BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual ‘Soup & Cycles’ event

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The 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles event will take place Saturday, 6:00 p.m., pJanuary 30, 2016 at the Northfield UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN 55057 - please join us!  BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles gathers bike group representatives, trail advocates, local officials and any interested community members – whether or not they ride a bike -- for soup, socializing, and strategizing related to bicycles. BikeNorthfield works with bike groups, local government, non-profits and schools to encourage bicycling, promote safety, and educate the community about the benefits of bikes for everyone as part of building an active, friendly, people-centered community.


Arts & Culture Commission 2016 Living Treasures Award Presentation to local artist, Jan Shoger, January 28th - 7 pm - Grand Event Center

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city's identity and quality life through and behalf of the arts and culture. Shoger will officially receive the award, presented by Mayor Dana Graham, on Thursday, January 28th at 7 pm at Northfield's Grand Event Center.  The public is cordially invited to attend.


Skatepark Documentary Screening January 27th at Weitz Center

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Make No Noise ~ The Story of a Skatepark chronicles the 17-year long struggle of skateboarders in Northfield  to secure a permanent place for their sport. Shot in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition, the film is a testament to young people's resilience and perseverance as well as an examination of the victories and failures of the democratic process in small town America. There will be a Q&A session following the screening with the filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo and members of the Coalition.

The public is invitvited to this exciting event at no charge. The screening will be at 7:00 p.m.in the Cinema at Carleton's Weitz Center, 3rd Street East. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund


2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off January 30th at 2 pm at Content - Purveyors of New and Used Books

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Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to a special event marking the start of the 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Competition.  Attendees are invited to bring a favorite short poem to share with the audience.  Winners of the 2015 competition will be featured reading their winning entries (or favorite poems from their collections) at a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 30th at 2 pm at Con


Northfield Fastpitch Softball Registration for 2016 is Now Open! New 8U Team Added!

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Registration is now open for spring/summer 2016 Northfield Raider Fastpitch Softball Association Teams!  Registration is open through February 28th and Early Birds who register through February 7th, will receive a $25 discount!

Fastpitch Softball is a fun, exciting, and fast paced game.  Players will learn skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork all while building great bonds together and having fun in the sun!  NFSA teams play games at home, here in Northfield, and also travel to other communities in the Tri-County Fastpitch League.

Team options are available for ages as young as 8 & under (8U), all the way through 16 & under (16U).

Please see the attached flyer!

More information is available at: www.NorthfieldFastpitch.org


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Special Meeting (January 14, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held a special meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2016, to consider a matter of student discipline. The school board met in closed session for over four hours before returning to open session to vote on the resulting resolution. Due to student data privacy restrictions, no names or specifics of the case were mentioned in the public portion of the meeting.


Accepting Applications for Summer Recreation Positions

The Place To Be This Summer!

 Spice Up Your Summer!

Community Services is now accepting applications from qualified instructors for all summer recreation positions. Join our great team of passionate leaders and participate in the enriching experience of adding skill, discipline, fun, care and connectedness to the lives of all those enrolled in our programs. Part time opportunities exist in a variety of athletic, aquatic, adventure and playground programs. A full time summer opportunity is available as a recreation intern.

Part time recreation applicants must have a strong ability to:
- Demonstrate consistent reliability
- Take initiative and self direct
- Be enthusiastic
- Invest in individual achievement
- Provide an organized learning environment
- Build healthy relationships with youth
- Provide specific sport or program knowledge and experience

Full time intern applicants must have:


Join Chorale - A regional, multi-generational Choir

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Chorale (our multi-generational community choir) is starting the spring session, and we'd love to have you join. This choir includes adults, college and high school students. No experience is necessary. Rehearsals begin Monday, January 25
 
Conductor: Dr. Therees Hibbard
Time: Mondays, 8:45 - 9:45 p.m.
Location: Christiansen Hall of Music, Fosnes Rehearsal Room (CHM 233), St. Olaf College
 
Therees is Visiting Associate Professor of Music — Voice, Conductor of the Manitou Singers and the Early Music Singers at St. Olaf College.

First steel, then glass!

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The renovation of our public library continues in spite of cold and snow.  The steel framing for the new entrance and atrium has been anchored into the existing building.  Once the framing is complete, watch for the glazing that will let in the sunshine, keep out the cold and enable you to see through to the original building. Steel-and-glass is the architects' way of leaning lightly on our historic Carnegie library while gaining much-needed space.

For more photos of the extensive interior renovations, see guides.mynpl.org. To make a donation to the renovation, including patio furniture, special features in the children's area and conference room amenities (not included in the renovation budget), go to www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 


Martin Luther King Celebration Monday Evening

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Members of the Northfield Human Rights Commission invite all to the Color of Unity, the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:00 pm. At Emmaus Church, 712 Lincoln Street N. This year's program will feature four performing groups, a talk on Black Lives Matter by a St. Olaf student, and the annual awarding of the Human Rights Award.  This year's recipient is Susan Sanderson, honoring her years of commitment to the youth of our community in numerous ways, including her work as head of the Middle School TORCH program.

There will be performances by Glory Singers, Northfield Dance Academy, Ann Gregory-Bjorklund, Northfield High School Performing Arts Students (Latino anf Friends Players.)


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.

WINGS funds grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, health care, healthy behaviors and entrepreneurship. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 11, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its organizational meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016, at 7 pm, in the High School media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights included the election of school board officers: Julie Pritchard (chair), Ellen Iverson (vice-chair), Noel Stratmoen (clerk), and Rob Hardy (treasurer).


Movie Parking/Street Schedule

Filming has begun for the movie being shot in downtown Northfield. During the filming, there will be numerous parking restrictions downtown. Here's the latest schedule:

January 10 – 24, 2016 All parking restrictions will be signed 48 hours in advance. Watch for new signs throughout the two weeks. Check the Northfield Website for updated schedules. Call 507-645-4475 to speak to an officer and/or with questions.

Monday 1/11/2016 Film Location: 300 Block Division St. S. No Parking, Sunday (10th) 5:00 p.m. – Monday (11th) 6:00p.m., East side 300 block Division St. & South side 100 block 3rd St. E.

Tuesday 1/12/2016 Film Location: Archer House area No Parking Tuesday, (12th) 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., West and East sides of the 200 block Division St. Wednesday 1/13/2016 to Friday 1/15/2016 Film Location: 500 Block 3 rd Street E. No Parking,


WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

"The Color of Unity": A Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children".  This was a part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August, 1963.  The message continues to have great relevance for today when we are seeing that justice still is not being delivered fairly among all of those who live in this country.
 
The Northfield Human Rights Commission invites everyone to join us for the 22nd annual community celebration honoring the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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