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Activities Bulletin
August 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 and get notifications. Check out the August 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 :

About
Meetup

Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up and get notifications. Check out the August 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 :

1/ Satur­day

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, August 8th no later than Saturday, August 1st. Use Facebook to RSVP.

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

3/ Mon­day

4/ Tues­day

5/ Wednes­day

  • Outdoor Middle Eastern Dinner in Niles 7 PM. Join us to dine outdoors at Al Bawadi Mediterranen Grill. The menu offers grilled entrees (kabobs, platters, etc.), meat casseroles, shawerma platters, seafood, vegetarian dishes, appetizers, wraps, salads, etc. Al Bawadi was rated 4 stars on Yelp. The restaurant is located at 8501 W. Dempster St. in Niles, on the south side of Dempster, just east of Greenwood. Due to imposed restrictions, attendance is limited. 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.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

6/ Thurs­day

  • 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. The Zoom sign-in information is listed as part of local host Carey S.’s Contact Info. The London host is Ian David Moseley. The 8 AM CAM Morning Coffee group will be joining this group on Thursdays for the foreseeable future.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • 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.
    Venue Change to Virtual!!

  • Smart Talk 6 PM. Everyone loves a good melodramatic story that is easy to understand and easy to remember. The truth, on the other hand, is complicated, and often undermines the nice little narratives that we cling to. It is human nature to ignore irritating facts & statistics. We rationalize them away, and fail to fix ourselves, our relationships, and our country. Is it even possible to hold ourselves and others accountable, and how do we make it easier & “OK” to bring up & face the messy truths? Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup 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 FreeConferenceCall.com app. You may also simply call in, although you may sometimes need to call in a few times due to the fact that the network provider’s capacity is sometimes overwhelmed by the call volume. The meeting info is on our website. Learn more on (when posted).
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

7/ Fri­day

8/ 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, August 1st) 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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  • CultureQuest ® Registration. On Sunday, October 18th (tentative), at 3 PM CDT, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 90-minute-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to the twenty teams and one youth team with the highest scores! Submit your team registration information to American Mensa. The registration deadline is Monday, August 31st. CAM teams may apply for GOBS funds to cover the team registration fee. Team captains should read the GOBS instructions and fill out the online application form.

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  • Mind Games 2021 Judge Registration. Join us for Mind Games 2021 Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th, in Portland, Maine, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 363 Maine Mall Road in Portland, ME. Visit the website for all the details. Rates increase after Monday, August 31st.

10/ 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, so if this time works better for you, be a trailblazer. 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. 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. Contact Matt C. for any general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.

11/ 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.
    Venue Change to Virtual!!

  • Best Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing will reach its maximum rate of activity tonight. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night during the week before and after. For more information, see the space.com website or the NASA Facebook page, or see the viewing tips at EarthSky. There are also some amazing photos posted on Flickr.
    Public Event!!

12/ 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 on Hiatus This Month!!

13/ Thurs­day

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM. As work-lives move back toward the status quo ante, this early morning group has spun off, so if this time works better for you, be a trailblazer. 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. 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. Contact Matt C. for any general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.

  • 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. The Zoom sign-in information is listed as part of local host Carey S.’s Contact Info or check Meetup. The London host is Ian David Moseley. The 8 AM CAM Morning Coffee group will be joining this group on Thursdays for the foreseeable future.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

14/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Old Chicago, 6280 E. State St. in Rockford (east of Mulford in Logli’s lot). 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. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator , for the contact information of the person selecting and providing copies of the poems and of the host(s), or for general information about this SIG. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month or the following Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

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  • Metropolitan Washington Mensa Cancelled. The RG is being held today through Sunday, August 16th, just outside of our nation’s capital, at the Sheraton in Reston, Virginia. The theme, which was chosen prior to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, is Pandemic RG 2020 Around the World.
    RG Cancelled This Year Due to Coronavirus !!

15/ 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.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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 August ChiMe. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Gary is not a member.

  • 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. Codenames, Euchre, or BoardGameArena . Sign-in information is available as part of host Beth W.’s contact info. You may also RSVP via Meetup. Join us.
    Virtual Event!!

16/ Sun­day

  • West Suburban Sundays Cancelled. Join us for Sunday lunch in the south­west suburbs at the Steven’s Family Restaurant at 2393 63rd St. in Woodridge. The restaurant has a large variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items, reasonably priced. Please call John or Betty N. or e-mail John N., the West Suburban Coördinators, by 2 PM on Saturday, August 15th and let them know if you are coming. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.
    Event on Hiatus until Illinois Phase 5!!

17/ Mon­day

18/ Tues­day

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  • Virtual Cooking Class: Knife Skills 6 PM. How are your kitchen knife skills? We’re having a first course in adult culinary bootcamp with Home Cooking New York. Home Cooking New York has great reviews for their in-person classes and they’ve expanded to do on-line classes during the pandemic. During the class, we’ll make The Best Vegetable Soup with Herb Pesto while learning knife skills: Holding, Sharpening, Mincing, Dicing, Slicing, Julienne, Chiffonade. Prior to the event, each participant will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment as well as the Zoom info. This is a GOBS-sponsored activity. The subsidized cost is $25 for a household (one Zoom login). Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. Since the class is GOBS subsidized, one person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. For the cost, I estimated 10 participants, but the exact price per household depends on the number of participants. If we reach the full number of 15 households, everyone will get $8 back. RSVPs  are required. To RSVP, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your reservation: PayPal $25 to Beth W..

19/ Wednes­day

  • Outdoor Italian Dinner in Palatine 7 PM. We will be dining at Agio Italian Bistro, 64 S. Northwest Hwy. in Palatine (west side of route 14). Masks need not be worn at the outdoor table while dining but otherwise should be worn. Masks must be worn inside the restaurant. Due to imposed restrictions, attendance is limited. RSVPs are mandatory. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know whether you are on the waiting list or your reservation is confirmed.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

20/ Thurs­day

  • 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. The Zoom sign-in information is listed as part of local host Carey S.’s Contact Info or check Meetup. The London host is Ian David Moseley. The 8 AM CAM Morning Coffee group will be joining this group on Thursdays for the foreseeable future.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • 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.
    Venue Change to Virtual!!

21/ Fri­day

24/ Mon­day

25/ Tues­day

  • Breakfast in Mount Prospect 10 AM. Outdoor dining 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 will be available. Masks required to go through restaurant to patio but not on patio. RSVPs  required due to attendee limits and in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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.
    Venue Change to Virtual!!

26/ Wednes­day

27/ Thurs­day

  • 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. The Zoom sign-in information is listed as part of local host Carey S.’s Contact Info or check Meetup. The London host is Ian David Moseley. The 8 AM CAM Morning Coffee group will be joining this group on Thursdays for the foreseeable future.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

28/ Fri­day

29/ Satur­day

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    CAM August Monthly Gathering @Video Teleconference

    Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Video Teleconference)
    The August Monthly Gathering will take place via video teleconference featuring breakout rooms. Here are the setup instructions for Zoom and Board Game Arena . If you don’t have Zoom already, we recommend you download Zoom and sign up at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. Check out the CAM Zoom FAQ. The CAM Board has purchased some Board Game Arena premium accounts so we can play games with one another online while using audio chat . Or people can play via Zoom in one of the breakout rooms. The initial setup of Board Game Arena is an easy process that just requires some lead time; try to sign up and add the CAM Game Hosts no later than the day before the MG. After completing the setup, try to find time to practice.

    The Zoom id will be available on the evening of Thursday, August 27th via our website, via a Mensa Connect e-mail, and on CAM Facebook. The speaker is willing to present using Zoom so why not try it. Zoom breakout rooms make it easy for smaller groups of people to converse and people can switch from one room to another. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . Illinois Coronavirus Phase 4 limits non-family, in-person groups to 50 people so live MGs are difficult! In this age of social distancing, are’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different? Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM via video teleconference.
    Socializing :
    7 PM.
    Program :
    7:30 PM.
    Socializing & Games via Zoom or Board Game Arena :
    8:30 PM.

    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. 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 the CAM Zoom premium account!

    Video Teleconference Event!!

    Program Topic: How to Hide an Empire
    We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited? In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. In crackling, fast-paced prose, he reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light.
    See the full write-up in our August ChiMe.

30/ Sun­day

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  • Virtual Escape Room: Curse of the Dark Raven 4:45 PM. The curse of an evil witch has brought eternal darkness to a small secluded village. Now it’s up to you to travel to the village and reverse the curse before dawn. Along the way you must outwit trolls, play pub games to win gold, and cast powerful spells! Can you break the Curse of the Dark Raven? The GOBS-subsidized cost is $8.25 per CAM member and one non-member guest; it is not per device. RSVPs are required and attendance is limited; to RSVP, e-mail Heather B. and she will let you know how to submit your payment. You are not considered to have RSVP’d until payment is made. Not recommended for children under the age of 12. If you don’t have a Zoom account, you should download the Zoom app at least a ½ hour prior to the event. About 15 minutes before game time, you’ll receive the Zoom sign-in information. You should start your Zoom session before 5 PM because the game starts promptly. The only other thing you’ll need during the game is paper and something to write with.
    Virtual Event!!

31/ Mon­day

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  • CultureQuest ® Registration Deadline. On Sunday, October 18th (tentative), at 3 PM CDT, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 90-minute-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to the twenty teams and one youth team with the highest scores! Submit your team registration information to American Mensa. Today is the last day to submit your team registration information & payment to American Mensa. CAM teams may apply for GOBS funds to cover the team registration fee. Team captains should read the GOBS instructions and fill out the online application form.


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1 September/ Tues­day

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

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  • Mind Games 2021 Judge Registration. Join us for Mind Games 2021 Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th, in Portland, Maine, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 363 Maine Mall Road in Portland, ME. Visit the website for all the details. Rates increase after Monday, August 31st.


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