2017 Enrichment Programs


Chinese Tea Ceremony

By Lily Zhu Emmolo


Choose one date:  Sunday, June 4 or June 11, 2017

10:00am – 12:00 pm


Purple Cloud Tea House

461 Grass Valley Highway, Suite 17 (next to H&R Block), Auburn


Discover the “Culture of Chinese Tea Tasting” with a certified Tea Master, Lily Zhu Emmolo, originally from Shanghai, China.  In a serene setting at the Purple Cloud Tea House in Auburn, you will experience the meditative qualities of tea to invoke peace, love, and joy.  Drive on your own, or we can carpool.  For those interested, we can have no-host lunch afterwards at Liu Mandarin Kitchen in Old Auburn.  Try their specialty dumplings and other scrumptious dishes.  More details available upon registration.

Lily is a gifted artist and teacher who has participated in the Nevada City Chinese New Year Festivals as well as other cultural events in Marysville, Auburn, and in Sacramento.  She offers Chinese Tea Classes, Calligraphy, Flower Arranging, and Tai Chi. She is also an accomplished performer of traditional Chinese songs and dances.  In her presence, you will experience her beauty and grace and discover why the “art of tea tasting” is a soulful intimate experience.  Join us!  Spaces are very limited.

Send $30 check to: CATS, POB 1266, Grass Valley, CA  95945  (Ref: Chinese Tea Ceremony; indicate either June 4 or June 11.)  Include name, address, phone, and email for confirmation.

“Don’t You Have Dignity, Mama?”

A One-Woman Autobiographical Play

Performed by Xiaojuan Shu


Sunday, September 17, 2017

2:00 – 3:00pm with Q&A afterwards

The Open Book

671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley, CA

Storytelling at its best!  CATS welcomes back Xiaojuan Shu, who was last seen in Chinglish, as Qian, one of the interpreters, and as Prosecutor Li.  Xiaojuan, born and raised in China, started cultivating her own voice on the stage of The Marsh Theatre in San Francisco in 2009, and has performed her autobiographic one-woman show Don’t You Have Dignity, Mama? in various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival.

In order to put Xiao through school, her Chinese peasant mother worked in a polluted factory, scavenged, and even sold her own blood. Can Xiao ever pay her mother back?  Dignity is a moving story about a contemporary Chinese immigrant in the U.S. and her struggles between two cultures and her search for the right place in between, a story about a journey home.

“Xiaojuan Shu is a wonderful performer and storyteller, with a wry sense of humor and terrific sense of character.”

— Jeff Greenwald, Author, Travel Writer, and Storyteller

Tickets: $15

Available: www.catsweb.org, Book Seller, BriarPatch Food Co-op

Japanese Sushi-making, Sake Tour and Tasting

Gekkeikan Sake, Folsom, CA


Date:  August 19, 2017

Time:   9:00 am – 4:00 pm



Back by popular demand, join CATS in a day of learning and fun! Tour the state-of-the art Gekkeikan Sake in Folsom to learn how Japanese sake is brewed.  Immerse in Japanese culture and history and learn about Gekkeikan’s roots in Japan with over 300 years of sake history.  After the tour, we will convene in the Tasting Room, where we will learn to make sushi rolls (California roll and tempura roll) hands on with a sushi chef.  We will enjoy a variety of imported and domestic sake and plum wine as we devour our delectable creations.  No sushi-making skills required. Please bring a straight-edge knife (not serrated) for cutting sushi, or you can purchase a Teflon one there.  All recipes and materials provided.  At the end of the day, feel free to buy some sake to take home.  We will receive a 20% discount on all purchases.  The Tasting Room also has a variety of exquisite Japanese art, books, and gifts.

Our designated driver is our school bus, Durham Transportation.  This trip is limited to 24.  You must be over 21 to sample sake.  Those under 21 (minimum age: teen) may still partake of the tour and sushi-making. We will meet the bus at a designated location.  Details upon registration.

Please send check for $75 with name, address, phone, and email for confirmation.  Send check to CATS, POB 1266, Grass Valley CA  95945


A Multi-Media show on Immigration and Migration

The True Story of the Founding of the Fishing Industry in Monterey, California, by Chinese Immigrants in the 1850s

Written, produced and performed by

Nancy Wang and Robert Kichuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec, an acclaimed international storytelling troupe from San Francisco


Saturday, November 18, 2017

8:00 pm   at Nevada Theatre, Nevada City, CA

Tickets:  BriarPatch Food Co-op; Book Seller; and www.catsweb.org

Attention Teachers and Educators

With support of a generous grant from Community Players Trust, CATS is able to offer 25 full scholarships to teachers and educators, in the form of continuing education, which includes (1) the play, RED ALTAR, on Saturday, November 18, and (2) a follow-up workshop, “Immigratitude®: Crossing Borders, Collages of Connection,” on Sunday, November 19, 1:00-5:00 pm, to be led by the actors themselves.  This workshop will serve as a “completion” component to the play that could give rise to a deeper perspective on immigration, migration, and, ultimately, gratitude for people of all ethnicities. The play and workshop could add valuable tools and resources to the teaching professional, who is at the forefront of making a difference in young people’s lives.  With such a hot topic as immigration today, adding an enlightened perspective on, say the early Chinese in Monterey, can shed light on possibilities for other groups, which could make them a more effective leader in their classrooms and teaching environments.

To be considered for a scholarship, please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org for details or call 530-265-2990.

Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 12:00-4:00pm

Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade, Sunday, February 12, 2017, 12:00 – 4:00pm. Chinese New Year Festivals are rare in rural communities, and we are proud to present this sixth annual celebration.  The community parade begins at 12:00 noon at the Chinese Monument, located at the entrance to the parking lot, on Commercial Street, which is also the old Chinese Quarter.  The Parade will be 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 home-made desserts by Xiao Mao (Little CATS Culture Club), as exhibitors line Union Street.  Additional participants include Grass Valley Taiko, Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo Grass Valley, Chinese Classical Dancer and Singer Lily Zhu Emmolo, martial artists from Body Balance, local schools, Nevada County Historical Society, and more!  Our Grand Marshal this year is Wally Hagaman, Curator of the Firehouse Museum and Board member of the Nevada County Historical Society.  Sifu Alan Hubbard of Eastern Ways tells us, “We look forward to coming to Nevada City every year because the people are so appreciative and engaged.  It is our favorite town to perform in.”

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.  Sponsorships of $100 and above are appreciated.  Please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org or at 530-265-2990 for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Japanese Carpentry

In this introduction to traditional Japanese hand tools, we will practice with marking tools, saw, chisel, and plane, and learn about sharpening, too.  Cutting mortise and tenon joinery with hand tools, each student will make a scale model of a tor-ii gate.  A tor-ii gate is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of, or within, a Shinto shrine where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.


No experience required.  Class size limited to 6.

Where: Classes will be held at The Curious Forge in Grass Valley, CA

Times: Wednesday evenings on February 15 & 22 and March 1 & 8 (6:00 – 9:00 PM) , and Saturday on March 11 (9:00 – 2:00)

Cost: $275 for 5 sessions.  Materials fee: $25


Tim Brennan has 40 years experience as a carpenter, woodworker, and teacher.  He has been enthusiastically using  Japanese hand tools and joinery in his work since 1992, and assisting with CATS theatrical set construction since 2008.  Tim is a local licensed building contractor.

For more information and to register, contact thecuriousforge.org or call Tim Brennan at 530/265-8154.

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