The Year of the Sheep (or Ram, depending on who you ask) ushers in a year of creativity and artistic endeavors and is celebrated in Portland this weekend with two huge Chinese New Year shindigs on both sides of the Willamette. In between the two events, the Harlem Globetrotters take over the Moda Center with their unbelievable basketball artistry and hilariously creative stunts. See? The Year of the Sheep is already workin’ its magic.

Chinese New Year-Year of the Ram

photo: Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

West Side

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Ram 
Celebrate the new year with lion dances, martial arts performances, ping pong, the Chinese wishing tree, story-telling and craft activities. The celebration ends with three nights of lantern viewing and dragon processions. Through March 5th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $7-$9.50/person, Free for kids under 3, All Ages. Event details.

Dance the Night Away at the Daddy Daughter Snow Ball 
Just for daddies and their little girls, it’s the City of Tualatin’s Snow Ball. Join in for an enchanted evening of dancing the night away to a live DJ surrounded by sparkling decorations and nibbling on fancy desserts. Take home a keepsake photo to remember your night. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to the first fifty couples. This event is for girls and their dads or grandfathers. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m., $30/couple, Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Get Crafty with Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Ram/Sheep with Child’s Play Toys. Win a prize at the Dragon’s Den and make a craft with friends from Creative Roots. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon, Free, All Ages. Event details.

East Side

Slam Dunk: The Harlem Globetrotters 
Incredible ball-handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction always defines the Globetrotter experience. Don’t miss joining the athletes after the game for an autograph, photograph and high-five session for fans. Sat., 2-4 p.m., $21.45 and up, All Ages. Event details.

Walk on the Wild Side at Wapato 
Families ready to learn history and birding basics are welcome to join a naturalist on guided walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. Take a walk on the trail around Virginia Lake, which is about two miles long. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at Wapato Access Greenway. Sat., 8-11 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

How do you celebrate Chinese New Year? Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway