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Save the Northfield Depot Fundraiser Thursday Evening

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Save the Northfield Depot continues on the move.  Following the group’s recent successful groundbreaking ceremony attended by about 110 supporters, the Eagles Club is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit the depot project this Thursday October 29th, 5-8 p.m. at the Eagles Club

Tickets ($8 each) can be purchased at the door.  Many auction items have been donated including a wine basket, hair cut and color, poker table and chips, vintage mixing bowls, child’s antique items, a three-hour musical performance by the “Bonnie & the Clydes” , dinners for six, David Allen prints and more.

At the recent groundbreaking Co-Chair Lynn Vincent noted that the funds had been raised to move the depot, but work would continue to finish the project.  The Eagles Club event will help raise the additional funds needed to repair the depot exterior and renovate the interior.


"When Grown Men Cry" Readers Theater About Palestinian Farmer at NAG

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Allison Schmitt asks us to imagine having the work of half a century destroyed under the tracks of a bulldozer. For many Palestinian families this experience is all too real. The machines of the Israeli army tear carefully-tended olive trees from the ground on a daily basis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Local actors will present the aftermath of this ripped-from-the-headlines incident in the play, “When Grown Men Cry.” The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third St., Northfield. Tickets are $10 and will be available online at http://www.whengrownmencry.brownpapertickets.com/ or Swag, 423 Division St. S., downtown Northfield.


Please Join the Grounbreaking for the Northfield 1888 Depot!

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This Friday, October 9th, at 3:30 p.m., on the new site of the 1888 depot (between 2nd and 3rd Streets, east of the tracks), there will be a gound breaking celebration for the new location of the Northfield Depot. There will also be special guests on hand to help celebrate the implementation of the envisioned depot-pavillion transit hub complex. 

Save the Northfield Depot Communications Committee member Alice Thomas says, "Thanks to the many supporters for your donations, time and encouragement. We hope you and others in the community will help celebrate the upcoming move in a few weeks of the depot."

To learn more about the history of the depot, see photographs and for information about the work of Save the Northfield Depot:  http://www.northfielddepot.org/


International Day of Peace to be Observed

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The United Nations International Day of Peace is celebrated annually around the world on September 21. The Northfield Community Celebration of the 2015 International Day of Peace will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:30PM in Bridge Square.

Building on this year’s theme, “Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All,” the program will highlight local and regional partnerships that promote ideas and actions for peace in our community and the surrounding area. Special attention will be given to partnerships which advocate on the behalf of diverse populations that make up our community. We thrive as a community when the dignity of everyone who regards himself/herself as a community member is a priority for each of us.

Join members of the Northfield Human Rights Commission, community leaders, and your friends and neighbors for the Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 20!


Ready to serve? Join the Arts Guild Board!

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The Northfield Arts Guild is soliciting recommendations for three new board members. The organization is at an exciting point of forward growth and progress, and we’re looking for new board members to help lead the way!

Northfield Public Library's Big Pack

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The Northfield Public Library at 3rd and Washington is closed, but the library opens its doors at City Hall at 8th and Washington on Monday, July 13.  Meanwhile, the Big Pack is about to begin.  Starting July 16 lots of volunteers will build boxes and pack them with 70,000 books!

Many thanks to those volunteers and to the Northfield food vendors who are donating food and beverages to fuel the volunteers.  Thanks to Caribou Coffee, Cub Foods, Dominos Pizza, Econofoods, The Hideaway Coffeehouse, Hogan Bros, James Gang Coffee and Subway.


Content Bookstore celebrates the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

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On Tuesday, July 14th, Content is celebrating the much-anticipated release of Go Set a Watchman! Pick up your copy starting at 10 am and join us for coffee and pastries. We'll be donating 10% of our sales throughout the release day to the Cynthia Hurd Memorial Fund at the Charleston County Public Library, in honor of the librarian killed in last month's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. 


Library Needs Volunteers!

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The Northfield Public Library needs volunteers to help pack up the library collection in anticipation of the renovation project.

Volunteers need to sign up no later than Friday, June 26 at 5 PM for packing in mid July.

YOU can help! Go to guides.mynpl.org or call Laurie or Debby at 645-6606 and volunteer for two or more hours on Thursday, July 16, Friday, July 17, Monday, July 20 or Tuesday, July 21. Daily shifts from 8-10 AM, 10 AM - 12 noon and 1-3 PM.  Anyone 16 years or older is encouraged to help.

Thanks for your help! 


The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey – Memories from the Farm of My Youth

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Nationally syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell, will appear on Monday June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Northfield Senior Center to read from their recently released book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades by Guebert as part of his weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow “southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth” in the late 1960s.


Northfield Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday May 2

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Join Content Bookstore and independent bookstores across the country on May 2 for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd.

Things kick off in Northfield with local celebrity story time at 10:30 am. Helen Forsythe will be playing live in the store at 11:30 am. After cake at 1:00 pm, Content will hold an “About a book” open mic session. Participants are invited to talk about a favorite book, and will be rewarded with a free hand-picked used book by store staff. Matt Arthur plays a set at 3:30 pm. Throughout the day, visitors are welcome to contribute to a community book-making project.


Poem in Your Pocket Day: Thursday, April 30

We are very serious about our love of poetry in this town - so much so that, for five years running, Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission has chosen local poets’ works to be installed in concrete. In further demonstration of our community’s love of poetry, this week marks the third year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.


Library volunteers needed June 8-11

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Right now we need volunteers to help pack up the library before the renovation begins! June 8-11, in particular! Beginning June 8 the Library will pack up its entire collection for storage while the building is under renovation. We are looking for volunteers to help us with this amazing task! There are LOTS of ways you can help. We'll need packers, box builders, snack/lunch helpers, runners, sign-in desk helpers, box movers and cart loaders.

We will have three 2-hour shifts per day. We will pack on Monday June 8 through Thursday, June 11. The shifts will be 8-10 AM, 10-12 noon and 1-3 PM. Sign up for whatever works for you that week. You may volunteer for multiple shifts! The City of Northfield requires that all volunteers sign a waiver form and also undergo a background check, which you will find on line or at the library (see below).


Author / MPR Commentator Jonathan Odell Reads at Content Bookstore

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Jonathan Odell, a Minnesota author born in Mississippi, and regular commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, uses story to bridge personal, racial, and cultural differences.
 
He'll be at Content Bookstore on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30pm reading from and discussing his novel Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. In the book, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who only have two things in common, the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
 
In her review of Miss Hazel for the Star Tribune, Christine Brunkhorst writes "this is an important story beautifully told. It is why we read novels. You will care about these characters — and emerge more aware and empathetic because of them." Of Mr. Odell, Pat Conroy writes "Jonathan Odell can take his place in the distinguished pantheon of Southern authors."

City to Consolidate Library Expansion and Skateboard Park Projects

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At its meeting on Tuesday evening, the Northfield City Council voted unanimously to consolidate the library expansion and skateboard park projects. The skatepark will now be incorporated into the design of the new library space.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to improve the connectivity of City services,” said acting Mayor David Peterson Graham.

Peterson Graham added that this action heralds a new era of harmony on the City Council.

Council member Erica DeLudescher agreed.

“The City Council has merged into a single consciousness,” she said. “Resistance is futile.”


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