NASELLE — This is the third year an innovative Mandarin immersion program is offered by Naselle-Grays River Valley School District, with a community event planned next month in support of it.

Enthusiastic parents of students in the program have formed a support group — Liu Xing, which means Rising Star. Liu Xing is again using the Chinese New Year celebration as an opportunity to raise money to support extra-curricular activities related to the immersion program.

While Feb. 8 is the actual date to welcome in the Year of the Monkey, Feb. 20 has been selected as the date for a local celebration at the Grays River Valley Center, the old Rosburg school. The event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Activities include a silent auction, a Chinese dinner, traditional Chinese arts and activities for the entire family, a Lion Dance and a martial arts demonstration.

“This will be the second annual Chinese New Year event and fundraiser,” said Amy Chadwick, a member of Liu Xing. “We had great success last year and lots of learns as well! This year we hope to duplicate our successes and add more for every age to enjoy in this great celebration. Our two teachers, Scott and Jin, have been very involved with the planning of the event. Both Jin and Scott have connected with parents so well that it has made this experience extra special. We are very grateful for them.

“We are really excited to host the event in the Rosburg school. Such a wonderful facility. Trudy Fredrickson and Penny Gregory have been so great to work with. It is our hope to not only celebrate the Chinese New year and raise awareness of our immersion program, but to also introduce or remind people all the Grays River Valley Center has to offer. Hopefully, a win-win for the center and us!”

Tickets are $25 for an individual or $50 for a family ticket (two adults and one child, plus $5 for each additional child). Tickets can be purchased at Azure Salon, located in Ilwaco, 120 1st Ave S. (360-742-4080) or by contacting the following Liu Xing members:

Amy Chadwick at (360-751-8100); Annie Strange at; Briane Smith at; Emily Lindstrom at; Genice Normand at; and, Kendall Ford at

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