Special Events

New Member Reception with Danielle Hanne

A free reception for new members who wish to find out more about what Mensa has to offer. Learn about opportunities to participate in your chapter, including next year's RG. Stop by and say hello to our newest Mensans.

GenX Pub Crawl with Justin Kis

Enjoy the bars, saloons, and taverns of Manhattan Beach, personally selected by our Crawlmaster. Transportation to and from this GenX-hosted event will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mensa Testing with Dave Felt

Invite your family and friends to take the official Mensa exam and see if they qualify for membership in Mensa.

Kids Track with Madeline Walker

The RG goes on all 4 days of Presidents Day weekend, and young people and their families are welcome to attend the whole time, but for those of you who just want to try the RG out, we focus the Youth Gathering on the afternoon of that Saturday. Younger kids will have crafts, games, dance movement, a scavenger hunt, and other activities. Older kids can meet each other in Hospitality for tasty treats and perhaps a game or two, then can wander about in gangs.

Saturday Night Banquet

For the first time ever, the sumptuous Saturday Night Banquet is included in your StaRGazing 2008 registration fee. Featuring Roast Pork Loin with Chipotle Apple Sauce; Chicken Marsala; Caesar, Greek, Oriental, and Tomato Mozzarella Salads; Vegetarian Pasta; Assorted Cheese Tray; Relish Tray; Sliced Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter; Seasonal Vegetables; Rolls and Butter; Coffee, Tea, and Milk; and German Chocolate Cake.

Keynote Speaker: Thom Hartmann

StaRGazing 2008 is pleased to announce Thom Hartmann as its Keynote Speaker. Thom is a nationally syndicated talk show host on Air America Radio. His program is carried live locally on KTLK-AM 1150 and he is the highest-rated progressive talk host in America. Thom is also a New York Times best-selling author on the subjects of progressive politics and ADD/ADHD. Details on Thom's talk to be announced.

Saturday Night Dance with DJ K

Put on your dancing shoes and your best dressy eveningwear for StaRGazing 2008's traditional Saturday Night Dance. Your host, DJ K is the former Chief DJ for Club Med Vacation resorts and brings thousands of dance songs to the party including Top-40, Classic Rock, Disco / Funk & Old School, R&B and Hip-Hop, Alternative Rock, Flashback 80's & 90's Country, Classical, Jazz, Spanish (Salsa/Marengue/Cumbias) and everybody's favorite, Karaoke!

MERF Auction

In an effort to increase our giving to benefit scholarships for undergraduate students in our area, GLAAM is supporting a local MERF scholarship. This is your opportunity to get more involved and contribute in this tax-deductible and fun way. Stop by and see what looks interesting; enter bids on those you find interesting; and throughout the evening stop by to check on the status of your bid.

StaRGazing Gallery with Desiree Sagray

The “mystery activity” teams have been working on throughout the RG culminates in this gallery showing for all to enjoy. Come and review Mystery Activity Entries and Results submitted by you and your fellow Mensans!

The Second Annual StaRGazing Stand-up Spectacular!

L.A.'s best up-and-coming comics will keep you in stitches on Sunday night. (Mild adult-oriented language and themes.)

Kevin Kataoka

Kevin Kataoka is one of the hardest working comics in America having worked on "America's Funniest Home Videos", "Mad TV", various VH1 shows, "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist", as well as being a segment producer for "Blind Date".

Blaine Capatch (Host)

Blaine Capatch is best known for being the host of “Beat the Geeks”. He has also appeared on “Mind of Mencia”, “Mad TV”, and “Mr. Show with Bob and David”, “Late Friday” “Comedy Central's Premium Blend” and “The Comedians of Comedy”. He has written for “Blue Collar TV”, “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment”, “The Martin Short Show”, and “Mad TV”.

Lizzie Cooperman

Lizzie Cooperman is young, but a veteran performer having done her stand-up on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”.

Returning from last year:

Andrew Solmssen

Computer consultant by day, Hollywood stand-up by night. Host of the New Faces show at the Hollywood Improv.

Brandon Burkhart

Brandon Burkhart made it to the final 11 on 1 vs. 100 before the 1 quit. Performs sketch comedy at various venues all over Hollywood. Writes comedy bits for syndication service Premiere Radio Networks. Star of independent films Match and Hollywood and Vine.

Shawn Carlow

Shawn Carlow performs stand-up at venues all over Hollywood. Staff writer for the critically-acclaimed, current-events-based, sketch comedy show Big News at IO West in Hollywood.

Matt Manser

Matt Manser is one of the hardest working stand-ups in Hollywood.

Amanda Egge

Hollywood stand-up and Member of Mensa. Host of the popular (and notorious) “Dirtiest Sketch Contest” at the UCB theater in Hollywood.

Erik Charles Nielson

There is only one ECN. No one forgets the horror.

Monday Morning Media Exchange

You've brought your various forms of media and received vouchers. Now it's time to redeem them. Come back and claim those items for which you have sufficient vouchers! Browse the trades from your fellow Mensans and take home that gem that is “new to you!”



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