Events in and around Northfield

St. Olaf hymn festival to celebrate renewed chapel, new organ

St. Olaf College will celebrate the architecturally renewed Boe Memorial Chapel and its new organ when it hosts a Chapel Rededication Celebration Hymn Festival the weekend of Feb. 24-25.

The events will begin on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. with a hymn festival led by the St. Olaf Cantorei, conducted by John Ferguson, Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music. The following day, regular Sunday worship will be held in the chapel at 10:30 a.m., with College Pastor Bruce Benson preaching. Later that day, at 3:30 p.m., Artist in Residence Catherine Rodland '87 will give the dedicatory organ recital.

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David Gonnerman is media relations specialist for St. Olaf College and an NCO board member.

This week in The Carletonian

Editor's note: This week we're adding a new feature, headlines from The Carletonian, the student newspaper of Carleton College. The paper isn't online yet, but you can email to subscribe and get the full stories. Thanks to Carletonian editor Jake Zivin for making this possible. 

CSA Senate elections underway
By Eric Yiu '08
Student candidates push their platforms this week, as polls remain open for Carleton Student Association Senate spots. Outgoing student senators are leaving president, vice-president, and secretary positions open for the taking. 

Bookstore loses money for fourth year in a row
By Ben Blink '10

Because of increased competition with online textbook sellers Carleton’s college-owned bookstore is facing its fourth straight year without turning a profit. The American Booksellers Association says that between 2003 and 2008 the number of online textbook sales will double, while overall sales will remain flat. The increased tendency for students to hunt for less expensive textbooks is not the only purchasing trend hurting the bookstore.

Students protest Darfur genocide
By Lisa Otto '10

Roughly 30 students laid down in the snack bar area to protest the genocide in Darfur. The event was called a “die-in” for Darfur and similar events have been happening across the country at different college campuses. The goal was to spread awareness about the crisis in Darfur. “This way is a little more effective that tabling,” says Seflana Matambo ’08, “it’s the shock factor.”

Learn about Darfur crisis Monday

On Monday, February 19, there will a Darfur Awareness Night held in the Northfield High School Auditorium. The event will consist of a presentation by Ellen Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Sociology at Carleton College, followed by a showing of a genocide related documentary.

The goal of the night is to raise awareness of the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan as well as educate the local Northfield community on what they can do to help the victims of genocide in Darfur.

Door open at 7 p.m., Kennedy’s presentation starts at 7:15 p.m., and the documentary will be shown after her presentation concludes.

CSL to host first monthly Sustainability Discussion Feb. 15

Editor's note: This story first ran last week, but I'm reposting it for those who might have missed it -- and as a reminder for those planning to attend.

Beginning in February, of The Center for Sustainable Living will be hosting montly Sustainability Discussion evenings that will be free and open to the public. Meet your neighbors, bring ideas, questions, information, or just an open mind, as we discuss and share ways to be more sustainable in our daily lives.

Please join in on the first Sustainability Discussion evening! Thursday, February 15, 7:30 - 9p.m. at Northfield Public Library Community Room For more information, contact Scott Schumacher, Board Chair, The Center for Sustainable Living, at For accessibility information contact the Northfield Public Library at 507-645-6606.

Scott Schumacher is a Board Member of The Center for Sustainable Living.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

0207 Guide InteractiveThere is never a dull moment in Northfield ... check out these great events!

Thursday, 2/15: Wine anyone? Area wine lovers won't want to miss a chance to participate in the wine tasting at The Grand Event Center. The tasting lasts from 7-9 p.m.; call 645-5153 for more details. Proud parents and local music lovers will want to attend the Sibley Choir Concert taking place at 7 p.m. at the Sibley Elementary School gym. Sing your little hearts out, kids!

Sustainability discussion tonight at Public Library

If you need an excuse to get out on a frigid February evening, how about joining engaged community members in the Center for Sustainable Living's first monthly Sustainability Discussion tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library?

CSL board chair Scott Schumacher posted a story about this last week. I have strong feelings about what constitutes a sustainable community, as do many others in this community, so let's talk about it, see if consensus can emerge, and DO something about it!

This is an opportune time to engage in a broad community discussion on this topic. The City is embarking on a revision and update of its Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulations. There will be opportunities for public input in this critically important process beginning in early April. Let's get together and do everything we can to ensure that the revised comp plan is a tool that helps guide sustainable community development!

Movie fans, here's your chance

Southgate's movie inventory up for sale

Forget the blockbusters. You can buy them anywhere. But if you're dying for that DVD of Angeline Jolie as a blonde in "Life or Something Like It," have I got good news for you.

The Northfield Senior Center has hundreds of videos on sale. There are a few DVDs left for $4 each. But if you still have a VHS player, you can choose from hundreds and hundreds of titles, including some really obscure stuff, for just two bucks each. We're talking quirky charmers, guilty pleasures, and so bad they're good classics. There also are some video games in the mix.

YMCA begins Adventure Guides family program

Submitted by Skip Zimmerman

Have you been looking for something to do with your 5 to 9 year olds? Would your family benefit from some fun and adventure together?  Come join the new YMCA Adventure Guides program, starting this month at the Northfield Area Family YMCA!

Formerly known as YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses, and a staple YMCA family activity across the US since 1926,  this program provides opportunities for families with 5-9 year olds to spend quality time together and nurture positive relationships, all while having lots of fun! 

Family pairs comprising an adult Guide and a youth Explorer join a Circle of up to nine other families, meeting monthly for games, crafts, songs, stories and other fun activities.  Meetings usually rotate from home to home each month, but can be held in other locations as well.  

Civil Rights pioneer to speak at Carleton Friday

Minnijean Brown Trickey, social activist and winner of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, will present a convocation titled “Return to Little Rock,” at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Feb 16, at the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

The historic 1954 U.S. Supreme court ruling, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, declared that all laws establishing segregated schools were unconstitutional and called for the immediate desegregation of all U.S. schools.

Shortly after this decision, the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sought to register African American students in previously all-white schools. On September 25, 1957, Minnijean Brown Trickey and eight other African American high school students, together called the “Little Rock Nine,” entered the front doors of Little Rock Central High School despite protests from segregationists.

Attention all genealogists!

Attention all genealogists!  The Northfield Public Library will offer a beginner's introduction to and HeritageQuest Online on Sat., Feb. 17 at 8:30-10:00 a.m.  Come learn what these exciting online tools can do as you research your family history. 

Class size is limited and basic computer skills are required.  Sign up at the reference desk at the library or call 645-6606 for more information or to make disability arrangements.

Pulitzer winner Kai Bird to speak at Carleton Tuesday

Kai Bird ’73, Carleton alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, will appear at two special events at Carleton College on February 12 and 13. Both events are free and open to the public.

Movies at Southgate Cinema, Feb 9-15

Movies playing this week at the Southgate Cinema, Northfield...

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.

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