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YMCA and VA partner in support of veterans and their families

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Effective immediately, the YMCA in partnership with the Veterans Administration is providing a $0 Joiners fee for Veteran and their families.  At the Y, we understand the dedication and personal sacrifice that veterans and their families make to protect and serve our nation. As a small token of gratitude for your military service, we’re waiving the joiner fee for veterans and their families at every Y across Minnesota (monthly membership costs still apply).

“As a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, I could not be more proud of this partnership with the VA.  I look forward to finding more ways to support not only those who have served our country but also their families.” Virginia Kaczmarek, Northfield Area Family YMCA, CEO.

We are here to help support your health and wellness goals.


Stroke Support Group begins Nov. 17

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A new support group for stroke patients, their caregivers and loved ones is launching at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. The goal is to provide social, emotional and practical support for those adapting to life after a stroke. The group will meet monthly. It is free, and open to the public.

Stroke Support Group

Third Thursday of each month, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 17

Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave. (Meeting Room A)

On Dec. 15, the group will meet at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level).


Ceremony of remembrance for those who have lost a child

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Individuals experiencing the loss of a child are invited to a ceremony of remembrance and support leading into the holiday season.

International Children’s Memorial Day Service

Sunday, December 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

First United Church of Christ

This is a service of remembrance for those touched by the death of a child of any age. The evening includes readings, the lighting of candles, and time for reflection. There will also be grief support resources available for families. 

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

This local ceremony is part of Worldwide Candle Lighting, an international commemoration on December 11 with remembrance services around the world for families that have lost a child.


Tom Bisel is Making a Difference

Tom Bisel of Downtown Bicycles

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recognized Tom Bisel, owner of Downtown Bicycles in Northfield, with the September 2016 “Making a Difference” Award. the award given monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people. Bill Nelson, co-owner of the Tiny’s building where Downtown Bicycles is currently located, has known Tom since he opened his store in 2009. “I’ve seen Tom adjust his business in many ways to cater to young people,” Nelson said. “Tom is a skilled enough cyclist to ride only with the fastest bikers in town. Instead, he often organizes youth rides to help young riders develop as cyclists.


Grief expert to speak Sept. 22 on “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion”

Grief and Loss Support Group to meet weekly; plus, drop-in group begins

Individuals experiencing grief and loss have two options for support this fall: a support group that meets weekly, and a less formal drop-in group, both offered by Northfield Hospice.

As a prelude to the support group meetings, clinical counselor Naomi Mandsager Bartley will present “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion” on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level). This event, and support group meetings, are free and open to the public.


YMCA Fun on the Run Program

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YMCA Fun on the Run - Do you want to run but don't think you have time to fit it into your schedule?  Join the Fun on the Run class, and we'll help you reach your running goals.  What's the best part?  You don't need to be at every class to get a great workout:  we will email you the weekly updates.  Whether you've never run before or love running, this support class is for you.  We can help you achieve a goal of running a 5k, 10k or a half marathon. 

Information Session:  Sept 20th, 9:30-10:30 am (at the informational session you will learn about proper footwear, breathing techniques, hydration and nutrition and goal setting. 

Classes are weekly (if you can attend) on Tuesdays, Sept 27th - Oct 25th, 9:30 - 10:30 am 

$20 for Y members and $30 for community members. 


Thinking about joining the Y? Interested in a Tour first? Tour the Y with Deb

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Fall is often the time of year people begin to think about making healthy lifestyle changes.  At the Y, we're just everyday people, your neighbors, people that shop at the same stores you do.  Come take a tour and consider the Y to be one of your healthy resources. 

Deb Olien, the Y's Member Coordinator is providing personalized tours to give you a chance to check-out the Y and see what we have to offer.  Maybe we fit what you are looking for. 

Stop in for a tour anytime - OR - stop in for a tour during one of the times below with Deb: 

Weeks of Aug 22nd and Aug 29th: 

Mondays at 1:00 pm 

Tuesdays at 10:30 am or 6:00 pm 

Thursdays at noon or 6:00 pm


The YMCA Fall Program Brochure is out - Reserve your spot today.

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The nation's 2,700 YMCAs serve 22 million people in 10,000 communities and are spread across 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.   We work hard to serve our communities and the new Fall Brochure is now available.  Take a moment to view programs and services for people of all ages.  The Y is committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  We believe strong communities are possible only when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. 

Join the Y - as a member or community participant - we have an abundance of things to do. 


An arts convergence, on Division Street

Five stunning women – created by acclaimed “Flower Bomber” artist David W. Cook and based on the characters of the Twin Cities hit musical “Lemonade for the Lawnboy”—have arrived in Northfield to celebrate the grand opening of ArtMakers,  a new arts group that develops, supports and features artists with disabilities.

ArtMakers debuts “Read Me a Story,” its first show in its new studio, on Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 am at the Hotspot, 801 Division Street. The one-hour performance combines stories, songs and puppets for a fun, interactive show for the kid in all of us.


Community Needs Assessment: We Want to Hear From You

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We Want to Hear from You. 

Y Community Needs Assessment

Survey closes August 30, 2016

In an effort to provide strong, effective programs, the Northfield Area Family YMCA is conducting a community needs assessment. We want to hear from you.

Based on this community needs assessment, the Y, in partnership with other organizations, will design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The focus is to identify needs that are not currently addressed in our community.


Carnival Fun at Northfield Hospital

It’s Carnival time! The Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital & Clinics held its first-ever carnival for residents, staff, families and friends on July 26. Highlights included a petting zoo, pie-baking contest, carnival games and treats (mmm, cotton candy) and a dunk tank.

Director Gretchen Murr was the first to brave the dunk tank that sunny Tuesday. Residents and staff together dressed up at the photo booth, and played with baby animals. The ringleader who organized the Carnival is Tasha Patrick, Life Enrichment Assistant at the Long Term Care Center.  


Y Togetherhood Block Party, Aug 2nd - Night to Unite (everyone welcome)

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YMCA’s Togetherhood Block Party
August 2nd, 4-7p
Northfield Area Family YMCA
Get to know others in the community as we celebrate summer and strengthen our commitment for a safe community. There will be food, games and prizes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay awhile.

Local Bikers Ride for a Cause

Habitat 500 Riders: Dave Wolf, Tim Hanson and Jon Otto

Three Northfield residents will be riding in the Habitat 500, a 500-mile bike ride hosted by Habitat for Humanity MN, from July 10-16.

Tim Hanson, Jon Otto and Dave Wolf will all participate in the weeklong ride beginning Sunday. Hanson and Otto will each ride the second leg of the Habitat 500 for 3 days, and Wolf will ride the entire week.

The Habitat 500 is an annual fundraiser in its 24th year of existence. More than 100 riders will be participating to help raise money and awareness Habitat for Humanity. The ride begins and ends in Proctor, Minn.

Wolf, who regularly volunteers for Rice County Habitat, said this ride is a way to support his local affiliate while doing something he’s passionate about.

A serious biker of 11 years, Wolf is frequently seen out on the local build sites. He said he enjoys the workdays every time.

“It’s always been a rewarding experience,” he said.


Keith Nohava and Will Howard Awarded HCI June 2016 Marking a Difference Award

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Cheryl Strike announces that Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Keith Nohava and Will Howard, custodians at Greenvale Park elementary School with the June 2016 “Making a Difference” Award. The award is given monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.Keith and Will were already working incredibly hard as elementary school custodians, yet since the start of the Greenvale Park Community School in the fall of 2014, their jobs have taken on a new meaning.“ The new community school model has definitely increased the workload of the custodians, and even chan


WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2016 grant recipients at a celebration last Thursday at the St. Olaf Sun Ballroom.

Over 100 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $70,400 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to Growing Up Healthy, which will be used to create a Latino Childcare Providers Network that builds the capacity of Latino childcare providers and offers monthly trainings in Spanish. WINGS 2016 grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients


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