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Welcome Year of the Pig in Livermore

Lunar New Year celebration is family-friendly

The traditional lion dance will be part of the community celebration to welcome the Year of the Pig on Sunday. (Photo by Andrew Edwards)

Families are invited to a free Lunar New Year celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater. The event will celebrate the Year of the Pig in accordance with the Asian tradition that assigns animals to represent each of the 12 years in the Chinese zodiac.

Festivities will include the dramatic lion dance, performed by KungFu Dragon USA, which will also give a martial arts exhibition. Xiaopei Chinese Dance will perform, too.

New this year will be a short Chinese opera as well as a fashion show of traditional garb. And Margaret Zhao of the Life Renewing Center will speak on "Chinese Health and Healing: The Art of Qigong."

The lobby will have displays of Chinese calligraphy and the history of Asians in the Bay Area, and a storytelling corner for children and an art activity.

Asian foods, including dumplings and noodles, will be for sale. Also, visitors are invited to visit the community altar to offer gifts such as fruit, flowers or money for prosperity in the coming year.

The event is free but online registration is recommended. Everyone who registers will be entered in a drawing to win a Chinese calendar. Go to www.lvpac.org. The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore.

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