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May Calendar of Events

  

Future Flashes

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 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 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 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

April 24 – Sunday

12:45p     Harmony Health Circle: Modern Essentials from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) to Save Your Sight, Part 2. In part 2 we will learn about: 5: Eye Exercise, 6: Homeopathy, 7: Sleep and Light Therapy, 8: Microcurrent Stimulation, 9: Stem Cell Therapy, 10: New Specialized Approaches. 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/JoyfulHarmony.org. Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions, with free parking info, at joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

27 – Wednesday

11:30a      Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes. Located at 40A Crescent Dr., about 2 blocks west of I-680 and 1 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 and delicious lunch. Enjoy a good measure of interesting conversation with Mensa friends on any and all subjects. You are always encouraged to invite friends or family members to join us. Most parking on Crescent Drive is only for an hour, but some parking areas are available with longer time limits. And there is a free City-owned multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

7p      Trivia Night in San Francisco. The event is called The Big Quiz Thing (see www.bigquizthing.com/public-trivia-events.html for details) and takes place at Codeword, 917 Folsom St., 94107 (near 5th St., about 3 blocks from Powell St. BART) from 7p to 9p. Enter Codeword via the DNA Pizza entrance next door. Please try to arrive by 6:45p. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Must be age 21 or over. Guests over age 21 are welcome. A couple of important things to know: There is a $5 cover charge at the door and answers for each team are submitted via tablet or smartphone rather than paper. Some of us will be hanging out there, eating, drinking, and talking, after the contest ends. 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

28 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. See May 12. (RSE 2,4 Th)

30 – Saturday

9:30a        Mensa Testing in Sunnyvale. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information. PC

7p      East Bay Game Night. See May 28. (RSE last Sa)

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

3 – 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)

4 – Wednesday

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

6 – Friday

6p      Movies That Matter: The Revenant (2015). Revenant: noun. A person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead. This visually beautiful film tells the story, not only of the “revenant,” but also of the culture, duplicity, and heroism of frontiersmen in the early 1800s. Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for his portrayal of a fur trapper, left for dead, trying to save himself and his son in the freezing winter, while holding off very aggressive wild animals. The story is compelling and suspenseful, while the beautiful and brutal cinematography earn the film a strong R. It also won Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography. 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/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 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 www.lunalocadanville.com 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/mooseworks.org for more info. PC (RSE 1 F)

7 – Saturday

3p      Mensa Testing in Orinda. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html 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)

9 – 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 back to The Left Bank, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 94939, (415) 927-3331, www.leftbank.com/home_larkspur. RSVP by Thursday, May 5, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC (RSE 2 M)

10 – 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)

11 – 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, May 10, 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/gmail.com, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

12 – 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 hickrypit.com/CampbellOpen.htm. 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 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)

13 – 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 a South of Market of 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/alumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

14 – Saturday

2p      East Bay Pizza Party. Love pizza? Love socializing with your fellow Mensans in the East Bay? Join Alan Winson and members of your ExComm as they host a 2-hour get-together at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Berkeley for up to 20 current Mensa members only – RSVP required! The restaurant is located at 1610 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 94702, at the corner of Cedar St. Nearby street parking is available and it is a 13 minute walk from the North Berkeley BART station. We provide the pizza; you buy your own beverage(s)! RSVP required via Meetup (www.meetup.com/sfmensa) or by e-mailing alan.winson/a/t/gmail.com. Can’t wait to see you there! PC, MO

3p      Big Ideas Reading Group: The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex by Murray Gell-Mann. From one of the architects of the new science of simplicity and complexity comes an explanation of the connections between nature at its most basic level and natural selection, archaeology, linguistics, child development, computers, and other complex adaptive systems. Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann offers a uniquely personal and unifying vision of the relationship between the fundamental laws of physics and the complexity and diversity of the natural world. We are meeting this month at Le Boulanger, 20488 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino 95014, in front of Juniper Hotel at the corner of De Anza Blvd. Parking in garage and next door. For June 11 (also at Le Boulanger): The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Meetings go for about 2 hours. We have a list of books read at www.bigideasreadinggroup.com/BIRG2.html. For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/sbcglobal.net. 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/mazy.us 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)

15 – 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)

             Harmony Health Circle. There is only one Health Circle this month. See May 22. (RSE 3,4 Su)

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. Contact them at (510) 883-1898 or jmjb7/a/t/earthlink.net. PC, C, SO, NMPCW, WBC

16 – Monday

7p      Palo Alto Dining. Our group returns to experience the wonderful food of Jing Jing Szechwan & Hunan Gourmet at 443 Emerson St., 94301, north of University Ave. Hot and sour soup, garlic eggplant, and walnut prawns are among their delights. To say you’ll be there, contact Susan by Saturday, May 14. At the restaurant, ask for Susan and please bring cash. Contact info: (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com. For last minute changes, call or message cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

18 – 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 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)

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)

20 – Friday

6p      Movies That Matter: Son of Saul (2015). Filmed in half a dozen countries, in eight languages (with English subtitles). This is the story of Saul, trapped in Auschwitz, a member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. When Saul recognizes a body as that of his son, he becomes determined to save his son’s body from the flames, find a rabbi, and give him a proper burial – an impossible task. Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Rated R. 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/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. The movie title will be determined in May. I’ll email the information to those who usually attend. Or please phone the week prior to the scheduled date. 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/aol.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

21 – Saturday

2p      Speaker Event: SFRM Presents Wearable 2.0 – Product Design for Hands-Free Communications. Kishore Jethanandani grew up in the small one-factory town of Sindri in South Bihar, educated by an eccentric group of American Jesuits at De Nobili School and now lives in San Francisco. Jethanandani has been many things – an industrial economist, a technology journalist, and a futurist/innovation buff. His latest project is a wearable computing device that turns your hand and fingers into a smartphone display (see eyeHand.com). The talk will run approximately one hour. New members are especially welcome! We’ll be meeting at Willow Glen Public Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave, San Jose 95125; on VTA Bus Routes 64 and 82. For more information, contact Daniel Chang at mal3/a/t/sfmensa.org PC, NMPCW, NS, WCE

7p      South Bay Games Night is at the home of Barbara and Tom Canup in south San Jose. We supply a variety of board, word, and card games, or you can bring your own favorite. Please bring a snack to share and your choice of beverage. New players are especially welcome. Contact Barbara at (408) 225-6068 or treasurer/a/t/sfmensa.org. PC, C, BYOB, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

22 – Sunday

12:45p     Harmony Health Circle. Penny is doing the eight week course on Improving your Eyesight with EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Carol Look. She will share the key elements with others who may want to improve their vision substantially. Penny writes, “Improving my vision is the only track available to me to keep my driving license. I have scheduled another vision and driving test in June and will be able to test my understanding and use of EFT. I want to share my experience with other seniors who are having trouble with bad vision interfering with them keeping their driving license and independence. Now that I think about this, improving your eyesight is a great goal for artists too because it helps to create in art with realistic drawing and painting.” 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/JoyfulHarmony.org. Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions, with free parking info, at joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

24 – 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)

26 – Thursday

11:45a       South Bay Lunch. See May 12. (RSE 2,4 Th)

28 – 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/gmail.com 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)

29 – 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)

30 – Monday

11:30a      Lunch in Concord at Lin’s Buffet. The restaurant is located at 1400 Willow Pass Rd., 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. 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

 

FUTURE FLASHES

June 1 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. See May 4. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Cafe. See May 4. (RSE 1 W)

3 – Friday

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

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

4 – Saturday

6p      Start The Month Right. See May 7. (RSE 1 Sa)