Peter Pan at Arcadia: May 8-10

Peter Pan posterArcadia Charter School Presents: Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9, 7:00 PM, and Saturday, May 10, 2:00 PM

An adaptation of the J. M. Barrie story by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, who adapted Les Miserables for the stage. This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Capt. Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and, of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land. However, for the first time, the play is here restored to Barrie’s original intentions. In a whimsical, ambiguous and ironical manner, he speaks here as clearly to adults as he does to children. This piece is performed in a playful, storytelling fashion from beginning to end, including Barrie’s heartbreaking and heartwarming conclusion to Peter and Wendy’s story.

Tickets: $6 for Adults, $4 for Students. Performances at Arcadia Charter School, 1719 Cannon Road, Northfield. For more information call 663-8806, extension 212.


Celebrate HealthFinders Collaborative at their annual fundraising SPRING FORWARD gala -- this Friday night at The Grand!

HealthFinders Collaborative invites the public to their annual fundraising SPRING FORWARD gala, this Friday, April 25, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.

There will be a silent auction and social hour from 6-7:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 7:45 (along with live music by Parker Ousely and friends). Dinner is followed by a short presentation from 8:45-9 p.m., and then take part in a live auction led by auctioneer Ed Kuhlman and emceed by KYMN radio host Jeff Johnson.


Carleton Hosts Talk by Lead Architect of Sacramento Kings’ New Sustainable Arena

Rob Rothblatt, Carleton Class of 1983

Rob Rothblatt, Carleton Class of 1983 and lead architect at AECOM, will speak about designing the new sustainable arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team on Thursday, April 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Meeting Room (236). Entitled “Sacramento Kings: A Sustainable NBA Arena for the Endless Frontier,” Rothblatt’s presentation is free and open to the public.

AECOM is an international firm with a mission “to create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.” Today, listed on Fortune 500 as one of America’s largest companies, AECOM's talented employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — now serve clients in more than 150 countries around the world. 


World-renowned Chinese Performers Present an Evening of Traditional Music and Ancient Kunqu Opera at Carleton College

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World-renowned Chinese actors and musicians will present a not-to-be-missed evening of traditional music and ancient Chinese Kunqu opera on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. The performance will feature superstar Kunqu opera actress Shen Yi-Li from Shanghai, accompanied by top professional performers of Chinese traditional instruments: Chen Tao (Dizi), Liu Li (Guqin), Xia Wenjie (Erhu), Gao Hong (Pipa), and Huang Shirong (Drum). This very special event is free and open to the public.

“It is such a rare opportunity to see Kunqu performed in Northfield,” says Gao Hong, world-class pipa player and director of Carleton’s acclaimed Chinese music ensemble. “I really hope people attend this amazing event.”


Grand Ol’ Summer: Activities for Kids and Their Grandparents!

Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center are teaming together this summer to offer a chance for kids and their grandparents to spend some fun time together.  We’ve got several activities for you to choose from during the months of July and August.


Great Northfield, Minn. Book Raid coming

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 53rd annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid Tuesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 26, at the Northfield Ice Arena.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 23 - April 25; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Friday all books are 50 percent off. Saturday morning is the bag sale ($5 per bag) from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. all remaining books are free.

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s Book Fair has developed a time-tested formula for success --- great books, great prices and a great deal of community pride. After half a century of book fairs, the event has become a seasonal marking point, one of Northfield’s signature events. It is an example of a community acting on its best instincts, promoting literacy, voluntarism, recycling and reuse, all in service to community health improvement.


Monarchs and Friends at the Library

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Library Hosts Monarch Butterfly Expert, April 29

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library invite you to hear Nancy Schumacher of the plant nursery “The Vagary” to talk about the decline of the Monarch Butterfly and how plantings of native nectar plants can benefit butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Her illustrated talk will be held in the meeting room at the public library on Tuesday, April 29 from 7 to 8 PM. 


New Language Resource at the Northfield Public Library

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Learning a new language couldn't be easier with our new Transparent Language Online. The resource is free with your library card and available 24/7. Or download the mobile app for IOS and Android devices and learn on the go!

Features:

* 80+ languages

* Proficiency Tests

* Vocabulary Lists

* Beginner English for speakers of 24 languages

* Choice to write or speak answers


Community Services summer brochure arriving in your mailbox this weekend!

Community Services summer 2014 brochure

Start planning your summer schedule with Northfield Public Schools Community Services. The Northfield Public Schools Community Services summer brochure will arrive in mailboxes starting this weekend and online registration opens on Friday, April 18.  There are many new classes as well as old favorites to choose from.  

Adult class highlights include: Pickleball, Learn to Sail at Lake City Yacht Club Sailing School, Tae Kwon Do for Adults, Beginning Belly Dance, Family Tennis Fun, Aqua Zumba, an Introduction to Fly Fishing, a gourmet cake-baking class for special occasions, Beginner American Sign Language, an Introduction to Local Medicinal Herbs, a Canine Good Citizen dog-training class as well as a series of personal finance classes related to Social Security, retirement and college funding and planning.


Poetry Reading: Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy

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Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street).  Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing. 

In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.


"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26

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Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!

Saturday, April 26

9 a.m. - Noon
Bridgewater Elementary
401 Jefferson Parkway


Beverly Bell to Discuss Effects of Responses to Haiti Earthquake, April 21

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Beverly Bell will speak about her recent book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide. The book illustrates how the earthquake compounded pre-existing socio-economic injustices in Haiti. It sheds light on how the exploitative doctrine of “disaster capitalism” has driven the international response to the quake. And perhaps most importantly, it highlights the work grassroots actors are undertaking to resist this influence and define a future based on domestic priorities, rather than imported (and imposed) ones.


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

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:


Columnist Lori Sturdevant to Speak In Northfield

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant will speak about her recent book Her Honor:  Rosalie Wash and the Minnesota Women’s Movement on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center.  Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey.

A 1967 graduate of William Mitchell Law School, Wahl was the first woman named to the Minnesota State Supreme court, appointed in 1977 by then Governor Rudy Perpich. She is credited with influencing how her fellow justices saw the cases they decided. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl, documenting societal challenges faced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.  


Northfield Historical Society Honors Two Volunteers

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Former board member Judy Sosted and Northfield High School Junior Erin Hahn will be recognized as Volunteers of the Year at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer night.

Executive director Hayes Scriven notes that since 1981, Judy has served in many capacities including a docent on the Posse and working in the store. She has also volunteered for alumni-related tasks at her alma mater, Carleton College, and at the Norwegian-American Historical Society at St. Olaf College.

Erin became involved in eighth grade as a participant in the SCOPE program. She helped write the textbook Our Storythat has since become part of the Northfield School District’s third grade curriculum. This is her fourth year on the Posse and also works in the store. She plans to continue her volunteer work as long as she lives in Northfield.


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