August 13, 2019
Update from the Executive Director
Good morning, friends! Looks like we might be in for some rain showers today with a partly cloudy/mostly sunny week. 

Do you know what OLLI stands for? It's the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota. OLLI is an award-winning program offering noncredit courses, interest groups, travel, and events for adult learners. The fall course request period begins August 26. Mill City Commons members get a chance to hear from celebrated OLLI instructor Carol Rudie in Russian Travelogue below. Learn more about OLLI here

I am excited to watch the Twin Cities River Rats this week with MCC members! This is a family-friendly event -- please feel welcome to invite your kids or grandkids to join us. Check out their website for a short video which gives you a taste of their show. (Scroll down past the headline images to just underneath the bold "Welcome!") 

A few Nosy Neighbor tours and many more upcoming opportunities to connect this month including a lunchtime Sunday Soiree at the Legacy and Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Pracna. Details below... keep reading, and hope to see or hear from you soon!  

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

~ Sara J.B. Foster
Russian Travelogue
Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Take a virtual trip through the heart of Russia in this visual presentation by Carol Rudie, lead docent and coordinator of outreach education at the Russian Museum of Art--and a highly sought out OLLI teacher. Several MCC members who have traveled with Rudie and have taken her OLLI classes rave about her knowledge and presentations. In this program, Moscow and St. Petersburg act as bookends to an exploration of the circle of ancient towns that predate the unification of the country under the tsars. Tiptoe through distinctive churches, follow rivers through forests to rustic villages, appreciate the art and architecture that makes this culture distinctive. Rudie has a PhD that includes a minor in Art History.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Women Connect
Thursday, August 15, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
At this month's MCC Women Connect, Susan Plimpton will lead a discussion about privacy. It's generally acknowledged that public anxiety about privacy is growing. What does privacy mean to you? Has your definition changed over the years? In this technology-driven, digital age, does each of us even know which aspects of our privacy we've lost? What does the future hold? Please join us to share what about privacy is important to you and what you would do to keep it safe. A good introductory article about the subject can be found  here.
MCC Women Connect's purpose is to gather to connect and grow, sharing our experiences and learning from each other as we adapt to life's changes and transitions. Discussion ideas come from members, volunteer facilitators and a list of suggestions being developed. We meet once a month, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., on the third Thursday.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Twin Cities River Rats Waterski Show
Thursday, August 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Twin Cities River Rats, 1758 W River Rd N
Minnesota is the birthplace of waterskiing, and the Mississippi River is the home of the Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team! Join MCC friends on the banks of the Mississippi for one of the Rats' hour-long shows, where they combine various waterskiing acts with skits and music. We'll meet at 6:00 pm to grab a viewing spot, and then order pizzas from nearby Broadway Pizza or visit one of the concessions on site. A development show (with newer or younger River Rats) starts at 6:30 pm, followed by The Big Show at 7:00 pm. Park on West River Road south of Broadway. Bring blankets or chairs. Guests are welcome (bring the grandkids)!

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Golf with MCC
Friday, August 16, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Gross National Golf Club, 2201 St. Anthony Blvd
Join us for a round of golf at Gross National Golf Course, built in 1924 and considered to be the city's best. Men and women golfers are welcome. We'll play 9 holes of golf, with one group starting at 9:28 am and the second at 9:36 am. Cost to play, including a cart, is $31 (walkers pay less). Meet at the clubhouse; click here for directions to the course.
MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, August 18, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
The Legacy Community Room, 1240 2nd St S
Join your friends and neighbors for the Sunday Soiree, hosted by Gustavo Gomez & Jim Schmit and Cheryl Grasmoen & Bill Van Essendelft at the Legacy. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing an appetizer, salad or dessert. As you register, let us know what you'll bring by answering the "Question" that will appear on the screen. You're welcome to also bring wine or beer to share, or, as the hosts suggest, sparkling or Rose wine!

MCC members sign up here.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Millers Landing
Monday, August 19, 11:00 - 11:45 am
Miller's Landing Senior Living, 155 5th Ave S
Join us for a look inside one of the neighborhood's newly renovated historic buildings--the Ceresota building. Originally a grain elevator, the building is now home to Millers Landing Senior Living. Open to those 55 and older, it includes independent living, assisted living and memory care. We'll tour the atrium, a variety of apartments and finish in the solarium, with its stunning views of the city and a light snack.

MCC members sign up here.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: YouthLink
Tuesday, August 20, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
YouthLink, 41 N 12th St
Tour YouthLink's recently renovated facility and Downtown View apartments, serving more than 1,800 young people experiencing homelessness each year. YouthLink's transformed space means more space for its programming--helping young people believe in themselves and find a path to self-reliance. The tour will be followed by a discussion with YouthLink's Executive Director, Dr. Heather Huseby, about YouthLink's role in addressing homelessness in downtown Minneapolis and the organization's plans for the future. Parking is available in YouthLink's lot as well as at meters on the street.
MCC members sign up here.
Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, August 21, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Winslow House Party Room, 100 2nd St SE
Current international news and U.S. foreign policy provide an endless trove of topics for learning and discussion. Retired foreign service officer and MCC member Bill Davnie will identify a topic in advance, although news can always lead us in a fresh direction.  This month's topic: "Two Ks, Two Ways: Kashmir and Korea." Indian Prime Minister Modi blocked U.S. involvement; North Korea's Kim Jong-un seeks it. We'll talk about how different players deal with the U.S.--and their neighbors.

This ongoing program is held on the third Wednesday of the month. Topic ideas for each monthly gathering are welcome.

MCC members sign up here.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, August 22, 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 Michael Brennan hosts on the topic of "Consequential Conversations: Reflections on Life-Changing Interactions."

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Wilderness Inquiry Canoe Trip
Friday, August 23, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
North Mississippi Regional Park, Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 N Mississippi Dr
Join us for an adventure in the heart of the Twin Cities! We'll explore the Mississippi River up close in three 24-foot cedar strip canoes, each holding nine people. With the folks from Wilderness Inquiry as our guides, paddling is easy and fun in these Voyageur canoes. We'll begin at North Mississippi Regional Park Kroening Interpretive Center and end at Boom Island Park. Cost to participate is $58 per person.
Deadline for registration has passed, but if you'd like to be placed on the cancellation list, contact Betsy Wray:
Author Event: Ames Sheldon on Eleanor's Wars
Monday, August 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Village Lofts Community Room, 100 2nd St NE
Ames Sheldon will discuss the process of writing her first historical novel, Eleanor's Wars, from the original inspiration to the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction. Then she'll describe her path with her second novel, Don't Put the Boats Away, the sequel to Eleanor's Wars. In addition, she'll read some brief bits from both novels.

MCC members sign up here.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Pracna on Main, 117 Main St SE
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Pracna on Main, Minneapolis' oldest tavern and cafe! Hosted by Gerry & Susan Timm, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required. We'll meet in the atrium next to Pracna, where Pracna will have "Private Party" signs for our group.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
MCC Program Calendar

Plan ahead! View the full calendar of August events here!

News from Members

MCC member Karla Ekdahl wants members to know that last week there was a groundbreaking for our country's first ever memorial to survivors of sexual assault. She shares some thoughts and photos here. To learn more about the memorial, click here.

MCC member Suzanne Joyce invites members to attend the Playwrights' Center
2019 Taste of the Season. At this one-of-a-kind event, you'll be introduced to four of the nation's greatest playwrights and hear an excerpt from their latest masterpiece, before taking a sip of a thoughtfully paired wine selected by Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn. Raise a glass in celebration of this incredible cohort of artists, whose stories are changing the voice of the American Theatre. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.
Ar ound Town

Pure Barre
August 14, 6:00-7:00 pm, The Commons Park, 425 Portland Ave S
This low impact, high intensity workout will challenge you through a combination of strength elements and cardio sprints, elevating your heart rate and inducing the shake. All fitness levels are welcome. The class is free. Bring a yoga mat (or towel) and a water bottle. 

Global Conversations: Challenges and Change in Latin America
August 21, 6:00-7:15 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Join a conversation with Inter-American Dialogue President Michael Shifter as he discusses the complex and often strained relations between the U.S. and Latin America including a look at immigration and trade policies, the reversal of the Cuban thaw, the Trump administration's return to a more militant war on drugs, and the implications of recent developments with Venezuela and China. The program will also include a Q&A session. Free, but registration is required 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
There There
by Tommy Orange
Click here to see what books we're reading at future Book Chats.

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.
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
August 15 & 29
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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