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 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: calendar@ocmensa.org

 

November, 2016

Wednesday, November 23rd

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

….will not be doing turkey. Let’s try to slip into Bruxie since the students are on break. The menu has been revamped.

Location: 292 N. Glassell St., Orange

Parking can be hard in the area. Best options are on Glassell south of location and the parking lots behind the stores in the plaza.

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, November 24th

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Saturday, November 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.

Location: Garden Grove.

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

 

Games Night      Dark

 

Sunday, November 27th

5:00 PM     South Bay Sunday Salon

GLAAM’s South Bay Sunday Salon will meet at the Ports O’Call Restaurant in San Pedro this month. This is right in the middle of the former Harbor Area Mensa territory, so we hope former Hamleteers can join us. A great place that loves large parties, and offers seafood, steak, pastas (even gluten-free), vegetarian fare and terrific sides. We’ll try for a table with a view of the channel. RSVP’s appreciated, but Ports O’Call is a big restaurant so you can join us at the last minute-there will be room!

Location: 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro.

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

 

Speaker’s Forum      Dark

 

Tuesday, November 29th

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, November 30th

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.

 

December, 2016

 

Thursday, December 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.

 

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 or Danny K’s, (714) 771-9707 or www.dannyks.com

 

Friday, December 2nd

10:00 AM      Public Tour of Orange County Water District’s Ground Water Replenishment System

Join Orange County Water District employee and OC Mensan Jeremy Davis on the regular monthly public tour of the world famous Ground Water Replenishment System, which has been turning 70 million gallons a day (recently expanded to 100 million gallons) of wastewater into high quality drinking water for indirect potable reuse since 2008. See this local engineering wonder “up close and personal,” plus the new, interactive, museum-quality H2O Learning Center. See November Oracle article for tour requirements (closed-toe shoes required, no high heels, more at http://www.ocwd.com/contact-us/book-a-tour/ocwd-facilities-tour-visit-protocol/). Please RSVP. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Location: 18700 Ward St., Fountain Valley . Enter from east side of Ward St. just south of Ellis Ave. Once inside, turn left, park near the flagpole, and follow the signs to the Administration Building reception area.

Contact: Jeremy Davis (714) 478-4130.

 

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

Beerhunters tucks away into a quiet part of town to avoid the holiday crowds. Join us at Wise Guys Pizzeria for pizza and other Italian food plus 16 beers on tap.  Good wine too.

Location: 7606 E. Chapman Ave., Orange (at the corner of Newport Ave.)

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, December 3rd

1:00 PM      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.

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, December 4th

Deadline for Reservations for OCM’s Holiday Party

Celebrate the Season with your Mensa Family at our OCM Holiday Party on December 11 at 5:00 PM at Loreley Restaurant at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Advance Reservations are required. See the announcement in the Oracle for details and reservation form or click here.

To make a reservation:  Send your payment either through the mail or via PayPal.   PayPal payments may be made via http://www.paypal.com to treasurer@ocmensa.org. (We receive payments via PayPal immediately, so if you have waited until today to make your reservation, PayPal is the way to go.) Include the name and entrée selection for each attendee.

Contact: Linda Lester (714) 544-2181, communications@ocmensa.org OR Angie Mattson (714) 974-0847, treasurer@ocmensa.org.

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 E. 17th St (17th between SR-55 and Tustin Ave).

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

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Join us at Tender Greens, in Irvine Spectrum Center. Although you will see steak and chicken and fish on the menu, the quality of the vegetarian choices makes this restaurant a favorite of vegetarians.

Location: Tender Greens, Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine. From I-5 freeway, exit Alton Parkway. From I-405 freeway, exit Irvine Center Drive. Park in the large parking structure near the movie theaters. The restaurant is across from the movie theaters.

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

Tuesday, December 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, December 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, December 8th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

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

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

 

Friday, December 9th

Dark      2nd Friday Happy Hour

6:00 PM       SoCoHaHo

In December, SoCoHaHo is going to a “local favorite”, Our Place in Lake Forest. It’s not very well known in OC, but it has good food and happy hour specials. Join us and socialize in person instead of online!

Location: 24301 Muirlands Blvd., Suite Y, Lake Forest, (949) 588-7522. Take the I-5 Freeway and exit north on Lake Forest Drive. Turn right on Muirlands. Our Place is in the shopping center on your left side before Ridge Route.

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

 

Saturday, December 10th

Noon      Sailing Yacht Tour from Dana Point

USCG Captain Jim May will host a group of 8 people (members and their family members) for the first 8 people to sign up. If there is greater interest, an additional sailing day will be scheduled in the near future. You will be tasked with a navigation problem and learn how to sail a 37 foot Beneteau sailboat to a mark on the open sea using information and a map used for a team building exercise. It won’t be just all brain work, but fun for all participants who will work as a team at various sailing tasks. Beverages and snacks of all kinds will be supplied, and you are welcome to bring your own. Contact Jim May for reservations and directions to his boat slip at the Dana Point Harbor.

Contact: Jim May (949) 981-0776

 

Sunday, December 11th

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. Go south to 73 south to Campus/Irvine (no toll at this first exit), turn right, follow curve for 1/4-mile, entrance on left.

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861.

 

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM      OCM Holiday Party

Come and enjoy food, music, and dancing with your Mensa Family. Advance reservations are REQUIRED; paid reservations were due by December 4. Optional gift exchange ($12 – $15)

Location: Loreley Restaurant at the Phoenix Club, 1340 South Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim. From the 57 Freeway, exit at Ball Road (Exit #3) and drive east to Phoenix Club Drive. (From the northbound exit, turn right onto Ball Road; Phoenix Club Drive is the first signal. From the southbound exit, turn left onto Ball Road; Phoenix Club Drive is the second signal.) Turn right on Phoenix Club Drive, go past the auto dealers, and take the second right, Sanderson Ave. The Phoenix Club is at the end of the street on the left side. Loreley Restaurant is in the main building (the same building as the Bierstube Pub).

Contact: Linda Lester (714) 544-2181,communications@ocmensa.org OR Angie Mattson (714) 974-0847, treasurer@ocmensa.org

 

Monday, December 12th

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, December 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, December 14th

12:35 PM                (almost) Free Lunch

We’ve enjoyed Tacos Sinaloa for years and we’re saddened when they closed the Orange location. But the original Santa Ana location is open so we’ll go there this month.

Location: 1430 E 17th St (between the 5 and 55 fwys)

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, December 15th

Noon            Brunch Davidians

We meet at Souplantation in the Mesa Verde Shopping Center.

Location: 1555 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. From 405, south on Harbor, right on Adams. Southwest corner of Harbor and Adams, http://www.souplantation.com/.

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

 

Friday, December 16th

5:05 PM   3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

End the year with a beer. Yule tide treats will abound on tap.  If you can’t spot us then call.

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.

 

 

Tuesday, December 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, December 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, December 22nd

Noon            Brunch Davidians

We are meeting atTurnip Rose Cafe 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, December 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: 12702 Adrian Cir., Garden Grove.

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

 

Games Night           Dark

 

Tuesday, December 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, December 28th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

This will be our annual sit down instead of order at the counter meal. This one’s a little fancy than most, but you’re worth it!  Join us at Anepalco’s Café for modern Spanish/Mexican food.

Location: 3737 W Chapman Ave, Orange at State College

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, December 29th

Noon            Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Location: 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, the cross street is Harbor, just to the south and west of Triangle Square. Look for the yellow “M” sign on the table.

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

 

Saturday, December 31st

9:30 AM                 Gifted Youth Invasion of Knott’s Berry Farm!

Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, celebrating the end of 2016! Enjoy dozens of rides, live entertainment, exciting food, and lots of shopping. Tickets are $72 at the gate; purchase in advance for as little as $39. Even better, buy a 2017 season pass for $90 and go on the 31st for free! Parking is $18. We will share cell phone numbers in advance to determine our exact location, so please RSVP.

Location: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.

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

 

9 PM     New Year’s Celebration & Open House

Join us for a New year’s party complete with decadent food, Champagne and a New Year’s countdown at midnight. While you don’t need to dress it up, it sure would be fun to see everyone in their finery. $15 per person. RSVP requested to mail@johnnyautomatic.com, not required but it will help us with the numbers.

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