October 23, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Whether you've been able to attend the touring production of Hamilton or not, consider a tour of the Minneapolis Fed! A Special Exhibition: Alexander Hamilton and America's First Central Bank runs through November 30. A few spots remain for MCC's private Nosy Neighbor tour on November 1, but reservations must be made by tomorrow, October 24. See more information below and make your reservation, today! 

'Tis the season for exercising your right to vote! It's never been easier to make this happen. To find out your polling place or to register to vote, click here.

Early voting opened on September 21 and runs through Monday, November 5. To learn more about this voter option, click here. 

Knowing what's going to be on the ballot and how the ballot looks, is helpful. Click here to view a sample ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

If you or someone you know needs special assistance in getting to the poles or will require special accommodations at the poles, check out this  Voter Assistance and Resource Page .

Election Day: Tuesday, November 6, 2018. VOTE!

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

~ Joan Wright
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, October 25, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mill City Quarter, 322 2nd St S
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. This week, Linda Grong hosts on the topic of gifts and gratitude. What is the best gift you've ever been given? In what way were you able to express your gratitude? What does gratitude mean to you? What expressions of gratitude have meant the most to you?

Our Turn meets every other Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon times. Hosts and topics change each time. 

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
What is an End-of-Life Doula?
Monday, October 29, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Phoenix River Room, 6th floor, 222 2nd St SE
Jane Whitlock, a trained end-of-life doula, recently gave a TEDx talk about her experience as an end-of-life doula. Jane will share her TEDx talk, plus more details about what a doula does, how one becomes a doula, and what members of the community can do to support those who are dying. Jane became an end-of-life doula after taking care of her husband, who died after a four-month illness with kidney cancer. She learned first-hand what might be beneficial for others as they walk this path. Although supported medically by hospice, it would have been very helpful to have a calm presence by their side, someone with wisdom gained from experience with death, someone who could have helped them enter the sacred nature of this time, someone who could stay with them as long as they needed: an end-of-life doula. 
 
MCC members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, October 30, 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, October 30, 5:00 - 6:00 pm about 
Finnegans Brew Co, 817 5th Ave S
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Finnegans Brew Co.! Hosted by Dave & Peggy Lucas and Jeff & Joan Wright, 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! Look for our group in a reserved corner of the Tap Room.

Come at 4:45pm to hear CEO and co-founder Jacquie Berglund's vision to turn bar sales into food for the hungry. On-street parking is limited. Carpooling is encouraged!

MCC members and guests. No registration required!
Social Bridge
Wednesday, October 31, 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 1, 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, host Peter Heegaard has invited Ed Graff, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, as guest speaker. Graff is former superintendent of the Anchorage School District, one of nation's 100 largest school districts. In 2016, he was presented with the Exemplary Social and Emotional Leadership Award from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. The award had only been given twice before. The Minneapolis Schools are embarked on a $30 million campaign to support literacy, equity, social and emotional learning, and support services for all of it students.

MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Nosy Neighbor Tour: Federal Reserve Bank
Thursday, November 1, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Federal Reserve Bank, 90 Hennepin Ave
Experience the priceless opportunity to learn about the nation's central bank and financial system in a 75-minute walking tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Observe how U.S. currency makes its way to your local bank. Find out what it means when the media says the Fed is setting interest rates. Discover how the work of the Federal Reserve affects you. Registration deadline: October 24

Note: Please arrive 10 minutes early for the security screening process. You must bring a valid photo ID. Not allowed are any bulky or oversized items (backpacks), electronics, cameras, pocket knives (or any weapons), food or beverages.

MCC members sign up here by October 24.
Sunday Soiree
Sunday, November 4, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Bridgewater Community Room, 215 10th Ave S, 8th floor
Join your friends and neighbors for the MCC Sunday Soiree, hosted by Barbara Broker and Betty Wass at Bridgewater. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a hearty hors d'oeuvre, main dish salad or dessert to serve at least 8. As you register, let us know what you'll bring by answering the "Question" that will appear on the screen. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer to share.
 
MCC members sign up here.
Voting Rights and the Criminal Justice System
Monday, November 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE, 2nd floor
A half-dozen defendants sat in the courtroom, all described as "model probationers" living and working in Minneapolis. But they were facing a new felony: illegal voting. They simply arrived at their polling place and cast ballots like so many of us did. Their new felony charges arose because in 30 states it's illegal to vote while serving a probation sentence. This talk will review research and policy developments in felon disenfranchisement law and policy. After addressing the origins, scope, political impact and public opinion on the practice, it considers the meaning of these legal restrictions in the context of contemporary debates in the U.S. and other nations. Chris Uggen is Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota. Find an article about his work here.

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, November 6, 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.
MCC Program Calendar

View the full calendar of MCC's October events here.

Plan ahead! View the full calendar of MCC's November events here.
Around Town

Final Four Informational Event
October 31, 2:00-4:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave, in the Westminster Hall - enter from Nicollet Ave 
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, the Final Four, will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, April 6 and 8, 2019. To learn more about what's in store for Minneapolis, you are invited to attend the first of a series of briefings, in which developing event plans will be shared and dialogue can occur. 

Bird Watching: Mississippi River Flyway
November 3, 9:00-10:30 am, North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct
Enjoy a morning of bird watching with a hike through prairie, woodland and along the river. Binoculars provided. Find out more about how and why birds use the Mississippi River to guide them during their roundtrip migration. Free, but registration is requested here.

Bakken Trio Performance:  Three B's
November 4, 3:00 pm, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St S
What do we hold as sacred - that which is deserving of veneration? Music has been used to identify one's religious beliefs. But music has the power to awaken the soul outside the constraints of organized religion. The composers presented in this program represent a sacred trinity that has guided Stephanie Arado's musical journey. For tickets, click here.

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
Aster Cafe*
125 Main St SE
*Starting November 5, location will be at Jefe Urban Hacienda
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations
 required.

Guthrie  Play Reading
RiverWest Group
Tuesday, 10/23,
6:30-9:30 pm

North Star Group
Wednesday, 11/7,
6:30-9:30 pm
Groups will be reading "Noises Off"

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 
Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid

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
 October 25 & November 8
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
 
 
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