October 20, 2020 Update from the Executive Director
Election Day is in fourteen days and a host of intangible feelings may be storming your subconscious right now creating stress. Findings from a new survey done by the American Psychological Association show more than two-thirds of U.S. adults say the election is a significant source of stress in their life. The unpredictable and unknown pervades this not so normal year. We need to take active steps to reduce our stress and reflect on ways to boost our resilience.

  • Try not to dwell on things you can’t control and focus on what you can control. Take a break from the media and news and try Meditation class Thursday morning.
  • What activities do you find to be most meaningful? If learning new things is at the top of your list, join us Thursday night, prior to the debate, to find more out about an entrepreneurial non-profit called Black Men Teach.
  • Don’t let the act of voting stress you out. Take advantage of early voting options (see below) and make a plan to get it done. At the same time prepare yourself that we most likely will not know the results of the election on November 3rd and reset your expectations. Learn more about voting in Minnesota on October 26th with Joan Anderson Growe and Lori Sturdevant.
  • Spend time doing things you like to do with others – connect with MCC friends and neighbors and talk about an unrelated topic. Push yourself to think of someone that you could help in some small way feel better today.
  • Get moving and get some rest! Even ten minutes of movement can release endorphins to make you feel better. And sleep replenishes both your body and brain.
  • Remember to be grateful. Even in the most difficult of times, gratitude has the power to energize and renew.

We are all in this together and although we can’t control the outcome, we can weather it together. 

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: 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
With a historic presidential election looming, the mechanics of how America votes have become as hotly contested as any issue actually on the ballot. In their new book, Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes, Joan Anderson Growe and Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant look back at Growe’s influence in establishing clean, high-turnout elections in Minnesota during her 24-year tenure as Secretary of State. Joan and Lori will join us for a timely conversation about how Minnesota’s electoral norms, such as same-day voter registration, voting by mail, and no-excuse absentee voting, came to be—and why they matter more than ever today.

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: Men's Coffee and Conversation
Thursday, October 29, 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 Frank Wilkinson. Frank will introduce his guest speaker, Tom Evers, ED of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Tom will speak to us about the RiverFirst campaign and how it is transforming our Upper Mississippi waterfront into a cultural and recreation destination, as well as being a source of economic growth.

**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: 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 Karla Ekdahl recommends you join The Film Society for Cine Latino en Casa running through October 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.

MCC member Margee Bracken shares that the Minnesota Orchestra will be doing one-hour fall concerts (scheduled for Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Dec. 18) viewable on Minnesota TPT channel or live-stream. The first concert on October 23 is titled Rhythm and Grace. Click here for additional information.

Are you interested in a new opportunity? The city of Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Aging (MACOA) provides oversight, monitoring and evaluation of the Minneapolis for a Lifetime Strategy. The committee brings senior citizen concerns to the attention of the Mayor and City Council. MCC member Dick Kavaney has been the Third Ward representative on MACOA and his term ends this year. If you are interested in replacing him, please let him know. He will make a recommendation to Minneapolis City Council member Steve Fletcher. 

MCC member Chris Bray, as Chair of the Care Community (CC) committee, shared the results of a survey the committee completed and the top three priorities (see attached) for the group as immediate next steps. Thank you to the MCC members who have been participating with the CC committee and to the MCC members who have volunteered to work on the priorities. If you are interested in getting involved with the work, please email us
Riverfront Photos - Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of Tom Carrier
Around Town
Partnerships to End Human Trafficking
October 22, 12:00 pm, virtual
Join a panel conversation with local and international professionals as they discuss their work to end human trafficking. They will address how trafficking is fought across sectors, highlight best practices for collaborating organizations, and provide insight into successful partnerships among government and law enforcement officials, legislators, journalists, and representatives from human rights organizations. Register for this free program here.

Westminster Town Hall Forum
October 27, 12:00 pm, virtual
Bill McKibben is an environmentalist, educator, and author who will be speaking on "Building a Movement to Stop Climate Change." To watch the broadcast, click here.

Global Conversations: Russia Relations
October 28, 6:00 pm, virtual
Join a virtual Kennan Conversation with Jill Dougherty, former Moscow bureau chief and correspondent for CNN and former public policy scholar at the Kennan Institute, as she discusses the future of Russia-Belarus relations and the foreign policies toward Russia held by current U.S. presidential candidates. The program will be moderated by Patricia Lopez, Editorial Writer, Star Tribune Editorial Board. To register for this free event, 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