Events in and around Northfield

Special Olympics fundraiser slated Wednesday

Submitted by Susan Cuddy

The Northfield Area Special Olympics is having a fundraiser, Wednesday April 11, at the Jesse James Bowling Alley. The money raised is used for our local athletes, who compete in Track and Field, Basketball, Bowling and Swimming. Our annual budget is $12,500. The expenses include costs incurred for training, transportation, food, lodging and uniforms.

The Fund Raising Event is ‘Scotch Doubles.’ These teams have been established and will begin bowling at 6:30.

Those wishing to support the fundraiser can participate in the various silent auction items or come for the live auction at 8:00 for the following items:

  • 4 Twins tickets behind home plate for the May 6th Boston Red sox game – donated by Best Buy.
  • Autographed football by Alan Page – donated by Susy & Joe Cuddy
  • BBQ dinner for 16 at your home – donated by Rafael Perez
  • HP Digital Camera 7.0-megapixels – donated by Jill Ballard
  • Company or Neighborhood Party for up to 60 adults for ‘Scotch Doubles’ (includes shoe rental) – donated by Terry and Julie Heilman

Those wanting to donate on their own can contact Marcy Pritchard at 645-5597. We appreciate your support and commitment in helping these athletes in all of their successes.

Northfield Quilters-Where Art Meets Tradition

Searching for a bit of warmth and old-fashioned coziness to get you through this cold snap? The Northfield Quilters are presenting their show entitled "Northfield Quilters-Where Art Meets Tradition" to be held Saturday, April 14th and Sunday April 15th at the Northfield Middle School.  Over 150 quilts are expected to be on display. Our featured quilter is Terry Krippner.


Want to take one home? There will be a small quilt silent auction, or if you feel lucky, buy a chance to win a hand quilted raffle quilt (proceeds benefitting HealthFinders).  Rosie Werner will have bed turning demonstrations featuring kit quilts from the 1920's to the 1970's (Saturday at 11 am and 3 pm and Sunday at 2 pm).

Have a new or old quilt you'd like appraised? There will be a certified professional quilt appraiser available and other vendors too.

Hours of the show are Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Cost of admission is $3.00.  For further information contact 

Northfield Earth Day Contra Dance is Saturday, April 21

Click to view PDFCelebrate Earth Day and welcome the return of Spring at the Northfield Earth Day Contra Dance on Saturday, April 21, 7:00 - 10:30 p.m. at “The Great Hall” of Severance Hall, Carleton College. This Northfield community dance will feature the music of Contratopia and nationally renowned dance “caller” Frederick Park.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton Student Association and The Northfield Contra Dance Association as a part of Northfield’s Earth Day events on April 20 - 22.
The Earth Day Contra Dance is open to everyone!

Step It Up! - Rally for the Planet slated Saturday

This Saturday, April 14, Northfield citizens will have the opportunity to tell Minnesota's legislature to "Step It Up" and take action on global warming. The
event is part of a nationally coordinated campaign to get state congresses to adopt a policy of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. 


Attendees should come to Carleton College's stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday, wearing a green or blue shirt if possible. The rally will include information about global warming and what can be done about it, a speaker, and a creative demonstration (that's where the shirts come in).

Once everyone has assembled, event coordinators will lead attendees in forming a giant Earth with their bodies. Pictures of our "planet" will be made into postcards. These postcards, to be made available around Northfield, are an inventive and effective way to send a message to your representatives that you want them to "Step It Up" and take the fight against global warming to the next level.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event is expected to last one hour. 

Way Back! It's Off the Wall!

The Northfield Historical Society will celebrate baseball, the lyrical pastime that has bridged generations for more than 150 years, with a special storytelling evening at The Grand on Thursday, April 12.

“Way Back! It’s Off the Wall” will bring together Northfield baseball fans for 90 minutes of storytelling, covering the high hops and short stops as experienced or observed by some of Northfield’s most ardent students of the game.

Storytellers will include Jim Dimick, retired St. Olaf College coach and the recognized dean of college baseball; Bardwell Smith, retired Carleton College professor and a prep school teammate of George H. Bush; and Bill Nelson, the veteran manager of the storied Dundas Dukes. We will hear about exciting plays, brushes with fame, can-you-believe-it moments, including a first-person account by a man in our midst, Chuck Engel, who recorded an unassisted triple play while playing minor league baseball.

Trouble sleeping? This panel discussion is for you

Are you searching for that elusive deep sleep that leaves you refreshed and energized each morning?

A panel of experts will address sleep disorders from a variety of perspectives Monday, April 16, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Church, 104 North Linden, in Northfield.

The program, “A Good Night’s Sleep: What is it and How Do You Get It?” will include panelists Stacey Zell, a respiratory therapist at Northfield Hospital; Bryan Hoff, MD, an Internal Medicine specialist at Allina Medical Clinic --- Northfield; Henry Emmons, MD, a psychiatrist at Allina Medical Clinic --- Northfield and an author; Father Dennis Dempsey of St. Dominic’s Church; and a person who knows first-hand the impact a sleep disorder can have on a family. Scott Richardson, director of Community Relations at Northfield Hospital, will be the moderator.

AIDS activist to speak at Carleton Monday

Journalist, yoga instructor, and former Peace Corps volunteer Michael McColly will present a free multi-media performance entitled “Spiritual Activism and AIDS: An HIV+ Writer’s Journey” Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum. 

McColly’s presentation is based on his book “The After-Death Room: Journey into Spiritual Activism” (Soft Skull Press, 2006). Part spiritual journey and part political transformation, the book humanizes the often faceless struggles of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and in the United States.

Including first-hand activist accounts and photographs chronicling his experiences living inside the AIDS pandemic, McColly’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. In 2000 as a journalist and yoga teacher living with AIDS, McColly traveled to South Africa to the 13th International AIDS conference in Durban. There he found himself confronted with the deeper issues and ethical dimensions of the epidemic.

This Week in The Carletonian

Rules set for Mai Fete
By Evan Sander
The Wednesday night gatherings that have long been a tradition for Carleton seniors will have new restrictions this spring. Because of the event’s evolution into an all-campus drinking event, student coordinators and administrators have gathered to create rules that will make the tradition safer for students.

CSA debates surplus spending

By Sam Friedman
This spring, the College Student Association (CSA) has a rare opportunity to spend an additional 33,000 dollars outside of its typical budget. The funds were discovered last year by then CSA treasurer Peter Fritz ’08 unexpectedly when he uncovered the money in a CSA account managed by the business office.

Carleton senators disagree about how the money should be spent.

Behavioral geneticist to speak Wednesday at Carleton

Eric Turkheimer, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, will present a lecture entitled “What Behavioral Genetics Is Not, and What It Could Be” Wednesday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Carleton College’s Olin Hall, room 141.

Turkheimer’s appearance is free and open to the public. Highly regarded as one of psychology’s foremost experts on behavioral genetics research, Turkheimer will discuss how environment and genetics influence human behavior and psychological traits.

Last year, an article in The New York Times described Turkheimer as “the kind of irreverent academic who gives his papers user-friendly titles like ‘Spinach and Ice Cream’ and “Mobiles.’ He also has a reputation as a methodologist’s methodoloist.” Turkheimer received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

At the University of Virginia he teaches courses in clinical and quantitative psychology. Outside of the classroom, Turkheimer’s recent work has centered on research findings evaluating the impact of social class on the outcomes of behavioral genetics research on human intelligence.

Just Food welcomes general manager with reception Friday

Just Food Co-op will host a public reception for its new general manager Phil Guida this Friday, April 6, from 5-7 p.m. The public is encouraged to visit Just Food at that time to meet and talk with Guida.

Since starting in late January, Guida has been actively moving the store forward by planning resets, evaluating procedures, and getting to know customers and staff members.

Guida has worked in co-ops for 16 years and came to Just Food after spending seven years at Hendersonville Community Co-op in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. There he served as Grocery and Merchandising Manager for two years and as the general manager (GM) for six years. He is also an at-large member of the Board of Directors for the National Cooperative Grocers Association where he connects with and helps lead the national co-op movement.

As GM at Hendersonville, he led their co-op through an addition of a deli and bakery, increased sales and led the co-op to profitability. He hopes to see similar growth here. We have strong support from over 1,400 people who have become owners of Just Food.

Come for the waffles, stay for the music!

NYC logoLooking for a tasty dinner and some good entertainment this Monday night? Northfield Youth Choirs is hosting an all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle dinner and open rehearsals on the evening of Monday, April 9th. The dinner, which is a fundraiser for the organization, will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield. From 6:15 to 9, the youth choirs also will be holding open rehearsals at St. John's. Come for waffles, and stay to see and hear these young musicians as they prepare for their upcoming tours and spring concert!

Tickets for the waffle dinner are available at the door and cost $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under eat free. Take-outs are available.

NYC members enjoy weekly one-hour rehearsals, twice-yearly retreats, area performances and tours. The organization's choirs are divided by age, and singers of all levels of experience in grades 1-12 are welcome to participate. More information about the activities of the Northfield Youth Choirs is available at

International trauma expert to speak at Carleton Friday

Dr. Nancy Baron, educator and leading consultant on the mental health effects of trauma and conflict on children, will present a convocation entitled “Community Based Peace Building Initiatives” at 10:50 a.m. Friday, April 6 in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Baron’s inspiring message provides the practical tools for finding courage, building peace, and making a difference in the world. The event is free and open to the public. After many years working as a family therapist and professor in the United States, Baron now travels the globe working with communities to rebuild hope, peace, and well-being during and after wars and disasters.

As the director of Global Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI), Baron’s work offers a voice of hope for children impacted by war and violence. Her work provides both governments and non-governmental organizations with consultation, assessment, training, program design, evaluation and research in community based and family focused psycho-social, mental health, and peace building programs around the world.

Boating Safely sails into Northfield

Register today for Boating Safely, offered by Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

This course satisfies the Minnesota State Requirements for a youth’s watercraft operator’s permit.  This basic boating course is intended for novice boaters.  Topics to be covered included: safe boating practices, legal requirements, boating regulations, boating skills, and terminology.  Parents of youth under age 14 should consult with the instructor before registering their child for the class.

Class will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, April 9 and 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center.  For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Community Services Office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, call 664-3649, or go online to

CSL to offer permaculture class and film festival

Permaculture Research Institute

The Center for Sustainable Living will be bringing a Permaculture Film Festival and an Introduction to Permaculture workshop to Northfield! Guy Trombley and Paula Westmoreland of the Permaculture Research Institute, Cold Climate will be presenting these events on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

Editor's note: This is a bit early, but there is a registration deadline, so read on. We'll post a reminder later. 

Permaculture is defined as "the conscious design and maintenance of productive ecosystems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way."

Both the film festival and Introduction to Permaculture Class will be designed for a wide audience in Northfield, including gardeners, farmers, city planners, civic leaders, and persons and organizations interested in economic viability, environmental protection, and community well-being.

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