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Events in and around Northfield

What the Trees Know: A Reading by Minnesota Book Award Winning Author Emilio DeGrazia

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On Thursday, November 13, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) welcomes Minnesota author Emilio DeGrazia to Northfield to give a reading of poetry and prose titled “What the Trees Know.” The reading will be held at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S.) at 7:00 p.m.

DeGrazia began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and in 1977 founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine. His first collection of short fiction, Enemy Country (New Rivers, 1984), was selected by Anne Tyler for a Writer’s Choice Award, and a novel, Billy Brazil (New Rivers, 1991), was chosen for a Minnesota Voices Project award. A second collection, Seventeen Grams of Soul (Lone Oak Press), received a Minnesota Book Award in 1995.


Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller to present Carleton convocation

Waneek Horn-Miller

Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller will present the Carleton College convocation address on Friday, Nov. 7 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An activist who works to mend the relationship between Native and non-Native communities in Canada, Horn-Miller will present “First Nations Rights.” Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived online at go.careton.edu/convo/.

Waneek Horn-Miller has overcome discrimination, self-doubt, and an infamous incident of violence to emerge as one of North America’s most inspiring Native speakers. With purpose and poise, she traverses the intersection of two generations of Native people, working to mend the dysfunctional relationship between Native and non-Native communities through social and political change. 


Music by Anna Marie Mitchell, Solar Energy Demonstrations for Kids, Fall Produce at Riverwalk Market Fair 2014 closing Saturday

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair

Look for music by Anna Marie Mitchell, solar energy demonstrations for kids, fall produce, tomatoes, apples, sweet and savory pastries, fresh local produce; and the area’s finest art and craft at the 2014 season closing day of Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 1 pm in Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square.

Music by Up and Coming Singer Songwriter Anna Marie Mitchell

16-year-old Anna Marie Mitchell is already attracting notice for her performing and original song writing.  She made it to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in 2013.  Now she has released her first CD and has caught the eye of the Nashville music establishment.  She was listed as “one to watch” by the Nashville songwriters Association International for her song “Broken Glass.” 

Solar Power Demonstrations for Kids by All Energy Solar


Something special for teens! Capone's 210 Club a Speak Easy event at the Library.

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That's right!  Saturday evening, Oct. 25th the library's meeting room will be transformed into a 1920's era Speak Easy- with games of chance, nibbles and beverages!  All strickly on the "up and up!"  The library's Teen Advisory Board has been preparing for this event for over a month.  TAB President Emma Prichard has her boas, necklaces and flapper outfit ready to go along with the playlist of 1920's jazz.  The Washington Street side door will open at 7pm.  Costumes are encouraged! Admission is free.  

For more information please call 507-645-1804 or email Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us

For those 18 and under, middle schoolers are invited but not younger kids! Thank you!

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 


Charles Kernaghan, “The Man Who Made Kathie Lee Cry,” to present Carleton Convocation on Global Labor and Human Rights

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Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 24 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Widely recognized as having launched the anti-sweatshop movement in the U.S., Kernaghan is best known as “the man who made Kathie Lee cry,” after publicly exposing that 13-year-old children were working in a brutal Honduran sweatshop earning just pennies and hour sewing Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line for Wal-Mart.  Entitled “The Race to the Bottom in the Global Economy,” Kernaghan’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


MnDOT Public Open House on Rail Transportation Planning

On Thursday, October 16, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Passenger Rail and Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations, will hold a Public Open House onThursday, October 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, in the Great Hall at Carleton College.  The purpose of this MnDot Public Open House is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the State's Rail Plan, which prescribes an anticipated plan for near- and long-term rail projects in the State, and to provide feedback and suggestions to inform the Plan's revision. 


Celebrate “no school” with these special events Thursday & Friday!

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The library is thrilled to host special activities while the kids are out of school Oct. 16 and 17.  

Magician Tim will entertain us with his slight of hand on Thusday, 10/16 from 11 to noon.  The Friends and Foundation of the library make this event possible!

On Friday, 10/17 from 11 to noon Musician Jack Pearson will present “On the Trail of America: celebrate great American Songs!”  This program is made possible by a SELCO Grant.

Both program are free and open to all and will be held the library's meeting room. 

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  507-645-6606 

http://northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com/2014/10/no-school-events-at-library.html

 


Northfield Reads Hosts First Amendment Conversation

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Have you been mulling over issues of Free Speech as they relate to the public use of Bridge Square?  Have you been debating the concept of Freedom of Religion as it relates nationally to issues of health care?  If so, Corinne Smith invites you to  join with your neighbors for a Northfield Reads! on these subjects.  This will be a time to read, discuss, connect, and learn.


1964: Reexamined Fifty Years Later

Ann Aby will give a talk on "1964: Reexamined Fifty Years Later" at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, October 16th at 7 pm.

"1964" is usually considered to begin on November 22, 1963, with Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One with Jacqueline Kennedy standing beside him and conclude with President Johnson's inauguration in his own right on January 20, 1965.  After a brief discussion of the challenges immediately faced by the "accidental" President, the presentation will focus on the passage of the Civil Rights Act (signed July 2, 1964) and the Mississippi Freedom Summer during the 1964 Presidential Election.

 

This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information call the library at 507-645-6606.


CROP Walk is Sunday, October 5th!

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Northfield CROP Walk is the annual community-wide collaboration to help eradicate world hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief, and assist refugees around the world.

Please join your fellow community members on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. as we start from United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, and walk together for about 17 blocks to Bridge Square.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised will support projects around the world sponsored by Church World Service (CWS).  The other twenty-five percent goes to eliminate poverty and hunger right here in Northfield through programs sponsored by the Northfield Community Action Center.


Grand opening of the new STORYLAND interactive exhibit at the Northfield Public Library Saturday, Oct. 4th at 11.

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You are invited to celebrate this new early literacy opportunity at the library!

A statewide, interactive traveling exhibit built by Minnesota Children’s Museum and hosted by the Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Public School Early Childhood Family Education. Join Minnesota Children's Museum and community members for a short ceremony and story time for children led by a Minnesota State Senator Kevin Dahle.

Ribbon Cutting and Remarks - 11 a.m
Story Time with Senator Kevin Dahle - 11:30 a.m.

In Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, children explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play.


Banjo Pickin' Helen Forsythe and One-Man Circus David Walbridge at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

Magician, juggler, and comedian David Walbridge.

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday from 9 to noon to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, has opened for Martha Scanlan at the Northfield Arts Guild and performed at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.  

Kids Activity at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be hosted by the Friends of the Northield Library.  David Walbridge, a one-man-circus of comedy, magic, juggling, modern vaudeville will perform at 11 am.  Be sure to catch this great family show. 


Carleton’s Cowling Arboretum Hosts Passenger Pigeon Commemoration

Passenger Pigeon Portrait by L.A. Fuertes

Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum invites the public to a Passenger Pigeon Commemoration on Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. The event, taking place on the north lawn of Olin Hall on the Carleton campus, will feature history, readings, and treats.

Once the most abundant bird in North America, the Passenger Pigeon officially became extinct 100 years ago in September 1914.  This event will offer the opportunity to learn about the biology of this bird, the historic value of the bird to the people and the ecosystem, how humans contributed directly to its loss, and what lessons can be learned about species conservation. Passages will be read from Aldo Leopold, as well as work from other contemporary authors and the recollections of a former Northfield resident.  Light refreshments will also be served.


Readers Rejoice! The Carleton Bookstore’s October Madness Inventory Reduction Sale Slashes Prices on All In-Stock General Reading Books

As the Carleton College Bookstore prepares to transfer its operations management to Barnes & Noble College Stores, it will hold a massive inventory reduction sale offering half-off all in-stock general reading books. The “October Madness! Inventory Reduction Sale!” will take place daily Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4. All sales are final and 50% off discounts are offered in-store only (orders, online sales, and additional discounts are excluded).

The Carleton College Bookstore is located in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 am. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about this not-to-be-missed sale, contact the Carleton College Bookstore at (507) 222-4150.


Carleton lecture uncovers failures in U.S. foreign policies

Stephen M. Walt, Harvard Kennedy School professor of political science

Harvard Kennedy School professor of political science Stephen Walt will present a public lecture entitled “Follies & Fiascos: Why Does U.S. Foreign Policy Keep Failing?” on Monday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, on the Carleton College campus. A reception with light refreshments will follow Walt’s lecture.


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