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September 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 Event

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

August 24 – Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle: Gratitude and Appreciation of the Natural World, Part 2. We will talk about our mandalas that we created last week and have a focused meditation on gratitude for the glories of the natural world in summer. Poems on the mandalas will also be appreciated. Come even if you missed last week. 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/pacbell.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)

26 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes. 30 Crescent Drive, 94523. 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 healthy and delicious lunch, and also a good measure of interesting conversation on any and all subjects. You are always encouraged to invite a friend or family member to join us. Parking off of Crescent Drive mostly provides for more time, whereas right in front is probably one hour. There is a free multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See September 9. (RSE Alt Tu)

28 – Thursday

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

30 – 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 94611 near Piedmont Ave. and Pleasant Valley Ave. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/gmail.com 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)

31 – Sunday

11:30a Fifth Sunday Brunch. Greet old friends and meet new ones when you join us at Urban Bistro, 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)

September 2 – 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)

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 bwkbwk/a/t/pacbell.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)

3 – 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.langdon/a/t/polymath-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)

5 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). This Wes Anderson comedy film has such an original, zany style that it is startling. Everything from the characters to the sets to the colors of the scenery is unique. Time seems to be in hyper drive and the fun is non-stop. The Grand Budapest Hotel is its own fantasy word, full of funny, original characters. But then war intervenes and throws everything off-kilter. I loved this film, the critics loved it, and I think you will, too.The all-star cast includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. 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/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 (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday at the ’Door. 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 donna/a/t/mooseworks.org for more info. PC (RSE 1 F)

6 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK): Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark. Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present, and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure, and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. Fascinating from first to last – this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians. For October 11 at Le Boulanger: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 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 snoboyd/a/t/sbcglobal.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

6p Start The Month Right. At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home, Mountain View 94043. 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)

8 – 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 visit La Maison de la Reine, 346 Corte Madera Town Center (west side of US 101), Corte Madera 94925, lamaisondelareine.com/index.html, (415) 927-0288. RSVP by Thursday, September 4 to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC

9 – Tuesday

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.felder/a/t/gmail.com. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Alt Tu)

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

10 – Wednesday

6p Drink and Think at The Interval (a “Mensa-courting bar” per the New York Times). The Interval, recently opened in June, is described as a bar, a cafe, a museum, and the home of The Long Now Foundation (longnow.org/about). The venue includes thousands of books, a planetary display, a 10,000 year clock, music and artwork by Brian Eno, along with other intellectually provocative items. See www.theinterval.org/visit. Located at Fort Mason Center (parking available) at 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg A, San Francisco 94123. Please join us! RSVP to Brett Powell at brettpowellmarin/a/t/gmail.com. PC, NC, NMPCW

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, September 8 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, catroha/a/t/gmail.com. 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/comcast.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCP (RSE W after 2 F)

11 – 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-kings/a/t/sfmensa.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 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)

12 – 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 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 mulfordc/a/t/alumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

15 – Monday

7p Palo Alto Dining at Jing Jing Szechwan and Hunan Gourmet. Our group returns after a summer hiatus to experience the wonderful food of Jing Jing at 443 Emerson St. (north of University Ave.), 94301. Hot and sour soup, garlic eggplant, walnut prawns. To say you’ll be there, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by Saturday, September 13. Ask for Susan and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW.

17 – 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 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 3W)

19 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter: The United States of Secrets (2014). At the National Security Agency, they call it “The Program.” Created after 9/11, its purpose is to spy on everyone, collect data on everyone – emails, phone calls, all communications. This is the secret government program exposed by Edward Snowden. In less than two hours you learn what happened and hear interviews with virtually everyone involved, Snowden and the correspondents who reported the story, and well as government authorities attempting to simultaneously justify The Program and deny its existence. I found this two-hour show jaw-dropping and spellbinding. If you have any interest in what your government is collecting about all of us, you must see this. 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/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 (RSE 1,3 F)

7p Movie Night in Orinda: Philomena (2013). The movie is based on the 2009 investigative book by BCC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, and it focuses on the efforts of the mother (played by Judi Dench) to find her son who was taken away from her when he was an infant. After conceiving out of wedlock, she was forced to live in a convent and sign a contract not permitting any sort of inquiry into his whereabouts. Steve Coogan plays BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith. Directed by Stephen Frears. Screenplay writers are Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. 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). Orinda, 94563. Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

20 – Saturday

7p South Bay Games Night. Join us in the East Foothills of San Jose at the home of Ramona and Walter Reichl in San Jose 95127. 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/aol.com or (408) 205-5688. Directions: from the 680 freeway take Alum Rock Ave. , left on Blue Gum Dr. (if you come to Story Rd. you have missed the Blue Gum turn), right on Porter Lane. PC, WBC, BYOB, C, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

21 – 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: Eye Health Enhancement and Maintenance , Part 1. Learn the roles of nutrition and food supplements in caring for your eyes. Other ways to maintain good eyesight include the right sunglasses and sleep. We’ll also learn techniques for reducing the damage that computer monitors can inflict. Come back next week to learn the role of ergonomics in eye care and to practice helpful eye exercises. 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/pacbell.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)

23 – Tuesday

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See September 9. (RSE Alt Tu)

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)

25 – Thursday

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

27 – 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 94611 near Piedmont Ave. and Pleasant Valley Ave. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/gmail.com 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)

28 – Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle: Eye Health Enhancement and Maintenance, Part 2. Learn the role of ergonomics in eye care and practice helpful eye exercises. 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/pacbell.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)

30 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Concord. At HomeTown Buffet, 2050 Diamond Blvd., Concord 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 choose to invite. We may have an Intelligencer on the table to mark our spot. We usually park on the north side of the restaurant for swapping items from our cars and where we can find parking in the shade. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW


FUTURE FLASHES

October 1 – Wednesday

12n Math Lovers’ Lunch. See September 3. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p Monthly Munch. See September 3. (RSE 1 W)

3 – Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter. See September 5. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday at the ’Door. See September 5. (RSE 1 F)

4 – Saturday

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

6 – Monday

7:30p ExComm Meeting. See September 3.

7 – Tuesday

Intelligencer Deadline. See September 9. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)