October 13, 2020 Update from the Executive Director
Over the weekend a virtual dedication was held for the recently completed Memorial to Survivors of Sexual Violence on Boom Island at the south end of the park along the Mississippi River. The first of its kind in the U.S., the Memorial honors victim survivors of sexual violence. Two equally strong metaphors are creatively used within the Memorial – circular seating with ripple textured effects and three tall panels of mosaic paintings. The ripples and circles symbolize the power and momentum we have together to break the silence. The mosaics transform broken pieces into a beautiful creation and tell a story of courage and healing. 

The driving force behind this five-year project, Sarah Super, introduced the Memorial at the dedication. The Memorial is a labor of love, a symbol of community solidarity, a place for reflection and repair. If you have not had a chance to see the Memorial, take a stroll through the park soon to experience it. Super said, “This memorial is a permanent public symbol that says to victim survivors we believe you, we stand with you, you are not alone.”

MCC is determined to help you feel less alone as days grow shorter. Check out the NEW! November calendar of vibrant, enriching programs and events. Start registering now so have things to look forward to on your agenda. Invite an interested friend or neighbor to try us out. If you are not a member and see something of interest you would like to check out as a guest, email us directly. We look forward to seeing all of you in November.

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

~ Elise Linehan (612) 455-3329, 125 Main Street SE, #339, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Upcoming Virtual Programs and Events
Virtual via Zoom: Men's Coffee and Conversation
Thursday, October 15, 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 David Plimpton. David has invited guest speaker Steve Kelley to present. Steve is the former Commissioner of Commerce for Governor Tim Walz and will focus his talk on renewable energy and its availability in Minnesota.

**Note: it's also time to start thinking about our annual Men’s Breakfast Book Review scheduled for November 12. 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: Women Connect
Thursday, October 15, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
It is time to RE-Connect! This month's meeting will be facilitated by Susan Hartman. Using an interactive technique, we will share a bit of our stories as a way to know each other better. In order to make this work, members need to register online and send an interesting, unusual one line tidbit about themselves (an experience, hobby, adventure, etc.) to Susan Hartman at susanhartman7@mac.com by Tuesday evening, October 13. During our meeting, we will have on-line “voting” to guess who is represented by each comment. Questions? Feel free to contact Susan.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Black Lives Matter & the Limits of Police Reform
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Decades of sociological research has documented the pervasive fear and distrust of police violence in race-class subjugated communities. More recently, the explosion of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activism pushed these issues into mainstream discourses, expanding white Americans’ awareness of police violence and propelling jurisdictions to adopt police reform measures, often modeled off the Taskforce on 21st Century Policing recommendations. Join us as Michelle Phelps, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology at UMN shares research from mixed-methods interviews with 112 residents in a set of low-income neighborhoods in Minneapolis, MN, from 2017-2019. The research asked how people of color and white residents in a heavily policed community made sense of racialized police violence and the reform measures enacted to respond to these concerns. Her findings highlight the enduring role of race in shaping orientations towards the police and the stark limits of the 21st Century Policing reform model.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Great Decisions: The Northern Triangle
Monday, October 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Combating illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Savador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the US. With funds from the US cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration? Rob Scarlett will be our speaker.

Note: This program is for Great Decisions members only and is not open to guests.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 - 11:30 am
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 discuss "Soviet Leftovers -- Ethnic, Political, Petrochemical." There will be both presentation and discussion.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Meditation Circle
Thursday, October 22, 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: Black Men Teach: Closing the Learning Gap
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Black Men Teach was formed because education matters and who is teaching matters most if we are going to change the world by correcting the shameful inequities in our schools. Black Men Teach is an entrepreneurial non-profit based in Minneapolis with the specific goal of increasing Black male teachers within eight participating elementary schools in six years. Why? Because research has shown that students learn better when taught by teachers that look like them. Guided by research and operating at a specific and targeted level, Black Men Teach is working to recruit, prepare, place and retain black male teachers. Learn how and why the organization began, where they are at today in their six-year plan, and how they are hoping to scale in the future. MCC member Peter Hutchinson will introduce us to fellow Black Men Teach board members and one of the young men that is currently teaching.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
Virtual via Zoom: Author Chat: Joan Growe and Lori Sturdevant
Monday, October 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Join us for a conversation with Joan Growe and Lori Sturdevant, authors of Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes.

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, October 27, 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 MCC Member Mixer
Tuesday, October 27, 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Register to join us for a NEW! 30-minute MCC Mixer designed to give you a chance to meet and greet new and old MCC friends. Using breakouts, we will disperse into a series of smaller groups and rotate through the questions below. Fast and fun! Bring your favorite beverage and a smile.

  • What person, living or dead, would you like to have happy hour with?
  • If you were stranded on an island, what food would you have to have with you?
  • What characteristic or quality in yourself has come out more strongly during COVID?

MCC members can click here to find the Zoom link.
Virtual via Zoom: Exploring the Four Dimensions of Racism
Thursday, October 29, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is professor (emeritus) of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas. His op ed piece “Counterpoint: I am a racist. So is Katherine Kersten. She can't admit it” appeared in the July 28 edition of the Star Tribune. Join us as Jack helps us explore the four dimensions of racism and how we can all examine the roles we play and choices we make within a thoroughly racist society and culture.

MCC members sign up here. The Zoom link can be found in the program description after logging in.
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 Peter Hutchinson invites you to celebrate the 13th anniversary of MinnPost at the program "Justice, Democracy and the Supreme Court" on October 14 at 7:00 pm. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse for an in-depth conversation on how the Supreme Court has navigated the Trump presidency and what might happen after this year's consequential election. For more details and links to register, click here.

MCC member Anita Kunin recommends the movie Oliver Sacks: His Own Life now playing virtually through the MSP Film Society. The film is $12/household and is available for viewing for 5 days. The film explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Click here to purchase a ticket.

MCC member Karla Ekdahl recommends you join The Film Society for Cine Latino en Casa, October 15-22. Since we cannot really travel at the moment, how about a little virtual travel? The Film Society is “...presenting the best of new cinema by artists from U.S. Latino, Latin American and Iberian communities and regions, with their vast cultural, linguistic, social and historical wealth; retrospectives of work by established artists; virtual Q&As with filmmakers/talent from around the globe; and resonant panel discussions and events.” Showcasing 20+ brand new Spanish and Portuguese language films from 12+ countries available exclusively through this festival. All films and conversations will be available for viewing here and access Passes, single tickets for members and general public are available now. Watch all films online or on Apple TV or Roku Apps.
Member Travel Photos - Start Dreaming!
Photos courtesy of Patty Connelly. Clockwise from top left: Sable Island, Canadian Maritimes; Himalayan Mountains; Darjeeling; Hvar, Croatia.
Around Town
Fall Restaurant Week
October 19-25
Participating restaurants are offering special two and three course pre-fixe lunches and dinners from $10-$35 per person! Check out participating restaurants here.

Healing Moves: Treating Common Ailments
October 20, 4:30-5:30 pm, virtual
Join the Twin Cities’ top influencers in integrative health care to discuss the best treatments for our top-of-mind health woes—naturally. From chiropractic care to acupuncture and massage therapy, learn how the healing powers of these tried-and-true modalities go far beneath the surface. Click here to register.

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge, about an hour from the Twin Cities, is designated as a state Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Today, visitors may still discover the excitement that might have been felt over 100 years ago, as early pioneers stepped out of the “Big Woods” and onto the edge of Minnesota’s magnificent tallgrass prairie. In October, thousands of sandhill cranes converge on the refuge marshes and a visit at dawn or dusk will provide the rare treat of large flocks of birds flying in or out of the refuge. To learn more, click here.

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Get Your Vote in Early!

MCC Members have volunteered to help other MCC members by driving them to the polls or delivering their absentee ballots to a safe mailbox. Email us if you are interested. 

  • You can vote early now through November 2. Click here more information on location and hours. 
  • If you want to get an absentee ballot, the Secretary of State website makes it easy. 
  • If you are interested in helping your community get ready to vote through a non-partisan voter education program or by signing up to be an election judge, click here
Contact Us
Elise Linehan, Executive Director, eliselinehan@millcitycommons.org
Mary Texidor, Business and Member Services Admin, marytexidor@millcitycommons.org
Bethany Boom, Program and Events Manager, bethanyboom@millcitycommons.org
(612) 455-3329