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December 2014 Events

  

Future Flashes

Eric Eichorn, Calendar Editor

Codes: ACW all children welcome; BYOB bring your own beverage; CO clothing optional; C/D cat/dog at residence; FE fictitious event; FFE fragrance-free event; FFO finger food only; LCR light carpet rules (no red wine or other staining substances; can also mean no shoes); MO members only; NC no children; NPC, PC no public calendar, public calendar; NMPCW new members, prospects, and candidates welcome; NS, S, S/NS, SO no smoking, smoking, provisions for both, smoking outside; NXM not exclusively Mensa event; RSE regularly scheduled event; WBC well behaved children; WCD, WCE, WCI, WCP wheelchairs difficult, easy, impossible, possible. RSEs are reprinted verbatim unless an update is received by the deadline for the issue in which a change is requested. Note: Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Web Calendar: Our policy is not to list events on the Web calendar unless requested to do so by inclusion of the "PC" ("public calendar") code. If the PC code is not included, your event will default to NPC (no public calendar) and will not be included in the Web calendar. Home addresses (and directions to same) are not listed on the Web, but city and contact information such as telephone and email are unless requested otherwise. MeetUp: SFRM maintains a MeetUp group for events announced on short notice. See www.meetup.com/SFMensa.

To List Your Event: Length limit: 120 words. Submit items to the Calendar Editor at calendar@sfmensa.org. Items must be received by the deadline listed in the calendar to guarantee inclusion. Items must include host's name, date and time, location, and applicable codes (above), and should also include phone (including area code) or email address. Notices are published on a space-available basis subject to the discretion of the Calendar Editor. The policy for inclusion in the calendar is based on the SFRM bylaws.

Weekly Events

Every Thursday

12:30p Mountain View Lunch Bunch. (NOTE: We will not meet on November 27, Thanksgiving; December 25, Christmas; or January 1, New Years Day.) 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)

7p Brainstormer Trivia League Play . (NOTE NEW DAY AND LOCATION and that we will not meet on November 27, Thanksgiving; December 25, Christmas; or January 1, New Years Day.) Have fun displaying your knowledge! Join our team Rocket Surgeons for dinner and a chance to win gift cards. Play begins at 7:30p. RSVP to save a seat. It is at Crogan's Bar & Grill, 1387 Locust Street, Walnut Creek 94596, (925) 933-7800. Hosted by Dan Phillips, umpolung13/a/t/yahoo.com or (304) 975-0066. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM, WCP (RSE Th)

Date-specific Events

November 26 - Wednesday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See December 11 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 for how many to reserve table space. 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/aol.com. 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/gmail.com or (510) 653-2685. Please park 4 cars in my driveway. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood; don't give up! PC, NMPCW, NS, WCP (RSE last Sa)

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. 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)

Brainstormer Pub Quiz at Pyramid is canceled for the month of December. It will resume its normal schedule next year with the first day being Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (RSE Alt Tu)

3 - Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers' Lunch . (NOTE NEW TIME.) 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)

6p Mensa Testing in Campbell. Culture Fair. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information.

6p Monthly Chat and Chew for Fresno-Madera at The Lime Lite, 1054 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/sfmensa.org. PC, NC, NMPCW (RSE 1 W)

5 - Friday

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/mooseworks.org for more info. PC (RSE 1 F)

6:15p Movies That Matter : The Bicycle Thief (1948). Filmed in Italy in 1948, entirely on location using non-actors, The Bicycle Thief went on to win an Academy Award and acclaim around the world. Living in abject poverty after WWII, Antonio finally breaks through the bureaucracy to get a menial job that just might feed his family -- but he lacks the required bicycle. The family puts everything they have into buying the bike, only to have it stolen on Antonio's first day on the job. As we follow Antonio and his young son's desperate search for the stolen bicycle, we see how they are forever changed by the experience. This is the antithesis of the typical Hollywood film. I recently saw it again and I was truly moved. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6:15p, Film 7p. Movies shown on 58" plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/joyfulharmony.org. Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 1,3 F)

6 - Saturday

11a GenY Museum Day . GenY invites all GenY and non-GenY Mensans for a fun nerdy day at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View! We will meet in the lobby at 11am, and if you want to stay for the demonstrations and tours, the event will end around 3:30p. If you need to arrive late or leave early, contact event organizer, Melissa Cheponis, for details about the times and locations of the demonstrations and guided tour. RSVP via Meetup or join the GenY FaceBook group at facebook.com/groups/SFGenY to connect with others or discuss carpool options. More details? Contact Melissa: melissacheponis/a/t/gmail.com. PC

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

4p Big Ideas Reading Group : Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK.) Embracing time as real, Smolin asserts, will allow cosmologists to convert laws once regarded as timeless into the contingent data they need to develop testable new theories of galactic evolution. More immediately, Smolin anticipates that this paradigm shift will help climatologists understand global warming and economists to ameliorate financial turbulence. A thrilling intellectual ride! For January 10 at Kepler's: The Map and the Territory by Alan Greenspan. We are meeting this month at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking in basement garage. Meetings go for about 2 hours. For further information about BIRG see sfmensa.org/groups/BIRG.html. For questions and directions please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/sbcglobal.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

6p 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/yahoo.com. 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

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)

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. 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/hotmail.com. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI (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 re-visit Lotus Cuisine of India, 704 4th St., San Rafael 94901, (415) 456-5808, www.lotusrestaurant.com. RSVP by Thursday, December 4, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC

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 Monday, November 8, by e-mail or phone so we have a table large enough for everyone. Well-behaved non-Mensans welcome. Please bring cash. Cathy Roha, catroha/a/t/gmail.com, (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 is online at hickrypit.com/CampbellOpen.htm. Sandra Anderson, (408) 621-1273. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

5:30p Tulare-Kings Area Mensans will return to Panera Bread, 4103 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia 93277 for coffee, bagels, pastries and/or dinner, as well as stimulating conversation. Questions? Contact Steve Pastis at (559) 280-9774 or tulare-kings/a/t/sfmensa.org. PC (RSE 2 Th)

6:30p Harmony Art Showcase. Open mic. Open to all spectators and all un-amplified performers, musicians, painters, dancers, poets, quilters, felters, etc. Any and all artists of any age, gender, race. Hosted by Gwendolyn Rothman, 565 Bellevue Ave. #2408, Oakland 94610, one block off Grand Ave. at Perkins St. For map, directions, and public transit info go to joyfulharmony.org and click on "Contact Us". Performers please note: RSVP is required by the preceding Friday. E-mail phonegwendolyn/a/t/gmail.com or text to (510) 541-1262. Give your name, the title and genre of your production, and anything else you want said in your introduction. Performers will have up to 5 minutes each. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 2 Th)

12 - Friday

6:30p Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). We meet, eat, and rest our feet at Tito's, 15508 E. 14th St., San Leandro 94578, 1500' NE of the exact geographic center of the Bay Area. Twixt 580 and 880, and close to Bay Fair BART, this is where Mensans meet in the middle and go "MMM!" Come for the Mensans and the margaritas (or just for the Mensans), along with a marvelous Mexican meal after 7p. Co-hosted by Hank Stephenson, hank888/a/t/earthlink.net or (415) 793-0300 cell, and Peter Midnight. Come see why Tito's has been there for more than 50 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bayfair Mall. We'll see you at Tito's! PC, WCE, NMPCW, NC, SO, NXM (RSE 2 F)

7p GenX Food and Movie Night. Join us for dinner at 7p at the Chevy's at 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/alumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

13 - Saturday

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

7p East Bay Dahimi and Game Night. ( NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF NAME AND WEEK.) Join us for fun and games in the East Bay just two weeks after our November games. We're playing Dahimi (see rules at www.geocities.ws/alan_winson/dahimi.html), and if there are enough people, word games, other 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. 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)

14 - Sunday

6:30p Palo Alto Dining . Come celebrate the end of fall with us at Joya, located at 339 University Ave., Palo Alto 94301. It's known for modern Latin cuisine, and their website shows a wonderful menu. Starters include Dungeness crab cakes, yucca fries, watermelon and Tuscan melon duo. Main courses include salmon, sea bass, jerk-marinated organic Mary's chicken, and paella. You get the idea. Their phone is (650) 853-9800. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by Friday, December 12. Be sure you hear a confirmation!! At the restaurant, ask for Susan, and please bring cash. Good food and good conversation. For last minute changes, call cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

17 - Wednesday

5:30p San Francisco Pub Get-Together. Stop by after work or, if you don't work downtown, just come anyway. All Mensans and their guests are welcome, provided that they are at least 21. At The Holding Company in 2 Embarcadero Center (Sacramento St. between Front St. and Davis St.), SF 94111. Take the inside escalator to the 3rd floor, then turn right. Look for the Mensa logo on top of our table or ask one of the waitresses to find us. Starting at 5:30p, but arrive when you can and leave when you're ready. We should be there until at least 8p. They have a Happy Hour until 7p. RSVP preferred on Mensa's Meetup site at www.meetup.com/SFMensa, less preferred by e-mail to Barry Krasner at bwkbwk/a/t/pacbell.net. If you find that you can't come after RSVPing "Yes", please change your RSVP to "No" before the event takes place. PC, NC, NS, NXM (RSE 3W)

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)

19 - Friday

6:15p Movies That Matter : Frozen (2013). What can I say? A charming animated adventure with lots to say about life. Come, relax and join the fun. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6:15p, film 7p. Movies shown on 58" plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/joyfulharmony.org. Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p GaySIG Out on the Town. Celebrate the year's end with your Mensa LGBT friends! We'll be dining at Perry's on the Embarcadero, 155 Steuart St., San Francisco 94105. From the Embarcadero BART station, walk a block and a half southeast on Steuart St. See perryssf.com/embarcadero/ for more about Perry's, including their menu. RSVP to Cal Domingue by Sunday, December 14, at cal/a/t/caltherapy.org or (415) 377-0544. PC, NMPCW

7p Movie Night in Orinda :The Book Thief (2013). The movie was released in November 2013, and is based upon a book first published in 2005. It is a novel, not history, but takes place in Germany from about 1939 to 1945 during WWII. The book was written by Australian author Markus Zusak. It is a drama, and also contains a good measure of humor. The book won numerous awards and was on The New York Times Best Seller List for over 230 weeks. Liesel Meminger is played by Sophie Nelisse, and is a young adopted girl on the verge of adolescence. Other cast members are Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Directed by Brian Percival, and the screenplay was written by Markus Zusak and Michael Petroni. Narrator is Roger Allam. Enjoy an evening with Mensa friends and other family and friends that you may invite. Come about 7p and we'll start the movie at 7:30p. It is not a dinner, but please bring something to share which we will enjoy both before we start the movie and during intermission. Salads are welcome, as are hors d'oeuvres, fruit, dessert, and light colored beverages. Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

20 - Saturday

7p South Bay Games Night . Barbara and Tom Canup invite you to South San Jose for a special holiday edition of South Bay Games. There will be lots of holiday cheer and good games. We supply a variety of word games, card games and strategy games, or you can bring your own to play. Please bring a holiday 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/sfmensa.org. PC, BYOB, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

21 - Sunday

11:30a Peninsula Sunday Brunch . Greet old friends and meet new ones when you join us at Le Boulanger for brunch. 622 Laurel St., San Carlos 94070. One block from San Carlos train station off San Carlos Ave. Questions? Call Adele before Sunday at (650) 752-4684. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 3 Su)

12:45p Harmony Health Circle : Easy Movement at Lake Merritt. Easy Movement and how walking can heal you by speeding up your metabolism. A 45 minute walk around Lake Merritt in the Children's Fairyland area enjoying bird sanctuaries and those wild free-spirited Canada Geese. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Note that we provide free parking all day long at the lake. Go to the website below and click on "Contact Us" on the left. 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 to our new location, with free parking info, at joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

24 - Wednesday

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

25 - Thursday

11:30a Christmas Day Holiday Feast at China Wall Buffet, 1673 Willow Pass Rd., Concord 94520, near the south end of the large Park and Shop Center (near Fry's), close to highway 242. Come and spend time with Mensa friends, plus any family members or friends that you wish to invite to join us. If possible, please let me know you are coming, so I'll have an idea of how many people to reserve table space for. We'll meet in the large separate dining room, which is on the right side of the restaurant, halfway toward the rear. After we finish our big meal at the restaurant, some of us will meet back at my home in Orinda around 2p to 2:30p to see a movie. The movie title will be determined later, and your movie suggestions are always welcome. Lots of parking available right in front. Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW

28 - Sunday

12:45p Harmony Health Circle : Easy Movement at Lake Merritt. See December 21. 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 to our new location, with free parking info, at joyfulharmony.org/wordpress/index.php/contact. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 3,4 Su)

31 - Wednesday

11:30a Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes, 40 Crescent Drive, 94523. Located west of I-680 and just west of Contra Costa Blvd. Come at 11:30a or a little earlier for best parking choices. Meet at the entrance, or at a large table that some of us early birds will secure for our group. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat and delicious lunch, and also a good measure of interesting conversation on any and all subjects. It is New Year's Eve and at lunch we can count down the hours and minutes until the start of 2015! You are always encouraged to invite friends or family members to join us. Off of Crescent Dr. mostly provides for more time to park, whereas right in front of restaurant is probably only one hour. There is a free multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw (925) 376-0762. PC, NMPCW

FUTURE FLASHES

January 2 - Friday

6p First Friday, a Moveable Feast . See December 5. (RSE 1 F)

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

3 - Saturday

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