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November 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. (NOTE: We will not meet on November 23 (Thanksgiving) nor on December 28.) 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/4p Imaginative Geniuses . (NOTE: We meet at 6p PDT up through November 4. Starting November 11 we meet at 4p PST.) 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 (PDT)/9p (PST) 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

October 29 – Sunday

5p The Kelly Park Big Band . See November 26. (RSE last Su)

31 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Concord at China Wall Buffet . Located at 1673 Willow Pass Rd., 94520, near the south end of the large Park & Shop Center, close to Highway 242. Come and have lunch with Mensa friends, plus any family or friends that you wish to invite to join us. We’ll meet in the large separate dining room, which is on the right side of the restaurant halfway toward the rear where the food serving area is located. There is plenty of unlimited parking in front of the restaurant. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ . PC, NMPCW

November 1 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch . Chef’s 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 . 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/ . PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

3 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter : Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016). This is the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York City. Accused of mortgage fraud, the indictment and trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community. I found this PBS documentary enraging and fascinating. I already knew that the big banks were “too big to fail,” i.e. our financial system could not afford for them to fail. Thus none of the powerful people were ever prosecuted. But the New York DA decided to make an example of a very small bank in the Chinese community. And, it turns out that some of the ‘evidence’ against them was simply differences in expectations and conventions that were, to the average New Yorker, unusual, and therefore suspect. The DA discovered that this community would not just roll over. 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

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 . 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. 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 on Tuesday, November 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 Effie’s Restaurant and Bar , 331 W. Hacienda Ave., Campbell 95008. Their phone is (408) 374-3400. 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

5p Delta Happy Hour Hunters . Celebrate the end of the work week and relax with friendly conversation, happy hour food, and drinks. If you can’t make it at 5p, just let us know you’re coming and we’ll be waiting for you. This month we will meet at Buffalo Wild Wings , 6051 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood, 94513. Look for our “Welcome Owl.” Call Judy at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie at (714) 356-4868 for more information. PC, NC

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 60 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bayfair Center. 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: The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individually oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. This book contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the world around us. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s , 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For December 9 at Le Boulanger: Brainwashed: the Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld. 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)

Games Night in Hercules will not meet in November. It returns on December 9 when Lilley and Tony Mazy host a special “Christmas Party” Games Night. (RSE 2 Sa)

12 – Sunday

6:30p Italian Dining in Palo Alto : Our Palo Alto Dining group is going to iTalico at 341 S. California Ave., 94306. Not cheap, but interesting choices, with small plate alternatives to full entrees. Want to see the choices? Go to . To say you’ll be there, contact Susan at (650) 714-4972 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Friday, November 10. At the restaurant, ask for Susan and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call/text cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

13 – Monday

Monday Munchers is canceled this month. We will be back in December. For information contact Elizabeth Calaway at elizterrycalaway/a/t/ . (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 will be there for several hours. 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, NMPCW (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: Gifted (2017). When his sister dies, 30-something bachelor Frank Adler assumes the care of her 7-year-old daughter. But his plans to raise her are threatened when the child reveals herself to be a math prodigy, and his mom suddenly gets involved. My sentimental favorite of 2017, Gifted is by turns funny, heartwarming, and a little unsettling by underscoring the problems we have understanding and dealing with gifted children. 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 . The title of the movie is to be determined. Please phone or e-mail me within a week or two of the 3rd Friday. Or I will e-mail 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/ . Your suggestions for NEW, recently released, or soon to be available movies are appreciated for our future choices. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

18 – Saturday

South Bay Games Night . Barbara and Ramona won’t be holding the usual South Bay Games Night this month, but come and join us to play some games at the RG! (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)

22 – Wednesday

11:45a South Bay Lunch . (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY.) See November 9. (RSE 2,4 Th)

23 – Thursday

11:15a Big Thanksgiving Meal at Black Bear Diner , 700 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek 94598 (in the Countrywood Shopping Center) at Treat Blvd. (exit to east from I-680). The restaurant is located in front of Safeway, with a parking lot in between the buildings. Meet at the restaurant’s front entrance, or go on into the far rear dining room, where we early birds will arrange for our tables and chairs. Our meal is not a buffet so feel free to go ahead and order as soon as you have your seat and are provided with a menu. When you arrive, you might tell the restaurant’s greeter that you are with Mensa or Mary’s group. If possible, RSVP as to help us to pull together enough tables and chairs for our group. You are welcome to invite family members or friends that you would like to bring. After lunch, around 2:30p some of us will go to my home in Orinda for a movie, maybe a dessert, glass of wine, etc. The movie title is to be determined within a week or two of the event (movie suggestions always encouraged). Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925)376-0762 or Marybradsh/a/t/ . PC, NMPCW

25 – Saturday

Delta Open House & Games Night will not meet in November. We will return in December. (RSE 4 Sa)

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. No RSVP needed; just show up at 7p or later. We have about 20 people every month, most of whom do not RSVP. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/ or (510) 653-2685 (voice only). Please pull forward to 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)

26 – Sunday

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, $10 if you show your Mensa membership card. No RSVP required. PC, NS, WBC, WCP (RSE last Su)

28 – Tuesday

7:30p Trivia Tuesday at the Fireside Lounge , 1453 Webster St., Alameda 94501. Play begins between 7:30p and 8p. Drinks are optional and reasonable. Food is not served, but you can either bring some or get nachos next door. Teams of up to six players; typically there will be 10 to twenty teams. It will be Mensans against the proletariat (otherwise known as the pros). Five rounds of twelve questions, with dumb prizes or free drinks (at their discretion) for the winners. Call Steve Andersen at (510) 521-8869 or email beveaux/a/t/ to RSVP (appreciated but not required). PC, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCE

29 – Wednesday

5:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night . Come join us at Patriot House Pub , 2 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 94111 (Sacramento St. between Davis St. and Front St., on the top level, to the right as you step off the escalator). Please arrive between 5:30p and 5:45p. The trivia contest will begin at 6p and will last for about 2 hours. See for details. The Patriot House is close to the Financial District and Embarcadero BART/Muni, and parking is validated for the underground garage. They have a wide selection of beers, mixed drinks, non-alcoholic drinks, and food, and a Happy Hour until 6p. Look for the Mensa logo on our table or ask for “Barry and the Mensa Group”. RSVP preferred on Mensa’s Meetup site at http:// , 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, NMPCW, NC, NS, NXM (RSE last W)

30 – Thursday

11:30a Lunch in Contra Costa County at a location to be determined. Come and have lunch with Mensa friends, plus any family or friends that you wish to invite to join us. For location contact Mary Bradshaw at (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ . PC, NMPCW



December 1 – Friday

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

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

2 – Saturday

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

6p SFRM Holiday Potluck . Come fête the holidays SFRM-style in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco! For the seventh consecutive year, we are having a finger-food potluck to celebrate all things merry and bright. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvres to share as we will have great drinks, music, and company to help us all to jubilate at this most wonderful time of the year! Mensans, family, and close friends are welcome. There is plenty of street parking (or from Glen Park BART take Muni 52-Excelsior and walk two blocks). Capacity is limited to 50, and RSVP is REQUIRED by 6p on November 30 to Rachel Brooks at (415) 571-3060 or rachel1950b/a/t/ . Please indicate which potluck item(s) you plan to bring so that we can manage menu variety, and let Rachel know if you would like to assist with setup. PC, NS, WCE, WBC

3 – Sunday

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

5 – Tuesday

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

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

6 – Wednesday

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

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

8 – Friday

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

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

9 – Saturday

1p Games Night in Hercules . Join Lilley and Tony Mazy for fun and games in the Northern East Bay! We’ll be having a special, all-day “Christmas Party” Games Night, running until about 10p. For more information or directions, contact Tony at tony/a/t/ or (925) 785-5178. Members only, except for member-escorted guests. PC, FFE, NC, NS, WCD (RSE 2 Sa)

3p Big Ideas Reading Group . See November 11. (RSE 2 Sa)