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A Festival of Student Art

Edible Dinosaur Art - click for larger imageLast week my family, along with many others in Northfield, happily participated in an array of student art events. On Thursday evening, Sibley Elementary School, where my son is in kindergarten, presented an celebration of arts and literacy. Student art filled the hallways, and participants could make bookmarks or books, listen to stories in a tent at "Camp Caldecott" (staged in the darkened gym, where shadows of tree branches were silhouetted against the wall), or attend a poetry reading. Pizza in the cafeteria was also popular; a second order from Domino's was required to meet the demand of hungry kids and parents.

On Friday night, the popular annual Arts a la Carte event took place at the high school. Honors Art students displayed and discussed their work, a viewer-judged student art show was on display in the media center, and entries in the Edible Art contest were on view in the upper cafeteria (see photo for one fine example). Magicians, musicians and dancers performed in the lower cafeteria. Visitors could also get their faces painted by a number of student artists, including my 11th grade daughter, and many flocked to the fish printing studio. "Fish printing," you ask? Yes, indeed, fish printing. For a $5 donation, one could paint a genuine dead fish to one's heart's content; a student assistant then carefully pressed the decorated fish against a new white t-shirt, leaving, well, a fish print! My son wore his proudly on Sunday, after we set the colors by briefly baking the shirt in the oven in accordance with the directions supplied with the shirt. The odor lingers a bit, since we have not yet washed the shirt, but that of course is part of the charm.

On Saturday, the Northfield Arts Guild presented Imagination Celebration, its official day-long reception for the all-school art exhibit now on view. Parents flocked to the gallery to see their children's artwork, and students added to the festive feel with performances, musical and otherwise, throughout the day. My 7th-grade daughter played a Bach concerto on violin!


How warm was it?

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Today was the first really warm day of 2006 and the question on everyone's mind was "_How warm was it?_" According to the degree crunchers over at Carleton, "it reached a high of *77* today":http://weather.carleton.edu/

Interesting to note that this comes "less than sixty days since Alex Beeby posted about the -16F day of February 18th":http://northfield.org/node/1422. That's a difference of 93 degrees!


The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium: It was a Grand event at the Grand

"!{float:right;margin:0 0 0 5px;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_wheeler.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/Becca%20Wheeler.jpg Last Thursday (4/6/06) the Northfield Historical Society presented the History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. The program kicked off with Becca Wheeler, NHS intern and St. Olaf student, giving a very well prepared history of the Grand.

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Village on the Cannon Featured in April Minnesota Good Age

The story, entitled "A Life of Learning," focuses on housing developments for older adults which have ties to educational institutions. The article features quotes from Bill Carlson, director of Northfield's Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Collegium instructor Bill Woehrlin, Village concierge Kari Sobeck and Village resident Susan Hvistendahl who offers Spanish classes in the Community Room of Village on the Cannon.

Hvistendahl is pictured in front of Old Main at her alma mater, St. Olaf College, and Jeanne Jacobson and Greta Smith are pictured on the front page in their Collegium class on the Russian writer Anton Chekhov held at the Village.


Locally Grown podcast #12: bike racks, bike lanes, economic development and traffic light updates

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I took the train to Cambridge in the UK yesterday to visit Northfielders Betsey Buckheit (former blogging planning commissioner), husband Justin London (Carleton music prof) and daughter Elizabeth who've been there since Sept. Justin received a Fullbright to do research there for the year.  I took the opportunity to do another show for our podcast, Locally Grown, with Betsey as a guest and the two of us participating via Skype Out to the KRLX studios where Ross Currier, Tracy Davis and Cameron Nordholm graciously got up very early on Saturday morning central time to accommodate my schedule.

Topics: 1) Bike racks and the pros and cons of bike lanes in downtown Northfield; 2) the forthcoming economic development report from the consultants hired by the EDA; 3) an update on the Highway 3 & 3rd St. traffic light request.

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (32 minutes) or subscribe to the podcast


Bob Dole to speak at St. Olaf College

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 5px 0;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_dole2.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/StO-Dole.jpg Former presidential candidate and United States senator Bob Dole will speak at St. Olaf Tuesday, April 11, at Skoglund Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Dole will begin speaking at 7 p.m. Following the speech, Dole will answer questions from the audience. The event, sponsored and paid for by the "St. Olaf Student Government Association's Political Awareness Committee":http://www.stolaf.edu/orgs/sga/pac/index.htm, is free and open to the public.

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This week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

Springing anew through the defrosted grounds of the "Northfield Blogosphere":http://northfield.org/aggregator/sources this week are entries on soccer, science, singing, and sustainability. Sweet!

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Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)It's the start of another jam-packed weekend full of cultural events in Northfield! In addition to tonight's Arts a la Carte at the high school, a quick glance through the Northfield Entertainment Guide presents so many options you'll want to clone yourself so you can take them all in! You'll find details on pages 6-8 of the NEG, but here's a preview of what's going on...


Listen to the Music

Last Monday (April 3, 2006) I could hear the frogs and toads in our slough. I thought you might also enjoy listening.

 



Put Your Story on Northfield.org!

Long-time readers of Northfield.org have no doubt noticed a significant change on our front page of late—beyond the ongoing visual and organizational changes. Scroll down and take a look at the list of recent contributors...ten different people have submitted stories this week!

I know what you're thinking: "Hey...how can I get a story posted on Northfield.org?"

Well, here's how NOT to do it. We often get submissions through our Contact Us form—everything from a quick note about an event to a full-blown press release. That email form is a great way to get a question answered, but we rarely publish anything that we receive that way.

Instead, here are your best options...


The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 0 0;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_ware.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/ware.jpg The Northfield Historical Society presents The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. This event will be held at the Grand Event Center on Wednesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. A special exhibit designed and produced by NHS intern and St. Olaf Student *Becca Wheeler*, will be on display. Becca will also give a quick history on the Grand.

Following Becca's presentation there will be a video documentary, which was done by two Carleton Students *Megan Vig* and *Lauran Allinson*. Following the video, there will be a brief panel discussion on remembrances of the Grand given by *Steve Swanson, Herb Fick, Phyliss Finger, Brynhild Rowberg*, and *John Mark Schad*.

This event is _free_ to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

_Editor's note_: Hayes has kindly agreed to file a write-up of the event after it happens. Thanks, Hayes!


Northfielders Return from Mission Trip to Nicaragua

"!{float:right;margin:0 0 0 5px;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_School.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/School.jpg On Saturday a group of Northfielders returned from a 13 day mission trip to Nicaragua. The group provided medical, education and construction support to the community of Jalapa, Nicaragua, a remote community in northern Nicaragua by the Honduran border. The group's sponsor ISLA www.isla.cc, has been connecting with the community of Jalapa since the early 90's.



March's Nfld Public Library Board Meeting Notes

!{float:left; margin:0 5px 3px 0;}http://gurno.com/adam/images/books.png! March's Library Board Meeting has come and gone. This is an informal report of the happenings. To entice you to read it, there's a library joke at the end. :)

Enough with the chit-chat! On with the "Knots Landing"-esque drama of a modern public library!


Arts A La Carte at Northfield High School This Friday

Click to view larger sizeThe music and visual art departments at Northfield High School are gearing up for Arts a la Carte, a student celebration of all the arts on Friday April 7th from 6:00 until 9:00 at the High School. And the one dollar admission will buy you a chance to win an Ipod! 

This event will showcase the talents of hundreds of talented students and will feature vocal and instrumental ensembles, a student art exhibit and booths of the Honors Art students who will be demonstrating in various media, including painting, ceramics and filmmaking. 

There are also student run activities for the whole family such as face painting, art button making, marbleized paper making, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), wandering magician, portrait artists and book making, just to name a few! And back by popular demand is the make your own fish print T-shirt event. 


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