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Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)It's the start of another jam-packed weekend full of cultural events in Northfield! In addition to tonight's Arts a la Carte at the high school, a quick glance through the Northfield Entertainment Guide presents so many options you'll want to clone yourself so you can take them all in! You'll find details on pages 6-8 of the NEG, but here's a preview of what's going on...


The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium

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Following Becca's presentation there will be a video documentary, which was done by two Carleton Students *Megan Vig* and *Lauran Allinson*. Following the video, there will be a brief panel discussion on remembrances of the Grand given by *Steve Swanson, Herb Fick, Phyliss Finger, Brynhild Rowberg*, and *John Mark Schad*.

This event is _free_ to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

_Editor's note_: Hayes has kindly agreed to file a write-up of the event after it happens. Thanks, Hayes!


Arts A La Carte at Northfield High School This Friday

Click to view larger sizeThe music and visual art departments at Northfield High School are gearing up for Arts a la Carte, a student celebration of all the arts on Friday April 7th from 6:00 until 9:00 at the High School. And the one dollar admission will buy you a chance to win an Ipod! 

This event will showcase the talents of hundreds of talented students and will feature vocal and instrumental ensembles, a student art exhibit and booths of the Honors Art students who will be demonstrating in various media, including painting, ceramics and filmmaking. 

There are also student run activities for the whole family such as face painting, art button making, marbleized paper making, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), wandering magician, portrait artists and book making, just to name a few! And back by popular demand is the make your own fish print T-shirt event. 


Health Insurance Forum with Kip Sullivan

Kip Sullivan of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, will be at St. Olaf on Thursday, April 6th to present the background history of our current health insurance system and explain why the coalition believes a universal single-payer insurance system is a better plan. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Northfield League of Women Voters and the St. Olaf Nursing Dept.

April 6, 2006 at 7pm, St. Olaf Science Center, Room 274.

For more information, see the MUHCC website: http://www.muhcc.org/


Norwegian girls choir to perform at St. Olaf

Jentekor, the Nidaros Cathedral's Girls' Choir from Norway, conducted by Anita Brevik, will perform a concert at St. Olaf College on Tuesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the choir's United States tour titled "Songs Across the Sea."

In addition to visiting St. Olaf, the choir will travel to Minneapolis, Madison, Wis., and New York. The tour runs from April 1-11 and aims to promote Norwegian culture and heritage.

The tour follows the St. Olaf Choir's visit to Trondheim, Norway in June 2005. While at Nidaros Cathedral the two choirs, together with Norwegian mezzo-soprano Randi Stene, recorded the holiday special A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway, which aired nationally in December on PBS.

The concert program for this tour includes selections spanning the musical spectrum, from Norwegian, Swedish, English, Latin and German songs, to Mozart compositions to traditional Norwegian folk songs.


Tonight's Entertainment Options

Wow! Check out what's happening TONIGHT in our not-so-sleepy little town...

On the live music front, the Blue Moon String Band gets a jump on all the other bands by strutting their acoustic/country/folk/americana stuff at 7pm at Hogan Brothers.

90 minutes later your musical options increase dramatically. A new band called Scattered Skies makes their debut at Froggy Bottoms at 8:30. Harmonic Voodoo gets their groove on at the Tavern Lounge right around the same time.

Also at 8:30, Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders [full disclosure: I am a Bratlander] rock the Contented Cow with their original folk, gospel and protest songs and an eclectic mix of roots music and outlaw country.

And finally, If music's not your thing, Faribault's Merlin Players theater company bring their Monty Python-esque Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) to The Grand for the second night of a two-night stand.

Hope to see you downtown!


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Geek Night; March 30

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Geek Night is on March 30, at the The Contented Cow. Geeks normally arrive starting around 7:00 PM. The Cow will be providing the obligatory whiteboard, supporting geeks' needs.

Geek Night is an informal social gathering, where topics of discussion range from math, to computer science, to philosophy, to chemistry - and everything else geeky.

Bruce Morlan has a math puzzler on his blog as a Geek Night teaser.


Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid, the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s annual book sale, will be Tuesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 29, at the Northfield Ice Arena, South Highway 3, Northfield.

Book donations will be welcome at the arena beginning Monday, April 3. Hours of collection will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. During the week of April 18 through April 23, the arena will be open to receive book donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 26-April 28; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

The hospital auxiliary uses funds from the book sale to support the Northfield Hospital and other community health projects.


Oberstar Forum on Walking and Biking

Several of us Northfielders will be attending the fifth James L. Oberstar Forum on Transportation Technology and Policy at the Universtiy of Minnesota on April 10. The forum's topic this year is "Transportation Choices: The Important Role of Walking and Biking."

Among the Northfielders in attendance will be Peggy Prowe, former city council member and board member of the Mill Towns Trail; Bruce Anderson, Executive Director of RENew Northfield; and myself, a volunteer with RENew Northfield.

The forum will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. As part of the agenda, Rep. Oberstar will discuss federal funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Among the other speakers will be Berthold Tillman, the mayor of Munster, Germany.

Please consider joining us at the forum and helping to plan and promote a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly Northfield. Registration is required and can be done online, by mail or by fax.

As of March 24, nearly 150 people had registered for the forum. Maximum capacity is 200. Feel free also to contact me for more information at 645-5979.


Celestine Prophecy Sneak Preview

The Village School of Northfield will be showing a sneak preview of the upcoming movie, The Celestine Prophecy. The event will also be a fundraiser for students and staff at the Village School to attend the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC), to be held in Sydney, Austrailia in July.

Showings: April 2nd and 9th at 2pm - April 8th at 7pm
Location: The Village School of Northfield, 1100 Bollenbacher Court, Northfield, MN

For more information, call 507-412-1877 or 507-650-8990.


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Presentations of Learning at ARTech

Click for Larger SizeStudents at Northfield School of Arts & Technology (ARTech) will be presenting their learning to the public on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm.  Students at ARTech complete their education through an individualized program of project-based learning and seminars. Presentation nights are the students' opportunity to share what they have learned with the community. This presentation night is the fourth of five public presentations of learning for the school year.

Projects to be presented by students in grades 6-12 will include "The Life of Nikola Tesla," "Buddhism: History, Philosophy & Rituals," and "Anthropomorphic Ethnology: Comparative Psychology & the Human-Animal Connection," among many others. For more information, visit the ARTech webpage at www.artech.k12.mn.us or call 663-8806.


HealthFinders Collaborative Presents "A Night on the Town"

HealthFinders Collaborative Seeks Auction Items and Attendees for Fundraiser!

HealthFinders Collaborative, a local grassroots organization dedicated to providing healthcare services for the under- and uninsured residents of Rice County, will be having its third annual fundraiser - "A Night on the Town" - on Friday, April 28th from 7pm-Midnight at The Grand in Northfield. A catered dinner will be provided, and there will be live music and dancing, as well as a silent and live auction. The Bridgewater Ramblers will play bluegrass and country music, and Pide Kaimás will play music from all over Latin America.

Since opening clinic doors in June of 2005, HealthFinders has seen over 300 patients and assured that hundreds receive the prescription drugs they need through a drug fund. This exciting community collaborative has greatly affected the communal health of Rice County. Volunteers hail from Northfield, Faribault, local congregations, local hospitals and clinics, and Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.


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