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August 2014 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 email are unless requested otherwise. MeetUp: SFRM maintains a MeetUp group for events announced on short notice. See www.meetup.com/SFMensa.

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Weekly Events

Every Monday

6p Philosophy and Whatever (PAW) at Earl Williamson’s home in Kensington. Each person tells of their favorite (or least favorite) philosopher and then we vote to select the first topic. My favorite is Plato's Myth of the Cave where people are stuck in a darkened place watching TV. We start with a light potluck at 6p, with discussion commencing at 7p. Directions: Call. RSVP to (510) 527-1022 or philandwhat/a/t/gmail.com, including any preferences or suggestions. PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCI (RSE M)

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)



Date-specific Events

July 27 – Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle: Strategies Toward Enhancing Contentment, Part Two. How you can embrace change, transform your Inner Critic into an Inner Coach, transcend limiting beliefs, exceed expectations, and develop new habits. Join us at noon for refreshments. The Health Circle meets at The Park Bellevue Tower #2408, 565 Bellevue Ave., Oakland 94610 (on Lake Merritt). Hosted by Gwendolyn Rothman,M.D. (510) 451-3009, Gwendolyn/a/t/pacbell.net. Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and Directions to our new location:, with free parking info at joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact/. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

1p Hokke Buddhist Obon Service to honor our ancestors. Hokke Buddhist Church of America, 2016 Pine St. (at Laguna St., about three blocks from Japantown), San Francisco 94115. This is a very old, small, charming church and our ministers come from Japan just to do this service every quarter. Please google “Obon Service” to learn more about this tradition which is at the heart of Buddhism. There is a potluck luncheon afterwards at about 2:30 and we would very much appreciate knowing if you are going to attend the ceremony and then the luncheon, so RSVP to Molly Gleason-Kodama at mollykodama/a/t/gmail.com or (925) 540-8449. Please identify yourself to Molly at the church so she can be your hostess. She is new to Mensa and eager to share this with you. Street parking is scarce so please arrive early and be prepared to drive around looking for a space. You may also park at Japantown on Post at Webster and walk back up to the church. Stairs leading up to the church do not allow for disabled access. Please arrive by 12:45p. No charge but please leave a donation (perhaps $5 or $10) in the white box. If you have never experienced a Buddhist ceremony, this is a wonderful way of introduction. Come and pray, burn a little incense, and express your appreciation for those who came before you and/or who brought you here. PC, NS, WCI, NXM

29 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Concord at China Wall Buffet,1673 Willow Pass Road, 94520 (in the large Park and Shop Center). We will meet in the large separate side room, on your right, halfway back toward the rear of the restaurant. We like the tables to the left of the large window. Come and enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat meal with Mensa friends and other family and friends that you choose to invite to join us. Lots of free parking available in front of the restaurant. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See August 12. (RSE Alt Tu)

August 1 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter: Kumaré (2011). Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi looked around at all the “gurus” and wondered what it took to become a “spiritual leader”. He decided to experiment by simply declaring himself to be one and setting up shop in Phoenix. Luckily for us he filmed the whole adventure. I was fascinated to watch him build up a following based on nothing but mumbo-jumbo he made up. But later, as he began to care for his followers, he seemed to have something helpful to offer. The film concludes with the wide-ranging reaction of his group when he reveals the truth. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6:15p, Film 7p. 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 (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday at the ’Door returns. Join us at The Brass Door, located at 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon 94583. You can check out their web site at www.brassdoor.com, or call them at (925) 837-2501. I’ve made a reservation for six people in my name. As usual, please let me know if you’re thinking of attending in case I need to change the reservation. Call Donna Jadis at (925) 978-0690 or e-mail donna/a/t/mooseworks.org for more info. PC (RSE 1 F)

2 – Saturday

5p Mystery/Suspense Movie Discussion Dilettantes (MSMDD). NOTE: This will be the last MSMDD. Parking around our place has become too difficult. Potluck first. This month we will show The French Connection (1971). It was directed by William Friedkin, and stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. A classic film about two New York cops who try to root out an international heroin drug ring using intuition and some unconventional detecting. Epic car chase and a jarring musical score. Please bring a dish to share and YOB. At the home of Terry and Elizabeth Calaway, San Rafael 94901, (415) 456-9220. PC, NS, D (RSE 1 Sa)

6p Start The Month Right. It’s barbecue time! At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View 94043. Come celebrate the 34th 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)

5 – 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)

6:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night at Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis St. (about 2 blocks from Powell St. BART), San Francisco 94102. Please arrive by 6:30p. The trivia contest will begin at 7p and will last for about 2 hours. See www.brainstormer.com/venue/434/infusion-lounge for details. All Mensans (plus up to 1 guest per member) over 21 are welcome. Although this place becomes a trendy nightclub later at night, they open early and have a special, inexpensive Happy Hour food and drink menu just for Trivia Night. Happy Hour drinks are about $5 to $6, Lounge Bites range from $5 to $10, and appetizers from $6 to $15. Entrees are also available. RSVP IS REQUIRED so that we can reserve a large enough table in advance, preferably on Mensa’s Meetup site at www.meetup.com/SFMensa, or by e-mail to Barry Krasner at bwkbwk/a/t/pacbell.net. If you find later on that you can’t come after RSVPing “Yes”, please change your RSVP to “No” before the event takes place. PC, NC, NS, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 1 Tu)

Intelligencer Deadline. Deadline for calendar events, advertising, members’ free ads, and all other content. See page 2 of the printed Intelligencer for information pertaining to general Intelligencer submissions, and the first page of the calendar for information on submitting events. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

6 – Wednesday

12n Math Lovers’ Lunch. Long Life Vegi House, 2129 University Ave. (at Shattuck Ave.), Berkeley 94704, (510) 845-6072. Convenient to BART and AC Transit. 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 12 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 Monthly Munch at Marie Callender’s, 7825 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 93720, west of the River Park Shopping Center. It’s a fun gathering for an evening of conversation and meeting other Fresno Mensans. The cost of food and drink is your responsibility. We hope to see all of you there. Call Jeanne Greene, cell phone (559) 977-4433 for more information. PC, NC, NMPCW (RSE 1 W)

8 – 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! PC, WCE, NMPCW, NC, SO, NXM (RSE 2 F)

7p GenX Food and Movie Night. Join us for dinner at 7p at the Chevy’s at 3rd and Howard in SF, 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. If you have trouble finding us, call my number; it’s a cell. For more info, contact Cathy at (415) 730-5711 or mulfordc/a/t/alumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

9 – Saturday

3:30p Big Ideas Reading Group: Kinds of Minds:Toward An Understanding Of Consciousness by Daniel C. Dennett. Dennett explores how the human mind came into existence. Along the way, he investigates such questions as: How does the mind work? Can we know another's mind? Can a woman know what it's like to be a man (and vice versa)? What are nonhuman minds like? Could a robot ever be "conscious"? By the end of the book, he confesses, he has not so much presented answers as found better questions to ask. After this meeting we are celebrating 5 years of BIRG at a nearby restaurant. For September 6 at Kepler’s – Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark. We are meeting this month at Le Boulanger, 20488 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino 95014, in front of Cypress Hotel at the corner of De Anza Blvd. Parking in garage and next door. Meetings go for about 2 hours. For information about BIRG see sfmensa.org/groups/BIRG.html. For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/sbcglobal.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

11 – 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 visit The Trident, 558 Bridgeway (1st floor), Sausalito 94965, (415) 331-3232, www.thetridentsausalito.com/home/home.html. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 7 to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC

12 – Tuesday

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. Do you like trivia? Join our Transcendental Pi team for dinner and a chance to win some delicious microbrews. Quiz begins promptly at 7:30p. RSVP to save a seat. Pyramid Alehouse, 901 Gilman St., Berkeley 94710, (510) 527-9090. Entrance and parking on 8th St. side. Hosted by Jonathan Felder, jonathan.felder/a/t/gmail.com. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Alt Tu)

13 – 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 Monday, August 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, (510) 845-1833, catroha/a/t/gmail.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

7p Mensa Technology Junkies. An opportunity for tech industry vets to rub elbows, enjoy a beverage, and discuss current tech topics and trends, hosted by Greg Oehmen. We are always looking for presenters and/or suggestions for topics around which a given meeting can be themed. Location rotates monthly between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. This month we meet in San Francisco, location TBD. E-mail greg.oehmen/a/t/gmail.com for specific details. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

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)

14 – 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 is on line at hickrypit.com/CampbellOpen.htm. Sandra Anderson, (408) 621-1273. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

5:30p Tulare-Kings Area Mensans will return to Panera Bread, 4103 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia 93277 for coffee, bagels, pastries and/or dinner, as well as stimulating conversation. Questions? Contact Steve Pastis at (559) 280-9774 or tulare-kings/a/t/sfmensa.org. PC (RSE 2 Th)

6:30p Harmony Art Showcase. Open mic. Open to all spectators and all un-amplified 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)

15 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter: Fruitvale Station (2013). On New Year’s Day 2009, Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a BART policeman in Oakland’s Fruitvale BART Station. Grant was on the ground, handcuffed. Fruitvale Station tells the story of Oscar’s last day. He is not portrayed as a saint, not as a gangster, but as a somewhat troubled young man. We see the random events that lead up to the tragedy, and are left to consider what can be done. I found this movie extremely moving and thought-provoking. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6:15p, film 7p. 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 (RSE 1,3 F)

7p Movie Night in Orinda: Heaven Is forReal (2014). "Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is for Real brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience." – VideoETA. Come about 7p and we’ll start the movie at 7:30p. Enjoy an evening with Mensa friends and others that you may invite, socializing 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, dessert, fruit, and light-colored beverages (no chips). Orinda, 94563. Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

16 – Saturday

9:30a Mensa Testing in Sunnyvale. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information.

12n GenY at the Beach. Join GenY for a beach day and picnic at Ocean Beach (at the intersection of the Great Highway and Sloat Blvd.), San Francisco 94132. Please bring some picnic food to share! RSVP via Meetup at www.meetup.com/SFMensa/events/193557762/ and join the GenY FaceBook group at www.facebook.com/groups/SFGenY to connect with others or to discuss carpool options. More details? Contact Melissa at melissacheponis/a/t/gmail.com. PC

7p South Bay Games Night. Join Barbara and Tom Canup in South San Jose for an evening of games, food, and conversation. We have a supply of word games, card games and strategy games, or you can bring your own to play. Please bring a snack to share and your choice of beverage. New players are especially welcome. For information, contact Barbara at (408) 225-6068 or treasurer/a/t/sfmensa.org. PC, BYOB, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

17 – Sunday

11:30a Peninsula 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)

12:45p Harmony Health Circle: Gratitude and Appreciation of the Natural World, Part 1. In August we will be focusing on gratitude and appreciation of the natural world with color and texture, utilizing natural objects, found objects, fabric, and other textural elements to create a gratitude meditation mandala. Paint, brushes, paper, and some textural elements will be provided as well as cleanup materials. Today we will bring the elements together, choose and use the color palette we have chosen, and create the mandala. Participants need to bring old shirts or dresses to paint in if possible. Join us at noon for refreshments. The Health Circle meets at The Park Bellevue Tower #2408, 565 Bellevue Ave., Oakland 94610 (on Lake Merritt). Hosted by Gwendolyn Rothman, M.D. (510) 451-3009, Gwendolyn/a/t/pacbell.net. Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions to our new location, with free parking info at joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact/. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

19 – Tuesday

7:30p Intelligencer Peel and Stick. 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)

20 – Wednesday

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 The Holding Company 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 top of 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 8p. They have a Happy Hour until 7p. 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 3W)

24 – Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle: Gratitude and Appreciation of the Natural World, Part 2. We will talk about our mandalas that we created last week and have a focused meditation on gratitude for the glories of the natural world in summer. Poems on the mandalas will also be appreciated. Come even if you missed last week. Join us at noon for refreshments. The Health Circle meets at The Park Bellevue Tower #2408, 565 Bellevue Ave., Oakland 94610 (on Lake Merritt). Hosted by Gwendolyn Rothman,M.D. (510) 451-3009, Gwendolyn/a/t/pacbell.net. Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and Directions to our new location:, with free parking info at joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact/. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

26 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes. 30 Crescent Drive, 94523. Come at 11:30a or a little earlier for best parking choices. Meet at the entrance or at a large table that some of us early-birds will secure for our group. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat healthy and delicious lunch, and also a good measure of interesting conversation on any and all subjects. You are always encouraged to invite a friend or family member to join us. Parking off of Crescent Drive mostly provides for more time , whereas right in front is probably one hour. There is a free multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See August 12. (RSE Alt Tu)

28 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See August 14. (RSE 2,4 Th)

30 – 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 94611 near Piedmont Ave. and Pleasant Valley Ave. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/gmail.com or (510) 541-0234. Please park 4 cars in my driveway. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood; don’t give up! PC, NMPCW, NS, WCP (RSE last Sa)

31 – Sunday

11:30a Fifth Sunday Brunch. Greet old friends and meet new ones when you join us at Urban Bristro, 270 Lorton Ave., Burlingame 94010, one block from the Burlingame Caltrain station off Burlingame Ave. Questions? Call Adele before Sunday at (650) 752-4684. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 5 Su)



FUTURE FLASHES

September 2 – Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers. See August 5. (RSE 1 Tu)

6:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night. See August 5. (RSE 1 Tu)

3 – Wednesday

12n Math Lovers’ Lunch. See August 6. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p Monthly Munch. See August 6. (RSE 1 W)

7:30p ExComm Meeting. See July 30.

5 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter. See August 1. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday at the ’Door. See August 1. (RSE 1 F)

6 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. See August 2. (RSE 1 Sa)

9 – Tuesday

Intelligencer Deadline. See August 5. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)