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November 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

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. [NOTE: We will not be meeting on November 24 (Thanksgiving) or 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

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

October 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 November 10. (RSE 2,4 Th)

29 – Saturday

1p                  Mensa Testing in San Carlos. See for information. PC

7p                 East Bay Game Night. See November 26. (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. 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 of 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. 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)

2 – 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)

6:17p         Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group (BORG). [NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF 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 Tuesday, November 1, 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)

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)

4 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (2006). I found this documentary to be a film that lays it all out for us to see: the hatred for anyone who looks “Arab,” the violence against those who seem different, and the blind intolerance that has engulfed us. But the film also shows us the “revolutionary love” that gives us hope, and repeatedly asks us to consider, what distinguishes “us” from “them.” In the aftermath of Sept. 11th, Valarie Kaur, a 20 year old college student and novice filmmaker, journeys across America with a camera and captures stories of hate and healing in the Sikh American community, a community of turban-clad men often mistaken for Muslims. What begins as a solitary journey to document untold stories became an award-winning documentary film that inspired a movement for brave new dialogue about race and religion in America. In a time of escalating hate and division in America, Divided We Fall tells a story of how to combat hate with love and relentless optimism. 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)

5 – Saturday

11a                Democracy 2.0 Revisited Study/Discussion Group at Erik’s DeliCafé, 1777 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell 95008 (one block south of Hamilton Ave., near CA-17 and I-280). Familiar group decision methods such as vote-for-one, majority rule, ranked votes and agenda-based limitations are known to sometimes produce unfavorable outcomes. In this group we will discuss and experiment with new methods specifically designed to circumvent known flaws. All are welcome. Contact Mike Saari at (650) 862-0774 or michaelsaari/a/t/ 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)

6 – 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)

8 – 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 – 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)

11 – 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)

12 – Saturday

4p                 Big Ideas Reading Group: Big Data: a Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier. A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large. In this brilliantly clear, often surprising work, two leading experts explain what big data is, how it will change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For December 10 at Le Boulanger: Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die by Eric Siegel. 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)

13 – Sunday

6p                 Sunday Evening at Margaret and Jerry’s. Sunday evening supper: ingest and digress. We will have entrée, coffee, and tea. Bring salad/veggies/bread/dessert/beverage to share. Come after dinner if you like. Margaret Pillow and Jerome Taylor host in Berkeley. Contact them at (510) 883-1898 or jmjb7/a/t/ PC, C, SO, NMPCW, WBC

14 – 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 Aurora Ristorante Italiano, 8 Commercial Blvd., Novato 94949, (415) 382-8488, RSVP by Thursday, November 10, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC (RSE 2 M)

16 – 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)

18 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter: Captain Fantastic (2016). Not a superhero. Not an ordinary dad. Having raised his six children in the wooded isolation of the Pacific Northwest, with as little contact with civilization as possible, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) is suddenly drawn back into civilization by a shocking tragedy. As the kids face an unfamiliar world, Ben is forced to reexamine his approach to parenting. I was surprised to find myself both rooting for Ben, while finding his effect on his kids disturbing. This is a film that will leave you thinking. 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. The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015). The cast includes Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise, Toby Jones, and Jeremy Northam, with Matthew Brown as director and screenwriter. The movie is about self-taught Indian Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematical genius who made his way to Trinity College at Cambridge University. There, he rose to prominence under the tutelage of math professor G. H. Hardy. 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)

19 – Saturday

                        South Bay Games Night. Barbara and Ramona won’t be holding the usual South Bay Games Night this month, but come and join us to play some games at the RG! (RSE 3 Sa)

20 – 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)

21 – 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. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE 3 M)

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)

23 – Wednesday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. [NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY.] See November 10. (RSE 2,4 Th)

24 – Thursday

11:30a      Thanksgiving 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 any family members or friends whom you wish to invite. Please let me know that you are coming by Wednesday, November 23, if possible, so I’ll know for how many to reserve table space. After we finish our big meal, around 2p or 2:30p, some of us will meet back at my home in Orinda to see a movie. The movie title will be determined later, and your movie suggestions are welcome. Hosted by Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW

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.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)

28 – Monday

7p                 Palo Alto Dining at the INDO Restaurant and Lounge, 3295 El Camino Real, 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 Indonesian menu. Like exotic liquor? How about a Lemongrass Mojito or a Pear Ginger Mule? Food samples include green papaya mango salad, oxtail soup, chicken satay, garlic noodles, Duck Kapitan, gulai prawn, and much more. As always, good food and good conversation. Entrees are mostly $10 to $35. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at (650) 325-8078 or at susan.heimlich/a/t/ by Saturday, November 26. Be sure to get a confirmation. For last minute changes, call (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

30 – Wednesday

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



December 2 – Friday

6p                 Movies That Matter. See November 4. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p       First Friday in Danville. See November 4. (RSE 1 F)

3 – Saturday

11a                Democracy 2.0 Revisited. See November 5. (RSE 1 Sa)

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

10 – Saturday

6p                 SFRM Holiday Potluck. Come fête the holidays SFRM-style in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco! For the sixth consecutive year, we are having a finger-food potluck to celebrate all things merry and bright. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvres to share as we will have great drinks, music, and company to help us all to jubilate at this most wonderful time of the year! Mensans, family, and close friends are welcome. Capacity is limited to 50, and RSVP is REQUIRED by 6p on December 8 to Rachel Brooks at (415) 571-3060 or at rachel1950b/a/t/ Please indicate which potluck item(s) you plan to bring so that we can manage menu variety, and let Rachel know if you would like to assist with set-up. PC, NS, WCE, WBC