Area Film Aficionados: Mark Your Calendars! Carleton to host weekly International Film Forum

Carleton College is pleased to host a weekly International Film Forum, with screenings held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, the series premieres September 22 and screenings are free and open to the public.


Watercolor Artist Cathy Miller at Riverwalk on Saturday September 13

Kathy Miller at Riverwalk Market Fair

Watercolor Artist Kathy Miller Returns to Riverwalk

Award winning watercolor artist Kathy Miller returns to Riverwalk Market Fair for three Saturdays, September 13, 20, and 27.  One of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, Kathy creates floral and landscape watercolor paintings and limited edition prints.  Kathy’s “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show.  Kathy’s “Tomatoes” is the featured art on Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2014 poster.  A former teacher, and always and passionate artist, Kathy fell in love with watercolor as she neared retirement.  A watercolor workshop in Giverny, France, site of Claude Monet’s garden, provided Kathy with greater insight, visual perception, and emotional sensitivity in her work.  Kathy says, “Being there were Claude Monet painted and experiencing the light as he did has had a profound effect on me.  I am certain it will forever alter how I see and paint the world around me.”  


New Carleton Art Exhibits Address Climate Change Through Photography and New Media

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Two new art exhibits in the Carleton College Perlman Teaching Museum will address the impact of climate change through photography and other new media. Featuring the work of two Carleton alumni, Christina Seely ’98 and Ken Tape ’99, both exhibits explore time, space, and evidence of climate change in the Arctic landscape.

The public is invited to celebrate the fall exhibitions on Friday, September 19 with an opening reception from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity. The event begins with a lecture by Tape entitled “A Century of Warming and Change in the Arctic” at 7 p.m. in Room 326 of the Weitz Center, followed by light refreshments and a celebration of the fall exhibition in the Perlman Teaching Museum from 8 to 9:30 p.m.


Library Improvement Project Community Meeting

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Come to the library on Monday, Sept. 15th at 7 pm and meet our architects and talk with library staff about "Building Tomorrow's Library!"  Come and see what is possible! 

For more information and details please check here- http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement


Carleton Constitution Day Event Kicks Off Community-Wide Conversation

The U.S. Constitution turns 227 years old this month, yet it remains the focus of fierce national debate.  Politicians invoke it in their campaigns. Court decisions hinge upon its interpretation. Issues as vital as immigration reform, free speech, and freedom of religion prompt us to examine not only its words, but the intentions of its authors.

This fall, join a community-wide conversation about the Constitution through a special event series organized by Carleton College and its community partners. All events are free and open to the public:


Forum on Community Events

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The NDDC and Arts & Culture Commission are sponsoring a forum on community events Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 am inthe Archer House Riverview Conference Room.  

The panel of local events organizer, Paul Niemisto (Vintage Band Festival), Ann Mosey (Cannon River Roots Festival), and Hayes Scriven (DJJD and Outlaw Run) will present their experience as well as helping facilitate discussion about the impact of events on the community, the challenges and costs of presenting events, and considering how to make it easier to stage great events in Northfield.  


Author Michael Perry will be speaking at the library tonight (9/9) at 6:30!

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Meet author Michael Perry who will be talking about his new young adult novel “The Scavengers”.  Co-sponsored by Monkey See, Monkey Read!

6:30-8 pm in the library's meeting room Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 507-645-6606  No charge!


Elizabeth Child Hired as Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way

The Northfield Area United Way is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Child has been hired as its executive director. “Elizabeth is a proven leader in local and Twin Cities corporate and nonprofit organizations. We are thrilled to welcome her as our new executive director,” says Priscilla Paton, chair of the Northfield Area United Way board of directors.


City Invites Applications for Boards and Commissions

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From City Clerk Deb Little comes the announcement of vacancies on the following city advisory boards and commissions:

   *Arts & Culture Commission

   *Economic Development Authority

   *Heritage Preservation Commission

   *Housing and Redevelopment Authority

   *Human Rights Commission

   *Library Board

   *Park & Recreation Advisory Board

    *Planning Commission

   ·Rental Housing Board of Appeals

Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=98 for an application and additional information about City boards and commissions.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 25 & September 8, 2014)

Due to some techinical difficulties in recording last month's school board meeting, the video from August 25 was unavailable until now. Here are the videos from the regular Northfield School Board meeting on September 8, 2014, followed by the video of the meeting on August 25, 2014. The board packets and table files for both meetings can be found here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Highlights of the September 8 meeting included a presentation on the Transformational Technology Project (iPads) by the District's Director of Technology, Kim Briske. 


Lunch and Learn at the Northfield Enterprise Center

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Megan Tsui, Executive Director of the Northfield Enterprise Center and SPUR, announces that the next Lunch and Learn will be on September 15th. The topic is preventing harassment in the workplace.  “We’ve had some business clients ask for help and understanding in what they can do to make sure their workplaces are safe and productive places,” Tsui comments.  Gina Franklin will be the presenter.

Tsui also says the interns are ready to work through the Hired Hands program. “If you have a project or research question you’ve been meaning to get done, but haven’t found the time, Let us help you! The interns are super-duper, and love to work with small business owners.”  


Garden Project Organizers are Making a Difference

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Two Northfield residents who helped middle school students plant and care for a summer vegetable garden have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for August. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Sara Tetreault, a site lead for the school district’s Summer BLAST program, and her husband, Hank, led a group of 20 rising ninth graders through the process of planting, weeding and watering at garden at the SEEDS farm. The garden project was an enrichment activity for students enrolled in BLAST, a seven-week program for middle school students designed to close the achievement gap.

Susan Sanderson, the middle school TORCH coordinator, nominated the Tetreaults for the award. “Hank and Sara not only supported and nurtured a garden, but more importantly, they supported and nurtured a great group of rising ninth-graders,” she said.


JOIN NORTHFIELD'S ADULT SWIM CLUB!

Starts September 15. Get your exercise in first thing in the morning!  Join the Knightcrawlers Adult Swim Club for the 17th season of organized swim training.  Whether you are training for triathlons, swim competitions or just want to stay in shape, Knightcrawlers is for swimmers of all levels.

The Club is a dedicated group of people who swim together Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 5:15 – 6:25 AM.  Swimmers receive structured workouts and useful instruction and tips from coach Andy Clark (Carleton College swim coach).  

Swimming is a fabulous form of whole-body exercise.  It provides low impact exercise while increasing strength, flexibility and endurance.  Interested in a great workout and camaraderie?  Come to an organizational meeting at Carleton College’s Thorpe Pool (West Gym) on Monday, September 8, at 7pm to learn more.  Or, contact Andy Clark (aclark@carleton.edu).


Former Minneapolis mayor and education advocate R.T. Rybak to present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation Address.

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Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 15 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocation will also be streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/

A three-term mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013, Raymond Thomas “R.T.” Rybak, Jr. is currently head of Generation Next (www.gennextmsp.org), a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.


Northfield HCI Seeks Entries for Youth Video PSA Contest

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There's still time for local youth to enter the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative's 2014 video PSA contest. Entries on the topic "Who or What Inspires You?" should be created and submitted to the HCI office (1651 W. Jefferson Parkway, Suite 128) by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Two $200 cash prizes will be awarded.

The entries will be judged by a panel of youth and community leaders, and a viewer's choice award will be determined by online voting. Voting will take place later in September.

For rules and guidelines, visit the HCI website at www.northfieldhci.org/psacontest.


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