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GOLF (ages 6-10) PEEWEE GOLF (ages 3-5)

This is an awesome opportunity for your child to participate in this life-long sport.

Kids will learn the basic skills of putting, chipping and driving.

Come join us outside this summer for some heart-healthy fun.

Ages 6-10: Mon-Fri, June 20-24; 10–10:45a or 7–7:45p 

Ages 3-5: Mon-Fri, June 20-24 9:15–9:45a or 6:15–6:45p

Twin Oaks Driving Range Y Members: Free • Community Members: $40

For further information and to register for programs click here.

YMCA Teen Health & Fitness Camp (ages 11-14) - A few spots still available (June 27 - July 1)


Our new Specialty Camps are packed with adventures and opportunities.  Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush, wanting to learn a new skill or just be a part of something bigger than yourself, we've got a camp for you.  Grab some friends for these half-day, hands-on camps. 

Y Teen Health & Fitness Camp (ages 11-14).  The Y has a couple more openings yet for you to complete your own fitness assessment, learn about healthy snacks, swim in our pool and get to work with a Y certified personal trainer. Develop skills and form using stability balls, resistance bands, Bosu balls and more!  Click to register.

2016 YMCA Teen Camps are Monday-Thursday, 1-5pm:

Oldies Sing-Along with Marc Reigel at Froggy Bottoms!


On Thursday, June 16, Marc Reigel (Carleton Class of '67) returns to lead his 11th oldies sing-along of classic hits from the 50s and 60s at Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio from 8-10:30 pm. Reigel (keyboard) will be joined by Barry Gillespie of Owatonna, the lead singer of Reigel's popular Night Crawlers band from Carleton of the 1960s, and Wendy Smith (guitar), Rae Rusnak (harmonica) and Lori Williams (saxophone). Carleton grads Ann Etter and Michelle Drenth add their voices and Go Go Girl outfits to golden age rock and roll songs by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and many more, including the Night Crawlers' own "You Say." Songbooks will be provided. 

Northfield to Name a Poet Laureate


If the Library of Congress can have a Poet Laureate, why not the Northfield Public Library?

As the Library celebrates its renovation and new spaces, Teresa Jensen, Director of the Northfield Public Library, is looking ahead to using the occasion to inspire interest in reading and literary arts. One of the ways to focus attention on reading and language, she says, will be to appoint a Poet Laureate to serve as a spokesperson for reading and writing: “The Library is already the sponsor of a wide range of reading groups, celebrations, and author readings, including authors of books for children, teens and adults. We are looking forward to getting even more people involved in reading and literature.”

The Poet Laureate competition was announced at the Sidewalk Poetry event on April 28th, at which this year’s winning poets were honored.  Applications for selection as Northfield’s Poet Laureate must arrive via email ( dated no later than midnight on Saturday, July 30th.

Susan Hvistendahl to Talk about Anna Dickie Olesen Thursday Evening


The name of Anna Dickie Olesen was once known coast to coast in political circles. She was praised nationwide by the press for her oratorical skills and was the first woman ever endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate. She gave fiery speeches throughout Minnesota on her goal of representing the common people, accompanied by renowned orator and three-times candidate for president Williams Jennings Bryan.

On Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm, local historian Susan Hvistendahl will speak at the Northfield Historical Society about Olesen's life as a politician before and during her time living in Northfield and about her strange second marriage to a Georgia man, Chester Burge, who was the subject of Richard Jay Hutto's book "A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia." Burge's life and murder trial were featured in the recent Investigation Discovery "Crime to Remember" series.

Jump Start Your Wellness with 5 High Impact Nutrition Strategies

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Jump Start Your Wellness with 5 High Impact Nutrition Strategies

Learn how to put good nutrition to work for you!  This free workshop will provide you with simple, effective eating strategies you can use right now to achieve your wellness goals.  You’ll receive an overview of the key nutrition principles of Movement, Balance, Variety, Moderation and Enjoyment, and learn how they can guide your efforts to make effective behavior changes.  The session will also include a brief introduction about how Personal Nutrition Training with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist works, and how it can help move you in the right direction.

This 45 minute workshop is free for Y Members and only $7 for Community Members; it will be offered twice at the Northfield Area Family YMCA: June 6th at 11:00 a.m. and June 7 at 3:15 p.m.

Film festival: Palestine -- 100 years of conflict and resistance explored

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“How did we get here from there?” is a question frequently asked about the crisis that now engulfs Palestine/Israel. The 2016 NJP Palestine film series aims to explore that question, with movies that focus on developments over the last 100 years.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 7, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

Screening of MAKE NO NOISE to Celebrate Anniversary of Skatepark Groundbreaking


On Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Carleton’s Weitz Cinema, there will be a showing of the film directed by Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, a member of Carleton’s  Cinema & Media Studies program. Chronicling the years of efforts on the part of skateboarders to create a permanent skatepark in Northfield, the work is part of Cornejo’s series on the meaning of belonging, and our understanding of public space. This tale of youth fighting for the right to belong was shown in Austin, Texas in May at the Cine las Americas International Film Festival

Northfield Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert

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The Northfield Handbell Ensemble will present a short program (45 minutes) of handbell music on Tuesday, May 31, at 7pm, in Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will include both classical music and arrangements of popular music for handbells, including arrangements of "Over the Rainbow" and "Eleanor Rigby." The Northfield Handbell Ensemble was founded in 2015, and plays bells belonging to the First United Church of Christ. Directed by Iris Jastram, the ensemble includes Mary Dunnewold, Mary Hakes, Clara Hardy, Rob Hardy, Anne Larson, Jeff Ondich, Janet Scannell, Cynthia Schearer, Kendra Strode, Kathy Szydlo, and Bill Upham. 

Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission Invites the Public to the Unveiling of New Division Street Sculpture on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 pm

This week in the Northfield community, the newest sculpture in town will be unveiled. The event will take place near the Northfield Carnegie Library at 3rd and Division on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM and the public is invited to join in the celebration. The new sculpture - entitled “Rain on Mars” -  is made of powdered coated and corten steel and will be an exciting new addition to the Division Street landscape.

Local Author Lisa M. Bolt Simons to talk about her book Fairbault Woolen Mill; Loomed in the Lakes.

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Come to the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 pm and meet local author Lisa M. Bolt Simons.  She will discuss her book Faribault Woolen Mill: Loomed in the Land of Lakes.  Lisa received her MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  During the day, she is an English as a Second Language teacher.  She has published numerous essays, reviews, and profiles, and has published twenty-one nonfiction books for children

Do you have Faribault Woolen Mill throws and blankets in your home?  Come and hear Lisa talk about the mill where you blanket was produced.  the Mill was established in 1865, survived five fires, changes in ownership, and is still producing their famous blankets today.  Lisa will talk about how she became interested in the Mill, and what she discovered while writing her book.  The event is free and open to the public.

Here is the full line up for this summer's BOOKS & STARS!

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Books & Stars is an evening summer series of music and entertianment for all ages at parks in Northfield!  Join us for fun, free, family friendly entertainment plus an opportunity to check out/return library materials at Booker, the Book Bus.  It's Wednesday evenings from June 15 to August 3 at parks throughout Northfield.  If it looks rainy we move to Oddfellow's Park Pavilion at Forest Ave & Madison St. -the SHOW always goes on!

Booker opens at 6:30, the show begins at 7 pm.

Composer/Lyricist Gary Rue Offers Summer Songwriting Class


Award winning composer/lyricist Gary Rue is offering an intensive professional level songwriting class in Northfield, June 13 through August 8 at Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street, Northfield. The class focuses on songwriting as a craft, employing the major elements of the American popular song:  lyric, melody and harmony, in a lecture/workshop environment. The course is recommended for artists who are currently writing and/or performing their own work and who want to broaden their work to film, music theater, jingles, composing for other artists, paid commissions, etc.

New for Summer: Teen H.E.A.T (Healthy Eating Active Teens) - weekly drop-in program open.

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Teen H.E.A.T. (Healthy Eating Active Teens) Program
Ages 13-17

A different theme each week - aquatic, fitness, sport, or nutrition.  This program is aimed at keeping teens active and giving them some knowledge about healthy eating as well.  Come one, two, or the whole summer!  This program will help teens create a healthy lifestyle through eating healthy and physical activity.  Each week there will be something new to learn from nutrition to pool activities. Each week will be a different activity so it will always be something new to try.

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