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Submitted by Nathan White on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:20pm
Join Content Bookstore and independent bookstores across the country on May 2 for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.
Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd.
Things kick off in Northfield with local celebrity story time at 10:30 am. Helen Forsythe will be playing live in the store at 11:30 am. After cake at 1:00 pm, Content will hold an “About a book” open mic session. Participants are invited to talk about a favorite book, and will be rewarded with a free hand-picked used book by store staff. Matt Arthur plays a set at 3:30 pm. Throughout the day, visitors are welcome to contribute to a community book-making project.
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:39am
We are very serious about our love of poetry in this town - so much so that, for five years running, Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission has chosen local poets’ works to be installed in concrete. In further demonstration of our community’s love of poetry, this week marks the third year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.
Submitted by Tom Megan Durkin on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:29pm
Do you want to help kids love math? Would you like to make working with numbers fun? In Teaching Number Sense you’ll get practical common sense advice about how to help children love learning their math facts…and it’s not drill and kill methods. It’s about skills and thrills to fuel enthusiasm. Mathematics is the language we use to talk about quantity, structure, space and change, as well as other qualities of the physical world. Our experiences within our physical world determine how we learn to think and communicate this knowledge. In this LIVE webinar, Maren Schmidt will show you how to give children foundational experiences with quantity, structure, space and change, experiences that will develop their number sense and love of using the language of mathematics. This workshop is based on current research along with my twenty plus years of experience teaching children ages 3 to 15. You’ll find information in the webinar that might turn the children around you into math lovers!
Carleton College to Sponsor 4th Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic ViolenceSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:53pm
The public is invited to participate in the fourth annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 9th beginning at 9:30am at the Carleton College Recreation Center. The 5K for HOPE is open to all. Registration is $15 for Carleton students and $30 for non-students. 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. Participants can register online at: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/5KforHope/registration/.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:34am
Join us at Bridgewater Elementary School. Free for all community members.
Submitted by Nathan White on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:18am
Celebrate Benjamin Percy‘s latest novel, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, at a free hometown release party, featuring a reading by the author and music from Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders and Wesley Church & The Fabulous Vanguards. It’s all happening at the Upstairs Rueb ‘n’ Stein at 503 Division Street South.
Northfield’s Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels and two short story collections. He is a contributing editor at Esquire and writes the Green Arrow series for DC Comics. His crime series, Black Gold — set in the North Dakota oil fields — is currently in development with STARZ TV network.
Books and CDs will be available for sale from Content Bookstore.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:25am
Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 19 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Author Peter Grose will be the featured speaker and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. A vigil/name reading of Holocaust victims will precede the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the event, visit go.carleton.edu/calendar. This event is free and open to the public.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:05am
Founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ Arsalan Iftikhar will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 17 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era, Iftikhar has been called Islam’s “It” guy by many in the global media and is a much sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective. NPR host Michel Martin calls Iftikhar “…the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware” and New York best-selling author Deepak Chopra wrote, “The world needs more Muslim Ghandi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar.”
Entitled “The Future of Islam, Muslims, and the West,” Iftikhar’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
Submitted by Nathan White on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 7:45am
Jonathan Odell, a Minnesota author born in Mississippi, and regular commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, uses story to bridge personal, racial, and cultural differences.
He'll be at Content Bookstore on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30pm reading from and discussing his novel Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. In the book, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who only have two things in common, the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
In her review of Miss Hazel for the Star Tribune, Christine Brunkhorst writes "this is an important story beautifully told. It is why we read novels. You will care about these characters — and emerge more aware and empathetic because of them." Of Mr. Odell, Pat Conroy writes "Jonathan Odell can take his place in the distinguished pantheon of Southern authors."
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 7:10pm
Mary Jo Christofaro reminds readers that the Northfield community will be springing into its sixth Perennial Earth Day Celebration on April 17th and 18th. "Mark your calendars for a great event. The kick-off will be Northfield AreaCommunity Solar’s 'Sun Power Hour' on Friday, April 17th from 5pm-7pm at First UCC. Join us for a community gathering with appetizers, tea and coffee. Learn more about Community Solar and take advantage of this opportunity to subscribe."
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:16am
On Thursday, April 9 at 4:30 pm, Keyne Cheshire will present excerpts from Murder at Jagged Rock, his brilliant re-imagining of Sophocles’ tragedy The Women of Trachis set in the Wild West. The event will take place in LDC 104, and will last appoximately 90 minutes.
The Women of Trachis tells the story of the fatal jealousy of Deineira, the wife of Herakles. Cheshire has moved the action from mythical Greece to the mythical Wild West, and set his translations of Sophocles’ choral odes to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass.
Submitted by Nathan White on Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:11am
Marine on St. Croix based screenwriter and novelist Shawn Otto will visit Content Bookstore on April 2 at 7pm to read from his debut novel and discuss the social issues about Indian law and economics raised in the book. Shawn's book, Sins of Our Fathers, is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.
Sins of Our Fathers follows small-town banker J.W., who has been caught embezzling funds to support his gambling addiction. J.W. is on the verge of losing everything when his boss offers him a scoundrel’s path to redemption: sabotage a competing, Native banker named Johnny Eagle. A single father, Eagle recently returned to the reservation, leaving a high-powered job in the hope of simultaneously empowering his community and saving his troubled son. When J.W. moves onto the reservation and begins to work his way close to Eagle, hundreds of years of racial animosities rise to the surface, inexorably driving the characters toward a Shakespearian and shattering conclusion.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:48am
Register to play spring in-house baseball with the Northfield Youth Baseball Association.
In-house leagues provide the opportunity for children pre-k through the eighth grade to learn and play baseball. In-house consists of teams from Northfield playing one another. All games are played at Sechler Park.
Games are typically played in the evening during the week and on Saturday. A team shirt and hat are included with the registration fee. The spring season runs from April 25 to June 6.
To register visit http://www.northfieldyouthbaseball.com/. The registration deadline is April 8.
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Submitted by Leah Rich on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:47am
Northfield Parkinson’s Group will meet Wednesday, March 25, at the Northfield Hospital Conference Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
With gratitude for Northfield Hospital support, the Parkinson’s group has been meeting on the third Wednesday of the month for many years. This will be a special meeting to welcome interested new members as well as to discuss the future of the organization. All are welcome. The group will be discussing future leadership as well as topics for future meetings. For more information, please phone Nancy Soth at 507-645-8991, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Mary Warner on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:22pm
On March 20th, the Northfield Arts Guild's enrollment begins for our Summer Classes. The Young Peoples Theater (celebrating it's 25th year!) will have two three week sessions this year: June 8 - 26 and July 13 - 31. Our summer art and clay camps are scheduled for the weeks of June 15th and June 22nd. Your kids will learn to work in many different media and have fun expressing themselves. For the musically inclined, we are offering dance classes for ages 8+ and Music Together for infants to 5 and their parents. For more information and to enroll visit our website at www.northfieldartsguild.org.