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Events in and around Northfield

Destroyed Palestinian villages remembered at events on May 14

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“Never forget” is a phrase used to encourage remembrance for wide-scale tragedies. People in the Northfield area will have the opportunity this month to participate in an event to remember a painful period in Palestinian history.

“Remembering the 1948 Nakba (the Catastrophe)” is a pair of public events that will explore the mass expulsion of Palestinian people and destruction of their homes in the late 1940s. Palestinians will tell how they and their families were impacted by the Nakba at a panel discussion to be held 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., May 14, 2016, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., Northfield.

The second part of the commemoration will be held later that day at Bridge Square, Northfield (First UCC if weather is inclement). Audience members at the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. event will be invited to place Palestinian flags on a 4-foot-by-8-foot map of Palestine/Israel as the names of destroyed Palestinian villages are read.


NCO Annual Meeting

Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) -- widely recognized as the horsepower behind Northfield.org -- will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at Froggy Bottoms (307 Water Street South, Northfield). The public is invited to attend and hear more about what the orgnaizaiton has accomplished over the last year and the priorities for fiscal year 2016. 


Leslie Schultz to Read Selections from STILL LIFE WITH POPPIES: ELEGIES

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 Northfield poet, Leslie Schultz, will read from her recently published collection of poems, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies at Content Bookstore on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Her reading is part of Content’s series of poetry readings. The public is invited to this opportunity to enjoy hearing in the author’s voice selections from her book.

Published byKelsay Books, Still Live with Poppies is the latest of Schultz’s works which, in addition to poetry, include fiction and essays. Beginning in 2013, three of Schultz’s poems were selected by the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission to be published in the Sidewalk Poetry series.

To see examples of her work, including photography, visit Schulz’s website at:  www.winonamedia.net.


Northfield’s other annual tradition: Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair gears up

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It’s a sure sign of Spring: The annual Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair.

The 2016 Book Fair takes place April 26-30 at the Northfield Ice Arena on Highway 3.

This Northfield tradition got its humble start 55 years ago on the back porch of an Auxiliary member’s home. (At the time, members thought they might collect enough books to do the sale once.) Now, it fills the Northfield Ice Arena with more than 10,000 books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl. The Book Fair has raised over $750,000 to support Hospital projects and scholarships for local students training for careers in healthcare. 


NORTHFIELD READS--Final Event

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Northfield Reads' final event is approaching.  This year's book is "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America".  The book highlights the strengths and challenges of people who are living on a very low income, in a way that helps explain a complex issue.  

The closing event will offer a variety:  Interspersed among discussion of the issues, Broke Folk will provide music, an NHS group will perform a one act play, two speakers will share their stories, Jim Blaha will speak about Northfield, and Kevin Dahle and Todd Smith Lippert will suggest action ideas.  This will be held on Thursday, April 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, at St. John’s Church, 500 Third St. W. 


HealthFinders Spring Gala -- April 22

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Please join HealthFinders in celebrating our annual spring gala, ‘In the community for the community’ on April 22nd at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. The evening promises to be a great event with a silent community basket auction, a craft beer wall, live auction and our fund-a-need which will be raising much needed dollars for our medication assistance program. Special entertainment by renowned gospel singer Robert Robinson! There will even be an After Gala Party (free will offering) featuring wonderful dance music by- La Raza De Mexico. Hurry, tickets are going fast!

For more information visit: http://healthfindersmn.org/event/annual-spring-gala/

Questions, please contact Katy 507-323-8100. Don’t miss out on the event of the spring!


Purple Up! For Military Kids

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Salutes Military Kids

The Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network proudly joins the military and Veteran communities in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. From deployments to new schools, military children face unique challenges most youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt must be applauded, their courage must be recognized and their hard work must be celebrated.

It is estimated that aver 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by a parent’s deployment and that number continues to grow. We are encouraging our community to join together and honor our military youth for their sacrifices, for their courage, and for the important contribution they make to the strength of the military family.


E-Cycling Cioming Up Saturday!

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Drop off your old electronics, appliances, and any other items containing metal.
 
    First United Church of Christ
    300 Union Street
    Northfield
 
    Saturday, April 2
    10AM to noon
 
Everything is free except for old-fashioned, CRT-based televisions and monitors, for which there is a $5 to $20 fee, depending on size.

Northfield Reads' Next Event: Film "Waging a Living"

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Northfield Reads continues to have a successful year.  Fourteen people gathered at Content Bookstore to discuss $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, this year’s selection.  The participants shared concerns, thoughts, and ideas of ways to make changes in our country.

The next event will be the showing of the movie ‘Waging a Living’.  This is a film that puts a human face on modern economic realities, showing how people can be working hard and still be poor in this country.  ‘Waging a Living’ will be shown on Tuesday, March 29, 7:00-9:00 pm, at St. Olaf College, Dittman Hall, Room 305.  Discussion will follow the film.  The event is free and everyone is invited and welcome.


Northfield Earth Day Celebration

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 Northfield’s 7th PerennialEarth Day Celebration-“A Healthy Earth for the Health of All!”  on Saturday April 23rd

Free Skill Sharing Earth Day Workshops/ Exhibitors/Potluck and Free Soup Supper

All Free Skill Sharing Workshops Timesare from 10:00am- 4:00pm. Where to meet is indicated on our website- all workshops filled on a first come first serve basis. If there are questions about the day: northfieldearthday@gmail.com  or questions about workshops see the email after each description.


Say hello to summer! Summer camp opportunities at the Y

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Registration is now open for your kids' BEST SUMMER EVER! With many day camp options from which to choose, from 1/2 day wee camp to full-day Y Navigator camp, there are options for kids ages 3-14. There are plenty of new and exciting camp themes, field trips, a new Camp Readers program, awesome new teen camp options, and more to keep your kids active and healthy all summer long. Register for one week or all summer long, with the option to attend 3, 4, or 5 days a week (for Y Navigator, all-day camp program). Sign up for Y Navigator camp before April 15 and save up to $120! For more information, or to register online, visit www.ymcanorthfield.org or call 507.645.0088, and say HELLO to summer!


Carleton Knights Softball - Free 2-hr Softball Clinic This Sunday, March 6th!

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Come and join Carleton College's Head Softball Coach Amy Erickson and The Knights Softball Team for a FREE 2-hour fastpitch softball clinic on Sunday, March 6th, from Noon-2:00 pm. at the Carleton Rec Center Field House, off Highway 19.

This is a GREAT opportunity to learn from college coaches and athletes! Improve and Sharpen your softball skills, just in time for the beginning of the fastpitch softball season!

Clinic is open to players of ALL AGES, grades K-12.

See attached flyer for more details.


Y Offering Personal Nutrition Training

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Northfield Area Family YMCA introduces Personal Nutrition Training

Eating well has its rewards.  Fueling your body properly helps you feel better, improve performance and productivity, resist chronic disease, boost energy, build immunity, age well and control your weight.  Northfield Area Family YMCA now offers Personal Nutrition Training with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  The RDN works with people individually to develop food-related strategies that help them achieve their wellness goals and live healthier lives.  The training sessions are held at the Y and are available to members and non-members.   

If you are curious or have questions, visit Curwin during her "Quickbites" where she is available at the Y free.  Contact the Y for her ongoing Free Quickbites schedule. 


Poetry Night @ Content Bookstore: Arcadia and TORCH students

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You are invited to Poetry Night at Content Bookstore on Thursday, March 3, featuring the winners of the Arcadia Charter School Poetry Out Loud Competition and the TORCH Poetry Slam. The event starts at 7pm at Content Bookstore (314 Division St. S). This will be the sixth in a series of monthly poetry readings at Content. 

Arcadia students Bella Callery and Anna Kochever will recite the poems they're getting ready to recite at the Poetry Out Loud state semi-finals in Minneapolis on March 8 and 9. TORCH students Alondra Perez and Chris Lazaro will perform their winning poems from the TORCH Poetry Slam. 
 
After the performances by the featured students, members of the audience are invited to share a poem of their own at the open mic. Other student poets are especially encouraged to share a poem. 


Northfield Reads 2016

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Northfield Reads is excited to announce its program for 2016.  Everyone is invited to read $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, and join in various events to help us understand its message.

Northfield Reads aspires to engaging the community in lively discussions to assist us in understanding the diversity among.  This year, the focus is on the working poor and those living in poverty. $2 a Day chronicles the stories of several families who are living in this extreme poverty in a way that is engaging, informative, and inspiring.  At the same time, it weaves through these stories information about the complex social, political, and economic factors that underlie this situation.

The number of Americans who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day (about the cost of a gallon of gas and less than a latte) has more than doubled in the last twenty years, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this extreme economic situation.  This is about one of every 25 families with children, a startling statistic. 

Here in Northfield we do not have statistics based on the concept of $2/day.  The statistics that we do have indicate that low income households are increasing, with 15% of Northfield living in poverty. 


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