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January Calendar of Events


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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

To List Your Event: Length limit: 120 words. Submit items to the Calendar Editor at 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. (NOTE: We will not meet on January 1, New Year's Day.) 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)

7:30p Brainstormer Trivia League Play. (NOTE NEW TIME AND LOCATION and that we will not meet on January 1, New Year's Day.) Have fun displaying your knowledge! Join our team Rocket Surgeons for dinner and a chance to win gift cards. RSVP to save a seat. It is at Danville Station Firehouse Bar & Grill, 340 Hartz Ave., Danville 94526, (925) 838-8800. Hosted by Dan Phillips, umpolung13/a/t/ or (304) 975-0066. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Th)

Date-specific Events

December 28 - Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle: Easy Movement at Lake Merritt. Easy Movement and how walking can heal you by speeding up your metabolism. A 45 minute walk around Lake Merritt in the Children's Fairyland area enjoying bird sanctuaries and those wild free-spirited Canada Geese. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Note that we provide free parking all day long at the lake. Go to the website below and click on "Contact Us" on the left. 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/ Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions to our new location, with free parking info, at PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

31 - Wednesday

11:30a Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes, 40 Crescent Drive, 94523. Located west of I-680 and just west of Contra Costa Blvd. 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 and delicious lunch, and also a good measure of interesting conversation on any and all subjects. It is New Year's Eve and at lunch we can count down the hours and minutes until the start of 2015! You are always encouraged to invite friends or family members to join us. Off of Crescent Dr. mostly provides for more time to park, whereas right in front of restaurant is probably only one hour. There is a free multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

January 2 - Friday

6p First Friday, a Moveable Feast. We're checking out new restaurants in the East Bay (Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, etc.). We may not be in the same place twice so join the SFRM-News group or contact me for info. I'll make a reservation based on how many I think are coming, but please let me know if you're thinking of attending so I can change the reservation. Call Donna Jadis at (925) 978-0690 or e-mail donna/a/t/ for more info. PC (RSE 1 F)

6:15p Movies That Matter: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014). Food is serious business in France. Relocating from India to a quiet village in the south of France, chef Hassan Kadam and his family open a restaurant called Maison Mumbai. But when their business starts to thrive, a competing restaurateur (Helen Mirren) launches a war between the eateries. Start the new year with a lighthearted drama about competition and mindset. 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/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM (RSE 1,3 F)

3 - Saturday

3p Mensa Testing in Orinda. See for information.

6p Start The Month Right. 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. 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)

4 - 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. Meet under Pacific East Mall Jumbotron just behind bus stop on 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 (510) 292-6370, or robertamaguire/a/t/ PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI (RSE 1 Su)

6 - Tuesday

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

Intelligencer Deadline. Deadline for calendar events, advertising, members' free ads, and all other content. See 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)

7 - Wednesday

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

6p Monthly Chat and Chew for Fresno-Madera (NOTE NEW LOCATION) at Carrows Restaurant, 4280 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 93726. It's north of Ashlan Ave. on the east side of Blackstone Ave. Beverages, appetizers, and dinner are your responsibility. Join us for an evening of invigorating and occasionally esoteric conversation. Questions? Contact Jan Drenth at (559) 435-1078 or fresno-madera/a/t/ PC, NC, NMPCW (RSE 1 W)

8 - 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 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/ 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 and click on "Contact Us". Performers please note: RSVP is required by the preceding Friday. E-mail phonegwendolyn/a/t/ 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)

9 - 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/ 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 201 3rd St. (at Howard St.), San Francisco 94103, 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/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

10 - Saturday

3p Strategy Game Night . The last Strategy Game Night was a big success. Join us for a fun afternoon/evening of games. We will focus on strategy games like Settlers of Catan, Power Grid, Blokus, and Saboteur, but please feel free to bring any other games you like! My home in Walnut Creek is a five-minute walk from Pleasant Hill BART, and there is plenty of street parking. RSVP to salmanhs/a/t/ or (925) 285-8939. PC, LCR, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCI

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: The Map and the Territory by Alan Greenspan. Greenspan integrates the history of economic prediction, the new work of behavioral economists, and the fruits of the author's own remarkable career to offer a thrillingly lucid and empirically based grounding in what we can know about economic forecasting and what we can't. For February 14 at Le Boulanger:Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now?: And Numerous Other Curious Questions in Probability by Paul J. Nahin. 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 For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

11 - Sunday

7p Palo Alto Dining at the INDO Restaurant and Lounge, on the site of the former and very popular Straits Cafe, 3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 94306 (south of Page Mill Rd., on the east side). The entrance is actually on Lambert Ave. (with a parking lot). Their phone is (650) 494-7168, and their website is Check out their tasty menu. Like exotic cocktails? How about Lemongrass Mojito or Pear Ginger Mule? Food samples include satay skewers, apple and prawn salad, tofu goreng, banana leaf salmon, wok roasted mussels, and lobster pad Thai. As always, good food; good conversation. Entrees mostly $10 to $30. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Friday, January 9. Be sure you hear a confirmation!! At the restaurant, ask for Susan, and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

12 - 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 The Heirloom Grill, 490 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael 94903, (415) 499-1157. It's where Chili's used to be. RSVP by Thursday, January 8, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC

13 - Tuesday

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz returns. 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/ PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Alt Tu)

14 - 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, January 12, by e-mail or phone so we have a table large enough for everyone. Well-behaved non-Mensans welcome. Please bring cash. Cathy Roha, catroha/a/t/, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

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

16 - Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter: Stories We Tell (2012). In a family of storytellers, does the truth depend on who does the telling? Director Sarah Polley looks into her past and excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. "A documentary that serves simultaneously as a gripping mystery, a moving record of a family and a fascinating investigation into the nature of truth, memory, and the documentary form itself." - The Playlist. 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/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and PC, NS, NXM (RSE 1,3 F)

7p Movie Night in Orinda:The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014). Starring Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory. The cast also includes Om Puri, Charlotte Lebon, Rohan Chand, and Manish Dayal. It is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and written by Richard Morais and Steven Knight. A comedy and drama about families, their lives and travels and their restaurants in France. Chef Hassan Kadam moves from India, via many countries and eventually to a quiet village in the south of France. He finds an old building needing much work, and establishes a restaurant there near an existing famous Michelin starred restaurant. Competition! Enjoy an evening with Mensa friends and other family and friends that you may invite. Come about 7p and we'll start the movie at 7:30p. It is not a dinner, but please bring something to share which we will enjoy both before we start the movie and during intermission. Salads are welcome, as are hors d'oeuvres, fruit, dessert, and light colored beverages. Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

17 - Saturday

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 RamonaR2/a/t/ or (408) 205-5688. PC, WBC, BYOB, C, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

18 - 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: Activities That Promote Longevity. We'll learn the best activities, both physical and mental, for longer life, as well as the best amount of each. 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/ Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions to our new location, with free parking info, at PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

20 - 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)

21 - 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, less preferred by e-mail to Barry Krasner at bwkbwk/a/t/ If you find that you can't come after RSVPing "Yes", please change your RSVP to "No" before the event takes place. PC, NC, NS, NXM (RSE 3W)

22 - Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See January 8. (RSE 2,4 Th)

23 - Friday

6:30p GaySIG Out on the Town. Light a fuse under your New Year at Fuzio Universal Bistro Embarcadero with your local Mensa LGBT SIG. From the Embarcadero BART/Muni station walk to 1 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level. See for more information, including menu. RSVP to Cal Domingue by Sunday, January 18, at cal/a/t/ or (415) 377-0544. PC, NMPCW

25 - Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle: Nutritional Plans to Promote Longevity. Optimal fasting, the best foods and supplements for longevity. 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/ Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions to our new location, with free parking info, at PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

27 - Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at California Fresh (formerly Fresh Choice), located at 1275 S. Main St., 94596 at the corner of Botelho Dr. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch with Mensa friends, and with other friends or family that you may invite. Parking is at the right side of restaurant in its own lot, or directly across S. Main St. at the city-owned free 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

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See January 13. (RSE Alt Tu)

31 - 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/ or (510) 653-2685. 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)


February 1 - Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike. See January 4. (RSE 1 Su)

3 - Tuesday

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

4 - Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers' Lunch. See January 7. (RSE 1 W)

6p Monthly Chat and Chew for Fresno-Madera. See January 7. (RSE 1 W)

5 - Thursday

7:30p ExComm Meeting. See January 5.

6 - Friday

6p First Friday, a Moveable Feast. See January 2. (RSE 1 F)

6:15p Movies That Matter. See January 2. (RSE 1,3 F)

7 - Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. See January 3. (RSE 1 Sa)