Radio Dramedy Opens Tonight (Sat, April 30)

Two old time radio shows will be performed live by the Encore Players on the Sr Center Stage at 1651 Jefferson Pkwy.  One piece is Suspense: Sorry, Wrong Number, and the other is an episode of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel: The Prizefighter.  Linking the two shows is a series of (now funny) commercials of the 1940’s and 50’s.  Tickets to this show are just $10, adults and $5, children.  This event is open to the public, and would be enjoyed by all ages.  Performance times are Sat, April 30, 7pm, and Sun, May 1, 2pm.  Tickets are available at the Front Desk of the Center, online (Sat, Apr 30, 7pm OR Sun, May 1, 2pm), or at the door.

(Online purchase will be available until 2 hours before each performance)

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,

Calling All Gardeners!

Whether your thumb is green or you just like to enjoy the beautiful outdoors you are invited to join the Gardeners Group.  These wonderful volunteers help make our center a place of beauty and color every summer.  Come meet other gardeners, have fun in the sun and play in the dirt.  Our spring planning session and potluck will be Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 in the Senior Center Card Room. Please bring a dish to pass. RSVP to Chris Ellison at 664-3707 or email at

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


New Exhibit in the NSC Gallery

Allan J. Mathison, Paintings of the Woods

Feb 8 – Mar 13             OPENING RECEPTION, TUES, FEB 16, 4 – 6PM

Allan J. Mathison taught art for 33 years in Morris Area High School, and also for the University of Minnesota, Morris. On a part time basis, he also ran an art framing business, a sign painting business as well as painting and selling his art work. Allan moved to Northfield in 2001, and since then has had more time and has gained new perspectives which have taken his painting in new directions.
In a statement about his painting, Allan writes,
“Having lived on the prairie for most of my life, I have found my encounters with wooded areas both a treat to my eyes and a gift to my soul, so it is only natural that when searching for subjects to paint I find myself painting what delights my eyes and soul. Since I am more concerned about the spirit and mood of the painting than the actual realistic representation, I use the techniques, composition, and colors that I feel will give the woods such qualities as silence, joy, and pride… Dance, symphony, melody, conversation are a few of the words that are used in my titles as part of an experience that one might have when encountering the colors, smells, sounds and winds in the woods. To me the woods are always moving like the strokes of an artist’s brush — twisting, turning, leaning.”