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Activities Bulletin
November 2020

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

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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 November 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):

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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 November 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.

1/ Sun­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the December 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 December ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

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    Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM. Remember to reset your clocks back and sleep a bit longer.
  • HalloweeM 44½: A WeeM-Away Continues! until 4 PM. Join us for the program, games, awards and more. Find out which of our CAM members will receive service awards for their CAM volunteer work as well as who was voted to be the Hell’s M’s WeeM Party Animal. Plus check out the program and tournaments. For this vitural RG, we are using a WeeM-customized version of Discord to make it easy to move about and view programs, play, and converse with all the attendees. Although there are no scheduled activities after 4 PM, attendees may continue to play online games, puzzles, and trivia, as well as chat.

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  • Mind Games® 2021 Judge Registration. Join American Mensa members for Mind Games Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th, in Portland, Maine, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 363 Maine Mall Road in Portland, ME. Visit the website for all the details. The registration cap has been met and if you register now, you’ll be waitlisted.

  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert! Sunday, January 31st is the last day to register before the rates increase. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the “Multifaceted Minds” AG held Tuesday, August 24th through Sunday, August 29th as Mensa celebrates its 75th anniversary in Houston, Texas. And reg­ister now for the Colloquium exploring “Advances in Food Science” presented on Monday, August 23rd.

2/ Mon­day

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. As work-lives move back toward the status quo ante, an additional early morning group has spun off. Both of these online events are not hosted which simply means when you dial in, 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 instead. You can join this event as a video teleconference or just by phone. Access information is here on our website. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Starting in December, Discord will be used rather than Zoom. Contact Matt C. for any general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.

3/ Tues­day

  • 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. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

4/ Wednes­day

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  • Dinner at Jimmy’s Charhouse in Libertyville 6:30 PM. We will be dining at the Jimmy’s Charhouse, home of the most delicious steaks and chops,located at 1413 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville (in a strip mall on the south side of Route 137, ~1 mile west of Milwaukee Ave. (IL Route 21)). Mask use is determined by governmental regulations and restaurant policy. RSVPs are mandatory. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

5/ Thurs­day

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM. As work-lives move back toward the status quo ante, this early morning group has spun off. This online event is not hosted which simply means when you dial in, 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 instead. You can join this event as a video teleconference or just by phone. Access information is here on our website. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Starting in December, Discord will be used rather than Zoom. Contact Matt C. for any general info. This event will recur every weekday until further notice.

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  • Conversation with London Mensans including CAM Morning Coffee 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 receive the Zoom sign-in information (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.

6/ Fri­day

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, November 14th no later than Saturday, November 7th. Use Facebook to RSVP.

7/ Satur­day

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  • Games and Conversation 7:30 PM. G&C at the virtual WWHfWM. We’ll gather for conversation and then split into breakout rooms as desired for games. I don’t know what games we’ll be playing, but we teach! We’re using the Discord app again, so if you haven’t got it, be sure to download the app ahead of time, register, and check out the CAM Introduction to Discord doc. Access information is available as part of host Beth W.’s contact info. Join us.
    Virtual Event!!

8/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. We will discuss Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky. It is the second of the Olympus Bound trilogy and it finds private eye Selene DiSilva in a foul mood. Once hailed as Artemis “The Huntress” or “The Chaste One” before the Gods (abandoned by Europe), immigrated to New York City, she specializes in women’s cases. Lacking worshippers, the strength she needs to deal with assorted dickheads is visibly waning. “But when a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street's iconic Charging Bull statue, it’s clear the NYPD can’t solve the murder without help. The murder isn’t just the work of another homicidal cult—this time, someone's sacrificing the gods themselves.” See Steve’s ar­ticle in our September ChiMe. If COVID is still an issue (and I suspect it will be), we will meet via zoom.com (whose anteroom feature prevents unwanted intruders from getting in). If it is no longer a problem, we hope to meet in Conference Room G on the 3rd floor of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park. Water, soda and light snacks are acceptable. Parking is available under the building. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. The number of in-person attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. If held via Zoom, the link will be provided in response to the RSVP. You may also RSVP on Chicago Mensa Meetup. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.

RSVP for Murder Mystery held on Saturday, November 14th no later than Monday, November 9th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

9/ Mon­day

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11/ Wednes­day

RSVP for Northern Exposure no later than 10 AM. You may RSVP via Meetup.


 
  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:50 PM. 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. The number of attendees is limited, so you must RSVP.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

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    Veteran’s Day

12/ Thurs­day

13/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Thunder Bay Grille, 7652 Potawatomi Trail in Rockford (NE corner of State St. and Bell School Rd., in front of the Holiday Inn, across the road from Ruby Tuesday’s). 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. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member. 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 have the poems and contact information sent to them. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

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  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie 7:30 PM. Mister Tootsie will be leading us in a “Mister Tootsie’s Choice” mixology class, using the liquors (vodka, rum, bourbon) we’ve used in previous classes. Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment, as well as the Zoom info, by e-mail prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login where one person has to be a CAM member. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. RSVPs are required; to RSVP, e-mail and pay Beth W. $10 via PayPal . Payment required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

14/ Satur­day

  • SwAG Ses­sion 4 PM. Join the South­west Area Group for its monthly, laid-back time together with food and talk of any im­ag­inable topic. We meet at Kevin’s home (aka SwAG HQ) on Windstone Dr. in Plainfield. RSVP by one week prior (Saturday, November 7th) is required. 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. Hope to see you there!

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  • Murder Mystery: Bullets on Broadway 7 PM. It’s opening night of Murder in the First on Broadway, and nerves are high. The cast and crew are all abuzz backstage with the excitement of the lights, the sounds — and the dead body of a big-shot Broadway Producer. There lies Jack Bialystock, shot in the back center stage before the curtain could rise. Was the murderer a cast member, like Anita Part, who’s making her Broadway debut tonight, or seasoned performer Sienna Stealer? Was it the snooty theatre critic Bob Blandley or a member of the audience like Megan Phan, who somehow wandered backstage?

    There’s only one way to find out: play the game Bullets on Broadway! But hold onto your overpriced wine—the murderer may be YOU!

    Join us for this GOBS-subsidized (in this case: free), virtual Zoom event lasting for about two hours. There is no charge 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, November 9th, if you are interested in playing a character. Sometime before the event, your character information will be e-mailed to you. Costumes appropriate to your character are encouraged but not required.

    If you want to join us just to be in the audience and watch the mystery play out, you’re welcome to do that too! The Zoom id is listed as part of host Karen G.’s contact info. Let’s get together virtually and have some fun figuring out who murdered Jack Bailystock!!
    Virtual Event!!

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18/ Wednes­day

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  • Dinner at Tony Spavone’s Ristorante in Bloomingdale 6:30 PM. We will be dining at the Tony Spavone’s Ristorante, where the style of Italian cuisine is from Naples; located at 266 W. Lake St. in Bloomingdale (on the south side of Lake St., east of Springfield Dr., ~1.2 miles west of Bloomingdale/Roselle Rd.). Mask use is determined by governmental regulations and restaurant policy. RSVPs are mandatory. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

19/ Thurs­day

20/ Fri­day

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  • CAMBeer 7:30 PM. The clamor is real, so I declare a CAMBeer. Camber (n): a slight curvature of a surface so that liquids flow off the sides. CAMBeer (n): a gathering of Chicago Area Mensans in the presence of alcohol so that stressors flow off the sides. We’ll use CAM’s Discord platform. If you’ve not yet joined CAM’s Discord server, see hostBeth W.’s contact info for the Invitation Link. If you’re already a member of CAM’s Discord server, just find us in the CAMBeer channel.

21/ Satur­day

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 11:30 AM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and “secret planning” at The Patio, 2780 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard. The Patio is on the NW corner of Butterfield and Highland, but you can enter only from Highland. Look for a table with a red Meetup sign. RSVPs are appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator. You may also RSVP via Meetup. Unless COVID regulations have changed, masks are required to enter the restaurant and order food, but are not required at our reserved tables.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

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  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 103rd 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.

  • South Bend Mensa Dinner 6 PM. Contact Gary L., the South Bend Area Coördinator of Fort Wayne, Indiana Mensa, for lo­ca­tion information. His contact information is also available in the November ChiMe. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Gary is not a member.

23/ Mon­day

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    Fibonacci Day honors Leonardo Bonacci.
    Today’s date represents first 4 numbers in the sequence (1 1 2 3 5 8…).

24/ Tues­day

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  • Breakfast in Mount Prospect 10 AM. Breakfast 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. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail by 6 PM Monday, November 23rd. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

25/ Wednes­day

26/ Thurs­day

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    Thanksgiving Day
  • Virtual Downtown Lunch Cancelled. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
    Cancelled Due to Holiday!!

27/ Fri­day

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1 December/ Tues­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2021 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 January 2021 ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert! Sunday, January 31st is the last day to register before the rates increase. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the “Multifaceted Minds” AG held Tuesday, August 24th through Sunday, August 29th as Mensa celebrates its 75th anniversary in Houston, Texas. And reg­ister now for the Colloquium exploring “Advances in Food Science” presented on Monday, August 23rd.


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