Say Hello To Summer: YMCA Summer Camps (register by April 15 for big savings)

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The YMCA is so excited for another summer at the new Northfield Y facility.  At Y Navigators, kids get to be kids. Whether it’s sliming their favorite counselor, learning a new stroke in swim lessons, collecting cool bugs or simply making a friend, Y Navigatros is a place for everyone to feel like they belong. We are here to welcome each kid for who they are and to help them grow mentally, physically and emotionally. Each day will bring fun and exciting opportunities for your child to try new things, get outside their comfort zone and walk away with a sense of accomplishment.

Our Y Navigator program is based on the Y’s Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We are here to help kids understand what it means to live with character in their life and how to do so through relationship-building games, teamwork challenges, and camper-to-camper recognition.


Your healthier lifestyle starts with Personal Nutrition Training at the YMCA

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Personal Nutrition Training at the Northfield Area Family YMCA helps you function at peak performance by properly fueling your body.  Eating well leads to more energy, improved performance and increased immunity. A healthy diet combined with regular exercise aids in treating and preventing Diabetes, heart disease and more. And you’ll just feel better. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will work with you to identify eating strategies that will enable you to control your weight, reach your wellness goals and enjoy a healthier life. Affordable, one-on-one training sessions are held at the Y and are available to members and non-members.    


The Library Moves Forward

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Our public library continues to make progress inside and out. Painting is nearing completion. The air handling system is in. The restrooms are beautiful - and ADA compliant! The terrazzo floors are curing. The carpeting is being installed. The staff will soon begin moving materials from long-term storage in Dundas back to 210 Washington. If the weather cooperates, we'll even see some landscaping and the new sidewalks before the grand reopening. Be sure to mark your calendars - Saturday, May 7, 10 AM for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, 10:30 AM - 5 PM for tours, entertainment and a community-wide celebration! For more information, see www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 


NORTHFIELD READS--Final Event

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Northfield Reads' final event is approaching.  This year's book is "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America".  The book highlights the strengths and challenges of people who are living on a very low income, in a way that helps explain a complex issue.  

The closing event will offer a variety:  Interspersed among discussion of the issues, Broke Folk will provide music, an NHS group will perform a one act play, two speakers will share their stories, Jim Blaha will speak about Northfield, and Kevin Dahle and Todd Smith Lippert will suggest action ideas.  This will be held on Thursday, April 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, at St. John’s Church, 500 Third St. W. 


HealthFinders Spring Gala -- April 22

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Please join HealthFinders in celebrating our annual spring gala, ‘In the community for the community’ on April 22nd at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. The evening promises to be a great event with a silent community basket auction, a craft beer wall, live auction and our fund-a-need which will be raising much needed dollars for our medication assistance program. Special entertainment by renowned gospel singer Robert Robinson! There will even be an After Gala Party (free will offering) featuring wonderful dance music by- La Raza De Mexico. Hurry, tickets are going fast!

For more information visit: http://healthfindersmn.org/event/annual-spring-gala/

Questions, please contact Katy 507-323-8100. Don’t miss out on the event of the spring!


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Seeks Board Nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least three open adult board positions and one board position for a high school student, beginning in September 2016.  HCI board members serve three-year terms. 

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to cultivate a collaborative community that supports, values and empowers youth.”   To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. 


Purple Up! For Military Kids

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Salutes Military Kids

The Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network proudly joins the military and Veteran communities in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. From deployments to new schools, military children face unique challenges most youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt must be applauded, their courage must be recognized and their hard work must be celebrated.

It is estimated that aver 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by a parent’s deployment and that number continues to grow. We are encouraging our community to join together and honor our military youth for their sacrifices, for their courage, and for the important contribution they make to the strength of the military family.


Area Youth Benefit from HCI "Investing in Youth" Grants

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From November through March, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 11 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. All projects are funded through HCI's Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:

Beyond Words
Beyond Words is an annual event at Sibley Elementary School featuring student artwork.  There will be art, writing, and math activities that students and parents can do together.  Over 500 people are expected to attend this event again this year. Beyond Words is scheduled for April 7, 2016.

Sibley Elementary Pen Pals
Three Links Apartments residents and second grade students from Sibley Elementary School are engaged in a pen pal program that connects local youth with local senior citizens.  An end-of-year celebration is planned for the students go over to Three Links to meet their pen pals.


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.


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