November 3, 2020 Update from the Executive Director
Caregivers lean into love as they support the physical and emotional well-being of someone besides themselves. November is National Caregivers’ Month and recognizes the everyday heroes committed to others long-term care. You, may be in the early stages of caregiving, and not even call it that. Caregiving can sneak up on you and this month gives us an opportunity to honor friends and family committed to a caregiving role as well as reflect on ways to prepare yourself for possibilities ahead.

The qualities of a good caregiver are wonderful traits to continually practice – empathy, patience, positivity, compassion, dependability, attentiveness to name a few. Many MCC members are caregivers facing difficult circumstances during the pandemic. This month recognize them and let them know their value and the important role they play in the community. Please join us and register for a program on Caregiving: A Holistic View, Monday, November 9th with MCC member Susan Hartman, facilitator of the MCC Caregivers’ Group. Susan will talk with both caregivers and 'caregivees' offering invaluable insights. Guests are welcome, please email us here.

Today is a bright sunny Election Day. Sharon Salzberg said, “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.” If you already voted, “Don’t Give in to Election Stress Disorder and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

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

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Upcoming Virtual Programs and Events
Virtual via Zoom: Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, November 4, 10:15 - 11:15 am
Join us to discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

If you'd like to read ahead, choose a mystery by Ian Rankin. We’ll read and discuss an assortment at our December book chat. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Marsha Blumenthal.

No registration required. MCC members can find the Zoom link here.
Virtual via Zoom: Meditation Circle
Thursday, November 5, 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 Chat
Thursday, November 5, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Women Connect Chat is a less formal, shorter, more intimate group chat. We’ll catch up on fun topics and share ideas in 45 minutes to an hour. This month’s topic: Feed Me! Bring your favorite easy recipes. Seafood. Pasta. Beef. Veggie. Chicken. Something saucy. Something cheesy. Something spicy. Something easy. Join us if you are seeking new ideas and if you’ve got something yummy to share.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: LivingWisely LegacyJourney® Workshop
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Over the past 6 months our ‘normal lives’ (before Covid-19) were put on hold. Things we took for granted one day, suddenly vanished the next. For many of us, adjusting to our ‘new normal’ has resulted in a lot of reflection time. Thinking about what’s really important to us as we cope with getting through this difficult time. If you would like an opportunity to experience a sampling of ways to document what you’ve been reflecting on, this program will be of interest to you.

Our LegacyJourney® pathways provide the foundation for creating engaging and transformational personal experiences. The program will inspire you to create meaningful documents to share your values, life lessons, insights, wisdom, hopes for the future and generosity. Barry Baines leads this hands-on workshop that will explore the three LegacyJourney® pathways, described below, and include writing exercises for you to begin the process of creating your own LegacyJourney® documents.

Life Reflections Stories (Your Legacy of Wisdom):
Discover the insights, life lessons and nuggets of wisdom gained from your unique experiences, culture and history. Live more intentionally going forward, deepen family relationships, and provide loved ones with meaningful examples to help guide them along their life journeys. Life Reflection Stories are typically comprised of a continuum of short reflective narratives or master stories written any time during your lifetime and shared along the way.

Ethical Will/Legacy Letter (Your Legacy of Values):
An Ethical Will or Legacy Letter helps you share your values, faith, beliefs, life lessons, hopes for the future, gratitude, love and forgiveness with family, friends, and community. They are often referred to as the voice of our heart as they provide personal insights to help inform our life decisions, align our values and wishes along each stage of our journey, and share what matters most in our life.

Making a Difference Plan (Your Legacy of Generosity):
A Making a Difference Plan is an intentional document to clarify your what you are passionate about and help you positively impact the people and causes you care most about by focusing your time, talents and resources. It can help you go beyond being charitable and create a legacy of generosity by aligning your actions with your passions and vision. And when shared, it can teach and inspire your loved ones to live compassionately as you serve as a role model, engage in memorable activities together, and achieve tangible, beneficial results.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Caregiving: A Holistic View
Monday, November 9, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
November is National Caregivers’ Month. Many MCC members are providing this important role to family members, friends and neighbors. While it is a vital role in the health and well-being of our society, caregiving can often be an invisible, thankless, expected, and challenging job. Please join us as Susan Hartman, facilitator of MCC’s Caregivers’ Group, several members of the group and a “caregivee” share thoughts about their roles and offer some suggestions for how others might care for the caregivers.

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 10, 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: Women Who Make a Difference: Melanie Ebertz
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Melanie Ebertz is probably the best unpaid, unofficial Minneapolis Concierge you can meet. She will warm your heart and put a smile on your face with her rich stories about life as an advocate for the arts, the farmer’s market, indigenous cultures and her connections to many MCC members. For many years, she has greeted thousands of people at the Mill City Farmers Market and formed friendships over the incredible Peruvian hand-loomed rugs that she sells. When she initially connected with Peruvian artists, she became aware of their needs for nutrition information and early childhood education. This led her to establish a foundation and connect many Twin Cities residents with local artisans in Peru thru hosted tourism. The foundation’s hard work and the rising level of living in Peru eventually concluded the foundation’s work. Melanie is joining us to share reflections on pivoting during the time of COVID - a time when we may actually have more disadvantaged community needs in Minnesota than the Peruvian artisans.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Men's Coffee and Conversation
Thursday, November 12, 7:30 - 9:00 am
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. This week's conversation will be led by Ron Vantine. Please come with one book recommendation, of any genre, to share with the group. Given the stresses of COVID-19, we’d especially like to hear about books of good humor or wit, as well as off-beat stories. Each person will have 2 minutes to describe his book recommendation.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Revitalizing the Riverfront
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Water Works, part of the 30 year RiverFirst initiative, is a 6-acre project within the Mill Ruins Park that will bring new historic, cultural, and recreational amenities to Minneapolis’ iconic riverfront. The project sits just upstream from the Stone Arch Bridge along the Mississippi river to Third Avenue. A cornerstone of the project includes Owamni--a new restaurant concept created by Sioux Chef--an organization dedicated to reviving indigenous ingredients and educating native American communities on how to bring back healthy, local food. Join us as Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Dana Thompson, Co-Owner of Sioux Chef, provide an update on this exciting project which is sure to be a favorite destination for riverfront residents and visitors.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Great Decisions: The Philippines and the U.S.
Monday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large-scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines? Duncan McCampbell will be our speaker.

MCC Great Decisions members sign up here. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants.
Virtual via Zoom: Member Discussion: Racial Justice
Tuesday, November 17, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Through discussion we will explore ways of building a just community, equitably including all citizens. This month: Level up! Deconstruct Racism!

In the final Tuesday morning MCC Racial Justice Discussion of 2020 we will discuss methods of deconstructing racism. After 400 years of creating, supporting, enduring or wanting to eliminate a caste-like system within our American society:
  1. What do we do now?
  2. Individually, or working with others, how can each of us accelerate and support enduring change?  
  3. Systemic racism has invaded many aspects of life in our culture. Little changes can become big changes. Big changes can lead to major progress. How and where can you use your skills, interests and affiliations to influence the next steps of deconstructing racism?
In preparation for contributing to the discussion, please view this Ted Talk here.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
What’s Your Story?
The Tell Me A Story program will be taking a break in November and December. We hope to bring the program back in 2021—but we need YOU! Since June, members have been sharing high points, low points, and intriguing and uplifting stories from their lives to enthusiastic response from members. Help us continue this great zoom program that helps us get to know one another a little bit better, especially when we can’t be together in person. There’s no limit to what you might tell – or read. What facet of your life would help us know you better if we heard your story? We need ONE MORE storyteller in order to run a January program.

How it Works
It’s simple! Each monthly program consists of three storytellers who each get 5-15 minutes to tell/read their story, followed by brief Q&A from the audience.

When crafting a story or mining one in your archive you may consider the following:
  • Most rebellious thing I ever did
  • Smartest thing I ever did
  • Stupidest thing I ever did
  • An incident that made a certain travel experience memorable
  • A person you met only once with whom you wish you could connect again
  • An early “dead end” job from which you learned something important
  • An ancestor or young childhood friend who had a huge impact on your life

Email Bethany Boom to sign up for a January story slot, or suggest a month that would work for you.
Ongoing MCC Activities
Dutch Treat Social Hour
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
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.
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
MCC member Will Craig shares that civil rights leader Josie Johnson presented for the University of Minnesota Retirees Association recently on how racial injustice and systemic racism have affected African Americans since their forced importation into what is now America. The program recording can be viewed here.

MCC member Patty Canney shares that California Dreamin' is happening online this year starting November 6. Visit artists' studios and shop from the comfort of your home. Click here to learn more.

MCC member Bill Van Essendelft recommends Nixta Minneapolis for takeout. He and his family have been regularly enjoying picking up family dinners for 2-4 people. If you go on line you can view weekly menus and place your order for pick up. It is a slick system and the food has been unique and delicious each week, especially their homemade tortillas. What about you? Do you have other restaurant recommendations that offer curbside pick up? We'd love to know and share in an upcoming Musings. Email us with your recommendations.

MCC members, you're invited to a “Bushel and a Peck” of fun with a sing along version of the lively show Guys and Dolls on November 20 at 1:30 pm! Fedoras and mink stoles optional – bedroom slippers encouraged for this living room performance. To begin, we’ll take 30 minutes to introduce you to some of the background and notable aspects of the show “Guys & Dolls”, then invite you to join us as MacPhail Teaching Artists Joey Clark, Andrea Leap, Jerry Rubino, Vicky Mountain and Sheridan Zuther lead us through the hits. (Song sheets will be emailed prior to the event.) Participants will be muted, so you can choose to lip-sync or belt out the tunes as you see fit – we’ll never know! In any case, you’re in for a musical adventure with these vocal guides. To participate: Simply email Kristyn Rupp at to receive a lyric sheet prior to the program. Then, join this zoom link on November 20. This program is free for MCC members, thanks to MacPhail Center for Music.
Around Town
The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III
For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world. His story is a case study of power in late 20th century America and the story of Washington and the world in the modern era. Join a virtual conversation with journalist-author duo Peter Baker of The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker for a closer look at their new book about James A. Baker III. Click here to register.

Statewide Star Party
November 9-14, 7:00 pm, virtual
When you look up at the night sky, do you ever wonder how different it would look under really dark skies? What do others across the state see compared to the view in your town? What actions can you take to protect our night skies or help scientists understand the effects of light pollution? Each evening of FREE events kicks off with a keynote talk from a night sky expert at 7 pm, followed by presentations and digital views streamed from telescopes across the state, facilitated by astronomy experts who will lead you on a tour of stars, planets, and other astronomical objects. Join a community of people across Minnesota and beyond to observe and celebrate our night skies! Click here to register.

Westminster Town Hall Forum
November 10, 12:00 pm, virtual
The final speaker of the fall series is Eddie Glaude, Jr., discussing "James Baldwin's Lessons on Race in America." Eddie Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and chair of the Department of African American Studies. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world. Click here to learn more.

Refugee Stories: Kao Kalia Yang in Conversation with Jessica Goudeau
November 12, 2:00-3:15 pm, virtual
What effect does choice and chance play when entire groups of people are displaced by socio-historical moments beyond their control? Two authors whose new books center on refugee experiences will be taking part in an online discussion. In Somewhere in the Unknown World, author Kao Kalia Yang presents a collective memoir of refugee experiences, individuals who found the strength and courage to rebuild after leaving all they hold dear. Jessica Goudeau’s After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America situates a dramatic, character-driven story within a larger history—the evolution of modern refugee resettlement in the United States, beginning with World War II and ending with current closed-door policies. Click here to register.

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Elise Linehan, Executive Director,
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Bethany Boom, Program and Events Manager,
(612) 455-3329