Events

Events in and around Northfield

Carleton Constitution Day Event Kicks Off Community-Wide Conversation

The U.S. Constitution turns 227 years old this month, yet it remains the focus of fierce national debate.  Politicians invoke it in their campaigns. Court decisions hinge upon its interpretation. Issues as vital as immigration reform, free speech, and freedom of religion prompt us to examine not only its words, but the intentions of its authors.

This fall, join a community-wide conversation about the Constitution through a special event series organized by Carleton College and its community partners. All events are free and open to the public:


Forum on Community Events

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The NDDC and Arts & Culture Commission are sponsoring a forum on community events Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 am inthe Archer House Riverview Conference Room.  

The panel of local events organizer, Paul Niemisto (Vintage Band Festival), Ann Mosey (Cannon River Roots Festival), and Hayes Scriven (DJJD and Outlaw Run) will present their experience as well as helping facilitate discussion about the impact of events on the community, the challenges and costs of presenting events, and considering how to make it easier to stage great events in Northfield.  


Former Minneapolis mayor and education advocate R.T. Rybak to present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation Address.

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Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 15 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocation will also be streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/

A three-term mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013, Raymond Thomas “R.T.” Rybak, Jr. is currently head of Generation Next (www.gennextmsp.org), a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.


Northfield Shares to Host Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

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A community-spirited event to benefit Northfield-area nonprofits is right around the corner. Northfield Shares, the nonprofit that formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, will host the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk on Sunday, September 7. The 5K run/walk and 15K run are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Northfield at the Northfield Armory (519 South Division Street). Proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization’s vital operating expenses. Online registration is now open at www.djjdrun.org. On-site registration will also be available on the day of the event.


Bee Observation and Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

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Schoolhouse Apirary will present bee watching (in an enclosed observation hive) at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 30.  Learn about bee habits and efforts to keep beehives healthy and robust against colony collapse disorder from Laura Heiman, beekeeper.  Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.   This small reprise of the hugely popular Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place Saturdays, June through October in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts. (Riverwalk will be closed Saturday, September 6, for Defeat of Jesse James Days). 


Wake Robin plays at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday August 23

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake-Robin.

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, will be by Wake-Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Wake-Robin's specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. Banjo Helen Forsythe, previously scheduled for this Saturday, will perform at Riverwalk on September 27.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place ever Saturdays, June through October, rain or shine, in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts.


Music by Sam Ryden at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Sam Ryden will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday August 16 in Northfield's Bridge Square

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturay, August 16 will be provided by 13 year old Sam Ryden. Sam is already making a name for himself as a musical prodigy. His sophisticated musical sense and strong stage presence helped him reach the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013.

New season local honey and locally grown tomatoes are are now available from Riverwalk farm vendors. Riverwalk Market Fair, an open-air artists and farmers market, is open 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays, June thorugh October in downtown Northfield's Bridge Square.


Free Back to School Carnival for Kids of All Ages

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On Thursday, August 14, Canvas Church is sponsoring a free Back to School Carnival at Sechler Park.  The carnival will run from 5:30pm-8:00pm and will include free activites such as a dunk tank, cotton candy machine, and even a free haircut.  There wil be many other free activites for kids of all ages as well.  Plus, the first 200 kids grades K-5 will receive a $30 voucher to the Nike outlet store in Medford that can be used to buy new Nike shoes for school!!!  


FIRST-EVER Northfield Safety Camp sign up ends soon!

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It's going to be great! Four fun filled and educational days coming up next week at Bridgewater Elementary school and the Middle School Pool.  The combined knowledge of the Northfield Hospital's EMTs, Northfield Police, Northfield Fire Department, Rice County Sheriff Department, the DNR, Rice county water rescue, K9 unit and medivac helicopter will all be on-hand or presenting during the 1st ever Northfield Safety Fair.  It's for kids going into 3-8th grade.  Sign up via the Northfield Community Services Office $40 for the entire session or $15 per day!  

For more details click here.


Music By Parker Ousley at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Parker Ousley will play and sing folk, blues, and jazz at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 9 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Also featured will be welded steel garden structures by Jennifer Wolcott and kids activity on water quality by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.  Summer produce is plentiful, including tomatoes.


Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at the Carleton College Arboretum

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Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

The Carleton College Aboretum is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning September 15, 2014 and running through October 23, 2014. Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly.

Master Naturalist Volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. 


The Northfield Public Library needs teen input!!

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The Teen Advisory Board needs you!! 


1.  It looks GREAT on college and job applications.

2. It's service to your community.

3. It's fun and you will learn some new things.

4. Meet other people who want to serve the community and the library!

5. Only meet once a month.


One-Day Vintage Band Festival: Saturday, August 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated.  The next full four-day Vintage Band Festival will be held July 28-31, 2016, following a successful festival in August 2013.


Riverwalk Market Fair features Chris Casper's Intimate Minnesota Photos

Photo by Christopher Casper, Emergent Visions Photography.  Visit Chris at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.

This Saturday, August 2, Riverwalk Market Fair features photographer Christopher Casper. Chris is staying close to home in Minnesota for his current photos.  The Western landscapes Chris photographed in 2013 lend themselves to grand vistas.  In Minnesota a photographer needs to look for intimate images, and finding intimate views takes familiarity.  Some of Chris’s best photos are right outside his house – views of his driveway and the across the road in various seasons of the year.  

Also at Riverwalk Market Fair this week are tomatoes and other fresh local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.  The Vintage Band Festival one-day event starts at 9 am, so visit Riverwalk and listen to great brass band music all at the same time.  Riverwalk Market Fair is 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, August 2 in Northfield's Bridge Square.  


Skatepark Update: Benefit Concert and Design Meetings

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A lot has happened on the skatepark front in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.

You can find photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalition raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through GiveMN.org in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring. You can donate to the Skateboard Coalition through GiveMN.org, or by sending a check made out to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS  128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line).


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