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Events in and around Northfield

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

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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.


Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at the Carleton College Arboretum

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Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

The Carleton College Aboretum is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning September 15, 2014 and running through October 23, 2014. Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly.

Master Naturalist Volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. 


The Northfield Public Library needs teen input!!

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The Teen Advisory Board needs you!! 


1.  It looks GREAT on college and job applications.

2. It's service to your community.

3. It's fun and you will learn some new things.

4. Meet other people who want to serve the community and the library!

5. Only meet once a month.


One-Day Vintage Band Festival: Saturday, August 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated.  The next full four-day Vintage Band Festival will be held July 28-31, 2016, following a successful festival in August 2013.


Riverwalk Market Fair features Chris Casper's Intimate Minnesota Photos

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This Saturday, August 2, Riverwalk Market Fair features photographer Christopher Casper. Chris is staying close to home in Minnesota for his current photos.  The Western landscapes Chris photographed in 2013 lend themselves to grand vistas.  In Minnesota a photographer needs to look for intimate images, and finding intimate views takes familiarity.  Some of Chris’s best photos are right outside his house – views of his driveway and the across the road in various seasons of the year.  

Also at Riverwalk Market Fair this week are tomatoes and other fresh local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.  The Vintage Band Festival one-day event starts at 9 am, so visit Riverwalk and listen to great brass band music all at the same time.  Riverwalk Market Fair is 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, August 2 in Northfield's Bridge Square.  


Skatepark Update: Benefit Concert and Design Meetings

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A lot has happened on the skatepark front in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.

You can find photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalition raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through GiveMN.org in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring. You can donate to the Skateboard Coalition through GiveMN.org, or by sending a check made out to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS  128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line).


Musical Duo Bobby and Christine at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 26

On Saturday, July 26 Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland, a duet of two voices and one guitar. Their musical sets feature well-known Americana songs, some instrumental picking originals, lots of harmonies and pleasing arrangements.  They play a wide array of ballads and livelier songs from Louis Armstrong to Pete Townshend, from Woody Guthrie to the Beatles. Bobby adores the Grateful Dead, and if Christine had her way the Indigo Girls would be a trio.  Riverwalk Market Fair runs from 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays through October in Northfield's Bridge Square and features local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.    


Concert for the Northfield Skateboard Park

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Come down to The Key on July 27th to enjoy performances by BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters; and great times hosted by the Northfield Skateboard Coalition! The proceeds will go towards building a skatepark in Northfield. Whether you're a skater or not, come down to The Key and support a skatepark for the youth of Northfield! The Concert for the Northfield Skatepark will get upderway at 3:00 p.m. 

The Skateboard Coalition will be selling t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. All proceeds will go towards funding the construction of the skatepark.

To make a donation to the Skateboard Coalition, go to our GiveMN.org page, or send a check to Northfield HCI 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS128 Northfield, MN 55057. Write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line. 


City Council Candidate Forum - July 30 at City Hall

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Make an informed choice in the August 12th Primary Election:   Come to the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters!  All At Large and Ward One Candidates have been invited to participate in a Forum on Wednesday, July 30th, in Council Chambers at City Hall.  It will begin at 6:00 pm with the candidates for the At Large position on the Council.  Invited candidates are: Jon Dennison, Dale Gehring, Rhonda Pownell, and Nika Sharp.  At 7:00 pm, the candidates for First Ward Councilor are invited to participate.  Invited candidates are:  Jeremy Bishop, Joe Gasior, and Suzie Nakasian.


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