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Hamlet Broadcast at the Weitz Center

Northfield Arts Town - 6 hours 8 min ago

Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production to cinemas around the world.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Sunday, November 8th, 2015
2:00 pm at the Weitz Center Cinema
320 Third Street East

 

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Mark your calendars!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:35pm
BREAKING NEWS on KYMN's Radio show "This Northfield Life" with hosts Corey Butler & Brad Ness!  Featured guest Library Director Teresa Jensen announced the GROUND BREAKING for the Library renovation project- September 16th at 4 pm at the Library 210 Washington Street, more details coming soon!
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Rotary Coghweel | 09.03.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:45pm

Today: Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Tate Running (8/30) and Judy Brown-Wescott (9/4)

Next Week: Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

Last Week:  

Rice County Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to provide stability for families and the community by providing affordable housing for families in need. Since its inception in 1991, the local nonprofit has built 40 homes. Dayna Norvold, executive director, is pleased to report that 37 of their partner families still live in their homes.

To qualify for a Habitat home, families must be willing partners, have the ability to support a mortgage and have a need. Dayna introduced us to Traci Morris and her family, partners for the home now being built in Dundas. The Morrises have a need.

Three of four Morris children have been born with a rare genetic condition called Hartsfield Syndrome. It interrupts brain development at critical junctures, leading to both mental and physical handicaps. One of their children, Jake, died from the syndrome last February. Tommy, 10, is confined to a wheel chair, and Colin, 1, has developmental issues. Their other son, Matt, is a healthy five-year old.

Traci said her children’s disabilities have been challenging. They are looking forward to moving to a home that is handicapped accessible. Presently, they are essentially living on one floor to accommodate Tommy’s mobility issues.

The new home will be a standard Habitat build, a three-bedroom rambler built to energy-efficient Silver LEED specifications with a bathroom on the first floor and egress windows in the basement. All Habitat homes are handicapped visitable, Dayna said, but this one will be handicapped accessible.

The new home will have wider doorways, a large handicapped accessible bathroom, a second bath downstairs and a track system that will help move Tommy and later his brother from room to room.  

“I think this is what Habitat for Humanity is made for,” Dayna said, “a community coming together to help a family in need.”

She thanked Rotary for its help providing volunteers for the build. She also said Habitat is always in need of financial support. For more information, go to: www.habitatricecounty.org.


Mini-Classification:

Jayne Hager Dee moved to Northfield in 1998 when she became Regional Director for the University of Minnesota’s Extension Service in Southern Minnesota. She retired in 2012 and is now involved in many civic activities. Besides being a member of Rotary, Jayne is president of the Northfield Community Action Center board, a member of the city Housing and Redevelopment Authority, an active member of WINGS, a member of Minnesota Public Radio’s advisory council, and she is fundraising for the Northfield City Library project.

Jayne does consulting work. She helped secure a grant for Action on Alzheimer’s, which will sponsor both an Alzheimer’s Walk September 27 and a community summit on Alzheimer’s November 10.  She and her husband have two grown children.


Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Our new exchange students: Nicole from Paraguay, Carson from Taiwan and Jose from Mexico; Gary Campbell, past District Governor (Halvorson); Brent Nystrom (Reese); Dan Knutson (Rich); Andy Goke (Knutson); Jose Dunn-Foster, Ed Marek and Natalie Cantbury (V. Dilley); Sarah Carlsen (Kallestad) and Alyssa Herzog Melby (Lorang).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Dr. Richardson I presume.

Announcements:

There are only a few volunteer spots left for the bike tour. Check with Jean Wakely if you can help the weekend of Defeat of Jesse James Days.

The skateboard park will have a grand opening Thursday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. at Old Memorial Field.  All are invited to hear Russ’s speech.

Rotary will sponsor an Ethics Workshop for select juniors and seniors from Northfield High School on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Community Resource Bank. We will need volunteers to help with the day-long event delivered by members of the Eagan Rotary Club. Talk to Scott Richardson if you are interested.

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas.  It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.  

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you can help.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

We will be hosting a friendship exchange group from Brazil for a few days beginning Sunday, Oct. 4. We need places for the five to stay.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)
September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)
October 1 — Mike Leming, Bereavement Process (Holden)
October 8 — Marlene Gargulak, District Governor (Cogan)

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"Livin' is Easy" Summer Happy Hour is Monday, August 31

League of Women Voters Northfield - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:33am

Hi there. It’s us again. Your local League of Women Voters - Northfield & Cannon Falls.

It’s summer time and the livin’ is easy. That means time to socialize. With us. Your local League. Did we say local?

We want you, members and non-members.

No worries. No cares. Just a nice night on a deck. Near water.

Please come to our happy hour at the Tavern Lounge Deck on August 31, anytime between 5 and 7 pm. The upstairs place. Not the downstairs place.

This will be fun. We promise. No work. No speeches. No duties. No buttons. No signs. Not this time. That is for fall. It is still summer. And the livin’ is easy.

Who are we? We are the League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls. We are your local League. We do good things. Like educate voters. Organize candidate forums. Get great grants. Give out cool buttons. Take a stand on issues. Invite smart speakers to town. All good stuff.

Want to read our full mission statement? Summarized in short form – educate yourself; play nice; advocate; be informed when you vote.

We are you, your neighbors, your friends, your mom, your dad, your son, your daughter. We come in all ages and all shapes and sizes. We are men, too. We have a dude on our board. This is not your grandmother’s league. This is your local league. Fighting for truth, justice and the American way.

Come on out. Deck. View. Smart people. Happy hour. August 31.

We think you might be interested in us. We are interested in you. Also, we want to hang out.

Here are the details:

  • What: A no pressure happy hour
  • Date: Monday, August 31, 5 pm to 7 pm.
  • Location: The Tavern Lounge – deck (upstairs)
  • RSVP: Nope. Just come.
  • Guests: Yup. Bring someone, or two or three someones.

Questions? Please ask them. bjflom@gmail.com

Sincerely, fondly and ever yours,

Bonnie Jean Flom,
Membership Committee Chair

Mary Carlsen
Membership Committee Member

Mary Hahn, Board President

Janet Petri,Membership Committee Member

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Sat, Aug 29 - Dundas 4, Cold Spring 3

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 9:13pm

Minnesota Class B State Tournament - 2nd Round

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0   4 4 2 Cold Spring 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0   3 8 2

W - Mathison (4-2)  L -  Femrite S - Ruud (3) HR - None
Full Box Score

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First TAB meeting of the new school year will be MONDAY, Sept. 14th.

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:08pm
We will meet at HOGAN BROTHERS in lovely downtown Northfield.  We will be discussing this summer's teen summer reading program and the library renovation progress. Everyone WELCOME!
7 pm!
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Thu, Aug 27 - Dundas 10, St. Michael 6

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:49pm

Minnesota Class B State Tournament - 1st Round

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 7   10 15 4 St. Michael 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0   6 11 4

W - Ruud (7-2)  L -  T. Enger HR - Mathison (1)
Full Box Score

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August 27, 2015 Newsletter

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:12am

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today: Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity (Hager-Dee)

Birthdays: Hannah Puczko (8/28)

Next Week: Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:
Chris Heineman, Community Development Director for the City of Northfield, has always had good feelings about water on the move. From his early years visiting a family hunting cabin on Gooseberry River to his current home in Red Wing and work in Northfield, rivers have been a theme that runs through his life.

He grew up in rural Forest Lake and counts the Upper St. Croix among his river refuges. He enjoyed the Thames in London during a global term while in college. He first kissed his wife on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, and now he lives near the Mississippi and thinks about the Cannon River most days at work.

Chris graduated from Bethel University and earned a masters degree from Hamline University. He has worked for the State Legislature, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, the Minneapolis City Planning Department, the City of Anoka, City of Lake City, the City of Kenyon and now Northfield.

During his career, he helped administer the Mighty Ducks program that leveraged $18.4 million of state money for a $122 million investment in 64 new sheets of ice and many renovations of existing ice. Working for Minneapolis, he was involved in neighborhood revitalization and coordination of the planning for parts of the light rail line that run along Hiawatha Avenue.

Now on his Northfield plate are the library project, the community solar project in the northwest corner of town, the sale of the armory and potential development around The Crossings.

A couple of years ago, Chris took a leave of absence and went with his wife and two children to Quzhou China. He calls it a ‘life-changing experience” for all of them.

Chris is chairing this year’s bike tour and he said now is the time to step up the promotion. The majority of our riders come from out of town and need to know about this exceptional ride. Brochures are available for distribution.


Mini-Classification:

Michelle Lasswell sees plenty of club member Brad Frago. They are partners in life and law. They share a law practice in Northfield and share two children, Christopher, 13, and Lauren, 10, who both play soccer and string instruments.

Michelle graduated in a class of 42 from Silver Lake High School, did her undergraduate work at St. Benedicts, and received her law degree from Drake University. She enjoys time with family and friends, journal writing, walking and biking. She is training for our 45-mile Outlaw route this year.

Brad encouraged her to join Rotary, and she has not been disappointed. They have been exchange counselors for six years. Michelle is currently our vice president.

Fun fact about Michelle: She has the distinction of having participated in a toilet bowl race. Who else can claim that notoriety?


Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Marion Arpin and Joseph Sidler, John Thomas, prospective member, and Jean Thares (Halverson); Tracy Fossum (J. Fossum),

Scholarship Enhancement: Tracy Fossum

Announcements:

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas. It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.

Volunteer opportunities for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour are going fast. See Jean Wakely if you want to help that weekend.

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you are interested.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

We will be hosting a friendship exchange group from Brazil for a few days beginning Sunday, Oct. 4. We need places for the five to stay.

Our program chair, Tim Madigan, will be teaching a course at Mankato State University this fall. It conflicts with our meetings, but he assures us he will continue coordinating our programs. If you have an idea, let him know.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)

October 1 — Mike Lemming, Bereavement Process (Holden)

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Learn to use the Northfield Public Library Catalog

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:02pm
Learn how to use the Northfield Public Library catalog  including requesting and renewing books, creating book lists and paying  fines at the Northfield Senior Center on  Wed. Sept. 23  11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Room 102-Computer Lab.   The class is free but registration is required.   Call the Senior Center to register at 664-3700. Deadline is Sept. 17.  Questions?  Call the Northfield Library at 507-645-6606.
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Save the Date

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:51pm

Please join us on Saturday, December 5th for our 20th Annual Gala at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College.

2015 Sponsorship Levels:

Gala Sponsor – $10,000 includes seating for 20 and ad in program and marquee placement in all ads

Platinum Sponsor – $2,500 includes seating for 10 and ad in program and premier placement in all ads

Gold Sponsor – $1,250 includes seating for 8 and listing in all ads

Silver Sponsor – $1,000 includes seating for 6 and listing in all ads

Bronze Sponsor – $750 includes seating for 4 and listing in all ads

Community Sponsor – $300 no seating

Individual Seat – $150

It is a wonderful evening including a social hour with appetizers and cash bar, silent auction, dinner with wine, Speakers including our own Executive Director, Sandi Gerdes, live and Fund-A-Cause auctions.  The Gala is limited to 300 guests and last year we experienced seating filling very quickly.  It is formal attire and black tie optional.

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16TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:51am
 The Anderson Center, along with the Red Wing Public Library and Mackin Educational Resources, will once again host the Annual Celebration of Minnesota Children’s Authors and Illustrators on September 19 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
Marking its 16th year, the event features a stellar line-up of Minnesota’s finest, award-winning authors and illustrators, including recently retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page. In his book, "Alan and His Perfectly Pointy, Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky," Page visits a grammar school class. A boy asks him: "What happened to your finger?" Page's left pinky is disfigured, jutting out at a 90-degree angle. He dislocated it during a game when he was a Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle. "The story is really a metaphor that we really do learn from each other and that even those children who sometimes seem to be doing things out of place -- it's not always a bad thing" says Page. In this heartwarming story by Alan and Kamie Page, with captivating artwork by David Geister, readers of all ages will delight in how one special boy finds something in common with a big man with an even bigger heart.
The day’s events all include book sales by Mackin Educational Resources, book signings and readings by authors, presentations and talks by illustrators, and bookmaking workshops for both children and parents. 
Other features include storytelling sessions with the Wonder Weavers at the top of the Tower View water tower, peach basket basketball with John Coy and the Red Wing YMCA, workshops with the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, music with Alphabits, and fun-filled family activities with Picture Window Books, Red Wing Arts Association, ArtReach, and many other local and regional organizations.  Also appearing will be the ever-popular balloon-artists Barbara Jazee and David Olson, Minnesota marble champion Tom Fletcher, and stilts with Barebones Puppet Company. 
Lunch, ice cream, and other refreshments will be available. This wonderful, one-of-a-kind event is free of charge and open to the public. 
A special thanks to the local businesses and individuals who so generously help fund this event.  For a complete listing of sponsors, visit our website http://andersoncenter.org/eventAuthorsIllustrators.html
2015 Authors and Illustrators
Aimee Bissonette, Cheryl Blackford, Cathy Camper, Laurie Caple, Rick Chrustowski, John Coy, Joy Dey, David Geister, Bruce Giebink, Molly Beth Griffin, Michael Hall, Beth Hautala, Bill Johnson, Nikki Morgan, Alan Page, Kamie Page, Margi Preus, Jane St. Anthony, Anna Skarie, Catherine Urdahl, Stephanie Watson, Teagan White. 
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On Stage Performance

Laura Baker Services Association - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:15pm

The LBSA choir provided a show stopping performance of several Broadway musicals at On Stage last Friday and Saturday. Check out our Facebook page for more photos.  A big shout out to Rachel Haider and Shari Setchell and our Music Therapy department: Jennifer Pellitier, Jamie Israelson and Joshua Richardson for a fantastic show. Thank you to all that attended.

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CONTEMPORARY WOMEN WRITERS BOOK GROUP

Northfield Reader's Corner - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:39am
                                                           



The Contemporary Women Writers Book Group began in January 2005 and has been meeting monthly for over 10 years.   The book group is led by me,  Joan Ennis, Reference Librarian,  at the Northfield Public Library.  We meet the third Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 pm  We usually meet in the library meeting room, but we are temporarily meeting at All Saints Church on the corner of Washington and 5th Street until the library is reopens after construction.  About ten members were the first members of the group, many of whom are still vital members.  Over the years, many new members have joined.  We usually have eight to ten people at a meeting.  Some members come very regularly and some attend sporadically, depending on other events in their busy schedule.
We select books with enough copies in the SELCO system for the group.  I will request copies for members if they ask me, or members can request their own copies.

How do we select titles?  Everyone is encouraged to suggest titles.  For each suggestion, I check the number of copies available.  I email a list of suggestions to all members and ask for feedback, and then we discuss titles at a meeting.
We begin each meeting with  background material on the author and the book, and begin the discussion.  Everyone contributes to the discussion. 
We meet every month, and in December, we have a holiday gathering at a member's home.
A few years ago we began a fun activity.  For each book we read, we think of what the main characters would want for a holiday gift!  It's a fun way to review the books for the year.

Last week we choose titles for the next twelve months.  The titles are:

September 2015   The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit
October 2015       A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman
November 2015   All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
December 2015   Holiday gathering
January 2016       The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
February 2016     The Children Act by Ian McEwan
March 2016         A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
April 2016           Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
May 2016            To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
June 2016            The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi
July 2016             The Turtle Warriors by Mary Relindes Ellis
August 2016        The Arsonist by Sue Miller.

The group is ALWAYS open to new members.  If you have questions about the group or want to be on the email list, please contact me at 645-1802, or joan.ennis.ci.northfield.mn.us
    
 
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Fri, Aug 21 - Miesville 4, Dundas 3 (11 inn.)

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 5:38pm

Section 1B - Seed Game

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11   R H E Dundas 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   3 7 2 Miesville 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   4 7 0

W - Werner  L - Samuels 
Full Box Score

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September newsletter

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 9:23am


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Wed, Aug 19 - Dundas 11, Elko 2

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:50pm

Section 1B - Semifinals -  Best of Three - Game Two - Dundas wins series 2-0

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Elko 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0   2 10 2 Dundas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   11 14 0

W - Luedtke (3-0)  L - Brekke HR - Loos (1), C. Jones (2)
Full Box Score

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Newsflash! Due to wet conditions at Way Park BOOKS & STARS will be at ODDFELLOWS PAVILION!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 8:48am
Tonight's Books & Stars will be at our rain site! Oddfellows Pavilion is on Forest Ave right next to Three Links Care Center.  Booker opens at 6:30 the show with PATCHOULI begins at 7 pm.
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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.20.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:16am

Today: Chris Heineman, Director of Community Development for the City of Northfield, Classification (Rich)

Birthdays: Tim Madigan (8/16), Hao-Hsuan Hsia (8/20) and Craig Ellingboe (8/22)

Next Week: Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity (Hager-Dee)

Welcome:

Three members of this year’s inbound exchange class are with us today. They are: Nicole Blaires-Choler from Paraguay, Hao-Hsuan Hsia from Taiwan and Jose Martinez Maza from Mexico. Please give them a warm Northfield Rotary welcome. Two more students will join us in January.

Last Week:  Alyssa Herzog Melby is the new executive director Northfield Arts Guild (NAG). Her presence is part of an effort to revitalize an organization that has promoted the arts and served the community since 1959.

NAG’s vision for the future is growth, awareness and connection, Alyssa said.

The organization has been restructured to better focus on its core service areas.

Membership is growing. Volunteer participation is on the rise, and new partnerships are being developed with community organizations such as the Y, community education and the senior center.

Alyssa grew up on the Montgomery/Lonsdale area. She was involved in the arts as a child, participating in theater and dance, and playing the tuba. She attended high school at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, received her BA in theater at University of Minnesota Morris and then her MA in Arts Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  

She started her career as a “teaching artist” in the schools. She worked for Americorps as a reading coach and also served as Director of Education at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

NAG serves 30,000 people annually.  Its community theater produces five shows each year.  It sponsors the Riverfront Arts Festival at Defeat of Jesse James Days.  It supports five gallery sites around town – the main gallery, member gallery, “up” gallery, Allina gallery, Archer House gallery.  The gift shop is consignment based and membership will be required September 1 to sell in the shop.

Music is an important component of NAG’s programming. Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is a part of the NAG.  NAG also sponsors the 411 Concert Series of folk musicians.

NAG supports birth-adult arts education.  It offers non-competitive, non-performance based dance classes which emphasis personal growth and development.  Alyssa is especially proud of NAG’s specialty classes such as Autism & the Arts.  

Sixty percent of NAG’s revenue is earned income, fees or ticket sales. Forty percent comes from donations or grants.  

NAG acquired its first property, now the theater at 411 Third Street, in 1961.  The City of Northfield sold them the former YMCA/City Hall building in downtown Northfield for $1 in 1988.


Mini-Classification:
Mark Gleason is Director of Corporate Foundation Relations at Carleton College.  Essentially, he seeks grants to fund college initiatives. One example is providing grants to support  international students.


Paul Harris Fellows
Rick Estenson received his Paul Harris + 2 pin, and Chris Weber received his Paul Harris + 3 pin.
Congratulations and thanks for your commitment to the Paul Harris Foundation.


Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Scholarship Enhancement:  Steve Underdahl

Announcements:

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks. Jean Wakely is looking for volunteers to help sell tickets.  

Members are invited to attend the NAG Art & Ale fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 29, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Arts Guild.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

  • September 3 — Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)
  • September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)
  • September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)
    September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)
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GO SET A WATCHMAN - A REVIEW

Northfield Reader's Corner - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:56pm


                                


Two weeks ago I wrote that I was glad that Go Set A Watchman was published, although I had not yet read the book.  I had read a number of reviews stating that maybe the book by Harper Lee should not have been published, and To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic published 55 years ago, should stand as her only published work.
I just finished reading Go Set a Watchman and I feel strongly that the book should have been published.  It is an excellent book on its own.  Go Set a Watchman is set in 1955, at the time  it was written.  Jean Louise returns to Maycomb, Alabama from New York to visit her family.  She has always flown, but this year she takes the train, partly because she doesn't want her father to drive to the airport.  It will be much easier for her father to pick her up at the train station, instead of the airport. Atticus has rheumatoid arthritis and it is hard for him to drive and get around.  We see Atticus' physical frailty at the beginning of the book, and by the end, we see his emotional and spiritual frailties.
Jean Louise has a difficult time when she returns home.  The South has changed.  More importantly, she sees the flaws in the family and friends she grew up with and thought she knew well.  She sees prejudice in the South that she didn't understand before.  Jean Louise deals with her discomfort by remembering times and events in her past when she felt happy and safe.  Thus, the novel gives flashbacks to Jean Louise' childhood.
Harper Lee wrote this novel in the mid 1950's, at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.
I think her novel was ahead of its time for the South.  The author, and therefore Jean Louise,  understand the discrimination of and prejudice against the black population that many southerners consider the norm.  When the book was accepted by a publisher in 1957, Harper Lee was told to rewrite it in Scout's past, from her point of view.  Thus, To Kill a Mockingbird was written, which became a bestseller and has become a classic.  To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930's.
I am speculating that a book set in the South during the 1930's was easier for the public to accept in the 1950's  than a book set in the current turbulent times in the South. 
Why did Harper Lee chose to publish Go Set A Watchman after all these years?  We will probably never know the answer to that question.  Why did she not publish it sooner?  Perhaps she felt that this book could never reach the popularity and acclaim of To Kill a Mockingbird, especially after it was made into a Academy Award winning movie.  Perhaps she didn't want to change the image of Atticus Finch who became a classic American icon, especially after he was played by Gregory Peck in the movie.  Go Set a Watchman shows Atticus as a complete human being with strengths and faults.
I am glad the it was published this year.  It will change the teaching of To Kill a Mockingbird and the understanding of Jean Louise and Atticus.
Read the book and let me know what you think!

      
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