January 29, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

It's so cold outside that officials for The St. Paul Winter Carnival -- The Coolest Celebration on Earth! --  are evaluating events in relation to the cold on a day-by-day basis. Only in Minnesota! The 10-day winter extravaganza runs through February 3 with the full calendar of events available  here. It's suppose to warm up just a bit towards week's end, so if you're a hearty soul and decide to venture out to attend any remaining events, bundle up and enjoy!

Feeling house-bound? Head over to The Loop later this afternoon for a hot toddy and warm eats and greets. No reservation required! More details below.

If you prefer a smaller more intimate gathering, join other Mill City Commons members for dinner on February 10 at Ginger Hop -- Where East meets Northeast! Dinner for 5, a new MCC social connection opportunity, has proved very popular, allowing members to get to know one another better. Sign up  here.

As many have noted, I've had more than my share of health issues the past 6 months; but, I'm happy to report that I am recuperating nicely, my refrigerator is full to the brim and my heart has been warmed by the many expressions of care and support sent to me over the course of the past two weeks. Thank you!

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

~ Joan Wright
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.
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. 
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, February 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 February 5 session; members sign up here for the February 12 session.
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.

Registration is now closed. To be added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please email Betsy at betsywray@millcitycommons.org.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, February 6, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 S 2nd St
Join us to discuss Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places.

If you'd like to read ahead, March's book is Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Marsha Blumenthal at theblumenthals@gmail.com.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, February 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, community partner Mike Herstein of Abiitan hosts. Mike is General Manager and Food & Beverage Director at Smith & Porter Restaurant & Cafe. Before coming to our neighborhood, he managed such well-known establishments as Golden Nugget Tavern & Grill in Minnetonka, McCormick and Schmick's in Edina and Buca di Beppo in Eden Prairie. We'll get a peek behind the curtain of the food service business and hear about Abiitan's plans.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Star Tribune Printing Plant Tour
Thursday, February 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 N 1st St
If you like BIG, this is the place to see! Join us for a tour of the Star Tribune Heritage Center printing facility, where presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds and the building is the size of nine football fields. Register early, as we have just 10 spots on the tour. PLEASE NOTE: Closed-toe shoes are required.

MCC members sign up here.
Dinner for 5
Sunday, February 10, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Ginger Hop, 201 E Hennepin Ave
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 at Ginger Hop restaurant. The meal is dutch treat. Space is limited, so register early!

MCC members sign up here.
Go Behind the Scenes of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
With thousands of movies created each year, how do they find their way to the big screens at film festivals? Join us for an insider conversation with MSPIFF and MSP Film Society Programming Director Jesse Bishop on how the annual festival comes together, from film selection to visiting filmmakers to donning awards, and everything in between. The Festival's 38th edition will take place April 4 to 20, and you'll get a special sneak peek at some of the exciting new films coming to the neighborhood this spring.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Goes to the Movies & Dinner
Wednesday, February 13, 4:00 - 7:30 pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
Join MCC members for a dutch-treat mid-week movie and dinner! The movie and exact movie time will be announced the week before and communicated on the website and in Musings. We'll follow with dinner at Jefe, just a short walk down the hall from the theater. Members and guests are welcome to join us for the movie, dinner or both.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
MCC Program Calendar

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

Plan ahead! View the full calendar of MCC's February events here.
Ar ound Town

Classics in Poetry: Gerald Manly Hopkins
February 4, 1:30-3:00 pm, Catholic Eldercare Main St Lodge, 909 Main St NE
Born in 1844 near London, Hopkins was a gifted poet. His imagery, rhythms and diction were innovative and after his death in 1889, he was recognized as one of the most important poets of his time. Join Professor Lawrence Moe as he sketches the life of Hopkins and explores his remarkable poetry, illustrating it with readings and discussion. To register for this free class, call (612) 362-2450.

The History of Religion
February 4 and 5, 7:00 pm, Playwrights' Center, 2301 E Franklin Ave
The History of Religion travels in time and space to examine humanity's relationship with faith, bringing us face-to-face with the biggest question of our lives: in a world full of pain, sorrow, and suffering, what makes life worth living? Set against a musical backdrop by composer/musician Victor Zupanc, playwright/performer Carlyle Brown calls us into worship, taking the audience on a journey from mystery to revelation and back again. Register here for this free event.

National Theatre Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
February 6 & 9, 1:00 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
Broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London right to the big screen in Minneapolis. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king's divine right to rule. Purchase tickets here.

WinterFest at Loring Park
February 9, 1:00-3:00 pm, 1382 Willow St
Join in the fun of a winter celebration featuring free hot cocoa, s'mores, bonfire, skating, music, crafts, face painting, carriage rides and so much more!

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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