Chef Jessica Prentice to speak at Just Food Co-op Monday

Nationally-known professional chef and local-eating advocate Jessica Prentice will speak at Just Food Co-op on Monday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. about her new book, "Full Moon Feast." This event is free and open to the public.

Full of recipes, lore and inspiration, Prentice's book follows the thirteen lunar cycles of the agrarian year to provide the reader with a connection to the seasons and the food they provide. Limited copies of the book are available now at Just Food Co-op and can be signed by Prentice on Monday night.


Carleton ranked in LGBT top 100 campus guide

Carleton College has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Campuses for LGBT students and is included in “The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students,” the first comprehensive campus guide to highlight the 100 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States.

Carleton’s positive environment, programs, and services and LGBT student coalitions were cause for the distinction. “Carleton is a wonderful place, and this honor highlights all the work campus leaders and alumni have done to make sure that LGBT students do not only survive but thrive here,” says Gender and Sexuality Center director and LGBT advisor Kaaren M. Williamsen-Garvey.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFLooks like one of Minnesota's famed weekends ahead - mid- to low-80s and plenty of sunshine!

There's outdoor theater in Central Park ­ Tartuffe's last performances are tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. ­ Tickets are available through Northfield Arts Guild, 645-8877 or online at Tonight is Hip Hop Night at the Reub and Anton Ryan will be playing at the Tavern, and Friday night should be a great night to catch the soothing sounds of Harmonic voodoo on the Tavern deck.

ArtSwirl is in full swirl Saturday with a Village School Tour, Artists Studio Tour and the Dolce Recorder Quartet playing at 4 p.m. at NAG. Into the evening catch Charlie Parr's great acoustic blues at Hogan Brothers and John Manners at the Tavern. Sunday the Artists Studio Tour continues, while Mike's Bikes is the kick-off site for Tours de Nick - a 10- to 55-mile bike benefit for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. And at 2 p.m. The NAG will be the site for storytelling by Real Lives Aloud.

4th annual Tours de Nick set for Sunday

The 4th annual Tours de Nick, the annual bicycle tour in memory of Nick Sansome, will be held Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 1 p.m.

Join the Northfield Bike Club on a 10, 25, 35 or 55 mile ride leaving from Mike's Bikes at 1 p.m. This is a family event and fund raiser for SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

For more information, see And be sure to check out the Tours de Nick 2005 photo set.

Hey, rock'n'rollers, I'm back!

Jon MannersHey, all you rock'n'rollers, it's me, Jon Manners.

I'm going to play a gig at The Tavern Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 12. The last one was so much fun I booked another. If the weather's good I'll be setting up out on the deck, overlooking the Cannon River. (Well, there is the parking lot, but if you don't look down, and kind of cast your eyes over....)

You know, it always surprises me that so many Northfielders are unaware of The Tavern Lounge. The response is, "What? They have music? Where do you set up?" They're thinking I'm playing at the restaurant! Nope, there's a Tavern Lounge. What you do: Go into the hotel, using the main entrance. Cut kitty-corner across the lobby and go down the hallway. Last door on the right is the Tavern Lounge!

'Eat Local Challenge' starts August 15

Submitted by Joey Robison

It's estimated that our food travels an average of 1,300 miles from field to fork. Eating food produced locally is better for the environment and better for the local economy. But where do you start if you’d like to adopt a more regional diet?

You can begin by taking the Eat Local Challenge, which runs from August 15 to September 23. Just Food Co-op is challenging community members to eat 80 percent of their diet from food produced in the five-state region for six weeks.

The Eat Local Challenge will kick off with a book talk and reading by professional chef and locavore Jessica Prentice at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 14, at Just Food.

“It’s a big commitment, but it’s good to be able to support your friends and those who are good stewards of the land,” says Rollie Jacobsen, lead cashier at Just Food. The Co-op labels its locally produced foods to make them easier to find, and the Farmers Market and Community Supported Agriculture farms are also great places to find local fare.

Meet our winners!

We've found them!

Last week we announced that Kevin and Peggy Fink were the winners of one of our "Dinner on Us" drawings, which means they recrived a $50 gift certificate for Froggy Bottoms, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you

Usually, we like to include a photo and some comments with the announcements, but the Finks weren't answering the phone. Turns out, they were on vacation -- and were happy to receive the good news when they returned.

They told us:

"We think is a real plus to the citizens of our wonderful town. The diversity, uniqueness and richness of its content makes nearly every visit to informative and memorable. Thanks to all of the dedicated people of NCO that give us the gift of  We strongly encourage everyone to become members like we did."

Hospital breaks ground for new clinic

Editor's note: Our thanks go to City Councilor and professional photographer Scott Davis of Stone Cottage Photography, who provided photos from Tuesday's groundbreaking. Click on the photo to see a few additional shots, or click here to go to his studio site and see a whole gallery of photos.

Northfield Hospital broke ground Tuesday on an 18,600 square foot medical clinic that will provide space for the Women’s Health Center and an expansion of physician services provided by Cannon Valley Clinic -- Mayo Health System.

The new clinic, called FamilyHealth Medical Clinic -- Northfield, will be attached to the northwest corner of the hospital. It will provide space for the Women’s Health Center and the departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Ear, Nose and Throat.

17-year old receives private pilot license at Stanton

Congratulations to Peter Schumann of St. Paul who passed his Flight Test with the FAA on Saturday August 5th at Stanton Airfield. Peter turned 17 in April and began taking flight lessons in December 2005 in Stanton's Cessna 150 aircraft.

Peter flew roughly 8 hours with an instructor prior to being granted his solo pilot certificate in April while still 16 years old. He then flew another 32 hours practicing to pass the test with an FAA examiner. The test involved several hours of oral questions by the examiner in areas of aircraft systems, airspace, navigation, weather, and aerodynamics. Following this Peter took the examiner up for several flights to demonstrate his skills in the aircraft, with particular emphasis on safety awareness and emergency procedures.

With his new license Peter can now take passengers up flying, and he already has several fly-in destinations in the area he intends to visit. Peter attends Central High School in St. Paul.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra at Central Park

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will be at Central Park Wednesday night! This is the traditional finale of the Books & Stars schedule (see this photo gallery of last year's season-closer with CVRO). Come listen to beautiful music at a beautiful park. (Rain site is the NHS Auditorium.)

Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 pm. This free, family oriented show starts at 7 pm. Booker has library materials for all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for fun! The Cocoa Bean returns to sell their refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and half the proceeds are donated to Booker!

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at the Northfield Public Library.

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Six Drawing:  The Tavern of Northfield

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Tavern of Northfield.  By becoming a member of you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 13, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 14.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

'Tartuffe' is a hit; more shows this weekend

Megan Proft of the Northfield Arts Guild has added some photos from last weekend's performance of "Tartuffe" to our growing gallery of photos for this year's ArtSwirl Festival

You can click here to see all the photos from the Theater-in-the-Park production and the rest of the ArtSwirl gallery. An ancient play with a controversial history, "Tartuffe"  is Moliere’s biting comedy centering on questions of hypocrisy, belief, and the power of religious pretense. Click here to read more...

City Hall Insider

Al RoderEver wonder what happens at City Hall each week? Here's the scoop. Each week City Administrator Al Roder (left) shares the memo he sends to city officials summarizing all the work of all the departments. There's a LOT here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and check out the details for all meetings for this week.

And it's a busy week...

City Council meets at 7 tonight at City Hall. One of the topics will be a recommendation by the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt an organic pest management policy, basically limiting pest control to organic products and processes. This is an information and is expected to be referred to staff for study.

Pepper Ridge Valley Holds 6th Annual Block Party

The Pepper Ridge Valley neighborhood on the south side of town held its sixth annual block party this last Saturday, Aug. 5.

The weather cleared just in time for the event to start and began to rain just after the event ended. Neighborhood claims of divine favoritism are unsubstantiated at this time.

Around 80 neighbors came to the event, which featured a bouncy castle in the shape of a tiger for the kids, plus games, food and drinks for the adults. It ran from noon to midnight, with a few hardy souls in attendence for the entire event. The Pepper Ridge Valley website has a writeup and you can click here to view 88 pictures in the photo gallery. (Click here to view the slideshow)

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