January 8, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

When I moved to Minneapolis in the early '80s, I was eager to check out the local theater scene. The Children's Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Theater in the Round, Penumbra, Brave New Workshop and The Guthrie were all on my list.  It was wonderful, and as I became more involved and met more people, I soon discovered the Playwrights' Center. I had never attended a performance of a work in progress before, and quickly became a regular attendee.

MCC members have an exciting opportunity later this month to hear from 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. They will present in the Performance Hall at the historic A-Mill Lofts, sharing how new plays are developed and make their way from page to stage at many of the theaters mentioned above. I hope you will join us! MCC members, register  here.

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

~ Joan Wright
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.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, January 10, 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 Shane Bartleson will speak on "Life's Turning Points." A major turning point for Shane occurred when he was pursuing his master's degree in English literature in Illinois when his wife's kidneys failed. The rest of the story made medical history.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Day Trip: Faribault Woolen Mill
Friday, January 11, 9:45 am - 3:00 pm
Faribault Woolen Mill, 1500 2nd Ave NW, Faribault
Join other MCC members for a day trip to the historic Faribault Woolen Mill in Faribault, MN. Nestled along the Cannon River, the 150-year-old mill is one of the last vertical woolen mills in America. Irreplaceable century-old machinery stands side-by-side with modern technology, where blankets, throws, scarves and accessories are being created. The 1.5-hour tour is accessible but will include a lot of walking. Afterwards, enjoy a dutch-treat lunch at nearby Depot Bar & Grill. Cost for the tour is $3. Carpools will be organized.

MCC members sign up here.
Understanding Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Monday, January 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Terrorism seems to be everywhere these days. At least that is what we are led to believe in the news. Do we really understand what terrorism is, how it comes into existence, and, perhaps most importantly, how to defeat it? Jon Olson, retired commander and intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, will provide a primer on terrorism and discuss in depth the efforts to combat terrorism.

MCC members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, January 15 & 22, 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 15 session; members sign up here for the January 22 session.
Sourdough Bread Baking with Sunrise Mills
Wednesday, January 16, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
The Legacy Community Room, 1240 2nd St S, 2nd fl
Do you wonder why so many people have trouble digesting products with gluten? Is gluten-free the answer? Perhaps you remember your mother or grandmother having a bowl of dough going on the counter all the time and tasting the wonderful-smelling, fresh bread she made every week. In this session, taste some of those breads again and learn why they didn't make people sick. Marty and Darrold Glanville of Sunrise Flour Mill from the Mill City Farmers Market will teach us about sourdough bread baking using heritage wheat. There will be handouts and tasting as well as an informal presentation on this and other food inaccuracies we've been led to believe. Gustavo Gomez and Cheryl Grasmoen host at The Legacy.

Metered parking, enforced until 10 pm, is available on the street.

MCC members sign up here.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, January 16, 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.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, January 20, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Encore Party Room, 212 10th Ave S
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Soiree, hosted by Bob & Marcy Rinek, Dick & Peg Kavaney and Jan & Linda Willette at Encore. 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.
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.
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 prepare and 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 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 prepare a meal earlier in the day in her home and then deliver and serve it at First Covenant. You can participate in one or both activities. Volunteers are also asked to donate $15 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. When you register, please answer the question inquiring whether you'd like to help prep ahead of time, serve at the shelter or both. Additional details will be provided to those who sign up. If you have questions, you may contact Ellen Breyer: ebreyer@mac.com.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

MCC member Will Craig's work was recently cited in an article in the Star Tribune article titled "Recession Decimated Outstate Minnesota Retailers, but There Are Bright Spots." Click here to read about it. 

MCC member Merle Minda
encourages members to buy their tickets for the next Out of the Box Opera performance at the Weisman Art Museum (333 E River Pkwy) on February 9 at 7:00 pm. The performance will be an Opera and Gospel Fusion co-conceived by artistic director David Lefkowich and renowned musician J. D. Steele. Lefkowich said, "It seemed like a natural fit for us to create a program incorporating both opera and gospel music," as the company performs opera experiences in combination with other genres and venues. J.D. Steele will launch an original piece he has composed for the event. Material will be drawn from opera favorites by Verdi and Puccini, as well as gospel songs from Edwin Hawkins, Quincy Jones and Curtis Mayfield; and will also feature accompaniment by J.D.'s brother Fred Steele, and two groups that Steele directs, the Mill City Singers and McPhail Community Youth Choir. Tickets are $55 for reserved seating and $40 for general admission, available here.

MCC member Barbara Goldner shares that the Psychiatry Department with University of Minnesota Health is now offering an Integrative Wellness Program. Classes will be offered at Mill City Primary Care Clinic and Behavior Health Clinic for Families (BHCF). Two classes that may be of interest include Introduction to Brain Health and Emotional Wellbeing and Movement and Breath Work for Mental Health. Classes start in February. For further information on the classes, including descriptions, costs and more, click on the titles above. To register, please email psychwellness@umn.edu or call (612)-273-9827.
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Central Riverfront Bridge Repair Projects Meeting
January 14, 5:30-7:00 pm, DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr
The 10th Avenue Bridge and 3rd Avenue Bridge, two of the major bridges across the Mississippi River in the Central Riverfront are in need repairs and will be closing to receive those repairs in the next two years. Council Member Steve Fletcher will be holding a community meeting with State Senator Kari Dziedzic and staff from both MnDOT and Minneapolis Public Works to share information with everyone who will be impacted by these projects about how they are being coordinated.
Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales with Professor Jack Zipes
January 16, 7:00 pm, Weisman Art Musuem, 333 E River Rd
Presented in conversation with the exhibition The Wonderful World Before Disney, Professor Jack Zipes will lead a lecture and discussion about the significance and myths of fairy tales and their meaning in the 21st century. Followed by a book signing and reception. To register for this free event, click here.

The Great Northern
January 24-February 3, various locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul
The Great Northern celebrates winter in Minneapolis and Saint Paul by promoting a positive mindset and healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle. We feature signature events created by our partner organizations as well as programming of our own, all highlighting Minnesota at its wintry best with an accessible, family-friendly focus. Learn more 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
 required.

Rendezvous
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
                        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
 January 17 & 31
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
 
 
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