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HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season - YMCA hosted Blood Drive: Thurs, Dec 17th (free child care available noon-3, if needed)

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Northfield Area Family YMCA hosts community blood drive

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season.  Northfield Area Family YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, December 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YMCA,  1501 Honeylocust Drive, Northfield. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (507) 645-0088 or sign up online at with sponsor code Nfld Area Y.

Content Poetry Series: Diane LeBlanc

Diane LeBlanc, Sudden GeographyPoetry is alive and well in Northfield.

Each month, Content Bookstore in downtown Northfield is host to a poetry reading featuring a local or regional poet and including an open mic where members of the audience can share their own original poetry. The series kicked off in October with a joint reading by Rob Hardy and Brenda Hellen, and continues on Thursday, November 12, at 7 pm, with a reading by Diane LeBlanc.

Diane LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and book artist. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sudden Geography (2014), Dancer with Good Sow (2008), and Hope in Zone Four (1998). In addition to poetry and essays in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Natural Bridge, and other journals, her essay “Work in Progress” appears in Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts (2014). Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College.

At the reading, Diane will read from her own work and invite others to share a poem of their own. She’ll also offer a door prize of one of her beautiful handmade journals to a lucky attendee.

Award Winning Author Allen Eskens @ Content on Thursday

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Allen Eskens has won (and keeps winning) awards for his popular debut novel, The Life We Bury, most recently winning the Rosebud award for best debut and the Barry award for best paperback original. At 7pm this Thursday, Nov 5, Allen will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Guise of Another.

Eskens' new thriller follows Minnesota detective and fallen hero Alexander Rupert as he seeks redemption, and an answer to the question: who was James Putnam? Eskens, a practicing criminal defense attorney, writes page-turners in Mankato, MN.

"Allen Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you ll tell yourself things can t get any worse. And then they do."

- WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of "Ordinary Grace"

Content Bookstore is delighted to be hosting Eskens - and we hope you can make it!

"When Grown Men Cry" Readers Theater About Palestinian Farmer at NAG

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Allison Schmitt asks us to imagine having the work of half a century destroyed under the tracks of a bulldozer. For many Palestinian families this experience is all too real. The machines of the Israeli army tear carefully-tended olive trees from the ground on a daily basis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Local actors will present the aftermath of this ripped-from-the-headlines incident in the play, “When Grown Men Cry.” The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third St., Northfield. Tickets are $10 and will be available online at or Swag, 423 Division St. S., downtown Northfield.

Vintage Band Festival Presents "Bugler Bill" Monday, October 26

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William "Bugler Bill" Crowder, a Civil War Re-enactor and bugle historian from the Twin Cities will present a lively program on Civil War  Bugler history and do all the calls “in character.”    He is a popular presenter at Civil War Round Tables and in schools. He will bring several bugles  to show and to play. There’s a well-done Youtube video here that previews Bugler Bill’s presentation. Bugler Bill will give  two presentations on Monday, October 26. The first will be at 3:15pm in the Northfield Retirement Center Chapel and the second at  7:00 PM in the Northfield Senior Center Performance Room.This program is the second in the Vintage Band Festival Presents fall educational series.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Northfield area community members are gathering on Fourth Thursdays at the Quaker Meetinghouse and singing together out of the Rise Up Singing Songbook. Join us on Thursday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington Street in Northfield.
Rise Up Singing 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 distribute this invitation to others, come and bring a friend!

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra performs “Vienna to Leipzig: A Musical Journey”, October 24-25, 2015

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The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), conducted by Paul Niemisto, begins its 36th season with a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The concert will be presented first on October 24th at 7:30 PM at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. The second performance will be October 25th at 3:00 PM at St. John’s Hall, St John’s Lutheran Church, 3rd Street West, Northfield.

Cannon Shoals, original screenplay reading Wed. Oct. 14

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I'm having a reading of my original screenplay, Cannon Shoals, on Wednesday, Oct. 14th at 7:30 pm at the NAG theater, 411 West Third st. Cannon Shoals is a seven episode television written for the web. It is a story of sex, greed, politics, and life in a small town. The cast features David Bly, Susan Carlson, Ben Chadwick, Deb Clark, Kevin Dahle, Brendon Etter, Ed Sostek, and Ruth Sylte. This is the capstone event for a grant I received from SEMAC to write a new screenplay. Admission is free, audience is 18+

2016 Northfield Living Treasure Award: Do You Have A Nominee?

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The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered its 2016 Northfield Living Treasure.

The deadline for nominations is November 6, 2015.  Nomination forms can be downloaded from or picked up in hard copy at the Public Library, the City Hall Administration office, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce, and By All Means Graphic.

The annual award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Call for auditions: "When Grown Men Cry"

Actors needed for play about loss, helplessness in Palestine

Aspiring actors are invited to audition for the play, “When Grown Men Cry,” to be performed in Northfield in November.

The play tells the story of a Palestinian couple whose 50-year-old olive grove is destroyed by the Israeli army. The play depicts the helplessness and loss experienced by farmers Haj Yousef and his wife as their life’s work is destroyed.

One female actor and three male actors will play the roles of the Yousefs, their friends and an Israeli officer.

The play will be done as “reader’s theater,” so no memorization is involved. Actors will depend on not only voice but also on the understanding of great loss, helplessness, loss of dignity and emptiness left in the lives of these people.

Vintage Band Festival Presents "The Story of Brass Bands in America" on September 28


Paul Mayberry of Savage, MN, music historian, arranger and conductor (as well as a tuba player) is the inaugural  speaker for the new "Vintage Band Festival Presents" continuing education series.  He is well known for finding  brass band music from the 19th century and arranging it for bands to perform today.  He arranged the music for Ken Burns’ television series on the Civil War and on baseball.  Paul will bring rare 19th century brass band instruments, photographs and recordings to present a program on "The Story of Brass Bands in America."

Ready to serve? Join the Arts Guild Board!

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The Northfield Arts Guild is soliciting recommendations for three new board members. The organization is at an exciting point of forward growth and progress, and we’re looking for new board members to help lead the way!

Story time for all ages to begin at the Library

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Story times for all/any ages will be returning to the library schedule. And due to the library's interim space at City Hall they will be held in the City Council Chambers! We will have story times with books, fingerplays, songs and movement Wednesday and Fridays from 10-11 am.  We used to break story times up by ages but in our limited space and times all ages are invited! Parents/caregivers are asked to stay and join in the fun.  Our story times focus on pre-reading skills and fun.  No sign up is needed and there is no charge.  This schedule will go through Nov. 25th, and there is no story time on Veteran's Day Nov. 11. Our interim Library is located on the second floor of City Hall 801 Washington St.  The Council Chambers are located on the south end of the first floor. (Fittingly enough in the former Kindergarten room!)

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