Classes & Talks

New Aging Mastery Program Offered

The Northfield Senior Center is introducing a 10 week program, The Aging Mastery Program. The Aging Mastery Program is designed to guide adults 55+ in how to make small but meaningful changes in their lives to improve over-all health and well-being. The series is presented in cooperation with the Northfield Hospital. Each week we will have an expert come and speak about the topic of the week along with promoting activities and discussions. The list of topics are…

Week 1: Navigating Longer Lives, (Speakers: Chris Ellison and Craig Swenson)

Week 2: Exercise and You, (Speakers: Northfield Senior Center Fitness Specialists)

Week 3: Healthy Eating, (Speaker: Krisi Von Ruden, Northfield Hospital Registered Dietician)

Week 4: Sleep, (Speakers: Bryan Hoff and Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center)

Week 5: Financial Fitness (Speaker: Andrew Hauskins, Carlson Capital Management)

Week 6: Medication Management (Speaker: Rob Anderson, Northfield Pharmacy)

Week 7: Advance Planning (Speaker: Susan Lohmann, Director of Social Services Northfield Hospital)

Week 8: Healthy Relationships ( Speaker: Rose Kormann (Retired Psychotherapist)

Week 9: Fall Prevention, (Northfield Senior Center Fitness Specialists)

Week 10: Community Engagement (Candy Taylor, Northfield Shares)

The Class will run on Wednesdays 1:30 to 3 pm Starting March 30th going through June 1st. Cost: $50

Please register online or by phone: 507-664-3700 or in person 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, Minnesota


“Me Between Planes of Existence”

…had to be canceled due to the weather.  The guest speaker was delayed in her travels to the Twin Cities.

The Northfield Senior Center and the Northfield Arts Guild co-sponsor this presentation by Chinese artist Lisa Ginger.  In her presentation, Lisa will explore the things that surround us and influence our lives.  She will show photos of her recent work, looking at the question of what does it mean to start or end?

Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan Honored with Ivey Award

Northfield native Brian Sostek and his wife Megan McClellan won a prestigious Ivey Award for their work as the choreographers and playwrights of Trick Boxing, performed by them this year at Park Square Theater.  The Ivey Awards are the Twin Cities version of the Oscars, created in 2004 as a way to “recognize and showcase the work of professional theater companies and artists over the preceding year.”

The Northfield Senior Center is proud to offer a class taught by Brian Sostek, Creativity Training, for four consecutive Saturdays beginning October 17.  Click here for more information, or to REGISTER for this fun opportunity.

Brian Sostek leads Creativity Training Workshop

Saturdays, Oct 17 – Nov 7, 11a – 12:30p

This four-session workshop, specifically tailored for seniors, will employ Sossy Mechanics’ movement-based approach to “going out of your mind and back in again” to tap into each individual’s creativity as well as the even greater potential of the group.

Objectives may include, but will not be limited to, focusing on the moment, increasing blood flow to the body and the brain, developing productive self-criticism, solving world problems, creating ludicrous puppetry scenes, and coming up with our own Chindōgu. Ball balancing not required.

Leader: Brian Sostek of Sossy Mechanics

Cost: $60m/$72nm/$24 plat equiv    SIGN UP ONLINE, or in person at the Center

Drawing Class Starts Thurs., July 2

Thursdays 1 – 3 pm, Jul 2 – Aug 6 (6 wk)

This class will focus on and review fundamental drawing skills. We will explore line, shape, value, texture and composition. We will observe objects, nature and photographs. Each student will be guided to move to his or her next level of drawing and observation. Students at any skill level will benefit from the drawing exercises done in this class and also get useful feedback from the instructor and the group!   Materials list

Teacher – Kate Douglas
$72m/$96nm (Plat equiv, no fee)   SIGN UP ONLINE or in person at The Center


Sossy Mechanics Presents: Creativity

On June 11 at 10am Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan (Sossy Mechanics) will present “Are You Out of Your Mind?”  a combination performance/TED-type talk on the subject of creativity–they will be talking about creativity in general, as it applies to life, the arts, the sciences, politics, philosophy, etc., and using selections from their shows as examples.  There will be the usual dancing, ridiculous puppetry and interactive problem-solving.

$5 admission          Pre-register ONLINE or in person at The Center

Spring: Creative Opportunities at the Center

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).

New Class: Living Through Depression

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)

SIGN UP ONLINE or in person at the Center