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Lunarfest and more celebrations in the city this weekend...

Many people will mark Lunar New Year this weekend. Here are some suggestions to help ring in the Year of the Horse, and other events in the city:

Jan 25 to Jan 26
Harbourfront Centre

Experience a Lunar New Year celebration like no other with Canada's premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Performing Taiwan
Jan 24 to Jan 25
Harbourfront Centre (FREE)

Performing Taiwan is a contemporary cultural showcase that will challenge preconceptions of the island's culture with a mix of emerging and established artists in a variety of formats spread over four days:

For more information about the artists, check out the Performing Taiwan website.

Chinese New Year
Jan 26 (11 AM to 4 PM)

Celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse with live music and dance performances, shopping, dining and more! Included with Museum admission.

For more information, check out the ROM website.

2014 Year of the Horse
Jan 25
Scarborough Town Centre

Performances include thundering drums, the dotting of the eye and feeding of the lion and the arrival of the God of Fortune.

For more information, check out the Scarborough Town Centre website.

Book Launch: Gabby: Drama Queen
Jan 26 (1-3 PM)
Story Planet (FREE)

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with author Joyce Grant and illustrator Jan Dolby. They regale the kids with the stories behind the latest in the Gabby series. There will also be fun activities and games.

For more information, check out the Story Planet website.

We're Going on a Gruffalo Hunt
Jan 25 (11 AM to 3 PM)
North York Central Library (FREE)

StoryMobs and Small Print Toronto will co-host a free pre-StoryMob crafts session at North York Central Library. Small Print Toronto will help you make monster masks and StoryMobs will assist with animal headbands and signs that can be used at the StoryMob in the afternoon.

For more information, check out the StoryMobs website.

Burns Night Dinner Celebration
Jan 25
University Club of Toronto

After being piped in to a reception where society members, Club members and guests mingle, the meal starts with a Burns grace. A first course is served, then everyone stands for the piping in of in the haggis. The piper leads the haggis-bearing party, to where, with great drama, Burns' poem "To A Haggis" is recited. Everyone joins in on the last line, "Gie her a haggis!" and toasts the haggis with a glass of whisky before tucking into a delicious meal.

For more information, check out the St. Andrews Society website.

Not Dead Yet
Jan 25 (7 PM to 12 AM)
Makeworks Studio

After a short talk on how the hell Opportunity has lasted 40 times longer than its 90-day warranty, there will be a massive cardboard and duct tape Rover building contest. Entries will be judged by Bill Nye the Science Guy via video-chat.

For more information, check out the Not Dead Yet website.

Manulife Walk for Memories
Jan 25 (9 AM to Noon)
Brookfield Place

The Manulife Walk for Memories is a fun, family-friendly event where the community comes together to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto while honouring and remembering those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

For more information, check out the Alzheimer Society Toronto website.

In Concert: Arlene Paculan
Jan 26
Village Vinyl

Arlene Paculan is a serenading story teller. She creates soulful pop that is haunting, passionate, and invigorating.

For more information, check out Arlene Paculan's website.

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