Celebrate the Year of the Dog
In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. We are entering the Year of the Dog and there will be plenty of celebrations in February around town.
Chinese Society of Austin New Year Celebration Banquet
You are invited to join the Chinese Society of Austin in celebrating Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, with food and entertainment on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6 – 10 p.m. Sitting begins at 5:45pm, dinner is served 6:30-9:00.
The banquet will be held at New Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant , 10901 North Lamar Blvd, # 501. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Membership is free. Tickets are available online at csaustin.org.
The Mission of the CSA is to improve the communication and cooperation among Chinese Americans in Austin, to unite and serve the community, and to encourage the participation socially and politically in mainstream America by Chinese Americans in order to benefit the community.
FCC-Austin’s Chinese New Year Celebration
Join FCC-Austin on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. as our community celebrates the Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog, at New Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant (Chinatown Center, 10901 N. Lamar Blvd #501). This year’s event will include food, friends, entertainment, FCC Annual board elections, a silent auction and more.
The schedule begins with a mingling session upon arrival; at 4 p.m., there will be an early dinner with full buffet including New Fortune seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes and dumplings, as well as drinks and dessert; at 5 p.m., awards and announcements will follow; the last hour, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., will be all about fun with crafts, henna art, balloons, a silent auction and lion dancing. UT China Care will help with crafts.
This year’s t-shirts feature the simplified Mandarin character for “dog” with FCC-Austin’s name resting on the left sleeve (with a dog to be found in the graphic).
FCC-Austin is a chapter of an international network of families who have had the privilege of adopting their children from China. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization is a parent-to-parent resource network providing support for Central Texas families who have adopted from China, are in the process of adopting from China, or are interested in learning about adoption from China. FCC-Austin also advocates for and provides support for children remaining in orphanages in China.
This is also an excellent time to renew your membership and get a price break for this and all of FCC-Austin’s 2018 events. Family membership costs $26 for the year prior to the event with online registration, and $30 at the door. Door tickets will be $23 (adults), $17 (youth) and $10 (toddler). Only checks or cash will be accepted at the door. You can also make a much appreciated donation to FCC Austin. Tickets and Year of the Dog t-shirts are available at fccaustin.org.
Chinatown Center’s Year of the Dog 2018
Chinatown Center will host the biggest celebration of the 2018 Chinese New Year in Austin with a day of multiple traditional events and activities on Sunday, Feb. 25. The Chinese New Year festivities will include family friendly fun from face-painting to firecracker displays. As always, the most anticipated entertainers, the Dragon and Lion Dance Teams will perform throughout the day. Music, dance, special guests and all kinds of entertainment will help kick off the Year of the Dog.
Chinatown Shopping Center was established in 2006, the shopping and cuisine center strives to be the self-styled nexus of Austin’s small Asian community, hosting popular Chinese New Year celebrations every year. More information at chinatownaustin.com.