March 27, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

The role of caregiver is one many will assume at some point in their life. Whether it's as parent, spouse, family member or friend, it holds both rewards and challenges.

The Care Advocacy and Resource Education Program (CARE) sponsored by the MN Stroke Association offers free monthly education sessions for caregivers. The program is featured in today's News from Members below. 

The first session, Introduction to Caregiving, will meet tomorrow, March 28, 5:30 pm in Roseville: Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance/Minnesota Stroke Association, 2277 Hwy 36 W, #200, Roseville, MN  55113. Sessions are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please call (612) 378-2742. Information about future monthly sessions can be accessed  here.

MCC members who attended the free cycle session at CycleBar in Uptown, yesterday, shared rave reviews about the experience! As a result, another free session has been added to the April calendar. A full description of the session, along with detailed information regarding special offers for MCC members, can be found below in the detailed program calendar of events.  MCC members register here.

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

~ Joan Wright
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Sonder Shaker, 130 E Hennepin Ave
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at one of Northeast's newest establishments, Sonder Shaker. Hosted by Jim & Tomie Conaway, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! Sonder Shaker, on the corner of E. Hennepin and 2nd St. N.E., is on the first floor of the new condo building that replaced Nye's Polonaise Room. If you'd like to stay for dinner, reservations may be made by calling (612) 353-6557.

MCC members and guests. No registration required. 
Social Bridge
Wednesday, March 28, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Washburn Lofts, 700 S 2nd St
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.
Our Turn
Thursday, March 29, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you're invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women.  This week, Our Turn will focus on books, with Corin Kagan leading the discussion. She invites you to think about the following: What is the best (worst) book you ever read? Why are you recommending it? Not recommending it? What books are currently on your nightstand or on your floor waiting their turn to be read? Who are your favorite (least favorite) authors? Why? What is your favorite genre? Are there books you avoid? How do you select your books? Do you prefer hard cover, soft cover, e-books? Do you preread a book before you buy it?

Although this is not a formal book exchange, please feel free to bring a book to share - either to give or to loan.

Our Turn meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Hosts and topics change each time.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Indoor Cycling Fun with MCC
Monday, April 2, 9:30 - 10:15 am 
CycleBar, 2927 Girard Ave S
Cyclebar is offering another free trial of a tailor-made fitness and fun program for Mill City Commons members and friends! The 45-minute indoor cycling session is designed specifically for our age group--our music (Motown, Broadway show tunes, classic rock, Frank Sinatra, etc.), with an instructor/leader who listens to just what we want. If there's enough interest following this trial class, CycleBar will offer MCC members a series of cycle classes (a package of five, 45-minute classes for $69) at this same time slot. Parking is available in the same building as Cyclebar (which is right across the street from the Lagoon movie theater in Uptown) or at meters on the street. 

Note from Karla Ekdahl, Peter Hutchinson and Patty Connelly: A group of MCC members had a ball at CycleBar on Monday, March 26 (see some of our happy faces above). We invite you to join us on Monday, April 2, at 9:30 am for the fun. Zach Pettus, son of MCC members Cecily Hines and Tom Pettus, owns this upscale spin facility right in the heart of Uptown. Zach is giving us a free 45-minute trial class that is entertaining, fun AND a great workout. Don't be intimidated, you can go at your own pace. Zach is also offering $10 off a membership for MCC members.  We want to get 20 folks to this next ride. Please sign up soon on the MCC website and follow the instructions to register with Cyclebar.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, April 4, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss  Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard. At the age of 24, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England. He arrived in South Africa in 1899, valet and crates of vintage wine in tow, to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels and jumpstart his political career. But just two weeks later, Churchill was taken prisoner. Remarkably, he pulled off a daring escape--traversing hundreds of miles of enemy territory, alone, with nothing but a crumpled wad of cash, four slabs of chocolate, and his wits to guide him. Millard spins an epic story of bravery, savagery and chance encounters with a cast of historical characters--including Rudyard Kipling, Lord Kitchener and Mohandas Gandhi--with whom Churchill would later share the world stage. The lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history.
If you'd like to read ahead, May's book is  Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email
MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Senator Dave Durenberger: A Way Forward in Health Care?
Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
A year after the 1965 passage of Medicare and Medicaid, David Durenberger began a 50-plus-year journey through state and national health financing policy and health system reform, including 12 years as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota. After retiring from the Senate, he spent 20 years teaching health policy and chairing the National Institute of Health Policy at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. Because of his journey, he's very familiar with the history of health care in America and its current issues, as well as the players involved, and he has some thoughts on a positive way forward.

MCC members sign up here.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, April 5, 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 every 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 Ken Searl hosts. Ken will speak about his involvement with "Friends of the Mill District" - a community organization founded by MCC member Claudia Kittock and her husband, Rick Kittock. Ken will introduce James Burroughs, who is Minnesota's Chief Inclusion Officer. His colleagues, David Collier and C.J. Hallman will also join us.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
The King of Skid Row
Monday, April 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Bridgewater Community Room, 8th fl, 215 10th Ave S
Join us as author James Eli Shiffer takes us into a time when the heart of downtown Minneapolis was a densely packed neighborhood of bars, flophouses, liquor stores, rescue missions and second-hand shops catering to the last generation of seasonal laborers that had been part of the city's history from the beginning. It was all cleared away in a massive urban renewal project in the Gateway District that started in 1959 and ended in 1963. Shiffer has been a professional journalist for 25 years and is currently a columnist and editor at the Star Tribune. His book, The King of Skid Row, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2016.

MCC members sign up here.
Waterfowl Walk
Tuesday, April 10, 8:00 - 9:30 am
Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4235 E Lake Harriet Blvd
Each year, hundreds of thousands of birds stream through Minnesota on their annual migrations. The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is a great place to observe them. In this walk led by Jamie McBride, lead naturalist with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, we'll be watching for geese, ducks, swans, pelicans and more. Bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them (we'll also have some to borrow). The April 10 session will meet at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC
Exploring Meditation
Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
Spring Into Meditation! All members are welcome to join--experienced or not--our Spring Series on Happiness. What better time to blossom our innate happiness and chase away the winter blues. Why should the students in Harvard's most popular class, "Happiness," have all the fun? We'll meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Mill City Quarter, across the parking lot from Abiitan. There's comfortable seating or, if you like, bring a meditation cushion or floor mat. Pay $10 for each session you attend, collected at the end of all sessions. This series runs 7 weeks--April 10 to May 22. You're welcome at any session that your schedule permits. When you register for the class you'll receive class reminders and notes with helpful tips and links. Questions? Email

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Grandparents' Role in Children's Mental Health
Friday, April 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Washburn Center for Children, 1100 Glenwood Ave
Peer pressure, bullying, anxiety, depression--these are a few of the mental health-related challenges that one out of five children experience during their childhood. Learn how the Washburn Center for Children, our region's leading children's mental health provider, is helping children reach their full potential. MCC member Michael Brennan, a member of Washburn Center's Board of Trustees, will open the program, where we'll meet several of the Center's professional team who will discuss the role family members, particularly grandparents, can have in supporting their children and grandchildren through the struggles of social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Join us for this informative and inspirational session!

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's March events here.

Plan ahead! View the full calendar of MCC's April events here.
News from Members

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright shares that the Minnesota Stroke Association will present FREE MONTHLY education sessions about caregiving through the Caregiver Advocacy and Resource Education (CARE) Program. The program will also include 30 minutes of social time for caregivers to connect and benefit from the experience, wisdom and skills of other caregivers. To learn more about these free monthly sessions which begin March 28, click here.

MCC member Linnea Olesen wants members to know about the Mental Health Monday Speaker Series held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Ave S) in South Minneapolis. On Monday, April 9, 5:45 - 8:00 pm, John Moe will be speaking on "The Hilarious World of Depression." The Hilarious World of Depression is a podcast with a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. There is a light supper at 5:45 pm, followed by the program from 6:30-8:00 pm. All are welcome!
Around Town
Behind the Book: Some Hell with Patrick Nathan and Chris Mackenzie Jones
April 9, 7:00-8:15 pm, Preyes Brewing Co, 1401 W River Rd N
If it's true that everyone has a book idea in them, this wide-ranging conversation will help us understand how an author can take that idea and make it a reality. Chris Mackenzie Jones' new book Behind the Book traces the in-depth stories of how eleven debut authors brought their debut works into the world. Learn more here.

Westminster Town Hall Forum
April 10, 12:00-1:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Nadine Burke Harris presents on "Healing the Effects of Childhood Adversity and Trauma." Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and advocate for children's health. She is the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, which researches the impact of adverse childhood experiences on long-term health, behavior, and learning and is the author of the new book The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.

Global Conversations: China and America - The New Geopolitical Equation
April 11, 6:00-7:30 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Join a conversation with Jonathan Stromseth, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as he discusses Beijing's geopolitical objectives and how leadership and political conditions in each society underlie growing Sino-American tensions. Free, but registration is required here.

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

Guthrie Play Reading
North Star Group
Wednesday, 3/28,
6:30-9:30 pm
The group will be reading "Familiar."

RiverWest Group
Tuesday, 4/10,
6:30-9:30 pm
The group will be reading "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required.
Hero of the Empire
by Candice Millard

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.

 Mill City Commons

Ongoing Fitness Opportunities

SBS Class


                 9:15-10:00 am

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.


Ongoing Member-Led Activities

MCC Caregivers' Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays,
January - 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.

Exploring Meditation
Mill City Quarter,
322 2nd St S
Every Tuesday,
February 27-
March 27,
9:30-10:30 am
Clear the clutter in your mind, reduce stress and increase the feeling of calm in your life.

Men's Dutch Lunch
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
March 29 & April 12
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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