July 18, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

The MCC First Stop Guide  is a n exclusive  Mill City Commons member benefit. It is our very own "Angie's List" filled with member-vetted services. Have you used it? If not, take a minute to view the robust listing of Health & Wellness providers and Service Providers and read the member recommendations. Everything from dentists and podiatrists, to alterations and window/screen repair. Feel free to follow-up if you have specific questions.

Check it out!
The First Stop Guide  can be accessed from our website in just a few easy steps:
~ Login and scroll to the middle of the home page
~ Look for the FIRST STOP GUIDE box
~ Click on the blue button marked Village Resources inside the box
~ Click on First Stop Guide 
~ Finally, select a Category and a Service. That's it! 

Whether or not you are in need of a special service at this time, I guarantee you will be impressed by the information available.  

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

~ Joan Wright
Social Bridge
Wednesday, July 19, 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.
Minneapolis Madams: The Fascinating History of Prostitution on the Riverfront
Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 2nd St S, #701
Our downtown riverfront neighborhood once had three thriving red-light districts within easy walking distance, but only one purpose-built brothel remains standing. Using official city and court documents, historical researcher Penny Peterson will tell the story of the city's secret past and a group of now-forgotten, daring, entrepreneurial women who exerted enormous influence over the city. As a bonus, Penny's husband Ted, an avid researcher of Old-Fashioneds, will share drink history and samples at the evening's end!

Registration is now closed. To be added to the waiting list, email betsywray@millcitycommons.org.
Support Your Art Habit!
Monday, July 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Bridgewater Community Room, 215 10th Ave S
Have you heard? Significant research concludes that healthy aging in older adults is enhanced through active participation in the arts. Do you like to sing, dance, write, paint, act or play an instrument? Have you ever wanted to learn more? Now's your chance! Join MCC members Corin Kagan, Judy Healey, Sonia Cairns and Joan Wright for a "springboard discussion" on ways MCC members can actively participate in the arts. A 15-minute overview of neighborhood classes, lessons, chorale, writing or acting opportunities will be provided, after which participants will divide into four arts affinity group brainstorming sessions to talk further about creative options. A discussion leader will be provided in the following areas: Music/Dance, Theater, Visual Arts and Writing.

MCC members sign up here.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, July 25, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Bev's Wine Bar, 250 3rd Ave N
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Bev's Wine Bar. Hosted by Linda and Rod Dolan and Cheryl Grasmoen and Bill Van Essenfeldt, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. For nearly 20 years, Bev's has been a local hotspot, serving perfect pours of house-selected wines, beers and cocktails. It features an intimate atmosphere with fantastic views of the downtown skyline. Dutch treat-no reservations required!

Bev's doesn't serve dinner. If you'd like to make reservations for dinner afterwards, nearby restaurants include the Monte Carlo (612-333-5900), Haute Dish (612-338-8484) and Spoon & Stable (612-224-9850).

MCC members and guests. No registration required. 
Historic Milwaukee Avenue Walking Tour
Wednesday, July 26, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Milwaukee Avenue Historic District, Milwaukee & Franklin Avenues
The Milwaukee Avenue Historic District in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis is a half-hidden two-block-long landscaped walking lane with small workers' cottages, whose gingerbread porches in front of brick gabled facades are set right up to the walkway. Its historic designation recognizes this place for its immigrant history as the first homes in America in the late 19th century for Scandinavian and northern European factory worker households, and for its unique architecture and sense of place. The area was slated for demolition in a 1970s neighborhood-wide urban renewal program, but a neighborhood organization thwarted that plan. Their rehabilitation-oriented renewal program preserved their neighborhood's older character. Architect, activist and author Bob Roscoe will lead the tour. Meet at the corner of Milwaukee and Franklin Avenues. (Milwaukee Avenue is between 22nd and 23rd Avenues, east of Hiawatha.) OPTIONAL: Meet for lunch at noon on the patio of the Seward CafĂ©, 2129 E. Franklin Ave. 

MCC members sign up here
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, July 27, 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 e 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 member John Cairns hosts on the topic of "Trump and DeVos: Will the public schools survive, let alone thrive?"

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, July 27, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Beverly FitzGerald hosts on the topic of pets. If you're a pet owner, what are the benefits and what are the drawbacks? If you don't own pets, why have you chosen not to?

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.
Star Tribune Printing Plant Tour
Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 N 1st St
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Star Tribune is hosting tours of its Heritage Center printing facility. If you like BIG, this is the place to see! The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds and the building is the size of nine football fields. Register early, as we have just 12 spots on the tour. PLEASE NOTE: Closed-toe shoes are required.
MCC members sign up here.
The Black Women of NASA
Monday, August 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Carlyle Great Room, 100 3rd Ave S
Dozens of black women worked for NASA as expert mathematicians from the 1940s to the 1960s, and almost no one knows about it. Segregated within NASA facilities in Hampton, Virginia, well-educated Black women used slide rules and pencils to do the calculations for flights by astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepherd. American Studies Professor Duchess Harris, whose grandmother Miriam Daniel Mann, was one of these extraordinary women, researched the history and co-authored Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. Harris, chair of the American Studies department at Macalester, will speak about this remarkable history.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the complete MCC July calendar here.

Plan ahead! View the MCC August calendar here.
News from Members
MCC member Diane Hofstede invites members to a Save the Boundary Waters breakfast discussion tomorrow (July 19) from 8:00-9:30 am at the Minneapolis Club, 729 2nd Ave S, 3rd fl. The program will be an update on and discussion of the business case for protecting the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park from sulfide-ore copper mines proposed on the edge of the Wilderness. RSVP to  sam@savetheboundarywaters.org.

MCC member Peggy Lucas shares that the University of Minnesota is offering a Grand Challenge Course, made up of a mix of retirees, undergrads and graduate students. The class is presented with a problem/issue a nonprofit organization would like help with, and people coalesce into teams to work on the issues. The class is $30 for those over 62. For more information, click here.
MCC member Jim Conaway wants members to know about Senior Center Without Walls, a resource for adults 50+. Senior Center Without Walls is an excellent source of programming via phone or computer for those who are homebound, either long-term or temporarily while recovering from an illness or following rehab. Click here to view the Summer session calendar; participation is free. To learn more, click here.
Around Town

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl 2017
July 27-29, West Broadway Avenue and nearby locations
FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside. Click here for details.

Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour
July 29, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Carlson School of Management, N 3rd St entrance, 321 19th Ave S
Take a guided walking tour of one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, hearing firsthand stories from insiders along the way. On this tour, hear about the area's music and theater history, how college students, hippies, artists and others residents came together to successfully resist an urban renewal plan, and hear about current immigrant groups and the thriving art scene that exists today. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. For information and tickets, click here.

Loring Park Art Festival
July 29-30, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Loring Park, 1382 Willow St
Celebrate art, music and food in idyllic Loring Park. The event features 140 visual artists selling original work. Visitors will encounter strolling musicians, scheduled stage performances and culinary options. 

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

Guthrie  Play  Reading
North Star Group
Wednesday, July 26,
6:00-9:00 pm
Group reads "Native Gardens" 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.
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

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

Exploring Meditation
Every Wednesday, June 20-August 1,    10:00-11:00 am
Reduce stress, clear the clutter in your mind and increase a feeling of calm. For more information on future meditation opportunities, email Betsy Wray.

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
July 20 & August 3
 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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