Are you ready for some laughs? Books & Stars will feature MIXED NUTS at Way Park Wed. July 9th.

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The show begins at 7 pm, Booker the Book Bus opens at 6:30

Mixed Nuts! Join us for physical comedy, humor and uproarious audience participation!  Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone!

Mixed Nuts are real clowns minus full clown make-up and will produce side-splitting laughter in ages 3-93. All at lovely Way Park (St. Olaf Ave and Manitou Street)

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forrest Ave & Lincoln St.

Check for updates at 507-645-6606, Facebook and at www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com

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 and cultural heritage fund.


Just Food Co-op is Making a Difference

Just Food is Making a Difference

Just Food Co-op, a community-owned natural foods market and deli, has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for June. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The Northfield business was nominated for the award because of its community outreach efforts. These include providing healthy snacks for youth in the school district’s summer PLUS program, and supporting the Multicultural Cooking Club run by the Growing Up Healthy coalition.

The club meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. It began as a way for members of the Latino community to socialize, but now the club strives to build cross-cultural relationships and is open to anyone in the community who’s interested in learning how to make Latin-inspired dishes and other ethnic cuisine.


Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process

Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process 

On July 9th and 10th the Northfield City Council will interview candidates for the position of City Administrator.  The City Council values public input and is therefore making opportunities available for public involvement in the process.

The City Council will be holding a meet and greet event on July 9th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  This will be an opportunity for members of the public to visit with the final candidates and get to know them a bit.  Interested persons are invited to stop by anytime during the event. 


Auditions for Confident Male Actor/Singer

Underdog Productions

Underdog Productions is looking for ONE CONFIDENT MALE ACTOR/SOLOIST ABLE TO PLAY AGE 50 for the principal role of John Tyler in an exciting world premier historical musical comedy titled Tippecanoe and Tyler Too by W. Watts Biggers. The available audition slots are Monday, July 7, 6:30 -8:00 p.m. at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville. Auditioners should prepare a show tune. Monologue is optional. Contact underdogproductionsmn@gmail.com to set up an audition timeslot.


E-Recycling July 5 at First UCC Church Parking Lot

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Carl Henry of Northern specific invites you to bring your unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING Saturday, July 5, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. If weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled. The following items will be accepted at no charge:

-- Computers (desktops, towers, laptops)

-- Small printers

-- Network equipment (modems, routers)

-- Stereos

-- Radios

-- Phones

-- Cables

-- Dehumidifiers

-- Microwave ovens

-- Small air conditioners

-- Toasters

-- Very small refrigerators

-- Other small appliances if they are largely metal

Modern "thin" monitors or TVs are free, but old-fashioned CRT-based monitors or TVs are $5 each.  Extra-large televisions -- requiring two people to carry -- will NOT be accepted.


Books & Stars is on Bridge Square July 2nd.

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Start your celebration of the 4th of July a little early! Books & Stars will feature The Music of Ft. Snelling. Enjoy a lovely evening on Bridge Square with music and  a little history lesson to tell the story of music at Ft. Snelling from early territorial times through the 1940's.   Booker, the book bus opens at 6:30 for library material check out.  The show begins at 7 pm.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.   The Northfield Historical Society had teamed up with the Northfield Public Library and Community Services Division of the Northfield Public School with the help of a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council!

In case of inclement weather, the show will move to Oddfellows Pavilion (on Forest Ave by Three Links Care Center)  check here, www.booksandstars2014.blogspot.com or at the library 645-6606, Northfield Historical Society 645-9268


July 4th Events: Vintage Baseball and Fireworks

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Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that on Friday, July 4, there will with two exciting events: a vintage baseball game followed by an evening fireworks display. 

The 1860s-style baseball game gets under way when the Northfield Silver Stars take on the St. Croix Baseball Club at 1 p.m. in the field on Lincoln Street below St. Olaf College’s Old Main Hill.  Fans should be prepared for a few different rules: no gloves allowed; the batter is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce; no balls or strikes are called by an umpire (although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times); foul balls are not considered strikes; and base runners can be tagged out if they overrun first base.


Public Invited to Third Annual Northfield Film Fest

In collaboration with the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC), Carleton College is pleased to host the third annual Northfield Film Festival, running Tuesday evenings during the month of July. This year's theme is "The Hollywood Renaissance" and will feature popular films from the 1960s and 1970s, including "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Graduate," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and "Chinatown." The series will also feature screenings of three short films created by area students—one each from Carleton, St. Olaf College, and Northfield High School.

Screenings are free and open to the public and will be held Tuesdays evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema (Third and College Streets in Northfield).

July 8: "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967, 111 min.), directed by Arthur Penn and starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.


Great River Shakespeare Festival Ticket Vouchers available at the Northfield Public Library

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The Great River Shakespeare Festival has made available free ticket vouchers for their plays in Winona, MN.  The vouchers were made available through many generous donors. The season runs June 25 through August 3, 2014. The Northfield Public Library has 10 vouchers left.  These are available 2 per family. Please inquire at the reference desk upstairs at the library. Some restrictions apply.  For more information see the GRSF website at https://grsf.org or call the library at 507-645-6606.


Community School Coordinator for Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division

Northfield Public Schools (in partnership with the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and a number of local community organizations) is excited to announce the launch of the Greenvale Park Community School initiative this fall. 

Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. A community school’s integrated focus on academics, health & social services, youth & community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. 

The community school partners seek a Community School Coordinator to help lead this ambitious effort.


52 New Friends of the Northfield Public Library

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The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library are pleased to have 52 new members since they began their New Membership Drive during National Library Week in April.  Another 38 members before the end of July - 90 new members in 90 days! - and the Friends will be a bigger, better supporter of our public library.

Memberships begin at $10/year for students and seniors, $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $50 for businesses, and $120 ($10/month) for sustaining members.  Members' dues and donations support the Summer Reading Program, Books and Stars park performances, eBooks, Booker the bookmobile, computers and iPads, and much more.  

New members can sign up at the library, during the July Books and Stars performances (5 Wednesday evenings!) or online at http://www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. Friend us and join us today!


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and three board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2014.  HCI board members serve three-year terms.

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on the HCI Board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.


Carleton College's Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale Rescheduled for July 12 and 13

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) has rescheduled its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale for Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale, which is typically held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend, was postponed this year due to Cannon River flooding on the campus.


YMCA Rotary Match Update

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA has raised more than $44,000 in the last month during their Rotary Community Match Challenge. Through June 30th, The Northfield Rotary Club will donate $1 for every $2 pledged. The Y is encouraging community members who have not yet supported the Y to make a tax-deductible gift of any size this week. The new Y Community Center is scheduled to open in September behind Target and features a full-size gym, indoor walking track and indoor pool. More information about the Rotary Match and the new Y facility is available at northfieldymca.org.


Northfield City Hall Open House

Media Release
June 25, 2014
Northfield City Hall Open House

Mayor Graham, members of the City Council and City staff welcome the public to Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington St, for an open house on Wednesday, June 25 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The purpose of the City Hall open house is to celebrate the 60th anniversary (1954-2014) of the newly remodeled building and its public service to the Northfield community as an elementary school and City Hall.

Were you a student or teacher in the former Washington Elementary School or are you a former city employee, maybe a regular user of the services at City Hall or just an interested resident or business owner, stop by for a tour of the newly remodeling building and enjoy some ice cream or hot dogs before or after your tour.


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