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Robin Hood comes to Northfield Arts Guild

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Purple Door Youth Theater, an educational branch of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, presents Robin Hood, a play for young audiences, by Greg Banks.  This classic tale of good versus evil plays for one weekend only:  Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00pm.  The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is located at 411 West Third Street in Northfield.

Robin Hood and his merry band rob from the dishonest to give to those in need.  They have a little fun confusing the nasty Prince John and the even more evil Sherriff of Nottingham. Indeed this classic story of resiliency, compassion and heroism is told with an easygoing and humorous twist that both children and adults will love.


Spoon Carving Class at St. Olaf

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The St. Olaf Folk School presents a spoon carving class taught by artist Jim Sannerud. Learn to carve spoons in the Nordic tradition. The two-day workshop takes place Valentine's weekend, February 13–14, from 9am till 4pm in the Flaten Art Barn at St. Olaf College.

Registration is now open for anyone age 11 and over; no experience necessary. Tuition is $180, and enrollment is limited to ten students. Register online.


YMCA Dance All Night - Dance-A-Thon Feb 26-27 (overnight)

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YMCA Dance-A-Thon (12 hours of dancing - get a team together!)

Do you love to dance?  We have the perfect event for you!  Dance the night away for a great cause at the Y!  We will have refreshments and drawings for prizes throughout the night.  Grab a few friends to make a team and take turns dancing!  All proceeds will go towards race and culture education in the Northfield Y’s Child Watch.  Don’t miss out, sign up today and join us!

Dance the night away for a good cause! Grab your friends to make a team and take on the challenge of 12 hours of dancing, music, food, prizes and fun! All proceeds go to implementing race & culture education in Northfield Y’s Child Watch.


Arts & Culture Commission 2016 Living Treasures Award Presentation to local artist, Jan Shoger, January 28th - 7 pm - Grand Event Center

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city's identity and quality life through and behalf of the arts and culture. Shoger will officially receive the award, presented by Mayor Dana Graham, on Thursday, January 28th at 7 pm at Northfield's Grand Event Center.  The public is cordially invited to attend.


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


2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off January 30th at 2 pm at Content - Purveyors of New and Used Books

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Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to a special event marking the start of the 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Competition.  Attendees are invited to bring a favorite short poem to share with the audience.  Winners of the 2015 competition will be featured reading their winning entries (or favorite poems from their collections) at a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 30th at 2 pm at Con


Join Chorale - A regional, multi-generational Choir

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Chorale (our multi-generational community choir) is starting the spring session, and we'd love to have you join. This choir includes adults, college and high school students. No experience is necessary. Rehearsals begin Monday, January 25
 
Conductor: Dr. Therees Hibbard
Time: Mondays, 8:45 - 9:45 p.m.
Location: Christiansen Hall of Music, Fosnes Rehearsal Room (CHM 233), St. Olaf College
 
Therees is Visiting Associate Professor of Music — Voice, Conductor of the Manitou Singers and the Early Music Singers at St. Olaf College.

WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.

WINGS funds grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, health care, healthy behaviors and entrepreneurship. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

To: Northfield Media

From: WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

Re: WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.


Health & Wellness Challenge begins Jan 11 - A Challenge you can Achieve with Prizes!

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Health & Wellness Challenge!  Are you ready to get healtheir in 2016?  

Sign-up for one (or all of the following): 

  • 12 Weeks with no Soda Pop
  • 12 Weeks averaging 5,000 steps per day
  • 12 weeks to lose 30 pounds (teams of two - combined loss should be 30 pounds)

Sign-up at the YMCA or at the Northfield News with 3 ways to win prizes (as an added health incentive)!~

Click here for the registration form. Submit your form at the Northfield News office or at the YMCA.  

More information on the Northfield News Facebook page

Health & Wellness Challenge Sponsors: 


Audition for "Crimes of the Heart"

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The Northfield Arts Guild hosts auditions for Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, on January 10 and 11 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN.

Crimes of the Heart features a six person cast; all roles are for actors able to play ages 24 – 39.  The Northfield Arts Guild encourages beginners, established artists, artists of color, multilingual artists and artists with disabilities to audition for roles and to volunteer for technical positions.  Those interested should call 507-645-8877 to schedule an audition slot at the Arts Guild Theater on Sunday, January 10 or Monday, January 11, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.  Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Scripts of the play are available in the Arts Guild office, 304 Division Street South, for short term check-out.

Performances for Crimes of the Heart will be on weekends April 8 -17.  This noteworthy comedic drama is directed by Mishia Burns Edwards.  Edwards’ strength as a director lies in exploring characters, relationships and focusing on the truth of the situation the characters find themselves in.  A native of the Deep South, Edwards will bring her understanding of the attitudes and humor to this show which is set in Hazlehurt, Mississippi.


The Pines in Concert Jan 9

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The Pines, a folk-rock group based in Minneapolis, perform January 9 at 7:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. The Pines play as part of the 411 Concert Series, a program of the Northfield Arts Guild that features nationally-renowned acoustic artists in the intimate setting of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt bring inspiration from their native Iowa to the music CBS Minnesota has called “a dusty and often ghostly take on Americana.”

Though both are originally from Iowa, frontmen Ramsey and Huckfelt began their musical collaboration while living in a barrio in Arizona.


Volunteer Fair Hosted by the YMCA - Saturday, Jan 9th. Visit local organizations to find out what is available.

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When you volunteer, benefits abound.  That is why the YMCA is hosting a Community Volunteer Fair - Saturday January 9th.  If you have thought about volunteering but want to learn more about what is available.  Stop by the YMCA Saturday morning. 


YMCA Winter Programs & Services - PreK, School Age, Teen, Adult & Family Opportunities. Quick Links.

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It is January in Minnesota and the Northfield YMCA has an abundance of new programs, new equipment and new classes.  Want more information?  Here are some quick links. 

Check our program brochures

View our list of programs online.  

View our calendars for group exercise classes, lap swimming, open gym and more. 

Is there babysitting or drop-in child care available at the Y (we call it Child Watch)? 

What volunteer opportunities are available? 


Jan Shoger is Named 2016 Living Treasure

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Chair  Philip Spensley reports the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to the Shoger at a public ceremony to be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at 7 p.m at the Grand Event Center.  Goodies will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Jan's many contributions to the community.


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