June 5, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Last evening's Reading Partners presentation affirmed the enormous impact literacy tutoring has on any one student learner and the personal fulfillment it provides. This highly effective, evidence-based program has helped children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to register to be a volunteer tutor at a school of your choosing in the fall, go to www.readingpartners.org, today! 

This week I received East Side Neighborhood Services' Empowering Vital Aging (EVA) e-newsletter. I encourage you to take a look, as an array of valuable health and wellness classes are offered at minimal or no-cost to participants. Click here to read the newsletter, and contact Linnea Tweed at East Side Neighborhood Services if you'd care to receive the newsletter each month in your inbox. 

Hennepin Healthcare is hosting a series of free educational events focused on keeping you healthy, active and feeling your best. These events will be held at the new Clinic & Specialty Center, located on the downtown Minneapolis campus. The opening session, "Decade of Dave" event featuring Dr. David Hilden and a live broadcast of the Healthy Matters radio show is already sold out. However, space remains in the Here 4 Life education series in July, August and September. To learn more about this opportunity, click  here.

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

~ Joan Wright
The Health Challenge: When the Unforeseen Hits
Tuesday, June 5, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Phoenix River Room, 222 2nd St SE
Do you know how you'd react if you, your spouse or partner suddenly had a medical emergency? A panel of MCC members will offer you the benefit of their hard-earned wisdom through stories about how they've responded to accidents, medical emergencies in faraway places, and the changing health of a spouse. They'll share with you what they've learned about realities, resources and resilience. Panelists include Delia Bujold, Linnea Olesen, Sabina Sten, and Dodd and Ginger Wilson.

MCC members sign up here.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell. Chic and independent, Iris Lockhart is tending to her vintage-clothing shop in Edinburgh (and evading her married boyfriend) when she receives a stunning phone call: her great-aunt Esme - whom she never knew existed - is being released from Cauldstone Hospital, where she has been locked away for more than 60 years. Iris's grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme's papers prove she is Kitty's sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her father in Esme's face. Esme has been labeled harmless - sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world - but she's still basically a stranger, a family member hidden away who will surely bring secrets with her when she leaves the ward. Moving expertly among the voices of Iris, Kitty, and Esme herself, Maggie O'Farrell reveals the story of Esme's tragic and haunting absence.

Book Chat is taking vacation in July! If you'd like to read ahead, August's book is Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner at bgoldner@me.com.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, June 6, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Washburn Lofts, 700 S 2nd St
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.
Our Turn
Thursday, June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women, hosted by Carol Hovey. You can't miss it AGAIN! "What's App," the topic discussed at the last morning session of Our Turn provided some interesting and new applications for your iPhone or Android device, plus tips on manipulating apps and generally learning more about uses and misuses. But only four people were there. Despite that, we traded information, learned how to download and use apps for medical information, hearing aids, the library and many more. Now imagine if 10 people were there to share ideas? Or 15? We hope you will attend this "reboot" of what was an informative and timely topic! We promise to take notes to share.

Our Turn meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Hosts and topics change each time. We appreciate registration ahead of time, but walk-ins are always welcome!

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
MCC Sing-Along
Thursday, June 7, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 S 2nd St, #303
Come together with other MCC members for an informal sing-along at Anne and Tom Carrier's Stone Arch loft. With Margee Bracken on the piano, we'll be refreshing our memories with Broadway show tunes that are all very familiar. Song sheets will be provided, and refreshments will be served. Come, sing and join the fun!

MCC members sign up here
Nosy Neighbor Tour: St. Anthony Falls Lab
Monday, June 11, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
St. Anthony Falls Lab, 2 3rd Ave SE
The St. Anthony Falls Laboratory is an interdisciplinary fluid mechanics research center and education facility under the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Built in 1938, the Lab takes advantage of its unique position near St. Anthony Falls to divert and direct river water through the building for use in experiments and research. A tour through the facility will not only give attendees an appreciation for the Lab's history and unique setting but also showcase its ongoing research and experiments that look to address many of society's major environmental challenges. The Lab is just off Main St. SE; find a map here.

MCC members sign up here. Limit of 15 participants!
Exploring Meditation
Tuesday, June 12, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
Mill City Commons members are invited to join in a drop-in meditation hour during the month of June. This is a time for self-guided meditation, with no instructor. The idea is that meditating with each other may help each of our practices. Drop-in sessions are on Tuesdays, June 5 through June 26, from 9:30-10:30 am at Mill City Quarter, across the parking lot from Abiitan. An MCC member will be there to let you in 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.
Coming to Know Minneapolis: A Look at the Trends & the Minneapolis 2040 Draft Plan
Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stonebridge Lofts Community Room, 2nd fl, 1120 S 2nd St
Learn about demographic, economic and housing trends in Minneapolis and how this information has shaped the draft policies in Minneapolis 2040. Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City's Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The draft plan covers topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings and how we use our streets. Brian Shaffer and Paul Mogush, principal project coordinators in the city's Long Range Planning Division, will take us through the trends and plan.

MCC members sign up here.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, June 14, 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 Peter Lefferts hosts. Following a brief bio about his youth in a Maryland waterfront steel mill community and then a multinational corporate career, Peter Lefferts will speak on "Flag Whispering: Flags and the Stories They Can Tell." Bring your own flag-inspired thoughts to Elsie's.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Pillsbury A Mill
Friday, June 15, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Pillsbury A Mill, 315 Main St SE, meet at gray door on 3rd Ave S
Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. Tour the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and basement waterpower facilities. Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. You'll also see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings. The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking indoors and outdoors, with some uneven surfaces. The tour begins at the gray door on 3rd Ave. S.E. at Main St. (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main St. S.E.).
COST: $16/person; payment should be made via check to Mill City Commons.
OPTIONAL: Join your tourmates for lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards!

MCC members sign up here.
Great Decisions: Global Health - Progress and Challenges
Monday, June 18, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
The collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has literally saved millions of lives around the world. Yet terrible inequalities in health and wellbeing persist. The world now faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease. We also remain vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics. For these reasons, the next several decades will be just as important - if not more so - than the last in determining wellbeing across nations. Speaker Dr. Jokho Farah is director of quality and population health at People's Center Health Services in Minneapolis. Before that she worked three years with another safety net clinic, and earlier spent time involved in international health, medical missions and humanitarian work in Dubai and Tunisia.

Registration on the MCC website is required for Great Decisions members. Sorry, not open to guests; to join the MCC Great Decisions Discussion Group, email Betsy Wray at betsywray@millcitycommons.org.

MCC GD members sign up here.
Exploring Meditation
Tuesday, June 19, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
Mill City Commons members are invited to join in a drop-in meditation hour during the month of June. This is a time for self-guided meditation, with no instructor. The idea is that meditating with each other may help each of our practices. Drop-in sessions are on Tuesdays, June 5 through June 26, from 9:30-10:30 am at Mill City Quarter, across the parking lot from Abiitan. An MCC member will be there to let you in 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.
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, June 19, 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 placed on the waiting list, email betsywray@millcitycommons.org.
Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
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 North Korea, with both presentation and discussion.

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.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, June 24, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Stone Arch Lofts Rooftop, 600 2nd St S
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Soiree, hosted by Anne & Tom Carrier and David & Susan Plimpton on the Stone Arch Lofts rooftop. 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.
MCC Program Calendar

Plan ahead! View the full calendar of MCC's June events here.
Around Town

Underneath the Lintel
Now through July 1, various times, Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave NE
Theater Latté Da presents Underneath the Lintel: A beautiful and mysterious adventure about what it means to leave one's mark on the world. A one-woman show starring Sally Wingert. For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

June 8, 6:00 pm, MPLS Photo Center, 2400 N 2nd St
Join an artist talk with photographer Valerie Jardin and hair stylist Joshua Coombes about their work together on the #DoSomethingForNothing project on the streets of Paris and NYC. To learn more about #DoSomethingForNothing, click here. $10 at the door. Seating is limited. 
The Eyes of a Stranger: Street Portraits will also be opening on June 8 at the MPLS Photo Center. On exhibit through August 18.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival
June 15-17, Main St SE from Hennepin Ave to Stone Arch Bridge, including Father Hennepin Park and Water Power Park
Come see unique artwork for sale from 200+ artists, live music on three stages and family friendly activities including an extensive car show. Debuting this year, the Weber Grills Culinary Arts Market will feature pre-packaged gourmet and artist food products from 25 vendors. Free admission. More information and full schedule available 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 Newest Members!
James and Maryann McNeill  
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.
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O'Farrell

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.

Exploring Meditation
Mill City Quarter,
322 2nd St S
Every Tuesday in June
9:30-10:30 am
Clear the clutter in your mind, reduce stress and increase the feeling of calm in your life.

Men's Dutch Lunch
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
June 7 & 21
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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