Events in and around Northfield

Carleton College’s Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale Carries On in the Weitz Center

Holiday Treats

Carleton College’s annual holiday Craft and Custodial Bake Sale will take place on Friday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Class of 1980 Commons of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase, ranging from jewelry, afghans, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. Each vendor’s entrance fee will be donated to the Carleton College Custodial Scholarship Fund. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.

12th Annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk

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It's time to mark your calendar and register for a Northfield community holiday tradition - the annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk (this is the 12th year)! We hope you'll join us for this great winter event on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division Street.

This festive morning features a 5K Run, a 2K Family Run/Walk, holiday brass and vocal music, photos with Santa and post-run/walk refreshments.

Registration includes long-sleeve T-shirts for adults, short-sleeve T-shirts for registered children and jingle bells for everyone. All kids registered for the 2K Family Run/Walk will receive a stuffed holiday stocking at the finish line.  

Give to the Max Day!

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative is among the more than two dozen local nonprofits participating in the Northfield GIVES event on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, Nov. 14. The event is from 5-9 p.m. at the Grand, 316 Washington St.

Your generous support will help HCI continue its mission of fostering a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families and builds community.

Come to the Northfield Public Library's Trivia Bee and Benefit Event!

Northfield Public Library Trivia Bee

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library invite everyone to their second annual Trivia Bee: A Benefit to Support Our Library, on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Event Center. Celebrate the Northfield Public Library with an evening of trivia, live music and dancing—led by quiz mistress Jessica Peterson White, along with musical entertainment from Northfield ‘buzz’ band, The Counterfactuals.

Proceeds from this not-to-be-missed event will support a wide range of initiatives and programs at the Northfield Public Library. Community members are encouraged to register teams of up to four people (along with a tax-deductible entry fee of $100 or more) for trivia competition; individual participants and party-goers of all ages are also welcome to attend. There will be a suggested donation at the door.

Soup & Cycles: Brainstorming for a Bike-Friendly Community


You are cordially invited to Soup and Cycles, an information gathering and brainstorm for representatives of Northfield area bike clubs and bike-interested groups, community leaders and educators. The event will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Larson Room, 2nd Floor, Carleton College. A light dinner of soup and salad will be provided courtesy of Rice County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Tandem Bagels.


·       5:00pm  Soup and socializing

·       5:30pm  Welcome and introductions

·       6:00pm  Small group discussions:

Registration Now Open for Northfield Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot”

Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Northfield Rotary Club will hold its annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Northfield Golf Club, located at 707 Prairie Street in Northfield. Registration for pre-registered and same day registrants opens at 8 a.m.  The cost to participate is $12 prior to November 15 and $15 after that date.

All entries postmarked by November 15 are guaranteed a commemorative long sleeve t-shirt. A time clock displays at the finish, but no official times will be kept.  Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher. 

All proceeds benefit the Northfield Rotary Youth Exchange Program and other Rotary International service projects.

Carleton’s Annual Chesley Lectureship Highlights the Work of Acclaimed Mathematician James Propp

Mathematician James Propp

Carleton College announces its 2013-14 Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship, to be delivered by acclaimed mathematician James Propp, a researcher and professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The lectureship features two public presentations: “Wild Beauty: Postcards from Mathematical Worlds” on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 149 and “Quasi-Random Processes” on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in Olin Hall 141. Both talks are free and open to the public.

In high school, Propp was one of the national winners of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO); he often times credits that experience as his inspiration for becoming a math professor. Propp majored in math at Harvard, later earning his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. Propp has taught at Berkeley, Brandeis, Harvard, M.I.T., and the University of Wisconsin Madison, in addition to the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Northfield High School Theater Presents Urinetown, the Musical

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One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! 

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

Performances Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 in the NHS Auditorium. Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for students. Tickets are available in the NHS office.

Carleton Convocation Unlocks the Language of the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Zonnie Gorman/Photo by Nicola Majocchi

Native American historian Zonnie Gorman will present the Carleton College convocation address on Friday, November 8 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In her presentation, Gorman will discuss the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II; Gorman is the daughter of Carl Gorman, one of the first twenty-nine Code Talkers. This event is free and open to the public. Carleton’s convocations are also streamed online and can be viewed at

The Code Talkers were a small band of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World World II. Considered the most ingenious and successful code in military history, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war’s end. More about the Navajo Code Talkers can be found at

Learn How to Download Library eBooks!

Come to the Northfield Library on Sat. November 9 from 3-4 PM to learn how to download library eBooks to your iPad or Kindle.  Be sure to bring your library card and device.  If you have a Kindle make sure you have an Amazon account.  If you have any questions call the library at 507-645-6606.

Carleton Convocation to Focus on the Impact of Technology in Daily Life

Matt Ginsberg

Innovative computer programmer and technology company founder Matt Ginsberg will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Nov. 1 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In his presentation, Ginsberg will examine the role technology plays in our daily lives, the future potential for technology, and how we all can and should adapt to this ever-changing world. This event is free and open to the public; convocations are also streamed online at

As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of On Time Systems Inc., Ginsberg helped develop computer programs to build United States Navy ships more efficiently. He also helped develop a computer program to find the most fuel-saving routes for United States Air Force noncombat flights, saving between thirty and sixty million dollars for them every year.

Community children (and their parents!) invited to the 15th annual "Halloween Knight"

Happy Halloween

The Carleton College athletic department, coaches, and varsity student-athletes are pleased to announce the 15th Annual "Halloween 'KNIGHT'" Carnival to be held Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. This year’s event will once again be held at Carleton’s Recreation Center.

This free activity for pre-school through elementary-age children (and their parents) will include face painting face painting, beanie bag toss, crafts, musical chairs, bowling, a football toss, and several other sport-centered activity booths.

Carleton ‘s Annual Herbert P. Lefler Lecture to Discuss the Impact of Plutonium Production

Author and historian, Kate Brown

Renowned historian Kate Brown will present the Carleton College Herbert P. Lefler Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Leighton Hall room 305.  Her presentation, entitled “Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters,” is free and open to the public.

Brown’s lecture shares its title with her latest book, published this year by Oxford University Press.  “Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters” provides a historical account of the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium: Richland, United States and Ozersk, Russia. The book is the first transnational history of nuclear disaster on a local level.

Public Invited to ‘A Celebration of Ele Hansen’s Life and Legacy’

Ele Hansen

Carleton College invites all members of the Northfield community to join Ele Hansen’s family and friends—along with former students, athletes, and colleagues—at ‘A Celebration of Ele Hansen’s Life and Legacy’ on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Following a special service of remembrance, participants are invited to the Great Hall for a Memorial Reception.

A much beloved member of the Carleton community, Ele Hansen passed away in July 2013 at the age of 92. Hired by President Gould in 1952, Hansen chaired the Women's Physical Education Department, taught PE classes, and coached women's softball and cross-country for 34 years, until her retirement in 1986.  She remained such a strong supporter of Carleton and individual members of the college community that many felt she never really retired. Hansen was a role model for generations of Carleton women students who were encouraged by her to be and become themselves.

Lecture on Battle of Gettysburg Scheduled for Thursday, October 17


Northfield Historical Director Hayes Scriven announces that the Carleton College Department of History, along with the Northfield Historical Society, will present “Moment of Truth: The Battle of Gettysburg” on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 230. This compelling lecture will be presented by Jeff Appelquist, Carleton Class of 1980, author of three award-winning books including Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg & the Little Bighorn. This event is free and open to the public.

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