Our annual Regional Gathering will take place on Presidents Day weekend, Friday, February 16th through Monday, February 19th.
Venue: 2800 Via Cabrillo-Marina, San Pedro, CA 90731
Register Now for the “Early Bird” Discount
Discounted rates are available for both the hotel accommodations and the full event registration through January 16, 2018. The earlier you register for the RG, the greater the event discount. Register by mail, with a check payable to LA Mensa RG, to: GLAAM/LA Mensa, 115 W. California Blvd. #255, Pasadena, CA 91105, and online with electronic payment options.
Our hospitality partner this year is the DoubleTree by Hilton, San Pedro, which is a lovely place by the waterfront. Plenty of FREE parking is available. Discounted rooms at the block rate of $159 (plus taxes and fees) are selling out quickly. If you need to cancel your reservation, also call Randa so she can pass the block discount to another person.
For room reservations, call Randa at 1-310-514-3344 ext 423, and let her know Madeline sent you for GLAAM 2018. She will arrange the best rate possible if there are still rooms in the room block or if you have AAA, Hilton membership or other available discounts. Reserve early for the best discount.
San Pedro has a lot to offer for nature, art, and history lovers, or those wanting to experience a more laid back seaside culture. If you can, take the opportunity to explore the area before or after the RG on your own. There will be a few excursions, listed under Events offered through the RG as well. The Pacific Ocean is literally at your doorstep with sailboats docking at the marina. Views of glowing ocean sunsets and harbor lights can be enjoyed without leaving the outdoor heated patio at the Double Tree. Wander out with fellow Mensans on the Pub Crawl. Visit the USS Iowa, with fellow RG attendees. The 1936 trans-Atlantic ocean liner, World War 2 troop ship, the Queen Mary, is about 20 minutes by car. Take a cruise ship excursion (free transportation to or from the Double Tree), or sail to Catalina. If you would love a chance to see whales, you are in luck! The grey whale migration is from January to March. Dolphins and grey whales are frequently seen from parts of the San Pedro coast and there are whale watch trips available nearby. Visiting the small, research oriented Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, within walking distance, will introduce the local grunion spawning habits and provide quiet hands-on exploration for kids. The San Pedro trolley will transport you along the waterfront at no cost. The trolley will add a special stop to its Sunday afternoon route at the Double Tree for StaRGazers, eg. RG attendees.