CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 2018 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 meetup.com/SFMensa

To List Your Event: Length limit: 120 words. Submit items to the Calendar Editor at gro.a1544592795snemf1544592795s@rad1544592795nelac1544592795. 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 EVENTS

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 www.ImaginativeGenius.com for more information. For address and directions, and to RSVP, contact host Steven Kays at Mensa/a/t/StevenKays.com or (707) 422-2565. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM (RSE Sa)

End of June

June 24 – Sunday

5p The Kelly Park Big Band. See July 29.(RSE last Su)

28 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See July 12. (RSE 2,4 Th)

29 – Friday

11:30a Lunch in Concord at GN Cafe (Gangnam Cafe), 1035 Detroit Ave., Concord 94518. Not a buffet. GN Cafe has American food and some food with Korean influence. Directions: Turn south off Monument Blvd. onto Detroit Ave. and go a little past Costco. Restaurant is close to the first corner of a horseshoe-shaped street called Shary Circle. Or for less traffic, come in from the other direction by taking Whitman Rd. off Oak Grove Rd. Park anywhere in back. RSVP appreciated but not required. Questions? Rosemary Clark, (925) 256-4599 or rclarkx/a/t/earthlink.net. PC, NMPCW

30 – Saturday

7p East Bay Game Night. See July 28. (RSE last Sa)

7p Delta Open House. For those of us living in Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay, Mountain House, and all the little towns in between, the Delta Open House is a time to get together with fellow Mensans without a lot of travelling. Enjoy the company of fellow Mensans out in the Delta. We are meeting at Diana and Larry Israel’s house in Brentwood. For directions or more info, call Diana at (925) 683-9598. Refreshments will be served. This is a gated community; RSVP to diana.israel/a/t/gmail.com and Diana will give you the gate code. For info about upcoming events, call Judy at (714) 356-4873. PC, D, C, NS, NC

July 1-7

July 1 – Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike returns. 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. 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)

3 – 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)

5 – Thursday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF DAY.) 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/polymath-systems.com. PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 1 W)

6 – Friday

6p Movies That MatterA Fantastic Woman (2017). Daniela Vega (the first transgender presenter at the Oscars) plays Marina, a transgender waitress and singer. After her lover, Orlando, suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is. Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The Guardian: “A Fantastic Woman is a brilliant film: a richly humane, moving study of someone keeping alive the memory and the fact of love.” 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 aniel/a/t/joyfulharmony.org. Hosted by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: www.joyfulharmony.org/contact/. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 1,3 F)

First Friday in Danville will not meet in July. (RSE 1 F)

7 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. It’s barbecue time! At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain. Come celebrate the 38th 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 Sa)

July 8-14

9 – Monday

11:30a Monday Munchers. Rising up from the old Ethnic Dinner, a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we will visit Carmen’s La Hacienda, 1401 Grant Ave., Novato 94945, (415) 897-5514, www.carmenslahacienda.com. RSVP by Thursday, July 5, to Elizabeth Calaway at elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. 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, 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, NMPCW (RSE 2 M)

10 – Tuesday

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)

11 – 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 6p on Tuesday, July 10, 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)

12 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. Meet at The Original Hick’ry Pit, 980 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008. Their phone is (408) 371-2400. Menu and other info are online at www.hickrypit.com/campbell. Sandra Anderson, (408) 621-1273. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

13 – Friday

5p Delta Happy Hour Hunters. 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 Vic Stewarts Brentwood, 2270 Balfour Road, 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)

Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). Bad luck! Mid-Month Mex is on vacation this month. You’re on your own. (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)

8p Book Launch Party in Oakland for Marty Nemko’s new book, Careers for Dummies. He’ll share best tips from the book while you enjoy champagne and nibbles. Friends of Mensans are welcome. He’ll send you the address when you RSVP to mnemko/a/t/comcast.net. PC, C/D, NMPCW, SO, WBC, WCD

14 – Saturday

3p Big Ideas Reading Group: Progress: Ten Reasons To Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg. The daily news cycle reports the deterioration: divisive politics across the Western world, racism, poverty, war, inequality, and hunger. While politicians, journalists and activists from all sides talk about the damage done, Norberg offers an illuminating and heartening analysis of just how far we have come in tackling the greatest problems facing humanity. In the face of fear-mongering, darkness, and division, the facts are unequivocal: the golden age is now. 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. Free parking in the garage and next door. For August 11 at Kepler’s: The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce. 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)

July 15-21

15 – Sunday

3p Monthly Gathering: Chapter BBQ. At the Palo Alto home of Michael Eager and Susan Heimlich, an old fashioned backyard barbecue. All chapter members invited! Family members welcome. Contributions welcome but not required. RSVP to susan.heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or text/phone (650) 714-4972 by July 14. PC, SO

16 – Monday

6:30p Mensa Testing in Palo Alto. See www.sfmensa.org/info/testing.html for information. PC

18 – Wednesday

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)

19 – Thursday

5p Pub Trek. Join us for the resurrection of Pub Trek, where we can sample new beers at brew pubs or tap houses on the third Thursday each month. July’s event is scheduled at Clandestine Brewing, 980 S. First St. Ste. B, San Jose 95110, (408) 520-0220, www.clandestinebrewing.com. Drop by anytime starting at 5p continuing to approximately 7p. Parking is available between First and Second Sts. (look for ‘980 Hardware’ next door). Check out the MeetUp post for this event: www.meetup.com/SFMensa/events/jrlbmpyxkbzb/. RSVP and/or contact Rosemary Greenlaw with any questions or suggestions for future events at (408) 206-4905 or rbgreenlaw/a/t/gmail.com. Please save the date for August 16th, when we will check out the Taylor Street Night+Market event, www.facebook.com/nightmrkt, at Gordon Biersch Brewery, near San Jose’s Japan Town area. This will be a Monthly Gathering, as well as Pub Trek, starting at 5p. Specially arranged for this Monthly Gathering/Pub Trek combo is a private brewery tour starting at 6p. Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, 357 East Taylor St., San Jose 95112, (408) 792-1537. PC, NMPCW, NXM, SO (RSE 3 Th)

20 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. Coco (2017). One of my favorites that I’m looking forward to seeing again. I’ve shown several wonderful Pixar films, and this one may be the best. It is visually stunning (some shots contain over 4 million elements) with characters you like getting to know. The story line begins with what seem to be simple truisms, but soon the complex characters turn the truisms on their heads. It’s a beautiful film, both literally and figuratively. To add to your enjoyment, it is an ode to Mexican culture at a time when some want to turn Mexicans into villains. Oscar for Best Animated Film. 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 aniel/a/t/joyfulharmony.org. Hosted by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: www.joyfulharmony.org/contact/. PC, NS, NXM (RSE 1,3 F)

7p Movie Night in Orinda. The title of the movie is to be determined. Please phone or e-mail me within a week or two of the 3rd Friday. Or I will e-mail you and provide the name and details of the movie that we will be seeing. 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. Your suggestions for NEW, recently released, or soon to be available movies are appreciated for our future choices. PC, NMPCW

July 22-31

24 – Tuesday

7:30p Intelligencer Peel and Stick. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF LOCATION.) 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)

25 – 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 www.brainstormer.com/venue/498/patriot-house-pub 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 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, NMPCW, NC, NS, NXM (RSE last W)

26 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See July 12. (RSE 2,4 Th)

28 – 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. The fun is in Oakland. 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/gmail.com 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)

29 – Sunday

5p The Kelly Park Big Band at The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway, Oakland 94612. 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. 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 last Su)

31 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at California Pizza Kitchen, located at 1325 South Main St., 94596 (west side of street, between Botelho Dr. and Newell Ave.) A full variety of food is available; pizza is only one of many choices on their four-page menu. Enter their free parking garage on the right side of the restaurant’s entrance. If possible, RSVP so I can try to have the proper size table arranged for us. You are welcome to invite others, family members, or friends that you would like to include. Questions? Ken Evans (925) 935-8148 or evansken/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW

FUTURE FLASHES

August 1 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch. See July 5. (RSE 1 W)

3 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. See July 6. (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 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. (RSE 1 F)

4 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. See July 7. (RSE 1 Sat)

16 – Thursday

5p Monthly Gathering/Pub Trek. See “save the date” at the end of July 19 item.