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June 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 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

May 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

June 1 – Wednesday

11:30a      Math Lovers’ Lunch. Chefs 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)

3 – Friday

6p        Movies That Matter: Steve Jobs (2015). The man who repeatedly transformed our technology and our lives. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. The man that everyone knew about, but few really knew is revealed by scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin. Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet (both nominated for Oscars), and Seth Rogen. 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)

4 – Saturday

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

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

6p        Start The Month Right. It’s barbecue time! 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. You provide your own meat to grill, plus 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. 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)

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/sbcglobal.net or (415) 454-9453. PC (RSE 1 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)

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 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)

10 – 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 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)

11 – Saturday

12n        Scavenger Hunt Begins. Instructions and list of items to be obtained will be sent by private e-mail at 1p to Mensans who have e-mailed Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by 12n. Groups of up to five are invited to play, with at least one Mensan in each group. No racing around San Francisco, more looking into your attic. Finish is in person Sunday (see June 12, 2p). PC, NMPCW

3p        Big Ideas Reading Group: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Information technology is the foundation of the next industrial revolution. Its often unarticulated dark side has been the widening of the economic divide. In this book, McAfee and Brynjolfsson do a masterful job of exploring both the promise of computer technology and its profound societal impact. 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 July 9 at Kepler’s: What Philosophy Can Do by Gary Gutting. 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)

12 – Sunday

2p        Scavenger Hunt Finale. Join us at Mountain Mike’s Pizza at 301 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell 95008 to bring in booty or to see who found what. It’s a buy-your-own pizza with a buffet that lasts until 3p. To say you’re coming, e-mail Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or leave word at (650) 325-8078 (home) or (650) 714-4972 (cell). Instructions and the list of items are given out on Saturday (see June 11, 12n). PC, NMPCW

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 will go to Tomatina in Northgate Shopping center, 5800 Northgate Dr. #138, San Rafael 94903, (415) 479-3200, www.tomatina.com. RSVP by Thursday, June 9, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC (RSE 2 M)

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 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)

6:17p         Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group (BORG). (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK.) 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, June 14, 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)

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)

17 – Friday

6p        Movies That Matter: The Danish Girl (2015). In 1930, Danish painter Einar Wegener elects to have gender-reassignment surgery, with the blessing of his wife, Gerda. This true-life narrative of personal courage also sheds light on the medical origins of transsexual surgery. Eddie Redmayne was Oscar nominated for his amazing performance, while Alicia Vikander won for Best Supporting Actress. 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 Intern (2015). Starring Robert De Niro, who agrees to participate in a community outreach program, whereby he becomes a 70 year old intern to e-commerce entrepreneur Anne Hathaway. He ends up bringing his special brand of business savvy to her enterprise. 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)

18 – 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/aol.com or (408) 205-5688. PC, WBC, BYOB, C, NMPCW, SO, WCP (RSE 3 Sa)

19 – 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)

21 – 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)

23 – Thursday

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

24 – Friday

7p           Palo Alto Dining. Join Susan Heimlich at Opa!, serving Greek cuisine at reasonable prices. They are located at 140 University Ave, 94301, near El Camino Real. Feel free to make yourself a part of the group. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 325-8078 or at Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by Wednesday, June 22. Ask for Susan, and please bring cash. For last minute changes call or message (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

25 – Saturday

2p        Speaker Event. En route to speaking at Mensa’s Annual Gathering in San Diego, Tom Nehrer provides SFRM with a look at life: Visionaries vs. Philosophers – who best illustrated Reality and who fell short? Tom illustrates life’s “Oneness”, an inner-outer flow we all experience. From Jesus’ Kingdom “within” to the Buddha’s Eightfold Path to Lao-Tzu’s Tao, visionaries indicated what Descartes missed and Nietzsche nearly grasped. Enjoy a unique view of life and see where ideas that populate your own mind came from. 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. It is served by VTA bus routes 64 and 82. For more information, contact Daniel Chang at mal3/a/t/sfmensa.org. PC, NMPCW, NS, WCE

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 – Wednesday

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(s) 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

 

FUTURE FLASHES

July 1 – Friday

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

6:30p       First Friday in Danville. See June 3. (RSE 1 F)

2 – Saturday

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

3 – Sunday

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

5 – Tuesday

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

6 – Wednesday

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

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

8 – Friday

6:30p       Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). See June 10. (RSE 2 F)

7p        GenX Food and Movie Night. See June 10. (RSE 2 F)

9 – Saturday

4p        Big Ideas Reading Group. See June 11. (RSE 2 Sa)

7p        Game Night in Hercules. See June 11. (RSE 2 Sa)