March 21, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

"I'm falling apart!" Sound familiar?   Friends and family members with increasing frequency are sounding this alarm. Staying active and adopting the "use it or lose it" mentality has helped many to navigate the aging terrain.

Positive Aging Activities is this week's Our Turn topic. Join the discussion and bring along some favorite examples to share. 

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

~ Joan Wright
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, March 23, 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 Jim Conaway will present his "Visual Essence of Mill City," part of a series of oil paintings he's been doing for the past four years. He'll share digital images, starting with the initial stroke of the brush on a plain white canvas through the completion of the painting. Jim will talk about some of his influences and problems along the way to the painting's completion.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, March 23, 10:00 - 11:30 am 
Washburn Lofts, 700 2nd St S, #91
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Anita Kunin hosts on "Positive Aging Activities." Bring one or two examples of positive aging activities that you think are stimulating and/or fulfilling. Your personal experiences are welcome.

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 .
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 28, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Sea Change, 806 2nd St S
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Sea Change, located in the Guthrie Theater. Hosted by Suzanne Joyce and Barbara McBurney, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat-no reservations required! Sea Change's Executive Chef is graciously preparing an array of complimentary appetizers for our group as a way to reacquaint MCC members with this neighborhood dining option. If you'd like to stay for dinner, reservations can be made by calling (612) 225-6499.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, March 29, 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

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Conflicts of Interest in the New Administration
Monday, April 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Washburn Lofts, 700 2nd St S
Join us as Richard Painter, University of Minnesota law professor and a top ethics scholar who worked as George W. Bush's chief ethics lawyer, discusses conflicts of interest for the president of the United States and other government officials. Professor Painter's talk will include discussion of the U.S. Constitution, conflict of interest laws and the practices used by government officials to comply. There will be ample time for questions.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the MCC March calendar here.

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

MCC member Ginger Bailey shares that House of Hope Presbyterian Church is hosting the Didier Seminar: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul with Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr on April 7 & 8 in St. Paul. For more details, click here. This weekend event presents an opportunity for participants to listen to and dialogue with an expert on a topic of current spiritual interest.

Thinking of spring cleaning? If you have clothes, household items, small appliances, books, purses, small pieces of furniture, sports equipment or kitchen items that you'd like to donate, MCC member Peggy Lucas suggests you consider donating them to the Cedar Riverside Community School's (CRCS) first rummage sale (April 6-7) to raise funds for their traveling basketball teams. Items can be dropped off at Stone Arch Lofts Riverside lobby before March 25 (leave a note with Peggy Lucas' name on it) or you can make arrangements directly with Peggy at
MCC ED Joan Wright
wants to share that MinnPost is hosting a breakfast conversation around Minnesota's Retirement Savings Crisis on April 7 from 8:00-9:30 am at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. MinnPost will ask ""How great is the challenge?" and "What can be done now to address a crisis decades in the making?" The event is free but registration is required here.

Want to see a good play? MCC member Patty Connelly recommends that members consider attending a performance of "Six Degrees of Separation," presented by Theater Latté Da at the Ritz Theatre, 345 13th Ave NE. Patty says, "This is a strongly acted play starring Sally Wingert and Mark Benninghofen. I highly recommend it." The play runs through April 9. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

MCC member Diane Hoftsede
invites members to the Great River Coalition's 2017 Earth Day 5K Run/Walk and River Cleanup at Boom Island Park! The event takes place on 4/22. The race begins at 9:00 am, with river cleanup starting at 9:30 am. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities. Click here for more information on the race and cleanup. You'lll also have a chance to see MCC member Tony Hofstede sporting a bee won't want to miss it!

Interested in a portrait of a family member or special pet? MCC member Karla Ekdahl knows "a very talented young man who does very special, soul-filled portraits." Karla reports that Dub Ludcke can render a loved one in a beautiful piece of art and is able to capture something special and deep in each of his subjects. Contact information for Dub Ludcke Portraiture can be found here
Around Town

AAA: Refugees, Migration and Climate Change
March 23, 7:00 pm, Fulton Brewery, 414 N 6th Ave
Global climate change causes dramatic effects on the migration of living things and the effect on many human communities can be hugely destructive. At this edition of Anthropocene Awareness Association (AAA), Northern Spark artists join in a conversation with a local foreign policy affairs consultant who will provide contextual data on climate-based mass migrations globally. For more information, click here.

National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler
March 27, 7:00 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
Ivo van Hove returns with a modern production of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece. In this production, Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. For more information and tickets, click here.

30 Days of Biking Kick-Off Ride
April 1, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S
Help celebrate the beginning of 30 Days of Biking with this ride in spring-beautiful Minneapolis. Participants can mingle from 11-noon and then roll out on a slow-paced bike stroll. The ride will end at Surly Brewery, where all riders get one free beverage. For more information, click here.

Big Ideas: Can Literature Make a Damn Bit of Difference?
April 6, 7:00-8:30 pm, Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio, 818 2nd St S
Imagine a world where everyone read an hour each day. What would that world look like, and would it be better than the one we're living in? Join the Loft as they host Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James and Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas for a wide-ranging conversation about the importance, issues and opportunities that books bring to our lives and culture. To purchase tickets or learn more, click here.

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Volunteer Opportunities 
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MCC Ongoing Social Opportunities
Dutch Treat
Social Hour
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm
Jefe Urban Hacienda
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations

Guthrie Play Reading
Stone Arch Group
Tuesday, April 4,
6:30-9:30 pm

North Star Group
Tuesday, April 18,
6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-9:00 pm
Groups will read  "The Bluest Eye"  this month.

Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am
Guthrie Theater Level 5 Express
    No reservations required.
Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance

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!

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

MCC Caregiver Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, January through April,
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 (Note the new location)
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
March 16 & 30
 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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