Calendar

We have a full schedule of social activities each month, ranging from lunches and happy hours to games nights, discussion groups, trivia, and our Speakers Forum.

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 log-in info (email address 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 entry to our Calendar Editor at: calendar@ocmensa.org

 

May, 2017

 

Thursday, May 25th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We are meeting at Turnip Rose Café in the Shops at Mesa Verde.

Location: 2701 Harbor Blvd., Ste. E6, Costa Mesa, (714) 881-0379. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.

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

 

5:00 PM      Last Odd Thursday

LOT (Last Odd Thursday): It’s our (usual) al fresco Happy Hour. Enjoy a beverage or two on our front deck. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved. No charge.

Location:  Orange.

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

 

Friday, May 26th – Monday, May 29th

San Diego Mensa Regional Gathering (RG) in Palm Springs

Looking for a fun way to spend Memorial Day Weekend? Join San Diego Mensa in Palm Springs for “Midnight at the Oasis.” Come for the entire weekend or just one or two days.

Location: Ivy Palm Resort and Spa, 2000 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 320-0555.

Contact: For details, see: http://www.sandiegomensa.org/events/regional-gathering.

 

Saturday, May 27th

6:00 PM      Games Night

Taboo, Pictionary, Encore, Boggle, Charades, Dictionary, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring.

Location: To be determined due to SanDiego RG. See weekly OCM eBlast.

 

Tuesday, May 30th

Noon           Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s, www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, May 31st

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

 

June, 2017

Thursday, June 1st

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We rendezvous at Nick’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. Mini-pizzas with two toppings for $6; soups and salads $5-6; pasta $7-10.

Location: 2300 Harbor Blvd., Suite K-1, Costa Mesa. Harbor Center is on the northeast corner (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 on the table.

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

Friday, June 2nd

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

This month we’re going back to the Tustin Brewing Company. The beer and food are both quite good, but come early as the parking can be tight in the shopping area it’s in. Some of us eat, some of us drink and some of us do both. This time of year we try to gather on the patio.

Location: 13011 Newport Ave, Tustin, on the northwest corner of Newport and Fourth St./Irvine Blvd, (714) 665-2337.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, June 3rd

7:00 PM      Open House   Note earlier than usual start time!

It’s time to head back to Casa Hand/De Hoogh for another evening of food, drink, and good company. Nancy and Greg are celebrating 20 years in their house, and hope you’ll join them for the festivities. (Well, it’ll just be the aforesaid food, drink, and good company, but we’ll certainly do our best to be festive about it.) Note that we’re starting an hour earlier than usual to see how/if we all like an earlier start time.

Location: Laguna Hills.

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

 

Sunday, June 4th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

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

Location: Veggie Grill, Irvine Spectrum Center, 81 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618.

From I-405 freeway, exit Irvine Center Drive, and follow signs to Irvine Spectrum Center. If you are taking the I-5 freeway, exit Alton Parkway. Park in the larger, north parking structure, near the movie theaters. Veggie Grill is steps away from the north parking structure, near Chipotle and Dave & Busters.

Contact: Steven, RSVP appreciated. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for contact info.

Monday, June 5th

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.

Location: At the home of Nancy Hand and Greg De Hoogh in Laguna Hills.

Contact: OCM President Bryan Dietz, president@ocmensa.org or (949) 380-4122.

 

Tuesday, June 6th

Noon           Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s: www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, June 7th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

 

Thursday, June 8th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

Location: Le Château Garden Bistro, Ayers Hotel, 325 S Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

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.

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

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

 

Friday, June 9th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

Location: Contact Valerie or see weekly OCM eBlast

Contact: Valerie (714) 296-8001, weekdays, text only before 4pm.

 

5:45 PM      South County Happy Hour

                   (SoCoHaHo)

South County Happy Hour (SoCoHaHo) is visiting Laguna Hills in June. Join us for good food, drinks and conversation at French/American restaurant Ironwood. http://www.ironwoodlagunahills.com.

Location: Ironwood, 25250 La Paz Road, Suite 100, Laguna Hills, (949) 446-8772. Exit the I-5 Freeway and go south on La Paz. After a few blocks, Ironwood will be on the left.

 

7:00 PM      Pub Quiz

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a fun trivia night.

Location: My Place Sports Bar & Grill, 5452 Commercial Dr., Huntington Beach.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Saturday, June 10th

10:00 AM    Mensa Culture Fair 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 Culture Fair Test, which is a non-verbal test that measures intelligence without the influence of language or cultural background. Anyone may take the Culture Fair, but it is especially recommended for persons whose native language is not English or persons who are dyslexic or have ADHD. Cost is $40. Reservations are required.

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

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

 

Sunday, June 11th

9:00 AM    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. PLEASE RSVP so I know to expect you.

Location: Starbucks, 2302 17th St., Santa Ana.

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

 

10:00 AM    Disneyland SIG

We visit Disneyland at least one Sunday each month. Our Facebook page offers the opportunity to assist in planning each month’s excursion, www.facebook.com/groups/MensaDisneyBuddies.

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

Contact: Guy Felton: gfeltonlb@verizon.net or Cathy Heflin, (714) 698-9864.

 

10:30 AM    M-Atheists SIG Brunch

We meet at 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.

Location: 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 1/4 mile, entrance on left.

 

Monday, June 12th

10:00 PM    Oracle Deadline

Submit material other than calendar entries to the Oracle Editor at editor@ocmensa.org.

10:00 PM    Calendar Deadline

Submit calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at calendar@ocmensa.org.

Tuesday, June 13th

Noon           Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861  or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s: www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, June 14th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

It’s Flag Day. So let’s get American with a classic burger. Join us at Burger Parlor in Old Town Orange. Burgers, other sandwiches, shakes, craft beer.

Location: Burger Parlor, 149 N Glassell St Orange

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

 

Thursday, June 15th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We are meeting at Souplantation in Fountain Valley.

Location: 11179 Talbert Ave. (near Costco) Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.

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

 

Friday, June 16th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

You know the drill (or at least you should). Join us for craft beer, sandwiches and conversation. If you’re new, and you don’t know the drill, you can come too.

Location: 368 S Main St., Orange, north of the 22 fwy., south of Chapman. Look for Deli sign in the back corner of the small shopping center.

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

 

Saturday, June 17th

2:00 PM      New Member Meet and Greet & Mensa 101

If you joined Mensa within the last year (or if you joined a while ago, but haven’t participated and so you still feel new), you are invited to join us for coffee or iced tea, casual conversation, and an orientation to Mensa. Meet other new members and learn from a few of OCM’s Board Members about Orange County Mensa and how to make the most of your Mensa membership.

Location: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (near Gelson’s Market), Oak Creek Shopping Center, 5653 Alton Parkway, Irvine. (Under the yellow umbrellas.)

Contact: Julia Brown, (949) 885-6150, or Angie Mattson, (714) 974-0847, or membership@ocmensa.org.

 

Sunday, June 18th

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. Newcomers welcome! 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. Newcomers welcome! No door charge.

Directions: San Clemente.

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

 

Tuesday, June 20th

Noon           Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861, or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s: www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, June 21st

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

 

Thursday, June 22nd

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We are meeting at Turnip Rose Café in the Shops at Mesa Verde.

Location: 2701 Harbor Blvd. Ste. E6, Costa Mesa, (714) 881-0379. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.

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

 

Saturday, June 24th

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.

Location: Garden Grove.

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

 

1:00 PM      Gifted Youth Games Day

Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for board games, chess, and a time for our GY to hang out and get to know each other better. This event is always a hit, often with dozens of people in attendance! Bring your own beverages and a snack to share. RSVP requested.

Location: Santa Ana

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

 

5:00 PM-9:30 PM        Games Night Newport Beach

Taboo, Pictionary, Encore, Boggle, Charades, Dictionary, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring. Lots of choices for food and dessert, including Wahoo’s and Gelato Paradiso.

Location: 401 Newport Center Dr A215, Newport Beach. at the Atrium Food Court in Fashion Island. The food court is indoors and underground, adjacent to Barnes & Noble.

Contact: Steven. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for contact info.

 

Sunday, June 25th

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

“The Roots of Religious Extremism.” Why some features of fundamental religious teachings can be interpreted to spark fanaticism and violence and provide a catalyst for terror in the name of God. Our speaker will be Benjamin Hubbard, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Comparative Religion, Cal State Fullerton. Dr. Hubbard will begin with a historical perspective, then focus on the current world situation and the effect on today’s political and social climate in the U.S. Join us for a lively and insightful discussion. 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 Café and Bakery.

Location: 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, treasurer@ocmensa.org

 

5:30 PM      Dinner at Rockwell’s Café

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

 

Tuesday, June 27th

Noon           Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or see weekly OCM eBlast.

 

5:30 PM      Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide quiz at Danny K’s: www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, June 28th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

(almost) FREE LUNCH goes for some Mexican home cooking. Join us at a little slice of home, Restaurant Mary. The Chiles Rellenos are amazing!

Location: Restaurant Mary, 1819 S Main St, Santa Ana.

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

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

 

Thursday, June 29th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We are meeting at Maru Sushi. Many non-sushi choices also. About $12. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.

Location: 1500 Adams Ave. #100M, Costa Mesa.

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

 

5:00 PM     Last Odd Thursday

It’s our (usually) al fresco Happy Hour. Enjoy a beverage or two on our front deck. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved. No charge.

Location: Orange.

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