October 30, 2018
Update from the Executive Director

Yesterday, I voted at the Downtown Early Vote Center at 217 S. 3rd Street. It was a surprisingly easy and good experience. In spite of the rain, I was directed to one of 6 reserved parking spots. A poll worker, located right inside the door, entered my name and address into her iPad. Up popped my registration and I was off! The entire experience, from parking to pulling away, took 20 minutes. Amazing! If for any reason voting next Tuesday presents a problem for you, consider casting your vote early at  the Early Vote Center. I VOTED sticker included!

Mill City Commons is fortunate to be able to present a 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. To date, the series has produced any number of remarkable programs, rich in research and strong in content. 

Voting Rights and the Criminal Justice System is the topic for the next program in the series. Chris Uggens, Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota, will be the featured speaker on November 5. Chris is passionate about his research and an incredibly fine presenter. Find an article here about his work to restore voting rights to people with felony records. Guests are welcome. Please contact  Betsy Wray to register.

If you haven't ever been to the new taproom at Finnegans Brew Co, I hope you'll join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour tomorrow and check it out. Jacquie Berglund, co-founder and CEO will give a brief presentation at 4:45pm about what makes Finnegans unique. Dutch treat. Free Red Savoy Pizza. You won't be disappointed! Full details below.

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

~ Joan Wright
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.

Registration is now closed.
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.  NOTE: Guests are welcome! 

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; guests email Betsy Wray at betsywray@millcitycommons.org.
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.
Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat
Wednesday, November 7, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe, 428 2nd St S
Join us to discuss Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are.

If you'd like to read ahead, December's book is The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos by Dominic Smith. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email theblumenthals@gmail.com.

MCC members and guests. No registration required. 
Technology Help Desk
Wednesday, November 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
MCC Office, 125 Main St SE, Ste 339
Schedule time with a tech support guru and have your nagging technology questions answered during our complimentary Help Desk. Support for both Apple products and PCs is available. After you register, MCC will confirm the time of your 20-minute one-on-one session. Reminder: Installing or upgrading software and creating accounts cannot be included in the Help Desk session, as they exceed the allotted appointment time.
 
MCC members sign up here.
Our Turn: A Conversation for Women
Thursday, October 25, 1:30 - 3:00 pm 
Location TBD
MCC women, you are invited to attend Our Turn: A Conversation for Women. 

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.
Driven to Discover: Planetarium Tour at the Bell Museum
Friday, November 9, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W
Explore the cosmos at the new Bell Museum! Start your Bell Museum journey with a discussion featuring Denise Young, Ed.D, executive director of the Bell Museum, and Sally Brummel, M.Ed., Planetarium Program Manager. You'll learn about the new, state-of-the-art digital technology and capabilities of the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Then enjoy a planetarium experience that explores the unique geological history of Minnesota in the original production of "Minnesota in the Cosmos."

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
Green Minneapolis: Enhancing Downtown Livability
Monday, November 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Minnesota Tech Center, 1100 Washington Ave S
J oin us as Beth Shogren, executive director of Green Minneapolis, introduces us to the non-profit conservancy working to enhance the livability of downtown Minneapolis through greening and park projects. Learn about the organization's operational and fundraising achievements at The Commons, and its future vision for Peavey Plaza, the Hennepin Lyndale Crossroads, and downtown street trees. Green Minneapolis has found success by building public-private partnerships with the City, project stakeholders and neighbors. Come to hear about how you can get involved.

MCC members sign up here.
Meditation Circle
Tuesday, November 13, 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.
Current Events: A Conversation with Bill
Tuesday, November 13, 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 monthly program is going on hiatus after this month until Bill Davnie returns from Sri Lanka late next spring.

MCC members sign up here.
MCC Program Calendar

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

Open Casket
November 2-4, various times, Casket Arts, 681 17th Ave NE
Enjoy a weekend of art, music, food and drink as Casket Art's Community tenant artists open their studios to show and seel their amazing work. You'll find painting, prints, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, woodworking, furniture, and more. There will also be live music on the 4th floor, food trucks outside and guest artists lining the hallways. Learn more here.

National Theatre Live: ALLELUJAH!
November 5, 7, & 17, various times, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE 
In Alan Bennett's new play, The Beth, an old-fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people's choir. Learn more here.

Westminster Town Hall Forum
November 13, 12:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave
Join Michael Beschloss as he discusses "Presidents of War: From 1807 to Modern Times." Beschloss is an award-winning author of nine books on presidential history. His forthcoming book is Presidents of War.

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
North Star Group
Wednesday, 11/7,
6:30-9:30 pm
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
 November 8 & December 6
 This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact  Allan Burdick.
 
 
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