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A Christmas Carol for the entire family

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Purple Door Youth Theater presents A Christmas Carol by Rochelle Norbert.  This classic and beloved tale plays for two weekends:  Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 11. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm.  The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is located at 411 West Third Street in Northfield.

Nineteenth century London comes to life as Ebenezer Scrooge embarks on a wondrous journey through Christmas Past, Present, and Future.   This holiday season witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas Eve transformation.  A greedy businessman, with no time for kindness, compassion, or charity, Scrooge is visited by four spirits warning him to change his ways.  Appropriate for all members of the family, this rendition of Dickens’ tale of hope and redemption reminds us all of what’s really worth celebrating.   


Marilyn Sellars and Steven C to Give Benefit Concert

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Marilyn Sellars and Steven C (aka Steven C. Anderson) team up for a special musical afternoon Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield as a benefit for Ruth's House, a nonprofit providing transitional shelter and support for homeless women, children and families in Faribault. Sellars is a Northfield High graduate whose 1974 song "One Day at a Time" topped Elvis Presley on the charts. She was enshrined in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame in 2004.  Joining her will be talented pianist and composer Steven C who has sold well over two million copies of his own recordings, with millions of online streams of his piano pieces. He has performed with Mannheim Steamroller and recorded with the London Symphony Strings, among many other credits.  Admission is free, with a free will offering encouraged for Ruth's House.


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.


Check out the Library's new website- just launched today!

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Announcing the new Northfield Public Library website! Library Director Teresa Jensen states “We hope you will find these pages easy to navigate, clearly written, and with a clean, streamlined look. Our new look is inspired by our recent Library renovation, and by John Maakestad’s Jubilate, on display in the Library atrium” 


UPcoming Northfield Reads, 2016

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     Northfield Reads brings the community together for conversations to promote an understanding and appreciation of the diversity among us.  For the past three years, the Northfield Reads Committee has focused on a specific group of our population.  In 2014, the group focused on veterans.  In 2015 we focused on immigrants.  In 2016 we focused on people living in poverty.  In 2017 we will focus on mental illness.

     For this discussion, we have selected the book Unholy Ghost; Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey.  Copies of the book will be available at the Northfield Public Library and on sale at Content Books.  The book is paperback.  Each essay in the book can be read alone.  The expectation would be that the community would read part or all of the book, and the essays would be a jumping off point for discussion.


Audition for Dial M for Murder

Audition for Dial M for Murder

The Northfield Arts Guild hosts auditions for the Frederick Knott thriller, Dial M for Murder, on Sunday and Monday, November 6 and 7, at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN.

Dial M for Murder features a small cast of characters for six adult actors.  No prior experience is needed to audition for Northfield Arts Guild Theater productions.  Those interested should attend the open audition at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater: no appointment necessary. Actors should arrive as close as possible to 5pm on Sunday or 7pm on Monday.  Those auditioning will read from the script both individually and with scene partners, no memorization required.  

Scripts are available for short-term check-out at the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts offices, 304 Division Street, Northfield. 


Northfield's Arts & Culture Commission Invites the Public to a "State of the Arts" Community Conversation

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The public is cordially invited by Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission to a presentation and conversation with Sheila Smith,Chair of the Creative Minnesota Project and Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.Sheila will share information about the economic impact of the Arts and lead us in a conversation aboutwhat creates cohesiveness in an arts community.  Find out what other successful artscommunities (like Northfield) are doing to bring people together to strengthen and support the arts.

 

LOCATION:   St. John’s Lutheran Church,  St. John’s Hall,  500 3rd St. W.  Northfield, MN

DATE / TIME:   Thursday,  November 3, 2016   6:00-8:30 pm

COST:   free and open to the public


Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swing at the Northfield Public Library

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Get ready to have some fun at the Northfield Public Library!  Come dance and enjoy the music of Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swing Band on Friday October 21 from 7-9 pm.  Come as we continue to celebrate the new library atrium!  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606.


Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing at the Northfield Public Library

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Get ready to have some fun at the Northfield Public Library! Come dance and enjoy the music of Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swimg Bank on Friday, October 21 from 7 - 9 pm. Come as we continue to celebrate the new library atrium! This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606.

Author Ben Percy to speak at the Northfield Public Library

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The Northfield Public Library, along with Content Bookstore and Graywolf Press, is pleased to have Benjamin Percy, novelist, comics writer and screenwriter, present a storytelling workshop and craft lecture on plot and suspense at the library on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm in the Bunday Meeting room.  After writing two short-story collections and a literary novel, Mr.


Visit Italy! At the library- Italy- A Mosaic in Time

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On Thursday evening, October 6, join Bill North as he talks about the pleasures of exploring Italy's many layers of history. Like a mosaic, Italian landscapes and cultures are composed of elements drawn from many times and possessing many different qualities, and nowhere can this mosaic-like quality be observed better than Rome and Sicily. Bill will share images and perspectives accumulated over years of living, travelling, and teaching in Italy with his wife Victoria. He will also offer some thoughts on the practicalities of Italian travel and answer questions. 

Bill is a professor of  History & Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Carleton College. He and his wife, Victoria Morse, have traveled and taught extensively in Rome and Italy.

Library's Bunday Meeting room on the main level from 7pm to 8 pm.  The event is free and open to all.


2017 NORTHFIELD LIVING TREASURE AWARD: DO YOU HAVE A NOMINEE?

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The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered its 2017 Northfield Living Treasure.The deadline for nominations is November 7, 2016.  Nomination forms can be downloaded from http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/1507 or picked up in hard copy at the Public Library, the City Hall Administration office, and the Northfield Arts Guild.


“9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration” - Art at City Hall Reception

This year, our nation recognizes the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Northfield acknowledges the events of that period with an art exhibit presented by Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission on display in City Hall “9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration."  In this exhibit, Northfield artists Wendell Arneson, Marybeth Coyle, Toni Easterson, Jill Ewald, Shawnee Langworthy, Sharol Nau, Riki Kölbl Nelson, Don Roos, John Saurer and Mar Valdencantos present their look at the tragedy and the rebuilding of the country. The works in this powerful exhibit include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, collages, textiles, and combinations of these materials.


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. 


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