Events

Events in and around Northfield

"Northfield Wheels": An Automotive Exhibit Opens

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Northfield is famous as the city of “Cows, Colleges and Contentment,” but perhaps “Car-Buffs” should be added to tagline. Learn about Northfield’s surprisingly rich automotive history with the opening of “Northfield Wheels: An Automotive History,” an exhibit at the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. As part of the ongoing Northfield History Month celebration, admission to the museum will be free for the exhibit opening. Museum patrons also will be able to take in car show (weather permitting) sponsored by the Sundowners Car Club along Division Street.

Northfield was quick to embrace the automobile. While Henry Ford was building his first car in the late 1890s, Fred Bates and the Fey brothers were crafting automobiles locally.


Grand Ol' Summer kicks off July 9th

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Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center are teaming together this summer to offer a chance for kids and their grandparents to spend some fun time together.  We’ve got several activities for you to choose from during the months of July and August.

The highlight of this program will be a bus trip to Circus Juventas on Saturday, August 9th. The following Wednesday, kids and grans can sit down together and make their own circus using found objects and construction paper.

You can paint a pot and plant a flower together or team up to build a birdhouse. 

Take it easy and make a date to see a movie at the Northfield Senior Center while enjoying popcorn and lemonade.

Get out and get some fresh air during our photo scavenger hunt (I think that a photo of an ice cream cone is on the list!).  The next day, you’ll use your photos to create a collaged book or wall hanging.


Reigel to Lead Oldies Sing-Along at Village on the Cannon June 19 Instead of Froggy Borroms

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Because of the flood, the location and time of the Sing-Along has changed. Marc Reigel, leader of Carleton’s Night Crawlers Band which toured the Midwest in the mid-60s, will return to lead an oldies rock and roll sing-along on Thursday, June 19, at Village on the Cannon, 301 W 7th Street. in Northfield, starting at 8:00 p.m.Joining Reigel on keyboard will be Night Crawlers lead singer Barry Gillespie, now a realtor in Owatonna, with Rob Lampe on guitar and Rae Rusnak on harmonica. 


History Month Continues with "A Beacon So Bright"

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The next event in the Northfield History Month Celebration is a presentation by Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann of his book “A Beacon So Bright:  The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould.” In addition to chronicling his life, Hillemann’s book tells the story of Gould’s work at Carleton College where he served from 1932-1962, including seventeen as president. Known as “Mr. Antarctica”, Gould was a polar explorer and geologist who, rather than becoming a politician, leading a major foundation or directing NASA, devoted himself to higher education, and to Carleton College, in particular.

Hillemann will speak at the Northfield Historical Society on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events in the Northfield History Month Celebration:

June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum


Carleton College's Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale POSTPONED Due to Flooding Conditions

NOTE: Due to the impact of the Cannon River flooding over its banks, the Carleton College Lighten Up! Garage Sale has been postponed. The sale will take place at a later date this summer.

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale on Friday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often!


World's Largest Swim Lesson

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 Have you ever wanted to help break a world record? Now is your chance...right here in Northfield!!! Northfield Community Services has entered Northfield as a host community for the World's Largest Swim Lesson.  Infomatin about the WLSL and more detailed information is below. 


Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop

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Bicycling is an American pastime. But for Minnesota cities, bicycling increasingly means economic development and community health!   Across out state -Minnesota schools, businesses, and city governments are taking steps to make their communities more bike friendly - as a proven means of improving the overall health and vitality of their communities.

 

What can we do to make Northfield a safer and more pleasant place to bike? 


This Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 8:30 am - 3:00pm

The City of Northfield

Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) and 

Healthy Rice County SHIP 

 

are teaming up to co-sponsor

the Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop 


Justin Roberts kicks off Books and Stars on June 11

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Northfield Public Library is ready for summer!

Nationally known Justin Roberts will kick off Books and Stars on June 11 at Central Park. Booker, the book bus opens at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Books and Stars provides the entire community weekly, family friendly, fun, and entertaining shows in our beautiful Northfield parks June 11- July30.

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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

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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.


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