City of Northfield Announces Vacancy on Charter Commission

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact:     Deb Little
                   City Clerk
                   (507) 645-3001
                   deb.little@ci.northfield.mn.us

 


Monkey Valley Race for Epilepsy

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The Monkey Valley and Funky Monkey Mile were inspired by Reuben Menk, age 12, after his cousin Coho Menk died suddenly from an epileptic seizure. Reuben loves to run, especially if it is for a god cause. Reuben is hosting this race at his family farm in rural Kenyon.  All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. The race is at Monkey Valley – Kenyon, MN, 11301 East 230thSt., Kenyon, MN 55946. Come for the race – stay for a picnic! If weather permits, we’ll have a campfire, music and games, too. If you’d like to volunteer at the race instead of participate, contact us at cshigin@yahoo.com.  Please check the website for details.  www.monkeyvalleyrace.com.  Register before May 5 to get a T-shirt.  Online registration ends May 15.  Same day registration (for an extra $5) will take place from 9-9:45 a.m. on race day. Cost is $30 for adults and $20 for youth under 14.


Call for Submissions - Writers' Night: Community

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Writers are invited to submit poetry or prose on the theme of COMMUNITY (broadly or narrowly construed) for a reading at Imminent Brewing to kick off the First Friday Art Nights series sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC), the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, and the City of Northfield.

Up to 750 words of prose or three pages of poetry can be submitted to:

poet.laureate@ci.northfield.mn.us

Submissions to be read at the event will be selected by a panel of judges. Please send your submission as a Word document or in the body of your email.

Submission deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018.



Preparing for Art Festivals

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Many artists are looking for new ways to show their work, and will be participating in outdoor art festivals this year.  For juried festivals, what do successful artists do to get accepted into the festival?  Once you’re in, what makes an effective booth set up? 

The Northfield Arts Guild is here to help!  A panel of experts: Heather Lawrenz, Patsy Dew and an artist tba will lead a conversation focused around preparing for art festivals on April 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library Pye Room. During this conversation attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share their tips and experiences.  

Interested in attending? Space is limited, please reserve your seat by emailing heather@northfieldartsguild.org or calling (507) 645-8877.


Auditions for "Next to Normal" at Northfield Arts Guild Scheduled in May

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Auditions for Next to Normal, the rock and roll musical story with book by Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, are coming up in May.The show is about a suburban mother with bipolar disorder and the effects of her illness on her family

The Northfield Arts Guild is committed to building a creative and dynamic theater that celebrates individual differences and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. The Guild encourages all – beginners or established artists – to audition for roles and to volunteer for technical positions.

This is part of The Guild's 2017-18 Striking Conversations Theater Season.  Eric Parrish, and opens will direct it July 27, 2018.


Lysistrata to be performed in June in Central Park

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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater presents Lysistrata, by Aristophanes’.   This bawdy, comic masterpiece of war and sex proclaims. "make love, not war!”  With the Peloponnesian Wars raging, the distressed women of Athens take matters into their own hands, refusing to make love with their husbands until the war is over.


Bridge Square Observance of Nakba May 12

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This year marks 70 years since the Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinian people and destruction of their homes in their native land.Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is commemorating the anniversary with a series of events. Each Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., supporters of a just peace in Palestine will gather at Bridge Square in Northfield in support of demonstrators in Gaza, now through May 11. 

Palestinians living in Gaza are marking the anniversary with a host of actions, starting with the March 30 “Great Return March,” in which tens of thousands of them marched to the fence that separates the enclave from Israel. Israel’s violent response to Palestinian resistance has been making headlines ever since.


2018 Maple Syrup Fun Run May 5 at River Bend Nature Center

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The River Bend Nature Center Maple Syrup Fun Run and Pancake Brunch is coming on Saturday, May 5 at the Center.  There will be a one-mile walk, and 5k, 10k, 25k or 50k fun runs. Registered participants will receive the 2018 Syrup Fun Run T-shirt, and admission to the pancake brunch which will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration has been extended through Sunday, April 22 for those who want guaranteed availability of shirts. After that, registrations are welcomed through the race day. If you’re not a runner, you can sign up as a “Couch Potato” and receive he T-shirt and admission to the pancake brunch. Sponsors of the 2018 Maple Syrup Fun Run are Humfeld Chiropractic and Edina Realty. 


Political Parody Sing-Along set for April 25

As election season heats up, it’s time for Cannon Valley Indivisible to come out of hibernation. Join your neighbors and friends at Imminent Brewing on Wednesday, April 25, from 8-9:30 p.m. for an evening of song, strategy, and community.

We will sing patriotic/parody lyrics that have been used at CVI events over the past year, plus a few new ones. We will hear from newly-endorsed candidates and start planning election-related summer and fall activities. We also will talk about joining forces with other community groups similarly dedicated to improving relationships between constituents and representatives at the local, state, and national levels.

Imminent Brewing is located at 519 Division St. and is hosting the event as a fundraiser, so bring a few dollars to donate to Moms Demand Action and/or Northfield's Municipal ID initiative, plus a few more dollars to spend on delicious, local beer. Soft drinks are also available, and kids and teens are welcome.


Northfield's 2018 Earthday Events

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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries[1] are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. In Northfield, the 2018 Earth Day Celebration is a three-day event where the community can dance, join free workshops and learn new skills, engage in community service.


Not Afraid to be Creative or get a little Dirty? The Y is Hiring Summer Counselors!

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The Y is Hiring ! 

To view all open positions and to apply, visit our website by clicking here

Are you...

Graduating this year or home for the summer?  Looking to make a difference? Good with Kids? Not afraid to be creative or get a little dirty?  Apply to join the Y's summer camp staff team.

Duties: Serve as a lead for a group of 8-10 campers each day; oversee the health, safety, and welfare of the campers; provide supervision, direction, enthusiasm, and positive reinforcement for the campers; demonstrate patience and positive role-modeling and teach daily skill session activities. Works 20-35hours/week.


Wild Flower Walk At Carleton Arboretum

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On April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, in the Upper Arboretum, corner of 2nd and Oak Streets in Northfield. join us for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones: Northfield Prairie Partners Chapter. Nancy Braker will guide us through the Upper Arboretum to see beautiful spring flowers. Braker is the Director of the Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College.  She oversees all aspects of management of the Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie and works with faculty, students and outside users on research and use of the properties.  She restores and maintains the prairies with native plants and flowers. Learn more about events in Northfield at https://northfield.wildones.org.

Census 2020: Crucial--and Controversial

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The League of Women Voters of Northfield-Cannon Falls, in cooperation with the City of Northfield and Northfield Public Schools, invites the public to join neighbors in learning more about the direct importance of the 2020 U.S. Census to Northfield.At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Northfield High School auditorium, State Demographer Susan Brower will share the podium with Marcia Avner, director of policy at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and longtime advocate for the census, to describe the process for the 2020 census and the current state of preparation. Based on their experiences and perspectives, the speakers will unpack some of the controversies surrounding the census and encourage questions and discussion.

This is a public, free and interactive event. Everyone is welcome to come learn about the vital vein of democracy that is our census.


Climate Activists Invite Public to Earth Day Celebration

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Join us on the afternoon of April 21st in front of Armory Square for activities, local music and exhibitors, art and food trucks. We will have a ‘Climate Art March’ and circle back to Armory Square to take in our keynote speaker Mark Seeley! From there we will be listening to local climate stories and then convening as a community to gather your input and ideas to conceptualize a community wide response for Northfield’s Climate Action Plan.


Local Nutritionist Noel Aldrich to Present The Rainbow Diet at the Northfield Public Library April 19

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     Are you stuck in a rut with your daily food plan?  Come and hear local nutritionist Noel Aldrich talk at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 pm about the the Rainbow Diet.  A rainbow of options are available to help you increase energy, reduce blood pressure, decrease weight, control cholesterol, and identify the natural food sources and colors that will benefit you most.  Dr. Aldrich will give a one hour presentation with resources and ideas for improving your health in 2018.  The program is free and open to the public.  Questions?  Please contact Joan Ennis at 645-1802


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