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Submitted by Suzie Nakasian on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:43pm
On Thursday, October 16, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Passenger Rail and Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations, will hold a Public Open House onThursday, October 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, in the Great Hall at Carleton College. The purpose of this MnDot Public Open House is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the State's Rail Plan, which prescribes an anticipated plan for near- and long-term rail projects in the State, and to provide feedback and suggestions to inform the Plan's revision.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:27pm
The library is thrilled to host special activities while the kids are out of school Oct. 16 and 17.
Magician Tim will entertain us with his slight of hand on Thusday, 10/16 from 11 to noon. The Friends and Foundation of the library make this event possible!
On Friday, 10/17 from 11 to noon Musician Jack Pearson will present “On the Trail of America: celebrate great American Songs!” This program is made possible by a SELCO Grant.
Both program are free and open to all and will be held the library's meeting room.
Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 507-645-6606
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:53pm
Have you been mulling over issues of Free Speech as they relate to the public use of Bridge Square? Have you been debating the concept of Freedom of Religion as it relates nationally to issues of health care? If so, Corinne Smith invites you to join with your neighbors for a Northfield Reads! on these subjects. This will be a time to read, discuss, connect, and learn.
Submitted by Debby Nitz on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 5:53pm
Ann Aby will give a talk on "1964: Reexamined Fifty Years Later" at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, October 16th at 7 pm.
"1964" is usually considered to begin on November 22, 1963, with Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One with Jacqueline Kennedy standing beside him and conclude with President Johnson's inauguration in his own right on January 20, 1965. After a brief discussion of the challenges immediately faced by the "accidental" President, the presentation will focus on the passage of the Civil Rights Act (signed July 2, 1964) and the Mississippi Freedom Summer during the 1964 Presidential Election.
This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 507-645-6606.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:48pm
Northfield CROP Walk is the annual community-wide collaboration to help eradicate world hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief, and assist refugees around the world.
Please join your fellow community members on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. as we start from United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, and walk together for about 17 blocks to Bridge Square.
Seventy-five percent of funds raised will support projects around the world sponsored by Church World Service (CWS). The other twenty-five percent goes to eliminate poverty and hunger right here in Northfield through programs sponsored by the Northfield Community Action Center.
Grand opening of the new STORYLAND interactive exhibit at the Northfield Public Library Saturday, Oct. 4th at 11.Submitted by Kathy Ness on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:56pm
You are invited to celebrate this new early literacy opportunity at the library!
A statewide, interactive traveling exhibit built by Minnesota Children’s Museum and hosted by the Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Public School Early Childhood Family Education. Join Minnesota Children's Museum and community members for a short ceremony and story time for children led by a Minnesota State Senator Kevin Dahle.
Ribbon Cutting and Remarks - 11 a.m
Story Time with Senator Kevin Dahle - 11:30 a.m.
In Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, children explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play.
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:47pm
Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday from 9 to noon to play folk music with a contemporary flair. Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, has opened for Martha Scanlan at the Northfield Arts Guild and performed at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.
Kids Activity at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be hosted by the Friends of the Northield Library. David Walbridge, a one-man-circus of comedy, magic, juggling, modern vaudeville will perform at 11 am. Be sure to catch this great family show.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:36pm
Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum invites the public to a Passenger Pigeon Commemoration on Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. The event, taking place on the north lawn of Olin Hall on the Carleton campus, will feature history, readings, and treats.
Once the most abundant bird in North America, the Passenger Pigeon officially became extinct 100 years ago in September 1914. This event will offer the opportunity to learn about the biology of this bird, the historic value of the bird to the people and the ecosystem, how humans contributed directly to its loss, and what lessons can be learned about species conservation. Passages will be read from Aldo Leopold, as well as work from other contemporary authors and the recollections of a former Northfield resident. Light refreshments will also be served.
Readers Rejoice! The Carleton Bookstore’s October Madness Inventory Reduction Sale Slashes Prices on All In-Stock General Reading BooksSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:34pm
As the Carleton College Bookstore prepares to transfer its operations management to Barnes & Noble College Stores, it will hold a massive inventory reduction sale offering half-off all in-stock general reading books. The “October Madness! Inventory Reduction Sale!” will take place daily Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4. All sales are final and 50% off discounts are offered in-store only (orders, online sales, and additional discounts are excluded).
The Carleton College Bookstore is located in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 am. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information about this not-to-be-missed sale, contact the Carleton College Bookstore at (507) 222-4150.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:27pm
Harvard Kennedy School professor of political science Stephen Walt will present a public lecture entitled “Follies & Fiascos: Why Does U.S. Foreign Policy Keep Failing?” on Monday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, on the Carleton College campus. A reception with light refreshments will follow Walt’s lecture.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:28am
Addressing the topic “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout”, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the Fall Kick-off speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls event on Saturday, September 20. The public is cordially invited to attend this event that will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. There will be coffee and treats served before and after the presentation.
Ritchie has served as Secretary of State since 2006 and is retiring at the end of his current term. The Secretary of State is the chief election official who partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections, In 2008, he presided over what has been called “the most publicly scrutinized recount in the history of the United States Senate”, the context between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. He has been credited with increasing the number of overseas military voters in Minnesota elections.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:44pm
Come and join your neighbors at Carleton College's Weitz Center Commons for Constitution Day (Wed. Sept. 17th) from 7:00-8:30 pm. This is an event for the whole community, co-sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, and local schools.
Carleton Economics Professor Stephen Strand to Present Annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar ConvocationSubmitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:30pm
Designed to stimulate student reflection on the nature of liberal arts and a liberal arts approach to learning, this year’s annual Argument and Inquiry Seminar Convocation will be presented by Carleton College professor of economics, Stephen Strand. Entitled “Either Appear As You Are, Or Be As You Appear,” Strand’s presentation will highlight the ways which scholars ask questions, discover and evaluation information, and effectively and ethically construct arguments.
This event takes places Friday, Sept. 26 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public. His presentation will also be recorded and archived for listening online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:12pm
September 21, 2014 is International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year's theme is "The Right of Peoples to Peace" raising awareness of the worldwide violence against groups of people and individuals. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
Local observance will be from 2 to 4 p.m.Bridge Square, Northfield. This is the 12th Annual Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace. Music, drumming, short speeches, stories and an open mic are part of the program. All are welcome to attend and participate.
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:29pm
Watercolor Artist Kathy Miller Returns to Riverwalk
Award winning watercolor artist Kathy Miller returns to Riverwalk Market Fair for three Saturdays, September 13, 20, and 27. One of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, Kathy creates floral and landscape watercolor paintings and limited edition prints. Kathy’s “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show. Kathy’s “Tomatoes” is the featured art on Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2014 poster. A former teacher, and always and passionate artist, Kathy fell in love with watercolor as she neared retirement. A watercolor workshop in Giverny, France, site of Claude Monet’s garden, provided Kathy with greater insight, visual perception, and emotional sensitivity in her work. Kathy says, “Being there were Claude Monet painted and experiencing the light as he did has had a profound effect on me. I am certain it will forever alter how I see and paint the world around me.”