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 International Calendar contact.

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

1/ Mon­day

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  • 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 checking out our guide to hosting events.

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

2/ Tues­day

4/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6:30 PM. Join us to listen in or share your thoughts on the “Truth.” Yes, the “Truth” does still exist, although many may feel that it has been largely absent in the 2020s. One may see it out of the corner of one’s eye if one looks far & wide, and it’s worth the trouble! Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for links to some articles on these topics. The Zoom access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup (preferred) or email Mike B.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • Virtual Special Business Meeting 7:30 PM. The ExComm has called a Special Business Meeting. The only agenda item is to discuss updates/deletions to the Actions Still in Effect (ASIEs). Per our Bylaws, the ExComm can not include any other topic on the agenda of the Special Business Meeting. Members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, but only the five members of the Executive Committee can vote. The Zoom login info was available on our Contacts webpage.
    Virtual Event!!

6/ Satur­day

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  • Mensa Cares: Northern Illinois Food Bank - Geneva 9 AM until Noon. As part of National Volunteering Month, join your fellow Mensan members, their family and friends at 273 Dearborn Court in Geneva, where we will be sorting and packing food. Please register individually with the Northern Illinois Food Bank in advance. See the article in the April ChiMe. If you have any questions or you wish to RSVP , email our Community Services Coördinator Jean D. .
  • VML Fourplay starts today. The event is being held through Monday, April 8th in Sharonville, Ohio, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 6300 E. Kemper Rd. in Sharonville, OH . Visit the AML Event for all the details.

8/ Mon­day

  • Particial Eclipse of the Sun ~2:07 PM with most of the sun hidden. Begins at ~12:51 PM and ends at ~3:22 PM.

9/ Tues­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. April in Paris… Alaska? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Casa Bonita in downtown Libertyville for some yummy Mexican fare. Lo­cated at 633 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville. Please RSVP on Meetup or via Janice’s email, jesser@chicago.us.mensa.org  , so she can reserve a big enough table.
    Schedule Change!!

11/ Thurs­day

  • Dinner Out West: Japanese, Hibachi Style 6:30 PM. Let's watch the hibachi chefs as they prepare our meals! DOW this month is at the Toyko Steakhouse II, located at 800 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip (rounded up to the nearest dollar), up to a maximum subsidy of $20, for each CAM member and their guest. Cash, Zelle, or PayPal for your portion. Limit 20 people. Reservations are required so Beth knows how big of a table to reserve. RSVP via Meetup (preferred) or directly to Beth W. no later than Monday, April 8th.

12/ Fri­day

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is using Zoom for meetings. Please send a poem or two to Joe D. by Friday, April 12th. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will email the poems to be discussed. This event is usually held on the evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

13/ Satur­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Lunch Noon. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for lunch at the Olympic Tavern, lo­cated at 2327 N. Main St. in Rockford (on the southeast corner of Main and Fulton). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our email list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. RSVP required in case of cancellation, time, or venue change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Date & Time Change!!

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  • St. Louis Area Mensa (SLAM) Whodunit? Mini RG 9 AM. The RG is being held today until 9 PM at Brentwood Community Center at 2505 Brentwood Blvd. in St. Louis, Missouri. Your registration fee includes: games, Crime Trivia, and informative speakers plus continental breakfast, one meal, snacks, and beverages. Visit the American Mensa website for all the details.

14/ Sun­day

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  • SFRM: Let’s Talk About Money 4:30 PM. Presented by Marci Grossman, CPA, who has over 30 years of experience helping individuals and businesses to manage their financial needs. She is a financial literacy educator, author, and speaker passionate about encouraging people to take control and improve their relationship with money. In plain english, sharing true stories, she helps people to better understand the financial decisions they make every day.

    Let’s remove the stigma around talking about money so that you can know your money, own your money, and live your best life. This talk will be about money and the importance of financial literacy. Money is the medium by which we exchange what we have for what we want. The better you understand it, the better decisions you can make regarding how you use your money.

    Please register early. To register, visit San Francisco Regional Mensa (SFRM)’s registration signup for this event. For more details, visit the SFRM Zoom RSVPs group on Facebook or https://livepresentation.link/info.
    Virtual Event!!

15/ Mon­day

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    Federal Tax Deadline.

16/ Tues­day

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  • Mensa Cares: Northern Illinois Food Bank - Geneva 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM. As part of National Volunteering Month, join your fellow Mensan members, their family and friends at 273 Dearborn Court in Geneva, where we will be sorting and packing food. Please register individually with the Northern Illinois Food Bank in advance. See the article in the April ChiMe. If you have any questions or you wish to RSVP , email our Community Services Coördinator Jean D. .

18/ Thurs­day

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  • City Dinner at Ēma 7 PM. Join us for dinner at Ēma, located 74 W. Illinois St. in Chicago (River North). RSVP by emailing (preferred) Hilarie C. or via Chicago Mensa Meetup by Thursday, March 21st.

20/ Satur­day

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 11:30 AM. 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. The venue will be The Patio, 2780 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard (NW corner of Butterfield and Highland, but you can enter only from Highland). RSVP by emailing Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. Open to non-Mensans; bring a curious friend.

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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 emailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

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  • SEMM: 28,800 Rubber Duckies 6 PM CDT. On the night of January 10, 1992, an enormous container ship from China, crossing the north Pacific, ran into a storm and eventually lost several tractor trailer sized containers to the sea. This actually happens quite often and some people get their kicks hunting down Adidas sneakers, or the ten thousand catcher’s mitts or hockey sticks that bob to the surface after the ocean pops the container open. But on this Friday night, the cargo was 28,800 floating bath toys.

    Our guest speaker Donovan Hohn tells of how he read an article about the 28,800 floating toys, and the search for information about them took over his life for the next three years! He figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, read up on Arctic science and geography, and ascertain the global ecological impact. But questions can be like ocean currents — wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn’s accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive arena of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. This is the true story of a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable.

    Donovan Hohn is the author of The Inner Coast: Essays (2020) and Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea (2011), a New York Times Notable Book and runner-up for both the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction and the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His essays have appeared in such publications as Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The New Republic. A recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, Hohn spent a number of years editing essays, fiction, and literary journalism at Harper’s. He has taught nonfiction in the MFA program of the University of Michigan and is now Director of Creative Writing at Wayne State University.

    See the full write-up and find contact info on the American Mensa Events website. All attendees must preregister by visiting the SEMM gathering page.
    Virtual Event!!

21/ Sun­day

  • CAM Election. The candidates’ statements are available on our website as well as in the April issue of ChiMe. The Election Notice can be found in Appendix B.

    If you’re not attending April’s Monthly Gathering on Saturday, April 27th, please cast your vote electronically using this fool-proof online ballot at or before 8 PM on Saturday, April 27th. If you prefer a paper ballot, mail it so it is received by Friday, April 26th or give it to a trusted messenger who can drop it into the ballot box at the Monthly Gathering. Visit our Voting Info webpage for all the details.

    In the case multiple ballots are received from a member, only the most recently received ballot will count. For mailed ballots, the postmark will be used as the date of submittal. The results will be announced sometime after in-person voting closes at the April Monthly Gathering. The results will be available on the website a few days later and in the June issue of ChiMe. Our Officers webpage will reflect the new ExComm members as of May 1st, the first day of their term. If you have questions, please contact Deb Johnston, our Election Procedures Committee Chair.

  • 53rd Chicago Annual Pride Parade held Sunday, June 30th, the last Sunday of the month. The CAM contingent is sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year in the Chicago Annual Pride parade. There will also be a GOBS-subsidized meal nearby after the parade. For all details, visit the Parade Info webpage or see the ar­ticles in the April ChiMe, May ChiMe, or June ChiMe (when it becomes available). Register by Monday, June 17th.

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  • Mind Games® 2024 held Thursday, April 18th through today, in Charlotte, NC, at the Sonesta Charlotte Executive Park Hotel located at 5700 Westpark Dr. in Charlotte, NC. See Thursday, April 18th for more information.

22/ Mon­day

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    Earth Day

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    Pass­over begins

23/ Tues­day

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  • 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 might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via email. If you RSVP by email, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email.

24/ Wednes­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline Noon. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at this Saturday’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, April 27th and through Saturday, May 18th or later; to be eligible, events involving CAM members must be published in the issue of ChiMe corresponding to the month in which they occur. For CAM events, it’s recommended you submit the GOBS request and get it approved before submitting your event information for publication in ChiMe — so no later than today for events planned for June or later. June events need to be submitted by the 1st of May to the activities editor to be included in the June ChiMe. An article must be featured in the June ChiMe for GOBS-subsidized July events with an RSVP deadline in June (same 1st of May deadline but article emailed to the editor; see editorial deadline).

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    If you’ve reg­istered for CultureQuest® XXXV (get all the details), but have not submitted your request for GOBS funds, you still have time before the April monthly Business Meeting. The entire registration fee (and only the registration fee) will be covered and reimbursed after the event for approved GOBS requests.

25/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. 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 (via Meetup preferred) to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Zoom Lunch 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Zoom Lunch (formerly known as the Downtown Lunch) is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom id is 836 1178 6315 and the passcode is 190710; it is also included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information if you prefer a link. Questions? Contact Jon via email or call/text him. You may also RSVP via Meetup. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

26/ Fri­day

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    Arbor Day

  • Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) through Sunday, April 28th. This event promotes the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games, and is being held in the South Building of McCormick Place in Chicago. For more information, see the C2E2 website.
    Public Event!!

27/ Satur­day

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    CAM April Monthly Gathering @Rolling Meadows Community Center

    Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our April Month­ly Gath­ering is the Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
    3705 Pheasant Dr. in Rolling Meadows.

    Games and hos­pi­tal­ity are in the spacious auditorium, with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event is in the Card Room. A Parents-Kids Play Room is available after the Mensa Test. Park in the NW lot behind the building and use Entrance K (near inner corner). Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. This gathering is open to the general public. So if you’re interested in learning more about Chicago Mensa, come join us. There is an admissions fee to help cover costs (major credit cards accepted); the April MG is free to all CAM members. Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Test:
    5 PM.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    Voting opens:
    6:30 PM.
    Program:
    7:30 PM.
    Voting closes:
    8 PM.
    Refreshments:
    8:30 PM - Midnight.

    Time to vote for your Chicago Area Mensa ExComm Members!! See the candidate statements here or in the April ChiMe. If you can’t attend today’s gathering, please use either the online electronic form or the paper version of the ballot and follow all the instructions. You may print out the pdf version of the ballot from our website or from the April ChiMe. Your mail-in ballot must be received at or before midnight on Friday, April 26th. Make sure you mail it at least 5 business days prior to the mail-in deadline. Your electronic ballot must be submitted at or before 8 PM on Saturday, April 27th. If you have questions, please visit our election information webpage or contact Deb Johnston, our Election Procedures Committee Chair.
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    The CAM Executive Committee has allocated GOBS funds to be used for the reimbursement of either or Uber ridesharing services from/to the Arlington Park METRA station. Details are on our Monthly Gathering page.
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    Volunteer
    Get involved! Hone your leadership, organizational, or web skills. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both near the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. Try your hand as the Gifted Youth Coördinator, a co-Program Officer, a website designer, or a MG Hospitality Volunteer. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in. Or consider supervising the children at the MG for some extra cash.
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    Express Yourself
    Write an ar­ticle, submit a photo, or create a puzzle for ChiMe; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!

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    Program Topic: To Be Well—Nurturing Our Mental Health and Wellness

    We all want to have good mental health, but do you or someone you care about ever feel down or anxious? Are there strategies an individual can use to combat those feelings or is professional help needed?

    As our speaker, psychologist Kelli Johnson writes, “While not always at diagnosable levels, most of us, at some point in our lives, experience levels of stress, sadness, and/or overwhelm that significantly influence the sense of joy, fulfillment, and wellness that we experience in our day-to-day lives.”

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    The focus of her presentation will be identifying signs and symptoms that alert us to pay attention. It will outline how to recognize when “a little out of sorts” is becoming more than “a little.” She will also provide strategies for nurturing positive mental health in ways that preserve our overall wellness and functioning in sustainable ways.

    Kelli F. Johnson, Ph.D., serves as Dean of the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at National Louis University. She has been a licensed psychologist in Psychotherapy and Counseling since 2016 and maintains a small private clinical practice in Chicago.

    Dr. Johnson earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at the University Counseling Center at Florida State University and remained there on the counseling staff until 2008.

    She has been the Training Director of the predoctoral internship program at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Schaumburg, and Department Chair for the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana.

    Beyond clinical and academic activity, Dr. Johnson has held multiple roles in the professional community. Her interests include multicultural competence in clinical practice, intersectionality, social responsiveness in psychology, and professional identity development. In addition to her commitment to mentorship, Dr. Johnson’s current focus is on advocating for equitable access to a healthy educational experience for students from historically marginalized populations.

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    If there is a spike in Covid cases, the in-person MG may become virtual & testing would be cancelled!!
  • Rainbow Mensans Potluck 5:30 PM. The Rainbow SIG will host a potluck at the home of members living close to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Please contact Jim, the Rainbow SIG coördinator (email or text preferred) to reserve a seat, coördinate dishes, and receive address and parking instructions.

28/ Sun­day

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  • Theodore Talk: Why Black Baseball Matters 2:30 PM. In 1920 Andrew "Rube" Foster established the Negro National League in Kansas City, Missouri. Featuring teams in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and St. Louis, the NNL adopted the slogan, “We Are the Ship, All Else the Sea” as a pledge to set its own course. Many teams discovered financial success coming out of the gate; Foster’s American Giants drew nearly 200,000 spectators during the 1921 season.

    The NNL created a forum where many star players could make a bigger name for themselves — especially to white audiences. Future Hall of Famers Cool Papa Bell, Martín Dihigo, Willie Foster, Judy Johnson, Satchel Paige, and Turkey Stearnes all flourished in the NNL, along with many others. The creation of the Negro Leagues proved that Black players could play on even terms with their white counterparts — and draw just as much interest from baseball fans.

    Larry Lester, co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, located near the AG site, will discuss how these men of color changed the landscape of American history and became a bridge over troubled waters. When you place their achievements against the background of discrimination and political resistance it makes all of baseball history more impressive in its efforts toward social change. See the full write-up and find contact info on the American Mensa Events website. Even if you can’t attend the live Talk, as long as you register you will receive a link to a recording of the event. Closed captioning enabled.
    Virtual Event!!

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  • CultureQuest® XXXV 3 PM. Today, all across the country as well as Canada, all at the same time, teams of Mensa members will participate in a 90-minutes-long contest to test cultural literacy administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to twenty “Classic” (no age restrictions) teams and one “Next Generation” (youth) team with the highest scores! The registration deadline was Sunday, March 31st. Get all the details including how to get the registration fee covered by GOBS funds and, if you want your team to meet virtually, how to request your own Discord channel. After CultureQuest® has ended, you may use the Reimbursement Form to get your approved GOBS funds. We wish our teams the best of luck today!

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  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the June ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? There’s bound to be an activity or a restaurant you want to try, but you just want some other people to experience it with you. So invite your fellow Mensans. Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

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

  • 53rd Chicago Annual Pride Parade held Sunday, June 30th, the last Sunday of the month. The CAM contingent is sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year in the Chicago Annual Pride parade. There will also be a GOBS-subsidized meal nearby after the parade. For all details, visit the Parade Info webpage or see the ar­ticles in the April ChiMe, May ChiMe, or June ChiMe (when it becomes available). Register by Monday, June 17th.

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