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Celebrate Asian New Year at Hennepin County Libraries in 2014

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, at 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.

Drumming, dancing, music, zodiac tales, traditional Tet games.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m.
Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center
5600 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.
Hosmer Library
347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.
Northeast Library

2200 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis

New year rituals, traditional dances, color art rangoli, henna tattoos.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.
St. Louis Park Library

3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
Plymouth Library

15700 36th Ave. N., Plymouth

Storytelling, music, Chinese New Year’s customs, traditional dances.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
Hopkins Library

22 11th Ave. N., Hopkins

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.
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.
Augsburg Park Library

7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield

Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.
Oxboro Library
8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington

For more event information, ask at any Hennepin County library or search for “Asian New Year” at www.hclib.org/events.


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