February 19, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

"I want to get to know my neighbors/neighborhood," is often a new member's response to the question  'Why have you decided to join Mill City Commons?' 

It makes sense. Getting to know your neighbors and what your neighborhood offers are logical interests to pursue. Making connections, forming new friendships, seeking opportunities to learn, share and grow are natural by products.  Membership in Mill City Commons offers its members all of these things, and more. 

Our Vetted Volunteer Drivers and Meals for Members services have proved invaluable this winter, offering those who need rides for doctor or rehab appointments or the delivery of a meal during their recovery from illness or surgery. 

Please keep these services in mind should you need them, and consider adding your name to the list of folks who are willing to offer a ride or bring a meal to a member who needs one. It's an excellent way to assist and get to know fellow members. Business and Member Services Administrator Mary Texidor coordinates these services. Please contact her. She would be delighted to add your name to either, or both, of these volunteer lists!

Thank you!!

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

~ Joan Wright
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, February 21, 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 Bob Whitlock hosts. Bob's guest will be Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam, who will speak on the changes in the court pointing to rehabilitation rather than punishment and warehousing of prisoners.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Minnesota
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
For more than 200,000 years, humans have migrated to survive for the same reasons: family, food and freedom. Learn about today's refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants from Sarah Brenes, director of the Refugee & Immigrant Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. Sarah will provide an overview of the different ways people may migrate to the United States, what migration looks like in Minnesota and how you can help welcome these new neighbors to the community.

MCC members sign up here.
Great Decisions - Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future
Monday, February 25, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them. The president has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021; the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula; and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations? Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future? Speaker Dr. Mary Curtin had a 25-year career as a State Department foreign service officer before joining the U of M's Humphrey School of Public Affairs as Diplomat-in-Residence in 2013. Among her areas of expertise are nuclear nonproliferation.

Registration on the MCC website is required for Great Decisions members. Sorry, not open to guests; to join the MCC Great Decisions Discussion Group, email Betsy Wray at betsywray@millcitycommons.org.

MCC GD members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, February 26 & March 5, 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 February 26 session; members sign up here for the March 5 session.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Black Sheep Pizza, 600 Washington Ave N
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Black Sheep Pizza! Hosted by Bob Callahan and Carol Jordan, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. The event is dutch treat--no reservations required. If you'd like to stay for dinner, reservations for 8 or more can be made by calling (612) 342-2625.

In addition to metered street parking (enforced until 10 p.m.), you can use Smack Shack or Loop Valet for $5.

MCC members and guests welcome. No registration required. 
Social Bridge
Wednesday, February 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 caroljordan@millcitycommons.org.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC
MCC Women Connect
Thursday, February 28, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
At this month's MCC Women Connect, member Mary Moos will lead a discussion on joy and contentment, inspired by a recent New York Times opinion piece, "The Joy of Being a Woman in Her 70s." Do joy and contentment come with age? Is there a difference between joy and happiness, delight and pleasure? Is there a difference between contentment and success, satisfaction and serenity? Has your perception of these words changed as you've aged? The discussion will go beyond age 70, but it's a starting point.

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 fourth Thursday.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
The Silence Breakers and the Me Too Movement
Monday, March 4, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Winslow House, 100 2nd St SE
Macalester College professor Dr. Duchess Harris, author of Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA, will speak on her newest book, The Silence Breakers and the #MeToo Movement. The book, written for high school students, explores the movement promoting awareness of sexual abuse, harassment and assault in the U. S. Through this movement, silence breakers have spoken out and held abusers accountable for their actions. Harris promises the talk will be uplifting and help us understand how young people can think about trauma and vulnerability.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Evening Book Club
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
RiverWest Social Room, 401 1st St S
Join us to discuss TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators-Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown-set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. Dublin, 1845 and '46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause-despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave. New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland's notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.

The MCC Evening Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Upcoming gatherings are on June 4, September 3 and December 3.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

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

MCC member Will Craig has updated his Oscar Crib Sheet to show the results of Sunday's BAFTA awards. The British Academy Film award has provided a good base for predicting Oscar winners, but this year they went national with The Favorites taking top awards for best actress, best supporting actress, best original screen play, and best British film. Roma took best overall movie and is the odds on favorite to win the Oscar in this category -- much to his chagrin.

MCC member Peggy Lucas shares that there is an opportunity to hear about the innovative projects that were funded last year by the Mill City Farmers Market's Next Stage Grant Program. The open house will include an interactive poster session with grant recipients, a hearty soup dinner and beverages. The grant program is intended to help build a sustainable, local food economy. The event is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 5:30-7:30 pm, at The Good Acre in Falcon Heights. To RSVP for this free event, click here.

MCC member Nancy Darcy wants members to know that Musical Offering has their annual Food and Wine concert on March 3 from 3:00-5:00 pm celebrating the spirit of spring. Music by Franz Schubert, Andre Previn and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will be performed. Tickets are $60 and include drinks, "heavy" hors d'oeuvres at intermission and desserts after the concert. Enter code TMO5519 to get $5 off when buying tickets. Purchase tickets here

MCC member Dick Olson shares that the Conference for Caregivers and Those Supporting a Loved One with Dementia is now open for registration. The conference is scheduled for April 7 from 8:00 am-1:15 pm at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. To learn more about the sessions and registration information, click here.

MCC member Ellie Hands invites members to attend "Being Present: A Conversation About Humanness Through Life's End" on April 15 at 6:00 pm. The event will feature the Giving Voice chorus, speakers Dr. Jessica Zitter and Frank Ostaseski, and guest moderator Cathy Wurzer. Both Frank and Jessica feel a call to action to engage in conversations about the end of life, to bring humanity back into the health care system, and to be open to how thinking and talking about death can shed light on how to live. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

MCC member Diane Hoftsede  invites members to participate in the Great River Coalition's 2019 Earth Day 5K Run/Walk and River Cleanup at Boom Island Park! The event takes place on April 20. The race begins at 9:00 am, with river cleanup starting at 9:30 am. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities. Email Diane at diane@greatrivercoalition.com if you're interested in volunteering or click here to learn more and register to walk or run.

Baseball season is around the corner! Join your MCC friends and family members at Target Field and attend one or more of these Twins mid-day, midweek games in 2019: Houston (5/2), LAA (5/15), Seattle (6/13), White Sox (6/7), Tampa Bay (6/27), NY Mets (7/17), Atlanta (8/7), or the White Sox (8/21). To request seating for these games (or any other on the 2019 schedule), simply e-mail MCC member Allan Burdick at alburd4057@gmail.com indicating the games you would like to attend and how many tickets you'd like for each game. Ticket cost: $22 (same as if you were a season ticket holder). Pay when you get your tickets. Last year, 200 tickets were purchased in this program.
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Vocal Essence: Yet They Persist
February 24, 4:00-6:00 pm, Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall 
Stand up and cheer as VocalEssence honors past, present, and future trailblazing African and African American women who persist against all odds to change their communities and the world. Atlanta's Spelman College Glee Club will join the VocalEssence Chorus and VocalEssence Singers Of This Age in this electrifying program, which celebrates entrepreneurship, highlights the importance of education and advocates for the equality of all. Includes a concert talk from 3:00-3:30 pm. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.

MacPhail Spotlight Series: Liszt's Spiritual Journey
February 28, 7:00 pm, Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th St N
Nineteenth century superstar pianist Franz Liszt was fascinated with Catholicism throughout his life. He became increasingly drawn to a spiritual life, and eventually took minor holy orders in the Catholic church. Join virtuoso pianist Richard Tostenson as he performs some of Liszt's most impressive secular and spiritual works in the stunning atmosphere of the Basilica of Saint Mary. Learn more  here.

Women Pirates and Travelers
March 6, 10:00-11:00 am, Westminster Presbysterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Women fill the pages of early modern travel narratives, many authored by men, but a few written by women. Yet, somehow, we seem to know very little about these women; most of them remain unseen by history. Join James Ford Bell Library Curator Marguerite Ragnow as she shares some of their stories: from pirates and naughty noble women to slaves and Boston matrons. Registration not required. Learn more here.

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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
 required.

Rendezvous
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
Dear Mrs. Bird
by AJ Pearce

Guthrie Play Reading
RiverWest Group
Tuesday, Feb. 19,
6:30-9:30 pm

North Star Group
Wednesday, Feb. 27,
6:30-9:30 pm
Groups will be reading
As You Like It 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
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.
 
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Ongoing Fitness Opportunities

SBS Class
                        Thursdays
                 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,
January-April,
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
 February 28 &
March 14
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
 
 
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