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

All School Show: Northfield Arts Guild

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!


Carleton Knights Softball - Free 2-hr Softball Clinic This Sunday, March 6th!

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Come and join Carleton College's Head Softball Coach Amy Erickson and The Knights Softball Team for a FREE 2-hour fastpitch softball clinic on Sunday, March 6th, from Noon-2:00 pm. at the Carleton Rec Center Field House, off Highway 19.

This is a GREAT opportunity to learn from college coaches and athletes! Improve and Sharpen your softball skills, just in time for the beginning of the fastpitch softball season!

Clinic is open to players of ALL AGES, grades K-12.

See attached flyer for more details.


Our library's inside looks out!

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Our public library's renovation is opening up the interior and looking out toward our neighbors. The glass entrance and Commons includes a balcony that Library Director Teresa Jensen promises will become a favorite gathering space.  The children's area is expanding significantly and will feature interesting activity stations in addition to computers areas, storytelling spaces and of course, lots of books.  More photos and info can be found at: 

http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement.

Saturday, May 7, 10 AM - 5 PM: The library will reopen to the community. Save the date!


E-Cycling First Saturday of Every Month

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A reminder to all that there will be E-cycling on Saturday, March 5, at the First UCC Church parking lot (300 Union Street) from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Drop off your old electronics, appliances, and any other items containing metal. Everything is free except for old-fashioned CRT-based televisions and monitors, for which there is a $5 to $20 fee, depending on sixe.

Questions?  Contact Jim Caswell, 65-/214-3857. 


Northfield Reads $2 Dinner Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 pm at UCC

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   What can you purchase with only $2.00?  Come to the Northfield Reads $2. dinner and gain some understanding.  The event will be hosted by the UCC in preparation for this year's Northfield Reads discussion on the book $2.00 a Day; Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H.


Y Offering Personal Nutrition Training

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Northfield Area Family YMCA introduces Personal Nutrition Training

Eating well has its rewards.  Fueling your body properly helps you feel better, improve performance and productivity, resist chronic disease, boost energy, build immunity, age well and control your weight.  Northfield Area Family YMCA now offers Personal Nutrition Training with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  The RDN works with people individually to develop food-related strategies that help them achieve their wellness goals and live healthier lives.  The training sessions are held at the Y and are available to members and non-members.   

If you are curious or have questions, visit Curwin during her "Quickbites" where she is available at the Y free.  Contact the Y for her ongoing Free Quickbites schedule. 


Poetry Night @ Content Bookstore: Arcadia and TORCH students

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You are invited to Poetry Night at Content Bookstore on Thursday, March 3, featuring the winners of the Arcadia Charter School Poetry Out Loud Competition and the TORCH Poetry Slam. The event starts at 7pm at Content Bookstore (314 Division St. S). This will be the sixth in a series of monthly poetry readings at Content. 

Arcadia students Bella Callery and Anna Kochever will recite the poems they're getting ready to recite at the Poetry Out Loud state semi-finals in Minneapolis on March 8 and 9. TORCH students Alondra Perez and Chris Lazaro will perform their winning poems from the TORCH Poetry Slam. 
 
After the performances by the featured students, members of the audience are invited to share a poem of their own at the open mic. Other student poets are especially encouraged to share a poem. 


Super Tuesday Minnesota Style

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Minnesota’s role in Super Tuesday is hours away. Party activists are busy making final arrangements for participating in this biennial grass roots exercise in democracy. Precinct caucuses meet at 7:00 p.m.

In Northfield this year, the Rice County Republican Party will caucus at the Northfield High School, 1400 Division Street South. http://www.ricecountyrepublicans.com/

The Northfield Rice County Democratic Party with meet in Northfield in several locations.  Most Northfield precincts, will meet at the Northfield Middle School, 2200 Division Street South. Residents of Ward 1 Precinct 1 will meet at Carleton College and Ward 4 Precinct 1 will meet at St. Olaf College.  For precise college locations:http://ricecountydfl.blogspot.com/


Auditions for Middle and High School Students!

Learn all about and perform a Live Radio Play at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.

Teens in grades 6-12!  Curious about what it would be like to be on the radio? Interested in learning about voice-over work for commercials or animated films? Do you love history? Do you love great comedy? This is the show for you!  

The Northfield Arts Guild announces auditions for the Project Purple Door production of You Can’t Take It with You, the radio play. Auditions are open to students in grades 6 to 12.Auditions will be held THIS WEEKEND: Sunday, February 28 from 2:00-3:30pm and Monday, February 29 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. Call the Northfield Arts Guild at 507-645-8877 or email Rachel.purpledooryouththeater@gmail.com to schedule a 30 minute audition in one of these time frames. Students do not need to prepare anything in advance.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (February 22, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. A complete packet (including agenda) can be found here (table file here). Highlights of the meeting included:


Make Your Mark! Sidewalk Poetry Contest Deadline February 29th at 6 pm

Have you been thinking about submitting an entry to this year's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC)-sponsored Sidewalk Poetry contest?  Well, there's still time! Let this be the year you Make Your Mark in Northfield's sidewalks!  Important contest guidelines are available on the ACC page of the City of Northfield website. Submissions are due by 6 pm on Monday, February 29th, at the interim Library location at City Hall (801 Washington St.).  Judging will take place in March, with winners being announced at the start of National Poetry Month in April.


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