November 17, 2020 Update from the Executive Director
“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.” -Irving Penn

Photographs are silent storytellers. Their narratives give you the chance to go beyond your immediate sphere and explore all kinds of subjects and perspectives. Register with MCC for an interactive program Seeing Child Labor on Monday, November 23rd, and experience the impact of child labor on global public health through the lens of photographer David Parker who has been documenting images of child labor for three decades. If you are a guest and would like to join us, email us here.

Spend some time with the new December Calendar now available below and open for registration. There is an exciting variety of events and programs in December from entertainer Mari Harris to Blois Olson, Founder/Publisher of the Morning Take and Principal at Fluence Media. Try out the many social opportunities including a New Year’s Eve Hour as well as keep your zen going over the holiday month with Meditation. You can also use visual imagery from nature to treat yourself to a mindfulness break and check out number 29, a Virtual Family Photo Booth on a list of virtual ideas to keep you safe and healthy while still having a “Happy Zoomsgiving”!

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~ Elise Linehan (612) 455-3329, 125 Main Street SE, #339, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Turkey & Extra Helpings "COVID-19 Edition"
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Join us in raising a goal of $3,500 to provide holiday groceries for 50 families at Ascension School. Funds raised above that amount will be used to purchase small gifts for two transitional housing programs. Donations are due December 9 and can be mailed to the MCC office at 125 Main St SE, Ste 339, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

Click here for details on how you can get involved!
MCC Caregivers' Support Group
The Caregivers’ Support Group is made up of members and nonmembers who are in caregiving roles and led by MCC member Susan Hartman. There will be at least one opening in the group starting in January. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact us at info@millcitycommons.org. The group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 10:30 am-12:00 pm.
Upcoming Virtual Programs and Events
Virtual via Zoom: Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, November 18, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Current international news and U.S. foreign policy provide an endless trove of topics for learning and discussion. This month's topic is "Brexit, Europe, The Anglosphere and Reverberations from November 3." There will be both presentation and discussion.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants.
Virtual via Zoom: Meditation Circle
Thursday, November 19, 9:15 - 10:15 am
Leader: Terry Pearson will provide guided meditation via zoom.

Fee: An additional fee of $10.25 is required for this class to cover instructor costs.

Attendance Policy: A minimum of 3 registrants are required for this program to run. If there are less than 3 registrations 24 hours prior to the start of the program, the following will occur:
  1. the program will be cancelled and the calendar will be updated
  2. registrants will be notified via email that the program is cancelled
  3. registrants will not be charged

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration less than 24 hours before this program is scheduled to take place, you will be charged for attendance. To avoid being charged, please cancel your registration at least 24 hours prior to the program start time.

MCC members sign up here. Registered members will receive the Zoom link in their confirmation email.
Virtual via Zoom: Women Connect
Thursday, November 19, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
It is time to RE-Connect! This month, Nancy Gardner and Corin Kagan will lead us in a travel discussion. Participants will be asked to bring one picture or one diary entry that evokes an entire trip, experience or place.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Leading Through COVID-19
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
What does the CEO of a global provider of water, hygiene and infection preventions solutions and services do in the first weeks and months of a global pandemic and what has he learned in the last 8 months? Doug Baker, EcoLab’s CEO, joins us to provide an inside look at how a local company with global reach has helped and adapted to meet the needs of the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets during COVID-19. Doug will share the company’s successes and challenges, opportunities for innovation and how he views the road to economic recovery for downtown St. Paul.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Seeing Child Labor
Monday, November 23, 7:00-8:30 pm
Is child labor ever OK? What if it means the difference between a family eating or not eating that day? As a consumer, do you know which of your purchases are a product of child labor? Should health precautions be enforced for child workers? How? What roles do culture, economic mobility and family dynamics play? Join us for an evening of photos, questions and group discussion that may challenge your perceptions of child labor. David Parker, an occupational medicine physician with the Environmental Health Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota, and Senior Physician Researcher at HealthPartners, has been traveling the globe and documenting images of child labor for more than three decades. Through pictures, questions, and small group discussions, we will explore the impact of child labor and its effects on global public health and consumerism.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: COVID-19: Updates and Q&A with Michael Brennan
Tuesday, November 24, 9:30 - 10:30 am
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, MCC Member and retired physician Michael Brennan is keeping a close watch on all medical and health developments put forth by the CDC, NIH and MN Department of Public Health. Join us for this every-other-week meeting where Michael will share the most recent information available, his perspective of how to keep ourselves safe and healthy, and answer questions.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Last Tuesday Member Mixer
Tuesday, November 24, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
New Name, New Format! Make a Quarantini and catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks. Our first 30 minutes will be break-out mixer questions and the last 30 minutes will be larger group general discussion for those that want to stay. This month's questions are:

1. If you could live in any decade of your life again, which would it be?
2. What are you most grateful for this year?
3. What news story caught your attention this week?

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: City Charter 202 (*Just Added to the November calendar!)
Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Join us for a follow up to our September City Charter program. Casey Carl, current City Clerk for Minneapolis, will speak about the various alternative City Government structures and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. He will also give an update on the charter timeline and the current hearings of the charter commission.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: We Are the Story: Artist Quilters Address Racism in America
Tuesday, December 1, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
When Minneapolis became the epicenter of the nationwide protest movement against police brutality and racism in America following the death of George Floyd, Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) joined forces to create We Are the Story, a multi-venue initiative in the Twin Cities, September 10, 2020, through June 12, 2021. For those of us unable to see the exhibits in-person, Karl Reichert, Executive Director of the Textile Center, along with select artists/quilters, will join us on Zoom to share key components of the exhibit and discuss the impact it has had in our community thus far.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Another Kind of Village: Ascension Catholic School
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Ascension Catholic School has been an anchor on the North Side of Minneapolis for more than 100 years. Throughout its history, Ascension Catholic School has served as both a reflection of its community and as an instrument for change on the North Side of Minneapolis, helping move young lives forward through education and spiritual formation. This panel presentation will guide us through the school’s history, provide us an intimate look at the current student/scholars and families they serve, share how they have grown to manage 3 schools through Ascension Catholic Academy and inspire us with their plans and dreams for the future. Panel speakers include: Patty Stromen, President and Parish Administrator; Benito Matias, Principal; and Suzie Colianni, Board Chair.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Monthly Calendars
Ongoing MCC Activities
Dutch Treat Social Hour
Mondays,
4:00-5:00 pm
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. Click here for the Zoom link.
Rendezvous on 5
Wednesdays,
9:00-10:00 am
Drop in and join your friends and neighbors for a morning chat over Zoom. Click here for the Zoom link.
Men's Dutch Lunch
Alternating Thursdays,
11:30 am-12:30 pm
This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation.
Click here for the Zoom link.
River Walkers
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
8:00-9:00 am
Stone Arch Lofts Riverside Parking Lot
All levels of walkers are welcome for this early morning walk -with pandemic protocols-along the banks of the Mississippi River. An MCC volunteer leads each walk.
Strength, Balance & Stretch (SBS)
Mondays and Wednesdays
2:00-2:45 pm
An exclusive opportunity for members, this class focuses on keeping you fit and strong. First time participants, please contact G-Werx at (612) 767-4415. Cost varies depending on commitment.
MCC Community Care Resources
MCC Caregivers' Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays,
September-December, 10:30-12:00 pm
A way to support members and non-members who are in a caregiving role.

Members will be contacted with a Zoom link to join the meeting.
Member-to-Member Volunteering
If you want to support other members, you can sign up to become a volunteer driver or member-to-member volunteer.

If you are in need of volunteer services, let us know. Mary Texidor can help arrange a ride, meals, grocery shopping, visits and more.
Medical Equipment Loan Program
If you have a medical need, we may have the equipment you are looking for. Consider contacting the office before you buy or rent a piece of equipment. We have a shower chair, raised toilet seat, walker, bed assist rail, cane and grabber available.
COVID-19
Go to MCC's COVID-19 Response page to see resources, Zoom tutorials and recommendations from members on things to do while staying at home.
News from and for Members
The Men's Coffee and Conversation group released its annual book list. Click here for a list of their recommendations on what you might want to read next. If you have a book recommendation, you can still send it to Allan Burdick and he'll add it to the master list.

MCC member Betty Grant shared the link to the city’s community safety survey. You can take the survey by November 20th to provide your input and ideas on what community safety looks like and how to accomplish a community safety model. The first phase of survey results will be presented to the council.

The Village to Village Network is hosting a program that you are welcome to attend on "How to Spot & Avoid Imposters". Imposter scams can take many forms. Some imposters say they’re calling from the government or from a business with technical support expertise. Others pose as legitimate users of online dating sites, or claim that they are a friend or family member with an emergency. But they all involve a con artist who pretends to be someone you trust, to convince you to send money or personal information. This webinar will describe the various types of imposter scams, the warning signs of scams, and how to help avoid them. Join this zoom link to attend this free program on November 18 at 12:00 pm.

Each year, Next Avenue, public media’s leading journalism service for our country’s older population, honors those who determinedly push beyond traditional boundaries in order to change the public's understanding of what it means to grow older. Join a panel of this year’s Next Avenue honorees, the people who, in the midst of one of the most difficult years ever for America’s older generations, have nevertheless found ways to make a positive impact on society. Richard Eisenberg, the Managing Editor of Next Avenue, will join Ken Stern, chair of the Longevity Project, to discuss and analyze the trends that have reshaped America in 2020 and the contributions that the 2020 influencers in aging have made to the fight against ageism. Click here to register for this program scheduled for November 19 at 1:30 pm.

Are you looking for a Thanksgiving meal this year? This article lists restaurants that will be serving takeout Thanksgiving dinners.
Around Town
This is Who I Am
November 29 – December 27, virtual
Separated by continents, an estranged father and son reunite over Zoom. From their respective kitchens in Ramallah and New York City, they recreate a cherished family recipe and struggle to bridge the gap between them, one ingredient at a time. Told through the intimacy of a video call, with humor and humanity, Amir Nizar Zuabi’s new play explores the unpredictable nature of grief and the delicacy of family connection across geographical and generational divides. For information and tickets, click here.

University of Minnesota: Impact Leaders
December 2, 11:00 am, virtual
Join a virtual conversation between President Joan Gabel and U of M COVID-19 expert Dr. Michael Osterholm as they reflect on the challenges, triumphs, and critical ongoing work related to the pandemic.
How has COVID-19 impacted these two leaders? What stories of success make them proud of the U? What do they think the future looks like? What makes them hopeful? Register here.

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