August 2019 Calendar of Events
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 Policy: 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

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 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.


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) 917-9363. PC, NMPCW (RSE Th)

Every Saturday

6p Imaginative Geniuses . Relax in a secluded southeast Napa Valley house with warm, friendly people. A free BBQ dinner is served and a hot tub is provided. Located 15-18 minutes from I-80 and CA-12, 40-60 minutes from Berkeley. Parties usually go on until 10p or later. See for more information. For address and directions, and to RSVP, contact host Steven Kays at Mensa/a/t/ or (707) 422-2565. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM (RSE Sa)


End of July

July 28 – Sunday

2p BBQ . Join LocSec Michael Eager and Scribe Susan Heimlich for a traditional backyard barbecue in Palo Alto. Bring something to grill and something to share. Family welcome. RSVP to susan.heimlich/a/t/ or text/phone (650) 714-4972. PC, SO, BYOB

31 – Wednesday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at Black Bear Diner , 700 Bancroft Rd., 94598. Menus at . From I-680, take the Treat Blvd. exit and drive 1 mile to Bancroft Rd. (a major intersection). Turn right and drive 1 block. At first traffic signal, turn left into the Countrywood Shopping Center. The restaurant is on your right. Park anywhere in the lot. Black Bear does not accept reservations. If you can, please come a few minutes early to help assemble a long table (preferably in the back room). Tell the hostess you are in Rosemary Clark’s group. Questions? Rosemary Clark (925) 256-4599 or rclark/a/t/ . RSVPs are not necessary but help me know how many will be there. PC, NMPCW

5:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night . See August 28. (RSE last W)

August 1-7

August 2 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter returns. All the President’s Men (1976). It’s time to review again one of the most significant political events of a lifetime. In the Watergate Office Building on June 17, 1972, lights go on and four burglars are caught breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. That night triggered revelations that would eventually drive a U.S. President from office. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) grabbed the initial break-in story and stayed with it through doubts, denials, and discouragement. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies are shown on a 58″ plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie, at (510) 451-3009 or daniel/a/t/ . Hosted 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 returns . 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. (RSE 1 F)

3 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right . It’s barbecue time! At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 39th 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. Bring bread, salad, or dessert to share, and YOB; hamburgers and hot dogs available or bring your own meat to grill. $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 Sa)

4 – Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike . Join us for a one-hour scenic and historic hike up and around Albany Hill. The trail is steep in spots, but the views are expansive. 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, which is seven tenths of a mile from the 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)

6 – 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)

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)

7 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch . Chef’s Chinese Food , 233 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito 94530 (close to the El Cerrito Plaza 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)

August 8-14

8 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch . Meet at Uncle John’s Pancake House , 2125 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell 95008 (at W. Rincon Ave.). Their phone is (408) 724-9835. Parking on the street, rear, and garage. Menu online at . Sandra Anderson, (408) 621-1273. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

9 – Friday

5p Delta Happy Hour Hunters returns. Celebrate the end of the work week and relax with friendly conversation, happy hour food, and drinks. If you can’t make it at 5p, just let us know you’re coming, we’ll be waiting for you. This month we will meet at Sand Creek Pub , 50 Sand Creek Rd., Suite 30, Brentwood 94513. Look for our “Welcome Owl”. Call Judy at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie at (714) 356-4868 for more info. PC, NC (RSE 2 F)

6:30p Mid-Month Mex (MMMex) returns. 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 60 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bayfair Center. We’ll see you at Tito’s! No pets. 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 always, 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/ . PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

10 – Saturday

10a Mensa Testing in Palo Alto. See for information. PC

4p Big Ideas Reading Group : What is Real?: The Unfinished Quest For the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. And yet physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s , 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For September 7, also at Kepler’s : Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio. 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)

11 – Sunday

11a Monthly Gathering . Bring yourself or bring your whole family to come picnic and mingle with Mensans at the Madrone Picnic Area at Flood Park in Menlo Park! Burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, condiments, chips, cookies, and assorted beverages will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Beer and wine are also permitted. Don’t forget to bring your Frisbee, corn hole, or other outdoor games to enjoy. There is a volleyball court and a horseshoe pit nearby. Bring your own equipment or it can be rented at the gatehouse. There’s a playground to delight the little ones. Flood Park charges $6 per car for entrance/parking. Other than that, this event is free of charge for Mensans and their guests. We’ll be going until about 3p. Flood Park is located at 215 Bay Road, Menlo Park 94025. RSVP by Friday, August 9, so we know how much food to buy! (RSVP available on Facebook, Meetup, or by email to mal3/a/t/ .) To learn more about Flood Park and to find park maps, visit . PC

12 – Monday

11:30a Monday Munchers, rising up from the old Ethnic Dinner, is a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we will visit Boca Pizzeria Novato at 454 Ignacio Blvd., Novato 94949, (415) 883-2302, . RSVP by Thursday, August 8, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ . PC (RSE 2 M)

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 will be there for several hours. They have a Happy Hour until 6p. 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, NMPCW (RSE 2 M)

14 – 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 5p on Tuesday, August 13, 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/Th)

7:30p GenX South Bay Pub Quiz. Join us at Katie Bloom’s , 369 East Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008 (at N. Central Ave.). 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)


August 15-21

16 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter . Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). This is one of the most intriguing films I have ever seen. I love it when a film causes me to wonder about how life really works. What if you could forget the terrible things that happened in your life, completely erase the memories? Clementine (Kate Winslet) and Joel (Jim Carrey) each undergo a medical procedure to erase their failed affair from their minds. Joel tries to cheat on the procedure, turning this romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist into a fascinating labyrinth. Oscar for Best Screenplay. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies are shown on a 58″ plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie, at (510) 451-3009 or daniel/a/t/ . Hosted 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 . Serenity (2019) is a suspense movie and thriller about a fishing boat captain who leads tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. Review: “Wow, what a fantastic psychological thriller; the twists and turns were unexpected.” 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/ . Your suggestions for NEW, recently released, or soon to be available movies are appreciated for our future choices. PC, NMPCW

18 – Sunday

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

August 22-31

22 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch . See August 8. (RSE 2,4 Th)

25 – Sunday

5p The Kelly Park Big Band at The Sound Room , 2147 Broadway, Oakland 94612 (at 22nd St.). Led by Mensan/drummer Kelly Park, this 16 piece big band plays original music and arrangements of jazz standards. We’ll stick around after the concert for an informal music conversation, meet some of the band members, have a cocktail, etc. This month we are pleased to have special guest singers Gina Harris and Victoria Phillips sitting in. There is a $20 door charge for this event, $10 if you show your Mensa membership card. No RSVP required. PC, NS, WBC, WCP (RSE Alt 4th Su)

26 – Monday

6:30p Palo Alto Dining goes family-style Italian. Join us this month for friendly Italian dining at Buca di Beppo , 643 Emerson St., 94301 (between Forest Ave. and Hamilton Ave.). Good food; good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan at (650) 714-4972 or Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ by Saturday, August 24. Ask for Susan, and please bring cash. For last minute changes, call/text cell phone (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

27 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at Jade Garden Chinese restaurant, 2979 Ygnacio Valley Rd., 94598. Menus: . From Hwy 24 eastbound, get into Lane 3 (third from left) or from I-680 northbound get into Lane 3 and take Ygnacio Valley Road exit. At end of ramp, turn right and drive east 3.5 miles. On your right, Encina Grande shopping center stores face Ygnacio Valley Road. At left (east) end of the center, the Jade Garden is next to Walgreens. From I-680 southbound, take Treat Blvd. exit. At end of ramp, turn left and drive south one block. At traffic signal, turn left onto Treat and drive east 2.3 miles to Oak Grove Road (major intersection). Turn right onto Oak Grove and drive south 1.3 miles. Cross Ygnacio Valley Road (major intersection), go just past the gas station, and turn right into first driveway. On your left, the Jade Garden is next to Walgreens. Tell the hostess you are in the Ken Evans group. Questions? Ken Evans (925) 935-8148 or evansken/a/t/ . RSVPs would be helpful to tell me how many plan to attend. PC, NMPCW

28 – Wednesday

5:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night . Come join us at Patriot House Pub, 2 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 94111 (Sacramento St. between Davis St. and Front St., on the top level, to the right as you step off the escalator). Please arrive between 5:30p and 5:45p. The trivia contest will begin at 6p and will last for about 2 hours. See for details. The Patriot House is close to the Financial District and Embarcadero BART/Muni, and parking is validated for the underground garage. They have a wide selection of beers, mixed drinks, non-alcoholic drinks, and food, and a Happy Hour until 6p. Look for the Mensa logo on our table or ask for “Barry and the Mensa Group”. 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, NMPCW, NC, NS, NXM (RSE last W)

31 – 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, but note that for a while we will be providing red and white wine, and champagne. The fun is in Oakland 94611. No RSVP needed; just show up at 7p or later. We have about 20 people every month, most of whom do not RSVP. For more information or directions, contact Alan at alan.winson/a/t/ or (510) 653-2685 (voice only). Please pull forward to 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)



September 3 – Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers. See August 6, (RSE 1 Tu)

4 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch . See August 7. (RSE 1 W)

6 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter . See August 2. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday in Danville. See August 2. (RSE 1 F)

7 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right . See August 3. (RSE 1 Sa)

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