Skatepark Update: Benefit Concert and Design Meetings

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A lot has happened on the skatepark front in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.

You can find photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalition raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through GiveMN.org in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring. You can donate to the Skateboard Coalition through GiveMN.org, or by sending a check made out to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS  128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line).


Jesse James Film Festival Begins July 31

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The Northfield Historical Society and Carleton College are teaming up this year to host the inaugural Jesse James Film Festival starting July 31. All showings will be in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and will free and open to the public (donations appreciated).

“The NHS wanted to find a way to show these movies on the big screen,” says board chair Christian Hakala. “With the exception of the Brad Pitt movie, I’m not sure that many people in town have seen these films in a movie theater.” And of course there was special interest in creating some nostalgia with the presentation of a Roy Rogers double-feature. “With Carleton College graciously agreeing to host,” adds Hakala, “we jumped at the chance to offer this summer event to the community.”

Five films were chosen for the festival because of their depictions of the famous attempt by the James-Younger Gang to rob Northfield’s First National Bank in 1876:


Musical Duo Bobby and Christine at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 26

On Saturday, July 26 Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland, a duet of two voices and one guitar. Their musical sets feature well-known Americana songs, some instrumental picking originals, lots of harmonies and pleasing arrangements.  They play a wide array of ballads and livelier songs from Louis Armstrong to Pete Townshend, from Woody Guthrie to the Beatles. Bobby adores the Grateful Dead, and if Christine had her way the Indigo Girls would be a trio.  Riverwalk Market Fair runs from 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays through October in Northfield's Bridge Square and features local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.    


Vintage Band Festival Aug. 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival Aug. 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated. 

The schedule for Aug. 2 is as follows:

·         9am     New Prague Area Community Band

·         10am   Bridge Square Band

·         11am   Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

·         12pm   “Swing and a Miss”


Concert for the Northfield Skateboard Park

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Come down to The Key on July 27th to enjoy performances by BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters; and great times hosted by the Northfield Skateboard Coalition! The proceeds will go towards building a skatepark in Northfield. Whether you're a skater or not, come down to The Key and support a skatepark for the youth of Northfield! The Concert for the Northfield Skatepark will get upderway at 3:00 p.m. 

The Skateboard Coalition will be selling t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. All proceeds will go towards funding the construction of the skatepark.

To make a donation to the Skateboard Coalition, go to our GiveMN.org page, or send a check to Northfield HCI 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS128 Northfield, MN 55057. Write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line. 


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (July 14, 2014)

A week late, here's the video from the regular school board meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014. 


City Council Candidate Forum - July 30 at City Hall

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Make an informed choice in the August 12th Primary Election:   Come to the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters!  All At Large and Ward One Candidates have been invited to participate in a Forum on Wednesday, July 30th, in Council Chambers at City Hall.  It will begin at 6:00 pm with the candidates for the At Large position on the Council.  Invited candidates are: Jon Dennison, Dale Gehring, Rhonda Pownell, and Nika Sharp.  At 7:00 pm, the candidates for First Ward Councilor are invited to participate.  Invited candidates are:  Jeremy Bishop, Joe Gasior, and Suzie Nakasian.


Brazilian Jazz comes to WAY PARK for this week's Books & Stars Wed. July 23!

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Join Xibaba  (She-ba-ba) for a time to dance to sound of Brazilian Jazz!

This band blends the tropical sounds of bossa nova, samba, baião, forro, frevo, chorinho & partido alto. http://miratomkehoe.com/ 

The show begins at 7 pm. Booker the book bus opens at 6:30.

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forrest Ave & Lincoln St.

Check for updates at 507-645-6606, Facebook and at www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com

Books & Stars is made possible by : The Friends and Foundation of the Library, City of Northfield– Library, Northfield School District– Community Services Division and a Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative    appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Be part of the FIRST-EVER Northfield Safety Camp!

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Here is your chance to get hand-on safety knowlege and experiences from safety professionals!  It's a 4 day- long day camp at Bridgewater School.  The details can be found here.  It's $40 for the whole four days or $15 per/day and is for kids going into 3rd through 8th grades.   
*safety on wheels!
*animal safety
*water, boating and ATV safety
*AED training
*first aid!
*internet safety
*Anti-Bullying techniques
*Stranger Danger
*Drug resistance training!
AND MORE!!
You will play fun games, get a T-shirt, listen to stories read by Northfield & Rice County Safety Professionals and Booker the Book Bus will be there for you to check out/return library materials!  Try out the new GAGA Pit!
 
All ending with a COMMUNITY SAFETY NIGHT!

Pediatric pulmonologist services at FamilyHealth

Paolo Pianosi, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist from Mayo Clinic, now sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Northfield.

Dr. Pianosi offers expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with breathing disorders and lung diseases. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Outreach.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Dr. Pianosi’s practice expands the scope of services offered by FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.


Welcome to the City of Northfield, Nick Haggenmiller!

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City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller’s employment agreement was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Nick’s first day of employment is Monday, August 18, 2014.  Starting on August 18th allows two weeks of transition time with current City Administrator Tim Madigan.  City Administrator Madigan gave a 6-month retirement notice to the City in February 2014.  

Nick is coming to Northfield from the City of Howard Lake, Minnesota, where he has been employed for the past 2 years as City Administrator.  Prior to that, he was an Assistant City Manager for Community Development in Montevideo, Minnesota. 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science – Public administration from Winona State University (Cum Laude) and Master of Art - Urban Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato (Magna Cum Laude).


WINGS Honors 2014 Grant Recipients

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2014 grant recipients at a celebration Thursday at Buntrock Commons.

About 60 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 22 organizations that received $74,964 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to the Healthy Community Initiative on behalf of the Community School Advisory Council, which will be used to convert Greenvale Park Elementary School into a community school.

WINGS focuses its giving in four areas: Basic needs, especially programs that provide housing, food and economic stability and safe environments for victims of domestic violence; Education, including early learning, out-of-school programs and adult education; Physical and mental health, especially programs that promote access to healthcare and healthy behaviors; and Entrepreneurship, including access to micro-loans, networking, technical assistance and mentoring.


Let's ROCK THE POOL! Books & Stars will be at the OUTDOOR POOL! Wed. July 16th

The original members of the CASTAWAYS- and they are still together and rockin' for all these years!

The Castaways return!! Their fast-paced and versatile songs will be "Rockin' the Pool" July 16th! Their music ranges from pop and album artists, classic rock, mood-setting ballads and the best of 50’s and 60’s favorites including their 1965 hit song “Liar, Liar”

 Includes FREE admission to the pool from 6-8.

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forrest Ave & Lincoln St. Check for updates at 507-645-6606, Facebook and at www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com 

Books & Stars is made possible by : The Friends and Foundation of the Library, City of Northfield– Library, Northfield School District– Community Services Division and a Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.


Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair Features Minnesota Skyvault Theater

Skyvault Theater of Rochester performs music and scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream at Saturday's Riverwalk.

Look for an energetic and talented youth theater company performing scenes and music from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, turned wood vases and bowls by David Peterson, sweet and savory pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats, seasonal local produce, and the area’s finest art and craft at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, July 12 from 9 am to 1 pm in Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square.

The Saturday Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes Rochester’s Skyault Theater with scenes and music from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Kids will be invited to participate in dancing and singing.


Salvage. Auto Art by Corrie Erickson

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"Salvage" is an art exhibition featuring recent oil paintings by local artist Corrie Erickson. The theme of the series is older American cars, exposed to the elements in rural areas. Local tattoo shop High Noon Ink, located at 306 Division in downtown Northfield, will be the hosting venue. No need to get a tattoo or piercing (though you're more than welcome to), just stop on in and enjoy some art and check out the tattoo shop voted 'Best Tattoo Shop in Southern MN' for 2013!

 

Salvage. Auto Art by Corrie Erickson

Saturday, July 12, 2014 @5pm

High Noon Ink, 306 Division St

Downtown Northfield

 

Free Admission


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