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2017  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER- 4715 January 29 to February 18

WELCOME! The Phoenix Chinese Week Committee, in cooperation with the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. and the Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu Committees, is proud to present PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2017, a series of cultural, social and educational events highlighting the diverse heritage of an ancient culture with 5,000 years of history. Phoenix Chinese Week 2017 events will be from Jan. 29 to Feb. 18. Now in its 27th year, everyone is welcome to attend and participate in our many festive and enriching activities. Phoenix Chinese Week is highlighted by a three-day Culture and Cuisine Festival (Feb. 10, 11 and 12) featuring a Children’s Pavilion and concluding with a Chinese New Year Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 18. YEAR OF THE ROOSTER in the Chinese calendar begins on Jan. 28, 2017. In the 12 year cycle of animals, the Rooster is the 10th animal in the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the year of the Rooster are observant, hardworking, courageous, and honest. The Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes up people on time. Rooster people are energetic, and have the strong ability to deal with problems; ideal jobs for them are in politics, police, diplomatic service, sports, and design. They are most compatible with the Ox, Dragon and Snake; not compatible with Rabbit or Dog.

2017 PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK TABLE TENNIS OPEN  SUNDAY, Jan. 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ARCH GYM – Phoenix Table Tennis Club 1550 W. Colter St., Phoenix, 85015

This annual tournament (including singles, doubles, team and junior at different levels) is open to the public. The registration fee is $12 per event ($8 for junior event). Entry deadline is Jan. 25, 2017. Trophies/medals will be awarded to top winners. For entry forms and questions, contact Amoy Yang at amoy_y@yahoo.com or call 623-332-5808.

OPENING RECEPTION AND NEWS CONFERENCE  MONDAY, Jan. 30 – NOON Phoenix City Hall Assembly Rooms A & B 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 85003

The opening reception and news conference with City officials and dignitaries will kick off the celebration and activities of Phoenix Chinese Week 2017. Entertainment and refreshments are provided. This is open to the public.

2017 PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK GO (WEIQI) OPEN SATURDAY, Feb. 4 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tempe Comics 1532 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, 85281 Registration starts at 11 a.m on site. The tournament is open to the public. Registration is free. All games will be played according to AGA (American Go Association) rules. The tournament will adapt the partial circulation method for the games. Three rounds will be played. There will be four divisions: (A) 2d and above, (B) 3k-1d, and (C) 8k-4k, (D) 9k and below. There will be a handicap for some games. Three winners will be determined for each division. For information and email registration, contact Quan Li, 602-326-7556 or at qb081449@gmail.com, Bill Gundberg, 480-831-5567 or at bill@azgoclub.org or Wayne Xu, 480-528-6778 or at waynexu2000@yahoo.com. *NOTE: In the email registration, include the following data: name, rank (based on AGA rating or the equivalent), telephone and email address.

OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CEREMONY FRIDAY, Feb. 10 – NOON Margaret T. Hance Park East 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004

The Phoenix Chinese Week Committee along with Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., the Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu Committees, officials, and dignitaries will kick off the Phoenix Chinese Week 2017 Culture and Cuisine Festival. The official ceremonies will feature traditional performances and entertainment.

GIANT GOLDEN PANDA STATUE

Visit the bronze statue of the Mama Panda cuddling her cub. This statue was a gift from the City of Chengdu, Sichuan, People’s Republic of China presented to the city of Phoenix in honor of the Sister City relationship. In 1996 the statue was put on permanent display at Margaret T. Hance Park. It is located in the southeast edge of the park, near Third Street and Moreland.

PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2017 CULTURE AND CUISINE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, Feb. 10 TO SUNDAY, Feb. 12

Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  |  Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Margaret T. Hance Park East 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the 27th annual Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival. Enjoy continuous entertainment including the lion dance, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances and taste delicious Chinese food. The admission is free and the event open to the public. For more information, visit www.phoenixchineseweek.org.

THE FESTIVAL INCLUDES:

CHILDREN’S PAVILION Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Children’s Pavilion provides free children’s cultural projects. Demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy with translating names into Chinese, paper folding, folk arts, paper cutting and other arts and crafts. Children of all ages can enjoy the cultural and fun hands-on activities.

FOOD PAVILION Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A variety of delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine available throughout the festival. Additional varieties of food will be available. BEER GARDEN Saturday and Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the festivities and food while relaxing with an iced cold beer! Sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company.

CHINESE CULTURAL VILLAGE: CHINESE CULTURE AND HISTORY BOOTH Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

See 5,000 years of Chinese culture on display. Learn how to use the abacus to solve mathematical problems. Discover other inventions, including printing blocks, kites, compasses and more. Pictures, Chinese puppets, tangrams and other Chinese inventions will be exhibited. Cooking demonstrations at various times. CHINESE

COSTUME PHOTO BOOTH Saturday and Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transform into an Imperial prince or princess! Take the ultimate selfie, friends or family portrait in full traditional Chinese costume with props. Donations accepted.

PHOTO EXHIBIT AND ART DISPLAYS Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photos feature the Phoenix-area Chinese American community from the past to the present. A special highlight will be artwork from the Phoenix Chinese Week 2017 Student Art Contest.

TAIPEI DRAGON BOAT DISPLAY Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A traditional dragon boat for races at the mid-summer Duan Wu Festival will be displayed. Dragon boat racing, a Chinese tradition dating back 23 centuries, was to honor the poet and patriot Qu Yuan. This dragon boat is a gift from the City of Taipei, Taiwan to the city of Phoenix in honor of the historic friendship between the people of both cities developed through a Sister City relationship that spans over 38 years.

MAHJONG BOOTH Saturday and Sunday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See the art of mahjong tiles as you watch demonstrations and have an opportunity to try your hand at this game – a traditional past-time of young and old especially at Chinese New Year.

SPECIAL KOI FISH EXHIBIT FRIDAY, FEB. 10 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY, FEB. 11 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / SUNDAY, FEB. 12 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park East 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004

The Phoenix Valley of the Sun Koi Club will conduct its annual Koi Exhibit during the Phoenix Chinese Week Festival. Beginning with limited fish on Friday, the main Koi Exhibit events will be on Saturday and Sunday. See hundreds of award-winning koi fish as well as a koi equipment trade show. The Valley of the Sun Koi Club will be providing koi education and history of koi from Friday through Sunday.

2017 PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK TAIJI TOURNAMENT SATURDAY, Feb. 11 – 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. BURTON BARR PUBLIC LIBRARY Lecture Room, 4th Floor 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85004

Registration at 10 a.m. on site. The tournament is open to the public. Entry Fee: $5 per competitor per event. Competition starts at the Lecture Room at 10:30 a.m. There are five events: 01-Taijiquan Solo, men; 02 -Taijiquan Solo, women; 03 -Taiji Sword, men; 04 -Taiji Sword, women; 05 – Group Taijiquan/Taiji Weapons, (three to six person groups). *NOTE – Forms competition only; time limit is four to eight minutes. Contact: Ping Hong, 602-490-8800 or email at bphong56@gmail.com.

CHINESE NEW YEAR BANQUET SATURDAY, FEB. 18 GREAT WALL HONG KONG CUISINE 3446 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 85017 5:30 p.m. – No-host Cocktail Reception 6:30 p.m. – Dinner

Join a celebration of the Chinese New Year and the conclusion of Phoenix Chinese Week 2017 with a delicious, authentic 10-course banquet of Chinese cuisine. Cost is $45 per person. Please send payment and RSVP by Feb. 10, 2017 to Phoenix Chinese Week, 27817 N. 46th Place, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. E-mail: elainewong@cox.net, cell 480-406-7470.

PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2017 RAFFLE DRAWING

Donation: $1 per ticket (partial proceeds will support our cultural and educational events for students, as well as scholarships for high school seniors). PRIZES: • SAMSUNG 48″ TV • (4) Lee-Lee Market $50 GIFT CERTIFICATES • $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE: courtesy of Golden Jade Jewelry • IPad • AND OTHER GREAT PRIZES! Drawing: Feb. 18 during the Chinese New Year Banquet at Great Wall Restaurant. Need not be present to win.

DELTA AIRLINES TICKETS RAFFLE Two round-trip international economy class tickets to fly to Beijing, Shanghai, or Hong Kong. Limited quantity of tickets (1,000) Donation: $10 per ticket. Drawing: Feb. 18 during the Chinese New Year banquet at Great Wall Restaurant. Need not be present to win.