Lunar New Year celebration at the Oakland Museum
Starting with a traditional lion dance to chase away evil spirits, the 14th annual Lunar New Year celebration at the Oakland Museum of California will highlight the festive traditions of different Asian communities.
There will be plenty of live performances: acrobatics, plate spinning, Korean pop dances, Chinese yo-yo tricks, taiko drumming and Korean drum dancing, among them. And because it’s the Year of the Sheep, children can learn more about the Chinese zodiac during story time. Families will also love the petting zoo and crafts; they can make dragon puppets or try Chinese calligraphy.
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The artistically inclined can go a step further by decorating themselves in Chinese opera-style makeup or henna art. Then watch a demo on how to make Vietnamese spring rolls, Japanese handmade dolls, traditional floral arrangements and more. The culture-filled programming is included in the price of museum admission – $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, $6 youths and free for children 8 and under – and takes place from noon to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St. Learn more at www.museumca.org.
What: Bald eagles and other birds of prey flock to Carson Valley each winter. Observe the phenomenon with expert-guided ranch tours, photography workshops and more at the 13th annual Eagles & Agriculture event.
When: Thursday through Feb. 22
Where: Locations vary, Carson Valley, Nev.
Cost: Individual events range $10-$70
Olive oil hike
What: In honor of American Heart Month, let a local doctor lead you on a 3-mile hike. Afterward, taste locally made olive oils and vinegars while learning how to keep your heart healthy.
When: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday
Where: The Quail and Olive, 3 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley
What: Birding expert David Yee will guide enthusiasts of all ages and levels through a vineyard, riverbank and woods. Reservations are required, and lunch with wine is available for $10.
When: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Heritage Oak, 10112 E. Woodbridge Road, Acampo
Information: (209) 329-5490; www.heritageoakwinery.com
What: Combine a family outing to the San Francisco Botanical Garden with a Lunar New Year celebration. Expect lion dancers, folk dances, tai chi performances and more family-friendly activities, as well as dazzling magnolias from China in bloom.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Ave., San Francisco
Cost: $7 adults, $5 youths and seniors, $2 children 5-11, free children 4 and under
What: Park once and taste at eight boutique wineries during the annual Eighth Street Wineries Open House. Winemakers will be present, as will delicious pairings prepared by local chefs.
When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Eighth Street Wineries, 21692 and 21481 Eighth St. East, Sonoma
Cost: $40 advance, $45 at the door