Events in and around Northfield

Exhibit promoting 'culture of peace' to open at St. Olaf

Three years after its debut at the United Nations, a touring exhibition that celebrates the potential of individuals to build peace will open at St. Olaf College. "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" will run Feb. 5-25 in the concourse between Tostrud Center and Skoglund Athletic Center. A special cermony that is open to the public -- Northfield-area peace activists are especially encouraged to attend -- will take place Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

“Everything needed to build a culture of peace already exists in each of our hearts,” says exhibit organizer Judith Stoutland. “As Eleanor Roosevelt said, however, ‘It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.’ This exhibit is designed to inspire personal action.”

Annual Auction for the Arts is coming February 10

Ring in the “Year of the Pig” at the 2007 Art Auction, sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild.

Join the Chinese New Year festivities and celebrate prosperity, health, and happiness. Think RED. Think FUN. Think YEAR of the PIG! The Northfield Arts Guild wishes you prosperity and happiness in 2007, and invites you to attend a Chinese New Year Celebration at their annual Arts Auction on Saturday, February 10.

This fundraiser supports the work of the Guild in Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Literary Arts. It's a way for you to have fun and show your community spirit, so join the festivities.

Freedom singer Bernice Johnson Reagon to speak Friday at Carleton

Singer, activist, and scholar Bernice Johnson Reagon, whose life work has made her a cultural voice for freedom and justice, will present a convocation at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 at Carleton College’s Skinner Memorial Chapel. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Reagon became involved with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, first as a student leader in her hometown of Albany, GA, and then as a member of The Freedom Singers, a group originally formed in 1962 to share songs and stories of organizing efforts in the south and to raise money for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

She first visited Carleton College in 1963 as a member of the SNCC Freedom Singers and now returns continuing a remarkable 45-year career as an activist, scholar and musician, in which she has spoken out against racism and inequity of all kinds.

World Traditions Family Night is cancelled

Editor's note: This event has been cancelled.

Dance! Crafts! Music! Food! Storytelling!

Join Northfield’s Early Childhood Initiative Coalition for a festive and fun filled Friday night. Families with young children birth to 5 are invited to explore the culture and traditions of families in our community.

Join the fun Friday, February 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway. Cost is $5 per family. Register by Wednesday, January 31. For information, call 507-664-3750.

Tradiciones del Mundo: Danza! Artesanías! Música! Comida! Lector de Cuentos!

Reúnete con La Coalición de la Iniciativa para Niños de Temprana Edad de Northfield para una tarde festiva y divertida. Familias con niños recién nacidos a 5 anos de edad están invitados a explorar la cultura y tradiciones de familias en nuestra comunidad.

Library to host 3rd annual crafts demonstration night

The 3rd Annual Crafts Demonstration Night at the Northfield Public Library will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. 

Demonstrations of beading, knitting and paper crafts will be presented by representatives of Glass Garden Beads, Digs, the Art Store, and the Just Food Coop Knitting Group. And Laura Heiman will bring her spinning wheel and demonstrate how to make homespun yarn.

Come for the fun and learn a new craft! Questions? Call Joan at 645-6608.

Just Food Inside and Out: History and Scene...TONIGHT

Join Stuart Reid and other co-op members for an exploration of "Co-op History and National Scene" in this program -- the first of a series of five offered by the Just Food Board of Directors. The session is from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting House -- 313 1/2 Division Street above Jenkins Jewlers.

The Just Food Inside and Out series will explore co-op history, philosophy, values, and nuts and bolts.

Stuart Reid is the former General Manager of Just Food Co-op and now works for the Food Co-op 500 program as a development specialist. introduces "Office Hours"

Editor's note: This story was posted earlier, so this is just a reminder to join us for coffee at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

No, we didn't hit the lottery and buy a swanky new office building. But building an online community doesn't just happen online.

That's why I'm busting out of my home office and heading downtown.  We're calling this experiment "Office Hours," and I'll be setting up shop somewhere each week. This Tuesday morning, from 7:30-9 a.m. I'll be at Goodbye Blue Monday coffee shop on Division Street.

Salon sparks interesting discussion

What a great way to warm up a winter night.

Nearly a dozen people gathered Saturday for our first conversation salon.

We tackled a serious topic: atheism and its role in the world -- and our own lives. Yet we managed to weave in good wine, good food and a lot of fun.

We're taking suggestions for dates and topics for the next salon. Add your ideas to the mix by posting a comment below. (I'm putting in dibs on an Academy Awards movie salon the night of the big show.)

We'll keep you posted on the results.  

'Dylan in the Delta' is topic of Carleton Lecture Monday

Dylan fan, blues guitarist and music professor,
Justin London shares his insights Monday evening

Justin London“High Water Everywhere: Finding Dylan in the Delta” will be the topic of a Carleton College music professor’s speech at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, in the College’s Boliou Hall, room 104. The event is free and open to the public.

Justin London’s talk is structured around Bob Dylan’s 2001 song “High Water,” a tribute to Charley Patton, one of the first generation of Blues singers from the Delta region of Mississippi. Patton, who had a great impact on the Blues tradition, wrote a song in 1930 called “High Water Everywhere” about the disastrous 1927 Mississippi flood.

Come join our first conversation salon of the season

Do you believe in God? Do you believe in religion? Do you ever have questions about what you believe?

Well, you might want to join us for a face-to-face discussion of atheism, what it means to be an atheist and how atheism challenges believers in their view. 

Come join us Saturday night, January 27 (tomorrow!), at my house when we launch's new Conversation Salons. There will be plenty of room, lots of wine and cheese and good company. We'll socialize from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or so, then start the discussion. Feel free to join in for as much of the evening as you can.

We've been talking about this in the forums and our Issues List, but someone has suggested I put a reminder out there for everyone. So here it is.

Don't get stressed about studying in advance. Salons are really just parties with some conversation instead of charades. You don't have to be subscribed to the Issues List to be involved; this is just an informal way to meet new people and catch up with old ones.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view/downloadThe weekend is filled with diverse activities ~ you won't want to miss these!

Thursday, January 25: Carleton is offering two unique lectures: one on art, the other on genealogy. Thursday you can attend the art lecture: "Reflections on Beauty: A Discussion of Chikanobu’s ‘Jidai Kagami’" held at the Art Gallery on campus from 4-5 p.m. Then at 5 p.m. you can head over to Carleton’s Leighton 304 to hear a lecture on "Genealogy, Intimacy and the Shifting Boundaries between Legal and Illegal Immigration." If music is more your style, stop in at Dawn’s Corner Bar in Dundas to hear The Dweebs, who are the self-proclaimed “ultimate party band.” Norwegian Cowboy will entertain the folks at The Tavern with his blend of western, honkytonk and Neil Diamondesque tunes.

Friday, January 26: Ever wondered if environmental pollutants have a link to cancer? Sandra Steingraber will deliver a convocation from 10:50-11:50 a.m. at Carleton’s Skinner Memorial Chapel entitled, “Contaminated Without Consent: How Exposure to Chemical Pollutants in the Air, Food and Water Violates Human Rights.” Steingraber is a internationally recognized expert on environmental links to cancer and offers insights into green architecture, campus sustainability and the future of food in the world short of oil. Just Food Co-op is hosting a Cheese Tasting with Friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Just Food asks that you bring friends, bring wine and please pre-register. Marty Anderson and the Goods will offer The Contented Cow crowd a taste of acoustic, electric and classic rock spanning the decades of Dylan, Young, Springsteen and the Beatles.

Leading environmentalist to speak Friday at Carleton

Sandra Steingraber, an internationally recognized expert on environmental links to cancer, will present a convocation titled “Contaminated Without Consent: How Exposure to Chemical Pollutants in Air, Food and Water Violate Human Rights” at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College.

The event is free and open to the public. Steingraber also will appear at a community reception Friday at 5:15 p.m. at Northfield’s Just Food Co-op. The reception is co-hosted by Carleton College, Just Food, and the Environmental Quality Commission of the City of Northfield.

An ecologist, poet, and cancer survivor, Steingraber wrote the highly acclaimed book “Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment” (Addison-Wesley, 1997), a personal and scientific exploration of how toxic chemicals contribute to rising cancer rates in various communities. Regarded by many as “the new Rachel Carson,” Steingraber also has published “Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood” (Perseus Books, 2001) and contributed to the essay collection “What We Do Now” (Melville House, 2004), in which various writers outlined their ideas for life after the most recent presidential election.

Carleton talk to focus on Latin American issues

The Latin American Studies Department at Carleton College and Voces Para Latinoamerica, a nonprofit political organization working in Latin America, are hosting a talk entitled “Neoliberalism and its Impact on Children Living in the Streets in Latin America,” led by Jose Alvarez Blanco, president of Voces para Latinoamerica in Spain, and Celia Jordan Loayza, President of Voces para Cochabamba in Bolivia.

The talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Gould Library Athenaeum.

For more information contact the Latin American Studies Department at 507-646-4240.

Cleaning Up the Cannon River Here and Now

A report of findings and how you can help

Have you ever wondered what you can do to help your old friend, the Cannon River? Come to a meeting on Monday, January 29, 6–9 p.m. at the First United Church of Christ at 300 Union Street in Northfield and find out. Dinner is included; reserve yours by calling 507-786-8400.

In October, 2004, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) initiated a project called Increasing Local Power and Capacity of Healthy Waters Issues. Healthy Waters issues were those identified by Minnesota Environmental Partnership in its 2004 Legislative Agenda, and for this project were reducing amounts of phosphorus, fecal coliform bacteria, and mercury received by waters within the Cannon River watershed. The goal of this project has been to promote immediate, effective, practical action by individuals and governments.

YMCA will offer first programs in February

Have you ever seen footprints in the snow and wondered where they came from or where they end? The Northfield Area Family YMCA offers "Animal Tracking" for children ages 7-9, on Saturdays from 1–2:30 p.m., beginning February 3 at the Sibley Marsh and Prairie. Children will be led by a naturalist from River Bend Nature Center as they explore animal behavior and lifestyles by observing the trails they use and the tracks they leave behind.

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