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Cannon Valley Indivisible Holds Organization Fair

On Monday, November 6 in Northfield, Democracy Extravaganza, a program sponsored by Cannon Valley Indivisible, is coming together. We hope you will join us at the First UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Monday, November 6, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Representatives from a dozen local grassroots and civic groups will participate in the organizations fair. You will have the opportunity to engage with them and learn how to get involved in issues that are important to you. Whether it’s health care, social justice, immigrant advocacy, voter registration, youth activism, gun control, climate and the environment, or local government, there will be something to engage you.
 


Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.


Jesse James Bike Tour - Saturday, Sept 9th - 5 routes!

Scenic views on the Jesse James Bike Tour
The countdown for the 2017 Jesse James Bike Tour has officially begun – the event will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017, rain or shine.
 
The Northfield Rotary Club organizes and hosts the annual tour, inviting riders of all ages and skill levels to participate in the family-friendly event. Participants under 18 can register for free with a paid adult, courtesy of Northfield McDonald’s.
 
New this year, a shuttle will take riders from the finish line to downtown Northfield for a post-ride celebration being co-hosted by Imminent Brewing and Armory Square.

Y Kids Tri - 8 years and counting!

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Summer is here and the kids might already be looking for something fun to do.  Direct some of that energy into running, swimming and biking at the Y’s Kids Tri on Saturday, June 24th at the Old Memorial Pool.  

The 8th Annual Y Kids Tri is a fun, non-competitive triathlon that’s all about getting kids excited to get fit! Kids ages 6-14 will experience a morning of encouragement, cheers and satisfaction of completing this swim, bike and run event. There’s nothing like the excitement of crossing a finish line! No experience is necessary! Kids are encouraged to train during the summer, so it’s a great way for family to get fit together.


Band Concerts on Bridge Square Begin Thursday, June 8

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On Thursday evening, 7 p.m., the Northfield Community Band plays the first of four Thursday evening concerts in June on Bridge Square.  Bring the family and enjoy a summer evening downtown, listening to your neighbors play familiar and new tunes while enjoying the picturesque setting.

The musicians range from high school and college students, professional musicians, and non-professionals – all people who play just for the joy of being part of a musical organization. Newcomers are welcome - the group rehearses on Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. in the high school band room, May 31, 7, 14, 21 and 28. For more information, contact Mary Williams, MWilliams@northfieldschools.org.


Rotary raises funds for international projects

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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.


Rotary announces 'Good Neighbor' awards

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. 


Looking for an Amazing Summer Job? Join the Y Team.

YMCA Summer Camp
 
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.

Celebrate International Women’s Day Rally on Bridge Square Wednesday at Noon!

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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.


Parkinson’s Support Group meets February 22

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 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.


Parkinson’s Support Group meets January 25

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.


Two Local Students Receive Eagle Scout Award

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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.


Community Preschool Survey - What do Parents Want? Take the Survey!

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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?

YMCA and VA partner in support of veterans and their families

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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.


Stroke Support Group begins Nov. 17

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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).


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