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July 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 9p 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

June 25 – Sunday

5p                 The Kelly Park Big Band. See July 30. (RSE last Su)

28 – Wednesday

11:30a      Lunch in Concord at Lin’s Buffet. The restaurant is located at 1400 Willow Pass Rd., 94520. Enjoy a delicious lunch with Mensa friends and other family and friends that you may choose to invite. Meet near the entrance at 11:30a or look for us at a large table in the dining room on the right side of the food serving area. A few of us early birds may be there a few minutes early, and already be at the table. The restaurant features many choices of Asian and American food. We may have an Intelligencer on the table to mark our spot. There is plenty of parking available. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

7p                 Asian Palo Alto Dining. Join us for Burmese-Chinese cuisine at Green Elephant Gourmet, 3950 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 94303 in the Charleston Shopping Center. Good food, good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan at Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or at (650) 714-4972 (voice or text) by Monday, June 26. Ask for Susan, and please bring cash. PC, NMPCW

30 – 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 Zephyr Grill, 613 First St., Brentwood 94513. Happy hour prices end at 6p, so try to get there before then. Look for our “Welcome Owl”. Call Judy at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie at (714) 356-4868 for more info. PC, NC

July 1 – 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. It’s barbecue time! 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. You provide your own meat to grill, plus 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)

2 – 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/hotmail.com or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

3 – Monday

6p                 Tuesday Tipplers. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY.) 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)

4 – 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)

5 – 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)

7 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Fences (2016). In this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, an African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States in the 1950s and comes to terms with the events of his life. Working as a trash collector in Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) strives to raise his family while trying to transcend the bitter experience of being a talented baseball player denied the opportunity to play in the majors because of his race. Viola Davis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Nominations for Best Picture, Actor (Washington), and Screenplay. 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)

8 – Saturday

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)

10 – Monday

11:30a      Monday Munchers. This month we will visit Pacific Catch, 133 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera 94925, (415) 927-3474, www.pacificcatch.com. RSVP by Thursday, July 6, 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)

12 – 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, July 11, 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)

13 – 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)

6:30p       Mensa at the Commonwealth Club summer series: Richard Harris and Mary Roach: Is Sloppy Science Killing Us? Harris says that biomedical research, anchored in a system that often rewards the wrong behaviors, is needlessly slowing the search for new treatments and cures. Harris is one of the nation’s most celebrated science journalists, now in his 30th year at NPR. The Club has again kindly offered Mensans discounted $8 tix for our series of three lectures this summer. After each lecture (about 1:15 after start time), we’ll adjourn to Bar 587 next door for drinks and snacks – come for just drinks, the lecture, or both! Tix often sell out and there’s no waitlist, so buy now with code MENSA2017 at www.CommonwealthClub.org/events (discount for Mensan +1 guest; please purchase full price for additional guests). Find us there by looking for the Mensa logo on our chairs and lapels. Club and Bar 587 are at 555 and 587 Post St., San Francisco 94102, near the Powell St. BART/Muni station. Questions? Colleen Buyers at Colleen.Buyers/a/t/gmail.com or (646) 742-7400 cell. PC, NXM

14 – Friday

                        Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). No Mid-Month Mex this month. Tito’s is closed for their summer vacation. Meeting anywhere else just would not be the same. We will be back in August. You should be good and hungry by then! (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)

15 – Saturday

4p                 Big Ideas Reading Group: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK.) Carroll brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview? Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For August 12 at Le Boulanger: Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe by Roger Penrose. 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)

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/aol.com or (408) 205-5688. PC, WBC, BYOB, C, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

16 – 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)

17 – 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)

19 – 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)

21 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: The Edge of Seventeen (2016). Here’s a (mostly) undiscovered gem. I just loved it. It is at times hilarious – Woody Harrelson is the high school teacher I wished I could have been. Kyra Sedgwick is the mother who can’t ever get it right. But the star of the film is Hailee Steinfeld, playing Nadine, a high schooler just trying to survive in a social world were everything and everyone seems to work very hard to bring her down. Los Angeles Times: “The Edge of Seventeen is the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. It’s a disarmingly smart, funny and thoughtful piece of work, from end to beginning to end.” 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 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/aol.com. Your suggestions for NEW, recently released, or soon to be available movies are appreciated for our future choices. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

22 – Saturday

7p                 Delta Open House. For those of us living in Stockton, Antioch, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay, Mountain House, and all the little towns in between, the Delta Open House is moving to the 4th Saturday of each month. Enjoy the company of fellow Mensans out in the Delta. This month the event will be in Discovery Bay. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVPs requested but not required to junger2000/a/t/sbcglobal.net. For more info or directions, call Judy at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie at (714) 356-4868. PC, D, NS (RSE 4 Sa)

25 – Tuesday

7p                 Palo Alto Dining. Our group returns to experience the wonderful food of Jing Jing Szechwan & Hunan Gourmet Restaurant at 443 Emerson St., Palo Alto 94301, just northwest of University Ave. Hot and sour soup, garlic eggplant, and walnut prawns are among their delights. To say you’ll be there, e-mail Susan by Sunday, July 23, at Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or call/text cell phone (650) 714-4972. For last minute changes, call/text cell. At the restaurant, ask for Susan and please bring cash. PC, NMPCW

27 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. See July 13. (RSE 2,4 Th)

28 – 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 info. PC, NC

29 – 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. 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/gmail.com 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)

30 – 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. No RSVP required. PC, NS, WBC, WCP (RSE last Su)

31 – Monday

11:30a      Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes, located at 40A Crescent Drive, 94523. It is about two blocks west of I-680 and one block west of Contra Costa Blvd. Come a few minutes earlier for best parking choices. Meet at the restaurant’s entrance or look for us at a large table that some of us early birds will secure for our group. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat, healthy, delicious lunch. And enjoy a good measure of interesting conversation on any and all subjects, with Mensa friends and other friends and family members that you wish to invite. Most parking on Crescent Drive is for only one hour, but there are other areas available with longer parking time limits. And there is a free City-owned multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or marybradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW

 

 

FUTURE FLASHES

August 1 – Tuesday

6p                 Tuesday Tipplers. See July 3. (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. See July 5. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Café. See July 5. (RSE 1 W)

4 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter. See July 7. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p       First Friday in Danville. See July 7. (RSE 1 F)

5 – Saturday

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

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

10 – Thursday

6p                 Mensa at the Commonwealth Club summer series: Finding Fibonacci. Fibonacci’s greatest contribution was as an expositor of mathematical ideas at a level ordinary people could understand. NPR “Math Guy” Keith Devlin describes Fibonacci’s highs and lows, false starts and disappointments, tragedies and unexpected turns, hilarious episodes, and occasional lucky breaks, bringing together the threads of Fibonacci’s astonishing part in the revival of science, technology and commerce. For venue and ticket information see July 13.