December 26, 2017
Update from the Business and Member Services Administrator

Season's Greetings!  Thank you to all of our generous members, friends and neighbors for helping us exceed our Turkey & Extra Helpings food drive goal. We delivered groceries last Wednesday to fill food baskets for holiday meals for 50 families! In addition, we are able to donate additional $650 to Ascension School's food shelf. Know that your generosity is very much appreciated by all the families.

As you consider those last advanced donations for 2017, Mill City Commons would appreciate being among them! Checks need to be dated and postmarked no later than December 31 to be considered for a 2017 donation.

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

~ Mary Texidor
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, December 28, 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 Will Craig will talk about research he's just completed on the recovery of the consumer economy in outstate Minnesota. Findings show that it's pretty good, except for retail. He'll talk about individual cities across the state, with lots of data, photos and maps, and will welcome your comments on the recovery in those outstate communities you're familiar with.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
A Movie & Dinner
Thursday, December 28, 4:00 - 7:30 pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
Join MCC members for a dutch-treat mid-week movie and dinner! We'll be going to see the 4:00 p.m. screening of "The Square," winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes this year. It's a Swedish satirical drama reflecting our times--about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world. We'll follow with dinner at the Aster Cafe at 6:30 p.m. Members and guests are welcome to join us for the movie, dinner or both.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
New Year's Eve Dinner
Sunday, December 31, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Winslow House Party Room, 100 2nd St SE
Join other MCC members for a festive catered dinner in a condo party room along the riverfront! The menu includes Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce; Salmon Kebabs with Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce; Israeli Couscous with Tomato, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach and Garlic; Grilled Asparagus and Baby Carrots; Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Dressing and dessert bars. Cost will be approximately $35 per person. Members are asked to bring beverages to share. 

Registration is now closed.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, January 3, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 S 2nd St
Join us to discuss The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, a story of three women, and their children, who take refuge in the ruins of a Bavarian castle at the end of World War II. The women are war widows whose husbands paid with their lives for the July 1944 plot against Adolf Hitler. Soon this makeshift family discovers that secrets and dark passions from the past threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during and after the war-each with their own unique share of challenges.

If you'd like to read ahead, February's book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, January 3, 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.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, January 4, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (note the new time)
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Cathi Griffioen hosts on the topic of "Making, Keeping and Breaking New Year's Resolutions." Only 8% of people actually keep their New Year's resolutions, those wonderful promises we make to ourselves at this time of year. Any stories of resolutions made and kept, or made and broken, that you'd like to share? Lessons learned from the experience? Any advice for those of us who are hell bent on keeping a New Year's resolution? If you care to share any you've made for 2018, maybe we can help!

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
MCC Sing-Along
Thursday, January 4, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 2nd St S, #303
Come together with other MCC members for an informal sing-along at the Carrier's Stone Arch loft. With Margee Bracken on piano, we'll be refreshing our memories with tunes that are all very familiar. Song sheets will be provided, and refreshments will be served. Come, sing and join the fun!

MCC members sign up here.
Exploring Meditation
Tuesday, January 9, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
Mill City Commons members are invited to join in a five-week winter meditation series that offers the opportunity to explore a regular meditation practice. The meditation will focus on inner peace and self-awareness. Facilitators Carole Baker, Linda Dolan and Lois Libby Juster will explore the importance of breath, visualization and the role of music in relieving stress and enhancing meditation. The group will meet on Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23 and February 6 and 13 from 9:30-10:30 am at Mill City Quarter. Cost to participate is $50, whether or not you can attend all five sessions.
MCC members sign up here.
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, January 9, 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. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Betsy Wray at
Animal Humane Society Tour
Friday, January 12, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley
Come and learn how the Animal Humane Society (AHS) has evolved in the last 140 years to better serve the people and animals of Minnesota. After a welcome from AHS President and CEO Janelle Dixon, we'll take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about new programs, medical treatment investments, public policy and how AHS supports people and pets in economically disadvantaged communities. After the tour, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a dog walking or puppy bathing activity.

MCC members sign up here.
After Hours Connect: Bowling
Friday, January 12, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Elsie's Restaurant and Bowling Center, 729 Marshall St NE
Join other MCC men and women for an evening of bowling at Elsie's. No skill is required for this gathering of fun, camaraderie, social bonding and exercise. Cost for bowling and shoes is approximately $18.50, payable at Elsie's. Dinner can be purchased at Elsie's, if you wish.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full MCC December calendar here.

Plan ahead! View the January calendar here
News from Members

MCC member Rebecca Bahn invites members to an opening and reception of the Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts Art Exhibit (1120 S 2nd St) on January 13 from 2:00-5:00 pm. The work of eight artists will be presented in response to the theme Nature: In the Eye of the Beholder. For more details, click here.
Around Town

National Theatre Live: Young Marx
January 1, 7:00 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
1850, and Europe's most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke and restless, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies and rival revolutionary factions all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there's still no one in the capital who can show you a better night than Karl Heinrich Marx. Learn more here.

Horace Cleveland and the Creation of the Minneapolis Parks System
January 6, 2:00-3:00 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Horace W.S. Cleveland was the principal visionary in the creation of Mineapolis' famed park system. A contemporary and colleague to the creator of New York's Central Park, Cleveland saw the vital importance of park lands in the hectic urban landscape of the late 19th century and the need for open spaces to a crowded and rapidly growing population. Minneapolis Parks historian Dave Smith tells the story of Cleveland's far-sighted vision in the creation and development of one of the country's premier park systems. 

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
Jefe Urban Hacienda
219 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 Women in the Castle
by Jessica Shattuck

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


                 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,
January - April,
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
January 4 & 18
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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