Monthly Gatherings

Our local Monthly Gathering (MG) is usually held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, with the exception of months when other major events are planned. The MGs feature activities or speakers on a variety of subjects and are open to the public.

If you’re a member, we hope you’ll come to the MG. But, you don’t need to be a Mensa member to attend the Monthly Gathering, and there is no charge to attend. If you’re not a member and are thinking of joining, please come and see what we’re all about. 

The MG is always preceded by our Steering Committee meeting at 5:00 pm. All members are invited to observe SteerCom meetings and to speak to the SteerCom about matters of concern.

The locations will sometimes vary, but we currently meet at the Shoreline Fire Department’s Training Center.

The address: Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, in Shoreline, WA. Our large meeting room is on the ground floor, and ample free parking is available.

Driving directions:

  • Take the 175th St exit from I-5, going West.
  • Continue on 175th St for 1 mile to Linden Ave N.
  • Turn Right on Linden Ave N and go to N 185th St.
  • Turn Right on N 185th Street and take it to Aurora Ave N.
  • Turn right on Aurora Ave N and take it to Shoreline Fire Department’s Training Center on the right (just past Doug’s Northwest Cadillac).

Taking the bus? Metro’s RapidRide E Line (formerly bus line 358, but is much faster and runs more often)  runs north and south on Aurora Ave N and stops near 175th. For a map of the route,

October MG: Night Corn Maze and Firepit

To celebrate Halloween, we reserved a big fire pit in the middle of a corn maze!

UPDATE: The Corn Maze event originally scheduled for Sunday, October 22, has been moved to next weekend, Sunday, October 29th! We’ll have the same fire pit at the same time, just next Sunday. Apologies for the last minute change. Luckily, next weekend is expected to be sunny and dry, so it will be a great time to suck up the fall weather!

  • Date and time: Sunday, October 29, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm(ish)
  • Website: Bob’s Corn Maze
  • Location: 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish WA 98296
  • Cost: $10 a person ages 2+. (If you get there late, the price goes up to $15 at 6pm.) Mensa of Western Washington is covering the cost of the private fire pit and food.

Corn Maze entrance

Take a hayride down to the cornmaze at sunset, navigate your way through the cornmaze, and right in the middle, stop for smores and snacks at a private fire pit with your fellow Mensans, before you try to find your way out of the cornmaze.

The firepit does have a tent and picnic benches. You’ll want to bring a flashlight to help get through the cornmaze in the dark, and also wear rainboots or sneakers. It might be muddy, depending on the weather.

Corn Maze firepit

Get there at 5:00 pm to start the corn maze. We have the firepit reserved for 6:00 to 8:00 pm, so we have plenty of time to hang out and enjoy the fire.

You’re welcome to bring family and friends! Please RSVP to Michelle at with the number of people so we can buy enough food, and so we can email meeting instructions when we get closer to the event.

Bob’s Corn Maze is approximately 30 minutes from Seattle, 25 minutes from Bellevue, and 20 minutes from Everett.

Additional MWW events

Mensa members host activities and events, called special interest groups (SIGs) in addition to the Monthly Gathering.

Activities hosted by members in their homes are open only to MWW members and their invited guests. Some of our favorite special interest groups that that occur monthly and are restricted to members and their guests include several Games Nights, two Movie Nights, Science and Technology SIG, GaySIG, and Restaurant Adventures SIG. And, our Mensa women also enjoy the interesting and supportive Women’s Bathroom SIG (there’s an amusing story behind that name).

Some other events are held in public venues, including M’Odyssey (Formerly called WIGWAG) for members interested in getting out and about to interesting places and events in the region, and various TGIFs. The latest addition to events open to nonmembers is Fair Game, a games & networking SIG open to all, held in public spaces, and sponsored by MWW with the triple purpose of (1) raising money for charity, (2) recruiting new MWW members, and (3) having fun playing board games and tabletop games.

For a more comprehensive list of events we enjoy, along with their descriptions, see the Event Guide under the Events menu of this website.

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