Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.


TORCH awarded College Ready Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

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The start of the new school year brought news of an exciting wave of additional resources for Northfield students.  The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative was among the 10 recipients of the $1.3 million in College Ready grants awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. A $55,660 grant will fund rigorous extracurricular instruction in math and English to help 56 Northfield high school juniors and seniors ultimately pass college-level courses.  The 56 students will be members of the TORCH cohort, which serves youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees.


Cemetery Stories Cancelled for This Year

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Northfield Historical Society Hayes Scriven announces that the board of directors has decided not to schedule Cemetery Stories this year.  This is partly due to the timing of the October full moon, Scriven says. A shortened period reduces time for preparing for the event. Also, there appears to be a shrinking volunteer base for planning and executing the event.

“We love the way our Cemetery Stories program presents history to people of all ages and we want to provide a quality experience for all involved.” This will not be possible this year according to Scriven.

Scriven says he wants to review the program, looking for ways to enhance the presentation. “When the event happens next year, it will be a better and different experience that will expose history to a wide variety of people."

To watch videos from previous Cemetery Stories:

http://www.northfieldhistory.org/posts/popular-cemetery-stories-program-pushes-reset-button/


Banjo Pickin' Helen Forsythe and One-Man Circus David Walbridge at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

Magician, juggler, and comedian David Walbridge.

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday from 9 to noon to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, has opened for Martha Scanlan at the Northfield Arts Guild and performed at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.  

Kids Activity at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be hosted by the Friends of the Northield Library.  David Walbridge, a one-man-circus of comedy, magic, juggling, modern vaudeville will perform at 11 am.  Be sure to catch this great family show. 


Carleton’s Cowling Arboretum Hosts Passenger Pigeon Commemoration

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Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum invites the public to a Passenger Pigeon Commemoration on Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. The event, taking place on the north lawn of Olin Hall on the Carleton campus, will feature history, readings, and treats.

Once the most abundant bird in North America, the Passenger Pigeon officially became extinct 100 years ago in September 1914.  This event will offer the opportunity to learn about the biology of this bird, the historic value of the bird to the people and the ecosystem, how humans contributed directly to its loss, and what lessons can be learned about species conservation. Passages will be read from Aldo Leopold, as well as work from other contemporary authors and the recollections of a former Northfield resident.  Light refreshments will also be served.


Readers Rejoice! The Carleton Bookstore’s October Madness Inventory Reduction Sale Slashes Prices on All In-Stock General Reading Books

As the Carleton College Bookstore prepares to transfer its operations management to Barnes & Noble College Stores, it will hold a massive inventory reduction sale offering half-off all in-stock general reading books. The “October Madness! Inventory Reduction Sale!” will take place daily Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4. All sales are final and 50% off discounts are offered in-store only (orders, online sales, and additional discounts are excluded).

The Carleton College Bookstore is located in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 am. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about this not-to-be-missed sale, contact the Carleton College Bookstore at (507) 222-4150.


Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity hosts National Theatre Live Screening of “MEDEA”

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Carleton College is pleased to present a public screening of the National Theatre Live’s production of MEDEA on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary.

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) plays the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, MEDEA, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.


Carleton lecture uncovers failures in U.S. foreign policies

Stephen M. Walt, Harvard Kennedy School professor of political science

Harvard Kennedy School professor of political science Stephen Walt will present a public lecture entitled “Follies & Fiascos: Why Does U.S. Foreign Policy Keep Failing?” on Monday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, on the Carleton College campus. A reception with light refreshments will follow Walt’s lecture.


Northfield Hospice seeks volunteers

This fall, Northfield Hospice is offering a Hospice Volunteer Training to community members who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The one-on-one orientation and training are free and open to those who can commit to at least one year of volunteering and are 18 years of age or older.

“As a hospice volunteer, you will join a tight-knit group of committed individuals who serve our community in a very special way,” said Sara Lippert, Northfield Hospice volunteer coordinator.  


Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to Speak

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Addressing the topic “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout”, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the Fall Kick-off speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls event on Saturday, September 20.  The public is cordially invited to attend this event that will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. There will be coffee and treats served before and after the presentation.

Ritchie has served as Secretary of State since 2006 and is retiring at the end of his current term.  The Secretary of State is the chief election official who partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections, In 2008, he presided over what has been called “the most publicly scrutinized recount in the history of the United States Senate”, the context between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. He has been credited with increasing the number of overseas military voters in Minnesota elections.


The Amish in America

David Sudermann will give a talk on the “Amish in America” at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday Sept. 25 at 7 PM.  Mr. Sudermann will review the history and growth of the Old Order Amish and give some insight into settlements in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks.  David grew up in an Amish community in Goshen, Indiana and has a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in German literature and history.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information call the library at 507-645-6606.

 




September is Recovery Month

By Kathy Sandberg. Robin Williams was an American actor, stand-up comedian, screen writer and movie producer.  His career began in the TV role of Mork (from sitcom Mork and Mindy), an extraterrestrial alien from the planet Ork.  Williams went on to star in TV shows, Broadway performances and in films.  From the early days of a starring role in Good Morning, Vietnam to more than 80 feature films, Williams entertained by drawing laughter from his audiences while also supplying a tender humanness to every story he offered. I am a long-time fan of Williams and in reflecting on the struggles he had, my admiration for him has grown.  I am going to miss Robin Williams.


Northfield Municipal Liquor Store Closed on September 22, 2014

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The Northfield Municipal Liquor Store will be closed all day Monday, September 22, 2014 due to the installation of new flooring throughout the store.  Normal store hours, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience! 


Constitution Day Event Tonight at the Weitz Center

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Come and join your neighbors at Carleton College's Weitz Center Commons for Constitution Day (Wed. Sept. 17th) from 7:00-8:30 pm. This is an event for the whole community, co-sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, and local schools. 


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