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GNYM Member Event Calendar
November 2015
Change Month

Mphasis Calendar events are held in all boroughs or counties of our region (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam) and beyond (New Jersey, Connecticut). Some events are marked ? when location is To Be Announced. All Mensa members and accompanied guests are welcome at all calendar events unless otherwise indicated in the listing. Young Mensan events are for Mensans age 18 and under only. Children are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all Mensa events, including Young Mensan events. Proof of Mensa membership is required for all GNYM-sponsored events.

Please call the CalendarPhone before attending an event to check for schedule changes. Late updates are often posted on the GNYM website,

“The following information is provided exclusively as a service to our members and represents material provided to us by individuals in their independent capacities as organizers. Members are encouraged to be aware of their common-sense responsibility to (1) verify information regarding meeting place, time, cost, access, smoking policy, and appropriateness for children, and (2) conduct themselves in such a way as to make their repeated presence welcome.”

SIGs are voluntary associations of members of Mensa, which operate independently of Greater New York Mensa. Their financial activities and liabilities are entirely their own, and not those of Greater New York Mensa. Furthermore, no SIG leader may obligate GNYM in any way.

This is the "munged" edition. Most events have details but no particulars.
For complete details, see Mphasis in print, or see the
members-only section which has complete calendar pages and complete Mphasis online.

Green indicates additions or changes. Red indicates deletions or cancellations.

November 2015

Fridays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015

Friendly Friday Dinner
Manhattan 5:45-8:30pm
Sorry, this event has died. Someone drove everyone else away. That person has lapsed out of Mensa. Maybe we can start up again. IF you need more information, contact ____ at ____ or ____ by the Thursday before. [every Friday]

Sunday, November __, 2015 [exact date(s) TBD]

Strategy Gaming SIG
Location to be determined 1:00pm
Play with fellow Mensans in games that require skill, planning, and negotiation. Location rotates anywhere in GNYM (including NJ). Call for location(s) and date(s). Please contact ____ at ____ or ____ .

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Queens Second-Sunday Brunch
Queens 11:30am
We meet at the ____ on ____. (Look for the Mensa table.) Any questions call ____ at ____ or ____ . We hope to see many of our Mensa friends there. [2nd Sunday most months]

Manhattan 2:00pm
Join us for games, especially word games, like Taboo®, Scattergories®, Boggle®, and Quiddler®, plus charades (but not your grandmother's form of it). Bring your own games, too. Manhattan, in the East 70s. Please reserve by the Wednesday before. $2 for refreshments. Contact ____ at ____ or ____ . [2nd Sunday most months]

Monday, November 9, 2015

Science Fiction & Fantasy SIG Meeting
Nassau 8:00pm
Ever try talking to friends, co-workers, or relatives about SF? Don't be alone any more! Join us at ____, to talk about favorite books, movies, TV, etc. Questions contact ____ ____. [2nd Monday every month]

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Buzztime Trivia
Suffolk 7:00pm
Test your trivia knowledge in Buzztime (formerly NTN). We are playing at ____, on ____ in ____. Call the restaurant at ____ for directions. For other information call ____ at ____ or e-mail ____ . [2nd Tuesday every month]

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day meet-up
Nassau __pm
Let's raise a glass to our veterans at ____.  For directions, the list of craft beers, and the menu, check out ____ .  rsvp to ____ .

Intertel Dinner Social
Manhattan 6:45pm
Intertel invites Mensans and their guests to a dinner social at ____, ____. RSVP required: contact ____ at ____ or ____ and leave a contact number in case of any changes. [2nd Wednesday odd months, 2nd Tuesday even months]

Friday, November 13, 2015

Staten Island Merrymakers
Staten Island 8pm
Join the Staten Island Merrymakers at the King's Arms Diner, 500 Forest Avenue, Staten Island. Ask for the Mensa group. For info call Staten Island Coordinator, Deborah Peterson, before 7pm at 718-447-0238. [2nd Friday every month]

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Crank and Spin: The SIG for Bicyclists
Bicyclists! Once a month we gather for a safe and fun 14mph approximately 50-mile ride. Meeting time and place to be determined. Phone or email with "Crank & Spin" in the subject line. ____: ____. Email ____ . [2nd Saturday every month]

Sunday, November 15, 2015

LIMENSIG Third-Sunday Brunch
Nassau 12:30pm
Our venue is ____, at ____ ____, in ____. Info: ____ at ____ or ____ . [3rd Sunday every month]

Nyack Dining Group
Rockland 6:00pm
This meeting is hosted by M ____ at ____, ____ at ____ in Nyack that offers above-average food at reasonable prices. RSVP to ____ at ____ or email him at ____ by the previous Saturday. [3rd Sunday every month]

Business Solutions Hub [unconfirmed]
Manhattan 3:00pm-5:00pm
Business Solutions Hub presents various business cases and allows the SIG to integrate ideas (from all different professions) and methods (we apply mathematical methods for business and economics problems). More info? Call ____ at ____. [3rd Sunday every month]

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Smart Company: The SIG for Mensa Business Owners and Executives
Manhattan 6:30pm
Topic: Creating and Managing Client Expectations
SPACE IS LIMITED. Reservations are required and are subject to availability. Enjoy stimulating conversation on business-related issues and a great meal. All attendees are encouraged to participate in lively group discussions. Non-M guests are always warmly welcomed. According to attendees, Smart Company is “more fun than it sounds,” “stimulating,” and the food is “good.” We share knowledge, discuss business issues, trade solutions to business problems, and have a good time doing it. This SIG is organized by lawyer ____ and creative director ____. Call or email ____ for reservations or additional information: ____, ____ . RSVP deadline is 5pm, the Friday before the meeting. [3rd Tuesday every month]

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #8

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Using games to shape cognitive, perceptual, temperament, and social development:
This presentation will examine how analog board- and card-games influences cognitive, perceptual, and interpersonal development. Using the Brooklyn Strategist as a model of after-school enrichment activity, topics will cover the underlying neurodevelopmental influence game play has on decision making (e.g., risk-reward), cognitive skills (e.g., literacy, numeracy) and social functioning (e.g, predicting behavior and decisions of others). Additional areas to be discussed are the comparisons between analog and digital game play experiences, how specific games impact unique brain areas and the utility of social games (e.g., role-playing games) in student groups with diagnostic deficits in social skill functions (e.g., 2E students).

Dr. Jon Freeman is a Clinical Psychologist, Neuroscience Researcher, and President and CEO of The Brooklyn Strategist - a community-based, board- and card-game store and café. Prior to starting The Brooklyn Strategist, he developed and ran a state-of-the-art Neuroscience Research facility in a Manhattan-based Clinical Research Organization. In his capacity as Director of Neuroscience Research, Dr. Freeman oversaw the growth and development of the CNS research practice and is recognized in the field of Quantitative EEG (QEEG) research as a key opinion leader (Dr. Freeman was invited to present to the FDA regarding the development of a QEEG database).

As Director of Neuroscience Research, Dr. Freeman was responsible for overseeing scientific and ethical conduct of the early- through late-phase clinical trials. Jon also served on the clinical faculty of the Sleep Disorders Institute and oversaw supervision and teaching of Sleep Medicine Fellows during his 20 years working in the field of Sleep Disorders Medicine. During his years of private psychotherapy practice, Jon worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples and, from it, gained an understanding of the importance of social space within a given community. As a CNS consultant, Dr. Freeman founded Brooklyn Strategic Consulting, LLC, and has advised several of the largest and medium-sized pharmaceutical companies regarding study development and data analyses.

For Jon, the Brooklyn Strategist represents the ultimate combination of a life-long passion for strategy games, promoting social responsibility and interaction within his community. It also means he finally gets to be his own boss. Jon brings to the Brooklyn Strategist a unique blend of life-long passion for board, card, and strategy games and a love of teaching. During his years in CNS industry clinical research, Jon was continually recognized for his warmth and avuncular style, leadership qualities, attention to detail, and ability to find novel solutions for complex problems. The Brooklyn Strategist amplifies these interests by engaging children in after-school enrichment activities that are fun but are also designed to promote neurodevelopmental growth by concentrating on focal brain areas, methods of approach to problem solving, and social interaction. The Brooklyn Strategist also provides adults a community where they can challenge each other - or play cooperatively - in a psychologically safe and healthy spirited manner.
•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free. All are welcome.
•Note new location:
Joria Productions Mainstage Theater [on Facebook]
410 W 47th St, 2nd floor, New York NY 10036
(212) 563-6781. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
[3rd Thursday every month] #11

•Travel alert: Manhattan is more car-unfriendly than ever. Cross-town traffic is horrible. The location is near the Theater District, so local car and pedestrian traffic are high, and parking is scarce. On post-summer weekends, car traffic and demand for parking are higher than usual. Actual travel time from Queens Midtown Tunnel to the door can be 2 hours. From Long Island, the subway or LIRR + subway (or walk 10.5 blocks) reduces travel time by 1.5 to 2 hours.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Turkey Shoot (bad movie party)
Queens 1pm
No turkeys will be harmed today! I promise! Turkey Shoot is a film festival of a different sort. Host M ____ welcomes devotees of laughter to his home in ____ to poke fun at the screen (and at ourselves). These films will never be seen on any conventional "Top Million" list. Call ____ at ____ or via email ____ by the Friday before to confirm. [4th Sunday of every ODD month.]

Monday, November 23, 2015

Whedonverse SIG Meeting
Nassau 8:00pm
Join us at ____, to talk about all the creations of writer-director Joss Whedon! Any questions, please contact ____ at ____. [4th Monday every month]

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LIMENSIG Midweek Munchie
Nassau 7:30 pm
Join us for dinner and conversation in ____ at ____, ____. Call ____ for information at ____, or e-mail ____ . [4th Wednesday every month]

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Wiz
Suffolk 8:00 p.m.
Performance of "THE WIZ" by ____. RSVP to ____ or ____ .

(For more details and more gatherings around the country, see Mensa Bulletin and American Mensa web site.)

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