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October, 2023

Monday
2
Mill City Commons Office, Room 216
2:00 PM
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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
2
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Hear from Dr. Stu Hanson as he will discuss and outline how we access the healthcare system through primary and specialty care offices, urgent care centers, emergency departments, hospitals, and the complex list of specialties we might encounter. He will also discuss the limitations of the healthcare system to cure some acute and most chronic conditions, and how patients might approach using the capabilities of the system we have to manage, and when desired, to limit their care. Finally, he will discuss the importance of value statements, healthcare agents, advance directives, and provider orders for life sustaining treatments (POLST) to limit unwanted cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR) and other life-sustaining interventions.

There will be a short reception following the program from 5:30-6:00 pm.
Tuesday
3
Mill City Commons Office, Room 216
2:30 PM
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Power House trainer Robyn Bruggeman and longtime member and CrossFit athlete, Julie Causey, will talk to our women members about strength, conditioning, and nutrition practices that contribute to the unique and ever-changing needs of aging women. As women age, we lose muscle mass and bone density and it becomes more difficult to keep fat from accumulating around our middle. These changes lead to a decline in strength and stability (which increases our risk of falling) and an increase in health risks. Robyn and Julie will address these changes, the mechanisms that cause them, and nutrition and exercise strategies that work to “move our dial."

Male members: Stay tuned. A program for Men’s Wellness is being planned for you in the near future.
Tuesday
3
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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 on the patio of Aster Cafe. 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.
Wednesday
4
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Join your friends and neighbors at the Porter Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
4
Mill City Commons Office, Room 215
9:30 AM
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Chairs from all of the different committees meet monthly at the MCC Offices.
Wednesday
4
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Join us to discuss this month‘s book, "Everybody‘s Fool," by Richard Russo. You are welcome to join us in conversation whether or not you‘ve read the book.

If you‘d like to read ahead, November‘s book is "The Postcard," by Anne Berest, and December‘s book is, "The Covenant of Water," by Abraham Verghese.
Thursday
5
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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
5
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Do you like to walk and talk with a small group, vs. meeting in a larger group or for a presentation? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join in with others who might also be walking. Meet at the end of the Stone Arch Bridge, on the city side, at 8:30 a.m. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office (612) 455-3329 so we can be sure someone is there to walk that day.
Thursday
5
Mill City Commons Office, Room 216
10:00 AM
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Our redesigned website has launched! Join us to learn about the new navigation, available resources and tips and tricks to making the most of the member-only side of the website. Bring your device so you can follow along and put what you learn into practice.

If you are unable to attend, Mary Texidor is also happy to schedule one-on-one tutorials.
Thursday
5
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We heard from Bill Eddins, proprietor of MetroNOME Brewery on Wednesday, September 27, now come see his brewery for yourself! Take a tour of the brewery and explore Fingal‘s cave. Then, if you‘d like, feel free to stay for Dutch-treat drinks.
Saturday
7
Elsie's Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. 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: Breakfasts are outside as long as the temperature is at least 50 degrees. If bad weather, 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
9
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Join us as we hear from Tanner Curl, Executive Director at MinnPost, and MinnPost reporter Kyle Stokes as they discuss this year‘s city council elections. They will delve into some of Kyle‘s reporting, and explain the forces shaping this year‘s city council election and the potential consequences for the whole city, whether one lives in a ward with a competitive race or not.
Tuesday
10
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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 on the patio of Aster Cafe. 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.
Wednesday
11
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Join your friends and neighbors at the Porter Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
11
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This guided discussion group with professional facilitation supports MCC members and nonmembers who are in a caregiving role.
Thursday
12
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Do you like to walk and talk with a small group, vs. meeting in a larger group or for a presentation? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join in with others who might also be walking. Meet at the end of the Stone Arch Bridge, on the city side, at 8:30 a.m. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office (612) 455-3329 so we can be sure someone is there to walk that day.
Thursday
12
Smith and Porter Restaurant's Private Dining Room
11:30 AM
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This casual, Dutch-treat lunch in Smith and Porter‘s Private Dining Room 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
12
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In 2020, author Jenney Egertson visited Selma, Alabama. Toward the end of a tour of the Queen City, she met former Selma mayor George Evans, who mentioned he was looking for someone to help write the story of his life and career; Jenney eventually agreed to do it, as long as she could include her perspective as a white, sixty-something woman of privilege and incorporate what she learned about race and leadership. During the next three years she visited Selma and interviewed more than a dozen of George Evans’ friends and former colleagues. "THE MAYOR, Lessons from the Story of Selma’s Native Son," chronicles the mayor’s remarkable life and follows Jenney’s journey as her self-awareness and her relationship with Selma’s beloved leader deepened and grew. Come hear Jenney‘s story as she explains how the book came to be. THE MAYOR is scheduled for publication in spring of 2024.
Saturday
14
Elsie's Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. 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: Breakfasts are outside as long as the temperature is at least 50 degrees. If bad weather, 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
15
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Join your friends and neighbors for this Sunday Soiree Brunch, hosted by your friends at RiverWest: Carol Hovey, Marilyn Broussard, Peggy Reinhart, Linda Grong, David Grong, Polly Krause, Polly Nelson, Keith Nelson, Peggy Weber, Bob Whitlock, Ken Hartung, and Sabina Sten. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing brunch fare, such as an egg dish, salad, sausage, bacon or a breakfast bread, to serve at least 8. As you register, let us know what you’ll be bringing by answering the “Question” that will appear on the screen. Please be as specific as you can. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer to share.


Monday
16
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What does the emergence of various left-wing governments mean for countries in Latin America? Electoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region?
Tuesday
17
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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 on the patio of Aster Cafe. 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
17
RiverWest: Peggy Weber's Condo
6:30 PM
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Enjoy this month‘s reading of "Twelfth Night," by William Shakespeare.

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare that is believed to have been written around 1601–1602 as a Twelfth Night entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.

The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with the Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

Note: Dramaturg Jo Holcomb will assign parts.
Wednesday
18
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Join your friends and neighbors at the Porter Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
18
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The next Executive Committee meeting is on October 18, 1:30-3:00 pm at our Mill City Commons Office.
Wednesday
18
Abiitan/Bujold's Unit
6:30 PM
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Enjoy this month‘s reading of "Twelfth Night," by William Shakespeare.

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare that is believed to have been written around 1601–1602 as a Twelfth Night entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.

The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with the Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

Note: Dramaturg Jo Holcomb will assign parts.
Thursday
19
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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
19
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Do you like to walk and talk with a small group, vs. meeting in a larger group or for a presentation? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join in with others who might also be walking. Meet at the end of the Stone Arch Bridge, on the city side, at 8:30 a.m. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office (612) 455-3329 so we can be sure someone is there to walk that day.
Thursday
19
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This photography exhibit highlights Tibetan history, Tibetan resettlement in Minnesota and the refugee experience, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan art, and the Tibetan community in Minnesota today. Join us as we explore this fascinating exhibit at the Hennepin History Museum and hear from a local Tibetan, as well as curator, Alyssa Thiede, who will provide context for this exhibit. There is no fee for this exhibit, however donations are greatly appreciated.

Note: The exhibit is on the second floor. As there is no elevator in the building, this location is NOT ADA Accessible.
Saturday
21
Elsie's Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. 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: Breakfasts are outside as long as the temperature is at least 50 degrees. If bad weather, 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
23
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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.
Monday
23
MacPhail Center for Music
4:30 PM
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The road trip is an American summer tradition – and it has been thoroughly celebrated in song. This class explores the music that celebrates the freedom of the open road, from the 1930s until today. We will start in Chicago with the blues and head out to Los Angeles with Surf Rock, with Kansas City Jump blues, Country and Western songs en route. Join instructor Andrea Leap and fellow music enthusiasts as we listen, sing together, and learn about these great artists and tunes as we travel the open road through music! Due to space limitations, this class is limited to 25 participants.
Tuesday
24
Milly's Wine Bar and Bistro
5:00 PM
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Join us for next-to-Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Milly‘s Wine Bar and Bistro. Hosted by Barbara Broker, Chris Bray, Louane Hann, and John Payne, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over small bites and Dutch treat drinks.

On-street metered parking is available.

Wednesday
25
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Join your friends and neighbors at the Porter Cafe for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations.
Wednesday
25
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This guided discussion group with professional facilitation supports MCC members and nonmembers who are in a caregiving role.
Wednesday
25
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Join us for a fascinating discussion with State Senator Bobby Joe Champion and State Representative Esther Agbaje, two of our most prominent leaders in the MN Legislature as they share their insights into one of the most ambitious and far-reaching sessions in Minnesota’s history. And what are their plans for next year? Followed by a Q&A and the opportunity to share what’s important to our members.

Champion is president of the Senate and Agbaje serves as vice chair of the Housing Finance and Policy Committee and sits on the Elections Finance and Policy, Taxes, and Ways and Means Committees. She also serves as an assistant majority leader.


Thursday
26
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Do you like to walk and talk with a small group, vs. meeting in a larger group or for a presentation? This spontaneous event might be just right for you! Join in with others who might also be walking. Meet at the end of the Stone Arch Bridge, on the city side, at 8:30 a.m. If you are attending for the first time, please contact the MCC office (612) 455-3329 so we can be sure someone is there to walk that day.
Thursday
26
Smith and Porter Restaurant's Private Dining Room
11:30 AM
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This casual, Dutch-treat lunch in Smith and Porter‘s Private Dining Room 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
26
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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, get ready for a culinary journey through the flavors of Thailand where we will enjoy a Dutch-treat dinner at Kindee Thai Restaurant. This event is limited to 12 people. Please register by Noon on Monday, October 23.

Saturday
28
Elsie's Restaurant
9:15 AM
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Get to know other MCC members at a casual Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. 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: Breakfasts are outside as long as the temperature is at least 50 degrees. If bad weather, 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
30
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Dutch Treat Social Hour is moving to Mondays! 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 Pivo Riverplace. 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
31
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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.
Tuesday
31
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There has been a lot of talk lately about the 14th Amendment barring Donald Trump from holding office again. What does the amendment really say, and could states use it to not include him on the ballot? Richard Painter, law professor at the University of Minnesota, will take us through the 14th Amendment and what it will mean for the 2024 election. Due to space limitations, this program is limited to 50 people.

There will be a short reception following the program from 6:30-7:00 pm.
Mill City Commons
1201 W River Pkwy, Suite #217C
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-455-3329
info@millcitycommons.org
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