Events in and around Northfield

Service of Renewal Set for April 6

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A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer and music meditation, will be Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy and volunteers.

The service will include a litany for healing, hymn singing, harp music, and readings. Lois Lindbloom, a spiritual director and licensed psychologist (L.P.M.A.), will offer the meditation. Local musicians John Ferguson, Elinor Niemisto and Jenny Pelletier will provide music and accompaniment.

Spring Break! Garage Band Camp Is Back


The Northfield Arts Guild is offering its second Garage Band Camp - this year it's during Spring Break. Local performers Gregory Ennis and Neil Rowley will be leading this camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26th from 3:00 - 5:30.  It's open to girls and guys ages 11 - 18 and all skill levels.  Instruments will be provided or bring your own.

The camp will held in the Northfield Arts Guild Theater at 411 W Third St. Northfield.  Fee is $45 for members and $50 non-members.  Register on-line at, call 645-8877 or register at the Guild office at 304 Division St.

"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26

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Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!

It's Lizards and Legos at the Library for Spring Break!

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The Northfield Public Library is celebrating spring break with some fun activities!  

2nd Annual Three Links Kids Carnival

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Join us for the 2nd annual Three Links Kids Carnival! Games, Cakewalk, Food and Facepainting. Fireman from the Northfield Fire Department will be on sight with the firetruck for tours. Saturday, March 15 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Lodge on Three Links campus which is on Odd Fellow Lane and Hyw 19. Hope to see you there! All proceeds benefit the Three Links Foundation and the people we serve. Celebrating our 115th year!

March 8: Benefit Concert for Way Park

way park benefit concertThe Friends of Way Park invite the public to a benefit concert for Way Park on Saturday, March 8 at Northfield's First UCC Church. St. Olaf emeritae faculty Andre Een and Theo Wee with guest, Minnesota Orchestra violinist Taichi Chen, will perform music by Mozart, Rebecca Clarke, Johan Halvorsen and others.

Stay for free deserts after the concert, along with a special jazz surprise from members of the Over & Back Band.

Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 youth 15 and under. Proceeds will go to a great cause—the realization of the Way Park vision.

Carleton Students present Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” with proceeds supporting The HOPE Center


POSTPONED: Due to the tragedy which struck the Carleton community yesterday, the production of "The Vagina Monologues" has been postponed until the spring term. 

Carleton College will host a student produced and performed production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sometime funny, sometimes poignant—“The Vagina Monologues” focuses on the female experience as it relates to sexuality, love, abuse, and resilience. Proceeds from this event will benefit The HOPE Center in Faribault, along with the national V-Day Spotlight Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Tickets are being offered on a $5 to $15 sliding scale, and can be purchased at the door and online at

The Northfield Historical Society presents “Hops, Grapes & History,” a benefit event featuring a performance by Minnesota music legends, The Belfast Cowboys


The Northfield Historical Society presents “Hops, Grapes & History,” a benefit event on Saturday, March 8 at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.

The evening begins with a beer and wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring a hand-selected variety of Minnesota craft beers and wines; hors d’oeuvres; and a silent auction with a chance to bid on numerous goods and services from local businesses. Then from 9 to 11:30 p.m., the event culminates with a not-to-be-missed performance by The Belfast Cowboys, one of Minnesota’s most acclaimed and popular bands.

A nine-piece band fronted by the legendary Terry Walsh and featuring a full horn section (including veteran sax man Vic Volare), The Belfast Cowboys pay tribute to the iconic music of Van Morrison. The Belfast Cowboys have rocked and rolled their way around the globe, including sold-out shows in Ireland, BB King’s Blues Bar in New York City, and the world-renowned First Avenue Mainroom.

Bees, Garden Art, Herbs at Rice County Horticulture Day

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Spring will be arriving Saturday, March 15, in Rice County when the Rice County Master Gardeners host their annual Horticulture Day, featuring speakers on garden art, herbs and bees. The event, to be held at Buntrock Commons on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.

The opening speaker is Eric Johnson, a designer, garden writer and columnist for Northern Gardener magazine, who will teach participants how to create garden art that is handmade, beautiful and not too expensive in his talk on DIY Garden Art. He’ll be followed by Dakota County Master Gardeners Shari Mayer, a longtime herb enthusiast, who will talk about growing and preserving herbs. After lunch in the St. Olaf cafeteria, participants will hear from Karl Foord, a University of Minnesota Extension Educator on the role of bees in the pollination of fruit as well as threats to bee populations and what gardeners can do to help bees.

Two special programs at the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, March 1.


From 10:30-4:30 the Carleton Mortar Board Society members are hosting a Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon!  In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday they will be reading his books in the children's area of the library.  Come on by to listen or take a turn reading!

Library Kids Club is a new afternoon program that begins this Saturday.  It's just for kids K-5.  They will explore the library with awesome volunteers from Minnesota Reading Corps, St. Olaf & Carleton Colleges.  They will be exploring a different topic every week– transportation, crafts, cooking/baking (food), travel, sports or animals! Learn about using the library, how to find books and then expanding the topic with reading, crafts, and activities.

No charge! Saturdays 1 to 3 March 1, 8 and April 5, 12 & 26.

For more information email or call 507.645.1804

Carleton College Convocation Underscores How Consumers Can Make Differences and Change Lives

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Stewart Ramsey, a successful social entrepreneur and the founder of Krochet Kids intl., will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 28 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship: Creating a Cycle of Success,” his presentation will highlight the power of engaged consumerism, and how consumers can really make a difference and change lives thanks to their purchasing decisions. Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Open House for pre-schools in Northfield is coming up

Several Northfield pre-schools will be holding an open house on Thursday, February 27th from 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday, March 1st from 10am- noon.  This year parents will have an opportunity to visit various pre-schools on the same dates.  Each school offers exciting, unique experiences.  We hope that parents will take time to visit many of these schools which will allow them to choose the school that best meets their child's needs. The following schools will be holding their open house on the same dates:  Northfield Nursery School  ( 1401 Maple Street) Open Door Nursery School (500 West Third Street)  Little Lambs Preschool (803 Winona Street) and St Dominics School  ( 216 Spring Street North).   We hope to see you there!

St. Olaf set to begin 2014 Social Science Conference


Brave people around the world champion human rights every day, tackling social, economic and health inequalities, human trafficking, state repression, and other grave injustices.  In February St. Olaf’s 2014 Social Science Conference, “Promoting Human Rights,” will bring together scholars, activists, and those of us interested in concrete solutions to these  critical problems. During lectures, films, and workshops we will address these issues from the local to global level with a focus on pathways for action.

Hip-Hop Feminist Journalist Joan Morgan’s Carleton Convocation to Discuss the Changing Dynamics of Race and Ethnicity in America

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Pioneering hip-hop journalist and provocative cultural critic Joan Morgan will present the weekly convocation address at Carleton College on Friday, Feb. 21 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Is America ‘Post-Racial’?,” Morgan’s presentation will take a look at the changing racial and ethnic composition of America. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

In light of the candidacy and election of President Barack Obama, Morgan takes a look at the changing racial and ethnic composition of America since Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963 and examines several insightful questions: What would Dr. King make of the changing makeup of America and its impact on America's black and white racial binary? Who are we talking about in the 21st century, when we use the term African American? How useful is it to still use the terms Black and African American interchangeably? And finally, what impact does this heterogeneous and multi-ethnic American Blackness have on the country from a political, social and economic perspective? 

Public Invited to attend Immigration 101: Panel Forum on Minnesota’s New Immigration Laws

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The public is invited to attend a panel discussion entitled “Immigration 101,” a look at Minnesota’s new immigration laws and what they mean for Northfield students, families and employers. This event will take place Monday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The free forum will feature short presentations by an expert panel, followed by audience questions and discussion. There will also be a reception with light refreshments, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Carleton Humanities Center. Everyone is welcome. Headsets will also be available for simultaneous Spanish translation.

Ricky Peterson, president of the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls, encourages community members to attend this forum. “We know we've always been a nation of immigrants,” says Peterson, “yet each new immigrant group presents new challenges to our communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how our system is adapting to those challenges today."

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