Lunar New Year celebrated with Lion Dance, martial arts demos in Hemet

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The mythical Chinese lion dragon portrayed by two costumed dancers is awakened for the Lunar New Year celebration at the Center for Spiritual Living, Hemet Saturday, Jan. 11. Valley News/Tony Ault photos
The mythical Chinese lion dragon awakened to drums for the Lunar New Year Saturday, Jan. 11, and danced for members of the Center for Spiritual Living, Hemet and their guests, followed by the screening of the first kung fu movie released in 1972. The Lunar New Year’s celebration, open to the public, was hosted by the Little Tao Dragon Martial and Healing Arts under the domes of the Center for Spiritual Living at 40450 Stetson Ave. in Hemet. Joining in the celebration were martial arts masters and grand masters from dojos around Southern California, including Calista Carradine, daughter of the 1970s kung fu television series creator David Carradine, and other martial artists and actors. In addition to the lion d
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