June 27, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

If you live in the neighborhood, you probably read with interest StarTribune reporter Eric Roper's article on the front page of Sunday's edition. It seems "for the first time in a century, the central cities' share of the metro area population is on pace to grow rather than shrink." Mill City Commons receives mention as does member Steve Patnode. It's an interesting read. Check it out  here.

MCC office is moving effective July 1. Our new space is located directly above The Aster Cafe on the third floor -- 125 Main Street SE, #339. Stop in and say hello! Note: The Tech Help Desk scheduled for July 10 will meet in our new space!  Register here.

MCC members Patty Connelly and Diane & Tony Hofstede host this evening's Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Elsie's Restaurant and Bar. As promised, a beautiful day! Invite a friend to join you. Details below.

Traffic snarls have increased short-circuiting familiar routes and increasing confusion and frustration. Plan your July 4th holiday travel route well in advance; traveling mercies to all! Mill City Commons office will be closed Tuesday, July 4. 

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

~ Joan Wright
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.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, July 5, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 S 2nd St
Join us to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

If you'd like to read ahead, August's book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, July 5, 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.
Technology Help Desk
Monday, July 10, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
MCC office, 125 Main St SE, Suite 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.

MCC members sign up here.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Dunwoody College of Technology
Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd
Dunwoody College, founded in 1914, is the oldest institution of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Join us to learn more about its history, its impact on the Twin Cities and its future outlook. Following the presentation, we'll tour the state-of-the-art facilities and labs to explore what Dunwoody students are learning and creating in fields such as mechanical engineering, robotics, construction and design.

MCC members sign up here.
Understanding Turkey Today
Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Washburn Lofts Common Room, 700 2nd St S
Few if any U.S. allies seem so troubled domestically-and so crucial to American success in the Middle East-as Turkey. It confounds the United States and Europe, and Turkey has many frustrations of its own, as well. How should one understand what is happening in Turkey, what are our interests with the country and the region around it, and what issues will determine Washington's ability to successfully pursue them? Speaker Ross Wilson is a distinguished senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, visiting lecturer in international affairs at George Washington University and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Turkish Studies. One of his posts in the course of a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service was as American ambassador to Turkey in 2005-2008.

MCC members sign up here.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tour
Friday, July 14, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Pl
Learn more about the art and artists of the newly reopened Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in this MCC walking tour. Discover new icons, such as Katharina Fritsch's "Hahn/Cock" or Robert Indiana's "Love," and hear more about beloved favorites. The reconstructed Garden has many new features-did you know "Spoonbridge and Cherry" now use recycled storm water? Explore how art and environment come together in this crown jewel of the city's park system. Meet our group in front of the Walker on the Wilf Family Plaza at the main entrance.

MCC members sign up here.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, July 16, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Phoenix River Room, 6th Fl, 222 2nd St SE
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Soiree, hosted by Karla Ekdahl and Peter Hutchinson. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a hearty hors d'oeuvre, main dish salad or dessert to serve at least 8. As you register, let us know what you'll bring by answering the "Question" that will appear on the screen. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer to share.

MCC members sign up here.
The President, the Press and Our Democracy
Monday, July 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Community Room, 110 Bank St SE
Joel Kramer, former editor and publisher of the Star Tribune and co-founder of MinnPost, will talk about the President, the press and our democracy through the first half year of Donald Trump's presidency. He'll explore the strains on the pillars of our democracy and how they're holding up.
MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

Plan ahead! View the complete 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
Around Town

Red, White and Boom Celebration
July 3-4, various times and locations
Celebrate America's Independence Day at Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The annual event features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family and the grand finale - fireworks! Details can be found here.

NTL: Obsession
July 3, 5 & 8, various times, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE 
Jude Law plays Gino, a magnetically handsome drifter who falls for Giovanna. They begin a fiery affair and plot to murder Giovanna's husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. Broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. For tickets, click here.

Early Birding
July 8, 9:00-10:30 am, North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct
Hike with a naturalist through prairie, woodland and along the river while keeping your eyes and ears open for birds. Binoculars provided if needed. Free, but registration is required here.

I'm Here: Art in the Service of Memory
July 8, 6:00-8:00 pm, Form+Content Gallery, 210 2nd St N, Suite 104
Join the opening reception of a 'social practice' exhibition organized by Sandra Menefee Taylor of curated artworks made in a 10-year span of one and one half hour classes with adults who are facing some form of cognitive memory loss. Most of the artworks presented will be from artists who have never depended on art as an identity, but now find it to be a great joy to tell, build, problem solve and create a new sense of themselves as makers. For more information, 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

Guthrie Play Reading
Stone Arch Group
Tuesday, July 11,
6:30-9:30 pm

North Star Group
Wednesday, July 26, 6:00-9:00 pm
Groups will read  "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 6 & 20
 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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