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LAST CHANCE to Register for Skating This Season

Don't miss your final chance to take skating lessons this Olympic season!

Northfield Skating School is open to skaters of all abilities, ages 4-adult. We are a U.S. Figure Skating Model Program and we build skills and confidence for skating and for life.

Session 3 highlights include group and private lessons, specialized skill classes, an Olympics party, skating camp, ice show, and competition opportunities. Beginners, adults, and aspiring hockey players are welcome.

Rental Skate Supply Doubles Thanks to Skate Drive!

A big thank you to the Northfield community for donating your skates to our first winter skate drive. The number of rental skates available at the Northfield Arena has doubled to over 70 pairs.

Thanks to the drive's success, we at the Northfield Skating School have been able to better meet our goal of increasing access to ice activities. The new rental skates were used for our PRIMEtime collaborative skate as well as lessons and open skate, and we look forward to hosting more skaters at  our upcoming Girl Scout Skating Fever.

Special thanks to our partner organizations for hosting drop boxes: Culver's, Goodbye Blue Monday, Carleton ACT Office, St. Olaf Volunteer Network, and the Northfield Arena.

Register for YMCA and Northfield Skating School Adult Skating Lap Fitness

YMCAHow many miles can you skate?

Improve your fitness with a weekly lap class run by the YMCA and Northfield Skating School. Includes instruction with NSS and Professional Skaters Association Instructor Melanie Ritz.

Meets during Friday lunch hour (12:00 – 12:45) beginning in January. Open to YMCA members and non-members, and skaters of all levels, including beginners! Child care available. Register by 12/30.

View dates and flyer OR Register online with the YMCA.

December Skate Donation Drive

The Northfield Skating School is organizing a December skate drive to help expand Northfield's limited rental skate supply and meet its mission of increasing the community's access to ice activities. Figure and hockey skates of all sizes are welcome. The drive will continue through the month of December.  There are five drop box locations around Northfield.  To see the list, continue reading.

Northfield Skating School Session 2 Winter Registration Open

Why not learn to skate or improve your skills this Olympic season? Bring your family and join the fun! Registration is now open for 2 more sessions of Northfield Skating School lessons at the Northfield Arena. The session 2 registration deadline is 11/23/09. Sign up for both sessions before the deadline and receive a $5 discount. We are a U.S. Figure Skating Model Program offering lessons to skaters with a full range of recreational and competitive goals, including beginners, hockey players, competitive skaters, adults, and everyone in between! 

Time to Hit the Ice! Arena Season Kick-Off Saturday 9/26

Help celebrate the earlier opening of the Northfield Arena and the beginning of an Olympic season with FREE open skate, food from Beef O'Brady's, exhibitions by high-level guest skaters, crafts by PJ's Crafts, and more. Limited RENTAL SKATES NOW AVAILABLE!

Saturday 9/26, 6:15-7:45, Northfield Ice Arena, 1280 Bollenbacher Drive

For more info, contact the Northfield Skating School at or the Northfield Ice Arena at (507) 645-6556


YMCA Wee Spanish Camp (3-5 year olds) NEW Offering!

Want to give your children an invaluable gift that will stay with them for years to come? Join us in engaging in a fun-filled Spanish environment. Children will gain spanish skills while having fun with arts and crafts, physical activities, songs, stories and much more. The class will be taught in spanish and is geared towards children with minimal to no spanish skills. Children should be potty trained.

3-5th Grade YMCA Volleyball (No Experience Required!)

Serve, Set, Pass, Spike!   The YMCA is proud to announce our newest program in collaboration with the Northfield Volleyball Club. This twice-a-week, clinic for girls in grades 3rd – 5th will provide kids with the skills necessary to play well, exercise their bodies and have fun.  No experience necessary! 

Program will be broken into two segments focusing on skills and technique and game time.  Monday we focus on skills and Wednesday we play games! Participants should bring knee pads, a water bottle and prepare to have fun!

Kids Night at the Y - Parents Night Out - Give it a try!

YMCA - Kids Night at the Y (also known as) Parents Night Out! The first Kiids Night at the Y is this Friday, September 18th, from 6 to 9, at the National Guard Armory. 

We created this program to support families.  How, you may ask?  Well everyone needs a fun night away from their parents and parents certainly need the occasional night away from the kids.  Happy kids, Happy home, Happy Parents. 

Youth Floor Hockey - Starting September 12

Hit the floor before hitting the ice.  Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division is offering youth floor hockey for boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade.  The program is held on Saturday mornings and games will be played each week.

2009-10 Skating Registration Open! Longer Season, New Programs, and More

northfield skating schoolSkaters of all abilities can register 3 ways for Northfield Skating School programs:

1) Online
2) By mail. Return a form found at Goodbye Blue Monday, the arena, the CAC, and other Northfield locations
3) Attend our Open House/Registration Night, Wed 9/2 from 5:00-7:00pm, Northfield Arena lobby

We have quite a bit to look forward to this season!

Northfield Karate Club Testing and Promotion

karate group pictureThe Northfield Shorin-Ryu Karate Club of Minnesota held its tip test and promotion on Wednesday, June 24. Students displayed basic techniques and demonstrated their kata (forms). Promoted to the rank of Go-Kyu (two green tips) were Joseph Penny, Cole Glassing, Kale Asada, Courtney Asada, Jim Herberg, and Chris Glassing.

Looking for a Family Activity this Summer? YMCA Family Track & Field FUN!

Northfield YMCAEveryone gets a chance to play! Hurdles, 50m run, field events, long jumps, shot put, relays, this program is designed to bring the family together for fun and enjoy healthy exercise. Learn some basic skills of Track & Field and enjoy hours of smiles, giggles and laughter. Nothing pulls a family together than teamwork and fun! Life-long memories will be created! Families can be any size. Program is staffed with volunteers from Northfield High School and the University of Minnesota!

YMCA Day Camp - Wilderness Experience for Kids entering K-5th Grade

2009 Northfield YMCA Day Camp - NEW Weekly Theme Information Added below!

St. Olaf music ensembles compete for softball glory

Northfielders who live near the St. Olaf practice football fields (at Lincoln and Greenvale) might have noticed some early morning activity this spring on Tuesdays and Thursdays. What they heard was the sounds of St. Olaf music ensembles continuing the tradition of the "Broken Bat" game that the St. Olaf Band and Orchestra began back in 1974.

"The 'Broken Bat' is the most important thing in the life of the St. Olaf Band ... other than the making of the music," said St. Olaf Band Conductor Timothy Mahr '78 as this year's final softball game between the two ensembles started up. Read more and watch a video story at ...

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