December 2018 Calendar of Events
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 Policy: 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 gro.a1544746407snemf1544746407s@rad1544746407nelac1544746407. 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.

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Every Thursday

12:30p Mountain View Lunch Bunch. (NOTE: We will not meet on December 27.) 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

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)

End of November

November 25 – Sunday

6p Channing Club. See December 23. (RSE 4 Su)

28 – Wednesday

5:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night. See December 26. (RSE last W)

29 – Thursday

11:30a Lunch in Pleasant Hill at El Tapatio, 40 Golf Club Rd., 94523. From Walnut Creek it’s easiest to drive north on N. Main Street and keep going when it becomes Contra Costa Blvd. Pass Sun Valley Mall on the right until you get to Golf Club Rd. A landmark is Citibank on the left corner; turn left and make an immediate right into the parking lot. If you wish to take I-680, get off at Willow Pass Rd. and turn left. Turn right on Contra Costa Blvd. and proceed via the previous instructions. Delicious Mexican food with a large selection (a few non-Mexican items too). Friends and family are welcome. Questions: Rosemary Clark at rclarkx/a/t/ or (925) 256-4599. PC, NMPCW

December 1-7

December 1 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 38th 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)

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

4 – 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)

5 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ LunchChef’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)

7 – Friday

6p Movies That MatterBlindspotting (2018). This film is a true reflection of present-day Oakland. It was filmed entirely in West Oakland, with the pivotal scene taking place in, and filmed at, The Alley Bar on Grand Ave. across from the Grand Lake Theater. Watching the film, toward the end, when the meaning of the title, “Blindspotting” was revealed, I realized that if I had known that going in, it would have changed my perception of all that came before. (I suggest that you avoid finding out prior to seeing this film, if possible.) It made me want to see it again. Blindspotting is full of colorful characters, each following their own path, frequently with unintended consequences. In other words, it seems true-to-life. It is tense, not because there is constant physical danger (there isn’t), but because the protagonist is on parole, and constantly afraid of violating the rules and being sent back to prison. There are so many tripwires — from being around anyone who has a gun (even if you don’t know of it) to having to go to Walnut Creek as part of your job (because you are restricted to Alameda County). Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies are shown on a 58″ plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie, at (510) 451-3009 or daniel/a/t/ Hosted by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM (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)

December 8-14

8 – Saturday

9:30a Mensa Testing in Sunnyvale. See for information. PC

3p Big Ideas Reading Group: Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark. How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? 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. Free parking in the garage and next door. For January 12, also at Le Boulanger: The Great Unknown – Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science by Marcus Du Sautoy. 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)

6p SFRM Holiday Potluck. Come to SFRM’s grand holiday bash, one of the group’s most attended winter events. For the 8th consecutive year, we will be in the fabulous Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco! This is also the group’s Monthly Gathering for December. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvres for our finger-food potluck and help us celebrate the season with drinks and plenty of good company. 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 Thursday, December 6 to Rachel Brooks at (415) 571-3060 or rachel1950b/a/t/ Please indicate which potluck item(s) you plan to bring to help us manage the menu variety, and let Rachel know if you would like to assist with setup. PC, NS, WCE, WBC

7p Lighted Boat Parade. Join in the fun watching Discovery Bay’s Lighted Boat Parade from the Ungers’ deck or the warmth of the living room. Come hungry, we will be providing enough food to serve as your dinner. Mensans and guests are welcome. The event is at the Ungers’ house in Discovery Bay. RSVP, so we know how much food to get, to junger2000/a/t/ For more info call Judy at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie at (714) 356-4868. PC, D

10 – Monday

11:30a Monday Munchers. Rising up from the old Ethnic Dinner, a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we will visit Mi Pueblo Marin, 5800 Northgate Dr. Ste. 138, San Rafael 94903, (415) 295-7373, RSVP by Thursday, December 6, to Elizabeth Calaway at 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 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)

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, December 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/, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

13 – Thursday

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

14 – Friday

Delta Happy Hour Hunters will return in January. (RSE 2 F)

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)

December 15-21

15 – Saturday

7p East Bay Game Night. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK.) 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, but note that for a while, we will be providing bottled still and sparkling water, red and white wine, champagne, beer, Coke, Sprite, Fanta orange soda, and Jarritos tamarind soda. 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)

16 – Sunday

6p Sunday Evening at Margaret and Jerry’s. Returning after health issues dealt with. Sunday evening supper: ingest and digress. We will have entrée, coffee, and tea. Bring salad/veggies/bread/dessert/beverage to share. Come after dinner if you like. Bring new stories. Margaret Pillow and Jerome Taylor host in Berkeley. Contact them at (510) 883-1898 or jmjb7/a/t/ PC, C, SO, NMPCW, WBC

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/ PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCP (RSE W after 2 F)

20 – Thursday

5p Pub Trek. Join us as we explore the offerings at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa St., Mountain View 94041, (650) 963-9568, Steins is a modern American take on the classic German biergarten, featuring 30+ taps and comfort food – with happy hour specials until 6p. Drop by anytime starting at 5p and continuing until approximately 7p. Let me know if you have suggestions or recommendations for future Pub Treks. RSVPs appreciated on Meetup at, by e-mail, or by text to (408) 206-4905. Cheers, Rosemary, rbgreenlaw/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM, SO (RSE 3 Th)

21 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. BlacKkKlansman (2018). Spike Lee’s latest is based on the true story of a Black man on a mission to infiltrate the KKK. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today’s tumultuous world. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies are shown on a 58″ plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie, at (510) 451-3009 or daniel/a/t/ Hosted by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM (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

December 22-31

23 – Sunday

6p Channing Club is a wide-ranging discussion group which has been meeting for over sixty years. We begin with a potluck dinner. We generally don’t have prearranged topics but rather discuss whatever comes up. We meet in the Social Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington 94707. Directions: From the Marin Circle take Arlington Ave. north. Go right on Cowper Ave., then left on Lawson Rd. Kevin Langdon, (510) 524-0345, kevin.langdon/a/t/ PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 4 Su)

6:30p Near Palo Alto Vietnamese Dining. Join us as we dine at Xanh in Mountain View, serving really interesting Vietnamese cuisine. They are located at 110 Castro St., 94041, near the Caltrain station, with a parking garage behind the building. Feel free to make yourself a part of the group. To reserve, contact Susan at cell (650) 714-4972 or at Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Friday, December 21. Be sure you hear confirmation. At the restaurant, ask for Susan, and please bring cash. For last minute changes call (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

24 – Monday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant, 2979 Ygnacio Valley Road, 94598. Menus: The proprietress assured me that we can order items from both the lunch and dinner menus. From Hwy 24 eastbound, get into Lane 3 (third from left) or from I-680 northbound get into Lane 3 and take Ygnacio Valley Road exit. At end of ramp, turn right and drive east 3.5 miles. On your right, Encina Grande shopping center stores face Ygnacio Valley Road. At left (east) end of the center, Jade Garden is next to Walgreens. From I-680 southbound, take Treat Blvd. exit. At end of ramp, turn left and drive one block south. At traffic signal, turn left onto Treat and drive east 2.3 miles to Oak Grove Road (major intersection). Turn right onto Oak Grove and drive south 1.3 miles. Cross Ygnacio Valley Road (major intersection), go past the gas station, and turn right into first driveway. On your left, the Jade Garden is next to Walgreens. Tell the hostess you are in the Ken Evans group. Questions? Ken Evans at (925) 935-8148 or evansken/a/t/ RSVPs would be helpful to let me know how many plan to attend. PC, NMPCW

2:30p Movie. After the lunch at Jade Garden some of us will go to Mary Bradshaw’s 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; Mary’s phone is (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

26 – 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, 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)

27 – Thursday

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


2019 January 2 – Wednesday

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

6p Tuesday Tipplers. See December 4 and NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY. (RSE 1 Tu)

4 – Friday

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

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

5 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. See December 1. (RSE 1 Sat)