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Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sun, 10/06/2013 - 5:55pm
Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that the Northfield Historical Society will present the 8th annual Cemetery Stories on October 19 at the Northfield Cemetery. As part of the 150th observance of the Civil War, this year’s event will highlight Northfield-area veterans of that war. In spring 1861, political solutions having failed, southern forces fired upon Fort Sumter and the American Civil War had commenced.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 3:21pm
As part an ongoing series on censorship, blasphemy and free speech, Carleton College is very pleased to announce the public appearance of award-winning British author Salman Rushdie on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Rushdie will present the 2013 Lucas Lecture, entitled “Censorship and The Satanic Verses: 25 Years Later.” This event is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged; please register online at go.carleton.edu/rushdie.
Twenty-five years after the publication of his controversial novel, The Satanic Verses, renowned author Salman Rushdie will speak of his experiences with censorship and the importance of free speech, explains Susannah Ottaway, Carleton professor of history and the David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities. First published in the United Kingdom in 1988, many Muslims around the world had a very heated and violent reaction to Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, accusing Rushdie of blasphemy, and in 1989 the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie.
Submitted by Rob Schanilec on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:42am
THE Entertainment Guide, the region’s number one resource for area arts and culture happenings, published its 100th issue last month.
What began as a last-minute volunteer-driven idea to provide Northfield with a program for an activity-packed 4th of July weekend eight years ago has grown into an indispensible monthly compendium of regional events that serves four counties.
The Guide is a product of By All Means Graphics, located then and now on Bridge Square, in the beating heart of downtown Northfield.
“It was a pretty amazing weekend,” says publisher Rob Schanilec of that all-important 2005 4th of July, “and it was happening right on our doorstep. The Showmobile was filled with local and regional entertainment, Johnny Western and Marilyn Sellars gave a joint concert at the high school, the Square was lined with food vendors and to top it off, we were shooting a man out of a cannon over the Cannon. The only thing missing was a program to put it all together.”
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 4:35pm
Martha Nussbaum, a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago and a renowned scholar in the fields of social justice, the ethics of development, the role of women in society and theories of emotion, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, October 4 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Nussbaum’s presentation will focus on the new religious intolerance and overcoming the politics of fear.
This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Submitted by Mary Schier on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:27am
WINGS (Women In Northfield Giving Support) will be hosting its annual membership event Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Village on the Cannon, 301 W. Seventh St., Northfield.
The event, which is open to the public, will allow potential members to hear about the work of WINGS in Northfield and meet members of the organization. It will also be an opportunity to express gratitude to all those who have assisted WINGS in its mission of helping women and children in Northfield through philanthropy. The event will also recognize Beth Berry and the TORCH program (Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes) for the innovative work that’s been done to hel improve the graduation rates of low-income and minority students in Northfield.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 9:35am
Last night (Wednesday, September 25), the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) held a design workshop for the skateboard park at the City Council chambers in City Hall. The workshop was led by Hays Hitzing, the director of skatepark development from Spohn Ranch Skateparks. Hays showed some concept designs for the skatepark, including those developed by Charley Markson in consultation with the Skateboard Coalition, and fielded questions from the audience. Neighbors in attendance expressed concerns about noise and landscaping and the impact on property values; skateboarders offered a variety of opinions about the possible design features of the park. BMXers were also in attendence to advocate for use of the park by BMX riders. After the general meeting, the skateboarders met with Hays to brainstorm design ideas, which Hays will incorporate into designs to be presented to the PRAB. The next meeting of the PRAB is on Thursday, October 17.
Late Summer Produce, Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, and a Cannon River Watershed Model at Riverwalk Market FairSubmitted by Teresa Tillson on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 10:51pm
Fresh late-summer fruits and vegetables, Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, and a watershed model of the Cannon River for kids are just part of what you’ll see at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, September 28.
Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft
Late summer produce is abundant at Riverwalk. Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand. Expect to find kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and winter squash. Zestar and State Fair apples are currently available, with Honey Crisps available soon. All produce at Riverwalk is grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina. Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.
Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 5:01pm
Scott Carpenter will be reading from his novel “Theory of Remainders” on Wednesday, September 25th at 4:00PM at the Gould Library Athenaeum at Carleton College. For more information go to http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/bookstore/Events/?event_id=1030256
Submitted by Janet Lewis Muth on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 2:46pm
The Rice County Mental Health Collective’s promotion team announces its upcoming jam session – “The Paradox of Choice; We think more choice is a good thing … but is it??” Based on research from the book “The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz, this program will explore how having more choices is not always a good thing. Having too many choices has been proven to be detrimental to your psychological and emotional well-being. Learning how to manage your options and make better decisions can lead to more satisfaction and less regret.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 8:20am
Todd Drezner, Carleton Class of 1994, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Sept. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Drezner will share his first-hand experiences as a parent of a child with autism. Drezner’s ground-breaking film, “Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic,” which provides the basis of his presentation, will be screened at Carleton on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Both the film screening and the convocation are free and open to the public.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 8:10am
The Carleton College Humanities Center invites the public to a provocative new series entitled “Censorship, Blasphemy and Free Speech.” The series kicks off with a special appearance by renowned professor of Islamic studies, Omid Safi. Safi will present the 2013 Ira Wender Lecture, “Middle East, Islam & American Empire,” on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236. This event, which will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, is free and open to the public.
This special series continues on Thursday, September 26 at 12 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum, when Safi will present a lecture entitled “Whose Freedom of Speech Counts?”
Submitted by Melissa Bernhard on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 12:42pm
It's OFFICIAL...We Have a New Guinness World Record!
Thank you to all who participated in the Northfield event, we hope to see you next year! Below is the breaking news from the organizers of the WLSL.
It's OFFICIAL...We Have a New Guinness World Record!
Way to smash last year's record, Team WLSL!
We are delighted to announce that Team WLSL successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson! We had 32,450 participants hosted by 432 facilities in 13 countries. This is a 30% increase over last year's record of 24,873 participants.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 11:00am
On October 1, an ambitious program of the Affordable Care Act will be launched. From that date until the end of 2013, Americans will have access to an electronic “marketplace” where we can shop for a health care plan. Implementing the program requires a huge organizational effort, including alerting us to where to find information so that we may understand how the program works and how to apply. In Minnesota, MNsure is the official health insurance exchange. Funded by the federal government, MNSure has created a website to which we can go to learn more about this important public resource.
The League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls has scheduled a public forum on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 503 W. Third Street designed to provide information on the national, state and local implications of the law. Anna Odegaard of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Christina Wessel of the Minnesota Budget Project; and Charlie Mandile of Health Finders of Northfield and Faribault, will present information about October enrollment, January coverage, and much more.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 10:05am
Marie Vogl Gery and Judith Stoutland, organizers of the event, invite all to the 11th Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace in Bridge Square on Saturday, Sept. 21.
“Education for Peace” is the theme for this year. It grows out of concern for the UN Second Millennium Development Goal which promises basic education for every girl and boy on the planet. Progress in achieving this goal revealed a widening circle of advantages in the cultures where this had happened. War and recession have stopped and reversed many benefits.
The theme also offers opportunities to learn about making, retaining, and renewing peace. We will hear about the work of local peacemakers and groups. There will be information and encouragement for the work.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:08pm
At their July and August 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.