CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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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.

 

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CALENDAR ARCHIVE

WEEKLY EVENT

None at this time.

End of April

April 24 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Topic TBD. Hosted by James Monschke. See May 1. (RSE Su)

7p    Channing Club. See May 22. (RSE 4 Su)

25 – Monday

8p    Monterey County Mensa Monthly Meeting. MCM holds a monthly Zoom meeting on the last Monday of the month. This is 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/monterey.us.mensa.org. PC (RSE last M)

27 – Wednesday

6p    Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 17: Money and the Banking System. See May 4. (RSE W)

28 – Thursday

11:45a    South Bay Lunch. See May 12. (RSE 2,4 Th)

30 – Saturday

6p    Online Board Games. See May 16.

May 1-7

May 1 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Elusive states of mind. 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 James Monschke. 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/hotmail.com or (510) 292-6370. PC, ACW, NMPCW, NS, WCI, NXM (RSE 1 Su)

3 – Tuesday

5:30p    Tuesday Tipplers will meet at San Rafael Joe’s, 931 4th St., San Rafael 94901, at 5:30p for drinks in the bar and then move on to dinner in the dining room after an hour or so. Park on the street or in the city garage behind the restaurant. If you have questions e-mail Carole at caroleptaylor/a/t/gmail.com or call (415) 472-1207. PC (RSE 1 Tu)

4 – Wednesday

6p    Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. We’re reading Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell. Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. This is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. This week we’re reading Chapter 18: Government Functions. This is a joint Oregon Mensa and SFRM Zoom event. The login details are listed on Meetup. Hosted by Pia Smith and Jeff Fisher. PC (RSE W)

7 – Saturday

6p    Start The Month Right. At Elna and Adrian Tymes’ home in Mountain View. Come celebrate the 42nd 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 optional. PC, SO, WBC, WCD, C/D (RSE 1 Sat)

May 8-14

8 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Topic TBD. Hosted by Martin Grosz. See May 1. (RSE Su)

9 – Monday

12n    Monday Munchers. (PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME.) Back from Pandemic vacation, rising up from the old Ethnic Dinner, a lunch group in Marin dedicated to trying different restaurants. This month we will visit Ayawaska Hilltop – Novato, 850 Lamont Ave., Novato 94945, (415) 944-2066, ayawaskasf.com/ayawaska-hilltop-menu/. RSVP by Thursday, May 5, to Elizabeth Calaway at (415) 456-9220 or elizterrycalaway/a/t/aol.com. PC (RSE 2 M)

4p    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 2nd floor, turn right twice, then follow the sign to the stairs to the 3rd floor. The restaurant’s entrance is near the top of those stairs on the 3rd floor. Look for the Mensa logo on our table or ask one of the waitresses to find us. Starting at 4p, but arrive when you can and leave when you’re ready. We will be there for several hours. They have a Happy Hour from 4p until 6p, with the kitchen closing at 8p and the bar closing at 9p. 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)

10 – Tuesday

6:45p    Puzzled Pint. (NOTE: If Game Control has not chosen a pub, 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/sfmensa.org 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    Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 19: Government Finance. See May 4. (RSE W)

12 – Thursday

11:45a    South Bay Lunch. Meet at Scrambl’z, 5055 Almaden Expressway, San Jose 95118 (near Hwys. 85 & 87), (408) 269-2900. Voted one of the best breakfast restaurants around. Extensive menu online at www.scramblzalmaden.com. Sandra Anderson, (408) 997-3187. PC, NMPCW, WCE (RSE 2,4 Th)

13 – Friday

7p    Palo Alto Dining. Our group is enjoying Spanish and Latin American cuisine this month at Joya, located at 339 University Ave., Palo Alto 94301. Menu includes many tapas favorites including ceviche, Dungeness crab cakes, stuffed jalapeno peppers, charred Spanish octopus, veggie tacos, and more. Entrees include grilled eggplant rolls stuffed with plantain, Oaxacan chicken mole, and paellas for two. See the whole menu online at joya.com. Good food; good conversation. To say you’ll be there, contact Susan by Wednesday, May 11 and be sure to hear confirmation. At the restaurant, ask for Susan and please bring cash. Contact info: Susan.Heimlich/a/t/gmail.com or call/text cell phone (650) 714-4972. For last minute changes, call/text cell. Vaccinated people only please. PC, NMPCW

14 – Saturday

11:30a    SFRM Spring Picnic. Come join us at May Nissen Park in Livermore for our Spring Picnic. At this family-friendly/dog-friendly event, people can relax over hamburgers, hot dogs, and various beverages while enjoying the spring weather in a socially-distanced setting. This event is sponsored by SFRM so it is free for members, their guests, and their kids. RSVP at www.meetup.com/SFMensa/events/283815050 or contact Katie To at tiggr0272/a/t/hotmail.com. PC

4p    Big Ideas Reading Group: Human Cultures through the Scientific Lens by Pascal Boyer. Boyer promotes the perspective of ‘integrated’ social science, in which social science questions are addressed in a deliberately eclectic manner, combining results and models from evolutionary biology, experimental psychology, economics, anthropology, and history. Boyer spans a wide range of topics, from an examination of ritual behavior, integrating neuroscience, ethology, and anthropology to explain why humans engage in ritual actions (both cultural and individual), to the motivation of conflicts between groups. He gives readers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the applications of an evolutionary paradigm in the social sciences. For June 11 on Zoom: The Science and Technology of Growing Young by Sergey Young. 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)

May 15-21

15 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Humor: Why might you have a favorite style of humor? Hosted by James Monschke. See May 1. (RSE Su)

16 – Monday

6p    Online Board Games. Come explore some board games that can be played on the Web. If you’re new, please create a (free) account at boardgamearena.com and follow the setup instructions. We’ll meet online with Zoom to establish voice contact, and 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/sfmensa.org or (650) 648-3594. PC, NMPCW, ACW

18 – Wednesday

5:30p    Re-BORG. Berkeley-Oakland Restaurant Group is reborn and revived in honor of the incomparable Cathy Roha, who initiated this event and hosted it for many years. Assimilate delicious food and interesting conversation at a good restaurant somewhere in the central East Bay. Bring cash, your vaccination card, and a mask. Limited seating. E-mail or call ahead for location up to a week ahead. RSVP by 3p on Tuesday, May 17. Roberta Maguire, robertamaguire/a/t/hotmail.com, (510) 292-6370. PC, NS, NMPCW, ACW (RSE 3 W)

6p    Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 20: Special Problems in the National Economy. See May 4. (RSE W) 

19 – Thursday

5:30p    East Bay (Inland) Drinks at Thirsty Bay Tap ’N Pour, 5286 Iron Horse Pkwy. Ste. B, Dublin 94568, www.thirstybay.com. Come join fellow East Bay members as we see who has the best beer pour technique, as Thirsty Bay is a craft beer bar featuring a self-serve beer wall and traditional bar food for customers to munch on. Beer lovers can enjoy a list of 39 rotating local, regional, and national craft beers, with wine and cider on tap. RSVP and/or contact Lynna Do with any questions or suggestions for future events at eastbay925/a/t/sfmensa.org with subject “EastBay Inland”. PC, WCE

20 – Friday

5p    Pub Trek. Join us for the resurrection of Pub Trek, where we can sample new beers at brew pubs, breweries, or tap houses each month. This month’s event is at Hapa’s Brewing Company, 460 Lincoln Ave. #90, San Jose 95126, (408) 982-3299, hapasbrewing.com. Hapa’s Brewing Company is a craft brewery and taproom in San Jose, created by South Bay natives who are committed to creating delicious beers for the neighborhoods they love. Food trucks offer tasting snacks and meals; parking is available in the lot (or the Race Street light rail stop is nearby). Please check SFRM Meetup for any updates: www.meetup.com/SFMensa/events. RSVP and/or contact Rosemary Greenlaw with any questions or suggestions for future events at (408) 206-4905 or rbgreenlaw/a/t/gmail.com. PC, NMPCW, NXM, SO (RSE 3 F)

21 – Saturday

5:30p    Marin Mexican Drinks and Dinner. Join your fellow Marin Mensans for drinks and dinner at The Cantina, 651 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley 94941, thecantina.com. New and lurking members are particularly welcome. Bring ideas for future Mensa events in Marin! We will follow the restaurant’s COVID procedures – masked unless eating or drinking. We will try to get an outside space (they have heaters). They will not do separate checks, so please bring cash in small bills to cover your drinks and dinner. RSVP through our SFMensa Meetup page so that we know how many to expect. Or you can e-mail Valerie Taylor at northbay/a/t/sfmensa.org with subject “Marin Mensa”. PC, NC, NS, WCE

7p    Teton Tea. Teton Tea Parties are folk-singing parties going back to the 1950s. We welcome both traditional folk singing and singer/songwriters. Our meetings are currently on Zoom. Join the Zoom meeting: us02web.zoom.us/j/6912937135?pwd=WVlpMEs1SCs0c1FoZk5seUhoREVaZz09. Meeting ID: 691 293 7135. Password: berkeley. Hosted by Kevin Langdon, kevinlangdon86/a/t/yahoo.com. PC (RSE 3 Sa)

May 22-31

22 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Topic TBD. Hosted by Martin Grosz. See May 1. (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: us02web.zoom.us/j/6912937135?pwd=WVlpMEs1SCs0c1FoZk5seUhoREVaZz09. Meeting ID: 691 293 7135. Password: berkeley. Hosted by Kevin Langdon, kevinlangdon86/a/t/yahoo.com. PC (RSE 4 Su)

25 – Wednesday

5p    East Bay (Bayside) Drinks at 21st Amendment Brewery, 2010 Williams St., San Leandro 94577, 21st-amendment.com. Let’s celebrate the 21st Amendment together! Depending on the weather, we will be sitting outside. Masks are no longer required. RSVP and/or contact Lynna Do with any questions or suggestions for future events at eastbay925/a/t/sfmensa.org with subject “EastBay Bayside”. PC, WCE

6p    Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 21: International Trade. See May 4. (RSE W)

26 – Thursday

11:45a    South Bay Lunch. See May 12. (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. RSVP on Meetup for the Zoom Link. Hosted by Judy Unger, junger2040/a/t/gmail.com. PC (RSE 4 F)

28 – Saturday

6p    Online Board Games. See May 16.

29 – Sunday

12n    Cafe Discussion: Topic TBD. Hosted by Martin Grosz. See May 1. (RSE Su)

FUTURE FLASHES

June 1 – Wednesday

6p    Basic Economics Book Discussion: One chapter a week. This week we’re reading Chapter 22: International Transfers of Wealth. See May 4. (RSE W)

4 – Saturday

6p    Start The Month Right. See May 7. (RSE 1 Sat)

 

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