Fitness Forward 2015!
Our Fitness Workout Center is undergoing a major transformation. After 14 years in this facility, many of our machines need replacement and others are in need of repairs. Scroll through a slideshow about our campaign to update our Fitness Facility.
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UPDATE: THE 6th ANNUAL NORTHFIELD TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT IS BIGGER THAN EVER!
Saturday, May 2nd…9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Northfield Middle School Do come watch!
This year’s tournament will be bigger than ever!! There were 75 participants in 2014, and we have 102 participants entered to date. The 90 slots for the three singles events are FULL. Ten openings for the three doubles events are still available. And, in the spirit of the Northfield Senior Center whose motto is “active, connected, & engaged,” openings are still available for seniors (60+) for a special singles event at 2:00 PM. If you would like to participate in the DOUBLES events, or the SENIORS event, see the link to the entry form below.
Questions???…Contact: Don Diehl, Tournament Coordinator Cell: 612-810-5527
See more details and a DOWNLOADABLE ENTRY FORM.
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.
Beautiful sunshine and warmer temps greeted twenty-five riders on the first outing of this season last Monday. The Northfield Pedalers will gather for a ride at the Center every Monday morning at 8:30, until the snow flies again. All are welcome to join them.
Lots of people tried our new Sunshine Cafe. Some came directly from exercise, some came on their lunch breaks from the other end of the NCRC, some have been eating in our dining center for a long time. The food got rave reviews! If you are interested in trying it yourself, check out the Sunshine Cafe menu. The Sunshine Cafe is open weekdays, 11am – 1pm.
A Bardathon! Celebrate the William Shakespeare’s Birthday on April 23
Thursday, April 23, 1 – 3 pm
Come and share your favorite speech, sonnet or scene at a mini-Bardathon held at the Senior Center for the first time, 1 – 3 pm on Will’s 451st birthday. Birthday Treats will be available.
Bardathon hostess Sylvia Langworthy will be available on Tuesday, April 14 from 1 – 2 pm to answer any questions or assist you as you prepare for the birthday party.
No fee. Registration is appreciated so we know how much cake to make.
The Center will be closed all day Sunday, April 5. Normal hours resume on Monday, April 6.
Spring – a time of renewal, a time to try new things, a time to explore your creative side.
The Center is offering many classes or workshops in the arts during the month of April. There is a workshop on writing poetry (WildWrite on Sunday, April 19, 1:15 – 4:15pm), and a Workshop on writing songs (State of Song workshop with Chris Koza and Rogue Valley Band on April 14, 9:30 – 11:30am). Visual Art offerings include a class on making fused glass butterflies taught by Geralyn Thelen on April 7 at 10:30am, and a 4-week class, “Building on Your Drawing Skills” taught by Kate Douglas, starting April 9, 1 – 3pm. In May there will be a special Asian Brush Painting Workshop taught by Dee Teller (May 7, 13 & 14).
Two old time radio programs will be performed “for a live audience” (that’s you) on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 22 at 3pm. We will be performing, complete with sound effects, one of the popular “Whistler” mysteries, which were on the air from May of 1942 until September of 1955. One of the intrigues of The Whistler show was always the surprise ending. Each show began with the Whistler setting the mysterious, suspenseful tone with these words, “I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes…I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak.”
In addition to the Whistler episode, “The Necklace was Incidental,” the players will present an episode of the Camel Comedy Caravan, hosted by Jimmy Durante. Cast includes: Dan Van Tassel, Dick Waters, Marie Gery, Jim McDonnell, Jane Greenwood, Jim Haas, Dale Sheldon, Rhoda Van Tassel, and Peggy Sheldon. Our “orchestra” will be Craig Wasner at the piano.
Tickets: $10 (includes CAKE DESSERT served after each performance.
Buy your tickets at the Front Desk at the Center, or to order online: SATURDAY TICKETS
Mark your calendars, and plan to attend, this year’s live presentation of a radio show on March 21 at 7:30pm and March 22 at 3pm. We will be performing, complete with sound effects, one of the popular “Whistler” mysteries, which were on the air from May of 1942 until September of 1955. One of the intrigues of The Whistler show was always the surprise ending. Each show began with the Whistler setting the mysterious, suspenseful tone with these words, “I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes…I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak.”
In addition to the Whistler episode, “The Necklace was Incidental,” there will be hilarious commercials and other radio comedy bits from the 40’s. Cast includes: Dan Van Tassel, Dick Waters, Marie Gery, Jim McDonnell, Jane Greenwood, Jim Haas, Dale Sheldon, Rhoda Van Tassel, and Peggy Sheldon. Tickets: $10.
We’re bringing the Big Band back! Featuring the revival of Buddy Koopmans Orchestra, we will host a dance/listening event, 7 – 9pm, Saturday, Feb 28.
Tickets: $10 & $5 (students)
The regular $10 tickets may be purchased online.
Feb. 20, 11A
Presenter: Jessica R. Petok, PhD, St. Olaf College professor of psychology
By 2030, adults over the age of 65 will make up almost 20% of the total population of the United States and 12% of the world. Such worldwide “graying” is either a burden or an opportunity, depending on the extent to which we promote healthy and independent aging. This talk will highlight a series of studies that show patterns of preserved cognitive function in healthy older adults as well as current research on lifestyle factors that can improve cognitive function. Prof. Petok will also introduce her own research plans, and show how her work might ultimately contribute a first step toward fostering independent living and successful aging.
Thurs, Feb 5, 12, 19 9:30 – 11a
Exploring causes, examining solutions
We will look at some of the issues of depression we all deal with and together share possible ways of getting through those dark times. There will be a presentation and group participation in each session. If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, come join us.
Leader: Rose Kormann Cost: $27m (Plat equiv,* no fee)
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