August 22, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Did you know...?

"The Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center serves as a hub of activity for area senior residents. Located in Heritage Park, it is a fully accessible senior health and wellness center, offering a  variety of senior services and recreational opportunities. This unique initiative brings together distinguished partners in one convenient space. NorthPoint Health and Wellness provides clinic services; and the YMCA of The Greater Twin Cities offers exercise classes tailored to older adults; Augustana Open Circle Adult Day Services offer activities designed to support individual identity and build connections."

Mill City Commons members will receive a first-hand look and learn more about the services that are offered at this remarkable facility during a tour this afternoon. Can't attend the tour? The Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center's website  can be accessed  here. Check it out!

The Mill City Commons Annual Member Party is tomorrow night! Details below.  See you there!

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

~ Joan Wright
Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center Tour
Tuesday, August 22, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center, 1015 N 4th Ave 
Join us for a tour of the Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center in Heritage Park. Part of a health and wellness campus, the Center is a "one-stop shop" of services developed specifically for mature/older adults. Learn how the Center was developed in collaboration with distinguished agencies and service providers to offer a wide range of services to older adults in our community.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Annual Member Party
Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Open Book / Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave S
Join us for one of MCC's most popular events of the year - the Annual Member Party! This year's gala will take place right in the neighborhood at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in the Open Book building. Happy hour starts at 5:30 pm on the second floor in the Target Performance Hall, followed by a buffet of hearty hors d'oeuvres from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Minnesota Center for Book Arts studio on the main floor. Enjoy a slideshow with a year's worth of MCC photos, and visit the MCBA gift shop, if you wish. Metered parking is available on the street; ramp parking is available in the Riverfront Ramp across from the Guthrie on 2nd Street.

This is an MCC members-only event. Registration is now closed. Questions? Contact
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, August 24, 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. This week, MCC member Jeff Wright will recount his eclectic career, discuss the value of reinvention and taking on challenges, and reflect on the contrasts between our generation and young people today.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, August 24, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 2nd St S, #602
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Penny Winton hosts with an intriguing discussion topic: You have your life to live over. What trait would you want more of - or less of?

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.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 29, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Bardo, 222 E Hennepin Ave
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Bardo, East Hennepin's newest restaurant, helmed by chef Remy Pettus. Hosted by Cecily Hines & Tom Pettus and Dave & Peggy Lucas, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dinner will not be available after Happy Hour, as Bardo is not normally open on Tuesdays - this special evening is just for MCC members and guests! Dutch treat - no reservations required.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, August 30, 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.
Men's After Hours Connect
Wednesday, September 6, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Piper Jaffray, 800 Nicollet Mall, 12th fl
The MCC men are launching a new evening group that will connect once a month over a speaker, tour or social event. This inaugural event, hosted by member Bob Rinek, will include a tour of the trading floor at Piper Jaffray, with comments on sales, trading and capital markets from one of the traders; an overview of Piper Jaffray and the Merchant Banking business; and remarks from Lars Oddsson, founder and chairman of RxFunction, an early-stage medical device company. Those who are interested may conclude the evening at McCormick & Schmick's for a dutch-treat happy hour.

Male MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC
MCC Program Calendar

View the complete MCC August calendar here.

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

MCC member Peggy Lucas wants members to know that Casablanca will be showing at Commons Park on August 24 at 7 pm. Bring a chair and enjoy an evening of open air film with your neighbors. Food trucks will be on site, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic and beverages (this is one event in Minneapolis where BYO beer and wine is permitted).

MCC member Claudia Kittock invites members to join her for a one-night, one-hour performance titled Be You, Be Seen, Belong, created by young adults from YouthLink, who have or are currently experiencing homelessness, and youth residents of Minneapolis' Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Through a two-week intensive class on acting and theater craft, the participants formed the Mill City Youth Players and have written and developed an original theater piece inspired by their personal stories, featuring music, dance, spoken word and more. As the culmination of their efforts, they will perform for an audience for the first time. Stay for a discussion after the performance to learn about the players and the creation of this special event. Tickets are free but reservations are required. Call the Guthrie Box Office at (612) 377-2224 to reserve tickets today for the 7:30 pm performance on August 24. The Mill City Youth Players is a pilot program established by the Friends of the Mill District, YouthLink MN and the Guthrie Theater

Are you a lawyer? If so, MCC member Patty Connelly wants you to know about the First Friday Coffee and Case Discussion Series at The Advocates for Human Rights (330 2nd Ave S, Suite 800). The event gives new and existing volunteer lawyers a chance to revisit cases that have been stuck in the procedural backlog, brainstorm creative legal arguments and identify potential solutions to case challenges. The discussion is from 9:00-10:00 am the first Friday of each month. Learn more here.

MCC member Ellie Hands shares that the Midwest Renewable Energy Association is bringing its famous Energy Fair to the Twin Cities this year. The event is free and includes 60 exhibitors, 80 workshops, live music and an electric vehicle show. The Fair will take place September 9-10 at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. Metro Transit is free to and from the event. More details can be found here.
Around Town

Twin Cities River Rats
Tuesdays & Thursdays through August, 6:30-8:30 pm, 1758 W River Rd N
Minnesota is the birthplace of water skiing, and the Mississippi River is the home of the Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team. Located on W River Rd, just south of Broadway Avenue, you can enjoy a water ski show against the backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline. For more information, click here.

Andrea Leap in: "Drama Kings of the Baroque".
August 24, 7:30 pm, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S 2nd St
Come explore dramatic compositions of Purcell, Vivaldi and Handel in this exciting concert of Baroque chamber music. These musical masterpieces illustrate poetry and evoke emotions with clever text painting, virtuosic coloratura and theatrical climaxes. With Andrea Leap, soprano; Marc Levine, violin; Margaret Humphrey, violin; Julie Elhard, viola da gamba; and Paul Boehnke, harpsichord. Tickets ($10-$15) are available here

Lisa Grossman - Sinuous
August 26, 5:00-8:00 pm, CIRCA Gallery, 210 1st St N
Visit with artist Lisa Grossman during the opening reception of Sinuous. Grossman's work features her interpretation of the river, the prairie and the unending horizon of the Midwestern landscape. Often mistaken for photography when viewed from afar, it is only until one edges in for a closer look that these works of hazy horizons, luminous light and endless skies are revealed as paintings. Details here

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Concert
August 29, 7:00 pm, Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main St SE
It's the last concert of the summer season. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the music of the Hunker'd Down Blues Band. They'll play some originals and self-arranged favorites.

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Volunteer Opportunities 
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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.
The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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

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 31 & September 14
 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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