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Young Performers Welcome Chinese New Year in Albany

The Albany Community Center was filled Thursday afternoon with Chinese music and dance, not to mention camera-hoisting audience members and colorfully dressed young performers, as the city held a lively Chinese New Year celebration.

Young dancers and singers performed for a capacity crowd at the Albany Community Center Thursday as the city welcomed the Year of the Snake with a Chinese New Year celebration.

The colorful pageant featured the traditional entrance of a dragon born by several performers and lion dance, as well as a repertoire of dances by young students in Chinese dance classes in the city's recreation program and singing by students in the Chinese after-school program at Ocean View Elementary School.

The city offered special thanks to Ah-Lan Min, who teaches Chinese dance in the recreation program, and to Sun Wei's Chinese After-School Program, as well as to Henry Hong, Cornell School, Mr. & Mrs. Zion Lee, and Po-Wen Chen.

Another Lunar New Year program, sponored by the Solano Avenue Association, takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Albany Twin theater and will be followed by a parade on Solano Avenue.

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