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.

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: calendar@ocmensa.org

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! 

 

Tuesday, September 20

12:30 PM       1 Tue 3 Lunch Club

The 1 Tue 3 Club lunch is open to all Mensans and their friends and families.  Make Tuesdays fun again!  We meet at a different location around Orange County on the first and third Tuesdays.

Location: Meet today at The Olde Ship, 709 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton.

Contact: Jim CollierJ.Collier@cross-comp.com   The Olde Ship: (714) 871-7447

 

5:00 PM         Danny K’s Quiz Night

See September 6 entry.

 

Wednesday, September 21

12:35 PM       (almost) FREE LUNCH

Pop into an independent Sub shop that’s been around for decades.  Join us at New York Subs for any of a wide array of sandwiches, or a salad if you prefer.

Location: New York Subs, 3041 E. Chapman Ave, Orange.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095

 

Sunday, September 25

12:30 PM       “Theodore Talk” on Zoom             

Topic:“Football Helmets and Brain Damage.” This virtual presentation is sponsored by Mid-America Mensa (Kansas City area).  Dr. Ken Saczalski has spent decades researching the effects of impact on the human body. He has served as a technical advisor on vehicle safety matters to two U.S. Secretaries of Transportation and is a former member of the National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council. He will show examples of head impacts, demonstrate how helmets are tested and outline the variables that affect helmet safety. (Time is 12:30 PM Pacific time/2:30 Central.)

You must register for this presentation using an email address associated with your Zoom account. See Oracle or weekly eBlast for registration info.

Contact: Brad Lucht, TheodoreTalks@MAMensa.org

 

Tuesday, September 27

5:00 PM         Danny K’s Quiz Night

See September 6 entry.

 

Thursday, September 29

5:00 PM         LOT (Last Odd Thursday)

LOT – It’s the last Last Odd Thursday of 2022.  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 renovated front yard this year.  Bring a snack to share if you are so moved, but we have plenty of beer.

Location:  Orange.

Contact: John Olsen, (714) 771-3095

 

Saturday, October 1

7:00 PM           Open House

We’re going back to the home of John Olsen and Thea Wills-Olsen.  We always have a great time there, so please join us if you can for great conversation, food, and drinks.  Mensa members and their accompanied guests only.  $5 each.  Host requires that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Location: Orange.

Contact: John Olsen 714-771-3095

Sunday, October 2

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM                 Children’s Book Festival

All Mensa Gifted Youth Program members (and Mensa members with children or teens) are invited to join us at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival!  Attractions include celebrity headliners, “meet & greets” with bestselling authors and illustrators, six stages, live animals, planetarium and STEAM presentations, food trucks, and more!  Details are at https://www.kidsbookfestival.com.

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.

Contact: Please email Gifted Youth Coordinator Jenny Rankin at giftedyouth@ocmensa.org to RSVP.

Location: Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  There’s no fee for admission or parking.  To find us, look for our new “Orange County Mensa Gifted Youth” banner.

 

3:00 PM           OCM Board Meeting

The Board will meet to handle the business end of Orange County Mensa. This meeting will be via Zoom.  All OCM members are welcome to attend, which you can do on a computer, phone, or tablet. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Greg De Hoogh to receive information on joining the meeting.

Contact: Greg De Hoogh, OCM President, president@ocmensa.org or 949-362-5529

 

Tuesday, October 4

12:30 PM         1 Tue 3 Lunch Club

We’ll be eating at the Wok Experience.  This is a Chinese cafeteria.  Eaters get to see what is available before they select.  Would prefer to get RSVP from people attending, but this is not absolutely necessary.  The more who show up, the better.  Plenty of parking.  The 1 Tue 3 Club lunch is open to all Mensans and their friends and families.  Make Tuesdays fun again!  We meet at a different location around Orange County on the first and third Tuesdays.

Location: Wok Experience, 267 S. Euclid, Anaheim, between Lincoln and Broadway.

Contact: Jim CollierJ.Collier@cross-comp.com ; Wok Experience: 714-533-9227

 

5:00 PM           Danny K’s Quiz Night

Come join your fellow Mensans and other smart people for a nationwide trivia quiz at Danny K’s.  It’s on Tuesday nights and we start at 5:00 PM, but there is another game that starts at 5:30 PM for those who can’t make it at 5:00 PM.  One time we were 3rd in the nation.  The questions cover a wide range of topics.  For more information as to how this works, please contact Tim Bentley.

Location: Danny K’s Billiards & Sports Bar, 1096 N. Main St., Orange. dannyks.com

Contact: Tim Bentley,  cestrian49@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 5

1:00 PM           LuncH with a Capital H –

We’ve been coming to Hollingshead’s for 3 decades!  Great sandwiches and beer if you’re a midday kind of person.  We’re arriving later to avoid the office rush.

Location: Hollingshead’s Deli, 368 S. Main St., Orange.  Behind Victory Diner.  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

 

Thursday, October 6

10:00 PM         Calendar Deadline

Submit November calendar entries to the Calendar Editor at Calendar@ocmensa.org

Note early due date this month only.

 

Saturday, October 8

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.  Come join us to meet virtually and join your fellow Inland Empire Mensans for Mensa style ZOOM discussions.  We meet virtually every second Saturday of the month from 12 noon to about 1:30 PM.

See Oracle or weekly eblast for details on how to join the meeting.

Contact: Questions?  Joan Francis at events333@aol.com

 

Monday, October 10

10:00 PM         Oracle Deadline

Submit November Oracle entries (articles & photos) to the Oracle Editor at Editor@ocmensa.org

 

Tuesday, October 11

5:00 PM           Danny K’s Quiz Night

See October 4 entry.

 

Tuesday, October 18

12:30 PM         1 Tue 3 Lunch Club

We’ll be eating at In-n-Out Burger in Anaheim. This in my opinion is the best of the hamburger places, several notches above McDonald’s.  In-n-Out also serves a grilled cheese sandwich for people who don’t like meat (but who like dining with other Mensans).  Plenty of parking.  Would prefer to get RSVP from people attending, but this is not absolutely necessary.  The more who show up, the better.  We meet at a different location around Orange County on the first and third Tuesdays.

Location: In-n-Out Burger, 600 S. Brookhurst, Anaheim

Contact: Jim CollierJ.Collier@cross-comp.com

 

5:00 PM           Danny K’s Quiz Night

See October 4 entry.

 

Sunday, October 23

12:30 PM         Theodore Talk: “The Evolution of Voting in the United States” 

This virtual event will take place on Zoom.  Voting is a foundational activity for democratic countries.  However, at the birth of our nation, voting rights were quite exclusive.  Stacey Webb, League of Women Voters, will review the numerous struggles for long-sought voting rights as we have slowly progressed to include more citizens as voters and more people as citizens.  The United States has a complex voting system, and Webb will review the many new voting laws enacted this year.

See the Oracle or the weekly eBlast for info on how to register for the presentation.  Theodore Talks take place on Zoom the fourth Sunday of each month at 12:30 PM, Pacific Time  A list of future Theodore Talks can be found on the Mensa National Events Calendar at https://www.us.mensa.org/attend/calendar/.

Sponsored by Mid-America Mensa. For more information, contact Brad Lucht at TheodoreTalks@MAMensa.org

 

Monday, October 24

Reservation Deadline:  Tour of Helena Modjeska Historic House & Gardens

Deadline for reserving for tour of Helena Modjeska Historic House & Gardens.  You can choose one of two guided tours reserved especially for OC Mensa members and guests:

Saturday, October 29, 10:00 AM; Limited to 20 persons / 10 cars.

Wednesday, November 2, 10:00 AM; Limited to 10 persons / 8 cars.

Free of charge. Tour is 1 hour, 30 minutes.  Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.  Optional: Bring a lunch if you wish; there are picnic tables outdoors for those who wish to eat and visit after the tour.

Location: Modjeska Canyon.  Complete directions will be sent to those who make a reservation.

Contact: RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  To reserve, contact Angie Mattson, communications@ocmensa.org .  Indicate the date of the tour and number in your party who will attend.

 

Tuesday, October 25

5:00 PM           Danny K’s Quiz Night

See October 4 entry.

 

Saturday, October 29

10:00 AM        Tour of Helena Modjeska Historic House & Gardens

Guided tour is for those who reserved ahead of time with Angie Mattson.  Deadline for reservations was Monday, October 24. See October 24 entry.