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.

 

April 2015

 

 

Wednesday, April 1st

7:00 PM      Board Meeting

The Board meets to review financials, establish the group’s budget, plan for the balance of the year, and conduct other business. Members are invited to attend.
Directions: Laguna Hills.
Contact: Greg De Hoogh, (949) 362-5529.

 

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, pkmdinc@gmail.com

Thursday, April 2nd

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, sameade@sbcglobal.net

 

Friday, April 3rd

5:05 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.

Sunday, April 5th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at India Cook House, which has a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Directions: India Cook House 14130 Culver Dr. Irvine. From I-5 freeway, exit Culver Dr. Go south on Culver Dr. and turn left at the first traffic light, which is Scottsdale Dr. and takes you directly into the parking lot. Once in the parking lot, turn left, which will take you back towards the freeway. The restaurant is in the far corner of the strip mall, closest to the freeway and near Super Irvine market.
Contact: Steven. RSVP required so we know how many seats to save. See the event in the Oracle or Orange County Mensa Meetup group, www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Mensa for last minute information, and the preferred method to RSVP.

 

 Monday, April 6th

11:59 PM     Deadline to 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. We need to have your reservation and payment in hand today so we can provide a count to CMCC first thing tomorrow morning. See  the blog for details.

To reserve 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.
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 $26 to treasurer@ocmensa.org.
Contact: Angie, (714) 974-0847, communications@ocmensa.org.

 

Tuesday, April 7th

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 eat 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, April 8th

 (almost) Free Lunch

…is dark this week.

 

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, pkmdinc@gmail.com

 

Thursday, April 9th

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, April 10th

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 to try PUBlic 74, a new gastropub that recently opened in San Juan Capistrano. Join us for good conversation, food, and drinks! publicrestaurants.com/public74-san-juan-capistrano.

Location: PUBlic 74, 27211 Ortega Hwy #B, San Juan Capistrano.

Directions: Due to construction on Ortega Highway, it’s easier to get off the 5 Freeway at Junipero Serra Road. Go east on Junipero Serra, under the freeway then turn right on Rancho Viejo Road. Turn left at the traffic light on Ortega Highway (Hwy. 74), the restaurant is on the left side.

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

 

Saturday, April 11th

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

 

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. RSVPs appreciated.

Location: Home of Neil Orme, Riverside.

Contact: Neil, (951) 741-7368

 

Sunday, April 12th

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.

 

11:00 AM      OCM’s Anniversary Celebration

Join us for OCM’s gala all-you-can-eat champagne Anniversary Brunch at Costa Mesa Country Club. We’ll be entertained by the sleight of hand of magician Johnny Ace Palmer. From 11:00 to 11:30, Johnny will perform strolling/close-up magic so be sure to arrive on time if you are interested in seeing this portion of his performance.

Important: You must have a prepaid reservation. Deadline for reservations: Monday, April 6. This event is restricted to Mensa members and their families/guests.

Directions: Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. This is about 1-1/2 miles south of the 405 Freeway, and 1-1/2 miles west of the 55 Freeway. 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: Angie/Art Mattson, (714) 974-0847. communications@ocmensa.org

 

 

Monday, April 13th

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, April 14th

Noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Blake’s Place BBQ Café & Catering 2905 E Miraloma Ave., Anaheim (714) 630-8574 Our favorite lunch café in the middle of an industrial neighborhood offers good food, great variety, generous portions. One salad is enough for two. The Sandwich Sampler is three sandwiches for $10. Join us out on the patio after you order and pay at the counter. New eaters always welcome. No RSVP required, but call if you want us to save you a seat.

Directions: Easy to find by GPS. Three blocks north of 91 at Kraemer exit, 3 blocks west on Miraloma.
Contact: Linda K, (714) 321-7709, or n8owl@earthlink.net or see the weekly OCM eBlast.

 

Wednesday, April 15th

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,  pkmdinc@gmail.com

Thursday, April 16th

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, April 17th

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.

 

Saturday, April 18th

Noon      Oracle Proofing

Will be done remotely by Proofing Committee.

Noon      Visit to the Islamic Society of Orange County and Discussion on Islam

Our news reports are filled with stories involving Muslims in the Middle East, as well as in the U.S. But, how much do most of us really know about Islam and Muslims? Join your fellow Mensans for this unique opportunity to learn and ask questions about the beliefs, practices, and culture of Islam. Our speaker will be the Director of the ISOC, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi.

Please RSVP to Tim Bentley by Thursday, April 16th so we know how many plan to attend. See contact information in the Oracle or the weekly E-blast. This event is restricted to Mensa members and their families/guests.

Directions: Islamic Society of Orange County, 9752 W. 13th Street, Garden Grove. This is south of the 22 Freeway, on 13th St. just west of Brookhurst St.

For a map, see: www.isocmasjid.org/about/contact/.

Contact: Tim Bentley:  See contact information in the Oracle or the weekly eBlast.

 

Sunday, April 19th

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. See the Oracle or or find Disneyland Mensa SIG on Facebook.

 

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. See details in the Oracle or the weekly eBlast.
Contact: Tom or Kristine at (949) 485-4478 for details/encouragement, or visit http://tinyurl.com/ocmcrumpets.

 

Tuesday, April 21st

Noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

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

 

Wednesday, April 22nd

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Join us for a great buffet of Indian food at India Kitchen. $9.95 for the buffet and they often have coupons.

Directions: 14131 Red Hill Ave, Tustin, CA 92780. It’s one block south of the 5 fwy on the west 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 (714) 997-5610. Old Town Orange, north of Chapman.

Contact: PK Khemka, pkmdinc@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, April 23rd

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.

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

5:00pm      LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

OK, big change this year. FOT becomes LOT. We looked at the calendar and we’d have to cancel too many times so we are moving to the last Thursday this summer. Everything else is the same – enjoy a beverage or two on our front deck in Orange. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved.

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

 

Saturday, April 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.

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

2:00 PM      Chocolate Factory Tour

Tour the factory of ChocXO Chocolatier in Irvine. Their slogan is “Bean to Bar Chocolatier” and they specialize in varietal chocolates. The factory isn’t very large so the tour is limited to 20 people. Must be over 6 years of age. Must wear closed-toe shoes. Price of the tour includes some samples. Sign up by April 18 to reserve your space. Price of the tour depends on the number of people who attend – $20 per person for a low turnout, $17 per person if we get more.

Directions: 9461 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine Take the NB exit 5 Fwy at Lake Forest. Turn right on Irvine Center Dr. SB 405 Fwy, exit Irvine Center Dr. Turn right at top of ramp. Factory is at the corner of Irvine Center Dr and Tesla.

Contact: Nancy, see the Oracle for contact information.

2:00 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.

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

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

 

TBD      Games Night

Games Night for April had not yet been scheduled at press time. Look at the OC Mensa Meetup group www.meetup.com/Orange-County-Mensa or the weekly OCM eBlast for up-to-date information.

 

Sunday, April 26th

5:00 PM      South Bay Sunday Salon

We are meeting at Sesame Moe’s, a Mediterranean cafe that’s also vegan-friendly.

Directions: 2640 N. Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach–near the Ralph’s Market. RSVPs appreciated but not necessary.

Contact: Vicky, (310) 897-2130.

 

Tuesday, April 28th

Noon      Out-to-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K (714) 321-7709.

 

Wednesday, April 29th

7:45 PM      Poetry Reading/Open Mic Night

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

Contact: PK Khemka, pkmdinc@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 30th

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We return to Le Chateau Garden Bistro in Costa Mesa.

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

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

Mark Your Calendar For…

 

Saturday, May 2nd

8:00 PM      Open House

At the home of Brian and Debbie Sullivan in Newport Beach.