Events in and around Northfield

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.

From faith to fanaticism

Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy Jonathan Adler will speak about the intellectual dimension of fanaticism at noon on Tuesday, April 3 in Olin Hall, room 2, at Carleton College.

Entitled “Faith and Fanaticism,” the talk is free and open to the public. Adler’s lecture is based on his article being published in the forthcoming book, “Philosophers Without Gods” (Oxford University Press, 2007). He will address traits often associated with fanatical reasoning – self-righteousness, intolerance, excessive certainty, and zealotry –and will argue that fanaticism resides in a lack of self-restraint in reasoning and belief.

Since supernatural faith promotes denial of these restraints, Adler’s explanation attempts to provide an understanding of why faith is fertile ground for fanaticism. Adler is visiting Carleton from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is this year’s visiting philosopher supported by the Cowling Foundation. Cowling Visitors participate in a number of activities including teaching courses, giving public lectures, conducting faculty seminars, and leading discussions in classes.

Bly, Neuville to share community meeting Tuesday

The Northfield Early Childhood Coalition is sponsoring a community coffee with Representative David Bly and Senator Tom Neuville on Tuesday, April 3 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Longfellow School. This event, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity to meet with our elected officials to discuss issues related to early childhood education and supporting families with young children.

Information about public policy proposals related to Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education, and Child Care Programs will be available. Parents and caregivers of young children are encouraged to attend.

For more information please contact the Northfield Early Childhood Coalition at 507-664-3660. 



Want to hold a global warming rally?

On Minnesota Public Radio yesterday afternoon I heard a fellow speak about global warming. His name was Bill McKibben, and the broadcast is available on the MPR web site. Mr. McKibben mentioned a web site called Step It Up 2007. His goal - along with six college students - was to get a minimum of 100 rallies organized nationally to show our elected officials that global warming is a concern for American citizens. These rallies are slated to occur on April 14th, 2007, and there are now over 1100 scheduled.

Presently, there are 19 scheduled events in Minnesota. I didn't see Northfield in the list, and thought there may be some parties interested in organizing a rally. Information on how to schedule and organize an event is on the Step It up 2007 web site, and if anyone is interested in being a primary brain and organizer for this, I'd be willing to assist. I'm a local resident and anyone can reach me by email at; further communications will mostly be by phone or in person.

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, April 2, 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 indoor court needs and summer youth and adult programming.

For more information, contact Bob Ewing (

Zach Pruitt is a member of the Northfield Tennis Association

Convocation to explore race and class issues

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will speak at convocation at 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 30 at Carleton College’s Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Gottlieb’s presentation will explore issues of race and class in relationship to 9/11, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and will address reconciliation in the context of dismantling historic oppressions. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the first 10 women in Jewish history to be ordained, Gottlieb has served as a congregational rabbi for 32 years. She has devoted herself to Jewish feminism and interfaith peacemaking throughout her career. She is the co-founder of the Muslim–Jewish Peace Walk for Interfaith Solidarity, and is rabbi emeritus of Congregation Nahalat Shalom (Inheritance of Peace), a Renewal congregation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gottlieb enjoys a reputation as a gifted storyteller and has spoken at college campuses and synagogues across the country. She has been the spiritual leader for a deaf congregation in New York and has traveled throughout the United States speaking to women’s groups. In addition to her book, “She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism” (HarperSanFrancisco, 1995), she has written numerous articles on women’s studies, peacemaking and interfaith work.

Hospital Auxiliary needs books for annual sale

Calling all books!

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will begin collecting books Monday, April 2, at the Northfield Ice Arena for the auxiliary’s 46th annual book sale: “The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid.”

Volunteers will be on hand to take your books weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Saturday, April 14. From Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20, the arena will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last opportunity to donate will be Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Magazines or Reader’s Digest condensed books will not be accepted. Local Boy Scouts will also be collecting books at the Econofoods parking lot on Saturday morning, April 7 and 14.

“The Great Northfield, Minn. Book Raid” will run from Tuesday, April 24, through Saturday, April 28. Each year the proceeds from the sale go to projects at the Northfield Hospital and other community health efforts.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with the book fair, please call this year’s co-chairs: Linda Barck, 507-645-0517; Marge Barnes, 507-645-7752, or Mary Schwake, 507-645-5446.

Energy efficiency workshop slated March 29

If you want to do your part to save the planet and save some green at the same time, plan to attend “Building Energy Efficiency 101: Cost-Effective Home Energy Saving Strategies for the 21st Century” Thursday, March 29th from 7 to 9 PM in the Northfield Public Library meeting room.

This will be the first in a series of workshops sponsored by Northfield EnergySmart BuildingWorks, an initiative of RENew Northfield and the Northfield Area Foundation. I am providing staff support for this project as a contractor to RENew Northfield.

Workshop attendees will learn from local builders and other experts how to cost-effectively save energy and money whether you are building a new home or living in a drafty 19th-century Victorian. State-of-the-art building techniques and technologies will be covered, as well as utility and government financial incentives. Case studies on several new homes and older home retrofits will detail the energy efficiency and renewable energy steps taken and actual energy saving results.

Mbele to speak on creating inclusive communities

St. Olaf Associate Professor of English Joseph Mbele will give a public talk, sponsored by the Faribault Diversity Coalition, titled "When Africa Meets Faribault: A Conversation about Culture and Traditions" on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Faribault's Buckham Memorial Library in the Great Hall. All ages are welcome and a small lunch will be provided with a suggested $2 donation for food.

Mbele has been part of the diversity coalition for nearly a year, and the group meets regularly to discuss issues and plan special events and programs. The group's mission includes promoting an inclusive community where all are welcome and respected, and working with new residents to mentor them in the life skills needed to become active and integrated participants in the community. For more information on Mbele's talk or the diversity coalition, call the Faribault Welcome Center at 507-333-5036.

Village Market to hold Spring Festival Saturday

Let's welcome Spring and perhaps it will stay, yes?

I attended the Winter Festival last month, despite the heavy snow, and was delighted to find quite a few vendors. We've passed the Spring Equinox so how appropriate to call this Saturday's Market a Spring Festival.

Spring Festival @ Village Market -- Saturday, March 24 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

At the market you can purchase:
Organic eggs, beef, lamb, pork, bison, poultry, pies, tarts, breads and other baked goods, jams, dried beans, yarn and wool products, wildflower and perennial seeds, Lady Slipper plants, magnetic jewelry, eco art, hair beading, and more.

Knights of Columbus host annual Fish Fry

The Northfield Knights of Columbus will host their Annual All You Can Eat Fish Fry on Friday, March 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the O'Gara Social Hall at the Church of St. Dominic. The KC Fish Fry has become one of Northfield's best, and the public is invited.

The menu includes Baked or Fried Cod, Salad Bar, Scalloped or Baked Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Vegetables, Bread, Dessert and Beverages.

Cost is $10/adults, $5/Children 6-12, Free/Children under 6.


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