Events

Events in and around Northfield

Retired professional football player shares his story of life as a gay man in the NFL

Esera Tuaolo

Esera Tuaolo, a former professional football player who publicly came out as a gay man after retiring from a successful career in the NFL, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 22 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “Alone in the Trenches,” Tuaolo’s talk is based on his autobiography “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” (Sourcebooks, 2007). This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Goods for Good city-wide garage sale

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Goods for Good, Northfield’s annual city-wide garage sale event for charity, has begun! The event runs now through Saturday, May 16. The organizers of each site have selected a charity or cause that will benefit from their sale, and they agree to give at least 50 percent of the money raised to that charity. Shop the sales and know that your purchases will support lots of great causes.

There are 22 sale sites this year and most are indoors, so this is a rain or shine event. Sale hours vary by site, so download the site map, which includes hours and descriptions for each site, or pick one up from a specially marked news box in front of the Northfield News office at 115 5th St. W. in Northfield, or at any of the sale sites. Look for the Goods for Good signs.


Book launch and signing at The Key: Table 13 Journals

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"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is  the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period.  It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center  and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.

Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.

The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota. 


Carleton convocation provides first-hand account of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

Chude Allen, Then & Now

Chude Allen, Carleton Class of 1965, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Just Being There Was Against The Law,” Allen will share her first-hand account as a participant in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system by increasing African-American voter registration.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo


Carleton convocation provides first-hand account of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

Chude Allen, Then & Now

American civil rights and women’s liberation movement activist Chude Allen, a member of the Carleton Class of 1965, will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Just Being There Was Against The Law,” Allen will share her first-hand account as a participant in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system by increasing African-American voter registration.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


City Clean-up Days Scheduled

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The City of Northfield is holding Spring Clean-up Days May 2nd and May 9th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Northfield Maintenance Shop, 1710 Riverview Drive behind Perkins. Acceptable items include:  household garbage, bulk items and construction waste (windows, doors, lumber, shingles, sheetrock and scrap metal). There will be no charge for these.

The city also accepts for a fee:  appliances, electronics computers, monitors ($25/item) and tires ($5/tire) and tractor tires ($40/tire).

Paints, sludge, tar, liquids, thinners, fertilizer, pesticides, batteries, yard waste and brush are not acceptable.

There is no charge for acceptable items with proof of residence.   


Carleton Convocation delivered by Let Girls Lead’s Kathryn Harper

Let Girls Lead's Kathryn Harper

Kathryn Harper, a passionate advocate for the global empowerment of girls and women, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 1 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “Invest in Girls, Transform the World,” Harper’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Northfield Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday May 2

Independent Bookstore Day

Join Content Bookstore and independent bookstores across the country on May 2 for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd.

Things kick off in Northfield with local celebrity story time at 10:30 am. Helen Forsythe will be playing live in the store at 11:30 am. After cake at 1:00 pm, Content will hold an “About a book” open mic session. Participants are invited to talk about a favorite book, and will be rewarded with a free hand-picked used book by store staff. Matt Arthur plays a set at 3:30 pm. Throughout the day, visitors are welcome to contribute to a community book-making project.


Poem in Your Pocket Day: Thursday, April 30

We are very serious about our love of poetry in this town - so much so that, for five years running, Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission has chosen local poets’ works to be installed in concrete. In further demonstration of our community’s love of poetry, this week marks the third year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.


Teaching Number Sense

Do you want to help kids love math? Would you like to make working with numbers fun? In Teaching Number Sense you’ll get practical common sense advice about how to help children love learning their math facts…and it’s not drill and kill methods. It’s about skills and thrills to fuel enthusiasm. Mathematics is the language we use to talk about quantity, structure, space and change, as well as other qualities of the physical world. Our experiences within our physical world determine how we learn to think and communicate this knowledge. In this LIVE webinar, Maren Schmidt will show you how to give children foundational experiences with quantity, structure, space and change, experiences that will develop their number sense and love of using the language of mathematics. This workshop is based on current research along with my twenty plus years of experience teaching children ages 3 to 15. You’ll find information in the webinar that might turn the children around you into math lovers!


Carleton College to Sponsor 4th Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

HOPE Center

The public is invited to participate in the fourth annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 9th beginning at 9:30am at the Carleton College Recreation Center. The 5K for HOPE is open to all. Registration is $15 for Carleton students and $30 for non-students. Proceeds from this event will support the HOPE Center, whose mission is to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education. The HOPE Center is located in Faribault and serves all of Rice County. Participants can register online at: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/5KforHope/registration/.

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VIDEO: Northfield YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

Join us Saturday, April 25th 9:00-noon at Bridgewater Elementary School.  Free for all community members. 


"The Dead Lands" by Ben Percy Release Party - Tonight at 7pm!

The Dead Lands Release Party - 7pm, April 14

Celebrate Benjamin Percy‘s latest novel, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, at a free hometown release party, featuring a reading by the author and music from Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders and Wesley Church & The Fabulous Vanguards. It’s all happening at the Upstairs Rueb ‘n’ Stein at 503 Division Street South.

Northfield’s Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels and two short story collections. He is a contributing editor at Esquire and writes the Green Arrow series for DC Comics. His crime series, Black Gold — set in the North Dakota oil fields — is currently in development with STARZ TV network.

Books and CDs will be available for sale from Content Bookstore.


Carleton Invites Community to Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service and Vigil

"A Good Place to Hide" by Peter Grose

Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 19 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Author Peter Grose will be the featured speaker and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. A vigil/name reading of Holocaust victims will precede the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the event, visit go.carleton.edu/calendar. This event is free and open to the public.


Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ to present Carleton convocation

Arsalan Iftikhar

Founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ Arsalan Iftikhar will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 17 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era, Iftikhar has been called Islam’s “It” guy by many in the global media and is a much sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective. NPR host Michel Martin calls Iftikhar “…the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware” and New York best-selling author Deepak Chopra wrote, “The world needs more Muslim Ghandi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar.”

Entitled “The Future of Islam, Muslims, and the West,” Iftikhar’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


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