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Arts and Culture Commission Reminds Poets of February 28th Sidewalk Poetry Contest Deadline

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Northfield's Arts & Culture Commission reminds local poets of the February 28th Sidewalk Poetry Contest submission deadline (8 pm at the Northfield Library). Contestants must reside in the Northfield School District or be enrolled in a Northfield school (including the colleges).  Important contest rules—including maximum length and width—can be found on the Arts and Culture Commission page of the City of Northfield website or on the attached brochure. En Español

This is the seventh year of the contest and the Commission is looking forward to another significant response from local poets of all ages.  Of the fifty-five poems selected over the first six years of the contest, over 200 impressions appear in concrete in downtown and neighborhood locations. Previous winners have included poets of all levels of experience and a wide range of ages.  The selections are made through a blind judging process, in that the judges have no identifying information regarding the poets.  Let this be the year you enter the contest!   Encourage your friends and family members to participate!  Winners will be announced at the start of National Poetry Month in April.  


Friday Noontime Concerts in February at the Northfield Public Library

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Come enjoy music at the Northfield Public Library at noon on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 in the new library atrium!

Feb. 3 - Greg Smith - Guitar

Feb. 10 - Elinor Niemisto - Harp

Feb. 17 - Randy Ferguson - Classical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele

Feb. 24 - Andrea Een - Hardanger fiddle

Questions? Call the library at 507-645-6606.


Poetry Night: Kathleen Roberts

Content Bookstore and the Northfield Poet Laureate invite you to a poetry reading by Kathleen Roberts (Carleton '12) on Thursday, February 2, starting at 7pm. The reading is part of the Poetry Night series at Content.

Kathleen graduated from Carleton and went on to become the literary director of the Prøve Collective (a contemporary gallery and artists' collective in Duluth), the founding editor of Prøof Magazine, and a board member of the Duluth-based Spirit Lake Poetry Series.


Winter Coloring Program for Adults and Teens 16 and up

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Adults are discovering coloring as a way to relax, de-stress and tap into their creativity.  The Northfield Public Library will offer a cozy space (upstairs) and fun coloring supplies for adults and teens (16 and up) on Sundays in February beginning February 5 from 2-4 pm.  Coloring books, pencils and gel pens will be provided but feel free to bring your own supplies.  Questions? Call the library at 507-645-6606. 


Chorale - Join our Regional, inter-generational choir for High School, College, and adults of all ages.

Chorale is a regional, inter-generational choir brought to you by Northfield Youth Choirs. Rehearsals start Monday, January 30.
 
Participants rehearse weekly, and explore music from a variety of cultures and time periods. During rehearsals members develop their musical abilities and voice through vocal development, score study, ear training, and music literacy.
 
Conductor: Dr. Therees Hibbard
Time: Mondays, 8:45 - 9:45 p.m. Spring session begins January 30, 2017.
Location: Christiansen Hall of Music, Fosnes Rehearsal Room (CHM 233), St.

Audition for "The Miracle Worker"

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The Northfield Arts Guild is hosting auditions for William Gibson’sThe Miracle Worker, a play based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life.  Auditions for several children’s roles will be held on Sunday, January 29, 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Auditions for eight adult and teen roles will be on Sunday, January 29, 6:30 to 8:00 pm and on Monday, January 30, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Auditions will be held at the Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South, Northfield. 


2017 Sidewalk Poetry Kick-off

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Join us in the Atrium of the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, January 28th at 2 pm as we honor the winning poets of 2016 and Kick-off the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Bring a brief poem to share - one of your own or a favorite of another poet - or just come to listen. Northfield's Poet Laureate, Rob Hardy, will be on hand to mark the start of this year's competition. Contest rules can be found on the Arts and Culture Commission page of the City website. Poems may be submitted to the contest from Wednesday, February 1st through Tuesday, February 28th, at 8 pm at the Library.  Winners will be announced in April - National Poetry Month. 


Writers Night: A Sense of Place

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The Northfield Poet Laureate is pleased to present “Writers Night: A Sense of Place,” a carefully selected program of poetry and prose by local writers in the new atrium of the Northfield Public Library at 7pm on Thursday, January 19.

Ten writers from Northfield, Faribault, and Webster will read selections on the theme of “a sense of place.” The selections were submitted during the month of December. In early January, a panel of judges made selections from thirty separate poems and short prose pieces in a blind screening process.

Writers included on the program are Sherry Anderson, Becky Boling, Florence Dacey, Bret Farley, Larry Gavin, Doug Green, Margit Johnson, Christine Kallman, Hannah Pahs, Joy Riggs, Julie Ryan, and Leslie Schultz.


Northfield's Arts & Culture Commission Announces 2017 Living Treasure Award Presentation ~ Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7 pm - The Grand Event Center

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield cordially invites community members to the 2017 Living Treasure Award presentation on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Grand Event Center (doors open at 7 pm; program at 7:30 pm). The award, co-sponsored by the ACC and the Northfield News, will be presented to this year’s recipient, local artist Judy Swanson, by Mayor Rhonda Pownell.  

The Living Treasure Award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and on behalf of the arts and culture.  The event at the Grand is generously supported by a variety of local area businesses                                                       


Community Preschool Survey - What do Parents Want? Take the Survey!

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Preschool Parents - The Y wants to hear from you. 
 
We put together a short 5-question survey to get feedback from parents of preschoolers.  
 
What types of programming would you like?  
What days of the week and times work best in their schedules?

Northfield Public Library has special kids events this week.

Reindeer

  There will be special "Reindeer Games & Stories" Tuesday through Friday with morning storytimes for all ages with books, songs and fingerplays.  In the children's area at 10 and 11 am.    In the afternoon we will have Legos, Wii, board games, iPads, Reindeer Bingo and more! 1 to 3 pm in the Bunday meeting room on the first floor. All programs are free.

Check on the library's calendar for details. http://guides.mynpl.org/Events


A Christmas Carol for the entire family

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Purple Door Youth Theater presents A Christmas Carol by Rochelle Norbert.  This classic and beloved tale plays for two weekends:  Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 11. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm.  The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is located at 411 West Third Street in Northfield.

Nineteenth century London comes to life as Ebenezer Scrooge embarks on a wondrous journey through Christmas Past, Present, and Future.   This holiday season witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas Eve transformation.  A greedy businessman, with no time for kindness, compassion, or charity, Scrooge is visited by four spirits warning him to change his ways.  Appropriate for all members of the family, this rendition of Dickens’ tale of hope and redemption reminds us all of what’s really worth celebrating.   


Marilyn Sellars and Steven C to Give Benefit Concert

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Marilyn Sellars and Steven C (aka Steven C. Anderson) team up for a special musical afternoon Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield as a benefit for Ruth's House, a nonprofit providing transitional shelter and support for homeless women, children and families in Faribault. Sellars is a Northfield High graduate whose 1974 song "One Day at a Time" topped Elvis Presley on the charts. She was enshrined in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame in 2004.  Joining her will be talented pianist and composer Steven C who has sold well over two million copies of his own recordings, with millions of online streams of his piano pieces. He has performed with Mannheim Steamroller and recorded with the London Symphony Strings, among many other credits.  Admission is free, with a free will offering encouraged for Ruth's House.


YMCA and VA partner in support of veterans and their families

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Effective immediately, the YMCA in partnership with the Veterans Administration is providing a $0 Joiners fee for Veteran and their families.  At the Y, we understand the dedication and personal sacrifice that veterans and their families make to protect and serve our nation. As a small token of gratitude for your military service, we’re waiving the joiner fee for veterans and their families at every Y across Minnesota (monthly membership costs still apply).

“As a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, I could not be more proud of this partnership with the VA.  I look forward to finding more ways to support not only those who have served our country but also their families.” Virginia Kaczmarek, Northfield Area Family YMCA, CEO.

We are here to help support your health and wellness goals.


Check out the Library's new website- just launched today!

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Announcing the new Northfield Public Library website! Library Director Teresa Jensen states “We hope you will find these pages easy to navigate, clearly written, and with a clean, streamlined look. Our new look is inspired by our recent Library renovation, and by John Maakestad’s Jubilate, on display in the Library atrium” 


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