Refugees show posters

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees will host a poster exhibition at Utica City Hall at 3 p.m. Thursday to showcase the work done by the children and student refugees and to engage the community with refugees in the Utica area.

There are two parts of the exhibition. The first includes brief essays written by the refugees, immigrants and other students on the theme of, "I Love Utica." The English as a Second Language students attend classes at the Utica City School District Adult Learning Center located in the DeSales Neighborhood Center with the MVRCR. The other component is the posters from the "World Refugee Day Kids Poster Contest" for area children organized by the MVRCR.

Mayor Robert Palmieri and MVRCR Interim Executive Director Shelly Callahan will meet with a selection of participants from the poster project. The posters and letters will be displayed in the lobby of the Utica City Hall, and the event is free and open to the public.

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees will also host its annual World Refugee Day event series this month. All events are free and open to the public.

¿ From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16 will be Family Fun at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., with children’s activities and a guest performer.

¿ From 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 will be a look at the refugee experience with a short film, "Hard Truth, Levity and Hope" at Uptown Theatre, 2014 Genesee St.,

¿ From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 will be the Around the World in an Afternoon event. There will be cultural displays, performances and handiwork by local ethnic groups at DeSales Center Auditorium, 309 Genesee St.

¿ From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23 will be the MVRCR Book Fair at Barnes & Noble book store at Consumer Square in New Hartford. A percentage of sales will be donated to MVRCR.

For information about the events, go online to www.mvrcr.org/world-refugee-day-2012/.