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Earth Jam 2006!

Click to view a PDF of the posterEarth Day has taken a new and more festive twist on Northfield. One month away: Earth Jam 2006! You're invited to join us on Bridge Square on Saturday April 22nd to celebrate Earth! There will be a town clean-up/beautification from 9am to 12 noon. You are encouraged to meet at the Square at 9 and be ready to get get down and dirty! From 11 am to 4pm there will be tables on the Square of local environmental groups, organizations, local farmers from the Farmer's market, composting demos, goodies from the Just Food Co-op and Mercantile and more! Then THE FESTIVAL BEGINS!  From 2pm to 7pm, a festival of artists from around the world will entertain the people of Northfield and celebrate our support for the earth and our community.

To all Dance groups and Musicians: anyone interested in performing can contact Taylor Franklin at fran0558@umn.edu.

To all interested volunteers to lead the City Wide clean-up, or have an Earth Day info table: again, you can contact Taylor Franklin via email or call the AmeriCorps office at (507) 664-3752.


"Inherit the Wind" this weekend!

Click for larger viewNorthfield School of Arts & Technology (ARTech) proudly presents "Inherit the Wind" this weekend.  Students from both ARTech and NHS are performing the play based on the 1920s Scopes Monkey Trial, the court debate between evolution and creationism.  This weekend's play, directed by Bob Gregory-Bjorklund (pictured at left), is set "not too long ago" and is particularly pertinent to debates happening across our country today.

The show runs at 7:00 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at ARTech, 1719 Cannon Road in Northfield.  Tickets are on sale at the door.  Call ARTech at 663-8806 or visit www.artech.k12.mn.us for more information. 


ARTech Open House, Monday March 13

Northfield School of Arts & Technology (ARTech) will host an open house on Monday March 13 at 7:00 pm. ARTech is a public, tuition-free charter school for students in grades 6-12. 

ARTech Grads - click for larger sizeSuccess as a student at ARTech often comes down to one thing as a student: the will to learn. Students who are passionate about learning have the opportunity to be taught how to direct their own learning at ARTech. The public is invited to come learn more about our program with an open house at 7:00 pm and program at 7:30 pm.

ARTech is now accepting applications for the 2006-2007 school year.  Find more information at www.artech.k12.mn.us



Be a Finn for a Day!

Two Finnish-American Bands to Headline St. Urho's Day Celebration

Click to view a PDF of the poster"Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, menetaalta hiiten!"—These were the immortal words uttered by St. Urho as he chased the grasshoppers out of Finland many years ago, thereby saving the grape harvest. Who was St. Urho? What the heck was he saying? Don your purple and green and come to Northfield's St. Urho's Day Celebration on Thursday, March 16, to find out! While you're there, taste some delicious Finnish food and dance to driving rhythms of Finnish polkas, humppas, jenkkas (schottisches), waltzes and tangos.



Journey East - Asian cuisine & Live Music at the PCCS Auction

Have a craving for excellent Asian food, along with some great live music, and a chance to find some great shopping deals?  Get it all at a festive celebration of good food, music, friendship, & community spirit. Please join us at the 2006 Prairie Creek Community School’s Silent & Live Auction fundraiser, with Auctioneer Ed Kuhlman & the upbeat music of the Prairie Creek Group.

March 18, 4–8pm, Northfield Middle School
Tickets: child–$7/individual–$12/family–$35
Please call 645–9640 to reserve tickets in advance.


St. Olaf Orchestra to present ‘Puppets, Pranks and a Polka’ Sunday

The St. Olaf Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Amundson, will present a special family-oriented program titled “Puppets, Pranks and a Polka” Sunday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the college’s Skoglund Center Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.

“This is a family-friendly concert and I very much hope to interest kids and their parents,” says Amundson, who adds that there is nothing more gratifying than seeing young people at the orchestra’s performances. “I believe the St. Olaf Orchestra is a great model for young musicians and I personally invite all children to what will be an entertaining and exciting display of the orchestral instruments.”


St. Patrick's Celebration in Northfield

Bring your family, friends & neighbors to Northfield's 6th Annual St. Patrick's Parade and Celebration on Friday, March 17. All are welcome - Irish Heritage not required!

The pre-parade rally starts at 5:30pm in Econ O’Foods Southeast lot with Banners, Flags, Family Coat of Arms, Walking Floats - be creative!

The parade begins at 6:30pm, strolling North on Division and culminating in Bridge Square, with fun for everyone of ALL nationalities, featuring 2006 Grand Marshall Shawn Dudley and special appearances by O'awesome celebrities!

You can click the image at left for a larger PDF of the poster, and view photos of last year's celebration in the Patty Dazzle 2005 Photo Album.



Northfield Community Action Center "Bizarre Bazaar" this Saturday

Click to view larger sizeThe Bizarre Bazaar is a “friend and fund raiser” for the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC) this Saturday, March 11, from 6-11 p.m. The Grand Event Center will host the evening of fun, food and fashion that begins with a silent auction, followed by a style show with Northfield-area “personalities” modeling their favorite fashion finds from The Clothes Closet, the CAC’s thrift store. The night will be topped off by a rousing live auction by Ed Kuhlman, a showman himself!

All are welcome to attend the event. The $15 admission price includes two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres and a bidding number. Advance tickets (recommended) are available at the Northfield Community Action Center offices, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, #200, or by calling 664-3550. Contact the CAC for more information.


Protect our Water Citizens' Day at the Capitol

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership invites citizens to join others in a lobbying effort for clean water at the state capitol on Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss concerns with their legislators and attend a rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

With the Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP), the CRWP is campaigning for effective solutions and investments that will protect our water for the benefit of generations to come.  MEP, a coalition of over 70 environmental groups, is asking the 2006 Minnesota Legislature to support “Protect Our Water,” a plan that will help protect and restore Minnesota’s rivers and lakes. Highlights of the 2006 Protect Our Water plan include:


Northfield Entertainment Guide: Mar, 06 issue

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

Click image to view within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then download it and view/print from your PC.


The Freezer to host First Anniversary Show

The Freezer, a student-run music venue in Northfield, is holding their First Anniversary Concert this weekend.

The Freezer is located in the back of the building that is also used for the Northfield School of Arts and Technology.

The show itself will be held on Friday, with doors opening at 6pm. The cover charge is $5.00 at the door.

Featured bands are Killer Prom Queens, Autophobia, Dose, and Captain Purple.

For more information, see  this page on the show.


Upcoming PTO Beach Carnival

Brighten up your end of winter and come to Northfield’s Annual PTO Beach Party Carnival.  The Carnival will be held at the Northfield High School from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, March 3rd.  Cafeteria and ticket sales open at 4:30pm.  A silent auction will feature many items such as 2 tickets to the 2006 St. Olaf Christmas Festival as well as the signed work of artist Wendell Arneson and author Mary Janice Davidson.  New this year for children is the inflatable climbing wall and slide.  There is also face-painting, games, cotton candy, pizza, souvenirs, a cakewalk and more!


Tony Glover plugs Spider John Koerner's and United Way's Elizabeth Schott's appearance at The Grand

The NDDC is bringing legendary guitarist and singer Spider John Koerner to The Grand this Thursday at 8 pm. Tickets are $6, $4 for students. (Click the poster image for a large PDF.)

See NDDC Exec. Director Ross Currier's three blog posts for background on Koerner and his collaborators, "Snaker" Dave Ray and Tony "Little Sun" Glover: 1) John Koerner and the Folk Revival ; 2) Carleton Class to take Field Trip to the Grand: 3) My Koerner, Ray and Glover Story .

Here's me doing a 5 minute recreation of Tony Glover's opening for his nightly stint as an 'underground' DJ on Twin Cities' radio station KDWB 63 back in 1968-69. Theme song: Procol Harum's Repent Walpurgis. 'Tony' plugs Spider John's appearance and asks his audience to donate to the Northfield Area United Way's campaign when they see Elizabeth Schott at the event. (My apologies for the lousy audio quality. No fancy tools available last night when I got the inspiration to do this.) Keep reading for the transcript:


A painful loss

A flyer at Northfield's Olympus Athletic Club caught my attention:  It showed a picture of Cheyenne Mariah Mendoza and gave the dates 01/01/94 to 01/01/06.

I read that Cheyenne’s family was in a car accident and that Cheyenne and her brother were injured. Cheyenne's brother Dakota survived the accident and is in need of care but Cheyenne’s injuries were fatal.  I read on to learn that the father held his daughter during the last few minutes.  What a terrible tragedy.  I can only imagine how horrible it must have been.  It was even Cheyenne’s birthday. 

We can help this family by attending a Saturday, February 25th, dinner and dance at the Eagle's Club.  Dinner's from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and there’ll be spaghetti. A silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, and a DJ will play from 8:00 to midnight.  Tickets can be purchased at the Eagle’s Club, the liquor store, or at the door.  If you cannot go but wish to donate:  A Mendoza family benefit fund has been set up at Northfield’s First National Bank.


The Big Wu (with the Flying Eklund Brothers) at The Rueb

 

I just got a phone call from a colleague, Andrew Eklund, CEO of Ciceron in Mpls. He's on his way to Northfield for tonight's Big Wu Anniversary Show at The Rueb, He and his brother Nathan will be on-stage.  Why?

From the Big Wu FAQ:

The Big Wu was founded in 1992 by St. Olaf College students Chris Castino (guitar), Terry VanDeWalker (vocals), and Jason Fladager (guitar). Andrew Eklund (bass; now owns Ciceron, Inc.), Nathan Eklund (Keyboards; now a High School teacher), Chip House (drums, now an internet marketing specialist) made up the rest of the regular line up. Julie Crumrine (vocals) and Julie Niksitch (vocals) made frequent appearances.

The band played their first gig on 2/14/1992 in the Lion's Pause in the basement of the old Ytterboe hall at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Every song played was a cover by the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, or the Allman Brothers. There weren't many people in attendance, and no one in attendance had any idea what was being born that night... continued


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