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 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 entry to our Calendar Editor at:


October, 2016

Sunday, October 23rd

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,

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

Contact: Guy Felton: or Cathy Heflin, (714) 698-9864.


4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

Our speaker is Marc Nussbaum, who will tell us about “2017’s Total Solar Eclipse.” He will share with us what a total solar eclipse is, why you should bother planning to see it, where to see it, how to view it safely, and how to photograph it. 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 Ralph’s 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,


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,

5:00 PM:     South Bay Sunday Salon

GLAAM’s South Bay Sunday Salon will meet at Charlie’s, a New York Italian joint in Redondo Beach, where we’ll deconstruct the picnic, the most recent debate, or even Dancing with the Stars. Join us, please, and save us from the mundane! Charlie’s serves New York pizza and Italian fare; plenty of pastas, vegetarian dishes, and a full bar.

Location: 601 N. Pacific Coast Hwy. It’s at the south end of a long strip mall that includes a Carl’s Jr, Smart & Final and Petco.

Contact: RSVP’s are truly appreciated, so call or email Vickey: (310) 897-2130

Tuesday, October 25th

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,

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley,


Wednesday, October 26th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch – goes for the phô (and other Vietnamese and Chinese dishes) at Long Hai in Tustin. We’ve enjoyed many of the dishes served here.

Location: 682 El Camino Real, Tustin (tucked all the way back in the corner of the El Camino Plaza shopping center) between 6th and Newport Ave.

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, October 27th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

We are going to try Turnip Rose Cafe in the Shops at Mesa Verde at the request of one of our regulars.

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      LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

As the baseball season comes to a close, so does LOT for the year. Join us for one final hang out on the front deck (weather permitting or we take it inside). It’s free but you are welcome to bring a snack to share.

Location: Orange.

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


Friday, October 28th

5:00 PM      4th Friday North OC Guzzle

At the Bierstube at The Phoenix Club, the Octoberfest tent opens at 6 so when we’re done at the Bierstube we can party on with live music. Check the eBlast or Facebook for updates, or call. Happy Hour prices until 6 pm. Appetizers, Bierstube menu or full German restaurant menu. The potato pancakes are almost as good as my latkes. John recommends the Currywurst. As you would expect, German beers on tap. I think I’m just going to have a beer and top it off with Apfelstrudel mit schlagsahne.

Location: Bierstube at The Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim. From the 57, go east on Ball, immediate right turn on Phoenix Club and right again on Sanderson. It’s about a 20 minute walk from ARTIC through the Honda Center parking lot, or call and I’ll come get you.

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


Saturday, October 29th

1:00 PM      Standard Mensa Admission Test

Help recruit new members! Tell your family and friends this is the last opportunity this year to save $20 on the Mensa Test (normally $40). Reservations are required.

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



5:00 to 10:00 PM  Games Night-Foothill Ranch

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

Location: At Steven’s home: Foothill Ranch.

Note: This is a non-alcoholic event.

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