August 1, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Tonight is National Night Out, "an  annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family." 

Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Association's (NIEBNA) National Night Out event is from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in Chute Square Park, located directly across the street from Lunds & Byerlys on University Avenue.  Join your neighbors for food, music, business giveaways, tours of the Ard Godfrey House and more!

Community: It's a good thing!

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

~ Joan Wright
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, August 2, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria and reignite their passion-for each other and for their homeland.

If you'd like to read ahead, September's book is The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Star Tribune Printing Plant Tour
Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 N 1st St
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Star Tribune is hosting tours of its Heritage Center printing facility. If you like BIG, this is the place to see! The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds and the building is the size of nine football fields. Register early, as we have just 12 spots on the tour. PLEASE NOTE: Closed-toe shoes are required.
Two spots remain! Sign up here.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, August 2, 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

Registration is now closed.
The Black Women of NASA
Monday, August 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Carlyle Great Room, 100 3rd Ave S
Dozens of black women worked for NASA as expert mathematicians from the 1940s to the 1960s, and almost no one knows about it. Segregated within NASA facilities in Hampton, Virginia, well-educated Black women used slide rules and pencils to do the calculations for flights by astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepherd. American Studies Professor Duchess Harris, whose grandmother Miriam Daniel Mann, was one of these extraordinary women, researched the history and co-authored Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. Harris, chair of the American Studies department at Macalester, will speak about this remarkable history.

MCC members sign up here.
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, August 8, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
MCC office, 125 Main St SE, Ste 339
Schedule time with a tech support guru and have your nagging technology questions answered during our complimentary Help Desk. Support for both Apple products and PCs is available. After you register, MCC will confirm the time of your 20-minute one-on-one session. Reminder: Installing or upgrading software and creating accounts cannot be included in the Help Desk session, as they exceed the allotted appointment time.

Registration is now closed. To be added to the waiting list, please email
Spotlight on the Ash Can School of Art
Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
ArtAndes Studio, 1500 Jackson St NE, #285
Join us to learn more about the Ash Can School, a small group of artists who sought to document everyday life in turn-of-the-century New York City, capturing it in realistic and unglamorized paintings and etchings of urban street scenes. Local author Robert Gambone highlights Jerome Myers, whose pioneering work places him in the forefront of contemporary realist artists. Myers' focused concentration depicting the environment and inhabitants of New York City's Lower East Side immigrant community allows us to understand these immigrant neighborhoods in a way that would not be possible today if his art did not exist. Speaker Robert Gambone is the author of Jerome Myers: The Ash Can Artist of the Lower East Side. Melanie Ebertz of ArtAndes hosts this program in her studio in the Northrup King Building.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, August 10, 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 every 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. MCC member Walt Bailey hosts this week on "Billy Collins and Bill Staines: Who Are They?" A poet laureate, a yodeler? Have you read or heard "The Names"? Walt has the answers.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, August 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Carol Hovey hosts on the topic of mentors. Share with us one of your favorite teachers/professors/mentors. What impact did he or she have on your life, career or environment? What specific things do you remember that you carry with you to this day?

Our Turn meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Locations, hosts and topics change each time.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Refugees in Minnesota
Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
Over the last three decades, Minnesota has welcomed more than 95,000 refugees and is now home to some of the largest Hmong, Somali and Liberian communities in the United States. Join us for a discussion about refugee resettlement in Minnesota, where we'll answer questions such as: Who is a "refugee"? What's the refugee journey to Minnesota like? What's the transformative impact of refugee communities in Minnesota? What's the future of refugee resettlement with President Trump's travel ban? How can I get involved? Speaker Molly Hayes was most recently Program Director at the International Institute of Minnesota, where she oversaw workforce development and education programs for New Americans (refugees and immigrants) across the Twin Cities. Previously, Hayes was a U.S. State Department foreign policy advisor focused on the Middle East and Africa.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

MCC member Jim Conaway invites members to visit artists participating in the Groveland Gallery's Plein Air SmackDown, taking place on Saturday, August 5, from 10 am to 4 pm. Groveland Gallery and guest artists will be painting "en plein air" in the downtown riverfront near St. Anthony Main, East Isles and Kenwood Park, and Lowry Hill and Loring Park. Jim will be painting on Main Street across from St. Anthony Main Theatre. A map of the artists' locations can be downloaded from the Groveland Gallery website beginning August 3.

On August 15, from 8:30-10:00 am, MCC members Bud and Carol Hayden will be hosting tables at the first of a series on quality Pre-K being presented by Think Small, the St. Paul based nonprofit whose mission is to advance quality care and education of children in their critical early years. Having access to and attending a quality Pre-K program is considered a key element in reducing the achievement gap. Panelists will be discussing the impact of the word gap (upwards of 30 million words between birth and entering kindergarten) at the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (2001 Plymouth Ave N). The charge for the continental breakfast (8:30-9:00 am), followed by the panel discussion moderated by Barb Yates, President and CEO at Think Small, is $20. You may RSVP at: or call Bud or Carol at (952) 474-1812. They welcome you to join them.
Around Town

Stone Arch Jazz Band
August 8, 7:00 pm, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 420 Main St SE
Enjoy the foot-tapping traditional jazz of the Stone Arch Jazz Band at this free concert in the park, sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Global Conversations: Nuclear Security
August 9, 6:00-7:30 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a "dirty bomb," made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. Join in a conversation with Augsburg College Professor Joseph Underhill, Ph.D., about the way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy. Register for this free event here.

Dirty Works: Flagbook Poetry with Georgia A. Greeley
September 1, 6:00-8:00 pm, MN Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave S
Create the simple yet dynamic flagbook structure developed by book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle and begin to explore possible content through poetry exercises. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm hosted by Wander North Distillery. For information and to register, click here. Note: these sessions sell out quickly! Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

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
125 Main St SE
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.
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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!

Social Bridge
Every other Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 pm
Washburn Lofts,
700 2nd St S
Enjoy a round of social bridge. Be sure to register on the website!

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

Exploring Meditation
Every Wednesday, June 20-August 1,    10:00-11:00 am
Reduce stress, clear the clutter in your mind and increase a feeling of calm. For more information on future meditation opportunities, email Betsy Wray.

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
August 3 & 17
 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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