Presentations - April/May 2015

The Men's Center Board appreciates the volunteer presenters who return from time to time and welcome first timers. Their presentations add a new dimension to our weekly Wednesday night gatherings.

Please take time to read the descriptions and plan to attend if they stimulate your interest. Bring a friend to share the experience and acquaint him/her with the Men's Center. Each presentation is intended to promote personal growth, stimulate your interest in a topic, and to give you an opportunity to interact with other attendees.

We are always looking for new presenters and topics. Please call Randy at The Men's Center, 612-822-5892 with your ideas and names. We appreciate your help.

Presentations are the sole responsibility of the presenter(s). The Men's Center does not endorse, takes no specific position, nor does it hold any opinion on the presentations, or of any information imparted, or of the presenter(s) themselves.

The Men's Center is a RESOURCE for the community, a clearing house for information of all kinds, agreeable or not, to one's beliefs. Listen, participate and make your own decisions.

All groups meet at TMC, 3249 Hennepin Ave. So, Suite 55, unless otherwise noted. These low cost presentations are shown in the Calendar of Events and a more extensive description follows. No pre-registration is needed; entrance fees collected at the door are:

  • Non-Members of TMC $5.
  • Regular Members ($20 level) - $3
  • Patron Members - FREE

    Note: All events are for men only unless otherwise stated.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Bob Manson
When: Wed, Apr. 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Targeted to the needs of men or women going through or anticipating divorce or dealing with other family law issues, this Clinic will give you an opportunity to discuss your own questions on such topics as:

Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of those who attend. A nominal fee of $5 is charged for the public. Members of the Men's Center receive a courtesy discount.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, Apr. 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to men only

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.
This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.

A Masturbation Master Class

Presenter: Rod from Upside Life Skill
When: Wed, Apr. 15, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to men only

"The Fast and The Furious" -- how most guys masturbate -- much like we did when we were 14. It was magnificent then, but somehow our masturbatory magic stopped short. Put some pride and panache into your personal sex life! If you are a penis owner, join us for two hours of fun and laughs as we learn how to build an awesome personal masturbation practice. You'll be tempted to tear off your clothes, but we'll keep 'em on because you'll take home an eBook of 101 Masturbation Techniques as Rod's gift to you. Guaranteed fun till spring!

Rod is a sexuality educator, sex coach and founder of Upside Life Skill. Rod teaches many topics in male sexuality in workshops and retreats and is a one-on-one coach for men navigating change in their sex lives or developing sexual skill. To talk further about coaching or invite Rod to speak, contact him at 612-234-5510 or through his website: www.upsidelifeskill.com

Chemical Health and Mental Health

Presenter: Heather Holt, MSW, LICSW
When: Wed, April 22, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use? How much is too much? How do you know? This presentation will discuss signs and symptoms of chemical use/dependency. We will talk about how mental health and chemical health goes hand-in-hand.

Heather Holt is a mental health therapist at River City Clinic in St. Paul. She provides support working side by side with her clients developing positive strategies for their lives and their situations. She has been in the community and she knows the concerns individuals and families are dealing with day to day. More information is available at www.heatherholt.net.

Escalations - where do they come from, what can they teach us?

Presenter: Bob Anderson
When: Wed, April 29, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Open to all genders

We've all done it -in an instant said something we can't take back, flared out of control, spiraled into hopelessness or withdrawal. These escalations seem to come out of nowhere but in truth they have a source and follow predictable patterns. We can learn to slow down, identify underlying causes, reframe our negative self-talk and respond more constructively. $3-$5 suggested donation.

Bob Anderson has co-facilitated TCMC anger management classes and is the author of Out of Denial and Awake and Sing! (in TCMC library).

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Linda Wrey and Steve Yasger
When: Wed, May 6, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Targeted to the needs of men or women going through or anticipating divorce or dealing with other family law issues, this Clinic will give you an opportunity to discuss your own questions on such topics as:
* Divorce
* Separation
* Paternity
* Property Division
* Custody
* Spousal Maintenance
* Child Support
* Financial Settlements
* Co-habitation

Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of those who attend. A nominal fee of $5 is charged for the public. Members of the Men's Center receive a courtesy discount.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Tim Kuss
When: Wed, May 13, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to men only

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.
This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.

Anger - Barrier or Bridge to Intimacy?

Presenter: Bob Anderson
When: Wed, May 20, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

To be fully present to another, we must first be fully present to ourselves, and that means knowing and owning our emotions, all of them, even the scary ones like anger. Not doing so can lead to distortions like "stuff-and-blow," passive aggression, or withdrawing and shutting down. This class will help you see where your anger comes from and the deeper feelings it hides, plus it will help you think more clearly and express your wants and needs more respectfully, in less intimidating and defensive ways. Your anger can be a means of self-discovery and disclosure leading to greater trust and intimacy. $3-$5 suggested donation.

Bob Anderson has co-facilitated TCMC anger management classes and is the author of Out of Denial and Awake and Sing! (in TCMC library).

Stress Less

Presenter: Heather Holt, MSW, LICSW
When: Wed, May 27, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Do you have a good relationship with yourself? How do you manage stress? Is it working? It takes a lot of bravery to seek assistance and support for life's difficult situations - you are not alone. This presentation will focus on practical ways we can manage stress.

Heather Holt is a mental health therapist at River City Clinic in St. Paul. She provides support working side by side with her clients developing positive strategies for their lives and their situations. She has been in the community and she knows the concerns individuals and families are dealing with day to day. More information is available at www.heatherholt.net.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Rasheen Tillman
When: Wed, June 3, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Targeted to the needs of men or women going through or anticipating divorce or dealing with other family law issues, this Clinic will give you an opportunity to discuss your own questions on such topics as:
* Divorce
* Separation
* Paternity
* Property Division
* Custody
* Spousal Maintenance
* Child Support
* Financial Settlements
* Co-habitation

Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of those who attend. A nominal fee of $5 is charged for the public. Members of the Men's Center receive a courtesy discount.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, June 10, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to men only

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.
This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.