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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.

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? 


Connie Nelson is Making A Difference

Connie Nelson

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.”


The Y is Seeking Caring, Enthusiastic Candidates for Summer Positions - April 22 first consideration

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The Northfield Y is seeking caring, enthusiastic candidates who want to make a difference in kids' lives. If you like being active, spending time outdoors, and working with youth, we invite you to join our Day Camp Staff Team for Summer 2016! Check out the job description details and download our application at www.northfieldymca.org or stop by the Y to pick one up.


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.    


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.


Omelet Breakfast Sunday, Feb 21st, 8:30-12:30 (Support Local Deployed Military, Veterans and their Families). Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Fundraiser

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon “Omelet Breakfast” set for Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club

Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) is hosting its inaugural omelet breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club.

THE EVENT


New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving.

2016 WINGS Board (from left to right): Laura Riehle-Merrill, Leah Eby, Nancy Moe, Meleah Follen, Kathy Olson, Alice Carson, Diane Lyman, Nancy Carlson, Maelynn Rosas, Vicki Stevens, Jacqui Dorsey (Not pictured: Patsy Ophaug, Bonnie Jean Flom)


Skatepark Documentary Screening January 27th at Weitz Center

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Make No Noise ~ The Story of a Skatepark chronicles the 17-year long struggle of skateboarders in Northfield  to secure a permanent place for their sport. Shot in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition, the film is a testament to young people's resilience and perseverance as well as an examination of the victories and failures of the democratic process in small town America. There will be a Q&A session following the screening with the filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo and members of the Coalition.

The public is invitvited to this exciting event at no charge. The screening will be at 7:00 p.m.in the Cinema at Carleton's Weitz Center, 3rd Street East. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund


Martin Luther King Celebration Monday Evening

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Members of the Northfield Human Rights Commission invite all to the Color of Unity, the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:00 pm. At Emmaus Church, 712 Lincoln Street N. This year's program will feature four performing groups, a talk on Black Lives Matter by a St. Olaf student, and the annual awarding of the Human Rights Award.  This year's recipient is Susan Sanderson, honoring her years of commitment to the youth of our community in numerous ways, including her work as head of the Middle School TORCH program.

There will be performances by Glory Singers, Northfield Dance Academy, Ann Gregory-Bjorklund, Northfield High School Performing Arts Students (Latino anf Friends Players.)


Jim Sipe is Making A Difference

By Cheryl Strike

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Jim Sipe, Lego League coach at Greenvale Park Elementary School, with a “Making a Difference” Award.

The award is given out monthly to community members or organizations that have made a significant contribution to positive youth development.

Jim, who spent more than 30 years as an environmental engineer with the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities, began his journey with Lego League in the fall of 2009.  He has recently retired after seven consecutive years of coaching at Greenvale Park Elementary.  Lego League is much more than playing with Legos;  Lego League teams – typically six to ten 4th and 5th grade students –  research a real-word problem such as food safety, recycling, or energy, and are then challenged to develop a solution.


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