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January 20, 2012 > Year of the Dragon comes to Fremont Library

Year of the Dragon comes to Fremont Library

By Nisha Patel

As red envelopes are passed around to close friends and family, the spirit of Chinese New Year is in full swing. On Saturday, January 21, the Fremont Main Library will be hosting a Chinese New Year celebration to bring the culture of China to the local community. This event has become an annual attraction for families, and has been held for the last eight to ten years.

Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the children's area of the library there will be art demonstrations that include calligraphy, paper cutting, and flower arrangements. Also, children will have the opportunity to participate in take-home crafts that include Chinese lanterns and fortune cookie pins.

The main program, emceed by Lena Zee, will be between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. during which various performances will take place in the Fukaya Meeting Room. There will be a martial arts demonstration by Shaolin Temple, storytelling with Jessica Muh for The Year of the Dragon, and Chinese music. Moreover, there will be performances by various local groups that include a choir from Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN), California Youth Chinese Symphony, Virtuose International Flute Ensemble, along with a group dance made up of nine siblings from the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts. These groups all have a common purpose of bringing their performing arts and music to the local community.

Leaders Amy Cho and Peggy Chiou have put in countless hours of effort to make this event possible for families to enjoy. They have received great help from local organizations and residents as well. The main sponsors for the event are the South Bay Chinese Club, Citizens for a Better Community, and the Association of Chinese Schools of Northern California. During the event, eighteen students from Fremont's Mission San Jose High School's Chinese class will be leading the paper-cutting design activities, and the Citizens for a Better Community and South Bay Chinese Club will organize the performances, and other local artists have planned the arts and crafts.

"The events' success will definitely be thanks to the combined efforts from organizations, students, and other local people," said Amy Cho.

This event is a family program, and individuals of all ages are welcome to attend as there will be enjoyable activities for preschoolers, teenagers, and senior citizens. Although Chinese New Year will be on Monday, January 23, it is not too early to start participating in the festive celebrations for the holiday.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 21
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1421

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