December 25, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

MCC programming slows down during the next two holiday weeks, but there are two social events you might enjoy attending:
Movie & Dinner on December 27 and New Year's Eve Dinner on December 31. More info and registration on both are available below.

New sessions for MCC Caregivers' Support Groups begin in January with openings available in the afternoon session -- Caregivers' Support Group 2. Please contact Betsy Wray for more information and registration.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas!

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

~ Joan Wright
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, December 27, 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 Keith Nelson hosts on the topic of "Traditions: Alive & Well or Fading?". After sharing his own story, he'll ask each attendee to share a short story at their table about a tradition enjoyed with family or friends, past or present, from any season of the year.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Dinner & a A Movie!
Thursday, December 27, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
Join MCC members for a dutch-treat mid-week dinner and movie! We'll start with dinner at Pracna at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:00 p.m. screening of "Mary, Queen of Scots" at St. Anthony Main Theatre. Members and guests are welcome to join us for dinner, the movie or both.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
New Year's Eve Dinner
Monday, December 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Smith & Porter Restaurant, 428 2nd St S
Join your MCC friends and celebrate a year well-lived with a New Year's Eve meal at Smith & Porter! You'll order off the menu, and the meal is dutch-treat.

Registration closes tomorrow, December 26! MCC members sign up here.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, January 2, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss Glass Houses by Louise Penny. When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Surete du Quebec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment.

If you'd like to read ahead, February's book is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Marsha Blumenthal.

MCC members and guests. No registration required. 
Social Bridge
Wednesday, January 2, 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.
Dinner for 5
Sunday, January 6, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Abiitan's Smith & Porter Restaurant, 
428 2nd St S
If connecting with and getting to know other MCC members in a smaller, more intimate social setting interests you, this new 10th Anniversary program idea just might be for you! Join other MCC members for a casual evening of dining in Abiitan's Smith & Porter Restaurant. The meal is dutch treat. Space is limited, so register early!

MCC members sign up here.
Hear for the Health of It
Monday, January 7, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
American Academy of Neurology, 201 Chicago Ave
Did you know that untreated hearing loss can have other significant health consequences, such as higher risk of dementia, and increased fatigue, tension, stress and depression? Learn about these issues and more from Mary Bauer, the state of Minnesota's deaf and hard of hearing specialist. Mary will describe how to get an accurate diagnosis of hearing loss; explore no- and low-cost apps and devices; and share helpful communication strategies. A demonstration of assistive technology will be available after the presentation.

MCC members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, January 8, 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.
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, January 8, 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.
Theft, Cybercrime and Consumer Protections
Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Winslow House Party Room, 100 2nd St SE
Financial crimes including scams, identity theft and consumer fraud are the most frequently attempted crimes every day in the United States. Technology has made it easier for criminals to access personal information and financial accounts from anywhere in the world-and cover their tracks. Learn how you can better protect yourself and avoid liability for losses. This presentation is based on analysis of undercover FBI recordings of con-artists in action, consumer protection laws and reports from crime victims. Jay Haapala is Associate State Director of Community Engagement with AARP Minnesota and leads the state's Fraud Watch Network, which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams and identity theft.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's December events here.

Plan ahead! View the full calendar of MCC's January events here.
News from Members

Do you like movies? MCC member Will Craig compiled a list of all the movies nominated for various awards. Click here to see the 2018 movie award nominees;  the spreadsheet will be updated as the awards are announced and winners will be listed in red. If you enjoy watching and discussing movies, consider joining the MCC: Movie Chat forum. Contact Mary Texidor to learn more.

MCC member Allan Burdick thinks this article titled "More Than Ever, Americans Age Alone" in the Wall Street Journal makes a good case for membership in Mill City Commons. 
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The Greatest Sparkling Wines (You Have Never Heard Of)
December 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 N Washington Ave
The world of sparkling wine is full of the predictable...prosecco, cava, champagne. In this class, incredible new gems will be popped that are off the radar for most wine drinkers. These wines represent some of the greatest bang for the buck in the market today. You will learn about and taste six different wines, and discuss the wider world of sparkling wine. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

Bakken Trio Performance - Seven Romances
January 6, 4:00 pm, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St S
Soprano Liv Redpath joins the Bakken in a program that showcases the symbiotic relationship between vocal and instrumental chamber music. The expansive lyricism of Brahms First Violin Sonata grows directly out of its intrinsic connection to his Op. 59 songs, Regenlied and Nachklang. Shostakovich's Romanzen Suite contains some of his most deeply personal music, set to texts by poet Alexander Blok. For information and tickets, click here

Dirty Works
February 1, 6:00-8:00 pm, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave S
Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed. Great for beginners. $35 + $5 supply fee. Note: These classes fill up quickly, so don't delay! Registration available here. February classes include Papercutting in Full Color, Paper Marbling and Valentine Postcard Printing.

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.  
Turkey & Extra Helpings Drive
Thank you to all of our generous members and friends for helping us exceed our Turkey & Extra Helpings food drive goal. In addition to providing holiday groceries for 50 families, we were able to donate nearly $600 to Ascension School's food shelf. Know that your generosity is very much appreciated by all the families.
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
Jefe Urban Hacienda
219 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 (note the new time)
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required. The next  book is
Glass Houses
by Louise Penny

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.

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 fourth 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 & 1:00-2:30 pm*
A way to support members and non-members who are in a  caregiving role. *There are openings in the afternoon session.
For more information, contact  Betsy Wray

Men's Dutch Lunch
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
 January 3 & 17
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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