March 28, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Trial Membership, anyone? It's not too late to register.  Click here for Trial Membership Details. Email to register or to ask questions. I hope you'll join us!  Registration is open through Friday, March 31. 

In addition to providing excellent programming for its members, MCC strives to support local neighborhood businesses and organizations, as well. Recently, MCC members donated household items and sports equipment to the Cedar Riverside Community School's fundraiser. To learn more about supporting the Cedar Riverside Community Traveling Basketball team,  click here. A meaningful way to positively impact a young learner's life! A few fun photos of the day's experience can be viewed  here.

I hope to see you tonight at Last Tuesday Happy Hour. Details below. Enjoy today's beautiful spring weather!

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

~ Joan Wright
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 Mary Texidor 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.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, April 5, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S (Note the new location)
Join us to discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

If you'd like to read ahead, May's book is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Technology Help Desk
Wednesday, April 5, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
MCC office, 219 Main St SE, Ste 401
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- to 30-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.
Registration is now closed. Email Betsy Wray if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, April 6, 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 Doug Craven will be speaking on "Spam: An American Icon."

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, April 6, 3:30 - 5:00 pm 
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Arvonne Fraser hosts at La Rive on the topic of "Secret Satisfactions in Your Life." Perhaps it is something you did in your career or otherwise without any publicity that helped others directly or indirectly. Remember: what's said in our meetings is confidential. Women tend to be too modest. As President Eisenhower and others have said: "You can get a lot done in this world if you don't have to get publicity for it." Please note: This gathering will conclude with a book exchange from 4:45 to 5:00 p.m. Bring your books!

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 .
Technology Workshop: Technology Tools for Travelers
Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
American Academy of Neurology, 201 Chicago Ave, Training Room B
Join us for the first in a three-part series focusing on useful apps, accessories and tips for traveling with your iPhone or iPad. The series will cover tools that can help you stay in touch, save money, navigate your way in a new place and discover interesting sites. This first class will cover apps to use for accommodations, transportation and airline travel, such as Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, Roadtrippers, FlySmart, My TSA and more. The workshop is limited to 15 attendees, and it will cover iPhones only, not Android devices. You do not need to participate in all three workshops to attend. Please make sure your device is fully charged, as electrical will not be available in the room.

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.
Around Town

Music and the Brain - A Perfect Orchestration Throughout Our Life Span
April 6, 7:00 pm, MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall, 501 2nd St S
The LeagueAires Annual Symposium, sponsored by the Suzanne Holmes Hodder Legacy Fund, was established in 2012 to offer public educational events on the joy and healing power of music. Melissa Wenszell is the MacPhail Music Therapy department Co-Founder, Senior Music Therapist who will present current research, best practices and experiential opportunities to demonstrate the positive effects music has on the brain. No tickets required. Reception to follow.

Slow Art Day
April 8, 10:00 am, Weisman Art Museum, 333 E River Rd
One day a year people all over the world visit local museums to look at art - slowly. Head to the museum to investigate artworks, see a screening of the Disney Pixar movie Inside Out, munch on free snacks and soak in the inspirational feeling of being surrounded by art. Free public tour will begin at 1 pm; movie screening times will be 11 am and 1:30 pm.

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
April 13-29, various times, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul has announced its full line up of films, events and panels for their 36th annual film festival. A full listing of the line up can be read  here or you can go to their website. Tickets will be available for purchase March 30.

Brain Research Study
University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, 2021 6th St SE
The University of Minnesota is looking for 25 healthy adults age 70-89 to participate in a study that uses brain scanning to measure the levels of chemicals in their brain. Click  here for more details and contact information.

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.  
Please Welcome MCC's Newest Members!
Robert Bruininks & Susan Hagstrum
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
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    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 30 & April 13
 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.


Volunteer Opportunities 
Click here for community volunteer opportunities on the MCC website!  
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