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

 

September, 2017

Sunday, September 10th

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., Santa Ana.

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

 

Dark      M-Atheists SIG Brunch

Until further notice.

 

Monday, September 11th

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, September 12th

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, September 13th

1:00 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Note the late start! Join us at Cali Tacos, because burritos need fries inside them. We love this place but the lunch crowd is solid, so we are arriving late.

Location: 1639 W Chapman Ave, Orange

 

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, September 14th

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. Please RSVP.

Location: 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, September 15th

5:05 PM      3rd Friday at Hollingshead’s

Join us for craft beer, sandwiches and conversation. We’ll be at a cluster of tables. Ask for the Mensans if you need help finding us.

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, September 16th

1:00 PM      Standard 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 Battery. Cost is $60. 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, September 17th

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.

 

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 is always a hit! Bring your own beverages and a snack to share. RSVP requested.

Location: at the home of Sarah Whittenberg, Santa Ana.

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

Tuesday, September 19th

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, September 20th

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, September 21st

Noon      Brunch Davidians

We are meeting at Souplantation in Fountain Valley.Location: 11179 Talbert Ave. (near Costco).

Look for the yellow Mensa “M” sign on the table.

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

 

5:00 PM      Last Odd Thursday

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. No charge.

Location: Orange.

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

 

Friday, September 22nd

4:30 PM      South Coast Plaza Happy Hour

Join us for a little Asian Fusion at AnQi, next to Bloomingdales.

Location: South Coast Plaza Village,1641 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.

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

Saturday, September 23rd

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.

 

6:33 PM      Games Night – Orange

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

Location: Orange.

Contact: PK, (714) 553-5300.

 

7: 30 PM      Dinner at Yardhouse, Irvine Spectrum

9:30 PM      Wayne Brady Stand Up Comedy

Wayne Brady, known for his time on Whose Line is it Anyway? and Chappelle’s Show (and currently on Let’s Make a Deal), is coming to town! A few friends and I want to get young adult Mensans to join us in basking in his glory for a 2-hour stand up special!

Let’s grab dinner and drinks first at 7:30 PM at Yardhouse. Before purchasing tickets, message me to let me know if you are coming. If there are enough of us, we can probably get a group discount. Hope to see you there.

Location: Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine.

Contact: Christopher O’Reilly-Gronke, (949) 324-7030.

 

Sunday, September 24th

2:30 PM      Vaudeville on Film with Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys

A program of Vaudeville film shorts from the 1920s, followed by the Musical Whoopee of Janet Klein (whatever that may mean). Tickets: $20 cash or check (NO credit cards accepted here). RSVPs are recommended. Call the Music Hall at (310) 322-2502 to reserve. The website is http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/concerts.html; scroll down to Sept. 24th event.

After the show, join the South Bay Sunday Salon at Sausal Restaurant, just down the street (next Calendar entry). And please let Vickey know if you’re coming to the show.

Location: Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond in El Segundo.

Contact: (310) 897-2130.

5:30 PM      Dinner at Sausal

South Bay Sunday Salon goes to Sausal in El Segundo. Sausal’s “Nuevo Rancho Cuisine” features fresh and local ingredients blending both Spanish and Mexican traditional foods. The menu is at sausal.com/menu/dinner. And (last time that I’ll mention this), no more free appetizers. RSVP.

Location: 219 Main St. (just a block and a half from Old Town Music Hall – see the previous calendar entry)

Contact: Vickey at (310) 897-2130 or just show up and we’ll make room.

 

4:00 PM      OCM Speakers Forum

“Maximizing Gifted Learning”

Our speaker will be OC Mensa member Jenny Grant Rankin, PhD.

Dr. Rankin will pull from her recent book on engaging and challenging gifted students while sharing little-known facts about teaching students of high intellect and the current state of gifted education. She teaches the PostDoc Masterclass at the University of Cambridge after serving as an award-winning teacher, assistant principal, district administrator, and chief education and research officer. She has authored many books for the education field, serves as assistant coordinator for the OC Mensa Gifted Youth Program, and has been honored by the White House for her work.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, educator, or gifted individual, you will learn more about what works best for you or your child when it comes to learning, and you’ll also learn why. No charge. Guests are welcome.

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.

 

5:00 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.

 

Tuesday, September 26th

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, September 27th

12:35 PM      (almost) Free Lunch

Give this little sushi place a try. They also have the usual Japanese (non-raw fish) dishes. They have lunch specials.

Location: Sushi Boom, 2815 E Chapman Ave Orange.

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, September 28th

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.