Red Cross blood drive at Carleton College Tue. and Wed.

The Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Carleton College's Severance Great Hall today and Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Ed Kuhlman recognized

I got this email from NHS President Rob Schanilec yesterday: "Over the weekend Ed Kuhlman, local auctioneer extraordinaire and realtor was recognized by the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association for his always creative and effective marketing prowess."

South of town developments

Left: The Division Street Dentists building on Jefferson Road is near completion. Center: The bank in Dundas has a new name: Frandsen Bank & Trust. Right: The sales office for the Bridgewater Heights housing development on County Rd. 1 is open and a model home is under construction. Click photos to enlarge.

Cabaret Fills House

Cabaret Just Food Co-op staff, members and friends performed to a packed house this weekend at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.


Just Food staff arranged for food and beverages. The staff organized the event independently of their official co-op responsibilities.

Hortense MacLeod, the meat, cheese and deli manager who helped organize the event, has experience of many performances under her belt. She says, "That was probably the best audience I have ever seen."

New YMCA Blog, community meeting

YMCA.JPGThe Northfield Area Family YMCA has started a new blog to keep the community up-to-date on the progress of bringing a YMCA to Northfield. It's now listed in the sidebar listing for the local civic blogosphere.

The most recent post encourages everyone to attend a Community Wide Meeting that will provide information and answers to questions about the YMCA, as well as present opportunities to get involved. I will be at the event with camera in hand. I do plan on making a post

"Locally Grown" podcast for Jan. 13; airs Thurs. on KRLX 88.1

"Locally Grown" is now the name of the weekly audio show about local Northfield issues. Our third show was recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton last Friday afternoon. The show airs for the first time this Thursday, Jan. 19th, 5:30 PM.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Monday night

I got this email from HRC member Charlie Cogan last week. See the complete press release in HRC member Helene Haapala's calendar entry for the the event.

Dear Griff, just a quick FYI. David Schlosser of the Northfield Human Rights Commission is going to forward a press release to your attention. The 12th annual MLK Jr. Celebration will be at St. Dominic's Church next Monday evening. I know you get hundreds of things a year coming your way, but this should be a good event. The keynote speaker is the Consul of Mexico in St. Paul and there will be some nice music and other speakers and even a group gathering at the Bridge Square around 6:30 p.m. to walk over to St. Dominic's together. I'll shut up and get out of the way, since the press release says all of this much better than I just did. 

Sponsors of the event:

Cheap gas?

The local Holiday gas station appeared to be having a sale on gas last week @ 21.4 cents per gallon. Thanks to Bright Spencer for the photo. Click to enlarge. Question: When was the last time the price of gasoline was actually that low? Attach a comment or contact us.

Saturday night live music in Northfield

In addition to the Just Food Cabaret at the NAG Theatrer, six other area venues are hosting music-related events tonight:

Hogan Brothers, The Grand, The Tavern, The Contented Cow, Brad's Corner Bar, and The Key.

See P. 7 of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) and the calendar entry for The Key's Punk Show for more.

ArtOrg's printmaking studio opens

ArtOrg's printmaking studio, lower floor of the Perman building (under the Art Store), held its grand opening last night with demonstrations, part of Artcrawl. Click photos to enlarge.

Local artists Rick Swearer and Liz See demonstrated the same press technique that was used to print Kari Alberg's Govenors Ball lithograph.

Scott King of Red Dragonfly Press demonstrated letterpress techniques to (left and center)) Jeanne Hatle and (right, L to R) Margit Johnson, Eric Johnson, Steve Hatle, Steve Wilmot, Sam Demas, and my main squeeze, Robbie Wigley.

John Berkey at ArtOrg

The "John Berkey Observed" show at ArtOrg's Moving Walls Gallery ended last night with a closing party. Above left and center: John Berkey and his wife Demi Wahl Berkey. Right: ArtOrg auctioned an original 1977 Berkey conceptual art piece for the movie Star Wars on eBay this week. The auction ended at 9 pm last night and the piece reportedly sold for $5,000. I've got my eye on a print of "Moonrise."

Cabaret Fever! Co-op Disavowes Responsibility

Cabaret Poster

Northfield has Cabaret fever. The Northfield Arts Guild will be performing the play Cabaret April 21 through May 7. This weekend, Just Food Co-op staff, members and friends will be performing a cabaret.

The Just Food cabaret will feature dance, musical, comedy and other performances. Food and beverages will be provided although organizers say guests are welcome to bring their own un-staining white beverages.

The Just Food cabaret will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Disclaimer 1: While the event is primarily co-op staff organized, the cabaret is not an official Just Food Co-op event, and co-op officials deny all responsibility for anything done or said at this event.

Disclaimer 2: I am an employee of Just Food Co-op who is performing in the cabaret. I also deny all responsibility for anything I might do or say at this event.

Becky Lourey comes to Northfield

Candidate for governor Becky Lourey (left) visits with Jasmin and Amber Barksdale, Molly Woehrlin and Charles Skinner during a house party hosted Thursday, January 12, by Sharon Gates-Hull in Northfield. Lourey held the first town hall-style meeting of the campaign later in the evening at St. Olaf College. She also visited along Division Street and viewed the farm art exhibit at Northfield Arts Guild.

Pictured (from left to right): Becky Lourey (sitting on table), Jasmine Barksdale, Amber Barksdale, Molly Woehrlin, Charles Skinner.

Weekend entertainment

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThere's lots happening this weekend in the Northfield area, in addition to the Art Crawl. Where?

See pages 6-7 of the current issue of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF).

Art Crawl is today


Ruth Sylte, Director of Communications for ArtOrg, has a posted an entry for today's ArtCrawl on the calendar that's the most comprehensive. Someone made a poster for the event that's been plastered about town (above right, click to enlarge) but no one seems to have the PDF for it on their web sites. Participating organizations' event links: ArtOrg, ARTech, Art On Water Gallery, Northfield Arts Guild.

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