May 1, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Happy May Day!

It's not uncommon to regularly run into one's MCC friends around the neighborhood. Area restaurants, the St. Anthony Main Theater, Dunn Brothers, Abiitan's Porter Cafe, the Guthrie Theatre, Izzy's Ice Cream, Lunds, Surdyk's, the USPO or downtown library are just a few regular haunts where chance meetings occur.

Now that warmer weather has arrived, the Mill City Farmers Market can be added to the list. The season opener is this Saturday, May 5, 8 am - 1 pm, rain or shine! If you're new to our neighborhood, this is a must-see experience with local produce, art, music and kids' activities. Located right next to the Guthrie at 704 S. 2nd Street, the entire neighborhood and beyond seemingly pours out into the streets, strolling, biking, dog-walking -- you name it! a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. I hope to see you there!

If you've registered for next Monday's 10th Anniversary Celebration at Surly Brewing Co., 520 Malcolm Ave S.E. , you may want to carpool as the parking lot fills quickly! Doors open at 5:30 pm; program begins at 6:15 pm; Cash bar, beer and soft drinks only.  Plan to try the beer cocktail created specially for our event, The Village Suds!

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

~ Joan Wright
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, May 2, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss  Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War. The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

If you'd like to read ahead, June's book is The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, May 3, 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 Dick Kavaney hosts speaker Jen Stern. Learn about how Great MN Schools (GMS) is making strategic investments in proven and promising schools, providing the expert guidance, funding and resources great schools need to grow and succeed. Jen Stern, CEO, will join us to share GMS' perspective on the current state of Minneapolis schools and share the strategies GMS is pursuing to triple the number of underserved kids in Minneapolis attending high-performing schools to 10,000.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Meet Your Local Representatives: Park Board Commissioners Jono Cowgill & Chris Meyer
Thursday, May 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Minnesota Tech Center, 1100 Washington Ave S
In this second in an ongoing MCC series, "Meet Your Local Representatives," members and guests will have a chance to hear from Park Board Commissioners Jono Cowgill, representing the 4th District (west side of the river), and Chris Meyer, representing the 1st District (east side of the river). The commissioners will talk about challenges and opportunities they see ahead for the Park Board, as well as any special initiatives they're working on.
MCC members sign up here; guests email Betsy Wray
10 Years...Time to Celebrate!
Monday, May 7, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Surly Brewing Co, 520 Malcolm Ave SE
Mill City Commons is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with lots to remember and even more to look forward to! An evening of revelry is "on tap" to kick off our 10th anniversary year at Surly Brewing. View an amazing slideshow of photos old and new, order a signature beer cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage, enjoy an array of delectable appetizers and sit back to enjoy some fun facts about our amazing organization from emcees Bill Davnie and Allan Burdick. Cash bar, with beer and soft drinks only; the fun, food and frolic are free! Carpooling is encouraged.

Registration is now closed.
Birding Walk 2
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 - 9:00 am
Location to be announced
Celebrate spring with a series of four bird-watching walks along the river! We hope to see migrating warblers and other songbirds. Jamie McBride, Naturalist Education Coordinator with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will lead the walks. Locations for the walks to be announced each week.
MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, May 9, 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

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Our Turn
Thursday, May 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you're invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Carol Hovey hosts on the topic of "What's App?" What's an app? How do they work? What are your favorites? How do you use them? For social connections, travel directions, fitness, shopping or games? How do you stay safe while using an app? Bring your phones!

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.
Brick by Brick: Habitat for Humanity's Global Village Program
Monday, May 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stone Arch Lofts, 600 2nd St S, #701
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity serves more than just our metro area-it also strives for a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Through Habitat's Global Impact Fund and Global Village trips, the organization supports partner affiliates in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Learn more about a recent life-changing trip to Cambodia from Cathy Lawrence, Habitat's VP of Resource Development and Community Engagement; Tanya Bell, former Habitat board member; and Lee Schafer, StarTribune business and economics columnist, all of whom worked on a build there. Cathy also will talk about Twin Cities Habitat's new endeavors in Latin America.

MCC members sign up here.
Birding Walk 3
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 - 9:00 am
Location to be announced
Celebrate spring with a series of four bird-watching walks along the river! We hope to see migrating warblers and other songbirds. Jamie McBride, Naturalist Education Coordinator with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will lead the walks. Locations for the walks to be announced each week.
MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: George Wellbeing Center
Friday, May 18, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
George Wellbeing Center at the YMCA, 651 Nicollet Mall, Suite 300
Join us for a tour of the just-opened George Wellbeing Center at the new Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae. Open to Y members and nonmembers alike, the Center will offer evidence-based, integrative health practices that are shown to reduce stress, promote healing and improve health outcomes. The programs and experiences are designed to empower people to be the central agents of their own health and wellbeing. The Center is the first of its kind to be offered at any Y in the country. Meet at the George Wellbeing Center at the skyway level.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's May events here.
News from Members

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright wants members to know that East Side Neighborhood Services is hosting its annual Night at the Nic (formally known as the East Side Wine Tasting), which includes samples of wine, tea and soda's, local cuisine and microbrews. Night at the Nic supports educational pathways for children and youth, social engagement for older adults and growth for families. The event is May 17, 5:00-8:00 pm, and tickets can be purchased here.
Around Town

May 5, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes St NE 
CarFit is a program intended to promote driver safety and comfort for drivers over the age of 55. Participants schedule a 20-minute appointment and a trained CarFit Technician walks through a 12-point checklist assessing the placement of adjustable safety features within the driver's vehicle. Click here to learn more. To make an appointment, call (612) 668-1590 or email

Angels in Human Form: Louise Dillery
May 8, 6:00-8:00 pm, Alliance Fran├žaise Mpls/St Paul, 113 1st St N
Come to the Alliance to hear the incredible story of Louise Dillery, a Parisian-born, Jewish woman who survived France under Nazi occupation. Louise witnessed the descent of Paris into Nazi rule. She felt the rules tighten around herself, her father and other members of the Jewish community. While she survived tragedy, Louise maintains the importance of good people in dark times. Suggested donation of $10. For more information and to register, click here. Presentation will be in English.

Global Conversations: Putin's Re-election - Stability or Stagnation?
May 9, 6:00-7:30 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Join speaker Jill Dougherty, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and former Moscow bureau chief and correspondent for CNN, for a thought-provoking evening as she discusses the future of Russian foreign policy and power in the region. Register and learn more 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!
Chuck & Ute Buehler
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

Guthrie Play Reading
RiverWest Group
Tuesday, 5/1,
6:30-9:30 pm

North Star Group
Wednesday, 5/2,
6:30-9:30 pm
Groups will be reading "An Enemy of the People"

Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required.
by E.L. Doctorow

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,
April 10-May 22
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
May 10 & 24
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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