NEW YORK MILLS -- A two-day Finnish celebration, Talvi Juhla, will run Feb. 8-9 at New York Mills High School.
From 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 8, children in kindergarten through sixth grade can make birch bark reindeer, popsicle stick sleds and a wall hanging using Sami stamps.
Other activities will include learning how to speak and sing in Finnish, playing a Finnish game and listening to a Finnish story. There will be live reindeer from Dancing Reindeer Farm in Centuria, Wis.
Adult activities will include a class on Finnish baking, a lecture on the Kalevala and Finnish films to watch.
These activities are free and open to the public.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 8, the Concordia College Concert Band will perform at the James W. Mann Performing Arts Center, 209 Hayes Ave., New York Mills. Tickets in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for students/seniors. Tickets at the door $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors.
At 1 and 3 p.m. Feb. 9, Shirley Barber, curator of a traveling exhibit of nature photographs by Unto Jarvinen, will give gallery talks at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. In between, the Trinity Bell Choir will perform.
For ticket information or to receive a brochure outlining the events, call (218) 385-3339. Talvi Juhla is co-sponsored by Finn Creek Open Air Museum, the Lions of New York Mills, the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center and the New York Mills Civic and Commerce.
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