YMCA Winter Programs & Services - PreK, School Age, Teen, Adult & Family Opportunities. Quick Links.

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It is January in Minnesota and the Northfield YMCA has an abundance of new programs, new equipment and new classes.  Want more information?  Here are some quick links. 

Check our program brochures

View our list of programs online.  

View our calendars for group exercise classes, lap swimming, open gym and more. 

Is there babysitting or drop-in child care available at the Y (we call it Child Watch)? 

What volunteer opportunities are available? 

Round Up in January for the Friends of the Library at Just Food Co-op!


You can support the Friends of the Northfield Public Library and enjoy good food when you round up your Just Food purchases during the month of January.  Your pennies, nickels and dimes will add up to additional funding for comfortable chairs, special features in the children's area and more in our renovated library. Round up every time you shop at the Co-op this month. Thanks!

The depot is preparing to move! Exact date to be announced soon!


Exciting news! The 1888 depot will be saved, and it is almost ready to move! Save the Northfield Depot is delighted to announce that the depot is expected to make the short trip across 3rd Street sometime next week. The public will be notified in advance so that the community can watch and celebrate their success in saving the depot.

Despite the December rains and snow, work has continued for the preparation of the move. Early in November, construction workers separated the 1888 depot building from the 1944 addition (which cannot be moved). A certified specialist removed asbestos in the ceiling of a portion of the addition. Subsequently, the south wall of the depot (removed in 1944) was rebuilt, the baggage room walls reinforced, and the 1944 station master's bay removed since it could not survive the move. Save the Northfield Depot has posted regular photo updates of the construction progress, and a link to these photos can be found on www.northfielddepot.org.

Three Links offering NAR (Nursing Assistant Registered) training class

New NAR training class starts January 11, 2016.

Three Links Care Center is offering a Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) training class with scholarships available. Class starts January 11, 2016. Please call Linda for more information at (507) 664-8832. Three Links is one of Northfield’s larger employers - employing 350+. We offer flexible schedules, scholarships opportunities, competitive benefits and continuing education opportunities. Three Links has been serving seniors in our community since 1899. 

Hiring Aquatic Instructors and Lifeguards

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Northfield Community Services is hiring certified WSI aquatic instructors and lifeguards for the upcoming 2016 season. Opportunities exist for teaching or guarding infant/toddler level aquatics and Red Cross levels 1 - 6. For more information, please contact Melissa at MBernhard@northfieldschools.org or call 507-664-3502. Apply directly by clicking HERE (fall, winter, spring recreation positions #2014).

Northfield Shares Distributes Grants to Nine Area Nonprofits

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Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy and volunteerism, has selected nine area nonprofits to receive grants for 2016. The organizations selected are the Beautify Northfield Coalition, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Greenvale Park Community School, HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield in Bloom, Northfield TORCH, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield Works – Community Action Center of Northfield and Northfield YouthBank. The grants, totaling $39,742, will be funded by five different funds inside of the Northfield Shares organization.

Celebrating Our Public Library


Our Northfield Public Library is being renovated for a new look, feel and function in 2016.  A bigger children's area for more programs and servcies.  New conference rooms for students, entrepreneurs and others wanting some private space. A refreshed meeting room with new furnishings and enough space for 50 people. Better access into the new glass entrance and atrium.  All worth celebrating this holiday season! For more information, see www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org

Northfield YouthBank Awards Fall 2015 Grants

At a ceremony on Monday night, December 14, Northfield YouthBank awarded five grants for youth-initiated projects in Northfield. The grants went to:

  • Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC), for their Food Recovery and Cookie Program
  • Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (CROCT), for a portable pump track
  • Film Club, a collaboration between Arcadia Charter School students and the Northfield Public Library
  • TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes), for an Extracurricular Activites Scholarship Fund
  • a student group at Northfield High School who will use funds to renovate parks in the Viking Terrace neighborhood

Grants of up to $20,000 were available. You can find out more by downloading the attachment. 

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (December 14, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, December 14, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A packet, including the agenda, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Bethlehem Prayer Service to be broadcast live at St. John's Lutheran on Dec. 19

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Everyone is invited to attend a unique worship service in Northfield this month. Televised live from Bethlehem, Palestine, and Washington, D.C., the Bethlehem Prayer Service will be shown at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W, Northfield.

The Northfield service will begin with a brief introduction. At 9 a.m. local time, it will join via satellite the simultaneous services at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, where the time will be 5 p.m., and the National Cathedral in Washington, where it will be 10 a.m.

All are invited to will join us, those in Bethlehem, those in Washington and others around the world for this time of worship. The event is sponsored by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel.

Warm Up This Winter!

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Raise your body temperature and participate in Community Services recreation programs. Opportunities include tennis, ping pong, swimming, bowling, martial arts, volleyball, basketball, lightsaber dueling, skating, soccer, floor hockey, pickleball, horseback riding, fitness classes, self defense, CPR/AED/First Aid, adventures and open gyms. Whether you are an adult, teen, youth or infant, there is something for you! If you'd like to register or learn more about a specific program, click HERE to be directed to the Community Services classes and registration web page.

Jan Shoger is Named 2016 Living Treasure

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Chair  Philip Spensley reports the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to the Shoger at a public ceremony to be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at 7 p.m at the Grand Event Center.  Goodies will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Jan's many contributions to the community.

Public Invited to Skatepark Documentary Screening

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Cecilia Cornejo invites all to come to the premier of Make No Noise--The Story of a Skatepark, a documentary about the creation of the Northfield skatepark. Made in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition since 2012, the film chronicles the process of securing a permanent place for the skateboarders in town. Cornejo says,”Though we all know the skatepark was finally built this past summer, this is not a spoiler, since the marrow of the story lies elsewhere.”

Cornejo is Visiting Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton. The screening is Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center, 3rd St. East.

Waffle Dinner to Support Northfield High School Bands

Waffle Dinner to support Northfield High School Bands!

Featuring Dad's Belgian Waffles

All you care to eat, children under 5 eat free and carry out is available

December 18, 2015, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Northfield High School Cafeteria

Parkinson's Support Group Holiday Luncheon is Dec. 16

The Northfield Parkinson's Support Group will hold its holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson's, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson's, are invited to attend. This luncheon is open to the public.

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