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Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.


Final Jesse James Film at Weitz Center

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The Jesse James Film Festival will come to an end on Thursday, August 21 with "The Assissination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" at 6:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity. 


Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014

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The Artaria String Quartet is delighted to return to the 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival,” said Ray Shows, Artaria’s first violinist and the quartet’s founding member. “We will be performing Mozart’s inimitable Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and a world premiere quartet piece Dreaming in Waves by Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya.”

The performance will take place tonight, August 20, at St. Olaf College (Urness Recital Hall) in Northfield as part of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. This is the first of six concerts being offered in the week-long series. Tickets are available at the door tonight for just $5.

The Artaria String Quartet’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States. “The Moya piece is quite unique with a mood infused flow to it and a jazzy undercurrent,” said Shows in eager expectancy.

Composer Reinaldo Moya comments: “Dreaming in Waves begins with a warm and serene texture. The first violin provides some contrast by 'floating' in and out of sync with the rest of the quartet. The first violin is jittery, and somewhat anxious, while the rest of the group continues in its gentle texture, as though in a dream.


Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: a new historical musical comedy

Playing over DJJD: Thurs, Fri & Sat at 7pm

Political races are full of intriguing characters who envelope our world through advertising.  Political ads seem to be never-ending.  But when did this all begin and who was involved? 

The new family-friendly, high-energy musical comedy, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, answers that question in an intriguing and entertaining way.  The story, (which plays Sept 4-6) revolves around important historical characters like Daniel Webster, John Tyler, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay.   The play takes a fictional look at the very real incidents surrounding the 1840 presidential campaign and the seating of our 9th and 10th US Presidents.  This presidential campaign was the first time that presidential candidates were treated as products. 

The playwright and composer, W. Watts Biggers was an American novelist and advertising man.  He is possibly best known as the co-creator and songwriter for such television cartoons as “Underdog” and “Tennessee Tuxedo”.  


Fall Art Classes at the Northfield Arts Guild

The Guild is offering over thirty art classes this fall for all ages and abilities.  Our certified art educators will be offering classes in clay, dance, painting, theater, and music.  Plus guest artists from the twin cities will be offering workshops for beginners and professionals alike.


Music by Sam Ryden at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Sam Ryden will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday August 16 in Northfield's Bridge Square

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturay, August 16 will be provided by 13 year old Sam Ryden. Sam is already making a name for himself as a musical prodigy. His sophisticated musical sense and strong stage presence helped him reach the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013.

New season local honey and locally grown tomatoes are are now available from Riverwalk farm vendors. Riverwalk Market Fair, an open-air artists and farmers market, is open 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays, June thorugh October in downtown Northfield's Bridge Square.


Music By Parker Ousley at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Parker Ousley will play and sing folk, blues, and jazz at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 9 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Also featured will be welded steel garden structures by Jennifer Wolcott and kids activity on water quality by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.  Summer produce is plentiful, including tomatoes.


Carleton's Summer Humanities Institute to Screen the National Theatre Live Broadcast of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus"

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Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m., the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema will feature a not-to-be-missed screening of the National Theatre Live broadcast of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." This event is free and open to the public.

The Donmar Warehouse's production of "Coriolanus," Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, stars Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers," "War Horse," The BBC's "The Hollow Crown") in the title role and Mark Gatiss ("Season's Greetings at the National Theatre," The BBC's "Sherlock") as Menenius. The production is directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.


One-Day Vintage Band Festival: Saturday, August 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated.  The next full four-day Vintage Band Festival will be held July 28-31, 2016, following a successful festival in August 2013.


Riverwalk Market Fair features Chris Casper's Intimate Minnesota Photos

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This Saturday, August 2, Riverwalk Market Fair features photographer Christopher Casper. Chris is staying close to home in Minnesota for his current photos.  The Western landscapes Chris photographed in 2013 lend themselves to grand vistas.  In Minnesota a photographer needs to look for intimate images, and finding intimate views takes familiarity.  Some of Chris’s best photos are right outside his house – views of his driveway and the across the road in various seasons of the year.  

Also at Riverwalk Market Fair this week are tomatoes and other fresh local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.  The Vintage Band Festival one-day event starts at 9 am, so visit Riverwalk and listen to great brass band music all at the same time.  Riverwalk Market Fair is 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, August 2 in Northfield's Bridge Square.  


The Roe Family Singers to Perform at Central Park TONIGHT!

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Join The Roe Family Singers for a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly evening of original and traditional music! TONIGHT!

Hailing from the Mississippi-headwaters, the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll, featuring banjo, auto harp, guitar, and Appalachian clogging!

Don't miss the last Books & Stars of the season!
Booker opens at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7 pm.


Jesse James Film Festival Begins July 31

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The Northfield Historical Society and Carleton College are teaming up this year to host the inaugural Jesse James Film Festival starting July 31. All showings will be in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and will free and open to the public (donations appreciated).

“The NHS wanted to find a way to show these movies on the big screen,” says board chair Christian Hakala. “With the exception of the Brad Pitt movie, I’m not sure that many people in town have seen these films in a movie theater.” And of course there was special interest in creating some nostalgia with the presentation of a Roy Rogers double-feature. “With Carleton College graciously agreeing to host,” adds Hakala, “we jumped at the chance to offer this summer event to the community.”

Five films were chosen for the festival because of their depictions of the famous attempt by the James-Younger Gang to rob Northfield’s First National Bank in 1876:


Musical Duo Bobby and Christine at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 26

On Saturday, July 26 Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland, a duet of two voices and one guitar. Their musical sets feature well-known Americana songs, some instrumental picking originals, lots of harmonies and pleasing arrangements.  They play a wide array of ballads and livelier songs from Louis Armstrong to Pete Townshend, from Woody Guthrie to the Beatles. Bobby adores the Grateful Dead, and if Christine had her way the Indigo Girls would be a trio.  Riverwalk Market Fair runs from 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays through October in Northfield's Bridge Square and features local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.    


Vintage Band Festival Aug. 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival Aug. 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated. 

The schedule for Aug. 2 is as follows:

·         9am     New Prague Area Community Band

·         10am   Bridge Square Band

·         11am   Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

·         12pm   “Swing and a Miss”


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