Events in and around Northfield

Carleton Invites Community to Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service and Vigil

"A Good Place to Hide" by Peter Grose

Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 19 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Author Peter Grose will be the featured speaker and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. A vigil/name reading of Holocaust victims will precede the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the event, visit This event is free and open to the public.

Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ to present Carleton convocation

Arsalan Iftikhar

Founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ Arsalan Iftikhar will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 17 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era, Iftikhar has been called Islam’s “It” guy by many in the global media and is a much sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective. NPR host Michel Martin calls Iftikhar “…the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware” and New York best-selling author Deepak Chopra wrote, “The world needs more Muslim Ghandi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar.”

Entitled “The Future of Islam, Muslims, and the West,” Iftikhar’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Author / MPR Commentator Jonathan Odell Reads at Content Bookstore

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League Cover
Jonathan Odell, a Minnesota author born in Mississippi, and regular commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, uses story to bridge personal, racial, and cultural differences.
He'll be at Content Bookstore on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30pm reading from and discussing his novel Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. In the book, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who only have two things in common, the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
In her review of Miss Hazel for the Star Tribune, Christine Brunkhorst writes "this is an important story beautifully told. It is why we read novels. You will care about these characters — and emerge more aware and empathetic because of them." Of Mr. Odell, Pat Conroy writes "Jonathan Odell can take his place in the distinguished pantheon of Southern authors."

Earth Day Is Around the Corner!

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Mary Jo Christofaro reminds readers that the Northfield community will be springing into its sixth Perennial Earth Day Celebration on April 17th and 18th. "Mark your calendars for a great event. The kick-off will be Northfield AreaCommunity Solar’s 'Sun Power Hour' on Friday, April 17th from 5pm-7pm at First UCC.  Join us for a community gathering with appetizers, tea and coffee. Learn more about Community Solar and take advantage of this opportunity to subscribe."

Sophocles meets the Wild West: Carleton presents "Murder at Jagged Rock"

Murder at Jagged Rock Poster

On Thursday, April 9 at 4:30 pm, Keyne Cheshire will present excerpts from Murder at Jagged Rock, his brilliant re-imagining of Sophocles’ tragedy The Women of Trachis set in the Wild West. The event will take place in LDC 104, and will last appoximately 90 minutes.

The Women of Trachis tells the story of the fatal jealousy of Deineira, the wife of Herakles. Cheshire has moved the action from mythical Greece to the mythical Wild West, and set his translations of Sophocles’ choral odes to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass. 

Shawn Otto Reading / Discussion - Sins of Our Fathers

Sins of Our Fathers

Marine on St. Croix based screenwriter and novelist Shawn Otto will visit Content Bookstore on April 2 at 7pm to read from his debut novel and discuss the social issues about Indian law and economics raised in the book. Shawn's book, Sins of Our Fathers, is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.

Sins of Our Fathers follows small-town banker J.W., who has been caught embezzling funds to support his gambling addiction. J.W. is on the verge of losing everything when his boss offers him a scoundrel’s path to redemption: sabotage a competing, Native banker named Johnny Eagle. A single father, Eagle recently returned to the reservation, leaving a high-powered job in the hope of simultaneously empowering his community and saving his troubled son. When J.W. moves onto the reservation and begins to work his way close to Eagle, hundreds of years of racial animosities rise to the surface, inexorably driving the characters toward a Shakespearian and shattering conclusion.

Northfield Youth Baseball Registration


Register to play spring in-house baseball with the Northfield Youth Baseball Association. 

In-house leagues provide the opportunity for children pre-k through the eighth grade to learn and play baseball. In-house consists of teams from Northfield playing one another. All games are played at Sechler Park.

Games are typically played in the evening during the week and on Saturday. A team shirt and hat are included with the registration fee. The spring season runs from April 25 to June 6.

To register visit The registration deadline is April 8.

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Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group at Northfield Hospital


Northfield Parkinson’s Group will meet Wednesday, March 25, at the Northfield Hospital Conference Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

With gratitude for Northfield Hospital support, the Parkinson’s group has been meeting on the third Wednesday of the month for many years. This will be a special meeting to welcome interested new members as well as to discuss the future of the organization. All are welcome. The group will be discussing future leadership as well as topics for future meetings. For more information, please phone Nancy Soth at 507-645-8991, or email at

Enrollment to open for summer classes at the Northfield Arts Guild


On March 20th, the Northfield Arts Guild's enrollment begins for our Summer Classes.  The Young Peoples Theater (celebrating it's 25th year!) will have two three week sessions this year:  June 8 - 26 and July 13 - 31.  Our summer art and clay camps are scheduled for the weeks of June 15th and June 22nd.  Your kids will learn to work in many different media and have fun expressing themselves.  For the musically inclined, we are offering dance classes for ages 8+ and Music Together for infants to 5 and their parents. For more information and to enroll visit our website at

Hospital auxiliary announces book fair dates

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 54th annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Fair Tuesday, April 28, through Saturday, May 2, at the Northfield Ice Arena.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 29 – May 1; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. 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.

Earth Day Planned for April 18


Mark your calendar for the Northfield community celebration of Earth Day, Saturday April 18th.  There will be a full day of free Skill-Sharing Workshops at the First UCC Church from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a Community Potluck and Soup Supper, with Earthly Exhibitors at Carleton’s Weitz Center, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

To kick off the day, on Friday evening, April 17th, from 5-7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Northfield Community Solar.

Among the Saturday activities there will be goat cheese making, clothes mending, info about creating a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself and many more!

Registration starts March 17 at: 

Hike the Superior Hiking Trail!


Richard Collman will take you on a hike of the Superior Hiking Trail on Tuesday, March 3 at 7-8 PM at the Northfield Public Library meeting room.  Wear your hiking boots!

Note: This will be the last public event at the library before the meeting room is converted to a storage space in anticipation of the library renovation and relocation of services and staff to City Hall later in the spring.  

Kids’ Obstacle Course Event on Saturday


Do you love physical challenges? Does U.S. history fascinate you? Then this Saturday’s Kids’ Obstacle Course event being held at the High School gym at 4 – 5:30 p.m. is a perfect opportunity to participate in these activities surrounded by a positive atmosphere. Kids will roll, climb, scoot, hula-hoop, and more, as well as answer fun quiz questions about the United States.

This multi-age interactive event will help build confidence in kids, encouraging them to try new things even if they look hard at first. The challenges are there to help build stamina and resilience while being supportive of each other. Children 4-9 years old and their families are recommended to attend this fun-filled event. Small prizes will be earned as kids move their way through the course.

Carleton Convocation presented by Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Center, seeing to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)

Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Behind the Kitchen Door,” her presentation draws attention to servers, bussers, runners, cooks, and dishwashers across the country struggling to support themselves and their families under the shockingly exploitative conditions that exist in most restaurants.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Renowned Catholic poet and peace activist Rose Berger to speak on social activism and faith

Rose Berger

Renowned Catholic poet and peace activist Rose Berger will present "When Your Faith Gets You in Trouble: Sojourners and Other Strange Stories" on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. An award-winning religion journalist, author, public speaker, poet, and Catholic who specializes in writing about spirituality and art, social justice, war and peace, Berger is senior associate editor and regular columnist at Sojourners Magazine, the national ecumenical magazine based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on "faith in action for social justice."

In her lecture, Berger will speak about three times her faith got her in trouble -- and invite questions from the audience to engage in discussion about social and spiritual issues that matter to us. This event is free is open to the public. 

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