March 26, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

March Madness not withstanding, spring's arrival has unleashed surges in foot and bike traffic, snow melt detritus and cavernous potholes.  As we enter the season of road repair, mind your step and enjoy the chaos. We've earned it!

In addition to MCC's varied programming options listed below, be sure to peruse News from Members and Around Town to access additional information regarding interesting articles, updates, neighborhood happenings and presentations. 

This Sunday, March 31, is the last day to register for Mill City Commons' 3-mo trial membership opportunity. Follow the link directly to the right of this newsletter for a full details.  Contact me to register, or click on the blue Join Us! button on our  website's home page. This is a great opportunity to give membership a whirl, meet new people and take advantage of some remarkable, one-of-a-kind member benefits. I hope you'll join us!

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

~ Joan Wright
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Nicollet Island Inn, 95 Merriam St
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Nicollet Island Inn! Hosted by Ginger & Walt Bailey, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. The event is dutch treat--no reservations required. If you'd like to stay for dinner, reservations can be made by calling (612) 331-1800.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, March 27, 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

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC
MCC Women Connect
Thursday, March 28, 10:00 - 11:30 am
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
At this month's MCC Women Connect, the discussion topic is "White Privilege: How Does It Apply to Us?". Suzanne Joyce, Pat Hoven and Sonia Cairns will talk about how their own white privilege has led to negative, unintended consequences for people of color. Marilyn Broussard will offer her perceptions. Join the conversation as we together ponder myths that white people have about racism, such as "Racism only has to do with intentional acts," or "Only self-proclaimed white supremacists perpetuate racism." We're eager to explore how we can make changes in our attitudes and behaviors to benefit all people--people of color and the larger society. If you have time, please read this article beforehand, "Ten Myths White People Believe About Racism."

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 fourth Thursday.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC. 
"When Republicans Were Progressive" with Dave Durenberger and Lori Sturdevant
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr
The Republican Party has dominated Minnesota's politics for much of the state's history. Today's party, though, is very different from the progressive Republican Party that came to power with Harold Stassen in 1938, had its heyday in the middle of the 20th century, and faded into near-obscurity by the 1990s. Issues that are anathema to today's GOP--environmental protection, assistance for vulnerable citizens, and economic opportunity for low-wage workers and the middle class--were at the heart of the party's agenda. Senator Dave Durenberger grew up in and helped build that party. In his latest book, with coauthor Lori Sturdevant of the Star Tribune, he explains how Minnesota's progressive Republicans earned voters' trust and delivered on their promises and how progressive ideas fell out of favor when an increasingly anti-government, anti-tax national party shifted Minnesota Republican thinking to the right. Durenberger argues that the principles and practices of progressive Republicanism are a fitting remedy for what ails American democracy today.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC-Best Buy Focus Group
Monday, April 1, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Open Book Meeting Room, 1011 Washington Ave S, 2nd fl
Best Buy, in conjunction with Mill City Commons, is holding monthly discussions to gather input on product and service ideas to assist older adults in living independently in their homes. A different topic will be presented each month to a limited group of 10 to 15 focus group members. Be part of shaping future smart technology and health and wellness products designed to assist older adults to remain living independently. Refreshments will be offered!

MCC members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, April 2 & 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 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 April 2 session; members sign up here for the April 9 session.
How the Riverfront Was Won--and How Preservation Played a Role
Tuesday, April 2, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Mill City Museum, 710 2nd St S, 6th floor
Join us as Linda Mack, former StarTribune architecture reporter and critic, presents a visual survey of the Minneapolis riverfront's rebirth from the days of Fuji-Ya and Pracna on Main to the arrival of the Guthrie Theater. In her 21 years at the StarTribune, Linda covered the redevelopment of the Minneapolis (and St. Paul) riverfront. She also conducted 26 oral history interviews for the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board-funded Rebirth of the Minneapolis Riverfront Oral History Project. Active in historic preservation since the 1980s, she currently serves on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission.

MCC members sign up here.

PLEASE NOTE: The program is not in the museum itself but the building next door to the east. Enter through the 710 doors off 2nd St. S. From the 710 lobby, take the elevator up to the 6th floor to the ADM room.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places.

If you'd like to read ahead, May's book is Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. Click here to see a list of books we're reading at future book chats. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Marsha Blumenthal.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, April 4, 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 Van Essendelft hosts on the topic of "Origins." Bill will talk about how his past has defined his future--who he is and how and why he got to where he is.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Provide a Meal at First Covenant Shelter
Thursday, April 4, 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 our team of volunteers this month. 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. Additional details will be provided to those who sign up. If you have questions, you may contact Ellen Breyer:

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, April 7, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Lourdes Square, 184 Bank St SE
Join your friends and neighbors for the Sunday Soiree, hosted by Anne & Peter Heegaard at Lourdes Square. 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
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Catholic Eldercare's Wyndris Apartments
Monday, April 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wyndris, 929 2nd St NE
Join MCC friends to get a sneak peek inside Wyndris, Catholic Eldercare's newly opened independent living apartment community. Wyndris is the final building in Catholic Eldercare's community of residential facilities in Northeast Minneapolis. The guided tour will include a visit inside one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, and two-bedroom apartments, along with a look at the many amenities offered. You are welcome to stop by the Wyndris Café (not normally open to the public) to purchase a quick bite before departing.

Street parking is available on either side of 2nd St. N.E.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

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

MCC member Susan Hartman shares the article " How to Find the Right Words for Someone in Hospice."

MCC member Karla Ekdahl invites members to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival movie screening of "Personal Statement." The film will be shown at St. Anthony Main Theatre on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00 pm. To learn more and watch the trailer, click here.

MCC member Susan Plimpton invites members to Minnesota Bach Ensemble's "Brilliant Vivaldi & Bach" concert. The concert features star mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle and is Saturday, April 6, at 3:00 pm and Monday, April 8, at 7:00 pm at Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music (501 S 2nd St). For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

MCC member Diane Hoftsede invites members to participate in the Great River Coalition's 2019 Earth Day 5K Run/Walk and River Cleanup at Boom Island Park! The event takes place on 4/20. The race begins at 9:00 am, with river cleanup starting at 9:30 am. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities. Email Diane at if you're interested in volunteering or click here to register to walk or run.
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Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
April 4-20, various times, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul has announced its full line up of films, events and panels for their 38th annual film festival. A full listing of the line up can be read here or you can go to their website. Tickets available now.

Slow Art Day
April 6, Weisman Art Museum, 333 E River Rd
One day each year people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art - slowly. Head to the museum to investigate artworks and soak in the inspirational feeling of being surrounded by art. The day will feature activities led by artists, video installations and special interventions in the galleries. Learn more here.

Westminster Town Hall Forum
April 9, 12:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Join speaker Jonathan Capehart as he presents on the topic of "A Bold Look at Today's Headlines." Capeheart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editorial writer for The Washington Post, focusing on politics, social issues and cultural change. 

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.  
MCC Trial Membership Opportunity 
Try on a Mill City Commons membership for the months of April - June. Registration is open now through March 31. Details can be found here; to join online or to download a membership form visit our website.
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

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
Clock Dance
by Anne Tyler
Click here to see what books we're reading at future Book Chats.

Guthrie Play Reading
North Star Group
Wednesday, March 27,
6:30-9:30 pm
Reading Cyrano de Bergerac  this month.

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
                 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
March 28 & April 11
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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