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

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August, 2017

 

Tuesday, August 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 at Danny K’s: www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, August 2nd

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, August 3rd

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, August 4th

5:05 PM      Beerhunters

We like beer and waffles, so does The Iron Press. Join us for waffles both sweet and savory and great craft beers to wash them down with. Oh, and tater tots.

Location: 3321 Hyland Ave Suite E, Costa Mesa (That’s part of SoCo. )

Contact: John Olsen (714) 771-3095.

 

Saturday, August 5th

7:00 PM      Mensa Open House

At the home of Chifra Holt and David Willis in Corona. We’re off again to the Inland Empire Branch of Orange County. Please join us for another pleasant evening of great conversation (and also the kind of bad jokes that only Mensans can tell). As usual, snacks, wine, beer, and soft drinks are included in the low price of $5 each.

Location: Corona.

Contact: Chifra or David, (951) 737-4566.

 

Sunday, August 6th

6:30 PM      Veggie Night

Every first Sunday, dinner at a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Join us this month at Lemonade Restaurant, in Irvine. You don’t have to be vegetarian to join us (and this restaurant serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes).

Location: Lemonade Restaurant, 2967 Michelson Dr, Irvine. Exit 405 freeway at Jamboree Road. Take Jamboree south ½ mile, then turn left on Michelson Dr. Then turn left on Carlson Ave, and you will see a shopping center on the left with a Mother’s Market, and a Starbucks. Lemonade is in the corner, on the right hand side. Important note: You must turn on Carlson Ave. to get into the shopping center. Google Maps does not seem to know this!

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

 

Monday, August 7th

3:00 PM      Board Meeting

The Board meets to handle the business end of Orange County Mensa. All interested OCM members are invited to attend.

Location: At the home of Bryan Dietz, OCM President. Call for address and directions.

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

 

Tuesday, August 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 at Danny K’s: www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, August 9th

Dark  (almost) Free Lunch

 

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, August 10th

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

 

Friday, August 11th

4:30 PM      2nd Friday Happy Hour

In an Italian mood? Join us at Opus. Always a favorite with an amazing variety of appetizers on happy hour.

Location: 3538 E Chapman Ave, Orange.

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

 

6:00 PM      South County Happy Hour (SoCoHaHo)

SoCoHaHo will be practicing alliteration in August. Join us for mixology in Mission Viejo! Our “happy hour” will be at Dry Society, which features unique cocktails and craft beers. Food is available nearby in Union Market. https://www.drinkdrysociety.com/.

Location: Dry Society, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo. Take the I-5 Freeway and exit north on Crown Valley Parkway. Turn left into the Kaleidoscope multi-story mall north of I-5. Go up to the top floor. Dry Society is inside Union Market.

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

 

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

 

Saturday, August 12th

10:00 AM    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: proctor-sf@ocmensa.org OR call Angie Mattson, OCM Testing Coordinator, (714) 974-0847.

 

Sunday, August 13th

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

 

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.

 

Monday, August 14th

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, August 15th

Noon Out-To-Lunch Bunch

Contact: Linda K, (657) 226-7861 or see weekly OCM eBlast.

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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, August 16th

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, August 17th

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.

 

Friday, August 18th

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.

 

Sunday, August 20th

10:00 AM    Gifted Youth Scavenger Hunt

Join our Gifted Youth Coordinator Sarah Whittenberg, along with members who have children and youth who are members, for fast-paced fun, food and education, as well as an opportunity for our GY to hang out and get to know each other better. RSVP strongly encouraged so that we can provide enough materials (and maybe even prizes!).

Location: DTSA Farmer’s Market, 200-214 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana.

Contact: Sarah Whittenberg, giftedyouth@ocmensa.org, (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. Newcomers welcome! No door charge.

Location/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. Newcomers welcome! No door charge.

Location: San Clemente.

Contact: Tom or Kristine at (949) 485-4478 for details/encouragement.

 

Monday, August 21st

9:06 AM   Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse begins this morning and will last until 11:45 AM. It will be a partial eclipse in Orange County, maxing out at about 70% at 10:21 AM. Be sure to have eclipse glasses for safe viewing.

 

Tuesday, August 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 at Danny K’s: www.buzztime.com/showdown.

Location: 1096 N. Main St., Orange.

Contact: Tim Bentley, cestrian49@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, August 23rd

12:35 PM    (almost) Free Lunch

…goes for the pho (and other Vietnamese and Chinese dishes) at Long Hai in Tustin. Lots of options that aren’t hot soup.

Location: 682 El Camino Real, Tustin (tucked all the way back in the corner of the El Camino Plaza shopping center) between 6th and Newport Ave.

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, August 24th

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.

 

Friday, August 25th

4:30 PM      South Coast Plaza Happy Hour

We go to Morton’s steak house for power hour…They have a great selection of beer, wine and bar bites on special.

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

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

 

Saturday, August 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.

 

5:00 PM-10:00 PM Games Night – Foothill Ranch

Taboo, Pictionary, Encore, Boggle, Charades, Dictionary, Quiddler, Scrabble, or a game you bring. Please bring a snack to share. Note: This is a non-alcoholic event.

Location: Foothill Ranch

Contact: Steven. See Oracle or OCM eBlast for contact info.

 

Sunday, August 27th

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

We’re dark this month.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 24, when our topic will be Gifted Education.

 

5:00 PM      South Bay Sunday Salon

South Bay Sunday Salon tries to beat the heat by parking ourselves at Mediterraneo in Hermosa Beach. Mediterraneo has great prices on their wide range of both small dishes and mouth-watering entrees. No more free appetizers, though! Mediterraneo’s menu is at http://www.themedhb.com/menus

Location: 73 Pier Avenue (the pedestrian part of Pier, right by the water)

Contact: RSVP to Vickey at (310) 897-2130. Or just show up!

 

Tuesday, August 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, August 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.

 

Thursday, August 31st

Noon           Brunch Davidians

Maru Sushi is where we meet for fifth Thursdays. Many non-sushi choices also. About $12. Look for Mensa “M” sign on the table.

Location: 1500 Adams Ave. #100M, Costa Mesa

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

 

5:00 PM      Last Odd Thursday

It’s our (usually) al fresco Happy Hour as late in the month as it can be. 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.

 

September, 2017

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss these September events:

Note: There is no Saturday evening Open House in September. Instead, we are having a family picnic on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Sunday, September 3

3:00 PM     Labor Day Picnic

We will hold a picnic at Valerie Spear’s condo complex common area pool and lawn in Tustin.

Picnic food and beverages will be provided (vegetarian options available). Cost is $5 per adult, kids under 18 are free.

Games, fun, conversation, swimming. Activities for OCM Gifted Youth. Some chairs will be available, but you can help by bringing picnic blankets and additional chairs, also games and outdoor fun. Want to really help? Volunteer by calling/texting Valerie @ (714) 296-8001 (text only before 4 PM).

Location: See Oracle or weekly eBlast for address, directions, and parking info.

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

 

Saturday, September 23

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 Let’s Make a Deal, is coming to town! A few friends and I want to get younger adult Mensans to join us for a 2-hour stand up special! Let’s grab dinner and drinks first at 7:30 PM at Yardhouse at the Irvine Spectrum. Before purchasing tickets, message me to let me know if you are coming. If there enough of us, we can probably get a group discount. Reach me at 949-324-7030. Hope to see you there.

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

Contact: Chris O’Reilly-Gronke (or OG for short), 949-324-7030

Sunday, September 24

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 & 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.

 

5:00 PM    Dinner at Rockwell’s Cafe

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 Cafe, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, (714) 921-0622.