Once again, the Friends of Way Park are asking for your support during Minnesota's annual Give To The Max Day event.
The "Great Minnesota Give Together" is this Thursday, Nov. 14, and a city-wide Northfield Gives event will take place at the Grand Event Center from 5-9pm. Please join us to celebrate Northfield nonprofits and increase FWP's chance to win some local "Golden Tickets." If you can't attend, please remember FWP in your online giving that day at home or work.
It's time once again for our annual Pumpkin Fest in Way Park! Please join your friends and neighbors for a festive fall celebration on Saturday, October 26 from 5:00–7:30 pm.
A wall of pumpkins will be lit around six o’clock. Families can carve pumpkins they bring to the event, or bring their pumpkins already carved. “We have some very creative pumpkin carvers every year,” said Michelle Martin, a volunteer with the event, “It’s amazing what people come up with.”
Kids (and adults) are encouraged to parade their costumes at six. Free face painting will be available throughout the event, and music will be provided by kid fiddlers and the Arcadia Charter School drum group. The Friends of Way Park will also provide caramel and apples to much on. A bonfire will light the night, and glow-in-the-dark tag will be added to the fun this year.
Volunteers from Transition Northfield will be on hand to help people compost their pumpkin parts and answer questions about the composting pilot being run in the neighborhood.
Please join us on the next four Saturdays as we host Yoga in the Park! Here are the details:
When: Saturdays, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 (Oct. 19 is the rain date), from 10-11am
Where: Way Park amphitheater on south end of park
What to bring: Water bottle, yoga mat if you have one (we have a small set of yoga mats available as needed)
Instructor: Melissa Sharpe, licensed yoga instructor and west side resident
Cost: FREE—It doesn't get better than that!
Childcare: On the playground, with two childcare providers—also FREE!
We have this opportunity thanks to the Healthy Activitiy Grant we received through Allina's Neighborhood Health Connection program. Our first two sessions in August brought together approximately 40 people each week, young & old, from the east and west sides of town. Melissa has done a wonderful job of incorporating connection—to self, to neighbor, to nature—into this practice of yoga.
Thanks to all the enthusiastic participants of our first two sessions of yoga in the park! There's still plenty of time to join us: the sessions resume on September 21, and take place the following three Saturdays from 10–11 am.
Classes run from 10–11am on the following mornings:
Rain date: October 19
Free childcare will be provided for children who do not want to participate. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Some mats will be available for newcomers. The classes are open to the entire Northfield community and will be appropriate for all levels. If you would prefer to use a chair for yoga, please bring your own.
The grant focuses on two items: physical activity and fostering neighborhood connections. We can't wait to see everyone there!