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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.


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.


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.


Imagination Celebration at the Northfield Arts Guild

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The public is invited to the annual Imagination Celebration event, a free day of art and performances on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10 am- 2 p.m. at the Northfield Arts guild. This family-friendly event features the All-School Show in the Main Gallery, mini performances, demonstrations, and hands-on art activities in the Art Studio, Clay Studio, and Dance Studio. This celebration of all things great about art is a popular, long-running event drawing hundreds of people to the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts.


Murder on the Red River: a Book Talk with Marcie Rendon at the Northfield Public Library

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Join us at 7 pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Northfield Public Library, when Marcie R. Rendon reads from her debut novel, "Murder on the Red River", published in 2017.

This story introduces us to Renee Blackbear also known as "Cash" who teams up with her cop friend Sheriff Wheaton to resolve a violent crime against a man from Red Lake. 

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation.  She lives in St. Paul and is the author of a number of works of nonfiction and poetry.  "Murder on the Red River" is Marcie's first work of fiction for adults. 

For further information please contact Jamie Stanley at the Northfield Public Library, 507-645-1802 or jamie.stanley@ci.northfield.mn.us.  This program is free and open to the public.


LOCAL AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR SHARON HENRY WILL SPEAK AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Local author and illustrator Sharon Henry will talk about her new book, Good Day, Sad Day, Same Day; a day with my Mommy who has bipolar disorder at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, February 8, at 7:00 pm.  The author, who has lived in Northfield for many years, has written a children's book about mental illness.  She will read her book and talk about her writing and illustration process.  Book will be available for sale.  The program is free and open to the public.  If you have questions, please contact Joan ennis at 645-1802 or joan.ennis@ci.northfield.mn.us


Minnesota Author Peter Geye to Speak at the Northfield Public Library on Monday, February 5

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     Award winning Minnesota author Peter Geye will be speaking at the Northfield Public Library on Monday, February 5th at 7:00 pm.  His talk is part of the SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperative) Author tour for 2018.  Peter is the author of Safe From the Sea, which won the India Award for fiction; Lighthouse Road, which won the Northeast Minnesota Book Award for fiction and was also a World Book Night selection in 2014; and Wintering, which won the Minnesota Book Award, the Northeast Minnesota Book Award, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award.  He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was the editor of Third Coast magazine.  He was born and raised i Minneapolis, where he still lives, and is the proud parent of three great kids.


2018 Hot Reads for Cold Nights at the Northfield Public Library

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Are you getting cabin fever after this latest cold spell?  Are you retreating to your warm house and looking for good books to read?  Join us for Hot Reads for Cold Nights at the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During these cold, snowy months, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join our winter adult reading program, starting Monday, January 8, and read for prizes until Sunday, 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 name and phone number section will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip wll be included in a notebook.  Patrons will be able to browse other comments for ideas for new books.  Each week, three names will be drawn from the fishbowl.  Each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to a downtown business.  Patrons who use 50 North (formerly, the Northfield


Local Nutritionist Noel Aldrich to Speak at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, January 11

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Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will return to the Northfield Public Library for another free nutrition lecture on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 pm 

Come and learn about the following:

First Priority: Your Gut        

The health of your gut determines the health of the rest of your body.  You will learn how your intestine health relates to allergies, auto-immune disorders, and stress.

You will learn the nutrition recommendations that will make 2018 a productive year for you.

This event is sponsored by both the Northfield Public Library and Just Food Coop.


Local Nutritionist Noel Aldrich to Speak at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, January 11

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Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will return to the Northfield Public Library for another free nutrition lecture on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 pm 

Come and learn about the following:

First Priority: Your Gut        

The health of your gut determines the health of the rest of your body.  You will learn how your intestine health relates to allergies, auto-immune disorders, and stress.

You will learn the nutrition recommendations that will make 2018 a productive year for you.

This event is sponsored by both the Northfield Public Library and Just Food Coop.


Northfield Rotary Free Range Turkey Trot (even if you are out of town)

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Participate long distance in Rotary’s 17th annual Turkey Trot

You’re not going to be in town for the 17th Annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot? No worries. Join us long distance through our Free Range Turkey Trot option.  

Gather friends and family wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day and run or walk your own 5K to support the important causes supported by this event and show your solidarity with the 1,000-plus runners and walkers making their way through the friendly neighborhoods of Northfield.

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.


Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.


New Depot Progress Visible

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“Is that a chimney going up on the depot?” is a frequent question to Save the Northfield Depot (STND) board members.  They enthusiastically confirm that, indeed, it is.

When faced with the need to identify the exterior location of the white vent pipe for the bathroom, the idea of reconstructing the chimney to hide the pipe was quickly adopted.

The 1888 depot blue prints show a stove in the center of the depot.  It served the two waiting rooms (one for the women and one for the men) separated by a wall down the middle of the depot.  The two flues account for the width of the chimney.

“We are fortunate to have the original 1888 drawings that Alex Rappe of Rappe Custom Creations can use for the reconstruction”, noted Alice Thomas, STND Board Member.  The unique pattern of bricks that form ridges can be seen in the original 1888 plans (see image) and is evident in archival photos.


Band Concerts on Bridge Square Begin Thursday, June 8

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On Thursday evening, 7 p.m., the Northfield Community Band plays the first of four Thursday evening concerts in June on Bridge Square.  Bring the family and enjoy a summer evening downtown, listening to your neighbors play familiar and new tunes while enjoying the picturesque setting.

The musicians range from high school and college students, professional musicians, and non-professionals – all people who play just for the joy of being part of a musical organization. Newcomers are welcome - the group rehearses on Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. in the high school band room, May 31, 7, 14, 21 and 28. For more information, contact Mary Williams, MWilliams@northfieldschools.org.


JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB COMING TO THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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     Are you a Jane Austen fan?  Have you ever read Northanger Abbey?  Join a three week book group this July, facilitated by St. Olaf students and faculty.  The group will meet                            

Mondays, July 10, 17, and 24, 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Bunday meeting room in the Northfield Public Library.  Members will receive a free copy of Northanger Abbey and discuss the book

with the students.  Group size will be limited, so if you are interested, please sign up at the Reference Desk, call 645-1802, or email Joan Ennis at joan.ennis@ci.northfield.mn.us


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