AUTHOR SPEAKER, TAHA MUHAMMAD, TO TALK JANUARY 26 AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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     Come to the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 pm and hear Taha Muhammad talk about his experience coming to the United States after escaping Iraq, and read from his book We Survived Iraq and Turkey; Long Road to Freedom.  His book provides a compelling account of one family's quest for freedom, escaping the brutal Saddam Hussein regime and the search for a better life in America.  The recounts Taha Muhammad's early life in Kirkuk, Iraq, and his experience in leading his wife and four sons through treacherous mountain country into Turkey, where the family encountered more oppression and discrimination at the hands of Turkish military and security forces.  After surviving several life threatening events, and moving from one refugee camp to another, the family finally reached a U.S.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration RESCHEDULED

The Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration has been rescheduled. It will be on Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm, at Emmaus Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the remembrance of Dr. King and his message. 


Northfield Promise receives national support to accelerate change

Northfield Promise and Every Hand JoinedNorthfield Promise, in partnership with Red Wing’s Every Hand Joined, is one of five communities across the country selected for the 2016 Accelerator Fund after a competitive application process. These network members, along with the six communities chosen for the first round in 2015, will receive support from a $12 million investment fund.

The communities belong to the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network and will work to expedite progress toward better educational outcomes for all kids by joining a learning network run by the national education-focused network, StriveTogether.

“Our goal as an organization is to prove that we can achieve consistent and sustained improvements in student outcomes at scale,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “The Accelerator Fund is designed to help communities reach education goals faster while building the strength of partnerships to accelerate their progress over the long term. We believe these five communities will identify and spread practices that achieve results, particularly for the most vulnerable children, and capture lessons that will advance other collective impact partnerships across the country.”


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. 


Parkinson’s Support Group meets January 25

The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday, January 25 at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson’s, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson’s, are invited to attend. 

 

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group

Wednesday, January 25

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center

2000 North Avenue

 

Guest speakers from the Social Services department of Northfield Hospital & Clinics will discuss two key topics: advance care planning, and local resources for care as health needs change.


MLK Day Celebration Cancelled

Due to hazardous travel conditions, this evening's community celebration of Rev. Dr. Martln Luther King, Jr., originally scheduled for 7pm at Emmaus church, has been cancelled.


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. 


Community Solar Garden Availability

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Community solar gardens are finally being built and now renters, home owners, small businesses and others can join companies and institutions like St. Olaf College in subscribing.

We at Northfield Area Community Solar (NACS) are hosting an event Saturday, January 21st at the Weitz Center from 9am to noon, for information about MN Community Solar's gardens and to help people obtain the needed information from Xcel or to subscribe to a community solar garden. Come and go as you please to the January event. We will have computers to walk you through the processes or bring your own laptop if you prefer for confidentiality reasons and we'll help with what you need.

Community solar is a way you and your family can make an environmental change in the right direction. Please also sign the petition at www.northfieldearthday.com, if you haven't, urging the city of Northfield to join other communities in going 100% carbon free.


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.


Writers Speak Out for Hope

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Thirteen local writers will participate in a “Writers Resist” event on Sunday, Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The “Northfield Writers Resist: Hope is Greater Than Fear” event is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St.

Participating writers are Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, Beth Breiland, Bella Callery, Florence Dacey, Adriana Estill, Doug Green, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Rich Larson, Harmony Neal, Orick Peterson, Joy Riggs, Kaethe Schwehn, and Vicki Scott. The readings will address issues of social justice, freedom of expression, and the preservation of democratic ideals. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee and cookie reception will follow.

The local event is coordinated by Riggs and Hardy and is one of more than 80 Writers Resist events taking place across the country and in Europe. Riggs said after she read an article about the Writers Resist events and learned that cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis were participating, she thought, “We should have one in Northfield.”

Riggs said she contacted Hardy, and the two of them worked together to organize the event within a few days.

“Planning the event has reminded me of why I love living in Northfield,” Riggs said. “We have a wealth of talent right here, and people are more than willing to collaborate and make things happen. You just have to ask.”


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                                                       


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

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Northfield Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the work he did, and the work he continues to inspire us to do in this country.  This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, January 16, 7:00-8:15 pm, at Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street North.  This event is free and open to everyone in the community.

The theme this year is building bridges of understanding.  As Nelson Mandela said “The time for the healing of the wounds has come.  The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.  The time to build is upon us.” The program will address this issue in a variety of ways including poetry by Delina Haileab and Rob Hardy, Northfield Poet Laureate, music by St. Olaf Gospel Choir, thoughts from Lisa Moore, St. Olaf Professor of Social Work, and an open microphone time for the community.


2017 HOT READS FOR COLDS NIGHT AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During the cold, snowy months of winter, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join the library Hot Reads program, our winter adult reading program, starting Monday, January 9, and read for prizes until Saturday, March 4.  After reading a book, each patron will fill out a slip with their name and phone number and a few lines describing the book.  The names and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip will be included in a notebook.  Patrons will be able to browse other comments for ideas of new books.  From the names in the fishbowl, three winners will be drawn each week.  Each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to a downtown business.  Patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center.  The c


THE SEVEN KEYS TO WELLNESS - a Free semiinar

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How can you tell if your body is doing well? Do you just go by how you "feel?" Bring your list of important markers and compare them to what some of the leading physicians in the U.S. consider to be the important markers to watch. 

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the meeting room at the Northfield Public Library Dr. Noel Aldrich, Licensed Nutritionist, will provide insight to the 7 keys of wellness and how to make 2017 a great year for improving your health.

This program is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Just Food Coop, and the Northfield Women's Center.


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