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October 10, 2021 to October 17, 2021October 03, 2021 to October 10, 2021September 26, 2021 to October 03, 2021September 19, 2021 to September 26, 2021September 12, 2021 to September 19, 2021September 05, 2021 to September 12, 2021
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - Sunday, October 24, 2021
October 24, 2021 to October 31, 2021October 31, 2021 to November 07, 2021November 07, 2021 to November 14, 2021November 14, 2021 to November 21, 2021November 21, 2021 to November 28, 2021November 28, 2021 to December 05, 2021
The Phoenix Community Room
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.
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.
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.
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.
This month‘s play is: The People‘s Violin by Charles Varon (produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre in late autumn)
Join your friends and neighbors on Zoom for a morning chat. This adventure requires no reservations!
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.
An exclusive opportunity (and great deal!) for MCC members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
Enjoy this month’s play reading of: The People’s Violin by Charles Varon (produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre in late autumn)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
“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!
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.