September 26 , 2017
Update from the Executive Director

Boredom. Loneliness. Helplessness. vs Autonomy. Purpose. Happiness.

Which would you choose for your life? I would choose the later, hands down. 

Yesterday's live-stream presentation by Atul Gawande on The Value of Community and Choice as We Get Older offered affirmation for one's ability to maintain control over the parts of one's life, to the extent that it's possible for as long as it's possible, eschewing the overriding concerns of loved ones to "keep us safe." 

This powerful message resonated big time with the 160+ MCC members and guests who attended, and sparked lively conversation at the reception in the Aster River Room that followed. 

We are grateful for the partnership and generosity of the  Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and thank them for the use of their theater, and we look forward to future collaborative efforts with them. Their valuable contributions to the neighborhood are outstanding, and they welcome your support!

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

~ Joan Wright
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Cafe Alma, 528 University Ave SE
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Café Alma. Hosted by Dick & Peg Kavaney and Sabina Sten, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! We'll be in the room at the back of Café Alma. If you wish to stay for dinner at either Café Alma or Restaurant Alma, reservations may be made by calling (612) 379-4909 or reserving online at Alma.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, September 27, 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, September 28, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
RiverWest, 401 S 1st St, #322
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Sonia Cairns hosts on the topic of Success. How do we define success in each of our lives? Living in these complex times, we've learned that we also need to focus on what is going well in our lives. We'll take a closer look at what each of us is really proud of in our individual lives. Give a couple examples of something that illustrates your success. No "I could have" or "I should have." Let's leave this session feeling really good about our lives so we're ready to take on the world!

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.
The U.S. and Northeast Asia: What's Next?
Monday, October 2, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Washburn Common Room, 700 2nd St S
Under the Trump administration, the U.S. appears to have turned against the multilateral institutions, alliances, partnerships and policies that for 75 years have shaped the U.S. approach to Asia and the Pacific. The Obama administration's "Pivot to Asia" has been abandoned. Meanwhile, China is more assertive, North Korea moves closer to the acquisition of nuclear weapons, and Putin's Russia seeks to reassert itself. Japan, long the linchpin of U.S. security in East Asia, feels increasingly threatened by these developments. In the context of this uncertain and evolving international environment, we will consider challenges to U.S. policy, with primary emphasis on Japan and North Korea. Speaker and career diplomat Lawrence Farrar was posted to Japan five times. During his final Japan tour, he served as Minister of Political Affairs for Ambassador Walter Mondale.

MCC members sign up here.
Men's After Hours Connect
Tuesday, October 3, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Lourdes Square, 178 Bank St SE
The men of MCC have formed an evening group that connects once a month over a speaker, tour or social event. This month, the group hosts Dr. Sarah Bridges, who'll speak on "Your Brain on Retirement: Lessons from Neuropsychology (Or Why Early Retirement Can Make Us Dumb)." Dr. Bridges blends the latest findings from brain science to provide practical and counter-intuitive ideas for successful transitions. Her entertaining and provocative ideas provide the basis for building a brain-healthy time in our second half of life. Dr. Bridges, Ph.D., is the founder and leader of Bridges, a firm that specializes in coaching, leadership training and human potential consulting.

Male MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, October 4, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 S 2nd St
Join us to discuss A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Sun Yung Shin. In this provocative book, 16 of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it's like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being's inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships. Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation's worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps.

If you'd like to read ahead, November's book is LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Simple Preserves for the Urban Dweller
Wednesday, October 4, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Village Lofts River Room, 100 2nd St. NE
Think making preserves is just for those with large pantries and la rge families? Think again. As a single person, local author and photographer Mette Nielsen had no interest in old-time canning and preserving, but she loved to cook and wanted to make some interesting preserves, often to give as gifts. With her book  Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen , she redefines modern preserving to better suit urban dwellers with smaller households and spaces. Mette will bring samples and show us how to pair these fun preserves with purchased items for instant entertaining.

Members sign up here.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, October 5, 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 Bud Hayden hosts this week. Bud will talk about American National Standards: What is their purpose? How did Bud get involved in ANSI A92 Standards and why was understanding them important to his aerial work platform business? Answers available only on October 5!

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Sunday Brunch Soiree
Sunday, October 8, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Lourdes Square, 174 Bank St SE
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Brunch Soiree, hosted by Beverly FitzGerald. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing brunch fare-such as an egg dish, fruit, sausage or bacon, salad, breakfast bread--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're also welcome to bring your own wine or beer to share. 

MCC members sign up here.
Driven to Discover: Pathways to Resilience and Wellbeing as We Age
Monday, October 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stonebridge Lofts Community Room, 1120 2nd St S, 2nd fl
In recent surveys, MCC members have expressed interest in spirituality. Now we have the opportunity to hear from an international leader in the field: Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Launched in 1995 under Kreitzer's leadership, the Center has become a national leader in the growth of integrative health and medicine in our country. In addition to interprofessional research, education and practice, the Center provides a wealth of resources for promoting wellbeing in the community. Come and learn about the Center's Wellbeing Model and discover strategies to help you feel content, connected, energized, resilient and safe.

MCC members sign up here.
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.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full MCC September calendar here.

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

MCC member Merle Minda suggests members head over to the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, to see the Laurie Jacobi Trunk Show: Designs in Wool. The event takes place September 29-October 1. Laurie Jacobi is a storyteller in wool. Her unique blanket, rug and clothing designs are inspired by legends of nature. Jacobi's newest line, Oak Wisdom, is inspired by the Oak tree, Celtic beliefs and the Swedish concept of a Vardtrad. For more details, click here. Merle notes that the ASI has a wonderful cafe, too. 

MCC member Michael Brennan invites members to come hear nationally renowned Dr. Henry Emmons speak on "Cultivating the roots of resiliency by nurturing our mind, body and heart" on Tuesday, October 3, at 7:00 pm at Washburn Center for Children (1100 Glenwood Ave). Henry Emmons is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness, and compassion and insight into his clinical work. Henry developed the Resilience Training Program, which is currently offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. His career has been animated by the desire to develop more integrative approaches to the treatment of depression and anxiety. RSVP by emailing

MCC members Bud and Carol Hayden invite members to an upcoming Small Talks, a Think Small speaker series. This month's program will be focused on "Text Me: Turning Everyday Moments into Early Learning Experiences." The event will take place on October 10 from 7:30-9:00 am at the Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul. Free, but registration is required here.

MCC member Jeanne Ravich invites members to see how musical theater is changing the lives of children and teens at a free one-hour breakfast on Wednesday, October 11, 8:00-9:00 am at Lundstrum Performing Arts, 1617 N 2nd St. Lundstrum's joyful mission is to inspire young people through musical theater. Hear from students about their dreams and achievements and how the program has impacted their lives. For more information, contact Jeanne at

MCC member Patty Connelly shares that members can buy tickets to a brunch with Vice President Mondale at the University Club in St. Paul on October 15 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Vice President Mondale will be reflecting on the Civil Rights Act and the turbulent time captured in the Tony Award-winning play All The Way, the History Theatre's 40th Season opener. MPR News Editor-at-Large and Retired Host Gary Eichten will serve as guest host for this special event. Funds raised support the History Theatre. To purchase tickets, click here or call (651) 292-4323.
Around Town

September 29, 5:30 pm, Y at the Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center, 1015 N 4th Ave
Ten Thousand Things Theater presents Electra, a Greek tragedy. In the play, a woman's life goes from bad to worse after her mother kills her father. She starts to plot revenge with the help of a stranger, the neighborhood wives and an old friend and hopes payback will turn things around. Call the Y's Membership Services at 612-230-3987 to register for this free event.

Bread Fest
September 30, 9:30 am, Mill City Farmer's Market, 704 S 2nd St
Time to show off your bread baking skills! Simply drop off your best quick bread or yeasted bread in the train shed demo area by 9:30 am on September 30 to enter the showcase. Then learn, taste and share your tips with other home bakers and professionals and hear from renowned local bakers. For more details, click here

Making Media Law Great Again: The First Amendment in the Time of Trump
October 2, 7:30-9:00 pm, University of Minnesota, Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave S 
David McCraw, Deputy General Counsel of The New York Times, will present the 32nd annual Silha lecture. McCraw has a record as one of the nation's most prolific litigators of freedom of information cases. In October 2016 David wrote a letter to Donald Trump's attorney defending the right of The New York Times to publish a news story over which Trump had threatened a lawsuit, which became an instant sensation. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. 

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
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations

Guthrie Play Reading
North Star Group
Wednesday, 9/27,
6:30-9:30 pm

RiverWest Group
Tuesday, 10/3,
6:30-9:30 pm
Groups will  read  "Watch on the Rhine" 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. A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
by Sun Yung Shin

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
September 28 & October 12
 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


2:00-3:00 pm

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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