November 7, 2017
Update from the Business and Member Services Administrator

This week MCC Executive Director Joan Wright and six MCC members joined with other village leaders and members in Baltimore for the ninth annual Village to Village Gathering. This year, the focus is on "Enhancing the Power of Aging." Click here to see the MCC representatives on our Facebook page.

Just a reminder that members and guests are invited to a dialogue about dementia next Tuesday, November 14. Currently, 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's, which includes 92,000 Minnesotans. A recent report from the Alzheimer's Association states that Minnesota can expect a 30% increase in those living with Alzheimer's by 2025. Will you feel comfortable interacting with a friend who is experiencing dementia? What if it's you? How will you share your experience with friends and family? You can learn more and register  here

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

~ Mary Texidor
Technology Workshop: Technology Tools for Travelers
Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
American Academy of Neurology, 201 Chicago Ave, Training Room B
Join us for the last 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 third class will cover information on convenient and fun techy travel accessories, tips for traveling securely and pointers on best ways to share travel photos. The workshop is limited to 12 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.

There are still openings for today's program! MCC members sign up here.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, November 8, 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.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, November 9, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Corin Kagan and Sabina Sten host on the topic of travel. What makes for a good trip? What was the best/worst trip you ever took? Who was your best/worst travel companion? Did you ever take off on the spur of the moment? Do you like to plan long in advance before an adventure? What prize souvenirs have you brought home? Tell us about your funniest, most harrowing or inspiring adventure. What travel is still on your bucket list? You're welcome to bring pictures to share.

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

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Health Care at the End of Life: A Physician's Perspective
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Community Room, 110 Bank St SE
In this second in an occasional series of MCC health care programs, MCC member Dr. David Plimpton will discuss health care directives. He'll review the content and goals of the health care directive and will provide suggestions for answering some of the difficult or confusing questions it includes such as, "What makes your life worth living?". He'll emphasize the importance of having a clear idea of one's values, beliefs and goals related to the end of life so they can be effectively communicated to one's health care agent and family members. A clearly written health care directive that has been openly discussed with your health care agent and family members greatly increases the chances that your end-of-life wishes will be followed.

MCC members sign up here.
National Eagle Center Tour
Friday, November 10, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Eagle Center, 50 Pembroke Ave, Wabasha
Have you ever wondered how much an eagle weighs or how big its wingspan is? The answers await you in an engaging and entertaining live eagle program at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. Eagle handler Karlin Symons will share the biology, ecology and natural history of bald and golden eagles in this day trip to the Center. We'll leave the MCC office at 7:30 am via a rented van, arrive at the Eagle Center for a morning presentation, and then head to a local restaurant for a dutch-treat lunch. We anticipate arriving home around 4:00 pm. Cost for the Eagle Center is $10 each. Cost for the van transportation will depend on the final number of registrants, but it could range from $35 - $55 per person. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 8. 

MCC members sign up here.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, November 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
La Rive Community Room, 110 Bank St SE
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Soiree, hosted by La Rive residents Arvonne & Don Fraser, Elisabeth Bennett, David & Sheryl Evelo and Barbara McBurney. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a hearty hors d'oeuvre or main dish salad to serve at least 8 (we have enough desserts and cheese & crackers). 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
Pie Crust Workshop
Monday, November 13, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Cobalt Condos, 45 University Ave SE, #606
Just in time for pie-baking season: a hands-on workshop exploring the differences between oil, lard, butter and shortening pie crusts. Pie expert Carol Vantine will talk about the different crusts and how to match them to a filling, and then participants will choose the type of crust they want to make. Please bring a pie plate and/or rolling pin if you own one. If you have a favorite filling, bring that, too. Carol will have supplies if you aren't able to bring them, and she'll have some fillings you can make if you don't bring one. If you can't stay the full 4 hours, you can choose to make a shell and not fill it. Limited to 8 bakers.

MCC members sign up here
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.
The Commons: A Downtown Oasis
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Phoenix River Room, 222 2nd St SE
Join us as Beth Shogren provides an introduction to The Commons, the gorgeous new green space in our neighborhood. She'll provide a recap of the inaugural season of programming, updates on Super Bowl activities and plans for 2018. Beth is the Executive Director of Green Minneapolis the non-profit conservancy that operates The Commons on behalf of the City of Minneapolis.

MCC members sign up here.
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.
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
MCC Program Calendar

View the full MCC November calendar here.
News from Members

MCC member Merle Minda is writing small business profiles for Mill City Times and is looking for suggestions. Articles published so far include The Foundry Home Goods, House of Talents (suggested by Karla Ekdahl), Minnesota Book Restoration and C'est Chic Boutique imports from France. Merle can write about any interesting small business or restaurant in our neighborhood on the river or in the North Loop. Previous articles can be found online at Please send suggestions to

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright reports that our neighborhood friends at Minnesota Center for Book Arts are looking to fill 2-4 board positions. Finance experience a plus! If a fun, engaging and meaningful experience in support of a local arts organization interests you, please contact Board Chair Diane Merrifield at for more information. 

MCC member Claudia Kittock invites you to be part of the exciting work being done through The Mill City Youth Players, a wonderful neighborhood youth outreach program. Youth from our neighborhood will participate in a 4-month series of acting classes being held at the Guthrie. They will rehearse twice a week, culminating with two performances in The Dowling Theater. After school snacks and evening meals for 20 students are needed. Can you help? For more information and to secure a date to bring a meal, click here.

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright wants you to know that are making plans to launch a second Caregivers' Support Group in January. 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

Mill City Farmers Winter Market - Thanksgiving Harvest Markets
November 11 & 18, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Mill City Museum, 704 2nd St S
The market doesn't stop in October! Mill City Farmers Market boasts the best indoor winter market in town. Shop from over 40 local farmers, food vendors and artists for Thanksgiving meals, unique handmade gifts and weekly groceries. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week), click here.

MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series VI
November 17, 6:00-9:00 pm, MN Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave S
Through fellowship and mentorship opportunities, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines have created book arts projects that challenge and redefine conventional notions of book form and content. Celebrate the culmination of the sixth series of MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorships and experience the exciting new work of this year's recipients at an opening reception. Learn more here.

November 18-19, 10:00-4:00 pm, Grain Belt Bottling House, 71 13th Ave NE
Craft'za is a juried market for handmade goods, with an exciting new format in 2017. For the first time it is two unique events in one weekend! Each day features a totally different lineup of 60 artists (120 total). Artists are hand-selected through a jury process for a wide range of products and price points. View the list of vendors and find more details 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
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
November 9 & 23
 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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