March 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

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.


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

4p/6p Imaginative Geniuses. (NOTE: We meet at 4p PST up through March 10. Starting March 17 we meet at 6p PDT.) 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 9p (PST)/10p (PDT) or later. See for more information. For address and directions, and to RSVP, contact host Steven Kays at Mensa/a/t/ or (707) 422-2565. PC, NMPCW, C/D, NS, NXM (RSE Sa)

End of February

February 25 – Sunday

3:30p Monthly Gathering: Escape Room. At Xcapade, 1627 Industrial Parkway West, Hayward 94544. Put your wits to test with an escape room competition! Our group will be participating in Treasure of the Empire: Axis vs. Allies – a competitive escape room experience. You can let us know you’ll be joining us and find more details on Meetup, Facebook, or by e-mail to Stephanie Thornton at mal1/a/t/ To officially RSVP, you must e-mail me. Once you RSVP I will collect your $10 payment and will send you a waiver to fill out before the event. Limited to 20 people. You are only confirmed for the event once I’ve received your RSVP and payment. PC

5p The Kelly Park Big Band. See March 25. (RSE last Su)

28 – Wednesday

11:15a Lunch in Walnut Creek at Black Bear Diner (or, you can order breakfast). Let me know if you are celebrating a birthday as you may receive a scoop of nice ice cream topped with a candle. The restaurant is located in Countrywood Shopping Center at 700 Bancroft Rd., 94598, near Treat Blvd. The restaurant is directly in front of Safeway and is right on Bancroft Road. Meet at the front entrance or go in to the rear dining room where we early birds will pull together tables for our group. It is not a buffet so feel free to go ahead and order your meal, if you wish, as soon as you find your seat and are provided a menu. If possible, RSVP so we may be able to pull together enough tables for our group. You are welcome to invite family members or friends that you would like to include. Questions? Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW

5:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night. See March 28. (RSE last W)

March 1-7

March 2 – Friday

6p Movies That MatterRoman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington (Oscar nomination for Best Actor) stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenges the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.  Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies shown on 58″ plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM, LCR (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday in Danville. 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 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/ for more info. (RSE 1 F)

3 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. 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. 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. PC, SO, WBC, WCD, C/D (RSE 1 Sat)

4 – Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike. 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/ or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

6 – 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/ or (415) 454-9453. 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. (RSE Tu after 1 Sa)

7 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ LunchChef’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/ PC, NS, NMPCW, NXM, WCE (RSE 1 W)

6:30p East Bay Science Café. A free gathering featuring UC Berkeley scientists in an informal discussion of interesting and relevant scientific issues, promoting a casual evening of conversation. At Restaurant Cafe Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Ave., Albany 94706. We meet at 6:30p to order dinner before they get too busy, and the program starts at 7p. Please contact Roberta to make sure she is in town at (510) 292-6370 or robertamaguire/a/t/ PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

7:30p Trivia Night at the Terrace Room, 1800 Madison St., Oakland 94612. Play begins at 7:30p. (NOTE CHANGE OF DAY.)  Drinks are optional and reasonable. Food is on offer from the bar. Teams are of up to six players. Call Steve Andersen at (510) 521-8869 or email beveaux/a/t/ to RSVP (appreciated but not required). PC, NMPCW, NS, NXM (RSE 1 W)

March 8-14

8 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. Meet at Effie’s Restaurant and Bar, 331 W. Hacienda Ave., Campbell 95008. Their phone is (408) 374-3400. Menu and other info are online at Sandra Anderson, (408) 621-1273. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

9 – 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 Blue Iguana Bar in La Fuente Mexican Restaurant, 642 First St. #3, Brentwood 94513Look for our “Welcome Owl”. Call Judy at (714) 356-4873 or Bernie at (714) 356-4868 for more info. PC, NC (RSE 2 F)

6:30p Mid-Month Mex (MMMex). We meet, eat, and rest our feet at Tito’s, 15508 E. 14th St., San Leandro 94578, 1500’ NE of the exact geographic center of the Bay Area. Twixt 580 and 880, and close to Bay Fair BART, this is where Mensans meet in the middle and go “MMM!” Come for the Mensans and the margaritas (or just for the Mensans), along with a marvelous Mexican meal after 7p. Co-hosted by Hank Stephenson, hank888/a/t/ or (415) 793-0300 cell, and Peter Midnight. Come see why Tito’s has been there for more than 60 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bayfair Center. We’ll see you at Tito’s! No pets. PC, WCE, NMPCW, NC, SO, NXM (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/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

10 – Saturday

9:30a Mensa Testing in Sunnyvale. See for information. PC

2p Monthly Gathering: Speaker Meeting – “How Did I Get Here? My Writer’s Journey from Reluctant Author to Movie Option.” Geri Spieler, investigative reporter and journalist, will discuss writing a book about Sara Jane Moore, who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975. The book is now being turned into a movie, and we will get to hear what this is like from the author’s perspective. Join us at Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto 94303. This is just north of Embarcadero Rd. and the Palo Alto Art Center. Parking is plentiful. Refreshments will be served. For more info, e-mail Susan.Heimlich/a/t/ PC, WBC, SO, WCE

4p Big Ideas Reading GroupLanguage: The Cultural Tool by Daniel L. Everett. Combining anthropology, primatology, computer science, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, and his own pioneering – and adventurous – research with the Amazonian Pirahã, and using insights from many different languages and cultures, Everett gives us an unprecedented elucidation of this society-defined nature of language. In doing so, he also gives us a new understanding of how we think and who we are. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For April 14, also at Kepler’s: The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 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)

7p Game Night in Hercules. Join Lilley and Tony Mazy for fun and games in the Northern East Bay! We’re playing word games, card games, board games, all kinds of fast-action social games (not long strategy games). Choose from our (somewhat limited) shelf of games or bring your own fast-action social games. Lilley and I will have some light refreshments, but please bring a snack to share. The fun is in the quiet bedroom community of Hercules. For more information or directions, contact Tony at tony/a/t/ or (925) 785-5178. RSVPs, preferably by e-mail, are much appreciated. Members only, except for member-escorted guests. PC, FFE, NC, NS, WCD (RSE 2 Sa)

12 – 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 re-visit Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Rd., Greenbrae 94904,, (415) 925-0808. RSVP by Thursday, March 8, to Elizabeth Calaway at elizterrycalaway/a/t/ 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, 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)

14 – 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, March 6, 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/, (510) 845-1833. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 W)

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/ PC, NMPCW, NXM, WCP (RSE W after 2 F)

March 15-21

15 – 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. March’s event is scheduled at Taplands, 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara 95050, (408) 709-2990, Near Santa Clara University, Taplands is a small neighborhood brewery, taproom, and bottle shop. Their kitchen offers snacks and paninis, with hardier fare available nearby. Drop by anytime starting at 5p and continuing until 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 Th)

16 – Friday

6p Movies That MatterOn Body and Soul (2017), Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. A slaughterhouse in Budapest is the setting of a strangely beautiful love story. Mária starts work as the new quality controller. Hers is a world that consists of figures and data that have imprinted themselves on her memory since early childhood. Her slightly older boss Endre is also the quiet type. Recognizing their spiritual kinship, they are amazed to discover that they even have the same dreams at night. Join us for an evening of pizza, picture, and a chance for thoughtful discussion. Pizza 6p, film 6:45p. Movies shown on 58″ plasma TV. For pizza, let us know your preference, meat or veggie. (510) 451-3009, daniel/a/t/ Hosted in Oakland by Daniel Neumayer and Gwendolyn Rothman, Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit. Map and directions: PC, NS, NXM, LCR (RSE 1,3 F)

7p Movie Night in OrindaThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). It won Best Picture from Golden Globes. The cast features the outstanding Frances McDormand as the protagonist, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. Director and screenwriter is Martin McDonagh. When law enforcement fails to make headway on the hunt for her daughter’s killer, Mildred Hayes, a tortured soul, takes the drastic step of putting up three large signs questioning the motivation of the town’s widely respected police chief. McDormand’s character is hell bent on avenging her daughter’s brutal murder. Harrelson’s character has the unfortunate task of heading a small town police force handicapped by staff incompetency and bias. This is a highly suspenseful film, a complicated indictment of small town prejudices, with a strong female lead. We’ll socialize both before the movie and during intermission. The movie starts at 7:30p. Please bring something to share. It is not a dinner but salads are welcome, as are hors d’oeuvres, cheese and crackers, fruit, dessert, and light colored beverages (no chips). Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW (RSE 3 F)

17 – Saturday

1:30p Robot Games at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, in the school’s McCullough Gymnasium. Student designed and built 120 lb (54 kg) robots compete in a series of contests. Strategy is much more important than in previous years; each Alliance can elect to give themselves temporary advantage(s), but must expend resources to do so. Spectators can tour the pits to see the robots up close and talk to the students. Mensan Gary Koerzendorfer mentors team 972 from Los Gatos HS. Carlmont HS’s team 199, seen at the RG, will also compete. The competition is free to the public and runs March 15 to 17 with playoffs and finals Saturday at 1:30p. See, and has a brief “retro” video explaining the game; at, “This Isn’t a Robot” shows the inspirational philosophy of FIRST Robotics. PC, NXM, ACW

South Bay Games Night is on hiatus for March. (RSE 3 Sa)

18 – Sunday

11:30a Third Sunday Brunch. Greet old friends and meet new ones when you join us at Le Boulanger for brunch, 622 Laurel St., San Carlos 94070. One block from San Carlos train station off San Carlos Ave. Questions? Call Adele before Sunday at (650) 752-4684. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 3 Su)

March 22-31

22 – Thursday

11:45a South Bay Lunch. See March 8. (RSE 2,4 Th)

24 – Saturday

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 traveling. Enjoy the company of fellow Mensans out in the Delta. This month the event will be at the home of Rich and Jennifer Storm Alves. This is in the Lakeshore gated community so be prepared to tell the guard where you are going and show some ID. If you RSVP it will make the process at the gate easier as Jennifer will call your name in to the guard. RSVPs appreciated but not required, by text to Jennifer at (614) 352-5227. You can also call at this number for directions. For info about upcoming events, call Judy at (714) 356-4873. PC, C, D, NS (RSE 4 Sa)

25 – 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)

26 – Monday

7p Near Palo Alto Dining. Join us dining on French food at La Fontaine Restaurant, 186 Castro St., Mountain View 94041. It’s a happening environment, with shops to explore up and down the block, and near the Mountain View Caltrain Station, with a parking garage behind the restaurant. Their menu includes hors d’oeuvres, soups, and salads (e.g. spinach, strawberries, mango, almonds, pecorino Romano cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette for $9), artisan pastas (e.g. linguini and prawns for $25), and plats principaux for $18 to $33. To reserve contact Susan Heimlich at (650) 714-4972 (cell/text) or email susan.heimlich/a/t/ by March 23. Be sure to get a confirmation. For last minute changes call/text my cell. Please bring cash. PC, NMPCW

27 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Pleasant Hill at Sweet Tomatoes, 40A Crescent Drive, 94523. It is about two blocks west of I-680 and one block west of Contra Costa Blvd. Come a few minutes earlier for best parking choices. Meet at the restaurant’s entrance or look for us at a large table that some of us early birds will secure for our group. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat, healthy, delicious lunch. And enjoy a good measure of interesting conversation on any and all subjects, with Mensa friends and other friends and family members that you wish to invite. Most parking on Crescent Drive is for only one hour, but there are other areas available with longer parking time limits. And there is a free City-owned multistory garage across from the movie theater. Questions? Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or marybradsh/a/t/ PC, NMPCW

28 – 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 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, 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, NMPCW, NC, NS, NXM (RSE last W)

31 – Saturday

1:30p Robot Games at San Jose State University Event Center. Gary Koerzendorfer mentors team 2643 from Santa Teresa HS., San Jose. The competition is free to the public and runs March 29 to 31 with playoffs and finals Saturday at 1:30p. See March 17 for more info. PC, NXM, ACW

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/ 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)


April 1 – Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike. See March 4. (RSE 1 Su)

3 – Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers. See March 6. (RSE 1 Tu)

4 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch. See March 7. (RSE 1 W)

6:30p East Bay Science Café. See March 7. (RSE 1 W)

7:30p Trivia Night. See March 7. (RSE 1 W)

6 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. See March 2. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday in Danville. See March 2. (RSE 1 F)

7 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. See March 3. (RSE 1 Sat)

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