Events

Events in and around Northfield

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to Speak

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Addressing the topic “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout”, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the Fall Kick-off speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls event on Saturday, September 20.  The public is cordially invited to attend this event that will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. There will be coffee and treats served before and after the presentation.

Ritchie has served as Secretary of State since 2006 and is retiring at the end of his current term.  The Secretary of State is the chief election official who partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections, In 2008, he presided over what has been called “the most publicly scrutinized recount in the history of the United States Senate”, the context between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. He has been credited with increasing the number of overseas military voters in Minnesota elections.


Constitution Day Event Tonight at the Weitz Center

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Come and join your neighbors at Carleton College's Weitz Center Commons for Constitution Day (Wed. Sept. 17th) from 7:00-8:30 pm. This is an event for the whole community, co-sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, and local schools. 


Carleton Economics Professor Stephen Strand to Present Annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation

Carleton College Professor Stephen Strand

Designed to stimulate student reflection on the nature of liberal arts and a liberal arts approach to learning, this year’s annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation will be presented by Carleton College professor of economics, Stephen Strand. Entitled “Either Appear As You Are, Or Be As You Appear,” Strand’s presentation will highlight the ways which scholars ask questions, discover and evaluation information, and effectively and ethically construct arguments.

This event takes places Friday, Sept. 26 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public. His presentation will also be recorded and archived for listening online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


International Day of Peace September 21

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September 21, 2014 is International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year's theme is "The Right of Peoples to Peace" raising awareness of the worldwide violence against groups of people and individuals. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Local observance will be from 2 to 4 p.m.Bridge Square, Northfield. This is the 12th Annual Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace. Music,  drumming, short speeches, stories and an open mic are part of the program.  All are welcome to attend and participate.  


Watercolor Artist Cathy Miller at Riverwalk on Saturday September 13

Kathy Miller at Riverwalk Market Fair

Watercolor Artist Kathy Miller Returns to Riverwalk

Award winning watercolor artist Kathy Miller returns to Riverwalk Market Fair for three Saturdays, September 13, 20, and 27.  One of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, Kathy creates floral and landscape watercolor paintings and limited edition prints.  Kathy’s “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show.  Kathy’s “Tomatoes” is the featured art on Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2014 poster.  A former teacher, and always and passionate artist, Kathy fell in love with watercolor as she neared retirement.  A watercolor workshop in Giverny, France, site of Claude Monet’s garden, provided Kathy with greater insight, visual perception, and emotional sensitivity in her work.  Kathy says, “Being there were Claude Monet painted and experiencing the light as he did has had a profound effect on me.  I am certain it will forever alter how I see and paint the world around me.”  


Carleton Constitution Day Event Kicks Off Community-Wide Conversation

The U.S. Constitution turns 227 years old this month, yet it remains the focus of fierce national debate.  Politicians invoke it in their campaigns. Court decisions hinge upon its interpretation. Issues as vital as immigration reform, free speech, and freedom of religion prompt us to examine not only its words, but the intentions of its authors.

This fall, join a community-wide conversation about the Constitution through a special event series organized by Carleton College and its community partners. All events are free and open to the public:


Forum on Community Events

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The NDDC and Arts & Culture Commission are sponsoring a forum on community events Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 am inthe Archer House Riverview Conference Room.  

The panel of local events organizer, Paul Niemisto (Vintage Band Festival), Ann Mosey (Cannon River Roots Festival), and Hayes Scriven (DJJD and Outlaw Run) will present their experience as well as helping facilitate discussion about the impact of events on the community, the challenges and costs of presenting events, and considering how to make it easier to stage great events in Northfield.  


Former Minneapolis mayor and education advocate R.T. Rybak to present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation Address.

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Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 15 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocation will also be streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/

A three-term mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013, Raymond Thomas “R.T.” Rybak, Jr. is currently head of Generation Next (www.gennextmsp.org), a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.


Northfield Shares to Host Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

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A community-spirited event to benefit Northfield-area nonprofits is right around the corner. Northfield Shares, the nonprofit that formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, will host the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk on Sunday, September 7. The 5K run/walk and 15K run are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Northfield at the Northfield Armory (519 South Division Street). Proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization’s vital operating expenses. Online registration is now open at www.djjdrun.org. On-site registration will also be available on the day of the event.


Bee Observation and Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

Laura Heiman, beekeeper, at Riverwalk Market Fair

Schoolhouse Apirary will present bee watching (in an enclosed observation hive) at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 30.  Learn about bee habits and efforts to keep beehives healthy and robust against colony collapse disorder from Laura Heiman, beekeeper.  Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.   This small reprise of the hugely popular Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place Saturdays, June through October in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts. (Riverwalk will be closed Saturday, September 6, for Defeat of Jesse James Days). 


Wake Robin plays at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday August 23

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake-Robin.

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, will be by Wake-Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Wake-Robin's specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. Banjo Helen Forsythe, previously scheduled for this Saturday, will perform at Riverwalk on September 27.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place ever Saturdays, June through October, rain or shine, in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts.


Music by Sam Ryden at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Sam Ryden will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday August 16 in Northfield's Bridge Square

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturay, August 16 will be provided by 13 year old Sam Ryden. Sam is already making a name for himself as a musical prodigy. His sophisticated musical sense and strong stage presence helped him reach the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013.

New season local honey and locally grown tomatoes are are now available from Riverwalk farm vendors. Riverwalk Market Fair, an open-air artists and farmers market, is open 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays, June thorugh October in downtown Northfield's Bridge Square.


Free Back to School Carnival for Kids of All Ages

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On Thursday, August 14, Canvas Church is sponsoring a free Back to School Carnival at Sechler Park.  The carnival will run from 5:30pm-8:00pm and will include free activites such as a dunk tank, cotton candy machine, and even a free haircut.  There wil be many other free activites for kids of all ages as well.  Plus, the first 200 kids grades K-5 will receive a $30 voucher to the Nike outlet store in Medford that can be used to buy new Nike shoes for school!!!  


FIRST-EVER Northfield Safety Camp sign up ends soon!

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It's going to be great! Four fun filled and educational days coming up next week at Bridgewater Elementary school and the Middle School Pool.  The combined knowledge of the Northfield Hospital's EMTs, Northfield Police, Northfield Fire Department, Rice County Sheriff Department, the DNR, Rice county water rescue, K9 unit and medivac helicopter will all be on-hand or presenting during the 1st ever Northfield Safety Fair.  It's for kids going into 3-8th grade.  Sign up via the Northfield Community Services Office $40 for the entire session or $15 per day!  

For more details click here.


Music By Parker Ousley at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Parker Ousley will play and sing folk, blues, and jazz at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 9 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Also featured will be welded steel garden structures by Jennifer Wolcott and kids activity on water quality by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.  Summer produce is plentiful, including tomatoes.


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