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Vintage Band Festival: Ten Years of Music and Memories

VBF Presents Paul Niemisto

Vintage Band Festival will present its latest Enrichment Series installment twice on Monday, May 9, 2016. The program will be given first at the Northfield Retirement Community Chapel (900 Cannon Valley Drive West) beginning at 3:45pm. The Northfield Senior Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway) will host the second presentation at 7pm.

The featured guest will be Dr. Paul Niemisto speaking on the topic “Vintage Band Festival: Ten Years of Music and Memories.” Dr. Niemisto will address such questions as “What is a Vintage Band?” “How do we locate and select the vintage bands that play at the festival?” “What can listeners look forward to at the 2016 Vintage Band Festival?” Niemisto will also perform a demonstration on the helicon, a low brass instrument that is a precursor to the modern-day Sousaphone. He will have three helicons from his personal collection on display at the event.


Leslie Schultz to Read Selections from STILL LIFE WITH POPPIES: ELEGIES

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 Northfield poet, Leslie Schultz, will read from her recently published collection of poems, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies at Content Bookstore on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Her reading is part of Content’s series of poetry readings. The public is invited to this opportunity to enjoy hearing in the author’s voice selections from her book.

Published byKelsay Books, Still Live with Poppies is the latest of Schultz’s works which, in addition to poetry, include fiction and essays. Beginning in 2013, three of Schultz’s poems were selected by the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission to be published in the Sidewalk Poetry series.

To see examples of her work, including photography, visit Schulz’s website at:  www.winonamedia.net.


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.

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? 


Arts and Culture Commission Announces "Poem in Your Pocket Day" ~ Thursday, April 21st

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This week marks the fourth year of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.  Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.


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.    


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.


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.


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.


Smile! New decor in the children's space in the Northfield Public Library wanted

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We would like to decorate the newly renovated children’s area with photographs of Northfield area children and/or families reading. 5 photographs will be displayed in the children’s area. We will rotate new ones in every 4 months.  To submit a photo (jpeg, png or gif) it should be in color, clear, well lit and feature your child/children or family reading. 

We will print them either vertical or horizontal and may crop them to make them fit our frames. By submitting a photograph you are giving permission to display it.  All photos can be emailed to Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us. Please send them digitally in the highest quality possible.


Northfield Reads 2016-Book Discussion

Northfield Reads held its opening event on March 10th, a $2.00 Dinner.  After a simple meal, participants discussed the challenges of living on a limited income, heard from Gregory Ennis and Jim Blaha about homelessness and food resources for those in need, and learned about income inequality in the US.  The next event will be a discussion of the book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and Luke Schaffer.  The discussion will be held at Content Bookstore, Thursday, March 17, 6:45-8:00 pm.  


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