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January 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. (NOTE: We will not be meeting on December 29.) 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)

Every Saturday

4p                 Imaginative Geniuses. (Note: On December 31 this will be replaced with a New Year’s Eve Dinner at 8p.) 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

December 25 – Sunday

11:30a      Christmas Holiday Feast in Concord at HomeTown Buffet. Located at 2050 Diamond Blvd., 94520, a block north of the Hilton Hotel. Diamond Blvd. is a block east of I-680 between the Willow Pass Rd. and Concord Ave. exits. Come and enjoy time with Mensa friends, plus and family members or friends whom you wish to invite to join us. Please let me know that you are coming at least by Saturday, December 24, if possible, so I’ll know for how many to reserve table space. After we finish our big feast, around 2 or 2:30p, some of us will meet back at my home in Orinda to see a movie, and maybe have another dessert. The movie title will be determined later, and your movie suggestions are welcome. Hosted by Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW

4p                 Christmas Day Dinner. Join bright creative and spiritual minds for a free, healthy dinner followed by fireplace discussion of interest to people into higher consciousness in geniuses. That is followed by socializing or gazing at stars from the hot tub, running until 9p. Sleeping bag OK. Call Steve Kays at (707) 422-2565 to RSVP and get directions. See website at www.ImaginativeGenius.com for pictures of the lovely 5-acre property in Napa County, near Fairfield. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM

30 – 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 & 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/aol.com. PC, NMPCW

31 – Saturday

8p                New Year’s Eve Dinner. Join bright creative and spiritual minds for a free, healthy dinner followed by fireplace discussion of interest to people into higher consciousness in geniuses. That is followed by socializing or gazing at stars from the hot tub, running until 1a. Sleeping bag OK. Call Steve Kays at (707) 422-2565 to RSVP and get directions. See website at www.ImaginativeGenius.com for pictures of the lovely 5-acre property in Napa County, near Fairfield. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM

January 1 – Sunday

4p                 Hanukkah’s Last Evening Dinner. Join bright creative and spiritual minds for a free, healthy dinner followed by fireplace discussion of interest to people into higher consciousness in geniuses. That is followed by socializing or gazing at stars from the hot tub, running until 9p. Sleeping bag OK. Call Steve Kays at (707) 422-2565 to RSVP and get directions. See website at http://www.ImaginativeGenius.com for pictures of the lovely 5-acre property in Napa County, near Fairfield. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM

                        Albany Hill Hike will return in February. (RSE 1 Su)

3 – 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)

4 – 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)

                        East Bay Science Café will return in February. (RSE 1 W)

6 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: The Lobster (2015). We’ll start 2017 with the most inventive, most outlandish recent film that I have seen. The film explores society’s insistence that everyone behave in similar ways. Specifically, it speculates that in the near future, the pressure will be on for everyone to be married. Single people are “helped” in finding the right mate and the penalties for failing to form couples are harsh, permanent, and bizarre. If you are willing to suspend your disbelief and accept the premise, you’ll be welcomed into a world of adventure, romance, and thought-provoking ideas. It takes strong actors to create a world so off-kilter, but Colin Farrell, Jessica Barden, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and John C. Reilly are equal to the task. 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. 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)

7 – Saturday

11a                Democracy 2.0 Revisited Experimental/Discussion Group at Erik’s DeliCafé, 1777 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell 95008. Current voting methods (including “vote-for-one-only” and preferential IRV) convey only relative liking (“I like A more than B”) but omit basic like/dislike info (“Do I like B?” and/or “How much do I like/dislike C?”) The result is a bias toward divisive, unpopular winners. Now, a new “high-fidelity” voting scheme promises the potential for fast, reliable, well-liked, collective decisions for any group or situation. Join us to learn more! 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. 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. 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)

9 – 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 visit Green Chile Kitchen, 1335 4th St., San Rafael 94901, (415) 521-5691, www.greenchilekitchen.com. RSVP by Thursday, January 5, 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)

10 – 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)

11 – 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, January 10, 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)

12 – 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)

13 – 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)

14 – Saturday

1p                  Mensa Testing in San Carlos. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information. PC

3p                 Big Ideas Reading Group: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. 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. Parking in the garage and next door. For February 11 at Kepler’s: Evolution of the Social Contract by Brian Skyrms. 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)

15 – 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)

16 – 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)

18 – 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)

20 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Sully (2016). You know the story; you saw the unbelievable news footage of the “Miracle on the Hudson.” In 2009 airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after both engines failed just after takeoff. Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, and Anna Gunn in this fact-based drama, which reveals how Sully pulled off the “miracle,” and considers the idea that it should never have been attempted. The flight scenes are exciting and exhilarating, the characters are engaging, and the story is fun to watch unfold. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think you will, also. 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. Sully (2016), also known as Miracle on the Hudson. On January 15, 2009, Chesley Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the river, 280 seconds after takeoff, after a flock of geese entered and disabled the plane’s engines. Starring Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, and Aaron Eckhart, it was directed by Clint Eastwood. Writers are Todd Komarnicki and Chesley Sullenberger. While Captain Sullenberger was being heralded for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill and saving the lives of all 155 aboard, the usual NTSB investigation was unfolding. Some thought this investigation threatened to destroy his reputation and career. 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)

21 – Saturday

7p                 South Bay Games Night. Barbara and Tom Canup welcome you to their home in south San Jose. A variety of board, word, and card games are available, or you can bring your own favorite. Please bring a snack to share and your choice of beverage. New players are especially welcome. Contact Barbara at (408) 225-6068 or treasurer/a/t/sfmensa.org. PC, C, BYOB, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

26 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. See December 12. (RSE 2,4 Th)

28 – 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. 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)

29 – Sunday

6:30p       Near Palo Alto Dining at Chef Chu’s. By now it’s a tradition: Join us this month for a Chinese New Year’s celebration (the Year of the Red Chicken/Rooster begins 1/28/17). We will be revisiting Chef Chu’s at 1067 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos 94022 (at El Camino Real). Their phone number is (650) 948-2696. I have again selected the Banquet Speciale for our dining pleasure. The cost after tax and tip but not including fancy beverages will be about $39. The meal includes minced chicken in lettuce cups, seafood blossom soup, lovers’ prawns, black pepper steak, orange blossom ribs, a whole fish, seasoned vegetables, Chinese sausage fried rice, and fried banana with whipped cream. You can see the menu for yourself at their web site. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by Sunday, January 15. This year I’ve made reservations for 16, so don’t delay. Ask for Susan, and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call/text cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

31 – Tuesday

11:30a      Lunch in Walnut Creek at Fuddruckers, 1940 North Main St., 94596, near Ygnacio Valley Road. It is directly across from Target’s main entrance. We normally go to a buffet restaurant, but we wanted to find a place for lunch in Walnut Creek. This restaurant has a good food selection and we should all have an excellent lunch. Ask for a menu when you arrive, so you can see your many choices. I don’t see a sign stating the 1940 number address on the building, but there a lots of large signs showing the name of restaurant. We will meet in the separate, private side room. You can enter Fuddruckers parking lot from either North Main St., or from the side street, Arroyo Way. Come and have lunch with Mensa friends, or others that you may invite to join us. If you can let me know you are coming, I can notify the restaurant so that they may set up the table for us. After lunch you might want to check out or shop at Target and you can park in Target’s underground garage. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

 

FUTURE FLASHES

February 1 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. See January 4. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Café returns. 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)

3 – Friday

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

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

4 – Saturday

11a                Democracy 2.0 Revisited. See January 7. (RSE 1 Sa)

6p                 Start The Month Right. See January 7. (RSE 1 Sa)