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News from the TTA

We Welcome the Year of the OX

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

The Needlework and Crafts Workshop is ready to welcome those born this year. Luckily, we can count on technology to help us through this difficult period as Covid-19 keeps us apart.

  • If a newborn is expected soon in your family or your friends, we have some beautifully handmade crochet receiving blankets (size 36x36) that are always a great gift, at $25.00 each. These and some other items are available through our Needlework and Crafts Workshop year round, check with us to find out what is on hand.

  • Handmade crochet Lapghans are also excellent gifts to help keep our seniors warm during our long winters. Priced at $15.00 and $20.00 each, based on size, if arranged for pick-up or we will mail to you for a $10.00 mailing fee.

  • Contact Joan Chang by email: The entire proceeds of Joan’s sales will be donated to the TTA SOS Fund.

Lapghans for seniors and welcoming Baby Blankets with a map for: “Tracing your Roots or Hakka Roots.”

These three one of a kind crochet Baby Blankets (36x36) were made and donated by: Margaret Williams

Celebrate the Year of the OX

Our community has been affected by COVID-19 in many ways. The SOS Fundraising Drive was created to support TTA and to ensure that we will still be here for each other once we can meet again in person. To help us celebrate this year, the Needlework and Crafts Workshop along with one of our young members, Addy Lue Sang, have something special to offer and a way for you to help.

  • Purchase a Chinese Zodiac necklace, and she will make a donation to the TTA SOS Fund.

  • Each necklace is $20.00, and you can place your order by sending your email directly to Addy at Indicate your name, zodiac sign, and quantity. Once confirmed, you may e-transfer the funds to her email address.

  • Pick-up will be at TTA on designated days that will be confirmed after purchase.

  • Donations from the first 100 purchases will be matched by her grandparents, Gladstone and Marjorie Lue Sang.

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Find your birth year on the chart below along with the corresponding zodiac sign.

A Chinese Zodiac Story

Order of the Animals

This is a mythological legend related to the Chinese Zodiac. It is said that the Jade Emperor (the Emperor in Heaven in Chinese folklore) ordered that animals would be designated as calendar signs and the twelve that arrived first would be selected. At that time, the cat and the rat were good friends and neighbours. When they heard of this news, the cat said to the rat: ‘we should arrive early to sign up, but I usually get up late.’ The rat then promised to awaken his friend and go together. However, on the morning when he got up, he was too excited to recall his promise, and went directly to the gathering place. On the way, he encountered the tiger ox horse and other animals that ran much faster. In order not to fall behind them, he thought up a good idea. He made the straightforward ox carry him on condition that he sang for the ox. At last, the ox and him arrived first. The ox was happy thinking that he would be the first sign of the year, but the rat had already slid in front, and became the first lucky animal of the Chinese zodiac. Meanwhile his neighbour the cat was too late so when it finally arrived, the selection was over. That's why other animals appear behind the little rat and why the cat hates the rat so much that every time they meet, cats will chase and kill rats.



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