Events

Events in and around Northfield

WINGS, Women and Wine Event Oct. 10

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WINGS (Women In Northfield Giving Support) will be hosting its annual membership event Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Village on the Cannon, 301 W. Seventh St., Northfield.

The event, which is open to the public, will allow potential members to hear about the work of WINGS in Northfield and meet members of the organization. It will also be an opportunity to express gratitude to all those who have assisted WINGS in its mission of helping women and children in Northfield through philanthropy. The event will also recognize Beth Berry and the TORCH program (Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes) for the innovative work that’s been done to hel improve the graduation rates of low-income and minority students in Northfield.


Skateboard Park Design Workshop

Charette03Last night (Wednesday, September 25), the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) held a design workshop for the skateboard park at the City Council chambers in City Hall. The workshop was led by Hays Hitzing, the director of skatepark development from Spohn Ranch Skateparks. Hays showed some concept designs for the skatepark, including those developed by Charley Markson in consultation with the Skateboard Coalition, and fielded questions from the audience. Neighbors in attendance expressed concerns about noise and landscaping and the impact on property values; skateboarders offered a variety of opinions about the possible design features of the park. BMXers were also in attendence to advocate for use of the park by BMX riders. After the general meeting, the skateboarders met with Hays to brainstorm design ideas, which Hays will incorporate into designs to be presented to the PRAB. The next meeting of the PRAB is on Thursday, October 17.


Late Summer Produce, Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, and a Cannon River Watershed Model at Riverwalk Market Fair

David Peterson brings hand-turned wooden bowls and vases to Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday, September 28.

Fresh late-summer fruits and vegetables, Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, and a watershed model of the Cannon River for kids are just part of what you’ll see at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, September 28. 

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Late summer produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand.  Expect to find kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and winter squash.  Zestar and State Fair apples are currently available, with Honey Crisps available soon.  All produce  at Riverwalk is grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


Scott Carpenter Reading

Scott Carpenter will be reading from his novel “Theory of Remainders” on Wednesday, September 25th at 4:00PM at the Gould Library Athenaeum at Carleton College. For more information go to  http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/bookstore/Events/?event_id=1030256


The Paradox of Choice - Upcoming Jam Session offered by Mental Health Collective

The Rice County Mental Health Collective’s promotion team announces its upcoming jam session – “The Paradox of Choice; We think more choice is a good thing … but is it??”  Based on research from the book “The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz, this program will explore how having more choices is not always a good thing.  Having too many choices has been proven to be detrimental to your psychological and emotional well-being.  Learning how to manage your options and make better decisions can lead to more satisfaction and less regret.


Carleton Convocation Provides Ground-Breaking Insights on Autism

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Todd Drezner, Carleton Class of 1994, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Sept. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Drezner will share his first-hand experiences as a parent of a child with autism. Drezner’s ground-breaking film, “Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic,” which provides the basis of his presentation, will be screened at Carleton on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Both the film screening and the convocation are free and open to the public.


Carleton College Humanities Center Series Discusses "Censorship, Blasphemy and Free Speech”

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The Carleton College Humanities Center invites the public to a provocative new series entitled “Censorship, Blasphemy and Free Speech.” The series kicks off with a special appearance by renowned professor of Islamic studies, Omid Safi. Safi will present the 2013 Ira Wender Lecture, “Middle East, Islam & American Empire,” on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236. This event, which will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, is free and open to the public.

This special series continues on Thursday, September 26 at 12 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum, when Safi will present a lecture entitled “Whose Freedom of Speech Counts?”


World Record Broken!

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Thank you to all who participated in the Northfield event, we hope to see you next year!  Below is the breaking news from the organizers of the WLSL.

It's OFFICIAL...We Have a New Guinness World Record!

Way to smash last year's record, Team WLSL!

We are delighted to announce that Team WLSL successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson! We had 32,450 participants hosted by 432 facilities in 13 countries. This is a 30% increase over last year's record of 24,873 participants.


League sponsors The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, September 17

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On October 1, an ambitious program of the Affordable Care Act will be launched. From that date until the end of 2013, Americans will have access to an electronic “marketplace” where we can shop for a health care plan. Implementing the program requires a huge organizational effort, including alerting us to where to find information so that we may understand how the program works and how to apply. In Minnesota, MNsure is the official health insurance exchange. Funded by the federal government, MNSure has created a website to which we can go to learn more about this important public resource.

The League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls has scheduled a public forum on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 503 W. Third Street designed to provide information on the national, state and local implications of the law. Anna Odegaard of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Christina Wessel of the Minnesota Budget Project; and Charlie Mandile of Health Finders of Northfield and Faribault, will present information about October enrollment, January coverage, and much more.


COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE Saturday, SEPT. 21

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Marie Vogl Gery and Judith Stoutland, organizers of the event, invite all to  the 11th Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace in Bridge Square on Saturday,  Sept. 21. 

“Education for Peace” is the theme for this year. It grows out of concern for the UN Second Millennium Development Goal which promises basic education for every girl and boy on the planet. Progress in achieving this goal  revealed a widening circle of advantages in the cultures where this had happened. War and recession have stopped and reversed many benefits.  

The theme also offers opportunities to learn about making, retaining, and renewing peace. We will hear about the work of local peacemakers and groups. There will be information and encouragement for the work.


HCI funds five “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their July and August 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.


Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Vegetable stamp art for kids will be hosted by Budding Farmers at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair.

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair. 

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, and eggs grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


Constitution Day 2013 Immigration Forum

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On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Constitution Day will be marked in Northfield with a public forum on immigration issues sponosred by St. Olaf, Carleton, and the Northfield TORCH Program. The forum is being organized by Professor Doug Casson at St. Olaf, and will take place at Regents Hall, room 290, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17. The program will include:


Book by Eighth Graders Chronicles Northfield History

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Northfield Historical Society volunteer and middle school teacher, Earl Weinmann, reports that history is alive and well in southern Minnesota, so much so in fact that students in Northfield, Minn., are writing it. In a soon-to-be-released book, Our Story: A Guide to the History of Northfield, Minnesota , eighth graders at Northfield Middle School have engaged in an innovative research and writing project that had them searching back through Northfield’s history from the early geology of the area to the present day.   The 42 chapter and richly illustrated history is written in the style of a textbook and will be used in the local schools.   The book is a stunning example of how teens can learn and participate in scholarly endeavors while contributing to the historical landscape of the area.


Children's programs resume at the Public Library

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The on-going children’s programs resume the week of Sept. 9th.  All programs are free and open to all!

10 am Tuesdays Patty Cake Infant Lapsit-   Infant Lapsit is designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating books with simple songs, rhymes and fingerplays.For ages 6-18 months with parent or caregiver.

1 pm Tuesdays & 10 am Wednesdays Toddler Rhyme Times-  Two back-to-back programs that encourages the development of language and motor skills by integratingmovement, songs, books and rhymes for kids ages 18 months to 3 years with parent or caregiver.

10 am Thursdays Story Time for 4’s and 5’s    Stories and a craft for the “just about ready for school” crowd. For children who are ready to sit and listen to a picture book, sing songs and create a small art project.


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