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March, 2024

Saturday
2
Elsies Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer inside Elsie’s Restaurant‘s dining room. Hot coffee awaits you when you arrive on foot or by bike or by car - order a full breakfast or simply a beverage. Open seating at tables set for 4 or 5 - great for conversation with friends, old and new. To help the restaurant prepare, please register. NOTE: Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Monday
4
Tapestry Folkdance
9:30 AM
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Are you looking for a new activity to try out? Tapestry Folkdance offers a gentle movement class called “Joyfully Dancing 55+.”

The class is described as “a dance experience that celebrates many genres of dance and music: American, swing, popular, and international, to name a few.” Dances are taught/reviewed every session. As the name suggests, participants feel a lot of joy (and get some exercise too) while dancing together! No partner is needed, and all levels of ability are welcome.

Joyfully Dancing 55+ is taught at Tapestry Folkdance, 3748 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, and it meets Mondays from 9:30 - 10:30 AM. Cost is $5, payable to the instructor. Participants are asked to bring a pair of inside shoes (in order to keep grit, salt and water off the dance floor). Dancing with just socks is also OK.

If you’d like to carpool, please be at the ARC parking lot ready to leave at 9:10 AM.
Monday
4
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Do you find it hard to really get to know members at our large programs … or those featuring a speaker? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join us for a casual conversation at Milwaukee Road Restaurant and Bar at The Depot. Take this opportunity to meet new members and reconnect with some you haven’t seen lately. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office so we can be sure someone is there to meet you.
Tuesday
5
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Schedule time with a Tech Support Guru on Zoom and have your nagging technology questions answered during our complimentary Help Desk. The zoom link will be provided in your confirmation email.
Wednesday
6
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Join your friends and neighbors at the C.R.E.A.M Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
6
Mill City Commons Office, Room 216
9:30 AM
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Chairs from all of the different committees meet monthly at the MCC Offices.
Wednesday
6
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Join us to discuss this month‘s book, "Tom Lake," by Ann Patchett. You are welcome to join us in conversation whether or not you‘ve read the book.

If you‘d like to read ahead, April‘s book will be announced soon.
Wednesday
6
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As we move into one of the most historic and divisive elections our country has experienced, Move for America proposes an intergenerational conversation with our members about how pivotal historical events have shaped our individual lives and perspectives. Seated in small groups of “youngers” and “olders, our dialogue will allow all to share their unique experiences and insights and foster deeper generational understanding. Similar to powerful conversations MCC has hosted in past with young men from the North Side, our members who are always striving to learn will 1) be part of conversation with young people to whom they are not related, 2) better understand the experiences and perspectives of young people from other cultures and 3) help catalyze a generation of young emerging leaders build their muscle at fostering civic dialogue.
Thursday
7
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Caffeine and camaraderie for members of MCC! This group meets every other Thursday and is hosted by various members who get the conversation going.
Thursday
7
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Gun violence is a public health issue that has reached epidemic proportions. The most recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed firearms were the leading cause of death among children 1-19 years old. The Minnesota Department of Health reports that in the last decade almost 80% of firearm deaths in Minnesota were suicides.

While the data is overwhelming, there has been progress and still many evidence-based solutions available to us that can make our communities safer. Join us as we hear from Maggiy Emery, Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, who will get us up to speed on this important issue.

Protect Minnesota was founded in 1991 as a coalition of 16 statewide groups committed to working together to prevent gun violence. Its mission is to prevent gun violence through engagement, advocacy, and community led solutions.
Saturday
9
Elsies Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer inside Elsie’s Restaurant‘s dining room. Hot coffee awaits you when you arrive on foot or by bike or by car - order a full breakfast or simply a beverage. Open seating at tables set for 4 or 5 - great for conversation with friends, old and new. To help the restaurant prepare, please register. NOTE: Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Saturday
9
Showplace ICON Theater at the West End
11:00 AM
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Join our MCC Opera Friends at the at Met Live in HD performance of "La Forza del Destino." Following the performance, let’s walk a half block to CRAVE restaurant for conversation and refreshments. There is free covered parking next to the theater.
Monday
11
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Join Minneapolis Foundation President R.T. Rybak to hear about a recently commissioned report on the future of downtowns, the importance of diversifying the voices in conversations about our city’s future, and how to find your own role in making change happen in Downtown Minneapolis.
Monday
11
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Do you find it hard to really get to know members at our large programs … or those featuring a speaker? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join us for a casual conversation at Milwaukee Road Restaurant and Bar at The Depot. Take this opportunity to meet new members and reconnect with some you haven’t seen lately. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office so we can be sure someone is there to meet you.
Tuesday
12
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Is the winter getting you down? Do you need a little relaxation? This class is for you! We will practice an hour of guided meditation using body scans, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and discussion/reflection to achieve total relaxation! Enjoy the company of fellow MCC members, while seeking a more mindful and relaxed state of being. Meditation leader Terry Pearson will provide this guided meditation experience via Zoom. Cost: $2.50 per session/per person.
Tuesday
12
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Civil Rights Tour Participants: Join us on Zoom for a pre-tour meeting with Denise Swain, our group leader for our trip, which is scheduled for April 28-May 5. Denise will walk through the itinerary and answer any program specific questions and Frania Monarski will be present to answer any questions about Road Scholar.

The Zoom link will be provided to all those registered for the trip. This meeting will be recorded by Road Scholar if you are unable to attend on March 12.
Tuesday
12
Elsie's Restaurant and Bowling Alley
1:00 PM
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Spares, strikes, pins...Grab your friends, put on those bowling shoes and try your hand at this fun game at Elsie‘s. Cost per hour per lane is $30 + tax, this rate is valid for up to 8 bowlers to a lane, and the cost will be divided by the number of bowlers, payable at Elsie‘s. Shoe rental is $5 per bowler needing shoes.
Wednesday
13
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Join your friends and neighbors at the C.R.E.A.M Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
13
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This guided discussion group with professional facilitation supports MCC members and nonmembers who are in a caregiving role.
Wednesday
13
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The next Executive Committee meeting is on March 13, 1:30-3:00 pm at our Mill City Commons Office.
Thursday
14
Elsie's Restaurant
11:30 AM
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This casual, Dutch-treat lunch at Elsie‘s alternates weeks with Men’s Coffee and Conversation. There’s no program, but good conversation happens here! Please register, so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect. If you would like to be added to the Thursday Dutch Lunch list or suggest a topic for discussion, email alburd4057@gmail.com.
Thursday
14
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It‘s Oscar season! The Oscars will be awarded in March, so it‘s the perfect time to see a movie! Afterward, you and fellow MCC members enjoy good food and lively conversation at a Dutch-treat dinner at Cafe Jefe!

Members are welcome to join us for the movie, dinner, or both.

We will meet at MSP Film @ the Main for the movie, followed by a Dutch treat dinner at Jefe Urban Cocina to discuss the movie. If you‘ve already seen the movie, but would like to meet us at the restaurant at 6:00 pm, please let us know by answering the question that will pop up.

The movie will be announced soon.




Saturday
16
Elsies Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer inside Elsie’s Restaurant‘s dining room. Hot coffee awaits you when you arrive on foot or by bike or by car - order a full breakfast or simply a beverage. Open seating at tables set for 4 or 5 - great for conversation with friends, old and new. To help the restaurant prepare, please register. NOTE: Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Sunday
17
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Join your friends and neighbors for the Sunday Soiree, hosted by Liz and Van Hawn at their Lourdes Square town home. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a salad, hot dish, bread, dessert or beverage to serve at least 8, Limited guest parking and metered on-street parking is available. Carpooling is recommended.
Monday
18
Tapestry Folkdance
9:30 AM
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Are you looking for a new activity to try out? Tapestry Folkdance offers a gentle movement class called “Joyfully Dancing 55+.”

The class is described as “a dance experience that celebrates many genres of dance and music: American, swing, popular, and international, to name a few.” Dances are taught/reviewed every session. As the name suggests, participants feel a lot of joy (and get some exercise too) while dancing together! No partner is needed, and all levels of ability are welcome.

Joyfully Dancing 55+ is taught at Tapestry Folkdance, 3748 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, and it meets Mondays from 9:30 - 10:30 AM. Cost is $5, payable to the instructor. Participants are asked to bring a pair of inside shoes (in order to keep grit, salt and water off the dance floor). Dancing with just socks is also OK.

If you’d like to carpool, please be at the ARC parking lot ready to leave at 9:10 AM.
Monday
18
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The Membership Committee develops new strategies for member recruitment and retention. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Committee Chair Jane Helsing.
Monday
18
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Do you find it hard to really get to know members at our large programs … or those featuring a speaker? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join us for a casual conversation at Milwaukee Road Restaurant and Bar at The Depot. Take this opportunity to meet new members and reconnect with some you haven’t seen lately. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office so we can be sure someone is there to meet you.
Monday
18
De LaSalle High School
7:00 PM
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Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining. The recently negotiated High Seas Treaty, also known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty, will attempt to address these issues. How difficult will it be to convince nations to participate?
Tuesday
19
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Is the winter getting you down? Do you need a little relaxation? This class is for you! We will practice an hour of guided meditation using body scans, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and discussion/reflection to achieve total relaxation! Enjoy the company of fellow MCC members, while seeking a more mindful and relaxed state of being. Meditation leader Terry Pearson will provide this guided meditation experience via Zoom. Cost: $2.50 per session/per person.
Tuesday
19
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Meet Loft Teaching Artist Patricia Hoolihan who will offer a series of four 2-hour writing classes for MCC members in April and May. If you’ve ever wanted to write your unique story, plan to attend and meet to this published author and instructor. This one-hour program is an opportunity to learn how she guides writers in class plus a short writing exercise.
Wednesday
20
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Join your friends and neighbors at the C.R.E.A.M Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
20
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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.
Wednesday
20
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Join the MCC Board of Directors for an Open Forum from 4:00-4:30 pm at the MCC Offices, Room 215.
Thursday
21
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Caffeine and camaraderie for members of MCC! This group meets every other Thursday and is hosted by various members who get the conversation going.
Thursday
21
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Claire O’Connor provides a first hand retelling of the Minnesota Six Freedom Riders journeys to desegregate interstate bus transportation and promote voter registration in Mississippi in the 1960’s. What were the circumstances leading up to, and following, these trips to promote justice and civil rights?
Saturday
23
Elsies Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer inside Elsie’s Restaurant‘s dining room. Hot coffee awaits you when you arrive on foot or by bike or by car - order a full breakfast or simply a beverage. Open seating at tables set for 4 or 5 - great for conversation with friends, old and new. To help the restaurant prepare, please register. NOTE: Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Saturday
23
Showplace ICON Theater at the West End
11:55 AM
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Join our MCC Opera Friends at the at Met Live in HD performance of "Romeo et Juliette." Following the performance, let’s walk a half block to CRAVE restaurant for conversation and refreshments. There is free covered parking next to the theater.
Monday
25
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Do you find it hard to really get to know members at our large programs … or those featuring a speaker? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join us for a casual conversation at Milwaukee Road Restaurant and Bar at The Depot. Take this opportunity to meet new members and reconnect with some you haven’t seen lately. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office so we can be sure someone is there to meet you.
Tuesday
26
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Is the winter getting you down? Do you need a little relaxation? This class is for you! We will practice an hour of guided meditation using body scans, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and discussion/reflection to achieve total relaxation! Enjoy the company of fellow MCC members, while seeking a more mindful and relaxed state of being. Meditation leader Terry Pearson will provide this guided meditation experience via Zoom. Cost: $2.50 per session/per person.
Tuesday
26
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The Program Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. If you have a program idea, please feel free to fill out the Program Committee Proposal form and email it to Jane at janestacy@millcitycommons.org.
Wednesday
27
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Join your friends and neighbors at the C.R.E.A.M Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
27
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This guided discussion group with professional facilitation supports MCC members and nonmembers who are in a caregiving role.
Thursday
28
Elsie's Restaurant
11:30 AM
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This casual, Dutch-treat lunch at Elsie‘s alternates weeks with Men’s Coffee and Conversation. There’s no program, but good conversation happens here! Please register, so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect. If you would like to be added to the Thursday Dutch Lunch list or suggest a topic for discussion, email alburd4057@gmail.com.
Thursday
28
Gardens of Salonica Greek Restaurant
5:00 PM
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Join us as we embark on a once-a-month culinary experience at different ethnic restaurants around the city. This month, we will be heading to Greece, where we will enjoy a Dutch-treat dinner at Gardens of Salonica. This event is limited to 12 people.
Please register by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25.

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1201 W River Pkwy, Suite #217C
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-455-3329
info@millcitycommons.org
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