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November, 2020

Monday
2
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Monday
2
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Log in for a virtual conversation! See description below for zoom link.
Tuesday
3
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Join us as we return to our early morning walks--with pandemic protocols*--along the banks of the Mississippi River. All level of walkers are welcome. To meet the group, show up at the Stone Arch parking lot. The group leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will proceed across the Stone Arch Bridge so members on the east side of the river can catch the walk as it comes down Main Street about 8:20 a.m. Walks are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Attention first-time walkers: Please call Mill City Commons at (612) 455-3329 so we can ensure another member is available to greet you.
*Pandemic Protocol:
Please plan to walk in pairs, six feet apart with face masks. Please refrain from attending if you think you have been in contact with anyone infected in the last two weeks.
Wednesday
4
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Log in and join your friends and neighbors for a virtual hangout. This adventure requires no reservations! See description below for zoom link.
Wednesday
4
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Join your friends and neighbors on Zoom to discuss our book of the month. This gathering requires no reservations!
Wednesday
4
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Thursday
5
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Join us as we return to our early morning walks--with pandemic protocols*--along the banks of the Mississippi River. All level of walkers are welcome. To meet the group, show up at the Stone Arch parking lot. The group leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will proceed across the Stone Arch Bridge so members on the east side of the river can catch the walk as it comes down Main Street about 8:20 a.m. Walks are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Attention first-time walkers: Please call Mill City Commons at (612) 455-3329 so we can ensure another member is available to greet you.
*Pandemic Protocol:
Please plan to walk in pairs, six feet apart with face masks. Please refrain from attending if you think you have been in contact with anyone infected in the last two weeks.
Thursday
5
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Terry Pearson will offer guided meditation via Zoom.
Thursday
5
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This virtual lunch alternates weeks with the Men‘s Coffee and Conversation. Make yourself lunch, click the zoom link and enjoy connecting with MCC members. No reservations required!
Thursday
5
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This month‘s topic: Feed Me!
We are talking and sharing easy recipes-bring your favorites! Seafood. Pasta. Beef. Veggie. Chicken. Something saucy. Something cheesy. Something spicy. Something easy. Join us if you are seeking new ideas and if you’ve got something yummy to share.
Thursday
5
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Our LegacyJourney® pathways provide the foundation for creating engaging and transformational personal experiences. The program will inspire you to create meaningful documents to share your values, life lessons, insights, wisdom, hopes for the future and generosity. Barry Baines leads this hands-on workshop that will explore the three LegacyJourney pathways (Ethical Wills/Legacy Letters, Life Reflection Stories, and Making a Difference Plans), and include writing exercises for participants to begin the process of creating their own LegacyJourney documents.
Monday
9
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This program is postponed. November is National Caregivers’ Month. Many MCC members are providing this important role to family members, friends and neighbors. While it is a vital role in the health and well-being of our society, caregiving can often be an invisible, thankless, expected, and challenging job. Please join us as Susan Hartman, facilitator of MCC’s Caregivers’ Group, several members of the group and a “caregivee” share thoughts about their roles and offer some suggestions for how others might care for the caregivers.
Monday
9
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Monday
9
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Log in for a virtual conversation! See description below for zoom link.
Tuesday
10
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Join us as we return to our early morning walks--with pandemic protocols*--along the banks of the Mississippi River. All level of walkers are welcome. To meet the group, show up at the Stone Arch parking lot. The group leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will proceed across the Stone Arch Bridge so members on the east side of the river can catch the walk as it comes down Main Street about 8:20 a.m. Walks are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Attention first-time walkers: Please call Mill City Commons at (612) 455-3329 so we can ensure another member is available to greet you.
*Pandemic Protocol:
Please plan to walk in pairs, six feet apart with face masks. Please refrain from attending if you think you have been in contact with anyone infected in the last two weeks.
Tuesday
10
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MCC Member Michael Brennan will provide COVID-19 updates and answer questions.
Tuesday
10
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Melanie Ebertz is probably the best unpaid, unofficial Minneapolis Concierge you can meet. She will warm your heart and put a smile on your face with her rich stories about life as an advocate for the arts, the farmer’s market, indigenous cultures and her connections to many MCC members. For many years, she has greeted thousands of people at the Mill City Farmers Market and formed friendships over the incredible Peruvian hand-loomed rugs that she sells. When she initially connected with Peruvian artists, she became aware of their needs for nutrition information and early childhood education. This led her to establish a foundation and connect many Twin Cities residents with local artisans in Peru thru hosted tourism. The foundation’s hard work and the rising level of living in Peru eventually concluded the foundation’s work. Melanie is joining us to share reflections on pivoting during the time of COVID - a time when we may actually have more disadvantaged community needs in Minnesota than the Peruvian artisans.
Wednesday
11
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Log in and join your friends and neighbors for a virtual hangout. This adventure requires no reservations! See description below for zoom link.
Wednesday
11
Zoom-access link will be emailed to registrants.
10:30 AM
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This guided discussion group with professional facilitation supports MCC members and nonmembers who are in a caregiving role.
Wednesday
11
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Thursday
12
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Caffeine and camaraderie for the male members of MCC! This group meets every other Thursday and is hosted by various members who get the conversation going.
Thursday
12
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Join us as we return to our early morning walks--with pandemic protocols*--along the banks of the Mississippi River. All level of walkers are welcome. To meet the group, show up at the Stone Arch parking lot. The group leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will proceed across the Stone Arch Bridge so members on the east side of the river can catch the walk as it comes down Main Street about 8:20 a.m. Walks are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Attention first-time walkers: Please call Mill City Commons at (612) 455-3329 so we can ensure another member is available to greet you.
*Pandemic Protocol:
Please plan to walk in pairs, six feet apart with face masks. Please refrain from attending if you think you have been in contact with anyone infected in the last two weeks.
Thursday
12
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Water Works, part of the 30 year RiverFirst initiative, is a 6-acre project within the Mill Ruins Park that will bring new historic, cultural, and recreational amenities to Minneapolis’ iconic riverfront. The project sits just upstream from the Stone Arch Bridge along the Mississippi river to Third Avenue. A cornerstone of the project includes Owamni--a new restaurant concept created by Sioux Chef-an organization dedicated to reviving indigenous ingredients and educating native American communities on how to bring back healthy, local food. Join us as Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Dana Thompson, Co-Owner of Sioux Chef, provide an update on this exciting project which is sure to be a favorite destination for riverfront residents and visitors.
Monday
16
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Monday
16
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Log in for a virtual conversation! See description below for zoom link.
Monday
16
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The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a largescale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines? Duncan McCampbell is our speaker.
Tuesday
17
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Join us as we return to our early morning walks--with pandemic protocols*--along the banks of the Mississippi River. All level of walkers are welcome. To meet the group, show up at the Stone Arch parking lot. The group leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will proceed across the Stone Arch Bridge so members on the east side of the river can catch the walk as it comes down Main Street about 8:20 a.m. Walks are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Attention first-time walkers: Please call Mill City Commons at (612) 455-3329 so we can ensure another member is available to greet you.
*Pandemic Protocol:
Please plan to walk in pairs, six feet apart with face masks. Please refrain from attending if you think you have been in contact with anyone infected in the last two weeks.
Tuesday
17
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Through discussion we will explore ways of building a just community, equitably including all citizens.

This month: Level up! Deconstruct Racism!

In the final Tuesday morning MCC Racial Justice Discussion of 2020 we will discuss methods of deconstructing racism. After 400 years of creating, supporting, enduring or wanting to eliminate a caste-like system within our American society:

What do we do now?
Individually, or working with others, how can each of us accelerate and support enduring change?
Systemic racism has invaded many aspects of life in our culture. Little changes can become big changes. Big changes can lead to major progress. How and where can you use your skills, interests and affiliations to influence the next steps of deconstructing racism?
In preparation for contributing to the discussion, please view the following Ted Talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/baratunde_thurston_how_to_deconstruct_racism_one_headline_at_a_time#t-770204

Tuesday
17
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Enjoy this month‘s reading of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Dramaturg Jo Holcomb will assign parts.

If you‘d like to join the Play Reading series, you can contact the MCC office. The series includes reading six plays over the course of the year and costs $55/person. If you are interested in being on a "sub" list for the play-reading program, please contact Bethany Boom: bethanyboom@millcitycommons.org.
Wednesday
18
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Log in and join your friends and neighbors for a virtual hangout. This adventure requires no reservations! See description below for zoom link.
Wednesday
18
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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
18
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Wednesday
18
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Enjoy this month‘s reading of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Dramaturg Jo Holcomb will assign parts.

If you‘d like to join the Play Reading series, you can contact the MCC office. The series includes reading six plays over the course of the year and costs $55/person. If you are interested in being on a "sub" list for the play-reading program, please contact Bethany Boom: bethanyboom@millcitycommons.org.
Thursday
19
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Join us as we return to our early morning walks--with pandemic protocols*--along the banks of the Mississippi River. All level of walkers are welcome. To meet the group, show up at the Stone Arch parking lot. The group leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will proceed across the Stone Arch Bridge so members on the east side of the river can catch the walk as it comes down Main Street about 8:20 a.m. Walks are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Attention first-time walkers: Please call Mill City Commons at (612) 455-3329 so we can ensure another member is available to greet you.
*Pandemic Protocol:
Please plan to walk in pairs, six feet apart with face masks. Please refrain from attending if you think you have been in contact with anyone infected in the last two weeks.
Thursday
19
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Terry Pearson will offer guided meditation via Zoom.
Thursday
19
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This virtual lunch alternates weeks with the Men‘s Coffee and Conversation. Make yourself lunch, click the zoom link and enjoy connecting with MCC members. No reservations required!
Thursday
19
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MCC Women Connect‘s purpose is to gather to connect and grow, sharing our experiences and learning from each other as we adapt to life‘s changes and transitions. Discussion ideas come from members, volunteer facilitators and a list of suggestions being developed. We meet once a month on the third Thursday.
Thursday
19
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What does the CEO of a global provider of water, hygiene and infection preventions solutions and services do in the first weeks and months of a global pandemic and what has he learned in the last 8 months? Doug Baker, EcoLab’s CEO, joins us to provide an inside look at how a local company with global reach has helped and adapted to meet the needs of the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets during COVID-19. Doug will share the company’s successes and challenges, opportunities for innovation and how he views the road to economic recovery for downtown St. Paul.
Monday
23
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Monday
23
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Log in for a virtual conversation! See description below for zoom link.
Monday
23
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Is child labor ever ok? What if it means the difference between a family eating or not eating that day? As a consumer, do you know which of your purchases are a product of child labor? Should health precautions be enforced for child workers? How? What roles do culture, economic mobility and family dynamics play? Join us for an evening of photos, questions and group discussion that may challenge your perceptions of child labor. David Parker, an occupational medicine physician with the Environmental Health Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota, and Senior Physician Research at HealthPartners, has been traveling the globe and documenting images of child labor for more than three decades. Through pictures, questions, and small group discussions, we will explore the impact of child labor and it’s effects on global public health and consumerism.
Tuesday
24
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Join us as we return to our early morning walks--with pandemic protocols*--along the banks of the Mississippi River. All level of walkers are welcome. To meet the group, show up at the Stone Arch parking lot. The group leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will proceed across the Stone Arch Bridge so members on the east side of the river can catch the walk as it comes down Main Street about 8:20 a.m. Walks are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Attention first-time walkers: Please call Mill City Commons at (612) 455-3329 so we can ensure another member is available to greet you.
*Pandemic Protocol:
Please plan to walk in pairs, six feet apart with face masks. Please refrain from attending if you think you have been in contact with anyone infected in the last two weeks.
Tuesday
24
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MCC Member Michael Brennan will provide COVID-19 updates and answer questions.
Tuesday
24
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New Name, New Format! Make a Quarantini and catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks. Breakouts and prompt questions will be used to help facilitate smaller discussion groups.
Tuesday
24
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Join us for a follow up to our September City Charter program. Casey Carl, current City Clerk for Minneapolis, will speak about the various alternative City Government structures and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. He will also give an update on the charter timeline and the current hearings of the charter commission.
Wednesday
25
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Log in and join your friends and neighbors for a virtual hangout. This adventure requires no reservations! See description below for zoom link.
Wednesday
25
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Monday
30
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An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Monday
30
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Log in for a virtual conversation! See description below for zoom link.