August 2020 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.

Note to Readers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most August events have been cancelled, and are so noted below. The few remaining events are virtual or employ effective social distancing. Please continue to check here for updates as well as join our Meetup group where we have several impromptu virtual events happening.


None at this time.

End of July

Channing Club is cancelled for July. (RSE 4 Su)

29 – Wednesday

Brainstormer Trivia Night is cancelled for July. (RSE last W)

August 1-7

August 1 – Saturday

Start The Month Right is cancelled for August. (RSE 1 Sa)

2 – Sunday

2p Monthly Gathering: Confessions of an Alien. Mensan E. T. Marshall will speak about his book, Confessions of an Alien, a visionary book that easily melds philosophy, science, and science fiction. This is a Zoom meeting, and the link with which to join will be posted on Meetup as the date of the event approaches. PC

4p Albany Hill Hike. (NOTE: This event is on, since the trail is still open as of this posting and is amenable to social distancing. Contact Roberta as below just before the event to make sure that this is still the case.) 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)

4 – Tuesday

Tuesday Tipplers (as an in person event) is cancelled for August, but watch the sources mentioned above in Note to Readers for Zoom Tipplers. (RSE 1 Tu)

Intelligencer Deadline. Deadline for calendar events, advertising, members’ free ads, and all other content. See above for information on submitting events. PC (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

5 – Wednesday

Math Lovers’ Lunch is cancelled for August. (RSE 1 W)

7 – Friday

Movies That Matter is cancelled for August. (RSE 1,3 F)

August 8-14

8 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: Permanent Record by Edward Snowden. (NOTE: We are meeting online via Zoom. E-mail host Chris Boyd as below if you might want to be included in the online meeting or to be updated on any changes in venue.) Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online – a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age. For September 12: What the Future Looks Like: Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries by Jim Al-Khalili (Editor). 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)

10 – Monday

Monday Munchers is cancelled for August. (RSE 2 M)

San Francisco Pub Get-Together is cancelled for August. (RSE 2 M)

11 – Tuesday

6:45p Puzzled Pint. (NOTE: If shelter in place is still in effect, this will instead be a virtual event on Zoom. Contact Karl as below for instructions on how to connect.) Who likes PUZZLES? The kind where part of the game is to figure out what you need to be doing in the first place? Want to do it as part of a team, so you can bounce ideas off each other, and let someone else do the parts that you find uninteresting? This is a monthly event held in the Bay Area (and simultaneously elsewhere in the world), at a convenient pub where we might order food and drink before or during the game. RSVP to Karl Heuer at puzzles/a/t/ or (650) 648-3594 (voice or text) to reserve your spot and learn the address; it’s almost always either Sunnyvale or Mountain View, near Central Expressway. PC, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 2 Tu)

12 – Wednesday

6:17p Bay Area Restaurant Group (BARG). A new version of BARG-It-Yourself: Please support one of your local restaurants by ordering take-out or delivery to enjoy in your own home. Tip generously! And for great conversation, consider phoning one of your Mensa friends. (RSE 2 W/Th)

13 – Thursday

South Bay Lunch is cancelled for August. (RSE 2,4 Th)

14 – Friday

Delta Happy Hour Hunters is cancelled for August. (RSE 2 F)

6:30p Maybe Mid-Month Mex (MMMMex). Depending on whether Tito’s dining room has reopened, we might meet, eat, and rest our feet at Tito’s, 15508 E. 14th St., San Leandro 94578, 1,500’ NE of the exact geographic center of the Bay Area. Twixt 580 and 880, and close to Bay Fair BART, this is where Mensans might meet in the middle and go, “MMMM!” Conditionally come for the Mensans and the margaritas (or just for the Mensans), along with the marvelous Mexican meal you’ve been missing after 7p. Cohosted by Hank Stephenson, hank888/a/t/ or (415) 793-0300 cell, and Peter Midnight. Come when you can to see why Tito’s has been there for more than 60 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bay Fair Mall. Someday we’ll see you again at Tito’s! No Pets. PC, WCE, NMPCW, NC, SO, NXM (RSE 2 F)

GenX Food and Movie Night is cancelled for August. (RSE 2 F)

August 15-21

15 – Saturday

6p Online Board Games (Experimental new event). Come explore some board games that can be played on the Web. To prepare, it’s best if you create an account at and walk through the “Can’t Stop” tutorial. We’ll meet online with Zoom to establish voice contact, then we’ll decide on a game to try out. RSVP on the Meetup calendar if possible, otherwise contact Karl Heuer at puzzles/a/t/ or (650) 648-3594. PC, NMPCW, ACW

21 – Friday

Movies That Matter is cancelled for August. (RSE 1,3 F)

August 22-31

23 – Sunday

Channing Club is cancelled for August. (RSE 4 Su)

26 – Wednesday

Brainstormer Trivia Night is cancelled for August. (RSE last W)

27 – Thursday

South Bay Lunch is cancelled for August. (RSE 2,4 Th)

29 – Saturday

6p Online Board Games. See August 15.

East Bay Game Night is on hiatus until it is safe for large groups to gather indoors. We will announce it here when we are ready to resume.



September 1 – Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers. (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch. (RSE 1 W)

4 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. (RSE 1,3 F)

5 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. (RSE 1 Sa)

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