November 13, 2018
Update from the Business and Member Services Adminstrator

Did you know that the average weight of a human brain is 3 pounds? That's around 2% of your total body weight, and yet the brain is the most complex organ in the human body. It produces our every thought, action, memory, feeling and experience of the world around us. This coming Thursday, Dr. Sarah Bridges will share how understanding brain science can help smooth change in our lives. It promises to be a fascinating topic of discussion, and I hope you'll join us. If you'd like to attend as a guest, please let us know! Details can be found below.

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

~ Mary Texidor
Social Bridge
Wednesday, November 14, 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 caroljordan@millcitycommons.org.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, November 15, 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 Ron Vantine leads the annual book review. Bring to the meeting a review and/or commentary about two favorite fiction books you've read this past year. If you're unable to attend and would like to share a recommendation, you can email it to ronaldgvantine@gmail.com.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
After Hours Connect: Your Brain on Retirement - Lessons from Neuropsychology
Thursday, November 15, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE, 2nd fl
Join us as Dr. Sarah Bridges talks about the neuroscience triggers in transition and how understanding brain science can help smooth change in our lives. She'll blend the latest findings from brain science to provide practical and counter-intuitive ideas for successful transitions. Her entertaining and provocative ideas provide the basis for building a brain-healthy time in our second half of life. Sarah Bridges, Ph.D., is founder and leader of Bridges, a firm that specializes in coaching, leadership training and human potential consulting. Guests are welcome!

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Dinner for 5
Sunday, November 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Smith & Porter Restaurant, 428 2nd St S
If connecting with and getting to know other MCC members in a smaller, more intimate social setting interests you, this new 10th Anniversary program idea just might be for you! Join other MCC members for a casual evening of dining in Abiitan's Smith & Porter Restaurant. The meal is dutch treat. 

Registration is now closed. Email Betsy Wray at betsywray@millcitycommons.org if you'd like to be on the waiting list.
Great Decisions: Media and Foreign Policy
Monday, November 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Rm D104
State and non-state actors today must maneuver a complex and rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism now competes with user-generated content. Official channels of communication can be circumvented through social media. Foreign policy is tweeted from the White House and "fake news" has entered the zeitgeist. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats. How are actors using media to pursue and defend their interests in the international arena? What are the implications for U.S. policy? Speaker Todd Lefko is a businessperson and journalist living in both Minnesota and Moscow, Russia, where his weekly column has appeared in President Putin's newspaper Rossiske Vesti for the past 17 years.

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.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, November 20, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 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.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, November 27, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 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.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Fhima's Minneapolis, 40 S 7th St
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at the newly opened Fhima's Minneapolis in the historic Forum Cafeteria space in City Center! Hosted by John & Sonia Cairns, Judy Cohn, David & Sheryl Evelo and Barbara McBurney, 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) 353-4792.

Fhima's is conveniently located right off the bus line on Hennepin Ave. Parking is available in a ramp just past the exit and in another across the street (the old Dayton's ramp).

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House
Thursday, November 29, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Norway House, 913 E Franklin Ave
Gingerbread is a quintessential feature of the Norwegian holiday season, and for the fourth year in a row, Norway House is building the Twin Cities out of gingerbread in its Galleri. You'll find familiar buildings and landmarks-both contemporary and historical-created by everyone from professional bakers to first-time gingerbread enthusiasts. Join MCC friends to view this whimsical, delightful display. Admission is $5.

OPTIONAL: Join your tourmates for lunch afterwards at Maria's Café, 1113 E Franklin Ave.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

MCC Executive Director Joan Wright  shares this article from the New York Times: The New Cold War  
Around Town

Leap of Faith: Humans of Minneapolis Organizational Launch
November 15, 5:00-8:00 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Stephanie Glaros, author of  Humans of Minneapolis, will share her vision for a new nonprofit organization committed to using the power of storytelling to make connections both online and in the real world. Meet the people who will lead this organization and hear Humans of Minneapolis Ambassadors share their own Leap of Faith stories. Learn more here.
 
Mill City Farmers Market - Thanksgiving Harvest Festival
November 17, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Mill City Museum, 704 2nd St S
Find the local groceries you need for the biggest food day of the year! The market's 40+ farmers, food makers and artists will have sweet potatoes, pumpkins and squash, salad greens, potatoes, pasture-raised meat and eggs, fresh bread and unique handmade hostess gifts. 

Yoga at Orchestra Hall
November 18, 10:00 am, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Ave
Sun salutations meet live music in a new Yoga Class at Orchestra Hall series. Practice the art of yoga in the serenity of the Orchestra Hall lobby while members of the Minnesota Orchestra play musical selections that inspire and center body and soul. Whether you are new to yoga or looking to transform your practice, join in a harmonious, hour-long class that interweaves music and movement! Purchase tickets 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!
 
Kathleen & Paul Campbell

Mary Baumann & Will Hopkins

James Schmit

Gerry & Nan Snyder  
 
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
 required.

Guthrie  Play Reading
RiverWest Group
Tuesday, 11/20,
6:30-9:30 pm

North Star Group
Wednesday, 11/28
Groups will be reading "A Christmas Carol"

Rendezvous
Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required.
September's book is 
The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos
by Dominic Smith

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
                        Thursdays
                 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,
September-December,
10:30 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-2:30 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
 December 6 & 20
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
 
 
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