While WizChinese won't hold its annual Lunar New Year festival in light of the recent omicron surge, the nonprofit still plans to spread cheer to usher in the Year of the Tiger.
Children can get their hands on a coveted red envelope at the Trees of Gratitude, a community art display at the intersection of Bryant Street and Lowell Avenue in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood. More than 100 envelopes holding a mystery item will be distributed, along with a greeting card from the organization, on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. The trees are decked out with a paper dragon and other red and gold decorations with symbols of hope for the new year.
The organization is also holding a dumpling-making event over Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 2-3:30 p.m. Attendees can learn how to make dumplings or share their skills. The virtual gathering includes a competition with prizes on the line. Ahead of the event, people can order a $10 dumpling kit from Dumpling City by Feb. 16 at dumplingcityca.com. The kits will be available to pick up from the business on the morning of the event. People can also make their own dough and filling with help from the Souped Up Recipes YouTube channel. Registration for the event is available via Google Forms.
The organization also is holding a fundraiser for the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (Stanford CARE) through Feb. 20. People who donate $20 or more will be entered into a raffle for a handful of Stanford CARE mugs. Those who contribute $50-$99 will be gifted with a "delicious sauce" valued at $12. Finally, donors who give $100 or more will be treated to a tasty box of Yunnan-style dim sum valued at $29. Funds will be accepted by visiting wizchinese.org/donate-2. Supporters will be contacted by email on how to retrieve their gift. More information on Stanford CARE can be found at med.stanford.edu/care.