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Lions peace poster exhibit held over at New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS - The Lions International Peace Poster Museum Exhibit will remain at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center upstairs gallery through Tuesday, March 18.

The exhibit consists of 24 posters in a variety of media including pastels, paint, and colored pencil. The 24 posters were selected to represent the 350,000 posters submitted to the 2006-07 Lions International Peace Poster Contest by young people ages 11-13, from every continent except Antarctica.

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

Also on display at the Center through March 29 are the woodcuts, oil paintings, and wildlife sculptures of Fergus Falls native Charles Beck. One of the most highly regarded artists working in Minnesota, Beck is making his debut at the Cultural Center. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday,10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The pubic is invited to an artist's reception in Beck's honor on Friday, March 7 from 6-8 p.m.

On Saturday, March 8, the Platte Valley Boys will perform a bluegrass concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center. Tickets are $9 in advance (call 218-385-3339) or $12 at the door.

There will also be an Artists' Forum at the Cultural Center on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Bring current works to share with others.

Other ongoing classes at the center include:

n?Beginning to Extreme Yoga with Beth Super, Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. (starting Wednesday, March 5).

n Easy Yoga with Beth Super, Tuesdays from 9-10 a.m. (starting Tuesday, March 11).

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

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

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

To inquire about any of the upcoming classes, exhibits or concerts at the NYMRCC, call 218-385-3339.

Great American Think-Off

The 2008 Great American Think-Off question asks, "Does immigration strengthen or threaten the United States?" Entering the competition is easy. Just submit an essay of 750 words or less by April 1. You may send your essay in one of three ways: through the mail send to New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567 or e-mail to (no attachments) or submit online at

A panel of judges will select four finalists to come to New York Mills for the final debate on June 14. The names of the four finalists, who each receive $500 plus travel, food and lodging expenses, will be announced May 1. Call the NYM Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 for more information.