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Content Bookstore celebrates the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

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On Tuesday, July 14th, Content is celebrating the much-anticipated release of Go Set a Watchman! Pick up your copy starting at 10 am and join us for coffee and pastries. We'll be donating 10% of our sales throughout the release day to the Cynthia Hurd Memorial Fund at the Charleston County Public Library, in honor of the librarian killed in last month's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Northfield Skateboard Park Nears Completion


Jasper Kruggel, city of Northfield Project Manager, announces that construction of the Northfield Skateboard Park is well under way. To the entire Northfield community, Kruggel gives this friendly reminder: Please stay off the recently poured concrete and out of the fenced in construction zone. Concrete structures are not completely cured.”

The next step is the grading and seeding for grass, to be done in mid-July. Bids will be going out for trees to complete the landscaping.

It is probable that there will be a “soft opening” August 1, with an official Grand Opening around Defeat of Jesse James Days. 

For more information contact:

Jasper Kruggel at 507/645-3027 or

Sign up to win MARY POPPINS tickets!

Attend or stop by any of the following Northfield Arts Guild events this weekend only (June 25-27), to sign up to win Complimentary Dinner and Show for Two to Mary Poppins at Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Youth choir to sing in Carnegie Hall

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Northfield Youth Choirs (NYC) has made it to Carnegie Hall.

Members of the Concert Choir will perform in the world’s most prestigious concert hall, Saturday, June 20, in New York City.

Forty-six Northfield choristers will join with choirs from around the country to sing in the National Children’s Festival Chorus with orchestra, under the direction of renowned conductor Emily Ellsworth. They will perform in the main hall, the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the stage reserved for such musical luminaries as Isaac Stern, Billie Holiday and the famed New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth Shepley, Artistic Director for NYC, said this is an exciting opportunity for the singers both musically and culturally.



Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their ninth season this summer beginning July 1 and concluding on August 12.  All seven recitals will be held on Wednesday noon hour from 12:15 to 12:45 p. m. with the following schedule:

Wed. July 1- Rosalie Alcoser, Music Director & Organist at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester, MN, playing at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., 

            A program of patriotic music

Wed. July 8- John Ferguson, Emeritus Professor of Organ and Church Music, at St. Olaf College, Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College  

Wed., July 15- Noah Klein, high school junior, at the Music & Drama Center, Carleton College, 110 Winona St. N.

Susan Hvistendahl Signs Her Book at Village on the Cannon

Volumes 2 and 3 of Susan Hvistendahl's trilogy of "Historic Happenings" books will be presented at the Village on the Cannon Community Room, along with a book signing, on Thursday, June 11, with a social time at 6:30 followed by the presentation of books on St. Olaf and Carleton happenings at 7 pm. The books are compilations of columns written for the Entertainment Guide since 2007. Refreshments will be provided by the Northfield Historical Society, which published the books in collaboration with the Guide. Special musical guest on the VOC piano will be Marc Reigel of Carleton's Night Crawlers, a rock group featured in the Carleton book.

Books & Stars the weekly series of outdoor entertainment begins June 10th!

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Books & Stars is a community-wide entertainment series held at various parks on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 in June, July & August.

Booker, the Northfield Book Bus opens at 6:30.  Booker has Library materials for all ages and summer reading program supplies!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy free, family friendly entertainment.

June 10 Way Park Ventriloquist James Wedgwood

Made possible by a grant from SEMAC, Myrtle Houston Fund and the Northfield Historical Society

June 17 Central Park Singer Justin Roberts

Sponsored by the Friends & Foundation    of the Library.

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9


Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Rise Up Singing

Northfield area community members are invited to gather and sing together on Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington St in Northfield.

Singing together is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of relaxing fun. We'll use the Rise Up Singing songbook -- a huge collection with the words for 1,200 folk and popular songs, so there's sure to be something for everyone. Songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share.

People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!

Carleton’s renowned Chinese Music Ensemble performs in concert

Chinese Music Ensemble

The Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, May 24 at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program will include Chinese music ranging from traditional to modern compositions, with performances in a variety of configurations, including a trio, a quintet, the Pipa Ensemble, the Guzheng Ensemble, and solos by award-winning artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Established ten years ago, the ensemble plays traditional Chinese instruments. Comprised primarily of Carleton students, the performance will also feature Northfield High School student, Alida Dice. Under the direction of world-class Pipa artist, Gao Hong, the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble has performed to much acclaim at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota, and at numerous conferences and Chinese celebrations through the region.

Carleton screens National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo’s stunning best-selling book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” comes to life on the big screen on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema.

Presented in high-definition video by National Theatre Live in London, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is playwright Sir David Hare’s new stage adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo’s first-hand account of life in a modern day Mumbai slum. Boo spent three years recording the lives of its impoverished residents and her uncompromising re-telling received numerous accolades, including the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2012.

5th Annual Latino (and Friends!) Play Festival


In case you are unaware or have forgotten, Northfield Human Rights Commisioner Corinne Smith alerts all to an amazing production that will be on in Northfield this weekend--The Latino Play Festival.

This is the 5th annual production by this group.  The production is created by a high school drama class that originated to provide a voice for Latino youth.  For the last two years the group has been open to other students from the high school so represents diversity.

Book launch and signing at The Key: Table 13 Journals


"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is  the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period.  It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center  and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.

Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.

The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota. 

Carleton’s library gets “Solid Gould” treatment from artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant

Prolific artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant will speak at Carleton College on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Entitled “Solid Gould Hits:  The College Library as Archive, Small Publisher, Maker Space, Laboratory, Incubator, and Late-Night Social Club,” Sturdevant’s presentation celebrates the many ways the library is used, along with the variety of resources it offers.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 9-10

CVRO May 2015 Concerts

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, directed by founder and conductor Paul Niemisto, will present two May concerts in celebration of the end of their 35th Anniversary season.The first concert will be in Northfield on Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 W. 3rd St. The second concert will be in Faribault on Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 PM at the Cathedral of our Merciful Savior, 515 2nd Ave NW.

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