August 7, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

T ech security. It's a big deal, and individual users are bumping into more and more security alerts on the websites they visit.

Take MCC's website, for instance. It hasn't changed, but Google Chrome's requirements have. Our website hosting company, Club Express, continues to implement security upgrades. These upgrades will be completed over the course of the next several weeks. 

Here's what Club Express has to say about the warning:

Google Chrome is now flagging any website displayed using http:// as "NOT SECURE".  This is a Google initiative to encourage all websites to use https:// and to be secure everywhere, even for public, static pages.

Your organization is working with our vendor to switch the public side of our website over to https://, but this work is not quite ready.

Until then, be assured that once you log in to the members' side of the website, or if you use any form where personal data may be entered on the public side of the website, it will be displayed using https:// and will be fully secure.

This notice will only appear once. And when the "NOT SECURE" warning disappears in a few days, you will know that the website has switched to "Always Secure" mode.

Please be assured that:

1. MCC's website hosting company, Club Express, continues to implement security upgrades.
2. Members' as well as nonmembers' personal data that may be entered into the website will be displayed using https://, providing security everywhere.
3. These upgrades will be complete in a few weeks at which time the security warning will not appear.

Thanks for your patience!

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

~ Joan Wright
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, August 7, 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.

One spot is still available! Please call the MCC office at (612) 455-3329 if you are interested in reserving the remaining spot at 1:40 pm.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, August 8, 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 caroljordan@millcitycommons.org.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Saudi Arabia on the Cusp of Change: Traditions and Future Prospects
Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Carlyle Great Room, 100 3rd Ave S
Under a dynamic and forceful young crown prince, Saudi Arabia is embarked on radical new steps in domestic and foreign policy. The jury is still out on the ultimate impact of Mohammed Bin Salman's ambitious plans for a demographically young yet tradition-bound society. And there is growing concern that the regional rivalry between Iran and a Saudi Arabia in pragmatic cooperation with Israel may be building toward military confrontation. The Trump Administration's abrupt tilt away from Iran and toward the Saudis, including ongoing support for their campaign in Yemen, adds further volatility to the mix. This program will provide a snapshot of the status quo ante in Saudi Arabia and an analysis of geopolitical trends in the region. It will be based in part on insights and a wide array of images from a visit to the Kingdom in 2016. Speaker Tom Hanson is a former foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and is currently Diplomat in Residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the U of M - Duluth.
 
MCC members sign up here.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, August 9, 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 Fred Dietrich hosts. Fred will pose a question: Is there someone important in your life who is no longer living, who, if they were alive today, you would like to ask questions of? Fred will follow with his answer to the question and reflect on how this person influenced his life.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
St. Paul Saints Game
Thursday, August 9, 7:05 pm
CHS Field, 360 Broadway St, St. Paul
Join your MCC friends to cheer on the St. Paul Saints as they step up to the plate against the Gary SouthShore RailCats at 7:05 pm at CHS Field. Tickets have been purchased for those who reserved them, but others are welcome to purchase their own tickets and meet up with MCC members at the game.

MCC members and guests can purchase tickets at the box office.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, August 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Lourdes Square, 186 Bank St SE
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Soiree, hosted by Liz & Van Hawn at Lourdes Square. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a hearty hors d'oeuvre or main dish salad to serve at least 8 (we have enough desserts). 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.
Balance Training Part I
Tuesday, August 14, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
Learn strength and balance exercises to improve your health and wellness! Siobhan McMahon, RN, is the lead researcher in a University of Minnesota study, "Ready Steady: A Wellness Program." The objective of this study is to determine how best to promote physical activity, particularly things that improve balance and leg strength, among older adults. In this first session, McMahon will present an overview of factors that increase the chances of falling, and then demonstrate and guide us through four to five balance movements. In the second session on August 21, she'll review those movements, add a couple more and talk about her research project. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You don't need to attend both sessions to participate.

MCC members sign up here.
Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, August 15, 10:30 - 11:30 am
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Current international news and U.S. foreign policy provide an endless trove of topics for learning and discussion. Retired foreign service officer and MCC member Bill Davnie will identify a topic in advance, although news can always lead us in a fresh direction. This month he'll talk about the U.S. vs. NATO and the EU.

This ongoing program is held on the third Wednesday of the month. Topic ideas for each monthly gathering are welcome.

MCC members sign up here.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, August 16, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week's topic, hosted by Cathi Griffioen, is "Is it sexist to say women are superior to men?". Join us for a lively discussion based on a recent opinion piece broadcast on NPR that delves into this subject (find it  here). We'll share some recent research that breaks down the numerous ways women are superior to men, including physically! You may want to scan the opinions of men in your life and bring that input to the discussion, too.

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

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Twin Cities River Rats Waterski Show
Thursday, August 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Twin Cities River Rats, 1758 W River Rd N
Minnesota is the birthplace of waterskiing, and the Mississippi River is the home of the Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team! Join MCC friends on the banks of the Mississippi for one of the Rats' hour-long shows, where they combine various waterskiing acts with skits and music. We'll meet at 6:00 pm to grab a viewing spot, and then order pizzas from nearby Broadway Pizza or visit one of the concessions on site. A development show (with newer or younger River Rats) starts at 6:30 pm, followed by The Big Show at 7:00 pm. Park on West River Road south of Broadway. Bring blankets or chairs. Guests are welcome!

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
The U.S. Intelligence Community: An Insider's View
Monday, August 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
The U.S. Intelligence Community seems to be in the news on a regular basis. Is that a good thing? Or is unmasking the operations of the U.S. Intelligence Community counter to American national security interests? Join us for an evening with Jon Olson, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy and career naval intelligence officer. Jon will provide an overview of the U.S. Intelligence Community, including a discussion about the intelligence cycle, collection operations, the role of analysis in supporting development of policy and execution of strategy, oversight, and some specifics about human intelligence collection, counterintelligence operations, and even the role intelligence plays in counterterrorism.

MCC members sign up here.
Balance Training: Part 2
Tuesday, August 21, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
Learn strength and balance exercises to improve your health and wellness! Siobhan McMahon, RN, is the lead researcher in a University of Minnesota study, "Ready Steady: A Wellness Program." The objective of this study is to determine how best to promote physical activity, particularly things that improve balance and leg strength, among older adults. In the first session on August 14, McMahon presented an overview of why we fall and demonstrated and guided us through several balance movements. In this second session on August 21, she'll review those movements, add a couple more and talk about her research project. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You don't need to attend both sessions to participate.

MCC members sign up here.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Cuningham Group
Monday, August 27, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Cunningham Group, 212 2nd St SE, Ste 325
Housed in what was once a mattress factory in St. Anthony Main, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Join us for a tour of its newly renovated office, guided by the firm's founder, John W. Cuningham, FAIA. Experience a Virtual Reality demonstration, which the firm uses to help design projects of every kind.
 
MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's August events here.
News From Members

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright notes that the University of Minnesota has a new study (The ACT Trial) looking at the effects of aerobic exercise and cognitive training on those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). If you or someone you know might be interested, click here to learn more or email 
ACT-STUDY@umn.edu to ask questions or enroll.

MCC Program Manager Betsy Wray shares a creative opportunity for members taking place on Wednesday, August 15, 12:00-4:00 pm at Fathom Consulting, 108 N Washington Ave, #400. Fathom is actively seeking people over 65 years old to join them for a fun afternoon of inventing ways to improve your physical, social and cognitive well-being. You'll get the opportunity to work alongside peers and designers to brainstorm solutions to some of life's little (and not so little) challenges. Then you'll get to play with some fun materials to bring your favorite idea to life. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register here.

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright shares an article on things you may want to know about living wills and other end of life documents from the Washington Post. Click here to read it.
Around Town

Minneapolis Vintage Night Market
August 10, 5:00-10:00 pm, Modist Brewing, 505 N 3rd St
Brought to you by the team behind Minneapolis Craft Market, Minneapolis Vintage Market is a monthly marketplace focused on premium vintage and one-of-a-kind treasures. The market is mobile and will pop up at venues throughout the Twin Cities. Click here to see the list of this month's vendors.

Global Conversations: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
August 15, 6:00-7:30 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Join a conversation with retired U.S. Navy Commander Jon Olson on how the military functions in today's international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities. Free, but registration is requested here.

Sound for Silents: Film & Music on the Walker Hillside
August 16, dusk (about 8:30 pm), Walker Art Museum's Wurtele Upper Garden, 725 Vineland Pl
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head to the Walker hillside for eclectic evening of new music and silent films from the 1920s. For this special Walker commission, local electro virtuoso Martin Dosh and his ensemble Dosh Quintet present intriguing and new live cinematic scores set to silent works from the Walker's Ruben/Bentson collection. Tunes from DJ Sean McPherson of 89.3 The Current and food trucks add to the mix for the perfect summer night out. Click here for details.

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
 required.

Rendezvous
Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required.
September's book is 
News of the World:A Novel
by Paulette Jiles

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.
 

 Mill City Commons

Ongoing Fitness Opportunities


SBS Class

                        Thursdays

                 9:15-10:00 am

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.

 

 
Ongoing Member-Led Activities

MCC Caregivers' Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays,
May-August,
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 16 & 30
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
 
 
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