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February 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 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. RSVP to save a seat. It is at McGah’s Pub & Pianos, 148 East Prospect Ave., Danville 94526, (925) 743-8466. Hosted by Dan Phillips, umpolung13/a/t/ or (304) 975-0066. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Tu)

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

January 28 – Thursday

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 to mark our spot. 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

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

29 – Friday

5:30p       GenY Last Friday Pub Night. See February 26. (RSE last F)

30 – Saturday

7p     East Bay Game Night. See February 27. (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)

February 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/ or (415) 454-9453. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

3 – 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/ PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 1 W)

6p     Monthly Chat and Chew for Fresno-Madera at Mimi’s Café, 7660 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 93720. Beverages, appetizers, and dinner are your responsibility. Join us for an evening of invigorating and occasionally esoteric conversation. We usually have a fascinating speaker at our Chat and Chew. Questions? Contact Jan Drenth at (559) 435-1078, (559) 960-4143, or fresno-madera/a/t/ PC, NC, NMPCW (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Cafe. A free gathering featuring UC Berkeley scientists in an informal discussion of interesting and relevant scientific issues, promoting a casual evening of conversation. At Restaurant Cafe Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Ave., Albany 94706. Please contact Roberta Maguire to make sure she is in town at (510) 292-6370 or robertamaguire/a/t/ PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

4 – Thursday

11:30a      San Mateo Chinese Lunch. Come join us at Oceanic Restaurant, 2507 S. El Camino Real, 94403; (650) 570-4234; Vegetarian, meat, and seafood dishes available. Luncheon specials run about $7.50. Please bring cash. Let’s beat the parking crunch and arrive at 11:30a, with parking in their lot or out front on El Camino Real. Guests welcome. RSVP by Monday, February 1 to Cynthia at vp/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NS

5 – Friday

6p     GenY First Friday Oakland Art & Pub Night. Come enjoy art, bands, food, and spirits near the 19th St. BART Station. The event is on Telegraph Ave. from West Grand Ave. to 27th St. If you’re new to the area, or want to get out and meet new people, this will be a good place to begin. First Fridays offers $10 to $20 meals, regular priced drinks, and plenty of music and art. We will be meeting at 6p at the Telegraph Bar and Beer Garden located at 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland 94612. The art walk itself closes at 9:30p, but the bars and some restaurants close at last call. So come out for your weekend celebrations. Contact Spencer Rodgers at (415) 699-7152, or pencive/a/t/ for more information. To see their “About Us”, visit PC, NC, SO, WCE (RSE 1 F)

6p     Movies That Matter: The Martian (2015). Imagine being trapped in a hostile world, with no one knowing you are there, no way home, no way to contact anyone, and with limited food, water, and air. That’s Matt Damon’s situation. The review in The Wall Street Journal absolutely captures this film: “What’s so fascinating about the film is that it truly turns on the solving of problems, and its chief solver, stuck on Mars, manages to be so funny, interesting and infallibly likable that you’re invested in his predicament at every moment.” This is not really a sci-fi story, because everything in the film is possible today. The science is real. More importantly, the characters are believable; the emotions are real. 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 (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. PC (RSE 1 F)

6 – Saturday

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

6p     Start The Month Right. At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 36th year and longest running monthly social event in all of American Mensa (at Elna’s home every month since 1981)! Potluck dinner, unstructured socializing, games, and talk. We provide the main dish; you bring salad, bread, or dessert to share and YOB. $1 donation requested. No reservations needed. Info (650) 969-6650. Guests of Mensans must be accompanied by the member. PC, SO, WBC, WCD, C/D. (RSE 1 Sat)

7 – 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 – 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 cross the bay and visit Salute e Vita Ristorante, 1900 Esplanade, Marina Bay, Richmond 94804;; (510) 215-0803. RSVP by Thursday, February 4, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC (RSE 2 M)

9 — 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 – 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, February 9, 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)

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 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)

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/ 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 Osha Thai at 149 2nd St., San Francisco 94105, 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)

13 – Saturday

2:30p       Speaker Event: SFRM Presents Designing Human Enhancement. As a “test pilot,” Fernanda Castelo helped Ekso Bionics refine their design for the “Ekso,” an exoskeleton enabling those with no mobility in their legs to walk again. A dancer at Disneyland in her youth, who had an accident 20 years ago, she has since consulted on the development of bionics and emerging technologies that radically transform lives. She is also an avid sailor, active in the Bay Area Association for Disabled Sailors, and took first place at the 2013 North American Access Championship on SF Bay. We’ll begin with a social half hour and light refreshments at 2:30p, start the talk at 3:00p, with Q&A at 3:45p. New members are especially welcome! We’ll be meeting in The Center at St. Andrews School, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga 95070. For more information, contact Daniel Chang at mal3/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, WCE, NS

4p     Big Ideas Reading Group: How Nature Works by Per Bak. Self-organized criticality, the spontaneous development of systems to a critical state, is the first general theory of complex systems with a firm mathematical basis. This theory describes how many seemingly disparate aspects of the world, from stock market crashes to mass extinctions, avalanches to solar flares, all share a set of simple, easily described properties. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For March 12 (also at Kepler’s): The Perfect Theory by Pedro Ferreira. 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. 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)

14 – Sunday

6p     Near Palo Alto Dining. By now it’s a tradition: Join us this month for a Chinese New Year’s celebration (the Year of the Red Fire Monkey begins February 8). We will be revisiting Chef Chu’s, at 1067 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos 94022 (at El Camino Real). Their phone number is (650) 948-2696. I have again selected the Banquet Special for our dining pleasure. The cost after tax and tip but not including fancy beverages will be about $37.50. The meal includes minced chicken in lettuce leaf, seafood blossom soup, lovers’ prawns, black pepper steak, orange blossom ribs, a whole fish, and Chinese sausage fried rice. You can see the menu for yourself at To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Wednesday, February 10. This year I’ve made reservations for 15, but don’t delay. Ask for Susan, and please bring cash. Please note: It’s Valentine’s Day - How about wearing something red? 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 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)

19 – Friday

6p     Movies That Matter: Amour (2012). Salon put it this way: “This is an unforgettable love story set at the close of day, as tragic and beautiful in its way as Tristan und Isolde, and a portrait of the impossible beauty and fragility of life that will yield new experiences to every viewer and every viewing.” In this Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner, Georges and Anne, retired music teachers in their eighties, have a time-tested love. But as Anne’s health fails, Georges becomes her caregiver, and the couple’s bond is tested like never before. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert. In French with English subtitles. 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 (RSE 1,3 F)

7p     Movie Night in Orinda. Bridge of Spies (2015). Starring Tom Hanks as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan, who finds himself in the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a mission to try to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot, based on true historical events. 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)

20 – Saturday

7p     South Bay Games Night. Join us in the East Foothills of San Jose at the home of Ramona and Walter Reichl. Please bring the games you want to play (some of the usual games are provided), food, and drink to share. Lots of room for simultaneous games and socializing! Contact Ramona at RamonaR2/a/t/ or (408) 205-5688. PC, WBC, BYOB, C, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

21 – 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 meets only once this month. See February 28. (RSE 3,4 Su)

3p     New Member Gathering. Are you new to San Francisco Regional Mensa, within the past 12 months? Come join us from 3p to 5p at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 1150 El Camino Real, Suite 271, San Bruno 94066 (in the Shops at Tanforan, across from the San Bruno BART station). We will provide some free appetizers for the table, plus one free beer or soft drink for new members only. Space is limited, so an RSVP to bwkbwk/a/t/ is REQUIRED. Current SFRM members only. Members who are not new to SFRM are also welcome to attend, but strong preference will be given to new members if space is an issue. PC, MO, NC, NS

23 – 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)

25 – Thursday

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

26 – Friday

5:30p       GenY Last Friday Pub Night. Come enjoy food and spirits at Tap 415 on the 4th floor of the Westfield Mall at 845 Market St., San Francisco 94103, connected to the Powell St. BART/Muni Station. If you’re new to the area, or want to get out and meet new people, this will be a good place to begin. Tap 415 offers $10 to $20 meals, regular priced drinks, and a room for the sports enthusiasts to keep up with the games. Show up at 5:30p if you’d like to get there for happy hour. They close at 9p, so come out and then head to whatever else you have planned for your weekend celebrations. Contact Spencer Rodgers at pencive/a/t/ for more information. PC, NC, NS, WCE (RSE last F)

27 – Saturday

9:30a        Mensa Testing in Sunnyvale. See for information. PC

7p     East Bay Game Night. Join us for fun and games in the East Bay! We’re playing word games, card games, board games, all kinds of fast-action social games (not long strategy games). Choose from my shelves of games or bring your own fast-action social games. Please also bring a snack to share. The fun is in Oakland. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/ or (510) 653-2685. 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: How to Energize the New Year. Instead of looking at everything that’s wrong in our lives and saying, “In 2016, I have to fix X…,” we shall be using mindfulness and energy tapping techniques to practice looking at everything that is right in our lives and saying, “In 2016, it will be even better!” We’ll explore theory and practice. 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, with free parking info, at PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

29 – Monday

11:30a      Lunch in Concord, at Lin’s Buffet. Yes, it is Leap Year. The restaurant is located at 1400 Willow Pass Rd., 94520. Enjoy a delicious lunch with Mensa friends and other family or friends that you may choose to invite. Meet near the front 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



March 1 – Tuesday

6p     Tuesday Tipplers. See February 2. (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. See February 3. (RSE 1 W)

6p     Monthly Chat and Chew for Fresno-Madera. See February 3. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p       East Bay Science Cafe. See February 3. (RSE 1 W)

4 – Friday

6p     GenY First Friday Oakland Art & Pub Night. See February 5. (RSE 1 F)

6p     Movies That Matter. See February 5. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p       First Friday in Danville. See February 5. (RSE 1 F)

5 – Saturday

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