Classes & Talks

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 Swenson 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 program 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 Topic: Immigration

Tuesday, Nov 24, 10 – 11:30am

Presenters will be Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak, St. Olaf Political Science professor, and Marie Gery, who has worked with recent immigrants from Mexico.  Katherine will give an overview of immigration historically and how it is treated in many countries; Marie will share personal experiences in working with immigrants, and will talk about the return of the Sanctuary Movement.

Fee: $3    SIGN UP ONLINE, or register at the Front Desk on Tues. morning

Hot Topic: Homelessness

Wed, Nov 12, 10 – 11:30

Presenters: Herb Frey, retired Exec. Director of Alliance Housing in Minneapolis, and Sybil Betsinger, who works for the Northfield Community Action Center.

Herb Frey worked to solve problems of homelessness in Minneapolis for over 25 years.  He will talk about the causes of homelessness, and “how we can end it, if we want to.”  Sybil Betsinger will informa us about homelessness in the greater Northfield area.

Living Well at Home

Tuesday, October 28, 10:00-11:30

Free and open to the public

Do you want to remain in your own home as you grow older?  Learn how to assess personal risk factors and actions you can take now to make it possible to live at home successfully and safely for years to come.  Presented by the Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging.




Why Wills Don’t Work (On Their Own)

Wed, Oct. 15, 10-11:30A

Most of us have a will (or know we should.) but a will is not enough if you want to insure that your assets are distributed as you intend. Learn about the importance of ownership and beneficiary designations on your assets, whether you need to worry about estate tax, and how to manage your assets in case of incapacity.  Attorney Jacqui Dorsey will explain wills, revocable living trusts, letters of instruction and durable financial power-of-attorney forms.
Presenter: Jacqui Dorsey
Cost: $6 Please preregister   Register ONLINE or by phone, or in person at the Center.

Tap Dance Classes Start Sept 11

The Arts Guild and Senior Center are again collaborating in offering Teen/Adult Tap on Thursdays, this fall 5 – 6pm, in the NAG Dance Studio.  Kathleen Pender is teaching this energetic class which explores the basics of tap.  Cost: $50 for each 4-week session to members of either organization.

($26 to NSC Platinum, SS, or S&F+ level members)

Register on-line through the Senior Center (CLICK HERE) or through the Arts Guild (CLICK HERE), or in person at either place.