It's soon to be "springtime" in Vancouver, B. C.: The New Year or "Spring Festival" in Vancouver's Chinatown will be celebrated Sunday, Feb. 13. It marks the Year of the Rooster...

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It’s soon to be “springtime” in Vancouver, B.C.: The New Year or “Spring Festival” in Vancouver’s Chinatown will be celebrated Sunday, Feb. 13. It marks the Year of the Rooster (2005) and festivities will include feasting, lion dances and hanging of lanterns — all in an effort to chase away bad luck and bad spirits and wish luck and good fortune to everyone in the coming year. The day will be marked by a parade through Chinatown and dancing and martial-arts demonstrations at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. See for details.


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“The Northwest Treaty Trail,” through June 25, Olympia. 360-753-2580,

Washington State Capitol tours, daily, Olympia. 360-586-8687 or


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