Activities Upon Request

Schedule An Activity

Not all requests can be accomodated, but we'll do our best! Also, we can customize an existing activity to fit the needs of your group - just let us know!

Complete the ACTIVITY REQUEST and return to aliedstrand@ucdavis.edu by February 26, 2016 for activities between April 1 and June 30, 2016.

Eligible Activities

Chinese Paper-Cutting Workshops

Introduction to Chinese Paper-Cutting: This workshop provide participants with an insight into the history, culture and folk tradition of paper-cutting in China. Once participants have mastered the basic techniques, they will practice cutting animals, flowers and traditional Chinese patterns. Participants will be guided step by step to create their own artwork, bring their work home, or present them as gifts to family or friends.

Characters: This workshop builds upon the techniques learned in the Introduction to Chinese Paper Cutting, and participants learn to cut Chinese characters: 囍 (means double happiness, a wedding ceremony must-have decoration) and variations of this character 囍, and a 3D Chinese character 春 (chūn, means spring). Having attended Introduction to Chinese Paper Cutting is recommended but not required - there will be no introduction to the history of paper-cutting in the Characters workshop - this is covered in the Introduction workshop.

Zodiac Animals: In this workshop, participants will hear stories about the Chinese zodiac animals, learn to cut some animal patterns and make a bookmark with their paper cut-outs. Having attended Introduction to Chinese Paper Cutting is recommended but not required - there will be no introduction to the history of paper-cutting in the Zodiac Animals workshop - this is covered in the Introduction workshop.

Cost: Free
Recommended length of time: 1.5 hours
Age: 16+
Recommended maximum participants: 20

Tea Culture Lectures & Tastings

Hello, Tea! Hello, Friends! –An Introduction to Chinese Tea: Welcome to the tea lover’s group.  In this lecture and tasting, we provide you a tangible tea experience including tasting and information about tea in Chinese culture, as well as a chance to learn very simple Chinese.  This is an introductory session, in which you will observe different types of tea from China and gain a general understanding of Chinese tea.

I Drink Wisely and I’m Good – The Health Benefits of Tea: Are you a wise tea drinker who can drink depending upon what your body needs? This lecture explains the health benefits of tea and specific health keeping properties of different types of tea. We will share ideas on how to choose your specific tea based on the healthy effect you want.

The Art of Tea: Tea Utensils and How to Brew Tea
Aromatic tea leaves being woken up by enthusiastic water, extending and dancing in delicate tea pot…  The moment when you brew and drink a cup of tea can be of profound spiritual entertainment coming from the art of tea itself.  In this workshop, you will understand the way we brew tea and how to choose proper utensils to increase the joy of drinking such a wonderful plant.

Cost: Free
Recommended length of time: 1 hour
Age: 16+
Recommended maximum participants: none

Chinese Market Field Trips

99  Ranch Field Trip: Wanna try Chinese cooking by yourself? Feel dazzled by the ingredients and seasonings aisle in Chinese food markets? This field trip will show you around 99 Ranch Market in Sacramento, CA, introducing the most common ingredients (well...'special ingredients' by Western standards!) and seasonings used in cooking Chinese food. Also, 2-3 recipes will be recommended to you. At the conclusion of the field trip, you will have the option to buy ingredients and seasonings so you you can treat yourself and your family to a new dish!

Cost: Free
Recommended length of time: 1.5 hours for tour, more time to shop
Age: 16+
Recommended maximum participants: 10