Earth Day Planned for April 18

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Mark your calendar for the Northfield community celebration of Earth Day, Saturday April 18th.  There will be a full day of free Skill-Sharing Workshops at the First UCC Church from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a Community Potluck and Soup Supper, with Earthly Exhibitors at Carleton’s Weitz Center, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

To kick off the day, on Friday evening, April 17th, from 5-7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Northfield Community Solar.

Among the Saturday activities there will be goat cheese making, clothes mending, info about creating a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself and many more!

Registration starts March 17 at: www.transitionnorthfield.org. 


City of Northfield Staff Receive Minnesota Concrete Council Award

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The City of Northfield received the 2014 Pavements Award for the Riverview Drive Reclamation Project at the Minnesota Concrete Council's annual awards event. This award is presented for cast-in-place concrete parking lots and local streets under 5,000 square yards in area. This project was a great example of a partnership to improve an extremely deteriorated pavement. The event was held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, MN.


Hike the Superior Hiking Trail!

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Richard Collman will take you on a hike of the Superior Hiking Trail on Tuesday, March 3 at 7-8 PM at the Northfield Public Library meeting room.  Wear your hiking boots!

Note: This will be the last public event at the library before the meeting room is converted to a storage space in anticipation of the library renovation and relocation of services and staff to City Hall later in the spring.  


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network - Join us Monday, March 2nd 6:00 pm

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community - Supporting our local veterans

Call to Action:  Join us for our Kick-Off Event, When:  Mon March 2nd 6:00-8:30 pm at the National Guard Armory

What is a Yellow RibbonCommunity?

A Yellow Ribbon Community unites key areas within a community to create a comprehensivenetwork that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of creating access toresources that meet the needs at the local level of Service Members, Veterans and Military Families across the state ofMinnesota.

Why Become a Yellow Ribbon Community?


Kids’ Obstacle Course Event on Saturday

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Do you love physical challenges? Does U.S. history fascinate you? Then this Saturday’s Kids’ Obstacle Course event being held at the High School gym at 4 – 5:30 p.m. is a perfect opportunity to participate in these activities surrounded by a positive atmosphere. Kids will roll, climb, scoot, hula-hoop, and more, as well as answer fun quiz questions about the United States.

This multi-age interactive event will help build confidence in kids, encouraging them to try new things even if they look hard at first. The challenges are there to help build stamina and resilience while being supportive of each other. Children 4-9 years old and their families are recommended to attend this fun-filled event. Small prizes will be earned as kids move their way through the course.


Jay Ungar and Molly Mason performing with the CVRO March 8

CVRO with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason March 8

The 2014-15 season of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) marks the 35th anniversary of the orchestra. The third concert of this celebratory year, Americana: Traditional Fiddling Spectacular will take place Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. This single performance will be in the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium beginning at 3:30. The concert will feature internationally renowned folk musicians Molly Mason and Jay Ungar. Advance reservations for tickets can be made online at www.cvrorchestra.org, or by calling 507-645-8877.  Suggested donation is $25 for adults and $10 for students and children.


New Exhibit to be Unveiled at City Hall

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Philip Spensley, chair of he city’s Arts and Culture Commission, announces that this coming Friday there will be an artist reception in conjunction with the opening of the second professional artist's art exhibit in the main corridor of City Hall. Jill Ewald, Arts and Culture Commission member, is the curator.  A new schools art installation will also be on display on the second floor.  

Northfield City Council has embraced the promotion of artists who reside in the Northfield Area, and the beautification of the City through art in public places. As part of this, the renovation of City Hall included creating a gallery atmosphere in both levels of City Hall: professional artists show their work on the first floor and student work is on display on the 2nd floor. Both shows rotate. The second professional Show will open this Friday, Feburary 27, from 4-6 in City Hall. Snacks will be provided.


Safe Roads, Strong Communities Draws a Crowd

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A large crowd gathered at St. Dominic Church Sunday to talk about the need for legislation allowing everyone to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of immigrant status.  Local members of ISAIAH, a statewide organization whose mission is to act collectively toward racial and economic equity, sponsored the gathering.

Following a lunch served by the Latino community, the crowd gathered in the St. Dominic sanctuary to listen to stories of local residents who reluctantly, but of necessity, drive without a license.  Father Denny Dempsy greeted the crowd.


Carleton Convocation presented by Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Center, seeing to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers

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Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Behind the Kitchen Door,” her presentation draws attention to servers, bussers, runners, cooks, and dishwashers across the country struggling to support themselves and their families under the shockingly exploitative conditions that exist in most restaurants.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


Renowned Catholic poet and peace activist Rose Berger to speak on social activism and faith

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Renowned Catholic poet and peace activist Rose Berger will present "When Your Faith Gets You in Trouble: Sojourners and Other Strange Stories" on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. An award-winning religion journalist, author, public speaker, poet, and Catholic who specializes in writing about spirituality and art, social justice, war and peace, Berger is senior associate editor and regular columnist at Sojourners Magazine, the national ecumenical magazine based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on "faith in action for social justice."

In her lecture, Berger will speak about three times her faith got her in trouble -- and invite questions from the audience to engage in discussion about social and spiritual issues that matter to us. This event is free is open to the public. 


Applications are being taken for Northfield Area United Way grants

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The Northfield Area United Way’s grant application process is now underway. Registered 501 (c)3 non-profits providing health and human services to residents in the Northfield area are invited to apply.  The Northfield Area United Way’s area of service includes Northfield, Dundas, Lonsdale, Montgomery, Dennison, Webster  and Kilkenny.

Completed applications are due March 20, 2015. Applicants  can retrieve the three-part application and instructions online at www.NorthfieldUnitedWay.org. Each applicant will be required to make an in-person presentation to a panel of community volunteers as part of the process. Panel presentations are expected the week of April 27, 2015. 


New Video! Minute with the Mayor

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Mayor Graham asks for community input on 2015 projects in this short video.

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?VID=Minute-with-the-MayorFeb-13-2015-61#player

You can find this video along with other short videos in the Media Center on the City of Northfield website:    http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/mediacenter.aspx


Carleton presents annual production of “The Vagina Monologues;” All proceeds to benefit the Hope Center

Carleton presents "The Vagina Monologues"

Carleton College will present its annual production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sometime funny and sometime poignant, this student-produced and student-performed theatrical production is inspired by women’s experiences with sexuality, love and resilience. All of the proceeds, including ticket, t-shirt and candy sales, will be donated to the Hope Center in Faribault.

Tickets will be sold on a $5-$25 sliding scale and can be purchased at the door or inadvance online at https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/vagmons2015/tickets/.


Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman presents Carleton convocation

Kelsey Timmerman

Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman will present the weekly Carleton College convocation on Friday, Feb. 20 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Fueled by passion and curiosity, Timmerman tells the story of the items in our lives that we often take for granted. His presentation, entitled “Where Am I Wearing? Where Am I Eating?,” shares the stories of the people he meets as he travels the world, educating audiences and promoting dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


Northfield Reads Selection is "Enrique's Journey"

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Do you have your winter reading planned out?  Put Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario at the top of your list and participate in a community read!  Northfield Reads is initiated by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, and also sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Public Schools, Carleton College, and Content bookstore.  

How do you participate?  Read the book and suggest the book for your book group, form a group at your church, or discuss the books with some friends.  Some students at Northfield Schools will be reading the book.  On Monday, April 13, at 7:00 – 8:30 pm the community will gather at the Church of St. Dominic for a program and small group discussions.

 


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