We Host 7th Annual Table Tennis Tournament

Saturday, May 7, at the Northfield Middle School, 9am – 5 pm.  For the seventh year Senior Center volunteers have organized a ping pong tournament for all ages.  Players come from Rochester, the Twin Cities, Mankato, and the Northfield area.  The ages of players has ranged from 7 to 87.  The event is free and open to the public…a fun and interesting competition for the whole family to watch.

Our Softball Season has Begun!

Our softball group – both men and women – have started their regular practices, every Monday and Thursday morning, starting at 9 am.  ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE FUN! The group meets at Sechlar Field near the pavilion.  It’s a great way to enjoy the out-of-doors and stay fit while playing a sport.  Questions? Contact the “team manager” Curt Johnston,

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


Registration Now Open for 7th Annual Table Tennis Tournament

The Northfield Senior Center is again sponsoring an “open, friendly, and non-sanctioned” table tennis tournament for players (men & women) of all ages…

Saturday, May 7…

Featuring a choice of 3 Singles Events (9:00 AM) and a choice of 3 Doubles Events (12:30 PM)…

Plus, a Seniors Singles Event (60+ by Dec. 31, 2016) at 2:00 PM for players not playing or advancing to single eliminations in the 6 main events…

See attached entry form for tournament details

~~~Don Diehl, Tournament Coordinator

Tournament Committee:  Tom Brawley, Judeen Brown, Patsy Dew, Russ Margulies, and Craig Swenson

For more information, you may contact Don Diehl directly, by email or by phone 612-810-5527


The Northfield of Dreams Wins Game on July 21

On Tuesday, July 21 , The Northfield of Dreams Senior softball team
traveled to Cannon Falls for a game against The Cannon Falls Boomers.

Northfield took 11 solid ball players, a rookie manager, and its number one fan
to Cannon Falls for the show down.

Northhfield’s line-up looked like this:

Tom Brawley pitching
Deborah Martin catching
Bill Johnson at first base
Joy Bussert at second
Brian Barnes at third
Dave Morrison, shortstop
Harley Tate in left Field
Paul Kluge in short Left
Gary Kruse, left center field
Dick Johnson in right center field, and
Larry Anderson in right field
Curt Johnston managed the team, and Northfield’s number one fan and team favorite,
Sherry Hardy cheered the team on.

At the end of the day, Northfield prevailed 17-6 behind a solid all around team effort.

Tom Brawley pitched the complete game without giving up a walk.  Tom kept the game
moving nicely, steadily throwing strikes inning after inning. Big Bill Johnson led the team at the plate with a towering home run blast in his first at bat, clearing the fence by maybe a foot.  After his first at bat heroics Bill continued to put in strong at bats, hitting the ball hard all day. Defensive stand out Gary Kruse turned in another gold glove performance in left center field, making several fine plays.

Northfield returns to action, Tuesday, July 28 at 10AM against Faribault in Faribault’s
North Alexander Park.

You only get old when you quit playing.  So, big, big thanks to the Northfield Senior Center
for sponsoring this opportunity for us to keep playing.

Fitness Orientations for June

For the month of June, you may drop in to the Fitness Center to learn about how to use the new machines at these times each week:
Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 am Nancy Nieman

Wednesdays 8 am to 9 am Kyle Nelson

9 am to 10 am Kyle Nelson

Thursdays   5 to 6 pm Kyle Nelson

No registration needed during the month of June.  In July, orientations will offered less often, and registration through the receptionist will again be required.

Prizes Awarded on Health & Fitness Day

The Center was buzzing last week when we celebrated the Opening of our newly remodeled Fitness Center.  The lobby was full all day long, and many registered for a chance to win door prizes.  Here is the list of winners and the prizes they won:

Fit Desk – Kathryn Clements

Pedometers – Roxy Bauman and Gordon Kelley

Gift Cards – John Cromer, Joyce Mokoff, Sharon Whelan, Don Diehl

1/2 hour of Personal Training – Bev Watson, Harry Thorman, Patricia Smith

T-Shirts – Jerry Hankins, Sharon bunton, Cindy Hausmann, Don Eide, Mikey Koester

108 Played in our 6th Annual Table Tennis Tournament

Our May 2 Table Tennis Tournament drew players from as far away as Duluth.  The 108 participants included men and women, young and older (the age range was 7 to 79).  Daniel Tran, the 7-year old, was the gold medal winner of the most popular singles event, the U1000 event, and along with his father, Hoang Tran, was the gold winner of the most popular doubles event, the U1900 event.