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

 

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.)

 

September 2015

 

Tuesday, September 1st

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, September 2nd

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, September 3rd

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, September 4th – Monday, September 7th

The UN-G

The Un-G begins at 3:00 PM on Friday. Continues through Monday. It’s like a 4 day/3 night Open House with sleepovers. $75 for full weekend. $20 Friday, $40 Saturday or Sunday. Monday included free with any registration.

Directions: Quality Inn Suites, 2701 Hotel Terrace Dr., Santa Ana.

Phone: (714) 957-9200 Hotel Reservations.

Friday, September 4th

4:30 PM      Beerhunters

Sneaks away from the Un-G for a draft beer or two at Cismontane Brewing. We are walking distance from the Un-G hotel. Un-G attendee or not, you are all welcome to join us.

Directions: Cismontane Brewing Company, 1409 E Warner Suite C, Santa Ana. It’s behind the Pep Boys, just west of Grand Ave.
Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095.

Tuesday, September 8th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709 or n8owl@earthlink.net or see weekly OCM eBlast.

Wednesday, September 9th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Join us in the afterglow of the Un-G. Burgers, flatbreads and salad are on the menu at Rockfire Grill in Santa Ana.

Directions: 1945 East 17th Street, (next to Gold’s Gym and Chipotle) Santa Ana.

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, September 10th

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, September 11th

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 North OC.

Directions: Contact host Valerie Bowman for this month’s location or see weekly OCM eBlast.
Contact: Valerie, (714) 296-8001 (Text only till 4PM weekdays.).

6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo

In Spain, “tapas” bars serve a variety of small, tasty plates and people meet there to socialize. For September, SoCoHaHo is going to a tapas bar in San Juan Capistrano called Guapas. http://guapastapas.com.

Directions: Guapas Tapas and Wine Bar, 26762 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano. Take the 5 Freeway south. Exit at Ortega Highway (SR-74) and turn right. Turn left on Camino Capistrano, then turn on the first right (Verdugo). Parking is available in the structure by the train station, and is free after 6 PM.

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

 

Sunday, September 13th

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.

6:30 PM       Veggie Night

Dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month on the second Sunday (due to Labor Day and the UnG) at Native Foods, at The District in Tustin.

Directions: Native Foods Café, The District, 2453 Park Ave., Tustin. 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, RSVP appreciated. See contact info in the Oracle.

Monday, September 14th

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, September 15th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, September 16th

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, September 17th

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.

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.

 Friday, September 18th

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, September 20th

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.

OCM Contact: Cathy Heflin: calendar@ocmensa.org or (818) 813-4143.

3:00 PM      Croquet

Enjoy a round of croquet at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. All mallets, wickets, and balls will be provided. No door charge.

Directions/Contact: See Crumpets and Tea, below.

4:00 PM      Crumpets and Tea

Enjoy crumpets and tea at the San Clemente home of Tom Streeter and Kristine Calitri. No door charge.

Contact: Tom or Kristine at (949) 485-4478 for details/encouragement, or visit http://tinyurl.com/ocmcrumpets.

Tuesday, September 22nd

12:00 Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, September 23rd

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Goes a little upscale with our Mexican places. Join us at Taco Mesa for restaurant quality Mexican food at a walk-up counter joint. Located at the far eastern side of the Stater Bros. shopping center.

Directions: Taco Mesa, 3533 E Chapman Ave, Orange, (714) 633-3922

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

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

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

Thursday, September 24th

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, September 25th

5:00 PM      Fourth Friday North OC Guzzler

Brian’s has a cute little cubbyhole that delivers great BBQ from Mr Bs next door. Embarrass yourself at the pool table.

Directions: Brian’s, 1948 N. Placentia, Fullerton, right off the 57 and Yorba Linda in the Albertson lot.

Contact: Bernie (714) 356-4868 or Judy (714) 356-4873.

Saturday, September 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.

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

 

7:00 PM      Games Night

At Cathy Heflin’s. Taboo, Pictionary, Encore, Boggle, Charades, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring. Please bring a snack to share and a game to play.

Contact: Cathy Heflin, (818) 813-4143.

Sunday, September 27th

9:00 AM      Gifted Youth Trip

Gifted Youth trip to the Farm! Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for a day of exploration at Sisters Heritage Farms in Rainbow (near Fallbrook). “Farmer Lisa” has hundreds of trees in her rolling, organically-gardened orchards, plus heritage breeds of chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, and more. Eggs, fruit, and more will be available for purchase. Please note that you must RSVP in advance for this event and you must caravan with us unless prior arrangements have been made with our host. Details will be given upon RSVP and the address/directions will be given at the caravan point.

Caravan Meetup: Starbucks, 1630 E. Chapman Ave., Orange (SW corner of Chapman and Tustin, just west of 55-S).

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

 

4:00 PM     OCM Speakers Forum

How Big is the Universe? Astronomer Tim Thompson will explain how cosmic distances and size scales are derived by astronomers to answer this mind-bending question. No charge. Guests are welcome. Prospective members 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 café/ outdoor patio.

Directions: Villa Park Civic Center, 17855 Santiago Blvd in Villa Park. 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. The Civic Center is next to the Library and across from Rockwell’s. 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, www.rockwellsbakery.com.

Tuesday, September 29th

Noon      Out-To-Lunch-Bunch

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

Wednesday, September 30th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

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

Mark Your Calendar For…

Saturday, October 3rd

7:00 pm      Board Meeting

The business of OCM never ends. Once again, your faithful Board meets to review reports, make appointments, and plan for the future. All OCM members are invited.

Location: At the home of John Olsen and Thea Wills-Olsen 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 John Olsen and Thea Wills-Olsen, where the fun never stops. Stop to smell the roses on your way in, then enter and join one of the many interesting conversations. It’s Mensa, after all. As usual, lots of good food and drink. Mensa members and their accompanied guests only. $5 each.
Location: Orange.
Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.