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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.


Call for Submissions: Writers Night 2

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The Northfield Poet Laureate invites writers to submit poetry or prose to Writers Night: Cultivate Your Garden, which will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 7pm, in the Northfield Public Library.

How do you “cultivate your garden”? Do you work to make the world or your community a better place? Do you practice self-care? Do you cultivate your own talents, interests, or hobbies? Do you care for your family and friends? Are you an actual gardener? Interpret the theme as broadly or narrowly as you wish.

Writers are invited to submit up to three poems (no more than three pages) or up to 750 words of prose. Please email your submission in a single Word (.doc or .docx) file, or in the text of an email. Include your name on the submission; it will be removed for blind judging. If you are a student, please include your age and grade.

Submission period: March 1-31, 2017


NORTHFIELD READS 2017 FOCUSES ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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Northfield Reads is a community initiative to encourage people from across the Northfield area to come together to talk, share ideas, connect, and to open themselves to diverse perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections and understandings within the community.  This year, Northfield Reads is focusing on mental illness, with a goal of destigmatizing mental illness.  We will discuss the book Unholy Ghost: writers on depression edited by Nell Casey.  The book will be a springboard for discussions.  Participants need not read the entire book, but by reading several selections, they will be prepared to discuss the book and topic.  Mental illness is very prevalent in our society.  Most people have either experienced a mental illness themselves or have a family member or friend who suffers from mental illness.  The goals of


Parkinson’s Support Group meets February 22

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 Parkinson’s Support Group meets February 22

The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday, February 22 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, February 22

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center

2000 North Avenue

Guest speakerNancy Haight of the Northfield Hospital Pharmacy department will give an overview of FDA-approved Parkinson’s medications: how to take them, possible side effects, and drug interactions.


Digital Preservation Day at the Northfield Public Library

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The Northfield Public Library is hosting a community scanning event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. In partnership with the Minnesota Digital Library and the Northfield Historical Society, the Northfield Library encourages people to bring materials of historical interest to be scanned.  Acceptable items include photos, letter sized documents, photographic slides or negatives and even 3D objects no bigger than a basketball.  Event staff will gather information about the materials and use high quality digital scanners to scan the materials.  Participants will receive digital copies.  Digital copies can be offered, if desired, to the Northfield Historical Society for inclusion in the Northfield History Collaborative, an online digital repository of Northfield History.  Scanning is free but may be limited to 3-5 items per person.  Please note that if you have items related especially to Northfield and/or Northfield and WWI please bring those as the Northfield Historical Society prepares for the centennial of WWI in 2017-2018. 

Sara Ring from Minitex will give a special presentation at 11:00-11:45 a.m. on preserving your digital memories.  Digital family photographs, home movies and other digital content have deep personal value and if lost, are irreplaceable.  Learn more about practical steps you can take now to organize, protect, and preserve your digital memories for future generations. 

Events are free and open to the public.  If you have any 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.


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. 


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.


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.


Writers Speak Out for Hope

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Thirteen local writers will participate in a “Writers Resist” event on Sunday, Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The “Northfield Writers Resist: Hope is Greater Than Fear” event is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St.

Participating writers are Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, Beth Breiland, Bella Callery, Florence Dacey, Adriana Estill, Doug Green, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Rich Larson, Harmony Neal, Orick Peterson, Joy Riggs, Kaethe Schwehn, and Vicki Scott. The readings will address issues of social justice, freedom of expression, and the preservation of democratic ideals. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee and cookie reception will follow.

The local event is coordinated by Riggs and Hardy and is one of more than 80 Writers Resist events taking place across the country and in Europe. Riggs said after she read an article about the Writers Resist events and learned that cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis were participating, she thought, “We should have one in Northfield.”

Riggs said she contacted Hardy, and the two of them worked together to organize the event within a few days.

“Planning the event has reminded me of why I love living in Northfield,” Riggs said. “We have a wealth of talent right here, and people are more than willing to collaborate and make things happen. You just have to ask.”


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

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Northfield Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the work he did, and the work he continues to inspire us to do in this country.  This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, January 16, 7:00-8:15 pm, at Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street North.  This event is free and open to everyone in the community.

The theme this year is building bridges of understanding.  As Nelson Mandela said “The time for the healing of the wounds has come.  The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.  The time to build is upon us.” The program will address this issue in a variety of ways including poetry by Delina Haileab and Rob Hardy, Northfield Poet Laureate, music by St. Olaf Gospel Choir, thoughts from Lisa Moore, St. Olaf Professor of Social Work, and an open microphone time for the community.


Lucia Fest Set for Dec. 9

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Northfield High School senior Ruthie Nelson will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 9, at the 41st 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 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

The 2016 Lucia attendants are Synneva Bratland, Grace Casson, Claire Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Annika Fredrickson, Lucy Graham, Brooke Green, Teagan Green, Erin Gunn, Annika Korynta, Rose Mibus, Addie Nelson, Elsa Nystrom, Leah Olson, Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad, Erin Runningen and Astrid Peterson White. The star boys are Max Casson, Jim Graham and Bjorn Olson.


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