Recurring Events

Sit-N-Stitch Fiber Arts Group

Fiber art chair, donated by Sit-N-Stitch Group for the 2013 Cultural Center Silent Auction

TUESDAYS from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Center


Sit-N-Stitch is a weekly gathering of people of all ages who knit, crochet, quilt, weave, and engage in other fiber arts.  If you are a beginner, you can learn from skilled craftspeople.  If you are experienced, you can share your skills with the group.  It’s free and you’ll leave with tools and materials, yarn, and a project bag your first session.

Knitted Reindeer Sit-N-Stitch Group donated to the 2014 Cultural Center Silent Auction

If you would like to support this group, you can purchase their crochet-covered rocks and doily buttons in the Cultural Center Gift Store at any time!  All proceeds go to purchasing bags, yarn, needles, hooks, and other materials for beginners.

The group has been active in charity projects such as scarves & hats for Afghan refugee children, caps for premature & newborns, and knitted nests for abandoned songbirds!

**Free and open to all boys and girls, men and women. This group meets every Tuesday at the Center from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Yoga & Wellness at the Cultural Center

Three options outlined below, to build and strengthen both body and mind this Spring (Feb-May) 2017.

Senior/Gentle Yoga with Ann Pate. $4
Wednesdays 9-10am
February 1 – May 17, 2017

Registered yoga instructor Ann Pate returns to the Cultural Center to lead a dedicated group in Senior/Gentle Yoga. Ann’s class focuses on a gentle journey building strength and flexibility through core yoga flows. Dress comfortably and please bring your own mat! Classes held in main floor gallery space.

Hatha Yoga with Wendy Billie.  $15 for 1 / punchcards available
Thursdays 6-7pm
March 9 – May 25, 2017

Students are guided in gaining flexibility, strength, and calmness of mind by moving through yoga poses in a smooth and flowing manner. Breath is the foundation of yoga and emphasis is on linking breath with movement to build inner heat to aid in cleansing the body of toxins, leading to balanced health mentally, physically, energetically and emotionally. Class ends with a 10 minute guided relaxation or meditation bringing you to a centered peaceful state. Each class is unique and both beginner & advanced options for yoga poses are offered. Dress comfortably and please bring your own mat! Class held in 2nd floor studio, accessible only by stairs.

Having traveled across the world studying yoga & living most of her life on the East coast, Wendy’s heart is now in small town Minnesota. She relishes sharing her life experiences and inner knowledge with students.  Bringing a holistic approach to her teaching, she fuses 25+ years of Yoga, Shamanism, Ayurveda, & Energy Coaching. From beginners to those already on a yoga journey, all find comfort in being guided by Wendy as she helps each student find their unique way.  Her life-changing yoga classes, workshops, & retreats help people heal & return home to who they truly are.  When not on her yoga mat, you’ll find her beating on her drum, hiking with her dog or venturing hand-in-hand with her love. For a longer version of Wendy’s story please visit her website:

Deep Movement & Meditation with Tamara Moore. $10
Fridays 8:30-9:45am
April 21 – May 26, 2017
Childcare now available! $4 for 1 child +$1 for each additional (in same family).

With gentle and strenuous poses we’ll stretch and strengthen our muscles, while building proper alignment in the body. We’ll also calm the mind through breath awareness and meditation on classic poetry and music. Class concludes with deep relaxation. All levels welcome. Please bring a sticky exercise mat, wear comfortable layers, and arrive a few minutes early. Cost is $10 or 5 classes for $40 (must be used during April/May at the Cultural Center – no refunds). Class held in main floor gallery space. Childcare now available in 2nd floor studio space (accessible only via stairs); cost is $4 for 1 child, plus $1 for each additional child in the same family. Kids enjoy arts, crafts, games & toys!

Instructor Tamara Moore lives in Wadena with her husband and four young children and is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Having studied under Mary Beth Nehl, Doug Keller, and Karin Burke she taught yoga for 8 years. Currently she is working on certification in a Christian movement and prayer ministry. Tamara has earned a Master’s degree in Theology (2005) and a graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction (2015). She has taught college courses in world religions, humanities, and philosophy at M-State. Tamara has been offering Spiritual Direction, a one-on-one contemplative listening ministry, for 4 years and continues to do so. Raised mostly in Italy as a US Navy dependent, Tamara aspires for more overseas travel. But closer to home she camps, bikes, swims, and hikes through Minnesota’s great State Parks, enjoys cooking ethnic foods with her husband, singing classical music in church, and spending time in meaningful conversation with strangers and friends.

Open Mic Night at the Center: 2nd Thursday of the month

Back by popular demand! On most 2nd Thursdays in 2017, the main gallery of the Cultural Center will be transformed into a venue for local musicians and spoken-word artists to present their latest or favorite performance work.

The audio system will be hooked up, and a crowd may amass due to the ‘jams’ floating out the doors.

7-9 pm. Free and open to the public.

Just For Kix Dance Classes are back!

Wednesdays, October 5, 2016 – May 3, 2017

At the Cultural Center in New York Mills!
Follow School Schedule for Holidays and Breaks.
Weekly Schedule:
*Tiny Kix (Pre-K) – 4-4:30
*Wee Petites  (K-1st) – 4:30-5:15
*Wee Kix (2nd-3rd) – 5:15-6:15
Register for classes at or call Heidi Swenson at 218-766-1464.
Once again this year, Carah will be teaching in NYM, with Heidi attending the first week of classes.
The Cultural Center is closed in January, so classes will be held at the NYM School during January.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Heidi (218-766-1464).