January 22, 2019
Update from the Business and Member Services Administrator

Did you know that MCC hasn't raised its dues since 2011? And yet for the past eight years, MCC has increased its educational and cultural programming, social opportunities and services to members including rides and meals. I encourage members to take advantage of these member benefits that we offer and I would like to encourage non-members to consider joining us in 2019. MCC is a great way to join a community along the riverfront and it comes with the extra perks of fun activities and interesting people. If you have questions about membership, you can go to our website page or contact our office at (612) 455-3329.

For those of you who like to make last minute plans, it is not too late to sign up for tonight's event about the Playwrights' Center. You can find details below and guests are welcome to attend. 

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

~ Mary Texidor
An Insider's Look at the Playwrights' Center: Taking a Play from Page to Stage
Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
A-Mill Artist Lofts, Performance Hall, First Floor, 315 Main St SE
Have you always wanted to peek behind the scenes at how a new play is made? Luckily, the largest new play development center in the country is located just a mile from downtown. Join Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights' Center, Jeremy Cohen, along with one of the Center's renowned playwrights, Carlyle Brown, for an insider's look at storytelling for the stage. Learn how playwrights are nurtured and mentored at the Center, how they develop their new work, and how new plays you've seen at the Guthrie, Penumbra, Children's Theatre Company, Mixed Blood and The Jungle have gone from the page to the stage. We'll have a lively evening of conversation about the collaborative process in the Performance Hall at the historic A-Mill Artist Lofts on the banks of the Mississippi.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Provide a Meal at First Covenant Shelter
Wednesday, January 23, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
First Covenant Church, 810 7th St S
Join MCC friends to serve a meal at First Covenant Shelter by St. Stephen's. First Covenant feeds its homeless guests every night and relies on groups of volunteers to prepare a meal and serve the guests. While serving the meal, volunteers are encouraged to take shifts and eat and visit with the guests. Member Ellen Breyer is organizing a team of volunteers to transport a prepared meal from her home and then deliver and serve it at First Covenant. Volunteers are also asked to donate $20 to cover the cost of feeding 55 to 60 people. If you're unable to participate but would like to donate money for groceries, that would be appreciated, too. If you have questions, you may contact Ellen Breyer:  ebreyer@mac.com .

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, January 24, 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 Mike Fronk hosts with a slide show called "Other Creatures." Animals have always played an important role in Mike's life, beginning with a pet raccoon when he was about 12 years old. That was followed by pet hamsters, an alligator, avid bird watching and more. Come for some entertaining tales about some of these animals.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
MCC Women Connect
Thursday, January 24, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 2nd St S, #105
At this month's MCC Women Connect, Marcia Townley will host a discussion inspired by a recent New York Times editorial titled, "Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World." The subtitle, "Society's winners can seem so generous, until you consider what they're really selling," and the subsequent article stimulate thought about what creates real change. Review the article here, if you can, and bring your thoughts for discussion.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Richard Painter on Ethics in Government
Monday, January 28, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
Richard Painter, University of Minnesota law professor and a top ethics scholar who worked as George W. Bush's chief ethics lawyer, returns to Mill City Commons to address conflicts of interest in government, as well as the ongoing Mueller investigation of Russian interference with the election, proceedings in the Southern District of New York on campaign finance violations, and the New York attorney general's investigations in the U.S. House of Representatives.

MCC members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, January 29 & February 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 January 29 session; members sign up here for the February 5 session.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 29, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
The Loop, 606 Washington Ave N
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at the The Loop! Hosted by Ginny & Will Craig, Patty Connelly and Barbara Broker, 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 can be made by calling (612) 340-0010.

Metered parking, enforced until 10 p.m., is available on Washington and 6th Avenues.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, January 30, 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.
Driven to Discover: Headquarters Economy - Why the Twin Cities Are a Leader
Monday, February 4, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
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. 
Technology Help Desk 
Tuesday, February 5, 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.
MCC Program Calendar

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

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

MCC member Peg Kavaney thought members might be interested in this New York Times article: The Joy of Being a Woman in Her 70s.
Ar ound Town

Northrup King Nights
January 26, 6:00-10:00 pm, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St NE
Th e night will be anchored by three special openings including the SweetArt Salon in the 3rd floor gallery (#332), Gallery 427 presents "Only Human" and Kolman & Pryor Gallery's artist reception for The Color Series: Part 2, Red In addition to these special exhibits, artist studios will be open on all four floors. Come vote for your favorite pieces at the SweetArt Salon and enter a chance to win one of five $50 restaurant certificates.
We Are Here: Women in the Archives
February 1, refreshments at 11:45 am, talk from 12:00-1:00 pm, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, 222 21st Ave S, Room 120
With women comprising half the population, their accomplishments and voices are found throughout the archives. Yet do their stories regularly rise to the top? This First Friday session is:  Both Seen and Unseen: Early Modern Women in Global Perspective. For more information on the session, click here. Free and open to the public.

Baggage Claims
February 1, 7:00-10:00 pm, Weisman Art Museum, 333 E River Rd
Baggage Claims presents the work of an international group of eighteen artists who explore the impact of the vast scale of commerce and immigration worldwide on contemporary life. Using suitcases, trunks and crates to create works of art, these artists express provocative ideas about the mobility of global culture.  At the preview party, contemplate the meaning of "baggage" and how your migration or travels have influenced your life; explore how objects create spaces for people to feel safe with CarryOn Homes; and view a short film on what the idea of home means for migrants.  Free admission. To register and learn more, 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.  
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
Clock Dance
by Anne Tyler

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
 January 31 & February 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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