yearofthemonkey

KIN ON
Year of the Monkey with Kin On
Thursday, January 28
7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Kin On Health Care Center

Join Kin On for the first Mahjong Night of the year, co-hosted by the University of Washington Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (UW APALSA). Come ready to meet new friends, eat, and play a friendly game of Mahjong with Kin On residents, professionals, and community members. This popular event is free and we welcome players of all ages and skill levels.

Don’t know how to play? No worries, Kin ON will provide instructions and teachers to help you—all you have to bring is a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. The popular no-host Late Night Bites, at Salted Sea: Seafood & Raw Bar follows the event.

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OCA—ADVOCATE
2016 Golden Circle Awards & Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 30
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Joy Palace Restaurant
6030 MLK Jr. Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

This year’s Golden Circle Award honorees include Rod Kawakami, Sharon Maeda, Betty Patu, Fred Yee, and SEA3eD. OCA members: $30. Non-members: $60. Students (24 years and younger): $25. Seniors (62 years and older): $25. RSVP at bit.ly/1BysMZz.

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AAJA
Lunar New Year Banquet/30th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, January 30
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wing Luke Museum
719 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

Celebrate three decades of building media diversity and launch the Year of the Monkey with deliciousness from Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant and a silent auction. AAJA Seattle is also honoring the people who have helped this organization stay strong for three decades. Tickets and silent auction proceeds will benefit the chapter and the new 30th anniversary fund for mid-career scholarships and stipends.

Enjoy a buffet dinner, cash bar, and free access to the fabulous Bruce Lee exhibit. We’ll also have live entertainment and video presentations. All ages welcome. You don’t have to be a journalist or Asian to attend. Discounted pre-sale tickets will be available until January 24 at 11:59 p.m. After that, tickets will be $75 for members, $85 for non-members. For tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475014.

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UWAJIMAYA
The following three events happen at various Uwajimaya locations in Seattle, Renton, Bellevue, and Beaverton.
Lunar New Year Sale
& Red Envelope Giveaway

January 27 to February 9, 2016

Presenting family and friends with red envelopes containing lucky money is a tradition of Lunar New Year. In honor of Lunar New Year, Uwajimaya will be handing out lucky red envelopes to customers who spend $30 or more (limit one per person, per day and while supplies last) during its Lunar New Year Sale. Open your lucky red envelope to reveal your special prize.

Lion Dance
January 31 and February 7, 2016

The Lion Dance is a Lunar New Year celebration to bring good luck and happiness in the coming year. Enjoy Lion Dance performances at multiple Uwajimaya locations.

Sunday, January 31st
• Seattle Store: 1:00 p.m.
• Renton Store: 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 7th
• Bellevue Store: 1:30 p.m.

Chinese Calligraphy
February 6, 7, 13, and 14, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In preparation for Lunar New Year, it is tradition for many families to thoroughly clean their house and sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck in the new year. Chinese calligraphy featuring the characters for “good fortune,” “happiness,” “wealth,” and “longevity” are often hung on windows and doors, also inviting good things in for the new year.

See skilled calligrapher Yenbo Huang, demonstrate the art of Chinese calligraphy and pick up your good luck character for the coming year. Prices vary. Huang will be at the Seattle Uwajimaya February 6, 7, 13, and 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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SEATTLE PARKS & RECREATION
Lunar New Year Celebration
Friday, January 29, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122
$12

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation program is hosting a Lunar New Year event in partnership with the Vietnamese Senior Association (VSA). The celebration will include cultural demonstrations like the traditional Lion Dance, Vietnamese food, and raffle prizes. For more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/seniors.

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY
Celebrate Asia
Sunday, January 31, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Benaroya Hall
200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

The Seattle Symphony’s annual Celebrate Asia concert is a rare opportunity to revel in the rich musical traditions of Seattle’s Asian communities. This year’s concert features Xiaogang Ye’s Starry Sky for Piano and Orchestra which premiered at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Plus, community choruses perform popular Asian folk songs including “Jasmine Flower” and “Arirang.” For tickets, call (206) 215-4747 or visit seattlesymphony.org.

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Jubilee REACH
A Chinese New Year Celebration
Thursday, February 4, 2016
12:15 p.m.
Jubilee REACH Center
14200 SE 13th Pl
Bellevue, WA 98007

The celebration is being organized by several of Jubilee REACH’s 130 Chinese ESL students. Embracing culture, food, and music of China with the broader community, echoing the city’s theme: “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” Partners and friends from the Bellevue school district and city offices have been invited.

Celebrating its 10th year, Jubilee REACH is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit on a mission to love its neighbors in Bellevue’s public schools and the community. Its focus is serving students and their families within the Bellevue School District. Jubilee REACH provides social and emotional support to students during and after school through on site coaching, mentoring, sports and activities including STEM and robotics. Jubilee REACH operates in 14 schools, with the goal of serving all Bellevue public K-12 students within the next two years.

For more information, contact Rana Gardner at [email protected] or (206) 510-1725.

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The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington and Asian Bar Association of Washington
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 6, 2016
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ho & Associates
502 Rainier Ave S, Ste. 202
Seattle, WA 98144

There will be food, drinks, a li xi (red envelope) raffle drawing for a gift certificate to Long Provincial, firecrackers, and lion dancing. $3 per person. Free for VABAW and ABAW members, their families, and children age 14 and younger.

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WING LUKE MUSEUM
Lunar New Year Fair
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Wing Luke Museum
719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104
FREE for children/students with ID and for Members.

Grab a passport for a New Year journey through The Wing. Play games, create crafts, watch The Monkey King, and share New Year stories. “Pet” a New Year animal in The Wing’s stuffed zodiac animal zoo and enjoy face painting, a scavenger hunt, and raffle prizes.

Story Time
Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Can Max, the son of the legendary Monkey King, forge his own claim to fame in Oliver Chin’s Year of the Monkey? Art activity to follow. Free at The Wing.

Lion Dance
Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m.

It’s not Lunar New Year without the traditional Lion Dance, and The Wing is the place to see it. Complete with drums, firecrackers, and dancers, this will be a show for the whole family. Free performance at The Wing.

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SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Free First Saturday: Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 6, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Asian Art Museum, Fuller Garden Court
1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Celebrate the arts and cultures of Asia on the first Saturday of most months and enjoy the best kids movies at Kids Flicks.

This month celebrate the Lunar New Year with drop-in art activities that highlight the Year of the Monkey. Enjoy live martial arts performances by Mak Fai, music, dress-up, and family friendly sketching tours throughout the galleries.

Kids Flick: Monkey Trouble (Franco Amurri, 1994). Free and open to the public. RSVP requested. For tickets, visit tickets.seattleartmuseum.org/public/hall.asp?event=113466.

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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES
ICHS Lunar New Year 5K

Sunday, February 7, 2016
8:00 a.m. – Registration begins
9:20 a.m. – Welcome and pre-race briefing
9:30 a.m. – Runners begin
9:35 a.m. – Walkers and leashed pets begin
10:15 a.m. – Announcement of winners
Mercer Slough Nature Park
$25 before January 24 / $30 before February 6 / $40 Race day
$10 off for seniors (65 and over) and children (ages 6-12). Discount automatically applied at check-out. FREE for children ages 5 and under (Please note that race course is not stroller-friendly.)

Take part in ICHS’s inaugural Lunar New Year 5K run/walk on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue. This event will raise funds for uncompensated patient care at ICHS clinics. Register at www.ichs.com/make-a-gift/lunar-new-year-5k-registration.

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EMERALD QUEEN CASINO
I-5 SHOWROOM

Lunar New Year

February 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
2024 E 29th St, Tacoma, WA 98404

Celebrate the year of the monkey with a colossal evening of entertainment featuring Dan Nguyen and many more. Lunar New Year is coming to the I-5 Showroom on February 8th and it’s free. Must be 21 or older to enter.

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SHODO HARADA ROSHI OF SOGENJI TEMPLE
New Year’s Celebration & Blessing

February 8, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
NWLA Cultural Center
5024 Langley Rd, Langley, WA 98260

For the fifth year in a row, NWLACC and friends will welcome in the New Year with the help of Whidbey Island’s Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery. The ceremony will be led by Shodo Harada Roshi, Tahoma’s founder, and the abbott of the three-hundred-year old Sogenji temple in Okayama, Japan. Members of the public from all faiths and traditions are invited to join in a nondenominational celebration of our common humanity and the setting of intentions for the New Year, including ringing the 108 bells, while learning about some of the ancient New Year’s traditions of Japan. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. The event is open and free of charge; no reservations are required. For more information, visit nwlacc.org.

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CHINATOWN/INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
Seattle’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival

Saturday, February 13, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hing Hay Park
423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Admission Free
$3 food walk

The Chinatown/International District Lunar New Year Festival encompasses a little bit of all Asian cultures—Chinese lion dances, dances from the Philippines, China, and other countries, Taiko drumming from Japan, and even a bit of Bollywood might be in the mix. Equally as diverse is the delicious range of foods available for tasting. Chinatown-International District restaurants usually open their doors for Lunar New Year and offer affordable tastes of select menu items.

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ASIAN PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER
18th Annual New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 13
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Programs start at 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall 2727 E.D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
Free admission family event

This year Indonesia will be hosting and there will be over 70 booths of food, drinks, cultural arts, retail booths, games, and crafts etc. from Asian Pacific countries.

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SEATTLE CENTER
Tet Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year

February 13, 14
305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts, and a lively marketplace. The Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. Revisit one thousand years of Vietnamese history at this festive New Year celebration. Presented by Tết in Seattle. For more information, visit tetinseattle.org.

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HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON FOUNDATION
The 2016 Chinese New Year Gala

February 13, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Individual $250.00
Couple $500.00
Friends of CNY Gala $2,500.00

Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation annual Gala is fundraising for Bellevue LifeSpring, a 104-year-old nonprofit children’s charity that provides programs and services for 3,600 children and their families living in poverty in the Bellevue community. Bellevue LifeSpring’s wraparound support addresses basic needs including food, clothing, educational scholarships, and emergency support so children have the opportunity to achieve self-sufficient futures. Their goal is to break the cycle of poverty for these children who are in desperate need of support.

To register, visit https://goo.gl/yuz7qV. For questions or to RSVP, call (206) 465-9888 or email [email protected]. For more information, visit www.hkbaw.org/gala. Guests are seated on a first come first served basis.

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VIETNAMESE MUTUAL ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION
Saturday, February 13
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S
Seattle, Washington 98118

The Vietnamese Mutual Assistance Association will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a Traditional New Year Ceremony, Lion Dancing, Lucky Red Envelopes, and many different types of entertainment. Food will be provided.

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TACOMA CELEBRATION
Tacoma Celebrates the ‘Year of the Monkey’
Saturday, February 13
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Yakima Avenue and South 38th Street in Tacoma

The City of Tacoma has partnered with business owners and other community leaders in the Lincoln International Business District to host the 2016 Lunar New Year Celebration on February 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (convening around Yakima Avenue and South 38th Street in Tacoma).

“It has been five years since we last celebrated the Lunar New Year in the Lincoln International Business District,” said Tacoma Council Member Marty Campbell. “This is just one of the many things we have in the works to help create a better sense of place in this unique district, and I look forward to celebrating the rich diversity that makes our city so dynamic.”

Event attendees will enjoy world-class global cuisine while taking in performances from lion dancers and other cultural groups. The celebration supports the City Council’s broader goals to promote an economically thriving business district that is an inviting and accessible destination area for eating, shopping and gathering.

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BELLEVUE SQUARE
Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bellevue Square
575 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Celebrate the cultural heritage of our community by welcoming in the 2016 Lunar New Year at The Bellevue Collection. Experience exciting traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations including martial arts, music, dance and visual arts, dumpling samples from Din Tai Fung (limited time), and a Chinese Lion and Dragon parade to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Partner: Seattle Chinese Culture and Arts Association, Taiwan Benevolent Association of America, Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan). Sponsors: East West Bank, HSBC, Cathay Bank, Maestro Dental.

For more information and a full listing of events, visit lunarnewyear.bellevuecollection.com.

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THE GREATER SEATTLE CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Celebrating the Year of the Monkey

Thursday, February 25
China Harbor Restaurant
2040 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Individual ticket: $65, Corporate table: $1,000

It will be a night filled with good food, networking, and new friends. Learn about the Chamber’s review of 2015 and goals for 2016.

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