Events

Events in and around Northfield

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

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The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.


Safety Camp 2015

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The perfect community camp for youth entering grades 4 - 7 is coming your way, July 28, 29 & 30.  Partake in hands on safety lessons with CLIMB Theater, learn self defense, participate in a bike rodeo and bike ride, meet the Rice County K-9 dog, learn about weather and fire safety, engage with animals from Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, meet the Jesse James horses and learn how to be safe around them, see the Rice County Water Patrol, learn how to do a canoe over canoe rescue in the middle school pool, eat lunch with first responders and much more!!!
 
Camp wouldn't be complete without fun and exhilarating games.  Come try out the new GaGa Pit, play ultimate cantaloupe, noodle hockey, or milk jug lacrosse.  Rally together to win a team color challenge, visit the Rachel Carlson Nature Area for the camp favorite sneak and snipe bean bag game or simply enjoy&nbs

Books & Stars program to emphasize heart healthy habits

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“You’ve Gotta Have Heart” is the theme of the Books & Stars program hosted by Northfield Hospital Wednesday evening, July 22, at the Northfield Hospital campus.

Northfield Public Library and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are partnering to create an evening of fun and education related to healthy heart habits. The evening will feature family entertainer Rachael Kroog, who has delighted young audiences for more than 20 years with her KIDPOWER program. She will take the stage on the hospital lawn at 7 p.m.


When and where are the Northfield Fourth of July fireworks?

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Get ready for another year of "oohs" and "awws" at the 2015 Northfield Fourth of July fireworks.

Fireworks will be shot off between Bridgewater Elementary School and Northfield Middle School shortly after dusk.

Nearby public viewing spaces include Rock Fields, Bridgewater Elementary (Jefferson Parkway side) and Northfield High School's grounds; but with a clear sightline, the fireworks will be seen for miles.

The event is made possible from fundrasing organized through the Northfield Historical Society.


CAC Summer Food Service Program is a Success!

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The first two weeks of the Summer Food Service Program (SPSF) have been a success! For the second year, the Community Action Center of Northfield has sponsored a Northfield site of this USDA program, which provides free lunches to kids 18 and younger on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of each week. Lunches run from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the Jefferson Square Townhomes Leasing Office, and kids can come anytime during that interval to receive a sandwich, milk, fruits, and vegetables. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer, and kids of any income and situation can eat lunch with no qualifications other than their ages. After a slow start, the program has nearly doubled in size, and we are hopeful for continued growth as the summer continues. If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more, you can contact the Northfield CAC at (507) 664-3550.


Goodsell Observatory Open House Friday, September 4

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Carleton College's Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomes the public to a Goodsell Observatory open house on Friday, September 4, from 8:30 - 10:30 pm, if it is clear.

The open house will be cancelled if it is cloudy.

Open houses are held the first Friday of each month, with the schedule posted on the web at go.carleton.edu/observatory.

The next open house after that one will be  October 2 at 8 PM.

Cindy Blaha and Joel Weisberg are Professors of Physics and Astronomy at Carleton College.


WINGS Awards More Than $73,000 to Area Agencies

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a celebration last Tuesday at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity.

Over 125 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $73,868 in grants from WINGS. 2015 grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients.


World's Largest Swim Lesson

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Come and join Community Services for the third annual World's Largest Swim Lesson, Thursday, June 18th as we try and help to break a World Record for the largest world wide lesson held over a 24 hour period of time! 
 
If you'd like to take part in the swimming lesson, please plan on showing up at Old Memorial Pool between 9:30 - 9:45 am (801 Seventh St.

Raise the Roof Fundraiser

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Rice County Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Raise the Roof fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the American Legion in Faribault. The fundraiser will include dinner, silent/live auction, dessert auction, program and music. This year there will also be a special remembrance of Bill Sartor.

Tickets are $25 and available by calling 507.744.2933. The community can also participate in the fundraiser by donating to the silent auction. Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 19, 22 or 26, at First English Lutheran Church, 204 2nd St. NW, Faribault.

Raise the Roof will support Habitat's 2015 build season and partner families, the Weaver Family (Faribault) and the Morris Family (Dundas). Read more about the families or event at www.habitatricecounty.org


Y Kids Tri on July 11, 2015

Families with youth, ages 6-14, join us for the 6th Annual Y Kids Tri at Memorial Park, July 11. More information located at http://northfieldymca.org/healthy/events/y-kids-tri/


Youth choir to sing in Carnegie Hall

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Northfield Youth Choirs (NYC) has made it to Carnegie Hall.

Members of the Concert Choir will perform in the world’s most prestigious concert hall, Saturday, June 20, in New York City.

Forty-six Northfield choristers will join with choirs from around the country to sing in the National Children’s Festival Chorus with orchestra, under the direction of renowned conductor Emily Ellsworth. They will perform in the main hall, the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the stage reserved for such musical luminaries as Isaac Stern, Billie Holiday and the famed New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth Shepley, Artistic Director for NYC, said this is an exciting opportunity for the singers both musically and culturally.


Northfield Arts Guild to host “Family Fun Days” throughout the summer

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Thanks to support from the Rotary Club of Northfield, the Northfield Arts Guild will host three “Family Fun Days” throughout the summer: Saturday, June 27 from 10 am-12 pm; Thursday, July 23 from 9 am-11 am; and Saturday, August 22 from 10 am 12 pm. The Family Fun Days are free and open to the public to come to the Arts Guild, explore the spaces, meet the NAG staff, and participate in different art-making projects and mini-classes!


PHOTOSET: Northfield Skateboard Park Groundbreaking

Here's Northfield.org's Flickr photoset from the groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. The set includes 31 photos by Jane McWilliams and Rob Hardy. 


The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey – Memories from the Farm of My Youth

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Nationally syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell, will appear on Monday June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Northfield Senior Center to read from their recently released book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades by Guebert as part of his weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow “southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth” in the late 1960s.


Susan Hvistendahl Signs Her Book at Village on the Cannon

Volumes 2 and 3 of Susan Hvistendahl's trilogy of "Historic Happenings" books will be presented at the Village on the Cannon Community Room, along with a book signing, on Thursday, June 11, with a social time at 6:30 followed by the presentation of books on St. Olaf and Carleton happenings at 7 pm. The books are compilations of columns written for the Entertainment Guide since 2007. Refreshments will be provided by the Northfield Historical Society, which published the books in collaboration with the Guide. Special musical guest on the VOC piano will be Marc Reigel of Carleton's Night Crawlers, a rock group featured in the Carleton book.


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