June 13, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Most of us want to stay living in our homes as long as possible. A good friend recently asked for my assistance in researching in-home caregivers. For those who have explored this territory, you know it is a daunting challenge to find reliable, affordable options. For most, it is an out-of-pocket expense.

Next Avenue recently shared a PBS NewsHour article on options for in-home care. It is well-worth the read, no matter how informed one might be on the topic. It is a sobering reality check. 

Thursday's upcoming panel discussion on Health Care in America will feature five Mill City Commons doctors. They will share some of their professional experiences with the American health care system and their concerns for the future. I hope you will join us. Register here.
MILL CITY COMMONS: We learn. We share. We engage. We give.

~ Joan Wright
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, June 15, 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 Gerry Timm will speak on "The Insatiable Cravings of a Curious Mind." Gerry will talk about his personal journey from a small dairy farm in west central Minnesota to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, where several medical devices were devised leading to the formation of five medical device companies. 

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, June 15, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 S 2nd St
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Peg Kavaney hosts a discussion on "Remembering Our Firsts." This time for storytelling and sharing memories from our childhood or teenage years could include firsts such as the first time you were allowed to wear something that was not a skirt to school, the first time you had pizza, your first job, the first time you had a TV, your first time living away from your parents. Pick two "firsts" to share with the group.

This group meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Locations and topics will change each time.

MCC members sign up here ; guests email MCC .
Health Care in America: Views from 5 MCC Doctors
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
The subject of health care in America has been in the news for decades, and lately we've seen or heard something about it every day. It has consumed countless hours of time for members of Congress, state legislators, insurance companies, physicians and any citizen who has been sick or injured. MCC Drs. Walt Bailey, Rebecca Bahn, Michael Brennan, Tom Carrier and David Plimpton will share some of their professional experiences with the American health care system and their concerns for the future. A document packed with thought-provoking background information on the topic can be accessed here. You are welcome to invite a guest (please register all guests by contacting the MCC office).

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
A Close-up Tour of the ANWR
Monday, June 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr,
Room D104
In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, there are no roads, no trails, no landing strips and no people living there. Join us for a close-up tour of this region when speaker Ian Foote tells us about his experience with a team of five young men who ventured on foot hundreds of miles into the Arctic Brook Mountain Range. For 50 days, they had no contact with the outside world, with only a satellite phone in case of an emergency rescue. Hauling 90-pound backpacks, they encountered 24-hour daylight, blizzards and hypothermia. Ian will share how this expedition led him toward a future career in forestry and environmental science as he heads to college this fall.

MCC members sign up here.
Exploring Meditation
Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 - 11:00 am
618 3rd Ave SE
Mill City Commons members are launching a six-week summer meditation series that will offer the opportunity to explore a regular meditation practice. The meditation will be a peaceful guided experience that is intended to increase a feeling of calm, reduce stress and clear the clutter in your mind. Members Joan Patterson and Linda Dolan are facilitating the summer series, which will meet on consecutive Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am through August 1 (skipping July 4). Please sign up for the June 20 session if you'd like to participate in the series; registration will close after the first session.

Registration is now closed.
Exhibit: The Life of a Swiss Guard
Tuesday, June 20, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th St N
Join MCC friends on a tour of a new traveling art exhibit at the Basilica of St. Mary, "The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View." This exhibit features 86 photographs by Fabio Mantegna as well as uniforms and paraphernalia from the pontifical Swiss Guards, and was curated by Dr. Romina Cometti, restorations project manager for the Vatican Museums. There is no fee, but a $1 or $2 donation would be appreciated. If you'd like to carpool, meet in the North Star Lofts parking lot at 11:00 am.

MCC members sign up here.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, June 21, 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.
Alzheimer's: The Basics and Beyond
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
RiverWest Community Room, 401 1st St S
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. It may be time to arm yourself with information. Attend this session to learn about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease vs. normal aging, common myths associated with Alzheimer's, current facts and figures about the disease, the importance of early detection, and resources of the Alzheimer's Association for people with dementia and their care partners.

MCC members sign up here.
LifeSource Tour
Monday, June 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
LifeSource, 2225 W River Rd N
Join us on a tour of the new headquarters for LifeSource, a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the new headquarters is the result of a collaborative vision to improve LifeSource's service to donor families and its partners while providing a community gathering place to honor those touched by donation. Highlights include the LifeSource Healing Garden, collaborative works spaces, meeting rooms open to the public and a state of the art tissue recovery suite.

MCC members sign up here.
Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Elsie's Restaurant and Bar, 729 Marshall St NE
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour on the patio at Elsie's Restaurant and Bar, hosted by Patty Connelly and Diane & Tony Hofstede. Catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! If you wish to stay for dinner, reservations may be made by calling (612) 378-9701.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
MCC Program Calendar

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

MCC member Jeff Wright wants people to know they are cordially invited to attend the upcoming Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate Forum: Balancing Development and Preservation on  Thursday, June 15 , from 7:00-9:00 p m, at the  Minneapolis Event Center's Grand 1858 , in the St. Anthony Main complex, at 212 2nd St SE The event will include a discussion with the mayoral candidates about their vision for how Minneapolis can plan for a future that meets demand for new development while also preserving historic architectural and cultural resources that are vitally important to our city's identity. The forum will be moderated by  Dr. David Schultz, professor of Political Science at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota Law School.

MCC member Lois Libby Juster
was the featured guest on Generations, a local TV show. You can watch her appearance here or you can watch it Monday, June 19 and 26, at 10 am on Minneapolis Television Network (channel 17). Lois Libby is a pioneer in Integrative Healing.

MCC member Katie Searl suggests that members consider attending "New Rules: Be Humble," a visual arts showcase sponsored by Win Back the Community, Take Over Summer on June 16, 6:00-8:30 pm at New Rules, 2015 Lowry Ave N. The exhibit will feature artists from North Minneapolis. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. To learn more about Win Back the Community, click here.

MCC ED Joan Wright wants members to know that East Side Neighborhood Services is offering a Tai Ji Quan class now through August 30. This Tai Chi class reduces the risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am. To register or learn more, click here.
Around Town

Nicollet Island Concert
June 19, 7:00 pm, Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power St
Sit outside on a warm summer's night and enjoy the live music of thecaseyband, an acoustic rock band featuring dueling fiddlers. 

National Theatre Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
June 19, 7:00 pm and June 21 & 24, 1:00 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
Watch James Macdonald's critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee's landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from London. On the campus of an American college, a new professor and his wife are invited to Martha and George's home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. To purchase tickets, click here.

Global Water Dance
June 24, 5:00 pm, Stone Arch Bridge
Dancers will perform on the center of the Stone Arch Bridge to live drumming. Come for the performance, stay to learn a simple phrase together with audiences around the world and bring your families to play with the "blue highway" fabric that runs all across the bridge representing the Mississippi River.

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

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
June 22 & July 6
 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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