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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. 


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. 


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