Calendar of Events

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.

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.

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

CHILDREN UNDER 18 – Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

WEEKLY EVENT

Every Sunday

12n SPR (Sex, Politics, and Religion) Revival. Sex, Politics, and Religion – everything you are not supposed to discuss at the dinner table. This is for those people who would like to participate in a group that fosters considered, civil discussions, that is open regarding subject matter; i.e., this is not for those who want to “shock somebody” or “troll”. Optionally brown-bag for those who would like to pay homage to SPR’s history as a San Francisco dinner/restaurant discussion group. This is a Zoom event: Meeting ID: 996 5500 8587, Passcode: 279931. Hosted by James Monschke. PC (RSE Su)

End of May

May 26 – Sunday

7p Channing Club. See June 23. (RSE 4 Su)

28 – Tuesday

5:45p Dinner, Drinks, Life’s Code, and Gut Feeling. Join us for drinks, dinner, and another great science-based Wonderfest presentation at the HopMonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato 94945. We meet for drinks and dinner at 5:45p. At 6:45p we’ll move to the session room for two talks. First up, UC Berkeley plant biologist Enrico Calvanese on “The Interpreters of Life’s Code.” Proteins are molecular machines that enable all cellular life. How proteins are produced infuses our understanding of microbiology. New research proposes a novel understanding of how proteins come to exist, promising to open an entirely new dimension of cellular life. Next, Stanford biophysicist Rachel Porter on “The Bacterial Space Age.” Like human communities, bacterial communities are shaped by the available food, water, and space. Researchers largely understand the importance of food and water for bacteria in the human digestive system. However, only now are we discovering the importance of spatial organization for bacteria within our gut microbiome. Complete details of this free event are at wonderfest.org/category/event/coming-events/. More information on HopMonk’s menu, etc. is here: www.hopmonk.com/novato. RSVP on the SFRM Meetup (preferred) or e-mail Valerie Taylor (northbay/a/t/sfmensa.org). PC, NMPCW, WCE, NS, NC, NXM

29 – Wednesday

6p Dominion Discussion. We will be reading Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland one chapter at a time. Join us for one, a few, or all chapters. This week we’re reading Chapter 9, Revolution 1076: Cambrai. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE W)

31 – Friday

7p Palo Alto Dining group goes to a local trattoria for Italian cuisine. We’ll be at Caffe Riace at 200 Sheridan Ave., Palo Alto 94306. In the past they had only outside dining with heat lamps. They have added some indoor rooms which help if weather is inclement. Their phone is (650) 328-0407. A tad pricey, but with the good food and good conversation, we’ll barely notice. Join us! To reserve a seat, call/text Susan at (650) 714-4972 or e-mail Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by May 29. Ask for Susan, and please bring cash. PC, NMPCW

June 1-7

June 1 – Saturday

6p Start the Month Right is tentatively continuing at a new location at Karl Heuer’s home in San Jose. Come celebrate the 44th year and longest running monthly social event in all of American Mensa (formerly at Elna Tymes’ home from 1981 to 2024!). We’ll have a potluck dinner, unstructured socialization, games, and talk. Bring some food to share, or volunteer to assist in some other way (extra chairs, setup help, staying to help wash dishes, or vacuum carpet). $1 donation requested. RSVP encouraged; use Meetup (preferred) or e-mail stmr/a/t/sfmensa.org or phone (650) 648-3594. Masks optional. PC, NMPCW, WBC, NS, WCD, LCR (RSE 1 Sa)

2 – Sunday

Albany Hill Hike is cancelled for June and July. PC (RSE 1 Su)

4 – Tuesday

5p Tuesday Tipplers will meet at San Rafael Joe’s, 931 4th St., San Rafael 94901, at 5p for drinks in the bar and then move on to dinner in the dining room after an hour. Park on the street or in the city garage behind the restaurant. If you have questions e-mail Ed Sabrack at edsabrack/a/t/comcast.net or call (415) 472-3725. 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. PC (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

5 – Wednesday

6p Dominion Discussion. We will be reading Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland one chapter at a time. Join us for one, a few, or all chapters. This week we’re reading Chapter 10, Persecution 1229: Marburg. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE W)

June 8-14

8 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: Size: How It Explains the World by Vaclav Smil. Size explains the regularities – and peculiarities – of the key processes shaping life (from microbes to whales), the Earth (from asteroids to volcanic eruptions), technical advances (from architecture to transportation), and societies and economies (from cities to wages). This book about the big and the small, and the relationship between them, answers the big and small questions of human existence. For July 13 on Zoom: Third Millennium Thinking: Creating Sense in a World of Nonsense by Saul Perlmutter, John Campbell, and Robert MacCoun. We have a list of books read at www.bigideasreadinggroup.com/BIRG2.html. For questions and invitations to our Zoom meetings please contact Chris Boyd at snoboyd/a/t/sbcglobal.net. PC, NMPCW, NXM (RSE 2 Sa)

9 – Sunday

2:30p Speaker Series: The Mind and the Sense of Smell with Amy Poland. On Zoom. In a world filled with constant visual & auditory stimulation we are always on and ready to engage. Our memory banks are full, recall can be difficult when overwhelmed and the mind skips and loses connections little by little. The senses are a conduit through which we engage with others and ourselves. Seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling are vital signs of life directly associated with memory and meaning. Memories fade, senses dull, and for many their ability to interact lessens until the social and cognitive ties no longer serve. Research into brain function in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients has been vital in understanding the effects on human interaction as the brain’s capacity diminishes. How do we keep our memory alive and engaged as we age in the 21st century? Poland started her career in fashion, fragrance, and beauty in the mid-1980s. Join us for an interactive session to explore how the sense of smell solidifies memories and helps keep a strong connection to our world. Please register early for this meeting at livepresentation.link/register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Zoom containing the link that you will need to join. Hosted by Judy Unger. PC

10 – Monday

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 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)

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 boardgamearena.com 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/sfmensa.org or (650) 648-3594. PC, NMPCW, ACW

11 – Tuesday

5:30p Apt To In Aptos Mensa Bar Group is held at Sevy’s Bar + Kitchen at Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos 95003, www.seacliffinn.com/santa-cruz-restaurants on the second Tuesday of the month, running until about 7:30p. Come join Central Coast Mensans: Forget last month’s feces and anticipate this month’s blindsides. T(R)oast past friends, find new ones, and introduce current ones, all while contemplating how it all defaults to QM scaled. Courtesy e-mail to host Stew Gibson at LooseId/a/t/ix.netcom.com with subject “Sevy” for restaurant head count is appreciated, but not required. Tip 20% on the bill, with separate checks. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 Tu)

5:45p Dinner, Drinks, and Strong Aging. Join us for drinks, dinner, and another great science-based Wonderfest presentation at the HopMonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato 94945. We meet for drinks and dinner at 5:45p. At 6:45p we’ll move to the session room for the talk, “Strong Aging” with Dr. Greg Tranah, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF, and Scientific Director of Biobanking at Sutter Health. What can we do, today, to improve muscle strength and, accordingly, to increase healthy longevity, i.e., healthspan? It starts by understanding the science of strength and of muscle function, and then appreciating how muscle changes with aging. Ultimately, we find that healthspan increases with simple and effective evidence-based strategies for improving muscle health and function. Complete details of this free event are at wonderfest.org/category/event/coming-events/. More information on HopMonk’s menu, etc. is here: www.hopmonk.com/novato. RSVP on the SFRM Meetup (preferred) or e-mail Valerie Taylor (northbay/a/t/sfmensa.org). PC, NMPCW, WCE, NS, NC, NXM

6:45p Puzzled Pint. 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/sfmensa.org or (650) 648-3594 (voice or text) to reserve your spot and learn the address. If Game Control has arranged a pub, it’s probably in Sunnyvale or Mountain View, near Central Expressway. Otherwise, the event host will select a non-pub location in Milpitas or the Berryessa area of San Jose. PC, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 2 Tu)

12 – Wednesday

6p Dominion Discussion. We will be reading Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland one chapter at a time. Join us for one, a few, or all chapters. This week we’re reading Chapter 11, Flesh 1300: Milan. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE W)

13 – 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 scramblz-sj.com/. Sandra Anderson, (408) 997-3187. Vaccinated only, please. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

12n Thursday Munchers, a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we will visit Amelie Café and Wine Bar, 71 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax 94930, (628) 253-5161, www.ameliefairfax.com. RSVP by Sunday, June 9, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC (RSE Th after 2 Tu)

June 15-21

15 – 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 3rd Saturday meetings are currently on Zoom. Join the Zoom meeting: us02web.zoom.us/j/6912937135?pwd=WvlpMEs1SCs0c1FoZk5seUhoREVaZz09. Meeting ID: 691 293 7135. Password: berkeley. Hosted by Kevin Langdon, kevinlangdon86/a/t/yahoo.com. PC (RSE 3 Sa) 

19 – Wednesday

5:30p Trivia Night at the Patriot House gastropub in San Francisco. The contest is free, starts at 6p, and lasts about 2 hours, but please arrive about 5:30p, so that we don’t lose the table that I’ve reserved. If you’re a member of our SFRM Meetup group, RSVP on Meetup if you’re planning on coming, so that I can be sure to reserve a large enough table. If you’re not a member of our SFRM Meetup group, RSVP by e-mailing host Barry Krasner at bwkbwk/a/t/pacbell.net. Guests are allowed, so be sure to include the number of guests that you’re bringing when you RSVP. If you RSVP “Yes” and then find that you can’t attend after all, it’s very important that you change your RSVP to “No” as far in advance as possible. The Patriot House is located in Embarcadero Center #2, on the 3rd (top) floor. Enter from Sacramento St. between Front St. and Davis St. Take the inside escalator to the 2nd floor, then turn right twice and follow the sign to the stairs to the 3rd floor. The restaurant is near the top of those stairs. You’ll recognize our group by the Mensa logo that I will have on top of our table. If in doubt, ask the wait staff for “The Mensa Group”. PC, NC, NS, NMPCW (RSE W after 3 M)

6p Dominion Discussion. We will be reading Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland one chapter at a time. Join us for one, a few, or all chapters. This week we’re reading Chapter 12, Apocalypse 1420: Tabor. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE W)

20 – Thursday

6:30p Palo Alto Dining at NOLA, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto 94301 (southeast of University Ave.). Join us for a taste of New Orleans, from seafood gumbo to alligator and crawfish dumplings. As always, good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at (650) 714-4972 or at susan.heimlich/a/t/gmail.com by Tuesday, June 18. For last minute changes, call/message (650) 714-4972. They don’t take reservations, so I need a good idea of how many to expect. PC, NMPCW

June 22-30

23 – Sunday

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: us02web.zoom.us/j/6912937135?pwd=WvlpMEs1SCs0c1FoZk5seUhoREVaZz09. Meeting ID: 691 293 7135. Password: berkeley. Hosted by Kevin Langdon, kevinlangdon86/a/t/yahoo.com. PC (RSE 4 Su)

25 – Tuesday

5:45p Dinner, Drinks, and Karl the Fog. Join us for drinks, dinner, and another great science-based Wonderfest presentation at the HopMonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato 94945. We meet for drinks and dinner at 5:45p. At 6:45p we’ll move to the session room for the talk, “Karl the Fog” with Alicia Torregrosa, Program Officer at the U.S. Geological Survey. As poet Carl Sandburg observed: “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches, and then moves on.” What is the nature of The City’s renowned “Karl the Fog”? Do those super-fine droplets consist of more than just water? Why does our beloved(?) Karl creep over the Bay Area so often, and will that creeping continue in light of climate change? Torregrosa is a physical scientist who led the USGS Pacific Coastal Fog Project, yielding an international and interdisciplinary expansion of coastal fog research. Complete details of this free event are at wonderfest.org/category/event/coming-events/. More information on HopMonk’s menu, etc. is here: hwww.hopmonk.com/novato. RSVP on the SFRM Meetup (preferred) or e-mail Valerie Taylor (northbay/a/t/sfmensa.org). PC, NMPCW, WCE, NS, NC, NXM

26 – Wednesday

5:30p Re-BORG. (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF WEEK.) 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, June 25. Roberta Maguire, robertamaguire/a/t/hotmail.com, (510) 292-6370. PC, NS, NMPCW, ACW (RSE 3 W)

6p Dominion Discussion. We will be reading Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland one chapter at a time. Join us for one, a few, or all chapters. This week we’re reading Chapter 13, Reformation 1520: Wittenberg. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE W)

27 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See June 13. (RSE 2,4 Th)

28 – 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. RSVP on Meetup for the Zoom Link. Hosted by Judy Unger, junger2040/a/t/gmail.com. PC (RSE 4 F)

29 – Saturday

6p Online Board Games. See June 10.

FUTURE FLASHES

July 2 – Tuesday

5p Tuesday Tipplers. See June 4. (RSE 1 Tu)

3 – Wednesday

6p Dominion Discussion. We will be reading Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland one chapter at a time. Join us for one, a few, or all chapters. This week we’re reading Chapter 14, Cosmos 1620: Leiden. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE W)

6 – Saturday

6p Start the Month Right. See June 1. (RSE 1 Sa)

27 – Saturday

11:30a SFRM Summer Picnic. Come join us for our annual Summer Picnic at Linda Vista Park, 11000 Linda Vista Dr., Cupertino 95014. At this family friendly (and dog friendly) event, people can relax over hamburgers, hot dogs, and snacks while enjoying the great weather in a socially distanced setting. This event is sponsored by SFRM so it is free for members, their guests, and their kids. Please note that RSVP at www.meetup.com/sfmensa/events/300456660/ is required for this event as I need to know the guest count for planning purposes. Hosted by Katie To, tiggr0272/a/t/hotmail.com. PC

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