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Phoenix Chinese Week Celebrations Offer Cultural and Educational EventsPhoenix Chinese Week Celebrations Offer Cultural and Educational Events<div class="ExternalClass150252B0D5FA464692618DCFB599D923"> <p>​Phoenix Sister Cities, Chengdu and Taipei committees and the Phoenix Chinese Week Committee will celebrate Chinese Week 2016 and Chinese New Year 4714, "The Year of the Monkey" from Feb. 8 to 14, with cultural and educational events at a variety of Valley locations.  </p><p>A highlight of the activities is a free, three-day Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 13; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 14; at Margaret T. Hance Park (East), 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Admission and parking are free.</p><p>The 26th annual festival features live entertainment including the dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, mahjong booth, children's pavilion, Chinese culture and history booth, photo exhibit and art gallery, delicious Chinese food and a beer garden (11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 13 - 14). </p><p>Other Phoenix Chinese Week Committee events include a table tennis open, taijiquan, weiqi and volleyball tournaments and a 10-course Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet at 6:30 p.m. (no-host cocktails, 5:30 p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Great Wall Restaurant, 3446 W. Camelback Road.  To purchase tickets to the banquet at a cost of $45 per person, call 480-406-7470. </p><p>The Chengdu Performing Arts Showcase, a 22-member professional troupe from Chengdu, China, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Kroc Community Center Theater, 1375 E. Broadway Road. Their performances will include dance, music and acrobatics. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at <a href="http://www.phoenixsistercities.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.phoenixsistercities.org</span></a>  through Paypal or by calling 602-534-3751.</p><h2>For more information, visit <a href="http://phoenixchineseweek.org/">http://phoenixchineseweek.org</a> or call 480-352-3467. Follow us on Twitter @phxsistercities. </h2></div>1/19/2016 7:00:00 AMCynthia WeaverEva Li - 480-650-2610602-568-8126