Events

Events in and around Northfield

The new Booker has arrived!

Editor's Note: Our old friend, Griff Wigley also managed to get some photos of the new Booker. You can check them out here.

City employees TJ and Ryan picked up the "new to us" bookmobile in Ohio yesterday and drove it back to Northfield.  Library staff and some Friends of the Library were on hand to get a first look at the new vehicle as it arrived at the City Street Shop last night.  It is nice, clean and very white! 

You can get a look at the NEW BOOKER at the Friends of the Library at the annual meeting on Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. This year we will have three great reasons for coming to the meeting. 

1. Henry Emmons (above, left) will be on hand to discuss his book "The Chemistry of Joy".
2. Our new book bus will be here for your inspection.
3. We will have our annual update on our last year's amazing accommplishments. Plus! we will elect our officers for next year.


Snowmobile Safety Class to begin November 13

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club are offering a Snowmobile Safety course for youth ages 12-18.

Minnesota law requires a valid snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile on public property.  A safety class for snowmobile safety certificates will be given on November 13 and 20 in the Bridgewater Elementary Cafeteria.  You must be present at BOTH classes. The class meets from 6–9:30 p.m. and the registration fee for the class is $7.

For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division 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 www.nfld.k12.mn.us.


Farmers Market heads indoors

Submitted by Dianne Hohrman

Winter is coming and the Farmers Market has closed for the season. But the Winter Farmers Market will be held this Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Village School building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please stop by and check out the market. There will be fall vegetables, jams, several choices of meats and eggs. There will also be baked goods and maybe a few crafts.

The Winter Farmers Market will also be held in December on Saturday the 9th. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Village School.


Danish ambassador here to honor Kiergegaard Library's 30th anniversary

St. Olaf events to include dedication of Finholt House

Robert L. Perkins, senior research professor of philosophy at Stetson University, will deliver the first Julia Watkin Memorial Kierkegaard Lecture Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. in Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater. Perkins’ talk, “‘With the Help of the Ideals—Against Illusions: For Eternity!’ Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christendom,” is part of the day’s public events that honor the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kierkegaard Library. For more information visit stolaf.edu or call 507-646-3846.

Perkins’ lecture will coincide with a visit from the Honorable Friis Arne Petersen, Danish Ambassador to the United States. Petersen, shown above, will speak during a mini-convocation in Boe Memorial Chapel Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. A public reception will follow in the Heritage Room. An additional event, at 1:30 p.m., will be the dedication of the Finholt House on West Second Street for use by visiting Kierkegaard scholars.

Perkins is author of many articles on Kierkegaard and philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. He served as the first secretary of the Hegel Society of America and founded the Kierkegaard Newsletter and the Soren Kierkegaard Society. He also founded the International Kierkegaard Commentary, of which 19 of the proposed 24 volumes have been published. Perkins is now professor emeritus and senior active research professor at Stetson. He is married to Sylvia Walsh, also a noted Kierkegaard scholar.

The Kierkegaard lecture is named in honor of Julia Watkin, an accomplished scholar, prolific author and founding editor of the International Kierkegaard Newsletter. Watkin died in 2005 and, in an effort to help support Kierkegaard scholars all over the world, she bequeathed her estate to St. Olaf's Hong Kierkegaard Library. The library also is endowing a research fellowship in her name.


Carleton Orchestra to present fall concert

The Carleton College Orchestra will present its fall concert at 8 p.m. Friday, November 10, in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Conducted by associate professor of music and S. Eugene Bailey Director of the Carleton Orchestra Hector Valdivia, the concert is free and open to the public.

The program, featuring various works unified by their strong emotional charge, will include Arriaga’s Overture, Ginastera’s Ollantay, and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.


Register today for Friday Night Fun

Northfield's Early Childhood Initiative Coalition invites families with young children birth to age 5 to an evening of food, stories, entertainment and activities at the Northfield Community Resource Center’s youth wing, 1651 Jefferson Parkway from 5-7 pm on Friday, November 10. 
The Reading Magician, Norm Barnhart, will be there to entertain. The Balloon Man also will be making and demonstrating balloon animals and critters. 

Sensational Northfield storyteller, Jim Rossow, will be sharing stories throughout the evening. Food and beverages will be catered by the El Tequila’s restaurant. Families must pay a $5 family fee and pre-register for the event by November 8. Scholarships are available. Call 664-3750 to register or for more information.


Talk to close this year's Days of the Dead

“Reading Calaveras, Pushing Limits” is a slide lecture and discussion with Junaita Garciagodoy to be held this Wednesday at ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery at 7:30 pm.

Juanita Garciagodoy will interpret several calaveras created by popular artists in Mexico City for Days of the Dead. These ephemeral works, of which there are fewer each year, often reveal some details of their worldview in a painting or sculpture that will only be exhibited for a few weeks. While most passersby may not do more than glance at the work or admire its aesthetic appeal, a close reading may disclose their creators’ national, economic, or sexual politics, and show they are sometimes pushing the limits of bourgeois “good” taste.

Juanita is Professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, and is the author of the book Digging the Days of the Dead.


Gender and race theorist to speak at Carleton College

Roderick A. Ferguson, associate professor of race and critical theory in the department of American studies at the University of Minnesota, will speak Wednesday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Carleton College’s Leighton Hall, room 304. Entitled “To Be Fluent in Each Other’s Narratives: Surplus Populations and Queer of Color Activism,” Ferguson’s presentation is free and open to the public.


Follow election e-results at The Cow tonight

Once again, The Contented Cow will be hosting an election nite big screen internet event Tuesday from 8:00 'til closing.  Go VOTE! ...then stop by The Cow for some refreshments and watch the results come in. 

Norman has promised some free goodies (from Chapati?).  Alex Beeby reports that Northfield.org will be here, again, with instant updates on local races and all their e-savvy talents on the internet.  Good food, Good company, and big screen results! See you at The Cow...


Feelin’ groovy at the NHS auction

It was the sixties last night at the Grand for the Magical History Tour — the annual Northfield Historical Society auction.

See five dozen plus photos in the NHS auction 2006 album.

Griff Wigley is a notorious local blogger and world-class crowd photographer.


Northfield Historical Society takes a ‘Magical History Tour’ Tonight!

Reminder: the Historical Society's annual auction is Tonight at the Grand! You can check out this Griff Wigley blog post for more info and links to photos from past years' events.

Click to open PDFThe Northfield Historical Society invites the public to join them on a “Magical History Tour,” Saturday, November 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Grand Event Center. The psychedelic, flower power–themed benefit will include a ’60s costume contest, retro music and dancing, with funds raised to support the Northfield Historical Society through ticket sales and by way of a silent and a live auction, led by local auctioneer, Ed Kuhlman.

Admission to the event is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Attendees will receive a complimentary drink ticket and a bidding number for use during the silent and live auctions. A selection of specially-prepared hors d’ oeuvres will also be served. The silent auction officially begins at 7 p.m. and the live auction follows at 8:30 p.m.


Native American activist and poet to speak at Carleton Friday

John Trudell, Native American poet, recording artist and activist, will present a convocation titled “Warrior Words” at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, November 3, at the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Trudell’s international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Born of mixed tribal blood, Trudell grew up in and around the Santee Sioux reservation near his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967 in Vietnam, Trudell served as the spokesman for Indians of All Tribes during the group’s 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969. The occupation succeeded in pressuring the U.S. government to end its policy of Indian termination and replace it with one of self-determination as well as enlightening the American public about Native American civil rights issues.


Laura Baker Service's Diamond Gala sparkled!

The Grand Event Center was aglitter with more than 200 community members gathered to "Celebrate Brilliance" at with the Laura Baker Services Services Association Saturday night.

The event raised more than $63,000 for the Advancement Fund of the organization, which has been serving people with developmental disabilities since 1897.


Carleton Goodsell Observatory open house Friday, Nov. 3

Carleton College's Goodsell Observatory will have an open house on Friday, November 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m., if skies are clear. View stars, nebulas,and planets. Dress warmly! This event will be cancelled if cloudy.

Open Houses are held on the first Friday of each month. More information is available on the web at http://go.carleton.edu/83.



Acclaimed African musicians to perform at Carleton

World-famous acoustic guitarist Habib Koité and his band Bamada will present a free concert titled “Acoustic Africa” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Carleton College Concert Hall. 

The extraordinary breadth, emotional depth, and joy of African music come to life in this rare all-star evening of music from across the continent.  


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