CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October 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.a1544592001snemf1544592001s@rad1544592001nelac1544592001. 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 September

September 24 – Monday

7p Palo Alto Dining at Darbar Indian Cuisine. Near the Palo Alto Caltrain station, Darbar is located at 129 Lytton Ave., 94301. Dishes include tikka masala, palak paneer, beef or vegetable samosa, and more. Join us for good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at susan.heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or call/text (650) 714-4972 by Saturday, September 22. Be sure to get a confirmation. Please bring cash. For last minute changes, call (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

26 – Wednesday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at Fuddruckers, 1940 North Main St., 94596, near Ygnacio Valley Rd. It is directly across from Target’s main entrance. This restaurant has a good food selection and although not a buffet, we should all have an excellent lunch. There are many choices. We will meet at the entrance or in the separate, private side room. You can enter Fuddruckers parking from either North Main St. or from the side street, Arroyo Way. Come and have lunch with Mensa friends, or other family or friends that you may invite to join us. If you can let me know you are coming, I can notify the restaurant so that they may set up the long table(s) for us. After lunch you might want to check out or shop at Target, and you can park in Target’s underground garage. Questions? Rosemary Clark at (925) 256-4599 or rclarkx/a/t/earthlink.net. PC, NMPCW

5:30p Brainstormer Trivia Night. See October 31. (RSE last W)

27 – Thursday

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

29 – Saturday

East Bay Game Night will be taking September off. We will return on October 27. (RSE last Sa)

30 – Sunday

5p The Kelly Park Big Band. See October 28. (RSE last Su)

October 1-7

October 2 – 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)

3 – Wednesday

11:30a Math Lovers’ Lunch. 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)

5 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. Up in the Air (2009). With all the stories that George Clooney is retiring, it seems a good time to revisit one of my favorite films of his. Clooney was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ryan Bingham, who enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, traveling around the country firing people. He literally holds that airliners are his home. But then he meets fellow free spirit Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga) and things get very complicated and very funny. Underneath the romance and the levity is a compelling commentary on life in modern America. The film was nominated for all the major Oscars (including two for Supporting Actress), but didn’t win any. If you have seen it before, you’ll enjoy seeing it again. I know I did. 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 daniel/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)

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 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)

6 – Saturday

1p Monthly Gathering: Pinball and Pizza. Bring yourself or bring the whole family out for an afternoon of pinball, pizza, and fun! RSVP to mal1/a/t/sfmensa.org to let us know if you’ll be joining, so we’ll know approximately how much pizza to order. More details in the Monthly Gathering article elsewhere in this issue. Location: Free Gold Watch, 1767 Waller St., San Francisco 94117. PC, ACW

1:30p Robot Games at Woodside High School, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside 94062. Student-designed and built 120-lb. (54-kg) robots place large cubes on balances; points are earned when balances are tipped in their favor, with more sophisticated robots placing cubes on taller balances. Every match is played as two Alliances of three teams each, starting with a 15 second “Autonomous” period where only the students’ programming controls the robot. As the match comes to an end, robots gain extra points by hoisting themselves off the field. Spectators are invited to tour the pits to see the robots up close and talk with students. Mensan Gary Koerzendorfer mentors FIRST Robotic Teams 972 from Los Gatos HS and 2643 from Santa Teresa HS. Carlmont HS team 199, seen at the 2017 RG, will also be there. The competition is free to the public and starts the evening of Friday, October 5, and continues the morning of Saturday, October 6, with playoffs and finals on Saturday at approximately 1:30p. Check M-News for any schedule updates. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZbdwYiCY74 for a brief “retro” video explaining the game and at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtE6Va6oOhU “This Isn’t a Robot” shows the inspirational philosophy of FIRST Robotics. PC, NXM, ACW

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)

7 – 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/hotmail.com or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

October 8-14

8 – 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 revisit Hilltop 1892, 850 Lamont Ave., Novato 94945, (415) 893-1892, www.hilltop1892.com/. RSVP by Thursday, October 4, 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)

9 – 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)

10 – 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, October 9, 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)

11 – 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)

12 – 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 Zephyr Grill & Bar, 613 1st St., Brentwood 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)

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/earthlink.net 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/alumni.princeton.edu. PC, NMPCW (RSE 2 F)

13 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom. Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. We are meeting this month at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood Ave.), Menlo Park 94025. Free parking below. For November 10, also at Kepler’s: A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg. 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)

October 15-21

15 – Monday

7p Palo Alto Dining at Tamarine Restaurant. About ½ mile from the Palo Alto Caltrain station, Tamarine Restaurant features Vietnamese cuisine. It is located at 546 University Ave., 94301. Dishes include shrimp spring rolls, tea leaf beef, green papaya salad, lemongrass sea bass, and more. See their menu at tamarinerestaurant.com. Join us for good food and good conversation. To reserve, contact Susan Heimlich at susan.heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or call/text (650) 714-4972 by Saturday, October 13. Be sure to get a confirmation. Please bring cash. For last minute changes, call (650) 714-4972. PC, NMPCW

17 – 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)

18 – Thursday

5p Pub Trek returns. Join us for the resurrection of Pub Trek, where we can sample new beers at brew pubs or tap houses on the third Thursday of each month. October’s event is scheduled at Strike Brewing Company, 2099 S. 10th Street, Unit 30, San Jose 95112, (877) 855-8620; www.strikebrewingco.com. A brewery and warehouse taproom, opened in July 2014, Strike offers a selection of 11+ beers. As well as rotating handcrafted beverages, a local food truck may be present for those needing a bit to eat. Drop by anytime starting at 5p and continuing until approximately 7p. Let me know if you have suggestions or recommendations for future Pub Treks; RSVPs appreciated on Meetup, by e-mail to Rosemary at rbgreenlaw/a/t/gmail.com, or by text to (408) 206-4905. PC, NMPCW, NXM, SO (RSE 3 Th)

19 – Friday

Movies That Matter. No movie tonight, as we’ll be out of town. Our next movie will be on November 2. (RSE 1,3 F)

7p Movie Night in Orinda. The Leisure Seeker (2017), starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. 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. Please reserve your seat with Mary Bradshaw, (925) 376-0762 or MaryBradsh/a/t/aol.com. PC, NMPCW

21 – Sunday

6p Sunday Evening at Margaret and Jerry’s. Returning after health issues dealt with. Sunday evening supper: ingest and digress. We will have entrée, coffee, and tea. Bring salad/veggies/bread/dessert/beverage to share. Come after dinner if you like. Margaret Pillow and Jerome Taylor host in Berkeley. Contact them at (510) 883-1898 or jmjb7/a/t/earthlink.net. PC, C, SO, NMPCW, WBC

October 22-31

25 – Thursday

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

27 – Saturday

7p East Bay Game Night returns. 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)

28 – 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)

30 – Tuesday

11:30a Lunch in Walnut Creek at Black Bear Diner, 700 Bancroft Rd., 94598. See their menus at blackbeardiner.com/menus. From I-680, take the Treat Blvd. exit and drive east 1 mile to Bancroft Road (a major intersection). At the traffic signal, turn right and go southeast one block. At first traffic signal, turn left into the Countrywood Shopping Center. The restaurant is at your right. Park anywhere in the large lot. The eatery does not accept reservations. If you can, please come a few minutes early to help assemble a long table (preferably in the back room). Tell the hostess you are in the Ken Evans group. Questions? Ken Evans at (925) 935-8148 or evansken/a/t/aol.com. RSVPs would be helpful to let me know how many plan to attend. PC, NMPCW

31 – 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)

FUTURE FLASHES

November 2 – Friday

6p Movies That Matter. See October 5. (RSE 1,3 F)

6:30p First Friday in Danville. See October 5. (RSE 1 F)

3 – Saturday

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

December 8 – Saturday

6p SFRM Holiday Potluck in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Save the date and check back for more details.