"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26

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Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!

Exciting opportunity: Seeking art for City Hall


The Arts and Culture Commission is working to place art in City Hall in an exhibit to open in conjunction with the grand opening of the newly rennovated bulding on Washington Street. This gala event will take place mid- to late- May, 2014, coming up quickly.

The Arts and Culture Commission seeks art by local artists for the opening exhibit to run into January 2015. One or more pieces of art may be purchased by the City to initiate a permanent collection. Showing will be historical photographs of the City of Northfield, Washington Street builiding, and the Colleges.

It's Lizards and Legos at the Library for Spring Break!

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The Northfield Public Library is celebrating spring break with some fun activities!  


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Join us in exploring memoir writing techniques. We'll discuss examples, complete writing exercises and wrangle the stories of our lives on to the page. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll walk away with a stack of stories, a pocketful of motivation and writing prompts to further your writing practice. This class is free, open to the public, and great for everyone from beginners to the more experienced. Classes  will be held in the Northfield Public Library meeting  room  on six Thursday evenings from 6:30 until 8 p.m. beginning on Thursday,  April 24 and ending on May 29.   Register in person at Reference desk, upstairs at the library, or call 645-1802.   Class is limited to 15 students.  Bring a notebook, a pen and an open mind.

            This program is being funded by a Community Collaboration grant through SELCO, through Minnesota Library Legacy funds.


The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces auditions for THE FANTASTICKS, the longest running musical  of all time. With music by Tom Jones and lyrics by Harvey Schmidt, this show is a must for any actor interested in musicals!  Featuring a beautiful, and at times haunting, score, songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” prove why this show is considered a classic piece of the musical theatre canon.

Auditions are scheduled for  Saturday, March 29th from 1-4pm and Sunday, March 30 from 6-8:30pm.  Auditions will take place at the Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street, Northfield.  Director Mishia Edwards is asking that those auditioning prepare at least 16 bars of music that showcases your vocal range.   Please bring sheet music for the accompanist.  There will also be cold readings from the script.   Roles available in The Fantasticks include El Gallo (age 30s-40s), Matt and Luisa (both 16-early 20s), Hucklebee and Bellomy (40s) Henry (40s and up), Mortimer (late 20s) and the Mute (flexible age). 

Northfield Arts Guild Theater Presents THE CHERRY ORCHARD

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov and adapted by Jean-Claude Van Itallie. This beautiful translation by Van Itallie brings to life Chekhov’s modern classic tale centered at the estate of Madame Ranevskaya, where the fate of the beautiful orchard hangs in the balance as it is auctioned off to pay family debts. According to the New York Post this play is "…a new, faithful, very playable and gorgeous translation by Jean-Claude van Itallie." 
The Cherry Orchard is being directed by Jon Terrill and stage managed by Melody Pringle.  Members of the cast include Felicia Crosby, Taylor Heitman, Lee Wilson, Susan Carlson, Peter Webb, Tristan Rouh, Sylvia Ismet, Susan Dunhaupt, Rob Schanilec, Jeanne LaBerge-Dunlop, Fred Stanley, Bryan Reed and Ellie Wilson. 

Electronics Recycling Scheduled for Saturday, March 22.

There will be another ELECTRONICS RECYCYLING opportunity on Saturday, March 22, from 10 A.M. until noon, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street.

The following items will be accepted at no charge:

Meet our last Minnesota History Player- author & artist Wanda Gag!

Meet Minnesota’s Wanda Gág

(1893-1946) Children's author and artist

Wanda Gág, author, artist, and illustrator, was born in New Ulm, Minnesota. After her father's death she took writing and illustrating jobs to help support her family. She sold many illustrations to the Minneapolis Journal and received art awards and an art scholarship to the Art Students League in New York City.  Gág is best known for her children's book Millions of Cats.

Saturday, March 15 from 11 to noon.  This series of programs was made possible by The Friends & Foundation of the Library, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, the Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Public Library. 

Carleton College to Host Community Open House on Facilities Planning

Carleton College announces a Community Open House on Wednesday, March 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Larson Meeting Room 236, to share emerging plans for the long-term layout of the campus, including desired locations for future academic, administrative, and residential functions.  The public is invited to attend; light refreshments will be served.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (March 10, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, March 10, 2014. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Join the Y team! Looking for a full-time youth development program director!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a strong community? The Northfield Y has a fantastic full-time opportunity for a Youth Development Program Director to join our team at our soon-to-be open facility. For details on the position, the Y and the Northfield community, visit our website. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn to be kept posted on more positions as they become available. The Y has plans to hire more than 80 employees from now until September. 

MNsure Enrollment Assistance Available at Community Action Center


The Community Action Center (CAC) is  offering free appointments to anyone in Northfield who needs help securing MNsure health insurance. Beginning April 1, all Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage in order to avoid financial penalties. The CAC has three staff members and two volunteers who are trained MNsure navigators and are available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. 

In anticipation of the April 1 deadline, the CAC has scheduled two evenings when navigators will be available. There is a session today, March 11 from 5:00 until 7:00.   Navigators are also available onThursday afternoons and at other times by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Community Action Center at 507-664-3550. Additional assistance from MNsure Navigators is available by calling HealthFinders at 507-646-8964.

Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”

2nd Annual Three Links Kids Carnival

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Join us for the 2nd annual Three Links Kids Carnival! Games, Cakewalk, Food and Facepainting. Fireman from the Northfield Fire Department will be on sight with the firetruck for tours. Saturday, March 15 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Lodge on Three Links campus which is on Odd Fellow Lane and Hyw 19. Hope to see you there! All proceeds benefit the Three Links Foundation and the people we serve. Celebrating our 115th year!



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