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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 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.


Omelet Breakfast Sunday, Feb 21st, 8:30-12:30 (Support Local Deployed Military, Veterans and their Families). Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Fundraiser

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon “Omelet Breakfast” set for Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club

Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) is hosting its inaugural omelet breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club.

THE EVENT


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.


New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving.

2016 WINGS Board (from left to right): Laura Riehle-Merrill, Leah Eby, Nancy Moe, Meleah Follen, Kathy Olson, Alice Carson, Diane Lyman, Nancy Carlson, Maelynn Rosas, Vicki Stevens, Jacqui Dorsey (Not pictured: Patsy Ophaug, Bonnie Jean Flom)


BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual ‘Soup & Cycles’ event

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The 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles event will take place Saturday, 6:00 p.m., pJanuary 30, 2016 at the Northfield UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN 55057 - please join us!  BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles gathers bike group representatives, trail advocates, local officials and any interested community members – whether or not they ride a bike -- for soup, socializing, and strategizing related to bicycles. BikeNorthfield works with bike groups, local government, non-profits and schools to encourage bicycling, promote safety, and educate the community about the benefits of bikes for everyone as part of building an active, friendly, people-centered community.


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


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

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.


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? 


Three Links offering NAR (Nursing Assistant Registered) training class

New NAR training class starts January 11, 2016.

Three Links Care Center is offering a Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) training class with scholarships available. Class starts January 11, 2016. Please call Linda for more information at (507) 664-8832. Three Links is one of Northfield’s larger employers - employing 350+. We offer flexible schedules, scholarships opportunities, competitive benefits and continuing education opportunities. Three Links has been serving seniors in our community since 1899. 


Northfield Shares Distributes Grants to Nine Area Nonprofits

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Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy and volunteerism, has selected nine area nonprofits to receive grants for 2016. The organizations selected are the Beautify Northfield Coalition, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Greenvale Park Community School, HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield in Bloom, Northfield TORCH, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield Works – Community Action Center of Northfield and Northfield YouthBank. The grants, totaling $39,742, will be funded by five different funds inside of the Northfield Shares organization.


Public Invited to Skatepark Documentary Screening

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Cecilia Cornejo invites all to come to the premier of Make No Noise--The Story of a Skatepark, a documentary about the creation of the Northfield skatepark. Made in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition since 2012, the film chronicles the process of securing a permanent place for the skateboarders in town. Cornejo says,”Though we all know the skatepark was finally built this past summer, this is not a spoiler, since the marrow of the story lies elsewhere.”

Cornejo is Visiting Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton. The screening is Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center, 3rd St. East.


HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


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