2016 Enrichment Programs

chinese New Year Poster

Sunday, February 21, 2016


The Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Monkey, on Sunday, February 21, 2016, in Nevada City.  Chinese New Year Festivals are rare in rural communities, and we are proud to present this fifth annual celebration, honoring the early Chinese pioneers of the Sierra Foothills.  The community parade begins at 12:00 noon at the Chinese Monument on Commercial Street (the old Chinese Quarter), led by ceremonial Lion Dancers and a 72’ Chinese Dragon from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento.  The mini-parade entourage of community entries will make its way down Commercial Street and end at the Robinson Plaza where the Lion Dancers and Dragon will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment.

Food would be available for sale on Union Street by Pho King Good, and exhibitors will line Union Street.

Participants include a Rickshaw pulled by Richard Yue of the Auburn Joss House, Grass Valley Taiko, Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo Grass Valley, Xiao Mao (Little CATS) Asian Culture Club, Chinese Classical Dancer Lily Zhu, martial artists from Body Balance, world music by Michael Martino and World Beatnix, and more!

The Festival is seeking volunteers to help set up, strike, patrol the parade and clean up. It is also seeking sponsors.  Please partner with us in bringing this cultural family-friendly celebration once again to the community. Please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org or at 530-265-2990 for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

See a video of the 2016 festival and parade here.

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Asian Cards and Journal

Taught by Jennifer Cebollero

Traditional OrigamiOrigami Iris in Vase card for CATS
May 7, 2016
1:00 – 4:00

We will make three cards; a tea bag artistic layered design, an iris flower in a vase, and a dollar bill fish in a fish bowl.  Everyone can do Origami!

 Origami Money fish card foe CATS Origami Tea Bag card for CATS

An Asian inspired hand-weaved journal with Japanese Book Binding
May 28, 2016
11:00 – 4:30
(with 1/2 hr. lunch)

Asian-Weaved-Journal-for-CATSMake a 100-page journal from Asian papers weaved together, then bind the journal with an ancient Japanese technique. This takes some time, so please bring a boxed lunch or an appetizer to share.

SAVE $$! Take both classes and receive a $15.00 discount! If you choose this option, you will have some easy homework between classes, plus you have the opportunity to choose your own colors for your journal! Also, you will not need to come to the journal class until
1pm., as you will already have a head start! Additional supplies may be purchased for 15% off on day of class

To register, please send $35 check (Origami cards), or $45 check (Japanese Journal), or $65 for both classes.

Send check(s) to: CATS, P.O. Box 1266, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Include class name, phone, and email for confirmation.

Class venue TBA upon registration confirmation.

Questions? Contact Patty Lum-Ohmann at (530) 477-5336 or email plum01@outlook.com

Jennifer Crop colorJenny Cebollero, owner of Creative Cards, etc., fell into this business of card making rather accidentally. In the late 1990s she began receiving beautifully hand-crafted cards from her good friend, Patty Lum-Ohmann, (CATS Board Member). Patty showed Jenny the basics. Her passion became a full-time business and she soon opened a paper crafts store. Unfortunately, as the economy declined, she was forced to close her store and move the business to her home, where she still creates and teaches. Since that time, Jenny has expanded into creating memory books, journals, wall art, and more

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Asian Jewelry

Taught by Astrid Pyror

May 14, 2016
1:00 – 4:00

Peakcock pin 2 smPins are back in style, so why not wear something beautiful on the lapel of your sweater or coat?

In this class we will make two Asian inspired pins. They are vintage style with an antique bronze finish. Then we will decorate them with beautiful Swarovski crystals. Extra project if time permits.

dragonflypin - CropTo register, please send $45 check to CATS, P.O. Box 1266, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Include class name, phone and email.

Class venue TBA upon registration confirmation.

Questions? Contact Patty Lum-Omann at (530) 477-5336 or email plum01@outlook.com

Astrid HeatshotAstrid Pryor’s introduction to beading was around the year 2000. She was taking card-making classes at a store called Bird Nest Designs. Nancy, the owner, was also making jewelry while her students were making cards. Astrid said, “I would take a class in making that!” It was a fringy bracelet. Thus, she got herself addicted to yet another craft. Astrid has always been attracted to Asian designs, in cards, paper crafts and jewelry. She also knits and crochets. Her work as a Certified Financial Planner and tax preparer sometimes interferes with her hobbies.

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Finding Samuel Lowe – from Harlem to China


Sunday, May 15, 2016, Nevada Theatre, 7:00 pm

Award-Winning Documentary about a family transcending race, space, and time.


Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage while searching for clues about their long-lost grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their emotional journey spans from Toronto to Jamaica to China, reuniting them with hundreds of Chinese relatives they never imagined existed.  A powerful memoir that is a universal story of one woman’s search for her maternal grandfather and the key to her self-identity.  Presented in collaboration with the Nevada Theatre Film Series, this special evening is a benefit for CATS. $10 at the door.  Filmmaker, Paula Williams Madison, would be available via Skype in a Q&A after the screening.

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Game of Mahjong

Beginning Mahjong

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools

112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, CA

Back by popular demand, CATS is offering a Beginning Mahjong class. Gordon Sakaue and Dave Ohmann will teach the class, with coaches at each table. Mahjong is the centuries-old tiles game, which originated in China, and is played worldwide.

CATS will be teaching the traditional Chinese method. The Beginning class is recommended for those with little or no playing experience, for those who need a refresher course, or for those who play another method, but wish to learn the traditional Chinese method.

To register, please send check payable to CATS for $20 to:


POB 1266

Grass Valley, CA  95945

Include name, address, phone number, and email for confirmation.  For adults and teens.  Please call Jeannie Wood with any questions at 530-265-2990 or email at info@catsweb.org.

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Luau Poster 2016

Hula dancingBack by popular demand, the CATS’ Luau features an authentic Hawaiian Luau menu with traditional Hawaiian fare that includes Kalua pig (cooked onsite in an underground imu), Chicken Long Rice, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Grilled Pineapple and Veggies, Fruit Kabob, Poi, Rice, Macaroni Salad, Sushi, Hawaiian Meatballs, Chow Mein and Haupia dessert.

Entertainers are Hula Dancers from Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo Grass Valley and music by Honolulu Blues. Thanks to sponsors Steve and Jan Roth.

Buy Tickets below and The Book Seller.

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Imperial China, Tibet & the Yangtze River

Beijing • Xian • Chengdu • Lhasa, Tibet •

Yangtze River • Wuhan,

Hong Kong

Due to cancellations, CATS’ China Tibet trip now has a 2 rooms available – a single and a double! Contact Jeannie Wood, 530-265-2990, or at info@catsweb.org.

Date of Tour: October 3, 2016  for 21 days.
1) Call Overseas Adventure Travel Reservations 800-353-6262, option #2
2) Mention “Service Code” G6-25564
3) Deposit is $500 per person. Our recommended Travel Protection Plan should be purchased at time of deposit to maximize your coverage 3)
Here is a link to this incredible tour:

See this flyer for more information.

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