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Submitted by Scott Wallace R... on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:12am
Northfield Rotary Club raised more than $10,500 for international service projects at its recent Rotary Foundation Centennial dinner.
“This is a remarkable amount, above and beyond our club members’ normal contributions,” said Michelle Lasswell, president of Northfield Rotary. “This is another example of our members’ strong commitment to building goodwill around the globe.”
The dinner was held February 16. Sarah Swan McDonald, a Social Studies teacher at Northfield High School, Northfield’s Teacher of the Year and a former youth exchange student, talked to the 80 people present about philanthropy. Members of the club’s International Service Projects committee reviewed past projects underwritten in part by the club.
Submitted by Scott Wallace R... on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:27am
Carol and Gerry Gengenbach were honored last week with the Northfield Rotary Club’s Good Neighbor Award. The award goes each year to someone outside the club whose community work reflects Rotary’s commitment to “service above self.”
Carol, a retired teacher, has served for four years on the board of Northfield Community Action Center, one year as vice president. She has been a member of the program committee and was a leader in CAC’s Bridges Out of Poverty workshop. Carol currently chairs the organization’s Housing Task Force, serves as a mentor for Northfield Works and volunteers at Thursday’s Table and the Northfield Food Shelf. Carol tutors children in math and reading as part of Accelerate Northfield. She also serves on the board of Northfield Retirement Community Foundation. Previously, she served on the NRC Board of Directors.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 3:07pm
The Northfield Y is seeking energetic, caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of youth. Spend your summer break making a positive impact, promoting inclusion, embracing diversity, and strengthening communities. Day Camp positions include full and part-time counselors, activity specialists, camp coordinators, and more.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sun, 03/05/2017 - 10:36am
Let’s mark the day by recognizing the enormous value that women add to our socioeconomic system – all while receiving lower wages, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. Let’s stand together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all who are gender-oppressed. Join us and wear RED for a group photo to be sent as a reminder to our representatives! The talented Wendy Smith will provide music!
The International Women’s Strike on March 8th, 2017 is an international day of action, planned and organized by women in more than 30 different countries. In the spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States March 8th will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled.
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 5:59pm
Parkinson’s Support Group meets February 22
The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday, February 22 at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson’s, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson’s, are invited to attend.
Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group
Wednesday, February 22
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Northfield Hospital, Conference Center
2000 North Avenue
Guest speakerNancy Haight of the Northfield Hospital Pharmacy department will give an overview of FDA-approved Parkinson’s medications: how to take them, possible side effects, and drug interactions.
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:59am
The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday, January 25 at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson’s, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson’s, are invited to attend.
Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group
Wednesday, January 25
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Northfield Hospital, Conference Center
2000 North Avenue
Guest speakers from the Social Services department of Northfield Hospital & Clinics will discuss two key topics: advance care planning, and local resources for care as health needs change.
Submitted by Joy Riggs on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:19pm
Two members of local Boy Scout Troop 337 have received the Eagle Scout Award, the highest achievement available in the Boy Scouting program. Sebastian Lawler, son of Steve Lawler and Joy Riggs, and Troy Peterson, son of Mike and Jenny Peterson, received their awards Dec. 21 in a Court of Honor ceremony at Severance Great Hall on the Carleton College campus.
Lawler and Peterson both graduated from Northfield High School in 2016. Lawler is a first-year student at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Peterson is a first-year student at St. Olaf College. They are the 46th and 47th members of Troop 337 to attain the Eagle Scout Award since the troop formed in 1968.
Only about six percent of boys nationally who are enrolled in Boy Scouts earn the honor of Eagle Scout. Requirements for attaining Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges and completing a service project before the age of 18.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 12/28/2016 - 4:11pm
Preschool Parents - The Y wants to hear from you.
We put together a short 5-question survey to get feedback from parents of preschoolers.
What types of programming would you like?
What days of the week and times work best in their schedules?
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:02am
Effective immediately, the YMCA in partnership with the Veterans Administration is providing a $0 Joiners fee for Veteran and their families. At the Y, we understand the dedication and personal sacrifice that veterans and their families make to protect and serve our nation. As a small token of gratitude for your military service, we’re waiving the joiner fee for veterans and their families at every Y across Minnesota (monthly membership costs still apply).
“As a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, I could not be more proud of this partnership with the VA. I look forward to finding more ways to support not only those who have served our country but also their families.” Virginia Kaczmarek, Northfield Area Family YMCA, CEO.
We are here to help support your health and wellness goals.
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 4:25pm
A new support group for stroke patients, their caregivers and loved ones is launching at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. The goal is to provide social, emotional and practical support for those adapting to life after a stroke. The group will meet monthly. It is free, and open to the public.
Stroke Support Group
Third Thursday of each month, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 17
Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave. (Meeting Room A)
On Dec. 15, the group will meet at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level).
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:13pm
Individuals experiencing the loss of a child are invited to a ceremony of remembrance and support leading into the holiday season.
International Children’s Memorial Day Service
Sunday, December 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
First United Church of Christ
This is a service of remembrance for those touched by the death of a child of any age. The evening includes readings, the lighting of candles, and time for reflection. There will also be grief support resources available for families.
This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
This local ceremony is part of Worldwide Candle Lighting, an international commemoration on December 11 with remembrance services around the world for families that have lost a child.
Submitted by Gwen Daniels on Sat, 09/24/2016 - 5:57pm
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recognized Tom Bisel, owner of Downtown Bicycles in Northfield, with the September 2016 “Making a Difference” Award. the award given monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people. Bill Nelson, co-owner of the Tiny’s building where Downtown Bicycles is currently located, has known Tom since he opened his store in 2009. “I’ve seen Tom adjust his business in many ways to cater to young people,” Nelson said. “Tom is a skilled enough cyclist to ride only with the fastest bikers in town. Instead, he often organizes youth rides to help young riders develop as cyclists.
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:30am
Grief and Loss Support Group to meet weekly; plus, drop-in group begins
Individuals experiencing grief and loss have two options for support this fall: a support group that meets weekly, and a less formal drop-in group, both offered by Northfield Hospice.
As a prelude to the support group meetings, clinical counselor Naomi Mandsager Bartley will present “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion” on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level). This event, and support group meetings, are free and open to the public.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:43am
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.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 08/24/2016 - 8:55am
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