Destroyed Palestinian villages remembered at events on May 14

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“Never forget” is a phrase used to encourage remembrance for wide-scale tragedies. People in the Northfield area will have the opportunity this month to participate in an event to remember a painful period in Palestinian history.

“Remembering the 1948 Nakba (the Catastrophe)” is a pair of public events that will explore the mass expulsion of Palestinian people and destruction of their homes in the late 1940s. Palestinians will tell how they and their families were impacted by the Nakba at a panel discussion to be held 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., May 14, 2016, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., Northfield.

The second part of the commemoration will be held later that day at Bridge Square, Northfield (First UCC if weather is inclement). Audience members at the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. event will be invited to place Palestinian flags on a 4-foot-by-8-foot map of Palestine/Israel as the names of destroyed Palestinian villages are read.


NCO Annual Meeting

Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) -- widely recognized as the horsepower behind Northfield.org -- will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at Froggy Bottoms (307 Water Street South, Northfield). The public is invited to attend and hear more about what the orgnaizaiton has accomplished over the last year and the priorities for fiscal year 2016. 


Vintage Band Festival: Ten Years of Music and Memories

VBF Presents Paul Niemisto

Vintage Band Festival will present its latest Enrichment Series installment twice on Monday, May 9, 2016. The program will be given first at the Northfield Retirement Community Chapel (900 Cannon Valley Drive West) beginning at 3:45pm. The Northfield Senior Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway) will host the second presentation at 7pm.

The featured guest will be Dr. Paul Niemisto speaking on the topic “Vintage Band Festival: Ten Years of Music and Memories.” Dr. Niemisto will address such questions as “What is a Vintage Band?” “How do we locate and select the vintage bands that play at the festival?” “What can listeners look forward to at the 2016 Vintage Band Festival?” Niemisto will also perform a demonstration on the helicon, a low brass instrument that is a precursor to the modern-day Sousaphone. He will have three helicons from his personal collection on display at the event.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 25, 2016)

 
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included:
  • a review of revised discipline policies
  • a vote to make changes to the Spanish and Chinese language program

Leslie Schultz to Read Selections from STILL LIFE WITH POPPIES: ELEGIES

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 Northfield poet, Leslie Schultz, will read from her recently published collection of poems, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies at Content Bookstore on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Her reading is part of Content’s series of poetry readings. The public is invited to this opportunity to enjoy hearing in the author’s voice selections from her book.

Published byKelsay Books, Still Live with Poppies is the latest of Schultz’s works which, in addition to poetry, include fiction and essays. Beginning in 2013, three of Schultz’s poems were selected by the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission to be published in the Sidewalk Poetry series.

To see examples of her work, including photography, visit Schulz’s website at:  www.winonamedia.net.


Rally the Family ... to play Tennis! Free - May 7th

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Rally The Family is for beginners and getting families—both parents and children—to try tennis together.

Youthprise Announces $579,000 Grant to Regional Youth-Serving Coalition in Southeast Minnesota

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Social Innovation Fund Grant Supports Career Pathways for Minnesota Youth


Summer Adult Co-Rec Sand Volleyball League

Sand Volleyball League!

Dive into summer by joining the Summer Adult Co-Rec Sand Volleyball League. Games will be played on Thursday evenings, June - August, on the Carleton College Sand Volleyball Court. Teams of 4 - 6 players are required (not more men than women). Interested teams should fill out the attached registration form and return with payment to the Community Services office (1651 Jefferson Parkway) by May 12. Individual players not yet on a team may contact Melissa at 507-664-3502 or MBernhard@northfieldschools.org to be added to a player pick-up list.  


May is Bike Month! Affordable bike locks now available in Northfield.

Buy locks and helmets at affordable prices.

May is Bike Month. Be prepared with safety gear at an affordable price. Kryptonite bike locks are now available for $8 at two locations in Northfield.


The Y is hiring Summer Lifeguards (let us get you certified)

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The Y is hiring summer lifegaurds and swim instructors.  

Do you enjoy working with kids and families?  The Y has a busy pool during the summer and we're looking for enthusiastic people looking to join the Y staff team.  Full details on job descriptions located on the Y website.   Submit an employment application and drop-off or email Tara at info@northfieldymca.org.  


How Much Protein do we need? The Y's Registered Dietitian Shares Advice.

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA's Registered Dietitian, Curwin Gett has some great advice on protein this week.  Visit the Y website for more QuickBites Tips from Curwin. 

QuickBites Tip

        How much protein do we need, and what are the best sources?

Although protein is an important part of a healthy diet, the truth is most Americans actually eat about twice as much protein as we need.  Protein is a very important nutrient and is part of every cell in the body.  Therefore, it is vital for the building and repair of the body’s tissues.  

Is it harmful to eat too much protein? 


Arts and Culture Commission Announces "Poem in Your Pocket Day" ~ Thursday, April 21st

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This week marks the fourth year of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.  Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.


Public Invited to League of Women Voters Northfield/Cannon Falls Annual Meeting: Deb Fitzpatrick of the U of M's Humphrey School speaking: "The Battle for Equal Pay: Men on Paternity Leave, Women in Hard Hats, and Other Fronts in the Fight

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 The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls invites the public to attend their Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 23rd at the Friends’ Meeting House at 512 Washington Street in Northfield.  All are welcome to come for the entire morning. There will be coffee and social time at 9 am, followed by a brief business meeting at 9:30 am.  The Program will begin at 10:00 am.  Deb Fitzpatrick, Program Director of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Policy’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy, will speak on “The Battle for Equal Pay:  Men on Paternity Leave, Women in Hard Hats, and Other Fronts in the Fight.”  There will be time for Q & A following Ms. Fitzpatrick’s presentation. 


Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Announces 2016 Serve a Smile Winners

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Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, in collaboration with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Minnesota FCCLA, has awarded $30,000 in annual youth service grants and in-kind dental hygiene supplies to 36 sites in 31 communities. These competitive grants are awarded through Delta Dental’s Serve a Smile grant program to support youth-led service projects that address important oral health and overall health issues. The program provides young people with funds to create healthier schools and communities.   Locally, two grants (totaling $1,875) were awarded to youth-led projects.


Connie Nelson is Making A Difference

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Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Connie Nelson, former elementary teacher and current chair of the Northfield Promise Reading Team, with the March 2016 “Making a Difference” Award.  

The award is given out monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.

“Connie cares deeply about the people she works with,” said Becky Gainey, Sibley Elementary Response to Intervention Coach and Reading Specialist.  “She is calm and caring, and always puts students’ needs first.”


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