February 26, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

In spite of the cold, last night's Great Decisions program drew 50+ members to hear Dr. Mary Curtin, former State Department foreign service officer and current U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs Diplomat-in-Residence, present an overview on past and current nuclear negotiations. Not a particularly happy topic, but certainly an important one. 

In spite of the heavy content, members chatted happily away, enjoying pre and post presentation connections with one another, catching up on current happenings, gathering vacation updates and, in general, checking in on various life happenings. 

These touchstones of connection, limited though they may be, offer valuable affirmation of one's inclusion in a broader community where new connections and a deepening of casual acquaintances are possible.

The next two weeks hold any number of opportunities to learn, connect and grow. I hope you can join us.  It is good to be together! 

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

~ Joan Wright
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.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, March 5 & 12, 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 March 5 session; members sign up here for the March 12 session.
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.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, March 6, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 S 2nd St
Join us to discuss Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are doing their bit for the war effort and trying to stay cheerful, despite the German planes making their nightly raids. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper, she seizes her chance. But after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, renowned advice columnist of Woman's Friend magazine. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women, many of whom have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she begins to secretly write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.

April's book is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (originally scheduled for February Book Chat, which was cancelled due to weather). Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Marsha Blumenthal.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Technology Workshop: Did You Know Your iPhone Could Do This?
Wednesday, March 6, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
American Academy of Neurology, Training Room B, 201 Chicago Ave
Explore hidden features of your iPhone in this workshop, where you'll learn tips and tricks that will expand your use of your iPhone. We'll cover safety features such as advanced emergency calls; health features such as the built-in steps tracker; practical features like faxing, scanning, and using your phone as a magnifying glass, and many more. It's recommended that you have an iPhone 6S or newer and an operating system of iOS 12, as some of these features are specific to newer phones and operating systems. Time will be reserved at the end for asking questions and sharing your personal favorite tricks and tips. This class will not cover basic how-to's and functionality.

NOTE: If you update your phone, there may be changes to how your phone looks--you can't go back. If you're unsure, please consult Tech Tutor, the Apple Store, or a friend. Before upgrading, complete a backup (Settings app, tap your name, tap iCloud, tap iCloud Backup, and tap Back Up Now while connected to wifi).

MCC members sign up here.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, March 7, 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 Bill Fox hosts guest speaker R.T. Rybak. Rybak, former Minneapolis mayor and current president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, will discuss several important issues facing the city and state. Topics may include marijuana legalization and the criminal justice system.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Dinner for 5
Sunday, March 10, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Smith & Porter Restaurant, 428 S 2nd St
If connecting with and getting to know other MCC members in a smaller, more intimate social setting interests you, this Sunday night dinner just might be for you! This month, 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.
Driven to Discover: Headquarters Economy - Why the Twin Cities Are a Leader
Monday, March 11, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Minnesota Tech Center, 1100 Washington Ave S
Why are the Twin Cities such a strong center for corporate headquarters? Myles Shaver, professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at the U of M's Carlson School of Management, will share insights into this question, based on his research into the Twin Cities headquarters economy. The answer lies in understanding the essence of headquarters--the managerial pool that guides and governs these companies. Shaver, who holds the Pond Family Chair in Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles, is the author of the just released Headquarters Economy: Managers, Mobility and Migration.

This is one in an ongoing MCC program series under the banner "Driven to Discover." The series features University of Minnesota faculty and students sharing current research and programming at the University.

MCC members sign up here.
"The Body in Soviet Art" at The Museum of Russian Art
Tuesday, March 12, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave S
Join us for a tour of "The Body in Soviet Art." This exhibition examines the depictions of the human form in Soviet art, featuring more than 50 works created from the 1950s to 1970s. Representations of the human body have varied over time and across cultures; Soviet art placed a unique emphasis on the working body as part of a Soviet collective. Docent Ruth Ann Benson will be our guide. You're welcome to invite guests! Admission is free for TMORA members, $8 for seniors (65+) and $10 for adults.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Protecting Minnesota's Seniors from Abuse and Neglect
Thursday, March 14, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location TBA
For the last two years, AARP Minnesota has been at the State Capitol asking lawmakers for stronger protections for Minnesotans in long-term care residential facilities. Lawmakers have pledged to work in a bipartisan way to pass legislation this year that establishes new license requirements for assisted living residences and strengthens the rights of older Minnesotans to protect them against retaliation when they or their family members speak out about poor quality care. Come learn more about how a broken regulatory system has allowed abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities to persist and how Minnesota can better protect older and vulnerable adults. Speaker Erin Parrish is Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach for AARP Minnesota.

MCC members sign up here.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, March 17, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Join your friends and neighbors for the Sunday Soiree, hosted by La Rive members John & Sonia Cairns, David & Sheryl Evelo, Barbara McBurney and Mary Moos. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a hearty hors d'oeuvre, main dish salad or dessert 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 are welcome to bring your own wine or beer to share.
MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

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 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.
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Hike: Eagles on the River
Early March, daytime hours, North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct
Though mostly solitary, this time of year eagles return to nesting sites to mate and will congregate around areas of open water to feed. Look for these majestic predators along the Mississippi River while out for a hike. Stop by the Kroening Interpretive Center for more information and suggested walking routes (snowshoes  may also be available). The Interpretive Center is closed on Mondays. 

Stories from the Book of Harbor Light
March 15, 5:30 pm, Hennepin Theatre Trust, 900 Hennepin Ave
Come challenge your perceptions of homelessness and share in a community-building experience. zAmya Theater, in collaboration with Hennepin Theatre Trust and The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, created Stories from the Book of Harbor Light. It is based on storytelling, writing and acting workshops with people staying at the Harbor Light Center and others who have experienced homelessness or are currently homeless. Learn more here.

March 21-24, various times, Cowles Center Goodale Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave
A tale exploding with star-crossed lovers, melodramatic villains, broad comedy, and a beautiful score, Candide combines the power of opera with the delights of musical theatre. Wrapped in irony, this musical follows the optimistic young Candide in search of "the best of all possible worlds" on an extraordinary journey to reunite with his soulmate. An all-star cast will be joined by a full orchestra and a chorus of sixty--the perfect way to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein's remarkable score. To purchase tickets, click 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.  
Please Welcome MCC's Newest Members!

Dick Vogel & Pat Slaber
Martha Lee

Susan Russell Freeman  
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
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required. The next  book is
Dear Mrs. Bird
by AJ Pearce

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