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San Francisco Regional Mensa

May Calendar of Events

  

Future Flashes

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 www.meetup.com/SFMensa.

To List Your Event: Length limit: 120 words. Submit items to the Calendar Editor at calendar@sfmensa.org. 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) 917-9363. PC, NMPCW (RSE Th)

Every Saturday

6p                 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 10p or later. See www.ImaginativeGenius.com for more information. For address and directions, and to RSVP, contact host Steven Kays at Mensa/a/t/StevenKays.com or (707) 422-2565. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM (RSE Sa)

 

 

Date-specific Events

April 23 – Sunday

7p                 Palo Alto Dining at Peking Duck. Peking Duck Restaurant is adjacent to the California Ave. Caltrain station, opposite Molly Stone’s. The address is 151 S. California Ave., 94306. Dishes include Dumplings, Sizzling Rice Soup, Shrimp and Beef Hunan Style, Spicy Crispy Beef, Garlic Shrimp, Crispy Duck, and, of course, Peking Duck (which requires 12 days advance order). Join us for good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at susan.heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or call/text (650) 714-4972 by Friday, April 21. Be sure to get a confirmation. Please bring cash. For last minute changes, call (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

27 – Thursday

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

29 – Saturday

9a                 Mensa Cares: Volunteering Opportunity! Volunteer to save critical grasslands and endangered butterfly species. Mensa volunteers will join the SSF Weed Warriors for fresh air, exercise, and beautiful landscapes as we help them weed on the south slope of San Bruno Mountain. The south slope has large areas of grasslands that are critical to resident endangered butterflies. We’ll be focusing on the removal of invasive non-native plants. Afterwards, for those who are interested in sticking around, we’ll grab lunch at a nearby restaurant. This opportunity is limited to the first 15 volunteers, so please reach out to Stephanie Thornton at mal1/a/t/sfmensa.org to secure your spot! PC

11:30a      Lunch in Concord at Home Town Buffet, located at 2050 Diamond Blvd., 94520, a block north of the Hilton Hotel. It is a block east of I-680 between the Willow Pass Rd. and Concord Ave. exits. Come and enjoy time with Mensa friends, plus any family members or friends that you would like to invite to join us. Please let me know if you will be coming, if possible, so we’ll know the size table to arrange for our group. Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762, or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW

1p                  Mensa Testing in San Carlos. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information. PC

7p                 East Bay Game Night. See May 27. (RSE last Sa)

30 – Sunday

5p                 The Kelly Park Big Band. See May 21. (RSE last Su)

May 2 – 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/sbcglobal.net or (415) 454-9453. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

3 – 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/polymath-systems.com. PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Café. 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. We meet at 6:30p to order dinner before they get too busy, and the program starts at 7p. Please contact Roberta Maguire to make sure she is in town at (510) 292-6370 or robertamaguire/a/t/hotmail.com. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

5 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Manchester by the Sea (2016). A very moving film that got rave reviews. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. Won Oscars for Best Actor (Affleck) and Original Screenplay. Nominated for Best Picture, Actress, and Director. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 7:45p. Movies shown on 58" plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/joyfulharmony.org. Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. 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 www.lunalocadanville.com 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/mooseworks.org for more info. (RSE 1 F)

6 – 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/hotmail.com 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)

7 – Sunday

4p                 Albany Hill Hike. 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/hotmail.com or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

8 – Monday

11:30a      Monday Munchers. This month we will re-visit Panchitos Mexican Restaurant, 667 Del Ganado Rd., San Rafael 94903, (415) 472-6766, www.panchitosrestaurant.com. RSVP by Thursday, May 4, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. 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 www.meetup.com/SFMensa, less preferred by e-mail to Barry Krasner at bwkbwk/a/t/pacbell.net. 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)

9 – Tuesday

                        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)

10 – 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, May 9, 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/gmail.com, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

11 – 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 hickrypit.com/campbell. 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 joyfulharmony.org and click on “Contact Us”. Performers please note: RSVP is required by the preceding Friday. E-mail phonegwendolyn/a/t/gmail.com 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)

12 – 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/earthlink.net 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/alumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

13 – Saturday

3p                 Big Ideas Reading Group: Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller. Our expanding universe is continuously creating not only new space but also new time. The front edge of this new time is what we call “now,” and this moment is truly unique – it is the only moment in which we can exercise our free will. Muller’s thought-provoking vision is a powerful counter to established theories in science and philosophy, and his arguments will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe. We are meeting this month at Le Boulanger, 20488 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino 95014, in front of Juniper Hotel at the corner of De Anza Blvd. Parking in the garage and next door. For June 10 at Kepler’s: Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing by James Owen Weatherall. Meetings go for about 2 hours. We have a list of books read at www.bigideasreadinggroup.com/BIRG2.html. For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/sbcglobal.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

5:30p       Mensa Bay Cruise 2017. Join us for our privately-chartered 2-hour bay cruise, with open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music. We’ll sail past Tiburon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the iconic SF skyline. Mensa members get a $20 discount! For more details and the registration form, see sfmensa.org/events/baycruise/. PC

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/mazy.us 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)

15 – 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/hotmail.com, (510) 292-6370, or Dan Phillips, umpolung13/a/t/yahoo.com, (304) 975-0066. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE 3 M)

17 – 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/comcast.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCP (RSE W after 2 F)

19 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Loving (2016). This is the film most recommended by my friends. It resonates with me because I knew a white woman who had to leave the state of California in order to marry the love of her life, who happened to be black. Loving tells the real live story of the courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry, and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. Nominated for Best Actress Oscar (Negga). Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 7:45p. Movies shown on 58" plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/joyfulharmony.org. Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. PC, NS, NXM, LCR (RSE 1,3 F)

7p                 Movie Night in Orinda. The title of the movie is to be determined. Please phone or email me within a week or two of the 3rd Friday. Or I will email you and provide the name and details of the movie that we will be seeing. 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/aol.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

20 – Saturday

7p                 South Bay Games Night. Barbara and Tom Canup welcome you to their home in south San Jose. A variety of board, word, and card games are available, or you can bring your own favorite. Please bring a snack to share and your choice of beverage. New players are especially welcome. FUTURE NOTE: Barbara and Tom will be hosting at their house again on June 17 and Ramona Reichl will host Games Night in July. Contact Barbara at (408) 225-6068 or treasurer/a/t/sfmensa.org. PC, C, BYOB, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

7p                 Delta Open House. For those of us living in Antioch, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay, Mountain House, and all the little towns in between, the Delta Open House will be held the 3rd Saturday of each month. Enjoy the company of fellow Mensans out in the Delta. This month the event will be in Brentwood. Janet will provide food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages; if you prefer beer or a mixed drink, BYOB. RSVP to Janet at scheu-j/a/t/usa.net. Call Judy at (714) 356-4873 for more info. PC, NS, C (RSE 3 Sa)

21 – 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)

5p                 The Kelly Park Big Band at The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway, Oakland 94612. Led by Mensan/drummer Kelly Park, this 16 piece big band plays original music and arrangements of jazz standards. We’ll stick around after the concert for an informal music conversation, meet some of the band members, have a cocktail, etc. There is a $20 door charge for this event. The concert is normally on the last Sunday of every month but for the month of May it has been moved up to May 21. No RSVP required. PC, NS, WBC, WCP (RSE last Su)

23 – Tuesday

7:30p        Intelligencer Peel and Stick. [NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF LOCATION.] Come help mail the Intelligencer. I’ll provide snacks and drinks. Held at the home of Gary Koerzendorfer, 1541 Market St., Santa Clara 95050. (408) 246-7456. PC, NS, C (RSE Tu after 3 Sa)

25 – Thursday

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

26 – Friday

5p                 Delta Happy Hour Hunters. Celebrate the end of the work week and relax with friendly conversation, happy hour food, and drinks. This month we will meet at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, The Streets of Brentwood, 2365 Sand Creek Rd., Brentwood 94513. Call Judy at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie at (714) 356-4868 for more info. PC, NC

27 – 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/gmail.com 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)

30 – Tuesday

7p                 Palo Alto Dining. Join us this month for outdoor Italian/Sicilian Cuisine at Caffé Riace, 200 Sheridan Ave., Palo Alto 94306. Check their website at www.cafferiace.com/italian-menu/ for their menu. Good food, good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 714 4972 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by Sunday, May 28. Ask for the Mensa table or for Susan, and please bring cash. PC, NMPCW

31 – Wednesday

11:30a      Lunch in Walnut Creek at Fuddruckers, 1940 North Main St., 94596, near Ygnacio Valley Rd. It is directly across from Target’s main entrance. This restaurant has a good food selection and although not a buffet, we should all have an excellent lunch. There are many choices. We will meet at the entrance or in the separate, private side room. You can enter Fuddruckers parking from either North Main St., or from the side street, Arroyo Way. Come and have lunch with Mensa friends, or other family or friends 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 long table(s) 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

 

FUTURE FLASHES

June 2 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter. See May 5. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p       First Friday in Danville. See May 5. (RSE 1 F)

3 – Saturday

11a                Democracy 2.0 Revisited. See May 6. (RSE 1 Sa)

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