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Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote this in his letter from the Birmingham jail in 1963.  This quote provides the frame for this year’s Northfield Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work—‘Seeking Justice for Everyone’.

This year’s Celebration will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 7:00--8:15 pm.  The event will take place at Greenvale Park School to honor its new status as a community school and the work it does to support its families and those in the area around Greenvale


Lawyer turned documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter to present Carleton Convocation

Acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter, an attorney, civil justice crusader and award-winning documentary filmmaker, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films and the director of the acclaimed documentary, “Gideon’s Army,” which portrays the lives of three young public defenders working in the Deep South. Following the personal stories of their clients, the film shows first-hand the realities of—and inequalities in—the American criminal justice system. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an eye-opening insight into a judicial hellhole world that ordinary citizens can never imagine” and Village Voice called it “HBO’s most illuminating crime drama since ‘The Wire.’”

Entitled “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Porter’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me Film Postponed

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Tonight’s Northfield showing of the “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” documentary, scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed due to severe weather. The film has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 29. Northfield Retirment Community and Three Links will be in touch with all ticket holders via email next week to confirm their attendance at the January 29 showing. Visit www.glencampbellnorthfield.com for more information.


The Arts for Martin Community Choir: An Invitation

Arts for Martin

You are invited to join singers from around the Northfield community for our annual evening of reflection on and celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, at Arcadia Charter School’s Arts for Martin, Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

This is an inspiring evening, featuring singers, dancers, instrumentalists and actors from throughout the community, middle school to professional level.

Come and join the community choir. All ages and levels are welcome. We will gather for rehearsal at Arcadia on Tuesday, January 13th, 7:00 PM and Thursday, January 15th, 7:00 PM. The performance is at 7:00 PM Friday, January 16th at Arcadia, 1719 Cannon Road.


LOCATION CHANGE for Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting - January 22, 2015

Due to an event conflict at the previous location, Thursday's annual meeting of Northfield Citizens Online (Northfield.org) has been moved to Froggy Bottoms.

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All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at Froggy Bottoms on Thursday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will unveil a sneak preview of the new Northfield.org website design. Board members will be on hand to discuss goals for Northfield.org and available volunteer roles. Learn how you can get involved and help share stories about Northfield and the people who live here!


Acclaimed Glen Campbell Alzheimer’s Film Comes to Northfield

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Senior care providers Northfield Retirement Community and Three Links have partnered to bring the acclaimed documentary film “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” to Northfield for a one-time showing. The film, which chronicles Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease while on his final tour, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the Northfield Middle School.

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and made the decision to deal with it publicly. The film documents the legendary singer’s goodbye tour as well as his evolving relationship with his wife, Kim, and his children. It details Campbell’s amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of his progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.


Science historian and psychologist Michael Shermer examines why people believe weird things in Carleton Convocation

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Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and the executive director of the Skeptics Society, will present Carleton’s first convocation address of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, when many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory and alien abduction, Shermer’s presentation will wage a no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, debunking nonsensical claims and exploring the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

Entitled “Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time,” Shermer’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Lucia Fest is Here!

Lucia 2014

Northfield High School sophomore Synneva Bratland will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 12, at the 39th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, Lucia will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, Lucia and her attendants will serve cookies and coffee to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.

The 2014 Lucia attendants are Katie Brust, Libby Brust, Claire Casson, Grace Casson, Annelise Coffey, Annika Fredrickson, Merri Kmoch, Willa Kmoch, Ruth Meyers, Sylvia Koenig, Rose Mibus, Annika Nguyen, Leah Olson, Ava O'Neill, Lenyn Phau, Rikka Zillmer and Sigrid Zillmer. The Star Boys are Max Casson and Bjorn Olson.


Jingle Bell Run set for Dec. 13th in Northfield

The 13th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run and 2K Family Run/Walk will be held in downtown Northfield on Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 am. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 am at the Northfield Armory at 519 Division Street. Participants will receive a t-shirt and take part in post-race festivities including live music, photos with Santa, coffee, cider and treats. The Jingle Bell Run is presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management.


Carleton College’s Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale Returns to the Weitz Center

Craft & Bake Sale

Carleton College will hold its annual Craft and Custodial Bake Sale on Friday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Class of 1980 Commons of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase, including wool mittens, birdhouses, garden art, glass ornaments, rugs, quilts, jewelry, Kenyan products, wooden bowls and toys, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.


Registration Now Open for Northfield Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot”

Rotary Turkey Trot

The Northfield Rotary Club will hold its 14th annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2014. The popular run has grown from 200 participants the first year to over 1000 in 2013.

This year’s event will begin and end at a new venue: The Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, located at Third and College Streets in Northfield. The Turkey Trot begins at 9 a.m. Registration, for pre-registered and same-day registrants, will open at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online by November 15 in order to receive a free long sleeve t-shirt.

The cost to participate is $15 before November 15 and $20 after. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Student Youth Exchange Program and the Rotary EndPolio effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food shelf donation to help local families in need.


Swedish Fest Youth Participants Sought

The Northfield Swedish Club is preparing for its 39th annual Lucia celebration and is looking for girls and boys interested in participating as attendants. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. 


The Bee IS BACK!! Come to the Northfield Public Library's Trivia Bee and Benefit Event!

Public Library Trivia Bee

This coming Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Event Center, the public is invited to celebrate the Northfield Public Library with an evening of trivia, prizes and fun. The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library (FFNPL) will host a Team Trivia Bee led by quiz mistress Jessica Peterson White. Proceeds from this not-to-be-missed event will support the Friend’s current Capital Campaign for the expansion and enhancement of the facility. Community members are encouraged to register teams of up to four people (along with a tax-deductible entry fee of $100 or more) for trivia competition; individual participants and library supporters of all ages are also welcome to attend. There will be a suggested donation at the door. 


The Matchmaker at Northfield High School

MatchmakerNorthfield High School Theater Presents The Matchmaker by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Thornton Wilder.

Fridays and Saturdays, November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 PM. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for students.

The Broadway musical Hello Dolly is adapted from this farce: Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in 19th Century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Dolly subsequently becomes involved with two of Vandergelder's clerks, several lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically, Vandergelder finds himself affianced to the astute Dolly Levi herself.


Public Benefit Concert for the Skatepark at The Cave

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition and The Cave (Carleton College) are hosting a public benefit concert for the skatepark on Saturday, November 8, at The Cave. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be matched by a generous donor.

The concert features local bands The Liberty Orchestra, Pillow Fighting, El Triunfo, Love Surprise, Charley Markson and the Cutters, and Bob Crash. There will also be an opportunity to see the preliminary skatepark designs, view the Skateboard Coalition video, and talk to local skateboarders.


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