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Events in and around Northfield

4th annual Tours de Nick set for Sunday

The 4th annual Tours de Nick, the annual bicycle tour in memory of Nick Sansome, will be held Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 1 p.m.

Join the Northfield Bike Club on a 10, 25, 35 or 55 mile ride leaving from Mike's Bikes at 1 p.m. This is a family event and fund raiser for SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

For more information, see http://www.northfieldbikeclub.org. And be sure to check out the Tours de Nick 2005 photo set.


'Eat Local Challenge' starts August 15

Submitted by Joey Robison

It's estimated that our food travels an average of 1,300 miles from field to fork. Eating food produced locally is better for the environment and better for the local economy. But where do you start if you’d like to adopt a more regional diet?

You can begin by taking the Eat Local Challenge, which runs from August 15 to September 23. Just Food Co-op is challenging community members to eat 80 percent of their diet from food produced in the five-state region for six weeks.

The Eat Local Challenge will kick off with a book talk and reading by professional chef and locavore Jessica Prentice at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 14, at Just Food.

“It’s a big commitment, but it’s good to be able to support your friends and those who are good stewards of the land,” says Rollie Jacobsen, lead cashier at Just Food. The Co-op labels its locally produced foods to make them easier to find, and the Farmers Market and Community Supported Agriculture farms are also great places to find local fare.


Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra at Central Park

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will be at Central Park Wednesday night! This is the traditional finale of the Books & Stars schedule (see this photo gallery of last year's season-closer with CVRO). Come listen to beautiful music at a beautiful park. (Rain site is the NHS Auditorium.)

Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 pm. This free, family oriented show starts at 7 pm. Booker has library materials for all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for fun! The Cocoa Bean returns to sell their refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and half the proceeds are donated to Booker!

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at the Northfield Public Library.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Six Drawing:  The Tavern of Northfield

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Tavern of Northfield.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 13, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 14.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


ArtSwirl: Japanese Garden tour and Arts Guild member show

I was disappointed that I couldn't make it to any of the Young People's Theater performances this year, but I did manage to take in a couple of swell ArtSwirl events yesterday, and I added a batch of photos to the ArtSwirl 2006 gallery.

At lunchtime I snuck over to Carleton College's Japanese garden ("The Garden of Quiet Listening") for a tour led by Margit and Eric Johnson, who work as volunteers in the garden every Thursday morning throughout the growing season. It was my first visit to this amazing space in the four years I've been living in town, but certainly not my last.

And last night I hit the opening reception for the annual Members Exhibition at the Northfield Arts Guild downtown gallery. It was a great show, with a lot of new artists showing their works.


Firearms training class slated in August

You can sign up today for the Minnesota Firearms Safety Training Course, offered by the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the Cannon River Sportsmen’s Club.

This class and field trip will cover safe gun handling, gun safety in the home, care and storage of firearms, marksmanship and hunter responsibility. Students who enroll must be 12 years old by Dec. 31, 2006, and there is no maximum age Class dates are Aug. 21-24, 28-30, with the field trip on Aug. 26.

For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Community Services Office, located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC), at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield. For more information, call Erin at 664-3649, or go online to www.nfld.k12.mn.us.

Mark Etzell is the Adult Enrichement Coordinator for the Northfield Public Schools Community Service Division. 


Come Run the Ski-less Skedaddle!

Submitted by Becca Carlson

What better way to start a Saturday than a 5k run/walk or 10k run followed by a spectacular pancake breakfast to support a wonderful cause? The Northfield High School Nordic Ski Team will host the first annual Ski-less Skedaddle on Saturday, Aug. 5. The 10k race starts at 8 a.m. and a 5k run/walk at 8:20 a.m. Pancakes will follow the races.

You may ask, Nordic Ski Team in August?? For several years we have hosted a ski race, but due to lack of snow, it has never been a success. So, what to do? Host a running race!

The course starts at St. John's Lutheran Church and goes through scenic Northfield past Greenvale and back. Markers/high school skiers will be at every intersection, and there will be a water station halfway through the course.

This is a great opportunity to get out, help the ski team and enjoy a great taste of Northfield! Registration starts at 6 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 3 St W. The cost is $20 for the 5k, $25 for the 10k (includes fee, t-shirt, and pancake breakfast).

Our special thanks to Sturdiwheat of Red Wing for providing the pancakes!

Questions? E-mail us at: captains@northfieldnordic.com

We hope to see you Saturday!

Becca Carlson is one of the four captains of the ski team, along with Logan Semestad, Nick Swanson, and Anna Fure-Slocum.


Books & Stars hosts another hit show

The sun came out, the temperature dropped from sizzling to summery, and dozens of families took advantage of the perfect setting to see Jason the Juggler in the Books & Stars program Wednesday at Bridgewater School.

Our own Adam Gurno was there, with family in tow, and caught the excitement with his camera. Just click on the photo to see Jason's act, and get a peek at more than 100 picture from all of the Books & Stars programs this summer.

Next Wednesay's event will feature the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra in Central Park, in the final Books & Stars show of the summer.


Books & Stars at Bridgewater School Tonight

Join us at Bridgewater School Wednesday, Aug. 2, for a high energy, fast paced interactive show with Jason the Juggler, from Zumbrota, MN! (In case of rain, this show will move to the NHS Auditorium.)

This free, family oriented show starts at 7 p.m. Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 p.m. with library materials for all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for fun! The Cocoa Bean returns to sell their refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and half the proceeds are donated to Booker!

Next Wednesay's event will feature the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra in the final Books & Stars of the summer.


Dukes and Knights Head Into Playoffs

The Dundas Dukes finished their regular season on Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Cold Spring Springers.

Mitch Patrikus was there and submitted a handful of pictures from the game, which are collected in this photo gallery. The Dukes play the Hastings Hawks on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. in Miesville. This is the first round of the CCVL tournament. The Northfield Knights were slated to pay Tuesday night in a best-of-three play-in against the Red Wing Aces, but the was cancelled due to rain. The Knights were down 0-1 in the series and needed to break a long losing streak to stay alive.

They get another chance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, that's tonight, at Sechler Field, as the teams make up last night's game. Even if the Knights win, they'll need one more win to make it to Miesville this weekend.


2006 Cannon River Festival goes Watershed-wide...to Owatonna

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) offers you the choice of two wonderful events on Saturday, Aug. 5: The Cannon River Paddle Classic in Northfield/Dundas (see earlier post) and The River Festival (click to open PDF poster) at Owatonna.

In this 5th Annual River Fest, CRWP moves upstream, and invites you to come along. As usual, you'll enjoy rousing stage entertainment, children's activities, a panel discussion about water plans and other local policies that protect natural resources, and well-water nitrate testing, all at Owatonna's easy-to-find Central Park. (Take the Bridge Street exit into town—you'll see Central Park on your left. There will also be a Farmers' Market and an Antique Car Show there that day.) Contact CRWP at 507-646-8400 for more info.

Hilary Ziols is the Outreach and Development Coordinator for the CRWP.


Way Park Designs to be unveiled Wednesday

Click to enlargeNew designs for Way Park, incorporating the current park and the recently reclaimed land from the former Northfield Hospital site, will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, at the NCRC Dining Hall, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

Spencer Jones, a landscape architect and member of the Northfield Park Board, was commissioned by the Park Board to create the designs and present them to the public for comment. All are welcome to attend the presentation and share their feedback.

For more information, contact Judy Swanson of the Friends of Way Park at 645-6017.


2006 Cannon River Paddle Classic

Canoeists and kayakers wanted on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Ames Park in downtown Northfield for the Second Annual Cannon River Paddle Classic!

The Cannon Valley Chapter of Rotaract and F.I.T. Organizations, LLC are presenting the Second Annual Cannon River Paddle Classic. There will be a three-mile fun race and a six-mile competitive race, with prizes for winners. Proceeds benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. Kayaks and canoes are available in limited quantities. All are welcome to participate!

To register and to see race details and a map of the course, visit www.cannonriverpaddleclassic.org.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, donating or volunteering, please email info@cannonriverpaddleclassic.org or call 663-1950.

See you at the river!

Charles Skinner is the president of F.I.T. Organizations.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Five Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 6, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 7.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


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