5:30.

There will be quite a bit of walking (about 2 miles total).

Contact: Valerie Spear, (714) 296-8001. (Text only till 4PM weekdays.)

 

Mark Your Calendar For…

September 4th-7th

The UnG – Quality Suites John Wayne Airport

See the Oracle or OCM eBlast for detailed information.