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November 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

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 Tuesday

7:30p Brainstormer Trivia League Play. Have fun displaying your knowledge! Join our team Rocket Surgeons for dinner and a chance to win gift cards. Play begins at 8p. RSVP to save a seat. It is at Dan's Irish Sports Bar, 1524 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek 94596, (925) 932-1331. Hosted by Dan Phillips, umpolung13/a/t/ or (304) 975-0066. PC, NC, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Tu)

Every Thursday

12:30p Mountain View Lunch Bunch. (NOTE: We will not meet on November 27, Thanksgiving.) 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

October 26 - Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle : Big Art for Gratitude and Health. We will be working on something really large together. After I sketch in a large figure, we will put a drop-cloth under it and paint it on the floor with large brushes and gorgeous vivid colors. It's going to be like channeling a spirit - a Big Spirit, Michelangelo-like. The painting is going to illuminate who it really is. We have moved from the very small (last week) to the very large. It is healing - art therapy. 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 - Friday

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. It is Halloween so costumes are OK. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch with Mensa friends, or 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

November 1 - 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)

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. 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) 526-3974, cell (510) 292-6370, or robertamaguire/a/t/ PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI (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)

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/ 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 for information pertaining to general Intelligencer submissions, and the first page of the calendar for information on submitting events. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

5 - Wednesday

12n 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 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/ PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 1 W)

6p Monthly Chat and Chew for Fresno-Madera at The Lime Light, 1504 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno 93711. Restaurant is just west of Palm 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)

7 - Friday

6p GaySIG Out on the Town. Celebrate an early Thanksgiving with an Indian feast along with the SF GaySIG! We'll be dining at North India restaurant, 123 2nd St., San Francisco 94105 (at the corner of Minna St.). It's four short blocks southeast on 2nd St. from the Montgomery St. BART Station. See their website at for menu and other information. RSVP to Cal Domingue by Sunday, November 2, at cal/a/t/ or (415) 377-0544. PC, NMPCW

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 : Belle (2013). Based on the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a British admiral and an African mother. Born in 1761 and raised by her aristocratic great-uncle, Dido's lineage affords her certain privileges and a place in noble society, but also makes her an outsider in many ways. It gets really complicated when she comes of age and sees the limitations on her prospects for marriage. This film is a beautiful period piece and also a thoughtful look at racism, classism, and sexism in society. 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)

8 - Saturday

12n Art With GenY. Join GenY to check out the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and eat lunch. Meet at 360 Kansas St., San Francisco 94103. We will look at the exhibit and then eat lunch nearby. RSVP via Meetup at or join the GenY Facebook group at to get event updates. More details? Contact Melissa at melissacheponis/a/t/ PC

3:30p Big Ideas Reading Group : Computing with Quantum Cats: from Colossus to Qubits by John Gribbin. Looking back to Alan Turing's work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics to explore their practical applications - from machines which learn through "intuition" and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smart phones. For December 6 at Kepler's: Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin. We are meeting this month at Le Boulanger, 20488 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino 95014, in front of Cypress Hotel at the corner of De Anza Blvd. Parking in garage and next door. Meetings go for about 2 hours. For further information about BIRG see For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

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 visitLa Toscana, 3751 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael 94903, (415) 492-9100. RSVP by Thursday, November 6 to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC

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 Monday, October 6, 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 is 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)

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/Y 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)

15 - Saturday

South Bay Games Night . No South Bay Games this month. Ramona and Barbara will be playing games in Patagonia. They hope you'll be playing games at the RG in Monterey next weekend or in Oakland on the 29th. South Bay Games will be back in December. (RSE 3 Sa)

16 - 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 : Mindfulness Meditation. We'll discuss the benefits of mindfulness meditation, followed by a mindfulness practice to enhance our enjoyment of food. The food will be provided. 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)

17 - Monday

7p Palo Alto Dining at Café Pro Bono, located at 2437 Birch St., Palo Alto 94306, just off California Ave. Their phone is (650) 326-1626. They offer "Italian dishes at reasonable prices" and are a consistently popular place among locals. Check out for their menu. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Saturday, November 15. Be sure you hear a confirmation! At the restaurant, ask for Susan or the Mensa table, and please bring cash. Good food and good conversation. For last minute changes, call cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

18 - Tuesday

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See November 4. (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)

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 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)

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

3p Brilliance by the Monterey Bay, the joint San Francisco Regional Mensa and Monterey County Mensa 2014 Regional Gathering, opens at the Portola Hotel and Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940. Choose from a fascinating variety of speakers, games, and social events. The first speakers start at 4p. Events run until at least midnight tonight, then continue throughout the day and evening on Saturday, concluding Sunday afternoon. See the RG web page at for more information, including a link to the preliminary program and registration information.

6:15p Movies That Matter : Chef (2014). It's a morality play. It's a road movie. It will make you hungry. An up-and-coming chef loses his job, his wife, and his reputation. Unable to find a job, he resorts to fixing up a rundown food truck and traveling cross-country with his son. No high drama here, just some fine actors in an enjoyable story of life's second chances. It stars Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, and Oliver Platt. 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)

7p Movie Night in Orinda : The Grand Seduction (2013). A Comedy. A small Newfoundland seaside fishing village is in desperate need of an experienced doctor. This is a condition for the building of a factory there, which everyone desperately wants for the growth and development of their town. One of the residents said that they have 120 terrible liars ... as a description of their efforts to sell the town to the young physician, who is there on a trial basis. The cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Anna Hopkins, Rhonda Rogers, Michael Therriault. 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 MaryBradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

22 - Saturday

7:30a Brilliance by the Monterey Bay continues. We open with a morning walk, with the first speakers starting at 9a. Activities continue until midnight or so. See November 21 and the RG web page at for more information.

23 - Sunday

7:30a Brilliance by the Monterey Bay continues. Events conclude in the early afternoon. See November 21 and go to the RG web page at for more information.

12:45p Harmony Health Circle : Lifestyle Practices That May Prevent or Reverse Alzheimer's. In a recent study, nine out of ten people in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease regained function and were able to return to work. We'll discuss the practices used and present other supporting evidence for this approach. 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)

26 - Wednesday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See November 13 and NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY. (RSE 2,4 Th)

27 - Thursday

11:30a Thanksgiving Holiday Feast , a Big Meal in Concord. HomeTown Buffet is located at 2050 Diamond Blvd., 94520. Come and spend time with Mensa friends, plus any family members or friends that you wish to invite. Please let me know if you're coming by Wednesday, November 26 so I'll know how many to reserve table space for on Thanksgiving Day. After we finish our big meal, around 2 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. The restaurant is a block east of I-680, between the Willow Pass Rd. and Concord Ave. exits. It is a block north of the Hilton Hotel. Our suggested parking is on the north side of restaurant. RSVP to Mary Bradshaw at (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW

29 - 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)

30 - 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)


December 2 - Tuesday

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

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See November 4. (RSE Alt Tu)

3 - Wednesday

12n Math Lovers' Lunch . See November 5. (RSE 1 W)

6p Monthly Chat and Chew . See November 5. (RSE 1 W)

6p Mensa Testing in Campbell. Culture Fair. See for information.

5 - Friday

6p First Friday, a Moveable Feast . See November 7. (RSE 1 F)

6:15p Movies That Matter. See November 7. (RSE 1,3 F)

6 - Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group. See November 8 and note one-time change of week. (RSE 2 Sa)

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

6p SFRM 2014 Holiday Potluck . Come fête the holidays SFRM-style in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco! For the fourth consecutive year, we are having a finger food potluck to toast a memorable year. Please bring your favorite hors d'oeuvres to share as we will also have great drinks, music, and company to help us all to jubilate the most wonderful time of the year! Mensans, family, and close friends are welcome. There is plenty of street parking (or from Glen Park BART take Muni 52-Excelsior and walk two blocks). Capacity is limited to 50 and RSVP is REQUIRED by 6p on December 4 to Rachel Brooks at (415) 571-3060 or 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 help set up/decorate. PC, NS, WCE, WBC

9 - Tuesday

7:30p ExComm Meeting . See November 10.

Intelligencer Deadline . See November 4. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)