May 2020 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.

Note to Readers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most May events have been cancelled, and are so noted below. The few remaining events are virtual or employ effective social distancing. Please continue to check here for updates as well as join our Meetup group where we have several impromptu virtual events happening.


Every Thursday

Mountain View Lunch Bunch is cancelled for May. (RSE Th)

End of April


May 1-7

May 1 – Friday

Movies That Matter is cancelled for May. (RSE 1,3 F)

2 – Saturday

Start The Month Right is cancelled for May. (RSE 1 Sa)

3 – Sunday

4p Albany Hill Hike. (NOTE: This event is on, since the trail is still open as of this posting and is amenable to social distancing. Contact Roberta as below just before the event to make sure that this is still the case.) 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)

5 – Tuesday

Tuesday Tipplers is cancelled for May. (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)

6 – Wednesday

Math Lovers’ Lunch is cancelled for May. (RSE 1 W)

May 8-14

8 – Friday

Delta Happy Hour Hunters is cancelled for May. (RSE 2 F)

Mid-Month Mex (MMMex) is cancelled for May. (RSE 2 F)

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

9 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Naasim Taleb. (NOTE: We are meeting online via Zoom. Email host Chris Boyd as below if you might want to be included in the online meeting or to be updated on any changes in venue.) Taleb redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life. He challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths. For June 13: The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives by Kit Yates. We haven’t solidified the time and location. We should know more by press time for the next Calendar. 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)

11 – Monday

Monday Munchers is cancelled for May. (RSE 2 M)

San Francisco Pub Get-Together is cancelled for May. (RSE 2 M)

12 – Tuesday

Puzzled Pint is cancelled for May. (RSE 2 Tu)

13 – Wednesday

6:17p Bay Area Restaurant Group (BARG). A new version of BARG-It-Yourself: Please support one of your local restaurants by ordering take-out or delivery to enjoy in your own home. Tip generously! On Sunday 3/29/20 The San Francisco Chronicle published a guide to many restaurants still helping to feed us delicious food. And for great conversation, consider phoning one of your Mensa friends. (RSE 2 W/Th)

14 – Thursday

South Bay Lunch is cancelled for May. (RSE 2,4 Th)

May 15-21

15 – Friday

Movies That Matter is cancelled for May. (RSE 1,3 F)

Movie Night in Orinda is cancelled for May. (RSE 3 F)

19 – Tuesday

Trivia Night in Brentwood is cancelled for May.

May 22-31

24 – Sunday

Channing Club is cancelled for May. (RSE 4 Su)

27 – Wednesday

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

28 – Thursday

South Bay Lunch is cancelled for May. (RSE 2,4 Th)

30 – Saturday

East Bay Game Night is cancelled for May. (RSE last Sa)



June 2 – Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers. (RSE 1 Tu)

3 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch. (RSE 1 W)

5 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. (RSE 1,3 F)

6 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. (RSE 1 Sa)

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