Events in and around Northfield

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view/downloadIs this Minnesota? The weather has been so mild that it feels like Spring ... get out of the house and run to one of the many happenings in Northfield.

The Northfield Arts Guild Gallery is hosting an Opening Reception: Art of Reflection, 7-9 p.m. Thursday. James Loewen will speak at Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton, 10:50-11:50 a.m. Friday about “History I Never Learned at Carleton — and Why it Matters!” Jeff Ray brings excellent guitar to The Tavern Friday and Marty Anderson and the Goods bring classic rock ‘n’ roll to the Contented Cow.

On Saturday you won’t want to miss the craziness that is the Just Food Cabaret at the NAG Theater at 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome – on & off stage! Jack Knife & the Sharps will have ‘em dancing at The Grand, 8:30–12:30 — the self-proclaimed “longest performing rockabilly band in history!” Lonesome Dan Kase is at Hogan Brothers – think O Brother, Where Art Thou? with a hint of ragtime and bluegrass. Enjoy!

Northfield Community MLK Event on Monday evening

Northfield Community Martin Luther King Day Celebration: The Dream Continues!

Northfield’s 13th annual community-wide celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King will be held on Monday, January 15.  This year’s event will be held at the Northfield Middle School.

(Editor's note: a full schedule of related events running from Friday the 12th through Friday the 19th can be found in the previous post.) 

The theme of this year’s event will be “The Dream Continues.”  Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with musical selections by the Carleton African Drumming Ensemble under the direction of Jay Johnson.

The program begins at 7:00 p.m. The Master of Ceremonies is Charles CoganFather Dennis Dempsey will provide the opening invocation and the benediction. 

Schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/Week

This information was gathered from the Human Rights Commission, St. Olaf College, Carleton College, and ARTech.

Friday, January 12
All Day @ St. Olaf - Day of Silence: Students will observe a day of silence to symbolize how different the atmosphere at St. Olaf would be if no minorities were present. This activity is open to all students.  Students will receive a “tag” identifying them as participants as well as a short description explaining their silence.

7:30pm @ ARTech
- Arts for Martin: ARTech hosts its third annual community celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Guest presenter is Dr. Cherif Keita, Carleton College professor.

NCO Board to set plans for 2007

The board of Northfield Citizens Online, the group that runs this little website, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Carlson Capital Management.

We have a lot of good ideas for the year ahead, from environmental and health columns to online book clubs, in-person issues salons and and arts and authors sections. We will be prioritizing all the projects, setting timelines and lining up volunteers to help make them happen.

If you have ideas or comments, please send them our way and we'll add them to the mix!

Library now offers downloadable audiobooks

The Northfield Public Library will be offering a demonstration of its downloadable audiobooks on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the library meeting room.  Our collection is suitable for WMA players.  Apple Ipods are not supported at this time.  For more information please call the library at 645-6606.

Debby Nitz is a Reference Librarian at the Northfield Public Library. 

Singers invited to be a part of Arts for Martin

Attention, singers: you have a great opportunity to sing in the Arts for Martin, an annual gathering of community, creation of art, and celebration in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The choir that gathers consists of all ages, school age through adult. We’ll sing a South African freedom song, a piece by local composer Dan Kallman, and a piece by the great jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. Rehearsals are this week Tuesday, January 9th and Thursday, January 11th from 7:15 - 8 pm at ARTech Charter School

The Arts for Martin celebration is this Friday, January 12th at 7:00 pm. RSVP if possible to Bob Gregory-Bjorklund: 663-8806 ext. 204 -- or just come!

Latino issues highlight events this week

The Northfield Human Rights Commission on Thursday will join what is shaping up to be a week of discussions of issues involving Latino concerns, but reaching throughout the community.

The commission, which meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, is slated to discuss the recent closing of Las Delicias, a downtown restaurant. The owners, who are legal immigrants, are involved in a complicated landlord-tenant dispute. You can catch up on the background here.

The commission also will discuss a statement by the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions asking the federal government for an end to the sweeping raids conducted in December targeting undocumented workers in Minnesota. You can read the entire statement at the end of this article.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation will use its monthly 8 a.m. forum at the Archer House to discuss the challenges facing owners of restaurants and other small businesses trying to succeed downtown. The discussion was sparked by the Las Delicias closing, but will address broader issues such as building costs, taxes, operating expenses, revenue potential and marketing  downtown. Read the details here.

Immigration raids spark work on city emergency plan

Federal raids in December targeting undocumented workers in Minnesota and across the country have sparked serious concerns in the area’s Latino community. Hundreds gathered in Worthington over the weekend to show support for families affected there. WCCO-TV has a complete list of stories related to the raids and their impact.

But the issue of emergency planning reaches beyond immigrant famlies. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina showed how easy it is to lose important documents, bank accounts, cash, and most importantly, family members, in a crisis.

Now a group of Northfield leaders are working on plans that will help them — and everyone — deal with emergencies they hope they never encounter. Last Friday more than a dozen people, from the superintendent of schools and police chief to representatives of social agencies and churches met to take the first steps in creating a community emergency plan.

Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, January 8, 2007.  The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

The Northfield Tennis Association will elect its first board on Monday and will establish a timeline for its 2007 activities.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

For more information, contact Eric Lundin (663-7705, or Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984,

Zach Pruitt is a member of the Northfield Tennis Association.

Grezzo opening last night!

Click to view more photosWe (Grezzo Gallery) opened January with "scrap" last night! The show runs through January and features scrapbookers from all around Minneosta and even from all around the nation. The doors opened last night at 6 pm. We had Wes Thomsen in the house to screen his documentary, Scrapped. Wes is a local film maker, and I hope now a good friend. We had a packed house, somewhere up towards 70 people at one time (we can't fit any more than that in our gallery). After the movie Wes answered some questions and people stuck around to check out some of the scrapbook art on display and to mingle with other scrapbookers including some from the movie.

I want to thank the Northfield Arts Guild and the Archer House for letting us use some of their chairs, and the Art Store for giving us props to stage our window. Please visit these businesses in our community and show support for the local business owners! 

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view/downloadRinging in the new year in Northfield always means there’s an abundance of art, cultural and musical events to attend!

Anne Fadiman will be speaking about her book, “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors , and the Collision of Two Cultures, at Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton Friday from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m.  Also Friday, catch the art opening, “Habits of Production” at the Dittmann Art Center, St. Olaf, from 6-8 p.m.  Displayed will be new works by six recent art major grads.  Grezzo Gallery will be presenting Scrap Scrapbookers Film and Exhibit” - doors open at 6 p.m. and the Scrapped documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in scrapbooking won’t want to miss this.

Saturday, go to Froggy Bottoms to see T.H.E. House Band play at 7:30 p.m.  Dawn’s Corner Bar will be hosting Bugsy on Saturday night – don’t miss it!

Grab a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide at many locations around Northfield including: Northfield Public Library, Archer House, River City Books, Dawn's Corner Bar, Ole Store, Perkins and many, many more spots.

Click on the image above to download a copy of the new, more interactive Northfield Entertainment Guide.

Author Anne Fadiman to speak at Carleton

Anne Fadiman, award-winning author, essayist, and editor, will present a convocation at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, in Carleton College’s Skinner Memorial Chapel. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Fadiman is best known for her book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997). That book, winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, traces the dramatic conflicts that arose between a refugee family from Laos and their American doctors over the care of their seriously ill child.

In her convocation presentation, Fadiman will trace the cross-cultural challenges she faced during her eight years of immersion in Hmong culture while researching the book. More recently she wrote the best-selling book “Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998), a collection of essays originally published in Civilisation magazine. She also edited the book “Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005).

It's beginning to look a lot like...winter!

After a brown Christmas and day after day of clouds, fog and rain(!), it was wonderful to wake up to sunshine and snow on the first morning of 2007.

Since it's such a glorious day to get outside with your sleds and cameras, we've decided to extend our Christmas photo contest by another 24 hours.

You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to send your favorite holiday shots to

Happy New Year from your friends and neighbors at!

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view/downloadThe holiday is behind us and a new year is upon us! It's time to make your new year's resolutions. If your resolution is to enjoy Northfield and have more fun, as always there is much to do in the area:

Tonight, Kim Bloom will be entertaining folks at The Hideaway with his classical guitar from 7 to 9 p.m. The Hawthorne Palace Band plays at the Tavern starting at 8 p.m. Or you could head to Dawn's Corner Bar in Dundas on for their New Year's Bash with Harmonic Voodoo.

On New Year's Eve, Bjorn to be Wild will be entertaining those ringing in the new year at the Contented Cow.

Is the Dog Park Right for My Dog?

C.A.P. (Canines At Play) is partnering with Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division to host an informational evening this Tuesday for dog owners to discuss the newly established Dog Park.

The event will be held in the Northfield High School Auditorium on Tuesday, January 2, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. All potential park users are encouraged to attend and learn how to join in the fun the park can offer. Refreshments will be served!

Mark Etzell is on the staff of the Community Services Division. 

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