Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 19, 2010

Chinese New Year celebrated with a gala and carnival

CACC hosts seventh annual events on Amador Valley campus

Since the Tri-Valley Chinese Culture Day was introduced in 2004, it has grown to become the largest Chinese community event in the area, attracting more than 2,000 people. This year, the Chinese American Cooperation Council (CACC) is continuing the tradition as they celebrate the lunar New Year.

The events include an evening gala and a carnival where the entire community is invited to participate in Chinese cultural heritage. Both will be held at the Amador Valley High School campus, located at 1155 Santa Rita Road.

The New Year gala will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Amador Theater and will include the popular stage show featuring modern and traditional performances celebrating the Year of the Tiger. The show will also have folk songs and dances, traditional instruments, acrobatic acts and martial arts performances.

Tickets are $10 and $15 and can be purchased by calling 828-5958.

The carnival is a free event with plenty of food and entertainment. Starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in the school's gym, there will be food tasting and a potluck dinner where every household brings their favorite dish to share. From 5 to 7 p.m., there will also be a cooking contest. To pre-register for the contest, visit www.caccusa.org.

Besides tasty treats, there will also be vendor booths, kid's games and community performances until 9 p.m.

For details on the New Years events, contact newyear@cacc.usa.org or visit www.caccusa.org.

CACC was founded in Pleasanton in 2003 and seeks to promote cultural heritage and enhance friendship in the Chinese-American community. The non-profit organization also strives facilitate the cultural and business exchanges and cooperation between American and China.

CACC also offers a Chinese school that meets on Sundays from late August to early June, with six programs and more than 80 classes taught by instructors from China and the Bay Area.

--Emily West

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