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.
MAKE A DONATION TO THE FITNESS FUND
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 107 participants entered to date. The three singles events and the three doubles events are FULL. There is still room in the special singles Seniors-only event* at 2:00 PM. If you would like to participate in the SENIORS event, see the link to the entry form below. *Senior = age 60+
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.
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Center members have the opportunity join with an estimated 100,000 seniors across the country celebrating the 22nd annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This day is designed to encourage seniors to enhance the quality of their lives through living an active, healthy lifestyle. The theme for this year’s event is “If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving.” We will be combining this celebration with the Grand Re-opening of our newly updated and remodeled Fitness Room. Come see the space and try out the new equipment.
The day will be filled with special activities in addition to our regular programming. We will offer all our fitness classes free of charge, give tours of the Center, have blood pressure screenings and fitness assessments (a brief screening of your current strength, endurance and flexibility levels), give orientations to our new fitness equipment, and have healthy snacks, brain health packets and great prizes! Check out the schedule below then save the date and join us for a fun-filled celebration!
Free Fitness Classes
7:00 – Move and Stretch (fitness studio) or Aqua Sunrisers (pool)
8:15 – Aqua Ageless (pool)
8:30 – Tai Chi (fitness studio)
9:15 – Aqua Fit and Tone (pool)
9:30 – Gentle Pilates (fitness studio)
10:30 – Silver Sneakers Classic (fitness studio)
12:00 – Slo Flo Yoga (fitness studio)
1:30 – Silver and Fit Experience (fitness studio)
5:00 – Body Sculpting (fitness studio)
6:00 – Total Bodyweight Cardio (fitness studio)
Special Talks, Screenings and Offerings
9:00 Talk: Aging and Exercise. Fitness Instructor and Journalist, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, will discuss the benefits of exercise for older adults and how it can help prevent or help ease senior health issues such as arthritis, joint replacement, osteopenia, or osteoporosis and others.
10:00 – 12:00: Blood Pressure Screening
10:00 – 2:00 and 4:30-5:30: Fitness Equipment Orientations
10:00-11:00 and 5:00-6:00: Senior Center Tours
10:00-1:00: Healthy Snacks and Bottled Water
1:00-4:00: Fitness Assessments
Register for prize drawings: Fitdesk, pedometers, gift cards, and more! (You need not be present to win)
Pick up a free Brain Health information and activity packet and passes for free fitness classes or open use
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.