October 31, 2017
Update from Executive Director

It could be a spouse, a child, a family member or friend of any age who needs a caregiver. More and more people have assumed active caregiver responsibilities.  Mill City Commons  sponsors a highly successful Caregivers' Support Group that meets twice a month. It is open to members and nonmembers alike. To read comments from current participants about their experience in the group, click here. 

We are making plans to launch a second 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 .
Last week's program presented by The Mapping Prejudice Project has prompted members to ask, "How can I help?" MPP is looking for volunteers to help determine if deeds have racial covenants. If you are interested in helping, go to www.mappingprejudice.org and click on Get Involved. Reading the deeds is straightforward, but a group tutorial for volunteers can be arranged. Please email  Mary Texidor if a tutorial is of interest to you.

Confused about Ranked Choice Voting? Abiitan  invites members to attend a presentation by Jeanne Massey of FairVoteMN this afternoon, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, in Abiitan's Community Room, 428 S. 2nd Street. Read more and register here.

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

~ Joan Wright
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.
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 caroljordan@millcitycommons.org.

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 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.
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, main dish salad or dessert to serve at least 8. 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·home 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.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full MCC October calendar here.

Plan ahead! 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 www.millcitytimes.com. Please send suggestions to mminda@earthlink.net.

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 dmerrifield@mindbridgemarketing.com 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 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 member Julie Craven wants members to know that Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Pl) has its annual french meat pie making day coming up on Saturday, November 4. New volunteers are always welcome. The day begins in Hofstede Hall at 8:00 am and wraps up early afternoon. You can come for all or part of this day of fun and fellowship. Julie also shares that this Sunday (November 5) from 9:45-10:45 am, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will be hosting a talk on sustainable development. All are welcome to attend. Learn more here.

MCC member Karla Ekdahl would like to share information about the upcoming election and the use of Ranked Choice Voting. Please click here to view her letter.

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

Peter Geye & Jarret Middleton in Conversation
November 7, 7:00-8:30 pm, Milkweed Editions, 1011 Washington Ave S
Join in a discussion between Minnesota Book Award-winning novelist Peter Geye and author Jarret Middleton featuring Middleton's new book, DARKANSAS. Publishers Weekly calls this dark and simmering novel a "page-turning debut about a family's curse." More details can be found here.

Take a Walk in Amara Hark-Weber's Shoes
November 8, 7:00-8:30 pm, American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall St NE, Ste 200
Amara Hark-Weber is one of a small handful of traditionally-trained custom shoemakers in the United States. She'll delve into the world of contemporary shoemaking, exploring what is happening in the trade today and where it may be going in the future. Hark-Weber also will shed light on what it means to be a shoemaker and share the fundamentals of how a custom shoe is made. This event is free, and no registration is needed, but space is limited. This event is part of the American Craft Council Library Salon Series. For more information, click here.

Traveling Musicians
November 11, 8:00 pm, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S 2nd St
For centuries, touring musicians have used rhythm and melody to record their impressions. For instance, Dvořák's famous stay in the USA inspired some of his most beloved works, including the charming Sonatina - part of which was sketched while visiting Minnehaha Falls. To make this musical travelogue truly immersive, each work will be paired with imagery of corresponding landscapes and cultures. Pre-concert lecture at 7:00 pm. For tickets and more information, 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.  
Please Welcome MCC's Newest Member 
Jane Helsing
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

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
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

*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.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Click here for community volunteer opportunities on the MCC website!  
Mill City Commons | 125 Main St SE, Suite 339, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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