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October, 2021

Saturday
2
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Get to know other MCC members at a causal Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. Attendance on Saturdays has ranged between 12 and 32 members and over 55 different members have been to a mixer. 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. Masks needed, of course, if not eating or drinking. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Monday
4
Meet at Father Hennepin Park by the little stage.
1:00 PM
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Get out and enjoy the fresh air and see the colors as they are changing on this leisurely Fall bike ride. Join MCC members Jane Helsing and Dianne Iverson as they take us on a journey to Lake Como (about 16 miles round trip). A great way to get some exercise and see the sights! This is a flat ride - not many hills. Perfect for the novice biker! We‘ll meet in Father Hennepin Park, by the little stage. Helmets are required!
A few reminders:
- Don‘t forget your water bottle!
- There will be an opportunity to purchase a soft drink or lemonade, so you might want to have a few dollars with you.
- Since some might be attending the 4 p.m. MCC session, we plan to have everyone back by 2:45.
Monday
4
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Join us as we learn how the Minnesota Historical Society is helping Minnesotans connect with their past through stories of all Minnesotans, including those who have not historically been the focus. Kent Whitworth, director of the Minnesota Historical Society will address this topic, as well as the re-visioning of Fort Snelling and tell us how MNHS has weathered the pandemic with an eye to the future.
Tuesday
5
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This year's virtual National Village Conference is themed around "The Power of Community Connection". It will take place on October 5 - 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., October 6 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and October 7 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Networking Following).The agenda will include best practices and keynote speakers that will talk on a range of topics from brain health, federal updates, inclusion, ageism and more.
Tuesday
5
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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 the 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
6
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Join your friends and neighbors on Zoom for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations!
Wednesday
6
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This year's virtual National Village Conference is themed around "The Power of Community Connection". It will take place on October 5 - 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., October 6 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and October 7 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Networking Following).The agenda will include best practices and keynote speakers that will talk on a range of topics from brain health, federal updates, inclusion, agism and more.
Wednesday
6
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This month‘s book: The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris. November‘s book is: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. We will meet at Wilde Cafe.
Wednesday
6
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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
7
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Join us on an early morning walk 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 every 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.
Thursday
7
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This year's virtual National Village Conference is themed around "The Power of Community Connection". It will take place on October 5 - 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., October 6 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and October 7 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Networking Following).The agenda will include best practices and keynote speakers that will talk on a range of topics from brain health, federal updates, inclusion, agism and more.
Thursday
7
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This casual, dutch-treat lunch at Elsie‘s alternates weeks with Men’s Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required. There’s no program, but good conversation happens here! If you would like to be added to the Thursday Dutch Lunch list or suggest a topic for discussion, email alburd4057@gmail.com. For the month of October, Dutch Lunch will be held outdoors on Elsie‘s patio, as long as the temperature is at least 50 degrees or higher. In case of inclement weather, it will be held via Zoom, using the link provided.
Thursday
7
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Cybersecurity is an ever-present concern today, with criminals using scams, hacking, and stealing passwords to get to our data and other assets. Jenny Blaine, Security Analyst for the University of Minnesota will walk us through current threats, what NOT to do, and how to keep ourselves safe online. This will be an open discussion format, with plenty of time to address your questions.
Saturday
9
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Get to know other MCC members at a causal Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. Attendance on Saturdays has ranged between 12 and 32 members and over 55 different members have been to a mixer. 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. If bad weather, Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. Masks needed, of course, if not eating or drinking. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Monday
11
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As the variants of COVID-19 continue to evolve, MCC member and retired physician Michael Brennan is keeping a close watch on the medical and health developments put forth by the CDC, NIH, and MN Department of Public Health. Join Michael for an update on the most recent COVID-19 information available and his perspective on how to keep ourselves safe and healthy as well as answer questions.
Monday
11
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Deep underneath St. Anthony Falls lies a secret – a hidden dam, 1850 feet long and 40 ft high, that provides much of the water supply to the Twin Cities. It lies under the Mississippi River, beneath the limestone and shale riverbed. For over 144 years it has withstood the relentless demands of nature to finish its task. What is the history behind the dam? How much longer will it last? What would be the ramifications if it fell? Join us as we hear about the wall from John Anfinson, former Mississippi Park Superintendent and river historian.
Tuesday
12
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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 the 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
13
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Join your friends and neighbors on Zoom 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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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
13
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“Law and policy is where we start to address violence against women as a human rights violation.” Cheryl Thomas is the Director for Global Rights for Women, an organization dedicated to working to end violence against women across the globe. She has spent her career promoting women’s human rights and achieving legal reform on violence against women. The winner of the prestigious Arabella Babb Mansfield award, Cheryl Thomas will be discussing her work and talking about what we can do to advocate for women’s human rights.
Thursday
14
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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
14
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Join us on an early morning walk 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 every 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.
Thursday
14
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Please join us to celebrate Mill City Commons and our members – because we wouldn’t be here without you! We’ll be celebrating friendships, fun, and the MCC community at the Legacy Condominium’s Party Room/Outdoor Patio. Happy Hour starts at 5:00 pm with beverages, followed by a buffet of hearty hors d’oeuvres that will be available until 7:30 p.m. There is metered street parking only. Registrations are due by October 7. This is an MCC members-only event.
Saturday
16
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Get to know other MCC members at a causal Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. Attendance on Saturdays has ranged between 12 and 32 members and over 55 different members have been to a mixer. 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. If bad weather, Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. Masks needed, of course, if not eating or drinking. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Sunday
17
The Phoenix Community Room
5:00 PM
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Join your friends and neighbors for the Sunday Soiree, hosted by Mary & Keith Bednarowski, Karla Ekdahl & Peter Hutchinson, Connie Cohen and Jan Theobald at the Phoenix on the River.
Monday
18
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The Covid-19 crisis has put a massive strain on what was growing a positive economic and political relationship between China and the continent of Africa. As Chinese President Xi Jinping’s center “Belt and Road Initiative” continues to expand Chinese power, the response to the spread of Covid-19, as well as the African government’s growing debt to China, has seen pushback. What are some of the growing economic and political issues between China and Africa? Discussion is led by Christi Siver. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of St Benedict and St John’s University. She teaches courses on international relations and international security. Her current research interests include international humanitarian law, military technology, and comparative law.

MCC is hosting programs for fully vaccinated members in accordance with the MN Department of Health guidelines. Please plan to wear a mask at indoor programs and refrain from attending a program if you are not feeling well.
Tuesday
19
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Through discussion we will explore ways of building a just community, equitably including all citizens. In our education system, childhood trauma plays a large role in the "cradle-to-prison pipeline". MCC member Chris Bray has studied this issue and this month will share insights into the underlying causes as well as the impacts on our communities. We will discuss strategies we can individually act on to address the challenge and make change.
Tuesday
19
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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 the 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
19
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This month‘s play is: The People‘s Violin by Charles Varon (produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre in late autumn)
Wednesday
20
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Join your friends and neighbors on Zoom 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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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
20
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Enjoy this month’s play reading of: The People’s Violin by Charles Varon (produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre in late autumn)
Thursday
21
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Join us on an early morning walk 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 every 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.
Thursday
21
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This casual, dutch-treat lunch at Elsie‘s alternates weeks with Men’s Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required. There’s no program, but good conversation happens here! If you would like to be added to the Thursday Dutch Lunch list or suggest a topic for discussion, email alburd4057@gmail.com. For the month of October, Dutch Lunch will be held outdoors on Elsie‘s patio, as long as it‘s at least 50 degrees or higher. In case of inclement weather, it will be held via Zoom, using the link provided.
Thursday
21
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“Most people are not good at learning,” says St. Paul resident and author Peter Brown. Join us as we hear from him about his book, “Make it Stick, The Science of Successful Learning.” In his book, he and his three co-authors provide strategies for making it easier to learn by using cognitive science principles and examples. His methods are now being used by the University of Minnesota Medical School, Harvard Business School and others. This program is a must for continuous learners!
Saturday
23
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Get to know other MCC members at a causal Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. Attendance on Saturdays has ranged between 12 and 32 members and over 55 different members have been to a mixer. 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. If bad weather, Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. Masks needed, of course, if not eating or drinking. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.
Monday
25
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Kindertransport is the American Swedish Institute’s newest exhibit, running through the end of October. In preparation for our tour of the exhibit on Thursday, October 28, we will hear from independent Holocaust education consultant, Kristin Thompson. Kristin will provide us with information on Kindertransport, the rescue effort of approximately 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany. She will give us insights on the exhibit, as well as provide us with general information on the Holocaust.
Tuesday
26
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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 the 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
27
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Join your friends and neighbors on Zoom 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.
Wednesday
27
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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
27
Movie Location TBD; Dinner at Wilde Roast Cafe
4:00 PM
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Join MCC members for a Dutch-Treat movie and dinner! Members and guests are welcome to join us for the movie, dinner, or both. The movie and exact movie time will be announced a week or two before, and communicated on the website and Musings.
Thursday
28
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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
28
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Join us on an early morning walk 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 every 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.
Thursday
28
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The American Swedish Institute is a museum, a cultural education center, a café, an historic mansion and much more! Join us on a self guided tour of their newest exhibit, “Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War.” You are more than welcome to come early or stay late for a Dutch lunch at Fika café. Carpooling suggested. Member cost: $8 per person, payable at the museum entrance.
Saturday
30
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Get to know other MCC members at a causal Saturday morning breakfast mixer outside on Elsie’s Restaurant‘s patio. Attendance on Saturdays has ranged between 12 and 32 members and over 55 different members have been to a mixer. 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. If bad weather, Elsie’s has a secluded indoor space available in the main dining room. Masks needed, of course, if not eating or drinking. This event is limited to 35 to accommodate Elsie‘s staff.