Carleton College Convocation Focuses on Civilian Peacekeeping in the Modern World

Mel Duncan

Mel Duncan, the co-founder and past executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 11 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. His talk, titled “Nonviolent Peacekeeping: Hard Nosed Hope in a Tough World,” is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived for online viewing at go.carleton.edu/events/convocations/audio_video/.

In an age when unarmed civilians are apt to get caught in the crosshairs of conflict, Mel Duncan has a radical idea about who should stave off war's "collateral damage": other unarmed civilians. He believes that “no one can make anyone else’s peace for them” and that "peacekeeping isn't always most effective when it’s done at the end of a gun."


Save The Date: April 26 - Earth Day Celebration

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Northfield’s 4th Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at Carleton College’s Weitz Center. Organizers invite everyone to join the free resilient skill- building activities:  make goat cheese and goat soap; sew snack bags; attend a solar tour; make a felted wool project; create a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself”; plant seedlings in the Carleton Arboretum; tour a gravity fed rain water system and bike powered table saw; help create a recycled sculpture and many more. 

There will be a free soup supper and community potluck. After supper, visit local sustainability stations to learn how you can get involved in projects happening here in the Northfield area.

Bring your instruments and voice. We will end the day with a community jam!


CAC Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors

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The Community Action Center is seeking nominations for election to its Board of Directors.   You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing an application and including a letter addressing the nominee’s skills, background, term availability and interest in serving on the Board.  Nominations will be reviewed for upcoming vacancies and will be maintained for future consideration.

The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 a.m. and a commitment to membership is normally for up to three consecutive two-year terms.


First UCC Northfield Goes Solar

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First United Church of Christ of Northfield will be installing a solar panels on their building this summer.  This week, The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources notified First United Church of Christ that they were recipients of funds through the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.  These incentives, paid over the course of ten years, will allow First UCC to place a 15 Kilowatt solar array on a south facing roof of their church building.  The church is working with All Energy Solar, headquartered in Minneapolis, and will be installing TenK panels.  The TenK panels are manufactured in Bloomington. 


City Seeks Fire and Rescue Services Board Applicants

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The city of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions representing the city of Northfield in the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services Joint Powers Board. The Northfield City Council approved a Joint Powers Agreement for fire protection and rescue services at their April 1, 2014 City Council meeting. The agreement establishes a joint fire department that will be called the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services (NAFRS). 

The NAFRS will be governed by an eight-member board consisting of five board members appointed by the city council; two board members approved by Rural Fire; and one board member appointed by the Dundas City Council.  Board members will be appointed to three-year terms, with initial appointees serving staggered terms. . Northfield’s representatives will serve as follows: 1 board member service a one-year term, two members serving two-year terms and two members serving three-year terms.


Carleton College presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Jewish music, performed by some of the world’s most respected artists

Taiseer Elias

Carleton College proudly presents FUSIONS, an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Jewish music, at the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. FUSIONS will be presented by world-renowned musicians Taiseer Elias on the oud, Uri Vardi on cello, and Menachem Wiesenberg on piano. A discussion with the three virtuoso artists will follow the performance. This event is free and open to the public.

A master of both Eastern and Western music, oud player and violinist. Taiseer Elias is one of the foremost Middle Eastern musicians of our time. Recognized as a leading figure in classical Arab music, he is the founder and conductor of the first Orchestra of Classical Arabic Music in Israel, and currently the musical director and conductor of the Arab-Jewish orchestra and the Music Center in Jerusalem. Elias has recorded with a number of ensembles including White Bird, Bustan Abraham, Ziryab Trio (of which he is the musical director) and others. He has also composed music for theater and films. Additionally, Elias is the head of Eastern Music Department at the Rubin Academy of Music, the head of the Musicology Department at Bar Ilan University, and director of Arab music education in the Education Ministry in Israel.


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.


Carleton College Welcomes Feedback on Master Planning Effort

Since last spring, Carleton College has been engaged in a facilities master planning effort to determine the physical changes needed to support the College’s academic mission, and to make the best use of its existing buildings and space.  The College has shared these emerging plans for the long-term layout of the campus, including desired locations for future academic, administrative, and residential functions, with many groups on campus and at a recent Community Open House.


Radio Comedy This Weekend: Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving

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The Sr. Center's Encore Radio Acting Company will present “Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving,” a George Burns/Gracie Allen piece this weekend.  Performances are Saturday, April 5 at 7pm and Sunday, April 6 at 2pm.  Just $10 buys the show plus dessert afterward. 

Show includes live performance (“Prairie Home Companion” - style) of Burns and Allen script first aired in 1947, presented by our Encore Radio Acting Company.  We’ll have a full orchestra (well, a one-man orchestra in the person of Dave Miller), and musical entertainment by a famous women’s trio (Myrna Johnson, Ruth Legvold and Leslie Lykins).


Carleton Arboretum to host Prescribed Burn Workshop

Private landowners and others interested in using fire as a grassland management tool are invited to attend a Prescribed Burn Workshop on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum in Northfield. Sponsored by Carleton with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there is a $20 fee per person to participate.

Class size is limited to 24 participants ages 18 years of age or older. Pre-registration is required by April 7. The $20 fee includes materials and coffee breaks, but participants should bring their own lunch or plan to purchase lunch in town. Register at the Carleton College website: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/arb/programs/workshops/fire_workshop


2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners Announced

The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the City’s fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and congratulate them for their efforts.  Chosen from among 89 poems submitted for judging, ten poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  The winning poems are available on the attached .pdf file

The Arts and Culture Commission applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition.  We are pleased to announce the following winners, in alphabetical order, of Northfield’s 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest:


St. Olaf German professor publishes article in bilingual anthology

An article by St. Olaf College Professor of German Karen Achberger is included in a new German anthology titled Die Waffen nieder! Lay down your weapons!

The book’s title comes from an 1889 novel of the same name by Bertha von Suttner, an author and peace activist in Germany. Like the original novel, in which Suttner explores the relationship between peace and war, this new anthology comprises essays and articles of the same themes.


St. Olaf students spend spring break helping with tornado cleanup

St. Olaf College students who are spending this week helping Illinois communities clean up after a devastating tornado tell the local CBS affiliate that it’s a rewarding way to spend spring break.

“We’ve found that a lot of our students are really transformed by the experience,” says St. Olaf senior Eric Lander, one of the leaders of this year’s Ole Spring Relief trip. “We’re able to hear a lot of really interesting stories, hear from the community, and help them out in whatever way.”


Historical Society Fundraiser: Night of 10,000 Laughs - April 11

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This year’s Night of 10,000 Laughs (formerly Ole and Lena Joke Night) will roar to life Saturday, April 11, at the Grand Event Center. The event will feature the return of Ole, Lena, and Tina for a set of fun-filled Norwegian-style humor. And joining them this year will be Minnesota joke master T McKinley, who will add his own brand of Minnesooota-style comedy.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Northfield Historical Society or online (see below).  Due to high demand, we are encouraging attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. - See more at: http://www.northfieldhistory.org/category/events/#sthash.QMf4tPXD.dpuf


Carleton Students present Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” with proceeds supporting The HOPE Center

Carleton College will host a student produced and performed production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Sometime funny, sometimes poignant—“The Vagina Monologues” focuses on the female experience as it relates to sexuality, love, abuse, and resilience. Proceeds from this event will benefit The HOPE Center in Faribault, along with the national V-Day Spotlight Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Tickets are being offered on a $5 to $15 sliding scale, and can be purchased at the door and online at apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/vagmons/creditcard/.


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