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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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:17am
Library Hosts Monarch Butterfly Expert, April 29
The Friends of the Northfield Public Library invite you to hear Nancy Schumacher of the plant nursery “The Vagary” to talk about the decline of the Monarch Butterfly and how plantings of native nectar plants can benefit butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Her illustrated talk will be held in the meeting room at the public library on Tuesday, April 29 from 7 to 8 PM.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:52am
Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street). Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing.
In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.
"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26Submitted by susanpokorney on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:34pm
Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. - Noon
401 Jefferson Parkway
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:22pm
Beverly Bell will speak about her recent book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide. The book illustrates how the earthquake compounded pre-existing socio-economic injustices in Haiti. It sheds light on how the exploitative doctrine of “disaster capitalism” has driven the international response to the quake. And perhaps most importantly, it highlights the work grassroots actors are undertaking to resist this influence and define a future based on domestic priorities, rather than imported (and imposed) ones.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:41pm
Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant will speak about her recent book Her Honor: Rosalie Wash and the Minnesota Women’s Movement on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey.
A 1967 graduate of William Mitchell Law School, Wahl was the first woman named to the Minnesota State Supreme court, appointed in 1977 by then Governor Rudy Perpich. She is credited with influencing how her fellow justices saw the cases they decided. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl, documenting societal challenges faced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:11pm
As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day. Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day. In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!
Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor. Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:42pm
Mel Duncan, the co-founder and past executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 11 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. His talk, titled “Nonviolent Peacekeeping: Hard Nosed Hope in a Tough World,” is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived for online viewing at go.carleton.edu/events/convocations/audio_video/.
In an age when unarmed civilians are apt to get caught in the crosshairs of conflict, Mel Duncan has a radical idea about who should stave off war's "collateral damage": other unarmed civilians. He believes that “no one can make anyone else’s peace for them” and that "peacekeeping isn't always most effective when it’s done at the end of a gun."
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:05pm
Northfield’s 4th Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at Carleton College’s Weitz Center. Organizers invite everyone to join the free resilient skill- building activities: make goat cheese and goat soap; sew snack bags; attend a solar tour; make a felted wool project; create a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself”; plant seedlings in the Carleton Arboretum; tour a gravity fed rain water system and bike powered table saw; help create a recycled sculpture and many more.
There will be a free soup supper and community potluck. After supper, visit local sustainability stations to learn how you can get involved in projects happening here in the Northfield area.
Bring your instruments and voice. We will end the day with a community jam!
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:22am
Private landowners and others interested in using fire as a grassland management tool are invited to attend a Prescribed Burn Workshop on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum in Northfield. Sponsored by Carleton with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there is a $20 fee per person to participate.
Class size is limited to 24 participants ages 18 years of age or older. Pre-registration is required by April 7. The $20 fee includes materials and coffee breaks, but participants should bring their own lunch or plan to purchase lunch in town. Register at the Carleton College website: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/arb/programs/workshops/fire_workshop.
Carleton Students present Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” with proceeds supporting The HOPE CenterSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:39am
Carleton College will host a student produced and performed production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Sometime funny, sometimes poignant—“The Vagina Monologues” focuses on the female experience as it relates to sexuality, love, abuse, and resilience. Proceeds from this event will benefit The HOPE Center in Faribault, along with the national V-Day Spotlight Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.
Tickets are being offered on a $5 to $15 sliding scale, and can be purchased at the door and online at apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/vagmons/creditcard/.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:42pm
Carleton College will kick-off its spring term convocation series with a presentation by Annie Houle, national director of campus and communities initiatives for The WAGE Project, Inc., on Friday, April 4 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap,” Houle’s presentation focuses on wage discrimination against American women in the workplace, offering constructive solutions to eliminate this gap. Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also streamed online and can be viewed at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
The WAGE Project (“Women Are Getting Even”) was established with one purpose: to end discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future. Over her working life, a woman will earn $1 million less than a man simply because she is a woman. WAGE seeks to eliminate the gender wage gap for every man in America, inspiring and helping working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she is worth.