Events in and around Northfield

Movies at Southgate Cinema, Feb 9-15

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Weekend Entertainment and Events

0207 Guide InteractiveIt's cold, but the great news is that there are plenty of indoor activities and events to warm you!

Thursday, 2/8: The St. Olaf Band will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. Make your way to Skoglund Auditorium to see them in action, conducted by Timothy Mahr. Mark Mraz will be warming the crowd at The Tavern by singing and playing piano.

Reminder: Arts Guild Auction Coming Saturday!

WHAT:  Annual Arts Auction
WHEN:  Saturday, February 10
LOCATION:  Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street, Nfld
ENTERTAINMENT:  Social Hour & Silent Auction, 6:30p-8p
Live Auction with Ed Kuhlman, 8p-10p
SPONSOR:  Northfield Arts Guild

Celebrate the “Year of the Pig,” 2007, with a Chinese New Year theme. Proceeds from the auction go to support the work of the Guild in Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Literary Arts. Have fun and show your community spirit. Join the festivities! 

Unique donations sure to be snapped up in this year’s auction include:

Carleton's Civic Engagement Series starts Thursday

To encourage greater community involvement by its students, staff, and faculty, Carleton College’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center is sponsoring its annual Civic Engagement Series this month. The series, which includes events ranging from panel discussions to fund-raising haircuts, will take place in February throughout campus and the Northfield community.

At noon on Thursday, Feb. 8, in Severance Great Hall the College will hold a panel discussion entitled “Who is Northfield? Immigration in a Local Context.” Offering insight into this topic will be former U.S. Representative Ray Cox, president of Hmong College Students of Minnesota Mai Ka Moua ’07, Centro Campesino community organizer Jesús Torres, and sociology professor Ellen Kennedy. This is a campus-only event.

Minnesota Storytime special event with illustrator Jim Postier

Thirteen of Minnesota’s finest children’s book authors and illustrators will help Minnesota families from around the state celebrate the joy of reading and sharing stories through “I Love Minnesota Storytime” this Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007.

Northfield Public Library staff are excited to host Jim Postier at 3:30 in the library's meeting room. Mr. Postier will talk about and show his work and illustations.  This special event is sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Northfield Public Library.

Kathy Ness is the Children’s Programming Librarian at the Northfield Public Library.

'Eat Your Heart Out' at the Grand!

The Northfield Arts Guild is collaborating with The Grand Event Center to introduce a great new arts & entertainment event in Northfield . . . dinner theater! Tickets are still available for performances this weekend and next.

The NAG’s first foray into dinner theatre is, appropriately, about dinner and theatre. Nick Hall’s Eat Your Heart Out is a comedy in the best Neil Simon tradition of pungent one liners and bittersweet confrontations. It centers around Charlie, an out-of-work actor, who waits on tables in a series of NY restaurants between his bit-part acting jobs while also “waiting” for his big break. His enthusiasm leads him to like working with people, and he gets more or less involved in the lives of his customers. He is every great waiter you’ve ever had, if you don’t necessarily consider perfect service essential to your enjoyment.

Top statistics expert tackles Iraq casualty reports Wednesday at Carleton

Professor Scott Zeger, chair of the department of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, will deliver a talk entitled “When Counting is Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3: Iraq Mortality Since the U.S. Invasion” at Carleton College on February 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Olin Hall, room 149. The lecture is free and open to the public.


In October 2006, The Lancet, a highly-respected British medical journal, published a study estimating that close to 650,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Zeger was an advisor to the study, which was conducted by researchers at the Bloomberg School along with Iraqi physicians.

The study sparked significant controversy, despite its approval by many other statisticians and public health officials. President Bush, however, suggested that “The methodology is pretty well discredited.”

Zeger is the Hurley-Dorrier Professor and Chair of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in statistics from Princeton University. Zeger is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association. He is co-editor of the Oxford Press journal Biostatistics and a member of the Springer-Verlag editorial board for statistics. He was awarded the 1987 Snedecor Award (with co-author Dr. Kung-Yee Liang) for the year’s best paper in biometry. The American Public Health Association recognized Zeger in 1991 with the Spiegelman Award for contributions to health statistics.

North Korea human rights advocate to speak at Carleton

Debra Liang-Fenton, executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, will present a convocation entitled “The Challenge of Human Rights in North Korea” at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Carleton College’s Skinner Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Happy Anniversary to Northfield Construction

Congratulations to Ray Cox and the rest of the folks at Northfield Construction Company.

The company is celebrating 35 years in business in February. If you look at the blog list at right, or just click here to read about the company's history and see some of its projects. The photo at left, shot in warmer weather, is from the company's website.

Fair Trade discussion slated Thursday at Carleton

MPIRG brings Andy Lambert from the Peace Coffee company Thursday, February 8 at 8 p.m. in Boliou 104 at Carleton College.

Whether you think Fair Trade is anti-capitalist or the economic structure of the future, your outlook will be tested and illuminated by Andy's talk. From his unique perspective from working inside the Fair Trade industry, Andy will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Fair Trade certification system.  He will also explain what has been done in the past, and what he thinks needs to be done in the future regarding the emerging industry.  After the talk, there will be an opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas over a cup of coffee.  

Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club changed the way America Reads

The Northfield Public Library will host Cecilia Konchar Farr, Professor of English and Women's Studies at the College of St. Catherine on Thurs. Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. 

Dr. Farr will discuss her new book, Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads. She will discuss the "reading revolution" sparked by Oprah's Book Club and the impact of the club on reading, publishing and popular taste. 

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information or for disability arrangements please call the library at 645-6606.

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

Open Mic night at Tiny's & the Community Cabaret

NAG logoThe NAG is sponsoring the following two events:

Open Mic Writers' Night at Tiny's! Tonight (2/2/07) @ 7:30 pm!

Our writers' night series is taking to the streets . . . well, to the café's anyway. On February 2 at 7:30 pm, the Arts Guild will host an open mic writers' night at Tiny's on Division St. There's no jury for this reading: anyone is welcome to read prose, poetry, scripts or lyrics of their own creation (5 pages or less, please.) Come to read, or just come to listen to the literary creativity of your friends and neighbors. Free to all! Hear something. Read something. Eat Something.


The Forcefield's Community Cabaret! Tomorrow night! (2/3/07)


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, February 5, 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 meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.  Topics discussed will include upcoming junior programs, plans for adult and junior spring/summer play, and indoor court needs.

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

Zach Pruitt is a volunteer with the Northfield Tennis Association.

Mark the date for the Winter Stomp!

Contratopia Groupshot

Save the Date! Keep Friday, February 23, wide open because you won't want to miss The Northfield Winter Stomp! This is a community contra dance featuring the music of Contratopia ...

Grab the February issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide for more details ... and watch for future posts with all the details!


Want something to do? Check out the Volunteer Fair

The Northfield Community Volunteer Festival will take place on Saturday, February 10, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Northfield High School lower cafeteria.

Dozens of local non-profits will table at this event in order to recruit volunteers for a wide array of opportunities. Lunch and snacks will be available for sale, and there will also be a story corner and face painting for children. Community members may also volunteer at the event by bringing a non-perishable food item or donating blood; the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be open at the event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome or volunteers may make an appointment through the Red Cross at Everyone is welcome to this annual celebration sponsored by the Carleton College ACT Center, Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division, and St. Olaf College. Please contact Susan Sanderson at 664-3654 or with any questions. You can download a copy of the poster for the event below.

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