Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post 3300 is Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Chris Matek and Brian Kramer, advisors of Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post 3300, with the January 2017 “Making a Difference” Award.

The award is given out to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.

The Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post is dedicated to providing youth (ages 14 to 20) with training and information about the public safety career fields of Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Law Enforcement and Fire Fighting. This post is the first in the state to combine all three emergency service disciplines into one program.


Friday Noontime Concerts in February at the Northfield Public Library

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Come enjoy music at the Northfield Public Library at noon on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 in the new library atrium!

Feb. 3 - Greg Smith - Guitar

Feb. 10 - Elinor Niemisto - Harp

Feb. 17 - Randy Ferguson - Classical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele

Feb. 24 - Andrea Een - Hardanger fiddle

Questions? Call the library at 507-645-6606.


Poetry Night: Kathleen Roberts

Content Bookstore and the Northfield Poet Laureate invite you to a poetry reading by Kathleen Roberts (Carleton '12) on Thursday, February 2, starting at 7pm. The reading is part of the Poetry Night series at Content.

Kathleen graduated from Carleton and went on to become the literary director of the Prøve Collective (a contemporary gallery and artists' collective in Duluth), the founding editor of Prøof Magazine, and a board member of the Duluth-based Spirit Lake Poetry Series.


Winter Coloring Program for Adults and Teens 16 and up

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Adults are discovering coloring as a way to relax, de-stress and tap into their creativity.  The Northfield Public Library will offer a cozy space (upstairs) and fun coloring supplies for adults and teens (16 and up) on Sundays in February beginning February 5 from 2-4 pm.  Coloring books, pencils and gel pens will be provided but feel free to bring your own supplies.  Questions? Call the library at 507-645-6606. 


Chorale - Join our Regional, inter-generational choir for High School, College, and adults of all ages.

Chorale is a regional, inter-generational choir brought to you by Northfield Youth Choirs. Rehearsals start Monday, January 30.
 
Participants rehearse weekly, and explore music from a variety of cultures and time periods. During rehearsals members develop their musical abilities and voice through vocal development, score study, ear training, and music literacy.
 
Conductor: Dr. Therees Hibbard
Time: Mondays, 8:45 - 9:45 p.m. Spring session begins January 30, 2017.
Location: Christiansen Hall of Music, Fosnes Rehearsal Room (CHM 233), St.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 23, 2017)

 
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017, at 7pm, in the high school media center. A packet of materials from the meeting can be found here.

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.


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