July 17, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Not surprisingly, my message this week contains vital information on strokes.

Recently, I suffered an Ischemic stroke. While significant, it was blessedly targeted to the language center of my brain. Swift emergency response and timely administration of clot-busting TPA ( tissue plasminogen activator) greatly lessened what could have been a disastrous outcome. I was lucky on so many levels, not the least of which was living in close proximity to HCMC's Trauma 1 Center. A mere 45 minutes passed from the onset of the stroke to receiving TPA. Amazing.

Strokes aren't only for us older folks. They can happen to anyone at anytime, making awareness of symptoms and what to do, critical.  The National Stroke Association's website contains everything you'll need to know. It is easy to navigate, the information accessible and its resources plentiful. The search button 
Am I Having a Stroke?, which is located in the right hand corner of the site, is an excellent starting point to begin your research.

 I urge you to become familiar with the hereditary risks, the warning signs of a stroke and what protocols to follow if you suspect that you, or someone in close proximity to you, is having a stroke. Your life, or the life of another's, might depend on it.

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

~ Joan Wright
Nosy Neighbor Tour: McKnight Foundation
Tuesday, July 17, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
McKnight Foundation, 710 2nd St S, Ste 400
The McKnight Foundation, as part of the Mill City Museum development, was one of the first "new kids on the block." Most of us know its name but perhaps not much more. Here's your chance to tour its space in the Mill City Historical District and view a brief slideshow depicting the Mill District before and after development. Then learn how the Foundation's work connects to communities in the state, region and all over the world, with a special look into its Region and Communities Program.
MCC members sign up here.
Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 - 11:30 am
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Current international news and U.S. foreign policy provide an endless trove of topics for learning and discussion. Former foreign service officer and MCC member Bill Davnie will identify a topic in advance, although news can always lead us in a fresh direction. This month he'll talk about immigration as a global issue, as well as a domestic one, and look at the labor, economic and humanitarian aspects. 

This ongoing program is held on the third Wednesday of the month. Topic ideas for each monthly gathering are welcome.

MCC members sign up here
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, July 19, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Lou Burdick will lead a discussion on the changing demographics of our neighborhood. A recent story from MPR News online was headlined, "Minnesota's 5th District is full of millennials." In fact, the 5th Congressional District (where most MCC members reside) is sixth in the nation for the number of millennials living within its borders--203,793 to be exact. In contrast, there are 84,060 in the 65+ cohort. Most of us are keenly aware of this as the number of apartment buildings under construction in our neighborhood keeps growing, with marketing targeted largely at the millennials (now ages 22-37, born between 1981 and 1996).

Come prepared for a discussion around such questions as: Who are the millennials you know and love? Who are the millennials you'd like to know? Should we invite some millennials to lunch and hear what they have to say? Where were you in your life's journey in the 22 to 37 age cohort that defines today's millennials? What would you choose to be doing if you could turn back the clock and be a millennial of today?

Our Turn meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Hosts and topics change each time.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Meet Your Local Representatives: Met Council Members Gary Cunningham & Cara Letofsky
Monday, July 23, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Minnesota Tech Center, 1100 Washington Ave S
In this occasional MCC series, "Meet Your Local Representatives," you'll have a chance to hear from Met Council members Gary Cunningham, representing District 7, and Cara Letofsky, representing District 8, the two districts that cover MCC's geographical area. The commissioners will talk about challenges and opportunities they see ahead for the Met Council, as well as any special initiatives they're working on.
MCC members sign up here.
Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, July 24, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Modist Brewing Co, 505 N 3rd St
Join us for Tuesday Happy Hour at Modist Brewing Co.! Hosted by Lois Libby Juster, Bob Callahan, Carol Jordan, Bill Casey, Betty Grant and Nancy Reed, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Appetizers from the Curious Goat food truck will be provided by the hosts. The Curious Goat has a burger and pint special for $10 for any who want to stay for dinner. Modist has offered to do tours of the brewery for those who are interested, also. This event is dutch treat--no reservations required!

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, July 25, 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 members sign up here; guests email MCC.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, July 26, 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 Gerry Timm hosts. A serial entrepreneur and urology professor by day, Gerry will speak about his latest passion, dance. A long-time arts connoisseur and dance enthusiast, Gerry created GT Artistry Dance Studio in 2009. Among other things, he'll talk about his journey into the local arts scene. His most recent production,"Pie Equals Square," opens at the Crane Theater on July 27.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Riverfirst: A Model for Urban Transformation
Thursday, July 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Washburn Lofts Common Room, 700 2nd St S
Learn more about the RiverFirst Initiative, a collaboration between the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The initiative's goal: to transform 5.5 miles of urban Mississippi River corridor from obsolete industry to a mix of parkland, trails and redevelopment. In addition, the Parks Foundation is steering implementation of Water Works and the Great Northern Greenway River Link, two RiverFirst signature projects. Bruce Chamberlain, Minneapolis Parks fellow, and Tom Evers, Minneapolis Parks Foundation executive director, will present.

MCC members sign up here.
Author Event:
The Crusade for Forgotten Souls
Monday, July 30, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stonebridge Lofts Community Room, 1120 2nd St S, 2nd fl
The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1951 chronicles the remarkable campaign to reform the deplorable condition of mental institutions in Minnesota, inspired and carried forward by ordinary people under the leadership of Governor Luther Youngdahl. Author Susan Bartlett Foote will describe the efforts of the citizen activists who broke the stigma of silence surrounding mental illness. Their work resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system that catapulted Minnesota to national leadership and empowered generations of activists for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

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

MCC member Nor Hall invites members to join her at the Rain Taxi Book Club at the Commons (425 Portland Ave S) on July 26. Stop by for a social mixer and freewheeling discussion of Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance! Drop in anytime starting at 5:00 pm with your own beer, wine or beverage of your choice - there will be snacks handy and some cool swag to give away! From 5:45-6:30, we'll chat about the Minnesota classic that got generations pondering the nature of "Quality." Learn more here.

MCC member Chris Bray shares that Friends of the Mill District sponsors a youth-based theater program, the Mill City Players, made up of youth from the Cedar Riverside community and YouthLink. A new rehearsal season started June 19. Please consider supporting the youth by providing lunch to the 15 actors at one of their rehearsals. Lunch providers are welcome and encouraged to eat with the actors and watch them rehearse after lunch. Lunches are needed at 12:30 pm on 8/9 and 8/14 at YouthLink (41 N 12th St). Volunteers are also needed to prepare dinners for two of the three evening performances on 8/21 and 9/16. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chris at bray0021@umn.edu. You can provide the meal on your own or consider joining with others to make it a lighter load.
Around Town

Sister Cities Day
July 22, 1:00-5:00 pm, Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St
Come clebrate all 12 of the Minneapolis Sister Cities with a free Ice Cream Social & gathering on Nicollet Island. This event features multi-cultural entertainment, children activities, ice cream and refreshments. The event highlights all of Minneapolis' International Sister Cities, with a special spotlight this year on the 10th anniversary of our Sister City with Cuernavaca, Mexico! Learn more here.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra
July 24, 10:30 am, Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St
The Pops presents Free Concerts for Seniors at the historic Nicollet Island Pavilion each summer. Complimentary beverages, treats and door prizes are provided.  Note: there are 150 walk-in spots and shows normally are filled to capacity so you may want to plan to arrive early!

Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book
July 26, 6:00-8:00 pm, MN Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave S
Join an opening reception for this new exhibition featuring book works inspired by the psychoanalytical concepts of Sigmund Freud, on exhibit from July 20-September 30, 2018. Freud on the Couch features works by nearly 30 international artists that either directly or indirectly draw from Freudian concepts, theories, and themes. This provocative exhibition asks viewers to find parallels between the ways that visual art and psychoanalysis act as frameworks for the collective unconscious. Details can be found 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
Aster Cafe
125 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, 9:30-10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required.
August's book is  Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan

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.

Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Relax and chat with other MCC women. This group meets every other Thursday and alternates between morning and afternoon times. Look for details in the body of this newsletter.

 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.


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 or have been 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
 July 19 & August 2
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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