November 20, 2018
Update from the Business and Member Services Adminstrator

With several holidays approaching, it might be easy to forget to look ahead to the MCC December calendar. Our Program Committee may slow things down just a bit around the holidays, but you'll find they didn't hesitate to develop great programming for the rest of the month. You can check out the December calendar here, and a number of program s are highlighted below.

This week is also the kick-off to our annual Turkey & Extra Helpings drive! This year, we are hoping to collect $3500, to provide groceries for holiday meals for 50 families at Ascension School in North Minneapolis. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve students and their families. You can learn more here.
 
We send condolences to MCC member Marsha Blumenthal and her family after the death of MCC member Malcolm Blumenthal last week. To read the obituary that appeared in the Star Tribune, click here.

Please note that MCC's office will be closed Thursday and Friday of this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you and your loved ones have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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

~ Mary Texidor
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.

It's easy to get to Fhima's. You can bus over on the 3rd Ave. bridge or on 1st Ave. If you drive, use one of two parking ramps: One is right beyond Fhima's on the RIGHT side of 7th St. The other is right across the street in the former Dayton's/Macy ramp on the LEFT side of 7th St.

MCC members and guests. No registration required.
Social Bridge
Wednesday, November 28, 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 29, 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 Frank Wilkinson hosts. Frank will provide a brief personal profile and then introduce Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Tom will give an update on RiverFirst, the initiative to develop riverfront parks and trails on both sides of the Mississippi from downtown to the northern city limits.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
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.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, December 4, 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.
Technology Help Desk
Tuesday, December 4, 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.

MCC members sign up here.
A Minnesotan's Story About Saving Rhinos
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Park Avenue Lofts, 200 Park Ave S, #105
Join us to hear the story of rhino poaching and what's being done to stop it. Minnesota native Matt Bracken will share what's happening to rhinos and why, who's involved, why they do it, why rhinos are worth saving and what he's doing about it. Matt is the founder and president of Wild and Free Foundation. In 2011, he became the first American to graduate from Protrack Anti-Poaching Ranger Training in South Africa, whose mission is to protect rhinos from poachers.  
 
MCC members sign up here.
Education for a Changing World
Wednesday, December 5, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
Our world is changing at an exponentially greater pace than generations before us, which means our education system needs to evolve alongside it. Dana Mortenson, founder and CEO of World Savvy, will discuss how developing students' global competence can prepare them for future careers and civic engagement in an increasingly diverse, interconnected world. She'll explore how our current K-12 education system, designed to "standardize learning," is misaligned with the realities and demands of the 21st century and beyond.  And she'll share how World Savvy has been working for nearly two decades to re-imagine K-12 education to build more inclusive, adaptive and globally competent learning environments to help all young people thrive.

MCC members sign up here.
A Perspective on Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Washburn Lofts, 700 2nd St S, #91
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has served on the U.S. Supreme Court for nearly 25 years, but it's only in the last five years that she has been dubbed "notorious" and become a popular culture icon. Each year, she has four law clerks who assist her with preparing for cases, drafting opinions and writing speeches. Amy Bergquist clerked for her in 2010-2011, and while Amy can't divulge confidential information about deliberations or discussions of cases that happened in Justice Ginsburg's chambers, she will speak about what it's like to work for the Justice and share some insights about her work. Bring your questions! Amy Bergquist is a staff attorney at the Minneapolis-based non-profit The Advocates for Human Rights.
 
MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

MCC member Linnea Olesen wants members to know that you can buy a ticket for the 2 pm showing of The 4 Seasons on Saturday, November 24, and redeem a free ticket at the door! For more information on the play, click here. The performance takes place at the Lab Theater, 700 N 1st St.

MCC member Dick Kavaney shares that Metrotransit is starting a study that would continue the E line (Hennepin Avenue rapid bus service) east on Hennepin with a loop down University Ave SE to the campus and back on 4th Street SE. There will be a study kick-off open house at Marcy Open School (415 4th Ave SE) on December 13 from 4:30-6:30 pm where you can share your thoughts or ask questions. For more information, click here.
Around Town

"Holiday Cookie Traditions" Talk and Book Signing
November 29, 7:00 pm, Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Join Star Tribune staff writers Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson as they discuss The Great Minnesota Cookie Book with James Beard Award-winning food writer Beth Dooley. Enjoy a complimentary selection of award-winning cookies from the 2018 Star Tribune cookie contest (while supplies last!). This program is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 pm. For more information, click here.

New Editions
December 1, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, MCBA, 1011 Washington Ave S
Minnesota Center for Book Arts presents New Editions, celebrating and fostering the collection of book art. From chapbooks and zines, to broadsides, artist's books and fine press editions, this two-day event features more than 130 original works available for viewing and purchase. New Editions includes something for everyone, with items at a wide variety of prices. Additional preview night on November 30. Details here.
   
Mrs. Kelly's Tea 20th Annual Tasting
December 1 & 2, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Mrs. Kelly's Tea, Grain Belt Brewery Warehouse, 77 13th Ave NE
Don't miss this opportunity to try more than 100 of Mrs. Kelly's most popular and award winning teas, blended locally for maximum freshness. The tasting will also feature seminars by the Twin Cities' hottest food entrepreneurs, including chocolatier B. T. McElrath, Muddy Paws Cheesecake, Ames Farm Honey, as well as a display of handmade pottery and upcycled art by local artists. Suggested donation of $2 or a non-perishable food item.

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
 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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