Bridge Chamber Music Festival, Aug. 21-27

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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival, now in its 18th season, will present a vast repertoire of classical and jazz music by accomplished students and professional musicians in Northfield, MN August 21-27.

The first concert is the Young Artist Recital that features talented youth from southern Minnesota. Violist Cate Carson expressed her excitement to take part in the BCMF. “It gives me the chance to meet and hear other young local musicians,” said Carson who will be performing the Concerto in G Minor, by Max Bruch. Carson said it is a piece she’s wanted to play for a long time, and that’s she happy to now be performing it. “It is a piece with many different moods and lots of musical drama – it’s very virtuosic but has beautiful melodies in it as well,” Carson said.

Enso String Quartet www.ensoquartet.com out of New York is marked for the second day of the Festival. The Grammy-nominated quartet, founded at Yale University, has built their acclaim by achieving high awards at the Concert Artists Guild and Banff International Spring Quartet Competitions. 


Rob Hardy Selected as Northfield's First Poet Laureate

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The Northfield Public Library and the Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) are pleased to announce the appointment of local poet Rob Hardy to a three-year term as Northfield’s first Poet Laureate.  In establishing the program, the Library and ACC envision the Poet Laureate as a coordinator and creative leader for poetic and literary arts in the community.   The Laureate will be part of an overall effort to advance the visibility, quality, and appreciation of poetic arts in schools, among practicing poets, and for public audiences. The project will build on current efforts to cultivate a poetry-rich community in Northfield.


The YMCA Fall Program Brochure is out - Reserve your spot today.

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The nation's 2,700 YMCAs serve 22 million people in 10,000 communities and are spread across 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.   We work hard to serve our communities and the new Fall Brochure is now available.  Take a moment to view programs and services for people of all ages.  The Y is committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  We believe strong communities are possible only when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. 

Join the Y - as a member or community participant - we have an abundance of things to do. 


An Evening of Music and Poetry - Tuesday, August 23rd, 7:30 pm ~ The Grand Event Center

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The City of Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission and the Bridge Chamber Music Festival are pleased to announce an evening of poetry and music on Tuesday, August 23rd, at 7:30 pm at The Grand Event Center.  Please join us as the 2016 Sidewalk Poets share their winning entries, with musical performances by the Artaria String Quartet (performing works by Gershwin and Villa-Lobos), vocalist/cellist Parker Ousley (performing jazz standards), and the Glider Trio with Dave Hagedorn (performing Brazilian jazz). Admission is free - free will donations accepted.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 8, 2016)

 
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. A packet from the meeting can be found here. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center.

An arts convergence, on Division Street

Five stunning women – created by acclaimed “Flower Bomber” artist David W. Cook and based on the characters of the Twin Cities hit musical “Lemonade for the Lawnboy”—have arrived in Northfield to celebrate the grand opening of ArtMakers,  a new arts group that develops, supports and features artists with disabilities.

ArtMakers debuts “Read Me a Story,” its first show in its new studio, on Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 am at the Hotspot, 801 Division Street. The one-hour performance combines stories, songs and puppets for a fun, interactive show for the kid in all of us.


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. 


Community Needs Assessment: We Want to Hear From You

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We Want to Hear from You. 

Y Community Needs Assessment

Survey closes August 30, 2016

In an effort to provide strong, effective programs, the Northfield Area Family YMCA is conducting a community needs assessment. We want to hear from you.

Based on this community needs assessment, the Y, in partnership with other organizations, will design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The focus is to identify needs that are not currently addressed in our community.


Community Youth Fairs

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Northfield's 14th annual Community Youth Fairs are coming on Wednesday, August 10th. These events will take place at Greenvale Park Elementary from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and at Bridgewater Elementary School from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the fairs will be held indoors at each school.


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


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


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