Events in and around Northfield

Carleton hosts Kaleidoscope Festival Saturday

“Kaleidoscope,” Carleton College's Ninth Annual International Festival, will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival—which aims to showcase ethnic diversity at Carleton through food, performances and activities—represents 111 international students from 38 countries. As was true at last year’s festival, donations will be accepted for the Center for Children’s Happiness, a non-governmental organization that provides a home and education to Cambodian orphans.

Kaleidoscope will feature 25 performances, including demonstrations of kendo, a Japanese form of fencing using bamboo swords. Other performances include African and Irish dancing.

The wide variety of food choices will include Indian curry, Russian desserts and Chinese dim sum. In addition, students will offer activities throughout the event, including salsa dance lessons and origami instruction.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFNorthfield, as always, has a weekend full of activities ahead! Details on everything listed here and so much more for the rest of the month can be found in your monthly Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) – free at several hot spots around town and as a downloadable PDF here.

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Lorna Landvik's coming to town

Click for larger posterNORTHFIELD READS! Meet Minnesota author Lorna Landvik Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. downtown at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division Street. The featured title will be her new paperback Oh My Stars.

Lorna Landvik is the author of the bestselling novels Patty Jane's House of Curl, Your Oasis on Flame Lake, Welcome to the Great Mysterious, The Tall Pine Polka, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and most recently Oh My Stars. She is also an actress, playwright, and proud hockey mom.

While growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lorna's passions were writing and theater. After graduating from high school, she and her best friend traveled across Europe and settled briefly in Bavaria. Upon returning to the States, Landvik attended the University of Minnesota and then moved to California, where she performed stand up comedy at the Comedy Store and at the Improv. During this time she also scouted bands for Atlantic Records.

Fast Food Nation's Eric Schlosser, PBS's Ray Suarez to speak at Carleton

Eric Schlosser Ray Suarez

Local political junkies and policy wonks should be flocking to campus in the next few days as Carleton College showcases two nationally-known media stars in its free weekly Friday convocation series.

Here are the highlights from the college's press releases:

This Friday, May 12, Eric Schlosser, author of the best-seller “Fast Food Nation,” will present a convocation titled “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” at 10:50 a.m. in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. The fast food industry has interested Schlosser for years. He studies America’s infatuation with fast food and the flavor labs where scientists re-create tastes, as well as fast food’s effect on the economy and the American diet.

Next Friday, May 19, Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, will present a convocation titled “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America” also at 10:50 a.m. in the chapel.

Student Soloists to Perform with St. Olaf Orchestra Friday

The St. Olaf Orchestra will present a concert featuring senior student soloists and a work by a senior composer Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Skoglund Center Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

"For many members of the St. Olaf and Northfield communities this concert has become one of the highlights of the school year," says Steven Amundson, conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra. "It's great to have the opportunity to work with some of our finest senior performers."

This year's concert will feature six senior soloists: Kristin Clark on marimba, Karin Hancock on piano, Claire Kelly on violin, baritone Eric Neuville, soprano Sonja Tengblad and Micah Wilkinson on trumpet. In addition, the orchestra will perform Rage by senior student composer Matt Peterson.

Pictured here are: (front row, l-r) Sonja Tengblad, Kristin Clark, Claire Kelly and Karin Hancock; (second row, l-r) Micah Wilkinson and Eric Neuville.

Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday, May 13

The Northfield Garden Club is holding their annual Plant Sale fundraiser Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. - noon on Bridge Square. Rain or shine, you can come downtown to purchase perennials, annuals, and houseplants from member gardens.

St. Olaf Students Tackle Wal-Mart

Class finds giant retailer's impact embedded in communities, society

Is Wal-Mart the enemy of our society or just a reflection of it?

Click to view larger sizeAbout 200 people flocked to the Lion’s Pause at St. Olaf College Thursday night to witness the symposium: “WalMart America – Changing the Face of Our World”. The event, hosted by Professor Eric Fure-Slocum’s History 297 class (Wal-Mart America), drew a diverse crowd of St. Olaf students, faculty, alumni, and a number of Northfield community members.

The event included presentations of the students' research, ranging from an examination of how people of different faiths respond to Wal-Mart, to Wal-Mart’s impact on local crime rates, to the retailers' shaping of the music industry, to the enormous changes in the U.S. and global economies in recent decades.

The highlight of the evening was a lively panel discussion, moderated by students Max Wojtanowicz ’06 and Anna Gieselman ’06. Panelists [pictured, from left to right] included Rebecca Judge (Professor of Economics at St. Olaf), Ross Currier (Northfield Downtown Development Corporation), and Jenny Shegos (United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789). Shegos is also the local field coordinator for Wake-Up Wal-Mart.

BOOK & STARS Schedule for this summer!

Click to view larger posterWednesday evenings throughout the summer, you are invited to enjoy fun, free family entertainment at various parks all over Northfield!

Booker the Book Bus opens at 6 pm, the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. 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!

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Wal-Mart Symposium Thursday at St. Olaf College

Eric Fure-SlocumSt. Olaf College will host the symposium “Wal-Mart America: Changing the Face of our World” Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lion’s Pause of Buntrock Commons. The event, sponsored by Assistant Professor of History Eric Fure-Slocum’s History 297 class, is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The symposium will feature a panel discussion on Wal-Mart and American society, which will include speakers Jenny Shegos from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789, Ross Currier of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, and a Wal-Mart representative. Panelists will discuss both sides of the controversy surrounding Wal-Mart’s role in American culture and politics, particularly regarding labor issues. The panel, moderated by St. Olaf students Anna Gieselman ’06 and Max Wojtanowicz ’06, will run from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Northfielders join national push for immigrant rights

Click to view additional photosAbout 200 people gathered on Monday night, May 1st, at Bridge Square for a candlelight vigil in solidarity with national (and international) actions in support of immigrant rights.

People gathered at Bridge Square at about 8 p.m. and were met by a contingent who marched downtown from St. Dominic's Church. As they turned onto Division Street we could hear chants of "Si se puede" ("Yes, we can") and "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido" ("The people united will overcome").

For an hour people held candles, chanted and talked. Gathered in the center of Northfield, first-, second-, third- and fourth-generation immigrants stood together in support of justice, dignity and human rights for immigrant workers.

The vigil was the culmination of a community effort that began last Tuesday in the Carleton ACT (Acting in the Community Together) Center. The ACT committee had sent out an e-mail announcing an organizing meeting to plan potential events for May 1 to coincide with immigrant rights events across the country.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: May, 2006 issue

Click to view PDFThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

Click the image to view it within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then view or print it from your computer.

The NEG is published by Rob Schanilec and Lora Steil at By All Means Graphics. We're partnering with them to keep readers updated regularly on what's going on around town.

Cantatas of J.S. Bach - Sunday at Carleton

The one year old Arius Chamber Music Society will perform two Bach Cantatas, No. 21 I Have Had Much Distress and 140 Wake, Arise (Wachet Auf), and Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue for Strings at the Carleton College Concert Hall on Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. Arius will bring its own acclaimed orchestra and one of the Twin Cities’ premier choirs, Exultate. The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium of Northfield, in collaboration with Arius, has developed a lecture series on the same two Bach Cantatas. The series will culminate with the Carleton College performance.

Arius musicians are professionals who have played in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Sinfonia and Lyra Baroque Orchestra as well as many other national and international ensembles. They perform each of their programs at multiple venues throughout Minnesota. Programs include works for various ensemble sizes from string quartet to string orchestra and, occasionally, chamber orchestra. Arius plans to present one concert series each year that includes one or two Bach Cantatas and is currently working with the Carleton College administration to make this an annual event in Northfield.

NDDC outdoor dining forum Tuesday morning

Click to view larger sizeHow could sidewalk dining in downtown Northfield be a boon to the local economy? What are the disadvantages of having alcohol sold outdoors, within full view of minors? Is there a risk to restaurateurs?

Those questions and more will be discussed at the next NDDC Downtown Forum Tomorrow Morning (Tuesday, May 2) at 8 a.m. in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House.

Panelists will include Northfield Chief of Police Gary Smith, Contented Cow and Chapati owner Norman Butler, and attorney David Hvistendahl, owner of Froggy Bottoms. Also in the audience will be several restaurateurs, including Todd Byhre of the Ole Store Café and Joe Grundhoefer of the Rueb-n-Stein.

Coffee and cookies will be served, as always, and a lively discussion is the goal. For more information, visit or call 663-0319.

HOPE FOR BRENNA Benefit Concert May 6 at Hogan Brothers

Click to view PDFA benefit concert will take place Saturday, May 6th, from 6-10 p.m. at Hogan Brothers. The concert will feature acoustic music from high school performers Andrew Wilson, Schuyler Huber, Nat Allister, Ben Cooper, Charlie Husman, Erik Eliason, and Damiel Lohmann. All proceeds go to a 15 year old girl named Brenna Hanson who is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic to treat her brain cancer.

There will be a small silent auction with a variety of art pieces available. There will also be a CD for sale produced just for this event, featuring the artists playing at the benefit. There is no cover charge for this concert, but a suggested donation of $3 is appreciated.

For more information or to donate artworks, please email me at or give me a call at (507)645-5898.

A Northfield Legacy of Care

Cows on old Oddfellows Home lawnMillstream Commons to host forum May 4

Pat Vincent, CEO of Three Links Care Center, will give a presentation on the history of the Oddfellows home, Three Links Care Center and Millstream Commons at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at Millstream Commons.

Following Pat's presentation, Kathy Olson, Executive Director of Millstream Commons, will address senior housing options. Rich Falck, board member of the Northfield Historical Society and Millstream Commons, will speak on leaving a Legacy in Northfield. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

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