The “What’s Going On?” calendar appears in The Northfield News on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You are invited to submit items for publication. Calendar items are open to the public. Deadline for the Wednesday edition is noon Monday, and noon Thursday for the Saturday edition. To submit, call (507) 645-1113; mail to the Northfield News c/o Calendar; or email The days of the week include the day of publication through the day before the next edition.


Riverwalk Market Fair • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine at Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield. This open-air market is a European-style farmers’ market open from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably-grown produce from local farmers such as artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts, including ceramics, art works, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and handcrafted jewelry. For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at

Best Bike Rides Minneapolis and St. Paul • noon to 2 p.m. at FIT to be TRI'd in Northfield, 321 Division St. Steve Johnson, the Minnesota-based author of “Best Bike Rides Minneapolis and St. Paul: Great Recreational Rides in the Twin Cities Area” will be part of a book-signing event. The guide details in words and pictures some of the best trails in the Twin Cities area, along with nearby bike shops and maps.

Chuck and Don’s Pet Adoption with Prairie’s Edge • 1 to 3 p.m. at Chuck & Don’s, 1500 Clinton Lane, Suite A, Northfield. Prairie's Edge, formerly Rice County Humane Society, is dedicated to finding homes for animals throughout Minnesota. Volunteers can answer pet adoption questions and help find a new furry friend.

Messages to Heaven • 7:30 p.m. at Northfield High School. The Class of 2011 and Northfield community lost four remarkable members, Caitlin Kelly, David Rodgers, Becky Kasper and Rachel Frederickson in recent months. The Class of 2011 put together this memorial program to honor the four students' lives. At 8 p.m. the event moves out to the football field where biodegradable balloons will be for sale. The public can write messages to classmates and friends. Donations for memory bricks will be taken where proceeds will be divided evenly among the four families.


Beading • 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Northfield Senior Center. Guided jewelry making by Judy Saye-Willis. Bring own project.

Paper Crafting Group • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Explore crafting techniques and bring work for show at Northfield Senior Center. Cost: $1 donation for room use, $1-$2 supply fee may be charged. Information: Call the senior center at 664-3700


Northfield Farmers Market • Shop for homemade or homegrown products from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverside Park.

Greenvale Township Board • 7 p.m. at Greenvale Township Hall, Northfield.

Tuesday Parent Group • 7:30 p.m. at Omada Behavioral Health offices, 401 S. Division St. Those dealing with a child’s substance abuse receive education and support above Rare Pair, enter on back side of building. Free and open to all parents. No registration required. Information: Sarah Shippy at 664-9407.


MOMS Club • 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church. Stay-at-home moms group. Information: Christina at or 763-242-5522.

Sundowners Car Club • 7:30 p.m. at Northfield VFW.

Dennison Farmers Market • 6 p.m. every Wednesday through September at Dennison City Park. Family friendly with a new playground.


MOPS * Mothers of Preschoolers age birth through kindergarten meets from 8:45 to 11 a.m. at Northfield Evangelical Free Church.

Northfield Farmers Market • Shop for homemade or homegrown products from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverside Park.

Ongoing and upcoming events

The Community Breakfast • 8 a.m. on third Saturday at Main Street Moravian Church in Northfield. Open to the public. Freewill donations accepted, but not required. Information or reservations: John Hiscox at 612-756-2188 or the church office at 645-7566.

Emotions Anonymous • Confidential meeting using a 12-step approach to deal with emotions from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Northfield Retirement Center (NRC), 900 Cannon Valley Dr. For more information, contact Ann at (507) 645-2896 or Bob at (507) 301-3252.

Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group • 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Just Food Community Room. Instructor: Mary Zelmer. Drop-in fee: $10.

Knitting Group • 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at the Just Food Community Room. Free and open to the public. Bring knitting project.

Multe • Scandinavian/Nordic acoustic music at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at The Contented Cow, 302B S. Division St. Open to the public.

Hook, Yarn & Needle • Bring your own project to work on in the company of other crafters, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Northfield Senior Center.

Northfield Rice River Referrals Chapter of BNI • 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Hwy. 3 branch of First National Bank. Information: Brian Trebelhorn at 507-254-7958 or

Northfield’s Money Makers Chapter of Business Network International • 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Community Resource Bank. Information: Paul Reiland at 952-292-5999.

Meat Wheel • Spin to win at 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VFW, 516 Division St. Tickets: $1.

Thursday’s Table • Free hot meal served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Action Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway. No registration required. Information: 664-3550.

Knitting Group • Bring your knitting project and gather with other knitters from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Northfield Yarn. Free and open to the public.

TGIF Young Moms Support Group Friendship • Encouragement and inspiration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Northfield. Childcare and dinner provided at no cost. RSVP: 645-7638. Information:

Al-Anon • Tradition Five Al-Anon meets at 11:30 a.m. each Monday at Emmaus Baptist Church, 712 N. Linden St., lower level parking lot, north side, entrance by garage; information: 663-6042. Third Tradition Al-Anon meets at 7:45 p.m. each Thursday at Emmaus Baptist Church; information: 645-5462. Little Prairie Al-Anon meets at 10 a.m. each Saturday at Little Prairie United Methodist Church, 2980 E. 130th St. Dundas.