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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 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 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 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. Come on and join usfor our last day of WeeM.

2/ Mon­day

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. Both of these weekday 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 (on Meetup) rather than Discord. 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 general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.
    Virtual Event!!

3/ Tues­day

4/ Wednes­day

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  • Dinner at Jimmy’s Charhouse in Libertyville Cancelled. 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.
    Cancelled Due to Increased Illinois COVID-19 Restrictions in the Area!!

5/ Thurs­day

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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. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

6/ Fri­day

7/ Satur­day

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  • Games and Conversation 7:30 PM. Join us at the (Virtual) WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans (WWHfWM). We’ll gather for conversation in the Game Night Foyer on CAM’s Discord server and then split into channels (rooms) as desired for playing games — mention or upvote games in the game-night!! channel. I don’t know what games we’ll be playing, but we teach! If you haven’t got the Discord app, be sure to download it ahead of time, register, and check out the CAM Introduction to Discord doc as well as our FAQ. The Invitation Link for new CAM Discord users was available as part of host Beth W.’s contact info; new members must agree to the Code of Conduct to access all the channels. For more information, contact Beth W.. 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 [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!!

9/ Mon­day

10/ Tues­day

11/ 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!!

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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. 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 and the Zoom information to them. 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. The cost is $20/login if no one is a CAM member. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. RSVPs are required; to RSVP and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

14/ Satur­day

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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!!

16/ Mon­day

17/ Tues­day

18/ Wednes­day

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  • Italian Dinner in Palatine Cancelled. We will be dining at the Agio Italian Bistro offering refined Italian and American cuisine located at 64 S. Northwest Hwy. in Palatine (west side of Rte. 14). We will be seated in the heated, semi-enclosed outdoor patio. 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.
    Cancelled Due to Increased Illinois COVID-19 Restrictions in Illinois!!

19/ Thurs­day

  • Coffee Shop Conversation 6 PM. Topic: Generational Divide! Discuss the many complex differences between various age groups and how it can make things better! Visit Meetup for the full write-up and for links to videos and some articles on this topic. 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 was available on our website as part of host Michael B.’s contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

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.

21/ Satur­day

  • Conserv­atives Lunch Cancelled. 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.
    Event Cancelled — Cannot Dine-in at any Illinois Restaurant!!

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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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  • Brunch in Arlington Heights 11 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Honey-Jam Café lo­cated at 2944 W. Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights (west of the race track and east of Rohlwing Rd., on the north side of the street). It is rated 4 stars on Yelp. 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 by 10 AM Monday, November 23rd. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Time/Venue Change!!
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

25/ Wednes­day

26/ Thurs­day

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    Thanksgiving Day
  • Virtual Downtown Lunch Cancelled. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
    Holiday Hiatus!!

27/ Fri­day

30/ Mon­day


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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.

  • 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. 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 but will no longer be listed in ChiMe nor in Meetup .
    Discord Event!!

  • 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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