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End of July

July 24 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Are Palestinians experiencing genocide? Palestinians in Hebron say the Palestinian people are facing cultural genocide. Do you agree? Hosted by George Fuller. See August 7. (RSE Su)

7p    Channing Club. See August 28. (RSE 4 Su)

28 – Thursday

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

29 – Friday

7p    Palo Alto Dining at Tamarine Restaurant. About a half mile from the Palo Alto/University Avenue Caltrain station, Tamarine Restaurant features Vietnamese cuisine. It is located at 546 University Ave., Palo Alto 94301. Dishes include shrimp spring rolls, tea leaf beef, green papaya salad, lemongrass sea bass, and more. See their menu at Join us for good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at susan.heimlich/a/t/ or call/text (650) 714-4972 by Wednesday, July 27. Be sure to get a confirmation. Please bring cash. For last minute changes, call (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW 

30 – Saturday

6p    Online Board Games. See August 15.

31 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Celebrations. How important are celebrations to you? Has that varied throughout your life, and where you have lived? Hosted by Sue Bender. See August 7. (RSE Su)

August 1-7

August 2 – Tuesday

5:30p    Tuesday Tipplers will meet at San Rafael Joe’s, 931 4th St., San Rafael 94901, at 5:30p for drinks in the bar and then move on to dinner in the dining room after an hour or so. Park on the street or in the city garage behind the restaurant. If you have questions e-mail Carole at caroleptaylor/a/t/ or call (415) 472-1207. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

6 – Saturday

6p    Start The Month Right. It’s barbecue time! At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home, in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 42nd 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. Masks optional. PC, SO, WBC, WCD, C/D (RSE 1 Sat)

7 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Professionalism – Attitude, Attire, etc. What do you think makes someone “professional”? Might it be related to the mental buy-in that a person has, regarding what they are representing? How do ethics play a part? A person might wear a suit, speak well, but lie. Versus another person who might wear a T-shirt and jeans, cuss liberally, but be very honest. Hosted by Sue Bender. Cafe Discussions are lively, interesting, and you always come away with something to think about in the week to come. Drop in and stay for as long as you like. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. PC (RSE Su)

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)

August 8-14

8 – Monday

12n    Monday Munchers. Back from the pandemic and rising up from the old Ethnic Dinner, a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we will visit Avatar’s Restaurant, 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito 94965, (415) 332-8083, RSVP by Thursday, August 4, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC (RSE 2 M)

4p    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 2nd floor, turn right twice, and then follow the sign to the stairs to the 3rd floor. The restaurant’s entrance is near the top of those stairs on the 3rd floor. Look for the Mensa logo on our table or ask one of the waitresses to find us. Starting at 4p, but arrive when you can and leave when you’re ready. We will be there for several hours. They have a Happy Hour from 4p until 6p, with the kitchen closing at 9p and the bar closing at 10p. 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)

9 – Tuesday

6:45p    Puzzled Pint. (NOTE: If Game Control has not chosen a pub, 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)

    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)

11 – Thursday

11:45a    South Bay Lunch. Meet at Scrambl’z, 5055 Almaden Expressway, San Jose 95118 (near Hwys. 85 & 87), (408) 269-2900. Voted one of the best breakfast restaurants around. Extensive menu online at Sandra Anderson, (408) 997-3187. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

5p    Pub Trek. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY AND WEEK.) Join us for the resurrection of Pub Trek, where we can sample new beers at brew pubs, breweries, or tap houses each month. August’s event is scheduled at the Gordon Biersch Brewery, 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose 95112, outside in the parking lot. Gordon Biersch Night Market on Taylor Street makes its return to the beautiful Japantown neighborhood Thursday night from 5p to 9p! Street cuisine, music, makers, & brewers come together for an outdoor event that the whole family can enjoy! See this event on Facebook: Drop by anytime starting at 5p continuing to approximately 7p. RSVP and/or contact Rosemary Greenlaw with any questions or suggestions for future events at (408) 206-4905 or rbgreenlaw/a/t/ PC, NMPCW, NXM, SO (RSE 3 F)

13 – Saturday

4p    Big Ideas Reading Group: Think AgainThe Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant. Grant makes it one of his guiding principles to argue like he’s right but listen like he’s wrong. Think Again reveals that we don’t have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It’s an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom. For September 10 on Zoom: Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth by Stuart Richie. 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)

14 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: What is the purpose of a human life? Are some lives more valuable than others? Avocation versus vocation; is there a purpose; have you found a purpose and if so, what / how / when? Is your purpose stagnant or fluid; do you even think life has a purpose; how do you know when you have found the purpose that satisfies you? Hosted by James Monschke. See August 7. (RSE Su)

August 15-21

15 – Monday

6p    Online Board Games. Come explore some board games that can be played on the Web. If you’re new, please create a (free) account at and follow the setup instructions. We’ll meet online with Zoom to establish voice contact, and 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

17 – Wednesday

5:30p    Re-BORG. Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group is reborn and revived in honor of the incomparable Cathy Roha, who initiated this event and hosted it for many years. Assimilate delicious food and interesting conversation at a good restaurant somewhere in the central East Bay. Bring cash, your vaccination card, and a mask. Limited seating. E-mail or call ahead for location up to a week ahead. RSVP by 3p on Tuesday, August 16. Roberta Maguire, robertamaguire/a/t/, (510) 292-6370. PC, NS, NMPCW, ACW (RSE 3 W)

18 – Thursday

6:30p    Palo Alto Dining at The Fish Market. Located at 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 94306, across from Portage Ave., our restaurant this month serves… wait for it… fish. Join us for good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at susan.heimlich/a/t/ or call/text (650) 714-4972 by Tuesday, August 16. Be sure to get a confirmation. Please bring cash. Please note the 6:30p start time, as the restaurant closes at 8p. For last minute changes, call (650) 714-4972. Vaccinated people only. PC, NMPCW

20 – Saturday

7p    Teton Tea. Teton Tea Parties are folk-singing parties going back to the 1950s. We welcome both traditional folk singing and singer/songwriters. Our meetings are currently on Zoom. Join the Zoom meeting: Meeting ID: 691 293 7135. Password: berkeley. Hosted by Kevin Langdon, kevinlangdon86/a/t/ PC (RSE 3 Sa)

21 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: How do you define the word “friend”? Do you think the English language needs more agreed-upon gradations for people who are commonly housed in our own self-created “friend” category? Some agreed-upon descriptors exist like: best friend, Facebook friend, etc. But, some relationships don’t easily align themselves with certain levels of closeness, or the few agreed upon descriptors that are commonly used. What type of “friends” do you have and/or want to have and/or not want to continue? What brings you to those thoughts/decisions? Hosted by Sue Bender. See August 7. (RSE Su)

August 22-31

25 – Thursday

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

26 – Friday

5:30p    Marin Drinks and Dinner. New location! Join your fellow Marin Mensans for drinks and dinner at The Club at McInnis, 350 Smith Ranch Rd., San Rafael 94903, The Club has a great bar and a wide range of menu options. New and lurking members are particularly welcome. Bring ideas for future Mensa events in Marin, and other restaurants for this monthly dinner. RSVP so that we know how many to expect; the SF Mensa Meetup is preferred (, or send an e-mail to northbay/a/t/ with Subject: Marin Mensa. Please bring cash in small denominations to cover your drinks and dinner in case they won’t do separate checks. We hope to see you there! PC, NC, NS, WCE

6:30p    Virtual Happy Hour. Mix up your favorite beverage. Bring out some happy-hour munchies and join us for a virtual relaxing time. RSVP on Meetup for the Zoom Link. Hosted by Judy Unger, junger2040/a/t/ PC (RSE 4 F)

27 – Saturday

6p    Online Board Games. See August 15.

28 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Are Mensans Loners or Joiners? We hear Mensans say, “come join us.” Do we mean it? Hosted by George Fuller. See August 7. (RSE Su)

7p    Channing Club is a wide-ranging discussion group which has been meeting, in one form or another, for over half a century. There are no assigned topics; we discuss whatever is on participants’ minds. Our meetings are currently on Zoom. Join the Zoom meeting: Meeting ID: 691 293 7135. Password: berkeley. Hosted by Kevin Langdon, kevinlangdon86/a/t/ PC (RSE 4 Su)


September 3 – Saturday

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


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