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The Philadelphia Story

Esme' Elzi is Tracy Lord, a role made famous by Katherine Hepburn

The Northfield Arts Guild presents Philip Barry’s zany and romantic farce, The Philadelphia Story, September 30 through October 9 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. 
 

A classic American comedy, this intelligent and witty satire takes a clever look at the eve of a posh socialite wedding.  Heiress Tracy Lord is set to walk down the aisle for the second time when she is suddenly confronted by both her ex-husband and a provocative reporter covering the wedding for a national magazine. Will Tracy make it to the altar at all? 


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. 


Premiere of New Documentary

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From film maker, Paul Krause, comes this invitation:

"Hope you can make the world premiere of my new documentary. It will take place tomorrow (Thursday, Aug 25) at 7pm at the Northfield High School auditorium (just off Division street).

It features the creative energy of 13 high school art students as they work together to create the marvelous sculpture now exhibited in front of the Northfield Library on Division Street. 

It is one hour in length and is free and open to all."


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


Rob Hardy Selected as Northfield's First Poet Laureate

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The Northfield Public Library and the Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) are pleased to announce the appointment of local poet Rob Hardy to a three-year term as Northfield’s first Poet Laureate.  In establishing the program, the Library and ACC envision the Poet Laureate as a coordinator and creative leader for poetic and literary arts in the community.   The Laureate will be part of an overall effort to advance the visibility, quality, and appreciation of poetic arts in schools, among practicing poets, and for public audiences. The project will build on current efforts to cultivate a poetry-rich community in Northfield.


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 Evening of Music and Poetry - Tuesday, August 23rd, 7:30 pm ~ The Grand Event Center

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The City of Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission and the Bridge Chamber Music Festival are pleased to announce an evening of poetry and music on Tuesday, August 23rd, at 7:30 pm at The Grand Event Center.  Please join us as the 2016 Sidewalk Poets share their winning entries, with musical performances by the Artaria String Quartet (performing works by Gershwin and Villa-Lobos), vocalist/cellist Parker Ousley (performing jazz standards), and the Glider Trio with Dave Hagedorn (performing Brazilian jazz). Admission is free - free will donations accepted.


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.


Books & Star's brings you the RAD ZOO! Reptitles! to Central Park on August 3rd.

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RAD Zoo's presentations are fun, engaging, and interactive. They provide an enjoyable experience for the audience, while instilling a greater understanding of these unique animals and the incredible lives they live.

The program will include ten different kinds of fascinating reptiles and amphibians, which could include frogs, a salamander, turtles, lizards, snakes, and a small alligator.

We offer an opportunity for our audience to touch some of our animals in a controlled setting, after which we provide hand sanitizer.

We maintain the highest standards of safety in animal handling, and do not use venomous animals in our presentations.  The show begins at 7 pm and Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6:30.  NO CHARGE!


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.

July 27th Books & Stars is with Yo Yo Master Dazzling Dave!

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Dazzling Dave DUE TO THE LARGE CHANCE OF RAIN WE ARE MOVING TO THE DRY ODDFELLOWS PAVILION! (Forest Ave & Madison St) by the Three Links Care Center.)

A Yo-yo Master with all kinds of tricks!   Dave will also incorporate some science into his presentation- Fun for all ages! Free at Way Park- look for the Booker, the Book Bus.

Made possible by SELCO/SELS Grant

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forest Ave & Madison St. N Check for updates at 507-645-6606 Facebook, Twitter and www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com


July 20th's BOOKS & STARS is at the outdoor pool with the EVERETT SMITHSON BAND.

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A musical celebration featuring NewOrleans / French Quarter Music, Zydeco, Blues, Hillbilly Hoedowns, and more! Includes free harmonica lessons sponsored by the Minnesota Blues Society before the show at 6:30. Come see and hear the Everett Smithson Band


We have the ZILLIONAIRES at Way Park for Books & Stars Wednesday, July 13!

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The Zillionaires
Yes!  A local band to entertain you with rock’in mellow sounds!
 The show begins at Way Park at 7 pm,Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6:30
In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forest Ave & Madison St. N
Check for updates at 507-645-6606Facebook, Twitter and www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com

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Organ Recital Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Six Recitals

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Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their tenth season beginning at noon, Wednesday July 6, at the Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Street.  Music by Dieterich Buxtehude and Denis Bedard (Duet Suite) will be performed by Richard F Collman, organ, and David K. Miller, piano.  They will perform on the 1993 Gabriel Kney tracker, 27 ranks and the Steinway piano.

On Wednesday July, 13, Rosalie Alcoser will perform music of Bach, Travis and Langlais. Alcoser is Director of Children and Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Red Wing.  This noon concert will be at Northfield First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., and performed on the Johnson & Son Schlicher/Rutz, 3 manuals, 53 ranks.

Future concerts:


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