Books & Star's brings you the RAD ZOO! Reptitles! to Central Park on August 3rd.

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RAD Zoo's presentations are fun, engaging, and interactive. They provide an enjoyable experience for the audience, while instilling a greater understanding of these unique animals and the incredible lives they live.

The program will include ten different kinds of fascinating reptiles and amphibians, which could include frogs, a salamander, turtles, lizards, snakes, and a small alligator.

We offer an opportunity for our audience to touch some of our animals in a controlled setting, after which we provide hand sanitizer.

We maintain the highest standards of safety in animal handling, and do not use venomous animals in our presentations.  The show begins at 7 pm and Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6:30.  NO CHARGE!


Carnival Fun at Northfield Hospital

It’s Carnival time! The Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital & Clinics held its first-ever carnival for residents, staff, families and friends on July 26. Highlights included a petting zoo, pie-baking contest, carnival games and treats (mmm, cotton candy) and a dunk tank.

Director Gretchen Murr was the first to brave the dunk tank that sunny Tuesday. Residents and staff together dressed up at the photo booth, and played with baby animals. The ringleader who organized the Carnival is Tasha Patrick, Life Enrichment Assistant at the Long Term Care Center.  


Y Togetherhood Block Party, Aug 2nd - Night to Unite (everyone welcome)

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YMCA’s Togetherhood Block Party
August 2nd, 4-7p
Northfield Area Family YMCA
Get to know others in the community as we celebrate summer and strengthen our commitment for a safe community. There will be food, games and prizes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay awhile.

July 27th Books & Stars is with Yo Yo Master Dazzling Dave!

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Dazzling Dave DUE TO THE LARGE CHANCE OF RAIN WE ARE MOVING TO THE DRY ODDFELLOWS PAVILION! (Forest Ave & Madison St) by the Three Links Care Center.)

A Yo-yo Master with all kinds of tricks!   Dave will also incorporate some science into his presentation- Fun for all ages! Free at Way Park- look for the Booker, the Book Bus.

Made possible by SELCO/SELS Grant

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forest Ave & Madison St. N Check for updates at 507-645-6606 Facebook, Twitter and www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com


Are You Ready to Vote in the August 9 Primary Election?

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Did you know that a Supreme Court seat is the only statewide race on this year’s primary ballot? This rarely happens—and it could deter many from going to the polls on primary day, August 9. The Minnesota Bar Association is providing information about the candidates here:  http://www.mnbar.org/public/judicial-candidate-information#.V5QAgdArIkj. In addition, there are 2 seats on the 3rd District Court. 


July 20th's BOOKS & STARS is at the outdoor pool with the EVERETT SMITHSON BAND.

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A musical celebration featuring NewOrleans / French Quarter Music, Zydeco, Blues, Hillbilly Hoedowns, and more! Includes free harmonica lessons sponsored by the Minnesota Blues Society before the show at 6:30. Come see and hear the Everett Smithson Band


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (July 11, 2016)

 
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, July 11, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school auditorium. It was Dr. Matt Hillmann's first board meeting as superinendent. Highlights included a presentation by principals Joel Leer (NHS) and Greg Gelineau (NMS) on how a master schedule is created. The next regular school board meeting will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. 

We have the ZILLIONAIRES at Way Park for Books & Stars Wednesday, July 13!

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The Zillionaires
Yes!  A local band to entertain you with rock’in mellow sounds!
 The show begins at Way Park at 7 pm,Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6:30
In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forest Ave & Madison St. N
Check for updates at 507-645-6606Facebook, Twitter and www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com

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All-Comers Track Meet

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An All-Comers Track & Field Meet will take place Wednesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School track, located at 2200 Division St. South. This fun, family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Races for participants include various sprints, distance runs, build-your-own relay, and field event competitions. Top finishers are awarded ribbons.

All are welcome; no prior experience is necessary. Registration and field events begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by running events starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information follow Northfield Public Schools Community Services on Facebook or visit Community Services' website.

The track and field meet is made possible by local running advocates in collaboration with Northfield Community Services.

 


Local Bikers Ride for a Cause

Habitat 500 Riders: Dave Wolf, Tim Hanson and Jon Otto

Three Northfield residents will be riding in the Habitat 500, a 500-mile bike ride hosted by Habitat for Humanity MN, from July 10-16.

Tim Hanson, Jon Otto and Dave Wolf will all participate in the weeklong ride beginning Sunday. Hanson and Otto will each ride the second leg of the Habitat 500 for 3 days, and Wolf will ride the entire week.

The Habitat 500 is an annual fundraiser in its 24th year of existence. More than 100 riders will be participating to help raise money and awareness Habitat for Humanity. The ride begins and ends in Proctor, Minn.

Wolf, who regularly volunteers for Rice County Habitat, said this ride is a way to support his local affiliate while doing something he’s passionate about.

A serious biker of 11 years, Wolf is frequently seen out on the local build sites. He said he enjoys the workdays every time.

“It’s always been a rewarding experience,” he said.


Organ Recital Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Six Recitals

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Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their tenth season beginning at noon, Wednesday July 6, at the Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Street.  Music by Dieterich Buxtehude and Denis Bedard (Duet Suite) will be performed by Richard F Collman, organ, and David K. Miller, piano.  They will perform on the 1993 Gabriel Kney tracker, 27 ranks and the Steinway piano.

On Wednesday July, 13, Rosalie Alcoser will perform music of Bach, Travis and Langlais. Alcoser is Director of Children and Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Red Wing.  This noon concert will be at Northfield First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., and performed on the Johnson & Son Schlicher/Rutz, 3 manuals, 53 ranks.

Future concerts:


Keith Nohava and Will Howard Awarded HCI June 2016 Marking a Difference Award

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Cheryl Strike announces that Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Keith Nohava and Will Howard, custodians at Greenvale Park elementary School with the June 2016 “Making a Difference” Award. The award is given monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.Keith and Will were already working incredibly hard as elementary school custodians, yet since the start of the Greenvale Park Community School in the fall of 2014, their jobs have taken on a new meaning.“ The new community school model has definitely increased the workload of the custodians, and even chan


On your mark, get set READ! The library's summer reading program is for all!

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SCHEDULE of weekly themes.

Drop in anytime between 9 am and 3 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays and join in the fun and learning at the library.  You may also choose your reading rewards during this time. Meet our Summer Reads VISTA volunteer, Matt!  Matt will provide quality tutoring and literacy enrichment to children at the library.  

  • June 28-30: Dr. Seuss
  • July 5-7: “You be the writer!”
  • July 12-14: Play-Doh
  • July 19-21: Legos!

August TBA The program ends Thursday, August 18th.

NEW expanded morning storytimes! 

  • Infant lapsit 10 & 11 am Tuesdays
  • Toddler Rhyme Times 10 & 11 am Wednesdays
  • Pre-school Storytime 10 & 11 am Thursdays

Many READING OPTIONS for you to choose:


WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2016 grant recipients at a celebration last Thursday at the St. Olaf Sun Ballroom.

Over 100 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $70,400 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to Growing Up Healthy, which will be used to create a Latino Childcare Providers Network that builds the capacity of Latino childcare providers and offers monthly trainings in Spanish. WINGS 2016 grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients


Help Break A World Record!

World's Largest Swim Lesson
Help set a Guinness World Record, while receiving a free swimming lesson with thousands of others across the globe.To build awareness of drowning prevention, one swimming les

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