Events

Events in and around Northfield

Blue Zones author Dan Buettner to share his secrets for a long and happy life

Who are these Northfielders? I heard over the weekend that Dan Buettner is coming to Northfield for a free presentation next Monday, courtesy of Northfield Shares, our local community foundation. (Event\tickets page here.)

No, Dan is not going to talk about his world record-setting bike expeditions in the 80s & 90s. He's now all about Blue Zones and what communities can do to help their citizens live happier and longer.


June film festival explores the past and future of the Palestinian story

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Documentary films exploring the past and future of Palestine are the selections for the 2018 NJP Palestine film series.

 All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 5, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.


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.


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.

2018 Northfield State of the City Address Was A Night To Remember

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On March 19, 2018, Mayor Rhonda Pownell presented her annual State of the City Address to over 150 attendees in Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center, Carleton College.Poet Laureate Rob Hardy shared words of reflection and inspiration of “vision”. Contributions to his reading by Northfield poets Becky Boling, Florance Dacey, D.E. Green, Marie Gery, Karen Herseth-Wee, Diane LeBlanc, Steve McCown, Hannah Pahs, Leslie Schultz, Nancy Soth and Anne Sovik. Stitched together by Rob Hardy.

Mayor For A Day Essay Contest, a first time award, was presented to six Northfield students; three from 4th grade and three from 5th grade:  Lola McCarty 5th gr. Sibley, Crystal Palma 4th gr. St. Dominic, Grace Mostad 4th gr. St. Dominic, Madyson Sevcik 5th gr. Bridgewater, Riley Schwamb 5th gr. Prairie Creek, and Ben Flory 4th gr. Sibley Elementary School.


2018 Northfield Reads Events Scheduled

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The public is invited to this year’s Northfield Reads events, focused on the book The Revolution Where You Live.   This year’s book considers how people can reimagine their immediate world and, in so doing, create a new and deeper sense of community.Reading the book provides a background for the discussion, but is not necessary. Join your neighbors in a conversations about how to make this community even better.


How and Why to Caucus

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Former Minnesota Senator Kevin Dahle and Executive Director of American Majority Jennifer DeJournett will talk about the role caucusing plays in our democracy on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m.at St. John's Church, 500 3rd st. W., Northfield. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls, this valuable forum will help us learn how to participate effectively in the caucus of our choice.

 


42nd Annual Lucia Fest Set for Friday

Katie Brust, 2017 Lucia

Northfield High School senior Katie Brust will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 8, at the 42nd annual Lucia Fest, sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The live music starts at 5:30 p.m., and the potluck supper begins promptly at 6 p.m. The event includes a Lucia processional and pageant, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

The 2017 Lucia attendants are Libby Brust, Grace Casson, Claire Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Ingrid Elzey, Lucy Graham, Brooke Green, Teagan Green, Erin Gunn, Penelope Johnson, Sylvia Koenig, Annika Korynta, Adela Melby, Annika Ngyugen, Lily Ngyugen, Elsa Nystrom, Ava O’Neill, Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad, Lenyn Pfau. The star boys are Max Casson, Avery Chadwick, and Jim Graham.


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.


Public Invited to Democracy Extravaganza

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Come for conservations with candidates, stay for coffee and cookies! Members of the public are invited to attend Democracy Extravaganza, an evening of civic engagement, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 6, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. in Northfield. The event is sponsored by Cannon Valley Indivisible.

Information tables will be set up throughout the evening so people can talk to representatives from a dozen local grassroots and civic organizations and learn more about topics including health care, social justice, immigrant advocacy, voter registration, youth activism, gun control, climate and the environment, and local government.


Share Your Colors

Northfield Arts Guild Folklorico Dancers

On Saturday, July 1, come meet your neighbors at Share Your Colors, a free community event hosted by the Northfield Arts Guild. Two Northfield neighborhoods will transform into hubs of connection and creative expression -- exploring what it means to be “home.” There will be art projects, sidewalk chalk, engaging conversations, dance performances, treats and more! Everyone in Northfield is invited to create and to join the conversation!

This lively event takes place in several different spaces throughout the day. In Downtown Northfield, community members are invited to color the sidewalks with chalk near Bridge Square from 8:45 – 9:30 am.


Poem in Your Pocket Day and Writers Night: Thursday, April 27

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Northfield’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month culminates on Thursday, April 27 with two special events: Poem in Your Pocket Day and Writers Night.

This marks the fifth year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day. 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.  The boxes include winning Northfield Sidewalk Poems, as well as favorite poems in the public domain. This year, poems in Spanish have been added to the boxes.  

Red boxes of poetry will be placed in Northfield businesses from Thursday, April 27th through Sunday, April 30th.   The Arts and Culture Commission encourages citizens to select poems and enthusiastically share them with others, perhaps even taking time to read them aloud.


NORTHFIELD READS--Next Event

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Northfield Reads continues its 2017 season focused on understanding those with a mental illness and creating caring and supportive communities for them. The book we are inviting people to read this year is Unholy Ghost, a collection of essays by writers who have depression. Most people have either experienced mental illness themselves or have had a family member or friend with mental illness.  We invite people to come together to share experiences and discuss how to make Northfield a better place for all who live here.

Our next event will take place on Thursday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Content Bookstore, 314 Division Street S.  This will be a time to discuss the book as well as ways to create an understanding and supportive community.  It is not necessary to have read the book to join in the discussion.  The book is available at Content as well as at the Library.


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