April 30, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." - Fred Rogers

My views on my upcoming retirement, exactly. I'm at the beginning of something else! The past four years with MCC have been among the richest, most meaningful days of my working life. The purpose, relationships and new learning they've afforded are gifts that will keep on giving and cherished forever. 

Jeff and I look forward to our continued membership in Mill City Commons and all it affords. We extend our very best wishes to new Executive Director Sara Foster and look forward to supporting her in the many new and exciting initiatives yet to come.  Next week's Musings will contain a welcome to Sara along with her bio. Watch for it! 

I look forward to seeing you at this evening's Last Tuesday Happy Hour!

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

~ Joan Wright
Last Tuesday Happy Hour & Farewell to Joan
Tuesday, April 30, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Umbra at the Canopy Hotel, 708 3rd St S
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Umbra, the restaurant/bar in the new Canopy by Hilton hotel in the former Thresher building on 3rd St S. Hosted by Carol & Ron Vantine and Bill & Karen Snedeker, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites and will be an opportunity to say farewell and thanks to Executive Director Joan Wright. The event is dutch treat--no reservations required. If you'd like to stay for dinner, reservations can be made by calling (612) 332-0696.

NOTE: If you're planning to shop at nearby Trader's Joes after Happy Hour, you can use Trader Joe's two-hour validated parking ramp.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 S 2nd St
Join us to discuss  Mornings in Jenin , a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family by Susan Abulhawa. Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amidst the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home. The novel's voice is that of Amal, the granddaughter of the old village patriarch, a bright, sensitive girl who makes it out of the camps, only to return years later, to marry and bear a child. Through her eyes, with her evolving vision, we get the story of her brothers, one who is kidnapped to be raised Jewish, one who will end with bombs strapped to his middle. But of the many interwoven stories, stretching backward and forward in time, none is more important than Amal's own. Her story is one of love and loss, of childhood and marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.

If you'd like to read ahead, June's book is Friends Forever by Danielle Steele. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email  Marsha Blumenthal.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, May 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 Chuck Buehler hosts. Chuck will share a little background about himself and then give an inside look at Corporate Research at 3M.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Canopy Hotel
Thursday, May 2, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Canopy by Hilton, 708 3rd St S
Join us for a look inside one of east downtown's newest hotels: Canopy by Hilton. Located in the Thresher Square building, the hotel brings to life the area's industrial roots with exposed wood and original brick. The tour will explore guest rooms (with varying floor levels and ceiling heights), meeting space and public areas. If you'd like, join your tourmates for an optional lunch afterwards in Umbra, the hotel's restaurant and bar. Meet at the check-in desk for the tour.

MCC members sign up here.
Birding Walk
Friday, May 3, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Roberts Bird Sanctuary, 4124 Roseway Rd
Celebrate spring with a series of five bird-watching walks along the river or Minneapolis lakes! We hope to see migrating warblers and other songbirds. Gregg Severson, naturalist with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will lead the walks. Bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them (we'll also have some to borrow). This week's walk is at the Roberts Bird Sanctuary, near Lake Harriet. Pay parking is available at the Peace Garden/ Roberts Bird Sanctuary Parking lot on the east end of the bird sanctuary. Find a map  here.

NOTE: You don't have to be a serious birder to participate--this is a chance to learn! And these are not strenuous hikes but rather easy walks with lots of stopping.

MCC members sign up here.
Technology Help Desk
Monday, May 6, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
MCC office, 125 Main St SE, Ste 339
Schedule time with a tech support guru and have your nagging technology questions answered during our complimentary Help Desk. Support for both Apple products and PCs is available. After you register, MCC will confirm the time of your 20-minute one-on-one session. Reminder: Installing or upgrading software and creating accounts cannot be included in the Help Desk session, as they exceed the allotted appointment time.

MCC members sign up here.
RiverFirst: A Progress Report
Monday, May 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Minnesota Tech Center, 1100 Washington Ave S
Join us as Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, provides updates on two of the signature RiverFirst projects slated to begin soon: Water Works and the Great Northern Greenway. The RiverFirst Initiative is a vision for revitalizing the Mississippi Riverfront from St. Anthony Falls to the city's northern border. Signature park projects Water Works, the Great Northern Greenway, the Upper Harbor Terminal and Halls Island will complete a missing link in the historic Grand Rounds and result in miles of new trails connecting neighborhoods in North and Northeast Minneapolis to the river. The Parks Foundation is working closely with the Park Board and fundraising to deliver this vision.

MCC members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, May 7 & 14, 9:30 - 10:30 am 
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
Mill City Commons members are invited to join in a weekly drop-in meditation hour. This is a time for self-guided meditation; if you're new to meditation, we'll provide a brief explanation to help you get started. Our hope is that meditating with each other may help each of our practices and create a shared energy among participants. Drop-in sessions are on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 am at Mill City Quarter, across the parking lot from Abiitan. An MCC member will be there to greet you at 9:30 a.m. Please register for sessions you plan to attend so we have an idea of how many to expect. All sessions are free.

MCC members sign up here for the May 7 session; MCC members sign up here for the May 14 session.
MCC Evening Book Club
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
RiverWest Social Room, 401 1st St S
Join us to discuss A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family's Story by Qais Akbar Omar. Twenty-three years ago--after the Soviets left and before the Taliban came to power--Kabul was a garden where seven-year-old Qais Akbar Omar flew kites from the roof of his grandfather's house. Then came the hollow sounds of rocket fire as the Mujahedin, self-proclaimed holy warriors, took over Afghanistan, and the country erupted in civil war. Omar's family fled, leaving everything behind to take shelter in an old fort. But after a narrow escape from death, his father decided that the family must leave the country. Yet the journey proved more difficult than anticipated, and in this stunning coming-of-age memoir, Omar offers a moving recollection of these events--a story of daily hardships, relieved by moments of joy and immense beauty.

The MCC Evening Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every other month. Upcoming gatherings are on July 2, September 3 and November 5.

MCC members sign up here.
Birding Walk
Friday, May 10, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Location to be announced
Celebrate spring with a series of five bird-watching walks along the river or Minneapolis lakes! We hope to see migrating warblers and other songbirds. Gregg Severson, naturalist with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will lead the walks. Bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them (we'll also have some to borrow). Locations for the walks to be announced each week.

NOTE: You don't have to be a serious birder to participate-this is a chance to learn! And these are not strenuous hikes but rather easy walks with lots of stopping.

MCC members sign up here.
Youth Frontiers: Teaching Character, Civility & Community
Tuesday, May 14, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
Young people today face many new and unknown challenges. What can parents, grandparents and caring adults do to help? In this interactive and entertaining program, Youth Frontiers' Founder and CEO Joe Cavanaugh will distill some essential character lessons that will help the young people in your life thrive and help you determine with more clarity what's really important in teaching character. By working with educators, parents and community members, Youth Frontiers strives to make the world a kinder, more civil and respectful place to live. Joe will share stories and strategies--based on his 35 years of experience working with young people--that will not only help you in your relationship with young people but will help you challenge them to live lives of character.

MCC members sign up here.
Sunrise Flour Mill Tour
Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sunrise Flour Mill, 39724 Grand Ave, North Branch
Join us for a field trip to Sunrise Flour Mill, located just north of the metro in North Branch. You may be familiar with the mill's heritage wheats from the Mill City Farmers Market or from the bread-baking class Sunrise offered MCC members earlier this year. Now is your chance to tour this unique mill, owned by Darrold and Marty Glanville. After a tour of the facility--with its brand-new mill--we'll travel 5 minutes away to the Glanville's home for sourdough pizza from their wood-fired oven. We'll carpool from downtown, leaving at 10:00 a.m. to arrive at the mill by 11:00 a.m. We should be back downtown around 2:30 p.m. Cost per person is $25.

MCC members sign up here
Lessons from a Chaplain & Social Worker: 7 Reasons People Don't Want to Talk about Death
Thursday, May 16, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
Given that our death rate is exactly 100%, why is it so hard to get a real conversation going on how we want to live at the end of our lives, and what we want done when we're no longer here? Our three-part series "Lessons from a Chaplain & Social Worker on Death & Dying" begins with "The 7 Reasons People Don't Want to Talk About Death & Dying." Expect education as well as interaction, and just the right blend of reverence and irreverence. We'll unpack the big (and small but powerful) reasons this is so hard and offer concrete ways to invite people past them so you and your loved ones can get real, get planning, and get some peace of mind. Our guides will be Zac Willette MDiv BCC and Anne Archbold MSW LSW of Allay Care Services, a national nonprofit headquartered in the Twin Cities.

MCC members sign up here.

MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's May 
events here.
News From Members 

MCC member Jim Conaway invites you to the Traffic Zone's Open Studio on Saturday, May 4, from 5:30-9:00 pm at 250 3rd Ave N. There will be 23 artists opening their studios, plus six invited guest artists. Jim extends a special invitation to members to come up to his studio (#204) at 5:00 pm to avoid the crowds and get a jump start on parking.

MCC member Barbara Goldner shares that the Psychiatry Department with University of Minnesota Health is now offering its second round of Integrative Wellness Classes. Classes will be offered at Mill City Primary Care Clinic and Behavior Health Clinic for Families (BHCF). Two classes that may be of interest include Introduction to Brain Health and Emotional Wellbeing and Movement and Breath Work for Mental Health. Classes start May 13. For further information on the classes, including descriptions, costs and more, click on the titles above. To register, please email psychwellness@umn.edu or call (612)-273-9827.
Ar ound Town

May Day Succulent Bar Make & Take Event
May 1, 4:00-6:00 pm, The Grand Hotel, 615 2nd Ave S
Create your very own unique, one of a kind succulent creation! Succ It Up Buttercup will supply hundreds of containers from vintage to modern and a variety of succulents for you to choose from. Prices range from $18-33 and include everything you need to plant and decorate your arrangement. Learn more here.

Mill City Farmer's Market
May 4, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Mill City Farmer's Market, Chicago Mall & 2nd St S
It's opening day for the Mill City Farmer's Market. Enjoy the goods of over 60 farmers, food makers and artisans. Click here to see what fresh foods may be available and to find out specific highlights of the first outdoor market of the season.

Global Conversations: A Rwandan Story of Healing and Forgiveness
May 15, 6:00-7:15 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Join a special program with author Denise Uwimana as she shares her testimony and discusses Rwanda's turbulent history and the projects and programs established to promote healing, renovation and community building in the region. Uwimana turned her extraordinary experience as a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide into a personal mission to provide material and spiritual assistance to fellow survivors. Free, but pre-registration is requested 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
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations

Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required. The next  book is
Mornings in Jenin
by Susan Abulhawa
Click here to see what books we're reading at future Book Chats.

Guthrie Play Reading
North Star Group
Wednesday, May 1,
6:30-9:30 pm

RiverWest Group
Wednesday, May 7,
6:30-9:30 pm
Groups will be reading Metamorphoses  this month.

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
If you're interested in playing a round of social bridge, contact the MCC office.

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.

MCC Women Connect
Join MCC women as they connect and grow, sharing experiences and learning from each other as they adapt to life's changes and transitions. This group meets the third Thursday morning of the month.
  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.

Meditation Circle
                         Tuesdays             9:30-10:30  am
          Mill City Quarter,
322 2nd St S
 Join us for a weekly
self-guided meditation hour.
Ongoing Member-Led Activities

MCC Caregivers' Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays,
10:30 am-12:00 pm
A way to support members and non-members who are 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
May 9 & 23
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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