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.



July 2014

 Tuesday, July 1st

12:00 noon     Out-to-Lunch Bunch

China Buffet, Fullerton. All-you-can-eat mandarin oranges and bacon-wrapped pseudocrabmeat, only 7 or 8 bucks. We eat here every month. Ask for the Mensa table if you’d like to sit with us. We eat elsewhere the rest of the month.

Directions: 104 W Orangethorpe Ave in Fullerton, (714) 526-9188.

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709 and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


2:00 PM     MMM-Movies

AMC-Fullerton 20. Midweek Madness Matinee will be ending. This time we mean it. Last chance to tell us why we should keep hoping to see a decent movie. Eat with us or meet at boxoffice on Lemon just north of Orangethorpe. Senior matinee only $6.50. General admission $9.25. Popcorn $8 but they’ll let us share.

Directions: 1001 S Lemon St in Fullerton, (888) AMC-4FUN.

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709


Thursday, July 3rd

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      F.O.T. (First Odd Thursday)

Join us for this happy hour that takes place right on our front deck. Come by for a drink, a little conversation, maybe an appetizer or two. You can show up a little early if you want but we shut it down promptly at 6:30 so we can go to the Angels game. No charge.

Directions: At John and Thea’s in Orange.

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


Friday, July 4th


Tonight we’re going to Whole Foods for our beer (or wine if you prefer). Whole Foods has a beer and wine tasting area in its store and a huge selection of prepared foods that you can eat on site. So we think it will be a fun way to please almost every palate. Come join us! We had a good time the last time we were here. It’s on the far right as you walk in.

Directions: 7881 Edinger Ave, Suite 150, Huntington Beach at Beach Blvd.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095 (call if you need help finding us).


Saturday, July 5th


8:00 PM     Open House

Chifra Holt and David Willis of Corona will be hosting the July Open House. We will have food and drink to hopefully infuse you with delight! Please join us for pleasant conversation and much nibbling of yummies! Entrance fee is $7 for everything. OCM and former Inland Empire members attending for the first time get in free.

Directions:  In Corona

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


Sunday, July 6th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Veggie Grill, in Irvine.

Directions: Veggie Grill, Irvine Spectrum Center, 81 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618. From the 405, exit Irvine Center Drive, and follow signs to Irvine Spectrum Center. (If you are taking the I-5, exit Alton Parkway.) Park in the larger, north parking structure, near the movie theaters. Veggie Grill is steps away from the north parking structure, next to Chipotle and Dave & Busters, and near Barnes & Noble.

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


Tuesday, July 8th

12:00 noon     Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709 and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


Wednesday, July 9th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We’ve been short on Thai food lately, so we’re heading to one of our faves. Join us at Sutha Thai for some top-notch Thai food.

Directions: 1161 Irvine Blvd, Tustin. On the north side of the street east of Newport Ave just where Old Irvine Blvd joins Irvine Blvd.

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


Thursday, July 10th

12:00 noon     Brunch Davidians

We meet at Panera Bakery in Costa Mesa square.

Directions: 3030 Harbor Blvd. From the 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

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); (714) 771-9707;

Contact: Sean, (949) 616-6562 or


Friday, July 11th

6:00 PM     South County Happy Hour (SoCoHaHo)

It’s summertime and SoCoHaHo is going to the beach. We’ll be at Billy’s at the Beach in Newport Beach, a retro Tiki restaurant.

Directions: 2751 W Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach. Go south on the 55 and it will turn into Newport Boulevard. Take the Coast Highway (PCH) exit before the bridge and go east on PCH for several blocks.

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

6:00 PM      Cinema Night

New event! For July this will be at Moreno Valley as they have the $3 theater. Before the movie, meet at 6:00PM at Polly’s restaurant which is in the same parking lot and has delicious coffee and pie!

Directions: Polly’s 12625 Frederick St, Moreno Valley 92553.

Contact: Tammy,


Sunday, July 13th

10:00 AM     Origami Festival

More than 40 experts (including one of our own Mensa members) from local and national origami clubs will teach a variety of different folds for people of all experience levels including animals, geometric forms and moveable origami. Admission: Adults $15, Seniors $10, Children ages 4-12 $7, Children 3 & under free. Includes the cost of paper used during the classes. Eat before you arrive.

Directions: Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Cal State Long Beach. Park in lot 16 across from the Garden in non-metered spaces.

Contact: Lindy Monge,


10:30 AM     M-Atheists SIG Brunch

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: The Newport Beach Tee Room. Newport Beach Golf Course. 3100 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach, (949) 756-0121. Take 55 South to 73 South to Campus/Irvine (no toll at this first exit), turn right, follow curve for ¼ mile, entrance on left.

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709.


Monday, July 14th

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, July 15th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709 and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


Thursday, July 17th

12:00 PM      Brunch Davidians

We meet at Souplantation in Costa Mesa.

Directions: 1555 Adams Ave, Costa Mesa. From the 405 go south on Harbor Blvd, right on Adams. SW corner of Harbor and Adams. For a detailed map:

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


Friday, July 18th

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 Kenny, the owner.

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, July 19th

1:00 PM     Mensa Qualifying Test

Summer Special! Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who might qualify for Mensa? Encourage him or her to take the Mensa test in July and take advantage of this special offer! The cost is only $25, a $15 savings off the normal price. Today’s test is the standard Mensa Admission Test. Reservations are required.

Directions: El Toro Library, Community Room, 24672 Raymond Way, Lake Forest.


7:00 PM      Games Night ORANGE

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

Directions: At PK’s in Orange

Contact: PK (714) 553-5300 or Steven (949) 243-6814.

Sunday, July 20th

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      Baja LasVegastan Independence Day Celebration

Come celebrate the independence of the Benevolent Dictatorship of Baja LasVegastan! See for additional information, detailed directions, and an optional visa application. Our theme this year is Forty-Five Years of Lunar Landings, celebrating the coming-of-middle-age of the space program of our vassal, the USA. Feel free to dress accordingly.

Directions: In the 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: HBDM Tom Streeter, Benevolent Dictator at (949) 485-4478.


Tuesday, July 22nd

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709 and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


Wednesday, July 23rd

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We go to the Orange location of Cortina’s. A staple in Anaheim for years, recently opened a lunch-only sandwich shop in Orange’s industrial area. Rave reviews for their sandwiches. They also have pasta and salads.

Directions: Cortina’s Orange, 964 N Batavia St, Orange, CA 92705.

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


Thursday, July 24th

12:00 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.


Friday, July 25th

6:30 PM      TGIF Pizza Celebration – RIVERSIDE

At Romano’s in Canyon Crest Plaza. Please note new time. We sit out on the patio where it is not so noisy. We can be identified by out yellow Mensa table sign.

Directions: Romano’s in Canyon Crest Plaza. 5225 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside, CA 92507, (951) 781-7662

Contact: Tammy:


Saturday, July 26th

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.


Sunday, July 27th

3:00 PM     South Bay Sunday Salon

Until 5:00PM at Baleen Kitchen, part of the Portofino Hotel. We will be on the patio, looking out on the Marina enjoying happy hour drinks and food.

Directions: 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. Take your favorite route west to get to the 405 west of the 110. Exit Western Ave, turn left. Turn right at the next signal, 190th St. Go 3.7 miles to Beryl St, turn left. After 1.4 miles, Beryl turns into Portofino Way; follow it around the Marina to where it turns right and goes into the Portofino complex. Baleen will be on your right.

Contact: RSVP to or just show up.


Tuesday, July 29th

12:00 noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709 and be sure to subscribe to the weekly OCM eBlast at


Thursday, July 31st

12:00 noon      Brunch Davidians

We visit Hokkaido Seafood Buffet. Lunch $10.99.

Directions: 4200 Scott Dr, Newport Beach. From S-bound 405 merge onto the 73 S, toward the 55. Exit at Irvine Ave/Campus Dr (0.2 mile). Turn L at Bristol (0.2 mile). Turn L onto Campus Dr (0.5 mile). Turn R onto Dove St (0.2 mile). Restaurant on corner of Dove and Scott. Look for the yellow “M” sign.

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

Save the Date:  Saturday, August 2nd

8:00 PM      Open House

At the home of Colleen and Mike Nolan in Costa Mesa.