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

 

March, 2017

Saturday, March 25th

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.

 

6:47 PM      Games Night

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

Location: At PK’s home: Orange.

Contact: PK (714) 553-5300

 

Sunday, March 26th

Dark            Speakers Forum

Mark your calendar for the next Speakers Forum on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 PM.

 

Tuesday, March 28th

Noon           Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or                 n8owl@earthlink.net 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, March 29th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

 

 

Thursday, March 30th

Noon                    Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Mimi’s has closed. Contact David for alternate location.

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

 

Friday, March 31st

Deadline to Renew your Mensa Membership

The Mensa year is April 1 through March 31, so if you have an Annual Mensa Membership, your membership may expire today. You can check out your expiration date and renew online at www.us.mensa.org. Click on Join, then Rejoin American Mensa. You can also renew by mail or phone. (For assistance, call 817-607-0060 ext. 199 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST).

 

April, 2017

 

Saturday, April 1st

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 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, April 2nd

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 or 714-329-7521 cell/text.

 

Noon           Life Member Luncheon

To celebrate his 40th “Mensaversary,” Kevin Shannon is hosting a patio party. Space limited – Mensa Life Members only.

Location: Costa Mesa. If you are a Life Member, contact Kevin for the address, directions and other details.

Contact: RSVP to: RSVP4Kevin@MSN.com.

 

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Once a month, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Seabirds Kitchen, at the LAB Anti-mall, in Costa Mesa.

Location: Seabirds Kitchen, 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

From the 405 freeway, exit at Bristol Street. Go south 1/2 mile on Bristol. Seabirds Kitchen will be on your left, in the LAB Anti-mall.

Contact: RSVP, Steven; see Oracle or weekly eBlast for contact info.

 

Monday, April 3rd

7:00 PM      Board Meeting

The Board of Directors meets to review financials, establish, the budget, plan for the coming year, and conduct other business. Members only.

Location: At the home of OCM President Bryan Dietz.

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

 

Deadline to Reserve for OC Mensa’s Anniversary Brunch

All members and guests are invited to join us to celebrate OCM’s 37th Anniversary on Sunday, April 9th at 11:00 AM at Costa Mesa Country Club. We need to have your reservation and payment in hand today so we can provide a count to CMCC first thing tomorrow morning. To pay by cash or check: Since today is the deadline, checks sent through the mail need to have been mailed last week so they are received no later than today. Send $30 to Angie Mattson (see Oracle or weekly eBlast for address). To pay by credit card: We receive your payment within minutes, so this is an excellent option if you are reserving today. Go to www.paypal.com and send $30 to treasurer@ocmensa.org.

Contact: Angie/ Art Mattson, Co-Chairs, (714)974-0847; treasurer@ocmensa.org or vp1@ocmensa.org

 

Tuesday, April 4th

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, April 5th

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, April 6th

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, April 7th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

We’re up north this evening to try out a new brewery. Join us at Stereo Brewing where the zymurgist meets the audiophile. A food truck should be there.

Location: Stereo Brewing Co., 950 South Via Rodeo, Placentia, (north from Lakeview exit off the 91).

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

Sunday, April 9th

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.

 

11:00 AM    OCM’s 37th Anniversary Brunch

Orange County Mensa is celebrating our 37th Anniversary with a gala all-you-can-eat champagne brunch. We will have drawings for prizes, trivia, and fun visiting with our fellow Mensans. Our special guest is “Mathemagician” Arthur T. Benjamin, PhD, who will entertain and educate us with his “Secrets of Mental Math.”

IMPORTANT: You MUST have a prepaid reservation. The deadline for reservations was Monday, April 3rd.

Directions: Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. Parking is free. The Brunch is on the 2nd floor. There is an elevator for those who prefer not to use the stairs.

FROM THE 405 FWY: From the east, take the Fairview Rd. exit toward Harbor Blvd. and turn left on Harbor to go south. (Or, from the west, take the Harbor Blvd. exit and turn right on Harbor.) Go south approximately 1.5 miles. Right on Mesa Verde Dr. for .3 miles, left on Golf Course Dr. for .4 miles.

FROM THE 55 FWY:  Exit on Del Mar Ave/Fair Drive, merge onto Newport Blvd, turn right on Fair Drive and go west for about a mile.  Right on Harbor and go north for a half mile, left on Mesa Verde Dr., left on Golf Course Dr.

Contact: Art/Angie Mattson, (714) 974-0847; cell phone (714) 404-7766; vp1@ocmensa.org or treasurer@ocmensa.org

 

Monday, April 10th

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, April 11th

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, April 12th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

(almost) FREE LUNCH – heads to an Indian bistro for a fresh take on Indian classics. Join us at L.A. Biryani.

Location: L.A. Biryani, 1631 E. 17th St. , Unit I, Santa Ana, CA at the corner of Mabury.

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, April 13th

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, or

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

 

Friday, April 14th

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.

 

6:00 PM      South County Happy Hour  (SoCoHaHo)

In April, South County Happy Hour (SoCoHaHo) is going to Angelina’s in Irvine. Join us for good company and Italian food. They are more than a pizzeria but they make an excellent pizza.

Location: 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, (949) 536-5200. http://www.angelinaspizzeria.com/. Take I-405 and exit Irvine Center Drive south (away from the Spectrum). Turn left on Research Drive, then turn left into Los Olivos Marketplace shopping center.

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.

 

Sunday, April 16th

Dark            Croquet, Crumpets and Tea

 

Tuesday, April 18th

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, April 19th

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, April 20th

Noon           Brunch Davidians

Location: TBD

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

 

Friday, April 21st

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

Back to the old haunt. Join us for craft beer, sandwiches and conversation.

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, April 22nd

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.

 

10:00 AM    Mensa Qualifying 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 standard test. Cost is $40. Reservations are required.

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

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

6:00 PM      Games Night Tustin

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

Location: At Judene’s in Tustin.

Contact: Judene 949.285-7054.

 

Sunday, April 23rd

10:00 AM    Gifted Youth Trip

Gifted Youth Trip to Imaginology! at the OC Fairgrounds – Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for a morning filled with all things STEM! Enjoy competitions, exhibits and activities all designed to explore the fun of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.) Exciting workshops, a build-your-own scarecrow contest, scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and more will fuel imaginations. Orange County students, grades pre-Kindergarten to high school, can showcase their talents in a variety of competitions for woodworking, digital media, gardening, photography and more. (One of our GY, Bishop, will be doing a demo; let’s go watch!) Visit www.ocfair.com/steam for more details. Free admission for all ages; $8 per car to park. RSVP requested; we will share cell phone numbers in advance to determine our exact meetup location.

Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Contact: Sarah Whittenberg, 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.

 

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

“The Supernatural and the Movies.” In the early days of moviemaking, supernatural plots weren’t felt to be acceptable to the public. However, movies featuring the supernatural are becoming increasingly popular. Our speaker, David Richards, is a scientific skeptic and science advocate. He will also compare the supernatural aspects of movies from the 1950s and 60s to recent remakes of the same movies. 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.

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, treasurer@ocmensa.org.

 

5:30 PM      Dinner at Rockwell’s Café

Dinner or light fare and/or dessert at Rockwell’s Café 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, www.rockwellsbakery

Tuesday, April 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, www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, April 26th

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

We’re back at Rockfire Grill in Santa Ana where fresh baked flatbreads rule the day. You can get pizzas, burgers and sandwiches all flatbread style.

Location: 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

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

 

Thursday, April 27th

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) – We’re back! 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.

Location: Orange.

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

 

Saturday, April 29th

8:30AM-Noon       “Mensa Cares” Community Service Volunteer Project at L.A. Food Bank

All OC Mensa members ages 14 and up and invited friends/family are encouraged to join Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa (GLAAM) at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for a morning of sorting donated food items. To volunteer, you must sign up online at https://volunteer.lafoodbank.org/ivolunteer-member-password.aspx?event=62220020EF9142A2B76CDD8590C5D8D7 (OR search GLAAM under Volunteer Groups). When it asks for a password, use GLAAM429. Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive an email confirmation with information about appropriate attire and other logistics, and a waiver you’ll sign and bring with you. The number of participants is limited, so try to sign up early if you want to participate. Be sure to come a little ahead of 8:30 AM to check in and find our group.

Location: 1734 E. 41st Street, Los Angeles 90058.

Contact: If you have questions the food bank’s website does not answer, contact Jennifer Carter at (323) 919-1172.