Celebrate the Chinese New Year with many free programs throughout the day in Jacksonville.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with many free programs throughout the day in Jacksonville.

The Chinese New Year Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Jacksonville.

After the parade, a variety of lectures run from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. See a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy in the Jacksonville library from John Guoying from Zhengzhou University or learn about the Chinese exclusion act from Paul Fong and Ted Gong in Redmen Hall, 105 W. California St.

Look for a program of Chinese folk music, dance and costumes — along with a display of hundreds of Chinese lanterns — at 2 p.m. at Bigham Knoll Ballroom. There will be Chinese cooking demonstrations at McCully House. Admission to the Chinese folk-music and dance show and the cooking demonstration is $5 per event. Tickets are available at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

Admission is free to other activities, which include music, art, history and more. Games, crafts, fortunetellers and origami for kids will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse, 206 N. Fifth St., and the Oddfellows Hall on South Oregon Street. There will be a dragon jumphouse for kids at the old courthouse.

For a detailed schedule, see www.jacksonvilleoregon.org/calendar or www.socca.us or grab yesterday's Tempo.