E-Cycling Cioming Up Saturday!

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Drop off your old electronics, appliances, and any other items containing metal.
 
    First United Church of Christ
    300 Union Street
    Northfield
 
    Saturday, April 2
    10AM to noon
 
Everything is free except for old-fashioned, CRT-based televisions and monitors, for which there is a $5 to $20 fee, depending on size.

Northfield Arts & Culture Commission Announces 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners

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The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the City’s sixth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and congratulate them for their efforts.  Chosen from among 102 poems submitted for judging, nine poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  

The ACC applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition.  We are pleased to announce the following winners, in alphabetical order, of Northfield’s 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest:

                        Barbara Belobaba

                        Becky Boling

                        Julia Braulick

                        Steven McCown (2 poems)

                        Orick Peterson

                        Anne Running Sovik

                        Lori Stoltz

                        Richard Waters

You can read the winning poems here.                              


Northfield Eagles Club Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Vintage Band Festival 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Northfield Eagles Club will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Vintage Band Festival. The event begins at 5pm and runs until 7:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds go to Vintage Band Festival in support of Vintage Band Festival 2016, July 28-31, 2016. Live music will be provided by Bridge Square Band at 6pm. Northfield area Boy Scouts will be serving at the event.


Vintage Band Festival Presents "Fife and Drum Experiences in the Civil War"

On Saturday, April 9, at 3:45pm at the Northfield Retirement Center and again at 7:00pm at the Northfield Senior Center, Vintage Band Festival presents “Fife and Drum Experiences in the Civil War.” The public is invited to experience the stirring sounds of traditional fife and drum music as it was played in the United States Army during the American Civil War. 

Two 45-year members of the state’s premier Civil War re-enacting unit, the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, will explain and demonstrate the instruments and various calls, signals and martial airs that were an essential part of the daily life of all Minnesota’s volunteer soldiers 150 years ago. The men will be wearing authentic copies of original clothing and accessories.


Carpeting Comes Next!

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With a leap of imagination on your part and a lot of hard work on the part of Brennan Construction workers, this area in our renovated library will be carpeted during the week of March 28!

The primary motives behind this renovation were to enlarge the children’s area, improve the community meeting room, and increase the efficiency of the staff work areas.  Those goals have been accomplished.  Many other required and important goals have also been realized – improved accessible entrance, accessible restrooms, high-tech meeting room and new conference rooms, “tech tables,” updated technology, heating and cooling, lighting and plumbing, a fire suppression sprinkler system, and a much larger WiFi patio and Carnegie Porch overlooking Division Street.

You can see and use it all when the library reopens at 210 Washington on Saturday, May 7 at 10 AM. Read and see more at http://npl210.blogspot.com.


Northfield Reads' Next Event: Film "Waging a Living"

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Northfield Reads continues to have a successful year.  Fourteen people gathered at Content Bookstore to discuss $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, this year’s selection.  The participants shared concerns, thoughts, and ideas of ways to make changes in our country.

The next event will be the showing of the movie ‘Waging a Living’.  This is a film that puts a human face on modern economic realities, showing how people can be working hard and still be poor in this country.  ‘Waging a Living’ will be shown on Tuesday, March 29, 7:00-9:00 pm, at St. Olaf College, Dittman Hall, Room 305.  Discussion will follow the film.  The event is free and everyone is invited and welcome.


Northfield Earth Day Celebration

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 Northfield’s 7th PerennialEarth Day Celebration-“A Healthy Earth for the Health of All!”  on Saturday April 23rd

Free Skill Sharing Earth Day Workshops/ Exhibitors/Potluck and Free Soup Supper

All Free Skill Sharing Workshops Timesare from 10:00am- 4:00pm. Where to meet is indicated on our website- all workshops filled on a first come first serve basis. If there are questions about the day: northfieldearthday@gmail.com  or questions about workshops see the email after each description.


Smile! New decor in the children's space in the Northfield Public Library wanted

Photos

We would like to decorate the newly renovated children’s area with photographs of Northfield area children and/or families reading. 5 photographs will be displayed in the children’s area. We will rotate new ones in every 4 months.  To submit a photo (jpeg, png or gif) it should be in color, clear, well lit and feature your child/children or family reading. 

We will print them either vertical or horizontal and may crop them to make them fit our frames. By submitting a photograph you are giving permission to display it.  All photos can be emailed to Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us. Please send them digitally in the highest quality possible.


What You Won't See in the Renovated Library!

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On Saturday, May 7 when our public library reopens at 10 AM, you will see a lot of improvements - a much larger children's area with play areas, computers and books galore, the sunny new entrance and balcony, two new conference rooms, a more hospitable meeting room, new and fully accessible restrooms, a slick check out desk, and much more. 

What you won't see are the many things that make the library work so well - high speed internet, improved ventilation, a larger staff work room, a fire-prevention sprinkler system, improved plumbing, and much more.

Save the date - Saturday, May 7, 10 AM ribbon cutting ceremony, 11 AM - 5 PM music, dance, self-guided tours, new library bags and cards and great joy! 


Northfield Reads 2016-Book Discussion

Northfield Reads held its opening event on March 10th, a $2.00 Dinner.  After a simple meal, participants discussed the challenges of living on a limited income, heard from Gregory Ennis and Jim Blaha about homelessness and food resources for those in need, and learned about income inequality in the US.  The next event will be a discussion of the book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and Luke Schaffer.  The discussion will be held at Content Bookstore, Thursday, March 17, 6:45-8:00 pm.  


Spring Break for Kids at the YMCA!

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Spring Break at the YMCA - Do you want your kids to have some fun and stay busy during spring break?  Join us at the Y.  Enroll for a fun-filled day of trips, games, sports, friends, crafts and more.  Join us for one day or all week. No added fees and low youth to counselor ratios.  School's Out Days are for kids ages 5-11. 

We have so much fun planned:  Edinborough Park, Swimming, Carnival Activities, Zombie Stories, Games in the Park, the RAD Zoo, and lots of crafts and art time.  It is going to be an awesome week with friends. 

Themes for Spring Break: 

March 21 - Carnival Fun 

March 22 - Super Slime 

March 23 - Animal Safari

March 24 - Zombies

March 25 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles 

March 28 - Flower Power 

Y Members:  $30 per day (no added costs or fees) 


Imagination Celebration and All School Show at Northfield Arts guild

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The Northfield Arts Guild hosts their annual Imagination Celebration, a free day of art and performances, on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am-2:00pm. This community event will feature gallery exhibitions, mini-performances, and dance, theater and art workshops.


Painted Violin Project Open House

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The public is invited to attend the Painted Violin Project Open House on Saturday, March 12 from 1-4pm at Hot Spot Music located at 801 Division Street S.  

The Painted Violin Project is a fundraiser to benefit the Northfield Public School orchestra program.  This exciting project has transformed 7 old, unplayable string instruments whose melodic lives have come to an end by pairing them with 7 creative, talented local artists who have turned them into beautiful works of art. 


Say hello to summer! Summer camp opportunities at the Y

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Registration is now open for your kids' BEST SUMMER EVER! With many day camp options from which to choose, from 1/2 day wee camp to full-day Y Navigator camp, there are options for kids ages 3-14. There are plenty of new and exciting camp themes, field trips, a new Camp Readers program, awesome new teen camp options, and more to keep your kids active and healthy all summer long. Register for one week or all summer long, with the option to attend 3, 4, or 5 days a week (for Y Navigator, all-day camp program). Sign up for Y Navigator camp before April 15 and save up to $120! For more information, or to register online, visit www.ymcanorthfield.org or call 507.645.0088, and say HELLO to summer!


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