Update from the Executive Director
Mill City Commons Members and
have one more opportunity to attend
Artful Aging Radio Hour
. It is powerful. It is engaging. Its Radio Show format captures the essence of participant's writing and offers audience members a delightful and captivating evening of storytelling, finger-picking tunes and moving vocals. "
Artful Aging programs
inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging."
Read more and
You won't be disappointed!
Dr. Atul Gawande, renowned surgeon, public health researcher and bestselling author of "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," will speak on "The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older" on Monday, February 13, at 4 p.m.
Gawande will be speaking from Boston, and his talk will be live-streamed in Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival Society's Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theater. The public is invited to attend this free event!
Reserve your seat, today. Space is limited!
meet regularly as a group to discuss topics of interest, share experiences and bond. This week's
is no exception. Won't you join us?
MILL CITY COMMONS: We learn. We share. We engage. We give.
~ Joan Wright
Artful Aging Radio Show
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave S
CommonBond Communities and EngAGE.MN invite Mill City Commons members to a live show that will be performed and recorded for radio and podcast. Featuring T. Mychael Rambo, award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and community organizer, the show is the culminating event of EngAGE.MN's "The Power of Storytelling" class at CommonBond's Riverview Senior Housing Community. Rambo taught the class and worked with the older artists, who also will be performing. The event is free but tickets must be reserved through the MCC website. A reception will follow the show.
Men's Coffee and Conversation
Thursday, January 26, 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 ev
ry 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 community partner Erwan Moison, Executive Director of Abiitan Mill City, will describe the offerings of this first-of-its-kind 55+ entrance deposit community from Ecumen. Joining Erwan will be Tommaso Cammarano, Abiitan's Programming and Events Manager, who will share Abiitan's activity and events program.
Thursday, January 26, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Fifth Avenue Lofts, 401 N 2nd St, #414
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Carol Jordan hosts on the topic of "Who are you now?" Are you still searching? Defining? How's that going? Or are you simply doing what comes along and enjoying the ride?
This group meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Locations and topics will change each time.
Happy Birthday Mozart: A Recital
Friday, January 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall, 501 2nd St S
Abiitan Mill City invites its Mill City Commons friends and neighbors to a recital celebrating Mozart's 261st birthday. Join MacPhail faculty member and soprano Andrea Leap and faculty member and pianist Gail Olszewski in Antonello Hall as they delight with songs and sonatas from Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, with discussion in between. Cookies and coffee will be served from 10:00-10:45 am, followed by the recital from 11:00 am to noon.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 31, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
McKinney Roe, 530 4th St S
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at
the McKinney Roe, the new restaurant located on the ground level of the Wells Fargo towers in East Town. Hosted this month by Anne and Tom Carrier, Happy Hour is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! If you'd like to stay for dinner, reservations can be made by calling (612) 545-5863.
MCC members and guests. No reservations required!
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, February 1, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Guthrie Theater Level 5 Express, 818 2nd St S
Join us to discuss A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman. Ove is a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and sadness. So, when one morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it's the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats and unexpected friendship--all of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
If you'd like to read ahead, March's book is Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.
MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Wednesday, February 1, 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
Stories from the Peace Corps
Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 2nd St S, #701
Several MCC members have had the privilege of serving in the American Peace Corps. Their experiences are as wide and varied as the countries in which they served. Come and hear stories from exotic places such as Shiraz (Iran), Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Harsola, a village in central India. Brief presentations from each member will be followed by time for questions and comments. Panelists include Dale Anderson, Patty Canney, Patty Connelly, Dave and Peggy Lucas, Linnea Olesen and Mary Texidor.
MCC members sign up here.
Baking with Bob
Friday, February 3, 10:00 - 11:30 am
RiverWest Club Room, 401 S 1st St, Floor 1
If you've attended MCC's Sunday Soirees, you may have tasted member Bob Whitlock's homemade bread. Bob will go through the techniques involved in making the bread and share the recipe with a demonstration class in RiverWest's Club Room. Limited to 10 members!
MCC members sign up here.
Foreign Policy: Fragments from the New Administration
Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Join us as member Bill Davnie, former U.S. State Department foreign service officer, shares his perspectives on foreign policy in the new administration. We still don't know many specifics about how U.S. foreign policy may change, but some challenges already loom before us, and some aspects of President Trump's approach to the world have been consistent for 30 years. Who is staffing the new administration, how the existing national security system is changing and where those changes point should also tell us something. And then we can ponder the lifespan of Twitter-based policy, the role of credibility and the changing perception of America's "soft power." Bring your own thoughts and views to share as well.
MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar
View the MCC January calendar
Plan ahead! View the MCC February calendar
News from Members
MCC member Carol Jordan wants members to know about a new volunteer opportunity at the Minneapolis Central Library. The Library's Special Collections Department is looking for volunteers as they start on a year-long project to describe, digitize and preserve thousands of original newspaper photographs from the 1930s and 40s. These photographs, taken by local photographers, chronicle the lives of City and Country residents during the trying and exciting times of the Great Depression and World War II. They need volunteers to help sort and identify these photographs. The task is simple, fascinating and fun (and involves no computers)! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ted Hathaway at (612) 543-8203 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCC member Ellie Hands wants members to know that there is an opening reception at The Museum of Russian Art for Stage Designs of Vera Mednikova on January 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The exhibit will run through February 12. Vera Mednikova immigrated from Russia in the 1970s and was a set designer for the Cricket Theater. To learn more or RSVP, click here.
MCC ED Joan Wright invites you to attend a Talk with Dr. Karen Ashe on Wednesday, February 1, at 7:00 pm at The Weisman Museum. Dr. Ashe is the director of The Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care at the University of Minnesota and has been studying Alzheimer's disease for over 20 years. She will give an update on her research and findings and will discuss next steps in curing this debilitating disease. Reserve a ticket here.
Cleaning out your closets and cupboards? MCC member Mary Bednarowski suggests you consider donating your gently used items to the Learning in Style Clothes Closet (2200 Nicollet Avenue). Learning in Style is a school run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for adult immigrants learning English and studying for citizenship exams. The Clothes Closet is a free store that provides clothing and household items for students at LIS and surrounding neighborhoods. The store needs clothing, especially men's, and at this time of year jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, shoes and boots. Underwear is welcome, too, and also household items like towels, dishes, glasses, silverware and pots and pans. The store asks for seasonal clothing, since they don't have extra storage room. The store is open Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11 am and 2 pm for "shopping" and accepting donations. You may want to call ahead to be sure they're open: (651) 595-5300 or (612) 870-1815.
Are you familiar with Thursday Musical? MCC ED Joan Wright shares that Thursday Musical is dedicated to presenting fine classical music programs featuring outstanding local musicians and offering educational opportunities to artists and audiences alike. Its Thursday Morning Artist Series winter schedule is about to begin! Joan hopes you'll be able to take advantage of this brilliant musical opportunity right here in the neighborhood. Learn more here.
January 28, 7:00-11:00 pm, Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave NE (on Buchanan St)
Join an opening reception to celebrate the bounty of outstanding artwork that Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) artists have to offer. View the incredible artworks selected by guest judges while enjoying live music, drinks and hors d'oeurves. For more information, click
Researchers and the Swedish East India Company and Whiskey & Vice
February 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave S, Rm 120
Archivists and curators will guide you along some of the most fascinating paths and introduce you to unexpected characters and stories from the collections. This presentation includes two stories featuring the fascinating Swedish East India Company and Jewish criminals during Prohibition. For more details, click here.
MN Opera: The Nightingale
February 10 & 11, various times, The Lab Theater, 700 N 1st St
Based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Nightingale is a parable of our time. The opera celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death. An important component of MN Opera's award-winning education department; this program involves performers ages 8-18 and a student orchestra. To purchase tickets, click here.
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.
for community volunteer opportunities on the MCC website!
MCC Ongoing Social Opportunities
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm
Jefe Urban Hacienda
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations
Guthrie Play Reading
Stone Arch Group
Tuesday, January 24,
7:00 - 10:00 pm
North Star Group
Tuesday, January 31,
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Groups will read
"The Royal Family"
Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am
Guthrie Theater Level 5 Express
No reservations required.
A Man Called Ove
by Frederick Backman
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!
Men's Coffee and Conversation
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, January through 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
contact Betsy Wray.
Men's Dutch Lunch
Guthrie Theater Level 5 Express
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
January 19 & February 2
This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact
Mill City Commons
Ongoing Fitness Opportunities
501 Washington Ave
Created exclusively for MCC, this class at 501F1T focuses on strength, balance, and stretching.
First time participants, please contact 501F1T at 612-767-4415 and arrive 20 minutes early to complete paperwork. Cost varies depending on commitment.
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
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.
Wednesdays and Fridays,
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.