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Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:21am
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.
Submitted by Jennifer Kluzak on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:13am
During 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.Submitted by susanpokorney on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:12pm
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.
Submitted by Kari VanDerVeen on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:53am
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.
Submitted by Doug Bratland on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:47pm
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The 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:
Submitted by Melissa Bernhard on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 5:09pm
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.
Submitted by Kari VanDerVeen on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:14am
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.
Submitted by Kari VanDerVeen on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:05am
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.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:53am
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.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:43am
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.
Carleton’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship Presents Argentine Novelist, Screenwriter and Critic, Alan PaulsSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:39am
Carleton College is pleased to present Argentine novelist, screenwriter and critic Alan Pauls on Monday, May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Pauls’ appearance is part of the College’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship series, designed to bring renowned artists from all genres to campus. His talk, entitled “The Depth of my Depths,” is free and open to the public.
Called “one of the best living Latin American writers” by Roberto Bolaño, Pauls is considered one of the most original voices in current Latin American literature. He studied Literary Studies at the University of Buenos Aires, where he also later worked as a lecturer for Literary Theory. He founded the magazine Lecturas críticas and worked as an editor for the daily paper Página/12.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:31am
Shujaat Husain Khan and Samir Chatterjee, world-class virtuosos of the sitar and tabla, will perform together in concert on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This not-to-be-missed musical performance is free and open to the public.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:27am
Falling Whistles co-founder Sean Carasso, a young and influential social entrepreneur and activist, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Power of the Individual: Youth Movements and Social Change," Carasso’s presentation will focus on the growing success of Falling Whistles, a global peace campaign designed to help the victims of the Congo war. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Submitted by Joy Riggs on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:53am
Thirteen peer mentors who volunteered with an art program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for April. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.
The A+ Art Club: Autism and the Arts provides the opportunity for participants ages 15 to 21 to get together with college students and guest artists each week at the Northfield Arts Guild to work on art projects and develop social skills. The program began in 2009 and is coordinated by Laura Goodwin and Meg Ojala.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:43am
What to get your mother (or grandmother) for Mother’s Day?
The Friends of the Northfield Public Library have a great idea! – a membership ($10 for seniors, like your grandmother or elderly mom; $15 for younger moms) that comes with a free Friends t-shirt for the new member, a laminated Friends card, and a special bookmark.
For less than the cost of one meal out you can show your love for your mom and your library by giving her a Friends membership that lasts the whole year. For more information, stop by the library, click on this QRC, or go online to www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org.