July 25, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

There is something so satisfying  about being part of a new initiative!

Last evening, 24 MCC members gathered to brainstorm ideas about how best to nurture their collective and individual  participatory art interests. Affinity groups within Music/Dance, Writing, Theater an Visual Arts were formed. They came armed and ready with some terrific ideas, many excellent questions and a commitment to being proactive in their quest to Support Their Art Habit!

If you were not able to attend,  Friday's End of Week Update will include a link to the summaries from each art group, and an overview of ways in which each group could explore, connect with and reach out to include the larger MCC membership in this exciting new initiative. A contact person will be listed for each group if you are interested in joining their on-going conversation. Watch for it!

It's Last Tuesday Happy Hour day!! Carve out some time late this afternoon for an opportunity to connect with your MCC friends. Bring a guest -- a great way for them to get to know some of our members. Happy Hour info listed below this post.

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

~ Joan Wright
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 Café, 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?" John, a graduate of Carleton and Duke School of Law, is a national leader on topics of education and school reform and helped to establish the nation's first charter schools.

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 Club Room, 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.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, August 2, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria and reignite their passion-for each other and for their homeland.

If you'd like to read ahead, September's book is The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
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.
Registration is now closed. To be added to the waiting list, please email betsywray@millcitycommons.org.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, August 2, 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.
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.
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, August 8, 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. To be added to the waiting list, please email betsywray@millcitycommons.org.
Spotlight on the Ash Can School of Art
Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
ArtAndes Studio, 1500 Jackson St NE, #285
Join us to learn more about the Ash Can School, a small group of artists who sought to document everyday life in turn-of-the-century New York City, capturing it in realistic and unglamorized paintings and etchings of urban street scenes. Local author Robert Gambone highlights Jerome Myers, whose pioneering work places him in the forefront of contemporary realist artists. Myers' focused concentration depicting the environment and inhabitants of New York City's Lower East Side immigrant community allows us to understand these immigrant neighborhoods in a way that would not be possible today if his art did not exist. Speaker Robert Gambone is the author of Jerome Myers: The Ash Can Artist of the Lower East Side.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Refugees in Minnesota
Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
Over the last three decades, Minnesota has welcomed more than 95,000 refugees and is now home to some of the largest Hmong, Somali and Liberian communities in the United States. Join us for a discussion about refugee resettlement in Minnesota, where we'll answer questions such as: Who is a "refugee"? What's the refugee journey to Minnesota like? What's the transformative impact of refugee communities in Minnesota? What's the future of refugee resettlement with President Trump's travel ban? How can I get involved? Speaker Molly Hayes was most recently Program Director at the International Institute of Minnesota, where she oversaw workforce development and education programs for New Americans (refugees and immigrants) across the Twin Cities. Previously, Hayes was a U.S. State Department foreign policy advisor focused on the Middle East and Africa.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the MCC July calendar here.

Plan ahead! View the MCC August calendar here.
News from Members

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 .
Around Town

National Theatre Live: Salomé
July 31, 7:00 pm and August 5, 1:00 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. For details and tickets, click here.

Common Room - The Silent Tour
August 2, 6:00 pm, Starting location: The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St SE
Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, themed around a specific concept used as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography. The Silent Tour explores our relationship to each other and our surroundings without words-how does this change our experience of our world, how challenging is it to be silent, can we even not communicate? Taking cues from John Cage's 4'33" (Silent Symphony) and mindfulness meditations, The Silent Tour will explore our external and internal landscapes quietly, together. For information, click here.

Women's Work Walking Tour, with History Player Eva Valesh
August 5, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Mill City Museum, 704 2nd St S
Join a costumed interpreter portraying labor writer Eva Valesh for a walking tour that highlights working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in the late 1880s. The guide will discuss jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, key events in women's labor history in Minneapolis and the factories that Valesh exposed, including the North Star Woolen Mill. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Details here.

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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.
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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
August 3 & 17
 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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