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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

March 2016

Tuesday, March 1st

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. www.buzztime.com/showdown

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, March 2nd

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, March 3rd

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

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.

Directions: 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, March 4th

5:00 PM      Beerhunters

It’s pizza and beer time again! Join us at Back Street Brewery, which is next to Ralph’s at the corner of Culver and Walnut in Irvine. It’s attached to a Lamp Post Pizza so there’s plenty of cheap eats including pizza. We usually share a pizza or two to accompany our brews. Call me before hand if you don’t know what we look like. I’ll give you tips on finding us.

Location: 14450 Culver Drive, Irvine

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

 

Saturday, March 5th

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 Ann Harvey/Barry Ader prior to the Open House. See next entry.

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

 

8:00 PM      Open House

We gather to witness the passing by of Asteroid 2013 TX68 at the home of Ann Harvey and Barry Ader. Enjoy good food and drink, and some witty conversation about asteroids and other things. Mensa members and their accompanied guests only. $5 each.

Directions: Huntington Beach. See March Oracle or this week’s eBlast for address and directions.

Contact: Ann or Barry at (714) 962-6443.

 

Sunday, March 6th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night in Costa Mesa

Join us for a delicious vegan meal at Native Foods, in The Camp.

Directions: Native Foods, 2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa (in The Camp). Exit the 405 Fwy at Bristol St. and head south for about 1/2 mile. Turn right into the driveway just past Baker St. There is a small parking lot adjacent to Bristol St., and a larger parking lot in the back. Park in the larger lot, which is closer to the restaurant.

Contact: RSVP to Steven. See Oracle or weekly OCM eBlast for contact information.

 

Tuesday, March 8th

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. www.buzztime.com/showdown

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange.

www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, March 9th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Cary Chilson asked for a return visit to Blaze Pizza. Built to order personal pizzas and salads are your choices.

Location: Blaze Pizza, 2800 North Main St Santa Ana. Inside the Main Place Mall, first floor under the food court.

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

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300.

 

Thursday, March 10th

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 11th

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.

Location: Contact host Valerie Bowman for this month’s location.

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

6:00 PM      SoCoHaHo

In March, SoCoHaHo is going back to the basics, barbecue and beer. We’ll be at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q in Lake Forest.

lucillesbbq.com/locations/lake-forest
Directions: 23760 El Toro Road, Lake Forest (949) 581-7427.

Take the I-5 Freeway and exit at El Toro Road. Go north on El Toro, past the traffic light at Rockfield Blvd. Turn right into the shopping center after Rockfield and you will see Lucille’s.

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

 

Saturday, March 12th

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 was a hit in January, with over 20 people in attendance! Bring your own beverages and a snack to share. 1 to 4 PM. RSVP requested.

Location: Illuminate Education™, 6531 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine.

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

 

Sunday, March 13th

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: gfeltonlb@verizon.net or find Disneyland Mensa SIG on Facebook.

 

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, (657) 226-7861.

 

1:00 PM      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 Mensa Admission Test. Cost is $40. Reservations are required.

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

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

 

Monday, March 14th

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 15th

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. www.buzztime.com/showdown

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange.

www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, March 16th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300.

 

Thursday, March 17th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We meet at Souplantation in the Mesa Verde Shopping Center, Costa Mesa.

Directions: 1555 Adams Ave, Costa Mesa. 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 18th

5:05 PM     3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

Join us for sandwiches, beer and conversation at the Hollingshead’s Deli where there is always great beer and sandwiches to enjoy. We always have a cluster of tables.

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.

 

Saturday, March 19th

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! The Culture Fair Test 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. Cost is $40. Reservations are required.

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

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

 

Sunday, March 20th

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, 3630 E Chapman Avenue (Chapman and Swidler), Orange.

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

 

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. 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. No door charge.

Directions: See the Oracle or this week’s eBlast for address and directions.

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

 

5:00 PM      South Bay Salon

In March and April, our 4th Sunday event will switch to a 3rd Sunday event, in order to avoid conflict with holiday/holy day plans. This month we’ll congregate at Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach. The 120 in the name refers to the number of tequilas in stock. As for food, their website states that the primary influence in their cuisine is Oaxaca and Mexico City (D.F.), with a touch of France. There are plenty of vegetarian entrees too. The menu is at www.ortega120.com/ (turn down your speakers first).
There is plenty of free parking in the covered lot behind the restaurant – enter through the driveway next to Ortega 120. RSVP’s are appreciated but if you forget – come anyway! We will have plenty of room.

Location: 1814 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach

Contact: RSVP – Vickey at (310) 897-2130.

 

Tuesday, March 22nd

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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. www.buzztime.com/showdown

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange.

www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, March 23rd

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Join us at El Camino Café for some distinctive Mexican food. You’ll find their sauces to be rather intriguing. One of OC Weekly’s best new restaurants of 2015. Come for Chilaquiles, Burritos, Quesadillas, Tortas and more.

Location: 195 El Camino Real, Tustin. Corner of Second St.

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

 

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

 Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300.

 

Thursday, March 24th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We mass at Mimi’s in Costa Mesa.

Directions: 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa at its intersection with Harbor, just to the south and west of Triangle Square, on the western and coastal corner of the intersection. Look for the yellow “M” sign.

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

 

Friday, March 25th

5:00 PM      4th Friday North OC Guzzle

Location: Meat Up BBQ, 1450 N Kraemer Blvd, Placentia.

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

 

Saturday, March 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.

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

Games Night

Games Night is dark this month.

 

Monday, March 28th

Deadline to Reserve for OCM’s Anniversary Brunch

All members and guests are invited to join us to celebrate OCM’s 36th Anniversary on Sunday, April 3rd 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 $25 to Angie Mattson. See the Oracle for or the 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 $25 to
treasurer@ocmensa.org.

Contact: Angie or Art Mattson (714) 974-0847.

 

Tuesday, March 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 every Tuesday at 5:30 at Danny K’s in Orange. www.buzztime.com/showdown

Directions: 1096 N. Main St. Orange.

www.yelp.com/biz/danny-ks-cafe-and-billiards-orange

Contact: Tim Bentley: cestrian49@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, March 30th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, (714) 553-5300

 

Thursday, March 31st

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We return to Le Chateau Garden Bistro on the 5th Thursday.

Directions: In Ayres Hotel, 325 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. From 405-S, exit on Bristol and turn right on Bristol. From 405-N, exit 55-S, keep right, follow signs for Baker St., left on Paularino, right on Redhill, left on Bristol.

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

Mark Your Calendar For…

Sunday, April 3

11:00 AM      OCM’s Anniversary Brunch

Join us for OCM’s all-you-can-eat champagne Anniversary Brunch.

Entertainment: Comedian Tim Lee.

IMPORTANT: You must have a prepaid reservation. Deadline for reservations: Monday, March 28.

Location: Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa.