May 8, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Last evening's 10th Anniversary Celebration at Surly Brewing Co. was such a delight! Great venue, delicious food, lively program and, as always, warm and convivial interactions with friends, old and new. 

Many thanks to co-chairs Carol Vantine and Penny Hunt, and sub-committee members Allan Burdick, Bill Davnie, Barbara McBurney and Pat Hoven.  Your enthusiasm and commitment to making this special occasion memorable was on point and greatly appreciated! 

A special shout out to Patty Canney for creating the colorful and vibrant 10th Anniversary promotional brand. From the event's invitation on through the evening's slideshow and leave behind, Patty's design tied everything together. 

As was so frequently mentioned last evening, the individual contributions of all of us are what make this organization special - thank you!

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

~ Joan Wright
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.
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! 
MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's May 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 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.

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

Project Peace Paper: Peace Takes Shape (Peace Paper Workshop)
May 8, 6:00-8:00 pm, MN Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave S
Peace Paper features a unique collage of peace imagery and has been displayed in public spaces all over Minneapolis - including bus stops, vacant storefronts and school hallways. Join MCBA as we draw and paint visions for peace and explore the artful possibilities of using Peace Paper to create a collaborative sculpture. MCBA will host additional making sessions on June 12 and July 28. These events are free and open to all ages. For information and to register for the workshop, click here.

Westminster Town Hall Forum
May 17, 12:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Join guest speaker Honey Thaljieh as she presents on  Global Sports: Inclusion, Equity and Human Rights. Honey Thaljieh is known internationally for promoting the role of sports in empowering women and girls in the Arab world and beyond. Learn more here. This forum is the kick-off event for the weekend-long festival, Windows into Palestine.

FUTURE PRESENT: A Celebration of the New Anthology Contemporary Plays by Women of Color
May 17, 6:00-8:00 pm, The Loft, 1011 Washington Ave S, Performance Hall
Theater and playwriting can be a powerful platform to tell stories that need to be told, hold voices that are unheard and encourage discussion on issues vital to our times. As a part of the Loft's "To Be Honest" theme, please come to this celebration and discussion. Drawing from path-breaking theaters across the country, this anthology features plays from renowned and emerging playwrights, presenting a rich array of voices and aesthetics in a transforming America. Learn more here.

May 18-20, various times, various locations in NE Minneapolis
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It's a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists and purchase original artwork. To find out more, click 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
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, 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 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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