Part of the great fun that October offers is the changing (new) season of Autumn which befalls upon us – always whether we are ready for it or not. Can you also feel the added pressure of the approaching holiday season which arrives toward the end of this and every year? Well, take some advice from this web editor: Let all worries fall off to the side sometimes and just enjoy the moment(s) today as a gift from above. Here’s some of what we can expect to happen in and around Mid-America Mensa during this October.

First, planning for MAM’s Cabin Fever Regional Gathering (RG) is on-going as September’s meeting had six of us in attendance. We are hoping to see more MAM members participating at the October meeting. Some of the ideas being tossed around include: board games, video games, soup contest, snacks of chips and candy, werewolf games for kids, local candy tasting event, local cheese tasting event, local beer/wine tasting, and karaoke. No RSVP is required to attend this October’s planning meeting, but a reply on MAM’s Facebook (event) page would be appreciated.

Since we are closing in on Halloween, let’s have some fun and do a “Science fiction … Woo-woo-woo … double feature”. You might have guessed it that we are going to visit the lair of everyone’s favorite transvestite-alien scientist: Dr. Frank N. Furter. So, “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” and screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come on up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! Check out the October Mension for more details of this Full Moon SciFi SIG event — and please RSVP to Bentley.

Finally, there is an event planned, sponsored by Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, and other nearby environs), for late in October – Sunday the 27th to be exact. Conversations Turning Around Knowledges and the Arts will be hosted by and with our resident humanities expert, Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson. Come and join us in exploring the implications of the current exhibition “knowledges” at the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. We will continue exploring “knowledges” and the “arts” with a visit to Stephen Johnson’s,, exhibition in the Lawrence Art Center, followed by a visit to the artist’s studio in the new Warehouse Arts District, and then dinner at the Lawrence Beer Company. Please check the October Mension for more details of this event, and be sure to let Ted know if you plan to come to participate in some or all of these ‘artsy’ activities. Don’t miss this Mensa fun!