Events

Events in and around Northfield

Community Services Summer Recreation

Batter Up!
Have a splendid summer this year by enrolling in Community Services recreation programs.  Opportunities include parks and playground programs, a large variety of sport activities, aquatics for all ages and adventure outings.  Whether you are an adult, teen, youth or infant, there is something for you!  See the flyer below for further information.  If you'd like to register or to learn more about a specific program, click HERE to be directed to the Community Services classes and registration web page.  Please also find us by going to www.nfld.k12.mn.us and follow the Community Services Link.  To reach us by phone, call 507-664-3649

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9

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Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.


WINGS to Honor 2015 Grant Recipients

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Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 27 area organizations that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration on Tuesday, June 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Weitz Center Commons, Weitz Center for Creativity,  Carleton College. The groups are recipients of $73,868 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship. 

The event is open to the public. There is a $10 per person suggested donation and it includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients.  Registration is required and can be done at the WINGS website:  http://www.wings-mn.org/2015-wings-grant-celebration.  Please register by June 5.  


Groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park Next Wednesday

The City of Northfield is excited to announce commencement of construction for the Northfield Skateboard Park. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 4:00 PM, at Old Memorial Park, 801 E 7th Sreet. The public is invited to attend the formal groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. This project was made possible by the hard work of numerous community groups and members; we look forward to seeing you out there.

The Northfield Stateboard Coalition hopes there will be a big crowd on hand Wednesday to celebrate this long-awaited event!

For a look at the design for the completed park, click here


Carleton College hosts its annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Carleton’s West Gym. The popular sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for area residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often.


Northfield Community Sing Along

Rise Up Singing

Northfield area community members are invited to gather and sing together on Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington St in Northfield.

Singing together is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of relaxing fun. We'll use the Rise Up Singing songbook -- a huge collection with the words for 1,200 folk and popular songs, so there's sure to be something for everyone. Songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share.

People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!
 


Retired professional football player shares his story of life as a gay man in the NFL

Esera Tuaolo

Esera Tuaolo, a former professional football player who publicly came out as a gay man after retiring from a successful career in the NFL, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 22 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “Alone in the Trenches,” Tuaolo’s talk is based on his autobiography “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” (Sourcebooks, 2007). This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Goods for Good city-wide garage sale

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Goods for Good, Northfield’s annual city-wide garage sale event for charity, has begun! The event runs now through Saturday, May 16. The organizers of each site have selected a charity or cause that will benefit from their sale, and they agree to give at least 50 percent of the money raised to that charity. Shop the sales and know that your purchases will support lots of great causes.

There are 22 sale sites this year and most are indoors, so this is a rain or shine event. Sale hours vary by site, so download the site map, which includes hours and descriptions for each site, or pick one up from a specially marked news box in front of the Northfield News office at 115 5th St. W. in Northfield, or at any of the sale sites. Look for the Goods for Good signs.


Book launch and signing at The Key: Table 13 Journals

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"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is  the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period.  It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center  and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.

Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.

The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota. 


Carleton convocation provides first-hand account of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

Chude Allen, Then & Now

Chude Allen, Carleton Class of 1965, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Just Being There Was Against The Law,” Allen will share her first-hand account as a participant in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system by increasing African-American voter registration.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo


Carleton convocation provides first-hand account of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

Chude Allen, Then & Now

American civil rights and women’s liberation movement activist Chude Allen, a member of the Carleton Class of 1965, will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Just Being There Was Against The Law,” Allen will share her first-hand account as a participant in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system by increasing African-American voter registration.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


City Clean-up Days Scheduled

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The City of Northfield is holding Spring Clean-up Days May 2nd and May 9th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Northfield Maintenance Shop, 1710 Riverview Drive behind Perkins. Acceptable items include:  household garbage, bulk items and construction waste (windows, doors, lumber, shingles, sheetrock and scrap metal). There will be no charge for these.

The city also accepts for a fee:  appliances, electronics computers, monitors ($25/item) and tires ($5/tire) and tractor tires ($40/tire).

Paints, sludge, tar, liquids, thinners, fertilizer, pesticides, batteries, yard waste and brush are not acceptable.

There is no charge for acceptable items with proof of residence.   


Carleton Convocation delivered by Let Girls Lead’s Kathryn Harper

Let Girls Lead's Kathryn Harper

Kathryn Harper, a passionate advocate for the global empowerment of girls and women, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 1 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “Invest in Girls, Transform the World,” Harper’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Northfield Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday May 2

Independent Bookstore Day

Join Content Bookstore and independent bookstores across the country on May 2 for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd.

Things kick off in Northfield with local celebrity story time at 10:30 am. Helen Forsythe will be playing live in the store at 11:30 am. After cake at 1:00 pm, Content will hold an “About a book” open mic session. Participants are invited to talk about a favorite book, and will be rewarded with a free hand-picked used book by store staff. Matt Arthur plays a set at 3:30 pm. Throughout the day, visitors are welcome to contribute to a community book-making project.


Poem in Your Pocket Day: Thursday, April 30

We are very serious about our love of poetry in this town - so much so that, for five years running, Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission has chosen local poets’ works to be installed in concrete. In further demonstration of our community’s love of poetry, this week marks the third year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.


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