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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.


Players come from all over this part of Minnesota.  You may enter to play in a singles event or a doubles event, or both.  New this year is a special SENIORS SINGLES event just for those age 60+ who would not be advancing in other events in the tournament.  See more details and a DOWNLOADABLE ENTRY FORM.

legacy_logo_rgbSMThis 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.


Buddy Koopmans Orchestra Returns Feb 28

We’re bringing the Big Band back!  Featuring Koopmansbigbandthe 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.

Healthy Cognitive Aging

Feb. 20, 11Abrain

Presenter: Jessica R. Petok, PhD, St. Olaf College professor of psychology
Fee: $3

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.

New Class: Living Through Depression

Thurs, Feb 5, 12, 19     9:30 – 11aRose Kormann 002sm

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)

SIGN UP ONLINE or in person at the Center

Come Learn About Plans for New Fitness Equipment

The machines in our fitness room have gotten a lot of use in the 15 years since we opened!   The Facilities Committee and Fitness Manager Craig Swensonexercise have been looking at new machines for our Fitness work out room.  Gerry Gengenbach and Craig Swenson will be giving a presentation and answering questions about the machines, and the covering the cost of the new machines at these times this week

(February 3 – 5): Tuesday,  1pm      Wednesday, 9am      Thursday, 3:30pm

You are welcome to attend any of these presentations.

Non-walking Tour of Northfield

January 28, 10:00-11:30

Fee: $3

Northfield Historical Society Executive Director, Hayes Scriven, will take you on warm, non-icy tour of notable buildings in historic downtown Northfield. Using the wonderful old photos and maps from the Historical Society’s archives, Hayes will guide you through the early history of our town: its founding, early settlers and first businesses. Why is the Post Office positioned at the angle it is?  What famous building once housed a Norwegian flatbread bakery?  Learn these answers and a lot more fascinating facts.

New, OWLS Natural History Lunch & Learn Series

River Bend Nature Center will be bringing their wonderful OWLS Luncheon OWLS-New-150pxprogram to the Senior Center. OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) luncheons present first a program on a natural history topic presented by a variety of people who have expertise in specific areas.  The program is then followed by a lunch.

January-April 10:30-12:30 PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES BELOW

January 28: Dave Angell presenting Wildlife Photography

February 11: Entomologist and beekeeper Margot Monson presenting on native pollinators and their decline

March 11: Beth Kallestad presenting the history of the Cannon River

April 8: Carrol Johnson presenting The Blue Bird Recovery Program.

The cost of each program and lunch is $12. ($6 for Plat, Silv Sneakers, and Silver & Fit Plus members)


Power class cancelled for Thursday

Due to inclement weather (Jan. 8) the Power class that meets regularly on Thursdays at 6pm is cancelled for this evening.  The Center is still open until 8pm, and Thursday’s Table is still happening.

Sylvia Langworthy Offers Storytelling Class

Tell Me a Story

Mondays, 1 – 2:30pm
Jan 12 – Feb 16

You have stories to tell. Discover the storyteller in you through class work and discussion. Develop your own personal style as you connect with your stories. Create a collection of stories which fit and expand that style.

Instructor: Sylvia Langworthy
Cost: $45m (Pl, SS, S&F+, no fee)    SIGN UP ONLINE, or in person at the Center

Sylvia Langworthy had a career in theater arts which included founding and serving as the Artistic Director of Masque Youth Theatre and School in Rochester from 1985 – 2005. She has also worked as an instructor at the University of Minnesota, and Augsburg College.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2015 at the Northfield Public Library and at the Northfield Senior Centerhot reads

Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During the cold, snowy months of January and February, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join the library Hot Reads program starting Monday, January 6, and read for prizes until Saturday, February 28.

After reading a book, each patron will fill out a slip with their name and phone number and a few lines describing the book.  The name and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip will be posted on the bulletin board downstairs, near the new books.  Patrons will be able to browse each other comments for ideas of new books.  From the names in the fishbowl, three winners will be drawn each week.  Each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to downtown businesses. Once again, patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center.   The completed slips will be posted at the library, and the participants will be included in the weekly drawings.

Several library programs are being planned for winter months.  The programs are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, January 13, Margo Krager, owner of Reproduction Fabrics in Northfield, will talk about reproduction fabrics that she sells, which are used for costuming and quilting.  She has fabrics from the time periods 1775 – 1950 and sells to costumers all over the world, through her online business.

On Tuesday, January 27, local writer Donnita Rogers will talk about her new book, Fanning the Flames, the second book in the Women of Beowulf  Series.

Library programs are free and open to the public.


Seasoned Singers perform at Winter Walk

Holiday Party09 086Our women’s chorus, directed by Donna May, will be performing at the Archer House at 6pm as a part of Northfield’s Annual Winter Walk, this Thursday, December 11.