Events

Events in and around Northfield

Young People's Theater Workshops Starting Soon

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The Northfield Arts Guild is once again conducting their popular Young People's Theater Workshop. The Arts Guild staff of theater artists lead young students in creating an original production.  The mornings are filled with classes in creative dramatics and dance.  In the afternoons, participants take part in writing an original script and rehearsing. Live performances are open to the public on the last two days of the session.

This year, two week and three week workshops are being offered.  "The two week workshop (YPTW2) is in response to our students who were unable to commit to three weeks in the summer." says Ann Mosey, Executive Director of the Guild.  "These workshops are already full, though we have spaces available for YPTW3, which is our three week workshop."


Carleton College to hold its 140th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 14

Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 484 graduating members of the Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 14, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.


Civil War Presentation at Northfield Historical Society

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Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark will discuss the American Civil War’s 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in his presentation, “Grant Goes East and Meets Lee on the Battlefield,” Thursday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Stark, a former president of the Northfield and Rice County historical societies, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment as general of all Union armies and his subsequent decision to direct the Army of the Potomac in the eastern theater of battle. “This brought the two most prominent generals of the Civil War — Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee — in direct conflict for the first time,” explains Stark. The Battle of the Wilderness commenced on May 4, 1864.

“Both North and South fought many battles with heavy losses on both sides and neither side would back down,” says Stark. “Many believed that the war’s outcome was in the balance that summer of 1864.”


Multicultural effort for peace featured in 3 free films in June

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A trio of thought-provoking films about Israelis and Palestinians working together for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine are planned for the 2014 Palestine Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, the series features films in which Israelis and Palestinians tell stories of how the Middle East conflict has impacted their lives.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1050 Cedar Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with a brief question-and-answer period.


City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy — apply today!

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The City of Northfield and the Mayor’s Youth Council are accepting applications for the inaugural Youth Leadership Academy, which will run from June 23-27.

Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program.  Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government.  This is a great career exploration and resume building experience!  For more information and the application, CLICK HEREApplications should be submitted before June 10!

Questions?  Email info@northfieldhci.org


Taste of Northfield May 29 in Bridge Square

Taste of Northfield 2014

The 9th Annual Taste of Northfield will take place Thursday, May 29th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in historic, scenic, authentic Downtown Northfield, MN.

The Taste of Northfield features delicious food and beverages from local businesses as well as live entertainment from local artists and is located in and around Bridge Square, including the Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza along the Cannon River.

Performances on the City of Northfield Showmobile will take place throughout the evening featuring long-time favorite Anna Balfany at 5:00 pm and The Bridge Square Band at 6:00 pm. The James Gang will present a bank raid re-enactment on Division Street at 7:15 pm followed by a local talent show from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.


WINGS to Honor 2014 Grant Recipients

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Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 22 area organizations and programs that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Sun Ballroom at Buntrock Commons. Also honored will be the recipient of the WINGS Dream Grant of $10,000 for 2014.

The groups are recipients of $74,964 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship.

The event is open to the public and costs $20 per person. It includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients.  Registration is required; registration forms can be found at the WINGS website. Please register by June 9.


Annual Public Sculpture Unveiled

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On Friday, May 16, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission held the unveiling of Octopus Garden,the annual work of outdoor sculpture created through collaboration between the Commission and the Northfield Public Schools. Hand made glass forms, steel and concrete are the materials used by the team comprised of local glass artist Rick Swearer, Carleton apprentice Eliza Dennis and twelve Northfield High School students:  Maddie Guyot; Noah Heil; Caitlin Kelley; Calvin Kragseth; Bailey Mastin; Carmela Ortiz; Alex Pepel; Annika Peterson; Olivia Riggins; Irene Stoutland; Avery Swearer, and Amber Zetelmo.

Located on the corner of 3rd and Division Streets, Octopus Garden is the third work of local artists and high school students. The projects are funded by the South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


NORTHFIELD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO HOST 2014 GOLF CLASSIC ON JUNE 2

NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on June 2

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) welcomes the community to participate in its 8th Annual NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on Monday, June 2. The NRC Golf Classic is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation and provides support for the NRC mission of providing premier housing and care services to older adults.

Event organizer and NRC Vice President of Long Term Care Operations Tom Nielsen shared, “The NRC Golf Classic is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance to show support for the mission of NRC while enjoying a friendly day of golf in the company of good friends and community members.


Carleton College Honors Convocation Celebrates Faculty and Student Achievements

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Carleton College will hold its annual Honors Convocation on Friday, May 30 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. A yearly celebration of faculty and student academic accomplishments and civic engagement, this year’s Honors Convocation address will be presented by Google Public Policy Analyst Hibah Hussain, Carleton Class of 2008.

A cherished annual tradition at Carleton, Honors Convocation begins and ends with a full academic procession, including emerti faculty. Following remarks by President Steven Poskanzer, Dean of the College Beverly Nagel and Dean of Students Hudlin Wagner, the ceremony will honor students and recipients of awards and grants. Honors Convocation is free and open to the public; the event will also be streamed live and archived for future viewing online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


Great Goods at the Goods for Good Garage Sales!

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The Northfield Library's Teen Advisory Board is only one of 20 garage sales this weekend!  The TAB members orginally had planned to have their sale only one day but now will be having it for two days!  A number of amazing donations have come in and they have WAY more items than can be seen in one just day! 

The items include:

*housewares    *furniture      *sporting goods      *gardening supplies

*pet supplies     *toys            *puzzles & games    *books and more!!!

The sale will be at the Northfield City’s Maintenance Facility 1710 Riverview Dr.

Go to S Hwy 3 ,West on Riverview Dr.Perkins Restaurant go past the new police station the building is on the right and has diamond shaped windows, the sale is around the back on the North side- all indoors!


NORTHFIELD READS: VETERANS' VOICES

The first NORTHFIELD READS will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 pm, at Weitz Center, Room 236.  This Northfield Reads is a follow-up to the Telling Project: Veterans Voices that occurred in February. The event is free and open to the public.

Northfield Reads is a new community initiative designed to encourage people from across the area to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to various views and perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within our community.


Carleton Event Honors Late Professor and Scholar, Ian Barbour

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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.


Carleton College Cowling Arboretum Hosts Annual Spring Bird Count

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.


Second Annual Martial Arts Festival

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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.

 

     


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