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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Long Island Holiday Party
Massapequa 7:00pm-9:00pm
Enjoy a fine Italian dinner and great Mensan conversation. We will return to the Olive Garden, 5598 Sunrise Hwy, in Massapequa Park. To participate in the traditional (optional) grab bag, bring a wrapped gift $7-15 in value. A festive time is sure to be had by all. To reserve, contact Patty Buethe at (516) 538-4307, or gnymensa@hotmail.com, by Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GNYM Holiday Party & GNYM 50th Anniversary Celebration
Manhattan 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Meet with your fellow Mensans in a beautiful setting to kick-off the holiday season! It won't be the same with you, so please come!
Union Square Loft at 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map])
http://unionsquareloft.com/

past events:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GNYM Halloween Party
Join us for a family-friendly Halloween party. Many people come in costume, so you can, too! As always, you will have a chance to meet your fellow Mensans. We hope to see you there.
(Locations this year were determined at the last minute.)

Nassau 6pm-9pm
VFW, 20 Queens Street, Syosset, NY [map]
About 950 feet from the Syosset LIRR station (55 minutes out of Penn Station; almost all trains are one-seat (no train changes or transfers)).
Come hungry -- we will feed you all the hot and cold food and soft drinks you can consume -- Italian, Chinese, Greek, White Castles, snacks, cake, and even some Halloween candy!

Manhattan 7pm-?
Dinner at PJ Moran's, 3 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017 (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave in Midtown East) [map]. GNYM will pick up half the tab! Ask for the Mensa table when you arrive.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Xmas in July
Three locations. Free for members.
Manhattan: Union Square Loft at 873 Broadway Suite #408, 7:00pm - 9:30pm. Check the gnym.org website or CalendarPhone 1-855-411-4696 (1-855-411-GNYM) for up-to-the-minute information.
Nassau: returns to Domenico's Restaurant at 3270-A Hempstead Tpk., Levittown NY, 7:00pm - 9:30pm. Menu to include: Mozzarella sticks, fried zucchini, bruschetta, garden salad, pizza (mushroom, sausage, green peppers, pepperoni) and unlimited Pepsi and Diet Pepsi.
Westchester: The Melting Pot, 30 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY, 6:00pm - 9:30pm. Gluten-free choices available. RSVP no later than Monday, July 21, to Jean Havens at (914) 954-3148. On-street metered parking is available, plus ample parking in the City Center garage across the street.

Friday-Sunday April 4-6, 2014

A New York State of Mind - GNYM's Regional Gathering
   Greater New York Mensa is throwing a big weekend party, and you're invited. Competitions, games, educational lectures, alcohol tasting, martial arts, music, dance, 24-hour hospitality, and - of course - Mensans! See old friends and make new ones, learn something new, and remind yourself why you joined in the first place.
   Full information: http://rg.gnym.org/
   Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel White Plains-Downtown, 66 Hale Ave, White Plains NY 10601.
   [This event is also promoted on Facebook.]

What is a Regional Gathering?
“Each weekend-long Regional Gathering, or RG, usually features speakers; games; a Hospitality room with food, beverages and lots of socializing; and often a little something special, a signature program or activity that the hosting local group injects into the event to make it their own.
While some long-established RGs draw hundreds of attendees, most are much smaller. (We expect a few hundred.)
Approximately 40 RGs are held around the US every year, and all are fully planned and staffed by local volunteers.”

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series, free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.
Eastchester Public Library, Eastchester NY (a town in Westchester)
at 2:00pm:
"From Points to Curves: The Transubstantiated Transform of Infinite Decimal Geometry", a presentation by Elyas Isaacs, Ph.D., DPH, DDiv., MD(res)
at 3:00pm:
"Success with SMARTER Goals", a presentation by Rob Salkin, MSci, MBA, JD
   Location: Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
   [their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series, free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.
Eastchester Public Library, Eastchester NY (a town in Westchester)
at 2:00pm:
"Poetry: Painting With Words", a presentation by Dr. Jay Albrecht
   Where does the creative urge originate? What makes a poet? What artifice turns mere words into something called a “poem”? How does one paint pictures with words?
   "I see my poetic task as a telling of my imaginings, avoiding incomprehensible symbols. I paint word-pictures ranging from graceful to stressed to comedic, in rhythmic fashion with occasional surprises. Subjects go from nature to intriguing people such as growing kids, to the far reaches of thought. They draw on life observations of travels, technology, therapeutics, and personal yearnings."
   Dr. Jay Albrecht is a published poet, a multimedia artist, and a retired Clinical Psychologist. A long-time Mensa member, he founded Mensa of Sweden.
at 3:00pm:
"Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestors", a presentation by Elder Thomas Hanson and Sister Elisabeth Hanson
   Location: Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
   [their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]

Friday, February 28, 2014 (6pm) – Sunday, March 2, 2013 (noon)

SNOWBALL 40 (Regional Gathering of Central New Jersey Mensa)
Iselin, NJ – all weekend
“Come join CNJM for Snowball 40, the longest-running and best RG the United States has to offer. Beautiful hotel, close to the train station, outstanding included Hospitality, huge game room, riveting programs, and the company of the brightest people in the world. Registration is $70. Day rates: Friday $30; Saturday $45. (Rates go up after 1/31 and again after 2/21.)
Hotel: Hilton Woodbridge, 120 Wood Ave. S., Iselin NJ 08830; (732) 494-6200; www.hiltonwoodbridge.com .
Room rate $106 is guaranteed "only until our block of rooms is sold out. Mention CNJM to get the special rate".
Info, program: www.cnj.us.mensa.org/snowball.html or Andrea G. at 908-351-1583 or andreabgg@hotmail.com
Just minutes from Staten Island, Snowball is the nearest RG to much of our NY area, as is our own RG later this year, April 4-6, 2014.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series, free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.
Westchester 2:00pm
"Humanity's Toothache", a presentation by Dr. Aviva Andreen
   From Pakistan to Peru, from Persia to Paris, from prehistory to present, the toothache has plagued humanity.  Demystify the infamous toothworm, the "dentatus", and the esthetics of teeth.  Learn how humanity has coped with tooth pain and immortalized dentistry in art as well as the development of the science behind the history of dentistry. (Parental warning: pictures of skulls & mummies included).
   Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
   [their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]
   Dr. Aviva Andreen is a retired dentist. She taught in two dental schools, several graduate dental programs, and was a dentist in hospitals, private practice and the Navy Reserve. Dr. Andreen is an active Mensa member and glad to give a program on the history of her former profession.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Greater New York Mensa lecture mini-series, free and open to the public. Four Sundays at 2pm.
Westchester 2:00pm
"Fencing", a presentation by Elizabeth Penn
   From Hamlet to The Princess Bride to Xena: Warrior Princess, sword fighting has been an important and exciting component of many an adventure story (let alone world history). Though we (hopefully) no longer duel to the death to solve our disputes, we can still engage in sword play in real life through competitive fencing. Come learn about historical as well as modern-day fencing, with information about rules, weapons, and competitions; displays of equipment; and maybe even a few demonstrations.
   Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709. (914) 793-5055
   [their Facebook page]  [Google map with multi-modal directions]
   Elizabeth Penn is a graduate student at the Ferkauf Graduate School of psychology where she is working on a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is a graduate of Stern College for Women where she fenced for four years, serving as pe Squad Captain for two of those years. Elizabeth earned her squad's coaches award three years in row, and won several awards in competition, including EWFC fencer of the year. Elizabeth has served as Recording Secretary for Greater New York Mensa.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mensa Valentine's Day Party and Welcome to our New Members
Manhattan, 2:00pm–5:00pm
   Once again we will meet and greet in NYU's Kimmel Center, a great setting overlooking Washington Square Park. We welcome all of our new members to celebrate winter and Mensan comraderie, and to enjoy light refreshments and soft drinks. All we need is you and your guest.
   Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU, rooms 405-406.
   60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. 212-998-4900
   [their Facebook page]  [Google Map with multimodal directions]  [NYU's Directions page]
   Ask for the Mensa event at the desk. NYU requires photo ID for entry.
   Price: included in your membership.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Winter Winery Event
Suffolk 12:30pm
The usual wining, lunching or snacking, and socializing. Bring some money to buy wine, and plenty of munchies to eat and share. This time at Jason's Vineyard, 1785 Main Rd (NY 25), Jamesport, NY 11947 [map], (631) 238-5801.
You must RSVP to ____ or (631) ____ so that we can contact you if plans change.
[This event is also promoted on Facebook.]
Outcome: The roads and weather were a little wintery. Eight Long Island acquaintances and one lucky new person had a great time.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Party
Manhattan 2:00-4:30pm
This year we will meet again at NYU's Kimmel Center. The space is beautiful, with a view over the park. All the party needs is you and your guest, and the cost is included in your membership.
   Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU, 9th floor.
   60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. 212-998-4900
   [their Facebook page]  [Google Map with multimodal directions]  [NYU's Directions page]
   Ask for the Mensa event at the desk. NYU requires photo ID for entry.
   Price: included in your membership.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Party
Manhattan 2;00-4:30pm
If you haven't been to one of our recent parties at NYU's Kimmel Center, what are you waiting for? The space, at 60 Washington Square South overlooking Washington Square Park, is terrific! Join us for a family-friendly party. Many people come in costume, and you can, too, if you'd like. As always, there will be light refreshments and the chance to meet with your fellow Ms. We hope to see you there!
   Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU.
   60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. 212-998-4900
   [their Facebook page]  [Google Map with multimodal directions]  [NYU's Directions page]
   Ask for the Mensa event at the desk. NYU requires photo ID for entry.
   Price: included in your membership.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chistmas in July
You pick which party location is most convenient for you: Manhattan, Long Island, or Westchester

On Long Island, join us at Domenico's Restaurant, 3270-A Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, beginning at 7pm until 9:30 for bruschetta, fried zucchini, salad, pizza, and unlimited soda. A cash bar is available. There is plenty of free parking, and a limited free shuttle from the Hicksville LIRR station. With tinsel and music, "Yule" have a great time! [20 attended.]

In Manhattan, you'll find us at NYU's Kimmel Center, from 6:00 until 8:30pm. Along with interesting conversation, there will be something to eat, and a bar will be available. It won't be as much fun without you. [About 80 attended.]
   Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU.
   60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. 212-998-4900
   [their Facebook page]  [Google Map with multimodal directions]  [NYU's Directions page]
   Ask for the Mensa event at the desk. NYU requires photo ID for entry.
   Price: included in your membership.

In Westchester, Join your fellow Mensans north of the Bronx border for an action-packed Xmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, at Grand Prix New York Racing/Spins Bowl in Mount Kisco. From 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a catered buffet (wings, pizza, and salad) with soft drinks in the VIP Dining Room. A cash bar is just a few steps away.
Each guest will receive 10 credits to use in the facility's Monte Carlo Arcade. The rest of the evening's activities are yours to enjoy for separate fees: indoor go-karting ($10 fee plus $12-$35 per race, depending on track; helmets provided; height and age requirements apply) or bowling ($30 per hour for groups of up to 5; shoe rental $4.85 per person). Complimentary pool tables are available. Reservations deadline: July 22. RSVP to ____. The facility is at 333 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549. For details, visit www.GPNY.com or www.SpinsBowl.com .

Monday, March 18, 2013

SPEAKER MEETING
Manhattan  6:30 - 8:00pm
   Amanda Padoan and Peter Zuckerman will speak to GNYM about K2's Deadliest Day when they join us on March 18th to discuss their book, Buried in the Sky. We are thrilled to host them and learn more about the enigmatic Sherpa culture and the white-knuckle experience that is climbing (and shepherding other climbers) up K2, the second-highest mountain on earth.
   “The authors bring alive the enigmatic Sherpa culture and skillfully guide the reader past the banal machismo that consumes most other accounts.” – Norman Ollestad, bestselling author of Crazy for the Storm.
   (Learn a bit more at http://buriedinthesky.com .)
   Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU.
   60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. 212-998-4900
   [their Facebook page]  [Google Map with multimodal directions]  [NYU's Directions page]
   Ask for the Mensa event at the desk. NYU requires photo ID for entry.
   Price: included in your membership.

Friday, March 1, 2013 (afternoon) – Sunday, March 3, 2013 (noon)

SNOWBALL 39 (Regional Gathering of Central New Jersey Mensa)
Iselin, NJ – all weekend
“Come join CNJM for Snowball 39, the longest-running and best RG the United States has to offer. Beautiful hotel, close to the train station, outstanding included Hospitality, huge game room, riveting programs, and the company of the brightest people in the world. Registration is $65. Day rates: Friday $30; Saturday $40.
Hotel: Hilton Woodbridge, 120 Wood Ave. S., Iselin NJ 08830; (732) 494-6200; www.hiltonwoodbridge.com .
Room rate $104 is guaranteed through Feb. 18.
Info, program: www.cnj.us.mensa.org/snowball.html or Andrea G. at 908-351-1583 or andreabgg@hotmail.com
Just minutes from Staten Island, Snowball is again the nearest RG to much of our NY area.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saint Valentine's Day Party and Welcome to our New Members
Manhattan, 2pm–5pm
   Enjoy Mensan camaraderie in a beautiful space.
   We had our Holiday Party here last December. We liked it so much we're coming back. This time we are on the 9th floor, facing downtown.
   As always, light refreshments will be served. Please come and feel free to bring a guest. It won't be as much fun without you. Price: included in your membership.
   Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU, 9th floor.
   60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. 212-998-4900
   [their Facebook page]  [Google Map with multimodal directions]  [NYU's Directions page]
   Ask for the Mensa event at the desk. NYU requires photo ID for entry.
   Price: included in your membership.


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