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.

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Note to Readers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most May events have been cancelled, and are so noted below. The 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 April

April 25 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion: Mindfulness. Is it humanly possible to be mindful or is it an unattainable goal we should all strive for but never will be able to reach? See May 2. (RSE Su)

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

28 – Wednesday

7p What the Future Looks Like Book Discussion: One chapter a week. We’re reading chapter 17, by Lewis Dartnell, Apocalypse. See May 5. (RSE W)

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

29 – Thursday

6p Factfulness Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading The blame instinct. See May 6. (RSE Th)

May 1-7

May 1 – Saturday

6p Start The Month Right. Welcome back to Start The Month Right! We’ve not been permitted to hold this gathering for over a year, so we’re celebrating getting to see folks again! The burrito/taco bar will be open, and it should be warm enough to be outside. At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 41st 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. Masks required – bring your own or we have some. PC, SO, WBC, WCD, C/D (RSE 1 Sat)

2 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion. See Meetup for topic. 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)

4p Albany Hill Hike. 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 – Monday

7:30p Monterey County Mensa Monthly Meeting. In 2021, MCM will hold a monthly Zoom meeting on the first Monday of the month. This will be a standing event, and we send out the link to our members the night before. We will plan presentations, speakers, and games nights via this online platform, so watch your e-mail for regular updates. If you wish to participate send e-mail to MCM LocSec Heidi Van der Veer at LocSec/a/t/ PC (RSE 1 M)

4 – Tuesday

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

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

7p What the Future Looks Like Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading chapter 18, by Jim Al-Khalili, Teleportation and time travel. We’re reading What the Future Looks Like: Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries – and Reveal How Today’s Breakthroughs Are Already Shaping Our World by Jim Al-Khalili (Editor). 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 – Thursday

6p Factfulness Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading The urgency instinct. We’re reading Factfulness – Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund. Instead of discussing the whole book in one sitting, we discuss the subject matter in more depth one chapter at a time. This is a Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith. PC (RSE Th)

7 – Friday

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

May 8-14

8 – Saturday

4p Big Ideas Reading Group: Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality by Frank Wilczek. (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.) Synthesizing basic questions, facts, and dazzling speculations, Wilczek investigates the ideas that form our understanding of the universe: time, space, matter, energy, complexity, and complementarity. He excavates the history of fundamental science, exploring what we know and how we know it, while journeying to the horizons of the scientific world to give us a glimpse of what we may soon discover. For June 19 (note one-time change of week) on Zoom: Arrival of the Fittest: How Nature Innovates by Andreas Wagner. 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)

9 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion. See Meetup for topic. See May 2. (RSE Su)

10 – Monday

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

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

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

11 – 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)

13 – Thursday

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

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)

14 – Friday

6:30p M Weisley’s Café. Ever wanted to hang out with all the space pilots at Mos Eisley’s Café (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 video conference. 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. Please RSVP on Meetup for the Zoom Link. Hosted by Judy Unger, junger2040/a/t/ PC (RSE 2 F)

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

May 15-21

16 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion. See Meetup for topic. See May 2. (RSE Su)

May 22-31

22 – Saturday

6p Online Board Games. See May 10.

23 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion. See Meetup for topic. See May 2. (RSE Su)

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: Meeting ID: 691 293 7135. Password: berkeley. Hosted by Kevin Langdon, kevinlangdon86/a/t/ PC (RSE 4 Su)

26 – Wednesday

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

27 – Thursday

South Bay Lunch is cancelled for May. PC (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. Please RSVP on Meetup for the Zoom Link. Hosted by Judy Unger, junger2040/a/t/ PC (RSE 4 F)

30 – Sunday

12n Cafe Discussion. See Meetup for topic. See May 2. (RSE Su)


June 1 – Tuesday

6p Tuesday Tipplers. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

2 – Wednesday

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

4 – Friday

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

5 – Saturday

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

12 – Saturday

11a SFRM Picnic. As county ordinances allow, SFRM is hosting a spring picnic at Memorial Park, 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, 95014. At one of the first “in real life” social events of 2021, members can socialize over pre-packaged picnic lunch bags that include your choice of BBQ hamburgers, hot dogs, or Impossible Burgers (plant based) while comfortably maintaining social distancing on picnic blankets scattered across our spacious picnic site. We are also planning cool games such as bean bag tic-tac-toe, throw throw burrito, and a water balloon toss for those folks interested in some friendly, humor inducing competition. This event is capped at 50 people to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained and registration will close as soon as we hit 50 registrants. Please sign up on our SFRM Meetup group ( if you would like to attend. PC


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