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Events in and around Northfield
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:23am
On Wednesday, May 14, the public is invited to a special event honoring late professor and renowned scholar, Ian Barbour. Entitled “Ian Barbour and the Future of Religion and Science,” the event celebrates the intellectual legacy of long-time Northfield resident and internationally respected theologian Ian Barbour, the Carleton College Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus, who passed away in December 2013. This event will take place in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
For decades, Barbour engaged in conversations and taught courses, to both undergraduate students as well as local retirees through Northfield’s Elder Collegium, designed to tackle the difficult questions concerning the relationship between religion and science. In that same tradition, “Ian Barbour and the Future of Religion and Science” will bring together five nationally renowned scholars who will address questions about evolution, technology, and ethics. Each speaker will discuss the ways Ian Barbour’s work influenced their scholarly field and shaped their research in environmental ethics, the impact of technology on human values, and evolution and faith.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:21am
Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum will host its 12th annual spring bird count on Saturday, May 17 and invites anyone with an interest in bird watching to join in this census of bird species in the Arboretum. No previous experience is necessary. The count will take place from 6 to 9 a.m.; participants will meet at 6 a.m. at the Arboretum Office.
Submitted by Melissa Bernhard on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 5:09pm
The Second Annual Martial Arts Festival will be held on Saturday May 10th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Northfield Middle School main gymnasium. The disciplines highlighted will consist of Kyudo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Gumdo. Each discipline will provide a twenty-five minute demonstration displaying their individual differences and uniqueness. Informational booths for each discipline will also be available. Come enjoy the performances while learning about the martial arts and the many opportunities there are to participate in the Northfield Community.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:27am
Falling Whistles co-founder Sean Carasso, a young and influential social entrepreneur and activist, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Power of the Individual: Youth Movements and Social Change," Carasso’s presentation will focus on the growing success of Falling Whistles, a global peace campaign designed to help the victims of the Congo war. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 3:48pm
Northfield Reads is a new community initiative to encourage people from across the community to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to new perspectives. The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within the community.
Northfield Reads events will be offered twice a year, often in conjunction with another community event. Readings will be made available in various ways and locations. The program is being sponsored by several area groups: Northfield Human Rights Commission, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, Arcadia Charter School, and Northfield Public Library. The first Northfield Reads will be offered on May 18th. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information.
Carleton College to Sponsor 3rd Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic ViolenceSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:41pm
The public is invited to participate in the third annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Carleton College Recreation Center. Proceeds from this event will support the HOPE Center, whose mission is to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education. The HOPE Center is located in Faribault and serves all of Rice County. The 5K for HOPE is open to all!
Participants can register online at: https://apps.carleton/edu/campus/gsc/5kforhope/.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 6:47pm
Acclaimed Minnesota writer and community activist Kao Kalia Yang, member of the Carleton Class of 2003, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 2 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Yang's appearance is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Although now a Minnesotan, Yang’s remarkable story stretches across the globe. The daughter of Hmong immigrants to Minnesota, Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp, Ban Vinai, in 1980. Her family came to Minnesota when she was seven. In her book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Yang recounts her family's journey from Laos to Minnesota – from her parents' first encounter and unceremonious marriage in the jungles of Laos, to their harrowing escape into Thailand, and subsequent relocation to Minnesota. In The Latehomecomer, Yang struggles to feel a sense of home – new to Minnesota, and cultural heir to centuries of homelessness.
Submitted by Mary Warner on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:42pm
You have probably seen Layl McDill's fantasy sculptures and wall hangings at local art fairs. (If you haven't, go to http://www.claysquared.com for a sampling.
Layl is coming to the Northfield Arts Guild at the end of May to teach two workshops so that you can create your own polymer clay fantasies. Both workshops are on Saturday, May 31st.
Make a Flower Wall Sculpture in her 3 hour afternoon workshop. Your 8 inch polymer clay flower will really bursts from the wall! Learn the mysterious fluffiness technique and the new "McDill Twist". Then play in the glitter! Who doesn't love glitter!?
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:25pm
Angie Taylor, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Three Links Care Center, is looking for volunteers who will perform for residents at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th at 2:30 p.m. at the Three Links Care Center. If you could share some fiesta musical talents or if you know of anyone willing to perform, call her at 664-8839.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:06pm
Are you spring cleaning? Would you like to help out teens in Northfield?
For the second year in a row the members of the Northfield Public Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be helping out at the city wide clean up events on 8- noon Saturday, May 3 and May 12 at the City Maintainance Facilty. Donations for TAB along with your city clean up items can be brought to 1710 Riverview Lane. (Turn off Hwy 19 at Perkins and go just past the new Safety Center to the building with diamond windows! There will be signs.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:26pm
At the Northfield Senior Center this Saturday, April 26th at 10:45 am, Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist, Lori Sturdevant, will be speaking about her recent book “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement." Books will be available for purchase from Northfield’s Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore and there will be a book signing following the presentation.
Sturdevant’s latest book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey. A champion of both civil rights and women’s rights, Wahl is credited with affecting the way her fellow judges saw the cases they decided. The first woman named to the Minnesota Supreme Court, she was appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich in 1977 and remained on the court until her retirement in 1994. She passed away in July 2013. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl and documents the societal challenges experienced by Minnesota women in the late 20th century.
Submitted by Doug Bratland on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:27am
An adaptation of the J. M. Barrie story by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, who adapted Les Miserables for the stage. This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Capt. Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and, of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land. However, for the first time, the play is here restored to Barrie’s original intentions. In a whimsical, ambiguous and ironical manner, he speaks here as clearly to adults as he does to children. This piece is performed in a playful, storytelling fashion from beginning to end, including Barrie’s heartbreaking and heartwarming conclusion to Peter and Wendy’s story.
Tickets: $6 for Adults, $4 for Students. Performances at Arcadia Charter School, 1719 Cannon Road, Northfield. For more information call 663-8806, extension 212.
Celebrate HealthFinders Collaborative at their annual fundraising SPRING FORWARD gala -- this Friday night at The Grand!Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:22am
HealthFinders Collaborative invites the public to their annual fundraising SPRING FORWARD gala, this Friday, April 25, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.
There will be a silent auction and social hour from 6-7:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 7:45 (along with live music by Parker Ousely and friends). Dinner is followed by a short presentation from 8:45-9 p.m., and then take part in a live auction led by auctioneer Ed Kuhlman and emceed by KYMN radio host Jeff Johnson.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:14pm
Rob Rothblatt, Carleton Class of 1983 and lead architect at AECOM, will speak about designing the new sustainable arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team on Thursday, April 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Meeting Room (236). Entitled “Sacramento Kings: A Sustainable NBA Arena for the Endless Frontier,” Rothblatt’s presentation is free and open to the public.
AECOM is an international firm with a mission “to create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.” Today, listed on Fortune 500 as one of America’s largest companies, AECOM's talented employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — now serve clients in more than 150 countries around the world.
Submitted by Scott Richardson on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:35am
The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 53rd annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid Tuesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 26, at the Northfield Ice Arena.
Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 23 - April 25; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Friday all books are 50 percent off. Saturday morning is the bag sale ($5 per bag) from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. all remaining books are free.
The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s Book Fair has developed a time-tested formula for success --- great books, great prices and a great deal of community pride. After half a century of book fairs, the event has become a seasonal marking point, one of Northfield’s signature events. It is an example of a community acting on its best instincts, promoting literacy, voluntarism, recycling and reuse, all in service to community health improvement.