Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra performs “Vienna to Leipzig: A Musical Journey”, October 24-25, 2015

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The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), conducted by Paul Niemisto, begins its 36th season with a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The concert will be presented first on October 24th at 7:30 PM at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. The second performance will be October 25th at 3:00 PM at St. John’s Hall, St John’s Lutheran Church, 3rd Street West, Northfield.

Cannon Shoals, original screenplay reading Wed. Oct. 14

Cannon Shoals screenplay reading

I'm having a reading of my original screenplay, Cannon Shoals, on Wednesday, Oct. 14th at 7:30 pm at the NAG theater, 411 West Third st. Cannon Shoals is a seven episode television written for the web. It is a story of sex, greed, politics, and life in a small town. The cast features David Bly, Susan Carlson, Ben Chadwick, Deb Clark, Kevin Dahle, Brendon Etter, Ed Sostek, and Ruth Sylte. This is the capstone event for a grant I received from SEMAC to write a new screenplay. Admission is free, audience is 18+

Habitat House Dedication

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Rice County Habitat for Humanity will hold a house dedication at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 for the Weaver family. The dedication will be held at the house, 216 1st Ave SW, Faribault. The dedication is open to the public, and will include a short program and a chance to meet the Weaver family.

Nicole Weaver is the mother of three children - Alleena, Alex and Adyran - and works at Rust Consulting. The Weavers are one of two Rice County Habitat Partner Families for 2015. This year’s Faribault build was in honor of Bill Sartor, a long-time Habitat supporter and volunteer.

Rice County Habitat for Humanity partners with families who otherwise may be unable to achieve the dream of homeownership by establishing partnerships among God’s people to build simple, decent, affordable homes.

YMCA Youth in Government Preparing for Model Assembly

Calling all 8th-12 grade students!  The YMCA Youth in Government Model Assembly Program is gearing up for another year of Model Assembly fun.  Deadlines are approaching.  For more information, contact Liz Cooney at or 507-645-0088 and visit our website at

HealthFinders is GROWING! Check out our open positions!

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HealthFinders is growing! We are in the process of hiring 6 new positions ranging from a part time development and communication associate, a part time grants writer, two community health care workers and a care coordination project lead. Check out our website at

Please Join the Grounbreaking for the Northfield 1888 Depot!

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This Friday, October 9th, at 3:30 p.m., on the new site of the 1888 depot (between 2nd and 3rd Streets, east of the tracks), there will be a gound breaking celebration for the new location of the Northfield Depot. There will also be special guests on hand to help celebrate the implementation of the envisioned depot-pavillion transit hub complex. 

Save the Northfield Depot Communications Committee member Alice Thomas says, "Thanks to the many supporters for your donations, time and encouragement. We hope you and others in the community will help celebrate the upcoming move in a few weeks of the depot."

To learn more about the history of the depot, see photographs and for information about the work of Save the Northfield Depot:

2016 Northfield Living Treasure Award: Do You Have A Nominee?

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The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered its 2016 Northfield Living Treasure.

The deadline for nominations is November 6, 2015.  Nomination forms can be downloaded from or picked up in hard copy at the Public Library, the City Hall Administration office, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce, and By All Means Graphic.

The annual award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

2015 Northfield CROP Walk


The Northfield CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk is the largest walk in the state and the only community-wide event/effort in Northfield to eradicate hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief, and resettle the growing number of refugees worldwide.

Please join us on Sunday, October 4th, 2 p.m. as we leave from All Saints Episcopal Church, 419 Washington St. and walk through Northfield, ending at Bridge Square.

Seventy-five percent of monies raised will go to support projects around the world sponsored by Church World Service (CWS); the other twenty-five percent will go to the Northfield Community Action Center.

E-Cycling this Saturday, October 3rd!

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Bring your unwanted electronics, appliances, and scrap metal this Saturday, October 3, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street.   As a special option this month, even LARGE appliances such as refrigerators are OK to bring.   

Old-fashioned CRT-based TVs (or monitors) will NOT be accepted this month.  But Bestbuy will take up to 3 such TVs per day as long as they are 32" or less.  Here is a website giving more details about all aspects of Bestbuy's recycling program:

"Restoration of Dignity: Voting Rights for All" ~ Secretary of State Steve Simon and Second Chance Coalition Founder Sarah Walker speaking at League of Women Voters' Fall Kick-off on Saturday morning, October 3rd


The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is pleased to announce their Fall Kick-off on Saturday, October 3rd.  The event will take place at the First United Church of Christ (300 Union St; Northfield) - 9:00 am gathering and 9:30 am program.   The public is invited to hear Secretary of State Steve Simon and Second Chance Coalition Founder Sarah Walker address the status of voting rights for felons in Minnesota and efforts underway for change. Following the speakers' remarks, audience members will be invited to participate in a Q and A. 

Call for auditions: "When Grown Men Cry"

Actors needed for play about loss, helplessness in Palestine

Aspiring actors are invited to audition for the play, “When Grown Men Cry,” to be performed in Northfield in November.

The play tells the story of a Palestinian couple whose 50-year-old olive grove is destroyed by the Israeli army. The play depicts the helplessness and loss experienced by farmers Haj Yousef and his wife as their life’s work is destroyed.

One female actor and three male actors will play the roles of the Yousefs, their friends and an Israeli officer.

The play will be done as “reader’s theater,” so no memorization is involved. Actors will depend on not only voice but also on the understanding of great loss, helplessness, loss of dignity and emptiness left in the lives of these people.

Vintage Band Festival Presents "The Story of Brass Bands in America" on September 28


Paul Mayberry of Savage, MN, music historian, arranger and conductor (as well as a tuba player) is the inaugural  speaker for the new "Vintage Band Festival Presents" continuing education series.  He is well known for finding  brass band music from the 19th century and arranging it for bands to perform today.  He arranged the music for Ken Burns’ television series on the Civil War and on baseball.  Paul will bring rare 19th century brass band instruments, photographs and recordings to present a program on "The Story of Brass Bands in America."

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (September 14, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included:

Quaker Open House

Cannon Valley Friends Meeting(Quaker) is holding an open house for the entire Northfield area community to celebrate our new building.  Please join us Sunday, September 20th, 1:00-5:00 pm, at 512 Washington Street.  There will be music, refreshments, activities, and tours of the building. 

After 50 years of meeting in homes and rental spaces, we broke ground for a Meetinghouse in the fall of 2013.  For a year we have been settling into the space, gradually making it a place of our own.  We would like to welcome the community into our Meetinghouse to celebrate with us.

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