Jump Start Your Wellness with 5 High Impact Nutrition Strategies

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Jump Start Your Wellness with 5 High Impact Nutrition Strategies

Learn how to put good nutrition to work for you!  This free workshop will provide you with simple, effective eating strategies you can use right now to achieve your wellness goals.  You’ll receive an overview of the key nutrition principles of Movement, Balance, Variety, Moderation and Enjoyment, and learn how they can guide your efforts to make effective behavior changes.  The session will also include a brief introduction about how Personal Nutrition Training with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist works, and how it can help move you in the right direction.

This 45 minute workshop is free for Y Members and only $7 for Community Members; it will be offered twice at the Northfield Area Family YMCA: June 6th at 11:00 a.m. and June 7 at 3:15 p.m.

Film festival: Palestine -- 100 years of conflict and resistance explored

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“How did we get here from there?” is a question frequently asked about the crisis that now engulfs Palestine/Israel. The 2016 NJP Palestine film series aims to explore that question, with movies that focus on developments over the last 100 years.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 7, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

Yoga on the Lawn . . . at Northfield Hospital


Celebrate the arrival of summer with a free yoga session on the beautiful grounds of Northfield Hospital.

Yoga on the Lawn

Saturday, June 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave.

To register: Sue Pokorney at 507-646-1534 or pokorneys@northfieldhospital.org

Outdoor yoga is a breath of fresh air. Our instructor guides you through a series of poses with focus on breathing and relaxation. All experience levels are welcome.

This event is free, and open to the public. Registration is preferred; walk-ins are welcome if space allows. Please bring your own yoga mat if possible. Some mats will be available.

Screening of MAKE NO NOISE to Celebrate Anniversary of Skatepark Groundbreaking


On Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Carleton’s Weitz Cinema, there will be a showing of the film directed by Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, a member of Carleton’s  Cinema & Media Studies program. Chronicling the years of efforts on the part of skateboarders to create a permanent skatepark in Northfield, the work is part of Cornejo’s series on the meaning of belonging, and our understanding of public space. This tale of youth fighting for the right to belong was shown in Austin, Texas in May at the Cine las Americas International Film Festival

Northfield Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert

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The Northfield Handbell Ensemble will present a short program (45 minutes) of handbell music on Tuesday, May 31, at 7pm, in Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will include both classical music and arrangements of popular music for handbells, including arrangements of "Over the Rainbow" and "Eleanor Rigby." The Northfield Handbell Ensemble was founded in 2015, and plays bells belonging to the First United Church of Christ. Directed by Iris Jastram, the ensemble includes Mary Dunnewold, Mary Hakes, Clara Hardy, Rob Hardy, Anne Larson, Jeff Ondich, Janet Scannell, Cynthia Schearer, Kendra Strode, Kathy Szydlo, and Bill Upham. 

Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission Invites the Public to the Unveiling of New Division Street Sculpture on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 pm

This week in the Northfield community, the newest sculpture in town will be unveiled. The event will take place near the Northfield Carnegie Library at 3rd and Division on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM and the public is invited to join in the celebration. The new sculpture - entitled “Rain on Mars” -  is made of powdered coated and corten steel and will be an exciting new addition to the Division Street landscape.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (May 23, 2016)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board took place on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 7pm. A packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here (table file here).

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group begins June 2


A new support group for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Northfield Hospital in Meeting Room A.

This free support group brings people with TBI together to share their experiences, learn how others have adapted, and encourage each other. 

To learn more, contact group leader Shelley Klevos at 612-812-1311 or shelleyklevos@gmail.com.

For more resources, visit www.braininjurymn.org.

This support group is hosted by Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Local Author Lisa M. Bolt Simons to talk about her book Fairbault Woolen Mill; Loomed in the Lakes.

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Come to the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 pm and meet local author Lisa M. Bolt Simons.  She will discuss her book Faribault Woolen Mill: Loomed in the Land of Lakes.  Lisa received her MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  During the day, she is an English as a Second Language teacher.  She has published numerous essays, reviews, and profiles, and has published twenty-one nonfiction books for children

Do you have Faribault Woolen Mill throws and blankets in your home?  Come and hear Lisa talk about the mill where you blanket was produced.  the Mill was established in 1865, survived five fires, changes in ownership, and is still producing their famous blankets today.  Lisa will talk about how she became interested in the Mill, and what she discovered while writing her book.  The event is free and open to the public.

Library's meeting room is open!

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The library's meeting room has been restored to its original size and function with added features of a digital projector, a large projection screen and comfortable chairs and tables for groups of various sizes.  Contact the library staff at 645-6606 to reserve the meeting room.  There are also two conference rooms available for 4-6 people each; dates and times of use can be reserved in advance.

HCI "2016 Report to the Community" is now available online.

HCI 2016 Report to the Community

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) "2016 Report to the Community" is now available online. Learn more about the work of HCI, its signature initiatives, and its community impact. Check it out here!

Want to help people feel better?


There’s one thing that every volunteer at Northfield Hospital & Clinics has in common: They help people feel better.

Beyond that, every experience is different.

There are so many ways to volunteer at Northfield Hospital that adults of all ages and interests find a role that suits their talents (and schedule).

Join us for an information session on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center. You'll hear about volunteer opportunities throughout the hospital, take a tour, and -- if you want -- begin the application process.

We’re lucky to have many community members who give their time and talent. Helping others helps them feel better, too.

Here is the full line up for this summer's BOOKS & STARS!

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Books & Stars is an evening summer series of music and entertianment for all ages at parks in Northfield!  Join us for fun, free, family friendly entertainment plus an opportunity to check out/return library materials at Booker, the Book Bus.  It's Wednesday evenings from June 15 to August 3 at parks throughout Northfield.  If it looks rainy we move to Oddfellow's Park Pavilion at Forest Ave & Madison St. -the SHOW always goes on!

Booker opens at 6:30, the show begins at 7 pm.

The Y is hiring: Aquatics Coordinator

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The Y is searching for an enthusiastic, passionate person who enjoys working with youth and families.  Our Aquatics Coordinator is responsible for the sound operation and high quality of a new indoor pool and aquatics programs to include swim lessons, water fitness, open youth and family swim and lifeguard needs.

Laura Goodwin is Making a Difference


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Laura Goodwin, Autism and the Arts Coordinator and instructor at the Northfield Arts Guild, with the May 2016 “Making a Difference” Award.

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