StaRGazing 2011 Events

Annual Business Meeting, Monday, 9:00-9:30am

All Mensa members (no guests, please) are welcome to find out what has happened in GLAAM during the preceding year and what the Board's vision is for the future. Click here to see the meeting agenda. (It's a PDF file, so you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat PDF reader if you don't already have it.)

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) Wine Tasting, Friday, 9:30pm

Back by popular demand! This program invites attendees to bring a bottle of wine to share with others in the StaRGazers Lounge on Friday night! Enjoy fellowship with other Mensans and you enjoy the delightful tastes of your fellow wine connoisseurs!

Coffeehouse hosted by Alan Stillson

Includes a Filk music performance by Alan Stillson, a limerick contest, and member performances of music and poetry (bring your own and sign up at the door). Be beautiful, baby!

Epiphanies, Epistemology and Ample Eats meeting

A free-ranging discussion group of regulars and newcomers tackles a new topic each month. At StaRGazing 2011, we'll be discussing World Economic Crisis. Join us!

Games in our dedicated Game Room

Boggle: Boggle is a game somewhat similar to Scrabble except that the tiles are shaken out at random and everyone works off the same set of tiles. Words can be made in virtually any direction and a round takes a couple of minutes rather than a couple of hours. We will play several rounds in a round-robin format and ultimately crown a champion.

Carnelli: The classic Mensa word-association game consisting of movies, music, books, and whatever else the capricious and arbitrary host will allow.

Colander/Time's Up: The first round you can say or do virtually anything to give a clue. Second round is one word plus gestures and humming. Final round is strictly humming and pantomime.

Dr. IQ: The audience answers and asks trivia questions.

Joke-Off: Hear a few jokes, tell a few jokes. Tasty rewards.

Generation X/Y Meet & Greet, Friday, 7:30pm

Want to meet others your age? GenX and Gen Y will get together to start the RG off right. We are open to anyone interested in activities and discussions focused on people in Generation X (1961-1981) or Y (1976-1990), which is anyone in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Join coordinators Danielle Hanne and Hilary Foster at the Meet & Greet and get to know other (relatively) young Ms before we head out on the Pub Crawl!

Limerick Contest

Write the funniest limerick based on a photo. Audience judging at the coffeehouse Friday night. Photos will be published in the January L.A. Mentary and available on site at registration.

Media Exchange

Bring your unwanted books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, tapes or any media to the table for attendees to take home. Remaining items will be donated to a library or charity.

Mensa Testing, Sunday, 8:00-11:00am

Invite your family and friends to take the official Mensa exam and see if they qualify for membership in Mensa. Please sign up in advance! Contact Proctor Dave Felt at and see his website at

Murder Mystery Game

Watch a video in the company of your fellow suspects. Question each other and try to explain the events in the video. Discover who among you is hiding a sanguinary secret!

Name That Tune with Alan Stillson

This long-standing RG tradition will be played once more. How quickly can you associate a few notes with the title of a song you haven't heard in xxx years? The host is Alan Stillson, leader of the GLAAM Folksong SIG.

New Member Reception, Saturday, 2:30pm

Welcome New Mensans! This is your chance to meet your fellow Mensans at GLAAM's largest party of the year – the RG! We'll have a brief period of orientation followed by the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the RG offerings. Please RSVP with either Danielle or Desiree so we know how many to count.

Original Interactive Word Games with Alan Stillson

Alan Stillson is author or co-author of nine puzzle books, including seven official American Mensa titles. Here's a chance to enjoy some original interactive word games and bring out your inner word geek. These word games are fast moving and easy to play — no tiles, no boards. You can find Mr. Stillson's puzzle books and many sample puzzles by visiting

Pub Crawl, Friday, 8:00pm with Danielle Hanne and Hilary Foster

We will head over to Ventura Blvd. to check out some of the interesting spots nearby. Van transportation between the general Pub Crawl area and the Marriott will be available and crawlers will have a planned order of stops … but once the Crawl departs there is no set time at each stop!

Sing-Along with Alan Stillson

An hour of fun group singing from some of the best pages of our Folksong SIG songbook.

Sunday Kids' Track, supervised by GLAAM Gifted Youth Coordinator Madeline Walker

9:30am-Noon Chess tournament (open to adults and children), hosted by Jonathan Elliott
11:00am-Noon Seeing Light: Prisms, Lightwaves, and the Sky (open to adults and children), hosted by The Planetary Society
Noon-1:00pm Lunch break
1:00-1:45pm Charades 101 for Beginners, hosted by Madeline Walker
1:45-2:00pm Kids' Rock-Paper-Scissors, hosted by Madeline Walker
2:00-3:30pm Lawyer Games (open to adults), hosted by Ed You
3:30-5:30pm Kids' Werewolves and Villagers game (open to adults, and children age 9 and up), hosted by Audrey Wilson
Please note that other programs on Sunday may be of interest to children and teens. See the full schedule for details.


Cheese tasting $8.00
The tasting will focus on fine fromage from Europe, with a heavy emphasis on French cheeses. But don't worry, we will still have a few exceptional American offerings. For the attendees interested in the tasting but who also would like to attend other activities, the host will assemble a personal sampler plate with every type of cheese sampled, to be picked up at your leisure in the game room, with a short lecture on the fromage if desired. (Disclaimer: some of the cheeses we will sample are very rich and high in fat content. Please be aware if you are not used to consuming large amounts of such foods.)
Chocolate tasting $5.00
Bringing you something new again in 2011, your hostess offers tastes of the best of the commercial (widely available) 2-3.5 oz. bars.
Liqueur tasting $12.00
Rum tasting $12.00
Wine tasting $10.00
Liqueur/Rum/Wine tasting $30.00
Experience all three for a discounted price!