May 15, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Last spring, Mill City Commons offered a 3-month Trial Membership opportunity to people interested in "trying on" membership. It was highly successful, as 13 of the 14 trial members went on to convert to a full membership!

This opportunity is being offered once again to anyone interested in learning more about our organization, its benefits, programs and members at a significantly reduced rate. The 3-month period begins July 1 and ends September 30. For all the details on this remarkable opportunity, click here! Interested? Please send us an email at!

Looking for a fun outing this evening? Check out the Capri Glee! community concert at the Capri Theater. It's free and open to the public. Two guest choirs, The Mill District Singers and MacPhail Community Youth Choir, will also perform! Details  here.

What would spring in Northeast Minneapolis be without Art-A-Whirl? Check out MCC members' incredible studios (listed below under News from Members), and after you've spent the afternoon touring various artists' studios, consider taking in one of the dozens of live indoor/outdoor concerts scheduled over the course of the weekend. You also may want to sample a micro-brew or two! For a complete listing of music venues, click  here.

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

~ Joan Wright
Technology Help Desk
Wednesday, May 16, 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. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please email
Men's Coffee and Conversation 
Thursday, May 17, 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 Bob Rinek hosts on the topic of Financial Literacy in Minnesota.

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.
Great Decisions: China & America: The New Geopolitical Equation
Monday, May 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
In the last 15 years, China has implemented a wide-ranging strategy of economic outreach and expansion of all its national capacities, including military and diplomatic capacities. Where the United States has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), China has made inroads through efforts like the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). What are Beijing's geopolitical objectives? What leadership and political conditions in each society underlie growing Sino-American tensions? What policies might Washington adopt to address this circumstance? Speaker Richard Bohr is an Emeritus Professor and Director of Asian Studies, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History and has devoted his professional career to promote relationships between Americans and Asians.

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

MCC GD members sign up here.
Birding Walk 4
Tuesday, May 22, 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.
Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 22, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Haskell's Wine Bar, 901 Nicollet Mall
Join us for Tuesday Happy Hour at Haskell's Wine Bar. Hosted by Bill & Kathy Fox, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. Dutch treat--no reservations required! Enjoy a nice walk down the Nicollet Mall to get there, or ride one of the free buses on the Mall (they say "Free Ride"). If you drive, parking is available in the old Young Quinlan building, where the Wine Bar is located.

MCC members and guests. No registration required! 
Social Bridge
Wednesday, May 23, 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 24, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Linda Willette hosts on the topic of "What it means to me to be an American." What do you value about this country and what it stands for? What are some differences between your and your parents' experiences living as an American? Does international travel make you appreciate things about our country more (or less)?

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.
Great River Landing: Turning Lives Around
Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Join a conversation with Dr. Thomas Adams, the CEO of Better Futures Minnesota, which is the service provider for Great River Landing (GRL), Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative's project that just broke ground in North Loop near the Twins Stadium. GRL will provide affordable housing, workforce development, health and wellness programs, and life coaching to men formerly incarcerated who want to transform their lives and contribute to the community and their families. Dr. Adams will talk about the need for this holistic approach, how the men are identified, and the nature of the work supervision and support the men receive. MCC member Sonia Cairns, who co-chairs the Great River Landing Launch Team, will introduce Dr. Adams.

MCC members sign up here.
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.  Registration closes on June 8!
MCC Program Calendar

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

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

MCC member Peg Kavaney found the following article to be very helpful: Alzheimer's? Your Paperwork May Not Be in Order.

MCC members Bud & Carol Hayden want members to know about the Windows Into Palestine festival happening May 17-19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1200 Marquette Ave). The festival includes live musical performances, film screenings, visual art, a spice and craft market and more! Learn more here

Consider stopping by the studios of MCC members Patty Canney (painter) and Lynn Bollman (printmaker) during this year's Art-A-Whirl. Patty's studio in the California Building will be open May 18 from 5-10 pm, May 19 from 12-8 pm and May 20 from 12-5 pm at 2205 California St NE, #406. Details here. Lynn's studio in the Northrup King Building will be open May 18 from 5-10 pm, May 19 from 12-5 pm and May 20 from 12-5 pm at 1500 Jackson St NE, #334. For more information on Art-A-Whirl, click here

MCC member Merle Minda shares that the world-class JazzMN Orchestra will be performing "Basie Straight Ahead - A Tribute to the Count" on the main stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Monday, May 21. Dinner at 5:30 pm; Concert 7:30 pm. MCC members can realize a $5.00 discount off dinner and show or show-only tickets. Valid online or at the box office. Check with; Discount Promo Code is: JAZZMN5. Said jazz reviewer Pam Espeland, "This is pure jazz in all its glory." The jazz orchestra features many top Twin Cities jazz artists, and faithfully recreates the "Basie Sound." JazzMN is Minnesota's premiere big band so this should be a treat.
Around Town

Third Annual Preservation Photo Contest
The City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development is encouraging individuals to share their best photos of Minneapolis landmarks or scenes from historic districts to celebrate the contributions these old buildings and places make to our city. To enter the contest, snap a photo and post it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #MPLSpreservation by May 31, 2018. Learn more here.

Preserve Minneapolis Tours
Preserve Minneapolis has announced its upcoming program of tours, which includes 25 walking tours and two bus tours. You can view the full schedule and register by clicking here. Note: many tours sell out quickly!

Westminster Town Hall Forum
May 22, 7:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave 
Join Richard Stengel as he presents Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life. Stengel is the former managing editor of Time and co-writer of Nelson Mandela's book The Long Walk to Freedom.

Paint Your Pet Class
June 14, 6:00-9:00 pm, Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St NE
Paint a picture of your pet off of an image of your choice. Maddy will take your image and turn it into a paint by number, making this class a fun and successful experience for all! Tickets typically sell out quickly. Learn more and reserve your spot by clicking 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.  
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,
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 24 & June 7
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
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