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Peace & Justice Yamhill County to host potluck and documentary screening

McMINNVILLE — Peace & Justice Yamhill County will host a screening of the documentary "I Am" at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, at First Baptist Church, 125 SE Cowls St. The film, screened as part of "Meaningful Movies" series, seeks to determine what is wrong with the world as well as how people can improve it and their own lives. The screening will also include a "pizza potluck" and attendees are invited to bring pizza or a side dish. Donations will also be accepted to support Food for the Hungry or the Meaningful Movies series.

New series of square dance lessons begins Feb. 21

Valley River Dancers will launch a new series of lessons in square dancing for beginners starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Newberg Mobile Park Community Center, 501 E. Illinois St, where attendees can learn the eight-person formation, pattern dance to contemporary music. The first two lessons are free, then $5 per lesson thereafter. More information is available at www.valleyriverdancers.org or by calling 503-435-8779.

Pulitzer-winning columnist to talk politics at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE — Nationally-syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts will give a talk on current political climate titled "Where Do We Go From Here?" at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Linfield College, 900 SE Baker St. The lecture, honoring Black History Month, will be held in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. More information about the lecture is available at http://bit.ly/2kvhHd2.

Event to demonstrate pioneer storytelling

ST. PAUL — Three local re-enactors will spin a yarn or two during "A Storytellers' Symposium" from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitor Center as part of this month's Champoeg History Cache. The event is designed to demonstrate what storytelling was like for pioneers of the Northwest and will show how stories were used to pass on news in an entertaining way at the time, while also preserving the information for posterity as stories pass through generations. Admission is free with a $5 parking fee Oregon State Parks pass.

Farm photography contest announced as part of Farm Fest

McMINNVILLE — The Yamhill County Historical Society and the Yamhill Valley Camera Club are calling on local photographers for entries in the Agriculture in Art photography contest during this year's Farm Fest. The event is expected to draw more than 1,500 people to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, on April 8. To be eligible for judging and awards, entries must be new, original photographs depicting agriculture or farm life in Yamhill County or the surrounding areas and be submitted to the Heritage Center on either April 1 or April 3. Questions about the contest should be directed to Steve Singleton at 971-237-9314 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information is also available at www.yamhill countyhistory.org.

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