Update from the Executive Director
Hello, members and friends of Mill City Commons! What a brilliant summer day we are fortunate to enjoy. My delight in an office which overlooks the sparkling Mississippi River has not yet reached its peak.
I want to share a special "thank you" to all of the members who are working to keep our village strong and engaging. Whether you're serving on the board or a committee, managing a program, or helping us spread the good news about MCC, we appreciate your help! Thanks also to our volunteers who are driving, visiting, and supporting our community in a myriad of ways. Thanks to those of you who are supporting us financially, over and above your member dues. We are stronger together and there are many ways to contribute. I also want to thank those of you attending our programs and reading our emails! One of the things I love about Mill City Commons is that members are able to engage at the level of their choosing. Be as involved as you want to be.
We've got more than 80 members signed up to attend our Annual Member Party, coming up on July 16 (details below). If you're on the fence about joining, now's a great time to become a member.
and attend the celebration! Feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions.
Lots of great programs coming up, read on to learn more! Hope you are able to get outside and enjoy some of that sensational sunshine.
MILL CITY COMMONS: We learn. We share. We engage. We give.
~ Sara J.B. Foster
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 25, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Elsie's Restaurant and Bar, 729 Marshall St NE
Join us for our fourth annual Last Tuesday Happy Hour on the patio at Elsie's Restaurant and Bar! Hosted by Patty Connelly and Diane & Tony Hofstede, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! If you wish to stay for dinner, reservations may be made by calling (612) 378-9701.
MCC members and guests. No registration required!
en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, June 27, 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 Bill McGrann hosts. Bill has invited Chuck Lutz, Deputy Director of Community Planning and Economic Development for the City of Minneapolis. Chuck has had primary responsibility for projects such as Target Center, the Federal Courthouse, the Hennepin Avenue theaters, the Heritage Park redevelopment on the city's Northside, the Midtown Exchange redevelopment on the city's Southside, the $1 billion Minnesota Vikings Stadium and the $400 million Wells Fargo development in the Downtown East area. What's next?
Group Bike Ride
Thursday, June 27, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Chute Square, 28 University Ave SE
Carol Vantine is inviting anyone who likes to bicycle to join her for a two hour ride on the North Mississippi Parkway on Thursday, June 27. We will meet in Chute Square (corner of University and Central Avenues, across from Lund's) at 9:00 am. It is a ride through neighborhoods, along the Mississippi, through parks and some industrial areas. The terrain is gently rolling. For more information, call Carol at 612-750-8785.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, July 3, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss
Becoming by Michelle Obama. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her--from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms.
If you'd like to read ahead, August's book is Educated by Tara Westover. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email
MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Abiitan Terraces
Monday, July 8, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Abiitan, 428 S 2nd St
Abiitan, home to many Mill City Commons members, has invited members to view its newly opened assisted living wing on the second floor. Enjoy coffee and baked goods, as well as the opportunity to see an apartment and learn about Abiitan's programming to support its residents as their needs change.
MCC members sign up here.
Tuesday, July 9, 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.
Technology Workshop: iPhone Photography, Part 2
Tuesday, July 9, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
American Academy of Neurology, Training Room B, 201 Chicago Ave
Expand your on-the-go photography skills with iPhone Photography, Part 2. In this class, we'll review and expand on highlights from Part 1 (April 16), and learn how to better organize, manage and share photos. You'll see creative, useful photo accessories in action. You'll learn how to create and send Memories--photo/video slideshows set to music. And you'll also see some fun iPhone photography accessories in action. You don't need to have attended the first session to participate.
MCC members sign up here.
MCC Evening Book Club
Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
RiverWest Social Room, 401 S 1st St
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.
Join us to discuss
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.
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.
MCC Annual Party
Tuesday, July 16, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
MCC members sign up here by June 28.
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. Registrations are due by June 28. This is an MCC members-only event.
MCC Program Calendar
View the full calendar of MCC's June events
Plan ahead! View the full calendar of MCC's July events here.
News from Members
MCC member Christine Umhoefer
shares that the Saint Paul Garden Club, a Garden Club of America member club, is having a flower show at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. All entries are juried and judged. The flower show is included in your admission ticket to the Minnesota History Center. The show is
open to the public today (Tuesday), June 25, until 8:00 pm and Wednesday, June 26, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. You can learn more here.
Decluttering and Downsizing Tips
June 27, 9:30-10:30 am, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Does it ever seem like your possessions are starting to possess you? Does your living space seem to be getting smaller? Laurie Wrobel, a professional decluttering expert, will share strategies for de-cluttering and downsizing your accumulated goods. Find out how to create order and proportion in your present home or how to downsize to a smaller space over time. Learn more
TownTalks: Social Enterprises: Doing Well by Doing Good
June 27, 6:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Happy Hour begins at 5:00 pm, followed by a lively panel discussion at 6:00 pm with the founders of three local organizations who are raising the bar on socially-conscious consuming. Visionary, determined, and altruistic, these local leaders will share the values and vision that motivated them to form businesses that support positive social change. Moderated by MPR's arts and culture reporter, Marianne Combs.
Larp House Presents: Gone
June 30, 12:30-4:30 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Klaus Meier Olsen's award-winning
is a serious role-playing scenario about family, grief and loss for four players. The scenario follows the family of a person suffering from dementia in the last year before she is admitted to a nursing home. It is also about loss as you watch the one you love disappear day by day, as well as finding yourself and rediscovering your family within the tragedy. To learn more about larp and
Red, White and Boom Celebration
July 4, 6:00-10:00 pm, Father Hennepin Bluffs Park & Mill Ruins Park
Celebrate Independence Day at the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board's Red, White and Boom celebration. The annual event attracts more than 75,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale--fireworks! Find more information
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.
for community volunteer opportunities on the MCC website!
MCC Ongoing Social Opportunities
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm
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
by Michelle Obama
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!
Men's Coffee and Conversation
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
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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
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.
Mill City Quarter,
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.
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