The Betty Warmack Branch Library will host a Multicultural Celebration of events on Saturday, February 16. All events are free and suitable for all ages.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cheng Ming USA, a martial arts school with its US headquarters in Plano, will present a free demonstration at the Warmack Branch on Saturday, February 16 at 11 am.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM African American Heritage Celebration. This year's African American Heritage Celebration will feature a special performance by the Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance. The Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens is a performing arts and youth empowerment organization centered in the education and preservation of African centered performing arts, history, culture and it's contributions to the world.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Chinese Lion Dance by J.K. Wong Academy. Musicians and dancers from the J.K. Wong Academy will present a Chinese Lion Dance. After a presentation, audience members will have a chance to learn and participate. Lions are not native in China, and came to China via the famous Silk Road. Rulers in what is today Iran and Afghanistan sent lions to Chinese emperors as gifts in order to get the right to trade with Silk Road merchants. The lion dance dates back to the Han Dynasty (205 B.C.) and it was at its peak during the Tang Dynasty (716-907 A.D.). The Lion Dance embraces the beauty, art, culture, traditions, and history of China.
The Warmack Branch is located at 760 Bardin Road in Grand Prairie. 972-237-5770, www.gptx.org/library