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International Lions Peace Poster exhibit at NYMRCC

NEW YORK MILLS - The International Lions Peace Poster museum exhibit will be on display at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center (NYMRCC) during the month of February.

The beautiful "Celebrate Peace" poster (pictured) is one of many imaginative and colorful works in the exhibit, which will be located in the Center's upstairs gallery.

The artist who created the "Celebrate Peace" poster is Min-Ji Yi, a 13-year-old girl sponsored by the Tarzana, Calif., Lions Club. She writes, "My poster represents the harmony of all the countries in the world coming together as one. Just as music creates a peaceful melody, the world should be able to also."

Min-Ji Yi's poster is the grand prize winner of the 2006-07 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. More than 350,000 young people from all over the world participated in this contest, and the winning 24 posters constitute this beautiful museum display.

Students at New York Mills Elementary School are participating in the 2007-08 contest, now in progress.

Also on display at the Center through Feb. 16 are "Landscape Photographs of Otter Tail County" by photographer Maxwell Mackenzie.

The NYMRCC will have plenty of other activities going on in the next week as well:

n On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Tangled Roots bluegrass band will perform at 7:30 p.m. There is a reduced price for purchasing tickets in advance.

n Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Center will host a "Felted Creations" class with instructor Pam Robinson (pre-registration is required; call the Center for more information). Recycle old wool sweaters into one of a kind felted hats, mittens, bags, and soft sculptures. Class will cover pattern making, creative stitch construction and embellishing. Examples on display at the NYMRCC.

Supplies you need to bring for this class include approximately 50 long, straight pins; sharp fabric scissors; and at least two pre-shrunk wool sweaters. Additional felted sweaters will be provided to work with during the workshop, which is open to students from high school age through adult.

n On Monday, Feb. 11, "Get Knitty-Gritty" meets from 6-8 p.m. for adults and kids from 7th grade on up. Veteran knitters will share their knowledge and expertise of this traditional fiber art form. Beginners are welcome, as are already-active knitters. Come and share your latest project, discuss patterns, and enjoy knitting fellowship. Beginners can bring their own needles and yarn, or have them supplied on-site.

Other ongoing classes at the center include:

• Dance classes for kids with Carrie Ann Pollard: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.

• Guitar lessons with Chris Frost: Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.

• Ballroom dancing for adults with Carrie Ann Pollard: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

To purchase tickets for the Feb. 9 concert, or inquire about any of the upcoming classes at the NYMRCC, call 218-385-3339.