October 10, 2017
Update from Business and Member Services Administrator

You know how you can walk past a building multiple times and not give it much thought as to what might happen inside? Or perhaps you go into that building all the time for one sole purpose and you never knew it had much else to offer? Well, that's the case for me with the Minneapolis Central Library. I go past the library all the time. And I have a habit of using the library for just one thing--checking out books. I had a discussion with a member recently who told me a bit about the upcoming Nosy Neighbor Tour on October 13 and when she described everything that was happening at the Library, all I could say was, "Really? How did I not know about that?" I have a feeling you might feel the same way if you join us for an insider's look at our local 21st century library. Things have changed and are continuing to change--the library is not just for checking out books anymore! You can register here or email us if you'd like to attend.

The weeks ahead have lots to offer and I hope we'll see you at an event or two, whether it be the Nosy Neighbor Tour, a panel discussion on public safety and racial justice or a walk along the river to enjoy the fall colors.

MILL CITY COMMONS: We learn. We share. We engage. We give.
~ Mary Texidor
Technology Workshop: Technology Tools for Travelers
Tuesday, October 10, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
American Academy of Neurology, 201 Chicago Ave, Training Room A
Join us for the second in a three-part series focusing on useful apps, accessories and tips for traveling with your iPhone or iPad. This second workshop will cover communication tools such as apps and iPhone features for communicating while traveling abroad, connecting to cell service outside of the U.S., sharing travel photos, and using foreign languages and currencies. The workshop is limited to 14 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.

Spots still remain! MCC members sign up here.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, October 11, 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 caroljordan@millcitycommons.org.

Registration is now closed.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, October 12, 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, Ginny Craig hosts on the topic of birth order. When did you enter your family through birth or adoption? First? Last? Middle? Do you think your place in the family impacted your childhood? Adulthood? Why? Do the stereotypes about first-borns, middles and babies fit? Did you see similar patterns in your own family?

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.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Minneapolis Central Library
Friday, October 13, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
"What Does a 21st Century Library Look Like?" Join us to discover how your neighborhood library--Minneapolis Central--is adapting to the changing needs of today's diverse population downtown. See its digitization efforts and its impressive historical print collection, and learn how to access its electronic resources from afar. We'll also learn about its meeting spaces, including The Magnet (the previous book store space). This multi-purpose space is set up to meet the needs of the young--by offering food assistance to youngsters attending summer and school-year programs--as well as seniors, by hosting activities and programs for people 55 and older.

MCC members sign up here.
Great Decisions: Latin American's Political Pendulum
Monday, October 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the "pink tide" recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century. Speaker Erik Brand publishes the Latin America Advisor at the Inter-American Dialogue and directs the Corporate Program, a network of companies including Apple, BMW, Google, Mitsubishi, Walmart and more than 100 others that are invested in Latin America's development and future.

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 betsywray@millcitycommons.org.

MCC GD members sign up here
Finding Common Ground: A Panel Discussion on Public Safety and Racial Justice
Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
Recent events have caused all of us to feel and see the divide between people, both locally and nationally. Join us for a panel discussion in which we'll explore the relationship between public safety and racial justice. Participating on the panel will be Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo, Deputy Hennepin County Attorney David Brown, Minnesota Chief Inclusion Officer James Burroughs and Minneapolis NAACP Vice President Leslie Redmond. Julie Showers, Director of the Office for Conflict Resolution at the University of Minnesota, will moderate the discussion. Those attending will be asked to participate in the conversation by submitting written questions to the panel the evening of the event. Be thinking about what questions you have regarding this timely and sensitive issue.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, October 19, 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 Keith Bednarowski will introduce Tom Streitz, CEO of Twin Cities Rise! (TCR), a 25-year-old anti-poverty organization that provides employment training for individuals facing barriers to employment success. Keith, an active TCR board member, and Tom will be discussing: "A Moral and Economic Imperative."

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Orchid Geography
Friday, October 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Whitney Lofts, 150 Portland Ave, #501
Worldwide, there are 20,000 to 30,000 species of orchids, along with another 70,000 hybrids. Different orchids grow in different locations, bloom at different times of the year, display vastly different flowers and require different conditions to thrive. In this brief session, member Marsha Blumenthal will introduce orchids from both the "new" world and the Orient, highlighting what's currently blooming in her grow room.

MCC members sign up here.
Driven to Discover: Growing Apples in Minnesota
Monday, October 23, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 2nd St S
Let's talk apples! Dr. Emily Hoover, professor and head of the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota, will discuss this fall favorite, including the cultivars that grow in Minnesota and the importance of apple breeding and production research. The U of M's apple breeding program, led by faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science, has developed many well-known apple cultivars since Minnehaha was introduced back in 1920. Recent introductions include Honeycrisp, Zestar! and SweeTango. We'll conclude with an apple tasting.

MCC members sign up here.
Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 24, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
The Bad Waitress, 700 Central Ave NE
Join us for Tuesday Happy Hour--on the fourth Tuesday this month instead of the last--at the Bad Waitress. Hosted by Jeff and Joan Wright, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! Half of the restaurant/bar area will be reserved for MCC. If you wish to stay for dinner, reservations are available for parties of five or more at (612) 354-7947. Plenty of parking is available in the back.
MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Mapping Prejudice
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St S, Room 124
Most Minneapolitans think that their city was never burdened by the Jim Crow-type formal segregation of the American South. Mapping Prejudice brings together a team of activists and scholars who want to show how the city's contemporary urban geography has been shaped by historic restrictions on property ownership. The team is using new digital technology to assemble the first-ever map of racial covenants ever created for an American city. They'll show us the hidden history of race in Minneapolis, why we should care about these historic policies and how we can help with this important research project. Speakers include Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, an MGIS student in the Geography, Environment and Society department at the U of M who's also project manager for Mapping Prejudice and a graduate assistant at the Borchert Map Library; Penny Petersen, author of two books of Minneapolis history and an expert in historic property research; and Kirsten Delegard, a scholar-in-residence in the history department at Augsburg College and founder of the Historyapolis Project, which seeks to bring new attention to the often-troubled past of her hometown, Minneapolis.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full MCC October calendar here.
News from Members

MCC member Ellie Hands thinks members might be interested in the following article in the New Yorker by Atul Gawande: Is Health Care a Right?

MCC ED Joan Wright suggests members consider attending Courageous Conversations: A Statewide Dialogue about Older Adults in Minnesota's workforce . The event is on October 11, 1:00-2:30 pm, at the U of M Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave S. This event is free, but registration is required here

MCC member John Crosby wants members to know that there is another forum to meet the 3rd Ward council candidates on Wednesday, October 11, at 5:30 pm at Jax Cafe (see details here). John reports that this is a "good chance to hear all the candidates in one place."

Are you interested in attending a new show? MCC member Linnea Olesen invites members to attend a performance of Speechless by the Moving Company at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 13, at the Lab Theatre. Details of the performance can be found here. Linnea reports, " Speechless is different from the usual stage production. It is innovative and timely. As Alan Alda and Atul Gawande pointed out in presentations this past week, 'stretching our minds is the way to go.' I'm looking forward, too, to the music that the Company has chosen for the show." If you are interested in joining Linnea, you can email her at  linneaolesen@gmail.com.

MCC member Doug Verdier wants members to know that Crown Hydro scheduled a public meeting for October 17 at 6 pm. The meeting is open to all who are interested in the project. The meeting will take place at the Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall.
Around Town

Thursday Morning Artist Series
October 19, 10:30-11:45 am, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St S
Thursday Musical's longest-running recital series, the Thursday Morning Artist Series, has been presented since 1892 on Thursdays. This concert will feature: Lauren Senden (soprano and Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017); Megan Wallace (piano); Kate Lamb (soprano) and the Mill City String Quartet: Erika Hoogeveen (violin), Valerie Little (viola), Ruth Marshall (cello) and Huldah Niles (violin) in her Thursday Musical debut. All tickets are sold at the door and are for general seating. Enjoy free coffee and donuts in the lobby starting at 10 am.

The Big Sit @ Coldwater Spring
October 22, 6:00 am-6:00 pm, Coldwater Spring, 4601 Minnehaha Park Dr S
It's that special time of year when rangers and birders gather to document all the birds they see and hear at Coldwater Spring from sunrise to sundown. This is a great place to learn about bird identification, meet local birders and have fun. If you have binoculars and spotting scopes, feel free to bring them, but organizers will also have some on hand for you to use. You can come for the whole day or just show up for an hour in the afternoon--it's up to you! This free event is open to everyone, no registration required.

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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
Aster Cafe
125 Main St SE
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations

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

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 Caregiver 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
October 12 & 26
 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

*Note the new time

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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