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Note to Readers

While a few events are still on hiatus because of an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19 (and are noted below as “cancelled for February”), most events have resumed meeting in person or are Zoom events. 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 January

January 23 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: People first. See February 6. (RSE Su)

7p Channing Club. See February 27. (RSE 4 Su)

26 – Wednesday

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

2p Mid-Week Hike at Wunderlich Park. Let’s go on a hike and enjoy the nature and beauty of the mountains. Wunderlich (San Mateo County) Park is an easy little escape on the Peninsula. Located at 4040 Woodside Rd., Woodside 94062, it offers 8 moderate trails ranging from 3.2 to 10.7 miles and from 488 to 2,283 feet above sea level. See for information about the various trails. The parking lot has limited parking spaces but is free. RSVP at Hosted by Katie To. PC

6p Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 4: An Overview of Prices. See February 2. (RSE W) 

27 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See February 10. (RSE 2,4 Th)

28 – Friday

6:30p Virtual Happy Hour. See February 25. (RSE 4 F)

30 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: Second Chances. See February 6. (RSE Su)

2p Speaker Series: “Ask Not What AI Ethicists Can Do for You” with Masheika Allgood. We’ve all seen the headlines of AI gone horribly, horribly wrong. There are books, presentations, even movies on AI ethics and the danger of biases in AI systems. But you’re not a data scientist; what does any of this have to do with you? We desperately need more people of different backgrounds and lived experiences to participate in the decision-making if we want to avoid the dystopian future we’re currently building. Come learn about the conversation on AI and its role in society. Hosted by Pia Smith. This is a Zoom meeting; see Meetup for login details. PC

31 – Monday

8p Monterey County Mensa Monthly Meeting. See February 28. (RSE last M)

February 1-7

February 1 – Tuesday

5:30p Tuesday Tipplers. Due to the surge in COVID cases we have decided to meet on Zoom again. If you are not on our e-mail list please let me know and we will send you a link. Carole Taylor, caroleptaylor/a/t/ or (415) 472-1207. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

6p Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. We’re reading Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell. Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. This is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. This week we’re reading Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Businesses. This is a joint Oregon Mensa and SFRM Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith and Jeff Fisher. PC (RSE W)

4 – Friday

7p Szechwan and Hunan Dining. Our Palo Alto Dining group returns to experience the wonderful food of Jing Jing Gourmet at 443 Emerson St., Palo Alto 94301, north of University Ave. Dishes include hot and sour soup, garlic eggplant, and walnut prawns. To say you’ll be there, contact Susan by February 2. At the restaurant, ask for Susan and please bring cash. Contact info: Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ or call/text cell phone (650) 714-4972. For last minute changes, call/text the cell. PC, NMPCW

5 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. 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. 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. Masks optional. PC, SO, WBC, WCD, C/D (RSE 1 Sat)

6 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: Beauty. In case you were wondering, the cafe discussions have so far been 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. Hosted by Pia Smith. 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)

February 8-14

8 – Tuesday

4:30p Mid-Week Happy Hour at Rootstock Wine Bar. Let’s get together and catch up over late afternoon happy hour at Rootstock Wine Bar, located at 331 Castro St., Mountain View 94041. Rootstock has a great wine selection and a happy hour menu ( between 3p and 6p Monday through Friday. RSVP at Hosted by Katie To. PC, NC

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)

9 – Wednesday

6p Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 6: The Role of Profits – and Losses. See February 2. (RSE W) 

10 – 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)

11 – Friday

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

12 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carol Bergstrom and Jevin West. Misinformation, disinformation, and fake news abound and it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s true. Our media environment has become hyperpartisan. Science is conducted by press release. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. We are fairly well equipped to spot the sort of old-school bullshit that is based in fancy rhetoric and weasel words, but most of us don’t feel qualified to challenge the avalanche of new-school bullshit presented in the language of math, science, or statistics. In Calling Bullshit, Professors Bergstrom and West give us a set of powerful tools to cut through the most intimidating data. For March 12 on Zoom: At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds by Dan Hooper. 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)

13 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: Clothing. See February 6. (RSE Su)

14 – Monday

11:30a Monday Munchers. Back from the pandemic, rising up from the old Ethnic Dinner, a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we visit Poggio Trattoria, 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito 94965,, (415) 332-7771. RSVP by Thursday, February 10, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/ PC (RSE 2 M)

6p Online Board Games. Come explore some board games that can be played on the Web. If you’re new, please create an 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

February 15-21

16 – Wednesday

6p Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 7: The Economics of Big Business. See February 2. (RSE W) 

18 – Friday

5p Pub Trek. Join us for the resurrection of Pub Trek, where we can sample new beers at brew pubs, breweries, or tap houses each month. This month’s event is at The Halford, 1494 Halford Ave., Santa Clara 95051, (408) 243-1290, The Halford is a family-owned restaurant and tap house that offers craft beer, wine, and food. Newly reopened, they specialize in craft beer with 71 taps, some from different states, and a select few imports (and 3 robots). They offer a variety of small, medium, and large shared plates that will accommodate all taste buds. Their approach is community, using local farmers for proteins and produce, partnering with local businesses that take pride in the quality of what they produce. Happy Hour Beers (pints) are $6.00 until 6p. There is a parking lot in front and in the back (behind Burger King) and there is street parking. Please check Meetup for any updates: 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)

19 – 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)

20 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: Language. See February 6. (RSE Su)

21 – Monday

4p San Francisco Pub Get-Together. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK.) 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 4p, but arrive when you can and leave when you’re ready. We will be there for several hours. They have discounted dinners from 4p until 6p, with the kitchen closing at 8p and the bar closing at 9p. 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. Don’t forget that you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and be able to prove it, in order to be inside of any public venue in San Francisco that serves food or drinks, including this venue. PC, NC, NS, NMPCW (RSE 2 M)

February 22-28

23 – Wednesday

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

6p Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 8: Regulation and Anti-Trust Laws. See February 2. (RSE W)

24 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See February 10. (RSE 2,4 Th)

25 – Friday

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

26 – Saturday

5:30p Marin Mexican Drinks and Dinner. Join your fellow Marin Mensans for drinks and dinner at The Cantina, 651 East Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley 94941, New and lurking members are particularly welcome. Bring ideas for future Mensa events in Marin! We will follow the restaurant’s COVID procedures – masked unless eating or drinking. We will try to get an outside space (they have heaters). RSVP so that we know how many to expect. Preferred RSVP is through our SFMensa Meetup page; or you can e-mail Valerie Taylor at northbay/a/t/ PC, NC, NS, WCE

6p Online Board Games. See February 14.

27 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: Authentic. See February 6. (RSE Su)

2p Speaker Series: “DIY Therapy for Abstract Thinkers” with Dr. Michael R. Edelstein. Learn the concepts and tools to understand the causes and cure of psychopathology, become your own therapist, and help your friends and relatives with their emotional disturbance. Edelstein is a clinical psychologist. He has written four books, including Three Minute Therapy (with a foreword by Mensan Dr. Albert Ellis). He’s a Psychology Today blogger with the moniker, “The Three Minute Therapist.” Hosted by Pia Smith. This is a Zoom meeting; see Meetup for login details. PC

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)

28 – Monday

8p Monterey County Mensa Monthly Meeting. MCM holds a monthly Zoom meeting on the last Monday of the month. This is a standing event, and we send out the link to our members the night before. We will plan presentations, speakers, and games nights via this online platform, so watch your e-mail for regular updates. If you wish to participate send e-mail to MCM LocSec Heidi Van der Veer at LocSec/a/t/ PC (RSE last M)


5:30p Tuesday Tipplers. See February 1. (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

6p Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 9: Market and Non-Market Economies. See February 2. (RSE W) 

5 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. See February 5. (RSE 1 Sat)



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