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February Calendar of Events


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Eric Eichorn, Calendar Editor

Codes: ACW all children welcome; BYOB bring your own beverage; CO clothing optional; C/D cat/dog at residence; FE fictitious event; FFE fragrance-free event; FFO finger food only; LCR light carpet rules (no red wine or other staining substances; can also mean no shoes); MO members only; NC no children; NPC, PC no public calendar, public calendar; NMPCW new members, prospects, and candidates welcome; NS, S, S/NS, SO no smoking, smoking, provisions for both, smoking outside; NXM not exclusively Mensa event; RSE regularly scheduled event; WBC well behaved children; WCD, WCE, WCI, WCP wheelchairs difficult, easy, impossible, possible. RSEs are reprinted verbatim unless an update is received by the deadline for the issue in which a change is requested. Note: Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Web Calendar: Our policy is not to list events on the Web calendar unless requested to do so by inclusion of the “PC” (“public calendar”) code. If the PC code is not included, your event will default to NPC (no public calendar) and will not be included in the Web calendar. Home addresses (and directions to same) are not listed on the Web, but city and contact information such as telephone and e-mail are unless requested otherwise. MeetUp: SFRM maintains a MeetUp group for events announced on short notice. See

To List Your Event: Length limit: 120 words. Submit items to the Calendar Editor at Items must be received by the deadline listed in the calendar to guarantee inclusion. Items must include host’s name, date and time, location, and applicable codes (above), and should also include phone (including area code) or e-mail address. Notices are published on a space-available basis subject to the discretion of the Calendar Editor. The policy for inclusion in the calendar is based on the SFRM bylaws.


Weekly Events

Every Thursday

12:30p     Mountain View Lunch Bunch. We meet at Sweet Tomatoes, 1040 Grant Rd., 94040 (at the corner of Oak Lane). From El Camino Real and Grant Rd., turn south on Grant, take the first right on Oak Lane and the first left into the parking lot. Look for us at the far end of the restaurant. Claire Taylor, (650) 494-6697. PC, NMPCW (RSE Th)

Every Saturday

4p                 Imaginative Geniuses. Relax in a secluded southeast Napa Valley house with warm, friendly people. A free BBQ dinner is served and a hot tub is provided. Located 15-18 minutes from I-80 and CA-12, 40-60 minutes from Berkeley. Parties usually go on until 9p or later. See for more information. For address and directions, and to RSVP, contact host Steven Kays at Mensa/a/t/ or (707) 422-2565. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM (RSE Sa)


Date-specific Events

January 29 – Sunday

6:30p       Near Palo Alto Dining at Chef Chu’s. By now it’s a tradition: Join us this month for a Chinese New Year’s celebration (the Year of the Red Chicken/Rooster begins 1/28/17). We will be revisiting Chef Chu’s at 1067 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos 94022 (at El Camino Real). Their phone number is (650) 948-2696. I have again selected the Banquet Speciale for our dining pleasure. The cost after tax and tip but not including fancy beverages will be about $39. The meal includes minced chicken in lettuce cups, seafood blossom soup, lovers’ prawns, black pepper steak, orange blossom ribs, a whole fish, seasoned vegetables, Chinese sausage fried rice, and fried banana with whipped cream. You can see the menu for yourself at their web site. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Sunday, January 15. This year I’ve made reservations for 16, so don’t delay. Ask for Susan, and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call/text cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

31 – Tuesday

11:30a      Lunch in Walnut Creek at Fuddruckers, 1940 North Main St., 94596, near Ygnacio Valley Road. It is directly across from Target’s main entrance. We normally go to a buffet restaurant, but we wanted to find a place for lunch in Walnut Creek. This restaurant has a good food selection and we should all have an excellent lunch. Ask for a menu when you arrive, so you can see your many choices. I don’t see a sign stating the 1940 number address on the building, but there a lots of large signs showing the name of restaurant. We will meet in the separate, private side room. You can enter Fuddruckers parking lot from either North Main St., or from the side street, Arroyo Way. Come and have lunch with Mensa friends, or others that you may invite to join us. If you can let me know you are coming, I can notify the restaurant so that they may set up the table for us. After lunch you might want to check out or shop at Target and you can park in Target’s underground garage. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

February 1 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. Chefs Chinese Food, 233 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito 94530 (close to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station), (510) 525-8737. A table will be reserved. All adults who enjoy discussing mathematics (at any level) are welcome. Our discussions are wide-ranging and are not confined to mathematical subjects. Please try to come at 11:30a sharp, but come anyway if, for some reason, you may be a few minutes late. Kevin Langdon, (510) 524-0345, kevin.langdon/a/t/ PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Café returns. A free gathering featuring UC Berkeley scientists in an informal discussion of interesting and relevant scientific issues, promoting a casual evening of conversation. At Restaurant Cafe Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Ave., Albany 94706. Please contact Roberta Maguire to make sure she is in town at (510) 292-6370 or robertamaguire/a/t/ PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

3 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Groundhog Day (1993). What do you get when a Zen Buddhist writes a romantic comedy? Groundhog Day! The film explores the phases that a not-so-nice weatherman (Bill Murray) goes through when he is trapped (or perhaps blessed) with repeating the same day over 10,000 times until he gets it right. Andie MacDowell plays the target of Murray’s lust. Groundhog Day is very funny, very touching, and very Buddhist with its parallel to reincarnation. We’re showing this classic on the day after Groundhog Day, so come and enjoy this wonderful film with folks seeing it for the first time, as well as others who have seen it many times. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies shown on 58" plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM, LCR (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p       First Friday in Danville. We’ll be at Luna Loca in Danville, a good Mexican restaurant in “The Livery” shopping center on San Ramon Valley Blvd. with good food, good prices, and good drinks. It’s pretty easy to get to: From I-680, take the Sycamore Valley Rd. exit, turn right on San Ramon Valley Blvd., and then take the first left (there’s a light) and Luna Loca will be on your right. Check their website at for more information. I’ll make a reservation based on how many I think are coming, but please let me know if you’re thinking of attending so I can change the reservation. Call Donna Jadis at (925) 978-0690 or e-mail donna/a/t/ for more info. (RSE 1 F)

4 – Saturday

11a                Democracy 2.0 Revisited Experimental/Discussion Group at Erik’s DeliCafé, 1777 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell 95008. Contact Mike Saari at (650) 862-0774 or michaelsaari/a/t/ for details. PC, SO, WCE (RSE 1 Sa)

6p                 Start The Month Right. At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 37th year and longest running monthly social event in all of American Mensa (at Elna’s home every month since 1981)! Potluck dinner, unstructured socializing, games, and talk. We provide the main dish; you bring salad, bread, or dessert to share and YOB. $1 donation requested. No reservations needed. Info (650) 969-6650. Guests of Mensans must be accompanied by the member. PC, SO, WBC, WCD, C/D. (RSE 1 Sat)

5 – Sunday

4p                 Albany Hill Hike returns. Join us for a one-hour scenic and historic hike up and around Albany Hill 94706. The trail is steep in spots, but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine. Special bonus: We have scheduled the Sather Tower Solar Beacon to shine directly upon us as we arrive at the top of the hill. Meet under Pacific East Mall Jumbotron just behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St. between Central Ave. in El Cerrito and Washington Ave. in Albany. Free parking is available in the mall lot. Seven tenths of a mile from El Cerrito Plaza BART station. Please contact Roberta Maguire to make sure she is in town at robertamaguire/a/t/ or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

7 – Tuesday

6p                 Tuesday Tipplers. We meet at San Rafael Joe’s, 931 4th St., San Rafael 94901. Join us for drinks and conversation in the bar at 6p and stay for dinner at 7p. Park on the street or in the city garage at Lootens Pl. and 3rd St. (the restaurant has a back door to the garage). Carole Taylor, caroleptaylor/a/t/ or (415) 454-9453. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

                        Intelligencer Deadline. Deadline for calendar events, advertising, members’ free ads, and all other content. See above for information on submitting events. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

8 – Wednesday

6:17p         Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group (BORG). Assimilate delicious food and interesting conversation at a good restaurant somewhere in the central East Bay. E-mail or call ahead for the location. Reservation deadline is 6p Tuesday, February 7, by e-mail or phone so we have a table large enough for everyone. Well-behaved non-Mensans welcome. Please bring cash. Cathy Roha, catroha/a/t/, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

9 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. Meet at Hick’ry Pit, 980 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008, across from The Pruneyard just west of Bascom Ave. Their phone is (408) 371-2400. Full menu and other info are online at Sandra Anderson, (408) 621-1273. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

6:30p       Harmony Art Showcase. Open mic. Open to all spectators and all unamplified performers, musicians, painters, dancers, poets, quilters, felters, etc. Any and all artists of any age, gender, race. Hosted by Gwendolyn Rothman, 565 Bellevue Ave. #2408, Oakland 94610, one block off Grand Ave. at Perkins St. For map, directions, and public transit info go to and click on “Contact Us”. Performers please note: RSVP is required by the preceding Friday. E-mail phonegwendolyn/a/t/ or text to (510) 541-1262. Give your name, the title and genre of your production, and anything else you want said in your introduction. Performers will have up to 5 minutes each. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 2 Th)

10 – Friday

6:30p       Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). We meet, eat, and rest our feet at Tito’s, 15508 E. 14th St., San Leandro 94578, 1500’ NE of the exact geographic center of the Bay Area. Twixt 580 and 880, and close to Bay Fair BART, this is where Mensans meet in the middle and go “MMM!” Come for the Mensans and the margaritas (or just for the Mensans), along with a marvelous Mexican meal after 7p. Co-hosted by Hank Stephenson, hank888/a/t/ or (415) 793-0300 cell, and Peter Midnight. Come see why Tito’s has been there for more than 50 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bayfair Mall. We’ll see you at Tito’s! No pets. PC, WCE, NMPCW, NC, SO, NXM (RSE 2 F)

7p                 GenX Food and Movie Night. Join us for dinner at 7p at a South of Market restaurant (to be determined) in San Francisco, followed by a movie at a local theater. As ever, all ages are welcome. The only requirement is the manners your mother taught you, and that includes RSVPs. To get the restaurant information, contact Cathy at (415) 730-5711 or mulfordc/a/t/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

11 – Saturday

4p                 Big Ideas Reading Group: Evolution of the Social Contract by Brian Skyrms. Skyrms uses evolutionary game theory to analyze the genesis of social contracts and investigates social phenomena including justice, communication, altruism, and bargaining. His book will be of great interest to readers in philosophy of science, social science, evolutionary biology, game and decision theory, and political theory. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For March 11, also at Kepler’s: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard Thaler. Meetings go for about 2 hours. We have a list of books read at For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

7p                 Odd Man Out. Marty Nemko will do his one-man show, augmented by his wife, Barbara Nemko, who will periodically annoy him during the show. Plus, five songs sung by the winner of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for Best Performer, Daniela Innocente Beem. Marty accompanies on the piano. It’s at his home in Oakland (Rockridge area, near the Berkeley border). Street parking should be available. Champagne and nibbles will be served starting at 6:45p. The show runs two hours including an intermission. The living room holds 20 people, so RSVP to mnemko/a/t/ and I’ll let you know if seats are still available. PC, C/D, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WBC, WCD

7p                 Game Night in Hercules. Join Lilley and Tony Mazy for fun and games in the Northern East Bay! We’re playing word games, card games, board games, all kinds of fast-action social games (not long strategy games). Choose from our (somewhat limited) shelf of games or bring your own fast-action social games. Lilley and I will have some light refreshments, but please bring a snack to share. The fun is in the quiet bedroom community of Hercules. For more information or directions, contact Tony at tony/a/t/ or (925) 785-5178. RSVPs, preferably by e-mail, are much appreciated. Members only, except for member-escorted guests. PC, FFE, NC, NS, WCD (RSE 2 Sa)

13 – Monday

11:30a      Monday Munchers. This month we will visit F3|Fast Food Français, 39 Caledonia St, Sausalito 94965, RSVP by Thursday, February 9, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC (RSE 2 M)

5:30p       San Francisco Pub Get-Together. Stop by after work or, if you don’t work downtown, just come anyway. All Mensans and their guests are welcome, provided that they are at least 21. At Patriot House in 2 Embarcadero Center (Sacramento St. between Front St. and Davis St.), SF 94111. Take the inside escalator to the 3rd floor, then turn right. Look for the Mensa logo on our table or ask one of the waitresses to find us. Starting at 5:30p, but arrive when you can and leave when you’re ready. We should be there until at least 10p. They have a Happy Hour until 6p, which resumes at 10p. RSVP preferred on Mensa’s Meetup site at, less preferred by e-mail to Barry Krasner at bwkbwk/a/t/ If you find that you can’t come after RSVPing “Yes”, please change your RSVP to “No” before the event takes place. PC, NC, NS, NXM (RSE 2 M)

15 – Wednesday

7:30p        GenX South Bay Pub Quiz. Join us at Katie Bloom’s, 369 East Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008. The quiz starts at 7:30p, but come early to secure a table and have some dinner. RSVP helpful but not required. Corey Coughlin, (408) 499-9491 or coreyjc/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCP (RSE W after 2 F)

17 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Raising Arizona (1987). The first feature film by the Coen brothers was a gritty thriller, the aptly named Blood Simple. Their second, from 1987, was – surprise! – a very offbeat comedy, Raising Arizona. An ex-cop (Holly Hunter) and her ex-con husband (Nicolas Cage) are devastated when they learn they can’t have children. But their spirits lift when they see on the news that a very rich couple, named Arizona, just had quintuplet sons. With so many kids, surely they could spare one. Thus begins the most inept kidnapping adventure you could imagine. When a reward is posted, the couple has to outrun a bounty hunter, a pair of crooks, the cops, and more. Alternately aided and hampered by friends and ex-cons (soon to be cons again), the wild, frantic, hilarious chase in on. With John Goodman and Frances McDormand. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies shown on 58" plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM, LCR (RSE 1,3 F)

7p                 Movie Night in Orinda. All the Way (2016). This is a great history lesson, of one tumultuous year, which begins during the afternoon hours when Lyndon Johnson succeeds the assassinated John Kennedy as president. It is a riveting peek inside the White House, but it is about Bryan Cranston, who is said by many to have become America’s best male actor. Please note his uncanny portrayal of LBJ. The cast includes Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, and Frank Langella. Directed by Jay Roach, with Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Included are the battles LBJ waged with certain members of Congress, and his efforts leading to passage of the Civil Rights Bill. The movie is an HBO adaptation of the one-man stage play that Bryan Cranston performed on Broadway. Come about 7p and we’ll start the movie at 7:30p. Enjoy an evening with Mensa friends, other friends, or family members that you would like to invite. We’ll socialize both before the movie and during intermission. Please bring something to share. It is not a dinner, but salads are welcome, as are hors d’oeuvres, fruit, dessert, and light colored beverages (no chips). Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

18 – Saturday

7p                 First Ever Delta Open House. Enjoy the company of fellow Mensans out in the Delta. This inaugural event is free, with plenty of food! We’ll get to sample some of Jennifer Storm-Alves’ Dove Chocolate treasures. Help us reach critical mass for a regular gathering. We’re in Discovery Bay. Call Judy Unger at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie Unger at (714) 356-4868 for details and directions. RSVP would be appreciated (but not required), just so we can get an idea. PC, D, NS

7p                 South Bay Games Night. Join us in the East Foothills of San Jose at the home of Ramona and Walter Reichl. Please bring the games you want to play (some of the usual games are provided), food, and drink to share. Lots of room for simultaneous games and socializing! Contact Ramona at RamonaR2/a/t/ or (408) 205-5688. PC, WBC, BYOB, C, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

19 – Sunday

11:30a      Third Sunday Brunch. Greet old friends and meet new ones when you join us at Le Boulanger for brunch, 622 Laurel St., San Carlos 94070. One block from San Carlos train station off San Carlos Ave. Questions? Call Adele before Sunday at (650) 752-4684. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 3 Su)

20 – Monday

7:30p        Trivia Night at Spats Restaurant and Saloon, 1974 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley 94704. Join us for a Geeks Who Drink quiz, good food and good company. Teams are limited to six players. Contact Roberta Maguire, robertamaguire/a/t/, (510) 292-6370, or Dan Phillips, umpolung13/a/t/, (304) 975-0066. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE 3 M)

23 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. See February 9. (RSE 2,4 Th)

24 – Friday

6:30p       Palo Alto Dining at Pastis, 447 California Ave., Palo Alto 94306. French-style salads include warm goat cheese; small plates include snails or polenta. Main dishes (French specialties) include salmon, duck, rack of lamb, cassoulet, and mussels. As always, good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at (650) 325-8078 or at susan.heimlich/a/t/ by Wednesday, February 22. For last minute changes, call/message (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

25 – Saturday

7p                 East Bay Game Night. Join us for fun and games in the East Bay! We’re playing word games, card games, board games, all kinds of fast-action social games (not long strategy games). Choose from my shelves of games or bring your own fast-action social games. Please also bring a snack to share. The fun is in Oakland. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/ or (510) 653-2685 (voice only). Please park four cars in my driveway. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood; don’t give up! PC, NMPCW, NS, WCP (RSE last Sa)

28 – Tuesday

11:30a      Lunch in Concord at Lin’s Buffet, located at 1400 Willow Pass Road, 94520. Enjoy a delicious lunch with a large selection of Asian specialties featured. Join Mensa friends and other friends and family that you are encouraged to invite to join us for lunch. Meet near the entrance or look for us at a large table on the right side of the food serving area. A few of us early birds may come a few minutes early and be at the table before 11:30a. We may have an Intelligencer on the table to mark our spot. There is plenty of parking available. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762.



March 1 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. See February 1. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Café. See February 1. (RSE 1 W)

3 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter. See February 3. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p       First Friday in Danville. See February 3. (RSE 1 F)

4 – Saturday

11a                Democracy 2.0 Revisited. See February 4. (RSE 1 Sa)

6p                 Start The Month Right. See February 4. (RSE 1 Sa)

5 – Sunday

4p                 Albany Hill Hike. See February 5. (RSE 1 Su)

7 – Tuesday

6p                 Tuesday Tipplers. See February 7. (RSE 1 Tu)

                        Intelligencer Deadline. See February 7. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

8 – Wednesday

6:17p         Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group (BORG). See February 8. (RSE 2 W)

9 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. See February 9. (RSE 2,4 Th)

6:30p       Harmony Art Showcase. See February 9. (RSE 2 Th)

10 – Friday

6:30p       Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). See February 10. (RSE 2 F)

7p                 GenX Food and Movie Night. See February 10. (RSE 2 F)

11 – Saturday

1p                  Mensa Testing in San Carlos. See for information. PC

4p                 Big Ideas Reading Group. See February 11. (RSE 2 Sa)

7p                 Game Night in Hercules. See February 11. (RSE 2 Sa)

14 – Tuesday

1p                  Neptune Society Columbarium Visit. Think death has to be dreadful? This columbarium is set in attractive buildings, with many shadow boxes holding souvenirs of people no longer living. I’ve planned a guided tour by Emmitt, a man who has kept the site in good shape for several decades. This San Francisco site is off of Anza St., a block south of Geary Blvd. at 1 Loraine Court, 94118. I need a head count, so please reserve by emailing susan.heimlich/a/t/, calling/texting (650) 714-1972, or calling (650) 325-8078 at least a week in advance. (Sorry, he doesn’t do tours on weekends.) PC, NMPCW, WCI

May 13 – Saturday

                        Mensa Bay Cruise. Save the date!