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Activities Bulletin
March 2021

RSVPs - Always contact the CAM event host as specified in the event details — e-mail , phone , or Meetup .


Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the calendar,

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):


Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the calendar,

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM Morning Coffee contact.

There may be other virtual events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. Both of these weekday online events are not hosted which simply means when you join the Morning Coffee channel (under Events) on our CAM Discord server, you may be the first — wait several minutes and give the others a chance to join you. Attendance is spontaneous and can be sporadic — no individual is present every day, some days there are several people, but there are days when no one participates. You can expect casual conversation on any topic you and the others would like to explore. On Thursdays, the 8 AM CAM Morning Coffee group joins the 8 AM Conversation with London Mensans so use their access info (on Meetup) rather than Discord. This month, due to differences in Daylight Saving Time schedules between London and Chicago, Conversation with London Mensans may be at 9 AM CDT so check the specific date. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Contact Matt C. for general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.
    Discord Event!!

1/ Mon­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the April ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by tapping/clicking here.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the April ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

  • pulaski

    Casimir (Kazimierz) Pulaski Day
    Observed in Chicago & Cook County
    City offices closed.

4/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

5/ Fri­day

  • Emerald City RG through Sunday, March 7th. Join Mensa of Western Washington for their virtual, 3-day RG held via Zoom, Discord, and Scener. Please register in advance for free except for a few add-on events. Visit their website or Facebook event more information.
    Virtual Event!!

6/ Satur­day

  • Vitual Snowball RG. Central New Jersey Mensa will host a free, one day RG on their Discord platform featuring speakers, games, trivia, and Werewolves. With the exception of a few add-ons, like the Escape Room, this event is free. Follow the Snowball RG on Facebook to see their schedule as well as links to the add-on events or their Snowball XLVII webpage for more info.
    Discord Event!!

9/ Tues­day

10/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner Cancelled. Join us for dinner at a venue TBD in Lake County. Please RSVP (no later than 10 AM) to our North Suburban Coördinator Michael B., so he can reserve a big enough table; also let him know if you need to cancel, even if it’s last minute (by text­ing), so the restaurant can change the seating and doesn’t wait until everyone shows up to take orders.
    Event Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns!!

11/ Thurs­day

12/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Olive Garden Italian Kitchen, lo­cated at 6367 E. State St. in Rockford (on the south side of State St. between Mulford and Perryville). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. The number of attendees is limited, so RSVPs are mandatory. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is now using Zoom for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed as well as the Zoom information. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

13/ Satur­day

  • SwAG Session Cancelled. Please see the South­west Area Group Facebook page to RSVP and for information about this and other SwAG events; contact the South­west Area Coördinators to find out how to join (Kevin’s contact information is also on our website). We’ve been meeting on the second Saturday of most months.
    Event Cancelled Until Further Notice!!

  • Murder Mystery: Murder at a Renaissance Faire 7 PM. Gentle Lords and Ladies, the jousting at Ye Olde Renaissance Faire isn’t meant to be “to the death”—so why doth the Green Knight have a broken jousting lance buried in his chest? Forsooth, who hath sneaked into his tent, before he got into his trusty armor, and killed him dead? Was it one of his rival knights, in quest of a competitive advantage? Was it one of the Faire’s costumed workers, seeking revenge? Was it one of the thousand fairgoers, in search of a backstage thrill? Or mayhap the foul deed was done by—THEE!

    Hear ye, hear ye we’re investigating a murder at a Renaissance Faire! Join us for this GOBS-subsidized, virtual Zoom event, lasting about two hours. It will cost you nary a pfennig or schilling to attend. We will need between 6 to 20 character players, so RSVPs are required to play one of the roles. Reply via Meetup and send or message your e-mail address to Karen G. by Monday, March 8th, if you are interested in playing a part. Sometime before the event, your character information will be e-mailed to you. Costumes and props appropriate to your character are encouraged but not required. If you want just to attend the faire and watch the mystery play out you can also do that!

    The Zoom info is listed as part of host Karen G.’s contact info. So, gentle Lords and Ladies, let’s brush up on our old English and figure out what the Green Knight did to deserve a jousting lance to the chest!
    Virtual Event!!

14/ Sun­day

  • clock
    Daylight Saving Time starts. Remember to change your clocks by adding an hour so you’re not late.
  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. Despite losing her mom to a mysterious murder while in infancy, Miriam Beckstein loves her work — reporting for a Boston tech magazine. But on discovering a money laundering scheme with story of the year potential, she is fired, endures a mafia style death threat, and receives a knotwork locket of her mother’s which transfers her to a parallel Earth and the kingdom of Gruinmarkt. Mounted knights use automatic weapons, assassins transfer between worlds, and she is one of the six Clan families using (or abusing) commercial and multiworld-transport power to maintain position and wealth in both universes. Lionized as Countess Helge Thorold-Hjorth, she necessarily must master the social and political mores of a Viking-esqe world with Soprano and Machiavellian ethics. Her sudden return inconveniences other claimants to her mother’s power and rank, and some want her dead; new love Earl Roland may be too faithful to her uncle Duke Angbard; and his intended, Baroness Olga, is anything but a mindless heiress waiting for marriage. Twenty-first century tech enfolded in medieval to 19th Century customs and costumes make delightful incongruities, but deeper secrets threaten everything Miriam has ever known. Family Trade by Charles Stross is horrific, amusing and something Mensans can enjoy.

    This review is combined from reviews in Library Journal (2010), Publishers Weekly, and Booklist (Roland Green Copyright 2004).

    See Steve’s detailed ar­ticle in the February ChiMe as well as his article about the author. If COVID is still an issue (and I [Steve] suspect it will be), we will meet via Zoom. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.
    Virtual Event!!

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    π Day
  • Drawing with Pencils 7 PM. Join the Art Studio NY for a fear-free drawing class using drawing pencils. No art experience necessary! Our instructor is excellent at bringing people in at the level they are, so whether this is your first, second, or zillionth drawing class, you're welcome to join in! Supplies needed: B and 4B drawing pencils, a kneaded eraser, a paper drawing pad, and optionally, blending stumps. Participants will get the Zoom information prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. The subsidized cost is $12.50/person for one CAM member and one guest. The cost is $25/login if no registrant is a CAM member. RSVPs are required; to RSVP and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

17/ Wednes­day

  • Leprechaun
    St. Patrick’s Day

18/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 9 AM. See Thursday, March 4th.
    Time Change Due to Daylight Saving Time Differences!!

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Join 10-20 of us in learning & sharing our views while having fun in a friendly & safe environment! We will discuss the many sides of these topics: Nature vs Nurture followed by The Doom Boom at ~7:30 PM. Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for links to some videos and articles on these topics. The day will come when we can gather again over coffee, but, until then, join us by voice (and optional video ) over the Internet using the Zoom app. The access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup or e-mail Mike B.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

19/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie 7:30 PM. What can do you do with figs and some date syrup? Oh—and vodka and tequila, too. This month’s mixology class is focusing on fig drinks. We’re always surprised at how well cocktails come together, so join us for this themed mixology class. New “students” welcome! Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment, as well as the Zoom info, prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. If space permits, I’ll open this up to non-CAM members (unsubsidized @$20/login). RSVPs are required; to RSVP and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

20/ Satur­day

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    Northward — Vernal in our hemisphere — Equinox
  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 107th St. & Western Ave. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s lo­ca­tion and the exact time as well as more information; if e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 1 PM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized Un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location and the COVID restrictions at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coördinator. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Games and Conver­sation 7:30 PM. Join us at the (virtual) WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans (WWHfWM). This will be an on-line event using CAM’s Discord server (if new to Discord, tap/click here). We’ll gather for conversation in the Game Night Foyer and then split into breakout rooms as desired for games. Recent games played have included Welcome To, The Crew, 6 nimmt!, Code Names and Incan Gold. For more information, contact Beth W. Join us.
    Discord Event!!

23/ Tues­day

  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Dining will be indoors. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. RSVPs by e-mail are not confirmed until you receive a reply e-mail confirming your reservation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

25/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 9 AM. See Thursday, March 4th.
    Time Change Due to Daylight Saving Time Differences!!

26/ Fri­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at tomorrow’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, March 27th and through Saturday, April 17th or later.

The May Monthly Gathering scheduled for May 22nd will be a video conference event held via Discord.


27/ Satur­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Discord )
    The March Monthly Gathering takes place via video teleconference using Discord. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . In this age of social distancing, aren’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different?

    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting :
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Socializing :
    7 PM in the Hospitality channels.
    Program :
    7:30 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Socializing & Games:
    8:30 PM in the Hospitality or Games channels.

    Get involved! Chicago Mensa needs you. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both in the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in.
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    Express Yourself
    Try your hand at writing an ar­ticle for ChiMe, submitting a photo, or creating a puzzle; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!


    Program Topic: Perennials 101
    Heather Prince highly recommends perennials as a great addition to any landscape, whether your space is big or small, sunny or shady, dry or wet, manicured or not-so-neat. She will provide ideas for simple perennial combinations that look great in any yard or garden. We will find out what we need to do to care for perennials, including fertilizing, deadheading, and dividing. As well as being a professional horticulturist, Heather is a garden writer, speaker, and teacher.
    Members, see the full write-up in our March ChiMe.
    Discord Event!!

  • plate
    Pass­over begins.

31/ Wednes­day

  • Dinner in in the North­west Suburbs: Indo-Chinese 7 PM. We will be dining, indoors, at Bombay Chopsticks which serves serves Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisine. Separate checks are accommodated. The restaurant is lo­cated at 721 W. Golf Rd. in Hoffman Estates (in a strip mall on the south side of Golf Rd. (IL RT 58), just west of Higgins Rd.). Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. If you RSVP by e-mail, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a return e-mail with a confirmation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • CultureQuest ® Registration Deadline. On Sunday, May 2nd, at 3 PM CDT, all across the country as well as Canada, all at the same time, teams of Mensans will participate in a virtual 120-minutes-long contest to test cultural literacy administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to the twenty teams and one youth team with the highest scores! Today was the last day to submit your team registration information & payment to American Mensa. Teams meeting virtually may take advantage of the CAM Discord platform with a dedicated channel; just let the Discord team  know the name of your team.

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1 April/ Thurs­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the May ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by tapping/clicking here.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the May ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

  • Virtual Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Perhaps Mensa’s longest running event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch has gone virtual! Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom access info is included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information.

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