June 20, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Embracing and coping with change as we age.

MCC's Board of Directors suggested this unifying theme in response to last December's Aging Well Survey data. Tangible programs within the areas of mindfulness; preventing falls/maintaining balance; improving/maintaining fitness; and managing/delaying chronic health conditions scored high on members' survey responses. 

We were paying attention!  This week's inaugural summer meditation series, facilitated by members Joan Patterson and Linda Dolan, and Wednesday evening's Alzheimer's: The Basics and Beyond, presented by Kaitlyn Roburg from the Alzheimer's Foundation, are being offered in response to members' expressed interest.  Registration for Exploring Meditation is closed as it has been filled. However, space remains for the Alzheimer's presentation.  Register here.  Watch for future programming opportunities in response to survey feedback.

The July program calendar is now available. Give it a "look-see" and register now, as some events fill early! July Calendar

Summer solstice, also known as midsummer, marks the time when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. I hope whatever plans you have to take advantage of tomorrow's longer daylight hours will be fun and memorable!

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

~ Joan Wright
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.

Registration is now closed.
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 the Second Annual Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Elsie's Restaurant and Bar. Hosts Patty Connelly and Diane & Tony Hofstede will provide savory appetizers served on the outdoor patio of this famed Northeast Minneapolis landmark--and they guarantee good weather! Drinks are 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.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, June 29, 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. MCC member Dick Olson has invited Kyle Carpenter, CEO of MacPhail Center for Music, a neighborhood treasure, to discuss its plans for the future and the role of music in building community.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
MCC Program Calendar

View the MCC June calendar here.

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

MCC member Carol Jordan shares that Minnesota Public Radio aired a show on patient-physician relationships the day following MCC's physician's panel discussion last week. To listen to Kerri Miller's Roundtable Discussion on "What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear," click here

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 26, at 10 am on Minneapolis Television Network (channel 17). Lois Libby is a pioneer in Integrative Healing.
Around Town

MacPhail Summer Extravaplaza
June 23, Noon, The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S
Bring a lunch and enjoy a free performance on a beautiful summer afternoon.  No tickets required. 

Twin Cities Black Film Festival
June 27, 9;00 pm, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 420 Main St SE
Grab your lawn chair or blanket and watch a movie under the stars. This week's movie will be a selection from the Twin Cities Black Film Festival, including Remnants, Westbound, The Mermaid and The Big Chop. There will also be live music before the movie starting at 7 pm, featuring Kashimana, an acoustic soul and pop band.
Morning Forum: Homewood - Minneapolis' Next Historic District
June 28, 8:00-9:00 am, Mill City Museum, 704 2nd St S, ADM Room 7th Fl
Join Preserve Minneapolis for an interesting conversation on one of Minneapolis' great historic neighborhoods. The Homewood subdivision in North Minneapolis offers a rich history of cultural and socioeconomic trends developed in the early twentieth century. Alex Young, architectural intern with Collaborative Design Group, will speak and answer questions about the district. For more details, 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.  
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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