Where do I find Lunar New Year Events?

Want an event with great food, history, culture, or grand performances? You are in the right place. There are celebrations all over our campuses and we wanted to compile this list of them for you.

Now let’s welcome the Year of the Monkey!

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Near Bellevue?

Come to:

The Lunar New Year Celebration

Location: Bellevue College

February 5, 2016 – – 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

The Chinese Student Association invites you to a traditional Lunar New Year Celebration. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey!

Join us Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm in the Cafeteria for a celebration including festive Chinese food and traditional dance. Honor the coming of Spring with your friends, other students, faculty and coworkers and usher in good luck.

Admission $5 in advance (tickets are available now in the PALS Center), $7 at the door.

Sponsored by the Chinese Student Association, International Talk Time, the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives, Taiwanese Student Association, Indonesian Fellowship, and Student Programs.

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The Lunar New Year Tea Discovery Program

Date: 2/6/2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:30 PM

Description:
In this 90 minute presentation, discover the history and origins of true tea: white, green, oolong, black and pu’erh tea and how each of these teas is made from the leaves of the same plant. Also learn about how tea, with its Chinese origins, made its way throughout the world, and how it has touched many cultures to become the popular beverage that it is today. Taste the five types of tea and get familiar with what works with our personal taste chemistry, and we’ll talk about some of the practical aspects such as health claims and caffeine content.

Library: Bellevue Library

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Near UW?

 

Come to:

The Lunar New Year Festival

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Feb 13

11-4 PM

Seattle’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration is back on Saturday, February 13 from 11am – 4pm in the heart of the Chinatown-International District. Come out and help us usher in the Year of the Monkey!

Join us at the Main Stage where there will be non-stop cultural performances from dragon and lion dances, traditional Japanese taiko drumming, Bollywood dancing and the 7th annual Children’s Parade and Costume Contest.

For foodies, over 30 neighborhood restaurants will be participating in this years $3 Food Walk presented by Delta Airlines.. Make sure to collect stamps when you buy $3 items for a chance to win by collecting 5 stamps and turning them in at the Information Booth, last entry will be accepted no later than 4 PM. Winner does not need to be present to win.

– 1st place winner will receive two international round trip plane tickets from Delta Airlines
– 2nd place winner will receive two domestic round trip tickets from Delta Airlines
-3rd place winner will receive (1) Season Pass ticket to Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
-4th place winner will receive two (2) lift tickets to Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

Kids of all ages will enjoy the Arts and Cultural Pavilion, with arts and crafts projects for all!

 

 

Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year

February 13-14 2016
Seattle Center Festál presents Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, February 13-14. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace.
The Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. Revisit one thousand years of the Vietnamese history at this festive New Year celebration.
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Near Ellensburg?

Come to:

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016
6:00 pm
SURC Ballroom
$10 advance ticket required

You are invited to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and the year of the monkey!

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will be selling $10 tickets Feb. 1, 3 and 5 in the SURC tabling area from 12 – 2 p.m. Tickets will include food, shows and a chance at lucky draw. Advance tickets are required.


Are we missing any events near you? Tell us and we’ll add them to our list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cut the cheese! It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day

Just when you feel like Winter Quarter is bogging you down, an amazing thing happens. That amazing thing is cheese.

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Did you know?

Nobody really knows the origin of cheese

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the cheese dates back to 4000 years. The only origin is a legend of how it was made.

“According to an ancient legend, it was made accidentally by an Arabian merchant who put his supply of milk into a pouch made from a sheep’s stomach, as he set out on a day’s journey across the desert. The rennet in the lining of the pouch, combined with the heat of the sun, caused the milk to separate into curd and whey. That night he found that the whey satisfied his thirst, and the cheese (curd) had a delightful flavor which satisfied his hunger.”

The first cheese factory in the US was in Oneida, New York.

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1/3 of the milk produced in the US is used for cheese

Thank you farmers!

 

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That’s not surprising

 

There is a database of 1,777 different cheeses at Cheese.com

Complete with fun facts of the day, a Twitter feed, and serving tips

 

The Smithsonian created a map celebrating cheese found around the world

Their tagline: “This sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all over”

 

Cheese is most flavorful at room temperature

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That’s a lot of milk!

But at least it gives us the simple pleasures of cheese and crackers, burgers, grilled cheese, and so much more!

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Now go take a study break and get some cheese or some other item of indulgence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to be Lazy Productive Over Break

Teachers say: “Have a great break!”

Classmates say: “I’m going to be productive this winter break”

You say: “I’m just going to sleep in and eat cookies while watching TV all day”


You are not alone. The gloomy weather and time of the year makes it super hard to be motivated.

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What other time in the year can you catch up on your favorite shows?

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Or read all those books you put on order at the library?

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Here are 5 ways to be lazy and productive before school starts again.


1) Set an alarm and do a free Youtube workout every morning.

This may seem daunting at first but doing this will give you energy for the rest of the day. Our favorite right now is the channel fitnessblender.

Start out slow with a 15 or 20 minute workout (kickboxing!!!!) then move on to the 30 or 40 minute workouts. If you are feeling extra motivated after a few days, try the 5 day workout challenge. You won’t regret it!


 

2) Download a learning app

Were you one of those classmates that bragged that they were going to learn something this winter break? Well, why not do it for real?

Want to learn to code? There’s an app for that. Learn HTML is a good start. The Hour of Code is another fun one to get started.

Want to learn a new language? There’s an app for that. Libraries subscribe to Mango Languages so that you don’t have to. Why not get those tax dollars to work?

Want to just exercise your mind? There’s an app for that. Lumosity is a popular one. It’s free and created by neuroscientists. What’s not to trust? Coursera or Khan Academy for educational lectures or TED for inspirational TED talks are awesome as well.

If you haven’t figured it out already (but we’re sure you did), there’s an app for anything. Just search for something you are interested, download it, try it out, and brag about your productivity to your friends!


 

3) Learn to cook!

Nothings worse than gaining the Freshman 15 or just the holiday gut. It means that cooking healthy during college is a necessity.

Watch TV and learn how to cook. There’s a huge variety of cooking shows on Netflix. After each entertainment TV show, watch a cooking show to say you are learning how to cook. Why not?

If that doesn’t work, there are amazing apps that teach you each step to cooking your new favorite meal. Nom Nom Paleo is a delicious choice.

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4) Get an audiobook

Do you have to take the bus to work or to school? Maybe to that temporary holiday retail job that you just started? Well, make the commute worthwhile through audio ebooks! Buy them or get them at your local library.

Feeling a bit depressed? Get free therapy through listening to biographies of people who had to struggle to succeed. Mindy Kaling’s books are hilarious! Other popular ones are Amy Poehler’s Yes Please or B.J. Novak’s books.


 

5) Find a creative outlet

Better yet, use your creative outlet to create gifts for your friends and family. Learn to knit, crochet, sew, or just color! Coloring is a great way to decrease stress and have fun. Have you seen this awesome coloring book yet?

Color it, frame it, and give it away. What a better way to start off 2016.

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Are you ready to be lazy productive now?

We certainly are!

 

 

Alone this Thanksgiving?

You are not alone. Some of us turn down invitations or just can’t go home for Thanksgiving. Don’t fret. There are so many options for you to celebrate!

1) Join a friend

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to get together, spend time together, and share a meal together.

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For those of you who are already hosting a dinner, invite your friends who may not have a family to go home to.

For those of you are alone on Thanksgiving, reach out to your friends about their plans. You would be surprised how open they will be about the idea of you joining them.

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Veterans Day Events and Celebrations

Today is a day to honor those who make our country free. Here is the history of Veterans Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Did you know?

(According to the U.S. Census Bureau)

  • There are 19.3 million military veterans in the U.S.
  • There are 9.4 million military veterans who are 65 and older.
  • 1.6 million of them are female
  • Over 21% of military veterans are African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American.

All of these individuals deserve our respect and gratitude everyday, not just on Veterans Day.


How can I celebrate Veterans Day?

Continue reading Veterans Day Events and Celebrations

Not going anywhere this Memorial Day Weekend? Here’s some awesome ideas!

You can either stay home and watch Netflix on the coach all weekend or do some of these activities. We challenge you to at least do one.

Continue reading Not going anywhere this Memorial Day Weekend? Here’s some awesome ideas!