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Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 2:48pm
Northfield Reads is a new community initiative to encourage people from across the community to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to new perspectives. The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within the community.
Northfield Reads events will be offered twice a year, often in conjunction with another community event. Readings will be made available in various ways and locations. The program is being sponsored by several area groups: Northfield Human Rights Commission, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, Arcadia Charter School, and Northfield Public Library. The first Northfield Reads will be offered on May 18th. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information.
Carleton College to Sponsor 3rd Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic ViolenceSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:41am
The public is invited to participate in the third annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Carleton College Recreation Center. Proceeds from this event will support the HOPE Center, whose mission is to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education. The HOPE Center is located in Faribault and serves all of Rice County. The 5K for HOPE is open to all!
Participants can register online at: https://apps.carleton/edu/campus/gsc/5kforhope/.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 5:47pm
Acclaimed Minnesota writer and community activist Kao Kalia Yang, member of the Carleton Class of 2003, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 2 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Yang's appearance is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Although now a Minnesotan, Yang’s remarkable story stretches across the globe. The daughter of Hmong immigrants to Minnesota, Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp, Ban Vinai, in 1980. Her family came to Minnesota when she was seven. In her book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Yang recounts her family's journey from Laos to Minnesota – from her parents' first encounter and unceremonious marriage in the jungles of Laos, to their harrowing escape into Thailand, and subsequent relocation to Minnesota. In The Latehomecomer, Yang struggles to feel a sense of home – new to Minnesota, and cultural heir to centuries of homelessness.
Submitted by Mary Warner on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:42pm
You have probably seen Layl McDill's fantasy sculptures and wall hangings at local art fairs. (If you haven't, go to http://www.claysquared.com for a sampling.
Layl is coming to the Northfield Arts Guild at the end of May to teach two workshops so that you can create your own polymer clay fantasies. Both workshops are on Saturday, May 31st.
Make a Flower Wall Sculpture in her 3 hour afternoon workshop. Your 8 inch polymer clay flower will really bursts from the wall! Learn the mysterious fluffiness technique and the new "McDill Twist". Then play in the glitter! Who doesn't love glitter!?
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:25pm
Angie Taylor, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Three Links Care Center, is looking for volunteers who will perform for residents at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th at 2:30 p.m. at the Three Links Care Center. If you could share some fiesta musical talents or if you know of anyone willing to perform, call her at 664-8839.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 2:06pm
Are you spring cleaning? Would you like to help out teens in Northfield?
For the second year in a row the members of the Northfield Public Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be helping out at the city wide clean up events on 8- noon Saturday, May 3 and May 12 at the City Maintainance Facilty. Donations for TAB along with your city clean up items can be brought to 1710 Riverview Lane. (Turn off Hwy 19 at Perkins and go just past the new Safety Center to the building with diamond windows! There will be signs.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:26pm
At the Northfield Senior Center this Saturday, April 26th at 10:45 am, Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist, Lori Sturdevant, will be speaking about her recent book “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement." Books will be available for purchase from Northfield’s Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore and there will be a book signing following the presentation.
Sturdevant’s latest book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey. A champion of both civil rights and women’s rights, Wahl is credited with affecting the way her fellow judges saw the cases they decided. The first woman named to the Minnesota Supreme Court, she was appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich in 1977 and remained on the court until her retirement in 1994. She passed away in July 2013. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl and documents the societal challenges experienced by Minnesota women in the late 20th century.
Submitted by Doug Bratland on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:27am
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 - 7:22am
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 - 10:14pm
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 - 9:35am
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 - 9:17am
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 - 2:52am
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 - 12:34pm
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 - 12:22pm
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.