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Events in and around Northfield

Poetry Reading: Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy

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Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street).  Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing. 

In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.


"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26

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Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!

Saturday, April 26

9 a.m. - Noon
Bridgewater Elementary
401 Jefferson Parkway


Beverly Bell to Discuss Effects of Responses to Haiti Earthquake, April 21

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Beverly Bell will speak about her recent book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide. The book illustrates how the earthquake compounded pre-existing socio-economic injustices in Haiti. It sheds light on how the exploitative doctrine of “disaster capitalism” has driven the international response to the quake. And perhaps most importantly, it highlights the work grassroots actors are undertaking to resist this influence and define a future based on domestic priorities, rather than imported (and imposed) ones.


Columnist Lori Sturdevant to Speak In Northfield

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant will speak about her recent book Her Honor:  Rosalie Wash and the Minnesota Women’s Movement on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center.  Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey.

A 1967 graduate of William Mitchell Law School, Wahl was the first woman named to the Minnesota State Supreme court, appointed in 1977 by then Governor Rudy Perpich. She is credited with influencing how her fellow justices saw the cases they decided. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl, documenting societal challenges faced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.  


Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014: Thursday, April 24

As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day.  In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!

Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor.  Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide

range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.


Carleton College Convocation Focuses on Civilian Peacekeeping in the Modern World

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Mel Duncan, the co-founder and past executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 11 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. His talk, titled “Nonviolent Peacekeeping: Hard Nosed Hope in a Tough World,” is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived for online viewing at go.carleton.edu/events/convocations/audio_video/.

In an age when unarmed civilians are apt to get caught in the crosshairs of conflict, Mel Duncan has a radical idea about who should stave off war's "collateral damage": other unarmed civilians. He believes that “no one can make anyone else’s peace for them” and that "peacekeeping isn't always most effective when it’s done at the end of a gun."


Save The Date: April 26 - Earth Day Celebration

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Northfield’s 4th Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at Carleton College’s Weitz Center. Organizers invite everyone to join the free resilient skill- building activities:  make goat cheese and goat soap; sew snack bags; attend a solar tour; make a felted wool project; create a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself”; plant seedlings in the Carleton Arboretum; tour a gravity fed rain water system and bike powered table saw; help create a recycled sculpture and many more. 

There will be a free soup supper and community potluck. After supper, visit local sustainability stations to learn how you can get involved in projects happening here in the Northfield area.

Bring your instruments and voice. We will end the day with a community jam!


Great Northfield, Minn. Book Raid coming

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 53rd annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid Tuesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 26, at the Northfield Ice Arena.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 23 - April 25; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Friday all books are 50 percent off. Saturday morning is the bag sale ($5 per bag) from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. all remaining books are free.


Carleton Arboretum to host Prescribed Burn Workshop

Private landowners and others interested in using fire as a grassland management tool are invited to attend a Prescribed Burn Workshop on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum in Northfield. Sponsored by Carleton with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there is a $20 fee per person to participate.

Class size is limited to 24 participants ages 18 years of age or older. Pre-registration is required by April 7. The $20 fee includes materials and coffee breaks, but participants should bring their own lunch or plan to purchase lunch in town. Register at the Carleton College website: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/arb/programs/workshops/fire_workshop


Carleton Students present Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” with proceeds supporting The HOPE Center

Carleton College will host a student produced and performed production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Sometime funny, sometimes poignant—“The Vagina Monologues” focuses on the female experience as it relates to sexuality, love, abuse, and resilience. Proceeds from this event will benefit The HOPE Center in Faribault, along with the national V-Day Spotlight Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Tickets are being offered on a $5 to $15 sliding scale, and can be purchased at the door and online at apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/vagmons/creditcard/.


Carleton Convocation Focuses on Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap

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Carleton College will kick-off its spring term convocation series with a presentation by Annie Houle, national director of campus and communities initiatives for The WAGE Project, Inc., on Friday, April 4 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap,” Houle’s presentation focuses on wage discrimination against American women in the workplace, offering constructive solutions to eliminate this gap. Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also streamed online and can be viewed at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

The WAGE Project (“Women Are Getting Even”) was established with one purpose: to end discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future. Over her working life, a woman will earn $1 million less than a man simply because she is a woman. WAGE seeks to eliminate the gender wage gap for every man in America, inspiring and helping working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she is worth.


Service of Renewal Set for April 6

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A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer and music meditation, will be Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy and volunteers.

The service will include a litany for healing, hymn singing, harp music, and readings. Lois Lindbloom, a spiritual director and licensed psychologist (L.P.M.A.), will offer the meditation. Local musicians John Ferguson, Elinor Niemisto and Jenny Pelletier will provide music and accompaniment.


Spring Break! Garage Band Camp Is Back

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The Northfield Arts Guild is offering its second Garage Band Camp - this year it's during Spring Break. Local performers Gregory Ennis and Neil Rowley will be leading this camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26th from 3:00 - 5:30.  It's open to girls and guys ages 11 - 18 and all skill levels.  Instruments will be provided or bring your own.

The camp will held in the Northfield Arts Guild Theater at 411 W Third St. Northfield.  Fee is $45 for members and $50 non-members.  Register on-line at northfieldartsguild.org, call 645-8877 or register at the Guild office at 304 Division St.


"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26

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Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!


It's Lizards and Legos at the Library for Spring Break!

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The Northfield Public Library is celebrating spring break with some fun activities!  


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