Events in and around Northfield

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.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

0207Guide InteractiveThere's no limit to the exciting February events that are happening in Northfield! It all starts this weekend.

Thursday: Jeff Ray will walk a thin line between blues and folk while strumming and singing for The Tavern crowd.

Friday: Bernice Johnson Reagon will deliver song and speech about her 40-year journey as a cultural activist, drawing on life stories of 19th- and 20th-century African American women. Held at Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton, from 10:50-11:50 a.m. At 6 p.m., make sure you stop by Grezzo Gallery for the opening of Lindsy Halleckson's art show. Also at the art show, you'll hear live music from Gospel Gossip and Sick of Sarah. Live music, art & wine, it doesn't get better than that! Coffeehouse Writers' Night starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tiny's – bring your writing to share or just come to support those who are sharing their work.

Saturday: 'Poetry in the Prairie' highlights the poetry of Northfielder Scott King at the Maltby Nature Preserve. He'll read from his book "Leftover Ordinary" starting at 7 p.m. If you're in the mood for theater, make your way to the Northfield Arts Guild to witness opening night of Forcefield's Third Annual Community Cabaret. The cabaret begins at 7:30 p.m. – call 645-8877 for ticket information.

The Northfield Entertainment Guide is growing! Check out the new extended size of the Guide – it's packed with information about all the local happenings!

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.

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