October 1, 2019
Update from the Executive Director

Greetings to our MCC members and friends! It's a drizzly dreary day outside with a mostly gray week predicted. It's up to us to serve as sunshine for each other! 

As you know, several of us attended the Village to Village Network annual conference in Chicago last month. We learned a lot -- topics ranged from the village movement to social isolation, from intergenerational connections to fundraising for sustainability. We enjoyed hearing from Marc Freedman of Encore.org and author of How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations, among others. (Let me know if you want to borrow my copy once I've finished reading it!) 

I was impressed with a few of the conference sponsors and thought I would tell you about them. The first is GrandPad, a tablet for seniors. Touted on their website as "the smartest, simplest, and safest way to connect seniors with their loved ones."  Through the free GrandPad companion app and web portal, loved ones can connect to GrandPad's private family network via iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or desktop computer. The essential apps and services on the GrandPad eliminate the clutter, distractions and complications of other devices, allowing seniors to instantly connect with loved ones. Another sponsor that stood out for me was Silvernest, a matching service for homesharing. From a roommate finder to an agreement builder and beyond, Silvernest gives homeowners and renters the tools they need to create a Home Sweet Shared HomeĀ®. In all 50 states, Silvernest lets you choose how you want to homeshare, including the option to reduce your rent in exchange for help around the house. 

Even The New York Times is talking about villages and homesharing in their recent article, "' We Need Each Other': Seniors Are Drawn to New Housing Arrangements." Although we are heading in the right direction, we are still figuring out how to stop age segregation. In an interview with Forbes, Marc Freedman said, "The fact is, for all the hand wringing and apocalyptic predictions, the needs and assets of the generations fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Just ask any grandparent! If we build on this natural bond between the older and younger generations, both within families and across different communities, we can avoid conflict, solve problems from child care to loneliness and even generate a good deal of personal happiness along the way."  Sounds good to me! 

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

~ Sara J.B. Foster
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss  Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. Richly told and profoundly moving,  Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
 
If you'd like to read ahead, November's book is  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email  Marsha Blumenthal.
 
MCC members and guests. No registration required.
M en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, October 3, 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 Bud Hayden hosts guest Ryan Hoag, who will speak on "Life in the NFL." Ryan has a most interesting story. He was a soccer player at Wake Forest, a wide receiver football star at Gustavus, a tennis coach at Washburn and now the tennis professional at the Lafayette Club. And, he was the last player (#262) taken by Oakland in the 2003 NFL draft, earning the annual "Mr. Irrelevant" title.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Driven to Discover: "Believe Me": Seeking Truth in an Age of Disinformation
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
Ask yourself: Can the public navigate a sea of disinformation without a compass? Are the media "the enemy of the American people," as President Trump has declared? Will the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution continue to protect journalists as they perform their jobs? Can democracy survive without a free and responsible press? Jane E. Kirtley, Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the U of M, digs deep into the role of the media in an era of "believe me" and disinformation.
 
This is one in an ongoing MCC program series under the banner "Driven to Discover." The series features University of Minnesota faculty and students sharing current research and programming at the University.

MCC members sign up here
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, October 8 & 15, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 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 for the October 8 session; members sign up here for the October 15 session.
Tips & Tricks to Using Transit in the Metro
Tuesday, October 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
American Academy of Neurology, Training Room A, 201 Chicago Ave
Increasingly MCC members are considering public transportation options to avoid traffic hassles, limited parking and other obstacles. Joanna Hubbard-Rivera, a customer advocate with the Metro Transit Outreach program, will join us to show how easy it can be to use transit. She'll provide information on taking the bus, light rail and rapid mass transit, as well as on how to use the online planning tools to make trip process easier. The online tools can help you find routes, stops, locations and times to get you on your way. If you'd like a preview of the tools we'll be working with in the session, click here.

MCC members sign up here.
Swing, Salsa and Fun!
Thursday, October 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location to be announced
Want to learn to dance but think you can't? No rhythm? No partner? No problem! Join Heart of Dance and MCC members for 90 minutes of swing, salsa and fun. Studies suggest that frequent social dancing reduces dementia risk by 76%. Join us in building body, brain and balance. Those who want to extend their dance journey of wellness can continue with Dance for Life for Seniors in a program sponsored by Friends of Mill City starting at Abiitan in October. More information will be available at this program.
 
MCC members sign up here.
Artists Making Art and Community
Monday, October 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Stonebridge Lofts Community Room, 2nd fl, 1120 S 2nd St
How and why do artist communities form? Where are they in Minneapolis and how do they benefit artists and the surrounding communities? Three professional artists working in Minneapolis will tell us what it's like to be in an artist community, the kind of art they make and what keeps them connected to their work. Abstract painter Susan Wagner, bronze sculptor Nick Legeros and landscape painter (and MCC member) Jim Conaway will share their perspectives.
 
MCC members sign up here.
Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, October 16, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Winslow House Party Room, 100 2nd St SE
Current international news and U.S. foreign policy provide an endless trove of topics for learning and discussion. Retired foreign service officer and MCC member Bill Davnie will identify a topic in advance, although news can always lead us in a fresh direction. There will be both presentation and discussion.

This ongoing program is held on the third Wednesday of the month. Topic ideas for each monthly gathering are welcome.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar


View the full calendar of October events here.
 
News from Members

MCC member Susan Hartman shares this highly recommended resource for grief:  the Downtown Grief Coalition sponsors weekly grief groups that rotate every four months to a different downtown church. Through the end of December, St. Mark's Episcopal Church hosts the group that meets on Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 am. Each week, a speaker discusses a topic concerning grief and loss, after which the participants break into three volunteer-facilitated groups focused on either: death of spouse, of family/friend or of child. For further information, go to:  mplsgriefsupport.com .

MCC member Peggy Lucas wants members to know that tonight (Tuesday), October 1, 6:00-7:30 pm, the League of Women Voters presents a Civic Buzz on Immigration: Current Trends and Issues in Minneapolis and Minnesota. The event is free and takes place at the Black Forest Inn from 26th & Nicollet in the Banquet Room. A panel of committed leaders who are involved with various aspects of the immigration question will present.

MCC member Chris Bray invites you to come to the Friends of the Mill District (FMD) fundraiser, featuring The Steele Family Singers, on October 17 from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Mill City Museum (704 S 2nd St). This promises to be a fun evening designed to get you swinging and swaying. Appetizers are provided and beverages will be available for purchase.  All activities funded by FMD are free and open to everyone (Mill City Singers, Yoga in the Park, to name a few). 100% of the money raised pays for programming expenses.  To get your tickets, click here.
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Film Screening: True Conviction
October 3, 7:00-9:30 pm, Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
After serving a combined 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans join forces to form the unlikeliest of investigative teams, on a mission to help wrongfully convicted prisoners obtain freedom like they did. Screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jamie Meltzer and Christopher Scott. Register for this free event here.

Minnehaha Falls Art Fair
October 5, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Minnehaha Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave S
Celebrate dozens of local artists at the 1st annual Minnehaha Falls Art Fair. Peruse a wide variety of mediums including paintings, ceramics, textiles, screen-printing, woodworking, photography, and more. Items under $30 at every booth. Find out more about participating artists here.

The Healing Powers of the Arts
October 15, 6:00-8:00 pm, Wyndris Club Room, 929 2nd St NE
Six artists from the community will come together to share their experiences on this powerful topic. They'll each present in the style of PechaKucha, narrating while their images move in rapid succession...20 slides...20 seconds. Following the presentations, refreshments will be served along with a discussion facilitated by Margo Ashmore, owner of the Northeaster Newspaper. Reservations can be made by calling (612) 277-2902 or emailing dlucas@catholiceldercare.org

Chicago
Now through November 3, various times, Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave NE
Broadway's longest-running American musical, Chicago is a female-driven powerhouse. It's a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the American media machine set to one of Broadway's greatest scores. Arrive early to enjoy live pre-show music. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

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 
 
Mill City Commons is collecting items for St. Stephen's Human Services before we serve a meal at First Covenant Shelter. Click here to learn what items are needed and consider participating! Donations accepted through October 22.

Click here  for other community volunteer opportunities on the MCC website!  
 
MCC Ongoing Social Opportunities
 
Dutch Treat
Social Hour
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm
Aster Cafe
125 Main St SE
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations
 required.

Rendezvous
Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
    No reservations required. The next  book is
Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee.
Click here to see what books we're reading at future Book Chats.

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!

Guthrie Play Reading
North Star Group
Wednesday, October 2,
6:30-9:30 pm

RiverWest Group
Tuesday, October 22,
6:30-9:30 pm
Reading The Winter's Tale this month.

Social Bridge
If you're interested in playing a round of social bridge, contact the MCC office.

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.

MCC Women Connect
Join MCC women as they connect and grow, sharing experiences and learning from each other as they adapt to life's changes and transitions. This group meets the third Thursday morning of the month.
 
  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
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
October 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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