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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

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 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. 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

6p   Imaginative Geniuses. 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 10p or later. See for more information. For address and directions, and to RSVP, contact host Steven Kays at Mensa/a/t/ or (707) 422-2565. PC, NMPCW, SO, NXM, WBC (RSE Sa)


Date-specific Events

September 25 – Sunday

11a   Robot Games in San Jose conclude. See October 7 for information about the games. There are matches Friday, September 23 from 7p to 9p; Saturday, September 24 from 10a to 6p; and Sunday, September 25 from 11a to 4p; at Bellarmine College Prep, 960 W. Hedding St., San Jose 95126. Park at 799 Emory St. at the corner of Stockton St. PC, NXM, WBC

6:30p   Palo Alto Dining at NOLA, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto 94301, just south of University Ave. Join us for a taste of New Orleans, from seafood gumbo to alligator and crawfish dumplings. As always, good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at (650) 325-8078 or at susan.heimlich/a/t/ by Friday, September 23. For last minute changes, call or message (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

26 – Monday

6:30p   The Commonwealth Club hosts Isabel Allende in San Francisco, with post-lecture drinks at Bar 587. Join Mensa at the Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., 94102, for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author (and fantastic speaker) Isabel Allende. Afterwards (7:45ish) we’ll adjourn to Bar 587, 587 Post St., 94102. Come to just drinks or the lecture — or both! Tickets often sell out and there’s no waitlist, so buy now at Find us there by looking for the Mensa logo on our chairs and lapels. Both venues are near the Powell St. BART/Muni station. Questions? Colleen Buyers at colleen.buyers/a/t/ or (646) 742-7400. PC, NXM

28 – Wednesday

11:30a   Lunch in Concord at Lin’s Buffet. The restaurant is located at 1400 Willow Pass Road, 94520. Enjoy a delicious lunch with Mensa friends and other family and friends that you may choose to invite. Meet near the entrance at 11:30a or look for us at a large table on the right side of the food serving area. A few of us early-birds might come a few minutes early and may be at the table by 11:30a. We may have an Intelligencer on the table to mark our spot. There is plenty of parking available. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

October 1 – Saturday

3p   Mensa Testing in Orinda. See for information. PC

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)

2 – 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/ or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

4 – 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 above for information on submitting events. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

5 – 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/ 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/ PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

7 – Friday

6p   Movies That Matter: Searching for Sugar Man (2012). The incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. 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/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: 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 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/ for more info. (RSE 1 F)

7p   Robot Games in Sunnyvale, running until about 9p. High School robotics teams will be playing the same game you might have seen in April, except the teams’ seniors will have graduated, new students joined, and robots improved. (It’s also common for teams to put joysticks in the hands of nervous new students for on-the-field training!) You can view the game’s short introductory video at The competition continues Saturday, see October 8. Located at Fremont High School, 1279 Sunnyvale Saratoga Rd. (corner of Fremont Ave.), 94087. Times are approximate; check SFRM-News for an update closer to the competition, or for “CalGames.” SFRM Business Manager Gary Koerzendorfer mentors Pioneer HS Team 668 and Santa Teresa HS Team 2643. Kids are welcome and spectators may tour the pits to see the robots up close. PC, NXM, WBC

8 – Saturday

2p   Robot Games continue. See October 7 for details. The actual play is approximately 10a to 5p, come anytime, but playoffs and final matches will begin about 2p. Times are approximate, check SFRM-News for an update closer to the competition or for “CalGames.” PC, NXM, WBC

4p   Big Ideas Reading Group: Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy. Combining a rich historical narrative with his own personal journey as a mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy takes a unique look into the mathematical mind as he explores deep conjectures about symmetry and brings us face-to-face with the oddball mathematicians, both past and present, who have battled to understand symmetry’s elusive qualities. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For November 12, also at Kepler’s: Big Data: a Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier. Meetings go for about 2 hours. We have a list of books read at For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/ 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/ 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)

9 – Sunday

2p   Culture Quest Fest. Have you ever competed in Culture Quest? Would you like to participate in the future? Join us for a potluck celebration for the 2016 Bay Area winning teams. Contact me for the Albany location. Roberta Maguire, robertamaguire/a/t/, (510) 292-6370. ACW, BYOB, LCR, NS, WCD

10 – 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 Marinitas, 218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 94960, (415) 454-8900, RSVP by Thursday, October 6, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC (RSE 2 M)

12 – 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, October 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, catroha/a/t/, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

13 – 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)

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 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)

14 – 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 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/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

15 – Saturday

5p   Mensa International 70th Anniversary Cruise Gala. See for details.

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)

16 – 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)

17 – 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/, (510) 292-6370, or Dan Phillips, umpolung13/a/t/, (304) 975-0066. ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE 3 M)

18 – 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)

19 – 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, 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)

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)

21 – Friday

6p   Movies That Matter: The Lady in the Van (2015). Maggie Smith is at her best in this true story. Playwright Alan Bennett forms an unexpected bond with Miss Shepherd (Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. We get to watch the relationship between the two grow and see her effect on not only him but the whole neighborhood. 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/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM, LCR (RSE 1,3 F)

7p   Movie Night in Orinda. Fathers and Daughters (2015). A superb performance by Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. A drama which follows the life of novelist Jake Davis, who after losing his wife in a car crash, becomes a single father of a five year old girl, played by Seyfried. We follow their struggles and adventures as they face life’s challenges over many years. All the cast are truly talented actors and Jane Fonda is included in the supporting cast. Reviewed as one of the best movies of the year. The movie went straight to DVD. 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/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

23 – Sunday

7p   Palo Alto Dining. Our dining group returns to The Three Seasons, which features very tasty Vietnamese and Asian cuisine. It is located at 518 Bryant St., Palo Alto 94301, just south of University Ave. Specialties are numerous, including spicy sweet and sour shrimp soup, grapefruit and jicama salad, yucca fries, tamarind chicken wings, and happy buns. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Friday, October 21. Ask for Susan and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call/text my cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW.

27 – Thursday

11:45a   South Bay Lunch. See October 13. (RSE 2,4 Th)

29 – Saturday

10a   Mensa Testing in San Carlos. See 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/ 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)

8p   Halloween Party. Got costume? Join the food, drink, fun, and spooky festivities at Krista Van Laan’s house in San Jose. Prizes for best costumes. 494 Cypress Ave., 95117. RSVP required. E-mail to kvl/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM, NS, NC, C

31 – Monday

11:30a   Lunch in Concord at HomeTown Buffet, located at 2050 Diamond Blvd., 94520, a block north of the Hilton Hotel. Diamond Blvd. is located one block east of I-680, between the Willow Pass Rd. and Concord Ave. exits. Come and enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal with Mensa friends and other family and friends that you would like to invite. We may have an Intelligencer on the table(s) to mark our place. We usually park on the North side the restaurant. It is best in case we exchange any items from our cars, and where we can park in the shade. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW



November 1 – Tuesday

6p   Tuesday Tipplers. See October 4. (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

11:30a   Math Lovers’ Lunch. See October 5. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p   East Bay Science Cafe. See October 5. (RSE 1 W)

4 – Friday

6p   Movies That Matter. See October 7. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p   First Friday in Danville. See October 7. (RSE 1 F)

5 – Saturday

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

December 10 – Saturday

6p   Holiday Potluck. Save the Date! One of our most-attended evening gatherings each winter, the SFRM 2016 Holiday Potluck will again take place in San Francisco’s fabulous Diamond Heights neighborhood. Mark your calendars, whip out your favorite hors d’oeuvres recipes, and see future editions of the Intelligencer (and stay tuned to our Facebook groups) for RSVP details!