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July 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.

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 email 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) 494-6697. PC, NMPCW (RSE Th)


Date-specific Events

June 29 – 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)

30 – Monday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at California Fresh (formerly Fresh Choice), located at 1275 South Main St., 94596 (at the corner of Botelho Dr.). Come and enjoy a delicious lunch with Mensa friends, or other friends or family that you may invite. Parking is at the right side, next to the restaurant, or across Main St. at the city-owned free multi-story garage. Meet at the restaurant’s entrance, or look for us at a large table. We may have an Intelligencer on the table to mark our spot. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

July 1 – 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, caroleptaylora/tsbcglobal.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 bwkbwka/tpacbell.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)

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.feldera/tgmail.com. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Alt Tu)

July 2 – 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.langdona/tpolymath-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)

July 4 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter: Osage County (2013). Yes, we are having a movie night on the 4th of July. You can catch the fireworks that will entertain us during our discussion period. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were both nominated for Oscars in this tale of family secrets that don’t stay hidden. “Family dysfunction has seldom been as flamboyant—or notable for its performances and flow of language—as it is in this screen version of the Tracy Letts play.” – Wall Street Journal. 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, daniela/tjoyfulharmony.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)

First Friday at the ’Door is cancelled for July. (RSE 1 F)

July 5 – Saturday

5p Mystery/Suspense Movie Discussion Dilettantes (MSMDD). Potluck first. This month we will show Foolproof (2003). It was written and directed by William Phillips and stars Ryan Reynolds and David Suchet. A group of young brainiacs carefully plan an imaginary heist. A criminal gets hold of their plans and coerces them into actually pulling it off. Please bring a dish to share and YOB. Please bring suggestions for future movies. At the home of Terry and Elizabeth Calaway in San Rafael, (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. 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)

8p Opera at the Ballpark. Verdi's La Traviata will be performed live by simulcast at AT&T Park. The story is a tragic tale of a courtesan who unexpectedly finds true love and then must selflessly sacrifice it. Obtain your free tickets in advance at sfopera.com and then RSVP to Cynthia Wilcox at vpa/tsfmensa.org. Dress warmly, bring money for snacks, and something soft to sit upon.

July 8 – Tuesday

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

July 9 – Wednesday

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 Silicon Valley, location TBD. E-mail greg.oehmena/tgmail.com for specific details. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

July 10 – 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-kingsa/tsfmensa.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 phonegwendolyna/tgmail.com or text to (510) 541-1262 by the preceding Friday. 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)

July 11 – Friday

Mid-Month Mex is moved to the 4th Friday for this month only, due to Tito’s vacation closure. See July 25.

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 mulfordca/talumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

July 12 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: Probably Approximately Correct: Nature’s Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World by Leslie Valiant. Valiant presents a masterful synthesis of learning and evolution to show how both individually and collectively we not only survive, but prosper in a world as complex as our own. He offers a powerful and elegant model having profound implications for how we think about behavior, cognition, biological evolution, and the possibilities and limits of human and machine intelligence. For August 9 at Le Boulanger: Kinds of Minds:Toward An Understanding Of Consciousness by Danile C. Dennett. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking in basement garage. Meetings go for about 2 hours. For further information about BIRG see sfmensa.org/groups/BIRG.html. For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyda/tsbcglobal.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

July 14 – 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 re-visit Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, 1 Vivian St., San Rafael 94901. (415) 456-8190, celiasrestaurants.com/home/index.php/san-rafael.html. Please RSVP by Thursday, July 10 to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalawaya/taol.com. PC

July 15 – Tuesday

6:17p Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group (BORG). (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY AND WEEK.) 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, July 14 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, catrohaa/tgmail.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See July 1. (RSE Alt Tu)

July 16 – Wednesday

11:30a Burlingame Lunch at La Boulange, 1152 Burlingame Ave., 94010. Enjoy a Francophile moment in your day by treating yourself to an early lunch with your fellow Mensans and their guests. Try their Salad Niçoise, choose from an array of delicious sandwiches, and don’t forget dessert. Beat the noon parking crush and meet us at 11:30a. RSVP to Glen at gsr2008a/tmac.com for details and to have a seat saved. Bring cash; guests welcome. PC, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 3W)

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 bwkbwka/tpacbell.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 coreyjca/tcomcast.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCP (RSE W after 2 F)

July 18 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter: Her (2013). Won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Nominated for four others including Best Picture. Joaquin Phoenix is Theodore, a soulful man who works as a writer of Hallmark-like greeting cards, but is unable to find love in his life. He is intrigued by the new advanced operating system on his computer. He has long, insightful conversations with the OS (Scarlett Johansson) while navigating a friendship with a friend (Amy Adams). The film raises questions about technology, and about what it means to be human. New Yorker: “Sad, kooky, and daunting in equal measure, Her is the right film at the right time.” 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, daniela/tjoyfulharmony.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: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). A Comedy/Crime Drama. Ralph Fiennes plays Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel. Zero Moustafa is the lobby boy who becomes his trusted friend. The story involves many interesting characters, an art theft, and a battle for an enormous fortune, at a time between the wars and a dramatically changing Continent. Directed by Wes Anderson. The cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wilkinson, and Willem Dafoe. 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). Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsha/taol.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

July 19 – Saturday

11a Mensa Testing in Visalia. American Mensa Chair Dan Burg will proctor the Mensa Test at the offices of the Valley Voice, 208 W. Main St., Suite E, Visalia 93291. The fee for the proctored testing session is $40 and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, send an email to testinga/tsfmensa.org. See also sfmensa.org/info/testing.html.

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 RamonaR2a/taol.com or (408) 205-5688. PC, WBC, BYOB, C, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

July 20 – 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: Strategies Toward Enhancing Contentment, Part One. We’ll present, and then discuss, how to decide what you want, visualize, act as if, and practice persistence. 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, Gwendolyna/tpacbell.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)

July 22 – 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)

July 24 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See July 10. (RSE 2,4 Th)

July 25 – Friday

6:30p Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK.) 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, hank888a/tearthlink.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)

July 26 – 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.winsona/tgmail.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)

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, Gwendolyna/tpacbell.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 mollykodamaa/tgmail.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

July 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 July 1. (RSE Alt Tu)

July 30 – Wednesday



FUTURE FLASHES

August 1 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter. See July 4. (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 donnaa/tmooseworks.org for more info. PC (RSE 1 F)

August 2 – Saturday

5p Mystery/Suspense Movie Discussion Dilettantes (MSMDD). 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 ring using intuition and some unconventional detecting. Epic car chase and a jarring musical score. Please bring a dish to share and YOB. Please bring suggestions for future movies. At the home of Terry and Elizabeth Calaway in San Rafael, (415) 456-9220. PC, NS, D (RSE 1 Sa)

6p Start The Month Right. See July 5. (RSE 1 Sa)

August 5 – Tuesday

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

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

August 6 – Wednesday

12n Math Lovers’ Lunch. See July 2. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p Monthly Munch. See July 2. (RSE 1 W)

August 8 – Friday

6:30p Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). See July 11. (RSE 2 F)

7p GenX Food and Movie Night. See July 11. (RSE 2 F)

August 9 – Saturday

3:30p Big Ideas Reading Group. See July 12. (RSE 2 Sa)