Arts and Entertainment

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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:


On your mark, get set READ! The library's summer reading program is for all!

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SCHEDULE of weekly themes.

Drop in anytime between 9 am and 3 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays and join in the fun and learning at the library.  You may also choose your reading rewards during this time. Meet our Summer Reads VISTA volunteer, Matt!  Matt will provide quality tutoring and literacy enrichment to children at the library.  

  • June 28-30: Dr. Seuss
  • July 5-7: “You be the writer!”
  • July 12-14: Play-Doh
  • July 19-21: Legos!

August TBA The program ends Thursday, August 18th.

NEW expanded morning storytimes! 

  • Infant lapsit 10 & 11 am Tuesdays
  • Toddler Rhyme Times 10 & 11 am Wednesdays
  • Pre-school Storytime 10 & 11 am Thursdays

Many READING OPTIONS for you to choose:


WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2016 grant recipients at a celebration last Thursday at the St. Olaf Sun Ballroom.

Over 100 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $70,400 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to Growing Up Healthy, which will be used to create a Latino Childcare Providers Network that builds the capacity of Latino childcare providers and offers monthly trainings in Spanish. WINGS 2016 grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients


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