Events

Events in and around Northfield

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration RESCHEDULED

The Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration has been rescheduled. It will be on Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm, at Emmaus Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the remembrance of Dr. King and his message. 


Parkinson’s Support Group meets January 25

The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday, January 25 at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson’s, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson’s, are invited to attend. 

 

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group

Wednesday, January 25

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center

2000 North Avenue

 

Guest speakers from the Social Services department of Northfield Hospital & Clinics will discuss two key topics: advance care planning, and local resources for care as health needs change.


MLK Day Celebration Cancelled

Due to hazardous travel conditions, this evening's community celebration of Rev. Dr. Martln Luther King, Jr., originally scheduled for 7pm at Emmaus church, has been cancelled.


Community Solar Garden Availability

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Community solar gardens are finally being built and now renters, home owners, small businesses and others can join companies and institutions like St. Olaf College in subscribing.

We at Northfield Area Community Solar (NACS) are hosting an event Saturday, January 21st at the Weitz Center from 9am to noon, for information about MN Community Solar's gardens and to help people obtain the needed information from Xcel or to subscribe to a community solar garden. Come and go as you please to the January event. We will have computers to walk you through the processes or bring your own laptop if you prefer for confidentiality reasons and we'll help with what you need.

Community solar is a way you and your family can make an environmental change in the right direction. Please also sign the petition at www.northfieldearthday.com, if you haven't, urging the city of Northfield to join other communities in going 100% carbon free.


Writers Night: A Sense of Place

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The Northfield Poet Laureate is pleased to present “Writers Night: A Sense of Place,” a carefully selected program of poetry and prose by local writers in the new atrium of the Northfield Public Library at 7pm on Thursday, January 19.

Ten writers from Northfield, Faribault, and Webster will read selections on the theme of “a sense of place.” The selections were submitted during the month of December. In early January, a panel of judges made selections from thirty separate poems and short prose pieces in a blind screening process.

Writers included on the program are Sherry Anderson, Becky Boling, Florence Dacey, Bret Farley, Larry Gavin, Doug Green, Margit Johnson, Christine Kallman, Hannah Pahs, Joy Riggs, Julie Ryan, and Leslie Schultz.


Writers Speak Out for Hope

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Thirteen local writers will participate in a “Writers Resist” event on Sunday, Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The “Northfield Writers Resist: Hope is Greater Than Fear” event is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St.

Participating writers are Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, Beth Breiland, Bella Callery, Florence Dacey, Adriana Estill, Doug Green, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Rich Larson, Harmony Neal, Orick Peterson, Joy Riggs, Kaethe Schwehn, and Vicki Scott. The readings will address issues of social justice, freedom of expression, and the preservation of democratic ideals. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee and cookie reception will follow.

The local event is coordinated by Riggs and Hardy and is one of more than 80 Writers Resist events taking place across the country and in Europe. Riggs said after she read an article about the Writers Resist events and learned that cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis were participating, she thought, “We should have one in Northfield.”

Riggs said she contacted Hardy, and the two of them worked together to organize the event within a few days.

“Planning the event has reminded me of why I love living in Northfield,” Riggs said. “We have a wealth of talent right here, and people are more than willing to collaborate and make things happen. You just have to ask.”


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

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Northfield Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the work he did, and the work he continues to inspire us to do in this country.  This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, January 16, 7:00-8:15 pm, at Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street North.  This event is free and open to everyone in the community.

The theme this year is building bridges of understanding.  As Nelson Mandela said “The time for the healing of the wounds has come.  The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.  The time to build is upon us.” The program will address this issue in a variety of ways including poetry by Delina Haileab and Rob Hardy, Northfield Poet Laureate, music by St. Olaf Gospel Choir, thoughts from Lisa Moore, St. Olaf Professor of Social Work, and an open microphone time for the community.


Lucia Fest Set for Dec. 9

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Northfield High School senior Ruthie Nelson will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 9, at the 41st annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

The 2016 Lucia attendants are Synneva Bratland, Grace Casson, Claire Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Annika Fredrickson, Lucy Graham, Brooke Green, Teagan Green, Erin Gunn, Annika Korynta, Rose Mibus, Addie Nelson, Elsa Nystrom, Leah Olson, Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad, Erin Runningen and Astrid Peterson White. The star boys are Max Casson, Jim Graham and Bjorn Olson.


St. Olaf Healthcare Discussion Event with Rose Roach - 12/6/16

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Rose Roach, Executive Director, of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) will lead a discussion on the political issues with Minnesota healthcare reform.  The discussion takes place at St. Olaf Dec. 6th, 5:30pm in Buntrock Commons Black Ballroom.  The event is hosted by St. Olaf College’s Political Awareness Committee (PAC), a branch of the Student Government Association.

Ms. Roach was a strong voice in the recent nurses’ strike with Allina Health and has ongoing participation on the Governor’s Health Care Financing Task Force.  A passionate advocate for healthcare justice, Rose is a national speaker on single payer healthcare as a means to achieve healthcare as a human right.


Accepting Submissions for Writers' Night: A Sense of Place

Be a part of Northfield's vibrant literary community in 2017!

The Northfield Poet Laureate invites writers of all ages to submit poetry or short prose selections for inclusion in the first in a new series of WRITERS’ NIGHT programs to be held at the Northfield Public Library. The theme of the first Writers’ Night is “A Sense of Place.”

All submissions will be judged anonymously. Writers whose work has been selected will be invited to read their work at Writers’ Night at the Northfield Public Library at 7pm on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

The Details

Submit no more than 750 words of prose or three pages of poetry. Acceptable formats include .docx, .doc, and .rtf, or the text may be included in the body of an email.

Send submissions by email to Rob Hardy at poet.laureate@ci.northfield.mn.us


Nominations Welcome for 2017 Northfield Human Rights Award

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With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of Human Rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration held in January.

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.


Turkey Trot becoming unofficial homecoming

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The Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot has become Northfield’s unofficial homecoming event for the 1000-plus runners and walkers who participate each year.  

Now in its 16th year, the 5K run/walk is a Thanksgiving tradition for many Northfield households, a “must-do” for those who want to connect with old friends and neighbors and be reminded that Northfield is always home.

Rob Bierman, chair of Rotary’s Turkey Trot Committee, said this event has become one of the community’s signature events.

“The Turkey Trot gives Northfielders an opportunity to touch base with one another and reflect on their shared experience here in Northfield,” said Bierman. “You’ll see lots of hugs and hear a lot of catching up before and during the run/walk. There is always a lot of positive energy here.”


Author explains influence of Israel lobby on foreign policy

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With the presidential candidates dominating the headlines, the political action committees (PACs) that lobby them are often forgotten. Author Grant F. Smith will discuss one of the most influential of these, the Israel lobby, 7-9 p.m., Nov. 12, 2016, Tomson Hall 280, St. Olaf College. Smith's presentation will address the origin, growth and influence of the lobby on U.S. Middle East policy.

Smith, a native Minnesotan, founded the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) in Washington, D.C., in 2002 and has written eight books about the Israel lobby.

The program is the joint effort of St. Olaf's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the St. Olaf Middle East Studies program and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel.


Stroke Support Group begins Nov. 17

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A new support group for stroke patients, their caregivers and loved ones is launching at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. The goal is to provide social, emotional and practical support for those adapting to life after a stroke. The group will meet monthly. It is free, and open to the public.

Stroke Support Group

Third Thursday of each month, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 17

Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave. (Meeting Room A)

On Dec. 15, the group will meet at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level).


Ceremony of remembrance for those who have lost a child

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Individuals experiencing the loss of a child are invited to a ceremony of remembrance and support leading into the holiday season.

International Children’s Memorial Day Service

Sunday, December 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

First United Church of Christ

This is a service of remembrance for those touched by the death of a child of any age. The evening includes readings, the lighting of candles, and time for reflection. There will also be grief support resources available for families. 

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

This local ceremony is part of Worldwide Candle Lighting, an international commemoration on December 11 with remembrance services around the world for families that have lost a child.


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