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YMCA Dance All Night - Dance-A-Thon Feb 26-27 (overnight)

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YMCA Dance-A-Thon (12 hours of dancing - get a team together!)

Do you love to dance?  We have the perfect event for you!  Dance the night away for a great cause at the Y!  We will have refreshments and drawings for prizes throughout the night.  Grab a few friends to make a team and take turns dancing!  All proceeds will go towards race and culture education in the Northfield Y’s Child Watch.  Don’t miss out, sign up today and join us!

Dance the night away for a good cause! Grab your friends to make a team and take on the challenge of 12 hours of dancing, music, food, prizes and fun! All proceeds go to implementing race & culture education in Northfield Y’s Child Watch.


New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

2016 WINGS Board

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving.

2016 WINGS Board (from left to right): Laura Riehle-Merrill, Leah Eby, Nancy Moe, Meleah Follen, Kathy Olson, Alice Carson, Diane Lyman, Nancy Carlson, Maelynn Rosas, Vicki Stevens, Jacqui Dorsey (Not pictured: Patsy Ophaug, Bonnie Jean Flom)


BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual ‘Soup & Cycles’ event

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The 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles event will take place Saturday, 6:00 p.m., pJanuary 30, 2016 at the Northfield UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN 55057 - please join us!  BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles gathers bike group representatives, trail advocates, local officials and any interested community members – whether or not they ride a bike -- for soup, socializing, and strategizing related to bicycles. BikeNorthfield works with bike groups, local government, non-profits and schools to encourage bicycling, promote safety, and educate the community about the benefits of bikes for everyone as part of building an active, friendly, people-centered community.


Skatepark Documentary Screening January 27th at Weitz Center

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Make No Noise ~ The Story of a Skatepark chronicles the 17-year long struggle of skateboarders in Northfield  to secure a permanent place for their sport. Shot in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition, the film is a testament to young people's resilience and perseverance as well as an examination of the victories and failures of the democratic process in small town America. There will be a Q&A session following the screening with the filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo and members of the Coalition.

The public is invitvited to this exciting event at no charge. The screening will be at 7:00 p.m.in the Cinema at Carleton's Weitz Center, 3rd Street East. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.

WINGS funds grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, health care, healthy behaviors and entrepreneurship. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

To: Northfield Media

From: WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

Re: WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.


Volunteer Fair Hosted by the YMCA - Saturday, Jan 9th. Visit local organizations to find out what is available.

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When you volunteer, benefits abound.  That is why the YMCA is hosting a Community Volunteer Fair - Saturday January 9th.  If you have thought about volunteering but want to learn more about what is available.  Stop by the YMCA Saturday morning. 


YMCA Winter Programs & Services - PreK, School Age, Teen, Adult & Family Opportunities. Quick Links.

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It is January in Minnesota and the Northfield YMCA has an abundance of new programs, new equipment and new classes.  Want more information?  Here are some quick links. 

Check our program brochures

View our list of programs online.  

View our calendars for group exercise classes, lap swimming, open gym and more. 

Is there babysitting or drop-in child care available at the Y (we call it Child Watch)? 

What volunteer opportunities are available? 


Three Links offering NAR (Nursing Assistant Registered) training class

New NAR training class starts January 11, 2016.

Three Links Care Center is offering a Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) training class with scholarships available. Class starts January 11, 2016. Please call Linda for more information at (507) 664-8832. Three Links is one of Northfield’s larger employers - employing 350+. We offer flexible schedules, scholarships opportunities, competitive benefits and continuing education opportunities. Three Links has been serving seniors in our community since 1899. 


Northfield Shares Distributes Grants to Nine Area Nonprofits

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Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy and volunteerism, has selected nine area nonprofits to receive grants for 2016. The organizations selected are the Beautify Northfield Coalition, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Greenvale Park Community School, HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield in Bloom, Northfield TORCH, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield Works – Community Action Center of Northfield and Northfield YouthBank. The grants, totaling $39,742, will be funded by five different funds inside of the Northfield Shares organization.


Public Invited to Skatepark Documentary Screening

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Cecilia Cornejo invites all to come to the premier of Make No Noise--The Story of a Skatepark, a documentary about the creation of the Northfield skatepark. Made in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition since 2012, the film chronicles the process of securing a permanent place for the skateboarders in town. Cornejo says,”Though we all know the skatepark was finally built this past summer, this is not a spoiler, since the marrow of the story lies elsewhere.”

Cornejo is Visiting Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton. The screening is Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center, 3rd St. East.


HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


League of Women Voters - Northfield & Cannon Falls "Meet and Greet"

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The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is hosting a "Meet and Greet" on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 5-7 pm at The Tavern Lounge in the Archer House.  The public is invited to come and learn about the work of the League in promoting an active and informed citizenry.  No speeches or presentations ~ just informal conversation.  All are welcome. 


Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season - YMCA hosted Blood Drive: Thurs, Dec 17th (free child care available noon-3, if needed)

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Northfield Area Family YMCA hosts community blood drive

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season.  Northfield Area Family YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, December 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YMCA,  1501 Honeylocust Drive, Northfield. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (507) 645-0088 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Nfld Area Y.


Northfield High School Students, Emily Morsching and Cole Glassing Join the YMCA Board

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce the addition of two new Youth Board Members.  Emily Morsching, Senior at Northfield High School and Cole Glassing, Sophomore at Northfield High School were heartily welcomed to their first YMCA Board Meeting this month.  "The addition of youth in all our conversations will bring a wonderful perspective and value to the future of the YMCA."  said Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director.  For a complete list of all board members, visit http://northfieldymca.org/about/board-of-directors/


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