Library honors Chinese New Year |

Library honors Chinese New Year

Friends of the Nevada County Library will honor the Chinese New Year by hosting three free presentations at the Nevada County Library.

The Chinese New Year is on Feb. 1.

On Friday, Nevada City historian Wally Hagaman will speak about the cycles of the lunar New Year, special customs, traditional foods and how Nevada County Chinese during the Gold Rush celebrated the holiday.

Hagaman’s 7 p.m. discussion will be in the community room.

The library’s two other presentations feature Bennett Dear, feng shui consultant, on “The Chinese Zodiac – 12 Animals, Five Elements, 60 Versions of You” on Feb. 7 and storyteller-author Charlie Chin on Feb. 8. Dear will provide work sheets to calculate attendees’ complete Chinese chart.

Chin, a national storyteller and scholar of Asian American studies, will give two performances: “Timeless Tales of Ancient China” stories and folktales for children of all ages at 10:30 a.m. and “Dr. Yee Fung Cheung: Gold Rush Pioneer” about a herbal doctor who emigrated from Southern China to California in 1850, at 1 p.m.

The library is at 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Call 265-7079 for more information.

– Carol Feineman

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