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.

 

March 2015

 

Sunday, March 1st

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Gypsy Den, in Costa Mesa. You don’t have to be vegetarian to join us (and this restaurant serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes).

Directions: Gypsy Den, 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. From the 405 freeway, exit at Bristol Street. Go south 1/2 mile on Bristol. Gypsy Den will be on your left, in the LAB Antimall.

Contact: Steven. See contact information in the Oracle. RSVP.

Tuesday, March 3rd

Noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch – China Buffet

All-you-can-eat of anything you’d like, only $7-8. So much fun we eat here every month. Don’t stand in line if you’d like to sit with us, ask for the Mensa table. We always have room for more – more food, more talk, more opinions. Politics and religion go with everything. Newcomers always welcome.

Directions: 104 W Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton. SW corner of Orangethorpe at Harbor, just north of the 91. Park within shopping plaza. (714) 526-9188.

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

 

Wednesday, March 4th

7:45 PM     Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866 (714) 997-5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

Contact: P. K. Khemka. See contact information in the Oracle.

Thursday, March 5th

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’s (714) 771-9707, http://www.dannyks.com or Sean (949) 616-6562.

Friday, March 6th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

We’re back at 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 is a fun way to please almost every palate. Come join us! It’s on the far right as walk in.

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

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, March 7th

7:00 pm      Board Meeting

The Board meets for an hour to handle the business of Orange County Mensa. Members only.

Location: At the home of Marti Reis prior to the Open House. See next entry.

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

 

8:00 pm      Open House

Join us at Marti Reis’s home for fine food, beer, wine and soft drinks, and sparkling conversation.

Directions: Garden Grove.

Contact: Marti (714) 750-4333.

 

Sunday, March 8th

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, March 9th

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, March 10th

Noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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

 

Wednesday, March 11th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

…goes Thai. We’re going to Lanta Thai Fusion for some delicious reasonably priced Thai food. Best Thai value around.

Location: 724 E Katella Ave, Orange (between Cambridge and Glassell) (714) 532-4935.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866 (714) 997-5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

Contact: P.K. Khemka. See contact information in the Oracle.

Thursday, March 12th

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, March 13th

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)

We are going far south of the border. We’ll be at Argentinean restaurant Maro in Laguna Beach, which features locally sourced ingredients.

Location/Directions: Maro Wood Grill, 1915 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 793-4044, http://marowoodgrill.com/. Take Laguna Canyon Road (Highway 133) south from the 405 Freeway. Turn left on Coast Highway. The restaurant is near the intersection of Center Street and Coast Highway.

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

 

Saturday, March 14th

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, persons who are dyslexic or have ADHD, or those who prefer an untimed test. Cost is $40. Reservations are required.

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

Contact: proctor-lmm@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, 714-974-0847.

 

Noon      Oracle Proofing

Will be done remotely by Proofing Committee.

 

1:00 PM       DIY-ers SIG

Learn how to save money by making your own home repairs. Our focus will be Do-It-Yourself projects involving plumbing, solar, heating, air conditioning, electrical, tile, and various other aspects of home maintenance and remodeling. Both beginners and experienced DIY-ers are welcome. Weather permitting, we’ll meet outside in the backyard, so wear a hat.

Location: Home of Neil Orme in Riverside.

Contact: Neil (951) 741-7368. RSVPs appreciated.

 

Time TBD       Young Adult Movie SIG

Join us at movies that have special appeal to those of us in our 20s and 30s (action/adventure/superhero movies). The movie, theater, and time (probably a matinee) will be determined closer to the date, based on what is showing in the theaters. We may meet either before or after for refreshments and to discuss the movie and socialize.

Contact: Samantha at s.langford@live.com.

Sunday, March 15th

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.

Contact: Guy Felton (562) 480-3109 or find Disneyland Mensa SIG on Facebook.

 

1:00 PM       Standard Mensa AdmissionTest

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: Donald Dungan Library (Community Room), 1855 Park Ave, Costa Mesa.

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

 

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 http://tinyurl.com/ocmcrumpets.

 

Tuesday, March 17th

Noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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

 

Wednesday, March 18th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866 (714) 997-5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

Contact: P.K. Khemka. See Oracle for contact information.

 

Thursday, March 19th

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. www.souplantation.com.

Contact: David Lubman (714) 898-9099.

 

Friday, March 20th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

We are back for our monthly haunting of the best damned little craft beer serving deli in the county. Join us for sandwiches, beer and conversation.

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.

 

March 20-22

Sacramento RG

www.sacramento.us.mensa.org/rg.php.

 

Saturday, March 21st

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.

Tuesday, March 24th

Noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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

Wednesday, March 25th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

We’ve eaten here when it was Alicia’s. It’s now Oasis Mexican Food and Fruteria. I think the cook is the same. The food is pretty much the same plus they added juices and fruit.

Directions: 2520 E Chapman Ave Orange. A block east of the 55 on the south side of the street.

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

Directions: Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866 (714) 997-5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

Contact: P. K. Khemka. See contact information in the Oracle.

Thursday, March 26th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Directions: 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA., 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.

Saturday, March 28th

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM      Games Afternoon

Gillian’s first crack at hosting a game meetup :-) Join us for games of your choice — Scrabble, Taboo, Balderdash, Set, TriBond, Scattergories, or another of your choice. For those interested, we plan to head for dinner at 7pm (when the clubhouse closes) — dinner location TBA. Bring a small snack for the afternoon, whatever you would like to drink, and your favorite games.

Location: Irvine.

Contact: Call Gillian at 310-995-1960 with questions, or if you have trouble finding/entering the  complex.

7:30pm to 10:00pm       After Games Dinner

Whether you come to Games Afternoon or just join us for dinner, come nosh with us at Panera Bread in Tustin. Delectables for carnivores and veggie folks alike :-)

This site cannot reserve a table for us in advance, but it is generally not that busy even on Sat nights. Those of us who arrive before 7:30 can try to secure tables.

Location: Panera Bread, 1305 Jamboree Road, Tustin CA 92782.

 

Tuesday, March 31st

Noon     Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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

 

Don’t Forget…

Reserve for OCM’s 35th Anniversary Brunch

All members and guests are invited to join us to celebrate OCM’s 35th Anniversary on Sunday, April 12th at 11:00 AM at Costa Mesa Country Club. If you haven’t yet made your reservation, this is a reminder to do it now. We need to have your reservation and payment in hand by April 6 so we can provide a count to CMCC.

To reserve: Click here for more information.