May 16, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Correction: Yesterday's Musings' calendar contained two inaccurate event dates: 

  Birdwatching 4  and  Sneak Peek: New Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The new dates are now accurately displayed and you may register for either event by clicking on the links above, or embedded in the descriptions below.

Sorry for the confusion!

MILL CITY COMMONS: We learn. We share. We engage. We give.

~ Joan Wright
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Water Works
Wednesday, May 17, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
Join the Minneapolis Parks Foundation Executive Director Tom Evers and board member Sue Bennett on a walking tour of the future Water Works site. Located on the birthplace of Minneapolis's milling district, Water Works is a future park site being reimagined by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to create a world-class place of arrival in the Central Riverfront district. This summer, the former Fuji Ya building will be deconstructed to begin the process of transforming the site into a signature park space. Participants will get a personalized tour of the site before construction, including stories of the site's history and the people who used the land before current times. Optional: Return to Mill City Quarter at the end of the tour for refreshments! NOTE: Should rain prevent us from walking outside, we'll take a virtual tour of the Water Works site inside at Mill City Quarter. Please join us no matter the weather!

MCC members sign up here.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, May 18, 7:30 - 8:30 am 
Elsie's Restaurant, 729 Marshall St NE 
It's caffeine and camaraderie for the male members of MCC and guests! This group meets ev e ry other Thursday and is hosted by various members who get the conversation going. Please register by the Monday prior to Men's Coffee and Conversation. This week: How do you start a newspaper, found a software development company and become a political activist? You'll learn about these activities and more from conversation leader and MCC community partner David Tinjum, publisher of Mill City Times. You also might get some insights into happenings (past, present and future) in our Mill District community.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, May 18, 10:00 - 11:30 am 
Zenith, 901 2nd St S, #603
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Barbara Forster hosts guest speaker Kelly Drummer, Oglala Lakota and a founding member of the Tiwahe Foundation. She'll speak about the movement in philanthropy in Native Nations and communities of color in both giving and grantmaking. Other areas she'll address include understanding American Indian communities and sovereignty, their role as water protectors and what's happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Keystone Pipeline movement and how it relates to sovereignty and treaty rights.

This group meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Locations and topics will change each time.

MCC members sign up here ; guests email MCC .
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, May 21, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Fifth Avenue Lofts Community Room, 401 2nd St N
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Soiree, hosted by Bruce Pankonin and Nancy Darcy. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a hearty hors d'oeuvre, main dish salad or dessert to serve at least 8. As you register, let us know what you'll bring by answering the "Question" that will appear on the screen. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer to share.

MCC members sign up here.
What is Clean Water Worth?
Monday, May 22, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Winslow House, 100 2nd St SE
Minnesota has abundant clean water resources that enhance recreation, support regional economic development, and promote cultural values and sense of place. At the same time, society continues to undervalue clean water: We overuse and pollute water resources leading others to "pay" for degraded water quality. How can we better account for the true value of clean water? And how can this information be used to inform policy and behavior? Drawing on recent advances in ecology and economics, Dr. Bonnie Keeler will describe evidence for how clean water affects households and communities in Minnesota and what may be at stake if we fail to internalize the true cost of water in decisions. Keeler is a program director and lead scientist at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment where she oversees the Natural Capital Project, a partnership between universities and conservation organizations that aims to mainstream the value of nature in decisions.

MCC members sign up here.
Birding Walk 3
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 - 9:00 am
Wirth Park & Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
Celebrate spring with a series of four bird-watching walks! We hope to see migrating warblers and other songbirds. Jamie McBride, Naturalist Education Coordinator with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will lead the walks along with master birding volunteer Greg Severson. 

MCC members sign up here
Social Bridge
Wednesday, May 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Washburn Lofts, 700 2nd St S
Join bridge players for a round of social bridge; levels of expertise and experience vary. Bring a partner if you can, and remember to register both yourself and your partner. Questions? Contact Carol Jordan at

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Treasures from the Archives
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Hofstede Hall, 1 Lourdes Pl
Our Lady of Lourdes is the oldest church in continuous use in Minneapolis. This year marks the 140th anniversary for the parish, and preparations for the celebration included a deep dive into the church archives. MCC member Julie Craven will share some of the items and information that were found and talk about how both the neighborhood and the parish have evolved since the French-Canadian settlers made Lourdes their parish home back in 1877.

MCC members sign up here.
Birding Walk 4
Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 - 9:00 am
Location to be announced
Celebrate spring with a series of four bird-watching walks! We hope to see migrating warblers and other songbirds. Jamie McBride, Naturalist Education Coordinator with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will lead the walks along with master birding volunteer Greg Severson. The meeting location for this final walk will be announced soon.

MCC members sign up here
Sneak Peek: New Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Wednesday, May 31, 10:30 - 11:30 am
RiverWest Community Room, 401 S 1st St
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was dedicated in 1988 and expanded in 1992. Now, 2017 marks the completion of Walker Art Center's 19-acre campus, with the Sculpture Garden opening on June 3. Join us for an overview of these changes. Discover popular Sculpture Garden sculptures in new locations, infrastructure enhancements, and descriptions of public art commissions by local, national and international artists.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the MCC May calendar here.

Plan ahead! View the MCC June calendar here.
News from Members

Consider stopping by the studios of MCC members Patty Canney (painter) and Lynn Bollman (printmaker) during this year's Art-A-Whirl. Patty's studio in the California Building will be open May 19 from 5-10 pm, May 20 from 12-8 pm and May 21 from 12-5 pm at 2205 California St NE, #406. Lynn's studio in the Northrup King Building will be open May 19 from 5-10 pm, May 20 from 2-8 pm and May 21 from 12-5 pm at 1500 Jackson St NE, #334. For more information on Art-A-Whirl, click here. If your building would allow for Art-A-Whirl guide books to be dropped off and available to residents, Lynn would be happy to bring them to you. Email
Around Town

Celebration Concert: Honoring the Life of Mr. James Ericksen
May 21, 5:00 pm, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S 2nd St
This concert will honor the memory of Mr. James Ericksen. The perofmrance will feature four hand piano music by Adams, Bach, Barber, Carnahan, Elgar, Schmitt and Vladigerov - performed by current and past faculty, board members and students of MacPhail. Free and open to the public. Note: MCC member Margee Bracken will be performing!

UNSTOPPABLE FORCE Woman Artists, Here and Now
May 27, 6:00-8:00 pm, Form+Content Gallery, 210 2nd St N
Join an opening reception for an invitational exhibition of five women artists: Lynn Geesaman, Valerie Jenkins, Shana Kaplow, Barbara Kreft and Jantje Visscher. Four of the participating artists will talk on the origins of their works. Each will reveal what is underneath her image, how she looks for something and how she "unlocks" that something; intimate and authentic at the core. Each idea has a story behind it. For more information, click here.

Mill City Summer Opera
July 14, 16, 18, 19 & 20, 7:00 pm, Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE
Explore the Argentinian roots and love of dance, song and passion in "María de Buenos Aires." The story beautifully merges the elements of dance, vocals, narration and instruments into a story that unfolds in a glorious underworld of love and passion. Opera guests will enjoy for the first time in Mill City Summer Opera's history the integration of dance and opera. Tickets sell out fast so it is recommended you purchase tickets now here.
Mill City Times is a local website devoted specifically to our neighborhood and a place to go to find out what's happening, whether it's a new restaurant opening, a local event, proposed construction, volunteer opportunities and more.  
Volunteer Opportunities 
Click here for community volunteer opportunities on the MCC website!  
MCC Ongoing Social Opportunities
Dutch Treat
Social Hour
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm
Aster Cafe
**note the new location
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations

Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required.
Our Souls at Night
by Ken Haruf

Rendezvous on 5
Wednesdays, 9-10 am
Guthrie Theater Level 5 Express
Drop in and join your friends and neighbors for fellowship at this neighborhood haunt. This weekly adventure requires no reservations!

Men's Coffee and Conversation
Elsie's Restaurant,
729 Marshall Street NE
Caffeine and camaraderie for the male members of MCC! This group meets every other Thursday at 7:30 am and is hosted by various members who get the conversation going.

Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Relax and chat with other MCC women. This group meets every other Thursday and alternates between morning and afternoon times. Look for details in the body of this newsletter.
Ongoing Member-Led Activities

MCC Caregiver Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays,
10:30 am-12:00 pm
A way to support members and non-members who are or have been in a  caregiving role. For
more information,    contact Betsy Wray.

Men's Dutch Lunch
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
May 25 & June 8
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.

 Mill City Commons

Ongoing Fitness Opportunities

SBS Class


2:00-3:00 pm

G-Werx Fitness,

428 2nd St S, #100
An exclusive opportunity for members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance  and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
First time participants, please contact G-Werx Fitness at (612) 767-4415 and arrive 20 minutes early to complete paperwork. Cost varies depending on commitment.


  River Walkers

Tuesdays and Thursdays,

7:30-8:30 am

Stone Arch Lofts Riverside Parking Lot

All levels of walkers are welcome for this early morning walk along the banks of the Mississippi River. An MCC volunteer leads each walk.


Hatha Yoga

Wednesdays and Fridays,

8:00-9:15 am

Yoga Center of Minneapolis,

212 3rd Ave N, Ste 205

This is an alignment-based class. Purchase a 12-class pass for $132 directly from YCM to use as your schedule allows, or drop in on a class for $12.50. Contact Dena at 

612-436-4700 for details.

Drop-ins welcome.


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