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GNYM Member Event Calendar
December 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.

December 2015

Fridays, December 4, 11, 18, and 25, 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, December __, 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, December 6, 2015

Board Meeting
Manhattan 1:00pm
Guess where.

GNYM Holiday Party 2015
Manhattan 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Come one, come all to GNYM's annual holiday party! Traditionally our largest event of the year, this is an opportunity to dress festively, enjoy free snacks, beverages, conversation, games, and good times with other Mensans, our friends, and guests. (There will be a board meeting before, from 1 to 2 p.m., if anyone is interested in checking out our inner workings or volunteering for a future position.)
OPTIONALLY, bring to the party:
•a wrapped unisex gift valued at less than $20 if you'd like to participate in the holiday gift swap;
•a coat or two from your closet if you'd like to donate it to those who need it more than you do.
There is no charge for current Mensa members or their guests.
•Location: Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map])

Tuesday, December 8, 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]

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, December 11, 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, December 12, 2015

Long Island Holiday Party
Nassau 7:00 pm
Join your fellow Mensans for the Long Island Holiday Party. Enjoy a fine Italian dinner and great Mensan conversation. We return to ____. To participate in the traditional (optional) grab bag, bring a wrapped gift $10-12 in value. A festive time is sure to be had by all. To reserve, contact ____, by Wednesday, December 9.

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, December 13, 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, December 14, 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, December 15, 2015

Smart Company: The SIG for Mensa Business Owners and Executives
Manhattan 6:30pm
Topic: Brainstorming Solutions To Member Business Problems
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, December 16, 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] #9

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mensa Speaker Meeting
Manhattan, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Subject: Survive 60 Minutes, by Aviva L. Andreen, DDS
•First responders in a major terrorist attack are expected to take 72 minutes to arrive. Your first hour of survival is critical to your overall survival, no matter how well you've prepared at home. Dr. Andreen draws on her anti-terrorist training in the Navy and CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Teams) training from the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's University Hospital in Newark. Dr. Andreen covers the dos and don'ts of what to wear to a disaster and how to save your life using a disaster kit that differs from the government-recommended disaster kit.
Aviva L. Andreen, DDS has a patent pending on a dental device for special-needs patients, and is marketing handmade jewelry on eBay. She was the first woman licensed to operate high-intensity lasers. She served as a forensic dentist volunteer after 9/11 and flight 873. She taught in two dental schools and multiple graduate hospital programs, one of which referred her to the Civilian Emergency Response Team training. Dr. Andreen was a LCDR in the Navy Reserve, where she received anti-terrorist training and corps protection instruction as well as medical corps responsibilities such as setting up radiological, biological, and chemical attack decontamination stations. She is a mother of two wonderful children. Mensa keeps her busy while she waits for grandchildren to play with. For more information, contact Aviva at
•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free. All are welcome.
•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] #12

•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, December 20, 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]

Wednesday, December 23, 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]

Monday, December 28, 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]

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Annual Dinner in the Diner
Suffolk 6:00 p.m.
Come for our annual holiday "Dinner in the Diner" in Hauppauge. RSVP to ____ .

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

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