October 24, 2017
Update from Executive Director

Last week's Great Decisions program focused on the pendulum swing of Latin American politics. If you're interested in learning more, MCC member Karla Ekdahl encourages you to attend the  Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society's 
FREE  screening of the film 500 Years at the St. Anthony Main Theater on Thursday, November 2, 7:00 pm.  Mo re information about the film is listed below in News from Members.

Several of you have already registered for the day-long outing to see the National Eagle Center Tour in Wabasha, MN, on Friday, November 10. A bus rental for the outing is being explored. Carpooling is also an option. Won't you join us?  Sign up here!

On occasion, Mill City Commons hosts a program for both members and guests. Please consider joining us for  A Deeper Understanding of Dementia, Tuesday, November 14, 1:30 -3:30 pm, a conversation between nationally recognized dementia expert Jayne Clairmont, local owner of English Rose Suites and b home Home Care; and Bill Keane of Chicago, an aging consultant who has held leadership positions with many aging organizations, and who himself is now living with Parkinson's disease. MCC members sign up here; 
Guests  email here.

I hope to see you at  Happy Hour tonight - on the fourth Tuesday this month instead of the last! Enjoy yummy appetizers featuring locally grown veggies and meats. More details below.

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

~ Joan Wright
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 four or more at (612) 354-7947. Plenty of parking is available in the back.
MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, October 25, 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.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, October 26, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Linnea Olesen will lead a discussion on: "The sayings that keep us on track to the way we want to live our lives." Many of us collect and place in a visible place quotes that have meaning for us. We use them to keep our spirits strong, to remind us to keep our good intentions. Bring a poem, quote or cartoon that is meaningful in your life.

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.
Mapping Prejudice
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St S, Room 126
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.
An Introduction to BrainHQ
Monday, October 30, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
American Academy of Neurology, 201 Chicago Ave, Training Room A
BrainHQ is a web-based program designed to deliver customized training to help individuals retain and improve their mental sharpness. Mill City Commons members are now able to access this online, at-home brain training at a discounted price of $72 per person for one year (the usual price is $95.) Nancy Verdier, one of three MCC members who piloted the program, will show examples of the exercises (they're not games!), explain the science behind them and take names of MCC members who want to purchase a 12-month usage license. This discount is a new MCC membership benefit.

MCC members sign up here.
Rendezous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, November 1, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss Louise Erdrich's LaRose, an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. In late summer of 1999, Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots, but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing and rides into town; their children played together; and Landreaux's wife is half sister to Dusty's mother. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition-the sweat lodge-for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. "Our son will be your son now," they tell them. The story that follows is a powerful exploration of loss, justice and the reparation of the human heart.

If you'd like to read ahead, December's book is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, November 2, 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 Van Hawn will give a brief autobiography and then speak about his involvement in an advocacy group called Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota. Safe Passage is an entirely volunteer organization that lobbies the State legislature for improvements in the Child Protection system in Minnesota and for related initiatives.  

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
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.

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 downtown at 7:30 am, arrive at the Eagle Center for a morning presentation, and then walk downtown for a dutch-treat lunch at Slippery's Tavern. We anticipate arriving home around 4:00 pm. Cost for the Eagle Center is $10 each. We're exploring a bus rental, which would be an additional charge; carpooling also is an option.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full MCC October calendar here.

Plan ahead! View the full MCC November calendar here.
News from Members

MCC members Bud and Carol Hayden highly recommend the History Theatre's production of All the Way, a Tony Award-winning Broadway Play that presents a portrait of LBJ's civil rights legacy.  Tickets are almost sold out. The show runs through October 29, so click here to buy your tickets now!

MCC member Karla Ekdahl invites members to attend a free screening of 500 Years  at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 Main St SE). This special screening will take place on November 2 at 7:00 pm and will tell a story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala's recent history through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to re-imagine their society. More information can be found here .

On November 3-5, the art buildings in the NE are having a fall open studio weekend. "California Dreamin'" includes six floors of art with 30+ artists in the historic California Building (2205 California St NE), including MCC member Patty Canney's studio (Studio 406). "Art Attack" in the Northrup King Building (1500 Jackson St NE) includes MCC member Lynn Bollman's studio (Studio 334). Hours are Friday 5:00-10:00 pm (Lynn's studio will be open 5-7 pm), Saturday from 12:00-8:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00-5:00 pm.

Explore the interconnection of climate, health and justice at the Women's Congress for Future Generations on November 3-5, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. MCC member Sonia Cairns reports that you'll hear from women from throughout the U.S. discussing new community approaches to challenge injustice through the filters of climate health. Engage with speakers, neighborhood activists and others in round-table discussions. Enjoy the stories, music and poetry that inspire action. Register at wcffg.org

MCC members Diane and Tony Hofstede attended  Watch on the Rhine at the Guthrie Theater and "encourage members not to miss this play." The performance runs through November 5. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

MCC member John Cairns wants members to know that Lake Street Dive and Bruce Hornsby (solo), with special guest Kind Country, will be making a stop at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Friday, November 10 at 7:00 pm. Net proceeds will benefit the AARP Foundation Experience Corps. For more information, click here.
Around Town

Faces of Minnesota Exhibit Opening
October 26, 6:00-8:00 pm, Mill City Museum, 704 2nd St S
View the new Minnesota Public Radio exhibit, Faces of Minnesota, a collection of 50 images from the last decade that document our state and the people who live here. The pictures come from the work of MPR's award-winning news and music photographers and regional freelancers. During the opening reception, hear from Regina McCombs, MPR's senior editor for visual news, and others about the images and the current state of photojournalism. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Elements of Poetry
November 4, 1;00-5:00 pm, The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave S
Take an introductory class to explore the fundamental elements of poetry. Dip your mind into a selection of mostly contemporary poems and attempt to add your voice to the ever-widening stream of contemporary poetry.  Time will be reserved for in-class writing, sharing of work and feedback. To learn more, click 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
Aster Cafe
125 Main St SE
*Moving to Jefe Urban Hacienda in November!
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
Oct 26 & Nov 9
 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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