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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.


"Future You" - Ted Talks at the Northfield Public Library

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Beginning at 9 am on Friday April 28, the Northfield Public Library will project talks from the 2017 Ted Conference, straight from Vancouver, British Columbia.  This year's conference theme is "Future You".  Speakers include journalists, artists, physicians, climate scientists, food activists, architects, refugee activists, psychologists, comedians and novelists.  Feel free to come and go throughout the day.  Bring your lunch!  The first session begins at 9 am and the last session will end at 5:15.  Come for one talk or stay the day!  This program is free and open to the public.  For questions call the library at 507-645-6606.

9:00-11:00    "Health, Life, Love"

11:00-11:15   Break

11:15-1:00   "Planet, Protection"

1:00-1:15      Break

1:15-3:15     "Connection, Community"


May the Science Be With You: An Overview of the Physics of Star Wars

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Star Wars is a great franchise that has made most of us dream and almost visit a galaxy far, far way.  Andres Aragoneses, Professor of Physics at Carleton College will help us distinguish between the science and the fiction in a talk at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday March 30 at 7:00 pm.  Professor Aragoneses will give a brief review of the science in the saga to see "when the science is with them and when the force is with them".  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606.


Declutter! From Start to Finish

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Kate Buckmeier, of Kate: Declutter & Redesign will present a program at the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday March 14 at 7 p.m. on how to declutter our homes and work places.  She will share inspiration, practical tips and specifics on how to decrease the "stuff" that overwhelms us.  You will leave motivated and ready to dig in and clear out!  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606.


Northfield Architecture: Historic and Significant

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Barb Evans, Cannon Valley Elder Collegium instructor and member of the Historic Preservation Commission, will present a program on Northfield architecture on Monday March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library.  This talk will focus on some of the buildings in the Downtown Historic District with a special emphasis on some built by J.C. Nutting.  Come learn a bit about our historic downtown buildings.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606. 


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


Lipstick's Traces: A Jazz Age Chronicle

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Steve Kelly, Professor Emeritus of Music from Carleton College, will present a program on jazz age culture of the 1920s as told by New Yorker columnist Lois Long on Monday March 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library.  Writing under the name "Lipstick", she produced over one hundred columns, which provided a richly textured description of the entertainment and social world of the Roaring Twenties.  Kelly examines "Lipstick's" columns and attempts to place them in the wider history of "jazz age" culture.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606.


Arts and Culture Commission Reminds Poets of February 28th Sidewalk Poetry Contest Deadline

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Northfield's Arts & Culture Commission reminds local poets of the February 28th Sidewalk Poetry Contest submission deadline (8 pm at the Northfield Library). Contestants must reside in the Northfield School District or be enrolled in a Northfield school (including the colleges).  Important contest rules—including maximum length and width—can be found on the Arts and Culture Commission page of the City of Northfield website or on the attached brochure. En Español

This is the seventh year of the contest and the Commission is looking forward to another significant response from local poets of all ages.  Of the fifty-five poems selected over the first six years of the contest, over 200 impressions appear in concrete in downtown and neighborhood locations. Previous winners have included poets of all levels of experience and a wide range of ages.  The selections are made through a blind judging process, in that the judges have no identifying information regarding the poets.  Let this be the year you enter the contest!   Encourage your friends and family members to participate!  Winners will be announced at the start of National Poetry Month in April.  


Friday Noontime Concerts in February at the Northfield Public Library

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Come enjoy music at the Northfield Public Library at noon on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 in the new library atrium!

Feb. 3 - Greg Smith - Guitar

Feb. 10 - Elinor Niemisto - Harp

Feb. 17 - Randy Ferguson - Classical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele

Feb. 24 - Andrea Een - Hardanger fiddle

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.


Winter Coloring Program for Adults and Teens 16 and up

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Adults are discovering coloring as a way to relax, de-stress and tap into their creativity.  The Northfield Public Library will offer a cozy space (upstairs) and fun coloring supplies for adults and teens (16 and up) on Sundays in February beginning February 5 from 2-4 pm.  Coloring books, pencils and gel pens will be provided but feel free to bring your own supplies.  Questions? Call the library at 507-645-6606. 


Chorale - Join our Regional, inter-generational choir for High School, College, and adults of all ages.

Chorale is a regional, inter-generational choir brought to you by Northfield Youth Choirs. Rehearsals start Monday, January 30.
 
Participants rehearse weekly, and explore music from a variety of cultures and time periods. During rehearsals members develop their musical abilities and voice through vocal development, score study, ear training, and music literacy.
 
Conductor: Dr. Therees Hibbard
Time: Mondays, 8:45 - 9:45 p.m. Spring session begins January 30, 2017.
Location: Christiansen Hall of Music, Fosnes Rehearsal Room (CHM 233), St.

Audition for "The Miracle Worker"

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The Northfield Arts Guild is hosting auditions for William Gibson’sThe Miracle Worker, a play based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life.  Auditions for several children’s roles will be held on Sunday, January 29, 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Auditions for eight adult and teen roles will be on Sunday, January 29, 6:30 to 8:00 pm and on Monday, January 30, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Auditions will be held at the Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South, Northfield. 


2017 Sidewalk Poetry Kick-off

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Join us in the Atrium of the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, January 28th at 2 pm as we honor the winning poets of 2016 and Kick-off the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Bring a brief poem to share - one of your own or a favorite of another poet - or just come to listen. Northfield's Poet Laureate, Rob Hardy, will be on hand to mark the start of this year's competition. Contest rules can be found on the Arts and Culture Commission page of the City website. Poems may be submitted to the contest from Wednesday, February 1st through Tuesday, February 28th, at 8 pm at the Library.  Winners will be announced in April - National Poetry Month. 


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.


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