November 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 November 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.


None at this time.

End of October

October 25 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: Nothing. Is there such a thing? Is Zero better? See November 1. (RSE Su)

Channing Club is cancelled for October. PC (RSE 4 Su)

28 – Wednesday

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

6p Sapiens Book Discussion : One chapter a week. Chapter to read: The wheels of industry. See November 4. (RSE W)

November 1-7

November 1 – Sunday

11a Cafe Discussion : What is Intelligence / Intelligent Life? (NOTE ONE-TIME CHANGE OF TIME.) 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)

1p Ballot counting for 2020 SFRM Election . Members can send an e-mail to for Zoom details to observe the count virtually. PC

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)

3 – Tuesday

Tuesday Tipplers (as an in-person event) is cancelled for November, but watch the sources mentioned above in Note to Readers for Zoom Tipplers . PC (RSE 1 Tu)

4 – Wednesday

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

6p Sapiens Book Discussion : One chapter a week. Chapter to read: The discovery of ignorance. We’re reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Instead of discussing the whole book in one sitting, we discuss the subject matter in more depth one chapter at a time. The chapters are so different that it is no problem if you are only joining this week. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE W)

6 – Friday

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

7 – Saturday

6p Online Board Games . Come explore some board games that can be played on the Web. To prepare, it’s best if you create an account at and walk through the “Can’t Stop” tutorial. We’ll meet online with Zoom to establish voice contact, 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

Start the Month Right is cancelled for November. PC (RSE 1 Sa)

November 8-14

8 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion : What is Identity? See November 1. (RSE Su)

9 – Monday

Monday Munchers is cancelled for November. PC (RSE 2 M)

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

10 – Tuesday

6:45p Puzzled Pint . (NOTE: If shelter in place is still in effect, 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)

11 – Wednesday

6p Sapiens Book Discussion : One chapter a week. Chapter to read: The marriage of science and empire. See November 4. (RSE W)

12 – Thursday

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

6p Podcast Discussion : Can Eating Regenerative Meat Help Reverse Climate Change? BEFORE Thursday, set side about an hour to listen to the podcast. We will use the podcast to start off the discussion. This is a Zoom event. The login details and a link to the podcast are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC

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! And for great conversation, consider phoning one of your Mensa friends. PC (RSE 2 Th)

13 – Friday

6:30p M Weisley’s Café . Ever wanted to hang out with all the space pilots at Mos Eisley’s cafe ( Star Wars 1977)? Unfortunately Tatooine is rather a long commute just for a Happy Hour so we wisely located M Weisley’s in hyperspace where it can easily be accessed instantly by Zoom . No matter where in the universe you are located, you will not experience any light speed delays in your communications. So now you can experience all the ambience of our seedy cantina crowded with numerous alien races in our virtual meet up. All aliens and humans are welcome at M Weisley’s. Mix up your favorite beverage, gather up some munchies and join in our out of this world Happy Hour. To attend as an alien visit Snap Camera and download their software. Choose from hundreds of available avatars which will move and act with your movements in Zoom. If you’re creative, you can use their software to create your own avatar. Or of course you could do it the old-fashioned way and actually put on a costume. Zoom information: Meeting ID: 836 2401 4828, Passcode: 276090. PC (RSE 2 F)

Missing Mid-Month Mex (MMMMex) . Were it safer to do so, we would have met, eaten, and rested our feeten at Tito’s , 15508 E. 14th St., San Leandro 94578, 1,500’ NE of the exact geographic center of the Bay Area. Twixt 580 and 880, and close to Bay Fair BART, this is where Mensans might have met in the middle and gone, “MMMM!”  In the better days to come, come for the Mensans and the margaritas (or just for the Mensans), along with the marvelous Mexican meal you’ve been missing after 7P. Cohosted by Hank Stephenson, hank888/a/t/ or (415) 793-0300 (cell), and Peter Midnight. Come when you can to see why Tito’s has been there for more than 60 years, directly across E. 14th St. from Bay Fair Mall. Someday we’ll see you again at Tito’s! No Pets. PC, WCE, NMPCW, NC, SO, NXM (RSE 2 F)

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

14 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group : Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime by Sean Carroll. (NOTE: We are meeting online via Zoom . E-mail 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.) Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time.  His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything. For December 12 on Zoom : How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan. 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)

November 15-21

15 – Sunday

2p Monthly Gathering : Genetics, where are we now?   Natalie Telis is a human geneticist. Her PhD is in Biomedical Informatics; she uses computer science and mathematics to study the connection between human genetic history, human genetic diversity, and the genetic basis of disease. She works on tough problems in giant data sets using math, stats, computer science, and lots of coffee.  In her spare time, she bikes and does data science for social good. See . Hosted by Pia Smith. This is a Zoom meeting; see Meetup for details. PC

18 – Wednesday

6p Sapiens Book Discussion : One chapter a week. Chapter to read: The capitalist creed. See November 4. (RSE W)

19 – Thursday

6p Podcast Discussion : The science of fire and how it has impacted the evolution of life. . See November 12.

21 – Saturday

6p Online Board Games . See November 7.

November 22-31

22 – Sunday

Channing Club is cancelled for November. PC (RSE 4 Su)

25 – Wednesday

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

6p Sapiens Book Discussion : One chapter a week. Chapter to read: The wheels of industry. See November 4. (RSE W)

26 – Thursday

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

27 – 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. Join the Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 819 0431 6965. Password: 162034. Hosted by Judy Unger, junger2040/a/t/ . PC (RSE 4 F)


December 1 – Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers . PC (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch . PC (RSE 1 W)

6p Sapiens Book Discussion : One chapter a week. Chapter to read: A permanent revolution. See November 4. (RSE W)

4 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter . PC (RSE 1,3 F)

5 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right . PC (RSE 1 Sa)

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