Final Bridge Square planning project open house set for May 14

John Slack at Dec 9 2013 Bridge Square project open house

The third of three public open houses/community sessions to engage the public in creating a master planning update for Northfield’s Bridge Square is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the 2nd Floor Training of Northfield City Hall.

As for the previous two sessions, project consultant John Slack will be presenting. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

See the Northfield Citizen Engagement blog for the Bridge Square project, including the Oct 23rd open house summary and the Dec. 9th open house summary.


NORTHFIELD READS: VETERANS' VOICES

The first NORTHFIELD READS will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 pm, at Weitz Center, Room 236.  This Northfield Reads is a follow-up to the Telling Project: Veterans Voices that occurred in February. The event is free and open to the public.

Northfield Reads is a new community initiative designed to encourage people from across the area to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to various views and perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within our community.


Su Smallen and Larry Gavin Poetry Reading at Monkey See Monkey Read

 

Su Smallen and Larry Gavin will read from their latest poetry collections at Monkey See Monkey Read Thursday, May 15, 7:30 pm.


Carleton Convocation Explores the Links Between Human Rights and the Environment

Sandra Steingraber

Internationally recognized ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, May 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Whole Fracking Enchilada: Toward Meaningful Toxic Chemical Reform and a Rational Energy Policy,” Steingraber’s presentation explores the links between human rights and the environment.  This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Steingraber has devoted her life’s work to understanding the ways in which chemical contaminants in air, water and food endanger public health. As a cancer survivor with a doctorate in biology, Steingraber offers both a personal and scientific look at what she regards as a human rights issue, and offers insights into how we can protect our environment and ourselves.


Carleton Event Honors Late Professor and Scholar, Ian Barbour

Ian Barbour

On Wednesday, May 14, the public is invited to a special event honoring late professor and renowned scholar, Ian Barbour. Entitled “Ian Barbour and the Future of Religion and Science,” the event celebrates the intellectual legacy of long-time Northfield resident and internationally respected theologian Ian Barbour, the Carleton College Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus, who passed away in December 2013. This event will take place in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For decades, Barbour engaged in conversations and taught courses, to both undergraduate students as well as local retirees through Northfield’s Elder Collegium, designed to tackle the difficult questions concerning the relationship between religion and science. In that same tradition, “Ian Barbour and the Future of Religion and Science” will bring together five nationally renowned scholars who will address questions about evolution, technology, and ethics. Each speaker will discuss the ways Ian Barbour’s work influenced their scholarly field and shaped their research in environmental ethics, the impact of technology on human values, and evolution and faith.


Carleton College Cowling Arboretum Hosts Annual Spring Bird Count

Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum will host its 12th annual spring bird count on Saturday, May 17 and invites anyone with an interest in bird watching to join in this census of bird species in the Arboretum. No previous experience is necessary. The count will take place from 6 to 9 a.m.; participants will meet at 6 a.m. at the Arboretum Office.


Food Truck Tuesday an Overwhelming Success

Food Truck TuesdayDuring the month of May, First United Church of Christ is hosting a variety of food trucks every Tuesday from 11:00a–1:00p at 300 Union St. in Northfield. The first "Food Truck Tuesday" on May 4, featuring Gastrotruck, was a huge success.

Thanks to beautiful weather and the power of social media and word-of-mouth, the turnout exceeded expectations. Gastrotruck, a gourmet food truck from Northeast Minneapolis, sold out its entire menu. The owners estimate they fed between 150 and 200 people. Bestsellers included the chicken wild rice burger and the pork belly hash. 

In response to the great reaction on May 4, First UCC is hoping to have two food trucks each week for the rest of May. The lineup is as follows:


Do You Want to Start Running? Train to run your first 5K (3.1 miles) with support from the Northfield Y.

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Join us at the Y this summer for 10 Weeks to a 5K.  Enjoy a fun way to get healthy, meet new people and experience the power of the group in helping you to reach your goal. Meet at the Y Health and Wellness Center, 900 Cannon Valley Drive. Wednesdays, May 28 – July 30, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Registration Fee:  $30.00 for all 10 sessions. Ages 16 and up. Register online at www.northfieldymca.org or call 507-645-0088.

Before the first session, get your legs ready with eight days of walking – walk for 20 minutes a day for the first four days, then increase to 30 minutes for four more days. Each week we will follow a walk/run schedule and gradually work up to 30 minutes of running.

Thanks to the generosity of our community and donors, the Y will not turn anyone away from its membership or programs because of an inability to pay. Please let us know if we may assist you in this way.


Retired art professor, campus architect Edward Sövik dies

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Retired St. Olaf College Professor of Art Edward Sövik, a well-known architect who designed or had a hand in the design of 20 campus buildings and remodeling projects, died May 4 at the age of 95.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, with visitation at the church one hour prior to services.

Sövik was born in 1918 to American missionaries in Henan, China. He spent most of his young life in that country before his family moved to Minnesota when he was 17. After graduating from St. Olaf with honors in 1939, Sövik studied at the Art Students League in New York City and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul.

During World War II, he served as a combat pilot in the United States Marine Corps, where he rose to the rank of major and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and several Air Medals.


Explore the Outdoors: Saturday May 10 in Way Park

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ETO logoThe Friends of Way Park, together with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and PBS stations across the country, announce the second annual Explore the Outdoors gathering on Saturday, May 10 in Northfield’s Way Park.

The Explore the Outdoors event was inspired by a PBS and NRPA initiative to get kids outdoors. PBS has a month of children's programming related to "earth themes," and this year they've created a new website called Plum Landing, which they launched right before Earth Day. In cooperation with NRPA, they have put together some resources for parents and activity sheets.

Once again, FWP is partnering with several local organizations to present a full afternoon of outdoor fun. The event will take place in Way Park from 1:00–4:00 pm on Saturday, May 10, and will include:


Second Annual Martial Arts Festival

Martial Art Disciplines

The Second Annual Martial Arts Festival will be held on Saturday May 10th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Northfield Middle School main gymnasium.  The disciplines highlighted will consist of Kyudo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Gumdo.  Each discipline will provide a twenty-five minute demonstration displaying their individual differences and uniqueness.  Informational booths for each discipline will also be available.  Come enjoy the performances while learning about the martial arts and the many opportunities there are to participate in the Northfield Community.

 

     


St. Olaf publishes new data on activities of recent graduates

Members of the St. Olaf College Class of 2013 leave last year’s commencement ceremony.

Newly published data on what St. Olaf College students who graduated in 2013 are doing in their first year away from the Hill show that 73 percent of students in the report are employed or involved in full-time service work, and another 24 percent are pursuing further education.

The newest data, available in a searchable online database, includes information on 91 percent of the Class of 2013. The information is gathered through a survey and follow-up inquiries the college makes each year to determine what graduates have gone on to do immediately after leaving St. Olaf.

Top employers of students who graduated in 2013 include Epic Systems Corporation, Target Corporation, and St. Olaf. Most students pursuing service opportunities are with Americorps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and Teach for America.


Student project earns Clinton Global Initiative University award

St. Olaf students presented their projects at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University conference.

Six St. Olaf College students who have developed innovative solutions to global challenges recently presented their ideas at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference, where one earned an award that will support her project in Africa.

Seniors Sudip Bhandari, Love Odetola, Joseph Adedigba, junior Angela Amoako, and sophomores Pumla Maswanganyi and Theresia Dewi traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to share their plans for improving education, environmental sustainability, and women’s rights around the globe.


Esteemed Scholar Wendy Doniger to present Carleton’s 2014 Lindesmith Lecture

Activist and scholar, Wendy Doniger

Esteemed scholar Wendy Doniger will present the 2014 Lindesmith Lecture at Carleton College on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled “Freedom of Speech in India, from the Vedas to the Present,” Doniger’s lecture will address issues of censorship in India. Considered one of the world’s leading scholars in Hinduism, Sanskrit, and Indian textual traditions, The Washington Post calls Doniger “a feisty and exhilarating teacher.” This event is free and open to the public.


Carleton Presents an Evening of Traditional and Contemporary Arab and Iraqi Music

Yair Dalal

Acclaimed musician Yair Dalal, violinist and oud player, will present an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Iraqi Jewish music on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Great Hall. This performance of unique world music is free and open to the public.           

Much of Dalal’s repertoire reflects his extensive musical skills in both classical European, Jazz and Arabic music—also reflecting the strong affinity he has for the desert and its habitants. Dalal’s family came to Israel from Baghdad and his Iraqi roots are embedded in his musical work. Whether working on his own, or with his acclaimed Alol ensemble, Dalal creates new Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of influences originating from such diverse cultural milieus as the Balkans to India. The evocative compositions comprise a unique and colorful sound.


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