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


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


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


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.



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 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. 

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


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


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.

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