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.

To protect the privacy of our hosts, home addresses and personal email addresses are not listed on this website. Current members of Orange County Mensa can access this information in the current Oracle newsletter or the weekly eBlast.

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: You can schedule your own activity or get-together in next month’s calendar by submitting a Calendar entry to our Calendar Editor at:

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our normally scheduled in-person events are on hiatus, some are virtual, but some are back to in-person! 

Wednesday, June 2

1:00 PM     LuncH with a Capital H

Note Time Change. We’ve been coming to Hollings- head’s for 3 decades! And now after a year we are back! If you’ve had your vaccination you can join our table. We’re arriving later to avoid the office rush.

Location: Hollingshead’s Deli, 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 a small shopping center.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095


Tuesday, June 8

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM      Zoom Book Discussion

For our first meeting this month, pick a book you’ve read and tell us about it.

Contact: Jana Bickel. To be put on the email list for future notifications and Zoom links, please contact Jana. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for contact info.


Wednesday, June 9

1:00 PM      OCM Virtual Field Trip

We’re visiting Eastern State Penitentiary virtually for a talk on Organized Crime: Prohibition Era. Embark on an in-depth virtual exploration of vice, scandal and the struggles Eastern State faced in the early 20th century. This guided program includes a brief overview of Eastern State’s founding principles, highlights organized crime figures who spent time at Eastern State, including “Scar- face” Al Capone, and ends with group discussion. One hour.

To Join Zoom Meeting: See Oracle or weekly eBlast

Contact: John Olsen


Saturday, June 12

12:00 PM      Inland Empire Mensa Zoom

Inland Empire Mensans who live in Riverside and San Bernardino counties (now or in the past) are scattered in different Mensa chapters. Let’s gather together and meet virtually to join fellow Inland Empire Mensans for Mensa style ZOOM discussions, serious and jocular, deep and shallow, once again. Inland Empire Mensans meet every second Saturday of the month from 12 noon to about 1:30 pm.

Contact: Questions? Joan Francis.

To Join Zoom Meeting: See Oracle or weekly eBlast


Sunday, June 13

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM      Gifted Youth: Virtual Exploration of Tools in a Researcher’s Toolbox

All Mensa Gifted Youth Program members (and members with children or teens) are invited to join us for a virtual get-together with Dr. Ruth Walker, a feminist gerontologist and Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where she directs the Building Empowerment and Strength to Encourage Societal Transformation (B.E.S.T.E.S.T) lab. Dr. Walker will talk to us about the different tools social science researchers have in their toolbox. She’ll take us on a journey, discussing how researcher toolboxes have qualitative and quantitative tools and how to pick the right tool for questions we ask. We’ll get to see demonstrations of the tools at work and participate in a group story circle (like a focus group), and we’ll use information we gather in the story circle to construct a scale to measure or quantify the experiences we discussed. We’ll be using tools like official researchers in no time!

Contact & Location: Please email Gifted Youth Coordinator Jenny Rankin to RSVP (only those who RSVP will receive details necessary to join the online Zoom meeting).  See Oracle or weekly eBlast for contact info.

Who May Attend: If you are (a) a Mensan under the age of 18 you must attend with a parent or guardian present to oversee your participation, or (b) if you are a Mensan who has child(ren) below age 18 you must oversee your child(ren)’s participation.

Conduct Reminder: As with our in-person events, all gifted youth are expected to attend with an adult present at all times. Anyone displaying disrespectful/inappropriate behavior will be removed from the Zoom call immediately.


Monday, June 14

10:00 PM Calendar and Oracle Deadlines

Submit July calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at

Submit July Oracle entries (articles and photos) to the Oracle Editor at


Saturday, June 19

11:00 AM      Non-Screaming Politics – Online

Non-Screaming Politics is a political discussion group. Bring your own (virtual) coffee! Lunch is not included; we stop at 12:30.
Location: Join us by video-conference at https://talky. io/nsp .

No download or registration needed! For best results, use:a computer instead of a smartphone; the Chrome browser; an external mic instead of the built-in mic; and headphones instead of speakers.

Contact: Tom Streeter, (949) 668-3468.


Tuesday, June 22

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Zoom Book Discussion

For our second meeting of the month we will be reading books by Wallace Stegner. The selected book is The Angle of Repose, a novel based on the letters of Mary Hallock Foote, an early California pioneer. Or if you prefer, you can select another one of his fiction or non-fiction books.

Contact: Jana Bickel. To be put on the email list for future notifications and Zoom links, please contact Jana. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for contact info.


Thursday, June 24

5:00 PM LOT (Last Even Thursday)

LET – It’s Last EVEN Thursday this month due to conflicts. If you’ve had your vaccination then come out and hang with us. It’s our al fresco Happy Hour which will be held in our backyard this year. Bring a snack to share if you are so moved.

Location: Orange.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095