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October 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. (NOTE: First meeting is October 7.) 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. 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

September 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/ 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)

30 - Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Concord . At HomeTown Buffet, 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 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

October 1 - 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/ 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)

7p Mini-Golf with GenY . Join GenY Mensans for a fun night of mini golf (aka "putt putt") at 1096 S. Van Ness Ave., San Francisco 94110 . RSVP on Meetup or email melissacheponis/a/t/ for more information. Be sure to check out Urban Putt's website: PC

3 - Friday

6p First Friday, a Moveable Feast . With the departure of a couple of our regulars (to SoCal and Washington!) we're changing this up and 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 : Prisoners (2013). How far should a father go to protect his family? What if he absolutely knew what had to be done, but the police were unconvinced? What if he was wrong? I found this film to be a powerful exploration of our human state, torn between our needs and our ideals. The "prisoners" of the title are not the children in danger, but rather the adults who are prisoners of their ways of thinking and of their emotions. A shocking exploration of the limits and pitfalls of love. Staring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis. Rated R for disturbing violent content. 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)

4 - 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)

5 - Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike returns. 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)

7 - 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)

8 - 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)

9 - 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 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)

10 - Friday

6p GaySIG Out on the Town . Embrace autumn via a late Oktoberfest dinner with the SF GaySIG at , 525 Laguna St. (at Hayes St. ), San Francisco 94102. It has a Bavarian beer garden flavor, and is just a 6 block walk from the Van Ness Muni Metro Station. Check out their menu at RSVP to Cal Domingue by Sunday, October 5 at cal/a/t/ or (415) 377-0544. PC, NMPCW

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 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/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

11 - Saturday

3:30p Big Ideas Reading Group : Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. It is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts and how much we lose in doing so. For November 8 at Le Boulanger: Computing with Quantum Cats: from Colossus to Qubits by John Gribbin. 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)

6:30p Awesome Games! Presented jointly by the GenY and GenX SIGs. Join other young (and young at heart) Mensans for an evening of board games and party games in Castro Valley. Hosted by Stephanie and Jameson Thornton. RSVP on Meetup or email steph/a/t/ for more info. Approximately 40 stairs from the street to house. Can arrange for BART pick-up before event start if needed. PC

13 - 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 visit Blue Stove inside Nordstrom The Village at Corte Madera, 1870 Redwood Highway, 94925 (on the East side of Hwy 101),, 415-737-2040. RSVP by Thursday, October 9 to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC

15 - 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)

17 - Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter : Enough Said (2013). This warm-hearted comedy explores the age-old conundrum: to follow your heart, or to be cautious. Eva, a divorced single parent, spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert, a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. But then she discovers a part of Albert's past that gives her pause. Philadelphia Inquirer, "Has to be one of the great getting-to-know-you encounters in movie history." With Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette. 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 : Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). A CIA analyst (played by Chris Pine) tries to stop a terrorist plot to bring down the U.S. economy. The cast includes Kenneth Branagh (he is also Director), Kevin Costner, and Keira Knightley. 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)

18 - Saturday

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

7p South Bay Games Night . Barbara and Tom Canup invite you to South San Jose for games, food, and conversation. We supply a variety of word games, card games, and strategy games, or you can bring your own to play. Please bring a snack to share and your choice of beverage. New players are especially welcome. For information, contact Barbara at (408) 225-6068 or treasurer/a/t/ PC, BYOB, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

19 - 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 : Little Art for Gratitude and Health. We will draw up a spirit animal or flower as a symbol of the abundance and perfect health we are longing for and make a miniature on lovely black paper on which we can glue a tiny black 2" by 3" black frame. This is wonderful found material we can re-use. Inside this space we will paint our spirit animal, flower, rock, shell, or cloud. We will play some music which will help draw up this Creature/Goddess. Art will be going down into the microscopic world, focusing on the small. 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)

21 - Tuesday

7p Brainstormer Pub Quiz. See October 7. (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)

22 - Wednesday

7p Palo Alto Dining . Our group returns to Scott's Seafood, located at #1 Town and Country Village Shopping Center, 855 El Camino Real (at Embarcadero Rd.), Palo Alto 94301. Their phone number is (650) 323-1555. Their specialties are - you guessed it - fish, crustaceans, and bivalves. Check out their website at for a glimpse of their menu. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Monday, October 20. Ask for Susan and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

23 - Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See October 9. (RSE 2,4 Th)

25 - Saturday

2p New Member Gathering . Are you a new member of San Francisco Regional Mensa, within the past 12 months? If so, come join our New Member Gathering from 2p to 4p at Chef Chu's restaurant at 1067 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos 94022 . See for location and menu information. We will provide one free beer or soft drink per person plus, for new members only, a free lunch from the Special Lunch menu. Space is limited, so an RSVP to bwkbwk/a/t/ is REQUIRED. All current SFRM members are welcome, but strong preference is given to new members who have not attended either of our previous New Member Gatherings in Lafayette and San Bruno. PC, MO, NS

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)

8p Halloween Party . Got costume? Join the food, drink, fun, and spooky festivities at Krista's house in San Jose. Prizes for best costumes. RSVP required by e-mail to kvl/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM, NS, NC, C

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

6p Start The Month Right . See October 4. (RSE 1 Sa)

2 - Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike . See October 5. (RSE 1 Su)

4 - Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers. See October 7. (RSE 1 Tu)

6:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night. See October 7. (RSE 1 Tu)

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

Intelligencer Deadline . See October 7. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

5 - Wednesday

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

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

7 - Friday

6p First Friday, a Moveable Feast . See October 3. (RSE 1 F)

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

8 - Saturday

3:30p Big Ideas Reading Group . See October 11. (RSE 2 Sa)

December 6 - Saturday

6p SFRM 2014 Holiday Potluck .PC, NS, WCE, WBC