MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2013) — Kick off the Year of the Horse with Hennepin County Library and Asian communities of the Twin Cities at free family Asian New Year events beginning in January and running through April.
The first event of the series will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m., at Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center. Subsequent events will take place at various Hennepin County libraries: Augsburg Park, Hopkins, Hosmer, Northeast, Oxboro, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and Sumner.
Asian New Year events will highlight the cultures of Vietnam, India, China and Thailand, and include participatory dancing, music, arts, storytelling and more. Families are welcome to attend in traditional clothing.
Events are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. They are presented in collaboration with Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Initiative Diversity Team, Hoang Anh Dance Group, Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota and Iny Asian Dance Group.
For complet event information, ask at any Hennepin County library or search for “Asian New Year” at www.hclib.org/events.
Drumming, dancing, music, zodiac tales, traditional Tet games.
• Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m. at Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park
• Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. at Hosmer Library, 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis.
• Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
New year rituals, traditional dances, color art rangoli, henna tattoos.
• Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park.
• Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N., Plymouth.
Storytelling, music, Chinese New Year’s customs, traditional dances.
• Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at Hopkins Library, 22 11th Ave. N., Hopkins.
• Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. at Sumner Library, 611 Van White Mem. Blvd., Minneapolis.
Thai fruit carving, traditional dances, hands-on activities and learning.
• Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. at Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield.
• Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m. at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington.