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Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:36pm
Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum invites the public to a Passenger Pigeon Commemoration on Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. The event, taking place on the north lawn of Olin Hall on the Carleton campus, will feature history, readings, and treats.
Once the most abundant bird in North America, the Passenger Pigeon officially became extinct 100 years ago in September 1914. This event will offer the opportunity to learn about the biology of this bird, the historic value of the bird to the people and the ecosystem, how humans contributed directly to its loss, and what lessons can be learned about species conservation. Passages will be read from Aldo Leopold, as well as work from other contemporary authors and the recollections of a former Northfield resident. Light refreshments will also be served.
Readers Rejoice! The Carleton Bookstore’s October Madness Inventory Reduction Sale Slashes Prices on All In-Stock General Reading BooksSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:34pm
As the Carleton College Bookstore prepares to transfer its operations management to Barnes & Noble College Stores, it will hold a massive inventory reduction sale offering half-off all in-stock general reading books. The “October Madness! Inventory Reduction Sale!” will take place daily Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4. All sales are final and 50% off discounts are offered in-store only (orders, online sales, and additional discounts are excluded).
The Carleton College Bookstore is located in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 am. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information about this not-to-be-missed sale, contact the Carleton College Bookstore at (507) 222-4150.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:27pm
Harvard Kennedy School professor of political science Stephen Walt will present a public lecture entitled “Follies & Fiascos: Why Does U.S. Foreign Policy Keep Failing?” on Monday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, on the Carleton College campus. A reception with light refreshments will follow Walt’s lecture.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:28am
Addressing the topic “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout”, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the Fall Kick-off speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls event on Saturday, September 20. The public is cordially invited to attend this event that will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. There will be coffee and treats served before and after the presentation.
Ritchie has served as Secretary of State since 2006 and is retiring at the end of his current term. The Secretary of State is the chief election official who partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections, In 2008, he presided over what has been called “the most publicly scrutinized recount in the history of the United States Senate”, the context between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. He has been credited with increasing the number of overseas military voters in Minnesota elections.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:44pm
Come and join your neighbors at Carleton College's Weitz Center Commons for Constitution Day (Wed. Sept. 17th) from 7:00-8:30 pm. This is an event for the whole community, co-sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, and local schools.
Carleton Economics Professor Stephen Strand to Present Annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar ConvocationSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:30pm
Designed to stimulate student reflection on the nature of liberal arts and a liberal arts approach to learning, this year’s annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation will be presented by Carleton College professor of economics, Stephen Strand. Entitled “Either Appear As You Are, Or Be As You Appear,” Strand’s presentation will highlight the ways which scholars ask questions, discover and evaluation information, and effectively and ethically construct arguments.
This event takes places Friday, Sept. 26 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public. His presentation will also be recorded and archived for listening online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:12pm
September 21, 2014 is International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year's theme is "The Right of Peoples to Peace" raising awareness of the worldwide violence against groups of people and individuals. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
Local observance will be from 2 to 4 p.m.Bridge Square, Northfield. This is the 12th Annual Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace. Music, drumming, short speeches, stories and an open mic are part of the program. All are welcome to attend and participate.
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:29pm
Watercolor Artist Kathy Miller Returns to Riverwalk
Award winning watercolor artist Kathy Miller returns to Riverwalk Market Fair for three Saturdays, September 13, 20, and 27. One of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, Kathy creates floral and landscape watercolor paintings and limited edition prints. Kathy’s “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show. Kathy’s “Tomatoes” is the featured art on Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2014 poster. A former teacher, and always and passionate artist, Kathy fell in love with watercolor as she neared retirement. A watercolor workshop in Giverny, France, site of Claude Monet’s garden, provided Kathy with greater insight, visual perception, and emotional sensitivity in her work. Kathy says, “Being there were Claude Monet painted and experiencing the light as he did has had a profound effect on me. I am certain it will forever alter how I see and paint the world around me.”
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:40am
The U.S. Constitution turns 227 years old this month, yet it remains the focus of fierce national debate. Politicians invoke it in their campaigns. Court decisions hinge upon its interpretation. Issues as vital as immigration reform, free speech, and freedom of religion prompt us to examine not only its words, but the intentions of its authors.
This fall, join a community-wide conversation about the Constitution through a special event series organized by Carleton College and its community partners. All events are free and open to the public:
Submitted by Betsey Buckheit on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:54am
The panel of local events organizer, Paul Niemisto (Vintage Band Festival), Ann Mosey (Cannon River Roots Festival), and Hayes Scriven (DJJD and Outlaw Run) will present their experience as well as helping facilitate discussion about the impact of events on the community, the challenges and costs of presenting events, and considering how to make it easier to stage great events in Northfield.
Former Minneapolis mayor and education advocate R.T. Rybak to present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation Address.Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:41am
Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 15 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocation will also be streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
A three-term mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013, Raymond Thomas “R.T.” Rybak, Jr. is currently head of Generation Next (www.gennextmsp.org), a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:36pm
A community-spirited event to benefit Northfield-area nonprofits is right around the corner. Northfield Shares, the nonprofit that formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, will host the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk on Sunday, September 7. The 5K run/walk and 15K run are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Northfield at the Northfield Armory (519 South Division Street). Proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization’s vital operating expenses. Online registration is now open at www.djjdrun.org. On-site registration will also be available on the day of the event.
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:17am
Schoolhouse Apirary will present bee watching (in an enclosed observation hive) at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 30. Learn about bee habits and efforts to keep beehives healthy and robust against colony collapse disorder from Laura Heiman, beekeeper. Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz. This small reprise of the hugely popular Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.
Riverwalk Market Fair takes place Saturdays, June through October in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts. (Riverwalk will be closed Saturday, September 6, for Defeat of Jesse James Days).
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 8:43am
Music at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, will be by Wake-Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Wake-Robin's specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. Banjo Helen Forsythe, previously scheduled for this Saturday, will perform at Riverwalk on September 27.
Riverwalk Market Fair takes place ever Saturdays, June through October, rain or shine, in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts.
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:17am
Music at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturay, August 16 will be provided by 13 year old Sam Ryden. Sam is already making a name for himself as a musical prodigy. His sophisticated musical sense and strong stage presence helped him reach the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013.
New season local honey and locally grown tomatoes are are now available from Riverwalk farm vendors. Riverwalk Market Fair, an open-air artists and farmers market, is open 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays, June thorugh October in downtown Northfield's Bridge Square.