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Submitted by Rachel Haider on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:20pm
Thanks to support from the Rotary Club of Northfield, the Northfield Arts Guild will host three “Family Fun Days” throughout the summer: Saturday, June 27 from 10 am-12 pm; Thursday, July 23 from 9 am-11 am; and Saturday, August 22 from 10 am – 12 pm. The Family Fun Days are free and open to the public to come to the Arts Guild, explore the spaces, meet the NAG staff, and participate in different art-making projects and mini-classes!
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:54pm
Here's Northfield.org's Flickr photoset from the groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. The set includes 31 photos by Jane McWilliams and Rob Hardy.
Submitted by Debby Nitz on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:45am
Nationally syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell, will appear on Monday June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Northfield Senior Center to read from their recently released book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey.
Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades by Guebert as part of his weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow “southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth” in the late 1960s.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 7:50am
Volumes 2 and 3 of Susan Hvistendahl's trilogy of "Historic Happenings" books will be presented at the Village on the Cannon Community Room, along with a book signing, on Thursday, June 11, with a social time at 6:30 followed by the presentation of books on St. Olaf and Carleton happenings at 7 pm. The books are compilations of columns written for the Entertainment Guide since 2007. Refreshments will be provided by the Northfield Historical Society, which published the books in collaboration with the Guide. Special musical guest on the VOC piano will be Marc Reigel of Carleton's Night Crawlers, a rock group featured in the Carleton book.
Carleton College holds its 141st Commencement Ceremony Saturday, June 13; bestows honorary degree on The New Yorker's Peter SchjeldahlSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:04pm
Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 487 graduating members of the Class of 2015 on Saturday, June 13, 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.
Following remarks by Carleton College President Steven Poskanzer, two seniors will address the graduating class, chosen by a panel of their peers. This year’s senior commencement speakers, both English majors, are Sam Braslow (Los Angeles) and Anna Donnella (St. Davids, Pa.)
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 5:22pm
Carl Henry reminds people that you can bring your unwanted and appliances Saturday, June 6, from 10:a.m. to noon, to the First United Church of Christ parking lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield. Old-fashioned CRT-based TVs (or monitors) will be accepted, but there is a $5.00 fee AND a limit of two per household. Large sets – requiring two people to carry – will not be allowed.
The following items will be accepted for free:
Computers (desktops towers, laptops)
Network equipment (models, routers)
Thin monitors or Tvs
Small air conditioners
Other small appliances if they are largely metal
If the weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled.
Submitted by Melissa Bernhard on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:57am
Have a splendid summer this year by enrolling in Community Services recreation programs. Opportunities include parks and playground programs, a large variety of sport activities, aquatics for all ages and adventure outings. Whether you are an adult, teen, youth or infant, there is something for you! See the flyer below for further information. If you'd like to register or to learn more about a specific program, click HERE to be directed to the Community Services classes and registration web page. Please also find us by going to www.nfld.k12.mn.us and follow the Community Services Link. To reach us by phone, call 507-664-3649.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 8:37am
Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians. The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.
Submitted by Linda Tollefson on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 7:00pm
Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 27 area organizations that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration on Tuesday, June 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Weitz Center Commons, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College. The groups are recipients of $73,868 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship.
The event is open to the public. There is a $10 per person suggested donation and it includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients. Registration is required and can be done at the WINGS website: http://www.wings-mn.org/2015-wings-grant-celebration. Please register by June 5.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:17pm
The City of Northfield is excited to announce commencement of construction for the Northfield Skateboard Park. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 4:00 PM, at Old Memorial Park, 801 E 7th Sreet. The public is invited to attend the formal groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. This project was made possible by the hard work of numerous community groups and members; we look forward to seeing you out there.
The Northfield Stateboard Coalition hopes there will be a big crowd on hand Wednesday to celebrate this long-awaited event!
For a look at the design for the completed park, click here.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:05pm
Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Carleton’s West Gym. The popular sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for area 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.
Submitted by Mark Heiman on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:43am
People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!
Northfield area community members are invited to gather and sing together on Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington St in Northfield.
Singing together is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of relaxing fun. We'll use the Rise Up Singing songbook -- a huge collection with the words for 1,200 folk and popular songs, so there's sure to be something for everyone. Songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share.
People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:38pm
Esera Tuaolo, a former professional football player who publicly came out as a gay man after retiring from a successful career in the NFL, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 22 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.
Entitled “Alone in the Trenches,” Tuaolo’s talk is based on his autobiography “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” (Sourcebooks, 2007). This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
Submitted by Penny Hillemann on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:19pm
Goods for Good, Northfield’s annual city-wide garage sale event for charity, has begun! The event runs now through Saturday, May 16. The organizers of each site have selected a charity or cause that will benefit from their sale, and they agree to give at least 50 percent of the money raised to that charity. Shop the sales and know that your purchases will support lots of great causes.
There are 22 sale sites this year and most are indoors, so this is a rain or shine event. Sale hours vary by site, so download the site map, which includes hours and descriptions for each site, or pick one up from a specially marked news box in front of the Northfield News office at 115 5th St. W. in Northfield, or at any of the sale sites. Look for the Goods for Good signs.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:41pm
"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).
The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period. It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.
Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.
The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota.