Carleton Presents an Evening of Traditional and Contemporary Arab and Iraqi Music

Yair Dalal

Acclaimed musician Yair Dalal, violinist and oud player, will present an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Iraqi Jewish music on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Great Hall. This performance of unique world music is free and open to the public.           

Much of Dalal’s repertoire reflects his extensive musical skills in both classical European, Jazz and Arabic music—also reflecting the strong affinity he has for the desert and its habitants. Dalal’s family came to Israel from Baghdad and his Iraqi roots are embedded in his musical work. Whether working on his own, or with his acclaimed Alol ensemble, Dalal creates new Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of influences originating from such diverse cultural milieus as the Balkans to India. The evocative compositions comprise a unique and colorful sound.

Carleton’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship Presents Argentine Novelist, Screenwriter and Critic, Alan Pauls

Alan Pauls

Carleton College is pleased to present Argentine novelist, screenwriter and critic Alan Pauls on Monday, May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Pauls’ appearance is part of the College’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship series, designed to bring renowned artists from all genres to campus. His talk, entitled “The Depth of my Depths,” is free and open to the public.

Called “one of the best living Latin American writers” by Roberto Bolaño, Pauls is considered one of the most original voices in current Latin American literature. He studied Literary Studies at the University of Buenos Aires, where he also later worked as a lecturer for Literary Theory. He founded the magazine Lecturas críticas and worked as an editor for the daily paper Página/12.

World-Class Indian Musicians to Perform at Carleton College

Shujaat Khan

Shujaat Husain Khan and Samir Chatterjee, world-class virtuosos of the sitar and tabla, will perform together in concert on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This not-to-be-missed musical performance is free and open to the public.

Carleton Convocation Underscores the Power of Social Activism

Sean Carasso

Falling Whistles co-founder Sean Carasso, a young and influential social entrepreneur and activist, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Power of the Individual: Youth Movements and Social Change," Carasso’s presentation will focus on the growing success of Falling Whistles, a global peace campaign designed to help the victims of the Congo war.  This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Art Club Mentors Are Making a Difference

A+ Art Club peer mentors

Thirteen peer mentors who volunteered with an art program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for April. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The A+ Art Club: Autism and the Arts provides the opportunity for participants ages 15 to 21 to get together with college students and guest artists each week at the Northfield Arts Guild to work on art projects and develop social skills. The program began in 2009 and is coordinated by Laura Goodwin and Meg Ojala.

Mothers as Friends

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What to get your mother (or grandmother) for Mother’s Day?

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library have a great idea! – a membership ($10 for seniors, like your grandmother or elderly mom; $15 for younger moms) that comes with a free Friends t-shirt for the new member, a laminated Friends card, and a special bookmark.             

For less than the cost of one meal out you can show your love for your mom and your library by giving her a Friends membership that lasts the whole year.  For more information, stop by the library, click on this QRC, or go online to

Save the Northfield Depot Receives $10,000 Matching Grant

Save the Northfield Depot co-chair, Lynn Vincent, announced this week that they have received $10,000 in matching funds. A successful matching of these funds will put the total amount raised to $143,000 toward the $293,000 goal to move and renovate the 1888 depot for public use. They are asking the public to take advantage of this opportunity to double the value of their contribution in helping reach the goal.

The city-owned land where the depot will be moved lies between the roofless freight building and the Quarterback Club property and is currently blighted with brush, weeds, trash, and parked semis. The pictured future site plan will create a hub of activity and promote economic development in the area.

Local Volunteer Reports on Rice County MNsure Participation


As the program was gearing up last fall, several people in Rice County volunteered to become trained certified Navigators to help people through the process of enrolling in MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act. Northfielder Joan Janusz is one of those volunteers and is providing this report on the work done in Rice County. She also explains how continuing enrollment is available to certain people between the March 31 end of the previous enrollment period and the next period in November

Food Truck Tuesday is Coming to Northfield!

An exciting option for good food and hanging out is coming to a church near you!  Starting May 6, come to the First United Church of Christ parking lot at 300 Union Street on Tuesdays between 11am–1pm to pick up a tasty, affordable lunch from a different food truck each week. See friends, have a picnic on our lawn, and sample some fun new eats! 

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 10-11

CVRO Spring Concert Poster

With the theme “Vive la France!!” Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will present its final concerts of the 2013-14 season on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 2014. The concerts will feature Northfield mezzo soprano soloist Deesa Staats in arias by Berlioz, Massenet, and Offenbach. Also featured will be the Northfield Harp Ensemble playing in Debussy’s “Petite Suite” and the Cesár Franck D Minor Symphony.

The Saturday concert will be performed at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. , Northfield, at 7:00 PM and the Sunday concert at 7:00 PM in Cannon Falls at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 Hwy 19 Boulevard. Advance tickets are available from the Northfield Arts Guild (; 507-645-8877) and at the door before each concert. 

Northfield Reads Gears Up


Northfield Reads is a new community initiative to encourage people from across the community to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to new perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within the community. 

Northfield Reads events will be offered twice a year, often in conjunction with another community event.  Readings will be made available in various ways and locations. The program is being sponsored by several area groups:  Northfield Human Rights Commission, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, Arcadia Charter School, and Northfield Public Library. The first Northfield Reads will be offered on May 18th.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more information.

Northfield’s Eighth Annual Girls Nite Out Scheduled for Friday, May 9!


Mark your calendars now for Northfield’s 8th Annual Girls Nite Out, coming up Friday, May 9. This very popular event brings hundreds of women to downtown Northfield for an evening of shopping and pampering, dining and socializing, dancing and fun.

The format will be a bit different this year – there’s no need to buy an advance ticket or wristband, meaning that exclusive specials at stores and restaurants will be offered to everyone in attendance. And rather than the evening culminating with a big party and giveaways at The Grand Event Center, each downtown bar and pub will be presenting special entertainment and drink specials, and each retailer will offer their own individual discounts and prizes.

Sr Center Offers Special Bird Watching Opportunity, May 9

Blackburnian Warbler

On May 9, Gene Bauer will lead a group through the Riverbend Nature Center area looking especially for migratory birds.  This is an optimal time for birding, as this is the peak time for birds on their way north for the summer to pass through the area.  

Carleton College to Sponsor 3rd Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence


The public is invited to participate in the third annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Carleton College Recreation Center. Proceeds from this event will support the HOPE Center, whose mission is to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education. The HOPE Center is located in Faribault and serves all of Rice County. The 5K for HOPE is open to all!

Participants can register online at: https://apps.carleton/edu/campus/gsc/5kforhope/.

Northfield Youth Choirs present "Sing Along!"

Sing Along!

The Northfield Youth Choirs’ spring concert, “Sing Along,” will be presented Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Olaf College’s Boe Chapel. The concert will feature singing at all stages of life, from the sweet and joyful voices of the first- and second-graders in Junior Singers to the warm and soulful sounds of the high school, college and community members of the multi-generational group, Chorale.

“With the heartwarming and uplifting music of Holst to the American authors, and works by local composers Dan Kallman and Mary Carpenter Davis, it will be an afternoon worth your while,” said NYC Artistic Director Liz Shepley.

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