Events

Events in and around Northfield

Public Invited to attend Immigration 101: Panel Forum on Minnesota’s New Immigration Laws

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The public is invited to attend a panel discussion entitled “Immigration 101,” a look at Minnesota’s new immigration laws and what they mean for Northfield students, families and employers. This event will take place Monday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The free forum will feature short presentations by an expert panel, followed by audience questions and discussion. There will also be a reception with light refreshments, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Carleton Humanities Center. Everyone is welcome. Headsets will also be available for simultaneous Spanish translation.

Ricky Peterson, president of the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls, encourages community members to attend this forum. “We know we've always been a nation of immigrants,” says Peterson, “yet each new immigrant group presents new challenges to our communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how our system is adapting to those challenges today."


Carleton Convocation Discusses the Digital Divide for Girls of Color

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Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls Code, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Feb. 14 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Bryant’s presentation, entitled “Behind the Click: Securing the Future for Girls of Color as the Tech Leaders and Creators of Tomorrow,”discuss the digital divide currently faced by girls of color. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Black Girls Code is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color to the field of technology and computer programming.Their mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.


Three Links hosts Job Fair Open House for Nurses and Nursing Assistants

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Three Links is hosting a Job Fair and Open House for Nurses and Nursing Assistants

Join us Thursday, February 13 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Three Links. We're located at 815 Forest Avenue, Northfield MN. Three Links is excited to introduce our Resident Centered Staffing Model. This allows for 4 or 3 day work weeks! Choose either the Monday-Thursday team or the Friday-Sunday team. It's easier on daycare, predictable schedule, 4 paid bonus hours for every weekend shift, all focusing on resident centered care.


Renowned Psychologist Joy DeGruy, Author of ‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,’ to Present Carleton Convocation

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Renowned educator, psychologist, and social worker Joy DeGruy, author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing,” will present the Carleton College weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 7 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. DeGruy will discuss her book, whichaddresses the residual impact of trauma on African Descendants in the Americas. This event, commemorating Black History Month, is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing” (Uptone Press, 2005) lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can eliminate non-productive attitudes, beliefs and adaptive behaviors, building upon the strengths we have gained from the past to heal injuries of today.


Northfield YMCA Daddy Daughter Dance

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA will host its seventh annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division Street.

This event is for girls ages 3 to 12 years old and their dad or special male adult. Grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, big brothers and others are invited to be escorts. Men are encouraged to wear shirt/tie, sport coat or suit.


A Love Affair with Birds

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Sue Leaf, author of "A Love Affair with Birds: the Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts", will give a talk and sign copies of her book in the meeting room of the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 PM. The book is the first full biography of Roberts, the father of Minnesota ornithology. Roberts was a physician, professor of Ornithology at the University of Minnesota and founder of the Bell Museum of Natural History. Roberts was a mentor and friend to local physician and birding enthusiast Dr. George Rysgaard. Leaf, an avid birding enthusiast herself, will elaborate on the Northfield connection in her talk. The book was listed as one of the top 10 books for 2013 in the Dec. 27, 2013 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


eReader Help Sessions Continue in February

Did you get an eReader for Christmas? If so, you should know about our free downloadable ebooks! Come to the Northfield Public Library to get help downloading library ebooks to your eReader.   These are walk-in sessions so no appointment is necessary. Bring your device and your library card. If you have a Nook bring your lap top computer (not necessary if you have a Nook HD).

Saturdays - February 1, 8, 15, 22  - 1-3 PM

For individual appointments or questions call the reference desk at 507-645-1802.


Carleton Convocation Discusses the Significant Role of Public News Broadcasting

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Marco Werman, host and senior producer of Public Radio International’s “The World” will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Stories, Not Punditry,” Werman’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Werman has been working in journalism since the age of 16, when he got his first job as a copy-boy for the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. After a three-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, Werman began his radio career with the BBC World Service in Burkina Faso, West Africa. From there he moved to London to produce the BBC’s flagship breakfast program for Africa, “Network Africa.” “Radio impressed me in Africa,” says Werman. “Everyone had one, broadcasts happened in many languages, and in the two coups I witnessed, the radio station was important booty: it and the electrical generator were always the first targets.”


Immigration 101: A Public Information Forum on Minnesota's Immigration Laws

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UPDATE: Immigration 101 Event Cancelled Due to Severe Winter WeatherDue to severe winter weather, tonight's "Immigration 101: A Panel Forum on Minnesota's New Immigration Laws" event has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The event will be rescheduled at a future date. Organizers ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this cancellation. For more information, contact Susannah Ottaway of the Carleton College Humanities Center at (507) 222-4217.


2014 NCO Annual Meeting

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On Wednesday, January 22, Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) held its annual meeting at the Contented Cow. Sixteen people attended the hour-long meeting, which began with an overview of Northfield.org's strategic plan, "What's Next for Northfield.org?" A slate of candidates was nominated to fill the vacancies left by Nate White, Jane McWilliams, Rob Hardy, Kathy Ness, and Tami Enfield. The new board members are: Jaye Lawrence, Theo Durbin, Jeff Ondich, Aramis Wells, and Michael Garlitz. Finally, the board elected officers for 2014: Leah Rich (chair), Corey Butler (vice chair), Jaye Lawrence (secretary), and Christopher Tassava (treasurer). The 2013 NCO annual report can be found here


Beginners Guide to Home Brewing

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 Michael Cote, President of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association, will speak at the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, February 8, from 1-3 PM on home brewing.   Mr. Cote works at Midwest Brewing and teaches classes on home brewing. 

According to the American Homebrewers Association home brewing is gaining in popularity each year.  In 2012 more than 1 million home brewers brewed about 2 million barrels of beer.  If you are a complete beginner or just have questions on your first batch this program is for you.  The program will be held in the meeting room and is free and open to all.  For more information or to make disability arrangements, please call the library at 507-645-6606.


Carleton Convocation Explores The Universe

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Renowned astronomer Dr. Sidney Wolff, a member of the Carleton Class of 1962, will present the College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 24 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Exploring New Worlds,” Wolff’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Wolff’s numerous achievements make her one of the most respected astronomers today. She has served a series of directorships, including those at Kitt Peak National Observatory (1984-1987), the Gemini Project (1992-1994), and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO; 1987-2001). It was the directorship of NOAO that had Wolff recognized as the first woman to direct a major U.S. observatory.


Tim Penny to Speak on Entrepreneurship at WINGS Annual Meeting

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Tim Penny, president and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation will speak on "Local Entrepreneurship: You Made It Happen!" at the annual meeting of Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College. The event runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Penny will recap some of the experiences of the three-year-old WINGS Entrepreneurial Fund (WEF).  Since 2010, WEF has provided entrepreneurial support for women and youth in the Northfield area who are interested in starting or expanding their own business. WEF provides both technical assistance and entrepreneurial micro-loans. In addition to Penny’s talk, there will be refreshments, social time and a short business meeting.


What's Next for Northfield.org?

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The Contented Cow is the site for the Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online, the organization behind Northfield.org, which celebrates its 23rd year in 2014. Born to “create an electric commons that strengthens the fabric of community in the greater Northfield area”, Northfield.org publishes stories and event listings from the community. But like all organizations, it must be dynamic and must change with changing times.

NCO has strived to ensure that Northfield.org has evolved to continue to be a valued resource for the Northfield community. To pursue that goal, in 2013, the board created a task force that, through discussions with focus groups with diverse participants, developed a set of recommendations, both short and long-term initiatives for future planning. These include changes in content, establishing funding and expanding use of social media and in-person events to engage Northfielders.


Patterns Shifting: on the subject of climate change, a Northfield focus

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On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.

According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century. 


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