November 14, 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Mill City Commons has created a  Health Care Advisory Group  made up of members with experience in the health care field. This advisory group is committed to offering a series of health care programs, the most recent being
Health Care at the End of Life: A Physician's Perspective, delivered  by MCC member Dr. David Plimpton.  His presentation included a review of the content and goals of the health care directive, and offered guidance for answering some of the difficult or confusing questions it includes. Dr. Plimpton's message was powerful and personal. Whether you have a health care directive in place or have yet to create one, the information he shared was thought-provoking and helpful. Dr. Plimpton's full presentation can be  read  here.
The 9th Annual National Village Gathering held in Baltimore last week offered 350+ attendees a wealth of information on how to support, grow and sustain a village and enhance the power of aging. Join us for a panel discussion on Friday led by the 7 MCC members who attended the convention.  Sign up here!

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

~ Joan Wright
A Deeper Understanding About Dementia
Tuesday, November 14, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
La Rive Community Room, 110 Bank St SE
Statistically, many of us likely will experience memory loss with a loved one, dear friend or even personally. Join us for this special program that will focus on how to communicate with those experiencing and coping with memory loss, as well as how to let others know about our own personal journey with cognitive issues. The program format will be in the form of a conversation between nationally recognized dementia expert Jayne Clairmont, local owner of English Rose Suites and b┬Ěhome Home Care and a leader on numerous state and national aging and dementia boards; and Bill Keane of Chicago, an aging consultant who has held leadership positions with many aging organizations and is a former national board member of the Alzheimer's Association, and who himself is now living with Parkinson's disease.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, November 16, 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. MCC member Ron Vantine hosts the annual book review session this week. Bring to the breakfast or e-mail the names of the two books: One should be a book you've read in the past year; the other should be a book you've read, at anytime, that impacted or influenced you. Provide the title, author, whether fact or fiction, and a sentence or two about your selection.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Village to Village Conference: What We Learned About Enhancing the Power of Aging
Friday, November 17, 10:00 - 11:00 am
RiverWest Club Room, Floor 1, 401 S 1st St
Join several Mill City Commons board members and Executive Director Joan Wright for a panel discussion about what they experienced, learned and took away from this year's Village to Village Annual Gathering in Baltimore, Maryland.

MCC members sign up here.
Great Decisions: U.S. Foreign Policy and Energy
Monday, November 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called "energy revolution," the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy. Our speaker, Ambassador Ross Wilson, is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and a visiting lecturer in international affairs at George Washington University. In his 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, he served as American ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, among many other assignments. He also served as director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, where he led the Council's work on the former Soviet states, Turkey and regional energy and economic issues.

Registration on the MCC website is required for Great Decisions members.  Sorry, not open to guests; to join the MCC Great Decisions Discussion Group, email Betsy Wray at

MCC GD members sign up here.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, November 22, 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

Social Bridge has been cancelled on 11/22 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Observations on Societal Mistrust
Monday, November 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stonebridge Community Room, 2nd floor, 1120 2nd St S
Violence aimed at doctors and nurses in China is endemic. MCC member Dr. Michael Brennan, who has been in the Far East several times in the past year, will talk about the current causes and historical underpinnings and reflect upon potential lessons for modern America.

MCC members sign up here
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 28, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Tullibee Restaurant and Bar at the Hewing Hotel, 300 Washington Ave N
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Tullibee at the Hewing Hotel. Hosted by Ginny and Will Craig, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! If you wish to stay for dinner, reservations may be made by calling (651) 468-0400.

MCC members and guests. No registration required!
MCC Program Calendar

View the full MCC November calendar here.
News from Members

MCC member Chris Bray invites members to attend a colloquium on high-risk drinking among adolescents and young adults on November 21 at 9 am at 1100 Washington Ave S. In this talk, Dr. Megan E. Patrick, Ph.D. will present an overview of her research on "high-intensity drinking" (i.e., having 10 or more drinks in a row) among adolescents and young adults, the extent to which motivations for drinking and expectancies of drinking consequences are associated with later alcohol use and problems and implications for prevention and intervention. RSVP by emailing

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright shares that the Coalition of Somali American Leaders is hosting their 2nd annual celebration and fundraiser on December 7 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the American Swedish Institute. Details can be found here.

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright wants you to know about the plans that are underway to launch a second Caregivers' Support Group in January. MCC members as well as nonmembers may join. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the afternoon, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. The cost for a 4-month session is $80. Mill City Commons member Susan Hartman will facilitate the group. Read Susan's professional bio here. The group's maximum is 10. If you'd like to register, or have questions, please email Betsy Wray.
Around Town

Red River Ox Cart Trail Audio Tour
Up until 150 years ago, parts of the east bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis served as a trade corridor. Explore the 20-mile stretch of the Red River Ox Cart Trail's route from Anoka to St. Anthony Main through an online audio tour which tells the story of the trail and the people who traveled it. Even though the ox carts are gone, buildings, streets, railroad tracks, names and families carry the story into the 21st century. Learn more here.

Be the Facts You Wish to Read: A Press Freedom Discussion
November 20, 6:00 pm, Open Book, 1011 S Washington Ave
This free panel discussion will focus on censorship, news literacy and fact checking, as well as how community members can speak up for press freedom and engage in productive dialogue. Featuring local artists and journalists Sheila Regan and Sun Yung Shin along with PEN Members Shannon Gibney, Caroline Casey and Marya Hornbacher, moderated by Joanna R. Demkiewicz. Presented in partnership by PEN America, Milkweed Editions and The Riveter. Learn more here; pre-registration encouraged here.

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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
Jefe Urban Hacienda
219 Main St SE
*Note the new location!
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations

Guthrie Play Reading
RiverWest Group
Tuesday, 11/21,
6:30-9:30 pm

North Star Group
Wednesday, 11/29,
6:30-9:30 pm
Groups will read "Blithe Spirit" 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.
Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

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 Tuesday, September 19 - November 21,
9:30-10:30 am
Clear the clutter in your mind, reduce stress and increase the feeling of calm in your life. For more information on future meditation opportunities, email Betsy Wray.

MCC Caregivers' 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
Nov 23 & Dec 7
 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


                 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.


Hatha Yoga

Wednesdays and Fridays,

8:00-9:15 am

Yoga Center of Minneapolis,

103 N 2nd St

This is an alignment-based class. Purchase a 12-class pass for $150 directly from YCM to use as your schedule allows, or drop in on a class for $13. Call 

612-436-4700 for details.

Drop-ins welcome.

Discounted rate for MCC members applies to any drop-in class at YCM.

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