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Minnesota Mensa's First Friday and Third Friday

When: The first and third Fridays of every month. Check the calendar for changes.


  • First Friday -- Kraus Hartig VFW, 8100 Pleasant View Dr NE, Spring Lake Park MN.
  • Third Friday -- Bloomington Knights of Columbus, 1114 American Blvd W, Bloomington MN.

Welcome to our favorite gatherings. These events are entirely open to the public. You don't need to be a Mensa member, or be invited by a Mensan, to attend. We strongly encourage members and prospective members alike to come out and sample the conversation and good times.

There is no structure, no speaker, and no food. The attire is casual. You can come and go whenever you want, sit or stand wherever you want, and talk with whomever you want. If you're a college student making macaroni and cheese with water instead of milk, don't worry, First Friday is cheap. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for all others, and the proceeds go toward the publishing costs of our newsletter, Mensagenda.

If you're a "first-timer," and aren't sure what to expect at a First or Third Friday, this little guide may help.

Mensans get together at First Friday to talk about everything from Cars and Insurance to how much electricity it takes to run a LINUX cluster in your basement.

MOST IMPORTANT: Remember that each of us here, at one time or another, came as a first-timer. We remember what it was like, so we want to make it as easy and comfortable for you as we can.

Why are we here? We're here simply to enjoy each other's company and compare notes on things that interest us. Aside from sharing only a single common bond, that of the high IQ, we are as diverse in our personalities and interest as you will find anywhere. Oddly enough, we rarely talk about IQs. And deep, philosophical discussions on literature or physics don’t happen very often either. Mensans get together at First and Third Friday to talk about everything from cars and insurance to how much electricity it takes to run a Linux cluster in your basement.

Any discussion taboos? There are none, except that we do try to avoid stepping too hard on each other's personal sensitivities. Otherwise, just about anything is fair game.

Keep in mind that this is not all there is to Mensa. There are many activities, and the flavor and atmosphere are remarkably different at each. Even some of our long-time members have never been to a First Friday, but they are often hip-deep in other areas of Mensa activity, and really enjoy it.

We think this is a great organization. If you'd like to find out why, join us.

Your new friends,
The members of Minnesota Mensa.

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