February 27, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Relationships--or lack thereof--can make or break one's developmental path. Much is being discussed in the wake of the school shooting in Florida two weeks ago. As a former middle school teacher, mother and now grandmother, I follow each and every one of these tragic stories, heartsick, asking: When will it stop? One feels so helpless, but I'd like to suggest that each of us has the power to affect change in a young person's life by reaching out, connecting, including, asking, listening, inviting, challenging, respecting and blessing them with the gift of acknowledging their intrinsic value.

The Search Institute, located in NE Minneapolis, is known for its top-notch developmental research. It has identified five elements-expressed in 20 specific actions-that make relationship powerful in young people's lives. It's referred to as the  developmental relationships framework. Their work has created age specific lists of developmental assets. Each list identifies both internal and external assets integral to healthy child development. It is critical for children of any age to receive support from the people who surround them: parents, caregivers, neighbors, coaches, teachers, grandparents. 

Mill City Commons members spend hundreds of hours volunteering each month for various causes. I challenge each one of us to consider adding some form of volunteer effort, be it formal or informal, that includes connecting with youth of any age. 

Want to get started? Check out our list of volunteer opportunities on our website, or commit to deepening an existing connection to a grandchild, neighbor, synagogue or church acquaintance--or make a new one. It takes a village!

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

~ Joan Wright
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Nolo's Kitchen & Bar, 515 Washington Ave N
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Nolo's Kitchen & Bar, one of the North Loop's newest restaurants. Hosted by Carole and Doug Baker, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! We'll be meeting in The Basement Bar, accessed to the left of the front door (there's a ramp down to the door). Metered parking is available on the street. If you wish to stay for dinner, reservations may be made by calling (612) 800-6033.

MCC members and guests. No registration required!
Social Bridge
Wednesday, February 28, 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.

Registration is now closed. 
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, March 1, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Sue Halverson hosts on the topic of "Purpose." Life takes us through numerous stages and changes. How has your sense of purpose or meaning changed over time? In this phase of your life? Do your feelings of value and significance come principally through personal, family or faith connections--or do you need/want a sense of significance in a broader community? How do you try to fulfill your self-defined purpose?

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
Balance Training - Part 2
Friday, March 2, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Fifth Avenue Lofts Community Room, 5th Floor, 401 N 2nd St
Learn strength and balance exercises to improve your health and wellness! Siobhan McMahon, RN, is head researcher in a University of Minnesota study, "Ready Steady: A Wellness Program," which is exploring the effectiveness of a variety of activities elders can use to improve their balance. In the first session on February 23, McMahon presented an overview of why we fall and demonstrated and guided us through several balance movements. In the second session on March 2, she'll review those movements, add a couple more and talk about her research project. Wear comfortable clothes! You don't need to attend both sessions to participate.

MCC members sign up here.
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, March 6, 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 if there is a cancellation, please email betsywray@millcitycommons.org.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, March 7, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell. An American Iliad, this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story the author began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A president loathed by half the populace. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands. That was America in 1881. Epitaph tells Earp's real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal 30 seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for 49 years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

If you'd like to read ahead, April's book is Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email bgoldner@me.com.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, March 8, 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. Dan Johnson, MCC Community Partner, will speak on "Catholic Eldercare: A Resource to Your Community." Learn more about Catholic Eldercare, a near-downtown resource offering housing, services and support based on your level of independence.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Syria Crisis and the Arab Spring: A Current Perspective
Thursday, March 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Winslow House, 100 2nd St SE
Join us as Syrian-American Mazen Halabi shares his views on the Syria crisis. He'll give a historical perspective on Syria's involvement in the Mideast, talk about the impact of the Arab Spring and address geopolitical interests, including those of the United States, on Syria's future. Halabi left his home country of Syria for the United States after the 1982 Hama massacre, in which more than 40,000 people were killed by then-President Hafez Assad. He now works in the IT industry and serves as public relations director for Watan, a Syrian civil society organization.

MCC members sign up here.
Shariah: Some Myths and Some Reality
Monday, March 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Carlyle Great Room, 100 3rd Ave S
"Shariah," the Islamic legal tradition, has become almost as controversial a word as "jihad," and frequently as poorly misunderstood. While Muslim countries have not experienced the secularization of Western societies, and shariah thus remains more powerful and traditional than Jewish and Christian parallels, its most notorious aspects are extremely rare, or confused with local tribal practices not actually justified by classic Islamic jurisprudence. Bill Davnie has lived and worked in three Muslim-majority countries and has a background in religious studies. He will seek to sketch out how shariah law operates in Muslim-majority countries and among Muslim minority communities, and why it's not a threat to Western legal systems.

MCC members sign up here
After Hours Connect: Minneapolis Foundation
Tuesday, March 13, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Minneapolis Foundation, 8000 IDS Center, 80 S 8th St
Please join us for an MCC After Hours Connect program at the Minneapolis Foundation. We'll hear from Foundation CEO and President R.T. Rybak and his team about what the Foundation is doing to spark a positive change in our community. All MCC men and women are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

After Hours Connect is an evening gathering of MCC men and women, many of whom are still working full time, that connects on an occasional basis over a speaker, tour or social event. All MCC members are welcome.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's February events here.

Plan ahead! View the full calendar of MCC's March events here.
News from Members

MCC member Kathy Lenzmeier invites members to get to know Theater Latte Da located in our neighborhood at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave NE. Click here to see a review of the current production, "Assassins." Click here to purchase tickets and to learn more.

MCC member Peg Kavaney wants to share the following article with members: " Sharing stories from decades ago, older women find their place in #metoo." Peg notes that the women interviewed are members of Capitol Hill Village in D.C., which is part of the Village to Village Network.

Interested in traveling to Europe this spring? MCC member Sabina Sten wants to share this article about 10 affordable European getaways you might want to consider.

MCC member Scotty Gillette thought members might want to read the following article: "Lowest Ever Black Jobless Rate is Still Twice That of Whites" from this week's New York Times. It highlights Minneapolis' more hospitable economy and lauds Summit Academy in North Minneapolis and Mortenson Contruction for their efforts it address this unacceptable issue.

MCC member Bill Davnie encourages members to read the article "The Age-Friendly City Can't Be Just For the Wealthy." In it, University of Manchester researchers argue that the movement to make cities more livable for older residents must expand its work on inequality.
Around Town

Atlantic Reed Consort Recital and Lecture
March 5, 7:30 pm, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S 2nd St
A quintet comprised of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and bass clarinet with a cutting edge sound and style embraces a diversity of genres and sounds-from Bach, Elgar and Bernstein to Zappa, Bela Fleck and Queen as well as contemporary composers. No tickets required. Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Closing Reception: Works by Erica Spitzer Rasmussen
March 9, 6:00-8:00 pm, MCBA, 1011 Washington Ave S
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award winner for her work entitled The Love Affair, a mixed-media sculptural book handcrafted from pieces of old family letters. Rasmussen was inspired to create the piece when she inherited two handmade wooden boxes filled with love letters exchanged between her maternal grandparents in the 1930s. She delicately cut the letters apart and interspersed them, binding them with a Coptic stitch. Learn more here.

A People's History
March 14-31, various times, Guthrie Theater, 818 Second St S
This new piece begins simply: acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey contrasts the history he grew up with and a very different book: Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. In this 18-part performance Daisey tells a history of America--from the first landing of Columbus to the election of Donald Trump--exposing and illuminating with his signature dark humor as he eviscerates the myths we have all helped make. For information and tickets, click here.

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Volunteer Opportunities 
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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

Guthrie Play Reading
RiverWest Group
Tuesday, 3/6,
6:30-9:30 pm
The group will be reading "Familiar" this month.

North Star Group
Wednesday, 3/7,
6:30-9:30 pm
The group will be reading "Indecent" this month.

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 Mary Doria Russell

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.

Exploring Meditation
Mill City Quarter,
322 2nd St S
Every Tuesday,
February 27-
March 27,
9:30-10:30 am
Clear the clutter in your mind, reduce stress and increase the feeling of calm in your life.

Men's Dutch Lunch
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
March 1 & 15
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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