Friday, February 16, 2007

Pigs unite: It?s a golden year

Council Circle celebrates Chinese New Year

Express Staff Writer

Members of Council Circle Foundation enjoy their gourmet Chinese meal at the 2006 Chinese New Year event. Photo by Dana DuGan

In some places, calling someone a pig is looked at a bit askance. Not so in China. The Chinese New Year 4704 begins Sunday, Feb. 18, and it's the year of the pig, which is considered a highly fortunate time.

Those born in the year of the pig—1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995—are considered generous and honorable. This new year in the Chinese calendar is also significant because so many believe that this particular year is a "golden" pig year, which comes around once every 60 years.

These signs are highly fortuitous for the Council Circle Foundation's work as a nonprofit organization committed to creating educational and emotionally supportive programs for adults and youth to foster a healthy community.

Council Circle Foundation celebrates Chinese New Year and the year of the pig with its sixth annual dinner Saturday, March 3, at the Elkhorn Golf & County Club. This is the Council Circle's largest fund-raising event of the year.

Wood River Valley caterer Ric Lum will again be creating a multi-coursed authentic Chinese meal. A silent and live auction will be held as an additional opportunity to help fund the organization, which offers conversational, confidential circles for adults, teens and youths in the Wood River Valley.

Tickets for the event are available by calling 721-0900.

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