The Year of the Rabbit is a lucky one, according to the Chinese zodiac. Traditionally, the year brings peace, fearlessness, love and courage.

The Year of the Rabbit is a lucky one, according to the Chinese zodiac. Traditionally, the year brings peace, fearlessness, love and courage.

Drums, gongs and pageantry fill festivities set to welcome the Year of the Rabbit at the annual Chinese New Year celebration Saturday, Feb. 12, in Jacksonville. The Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association has set events at various locations around the city.

The traditional Dragon and Lion Dance parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on California Street, and activities and presentations will follow throughout the afternoon. Look for a program of Chinese folk music, dance and costumes — along with a display of hundreds of Chinese lanterns — at Bigham Knoll Ballroom. There will be Chinese cooking demonstrations at McCully House. Other events include ink-brush painting exhibits and demonstrations, history lectures, book readings, acupuncture, martial arts and more.

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 all other activities.

Games, crafts, fortune tellers 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 history buffs, archeologists will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the dig on the site of pioneer Peter Britt's original log cabin. Other history-related talks and exhibits will be at the Jacksonville library, Redmen Hall, Warren Masonic Lodge and Old City Hall.

For a detailed schedule, see www.jacksonvilleoregon.org/calendar or www.socca.us. Call 541-899-8118 to reach the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.