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Northfield Rotary Free Range Turkey Trot (even if you are out of town)

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Participate long distance in Rotary’s 17th annual Turkey Trot

You’re not going to be in town for the 17th Annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot? No worries. Join us long distance through our Free Range Turkey Trot option.  

Gather friends and family wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day and run or walk your own 5K to support the important causes supported by this event and show your solidarity with the 1,000-plus runners and walkers making their way through the friendly neighborhoods of Northfield.

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.


Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.


Tonic Sol-fa Benefit Concert for Three Links Foundation

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Tonic Sol-fa is coming to Northfield! This family friendly concert is one you won't want to miss. Tonic Sol-fa's original songs, arrangements and albums have won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original, have been featured on television and in movies and have garnered numerous positive national reviews. Join us Friday, October 13 at 7:00 at the Northfield Middle School Auditorium - a benefit concert for Three Links.

Tickets are $20 and for seniors and students; $15. Purchase tickets online at www.tonicsolfa.com or pick them up starting one hour prior to event at the Middle School Auditorium; 2200 Division St. S in Northfield. Questions: call Ruth at (507) 664-8867


Halloween Themed Events at the Northfield Arts Guild

Danse Macabre: Night of the Living Dancers on Friday, October 13th.

The Northfield Arts Guild presents two Halloween themed events this October.  Danse Macabre is back, and this time, “Night of the Living Dancers”, is perfectly situated on Friday the 13th of October. This sure-to-sell-out event is one night only: a night of dances and surprises revolving around the dark, macabre and twisted. Danse Macabre is held at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, beginning at 7:30pm, October 13, 2017.  Tickets are $15 general admission and are available at NorthfieldArtsGuild.org or by calling 507-645-8877.


Take the Fork in the Road

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New Northfield Arts Guild Exhibition

 

The Northfield Arts Guild presents “Take the Fork in the Road: Realism and Abstraction” an exhibition featuring paintings by Julie Fakler, ceramic installation by Lisa Truax, and colored pencil drawings by Steven Watson. This exhibition runs September 28 through October 28, 2017 in the Main Gallery at the Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South. 

Julie Fakler paints on a gessoed hardboard with many thin watered down layers of acrylic paint. Her subjects are domesticated animals that include cats, dogs, and farm animals. This exhibition will feature the work created during her SEMAC grant project after visiting South East Minnesota farms to meet the farm animals and farmers. 


Jesse James Bike Tour - Saturday, Sept 9th - 5 routes!

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The countdown for the 2017 Jesse James Bike Tour has officially begun – the event will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017, rain or shine.
 
The Northfield Rotary Club organizes and hosts the annual tour, inviting riders of all ages and skill levels to participate in the family-friendly event. Participants under 18 can register for free with a paid adult, courtesy of Northfield McDonald’s.
 
New this year, a shuttle will take riders from the finish line to downtown Northfield for a post-ride celebration being co-hosted by Imminent Brewing and Armory Square.

The Pirates of Penzance

Northfield Arts Guild presents fine singing and outrageous silliness.

Northfield Arts Guild Theater presents The Pirates of Penzance, a comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, the weekends of July 21 through August 6, 2017. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The show plays at Arcadia Charter School’s theater, located at 1719 Cannon Road, Northfield.


Y Kids Tri - 8 years and counting!

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Summer is here and the kids might already be looking for something fun to do.  Direct some of that energy into running, swimming and biking at the Y’s Kids Tri on Saturday, June 24th at the Old Memorial Pool.  

The 8th Annual Y Kids Tri is a fun, non-competitive triathlon that’s all about getting kids excited to get fit! Kids ages 6-14 will experience a morning of encouragement, cheers and satisfaction of completing this swim, bike and run event. There’s nothing like the excitement of crossing a finish line! No experience is necessary! Kids are encouraged to train during the summer, so it’s a great way for family to get fit together.


The Tempest: Romance, Humor, Intrigue

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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is the enchanting story of how love and forgiveness can conquer fear and power.  Filled with humor, the supernatural, and intrigue, this Northfield Arts Guild Theater production plays in Central Park, 421 Fourth Street East, Northfield.   The Tempest runs Friday through Sunday, June 9 – 11 and Thursday through Saturday, June 15 – 17, 2017 with all performances beginning at 7:30 pm.  In the case of rain, the show will move to the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield. 

The Tempest explores the relationship between the natural and supernatural, so we’re particularly excited to present this story outdoors,” said Director Deon Haider. “Our stage will incorporate both natural and man-made elements to create a unique island setting in Central Park.”


Band Concerts on Bridge Square Begin Thursday, June 8

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On Thursday evening, 7 p.m., the Northfield Community Band plays the first of four Thursday evening concerts in June on Bridge Square.  Bring the family and enjoy a summer evening downtown, listening to your neighbors play familiar and new tunes while enjoying the picturesque setting.

The musicians range from high school and college students, professional musicians, and non-professionals – all people who play just for the joy of being part of a musical organization. Newcomers are welcome - the group rehearses on Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. in the high school band room, May 31, 7, 14, 21 and 28. For more information, contact Mary Williams, MWilliams@northfieldschools.org.


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. 


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