July 9, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

Have you settled into the lazy hazy days of summer? Or do you find yourself busier than ever? My baby turns 11 months old today and as of this week, is officially a crawler! Perhaps you've heard the expression that the days pass slowly, and the years fly by. (What you might not know is--some scientists believe time passes more slowly for flies.)  Whatever your "critical flicker fusion frequency" is, time is passing. 

I am looking forward to attending the Village to Village Network Annual Gathering in Chicago this fall along with several Mill City Commons members. This year's theme is "Connecting Generations." I am curious to see what kind of connections are presented and which ideas are generated. The New York Times series entitled "The New Retirement" includes this article, which describes the concept of "mentor elders." Chip Conley, author of Wisdom at Work, writes that everyone "needs to become a mentor elder, simultaneously sharing wisdom while embracing fresh ideas and ways of thinking." Sounds like some people I know! (Also, a little fun with the Rolling Stones and annuities.) As we begin revising the MCC strategic plan in the coming months, we can consider our inter-generational connections. 

Whether you're a Reader, a River Walker, or a Rendezvous-er, I hope the pace you're on feels good to you. We have lots of activities coming up. One way to slow down our perception of time is to try something new. Check out our calendar and consider attending a program for the first time. Let me know if you do, and if time stretches out! 

Thanks for staying connected with Mill City Commons. Happy Summer! 

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

~ Sara J.B. Foster
MCC Evening Book Club
Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
RiverWest Social Room, 401 S 1st St
Join us to discuss Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. George Washington Black, or "Wash," an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self.  Listen here to an insightful interview by Fresh Air's Terry Gross with Esi Edugyan on Washington Black.

NOTE: Limited guest parking is available in the RiverWest garage. Register your car in the building lobby. There's also a pay lot on the woonerf between the Abiitan and Mill City Quarter buildings (on the back side of RiverWest) that's available for public parking from 6-10 pm Mon-Fri. Note that the parking meters are not owned by the city and the city parking app can NOT be used with them. Pay at the station in the lot.

The MCC Evening Book Club usually meets on the first Tuesday of every other month. Upcoming gatherings are on September 3 and November 5.

MCC members sign up here.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, July 11, 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's host, MCC member Joel Kramer, will speak on "Contract Bridge: Great for Retirement or Any Time of Life."

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, July 16 & 23, 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 am. 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 July 16 session; members sign up here for the July 23 session.
MCC Annual Party
Tuesday, July 16, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Join us for one of MCC's most popular events of the year--the Annual Member Party! This year's party will take place in the Garden Room and Commons in the beautiful, light-filled new expansion at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Nicollet Mall. Happy hour starts at 5:00 pm with beverages, followed by a buffet of hearty hors d'oeuvres that will be available until 7:30 pm. While you're mingling with friends enjoy a slideshow with a year's worth of MCC photos. Free parking is available in Westminster's underground parking ramp; the ramp entrance is on Alice Rainville Place (the equivalent of 13th Street). Signage will direct you to Level 1 and the Garden Room. If you're walking, enter the church through the glass doors on Nicollet Mall and follow the signs in the lobby. This is an MCC members-only event.  RESERVATIONS DUE TODAY, JULY 9!

MCC members sign up here.
Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Winslow House Party Room, 100 2nd St SE
Current international news and U.S. foreign policy provide an endless trove of topics for learning and discussion. Retired 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's topic: "Words matter, but power matters more. Let's start with Iran."
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.
MCC Women Connect
Thursday, July 18, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Lourdes Square, 174 Bank St SE
At this month's MCC Women Connect, Beverly Fitzgerald will lead a discussion around the question, "Is it my imagination or are others treating me differently as I get older?" Family members, doctors, nurses, clerks-- they're often more helpful than necessary. When you hear, "How are you today, young lady?", do you find yourself flattered or annoyed? Is it ageism or kindness? Respect or condescension? How should one respond?

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 third Thursday.

MCC members sign up here.
Lake of the Isles Walk
Friday, July 19, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lake of the Isles, Bridge just west of E Lake of the Isles Pkwy & E Calhoun Pkwy
Join us for a walk around Lake of the Isles to learn more about the history of Minneapolis and its parks. Former history teacher Ben Olk will share stories and details about some of the stately houses around the lake. You'll hear about the people who designed, built and originally lived in them. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water for this approximately 3-mile walk. Meet at the bridge over the waterway to Bde Maka Ska at the southeast corner of Lake of the Isles (east of the Lake of the Isles dog park). See a map here.

MCC members sign up here.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Guthrie Costume Shop
Monday, July 22, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Guthrie Costume Rentals, 855 E Hennepin Ave
Immerse yourself in one of the nation's most impressive collections of theatrical costumes, boasting more than 50,000 unique costume pieces. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, but you're welcome to explore further on your own afterwards. 

MCC members sign up here.
Global Minnesota: Connecting Minnesota to the World
Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Minnesota Technology Center, 1100 Washington Ave S
Global Minnesota, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, has been promoting international understanding and engagement throughout the state for nearly 70 years. Earlier this year, former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie became Global Minnesota's first new president in more than 20 years. Join us as Ritchie talks about his vision for the organization and the increasingly global character of our state. Among Global Minnesota's many educational initiatives is its management of the Great Decisions speaker directory used by discussion groups around the state, including MCC.

MCC members sign up here.
Table for 5
Thursday, July 25, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Monte Carlo, 219 N 3rd Ave
If connecting with and getting to know other MCC members in a smaller, more intimate social setting interests you, this weekday lunch just might be for you! This month, join other MCC members for casual dining at the Monte Carlo. The meal is dutch treat. Space is limited, so register early!
If this event is filled when you try to register, contact Betsy Wray ( betsywray@millcitycommons.org) if you'd like to be placed on the wait list.

MCC members sign up here.

MCC Program Calendar

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

Ar ound Town

July 11, 6:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Join Cantus Vocal Ensemble as they highlight the mission of Voices of Hope, a choral group at Shakopee Correctional Facility for Women founded by choral conductor Amanda Weber. Cantus will sing selections from the repertoire they created with the choir during their collaboration at the prison. The event concludes with a discussion that includes Rebecca Schlafer, Research Director of the MN Prison Doula Project, and Deborah Jiang-Stein from the unPrison Project, who will explore the challenges and issues facing women who have been incarcerated. Happy Hour begins at 5 pm.

NTL: All About Eve
July 20, 1:00 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
All About Eve lifts the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition. This new production asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. For information and tickets, click here.

Dirty Works
August 2, 6:00-8:00 pm, MCBA, 1011 Washington Ave S
Join Minnesota Center for Book Arts for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed. August's classes include Painting on the Press, Suminagashi (paper marbling) and Tunnel Books. Tickets typically sell out, so advance purchase is recommended. For more information, 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 Returning Members!
Linda & Rod Dolan  
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, 10:00-11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required. The next  book is
by Tara Westover
Click here to see what books we're reading at future Book Chats.

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
If you're interested in playing a round of social bridge, contact the MCC office.

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 third 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
July 18 & August 1
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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