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August Calendar of Events

  

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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 Event

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 23 – Saturday

12:30p     AG Decompression at Armadillo Willy’s. Let’s get together to chat about our experiences at this year’s AG in San Diego over a burger and/or BBQ at Armadillo Willy’s BBQ, 4480 Tassajara Rd., Dublin 94568, where burgers are 50% off for lunch on Saturdays! Didn’t attend the AG? Come anyways! RSVP preferred at www.meetup.com/SFMensa. Hosted by Lana Lee, (925) 979-5416. PC, NMPCW, WBC

27 – Wednesday

 7p      Trivia Night at Codeword. Join us for a fun Trivia Night in San Francisco! Must be age 21 or over. Guests over age 21 are welcome. The event is called The Big Quiz Thing and takes place at Codeword at 917 Folsom St., 94107 (near 5th St., about 3 blocks from Powell St. BART/Muni), from 7p to 9p. Enter Codeword via the DNA Pizza entrance next door. Please try to arrive by 6:45p. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Details about The Big Quiz Thing can be found at www.bigquizthing.com/public-events.html. A couple of important things to know: There is a $5 cover charge at the door and answers for each team are submitted via tablet or smartphone rather than paper. Some of us will be hanging out there, eating, drinking, and talking, after the contest ends. 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

28 – Thursday

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

29 – Friday

11:30a      Lunch in Concord at China Wall Buffet. Located at 1673 Willow Pass Rd., 94520, near the south end of the large Park and Shop Center, close to Highway 242. Come and have lunch with Mensa friends plus family and 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. PC, NMPCW

30 – Saturday

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

August 2 – Tuesday

6p       Tuesday Tipplers. We meet at San Rafael Joe’s, 931 4th St., San Rafael 94901. Join us for drinks and conversation in the bar at 6p and stay for dinner at 7p. Park on the street or in the city garage at Lootens Pl. and 3rd St. (the restaurant has a back door to the garage). Carole Taylor, caroleptaylor/a/t/sbcglobal.net or (415) 454-9453. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

3 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. Chefs Chinese Food, 233 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito 94530 (close to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station), (510) 525-8737. A table will be reserved. All adults who enjoy discussing mathematics (at any level) are welcome. Our discussions are wide-ranging and are not confined to mathematical subjects. Please try to come at 11:30a sharp, but come anyway if, for some reason, you may be a few minutes late. Kevin Langdon, (510) 524-0345, kevin.langdon/a/t/polymath-systems.com. PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Cafe. 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. Please contact Roberta Maguire to make sure she is in town at (510) 292-6370 or robertamaguire/a/t/hotmail.com. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

5 – Friday

6p       Movies That Matter: Eye in the Sky (2015). I found this to be 90 minutes of edge-of-your-seat suspense, all the while grappling with the morality of the choices that had to be made. Hellen Mirren is Col. Katherine Powell, commanding a drone in support of a mission in Kenya to capture a British citizen who has joined the terrorists. But plans fall apart, the right weapons aren’t available, desperate decisions need to be made, and an innocent little girl is in harm’s way. Aaron Paul is the drone pilot, who becomes the conscience of the team. Alan Rickman is one of several politicians overseeing the operation and is at a loss when the time comes for making decisions. How would you balance the life of an innocent against stopping terrorist acts? Eye in the Sky is a look at how we now fight wars. 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/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 returns. We’ll be at Luna Loca in Danville, a good Mexican restaurant in “The Livery” shopping center on San Ramon Valley Blvd. with good food, good prices, and good drinks. It’s pretty easy to get to: From I-680, take the Sycamore Valley Rd. exit, turn right on San Ramon Valley Blvd., and then take the first left (there’s a light) and Luna Loca will be on your right. Check their website at www.lunalocadanville.com for more information. I’ll make a reservation based on how many I think are coming, but please let me know if you’re thinking of attending so I can change the reservation. Call Donna Jadis at (925) 978-0690 or e-mail donna/a/t/mooseworks.org for more info. (RSE 1 F)

6 – Saturday

3p       Mensa Testing in Orinda. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information. PC

6p       Start The Month Right. It’s barbecue time! At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 36th 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)

7 – Sunday

4p       Albany Hill Hike. Join us for a one-hour scenic and historic hike up and around Albany Hill 94706. The trail is steep in spots, but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine. Special bonus: We have scheduled the Sather Tower Solar Beacon to shine directly upon us as we arrive at the top of the hill. Meet under Pacific East Mall Jumbotron just behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St. between Central Ave. in El Cerrito and Washington Ave. in Albany. Free parking is available in the mall lot. Seven tenths of a mile from El Cerrito Plaza BART station. Please contact Roberta Maguire to make sure she is in town at robertamaguire/a/t/hotmail.com or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

8 – Monday

11:30a      Monday Munchers. Rising up from the old Ethnic Dinner, we’re a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we will go to Maya Palenque Restaurant, 349 Enfrente Rd., Novato 94949, (415) 883-6292, www.mayapalenque.com. This restaurant has been in business for years but a couple of years ago it was bought by two of its long-time employees. The menu has been revitalized with fresh organic food and great drinks. RSVP by Thursday, August 4, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC (RSE 2 M)

9 – Tuesday

                  Intelligencer Deadline. Deadline for calendar events, advertising, members’ free ads, and all other content. See above for information on submitting events. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

10 – Wednesday

6:17p         Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group (BORG). Assimilate delicious food and interesting conversation at a good restaurant somewhere in the central East Bay. E-mail or call ahead for the location. Reservation deadline is 6p Tuesday, August 9, by e-mail or phone so we have a table large enough for everyone. Well-behaved non-Mensans welcome. Please bring cash. Cathy Roha, catroha/a/t/gmail.com, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

11 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. Meet at Hick’ry Pit, 980 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008, across from The Pruneyard just west of Bascom Ave. Their phone is (408) 371-2400. Full menu and other info are online at hickrypit.com/CampbellOpen.htm. Sandra Anderson, (408) 621-1273. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

6:30p       Harmony Art Showcase. Open mic. Open to all spectators and all unamplified performers, musicians, painters, dancers, poets, quilters, felters, etc. Any and all artists of any age, gender, race. Hosted by Gwendolyn Rothman, 565 Bellevue Ave. #2408, Oakland 94610, one block off Grand Ave. at Perkins St. For map, directions, and public transit info go to joyfulharmony.org and click on “Contact Us”. Performers please note: RSVP is required by the preceding Friday. E-mail phonegwendolyn/a/t/gmail.com or text to (510) 541-1262. Give your name, the title and genre of your production, and anything else you want said in your introduction. Performers will have up to 5 minutes each. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 2 Th)

12 – Friday

6:30p       Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). We meet, eat, and rest our feet at Tito’s, 15508 E. 14th St., San Leandro 94578, 1500’ NE of the exact geographic center of the Bay Area. Twixt 580 and 880, and close to Bay Fair BART, this is where Mensans meet in the middle and go “MMM!” Come for the Mensans and the margaritas (or just for the Mensans), along with a marvelous Mexican meal after 7p. Co-hosted by Hank Stephenson, hank888/a/t/earthlink.net or (415) 793-0300 cell, and Peter Midnight. Come see why Tito’s has been there for more than 50 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bayfair Mall. We’ll see you at Tito’s! PC, WCE, NMPCW, NC, SO, NXM (RSE 2 F)

7p       GenX Food and Movie Night. Join us for dinner at 7p at a South of Market restaurant (to be determined) in San Francisco, followed by a movie at a local theater. As ever, all ages are welcome. The only requirement is the manners your mother taught you, and that includes RSVPs. To get the restaurant information, contact Cathy at (415) 730-5711 or mulfordc/a/t/alumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

13 – Saturday

4p       Big Ideas Reading Group: Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins. The metaphor of Mount Improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that is epitomized in the seemingly “designed” complexity of living things. Dawkins skillfully guides the reader on a breathtaking journey through the mountain’s passes and up its many peaks to demonstrate that following the improbable path to perfection takes time. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For September 10, also at Kepler’s: Spooky Action at a Distance by George Musser. 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       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)

17 – 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 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 3W)

7:30p        GenX South Bay Pub Quiz. Join us at Katie Bloom’s, 369 East Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008. The quiz starts at 7:30p, but come early to secure a table and have some dinner. RSVP helpful but not required. Corey Coughlin, (408) 499-9491 or coreyjc/a/t/comcast.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCP (RSE W after 2 F)

19 – Friday

6p       Movies That Matter: 45 Years (2015). This is fiction. At the same time, it is a portrait of a real marriage, not created in Hollywood. There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s (Charlotte Rampling) 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay). The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate. “45 Years is very much an English film and in the best sense. It’s subtle, understated and ultimately devastating, but only if you’re paying attention.” Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle. “Charlotte Rampling gives a performance for the ages.” – Time Magazine. 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/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. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016). Comedy and Drama. Starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by Glen Ficarra and John Sequa and is based upon reporter Kim Barker’s memoirs about experiences and obstacles encountered by female journalists in rigidly conservative regions of the Middle East. Come about 7p and we’ll start the movie at 7:30p. Enjoy an evening with Mensa friends, other friends, or family members that you would like to invite. We’ll socialize both before the movie and during intermission. Please bring something to share. It is not a dinner, but salads are welcome, as are hors d’oeuvres, fruit, dessert, and light colored beverages (no chips). Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

20 – Saturday

7p       South Bay Games Night. Join us in the East Foothills of San Jose at the home of Ramona and Walter. 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)

21 – Sunday

11:30a      Third Sunday Brunch. Greet old friends and meet new ones when you join us at Le Boulanger for brunch, 622 Laurel St., San Carlos 94070. One block from San Carlos train station off San Carlos Ave. Questions? Call Adele before Sunday at (650) 752-4684. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 3 Su)

23 – 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)

25 – Thursday

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

27 – Saturday

10a    Mensa Testing in San Carlos. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information. PC

7p       East Bay Game Night. Join us for fun and games in the East Bay! We’re playing word games, card games, board games, all kinds of fast-action social games (not long strategy games). Choose from my shelves of games or bring your own fast-action social games. Please also bring a snack to share. The fun is in Oakland. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/gmail.com or (510) 653-2685 (voice only). Please park four cars in my driveway. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood; don’t give up! PC, NMPCW, NS, WCP (RSE last Sa)

30 – Tuesday

7p       Near Palo Alto Dining at Chili’s, 2560 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View 94040, near Sherwood Ave. OK, it’s a chain, but they have information on their tables about which foods are safe for which allergies, so I’m happy to go there. As always, good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at (650) 325-8078 or at susan.heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by Sunday, August 28. For last minute changes, call or text (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

31 – Wednesday

11:30a      Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes. Located at 40A Crescent Dr., 94523, 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, and delicious lunch. And enjoy a good measure of interesting conversation with Mensa friends and other friends and family members on any and all subjects. You are always encouraged to invite others to join us. Most parking on Crescent Drive is only for an hour, but some other parking areas are available with longer time limits. And there is a free City-owned multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

 

FUTURE FLASHES

September 2 – Friday

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

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

3 – Saturday

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