Events

Events in and around Northfield

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.


Swedish Fest Participants Sought

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The Northfield Swedish Club is preparing for its 41st annual Lucia celebration and is looking for girls and boys interested in participating as attendants. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W., in Northfield.

Area residents of Swedish descent—or those simply interested in a night of fun, food and music—are invited to attend this annual celebration marking the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season. It includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, singing, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

After the meal, Lucia, dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional Lucia song.


Meet Lin Bruce! “I’m here to tell you that it’s never too late to say “yes!” to bigger things.

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Local cyclist and motivational speaker Lin Bruce uses story, song, and humor to inspire and demonstrate that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. Her big “yes” came when she turned 60 and decided to join a cross-country bicycle tour across the United States from California to Florida . Up until then, she’d never ridden her bicycle farther than across town, but that was about to change. In the years since then, she has ridden from Virginia to Oregon, from the coast of Washington State to Bar Harbor, Maine, down the Pacific Coast, and around Lake Superior, among other routes. She even arrived at her 50th high school reunion in Cheyenne, Wyoming on a bicycle, having ridden 900 miles from Northfield, Minnesota!


MEA break is THURSDAY & FRIDAY! We will have LEGOS & DUPLOS creative time at the Library

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Since the kids are home from school on Thursday 10/20 and Friday 10/21 we have open creative times with our Lego & Duplos!  They will be out in the main floor meeting room from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come and play! 

Free! Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. Northfield, MN 55057

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Many events at the Northfield Public Library this fall-

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September 29, Thursday, 7-8:30 PM

Finding Northfield's History in Nooks and Crannies

How to research and write local history.  A panel discussion with Earl Weinmann (and his students), Susan Hvistendahl and Bruce Colwell, all of whom have written about people and places in Northfield that have made our community what it is now.  Refreshments will be served. Q&A following the panelists' stories. In the library's Bunday Meeting Room

Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm  


Grief expert to speak Sept. 22 on “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion”

Grief and Loss Support Group to meet weekly; plus, drop-in group begins

Individuals experiencing grief and loss have two options for support this fall: a support group that meets weekly, and a less formal drop-in group, both offered by Northfield Hospice.

As a prelude to the support group meetings, clinical counselor Naomi Mandsager Bartley will present “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion” on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level). This event, and support group meetings, are free and open to the public.


Bridge Chamber Music Festival, Aug. 21-27

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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival, now in its 18th season, will present a vast repertoire of classical and jazz music by accomplished students and professional musicians in Northfield, MN August 21-27.

The first concert is the Young Artist Recital that features talented youth from southern Minnesota. Violist Cate Carson expressed her excitement to take part in the BCMF. “It gives me the chance to meet and hear other young local musicians,” said Carson who will be performing the Concerto in G Minor, by Max Bruch. Carson said it is a piece she’s wanted to play for a long time, and that’s she happy to now be performing it. “It is a piece with many different moods and lots of musical drama – it’s very virtuosic but has beautiful melodies in it as well,” Carson said.

Enso String Quartet www.ensoquartet.com out of New York is marked for the second day of the Festival. The Grammy-nominated quartet, founded at Yale University, has built their acclaim by achieving high awards at the Concert Artists Guild and Banff International Spring Quartet Competitions. 


An arts convergence, on Division Street

Five stunning women – created by acclaimed “Flower Bomber” artist David W. Cook and based on the characters of the Twin Cities hit musical “Lemonade for the Lawnboy”—have arrived in Northfield to celebrate the grand opening of ArtMakers,  a new arts group that develops, supports and features artists with disabilities.

ArtMakers debuts “Read Me a Story,” its first show in its new studio, on Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 am at the Hotspot, 801 Division Street. The one-hour performance combines stories, songs and puppets for a fun, interactive show for the kid in all of us.


Carnival Fun at Northfield Hospital

It’s Carnival time! The Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital & Clinics held its first-ever carnival for residents, staff, families and friends on July 26. Highlights included a petting zoo, pie-baking contest, carnival games and treats (mmm, cotton candy) and a dunk tank.

Director Gretchen Murr was the first to brave the dunk tank that sunny Tuesday. Residents and staff together dressed up at the photo booth, and played with baby animals. The ringleader who organized the Carnival is Tasha Patrick, Life Enrichment Assistant at the Long Term Care Center.  


Y Togetherhood Block Party, Aug 2nd - Night to Unite (everyone welcome)

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YMCA’s Togetherhood Block Party
August 2nd, 4-7p
Northfield Area Family YMCA
Get to know others in the community as we celebrate summer and strengthen our commitment for a safe community. There will be food, games and prizes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay awhile.

All-Comers Track Meet

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An All-Comers Track & Field Meet will take place Wednesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School track, located at 2200 Division St. South. This fun, family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Races for participants include various sprints, distance runs, build-your-own relay, and field event competitions. Top finishers are awarded ribbons.

All are welcome; no prior experience is necessary. Registration and field events begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by running events starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information follow Northfield Public Schools Community Services on Facebook or visit Community Services' website.

The track and field meet is made possible by local running advocates in collaboration with Northfield Community Services.

 


Organ Recital Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Six Recitals

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Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their tenth season beginning at noon, Wednesday July 6, at the Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Street.  Music by Dieterich Buxtehude and Denis Bedard (Duet Suite) will be performed by Richard F Collman, organ, and David K. Miller, piano.  They will perform on the 1993 Gabriel Kney tracker, 27 ranks and the Steinway piano.

On Wednesday July, 13, Rosalie Alcoser will perform music of Bach, Travis and Langlais. Alcoser is Director of Children and Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Red Wing.  This noon concert will be at Northfield First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., and performed on the Johnson & Son Schlicher/Rutz, 3 manuals, 53 ranks.

Future concerts:


WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2016 grant recipients at a celebration last Thursday at the St. Olaf Sun Ballroom.

Over 100 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $70,400 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to Growing Up Healthy, which will be used to create a Latino Childcare Providers Network that builds the capacity of Latino childcare providers and offers monthly trainings in Spanish. WINGS 2016 grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients


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