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The Pines in Concert Jan 9

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The Pines, a folk-rock group based in Minneapolis, perform January 9 at 7:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. The Pines play as part of the 411 Concert Series, a program of the Northfield Arts Guild that features nationally-renowned acoustic artists in the intimate setting of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt bring inspiration from their native Iowa to the music CBS Minnesota has called “a dusty and often ghostly take on Americana.”

Though both are originally from Iowa, frontmen Ramsey and Huckfelt began their musical collaboration while living in a barrio in Arizona.

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? 

Jan Shoger is Named 2016 Living Treasure

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Chair  Philip Spensley reports the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to the Shoger at a public ceremony to be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at 7 p.m at the Grand Event Center.  Goodies will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Jan's many contributions to the community.

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:

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season - YMCA hosted Blood Drive: Thurs, Dec 17th (free child care available noon-3, if needed)

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Northfield Area Family YMCA hosts community blood drive

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season.  Northfield Area Family YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, December 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YMCA,  1501 Honeylocust Drive, Northfield. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (507) 645-0088 or sign up online at with sponsor code Nfld Area Y.

Content Poetry Series: Diane LeBlanc

Diane LeBlanc, Sudden GeographyPoetry is alive and well in Northfield.

Each month, Content Bookstore in downtown Northfield is host to a poetry reading featuring a local or regional poet and including an open mic where members of the audience can share their own original poetry. The series kicked off in October with a joint reading by Rob Hardy and Brenda Hellen, and continues on Thursday, November 12, at 7 pm, with a reading by Diane LeBlanc.

Diane LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and book artist. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sudden Geography (2014), Dancer with Good Sow (2008), and Hope in Zone Four (1998). In addition to poetry and essays in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Natural Bridge, and other journals, her essay “Work in Progress” appears in Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts (2014). Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College.

At the reading, Diane will read from her own work and invite others to share a poem of their own. She’ll also offer a door prize of one of her beautiful handmade journals to a lucky attendee.

Award Winning Author Allen Eskens @ Content on Thursday

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Allen Eskens has won (and keeps winning) awards for his popular debut novel, The Life We Bury, most recently winning the Rosebud award for best debut and the Barry award for best paperback original. At 7pm this Thursday, Nov 5, Allen will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Guise of Another.

Eskens' new thriller follows Minnesota detective and fallen hero Alexander Rupert as he seeks redemption, and an answer to the question: who was James Putnam? Eskens, a practicing criminal defense attorney, writes page-turners in Mankato, MN.

"Allen Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you ll tell yourself things can t get any worse. And then they do."

- WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of "Ordinary Grace"

Content Bookstore is delighted to be hosting Eskens - and we hope you can make it!

"When Grown Men Cry" Readers Theater About Palestinian Farmer at NAG

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Allison Schmitt asks us to imagine having the work of half a century destroyed under the tracks of a bulldozer. For many Palestinian families this experience is all too real. The machines of the Israeli army tear carefully-tended olive trees from the ground on a daily basis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Local actors will present the aftermath of this ripped-from-the-headlines incident in the play, “When Grown Men Cry.” The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third St., Northfield. Tickets are $10 and will be available online at or Swag, 423 Division St. S., downtown Northfield.

Vintage Band Festival Presents "Bugler Bill" Monday, October 26

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William "Bugler Bill" Crowder, a Civil War Re-enactor and bugle historian from the Twin Cities will present a lively program on Civil War  Bugler history and do all the calls “in character.”    He is a popular presenter at Civil War Round Tables and in schools. He will bring several bugles  to show and to play. There’s a well-done Youtube video here that previews Bugler Bill’s presentation. Bugler Bill will give  two presentations on Monday, October 26. The first will be at 3:15pm in the Northfield Retirement Center Chapel and the second at  7:00 PM in the Northfield Senior Center Performance Room.This program is the second in the Vintage Band Festival Presents fall educational series.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Northfield area community members are gathering on Fourth Thursdays at the Quaker Meetinghouse and singing together out of the Rise Up Singing Songbook. Join us on Thursday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington Street in Northfield.
Rise Up Singing songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share. People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome; please distribute this invitation to others, come and bring a friend!

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra performs “Vienna to Leipzig: A Musical Journey”, October 24-25, 2015

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The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), conducted by Paul Niemisto, begins its 36th season with a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The concert will be presented first on October 24th at 7:30 PM at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. The second performance will be October 25th at 3:00 PM at St. John’s Hall, St John’s Lutheran Church, 3rd Street West, Northfield.

Cannon Shoals, original screenplay reading Wed. Oct. 14

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I'm having a reading of my original screenplay, Cannon Shoals, on Wednesday, Oct. 14th at 7:30 pm at the NAG theater, 411 West Third st. Cannon Shoals is a seven episode television written for the web. It is a story of sex, greed, politics, and life in a small town. The cast features David Bly, Susan Carlson, Ben Chadwick, Deb Clark, Kevin Dahle, Brendon Etter, Ed Sostek, and Ruth Sylte. This is the capstone event for a grant I received from SEMAC to write a new screenplay. Admission is free, audience is 18+

2016 Northfield Living Treasure Award: Do You Have A Nominee?

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The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered its 2016 Northfield Living Treasure.

The deadline for nominations is November 6, 2015.  Nomination forms can be downloaded from or picked up in hard copy at the Public Library, the City Hall Administration office, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce, and By All Means Graphic.

The annual award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

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